Review: Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray || Where I have a love-hate relationship with a book

Title: Don’t Kiss the Messenger
Author: Katie Ray
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 285 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: April 10th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

For most of her teenage life, CeCe Edmonds has been dealing with the stares and the not-so-polite whispers that follow her around Edgelake High. So she has a large scar on her face—Harry Potter had one on his forehead and people still liked him.

CeCe never cared about her looks—until Emmett Brady, transfer student, and football darling, becomes her literature critique partner. The only problem? Emmett is blindsided by Bryn DeNeuville, CeCe’s gorgeous and suddenly shy volleyball teammate.

Bryn asks CeCe to help her compose messages that’ll charm Emmett. CeCe isn’t sure there’s anything in his head worth charming but agrees anyway—she’s a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately, the more messages she sends and the more they run into each other, the more she realizes there’s plenty in his head, from food to literature. Too bad Emmett seems to be falling for the wrong girl…

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book involves one fiercely scarred girl who wants the new guy in town, the new guy who thinks he wants the new girl, and the new girl who really isn’t sure what she wants, and the misunderstanding that brings them all together. You’ll laugh, you’ll swoon, you’ll fall in love.


This book messed with my emotions. I loved it, even hated it sometimes and I pretty much struggled to rate it. Although this book was frustrating, I did end up enjoying it.

Cece’s life has never been the same after the accident left her with a permanent scar on her face. Emmett is the first guy in a while who sees Cece for who she is but just like everybody, Bryn, the new girl in Cece’s volleyball team catches his eye. Cece agrees to be the fake messenger between Bryn and Emmett leading him to believe all the text and emails are from Bryn. But soon enough, Cece is falling head over heels in love with Emmett. It’s up to her to decide if she wants to remain behind the facade or confess her feelings for him.

Although the plot of this book was clichéd, I enjoyed the execution. I think I would have enjoyed it more if the plot hadn’t been so similar to one my favourite Bollywood movie (Mujhse Dosti Karoge). After Bryn is unable to say anything witty or charming to Emmett’s messages, she persuades Cece who reluctantly agrees to be the secret messenger between them. What starts as one simple reply develops into something much more over the period of time they spend talking to each other.

Cece is someone who stays away from the emotional stuff after her accident which left her with a permanent scar on her face. I could somewhat empathize with her because although not quite the same, I suffer from body image issues as well. And when Emmett actually understands her for what she is, she can’t stop the facade of hiding behind someone else because it’s the only way she could make Emmett look at her as he looks at Bryn. But I don’t know why she agreed to be the messenger between them in the first place and even after continuously getting hurt, why she didn’t stop. I kind of understood what the heck was going on but it frustrated me to no end, she should have come out with the truth way earlier.

Another thing that I felt angry and frustrated with was Emmett. He understood Cece so well yet he couldn’t decipher it was she who was behind the texts and the emails. I think he didn’t want to and I definitely agreed with Cece’s thoughts in this matter. And Bryn, oh my god, this girl was so superficial. She was not a really bad person but I have to say, she definitely was a crappy friend, unlike Tuba. I loved Tuba’s character, she is a true and loyal best friend that Cece could ever have and I loved continuous push that finally helped Cece to confess everything. But I wish we got more of Cece and Emmett together, it doesn’t happen until 75% of the book, which was disappointing.

Ultimately, I think I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I enjoyed the plot and the characters but there were equally negative factors as well. Nonetheless, I loved the writing, it was smooth and beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes. (At your own risk!)


So guys, what do you think about this book? Do you want to give this a try? Or is it already in your tbr?

Review: Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood || Where my heart broke a little

Title: Other Breakable Things
Author: Kelly York & Rowan Altwood
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 306 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: April 4th, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

According to Japanese legend, folding a thousand paper cranes will grant you healing.

Evelyn Abel will fold two thousand if it will bring Luc back to her.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.

And now it is.

Sick of hospitals and tired of transplants, Luc is ready to let his failing heart give out, ready to give up. A road trip to Oregon—where death with dignity is legal—is his answer. But along for the ride is his best friend, Evelyn.

And she’s not giving up so easily.

