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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review: Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos Beautiful Chaos by Alex Tully
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Beautiful Chaos by Alex Tully is a beautiful novel about love with unusual circumstances.

Summary From Goodreads:
While most seventeen year-olds work part-time delivering pizzas or whipping up frappuccinos, Brady O’Connell’s job is a little less conventional. Helping his dad with the family ‘business’ is a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly, especially when thousands of dollars are being exchanged. There are rules to be followed, timetables to be kept. But when his best friend Jay gets backstage concert tickets, and business interferes with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favorite band, Brady decides to break the rules, just one time.

And one time is all it takes to send his life spinning out of control. When an envelope full of cash ends up in the wrong hands—specifically in the hands of a pretty red-head named Vivienne—things get messy in a hurry. Where Vivienne goes, a whole lot of chaos seems to follow.

But sometimes…chaos is a beautiful thing.

I really enjoyed this book. There were many good things going ofr it, and also some not so great things about it.

I liked the character of Vivienne. She was sweet and a good girl. I liked her way of speech too, and her mindset about Brady was great and realistic.I loved how her best friend was so spunky and carefree. Brady was a decent character, but I didn't feel as much of a connection to him.

The way that the book switches between the two character is great. It was like seeing both sides of a love story. I liked seeing how both sides thought, especially during the rough patches of the story.

The writing style of this book was not my favorite. It was very generic. At some points in the book it worked, in others it didn't

Overall, I enjoyed this love story.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Review: Inspired by Frost

Inspired by Frost Inspired by Frost by Alicia Rades
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Inspired by Frost is a pretty cool YA paranormal fantasy.

Crystal Frost is back again, and hoping to get a break from mysteries. However, that doesn't happen, and she runs into a ghost named Melissa while dress shopping for her mother's wedding. Melissa warns Crystal that the next time she wears that dress, someone will die. That sends Crystal on a mad hunt to save Sage, the girl who is going to die.

I have already read the rest of the books in this series, but I had somehow forgotten about reviewing this one until now.

I think this book is filled with even more adventure and action that the past ones. It is more suspenseful because it deals with emotions, along with terrifying things. Sage is a girl who is going to die. It is Crystal's job to save her. When Crystal first meets Sage, she seems lonely and depressed. However, she opens up to Crystal at least a little bit.

I thought this book was so well written because the killer was not the one they thought it would be. It was hiding in plain sight the whole time.

I loved how fast paced the end of the book was. It started out really slow, but the end made it all worth it. The writing style was pretty good, but it was the story that kept me hooked.

All of the characters in this book were really intricate. Crystal, Sage, and Melissa all have their own definite personalities, and Teddy and the other side characters really help the story blossom.

Overall, this is a very good fantasy about murder and death.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Blog Tour: Distant Dreams

Distant Dreams Distant Dreams by Alicia Rades
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Distant Dreams was an interesting and mysterious murder mystery.

I really liked Kai's character. She did many very relatable things, like running. I could totally understand her love of it, yet her hesitance to join cross country. She was hard-working and wanted to earn money for her future more than be in a sport.

Kai could astral travel. That basically means that when she fell asleep at night, she could travel places with her spirit. It was quite literally an out of body experience!
Kai dream traveled one night to the bluff near her house. While there, she saw a murder happen. One of her classmates was killed. Kai struggles with solving the mystery of who killed Carla.

I found the whole astral travel concept interesting. Kai's spirit stepped out of her body, and she could go anywhere.

The writing style in this book was very good. It has a certain unique style, and was just descriptive enough.

There is a romance in this book between Collin and Kai. it is sweet, and revolves around their shared love of running. As a romance fan, that was probably my favorite part of the book.
The biggest complaint I have about this book is the fact that the resolotion happens really quickly. It all wraps up in the last 5% of the book.

Overall, this is a very good fantasy romance.

