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Review: Anything But Extraordinary

Title: Anything But Extraordinary

Author: Mary Frame

Date of Publication: November 9th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

When the local authorities ask Ruby Simpson to help them find a thief in the small town of Castle Cove, she doesn’t have much of a choice. She predicted the most recent theft, and the cops have no other leads.

There are just two small problems.
One, she’s not psychic.
Two, she’s not Ruby Simpson.

Okay, maybe they’re not small problems. But Charlotte needs a place to lay low with her younger sister, somewhere her parents won’t find her and the locals won’t ask too many questions. Getting involved with the cops, especially Deputy “Cute Butt” Jared, isn’t a smart thing for a reformed con artist to do. But Charlotte has to make a choice: raise her little sister on the right side of the law or put food on the table. What the real Ruby doesn’t see in her crystal ball won’t hurt her, right?

My Review:

I absolutely love Mary Frame’s Imperfect series, so when I had a chance to read an ARC of this, I was pretty excited. And I did not get let down!

This book was a hilarious ride, and I loved the characters! Especially Charlotte’s little sister Paige. Charlotte pretends to be this psychic named Ruby in order to make a quick buck from a persistent customer. When something happens and it leads back to Ruby, she ends up being hired by the police to help try to solve a crime.

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The Romance starts in this book, and I love it! This is the first of a trilogy. I read an ARC of A Life Less Extraordinary as well, and it’s excellent!

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If There’s No Tomorrow: Trailer Reveal + Giveaway

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SYNOPSIS:

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend Sebastian know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be epic—one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian might never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when her and her friends’ entire existences have been redefined? How can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

ADDITIONAL INFO:

RELEASE DATE: September 5th, 2017

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Page Count: 384 pages

Available Formats: Hardcover (U.S./Canada), Ebook, Audiobook

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“Thought provoking and powerful.”

–# 1 New York Times bestselling authors Erin Watt

“Beautiful, real, and devastating, If There’s No Tomorrow grabbed me by the heart from the first lines and didn’t let go until the very end. Teeming with toe-curling romance, fully-realized friendships, and nuanced portrayals of grief and healing, this book will forever have a spot on my all-time favorites shelf. Absolutely brilliant and unforgettable.”

–# 1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas

“Moving and necessary, essential and powerful, IF THERE’S NO TOMORROW belongs in everyone’s hands. You won’t be able to put it down.”

–Brigid Kemmerer, author of LETTERS TO THE LOST and ELEMENTAL SERIES

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BIO:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

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Review: Tarnished Crown

Title: Tarnished Crown

Author: Erin Watt

Date of Publication: 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The Gideon & Savannah Story. Takes place after Twisted Palace.
Weekly release until August via Erin Watt’s newsletter and, one week later, on their website and Wattpad.

My Review:

So, I love the Royals series. I automatically was not that interested in Gideon’s story to begin with. I think it kind of gave me a creepy feeling when I knew Sabrina was 15 when they got together, and he was 18. I have a daughter, so if she brings home an 18 year old boyfriend when she’s 15, I’ll tell him to get his butt outta here! I pushed my feelings aside and was hoping for it to be as good as Paper Princess with twists and turns.

This one was just kind of okay, and I did like Gideon and Savannah. But there wasn’t a lot that really happened, and even the moments between Gid and Sav, I was just like where is the magical spark????

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I can’t be too upset about the book because it was free through Erin Watt’s newsletter, but you can also read it here on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/story/105101503-tarnished-crown

Overall, it is still worth a read before Easton’s book which my review was posted earlier for that book! And yes that one was awesome!

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Review: My New Crush Gave To Me

Title: My New Crush Gave To Me

Author: Shani Petroff

Date of Publication: October 31st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, in the National Honor Society, invited to every party, and contributes to the school paper (where Charlie is co-editor). Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: Rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with five perfect gifts. Enter J.D. Ortiz—Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, unorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet the more time Charlie spends with J.D. the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

My Review:

My New Crush Gave To Me was adorably cute! I read Petroff’s last book, Romeo & What’s Her Name, which I might add is one of my favorite reads so far this year! This book was just as good!

