FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 01/28/16

FRIDAY STARS – Your Weekly Must Knows 01/28/16

Happy Friday!  Below you will find:
Giveaways!
What we just finished and loved!
What we are planning to read next.
Upcoming releases, in the next week, that we are extremely excited about!
And of course the latest sales and freebies, which we have either read or have on our to-read lists.

♥ Enjoy!

Giveaway

The Uprising BT Banner Enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card for the release of The Uprising by T.H. Hernandez. Click →  here.

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VT-WishYouWereMine-LLayne_FINAL In Honor of Superbowl Winning Quarterback Jackson Burke (I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne), enter to Win your choice of a  Ladies “TEAM” T-Shirt from Lady Fanatics Sports Apparel. Click →  here.

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Just Finished and Loved

I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford, #2) by Lauren Layne 5 Stars! I Wish You Were Mine was a forbidden love story that made me so giddy and happy. I can’t wait for you to meet Jackson and Molly!  A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.  Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.  Jen’s Review

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Split by Swati Avasthi 5 Stars!  Without a doubt one of my favorite realistic fictions…ever. A strong, poignant, and dark voice.  A riveting portrait of life after abuse from an award-winning novelist.  Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.  He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret.  At least so far.  Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. Award-winning novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split—how do you begin to live again? Readers won’t be able to put this intense page-turner down.   Chelsea’s Review

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Our Other Reviews:

4.5 Stars:
Love Show by Audrey Bell  Chelsea’s Review
Split by Swati Avasthi  Anna’s Review

4 Stars:
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick  Anna’s Review
Speechless by Hannah Harrington  Chelsea’s Review

We also had a post about Our Favorite Book Boyfriends From Books Laced With Romance. Check it out here.

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Reading Next

Riders (Riders #1) by Veronica Rossi – For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.  Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.  Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.  They fail.  Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.  But will anyone believe him?

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Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1) by Morgan Rhodes & Michelle Rowen – Princess Cleo of Mytica confronts violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse. Once a privileged royal, Cleo must now summon the strength to survive in this new world and fight for her rightful place as Queen.  The King of Limeros’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying secret about her heritage that will change everything.  Rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.  Witches, if found, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

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Upcoming Releases

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Releases 2/02) – In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.  Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.  Told in alternating points of view, and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson’s critically acclaimed #1 New York Times bestseller Dead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein’s Printz Honor Book Code Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff–the greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did in Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.

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I Wish You Were Mine (Oxford, #2) by Lauren Layne (Releases 2/02) – A year ago, Jackson Burke was married to the love of his life and playing quarterback for the Texas Redhawks. Now he’s retired, courtesy of the car accident that ruined his career—and single, after a nasty scandal torpedoed his marriage. Just as he’s starting to get used to his new life as a health and fitness columnist for Oxford magazine, his unpredictable ex shows up on his doorstep in Manhattan. Jackson should be thrilled. But he can’t stop thinking about the one person who’s always been there for him, the one girl he could never have: her younger sister.  Mollie Carrington can’t say no to Madison. After all, her older sister practically raised her. So when Madison begs for help in winning her ex-husband back, Mollie’s just glad she got over her own crush on Jackson ages ago—or so she thought. Because as Mollie reconnects with Jackson, she quickly forgets all her reasons to stay loyal to her sister. Tempted by Jackson’s mellow drawl and cowboy good looks, Mollie is sick and tired of coming in second place. But she can’t win if she doesn’t play the game.


Check out our list of upcoming releases that we can’t wait for → Click Here

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Sales

$0.99


5 Stars!
Jen’s Review
Chelsea’s Review

4 Stars!
Laura’s Review

$1.99


New Sale   5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

New Sale   5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review
Laura’s Review
Anna’s Review

5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

4 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

5 Stars!
Jen’s Review

4.5 Stars!
Anna’s Review

4.5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

$2.99


4.5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

Anna’s Review

5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

4.5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

4.5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

5 Stars!
Anna’s Review
Jen’s Review
Chelsea’s Review
$3.99+

5 Stars!
Chelsea’s Review

Chelsea’s Review
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Freebies

4 Stars!
Anna’s Review

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2 Comments

  1. I hadn’t heard of Split before, but now I really want to read it – thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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