Blog Tour: Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small

BLURB:

Best friends Marine Duval and Kate Sanders have trained at the Paris Opera Ballet School since childhood, where they’ve formed an inseparable bond forged by respective family tragedies and a fierce love for dance. When the body of a student is found in the dorms just before the start of their final year, Marine and Kate begin to ask themselves what they would do to win the ultimate prize: to be the one girl selected to join the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet. Would they die? Cheat? Seduce the most talented boy in the school, dubbed the Demigod, hoping his magic would make them shine, too? Neither girl is sure.

But then Kate gets closer to the Demigod, even as Marine has begun to capture his heart. And as selection day draws near, the competition—for the prize, for the Demigod—becomes fiercer, and Marine and Kate realize they have everything to lose, including each other.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42288387-bright-burning-stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

I saw this book on NetGalley, I got curious right away. I honestly don’t know much about ballet because to me it sounds so girly. I never tried enrolling to one of the ballet schools either. I just know that this type of dance is beautiful I always imagine watching one live though, maybe I will try one day.  Also, in our family, only my youngest sister tried having ballet classes when she was in grade school and I go with her practice sometimes. Watching those little kids dance are the cutest thing ever.That’s my little memory about ballet but to me this book is interesting enough to catch my attention. The blurb actually got me, I was curious on what will happen to Marine and Kate. Friendships and sacrifices, I wonder what would win?

Ballet, friendship and ambition, in my opinion, these three are the main focus of this. Bright Burning Stars is a good book, fun to read and of course there are some parts that you will annoy you like any other books made, but that’s what makes it exciting right? There’s no such thing as a perfect character. The book shows us what would happen once the ambition takes over and clouded our heads. Things you do for something you badly wanted to achieve? it could be insane plans. I liked the main characters; Marine, she’s kind, innocent and amazing. She sacrificed some parts of her because she wanted to honor Oli, her twin. She’s the best friend of Kate and they both liked the same person, Cyrille the Demigod. Her other best friend is Luc who looks after her every single time. Kate, she’s kind but ambitious. She’s from USA and will do anything to fit in, to be number one. She’s a different kind of trouble. Marine & Kate had a pact, that no matter what happens they will stay together, but with every thing that happened in the ballet school, every challenges, things are getting shadowy. The real question is that, will they still regain friendship or will it be destroyed? That’s what the readers needs to find out. To me, the book is sort of challenging because there are some terms that I had to Google because, like I mentioned earlier, I am not really familiar with ballet.

Anyhow, Bright Burning Stars is a good young-adult book. This is the first book of A.K Small and I suggest this to people who likes dancing, music, ballet etc. I enjoyed and learned a lot of terms from this book though. I can also imagine their movements like I’m watching them live. 

Lastly, I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and of course A.K Small for this amazing book. I am looking forward for more A.K Small books. 

My Ratings

A.K. Small was born in Paris. At five years old, she began studying classical dance with the legendary Max Bozzoni, then later with Daniel Franck and Monique Arabian at the famous Académie Chaptal. At thirteen, she moved to the United States where she danced with the Pacific Northwest Ballet for one summer in Seattle and with the Richmond Ballet Student Company for several years. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband, her puppy, and her three daughters, and practices yoga. Bright Burning Stars is her first novel.

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Blog Tour: This Is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Megale

BLURB:
Lights, camera—all
Maeve needs is action. But at eighteen, a rare form of muscular
dystrophy usually stands in the way of romance. She’s got her friends,
her humor, and a passion for filmmaking to keep her focus off consistent
rejection…and the hot older guy starring in her senior film project.

Tall,
bearded, and always swaying, Cole Stone is everything Maeve can’t be.
And she likes it. Between takes, their chemistry is shockingly electric.

