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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Divine Heart Book Blitz



The Divine Heart
by Danielle R. Mani
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 27th 2017

Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Elle Collins spent most her life waiting for someone else to die...

When a heart donor is found, Elle awakes from surgery gifted with more than just a new heart—clairaudient messages and spiritual apparitions haunt her until she is convinced that she must be insane. Either that, or her donor is sending a message.

Desperate for answers the medical community can’t provide, Elle’s divination leads her to the family of her donor—a young girl named, Cas. With the help of her best friend, Rob—the guy who’s a testament that her new heart is capable of love, Elle must make sense of the clues Cas is sending. As pieces of Cas’s life and death emerge, Elle will discover that she and Cas share more than just a heart.



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Excerpt
As I step under the spray, the water hits my face in hard pellets. It feels good. Begrudgingly, I reach down to grab a bar of soap. A sharp pain shoots down the left side of my arm. For a moment, I feel paralyzed. My immediate thought is to yell for help, but I can’t find my voice. I try to take a deep breath, but can’t. I crumple to the tub and feel a strange, tingling sensation zip through my fingertips.

Mom! I let out a bloodcurdling squeal in a voice I don’t even recognize.

My mother runs into the bathroom and slams the shower door open.

What is it? She is the color of her bleached white towels. What’s wrong?

It’s my heart! Something is wrong. Call the hospital.

I’ll be right back! She runs out and I wait, helpless, as the running water beats down on my back. A few seconds later, she returns, holding the phone, her hands shaking as she dials 911. She soaks her sleeve reaching into the shower to turn off the running water. The phone is on speaker and is wedged tightly between her face and neck as she pulls me from the tub.

911, what’s the emergency?

It’s my daughter! I think she’s having a heart attack! I live at 42 Chauncy Way.

We have an address for you, Mam. An ambulance will there right away. Is your daughter breathing?

Yes, she . . . she has a heart condition. Kate rips our show towel off the rack and drapes it around my arms and neck. She drags my limp body to the couch. I wish I had the strength to help her.

Ma’am, do you have any aspirin in the house? the voice on the line asks.

That’s not going to help! Kate shouts. I’ll wait for the ambulance, but I need to call her doctor now! Kate ends the call.


About the Author
Danielle R. Mani is a fan of the paranormal in both print and film. In her first book, The Divine One, Ms. Mani combines supernatural fiction with the everyday dramas of young adulthood. Her newest YA paranormal novel, The Divine Heart, is scheduled to be released later this year. Ms. Mani holds a Bachelor of Arts in education and a Master of Science in communications. She is currently a doctoral student studying parapsychology. She resides in Westchester, New York, with her husband, four children, two dogs, and two rescue cats.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Cover Reveal: Fire and Bone by Rachel A. Marks


Fire and Bone
Rachel A. Marks
(Otherborn #1)
Publication date: February 20th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
In Hollywood’s underworld of demigods, druids, and ancient bonds, one girl has a dangerous future.
Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she’s invited to a party—one that turns out to be a trap.
Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she’s the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she’s of age, she’s asked to pledge her loyalty to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means necessary. She has to admit that she’s tempted—especially when this new life comes with spells, Hollywood glamour, and a bodyguard with secrets of his own. Not to mention a prince whose proposal could give her more than she ever imagined.
As loyalties shift, and as the two men vie for her attention, Sage tries to figure out who to trust in a realm she doesn’t understand. One thing is for sure: the trap she’s in has bigger claws than she thought. And it’s going to take a lot more than magic for this Celtic demigoddess to make it out alive.

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Author Bio:
Rachel A. Marks is a cancer survivor, a writer and artist, a surfer and dirt-bike rider, chocolate lover and keeper of faerie secrets. Her four kids and amazing hubby put up with her nerdiness with tremendous grace, even when she makes them watch Buffy or Smallville re-runs for days on end. She was voted: Most Likely To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse, but hopes she'll never have to test the theory.



