Friday, July 7, 2017

Shuffle Repeat by Jen Klein Book Review

When Harry Met Sally for YA romance readers. This opposites-attract love story is perfect for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han.
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.
Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.
Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.

June was hard to like, I have to admit--I thought her character would be the reason I would drop this book. She was pretty judgmental, stand-offish, and just all around hard to like. Then in stepped, Oliver.

Oliver is the jock. He has a lot of friends. He's well liked. He's dating the most popular, and beautiful girl at school. And although he's roped into driving June to school everyday--he doesn't make it seem like a burden--although June reminds him--that it is. 

They've in fact been friends for years, due to the fact that their Moms are best friends--but they travel in different circles, obviously.

But the two of them work, through music, and humorous competition, they work. 

This is definitely one of those books where you have to exercise a lot of patience--because you're not going to get to the meat of it, until the later half of the novel--but oddly enough, I was okay with that. 

There were a lot of little pieces that needed to come together--to make June's and Oliver's story--more significant, more dramatic. While some readers might find these things trivial--I believe without it there wouldn't have been much of a "story." 

Aside from that, this is a feel-good cute summer-ish read. It involves old music, old cars, and a romance that was unexpected. 

I believe readers will be pretty pleased with this one--even if you have reservations about whether or not you'll like June--Oliver will make it worth it.

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby ARC Reveiw

In this gorgeously written, emotional novel that fans of Sarah Dessen will enjoy, a teenage girl must piece together the parts of her life she doesn’t remember after a severe collision leaves her with no memory of the past four years.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a near-fatal car accident, she can’t remember how she got there. She figures it’s because she was in a coma for a week, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last week of her life—she’s lost all memory of events that happened years ago. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to sort out her family and friends’ perceptions of her, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance and the one person that has made Liv feel like her old self…whoever that is. With feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.

Ahh, good ol' amnesia, and accidents. Nothing like a story that you have to piece together. Makes me feel like Sherlock Holmes--and I love Sherlock Holmes.

In the case of this book, I was Sherlock Holmes,--who deduced the entire mystery of the story in a short couple of minutes. There wasn't much to solve. Unfortunately there were no secrets and very little history, despite the title. I was once again foiled by an elusive and slightly misleading title.

To make it short, this book is a series of puzzle pieces that once together, presented a pretty uninteresting and a barely there spark of a story. I followed along page by page hopeful for some eye-opening aha moment--but what I got instead is a story with decent characters and not much else going on.

That was the problem. Not much went on. In a story like this one you would expect quite a bit to be lingering under the surface but the story was that, surface. Surface details, surface back-story, and just a lot of nothing--and I am disappointed.

The story is perfectly readable and fluid, with characters you want to know more about but like I mentioned a couple of times already you barely reach the surface of who they are, and what they are hiding--perhaps what they were hiding just wasn't all that interesting.

I gotta admit it really had potential but again the whole mystery answer thing fell short for me. If this was merely a contemporary, it would've been better--adding the mystery hindered instead of helped.

I wanted more but I just didn't get it. Ahh well.

I'd recommend this to fans of books, like With Malice, and This is Our Story.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

So You Want Me To Read Your Book?

I figured I'd do a quick post on my reviewing policies, as I don't think I have it written out clearly anywhere else on this site.

So here we go:

I love all the pretties, I really do. BUT I do NOT read the following:
1. Biographies, unless they're humor
2. War stories
3. Middle Grade unless it leans more towards the Young Adult genre
4. Witch-stories (this is debatable)
5. Political stories
6. Science-Fiction (will be taken on at my discretion)

I DO however read:
1. Young Adult Mostly
2. New Adult
3. Adult Fiction

I am a HUGE FAN of:
1. Contemporary
3. Romance

How to Submit reviews:
PLEASE submit review requests to:

IF I DO NOT reply, unfortunately I have missed your email, I will respond even if I am not interested in your novel.

Please do not submit a review request without a blurb. I need to know what you're asking me to read.

Please allow a timing of up to one month for the review to be completed. BUT be aware life happens and sometimes I can't meet the deadline every single time. Feel free to send a reminder, but please don't be rude--you're not paying me. Sorry, not sorry.

If you want a pre-release review let me know. This way I know the time frame in which you would like to have your book read.

I am very upfront about what I will and will not review.