Suddenly
Maeve gets a taste of typical teenage dating life, but girls in
wheelchairs don’t get the hot guy—right? Cole’s attention challenges
everything she once believed about her self-image and hopes for love.
But figuring this out, both emotionally and physically, won’t be easy
for either of them. Maeve must choose between what she needs and what
she wants, while Cole has a tendency to avoid decisions altogether. And
her failing lungs might not wait for either.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41150303-this-is-not-a-love-scene

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

This Is Not a Love Scene is one of the cute stories I’ve read so far. The story was simple and straightforward. I enjoyed reading this book as well, curious on what will actually happen to Maeve being the lady-in-the-wheelchair and what are her adventures in this book.
I could say that the book is inspirational for every reader. Despite Maeve’s situation she knows what she wants, she pursue her dreams and she actually get what she likes. She’s fighting with fate and dictating her own path. She’s amazing in her own way and she actually didn’t let anyone pull her down. Some things might be difficult for her but she thinks positively and her friends and family help her achieve what she loves. What’s a little off for me is that, she likes someone so much that I feel like it was one sided. To me, Cole was the type of person who is hard to read. His actions, the way he talks, it was mysterious. Cole to me is like the complete opposite of Maeve, that’s not a bad thing though, it’s cute. 
The story focuses on how Maeve overcome all her trials, high school life, friends, love life and family. It is actually worth reading. I got hooked on it. If I see a physical copy here I’d definitely get one. I the book cover is simple too. I like how it was designed plus it is blue! That’s one of my favorite color. LOL. 
Also, I would like to add before I end my review, I do LOVE the concept of the book. I think this is the first book I’ve read that focuses on filmmaking. I totally enjoyed how Maeve directs her characters. In my head, it’s like watching a movie about some play. 
I’m looking forward to more S.C. Megale books and thank you for letting me be part of this blog tour. I really enjoy everything.
“The thing was, to notice something, you need to at least look at it.”
My Ratings

S. C. MEGALE is an author and filmmaker. She’s been profiled in USA Today, The Washington Post, and New York Newsday, and has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show” and the CBS Evening News for her philanthropic and literary work. As a humanitarian, she’s spoken on the USS Intrepid, at the NASDAQ opening bell, and to universities and doctors nationwide. She enjoys making connections all over the world.

Megale was raised in the long grass of the Civil War, hunting for relics and catching fireflies along the banks of Bull Run. A shark tooth, flutes, and a flask are some of the items that hang from her wheelchair, and she had a fear of elevators until realizing this was extremely inconvenient. She lives with her family which includes her parents, sister and brother, service dog, and definitely-not-service dog.

This is Not a Love Scene is her first published novel.


Book Review: Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner

A contemporary novel
about two best friends who must make tough decisions about their
futures–and the TV show they host–in their senior year of high school.

Every
Friday night, best friends Delia and Josie become Rayne Ravenscroft and
Delilah Darkwood, hosts of the campy creature feature show Midnite Matinee on the local cable station TV Six.

But
with the end of senior year quickly approaching, the girls face tough
decisions about their futures. Josie has been dreading graduation, as
she tries to decide whether to leave for a big university and chase her
dream career in mainstream TV. And Lawson, one of the show’s guest
performers, a talented MMA fighter with weaknesses for pancakes, fantasy
novels, and Josie, is making her tough decision even harder.

Scary movies are the last connection Delia has to her dad, who abandoned the family years ago. If Midnite Matinee
becomes a hit, maybe he’ll see it and want to be a part of her life
again. And maybe Josie will stay with the show instead of leaving her
behind, too.

As the tug-of-war between growing up and growing
apart tests the bonds of their friendship, Josie and Delia start to
realize that an uncertain future can be both monstrous…and momentous.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40645629-rayne-delilah-s-midnite-matinee

