Book Reviews

Naked – Book Review

Naked - Book Review


When tough teenager Anna ran away to New York, she never knew how bad things would get. After surviving as a prostitute, a terrifying incident leaves her damaged inside and out, and she returns home to the parents she was sure wouldn’t want her anymore.
Now she has a chance to be normal again. Back in school, she meets a boy who seems too good to be true. Cute, kind, trusting. But what will he do when he finds out the truth about her past? And when a dark figure from New York comes looking for Anna, she realizes she must face her secrets…before they destroy her.


I did not expect to enjoy this book. Boy was I wrong.

Anna has had a rough life. She grew up in a household where her father expected her to be the perfect child and do everything that he wants her to do, or rather not do. Nothing she did was ever good enough for her controlling father. So at the age of 13, she runs away from her family to New York City, where she dreams of singing on Broadway. Obviously, this doesn’t go as planned for her. Once she arrives in New York, she is wooed by Luis, who eventually starts pimping Anna out to his friends for sex, in exchange for money. This goes on for three years before Anna is brought in to the police and sent back to her parents.

Once she’s back home, things are still horrible. Her father is ashamed of the things that Anna has done and only cares about how it will make him look if people find out what she did for the three years that she was missing. To make things worse, Anna’s mother refuses to stand up to her father, even though she knows that the way he is treating Anna is wrong.

This book is all about overcoming your fears and just being honest with yourself and others. Anna can’t be happy with herself and move on until she has accepted the things that she has done in her past and come to terms with it. Once she does this, she feels a weight lifted off of her shoulders and can actually start to recover from what she has experienced.

Anna also learns to stand up for herself to her father, and realize that even though he is her father, the way that he treats her and her mother is wrong and abusive.

Along the way, Anna makes some great friends who are there for her no matter what, even when she thinks that they won’t want to be associated with her when they know the real truth about her. Anna even helps out someone who has never been nice to her, because she wants to help this girl regain control over her life and get out from underneath her controlling, blackmailing boyfriend.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

Naked is on sale today. You can click the image of the book’s cover above to order your copy.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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A Million Miles Away – Book Review

A Million Miles Away


When high school senior Kelsey’s identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn’t know about the tragedy is Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can’t bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can’t deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn’t want.


I wasn’t too sure how I was going to feel about this book when I started reading it, but it surprised me in a good way.

Kelsey Maxfield has a pretty easy life. She goes to school, is on her high school’s dance team, and dreams of going to the college in her hometown and joining their elite dance team. But her life crumbles around her when her twin sister Michelle dies in a car accident on her way back from taking her boyfriend Peter to the airport.

Kelsey doesn’t know much about her sister’s boyfriend except that he is being deployed to Afghanistan. She has no way of getting in touch with him to let him know what’s happened. Then one day, while Kelsey is on Michelle’s computer to delete her Facebook, she gets a Skype call from Peter. She answers it, and of course Peter thinks that she is Michelle, seeing as they’re twins. Kelsey doesn’t have it in her to tell Peter the truth, especially after Peter tells her that she is the only thing keeping him going while he is overseas.

Kelsey keeps up the ruse, because it makes her feel close to her sister and like she isn’t gone yet. Slowly, Kelsey starts to fall for Peter, but she still doesn’t know how to tell him the truth about her sister’s death, so she continues pretending to be Michelle.

I didn’t see this book ending well, at all. I couldn’t see a scenario where Kelsey could tell Peter the truth and that he wouldn’t be furious with her. The ending to the book actually surprised me a few times by making me think one thing was going to happen, only to blindside me with something else happening, and then yet another surprise at the end. It was like a very pleasant rollercoaster and I loved how the book ended.

When Kelsey loses her sister, she doesn’t know who she is anymore. While her sister was around, she felt like she knew who she was because she wasn’t her sister, so she at least knew who she wasn’t. But after Michelle passes, Kelsey has trouble finding herself and discovering what she does and doesn’t like or believe in. In a way, pretending to be Michelle helps her to discover who she really is and what is the most important to her.

I don’t agree with Kelsey’s actions but they made for an interesting story to say the least. I enjoyed her journey of realizing what she really wants out of her life and how losing her sister helped her to do it. I give this book 4/5 stars.