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Title: Distant Dreams
Author: Alicia Rades
Genre: YA Paranormal

Kai Watson is only 16, but she’s never had a real dream in her life. Each night, she leaves her body, travels to a new location, and adds the sites she sees to her “dream book.” When she witnesses the brutal murder of upperclassman Darla Baxter while astral traveling, Kai is determined to stay out of it. She never saw the murderer’s face, and who would believe her anyway?
Now Kai has lost her ability to astral travel, and she’s forced to relive the murder each night in a nightmare. With no word on Darla’s body, Kai decides to take the mystery into her own hands to find closure and get back to her travels. As she searches for answers, she continues to bump into Darla’s brother, Collin. Can she catch the killer and still open her heart to Collin, or will she lose her gift forever?

Alicia Rades is an award-winning young adult paranormal author with a love for supernatural stories set in the modern world. When she's not plotting out fiction novels, she's running her own professional writing business, plowing her way through her never-ending reading list, or preparing for the backpacking trips she takes every summer. In college, Alicia majored in communications with an emphasis on professional writing. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two cats.
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I fell onto my back, my toes still dangling off the edge of the cliff. I just want to get out of this tiny town, I thought. I wanted to truly touch the sand on the beach and let it fall through my fingers. I wanted to share that experience with someone. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that unless I traveled for real and took my body with me.
A shrill cry cut through my thoughts.
I jolted to my feet quickly, immediately alert. I couldn’t tell where the sound had come from, so I didn’t move right away. Then another scream resonated from somewhere near the parking lot.
“What the…” My words drifted off.
A third shriek sent me running toward the source. Someone was in trouble. It’s not like I could do anything about it, but instinct overcame me. I pushed through the trees. When they began to thin, I slowed and crouched low. I don’t know why I did. No one could see me, but I guess that didn’t register in my mind at the moment.
My eyes locked on a bush where the sound of shuffling bodies and weak coughing was coming from. A thud came, throwing long brown hair into view. The girl’s head smashed into the ground violently. She let out a grunt, but it was barely audible.
All I could do was stare in horror at the scene unfolding before my eyes. My heart slammed against my rib cage, and my lungs burned in protest to the breath I was holding.
Then, before I could manage to breathe, a rock came down on the girl’s skull. Blood oozed from a fresh wound. One more time a concealed figure cracked the rock against the girl’s forehead. It was only when she went limp and her head swiveled in my direction that I saw her eyes. They stared my way lifelessly while blood trickled down her familiar face.
A shriek of horror ripped out of my lungs. Before I could really process what I had just seen, the bluff washed away from my vision. I felt my spirit spring back to my body as if they were connected by elastic. I bolted upright in bed, my heart hammering. I didn’t even realize I was truly screaming until my mother burst into my bedroom.
“What’s going on?” she demanded.
I forced myself to swallow the bile rising in my throat without answering her. After a few moments, I finally realized what had just happened. I’d just witnessed Darla Baxter’s murder, and I had no idea who killed her.


One Summer With Autumn

one-summer-with-autumn1Seventeen-year-old Autumn Teslow arrives at her father’s job fair knowing she’ll never measure up to the perfect image of daddy’s little girl—her twin sister.
Wearing anger management issues like a second skin won’t help Autumn win her dad’s approval for the big trip she’s been planning—or meet his condition that she successfully complete a summer internship for college.
Autumn’s cool unravels when her sister lectures against disappointing the family again. And when a young, bearded guy steps through the crowd to settle the growing argument between siblings, Autumn lashes out, dubbing him a “Duck Dynasty wannabe.”
At Nineteen, Caden Behr is clueless as to why his man parts are threatened by the fearsome girl before him. He'd only come to find an intern for his recreational equipment company, not break up a girl-fight between two sisters.
Unfortunately, the only candidate left is the girl who just told him off. Without her, he’ll never prove to his CEO mother that he’s ready for more responsibility.
Autumn and Caden agree that if they can keep from killing one another, they can use one another to get what they want and then never have to see each other again. Which is what they want.
Until it isn’t.
Because despite her best efforts to scare him off, and his fading desire to push her into the lake, they’re beginning to enjoy the time they spend together. But pride is a hard habit to break. And if neither will admit their changing feelings, they could lose a whole lot more than one summer.

