ARC Review: Love and Other Unknown Variables-Shannon Lee Alexander

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Release Date: October 7, 2014

***I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and Entangled. 

“Charlotte’s hands are in my hair, pulling my face to hers. Her lips crash into mine like a meteorite hitting Earth’s atmosphere. Fire and heat explode as we fall together toward an uncertain ground. It’s a long, beautiful fall.”

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“Charlotte shakes her head. ‘Please don’t confuse love and logic, Charlie. They aren’t even remotely related.'”

cooltext1544204149 copyCharlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she’s ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

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Love and Other Unknown Variables is the kind of book that makes you want to live, laugh and hold on to your loved ones; the kind that makes you reevaluate your life and consider just what makes you happy and how many other inconsequential and stupid things interfere with our true elation in simply living. Love and Other Unknown Variables makes you appreciate the little things, the silly things, and those that open your heart and fill you with light. Be forewarned, this is the kind of story that will rip you open and send your emotions into a chaotic spiral of confusion and sadness. 

Sometimes you get a book and you realize, this just isn’t for me and it’s really hard as a blogger to navigate between personal preference and critique. Unfortunately, Love and Other Unknown Variables didn’t grab me from the get go. Yes, there was mystery, there was a meet cute that turned into serendipity that typically I would be all over but for some reason, Charlie was not a heart throb or even endearing, in fact he was kind of an idiot so wrapped up in his scientific beliefs that he walked all over Charlotte’s feelings. While she appreciated his brute honesty, that he didn’t always treat her like she was breakable or damaged, it was hard not to cringe. When you’re talking to a girl with terminal cancer, I feel like it’s just not okay to start off a conversation with “When you die…”

Charlie is socially awkward. Everything is an experiment to him and his mathematical calculations and their applications into everyday life were tiresome, really random and boring. I yearned for the scenes when Charlotte was there to liven things up and bring him out of his sad little MIT obsessed box. Scenes dragged on where nothing happened other than Charlie’s paranoia and infatuation with Charlotte. Charlie’s friends, Greta and James were as lackluster, although James had some moments. I wished Greta would live a little, lighten up, and not be so serious all the time. She was a bit of a pushy buzz kill. James is fun. He takes situations and adds immaturity and comedy to them. The pranks are so amateur but earn a few chuckles and the scene where James gets Charlie drunk is AMAZING. I laughed so hard and it reminded me of my own first drunken experience. The way Charlie chugged that alcohol and slurred his works was kind of adorable and I found myself suddenly liking him a little. 

There’s something a little Salinger-esque about this story just for the sheer random awkwardness. 

I love Charlotte, she’s whimsical and quirky, and she looks at life through a kaleidoscope of imagination. She’s beautiful not only physically but in her soul. She’s kind and sticks to her guns, she doesn’t put up with anyone dragging her down or making her feel like less than she is because of her illness. She’s charming and the way she sings loudly to music and dances around is so inspiring. Charlotte changes everyone she meets, she opens them up to possibilities and seeing the world differently than what’s hard facts or physically in front of them. Her art is colorful and puzzling, just like her. I would love to see these pieces in real life. 

As a former lit major, I appreciated the play on To Kill a Mockingbird and the importance of literature in touching the soul. ❤ 

Some scenes took my heart and trampled on it. I mean, ugly cry, book throwing sadness. The last scene with the To Kill a Mockingbird dedication. I can’t even…wow. It’s like all of the emotional trauma that was lingering beneath the surface rose to the surface in an explosion of remorse and heartache. 

One thing I thoroughly enjoyed about this story is that the romance was different. It wasn’t really flirty or forward, it was painfully awkward at times and yes, they said the wrong things and it didn’t go well, but it was real. Charlotte and Charlie seem at odds with one another but develop a quasi-friendship that blossoms into something more. Their first kiss is one of the oddest, mushiest, breathtakingly perfect things I’ve ever read. You will melt, swoon, collapse into a puddle of happy.

This cover is everything. The black and white, the pops of red, the heart 🙂 LOVE.

There wasn’t a strong plot. The pranks seemed pointless and the story felt unfinished. The scenes with Dimwit for one had a big effect on Charlie and yet they were unstressed and ended sort of abruptly. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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Happy reading, 

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Release Day Blitz & Giveaway: Heat-Kailin Gow

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cooltext1602390596 copyBobby Cummings went to Paris to study at the same international culinary institute as his sister Taryn Cummings. Instead of taking it seriously as she did, he wanted to sample all the goods in Paris, especially the pretty girls there. Why not? He was 19 and the world was his oyster. He wanted to be just like Errol King, a Master Chef, who taught at the Institute and was a notorious bad boy chef.

The only thing was someone was going to walk into his life and put a wrench into his plans…someone with eyes like violets and hair like chocolate silk, and a smoldering passion that consumes him whenever they’re together.

He didn’t think she would be his type at all. He didn’t think he would be hot for Lily, his teacher at the Culinary Institute. Now what would Taryn think? What would Errol think?

Whatever they thought…there’s one thing he knew for certain, things with Lily and at the Institute had just gotten heated.

This is a 4 book serial.

