The Similars by Rebecca Hanover review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver’s face.

Review

This is a great YA, science fiction novel. This novel was unique in concept. The plot to it was vastly different form anything I’ve ever read and i really enjoyed such a refreshing book in such an over saturated market. The twists and turns in this novel still have me reeling. And what an ending!!! I mean wow, very well done.

I am absolutely in love with this authors writing. I could not put this book done. It was a definite one click read for me. The character development was well done an each one contributes to the growth of the story. You really see Emma trying to figure out who she is and growing to be someone stronger.

I was pleasantly pleased with the world building as well. You can tell the author really took time and dedication into making this story something that stands out and will have you wanting more. Overall, I give this book 5 stars! I can’t wait to see whats next!!

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: January 1st 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
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The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them – three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake.

Hypnotic and compulsive, The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.

Review

For such an evasively written novel, this book was fairly intriguing. I became interested in this book when I saw it was compared to The Handmaids Tale meets The Virgin Suicides.

As mentioned before the plot was rather evasive in letting you know anything direct but that’s what makes this story work so well. This novel raises many tensions as you question what is really going on physically  and psychologically.

The shades of gray vs the black and white, clear cut ending did leave me wanting more and some things answered, however in a good way. This is a hard thing o pull off in books and I felt the author did a tremendous job of balancing it all in a poetic way.

The plot itself was captivating and kept me reading on searching for answers, I already knew I wouldn’t most likely get. i felt that each character benefited the story and worked well to keep it moving along for a one click read. 4 stars from me.

I received an arc of this book courtesy of NetGalley and Hamish Hamilton in exchange for an honest review.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: May 31st 2018 by Hamish Hamilton

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay review

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Synopsis

The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.

In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer’s skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker.

Review
First off I absolutely love the cover so two thumbs way, way up for that! In this perilous situation set in Paris, you get to see a family fight to survive the impending rain, and trying to over come the father family having a stroke as he is hospitalized. This story is mostly told through the eyes of the family as they watch life happen around them and you see how they do .don;t adjust accordingly. There really wasn’t much action to the book per-say, as it was more character driven. This book envelops many layers of the family, and slowly you see each one pulled back as long kept secrets come to light as well as many buried emotions. This was a wonderful afternoon read and i immensely enjoyed it! 3.5 stars!
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for sending me this electronic copy in exchange for an honest review. #TheRainWatcher #NetGalley
Hardcover, 240 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018 by St. Martin’s Press

Where the Sea Takes Me (Sea #2) by Heidi R. Kling review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

For Sienna Jones, the last two years have felt like two lifetimes.

Now, she’s finally starting to move on, diving headfirst into humanitarian missions with Team Hope, schoolwork, and maybe sort of even love.

Things are looking up.

But then he arrives on her doorstep, the boy she left behind, and the sight of him shakes Sienna to the core.

Sparks fly. It’s like no time has passed since she left him on the beach two years ago. Now she’s torn between the new life she’s fought so hard to build, and the possibility of one she thought she’d never have.

When they’re both invited to join Team Hope on a mission in Cambodia, they jump at the chance to help. But when they lose their group and maybe each other, Sienna’s forced to make an impossible choice… and say goodbye to someone she loves one last time.

Review

Ahhh! Be still my beating heart. This book truly touches your soul. As per usual i accidentally stumble into the middle of a series or in this case the second book before reading book 1. However, with this this book I didn’t feel that you had to read book 1 for this to make sense but I highly encourage as I went back and read it and it really deepened my love for this set of books.

The plot to this book was well written and I feel like the writer really did their research before hand. It gives you a more immersive experience into charities, how they work and the ups and downs of them. Seeing it from the perspective of the main character was quite nice. It feels like a peek behind the curtain of living that kind of life.

The romance in this book will make you swoon..especially if you read book one. You truly see two characters grown and open up and look at their inside self to decide what is or isn’t best. The ending was absolutely perfect for this novel and gets 5 stars from me!

Thank you NetGalley and Entangled: Teen for a copy of this e-Arc in exchange for my honest review!

Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 2nd 2018 by Entangled: Teen

 

Going Down in Flames (Going Down in Flames #1) by Chris Cannon review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

Bryn is back for her senior year at the Institute for Excellence, also known as shape-shifting dragon school. She isn’t sure which is scarier, the life-force sucking dragons stalking campus or the fact that she’s officially betrothed to Jaxon, a guy who will never love her. Not that she could ever love him, either… That’s just ridiculous.

Senior year should be fun. Her parents are alive, she’s finally fitting in, and she’s learning how to be a Medic. But what’s with Jaxon giving her strange looks? He runs hot and cold, and he doesn’t even have the excuse of being a hybrid fire-and-ice-breathing dragon like her. One minute they’re having a great time and the next, she wants to blast a fireball at his head. The marriage contract of doom looms over them–unless this match not made in heaven kindles a flame…

Review

This is the fifth book and last book in this series. I happened to have the pleasure of reading books 1 & 2 before hand.. I do suggest not skipping books as you will miss a lot. That being said here’s my thoughts on this amazing series…….

I really loved this fifth installment! I was super impressed at how well this book was written. normally with series you feel that books should have ended a long time ago and the author is just dragging things out. however this is not the case with this series. Each book has only gotten better and better and now my heart is aching to see it end. I really need to go back and read books 2 & 3 like yesterday, as this is my favorite dragon shifter series. i really feel like in this novel Bryn has finally grown into who she is supposed to be and has accepted herself as who she is finally.

As far as world building goes, I can assure you that the author does a fantastic job of it and never disappoints. This book truly shows how much the author has grown this series into something amazing and you can see just how far the writing has come.

Overall I think this book should get 5 stars and that it shouldn’t end, as i want to see more so maybeeeeeee the author could rite us some small novellas….*wink wink*

I received this free e-ARC novel from NetGalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

ebook, 405 pages
Expected publication: June 4th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Teen)

The Captured Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #3) by Michelle Griep review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

A War-Torn Countryside Is No Place for a Lady 
Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.  Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.   Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

******** also in this series*********

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (coming August 2018)?
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (coming October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (coming December 2018)

Review

This novel captivated my heart and soul! This is the second book in this series that I have read. It is not necessary to read the other before but I do highly suggest it as each book will bring so much joy into your life. This novel pulled me in from the first chapter, and from there on out I one clicked this book. The glimpses into the history setting to this book was quite unique and you can tell the research for this book has been done thoroughly. There were multiple twists in this novel and I want sure where some of the story would go, but I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. There was so much heart put into the writing and I loved every word of it!5 stars from me.

I received an e-copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley, all opinions here within are my own.

Paperback, 256 pages
Expected publication: June 1st 2018 by Barbour Books

Ruthless Magic (Conspiracy of Magic #1) by Megan Crewe review

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Synopsis (as taken from GoodReads)

In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die… or kill.

Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages’ Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents’ low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?

Review

I can not stop talking about this book! When I heard that it was Harry Potter meets Hunger Games, I was instantly sold! Not to mention that hella eye grabbing cover! It’s super pretty! I loved the dual perspectives in this book as it really does make their world that much more vivid. The plot was well paced and made this a one click read for me. Megan distributed so much magic and action throughout the whole book that i didn’t know where the story was going to go. I’m looking forward to more in this series and I full expect this to quickly be a high ranking book. The writing was absolutely brilliant and made this a 5 star book!

  • Series: Conspiracy of Magic (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Another World Press (May 3, 2018)

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