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May 06
{ARC Review+Giveaway} Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya

{ARC Review+Giveaway} Just Breathe by Tamara Mataya

What I loved about Just Breathe was how character driven the story was. The plot was good and all, but the characters came to life. They made the story. We got to know both of the main characters so well, even though Just Breathe was told only from Elle’s point of view, which is pretty impressive. Dominic shone through Elle and the reader gets a fantastic picture of who he is. Just Breathe really focuses on how Elle and Dominic are getting/have gotten over their respective last relationships, which did a number on each of them. Elle is so cool. She is a librarian and she loves books just as much as I do. It was hilarious to see her get so genuinely mad about the person that was underlining some of phrases in the library books. She refused to continue reading one of them that had some underlining. It just ruined her reading experience. What I also loved about Elle was how excited she got to recommend books to… Read more »

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May 05
{Review+Giveaway} Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock

{Review+Giveaway} Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock

I have wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the cover months ago. I was so curious about these dragons and I loved the sky in the background behind the girl. This is a really hard review for me to write because there are so many things that I really loved about this book. But there were two things that didn’t work for me, and they were fairly large things. I’m going to start with what I loved. Cait is super spunky, sassy and fiercely independent. The story takes place in the future when supernatural creatures are mixed in with humans in the United States. In fact, the king is a vampire. Even though the story takes place in the future, it had a very old world feel to it. The laws, meant to “protect” women from being taken advantage of from supernaturals, were very restrictive, and even the writing had an old, historical feel to it. The writing was one of the things that I loved… Read more »

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May 03
{ARC Review} The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

{ARC Review} The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt

I expected this book to be a fun cute read. And it was, but it was also more than that. This really was a coming of age story for Holly. She is a true numbers girl as Dax called her. She is outwardly emotionless- analytical, logical and a “fixer”. The Chapel Wars is about Holly finding out what she wants, who she is and about finding her emotions really. She is only 17 but she takes on so much responsibility that it is really easy to overlook her young age. I enjoyed Holly immensely. I adored her analogies and see how she explained things. Lindsey Leavitt did such a great job with the writing of this book. It felt very conversational and welcoming. Holly seemed like a friend of mine, and her story felt like we were catching up over coffee. Just like her grandfather said, you can’t help but like Holly. She is like a breath of fresh air, swooping into every room. She has so much energy, she is… Read more »

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May 01
{Review+This or That+Giveaway} How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker

{Review+This or That+Giveaway} How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love by Ken Baker

How I got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love is part social commentary, part coming of age, and completely hilarious. I loved all of the pop culture references and the main character, Emery is such a wise ass. I loved her. I lost count of how many times she made me laugh out loud. She does not hold back. At all. She is very self deprecating- it’s her coping mechanism. How she deals with her family and the world. Her mom seemed nice enough, but it was easy to see that both of her parents favored Emery’s sister, Angel. She was the “pretty” one. It was kind of sad really. But Emery is strong- I knew she would be fine no matter what. How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love centers around a family style reality show and a weight loss competition all rolled into one. If Emery can lose 50lbs in 50 days then her and her family win 1 million dollars. Emery is a… Read more »

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Apr 29
{Review} Fall with Me by Julie Particka

{Review} Fall with Me by Julie Particka

Fall with Me was an enjoyable read. It is a fairly short book, at around 200 pages so you can easily read it in one sitting. There were many cute scenes. I loved the dates that Jenna and Sutton went on. The paint-balling date was great. I loved the dynamic between the two of them. Even when they were “pretending” for the sake of their revenge it seemed so real to me. I felt so bad for Jenna. I can’t imagine having a friend or a boyfriend that would do that to me.For me, the whole story was about the romance between Jenna and Sutton. To be honest, I didn’t care much about jerk ex-bf or jerk bff. Anyone that would treat me that way is not cool in my book. So I was fine with whatever revenge they wanted to get. And watching them fall for each other along the way was just icing on the cake. I will admit that I did see the Lacey thing coming a… Read more »

