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At First Blush – Book Review

Summary:

Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can’t wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn’t all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine’s feature subject, musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

Review:

I loved this book so much! Spring has sprung, and I am fully in the mood for all of the contemporary books. This book definitely didn’t disappoint me!

LaceyBlushes gets the chance of a lifetime when she’s selected for an internship at a magazine, where she’ll vlog all the behind-the-scenes deeds about the magazine’s guest editor, but the experience isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Lacey finds that while things are going great for her YouTube channel, she is losing her passion for making videos. And to top it all off, she’s falling for someone that she never expected to.

I think that this book really did a great job of portraying that sometimes our dreams aren’t all they’re made out to be, and that sometimes we may think that we know what we want in life, when in reality we don’t. I think that that is something that scares a lot of people, myself included. With my college graduation nearing in a couple months, I’m absolutely terrified that once I actually get into the field, I’m not going to love my profession. Only time will tell.

One thing that bothered me about this book was Lacey’s obliviousness to things that were blatantly obvious to everyone else. Over time, this changes though, and Lacey realizes what an idiot she’s been about many things, and things start looking up for her.

I give this book 4.5/5 stars. At First Blush goes on sale April 4.

Girl In Pieces – Book Review

Summary:

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.

Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

A deeply moving portrait of a teenage girl on the verge of losing herself and the journey she must take to survive in her own skin, Kathleen Glasgow’s debut is heartbreakingly real and unflinchingly honest. It’s a story you won’t be able to look away from.

Review:

This book was my favorite read of 2016. The subject matter is heavy, and dark, but so important and done so well. Going into this book, I didn’t really know just how dark it was going to get. Charlie’s character has been through so much, and so have the people that she knows. This book made my heart heavy with sorrow for those who go through life feeling like they are alone and that things will never get better.

The writing in Girl In Pieces is absolutely beautiful. It is written in a diary-like style. In the beginning of the novel, the entries are short; Charlie doesn’t trust whoever it is that she’s writing to (herself, her therapist, just a diary?) with the truth of what happened to her. She is a selective mute, traumatized by her experiences. Over time, Charlie opens up, both to people in her life and to the reader. The writing manages to get so much emotion across without much effort.

I think the most important thing about this book is that it reminded me you never really know what people are going through, underneath whatever face they put on for the public to view. It reminded me to be kind to others, because you never know what might tip someone over the edge. Everyone should read this book.

I gave Girl In Pieces 5/5 stars. For me, it’s a definite must read.

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett – Book Review

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett - Book Review

Summary:

Hawthorn wasn’t trying to insert herself into a missing person’s investigation. Or maybe she was. But that’s only because Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance is the one fascinating mystery their sleepy town has ever had. Bad things don’t happen to popular girls like Lizzie Lovett, and Hawthorn is convinced she’ll turn up at any moment—which means the time for speculation is now.

So Hawthorn comes up with her own theory for Lizzie’s disappearance. A theory way too absurd to take seriously…at first. The more Hawthorn talks, the more she believes. And what better way to collect evidence than to immerse herself in Lizzie’s life? Like getting a job at the diner where Lizzie worked and hanging out with Lizzie’s boyfriend. After all, it’s not as if he killed her—or did he?

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Review:

Hawthorn sees the world differently, which is something that I always appreciate in a character. She is kind of an outcast, and she has a wild imagination. Hawthorn isn’t sure if she necessarily believes everything that she imagines, but she likes to believe that something strange or magical could exist, which I can relate to.

Hawthorn puts herself into some interesting situations, and its sometimes tough to wonder how she thinks that the things she is doing are okay. But that’s part of growing up, finding your way and making mistakes along the way. After all, it’s not as though Hawthorn has the best relationship with her parents and her brother. They don’t really understand her, and let her run wild because they figure that some socialization is better than being an outcast, which Hawthorn is for the most part.

