Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #2
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Publication date: July 25, 2016
Pages: 370
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads):  From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself. 

 

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

 

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

 

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

 

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

 

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

 

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

 

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I liked this one a lot better than book 1. It was nice being able to see inside Reed’s head, to get his perspective. It endeared him to me even more. I finished this book in pretty much 2 days, because I couldn’t put it down. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

So once again there’s D-R-A-M-A, but for the most part, it felt mostly less dramatic than book 1 to me. Some people might find this one a little boring compared to book 1, but I enjoyed it. The ending was over the top what the heck is going on though. Like I can’t even with the twists and turns. It made me want book 3 right away though, so that’s good. Unfortunately my library doesn’t have this series, so I had to get them with an interlibrary loan. So I’m not sure if I should request book 3 as an interlibrary loan, or just buy the books eventually. A decision for another time.

 

Reed is amazing, although Easton is still my favorite Royal. I liked Callum a lot more in this book. There were some cute lines, but I didn’t keep track because I didn’t want to give any spoilers. Overall, this was a fast, enjoyable read. But I really don’t know how I feel about the last couple surprises at the end of the book, especially the last one. Guess I have to read the next book before I can make a final conclusion.

 

ARC Review: The Real Thing by Melissa Foster

Title: The Real Thing
Author: Melissa Foster
Series: Sugar Lake #1
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Publication date: September 5, 2017
Pages: 288
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): This sassy, spirited baker is fine with heat—but is her fake fiancé too hot to handle?

 

Bakery owner Willow Dalton’s friendship with Zane Walker has always been a bit complicated. Now a scrumptiously hot A-list actor, Zane’s always had a reputation as player. He’s arrogant, and he’s definitely not boyfriend material. Sure, he did Willow a favor by agreeing to take her virginity before college, but is that reason enough to go along with a fake engagement a decade later—even if it comes with a real diamond ring?

 

Zane should have known better. Nothing involving Willow has ever been easy. Still, he knows her better than anyone, and becoming America’s hottest new leading man means cleaning up his reputation. An “engagement” to curvy, sass-mouthed Willow is the perfect PR move . . . provided no one gets hurt.

 

Now Zane and Willow’s little white lie has turned into an irresistible recipe for sweet temptation. And soon no one will be able to tell the difference between their fake engagement or the real thing—including them.

 

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This is my first book by this author, and overall I’m pretty impressed. The characters were all great, and I liked the dual POV quite a bit in this one. The voices have to be distinct, otherwise multiple POV really irks me. But it was nice that we got to see inside both of their minds, giving us a glance at where they were at mentally and emotionally. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

It was a little slow sometimes, but then the romantic parts would kick into high gear and I was hooked again. And let me tell you, there was quite a bit of romance…and sex. I haven’t read a ton of second chance romances (send me your recs!), but I really love the trope. Plus the small town vibe is usually adorable in books, and this one was no exception. Small towns are not so cute in real life. At least not the ones I’ve lived in.

 

Zane is total book boyfriend material. Where can I find a guy like him? *sighs* He was so caring, thoughtful, etc. I’m not going to tell you all about the things, but he does a lot for Willow. I absolutely adored Willow for the most part, and her family is definitely up there in my favorites. There were so many cute moments, which I don’t want to share, because it would spoil the fun.

 

It’s a pretty short book (less than 300 pages), so if you like second chance romance, sweet treats, and super cuteness overload, read this ASAP. I can’t wait to read more from this author. I’m off to check when book two of this series comes out, and what it’s all about.

 

4 stars

Audiobook Review: Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Glass Sword
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Series: Red Queen #2
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: February 9, 2016
Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

 

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

 

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

 

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

 

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

 

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

 

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known—and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

 

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Book 2 picked up right where the previous one left off. It was the same narrator, which I really like. I absolutely hate when they change who reads the series. This was pretty interesting, although I found the beginning a little slow again. I’ll give this book 4 stars overall.

