King’s Cage Book Review

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4/5 Stars

YA fantasy

Oh my god. I just wrote a review and my iPad fucked up so I have to start over. Ahhhh. I hate technology so much sometimes. Okay, anyway. I love this series but I also sometimes am like whoa this is boring. It’s been a mixed bag for me. I don’t hate the series at all but sometimes it’s like there’s nothing happening and all of the good parts happen right at the end of the book so I have to wait am entire year to see how the story is going to unfold. Which I know is how the author keeps you hooked but I wish Aveyard would sometimes not leave at the great stuff for the epilogue because I want more good stuff to happen all the way through so I don’t discover myself skimming parts of the book to see when something exciting is going to happen.

This book was really good. And I was like wow a cage is such an interesting metaphor and the author does a great job at showing you how the cage is mutilfacted to Mare. I didn’t really think about it until I was writing this but the cage could mean so many things to her depending on if she’s thinking about Maven or Cal. Also. There’s something I really need to talk about from this book.

Maven.

I know he is the bad guy. And he is murderer. He has done some horrible things and he is just so damaged. But can we talk about how it seems like he and Mare are meant to be? I don’t believe any of the feeling between Cal and Mare. I’m just like so why aren’t you with Maven because it’s like so meant to be! You have to be blind to think Mare should be with Cal because he is just really lame. Maven is so dark and vulnerable and he needs to be loved. That is all he needs. He sure as shit didn’t get love from his mother so he needs someone to show him he’s not fucked up. And it’s not like Mare is all sweet and innocent either. They belong together and I’m going to be so sad if they don’t end up together.

As soon as I was reading this I thought of Warner from Shatter Me. You know, he was all bad, but then you’re like omg I love him so much and it’s just so obvious he is the best one ever. That is what I was thinking the whole time with Maven. All I could hear was Warner echoing in my head over and over. Maven is going to do something to show he is kind of evil but also his mom fucked him up so he needs someone to love him and help heal his mind. I swear he is going to do something in the last book where all of us are going to be like oh my god he is actually good, like you know, the same way with Warner. Maven and Warner are like so similar to me. So please Victoria make Maven just like Warner so I can be happy with my feels and know he is ending up with Mare and it will be amazing.

Anyway. This was a great read. I didn’t really like the Cameron POV though. There was a lot of Maven. He is the best. Definitely now one of the book boyfriends. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book to see how this will all turn out. Either way, I’m definitely Team Maven.

Weddings, Crushes, and other Drama Book Review

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Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas (Creative HeArts #6, Willa & Finn #2) by Emily McKay
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Falling in love with the best man wasn’t on the program.

Willa is happy to be the maid of honor in her dad’s upcoming wedding to uber-celeb Mia McCain. Not as happy about the best man being her soon-to-be stepbrother, the infuriating—and infuriatingly gorgeous—Finn McCain. Every time their paths cross, the attraction simmering between them grows a little harder to ignore. Willa knows all about guys like Finn—they only want what they can’t have. What’s between them isn’t real.

Finn has never felt anything more real than what’s developing between him and Willa. Sure, her dad warned him to steer clear, but it’s not just about forbidden temptation. He’s determined to prove to Willa he’s not going anywhere—and that happily-ever-after will always be worth the risk.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a wedding so crazy it’ll make you laugh, a stepbrother so hot he’ll make you swoon, and a heroine so real she’ll make you cry.

4/5 Stars

Thank you to Chapter by Chapter and NetGalley for the chance to review this book.

I read the first one so I had the background on the book. It did help things make a little bit more sense in the end. Since this book is part of a series, I felt like there were a few things I was missing because I hadn’t read the other books. It’s just small things, but I think these make more sense when read cohesively. I’m just someone who likes to have the whole picture.

Willa and Finn are pretty cute. It’s a little complicated since their parents are getting married, so that was weird. I’m just not someone who’s ever really liked the whole step sibling romance dynamic. However, this book makes it less weird. There’s no creepy family bonding going on and they both know they aren’t exactly supposed to be together. But sometimes feelings happen and you can’t squash them away.