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Friday, October 6, 2017

Charm Book Blitz


Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
Published on September 26th, 2017

You all know the story of Cinderella…
The kingdom needs an heir and Princess Charmaine is quite aware that the job rests solely upon her shoulders. The problem is, she has no intention of ever getting married, let alone pushing a child out of her ladyparts. When her elder sister dies, Charmaine has to take her place at the ball designed to find her a husband. The problem is, she doesn’t want to choose between a hundred eligible bachelors. She just wants to live her life in peace and find love in her own time.

Cynder knows about the impending war between his people and those of his masters, but working as an underpaid servant in the palace kitchens leaves him with little power to do anything about it. On one hand, he’s a staunch supporter of his own royal family, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels for the daughter of the king and queen he works for.

Charm is the first in the Reverse Fairytale series by USA Today bestselling author J.A.Armitage. Take everything you think you know about fairytales and turn it on its head.







About the Author:





Born in a small town, J.Armitage longed for adventure and travel.
Age 20 she moved to Dublin, then to San Diego, then Sydney and back to California where she did a brief stint working at Universal Studios being a minder to Sponge Bob.

Once back in Britain she got married, had babies and decided to write about the adventure she was now missing out on. She works full time, is a mum to three kids and has had a surrogate baby.

She has skydived twice (and survived), climbed Kilimanjaro and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She has also worked as a professional clown and banana picker amongst other jobs.

Somehow she finds time to write.



Twitter: @armitageauthor

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Brief Update + Short Story

Okay so I know I told you guys I had four blog posts written up but I've been trying to better my content and so I scrapped those ideas. I just started school so I've been a little behind in the reading department but I'm going to have a book done by Monday at the latest. In the meantime I've been thinking about writing short stories and see what you guys think. I have a horribly short attention span and so I haven't been able to stick with an idea long enough to finish writing a book but I thought I would try my hand at short story writing. Here it goes. Remember that it's my first short story.

The girl looked down at the water below. It's okay. A voice whispered in her head. One step forward and all the pain; all the suffering will be over. She felt one tear fall down her face. The voice was right, it always had been. When it told her in the fifth grade that all the fighting her parents were doing about her would cause them to split and it would be all her fault she had doubted it. But thn her parents had split, it was only for a little while but it still shook her to the core. When her Dad echoed words that the voice told her, or maybe the voice echoed her Dad, she didn't want to believe it. But soon she started to notice all the little thing. How people would only half listen to her, how people would talk about her behind her back, how nothing she ever did seemed to please everyone; everything she did seemed to mess everything up more and the voice became louder.
In Freshman year when the voice first told her that the world would be better off without her she brushed it aside. Sure she messed up but her parents and friends still loved her. Right?
But then the fights started getting worse. The hatred started to grow and no matter how many times her parents said 'I love you' she couldn't bring herself to believe it. And everytime her friends chose their boyfriends over her the furthur she fell into the pit she had found herself in.
When the voice first told her to hurt herself as a test to see if anyone would care enough to notice she scoffed. Of course people would notice. So she did, one cut across the wrist... then two... then three. No one noticed. But it felt good. No one cared about her pain, emotional or physical. So why not show her internal heartbreak on the outside? Why not show the world just how bad it had hurt her? So she did it again and again and again.
In Junior year when the voice again brought up how better the world would be without her she didn't brush it aside. She thought about it. She thought long and hard about it. Her parrents odviously wouldn't care and her friends, if they even thought of her like that, would get over it soon enough. Hers was one inconsequential life out of billions, it couldn't possibly matter that much.
That`s how she finds herself standing on the bridge at one in the morning. For a second she questions if this is the right choice, if this is what would really be best. The voice starts whisper words into her head. Bitch, Ass, Self-centered, Awful, Horrible Daughter, Dramatic, Attention Seeker, Hated, Brat, The Cancer of the Family. Her decision made she takes one final breath and steps over the edge.

