Genre: Emotions & Feelings

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May 22
{Review+Giveaway} Center Ice by Cate Cameron @CCameron_author @crushcraveep

{Review+Giveaway} Center Ice by Cate Cameron @CCameron_author @crushcraveep

Center Ice is the first book in the Corrigan Falls Raiders series, a new young adult (possibly new adult in future books) contemporary romance series about a Major-minor league hockey team. It is told in dual narrative between Tyler and Karen. I really enjoyed that because I have been reading more paranormal books lately and I have to say I have missed my dual narrative contemporary romances. And I didn’t even realize that I missed them until I started reading Center Ice. One of the great things about Center Ice…other than the Hockey players…is that the characters are so completely read. You are going to see the good, the bad and the ugly from Karen and even Tyler. They are both great, but Karen especially found herself in a less than desirable situation, and she is a 16 year old girl. So she sometimes had a tendency to let her snarky and bratty side show. Not that I really blamed her though. I think having to go live with the… Read more »

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May 01
{Excerpt+Giveaway} Adrenaline by Sunniva Dee @sunnivaD

{Excerpt+Giveaway} Adrenaline by Sunniva Dee @sunnivaD

  CAMERON The chase is over. Right here, right now, this is it. Even if it only lasts thirty seconds, the rush of what I’m about to do floods me and makes me feel. It’s so intense, every muscle in my body goes rigid with anticipation. The air is sharp and early-morning raw. I stare out from my post on an overhang off Firam Peak. Let my eyes judge the steep drop into the ravine on the backside of the mountain. Jagged granite walls form unpredictable patterns that crash to the bottom the way I will soon, and a light dusting of snow contrasts starkly with the somber stone. I shake my arms. Not to relieve the tension but to make sure I’m nimble and ready. I didn’t invite my friends, Dan and Marek, along today. I’d be better off with someone else around, of course, but nothing compares to the thrill I experience as I step forward alone. I’m on the edge now, in every sense of the word…. Read more »

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Mar 31
{ARC #Review } The Start of Me and You by @EmeryLord @bloomsburykids @BloomsburyPub

{ARC #Review } The Start of Me and You by @EmeryLord @bloomsburykids @BloomsburyPub

I loved Open Road Summer by Emery Lord so much. (but then again, who didn’t? Seriously, that book got such positive feedback it was awesome.) And I am beyond happy to say that she has done it again! All of the reviews that I have been reading for The Start of Me and You have been raving. I loved this book. I just want to hug it and have it with me at all times. Even now that I am done reading it. Emery Lord writes some of the best friendships I have ever read in young adult. I know that is a bold statement, but these are friendships that teens (and everyone) should look up to, and idolize. Paige, Tessa, Morgan, and Kayleigh are so there for one another. They would drop anything in a hot second if they thought one of their friends needed them. And they did. Over and over again. They never got sick of hearing someone complain about the same issue on repeat. They were… Read more »

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Mar 30
{#Review } Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark @jaypatrickclark @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt

{#Review } Finding Mr. Brightside by Jay Clark @jaypatrickclark @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt

Finding Mr. Brightside is the sweetest story about two quirky teenagers that have (completely different) problems of their own, each stemming from a singular incident that affected them both. Abram and Juliette are neighbors and they each had their own little average nuclear family, until Juliette’s mom and Abram’s dad decided to have an affair together. And then they both died in a car crash while they were away together. So it is kind of a gossip worthy and messed up situation. Finding Mr. Brightside is told in alternating points of views between Abram and Juliette and these two kids could not be more different. Juliette is as type A as they come, popping more than her already too high dosage of adderall just to keep up with everything self imposed thing she wants to do. The funny thing about Juliette is that she had all the makings of someone that would be queen bee in high school, but she was almost as much of a loner as Abram was…. Read more »

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Mar 23
{ARC #Review } Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton @TomEaston @FeiwelFriends @MacKidsBooks

{ARC #Review } Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton @TomEaston @FeiwelFriends @MacKidsBooks

I can’t even accurately convey how much I enjoyed Boys Don’t Knit (In Public). This book is kind of my new obsession. It has everything. It’s funny, it’s heartwarming, it has an awesome male protagonist. I can’t say enough good things about this book. Other than, I think everyone needs to read it. Ben is a high school student in the UK and he has a pretty typical group of friends. They always seem to be getting into very minor teen trouble, but what’s funny is that is so not Ben. He is kind of the opposite of all his friends in that regard, but he goes along with them anyway. And of course, he is the one that gets caught red-handed. So off to probation he goes, where is gets a “give something back” community service punishment and he has to take a local class. With slim pickings available he chooses knitting, thinking at least it was taught by his young and hot high school teacher. (Spoiler Alert- It… Read more »

