Sunday KU Spotlight by KUBR + OCA

Hey, KUbbies and Addicts! Welcome back to the KU Sunday Spotlight by KUBR + One-Click Addict!  Here are two new great books to add to your TBR today!


RATING: BUY IT {Mila} – So. F*cking. Good. As I kept reading, that’s what continually ran through my mind. Over and over and over again.

When I was in high school, we had to write a paper on one person/event from the song, “We Didn’t Start the Fire” by Billy Joel. I chose Jack Kerouac. My teacher was not pleased. I think she was worried that she was going to set my 15-year-old self down the road of the Beat Generation and she was right. I became obsessed with them – Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg – I loved them all. When I read the dedication, I knew I was in for a treat. Truth be told, I didn’t have the slightest clue how much I would actually love this book.

Blood to Dust by LJ Shen is the story of Prescott + Nate. Prescott, a rich girl that’s lost everything and Nate, an ex-convict tasked with the duty of being her captor. Those two sentences tell you the basics, but they reveal absolutely nothing of the complexity, beauty, tension, sadness, fierceness or perfection of these two.

The build up in this novel is so sweet and tortuous. You want to know what happens, but you want to experience every word. Every moment. And once the ride really gets started: You. Can’t. Stop.

For every flaw, an appreciation. For every scar, a healing touch. For every bad memory, a new one to fill its place. Blood to Dust is equal parts violent and moving. Painful, yet beautiful. It fell on my radar when it first came out, but as it often happens, I got caught up in a million other books and it passed me by. Don’t let that happen to you.


RATING: READ IT {Robyn} – Sometimes the very subtle power of Facebook’s suggestions on things I may like can be rather surprising. I admit to not liking the Big Brother feel of the product placement ads, but every now and then they just get it right. Over and over in my Facebook feed, HJ Bellus’ Pinky Promise would appear. I would stop and stare at the gorgeous cover, read an early review or two and move on. I hadn’t yet read Ms. Bellus’ work and a few other stories were calling to me, but on release day, I couldn’t let this book go. Something was drawing me to it. I downloaded it and began reading. It didn’t take me long to realize the connection.

Pinky Promise is the story of State + Baylor, two kids born into a life of addiction and poverty. Best friends all their lives, State is Baylor’s voice when paralyzing fear and anxiety overtake her. Baylor is State’s safe haven where he can dream of a better, happier future. Horrific and unexpected events happen that rip young State + Baylor from one another.

Years later, they reunite in the most surprising place of all – a little pub located near the University of Florida! State is a Gator football player, while Baylor works many jobs, of which waitressing is one. It’s a sweet, satisfying reunion as is watching their relationship grow, now as adults, and despite the many obstacles in their way.

Okay, so why am I connected to this story and why should UF be so shocking? I’m a UF alumnus and current employee! I’ve grown up in the Gainesville community and am always left in shock and awe when any writer finds my wonderful, unique college town worthy of inclusion in a story. I only wish Gainesville was identified. I can assure you her fictional community of Kings is just that, fictional.

As of 10.23.16, Blood to Dust and Pinky Promise are both available on Kindle Unlimited.

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