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!

Review: Belle


Belle is convinced she has the wrong name, as she lacks her sisters’ awe-inspiring beauty. So she withdraws from society, devoting her time to wood carving. Secretly, Belle longs to find the fabled Heartwood Tree. If carved by the right hands, the Heartwood will reveal the face of one’s true love.

During a fierce storm, Belle’s father stumbles upon the mysterious Heartwood — and encounters a terrifying and lonely Beast. Now Belle must carve the Heartwood to save her father, and learn to see not with the eyes of her mind, but with the eyes of her heart.

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Source: (Paperback, 224 pages) provided by publisher
Published: November 25th 2008 by Simon Pulse
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Author: Cameron Dokey
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Mini review:

I love Beauty and the Beast! The movie is coming out this month, and I can’t wait to watch it! When I found out about this retelling, I was so eager to get my hands on it! Huge thanks to Simon Pulse for giving me a copy free of charge. (Anything related to Beauty and the Beast, I need. Yes, I’m a bit obsessed ) Okay, to be honest, I read Robin McKinley’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so I was expecting a bit more from this retelling. Belle is a fun read but isn’t wholly original. Everything seems to remind me of McKinley’s “beauty”! It also took a long time for the Beast to be introduced. (What happened to “Beauty and the Beast?) But, nevertheless, I still enjoyed Belle. I love that the mother in Belle doesn’t die and that’s a nice twist i enjoyed. Also, I literally read the entire book in one setting and was absolutely hooked. I love that I was able to hold on till the end. I loved the first half of the book! 

Review: Ever The Hunted

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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Source: Hardcover (392 pages) provided by publisher

Published December 27th 2016 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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When I first laid my eyes on the cover of Ever The Hunted, I was totally in love! Then, I read the summary, and I knew I need to get my greedy hands on this title.
This novel started out really well, but I couldn’t bring myself to fully love it. The beginning and end were great, but the middle section was a bit too long and draggy. The travel was just WAY to long. Also, the romance was extremely frustrating!
However, I did like some aspects of the book! I LOVE Enat’s personality! She’s a stubborn old lady who is just so lovable! She totally made me laugh! The main character, Britta, is also a very great character to follow. In addition, I really enjoyed the ending. I finally get to see some more action. Yahh! But, just to warm you, there’s a cliffhanger! In the end,I’m pretty satisfied, the ending made up for all the things I disliked. I will definitely read the sequel!

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Get to know the author:

With a B.A. in English, Erin Summerill had aspirations to write the next great American novel. But writing proved tougher than she first thought, so she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional wedding photographer. When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. Erin and her family live in Utah.

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