The Lost Series [Review]
Uncategorized / October 19, 2015

The Lost Series, by Layla Hagen, is comprised of Lost in Us, Found in Us, and Caught in Us. Read on for my review of the entire series! Lost in Us is the story of Serena and James.  Serena is an intelligent woman with a plan and a tight hold on the reins of her life.  James is a brilliant and wealthy entrepreneur playboy who sets his eyes on Serena.Serena has known for some time what she would do with her life, While Serena struggles to hold tightly to the path she has set for herself, but when her boyfriend of 6 years leaves her (and her plans) in the dust, James tempts her with both his body and his wild ways. “It’s not the behavior itself that scares me. The fact that I chose to act this way scares me. I wanted to be reckless. And as I look into his eyes, and feel his hot breath on my lips, every inch of my body tells me that I don’t want to stop being reckless.” And THIS. Right here. This is what I loved about Lost in Us.  James helps Serena discover how to let go and feel, and Serena pushes James to allow himself to…

Getting to Know Author Elodie Nowodazkij [ + GIVEAWAY]
Uncategorized / October 14, 2015

Yesterday, I posted about the release of Always Second Best (including the awesome tour-wide giveaway!). Today, I’d like to share my review of Always Second Best, as well as a fun little interview with the author. Oh, and did I mention I also have a giveaway just for my wonderful readers? ‘Cause I definitely do! Review Seventeen year old ballerina Emilia Moretti has felt second best her whole life, and she has decided that she is going to show the world that she can be the best. (The world mainly being her birth mother and her ex best friend/summer fling.)   “But when everything went crashing faster than a dancer missing his or her landing, I still had hope. I dreamed he’d come and knock at my door, that he’d tell me he was sorry, that he’d fight for me.”​ Like most teenage girls (and hell, us adults as well!), Emilia longs to be sought after and fought for. She bases much of her self worth on the idea of, more than being the best AT something, being the best and first choice FOR someone. Because this is such a relevant topic to women of every age the world over, I was…

Always Second Best [Release Tour + GIVEAWAY!]
Uncategorized / October 13, 2015

It’s release day for Always Second Best, by the fabulous Elodie Nowodazkij! Today, I’m just posting the book info and tour-wide giveaway info, but keep your eyes open for some fun extras (including another giveaway and a little get-to-know-you with the author!) tomorrow! Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.  Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first.  Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he won’t break her heart again. Even when her world goes…

Perfection Is Just An Illusion – Cover Reveal!
Uncategorized / September 21, 2015

James Thompson is an Olympic swimmer with gold medals, world records, and million-dollar sponsorship deals… But his fiancée Anna White is just an ordinary girl—or so she believes. When James takes her home for a visit and encounters her childhood friends and sleazy, jealous ex-boyfriend, Grant, he sees for the first time just how far apart their worlds really are. Anna’s so-called friends undermine and backstab, but James is up for the challenge… James is determined to make Anna see that while she might have once been an ugly duckling, she is now a stunning swan, and the only woman for him. As the London World Championships approach, media scrutiny of their relationship intensifies, and an intimate secret is uncovered…making their promise to each other nearly impossible to keep. Caught up in a whirlwind of press coverage, and championship competition… James and Anna find the stress almost overwhelming, and they struggle to maintain focus on their goals. But when victory finally appears certain, an old menace resurfaces and threatens to violate all James and Anna hold dear. Is it possible to have a perfect life? A perfect love? Or is perfection just an illusion… Rebecca, one of four kids to…

Impossible Choice Book Tour: Interview with Sybil Bartel! [+ GIVEAWAY!]
Uncategorized / September 16, 2015

Earlier in the month, I reviewed Impossible Choice, the latest in the Unchecked series from author, Sybil Bartel.  Today, I am happy to announce that I had the opportunity to interview Sybil (and I might be fan-girling…just a little).  Without further ado, the nitty gritty straight from the woman of the hour! Thank you SO MUCH Amber for hosting me today on Room On The Shelf! I’m so excited to be here and I love your questions, I can’t wait to get started! But first, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Sybil Bartel and I’m a Contemporary Romance and New Adult Romance writer for Harlequin’s Carina Press. And I kinda have a thing for sexy alpha Military heroes and bad boy rockers. So, without further ado, here are Amber’s awesome questions and my (Sometimes serious, sometimes silly) answers. 1) What’s YOUR story? Why did you start writing? Thank you for asking this question, Amber! I haven’t been asked this yet and to be honest, this is the first time I’m sharing this on social media. So, here goes. I’ve always loved to write. My first novel was a loooong paranormal YA (who doesn’t want to be JK Rowling, lol!) that went nowhere. It was pretty bad. But…