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Kailin Gow’s life is sometimes more fascinating and stranger than fiction, which is being chronicled in a feature film based on a treatment optioned and in development for a release date of 2018. (IMDB.com – The Colorful Worlds of Kailin Gow 2018). Her true life experiences as a world traveler where she has traveled to over 25 countries, logging hundreds of thousands of miles, absorbing the cultures and collecting stories relating to places and the romance of the land, and incidents in her personal life, has inspired her to write and publish over 170 books with over 30 series.

She is noted as an indie pioneer, as one of the first to publish in 2001. Breaking stereotypes, her books has crossed traditional and indie lines, gaining recognition in schools and libraries, as well as the indie community. Her action adventure young adult fantasy series, The Frost Series, an ALA YALSA Reader’s Choice Nominated book series – had been optioned by an international film company and is currently in development as a game and a film at http://www.facebook.com/thefrostseries. Five of her fantasy/action adventure series have been optioned to be made into worldwide games.

Kailin Gow has been known in The World Journal, an international newspaper, to be a phenomenon. She was profiled on the homepage of Amazon.com as an Author Success Story who overcame personal obstacles to become a bestselling author, appeared as one of Amazon’s top authors for the Kindle Fire launch release, and is one of the earliest indie authors who have sold over a million books. She writes for Fast Company as a publishing expert, had appeared on a major network Television News as a bestselling author who writes fiction and non-fiction with a social conscious, and has made speeches and appearances across the U.S. and on top 15 national radio regarding self-esteem and issues relating to women.

Kailin Gow was an invited speaker and signing author at Book Expo America (BEA)2014.

Having experienced bullying firsthand and slander as a woman, Kailin Gow is an active advocate against bullying in the workplace and in schools. She has written Shy Girls Social Club Handbook Against Bullying and has helped launch Stories for Amanda where all proceeds go towards the Amanda Todd Foundation against bullying. She has written several books with the theme of abuse towards women and children, especially the steamy international bestselling The Protégé Series, which launched a book club initiative in battered women’s shelters and won The Indie Excellence Awards at NIEA for Erotica in 2014.

She holds a Masters Degree in Communications Management from The University of Southern California, and degrees in Drama and Social Ecology.

She resides in the American West with her husband and daughter, but had lived for a decade in Texas, and briefly in England. Besides being a full-time author, she volunteers for many organizations, is active in church helping build homes for the homeless and visit orphanages. A voracious reader, when she is not writing, she loves reading an entire series in one sitting! She spends way too much time on Facebook than she is supposed to at http://www.facebook.com/kailingowbooks, but loves meeting new people from all walks of life.

She has over 30 Series, written under Kailin Gow, and more under her middle grade, women’s fiction, and mystery pen names:

***For 16 and up***

The Frost Series – COMPLETED. Bitter Frost Series Consists of 8 full-length novels.
The Wolf Fey Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 2 full-length novels and one novella.
Fairy Rose Chronicles – age 13 and up.
The PULSE Series – Next Book – Blood Ring (PULSE #9), releasing due to readers’ demand to continue the series. Consists of 9 full-length novels and one novella.
FADE Series – COMPLETED. ALL Full-length novels.
DESIRE Series – All Full-length novels. Last Book, FRENZY – 2015.
Fire Wars Series – All Full-length novels.
Alchemists Academy – All Full-length novels.
Wordwick Games – All Full-length novels.
Wicked Woods Series – COMPLETED. Consists of 5 full-length novels.
Steampunk Scarlett – All Full-length novels.
The Phantom Diaries – All Full-length novels. Last Book, DARK VICTORY – 2015.
Stoker Sisters – All Full-length novels. Last Book, SISTER OF THE STRIGOIS – 2015.

Beyond Crystal River – 2015 NEW SERIES.

SHADES – 2015 NEW SERIES. This is a high concept psychological thriller.

***For 18 and up (New Adult/Coming of Age)***

Loving Summer – All full-length novels.
The Donovan Brothers – All full-length novels.
Saving You Saving Me (You & Me Trilogy)- COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Never Knights – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
Rock Hard Love Hard – 1st book, Rock Hard Love Hard is now Available.

Sawyer House Chronicles (Spin-off of You & Me Trilogy) – Coming in 2015
Canvas – Coming in 2015

***For 18 and up (Adult/Steamy Romance)***

The Protege – COMPLETED. 3 Full-length novels.
Master Chefs – COMPLETED. Consists of 3 Full-length novels.
The Blue Room (Spin-off of Never Knights Trilogy) – Romantic Suspense.
Barely Legal (Spin-off of The Protégé) – Romantic Suspense.
The Oyster House – Artistic Romantic Thriller set in Hong Kong and England.
– Coming in 2015.

For information on the series, new series and new book releases, contests, appearances, KG-Convergences, and more, sign up at http://www.KailinGowBooks.com.

Pleasant reading, 

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Cover Reveal: #Nerd-Cambria Hebert

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Title: #Nerd (The Hashtag Series #1)

Author: Cambria Hebert

Genre: New Adult College / Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 3, 2014

Format: Ebook + Print

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Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together…

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn’t even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo’s relationship.

But that’s about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you’re a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

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Cambria Hebert is a bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently resides in North Carolina with her children (human and furry) and her husband, who is a United States Marine.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: Text, Torch, Tryst, Masquerade, and Recalled.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

Happy reading, 

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