Genre: Young Adult

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Aug 16
{Review+Giveaway} The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones @em_llojo ‏@TheNovl @LittleBrownYR ‏

{Review+Giveaway} The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones @em_llojo ‏@TheNovl @LittleBrownYR ‏

The Hearts we Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones was an incredible read! It was so different than a lot of the books that I normally read and it pulled off the concept so well. To say I was impressed with this book is an understatement. The Hearts we Sold is a book that I will remember for a very long time. In the Hearts we Sold Demons inhabit the world along with people. The demons claim they are independent third parties with no agenda to promote, but they are interested in making bargains with anyone that would like. They will grant a wish for a person in exchange for a body part and a number of years of service to the demon. Dee makes a deal with a demon, even though she starts out by saying she never would. In her 2 years of service she meets all kinds of other people that have also traded their hearts in exchange for their wish. I found this world to be completely fascinating…. Read more »

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Aug 16
{Review+Giveaway} The Rules of Persuasion by @AmityHopeAuthor ‏@EntangledPub @EntangledTeen

{Review+Giveaway} The Rules of Persuasion by @AmityHopeAuthor ‏@EntangledPub @EntangledTeen

The Rules of Persuasion is a young adult contemporary romance from Amity Hope. It follows one of my favorite tropes…the fake relationship trope. But this one starts out with a little blackmail, which is always fun. The Rules of Persuasion was a cute read that I really enjoyed. Meg and Luke are the main characters of The Rules of Persuasion, and I have to say they were really interesting. Together and separately. First off, let me say that I really loved both of them. I think they are awesome people, but darn it if I didn’t not disagree with Meg once or twice. What I did like about the two of them was how strong of personalities they both had. Meg has no problem putting Luke in his place when he tries to steamroll her and get his way. Instead of the bad boy, meg was the bad girl. But it worked out. Meg and Luke balanced each other out. They were each so good for the other one. I also loved… Read more »

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Aug 15
{Review} Wildman by J.C. Geiger

{Review} Wildman by J.C. Geiger

Wildman by J.C. Geiger is a young adult story about growing up and finding yourself. I enjoyed this quirky tale about a teenage guy that seemingly had his life together. He excels at school and at music, he seemed to be well liked and he is on the path toward a great college. But then he gets stranded in a small town in the middle of nowhere and he starts a rather crazy journey which leads him to question everything he knew about friendship and life. I thought this book was interesting and overall I liked it. I didn’t love it, but I did like it. Here is what I liked about the story: Lance- I thought he is an interesting main character. I love a book from a male POV, and he really does change as a person throughout the course of the story. Especially towards the end, which is always rewarding to see. I thought him getting the nickname wildman was pretty hilarious, which brings me to point… Read more »

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Aug 11
{ARC Review+Giveaway} A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck @reckj @KnopfBFYR

{ARC Review+Giveaway} A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck @reckj @KnopfBFYR

A Short History of the Girl Next Door is a standalone young adult novel by Jared Reck. This book totally wrecked me. It was completely unexpected, in such a good way. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is so different than the books I normally read, and I am so so glad that I stepped outside of my comfort zone because this book was an emotional journey that I absolutely loved. I typically read pretty happy books, so even when the very first line of the summary tells me this is an unrequited love story about the girl next door, part of me was still expecting it to turn out happy. And I am not going to go into spoilers for this book, but the direction that Jared Reck took this story in blew me away. It totally shocked me actually. And I am kind of obsessed with how much I loved it. A Short History of the Girl Next Door is the story of a really beautiful friendship… Read more »

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Aug 09
{Review} Alex, Approximately by @Jenn_Benn ‏ett @SimonTeen @RivetedLit ‏

{Review} Alex, Approximately by @Jenn_Benn ‏ett @SimonTeen @RivetedLit ‏

  Alex, Approximately is a young adult standalone romance by author Jenn Bennett. This book was so stinkin’ cute and amazing, I can’t stand it! In the best way of course. I expected to enjoy Alex, Approximately, but I didn’t expect to fall so completely head over heels in love with it like I did. This is one of my favorite reads of the year! I mean business when I say Alex, Approximately deserves every bit of these five stars. Alex, Approximately is the story of Bailey and  Alex. Bailey, or Mink, and Alex, met online where they instantly bonded over their love of classic movies. Bailey knows that Alex lives in the same town in California as her dad, but she gets gun shy when it comes to telling Alex that she has moved in with her dad. She is nervous about taking her online friendship offline. Bailey is trying to search Alex out with the bits of information she knows about him. At the same time she starts working… Read more »

