Monday, May 29, 2017

[ARC Review] When It's Real by Erin Watt ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:
From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend. 

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley's team decides it's time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he's settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of "normal." Under ordinary circumstances she'd never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn't have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley's team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley's a shallow, self-centered jerk? It's not like they're going to fall for each other in real life…right?


Review:

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review


After reading the Royal Series, Erin Watt quickly became one of my favorite authors. I don't normally read contemporaries but there is something about Erin Watt's books. After reading When It's Real I was left amazed.


When It's Real was a light yet meaningful story about a girl willing to do anything to provide for her family and boy who has lost touch with his inspiration. Vaughn and Oakley complement each other and I enjoyed their journey.

One of the aspects that I liked most was that the minor characters were well developed. In contemporaries, I find the minor characters ignored or just thrown in for the sake of the plot. Oakley's bodyguards and Vaughn's family played important roles in the story.

I adored this book. And I highly recommend checking out the Royal Series by Erin Watt.

Overall I would give When It''s Real 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin. This series will be Noah's point of view in the Mara Dyer trilogy. If you haven't read the Mara Dyer trilogy I highlyyyyy recommend reading it. I absolutely love it when authors announce more books to already "completed" series. I seriously can't wait for this one. 

Summary:

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.





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Monday, May 22, 2017

[Blog Tour] Remember Me Forever by Sara Wolf



Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks. 

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University. 

But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.

Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.

Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together. 

But Jack Hunter is better.

"What a rush! Brilliantly crafted, sharply written, and completely unpredictable--the perfect ending to an all-time favorite series! Sara Wolf is a fresh voice in YA, and her characters never fail to make me laugh and think. If you're in the mood for an edgy, witty, one-of-a-kind romance, this is definitely for you!" --Rachel Harris, NYT bestselling author

Review:

The Lovely Vicious series has become one of my favorite series ever. Remember Me Forever wonderfully wrapped up the series, a little too well in my opinion. However, Isis Blake and Jack Hunter have been through a long and life changing journey. 

Each book in the series will leave you wanting more. Remember Me Forever has a lighter tone compared to Forget Me Always and Love Me Never. The first 2 books are dark but I believe the author handled it well. I will miss these characters and I definitely look forward to Sara Wolf's future novels! 

Overall I would give Remember Me Forever 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


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Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

My Waiting on Wednesday is Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows! I'm excited for Before She Ignites for a number of reasons. Dragons, of course. And The Orphan Queen Duology.  I absolutely loved this series and I hope I love this book.

Summary:


Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

After

Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.










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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

[Review] A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:
Kingmaker. Soothsayer. Warrior. Mage. Kingdoms would rise and fall for her . . . if she is ever found

In the icy North, where magic is might, an all-powerful elite ruthlessly guided by a glacial Queen have grown to dominate the world. Now rebellion is stirring in the rough, magic-poor South, where for the first time in memory a warlord has succeeded in uniting the tribal nations.

Stuck in the middle is Cat - circus performer and soothsayer - safely hidden behind heavy make-up, bright colours and the harmless illusion of the circus. Until someone suspects she's more than she seems . . .

Captured by the Southern warlord Griffin, Cat's careful camouflage is wearing thin. For how long can - or should - she conceal the true extent of her power? Faced with dragons, homicidal mages, rival Gods and the traitorous longings of her own heart, she must decide: is it time to claim her destiny and fight?

Review:

I was looking forward to this one. However, I was left disappointed in the end and some scenes bothered me. The romance shouldn't have been the forefront of this novel. It felt too much and overbearing. I was more intrigued about Cat's past rather than her angst romance. Cat is sassy with full of spark and the readers will enjoy that. Though she had so much power and these abilities, she can't get away from the Southern warlord Griffin? 

The first half of the novel takes place where Cat and Griffin, along with this men, are traveling to the kingdom so Cat can use her soothsayer abilities. I thought this journey took much longer than needed and the later part of the novel was speed up.

The world building was fine, I understand the alpha and beta meaning towards who rules the kingdom. That's all I can really say.

I hoped there would have been more Greek Mythology intertwined in this story rather than focusing on the angst romance. This book had so much potential but I won't be continuing this series.  

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

[ARC Review] July Thunder by Shannon A. Thompson ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:
From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name—citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.
Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That's when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who's attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery—and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.
Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.


Review:

When an author announces that there are more books to a series that you love, can you imagine a reader's emotions?? I was thrilled that 2 more books were being added to the Bad Bloods duology, which is now a 4 book series.

The next two books are set in the same setting but surrounding different characters in the Bad Bloods world. My favorite aspect of this novel was learning about the new characters and their abilities! I loved how fleshed out each character was but they were not fully revealed, each holding their own secrets. 

I highly recommend checking out book 1, November Rain.

For more information about this book please visit goodreads.  

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

[Release Day] Remember Me Forever by Sara Wolf

Release Week Blitz: Remember Me Forever (Lovely Vicious #3) by Sara Wolf, 
presented by Entangled Teen



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Remember Me Forever (Lovely Vicious #3)
by Sara Wolf!
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"What a rush! Brilliantly crafted, sharply written, and completely unpredictable--the perfect ending to an all-time favorite series! Sara Wolf is a fresh voice in YA, and her characters never fail to make me laugh and think. If you're in the mood for an edgy, witty, one-of-a-kind romance, this is definitely for you!" --Rachel Harris, NYT bestselling author

Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.
The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.
But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.
Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.
Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together.
But Jack Hunter is better.
Remember Me Forever (Lovely Vicious #3)
by Sara Wolf
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

[Release Day] July Lightening by Shannon A. Thompson




July Lightning
Shannon A. Thompson
(Bad Bloods #4)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: May 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.

Sixteen-year-old Caleb has been called many things: a patient, a musician, even a prostitute…now he has a new name—son. After his identity is uncovered, Caleb bands together with the family he once rejected in order to save the city of Vendona. But it won’t be easy. Enemies wait around every corner—and so do harsh realities. With Violet and Kuthun by his side though, nothing seems impossible. As Vendona sits on the verge of an economic collapse and a massive hurricane threatens the city, Violet and Caleb must show its citizens how to overcome decades of hostility and division to save themselves.

Standing or not, a sea will rage, a wall may fall, and all will depend on immortal pain and sacrifice.



Author Bio:

Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.

As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.

Visit her blog for writers and readers at www.ShannonAThompson.com.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - Warcross by Marie Lu

My Waiting on Wednesday this week is Warcross by Marie Lu! I am excited for this one because of the world it is set in and the main character, a bounty hunter and hacker. I have read Marie Lu's past works such as The Young Elites and The Rose Society (I have yet to conjure up the courage to read The Midnight Star because I don't want this series to end) and I absolutely loved the characters and premise of the trilogy. 

Warcross releases September 12! Checkout more information below or on goodreads


Summary:
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of a

Friday, April 21, 2017

[Review] Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Gavin ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Summary:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.



Review:

This the first YA contemporary that I fully enjoyed without a problem. It was real and raw. There was no fluff, there was no fudgy business. It was real. I avoid contemporaries because there is a certain unrealistic notion about the novel. But Symptoms of Being Human was real from beginning to end. This simple cover has a profound message of the overall context of the novel. I'm so happy this book was written and I can't recommend it enough. Go out and read Symptoms of Being Human.


Overall I would give Symptoms of Being Human 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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