Review: Link by Summer Wier

Author: Summer Wier

Tittle: Link

Series: The Shadow of Light trilogy, book 1

Genre: Sci-fi, Time Travel, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 160 pages, Ebook

Published: September 29th 2015 by REUTS Publications

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

For seventeen-year-old Kira, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday than being surrounded by friends and huddled beside a campfire deep in the woods. And with a birthday in the peak of summer, that includes late night swims under the stars.

Or at least, it used to.

Kira’s relaxing contemplation of the universe is interrupted when a piece of it falls, colliding with her and starting a chain of events that could unexpectedly lead to the one thing in her life that’s missing— her father.

Tossed into a pieced-together world of carnivals and gypsies, an old-fashioned farmhouse, and the alluring presence of a boy from another planet, Kira discovers she’s been transported to the center of a black hole, and there’s more to the story than science can explain. She’s now linked by starlight to the world inside the darkness. And her star is dying.

If she doesn’t return home before the star’s light disappears and her link breaks, she’ll be trapped forever. But she’s not the only one ensnared, and with time running out, she’ll have to find a way to save a part of her past and a part of her future, or risk losing everything she loves…


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This book was…. good with an exceptionally awsome concept but it failed to make a lasting impact on me. I guess the romantic aspect bothered me too much but I did enjoy the plot which was laced with suspense and it was quite a thrilling ride.

Kira is a typical teenager who was spending her birthday with her friends when she decides to go swimming in the lake under the starry sky but things turn upside down when a piece of it falls on the lake starting a chain of events. She finds herself in a mirror world and has only a limited amount of time to get back to her world before her star dies and she gets there stuck permanently. But things are not as easy as they sound because first, she has no control over the time travel and second, something far more deeper and dangerous is at play here which might destroy her entire world.

One of the things that I liked about this book was the perfect blend of magic and scientific elements. After Kira gets hit by a star while she is swimming in the lake, it causes her to travel to a different planet, Asulon, where there are people like her from different planets, who are stuck there permanently. I liked the theory of black hole and the mystery about her father was well maintained, though I could guess he was going to play a major factor. Though some of it did happen, I’m intrigued to see how it all plays out. Some parts were a bit confusing, I would have liked a bit more explanation and I’m hoping I’m going to get my answers in the next book.

The characters were okay, I couldn’t emotionally connect with them. I did like Kira, she was a typical teenager living her life surrounded by her friends and her mother. I liked the mother-daughter relationship which we rarely get to see in YA novels. The friendship between Faye and Kira was sweet as well. However I had a major problem with the romance. There was the dreaded love triangle which felt absolutely unnecessary. There was Zane who was Kira’s childhood friend and the relationship between them was slowly evolving into something more and then there’s Evan, whom she met on Asulon. The relationship between them was totally insta-love which I hated because she was the only girl his age he ever met. Basically I didn’t like either of the relationships, there was absolutely no spark or chemistry between them. And I hated Kira’s attitude when it came to the boys, she totally forgot the other guy whenever she was with one of them. It was so annoying.

Overall, Link was a good read. Though I couldn’t connect with the characters much but I enjoyed the plot and the unique concept. The writing was simple and smooth and it was fast paced. I would have loved if some aspects were a bit more simplified but nonetheless I’m interested to see what happens next in this trilogy.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys have you read Link yet? Or are you planning to read it? If you’ve already read it, what did you think about it? What were the aspects that you loved or hated the most? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of The Secrets We Kept by Lily Velez hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Author: Lily Velez

Tittle: The Secrets We Kept

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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Trigger Warning: Depression

Page Count and Format: 226 pages, Ebook

Published: November 8th 2015

Source: I received an eARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

One year. That’s how long it’s been since childhood sweethearts Sully Graham and Cadence Gilbertson broke up, since one adoption and one out-of-state move turned their worlds upside down.

Suddenly, Cadence is back in New York City, but something’s different about her. The light in her eyes, the music in her laughter, the warmth in her smile—all of those things have entirely vanished. In their place stand the makings of a girl Sully can’t even begin to recognize, much less understand.

Still, despite the collective history of heartbreak between them, he’s convinced he can win her trust again, and he’s committed to proving the invincibility of their love no matter what it takes.

But Cadence is quietly harboring secrets of her own. Dark secrets. Ugly secrets. Secrets that could break a person. And though broken herself and unbearably lonely, she’s determined to protect Sully from her terrible, biting truths. Even if it means locking him out of her life forever.

The only problem is it seems her heart hasn’t quite received the memo. One glimpse of him is all it takes for her to trip into familiar (and, she’ll admit, addictive) feelings that threaten to all but consume her. Now her biggest fear is that her secrets will begin to slowly unravel one by one…long before Sully’s resolve ever does.