This was a quick read and pretty cute. Overall, I did like this book. It was well written and the story was sweet.

Tour Date:

February 13-17, 2017
(Please note that tour posts must be up by 08:00 hours EST)

Link to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33863871-weddings-crushes-and-other-dramas

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Indies | Amazon | B&N| Kobo | TBD | iBooks
Link to Tour Schedule:
http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-weddings-crushes-and-other-dramas-creative-hearts-6-willa-finn-2-by-emily-mckay/

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Emily McKay is a life-long fan of books, pop-culture and anything geeky. She has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and baking cookies. When she’s not kicking-ass and scooping cookie dough, she’s watching videos from Screen Junkies (her favorite Youtube channel) or Pemberly Digital or Classic Alice. Okay, she has a Youtube problem! She’s seeking help. Really. Though, she may also have a slight problem with procrastination.

When the internet is down and there are no chocolate chips in the house, she does write books – everything from Harlequin romance novels to post-apocalyptic YA. Though her interests may appear broad, the common denominators are swoony heroes and snarky humor.

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Any Boy but You Book Review

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Any Boy but You (North Pole, Minnesota #1) by Julie Hammerle
Publication Date: February 13, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Elena Chestnut has been chatting with an anonymous boy late into the night. It’s a very You’ve Got Mail situation, and she has no idea who he is. He can’t be Oliver Prince, hot-and-bashful son of the family running the rival sporting goods store. Their fancy sales strategies are driving Elena’s family out of business. Elena’s mystery boy has teamed up with her in their latest sales strategy, an augmented reality game, to help her win the grand-prize plane tickets. Money’s so tight Elena’s going to miss senior year spring break with her friends if she can’t win this game.

The girl Oliver’s fallen head-over-heels for online had better not be Elena Chestnut. She’s his angry, vindictive Latin tutor, the daughter of his dad’s business rival, and the one girl he’d never even think of kissing. She’s definitely not his online crush, because that girl is funny, sweet, and perfect.

When Oliver asks to reveal their names at the Valentine’s Day dance, their IRL relationship will either ruin what they have online, or they’ll discover just how thin the line between love and hate really is.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swearing, snowball fights, and sexual tension that could melt the North Pole. Read at your own risk.

4/5 Stars

Cute YA romance. Apparently an updated version of “You’ve Got Mail.”

I was originally given a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and then I signed up with Chapter  by Chapter to be part of this blog tour.

Elena Chestnut works at her family’s sporting goods store in North Pole, Minnesota. A town full of Christmas. But now Christmas is over, and her family business isn’t doing so well.

Right across the street is her family’s enemy, The Princes. This family also owns a sporting goods store, but the family have been locked in a bitter rivalry for many years since the families had a disagreement and created separate stores. The Princes and Chestnuts once had a shared store, but now the families absolutely detest each other.

Oliver Prince is working on an app for his family’s store which is definitely more successful. His life is all about the computer and video games. He’s not about being social or making friends in a new town. He’d rather be locked up with his games, leaving the socializing to his sister. He is working hard on this app because he wants it to be a hit.

So, I loved this book. I’m from Wisconsin so I know exactly what winter can be like. The only really weird thing is how they say pop. I mean, everyone knows it’s soda. So I had to wrinkle my nose at that the whole time. But this book was cute. It was one of those clean, sweet romances where you go aww the whole time. They even live in a small town with crazy locals and it has a big family vibe. So it’s kind of like Gilmore Girls and Stars Hollow. There is even a Gilmore Girls reference. So, I guess that’s what the author was going for.

I have to admit I did relate to Elena because I can be the same way to people. I can be a bit cold and hard to deal with. I mean, it’s not always. But there are times when that is just a big part of my personality so I didn’t see the problem with her attitude. But she did learn to lighten up eventually and everyone loved her in the end because she becomes nicer and it just works out well for everyone in the end mostly. I don’t want to give anything away, but there is definite character growth with her.

