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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.

Anomalies – Blog Tour and Audiobook Review

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Anomalies - Book Review

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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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.

What Light – Book Review

What Light - Book Review

Summary:

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

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Review:

What Light is the perfect winter read for the holiday season. It is the ultimate mix of romance, friendship and self-discovery, through the lens of the Christmas season.

Sierra is very picky when it comes to the boys she dates. She sees no reason in being with someone if she can’t see a future with them. She isn’t looking for Mr. Right Now, but Mr. Right. So when she starts to fall for Caleb, the dashing boy who loves Christmas just as much as she does, her friends know that this could be something serious. But there’s something dark about Caleb that everyone else seems to know about that Sierra must discover.

Sierra is a really open-minded and level-headed character. She doesn’t let others’ opinions cloud her judgment and seeks the truth for herself. Even when others question her decisions, she stands up for what she believes in and for those that she loves, even when the odds are against her. She is resilient, determined, and loyal. Sierra tries to make others see things how she does without losing her head.

Caleb is such a strong character. He always looks to the bright side even when things are tough and working against him. He is an outcast, but he tries not to let others’ thoughts and opinions get to him. He is caring and generous and kind, despite what has happened to him in life, and he always strives to give to others.

@This was such a fun, quick Christmassy read, and I loved every second of it. If it weren’t for so much homework, I could have easily finished this book in a day, it was that good. I love a cute story, and this is just that. I give What Light 5/5 stars and a 100000% must read.

Glitter – Book Review

Glitter - Book Review

Summary:

Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.

When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.

But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.

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Review:

When I saw that Glitter was described as Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette, I was immediately intrigued and had to read it, and I wasn’t disappointed at all. I love all things French, and especially the historic ways of royalty, so I had pretty high expectations when I started reading this book.

The premise of this book was very unique: in order to escape from her planned marriage to the king, Danica turns to selling drugs in order to have enough money to pay for her black market identity change. Along the way, a lot happens and changes in Danica’s life. She falls in love, people she loves get hurt, and she must raise the money in less time than she had originally anticipated, raising the stakes.

Danica is a very selfish character, there’s no denying that. She doesn’t ever think of how her actions will affect others, often leaving her shocked and stunned when something happens that she didn’t expect. Even though Danica knows what withdrawals from Glitter look like, she still chooses to sell the drug to the people of Versailles. But given the circumstances, it makes sense why Danica is so selfish. She is afraid that she will end up married to a king who murdered a girl, and that she will meet the same fate.

At the end of this book, there is a plot twist that I did NOT SEE COMING and holy cow, was it a good one. It left me hanging and in anticipation of the sequel. I need to know what happens, and I need to know ASAP. Overall, Glitter was a very quick read for me and I would highly recommend it. I give Glitter 5/5 stars because I LOVED it!

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

Girl Last Seen – Book Review

Girl Last Seen - Book Review

Plot:

Kadence Mulligan’s star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren’s vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady’s boyfriend. But Lauren knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. And nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with the disappearance. Or the blood evidence… As the town and local media condemns Lauren, she realizes the only way to clear her name is to discover the truth herself. Lauren slowly unravels the twisted life of Kadence Mulligan and sees that there was more to her than she ever knew. But will she realize she’s unknowingly playing a part in an elaborate game to cover up a crime before it’s too late?

Review:

This book had so many twists and turns! It was so good, and most of the time I didn’t see where things were heading, which I always love. I can’t stand when books are predictable, and this book did a really great job of making me think that it was going somewhere, and it would hint that one person would be guilty of something, and then bam! things would switch directions.

Kadence Mulligan is not the girl that everyone believes her to be. She puts on a show for the whole world to see, and only her best friend Lauren knows what Kadence is really capable of. So when Kadence disappears, Lauren isn’t really that bothered—and maybe even thinks Kadence is just pulling a stunt to gain attention, while everyone else in their small town is going crazy trying to find her. But then evidence comes to light that makes it look like Kadence might have been killed. And everyone starts to take a closer look at Lauren.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the mystery of some of the characters. It was intriguing to try and decipher what everyone’s motives were and who was really to blame for everything. I give this book 4/5 stars. You can order Girl Last Seen by clicking on the book’s cover image below:

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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.

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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Review:

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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Summary:

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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Review:

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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Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

Straight-laced, veterinary surgeon, Summer Wynters is ready to break the rules. And who better to break them with than the most irreverent of all men, mega rock star Malcolm Angel? With one last summer free from work obligations, Summer moves to New York City, and at the coaxing of her friend, pretends to be a model so she can spend one wild night with Malcolm.

Rock star, Malcolm Angel, tortured by a dark past, may be the poet laureate of romance, but he, like science-minded Summer, has never believed in romantic love. How could he? With his history, he doesn’t deserve to be loved.

When Summer’s honesty, kindness, and exuberance for life changes his perspective, the two discover they are in deeper than either dreamed possible. But when Malcolm discovers Summer’s been perpetuating a lie, will he forgive her? Even if forgiveness is possible, can a man immune to love teach someone else to believe in it?

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This is the perfect summer read for a day at the beach or something else relaxing. It was the perfect blend of sexy and entertaining, and I could not turn the pages fast enough.

I found this story to be relatable, despite how unlikely the whole scenario might seem. Summer and Jeanette’s friendship and dynamic reminded me a lot of the way that my best friend and I act with one another. I could totally see myself setting her up with some guy for a hot, steamy night of fun. They are always there for one another, even though sometimes get a little rocky, and I think that is true for a lot of best friends.

Summer and Malcolm both really matured and grew a lot throughout the course of the book, and it was great to see the changes slowly unfold through the story, but sometimes I just wanted to slap them across the face and tell them to open their eyes. If only they knew what the reader can obviously see was going on.

I am looking forward to seeing what other delights Cathrine Goldstein brings with the rest of The New York Artists series.

I give Summer of Irreverence – The Rock Star 5/5 stars. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking on the book’s cover image below:

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