Friday, August 18, 2017

Review: Tied Up in You By Erin Fletcher

Tied Up In You
By: Erin Fletcher
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Series: All Laced Up #2

Description:
Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her…or wanting to kiss her again.

Problem is, things have been a little…awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.

As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.

Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.
 

Review:
This was an adorably sweet contemporary novel that hit just the right spot.  Erin Fletcher did a great job bringing us into the world of Malina and Jackson.  That time in your life when the big decisions about the rest of your future are made, and who you want to spend that time with.  It’s a daunting task but it’s always better when there are people who have your back.

We meet Malina and Jackson, who have been best friends forever but something just clicks and something else seems to form between the two of them.  You know what they say it’s very hard for a female and a male to be best friends because there is always one that may feel just slightly more than the other, and when they both do it’s a very magical thing.  The two of them are struggling with what will happen next in their lives but they figure things out together, maybe not the easiest way but the best way for them.

This book was very fast paced and seemed to move very quickly through the relationship, but if you think about it they’ve been in a relationship for many many years since they’ve known each other since probably elementary school.  It went so quickly because they know each other, they didn’t have to go through the whole learning phase of getting to know you and what you do and do not like.  They already have that in the bag.  So of course when they have a big blow out all the real daggers come out to play.  Because they know exactly where to dig.


Overall I liked the book, I’m intrigued to see what happened in the first book and I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book.  This is a great read if you want something quick and fun, something that will get your emotions left and right but still simple young contemporary. I really enjoyed all the family moments too and this book had me googling Hawaiian food left and right.  Really enjoyed it. 

Disclaimer:

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: The Bad Boy's Girl by Blair Holden

The Bad Boy's Girl
By: Blair Holden
Release Date: Feb 27, 2017
Series: The Bad Boy's Girl #1

Description:
“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.”
— Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.

Warning: The story comes with a bad boy notorious for making you swoon, inducing hysterical laughter and making you question whether you could purchase a clone on ebay

Review:
This book really wasn’t what I expected, because it was so much more than that.  I know this is a series from Wattpad and I will have to look into the rest of the series but Blair Holden had you hooked from the very beginning.  The characters were multi-dimensional and interesting to say the very least but what really got you was the story.

We meet Tessa and her friends who are constantly bullied by her ex best friend Nicole, while she is deeply in love and crushing on Nicole’s boyfriend Jason.  This is a classic story and one that always catches my attention because you just know there will be jealousy and drama from the get go.  But throw in an even hotter step brother who just also happens to be in love with someone who doesn’t even suspect it and the book just got a million times more interesting. 

Cole is a bad boy who has terrorized Tessa for most of her life, little did she know that there was something more to it than just that.  It’s so cute when boys are so obviously trying to get a girls attention probably not in the best way but it’s still so noticeable to everyone but the involved parties.  Again another classic story but still the way it was developed throughout the book, bringing him back after being away for a while and him finally being in touch with what he really feels and knowing how to express that.  Bonus. 

I really liked all the characters they bought life to this book and kept me wondering what would happen with them next.  It dragged a little in the middle with the transition of the story continuing but overall I can’t wait to read what happens next to these characters and how their lives are about to change in college.


Don’t get me wrong I feel like this was almost two short stories in one because it could have easily stopped with a happy ending for the two finally getting together, but then it kept going.  I was surprised and worried at the same time like where is this book going to go to next.  The way it ended left me breathless and my heart in pain.  You have to read this book from the very first line to the very last.  I am thoroughly impressed.

Disclaimer:

I received this book from NetGalley and Trident Media Group, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Paper Hearts by Ali Novak

Paper Hearts
By: Ali Novak
Release Date:
Series: The Heartbreakers Chronicles #2

Description:

“When I met Alec Williams, I nearly fainted. Totally embarrassing, but how often does a regular girl get to meet a famous heartthrob?”

Felicity has been living in the shadow of her best friend Lucy since they were kids. But things change when she is introduced to a quiet guy named Alec. At first Felicity is intimidated by his fame, but as the two grow closer she starts to realize that Alec just might be the guy of her dreams. No other guy has ever made her feel so alive. 

The only problem? Lucy has different plans for Alec—plans that start with prom. 

Felicity quickly realizes that she will have to make a decision. Will she choose her best friend who has always been there for her, or the mysterious boy that she can't stop thinking about? Whatever her choice, someone is going to be left broken hearted.

Meet... The Queen of Hearts.