This was a fast and easy read for me. I did see the plot twist coming, and I kind of knew it was all going to work out in the end. These factors didn’t deter me from enjoying the book, but I would say pick this up if you are looking for a clean, fluffy romance to be read within a few hours. There was a good ending, and I do look forward to reading more from this author. I’d love to have a story about Harper! And now that I know the author has writte another book, I’ll have to read that one too.

 

Tour Date:

February 13-24, 2017
(Please note that tour posts must be up by 08:00 hours EST)

Link to Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33863703-any-boy-but-you

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Amazon | Indies | B&N| Kobo | TBD | iBooks
Link to Tour Schedule:
http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-any-boy-but-you-north-pole-minnesota-1-by-julie-hammerle/

Giveaway Information:

 

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Julie Hammerle is the author of The Sound of Us, which will be published by Entangled Teen on June 7, 2016. Before settling down to write “for real,” she studied opera, taught Latin, and held her real estate license for one hot minute. Currently, she writes about TV on her blog Hammervision, ropes people into conversations about Game of Thrones, and makes excuses to avoid the gym. Her favorite YA-centric TV shows include 90210 (original spice), Felicity, and Freaks and Geeks. Her iPod reads like a 1997 Lilith Fair set list.

She lives in Chicago with her husband, two kids, and a dog. They named the dog Indiana.

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History is All You Left Me Book Review

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3/5 Stars

LGBTQIA YA Contemporary

So here we go.

Once again, I had high hopes for Adam Silvera because of how everyone talks him up and says his books are their absolute favorite thing ever. So I was fairly looking forward to reading his new book when it came out, but I ended being really, really underwhelmed. Just like… oh okay. I guess that really was the story and the whole book. Which really sucks because I thought I was going to be so in love with this book and scream my love for it from the rooftops. Yeah, not so much.

This book deals well with the topic of grief. I can’t imagine Silvera could have done a better job having Griffin mourn Theo. It is realistic and believable. I wasn’t like thinking anything bad about the main aspect of the book at all. I liked even better how Silvera has the ability to write the grief in such a way it reminds me of my own loss. He was spot on with the important aspect. Not to mention, I love how he writes books more teens and people should be reading. We need more LGBTQIA perspectives in YA novels and just books in general. Kudos to Silvera for doing it so well. But….

I didn’t like this book a lot. I had a hard time getting through the book because of Griffin. He is just such a toxic character. He makes bad choices and doesn’t care about who he hurts. He wants to feel better about dealing with the loss of his first love so he decides to connect with his dead ex boyfriend’s current boyfriend. What could possibly go wrong at all with the situation? Not to mention the time shifts in the book from the current to the past. This means you’re only getting one part of the story. Obviously something is being left out and it’s going to be important. Silvera always does that with his books. You find out later he purposefully kept out a piece of information meant to blow your mind. Of course, he did it once again with this book. Maybe it’s just his thing, but it’s not one of my favorite literary plot devices.

The secret bit of information you find out left me confused. I didn’t see it coming, and I don’t know how it fit into the story. The whole story was about Griffin and Jackson trying to deal with Theo dying and boom, there’s this other tidbit you find out which shifts the story once again. I kind of lost interest in this book because it was dragging a lot. I just wanted to find out the ending. So I forced myself to push through. I once again just went oh okay to this big plot reveal and kind of read through how it tied it to the rest of the story. So, yeah. I ended up being really underwhelmed. And I don’t know why, but I felt like the depiction of the OCD and mental illness seems a tad inaccurate. I don’t want to say I don’t want to read Silvera ever again because it’s so great to have a voice in books dealing with LGBTQIA characters, but I’m hoping he tries something new with his writing eventually so I don’t keep on getting annoyed at his constant utilization of certain writing tools. This book tackles grief well. I just hated the main character and pretty much everything else. Oops.

