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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: Stealing Snow

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Date of Publication: September 20th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.

Review:

So, for some reason this book has a ton of low ratings. I know a lot of people have complained about the Love Square, but even Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow & Bone series has a weird love square, but 5’s get thrown at that left and right (I do really like that series as well, though). Anyway, I felt this book had a ton of awesomeness! First, snow power!!!!!

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I did feel like the best parts of this book was the first 50% and the last 5%. Our character, Snow, begins in a mental institute where she was placed by her mother. I absolutely loved all the scenes there, and her first kiss with Bale (Romancer #1), Wow, catastrophe occurred!

A mysterious boy shows up (Enter Romancer #2), and Snow finds herself in a new world searching for her beloved Bale. Romancer #2 AKA Jagger gets separated from her, and enter Romancer #3 AKA Kai. These were my favorite parts of the story because the training was all kinds of awesome! And I loved the character Gerde!!!!!

Then somehow we meet back up with Romancer #2, and this is where heist/robbery comes into play. These parts were just okay for me, and I really missed the other characters even though Jagger is all kinds of fun. But the crap hits the fan toward the end of the book, and this is where I need book 2 in my life! If you shut out all the boydom, this story is amazing, but you have to also remember Snow is a teen and she has been locked away in a mental institution for a while, maybe she can’t get her mind straight! Excellent writing, and spot on descriptions and world building!

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Review: Zero Repeat Forever

Title: Zero Repeat Forever

Author: Gabrielle Prendergast

Date of Publication: August 29th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

He has no voice, or name, only a rank, Eighth. He doesn’t know the details of the mission, only the directives that hum in his mind.

Dart the humans. Leave them where they fall.

His job is to protect his Offside. Let her do the shooting.

Until a human kills her…

Sixteen year-old Raven is at summer camp when the terrifying armored Nahx invade, annihilating entire cities, taking control of the Earth. Isolated in the wilderness, Raven and her friends have only a fragment of instruction from the human resistance.

Shelter in place.

Which seems like good advice at first. Stay put. Await rescue. Raven doesn’t like feeling helpless but what choice does she have?

Then a Nahx kills her boyfriend.

Thrown together in a violent, unfamiliar world, Eighth and Raven should feel only hate and fear. But when Raven is injured, and Eighth deserts his unit, their survival comes to depend on trusting each other…

My Review:

I really liked this one! The pace is slow and steady, but I thought it flowed really well. It also has two perspectives between a human named Raven and an Alien named Eighth, and the dynamic worked awesomely!

Raven felt like a real teen to me, and she did things that teens to do whether they are right or wrong. Eighth was a little emo for an alien, but it made sense the way that he was and all he had suffered. I thought the bond between them was great. Sometimes it was violent and sometimes it was sweet, but with aliens taking down humanity, it couldn’t be all flowery. I’m sure there will be some complaints about this, but it’s fiction!

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The one thing out of everything that I was like noooooooo was this line… “That’s a lot of chocolate and marshmallows. Diabetes might be another way to die.” Only because sugar does not give you diabetes!

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There was some cool action scenes with the aliens, but the book was more about survival and forming a bond that you didn’t know could happen when there is a war going on between two races. I loved this one, and I can’t wait for book 2!

 

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Review: Bad Girl Gone

Title: Bad Girl Gone

Author: Temple Mathews

Date of Publication: August 8th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

Sixteen year-old Echo Stone awakens in a cold sweat in a dark room, having no idea where she is or how she got there. But she soon finds out she s in Middle House, an orphanage filled with mysteriously troubled kids.

There s just one problem: she s not an orphan. Her parents are very much alive.

She explains this to everyone, but no one will listen. After befriending a sympathetic (and handsome) boy, Echo is able to escape Middle House and rush home, only to discover it sealed off by crime scene tape and covered in the evidence of a terrible and violent crime. As Echo grapples with this world-shattering information, she spots her parents driving by and rushes to flag them down. Standing in the middle of street, waving her arms to get their attention, her parents car drives right through her.

She was right. Her parents are alive but she s not.

She s a ghost, just like all the other denizens of Middle House. Desperate to somehow get her life back and reconnect with her still-alive boyfriend, Echo embarks on a quest to solve her own murder. As the list of suspects grows, the quest evolves into a journey of self-discovery in which she learns she wasn’t quite the girl she thought she was. In a twist of fate, she s presented with one last chance to reclaim her life and must make a decision which will either haunt her or bless her forever.

My Review:

This book started out really good, and I mean really good! But after the first fifty pages, I don’t know what the crap happened. Oh wait, I do! A weird love triangle that was as annoying as one could get.

Echo apparently dies, finds herself in some orphanage for murdered kids. That part was interesting. Enter ghost love interest… I liked it!!! Then enter boyfriend that Echo is still in love with… Okay that’s even fine. But when the indecisiveness starts, that’s when I can’t handle it!!! Kiss one boy, then kiss another… then… “I love them both!” Screw that!

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Not to mention I should have put the book down when I saw Iggy Azalea gave the author blurb on the front cover… Thanks to one of my book friends BookDragonGirl for letting me know apparently she bought film rights for this to be made into a movie…

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Anyway, the concept was pretty awesome, the writing was good, and if you can get over the stupid love triangle, you might find yourself liking this book!

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Review: Roar

Title: Roar

Author: Cara Carmack

Date of Publication: June 13th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

My Review:

First off, I bought this book which means… I had to finish it! I think I’m more pissed I bought the book instead of waiting for it at the library. The story itself was good, but my main issue were the characters. Aurora was one of the most annoying characters I have ever read in my life. Mare from Red Queen is still at the top of that list.

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So, we get this guy Cassius, and he seems pretty awesome with a slight bad side. Insta love kicks in with Rora which is fine, that crap doesn’t bother me. Her reactions were ridic instead of just confronting the guy after overhearing him instead of act like a fool. Then Cassius (the one character that I find great) is gone for most of the book.

Enter Locke, who by the way I did like. Rora is ridic to him right off the bat, and bitchy for no reason except for her newly developed “trust issues”. I’m sorry but if someone was rude to me all the time why the eff would I have “feelings” for them? Come on, Locke!!!!! Then Aurora makes out with him and then gets angry with him again??? Get real! I did like Locke, but maybe he has some self esteem issues to put up with the BS.

Anyway, the story itself could have been truly original if we didn’t have cliche after cliche after 5 billion cliches with these characters. I don’t even mind cliches in the books I read if the characters are good or have a personality. But dang!

Also books just need to drop the eff bomb or something else. We don’t need made up words used in a weird way. “I don’t scorching care!” “Scorch that!” “For skies sake!”

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Cora does know how to write romance scenes, though. I thought the same thing with her other books I have read. I just wanted more. Needed more! I will still read the next book to see what happens.

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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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