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. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Heartbreakers

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I received this ARC at ALA 2015 in San Francisco, California from Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. The release date for this book is August 4,2015. For more reviews/information on this book, please visit Goodreads.com.


Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.
Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

The cover is what first made me want to pick the book up and read it. I was at ALA 2015 in San Francisco and it was just sitting there. I did not pick the book out because of the couple but because of the cute doodles on the front. Books with doodles are always the best! Well readers, let's get to it! The book was magnificent. The book is about a set of triplets-Drew,Cara, and Stella- who have a lot going on in their lives. Cara is sick and is obsessed with the Heartbreakers. The Heartbreakers are basically like One Direction in this book. Stella and Drew HATE their music. Who knows where Cara got her music tastes.

So Stella and Drew decide to road trip to go get Cara signed merchandise by the band for her birthday gift. Stella meets a very cute boy at Starbucks and he even pays for her coffee! Swooning!!! So later, Drew and Stella are in line waiting to get their sister's stuff but the line gets cut off! Drew and Stella are basically fuming and when they go back to their hotel, their A.C is busted. Figures right? But the craziest thing happens, Stella bumps into the band in the elevator at the hotel. Guess who is among these handsome boys? The boy from Starbucks, wham-bam-thank-you-mam! This boy, is Oliver Perry a.k.a the lead singer of the Heartbreakers.

I loved the fact that this book revolved around the whole band and not just the main singer. Oliver Perry and Stella are a great match but they have their issues. What I'm trying to say is you will hate and love Oliver at times! This book is beyond amazing and I highly recommend it! It's so cheesy and adorable with twists here and there. I was beyond happy to learn that there is more than one book to this story. The story does not revolve around Cara having cancer but she definitely plays a large part. This is a great Young Adult book and it is a great romance. I rate this 5 stars out of 5 stars! I loved it. Happy reading!

Velvet

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I received this book at ALA San Francisco, California from Macmillan Children's Publishing group in exchange for an honest review. This book was released May 12, 2015. To read more reviews on this book, visit Goodreads.com.

First rule of dealing with hot vampire bodyguards? Don't fall in love.

After losing both her parents before age seventeen, aspiring designer Caitlin Holte feels like her whole world has been turned upside down, and that was before the terrifying encounter with a supernatural force. Then, she learns that her hot bad-boy neighbor, Adrian—who might have just saved her life—is actually a half-demon vampire.

Suddenly Caitlin is stuck with a vampire bodyguard who feels that the best way to protect her is to become her pretend boyfriend. Trouble is, Caitlin is starting to fall in love for real, while Adrian can never love a human. Caitlin trusts Adrian to keep her safe from his demon father, but will he be able to protect her heart?


The first thing that pulled me in was the book cover. To be honest, the book was way better than the book cover! You should definitely pick up a copy at your local bookstore! It was amazing! I could not stop reading this book. I finished it in one sitting. So, let's just jump in! Caitlin's parents have both passed away. Unfortunately, instead of Caitlin moving with her grandmother, she has to move in with her uncle, aunt, and 14 year old cousin who didn't even bother visting her mother on her death bed. The first chapter in this book is so weird because you aren't really sure what is happening. There is a tornado or storm that randomly appears. Caitlin is saved by a boy who she can't remember. But that boy is the one and only, Adrian de la Mara. Adrian de la Mara who is the hunkiest boy in town who never gives any girl the time of day. But, then here is Caitlin and he is all about her. 

Turns out that Adrian de la Mara is like Edward from Twilight. Jk, he does not sparkle in the sun! However, he is a vampire! A vampire whose father is a demon. It is all very complicated to explain but the author does it all beautifully. Adrian's family has lots of money and that means that he has some kick ass clothes! Adrian's house is basically where they shot Lord of the Rings people! It is gigantic. Anyways, Caitlin attracts the attention of Adrian's father-a demon- with all her negative emotions. Her mother died days before and she's all emotions! Totally normal! Anyways, Adrian saves her and is forced by the vampire council to be her bodyguard. Adrian and Caitlin must pretend to be dating in order to stay safe. The downside? Caitlin falls for Adrian for real. Which why wouldn't you? While you read this book you get so happy and so upset! The consequences for Caitlin falling for Adrian could be horrible for him if the relationship becomes a thing. Forbidden love type of situation but I need them to be together!! Which if they don't I will just die! Their relationship is amazing and he is so mysterious that it is so cute. Vampires aren't allowed to get close to humans. But, here is Adrian guarding Caitlin and being able to have some type of friendship. This book had a lot of twists and it left you on a cliff hanger. Where is the next one because I'm ready to bribe someone! Happy reading!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Signs Point to Yes

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I received this ARC at ALA 2015 in San Francisco, California from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. The release date for this book is October 20,2015. For more reviews/information on this book, please visit Goodreads.com.

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She’s babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.

Teo doesn’t dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo’s pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he’ll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane’s house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she’s terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane’s Magic 8 ball can’t give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.
 

The cover of this book is really pretty and I would expect nothing less. While reading the book, the drawings on the cover start making more and more sense. So the cover and the book are a good combination. 

Signs Point to Yes is an adorable young adult romance that will leave you wanting more. The story centers around Jane and Teo. Jane's mom is rushing her to look into colleges. While Teo is looking into finding his biological father. Jane decides to apply for a babysitting job in hopes of getting out of an internship her mom was able to get her into. Well, she applies and it turns out the job is at her neighbors. Which also happens to be Teo's house. The best part of it all? Jane has a major crush on Teo. 

Teo is a smart soccer player that happen to be a bit dorky. He is relatable to the reader with his three younger siblings and his step-father/father issues. Jane is an intelligent not so popular girl with a great personality who asks her Magic 8 Ball for advice. After reading this book I felt like I should carry around a Magic 8 Ball and ask it questions just like Jane. Plus it makes her very unique! The couple is adorable and their relationship develops slowly. Will there be parties, mini golf, pool trips, plane rides, road trips, and being grounded? Signs point to yes. 

I'm completely in love with Sandy Hall and her writing. She has written two fantastic young adult romances and I can not wait to see what else she'll come out with. If you like this book, I highly recommend you also read A Little Something Different. Happy reading! 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

ALA 2015

Hello! Sorry I haven't been able to post this last week. I had a crazy adventure to San Francisco and went to ALA 2015. It was so much fun and I've returned with tons of advance reader copies that I need to start reading soon. Anyways, just wanted to let you all know it went great and I've safely returned! I should be posting a review on a book I read on the way home from SF. It should be up by tomorrow! Stay tuned and happy reading!