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Review: In Another Time

Title: In Another Time

Author: Caroline Leech

Date of Publication: August 28th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Love is worth the fight

It’s 1942, and Maisie McCall is in the Scottish Highlands doing her bit for the war effort as a Women’s Timber Corps lumberjill. Maisie relishes her newfound independence and her growing friendships—especially with the enigmatic John Lindsay.

As Maisie and John work side-by-side felling trees, Maisie can’t help but feel like their friendship has the spark of something more to it. And yet every time she gets close to him, John pulls away. It’s not until Maisie rescues John from a terrible logging accident that he begins to open up to her about the truth of his past, and the pain he’s been hiding.

Suddenly everything is more complicated than Maisie expected. And as she helps John untangle his shattered history, she must decide if she’s willing to risk her heart to help heal his. But in a world devastated by war, love might be the only thing left that can begin to heal what’s broken.

My Review:

I absolutely loved Leech’s other Wait For Me, so this one looked just as good. Plus there were lumberjills and lumberjacks!

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What I love most about Leech’s contemporaries is the setting. The 1940’s is a great escape from the modern day world of today where teens spend the majority of their time  staring at a phone screen. These teens from before are ones to look up to and respect with all the hardwork and hardships they had to deal with, and they didn’t take anything for granted. I have an eight-year-old, and I’m pretty fearful of the world of today where teens feel everything is owed to them.

I felt Maisie was a strong character, and I liked the romance between her and John, but she didn’t put up with his crap when he wasn’t letting her in. Yet she was there for him when he needed it. John felt real. His struggles were real. The more you learn about him, the more you understand why he is the way he is. And even though it was during the 1940’s, what he faces is still happening today.

This book is not a fluffy contemporary, it’s strong and well written. I’m hoping that Leech writes more from this era because it’s fabulous.

 

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Cover Reveal: Kiss Collector by: Wendy Higgins

KISS COLLECTOR

from HarperTeen and Wendy Higgins

YA Contemporary Romance

Coming December 18, 2018

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Blurb:
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.
Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.

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Review: Onyx and Ivory

Title: Onyx and Ivory

Author: Mindee Arnett

Date of Publication: May 15th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king years ago. Now Kate lives as an outcast, clinging to the fringes of society as a member of the Relay, the imperial courier service. Only those most skilled in riding and bow hunting ride for the Relay; and only the fastest survive, for when dark falls, the nightdrakes—deadly flightless dragons—come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: she is a wilder, born with magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals. But it’s this magic that she needs to keep hidden, as being a wilder is forbidden, punishable by death or exile. And it’s this magic that leads her to a caravan massacred by nightdrakes in broad daylight—the only survivor her childhood friend, her first love, the boy she swore to forget, the boy who broke her heart.

The high king’s second son, Corwin Tormane, never asked to lead. Even as he waits for the uror—the once-in-a-generation ritual to decide which of the king’s children will succeed him—he knows it’s always been his brother who will assume the throne. And that’s fine by him. He’d rather spend his days away from the palace, away from the sight of his father, broken with sickness from the attempt on his life. But the peacekeeping tour Corwin is on has given him too much time to reflect upon the night he saved his father’s life—the night he condemned the would-be killer to death and lost the girl he loved. Which is why he takes it on himself to investigate rumors of unrest in one of the remote city-states, only for his caravan to be attacked—and for him to be saved by Kate.

With their paths once more entangled, Kate and Corwin have to put the past behind them. The threat of drakes who attack in the daylight is only the beginning of a darker menace stirring in the kingdom—one whose origins have dire implications for Kate’s father’s attack upon the king and will thrust them into the middle of a brewing civil war in the kingdom of Rime.

My Review:

Another just okay fantasy read for me. It wasn’t terrible but not amazing. I think if this had been my first fantasy read ever, I would have been more enthused about it. I feel there are so many YA fantasy books out there at the moment that authors really need to step up their game.

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Also this book could have been shortened. There were a lot of pointless descriptions that were unnecessary. Sometimes this makes me too tired just reading all this stuff!

What I liked was the romantic elements. I am always a big fan of second chance romance stuff. The magic system was interesting and held my attention. I really wish this would have been amazing because that cover is magnificent!

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Review: Rebel

Title: Rebel

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 13th, 2014

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Goodreads Summary:

Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.

My Review:

This was an excellent ending to this fun series. There is a certain character named Riley who Wren meets up with, who was the one who originally trained her. He was awesome! Also, what I love is no love triangle!

