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Pre-Release Review: Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson

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Blurb:

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.

As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn’t entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

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Release Date:

June 6th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

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Mare's Review

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Thank you Netgalley and Entangled for a copy of this e-arc.

I’m not sure where to start with my review Ha! This book was… Im gonna say strange but not in a bad way. It was…. different I guess.

Think the Hating Game for teens and 1st love.

I don’t think it is explained where the location is located? I know that the school was big on lacrosse….. I know there is a headmaster… and I know there are 537 Rules that Harper follows.

Harper was hilarious. It’s a deep rooted problem for truly honest people to be labelled as sarcastic. I know. I’m one of them. Although I am both deeply honest as well as sarcastic so I guess for me those labels fit.

I love slow burn- enemies to lovers book and this one filled both slots with a X.

I want to tell you guys that YA is a hard limit for me but because I’m truly honest YA has been my go to read since Fall 2016. There is something refreshing with reading about first love and those nerves and those butterflies that the general romance can give you but when everything is a cliche of another you don’t feel those flutters in the pit of your stomach really.

So if you liked the Hating Game and if you liked Carry On I would say you’re gonna enjoy this one.

Mare

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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Blurb

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Expected Release Date: 

May 30th 2017 by Delacorte Press

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Mare & Sil review

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Mare:

Readers beware. There can be spoilers in this review and I really really don’t think that you should be spoiled. Everyone deserves to read this book for the 1st time blindly. You have to go in blind. I went in thinking one thing and then another and then good Gawd another and I was wrong every single time.

This book was so many many things.

You will read many reviews that reference The Breakfast Club and that is not wrong. In a way I wish I watched the movie again before I read this story and not after because the similarities are there. Some.

I made Silvana read this book while I was still reading it so that I could talk to someone about it. And I loved seeing the story through her eyes. She was way smarter than me while reading it cause she saw what I didnt.

The hints are there. They are. But I just kept wondering which one of them could have done it really. Cause that’s the thing… you meet 5 people, 1 dies and the other 4…. you just dont think it can be any of them.

And for my Jake Riordan fans. This here book has the younger Jake in it and the similarities between them is freakishly scary. I asked Ms MacManus on twitter if she has yet to meet the older Jake Riordan and she hasn’t. I hope she takes my suggestion and reads him 🙂 Ohh what fun she will have!

Silvana:

5 STARS!

After being in a book funk for the past few months, I wanted a book that I couldn’t put down. I was losing hope then decided to read One Of Us is lying after Mare recommended it and this book delivered.

Reading it, I was reminded of The Breakfast Club, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars however the author delivered a plot that’s unique and intriguing.

It did touch on the anxiety of our young striving to survive High School, in an age where they are all connected by social media, also how that same platform can hold them hostage and create a big divide.

I spent the first third of book trying to guess the “who done it” and why, then decided to just let the mystery reveal itself to me; my theory was only part right and a LOT wrong.

I am trying to make my review as vague as possible because as Mare mentioned, readers should be going in blind. Loved reading and discussing this novel with her because Mare’s enthusiasm was contagious, and this book was good stuff.

Pretty damn good stuff.

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Walk Through Fire (Chaos #4) by Kristen Ashley~~~Review~~~

24199806 Millie Cross knows what it’s like to burn for someone. She was young and wild and he was fierce and even wilder-a Chaos biker who made her heart pound. They fell in love at first sight and life was good, until she learned she couldn’t be the woman he needed and made it so he had no choice but to walk away. Twenty years later, Millie’s chance run-in with her old flame sparks a desire she just can’t ignore. And this time, she won’t let him ride off . . .

Bad boy Logan “High” Judd has seen his share of troubles with the law. Yet it was a beautiful woman who broke him. After ending a loveless marriage, High is shocked when his true love walks back into his life. Millie is still gorgeous, but she’s just a ghost of her former self. High’s intrigued at the change, but her betrayal cut him deep-and he doesn’t want to get burned again. As High sinks into meting out vengeance for Millie’s betrayal, he’ll break all over again when he realizes just how Millie walked through fire for her man . . .

