ARC, contemporary, Four Star Book, review, Romance, ya

💔 Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak ARC Review 💔

💔 Title: Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak
💔 Author: Adi Alsaid
💔 Publisher: Inkyard Press
💔 Publish Date: April 30, 2019
💔 Book Form: E-ARC
💔Pages: 384
💔Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
💔 Dates Read: Mar 3 – Mar 7
💔Rating: 💔💔💔💔

Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The summer after senior year is not going as eighteen-year-old Lu Charles expected: after her longtime boyfriend unexpectedly breaks up with her, Lu can’t write a single word, despite the fact that her college scholarship is tied to her columnist job at hip online magazine Misnomer. Then, she meets Cal.

Cal’s ever-practical girlfriend Iris is looking ahead to her first year of college, and her plans do not include a long-distance boyfriend. When Lu learns that Cal and Iris have planned to end their relationship at the end of the summer, she becomes fascinated and decides to chronicle the last months the couple will spend together.

The closer she gets to the couple, the more she likes them, and the more she wants to write about them. The summer unfurls, and Lu discovers what it really means to be in love. On the page, or off it. The book is touching exploration of love and how it shapes us both during a relationship and after it has ended.

– Goodreads

This is the first book by Adi Alsaid, but I know it will not be my last. I was instantly pulled into Lu’s story and couldn’t wait to see what happened.

In the beginning, and throughout the whole book, really, I wanted this weird relationship with Lu and the couple she eavesdropped on – Cal and Iris. I wanted Lu and Iris to become bffs. They seemed to instantly click and they jsut had a nice flow to their friendship. However, Lu met Cal before she met Iris. He sat beside her on a bench where they talked in fake French accents and helped French tourists find their way. They seemed to have instant chemistry and I really wanted Cal to be the one to mend Lu’s heart.

For a while, this weird situation seemed to work. Lu started hanging out with Cal and Iris together, then separate. When she and Cal were together, it seemed like a romantic connection. When Lu and Iris were together, they seemed like they had been friends forever.
Lu had a best friend before all this went down – Pete. He might have been my favorite. He was asexual and Lu described him as her wise old uncle, which he thought was pretty fitting. He was funny and smart and gave the best advice.

Lu was eavesdropping on Cal and Iris because she writes a love column. Since her boyfriend broke up with her, she had writer’s block. She was listening to what she thought was their breakup for inspiration. This is really the central plot of the book – Lu working through her heartbreak so she can write again. Besides, her whole future lies in this column. She has to keep it to get her scholarship to go to NYU for journalism.

Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak was such a quick, fun read. It made me laugh out loud at times. It also took me back to my past days of high school romance when a break up was totally the end of the world.

I would recommend this book if you like YA romance contemporaries – but the ending will surprise you! I want to say more thoughts about the ending, but I’m scared it’s spoilery so I will refrain.

Have you read Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, Four Star Book, review, thriller

The Wives Review!

  • Title: The Wives
  • Author: Tarryn Fisher
  • Publisher: Graydon House
  • Publish Date: Dec 30, 2019
  • Pages: 256
  • Book Form: E-Book
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Dates Read: Jan 17 – Jan 31
  • Rating: ★★★★

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Thursday’s husband, Seth, has two other wives. She’s never met them, and she doesn’t know anything about them. She agreed to this unusual arrangement because she’s so crazy about him.
But one day, she finds something. Something that tells a very different—and horrifying—story about the man she married.
What follows is one of the most twisted, shocking thrillers you’ll ever read.

– Goodreads

Please don’t let my dates read throw you off from this book. I promise that was ALL ME! I saw this was a book about a polygamist couple and I was SOLD! I loved tv shows about polygamy. However, I started this when my reading slump started. I wanted to read this so bad, I just couldn’t get into it. I don’t know why. I finally picked it back up toward the end of the month and I am so glad I did.

This novel hit me like a semi-truck. I didn’t see any of it coming! First you think Thursday is getting the help she needs, then she gets different help, then she gets betrayed, then it gets crazy! This was my first Tarryn Fisher book, but I know it will not be my last.

The actions of Thursday gave me whiplash in the best way. I was rooting for her. I was wary of her. I was scared of her? So many emotions. And I loved them all. She was such a complex, interesting character. And she was a nurse, so I immediately liked her. Guess it doesn’t take much, does it?