A thousand miles, a handful of roadside attractions, and one life-altering kiss later, Evelyn’s fallen, and Luc’s heart is full. But is it enough to save him? Evelyn’s betting her heart, her life, that it can be.

Right down to the thousandth paper crane.


Apparently reading this right after finishing Before I Fall was not such a wise decision (so yeees guys, don’t do that!). This was a surprisingly wonderful ride and the one which broke my heart a little as well.

Luc and Evelyn had been there for each other since they met in school but when Evelyn had to move to Arizona, he pushed her away. Luc needed a heart transplant badly, but his body has started rejecting his new heart and now Luc doesn’t want to go through all of that again. But Evelyn’s back and to escape the reality, both of them decides to go on a road trip, each has a different agenda in mind but even when they start falling for each other, life might or might not give them a second chance at all.

The plot was refreshing and I was hooked into the story from the very beginning. Luc and Evelyn had been best friends but when Evelyn’s mom decided to move in with her boyfriend, they move to Arizona and despite how much she tries to keep in contact with Luc, he pushes her away. After three years, Evelyn’s back in town but she doesn’t know about Luc’s heart condition. I loved Luc but I have to agree with Evelyn on one thing, he couldn’t make the decisions about what the other person was supposed to feel. Nonetheless, Luc finally takes a decision about his life and together they head for Oregon.

I loved the road trip. I, myself have never been in one and the idea of road trip fascinates me. Luc and Evelyn had the adventure of their lifetime. I loved their friendship which slowly developed into something more. It was clear how much they cared for each other. I loved Evelyn too, she was quiet and shy but with Luc she was herself. There were quite a few twists and turns in this book which I never saw coming. I didn’t even think they would actually proceed with the plan but it was a nice surprise.

Overall, Other Breakable Things was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and I loved the characters. I enjoyed the romance between Evelyn and Luc but the ending broke my heart. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book, I easily finished this in one sitting.

Recommend it?

Yes.


So guys, what do you think about this book? Is it in your tbr? Would you like to give this book a chance or is it a no-no for you?

Review: Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Title: Paper Princess

Author: Erin Watt

Series: The Royals, book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 370 pages, Ebook

Published: April 4th, 2016 by Timeout LLC

Source: Purchased

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867

Blurb (from Goodreads):

From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.


My Thoughts

This book was sooo god damn awesome!! Finding this book was like-

A few months ago, suddenly everybody started reading and raving about this book which got me intrigued! Then Novo Squad (which I’m a part of) declared a buddy reading session and I knew I had to read it!

Ella works in a stripping club to earn her living after her mother’s death. She is swiped by the head of the Royal family because of a promise. Overnight her life changes from poverty to insanely rich. But such things come with a price, Callum Royal has five sons and they all hate Ella the instant she arrives, especially Reed who makes it her motive to drive her out. But even he can’t deny the chemistry between them. Is something remotely possible for Ella or will this Royal boy burn her before she can even blink?

This book was sooo freaking good! I loved every bit of it! Honestly, I enjoy this kind of storyline and when it’s written with some unique twists and turns with scorching hot romance, you can’t deny the awesomeness! Ella somehow earns her living by stripping but her fortune changes overnight when Callum Royal shows up as her new guardian and takes her under his wing. But his five sons do not want an intruder in their house. I simply loved how the story proceeded and the slow burning romance was an added bonus!

Each of the Royal boys was pretty unique in their own way. At first, they came off as plain rude and snobbish but as Ella slowly undercovered the layers the truth peeped out. The story unraveled in a beautiful way. I loooved the angst between Ella and Reed and their chemistry was undeniable! 

I loved the characters! They were fleshed out and not devoid of flaws. Ella was a pretty great character, she was sassy and bold. I loved that she didn’t cower when the boys showed how unwelcome she was in their house. Although she did want to escape at first but I enjoyed how that changed. Reed *sighs* is as swoony as it gets! I really enjoyed reading about him. He was a really tough guy and but he was something entirely else beneath.  I pretty much loved all the Royal boys but Easton stole my heart! I sooo want to read his story!! Callum was surprisingly a character I liked but Brooke, damn she was a straight up character I hated.

