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Aug 26
{Review} The Best Lies by @SarahLyu

{Review} The Best Lies by @SarahLyu

The Best Lies is a young adult psychological thriller by authro Sarah Lyu. In fact, it is Sarah Lyu’s debut novel. I have been on a big true crime kick for about a year now, with youtube, and podcasts and documentaries on netflix, but I have not read too many crime thrillers. After reading The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu, I am thinking that is something I will need to rectify soon. I really enjoyed The Best Lies. The Best Lies starts out at a crime scene. Right off the bat, we know Jack is killed and that Elise and Remy were with him that night. But the best Lies really explores the why of the killing. This story is told in two timelines- present day and the year leading up to the present day. I really appreciated that even though we were alternating between present and past, that the past timeline was not too far back in the past. We saw the last year of Remy and Elise’s life,… 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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Oct 01
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Devil’s Thief by @LisaMaxwellYA #devilsthief

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The Devil’s Thief by @LisaMaxwellYA #devilsthief

*Note: this is the second book in a series that should be read in order. If you are new to this series,  check out my review on the first novel- The Last Magician HERE The Devil’s Thief is the second novel in the Last Magician series by Lisa Maxwell. I loved the first book in this series so much. I thought the Last Magician was utterly fantastic! And I have to say that the sequel, The Devil’s Thief completely lived up to my expectations after the first. I might have even liked more than the first book! In case you are new to the series, The Last Magician is a young adult fantasy novel by author Lisa Maxwell. It is the story of Esta, who is a Mageus with the ability to time travel. Esta uses this time traveling ability to steal magical artifacts. The Devil’s Thief gave me all of the characters that I loved from the first novel, and we get to meet some more as well. I really… Read more »

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Aug 02
{Review} The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell #devilsthief

{Review} The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell #devilsthief

Holy Cow, the Last Magician was utterly fantastic! The Last Magician is a young adult fantasy novel by author Lisa Maxwell. It is the story of Esta, who is a Mageus with the ability to time travel. Esta uses this time traveling ability to steal magical artifacts. This aspect of the story reminded me of the show warehouse 13, which many of you know I really love! There is a small dose of romance, but the real star of this book was the plot. It took me a good 3 chapters or so to get into it, but after that I was hooked. I loved all the detail and background information we get early on. It does take some time for all of the information to build, but once it does we are off on a fast paced, intense adventure with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat. The last Magician was a real winner for me! One of my favorite things about… 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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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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Jul 19
{Review+Giveaway} LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES by @LauraStampler

{Review+Giveaway} LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES by @LauraStampler

LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES by Laura Stampler is a young adult chick lit book. Technically, it is a contemporary romance, however the whole thing had a very chick lit (ex: Shopaholic series, Devil wears Prada, etc.) feel to it, and I loved that about it. It made the whole thing feel like a fun young adventure. If you are looking for a girl about town, young adult novel that will have you smiling, LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES is the book for you. LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES is about Harper, a young lady who joins her aunt in New York City for a big time summer internship at a magazine. This aspect of the story reminded me a lot of the tv show, The Hills (and that spin off show that Whitney got when she moved to New York.) I think this book would be perfect for fans of those shows. Although I do have to say the girls are a lot less catty and awful… Read more »

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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 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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