I know that was deppressing you guys and I'm sorry. This is what happens when I write at 11 pm. I've kinda been in a dreary mood lately. This story is trying to show how much words can have an effect on people. You don't know how someone is feeling or what their life is like. Sometimes when people say hurtful things to someone, even in the heat of a fight, it can stick with them for year and haunt them. Just a reminder to think over your words carefully. If you guys think that was a bust and I shouldn't write short stories for the blog anymore then let me know. The same goes for if you liked it. I absolutly love feedback. Thank you you guys!

Friday, September 1, 2017

ARC Review- Girls Made of Snow and Glass

  Guys I'm the literal worst! In the last post I promised a new post at least every other week...
And that was a month ago! In my defense I was grounded for two weeks and I've had serious Reader/Writers block. But I swear I'm back now. I have four (no lying I swear) posts written up.
There's this one book (the next post is based on it) that helped me through my block. I've finished four books and I'm half way through a fifth this week.
 So... now onto my super overdue (again I'm sorry) post. 

                                                         
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust                                                                                                                                           Release Date: September 5th, 2017                       Goodreads Av. Rating: 4.1 out of 5                       My Rating: 4.5 out of 5                                         
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 Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina's mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.  
  

Review: 
   How about we start with the plot. It's absolutely intriguing. There was never a dull spot where I was forcing myself to continue. In fact sometime I was so into it I had to put it down and take a deep breath before continuing. Especially with the way the book was written. It switched point of views between Mina and Lynet but Mina's POV starts when she was a little girl and Lynets starts nearing her 16th birthday. It's like two different stories that eventually collide. And let me tell you it's a mess when they collide.
  
   The characters in the book are very well developed. When you read about how they feel it's like your experiencing it as well. The author puts you into the characters thoughts and feelings as if they were your own. And not just the main characters but the supporting characters as well. And it's amazing.
   
  This is actual a fairly happy book. I didn't cry during it (very rare) but I did get frustrated. When you know something the other characters don't you kinda just want to yell at them. All of this could have been solved if you two would just talk to each other! But I guess there would be no plot then... Still, communication is absolutely wonderful. 
   
  My favorite thing about this book however has to be that it's a fairy-tale remake.  I love all types of YA, I'm not that picky, but I've always loved re imagined fairy tales. I had such high expectations for this book and let me tell you this new snow-white story does not let down. It defiantly deserved the hype it's been receiving. 

  I would say this book is perfect for people looking for Snow White without the "Evil" step-mother. A female empowering change to the classic tale. Where women are the heroes. 

  I absolutely love this book and I think you will too. Be looking for it on shelves September 5th (or pre-order it. That's great too!)


 Thank you to the publisher for letting me read this amazing book!
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Updates!

Oh My Gosh! Who knew I would be more busy this summer then I was during the school year. I have two volunteer positions and a job. I guess this it what comes with growing up.
My Hamilton obsession is finally showing itself here... I'm sorry.

I've been writing a lot more. For some reason I've been having this really bad writing slump and it sucks! I've been trying to force myself to write but I just haven't been in the mood. I have ideas (Oh do I have ideas) but lately it's like I have to drag myself to write anything. In the last couple of days though I've gotten a few thousand words down. Which is amazing but it leaves me with less time to read :'(

I also went to summer camp. I was really nervous about going but it was a lot of fun. I made new friends and got closer to a couple girls. But there was no phones allowed and in all honesty I was way to busy to pick up the book I smuggled into my suitcase.

Lets just say that not a whole lot of books have been read at my house lately. I did however finish Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (OMG it's so good) so I'm hoping to get a review for that book out soon.

Right now I'm re-reading The Tigers Curse series by Colleen Houck. I might get to meet her next month so I'm super excited. It's kinda weird though because as much as I like her books I have no post yet on The Tigers Curse. Maybe that will be one of the next posts I do.

And if I'm being honest my writing slump has also affected how often I post here. I would love to do a post every week (that's my brand new plan starting today) but I just keep putting it off. Well no longer! From now on I will be doing a post every week. Even if I have to post about a book I read weeks ago or write a short story. I will try my hardest to make this happen.

