Book Blitz: Despair (The Negative Ion Series Book 2) by Ryanne Anthony

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28114170Title: Despair
Series: The Negative Ion Series #2
Author: Ryanne Anthony
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Expected Publication: December 14, 2015
Publisher: Booktrope Editions

SYNOPSIS:
Cassidy Wren followed her dreams to sing from a farming community in Iowa to bustling New York City, with her small town boyfriend Eddie by her side. Tired of rejection, a fateful phone call leads them back to her hometown of Hampton, California.

Negative Ion keyboardist Greg Mitchell is embroiled in a nasty custody battle with his ex while attempting to heal and keep strong for the rest of the band members after the loss of a brother. Sparks fly when Cassidy and Greg’s paths collide, but the guilt from their unusual rendezvous may just be enough to destroy her. Plus, Cassidy’s new friend Kimber is hiding something and she suspects it has to do with missing Negative Ion drummer, Jaxon Malloy.

Cassidy soon finds her life in a complete flux and she doesn’t know who to choose: the man she knows will always be there for her or the man who sets her body aflame?

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About the author:

Born and raised in the Midwest, Ryanne Anthony is a wife, mother of two, daydream believer and writer whose third passion is giving life to the characters that occupy her mind, in hopes that she thoroughly entertains her reader and earn a fan or two.

“My goals in writing are to make my reader laugh, gasp, scream, yell, get angry, cry and nod. At the end of every story, I want them to THINK on what I’ve written, possibly identify on a storyline or two. Every book, I try to do that. I want to entertain you, to not regret spending time ‘inside my head’.”

Connect with Ryanne:

HER WEBSITE ♥ SHORT STORIES ♥ FACEBOOK ♥ TWITTER ♥ AMAZON ♥ INSTAGRAM ♥ PINTEREST ♥ GOODREADS ♥ TSU

As part of this Book Blitz, Giselle from Xpresso Book Tours has had the opportunity to interview Ms. Ryanne Anthony about her life as an author and other bookish related things! And of course, we get to read it here in TCB!

G: What is your Name and/or Pen Name?
R: Ryanne Anthony

R: Is there a special story that explains how you got your Pen Name, if you have one?
G: It’s the middle names of my children.

G: Who is your favorite writer/author?
R: Judy Blume. Has been forever!

G: What is your favorite book/book series
R: Book: Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, Series: Neighbor from Hell by R.L. Mathewson

G: What made you decide to be a writer?
R: These voices! Argh! For years, I avoided them, ignored them. I could not figure out that I was supposed to write down what they were saying/doing until a shrink said I was NOT mentally incapacitated.

Kidding, but not about the voices.

G: Who/What inspires you the most to be a writer?
R: My brain. I have to listen to it and it never shuts off. Rest? No idea what that is, anymore. Next is my kids. Writing helps me avoid them, especially when they start acting like monkeys freshly escaped from the zoo.

G: What do you find has been inspiring your stories and characters?
R: People around me; family and friends, but mostly myself. I find different things are implanted in my female characters that are me. Names of relatives are used a lot, as well.

G: What do you ABSOLUTELY have to have with you while you are writing?
R: Good speakers. I cannot write without music. I love it. I live it. I breathe it. I like a lot of different genres so I have to have the Spotify blaring every time I sit at my computer.

G: What kind of music do you listen to, if any? Favorite singer/band?
R: Anything that makes me think. I like it all. My favorite band right now is Seether. I would listen to them all hours of the day, if I could.

G: What is your favorite research tool?
R: Google. Hands down.

G: What is your favorite part of writing a story/novel/song/poem/article?
R: Critiques, good or bad. I try to make people laugh, cry, angry, etc. in every book. If I don’t, I want to know it right away and attempt to fix it in my next work. If I have, I smile and hope I can do it again in another book.

G: What is your favorite genre to write/read?
R: I love to read and write romance. I like when the characters fight but only if it’s a fight worth having. I love when a man is dominant but still lets her do her thing.

G: If you could only choose 5 novels to read over and over again for the rest of your life, which ones do you choose?
R: Are You There, God? It’s Me Margaret – Judy Blume, Sweet Dreams – Kristen Ashley, Effortless – S.C. Stephens, Wifey – Judy Blume, Madison – Me

G: If you could meet any writer, living/dead, who would it be?
R: Toss-up between (yep) Judy Blume and Kurt Sutter. His mind just thrills me!

G: What do you most want to accomplish as a writer?
R: To entertain. I want everyone who reads me to say, ‘Damn, that was one of the best reads I’ve ever had!’


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Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: To All The Boys I’ve Love Before #1
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA, YA Romance, YA Highschool, Chick Lit, Contemporary,
How I got it: I bought it

SYNOPSIS:
Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.


REVIEW:
I had a really hard time getting into this book during my first few attempts at reading it. I was actually prepared to just write it off as “abandoned” on Goodreads (I have a shelf for it) because for some reason I just couldn’t get over how annoying the narrative was. But then I look at the cover and it’s so pretty and it makes me want to give To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a second chance because honestly — how can you resist a cover like that?

When I first heard about TATBL, I was so happy. It’s still a bit rare to see a POC/WOC to be the main character in YA and to have it be this mainstream and this hyped up incredibly pleased me. I was so excited to read it and then I did, and it was hard at first, but after two months, I tried again and found myself able to move on from the first chapter. It definitely took me a while, though.

Lara Jean is our main protagonist and the narrator of the story. She has an older sister Margot, who she looks up to, and a younger sister Kitty, who she looks after. Their mom passed away when they were little, which left them to the care of their dad. Josh is their neighbor and Margot’s boyfriend for a little while before he became her ex, and Lara Jean always felt a certain kind of way for him but she never told because he was dating her sister (duh, right?). And then suddenly, he wasn’t. Not long after that, someone starts to send out letters Lara Jean wrote for the boys she loved before; hence, the title.

