Waves of Love by Danielle Sibarium

STORY: Jenna knew Reece would break her heart, when he did Tyler stepped in to pick up the pieces. As she’s ready to take the next step with Tyler, Jenna finds herself face to face with Reece. Lies and secrets are discovered from the two boys she trusted the most. And now it’s more than just her heart on the line, it’s her life as well. Torn between two amazing guys Jenna’s certain of only one thing, this is the most important decision of her life. One almost destroyed her. The other brought her back to life. The time has come to choose. Can Jenna move forward with Tyler or will she be stuck in the past with Reece?

OUR RATING: 5 out of 5 Romeo and Juliet Stars

REVIEW: We have been huge fans of the Heart Waves series by Danielle Sibariun since the first book came out. With each book in the series we have fallen deeper in love with the characters. And the final book Waves of Love does not disappoint. We actually all read this book twice because it’s that good. Many heated arguments were had over wine. Two of us are team Reece. He is amazing and after breaking our hearts to the point of blinding tears in Breaking Waves we were so excited to see his return. Reece makes everything better. The other two of us are team Tyler. There’s just something about the bad boy that makes us go wild. Tyler is hard to trust at first but Waves of Love he redeems himself and even made us cry. Jenna grows a lot in this final book too. We really get to see how much she loves both of these guys. This book has it all: love, suspense, moments that make you hold your breathe, and even sexy scenes. Danielle is in an amazing writer and her talent really shines in Waves of Love. If you haven’t read this series yet you must. You will fall in love with this adaptation of true love.

So cozy up on the couch with Waves of Love

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Author’s Corner: Raelke Grimmer

We here at Forever YA fiction love to interview authors. It’s a way as readers to get to know the minds of these amazing writers. Today we are excited to bring to you our interview with Raelke Grimmer author of  Sleepwalking. 

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Please tell us what Sleepwalking is about?

Sleepwalking takes place in a world where people don’t sleep, because the water supply has been contaminated with a drug which makes it no longer necessary to sleep. Kyla is 16, and her father is the person who created the drug. But then the drug stops working, and people start falling into deep sleep and not waking up. The world blames Kyla’s father, and Kyla suddenly finds herself trapped between two realities.

What was your inspiration for this story?

I’ve always been fascinated by sleep, ever since I studied it in Psychology at high school, and the fact that while there are theories, no one really knows why humans need to sleep. It also seems to me that in today’s world, people are busier and busier and are trying to get by on less and less sleep. People want 24 waking hours each and every day- I started wondering what would happen if that became a reality.

Are any characters or the story based on any real people or events?

No.

Who was your favorite character to develop?

I actually really enjoyed developing Ty, Kyla’s boyfriend, because of where the events in the novel take him, and it even surprised me as I was writing the direction his character went.

When did you become interested in writing?

I’ve always loved reading, and when I was still very young I got the idea that maybe I could one day write books, too. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a writer.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Not really. I write pretty much anywhere, fitting it in wherever I can between work and study.

What word do you always have trouble spelling correctly?

Receive- I know it is “I before E except after C”, but somehow when I type it, I always reverse the letters, and Word always has to autocorrect me.

Which author or book inspired you to write? And which authors inspire you today?

To be perfectly honest, the Little Sister and Baby-Sitters Club books by Ann M Martin! I was fascinated by the elaborate worlds she created, perfected and wrote about in those books. Those two series are what got me into reading, and then made me want to be a writer.

Today, I’m inspired by so many different writers- Douglas Adams, Markus Zusak, Matthew Reilly, Melina Marchetta, Shaun Tan. I find David Malouf so inspiring- his prose is so beautiful. It flows along like poetry and the reader can’t help but be drawn into the worlds in his novels.

What advice do you have for anyone who would like to be an author?

Sit down at your computer, or pick up a pen or pencil, and start writing. Write anything! And if you can’t write, read- and read everything.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a new young adult eSeries for BigWorldNetwork.com, which will launch on the website in mid December.

If you could have one superpower which one would it be?

To know and be able to speak and write every single language in the world.

We like to thank Raelke  for joining us in our Author’s Corner.

Make sure to check out her book Sleepwalkers

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Boyfriend of the Month

It’s time to honor a new book boyfriend and after a lot of debating and bottles of wine we have all agreed on our November Boyfriend of the Month. We hope you love him as much as we do.

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Ryan from To My Hero by Danielle Sibarium is our new boyfriend of the month. First we must say this a very powerful book that every girl should read. With that said will continue by stating Ryan is type of guy that will be your personal hero. You might at first think he’s a bad boy, but then will quickly realize he’s not. In fact he’s the total opposite. He will be there to listen to you, to help you in any way he can, and hold you even when you are pushing him away. Ryan will give you the space you need, but he’ll never back away too far that you won’t be able to reach him. He is sweet and lovable. Ryan is the type of guy every girl needs in their lives. He will not only be your amazing boyfriend, he’ll also be you’ll very best friend. Fall in love with Ryan.