Lastly: Does anyone have any book suggestions? I'm running out of things that I really want to read.

Sorry for the short (and probably boring) post. Next week I will defiantly have a book review for you guys.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Frostblood by Elly Blake

The frost king will burn.

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

My review: 7 out of 5

I love this book! It's well written and has an amazing plotline.
Lets start with characters. First Ruby, a Fireblood with an attitude to match. She's feisty and quick witted. I absolutely adore her. She's such a well developed character as well. It's amazing to watch her develop throughout the book.
Then there is Arcus. A Frostblood who tends to be a little chilly (pun totally intended) and freeze people out. Again, a super well developed character. His change throughout the book is absolutely amazing. Plus, there's a major plot twist when it come to him (no I wont tell you! I don't do spoiler.)
Now it's time with Romantic Plot with Yours Truly. OMG! The romantic plot in this book is to die for! There is so much build up and tension in it that I found myself wanting to scream! (In a good way of course.) The author does an amazing job of balance. It's not romance centered but it has enough to satisfy even me. And the whole Fireblood and Frostblood falling in love thing even though they are supposed to be sworn enemies is fantastic. It's a little cliché but what's a romantic plot without a little bit of cliché things. It's a classic idea and I absolutely adore it. It's a tale as old as time. (If you can't tell I watched Beauty and the Beast recently.)
The plot is fascinating. It's not boring and it's really hard to put down. It kinda seems like a cliché plot but it has it's own unique twist. It actually reminds me a lot of The Last Airbender. So if you like that show/movie this is defiantly the book for you.
Even though this is a pretty cliché book the author puts her own spin on it, making a classic idea her own. I personally love things that seem cliché especially because it makes you think you know what's going to happen and then the author sucker punches you with a plot twist you never saw coming.
I can't wait for the second book because I have to know what happens next. And apparently, according to the description of the second book there's another guy in the picture. The suspense is killing me!
Anyway, this is a fantastic book that I would defiantly recommend.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

ARC Review- Reunited (3rd in the Reawakened Trilogy) by Colleen Houck


After surviving her otherworldly adventure, Lily wakes up on her nana’s farm having forgotten everything. Her sun prince, her travels to Egypt, and her journey to the Afterlife are all distant memories.


But Lily is not the girl she once was. Her body is now part human, part lion, and part fairy. And if that isn’t bad enough, she must now harness this power of three and become Wasret: a goddess destined to defeat the evil god Seth once and for all.

With the help of her old friend Dr. Hassan, Lily departs on her final voyage through the cosmos and across the plains of Egypt. On the journey, she will transform into the being she is destined to become.

Reunited is the heart-pounding conclusion to the Reawakened series.

It is time for Lily to find her sunset. 