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is the second book I’ve read from Jeff Zentner, the first was Goodbye Days both of the books never failed me. One moment you are reading happy scenarios and all, the next you are be crying and wiping tears from your eyes. Reading the first few pages of the book from my kindle confused me. I honestly didn’t get the story at first, I almost stop reading it but I got curious and that’s enough to push myself to read more. I glad I continue reading, as the story deepens, I understand more about the characters and why they do what they do (“the filming”). Then, I realized, after reading this book, people really hold on to something that would make us feel satisfied until, that only thing breaks right in front of you and you’ll just crash. All you need are the people that truly cares for you, right? Hard to believe but that’s the real life. 
Delia and Josie are best friends, really close to the point where you will think of them as sisters. The host Midnite Matinee together where they discuss or play some scary movies on TV six. Both of them enjoyed what they’re doing but as they grow old, they do realize what they really wanted to do in their life, to do the show until they get old? or something else? 
I love the character of Delia and Josie a.k.a. Rayne Ravenscroft and Delilah Darkwood. I like how they step up for each other like their connected by blood. These two in my head were like twins (just being honest here). Reading this book was super chill. This is such an easy read and entertaining. I never dreamed of being in front of the camera but these two? hosting their own show… it was pretty amazing. I feel like Delia knows more scary movies than me no matter how fiction this book is (LOL). This girl (Delia), wants to see her dad someday and ask him what happened, why he left. She’s broken and looking for a fatherly love. Josie is the kind of friend who’s super supportive, hands down. She’ll do everything for her friend. She maybe rich, and all but I think she’s very humble on it. Another character from this book who I loved was Lawson, Josie’s man. He wins the boyfriend of the year. He’s super supportive to Josie and Delia. He was really cool on the friendship and he even joins the girls sometimes (does that exist in real life? I can hear people asking that right now. LOL). Anyway, the love story aside from the friendship was lovely. It was charming and impressive. Also, not only Josie can pull of the “I’ll do anything for someone” move. 
Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is a must read.

“I bet life is easier when you don’t have to worry about emotional attachments.”

My Ratings

Jeff Zentner lives in
Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his
creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s
released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick
Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and
Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults.
He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at
the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his
parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would
read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high
school and college.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.

Source: Goodreads

 

Blog Tour: Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

BOOK BLURB:

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy..

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36118682-wicked-saints

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

Wicked Saints caught my attention the moment I saw it. I read the blurb and I was so eager to start reading it until I come across this blog tour and I didn’t hesitate to join. To be honest, I am so glad I did take part of this blog tour. It is a great opportunity. Also, I fell in love with the cover, I badly want to have a physical copy of the book.

This book doesn’t have idle time. I mean, the first chapters are already exciting, a bit confusing at first but as soon as you keep reading, you will get hooked! I can’t stop reading chapter every chapter. I was curious about Nadya’s power and who are the gods she’s talking to? How strong she is and what else can she do? What are the things she’s willing to sacrifice for her gods? The next chapters are even more exciting, she met the prince who tried capturing her. She met Malachiaz, a mysterious boy who lives in Tranavia together with two Akolans. She’d been part of a small group until their one goal was to destroy Tranavia. The war that was going on for centuries must be stopped, but the real question here was “how to stop the war?” This book have so much actions that I really enjoyed and of course the magic, the way they casts their powers are interesting to know.

Aside from their exhausting journey to Tranavia, I liked the little romance at the side. The story itself was intense and all you wanted to know was, what will happen next but the romance made it chill and of course spice up the story. The twist of it is what makes my heart ache for Nadya. With all the things happened around her, what would be her next move? I am looking forward to the sequel. I don’t read much series type of books but this next book of Something Dark and Holy series is much awaited.

I’d like to give a round of applause to the author Emily Duncan for this lovely book. I enjoyed every part of it. I loved the revelations, the book contains so much. I’m sad that it ends for now but, also happy for finishing a good story. More books please? Also, thank you to the book tour organizer for letting me be part of this. I had a great time. I’m looking forward to working with you all again.

My Ratings
— BLOG EXCERPT —

L A P T E V A

Horz stole the stars and the heavens out from underneath Myesta’s control, and for that she has never forgiven him. For where can the moons rest if not the heavens?
—Codex of the Divine, 5:26

“It’s certainly not my fault you chose a child who sleeps so deeply. If she dies it will very much be your fault, not mine.”

Startled by bickering gods was not Nadya’s preferred method of being woken up. She rolled to her feet in the dark, moving automatically. It took her eyes a few sec- onds to catch up with the rest of her body.
Shut up!

