Friday, July 29, 2016

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett

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I received this e-galley for Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released January 3rd. 2017. For more reviews on this book, visit Goodreads.com.

A teenage misfit named Hawthorn Creely inserts herself in the investigation of missing person Lizzie Lovett, who disappeared mysteriously while camping with her boyfriend. Hawthorn doesn't mean to interfere, but she has a pretty crazy theory about what happened to Lizzie. In order to prove it, she decides to immerse herself in Lizzie's life. That includes taking her job... and her boyfriend. It's a huge risk — but it's just what Hawthorn needs to find her own place in the world.

This book was very suspenseful. You're constantly on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Hawthorn is a normal high school student who is a loner. She's interested in weird stuff and you can relate to her. I found her to be reckless, sarcastic and funny. Lizzie Lovett goes missing while out on a camping trip with her boyfriend. Lizzie is the popular girl in high school who was a senior when Hawthorn was a freshman. Lizzie dated Hawthorn's brother Rush. Hawthorn wants to solve this mystery and sticks herself right in the middle of the entire investigation. She gets a job at the place Lizzie worked and that's how she meets Lizzie's boyfriend, Lorenzo. That's where everything goes crazy.

This book ripped me open in a way I could never imagine. I found myself relating to Hawthorn and being so obsessed with all the characters in this book. Each of them has such a large role to play in this book and Chelsea definitely was able to pull it all together. She made me feel angry, scared, excited, disappointed and even content. This is unlike any book I've ever read. This is unique and exciting. This book is so gut wrenching but so amazing. I didn't realize how much this book had hit me emotionally until I finished it.

Monday, May 23, 2016

No Love Allowed

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I received this from RT Book Lovers Convention on Teen Day. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was released April 19, 2016. You can find more reviews at Goodreads.com.

It's all fun and parties until someone falls in love in this modern fairy tale from author Kate Evangelista.

Caleb desperately needs a fake girlfriend. Either he attends a series of parties for his father’s law firm with a pretty girl on his arm, or he gets shipped off to Yale to start a future he’s not ready for and isn’t sure he wants. And sadly, the last unattached girl in his social circle has just made the grievous mistake of falling in love with him. Fortunately, Didi, recently fired waitress and aspiring painter, is open to new experiences. As the summer ticks by in a whirl of lavish parties, there’s only one rule: They must not fall in love.

This story is one of those reads where you know any review you do will not do it justice. This is a very quick and easy read. The entire book was a rollercoaster and was nothing like I expected it to be. I think that Didi and Caleb's story will stick with you. The characters are funny and relatable. Didi is so down to earth and she's an artist. Caleb comes from a wealthy family and he has this whole plan but it isn't working out the way he'd hope. As the story progresses everything starts to make sense. The relationship that Caleb and Didi develop is very cute and slow. The whole book made me feel like I needed more with every page. It is a great read!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Defending Taylor

Defending Taylor
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book will be available July 5, 2016. Lookout for this book on Amazon and other book stores.
 
Captain of the soccer team, president of the Debate Club, contender for valedictorian: Taylor’s always pushed herself to be perfect. After all, that’s what is expected of a senator’s daughter. But one impulsive decision—one lie to cover for her boyfriend—and Taylor’s kicked out of private school. Everything she’s worked so hard for is gone, and now she’s starting over at Hundred Oaks High.

Soccer has always been Taylor’s escape from the pressures of school and family, but it’s hard to fit in and play on a team that used to be her rival. The only person who seems to understand all that she’s going through is her older brother’s best friend, Ezra. Taylor’s had a crush on him for as long as she can remember. But it’s hard to trust after having been betrayed. Will Taylor repeat her past mistakes or can she score a fresh start?
 
 
 
This book was a very cute and quick read. This book is a stand alone and it was very interesting. The main character, Taylor, is a very outgoing person but when she makes a mistake she ends up kicked out of private school. This obviously does not look very good to the voters since her dad is a senator and up for re-election. She ends up going to a regular high school and playing for a soccer team who is not very good but it's something right? She's obsessed with coffee so it shouldn't surprise the reader that she bumps into her crush in a coffee shop. This book is full of a lot of different twists and I felt that the whole story made you realize that you do not always follow the path set down for you. The whole book was very cute and I loved the main character. Her love interest was very interesting too. I felt that the author made the whole story come together very well after you discover what happened back then and the mistake that Taylor had made. I'd give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I liked this book a lot!

