REVIEW: 180 Seconds by Jessica Park

A Young Adult/New Adult Romance

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Some people live their entire lives without changing their perspective. For Allison Dennis, all it takes is 180 seconds…

After a life spent bouncing from one foster home to the next, Allison is determined to keep others at arm’s length. Adopted at sixteen, she knows better than to believe in the permanence of anything. But as she begins her third year in college, she finds it increasingly difficult to disappear into the white noise pouring from her earbuds.

One unsuspecting afternoon, Allison is roped into a social experiment just off campus. Suddenly, she finds herself in front of a crowd, forced to interact with a complete stranger for 180 seconds. Neither she, nor Esben Baylor, the dreamy social media star seated opposite her, is prepared for the outcome.

When time is called, the intensity of the experience overwhelms Allison and Esben in a way that unnerves and electrifies them both. With a push from her oldest friend, Allison embarks on a journey to find out if what she and Esben shared is the real thing—and if she can finally trust in herself, in others, and in love.

 

♦4.5-STAR REVIEW♦

Emotionally evocative and thought-provoking, 180 Seconds is a moving story of a young woman coming into and accepting herself. Park managed to delve into the mindset of someone socially and emotionally walled off from the world due to years of foster care, and to slowly bring her out of her shell in the most beautiful and inspiring way. A way in which it lightens your heart and brings absolute joy to the reader.

The idea that 180 seconds could be life-altering initially felt too steep of a concept, but in the context of this novel, I was so very moved by how Allison was affected by the connection she managed to create in a short time with both her internal self and Esben. Park not only managed to show every moment of this incredible change, in the moment, but continued to carry that on throughout the novel. Her and Esben’s relationship made me giddy as it progressed and it became impossible not to love everything about him and what he represented. And what he represented for her was a way to unleash her barriers, to accept she’s worthy of love, and he essentially became the catalyst for her self-realization. A safe spot for her to become an open, ever-moving canvas. But it was more than a novel about a boy falling in love with a girl; it was about friendship and family and the beauty of humankind.

One of the best aspects of 180 Seconds was how Park played with the concept of social media, bringing out the absolute positive aspect of it and weaving it into this story. It’s a feel-good book with a complex main character that battles her own concepts of self, others, and life, but with some very powerful emotional aspects, too. I sobbed from hurt, pain, and elation while reading because it’s the kind of novel that forces an array of emotional responses. I so loved the journey, and felt its warmth and growth at every turn.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

essica Park is the author of LEFT DROWNING, RESTLESS WATERS (Left Drowning #2), FLAT-OUT LOVE, the FOL companion novella, FLAT-OUT MATT., FLAT-OUT CELESTE, CLEAR, and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

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COVER REVEAL: Belle by Anonymous Girls

Tangled Royals Book One

Genre: Young Adult/New Adult

Release Date: March 21, 2017

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Dear Reader,

Isabelle “Belle” March is a nobody. A nothing. A Peasant. No one even knew who she was until one of the Royals, Adam “Beast” Castle, decided she was hot enough to ignore the hierarchy at our school—a hierarchy I myself set in place. I run this school, and the Upper East Side, too. Here at H.E.A., we stick to a strict social status, something most of Manhattan does, too. So when Beast starts dating Belle? All hell breaks loose.

Royals shouldn’t date Peasants, and you’re about to see why.

Oh, and please don’t buy this thinking you know how this story is going to end. You know nothing. Nobody here at H.E.A. plays by the rules, or follows the books. The only one who knows anything around here is me…

And I’m not telling anyone a thing.

XOXO,
Elsa

We thank you for taking a chance on us!
XOXO,

Anonymous Girls

What happens when you mix classic fairy tales and Gossip Girl together? Everything. Everything happens.
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NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas

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From New York Times Bestselling Author, Penelope Douglas, comes the latest standalone New Adult romance…

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the lyrics in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his phone number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

 

♦5+ STAR REVIEW♦

I recently found myself missing BULLY, reminiscing in the intense love-hate that Douglas captured so well, and then came along a little book called PUNK 57. And it was BULLY on crack. In the absolute best way. The story was addictive, building angst from the start, and it spiraled higher with each page turn. I couldn’t put it down and I was nowhere near ready for it to end.

What was truly astounding was how well Douglas managed to capture Ryen’s personality. Her actions and reactions aren’t clean, but messy and complicated. There was no shying away from the realness of her struggles. And in that, it created a combustible enemies to lovers story between her and Misha. The volleys back and forth, the edgy sexiness that sparked, the secretive feelings–it all created a fireball of intense romance. Quite possibly some of the sexiest and most emotional love scenes that I’ve ever read. The dance that played out was absolutely delicious. I couldn’t get enough and I still wanted more.

And trust me, Misha is all deserving of your heart palpitations and belly flips. I truly loved how good he was; how rooted in realness he was. He is the beauty of romance and the ease with which you fall in love. I’m bursting at the seams with how much I enjoyed and loved this story. Douglas excels at crafting a love story with three-dimensional characters that will resonate deeply within you. All of this to say: PUNK 57 is a must read book with one hell of a love story to tell so fire up that reading device and jump right on in.

 

♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

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Penelope Douglas is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Fall Away series.

She dresses for autumn year round, loves anything lemon flavored, and believes there is too much blood in her Coca Cola stream. Or too much Coca Cola in her blood stream. Or…

You know what? It doesn’t matter. She loves Coke. Now you know.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and daughter.

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NEW RELEASE: Just Friends by Monica Murphy

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Genre: New Adult Romance; Not a standalone

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It’s the end of summer. Just before I start senior year with my two best friends in the whole world. Dustin and Emily are everything to me. We’ve been inseparable since middle school, and when we’re together, nothing can go wrong.

But things aren’t always what they seem. Em’s turned into a drunken mess who parties too much. Dustin and I have hooked up a few times―and now he’s ready to take our relationship to the next level. Yet I’m not sure I want things to change. I’m scared if I take it any further with Dustin, our friendship will be ruined forever. Then there’s Ryan. The new guy. He’s hot. He flirts way too much. And Em has totally set her sights on him.

So when my best friend betrays me in the worst possible way, guess who’s there to help me pick up the pieces of my broken heart? Ryan. But he’s so confusing. Annoying. Sweet. Sexy. I want to trust him, yet he makes it so hard. What I really want is for everything to go back to the way it was before.

Before I found out that best friends make the worst kind of enemies.

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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦

MonicaMurphy

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

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