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Review: PRESS PLAY by Eric Devine

“This is definitely a Devine novel; there’s so much sweat, blood, and adrenaline that you almost need to wring out the pages… A tough, smart look at weight issues,
self-respect, and our intrinsic desire to belong at all costs.” —Booklist

Title: PRESS PLAY

Author: Eric Devine

Publisher: Running Press

Pub. Date: October 18, 2014

Format: ARC provided by publisher

Rating: 10/10

Summary from Goodreads:

Greg Dunsmore, a.k.a. Dun the Ton, is focused on one thing: making a documentary that will guarantee his admission into the film school of his choice. Every day, Greg films his intense weight-loss focused workouts as well as the nonstop bullying that comes from his classmates. But when he captures footage of violent, extreme hazing by his high school’s championship-winning lacrosse team in the presence of his principal, Greg’s field of view is in for a readjustment.
Greg knows there is a story to be told, but it is not clear exactly what. And his attempts to find out the truth only create more obstacles, not to mention physical harm upon himself. Yet if Greg wants to make his exposé his ticket out of town rather than a veritable death sentence, he will have to learn to play the game and find a team to help him.
Combine the underbelly of Friday Night Lights with the unflinching honesty of Walter Dean Myers, and you will find yourself with Eric Devine’s novel of debatable truths, consequences, and realities.

Review:

If you PRESS PLAY is your first novel by Eric Devine you are in for a wonderful surprise. One of the first things that really stands out about PRESS PLAY is the voice. The raw honesty and sarcasm will without a doubt draw readers in as Greg Dunsmore begins his weight loss journey only to discover that losing the wright will be only a small obstacle compared to the choice he has to make when he captures on his phone the cruel hazing implemented by his school’s lacrosse team.

For me as a reader the biggest draw to this novel is the fact that Devine does not shy away from the though subjects and he does it a way that is both brutal and honest. I found myself unable to put this book down because each chapter was better than the previous. Just when I thought the worst of the hazing was over something new and horrible happened. There is no sugarcoating—Devine lays it all out.  

The next element of PRESS PLAY that drew me in is the protagonist. Greg Dunsmore is overweight, bullied, he has issues connecting with other people. All of those issues make his character development so much stronger. Devine is not afraid to throw some very tough obstacles in his protagonist’s way. Watching Greg surmount these obstacles and grow into his own adds a crucial layer to PRESS PLAY because in the end it all comes down to Greg making the decision of whether or not to expose what he has captured on tape.  

I would recommend PRESS PLAY to anyone willing to take the roller-coaster ride of a journey with Greg to see if the truth really sets us free.  

RELEASE DAY BLITZ:

They’ve been lying from the start. From the first time we hear the words “once upon a time,” we’re fed the idea that these girls— these gorgeous, demure, singing-with-the-wildlife girls—get a happy ending. And I get it. Poor thing had to do some chores around the house, fine. But the idea that she needs a magic old lady to come down and skim off the dirt so the prince will see her beauty? That’s ridiculous. Maybe she should have been working on her lockpicking skills instead of serenading squirrels. She could have busted out, hitched a ride to the castle, and impressed the prince with her safe-cracking prowess. 

Sorry, magic-fairy lady. She didn’t need your help. The deck’s already stacked in her favor. Why? Because she’s the golden girl. She’s the star. No one cares about the stepsisters’ stories. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending. They get a lifetime of longing. 

Seriously.

Hot girls get the fairy tales. 

Hot girls like my stepsister.

