Monday, July 31, 2017

Infinity by Jus Accardo | Review

28220742Title: Infinity
Author: Jus Accardo
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Source: Netgalley

Nobody said being the daughter of an army general was easy. But when her dad sends a teenage subordinate to babysit her while he's away... That's taking it a step too far.
Cade, as beautiful as he is deadly, watches Kori with more than just interest. He looks at her like he knows her very soul. And when he saves her from a seemingly random attack, well, that's when things get weird.
Turns out, Kori's dad isn't just an army general-he's the head of a secret government project that has invented a way to travel between parallel dimensions. Dimensions where there are infinite Koris, infinite Cades... and apparently, on every other Earth, they're madly in love.
Falling for a soldier is the last thing on Kori's mind. Especially when she finds herself in a deadly crossfire, and someone from another Earth is hell-bent on revenge...

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. I'm a sucker for parallel dimension books, and I ate this one right up. Tie in a romance that always ends poorly in different worlds, and you've got me hooked.

Accardo completely got my attention in this book. Kori is definitely one of my favorite protagonists of all time. She's freaking hilarious and literally always says what's on her mind, no matter the outcome. I gotta hand it to her--she's ballsy. I loved it. Plus, the romance was awesome. I loved both Cade and Noah, though I may have liked Cade a little more. 

If you're a lover of parallel dimensions like me, then definitely give this one a try. You honestly won't regret it.

I know that for sure I can't wait to read book two. Luckily I read this one and have an ARC of book two waiting for me!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Kissing Max Holden: The Perfect Summer Read

31145039Title: Kissing Max Holden
Author: Katy Upperman
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The relationship between Max and Jillian. They've known each other for a very long time--I mean, that's what happens when you grow up as someone's next door neighbor. Jillian has always been there for Max and vice-versa, which has allowed them to grow close over the years. They had something that many people strive to have in this world, and I loved watching their relationship grow and change throughout the novel. 
  • The development in the relationship between Jillian and her step-mother. It definitely changed throughout the novel. 
  • How fast paced this novel was--I HATE it when novels are super slow, and luckily, this one flew right by time-wise. I wish all books were this fast-paced!!
  • This novel read like the perfect summer read. It's definitely one you'll want to read by the poolside.
what i disliked
  • I felt like at times I didn't really know that much about Max. I mean sure, he was extremely intriguing and I loved his character, I just felt like I only knew the Max that he was now with random other tidbits thrown in that I got throughout the book. 
  • The slowness towards the end of the novel got me. The book was so fast paced for the longest time, though it did slow down a bit at the end which threw me off.
Kissing Max Holden is a fast-paced romance novel perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

First We Were IV

32259911Title: First We Were IV
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Source: Netgalley

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society-for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart-I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren't supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • There were a shit ton of twists and turns in this book, and I honestly didn't see any of them coming. A lot of times, I end up hating a book because I see the plot twists coming, but this book was different. 
  • The premise was extremely intriguing. It's not often that a premise is as awesome as this one.
  • The entire band of characters was great. Sometimes, books with a lot of characters can get pretty confusing, but each one was very distinct which allowed me to easily know who each character was. 
  • Sirowy's writing style is breathtaking. This was my first read by her, and I know for sure I want to check out more by her in the future.

what i disliked
  • The book felt very slow moving at times, especially in the beginning. It took me quite a while to actually get into the book, but I kept pushing through.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blind Item

31145129Title: Blind Item
Authors: Kevin Dickson, Jack Ketsoyan
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review