Monday and Tuesday, the other wives, weren’t as interesting as Thursday, but I was ok with that. You learned more about them throughout the novel. I wanted to know more about Seth’s relationship with both of them and I loved learning through Thursday’s eyes.

Seth. Where do I start with Seth. Was he a loving husband? Was he a murderer? You don’t really know until the end. I kept going back and forth and just couldn’t figure him out.

Like I said, the twists and turns in this were amazing. I didn’t see the ending coming but I LOVED IT! I was rooting for Thursday the whole way through and was very happy with her ending.

If you love unreliable narrators, twists and turns and whiplash, this book is for you!

Have you read The Wives? What did you think? What is your favorite Tarryn Fisher book? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

contemporary, fantasy, Four Star Book, retelling, ya

The Afterlife of Holly Chase Review

On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways.
She didn’t.
And then she died.
Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge–as the latest Ghost of Christmas Past.
Every year, they save another miserly grouch. Every year, Holly stays frozen at seventeen while her family and friends go on living without her. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable.
But this year, everything is about to change…

– Goodreads

This was the perfect holiday read. I was so glad it won the discussion poll over at Book Battle! I was a little hesitant at first. I’ve never read an A Christmas Carol retelling, and I wasn’t sure how it would work. Cynthia Hand did an amazing job of keeping the spirit and key elements in the original story and mixing them with a little fantasy! Honestly, this is something I will probably reread every holiday season.

So we start with Holly. She isn’t a good person. But what does that matter? The three ghosts visit her on Christmas Eve. She thinks it’s a crazy dream or a prank. The next day, she’s dead. Now 5 years have passed and she works for Project Scrooge. They are the ones who pick the hero each year. The ghosts come to them and try to get them to change for the better. This year the Hero is young – like Holly’s age. He’s cute. Is he really that bad?

Holly develops feelings for Ethan, which is totally against all the rules. She just can’t help it. She has to be near him. But falling for Ethan also opens up wounds of her own. Will she be able to keep changing for the better?

I read this book in just over a day. It was so enthralling and fun. I loved the forbidden romance. I also loved how Holly kept growing and changing. I don’t want to give away the ending – it was good! But I just wanted something… different. But I see why Cynthia ended it that way!

If you haven’t read The Afterlife of Holly Chase, you need to put it on your TBR for this holiday season! It’s already on mine again.

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, Four Star Book, Romance

Reputation Review!

  • Title: Reputation
  • Author: Dr. Rebecca Sharp
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: July 27, 2018
  • Book Form: E-Book
  • Pages: 362
  • Genre: Romance, Contemporary
  • Dates Read: Dec 20, 2019 – Dec 21, 2019
  • Rating: ★★★★

Small-town girl. America’s Sweetheart.
The biggest popstar in the world.
It began with one guy and then the next.
Until my reputation preceded me.
Yes, I dated them – all of them.
Yes, I also broke up with them.. All of them.
Was it too much? The world said yes. Too many, too quickly.
And my star began to flicker.
The world knew nothing about my life and yet, their judgement weighed on me like stone.
My reputation was falling faster than a shooting star and the only way to save it was with the boy who never wanted me.

– Goodreads

Reputation was recommended to me by my friend Jayce. She raves about Dr. Rebecca Sharp. I saw this was based on Taylor Swift’s reputation era, and I was all in. I love Taylor. This book, I think, did her justice. It was fiction, of course, but I feel like Blake was just the right mix of Taylor and a made up pop star.

Throughout the book lyrics were woven in. They were amazing! I think Dr. Sharp has a future in songwriting, too! I loved how they were at the beginning of the chapters, then woven in seamlessly.

I loved the romance between Blake and Zach. You see moments of their past and present. I loved seeing the past and how they grew together. The relationship between Blake and Taylor, her best friend, was so cute! It reminded me of me and my best friends. Blake also has a protective brother, Ash, who is best friends with Zach, so you know that causes some issues in their love story!

This was a fun romance with an HEA. I recommend to anyone who loves a light-hearted romance or Taylor Swift!

Have you read Reputation? What’s your favorite Dr. Rebecca Sharp book? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

adult, contemporary, Erotica, Four Star Book, Romance

Dr. Dan Review

  • Title: Dr. Dan
  • Author: K. Webster
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Publish Date: Sept 26, 2019
  • Book Form: Ebook
  • Pages: 251
  • Genre: Romance, adult, Erotica, Doctor
  • Dates Read: Dec 26 – Dec 28, 2019
  • Rating: ★★★★

Lauren will do anything besides face reality.
Her truth won’t set her free because it’s too busy hunting her.
It chases her into the ER more often than she can count.