Title: Damsel Distressed

Author: Kelsey Macke

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Synopsis: Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

 While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17788889-damsel-distressed?from_search=true

 Damsel Distressed Website: http://www.DamselDistressed.com/

 Damsel Distressed Tumblr: http://teamomgen.tumblr.com/

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Damsel-Distressed-Kelsey-Macke/dp/1939392179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412356141&sr=8-1&keywords=Damsel+Distressed

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/damsel-distressed-kelsey-macke/1118587141?ean=9781939392176

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Damsel-Distressed-Kelsey-Macke/9781939392176

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Damsel-Distressed/book-RFTIcQw3o06PYIJYoZrJ5w/page1.html?s=2vx86xWXaUCEC0UUsDkVFQ&r=1

 

Imogen Unlocked Track Listing:

1. Heavy

2. No Goodbye

3. Something About

4. Sinking

5. Don’t Wake Me Up

6. Let Me Go

7. My Strength

8. Unseen

9. Always Speak Too Late

10. The End is Just the Beginning

11. Breathe Easy

12. Edge of the Fall

CD Blurb:

Damsel Distressed is the story of Imogen, a girl who’s survived the years after her mother’s death by focusing squarely on her best friend, Grant, musical theatre, and lots of cheese. The book is full of humor and heart, and also contains a few surprises. Full page sketches are scattered throughout the novel, and each one contains a QR code that corresponds to a song from the book’s soundtrack. Imogen Unlocked is a 12-song album of original music written by the author and her husband Daron as their indie-pop band, Wedding Day Rain. Together, the book Damsel Distressed and the soundtrack Imogen Unlocked work together to tell the story of a girl who might just make her own Happily Ever After, if she can just hold herself together. 

Author Bio:

 

Kelsey Macke has been creative for as long as she can remember. From an early age she was on stage singing, penning poetry, and writing notebooks full of songs. When the idea for her debut novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, popped into her head, she was undeterred by the fact that she had no idea how to actually write a novel. Her bff, the internet, was her guide, and after much trial, error, and candy, she finished it, and set out to get it published… a process far more difficult than, the internet (now her mortal enemy), had lead her to believe.

Her whirlwind adventure was made even more unbelievable when she signed with fabulous agent, Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and, shortly after, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Contemporary bought her debut.

This innovative, mixed-media art project has given Kelsey an incredibly unique opportunity to join two of her passions: writing and making music with her husband as half of the folky, indie-pop band Wedding Day Rain.

DAMSEL DISTRESSED, and the companion album of original songs, Imogen Unlocked, are scheduled for release in October 2014.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://kelseymacke.com/home

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KelsNotChels

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkelseymacke

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kelsnotchels

Tumblr: http://kelsnotchels.tumblr.com/

 

DAMSEL DISTRESSED BLOG TOUR

Title: Damsel Distressed

Author: Kelsey Macke

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Synopsis: Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters’ story. Those girls don’t get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

Enhance the experience with the companion soundtrack, Imogen Unlocked, by the author’s band, Wedding Day Rain.

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17788889-damsel-distressed?from_search=true

Damsel Distressed Website: http://www.DamselDistressed.com/

Damsel Distressed Tumblr: http://teamomgen.tumblr.com/

 

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Damsel-Distressed-Kelsey-Macke/dp/1939392179/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1412356141&sr=8-1&keywords=Damsel+Distressed

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/damsel-distressed-kelsey-macke/1118587141?ean=9781939392176

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Damsel-Distressed-Kelsey-Macke/9781939392176

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Damsel-Distressed/book-RFTIcQw3o06PYIJYoZrJ5w/page1.html?s=2vx86xWXaUCEC0UUsDkVFQ&r=1

 

Imogen Unlocked Track Listing:

1. Heavy

2. No Goodbye

3. Something About

4. Sinking

5. Don’t Wake Me Up

6. Let Me Go

7. My Strength

8. Unseen

9. Always Speak Too Late

10. The End is Just the Beginning

11. Breathe Easy

12. Edge of the Fall

CD Blurb:

Damsel Distressed is the story of Imogen, a girl who’s survived the years after her mother’s death by focusing squarely on her best friend, Grant, musical theatre, and lots of cheese. The book is full of humor and heart, and also contains a few surprises. Full page sketches are scattered throughout the novel, and each one contains a QR code that corresponds to a song from the book’s soundtrack. Imogen Unlocked is a 12-song album of original music written by the author and her husband Daron as their indie-pop band, Wedding Day Rain. Together, the book Damsel Distressed and the soundtrack Imogen Unlocked work together to tell the story of a girl who might just make her own Happily Ever After, if she can just hold herself together. 