As I was reading, I found Lara Jean’s voice incredibly difficult to follow. She’s sixteen years old but it felt like I was reading about a thirteen year old girl. The narration was childish and silly to the point of irritation, and I had to check a couple of times if I was reading the same book as everyone else who gave it a five-star review. It’s always a bad sign when I start getting annoyed by the character I should sympathize with, and even though I was able to plod through the book, Lara Jean’s immaturity did not stop bothering me.

I guess I get what Jenny Han’s inspiration for this novel is. It actually wasn’t that hard to figure out since I live in the Philippines and have seen a handful of Korean dramas. If you’ve watched a KDrama before, you’ll notice that the female leads are always kind of silly and quirky and a tad bit annoying, in a way that’s supposed to come across as adorable, only Lara Jean wasn’t adorable at all. In fact, I’m so indifferent to her. I connect to her in one way and one way only, and it’s in how she values her relationship with her sisters. But aside from that, there’s practically nothing about her that resonates with me. She felt… flat.

The same goes for her love interests in the story. I think for a successful romance to work, we have to be enamored with the objects of affection as much as the main character is. In this book, only Peter evoked some sort of feeling from me. Not that I’d bank on it all that much since it was mostly annoyance and indignation. Josh is so dull and boring and one-dimensional that I don’t have any feelings for him at all. It’s not enough that Lara Jean gushes over him like a fan-girl. It’s all telling and no showing, thus it failed.

Nevertheless though, I understand what the hype is all about. Despite the story being formulaic, it is a formula that hooked readers just like those KDramas have addicted millions of people. I think I might have to applaud Jenny Han for putting it in book form, even though I don’t feel very strongly about it. I wasn’t a big fan of those KDramas either, so it makes sense. 

RECOMMENDATION:
Personally, I think the story is lacking in so many ways, particularly character dimension and development. There was nothing “heartfelt” about this book unlike what the Amazon synopsis suggested, and the drama surrounding the story is shallow at best. If you’re looking for something insightful, I wouldn’t suggest this book at all. It’s like one of those cheap thrills that you only read when you’re extremely bored and not in the mood for something far more sophisticated.

RATING:

2-coconut

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT #7)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and The Bookish. To learn more about how it works, please check the launch page here!

This week’s topic is:
Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels We Are Looking Forward To

I only have five books on my list, but let me just say that I am crazily excited over each and every one of them. I’m always so happy about seeing debuts become a big success. I guess you could say there’s a bookish cheerleader inside me waiting to be unleashed on everyone, but hey! Can you blame me? Books are great! And happy is the reader who scored a really great read from a debut author. There is always a need for fresh voices in the literary world.

T H E    L I S T :

Number one on my list would be This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. It has a really harrowing plot which reminds me a little bit of Hate List by Jennifer Brown. Hate List left a really bitter taste in my mouth but it also opened my eyes to this thing that’s been happening in so many schools around the world, and what causes it. I am hoping that this book would be as thought provoking as Hate List was. I haven’t read a book that affected me so in a while and I’m crossing my fingers that this might be it. (Expected Publication: January 2016)

Number two: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker”Jane Austen meets X-Men in this gripping and adventure-filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.” Please tell me that doesn’t excite you even just a little. Please tell me you’re not itching to get your hands on this book right now. You can’t tell me that because we both know you’re dying just as much as I am to get your claws on this book. I really, sincerely hope it delivers because gosh dang, look at that cover. I’m practically salivating right now. Good bye. (Expected Publication: February 2016)

Emily May, who is my most favorite book blogger of all time, probably, gave this book a glowing recommendation and a whopping four stars. If that’s not reason enough for me to read it, then there’s also the blurb which is really, really interesting. Firsts is about Mercedes, a girl who likes to sleep with other girls’ boyfriends (provided that they’re virgins) so they could give their girlfriends an amazing time in bed, which Mercedes herself never had. I am so curious as to how things would play out for her and I haven’t even started the book yet, so needless to say, I’m actively looking out for this one. (Expected Publication: January 2016)

Then there’s this: Kill The Boy Band. Wait, which one? I kid, I kid. As a self-confessed fangirl of One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer, you can tell why this book would appeal to me. I’d say the cover needs something more but the premise is very interesting to me. I’m expecting a wild ride from start to finish, since, you know, fangirls are notoriously known to be a little cray. I don’t mind that at all. In fact, I look forward to it. We all need to read something cray once in a while, and if it includes hot, musically inclined boys (God, I sound like a pervert, don’t I? Sorry!) and a cute love story, then why the heck not, right?! (Expected Publication: February 2016)

Look at this pretty freaking cover! Oh my God. Last on my list is Save Me, Kurt Cobain. Aside from boy bands, I also like rock bands. And of course, I am in-love with Nirvana. The blurb hooked me right off the bat because *gasp* Frances Bean has a sister??? And her name is Nicola??? I think this would be such an interesting read, plus Jennifer Niven who wrote All The Bright places gave it a glowing review. It does sound a bit like it might hurt my feelings, but you know… Some sacrifices we have to make in the name of good literature, and books that hurt my feelings are often the best kinds. (Expected Publication: March 2016)


That’s it this week for me! So happy to be participating again in Top Ten Tuesday after my break from blogging. I’m hella excited to find out which books are on your lists! Feel free to hit me up with your comments and link me to your TTTs!

Thank you so much for dropping by TCB, and happy reading!