On Sale: August 8th 2017
Pre-order: Amazon
Huge thank you to the publisher, Delacorte Press, for sending me a review copy of this book.
My Review: No rating
The reason that I have no rating for this book is because a five star review isn't enough. This book is absolutely amazing and no review is able to adequately describe how much I love this book. That beng said I will try my hardest to portray it to my best ability.
I have written a review for the fist two books on here so this review will be based primarily on Reunited but I will talk about the other two books and therefore will contain spoilers for the previous books.
One thing I absolutely adore about this book is Lily, the protagonists, memory loss! Now typically I absolutely despise when a character looses their memory. It tend to get cliche really fast and it also get confusing at times. BUT it's the thing I loved most about this story, about Colleen Houck's books in general, is the way the memory loss is played. I can't stand books without romantic plot, they bug me so much, which is one reason I don't like memory loss in books is because there is typically very little romantic plot while the characters memory in gone. That's also why I don't like long separation in books. But Colleen Houck plays in off magnificently. While the main character and her love interest are separated for half the book they still meet in their dreams. Even though Lily doesn't remember Amon she still feels connected to him. Then there's the romantic plot with the other two girls that share Lily's body... Let's just say this book does not lack romantic plot like I feared it would.
Still sticking with the memory loss, I love the way (spoiler) Lily gets her memory back as well. It's not the cliche 'she gets her memory back and she knows who she really loves' kinda thing. She's still conflicted and she has to choose all over again who she really wants.
Okay, I could talk forever about romance and memory but I should probably move on. I really enjoyed how Colleen wrote the three girls and Wasret, the goddess they are supposed to become. It's really hard for me to describe because you really have to read it to understand. The first thing I liked was that each girl gets a voice. The book itself is mainly told through Lily's perspective but when one of the other girls takes control of her body they also (usually) take over the perspective as well. I love this because even though the main protagonist is Lily and everything started with her it's not just about her anymore. It's about these two girls who have given up a lot to help Lily.
The more difficult thing to explain though is Wasret, and I won't even try because spoilers and I don't think I will do an adaquet enough job. I will say that I love how Colleen brings Wasret into the picture. The way it's written is very clear to understand what's going on and it's very nicely described.
The plot line of the whole series, to me, is fascinating. I've always been a sucker for mythology. Ever since I read Percy Jackson all you have to say is that a book has mythology in it and I'm hooked. Though I have found that my favorite mythology books take the gods and make them vulnerable. It personifies them. Give's them human emotion and empathy. I think this book did that splendidly. The gods where shown as beings that could break, that could be destroyed, that could be saved. I think this book has done a better job at that then any other mythology book I've ever read (yes, that includes Percy Jackson.)
Honestly, Colleen Houck is probably my favorite author of all time- tied of course with Alexandra Bracken and Marie Lu (you can't possibly ask me to choose one favorite author!)- and if you haven't read one of her books you need to. I also love that Colleen Houck is a local author for me (I'm Oregon born and raised.)
This is a definite must read this summer!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

My review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
The thing I love most about this book is that it's unique. Most books that I've read are normally the person-with-powers-is-the-outcast. Don't get me wrong, I love those types of books, but Blood Rose Rebellion offers something different. The person without powers is the outcast. I think this is totally knew and totally cool. AND because all the people in power have magic the author takes real history events and reshapes them to encompass magic!
The book is filled with romance (something I can't live without in a book) but oddly enough the romance was where it slightly fell short. Emphasis on slightly. The MC in this book, Anna, was wildly boy crazy (I admit I am to) but I think it went overboard a bit. Before even a third of the book she had kissed three different guys! True two of them weren't of her choosing and she pushed them away so it wasnt really her fault. Plus the first guy that she thought she was in love with made her out to be such an idiot. She would literally do whatever he asked of her. Of course I think this was all part of her character growth because she goes from loving someone who society thinks is appropriate to caring for someone out of her own heart. I can't fault it for that. My main issue was how cliche it was. I personally love cliche and I would have loved this romantic plot but with the rest of the plot being so new and refreshing I feel the romantic aspect should have been as well. (I still loved it. I'm to much of a sucker for these types of romantic plots not to.)
Keeping on the theme of romance... The romantic plot with her cousin?!?! I've read a number of reviews that totally hate it but I loved it! We don't typically marry people we are related to but back in that time period it wasn't uncommon for cousins to get married. If anyone's ever read or seen The Secret Garden the movie ends (spoiler) with Colin and Marry (cousins) getting married. So it's not that weird at all. Especially if you take a deeper look at the character reactions. The MC doesn't go 'gross, you're my cousin' when he kisses her she pushes him away because she just ended a really heartbreaking romance.  I think the author made a brilliant choice to add this in. I've never read a book with that aspect incorporated.
One last thing, I absolutely adored the MC's inability to make choices. I think a problem I have with some books is that the MC's don't take time to ponder what it is they're doing. Weighing the pro's and con's. Anna takes time to think over her decision. True she changes her mind (A LOT) but it's because she's gaining new information. She's actually taking time to ponder whats right and whats wrong. And to top it off, there is actually consequences for whichever one she chooses! I don't know about you but I think that's totally not cliche.
So despite the cliche romance the rest of the book is completely fresh and original. I think this is defiantly a must read and I would highly recommend it.   

