Tag: standalone

Jun 03
{Review} Two of Hearts by @Christina_Lee04 @SignetEclipse

{Review} Two of Hearts by @Christina_Lee04 @SignetEclipse

Two of Hearts is a standalone new adult romance by Christina Lee. I have read, and totally loved, a handful of books in Christina Lee’s new adult Between Breaths series. This book had a different vibe to it. It works great as a standalone as well. I really enjoyed this second chance romance between Shane and Dakota, and I loved the insight it gave me into the Native American and reservation culture. That is not a culture that I have explored much before, and it was cool to see it incorporated in this new adult contemporary. Dakota’s father ran a successful casino in her community, so when he died the casino fell to her and her mother. The problem is that her mother is 100% dutch and Dakota is 50% dutch. Some members of the Native American community saw this as a betrayal of sorts and had an issue with “an outsider” running such a profitable community business. I thought this was an interesting point of drama and strife in… Read more »

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Mar 12
{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

{Review+Giveaway} Never Trust a Happy Song by Natalie Bina #TakeControlTBR

Never Trust a Happy Song is a standalone young adult contemporary/realistic fiction novel that deals with the surface and below the surface two very different teenage girls face. Though one or two aspects of this story didn’t 100% agree with me, I liked the overall story progression and theme. And I thought the story ended in a nice place. (although where was Cassidy’s mother. She was coming up to visit with her and then poof nothing. The story ended and there was no mention of her.) This is not necessarily a happy book, but it is the journey of two 15 year old girls. When you look at Grace and Cassidy, you couldn’t find two girls that seemed further apart. Cassidy is ALL about school and studying and basically entering the rat race as a tween. It is all she has known. Which wouldn’t bug me at all, if that had been her choice. But she didn’t even seem to have a helping hand in picking the direction of her… Read more »

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Jan 15
{ARC Review+Giveaway} One Last Song by S.K. Falls @skfallssc @ForeverRomance

{ARC Review+Giveaway} One Last Song by S.K. Falls @skfallssc @ForeverRomance

Sometimes there are books that are hard to put into words why you liked them so much. The main character wasn’t necessarily likeable. Things didn’t turn out exactly how you wanted them to. People you did like in the book got hurt. But still, you were just moved by the book, in a very profound way. One Last Song is one of those books. It is such a powerful voice and story. It is dark and unexpected. The main character is certainly not anyone that I would have thought I would have liked. And I am still not even 100% sure that I do like her. But I certainly feel for her, and I can sympathize with her. And that is enough with this story. Trust me, One Last Song will make you feel all kinds of emotions. As a side note, One Last Song is a standalone read. The main character, Saylor is a girl that from the summary you will see swallows needles. In the book, you learn… Read more »

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Sep 16
{Review+Giveaway} A Blind Spot for Boys by @JustinaYChen

{Review+Giveaway} A Blind Spot for Boys by @JustinaYChen

A Blind Spot for Boys is so much more than just a cute young adult contemporary romance. It is about finding yourself, and experiencing new things, and family, and relationships and really so much more. There is also a really cute romance. :p I felt like I was discovering the Inca Trail and Machu Picchu right along with all of the hikers in the story. The beauty in Justina Chen’s book is the writing. It was elegant and detailed. The story flowed along beautifully and I could vividly picture all of the scenes, even feel the horror of the mudslide. Shana and Quattro have each experienced too much sadness for people their age. Quattro has lost his mother and Shana’s father is suddenly going blind. They are each on this journey, or dream walk hike to Machu Picchu for different reasons. Neither of them are looking for a relationship, and they ended up each finding each other, but for me that was secondary to the whole storyline. It really wasn’t but… Read more »

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Jun 18
{Book Review} Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

{Book Review} Knee Deep by Jolene Perry

Knee Deep by Jolene PerryPages: 176 pagesPublication Date: may 1, 2012 by Tribute BooksAge Group: YASource: PublisherChallenge(s): Ebook challenge,Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge, Sophomore Reading challenge, Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challengeBuy this Book: Amazon Summary(from Goodreads): Shawn is the guy Ronnie Bird promised her life to at the age of fourteen. He’s her soul mate. He’s more uptight every day, but it’s not his fault. His family life is stressful, and she’s adding to it. She just needs to be more understanding, and he’ll start to be the boy she fell in love with. She won’t give up on someone she’s loved for so long.Luke is her best friend, and the guy she hangs with to watch girlie movies in her large blanketopias. He’s the guy she can confide in before she even goes to her girlfriends, and the guy who she’s playing opposite in Romeo and Juliet. Now her chest flutters every time he gets too close. This is new. Is Ronnie falling for him?… Read more »

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May 09
{ARC Review+G!veaway} The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

{ARC Review+G!veaway} The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington

The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington ebook Expected publication: May 15th 2012 by Billington Media Age Group: YA Source: Blog Tour Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, Young adult reading challenge, 150+ reading challenge,  Just Contemporary challenge, Standalone Challenge, ABC challenge Summary(from Goodreads): Warning: Sexual References, occasional course language.When sixteen year old Poppy Douglas writes a song about her ex-boyfriend Cam and ex-friend Nikki, she has no idea that her heartbreak is about to go global.A local band picks up her song from Youtube and soon she’s along for the ride with her own fanbase as they blow up on the local club scene and hit the international charts. Though it turns out leaving Cam behind isn’t as easy as she had hoped.Tangled in a web of unfinished homework, ill-considered sexting and a new lead-singer boyfriend, Poppy has a choice to make between the ex that inspired it all and the rock God whose poster lines the inside of half the lockers at school. But as she struggles to keep her emotional dirty… Read more »

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