ARC Review: “Wild Cards” by Simone Elkeles

Wild CardsWild Cards (Fullriders #1) by Simone Elkeles

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After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Thanks to Walkers Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for this eARC! This title will be released on October 1st, 2013.

Three stars

I have a soft spot for Simone Elkeles’ books. When I saw she was writing a new series, I jumped up and down with glee. I had hoped that with this one Simone might try for something a little different, and it certainly seemed that way. But what I got was more of the same tried and true Simone Elkeles, but not in the best way.

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My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop – Win a Simone Elkeles Prize Pack!

My Life is a Notebook is participating in the My Favorite Reads Giveaway Hop, June 1st thru June 6th, as hosted by I’m a Reader, Not a Writer and Rachelle’s Writing Spot! What this means is that you can enter the giveaway here and then click HERE to go to a list of 148 other blogs hosting giveaways of their own!

For my “Favorite Reads” I’m going with FREAKING EVERYTHING Simone Elkeles has ever written. Seriously. (Well, unless you count her Fullriders series but that isn’t released yet!) Anyways. What’s in this prize pack? Well, one lucky winner will get:

The entire Perfect Chemistry trilogy

– Paperback copy of Perfect Chemistry

– Hardcover Rules of Attraction

– Hardcover Chain Reaction (See my review here)

The entire Leaving Paradise duology

– Paperback Leaving Paradise

– Paperback Return to Paradise

And a 3-1 version of her How to Ruin trilogy!

Excited yet? To read the rules and enter the giveaway, click HERE and open the link in a new window. This will be very important, trust me. Please note that this giveaway is for US ONLY.

This giveaway is over! The winner is Sarah A.!