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist


I was going to have this post out a week ago but I got sick with a horrible stomach bug and today's the first day since I finished this book that I've felt better. I thought I would get this out.





Love is more than meets the eye.

On his first day at a new school, blind sixteen-year-old Will Porter accidentally groped a girl on the stairs, sat on another student in the cafeteria, and somehow drove a classmate to tears. High school can only go up from here, right?

As Will starts to find his footing, he develops a crush on a sweet but shy girl named Cecily. And despite his fear that having a girlfriend will make him inherently dependent on someone sighted, the two of them grow closer and closer. Then an unprecedented opportunity arises: an experimental surgery that could give Will eyesight for the first time in his life. But learning to see is more difficult than Will ever imagined, and he soon discovers that the sighted world has been keeping secrets. It turns out Cecily doesn’t meet traditional definitions of beauty—in fact, everything he’d heard about her appearance was a lie engineered by their so-called friends to get the two of them together. Does it matter what Cecily looks like? No, not really. But then why does Will feel so betrayed?


Thanks NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC!

My Review:
5 out of 5

I love this book so much I don't even know where to begin.

The plot is a little cliché but luckily I love those types of books. It was cute and sweet and not generic. A little predictable but I absolutely adored it. I needed a book where everything is set right in the end.

The characters were amazing. Will is sweet and caring. He grew up blind and spent most of his time around people who are blind. Now he's decided to integrate himself into life with people with eye sight. I admire his persistence. A lot of things go wrong while at his new school, as can be expected, but he doesn't give up. He keeps going through everything that is thrown at him the entire book.

Of course he couldn't have done it without support. He has his family and even though his mom drives me nuts, she loves him and so does his father. He also has friends he made at school. Nick, Ion and Whitford. They help make the transition to the new school easier when they befriend him. Then theirs Cecily. A girl he becomes close with and eventually starts to fall in love with her.

My favorite part of the book however is the authors portrayal of seeing for the first time. I never imagined it quite like the author describes it and it's still really hard to wrap my mind around because I grew up with eye sight and it seems like something that only a person who experienced it could fully understand. And while the author grew up with eye sight he did a fantastic job explaining it in a way that made sense. He also talks about all the research he conducted for the in the Author's Note.

I overall greatly enjoyed this book and think everyone one should read it. Not only to enjoy but also to learn about blind culture and what it's like to be blind from a blind main character in a sweet, lovely and brilliant story.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini

Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.
 


Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for an ARC copy of this book

My review:
Rating: 5 out of 5

I take back everything I ever said in the past about not liking realistic fiction. There's too many I've read this year that I've fallen in love with to say that anymore.

The characterization in this book is fantastic! Character development is fantastic. It's like you're there with the characters as they go through this journey.

Eddie is a rich boy that is trying to escape the grasp of his not loving family. He's made a lot of mistakes in his past but is now trying to live without his families shadow, more like his dad's,  looming over him.

Finley is a goody two-shoes until she meets Eddie, a boy who brings out, not really the worst, but the more daring side of Finley.

There are a lot of obstacles thrown at them through out the book. Things that threaten their relationship but end up making it stronger.

I love the plot to this book. Although I am a sucker for "bad boy" meets "good girl" books this book was different. One: The "bad boy" isn't really a bad boy, he's pretending like he is to get jobs. Two: It delved deeper into the characters personal lives and how one mistake could ruin you entire future. Or improve it. That's the thing I love most about this book. It shows how good things can come out of things that we view as mistakes. Even major screw-ups can end up turning into something magnificent if we let it. I don't think a lot of books show mistakes that way but I love that this one does. One mistake might close one door but it can open up so many more. 

Another thing I love is point of view changes. It gives you insight into more than one persons mind and cause some dramatic irony (when you know something the characters don't) which is my absolute favorite form of irony.

I also can't imagine writing a book with someone else. I tried it. Didn't work out so well. So I  think it shows just how talented these two people are because they wrote a book together and 1) finished it and 2) didn't kill each other. Bravo.

