Monday, January 22, 2018

Cover Reveal - Hiding Lies by Julie Cross



Let us know what you think of the cover for Hiding Lies (Eleanor Ames, #2) by NYT bestselling author Julie Cross, which releases April 17, 2018!

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About Hiding Lies:

At Holden Prep, dirty little secrets always have a way of coming to the surface.
Eleanor Ames has never been what she seems. Average high school student on the outside, but reformed con artist trying to break free of her past on the inside. When Eleanor receives startling news about someone from her previous criminal life, plans for a new operation coinciding with her school’s upcoming field trip quickly consume her.
But operations rarely go according to plan. And this is one her irresistible teen FBI agent boyfriend, Miles, would never approve of.
Now, more than just Ellie’s reputation is at stake. If she fails, it could be her life.

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About Julie Cross:

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin's Press). She's also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, Chasing Truth, Off the Ice and many more to come! Julie Cross was a longtime resident of central Illinois but has recently moved her entire family across the country to continue her academic studies at Stanford University.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Review - Swan Song by Charlotte Wilson

Swan Song
by Charlotte Wilson
Published September 12th, 2017 by Heaven Afire
224 pages

*An e-copy of this book was given to by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

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Summary from Goodreads.com:

LOVE AND LONGING IN THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF LONDON

When iconic ballerina Beatrice Duvall died, a nation mourned – and a legacy was born. Sixteen years later, her daughter Ava comes to London to take part in a high-profile tribute to Beatrice, and to learn about the mother she never knew. 

There’s just one snag: the tribute is a ballet, Swan Lake. Which is infinitely painful for Ava, because she can’t dance. Won’t dance. Not since she quit the Royal Ballet School last year and walked away from everything that defined her. 

But this is London, colourful and crazy, and with actor Seb at her side, there’s so much to discover. Like Theatreland razzmatazz and rooftop picnics and flamingo parties. And a whole load of truths Ava never knew about her mother – and herself. 

When the time comes to take the stage, will Ava step out of the shadow cast by her mother’s pedestal? And who will be waiting for her there, in the bright lights? 

A coming-of-age novel about family and first love, in the city of hopes and dreams.

My Rating:


Review:

Swan Song will hook you from the start and have you thinking about the characters long after you finish the book. I think it suffices to say that I really enjoyed this read! I’ve read the first book in Charlotte Wilson’s paranormal series and this book was just as good as that series.

Swan Song is not paranormal but rather, as the blurb says, a coming of age novel. The characters were easy to relate to and understand. They were just plain intriguing to read about in an everyday type of way.

Ava was a wonderful character along with Seb. They both have their own types of problems and insecurities but they grow and mature by the end of this book. Ava is still, in a way, dealing with the death of a mother that she was never able to know. She is dealing with her refusal to dance and the memories, or lack thereof, of her mother that come with being in London. And she may or may not have feelings for Seb… Either way, Ava handles everything and gets through her fears and feelings. It’s definitely great to read through her perspective.

Seb is a great side character as well and really adds to the story. He is there for Ava despite her not always wanting company. He’s relatable and just a really great guy. He has his own talents and fears and is a wonderful friend.  

This story was honestly just really hooking. I was intrigued in the beginning and finished rather quickly. I felt for the characters and what they each had been through and I was cheering for them when they found the strength to go on. This book was just a feel good and yet emotional read! I would definitely recommend to anyone in the mood for a coming of age novel or looking to read about characters that truly grow and mature. Oh! And if you enjoy ballet, you might also be interested in this as well!  

Vanessa

Friday, November 17, 2017

7 YA Reads Perfect for Fall!


Hello Folks! It is definitely Fall around here and actually starting to kind of feel like Winter… But if you are like me and are a mood reader or choose books that fit the weather outside, then you might enjoy this list! :) Here is my list of 7 books that you could read this Fall.


Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)
by Maggie Stiefvater


I first read The Raven Boys a few years ago during the Fall so maybe that is why I feel like one should read this series during the Fall. This book is magical and yet it’s not. If you don’t understand what I’m saying, then read this book and see for yourself. Either way, I really enjoyed this book and so did a bunch of other people! This is a fantasy series that follows a somewhat odd, yet endearing, group of friends in their quest to find a dead and magical King.