The Secrets We Kept is a moving story about first love, friendship, and forgiveness, and the enduring bonds that forever connect us and give us our strength.


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It’s difficult to express this book into one line or so. So I’m going to dive directly into the review…

Cadence and Sully first met at a foster home, since then they have been together but he broke up with her when she moved to California after getting adopted. After one whole year she’s back to New York but something seems different about her. Sully wants her back in his life but she wants to maintain her distance from him. Incidentally Sully discovers her bottle of antidepressant medicine but she shuts him off and her other old friends after that. Can Cadence open up to him or the even bigger secret she’s hiding will destroy their hope for future?

This story definitely isn’t light in any way. It potrays the harsh reality that so many people has to face in foster homes. It deals with so many other aspects as well, like anxiety, depression, death, guilt and moving forward in life by accepting the ultimate truth. I did face difficulty in connecting with the characters but nonetheless they were uniquely portrayed. Every character had their specific voice and they were so different from each other. I liked the bonding between the children in the foster home where Cadence and Sully lived. But the plot felt a bit flat for me, although it dealt with pretty serious issues but it felt like it was neither moving anywhere.

Cadence was definitely a unique character. She didn’t trust people easily and when she did, she trusted them with her whole heart. The story dragged on a bit but finally after the revelation about her big secret I could understand where she was coming from. She suffered from depression after moving away and that intensified much more after the “incident” which I can’t reveal without giving out the main secret. Sully was a nice character. He loved Cadence and he sacrificed his love because he wanted her to actually live her life. That was indeed sweet and I liked that he fought to win her back. Oh before I forget, I loved the friendship between Haley and Cadence, they met in a support group and they both opened up to each other. Without Haley’s support she would’ve never gotten the strength to finally confess everything.

Overall, The Secrets We Kept was a story of love, loss and moving forward. Although I liked Cadence and Sully, I didn’t find myself rooting for them that much. The writing style was simple and easy to read. I did feel a little confused at first because it was suddenly going to the flashback then jumping into the present once again. The pace was even throughout the book, it was neither too slow nor too fast. Everything was neatly executed and realistically portrayed.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

LilyLily Velez has been writing stories since she was six years old. Not much has changed since then. She still prefers the written word and her overactive imagination over the ‘real world’ (though to be fair, her stories no longer feature talking dinosaurs). A graduate of Rollins College and a Florida native, when she’s not reading or writing, she spends most of her days wrangling up her pit bulls Noah and Luna, planning exciting travel adventures, and nursing her addiction to cheese. All this when she isn’t participating in the extreme sport known as napping. You can learn more about Lily and her books here.

Lily’s debut young adult novel, The Secrets We Kept, released on November 8, 2015.

Author Links:

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Review: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of Return Once More by Trisha Leigh hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Author: Trisha Leigh

Tittle: Return Once More

Series: The Historians, book 1

Genre: Sci-fi, Historical, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 216 pages, Ebook

Published: October 20th 2015 by Bloomsbury Spark

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.


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Return Once More was a fast and enjoyable read. Although I didn’t fall in love with this book but I immensely liked the concept which was totally fresh and unique.

Kaia along with other people live in a different planet because earth is not inhabitable anymore. She is training to be a historian. The historians go back in time and observe the situation with their own eyes and analyse them so that they can prevent a massive disaster from happening again. And during their 17th birthday, they get to know the identity of their one true love. Similarly, Kaia learns that as well but she can’t help herself and goes beyond her limit which causes a change in the history which could farther cause disastrous consequences if she doesn’t fix them in time. Also she begins to understand that everything they had been taught so far, might not be all true.

I absolutely love the concept of time travel. And this was executed well here. This was actually the first thing that caught my attention that made me immediately want to read this book. Kaia was an interesting character, she was curious and smart but sometimes she made impulsive decesions as well. When she learned the identity of her true love, she couldn’t resist herself. This book went back into the ancient times, absolutely in the time of Julius Caesar. I enjoyed the setting and the time travel. But the romantic aspect bothered me, I understand it was an important aspect but she barely knew the guy and in their third meeting she’s already saying she’s in love with him. That part was a bit unrealistic and I would have loved if it was the slow burn kind but other than this fact I found this book to be interesting.

Oz was a mysterious character which immediately made him interesting to me. I wanted to know more about him. He was also one of the true of Kaia’s best friend, Sarah. But after the way this book ended, I’m sure it’s going to a take a different turn and I’m very much interested to see what happens next. There was a strong possibility of a love triangle in this book but thankfully that didn’t happen. Though I feel there might be a possibility in the second book. Nonetheless I’m interested to find out.

