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Review: One Small Thing

Title: One Small Thing

Author: Erin Watt

Date of Publication: June 26th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.

My Review:

Erin Watt has such entertaining books. This one was the deepest and possibly my favorite. A guy accidentally killed a girl’s sister and three years later she falls in love with him. How could that ever work out was my first thought?

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I loved Beth, really loved her. The way she grieved felt real because it was basically the way I have grieved over deaths. Just because one isn’t a huge crier doesn’t mean they are affected any less inside their heads.

Chase, Chase, Chase. I wanted to shake him … a lot! What happened was horrible but it wasn’t on purpose. And he needed hugs … a bunch of them. But from Beth’s parents perspective I get it, that was their other baby. But from an outside perspective it’s much easier to see both sides of the coin.

This book was not full of lust like a lot of their other books. It was one that made me think, gave me emotions, and as hard as it is sometimes to do—forgiveness is the best option. If these two authors could write something like this together, I can’t wait to see what they have next!

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Review: Ace of Shades

Title: Ace of Shades

Author: Amanda Foody

Date of Publication: April 10th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

My Review:

Going into this book I wasn’t sure if I would like this one because I wasn’t completely sold on the summary. However, this one was a pretty awesome ride. Plus, the setting is in the City of Sin, so there has to be some awesome stuff that goes down, right?

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So if you liked Six of Crows you will probably like this—it’s like baby Six of Crows. I didn’t fall in love with the characters as much as I do with Bardugo’s books, but they were interesting with qualities that held my attention. I have a feeling in the next book, I will be shouting in Enne’s and Levi’s ears about certain things like I was doing here.

The author has created a very intriguing world full of magic, fun, and intrigue. The writing was great, and I’m ready for book two!

 

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Review: When It’s Real

Title: When It’s Real

Author: Erin Watt

Date of Publication: May 30th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

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

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

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

My Review:

I was a little scared going into this at first because a lot of light and fluffy contemporary books I am not a fan of. Then I saw that the main guy was a famous musician, so I was like noooooooo that means lots of name dropping which I HATE. BUT there was just a tad bit of name dropping, so that made the world all okay.

Also, I love Erin Watt’s Paper Princess series, but I was glad in the fact that this was something totally different from that. I loved both of the characters. Oakley was cocky, but he was still also human, and I really felt for him and his lifestyle. At times celebrity life would seem great, but then you really look at it, and it’s a rough time with the paparazzi constantly up in your business.

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Vaughn was down to earth, and she was really sweet. There were a couple of dumb choices she made in the book, but I could get past those since she is seventeen. There was plenty of swoon as one would expect from the author. My only pet peeve was that the last fifteen percent did get pretty corny, but overall this was a super cute, light and fluffy book with great romance!

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Review: Daughter of the Burning City

Title: Daughter of the Burning City

Author: Amanda Foody

Date of Publication: July 25th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival’s Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that—illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn’t actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina’s illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

My Review:

Love, Love, Love the cover to this book! I thought it had some pretty awesome darkishly good aspects. It was interlaced with a whole lot of creativity. Plus, freakshows? Those are always interesting!

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The characters were well developed, and the romance was sweet. Sometimes the pacing just felt too slow to me, and there was some predictability. I did love the ability that the main character had and how she could create these illusions that were like real people, except they were oddities themselves. Overall this one is definitely worth a read.

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Review: The Black Witch

Title: The Black Witch

Author: Laurie Forest

Date of Publication: May 2nd, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining.

So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

My Review:

I actually liked the writing a lot in this one. Elloren grew up living with her uncle and two brothers away from everyone. Elloren’s grandmother was the Black Witch, and she was beloved by the Gardnerians and hated and feared by everyone else.

When Elloren receives a chance to go to the University, everyone tells her how much she resembles her grandmother. There is a lot of political and racist aspects in this story between these characters.

I was not a big fan of Elloren. For the most part I feel like she was weak and hypocritical. She could be attracted to a non Gardnerian, but when someone else was attracted to a non Gardnerian she thought it was the end of the world. Elloren never stood up for anyone until towards the end.

The rest of the characters were pretty blah. Yvan was ridiculous, and throughout the entire book it was pretty much him glaring or frowning at Elloren. Diana was my favorite character, but she was racist to almost anyone that wasn’t Lupine. I liked Lukas a lot at first, but then he got weird and disappeared for most of the book.

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This book was not short book either. It was way toooooo long, and I feel like nothing got resolved! It was just mainly people hating on another magic race. I still will want to read the second book, but seriously, there was just not much going on in this first book. As I stated earlier the writer’s writing was actually the best part of the book.

 

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Cover Reveal: Long Way Home by: Katie McGarry

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Being released on January 31st, 2017, the highly anticipated third book in Katie McGarry’s Thunder Road Series has a cover that we can’t wait to share with you! LONG WAY HOME is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance being published by Harlequin Teen! Pre-order your copy of the next book in this emotionally charged series, and don’t miss Violet and Chevy’s story!

 

 

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Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.

“An intoxicating and unforgettable story that kept me glued to the page.”

Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on Walk the Edge

 

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And Don’t Miss the First Two Titles in the Thunder Road Series!

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NOWHERE BUT HERE

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WALK THE EDGE

 

 

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Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON, BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books so Far

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

I had a lot of let downs this year so far, but these ten have been everything!

 

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What are your favorite books this year so far?