What I feel like Petroff does really well is have teens act their age. I notice people will say when they read YA books where teens actually act their age that they find them immature, etc. Does everyone forget that most high school kids are immature?? Heck, I was immature even through college and still am at times! Not everyone in YA books needs to act like the are forty years old!

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I lovedddddddd J.D.! He was the perfect match for Charlie. I also loved Charlie’s best friend. They were what friendship definitely should be. There were some hilarious moments in the book, and I am seriously a hard person to make smile while reading. I constantly found myself smiling at this story.

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This book is a great read around Christmas time or anytime really. I already have Petroff’s next book on my TBR, and I’m already anxiously rubbing my hands together waiting for it!! Come on 2018!!!

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Review: If There’s No Tomorrow

Title: If There’s No Tomorrow

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: September 5th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Lena Wise is always looking forward to tomorrow, especially at the start of her senior year. She’s ready to pack in as much friend time as possible, to finish college applications and to maybe let her childhood best friend, Sebastian, know how she really feels about him. For Lena, the upcoming year is going to be one of opportunities and chances.

Until one choice, one moment, destroys everything.

Now Lena isn’t looking forward to tomorrow. Not when friend time may never be the same. Not when college applications feel all but impossible. Not when Sebastian could never forgive her for what happened.

For what she let happen.

With the guilt growing each day, Lena knows that her only hope is to move on. But how can she move on when tomorrow isn’t even guaranteed?

My Review:

As far as Jennifer Armentrout’s books go, they can always pull me in right away. I am way more of a fan of her YA stuff, and I absolutely loved her YA contemporary The Problem With Forever, so I was pretty excited knowing she was releasing another YA contemporary.

This one felt a lot different than her other books, but like The Problem With Forever, it had me really thinking about things. The beginning starts out like a lot of her books, but the emotional aspect was in full swing in this one as the book moved along.

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It’s also not as angsty as her other books, but there is still a sweet romance that I truly loved. As per usual when characters go through hard emotional times, sometimes I get so angry and wanted to shake Lena and tell her to just come on already! But we all handle our emotions differently, and I loved her.

Some of the side characters I wish would have been developed more, but I felt Sebastian was well done. This story, however, was mainly about Lena and how to overcome something that you think is all your fault.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I really loved this book and give it five stars!

 

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Review: The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash

Title: The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash

Author: Candace Ganger

Date of Publication: July 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Birdie never meant to be at the party. Bash should have been long gone. But when they meet, a collision course is set off they may never recover from.

Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together: to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad, and to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything. But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy soon links Birdie and Bash together—but neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall—hard—the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo. Told in alternating perspectives, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash by Candace Ganger is a beautiful, complex, and ultimately hopeful teen novel that will move you to the very last page.

My Review:

I was extremely confused by this book. I assumed by the cover that it was going to be a cutesy type of book. I was also expecting a tragedy by the blurb. I love quirky humor which this book had it, and I like when there is tragedy which this book had it. But the way it was entwined together was very odd.

I don’t want to give anything away by saying what the tragedy was, but the way the characters acted at times was like it was no big deal. Also Birdie’s thirteen year old sister was running around with some twenty year old guy while the tragedy is going on, and the parents weren’t on top of that?

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After the party at the beginning it takes almost half the book for Birdie and Bash to meet up again. But the relationship was strange considering the tragedy. Bash also does some really dumb throughout the book. Aside from the tragedy that happened earlier in the book, Birdie should have been trying to help her sister while her parents were occupied. Yes, I’m back on the subject of a thirteen year old hanging out with a twenty year old man!  Because come the heck on!

Anyway, the humor and writing were really good, but the blend on this particular book just didn’t work for me, but it may work for you.

 

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QWGV Sale + HALB Giveaway

Two things going on right now! One, Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault is on sale for only .99 over the next few days, preparing for the finale in September! If you want to know why Snow White is wearing an eye patch in this picture… Then check it out! If you don’t care? Then still check it out!

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Other than that my summer is being filled with kid activities and playing made up games. Every time my daughter pulls out a game, she makes up new rules! Can’t we just play the game how it’s meant to be played? Lol!

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