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!  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Follow Me Back
By: A.V. Geiger
Release Date: June 1, 2017

Description:
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts Follow Me Back is the  first book of a new duology. Written for the online generation this thriller  will keep you guessing right up to the shocking end.

Tessa Hart’s world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it’s like his speaking directly to her…

Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn’t help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.

When a fellow pop star is murder at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast—like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric’s plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world’s best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn…

Advance Praise
"Follow Me Back is the perfect mix of fandom with just the right amount of suspense. An enthralling page turner from beginning to end." —Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author of the After series.

 "Dark and suspenseful, Follow Me Back is sure to be the next big thing in YA Thrillers." —Ali Novak, author of The Heartbreak Chronicles and My Life with the Walter Boys

 "Follow Me Back is an unforgettable page-turner, and a cautionary tale for any fan who's ever wished that their favorite celebrity followed them on social media." —Sandy Hall, author of Signs Point to Yes and A Little Something Different

 “Follow Me Back is a mystery/thriller/suspense roller coaster ride that keeps readers on their toes. Jaw-droppingly twisty and continually surprising.” —Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of Firsts

Review:
I haven’t read a book this exhilarating and with this many twist and turns in so long that I was loving the ride, this book was amazing!  I genuinely wanted to know what was going to happen next and all I can say is … that ending though!!! WTH.  Amazeballs, I really don’t know what else to say it was just a shock, I need to know what happens next!

We meet an agoraphobic person named Tessa, who had something happen to her, but we don’t know what.  She can’t step foot out of her house and her mom and boyfriend just try to handle it to the best of their ability but its rough.  Then we meet a mega popstar who lately has been so afraid of his own shadow because fan girls are well sometimes too much for him.  There is a fear there that something will happen to him. 

The book is told through twitter, dm’s, interrogation transcripts and of course personal thoughts of both parties.  Their relationship was interesting the way it grew from conversations, the word catfish was thrown around quite a bit, and it’s sad but it happens a lot this day and age especially with all the social media outlets out there it’s so easy just to steal someone’s identity.  Regardless this book put a spotlight on how some people can take things too far.  It was very intense at some moments, I found myself googling a lot of words that were said in this book, lots of psychobabble as Eric states, but it’s interesting.  Crazy, but interesting. 

The fear of being watched is astonishing when it comes to social media, so Eric definitely has a right to feel this fear.  We as regular, normal people don’t often think about how the famous feel, sure they have money, but they never have privacy and sometimes that’s worth more than money.  Same goes with Tessa.  Her fear is real too, there are stalkers out there, you may not even notice but that feeling it never goes away.  Ah there is so much I want to say about this book but I don’t want to give too much away.  This book comes out in June, I know two months away just keep it on your mind, add it to your list because you are going to want to read this.  If you haven’t already.

There are so many twists and turns throughout the book.  I loved the way it was written in different formats but still telling everyone’s side of the story of what was happening in their lives.  Super intense, super fascinating and just in general great writing.  I can definitely say I would read more from this author, the story flowed easily and you couldn’t help but turn the page fast enough to see what was going to happen next.  I can see this as a movie one day with a major cliffhanger.  OMG that ending, I just can’t get over it.  I loved the two characters, finding the honesty and love within one another and sharing that together.  It was sweet, but oh so worth the wait. 

I loved the setting, the characters, the plot, but omg that ending!  Must read, nuff said! I have to say also it was a very unique story, haven’t read anything like this before, bonus in my world.  I know the next book doesn’t come out until next year but I don’t know if I can wait that long to find out what happens!!!


You know I don’t usually reread my reviews and I usually put them up literally right after I finish reading a book, and I have no idea what’s going on in my mind right now because this book just blew me away.  I’m still trying to calm down, let me go read that ending again!!!

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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, April 12, 2017

Review: Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

Incriminating Dating 
By Rebekah L. Purdy
Release Date: April 11, 2017

Description:
Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle. When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.

One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too.

Book Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.

Review:
This was an absolutely adorable quick read that had me rooting for the main characters.  They are adorable together, because really if you think about it, having a fake boyfriend at any time will always lead to some kind of trouble at some point.  It also makes for a very entertaining book and Rebekah L. Purdy did a really great job bringing these characters to life.  It was all very realistic and kind of sweet.

We meet Ayla, the theater geek who just wants to make a change in her school and she has a brilliant plan to make that happen.  You know blackmail the hottest jock there is to date you so you can get more votes.  Can we say super entertaining because really how often can that happen?  It’s really interesting because in reading books like these you always think of these two people who couldn’t be more different, who don’t run in the same circles whatsoever but they always turn out to be quite brilliant when they are together.  So I have to ask, why can’t we let stereotypes fall to the ground and be open with one another?  Ok, I officially have gone off on a tangent. 