Overall, Paper Princess was a really enjoyable read! I loved how the plot was executed and I fell in love with the characters! The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I already finished this series (although I’m excited to read about the other Royal brothers) so expect the rest of the reviews to be up soon!

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane || Blog Tour + Giveaway!

Welcome to my tour stop of There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: There Once Were Stars

Author: Melanie McFarlane

Standalone

Genre: Dystopia, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 331 pages, Ebook

Published: April 26th 2016 by Month9Books, LLC

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?


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Natalia or Nat is a resident under the Dome. The Dome separates their community from the rest of the world which is supposed to be unfit for living until an outsider shows up. Nat can’t seem to figure out Evan but both of them can’t stay away from each other either. After she is suddenly assigned on a mission, she discovers a whole new truth about her parents research that might threaten their whole existence. Will Nat be able to find out more about it or will she get caught in the process?

I enjoyed the plot. It was a short and fun read but it was a bit predictable. Nat has not been the one to follow rules but after she is called to the main building of the Axis to work as a scientist instead of getting punishment because she was almost caught last time, she begins to question things. In comes the outsider, Evan who is made a part of the expedition team along with other scientists to find out if the outside world is fit for living. Slowly Nat discovers, it’s not only Evan but there are others who are harbouring secrets as well. I liked how everything was neatly executed, though I had a few problems here and there but overall, I enjoyed the adventurous ride.

I liked Nat as a main protagonist. I felt so bad after learning what happened to her parents but I liked how she did everything to help the cause. Evan was a mysterious guy, but I liked him. And I felt it was right when Nat questioned his trust. Nonetheless, I liked these two together. I had mixed feelings about Jak but I could understand where he was coming from and I was glad when he decided to stand up to what was right. There was a kind of love triangle between these three but it was clear from the very first who Nat was going to be with.

Overall, There Were Once Stars was a nice read. The characters were interesting and the pace was fast throughout the book. I liked the romance between Evan and Nat. The writing was smooth and easy to read. I easily finished this book in two sittings. In the end, I was satisfied how this book ended.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Author Bio:

unnamedMelanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.

Author Links:

Website || Goodreads || Facebook || Twitter || Wattpad || Instagram

Purchase Links:

Amazon || B&N || Kobo || iBooks


Giveaway! (INTL)

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Review: Send Me a Postcard by K Simler || Plus Giveaway!

Title: Send Me a Postcard

Author: K Simler

Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: A little warm

Trigger Warning: Mention of rape

Page Count and Format: 180 pages, Ebook

Published: April 13th 2016

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Gloriana Lopez likes her food spicy because her life in a small town isn’t. Unexpectedly things start to heat up when she dances with a stranger at a gala she’s not supposed to be at. The only problem is…well, there are a lot of problems. For starters she wasn’t supposed to be at the gala, his family grows grapes, La Migra is cracking down on the community, the volleyball team isn’t winning, her best friend is in danger and old friends are hanging around for the wrong reasons….


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This book was really different but I definitely enjoyed it. It had its ups and downs but in the end it really left its mark on me.

Gloriana belongs to a family that makes beers. And beer and wine doesn’t get along well. But she can’t seem to resist Luca who belongs to a wine family yet she can’t fully give her heart into. As she wavers through her growing feelings for Luca, something terrible happens to her cheerful and happy best friend Teresa that changes their lives. As she grow bitter day by day will she throw away her only chance at redemption?

Send Me a Postcard was a different story but I liked how realistic it was. The last half of the book was a lot better than the first half. Glori’s mom left when she was a kid but she still sends her postcards. But because of that, she doesn’t let people in easily and she links she’ll end up being like her. I liked how the relationship between Luca and Glori developed, it was not rushed and I liked the build up. But in the first half of the book, nothing major happened which made it a bit boring but it takes a different turn for the latter half of the book. I felt so damn bad for what happened with Teresa, Glori’s best friend. It nearly broke her but I absolutely loved Luca for not giving up.

Glori was a unique character but she was really stubborn. I sometimes wanted to shake her so badly and make her realise what she was doing with her stubbornness but in the end I understood her reasons. I really loved the family aspect of this story, I wish I could have seen more of the her relationship with her elder brother. Nonetheless I loved her friendship with Teresa, they were practically family. And the meaning of the title of becomes more clear at the end of the story which brought tears to my eyes.

