Review || Windfall


Title: Windfall
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Paperback
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Synopsis:

Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes.

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Review || Keep the Faith (+ GIVEAWAY)


Title: Keep the Faith
Author: Ana Tejano
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Christian
Copy: Digital
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First things first: I received a digital copy of this book as part of my participation in a blog tour – this, however, affects neither my opinion nor the content of my review in any way. Many, many thanks to the author for this opportunity!

Keep the Faith is a relatively short novel that tackles, well, faith (and Faith, for that matter) – during devastating times, amidst large-scale tragedies, in the middle of heartbreak, and even in the people who don’t deserve it. The story immediately jumps into the messy aftermath of Faith’s breakup with her five-year boyfriend James. From there, we are whisked into her journey towards healing and moving forward. Make no mistake, however, Keep the Faith is more than what meets the eye.

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Review || Star Struck


Title: Star Struck
Author: Meredith Michelle
Genre: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
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ARE YOU READY TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN HOLLYWOOD ENDING? You are Anna Chambliss, a beautiful A-list actress engaged to a gorgeous Hollywood star. Life is beyond perfect—until you wake one morning to find tabloid headlines proclaiming that your fiancé is cheating on you. How do you react? Your love life, your career, and your future happiness all depend on what you choose to do—and who you do it with.

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Review || The Sun Is Also a Star (+ GIVEAWAY)


Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release: November 1, 2016 (Delacorte Press)
Copy: Paperback
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Before anything else, I received a physical Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) of this book as part of my participation in this blog tour hosted by Book Freak Revelations – this, however, neither affects my opinion nor the content of my review in any way. Thank you very much, JM and the wonderful people from Penguin Random House for the opportunity!

At first glance, Natasha and Daniel appear to hail from opposite ends of an incredibly vast spectrum. Natasha is a cynical, skeptical African-American immigrant with a profound understanding of science and all things rational whereas Daniel is a Korean-American sweetheart whose passion lies in writing poetry. Somehow, a series of unforeseen circumstances and mishaps brings the two of them together on the same day Natasha, along with her family, is supposed to be deported back to Jamaica. From there, we are thrown into a wonderfully riveting whirlwind that is perfectly summarized by the novel’s synopsis:

Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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Review || Omari and the People (+ GIVEAWAY)


Title: Omari and the People
Author: Stephen Whitfield
Narrator: Curt Simmons
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Adventure
Copy: Audiobook (11 hrs and 17 mins – unabridged)
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Before anything else, I received an audio copy of this book, which was sponsored by the author and narrator, as part of my participation in the blog tour hosted by The Audiobookworm. To win an audiobook copy of Omari and the People (gifted via Audible) for yourself, enter my giveaway!

Omari and the People is a wonderfully written, epic adventure centered on a notorious, thrill-seeking thief named—as the title suggests—Omari. After unintentionally burning down an entire city, Omari, in an effort to redeem himself, deceives the displaced people into believing in the existence of a safe haven which only he can show them. From there, the readers are taken on a captivatingly narrated, arduous journey and personally, the more I travelled alongside Omari (so to speak), the more compassionate I felt for his character and his attempt at repentance for all he’s done in the past.

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Tour stop || Omari and the People by Stephen Whitfield (+ GIVEAWAY)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chicago-born Stephen Whitfield began writing as a Marine Corps print journalist. His writing has appeared in military publications, as well as the Kansas City Star and the Jersey Journal. He holds degrees from from Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Indiana University. His various adventures have taken him to such places as London, Paris, Trondheim, Johannesburg, Beirut, most of The Virgin Islands and the wilder neighborhoods of Chicago.

ABOUT THE NARRATOR

Curt lives in Seattle and produces and narrates audiobooks in his home studio. Following the birth of his daughter in 1984, he left the performing arts to pursue a more “stable” profession managing projects. Then, in 2014 he returned to the professional stage for the first time in over 30 years as Walter Flood in Becky’s New Car by Stephen Dietz. He has also appeared recently as Lyman in Other Desert Cities by Jon Robin Baitz and Ralph in The Last Romance by Joseph DiPietro. Omari and the People is Curt’s sixth audiobook.

MORE ABOUT THE TOUR

The tour, hosted by Jess from The Audiobookworm, started its run on September 25th and will end this coming October 15th. It is being sponsored by Stephen Whitfield and Curt Simmons. For more information regarding the other tour stops, visit the website!

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Tour stop || The Lunam Ceremony by Nicole Loufas

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Nicole was born and raised in California. She claims to be a San Francisco native; however, she’s lived in both Northern and Southern California. She credits her creativity to the fact that she attended 12 schools between kindergarten and her senior year in high school. Her nomadic childhood allowed her to reinvent herself often. Some might say she was a liar. While others see the stories she told as a coping mechanism. Twelve schools, in six cities, in twelve years – give her a break. Today she channels her storytelling ability into writing novels. Long story short – kids that lie become writers.

MORE ABOUT THE TOUR

The Lunam Ceremony blog tour started last May 23rd and will finish its run on the 27th. This is being hosted by the lovely Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours. For more information regarding the other tour stops, visit the website!

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