And Then You by Amanda Richardson book review

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Synopsis

At age twenty-five, Evianna Halle has a master’s degree and a broken heart. In an effort to move forward, she accepts a job as a live-in nanny for Nicholas Wilder, a recent widower with a young daughter. But when she meets Nick, her young and kind-hearted employer, she realizes that maybe the universe brought them together at just the right time for a reason, even if it’s unconventional. Day by day, they learn to heal as one. Nick and Evi discover that perhaps friendship (and eventually love) can overcome heartbreak of the worst kind, even if that means abandoning the life they thought they’d live and embracing a new, unknown future. And Then You is an emotional contemporary romance about unexpected love—and finding your way again when you thought everything good in your life was gone forever.

Review

I am such a fan of Amanda’s work. She is nothing short of magical. This is the third book I’ve read by her and i still continue to be blown away by her beautiful writing. This novel yet again pulled me in and I ended up reading this book in one sitting. It is such a simple and sweet contemporary read that you will cry, swoon, and smile throughout the whole novel. Amanda writes such a beautiful story as each heart felt emotion drips from her pen to the paper before you. This story has one of the most heart wrenching prologue’s I have ever read, so fair warning. (You will need a box of Kleenex.) Nick has me completely as I am head over heels for his character. He does such sweet things for Evi. (plus i should note he had me at quoting Jane Austen.) Also My my heart just swells for his little girl. I mean she is absolutely adorable. I absolutely adored Nick’s pov snippets as it really showed more of him and who he was as a person. I can not wait for Amanda’s next book installment as each one is so raw and utterly beautiful! This book is for anyone that needs a good emotional read or just to see what a second chance of love is like. 5 stars from me! Thank you Amanda for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review!

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Dark Dreams and Dead Things

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This is book two in the Dead Things series. Let me tell ya what, this book is even better than book one!!!! In this sequel we follow the original band of characters plus some new ones. Martina McAtee keeps the same POV’s from book one plus a new one.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BOOK ONE

In book one we’ve learned that Ember, Kai and Tristin are part of a supernatural trinity. This time they must stand up to the Legionares and try to bring back Mace. They are faced with zombie cheerleaders, demons, a lizard king, and all while being watched by The Grove. Secrets are getting bigger and tensions between are trio are rising. Can our heroes win or will all be lost including each other? Read book two to find out.

Soooooo, yet again Martina out shines herself in this book. Normally sequels are lost to me. Most of them i never like as much as the first, but this? This is even better than book one. There is so many characters I love and so many i love/hated. (i.e I still think Tristin is a bitch and i want to slap her but i still love her and Silas is…well i’m captivated by him in a weird Stockholm Syndrome kind of way, or perhaps that’s just because he is reminiscent of Jareth the Goblin King.) Anyways…. The characters grow more on you and see lots of development for them. The writing is beautiful and you find yourself immersed in this supernatural, fantastical world. Scenes are even more descriptive than book one and you feel like you could be there and that these people you could actually know. Martina writes the hell out of some romance scenes too, that will have rooting for our lovers. She also throws in some nail biting, edge of your seat scenes that will have you staying up late, turning the page to know what happens next. All of it comes winding down to an amazing conclusion that will have you dying for book 3, just so you know what happens next. I loved the extras she threw in, as well as showing us the past of how some characters came to be who they are, and why they are what they are. I hope this continues in the next book. I also loved the added character description in the beginning! This book definitely gets like 100000000 stars. Thank you for my favorite series Martina and I cant wait to see what else you have in store for my favorite little band of misfits!!!!

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also if you would like to see more about this book you can go to GoodReads and to see about book one you can go to GoodReads1

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant book review

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Synopsis

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart. Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant’s sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.

Review

This is definitely an interesting read. I found this story very unique as there are not many like it.I mean sure the power of touch isn’t relatively new but this novel and the voice it has is. Wendy wrote a very different book as you follow our two main characters. From page one to the last word its a race to see why these two are linked and why Eva can touch Zenn and what really is going on with him to make him so damaged.For her first novel I found it to be well written and entertaining as I did not put it down. I found this book to be sweet and charismatic. There were however some points that felt a bit repetitive but it wasn’t enough to take away from the novel or its idea. 3.5 stars from me.

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Just a Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi book review

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Synopsis

What begins as just a normal Tuesday becomes a day that will shatter sixteen-year-old Kai’s life forever. All it takes is a letter, tucked into a pile of their family’s mail. It’s from Kai’s older sister, Jen, who lives nearby. And it begins, “If you are reading this, I am already gone.” Jen has committed suicide. Dazed, Kai helps to plan Jen’s funeral and tries to cope with their devastated parents, all the while searching for answers. How could Jen do this, and why? Kai is heartbroken and furious, and soon she’s caught in a vicious downward spiral, self-medicating and lashing out at the people she loves. That’s when her parents shock her: they’re sending her to the Tree House, a summer camp for grieving teens. Kai is not a happy camper at first. But when she meets other kids who are grappling with loss, she begins to share her feelings, find a way forward, even laugh … and fall in love. Just a Normal Tuesday offers a road map for anyone who has been touched by loss and anyone who is looking for hope in a broken world. Author Kim Turrisi won a Daytime Emmy for her work as co-creator, executive producer and writer of Venice: The Series. Kim also wrote for ABC Family’s webisode series Pretty Dirty Secrets, an online companion to Pretty Little Liars. This is her first novel.

