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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Twisted Palace ~Review



“She got under my skin the moment I met her, and she’s still there, in my blood, in my heart.” 






These Royals will ruin you…

From mortal enemies to unexpected allies, two teenagers try to protect everything that matters most.

Ella Harper has met every challenge that life has thrown her way. She’s tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome.

Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he’ll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

No one believes Ella can survive the Royals. Everyone is sure Reed will destroy them all.
They may be right.

With everything and everyone conspiring to keep them apart, Ella and Reed must find a way to beat the law, save their families, and unravel all the secrets in their Twisted Palace.


This book. This book. This one. Ugh! So many feels! I loved it. It was the perfect conclusion to an already terrific trilogy. Everything I wanted to be concluded was concluded and wrapped up with a nice bow. The series as a whole has already reached my all time favorites list. I adored it. Everything about it made me smile (unless the situation called for a frown). 

In Twisted Palace, there was a lot going on. I couldn't figure out how everything would be resolved in only a couple hundred chapters. But, everything ended how I wanted it to. I loved it! This one was more of a mystery than the previous two. I was trying to play detective between the heart fluttering romance and heart pounding direness of the situation. 

A LOT happened in Twisted Palace, but it was a rollercoaster I was more than willing to jump on. Not only was the story gorgeously written, but the covers are pretty spectacular if I do say so myself. I think the subtleness of the cover art was a perfect contrast to the story inside. 5 out of 5 stars for this story. 

Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick (the collaborative author Erin Watt) were a power duo. There is no way you'd think this trilogy was written by two different people. They seamlessly molded their writing together to create a cohesive story that, if I haven't mentioned yet, I love. 

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TRILOGY. If you love, romance, edge of your seat, page turning books, I think you'll love this series as much as I did! Caution: there are some rather steamy moment throughout all three books that may not be suited for younger readers. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Gemina ~Review



“Patience and Silence had one beautiful daughter. And her name was Vengeance.” 





Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and the Hypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.


You know how a sequel is never as good as the first? 


NOT IN THIS CASE!!!! Gemina holds her own against Illuminae. I can not praise this series enough!!! Everything about this series is amazing. I don't even know how to explain it to you or describe it.

It's not just a story. It's an experience. One that you don't want to get out of. Gemina follows the non traditional format as Illuminae, but somehow it's even better. I cant get enough of this story line. 

I know this is short, but I just need you to go out and get this series. Right now. Do it. It's important. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Broken Prince ~Review


“I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter.” 





From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself. 

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU...

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT. 

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy. 


You know how the sequel is never as good as the first book? Well this book defies the odds. It was just as good, if not slightly better than the first one. OH MY GOODNESS! So much happened in Broken Prince. The first one was a serious page turner, I was unable to put it down and when it ended with a serious cliff hanger......... How could I not start (and finish) the sequel the same night?!

Broken Prince was just as heart breaking, and intense and dramatic as the first one! When I say dramatic, I don't mean it negatively, the drama in this series is what makes it a page turner. I loved it! Every heart wrenching, silly, steamy, fun, exciting moment of it! 

The family feeling continues, Ella becoming more and more important in the Royal's lives. I enjoyed how much it reminded me of my own family, though I have a mom and dad and one little brother. But nevertheless, the familial relationships strengthened in this book, while the romance was more of a rollercoaster. I also really loved how I wasn't asking myself "Where are the parents? How can these teenager just do whatever they want without an adult knowing?" I love how involved Callum Royal was throughout the story.

I don't know why I related to Ella so much, our situation don't match up even in the slightest, but I still connected with her. I love how realistic Ella is as a character, she's not perfect, or completely broken and needing fixed, she a blend, and I appreciate that. She's funny and makes mistakes, and has to fix the mistakes. I just really liked her as a character. 

I would recommend this series in a heartbeat! Again, there are some steamy scenes to be weary of if you are a younger reader. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Illuminae ~Review



“You have me. Until ever last star in the galaxy dies. 

You have me.” 






This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.



This book is definitely on my all time favorite list and one of my favorite books of 2017. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS PURE PERFECTION. When I started this, I was skeptical. I'm not a big sci-fi reader.... I have too hard of a time comprehending all the spaceiness. (Yep, this is now a word). Not only is this Sci-fi but it is told through emails, IM's, surveillance footage and audio file...... how could you get a 600 ish page book out of that?!