I defiantly recommend it.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

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 murdered 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…


 
Rating: 10 out of 5 (Not a miss type. This book goes above and beyond five stars.)
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book.
 
My Review: I love this book so much. Lets start with characters. Tessa and Eric are very well developed especially in their interactions with each other. I love Tessa. I feel like she's an amazing character especially because she going through so much. I feel like there isn't enough books out there that have characters with mental illnesses and I love how Geiger incorporates it into the book, makes it a pretty big deal but doesn't make it the entire plot line.
 
I don't have agoraphobia but I do have anxiety and depression. Not exactly the same thing but I defiantly relate to some of it. Especially peoples reactions to mental disorders. Tessa's Mom and boyfriend don't get it and so they get frustrated really easily with her and I can definitely relate to that with my friends. I love how the author gives a very accurate and realistic telling of mental disorders.
 
I also love Eric. He's sweet and nice. I feel really bad for him though. He had no idea what being in the music industry was going to be like and once he found out it was too late. He feels trapped. Then he meets Tessa who understands him and he finally feels accepted. I love it when it shows the interrogations with him because his only concern is for Tessa. How she's doing and if she's okay.
 
One of the things I love in a book is multiple formats. One of the reasons I LOVE Everything, Everything. This book is told through police interrogations, twitter posts, and twitter DM's along with the normal book format. It's different and different is hard to come by these days. (Oh and there is a direct reference to One Direction and Ariana Grande if that makes you want to read the book more.)
 
The ending has to be the best part of this book. It leaves you floundering, craving more. I literally don't think I can wait for the next book because I'm so shocked at that ending and... perplexed...and confused... and guys I don't think I will be sane until I read what happens next!
 
One more thing... The plot twists!!!! The book completely leads you on. Leads you to believe one thing and in return hands you another unexpected, yet totally enjoyable, answer.
 
Please pick up this book when it comes out *pst June 6th* 
Here's some links to pre-order as well!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Someone I Wanted To Be by Aurelia Wills



When an insecure teen starts impersonating someone else, her life spirals dangerously out of control in a realistic, relatable novel about finding yourself—and discovering your true friends.

Leah Lobermier dreams of becoming a doctor, but it’s hard to stay focused on getting good grades when boys make oinking sounds at her in school and her mother spends every night on the couch with a bottle of wine. Leah’s skinny and popular "friends," Kristy and Corinne, aren’t much better and can hardly be counted on for support When the girls convince a handsome older man to buy them beer, Leah takes his phone number and calls him, pretending to be Kristy—coy and confident—and they develop a relationship, talking and texting day after day. But as the lie she created grows beyond her control, can Leah put a stop to things before she—or Kristy—is seriously hurt?


Thank you Net Galley and the publisher for this ARC
My review: 3 out of 5

I read this book a little bit ago and forgot to write a review on it. It was a good book. It just wasn't that memorable. I liked it, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't a book I would recommend to my friend off the top of my head.

The whole thing makes me a little mad honestly because the main character Leah has this pretend romance with a guy she called (that she doesn't know) and basically thrives off of her conversations with him. Not the smartest thing to do. For me I grew up being told that wasn't right and the dangers of talking to strangers. But I also have to remember that Leah grew up differently then I did. No father, alcoholic mother and not the best of friends.

What I really like about this book though was that Leah learns what it means to be a real friend. She figures out who is and isn't a real friend to her and she learns a valuable life lesson. I just think realistic fiction isn't completely my thing (accept for a few exception books.)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rebel of the Sands + Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton

It's been so long (like a week) but I'm back! I'm really swamped with school and (yet another) play. I was determined to finish at least two books over spring break and here is the first one.

This will be a joined review of the first two books in this series because I'm lazy... and tired...and swamped.



 
 
 
Rebel of the Sands: She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.
 
Traitor to the Throne: Rebel by chance. Traitor by choice.