It really does feel like Fall when you read this charming book!




The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
by Michelle Hodkin 


Ahh, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is a total favorite of mine and not just because Noah Shaw is present. (But he’s a relatively decent portion of why.) ;)

This first book takes place during the beginning of the school year which is around this time of year so there’s that. But this book is also somewhat of a mystery, very twisty, suspenseful, and somewhat dark. If that doesn’t feel like Fall to you, then I don’t know what does! But for real, try this one if you are in a slump for something mysterious and, at times, confusing. :) Oh! The beautiful Noah Shaw also has his spinoff/companion novel that was just recently released for those of you that have devoured Mara Dyer’s books already.




Chasing Truth (Eleanor Ames #1)
by Julie Cross


Chasing Truth is a novel that I was able to receive an ARC of and I just devoured it! This is a YA suspense novel and totally worth your time. I seldom read realistic fiction but this one was hard to say no to. A former con artist trying to solve a mystery and the suspicious guy she crosses paths with? Sign Me Up!

This one takes place during the school year as well and, once again, it just feels like Fall. And suspense and mystery are perfect to read during the chilly weather and gray skies, right? Pick this one up if you haven’t yet!






The Female of the Species
by Mindy McGinnis


The Female of the Species is another realistic fiction or contemporary YA that I absolutely LOVED. I could not put this book down and it destroyed me and made me FEEL all at once.

Not going to say much about this because the less you know, the better off you are! But know this, The Female of the Species is soo good! It feels like Fall to me because these characters live around forests/woods and nothing says Fall better than trees. Plus this one takes place during the school year as well!






Obsidian (Lux #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Squee! Obsidian is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES! I love Jennifer L. Armentrout and this is the first book of her’s that I fell in love with. Hot Aliens! Need I say more? Not everyone loves this series but I love it and that means you should give it a try. ;)

Obsidian takes place in a town that is small and surrounded by mountains and wilderness and that makes me think of Fall. Plus, this one takes place during the school year and they celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas so it feels right to read this one every Fall. Also, Daemon! Sigh…






Evanescent 
by Gabriella Lepore


DUDES! Evanescent is a book that I randomly found on Amazon in the Free Kindle Book section. I read this and was then changed forever! This is such an enchanting and beautiful read and I LOVED it so much. This book is legit Fall and if you have never seen this or read it, do it now! I wish I could read it for the first time again... 

I guess I'll just have to reread it.









Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
by J.K. Rowling


And last but not least, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Harry Potter is a must for anyone to read during the Fall season. I am always reading the entire series during the Fall and also watching the movies because nothing is better during the harsh cold/gloomy days. I don’t think much more needs to be said about this series!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

10 Books I Want to Reread Now!

Hey everyone! I have been in such a weird reading mood for the past few months. Well...really like all year. :(

I think that this is the year that I have reread so many books and hardly read any newly released or new to me books! I just really want to reread so many of my old favorites. I don't get it but I'm happy that I'm at least still reading.

Anyways, I figured that I'd make a list of books that I really feel like rereading...again. Are you in the mood to reread any books? Let me know!


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) 
by J.K. Rowling 
Published June 26th, 1997 by Scholastic Inc
320 pages 

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I'm sure it's no surprise that I would want to reread Harry Potter! The surprise, for me at least, is that I haven't actually reread it yet (this year). I usually try to reread the entire series once every year but I've been slacking! :) 

Harry Potter just demands to be read during the Fall and Winter months for me so hopefully, I'll get a reread in soon. 







City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) 
by Cassandra Clare 
Published March 27th, 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
485 pages 

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If you have not read City of Bones yet, then you definitely need to try it out! I'm aware that it's not for everyone but I absolutely love the whole world of Shadowhunters and Jace. ;) 

So Lord of Shadows was released this year and that is the second novel in The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare. I have not read that book yet because I got it into my head that I should read every single Mortal Instrument, Infernal Devices, and Dark Artifices book that comes before Lord of Shadows. 