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Silvana

~~~2.5 Stars~~~
**** ARC PROVIDED BY PUBLISHER VIA NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST OPINION ****

This book started so promising, I really thought it was another winner by KA but around the 30% it seemed to fizzle and stayed that way throughout.

High was another appealing alpha hero by Kristen Ashley, she writes strong heroes like no other,  I liked Millie as well, but their connection seemed lacking; their interactions lacked the passion and fun found in her earlier books.

The conflict was resolved too quickly and then nothing much seemed to happen. I loved the appearances by characters from her earlier books especially Tack, unfortunately not enough to love this book.

For me, Kristen Ashley missed the mark with this novel and has been a bit of a hit and miss lately with her latest releases; still looking forward to her new ventures as she’s one author whose books I will always buy. Not every book can be a winner but most of KA’s books have been winners and on my favorite shelf.

 Click For Other Books In The Series

Own the Wind (Chaos, #1) by Kristen Ashley

Fire Inside (Chaos, #2) by Kristen Ashley

A Christmas to Remember (Lucky Harbor, #8.5; Chaos, #2.5; Last Chance, #6.5; Everson, Texas, #0.5; Tallgrass, #1.5) by Jill Shalvis

Ride Steady (Chaos, #3) by Kristen Ashley

Walk Through Fire (Chaos, #4) by Kristen Ashley

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The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World, #3) by Laura Thalassa

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The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World #3)

Synopsis

She’s a martyr.
A myth.
A ghost.
A legend.
She’s my soulmate and my captive, my conscience and my wrath. I love her too much to let her die; I fear her too much to wake her from her slumber.
She’s mine.
And now she’s gone.

He’s unnatural.
Undying.
Unethical.
Unstoppable.
He’s the keeper of lies and lost souls. Mine slipped through his clutches.
I am his wife, his queen, the love of his very long life.
And soon, I will be his executioner.

The Series

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The Queen of All that Dies (The Fallen World, #1)
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The Queen of Traitors (The ...
The Queen of Traitors (The Fallen World, #2)
by Laura Thalassa
The Queen of All that Lives...
The Queen of All that Lives (The Fallen World, #3)
by Laura Thalassa

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Silvana

 

4/4.5 Stars!

AAAH this book is by far my favorite of the three books, only due to the character growth which Montes went through. I rarely keep on reading books which have a hero that doesn’t appeal to me, however the smooth writing by the author, the drama and the heroine kept me engrossed and wanting to read. In this book , Montes managed to make the book, he was the star. In book 1, the king Montes wasn’t my ideal hero, he was weak, vain and selfish. By book 3, Montes was everything a hero should be.

Reading The Queen of All That Lives, nothing went the way I thought it would after the cliffhanger of book 2. By 49% I thought I had everything figured out and was certain of my theories as to the resolution of the conflict, I just kept on reading to see how the author will take us there; however nothing was like I predicted it to be, the author added a few twists that I wasn’t expecting. The second half of the book kept me glued to the pages.

The only reason I didn’t rate this 5 stars is due to the repetitive inner thoughts of our protagonists, I would have liked more dialogue as I really enjoyed the banter between Serenity and Montes. When I first started the series, Montes and Serenity were not a couple I was rooting for, their dysfunctional relationship had me doubting a HEA. The series went on and I fell in love with their dynamics, the mistrust, love, hate and obsession.

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“Serenity?” I glance over at him. “I was lying. You don’t get a choice. I’ll give you five minutes to change, and then whatever state of dress you’re in, my men will bring you to me.” He’s so lucky I don’t have a gun..

 

This has been quite an entertaining series, the journey to the last book has been nothing but fun. I would love a spin-off book about a certain character, just saying!

ARC kindly provided by author in return for an honest review. Thank you.

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: April 5th 2016
Genre: YA, Retellings, Fantasy

Synopsis

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised.

Lucie alone knows of the deadly connection the young men share, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Celebrated author Sarah Rees Brennan tells a magical tale of romance and revolution, love and loss.


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two-stars

A semi-classic fantasy

I got quite bored. Could be because I didn’t get Dickens? The style was written semi-classic. There were sentences like this:

So our holiday at Martha’s Vineyard was a rare and special treat, sweet as only things that come seldom and do not last can be.

And then, not so classic like this

That was also a rare funny one.
I wished there were more like that but alas. I believe it was that style that made the pacing slower than it needs to be. But, on the other hand, it’s a clever way of adding some classic feel to the story. I wouldn’t mind the style if a lot more things had happened. Overall, I just found it not very exciting.

The concept was interesting though. A world divided by 2 groups of people, Dark Magic and Light Magic, one so very scared of the other but couldn’t live without them. I’m a fan of paranormal so I was looking forward to that part of the story. But, that also fell short. I felt that the magic part didn’t have enough meat in it. There were these cages that they basically used them as “guillotine” but I was never sure how they worked. Also, dark magic sounded way stronger, I couldn’t quite understand why they were the underdog. I’m guessing it’s because of their small number? Wouldn’t that make them precious? It’s obvious that the Lights need them.

Character wise, I only knew Lucie. Ethan and Carwyn just didn’t get enough attention, especially Carwyn. It’d be so much more interesting if there were more of his POV.

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Blurb: 

Caleb Stone was raised on the Upper East Side, where wealth and lineage reigns, and “alternative lifestyles” are hidden. It took him years to come out to his family, but he’s still stuck in the stranglehold of their expectations. Caleb knows he has to build his confidence and shake things up, but he doesn’t know how… until Oliver Buckley enters the picture.

