Flashback Friday: SEA CHANGE by Aimee Friedman
Feb 27th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


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by Aimee Friedman

Hardcover, 292 pages

Published June 1, 2009

Published by Point

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From Goodreads:

Sixteen-year-old Miranda Merchant is great at science. . .and not so great with boys. After major drama with her boyfriend and (now ex) best friend, she’s happy to spend the summer on small, mysterious Selkie Island, helping her mother sort out her late grandmother’s estate.

There, Miranda finds new friends and an island with a mysterious, mystical history, presenting her with facts her logical, scientific mind can’t make sense of. She also meets Leo, who challenges everything she thought she knew about boys, friendship. . .and reality.

Is Leo hiding something? Or is he something that she never could have imagined?

My review:
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I read Sea Change nearly 5 years ago, but I can still remember the details of the island, the ferry, the house, the mystery, the girls Miranda met, so different from her, Miranda getting saved by Leo, the beach, even the meal they shared together – there was seaweed. And the ending! Oh how I still would love a sequel. I loved that Miranda was a strong female character. I loved Leo’s gentleness balanced with strength. If I can remember all these things after all these years, then Sea Change is definitely a worthwhile read. Will you have all the answers by the last page? No. But after all these years, I can imagine what happened with Miranda and Leo. Miranda graduated summa cum laude from a top university (with some kind of degree in science). She hasn’t returned to the island, but Leo is still on her mind. She hasn’t forgotten him at all. This is her summer to go back. Is the magic still there? Is he in a relationship? Do they have a chance at a future? Will Miranda solve the mystery of the island and Leo? *Sigh*
My rating: 5 of 5 stars (Originally read/reviewed this novel March 1, 2010)

When I picked up Aimee Friedman’s book I had no idea what it was about…but I just knew I had to read it. From page one I was absolutely hooked. Extraordinary characters with depth, mystery, and intelligence. The only disappointment was reaching the last page. I hope these characters will continue in a sequel. I don’t want to spoil this review or the joy of reading this book with any details. If you want them, check out other reviews or Amazon. Friedman’s description, characterization, prose, settings, etc are, in my opinion, masterful! I wish I could give this book 10 out of 10 stars.

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Blog Tour: ONE OF THE GUYS, Guest Post – Champ: The monster lurking beneath the waters of Lake Champlain?
Feb 25th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

ONE OF THE GUYSOne of the Guys

by Lisa Aldin,

Excerpt & Review

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“Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She’ll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she’s sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a “lady” while the guys move on without her. Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.  But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends–the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she’s built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.”


Champ: the monster lurking beneath the surface of Lake Champlain?

You’ve probably heard of Nessie, the lake monster of Scotland. Well, there’s also Champ, the monster lurking beneath the surface of Lake Champlain, which borders Vermont. The lake extends into Canada and New York, plenty of room for a giant water monster to live, and he (or she) is practically immortal, if you believe the legend. Champ is a popular tourist attraction in Burlington, Vermont. There have been over 300 sightings of Champ since the 1800s, the more recent accompanied by blurry photographs and videos.
Of course, people offer up explanations for such sightings. Maybe people are misidentifying another animal. Maybe they’re just seeing a log. Or maybe those photos and videos are fake, hoaxes. There’s got to be some sort of explanation for a gigantic water serpent thing, right? Like Nessie, Champ remains a mystery. Who knows what is really lurking beneath the lake’s surface, but it’s fun to guess.

Blog Tour: REBOUND, A Boomerang Novel by Noelle August, Review, Excerpt & Giveaway
Feb 23rd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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A Boomerang Novel

by Noelle August

Publisher: William Morrow

Buy Links: Amazon / B&N / IndieBound


At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Noelle August has taken the New Adult genre by storm, and readers can’t wait to see what chaos, confusion, and connections arise at the Boomerang offices next.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-three, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

REBOUND will be available wherever books and e-books are sold on February 10th, 2015 (ISBN: 9780062331083 | $13.99 | e-ISBN: 9780062331090 | $11.99).

Excerpt #2 – Adam POV

Ali laughs. Her gaze feels like sunshine on my back, but I don’t turn around. I pull my wetsuit up to my waist, adjusting myself so I’m comfortable. The cool Neoprene layer feels familiar and my body responds, my heart thumping hard, anticipation rushing through my veins. The prospect of the ocean always does this to me. This has nothing to do with the girl behind me.


Ali’s voice is close. Turning, I almost bump into her.

Her wetsuit is all the way on, which is good. And terrible.

