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Flashback Friday: BRUISER by Neal Shusterman
Jun 27th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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Flashback Friday: BRUISER by Neal Shusterman

Publisher: HarperTeen Pub.

Date: October 1, 2011

Pages 328

Buy here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

1931915From Goodreads:

“There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends – why he can’t care about too many people. Because when he cares about you, things start to happen. Impossible things that can’t be explained. I know, because they’re happening to me.”

When Brontë starts dating Brewster “Bruiser” Rawlins – the guy voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” her twin brother, Tennyson, isn’t surprised. But then strange things begin to occur. Tennyson and Brontë’s scrapes heal unnaturally fast, and cuts disappear before their eyes. What at first seems like their good fortune turns out to be more than they bargained for…much more.

My review:

Ohhhh wow! Bruiser grabs you from page one and holds on to the very last page. Who is Bruiser? Is he a bully? The reader soon discovers his extraordinary abilities to help people in a very unusual way. Neal Shusterman uses four different voices in this book, telling Brewster’s story from his girlfriend’s point-of-view, her brother’s point-of-view, Brewster’s point-of-view, and his half-brother’s point-of-view. The voices are distinct and true to their characters. The prose used for Brewster’s voice is fabulous and probably my favorite. I also loved the sassy Bronte (the girlfriend). This story unfolds beautifully, one character picking up and moving the story forward in his or her own voice after another’s. The mystery of Brewster & the impact of his talent on the characters in this novel pulls you in. What will happen? You will want to know! Put this one on your to read list too! :)

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SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews, Review and Giveaway (US Only)
Jun 22nd, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

SAVE THE DATE by Mary Kay Andrews

Publisher, St. Martin’s Press

Pub date: June 3, 2014

Pages: 448

Purchase here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible

From Goodreads:18404093

A wedding florist finds love and trouble in this delightful new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Ladies’ Night

A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime—one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all. 

Told with Mary Kay Andrew’s trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date.

My review:

Save the Date was pure delight. If you love weddings and novels that revolve around them, then this is THE novel for you. Savannah florist Cara Kryzik is struggling to keep her floral shop afloat and pay back her father the money she borrowed to help her business. Life hasn’t been easy. Her husband cheated on her, she faces some extremely demanding brides and mothers of the bride, and even a step-mom that will make you want to rip your hair out. 

As Cara struggles with her business, she experiences many challenges, including a competitive florist who is out for revenge when he loses a big wedding and Jack, a good looking, dog-nabbing guy who keeps bumping into Cara at weddings. Their chemistry is palatable and delicious. But they have plenty of challenges. One of the things I love about Jack is his profession. He remodels and renovates old buildings, and I love how Mary Kay integrated this into the novel.

Save the Date is filled with plenty of Southern charm. I had no problem imagining the lovely estates and the area where Cara’s shop is set. The description of her garden was easy to see in my mind, so much so that I could almost smell the flowers. Without a doubt, readers will cheer for and relish in the relationship between Jack and Cara. There are lots of fantastic secondary characters, many are brides, grooms, and others connected to wedding parties. Some are easy to deal with, others are nightmares, including Cullen Kane, Cara’s biggest competitor. It takes a special breed to deal with the kind of pressure that comes with putting together a wedding that makes all parties happy. 

Oh, and I can’t forget to mention Cara’s dog Poppy, a Goldendoodle, and Jack’s dog, Shaz, who also is a Goldendoodle. The fact that they both have the same time of dog leads to some pretty funny moments.

Definitely save some time to read Save the Date. It’s the next best thing to attending a wedding for someone you love. 😀 It’s a satisfying, enjoyable, quick read with likable characters!

Thank you so much St. Martin’s Press for the ARC copy for review.

About Mary Kay Andrews:

From her website:

Mary Kay Andrews is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Fixer UpperSavannah Breeze and Blue Christmas, as well as Deep Dish,Hissy FitLittle Bitty Lies and Savannah Blues.She also wrote ten critically acclaimed mysteries, including the Callahan Garrity mystery series, under her real name, Kathy Hogan Trocheck. Her mysteries have been nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards.A native of St. Petersburg, Florida (and a diplomate of the Maas Bros. Department Store School of Charm), Trocheck earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Georgia in 1976 (Go Dawgs!). She started her professional journalism career in Savannah, Georgia, where she covered the real-life murder trials which were the basis ofMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. She left journalism after a ten-year stint as a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.She is a frequent lecturer and writing teacher at workshops including Emory University, The University of Georgia’s Harriette Austin Writer’s Workshop, the Tennessee Mountain Writer’s Workshop, and the Antioch Writer’s Workshop.As a lifelong “junker” the author claims to know the location of every promising thrift store, flea market and junkpile in the southeastern United States, plus many parts of Ohio.Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of two grown children and a proud grandmother. After a brief hiatus in Raleigh, NC, she and her husband moved back to their old neighborhood in Atlanta, where they live in a restored 1926 Craftsman bungalow. She divides her time between Atlanta and her restored beach cottage on Tybee Island, GA.The New York Timesbestselling author is back with another page-turning beach read about a woman whose life is turned upside down when she discovers her husband cheating on her….

Find Mary Kay Andrews here:

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BEA 2014 Recap and Mega Giveaway
Jun 19th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

BEA 2014 Recap and Giveaway

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Wednesday, May 28:

Novl Headquarters, Little Brown Books for Young Readers Blogger Brunch

What a fantastic event! Found out about a lot of the HOTTEST Little Brown for Young Readers’ NEW TITLES. Here are some of my live tweets during the event, plus a group shot tweet from @theNovl. Even though I came home with lots of books from BEA, these are definitely a priority. I already read WE SHOULD HANG OUT SOMETIME by Josh Sundquist. You can read my complete five star review on Goodreads, but here’s how it started: Ahhhh, I loved Josh Sundquist’s honest and easy to read YA memoir about his quest to understand what went wrong with significant relationships he has had with females since middle school. Why didn’t they like him? Did it have anything to do with his prosthetic leg? How come he didn’t kiss them? What did he do wrong? What can he learn from these failed relationships?

 

 

TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL (TAC)

This was my third year at TAC, and once again it was amazing. The panels were great. Loved listening to Elizabeth Eulberg and Rebecca Serle and Gayle Forman, to name just a few. Here’s a video clip of Gayle signing at the end of one of the talks.

Click here for a funny sing-a-long that Gayle Forman Started:  IMG_6520

THURSDAY, MAY 30th:

Harlequin Teen Breakfast

What can I say except that it was AWESOME! Loved meeting the Harlequin Teen authors. I must admit, I totally fangirled on Jennifer Armentrout. Alexandra and I had a convo on ghosts (she totally believes in them!), Julie Kagawa was as warm and friendly as ever, Adi Alsaid was pumped about his book and shared some info about his family (he grew up in Mexico and Israel!), Robin Talley’s new book received a lot of buzz. It seems to me that Robin was extremely brave and daring to write a book about a lesbian relationship between a white girl and a black girl during the 1960s. (For some reason, I didn’t connect with Dawn Metcalf during the event. But I did get her novel signed during the BEA signing later that day. During the event, I also reconnected with editors and publicists, who asked for our feedback. Overall, it was an incredible event. I have already devoured Jennifer Armentrout’s novel STONE COLD TOUCH. My five star review is here: Goodreads. Trust me, the whole series is so freaking good!!! I couldn’t decide if I’m Team Roth or Team Zayne. I LOVE THEM BOTH!  Harlequin Authors Harlequin Books

2014 YA AUTHOR/BLOGGER PARTY

Set up pics:

 

It was with tremendous joy and responsibility, that I once again hosted the YA Author/Blogger Party. There is so much to tell about the event but for now I’m going to share my thank yous:

Steve Fine, who, as a complete stranger and guardian angel, came to my rescue and made it possible for me to rent this facility. And thank you for putting up with the boxes, emails, questions! Hopefully, the “Banana Bread Redo” sweetened the load a teeny tiny bit.

Nili Doft, who has made this party possible three years in a row. My guardian angel #2 and awesome cousin. Without her there would be NO PARTY!

Andye Epps of Reading Teen, it’s been a privilege and a huge blessing to work with you three years in a row! Thank you for making me smile and laugh every day, and thank your connections all over the YA world, RSVPs, ideas, BINGO questions, texting while on the treadmill, hysterical tweets, and EVERYTHING (because I know I’m forgetting a thousand things!)

Hannah McBride of The Irish Banana who came on board this year. (Wiping brow with relief & gratitude!) She’s our whirlwind “organista,” matchmaker, color-coding expert, letter writer, name tag maker, pub/auth/blogger connector (she seriously knows everyone, and if she doesn’t, she will by tomorrow), and comedian who had Andye and me LOAO!

Faye Bi of Little Brown and NOVL for your wonderful input and suggestions.

Angela Velez of Paper Lantern Lit for brainstorming ideas, putting together our BINGO cards, and connecting us to the fab PLL authors. She also had the brainchild of the #YAParty, which ended up being a HUGE success!

Rachel Kinnard, Adam Silvera, Gaby Salpeter, Erin Arkin, Jaime Arkin for brainstorming sessions. Aryeh Katz, Miri Berger Katz, Avital Katz, Jaime Arkin, Erin Arkin, Kassiah Faul, Meg Caristi, Rachel Kinnard, Tara Sonin, Angela Velez and Tori, Rachel Simon, Amy Guiffrida, Cheryl McBride, Patti Morris, Betsy Kaplan, Amy Reale for setup and/or cleanup, and assistance during the party.

The following people for making arrangements for authors and/or shipping books or swag: Faye Bi of Little Brown, Jonathan Drucker of Books of Wonder, Lisa Wray and Natashya Wilson of Harlequin Teen, Derry Wilkens of Sourcebooks, Lizzy Mason of Bloomsbury, Tracy Miracle of Candlewick, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Press, Erin Galloway of Berkley, Alison Lisnow of HarperCollins, Katy Hershberger of Simon & Schuster, Ksenia Winnicki of Macmillan, Cassie McGinty of Disney/Hyperion, Patty Garcia of Tor, Meredith Barnes of Soho Press, Tracy van Straaten of Scholastic, Lauren Donovan of Penguin, Caroline Lambe of Strange Chemisty, Angela Velez of Paper Lantern Lit. Our photographer:

Gary Hershorn (Gary is a world renown photographer. He worked for Reuters and currently travels the world for various magazines etc. It truly was a privilege to have him at this event. I’ll be sharing some of his pics. In the meantime, click on his name and see his work on Instagram.

Our pianist: Tommy Wallach, 2015 debut YA Author of WE ALL LOOKED UP (S&S) – He was AMAZING! Click on his name to connect with him on Twitter. 

Thank you to the following publishers for their support:

Berkley/NAL, Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Dell, Disney/Hyperion, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Little Brown, Macmillan, Paper Lantern Lit, Penguin Group, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Sourcebooks, Soho Press, Spencer Hill Press, St. Martin’s Griffin, Strange Chemistry, Tor. MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE EVENT LATER!

Click here: Photo galley: (Pics taken by Gary Hershorn)

A FEW BEA Highlights:

More to come:

The fabulous Danielle Ellison (FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS) and Alex Kahler (MARTYR) at their book signing!

The fabulous Danielle Ellison (FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS) and Alex Kahler (MARTYR) at their book signing!

 

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