No one knows her name, but now everyone wants to.
As an assistant publicist in Hollywood, Nicola spends her days (and nights) sweeping up the scandals of singers, movie stars, and TV actors. Fresh from Ohio, she's rapidly discovering the real Hollywood is rotten under its glittering skin. Everyone is a hustler with a hard bottom line and a soap opera sob story.
When she breaks her own rules and starts dating a movie star, the Los Angeles scene starts to spill into her own life. As the paparazzi begin the hunt for sexy star Seamus O'Riordan's new mystery girl, Nicola's best friend Billy has her back while he prowls parties for the latest scoop to sell to the tabloids. Her roommate Kara keeps tabs on things too-in between befriending a former child star and transforming herself from stylist to reality TV sensation.
As the scandals pile up behind them, their pasts will be exposed... And every secret can be sold.
Written by two Hollywood insiders, the jaw-dropping scandals are real, but the names are not. And they'll never tell.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The premise! I mean, who doesn't want to read a book that's all about juicy Hollywood? This book really gives you an inside look on what it's like, and honestly, there seems to be a lot more to it than meets the eye.
  • THE SETTING. It takes place in LA, obviously, so what's not to love? 
  • This book read very quickly which makes it an awesome poolside read. It was light, fluffy, and of course touched upon some other topics. 
  • Blind Item read more like a New Adult book, so I'd be wary of that going in if you're a younger reader!
  • There were some undertones of The Devil Wears Prada which is one of my favorite movies.

what i disliked
  • I wish it were longer!

If you're interested in following publicists in Hollywood, then definitely give this one a read. I wouldn't go into expecting a whole lot, you definitely have to be in the mood for a read like this!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Paper Hearts

33584564Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Ali Novak
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Source: Netgalley

"I'm sorry," he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. "It's just-I didn't want you to think of me differently."
Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn't accept that he was the person looking down at me.
"My real name is Alec."
Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she'd had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college. Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he'd flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he'd turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.
Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity's missing sister. And she's about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be...

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.**

Another Ali Novak book was a huge success for me! I loved this book. There's just something about books with bandmates that I seriously adore. 

This time, we get to follow Alec from the Heartbreakers. He meets Felicity at a ball where everyone's wearing masks, and he tries to fool her by saying that his name is Aaron. By the end of the night. she finds out who she really is, and she is completely stunned but seems okay with it anyway. 

This book was filled with swoon-worthy moments and super cute romance. I don't want to say too much about it because I want you to go and experience it all for yourself. I would say that you don't have to read the first book in this series before reading this one, because they do follow different characters, but if you have the time, definitely check them both out!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow | Review

Title: The Evaporation of Sofi Snow
Author: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi battles behind the scenes of Earth's Fantasy Fighting arena where Shilo is forced to compete in a mix of real and virtual blood sport. But when a bomb takes out a quarter of the arena, Sofi's the only one who believes Shilo survived. She has dreams of him. And she's convinced he's been taken to the ice-planet.
Except no one but ambassadors are allowed there.
For Miguel, Earth's charming young playboy, the games are of a different sort. As Ambassador to the Delonese, his career has been built on trading secrets and seduction. Until the Fantasy Fight's bomb goes off. Now the tables have turned and he's a target for blackmail. The game is simple: Help the blackmailers, or lose more than anyone can fathom, or Earth can afford.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** 

what i liked
  •  This book has VIDEO GAMES. I'm a huge gamer; I love playing video games whenever I can. That's why I was so pumped about this novel in the first place.
  • Mary Weber is an excellent author. I absolutely adored her other trilogy, and this book was absolutely no exception. There's just something about her books that I really enjoy.
  • There's also aliens. Did I mention that?? ALIENS.
  • Sofi is extremely smart. I love it when there's really intelligent characters. 
  • The pacing of this novel is fantastic. I didn't find it slow at any part.

what i didn't like

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Last Magician | Review

The Last MagicianTitle: The Last Magician
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.
In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic-the Mageus-live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power-and often their lives.
Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she's there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order-and the Brink-before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.
But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • I feel like I start off every review lately by saying I liked the worldbuilding, but it's true again with this one!! Plus, there's time travel, and I feel like young adult novels have been lacking in the time travel department lately. Mix in fantasy and that's even better. 
  • The entire plot of this novel was so intense. Esta has to go back in time to find an ancient book artifact before the Magician gets to it, but she gets stuck in the past and ends up finding a crew which helps her in the hunt. Literally, it's a whirlwind.
  • Esta was such a lovable main character. I really liked her and she never got on my nerves, which was great.

what i didn't like
  • The size was the only thing I didn't like, but that's a personal thing. I just hate reading super long ebooks! However, it allowed me to spend more time in this awesome world with all the characters, so honestly, it's a good thing.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