Oli is everything Caleb isn’t—risk-taking, provocative, and fiercely independent. Disowned by his family, Oli has made his own way in the world and is beholden to no one. After a chance encounter on New Year’s Eve, Caleb is smitten.

As Caleb sheds the insecurities that have held him back for years, he makes bold steps toward changing his career and escaping years of sexual repression. But for Caleb to take full control of his life, he has to be brave enough to confront his feelings and trust Oli with his heart.

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April 18th, 2016

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Mare's Review

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Thank you Mr Hassell for a copy of this ARC. 

One day as I was scrolling my Twitter feed I came across a tweet by Hassell that claimed “The Hills” by Weeknd fit with First and First. Now being Canadian this song was played over and over and over and over again cause we rep our own.

But considering the lyrics I was looking forward to this story. And honestly it fits. It fits so much. It fits Oli. Like a Glove…

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You said keep our business on the low-low
I’m just tryna get you out the friend zone
‘Cause you look even better than the photos

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And as I was reading this song played a loop in my head. Constantly. I love when a song can fit and make you feel like the words are so intertwined.

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I’ma let you know and keep it simple
Tryna keep it up, don’t seem so simple
I just fucked two bitches ‘fore I saw you
You gon’ have to do it at my tempo
Always tryna send me off to rehab
Drugs start to feeling like it’s decaf
I’m just tryna live life for the moment
And all these motherfuckers want a real love

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Book 3 in the Borough’s series is very much different to the 1st two in terms of angst/drama factor. First and First was very much low key. We still had issues that needed to be worked out, we had 2 characters that had flaws, we had degrees of separation btwn all the characters. I liked the way it weaved.

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I only call you when it’s half past five
The only time that I’ll be by your side
I only love it when you touch me, not feel me
When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me
When I’m fucked up, that’s the real me, yeah

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It is no mystery that I love the way Hassell writes. I love how he realistically portrays his characters. I love how in sync he is with the times. I love that his characters are older, experienced, flawed, judgmental and  cool.

I really doubt that any of the rest of the characters in this series will get as close to Raymond in my view of best characters ever in a book ha! Except maybe Aiden. As a side character I really really really liked him! I hope Hassell writes his story… A novella? A something!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!

I’m looking forward to book 4 in this series that comes out…. I dont know when…. But I’m pretty confident I know who its about. Well 1 of the characters at least 🙂

And with that I’m gonna leave you with the Hills…..

And when you read F&F and then listen to this song you can agree with the author. He knows what he’s talking about 🙂

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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis

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The Syndicate by Sophie Davis
Publisher: Sophie Davis Books
Publication Date: Mar 1, 2016
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi

Synopsis

In a future where time travel has been outlawed, a black market exists for anyone with the money, connections, and nerve to request items from days past. As a Runner for one of the underground syndicates that now controls the timewaves, Stassi 2446-89 has seen it all: the fall of Rome, the rise of Hitler, the end of democracy, the establishment of time tourism, and the devastating consequences of it. Her job is to seamlessly slip through the past, in search of items of value to the syndicate’s clientele.

Stassi’s next assignment takes her to Paris in the 1920’s, in search of a lost manuscript by one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. She and her partner, Gaige, are swept up in the City of Light during the height of fashion and culture—as alluring a locale as they’ve ever visited. But a seedier side of life lurks beneath the glamorous façade, and the pair quickly learns this run is more dangerous than any of their previous missions.

Because history isn’t playing out as it should be—a first for the syndicate. When the stakes are raised and it becomes a matter of life or death, Stassi and Gaige must ultimately decide how far they’re willing to go to ensure the future as they know it.

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four-stars

Entertaining

GAH THAT ENDING!! I knew it wouldn’t end simply but I had no idea what had happened. I mean what Charles had said to Cyrus. What could unsettle the founder of The Syndicate? I can’t wait for book 2 to be out!

This book was as good as I’d hoped. Awesome Paris backdrop and it wasted no time jumping right into the story, with Stassi just finishing off an assignment in an unorthodox way, jumping without using the Gate. Eventhough this is just book 1, so many things had happened, the Night Gentlemen and the search of the Blue Canyon. The Night Gentlemen plot was intriguing but I felt the ending was a bit rushed.
Also, the Night Gentlemen felt a little cardboard like. We weren’t offered any other details about him, other than what he portrayed to the public.

The other characters weren’t as cardboard like however, like Stassi and Gaige. I really felt their brother-sister bond. Even the not-so-present Molly, was written very life-like. The writing in general was also really good. I especially liked this paragraph, describing the jumping experience:

A burst of light exploded in my line of vision like a star detonating. Golden white swirls twisted and churned before my eyes, illuminating the murky water with preternatural beauty. At the epicenter, the light was pure gold. It pulled me in as though it was a powerful magnet and I was nothing more than a fleck of metal.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that likes a little Sci-Fi in historic times.

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