Blog Tour & Giveaway: Kiss Cam by Kiara London

Title: Kiss Cam
Author: Kiara London
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 18th 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult

In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what’s a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge “shippers” who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper’s relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different “Kiss Cam” segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn’t mean anything. After all, it’s just kissing… right?

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My Rants and Raves of Kiss Cam

Kiss Cam is definitely a contemporary book that brings the YouTube (vlogging) generation to the pages of bookish community. I devoured this book in one sitting, and let’s just say I experienced laughs, mouth-dropping-moments, swoons, and the occasional shouting of “I KNEW IT!” 

All of the characters, including their emotions, are realistic and relatable. Friendships that transition into relationships are more complicated than we actually like to admit, because often times we are in denial or lack brave communication skills, hahaha. And I like that the characters don’t shy away from portraying the vulnerability that often results from the blurred lines between friendships and relationships. 

I also enjoyed that the characters are able to blend their vlogging world into their actual real life, while also experiencing the obstacles that reality throws at them. It is not too hard to put two and two together to understand that when kissing your best friend becomes a game of dares on the internet, friendships often morph into something new. Although I found the novel predictable, contemporary readers will fall in love with the friendships and relationships that blossom in Kiss Cam, because they are heartwarming and cute. And even though, Kiss Cam is a fluffy, straight-forward love story, it is also a feel good love story that I think many readers can kick back, read, and swoon over.

Oh, and as a true salute and spin-off of the book…you guys, “I’m blogging here.”

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My Rating; 4 out of 5 Stars

Author Bio:

Kiara London is the internet savvy, hopelessly romantic alter ego of Bethany Novak-Tveten, who in real life is part of the US Air Force. She started writing on the online writing site Booksie when she was thirteen and then transferred to Wattpad where her debut novel Kiss Cam was originally posted. She spends most of her time scrolling down Tumblr, attempting to read everything she can get her hands on, and drooling over fictional men.

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Kiss Cam’s Blog Tour Dates

October 10th
The Cover Contessa >> Guest post
Loves Great Reads >> Interview
Living In Our Own Story >> Review
With Love for Books >> Review

October 11th
Girls With Books >> Excerpt
A Writer’s Tales >> Excerpt
To Be Read >> Review
The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf >> Review
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Review

October 12th
Hello Beautiful Book Blog >> Guest post
between books >> Review
Bookish Escapes >> Review
Rolling with the Moments >> Review
The Bookworm Central >> Review

October 13th
Dani Reviews Things >> Guest post
Book Wish >> Review
Book Stacks Amber >> Review
Truth About Books >> Review

October 14th
A Dream Within A Dream >> Excerpt
Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature >> Interview
Romantic Fanatic >> Review
Books Direct >> Review

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W…W…W…Wednesday: 10/12/2016

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I love books about witches, and so far I am currently loving How to Hang a Witch. More importantly, this book is set in Salem, Massachusetts and I am a huge Salem Witch Trials fanatic!!!

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

17333174I love this series, and I hate that I devour the newest releases in less than a day, because afterwards, I always want more Kate and Curran. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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To keep up with Fall reads, I am going to reread Practical Magic and then a rewatch of the movie soon. 

What does your own W…W…W…Wednesday look like? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Read Based On Recommendations

HOSTED by The Broke and the Bookish


This week’s topic is…

Ten (well…eight) Books I Read Based On Recommendations

 

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I saw Uprooted mentioned in a Barnes & Noble article, and I knew I had to read it.

 

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When you tell your BFF that you are in the mood for a cute contemporary read recommendation, this is the answer I got. And I loved it!

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Oh Twitter, you always give me the best recommendations. But sadly this recommendation did not live up to the hype for me. I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

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This is another book that came highly recommended through Twitter and the blogging community, and I felt bad for not liking it. 😦

 

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During the month of August, I was trying to read a lot of New Adult books. This was a book that came highly recommended by Books are my Fandom

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One of my best friends is a Rainbow Rowell fanatic, and I’m so glad she recommended Fangirl–it’s a book I wish I would have read as a Freshman in college.

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I can’t remember who recommended this book to me, but I know they recommended it through Goodreads. Whoever you are, THANK YOU. I loved it.

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I know someone recommended this book to me through my blog, but I can’t remember who. Whoever you are, thank you for one of the best book I read this year.

So through this post, I realized, I have a terrible memory…hahaha. But I always take recommendations through my blog, Twitter, Goodreads, book club, and friends. In the future, I’m just going to have to write down who recommended it to me.

