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London Falling by Chanel Cleeton Book Review

Hey everyone!

Man I’ve been a way from blogging for a while. These past two weeks have been a bit crazy for me. I’ve been job hunting and interviewing, so I’ve been a bit stressed with “real world” stuff. But finally, I’ve found some time to get back to this beautiful hobby of mine ;) Hopefully, I’ll fall back into a groove again.

Today I’m sharing some thoughts on the second book of Chanel Cleeton’s International School series. The novel just released on July 7th!! I couldn’t wait to find out what happened to these two characters and was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the novel!

**I was provided a free e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and not influenced by any outside factors.**

Also, a bit of a pre-warning if you haven’t read the first book: I See London. Although this novel could be read as a stand alone, it’s a lot better if you read it in order and I might let some spoilers from the first book out during this review.

The Review

Maggie’s back at the International School in London. This place has become her home away from home, where she finally feels like she can be herself. She has two amazing new friends and is loving her major. But this year isn’t like last year. Last year, she was finding her groove and dancing around her attraction for Samir, the sexy and out-of-her league junior. And after one hot night giving into temptation right before summer break, Maggie can’t forget about him. Now she’s back at school where Samir is close enough to touch. But Maggie also remembers the London Falling by Chanel Cleetondrama and heartbreak; the two different worlds they live in; and oh yeah that Smair still has a Lebanese girlfriend. But as much as she wants to stay away, it’s getting harder and harder to resist.

Samir is finishing up his last year of university in London before he has to return to Lebanon and follow in his father’s footsteps. He can’t afford to fall for someone like Maggie–who is so far removed from his world. But he can’t seem to keep his hands off her. Even knowing that when his senior year is up he won’t be able to keep her, Samir can’t help but keep wanting Maggie. As time ticks down, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences of their relationship and find a future together.

I really enjoyed I See London, Cleeton’s first book in the series. I loved watching the push and pull of Maggie and Samir’s attraction throughout the novel. I also liked seeing Maggie’s progression as a character being faced with new experiences during her first year of university. Maggie had a lot of growing up to do and in New Adult fashion she was definitely learning.

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Author Spotlight: Lacey Weatherford!

Good Afternoon All!

Today I’m featuring an awesome author for a Monday Author Spotlight. So grab your cup of tea (or coffee!) and pull up a comfy chair to take some time to learn more about Lacey Weatherford!

Lacey Weatherford

 Lacey Weatherford

~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~
Lacey Weatherford was born in Ft. Meade Maryland while her father was serving in the military. She has been a life long resident of Arizona, spending most of her time growing up in the small rural town of Clay Springs.
It was while she was attending the small country school in Clay Springs, that she read her first “big” book at the age of eight. It was a Nancy Drew novel and Lacey was instantly hooked. She read every book that she could find in the series and decided that she wanted to write stories too.
Lacey spent a lot of time at the library from that time forward, even volunteering in her later teen years and early twenties. She would don a crazy clown outfit for the Friends of the Library fundraisers in an effort to help get the new town library built.
When she and her husband moved away from the area, Lacey took the opportunity to take some creative writing classes at the local college to help further along her interests. Several years later, they were blessed with the opportunity to move back to Clay Springs with their family. The town had finally succeeded in building their library and Lacey had the opportunity to be President of the Friends of the Library for a very short time, before relocating.
Lacey and her family still live in the White Mountains of Arizona, where she continues to write young adult novels that have a fantasy/fairytale or paranormal bent to them, as well as being sure to include a great romantic storyline!

 

~*~BOOK LIST~*~

 

The Crush series
Chasing Nikki series
Of Witches and Warlocks series
Tell Me Why
Fire & Ice
Over the River and Through the Woods
Fairy Kissed
Castle in the Clouds
Too Close
31 Flavors
See Me

 

~*~SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS~*~

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about Lacey! I’m thinking of making this a weekly meme. What are your thoughts? Does anyone else have a meme for this already going? Let me know thanks!

As Always,

Happy Reading!

xo,

NicoleLynn

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Stacking the Shelves #1

Good Morning All!

So I’ve recently decided to join the world of memes. I started off this week doing a Top Ten post from The Broke and the Bookish blog and today I’m doing my second one, Stacking the Shelves from Tynga’s Reviews!

More About the Meme:

Stacking the Shelves

 

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme created by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. The meme is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

So here’s what I’ve Stacked my Shelves with this past week!

