Alyssa is an actual princess, Cinderella to be exact, at the most celebrated theme park across the world. She has lots of friends, a handsome boyfriend, and the summer ahead of her. But as the summer progresses, Alyssa’s perfect life starts to crumble. And she has to figure out how to make her own happily ever after.Read More
Caden, the Nice boy, is at odds with Dylan, the bad boy, in a game of life or death. The girl can only choose one. And the other has to die? So who will it be? And what happens when Caden and Dylan don’t play by the rules anymore?
Refreshing. I really enjoyed The Love Interest. I thought I was getting into a typical YA love triangle thriller but it’s much more than that. Caden is constantly having questions about his identity, which I found to be very genuine and realistic. I like how he second guessed himself and obsessed again and again, not only about Juliet and Dylan, but also about his own motivations and desires. I also really liked Dylan who proved he had a softer side, a romantic side, and up to the end, I wasn’t quite sure how Dylan was playing me. Or if he was at all.Read More
Title: Hunted Author: Meagan Spooner Publisher: Harper Teen Publication Date: March 2017 Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy, Retelling Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone Synopsis can be found here. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: Hmmmm. This is a harder book review to write for me. I am not a huge fan of Beauty & The Beast stories, but I like them enough to be curious. There are so many nowadays, that when I’ve read one I really like, I’m more open to reading another one. And as I’m a fan of Meagan Spooner’s work, I was really excited to read Hunted. Perhaps I had too high expectations. Hunted begins with Yeva and her sisters and father in a large house. After her father looses his fortune, they migrate to their original childhood home at the edge of an enchanted forest where beasts and other things roam. One day while her father is out hunting, his dog comes back alone and Yeva sets out to find him and bring him back. There, she encounters a Beast who captures her to force her into breaking the curse he has over his head. Though he can’t tell her exactly what it is, she must use her hunting skills to solve the mystery behind his curse, and believing him to be the thing...Read More
Title: The Magician’s Lie Author: Greer Macallister Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark Publication Date: January 2015 Genre: Adult Fiction/Historical Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone Synopsis can be found here. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: The Amazing Arden is held by an officer on suspicion of murdering her husband. This is her story. Or is it? I was pretty much engrossed in this book from start to finish. I read well past my bedtime and even read early in the morning before the baby woke. I was captured in this world that the author created. Arden tells her story to Officer Holt who has captured her as she is fleeing. The story is mostly Arden’s voice, but some chapters bring us back to the now where she interacts with the Officer. How reliable is Arden? What is she not saying? And will Holt fall under her spell? The setting is so much fun, you can feel how Arden (original name Ada) moves through this world with her failed musician mother and her husband. How she feels threatened at a young age and flees, only to have the crazy boy obsessed with her, Ray, follow her. How she becomes an illusionist, travels with a company, tours and falls in love. I don’t want to give a lot away. It’s...Read More
Title: Confessions of a Domestic Failure Author: Bunmi Laditan Publisher: Mira Publication Date: May 2017 Genre: Adult Fiction/Contemporary, Humour Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone Synopsis can be found here. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review: Ashley Keller, career and now full time stay at home mom, is trying to navigate new motherhood and live up to the usual crazy standards of what mother’s are “supposed to be”, and failing miserably at it. When she finally get s a chance to go into a Mommy boot camp, she jumps at it and decides to try to be the best mom she can be. Can she do it? I enjoyed this book. Sure, maybe it has to do something with the fact I have an 11 month old myself, but Confessions of a Domestic Failure really hit a note with me. Laditan’s sharp narrative about society’s, and other mom’s pressures, in becoming and portraying the perfect mom especially on social media, was both hilarious and very very true. There were a lot of times I laughed out loud, finding my own crazy thoughts had at one time mirrored poor Ashley. I loved the comments about breast feeding vs. formula, cleaning the house, trying to make mom friends and just the general pressure that society puts on today’s...Read More
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