A Million Miles Away goes on sale tomorrow, July 7. You can order it by clicking the image of the book’s cover above.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Book Reviews

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! – Book Review

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! - Book Review


Two hot guys. One big lie. What’s a virgin sex columnist to do?

My name is Skylar Quinn. I just moved to New York with my best friend Bridget, and I have a confession. Well, more than one. Okay, quite a few really. Fine, here goes!

Confession #1: I’m a sex columnist. Hold on, that’s not really the confession. You see, I’m sort of a virgin…sex columnist.

Confession #2: I’m kind of in love with Bridget’s older brother, Oliver. No, I was. No, I am. Wait, was? Am? Crap.

Confession #3: I’ve been avoiding Oliver for four years. Or I was until today, because he just moved in. Yes, you read that correctly. He’s my new roommate. So that night we’ve both been pretending never happened, well, we might not be able to keep it a secret any longer.

And trust me, this is only the beginning.


I don’t think I’ve ever gotten this much entertainment out of the misfortunes of someone’s romantic life, with the exception of my own.

The main character, Skylar, or as everyone calls her, Skye, gets an internship working at a newspaper in New York City fresh out of college. At the paper, she works in the book review department, when she gets promoted to having her own column in the paper, while also working as an assistant. There’s only one small problem with this: Skye is supposed to write a sex column, and she is a virgin.

Adding to her troubles, the guy that she’s had a crush on forever, her best friend Bridget’s brother Ollie, moves in with them, making Skye’s life more difficult than it needs to be.

Every time Skye goes on a date with someone for her column, Ollie is right there,  quick to judge the guys that Skye is dating. No one seems to get his approval, and Skye has a difficult time deciding if it’s simply because Ollie is like a big brother to her, or if his judgement means something else entirely.

What I particularly liked about this book was how mature all of the characters seemed to be overall. Let’s face it,  I don’t expect everyone to be mature 100% of the time—we all have our childish sides—but the majority of the time the characters acted like mature adults, which is something that you don’t always see in books with characters in the new adult phase of their lives.

This book also has one of the most mature break up scenes I’ve ever read, which I can appreciate. Two characters (I won’t name names!) come to the conclusion that they don’t really see a future with one another and that their lives are just too different. Instead of a huge, dramatic break up, they wish each other the best and go their separate ways. Just because they are young doesn’t mean that they are ridiculous and overdramatic.

I could really see a lot of similarities between Skylar and myself, which I think only added to how much I loved this book. For example, she loves books and interns at a book review department of a paper, which is something I could definitely see myself doing. She is a bit socially awkward and inept, which I admit I am sometimes as well. And perhaps the greatest similarity of all is that she has absolutely no flirting skills and just starts rambling uncontrollably. Personally, whenever I flirt I get all flustered and start using big words that don’t normally find their way into everyday conversation. I guess it’s a good thing my boyfriend likes that kind of stuff. Ha!

I can’t wait to see how the story continues to unfold in the next book. I give this book 5/5 stars because I absolutely couldn’t put it down!

Confessions of a Virgin Sex Columnist! is on sale now. You can click the image of the book’s cover above to order it. The sequel book, Confessions of an Undercover Girlfriend! comes out next spring.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Book Reviews

The Kiss – Book Review

The Kiss - Book ReviewPlot:

Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of this moon, many thousands of years ago. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed – boum. The craziness travelled like this from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere – boum! Tu comprends?’
‘Where did it end up?’ I whisper. His lips are on my cheek now.
‘It ended with me. And now I am going to pass it to you. You will like that, mermaid?’

Imagine the perfect kiss. A legendary kiss that makes people crazy with love. Imagine a summer’s night, on a moonlit beach in the South of France, as French boy Laurent kisses 16-year-old Delilah after the best chat-up line she’s ever heard.

Delilah is pretty sure the Kiss is fiction, despite her head-spinning holiday fling. But with all the sudden crushes, break-ups and melt-downs happening back at home, the Kiss starts looking a little too real for comfort. If only Delilah could keep track of where it’s gone …
Who knew one kiss could cause this much trouble?


Let me start this off by being completely honest: I didn’t know if I was going to finish this book. Allow me to explain.

