Posts Tagged: Romance

[ARC Review] Wallflower Gone Wild by Maya Rodale

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26 March
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First, let me say that I absolutely loved the first book, The Wicked Wallflower. I am a sucker for shy wallflowers and the irresistible rakes that fall for them. I don’t know why I really really liked Wallflower Gone Wild, but I didn’t love it. This book is about Oliva, the least likely to misbehave. All her life Oliva has been told that is she stands up straighter, goes to all the right parties, makes polite conversation, and pretty much follows all the rules her overbearing mother sets, then the men will line up to marry such a well behaved… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Book of Maggie Bradstreet by Gretchen Gibbs

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25 March
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The Book of Maggie Bradstreet screams ‘Young Adult fiction’ – and that is not a compliment. The book is written from an interesting and new perspective on the retelling of the Salem (and surrounding area) witch trials in the 1690s by constructing the tale in a series of personal diary entries. The diary’s author, young Maggie Bradstreet, is the daughter of a well to do and influential family in the community of Andover, who comes face to face with the horrors of witch hysteria when suspicion and fear overrun town order. At first, Maggie recapitulates the first incidents of arrests… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose

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14 March
[ARC Review] The Collector of Dying Breaths by M.J. Rose

The concept of The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel Of Suspense excited me tremendously, so much that I joined NetGalley for the sole purpose of obtaining an arc. A Florentine perfumer recruited to anoint women with beautiful scents and to poison troublesome courtiers by the infamous Catherine de Medici, who is also obsessed with the alchemical potential to bring loved ones back to life by capturing their dying breaths? Sign me up! However, I had not signed up for the awkward modern half of the book which was laden with babble of reincarnation, past lives, failed romance, and half hearted… Read more »

[ARC Review] Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

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11 March
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It’s official, after finishing Better Off Friends I am now an Elizabeth Eulberg fangirl. I want to shout from the rooftops and gush to anybody that comes near me how good this book is. The best way to describe Better Off Friends is that it is like a teen version of When Harry Met Sally. The book starts when the main characters are just kids in middle school. Macallan’s mom has recently passed away and Levi is the new kid in school and both of them are in need of someone to lean on. The book follows them through middle… Read more »

[Review] Not A Drop To Drink

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10 March
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It took three attempts to make it through this book. Not because this book is bad, by any means, but it’s a gritty, realistic survivalist story and sometimes that leads to slow plodding chapters full of hunting and gathering. The two attempts I had at reading this before found me setting it down for something with a more clipped pace.  As they say, third time’s a charm, and I’m glad I followed through to the finish. Set in a dystopian world where water is a precious commodity, the story follows a young girl named Lynn as she and her mother… Read more »

[Arc Review] Sekret

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03 March
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Set in 1960’s Space Race, Cold War, Communist Russia, this book follows a young girl with psychic powers as she rebels against the destiny the government has set forth for her. Yulia can read minds and events through touch. It doesn’t matter whether she’s touching an inanimate object or a person, she can glean information from any source. This power only surfaces after her family goes into hiding and her father leaves. Eventually, the KGB (the main security agency in Russia) finds her and takes her in. She is forced to live in a school with other psychics in order… Read more »

[Arc Review] Salvage

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01 March
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I’m not sure what drew me to this book, but I’m glad that I took a chance on it. It ended up being completely different from most of the space-faring adventures I have picked up in the past. This made it unique and appealing to someone like me, who only tends to read action packed science fiction with no-nonsense heroines who kick ass. Ava is a teenage girl who has never been off her small deep space merchant ship, the Parastrata. In fact, her culture doesn’t let women off the ship very much at all. Only those who are high… Read more »

[ARC Review] Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

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19 February
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I am starting to think that 2014 is going to be year of contemporary romance for me.  I seem to be gravitating to the aspect that they feel so real.  It is easy to escape into the lives of people who feel like they could be your friends or neighbors and think that “yeah I’ve been there too.”  When I saw the premise for the latest YA contemporary I read, I was hooked.  Bright Before Sunrise is about a popular rich girl and the new boy in school that moved from the poor side of town.  This book is also… Read more »

[ARC Review] Must Love Dukes by Elizabeth Michaels

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06 February
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This book was short and sweet, therefore my review will also be short. Must Love Dukes had everything I look for in good historical romance, or just in romance period. It had a steamy love affair, witty banter, and above all else, it had a very romantic and happy ending. I don’t read historical romance novels for historical accuracy. I read them, like so many of the other books I read, to escape. In Must Love Dukes, Lily follows a strange man into a tavern, gets drunk with him, and follows him home to his bed. In the morning she… Read more »

[Arc Review] Panic by Lauren Oliver

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04 February
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I want to like Lauren Oliver’s books, I honestly do. They all have really interesting premises and colorful characters. Yet, somewhere between point a and point b, the ball gets dropped and I never end up enjoying the books as much as the summary would make me believe. Panic is no different. Though I wasn’t as disappointed with this one as I was with Delirium. Where Delirium was romance driven, this book mainly focuses on Heather and her attempt to carve out a place for herself in the universe. Even the chapters with Dodge –  while a nice break from Heather’s… Read more »