Deception So Deadly by Clara Kensie | Book Review

(Run to You #1)

Published: May 1st 2015

Synopsis:

Originally published as the Run to You serial parts 1-3: First Sight, Second Glance, and Third Charm.

Deception So Deadly is the complete first novel in the two-book Run to You series, a riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

Run to You is Tessa and Tristan’s story—two full-length books about psychic gifts, secret lives and dangerous loves. Danger. Deception. Betrayal. It must be true love.


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

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Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre(s): Young-adult, romantic thriller

Page Count: 325

Format: E-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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This book was so good! Full of romance and mystery, this book is one you don’t want to miss. In a nutshell, I really loved the thriller aspect of this and the plot twists were great!

Quick Summary

Tessa Carson’s psychically gifted family has been on the run ever since a man named Dennis Connelly burst into their house and tried to kill them. Now they keep moving from place to place, keeping their identities secret. They can’t even ask anyone for help either, because when they do, those people mysteriously die, presumedly because of Dennis Connelly.
In their new town, Tessa meets Tristan, but doesn’t want to get too involved with him—he’s not even allowed to know what’s her true identity, so what’s the point? But Tristan is determined to know more, and Tessa can’t help but fall for him…

Plot

The plot was just great! I admit, I wasn’t that into it at first, but once I kept reading, I got really into it. I loved the idea of having psychic powers (first of all, who wouldn’t want those kind of powers? and secondly, they make all stories so much cooler!) and I really liked the whole idea of the book; a family on the run and all. Everything was set up very well, the plot wasn’t all over the place or anything, and there were plenty of plot twists and cliffhangers to keep readers on the edge of their seats! Of course, some of the plot twists can be considered predictable, I guess the only reason they weren’t for me was because I didn’t want to believe what I already saw coming. 😛 Nonetheless, this book was full of suspense and mystery, and I really enjoyed the romance too.

Characters

I just loved the characters; Tessa was just such a sweetheart! Being the only one in her family without a psychic gift, Tessa never fit in, not even in her own family. While her siblings thrive at school, wherever they go, Tessa struggles to keep up. This feeling of isolation, this feeling of being different, I sympathized with, and that made it quite easy for me to connect with her and like her. I really loved Tessa’s character; she may be considered naive by some, but I found her to be realistic. I didn’t approve of all her decisions, but I loved reading about them all the same. By the end of the novel (when all hell breaks loose) I was really hurting for Tessa, I had grown so attached to her that I felt her pain, and my emotions were all over the place.

The love interest, Tristan, was great too. I absolutely loved seeing his relationship with Tessa grow, and how natural it seemed. I could genuinely believe in the romance, and totally rooted for it too. He was simply so sweet and understanding, his interactions with Tessa was something I looked forward to the most.

Clara Kensie did a great job of having me emotionally invested in the characters, which made tragic and shocking events in the story have a greater impact, as I cared so much for the characters. It was great!

Writing Style

The writing style was gripping, I couldn’t stop reading it, and I really enjoyed it. Written in the perspective of Tessa in the first person, the writing style allowed me to clearly see Tessa’s feelings, which in turn allowed me to strongly sympathize with her. The writing style was very subtle, I was able to picture everything without having to be told what everything was like. All in all, the writing was great and simply added to my overall reading experience.

Overall…

This book was a great read, you’d never be able to tell from the cover or the beginning of the story how great it really is, but it really is. This book honestly had my heart clenched in a fist or something. The plot was hooking, and I especially enjoyed the psychic part of the whole family-being-on-the-run. I really loved the characters; I sympathized with them, and really connected with them, even though in essence I have nothing in common with them. They (or more specifically, Tessa) was simply likeable. The writing style was gripping, I couldn’t stop reading the book and the writing style made the experience quite memorable! I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for an addictive, fast-paced romantic thriller, filled with plot twists and unique ideas. 

What do you think of this book? Interesting or no? Let me know in the comments below! 

A meal of Deception and So Deadly, coming right up! You can take it to go.

