Sunday, February 19, 2017

Review: If I Fix You

If I Fix You If I Fix You by Abigail Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

The synopsis of this book intrigued to me to no end when I first read it, so I was very excited to get a copy to read and find out if the book was just as good as the summary. And it definitely was! I really enjoyed this book and flew through it once I started reading.

Jill has been having the worst summer of her life and she doesn't even know how to deal with anything going on. Her mother left Jill and her dad, things are in a very tense place with her best friend Sean, and she has to get up at the butt crack of dawn before the sun comes out to run with her friend Clare for cross country. Then she gets to enjoy life for a little bit to go work at her father's auto shop and fix cars - which is Jill's true passion.

When Jill gets a new neighbor, mysterious and gloomy Daniel, she thinks things might become more interesting. Especially since the first night she notices them in the house, it seems like his home life might be very similar to hers when his mother is screaming and yelling at him. Living her whole life with her mom and dad fighting and arguing in the house, Jill can understand how he might be feeling right now.

Because even though Jill is mad that her mom left, she is also upset about the REAL reason that she left and Jill can't forget the scorching scene she saw when she walked into the house the day before her mom left. Jill can't forgive her mom for destroying her family and her sense of what is right and wrong in her life.

So with Daniel, she can confide in him and tell him the whole truth of what happened. And she starts to really see Daniel for who he is. She tries to fix his crappy life that he was delt.

But in the end, Jill realizes that she can't help Daniel until she can help herself, and the only way to do that is to confront the two people who betrayed her trust the most.

This was a fantastic novel! I love Jill and I feel so much for her during this terrible summer she is going through. I couldn't even imagine how she is feeling. It must be very emotional for her. I loved that she was a tomboy and loves to work on cars! And that she is actually employed to work on cars and that she's not just "tinkering" or "playing" with them - she really knows what she is doing at age 16!

I'm so glad that I got to read this and I am definitely going to keep my eye out for more books by Abigail Johnson in the future!

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Review: Pretty Fierce

Pretty Fierce Pretty Fierce by Kieran Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

When I saw this book was available to read early, I fell in love with the synopsis and instantly downloaded the copy onto my Kindle. I was really excited to read about a daughter of two assassins because I was like, "She must be a badass!"

And Kaia is a badass for the majority of the book. She didn't blink when she found the hitman in her house and she didn't think twice about torturing him to find out why he was in her living room. Only when her very normal boyfriend Oliver walks in does she blink because now her two very opposite worlds are colliding and she's not sure how to fix it.

I liked how this novel did flash backs to Kaia's worst memory, making the story whole by the time the reader gets to the very end of the novel. The last time Kaia was on a hit mission with her parents was the last time she saw her parents. After that, she had to live with friends of her parents and have a normal life. Like going to high school. It was what Kaia wanted, but she wanted it with her parents with her.

The suspense and being with Kaia when she was trying to figure out why all of these different ethnicity of people are after her was very suspenseful and it was nice to learn with Kaia. There were a lot of surprises that happen throughout the novel that kept me interested in this book.

And the best part? It's a standalone! No sequel to pine over!

Also, even Oliver has some secrets under his belt that makes for a shocking surprise at the end of the novel!

Overall, I was very happy with this book and I'm glad that I got to read it early! I will definitely be keeping my eye out for more by this author!

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Review: Defending Taylor

Defending Taylor Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

I have loved this series since the beginning and was very excited to get this copy free to continuing with the series.

I do have to say, though, that I was not impressed with this particular book of the series. I didn't like Taylor that much and the way she just assumed things would work out for her really annoyed me. She knew her dad had a lot of power as the Senator and thought that she could use that power for her own good, when it really backfired in her face.

Another thing that I don't really like is when kids decide to do something to try to make everyone else in their life happy except for their own selves. Taylor was going to apply for college at a college she didn't really want to go to and major in a subject she absolutely hates just because she thought her family wanted her to do that. To have that pressure on one person is terrible and makes for a stressful life.

And the worst part is that Taylor next talked to her family about this struggle she was having, but just kept making assumptions of what was expected of her. I am the type of person that if something is bothering me, I will go to the source to get answers and talk through things. Life is too short to be wasting it on "what-if's" and "maybes". Do what you want to do and be happy, no matter if it upsets someone else.

There wasn't a whole lot about soccer in this novel, and the thing I love about Miranda Kenneally's novels is the sport aspect of the story. All of the other novels stuck with the sport related issues, but this novel was not focused on soccer like I thought it should be. I know there were more pressing issues at hand, but I still think it should have had a bit more overall.

So I thought this book was okay. It is definitely my least favorite out of the series, but I'm glad that I got a chance to read it and conclude the series (so far? I'm not sure if there are any more?)