Overall, Send Me a Postcard was a good read! The Mexican culture was really portrayed well and I loved each of the characters, they were all unique in their own way. I really enjoyed the romance between Glori and Luca. The writing was simple and easy to read. I so enjoyed the ride.

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: Finding London by Ellie Wade

Title: Finding London

Author: Ellie Wade

Series: Flawed Heart. book 1

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 307 pages, Ebook

Published: April 23rd 2016

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558587481


Blurb (from Goodreads):

London Wright thought she’d been in love before, but she hadn’t—not even close.

Then she met him.

Rugged and gorgeous, Loïc Berkeley, a special forces soldier is everything she’s ever wanted. Getting him to notice her was a challenge, but keeping his love is proving to be more difficult.

London’s used to getting what she wants so loving someone like Loïc is a humbling and somewhat terrifying experience. For everything she has in her life, he’s the one thing she can’t bear to lose.

Loïc Berkeley never wanted love. He views it as an unneeded distraction that causes nothing but pain. Love, for Loïc, always ends in disappointment.

Then he met her.

Spoiled, witty, and breathtakingly beautiful London Wright is his undoing. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he knew his life would never be the same. Though he tries to fight it, he finds himself falling for her.

Having lived a life full of sorrow, finding London brought Loïc rare happiness. Though his feelings for her are strong, is what they have powerful enough to break the cycle of his past?

When one is destined for heartbreak and loss, can love really change anything?


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First of all, the cover is gorgeous!! Nonetheless this book was definitely not what I had expected. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it, believe me I did but there were some things that I couldn’t enjoy wholeheartedly which resulted in the 3 star rating.

London always gets whats she wants. Then she meets Loic who changes that. Both of them can’t deny the chemistry between them as they find themselves falling for each other, fast. Loic had a pretty rough past, that’s why he runs from commitment but London is firm enough to hold on to whatever there’s between them. Can Loic actually fall in love when he believes it always end it disappointments?

The starting of this book was pretty strong. We are given flashbacks of Loic’s childhood which made it possible to understand his past better. But what I most liked was London’s no nonsense attitude. In most of the books, it’s the guy chasing the girl but here it was the opposite which I quite enjoyed and I liked London’s positive nature, she never gave up on Loic. But his constantly changing hot and cold nature really irritated me. I mean I get it, you had a pretty shitty past but that doesn’t mean you aren’t going to give your life a second chance. Nonetheless, I liked their chemistry and the romance was pretty good.

As I already said, London was a pretty great character. I did like Loic but not totally. He did start trying his best from the second half the book but I need more because he didn’t manage to convince me. I hope I get to see that I the second book. All the other minor characters were pretty great as well, I especially liked Paige, London’s best friend. But I really don’t know what I feel about Sarah, I liked that Loic was reunited with her but when  you’re hugging and kissing another girl in front of your girlfriend, she’s bound to feel insecure and after that what happened didn’t sit well with me. Well, I think we’ll definitely get to see more about this in book 2.

Overall, I have a mixture of different feelings about Finding LondonThe plot was interesting and I liked the characters. The writing was smooth and easy to read. There were some dialogues that I really liked. The pace was even throughout the book. When I first finished reading it, I was honestly confused if I wanted to continue this series or not but now I think I’ll definitely give book 2 a try!

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Memories of a Broken Girl by Harley Maye || Plus Interview & Giveaway!

Title: Memories of a Broken Girl

Author: Harley Maye

Series: Memories Series, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 208 pages, Ebook

Published: April 21st 2016

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

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558321867


Blurb (from Goodreads):

What happens when a wedding planner no longer believes true love exists?

Laney McAdams is Austin’s rising star of wedding planners, and from the outside she looks like the perfect good girl. But when faced with the ultimate deception, her world comes crashing down around her, leaving her alone, afraid, and tormented by dark secrets and regrets.