“What’s up?” I ask.

She smells like suntan oil and peaches. This close, I see that her cheeks are turning slightly pink from the sun. With her hair pulled back, no makeup, and the wetsuit covering her completely, she looks better than she has all week at the office. Better than she did in the Catwoman costume. There’s something powerful about her now. The way her slender legs are planted firmly on the swaying boat, like she’s not trying at all. She’s at home on the water. This from an admitted equestrian. I can only imagine what she’s like with her horses.

“Sorry, but . . .” She smiles and points at her back. “My zipper’s jammed.” She turns around and pulls her ponytail up. “Can you help me out?”

“Sure. You want this on, right? Just want to be sure.”

I can’t see her face, but I know she’s smiling. “Yes. On please.”

I allow myself a moment to enjoy the way she looks right in front of me. Then I take the zipper leash, letting my knuckles drift over her back, just above the knot of her bikini.

If I weren’t completely focused on her, I’d have missed the way she curls slightly toward me.

Focus, Blackwood. Zip the wetsuit up.

My Review:

Rebound (Boomerang, #2)Rebound by Noelle August

This is book 2 in the NA Boomerang Series. Thank you to the publisher, William Morrow, for the review copy.

Overall impression: A heartfelt, romantic novel that will have readers swooning and cheering for Adam and Alison. Perfect for anyone who is looking for a NA contemporary series.
Cover: I love it. Sweet, fits into the times they spend in or on water.

There were so many things to love about REBOUND.

The complexity of Adam’s life and what drives him to succeed is fascinating. Alison’s struggles with her past and the poor choices she’s made, haunts her. Her love for neglected horses and her ability to help them thrive was a wonderful element in this novel. Noelle August did a great job of taking readers onto the ski slopes, surfing, sailing, and sea diving. The descriptions put me right into the scenes, and because of it, readers get to know the passions of these characters.

The chemistry is incredible, starting from the Halloween party. Alison is Catwoman and Adam is Zorro. It goes from there. These two spend a lot of time together because Adam is looking to get Alison’s father to invest in his film production company. Alison’s father is a selfish, greedy, cheating bastard. Family loyalty is everything to him. Thank goodness Alison ends up seeing who he really is.

Readers, you do not have to read these books in order. Perhaps some of the subtler details will make more sense if you do, but it’s not necessary. I DO recommend this Boomerang Series for anyone looking for NA contemporary romances novels.

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Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes? Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series. You can visit them at NoelleAugust.com, @Noelle_August, and facebook.com/NoelleAugustBooks.


BOUNCE, the last installment in the BOOMERANG series, will be on sale in August 2015!


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2015 Book Blogger LoveAThon – Questionnaire
Feb 22nd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer


 This event is being run by Alexa Loves Books


  1. What’s your name? Liza Wiemer

  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Milwaukee, WI

  3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I was working on my first YA novel and I wanted to blog about YA hot topics, books, helpful tips.

  4. How did you come up with your blog name? WhoRU Blog didn’t start out as mainly a book blog. But the title still works for books. Books have shaped me throughout my life and continue to do so. I like to ask authors questions that lead to helping people think about who they are.

  5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog?  I read it all genres and love them. But, I will say that I have a tendency to lean toward contemporary. When I listen to audiobooks, I love fantasy.

  6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? Giveaways, interviews, cover reveals, Q & A, occasionally topics that are different. The annual International Holiday #Readathon, BEA, The Novel Cuisine Luncheon for bloggers, authors, librarians and teachers.

  7. Best blogging experience so far? Meeting others at book events & sharing our love of books through our blogs, Twitter etc.

  8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? I love it when a blogger shares their passion over a book, helping the author with a blog tour, tweeting wonderful, kind words.

  9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! Well, first and foremost, my own – HELLO? coming out October 10th, (Spencer Hill Contemporary). I’m excited about Sweet, by Tammara Webber, Persuasion by Martina Boone, Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick, Confess by Colleen Hoover, The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder, Game Seven by Paul Volponi, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, Hold Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt, Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone, Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler. Truly, Madly, Famously by Rebecca Serle. THERE ARE MORE! So many, many, many more. I know we were supposed to do 5. But gah!

  10. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? Reclaimed by Sarah Guillory

  11. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? There are so many . . . but um if I have to choose, Lucas from Easy or Josh from The Sea of Tranquility.

  12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I write! I love to cook, love to walk in state parks or along Lake Michigan.