 

I had to do a re-read of book 1’s summary. Frankly it’s been a while since I listened to that audiobook, and I’d forgotten most of the finer details. Book 2 is a lot more “war” focused than book 1, for obvious reasons. Cal and Mare escaped and have to fight to maintain their freedom. Maven is pretty much constantly chasing them, or in the back of their minds. I’m still not 100% sure of my stance on Maven.

 

There’s some sad parts in this, particularly in the last couple hours of the audiobook. I won’t spoil anything by saying who, but one of my favorite characters dies. I know casualties are to be expected, but noooooo! Not this person. I was heartbroken. Can I also just say that the ending was twisted? As weird as it sounds, I kind of dug it though…it made me want to read book 3 really badly.

 

I’m still wishy-washy about my feelings for Cal. The reader loves him, the reader loves him not. Kilorn drove me nuts several times, and I seriously wanted to smack him at least once. I liked seeing newer characters, particularly the Red-and-Silver army Mare’s determined to recruit, determined to fight Maven with. There were definitely moments I pretty much held my breath (cliché, I know), wondering if everything would turn out okay. No comment on if that’s a yay, or a nay, outcome wise.

 

I can’t say much else without being spoilery, but I liked book 2 and can’t wait to dive into book 3 whenever I’m so inclined.

 

Sunday Street Team: Internet Famous by Danika Stone Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. This book was pretty good overall *swoons for Laurent*. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Title: Internet Famous
Author:
Danika Stone
Publisher:
Swoon Reads
Publication date:
June 6, 2017
Summary (via Goodreads): High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

 

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

 

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I signed up for the Sunday Street Team for Danika’s last YA book, so I had to sign up for this one. As I stated in my review of her last book, I’m a huge believer in fandoms. And while this book was less fandom-y, I still really enjoyed it. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

One thing I should mention off the bat is the kinship I felt with Madi. I have a hard time interacting with people outside of the internet as well, at least initially. I am very introverted and I don’t open up until I really know someone. So yay for a main character I can relate to. And let me just say that I fully appreciated Laurent and his French self. *drools* Such a fine specimen of YA/NA male goodness. He’s going on my book boyfriend list.

 

Before I go any further into what I loved about Laurent, and some other characters, let me just say that I really disliked Madi’s mother, and an authority figure who I’ll refer to as She Who Must Not Be Named. The authority figure was kind of an evil witch, and Madi’s mother needed to get her head out of her butt in my opinion. Gross image, but so true. I’m kind of glad she was MIA throughout most of the book. #sorrynotsorry

 

Madi’s sister, Sarah, was a great secondary character. I loved how Madi interacted with her most of the time, and how they helped one another (mostly Madi helping Sarah, but Sarah came through for Madi in her time of need against the troll). Speaking of the troll, I pretty much knew who it was from the moment they started trolling. Not sure if everyone else who read this is in the same boat, or if I’m just a great guesser. I’m curious to know. So the big reveal was more of an affirmation of my suspicions. I always want to be surprised by books, and it rarely happens.

 

Okay, so lets talk about Laurent. He’s gorgeous, geeky, artistic, and speaks French at random times. I had to translate like a quarter of what he said, but seriously, I want someone to speak French to me all day, every day. He’s beyond perfect, the whole package. The flirtation between Madi and Laurent is half the reason why I couldn’t put the book down. There were some serious sparks between these two. And to kind of get off topic, but not really, I liked how Madi’s dad encouraged her to be with Laurent. He knew that Laurent made Madi happy, and he wanted her to have something that kept a smile on her face. Yay Madi’s dad! His parenting (later in the book) made up for her disaster of a mom.

 

I didn’t keep track of any lines, because the ones I wanted to save were mostly French…and kind of gave things away. Just read the book so you can swoon over Laurent too!

 

Final note: Another great book from Danika. Also, in case anyone is confused by the YA/NA tags, I think the subject matter is within the YA category. But with Madi being 18, and Laurent being in college, they’re NA aged. I can’t wait to see what Danika comes up with next. P.S. The ending of this book is seriously swoony.

