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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Book Blitz: Dangerous Victor

Dangerous Victor
Aislinn Kearns
(Soldiering On, #3)
Publication date: March 2nd 2017
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense
Radha Iyer knows there’s something terribly wrong happening at the casino she manages. Her staff are acting cagey, the finances don’t add up, and then her Head of Security is found murdered in his own home. She’s out of her depth and desperate for help.
Zack Walker has kept to himself since the day an IED left him permanently scarred. When Radha calls Soldiering On for help, his degree in math makes him the obvious choice to go undercover as the new Head of Security to help her discover what’s going on and who’s responsible.
But the conspiracy they uncover goes deeper than either of them could have imagined. When their investigation is compromised, it puts them both in mortal peril and on the run. With nowhere to turn they must rely on each other, but danger and betrayal lurk in every shadow…
A sickly smell reached Zack; at the same time a sense of foreboding settled over him. He hadn’t noticed it at first, presuming it was from the kitchen remains. But this was something else.
He swallowed, trying not to breathe as he made his way towards the room. It had to be the bedroom—the only room yet unexplored.
“Stay here,” he growled to Radha. The rustling behind him stopped.
He tugged the sleeve of his hoodie over his hand as he reached for the knob. Careful not to leave any prints, he opened the door.

The smell assaulted him immediately, making him gag. His eyes watered, and he blinked to clear them.
“What is it?” Radha asked.
He didn’t know how to answer. Louis—at least, he assumed it was Louis—lay on the thin carpet. Dried blood, black in the wan light, pooled beneath him. Flies buzzed and writhed around him. He no longer looked human—a specialist would need to tell them how long he’d been there, but Zack’s best guess was about a week—the length of time he’d been missing.
Louis hadn’t fled to Mexico with the casino’s money. He’d bled to death on his bedroom floor.
The puzzle pieces shifted and rearranged themselves in his mind, becoming more entwined and complex, leaving gaping holes of knowledge.
“What?” Radha’s voice was thinner now, anxiety dripping from the word. She shuffled closer, and Zack wrenched the door shut. He spun, blocking her with his body, forbidding her from entering that room. She didn’t need to see her friend like that.
“I’m sorry, Radha.” He kept his arms out, stretched across the hall in case she tried to dart around him. Instead, she stared up at him as tears pooled in her eyes.
“He’s not…” she couldn’t finish.
“I’m so sorry,” Zack repeated.
The tears slipped from her eyes and slid down her cheeks. She let out a gasping sob, and Zack gathered her into his arms and half-carried her out the front door. He breathed in deep gulps of the fresh night air as he held her close.
She cried quietly against his chest, and all Zack could do is offer murmured words of comfort as he stroked her back. When was the last time he’d comforted a woman? Held her close?
Too long.
“We need to call the police,” Zack told her softly as her tears subsided.
She nodded, eyes vague. “Yes.”
“They’ll need to ask us some questions,” he warned her.
“Of course.” The nod was slower this time.
“Radha, you’ll have to tell them about the strange finances at the casino.”
At this, her eyes snapped to his. “Why? We can’t tell them.”
“I think it’s best we do,” he coaxed softly.
“But it doesn’t have anything to do with…” Her eyes widened as it dawned on her. He had to say it aloud, anyway.
“He was murdered, Radha. And there’s every chance it was to do with the casino.”

Author Bio:
Aislinn is an Australian Expat living in Qatar. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English and History, which she loved, and then went on to do a Masters in an unrelated field. She now largely pretends that last degree never happened.

She is the author of the 'Soldiering On' books, a Romantic Suspense series. She enjoys reading, writing, travelling, and fantasising about her future cottage in a forest. Now that she's published, her next life dream is to own a dog.
This is where she would list her awards if she had any.


Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: Fifteen Seconds of Normal

Fifteen Seconds of Normal Fifteen Seconds of Normal by Alex Marestaing
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Fifteen Seconds of Normal was a good and interesting book.

Summary from Goodreads:
Step 1: Transfer High Schools.
Step 2: Hide your Tourette’s.
Step 3: Find your fifteen seconds of normal.