The mystery surrounding Kaia’s brother, Jonah was well maintained, we only learn that he escaped the historians and has been living like a pirate witha few others. The plot was well laid in this book which managed to create a base of suspense and I feel things are going to be revealed as we proceed. The side characters were pretty interesting as well, specially Analeigh, she was a loyal and a great friend to Kaia.

Overall, Return Once More was an interesting read with a fresh concept and great set of characters although it felt it dragged on at some parts. The writing style was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I didn’t have any problem and finished the book in two sittings. I can’t wait to read the next book!

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

TrishaTrisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it’s pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y’all. Most of the time. She’s been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey’s kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90’s-00’s.

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are numerous, loud, full of love–the kind of people that make the world a better place. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they’ve taught, through characters and stories–made up, of course, but true enough in their way.

Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She’s represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at here.

If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out my pen name, Lyla Payne!

Author Links:

Website || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter

Purchase Links:

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Review: Resist by Tracey Martin – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of Resist by Tracey Martin hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Author: Tracey Martin

Tittle: Resist

Series: RedZone duology, book 2

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 198 pages, Ebook

Published: November 17th 2015 by Samhain Publishing

Source: I received an eARC of this book from Xpresso Book Tours for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Truth is a powerful weapon…but explosives never hurt.

Sophia can run but she can’t hide. RedZone is on her tail and those of the six tech-augmented soldiers who escaped its clutches with her. If she could only focus on fighting her way to safety, she might live long enough to disappear. But it’s not just her own backside she needs to watch out for.

At her side is her boyfriend, Kyle. He’s the reason she found the courage to escape, and she’ll do anything to keep him and his secrets out of RedZone’s hands. Only problem is, since she was once sent to capture him, he has good reason not to trust her.

In fact, there’s not much trust to go around. RedZone keeps finding them, suggesting someone is a traitor. And if that’s not enough to recapture the group, the organization has a backup plan. One that will force Sophia and Kyle to choose between safety and risking everything one more time.

Warning: Contains killer robots, mutant college students, and dangerous super soldiers. And those are the good guys. It’s enough to make a rogue assassin wish she were taking her philosophy final instead.


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I enjoyed reading the RedZone duology. It’s was full of action and adventure, it was definitely a great ride. You can read my review of Revive (book 1) here.

Resist picks up where book 1 was left off. Sophia and the whole gang are on the run from RedZone but they keep finding them somehow despite their best efforts to stay hidden. It’s not long before Sophia finds herself in the starting point once again when she is kidnapped and brought back to RedZone and they try to wipe her memories again. She is kept as a prisoner in the place where she once called home. But stakes are even higher this time, if her memories don’t come back soon, then they may not be able to stay alive to see the next sunset.

What I liked the most about this book was that it was filled with suspense and action from the very first page. We are kept in suspense about what is going on which kept me fairly interested. The beginning of this book was a bit confusing but when I realized what was happening I was startled. Sophia was back to square one which was a bit dissapointing, it was a lot like reading the first book once again. I wanted to see something new, more risky tasks but thay didn’t’t happen but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book. Although I felt the ending was a bit rushed, I would have loved if there was a much more detailed scene but nonetheless it was satisfying.

The characters were pretty good and enjoyable. I liked Sophia and this time, although when her memory was gone she was confident and trusted her instinct and that probably the things that saved her. We don’t get to see more of Kyle, but he is present in the flashbacks of Sophia when she starts getting her memory back in glimpses. I’m so glad there was no insta-love or that sort of thing between Sophia and Kyle because seriously, they don’t get to spend much time together in all the chaos. Although I was not a big fan of Cole in the first book, I warmed upto his character towards the end.

Overall, Resist was a good ending to the RedZone duology. It was action packed and laced with suspense. The characters enlived the story and they were pretty enjoyable. The writing style was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes if you enjoyed the first book.


Author Bio:

MPP-author-photo-shrunkTracey Martin grew up outside of Philadelphia, the lucky recipient of a drama-free childhood, which is why she spent so much time reading about other people’s lives. It was while she was working on her doctorate in psychology that she had an epiphany–imaginary people are way more fun than real ones. And so she began writing. Never able to choose just one of anything, she currently writes both urban fantasy for adults and contemporary stories for teens.

She likes her coffee simple, her music epic, and her movies to contain explosions. A city girl at heart, she doesn’t understand how she and her husband ended up living in New Hampshire, but writing keeps her off the mean, small town streets. You can find her online at here.

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Review: Revive by Tracey Martin

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Tittle: Revive

Series: RedZone duology, book 1

Genre: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 210 pages, Ebook

Published: May 19th 2015 by Samhain Publishing

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

What the mind forgets, the heart remembers.

Alone in a train station bathroom, Sophia Hernandez has no memory of who she is or how she got there. All she’s certain of are three things: her college ID is a lie, bad people are coming for her, and no one can be trusted.