Bodie Brooks is successful, dangerously good looking, and battling his own painful past. Having just returned to Austin, he’s hiding his own secret about the real reason for coming home. When their paths collide, he awakens her deepest longings, convincing Laney he is nothing but dangerous.

He’s always been unattainable and gorgeous.
She’s broken into a million pieces.

But after one afternoon of uncontainable passion, Laney is forced to decide if she will do what she promised she would never do again.


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You know you have a feeling that you’re going to love a particular book from the very first page. This book was that for me. If I had to say one word to describe this book, I would say perfection. I can’t believe that this is a debut novel because this book literally blew me away! It was sooo so good, I can’t even begin to say. And it was exactly what I needed, I simply fell in love with this book and it’s already made its way to my favourites list!

Laney is a wedding planner but she doesn’t believe in love anymore after she caught her fiance cheating on her. Callie, her best friend is her only support. Meanwhile  Bodie, Callie’s brother comes back to town. Callie always had feelings for him but when he got married and went away, she put that love behind and moved on but when she sees Bodie again she realises that feeling never really went away. Bodie has no one in his life after his wife’s death and they realise they both need each other. Can she really confess her feelings this time or will she let this chance get away once again?

The plot was so great and realistic! Laney was so invested in her relationship that she began to forget herself in the process. After she caught her fiance cheating on her, it was hard on her, she decided to stay away from love it but after Bodie arrives back in town, she finds it hard to stay away from him, all the repressed feelings for him comes back. The angst was absolutely perfect. They both wanted each other yet they couldn’t admit the fact at first. The plot was executed really well. I completely loved the romance, it was so, sooo good! Laney and Bodie were absolutely perfect together! Also a lot of truth comes out when they talk about the past and I was like holy shit but I loved how they processed everything and handled that fact. 🙂

The plot complication happened when Laney’s fiance wanted her back in his life. Although she’s over him but if Bodie was not in the picture there was a chance she might have gone back to him. So, naturally Bodie wanted that surety. I loved the fact he challenged Laney and made her much better. Actually, they both brought out the best in each other. It was so great to see them both grow as a person as well as a couple throughout the book. And that ending… *swoons*

Overall, Memories of a Broken Girl was a great read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters! The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. This book kept me interested from the very first page and I finished it in one sitting! I’m really looking forward to read the next book in this series!

Recommend it?

Absolutely freaking YES!
Give this book a try, you are not going to regret it!


Interview!

I had the chance to interview the author, hope you guys enjoy it!

Hey there! I’m so glad to have you on my little blog today!

I’m super excited to be here! Thank you for having me.

1. How did the idea of Memories of a Broken Girl come to your mind?

How lucky am I to say that Bodie came to me in a dream? And, let me tell you, he was just as amazing and steamy. He stirred around in my thoughts for a long time before I finally sat down to write his and Laney’s story.

2. Which authors inspire you?

Oh gosh, where to begin! There are so many amazing authors out there who write beautifully, and I definitely geek out over their wordcraft and creativity. My most favorite author of all time is Shakespeare (he even has a cameo quote in Memories of a Broken Girl). As a NA and contemporary romance writer, I’ve been influenced by Molly McAdams, Ilsa Madden-Mills, Brittainy C. Cherry, Jamie McGuire…oh gosh, I could just go on and on. Jamie McGuire has also been a huge inspiration for my authorship. She has an amazing section for writers on her website.

3. Tell us a bit about your writing process.

Once I have an idea in my head, I draw out a timeline with my plot ideas and scenes, and then the writing takes over from there. Most of the timeline will change as the characters develop, but I do try to see the original integrity of the story through to the end.

4. I absolutely loved Laney and Bodie. They were both amazing characters. Were they particularly inspired by someone?

I’m so glad that you loved Laney and Bodie! While some of the experiences, and the places they visited in the story, were inspired by things I’ve seen and places around Austin, neither character was inspired by anyone in particular. However, Laney’s best friend, Callie, was loosely inspired by my very dear friend Crystal Cook, of The Casserole Queens, and some of our crazy conversations in her catering kitchen.

