Review: This Is Our Story


Summary:

Five went in. Four came out.
No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.
Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the district attorney’s office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.
Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As investigates with Stone, the aging prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot, she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own.

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Information:

Source: (Hardcover, 320 pages) from publisher

Published: November 15th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion

Rating:5/5

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Review:

This is Our Story is so suspenseful and will literally keep you on the edge of your seat. The author did on outstanding job with the anticipation and build up! This book kept me guessing and guessing until…the end.
This book takes readers to a small town of Belle Terre, where secrets are built and will soon be revealed! There lives Kate, a high school intern working for the court house. How cool is that! Then one morning, five boys (also known as the River Point boys) go hunting but only four come back. Who killed the fifth one? None of the River Point boys spill anything. Soon, Kate is tangled into this big mess, trying to uncover the murder.
I love this book! One thing I just have to point out, is the beautiful cover! I love how there are five shadows that portray the five boys.
Kate is such a great character! She’s so determined and I love her perseverance and strong!

I also love love love the romance! Eek! So surprising and swoon worthy! Ugh, you HAVE to read this book.
Another thing that made this novel wonderful is the fact that the author includes the interviews and interrogations. This is SUCH a great way to get to know each character! I also love the different POV! Usually, I don’t like the different POVs, but Ashely made it work! Love it!
If you are looking for suspenseful and thrilling read, be sure to chose this one!

Review: How to Disappear

Summary:

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.
Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.
Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.
As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

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Information:

Source: Hardcover, 416 pages from publisher

Published: June 14th 2016 by Simon Pulse

Rating: 4/5

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How to Disappear is a wild murder mystery that takes you on one long journey. This book was very easy to get into and grab your attention immediately. The characters are very real and fun to tag along with. And i love how the author mixes romance into this mystery, the romance makes it so much more gripping.
This book is told in two sides, Nicolette and Jackson. I love how the author blends the story together through the two protagonists. The mystery is great! While the romance is also very sweet.
The only problem i have is the length of the book. Remember how I once said that it was a long journey, well i wasn’t kidding. I felt that the plot was a bit dragged on and long. But it was still face paced enough for a thriller.
Overall, this book is pretty good. The ending was very surprising. If you are looking for an engaging thriller, this is the one for you.

Review: This Adventure Ends

Summary:

Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.
Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.
Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-and-all family, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

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Information:

Source: Hardcover, 320 pages from publisher

Published: October 4th 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Author: Emma Mills

Rating: 5/5 stars
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Review:

Once I started this book, I couldn’t stop.
This Adventure Ends hurls readers to the world of Sloane, a sarcastic high school student. Sloane just moved from New York to Florida, because her dad, an author is in a writing slump. To her surprise, she befriends a very intricate group of friends. Soon, she is on an “adventure” to find a missing painting.
Sloane is SO snarky! I love her personality. She will definitely make you laugh and smile foolishly. She is very caring and a great friend, daughter and sister.
Sloane’s dad is also a super interesting character. He writes romance books and is very funny. I love the bond between Sloane and her dad. All their scenes are very adorable!
Gabe. Gabe. Gabe. Ugh! I don’t even know where to start. He is such a quiet and mysterious character. The romance between Gabe and Sloane is slow. At times, I feel like the author is purposely teasing the readers. Don’t expect full on make out sessions and kissing any time soon.
I really enjoyed This Adventure Ends. Super well written and faced paced. I don’t even know where the time went, when I read this book!

 

Review: Something in Between

It feels like there’s no ground beneath me, like everything I’ve ever done has been a lie. Like I’m breaking apart, shattering. Who am I? Where do I belong?
Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.
And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.
For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.

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Information:

Source: (Hardcover, 432 pages) provided via the publisher

Published: October 4th 2016 by Harlequin Teen

Rating: 4.5/5

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Review:

Something in Between takes readers to the realistic world of Jasmine, a popular and smart Filipino high school student. Her life, you can say, was perfect till she discovered that she is an illegal immigrant. However, Jasmine doesn’t give up. With the help of her new charming friend, Royce, they endeavor on a journey to find her voice and save her family from deportation.

“It’s not what happens that matters. What matters is how w react to it.”

Jasmine is such a strong and loveable character. Her story will take out every emotion from you and will hold you till the end. Her journey also questions what we are unsure of today-the American Dream and immigration.

The relationship between Royce and Jasmine is also super cute. I love how much he cares about Jasmine. However, I didn’t like how quick their relationship was. It went from meeting to kissing too soon. Also, the break ups and fights were so childish and unrealistic. During those fights, Jasmine acted like a 13 year, rather than an 18 year old. This got me extremely annoyed. But other than this, I really enjoyed the book.

I 100% recommend Something in Between. This book will make you laugh and cry as you flip its pages. In addition, this book has a very accurate political side. A must read!