Analee 10

All I’ve Never Wanted by Ana Huang | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

(Stand-Alone)

Published: June 15th 2015

Synopsis:

The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them…everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate.

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions’ path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn’t stand the most? Yeah, he’s her new housemate.

A Young Adult romantic comedy that explores what happens when a girl gets everything she never asked for, including a puppy, a new wardrobe, and, possibly, even true love.


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

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Genre(s): Romantic Comedy, Contemporary, Young-Adult

Page Count: 329

Format: e-book

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Note: I received a free digital copy of this book for review purposes thanks to YA Bound Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book.

Boy, am I glad I read this! This was a great contemporary novel, full of humour, romance and simply wonderful characters! The book is actually based from the Japanese manga series named Hana yori Dango or Boys Over Flowers.

Quick Summary

All I’ve Never Wanted follows Maya Lindberg, a high school student who has no interest in the Scions, her school’s most popular guys; Zack Perry, Carlo Tevasco, Parker Remington, and their leader, Roman Fiori. But after an unintentional mistake, Maya now has so much more than what she’s ever wanted.

Plot

Oh my god, I just completely fell in love with this plot. It was simply so addicting, and I had so much fun reading it! There was plenty of humour, romance and simply that touch of special that made me want to keep reading, at all times. What I especially loved was the comedic aspect of it. The author has a great sense of humour! I usually don’t laugh out loud reading books (I do have a sense of humour though! Or at least, I like to think. LOL.) but I did reading this one. Not to mention the fake-boyfriend idea. I haven’t read many books with the fake-boyfriend thing, to be honest, the ones I mostly remember are To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han [review], and The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West [review]. But now I can add this one to the list! And this book put a twist on it too. Well, you can kind of expect the twist, but still. It was different. To me, anyway.
All in all, the plot was great! I loved it.

Characters

Ahhhh the characters were the best part for me, I think. I simply fell in love with each and every one of them! Although I have to admit, I did get a few Twilight flashbacks in how the characters were set up. The Scions are kind of like the Cullens, you know? Rich, attractive, mysterious and all. Not to mention Roman’s temper definitely matches Edward. And Adriana, one of the Scions’ sister, reminded me a lot of Alice Cullen.
But Maya, while she’s technically in the role of Bella, she wasn’t. At all. Maya was totally awesome; smart, sarcastic, witty and rebellious, and she just cracked me up! She made stupid mistakes, sure, and her jealousy in some parts of the book might get on your nerves, but she’s not one of those girls who just let people (the Scions) push her around, and I loved her strong nature. It was great to see her develop over the course of the book, and it was so easy to connect with her, even though we don’t actually have as much in common. Maya was simply likeable. You just had to like her. At least, I did.

The Scions were awesome too. I especially liked Carlo and Parker, as well as Roman and Zack. Carlo was simply so nice and sweet! I can smile just of thinking of him, he does such nice things for Maya and is simply great. Parker… he’s one of those guys. The players. But he’s still super awesome, and I loved how he just went along with everything, no questions asked. I smile just of thinking about him too. Really, I smile thinking of all the Scions, but that’s besides the point. Roman is a jerk, I’ll tell you that. We get chapters in his POV, and at first, I really felt like chucking him with a baseball bat all the way to… Africa or something. Or maybe Antarctica. We’ll see how he survives there. His temper sometimes got on my nerves, and his jealousy was kind of annoying… but still sweet too. But by the end of the book, I’m happy to say I really liked him! It was great seeing him change his attitude. Lastly, Zack! He was really funny, his light, care-free personality really made me smile, almost all the time.

As for the other characters, I just loved Maya’s grandmother! She was hilarious, I burst out laughing in several of her scenes. She was just too funny. XD Maya’s friend Venice was great too, I liked how supportive she was of Maya.