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Wren and Callum were both so awesome! What I appreciate from Tintera is how she writes her characters. I tend to get annoyed with main characters easily, and I never felt that way with either of these two. Plus, Tintera knows how to write in humor well, even in books that have dark aspects. It rocks!

Besides the romance being swoony, the book was action packed! There was some interesting things we find out when Wren and Callum hit up the Reboot camp. I don’t want to give anything away! All I want to say is this series was great! I also can’t wait to read the conclusion to her other series (Ruined) later this year!

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Review: Reboot

Title: Reboot

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 7th, 2013

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Goodreads Summary:

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

My Review:

This book was pretty awesome, so some of these people once they die, they reboot and come back to life. It’s sort of like zombies, but they aren’t really zombies.

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Now, if you are under a #60 (60 minutes or less of being dead), HARC gives these reboots a shot to up their aggression, so they aren’t as human. The problem is that they are becoming too much zombie-like, because HARC is trying to get the dose right.

Wren was an awesome character, she was ruthless at first, reminding me of Nemesis in the Diabolic. Callum was sweet and wanted to hold on to his humanity as long as possible. The romance in this was excellent!

“With the way the guy was shaking, I could take his gun, break his neck, and dance on the body in two seconds flat.”

The action was great, and there were tons of bloody scenes that kept me saying “heck yeah!” I can’t wait to read the next book!

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Review: Wait For Me

Title: Wait For Me

Author: Caroline Leech

Date of Publication: January 31st, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, Wait for Me, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.

My Review:

Lorna has been helping her father on the farm and still attending school while her brothers have been away for the military. A German prisoner has been sent to the farm to help out the family, and Lorna is angry because he is an enemy. Paul has scars of his own because of the war and as Lorna spends more time with Paul she discovers more about the world and herself while her heart begins to orbit towards Paul.

I rarely read contemporary books unless I truly feel like they are going to be good, and I was pulled towards this one not only by the cover but the summary. I liked the fact that this is set in a different era. Anything dealing with World War II has always fascinated me and seeing how brave everyone during this time was is truly astonishing. I feel like most people today would have no idea what to do with themselves!

I loved all these characters because none of them were perfect, and instead they were just incredibly human and were full of emotions that were caused by everything they had been through. Lorna was a strong character, and she always stood up for herself and never did anything she didn’t want to do. She never shied away or was embarrassed by the scars on Paul’s face only that he was a German, but she gets past that and their romance was so achingly sweet.

I was annoyed with her friend Iris a LOT of the time. She just never quite would let herself decide for herself and kept listening to William all the time who by the way was a big jerk. The other characters I loved like Lorna’s father, Nellie, and Mrs. Mack.

This wasn’t just about the romance. It was about family, humanity, friendships, war, and emotional times. I think it is the perfect book for the YA crowd of this generation and anyone else that loves a great read!

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Review: Ruined

Title: Ruined

Author: Amy Tintera

Date of Publication: May 3rd, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

My Review:

After everything has been taken from Em she is set on revenge. Her plan involves killing a princess who is to be married to Prince Casimir of Lera and disguise herself as the princess. This princess was also the one who murdered Em’s father. Em is set on destroying the entire royal family and getting her sister back who they have taken, but Cas is not anything like her father. Will revenge get in the way?

Absolutely. Loved. This. Book. I was hesitant because there were a lot of mixed reviews, but I am glad I went with the good reviews because it was awesome. First off I really liked Em, and I could justify why she wanted revenge after everything that happened to the Ruined. Her sister has been kidnapped, her parents murdered, and the king of Lamir is set on destroying the Ruined. What I also loved was that Em is Ruined, but she doesn’t have any magic like the others. She only has her fighting skills which are really good fighting skills.

This fantasy world was both fun and dark which is a weird combination, but it works perfectly, and I loved Amy Tintera’s writing and the dialogue. There were a lot of witty lines.

Ruined is told in dual point of views between Em and Cas, and while I loved Em I have to say Cas was my favorite. He wasn’t cocky like a lot of the guys are portrayed in a lot of the YA books, but he was caring, funny, and a total bad A with a sword!

“He held her tighter. He would save her again, and again, no matter how angry he was with her.”

I loved the romance and how it blooms over the course of the book. Em goes from hate to slowly opening her heart, and Cas goes from falling for “Mary”, to hating Em, to loving Em. It may sound annoying, but it was perfect.

There is a lot of action, and a lot of killing. The author doesn’t hold back and there is some emotional stuff as well. Overall this book was spectacular, and I love and hate myself for reading it because I really want the second book in my hands!

 

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