*All photos of book covers were taken from GoodReads.com*

On the Book Shelf:

From a giveaway I won: 

The Infinite Moment of UsSometimes Never, Sometimes AlwaysUses for Boys

Misunderstandings Tiffany KingThe Rules for Breaking

 

1. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
2. Sometimes Never, Sometimes Always by Elissa Hoole 
3. Uses for Boys by Erica Scheidt 
4. Misunderstandings by Tiffany King
5. The Rules of Breaking by Ashley Elston 

For Review:

Seven Weeks to Forever

6. Seven Weeks to Forever by Jennifer Farwell

From my own purchases:

Halfway to the GraveLover Awakened by J. R. WardImmortal Rider

7. Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #1)
8. Lover Awakened by J. R. Ward (Book 3 in The Black Dagger Brotherhood)
9. Immortal Rider by Larissa Ione (Lords of Deliverance #2)

On the Kindle:

From my own purchases:

Lost and Found Love Notes Not Until Tonight

10. Lost & Found by Nicole Williams
11. Love Notes by Heather Gunter
12. Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz

For Review:

Fever by Melissa PearlThe Legacy

13. Fever by Melissa Pearl
14. The Legacy by Melissa Delport

From the Library: 

Cruel Beauty

15. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

 

Have you read any of these? What’s on your shelves this week? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you :) 

As Always,

Happy Reading!

xo,

NicoleLynn 

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Fever by Melissa Pearl Book Review

*I was given an ARC of the book, Fever, from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and not influenced by any outside things or persons.*

Hello my lovelies!

I hope everyone’s week is going splendidly! Earlier this week was the Release Day of Fever by Melissa Pearl. As I stated in my postFever was burning a hole in my Kindle and I couldn’t wait to jump into it! Finally, I get a chance to let you all in on this wonderful NA!

The Review

I’ve mentioned before that the NA genre is still new to me. Personally, it’s becoming a huge favorite of mine. Anyways, Fever by Melissa Pearl is a NA contemporary and the first of Pearl’s Songbird series. Fever follows Ella, a lover of jazz who follows her high school boyfriend, David, to his college of choice. Self-conscious and anxious about the big move, Ella is torn between wanting to be with her boyfriend and facing the scariness of a new place that University of Chicago poses. Luckily one of her best friends is going to be her roommate and will have her back adjusting through this new phase in her life. Restlessly the first night there, Ella makes her way to the showers to ease her mind. With no one in sight, Ella belts out a jazz favorite and surprisingly hears a voice join in. This isn’t an ordinary voice. This is the voice of downright sexiness and it makes Ella feel more than she ever has or should. Now she’s stuck questioning her relationship and her life. Enter in her boyfriend’s best friend, Cole. Cole’s just trying to finish his final year at UChicago, so that he can finally move forward with his dreams to own his own pub. He’s never been the commitment type and isn’t looking for a relationship. So why is it that he can’t stop thinking about Ella and is jealous of what his roommate/best friend has with her? As Ella and Cole battle through new emotions, relationships and life dreams will tested. What will win out in the end?

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Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR List

TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!
Each week we will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.
Hey everyone!

 

So I wanted to start trying out some memes. I’ve known about this one for a while but haven’t written a post on it yet. So today’s the day ;)

 

This top ten challenge was a little tough as I have a ton(!) of books on my TBR list. I’m also horrible at planning what I read unless I need to have a book read for a certain deadline. I’m usually a “whatever I’m feeling at the moment” kind of chooser. So, hopefully I do get around to reading these this summer!

 

OK, here we go!

 

My Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR List!
London Falling by Chanel CleetonPretty Crooked Rush
1. London Falling by Chanel Cleeton
I’ve recently done a lot of talking about Chanel Cleeton’s books over the past week. I really am excited for the release of London Falling, book two of Maggie’s adventures in London. The two-book series falls into the NA contemporary genre. I found the first book to be written very well and I’m looking forward to see how Maggie’s character develops even more–especially with her romantic interests.

 

2. Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig
So this book has been sitting on my Kindle for about a month now and I’m hoping to finally take time to read it. I’ve been swept up and distracted by some other releases and finds, but I really do want to read this. I’ve always been a HUGE Robin Hood fan and any story (or TV show) that relates (cue Leverage). Naturally, this story peaked my interest. It follows Willa, a girl who begins taking from the rich kids at Valley Prep and giving to the poor ones. However, things start to get complicated as the police begin investigation and her rich friends start seeking revenge. Add a little romance, and you’ve got me hooked! Hoping to start this novel soon.

 

3. Rush by Eve Silver
I came across this YA recently. The description gives it a Fire & Flood feel with a little of the Hunger Games mentality. The story follows Miki Jones who is pulled from her life and into some kid of game. Miki and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures. According to her attractive team leader Jackson Tate, what she and her teammates do in this game will not only determine their survival, but the survival of every other person on the planet. It’s the game/survival plot that drew me in. Although I wasn’t a huge Hunger Games fan, I was a big fan of Fire & Flood. So, I want to give this story a chance and see if I’ll like it or not.

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Fever by Melissa Pearl Release Day!