The only clue to her past is the fellow student who finds her. Although Sophia’s gut tells her Kyle is lying when he claims he can’t help her, his touch makes her heart race. Is it because of a red-hot natural attraction, or a missing memory of something far more dangerous?

As two mysterious, menacing men chase them from the station, Sophia’s memories return in frustrating fragments. So do deadly skills she didn’t know she had. In the next forty-eight hours, a loved one’s life will be on the line as she sifts through a mounting tangle of secrets and lies.

Including the most heart-wrenching secret of all. Not only isn’t she a normal college student, she isn’t even a normal human.

Warning: Contains one girl who is more than she seems, one boy who knows more than he’s telling, and enough twists to give you whiplash. Expect explosions of all kinds.


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Revive was a pretty interesting take on the dystopia and the sci-fi genre filled with action and suspense throughout the entire book. It was an awsome ride and I throughly enjoyed it.

Sophia Hernandez finds herself in the washroom of a train station, she doesn’t remember the reason why she is here or with whom. She can’t remember any facts about herself. When Kyle, apparently a fellow student and her friend finds her she begins to remember bits and pieces. But she’s sure of one thing- bad people are coming and she has to escape no matter what but she doesn’t remember who’s her ally and who’s her enemy. She knows one thing, Kyle’s not entirely innocent as he is behaving but they have no time to argue as they run to save their lives. Sophia is confused, her heart tells she should believe him but can she trust Kyle or will that jeopardise her entire life?

Revive was action packed from the very beginning which I liked a lot. I was thrown into the chase as Sophia and Kyle ran for their lives. I like books dealing with amnesia and here it was pretty interesting to see how Sophia dealt with things when she couldn’t remember things exactly how and what they were. The chapters in this book alternates with the present and the flashbacks of the past which sometimes threw me off track and it felt a bit of a drag on. The plot was kind of similar to other dystopian novels, I could understand from the beginning that who were actually the bad guys and same goes for the plot twist, it was pretty easy to guess what was coming. But nonetheless, I found the concept of genetically engineered mutants very interesting and how things functioned in RedZone, i.e. the secret organisation where Sophia and her unit were brought up or rather created.

Sophia was a kickass character, I liked how she worked depending on her instincts and didn’t take a shit from anybody. Her unit was like her family, with whom she grew up with. (I soooo wish I could fight like her!) I liked her and Kyle together but I wanted to see more of them. I liked him, he was simple (apparently not) and sweet. And I liked the side characters as well, specially Sophia’s team members. I’m looking forward to see more of them in the next book. And that was an awsome hell of a team work they did towards the end of this book. The last 30% was pretty intense and I was glued to my screen!

Overall, Revive was a pretty good start to a series. I can’t wait to see what happens next and how they deal with it. Although the plot was similar like any other dystopian novel but I found the concept pretty interesting and the characters were awsome as well. The writing was smooth and easy to follow, although the continuous flashbacks bothered me a bit but the pace was fast throughout the book and I easily flew through the book. I’m pretty exited, can’t wait to read the next installment!

Recommend it?

Yup!


So guys have you read Revive yet? If yes how was your experience? Did it meet your expectations? Or are you planning to read it soon? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Stupid Boy by Cindy Miles

Author: Cindy Miles

Tittle: Stupid Boy

Series: Stupid in Love, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 181 pages, Ebook

Published: February 17th 2015 by TKA Distribution

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Brax Jenkins and Olivia Beaumont are the most envied couple at Winston University— but the so-called “virginity dare,” orchestrated by Brax’s old fraternity, almost tore them apart. Now, a new dare is taking shape, and it’s sure to set emotions ablaze- more than ever before.

Winston’s “It Girl” Harper Belle isn’t just president of the Deltas- she’s also a master at keeping her ugly past a secret. So, when the Kappas’ dare hits closer to home for her more than anyone realizes, she devises a competition of her own as payback. Three sorority sisters will seek out a notorious womanizer on campus and–unbeknownst their “mark”- secretly train him to be the perfect boyfriend. Always up for a challenge, Harper targets the biggest player she can find: Brax’s wickedly handsome foster brother Kane McCarthy.

But, Harper discovers there’s much more to Kane than girls, games, and partying. His easy smile belies the quiet, old soul reflected in his deep brown eyes. All it takes is one night, one secret laid bare, and one kiss from Kane to shift Harper’s world on its axis. Suddenly, the girl who’s always walked a straight and narrow path can’t think of anything else except losing control.


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I was very exited to read this book since I absolutely loved Stupid Girl. (You can read my review here.) But unfortunately, I didn’t fall in love with this book. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy it because I did but it failed to create a lasting effect on me. By the way, in Stupid Girl, White Horse was playing in my mind, here it was Let It Go! 😛 And although this book can be read as a standalone, I recommend you read book one first.