Review:
This was a very sweet book, great addition to this series.  Finding out more about the other band members is always a wonderful thing.  Ali Novak is doing a great job bringing this series to life.

We meet Felicity, who is a very dedicated person trying to get through her plan for life without any hiccups, but then she discovers the truth about something and all that goes out the window.  Her sister has been missing for a while and with the help of Alec, a member of the heartbreakers, and oh so scrumptious of a person she’s on a mission to find her.  Also included are her best friends Asha and Boomer.

Alec is a very serious and private person, I guess you can say he’s like the shy one in the group if you had to stereotype him, he’s very serious.  But with Felicity it’s like he wants to let himself go.  Get out from under the thumb of people around him.  The two main characters definitely have some familiar struggles just in different ways, but struggles none the less.  The two help each other overcome these struggles in life and with the freedom they both desired, or didn’t even know they desired.

I thought this book was really good, not as much as the first one but still good in its own right.  You can definitely read it as a stand-alone but it’s good to see the other characters from the first book blossom throughout the book or more like how they have blossomed since the first book.  I really enjoyed the book overall.  I was definitely interested in what would happen between Felicity and Alec, and was quite surprised with a few other characters in the book.


I will say that I am now interested in researching more origami especially the hearts, just sounded so cute in the book that I had to look it up and try it myself.  Another great thing about this book were all the great locations mentioned throughout, it’s always fun when there is a road trip involved.  Check the book out, it’s a good quick fun easy read.  Can’t wait for the next one in the series.  


Disclaimer:

I received this book from NetGalley and Sourcebooks Fire, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Review: The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Kendra C. Highley

The Perfectly Imperfect Match 
By: Kendra C. Highley
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Series: Suttonville Sentinels, #3

Description:
Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “ no girls” policy, so be it.
Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp...at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type. 
Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken...
Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.
Each book in the Suttonville Sentinels series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed out of order. 
Series Order:
Book #1: The Bad Boy Bargain
Book #2: Swinging at Love
Book #3: The Perfectly Imperfect Match

Review:
Swoon worthy and adorable, that’s how I can best describe this book. 

This is my second Suttonville Sentinels books, luckily they can all be read alone.  It was so very sweet to watch these two characters develop and grow with each other throughout the book.  We meet Lucy who is very out there and unique in her own right, she likes to sew which is not something common in young kids these days but it was great to watch and visualize.  We also dive into Dylan’s life and his dream for becoming the next hot baseball star.  These two are very determined people but in different ways.  Where one is very low key and leaned back the other is very strict and regime in the things that they do.  

It was fun to experience the full on attraction of this ying and yang couple.  Sure there were some hiccups in the road, but it’s how they overcame them that mattered.  I loved all the secondary characters like Tristen and Otis as well as Lucy’s mother.  I really felt for her and her family when they would talk about their father and how they wish he was home from the military but it’s hard sometimes. 

There were moments in this book where my heart would sink and soar and I would connect with the characters so much.  Life is hard sometimes.  Achieving your goals can be even harder, but it’s that determination and that strength that will always get you there, sometimes you just have to get sidetracked to get on the right path.

I thought this book was overall adorable and sweet.  Very realistic it wasn’t insta love but there was definitely an instant connection between these two characters.  I really believe that they needed each other in so many ways to show each other that there are other things out there sometimes it’s good to be free and sometimes it’s good to have order.  Very quick and easy fun read.  Loved the baseball facts throughout the book and the insight into previous characters as well.  

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle



Artificial Sweethearts
By Julie Hammerle
Release Date: 7/10/17
Published by Entangled Teen

Description:
It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying student golf coach, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.
So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.
But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.
Buy Links:
Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Entangled | Goodreads 
About the author:
Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us (Entangled TEEN, 2016) and the North Pole, Minnesota young adult romance series (Entangled Crush, 2017). She writes about TV and pop culture for the ChicagoNow blog, Hammervision, and lives in Chicago with her family. She enjoys reading, cooking, and watching all the television.
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Review:
I haven’t read anything by Julie Hammerle previously but I have always adored Entangled Crush books.  Ms. Hammerle did not disappoint in the very least.  I think this book was well written and really sucked the reader into this small town in Minnesota.  I was almost tempted to bring out some Christmas stuff, after all it is July!