Kiera’s Quest: Perceptions by Kristy Brown

Story: The Witch Queen has reached a new level of evil. Kiera is helplessly stuck in Zakk’s realm. With the vortex destroyed, she is desperate to find a way home. Her Uncle Tom, her friends and now the boy she loves, are in danger. Will Kiera find the strength and the self-belief she needs to save them?
On her lonely journey she meets new allies from peculiar races. The Prophecy is all falling into place. Will Kiera be able to forgive the people she trusted? Will she be able to save the world from her twisted nemesis, the Witch Queen? Will she finally believe that she is indeed the ‘chosen one’?

Our rating: 5 out of 5 Witch Queen Stars

Review: All our favorite characters are back in one of the most entertaining series we have read. Perceptions continues right where Sacrifices left off. The Witch Queen is back on Earth pretending to be Kiera. We have to say the Witch Queen is still as evil as before, but with a sense of humor. We actually laughed aloud at some of the things she did. As much as we wanted to hate her a part of us actually started to like her. We hate to take anything away from the main character Kiera, but in this third installment the Witch Queen is the star. Please don’t get us wrong, she’s still as evil as ever. We also loved the growth in Kiera in this book. She seems to have gotten more confidence in herself. One of the best parts of reading a series is seeing these characters grow up. They really do become part of your family in a way. Kristy Brown does another amazing job filling this book with action. She keeps the readers on their toes as they try to guess what’s going to happen next. This book is not predictable at all, in fact many times our guesses were completely wrong. This book will have you laughing, flipping the pages to see what happens next, and cheering for Kiera. We can’t wait for the next book. If you haven’t checked out this series yet, you must. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

So grab your eReader and read Kiera’s Quest: Perceptions.

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Author’s Corner: Tracy Hewitt Meyer

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We here at Forever YA fiction love to interview authors. It’s a way as readers to get to know the minds of these amazing writers. Today we are excited to bring to you our interview with Tracy Hewitt Meyer author of the book My Life, Redefined (A Rowan Slone Novel.) This book sounds amazing. Just read our interview with her.

Before we start, I’d like to thank you for having me!

Please tell us what is A Life, Redefined about?

I’ll start with the back cover blurb:

Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself. When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?

This is not a book for the faint of heart. It is edgy, gritty and raw. But it is also hopeful, which is the most important thing about it.

What was your inspiration for this story?

I wish I had a better answer for this, but all I can say is the mind fascinates me. I like to write characters who deal with psychological issues. Rowan Slone, the 17 year-old heroine, has many psychological issues she has to work through in order to find her happiness, and her future. The story is about Rowan’s journey through Hell and back.

Are any of the characters or the story based on any real people or events?

No. I do take inspiration from people, but usually from acquaintances or people I see on the street. I don’t write about folks close to me. Rowan’s physical appearance mimics an anonymous young woman I see around town on a regular basis, but I tweaked it to fit my idea of who Rowan is. Dan, Rowan’s boss, is tailored after a friend of a friend’s relative who had a similar-type boss.

Who was your favorite character to develop?

Definitely Rowan. She is very fragile but tough at the same time. She is a manifestation of the type of character I hope we can all learn from-even though life sucks sometimes, there is hope and we all hold the strength to move on.

When did you become interested in writing?

I have always been an avid reader and becoming a writer was the next logical step for me. I started writing stories way back in elementary school, or middle school-sometime when I was much younger. In high school, I was in an AP English class and wrote two short stories. Both received high marks and I thought, Hmmm, I really like this. Writing moves me in a way nothing else does.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Other than typical OCD stuff like needing to have the house, office, desk cleaned before I can write? I don’t. In the coming months I’m going to commit to a writing schedule; or should I say, I’m going to try to commit. I am an impulsive somewhat spoiled creature. I do what I want when I want. But I want the sequel to A Life, Redefined to release in the fall so I need to get a’writing, if you know what I mean!

As for the one sure thing to help my scattered mind focus, it’s a Pandora Radio station that I created based on Sarah Brightman’s music. It is a melodic, soothing mix of hauntingly beautiful songs. Within a few notes, my blood pressure drops and my mind slides into creative mode. Other than Sarah Brightman, I like Enya, Hayley Westenra and Blackmore’s Night. They are all on my Pandora channel.

What word do you always have trouble spelling correctly?

There is a word, I swear! But I can’t remember what it is right now. I mix up the two vowels in the middle and it was all through A Life, Redefined. I guess I’ve blocked it out of my memory.

