Thursday, May 28, 2020

Book Review: Out Of My League by Sarah Sutton + Giveaway


Synopsis:
It’s all fun and games until someone catches feelings.

Sophia Wallace is convinced her life is over when her high school cuts the journalism program. Without the elective, she loses her chance to intern with the biggest newspaper company in the county, and why? All because the baseball team needs more funding.

To make matters worse, her boyfriend publicly dumps her at a party, which is mortifying. But the icing on the cake is when the captain of the baseball team and the most popular guy at Bayview High, Walsh Hunter, decides to be chivalrous. He jumps in, throws his arm around Sophia, and declares his undying love for her. In front of everyone.

Suddenly, Sophia is thrown into a world of fake relationships and undercover journalism, and she realizes she’s way, way out of her league.

Good thing she’s got the team captain to teach her how to play.

But faced with choosing between saving her journalism class or her newfound feelings for Walsh, will she strike out or hit a home run?



Release date: June 16, 2020


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I've been on a romance kick lately, I've been craving the sweet little warm and fuzzy feelings, and you know what? I got it with this book and more!

I dove into the story with no previous experience with Ms. Sutton's previous work but the synopsis sounded so darn cute that I had to pick it up! I could immediately relate to Sophia as a young adult, she's smart and driven but a little clueless on other things. I think the author does a great job of adding the complexities of being a teenager. She allowed Sophia to make mistakes BUT she allowed Sophia to learn from them to make her relationships strong. I LOVED THIS!

The author not only did this with Sophia but with Walsh! Sometimes I feel like the love interest or secondary characters don't get enough of a full story arc but I think it was done well with Walsh too! I enjoyed that Sophia and Walsh were able to relate to each other with their problems.

The writing was nice and straightforward and the pacing is excellent. There were a few things I noticed in the writing while I read that I think that could have been improved upon, but overall, I had no problem devouring this story.

If' I'm being super nit picky, there were a few things I had questions about or would have liked clarified but they were minor and probably didn't add any major relevance to the story.

I am extremely satisfied with the conclusion. I think it ended perfectly. Well done!

Pick this book up if you like feeling the warm and fuzzies or characters that grow learn from their mistakes to become better people. I highly recommend it!


4.2 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)




Giveaway


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Friday, May 22, 2020

Book Review: A Whisper in the Dark by Jessi Elliott

A Whisper in the Dark by Jessi Elliott and K.J. Sutton

Synopsis:
A city ruled by vampires. A disgraced princess. A world underground.

Charlotte Travesty lives in a world of comfort. Glittering nightclubs, a lavish mansion, and a staff of humans at her beck and call. Being a royal vampire means her future is secured—all she has to do is get through the Awakening, an ancient ceremony every vampire experiences when they come of age.

But when her Awakening arrives at last, everything changes in one terrifying instant.

Cast from her home and rejected by the royal family, Charlie is forced into a life of fear and brutality. Where creatures called weepers live below the city, kept at bay by an unlucky sector of fighters enslaved by the very king who cast her out. Charlie now finds herself among the ranks.

She soon learns that weepers aren’t all she needs to fear in her new life. Other workers are dying in the tunnels below ground. Charlie knows that if she’s going to survive, she must form alliances with the very humans that despise her. But will she win their trust in time? Or will she die in the very darkness she was born to rule?

For fans of Sarah J. Maas’s Crescent City trilogy and Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series, A Whisper in the Dark is the first volume in the Charlie Travesty serial.

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A fascinating idea and I like the way the authors spun their version of vampires. Charlie is a nice protagonist who is thrust into unfortunate circumstances and does her best to survive. I like the other characters involved too, especially Drew and Nina but I felt we didn't get enough time with them for me to figure them out quite yet.

I enjoyed the writing and the characters. The prose and characters are nicely written and I had no problems imagining each character with their own personalities.

Overall, I think there's potential in this story and it's promising some future intrigues but perhaps I'm not used to reading serials but I kind of expected more of a story and character arc in this first installment. It read more like the first third of a book to me, but again, that might be because I'm unfamiliar with the reading and pacing of serials. I had hoped there would be a huge revelation at the end than what we were given but I'm still interested in finding out what happens next.

3 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Book Review: How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy




How to Quit Your Crush by Amy Fellner Dominy
Publication Date: May 4, 2020
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush


Synopsis:
Mai Senn knows Anthony Adams is no good for her – no matter how hard she might crush on him. She’s valedictorian; he’s a surf bum. She’s got plans, he’s got his art. Complete opposites in every way. Vinegar and baking soda, they once joked. A chemical reaction that bubbled.

Yeah, they bubbled. Maybe still do.

Good thing Anthony’s got the perfect plan: two weeks to prove just how not good they are together. Whoever can come up with the worst date—something the other will seriously hate, proving how incompatible they truly are—wins.

Like taking a snake-phobe to the Reptile House at the zoo (his idea).

Or a cooking class where they don’t even get to eat the food (her idea).

It’s all about the competition, and it’s meant to help them finally crush their crushes. But it wasn’t supposed to be so hot. Or so fun. And when Mai’s future becomes at stake, will she be able to do the right thing and quit Anthony forever?


