[Review + Giveaway] Carry Me Home by Jessica Therrien



Carry Me Home
Jessica Therrien
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: September 26th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult

“A riveting page-turner… Jessica Therrien broke my heart into a million pieces — and then put it back together again. This book will haunt and uplift readers long after they turn the last page.”

-KAT ROSS, best-selling author of The Midnight Sea

CARRY ME HOME is a fictional novel inspired by the true story of a teenage girl’s involvement in several Mexican gangs in San Jose and Los Angeles. The members of her crew call her, Guera, Spanish for “white girl” and it doesn’t take long for her to get lost in their world of guns and drugs.

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Lucy and Ruth are country girls from a broken home. When they move to the city with their mother, leaving behind their family ranch and dead-beat father, Lucy unravels.

They run to their grandparents’ place, a trailer park mobile home in the barrio of San Jose. Lucy’s barrio friends have changed since her last visit. They’ve joined a gang called VC. They teach her to fight, to shank, to beat a person unconscious and play with guns. When things get too heavy, and lives are at stake, the three girls head for LA seeking a better life.

But trouble always follows Lucy. She befriends the wrong people, members of another gang, and every bad choice she makes drags the family into her dangerous world.

Told from three points of view, the story follows Lucy down the rabbit hole, along with her mother and sister as they sacrifice dreams and happiness, friendships and futures. Love is waiting for all of them in LA, but pursuing a life without Lucy could mean losing her forever.

Ultimately it’s their bond with each other that holds them together, in a true test of love, loss and survival.

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Author Bio:

Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), and SharpPoint Press (China).

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is the author of a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.

Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and two young sons. She is working on an a YA suspense thriller series and a middle grade fantasy series.

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Review:

On a scale of abusive fathers to trailer parks this book is definitely a step outside your comfort zone.

I’m not going to lie. I signed up for this tour without reading the description of the book. I was expecting a fluff filled YA romance that would give me the warm fuzzies. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Not only is it the complete opposite of what I was expecting, but I still managed to enjoy it anyway.

Jessica Therrien is an absolutely fabulous writer. Her writing enhanced the plot in ways I couldn’t have imagined turning a dark story into something truly gritty and while I didn’t enjoy the way the story played out, the writing was fantastic enough to keep me going.

This novel is definitely thought-provoking and a read I would recommend for anyone with the stomach for the dark side of Los Angeles.

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[Review + Giveaway] Breakaway by Sophia Henry


Breakaway
Sophia Henry
Published by: Random House: Flirt
Publication date: September 5th 2017
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Sports

In a standalone hockey romance that tugs at readers’ heartstrings, a broken ex-pro learns to live and love again—all thanks to the complicated, wonderful nurse who gives him a second chance.

Brianna Collins needs to break away from her overbearing family. Her parents expect her to “fix” her brother after a series of concussions derailed his hockey career. Unfortunately, no doctor will give him clearance to play, and she’s finished with being the person they rely on to perform a miracle that will never happen. For Bree, a six-month nursing assignment at a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the perfect escape.

Luke Daniels, former forward for the NHL’s Charlotte Aviators, has spent close to a year rehabbing a career-threatening injury—and distracting himself however he can. Worlds collide when Luke realizes that the girl from his latest one-night-stand happens to be the new nurse at the hospital where he volunteers in the pediatric unit. What’s more, Bree’s the only person who makes him excited about life again.

Despite her initial reservations, Luke can’t help pursuing sweet, beautiful Bree. Then he realizes it was her brother whose career he ended with an accidental hit, and he falls back on the thing that’s always helped suppress his demons: alcohol. But if Luke doesn’t kick his old habits, he just may lose the one thing he loves more than hockey.

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Praise for Sophia Henry

“Sophia Henry’s hockey novels are fun and flirty, warm and sweet, with relatable heroines and swoon-worthy hockey heroes. They’ll bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart.”USA Today bestselling author Kelly Jamieson

Now for the fun part, my review.

On a scale of nursing to hockey this book is a pub walk.

Selfless and smart, Brianna Collins is easy to love and relate to. She knows exactly what she wants and has no problem achieving her goals. I definitely look up to her and hope to be that generous when I leave high school. She’s exactly what sexy as sin, Luke, needs in his mess of a life. Their story had my heart racing from the second they first interacted to the very last word.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only did it resonate with me because I played a bit of hockey in my youth including my fair share of hits, but it brought to my attention the day to day struggles of athletes that I wasn’t aware of prior to reading this book.

I particularly like how every character was complex and the plot didn’t feel forced, but natural. Sophia Henry’s writing is amazingly vivid with spectacular imagery and gratifying figurative language that slams you into the body of Brianna for a wild emotional rollercoaster that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

I would recommend this book to fans of hockey, romance, and happy endings. This book isn’t one I’ll soon forget.

Check out an excerpt of the book in my previous post here.

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Author Bio:

Award-Winning Author, Sophia Henry, is a proud Detroit native who fell in love with reading, writing and hockey all before she became a teenager. She did not, however, fall in love with snow. So after graduating with an English degree from Central Michigan University, she moved to the warmth of North Carolina for the remainder of her winters.

She spends her days writing books featuring hot, hockey-playing heroes. When she’s not writing, she’s chasing her two high-energy sons, watching her beloved Detroit Red Wings, and rocking out at concerts.

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