 

 


 

about the author

 

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) and adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

 

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

 

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June SST: All the Feels by Danika Stone Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. This book was really good. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

All the FeelsTitle: All the Feels
Author: Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication date:
June 7, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

 

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

 


 

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I’m glad I signed up to read this book for the Sunday Street Team. I’m a huge believer in fandoms (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Grisha, etc.), so I was super excited to see a book that focused on a fandom like All the Feels did. I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

So obviously, one of my favorite things about the book was the fandom aspect! Duh. I think a lot of people can appreciate Liv’s devotion to Starveil. She can be a little obsessed at times, but what true fan isn’t kind of obsessed with their fandom? *waits for a response* All fans are kind of obsessed with their fandoms, you say? Yes, you’re correct.

 

Besides the fandom aspect, I felt a kinship with Liv over her anxiety over social situations, like dating and group gatherings, and her need to stay under the radar by doing things like dressing casually instead of wearing things that drew attention to her. I kind of feel like Liv could be my long lost twin.

 

Xander was another great character. Not really a book boyfriend for me, because he’s not really my kind of guy, but I thought he was adorable still. Because his real life is all about cosplaying, I was a little iffy about his appeal at first. But he’s a great best friend to Liv, which is the most important thing. He’s pretty sweet too, so yay for Xander! I kind of hated Liv’s mom, and her mom’s boyfriend. They were such downers in the book, and I felt like the mom listened to her boyfriend way too much, and not enough to Liv. Liv’s mom had a change of heart right at the end of the book, but I don’t really buy it. I’m sure she’ll go back to hating Liv being in the fandom.

 

Some of the minor characters in the book were pretty interesting, like the online fandom people Liv finally met at DragonCon. One thing I really liked was that the book including texts and social media because that’s so relevant in our society nowadays. I would suggest getting a physical, versus ebook, copy of the book if possible for that reason. While I don’t think I’d ever be part of the Starveil fandom, I can appreciate everyone’s love and dedication to it. The ending was pretty good, but there some things that I felt were unresolved by the end of the book, and the second to last chapter felt kind of off/rushed. For the story to get to that point and not focus on it a little more felt like a letdown.

 

Final note: A great read for anyone who loves a fandom of their own. I think a lot of people could relate to Liv’s story.

 

4 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

 

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

 


 

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May SST: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. It started a little slow, but ended with a bang! I ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 


9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.inddTitle:
 Outrun the Moon
Author: Stacey Lee
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
May 24, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

 

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

 


 

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It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical fiction book, so I was excited to be able to read this one. The first thing that drew me in was definitely that gorgeous cover! *swoon* I received a copy from Netgalley to review, and ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.

 

The book started off a little slower than I would have liked, but I kept reading because I saw the rave reviews by other bloggers. Eventually the story picked up and I loved finding myself immersed in another culture, in another time period, in practically another world. The imagery of San Francisco in 1906 was done beautifully. Stacey definitely has a way with words, with painting images in her readers’ minds.

 

I thought Mercy was a great main character. I loved that she had ‘bossy’ cheeks and wasn’t afraid to stand up…for herself, for what she wanted, and for others. The friendships she found in this book were amazing. I loved the girls from St. Clare’s School for Girls. The fact that because of Mercy, different races and cultures mingled together in this book, was amazing. She was definitely an inspiration character, reminding me of what one person can do. It’s astounding that she was only fifteen and had such a grasp of the world and how things should be, instead of being focused on how they were.

 

I shed some tears towards the middle/end of this book. I won’t spoil the twists and turns and the all-around magic of this book, but I highly recommend it. It gets more amazing as you keep reading. I pretty much devoured the last half of the book in one sitting because I couldn’t put it down.

 

The focus of the book wasn’t really on boys, but there were some amazing ones and then some not-so-great ones too. The focus was more on society’s flaws, finding lasting friendship, overcoming adversity, cherishing family, etc. I was mostly too busy reading to make note of lines I liked, except for this one: “Maybe sorrow and its opposite, happiness, are like dark and light. One can’t exist without the other. And those moments of overlap are like when the moon and the sun share the same sky.”

