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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

Pre-order Here:

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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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All For the Game Series by Nora Sakavic

Book 1: 

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Blurb: 

Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

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Book 2: 

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Blurb: 

Book 2 of All for the Game; The Raven King follows The Foxhole Court

The Foxes are a fractured mess, but their latest disaster might be the miracle they’ve always needed to come together as a team. The one person standing in their way is Andrew, and the only one who can break through his personal barriers is Neil.

Except Andrew doesn’t give up anything for free and Neil is terrible at trusting anyone but himself. The two don’t have much time to come to terms with their situation before outside forces start tearing them apart. Riko is intent on destroying Neil’s fragile new life, and the Foxes have just become collateral damage.

Neil’s days are numbered, but he’s learning the hard way to go down fighting for what he believes in, and Neil believes in Andrew even if Andrew won’t believe in himself.

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Blurb: 

Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn’t survive the year, but with his death right around the corner he’s got more reasons than ever to live.

Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew’s never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn’t mean anything, maybe Neil won’t regret losing it, but the one person Neil can’t lie to is himself.

He’s got promises to keep and a team to get to championships if he can just outrun Riko a little longer, but Riko’s not the only monster in Neil’s life. The truth might get them all killed—or be Neil’s one shot at getting out of this alive.

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Purchase Link:

Book 1: FREE

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Book 2:  99 Cents

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Book 3:  99 Cents 

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Mare's Review

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How do you write a review for something so epic that words can’t describe the ride?
How do you write a review to reflect every single thing you felt while reading 1 of the most amazing series ever put out?
How do you write a review so that you can convey to the author and the world that you are absolutely speechless and blindsided for the love that you have for this series.

You just cant. I wouldn’t do this series justice. But I sure as fuck am gonna try.

Its YA/NA which sometimes can be a hard limit for me. But from the 1st sentence of book 1 I was hooked, line, and sinker.

That feeling that as soon as book 3 is done you’re jumping back into book 1. Yah. That feeling.

I love books for the words. It doesn’t matter what the story is about, rarely for me, what matters is the words. And Nora Sakavic had them in spades. She slayed me in short sentences and she slayed me in the long ones.
She pretty much just slayed me open. If she could have asked me “yes or no” my answer would have always been “Yes”.

I love books for words, but I also loved this series for the story. It had all my crutches in 1. All the crutches! And Jesus did that ever make me happy!!!!
Boys
Gangs
Mafia
Dysfunction
Boys on Boys
And a good good seriously amazing mind fuck.

There are so many main MCs in this book, its hard to just love 1 or 2 or hate them all.
You felt their pain and you felt their joy. The ride, Jesus the ride!!! I loved it!!!!!!!

But my heart was claimed and owned by Andrew.

JFC. Andrew.

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I don’t want to dissect everything today
I don’t mean to pick you apart you see
But I can’t help it
There I go jumping before the gunshot has gone off
Slap me with a splintered ruler
And it would knock me to the floor if I wasn’t there already
If only I could hunt the hunter
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” Is your spine the spine of the righteous?” Andrew wondered. “Are you trying your best to step on my toes because you are feeling the tragic weight of the holier than thou?”

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And all I really want is some patience
A way to calm the angry voice
And all I really want is deliverance
Do I wear you out
You must wonder why I’m so relentless and all strung out
I’m consumed by the chill of solitary
I’m like Estella
I like to reel it in and then spit it out
I’m frustrated by your apathy
And I am frightened by the corrupted ways of this land
If only I could meet the Maker
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“I hate you.” Andrew said casually. He took a last long drag from his cigarette and flicked it off the roof. “You were supposed to be a side effect of the drugs.”

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What I wouldn’t give to find a soulmate
Someone else to catch this drift
And what I wouldn’t give to meet a kindred
Enough about me, let’s talk about you for a minute
Enough about you, let’s talk about life for a while
The conflicts, the craziness and the sound of pretenses
Falling all around…all around
Why are you so petrified of silence
Here can you handle this?
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Stay,” Andrew said, and leaned down to kiss him. Time was nothing. Seconds were days, were years, were the breaths that caught between their mouths and the bite of Neil’s fingernails against his palms, the scrape of teeth against his lower lip and the warm slide of a tongue against his.”

This ride will stay with me for a long time. I love feeling that epicness.
I hate losing it

I cant wait for Nora Sakavic to write more WORDS! I cannot freaking WAIT.

I’m so glad these were made into Paperbacks. I hug them… regularly.

I have also re-read this series a billion times and I wont stop rereading them because they are everything.

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

PreOrder: 

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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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Rhapsody on a Theme (Vivaldi in the Dark #3) by Matthew J. Metzger

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Synopsis:

Sequel to The Devil’s Trill Sonata

Although their relationship has been repaired since the disaster that was Cambridge, Darren has not. His depression has worsened over the years until it is no longer an option to watch the illness play out its patterns. Treatment is a must.

Treatment is also a difficult disaster. When the second attempt at medication goes as badly wrong as the first, and Darren is forced through a rapid deterioration of mood swings, insomnia, nausea and increasingly dangerous thought patterns, his partner Jayden begins to fear that the only end to this disease will also be the end of Darren himself.

