Book Review: Love, Lucy by April Lindner

Love, Lucy
Author: April Lindner
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: January 27th 2015
Review Source: Poppy

While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to participate in a book blast for Love, Lucy. Thanks to Rockstar Blog Tours, we shared an awesome guest post from Lucy Sommersworth on the Top Ten Things she loves about Italy. Needless to say, after reading this post, I had to get my hands on Love, Lucy. One of my hobbies is to travel. I’d visited United Kingdom and France but not Italy. Man, I wished I had. Looking at those pictures, I told myself to plan a trip to Italy in the future and my anticipation for this novel was high.

Unto the story.

Love, Lucy was somewhat cute but it wasn’t what I was expecting. The book is divided into two parts. Part One: Italy and Part Two: Philadelphia. We meet Lucy Sommersworth. Recently graduated, Lucy makes a deal with her parents. She always dreamed to visit Europe for the summer. So she promised to major in Business in exchanged for this trip. Seems like a sweet deal, right? For Lucy, this is just another way for her father to manipulate her life. Acting is her passion but this is unacceptable to his eyes. If she cannot have one, then she hopes of a fabulous time in Europe.

During her time in Italy, Lucy finds love but returns to college with a broken heart. Though I enjoyed parts of the book, the romance felt short for me. I couldn’t picture Lucy in love with this boy she just met. I didn’t buy their love. I wish their time while in Italy were longer than the time they were apart. I wished for a longer and adventurous time of a summer love. I just didn’t feel their connection.

I did however liked how Lucy finally decides to follow her passion. Her father came off as a jerk so standing up to him wasn’t easy. Following her passion is the best decision she made in this story. Except it took her a while to make a decision.

Overall, Love, Lucy was an okay read but not the ideal book for romance. There were cute moments, adorable at times, but nothing to swoon about.

Book Highlight: Save Me by Jenny Elliott + Excerpt

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Save Me
Author: Jenny Elliott
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: January 6th 2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads

Debut-novelist Jenny Elliott’s thrilling romance, chosen by readers, writers, and publishers for the first list in the new Swoon Reads imprint, pours on the tension and danger in an addictive combination that will keep you turning pages!

Something strange is going on in the tiny coastal town of Liberty, Oregon. Cara has never seen a whale swim close enough for her to touch it—let alone knock her into the freezing water. Fortunately, cute newcomer David is there to save her, and the rescue leads to a bond deeper than Cara ever imagined.

But then she learns something about David that changes everything, and Cara is devastated. She turns to her best friend for support, but Rachel has changed. She’s suddenly into witchcraft, and is becoming dangerously obsessed with her new boyfriend….

Cara has lost her best friend, discovered that her soul mate is off limits, and has attracted the attention of a stalker. But she’s not completely alone. Her mysterious, gorgeous new friend Garren is there to support her. But is Garren possibly too perfect?


Cara pulled out of her parking spot and felt a sickening thud against her car’s rear bumper. She yelped and slammed on the brakes. Her head flew forward, then whipped back. Her fingernails dug into the vinyl on the steering wheel and a heavy weight sank to the bottom of her stomach. Her heart stopped, then took off at a gallop.

In the rearview mirror, she saw the face of a teenage boy, about her age. She had no idea where he’d come from. Twisting around, she got a better view of the guy through the back window. Sky-blue eyes stared back at her.

She thanked God he was standing. Her trembling hand fumbled with the gearshift until she managed to put the car in park. She left the motor running, stepped out, and drew in a strained breath of seaweed-scented air.

Inching over to the stranger, she saw that—by some miracle—he stood straight, apparently unaffected by the impact of her Honda Civic.

“I’m so sorry,” she said, shaking inside and out. “Should I call 9-1-1? Are you hurt?” Her cheeks flamed.

“No, you just tapped me,” he said, his voice deep and melodic. “I’m fine.”


INT Giveaway: Spark Rising by Kate Corcino

Spark Rising
Author: Kate Corcino
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Post-Apocalyptic
Released: December 15th 2014

All that’s required to ignite a revolution is a single spark rising.

Two hundred years after the cataclysm that annihilated fossil fuels, Sparks keep electricity flowing through their control of energy-giving Dust. The Council of Nine rebuilt civilization on the backs of Sparks, offering citizens a comfortable life in a relo-city in exchange for power, particularly over the children able to fuel the future. The strongest of the boys are taken as Wards and raised to become elite agents, the Council’s enforcers and spies. Strong girls—those who could advance the rapidly-evolving matrilineal power—don’t exist. Not according to the Council.

Lena Gracey died as a child, mourned publicly by parents desperate to keep her from the Council. She was raised in hiding until she fled the relo-city for solitary freedom in the desert. Lena lives off the grid, selling her power on the black market.

Agent Alex Reyes was honed into a calculating weapon at the Ward School to do the Council’s dirty work. But Alex lives a double life. He’s leading the next generation of agents in a secret revolution to destroy those in power from within.

The life Lena built to escape her past ends the day Alex arrives looking for a renegade Spark.

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Trailer Thursday: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios + Love, Rosie

Exquisite Captive
Dark Caravan Cycle #1
Expected Publication: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Forced to obey her master.

Compelled to help her enemy.

Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

Release Date: October 17th 2014
Director: Christian Ditter
Writers: Juliette Towhidi (screenplay), Cecelia Ahern (Where Rainbows End novel)
Main Cast: Sam Clafin, Lily Collins, Tamsin Egerton

Since the moment they met at age 5, Rosie (Lily Collins) and Alex (Sam Claflin) have been best friends, facing the highs and lows of growing up side by side. A fleeting shared moment, one missed opportunity, and the decisions that follow send their lives in completely different directions. As each navigates the complexities of life, love, and everything in between, they always find their way back to each other - but is it just friendship, or something more?

Based on Cecelia Ahern’s bestselling novel, LOVE, ROSIE is a heart-warming, modern comedy-of-errors posing the ultimate question: do we really only get one shot at true love?

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