 

Final note: Overall, this was a fantastic historical read. I absolutely love finding diverse novels that I adore, and this one is on that list. I’m glad I didn’t give up when it started slowly, otherwise I would have missed out on this gem of a book. If you like reading about different cultures, or different time periods, or even about natural disasters, check out this book!

 

4 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Stacey Lee is a fourth generation Californian with roots in San Francisco Chinatown. Born in Southern California, she graduated from UCLA then got her law degree at UC Davis King Hall. She has lots of experience with earthquakes, having skinned her knees more times than she wants to remember diving under tables. One day she hopes to own a hypoallergenic horse and live by the sea. See what she’s up to on Twitter & Instagram: @staceyleeauthor.

 


 

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ARC Review: The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

The Girl Who Fell

Title: The Girl Who Fell
Author: Shannon M. Parker
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: March 1, 2016
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley
Summary (via Goodreads): His obsession. Her fall.

 

Zephyr Doyle is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and attending her dream school, Boston College.

 

But love has a way of changing things.

 

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

 

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…

 

Terrifying?

 

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

 

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

 

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

 

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This was a really powerful book. Shannon definitely wasn’t afraid to show the darkness that is obsession. Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for a honest review. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

I did a poll to decide my next ARC, and this one won by a wide margin. And I can definitely see why. The writing, and subject matter, were pretty much perfection. It got pretty intense and creepy at parts, so make sure you’re okay with that before you read this. Before I go into the actual review, I just want to say that I love the cover. It’s what first drew me to the book before I even read the amazing summary.

 

I really liked Zephyr, Gregg, and Lizzie. I also liked Zephyr’s mom a lot. Finn was a great book animal, although it was slight disconcerting to go from Finn being a book boyfriend in a recent read to a dog in this one! Bahaha. The focus on sports to a certain extent was also nice. I’m not a sports person, but it’s nice to see what extracurricular activities characters participate in, what things they love.

 

This book did a great job touching on obsession. I had a bad feeling about Alec throughout the whole book, even from the beginning. It might have been due to the summary, but I think it was just his attitude and things he said/did. I kept wanting to yell at Zephyr to run far, far away from Alec the entire time I was reading the book. Alec was a freaking psycho, and I really hated him vehemently.

 

I didn’t find a book boyfriend in this book, but Gregg was pretty adorable. I’d love to be best opposite sex friends with him. The book was a bit predictable, at least for me. I knew what was going to happen during a couple points well before it even happened. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I’m usually a good guesser.

 

I mostly just made updates. Here are some of them:  “Um yeah, I agree Finn. I don’t like him either…”, “Omg I want to punch this guy in the face.”, “I have a really bad feeling in the pit of my stomach…”, “Ahhhhhhhhhh! F*cking creeper!”. But I also made note of one line I really liked: “Darkness doesn’t have fingers that twist into my flesh. Darkness can’t stalk me. It can’t drive me into the shadows because darkness is fleeting. Not like the threat before me.”

 

Final note: Such an intense, rollercoaster ride of a book. I’d highly recommend it.

 

4 stars

March SST: Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an eARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. It was really cute! I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 


Where You'll Find MeTitle:
Where You’ll Find Me
Author: Natasha Friend
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication date:
March 8, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself… DUMPED by her best friend Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade “hanging out with different people.” DESERTED by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt. TRAPPED in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and a stepmother young enough to wear her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt with pride. STUCK at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper because she has no one else to sit with. But what if all isn’t lost?


 

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I was happy to be a part of the Sunday Street Team for this adorable book by reviewing an eARC from Netgalley. This book was 4 out of 5 stars for me.

 

I really liked Anna as a main character. This book was more MG in my opinion, but Goodreads also classifies it as YA. Overall, it was a really great read. Anna’s trying to find her spot in her new life now that her best friend dumped her, and she’s stuck with her dad and her stepmother, due to her mother trying to kill herself. I’m not going to lie, the book was a bit dark. It deals with suicide attempts, with some bullying, with a child who is utterly lost about where she exists in this “new” life.