What Goes Up

31450696Title: What Goes Up
Author: Katie Kennedy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review

Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world. 
Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA's mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don't expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens' world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.
There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they'll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that's out of this world.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I decided to try out a bullet review!
  • After reading and loving Kennedy's last novel, I knew for sure that this one was a book that I had to get my hands on. 
  • There is a whole lot of humor in Kennedy's writing style, especially in this book with the scientists.
  • This book starts out with a competition, and Rosa and Eddie are of course chosen. Then it turns into an awesome adventure right from there. 
  • Did I mention I loved Rosa and Eddie? Because I seriously did.
  • Of course the book also involves NASA, which I'm always really interested in. So that was a huge perk. 
  • While saying all of that, I'm definitely going to read more books by Kennedy in the future. Her writing just sucks me in and makes me laugh the whole time, even if it involves a mission to save the world!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Tash Hearts Tolstoy | Review

29414576Title: Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Netgalley

After a shout-out from one of the internet's superstar vloggers, Natasha "Tash" Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She's gone viral.
Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina-written by Tash's literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich "Leo" Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.
And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash's cyber-fliration with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL-if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she's romantic asexual.
Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • It's always been a dream of mine to get involved with YouTube. I've always been interested in creative ventures, and YouTube is one platform that I've barely dipped my toes into. Sure, I always watch the videos, but I've only made and uploaded a few. I know it's something I'd be really into, but I always put it off. That's why I think it's awesome that Tash and her friends have a YouTube channel. I absolutely ate that part of the book up. 
  • I also loved the friendships in this book. The friends were just always there for each other and got along well.
  • Tash is asexual. There are not a lot of books in young adult with asexual characters. Actually, now that I think about it, this is the only one I've read!
what i didn't like
  • Tash actually got on my nerves a bit. I was okay with her at first, but even from the very beginning, I could tell that she really liked to take charge of situations. There's not anything wrong with that, but by the end, I didn't like her as much.
  • Parts of the book seemed slow to me. I always tend to like it when books are paced a little quicker.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

I'm Not in the Band | Review

35157301Title: I'm Not in the Band
Author: Amber Garza
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: June 12, 2017
Source: Netgalley

I like Kassidy Milton. There, I said it. She's funny, beautiful-even though she doesn't know it-and my favorite kind of weird. But I can't tell if she's into me or just trying to get close to me for a chance with my famous twin brother instead. I mean, it has to be me. I'm the better-looking one.
But Kassidy has some demons, and she's not good at letting people in. That happens when you've been hurt by someone close to you. I can relate. Trust is a funny thing; it's hard to gain but easy to lose. I might just learn that the hard way.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book includes a snarky heroine, a swoon-worthy hero, crazy best friends, your favorite music, and lots of feels.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!** 

what i liked
  • Parts of the story include text messages and updates on social media, which is an aspect from books that I always love. It's very different and changes the pace of the storytelling a little bit, which is great.
  • Archer isn't the one in the band, which I found to be very different. A lot of times, books with bands include a main character from the band, but this was unique. Instead, it featured a twin brother of one of the bandmates. 
  • This book was a really easy read. That's why I am a sucker for Entangled Crush books.

what i disliked
  • It may just be that I've been reading a lot of contemporary novels lately, but at times I found the romance to be a little childish and immature. That may just be a personal issue though!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Perfectly Imperfect Read

35404649Title: The Perfectly Imperfect Match
Author: Kendra C. Highley
Publisher: Entangled Teen (Crush)
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Series: Suttonville Sentinels #3
Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up from the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he's twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict "no girls" policy, so be it.
Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp... at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she's a hot mess. Too bad he's cute, because he's so not her type.
Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan's future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken...
Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

I had read Finding Perfect by Highley a while ago and I really loved it, so I knew that I had to read The Perfectly Imperfect Match. Little did I know, it's actually the third book in a series. However, I believe that each book follows different characters, so I completely understood what was going on in this book without reading the others--that's a huge plus!