When I started reading this book, I wasn’t a fan of the way that it was written. The first chapter definitely grabbed my attention, with the story of Aphrodite’s Kiss and how the main character Delilah was wooed by some dreamy French boy while on vacation. But then come the second chapter, the book starts in “current time” and I felt a little lost for a few chapters, trying to make sense of who was who, what  was going on, and where the story takes place. One thing in particular that threw me was the characters’ diction and their affinities for slang words. To me, this made Delilah and her best friend Tabby seem a little spacey and random.

After I made sense of some key information, I started to actually enjoy the book and read through it fairly quickly. I particularly enjoyed that the characters in the book are far from perfect. Each character has many flaws that are pointed out, making them seem all the more real. For example, Delilah has money problems, which I found I could relate to. There were other things that I found to be relatable too, like the fact that a lot of the characters are in college, or looking for jobs.

Delilah’s main love interest, Jem, is quite the charmer. He works at his mother’s bar, and seems to have girls throwing themselves at him left and right. But despite his good looks and broad shoulders, he isn’t the player that I would have expected him to be, even though he does make mistakes here and there. It takes almost the entire book for Delilah to see Jem for who he really is, but it is very entertaining to go through her thought processes of overanalyzing every thing that both she and Jem do. Girls sure can be ridiculous sometimes, myself included.

I give this book 3.7/5 stars

The Kiss goes on sale July 2. You can order it by clicking on the book cover at the top of this post.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Book Reviews

Pixelated – Book Review

Pixelated - Book Review


Senior Year. 
Middle of nowhere.
What’s the new girl to do?

For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields.

But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they have to be together.

It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, ’cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color.


For me, Pixelated is one of those books that just caught my attention from the beginning and kept me all the way until the end, to the point where I stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it. And yes, while I found a lot of the story to be predictable, I still wanted to keep reading on to see if I was right, which doesn’t always happen in those situations.

The main character, Piper, is less than pleased when she has to relocate from St. Louis, MO to a small town in Iowa for her senior year of high school, leaving everything she loves behind. Not too long after moving to Iowa, Piper blows a tire on her way home, about halfway down the barren 10 mile stretch of road between her home and the main part of town.

Miraculously enough, someone comes along and is able to help Piper change her tire, and as luck would have it, her savior, Les, is incredibly handsome. Piper immediately falls for this guy, who she later learns has a girlfriend—sort of. The only problem is, no one really knows the truth, so everyone starts to label Piper as a home-wrecker and a slut.

One thing that I particularly loved about the book was the amount of detail that was given to the things that Piper enjoys as hobbies. For example, Piper loves photography, so whenever it is brought up that Piper is taking photos, the descriptions that are given are very similar to the actual thoughts that might be running through a photographer’s mind while they are working. Another example would be that Piper knows absolutely nothing about football when the book begins, but is required to learn about it by her mother for work, so after Piper has had some assistance (from Les!) with learning about football, her descriptions of the game become more vivid and actually use football terminology to describe plays.

The ending of the book was definitely a little bit of a surprise to me, but I won’t spoil it. At first things seemed to be pointing to one conclusion, but then everything was shaken up and I didn’t know what to expect anymore, which I really enjoyed. I give Pixelated 4/5 stars.

Pixelated goes on sale June 30. You can click the image above to order it.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Book Reviews

The Corridor – Book Review

The Corridor - Book Review


Stel Alaster has never known life without the Corridor. It appeared suddenly seventeen years ago, the only portal to a parallel version of our world—Second Earth. Everyone on First Earth fears Mods, the genetically modified Second Earthers who built the Corridor. They are too smart, too strong, and have powers that can’t be controlled. Any Mod found on First Earth is branded, then detained in the Corridor’s research labs.

Only Stel has a dangerous secret. She has a power, too: She can open a portal to Second Earth . . . and several other parallel universes she’s discovered. If anyone ever finds out, she’ll be imprisoned, no better than a Mod or common lab rat.

But when the Corridor starts to fail, emitting erratic bursts of energy that could destroy First Earth, Stel must risk everything to save the people and world she loves. With the help of an escaped Mod and an infuriatingly arrogant boy from a third universe, Stel sets out to unravel the mysteries of the Corridor and stabilize it before it’s too late. The fate of every world lies in the balance. . . .