Kaeya Garay has a plan. And it seems to be working. But when a curious interruption named Thatcher Kelly stumbles upon her “safe” place in the school’s abandoned art gallery, her grand plans for normalcy are suddenly derailed.

This book grabbed me as a unique book and kept me reading until the very end.
I really liked the explanation of Tourette's in this book. It made me understand what it was and how it affects people.

I liked Kaeya's character. She was nice and simple. I also liked Thatcher. He seed like a good guy, and not too tough. All of the characters were pretty good.

The Fifteen Seconds of Famous project was awesome. I loved how it was so simple yet so complicated. It made the book so good. Kaeya had the project wrong, and was selfish. However, Sam and Thatcher get the project right. Thatcher took a risk and went to combat online bullying. This is a relevant issue, and it was nice to see someone stand up for it.

Overall, this is a good book.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Review: Set You Free

Set You Free Set You Free by Jeff Ross
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Set You Free by Jeff Ross was an okay mystery novel.

Summary from Goodreads:
The mayor’s six-year-old son, Ben Carter, is missing—and Lauren’s brother, Tom, is the main suspect. Lauren knows her brother would never harm anyone, but the police don’t agree. Ben’s stepbrother doesn’t agree. The mayor certainly doesn’t agree. To some people in Resurrection Falls, Tom is the freak who, rumor has it, once tried to lure a kid into the woods.
But if Tom is innocent, why was he lurking around outside the mayor’s house the night Ben disappeared? And why has he also vanished? After teaming up with Tom’s friend, Grady, a computer enthusiast and part-time hacker, Lauren decides that rather than try to prove Tom’s innocence, they should simply give the police some more options. Because everyone, even the mayor’s apparently perfect family, has secrets.

Sorry that I didn't post this review earlier; I know it is way late. I tried to write a review once,
but it didn't save for me. Things have been crazy.
I just decided to pick up this book one day. It wasn't real good, but did keep my attention.

I liked Lauren's character. She was sweet and nice. I liked how she was just like a typical teenage girl in that she wasn't always perfect. I also liked the detective, and how nice she was to Lauren. The rest of the characters were so-so, but didn't stick out to me.

I thought the mystery was okay. It did keep my attention, but wasn't anything special. I do have to say that the twist was something that I didn't expect. The ending was good, but kind of confused me.

The writing style was pretty good and unique.

Overall, this was a decent book.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: The Hired Girl

The Hired Girl The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Hired Girl is a great historical fiction novel about being a young women in the early 20th century.

Summary from Goodreads:
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future.

Inspired by her grandmother’s journal, Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz brings her sharp wit and keen eye to early twentieth-century America in a comedic tour de force destined to become a modern classic. Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!) takes its reader on an exploration of feminism and housework, religion and literature, love and loyalty, cats, hats, bunions, and burns.

I really enjoyed this book. Historical fiction is an iffy genre for me. I either love the book or hate it. I loved this book. It was so real and true.

The writing style in this book was amazing. It sounded like it was written in the time period that it was set in. I also liked the format. The journal entries showed a glimpse into Joan's thoughts and mind as she became a hired girl.

Joan was a funny main character. She was intelligent, loved books, and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. I loved how she went through typical teen romances, and dreamed of being treated equally. She was also always optimistic.

This really showed the time frame in a way that I enjoyed. I learned about how ladies acted, and how maids acted. This book gave me a glimse into typical societies rules in that time period.

Overall, this was a wonderful book that kept my attention the whole way through.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: Booked

Booked Booked by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bookd by Kwame Alxander was a good poetry book.

Summary from Goodreads:
Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/
can’t nobody cop you…
In this follow-up to the Newbery-winning novel THE CROSSOVER,  soccer, family, love, and friendship, take center stage as twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read.

I liked Nick's personality. It was funny and sweet. He really liked soccer. One thing I didn't like about his was his ego. He was kind of full of himself. His whole life resolved around soccer. My favorite character was the Mac.

The poetry was very well written. It was in rhythmic verse, and it was easy to read. There were a few things that didn't make sense, but not too many.

This was a very short book. I read it in under two hours, but that was just me. Sine it was in verse, it was especially short.

The best part of the book was how there were lessons learned. Nick had to learn to deal with separated parents. He also learned that books were good (yay).