Writing Style

All I’ve Never Wanted is in 3rd person, generally in Maya’s POV. There are also some chapters in several of the Scions’ POVs. I liked this set-up, as it kind of gave different perspectives that were both interesting to read. I wouldn’t say the writing style is for everyone, but I did really enjoy it, it was easy to read, flowed nicely and kept me hooked into the story. I will definitely be looking into more stuff from this author! 🙂

Overall…

All I’ve Never Wanted was such a great contemporary story! I haven’t watched the Japanese manga series this book was based on, (called Hana yori Dango, or, Boys Over Flowers) due to lack of time, mostly, but I’d really like to! Although I’m kind of glad I didn’t, as it gave me a chance to read this book without having my mind automatically compare to it. I loved the fake-boyfriend idea in this book, along with the awesome characters. This book did give me some Twilight vibes, but I assure you, for Twilight-haters, it wasn’t bad at all. Maya was a wonderful protagonist; witty, smart and sarcastic, what more could you ask for? The writing style was really good too, which was an added bonus. All in all, if you’re looking for a book with humour, a witty protagonist, great characters and a cute and hot romance, this book is definitely for you. I’m so glad I read this book!

Hungry? Well you should be! You simply have to gobble it up, it’s all you’ve ever wanted.

Analee 10


About the Author:

Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango (also known as Meteor Garden and Boys Over Flowers). Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad.

Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys politics, brunch, and traveling.

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The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer | Book Review

(Witches of BlackBrook #1)

Published: June 23rd 2015

Synopsis:

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurdles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?


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My Rating:4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

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Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing

Genre(s): New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 186

Format: e-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have a review on a book I really enjoyed, which is, as you can tell, The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer. I found it to be quite unique and very enjoyable, filled with suspense, Wiccan magic, and much more.

Quick Summary

Trin and her sister Kit has been looking for their youngest sister ever since they’ve been thrown forward into time by a spell cast by Trin. But something is blocking Trin from finding her, and everyone’s souls are in danger if she doesn’t find out how to defeat it. Will she be able to reunite with all her sisters, and overcome the darkness once and for all?

Plot

Maybe it’s just my lack of exposure to books with a similar plot line to this, but I found the plot to be quite different to other books I’ve read. What I loved most about the plot other than the obvious (Wiccan magic is so cool!) was the element of mystery and the theme of girl power. I found the story to be quite suspenseful, some parts were predictable, but there were lots of twists and turns to keep the story engaging.
One thing that really stood out to me was the lesser role of the main male character. You know how in most books, YA or NA, the male character often has a big role, and is focused on a lot? Well, in this book, the story was primarily led by Trin and other female characters. This is quite unique, I don’t find many books these days with this kind of thing, usually the male greatly impacts the plot in one way or another, right? While the main male character in the book did affect the story, he wasn’t some big hero that stole the attention from the females or anything. It was different, and I liked that. All in all, the plot was great; it was different, mysterious, and unique.

Characters

Trin was a great protagonist, I would say, however I do think she could’ve had a bit more personality. I don’t know, she didn’t seem as real to me as she could’ve been. That being said, she wasn’t annoying or anything, and I liked her, she was strong, willful and caring, and there wasn’t anything that I really disliked about her.

As for the other characters, I really liked them as well, especially the villain. I feel like the villain was really well done, I wish I could elaborate, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. 😉 The supporting characters, like the male love interest, Jason, and his sister Caris, were also enjoyable, but I wish they were developed a bit more. There’s not much I can say about them, which is a clear indication to me that they need more development. However, their presence wasn’t bothersome or anything, and I didn’t dislike them.

Writing Style

I think the writing style was one of the things I liked most about this book apart from the plot. Tish Thawer incorporated scenes of both past and present quite smoothly and it added more background information about our main characters in a more unique and engaging fashion. I never got confused between past and present (partly due to the fact the characters’ name changes) and I loved learning more about the characters’ past. The book is written in third person POV, mostly from the perspective of our main character, Trin, but occasionally from supporting characters Caris and Jason. I think this suited the story, and was used to effectively create different scenes throughout the story

Overall…

This story was really good, full of captivating twists and turns. What really made me boost it up to 4 stars would be because it was so addicting! I always wanted to pick this up, and continue reading it. This book boasts of a story about love, hope, and most of all, strength in family and siblings. The characters were great to read about, and Tish Thawer was able to weave scenes from the past into the present flawlessly, enhancing the reader’s experience and understanding of the book. One thing I will mention though is that the romance kind of takes a back seat in this book, or isn’t much focused on. But this new-adult paranormal romance is one you do not want to miss if you’re into magic and witches, with a unique and enchanting story.