Imagine a world in which there is not only one Earth, but many Earths, with the possibility of traveling between each of the Earths and finding the same planet with different people, different technology, different ways of life. This is the world of The Corridor.

A group of people from the Second Earth open up a portal to First Earth, but this has unexpected consequences when it causes chaos and destruction on Second Earth, killing many of its inhabitants. Seventeen years later, an unexpected energy pulse occurs at the portal, leaving Stel with a mysterious power that allows her to open up portals to the other Earths.

On her journeys between Earths, Stel meets two brothers, Flinn and Cohl, who both help her in their own ways. While with the brothers, Stel finds information that could help her father put an end to the Corridor between First and Second Earth once and for all, but there are plenty of people who stand in his way.

Stel is a very strong character, which is why I took such a liking to her. While she is still relatively young, she is independent and does things that are difficult, simply because they are the right thing to do. She is also a caring loving person who wants to look out for the best interests of those who are dear to her, even if it means she can’t always see things as they are.

This book was a pretty quick read for me, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Even though the idea of portals between worlds is not a new one, the way that the story was portrayed made it feel very new and unique. Overall I would give the book 4/5 stars.

The Corridor goes on sale tomorrow, June 23. You can order it by clicking the book’s cover image above.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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What Happens in Paris – Book Review

What Happens in Paris - Book Review


Four countries.
Three girls.
Three loves.
One adventure abroad they’ll never forget.

Camie can’t figure out what she wants, from college or life . . . until she meets Hunter. But will the magic of a romantic night in Paris last till the morning?


What Happens in Paris is a perfect book to take along to the beach to read on a nice summer day. It’s a novella, so it can definitely be tacked in one day. Altogether there are four novellas in this series, with Paris being the second one. The others are What Happens in London, What Happens in Berlin, and What Happens Abroad.

I found that I could really relate to the main character of the novella, Camie. She’s had a tough year in college, in part due to falling in and out of love with a boy in one of her classes. In order to help put this out of her mind, she decides to go backpacking all across Europe, starting in Paris, where upon landing she meets someone. Initially the two don’t get along, but it seems as though fate is pushing them together, with the two running into each other all over Paris. One thing leads to another, and eventually Camie decides to give him a shot. Along the way, Camie meets two girls staying in her hostel, who also appear in the other novellas in the series.

I enjoyed this book for what it was: a quick summer read. I would definitely be interested in reading the other three books in the series. Overall, I give this book 3/5 stars, simply because I prefer longer books.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Material Girls – Book Review

Material Girls - Book Review


In Marla Klein and Ivy Wilde’s world, teens are the gatekeepers of culture. A top fashion label employs sixteen-year-old Marla to dictate hot new clothing trends, while Ivy, a teen pop star, popularizes the garments that Marla approves. Both girls are pawns in a calculated but seductive system of corporate control, and both begin to question their world’s aggressive levels of consumption. Will their new “eco-chic” trend subversively resist and overturn the industry that controls every part of their lives?


Material Girls is an enjoyable book that subtly questions the way that our society behaves in regards to things that don’t necessarily matter all that much.

From the time they are born, people work towards getting “tapped” in one of the creative industries—things like the fashion, film, singing and video game industries. Every child creates a Tap page to showcase their creative talents, and then on a specific day when the children are 12-13 years old, they are either “tapped” for a creative industry, or left to work in one of the “Adequate” industries like math or science. Those who aren’t tapped receive lower pay and have a harder time caring for their families. Even those who get tapped can still struggle, depending on their position in the industry they were chosen for.

For those who work in the creative industries, if you aren’t wearing the absolute latest trends, you’re considered an “obsoloser” and are pretty much doomed to fall off of society’s radar. And with the rate that trends change, it is a job in itself just keeping up with what is still “in”.

Once Marla, one of the two main characters, gets demoted from her job at one of the top five fashion houses, she begins to see that perhaps working in a tapped industry isn’t all that it is portrayed to be. Along with some new friends, Marla sets out to reform the way that the fashion industry—and perhaps all creative industries—work.