It wasn’t wise to tell the gods to shut up, but it was too late now. A feeling of amused disdain flowed through her, but neither of the gods spoke again. She realized it was Horz, the god of the heavens and the stars, who had woken her. He had a tendency to be obnoxious but generally left Nadya alone, as a rule.

Usually only a single god communed with their chosen cleric. There once had been a cleric named Kseniya Mirokhina who was gifted with unnatural marksmanship by Devonya, the goddess of the hunt. And Veceslav had chosen a cleric of his own, long ago, but their name was lost to history, and he re- fused to talk about them. The recorded histories never spoke of clerics who could hear more than one god. That Nadya com- muned with the entire pantheon was a rarity the priests who trained her could not explain.

There was a chance older, more primordial gods existed, ones that had long since given up watch of the world and left it in the care of the others. But no one knew for sure. Of the twenty known gods, however, carvings and paintings depicted their human forms, though no one knew what they actually looked like. No cleric throughout history had ever looked upon the faces of the gods. No saint, nor priest.
Each had their own power and magic they could bestow upon Nadya, and while some were forthcoming, others were not. She had never spoken to the goddess of the moons, My- esta. She wasn’t even sure what manner of power the goddess would give, if she so chose.
And though she could commune with many gods, it was im- possible to forget just who had chosen her for this fate: Mar- zenya, the goddess of death and magic, who expected complete dedication.

Indistinct voices murmured in the dark. She and Anna had found a secluded place within a copse of thick pine trees to set up their tent, but it no longer felt safe. Nadya slid a voryen from underneath her bedroll and nudged Anna awake.

She moved to the mouth of the tent, grasping at her beads, a prayer already forming on her lips, smoky symbols trailing from her mouth. She could see the blurry impressions of fig- ures in the darkness, far off in the distance. It was hard to judge the number, two? Five? Ten? Her heart sped at the possibility that a company of Tranavians were already on her trail.

Anna drew up beside her. Nadya’s grip on her voryen tightened, but she kept still. If they hadn’t seen their tent yet, she could keep them from noticing it entirely.

But Anna’s hand clasped her forearm.

“Wait,” she whispered, her breath frosting out before her in the cold. She pointed to a dark spot just off to the side of the group.
Nadya pressed her thumb against Bozidarka’s bead and her eyesight sharpened until she could see as clearly as if it were day. It took effort to shove aside the immediate, paralyzing fear as her suspicions were confirmed and Tranavian uniforms be- came clear. It wasn’t a full company. In fact, they looked rather ragged. Perhaps they had split off and lost their way.

More interesting, though, was the boy with a crossbow silently aiming into the heart of the group.
“We can get away before they notice,” Anna said.

Nadya almost agreed, almost slipped her voryen back into its sheath, but just then, the boy fired and the trees erupted into chaos. Nadya wasn’t willing to use an innocent’s life as a distraction for her own cowardice. Not again.

Even as Anna protested, Nadya let a prayer form fully in her mind, hand clutching at Horz’s bead on her necklace and its constellation of stars. Symbols fell from her lips like glow- ing glimmers of smoke and every star in the sky winked out.

Well, that was more extreme than I intended, Nadya thought with a wince. I should’ve known better than to ask Horz for anything.

She could hear cursing as the world plunged into darkness.

Anna sighed in exasperation beside her.

“Just stay back,” she hissed as she moved confidently through the dark.

“Nadya . . .” Anna’s groan was soft.

It took more focus to send a third prayer to Bozetjeh. It was hard to catch Bozetjeh on a good day; the god of speed was notoriously slow to answer prayers. But she managed to snag his attention and received a spell allowing her to move as fast as the vicious Kalyazin wind.

Her initial count had been wrong; there were six Tranavians now scattering into the forest. The boy dropped his crossbow with a bewildered look up into the sky, startling when Nadya touched his shoulder.

There was no way he could see in this darkness, but she could. When he whirled, a curved sword in his hand, Nadya sidestepped. His swing went wide and she shoved him in the direction of a fleeing Tranavian, anticipating their collision.