Gunslinger Amani al'Hiza fled her dead-end hometown on the back of a mythical horse with the mysterious foreigner Jin, seeking only her own freedom. Now she’s fighting to liberate the entire desert nation of Miraji from a bloodthirsty sultan who slew his own father to capture the throne.

When Amani finds herself thrust into the epicenter of the regime—the Sultan’s palace—she’s determined to bring the tyrant down. Desperate to uncover the Sultan’s secrets by spying on his court, she tries to forget that Jin disappeared just as she was getting closest to him, and that she’s a prisoner of the enemy. But the longer she remains, the more she questions whether the Sultan is really the villain she’s been told he is, and who’s the real traitor to her sun-bleached, magic-filled homeland.

Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change.
 
 
My Review: 5 out of 5 stars
 
Let me start with Rebel of the Sands. It's amazing! We have our main protagonist, Amani, who is a sharpshooter. She's a strong female heroine in a sexist, gender role society. Which means she's underestimated a lot. She also pretends to be a boy fairly often so that she doesn't get killed or kidnapped. But my absolute favorite thing about her is her growth throughout the book. I think she has the best character growth that I've ever seen in a book! The author did an amazing job making it believable. She goes from a person that's all about saving herself no matter who else gets hurt to this person that doesn't leave people behind to save her own skin.
 
We also have Jin. How do I describe Jin without giving to much away... He's pretty good with a gun, not as good as Amani, but okay. He's the first person Amani ever really gets attached to after her mothers death. He's a foreigner, his mother was Xichan and his father is Miraji, the place where Amani lives. He was born in Miraji but left when he was little and traveled around with his brother and sister for awhile. There's another important fact about him but spoiler are the worst you guys, so you're going to have to read it for your self.
 
This book also has a really good story. I don't want to give anything away and the real plot doesn't come in till about halfway through the book but I will give you two words. Rebel Prince.
 
I love the world the author creates for this book. It's like a middle eastern western novel but with magic thrown into the mix.  It almost reminds me of Aladdin. Honestly! And Aladdin is one of my all time favorite Disney movies/Broadway musicals.
 
When I like books I get seriously attached and defensive. You know I've got it bad for a book when I'm getting mad a reviews saying this book was boring, because I'm protective over things I love, like Hamilton the American Musical. I absolutely adore this book and think it's a must read!
 
Plus Alwyn Hamilton is like the nicest person I've ever met! She's amazing, read her book!
 
 
Now Traitor to the Throne... *WARNING: May contain spoilers for book 1*
 
I have such a book hangover from this book!!!! I have one thing to say about the description before I go into the book. Forget everything you thought you knew about Miraji, about the rebellion, about Djinn and Jin and the Blue-Eyed Bandit. In Traitor to the Throne, the only certainty is that everything will change. OMG this is like the most accurate description for any book ever!
 
So this book introduces some new characters like Sam. Our fake Blue-Eyed Bandit. It also brings back some old characters that I didn't really talk about in the review for the first book like Ahmed, Imin, Shazad, Delila, Hala and (drumroll) Shira and Tamid! If you don't remember them they are Amani's awful cousin and best friend that she abandoned. You can probably imagine how those reunions went down. 
 
This book goes even deeper into the plot line. They are trying to put the rebel prince Ahmed onto the throne. Only one slight problem. Jin has disappeared and Amani is trapped in the Castles haram as the Sultans little Demdji. And with a dozen pieces of iron under her skin and one piece of bronze with her true name on it the Sultan has her under his control.
 
It's been a really long time since I've cried over a book. It was long over due. I don't think I've ever cried this much over a book in my life (surprising because I'm a very emotional person.) I didn't cry once... I cried twice during the ending of the book. The end was one plot twist after another that you never saw coming. Not to brag but I've read a lot of books and I can usually guess at least a little of what's going to happen but not even I saw that ending coming. It's a good thing no one could see me because I was curled up on my couch practically sobbing over this book at 11 o'clock at night.
 
Now I'm not so patiently waiting the third book! I need it sooo bad!!!
Please read this book it's probably one of the best choices I've ever made.