Jessica is the 28 year old author of IF ONLY WE, a YA contemporary coming out in October 2013. You can often find her either reading or marathon watching TV on DVD, her favorites being Castle and Veronica Mars. She frequently mismatches her clothes and giggles uncontrollably. She knows almost every Billy Joel song by heart. She collects books and toys, and she has an intense love of cats and lemurs. Currently in the midst of her quarter-life-crisis, she is still takin' names and getting very close to reaching an epiphany.
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Not Until Tonight
Haley spends her weeknights going to the bar across the street from her apartment. It's the only thing that winds her down at the end of a long day. She has a drink and talks to the bartender, Skylar. When Skylar asks Haley to pretend to be his girlfriend for one night, she doesn't hesitate to say yes. At the end of the night, will they be willing to turn a fake relationship into a real one?
If Only We
Eighteen-year-old Adrienne is given a second chance to relive the summer after graduation. With all the mistakes she made, she just wants to make everything right again. She thinks she knows what went wrong the first time. But she has no idea what is really at stake.
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Smashwords book reviews by Jessica Sankiewicz
- Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology
on Jan. 21, 2012
Being the fan of poetry I am, I had to at least take a look at this anthology. It has an out of the ordinary approach (poetry to short story back to poetry) that can easily throw one off. Particularly the beginning might make the reader question what the author is getting at considering how simple the writing appears. When the story progresses, however, the childishness of the start makes perfect sense. This is a story of growth, after all.
The poetry in between short stories set the mood right. It consisted of numerous one word lines that culminated into one poem. The minimalism might cause a reader may mistakenly think it’s too effortless to be poetry. When you look at the whole poem, how the words tie into each other, everything comes full circle to the beginning. I really liked that. The short stories were appealing, but I didn’t get as much out of them as I did out of the poetry. There were elements of a paranormal nature threaded in and out that made them interesting though.
I have to say, I am glad I read Everblossom. Larissa Hinton’s voice combines her words into poems that convey the human emotion. It is a short read but it has a fascinating charm that makes you appreciate life in a new way.
Pretty Good: Stay up until your bedtime
- The Game Changer
on Nov. 17, 2012
There are those books where there is something about them you can’t help but love. That is this book. As I’m sitting down to write this review, I can’t pinpoint the exact words to express the feelings I am feeling after reading this book. Not that I can’t express myself. Because I can. I just don’t think I can completely do these feelings justice. It goes deeper, and is just that good.
Melody is a character you relate to immediately. I got pulled into her world and felt like I was changing right along with her. After being in a long term relationship that ends abruptly, it really does suck. That’s why best friends are amazing. And Olivia is no exception. She’s like the living embodiment of the bestest best friend a person could have. Olivia helps Melody break free from what used to be a relationship with her ex, Rick. They go to a local nightclub one night… and Melody meets Julian.
Oh Julian. Um, can you say swoon? Okay, I will. SWOON. I am in love with this guy. He really is a wonderful person in so many ways. I wish I could tell it to you in more detail, but I fear that if I do, I will end up going on for a whole chapter’s worth of words. My favorite part with him: the nose kiss. OMG.
As time goes on, Olivia is starting to spread her wings in a relationship with Cameron. Olivia and Melody seem to be drifting apart for the first time despite the fact they’re living in the same apartment. In the midst of it all, Melody has been reaching out to her niece, Ava, who is now living with her mother. Ava is a sweet little girl, and with all she’s been through, you just want to scoop her up in your arms. Melody keeps having run-ins with the ex, which are never any fun. Plus, Melody and Julian are trying to keep their relationship platonic, but it keeps getting harder and harder. Especially when they both keep fighting their true feelings.
The Game Changer is a book you won’t soon forget. Full of life and love and change and friendship. It’s one of those books that makes you rethink your own life and want to get out there and do something more. Marie Landry kept me glued to the page for hours. I would sit down with the intention of reading one chapter and ended up reading five. I had to force myself to step away and go to bed. That is how good this story is. And my bottom line: Get your hands on this book now. You will love it.
Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM