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Blog Tour [REVIEW + GIVEAWAY]: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

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BY COLLEEN HOOVER

http://www.withoutmeritbook.com

Atria Books Paperback | 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170621 | October 3, 2017 | $16.00
eBook: 384 pages | ISBN: 9781501170638 | $7.99

ABOUT WITHOUT MERIT:

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, WITHOUT MERIT explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love.

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, Confess, November 9, and It Ends with Us. She has won the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance twice – for Confess in 2015 and It Ends with Us in 2016. Confess was adapted into a seven-episode online series. In 2015, Colleen and her family founded The Bookworm Box, a bookstore and monthly subscription service offering signed novels donated by authors. All profits are given to various charities each month to help those in need. Colleen lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

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Review

I love It Ends with Us. I love Maybe Someday. I love November 9. I love so and so and so. Basically, I love all of her novels. But Without Merit is that book that spoke to me in a different kind of level. It was released at a time, the perfect kind of time, that I truly needed it the most.

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Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US
Author: Kasie West (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

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Review

The Distance Between Us offers a quite complicated love story between Caymen Meyers and Xander Spence. But despite that, Kasie West managed to inject a certain air of lightness to it through her characters. She has proven herself (once again) that she can really create great characters, give them distinct voices and breathe life into them through their personalities.

Diving into this book, I was thinking of how she will be able to separate the voice of Caymen from her other female protagonists. Then oh dear, I was just a few pages in and I was already loving Caymen’s character. West crafted Caymen into this very witty and sarcastic girl. Complete with her dry sense of humor. Seriously. I couldn’t even count the number of times I gave myself a face palm (even pounded my head on a pillow) when I was reading this book. She’s such a fascinating character that even her train of thought fascinates and entertains me. Fun and great times is definitely what awaits you.

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Book Review: Right Kind of Wrong (Finding Fate #3) by Chelsea Fine

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Title: RIGHT KIND OF WRONG (Finding Fate #3)
Author: Chelsea Fine
Publisher: Forever
Publication Date: September 2, 2014

SYNOPSIS

Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

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Review

More than just a road trip kind of story.

Right Kind of Wrong surprised me. In a really good way. Although I enjoyed reading the other books of this series, I’d definitely pick this one over the others. Right Kind of Wrong has more content, depth, tension (including sexual tension between Jenna and Jack) and element of surprise compared to the two.

Jenna is one of those fictional characters who have back stories which changed their life plans and led them to over think their decisions too much. She has this plan to stay away from love (or at least try to) in order to fulfill her dreams in life. I admire her for being that focused towards her goals but there were moments wherein I would love to be inside the pages of this book and be the one to shake Jenna’s shoulder. It’s given that she frustrated me to no end. But with her situation it somewhat made her character bearable for me to continue and read the book. Understanding her more quite lessen my frustration towards her.

For me, Jack’s character is a very refreshing one. He’s a tatted up, sexy and totally swoon-worthy hottie who’s vying for Jenna’s attention and trying to make her realize what he’s already offering to her. He’s pretty much dangling it in front of her face and just waiting when she’ll grab and hold on tight to it. I love the things that he does (which mostly annoys Jenna all the time) and the lengths that he’ll go through to pursue her. Some characteristics of Jack that really stood out were him being a very patient and persistent person which complements with how Jenna is. He was just the right guy to make her comprehend about everything.

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Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu

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SYNOPSIS

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

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Review

I don’t do this in my book reviews so I’m sorry…But holy shit a lot of things happened in this book and I’m still mindblown on how everything went down!

Not really my cup of tea (in terms of genre) but has an interesting plot line? Yes, sure I’ll give it a try. New book from Marie Lu? Sign me up. That’s how Warcross ended up being right there on top of my short to-read list. Diving into Warcross, I only knew that it involves a game and that the protagonist is some kind of a hacker (Sorry. I forgot the entire premise and didn’t bother checking it again because surprise me, Warcross! Surprise me!). I also purposefully did not read any book review just for the sole reason that I do not want their feels to be mixing with mine. But what I do know is that bloggers are raving about it.

How many books do we get from this series? Is this a duology? A trilogy? Either way just by reading Warcross I know it’s going to be a packed series and one that I would gladly gobble up. I thought I would have a hard time grasping things considering I tend to shy away from Sci-Fi and I also don’t speak the gamer language. But I should have had a lot more faith on Marie Lu and her writing style.

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Book Review: Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry

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SYNOPSIS

To Whom it May Concern,

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours.

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for Loving Mr. Daniels.

–  Ashlyn Jennings

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Review

Loving Mr. Daniels is a beautiful, emotionally-packed and character driven book.

This book is so much more than the “forbidden element” involved in the story. So, don’t be thrown off with that aspect. In actuality this book speaks about life, loss, love and relationships. Relationships with parents, sisters, brothers and friends. It instantly became a part of my ‘favourite books’ list. I’m in love with the way the book was presented and the prose was just perfect for the story line.

Loving Mr. Daniels is told from both Ashlyn and Daniel’s POV and it’s always great hearing both of our main characters’ sentiments and their take on things. It immediately hooked me in with its prologue and from that point I lost myself within the story. Everything that happened felt so real with all the angst, raw emotions coming off of our characters and the journey that they’re going through. There are a couple of twists and turns in the story that will pretty much shock the hell out of you. But another thing that I love about this book is the fact that there’s not much drama in it where you’ll feel like strangling yourself already. It only tends to get emotional because of the heartfelt words used and the situation where the characters are in.

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