Do you want to eat this one? How about we meet in BlackBrook?

-A

Wash Me Away by Wendy Owens | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: April 27th 2015

Synopsis:

Monsters have a way of following you.

Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.

When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her new life and friends or let the monster carry her away. The choice is hers, sink or swim.


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My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)

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Publisher: Four Bean Soup LLC

Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

Page Count: 239

Format: e-book


Note: I receives a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I had so many feels reading this book, and this book was so beautiful, telling the story of a girl dealing with suicide and finding love.

Quick Summary

Addison (Addy)’s life hasn’t been easy. Navigating life while discovering shocking family secrets isn’t too simple, especially paired with Napoleon Blake, who Addy finds herself falling for more every day. When it all becomes too much, will Addy be able to make the right choice?

Plot

I actually realized after reading this book that I haven’t read many books dealing with suicide. The most notable one I can remember is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (which I loved, by the way) and now, this one. I really liked the plot for this book. You know those kind of books that are completely unique to you but still like other books you read? That’s how it is, I kind of had a few John Green flashbacks, but overall Wash Me Away was its own touching story. I loved the storyline, learning about Addison’s backstory, as she falls in love, fights her demons, and my emotions were all over the place when reading this, because the plot really got to me. The climax especially had me on the tip of my toes, I’d become so attached to the story that I was deeply affected with what happens. (I know, I’m very cryptic, aren’t I?).
What I think could’ve been handled a bit better would be the suicide aspect of this book, because even though I knew Addy was dealing with thoughts of suicide, it was a bit less focused on for the first part of the book, and a bit more focused on the romance instead. But overall, the plot was really enjoyable.

Characters

I’m not really sure how to explain how I felt about the characters. I’ll tell you right away that I loved Napoleon Blake, the love interest in the story. His and Addy’s interactions together were just so cute, (especially this one) and their romance wasn’t a fast, hot romance, it was more of a sweet-instead-of-sexy kind of thing. And I loved it! Leo was just so lovable, and full of life, yet he has his own secrets that I really enjoyed finding out.

As for Addy herself, I just loved her as well. I wasn’t expecting to grow so attached to her when I first started the book, but by the end I was rooting for her quite hard. She went through so much and despite her traumatic childhood, remained innocent and so kind. It was truly heartbreaking to read about her pain, her belief that she’s a monster. I was taken on a huge emotional roller coaster as she started to fall in love despite the demons chasing her, watching her heart slowly mend, watching the pain become lighter. Addy wasn’t perfect, but she felt real, and she really touched my heart.

Writing Style

My tears mix with the rain, and I imagine them sinking into the earth, carrying my secrets and shame with them.

Wash Me Away had such beautiful writing, I couldn’t help but love it. Wendy Owens really showed the pain, the feelings of Addison, and did so with prose and a quotable style. Addy’s thoughts were simply so raw, the thoughts of a person who has seen and been through too much. She’s a good and smart person, but broken, and the writing really shows the effects of that. The writing was quite easy to read, and I simply flew through the pages.

Overall…

A remarkable story that not only tells a story of a girl with a traumatic past and dealing with suicide, but also a story of recovery and romance, and how there is hope under all the darkness. An emotional story, this book tugged at the heartstrings, and made me fall in love with the characters, especially Addy and Leo. The characters were so easy to root for, and I just loved the writing style. All in all, a great contemporary romance featuring a touching story with a broken protagonist struggling to fight her demons.

This book is one you don’t want to wash away. Eat it up!

-A

Unleashed by Liz Coley | Book Review

(Tor Maddox #1)

Published: May 1st 2015

Synopsis:

When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?

Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

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Publisher: LC Teen

Genre(s): Young-adult, thriller

Page Count: 306

Format: E-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have for you a review on Unleashed, the first book in the Tor Maddox series by Liz Coley. To be quite honest, I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting from this book, but I’m happy to say whatever my expectations were, they were met. Unleashed is a fun, interesting book that all dog-lovers will find enjoyable!

