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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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LONG WAY HOME Pre-Order Links:

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

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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?

Motion Picture Monday: Book to Movie

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What book or series would you want to be turned into a film?

 

Title: Blood of Eden series, Book 1: The Immortal Rules, Book 2: The Eternity Cure, and Book 3: The Forever Song

Author: Julie Kagawa

I haven’t found a whole lot of movies that have been turned from a book into a movie especially in the YA field that I have really loved.  There are a lot of other books I would like turned into movies, but I feel like the film industry wouldn’t get it right.

I feel like The Immortal Rules would do really well on screen especially if they would take it down a darker path and try not to focus the whole movie on the romance.  Yes there is a romance, and it is absolutely perfect, but there are way more to these books.  These are vampire books that were done right and weren’t cheesy at all.

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Also the main character Allison Sekemoto is Asian, so can we also keep it that way?  Since Hollywood has been casting white actresses in Asian roles.

Goodreads Summary:

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

 

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What book about you guys?  Which book or series would you want to be on the big screen?

Review: The Problem With Forever

Title: The Problem With Forever

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Date of Publication: May 17, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

My Review: 

So I love love loveeeeeeeeeeee Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books.  I have been mainly a fan of her YA paranormal books, but I do really like the new adult contemporary books as well, so when I saw that there was going to be a YA contemporary book I just knew I had to get it.

First and foremost I don’t know what it is like to grow up in the system, but I sure can sympathize with them.  Mallory (Mouse) and Rider are the main characters, and it is told in first point of view through Mallory.  Mallory was a very likable character even though sometimes I just wanted to scream at her that she could do it!  She had a hard time speaking to people based on how she grew up.  Now Rider is the one that gave me the most feels, and I just wanted to jump through the book and give him a hug.

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So Mallory is out of the system with a loving family who has raised her for the past four years, and it has been four years since she has seen Rider who she grew up with in the system and was always there as her protector.  She is starting public school for the first time where she again runs into Rider who also has a girlfriend. He is awe struck to see Mallory again because he thought he would never see her again after she was taken away and they were separated.

The journey that they go through together in this book is both emotional and so beautiful. There are struggles, friendships, devastation, and happiness.  This is my absolute favorite Jennifer book to date.  After reading it I had no clue what to do with myself!

Mouse and Rider were both very realistic characters, and I continued to root for them the entire time.

There are great side characters in this book that I felt just as strong emotional attachments to as I did with Mallory and Rider.  Whether it was Mallory’s best friend Ainsley who was so funny, Hector and Jayden who were part of the family that Rider lived with, and Carl and Rosa who I did want to strangle at times, but I understand why they would be so protective of Mallory after what she has gone through.

I could read this book over and over again which is very rare for me.

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Do you know anyone personally that has grown up in the system or if not what would you do to help them?