5. What was the hardest thing that you faced while writing this book?

This was my debut, so I learned a lot about writing as I went, and that was the most challenging aspect. My amazing editor, Jovana Shirley, really gave me some fantastic guidance in that department. Other than that, the ending took me several versions before finally settling on one. I really wanted these two to find an amazing happiness together and I think they pulled it off at the end.

6. Do you prefer absolute silence while writing or do you have a playlist? If yes, do mind sharing a few songs?

Oh no, music is a MUST. We always have music playing in our home. I’ve always thought the song “Clementine” by Sarah Jaffe is the perfect theme to Memories of a Broken Girl. I also love listening to a lot of Florence and The Machine (think “What Kind of Man”) while writing, and “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri was one of the first songs to inspire the bond between Laney and Bodie.

7. What do you have in mind for your next project?

Memories of A Guilty Girl is the second book in the Memories Series and will release during the holiday break! I’m so excited to follow Addy Cooper (who we met at the end of Broken Girl), as she moves away from Austin to try to start over again in a small town after a devastating mistake. There she is thrown into the torrent of the equally injured but beautiful Grady, and both their lives will shift forever. It’s a little darker than Broken Girl in the beginning, but as wonderfully risqué. I can’t give anymore away than that.

8. What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Write what you love, and write a lot of it. As an indie author, do your research to source out a great editor and support group to help you succeed with your goals. The Indie Author community is amazingly supportive, and there is a lot of wonderful literature out there to help direct aspiring writers. Stick to your plan, take one day at a time, and before you know it, you’ll be published!


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Review: Chased (Part 1 & 2) by Piper Lawson || Plus Interview!

 

Title: Chased (Part 1 & 2)

Author: Piper Lawson

Series: Chased

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Pretty warm

Page Count and Format: 130 pages + 137 pages, Ebook

Published: April 29th 2016

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

Being a twenty-one-year-old screw-up has its perks. I can sleepwalk through class, drink all day and nail anything that walks.

Easy f#$%*ing peasy.

Sure, I used to be the fastest guy at Fielding College. I’ve broken more track records than anyone on the West Coast. But my life as an athlete feels like a different universe. A different Chase Owens.

Since my world fell apart last year, all I want is to be left the hell alone.

Ariel Hastings isn’t just a wrench in that plan, she’s a bomb. The quiet girl shows up out of nowhere and suddenly our fates are tied together. She wants to run with me, learn from me, even live with me…

Basically everything but f*ck me.

Now I’m spending too much time around her. I’m craving something she won’t give me and I sure as hell can’t ask for.

Because we’ve both got pasts that aren’t ready to let go. Even if I can survive hers, I know we can’t outrun mine.


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This series was pretty damn awesome! I absolutely loved Chased, everything was so freaking good! The plot, the characters, everything, I don’t have a single complaint. I enjoyed this hell of a ride!

Chase had a troubled past, he doesn’t let people in easily. After an incident he drops from his racing team and his only chance at getting back in the team is to train Ariel Hastings. Reluctant at first, he finally agrees. The more he spends time with him, he becomes enamored with her and the feelings start to seem quite mutual until his past starts to haunt him back. Will he fight back or run away and risk loosing everything he has, including Ariel?

At first, I’m going to talk about Part 1. I loved Chase from the beginning. Even with a hard exterior, the guy really cared for the people he loved. I loved their passion for running and that they would do anything rectify their mistakes. They were both flawed and intense characters and I enjoyed reading both their POVs. The slow burning build up between Ariel and Chase was really great. Their chemistry was awesome and I freaking loved the romance between them. There’s also a little bit of mystery aspect in the book which is more explored in part 2.

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Part 2 picked up from where part 1 left off. The plot kept me hooked. The relationship between Chase and Ariel are more explored in this part which I loved. Some family aspects were put into the mix as well which played an important part later, nonetheless I ended up loving Drew, Chase’s small brother. All the side characters were pretty amazing as well. The mystery part was handled really well and I loved how everything was executed. 

Overall, Chased was a fantastic read! Piper’s books keeps getting better and better, she’s definitely an author to watch out for! The plot was neatly executed and the I loved the characters. I also loved the undeniable chemistry between Chase and Ariel! The writing was smooth and easy to read and it was fast paced throughout both the parts. I really enjoyed reading this one!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Now, here’s some fun Interview Q&A with the author herself!