I'll definitely be on the lookout for more novels by Miranda Kenneally!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Review: Coming Up for Air

Coming Up for Air Coming Up for Air by Miranda Kenneally
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

I am so happy that I was granted access to read this book early! Ever since I picked up Catching Jordan, I have loved this series so much and I love reading about all of the different sports. This one, being swimming, was no exception.

I am not a swimmer - can't even FLOAT - but reading Maggie's love for it made me excited for her (even though swimming terrifies me!). That is how I know that Miranda Kenneally is an amazing writer - she makes me want to join Maggie in on swimming even though I'd die if I got in a pool. But I am an athlete, so I get Maggie's dedication to do the best she can in her sport and to always try to beat herself.

Also, Maggie competing for the Olympics in swimming while she is in high school? Just craziness! I couldn't even imagine being that good that I could advance to the Olympics, so I was most definitely rooting for her the whole time.

I love Maggie's tradition of meeting with her friends every Friday night to make sure they see each other with their busy schedules. That shows how close they are. They are so busy in high school between swimming, cheerleading and baseball that they schedule a time for each other. I know they were worried that they would grow apart when they all went their own ways after they graduate, but if they are that determined in high school, they are going to be best friends for life and always find time for one another.

Maggie's proposition to Levi is hilarious. I think it was an excuse to hook up with him because she's secretly wanted to for awhile, but of course since we are reading from her perspective, we find out that's not the case. But it was obvious to everyone that they were meant to be with each other so no one was really surprised when the cat got out of the bag.

I seriously loved this so much. I need to read the previous book in the series (I realized I haven't yet! Yikes!), but this was an amazing ending to the Hundred Oaks series. The way it ended signified that it would be the last book? Am I the only one that got that feeling? If it is, it was amazing. If it wasn't, then I am of course excited for more. Either way, this could not have been a more perfect book and I am so glad that I was able to read it early!

I will definitely be recommending this to fans of Miranda Kenneally or fans of sports/romantic novels!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Review: Amid Stars and Darkness

Amid Stars and Darkness Amid Stars and Darkness by Chani Lynn Feener
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

The synopsis of this book intrigued me right away, so I was very excited to get a chance to read this book and see if it was as good as the description - which is definitely was!

Delaney is just a normal human who wants to go home and relax. Instead, her best friend Miranna wants to go to a club to see the hot alien bartender who she has been talking to. Yep, alien. Earth is now habitated by two different alien species in order to keep the peace between everyone. So Delaney is dragged out to the club with her friend, and when she is walking to her car, she gets kidnapped. But an alien she's never met. Who keeps calling her Lissa Olena, but obviously that is not Delaney. The more she keeps telling him, the more he is sure she is just lying.

Only when Delaney gets taken to their planet and has an actual conversation with her kidnapper, who is Ander Rukus, does Rukus realize that he made a mistake and kidnapped a human girl and took her to his alien planet. Oh, and the best part? Delaney now looks like Olena, who is the PRINCESS of the alien planet she is now on. And who is BETROTHED to Zane Trystan, an alien prince of another alien planet.

Life just got very complicated for Delaney, who was excited to start college...

Now Delaney has to convince Trystan that she is Olena until they can get the real Olena back home. But Trystan and Olena hate each other - they hate the binding contract they are forced into and they can't stand one another. But to keep the peace for all planets - theirs and Earth - they have to marry. Delaney can understand why Olena wants to stay away - Trystan is not nice and is very conniving.

And to make matters even more complicated, Delaney is starting to see a different perspective of Rukus, who feels extremely guilty that he kidnapped the wrong person.

Delaney can't act like Olena. Olena is very cold, very childish, very spoiled, and Delaney always sticks up for what she wants. She doesn't back down and she's very confrontational. So it's very hard for her to act like Olena. No matter how much she looks like the princess, people around her are starting to look at her weird because her mannerisms are not like Olenas.

The goal is to fool everyone until the real Olena gets brought back, but with assassination attempts happening every day, Delaney is not sure how the end result will be...

This was actually a GREAT novel! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I loved Delaney - she is a tough chick and even though she has been thrown into a terrible, terrible situation, she still takes one for the team and does what needs to be done to keep the peace.

Unlike the real Olena... She is so spoiled and such a child that she doesn't care if her actions causes a war to end all species. And the way everyone acted, expected Olena to throw a fit or start crying... yeah she is a brat who only cares about herself. So I really dislike her.

Rukus is a sexy alien, so of course I'm all about Delaney being with him. He does have weird mood swings that would confuse the hell out of me, but I think I could handle it overall :)

And then there is Trystan. At first, I was with Delaney and though he was creepy and scary and I would stay away from him at all costs. But he started to change. He started to appreciate Delaney and her "new" attitude. I think he was really starting to like her and start to like the idea of being with "Olena", so he was definitely becoming more appealing. He was flirting and making Delaney all flustered, but still scared shitless.