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Mar 12
{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

Never Trust a Happy Song is a standalone young adult contemporary/realistic fiction novel that deals with the surface and below the surface two very different teenage girls face. Though one or two aspects of this story didn’t 100% agree with me, I liked the overall story progression and theme. And I thought the story ended in a nice place. (although where was Cassidy’s mother. She was coming up to visit with her and then poof nothing. The story ended and there was no mention of her.) This is not necessarily a happy book, but it is the journey of two 15 year old girls. When you look at Grace and Cassidy, you couldn’t find two girls that seemed further apart. Cassidy is ALL about school and studying and basically entering the rat race as a tween. It is all she has known. Which wouldn’t bug me at all, if that had been her choice. But she didn’t even seem to have a helping hand in picking the direction of her… Read more »

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Dec 11
{Review} Icarus by Danika Stone @danika_stone

{Review} Icarus by Danika Stone @danika_stone

Icarus was a darker book that I have read in a while. Which is good because I like to mix it up and raw books dealing with some of the tougher issues always bring out strong emotions in me. I just like to put that out there so that people can be aware of it up front. Because I know, sometimes I need to be ready for a very emotional book, especially one that deals with abuse. Danika Stone uses very descriptive, sometimes bordering on flowery language. The way that Icarus starts is interesting. The book starts you off with Tess in real time starting at a new school for her first day. And then it goes into a time lapse through her first few months at the school. It was a really effective technique that Danika Stone used because it allowed the reader to get to know Tess quickly. We picked up on facts about her, her life and her background because each of the “time lapses” stops and… Read more »

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Oct 30
{ #Review } The Sea of Tranquility by @KatjaMillay @AtriaBooks

{ #Review } The Sea of Tranquility by @KatjaMillay @AtriaBooks

HOLY SMOKES! What a moving, powerful book. How did this one elude my grasp for so long??  The Sea of Tranquility has been classified both as Young Adult and New Adult. I could see it going either way, but I think it is closer to upper Young Adult. Especially since both of the main characters are in high school. Even though they are each wise beyond their years. I really don’t know how to write a review that does this book justice. I have read a lot of really fantastic books, but the Sea of Tranquility will always stick out in my mind because of how much it moved me. This is a powerful book. It reminded me of the raw emotional power like in the books Lost and Found by Nadia Simonenko. And anyone that knows me, or has read my reviews of those new adult books, know just how high of praise that is. The Sea of Tranquility starts off feeling very mysterious. It took me a couple… Read more »

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Oct 15
{Review+Giveaway} Just Desserts by @TriciaQuinnies  @SwoonRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Just Desserts by @TriciaQuinnies @SwoonRomance

Just Desserts is a really sweet story about finding love in the aftermath of a loss. Quinn comes into Sadie, and her fathers’ lives at the perfect time. They are sturggling to tread water both emotionally and financially. Sadie’s mom passed away and left her husband and daughter her popular healthy diner. And they are both trying so hard to make it live up to her name in her mother’s honor. She seemed like such an amazing woman and it was clear to see that she meant so much to both of them. But Sadie’s dad wants to sell the diner because he knows that it is downhill for them. Quinn does fabulous restoration work and he promises to keep the integrity of the diner. I know that I just gave you a lot of back ground type information but one of the things that I loved the most about this story was the setup the author did. I thought this adorably sweet romance had a great plot to jump… Read more »

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Oct 01
{Review} Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane @LindseyAuthor

{Review} Evidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey Lane @LindseyAuthor

People throw around the “U” word in reviews all the time. Unique. But I can without a doubt confidently say that The Evidence of Things Not Seen earns every bit of the word Unique. Evidence of Things Not Seen centers around a very bright, socially awkward teen that disappears in a small town. We never actually get to meet the teen- Tommy, but the whole book is told about people that either find things of his or knew him in some way. Some of the chapters connected easily to him and his disappearance, while others are more glimpses into others lives and have a looser connection and are more philosophical in nature. Some of the chapters felt like a stream of conscious narrative. The parts where they were talking to the police and you only got their side of the conversation. I also really enjoyed the excerpts from Tommy’s journal in between each chapter. It left everything very open to what really happened to Tommy. There are endless possibilities, which… Read more »

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