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Jun 08
{Review+Giveaway} What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard @alexandraballar @FierceReads

{Review+Giveaway} What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard @alexandraballar @FierceReads

What I Lost is a young adult contemporary by Alexandra Ballard. What I Lost is so unlike anything I have read before in young adult, and that was what I loved most about it. I know that there are other books that take place in a rehabilitation/therapy center, and books that center around the issue of anorexia and eating disorders, but I haven’t really read any. I found the whole thing to be super, super interesting. What I Lost follows our main character, Elizabeth as she checks into the facility and through her treatment, as well as a group of other young women being treated at the same place. I loved the raw look we got at each of the characters. I felt like we got to know not only Elizabeth, but also her roommate and some of the other girls. They are also so different and multifaceted. I just love reading books about well crafted flawed characters. This book hit me right in my feelers. I honestly had no idea… Read more »

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Jun 08
{Review+Giveaway} One Of Us is Lying by Karen McManus @writerkmc @DelacortePress

{Review+Giveaway} One Of Us is Lying by Karen McManus @writerkmc @DelacortePress

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus is a young adult thriller. It is blurbed as being a mixture of “Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars”, and let’s be honest- that was more than enough to sell me on this book. Seriously, that was all it took for me to be super super excited to read this one. And I have to say, I really loved One of us is Lying! It was a whirlwind ride that kept me on the edge of my seat basically from the first page. One of Us is Lying is a very breakfast club set up. Five teenagers start out in detention, but here is where the pretty little liars comes in because only four of the five teens walk out of detention alive. There was also a gossip girl type element, with the whole secret gossip app, that discussed the latest school gossip. And that was just extra icing on the cake for me. One of Us is Lying is a book that… Read more »

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Jun 05
{Review+Giveaway} One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin @BethMerlin80 @InkyTheMonster

{Review+Giveaway} One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin @BethMerlin80 @InkyTheMonster

One S’more Summer by Beth Merlin is a young adult contemporary romance, and is the first book in the Campfire Series. I am a sucker for summer camp stories. I think they are the perfect summer pool/beach reads, and One S’more Summer is a great one. I loved the story and I am super excited for the second book in the series, which comes out at the end of this year. One S’more Summer is the story of Gigi, who is going through a rough patch at the start of our story. I really liked Gigi, and I certainly felt for her, though things always tend to happen for a reason. I thought that was particularly true in her case, and by the end of the book I was pleasantly satisfied that things turned out much better for her than I initially thought they would. After a string of bad luck, Gigi decides to get away for the summer, and she goes to her favorite childhood sleep away camp. Only this… Read more »

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May 24
{Giveaway} FRACTURED BEAUTY by The Fairy Tale Five

{Giveaway} FRACTURED BEAUTY by The Fairy Tale Five

   Guys! If you are a fan of Fairy Tales and romance, you can get all five of these stories for only 99 cents right now! Check it out and then be sure to enter the giveaway below! (I normally don’t do posts like this, but I am really excited about this one so I wanted to share it with you guys!) LEHUA PARKER is the award-winning author of the MG/YA Pacific literature magic realism series, The Niuhi Shark Saga: One Boy, No Water; One Shark, No Swim; and One Truth, No Lie. Originally from Hawaii and a graduate of The Kamehameha Schools, Lehua is an author, educator, and public speaker. Trained in literary criticism and an advocate of indigenous cultural narratives, Lehua is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums. Now living in exile in the high desert mountains of Utah, during snowy winters she dreams about the beach. Lehua is a pen name for Michelle C. Parker, a mediated message design and research professional. As Michelle she works… Read more »

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May 23
{Review+Giveaway} We Were Liars by @ELockhart @DelacortePress

{Review+Giveaway} We Were Liars by @ELockhart @DelacortePress

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a best selling young adult contemporary. I remember hearing a ton of hype surrounding this title when it first released a few years ago, and I always meant to read it. I know people either loved it or pretty strongly disliked it, but the summary and mystery of it all drew me in. So when I heard that they were coming out with a super special deluxe edition, I knew I finally had to get this book off my To-Be-Read list. And I am so glad that I did. We Were Liars is a crazy ride! I was so not expecting all of the twists and turns. It was emotional and I can totally see why this book is such a hit. I really enjoyed We Were Liars. The writing in We Were Liars is pretty spectacular. It is lyrical and jarring all at once. It is not told in verse, but the writing has a little bit of a stream of consciousness feel…. Read more »