Review

WOW! And I mean wow! This book brings fourth so many emotions. This book was so raw and so real. Kim does a beautiful job of showing such unfiltered emotions. This book was like a punch to the gut. You truly feel Kai’s pain as she starts her downward spiral. You almost want to reach in and pull her out. This beautiful heartbreaking story really shows you how some deal with loss and its not pretty. I found the novel to be beautiful but had a small problem with some of the writing and the usage of words, but I feel this can be over looked as it does not take away from this novel. Kim shows us how to live life after loss and how we get passed the “why” question and learn to move on. This book starts in the dark and soon brings you to the light as you cry and are saddened and learn to soon laugh and move on. What a beautiful debut novel. 4 stars from me.

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Little Heaven by Nick Cutter book review

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Synopsis

From electrifying horror author Nick Cutter comes a haunting new novel, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and Stephen King’s It, in which a trio of mismatched mercenaries is hired by a young woman for a deceptively simple task: check in on her nephew, who may have been taken against his will to a remote New Mexico backwoods settlement called Little Heaven. Shortly after they arrive, things begin to turn ominous. Stirrings in the woods and over the treetops—the brooding shape of a monolith known as the Black Rock casts its terrible pall. Paranoia and distrust grips the settlement. The escape routes are gradually cut off as events spiral towards madness. Hell—or the closest thing to it—invades Little Heaven. The remaining occupants are forced to take a stand and fight back, but whatever has cast its dark eye on Little Heaven is now marshaling its powers…and it wants them all.

Review

First off, the first thing i though of was the cover and how it reminded me of Patrick Ness’s book Monsters of Men.

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See the resemblance? lol. Anyways, i still greatly love the cover and find it has very bold captivating colors. Its enough to grab my attention. (and the fact Stephen King blurbed about it on the front). This book started out a tad slow for me at first and then quickly picked up. He has many interesting tropes working together in this novel and many original ideas. You feel he is channeling an inner Stephen King as he writes this novel. his uniqueness, though is certainly entertaining as he brings fourth original ideas. You definitely get an old western feel to it as you read throughout it. Nick does a great job of painting a very vivid backdrop and executes a beautiful scene description. This story moves back and fourth between the 1960’s and the 1980’s and the events in which took place. Nick does a great job of moving back and fourth without blurring lines and tidies everything up to a clear concise ending. Nick is a Stephen King at the height of his power with shades of H.P. Lovecraft mixed in. Wonderful read! 4 stars from me. This review is based on a complementary copy from the publisher, provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.

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Gilded Cage by Vic James book review

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Synopsis

Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England’s grandest estate lies a power that could break the world.

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England’s most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family’s secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price?

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi’s brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution.

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?

 

Review

This book has ruined me for other books for quite a while. I am in loads of misery after reading this book because it is perhaps by far, my favorite of this year.  It is set in an alternate present-day England, where a magical aristocracy enslaves commoners for 10 years. This book truly throws out all the punches when it comes to complex characters. We have two main protagonists who are lovable and goodhearted. Then we see dark, sinister, cruel characters with dark powers. These dark sinister characters have the ability to mess with your mind, free will and even your memories. Complicated, corrupt and fascinating, this book punches you right in the gut. These characters are richly developed. This novel covers it all. From every gut wrenching moment, to every conflict and obstacle the characters suffer. This book follows 3 different and very unique in its own sense POV’s. Each pov of view change is clear and concise and easy to follow. The changes were fluid, and flowed from one character to another with ease. The story was utter brilliance! So many surprising turns and ideas revealed throughout the whole story. This book, just wow, i can’t stop gushing about how good it is. 5 stars from me. Thanks netgalley for sending me this book in exchange for my review.

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The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead book review

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Synopsis

When Kit disappeared at a party and was found drowned in the quarry the next day, Clem knew who to point the finger at: herself. She was the last person to see him alive, the last person who could have helped. If she had just kept a closer eye on him instead of her crush, Jake, maybe Kit would still be here. She knows she made a mistake, and wishes she could just forget about it — but Clem’s friend Ellie says she’ll expose Clem’s secret if she doesn’t play along with Ellie’s lies. Jake seems to have his own difficult secrets, and when he and Clem start to talk, they make a plan to help themselves move on. But when an unexpected discovery at the quarry makes everyone question what they thought they knew, Clem and Jake decide it’s up to them to uncover the truth.

Review

Such a short surprising mystery. While being classified as a YA novel, this reads more of a middle grade book. The story itself is still interesting as we read each chapter to find out what really happened and why everyone is blaming themselves for Kit’s death. The story is however very sweet as we come to terms with learning what loss is and how each person deals with it differently. I would of liked more about Kit’s character as i felt it would help us to know the character a little better. This book has a vivid story and will have you racing to see how it all ends. 3.5 stars from me. Thank you netgalley for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review.