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Nov 04
{Review+Giveaway} Illusion by @MartinaABoone @simonteen @rivetedlit

{Review+Giveaway} Illusion by @MartinaABoone @simonteen @rivetedlit

Ahh, I can’t believe the Heirs of Watson Island Trilogy is done. I loved Illusion, it might be my favorite book out of all of them, and this was one heck of an ending. The hard part about this trilogy is that with each of the books it is getting harder and harder to write spoiler free reviews. Martina Boone has created such a detail rich world that is so woven is layers and layers of secrets and mysteries that it is almost impossible to say something about book 3 without giving something away. Needless to say, you need to read this series in order. So if you have not read Compulsion or Persuasion yet, stop reading this review right now and go start reading this series. You will love it! I can see this trilogy, appealing to so many different kinds of readers. It will appeal to fans of romance, mystery, as well as fans of creepy/dark books. It is labeled as a southern gothic. I can’t say that… Read more »

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May 13
{Review} Imperfections by Shaniel Watson

{Review} Imperfections by Shaniel Watson

I knew when got this book for review that there would be some drama because one sister has been in love with a guy her whole life and when she comes home she finds out he is with her sister. But that is ok because I can stand for some tasteful fell in love with the wrong guy romance. But the summary didn’t even begin to describe the level of messed up stuff this book gets into. Holy cow, Imperfections is so drama filled. And this is coming from me- a self professed Reality TV show junkie. I love me some drama. And I was really liking Imperfections, but the further I read, the more messed up it got and then I started to not feel ok with what the characters were doing. But I still really liked Cat and Nick and I really liked them together, so I tried to put them in their own little romance bubble and ignore all the crazy stuff going on with the family… Read more »

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Jan 10
{Review} Suspicion by Alexandra Monir @TimelessAlex @randomhousekids

{Review} Suspicion by Alexandra Monir @TimelessAlex @randomhousekids

Suspicion by Alexandra Monir is a young adult Mystery thriller with a gothic flair. I absolutely loved the cover, and the idea of an old english manor and spooky maze drew me in instantly. The book is divided into three parts, and I really liked that. Each one of the parts had a different feel too it and they were good divisors for the story. I read this book in 3 days, with 1 part a day. It did take a while to actually get into the maze, over 200 pages into the book before our main character ventures inside it in fact. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews on this book. And the main critique for the people that didn’t like it, was that the book felt forced or that it tried to do too much. While I can see where they might be coming from, and I agree with them to a lesser extent, I didn’t feel like it took away from the story that much…. Read more »

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Nov 15
{Guest Post+Giveaway} THE HALCYON BIRD by Kat Beyer @KatBeyerwrites

{Guest Post+Giveaway} THE HALCYON BIRD by Kat Beyer @KatBeyerwrites

  10 things you didn’t know about Demon Catching   The methods that the Della Torre use should not be tried at home. The methods that the Della Torre use are not sanctioned by the Catholic Church. You should never put out a demon catching candle with your breath. Ever. Bad things happen. For one thing, a demon can race up your breath and enter you, which is going to be awkward, to say the least. Even though I did some reasonably extensive research on demonic possession and exorcism, I still missed a lot. And I made up a lot. I had a lot of fun doing it and followed my instincts. Haven’t heard any complaints. Never make a deal with a demon. They cheat, they lie, and they always make sure you pay at least the price you agreed on, if not a great deal more. Not all demons the Della Torres fight, subdue, heal, or otherwise remove from people and places are actually demons. Some are human ghosts,… Read more »

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Oct 28
{Guest Post Song+Giveaway} Get Happy by Mary Amato @maryamato

{Guest Post Song+Giveaway} Get Happy by Mary Amato @maryamato

I asked Mary what music inspires Minerva? And she shared an original song that she wrote with us! How awesome is that? I think Minerva would have slightly odd and broad taste. I think she goes for songs that are lyrically interesting. Ingrid Michaelson and Regina Spektor would be among her favorites. I imagine Minerva frequenting open mics with Hayes and Fin and eventually singing her own songs, meeting more songwriters, and getting more and more confident. I love open mics and talent shows. My favorite thing to do at an open mic is play and sing a uke song because it’s so easy to bring along a uke. I love playing the guitar, but let’s face it, they are way heavier and harder to hide. You can carry a little uke with you everywhere and anywhere and whip it out. Parties. Parks. Airports. You name it. Here is one of the songs I wrote for Get Happy. I also asked Mary What we would find under her bed if we… Read more »