In Stupid Boy, the Delta sisters headed by Harper Belle plan to put a final stop to the dares by the Kappas by giving them a taste of their own medicine. They plan for a complete bad boy makeover and for that Harper chooses Kane McCarthy, Brax’s brother as her victim. But as they get to know each other, Harper learns about his wounded past and realises that they are both broken. But Harper is reluctant to let Kane see her inner demons. But when the truth comes out, will they give each other another chance or will they drown in their nightmares and be lost forever? (Really, I have zero talent on how to write a blurb, I totally suck!)

Once again, I have to tell that the plot was clichéd, it was pretty similar to that of book 1 just with different pasts. But unlike in book 1, I didn’t feel that much sympathy for the characters, it didn’t tug me at my heart. I was told that the characters suffered in this way and honestly, I felt really bad for them but that was it. I couldn’t wholeheartedly connect with them. Though I did enjoy the romance between them but it escalated too quickly. I liked the romantic aspect most in Stupid Girl, half of the book Brax and Olivia were simply friends and slowly their relationship developed, and here, one moment she was complaining about him of stalking and the next she was telling him her secrets and kissing him. Really not done! I guess my expectation went up a bit, okay I know it went above’s the sky’s limit but still I was very upset that it didn’t meet my expectation.

Harper and Kane both had a bitter past which scarred them for life. They both lived in an abusive environment. But from the blurb, I thought Harper was going to be an ice queen, instead she was the complete opposite. I liked her but I definitely would have enjoyed it more if she maintained a cold hard exterior and Kane would’ve work hard to break her false facade. (Never mind my tini tiny expectations which were crushed!). Kane was different as well, he was calm and gentle, completely opposite to that of Brax but I loved his persistent nature. I just wanted more time so that characters and the plot could develop but things just wrapped up a bit too quickly for my taste.

Overall, Stupid Boy was an okay read. I enjoyed it, just didn’t quite fall in love with it. The plot was clichéd and the I couldn’t connect much with the characters though I liked the romance between Kane and Harper but I wanted more depth in the plot. The writing style was simple and smooth, I enjoyed the flow of the dialogues. And the pace was even throughout the book, neither too slow nor too fast. Although this book didn’t quite meet my expectation, I’m pretty excited to read the next book in this series.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, how many of you have read Stupid Boy? Did it meet your expectation or was it just an okay read for you? Also have you read Stupid Girl, i.e. book 1 in this series? Did you enjoy it more or less compared to this book? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Holly Hearts Headlines by Kenley Conrad – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of Holly Hearts Headlines by Kenley Conrad hosted by Chapter by Chapter. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Author: Kenley Conrad

Tittle: Holly Hearts Headlines

Series: Holly Hearts Hollywood, book 2

Genre: Contemporary, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 152 pages, Ebook

Published: October 27th 2015 by Swoon Romance

Source: I received an eARC of this book Chapter by Chapter as a part of the book tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Holly Hart has it all: designer clothes, affluent friends, a recording contract, and she’s dating the biggest pop star in America.

It’s too bad he can’t be seen with her in public. It’s even worse that he seems so very cozy with Lacey, the girl who seems to enjoy stealing Holly’s dream and taking all the credit for their platinum-selling album.

And Lacey? Well she couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket, but that hasn’t stopped her from basking in the glow of the fame and fortune that comes with pretending to be Holly.

Yet, Holly signed a contract vowing to never reveal her true identity as the girl behind the hit songs. Her record label doesn’t want anyone to know their teen dream is really a chubby, insecure girl from Iowa.

Holly needs to focus on finals. She can’t let herself be distracted by the extremely hot and talented Grayson Frost or his prevailing attachment to Lacey. This is the deal Holly made, and she has to honor it no matter how much she hates it.

As if that’s not enough pressure, her grandparents have come to stay, her mom is dating a guy who makes his own deodorant, Shell Shocked Records want Holly to distance herself from Grayson, and she’ll probably end up failing Driver’s Ed.

In a town full of gossip and secrets, Holly wonders just how much longer she can continue to live a double life.

When the media gets a little too close for comfort, both Holly and Lacey are at risk. Soon Holly realizes her dream isn’t only about her and if she is to ever be truly happy, she’ll need to find a way past her insecurities.


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Holly Hearts Headlines started right after where book 1 left off. You can read my review for book 1, i.e. Holly Hearts Hollywood here.

*CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS BUT READ AHEAD IF YOU’VE READ BOOK 1*

Holly has it all but she can’t actually share all her secrets with anyone except Serena who already knows the most of it being the executive’s daughter and Holly’s friend. Everything around her is a mess and things are getting more and more complicated as days are passing by. She’s juggling with her double life but the question is how longer can she keep but before her secret comes out?

