Blog Tour: A Messy, Beautiful Life

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Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop for the A Messy, Beautiful Life Blog Tour. I’m really excited to be part of this tour. This book is so achingly beautiful and I can’t wait to rave about it! If you’re new to my blog, welcome to Sincerely Karen Jo. Hope you enjoy reading my review and don’t forget leave a comment down below.

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5 ★ – SO ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL
PUBLISHED BY ENTANGLED TEEN OCTOBER  2, 2017
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, ROMANCE, PARANORMAL, FANTASY
PAGES: HARDOVER 300 PAGES

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Synopsis

LIFE IS FUNNY SOMETIMES.
AND NOT ALWAYS THE HA, HA KIND. LIKE THAT ONE TIME WHERE A HOT GUY TRIED TO KISS ME AND I FELL. DOWN. HARD. AND THEN FOUND OUT I HAD CANCER.
I’M TRYING TO BE STRONG FOR MY FRIENDS AND MY MOM.
AND I’M TRYING SO HARD TO BE “JUST FRIENDS” WITH THAT HOT GUY, EVEN THOUGH HE SEEMS TO WANT SO MUCH MORE. BUT I WON’T DO THAT TO HIM. HE’S BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE WITH HIS FAMILY, AND I’M NOT GOING TO LET HIM WATCH ME DIE.
SO, I TELL MYSELF: SMILE ELLIE. BE FUNNY ELLIE. DON’T CRY ELLIE, BECAUSE ONCE I START, I MIGHT NOT STOP.

Review 

This book is INCREDIBLY AMAZING. How can something so upsetting and heartbreaking be so full of life and laughter?! Dealing with cancer will never be easy. I knew going into this book that I would get very emotional. I was so ready to bawl my eyes out, but instead of crying till my eyes swelled up, I actually laughed…A LOT. I mean there were plenty of tears involved, but A Messy, Beautiful Life filled my heart with so much hope and joy. By the end, I just wanted to give everyone I love a big hug and never let go.

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It’s actually been a few days since I finished reading this book and I still haven’t stopped thinking about everything that’s happened. I LOVEEEE this book so much…SO MUCH that I know this will be one of my top ten favorite reads in 2017. The cover is ridiculously gorgeous. The title is utterly perfect. The writing is exceptional and the story… it’s so so BEAUTIFUL and I just can’t get over all the FEELS.

I absolutely love Ellie and Jason. Ellie is a fantastic character. She’s loving and caring. She’s extremely talented, hilarious and witty. She’s also very strong, inspiring and full of life that I wanted to be around her. I just love that girl so much and rooted for her the entire time. Jason… this guy will always have a special place in my heart. He’s charming and sweet. He’s the perfect gentleman and I fell so hard for him. Watching these two interact together is really fun! Their chemistry is simply amazing. I love all the cute flirting, playful bantering, sexy kisses, and tender moments between them. Their romance is super adorable, and swoony and will make your heart so full of happy.

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The other characters are wonderful and I adore them to pieces. Ellie’s stepbrother, Craig, is very thoughtful, caring, and awesome. He makes me heart melt into a puddle of goo and I just love him. Ellie’s mom is just the BEST and I want to hug her! The mother-daughter dynamic/bond is definitely goals. Hana and Quinn are totally kick ass and the most amazing best friends ever. The relationships between the characters are just so great! I don’t want to give too much away, but there is seriously so much love in this book. Not to mention the characters are well-developed, genuine, and believable.

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A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan is a lovely story about learning to find humor in life despite dealing with something really terrible. It’s riveting, deeply affecting, and very inspiring. While some parts are heartbreaking and just really sad, this book is also filled with so many fun, hilarious, and heartwarming moments that will make you smile and laugh out loud. Everything about this book is just so achingly beautiful. I love this story with all my heart and can’t recommend it enough. Alan’s writing is phenomenal and I’m absolutely excited to read whatever she writes next!