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Aug 03
{Review+Giveaway} The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

{Review+Giveaway} The Thirteenth Gate by Kat Ross @katrossauthor

The Thirteenth Gate is the first book in the Dominion Mystery series by Kat Ross. I have previously read The Daemoniac by her, which I thought was going to be the first book in the series, but really ended up being more of a prequel. I have also real the first book in her Fourth Element series, and I while I enjoyed that one was well, the Dominion series is really shaping up to be my favorite! But, what is cool about The Thirteenth Gate  is that there is character overlap between the two series. It was very creative and well done on her part. I enjoyed getting to see Alex and Vivienne, though I have not read all the books in the Fourth Element series. The Thirteenth Gate did not disappoint. I loved this atmospheric read. It was exactly what I wanted, and I can’t wait for more. The Dominion series is a young adult detective mystery story with a flair of the paranormal. It felt like the anime Ghost Hunt (which I am… Read more »

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Jul 31
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman ‏@SwoonReads @FierceReads

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Kissing Max Holden by @KatyUpperman ‏@SwoonReads @FierceReads

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman is a young adult contemporary romance that put a huge smile on my face. I really, really loved this book. It was cute, it was swoony and it was a whole lot of fun. Just what I love in my summer beach/pool reads. Max Holden is total book boyfriend material. I did have a few minor issues with the story, which I will discuss below, but overall I really enjoyed Kissing Max Holden. Kissing Max Holden is told from Jillian’s point of view. She grew up next door to Max Holden and they used to be very close, but because of personal issues in Max’s family, he has withdrawn a lot and because distant with Jillian. It is interesting because Jillian and Max still ran in similar friend groups at school so they are circling around in each other’s lives. I love a friends to more story, so I really liked the various facets to Jillian and Max’s relationship. It is clear that they… Read more »

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Jul 28
{Review+Giveaway} Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser @lhauser27 @PenNamePublish ‏

{Review+Giveaway} Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser @lhauser27 @PenNamePublish ‏

Chasing Eveline is a young adult contemporary by Leslie Hauser. This book felt so different than the books I normally read. It was like a breath of fresh air for me. Overall, I relaly enjoyed this book. It started out as a bit of a surprise for me because it was much more somber and melancholy in its’ tone than I was expecting, but I quickly fell into the groove of the story and I really came to like to characters and their journey. Ivy is the main character of the story. She is going through a tough time after her mom left her and the only thing that makes her feel close to her mother is the band Chasing Eveline. Her mom used to love the band and Ivy has become obsessed with it. I loved that it was a non-mainstream indie rock band that was the focus of the story. Now, I will be the first to admit that I know little to nothing about indie rock, but… Read more »

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Jul 27
{Review+Giveaway} The Dragons of Nova by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

{Review+Giveaway} The Dragons of Nova by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

*Please Note: This is a series that must be read in order. If you are new to the series, check out my review of book one- The Alchemists of Loom HERE** The Dragons of Nova is the Second book in the Loom Saga by author Elise Kova. The Loom Saga is a young adult high fantasy series that I have completely fallen in love with. I absolutely LOVED the first book, The Alchemists of Loom, and the second book- The Dragons of Nova was every bit as good as the first! In the Dragons of Nova we get to really delve more into the politics and struggles in the worlds of Loom and Nova and we get to revisit old characters and get to know some new characters as well. This series is one that instantly grabbed me and has yet to let go. It is by far one of the best series I have read in 2017. And the third book, The Rebels of Gold is scheduled to release in December of… Read more »

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Jul 26
{Review} The Alchemists of Loom by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

{Review} The Alchemists of Loom by @EliseKova @PriceWorldPub

The Alchemists of Loom is the first book in the Loom Saga by author Elise Kova. The Loom Saga is a young adult high fantasy series that I have completely fallen in love with. You know the feeling you get when you pick up a book by a new to you author- you are excited and hopeful that the book will be excellent. (but also a little nervous because you want to enjoy the novel so badly…and what if you don’t. What if you are the person that the book didn’t work for.) But then, as you read, the story exceeds all of your expectations. You completely fall in love with the characters and the story and the world. And then you finish the book and you find out that the author has SO MANY OTHER BOOKS! Multiple series with multiple books written. It is like stumbling on to a gold mine. That is what discovering Elise Kova felt like to me. She dropped a gold mine in my lap! And I couldn’t… Read more »

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