Archive | August 2019

Add Lyrics & Curses to Goodreads!

Hey guys! I’ve got some fun news! I have a new book coming out November of 2020 with Filles Vertes Publishing! Lyrics & Curses is a YA Paranormal Romance set in 1985! It can be compared to Stranger Things meets Pretty in Pink!

You can add it to your TBR on Goodreads here! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47956891-lyrics-curses?ac=1&from_search=true

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Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

Date of Publication:

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Goodreads Summary:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My Review:

This was is a series where the first book could have been a stand alone yet it was nice to see more into Lara Jean with these last two books. Peter is officially back in my good graces, and I heart him.

Lara Jean did frustrate me at times in this one, but she also made choices that made sense for her, for Peter, for the future. I was glad to see my boy John back for a nice cameo, and all the side characters were great. What this book does awesomely is show great family dynamic and character growth!

I was panicked for some of the story, not sure how it was going to end, but it wrapped up nicely, only I wanted an epilogue! Please, Jenny Han, write a nice novella epilogue!

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Have you read this series?

Review: P.S. I Still Love You

Title: P.S. I Still Love You

Author: Jenny Han

Date of Publication: May 26th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

My Review:

So I definitely liked the first book better but this one was still super addicting! There was plenty more teen drama in this one and sometimes it was frustrating, to be honest!

First, I seriously love Lara Jean. She’s just so likable and easy to connect with and acts like a real teen! Peter pissed me off here—a lot! Also, I’m totally on board the John train. He was sweet, swoony, and everything a girl could want! Gen needed to just go away! And Kitty was smart and sarcastic and full of awesomeness.

This book was a roller coaster ride of emotions, but a good one nonetheless. If you are looking for a quick and cute read with romance, family bonds, and real life scenarios, I definitely recommend checking out this series!

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Have you read this series?

Review: To Wake the Dead

Title: To Wake the Dead

Author: Sarah Lampkin

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Goodreads Summary:

Brenna Whit teeters the line between the living and the dead. Now that she’s back for her sophomore year at Nephesburg College, she’s determined to focus on the waking world. But when her own soul is trying to kill her and a new Dead Dreamer is fighting for power, Brenna is dragged back into the world of the dead.

The Gatekeepers are doing everything they can to restore the power they once held over the town of Nephesburg. With a mysterious set of twins arriving in town to help them prepare, Brenna must decide what’s important: continuing to hide her secret or reveal herself and fight for what she believes is right. The decision could end up leading to a permanent death for Brenna so she must choose wisely.

Classes have begun…
The battlefield is set…
Let the fight for the Fade begin.

My Review:

An excellent sequel! If you loved book one, then book two is just as good, if not better! Brenna is still her awesome and blunt self, and Damon is still my boy!

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What I like about this series is it involves college life and these characters feel like real ones. They don’t have their life together yet and are still trying to figure it all out while having to deal with a bit of the paranormal! And I absolutely heart all the paranormal things.

The writing and dialogue was great, and the world building just so cool! Now, if only I could figure out a way to leave my body at night!

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What would you do if you could leave your body when you dreamed?

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Date of Publication: April 15th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

My Review:

I’ve been seeing this book for years. Years!! And totally did not think it would be my cup of tea, but it totally was! I actually watched the movie first and then was like, let me go ahead and try this freaking series out! I also thought the movie was awesome but now after reading the book I’m like, what??? So much did not match the book and I much preferred the book!

I loved Lara Jean and Peter and just all things cute within the pages. The family scenes were also awesome and I feel like this one ended so good!!! Need to start book 2!

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Have you read this book or seen the movie?

Review: The Little Mermaid

Title: The Little Mermaid

Author: Hans Christian Andersen

Date of Publication: March 10th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

A beautifully illustrated new translation of a beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale

Six young sisters live in the depths of the ocean, longing for the chance to see the beauty of the earth. Most eager of all is the youngest mermaid, who counts the days to her fifteenth birthday when her grandmother will finally allow her to rise to the surface.

Her first sight above the water is a large ship on which a beautiful prince is celebrating his sixteenth birthday. Immediately she falls in love, and so begins her determined quest to join the prince on earth as a human.

Full of wonder and heart, The Little Mermaid remains one of the most powerful fairy tales ever written, and this new, gorgeously illustrated translation gives it renewed life.

My Review:

I know the original story but had never actually read it. So I grabbed the ARC for the upcoming, new, illustrated version.