In this book, Holly’s life is more complicated as she’s also dating Grayson and Lacey is upset with her. But as she said in book 1 that she was going to mend their relationship, she does nothing of that sort. Instead Holly turns so selfish in this book that I could hardly recognise her with the girl in book 1. Yes, I know Lacey isn’t a great person but what Holly did was actually more terrible. But thankfully her common sense came back and she confessed and did the most of it to redo the consequences. I liked the fact that she did her best to return to her original version and be the girl that everybody loved, though it took her a lot of time to understand that what she was doing was actually wrong and she was being too self centered. I loved how she mended all her relationships that had gone all wrong and did the best to be a better person.

The romance was okay but I really wanted to see more communication between Holly and Grayson but we didn’t get to see that so I didn’t actually root for these two as much I wanted to. I liked the friendship aspect in this book and I loved Serena. She’s the perfect friend, always coming to rescue. I would love to have a friend like her. Although she’s so famous and rich she’s not snobbish and bitchy like Lacey. I wanted to see more about the singing accept but there was almost nothing about it, I hope we get to see more about it in the next book.

This book was written in diary format as well, like the first book. The writing style didn’t bother me much in this book because I was sort of comfortable with it after reading the first book. The writing was simple and easy to read. I easily finished this book in one sitting and the pace was even throughout the book.

Overall, I enjoyed reading Holly Hearts Headlines. The plot was good and there was character development. I wanted to see more about the singing aspect and hopefully we’ll get to see it in book 3. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes if you enjoyed book 1.


Author Bio:

Kenley ConradKenley is a twenty-something cat lady who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. When she’s not working her office day job or writing books, you can find her either singing and dancing or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

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Review: Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad

Author: Kenley Conrad

Tittle: Holly Hearts Hollywood

Series: Holly Hearts Hollywood, book 1

Genre: Contemporary, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 154 pages, Ebook

Published: September 23rd 2014 by Swoon Romance

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. She moves to Los Angeles from the small town of Cedar Junction, only to hear she’s too fat and ugly to be a famous singer.

But when Shell Shocked Records looks past Holly’s plus-size and less-than-graceful-personality to offer her a recording contract, Holly cannot believe her good fortune. On closer inspection, however, the the record execs want Holly to do all the singing, and a thinner and more beautiful girl, Lacey, would lip-sync and get all the credit. Holly goes for it because after all, she wanted to sing.

Contractually bound to secrecy, Holly is more than happy to sit backstage and write in her journal while Lacey shimmies in the limelight and basks in the fame. Before she knows it, Holly is friends with Serena, the pop-star daughter of a music-mogul, flirting with an intern, and developing a strange half-friendship with Lacey.

When Grayson Frost, the biggest country star in America, and coincidentally, a former school bully begins dating Lacey, Holly hopes that he won’t recognize or torment her.

Through a series of embarrassing and weird events, Holly gets to know Grayson and learns that he is much nicer and more mature than he was four years ago. Holly is horrified when she starts falling for him. When Grayson admits he fell for Lacey’s voice, what is a girl to do when she can’t legally tell the truth at the moment when the truth matters the most?


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I’m still a bit confused what to feel about this book because I thought this was going to be like some forbidden kind of thingy like “Another Cinderella Story” featuring Lucy Hale but it was not exactly what I wanted. Though there were some pretty funny moments but this book didn’t live upto my expectations.

After hearing Holly’s voice in YouTube, Shell Shocked Records offered her a recording contract but it has a catch, she can’t come infront of the camera and some another girl named Lacey would be the front face and will lip-sync her songs and get all the credit. Holly agrees to the condition because she hates being the centre of attraction. But then Grayson come into the picture, her former classmate and a bully. As she gets to know him, she realises he has changed a lot and also that she can’t help but like him. She wants to tell him the truth but she’s bound in a contract. And on top of that the executive of Shell Shocked tells Holly to stay the hell away from them. It’s upto Holly to decide if she wants to keep intact the contract or her friends.

I thought the concept was going to be executed in a different way. But unfortunately, it wasn’t. When someone is a singer, I think the voice matters the most and not your size. I don’t think I’ve ever criticised a person who has a gorgeous voice but is a plus size. Like who even cares when you have an awsome voice! But this was not the case for Holly when Shell Shocked offered the contract to her only if she agreed to be behind the camera. I was outraged or you can say dissapointed, that she even agreed to this and even her mom was okay with this! Like seriously, WHAT THE HELL! This thing was what that bothered me the most, I thought there was going to be some more unusual circumstances under which she had to agree to this ridiculous demand. Other than this factor, the book was quite enjoyable and even hilarious sometimes. The was not much forbidden romance as I had expected (I wanted that, you guys know I’m a sucker for forbidden romance) , I wanted to see more communication between them, somehow the connection between them felt empty.