Welcome to my little blog! I’m so glad to have you here today!

Thank you for having me! I’m delighted to be here.

1. Chased was originally meant to be written as a 4 part novella. What made you change your decision and transform it into a two part novel?

Great question. Chase and Ariel’s story changed quite a bit from how I’d first conceived it. As my beta readers can attest, my first draft of part 1 was about half as long as the final part 1 and it was solely from Chase’s POV. When I got deeper into their story, I wanted to hear from Ariel too! So, the story that’s just been released is two (longer) parts. Readers have been asking whether there will be more parts – we’ll have to wait and see 🙂

2. What was the hardest thing that you faced while writing this book?

I think that when you’re writing romance, it’s hard to walk the line between telling ‘his’ story or ‘her’ story and telling ‘their’ story. Chased is more focused on Chase than Ariel, but it was important to me that she wasn’t just stuck on the sidelines. That’s part of the reason I ended up giving her voice (which was a big decision!).

3. Was your main protagonist Chase inspired by anyone in particular?

Nope. But, I think there are a lot of people who doubt themselves – either because of where they come from, or what they’ve done in the past. Chase is inspired by those people, and the ones who manage to overcome themselves and everything they’ve been through. The story’s also a tribute to the people that help – the Ariels, Tors, Amoses, and maybe even the Tesses.

4. What’s your dream cast for Chased?

Hrm – still working on this! If you really wanna know I need another couple days 🙂

5. Overall, what is the thing that you enjoy most about writing?

I love when I start to feel like I know the characters well enough that they’re telling me their story instead of me crafting it. That’s the best feeling in the world.

6. What do you have in mind for your next project? Because I’m dying to know…

Glad you asked! Right now I’m getting ready to release a steamy, funny contemporary romance called PLAY (pre-order will be up soon, follow me on twitter @piperjlawson or sign up for my newsletter!). It’s about a video game developer. I’m all about the nerds right now. After that…you might see more from the Travesty series this fall…wink wink

7. Any advice for aspiring writers?

First, DO IT! 🙂 and yes, reading tons and tons of romance novels is a totally legit resume to get into writing romance. With that said, my second piece of advice is: work on your craft. Read books on writing (novels, screenplays), use tools, talk to other authors. The indie romance community is ah-mazing for being collaborative and helping one another! It’s an awesome hobby, or career, and way to meet fabulous life-long friends.


So guys, hope you enjoyed the interview! Have you read Chased yet? How’s your experience so far? Or are you waiting to read it? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Title: The Star-Touched Queen

Author: Roshani Chokshi

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 352 pages, Ebook

Published: April 26th 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Blurb (from Goodreads):

Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds friendship and warmth.

But Akaran has its own secrets – thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran’s magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar’s plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk – it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.

Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.


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This book was really, really good. The Star-Touched Queen is inspired by Indian mythology so yup, of course being an Indian I wanted to read this so badly! And I was ecstatic when my request was approved in Netgalley.  I’m glad I got to read this book because I enjoyed this hell of a ride!

Maya is cursed with a horoscope that has spread fear in everybody’s mind in her kingdom. Everyone tries to keep their distance from her. But her father, the king arranges her marriage despite her reluctance but what he tells her to do is next to unimaginable. Despite everything she agrees but on the day of her marriage when a war break out Amar, the king of Akaran saves her. From there begins a new journey. Maya finds herself slowly falling for him but she understands that he is keeping deep secrets that he’s unwilling to share. Despite his warnings, Maya is keen to unravel his secrets which unleashes chaos. Will she be able to save herself or will she destroy everyone in the process?

The plot, the concept, everything was really intriguing. Though the starting is a bit slow, nonetheless it picks up its pace soon enough. I loved the world-building and how everything was so elaborately described. There is not a dull moment in this book. The concept of Akaran was literally awesome. Like Maya, I didn’t really think of it first but when it was finally revealed, it was a big OMG moment! Amar was really an interesting as well as a mysterious character. I wanted to know more about him as I read the book. I really liked Maya and Amar together and their chemistry was really great. However, there is a bit of insta-love thingy but it didn’t bother me much, especially after we got to know the truth.