  13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? I DESPISE SHOPPING. Really. I am the worst shopper. But if I have to shop, I would rather do it for someone else than for myself – my boys, a friend. 

  14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your What song would be playing? My  song would be CENTURIES by Fall Out Boys!

  15. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. The Sea of Tranquility and Easy.

Blogger Love-A-Thon – Mini-Challenge 2! QUOTES QUOTES QUOTES
Feb 22nd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer



This event is being run by Alexa Loves Books



From Easy by Tammara Webber: 16056408

“Love is not the absence of logic

but logic examined and recalculated

heated and curved to fit

inside the contours of the heart”


From Compulsion by Martina Boone


From Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg (please17228280 note that I put in the names to make it easier for readers of this blog post.)


“Levi: Okay, fine. But I’ll admit it hasn’t been totally easy. We’ve had some problems.

Macallan: Some problems?

Levi: All right, more than a few. But look how everything turned out. I don’t think either of us thought we’d even speak to each other again after my first day at school, back in seventh grade. Especially since you must’ve had a huge crush on me.

Macallan: Are you remembering the same day that I am?

Levi: Yes.

Macallan: Oh. I’m sorry. I believe you’re suffering from delusional fantasies.

Levi: I’m not delusional. There are many words to describe me: awesome, stud, male extraordinaire, you name it.

Macallan: Fine. You’re awesome. But clearly delusional.”


From The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

“Just so you know,” I inform him, “one day, I’m going to get tired of sharing your affection with that coffee table and I’m going to make you choose.” “Just so you know,” he mimics me, “I would chop that table up and use it for firewood before I would ever choose anything over you.”


Flashback Friday: SILVER PHOENIX by Cindy Pon
Feb 20th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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by Cindy Pon

Hardcover, 338 pages

Published April 28, 2009

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

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From Goodreads:

No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger’s subservient bride banished to the inner quarters.

But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn’t only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined.

Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help.

It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help . . . and perhaps more.

My Review:

Silver Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #1)Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

This novel was recommended to me by Heidi @ YABibliophile.com. Thanks Heidi! I got sucked into the folklore immediately and feel in love with the characters. Seventeen-year-old Ai Ling waits for her father to return from the Palace of Fragment Dreams. When he doesn’t return and Ai Ling may be forced to marry a horrible man as his fourth wife, she leaves home alone in a quest to find her father. On her journey she meets Chen Yong. They travel through the Kingdom of Xia and into the Immortal Realms along with Chen Yong’s brother. The action and evil spirits the Ai Ling and Chen Yong encounter are creepy, but not too scary that you’ll have nightmares. I actually loved these scenes for their action and description. The story will keep you intrigued and moves at a fast pace. It’s an incredible adventure. Cindy Pon incorporates all the senses, definitely mastering the taste and smell with mention to food and scents!
I already have the sequel on order! Can’t wait to read it. I highly recommend this novel!

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Release Day Blitz: THE RETURN by Jennifer L. Armentrout – Review & Giveaway
Feb 16th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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Whooooooooot! It’s the Release Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s THE RETURN! THE RETURN is a New Adult Paranormal Romance published by Spencer Hill and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Titan Series. Seth is looking to be just as dangerously delicious as we all hoped!!



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I was a half-blood, but I was also the Apollyon, a child of a pure and a half, a union that had been forbidden for thousands of years because an Apollyon was more powerful than any pure or half could ever hope to be.

And I always got to the traitors’ hideouts before they did, so the Sentinels were usually left with the cleanup, which I was sure absolutely thrilled them.

The first to enter was a female half-blood dressed just as I was. Her black hair was pulled back in a neat little knot at the top of her head. She was older, probably in her mid-thirties. It was pretty rare for a Sentinel to live that long. Her dark skin paled as she stopped just inside the entrance. She clenched titanium daggers in her hands like she expected something vicious to pop out from under the bloody mess.

The female Sentinel tipped her chin up, and the overhead light sliced across her broad cheekbones. She bore a jagged scar under her right eye, the skin lighter in tone. She saw me and froze.

My smile widened.

Behind her, another Sentinel rushed in, almost mowing her over. He saw me and whispered, “Seth.”

He’d said my name like I was the monster under his bed, and I sort of liked that. Then another Sentinel and another rolled in. The fifth took one look at my interior design work and keeled over. Slamming his hands on his knees, he hurled up his dinner.


