COVER REVEAL: Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey


Picture Imperfect by Jelsa Mepsey 
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: September 22nd 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Young Adult


Synopsis:


Sixteen-year-old Max Prescott knows all too well the joys of cheating girlfriends and traitorous friends. He’s not eager to have his heart trampled again, but money and a fresh start can mean the difference between happiness and a dark path with his name on it.

So when Melly Hewson, a perky and enigmatic classmate, asks him to be her model for a year-long photography project, Max agrees. Melly Hewson is everything Max isn’t. She’s outgoing, witty and always knows the right words to say. And despite his best efforts, Max finds himself drawn to her.

Still, he isn’t stupid. He knows a girl like Melly will only use him and then never speak to him again. Besides, he’s been to that rodeo. As long as he keeps his feelings off the market, he won’t make the same mistakes as last time.

Yet underneath Melly’s sweet smiles lies a secret she’d rather kept hidden. And as the year goes on and the photos pile up, Max and Melly will find themselves developing through the negatives, a story that when told could push them to opposite ends of their world. But the only thing worst than the truth is, the facade that surrounds them.


About the Author:

Jelsa Mepsey writes young adult contemporary romance fiction, drawing inspiration from daily life. With her work, she is dedicated to spurring people to think about what they have taken for granted and to shed light on the issues people avoid talking about. As an Asian-American in her 20s, she is excited to explore more of the human experience as she herself journeys through life. Writing, rock climbing 5.12 routes, and playing various instruments have resulted in the formation of many calluses on her hands over the years. When not engaging in her previously mentioned hobbies, Jelsa can be found at her local library with a stack of at least ten books, naming her various pens, or staring at her dog Waffles for inspiration.






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I'm so excited to be a part of this cover reveal for PICTURE IMPERFECT. Jelsa has been one of my closest writing friends throughout the years, and I can promise you that Max and Melly's story is one that you do not want to miss!


WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway!


What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi
Pub Date: August 4th, 2015
Source: Netgalley (ARC)


It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college. 
The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?





I am so excited to be a part of the official blog tour for WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND. Today, pub day, I'll be reviewing & on Thursday I'll be bringing you an excerpt of chapter one courtesy of Sourcebooks.


The Review:


How do I begin? Let me just start by saying that I went on this book with no expectations. I've never read anything by Jessica Verdi before, but I heard buzz about this book, and the premise was just so different. A single teenage dad? That's pretty much unheard of in YA. Going into this, I thought, okay this is either going to be totally incredible or completely wrong. 


Spoiler alert, it was totally incredible. WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND blew me away.

First of all, Ryden. Jessica Verdi has mastered the male POV. His voice and characterization was spot on the entire, I wanted to cry tears of joy. I really felt everything along with Ryden, a boy who has been thrown head first into fatherhood and is so unprepared for it. More than that, he's so upfront and honest about having "no fucking clue" what he's doing. Watching him stumble and fall and learn how to take care of his daughter gave me all of the good feels. Especially considering that the girl he loved died six months ago. I could feel that pain and grief. Also, I loved the solid relationship between Ryden and his mom. He depended on her and she let him lean on her, but always made it clear that Hope was his responsibility, and he totally respected her for that. I loved watching the moments between Ryden and Hope develop, how proud he was of himself when he did something that made her happy. How many times did I say I love Ryden in this paragraph? Probably too many. Moving on...

Meg was so present throughout the novel. Even though she was dead, I felt like I knew her, and I knew that the love between her and Ryden was real. I liked the journal entries, because they were small moments into her head. Not only did it help me understand her, it helped me to understand how Ryden felt about her.

And then there was Joni. Joni is my spirit animal. Her favorite place in the world is Washington Square Park. She made her bedroom look like Washington Square Park. AND she got an elephant tattoo because elephants are beautiful. WSP is one of my favorite places in the world and elephants are my favorite animal. Beyond that, I loved how bold Joni was and her relationship with Ryden was slow and sweet. Jessica Verdi made scenes at Whole Foods fun to read because of Joni & Ryden's developing friendship. It was really great. 

Also, Jessica Verdi gets a shoutout for the diversity that is represented in this book. There's a lot of talk today in YA about the necessity for diverse books, and WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND represents minorities, and represents them well

Basically I think this book is awesome. I wish I could write a more critical eloquent review but I can't.  


GIVEAWAY TIME


You know you want to read WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND. So enter to win one of three signed copies, courtesy of Sourcebooks!
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In the meantime, check back on Thursday for an excerpt from the first chapter!