Luke, the hot popular jock is just trying to get by day by day, trying to take care of his family because they aren’t the best (well specifically his mom).  And we all know sometimes this happens more times than necessary, but it happens.  I loved how the author bought his reality well to life, sometimes things aren’t always as peachy keen as we think they are and sometimes the ugly needs to come out before anything good can happen.  I loved the domesticity of this book and the different scenarios plaid throughout by different characters.  No two lives are exactly the same but we can all still get along, well most of us, can’t same the same for Jack and Jenna. 

I didn’t really want to give too much about the plot, but there is some great scenery in this book as well.  The characters were developed and you just started falling in love with them the more you read, especially Luke.  There is a lovability about Luke and Ayla that you can’t resist. 

Overall I really loved the plot, the emotions between the two main characters and the supporting cast as well.  It’s always nice when the best friends get together and conspire in the background to keep you altogether too.  It’s cute, it was adorable, and overall very sweet. Even the cover is just perfect too, because I would definitely pick this up based on the cover and buy it based on the description.  Although the book really didn’t have a lot of blackmailing, he seemed pretty willing and able throughout the book, it was a great way for the two of them to get together.  Sometimes you just never know who it is that will tickle your fancy.


Go check out this new Entangled Crush novel, it’s worth it!  Read it! It’s quick, it’s fun, it’s funny, it’s sweet and will definitely make you want to eat pizza, and maybe even some cheesy garlic knots. Just saying!


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, April 5, 2017

Review: Geekerella (A Fangirl Fairy Tale) by Ashley Poston

Geekerella
A Fangirl Fairy Tale
By Ashley Poston
Release Date: April 4, 2017

Description:
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Review:
One of my ultimate favorite fairy tales has always been Cinderella, there is just something so special about someone from rags to riches, the struggle they go through, the drama they overcome.  Ashley Poston did a wonderful job with Geekerella in showcasing this beautiful fairy tale in the best way, and a unique theme.  

We’ve all at one point in our lives been a fangirl or fanboy about something or someone, and for Elle it’s all about Starfield.  It was something special that she shared with her father, so of course she will hold it near and dear to her.  Her connection is very strong and of course her stepmother, let’s call her evil, doesn’t understand that connection and will always try and deter her from it. But after finding some cosplay outfits in the closet, and with the remake of Starfield coming out soon she couldn’t help but get even deeper into this culture. 

Speaking of remakes, that’s where we meet Darien, who is starring in the new remake.  Think dark, sexy and so not right for the part in some people’s eyes.  But still he tries, it’s his fanboy thing, he’s always adored Starfield.  But let’s not get too much into the story after all you have to read it. 

I really enjoyed their interactions, its Cinderella in the modern times through text.  There were a lot of the best parts of Cinderella in this story and it just made me love this book that much more!  I think Elle was a great character, she had some struggles but in the end, when she finally let people into her life, she realized just how strong she could be.  I sympathized with her throughout the book, and her new friend Sage, she was just a kick ass girl too. 

Darien, he too had his own struggles, sure we know that the guys in fairy tales have problems but you never really dive into them too much and I loved that we really got to see this story from both points of view.  Sometimes the hero’s and love interest in books also have things going on, struggles they are trying to deal with, backstabbers and liars they have to go through before they can get the girl. 

I loved the plot, I can’t really express that enough and once you start reading you just can’t put it down.  You keep thinking about it throughout your day like yes I completely understand girl, and yes I too feel the same way sometimes.  I don’t know why but by the end of the book I was like revenge of the nerds and Cinderella had a baby and this is it, but so much more. I always go to revenge of the nerds when geek is such a strong theme. 


This was a too cute book, and you need to go read this.  You will get sucked in and wish that you too could see Starfield and get educated on it.  The cover is very cute and simple, love that the food truck is a pumpkin. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.    

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Quirk Books, 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, April 4, 2017

Blog Tour - S. Briones Lim - B-Boy Series Review + Giveaway




New Adult/Sports Romance
Date Published: May 31, 2016, June 28, 2016 and Feb 14, 2017
 Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Breaking Promises 
(B-boy 1)
After a devastating accident, Aurora Crane's collegiate gymnastics career comes to an abrupt end… 

Fighting to piece her life back together, Aurora packs up and transfers to California State to start anew. When she arrives, her focus is on schoolwork and choosing a new career. But to her surprise, destiny has other plans… 

Sucked into the world of competitive breakdancing, Aurora comes toe-to-toe with the hottest B-Boy of them all… 

An arrogant hothead, Mitch Adachi—or B-Boy Kickwit as he is more commonly known—has life all figured out. He breakdances all day, practicing for upcoming competitions that are sure to challenge his skills—which means he has no time for distractions. 

