Tag: ARC review

Feb 10
{ARC Review} Love Lattes and Mutants by @Sandra_Cox @KensingtonBooks

{ARC Review} Love Lattes and Mutants by @Sandra_Cox @KensingtonBooks

Love Latte and Mutants is the first book in the young adult science fiction Mutant Series. Piper’s mother was experimented on before she was born and injected with Dolphin DNA. After some time (we don’t really know too much of her mother’s backstory yet) she escaped and had Piper. Piper is interesting because while she is completely human she had dolphin characteristics, like a blowhole which allows her to stay under water for 30 minutes. Piper does a good job keeping a low profile until a boy comes along and screws it all up. Just kidding…kind of. But Tyler did force her into the spotlight a lot more. What I liked most about Piper was that she seemed to take on some siren-like qualities as well. Her voice was enchanting to males, so she had to hide that about her as well. Love Lattes and Mutants is a quick little read that I think sets up the series very nicely. I liked the book, but I feel like I have… Read more »

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Dec 19
{ARC #Review} Best Man For Hire by @TawnaFenske @LovestruckEP

{ARC #Review} Best Man For Hire by @TawnaFenske @LovestruckEP

Best Man For Hire is the third book in the Front and Center series, but each book is a complete standalone. I still haven’t read the first book, Marine for Hire yet, but I have read the second book, Fiancee for Hire. I loved Mac’s story and I was really glad to see him pop up again throughout the book. I am obsessed with the Patton brothers. I really love that each of the brothers are named after US generals. Even the sister! My history nerd side geeked out a bit over that. And then there is Grant himself. Is he for real?? I mean, seriously, how could he ever possibly be hard on himself? He is so unbelievably good to the core. He is a boyscout personified. It was so easy for me to see that he is a way better person than he gives himself credit for. Both Grant and Anna think that if you have made any mistakes at all in your life, then you are not… Read more »

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Nov 03
{ARC Review+Giveaway} #Nerd by Cambria Hebert @cambriahebert

{ARC Review+Giveaway} #Nerd by Cambria Hebert @cambriahebert

#Nerd is the first book in the #hastag Series, which is a new adult series that mostly focuses on the same couple! Do you even know how exciting that is? I don’t have to say goodbye to Rimmel and Romeo just yet. They have at least two more books about them. I love that. The books are told in dual narrative between Rimmel and Romeo. I love the name Rimmel, by the way. Romeo is the star football player, and Rimmel is a scholarship girl who seems to only study and volunteer at the animal shelter. She is forced to tutor him and he is forced to go to tutoring three days a week. Throw in a secret fraternity initiation challenge for Romeo where he has to use Rimmel in some way, and it looks like you have a typical new adult “bet” story. But I would implore you to look past that, because I normally find those books enjoyable, but  very predictable. #Nerd was not like that. It handles… 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 13
{Review+Giveaway} Promise Me This by @Christina_Lee04  @BerkleyRomance

{Review+Giveaway} Promise Me This by @Christina_Lee04 @BerkleyRomance

Promise me This is the fourth book in the Between Breaths series. Each book can be read as a standalone, and I have found with this series that this is really the case. Sometimes you get a mention or a cameo of a character from another one of the books but not very much. They basically all just live in the same city/world, but other than that each book is completely focused on the main characters. Which works out great for people that want to pick and choose which books they want to read or to read them out of order. You won’t be lost at all. Promise Me This is the story of Nate and Jessie. They both work at the tattoo shop, but on the surface they seem like complete opposites. There were so many things I enjoyed of their dynamic. I liked that at first glance they each didn’t appear to be the kind of person the other would go for. Jessie likes her guys rough around… Read more »

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Sep 17
{ARC Review+Giveaway} The #VaultofDreamers by @CaraghMOBrien