We meet Tinka who is back from boarding school and who has moved to a new town without even knowing it.  Her parents just uprooted and did all this without her knowledge, as if that wasn’t shock enough she was going through her own things with her roommate who just happened to come along for the summer break.  This book definitely had a lot of complicated realistic situations that happen to people all the time.  It was hard to read but worth the read.  Tinka is a strong girl, but instead of facing her issues head on she tends to run away.  You see her grown throughout the book and finally realize what she’s been doing to herself and others around her.  Of course she has help learning this not only from old friends but from Sam, her neighbor.

Sam also has his own family issues to deal with, he never really stands up for himself and let people know what’s going on.  Sometimes it’s hard keeping up a façade like that.  But together he and Tinka learn to grown as people with new emotions growing between the two of them.

I really can’t say enough good things about this book.  It was a quick read, very sweet and endearing. I had my heart strings pulled more than once throughout the book, I really felt invested in the characters and what they were going through.  I just hope you get a chance to read it and remember how important family and friends are in your life, and how important it is to always talk to them truthfully.  Letting things go will not only make yourself feel better but will make those around you understand and feel better as well. 


The relationship between Sam and Tinka was cute, should I or shouldn’t I, is this real or is this pretend struggle between the two.  It was sweet, and I was rooting for them the entire time.  Loved this book, definitely need to go read the first book in this series just to see how it all began in this small town in Minnesota. 


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Book Blitz: The Librarian By Christy Sloat

The Librarian 
by Christy Sloat
Genre: YA Historical/Romance
Published June 17th, 2017
Published by CHBB Publishing
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He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that's just the start of their troubles.

Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She'd come only to find a librarian for her Gram's library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she'd promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.

When the last page is read he's gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…

About the Author:
Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother's loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor's Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come. Check out her website www.christysloat.com
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Excerpt:
I spent the rest of the day filing paperwork for the funding process and preparing to open the library doors on Monday morning. I told Rose and Becca to spread the word. Tarryn had decided to move her smaller items in already, and she was asleep by nine the same night. It didn’t seem strange to me that I had a roommate; instead it made me feel comfortable. I never lived alone before, and I would feel lonely otherwise. Tarryn was quiet, but I knew in time she’d get used to me and I’d get used to her. We just needed to get to know each other first.

Once I was done with the paperwork, I filed the books that were left on the shelf from when Gram was still here. As I placed the classic books on the correct shelves, I felt a longing to finish reading my mysterious book in my nook.

So, instead of going to bed at a decent hour, I climbed into my cozy space and picked the book back up. I didn’t open it right away. Instead I inspected the outside for any sort of title. I found nothing of the sort. I flipped to the title page once more, trying to find my place, and that’s when I saw the word on the page. It was just a simple “The” typed out on the once blank title page. I ran my finger across it and realized it was printed in ink as if the press had done it. I was sure the night before it was blank, but then again, I was sure my dream about being with a man was real. So I wasn’t really a reliable source at the moment.

I found the spot where I ended with a dog-eared page. I absolutely hated doing this to the book and didn’t remember it at all. I usually had a nice bookmark, but this seemed to be the only thing to mark the page before I had fallen asleep. Running my fingers across the crease at the corner of the page, I settled back and started reading.

I woke up once again face down, this time I was in grass. I blinked my eyes and felt the blades of grass tickling my nose and lips. I pulled myself up and took a deep breath. I looked around and saw the fields upon which I had dreamt of the night before. I was back in England. I was dreaming the same dream. How odd.

There were times when I had thought I had the same dream over and over again, to only find out that it was my mind playing tricks on me. This was no mistake. I was, once again, in the same place.

“Emmeline, are you all right?” I looked up and blocked the sun from my eyes. The man from before was standing in front of me. “You … you disappeared. It happened so fast that I fear I cannot explain to you how it happened. Now you’re here once again.” He sounded really confused and, to put it lightly, so was I.

This dream felt way too real. It was exactly like before. So real and tangible that I couldn’t explain it even if I tried.

“I … I don’t know how I’m here again,” I mumbled.

He reached out to steady me as I swayed to the side. “You’ve been gone for days. I worried I was going mad, that your presence was one of my imaginings. I dared not to speak a word to anyone about it. I have to admit, Emmeline, I’ve been going slightly crazed since I saw you last.”

His hair was disheveled and he had grown a slight beard that only enhanced the sexiness of his strong jawline. His deep set blue-green eyes looked weary, and for that I felt awful.
My sudden disappearance had made him fall apart, that was apparent.

“I’ll tell you, I feel like I’m going crazy too. Trust me,” I admitted. “Can we sit somewhere? Out of the sun?”