Dr. Venable is hellbent on finding answers for his most frequent hospital visitor.
Even when his stunningly beautiful patient is difficult and resistant.
He’ll uncover her pain because he wants nothing more than to heal the sassy young woman.

Long nights.
Rising temperatures.
Feverish needs.
They spend more time than ethical on their quest for answers.
His position. Her age. Nothing will keep them apart.
Not until they get what they came for.

Love may not be a cure, but they’re going to test it anyway.vel! Blurb and cover coming soon!

– Goodreads

Oooooo-weeee. This was my first Taboo Treat. I picked this one because K. Webster had been recommended to me by my friend, Jayce. I saw this one on kindle unlimited, noticed there was a doctor in it and BAM! I got it and immediately started reading. Little did I know, this is actually the last of the Taboo Treats series. Luckily, they can all be read as stand-alones, but you get nifty little cameos from characters in the other books!

Another thing I thought of after learning this tid bit, was man. These people all live in the same town – this is one freaky place! haha, I kid. But it did make me giggle.

Now, on to the book review! I loved this book. It was a quick, steamy read. Dr. Venable – or Dr. Dan as Lauren calls him – keeps having Lauren come into the ER. She’ll get patched up and leave without a complete work up. Dr. Dan is concerned – but mostly cause he thinks Lauren is super attractive. Never mind the fact that she is 18 and he is in his 30s. There’s part of the taboo! Also, doctor-patient relationships of the physical kind are very frowned upon. But who hasn’t fantasized about a hot doctor they had?

So Dr. Dan tracks Lauren down. She finds reasons to go to the ER. Things progress and get physical. Then emotional. He loves her sass and she loves his body and the way he treats her.

Of course, this book has a HEA. You find out why Lauren keeps going to the ER. The ending was super sweet. I usually give romances a 3 star because they’re usually just -eh. Another romance. This was not the case. Dr. Dan got a whole 4 stars from me.

This was a great first endeavor into K. Webster’s world and I can’t wait to jump back in!

Have you read Dr. Dan or any of K. Webster’s other works? What would you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time…

ARC, Four Star Book, thriller, ya

Day Zero ARC Review!

  • Title: Day Zero
  • Author: Kelly Devos
  • Publisher: Inkyard Press
  • Publish Date: November 12, 2019
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 432
  • Genre: YA, Thriller, Doomsday
  • Dates Read: Nov 19 – Nov 23
  • Rating: ★★★★

Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

If you’re going through hell…keep going.

Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.

But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?

– Goodreads

Four stars for this doomsday YA adventure!

Jinx is trying to navigate life with her mom’s new husband and her new step siblings. Most important though, she’s just trying to get her guild to defeat the newest raid. This is when I knew I loved Jinx. She reminded me of me in highschool. My only thoughts were about playing WoW and I wanted to be the best! Raiding was my favorite time of the week.

The day of the raid, disaster strikes. Five of the biggest banks get blown up and her dad And stepdad are to blame. Thankfully her dad was a doomsday prepper, so she knows how to survive.

Jinx was my favorite character. Her emotions and reactions just seemed so real. Plus, she’s a female raid leader, so major points in my book. She takes care of her baby brother, who is a type 1 diabetic. It was nice to see that rep too! All of the supporting characters were great, too. I loved the relationship between Jinx and her stepsister, MacKenna.

The action was great. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen. Despite the 432 pages, I got through this book pretty quickly.

I would definitely recommend. I haven’t read a ya book like this one before! It was a unique concept that had great execution. Can’t wait for book #2!

Until next time…

ARC, fantasy, Four Star Book, mystery, ya

Songs from the Deep ARC Review

  • Title: Songs from the Deep
  • Author: Kelly Powell
  • Publisher: Margaret K. Elderry Books
  • Publish Date: November 5, 2019
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 320
  • Genre: YA, Fantasy, Mystery
  • Dates Read: Nov 16 – Nov 19
  • Rating: ★★★★

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

A girl searches for a killer on an island where deadly sirens lurk just beneath the waves in this gripping, atmospheric debut novel.

