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College Life 101: Freshman Orientation—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

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Leaving home for the first time to attend college is stressful enough. But when the roommate lottery of Paradise Valley University strikes, it produces couples who have absolutely nothing in common; causing personality clashes which takes the stress to a whole new level. Dismay hits Sidra Howard, the prim and proper princess, when she contemplates spending an entire semester with Chasity Parker, the troubled beauty with a sharp tongue and even sharper claws. Malajia Simmons, a boy crazed, attention seeking diva, is no happier. Not only does she get stuck with the upper bunk bed, she has to share a triple room with Alexandra Chisolm, a nosey and overbearing, self proclaimed “know-it-all”. But even the meddling Alexandra isn’t as bad as Emily Harris, the shy, mommy’s girl with a non-existent backbone.

Coming to college to escape her home life, Chasity hopes to get through the semester without any problems. Her hopes are tainted once she begins to have to resist the advances of a determined football star, on top of dealing with family drama which seems to have followed her. Alexandra’s need to fix everyone’s problems not only rubs her roommates the wrong way, it also causes her to fall blind to the problems brewing with the boyfriend that she left behind. Eventually she’ll be forced to face the issues head on. Emily’s refusal to come out of her shell is too much to handle for party girl Malajia, whose main purpose is to have fun and be seen. The same doesn’t apply to Sidra, who’s more concerned with trying to keep her over-the-top stress level under control.

These five young women try to handle family drama, pressure, and conflicts; all while trying to maintain their grades. They quickly learn that college life isn’t what they expected and must adapt to their new environment if they ever hope to make it through their first semester.

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Review:

This book reminded me that throughout my four years of college, I was relatively lucky with who I got assigned to for roommates, with the exception of one year. As I read through and imagined having some of these girls as my roommates, I simply couldn’t picture having someone so absolutely terrible to live with. As it is, the one roommate who I haven’t liked throughout college isn’t nearly as bad as some of these characters, and I already dislike her. I can’t fathom how miserable it would be to have these girls as roommates.

College Life really made me appreciate the great time that I did have in college because I was so blessed with roommates. At times, while reading, I thought that some of the parts were a bit far fetched or exaggerated, but I’m sure that there have been instances similar to those, and I’ve simply never experienced them. I think that this book was okay, but had the potential to be much better. There are two other books in the series and I would be interested to see the character development that occurs between the books.

I give College Life 101: Freshman Orientation 3/5 stars. You can purchase it from any of the following retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

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Dragonkyn—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

Marc used to think he was pretty ordinary, but he also used to think ice cream trucks didn’t sell ice cream and dragons were just fairy tales. Now he knows better. With skin that can’t be burned and strange powers he can’t explain, Marc soon discovers the truth: he is part dragon. And as he joins his fellow dragonkyn, his closest friends could quickly become his greatest enemies.

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Review:

 

This book was a fun and unique read. I found myself laughing throughout the book, and I rather enjoyed the dynamic between the characters. One of the best parts about the book was the witty chapter titles, which kept me in suspense of what was going to unfold throughout the pages. Some chapter titles include: “Ditching Death is Difficult” and “How to Embarrass Your Spanish Teacher”. The short chapters made this book an absolute breeze to blow through/

I give Dragonkyn 3/5 stars.

 

 

Apocalypse All the Time – Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

Doesn’t it seem as if someone issues a new apocalypse prediction every week? Y2K? The Mayan apocalypse? The Rapture? Doesn’t it seem endless? As opposed to the traditional trend of post-apocalyptic literature, Apocalypse All the Time is post-post-apocalypticism.

Marshall is sick of the apocalypse happening on a weekly (if not daily) basis. Life is constantly in peril, continually disrupted, but nothing significant ever happens. The emergency is always handled. Always. Marshall wants out; he wants it all to stop . . . one way or another. Even if he has to end the world himself.

Apocalypse All the Time explores humanity’s fascination with the end times and what impact such a fascination has on the way we live our lives.

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Anomalies – Blog Tour and Audiobook Review

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Summary:

In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything.

Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about anomalies citizens who can t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back.

When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality she is an anomaly. After imprinting, the people she loves change, and she starts to doubt everything she s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who s created them and what if he isn’t a man at all?

When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.

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A Fantastic Mess of Everything—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

Millie Alvarez is a college senior with dreams of being a best selling science fiction writer like her favorite author, sci-fi mastermind Luke Danielson. She fantasizes about dating Rod, her handsome, young writing professor, who has a fan base of his own.

Of course no one knows this but her two best friends, Fran and Mike. In the real world, Millie is anything but a success. She always gets casted in the worst roles in her college’s musical productions, has a single subscriber to her writing blog, and struggles to be with anyone but Fran and Mike. She even avoids meeting Trent, an exchange student from London who matches with her on the dating app Charmed. Sam always wants to hang out with Millie, but he isn’t her type; he’s too skinny and happy and won’t stop asking Millie about all her favorite things.

But things spiral out of Millie’s control when Fran moves out of their dorm room to live with her sister and her estranged dad won’t stop calling her to make amends. To top it all off, the pain inside of Millie’s chest is worsening. Millie must decide if she’s ready to face everything head on. Can she do it? Is she stronger than she thinks she is? All Millie knows is that her life is one big mess that she cannot seem to escape.

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Review:

 

Have you ever read a book that you can relate to almost every single aspect about it? Well for me, A Fantastic Mess of Everything is that book, except the whole crush on a professor thing. College stress, maintaining a blog, a (formerly) strained relationship with my father, I was almost convinced I was reading a book about myself, and not a fictional character.

This was a sweet, fun New Adult read that was different from most other NA books I’ve read, which was very pleasant. Most NA books border on scandalous with their romance, which A Fantastic Mess of Everything was not. It was a refreshing change.

I give A Fantastic Mess of Everything 4/5 stars. You can purchase it from any of the following places:

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The Alienation of Courtney Hofman—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She’s being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they’re starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.

The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it’s too late for everyone.

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Review:

I feel like this is a perfect strange, funky, interesting book to read in the month of October, as it gave me a spooky, Halloween-y vibe. I never really know what books to read in the month of October, but this one fit great with what I look for.

As far as I can remember, I’ve never read a book about aliens, but i really enjoyed that aspect of this book. It was something new and unique for me, and in a world where everything feels like it’s already been done, it was refreshing to see something new.

 

I give The Alienation of Courtney Hofman 3.5/5 stars. You can purchase it from any of the following places:

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Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend!—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend! is the second book in the Confessions series. If you’d like to read my review of the first book, Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist!, you can do so HERE.

Summary:

So, I’m no longer a virgin sex columnist—thank you, Ollie—but if I thought that was going to make my life easier, boy was I wrong! John is back in town determined to win my forgiveness. Blythe is more ready than ever to take me down. Bridget is totally onto the new twinkle in my eye. And, well, Ollie is just as distractingly delicious as usual.

So, naturally, I have a few more confessions to make.

Confession #1: I came up with what I thought would be the perfect plan to keep my relationship with Ollie a secret—pretend to get back together with John!

Confession #2: It backfired. A lot.

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I was looking forward to this book from the second that I finished Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! so you can just imagine how ecstatic I was when the author contacted me about joining the tour for the sequel. And boy, was I not disappointed by this book at all. It was everything I wanted and needed, and then some.

Skye has good intentions, she really does. But no matter how hard she tries, she always seems to mess things up in one way or another. She’s finally with the guy of her dreams, and while everything is going great, she’s still afraid to let anyone know that she’s dating Ollie. So Skye gets this *brilliant* (a.k.a. not so brilliant) idea to pretend that she had gotten back together with her cheating ex-boyfriend. Needless to say, things backfire a LOT, and Skye’s best friend Bridget stops talking to her.

I was especially pleased by the development of Skye’s relationships with her coworkers, as it was something that I didn’t see coming, but it was a nice twist. It brought a whole different side to the story that I wasn’t expecting to happen, and I think it really shows Skye’s character growth.