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Oct 23
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Compulsion by @MartinaABoone @simonschuster

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Compulsion by @MartinaABoone @simonschuster

Compulsion is one heck of a read. I can see this book, and trilogy, appealing to so many different kinds of readers. It will appeal to fans of romance, mystery, as well as fans of creepy/dark books. It is labeled as a southern gothic. I can’t say that I have had too much experience in this particular genre, but if they are all like Compulsion, I need to start reading more of them. Compulsion was great. It had so many layers and such a depth to its’ story. You really had to pay attention or you would miss something. Compulsion really builds and builds so read each page carefully. A few times I felt myself getting swept up in the story and reading quicker and quicker to find out what was going to happen next and then before I knew it I felt a little lost, like I had missed something. The book actually started out that way for me. The name Mark was thrown around by the main character… Read more »

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Oct 22
{Review} Priya In Heels @ByAyeshaPatel @EPEmbrace

{Review} Priya In Heels @ByAyeshaPatel @EPEmbrace

Priya In Heels is a standalone title from Entangled Embrace’s new adult line. I have said it before, and I will say it again- I love that Entangled has multiple different lines of books because it allows the reader to really have a good idea of what they are getting when they choose a book. Priya In Heels is a great example of a well done new adult book. It was fresh, romantic, ton of feeling and emotion and it took the readers on one heck of a journey. Holy cow, the author is not afraid to torment her characters a bit, or a lot. She puts them through the ringer. Priya is indian and I loved how culture filled both her and her family and the book were. I feel like I got a lesson on Indian culture and the way it meshes, or doesn’t mesh in some cases, with american culture. Old school v. New school. Priya never wants to disappoint her parents. I loved how close she… Read more »

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Sep 16
{Review+Giveaway} A Blind Spot for Boys by @JustinaYChen

{Review+Giveaway} A Blind Spot for Boys by @JustinaYChen

A Blind Spot for Boys is so much more than just a cute young adult contemporary romance. It is about finding yourself, and experiencing new things, and family, and relationships and really so much more. There is also a really cute romance. :p I felt like I was discovering the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu right along with all of the hikers in the story. The beauty in Justina Chen’s book is the writing. It was elegant and detailed. The story flowed along beautifully and I could vividly picture all of the scenes, even feel the horror of the mudslide. Shana and Quattro have each experienced too much sadness for people their age. Quattro has lost his mother and Shana’s father is suddenly going blind. They are each on this journey, or dream walk hike to Machu Picchu for different reasons. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, and they ended up each finding each other, but for me that was secondary to the whole storyline. It really wasn’t but… Read more »

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Aug 16
{Review} The Sting of Summer by Katherine Over

{Review} The Sting of Summer by Katherine Over

The Sting of Summer was refreshing for me in so many ways. I loved all of the different themes and concepts that the author incorporated into the book. There was not only romance, but also the theme of expectations came up a couple of times. It was unexpected for me, but it was also kind of my favorite part of the book. The main character, Becca, dealt with various people not living up to her expectations- her lifelong crush, her sister, her mom. And each of these people had their own subplot that was resolved throughout the story in different ways. If you are looking for a sweet summer romance with a little extra, The Sting of Summer is the book for you! Becca is seventeen and every summer she helps out with her families wedding and event planning business. It was kind of interesting to get a birds eye view of a small homerun business from the “inside”.  We saw some of the difficulties and stresses that running a… Read more »

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Aug 05
{Review+Giveaway} One Smart Cookie by Kym Brunner

{Review+Giveaway} One Smart Cookie by Kym Brunner

One Smart Cookie is an adorable young adult standalone read. I thought the romance in it was really cute and it ended up being a really nice family story as well, which was an unexpected perk. I loved all of the crazy characters, even though one of them annoyed me to no end, but even she ended up shaping up so all around One Smart Cookie turned out to be one heck of a cute read. Sophie works in her mothers Polish bakery and lives above it with her guy crazy mom and very old school and very awesome grandmother. The grandmother was my favorite character in the whole story. I enjoyed Sophie as well. She is young so she does have a tendency to have some immature moments, I still thought she was wayyy better (with 3 y’s) than her mother. Her mother bothered me to no end. With her rude remarks and her totally inappropriate clothes. But her and Sophie’s relationship is all part of the story, so… Read more »

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