Review: Cold Summer

 

Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.

When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.

But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.

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Information:
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Source: Hardcover (322 pages)
Published: May 2nd 2017 by Sky Pony Press

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Review:

Time travel+WW2= Something…

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I adore Cold Summer!! The characters are really relatable and are so down to earth. I love how the romance is not all love at first sight and chemistry but more of connection and understanding. And also we can’t forget the cover—it’s STUNNING!!

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 The concept of time travel is so enthralling. It is one of the things that I adore about this book. I love how, although the concept of time travel wasn’t explained thoroughly, I still enjoyed it and had lots of fun. I couldn’t stop turning the pages like this cat…

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To sum it up, if you are looking for a fun summer read, definitely check this out!! 🙂

 

 

Review: Reflection: The Stranger In The Mirror 

An Heiress, an ancient prophecy, and a masquerade…

Nerissa, the Heiress of Chiyo, prepares for the masquerade celebrating the twentieth anniversary of a thwarted assassination attempt on her family. Longing to be admired for herself and not her title, she arranges to switch costumes and enjoy the ball in blissful anonymity. But, when the fateful night finally comes, a prophetic warning of a second attack arrives too late, and the evening turns from revelry and romance to violence. After being pulled from the chaos by an enigmatic guardian, Nerissa learns that the Royal Family has been concealing a formidable secret for generations–and it is only one of many that are about to be revealed.

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Information:

Author: Rachel R. Smith

Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: paperback copy

Publication date: May 9th 2015

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Review:

Isn’t this cover stunning?! I absolutely LOVE it so freakin much. This cover caught my attention right away and I knew I had to read it.

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The world of Reflections is very interesting and unique when compared to other fantasy novels.

I found the concept of crystals and prophecies extremely captivating. There is also many things happening at once and I really enjoyed that. And it didn’t become too confusing either. The last section of the first book is my favorite. Although the story ends as a cliffhanger, I feel like that is a great way to end and prepare readers for the following book. I’m so happy I have the sequel! *screams*

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However, I had trouble with the many characters. I was a bit confused in the beginning. But the great thing is, everything was later mapped out very well.

In addition, the first part of the book is a bit too slow. I got just a bit bored in the first quarter of the book. But, again, the last section of the story definitely won me over.

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To sum it all up, if you are looking for an entertaining story, definitely consider this one!!

 

**Huge thanks to the author for sending me a copy of her series **

Review: The Truth About Happily Ever After


Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in this contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall andHow to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.

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Source: ARC provided my publisher

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Expected publication: May 16th 2017 by Swoon Reads

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Review:

The Truth About Happily Ever After is my first book by Karole Cozzo and it surely won’t be my last! I really really enjoyed this book. I love seeing the character growth and my emotions were literally everywhere as I was reading The Truth About Happily Ever After. Oh, and the romance is SO swoon-worthy.

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The story follows Alyssa who has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park. She has the “perfect boyfriend” who will no longer be long distance and has a great group of friends. Her summer is supposed to be perfect.

 

But it isn’t. When Alyssa and her boyfriend reunite, things don’t feel right or seem right. I hate Alyssa’s boyfriend, Jake SO much. I hate the way he treats her. Alyssa works so hard to make the relationship work, but he just doesn’t seem to care. I knew he was trouble when he walked it (like literally). (Haha did ya see what I did there?!)

 

However, things get better. How?! Well, you will have to read for yourself to find out.

 

My favorite character is probably Miller. He is such a great friend and too sweet. He is also super supportive and I’m so happy that he got an ending that he deserves. By the way, the ending is super super cute. You don’t want to miss it!

 

To sum it up, if you are looking for a quick, sweet, summer read, definitely add this book to your TBR.

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Review: Unearthly Things

 

After losing her parents in a tragic accident, surfer girl Janie Mason trades the sunny beaches of Hawaii for the cold fog of San Francisco and new guardians—the Rochesters—she’s never even met. Janie feels hopelessly out of place in their world of Napa weekends, fancy cotillions, and chauffeurs. The only person she can relate to is Daniel, a fellow surfer. Meeting him makes Janie feel like things might be looking up.

Still, something isn’t right in the Rochester mansion. There are noises—screams—coming from the attic that everyone else claims they can’t hear. Then John, the black sheep of the family, returns after getting kicked out of yet another boarding school. Soon Janie finds herself torn between devil-may-care John and fiercely loyal Daniel. Just when she thinks her life can’t get any more complicated, she learns the truth about why the Rochesters took her in. They want something from Janie, and she’s about to see just how far they’ll go to get it.