Throughout the book Hawthorn learns who she is and what that means to her. She realizes that not everything is as it seems on the surface, and that people often have dark and difficult things going on in their lives that they don’t let on about. This book really shows that you can’t always assume that people are as happy as they seem to be, and that everyone is a different person in someone else’s eyes.

I give this book 5/5 stars. It was a great, interesting read and I flew through the pages. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from debut author Chelsea Sedoti.

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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Review:

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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The Unexpected Everything – Book Review

The Unexpected Everything

Summary:

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

 

Review:

It’s official: I love Morgan Matson’s writing. Everything about her books makes me so happy, and I love that she has the ability to surprise me throughout the course of her novels. Morgan’s characters have real problems and face real issues that they must overcome. The characters in The Unexpected Everything have a great dynamic.

Andie learns a lot about herself and her friends throughout the course of the novel. Throughout the obstacles that she faces, she learns to not take everything so seriously and to live in the now instead of always planning ahead for her future.

The Unexpected Everything makes me wish that summer was still here and that I could take a few lessons from Andie and live a little bit more in the now. Morgan Matson has easily worked her way onto my list of auto-buy authors.

I give The Unexpected Everything 5/5 stars. It is a perfect summer read, or for when you’re just in the mood for a cute, happy contemporary read. You can order it by clicking on the cover image at the top of this post.

Since You’ve Been Gone – Book Review

Since You've Been Gone - Book Review

Summary:

It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

Review:

I am Emily. That’s all there is to it. I can’t remember the last time that I related so much to a character of a book, but reading Since You’ve Been Gone reminded me so much of myself.

Emily isn’t exactly the most social person. She and her best friend Sloane are inseparable, but Emily is awkward in social situations and doesn’t really talk much if it isn’t necessary. But when Sloane disappears, leaving behind nothing but a list of 13 things for Emily to do, Emily feels lost. Every time something happens to her, her first instinct is to call or text Sloane, but she can’t, because Sloane has turned off her phone.

Along the way, Emily finds friendship and love in places she doesn’t expect it, and starts to come out of her shell and grow as a person. She gets into some interesting situations that are absolutely hilarious. This book is filled with so many interesting and unique characters.

I give this book 5/5 stars. You can order it by clicking on the image below:

The Midnight Society – Blog Tour and Book Review

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The Midnight Society - Book Review

Summary:

Witness protection has a protocol for dealing with every situation—except magic.

Fifteen-year-old Cate’s life has been monitored since her new identity was created five years ago. She’s spent countless hours learning how to deal with potential threats and dangerous situations. None of which is any use when everyone around her is suddenly frozen like statues at the bus stop.

As Cate attempts to make sense of the frightening scene, a mysterious group of teenagers appear out of thin air. They are intrigued she’s not affected, but focus on completing their deadly mission, using baffling powers before they vanish again.

When the group seeks her out the next day, Cate is drawn into a world filled with sorcery and time travel. After she accidentally brings a cheerleader back from the dead, her incredible powers are revealed. Cate is shocked to discover she has a pivotal role to play in a centuries-old battle between two mortal enemies which threatens to destroy her entire world.

With the distinction between good and evil blurred, she’s faced with the excruciating choice of which side to join. Cate can save her family or protect thousands of people from death. She can’t do both. Will she risk destroying innocent lives to save the ones she loves?

Review:

I must admit, I was a bit hesitant to start reading this book because time travel always confuses me, whether it is in print or in visual media. If it is not done well, I will not enjoy it and that can be rather upsetting when all other elements are fantastic. That was not the case with this book, at all.

The way that time travel was handled in The Midnight Society was perhaps the best way I have EVER seen it done. Not once did I find myself going back and wondering if an event had happened in the past, present, or future, which I was very impressed with. Kudos to you, Rhonda Sermon; that’s practically impossible for me.

I loved how fast-paced this book was. It kept me wanting more, needing to know what would happen next. The characters were all interesting and very well written. The relationships between every character were all so different indwell thought out. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book, given my typical feelings and confusion towards time travel.

I give The Midnight Society 4/5 stars. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking on the book’s cover image below:

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