Haven by Mary Lindsey | Book Review

HAVEN BY MARY LINDSEY

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Publication Date: Nov. 7th 2017

“We all hold a monster inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”
― Mary Lindsey, Haven

Synopsis:
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

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 *I would like to thank Entangled Publishing greatly for the amazing package they sent me and for the opportunity to read this book!*

A small town, an outsider and a secret that could get one killed.

This unique dark paranormal read brought to light a gender role reversal spin to the Beauty and the Beast story. I am not quite sure if this book had any inspiration from the B&B story, but there were some parallels and loosely based similarities. I was completely blown away with this story and quickly flew through it! It was layered with an air of mystery and full of secrets, some of which could be deadly.

I think Lindsey did an amazing job with the character development. All of the characters had unique personalities and really added to the overall story. With the introduction of some paranormal elements, I felt like the world building and fleshing out the overall aspects of what was going on in this town were just quickly covered. I wanted more explanation and to learn more about the background and history of what was taking place in New Wurzburg. It was definitely driven by wanting to know the fate of the characters.

Although most times I am not such a huge fan of romance and try to stay away from it, with the dark secrets and weird occurrences in this little creepy town it happened to work well for me. The relationship between Rain and Freddie was one I was rooting for from the beginning. Coming from a rough past, I wanted to see it all work out for Rain, but that is easier said then done. Freddie was the perfect female lead. She was feisty and strongly independent! Freddie did not let herself get placed into the confounds of the role of a female and proved that she is quite a badass. She has quickly become one of my female crushes and on my list of kickass fictional females. The rest of the cast of characters added to the overall story and had each of their own unique qualities that contributed to the feel and creepiness that carried the book. I had a deep love for Petra and her quirkiness!

I enjoyed the paranormal elements of this book a lot and really enjoyed what Lindsey created with these two groups that live in this town. The different abilities and powers were so intriguing and the kookiness and quirks of the characters was a lot of fun. I definitely loved the horror movie feel even though this is not a horror novel. It reminded me of the beginning of those horror movies when the characters role into this small town on the way to their destination because they needed gas or got lost. They soon find the town is strange and has a secret that everyone is in on but you. That was very much how it was when Rain rolled into New Wurzburg, the outsider to a town with its own things to hide!

The almost 400 page book just seemed to go way too fast. I felt like a lot more could have been fleshed out and explanation on certain aspects done. The end of the book finished too quickly for my liking. I had about 70 pages left and there was still so much that need to be solved and figured out. Lindsey tied up the lose ends and answered the questions I had while ending the book with a real ending, but it was too fast. Other than that the rest of the pacing was pretty well done.

Overall I absolutely adored this story and need more. It has quickly moved up on my list of favorite books. It was much more than I expected from it. The mythology was unique and it added classic aspects with new and fun modern aspects. It had hints of older stories like Beauty and the Beast and Twilight, but the story was completely its own. It was filled with fun and quirky characters in a small and interesting town. It also had some pretty awesome quote worthy moments! I highly recommend this read if you enjoy paranormal elements, mystery or romance. It has a little bit of everything!

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Never Apart by Romily Bernard | Book Review

NEVER APART BY ROMILY BERNARD

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller

“Sometimes people come into your life and change everything. You become someone you would never have been without them. They crack you open, split you apart, let light into places that have only seen darkness, but it always comes with a price: you cannot go back to who you were before.”
― Romily Bernard, Never Apart

Publication Date : October 3rd 2017

Synopsis:
How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.

Run.

Die.

Repeat.

Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget.

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*I would like to thank Entangled Teen and Romily Bernard for the copy of this book in return for an honest review*

When I read the last page in the book I closed it and sat there bewildered with how I felt. This book caught me by surprise. It was much different than I thought it would be and the ending completely caught me off guard. It is labeled from what I have seen as a Mystery/Thriller, but I think it also falls into another category as well. Even as I write this review I am going back and forth with how I feel about this book.

