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    FROSH: SECOND CHANCES Blog Tour – Review

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    Welcome to today’s stop on the FROSH: SECOND CHANCES Blog Tour! I’m super excited for this second book in Mónica B. Wagner’s Frosh series to come out so that everyone can find out what’s been going on with Ellie, Grant, Devon and Charlie.

    If you haven’t yet met them now’s the perfect time, because the first book in the series, FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, is currently available for FREE in eBook format at Amazon, B&N and iTunes – links are below. So be sure to grab your copy – there’s plenty of time to catch up before FROSH: SECOND CHANCES releases on September 27th.

    Of course you’ll then have to wait for the third installment in the series, FROSH: THIRD WHEEL, which is due out in 2017.

    For my tour stop I’m sharing my thoughts about this sequel. So if you’d like to know what I thought scroll down for my review.

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    Top 10 of 2015: Best Contemporaries of 2015

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    Welcome to Day Three of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned previously…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting today’s Day Three giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting Day Four’s giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


    Best Contemporaries of 2015

    Today’s topic is:

    Best ________ of 2015

    Today is blogger’s choice and this year I decided to break with tradition and instead of debuts I have chosen to share my favorite contemporary reads of 2015 since I read so many of them this year. And while I may be stretching things a bit I am including contemporary thrillers in this list.

    If you want to know why they’re my favorites, just click their titles to check out my bookish thoughts and ratings.

    My Top 10 Favorite YA Contemporaries

    #1 BRUTAL YOUTH by Anthony Breznican – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #2 EVERY LAST WORD by Tamara Ireland Stone – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #3 PROOF OF FOREVER by Lexa Hillyer – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #4 THE TRAGIC AGE by Stephen Metcalfe – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #5 I AM THE TRAITOR by Allen Zadoff – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #6 ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #7 FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #8 PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD by Michelle Falkoff – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #9 FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER by Juliana Romano – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #10 LIARS, INC. by Paula Stokes – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    And instead of listing honorable mentions, though I had many of those, I am sharing…

    My Top 5 Favorite Non-YA Contemporaries

    I wish they didn’t have to be books I’d read in 2015 because I totally would have had MAYHEM by Jamie Shaw on this list. But while my review posted in 2015, I read it in 2014 so I can’t sneak it in.

    #1 MISSING DIXIE by Caisey Quinn – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #2 SWEET by Tammara Webber – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #3 BOUNCE by Noelle August – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #4 FROSH: FIRST BLUSH by Mónica B. Wagner – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    #5 RULES OF SEDUCTION by Jenna Mullins – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

    Well, those are my picks. What topic did you choose for blogger’s choice? And what are your favorites?


    Leave a link to your Best *BLANK* of 2015 posts in the Linky List below…



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    FROSH: FIRST BLUSH Blog Tour – Review + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be kicking off the blog tour for FROSH: FIRST BLUSH by Mónica B. Wagner on its release day. I am so madly in love with this series that I don’t know how I’ll be able to stand waiting for book two. That ending… killer.

    This is one of those stories that will make you shake your head at some of the characters’ actions and decisions, want to throttle a few of them, root for the ones you adore and hope they get a happy ending. It’s also one of those reads that will give you a hint about some of the things to come and make you angst over the fact that they are going to happen.

    If you’d like to know what else I thought about FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, my review is a bit further down in the post. And if you’d like the chance to win an eCopy of the book, enter in the Rafflecopter.

    The tour schedule is at the bottom of the post, and it’ll be updated with direct links to all the stops. So if you’d like to hear what a few other bloggers have to say about FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, follow the tour over the next couple of weeks.


    About FROSH: FIRST BLUSH

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    Title & Series: FROSH: FIRST BLUSH (Frosh #1)
    Author: Mónica B. Wagner
    Release date: October 20, 2015
    Publisher: The Studio, a Paper Lantern Lit imprint
    Pages: 307
    Formats: eBook

    Description…

    During welcome week at Hillson University, the FROSH will hit the fan.

    Type-A aspiring journalist Ellie plans to take freshman year by storm. But hell-bent on breaking a huge on-campus scandal, she risks becoming one herself—and getting the mysterious, heart-melting QB in serious trouble.

    Grant, star quarterback and charismatic chick-magnet, is hiding a life-altering secret. The last thing he needs is an overeager (absolutely adorable) journalist asking questions. He’s got a reputation to protect.