{ARC Review+Giveaway} The #VaultofDreamers by @CaraghMOBrien

I can’t even tell you how excited I was for The Vault of Dreamers. I think most of you know by now that I am a little bit obsessed with reality tv. It is kind of like big brother, but instead of a house it is a school for the ultra artsy people. Nothing is as it seems in the Forge school though. The students each have their own live stream and people can choose which student to watch. An interesting concept for sure, that is just the tip of the iceberg. This book just kept growing and growing and changing. I never knew what to expect. Jen from YA Romantics  described it as inception meets big brother, and I think that is the perfect way to describe it. (so credit to her for that!) It was a really interesting pairing for me, and the reality aspect mixed in with the dream harvesting. I couldn’t put this book down. We join Rosie on the day where the students with the… Read more »

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Sep 15
{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Dire by @AlyssaRoseIvy or @InkSlingerPR

{Release Day Review+Giveaway} Dire by @AlyssaRoseIvy or @InkSlingerPR

Yay for some good new adult paranormal. We need more of that, in my opinion. And yay for Alyssa Rose Ivy for creating an original storyline. It was part kidnapper story, part shifter and a whole lot of interesting. I really enjoyed Dire. I wasn’t sure what to make of the romance a lot of the time. I liked Cage, and Hunter left me with mixed emotions. But I do know one thing for sure, I need to get my hands on a copy of Dusk as soon as possible because I am dying to know what is going to happen next. Alyssa Rose Ivy created this world I think set in the world of the Empire Chronicles and the Crescent Chronicles because the creatures are the same and a king was alluded to, but there hasn’t been any character cross over yet (although I haven’t completed the Empire Chronicles, so maybe there is) I think that was a really cool way to set up a book. I love that… Read more »

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Sep 05
{ARC Review} Illusions of Fate by @KierstenWhite @harperteen

{ARC Review} Illusions of Fate by @KierstenWhite @harperteen

I loved this one so much! The magic and the world were all great, but what really made this book come to life for me was Kiersten White’s writing. I found her writing to be witty, engaging and utterly charming. I read this book with a smile on my face. Plus, I don’t think I have enjoyed a secondary character as much I did with Eleanor in a long time. Illusions of fate is set in an alternate past, where countries were colonizing. It had a historical feel with the vocabulary and the scenery, but it was also drenched in magic and secrecy. I ate it up! The book starts out with Jessamin writing a letter to her mother. I know this sounds silly, but the letter was the reason that I knew I was going to love this book right off the bat. It showed the voice and personality of Jessa so well. In between each line of the letter she writes the real or honest letter in her… Read more »

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Sep 02
{ARC Release Day Review+Giveaway} House Immortal by @DevonMonk

{ARC Release Day Review+Giveaway} House Immortal by @DevonMonk

House Immortal is the first in Devon Monk’s new Urban Fantasy Series of the same name. Man, I loved this book. I really loved everything about it. There are interesting, well developed characters, a kick ass plot with more twists and turns that you can even guess, and incredible world building. This is world building done right. Sometimes I think I love the world building in urban Fantasy books the most because it combines more traditional city like we are used to with all the magic and creativity of fantasy books. Devon Monk does an incredible job with her landscape. I loved that we got little bits and pieces of the Galvanized’s history through the journal entry excerpts at the start of each chapter. That was a great way to work in some of the galvanized’s history. There is still so much mystery surrounding the Galvanized, and I can’t wait to learn more about them and about what makes Matilda just a little different from them. The fact that she… Read more »

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Sep 01
{ARC Review} The Jewel by Amy Ewing @amyewingbooks

{ARC Review} The Jewel by Amy Ewing @amyewingbooks

The Jewel is the first in the young adult Dystopian series called The Lone City. The set up is not a new one in the world of dystopian, but the story is still well done. I am interested in continuing this series. I like the set up of the surrogates and the augeries the most. I am very intrigued by the powers they possess, even if I still don’t know quite why they do have them and why other people in their world doesn’t. They are not your traditional “witches”, if you can even call them that. I have a lot of questions about the world still left unanswered, but I grew to really like the characters and premise of the story. Girls from the poorest circles are tested young, and all of the ones that show signs of having powers, called augeries, are sent away from their families to live in training centers to develop their powers. Once they are of age, they are sent to auctions where they… Read more »

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