Quick Summary

When man’s best friend are found to be the holders of the New Flu, a deadly virus that can be transmitted from dogs to humans, everyone is buying into the government’s propaganda—except for Torrance Olivia Maddox (AKA Tor), who discovers the truth before any other citizen. What started off as a fight to keep her dog turns into the ultimate battle to save all the dogs in the country before it’s too late.Read More »

Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades | Book Review

(Crystal Frost #1)

Published: March 13th 2015

Synopsis:

Crystal Frost has spent her whole life believing she’s ordinary, and her mother has long held the secret of her heritage. When Crystal begins seeing the ghost of a dead classmate, her life spirals out of control. She’s faced with the threat that everyone will find out she’s a freak, as if the struggle to figure out her new-found abilities wasn’t enough pressure. Crystal has to find some way to save the people who have come to her for help all while trying to keep her abilities a secret. Will she be able to fulfill these overwhelming demands while solving the mystery that is the ghost of Olivia Owen?


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

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Publisher: PaperPlane Publishing

Genre(s): Young-adult, paranormal

Page Count: 244

Format: e-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Hi there! Today I have a book review on Fire in Frost by Alicia Rades, an interesting paranormal book involving ghosts.

Quick Summary

When Crystal Frost finds out she’s psychic, her whole world spins out of control, especially when the ghost of a dead classmate, Olivia, appears to her, asking her to help someone. All the while Crystal must make sure no one finds out about her special abilities. Will Crystal be able to solve the mystery of Olivia, and stay on top of it all?Read More »

Zaria Fierce & the Secret of Gloomswood Forest by Keira Gillett | Book Review

(Zaria Fierce Trilogy #1)

Published: March 6, 2015

Synopsis:

On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she’s surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.


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My Rating: 4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

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Publisher: Keira Gillett

Illustrator: Eoghan Kerrigan

Genre(s): Middle Grade, Young Adult, Fantasy

Pade Count: 224

Format: E-book


This book was used for the Popsugar challenge: A book set in a place you always wanted to visit.

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Hi! I have another review for y’all, this time on Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomswood Forest by Keira Gillett, in case you haven’t already figured that out. It’s a middle-grade fantasy novel with a great plot and writing style! The characters were also very interesting. All in all, a solid 4 stars.

Quick Summary

13 year-old Zaria Fierce has always loved to read fantasy novels. Fantasy becomes reality when she meets a river troll, Olaf, who she finds to have taken her best friend Cristoffer. In order to get him back, she agrees on a risky deal to get him back, and she and her friends set off.Read More »

Jaded Little Lies by Christina Channelle | Book Review

(Four Letters #1)

Published: May 15th 2015

Synopsis:

What do you do when the love of your life is halfway across the world?

If you’re Jade Reamer, you fill that void with writing depressing song lyrics, hanging out with asshole exes, and re-reading your dead best friend’s diary (morbid, anyone?). But she’s got a lot to deal with—getting to know her biological family, for one. Not to mention getting through her first year of university without her best friend, Nina, by her side.

Then there are the men in Jade’s life. Her ex, Connor, has baggage coming out of his ass since the car accident. Her brother, Bryn, thinks stifling who he really is while pretending everything’s okay … is okay. When that’s far from the truth. And Reed? Reed decides the best way for Jade to deal with his absence is to get her a dog. And when he finally comes back?

Well, things aren’t exactly the same.

Deciphering between love and hate is the least of Jade’s problems …those four letter words are getting more and more complicated. Especially when she and Reed are keeping secrets from each other. Because as she forms new relationships and rekindles old ones, an unexpected surprise has got Jade’s mouth spewing lies on top of the usual curse words.

But little white lies won’t hurt anybody, right?

Note: This full-length novel follows the novella, Those Four Letter Words.