The sea holds many secrets.

Moira Alexander has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Certain that someone has framed the boy’s death as a siren attack, Moira convinces her childhood friend, the lighthouse keeper Jude Osric, to help her find the real killer, rekindling their friendship in the process. With townspeople itching to hunt the sirens down, and their own secrets threatening to unravel their fragile new alliance, Moira and Jude must race against time to stop the killer before it’s too late—for humans and sirens alike.

– Goodreads

“Twillengyle is a place to be embraced with one arm, with a dagger ready in the other hand.”

What an atmospheric, beautifully detailed novel. Twillengyle is dark, gloomy, cold. It is the perfect backdrop to the events in a novel. A small boy is dead. Sirens are to blame. They have one champion, Moira, who knows the sirens couldn’t have done it. Will she be enough to bring them justice?

Very, very seldom do I see images in my mind as I read. Usually I’m just reading the words. The characters have voices, sure, but no faces. Nothing that makes them stick out. I could never do fan art. However, as I was reading I saw a movie playing in my mind. I could probably fan cast it. This is SO unusual for me, but I loved it!

The mystery was intriguing. I didn’t guess who did it. The ending was so shocking! All the events leading up had my guessing. My guesses were all wrong, of course.
In addition to the mystery, there was also a love interest! It was a will-they-won’t-they, which is honestly my favorite kind. I love to see the back and forth!

I would recommend this to anyone who loves mysteries or crime books. It sucks you in and you won’t want to put it down!

Until next time…

adult, ARC, Four Star Book, thriller

The Kill Club BLOG TOUR!

  • Title: The Kill Club
  • Author: Wendy Heard
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publish Date: December 17, 2019
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 368
  • Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Psychological
  • Dates Read: Dec 4 – Dec 8
  • Rating: ★★★★

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

A haunting thriller about a woman who attempts to save her brother’s life by making a dangerous pact with a network of vigilantes who’ve been hunting down the predators of Los Angeles.

Jazz can’t let her younger brother die.

Their foster mother Carol has always been fanatical, but with Jazz grown up and out of the house, Carol takes a dangerous turn that threatens thirteen-year-old Joaquin’s life. Over and over, child services fails to intervene, and Joaquin is running out of time.

Then Jazz gets a blocked call from someone offering a solution. There are others like her, people the law has failed. They’ve formed an underground network of “helpers,” each agreeing to murder the abuser of another. They’re taking back their power and leaving a trail of bodies throughout Los Angeles—dubbed the Blackbird Killings. If Jazz joins them, they’ll take care of Carol for good.

All she has to do is kill a stranger.

Jazz soon learns there’s more to fear than getting caught carrying out her assignment. The leader of the club has a zero tolerance policy for mistakes.

And the punishment for disobeying orders is death.

Yall, Harlequin Trade has some GREAT thrillers coming out this winter! I’ve been in a thriller mood and these have not disappointed!

This twisty murder-for-hire had a unique take that I loved. Let’s say you need to be rid of someone. Easy. This secret group contacts you, offers to take them out while you have a rock solid alibi. The only thing you have to do is take someone out for someone else.

Jazz is willing to risk this to save her brother from the evil foster mom. Her journey takes her through so many twists and turns, in the end I didn’t know who I was rooting for.

The characters were all very believable. From Jazz, who had some legal issues but will do anything to save her brother. To her kid brother, Joaquin, who is a Type 1 Diabetic. To Carol, the crazy, snake-charming-religion-following foster mom who isn’t doing what’s best for Joaquin. I felt like I had met all of these people before in my life. The actions, words and feelings seemed to jump right off the page to play a movie in my mind.

The story was fast paced. I didn’t want to put it down. I had to know what would happen. Would she save her brother? Would she get the girl? Would the secret program find her and kill her?

This is a must read for ever thriller lover! I’ve already recommended it to my friends! It will be a perfect Christmas gift!

Wendy Heard, author of Hunting Annabelle, was born in San Francisco and has lived most of her life in Los Angeles. When not writing, she can be found hiking the Griffith Park trails, taking the Metro and then questioning this decision, and haunting local bookstores.

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Special thanks to Harlequin Trade for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour! I am so grateful for the opportunity. Look for my next stop on the blog tour featuring Good Girls Lie on December 23!