I absolutely ate this book up. There's something about swoon-worthy baseball guys. They'll always have a special place in my heart. I really loved Dylan and Lucy's relationship. Lucy was super nerdy and into needlepoint and she just wanted to help fix up Dylan because she could tell he'd been through something.

In the end, I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for more by Highley in the future. If I can, I'm definitely going to check out the other books in this series because I loved this one. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Artificial Sweethearts | Review

34389398Title: Artificial Sweethearts
Author: Julie Hammerle
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Series: North Pole, Minnesota #2

It's not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying student golf coach, and intentionally single Sam's family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother's wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.
So it's not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they're both taken. Definitely not. And it's not butterflies that make a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long-so long that Sam wishes it were real.
But Tinka keeps people at arm's length-she's always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she's done with fake, pretend, and second-best.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you'll read twice.

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • I'm a sucker for stories with fake boyfriends because it always ends up turning into a romance. I mean, what's not to love?
  • Sam was a total nerd. He was hilarious and I really liked him. I also loved how much he was into movies.
  • I didn't even know that this book was part of a series, which means that you can definitely read this one without reading the first because I did! Each book in the series seems to follow different characters, so it's all good! Just the setting stays the same (I think).
  • Artificial Sweethearts was an incredibly easy read. I mean sure, you get to see what dark things the characters have been through, but for the most part, it's a fluffy contemporary.
  • I really felt for Tinka. She just left for boarding school for the year only to return and find out that her entire house was sold and now she's been uprooted from Minneapolis to North Pole, Minnesota. It's all very different for her. Even her parents have completely changed!! I recently just got back from my first year of college so I understand what it's like, though the changes that I had to figure out weren't as drastic.

what i disliked
  • The only thing I disliked was the name Tinka, which is more of a personal thing. At one point, it was said that it was a nickname for the name Christina, but I don't understand why or how??

Monday, July 10, 2017

You'll WANT to Read Want by Cindy Pon

32333174Title: Want
Author: Cindy Pon
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 13, 2017
Source: Netgalley
Series: Want #1

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city's corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother, who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Crop's CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is or destroying his own heart?

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

 what i liked
  • The world that Pon created. I absolutely ate it up. It's a futuristic Taiwan--I mean, what's not to love? Most dystopians take place in America, so it was nice to have a change of setting. There is also extreme pollution in this world--a very real possibility for our future. It was interesting to see how this pollution could be handled.
  • The characters. I absolutely loved Zhou and his friends, as well as Daiyu. They were just so fun to read about and I honestly couldn't get enough. 
  • Corporations. I don't know why, but there's something about a science fiction book with a messed-up corporation. I just love them, and this book was no exception with the Jin Corporation, which has been causing a lot of issues. 
what i disliked
  • The book didn't really end in a cliffhanger. However, I still will read the next book!

Read This Book & Other Truths

Title: Trusting You & Other Lies
Author: Nicole Williams
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Source: Netgalley

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Nicole Williams delivers a seductive summer romance worth swooning over. Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.
Phoenix can't imagine anything worse than being shipped off to family summer camp. Her parents have been fighting for the past two years-do they seriously think being crammed in a cabin with Phoenix and her little brother, Harry, will make things better?
On top of that, Phoenix is stuck training with Callum-the head counselor who is seriously cute but a complete know-it-all. His hot-cold attitude means he's impossible to figure out-and even harder to rely on. But despite her better judgement, Phoenix is attracted to Callum. And he's promising Phoenix a summer she'll never forget. Can she trust him? Or is this just another lie?

**Thank you to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The relationship between Phoenix and Callum. There was definitely something going on between them from the moment they met, and I loved how easy it was to tell from a reader's standpoint that they were going to be good for each other.
  • The sibling love. Phoenix was always looking out for her little brother and I loved that. It was so cute and showed how much she cared for him! 
  • The ending. The book was pretty slow for a while though I thought that it really picked up the pace towards the end, which I appreciated. I wish it was a little faster the whole way through though!
  • THERE WAS NO INSTA-LOVE. It's about damn time an author got this right!
what i didn't like
  • The way that Phoenix kept pushing Callum to go to college. I don't even think it's that big of a deal, but at times I was getting aggravated with her. It just seemed like she was forcing him to look at schools and consider colleges because that was her life plan too. 
  • Callum's attitude towards Phoenix. At times, he seemed a little immature. I liked him as a person, sure, but sometimes he was a little weird towards Phoenix and it got on my nerves.
  • The pace. I know I mentioned this already, but it did seem pretty slow for a big chunk of time.