Apart from a single glimmer of hope: when Darren’s best friend asks Darren to play at his wedding, Darren begins to slowly return to the half-forgotten piano. As he slowly sinks back into the music that he deserted seven years earlier, the shadows — finally — begin to fade.

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Purchase Links: 

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Book 1:

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Book 2:

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Whoa. What a ride with this trilogy.

From the 1st page of book 1, Vivaldi in the Dark, to the last page of book 3, Rhapsody on a Theme.

The genre is Young Adult.  Although book 3 follows more into adulthood, these 3 books stay true to YA.

The sex scenes aren’t really scenes. The nitty and gritty will only fully be sprung within your imagination. This romance follows 2 boys and depression.

I won’t go into major details of the book because I feel everyone should self discover the joy of reading and not have it ruined for you.  I will tell you that it does deal with depression and Matthew J. Metzger keeps it real. The details, the dark world Darren lives in sometimes can be felt within the pages of this trilogy.  You hurt when he hurts and you breathe when he is out from under the dark cloud.

Depression is a real illness that I feel doesn’t get it’s due as it should. Happy people could never understand what depression is really like.  Most will harp that said person could just snap out of it. Unfortunately it isn’t so. In Darren’s world he had Jayden, who is by far a pretty amazing guy. Especially for a young teenager/adult who are usually selfish. But Jayden was raised by a single mother for some time, and I know for a fact. as I was a single mom for a time myself, that those kids are different. Worldly, more sensitive, more mature than their respective peers. Adults in child size bodies.

The road for Darren and Jayden was a long one, mostly depressing, and we finally get that HEA for these 2.

The supporting characters were great, especially Livvy who I feel a deep connection with as our similarities could be 1 and the same.

While YA isn’t typically my go to genre because you know I got a kid that age, it just feels wrong to me lol, I recommend this series to all. Its not an easy read, but to me the more angsty a book the better, but it is worth your time. Darren and Jayden are memorable and will stay with you.  Matthew J. Metzger is a great story-teller and I will def be reading more of his work.

4 stars for the overall series

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Vivaldi in the Dark (Vivaldi in the Dark #1) by Matthew J. Metzger

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About the Book: 

Out-and-regretting-it comprehensive attendee Jayden Phillips turns his cast-iron plans for life upside-down by falling in love with private-school violinist Darren Peace, a sardonic boy with the craziest hair Jayden’s ever seen.

But all is not what it seems, and Jayden’s bullying problem becomes meaningless when he is confronted with what the music does to Darren. How do you stop a dangerous depression rooted in the same thing that makes someone what they are? Dark moods, blank apathy, and the undertow of self-loathing all simmer beneath Darren’s dry and beautiful veneer, and Jayden feels powerless to stop them.

Then a mugging gone wrong takes the music forcibly away, and Jayden is finally given the chance to change Darren’s life — and, quite literally, his mind.

Purchase Link:  

http://www.amazon.ca/Vivaldi-Dark-Matthew-J-Metzger-ebook/dp/B00H7EHP0U/ref=tmm_kin_title_0

My Review: 

4 PG stars

So here’s the thing.

Usually YA books are just too “young” for me.

BUT THIS BOOK.

This book brought me home, kinda.

I’m Livvy. 19 and having a baby.
With no father in the picture.
Until
I meet this man, who takes me and my boy on, and insists that he calls him dad.
Takes him to football games, watches sports, gives advice.

I’m Livvy.

You wouldn’t get it unless you read the story. But I felt like in reality it could be my world.

And while my son is straight, he’s fully white… where my husband, he’s fully black.

So you know Jayden, I FELT HIM. Almost like he was my own.

Bigots, and racists all have the same thing in common. They are all IGNORANT 

And now, in 2014, that shit just isn’t acceptable any more. But unfortunately, it still happens.
Which is sad, and shameful and disgusting.

I’m glad I’m Livvy. Cause you know what, she was freaking awesome.

And also, so freaking glad that I was too lazy to push my kids ;), to the point of depression 
because really, they need to strive to achieve their own goals. I can help, but I won’t hinder. EVER.
I wish all parents acted this way. Our future generations would be so much happier IMO.

My heart bled for Darren. I loved his character. His antics and sarcasm. His small little smiles.
He pained me when it was one of those days .

I just wish his POV delved a little deeper into his thoughts on Jayden.

I can say that I felt that Jayden loved Darren way more.
Can I say that?
Meh it’s how I felt.

The array of characters. Each of them brought something to the story.

Scott~ He was just awesome.

Charley~ I don’t know. I didn’t like the way she moved. How she was mad at the end. And we never got the why… I’m pretty sure it was what? Jealousy?

Livvy~ Well obvs she’s amazing, she’s me!

The dad~ God help me I’m blankin when it comes to his name right now~ But he was amazing too

Darren’s parents~ Just NO. NO.

This story, it’s not a sweet coming to age story, its really, well it’s just REAL.

Matthew J Metzger, he created a real world, with real issues, and he kept me entranced.

I can’t wait to delve into book 2, which brings us to the college years, which honestly BONUS POINTS to the author. Cause these 2 characters deserve to grow 2gether.

And then I saw there is a book 3 coming in May. Adult years maybe? I hope so!!

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