“Of course.”

He held my arm and led me to a tree in the center of the field. Once underneath the large tree, I felt instantly better. I looked down at my clothes and saw that I was, once again, in my own clothes. This time a little better than before. I was wearing yoga pants and an old T-shirt.

“I can’t explain how or why I’m here. Hell, I don’t even know your name, but I’m here again and I’m beginning to think that this isn’t a dream. That I’m really here, with you,” I said as I touched his arm. “I’m not from … here.”

I didn’t know how to explain it to him, but I did the best any girl who was somehow traveling through time could. I didn’t have answers or explanations, but I had a gut feeling.

“I’m from a different time as you. As you can tell by my lovely clothing, I’m not from 1893.”

He placed his fingers on my lips, stopping me, while shaking his head.

“This isn’t right, Emmeline. Trickery at a time like this isn’t fair,” he said as he stood up fast. “I am leaving soon. I shall not have you doing this to me.”

My mouth fell open in shock and I stood. “Do something to you? Listen here, buddy, I didn’t ask for this. I sat down to read a book and then boom, I’m stuck in England with a stranger.”

I pointed at myself. “Look at me. Do I really look like I belong here?”

He looked at my clothing and up to my hair, and I could see his cheeks redden.

“You are dressed very indecent, I suppose. No woman I’ve ever met wears trousers. Nor do they wear clothing that fitting.”

I laughed. He thought this was indecent, he should see some of the dresses I had worn to parties. They were nothing like the dresses he was used to seeing on a woman. We absolutely didn’t dress ladylike anymore. My sexy little black dress that currently hung in my closet would definitely shock some of the people of this era for sure.

“I don’t know why I’m here. I’m absolutely not trying to, I don’t know, hurt you or anything. I don’t know how to go home.” I slumped back against the tree. “I wish that I could prove to you that I’m not lying to you, but I cannot. You’ll have to just believe me, I guess.” It was as simple as that. He could either believe this bat-shit crazy explanation or not. One way or another, I didn’t care. I just wanted to go home.

“I don’t know why, Emmeline, but I feel as if I should say that I do believe you.” He ran a hand through his thick hair, mussing it up. “I just don’t know how else to explain your abrupt presence. One minute you are here and the next you’re disappearing into thin air. I read many books on fiction, so I suppose it could be true.”

“Well, I may know someone who knows something. She works for the lucky bastard that owns that house,” I told him pointing to the house where Nancy was the last time I saw her. She was probably cooking something again for her master.

He smiled. “That house?”

“Yes. Her name is Nancy.”

“Ah. Nancy. And who is this Nancy woman you speak of?” He continued to smile as if this was a joke, but I ignored it.

“She’s a cook. I met her on my last visit here,” I explained. “She’s not the nicest person I’ve ever met, but I think she has some answers.”

“I must argue that Miss Nancy is more than a cook. She’s also the lady upon with which I trust my household while I’m gone. She’s more of an aunt than a housekeeper,” he said as he took my hand in his. “It’s very nice to finally introduce myself to you, Emmeline Bailey. I’m Jack Ridgewell or you may just call me the lucky bastard.”
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Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Trusting You & Other Lies by Nicole Williams

Trusting You & Other Lies
By: Nicole Williams
Release Date:

Description:
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.

Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years--do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better? 

On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum--the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he's impossible to figure out--and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgment, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?

Review:
Ahh, Nicole Williams has done it again.  She has succeeded in giving me all the necessary fills throughout a book.  This was a ride I would go on again, the book was just flat out amazing.  The character interactions, the emotions, the real life scenarios, it was just beautiful.  Trust, it’s a hard thing to get back, but it’s an important thing to have with anyone. 

We meet Phoenix, which when you finish the book couldn’t have been a more perfect name for the main character, who is on her way to spend the summer at a family camp, with her disastrous family.  She doesn’t have too much of any high hopes that this vacation will be any good especially with all the background drama happening with her family.  But being young, you really have no choice but to go along. This is where she meets Callum.  He’s quite the enigma himself, keeping to himself but somehow she breaks down through some of those barriers. 

The relationship the develop is very sweet and endearing, gives you high hopes that there are good things out there in life for us, but it’s their trust and sometimes lack of trust in one another that made their relationship just so real and believable.  I felt for them, and I was rooting for them throughout the whole book.  There were moments that made me smile, moments that made me sad and broke my heart and then of course moments that just outright made me cry throughout this book but those moments they shared gave me butterflies, and those are the best kinds of moments.