Which author or book inspired you to write? And which authors inspire you today?

I love these questions! And I’m going to answer both in one long paragraph if that’s okay. I always go back to my favorite authors like Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Mists of Avalon) and J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), so I’ll mention new ones here. I devoured Sweet Valley High books by Francine Pascal when I was younger. I read through every Sydney Sheldon book in late high school, went through a stint of only classics in college and I still adore Edgar Allen Poe. Most recently I’d say Laini Taylor. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone was almost too much for me to handle, it was so well written. I also love Rachel Caine and am currently reading The Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin and On Writing by Stephen King. I see I have a problem with naming just one. Oops.

What advice do you have for anyone who would like to be an author?

It’s not easy and expect it to be ten times harder than you think it’ll be. This may not be the case for every writer, but it is a tough business. And getting published can take far longer than you’d like. Earning a living off writing can likely take even longer than that.

But…do NOT give up. Never. You’ll never succeed if you throw in the proverbial towel. And if you’re a true writer, you can’t stop anyway.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the sequel to A Life, Redefined, titled A Life, Forward. It picks up where the first Rowan Slone novel ends. I hope to have it ready come fall.

If you could have one superpower which one would it be?

I’d want x-ray vision. I’d love to spy on people. Is that weird? Probably. But people and human nature fascinate me. Real people are the greatest source of inspiration. We all try, some more than others, to be someone we’re not. Or to be a better, more ‘acceptable’ version of who we are. If I had x-ray vision I could see people for who they really are. And if not x-ray vision then I’d want to read minds for all of the same reasons.

We like to thank Tracy for joining us in our Author’s Corner.

Make sure to check out her book A Life, Redefined:

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Cover Reveal: Because of You by Maria E. Monteiro

When we first started our blog one of the first authors we met is Maria E. Monteiro. We quickly became huge fans of her Hold on Tight series. Now we are excited to bring you the new cover for her next book Because of You, which is coming out September 17th. We will be counting down the days until then. So without further or do we present you the cover for Because of You.

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Synopsis:

No one ever forgets their first love.

Six years ago Austin broke Jade’s heart. On that day he went from being her best friend to the person she hates the most.

Now six years later Jade’s life has been turned upside down, the family she once knew no longer exists. Her father’s infidelity has made it hard for her to trust anyone.

That is until she reconnects with the one person she’s despised the most.

Will Austin be able to break through Jade’s wall of anger to get her to trust him again?

Or will she always see him as the boy who first broke her heart?

Together they will learn what love is really all about.

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17287736-because-of-you

Author’s Links:

Blog link: http://mariamonteiro.net

Twitter link: https://twitter.com/MMonteiro33

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/Rebelroadbooks?ref=hl

Other books by Maria E. Monteiro:

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To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together By Danielle Sibarium

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Story: It would’ve been different if I had courage, even an ounce of it. But I was a coward from the day I met you, Ryan Crowley. I still am. In the end, it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is the same. It’s my fault. When the unthinkable happens, Carly Cavanough is left beaten, betrayed, and devastated. Her best friend doesn’t understand. Her parents won’t listen. Everyone in her life turns against her. She’s completely alone, except for Ryan Crowley, the boy she’s been crushing on for years. She won’t admit to him what she can’t admit to herself. But he understands without words. He knows more about what she’s going through than she can possibly imagine and he knows what it will take for the healing to begin. With Ryan’s help, Carly begins to piece together the fragments of her once perfect life and embark on a journey of love and healing, just long enough for the rug to be pulled out from under her again. Can she find the strength and will to pull herself together to save Ryan and herself when their lives are on the line?

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 Heroic Stars

Review: Danielle has done it again writing a story with so much emotions. Rape is a rough subject to talk about and we imagine it’s just as hard to write about. The way Carly is raped and beaten took our breathe away and brought chilling tears to our eyes. Too many of us know someone or is someone who’s been rape. As hard as it is to read about the rape it is a wonderful ride to read what comes next. We are not saying that all that comes next is roses in fact it’s the oppisite. We get to see Carly struggle with the aftermath of her attack. Her issues with trust is such a great representation of what many women go through after such an attack.We also get to see what an amazing and loving character Ryan is. Give us a moment to swoon. Ryan will take over your heart and you will be thinking about him even when you are not reading the book. Look for him to be our boyfriend of the week soon. We will say it does take a while to get used of reading the POV from 1st person to 2nd person, but before you know it you’ll find yourself not noticing. This a heart wrenching, tear jerker, wonderfully written story.

So grab your tissue box and read To My Hero: A Blog of Our Journey Together

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**We received this book for free by the author. We were not bribed or paid in any way for this review. **