I was completely gripped from the beginning of the book. It started off pretty vague and it worked because you needed to know more. I wanted to know what the heck was going on and where the story would go. It definitely had a mysterious vibe and left you questioning. The story was well paced and went back and forth between the present and the past. I was not completely sure how I felt about the back and forth, but it gave the story a slow reveal and increased the mystery and kept a fast pace to the read. There were aspects to the story that I felt went too fast or not into enough details. Trying to think back on the story about the characters its hard to remember the entirety of the characters.I thought there was some lacking in the characterization. There was definitely character development with the main character, Grace, but it fell short for the others. There is a love triangley vibe to the story. But thankfully it was not full on in your face. I liked that you learn about the characters through Grace and how they play a role in her life and finding herself.

Overall I thought this was an enjoyable read. I would say go into it without really reading the synopsis or focusing on what it is about. It surprised me and went a totally different way than I was expecting. It was a gripping mystery that at the end tied up all the loose ends, which is very important in my opinion. It was also quite nice that at the end there was some bonus material of a few chapters written from the other characters perspective, it added a little something to those characters. This book is raw, intense and very true to what happens in ones life without trying to sugar coat the events that shape us.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | Book Review

OPEN ROAD SUMMER BY EMERY LORD 

Genre: YA Contemporary

“You are the only person who can build emotional barriers, but you’re also the only person who can topple them. Other people can’t knock down the walls you’ve built, no matter how much they love you. You have to tear them down yourself because there’s something worth seeing on the other side.”
Emery Lord, Open Road Summer

Synopsis:
After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence.

This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking.

A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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I am never drawn to contemporary books, but it is a thing to do in the summer and I am happy I picked this one up. It is based on two friends during the summer time and gave me exactly what I needed. This is a fun summer road trip following Dee’s music tour as Dee and Reagan work though situations in their lives while enjoying the time together.

I could not put this book down, it was a fast read and so much fun. I loved the friendship between the two girls and how much they were there for each other. They each had such different personalities and different ghost they were dealing with in their past. I really found a connection to Reagan and some of the things she was going through. She had developed so much throughout the story and it was really nice to see. Of course there is a love interest and at times it took away a little from the two girls,  but it added a deeper layer to the book as well.

The music aspect was so intriguing and nice to read about. I sometimes think that music isn’t used enough in books. Or is a focus in many books. I like that it showed some real realities that accompany the entertainment world and made Dee an actual human with flaws and a past.

Overall I thought this was a great and fun read. It is perfect for the summer time and included so many fun summertime things. The relationships were really well done and it showed all sides of those relationships, the good, bad and the ugly. I also really appreciated that there was a guardian figure present because in so many YA novels these kids run around all on their own. The characters were complex and the storyline was sometimes a little deeper than just a fluffy contemporary, but it was such a fast gripping read.

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Kissing in America by Margo Rabb

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

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FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Synopsis:
Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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I am not even sure where to start with this review. I feel like I am one of the last people in the book community to read this book and I so very much wish I would have had this book my freshman year of college. Even though I am no longer a freshman in college or even in college anymore, this story was so relatable to my life. Even down to the atmosphere and feel of the midwest agricultural college that I experienced. I think the fact that Fangirl took place at at a college much like the one I went to made me fall in love with the book even more. This book was layered with moments that brought back the nostalgia and memories for me. I was also in a sorority and loved the mention of greek life as well!

This book took me back to my time in college and I am so thankful to Rowell for that. She made me remember what it is like trying to find your own way and meeting new people. I could understand Cath and her need to lock herself away in her room and get lost in the fictional world instead of the real one. I believe there is a little bit of fangirl in each of us and for that reason Cath is so relatable and real. Cath was a complex character who had to learn about life as she was going and experiences the good and bad. Cath also goes through a wide array of real life experiences and situations that I appreciated while reading this book. Although I do not consider Levi a fictional crush, I did love his character. Rowell did a fantastic job creating a well rounding loving character, in Levi whom was a perfect complement to Cath. Levi was not flawless, but had a huge heart and I loved that.

Overall I loved the fact that Rowell took such a huge and relatable concept of being a fangirl and fan-fiction and turned it into a brilliant, heart warming and beautiful story. She does not hide any of the real life issues and situations that arise while in college and depicts the agricultural school and life so well! I thought it was fantastic that Rowell also created her own version of Harry Potter and made it her own!