Hey All,
Yesterday was the release of Fever by Melissa Pearl! I already have this warming up my Kindle and I can’t wait to dive in! Hopefully I’ll get a review up for you all soon ;) In the meantime, check out all you need to know about this new NA Contemporary! Also keep an eye out on social for some great teasers (I might have included one below!) :)
The Low Down:

Ella Simmons does not want to move across the country. But she is, because her boyfriend has persuaded her to join him at UChicago to finish out her college education. Never able to tell him no, she hops on a plane and makes the trek from LA expecting to adjust to life like she’s often forced to, but things are not that simple when she hears a luscious voice singing over her shower wall. His deep, sexy tenor makes her weak in the knees, spreading fire through her limbs and making her question everything about her life and relationship.

Can one voice really have that much of an impact?

Cole Reynolds is on his way out. In his final year at UChicao, the only this he wants to do is finish school and get on with this life. But the sweet voice that interrupts his morning shower turns his world upside down. Compelled to find his shower songbird, he begins a search across campus. The only thing to distract him from this goal is his roommate’s gorgeous girlfriend who’s just arrived from LA – Ella Simmons.

Relationships are put to the ultimate test as future dreams are questioned and friendships are thrown on the line for love.

Where to Get Fever:

iBooks /  Barnes & Noble / Amazon / Kobo / Smashwords 

 

 Giveaway Time!

Enter the Release Day Giveaway!

 

 

About the Author

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books. Recently she signed with Evatopia Press and her first Evatopia book is coming out in February 2014 – True Colors, The Masks Series #1. She is very excited to be trying out new things this year while continuing to publish under her own name as well. She has six books planned for 2014 and is excited about writing each and every one of them.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

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A Quick Teaser!

Fever by Melissa Pearl

Thanks for stopping by!

As Always,

Happy Reading!

xo,

NicoleLynn

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#LondonFalling by Chanel Cleeton Teaser!

******I just want to preface with: If you haven’t read Book One: I See London, please be warned there might be some spoilers in book two’s description!*****

Hey all!

If you’ve read yesterday’s post then you got the low down on book one: I See London. I can’t wait to get my hands on London Falling so I can continue reading about Maggie’s adventures in London and learn what’s going on in her love life ;) Here’s the low down on the new book: coming out July 7th! (yes, that’s less than a month away!).

London Falling by Chanel Cleeton

The Info:

We weren’t a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb… 

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It’s his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

So where can you get it? Head over to Amazon or Barnes & Noble to pre-order it. If you didn’t catch my post on book one, I See London is on sale for only $.99! If you’re into the New Adult genre, you definitely have to check out this two-book series. I See London was a great first read and I hope the conclusion is just as good! I really want to find out what happens!

Now for some Teasers!! Follow me and Chanel on Twitter for more!

London Falling Chanel CleetonLondon Falling Chanel CleetonLondon. Big Ben clock tower.

About Chanel Cleeton:

Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel Cleeton moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.Chanel Cleeton

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.

Chanel is the author of the New Adult books I See London and London Falling with Harlequin HQN. Learn more about her on her website at www.chanelcleeton.com. Keep up with Chanel’s latest news, book giveaways, and more on her monthly newsletter at http://www.chanelcleeton.com/mailing-list/.

Author Links:

Website:   www.chanelcleeton.com
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/authorchanelcleeton
Twitter:   www.twitter.com/chanelcleeton
Goodreads:   www.goodreads.com/chanelcleeton

bahmbahmbahmm! GIVEAWAY TIME!

Win 1 (of 2) $10 Amazon Giftcards in celebration of London Falling’s release!

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Thanks for stopping by!

As always,

Happy Reading!

xo,

NicoleLynn

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I See London by Chanel Cleeton Book Review & Teaser!

Hey All,

So I’m still dipping my toes into the New Adult genre. I haven’t really known where to begin, so I’ve been reading books that I find randomly (usually through my emails or on my Twitter feed). This particular read; however, was planned. I See London by Chanel Cleeton is a debut novel of Cleeton’s for 2014 and the first one I’ve read for the 2014 Debut Author Challenge debut author challenge 2014
hosted by The Story Siren. I’m a bit behind on this challenge, but I’m hoping to catch up during the summer! If you’re working on this challenge too, let me know! Also if you have any debut author recommendations, that’d be awesome to hear about as well!

Ok onto the Review ;)

The Review 

I See London  follows Maggie Carpenter’s adventures attending the International School in London. She needed a change from her ordinary life in South Carolina & when she got a scholarship to attend a school in London–she took a deep breath and accepted it. Now she’s living in London and attending a university filled with the privileged offspring of diplomats and world leaders. This leads to nights at the hottest clubs and wearing designer brands borrowed from new friends. Soon, Maggie finds herself swept up in the life she’s always wanted while also dating older, twenty-something Hugh. There’s just one problem. Maggie can’t seem to keep her hands off the hot, yet very arrogant Samir Khouri. Half French, Half Lebanese, and ridiculously wealthy, he seems way out of her league. Plus, he’s not the one-girl relationship type of guy–leaving Maggie torn. But in a place like London anything can happen and everything could change in the blink of an eye.

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