BUT OH MY GOODNESS. Not only did I get a complete story, but I loved every second of it. I was on the edge of my seat and unable to put this book down. I flew through it and before I knew it, I was finished. I have no idea how Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman did it but they sure did.

This is Star Trek meets Zombies meets IRobot. OH MY GOODNESS! 

I didn't realize I could gather so much information and develop character so extremely well without an actual traditional story. But you gain so much about the character, Kady and Ezra. You even learn to love the crazy ADIAN. 

OH MY GOSH GUYS!!!! You all have to read this book. It was phenomenal and words don't do it justice! It's beautiful and creative and addictive! I want more! MORE MORE MORE! 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Paper Princess ~Review


“You may have lost your family, but you’re not alone anymore, Ella. You’re a Royal now.” 








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. 




I adored this book. I thought it was dramatic, cute, flirty, sexy, fun, and a serious page turner. What I thought was really interesting was that the author; Erin Watt, is actually two different authors, Elle Kennedy (author of the Off Campus series) and Jen Frederick (author of the Woodlands series). These two incredibly talents, in their own right, author's joined together and created an amazing series. What I'm most grateful for was that I had all three books in the beginning, because Kennedy and Frederick are a big fan of cliff hangers. I would recommend having all three of The Royals books before you even start. It's such a fast paced story that you literally fly through it. 

My favorite trope in a book is the hate to love romance, if you haven't noticed yet. There's just something about that chemistry that both characters try to deny, that get to me. I kinda love it. Haha. 

Paper Princes was such a fun read. Ella moves in with her late father's best friend, whom she hasn't ever met, best friend nor father. Surprise, Callum Royal (father's best friend) has five sons and OMG I loved them all. I thought the boys relationships with each other were hilarious and so true. When a book incorporates family and the dynamics within the household, it just makes it 10 times better. It's not something we see much in novels, so this was refreshing. 

I adored the friction between Ella and Reed, the hate/love relationship was perfect in tension and intensity. ADORED IT! I also loved how throughout the book, the boys started taking care of Ella more and more, protecting her from the credulity of high school and prep school. 

I would definitely recommend this book! However, there are some rather steamy scenes that may not be suitable for some ages. Read at your own comfort. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bad Romeo ~Review

“Sometimes people put up walls, not only to keep people out, but also to see who cares enough to tear them down. Understand?” 





When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks
 


Bad Romeo..... where do I begin with this one? I have mixed feelings. It took me sooooooo long to get through this one and the sequel, Broken Juliet. I don't know why I had such a hard time reading this, but it really did take me for forever. 

I like Ethan and Cassie as characters. It was interesting the way Leisa Rayven formatted the story. She had the chapters switching between past and present time, which was a really cool concept. There was also a ton of drama..... no not that dram... well yes that drama, but I mean theater. 

I really like theater, so I was so excited for this story. The theatric did not disappoint and over all I did enjoy this story. There were times where the excitement lulled and, I think that's where I got lost at times. It was very much me just wishing the characters would get over their crap and suck it up. 

Eventually that did happen and things got better, but it was still slow. Ethan was so broken and damaged that we spent most of the story reading about how to fix him..... or rather, how not to fix him. While I like broken characters and feel like they can bring a lot to a plot, Ethan was too much at times. 

Though I'm leaning more towards liking this story.... it was really just ehh to me. It had it's ups, but it had it's downs too... maybe even more downs than ups. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Bad Boy, Cupid & Me ~Review



“There were times where all we want is to Play the laughter, Pause the memories, Stop the pain and Rewind the happiness.” 





Reece smirked, "Trust me Chloe, the Good Girl always falls for the Bad Boy."


Chloe Armel is a Good Girl.
She never gets in trouble, gets excellent grades and is loved by everyone.

Enter Reece.
Wild, badass and has an ego that honestly couldn't get any bigger.
He gets into fights, breaks every single rule and couldn't care less about the consequences that come with it.

When Chloe's parents leave to treat sick children in Cambodia for two weeks, she is forced to stay at her neighbour's house. 
Her neighbour has a son, and it's Reece Carter.

Sneaking out. Parties. Drinks. Hash Brownies. Flirting. Breaking the Law…and Road Trips.
Add a few shots of Cupid's Arrows and what have we got?

No clue.

All we know is, it'll be unforgettable.