Author Bio

As a child, Julie’s summers were about horseback riding and fishing, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all. She struggled with multiple learning disabilities, and spent much of her time gazing out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) she fought dyslexia for her right to read and won.
Afterward, she invented stories where powerful heroines kicked bad-guy butt to win the hearts charismatic heroes. And then she wrote one down…
Writing ever since, Julie weaves southern gothic, contemporary, fantasy, and young adult romances. She enjoys sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. Her writing is proof a dream and some hard work can overcome any obstacle.

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Sunday, October 9, 2016

Review: Audrey, Wait!

Audrey, Wait! Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Audrey, Wait! is a hilarious and funny look at breakups and music.

Summary from Goodreads:
Everybody's singing, "Audrey, Wait!"

Audrey Cuttler's life hasn't been the same since that song, "Audrey, Wait!" hit the airwaves. All she wants to do is go to concerts, hang out with her friends, and maybe score a date with the cute boy who works with her at the Scooper Dooper.

But now, her ex-boyfriend's song about their breakup is at the top of the charts and she's suddenly famous! The paparazzi won't leave her alone, the tabloids are trying to make her into some kind of rock goddess, and the Internet is documenting her every move!

Will Audrey ever be able to have a normal life again? Get ready to find out, because it's time for Audrey to tell her side of the story.

I really came into this book with not so great expectations, and continued to feel that way during the first part of the book. It was generic and sort of dumb. But then things started to get interesting.

...“Harry Potter nerd.”
“Whatever. Take the damn phone.”

As this quote says, this book was really filled with humor. I enjoyed it, because it was the best part of the book. One bad thing about this book that the quote shows is that there is a lot of swearing in this book. That could be good, but it is a little excessive.
There were also a lot of references in this book. It kind of reminded me of Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here in that sense.

The story itself was pretty good. Audrey was a relatable character, even though her situation was kind of hard to believe. I mean, how crazy would the media get about a girl a song is about? I liked Audrey's character, despite her lack of responsibility.

I also really enjoyed James as the romantic interest. He was so sweet and kind. I also liked how he was like the opposite of her ex. He is now one of the book boyfriends.

Overall, this is a cute and fluffy read with a great ending.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review: Running Away to Home

Running Away to Home Running Away to Home by Lita Hooper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Running Away to Home by Lita Hooper is an interesting and unique read.

Summary from Goodreads:
How do you find your way home when your home no longer exists? For 17-year old twin sisters Sammie and Ronnie and their father, Willis, the answer to that question becomes a life raft when they are displaced after Hurricane Katrina.



After leaving New Orleans for Atlanta, Ronnie and Sammie are separated and find themselves living in different parts of the city. Each sister is lured by false promises of love and security as they initially believe the people they encounter.


I thought it was interesting how this book was written in verse. It made it more relatable and true. The verse had a good rhythm. However, the grammar wasn't the greatest. I know that the author is trying to show how some african american teens might really talk, but it didn't work for me. I am someone who can't stand books with improper grammar.

The story itself was pretty good. Ronnie and Sammie are twin sisters. They live in a place that gets hit by Hurricane Katrina. They have to move to New Orleans, and lose each other. The fact that it showed a family displaced after the hurricane was intriguing. It made in more interesting, because it is not a topic usually used in young adult books.

Ronnie and Sammie's dad was a very important character. He was an alcoholic because his wife had died. After his girls had been forced to leave him, he started to miss them and shape up his life to help them once he can find them.

This story was told in many perspectives. It was told in the perspectives of Ronnie, Sammie, Dad, and a few people who they meet along they way. This made it confusing, but at the same time it added to the story.

Overall, this is a decent poetry novel about a unique topic.

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