So... yeah, that's pretty much why I NEED to reread this series! 





Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)
by Cassandra Clare 
Published August 31st, 2010 by Simon & Schuster, Margaret K. McElderry 
481 pages

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Like I said with City of Bones, I got it in my head that I need to reread all the books in this Shadowhunter world. But I also just really want to reread Clockwork Angel because I LOVE Will, Tessa, and Jem. And this is the series that I have reread the least out of the three of them. 

If you haven't read Clockwork Angel, then you NEED to do so now! 





Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1)
by Sarah J. Maas
Published May 7th, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens 
404 pages

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The Throne of Glass series is another that I am not caught up on. I have yet to pick up and read the latest two books in this series and that is because I really do need to reread them. I cannot remember all the details and what exactly happens in the first four books so I figured I'd better reread before going any further. 

Plus I absolutely LOVE this series and the characters that grace the pages so I'm pretty much due for a reread! 

Have you read this book about a badass female assassin? You should if you haven't! 




Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1)
by Marissa Meyer 
Published  January 3rd, 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
400 pages 

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Ok, so Cinder is a book that I just want to reread because it was so damn good! I absolutely LOVE the Lunar Chronicles and I have not reread a single one of the books since the last one was released.  Cinder takes a little bit of sci-fi and a little bit of fairytale retelling and mixes them together. I so enjoyed this series when I first read and I feel like the Fall is a good time to revisit it. 

Also, Marissa Meyer's newest book, Renegades, was just released so I'm feeling nostalgic. 






Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1)
by Tahereh Mafi
Published  November 15th, 2011 by HarperCollins
338 pages

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Have you seen that Restore Me will be released in 2018? Restore Me will be the fourth book in the Shatter Me series and that means that I definitely need to do a reread of the whole series. 

Shatter Me was so good when I first read it and I haven't actually reread it since the first time. I so want to revisit this series just in time for the fourth book to release. 

If you haven't read this one yet, then check it out soon! 





Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1)
by Becca Fitzpatrick 
Published  October 13th, 2009 by Simon & Schuster BFYR
391 pages

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Wow, it has been so long since I first read Hush, Hush! This is one of the few YA books that got me really into reading YA and it will always have a soft spot in my heart. But I really enjoyed reading this book and have only reread it once since I originally read it back in Freshman year of High School. 

I so need to reread and see Patch again! Fallen Angels and mystery mixed together? My kind of book! :) 




Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1)
by Danielle L. Jensen 
Published April 1st, 2014 by Strange Chemistry
469 pages

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Stolen Songbird is one of my FAVES and I haven't actually reread it since finishing the trilogy. I was so hesitant to actually pick this up and so this one sat on my shelf for close to a year! Such a mistake because Stolen Songbird is so good. Tristan is bae. ;) 

Interested in a unique book about curses and trolls? Tread lightly with this trilogy because it hits you right in the feels! 







Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1)
by Mary E. Pearson 
Published July 8th, 2014 by Henry Holt
492 pages 

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The Kiss of Deception is a favorite of many readers and I really enjoyed it when reading it for the first time. It's such an intriguing book that is full of twists! The third and last book has already been released and I have not yet read it. :( 

Too much time got away from me and I kind of forget what happened in the second book so I NEED to reread the first two before I start the last!








The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1)
by Michelle Hodkin 
Published September 27th, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
456 pages

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This is another of my absolute favorite trilogies! Mara Dyer is such an awesome character, in my opinion, and Noah is also bae. 

If you don't know,  Noah has just recently gotten his own book with a spin-off series and I am so excited! I decided that a reread of the first three books was a must. This series is full of twist and turns that keep you reading late into the night! 










Monday, November 13, 2017

Review - Flame Kissed by Alexis Radcliff

Flame Kissed (Seeking the Dragon #1)
By Alexis Radcliff
Published August 18th, 2017
47 pages

*I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!*

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Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

On a romantic night at a ski lodge, 17 year-old Ella Denton has the perfect opportunity to finally confess her feelings to her long-time crush, Nick Gauss, before she goes off to college. But before she has the chance, everything goes horribly wrong: Ella is kidnapped by a mysterious grinning monster-man to the heart of the Ether-Realm, a magical land with a strange red sky at the nexus of all possible worlds. She is placed in chains and taken to a golden city ruled by the dark and brooding dragon prince, Kaden Kolrath, and told that she is now his slave. 