It was neat how there were weird words used in this book. I kind of liked it and maybe even learned a word or two.

In conclusion, this is a good soccer book.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Review: House Arrest

House Arrest House Arrest by K.A. Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

House Arrest by K.A Holt was a good book in verse.

Summary from Goodreads:
Stealing is bad.
I know.
But my brother Levi is always so sick, and his medicine is always so expensive.

I didn’t think anyone would notice,
if I took that credit card,
if, in one stolen second,
I bought Levi’s medicine.

But someone did notice.
Now I have to prove I’m not a delinquent, I’m not a total bonehead.

That one quick second turned into
a judge
a year of house arrest,
a year of this court-ordered journal,
a year to avoid messing up
and being sent back to juvie
so fast my head will spin.

It’s only 1 year.
Only 52 weeks.
Only 365 days.
Only 8,760 hours.
Only 525,600 minutes.

What could go wrong?

Tim was a very cute 12 year old boy. He is very family oriented, and he especially loved his little brother. So he made an impulse decision, and stole money to buy his brother medicine This gets him a year of "house arrest." He can't leave the house except for appointments and school.

This book is written as a journal in verse. It is filled wit so many emotions, both good and bad. I like the unique perspective, and how real the emotions feel. I also love Tim's descriptions of people he meets. Even though he is basically imprisoned, he maintains a sense of humor and emotion that makes him loveable.

I loved the ending of the book. It was really fast paced and sweet. The raging emotions were great, and I was engrossed in the story.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book. It is a good but easy read.

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Book Blitz: Lessons in Falling

I am so
excited that LESSONS IN FALLING by Diana
Gallagher is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Diana Gallagher, be sure
to check out all the details below.

This blitz
also includes a giveaway but there are rules you have to share a “LESSONS
LEARNED” post of your own to enter. So if you’d like a chance to win, create
your post and enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

From the

to share your own Lessons Learned?? It's easy! Tell us about a time in your
life when you persevered, despite a bad situation, and what lessons you learned
from that situation. Share it however you like - on your blog, your social
media, wherever! Submit your link to the Rafflecopter during the blitz and
share the giveaway with your friends to win an annotated ARC!"

Author: Diana
February 7, 2017
Publisher: Spencer
Hill Press
Pages: 250
Formats: Paperback,
Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksGoodreads

When Savannah Gregory blows out her knee - and her shot at a gymnastics
scholarship - she decides she's done with the sport forever. Without
gymnastics, she has more time for her best friend, Cassie. She's content to let
her fun, impulsive best friend plan a memorable senior year. 

That is, until Cassie tries to kill herself.

Savannah wants to understand what happened, but Cassie refuses to talk about it
and for the first time, Savannah has to find her own way. The only person she
can turn to is Marcos, the boy who saved Cassie's life. Being with him makes
her see who she could be and what she really wants: gymnastics. 

But Cassie doesn't approve of Marcos or of Savannah going back to gymnastics,
and the tighter she tries to hold on to Savannah, the farther it pulls them
apart. Without Cassie to call the shots, Savannah discovers how capable she is
on her own - and that maybe her best friend's been holding her back all along.


About Diana:

Though Diana
Gallagher be but little, she is fierce. She’s also a gymnastics coach and
judge, former collegiate gymnast, and writing professor. Her work has appeared
in The Southampton Review, International Gymnast, The Couch Gymnast, and on a
candy cigarette box for SmokeLong Quarterly. She holds an MFA from Stony Brook
University and is represented by Tina Wexler of ICM Partners. Her contemporary
YA novel, Lessons in Falling, lands on 2/7/2017.

Giveaway Details:

(1) Winner
will receive an annotated copy of Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher (US
Follow these rules to enter!

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life when you persevered, despite a bad situation, and what lessons you learned
from that situation. Share it however you like - on your blog, your social
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with your friends to win an annotated ARC!"

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Book Blitz: Parallel Triangles

Title: Parallel Triangles
Author: Kimberly Ann Miller
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Cover Designer: Jay Aheer
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR

Carly Carmichael has one goal in life—to perform on Broadway with her amazing voice and dance skills. She refuses to have a Plan B because she’s never needed one—until the Bermuda Triangle takes away all the gifts that make her exceptional.