Release Blitz: THE RIFT UPRISING by Amy S. Foster

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Title: The Rift Uprising
Author: Amy S. Foster
Publication date: October 4, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
ABOUT THE RIFT UPRISING
Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of the Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.
Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cybernetically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other terrified and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel. But that’s all about to change.
When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more. 

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

 
amy-s-foster-author-photo-headshotABOUT AMY S. FOSTER
Amy S. Foster is a celebrated songwriter, best known as Michael Bublé’s writing partner. You might recognize her work in his four hit singles, including “Home” and “Haven’t Met You Yet.”  She has also collaborated with Destiny’s Child, Diana Krall, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and a host of other artists. She is also the author of the novel When Autumn Leaves. When she’s not in a studio in Nashville, Amy lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. Amy is the daughter of singer B.J. Cook and the legendary music producer, David Foster. Fun fact about Amy: Her extended family tree includes Bella and Gigi Hadid, Sara and Erin Foster and Brody and Brandon Jenner, and Clay Aiken! The Rift Uprising, her YA debut, will be released on October 4, 2016.   

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Took Me the Longest to Finish

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TOP 5 WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme created by Lainey @ GingerReadsLainey and is currently hosted by Samantha @ Thoughts on TomesEvery Wednesday a new topic is listed on the Goodreads group, and you list your top 5 books related to the particular topic.

This week’s topic is…

Books That Took Me the Longest to Finish

So a side note about myself. I am a quick reader; I can usually read a 350-paged book in less than 4 to 5 hours. But as a mood reader it is hard for me to just sit down and read any book from my shelf. So on weekends, I usually binge read at least 3 to 4 books. It’s very unusual and rare for me to set a book aside and read it over a weekly or monthly period, but I have done it, and the books below are proof. 

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Station Eleven took me 7 months to finish. I loved the book, and honestly I think I did not want it to end. Check out my review HERE

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I savored Uprooted to the very end. Every chapter was captivating and wonderfully written. I tried to make this book last as long as I could. This was also the last book I read and gushed about with my mom before she passed away. I think she would have loved reading it. Check out my short review HERE.

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I had a hard time connecting to My Lady Jane. I really had to push myself to read and finish this book. Check out my struggles in my review HERE.

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I think Truest is one of the most underrated books I have read in the last 2 years. It is truly spectacular and heartbreaking all at the same time. Check out my short review HERE.

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I read Mosquitoland last year over a monthly period and loved it. I checked my Goodreads account to see if I had written a review, and it turns out I’m still “processing” my thoughts on it. Yeah, I need to get that review up ASAP, because this book deserves all the praise!!! 

What are some books that took you the longest to finish? Is there a reason why it took you so long? 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Book and TV Villains

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This week’s topic is…

TOP TEN FAVORITE BOOK AND TV VILLAINS

  1. The Darkling from Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha series. I think he’s an excellent villain, but I never understood the shipping of him and the heroine, Alina. JUST NO! 

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2. I’ve read up to Volume 18 of The Walking Dead graphic novels, and the Governor is by far the most viscous and well-crafted villain in the series (so far!). 

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3. If you know me, you know that my all-time favorite series is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And Angelus is hands down my favorite Villain in the TV series. 

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4. One of my other favorite Villains in Buffy the Vampire is Caleb from Season 7…Nathan Fillion really knows how to play a monster of a person. 

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5. And speaking of favorite TV Villains, I cannot get enough of the ruthless Moriarty in BBC’s Sherlock. His evilness always makes me smile.

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6. Then there is Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost. I could research and analyze this character over and over, and still want more. 

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7. Cersei Lannister from the A Song of Ice and Fire series (and the Game of Thrones TV Series). She is smart, cunning, and horrifying. I would never want to cross her path.

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8. Voldemort from the Harry Potter series. Harry has to endure a lot sh!t from this power-crazed lunatic. Voldemort literally gives up parts of his soul in hopes of evil triumphing: now that’s a dedicated Villain.  

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9. The Weeping Angels in Doctor Who. They did something to my favorite couple, the Ponds, and I still weep thinking about that scene. GAHHHH!!!

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10. And I can’t have a completed Villain list without Bram Stoker’s Dracula. One of the most fascinating characters that shaped my love for Victorian Literature.

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Who are some of your favorite book and TV villains? Comment below. I really feel like I’m forgetting a lot of really good ones.