When the new girl steps into the scene, he sees an opportunity he can’t pass up… 

Besides finding Aurora devastatingly attractive, he can’t help but notice her skills. He quickly develops high hopes for the ex-gymnast, seeing her as the perfect potential crewmember for the impending high stakes Battle of the Crews competition. All she needs is some fine-tuning. 

When the two commit to a business relationship, a different kind of passion kicks into high gear. There’s no denying they groove well together, but there’s a chance mixing high-stakes competition with a fierce romance might lead to… 
Breaking Promises. 


Review:
I’ve always been interested in things about breakdancing, the culture, the people, the dancing, it’s all pretty crazy and an exciting lifestyle.  After movies like Step Up and any dance movie really you can’t help but wonder about that world.  I’ve always loved hip hop so it goes hand in hand so when I saw there was a series that was written all about breakdancing and the people in it I couldn’t resist, I knew I had to read them all.  S. Briones Lim did an amazing job bringing this culture to life in her books. 

To start the series off we meet  Aurora who is an ex gymnast, after a big fall she couldn’t help but move away to find something new to fill the void and fear she feels after her incident.  She moves away to a new college to try and find herself and what she’s going to do with the rest of her life.  She’s pretty bitter in the beginning of the book, but I think it’s that bitterness that made her such a fierce character.  Especially after she has a run in with cocky Mitch Adachi, aka Kickwit. 

Mitch isn’t the type of person to run away from a challenge and he knew that Aurora had something special, it was just breaking through to her layer by layer that made them such an interesting couple.  They definitely felt as if they fed off each other in the best way possible.  But still the competitor in both of them did get them in a slight bit of trouble, but still it was the good kind of trouble. 


This first book really focused a lot on break-dancing and the life of a b-boy, the utter cockiness they have, but also the realness of the sport.  It was really interesting to watch the characters grow and realize their worth.  Also to get rid of their fears and move on with their lives, sometimes facing those fears are the hardest things, but once they are faced there is no better victory. I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters, the dance moves exhibited throughout the book and the friendships that were formed. 


Breaking Hearts 
(B-boy 2)
Estelle Donovan knew college would force her out of her wallflower ways—but she never dreamed how far…

Known as shy and insecure, eighteen-year-old Estelle left for college with the hope it would bring an adventure of excitement and discovery, and give her plenty of room to spread her wings. But she couldn't have predicted how many changes she’d face—or that one of them would be named Jacob…

Jacob Silas—or B-Boy Spinja, as he’s called—isn’t just another college heartthrob…

After meeting Jacob, Estelle is determined to win his heart. When she stumbles into his world of breakdance, she falls in love with its culture, music, people, and most of all—the realm of competitive dance. For once in her life, the spotlight shines on her, forcing her out of her introvert ways.

But just like life, love is unpredictable…

When Estelle’s plan to win over Jacob backfires, even a new, exciting life can’t heal her broken heart. And as the years pass, Estelle lives with heartache of a once in a lifetime love slipping through her fingers.

Will they ever have a second chance at love? Or will Jacob continue with his dangerous trend of…

Breaking Hearts?

Review:
Yet another really great book by S. Briones Lim, we come back to the world of break-dancing, but this time from a completely different perspective.  Sure there is still some really great dancing, but this time we have someone who is so completely out of their element that makes this book so much more entertaining. 

We meet Estelle, who besides the fact that she’s described as Mila Kunis lookalike is a complete wallflower.  She’s never been anywhere or done anything.  She’s ready to get out of her studious comfort zone and experience college the way it’s supposed to be experienced.  Of course she take several bad advice from her roommates but everything happens for a reason.   Estelle is briefly shown the world of break-dancing, and she falls in love, practically drooling, especially over one b-boy in particular.  Spinja.  What a great B-boy name!

The cover I don’t even think does him justice by the way I picture him in my mind but Estelle is one lucky person!  At first he completely seeks her out but things happen and other people are in the way that you just can’t help but try and root for these two to finally realize what’s right in front of them.  How this differs from the first book is that not only does this book take place in college, but it fast forwards a couple years when they are out in the real world living their adult lives.  I love that this series is not stuck in one timeline but explores different ones. 