If you're looking for an easy-to-read summer novel to read on the beach, this is the one for you. However, be prepared for the slow pacing!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Coming up for air

32470593Title: Coming Up for Air
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat.
All of Maggie's focus and free time is spent swimming. She's not only striving to earn scholarships-she's training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her own. But Levi's already earned an Olympic try out, so she feels even more pressure to succeed. And it's not until Maggie's away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the "typical" high school experience she's missed by being in the pool.
Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to lose to win?

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • There's athletics in this book! I'm a dual sport athlete, so I really loved that aspect of this book. 
  • Maggie seemed really mature. It's not often that a contemporary protagonist seems mature! I was quite impressed by that.
  • It's another hit by Miranda Kenneally! I'm a sucker for her books. They're so great and such a breeze to get through.
  • LEVI. He was really my favorite character. 
  • I loved how close-knit all of the friends in this group were. Levi, Maggie, Hunter, and Georgia. They even all went out to eat to always catch up. I loved it!

Friday, July 7, 2017

A Romantic Yet Suspenseful Thriller...

Title: Follow Me Back
Author: A.V. Geiger
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Netgalley

Tessa Hart's world feels very small. Confined to her bedroom with agoraphobia, her one escape is the online fandom for pop sensation Eric Thorn. When he tweets to his fans, it's like he's speaking directly to her...
Eric Thorn is frightened by his obsessive fans. They take their devotion way too far. It doesn't help that his PR team keeps posting to encourage their fantasies.
When a fellow pop star is murdered at the hands of a fan, Eric knows he has to do something to shatter his online image fast-like take down one of his top Twitter followers. But Eric's plan to troll @TessaHeartsEric unexpectedly evolves into an online relationship deeper than either could have imagined. And when the two arrange to meet IRL, what should have made for the world's best episode of Catfish takes a deadly turn...
Told through tweets, direct messages, and police transcripts.

-what i liked-
  • The way that this story was told. It consisted of direct messages on Twitter among transcripts and tweets, which made for a very unique and enjoyable way of storytelling.
  • The dual perspective point of view. We get to read the story through both Tessa's and Eric's eyes, which allows us to get into the minds of both of them. I love multiple perspectives too-I'm just a sucker for 'em!
  • Eric Thorn. I literally loved the guy, but boy did he get on my nerves sometimes. More on that later!
  • The creepiness surrounding Tessa. Pieces of her past are slowly put together for the reader throughout the whole novel.
  • The plot twist. I didn't see it coming, but once it happened, it all made total sense!

-what i didn't like-
  • The way that Eric messed with Tessa online. He originally talked to her because of her obsession with him, but they do end up getting close.

Follow Me Back is the perfect thriller for anyone who is involved in a fandom.


This Book Is Not a Waste of Space

Title: Waste of Space
Author: Gina Damico
Release Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers
Source: Netgalley

Cram ten hormonal teens into a spaceship and blast off: that's the premise for the ill-conceived reality show Waste of Space. The kids who are cast know everything about drama-and nothing about the fact that the production is fake. Hidden in a desert warehouse, their spaceship replica is equipped with state-of-the-art special effects dreamed up by scientists partnering with the shady cable network airing the show. And it's a hit! Millions of viewers are transfixed. But then, suddenly, all communication is severed. Trapped and paranoid, the kids must figure out what to do when this reality show loses its grip on reality. 