When Carly’s parents send her on a cruise to Bermuda as a graduation present, all hell breaks loose. One day, Carly finds herself unable to sing. The next day, she’s unable to walk. When she wakes up famous and full of scandal, she freaks out. Worst of all, her friends handle each day as if everything that’s happening is the norm. If she can’t get her real life back on track, she may end up spending the next sixty years trapped in a life she was never meant to live.

Kimberly Ann Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels.  She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband and cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook with her. Her published books include Triangles by Spencer Hill Press and Lost Reputation by Evernight Teen.

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A serious expression clouded her face. “Listen. Things happen in the Triangle that no one can explain or define. But don’t think everything will fix itself when the cruise is over. Any day on this ship can become your new reality. I can’t tell you how it works, but I wish I could. You need to find these answers on your own.” The intensity of her green eyes burned into me. I almost recoiled to protect myself from her words. “Remember what I’m telling you. Any changes that happen here can become your real life back home. Keep that in mind as you work on figuring things out.”
I shuddered. “I have a question for you. How come I’m the only one noticing that things are not normal or real? Why don’t my friends realize things are different? And what did I do to deserve this?” I sucked in a breath. “I mean, I’ve been a good student, I don’t drink or do drugs or steal, I do what my family expects of me.” I sighed. “I know people who are so much more deserving of some curse than me. What’s the deal?” I hated to sound so conceited, but I wasn’t a bad teenager. I wasn’t a perfect angel, but I did my best.
So why me?
She looked at me. “Right there, honey, could be your problem. Really, who are you to judge? You don’t know what others are going through, just like they don’t know what you’re going through. Everyone has issues no matter how perfect they—and you—think they are.”
I held my hands up. “I never said I was perfect. I just said I was good. I’m no angel, Doc. But I’m not a druggie or a killer or an animal abuser. I don’t kick puppies or steal junk from the mall. So what’s the deal? This is really because of the Bermuda Triangle?”
She nodded. “Luck of the draw, Carly. That’s all I can tell you. And maybe, it’s a little more than luck … like someone knows you need the help. As for your friends, some people change with the changes, some notice weird things, like you, and some experience nothing out of the ordinary while on this cruise. I’m sorry, honey. I wish I could tell you more. But you have to deal. That will help.”
Was she serious? “No, I figured I’d just not deal and go crazy, thank you very much.” The words were sharp as I spewed them at her. I blew out a breath and slumped my shoulders. “I’m sorry again. I don’t mean to be grumpy or direct it at you. I’m just going nuts here and have no idea what to do.”
“Relax. It’s easy and hopefully this will not be permanent. No drinking, smoking, drugs. Drink plenty of fluids. Eat right. That’s good advice for everyone. Otherwise, try to learn something from all you’re going through, okay? That’s the ticket to your way back to normalcy.”
I grimaced. “Yeah. Thanks for the tips. Not sure how much they’ll help, but thanks.”
She chuckled. “Go and have fun while you’re here. But think about your life, past and present, and where you’re headed. Think about where you’ve been, and what you want to do. And if you solve the mystery of the Triangle, stop in and let me know, okay? I need answers just as much as you do.”
I nodded. “You have no idea about how this all works?”
“I know some, but that’s all I can say. You have to figure the rest out on your own.” Knowledge lit up her eyes, so she knew more than she was telling. She couldn’t throw me a bone?
“Gee, thanks, Doc. I guess I have no choice, huh?”

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Blotz: Romeo and What's Her Name

Romeo and What’s Her Name
Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: February 7th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Understudies never get to perform
. . . which is why being Juliet’s understudy in the school’s yearly “Evening with Shakespeare” is the perfect role for Emily. She can earn some much-needed extra credit while pursuing her main goal of spending time with Wes, aka Romeo, aka the hottest, nicest guy in school (in her completely unbiased opinion). And she meant to learn her lines, really, it’s just:

a) Shakespeare is HARD,

b) Amanda, aka the “real” Juliet, makes her run errands instead of lines, and

c) there’s no point because Amanda would never miss the chance to be the star of the show.
Then, Amanda ends up in the hospital and Emily, as the (completely unprepared!) understudy, has to star opposite the guy of her dreams. Oops?
I stood there like a lump, waiting for my line. Finally, I turned toward Kayla and repeated, “I said, LOUDER-ETH.”
She fed me the line again. Supercrazy loud this time. “I would not for the world.”
It was so loud, the crowd heard it and started to laugh. Not the snickers from before, but those evil, full belly laughs people get when watching home videos of someone getting kicked in the groin. Wes was going to hate me for putting him through this. This torture needed to end.
“Methinks,” I said, “I could use-eth a book-eth.” Come on, Kayla. Take the hint. “You know-eth. A BOOK-ETH where-est I can recite-eth beauteous words to thee . . . thou . . . whatever. I NEED THE BOOK-ETH.”
As I was shouting that last book-eth, I got my wish. The script came sailing from off stage left and hit me in the back of the head. “Ow,” I unintentionally yelled, to the delight of the crowd. It weighed a ton.
“Sorry,” Kayla whispered. “My bad.”
I didn’t care. I’d get over the pain faster than the embarrassment I was suffering. I was just happy to have the script. At least I was until I realized Kayla hadn’t bookmarked the page I needed. It was the complete works of Shakespeare. There was no way I would find the right page. Not to mention that since the book was with me, Kayla couldn’t even feed me lines anymore. R&J wasn’t a tragedy. My life was.
I was so flunking English.
“Would thou like some help, my sweet Juliet?”
Did Wes just call me sweet? I swung around to face him, but I wasn’t paying attention to where I was stepping and my foot went right off the balcony. Wes lunged forward to catch me, but why would anything go right for me? So instead of Wes stopping me from hitting the floor, I took him down with me.
I was lying on top of Wes Rosenthal. Only, this was not like any of my daydreams. This was mortifying. I rolled off him and jumped up. “Are you okay?” I was visibly shaking.
Wes stood up, too. “Don’t worry-eth, Juliet,” he said without any anger in his voice. He even smiled at me. For a second I thought that meant he didn’t hate me for the craziness I was causing. But then I remembered he was acting. He actually took what he was doing seriously, and right now his part called for him to be in love with Juliet.
Wes said some line I assumed was to get us back on track. But I had no response. I couldn’t take it anymore. The laughter of the audience. The panic coursing through my body. The thought of making Wes suffer more. It needed to end.
So I did the only thing I could think of—something super Elizabethan. I put the back of my and to my forehead, pretended to swoon, and let my whole body fall back to the ground with a loud thump.
“I am so sorry-eth, Romeo.”
“It’s okay.” He sat down on the ground next to me and took my hand. I felt little sparks fly through me.
I shook my head. I couldn’t let him go through this anymore. “No, I know how-eth this play end-eth. I think I shall stab-eth myself now to save-eth us both.”
“Finally,” someone in the audience yelled out.
I picked up an imaginary dagger and began to plunge it into my heart.
“No,” Wes said, stopping me before I committed imaginary suicide. “Our story is not over yet. So let’s just say, ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night ‘til it be morrow.’”
I was pretty sure that was supposed to be my line. But I decided I probably shouldn’t point that out. Then he stood up and walked off the stage.
After a moment, someone finally took mercy on me and brought the stage lights down.
The scene was over. But I knew all too well that my embarrassment was just beginning.

Author Bio:
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She's the author of the “Bedeviled” series, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the "Destined" series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Review: All American Boys

All American Boys All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

All American Boys was a very touching novel about police violence and racial issues.

Summary from Goodreads:
Rashad is absent again today.

That’s the sidewalk graffiti that started it all…

Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next—that it was an accident, that he wasn’t stealing—the cop just kept pounding him. Over and over, pummeling him into the pavement. So then Rashad, an ROTC kid with mad art skills, was absent again…and again…stuck in a hospital room. Why? Because it looked like he was stealing. And he was a black kid in baggy clothes. So he must have been stealing.

And that’s how it started.