 

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Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate | ARC Review

26240663SEVEN WAYS WE LIE BY RILEY REDGATE

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Netgalley in return for an honest review

Publication Date: March 8th 2016

Synopsis:
Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

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review

Seven Ways We Lie is an interesting high school drama story told from the perspective of seven different main characters. As a scandalous controversy plagues the school it seems to add more drama and conflict to the lives of these seven students. Each is dealing with their own struggles and consequences of their actions.

From the cover of the book and other reviews I have read the book being told in 7 POVs is suppose to represent the seven deadly sins. After reading I can see how that is suppose to be incorporated, but while reading I do not think that idea really worked into the book. Each character while representing a certain sin was also influenced but the other sins as well. I just felt like it wasn’t very well done and executed using the bases of the different characters being different sins.

That being said I did think that being considered, Redgate did a good job developing the characters and carrying a story with seven different perspectives. Each character while having their own issues also share secrets and are woven together nicely. The thing that I really enjoyed that Redgate did to help with the transition between characters was to use different writing styles. I did think it was a little odd that Juniper’s chapters were written in poetry, it just doesn’t seem like a way someone actually thinks. It was interesting, but I just did not feel like it feel very well. Also in Matt’s chapters I got really annoyed because of the repetition of words (one of my big pet peeves) He used the work “like” way too many times .

Overall I enjoyed the book, I just felt like it was missing something. The characters were able to learn and grow from the sandal that struck the school and the situations there were put in, but I didn’t feel like there was a real plot. I know most contemporaries tend to focus on the characters and are sometimes weak on plot, but this book was just lacking in some areas. It was intriguing and fast paced so I was engaged and couldn’t put it down. Just when I got to the end I felt like I missed something somewhere because I was just not completely satisfied. I would recommend this to anyone who loves interesting characters and high school drama or just a fast enjoyable read!

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Kindle E-Book Tour | Young Adult Paranormal

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Werewolf Parallel by Roy Gill

Witch Song by Amber Argyle

Unenchanted by Chanfa Hahn

Turned by Morgan Rice

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

The Grimm Diaries by Cameron Jace

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Girl and the Raven by Pauline Gruber

The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen

The Daemon Parallel by Roy Gill

Branded by Keary Taylor

The Borderlands by Aderyn Wood

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The Collector by Victoria Scott

When Fully Fused by Shari J. Ryan

Schasm by Shari J. Ryan

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Turned at Dark by C.C Hunter

Talented by Sophie Davis

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine

Boyfriend from Hell by E. Van Lowe

The Witches of Glass Castle by Gabriella  Lepore

Awaken by Jamie Guerard

Make sure to watch out for the next section of my Kindle Book Tour.

Kindle E-Book Tour | Young Adult Historical Fiction, Contemporary and Misc.

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Such Great Heights by Chris Cole

The In Between by Olivia Pierce

The Rules of Law and Love by Jeff Russell

Melt by Selena Castrovilla

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Portraits of Celina by Sue Whiting

Ten Gretchen McNeil

The Innocent Assassins by Pema Donyo

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Obsessed by Jo Gibson

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Ex-Factor by Elisa Dane

Curses & Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter

The Game by Barry Lyga

Amity by Micol Ostow

Make sure to watch out for the next section of my Kindle Book Tour and check out the previous categories.

Kindle E-Book Tour | Young Adult – Fantasy & Science Fiction

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Insanity by Cameron Jace

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Blackout by Meredith McCardle

Take Me Tomorrow by Shannon A. Thompson

Sworn to Raise by Terah Edun

Shadows & Secrets by Chautona Havig

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A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice

Land of Shadows by Jeff Gunzel

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Dangerous by Alycia Linwood

Some Fine Day by Kat Ross

Ancient Guardians by S.L Morgan

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This Night So Dark by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

More Than This by Patrick Ness

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Curtsies and Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow by Amy McCulloch

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Puppet by Paulina C. Harris

The 100 by Kass Morgan

Realm Keepers by Garrett Robinson

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

Origins: The Fire by Debra Driza

Mechanical by Pauline C. Harris

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The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Day 21 by Kass Morgan

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Whispers of the Fallen by J.D Netto

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Top Ten Tuesday| Top Ten Young Adult Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Read

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre. I am choosing Young Adult. Although there are many books in other genres that I can’t believe I haven’t read. I feel like I am most well read in Young Adult books and I feel like there are some that are must reads or books that you can’t claim you are a YA reader with not having read. Some of these will be series.