**Thank you so much to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

-what i liked-
  • The topic of this book. I mean, what's cooler than a TV reality show about teenagers getting sent off into space? Even better, what about if the entire outer space was actually just a set in a warehouse but nobody else new about it except for the production company?
  • So. Much. Suspense. The whole time that I was reading I just had to know what was going to happen next. Was another person going to be kicked off the spaceship? Are aliens going to come? Is someone going to die? I just needed to know immediately!
  • The characters. Honestly, Titania was my favorite character. She was very intelligent and had been through a lot of crap. I liked how bits of her story were thrown throughout the entire novel. I also loved how awesome the whole cast was. They were all so different and meshed just like the producers thought they would.
  • The satirical nature of the novel. It was obviously meant to make fun of a lot of reality TV, and it sure did serve its purpose!
  • The entire book was told like it was part of a case that was being recounted. It let the reader know that something bad definitely happened.

-what i didn't like-
  • I wish it was longer!!
Despite the title of the reality TV show and the novel itself, this book is surely not a Waste of Space. Pick it up and give it a read-it definitely deserves a place on your shelf!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Void the Size of the World | Tour Stop

A Void the Size of the World

byRachele Alpine
Release Date: June 20th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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A haunting novel about a girl who must face the consequences after her actions indirectly lead toher sister’s disappearance.

Rhylee didn’t mean to kiss her sister’s boyfriend. At least, not the first time. But it doesn’t matter, because her sister, Abby, caught them together, ran into the dark woods behind their house...and never came home.

As evidence mounts that something terrible has happenedto Abby, no one wants to face the truth. Rhylee can’t bring herself to admit what she’s done: that she is the reason her sister ran away. Now Tommy, Abby’s boyfriend, is the prime suspect inher disappearance, and Rhylee’s world has been turned upside down. Slowly, Rhylee’s family is breaking—their lives center onthe hope that Abby will return. Rhylee knows they need to face the truth and begin healing—but how can they, when moving on feels like a betrayal? And how do you face the guilt of wishing a person gone...when they actually disappear?

Deleted Scenes

A Void the Size of the World came from a short story that I wrote for the MFA program I was in.  It was my first workshop piece in the program nearly ten years ago.  I wrote the story, got feedback, and revised, but it never really left my mind.  The characters lingered and I felt like they had a deeper story that wanted to be told.  About three years after I workshopped it, I revisited it and started going deeper into the sister’s lives and the events.  Slowly, A Void the Size of the World emerged, and I felt as if I had finally done the story justice by telling it in it’s entirety.  

Below is the beginning of the story that I wrote.  This scene takes place later in the book and much of the language here is used in the book.

The night the circles came, we didn’t notice.
It was easy not to notice things these days when we were so busy trying not to notice just one thing.  
We sat around the kitchen table, the big oak gathering place covered with faint indents of words from pens writing on homework too hard and fork marks made from punctuating a point during heated discussions. We took our usual seats, the ones we had staked claim to at the hundreds of family dinners shared over the years.  We sat to discuss the circles, and for a moment, it almost seemed like we were a family again, like we woke up and ate breakfast and talked.  Almost.  But we weren’t, and I may have been able to pretend for a minute, but the fantasy, already cracked and gray around the edges, broke apart completely with just a few words because the stuff we talked about wasn’t light and breezy and happy like it used to be.

 “Does anyone remember anything strange that happened last night?”  My dad asked.  He hadn’t slept in our house for weeks, and had only just arrived about ten minutes ago, rushing over right after my mom called.  If Amelia had been here, the two of us would have laughed at how fast he had made it over, since during the worst of my parents’ fights, when they had separated for what Amelia and I had been told was a short break but turned out to be four years, my mom would be after him for days to come over and do a simple things like change a light bulb that was too high for us or stop the bathroom faucet from dripping.  This time, when my mom called him because she was afraid of what the circles meant, worrying that they had some supernatural reason, he came right over.  He acted like he was concerned about the origins of the circles, too, but I think he was more concerned about what would happen once people found out what had arrived in our yard.

Rachele Alpine is a lover of binge watching reality TV, dogs, knitting, gummy peaches, and lots and lots of coffee!

One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn't last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she's a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit.

By day she's a high school English teacher, by night she's a mom and wife, and she writes dur-ing any time she can find in between!

Rachele lives with her husband and son in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back toBos-ton, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

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