Happy Holidays! Until next time…

adult, ARC, Four Star Book

The Coincidence Makers ARC Review

  • Title: The Coincidence Makers
  • Author: Meradeth Houston
  • Publisher: Bleeding Ink Publishing
  • Publish Date: November 19, 2019
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 308
  • Dates Read: Nov 10 – Nov 13
  • Rating: ★★★★

As far as Ami’s concerned, invisibility is good for three things: bank vaults, men’s locker rooms, and saving the world.

For Ami and her partner, Luke, becoming invisible is part of their job. Their mysterious employer assigns them to make “coincidences” happen, from reuniting long lost lovers to toppling empires. For their next job, they must stop a bio-terrorism attack on San Francisco. To pull it off, they’ll have to break into illegal labs and federal buildings that make bank vaults seem easy.

Working side by side to arrange the coincidence, Ami hopes for a chance to finally push their relationship past the friend-zone. Her telepathic link with Luke has made it hard to keep her feelings secret for so many years. But just when things start to heat up between them, they accidentally alert the FBI to their existence. Now agents are chasing them down hilly streets and invading their homes in the middle of the night.

With three days until the attack, Ami and Luke must escape their FBI tail while keeping their own emotions from getting in the way. That’s not an easy task when their telepathy goes on the fritz and their only lead for who’s behind the plague just might be the one who releases it. With millions of lives hanging in the balance, they’re going to need more than a coincidence to pull it all off.

– Goodreads

Thank you to Netgalley and Bleeding Ink Publishing for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own.

Four stars for this action-packed story that was way out of my comfort zone!

Imagine that coincidences weren’t coincidences. You didn’t just happen to get your dream job or meet your soul mate on the train. There are invisible people working behind the scenes to make this happen. What if they also did even crazier things – like save the world?

That’s what Ami and Luke have been tasked to do. They are used to little coincidences, nothing like this. I quickly fell in love with them and their will-they-won’t-they love story. I love friends to lovers, and this did not disappoint!

The Coincidence Makers had me guessing from the get-go. I didn’t know who was good or bad. There were a ton of twists and turns. The action scenes were written wonderfully and had my heart racing. I didn’t want to put this book down because I had to know what happened next.

The only thing that kept me from a 5 star rating was the ending. I felt like the book could have ended at 80% and then the sequel could begin from there. I liked staying in their world longer, but it felt a little long-winded. However, Meradeth has confirmed there is a sequel in the works so I can’t wait to jump back into Ami and Luke’s story!

I know I will be forever rethinking coincidences.

Until next time….

ARC, fantasy, Four Star Book, ya

The Guinevere Deception ARC Review

  • Title: The Guinevere Deception
  • Author: Kiersten White
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publish Date: November 5, 2019
  • Book Form: E-ARC
  • Pages: 352
  • Genre: Fantasy, YA, Retelling
  • Date Read: Oct 31 – Nov 10
  • Rating: ★★★.5

From New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White comes a new fantasy series reimagining the Arthurian legend, set in the magical world of Camelot.

There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl.

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom’s borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution–send in Guinevere to be Arthur’s wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king’s idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere’s real name–and her true identity–is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot.

To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old–including Arthur’s own family–demand things continue as they have been, and the new–those drawn by the dream of Camelot–fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur’s knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free.

Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback through the dark woods toward Arthur. Because when your whole existence is a lie, how can you trust even yourself?

-Goodreads

Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This was the first King Arthur retelling I’ve read, and I enjoyed it. I don’t know why it took me so.long. to read this. 10 days! Parts were a little slow, but not slow enough to take me 10 days to read. I don’t know what was going on.

This was an interesting story. Guinevere was sent to Camelot to marry Arthur and protect him at all costs. She knew that was her goal, and that’s what she was going to do. She took some risks to protect him. Some worked, some didn’t. She was strong and level-headed. I loved her!

The supporting characters were also great! I loved her maid-turned-friend and also Arthur’s cousin. At points Arthur was a little flat for me.

Some of the writing seemed almost childish. That could have just been me though. From the start, I read Guinevere’s voice in a childish manner. Very simple speech, almost? I’m not sure exactly how to describe it. I loved her actions, her dialogue not so much.

This was book 1 of the Camelot Rising Trilogy and I can’t wait to read book two! I would recommend this to anyone who loves King Arthur or just a good ole YA Fantasy!

Until next time..