Kelsey Macke has been creative for as long as she can remember. From an early age she was on stage singing, penning poetry, and writing notebooks full of songs. When the idea for her debut novel, DAMSEL DISTRESSED, popped into her head, she was undeterred by the fact that she had no idea how to actually write a novel. Her bff, the internet, was her guide, and after much trial, error, and candy, she finished it, and set out to get it published… a process far more difficult than, the internet (now her mortal enemy), had lead her to believe.

Her whirlwind adventure was made even more unbelievable when she signed with fabulous agent, Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and, shortly after, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill Contemporary bought her debut.

This innovative, mixed-media art project has given Kelsey an incredibly unique opportunity to join two of her passions: writing and making music with her husband as half of the folky, indie-pop band Wedding Day Rain.

DAMSEL DISTRESSED, and the companion album of original songs, Imogen Unlocked, are scheduled for release in October 2014.

Author Social Media Links:

Website: http://kelseymacke.com/home

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KelsNotChels

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkelseymacke

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kelsnotchels

Tumblr: http://kelsnotchels.tumblr.com/

EXCERPT:

Evelyn has texted me three times. First, to tell me Carmella arrived safe and sound this morning. The second was to ask if I’d be home in time for dinner. “There’ll be pizza!” Which apparently means I am some kind of rabid, fat animal who will rush home at the first mention of pepperoni. Which isn’t exactly false, but whatever. Suck it, Evelyn. And the last says, “Didn’t know rehearsal would last so long. Carmella and I are going to bed.”

So now, in addition to my significant body odor, muscle fatigue, and emotional rawness, I also get to be moments from a panic attack.

Because she’s in there. Right now.

I lean over to look out the passenger window and up at the second floor windows sitting side by side. Mine on the right is wide and squatty, while hers is narrow and tall.

I see you, window-related irony.

GIVEAWAY:

 http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/a799953b46/

naturallysteph:

I can hardly believe I’m typing this, but …
Four stars!!!
My True Love Gave to Me received its FOURTH *starred* review. Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and now Booklist:
"Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It’s a Christmas miracle! Not since 2008’s Let It Snow … has a compendium of wintry love stories given readers such reason to celebrate. Using her trademark sparkling dialogue, Rainbow Rowell rings in an amorous New Year’s between old pals. Matt De La Peña presents a house-sitter hookup with unlikely results. Jenny Han writes tales of woe and lust between Santa’s adopted daughter and her coworking elves. Stephanie Perkins pairs a tree-lot employee with a shopper who pines for much more. David Levithan’s Jewish St. Nick loves his boyfriend enough to (reluctantly) spread some X-mas magic. Holly Black’s hot Christmas Krampus crashes a swinging holiday soiree. Kiersten White whips up a delicious romance in a struggling Yule-themed diner. And several other big-name writers—Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Laini Taylor—craft cozy, clever, totally PG tales of good tidings. This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire.”
This anthology will be available for purchase on October 14th!
Mark it to-read on Goodreads. Pre-order it from your favorite independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

naturallysteph:

I can hardly believe I’m typing this, but …

Four stars!!!

My True Love Gave to Me received its FOURTH *starred* review. Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and now Booklist:

"Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It’s a Christmas miracle! Not since 2008’s Let It Snow … has a compendium of wintry love stories given readers such reason to celebrate. Using her trademark sparkling dialogue, Rainbow Rowell rings in an amorous New Year’s between old pals. Matt De La Peña presents a house-sitter hookup with unlikely results. Jenny Han writes tales of woe and lust between Santa’s adopted daughter and her coworking elves. Stephanie Perkins pairs a tree-lot employee with a shopper who pines for much more. David Levithan’s Jewish St. Nick loves his boyfriend enough to (reluctantly) spread some X-mas magic. Holly Black’s hot Christmas Krampus crashes a swinging holiday soiree. Kiersten White whips up a delicious romance in a struggling Yule-themed diner. And several other big-name writers—Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Laini Taylor—craft cozy, clever, totally PG tales of good tidings. This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire.”