Coming Up for Air Book Review

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4/5 stars

YA contemporary

Thank you to Source Books and NetGalley for this arc copy. I’ve loved Miranda and her Hundred Oaks series since I picked up the first two a few years ago. There’s just something about her writing which makes her an author whose works I’ll read no matter what. I slammed down the request button when I saw this book was available, and I screamed with joy when I was approved.

Maggie is a dedicated swimmer who has aspirations to become an Olympic team swimmer. She’s spent a lot of time swimming and never really having much of a life outside of the pool. Her best friend Levi also has similar swimming dreams, but he’s managed to forge a slight life outside of swimming by hooking up with random girls at swim meets. When Maggie realizes she’s missed out on hooking up, she asks Levi to provide with her lessons. I mean, potentially hooking up with your best friend couldn’t possibly end badly, right?!

I liked how this book deals with teen sexuality realistically. Teens are having sex, and they shouldn’t be shamed. They should be given proper sex education and tools for safe sex. This book deals with the topic really well. I wish there’d been more books like this when I was a teenager because I didn’t really learn how to be comfortable and unashamed about my own sexual experiences until I was older.

This was an adorable story, and I love seeing when other characters pop up in the books. Miranda will definitely remain one of my favorite authors for contemporary YA books as long as she writes them. Also, major kudos for the references to Harry Potter and The Raven Boys! Anyone looking for a book to kick your butt back into reading, look no further than a Miranda Keneally book.

Falling for the Player Book Review

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4/5 stars

New Adult Novel

Contains mature sexual content

I knew I needed this book as soon as I saw the cover. Also the one guy played for the Packers, and I’m from Wisconsin so I really loved that little tidbit!

Patrick and Max share a steamy encounter while still in college. Fast forward to a few years later and their paths cross again. Their first encounter has left a distinct impression on both men, and the pair is slated to collide once again with the type of chemistry they share.

Things I liked about this book: I liked how the story was about gay men. I feel like I don’t read enough books about same sex couples. Maybe I just don’t seek them out often enough, but it was refreshing to find some diversity in the types of characters written about. The bedroom scenes were very hot. This is one of those reads you raise your eyebrows at in a good way. That being said, definitely not a read for younger audiences. Patrick and Max also have cute nicknames for each other. There was also no stereotypes about gay men in this book. I also loved how Max was able to eventually have an open conversation about his sexuality with his father, and how his father was going to work harder at trying to accept his son. The world needs more tolerance, and I wanted to cry in the best way possible at how Max and his dad had such a tough but important talk about who Max really is.

Things I didn’t like: I thought there was sometimes too much of an emphasis about Max being so rich and Patrick being a mechanic. I know this is an issue, but I felt like they tend to dwell on the issue way too much. Every other thought was like oh Max is rich and I’m a grease monkey. I got it the first few times. I don’t need it shoved down my throat. The only other issue I had was the Packers weren’t mentioned more.

Overall, this was a great read. If you’re looking for a book that’s got a lot of sexy time mixed with some cute romance between some extremely hot men, you need this book in your life immediately.

Quick Update on Reading

I’ve been a little negligent of my blog, but I am trying to get better. I just want to run a few updates about my reading and plans for the next month or so.

Currently I’m reading Beyond Reach by Karin Slaughter and Falling for the Player by Jessica Lee. I seem to be in the mood for thrillers and NA novels lately. I’ve been reading a lot of fairly good NA books from NetGalley. So if you’re looking for some interesting reads, maybe see if you’d be into the books I’m currently reading.

The only other reading plans I have are two buddy reads with Amber. We will be reading History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, and then in February, we are going to be reading Little Women. We have a google doc to plan out the rest of our reads so stay tuned for what we may be reading for the rest of the year coming soon.

I have also ordered about twenty books from Amazon so I’m on a book buying ban. The only book I still want to buy is Midnight Star by Marie Lu. So I’ve got plenty of my own books to read, and I’m trying to dwindle down my Goodreads tbr as well.

I also have a small pile of library books to work on as well. I’m planning on posting a review about Falling for the Player once I’ve finished it.