I liked Maya’s character, she was a curious and a brave person but she made a lot of stupid decisions at the beginning. . But I liked her character development throughout the book. She grew more brave and bold and I liked how she handled things maturely. There are a lot of interesting aspects in this book, there were even references from the Indian epics such as Mahabharata and Ramayana which was really awesome. I liked how all the terminologies were explained as I found most of them were in Hindi, I even found one or two Bengali terms. But I think there were too many references that needed more explanation, I was familiar with the terms and myths but I think a glossary or something like that would have been helpful for those who are totally unfamiliar with the Indian culture of the time during the reign of the kings.

Overall, The Star-Touched Queen was a great and an interesting read. The plot kept me hooked from the very first page and the characters were pretty intriguing. I liked the romance between Amar and Maya. I was really satisfied with how everything was executed. The writing was lyrical and beautiful. I couldn’t stop reading it. I look forward to read more from this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


Sooo, guys have you read The Star-Touched Queen yet? What were your experience about this book? Did you love it or was it just meh for you? Or are you waiting to read this book? Share your thoughts with me!

Review: Claire by Abigail Strom

Title: Claire

Author: Abigail Strom

Series: Hart University, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]

Heat Rating: Warm

Page Count and Format: 205 pages, Ebook

Published: April 26th 2016

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558511051


Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s sophomore year, and Claire Stone has sworn off romance. She’s just gone through a breakup and she wants some time to find out who she is on her own. The only flaw in her plan is her friend (and hot quarterback) Will McKenna, who’s a walking temptation to forget all about her singlehood pledge.

Will has had a thing for Claire since freshman year. Now that they’re both single, he wants more from her than friendship. But Claire doesn’t want to be anyone’s girlfriend right now, and with football season underway, Will’s got issues of his own to deal with.

When an injury on the field changes everything, Will and Claire are driven apart. But when the two of them end up trapped together in a snowstorm, they’re forced to deal with each other again. Can they confront their feelings without ruining their friendship? Or will their friendship turn into something more?


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This book was pretty awesome! It was exactly what I needed to lift my mood after going through a hell of a day. I loved the first book in this series, you can read my review of Rikki here. Rikki was about freshman year of college and Claire deals with the sophomore one!

Claire was too dependent on her boyfriend Ted but after they finally broke up she realized that fact and took a pledge to stay single for one semester and discover herself. But then there’s Will. He had always had a thing for Claire but when he wanted to make a move, Claire announced her pledge to her friends. But around Will she finds her resolution melting. But then something turns Will’s life upside down and they are driven apart. Can they overcome their difficulties and be there for one another or will it destroy their friendship forever?

I loved the plot and how everything was executed! Claire and Will formed a strong bond of friendship, though they both had feelings for one another, they respected the each other’s wish and were there for one another as a friend first. It was so great to see their friendship evolve through the course of time. When Claire got jealous when another girl was hitting on Will, it was seriously so cute and that jogging thing was so funny! If you know me, then you’ll know I love angst! Although the angst was not much like in the first book but it was nearly pretty damn perfect here! We also got to see the characters from the previous book, so that was a bonus!

I loved all the characters! Claire was such a sweet person, I liked her decision about her singlehood pledge to find her true self. But I did want to shake her a few times to see what she was missing! Nonetheless I respected her decision. Will… he was such a gentleman and a great guy! I loved how he was always there for her no matter what though things took a complete opposite turn after an incident happened. And I absolutely loved how Claire and all of their friends helped him to get him back in his track. And the romance… OMG… that was well kind of mind blowing! I’ll say no more, just read it and you’ll not regret it ever!

Overall, Claire was a great read. Though it was mostly light hearted, it handled a bit of heavy things as well. The plot kept me hooked and I fell in love with the characters. Everything was so nicely executed the end, it was simply perfect! The writing was beautiful and the pace was even throughout the story. I pretty much finished it in one setting. I cannot wait to read more of this series!

Recommend it?

Yes!


So guys, how many of you are excited to read this book? What are your expectations? Have you read the first book in this series yet? If yes, how was your experience? Share your thoughts with me!