This book not only talked about romance, and love but it was about family.  Trusting your family and making sure your family trusted you.  It was a beautiful story to show this dynamic, everything isn’t always perfect but it’s how you perceive and work through those issues that make you the family you are.  It will bring everyone closer together.  Don’t get me wrong I loved the scenes between Callum and Phoenix, but those moments with her mom and her dad, and the precious ones with her brother, those are the memories I will keep the dearest to me from this book.  Family is everything.

I will definitely give some high praise to this book because trust and lies sometimes they go hand in hand, and sometimes you just have to learn why someone did what they did to get clarity on everything.
I loved the characters in the book, the scenery with it being at camp, and it being summer and all.  I really enjoyed reading through the different situations that took place in the book, again very believable and realistic, and dare I say may even be helpful to some who read it.  Sometimes you just have to remember that sometimes people do certain things in your best interest, even if you don’t see it that way at first.


Go read this book! It’s worth it and you will not regret it.  It really touched my heart and to that I thank the author, Nicole Williams, who has yet to let me down in any story of hers that I’ve read.  


Disclaimer:

I received this book from NetGalley and Random House Children, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: I'm Not in the Band by Amber Garza

I'm Not in the Band
By: Amber Garza
Release Date: June 12, 2017

Description:
I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She’s funny, beautiful—even though she doesn’t know it—and my favorite kind of weird. But I can’t tell if she’s into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I am the better-looking one.

But Kassidy has some demons, and she’s not good at letting people in. That happens when you’ve been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it’s hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.
 

Review:
Sometimes it’s really hard being a teenager, and when there are other factors in your life preventing you from fully being yourself it makes life even harder.  I think that Amber Garza did a really great job showing the different sides to teenagers and just people in general today.  Sometimes there are factors out of your control.

We meet Kassidy (great name by the way) who is out with her sister and trying to pretty much get her life back on track.  She’s starting a new school and trying to find herself after her breakup with all her friends at her old school.  Of course she just happens to run into a guy at a concert and one thing leads to another and they really hit it off.  I think this is a fantasy of many teenage girls, to find a guy at a concert who just so happens to be related to the band or at least knows someone.  I know when I was younger I used to fantasize about things like that.  Anyway back to the story, it just so happens they go to the same school and he’s going to show her around.

I don’t really want to expand on the story to much because you should really check it out.  But the interaction between these two and their friends is quite fun to experience.  There is a bit of jealousy going on that I think anyone would feel and then of course all the backstory with Kassidy comes out in little pieces here and there.  It’s interesting and difficult to live through her panic attacks, and understand what she’s going through but at the same time I think it’s something we definitely need to learn to understand.  These are some serious illnesses, thoughts and things that happen to these kids and it will just make you a better person for reading about them and experiencing it through their eyes.  Especially because the author did such a great job describing them.


This was really a great book overall and I think anyone would enjoy it.  I love the cover I think it’s sweet and endearing and I’m totally rooting for these two to live happily ever after.  Great quick read with some serious undertones.

Disclaimer:

I received this book from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

The Best Kind of Magic
By: Crystal Cestari
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Series: Windy City Magic #1

Description:
Amber Sand is not a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber's pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone's soul mate.

Amber works at her mother's magic shop--Windy City Magic--in downtown Chicago, and she's confident she's seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one--her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father's missing girlfriend, she's distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can't see her own match, she can see his--and it's not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn't her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and will appeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.

Review:
This was definitely a different kind of book then I’m used to.  I haven’t read anything paranormal in quite some time but the description and name of the book rally caught my eye.  It was overall cute and entertaining take on the paranormal world and all the different types of inhabitants.  I think the author did a wonderful job bringing you into this world throughout the city of Chicago with its magical tendencies.

We meet Amber, a matchmaker, who is just trying to go through the motions of life and hoping that one day she will be matched.  Her best friend is a precog, who can tell the future, but they’ve made a pact not tell about each other’s lives.  Which is all well and dandy for them but then a third party comes in and needs their help, or more specifically Amber’s help.  Charlie, the mayor’s son, and quite the catch around town and especially in their school.  He’s on a mission to find someone who is missing and has requested the help of Amber Sand. 

They are adorable together, you see many different paranormal throughout the book and I like that Charlie really isn’t that affected by everything, if anything he thinks it’s pretty great that these beings exist and that he didn’t even know about it.  I also enjoy that the Amber’s nemesis Ivy (who is an enchantress basically) has no effect on Charlie as well.  It’s fun to watch all their interactions.