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May 18
{Review} Kill All Happies by @RachelCohn @HyperionTeens

{Review} Kill All Happies by @RachelCohn @HyperionTeens

Kill all Happies is a standalone young adult contemporary novel by Rachel Cohn. I know this is going to sound crazy, but this is the first book I have read by Rachel. Kill All Happies is a story of a senior class’ last hurrah. And boy oh boy is it one heck of a night for them. I really enjoyed this crazy over the top story. It was a lot of fun to read. It was certainly not like any graduation party I have seen in real life, but I am sure graduation parties like this have taken place many times. Rachel Cohn has a very snappy and funny writing style. It was one of the things I enjoyed most about the story. The first page of the book had me laughing out loud, which I knew was going to a sign of great things to come. Happies is a local restaurant, that also has an amusement park?! What? How could something that sounds that cool, close down? Victoria, or… Read more »

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May 16
{Release Day Review} Seeker by Veronica Rossi @RossiBooks @TorTeen

{Release Day Review} Seeker by Veronica Rossi @RossiBooks @TorTeen

This is the second book in a series that needs to be read in order. If you are new to the Riders series, check out my review of Book 1- Riders, HERE Seeker is the second book in the Riders series by Veronica Rossi, and it comes out TODAY! Yay! I totally loved this duology. (and I so badly want it to be a series, which I thought it was when I read the first book. I thought there were going to be four books, one for each of the four horsemen, or maybe five with the seeker thrown in). I binge read books one and two, and man oh man, I forgot how much fun it is to read books from a series back to back. It makes me want to binge read some of my longer series that I have sitting on my bookshelves staring at me, all sad because I haven’t read them yet. (Like the Grisha trilogy, and then Six of Crows, Vampire Academy series, The falling Kingdom… Read more »

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May 15
{Review} The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty @ErinBeatyWrites @ImprintReads

{Review} The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty @ErinBeatyWrites @ImprintReads

The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty is a young adult fantasy. It is the first book in the Traitor’s Trilogy, and it is one of my favorite reads of 2017! By far. I freakin’ loved this book. I wanted to re-read it immediately after I finished it. It actually took me 4 days to read because I kept forcing myself to stop because I didn’t want it to be over. I need the second book ASAP. (I have re-written this review twice now, because every time I look at it, it feels super gushy. But I’m not toning it down any further because I want to share my excitement for this book. I seriously loved it so much!) The Traitor’s Kiss is the story of Sage Fowler, a young lady who ends up as a matchmaker’s apprentice/secret spy when she doesn’t wish to be wed herself. The book is told in multiple perspectives, including Sage’s, and some of the soldiers they encounter. Sage accompanies the matchmaker for her country along… Read more »

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May 14
{Review} Riders by Veronica Rossi @RossiBooks @TorTeen

{Review} Riders by Veronica Rossi @RossiBooks @TorTeen

Riders is the first book in the Riders series by Veronica Rossi. Riders is the story of the new incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. I found riders to be a well planned out, and super interesting read. I blew through this book super fast and immediately reached for the second book in the series. (I think I read both books in 1.5 days.) I think what intriged me the most about this story was the format it was told in. It is mostly told in flashback style. The book starts out at the end of some big event, where our main character, Gideon is being interrogated. There is so much mystery surrounding Gideon, and his interrogators. I was instantly hooked. Who were they? What do they know on their own? What is going on with Gideon. As the story progresses we get to follow Gideon as he is introduced to his new life as “war”, and we join him on the journey to find the other horsemen,… Read more »

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May 08
{Review+Giveaway} Air and Ash by @AlexLidell ‏

{Review+Giveaway} Air and Ash by @AlexLidell ‏

Air and Ash is the first book in the Tides series by author Alex Lidell. The Tides series is an epic high fantasy adventure that takes place on the high seas! Umm, yes please!! I was already kicking myself for passing an early review of Daughter of the Pirate King and I have been kicking myself ever since. I was not going to miss out on all the swashbuckling fun in another highly anticipated pirate adventure. And Air and Ash did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this adventure. I loved everything about it! I loved the characters and I really really loved the world building that Alex Lidell created. Trust me, Air and Ash is a book you do not want to miss. I absolutely loved our heroine, Nile. Yes, she is a princess, but she is kick ass! Seriously, She does not turn away from hard work or unfavorable odds. I loved her determination. Nile does not have it easy, but she always faces what is thrown at her… Read more »

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