This story has great pacing and an amazing plot. I could not stop turning the pages, and finished it in a day. The characters are so real and relatable, and they have real problems and issues. They don’t always know the right thing to say, their lives aren’t always glamorous and they experience real human emotions.

I give Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend! 5/5 stars. You can purchase it by clicking HERE. You can also buy the first book, Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! HERE.

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One Night—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

Thompson may be only seventeen but he knows he’s just checked into Heartbreak Hotel for good, now that his girlfriend, Caroline, has put an end to their burning love. Since then he’s been sleepwalking through his summer job at Super Kmart while desperately dreaming of ways to win her back. He even drops by the Tiki House on Elvis Presley Night hoping that she, a diehard fan of the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” will be there as well. That’s when he meets Johnny Lee Young—real estate agent by day, Hawaii’s Favorite Elvis Impersonator by night—and the lovesick teen’s world suddenly takes a wild and unexpected turn.

As luck would have it, Johnny needs a temporary assistant to help with equipment and social media and Thompson eagerly accepts the offer, hoping it will distract him from his painful and lingering romantic issues. But like Thompson, Johnny is nursing a secret heartbreak and pining for his own lost love. So the new roadie starts making plans—with a little help from his friends Ronnie and Greta—to accompany the counterfeit King on an odyssey of a lifetime that will take them far from their island paradise home in search of true love.

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I thoroughly enjoy a good coming-of-age story, and One Night is just that. It is a fun, well-written story that kept me turning the pages to find out just where the story was going to take me.

There were so many fun interesting characters in this book, that really helped to round out the entire story and make it even more enjoyable. There was a lot of adventure and fun places in this book that really made me want to hop on a plane and travel somewhere new and exciting.

I give One Night 4/5 stars. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking HERE.

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There Once Were Stars—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

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I have always been intrigued by the idea that there might come a day when the world is so contaminated or messed up that people would have to live inside of a protective dome. The idea isn’t that new—there have been a few television shows that have definitely featured this concept. But I have never read a book about it, and this was a unique experience for me.

Nat has always lived her life inside of Dome 1618. It’s all she’s ever known, and she is okay with that. Nat’s parents were both scientists whose job it was to go on expeditions outside of the dome to see if it might one day be safe for the inhabitants of the dome to venture out and start to rebuild civilization on the outside again. One day, Nat sees someone standing outside of her dome without any protective gear on. He is captured by those in charge of Dome 1618 and brought in for questioning.

Nat learns that everything is not all as it seems within her dome. Secrets are everywhere and Nat might hold some of the most important secrets of all. She struggles with the decision of who she should trust and what the consequences of her actions might be.

I love how this book kept me begging for more! It was almost impossible for me to put it down, much to my professor’s dismay… whoops! I really enjoyed There Once Were Stars, and it was a relatively quick read for me.

I give There Once Were Stars 4/5 stars. You can purchase it from any of the following retailers:

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The Bad Decisions Playlist—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Austin, 16, a self-described screwup, finds out that his father isn’t dead. He’s alive, and moreover he’s Shane Tyler, a famous singer/guitarist/song writer—Austin’s dream for himself. But Shane is battling his own demons, and Austin must figure out how to grow up on his own terms.

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The Bad Decisions Playlist is a great summer read that kept me entertained throughout the entire book. Austin, the troubled main character, makes a lot of questionable decisions, most of them having to do with trying to gain ladies’ attention. Sometimes I found myself wondering just how Austin could be so stupid as to do some of the things he does, but having never been a teenage boy I can’t really relate to the mindset that Austin has. He is truly a character with a unique personality.

I feel like Austin’s struggles with constantly messing up and doing the wrong thing is very relatable for me, and probably for a lot of other people out there as well. Sometimes it can feel like no matter what you do, you’re always screwing things up in one way or another, so this book really hit home for me.

I give The Bad Decisions Playlist 4/5 stars. It was published on August 2, 2016. You can purchase it from any of the following retailers:

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