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

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Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Page Count: 191

Format: e-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours via Smashwords in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have a review on Jaded Little Lies (in case you haven’t guess already). This is the full-length novel that follows the prequel novella, Those Four Letter Words. Like TFLW, this book pleasantly surprised me. I’ve been reading a lot of YA, so I thought I would try to broaden my horizons by trying this book. As a NA novel, it was an enjoyable book full of raw, gripping emotion, alongside a tumbling romance and life struggles.

Quick Summary

Jade Reamer’s life is pretty messed up. Again. Having to deal with her boyfriend deployed, another family to deal with, things haven’t been exactly pretty. Especially when her boyfriend comes back, and things aren’t exactly the same between them. Will Jade ever get a reprieve from all the heartache and drama?

My Review

The plot was pretty good, I have to say. Again, I can’t say much without giving away spoilers, but this book definitely took me on an interesting ride. The plot incorporated several matters we see in real life, without sugar-coating it, and instead kept it real and authentic.

What I really appreciated in this book was how the author, Christina Channelle, kept the characters true to themselves. They were familiar, and the way they thought, or, in particular, how Jade thought, was fun to read. I enjoyed Jade in a way I didn’t think I would, I rooted for her, laugher with her, and overall really liked her. Sure, she had her faults, and sure, she made mistakes, but that only makes her human, not a bad person. All the characters really, were intriguing, and paired with the great writing style, felt real and emotional.

Which brings me to the writing style which really got me into the story as if Jade was talking to me. Not only that, it was comfortable and easy to read, without being too unnatural for the mood of the story.

Overall…

If you like NA, this is definitely a good book to pick up. I haven’t read that many NA books, but from what I’ve read, this books seems to be pretty mild as far as NA books go. I will mention that for readers a bit more strict with the content they read, this book does include coarse language, and some steamy scenes. However it also includes an authentic protagonist with an engaging and realistic storyline. It deals with realistic matters, overall an enjoyable NA contemporary romance and if you can deal with the above, it’s an enjoyable book.

Want to eat this? Don’t want to eat this? Your pick.

-A

Note: You don’t have to read the novella before reading this one, but I think it’s better that way.

Those Four Letter Words by Christina Channelle | Book Review

(Four Letters #0.5)

Published: July 3rd 2013

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Jade Reamer is a tough girl with a reputation to prove it. She loves three people and three people only: her brother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Everyone else is irrelevant.

That is … until Reed enters the picture again.

Suddenly things start to spiral out of control and things aren’t as they seem. Life is no longer simply black and white, love versus hate. Suddenly, it’s hard to figure out which of those four letter words is true.

Especially when she can’t look away from those devil eyes.

I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. Which is it? I don’t even know anymore.

Well, let’s find out.


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

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Publisher: Christina Channelle

Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Page Count: 102

Format: E-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours via Smashwords in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have a review on Those Four Letter Words, the prequel novella to Jaded Little Lies. I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant in reading this book, as I am with most NA books. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, and it was a quick, enjoyable read.

Quick Summary

This is a short novella written as a writing assignment on love and hate for Jade Reamer, an 18 year-old who went through lots of heartache in the past, and whose life is getting no easier. When her brother’s best friend, Reed, comes back into the picture, things go even more out of control and Jade has to decide between love and hate. Which is it?

My Review

This is a pretty short novella, and there’s not much I can say about the plot without spoilers, but I will say that it was interesting and I enjoyed it! It went by pretty quickly, and I really liked looking into the mind of Jade as she went through difficult situations in the book.

Which brings us to characters. The author, Christina Channelle, I feel, did a great job at creating an authentic character. Jade’s emotions were just all so raw, so powerful, and the author handled them quite well, especially when her emotions were conflicted (which was most of the time). I really got to see who this sharp-tongued girl really was, understand her confusion, the difficulty of being angry and upset at someone, yet unable to express those emotions to said person, or the difficulty of hating someone yet loving them as the same time.

What I liked about the writing style was that it really spoke as the character. There are swear words mentioned throughout the book, and although I could’ve done better with a bit less swear words, I actually thought it was a needed addition, because it let me get to know how this character thought; what she was like, and how she spoke. It made Jade seem more like a real person, and that, I really liked.

