We have all been there. You are in love. Crazy love. The kind of love that runs so rampant in your veins that it not only becomes a part of you, but it actually becomes you. It starts trying to make decisions for you. It struggles to over-rule you in the way you choose to talk or what you choose to wear or even who you spend your time with. At any given moment and without warning, you will discover that you have stopped caring about everything and everyone and have entered the land in your mind where your love lives. Should be great, right? Well, it also just so happens that this love is unrequited. Or is it? You are now living your life in the gray zone, and it’s horrible, maybe. It might actually be great, if you could ever stop contradicting yourself. This is the paradox that Lindy Zart explores in Roomies, and she does it flawlessly.
Kennedy is the every girl. Meaning that she is just as insecure on the inside as we all really are as well but tries to cover it up with a more dominant and appealing trait to conceal said insecurity. Kennedy’s poison of choice is sarcasm and a quick wit. While demonstrating confidence and self-assuredness on the outside, Kennedy is full of contradictions and confidence on the inside. Zart does an amazing job of shaping a female character that was in no way self-deprecating, but still mirrored similarities that all women share in the form of occasionally being thrown off course by what could be the love of our life. If only he would pay the heck attention. I am honestly so sick of silly, insecure little female leads that I could spit, and Zart is the author that has FINALLY satisfied my need for a real female lead. Zart also makes Kennedy come alive by infusing her with hilarious witticisms and charming quirks that make the reader feel like we could be best friends with Kennedy not simply appreciate her in the text of the book and leave it like that. I found myself wanting to know Kennedy more and more as the book went on, and further felt invested as she navigated through her suddenly full dance card of men to choose from, even though there was only one she really wanted to dance with.
Zart also does a stunning job of creating believable men in which we would want to be involved with. Talk about your book boyfriend mecca! With Graham and Blake being the two central focuses of the plot as well as of Kennedy’s new extracurricular life, Zart does an amazing job of making it difficult to choose who to root for. Graham, the ever constant friend and roommate who has always made Kennedy weak in the knees and whom she has shared a history with and had long since given her heart to. Even if it was unnoticed for so long Graham is the guy who we initially think is a no brainer for Kennedy to be with, but when Blake bursts onto the scene, we can’t help find his wounded soul, troubled past, and bad boy edge super sexy and want to scream at Kennedy to just jump on the back of his bike and ride off into the sunset. Talk about your love conundrum. I personally found myself wishing I were in Kennedy’s shoes for a bit, and was even able to do so and the book drew me in, and the emotions and experiences that Kennedy went through in her new emotional arena, I felt like I was going through too, and it made me laugh and feel so much all at the same time.
This was the first book that I have read by Zart, and I know that it certainly will not be the last. I read this book right after a very devastating time emotionally, yet when I dove into the world of roomies, my heart forgot to keep hurting and instead all the feelings that are splayed out on each page filled it up instead. In a time where I should have felt grief, this book allowed me to empty myself of that for a moment, and fill it up with the humor and the reminder how beautiful and fun and unexpected life can be, and celebrate that with these characters. For that I am grateful and this book and the author who penned it now hold a very significant place in my little book worm heart.
In case you were unsure by all of my overzealous praise of this book, I give it 5 out of 5 morals, but really it deserves more than that. It deserves to be recognized as a book that acts as a mirror for all of us, revealing the very best in us, and demonstrating that we all contain some of the worst, primarily in the form of uncertainty. It reminds us that life is far too short to wait to take a chance, because if you wait too long, someone else may come along and challenge you for what should have already been yours. However it also tells us that there is no such thing as too late, and that whatever is meant to be will be, and that we should simply embrace everything that we are with all of our heart, and enjoy the ride, wherever we may end up.
Hey guys!! So I know I keep saying I'm back, and then life happens and I'm pulled away for a bit. But no longer! I'm going to make time for the things I love, and right at the top of that list is this community and the friendship it offers! How has everyone been?! I miss you guys!
There are a lot of really awesome things happening on my end that I will be able to share soon. But for now, enjoy this #festive shot I took for Clean Teen Publishing!