 

Anna’s best friend deserting her was one of the best things that could have happened to her, because she found new friends, who are actually there for her in her times of need. I kind of don’t like Anna’s dad, but he grew on me a little by the end. And the way Anna sees her stepmother changes drastically throughout the book, which is another change I’m glad for. There were quite a few hilarious moments scattered throughout the book, in addition to the heartache and the bullying/teasing so well-known to middle schoolers. I definitely don’t miss being thirteen years old.

 

There were moments where I wanted to slap at least one person, moments where I wanted to gush my happiness/relief, moments where I wondered what was going to happen with all the new people rallying around Anna. I think this book should definitely be read widely. It helps people remember what it was like to be in middle school, helps them remember how harsh preteens can be to one another. And it helps bring to light issues that a lot of people skirt around: mental illness, suicide, bullying, etc.

 

Final note: Natasha did a great job with this book. It’s a fast, enjoyable read that focuses on some hot topic issues. I’d highly recommend it.

 

4 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Natasha Friend–wearer of silly hats, lover of press-on mustaches, admirer of Gloria Steinem, devotee of well-named nail polish shades–is also an author. When she is not writing books, you will find her playing Wiffle ball, turning cartwheels, making chocolate-chip pancakes, singing, dancing, and wishing she was in a talent show. Natasha lives in Connecticut with her husband, three kids, and dog. Where You’ll Find Me is her sixth novel. Visit her online at natashafriend.com

 


 

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January SST: The Possibility of Now by Kim Culbertson Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received an ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. I definitely enjoyed this book, and ended up giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

The Possibilty of NowTitle: The Possibility of Now
Author: Kim Culbertson
Publisher: Point
Publication date:
January 26, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): Mara James has always been a perfectionist with a plan. But despite years of overachieving at her elite school, Mara didn’t plan on having a total meltdown during her calculus exam. Like a rip-up-the-test-and-get-escorted-out kind of meltdown. And she definitely didn’t plan on never wanting to show her face again.

 

Mara knows she should go back,only she can’t bring herself to do it. Because suddenly she doesn’t know why she’s been overachieving all these years. So Mara tells her mom she wants to go live with her estranged dad in Tahoe. Maybe in a place like Tahoe, where people go to get away from everyday life, and with a dad like Trick McHale, a ski bum avoiding real life, Mara can figure things out.


Except Tahoe is nothing like she thought it would be. There are awesome new friends and a chance to finally get to know Trick, but there are also still massive amounts of schoolwork. Can Mara find a balance between the future and the now, or will she miss out on both?

 


 

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I was excited when I got approved to read the ARC of this book via Edelweiss for Sunday Street Team. It was an enjoyable read. The characters seemed realistic to me, and I especially loved Logan. Mara was a pretty great main character, and I loved watching her transform during her time in Tahoe, finally learning to let go a bit.

 

The book had a few slow moments, but overall it was entertaining. As someone who has never been skiing or snowboarding (shocking since I live in Wisconsin), it was really cool to learn some of the terminology and techniques. A lot of the time is spent on the mountains throughout the book, and I felt like the scenery and experience was very well done.

 

I really liked Mara’s character, since I could relate at least somewhat to her stress. I felt the need to push myself in high school and college, and at times, it was a little overwhelming. Logan was super adorable, and he’s a lovely addition to my book boyfriend list. I really liked Isabel as well. We didn’t see a ton of her in the book, but where she was featured, she was fantastic. As for Mara’s parents, I liked Trick. He was a little hands off (I mean he’s been out of her life for around 14 years), and later in the book we find out why. I wasn’t a huge fan of Mara’s mother. She felt a little too pushy to me, but thankfully Mara’s stepdad helped balance out her character. Ollie was another great character, when we saw him.

 

There wasn’t a huge focus on romance for most of the book, mostly due to misunderstandings, but what was there was great. There were a couple points that I didn’t fully understand by the end of the book, so I guess I’ll be left wondering.

 

Here are a couple of lines I liked from the book: “‘What’s the point of doing something if you’re not trying to get good at it?’ He gives me a funny look. ‘To just experience it.'” and “‘Hey, it’s the second-best thing for a’–he glances at my book–‘calculus study session.’ ‘What’s the first?’ ‘Me.'”