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Book Review: Twisted Devotion by Jessi Elliott

Title: Twisted Devotion
Series: Twisted Series #4
Author: Jessi Elliott
Genre: NA/Paranormal Urban Fantasy Romance
Release Date: April 21, 2020


Being responsible for the survival of someone you loathe really dwindles all hope for a fresh start. Kelsey Young is ready to leave Rockdale—and the darkest parts of her life—in the past. After barely escaping the massacre of her foster family and taking down the evil behind The Experiment, she wants nothing more than to relocate and start over.
That is, until the fae leaders offer a reward too good to refuse, derailing her plans in the process. Kelsey agrees to put her future on hold to protect an arrogant creature with far too much charisma for his—or her—own good.
While she’s no stranger to the rumors of Jackson Hawthorne, she is new to his charm. And soon, she finds it nearly impossible to resist—especially when he makes no effort to hide his blatant desire for her.
Tensions run high as Jackson’s well-being is threatened by angry fae and humans alike with a mission to destroy his business—and him.
But temptations run even higher after Kelsey swears to safeguard his life—even on the days she wants to kill him herself. And what about his heart—or hers? When they find common ground in new territory, lines blur, defenses crumble, and devotion begins to outweigh duty.



Review


SPOILER FREE

I have to be honest, I didn't really remember Kelsey in the previous installments and I barely remembered Jackson but it's been awhile since I've read those books. However, I grew to like and care about these characters the more I read about them.

I enjoyed how the author wove the previous main characters of the series into this book and we got a glimpse of how life is for them afterwards while still focusing on Kelsey and Jax. That was nicely written. Most times, I find that readers barely see those characters again or get like a scene with them and that's it.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Book Review: The Jinni Key by Bethany Atazadeh


SYNOPSIS:
She holds the key to his heart, and he wants it back.

When Arie reveals her Gift, she thinks the worst is over. But she couldn’t be more wrong. The only one who can save her now is a mermaid named Rena.

Rena is the youngest daughter of the Sea King, and she’s dreamed of the surface for years. But her first visit on her 16th birthday isn’t what she expects. She watches a Jinni fall from the sky—and chooses to save him, despite her mother’s warnings that all Jinn are evil.

Once she meets Gideon, she can’t get him out of her mind. And maybe, with a little help from Arie and some magic of her own, she doesn’t have to...

The Jinni Key is a loose “Little Mermaid” retelling. Set in a world that humans share with mermaids, dragons, and the elusive Jinn, this is not the fairytale you remember…

LINKS:

AMAZON: http://bit.ly/thejinnikey
GOODREADS: https://bit.ly/thejinnikeygoodreads
BETHANY’S WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/thestolenkingdom


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I was excited to read this Little Mermaid retelling! I've always enjoyed the Disney version of The Little Mermaid, but Bethany's "loose" retelling is roughly akin to the original fairy tale which is a little darker and the end isn't as happy (Bethany's version is a HEA for the most part ^_~). While Rena probably looks more like Ariel with the red hair, her personality is more developed than Ariel's.

Rena can be tough to love at first but I didn't have a problem with her because I understood why she said and did the things she did. Although, it's funny because I thought she'd be more empathetic as The Jinni Key holder and the youngest sister of that royal family. Let's just say they aren't the kindest people. lol

I enjoyed the way Bethany gave us a flashback to give us a little backstory about Rena and her family. From there, it launches to how Rena came to land and then we start where the first book left off. The author seamlessly wove the beginning chapters and executed it flawlessly. I had wondered how and where we'd start off after reading the first chapter from the first book.

We don't get as much extended world building as I thought we would get after the first book. Other than the underwater kingdom, which I wish we got to see more of or at least again after the first time. I enjoyed seeing how the sea magic worked although very little is explained which is fine. I don't feel like we traveled around as much in this book as the first book which is fine but I wished we did because I enjoy Bethany's world development.

We don't get to see as much romance in this book, I feel like it's more like pining than romantic interaction which was well written so you won't get any mutual instant love here. I had hoped to see more character development in all the characters but I think Rena is the one who develops the most even though we get POV from Kadin and Arie. I liked Kadin and Arie's POV but struggled through them a bit. I do see them as necessary for the development of the book but weren't always gratifying to read, probably because of their stuck situations.

FYI, we don't get to see Kadin's full motley crew in the book so don't expect to see them. I did miss Naveed but glad Bosh was still around. Gideon was around but I didn't enjoy him as much because he seemed so surly in this book.

The pacing of the book read quickly but I did feel like it was rushed more towards the end, the climax wasn't as climatic as the first book in my opinion. While it wasn't quite what I wanted or expected, I appreciated that the author tied up the important loose ends.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this "loose" fairy tale retelling but the similarities between this book will be vastly different from the versions you know. It had less recognizable similarities than the previous book, which is fine but wanted to share that. I loved Rena's overall character development arc and Bethany's underwater world building. If you enjoyed The Stolen Kingdom, I think you'll like this book too and you'll get to learn what happened to the previous main characters!


3.5 out of 5 rating for me!


(An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)