Another thing I enjoyed about the writing style was that the author didn’t tell us everything right away, about the history between Jade and Reed. We get little bits of information at times, and we get to piece it together, which, not only made me more engaged in the book, it was intriguing to read about.

Overall…

A very well-written mature YA/NA novella! There is swearing in this book, and a few romance scenes, but overall, considering how most NA books are these days, this book was quite mild, and I liked that. It’s an intriguing novella that got me invested in the characters in a short amount of time, and has a nice writing style. If you’re looking to start somewhere in the NA genre, this could be a good start.

Don’t forget those four letter words! What is it, you ask? Why, it’s good and book, of course! If you want to eat something NA, you should try this out.

-A

Unknown Sender by Ryan Lanz | Book Review

(Stand-Alone Novelette)

Published: June 5th 2015

Synopsis:

Jessica’s world revolves around studying at college and affording prepackaged meals, which leaves little time for socializing. In fact, she is quite content without being noticed, which only makes the attention of a mystery texter all the more unwanted.

She isn’t unfamiliar with strange advances, but this is something entirely different. This person knows things about her. Things beyond just an average stalker.

Even after all that, Jessica would be much more content to forget than discover who is chasing her, electronically or otherwise. Eventually, she finds out that she can’t outrun her past.


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My Rating: 4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Applebury Press

Genre(s): Horror

Page Count: 25 (Print Edition)

Format: E-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Hi! Today I have a review on a novelette written by the person behind the Book Review Directory, Ryan Lanz. It was an entertaining read filled with suspense and elements of horror. Read on for an in-depth review.

Quick Summary

Unknown Sender follows Jessica, an ordinary college girl—ordinary, at least until she starts receiving texts from an anonymous stalker. With stress from studies, she doesn’t have time for jokes like this. But what if it isn’t a joke? Things get messy when the past catches up with her…Read More »

Aftermath by Tom Lewis | Book Review

(After the Fall #1)

Published: March 28th 2015

Synopsis:

The end of the world came fast. Between the time the warning had sounded on the TV, till when 16-year-old Paige O’Connor awakened sometime later, civilization had been crushed.

The attacks had come by “them” – those things in the ships in the sky that had appeared suddenly, and without warning.

And as Paige would soon discover, the attacks had only been the beginning.

Aftermath is the first book in the new After the Fall dystopian action series, which follows a young girl’s struggle for survival in the wake of civilization’s collapse, and humanity’s domination by an alien race of beings.


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it) | Add on Goodreads

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Genre(s): Young-adult, dystopia

Page Count: 174

Format: e-book

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Used for the Popsugar challenge: A book with a one-word title

Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! I’ve read this a while ago (or so it feels like) and I’m finally getting to the review. Woo-hoo! Anyway, without further ado, my review on Aftermath by Tom Lewis.

Quick Summary

Paige’s world is turned upside down when one day, she finds that another race of beings attacks the human population. Now there are people under the control of the beings, and there is no one you can trust. Will Paige be able to survive?Read More »

Animal by Nikki Rae | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: February 28th 2015 

Synopsis:

Ava has spent her life running from the monsters that lurk in the shadows, always the prey. She finally thinks she can settle down, have a normal life, and work on not being so scared of the world around her. That is until she runs into her worst fear.

He has finally found the potential family he has always wanted. All he has to do is make his little bird sing. Will Ava escape with her humanity intact?


My Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5/5 (Amazing)Animal

Book Information

Genre(s): New Adult, Paranormal, Suspense

Page Count: 415

Format: E-book


Used for the Popsugar challenge: A book by an author I’ve never read before

Note: I received a free digital copy of this book via Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. 

I was super excited when my review request for this book was approved! This has been one of the few New Adult reads of mine this year, and it was quite the read!