The book flowed very nicely and there was a bit of intrigue and even though everything was answered at some point in the book I can’t wait to find out what really happens next. I mean with Amani and her match of course, you’ll see what I’m talking about.  It all sounds really interesting and I can’t wait to dig in, hopefully it’s the next book in the series. 


I liked the setting, the location, the people, and the situations they got themselves into.  There must be something in the air a lot of paranormal books tend to take place in places like Chicago, that must be a hub for real paranormal, note to self, go to Chicago to scope the place out. J I like the cover it’s very cute simple, interesting and mysterious.  The book was in whole a great book to read and quick and easy, can’t wait to see what happens next. 

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Disney Book Group, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Adrift By Sarah Darlington

Adrift
By: Sarah Darlington
Release Date: 5/30/17
Series: Kill Devil Hills #4

Description:
What happens when the world thought you were dead and now suddenly you aren’t?

Ben Turner is back! Not quite as dead as everyone thought, fresh out of a nine-month stay in prison, and back home in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Having been dishonorably discharged after charges of desertion from the military, this once well-loved local has fallen from the top. With no plans for college or the future, and hated by the town that once loved him, Ben feels like he’s drowning all over again.

Juniper is pregnant, alone, and running from her crazy fiancé. With only enough money for a one-way bus ticket, she heads to Kill Devil Hills, NC, a town she vacationed in as a little girl, a town she knows, come February, will have plenty of beach rentals to lie low in for the next couple months. Except she didn’t plan on getting caught on day one by the man living next door. Ben. He’s a man who has even more problems than she does, but maybe it’ll take a man like Ben to save her life.

**NEW ADULT ROMANCE** 
Recommended for 18+. ADRIFT can be read as a standalone, but is recommended to be read fourth in Sarah Darlington's KILL DEVIL HILLS Series.

Review:
This was a great concept, more like several ones put together in just the right way that made this story both interesting and slightly addicting.  Sarah Darlington did a great job bringing these characters to life and making the reader feel like they were experiencing the same emotions as them.  I love books that bring you deep into their world.

We meet Ben after his ultimate return back into society after some very unfortunate events in his life, but he’s trying to make things right.  This is of course when he runs into his old neighbor or at least who he thinks is his neighbor.  Getting to know each other once again is a beautiful thing.  Of course that’s not really his neighbor though and Juniper has quite the story behind her as well.  I don’t really want to tell much about it, but it’s interesting as all hell and quite a great reason to get away from your old life.

The two of them tend to spend more time with one another and their feelings grow, the truths come out eventually but it’s the getting there that brings them even closer together.  It was endearing watching the two of them get more and more comfortable with each other and let things go.  It’s hard when you have pasts like they do but it’s the overcoming of them that make you the person you are today.  The two of them really worked well together and the author did a wonderful job of bringing them to life.  I know I couldn’t put the book down and couldn’t wait to see what happens next.

As always the ending was very intense and exciting.  There was a bit of romance in this book, abuse, overcoming fears, moving on in life, emotions galore but in the end happiness and joy prevailed over it all.  This book was interesting, great story plots, even though I wouldn’t have minded hearing more about them I think I’m going to have to go back into the series for that though.

I’ve always hated reading books out of order, but this was sent to me by the author for a review and after reading the blurb I just couldn’t resist and agreed.  But of course now I feel the utter need to go back and read all the previous books because I just got invested in all these really great characters and now I have to know their stories as well. I really need to know what happened to them all, like need-need. 


Overall the book was great, quick easy, light read, sure there were some intense moments but even still it was a quick read.  You couldn’t help but want to finish it right away and of course read more.  I love the cover, it’s very simple and the guy definitely looks like the Ben I pictured throughout the book.  Liked that he’s on the sand, kind of like when he came back to life.  You’ll have to read to know what I’m talking about.  Go read, it’s fundamental!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: Songs About a Girl by Chris Russell

Songs About a Girl
By: Chris Russell
Release Date: July 28, 2016

Description:
Charlie Bloom never wanted to be 'with the band'. She's happiest out of the spotlight, behind her camera, unseen and unnoticed. But when she's asked to take backstage photos for hot new boy band Fire&Lights, she can't pass up the chance.