Our society existed completely unknown to the average mortal and had operated under what was known as the Breed Order for thousands of years. The Order had been dismantled, which meant halfs were no longer forced to choose between becoming Sentinels—hunting down violent creatures, protecting pures, enforcing laws, and otherwise usually dying pretty damn quickly on the job—or servants, which was a job that really wasn’t a job, but more like slavery. Since then, many pampered pures had signed on to be Sentinels, making up for the loss of the halfs who’d pretty much said “screw this shit, I’m out.”

This wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

For example, the dumbass puking all over my blood-covered floor was a pure. When he straightened, his face a greenish hue, he backed away, shaking his head. “I can’t,” he gasped out. “I can’t do this.”

Then he turned and hauled ass out the doors.
I sighed. This was why we couldn’t have nice things.

THE RETURN Synopsis:

The Fates are cackling their bony asses off…

It’s been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they’ve given him have been violent and bloody–which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He’s got to play protector while keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet.

Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy’s deal might be, but it’s a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to puree. Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her.

But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all.

Because history has once again been flipped to repeat.

My review:

The Return (Titan, #1)The Return by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another winner by Jennifer Armentrout. Loved seeing another side of Seth and deeply appreciated Josie, the girl who sees the best in Seth and brings it out in him, too. The Greek Mythology is fantastic and I really loved the connections to the Covenant Series.

I’m was completely captivated by the story, and even though I received an ARC at BEA and subsequently read it within a day, all these months later I can recall the details of what happened between Josie and Seth. The bind Seth is in with the Titans is a difficult one, and he’s still reeling from his actions in the Covenant series. He’s serious about trying to be a better “person” and most definitely doesn’t feel like he’s worthy of love or forgiveness for his past sins. He made a lot of mistakes and was under the influence of some pretty bad “gods” and semi-gods,” and now he has to pay up.

I love Josie and how she responds to Seth. She sees him clearly, flaws and all, and Seth sees how different and special she is. He wants her to have the very best, which in his mind means someone better than him. Josie totally rocks as a strong female character. Exactly what Seth needs.

I love this series. I love the chemistry, the mythology, and the action. There’s danger and heart pounding scenes that will have you racing to find out what happens next. I cannot wait for the next book!

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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Flashback Friday: THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
Feb 13th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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by Maggie Stiefvater

Hardcover, 409 pages

Published: October 18, 2011

Scholastic Press

Buy it here: IndieBound | Amazon |Audible | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Connect with Maggie: Twitter | Goodreads | Webpage

Literary Awards: Mythopoeic Fantasy Award Nominee for Children’s Literature (2012)Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production Honor (2012)Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature (2011)Michael L. Printz Honor (2012)YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee (2012)

From Goodreads:

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

My Review:

The Scorpio RacesThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED The Scorpio Races. It definitely joins my list of favorite YA novels. I was drawn into the storyline from page one and found myself falling in love with the main characters/narrators Puck and Sean. Puck is a strong and determined character, fighting to save her home. Sean is the strong, silent type who has this incredible ability to speak to horses. But these aren’t regular horses, they’re dangerous, deadly horses of the sea – the capaill uisce(pronounced copple ooshka.) Sean has won four Scorpio Races, which takes place the first day of November around the time the capaill uisce are the most dangerous because they’re called out of and into the sea – and man nor beast is safe. There’s big money to be made and Puck needs it, so she too enters the race. The relationship between Puck and Sean is absolutely beautiful, special. A treasure to read. Some books feel like a privilege to savor, The Scorpio Races felt that way for me. Put this on your must-read list.
I received an ARC of The Scorpio Races at the BEA.


Heidi from YA Bibliophile said she absolutely loved the audio CDs of The Scorpio Races. So, trusting her opinion, I had to get my hands on it. OMGosh! Melt, melt, swoon, cry, gulp, fall in love ALL OVER AGAIN! I just adored every single word of this novel and often sat in my car in the driveway, motor off, player on, to continue listening to the CD. Instead of taking a direct path to run an errand, I deliberately took side streets and avoided the highway just to be able to listen longer. Ahhhhhhhhhhh! I so did not want it to end. Steve West did a phenomenal job in his reading role of Sean & Fiona Hardingham performed a lovely, likable perfect Puck. My heart ached horribly after the last word. The Scorpio Races is among my most favorite novels EVER! Read it, listen to it – both are exquisite!

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ONE OF THE GUYS by Lisa Aldin, Excerpt & Review
Feb 10th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

ONE OF THE GUYSOne of the Guys

by Lisa Aldin,

Excerpt & Review

Links: IndieBoundAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Connect with Lisa: Twitter | Goodreads



“Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She’ll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she’s sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a “lady” while the guys move on without her. Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service.  But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends–the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she’s built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.”