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Let me just say I’ve only read one Andersen book which was that horrific Christmas tree story! Thank all those dead trees that this story was much better. I loved this one!

First, I really loved the mermaid and her naiveness because she really didn’t know much better yet she had a heart of gold. The prince was a douche bag so I was glad about the ending and that there was still hope for our girl!

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What is your favorite mermaid book or movie?

Movie Review: Ready or Not

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Imdb Summary:

A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

My Review:

I knew after seeing the trailer for this that it would be one of my most anticipated movies of the year. It’s totally my style! There’s some blood, romance, humor, running, a game, and lots more blood!

I’m not the biggest Adam Brody fan in the world here, but he was so good and was my absolute favorite character. The weapons in the movie were awesome, and can I also just say I loved Grace’s bridal dress with the converse and the gun—totally on point!

There were some awesome twists, and I was so glad it was rated R because sometimes when horror movies have a PG-13 rating then they are just so watered down. Anyway, absolutely loved this one and am so glad it did not fail me!

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What is your most anticipated movie coming out?

 

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In Laith, when the moons are high, Tavarra is allowed to walk the land as a human for one day, losing her seahorse-like tail. But should she remain out of the water, a curse will overtake her, turning her into a beast with sharp fangs and long claws. A beast that, on some nights, takes the shape of a rampaging, uncontrollable monster.

Rhona, along with her village, are under a sinister leader’s control. Their leader has taken Rhona from the boy she loves, stripped away her abilities and, under the threat of killing everyone she loves, forces her on a dangerous task to retrieve a dark prism that will increase his already massive powers.

When Tavarra and Rhona cross paths, they discover they need each other. Rhona knows how to help the cursed sea creature, while Tavarra knows where to find the dark prism. They embark on a mission that could help them break Tavarra’s spell and save Rhona’s family and village. But with an untamable beast inside Tavarra, nothing is certain…

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Review: The Upside of Falling

Title: The Upside of Falling

Author: Alex Light

Date if Publication: February 18th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

It’s been years since seventeen-year-old Becca Hart believed in true love. But when her former best friend teases her for not having a boyfriend, Becca impulsively pretends she’s been secretly seeing someone.

Brett Wells has it all. Being captain of the football team and one of the most popular guys in school, he should have no problem finding someone to date, but he’s always been more focused on his future than who to bring to prom. When he overhears Becca’s lie, Brett decides to step in and be her mystery guy. It’s the perfect solution: he gets people off his back for not dating and she can keep up the ruse.

Acting like the perfect couple isn’t easy though, especially when you barely know the other person. But with Becca still picking up the pieces from when her world was blown apart years ago and Brett just barely holding his together now, they begin to realize they have more in common than they ever could have imagined. When the line between real and pretend begins to blur, they are forced to answer the question: is this fake romance the realest thing in either of their lives?

My Review:

My favorite sort of contemporaries are ones that are cute with humor! This was a fun story with a super adorable dose of romance. Of course there were factors that came along that broke the leads apart, and I did get stressed out during those aspects. But I can understand why, especially with them being teens.

Brett was swoony and gentlemanly, while Becca was an awesome girl who loved to read. Just my kind of characters! Also, there was a bakery and talk about desserts, and that alone would have sucked me in!

The dialogue was punchy and the writing made it a real page turner. It’s definitely a great summer read!

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Do you like contemporary books?

Review: The Shadows Between Us

Title: The Shadows Between Us

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Date of Publication: February 20th, 2020

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Goodreads Summary:

Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?

My Review:

This book had one of my favorite summaries I’ve seen so far this year, and that cover! Plus, I mean, shadows, right? Shadowsssssssssss!

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I’ll first say that I absolutely loved the story line! I always enjoy books with the goal to murder but then feelings change along the way. Plus, the Shadow King was just so freaking sweet! I wanted to hug him!!

Now, my problem was Alessandra! I adored that she did however she chose, be it with her sexual desires, murder, or whatever. I even love villains! And she was very much a villain. But dang, I just could not connect with this lady! Then we have to toss in some other guy, but we know she has to be with the Shadow King, right. Right?! She was just so hot headed and made poor choices at times. However, her character did grow, but even toward the end I was annoyed with this woman still making lame decisions!

Now, besides my frustrations with the MC, I very much loved the writing, the world building, the originality, and the swoon! Now, I just want to be enveloped in a ton of shadows!

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Who is your favorite villain?