“Find the rest,” Marzenya hissed. “Kill them all.” Complete and total dedication.

She caught up to one of the figures, stabbing her voryen into his skull just underneath his ear.

Not so difficult this time, she thought. But the knowledge was a distant thing.

Blood sprayed, splattering a second Tranavian, who cried out in alarm. Before the second man could figure out what had happened to his companion, she lashed out her heel, catching him squarely on the jaw and knocking him off his feet. She slit his throat.

Three more. They couldn’t have moved far. Nadya took up Bozidarka’s bead again. The goddess of vision revealed where the last Tranavians were located. The boy with the sword had managed to kill two in the dark. Nadya couldn’t actually see the last one, just felt him nearby, very much alive.
Something slammed into Nadya’s back and suddenly the chilling bite of a blade was pressed against her throat. The boy appeared in front of her, his crossbow back in his hands, thank- fully not pointed at Nadya. It was clear he could only barely see her. He wasn’t Kalyazi, but Akolan.

A fair number of Akolans had taken advantage of the war between their neighbors, hiring out their swords for profit on both sides. They were known for favoring Tranavia simply because of the warmer climate. It was rare to find a creature of the desert willingly stumbling through Kalyazin’s snow.
He spoke a fluid string of words she didn’t understand. His posture was languid, as if he hadn’t nearly been torn to pieces by blood mages. The blade against Nadya’s throat pressed harder. A colder voice responded to him, the foreign language scratched uncomfortably at her ears.

Nadya only knew the three primary languages of Kalyazin and passing Tranavian. If she wasn’t going to be able to com- municate with them . . .
The boy said something else and Nadya heard the girl sigh before she felt the blade slip away. “What’s a little Kalyazi as- sassin doing out in the middle of the mountains?” he asked, switching to perfect Kalyazi.

Nadya was very aware of the boy’s friend at her back. “I could ask the same of you.”

She shifted Bozidarka’s spell, sharpening her vision further. The boy had skin like molten bronze and long hair with gold chains threaded through his loose curls.

He grinned.



“Emily
A. Duncan was born and raised in Ohio and works as a youth services
librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent
State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic
folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or
writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons
and dragons. She is represented by Thao Le of the Sandra Dijkstra
Literary Agency.”

Review/Rating Policy: I am a creature of many strong wills and book opinions so I only rate books I deeply adore. Everything else is just marked as read.




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Book Review: You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn

BOOK BLURB: 

Annie Mathers is
America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the
things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most
definitely going to end up one of those things.

But
unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer
tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when
your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding
the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her
skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay
has to make it happen.

Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and
good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start
fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t
help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame
Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She
had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t
interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart
that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor,
isn’t worth the risk.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36146624-you-d-be-mine

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

The first time I saw this book on NetGalley, I didn’t expect too much, I might be disappointed but then as  I continue reading, I slowly got hooked. Then, I saw a friend’s comment via Twitter that he enjoyed reading this book a lot. I was like, “Hey! Me too!” This book put me in a good mood because of all the music mentioned. There were times that I do search the song on my Spotify just to add more feelings on what I am reading. One more thing that adds up to why I liked this book is that, they’re all talking about Country songs! I do love this genre!!! This one is on my top three genres. There’s something in Country songs that is relaxing and fun to listen to. 


I also love the concept of the book. Concert tours? I always wanted to watch a concert that would feature a country icon (one day hopefully). Anyway, I loved how things evolved here. You’ll know more things about Clay and Annie. I loved their up and down relationship and self discovery. It reflects the real things that is happening during concert tours and the young fame.I liked Clay, in my head he’s like Luke Bryan, handsome and all. Annie is like Taylor Swift because of how her hair was described here. These two characters have a very deep background that I don’t want to spoil in this review. Both characters have issues and they showed how they handled it in their own ways. Both of them wants to escape from the past. Both characters grew as two different people but what I’m sure of they became more interesting at the end of this book.

