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BOUNCE by Noelle August – Review (3rd NA novel in the Boomerang Series)
Sep 16th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

BOUNCEBounce Cover

—a Boomerang novel—

By Noelle August

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Two aspiring musicians must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other in the final Boomerang novel.

Praise for NOELLE AUGUST

“Boomerang, the first book in a new series by August, is a flirty, hilarious read. New Adult readers will devour this book, loving its rapid-fire witty dialogue and engaging characters.”

  • Booklist, STARRED Review
  • “August…delivers a solid new adult trilogy launch.” Publishers Weekly
William Morrow is thrilled to publish Noelle August’s much-anticipated novel: BOUNCE (William Morrow Trade Paperback, On-sale: August 25th, ISBN: 9780062331113; $13.99).  Noelle August is an incredibly fresh and welcome voice in New Adult, and readers can’t wait to revisit favorite characters and fall in love with new ones in the final book of this beloved trilogy!

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part. Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the starring role—or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss she shares with her nineteen-year-old audition partner, Grey Blackwood.

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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,

Additional Praise for NOELLE AUGUST

“This debut entry for August in the new adult genre is refreshingly charming. Absent are the tortured baggage tropes that permeate the category, which is a welcome change. Readers who enjoyed Megan McCafferty’s “Jessica Darling” series (especially the later ones set in college) will want to read this.”
   — Library Journal on BOOMERANG

“…your summer fling in paperback…”
   — WomensHealthMag.com on BOOMERANG

“Boomerang is a novel with substance, fabulously detailed, and August is a fine writer — able to draw a nuanced character. Ethan is a dream, but still realistic, and Mia is every girl’s best friend. Interesting plots, dynamic characters and, of course, scintillating sex make this a new adult title to emulate.”
   — RT Book Reviews on BOOMERANG

“Readers will enjoy seeing more of the mental and emotional level of the relationship being developed, in addition to the physical — a nice change of pace for the genre.”
   — RT Book Reviews on REBOUND

Don’t miss the first two in the series!

My review:

Bounce by Noelle August

BOUNCE sucked me in and tugged at my emotional heartstrings. For anyone looking for a romantic and meaningful NA contemporary series, BOOMERANG definitely fits those qualifications.

When Skyler and Grey are paired together to read a scene for Blackwood Entertainment, sparks fly. The only problem is that Sykler wasn’t planning on getting the role she was playing and Grey was only there as an audition partner because he owed Adam, his brother, big time for trashing his condo. Two completely unexpected circumstances brings on an attraction that’s hard for either one to resist.

Here’s what I loved:
1. The complexity of the characters.
2. Friendship and loyalty. I was really happy to see family loyalty and loyal friends.
3. Characters from the pas.t
4. Grey having to face his demons.
5. Skyler sticking up for herself with her dad and her mom.
6. Grey making Skyler a priority in his life and really thinking about what she means to him.
7. Skyler playing the lead role in a film with very little acting background. I love that dreams can come true.
8. Pineapple on pizza?!?!
9. What pushed Grey over the edge to leave home and to go live with his brother, Adam!
10. This wasn’t a novel that was loaded with sex scenes for the purpose of being gratuitous. The relationship seemed natural and real.
11. Grey’s persistence of his dream. It made me really happy to see that he kept at it, even when family didn’t always seem to approve.
12. Grey’s younger than Skyler, but it wasn’t a HUGE ISSUE! After high school, it seems to me that younger or older by a few years no longer matters. I liked this aspect of this novel!

Another winner in the series! Definitely recommend.

Thank you so much to the publisher for the review copy!

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Waiting on Wednesday: UNTIL BETH by Lisa Amowitz
Sep 16th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

WOW

 

Until Beth

By Lisa Amowitz

Pub. Date: September 29, 2015

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

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Synopsis: She doesn’t just play, she kills it.UntilBethfinish2COVERcrop

Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?

 Why I want to read this: 1. The cover is so cool! Guitar case and grave? Hmmm! Definitely a very intriguing premise! 

Lisa AmowitzAbout the author:

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first book in the Finder Series, released September 9, 2014 and its unnamed sequel will release winter, 2016. UNTIL BETH, a YA urban fantasy, will release September 2015.

Author Social Media Links:

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