Review: Boomerang by Noelle August

boomerang headerThe first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

Let me just start at the beginning by saying I absolutely LOVED this book! While I’ve not read an abundant amount of New Adult titles to be called an expert, I have read many many contemporaries and can honestly say this one is now in my top five. It’s one of those books that is perfect for mature teens and college aged readers who can relate to the characters experiences most but anyone can read (unless you’re under seventeen which I suggest you be careful with this one). And, for those who don’t know, Noelle August is a pseudonym for authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger so if that doesn’t make you want to read it alone, the story itself sure will!

The chemistry in this book though. Man, was it good. From the first chapter, I felt an instant connection between the Mia and Ethan like a cosmic pull. It might also have to do with my new book crush on Mia. But no matter what happens between the two of them, you can just see that they have to be together. Even though it’s against the corporate rules. I loved how the authors played on the rivalry of both Mia and Ethan. The fact that they are not only fighting for one job, but they are fighting to keep their hands off each other so they aren’t fired created a hilarious dynamic between them that made for many laugh out loud moments.

Which brings me to the setting/background. I seriously loved that they are interns at an online dating company in LA for a couple of reasons. First, interning is one thing most college age people will do in their life so perfect connecting point. Second, an online dating company where they can’t date? Painfully funny. But who cares about the rules, really? Finally, Los Angeles is pretty nice. The authors also created characters that the reader will feel like they know. Honest and real, best friends, co-workers, even their parents are easy to love. I loved that the story was told in dual narration as well giving a deeper look into the lives of both Mia and Ethan and the issues they personally have going on outside of work. It was written in such a way that passed fluidly chapter-to-chapter which any abrupt stops.

While this book does talk sex and is relatively descriptive, I think the authors did a fantastic job of not being overly gratuitous with “doing the deed” and made it something that felt more private and sensual. You never even get the full story until almost the end of the book, another reason you must read on! I found it really refreshing to not be overwhelmed by descriptive sex scenes that border on fantasy. Sometimes it’s nice to tiptoe around the nitty gritty of sex and be just descriptive enough to cause readers to fan themselves without having a full on heat stroke.

Full of angst, wit, hardship, and ultimately love, Boomerang is a wonderful and perfect launch into what will be a groundbreaking trilogy for the New Adult genre. Fans of Devil Wears Prada and contemporary readers alike will devour it! Now, I must beg or bribe for the next book, Rebound.

9 Alien Books to Celebrate World UFO Day

For those of you that didn’t know, today is World UFO Day. As someone who follows all of those weird holidays, I wanted to think of a great way to celebrate such an extra-terrestrial day so I gathered a list of books to get you in the mood! We’d love to know what other alien/UFO books you’d read to celebrate too! Let us know in the comment section!

three aliens body1. The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara, Illustrated by Mark Fearing

GREEP BOINK MEEP! The three little aliens are happily settling into their new homes when the Big Bad Robot flies in to crack and smack and whack their houses down! A chase across the solar system follows in this out-of-this-world version of the classic Three Little Pigs tale. Margaret McNamara (How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?) and Mark Fearing (The Book that Eats People) have created a humorous and visually stunning story that kids will adore—and that will introduce them to the planets and the solar system. The endpapers even include a labeled diagram of all the planets.

mr wuffles body2. Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner

A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book

In a near wordless masterpiece that could only have been devised by David Wiesner, a cat named Mr. Wuffles doesn’t care about toy mice or toy goldfish. He’s much more interested in playing with a little spaceship full of actual aliens—but the ship wasn’t designed for this kind of rough treatment. Between motion sickness and damaged equipment, the aliens are in deep trouble. When the space visitors dodge the cat and take shelter behind the radiator to repair the damage, they make a host of insect friends. The result? A humorous exploration of cooperation between aliens and insects, and of the universal nature of communication involving symbols, “cave” paintings, and gestures of friendship. Read more

Cover Reveal: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

red queen headerSo I know this news is now two days old but I wanted to share the cover for Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen, a book that I have been so excited for ever since her deal was announced over a year ago! Harper Teen is known for killing it on the YA front as of late and this one will be one of the best! Hollywood Reporter originally revealed the cover.

Check out the cover below and share your thoughts!

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had. 

Except . . . her blood is Red. 

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

Review: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

ever night headerIt’s been months since Aria learned of her mother’s death.

Months since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.

Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It’s a moment they’ve been longing for with countless expectations. And it’s a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.

Then it slips away. The Tides don’t take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry’s control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?

Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?

In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Middle books are hard. Especially when it seems like every YA book is turning into a trilogy. This is why I was very pleasantly surprised by the second book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy.

Unlike the first book of the series, which is a book of immense change and upheaval for the characters, this book is about acceptance and growth. While there is some development and growth of Aria and Perry’s relationship, the development is more of an individual nature, as they spend the majority of the book apart.

Perry learns how to be a leader in this book, and he learns how to do it on his own terms, not in the terms of the corrupt leadership he’s known before. He makes mistakes, and he owns those mistakes. This allows his to come into himself as a person and assess who he is, what he wants, and what he has to do to protect his people.

Aria learns what it’s like to stand on her own to feet out in the Real, with Perry to pull her along and force her to act. She accepts her mixed heritage and endeavors to understand what it means to be a child of two worlds with multiple abilities. All in all Aria becomes or more complete person as she distances herself from the isolating technology of the pods that she’s known her whole life.

This sequel is one of the best middle books I’ve found, and is a perfect set up for the finale of the series: Into the Still BlueDon’t miss it!

Review: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

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Amara is never alone. Not when she’s protecting the cursed princess she unwillingly serves. Not when they’re fleeing across dunes and islands and seas to stay alive. Not when she’s punished, ordered around, or neglected.

She can’t be alone, because a boy from another world experiences all that alongside her, looking through her eyes.

Nolan longs for a life uninterrupted. Every time he blinks, he’s yanked from his Arizona town into Amara’s mind, a world away, which makes even simple things like hobbies and homework impossible. He’s spent years as a powerless observer of Amara’s life. Amara has no idea . . . until he learns to control her, and they communicate for the first time. Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.

All Amara and Nolan want is to be free of each other. But Nolan’s breakthrough has dangerous consequences. Now, they’ll have to work together to survive–and discover the truth about their connection.

Sometimes a book just sneaks up quietly behind your back… and then slaps you on the head. Hard. That basically sums up my reading experience with Otherbound. I had been intrigued by it for some time. So, when I had the chance to read and review the story for free, I gladly grabbed the chance!

However, I never expected to be so immersed in Nolan and Amara’s story. The writing and settings were exquisite. And, at the end of Otherbound, I felt as if I had lost a friend. This book will stick with me for a long time, and will definitely make it onto my 2014 favorites list.

Let’s start with the two characters and two settings. Our two main characters are Nolan and Amara. Nolan is from our world. However, he is not your average boy. He is missing a good part of one of his legs, and he has “seizures” and “hallucinations”. Of course, the readers learn pretty quickly that Nolan doesn’t have either of these plights, despite what the doctors might say.

Every time Nolan closes his eyes, he finds himself in another world called the Dunelands. More specifically, he sees through the eyes of a girl called Amara. Amara is not only a mute servant from the Dunelands, she is also a healer protecting a cursed princess. This job is not nearly as glamorous as it sounds, as the healing process causes Amara to inflict terrible harm upon herself. Also, Jorn, her master, cruelly punishes Amara often. And, in turn, Nolan has to suffer through terrible pain as well.

Otherbound had a certain uniqueness that other books lack. Not only does the author evidently have a wildly creative mind, she also incorporates diversity into Otherbound. The characters are LGBT, Hispanic, disabled, mute etc. The character relationships were astounding. Whether it was the relationship between two love interests or between family, Otherbound made the interactions realistic, hopeful, and heartbreaking.

Also, I loved the unpredictability of this novel. I was never sure what would occur next. And two revelations in the novel caught me totally off guard, but, when I reread parts of the book, made total sense to me. Both of these new bits of knowledge were about magic and the two worlds! This brings me onto my next topic, the magic and worldbuilding! For fear of spoilers, I won’t say much except the author had her world, and the awesome magic within, down pat!

Speaking of resolutions, I loved Otherbound’s ending. Nothing is tied up in a nice red ribbon but the story ends at just the right place. Also, I was impacted tremendously by one of the sentences on the very last page. I may or may not have leaked a few tears.

Corrine has truly written a gem. The book has it all: a fantastic plot, a vivid setting, diverse characters, major feels, wonderful themes, and a stunning conclusion. Also, despite the length of this review, I feel as if I have barely touched upon all the amazing aspects of Otherbound! Overall, I cannot recommend Otherbound highly enough.

Reviewed by Emily Anne at Reader Rising, who was given this book from Novel Thoughts in exchange for an honest review. She rated it five stars.

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