I listed some of the songs and I listened to it while on my way to work or home while reading the book on my Kindle App. What I would like to do some other time is that, I’ll review the book again and make a playlist to share with you all. I could say that I enjoyed reading this book a lot. Took me a long time to finish due to work stuff (apologies!!!) imagine… they even get to CMA! I was like.. wow.. just wow.. I loved every part of it. And it makes me fall in love to Country more. 

I hope other readers will enjoy the book as much as I do. Also, I am looking forward to read other books from Erin Hahn. I liked how she writes, no dull time though. I just continue reading and I found myself that the book is almost over. It was simple and fun to read. 

PS. While writing this review, I am listening to country songs. It feels appropriate. 

My Ratings



Erin started writing her own
books when her little sister gave her shade about a country music-themed
Twilight fanfic. By day, she gets to share her favorite stories with
her elementary students. By night, she writes swoons. Erin married her
own YA love interest whom she met on her first day of college and has
two kids who are much, much cooler than she ever was at their age. She
lives in Michigan, aka the greenest place on earth and has a cat, Gus,
who plays fetch.


Blog Tour: The Dysasters by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast

THE DYSASTERS
By P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Wednesday Books
On Sale: February 26, 2019
Available in Hardcover, eBook, and Audio


BOOK BLURB:

P.C. and Kristin Cast, the #1 New York Times bestselling authors of the House of Night phenomenon, return to the scene with The Dysasters—the first action-packed novel in a new paranormal fantasy series.

Adoptive daughter of a gifted scientist, Foster Stewart doesn’t live a “normal” life, (not that she’d want to). But controlling cloud formations and seeing airwaves aren’t things most eighteen year olds can do.

Small town star quarterback and quintessential dreamy boy next door, Tate “Nighthawk” Taylor has never thought much about his extra abilities. Sure, his night vision comes in handy during games, but who wouldn’t want that extra edge?

From the moment Foster and Tate collide, their worlds spiral and a deadly tornado forces them to work together, fully awakening their not-so-natural ability – the power to control air.

As they each deal with the tragic loss of loved ones, they’re caught by another devastating blow – they are the first in a group of teens genetically manipulated before birth to bond with the elements, and worse… they’re being hunted.

Now, Foster and Tate must fight to control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring… more DYSASTERS?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36476450-the-dysasters

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

First of all, I want to say that I am so grateful to be part of this book tour. I’ve heard good reviews or news about P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast books and The Dysasters is the first book I read from them. I enjoyed reading this a lot. This book is a series and I am looking forward for the next book since I want to find out more about Foster, Tate and the other kids. 
The Dysasters, I had to read this book quickly just to be able to post this review and even if I had to do a “quick read”, I enjoyed a lot of scenes especially how Foster and Tate started. Also, before I go on, I really would love to say this, another reason why I enjoyed this book is I remember reading a book like this one, not about having elements as powers but it is because of the scientifically tweaked DNAs, I do love that series a lot. Now, for this book, I am so excited for the next books to come in the future (who knows there might be something already!) Anyways, going back to my review proper, Foster and Tate met in an event that didn’t turn out great, as they go along with their journey, they learned more about their abilities (I began to love it) and their connections with each other. These two characters made the book more exciting, of course, the book isn’t enough if there isn’t any villains. This is what I am really curious about. What happened to Foster’s adoptive father? I mean, they said he is dead, but… (it’s for the readers to find out). 
I don’t want to spoil the book! Apologies. The book is an easy read. It is a straight-forward type, the story just flows and you won’t get lost in every chapter also, I LOVE the drawings. I enjoyed that one, it makes the book more alive especially when they’re showing their abilities. It was very helpful, more illustrations please??? 
I’d cut my review short now because I really don’t want to spoil my readers, I would love for them to enjoy the book as much as I did. Tate and Foster for the win!!! Well I hope to read more about them on the succeeding books and, I would love to know more about the connection of the pair of elements to the existing ones and their so called “father”. These characters are a lot to take in and I am just so eager to discover the two other element young-lings and what kind of disasters do they bring. I do hope, they way they will all meet isn’t bad as how Tate and Foster met. 
“People could be cruel. Very cruel. Especially people who claimed to be her friend.”
My Ratings
#1 New York Times & #1 USA Today bestselling author P.C. Cast was born in the Midwest, and, after her tour in the USAF, she taught high school for 15 years before retiring to write full time. PC is a member of the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. Her novels have been awarded the prestigious: Oklahoma Book Award, YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, and many, many more. Ms. Cast is an experienced teacher and talented speaker who lives in Oregon near her fabulous daughter, her adorable pack of dogs, her crazy Maine Coon, and a bunch of horses.