 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis 

The Mortal Instruments/ The Mortal Devices by Cassandra Clare 

The Daughter of Smoke and Bones Trilogy by Laini Taylor

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Abhorsen Trilogy by Garth Nix 

The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu 

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

What are some young adult books it seems like everyone else has read but you?

 

The Eighth Guardian by Meredith McCardle | Book Review

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Genre: YA, Sci-fi (Time Travel)

Format: Audiobook

“Enhancement, Not Alteration.”
― Meredith McCardle, The Eighth Guardian

Synopsis: 
Amanda Obermann. Code name Iris.

It’s Testing Day. The day that comes without warning, the day when all juniors and seniors at The Peel Academy undergo a series of intense physical and psychological tests to see if they’re ready to graduate and become government operatives. Amanda and her boyfriend Abe are top students, and they’ve just endured thirty-six hours of testing. But they’re juniors and don’t expect to graduate. That’ll happen next year, when they plan to join the CIA—together.

But when the graduates are announced, the results are shocking. Amanda has been chosen—the first junior in decades. And she receives the opportunity of a lifetime: to join a secret government organization called the Annum Guard and travel through time to change the course of history. But in order to become the Eighth Guardian in this exclusive group, Amanda must say good-bye to everything—her name, her family, and even Abe—forever.

Who is really behind the Annum Guard? And can she trust them with her life?

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I think this book does not receive enough attention, it is severely underrated. I was hesitant to pick it up although I thought the synopsis sounded interesting because it is not talked about much and I saw a few reviews of people not happy with the book and not to add the fact that I have never read a time travel book.There were some slight issues I had with this book, but for the most part it was intriguing, action packed, fast paced and filled with fantastic shocks and twists!

Although I listen to this on audiobook, I could not put it down. It captivated me right away causing me to stay up for hours at a time listening instead of sleeping. The historical elements woven into the story were so well done paired with the time traveling and missions of Annum Guard really makes you think “What if?” It made me think of when people ask “if you could redo it or go back and chance the outcome, would you?”. It is so crazy how every fabric of our world weaves to together and how one small change can cause a chain reaction. The pacing of this book was fantastic and the book is layered with huge unexpected twists that keep you on edge wondering where McCardle is going to take the story. For the most part the world was greatly developed and all the components of the time travel were well thought out and the system was unique, but there were times I was a little confused because some small things did not stay consistent or match up.

The Annum Guard was an interesting organization. The way the whole system works, the outcomes, the awesome watches and everything else was just fantastic. Although there is a lot of the time in the book that Amanda/Iris spends alone and not much time with the other characters, they were all so well developed. McCardle did a phenomenal job with creating and developing complex and dynamic characters that fit into her story line and worked well for what she was trying to achieve (at least what I felt like she was trying to achieve.) I do admit there were times that I was annoyed and frustrated with Amanda/Iris. She was whiney and acted without thinking. Some of that I understand from the situations she was put in and there was some character growth seen with her as well, but she just was not the best protagonist (in my opinion). She was clever, intelligent and pulled off some kickass moves, but I enjoyed some of the other characters more and wish that she wasn’t so selfish.

Overall I thought this book was super great and needs more attention. If you have any interest in time travel or history this is a book for you. It was packed full of twists that kept the book gripping and leaving you with no idea what the outcome was going to be. It was sprinkled a little with romance, sassy and fierce characters, action packed scenes and leaves you wishing that you were able to project as well! It was brilliantly done, completely surprised me and I am so happy I picked it up!

RATING-4

Audiobook rating : 4/5