Always Second Best [COVER REVEAL + GIVEAWAY]
Uncategorized / September 8, 2015

If you follow me, you know that I read (and highly recommended) the novella A Summer Like No Other by Elodie Nowodazkij.   Today, I get to help reveal the gorgeous cover of her next book, Always Second Best. Read on for more details and a GIVEAWAY! Always Second Best by Elodie Nowodazkij  (Broken Dreams, #2)  Publication date: October 13th 2015  Genres: Romance, Young Adult Synopsis: Sometimes being first isn’t what you expected.  Seventeen-year-old ballerina Emilia Moretti is tired of always being second best. And she’s going to prove the world she deserves to be first. In her upcoming School of the Performing Arts showcase. In the eyes of her birth parents. And in the heart of the guy she loves. She spends hours rehearsing, hours dreaming about becoming number one, hours imagining how her entire life is about to change. But when nothing goes the way she planned, she’ll need to realize what it really means to be first. Eighteen-year-old Nick Grawski doesn’t want to follow Daddy Dearest’s rules any longer. He’s going to prove he’s meant to be a dancer—not a lawyer—and he is not going to stay away from Em just because his father demands it. He needs to show Em that—this time around—he’s there to stay and that he…

Impossible Choice
Uncategorized / September 8, 2015

Impossible Choice is the continuation of the Unchecked series, begun in book 1,Impossible Promise.  In this installment, Layna and Blaze find their fledgling relationship put to the test when, shortly after his deployment to Afghanistan, Blaze is wounded and returns home to recover.   Read on for my review! Impossible Choice picks up shortly after Blaze deploys to Afghanistan, leaving Layna heartbreakingly lonely and lost without him. Part of what I love so much about this book is that the author doesn’t pull punches when it comes to the difficult feelings. Loneliness, anger, fear, jealousy, lust…they exist, and we all feel them. The characters in this book feel them. Things aren’t always picture perfect and beautiful, with the hero and heroine skipping off into the sunset, everyone fulfilled and no feelings hurt. And, as much as it shreds the heart to read those kinds of truths, it makes the characters so much more real and relateable.  “I craved him–his touch, his smile, the intense way he looked at me. I missed him more than I missed my parents and that scared the hell out of me.” That quote. Right there. That’s what connected me to Layna’s emotional state at the novel’s opening….

A Summer Like No Other
Uncategorized / August 12, 2015

Ok…once you’re done drooling at the gorgeousness of that cover, join me in the next paragraph. 😉  I’m not normally a huge novella fan, but this?  This was the novel version of a perfect snack—sweet and salty, and so delicious it leaves you checking to make sure nobody is looking before licking the plate and scavenging for dropped crumbs. Read on for my full review! “I concentrate on the music, on the feeling of freedom that comes from letting my body move, on the possibilities ahead. Pushing away the thoughts that the music will end, that I will need to face reality, that this feeling of happiness will disappear.” I cannot (without spoilers) count the ways in which these thoughts, which run through Emilia’s head at the beginning of the story, encapsulate A Summer Like No Other.  With her characters and soul-touching words, Elodie Nowodazkij creates a beautiful blend of YA and NA—innocence on the verge of revelation. Emilia is lonely, searching for love and yearning for discovery on so many fronts, and just naïve enough to think that she possesses the power to fix all that is wrong in her world. “If only I could reach the top. If only I could…

Unbound (The Guardian Legacies, #1)
Uncategorized / August 11, 2015

Unbound, the first book in The Guardian Legacies series by Emily Goodwin is the introduction to teenage medium Anora Benson. Though she’s always known she is a medium, Anora soon discovers a whole world of beings she never knew existed and powers she didn’t know she had.  Read on for my review! I was torn on the rating for this one. On the one hand, it had beautiful cover art and an amazing story concept. I even found it hard to put down for about the first quarter of the book. But then, as much as I wanted to credit the positive qualities of the story, a few negative aspects began to weigh me down. From the start, I was frustrated that I couldn’t get a good feel for what this book wanted to be, and honestly, I began to suspect that the author wasn’t quite sure either. At times, the innocence of characters and blatantly sophomoric dialogue (like when Ethan asks Anora, “Do you want to be my girlfriend?”) spoke for this book as an innocent YA Paranormal love story.  However, the open discussion of sex, drugs, and alcohol, and the fact that, by the end of the story, Ethan and…

Hanover House Review
Uncategorized / August 10, 2015

Hanover House by Brenda Novak is the thrilling prequel novella to the author’s new Hanover House chronicles, Book 1 of which releases in September 2016.  It gives us the history of Hanover House’s founding psychiatrist, Dr. Evelyn Talbot, and sets the stage for the opening of the new facility (which will house the United States’ worst psychopaths and serial killers) in a remote town in Alaska. Read on for my review! After 3 days of torture, Jasper Moore had slit her throat and left her for dead–and it wasn’t as if he’d been a mere stranger. He was her high school boyfriend, someone she’d trusted enough to give her virginity. While I’m not normally a huge fan of novellas and prequels, I found Hanover House to be an enjoyable read. It was quick (I read it in one sitting), and actually managed to both effectively set up the world of the Hanover House chronicles and delve fairly deeply into both the history of Dr. Evelyn Talbot and the mindset of a psychopath. But, oddly enough, even when he was angry he didn’t look overtly dangerous, didn’t look much different than the middle school teacher he’d once been–before his wife stumbled upon the body…