Kristin Cast is a #1 New York Times and #1 USA Today bestselling author who teams with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves going on adventures with her friends, family, and significant other, playing with her dogs (Grace Kelly and Hobbs the Tiny Dragon), and is currently obsessed with her baby.
 
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Blog Tour: The Military Wife by Laura Trentham

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An emotionally layered novel about family, loss and what it means to be a military wife.

Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox’s death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.

Her best friend, Allison Teague, is dealing with struggles of her own. Her husband, a former SEAL that served with Noah, was injured while deployed and has come home physically healed but fighting PTSD. With three children under foot and unable to help her husband, Allison is at her wit’s end.

In an effort to reenergize her own life, Harper sees an opportunity to help not only Allison but a network of other military wives eager to support her idea of starting a string of coffee houses close to military bases around the country.

In her pursuit of her dream, Harper crosses paths with Bennett Caldwell, Noah’s best friend and SEAL brother. A man who has a promise to keep, entangling their lives in ways neither of them can foresee. As her business grows so does an unexpected relationship with Bennett. Can Harper let go of her grief and build a future with Bennett even as the man they both loved haunts their pasts?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39863232-the-military-wife

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

“You can’t fix everything. Not everything can be fixed. Sometimes a new normal has to be found.”

The Military Wife caught my attention right away for two personal reasons; One as the time goes by I earned friends from the military and I’ve known a few batch-mates back in high-school and college who joined so I am just curious on how they live their life after military deployments. Second, will this book help me understand these people more once I am done reading?

The first few pages of the book is interesting enough for me to go on. I am curious what happened to Noah and how Harper cope up with the situation after her husband died during the deployment. This book slowly guide us to the past and the present happenings which lead to the connection of another character named Bennett. These three people, although Noah is not around, made a great example how life could be better after all the hard paths. 

I wish Noah had more part in this book though, can there be a life before military for him? He seemed, sweet, funny and lovely person.  I enjoyed reading the book, it is actually funny how Harper is so stubborn here, I can see myself when she have that stubborn moments. For Bennett, he was mysterious to me at first but as the story moves on, he become more and more interesting.
I could say, The Military Wife, is a chill book to read. I am so happy to be part of this book tour and this book is my first read for 2019. The book taught me and made me realize that there’s life, happy moments after all the downfall. There would be something, someone that could change everything and it could make our life better. To other readers out there, I’d love to talk more about this book but, I could say go grab a copy instead of me spoiling. LOL. It’s worth reading and I did enjoy it a lot.
“Life has a way of giving us what we need at the right time.”
My Rating




LAURA TRENTHAM is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance. She is a
member of RWA, and has been a finalist multiple times in the Golden Heart competition. A chemical
engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.



 

Book Review [ARC]: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes by Holly Bourne

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Welcome to Camp Reset, a
summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality”
for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never
expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there.
Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix
the world when you can’t fix yourself?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39297840-are-we-all-lemmings-and-snowflakes

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

“Sometimes it is comforting to know other people are going through the same thing.”

I’ve read almost
every Holly Bourne books and I had some of my favorites but every book that
I’ve read are surely something is enjoyable to read and they are relatable. I
love her writing style, it was like she really did research on the mental
health things and wrote it to some kind of piece that even middle grade readers
would understand.

