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Jun 14
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} How to Disappear by @AnnStampler @simonteen

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} How to Disappear by @AnnStampler @simonteen

How to Disappear is a fast paced, murder mystery novel long chase that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved this young adult book by Ann Redisch Stampler. It was really a riveting read, and please know that I don’t say that lightly. Normally I am much more critical on my mystery and suspense books, especially in the young adult age group. They are not a sub genre that I read very often, but How to Disappear is a really great mystery, suspense and even romance. I loved that How to Disappear is told in dual narrative from two teens on the run. One reluctantly chasing and one very earnestly running. I loved that neither one of the characters was completely black or completely white. Both of them were firmly in the shades of grey camp, which made watching their stories unfold and more twists and turns popping up, all the more interesting. I genuinely had no idea which way this was going to… Read more »

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Dec 17
{Review+Giveaway} Come Back to Me by Mila Gray @MilaGrayBooks

{Review+Giveaway} Come Back to Me by Mila Gray @MilaGrayBooks

Come Back to Me is the first in a new adult contemporary romance series, called (you guessed it)-Come Back to Me by Mila Gray. Mila Gray is the pen name for Sarah Alderson’s new adult and adult books. I have read and really enjoyed some of Sarah’s other books and I have to say this author is immensely talented. I have read a side splitting-funny book (The Extraordinary Life of Lara Craft (not Croft)) as well as a mystery/thriller (The Sound). And now she brings us a heart wrenching love story in Come Back To Me. I love how talented and versatile both Mila and Sarah are. 😉 Even though all of her books are very very different, they are each so wonderfully well done. When I first found Come Back to Me, I read the summary and filed it away in my brain as a tear jerker, and to only read when I was in the right mindset. (Is that strange that I like to be prepared for potentially… Read more »

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Sep 17
{Review} Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino @renayz

{Review} Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino @renayz

  Before we were Strangers is an adult contemporary romance set up over a course of almost two decades. I thought this book was going to be a new adult book when I bought it, and arguably the beginning of it is, because the characters start off in college, but this book was overall an adult book with the characters aging through a lot of their life. That was surprising to me, but overall this was still a really good read. I absolutely LOVE love love the premise of the book. Max and Grace had something going on in college and then for reasons unknown they went separate ways. They meet up again through a craigslist missed connection ad. I just love that idea. I think that was flat out brilliant on Renee Carlino’s part. It was the perfect blending of romance and technology in the online world we live in now. The book is told both in dual narrative, as well as shifting between present day and various points… Read more »

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Sep 09
{ARC Review+If you Like+Giveaway} Persuasion by @MartinaABoone @simonschuster

{ARC Review+If you Like+Giveaway} Persuasion by @MartinaABoone @simonschuster

Hey guys! I am super excited to be a part of the tour to celebrate the release of Compulsion by Martina Boone in paperback. I read, reviewed and completely and totally LOVED Compulsion last year. (You can check out my review here) I have so much fun stuff for you to check out packed in this post! There are lots of goodies and giveaways and hidden clues for the tour wide scavenger hunt, so be sure to read the whole post. First up, you will find an If You Like this book suggestion! Then I have an ARC review of book 2 of the heirs of Watson island, Persuasion for you. And then I have my scavenger hunt stop and giveaway. Check it out!   Scavenger Hunt! Don’t forget! There’s a fun scavenger hunt that’s part of this blog tour. Martina is releasing at least one new download each day! Visit each blog to find their code to unlock the the unique download and for more chances to win! You… Read more »

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Jul 29
{Review+Giveaway} Racing the Sun by Karina Halle @metalblonde @AtriaIndies

{Review+Giveaway} Racing the Sun by Karina Halle @metalblonde @AtriaIndies

Racing the Sun is the second book in the Where Sea Meets Sky series, but it is a complete standalone. I didn’t read the first book, but I did read the summary and those characters did not show up in Racing the Sun. Not to mention it takes place in a totally different area of the world. Racing the Sun takes place on the island of Capri, and I have to say that Karina Halle has made me bump Capri up on my list of places that I need to visit ASAP. It sounds absolutely gorgeous! Maybe a country is more gorgeous with a sexy budding love story  though, who knows. Racing the Sun is told entirely from Amber’s point of view. Amber takes a tutoring position with a broken family in Capri after spending all of her money on her jaunt through Europe, leaving her with no money for a plane ticket home. I thought that was hilarious. I have no idea why, but I for some strange reason,… Read more »