It’s very hard to make it after college, especially doing something like b-boying but one thing leads to another and Spinja and Estelle meet again.  The two of them were intriguing and I loved that they were locked in an office for what seemed forever.  I couldn’t help but love the fact that throughout the book it went back and forth from past to present and I was itching to find out exactly how they got into their current predicament. 

Overall this was another great story in the B-boy world, with really great characters overall.  This bought you a whole different view on relationships, careers and of course what could happen in the future, you just never know who you will run into.  The world is a very small place.  Love this book and the cover, and Spinja I don’t know it’s like I have a soft spot in my heart for the B-boy with such a big heart!

Breaking Free 
(B-boy 3)
A one-night stand that changes her life forever…

Mallory Carmichael is a pianist who just lost out on the biggest solo of her life. To ease the sting, she heads to the club, where she meets Asher Nolan—a sexy dancer with wicked confidence in his eyes. Mallory loses herself in a night of carefree passion. Little did she know that one hookup could turn her world upside down.

A man who knows what he wants, and how to get it…

Asher—or B-boy Hellhound as he is known in the breakdance scene—is a TV and movie star. He’s used to winning…until his breakdancing game spirals out of control.

After an uncharacteristic loss, Asher becomes convinced the mysterious girl from the club jinxed him. Wanting to reverse the hex, he searches for her online, and it’s not long before #Search4Mallory goes viral.

Mallory didn’t think she’d ever see Asher again, but when she discovers he’s searching for her, she agrees to meet…and quickly regrets it.

She soon discovers how crazy a man like Asher can make her…

Asher convinces Mallory to help him find a supernatural cure for the “hookup jinx.” Navigating the world of mysticism may be challenging, but it’s even harder for them to ignore their growing attraction.

Can Asher ignore the temptation to hook up with his ‘jinx’ once again?

Will Mallory find the right balance between her crazy rehearsal schedule and helping Asher?

One thing is for sure, the only way to get over this hex is by Breaking Free. 


Review:
The third book in the series bought out even more great characters, both in and out of the break dancing culture.  S. Briones Lim did a great job developing two characters who both needed each other but didn’t even know it.  The jinx is alive, or is it?  Maybe we should go to a psychic consultant to get it fixed?  Really loved this book.

We meet Hellhound, aka Hollywood because to everyone in the underground b-boy circuit he is a sellout, but hey sometimes you have to make a living right.  Then there is Mallory who is all about the perfectionism of her music on the piano, but even with being perfect there is something about her that is holding her back, performance.   Anyway the two have an amazing night, but it’s what happens afterwards that is the best part. 

Asher is doomed, he is off his game and he can’t explain why.  I don’t know why men always have to take it to the extreme but they do and Asher is no different, the only thing he did differently was meet Mallory and hook up with her.  Of course this then makes her a jinx, and he needs to figure out how to get rid of this jinx he has going on for him.  This is where things get weird between them going to different places and different people just to get rid of the jinx, it’s funny sometimes.  Personally I always think it’s just in people’s minds, but hey what do I know, it’s not like I am a supernatural consultant.  Hilarious!

Anyway the more time Mallory and Asher spend together, they realize things about themselves.  Being together makes them stronger, they can conquer their fears and insecurities and that is what this book is really all about.  Getting over it, and doing it together as a team.  I think the relationship these two have is aspiring really.  I don’t think there was that much or as much b-boying as there was in the first book, but there was definitely a really great story none the less!


Overall what an amazing series, I absolutely love each and every one of the covers because the boys and the girls look so perfect and definitely how I pictured the characters if not close to it.  The settings are great, I love how the books did mention old characters especially during different battles.  Really great series, I think they can all be read as stand alone, but really why you would I don’t know, because then you wouldn’t get the experience or culture of all the different b-boys out there.  I’m not going to lie, I really went and looked up some of these break dancing moves.  Impressive stuff!





Author Bio:
Thanks to her Mom’s unwavering devotion to read a childhood bedtime story to her every single night, S. BRIONES LIM’s love for books began before she could even speak.
Raised in Southern California, Lim initially dreamt of becoming an artist. After a Psychology Degree (Summa cum Laude), a stint in Art School, and a career in Advertising/Media she is finally diving back into her first love – books. As a self-renowned bookworm, Lim’s love for reading has inspired her to pen her own novels and hopes her readers will fall in love with her stories as much as she enjoys writing them.
Her obsessions include time with family, Cherry Coke, popcorn with jalapeños, watching movies and her dogs, Tobi and Roscoe. She currently lives in Virginia with her husband.


Contact Information
Pinterest: @sbrioneslim


Purchase Links
Amazon:
·         Breaking Promises: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYH48IX/

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