Are We All Lemmings
and Snowflakes is  another book that I
enjoyed reading, aside from it is purple and that’s my favorite color, LOL. It
is a light read but I was really curious on how the character will grow at the
end of the book. Will she be cured? What will be the twist in the story? Will
she break down? What was her diagnosis? Those are just some of the questions
that are running in my head while reading and I really feel bad I had to stop
reading from time to time.

I love Olive’s
personality despite her mental stability. She’s always positive on things and
her determination to change her situation is inspiring. Some people who has
mental illness will already give up and accept their situation but Olive? She
wants to be better, she wanted to get well for herself and her family’s sake. I
think that kind of attitude is something we should have. It hard I know but
trying is free, so why not take the risks? I guess on her journey, by reading
this book I’ve learned something, it is okay to fall but make sure to get back
up, there are other people who are waiting for you because to them you are an
inspiration even if you don’t see it yourself.

I do recommend this
book to other readers out there, it’s good to read something like this,
straightforward and simple. I am looking forward for more Holly Bourne books
and I’m sure I’m going to enjoy them too.

#KindnessIsContagious 
  
“What people don’t understand about feeling such potent sadness is, when it lifts, it really lets you know what happiness means.”
My Ratings

Holly started her writing
career as a news journalist, where she was nominated for Best Print
Journalist of the Year. She then spent six years working as an editor, a
relationship advisor, and general ‘agony aunt’ for a youth charity –
helping young people with their relationships and mental health.


Inspired
by what she saw, she started writing teen fiction, including the
best-selling, award-winning ‘Spinster Club’ series which helps educate
teenagers about feminism. When she turned thirty, Holly wrote her first
adult novel, ‘How Do You Like Me Now?’, examining the intensified
pressures on women once they hit that landmark.


Alongside her
writing, Holly has a keen interest in women’s rights and is an advocate
for reducing the stigma of mental health problems. She’s helped create
online apps that teach young people about sexual consent, works with
Women’s Aid to spread awareness of abusive relationships, and runs
Rethink’s mental health book club.
 
Source: Goodreads 
 
 

Book Review: The Dating Debate by Chris Cannon

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Nina
Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single
people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the
place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding
hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a
black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not
sure he’s boyfriend material.

West isn’t sure what to
make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she
seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence
on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that,
since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the
girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out
the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them
together or rip them apart.

Disclaimer: This Entangled
Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but
it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so
called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry.

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38086189-the-dating-debate

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. No payments made between me and the publisher.

I received an e-book copy to review this book and as far as I remember this is the second Chris Cannon book that I’ve read, the first one was the Blackmail Boyfriend (my review can be found on this link) and I honestly enjoyed reading this one. The story was not complicated, it was an easy read and it has the happy mood when you read it. 
The flow of the story is something that every reader would enjoy and I will never forget the phrase “I couldn’t date someone who didn’t read, much less someone who didn’t understand the fabulousness that was Harry Potter”, I will surely remember this book for the rest of my life because I am a Harry Potter fan as well (and bonus, my man is a Harry Potter fan too LOL). Back to my review, I love the story of Nina and West, they’re both adorable and even if they fight? I find it cute (maybe I’m weird that way). This book isn’t something that will stress you out in fact you will have a hard time to put this down because all you wanted to know what will happen to the characters. How can West accepts his family issue especially his mom? What will happen if Nina finds out the truth about West? those are just simple questions that runs in my head while reading and I was really satisfied when there were answered in this book. 
I do suggest people read this especially if they want a quick read. I am sure that they will enjoy it as much as I do and I promise it has a good ending aside from that no cliffhanger. I would love to have another Nina and West story though. They sound perfect to each other and I like Nina’s attitude! *girl power*
I’m looking forward to reading more Chris Cannon books, with those two books that I’ve read, so far I didn’t get disappointed yet. 
“In real life, if you’re unhappy, you need to work to change yourself. Having someone who cares about you helps, but it’s not a magic anti-jerk pill.” 
My Ratings

Award winning author Chris
Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs,
Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the
ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German
Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most
evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing
fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.