The characters were… umm good! I can’t say I couldn’t exactly connect with Holly because I did. I liked her voice and I could connect with the insecurities that she felt but still that doesn’t mean you could make that stupid decesion! I liked the friendship between Holly and Serena, the executive’s daughter, who’s also a singer. She was a great character. I didn’t like Lacey much, she was a snobby character. She did have a good side but she usually liked being a bitch. Grayson was somewhat okay, we didn’t see much of him in the book, so I don’t know what I exactly feel about that guy but like I said I wanted more communication between him and Holly.

This book was totally written in diary format but it didn’t actually follow the full style because there were too many dialogues. I don’t know why the author bothered to write it that way because it would’ve been fine if it was chapter wise because it totally looked like that. So yeah, it kinda bothered me at first. I thought I was going to DNF it but I carried on. The writing was simple and easy to read and the pace was slow at the beginning and even throughout the rest of the book.

Overall, Holly Hearts Hollywood was a book that I somewhat liked. The concept and the writing style bothered me but the characters were good and I liked the friendship aspect of this book. It was funny and hilarious sometimes. The writing was simple and the pace differed a little throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes if you like this kind of storyline.


Guys, have you read this book yet? Did you love it or hate it? Or was it just meh for you? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Back To Us by Teresa Roman

BtUAuthor: Teresa Roman

Tittle: Back To Us

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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 157 pages, Ebook

Published: July 28th 2015

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Abandoned by her parents at fourteen, Jessica knows what it means to struggle. She’s vowed that getting her degree is the only thing she has time for, until a summer internship brings Justin into her life.

But Justin has scars of his own. A tour of duty in Afghanistan has left him with wounds. A medical discharge from the Navy leaves Justin struggling to make sense of his new reality. Then he meets Jessica; but can the two of them leave their pain in the past and make a future together?


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Back To Us was a light read, it had a lot of potential but it felt flat for me. It had a promising start but somewhere towards the middle the rhythm got lost. Nonetheless I did enjoy this book, I just didn’t fall in love with it.

The story is about Jessica and Justin. Jessica’s financial condition is not so good. She had a pretty rough childhood and now she lives with her brother Mike. She got a summer job in a community centre where she meets Justin for the first time. The two of them connect because of their tragic past yet trust remains an issue between them. As things heats up between them, they have to decide if they want to leave things as they were or take a chance on each other and move forward.

The plot leans towards the poor girl rich boy storyline which is usually not my thing. But still the story started slow and steady which I liked. But I would have liked a few more interactions, heart to heart conversations between them before they decided to take things on the next level but nonetheless I enjoyed their relationship. I was glad it was not insta-love but I didn’t feel any depth in their relationship either which was a bummer. It took a lot of time for Justin to trust her back, of course his issues were much bigger being an amputee but still, it was like he was forcing her out of his life because of the guilt he felt when she repeatedly tried to tell him it didn’t matter. It was frustrating, it felt the plot was moving back and forth without moving towards any conclusion. The ending felt rushed, they got back together so fast, it felt unrealistic and we were just told the other things which happened at the end when I actually wanted to see those incidents play out.

The characters were okay for me. I didn’t feel much attached to them. Jessica had a pretty bad childhood, her father practically disowned her and her brother. Since then she had been living on her own. I liked Jessica’s strength and independent nature and also that she didn’t easily quit and fought back. Justin worked as a medic in the navy but after a tragic incident he lost both of his legs. He struggled very much and lost his self confidence. But with Jessica he wanted to be better and more but most of the time his insecurities won. I wanted to see his character evolve but unfortunately we didn’t get to see that because the ending was rushed. But I did love Mike, he had quite a few bad habits but he was a great big brother and he was always there for Jessica.

The writing was simple and easy to read. This book wasn’t too long, so I easily finished it in one sitting. The pace was even throughout the book.

Overall, Back To Us was an okay read for me. The plot was clichéd, the starting was good but it didn’t manage to keep me interested throughout the book. The characters were somewhat okay and I enjoyed the romance but I wanted more depth to it. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe if you like this kind of plot.


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Review: Waterfall and Waterproof by Amber Garr – Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my tour stop of Waterfall and Waterproof by Amber Garr hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


WaterfallAuthor: Amber Garr

Tittle: Waterfall

Series: The Water Crisis Chonicles, book 1

Genres: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 155 pages, Ebook

Published: June 2015

Purchase Links: Amazon || B&N

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours as a part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

The water is gone. The wars have begun.

Clean water is a luxury most can no longer afford. Climate change, industrial sabotage, and greed have turned country against country as each one tries to provide for its citizens. Terrorist groups target desalinization plants and frustrated governments hunt those who work against them. Rationing, sequestering, and patrolling have become routine at a time when there are too many people and not enough resources.

