Alisa Listens: Audio Review of In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

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Title and Author:  In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press

Format:  Audio

Narrator:  Robert Nieman

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Order at links:  Amazon Audible

Reviewed by:  Alisa

What to expect:  A low angst love story with strong character development and some charming and humorous moments. 

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Paranormal Historical Romance review: Maelstrom by Jordan L Hawk

MaelstromMaelstrom by Jordan L Hawk

Published by: Amazon Digital Services

Format: eARC

Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance

Order now: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

Get ready for: Whyborne like you’ve never seen him before, Christine like you’ve never seen her before, and threats from both The Beyond and the local florists’ shop. Read More

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Contemporary Romance Review: Real World by Amy Jo Cousins

Real World by Amy Jo Cousins 

PublReal Worldished by: Samhain Publishing

Format: eARC

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Buy it now (though it’s not out til 11/17): Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

Featuring real world romance, more of the characters you love from the Bend or Break series, some truly magical rigatoni, and two guys who learn to use their words. Read More

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NA Review: Nothing Like Paris by Amy Jo Cousins

Nothing Like Paris by Amy Jo Cousins

Published by: Samhain Publishing

Format: Kindle

Genre: NA M/M Romance

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 8/10

AJ Cousins, my new go-to golden girl of LGBTQ NA, is back and back with a vengeance. For those not in the know, this is book 2 in her highly praised Bend or Break series, the first of which was Off Campus (I adored it & you can read my review to find out why) featured a bisexual jock down on his luck and his hot traumatized gay roommate. The antagonist of that book – aka the evil resident life worker who makes their lives hell – is actually the hero of Nothing Like Paris. Well, I use hero loosely cause all through book one, Jack was a douche and shocker of shockers, he’s STILL a douche at the beginning of this one! But more about that in a bit…

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Romance/NA review: Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble


just between usJust Between Us by J.H. Trumble

Published by: Kensington

Format: Kindle edition

Genre: MM Romance/NA

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 9/10

Let’s get this out of the way right now: this is not a typical romance – this is so far beyond typical that typical isn’t even a blip on its radar. This isn’t a book about the s-e-x and it’s not about watching two pretty boys fall in love. It is a very gritty, very real book about 2 men learning to live and love while battling HIV for one and homophobia in the home for the other. Warning: so so good and you will most certainly cry. Like buckets full. In public.

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An open apology and BEA!

Yoohoo! Hello! Hello over there!! Can you see me? Hello? It’s me, Judith? You probably won’t recognize me and if you do, you’re all probably a wee bit pissed at me for, ya know, not blogging or reviewing or even maintaining the site really over the last few months. But don’t be. I’m here on my knees ready to grovel.

“Why’d you leave us, Judith?!” That’s the big question. Guys, I am so sorry but this dumb thing called “day-to-day life” just kept getting in the way. At first it was just asking me to make dinner and you know, clean for a bit (and by clean I totally mean put dishes in the dishwasher and nothing else). Then it started eating up my available time with homework assignments, girl scout troop meetings, working 8 hours a day, laundry…and we can’t forget that pesky husband and the never ending, extended houseguests.  It got so bad that at one point I actually considered stopping blogging altogether.

The sudden collective gasp  you guys just put out is enough to make me think, “whew!” I did the right thing by not dumping the blog.

So here’s the deal. I promise to get you guys some quality reviews over the next few weeks because me, Ellen, and Onni have been reading up a storm. I also promise not to go AWOL again.

Now, this brings me to the awesome photo montage portion of this post.

On May 28 and 29th, Ellen and I took NYC by storm (not a difficult feat considering we both live in NJ) and attended BEA 2014. It was our 3rd time and we had a blast.  We spent all of Thursday checking out the various authors and taking in the scene:

People lining up at 7:30 am to enter BEA at 9 am. Dedication!

People lining up at 7:30 am to enter BEA at 9 am. Dedication!

More line waiting at 7:30 am...

