Review: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Summary:

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

Review:

This is my second Morgan Matson’s book and I found all the things I loved from Since You’ve Been Gone in this one. The amazing friendships, the cute romance, the family drama, which are pretty common in this genre, but what’s unique about it all it’s how real and how honest these relationships felt. Continue reading

Review: Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

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Summary:

Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She’s left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds—and perhaps a gelato or two. But when her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery’s thrown for a loop when she sees a man she never thought she’d see again: Italian architect Marcello Bianchi.

Marcello was the man—the one who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and—hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello…

Slipping easily into the good life of summertime in Rome, Avery spends her days exploring a city that makes art historians swoon, and her nights swooning over her unexpected what was old is new again romance. It’s heady, it’s fevered, it’s wanton, and it’s crazy. But could this really be her new life? Or is it just a temporary reprieve before returning to the land of twin-set cardigans and crustless sandwiches?

A celebration of great friendship, passionate romance, and wonderful food, Roman Crazy is a lighthearted story of second chances and living life to the fullest.

Reviews:

What a ride! I’ve always loved Alice Clayton’s books, so as soon as I saw she was co-writing a new one set in Rome, aka where I live, I was super excited! I was beautifully surprised!

After finding out that Daniel, her husband of 8 years, has been cheating on her, Avery decides to finally turn away from that life and have a change of scenery. She heads out to Rome, where her best friend, Daisy, lives. Bless them! I absolutely loved their friendship! I adore well portrayed female friendships, and this book gives them a lot of room. But surprise, surprise. Marcello, the guy Avery loved so much 9 years before during her study abroad in Barcelona and whom she left without much of an explanation, works with Daisy. Things get deliciously complicated.

Oh the sizzling romance! As soon as they see each other again, it’s plain that there’s unfinished business there, that they’ve never quite stopped thinking about that beautiful time they had in Barcelona. And as they discover each other again, Avery finds out so much about herself, so much about what she gave up to be with Daniel, and what she won’t ever give up again. She’ll put herself first, always.

This is a book about second chances, not only at love, but at life. The first half was a bit slow, but I didn’t mind because it’s amazing how everything about Rome was well portrayed! Seriously, it felt like I was actually walking through the city.

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Review: Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen

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Summary:

The first novel in a sexy new series featuring the hockey players of the Brooklyn Bruisers and the women who win their hearts—from the USA Today bestselling author of the Ivy Years series.

In high school they were the perfect couple—until the day Georgia left Leo in the cold…

Hockey player Leo Trevi has spent the last six years trying to do two things: get over the girl who broke his heart, and succeed in the NHL. But on the first day he’s called up to the newly franchised Brooklyn Bruisers, Leo gets checked on both sides, first by the team’s coach—who has a long simmering grudge, and then by the Bruisers’ sexy, icy publicist—his former girlfriend Georgia Worthington.

Saying goodbye to Leo was one of the hardest things Georgia ever had to do—and saying hello again isn’t much easier. Georgia is determined to keep their relationship strictly professional, but when a press conference microphone catches Leo declaring his feelings for her, things get really personal, really fast….

Review:

I was so lucky to receive an ARC of the first book in Sarina Bowen’s new series, Brooklyn Bruisers. This author knows how to write romance, and she’s never disappointed me. A few chapters into Rookie Move and I knew she had me once again. Continue reading

Review: Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Summary:

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places.

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

Review:

I wish I could go back to when I was a little girl and have someone (possibly Tahereh herself) read this book to me. The incredibly beautiful, colorful and vibrant writing style had me falling completely in love.

She stopped too many times, wandering off the main path, catching deep breaths and holding them, too selfish to let them go. She spun until her skirts circled around her, smiling so wide she thought her face would break and blossom. She hopped around on tiptoe, and only when she could stand it no longer would she exhale what wasn’t hers to keep.

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Review: A Torch Against The Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

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Summary:

Elias and Laia are running for their lives.

After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf – the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison – to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene – Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own – one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape… and kill them both.

Review:

Oh. My. God. Amazing! This was so much better than book one! And incredibly so! Full of plot twists, I never knew what to expect. I think I held my breath through most chapters from the very first page. Continue reading

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han

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Summary:

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Review:

So, I was looking for something light and easy to read, and I found it! I’ve been reading a lot of dark fantasy novels lately, and there are some pretty great fantasies releasing these days, so a summery, teenage love read was what I needed.  Continue reading

Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

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This is the story of Paul, a sophomore at a high school like no other: The cheerleaders ride Harleys, the homecoming queen used to be a guy named Daryl (she now prefers Infinite Darlene and is also the star quarterback), and the gay-straight alliance was formed to help the straight kids learn how to dance.

When Paul meets Noah, he thinks he’s found the one his heart is made for. Until he blows it. The school bookie says the odds are 12-to-1 against him getting Noah back, but Paul’s not giving up without playing his love really loud. His best friend Joni might be drifting away, his other best friend Tony might be dealing with ultra-religious parents, and his ex-boyfriend Kyle might not be going away anytime soon, but sometimes everything needs to fall apart before it can really fit together right.

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

Review:

What a wonderful read! Seriously, this is exactly what the title says: a boy who meets a boy. It’s as simple as that.

I am amazed at the randomness, the comedy, and the faith that brings us all together and makes us hold on.

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Review: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) by Jay Kristoff

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Summary:

Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.

Review:

Oh, wow! I’m speechless. I read this book knowing nothing about it, I was just extremely excited about it. It delivered.

“Hear me, Niah. Hear me, Mother. This flesh your feast. This blood your wine.  This life, this end, my gift to you. Hold him close.”

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Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

Review:

This is a completely spoiler free review. It’s not even a proper review. It’s just me saying that every person should read a book like this one. It is probably one of the most meaningful and powerful books I’ve ever read. Continue reading

Review: Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by J.L. Armentrout

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Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

Review:

Oh god! Can I have the next book right now, pretty please? I was in a reading slump, and this one totally took me out of it! JLA is always a safe bet.

God, I loved him more than I loved pralines and bidgnets, and that was hardcore, because my love for sugary, sweet things rivaled the most epic love stories known to man. Thinking of never seeing him again made me want to curl into a ball, and that would be incredibly stupid, because I’m pretty sure, with my busted ribs, it would hurt like hell.

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