I'm happy to work with you, and I hope this makes everything clear for you.

Okay, bye now.

PS:If you're waiting on a review, I'm working on it. I was out of commission for a bit, but I am working through my review copies, now. Keep an eye out on the site, and your email.

If you're looking for a review, remember:

Deadline Requirement

I AM taking review requests, currently. NOTE. I also review for Young Adult Books Central.

Remember Me Forever by Sara Wolf Book Review

Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks. 

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University. 

But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.

Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.

Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together. 

But Jack Hunter is better.


This is one of the very few books that I found it hard to say farewell to. With characters that gave me something to root for, and something to long for--I definitely found it hard to say goodbye.

This is one of those series, that I think you just have to get. to enjoy. What I mean is there aren't a lot of people that will truly understand the underlying hurt beneath the cheesy jokes, and sarcasm--I mean this in a good way. Isis is hilarious.

Isis, is hurt. She uses her wit, and jokes to get her through, albeit she's hysterical--she's really just a hurt girl trying to get through her everyday life. I think some people may view this negatively--but to me it all made sense.

I think when you read all of these books together--it will be the most perfect ending imaginable. I've seen several reviews, that have bashed the author for taking a lighter tone in book three. But I mean, people do heal--and this is good. This is something to rejoice about.

In books one and two, you get to see the depth of each character's hurt and true story. You learn about what makes them, them. In book three you get to see it all come around--I loved that.

What I love most about this series as a whole, is that these characters were realistic, dealt with real things--and just made me feel. Not many books can affect me that way--and I am so glad I got to enjoy every single book.

I feel like I'm rambling on with no point in sight, but I just loved these books so much. I loved these characters so much, that is has reduced me to a pointless blob with a keyboard.

Let me attempt to make some sense.

What I liked: The characters of course--I got to see a side of them that you only got peeks of in books one and two. Isis was still funny. Jack is still swoon-worthy-- in his own "ice prince," sort of way. Isis' Mom is progressing. And we got to meet new characters, all of which helped to enrich an already great series, and story.

The backstory: Some people felt like this was a bad attempt at mystery, but this story gave me the retribution I was seeking (You'll have to read the books, to find out what I mean. ;) )

The progress:Sometimes you get series, and no matter how many books there are in it, sometimes the characters make no true progress--this was not the case in this book/series. The characters grew and changed and healed--and I was all the happier for it. 

And my most favorite: Jack and Isis: These two are by far among my most favorite characters of all time. They are witty, and sassy--and hurt, and loveable--and OMG, I love these characters. I really do. I rooted for them in every book, in every chapter, and on every page. There is someone out there for everyone--and they're non-living proof of it. 

These books may very well be the first batch of books I re-read.

There's nothing that I disliked, so I'll just leave you with why I think you should read this book and this series:

Solid, progressive, humorous, heartfelt, realistic, feels-giving, and the list could go on. But if you want something that is both funny, and moving. This series is perfect for you. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll swoon--and you will most definitely want more. I can't recommend it enough. 

Actually I can, but just read it!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Missing Kelley Armstrong ARC Book Review

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

With strong characters, a deserving hero, and heroine--I'd want to give this five stars--but the points in which it failed--makes it impossible for me to do so.

What I liked:Again the strong characters, every character had their own believable story. I rooted for every character--well aside from the villains, obvs. But, every character was strong and solid. The 

The romance:While this was merely a backdrop to the story. It played out nicely and timely. Nothing was forced and it gave me something to look forward to.

The backstory: I liked the varied lifestyles that the characters shared. It made the story more interesting and not typical like you would imagine--a rich boy, and a poor girl story to be. Because, it was more than that. Nothing like a story with depth.

What I disliked: The story. Huh? I know. The story was pretty lackluster by itself. What I thought would be a heart-pounding mystery, was more like a flutter. I kept waiting, and wanting for more--but what I got, disappointed me. Without giving anything away--the reveal was not that impressive. Nothing about it was shocking, and I can't say I was all that surprised. If this was all this book had going for it, I would be completely disappointed--but the characters kept me and the story going.

While this is not the worst book ever, in terms of a mystery it was disappointing--but in story telling, writing, and character development, it wins. Choose what's most important to you--and this may be one of the better books you've read. I'd still recommend it, at least for the parts that work, but if you're looking for something to blow your socks off in the mystery department, this just won't cut it.