From Chapter 3:

One month later, I’m sitting in a brightly lit classroom at the Winston Academy for Girls. My dad used to joke that the day I wore a skirt would be the day the zombie apocalypse rolled into town. Two hours in and I have yet to see a zombie, but I do feel like the living dead. Someone bathed in raspberry perfume this morning, causing a war to rage inside my nostrils. I might fall to the floor and convulse, the smell’s that thick. 

Maybe it’s not the perfume. Maybe I’m allergic to all this estrogen. 

“You okay?” the girl next to me whispers. 

I respond by covering my mouth and sneezing so hard that a giant wad of snot lands in the palm of my hand. Carefully, I move my hand under the desk and smile. 

“Fine,” I reply. “Just tired.” 

The girl chews on a strand of her honey-colored hair as she attempts to write down every word of the lecture. A leather day planner rests at the edge of her desk, a name embroidered in pink curly letters at the bottom: Emma Elizabeth Swanson. 

I’m definitely not in public school anymore.

Our Business Mathematics teacher pity-smiles at me from behind her glasses and dives into a discussion about supply and demand. I continue to wonder what I should do with the snot on my palm. If I were sitting beside one of the guys at Burlington High, like I should be this year, the snot wouldn’t be an issue. I would wipe it on Cowboy, the least likely of the group to retaliate, and laugh. 

But what would a “lady” do? 

Here at Winston, boys feel as mythical and mysterious as unicorns. There’s no sign of them anywhere. No obnoxious belches. No stupid high- fives. No talk of monster hunting. It’s unsettling, like I’m walking among a race of polite aliens wearing plaid jumpers and lip gloss. 

How am I supposed to survive a year on another planet? 

My Review:

One of the GuysOne of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Sweet, light, fun, romantic contemporary YA novel.

Lisa Aldin introduces us to McRib, Ollie, Cowboy, and Loch, friends since second grade. The book opens up with all of them on Loch’s (Micah’s) boat in search of the elusive “Champ” monster lurking in Lake Champlain. (This is a legend of the lake that the author did a nice job incorporating.)

When Toni has to attend an all-girls’ school for her senior year, her relationship with the boys change. Though she sees them off an on, it’s not quite the same. At school, she meets Emma, and they forge not only a friendship, but a business together: Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service. Toni gets her boys to go on dates or to be covers for girls. There is no physical contact at all. This service is purely platonic.

Well, as you can imagine, things don’t always go as expected. As relationships things begin to heat up between Toni and Micah.

What I liked about this novel:

1. The boys were adorable, funny, had distinct personalities.
2. I loved Toni’s friendship with Emma. Emma really brings out the best in Toni.Lisa Aldin
3. The cat is funny. (Named Tom Brady for the quarterback.)
4. Champ.
5. Brian, Toni’s step-father
6. Chainsaw Massacre teddy bears. 😀
7. The ending! Adorable, sweet.

Thank you so much to Spencer Hill for making an ARC available for review through NetGalley.

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About Lisa:

Lisa Aldin graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in English Literature. She now lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and daughter. ONE OF THE GUYS is her debut novel.

14 Days of Fictional Swoon – My First Fictional Crush, Plus 2 Giveaways
Feb 8th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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For some people in your life, it may not be easy for them to tell you I love you.” But the more you say it, the more it’ll be easier for others to say back. Also, not everyone is great with words, but they show their love with actions. Wanting someone to tell you I love you and having that person say it doesn’t mean anything unless their actions SHOW IT too!


This is the copy of GONE WITH THE WIND that I bought and read when I was 12. The cost back then was $9.95, still well worth it. 1037 pages. It's the 86th printing. I'm so happy I have this after all these years.

This is the copy of GONE WITH THE WIND that I bought and read when I was 12. The cost back then was $9.95. So well worth it. 1037 pages. It’s the 86th printing. I’m so happy I have this after all these years.

I was  twelve and in the seventh grade when I read GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell. If there had been Team Rhett or Team Ashley, I would have been Team Rhett ALL THE WAY. I had the biggest crush on him. Of course, seeing the movie with Clark Gable as Rhett didn’t diminish my crush at all.


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My Giveaway: (US or Canada) – An ARC of Maggie Stiefvater’s SINNER)

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Thank you so much to Jaime and Erin of Fiction Fare and Meg & Kassiah of Swoony Boys Podcast for putting this event together!

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