So #FunFact, I used to be a professional theatre actress! I went to the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati for college, left early, and worked in NYC and all over the country for many years as a singer/actress in regional theatres! Since it's #halloween, I thought it would be fun to post my favorite costumes. My favorite roles will always be Janis Joplin and Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray. While part of me will always miss this, I am forever grateful for the path that I am on now. If I could tell this version of myself one thing, it would be to hold on as this dream changes, because a better one is dawning. #costumes #theatre #trickortreat #flashback
#happyhalloween! I hope you are having a great day and are planning something super fun for tonight! I love this #spooky #halloween book I got to #photograph for @pjboox! Creepy, right? I might have to swing by and pick it up so I can read it!
So what are your plans for tonight? I think the #mister and I are just going to hang out at home and watch #nightmarebeforechristmas and eat candy, because we are old, lol.#qotd #bookstagram
*** QOTD Below *** It's #monday! I had a great weekend with my mister getting things all set up in our new place! But I'll tell you what, it was exhausting! We went to #Ikea and got some new bookshelves that I am so excited to fill up with all my pretties! I'm having trouble deciding how to categorize them though. What do you think? How do you have your shelves organized?
These are some of the photos I have taken for @cleanteenpub and @pjboox! Love these #spooky #halloween titles!
I know this isn't #bookstagram related, but I can't tell you how proud I am of this guy and how thrilled I am to have him to myself for the whole day!! So many great things are going on for us right now, and I can't wait to share them with you guys. So for as much as I will always be a #booknerd, tonight I'm a #hockeygirl #lovehim
*** QOTD Below *** Guys. This series, though. This started out purely as a #coverbuy from my fav indie bookstore @pjboox (you should all check them out!) This is the third book in the series, and I'm #dying to read it! I'm usually skeptical about #vampires because they can be overdone, but this read is well worth it. Check out the whole series, The Maura DeLuca Trilogy by @cmelansonauthor on the pjboox website!
What are your favorite supernatural beings? I think mine has to be a witch. Or wizard.
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Things have been so busy lately! I miss all my #bookstagram buddies! I have finally come up with a schedule that will allow me to post regularly like I used to. Yay!! So #halloween is coming up, and I can never resist a good #theme for a photo! I read The Forlorned by @celticgirl33 last year and I really liked it!
So what I have missed while I've been gone? Any good reads I need to know about?
It's #Friday! I for one am very ready for the weekend! Starting next week, you will be seeing more posts from me one a regular basis as I am now pretty well settled into my new home and have some awesome projects on deck to share with you!
This week, I had the pleasure of creating some graphics to announce some upcoming releases for Clean Teen Publishing and Crimson Tree Publishing! Aren't these covers stunning! Bellamy and the Brute by Alicia Michaels will release in 2017 and is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! Awesome, right? Silverwitch by Tamara Hanks Grantham will release in December and is Book Four in the Olive Kennedy: Fairyworld MD series! This series is one of my top three series in 2015 AND 2016, so you will want to pick this up if you haven't already! Book One, Dreamthief, is #FREE on all platforms and just won a #RONEAWARD from InD'Tale Magazine for best #NewAdult title of 2016!
There are SO many awesome books coming out in the next few months. Which ones are you most excited about?
Hey you guys! I know I have been radio silent, and I hated it, but I had good reason! I'm really excited to share that I have been brought on as editor and part of the creative team for the ongoing comic book series Solar Flare by James Haick! Working in this field has always been a dream of mine, and I can't believe it's starting to come to fruition.
In the spirit of geeking out over comics, what is your favorite comic book story/character? #bookstagram
**** QOTD Below **** Hey my amazing #bookworms! I hope your week is going well! I turned in a new editing project yesterday *yay!* so today I'm working on Social Media things to give my analytic brain a break.
Don't you just LOVE this cover?! I picked it up at my favorite #indie #bookstore, PJ Boox immediately after I saw it. This is the second book in The Maura DeLuca series, so once I'm done with the first one, which is also stunning, I'll be moving on to this!
When you are looking for your #Cover #buys, what kind of covers are you drawn to? #qotd #bookstagram