Genre: Young Adult

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Aug 09
{Review+Giveaway} Ecrivain by Elizabeth Dunlap

{Review+Giveaway} Ecrivain by Elizabeth Dunlap

Ecrivain is the first book in the young adult Ecrivain Academy series by Elizabeth Dunlap. I was immediately pulled into the idea of a boarding school for writers. I loved the whole concept of the school, especially the different houses, like Lovecraft, Shakespeare, and Austen. I loved the idea of being sorted into a house based on your literary style, but what if you want to write more than one kind of book. I felt for Calliope in that regard. She didn’t know which style she would fit in with, so she was exploring the different houses. I am super excited to continue on with the Ecrivain series. If you are a fan of boarding school books that are full of drama, suspense and some crime, then I think this series is going to be a great one for you to check out. In Ecrivain, we meet Calliope, who is an aspiring writer. But to make it more difficult for her, she has to keep her writing hobby a secret… Read more »

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Aug 07
{Review+Giveaway} Announcing Trouble by @AmyDominy @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Announcing Trouble by @AmyDominy @EntangledTeen

Announcing Trouble is a young adult sports romance by author Amy Dominy. Announcing Trouble is such a cute read, and it is perfect for these hot summer months. It will put a smile on your face and it will make you laugh and even swoon. I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and it made me excited to read more from Amy Dominy. In Announcing Trouble we meet Garrett and Josie, our two main characters. Josie is a used to be fan of baseball, but she blames baseball for many bad things in her past, so now she is bitter towards the game. Garrett is bitter as well, because he was on his way to becoming the next big player, or at least a high school star, when an injury took him off the field. They enter each other’s lives in the sports broadcasting booth. Garrett because he wants to stay as close as possible to the sport that he loves, and Josie because she just can’t help herself. Josie cracked me… Read more »

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Jul 22
{Review} There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

{Review} There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon

There’s Something About Sweetie is the second book in the young adult own voices series titled, Dimple and Rishi, by author Sandhya Menon. The Dimple and Rishi series is a young adult contemporary romance series, where each book is a standalone. As such, you do not need to read the books in order because each story will focus on a different set of characters and their story. However; they are all set in the same world, and so far, there is some character overlap. For example, There’s Something About Sweetie is about Sweetie and Rishi’s brother, Ashish. I can’t even tell you how much I adored Sweetie and Ashish. I loved each of them so much, and their romance is one full of heart and smiles. There’s Something About Sweetie is told in dual narrative between Sweetie and Ashish, which is the perfect narration for this story. It helped me get to know both of the characters very quickly, and let me root for them almost immediately. Ashish is very… Read more »

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Jul 03
{Review+Giveaway} Bad Breed by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

{Review+Giveaway} Bad Breed by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

Bad Breed is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series by author Kat Ross. The gaslamp Gothic series, was previously known as the Dominion Mystery series, which includes The Daemoniac and The Thirteenth Gate. I love Kat Ross’ books. Her writing is always so on point and engaging, which these days is one of the most important aspects I look for when I picking what books I want to read. And I think Bad Breed might be my favorite Kat Ross novel yet! I am such a big fan of reimaginings, and lately I have been loving darker reads, so a dark reimagining of Beauty and the Beast is right up my alley! I loved this book! Though Bad Breed is the third book in the Gaslamp Gothic series, it can be read as a standalone, so if you really don’t want to, you do not have to reads the first two books. However, I really enjoyed both The Daemoniac and The Thirteenth Gate, so if you love a… Read more »

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Jun 27
{Excerpt+Giveaway} THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS by Joe Solomon

{Excerpt+Giveaway} THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS by Joe Solomon

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Jun 17
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate by Sandy Hall

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate by Sandy Hall

The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate was an ok read. It is a young adult contemporary romance standalone by Sandy Hall. I wanted to love this book so much. It has so many elements that are big winners to me. I love a hate to love dynamic. In fact, it is one of my favorite. And I did really enjoy some aspects of this story, but there were also some character issues that detracted from my enjoyment. Do let me break down what I liked and what I didn’t like as much. Let’s start with what I liked: First, I love a enemies to love trope. I find the banter, the pranks, the revenge all a lot of fun to read about. And there were plenty of pranks, and revenge present in this story. It was a fun read, and the overall romance progression was nice. It was so clear that Paisley and Carter are well suited. They both so clearly like each other, that Paisley had to actively… Read more »