It seems her fate is now to be lost forever in a strange land far from home, never to return to Nick or her family back home in Havery Falls. That is, until Ella discovers she carries a mysterious spark of power… a spark that could change everything, forever. 

Flame Kissed is the first book in Alexis Radcliff’s exciting new fantasy romance serial, Seeking the Dragon. It’s a short, 15,000-word novella perfect to knock out in a single, quiet evening, and one of five total episodes.



My Rating:



Review:

Flame Kissed is novella sized but that does not make it any less intriguing or exciting! I was caught up in this story from the very start and cannot wait to read more about these characters.


Ella is a seventeen year old living with her foster family. At the young age of four something terrible happened to her and her family. Despite what Ella has gone through she still powers on and is trying her best to have a normal teenage life. She’s eager to go on a vacation with her family and family friend. Ella plans on letting her crush, Nick, know exactly how she feels for him while on vacation but things don’t go quite as planned. Ella is kidnapped and taken to a world completely different from ours.


I don’t want to say too much other than what I have said because this is a novella. And I think it’s better just knowing about the synopsis because I did not see any of what happened coming. I was so caught up in what would happen to Ella and everything that she was experiencing.


She was so cool headed and strong in this incredibly scary situation! I cannot wait to see what happens to Ella and if she’ll be able to return back home to her family. Plus, what exactly can Ella do and how powerful is she? Looking for something short and exciting? Look no further and pick up Flame Kissed today!

Vanessa

Friday, November 10, 2017

Review - Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Without Merit
By Colleen Hoover
Published October 3rd, 2017 by Atria Books
384 pages

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Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

My Rating:




Review:

Another Colleen Hoover book! And another win for me. :) Without Merit is everything I’m used to from Colleen Hoover and yet different at the same time. This is a young adult read and one focused more on mental health and loving oneself. I absolutely enjoyed this and while it wasn't my FAVORITE of Colleen’s it was still incredibly good!


Merit is kind of the outcast in her family or she feels that way at least. She collects trophies for every negative occasion and she is fed up with all the secrets that the members of her family keep. I think that some might become annoyed with Merit at some point because she’s prone to seeing things through her eyes only. She can be sensitive and she can even seem cold or uncaring at some points. But this is all done for a reason and once reading it, I’m sure some will be able to see why.


I wasn’t annoyed with Merit though. I actually felt like I knew what she was going through and I understood it! Part of it felt like simply being a teenager again and going through all those strongly felt emotions. And the other part of it simply felt like the depression that I felt so strongly during those teenage years. Merit feels and truly believes that she is the one in the right and everyone else is in the wrong. She doesn’t realize until Sagan starts talking with her that she isn’t exactly like how she used to be. It was truly a lesson that resonated with me. I knew that some of these issues that Merit felt were a big deal weren’t always so big, but reading through her eyes helped me to see that they were huge to her.


The rest of Merit’s family members had their faults as well but I felt like they were slowly learning to deal with them. I also felt like they were slowly learning more about Merit and how she felt they were treating her. They each had their own issues and Merit wasn’t able to see that until she really took the time to listen and see them. And I liked that Merit was able to grow and learn more about herself and her mind. Sagan, I feel, really helped the family see the light and for that I loved him. But there were definitely a few times where even I felt slighted on Merit’s behalf.

Aside from really understanding where Merit came from I also loved how different this family was. Merit's family isn't like one that you would expect. The family members are all different and dealing with their own demons but they still accept each other in the end. Also, there is a dog in this book and I loved it!


Overall, this was another fantastic read. There were definitely times where I kind of got annoyed but there were more times where I was just interested in what was going to happen with this family. I feel like Without Merit is more family oriented as a book and deals more with serious topics like depression, suicide, and mental illness. It’s a heavy book and yet it’s easy to read at the same time. I couldn’t put this one down!


Vanessa