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Rating: 4/5 Stars

Expected publication: April 11th 2017 by Soho Teen

Source: paperback-ARC provided by publisher

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Review:

Unearthly Things is such a fun and suspenseful novel that will hold you from the beginning and won’t let you go till the very end. I really enjoyed this book! It’s a fun retelling of Jane Eyre and I love the Jane vibes. It’s a bit creepy yet there is a modern twist to the story that’s really enthralling. 
The story begins when the main character, Janie’s parents pass away and are sent to the Rochesters. She has never met the Rochesters so there is this thrilling feeling readers feel. Who are the Rochesters? How come she never heard of them? At first, when Janie meets the family, she believes that the family is just a bunch of affluent people and doesn’t think too much of them. However, strange things begin to happen and the story unravels…
I really enjoyed this book! The romance was very light and it didn’t overshadow the story. The characters are also pretty great and relatable. If you are looking for an eerie and sweet novel, definitely look into this one. 

 

Review: The Queen of Blood


An idealistic young student and a banished warrior become allies in a battle to save their realm in this first book of a mesmerizing epic fantasy series, filled with political intrigue, violent magic, malevolent spirits, and thrilling adventure

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . . before it’s bathed in blood.

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Source: Hardcover (353 pages) provided by the publisher
Published: September 20th 2016 by Harper Voyager
Rating: 5/5 stars

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The Queen of Blood takes readers on an exciting ride filled with magic and terror. Everything in this story is amazing-from the magic, the creepy atmosphere, and the strong female characters.

The setting in The Queen of Blood is fantastic. I love the descriptions and how creepy and scary it can get. In this world of Aratay, the Queen controls all the spirits and protects the citizens from the violence caused by the spirits. As the story develops, readers find out that the current queen is losing control, which introduces the main character, Daleina. She discovers that she has the power to control spirits and is soon brought to the academy to be trained.

I love Daleina’s character. She is so strong and determined. However, she isn’t the best when compared to the rest of the heirs. I can feel her determination as I flip the pages. I love that the story isn’t about a “special” girl, but rather a not so special girl that strives and works really hard to achieve her goal.

There’s also a bit of romance and I found it really cute. (I also might have shipped the wrong couple in the beginning.) I really enjoy how the romance didn’t take over the plot. Everything is very smooth and just too perfect.

To sum it up, would I recommend The Queen of Blood? YES!! I can’t wait to read the sequel. The magic and characters are all AWESOME! You will fall in love with this book!

Review: Geekerella

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

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Source: Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Quirk Books
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Geekerella will definitely be one of those books that you will reread a million times and will never get bored of. This Cinderella retelling is so cute and just too perfect!  I love retellings but hardly ever find one that’s truly unique! 

The main character, Elle is a great character to follow. She’s relatable and just so sweet. However, her stepmom drove me crazy! She’s so pathetic and so mean to Elle. I wish Elle would just do something (like punch her stepmom) but she’s so obedient and is just too good. Elle’s stepsisters are super annoying! But I really like how the author tried to blend the classic Cinderella into Geekerella. It works so well. I felt the emotions running through Elle! 

To sum it up, you have to get this book. You need to read Geekerella and fall in love with it with me.

Review: Alex Approximately 

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Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.
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Author : Jenn Bennett
Publication date: 4/04/17 by Simon Pulse
Source: Paperback ARC provided by publisher
Rating: 5/5 stars
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Review:
Alex, Approximately is super sweet and too adorable. The use of dramatic irony creates this really funny and suspenseful story. It’s just too perfect! This book is just one of those books that you can read over and over again and yet never get tired of!! (I kind of read Alex, Approximately three times already…)
Bailey is a seventeen year old movie lover who chats online with a boy name “Mink”. Coincidentally, this boy also lives in the same city as Bailey’s dad. However, when Bailey moves in with her father, she doesn’t tell “Mink” that she is moving. Instead, she decides to find him. (Can this get any cuter?! Just thinking about what happens makes me laugh!!) Then fast forward, Bailey gets a summer job and meets this annoying coworker name Alex (but little does she know, its “Mink”). Of course, at first she hates him, then *poof* they fall for each other. Then…(well you have to read and find out!!!)
Alex, Approximately is amazing! The main character Bailey is super relatable and I love her personality . Her dad is also a really fun character to follow! His relationship with his daughter is too great! Then there’s Alex (aka “Mink”), the cocky surfer who has “sun-kissed curls”. He is sooo swoon-worthy!