I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was really cute and well written. This story is on Wattpad, which for those of you who don't know..... Wattpad is an entire website housing stories written from everyday people like yourself. It's amazing and you should definitely check it out. 

Back to the task at hand.... I thought this story was cute. It was very much the "boy next door" type story. Not only the boy next door but the bad boy next door. Reece as a character just made me smile. He was perfect, hot, bad boy, but with a secret sensitive side. He was a pretty dynamic character throughout the story. 

Chloe cracked me up. I loved how she interacted with Reece's friends and his mom. Watching their relationship change was delightful. Chloe and Reece just work together in my opinion. The way the author had these two character interact was comedic and endearing. 

Some interesting things happen in this story line. Reece's way of earning money was something I hadn't actual read about before so it was a nice change. This book went by really quick.

I would recommend if you are looking for a quick easy read! The Bad Boy Cupid & Me was fabulous in more ways than one! 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Lady Jane ~Review



“He wanted to tell her she'd have more room if she'd just get rid of her books, but he supposed that in her case, it would be like telling a mother she'd have more room if she threw out her children.” 




The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.
 

I don't even know where to begin with this one. This has to be one of my new all time favorite books..... ever. I seriously don't even know where to begin...... 

I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but everything about this book was done right! The history, the story, the magic, the characters..... everything. I loved it! All of it! 

I LOVE JANE AND GIFFORD! I thought they were perfect from the beginning to end. I only wish I had more of them! I enjoyed their banter and their connection. PERFECTION

Edward.... and Bess.... and Gracie..... and even Mary... everyone. If you only read one book this year.... please make it this one. 

The magic element in this story was so well done, it seemed to be flawlessly woven into the plot. Though it isn't 100% historically accurate, it does capture the main events. 

I listened to this on audio and the girl who read it was phenomenal. She was able to provide a unique voice to every character that just made them even more memorable. It was amazing! If you don't want to read this, definitely recommend the audio version. 

The entire story was so entertaining it felt like I couldn't put it down. That's how you know a story was written well. The way these three ladies wrote the story together was incredible. There is such cohesion, you honestly wouldn't know this was written by more than one person. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, there was never a dull moment. 

LOVED THIS BOOK AND WANT EVERYONE TO READ IT RIGHT NOW!!!!! 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Deal ~Review



“Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.” 






She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy...

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice...even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cockycaptain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...and it's going to be oh so good

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.



I've come to a conclusion. 
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Hockey players are hot. After reading Pucked by Helena Hunting and now The Deal by Elle Kennedy.....I think I want to date a hockey player. HAHA

I really enjoyed this book. It made me smile to see their relationship progress through the book. It was cute, flirty, steamy and fun. Hannah was a riot! She made me laugh out loud on several occasions. I love how much she didn't like Garrett at first. But of course things happen. 

The deal that they made was perfect and the absolute best set up for things to go wrong.... or right. I liked how involved the friends were throughout the book. It was refreshing to see the team mates have bigger roles than usual in the plot. 

Speaking of friends...... I adored how Hannah and Garrett became friends, it was well integrated change in the way they interacted. I thought it was really well done! I enjoy Elle Kennedy as an author, I like the way she develops plots. I've gotta read more by her. 

Definitely recommend this one! It was a fantastic book! 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Caraval ~Review



“Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.” 





Remember, it’s only a game…

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.


There was a lot of hype going around for this book. A LOT of hype. So I was a little nervous about whether or not I would like it and if it lived up to the hype it was getting. All in all...... it did. I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. The writing was superb and I need to look up more of Stephanie Garber. The way she effortlessly described the vividness of Caraval is so incising, you cant help but eagerly flip through the pages. I loved this story and look forward to seeing more of Garber's works. 

I knew very little when I entered this book and I couldn't have been more pleased with the results. If I'm being honest with myself, I picked up Caraval because of the serious hype surrounding it. Let's admit it, there was a TON of hype, and fortunately, I received Caraval in my February Owlcrate box. The hype, in my opinion was well deserved. I couldn't put this one down. I read the whole book in one evening.

The characters were so easy to picture in my head and I fell in love with them! (No surprise there) Caraval is a place I would love to go to, especially for the dresses! TO DIE FOR! What I really did love about the was Garber handled magic in her book, is that it all comes with a price. I definitely respected that element and thought it brought more to the plot. 

If you haven't read Caraval yet, I highly recommend you grab a ticket and line up for Caraval. Still feeling the love from this book!