Catapulted into a world of paparazzi and backstage bickering, Charlie soon becomes caught between gorgeous but damaged frontman, Gabriel West, and his boy-next-door bandmate Olly Samson. Then, as the boys' rivalry threatens to tear the band apart, Charlie stumbles upon a mind-blowing secret, hidden in the lyrics of their songs...
 

Review:
This was an interesting book to say the least.  I’ve always in my younger days dreamed of going to concerts and becoming friends with the talent, hanging out and doing all these great things.  But it’s not always as easy as it seems and Chris Russell did a great job of portraying that throughout this book.  Yeah it’s all fun and games but there is always a story behind anyone’s façade. 

We meet Charlie Bloom, seems to be a quiet person with her best friend Melissa, they tend to keep to themselves most of the time.  But that doesn’t stop the mean girls from getting up in their face so there is quite a bit of bullying in this book which I wouldn’t mind teaching Aimee a lesson or two to bring her down a peg or twenty.  There is always that one person who thinks they are better than everyone else.  Those are the people that need to be humbled the most. This book is not mainly about bullying, there is also friendship, family, love, letting go, letting in and betrayal.  Betrayal happens to us all at one point it’s about how you deal with it that makes you the person you are.

Olly knows Charlie from school way back when and invites her on tour with his pop group to take photographs, one thing leads to another and Charlie forms friendships and more with some of the other members.  Its great watching the interaction between her and all the members, you really start to get to know them all and love them all the same.  Sure sometimes I wish she would end up with other people but I don’t know why it happens for some reason they always fall for the bad boy instead of the good guy.  Charlie is drawn to the fire and not the light. 

Overall I thought this book was good and it kept me interested the whole way through, I thought the ending and close to the ending was the best parts.  The heightened drama and emotions I went through reading them were really great.  I was super shocked in some parts and sad in others, an epitome of an emotional rollercoaster.  But it was good and that’s what kept me going from beginning to end.  There are times when I wonder why not the good guy, but sometimes things have a way of sorting themselves out that you can’t help but say well now that explains a lot.  Great book.


I love the cover, so sweet innocent and simple, but still eye catching.  Great writing and overall just a great story. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review: It Started With Goodbye by Christina June

It Started With Goodbye
By: Christina June
Release Date: May 9, 2017

Description:
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night, which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client. If Tatum is reading his emails right, her virtual Prince Charming is funny, smart, and talented—and he seems to think the same about her. Too bad he’s spending his summer across the ocean in Ireland…not that Tatum would be allowed to go on a date anyway.

But over the course of the summer, Tatum will learn that sometimes going after what you want means breaking all the rules. And when Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way. A modern play on the Cinderella story arc, Christina June’s IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and Jennifer E. Smith.

Advance Praise
"[A] fun, contemporary take on the Cinderella tale that explores what it takes to be yourself while finding you place in life, love and your family." - Lisa Maxwell, author of Unhooked, Sweet Unrest, and Gathering Deep.
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Review:
This was a really great debut for Christina June.  This isn’t your typical YA book, sure there are YA characters in it but it’s not about insta love, crushes, and all that romantical stuff.  No, this book was about reality, family, forgiveness, and understanding and finding out the person you are and want to become.  It’s not a comping of age story but more of a coming of understanding story.  It really was endearing.

We meet Tate as she’s about to experience something unexpected and completely not her fault, but here she is at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people and things happened.  Because of this one event everything just starts to tumble downhill, or does it?  She’s been accused of something she didn’t do and now she is suffering those consequences by doing community service and being under the strict eye of her stepmother while her dad is away.  Things have never been easy for Tate and Belen, there’s always been something keeping Tate from understanding her stepmother.  That is until this summer of course, the same could go for her stepsister Tilly. 

Throughout the book you watch as Tate continues to grow as a person, outside of her normal bubble.  Learns how to interact with new people, learns that she is really good at something that can help her make a better future for herself.  She also learns about the importance of family and trust.  There are so many great things about this book but I don’t really want to give the plot away too much because it’s something you should definitely pick up and read for yourself.  Don’t worry there is a bit of flirting and romance that will make you feel very hopeful for Tate.

Tate was an overall relatable character, she could very well have been a friend of yours and her experiences are all based in realistic terms.  There are no rainbows and unicorns in this book, just the nitty gritty truth and that’s what I liked most about it.  Yes there were some definite Cinderella undertones, but it wasn’t even about that.  (Because we all know how Cinderella turned out) This book gave you more of a view into Tate and her families’ lives and bought you the understanding that sometimes you just have to look at things from a different perspective.  Great book!