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Apr 28
{ARC Review} Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

{ARC Review} Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

Such a cute story. Wish you were Italian is the second book in the If Only series. But each book in the series is a standalone romance story written by a different author. If the other two books in the series are as adorable as this one, I need to read them too. Wish You Were Italian takes you on a fun adventure through some beautiful Italian cities. Pippa is a fun loving girl, just looking for some freedom. Her mom is an art Gallery owner and she wants Pippa to follow in her footsteps. So she sends to her ITALY (!) to take a class on art. How freakin’ awesome is that? But Pippa just wants to explore the country and take pictures. She doesn’t want to work in an art gallery. She wants to be a photographer. So once she gets over to Italy, she makes the very impulsive decision to write to the art school and say she will not be attending and take these 3 months… Read more »

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Apr 27
{Review+Sale} Intoxicating Passions Box Set by Felicia Tatum

{Review+Sale} Intoxicating Passions Box Set by Felicia Tatum

The Intoxicating Passions Box set is the complete serial series. It has all five serial/novella parts to the Intoxicating Passions series. This is the only way I like to read serials. I like it when they are all boxed up together in an ebook so that I can read them all together one right after another. It is nice because they are so short that when I read them all back to back they are like reading a full length novel. I thought the story parts were divided nicely. Each one had a good kind of cresendo ending, and they each made me want to continue on to the next part. This is the story of Korah and Dane. Korah has been hurt in the past very badly by an ex boyfriend and because of that she is very distrustful of guys. Dane is the typical love em and leave guy. One night at a time. I liked how we got to know each of the characters a little before… Read more »

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Apr 24
{ARC Review+Giveaway} I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl

{ARC Review+Giveaway} I Know Lucy by Melissa Pearl

I Know Lucy is told from Zach’s point of view. The chapters alternate between Zach, which is told in the first person, and Lucy, which is told in the Third person. It really worked for the story. Zach is the one trying to puzzle out the mystery that is Lucy, or Dani as he knows her, so Lucy’s chapters are pieces of her past that allow the reader to slowly fill in the gap between when her parents were killed and Zach’s present. I really loved watching how the story unfolded. Melissa Pearl is an excellent story teller. I loved how smart and observant both Lucy and Zach are. I think that was one of the main things that drew them to each other. It was really interesting to see how similar their thought processes were. Zach is known as the “fixer” with his friends. He always picks girls that are a little crazy or off and he likes to play hero and save the day. His friends think that Lucy… Read more »

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Apr 22
{Review} Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

{Review} Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Open Road Summer is a really heartwarming tale of two best friends. Dee is a country music rising star. She is a teen music idol, and she is going on a summer tour. But what is awesome about the story is that she is the famous secondary character. The main character of the story is her best friend, Reagan. We still got to see Reagan and Dee be goofballs together, but this was Reagan’s coming of age story. Hers and Matt. Matt was part of a family tween music group and now he is a solo performer. Teen heartthrob- all that. He is just a big ole sweetheart. Reagan is a tough nut to crack. She seriously does not give anyone a pass. You can easily tell how much she loves Dee and how she would do anything for her, but other than Dee everyone kind of got the tough girl act. She would not give Matt an inch when she first met him. I thought it was cute that… Read more »

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Apr 19
{Book vs. Movie Review} Divergent by Veronica Roth

{Book vs. Movie Review} Divergent by Veronica Roth

The Book  I have no idea why on earth it took me so long to finally get around to reading Divergent. I loved the book. The movie was good too, but as usual, I thought the book was better. It was both a blessing and a curse to have read the book right before I watched the movie. It was cool because I was really pumped up and excited with the story fresh in my mind, but at the same time- the book was fresh in my mind. So every time they deviated from the story line, I instantly noticed. The book was wonderful in it’s own right. This is one fast paced story line. The action never stopped. I couldn’t believe how much stuff happened in just one book. I mean we went from setting the stage in this new dystopian world all the way to war in one book. It was a lot. I loved Tris. What I love the most about her was what made her a… Read more »

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