Life and Death: Twilight reimagined

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I enjoyed this book a lot. It was nice to see that it wasn't the fact that Bella was a girl that made her weak it was the fact that she was human. So this book basically swapped genders and made Edward, Edythe and Bella, Beau. The book was basically the exact same as twilight until the end. I liked the characters because they're the same ones except the opposite gender. This is a very short review because there honestly isn't much to say in regards to this specific book. But, overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it if you liked Twilight. I would rate this book 3 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed the other version much better.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

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I received this ARC at ALA in San Francisco, Ca in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released September 1, 2016. For more reviews on this book, visit Goodreads.com.

On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they'll retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night will lead them to friends and family, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?

Romance, tears, adventure and so much more. This book was a very quick read and it was amazing!! I've never read any books by this author and I'm now totally going to go buy her other books. This story follows a couple that is going to go to colleges on opposite side of the country. It's heartbreaking to follow them through their journey as they decide whether to stay together or break up. It is a story that isn't sugar coated in any way and it gives you feels! This book has brawls, late night swims, alcohol, coffee, emotions, and bowling balls. I didn't want their night to ever end. I loved the characters because they were people. They didn't have crazy back stories and they were just normal teenagers who are going off to college with their hopes and dreams. You go through this story making stops that are significant to Clare and it's because she's retracing her relationship with Aidan. Twelve hours is not enough time and it was heartbreaking because all these stops were so important. The story flows very well and the entire time you never really know what is going to happen with them. This book was an emotional rollercoaster for the couple and the reader. I think that by far my favorite part was the entire thing. There wasn't any part I didn't like except for the fact that I needed and wanted more! I loved the characters and I'm sure you will too! Happy reading.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Bittersweet

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I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. For more reviews on this book, visit Goodreads.com.


On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact - and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev’s world her own


DNF 25% 
The book cover itself looks very appealing. This is one of the mail reasons I decided on requesting it for review. Unfortunately, the characters are dull and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to hate the main character or like her. She was very weird and made me uncomfortable.  The book had way too many descriptive words. I felt that it was overly descriptive. For example, one thing would be described for a good paragraph that didn't need that much information. The author could have said truck and it would have been fine. Or even the model, make, and color. It didn't need to be excessively described. I was very bored and I just couldn't finish reading the book. The author writes well but it could have been used for a different type of book. This one is very dull and she would probably be able to write young adult sci-fi books well because of her great descriptions.

This Is Where It Ends

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I received this ARC at ALA in San Francisco, Ca from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. This book will be released January 5, 2016. For more reviews on this book, visit Goodreads.com.

10:00 a.m.
The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.

10:02 a.m.
The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.

10:03
The auditorium doors won't open.

10:05
Someone starts shooting.

Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival

This book is 54 minutes of being on the brink of tears and waiting for your heart attack to kick in. This book is unlike anything I've ever read before. I do not have enough words to describe the beauty and terror this book brings. I can't describe the way you'll love the characters while you pray that nothing will happen to them. I can't describe the feelings when you end up with pools of tears in your eyes when one of them is killed. But, I can tell you that this book is so much more than a school shooting. It's about being brave, strong, going after your dreams, and being vulnerable all at the same time. 

You'll love the characters and you'll love who they become while reading this book. There are multiple POV's so be prepared! The author makes it very easy to follow along. You'll be upset with the flashbacks and the deaths but you'll keep turning the pages in hopes that someone else made it out alive. You will hope with all your heart that the person who causes all this will stop because deep down you feel terrible for them. But, most of all you'll hope that this never happens to your town. 

This book was amazing. This book gave the reader a fraction of terror that the students felt. The author creates this story in a way where there are no unanswered questions but you're left with just one, "What happens next?". She makes you want to throw yourself into the story to try and help the characters. They all have their own battles going on aside from this shooting and you'll just want to save them all. It's beautiful and tragic all at once. I loved this book and I highly recommend that everyone reads it! There is diversity among races, sexual orientations, and so much more.