Reading the premise, I had no idea what I was getting into. I was intrigued, and that was all it took for me to request a review copy! I’m so happy I got to read this!Read More »

Frankly TWISTED by Kevin Eleven | ARC Book Review

(Tales of the 23rd Precinct #2)

To-be Published on: July 21st 2o15

Synopsis (provided by author):

Many often think that they know the characters and as well as motives behind Brooklyn’s own 23rd precinct. Well the fact of the matter is that they don’t as detectives find that scratching your head may be the key to figuring out where exactly it could have all went wrong. Moreover, this just so happens to be the dilemma of Parkside avenue’s finest as they now find themselves entangled within a twisted end at every single corner. However, what they haven’t realized is that someone amongst their own ranks has been leading them astray and is the cause of them backtracking as a result.


My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Pretty Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Flowered Concrete

Page Count: 175

Format: E-book (PDF)


Note: I received an ARC copy of this book from the author, which doesn’t affect opinion of the book. I was not compensated for this review. 

After enjoying Tales of the 23rd Precinct, I was interested in finding how I would enjoy this one. I’m happy to say I found Frankly TWISTED just as enjoyable as its predecessor.

Quick summary

Readers delve deeper into the world of the 23rd Precinct, and follow different detectives as they pursue the guilty. Little did they know the guilty was among them… and right under their noses.

My Review

The plot for Frankly TWISTED is a bit similar to Tales of the 23rd Precinct in theory, however in reading the whole story itself, the novel is assuredly different from the first. The same cliffhangers are there, along with different character POV that kept the novel diverse and interesting. There were several chilling, ‘dark’ moments in the novel, which were interesting and had me continuing the story as well.

The characters remained mostly the same since the previous novel, in that they were well-written and had several different layers to them that were interesting to read into throughout the novel. Each character had a distinct voice to them, and so it wasn’t hard to distinguish between the POV’s, which I appreciated. I was also able to keep better track of the characters this time, and was familiar with them as well, a plus to reading Tales of the 23rd Precinct.

As for the writing style, there were no dramatic changes in comparison to the style in Tales of the 23rd Precinct, so there’s really nothing new to say. Like the previous novel, the writing style suited the story and gave a good look into what was happening in the story in a clear and effective manner.

Overall…

If you have read Tales of the 23rd Precinct and enjoyed it, Frankly TWISTED wraps up things nicely (which is why I’m intrigued as to what could happen in the next book), and is an interesting novel. Overall, this books is a solid 3.5 stars. If you’re more of a contemporary, paranormal, dystopia and fantasy kind of person, I can’t guarantee you’ll enjoy this, but if you’re interested, there’s no harm in trying it out when it’s released.

Happy reading!

-A

Tales of the 23rd Precinct by Kevin Eleven | ARC Book Review

(Tales of the 23rd Precinct #1)

Published: January 13th 2015

Synopsis:

It is well documented that despicable acts in the form of murder, bank heists, snitching, and drug trafficking happen in the heart of New York City daily. However, no borough is more adept to the turmoil of the inner city streets than Brooklyn. In a unique presentation, readers will be able to follow the stories and individual background surrounding Detectives Deborah Lane, Luke Fisher & Frank Matthews. The three detectives must use their wit, competence, persistence and sly capabilities to maneuver throughout Brooklyn and wherever crime may take them. No matter what misguided notions they act upon or crossfires they may encounter, it is quite odd and compelling that each of their stories correlate into something frankly twisted. This project compares to the substantial work of great writers in the Detective Fiction genre such as Ed McBain & Clark Howard. Once the book is devoured in its form, readers will hope for a time portal hoping to transport them back to where it all began.


My Rating: 3.5 stars (Pretty Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Flowered Concrete

Page Count: 174

Format: E-book (PDF)


Please note: This book was sent to me by the author for review purposes, a fact which does not affect my opinion on the book. I was not compensated for this review, and all opinions stated are honest and my own. 

Hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a book review (or it seems to me, anyway) and so here I am with a review on a book I’ve been given for review. I had finished this book for quite a bit of time now, but hadn’t gotten the chance to post a review on it. So here I go!

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy this book, but as I wanted to try something out of my comfort zone, so I accepted the offer and kept an open mind as I was reading the book. I’m happy to say I had an enjoyable reading experience! It was definitely nothing like I expected, and I have to admit, this is one of the most unusual books I’ve ever read, but overall it was an interesting read.Read More »