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Jun 13
{Review+Giveaway} The Thirteenth Guardian by K.M. Lewis

{Review+Giveaway} The Thirteenth Guardian by K.M. Lewis

The Thirteenth Guardian is the first book in the young adult trilogy by the same name by author K.M. Lewis. The Thirteenth Guardian is like the DaVinci Code mashed with a re occurrence of the plagues of Egypt. It is a whirlwind adventure from start to finish. I really got swept up in this book, and though there was a bit much going on at times, it was a really well done novel, and it has left me excited to continue on in the trilogy. I really need to see what is going to happen next! Be warned though, this series is about the apocalypse. There are a series of natural disasters that threaten to destroy earth, so be forewarned about that going into the series. In The Thirteenth Guardian, we meet a group of six strangers that find themselves inexplicably bound together. The first of the strangers that we meet is Avery, but the book is told from all of their perspectives, switching off between chapters with each of… Read more »

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Jun 11
{Review+Giveaway} Rules We’re Meant to Break by Natalie Williamson

{Review+Giveaway} Rules We’re Meant to Break by Natalie Williamson

Rules We’re Meant to Break is young adult contemporary romance by Natalie Williamson. This might sound kind of weird, but I was immediately drawn into this book because of it’s cover. It is not a traditionally beautiful young adult cover, but it made me think that I would relate to the main character, Amber. I loved how neat and orderly everything was. That plus the reference to rules, and I knew this was going to be a really cute read that would make me smile. And it totally was. Rules We’re Meant to Break is an adorable romance full of heart. You might think Amber, who is our main character, has these rules set out for herself, but no. Initially, these rules were put in place for Amber to survive her mother’s long string of boyfriends. I loved Amber’s love of dogs, and animals in general. I really, really loved Buffy her dog, and Amber’s obsession with the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but sadly, I didn’t connect with Amber… Read more »

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Jun 07
{Review+Giveaway} Skies of Olympus by Eliza Raine

{Review+Giveaway} Skies of Olympus by Eliza Raine

Skies of Olympus is the first book in the Immortality trials series by author Eliza Raine. The Immortality trials is a unique series set up that I am really digging. This is a line from the summary “Join Lyssa as she takes on the deadly Trials alongside giants, centaurs, satyrs and gods in the first three of twelve episodes of this Greek mythology fantasy retelling.” Umm, yes please! Sign me up right away! It is a young adult mythology fantasy split up into twelve trials. Each of the books in the series will feature 3 of the 12 trials. Skies of Olympus features the trials of Hera, Athena and Artemis. I love a bind up of shorter stories that are interconnected because once you get going, you just fly through the pages. I will admit that this story had a bit of a slow and a tad confusing start for me. Here we meet Lyssa, our main character, and the daughter of a cruel Hercules. Lyssa is the captain of her… Read more »

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Jun 06
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Teeth in the Mist by @DawnKurtagich @theNOVL

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Teeth in the Mist by @DawnKurtagich @theNOVL

Teeth in the Mist is a young adult horror fantasy novel by author Dawn Kurtagich. I will admit that I do not read a ton of novels in the horror genre, but after having read, and absolutely loved, Teeth in the Mist, I may need to rethink this. This novel blew me away. I loved everything about it. I loved the writing, I loved the multiple timelines and points of views, and I really really loved the creepiness. I need to read Dawn’s other books ASAP because Teeth in the Mist is one of the best books I have read this year, and it is certainly the best young adult horror book I have ever read. Teeth in the Mist centers around the story of Mill House and the mountain it was built on/into. To tell the story of Mill house we put all the pieces together through the lives of three different young women in three different time periods. Hermione in the 1500s, Roan in the 1850s and Zoey… Read more »

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