 

Final note: A cute contemporary novel with some romance and lots of skiing. I’d definitely recommend to any contemporary fan. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this story!

 

4 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Kim Culbertson is the author of Catch a Falling Star; Instructions for a Broken Heart, a Northern California Book Award winner; and Songs for a Teenage Nomad. When she’s not writing young adult novels, she teaches high school creative writing. Kim lives with her husband and their daughter in Northern California. For more about Kim, visit www.kimculbertson.com.

 


 

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December SST: The Year of Lightning by Ryan Dalton Review + Giveaway

Sunday Street Team

 

Welcome to the Sunday Street Team! I received a PDF ARC of this book in exchange for a honest review. The book is kind of a cross between MG and YA, leaning more towards MG in my opinion, if it wasn’t for the ages of the main characters. Overall, I enjoyed the book, and gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

The Year of LightningTitle: The Year of Lightning
Author: Ryan Dalton
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
Publication date:
January 12, 2016
Summary (via Goodreads): When 15-year-old twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert moved to a new town, they never imagined that the old house across the street could bring them so much trouble. A secret machine has reawakened inside, with the power to pierce time itself.

 

Meanwhile, lightning storms are breaking out all over town. They’re getting worse every week, and seem to enjoy striking kids who just want to pass science class and mind their own business. When Malcolm and Valentine discover a connection between the house and the storms, their situation goes from mysterious to crazy stupid dangerous. Someone is controlling the great machine, and their purpose is nearly complete.

 

In a race against time, the twins must uncover the chilling plan, the mastermind behind it, and the force that’s driving the deadly storms. They’ll hunt a powerful enemy that threatens their town’s existence, and the only clues are written in the sky.

 


 

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This book sounded interesting from the summary, so I was happy to receive a PDF copy in exchange for a honest review. It was a little slow at first, and I think some of it could have been cut/explained quicker, so the book wasn’t so long. Overall, it was a fun, interesting read. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Adventure type books like this one remind me of my Harry Potter love, at least a teensy bit. I think that’s why I decided to read this book, even though I’m not normally a huge adventure, sci-fi type person. I do like some fantasy books, but my major love is contemporary romance. Like I said, it was a little slow, but most of the characters I liked, and the book was pretty action packed at the end (and twisty!), so that made up for the slow parts.

 

Malcom and Valentine were pretty good main characters in my opinion. I had a little bit of a hard time relating to them at first, but by the end, I really liked them. I wasn’t a huge fan of their friends either, except John. Winter was okay, and I kind of liked Fred, but when he spoke, I kept thinking of Jamie Kennedy’s character in Malibu’s Most Wanted. I liked the older generation of people: Oma Grace, Walter, and Clive.

 

The beginning of the story is building up to the last 100 or so pages, where the action is fast and furious. I thought the book had a nice, cliffhanger-ish ending. It should definitely make readers want the next book ASAP. I want to find out what happens next with the gang, and see who is going to join in on the fun in the next book.

 

I felt like some of the issues with the twins could have been discussed a bit more. They were pretty much just swept under the rug, or ignored. A little less of the “chilling plan” and more on the twins personal lives would have been a nice touch. Maybe the book would have been 4.5, or 5, stars then. But regardless, I’d still recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and/or sci-fi books.

 

There are no book boyfriends for me in this book. A couple of the guys were okay, but there wasn’t really any romance going on throughout the book, at least not to the extent that I like to see. I didn’t really keep track of any lines while I was reading, except for this one: “Ten pounds of crazy in a one-pound box?” That one made me laugh a little bit.

 

Final note: It was a good book overall. Not a 5 star read for me, but 4 stars is still really good. I can’t wait to see what happens with everyone in the next book.

 

4 stars

 


 

about the author

 

Ryan Dalton is author of the young adult Time Shift Trilogy. His debut novel THE YEAR OF LIGHTNING will be released on January 12, 2016. Ryan splits his time between writing books during the day, fighting crime at night, and hanging out in his awesome underground lair. Please do not tell anyone he’s Batman. It’s a secret.

 


 

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