While the world around them disintegrates into chaos, Zach and Vivienne hope that their life in a government-run complex will retain some semblance of normalcy. But when attacks on their water supplies bring war to their sheltered community, they must accept their new fate. Stay and fight or flee and endure—it’s a difficult decision with lasting consequences.

Will they choose what’s safe? Or will they choose to survive?


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I enjoyed a lot while reading Waterfall. This book was actually a novella first, later developed into a full length novel. It depicts the incidents that happened before Waterproof.

This book takes place when water is very scarce and nearly all the resources have been exhausted. Zach and Vivienne are best friends and they attending high school at that time when their fathers packed up their belongings and fled from their city to another place because the government were taking people above 18 year old in the factory and it’s known that once they go in, they never come back. Both their families join a group of people known as deserters and hence begins their journey of survival.

The plot was quite interesting. Vivienne’s father worked for the government and that’s why he got to know that the draft was going to take place in their city. So they all managed to flee somehow otherwise they would have taken to the factory. I enjoyed the action quite a lot. I also loved the friendship between Zach and Vivienne, they were ready to protect each other at all cost. It was quite difficult for them to leave their old lives and settle for a new one but they had no other option rather than living like a scavenger.

The characters were pretty great as well. I liked Vivienne, she was more brave and fierce than Zach who usually was a calm and normal guy. There’s no romantic relationship between them yet in this book but nonetheless I liked their bond. I loved their parents as well.

Overall, Waterfall was a really good read with a strong plot and great characters. The writing was simple and easy to read. I easily finished this in one sitting and it was fast paced through the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


WaterproofAuthor: Amber Garr

Tittle: Waterproof

Series: The Water Crisis Chonicles, book 2

Genres: Dystopia, Sci-fi, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 176 pages, Ebook

Published: September 12th 2013 by Smashwords Edition

Purchase Links: Amazon || B&N

Source: I received a digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours as a part of the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Dying of thirst is the new reality.

Five years after the last drop of clean water disappeared, global societies collapsed and nuclear war shattered all hope of recovery. In a place now only a skeleton of its former self, survivors fight to avoid capture by the government. Forced to work in factories that produce the only drinking water available, those who go in, never come out.

Zach and Vivienne have lived as deserters since they were teenagers. Fighting amongst their own and scrounging for the necessities of life, they’ve learned to rely on each other in every way. Yet when tragedy strikes and the true objectives of the government facility are revealed, their world is ripped apart. A fate once thought to hold their demise may be the sole answer to their survival. Who can they trust? Who can they believe?

In this life, it pays to be waterproof.


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Waterproof starts after 5 years after the incidents that took place in the first book. Zach and Vivienne are constantly on the run and they still live with the deserters. Water has been totally wiped out and the remaining water bodies have been contaminated to such an extent that they can’t be purified. All of them have to fight and struggle to get water from the government trucks or other places. Not only this, they have to fight other deserters for survival as well. But when Vivienne and a few others are captured, the remaining of them set out to rescue them from the factory and when they learn about the shocking truth, it will change their lives forever.

I enjoyed the plot. Five years have passed, their lives have been quite altered. Zach and Vivienne have both lost their parents and they are still struggling to live this kind of life. They are constantly fighting for survival. I enjoyed the action here as well. Finally they admitted that they feel something for each other, more than friends. I did like their romance but something felt missing. The truth about what happens in the factory also comes out, I thought I was going to be shocked by the revelation, and the truth was indeed horrifying but I didn’t feel that much shocked by it. I think I wanted it to enfold in a more dramatic way which didn’t happen.

The characters have evolved in this book. They were still the same people but they were more mature and skilled fighters. I loved Zach and Vivienne and I liked their banters and friendship. I also liked the other characters as well such as Hunter, Max and Sasha. All of them formed quite a bit of strange but a strong family.

Overall, I throughly enjoyed reading Waterproof. The plot was nice and the characters were still great. I enjoyed the romance but felt something was missing and also I wanted the plot twist to be more dramatic. But other than that I enjoyed everything. The writing was smooth, I finished this book in one sitting as well. And the pace was fast throughout the book. It ended in a cliffhanger so it left us hanging in suspense. I definitely want to read the book 3 and see what what happens next.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

Amber-2Amber Garr spends her days as a scientist and nights writing about other worlds. Her childhood imaginary friend was a witch, Halloween is sacred, and she is certain that she has a supernatural sense of smell. Amber is a multiple Royal Palm Literary Award winner, author of the bestselling novels The Syrenka Series, the award-winning Water Crisis Chronicles, The Leila Marx Novels, and the Death Warden Series. When not obsessing over the unknown, she can be found dancing, reading, or enjoying a good movie. Find out more here.

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