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Jul 06
{Review+Giveaway} Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older @djolder @SimonTeen

{Review+Giveaway} Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older @djolder @SimonTeen

Shadowshaper is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading from author Daniel José Older. It was a real experience. I don’t get the chance to read a ton of very diverse young adult books. Sure, I will read books with a diverse character or odd element thrown in, but a truly diverse cast of characters featuring rich cultures that are different than my own…I don’t read as many of those books as I should. And if you are anything like me, then you need to read Shadowshaper. It is a young adult Urban Fantasy where paintings literally come to life. Which was both creepy and utterly cool. The cover fits the book perfectly. I couldn’t have imagined anything better for Sierra and the shadowshapers. I both loved and was frustrated with the way the book started out. From reading the summary, I knew that the main character Sierra, was part of a secret order called the shadowshapers and that her ability stemmed from art. And then in… Read more »

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Jun 20
{Review} Killer Within by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseit

{Review} Killer Within by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseit

Note: This is the second book in the Killer Instinct series. If you are new to the series, you can find out more about book 1 and the series HERE Killer Within is the second book in the young adult Killer Instinct series by S.E. Green. I really liked the first book, and the second book is even crazier. There is so much going on in this book and I am going to try my best to describe this book without spoilers, but it picks up right after the events of the first story, which is a huge spoiler in and of itself. So if you are new to the series, you might be better checking out my review of book 1- Killer Instinct here. Killer Instinct totally took me by surprise with that insane ending. I did not see it coming at all. So in Killer Within Lane is struggling with the fallout of that last scene, as well as still trying to find her place not only in… Read more »

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Jun 15
{ARC Review} After Hours by Claire Kennedy @simonteen #pulseit

{ARC Review} After Hours by Claire Kennedy @simonteen #pulseit

After Hours is a salacious book that is as fun as it is crazy. And trust me, it is very crazy. It kind of reminded me of Gossip Girl mixed with The Bling Ring- that movie based on a true story of the teenage girls that broke into celebrity houses in California. And I don’t mean in the sense that After Hours was about rich kids on the upper east side or that they broke into celebrity houses, I just mean that the teens had the same totally insane jaded, I am going to do things that normal teenagers wouldn’t even dream of at my age. Or maybe more kids do these things than I thought. What do I know? (I just know, that I didn’t know anyone doing some of this stuff when I was Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn’s age.) After Hours takes place at a nice restuarant during summer. But afterhours in the restaurant is when things really heat up. The waiters, and boss, play this game called… Read more »

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Jun 02
{Review+Giveaway} Killer Instinct by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseit

{Review+Giveaway} Killer Instinct by @SEGreenAuthor @simonteen #pulseit

Killer Instinct is the first book in the young adult series by the same name. And right off the bat, I have to say that I love the new covers for the series so, so much. I think they are much cooler looking than the old covers, and I think they fit with the story. Killer Instinct is about a girl that is fascinated with serial killers. And not only is she fascinated with them and with the way their mind works, she thinks that she may fit the profile as one. Lane, the main character, kind of reminded me of the show Dexter. And like Dexter, she has a conscience. She doesn’t want to just go around killing people just for the heck of it. She wants to be a vigilante serial killer of sorts. Killing or torturing only criminals who she thinks deserve it. She is seeking revenge for their victims. Which I thought was a cool concept in YA because it was different than so many books… Read more »

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Jan 12
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Perfect Couple by @ JenniferEchols @Itchingforbooks

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Perfect Couple by @ JenniferEchols @Itchingforbooks

Perfect Couple is the second book in the young adult contemporary romance series, Superlatives by Jennifer Echols. The idea behind the series is super cute-each of the books focuses on a different coupling of kids from the same high school. The first book was about the two students that were named Biggest Flirts and this book is about an unlikely pair that was named “The Perfect Couple that Never was”. This is a new superlative to me, but I really like it! I wounder who my high school would have paired me up with if I was chosen for this superlative. In fact, this is how the summary describes the books, and I think it is pretty spot on: Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class’s superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives. Just like the first book, Perfect Couple was… Read more »

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