P.S. – Ranma ½ is the BEST and one of my favorites! I used to watch that anime with my brother when we were young. Definitely got nostalgic and made me miss those days.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

sara_jade_alanAbout the Author

Sara Jade Alan wrote her first comedy sketch during second grade recess, then cast it, directed it, and made costumes out of garbage bags. Since then, she has performed in over a thousand improvised and scripted shows all over the country. When she lived in New York City with her college improv group, she worked as an assistant to a best-selling author of young adult novels featuring strong female heroes and was completely inspired by her books and the awesomeness of her teen fans. Spending a year on crutches, Sara turned to writing her own young adult stories and was hooked. Currently, she is one-half of the comedy duo, The Novelistas, who perform about writing and teach performance to writers. Hailing from a suburb of Chicago, Sara now lives in Colorado with her husband—who she met in that college improv group—and daughter, who they waited a bunch of years to make. She is a member of and guest instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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Thanks for reading lovelies! I hope you add this amazing book to your TBR and fall in love with Ellie’s story.

Sincerely Karen Jo

Blog Tour: The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf

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Hello lovelies and welcome to my stop for The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf Blog Tour. If you’re new to my blog, welcome to Sincerely Karen Jo. Today I have a very fun treat for you all! I’ll be sharing a deleted scene so let’s get to it and happy reading!!

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The Strange Wandering’s of Becca Emerson

To give a little context, this was a scene I’d written when I was considering adding other character’s perspective to the story. The HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES series is all observed from Colin’s perspective. More and more, especially during book #2, I really wanted to hear from a few other characters, in particular Becca Emerson who I truly believe has potential for her own book. However, in the end I cut it because I wanted to keep the style consistent, and Colin was doing a fine job of carrying the story himself . . . but maybe, just maybe, Becca will get her own story one of these days . . .

Becca didn’t know where she was when she awoke. It looked eerily familiar, but distinctly strange all at the same time. She was still in her PJ’s just like the last few times she’d sleep walked. An early morning haze of light crept under the barn door and there was a chill in the air. Becca breathed a sigh of relief; at least it was still early morning.

If this was going to start being a common occurrence, she’d need to consider strapping herself to her bed.

How am I even getting outside?

The past three times this had happened, she’d returned to her house and found she couldn’t get in because all the doors were locked. She’d had to use an elemental spell to work the locks into submission and then tiptoe upstairs to avoid waking her mother, who slept like the dead, and her father, who she wasn’t even sure slept at all. So far so good.

It looked like she was in a barn. Her family property didn’t have a barn and she began to wander just how far away from home she was.

The sleep walking occurrences were troubling, but Mrs. Strauss had told her during one of their many training sessions that as a witch’s power grows, there are sometimes magical side effects that prove to be bothersome but are rarely harmful.

Becca stood up and brushed stray pieces of straw off her flannel pyjamas and realized for the first time that she was clutching her stuffed pink unicorn (Pepè). Rolling her eyes and feeling a flush of embarrassment at what Colin would say if he knew she slept with a stuffed animal, she tucked Pepè under one arm and made for the door. For all his social awkwardness, Colin was still a werewolf, and she could just imagine the relentless teasing that would occur if he ever discovered Becca to be anything other than the dark, brooding, teenage witch that she was.

Becca pushed on the barn door, but it was locked firmly. Her anger flared momentarily and she had to take a few deep breaths to prevent herself from casting a spell that would obliterate the door, the barn, and any other building close by. Mrs. Strauss had warned her about emotional outbursts, and the potential harm they could cause. Becca was testing off the charts when it came to her growing power and even Mrs. Strauss was surprised at how fast she was developing.

Becca let out a frustrated sigh, and went to look for an alternate way to escape the barn. 

The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf

(Hair in all the Wrong Places #2)

Andrew Buckley

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Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Tantrum Books

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Being a werewolf is no picnic. Colin’s constantly hungry, spends a ton of time shaving, and fights to keep his emotions in check to avoid turning into a giant, drooling, hairy, smelly, howling wolf. But Colin’s not the only creature hanging around the town of Elkwood. Vampires, zombies, goblins, ogres, and other questionable visitors and their various shenanigans have got everyone on edge.
Colin just wants to live a normal life, date, and get his homework done on time. But the town of Elkwood needs him. So when a secret government organization asks for his help, will he be able to control the animal inside, or will he give in to the perils of growing up werewolf?

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Andrew BuckleyAbout the Author

Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN. He works as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on his next novel, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with three kids, one cat, one needy dog, one beautiful wife, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.

Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

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Sincerely Karen Jo