One thing that I absolutely loved about this book was that the ending wasn’t the predictable, typically happy ending that seems to be everywhere these days. While the book definitely isn’t disappointing in the way it ends, it didn’t end in the way that it is set up for readers to hope that it does.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars.

Material Girls goes on sale May 5. You can purchase it here.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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The Decaying Empire – Book Review

The Decaying Empire - Book Review


When eighteen-year-old teleporter Ember Pierce wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, she remembers only the basics: she’s been trained by the government as a spy, she’s sent on dangerous missions, and her last assignment—the one that landed her in the hospital—was a setup.

Caden Hawthorne has spent the past ten months of his life grieving Ember’s death. So when she shows up in his room like an apparition, he can’t believe his eyes. But this Ember is different. Her hair is longer, her skin is paler, her gaze is haunted. She tells him what he’s already begun to suspect: someone he trusted betrayed her.

Now, uncertain who is friend and who is foe, Ember and Caden face the toughest mission of their lives—to stay together and survive, as they run from danger toward an unknown future.


The Decaying Empire is the sequel to The Vanishing Girl (you can read my review of that here), and it was everything that I was hoping it would be after I loved the first book so much.

After being set up and seriously injured at the end of the first book, Ember Pierce thought she was a dead woman. Teleporters can’t just poof back to their original location unharmed after being injured on a mission—teleporting with a bad wound usually leads to a teleporter being spliced, or torn apart, while trying to get back. Most can’t survive being spliced, but amazingly Ember does. When she wakes up 10 months after her accident, she is keen on seeking revenge against the program that has taken her life and decided to put it in danger.

Ember, along with her pair Caden, wants to escape the facility that has them “imprisoned”, and along with the help of some outsiders, expose the program that has taken their lives and put them in death’s way on a daily basis. But once the program gets wind of this, they ship Ember and Caden off to their other facility—where they send teleporter couples that want to start a family.

The duo decide to go through with their plans to escape and expose the program, but not without many complications along the way, which tests the strength of their relationship.

This book is written in a way that flows well and at a fast pace, which really allowed me to speed through it as I was reading. I love reading books that don’t feel like a chore to get through, and The Decaying Empire definitely qualifies.

Overall, I give this book 5/5 stars.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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Inherit Midnight – Book Review

Inherit Midnight - Book Review


The Competition:

Outlandishly wealthy Grandmother VanDemere has decided to leave her vast fortune to the family member who proves him or herself worthiest-by solving puzzles and riddles on a whirlwind race around the globe, from the mines of Venezuela to the castles of Scotland. There will be eight competitors, three continents . . . and a prize worth millions.

The Players:

Seventeen-year-old Avery is the black sheep of the VanDemere clan, the ostracized illegitimate daughter. Finally, she has a chance to prove herself . . . and to discover the truth about her long-lost mother.

Marshall might be Avery’s uncle, but there’s no love lost between the two of them. He’s her main competition, and he’ll do anything to win-including betray his own children.

Riley is the handsome son of Grandmother VanDemere’s lawyer. As the game progresses, Avery falls hard for Riley. Suddenly, losing the game might mean losing him, too.

As the competition takes treacherous turns, it becomes clear there can only be one victor. Who can Avery truly trust? And is winning worth her life?


When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. The main character, Avery, is attempting a break out from a boarding school that her grandmother sent her to as punishment for breaking out of their family mansion. I think she missed the point of her being there just a little bit. Then, in comes Riley, who unknowingly thwarts Avery’s breakout attempt but at the same time ends up getting her out of there, though he can’t tell her why just yet.

Avery is one of eight heirs to the incredibly well-off VanDemere family, only she is the black sheep of the family. Avery is the child of an affair that her father had with his son’s nanny, and so she is seen as a disgrace to the family name. Grandmother VanDemere realizes that the majority of her heirs are incredibly spoiled and don’t appreciate their heritage, so she invents a competition that will not only test their knowledge of their family’s history but will test their character as well, and the heir that comes out on top will win the majority of the family inheritance.

No one takes Avery very seriously in the competition until she shows that she is a real contender and might just take the top prize. Then everyone is out to get her and make sure that she doesn’t win.

This book kept me interested from the beginning until the end, and I loved the character progressions that were made. I really love this book.

I give this book 5/5 stars.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.