Monday, April 24, 2017

Review: Center Ice by Cate Cameron

Center Ice
By: Cate Cameron
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Series: Corrigan Fall Raiders #1

Description:
The hometown hockey hero won’t know what hit him…

Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

Review:
This was an absolutely loveable contemporary novel and a great start to a series.  We meet some really great characters who go through some tough times in their young lives.  It’s not always easy being young and going through things that are unexpected and unwanted, sometimes these things happen and they aren’t your fault but you are in them and you learn to deal with them.

We meet Karen who just went through a major loss and is now stuck with the family she never knew.  I know something like this can be tough for both sides of the family, but I think you always have to remember that it’s not the child’s fault, it’s the parent who is at fault.  There was a lot of hostility going around when she first arrived, which is not something easy to handle especially after her own situation.  But luckily she runs into someone unexpectedly who helps her sort through her own feelings.  This is where we meet Mr. Squirrel wrangler himself, Tyler. 

Tyler is going through his own demands in his life coming from his own family.  It’s tough being on a major hockey team and possibly going pro, the people around you tend to try and ride your coattails, it’s even worse when it’s your own family.  Again he has his own demons to deal with and with Karen by his side, they work through things.  There were a lot of serious issues if you dig down deep between everyone in this book but its how they handled them that showed the kind of people they could be.

It was a very addicting book and I read it faster than I’ve read any book before because I really felt for the characters, they were relatable to my life in some ways and that helped.  Just remember it’s how you deal with things in life that make you the person you are, so suck it up buttercup cause life isn’t fair sometimes.  So after reading the third book in this series, I just had to go ahead and read them all.  I’m so happy I did, because I had no idea about the other characters and was just dying to know what happened to them or what is going to possibly happen to them, since it already happened. Starting from the beginning was definitely the right place to go.  I’m off to the next book!

I love this cover by the way it’s sweet. But I do have to say I never heard of these two characters skating together, still super cute cover.



Review: Winging It by Cate Cameron

Winging It
By Cate Cameron
Release Date: May 16, 2016
Series: Corrigan Falls Raiders #3

Description:
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains adult language, ice-melting kisses, and a swoon-worthy hero. This fake relationship romance will have you wishing for a hockey player of your own…

Natalie West and Toby Cooper were best friends growing up, on and off the ice. But when Toby’s hockey career took off, their friendship was left behind. Now Natalie has a crazy plan to land her crush—Toby’s biggest rival—and she needs Toby’s help to pull it off.

When Nat asks Toby to be her fake boyfriend, he can’t say no. Not when it means getting his best friend back. But Natalie is all grown up now, and spending time with her—even when it’s just playing hockey together—stirs up a lot of feelings, old and new. Suddenly pretending to be interested in her isn’t hard at all…if only she wanted him and not his enemy.

Hockey tore them apart. Can it put them back together?
 

Review:
I’m not much into hockey fan, but I love a good story line.  Anything having to do with friends getting together, especially after many years.  And of course some initial deceiving, hello I’m all over it!  This book didn’t disappoint in the least it was absolutely delightful.

We meet Natalie and Toby, two friends who have known each other forever, and their main common factor is hockey.  They both love the sport sure things happened where Nat just gave up on it but reuniting with her old friend has bought to her a whole new perspective.  If you read the blurb on this book you already know there is some pretend boy friending that happens, and any time something like that happens you just KNOW it’s going to be good.  This book didn’t disappoint.  There is always trouble when you start pretending, things happen, feelings happen or more like feelings that were deep down finally come out into the light.  Sure it was a little weird who bought this to their attention, well at least Toby’s but it’s for a reason and I loved it!

This was a quick and easy fun read from beginning to end.  You couldn’t help but not like Scott, but then in the end he semi redeemed himself.  You just never know what someone is going through in their lives.  They may act one way and they may seem on way but in reality it’s just all a façade for something that is happening in their lives that they don’t want to talk about.  I think that’s a great message in this book.  You have to be forward and express who and what you really are not just hide behind an attitude or persona. 


You know how much I love my Entangled Crush books, and I found this one and I just couldn’t resist the description sold me.  I am completely reading these books out of order, I don’t know why it just happened to work out that way, but regardless of that I love this series!  The characters are great the plot is fun and sweet.  I really want to find out more about the other Raiders and what has happened with them.  Again, very quick easy fun and just loveable series.  I love the cover, it’s super cute and eye catching.  Adorable! I would take any of these Raiders any day!