And that’s what Quinn, a white kid, saw. He saw his best friend’s older brother beating the daylights out of a classmate. At first Quinn doesn’t tell a soul…He’s not even sure he understands it. And does it matter? The whole thing was caught on camera, anyway. But when the school—and nation—start to divide on what happens, blame spreads like wildfire fed by ugly words like “racism” and “police brutality.” Quinn realizes he’s got to understand it, because, bystander or not, he’s a part of history. He just has to figure out what side of history that will be.

Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.

Cuz that’s how it can end.

I wouldn't have read this book if it hadn't been on a book competition list. It was a book that looked interesting enough, but not exactly my type of book.

This book is so timely. Rashad was attacked by a white cop because he was supposedly stealing. Then, Rashad becomes a representative for police brutality on black teens. Whether or not you believe that police brutality is a real thing, this shows a different perspective.

I liked Quinn. His brother was the cop who beat up Rashad, and he has mixed emotions about it. On one hand, he sides with his brother, who he always believed was good. On the other hand, he felt sadness for Rashad, because he was just a normal teen.

The whole two perspectives were so unique and vivid, and they were fun to read.

Overall, this was a great book about a timely topic.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Review: Something in Between

Something in Between Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz was a good book about a very relevant topic.

Summary from Goodreads:
Jasmine de los Santos has always done what’s expected of her. Pretty and popular, she’s studied hard, made her Filipino immigrant parents proud and is ready to reap the rewards in the form of a full college scholarship.

And then everything shatters. A national scholar award invitation compels her parents to reveal the truth: their visas expired years ago. Her entire family is illegal. That means no scholarships, maybe no college at all and the very real threat of deportation.

For the first time, Jasmine rebels, trying all those teen things she never had time for in the past. Even as she’s trying to make sense of her new world, it’s turned upside down by Royce Blakely, the charming son of a high-ranking congressman. Jasmine no longer has any idea where—or if—she fits into the American Dream. All she knows is that she’s not giving up. Because when the rules you lived by no longer apply, the only thing to do is make up your own.

I really liked the plot of this story. It was about a girl who had her whole future mapped out. Then, her life changes when she finds out she is in America illegally. She has to try to save her family, while falling love with a politician's son. I loved how timely this was, no matter what you believe politically.

Jasmine was a star student, and should be a role model for any teenage girl. She is driven to get into a good college, and be well rounded. She wasn't too worried about boys or crazy girl drama.

I loved how she met Royce. It was romantic and also kind of crazy. I loved their romance, and how steady it was. Royce was the son of the politician who was trying to stop illegal immigrants from getting immigration rights.

Their were many things going on in this book, but they all kept me reading.

The worst part of this book, and the thing keeping it at a four stars, is the writing style. It was dull and kind of boring to read. Thankfully, the story was interesting enough to keep me reading.

Overall, this was a very good book.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Book/TV Show Blitz: The 100

I am so
excited that THE 100 returns to TV tonight! And to help celebrate the show's return Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Rockstar Book Tours are giving away 5 Boxed Sets of the Complete series! 
So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:

Title: THE 100 Box
Set (Books 1-4)
Author: Kass Morgan
January 3, 2016
Publisher: Little,
Brown Books for Young Readers
Pages: 1360
Formats: Paperback
Find it: AmazonGoodreads
All four thrilling novels in The 100 series, now available in a paperback
boxed set! 

Ever since nuclear war destroyed our planet, humanity has been living on
city-like spaceships hovering above the toxic surface. As far as anyone knows,
no one has stepped foot on Earth in centuries--that is, until one hundred
juvenile delinquents are sentenced to return and recolonize the hostile land.
The future of the human race rests in their hands, but nothing can prepare the
100 for what they find on this strange and savage planet. 

Read the series that inspired the hit TV show. The 100, Day 21,
Homecoming, and Rebellion are gathered together for the first time in this
striking box set, perfect for fans and series newcomers alike.

About Kass Morgan

Kass Morgan
studied literature at Brown and Oxford, and now resides in Brooklyn, where she
lives in constant fear of her Ikea bookcase collapsing and burying her under a
mound of science fiction and Victorian novels. Kass is currently working on the
sequel to The 100, which she’ll finish as soon as she finds a coffee shop that
allows laptops on the weekend.

Giveaway Details:

5 winners will
receive the complete boxed set of THE 100 Series, US Only.

Ends on February 8th at Midnight EST!

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