This anthology will be available for purchase on October 14th!

Mark it to-read on Goodreads. Pre-order it from your favorite independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

I am extending the giveaway until November 1. 

MADE FOR YOU Trailer

This book is so good! Review to come.

macteenbooks:

When your favorite character gets their happy ending!

macteenbooks:

When your favorite character gets their happy ending!

melissamarr:

faery-tales-and-nightmares:

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To celebrate the 2nd birthday of Faery Tales & Nightmares—Bestselling Author Melissa Marr’s Official Forum—and the release of her newest novel Made For You, we are hosting our first Giveaway!


• The Prize Packages:

• Tier One:

A signed and dedicated copy of Made For You
A copy…

I absolutely love the team who does my forum and now they have a tumblr AND a big giveaway. 

Please  RT their news. 

macteenbooks:

The Fierce Reads Tour is right around the corner! 

Title: ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD

Author: Kendare Blake

Publisher: Tom Doherty

Pub. Date: October 17, 2011

Format: purchased copy

Rating: 10/10

Summary from Goodreads:

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.


So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

Review:

How can I begin to sum up the sheer awesomeness of Kendare Blake’s ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD? It that even possible? Do the right words exist in English language?

I sure hope so, because I’m going to try and tell you all how great this story is.

For those of you who are not familiar with Blake’s work, be warned that she writes with a wicked sense of humor and if you, like me, enjoy sarcastic and witty characters, this is the book for you. But if you are still not convinced, how about adding some horror to the mix? The combination of all of these elements makes ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD a hilarious, heart-pounding, edge of your seat read. Blake will have you completely invested in Anna and Cass and just when you think that everything will be okay, she will pull your heart out of your chest and leave you dying to know what happens next.

ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is perfect for fans of Supernatural, lovers of horror, and anyone who is up for a great ghost story with a little romance and lots of laughs.

How about a review this weekened?

Hello lovelies,

I know I have not posted  a review in a while, and I do apologize for that, but school and life have been incredibly busy. That said I am hoping to have some reviews for you this weekend.

In the mean time, feel free to enter this giveaway that is up on my blog for a chance to win some books and swag.

macteenbooks:

Don’t forget you can read the entire CREWEL book by Gennifer Albin on Wattpad for free! Literally the whole book! No catch! Click on the book to go to Wattpad!

macteenbooks:

Don’t forget you can read the entire CREWEL book by Gennifer Albin on Wattpad for free! Literally the whole book! No catch! Click on the book to go to Wattpad!

End of Summer/Post BEA Giveaway:

Hey guys!

I know I’ve been a little absent in the last few weeks, but I’m back and I come with gifts (sort of).

I was thinking that since I kind of forgot to do a post BEA giveaway (sorry about that!), that now would be as good a time as any to do a Labor Day/Post BEA giveaway. So what am I giving away?

Books, of course!

You’re probably thinking: “Well duh. This is a book blog.”

Yes, I know I’m being really cheesy, but stay with me because I think you will like what I have to offer.

The giveaway:

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-SWAY by Kat Spears (You can find my review here)

-BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer

-THE VAMPIRES OF MANHATTAN by Melissa de la Cruz

-ATLANTIA by Ally Condie (THREE CHAPTER Preview)

-THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu (SNEAK PEAK)

GIVEAWAY information and rules:

-the giveaway will run from August 8/31/14 to 10/1/14.

-you MUST be a USA resident

-you MUST be following me on this blog (HERE) or on my twitter account (HERE)

-You can enter by rebloging this post or sharing a link on twitter and tagging my (@kir_watson)

-The winner will be picked at random and will have 24 hours to claim their prize.

**I will message the winner on 10/2/14**

Good luck to all!

-K

saardothien:

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penguinteen:

ifistayofficial:

"He’s so good. It’s hard to find someone who can sing, play guitar, act really well, AND be cute." - Chloë Grace Moretz on co-star Jamie Blackley

Watch our exclusive featurette on the music in If I Stay!

Go behind the music of the IF I STAY movie!