    High-society legacy student Devon is ready to catch the football hottie of her dreams. If the tabloids feature her with the “it” boy on her arm, her tainted past will be buried—or so she thinks.

    Charlie, pre-med, is done being the sweet and funny geek that girls like Devon ignore. But if he tries to impress her with a new edgy, spontaneous attitude, will his heart end up in the emergency room?

    FROSH intertwines the stories of Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie in Mónica B. Wagner’s sexy NA debut series, about falling in love and falling apart.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Fun, sweet, a little bit sexy, completely captivating and totally addictive, FROSH: First Blush is a fantastic first book in Mónica B. Wagner’s new trilogy. It promises heated hook-ups, ulterior motives, betrayal, jealousy, a catfight, a potential love triangle, possible unrequited love, a mysterious podcaster, and a headline-making scandal. It delivers angst, heartbreak, romance, humor, a well-developed story and characters, terrific writing, and a killer cliffhanger ending. It is a story and series that will become an instant favorite and are an absolute must.

    Daniella “Ellie” Martowski really didn’t want to like Grant Landry, the star quarterback for Hillson U. She’d much rather crush on Tanner, the Managing Editor for the Nexus, where she was hoping to land the editorial assistant position. Though she really wished she didn’t want to have anything to do with either of them. Getting the job was way too important for her to mess it up by getting together with the wrong guy… or guys.

    Devon Connors wanted to clear her family’s name and prove to everyone that the scandals they’d been plagued by were in the past. And she knew the perfect guy to have on her arm and to be by her side to show them how over it she was. All she had to do was orchestrate an accidental meeting or two, flirt and charm him, and she’d have Grant Landry eating out of the palm of her hand. Her plan was practically foolproof. If only she could stop herself from thinking about Charlie.

    Charlie Keesan never thought someone like Devon Connors would even notice him, let alone give him one of the most amazing nights of his life. He just wished it had meant as much to her as it did to him. And he really wished he could stop thinking about her. Maybe if he became someone cooler, someone fun instead of funny, she’d want him as much as she clearly wanted Grant.

    Grant Landry wasn’t used to girls like Ellie Martowski. Playing football meant that he never really had to work hard, or at all, to get a girl to like him. But Ellie was definitely hard-to-get and no matter what he did, he somehow always managed to make himself look bad. She was totally worth the effort, but it would have been nice to know if he was wasting his time or if maybe she liked him back, even just a little.

    With each of the story’s four key characters keeping secrets, making mistakes, hiding their feelings and sending mixed signals – and all before classes even begin – heartache, drama, tension and suspense abound, making for an exciting and incredibly entertaining and unputdownable read.

    FROSH: First Blush is filled with minor deceptions and manipulations, misunderstandings, hidden truths. It introduces an array of characters, some who are driven, some who are aren’t sure about what or who they want, some who are confident or over-confident, some who are shy and awkward, some who are dealing with family issues, and others who seem to have not a care in the world. And it intertwines their lives in ways that are unexpected, at times heated, and at others heartwarming.

    Author Mónica B. Wagner created a number of characters readers will love getting to know. She penned a story that is positively delightful, that offers a bit of depth, and that looks to be just as enchanting for the entirety of the series. She brought surprises. She brought the tease of things to come. She brought the sexy.

    Those who enjoy their love stories complicated, their characters’ interests and personalities varied, their relationships sizzling hot one minute and tear-filled or icy cold the next, and their story ending on the sheerest of cliffs, will fall in love with this spellbinding and delicious and seriously awesome read.

    The Rating

    05


    About Mónica B. Wagner

    Monica Wagner

    Mónica was born in a Peruvian city by a snow-capped volcano. Growing up, books were her constant companions as she traveled with her family to places like India (where she became a vegetarian), Thailand (where she *almost* met Leonardo di Caprio), France (where she pretended to learn French), and countless other places that inspired her to write. Now, Mónica lives in Chile with her husband, three boys, eleven hens, and stray dog. Keep up with Monica and follow her on Twitter @Monica_BW or visit her website: http://monibw.blogspot.com.

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    The Giveaway

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

    • THREE (3) eCopies of FROSH

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    • Oct. 20th – Fiktshun – Review
    • Oct. 21st – Reading Lark – Interview
    • Oct. 22nd – Bookish Lifestyle
    • Oct. 23rd – Swoony Boys Podcast

    Week Two

    Week Three

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