More line waiting at 7:30 am…

Waiting in line for books to be autographed

Look closely and you’ll see A.R. Kahler, author of the Immortal Circus, waiting in line too

The line up to get books signed

The lines to get books by famous authors signed

We learned that at least two of the five main cast members of How I Met Your Mother  + one member of The Office had written books!

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Jason Segal speaking at the Children’s Books Author Breakfast

Neil Patrick Harris in booth signing. He is so skinny!

Neil Patrick Harris in booth signing. He is so skinny!

BJ Novak signing in booth

BJ Novak signing in booth

Some of our idols of childhood:

Garth Nix, author of Sabriel

Garth Nix, author of Sabriel

R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine

And we met up with some amazing bloggers and authors from all over:

Author Michelle Mankin, Blogger Kelly Moorehouse, and Author Anne Eliot (plus me hiding behind a book on the telephone screen)

Author Michelle Mankin, Blogger Kelly Moorhouse, and Author Anne Eliot (+ me on screen)

Author T.Torrest and Blogger Kelly Moorehouse

Author T.Torrest and Blogger Kelly Moorhouse

Blogger Rebecca Peters-Golden

Blogger Rebecca Peters-Golden

Author Anne Eliot and I Love YA Fiction's Ellen

Author Anne Eliot and I Love YA Fiction’s Ellen

And the best part?! We got our hands on some new books:

I Love YA Fiction's Judith holding an ARC of Anne Eliot's How I Fall

I Love YA Fiction’s Judith holding an ARC of Anne Eliot’s How I Fall

Look at all the books!

Look at all the books!

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So long story short: we’re back! Reviews are back! Hope you are ready for us!

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Sentinel Blog Tour: Character Interview, Half Blood review by J.L. Armentrout + giveaway!

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6 days only. That’s right. Only 6 measly days until you can get your hands on the 7th and last book in JL Armentrout’s legendary Half Blood series! Sentinel will be out on November 2nd and to celebrate it’s a week of awesome build up to the release. Today is officially Half-Blood day here at I Love YA Fiction and we thought it’d be fun to repost a hilariously irreverent interview featuring Seth and Aiden (as imagined by Ellen and Judith) + our Half-Blood review from a while back. We’ll also give you an opportunity to win a $200 gift card (to buy more books obviously…and maybe share with Judith? No? Hey! I like free books too!)

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Blog Tour: Love In The Time Of The Dead by Tera Shanley

love in the time of the deadLove in the Time of the Dead by Tera Shanley

Publisher: Omnific Publishing

Format: Uncorrected arc

Reviewed by: Onnica

Genre: Fantasy YA

Score: 9/10

Wow – zombies are huge right now – so when I was asked whether I’d like to review this book I couldn’t resist. As afraid of a zombie apocalypse as I am, add in some romance and high drama and I’m there!

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New Adult Review: Left Drowning by Jessica Park

Left DrowningLeft Drowning by Jessica Park

Publisher: Skyscape (July 16, 2013)

Format: Paperback ARC

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 9/10

Caveat: This will be a (mostly) spoiler free review but not a SWOON free review. Be prepared for a lot of swooning, a lot of squeeing, and a lot of OMGOMGOMG CHRISing cause the hero? Chris Shepherd?  Sex on a stick, ladies. Watch out: there’s a new hottie in town.

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New Adult Review: The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles

The Last Hour by Charles Sheehan-Miles

Publisher: Cincinnatus Press (April 17, 2013)

Format: Kindle edition

Reviewed by: Judith

Score: 10/10 sob filled stars

Dear Charles: Do you like to make me cry? Do you? No, really! DO YOU?! I’m still sobbing into hubby’s arm while he just stares at me and tries to shake me off so he can watch some Youtube clip featuring MMA fighters doing whatever it is they do. Your book was just so good. Too good. The whole entire time I kept hoping for a miracle and I kept saying, this is going to have a happy ending. I swear, I can feel it in my bones. I just know it! Right, guys? RIGHT???!

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