I dunno... I'd have to say, seeing those two together would be very interesting to see, I think. I'm not sure if I'm Team Trystan or Team Rukus, but either one would definitely be steaming off of the pages!

I am so, so, so glad that I got to read this book. I was a bit annoyed that there is a cliffhanger at the end of this novel. I thought it was a standalone, so now I realize that I have to wait FOREVER to find out what happens next! But I will wait patiently and find out what will happen next for Delaney.

I think a lot of readers will really fall in love with this book and I will definitely recommend it to other readers who love mystery, suspense, romance and science fiction!

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Review: Till Death

Till Death Till Death by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I was so, so, so excited to get this book from JLA early! I dived right in and devoured this book immediately!

This is an ADULT romantic/suspense novel by Jennifer Armentrout. Because Sasha and Cole are 29, this is not considered a New Adult genre, but just straight up adult fiction. Many readers have said NA, so I wanted to get that out of the way first.

When Sasha moves back to her hometown, she does so with a lot of wariness. When she left 10 years ago, she was running from the horrors she had just experienced when she was kidnapped by the Groom - a serial killer who was trying to find his "bride". Sasha was able to escape and the end result was that the Groom was found and killed. But the terrible things Sasha went through caused her to run away, far and for a long time.

But now she is coming back home to take care of her mother's inn that she runs. Sasha just wants to live her life how she used to before everything happened, but the very first day she was in town, someone was destroying her car, leaving dead animals for her to find, and then the worst thing happened: another girl was missing.

It seems like a copycat of the Groom is haunting her town again, and it just started happening when Sasha came back.

Another thing that happened when Sasha returned was her feelings for her ex-boyfriend Cole Landers - who she was dating during the time she was kidnapped. Ten years later showed Sasha she still has a strong connection with him, and now that he is a FBI agent, he is determined to protect her better than he did 10 years ago.

As more and more women keep disappearing, Sasha is taken back to her past more and more, and she starts to questions things that may put her in harms way...

This was a FANTASTIC novel! Of course, I would love it because JLA wrote it and she is a GOD when it comes to writing anything, but this had a lot of suspense that kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next.

I do have to admit, I figured out who the Groom copycat was before it was revealed. I think it was probably around 50-60% of the way through the book. There was one instance, the way it was worded, that I instantly went, "I know who it is! And I know why they are doing it!". So when the big reveal came, I wasn't surprised by the person, but I was surprised about how they were acting, so it was still an amazing reveal. I'm not sure if it is obvious to every reader, but I think most will be surprised in the end? I can't ever tell how someone else will react, but I can assume it will be a good reaction!

The intensity between Cole and Sasha was on FIRE! I know my cheeks were flushed whenever those two were around one another.

Overall, this was a great novel that I think all readers of any genre will enjoy immensely! There is a bit of everything in this book that will appeal to a variety of readers, and hopefully newcomers will start with this book, realize that JLA is a Godsend author, and discover her other amazing novels in the world already :)

I'm so glad that I got to read this early, and I can't wait for it to be published in print so I can add it to my ever growing JLA collection! I'm very excited to read more by her, as always :)

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Review: Extraordinary October

Extraordinary October Extraordinary October by Diana Wagman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received this free eARC from Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

The cover and the synopsis of this book was very intriguing for me, so I was really excited that I got to read this!

And overall, the novel was pretty good. October kept insisting that she was an ordinary, plain girl, but from the moment this novel started, anyone could see that she was far from ordinary. So when she kept insisting over and over that she was plain, I got a bit annoyed with her. Stop saying what you aren't and just do what needs to be done already!

I also got frustrated because she went from being a nobody to everyone is now paying attention to me! So many new boys that want her to fall in love with them, friends who she finds out has a secret identity and a reason they are friends with her before they even know her, and a whole new universe where she just all of a sudden accepts the new information about her life. I mean, if someone told me that I was not only a different species than human, but that I was a UNIQUE half-breed, I wouldn't just accept it and continue on with my life.

I would most definitely go to my parents and ask them for all of the details. Who cares if a weird hypnotist was in the house - I'd kick her out and demand answers instead of listening to a stranger who just appeared in my life for the first time 2 days ago.

So I had a bit of an issue with the way the information was presented to October, and the way she would just accept everything and someone magically know how to fix everything. I mean, she didn't know anything about her "real" life and now she knows how to fix everything?!? It's just not realistic for me and that's why I had a lot of trouble with this book.

This was a fast read and I was able to fly through it, but by the end of the book I was more like "meh" than anything. It was an okay book and the storyline was good. It just could have had a better lead up to the big moments in the novel.

I'm glad I got this free eARC and that I got to read this novel. I think many readers will enjoy this paranormal, fantasy novel!

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