The Bad Boy’s Girl by Blair Holden | ARC Review

Title: The Bad Boy’s Girl

Author: Blair Holden

Publisher: Trident Media Group

Series: The Bad Boy’s Girl #1

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: February 21, 2017

Pages: 395

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Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy. But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.
Warning: The story comes with a bad boy notorious for making you swoon, inducing hysterical laughter and making you question whether you could purchase a clone on eBay.

This was one of the hardest contemporary YA books I have ever read. It took me so long to finally finish this because so much of the plot surrounded around absolutely nothing. Our characters are just hanging out going to high school, which is fine but where is the plot? I couldn’t find it if I tried.

Also, as a warning this book has a lot of fat-shaming. I hated that. In fact, I almost quit immediately after reading the prologue because our main character, Tessa, used to be overweight and basically says she lost a bunch of weight so she could get the guy she likes to finally see her. What? No, that’s gross and harmful to me. To make matters worse, she constantly refers to herself as “Fatty Tessa” Are you kidding me? Why would you refer to yourself like that? I know some people are really insecure about these types of things, but why write a character like this where young girls are going to be exposed to this? Even when Tessa gains a bit more confidence she still refers to her past self as Fatty Tessa. That was just unacceptable and a big part of why I started knocking off stars.

Another thing I didn’t appreciate was that Tessa flung “panic attacks” around all willy nilly. Every time she was going to freak out about something she would say she was about to have a panic attack. If she had anxiety of some sort, I think it could have been explained better.

The only saving grace about this book was the love interest, Cole Stone. He was such a softie at heart that I couldn’t help fall in love with him. In fact, I can’t believe it took Tessa as long as she did to realize she loved him too. He was so sweet to her and determined to show her he had changed. Cole’s flirtatious banter with Tessa is what I really liked though, so that’s another plus.

Overall, this book was a hot mess filled with too many stereotypes and not enough plot.  In fact, the book could have ended at 65% and I would have liked it much more.Plus, don’t get me started on that terrible ending that completely ruined Cole’s character for me. I don’t know if it was added just for shock factor or there was a cliffhanger needed to get you interested in a sequel, but I wanted to throw my Kindle and cursed myself for not just DNF-ing sooner.

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. 

2 stars because I loved Cole

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The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope | ARC Review

Title: The Rules of Persuasion

Author: Amity Hope

Publisher: Entangled: Crush Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Release: August 14, 201

Format: eARC

 

1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.

THE RULES OF PERSUASION is a quick, summer read that has a great dose of adorable mixed with just the right amount of family drama. It’s never overwhelming, but just enough to make you interested what’s going to happen to our two main characters. Plus my favorite type of YA Romance stories: fake relationships turned real ❤

The book centers on Meg and Luke. After a tragedy struck Meg’s family, Meg looks for release in a dangerous way, spray painting a mural on buildings. One night, she gets caught by the star pitcher of the baseball team, Luke Prescott. Luke strikes a deal with her –pretend to be his girlfriend and his lips are sealed. What happens next is truly an entertaining read. We follow Meg and Luke as they find out their perceptions of each other were way off and their what they thought was fake relationship quickly turns into something more complicated, and real.

I really enjoyed getting to know Luke a bit better. He is truly a sweet gentleman and makes sure to make Meg comfortable in some of the most awkward situations. I mean, he is the one who was blackmailing her, but he still tried to make her have fun and comfortable. I would have liked to see Luke play baseball though. The entire book we are told how he is the star pitcher and he loves baseball, but yet we never really get to see him play. If you count that little time he played with Meg at the batting cages, but I don’t, I wanted to see him in action!

Meg, on the other hand, was a bit slower to get used to. At the start I found her extremely unlikable. She was stubborn and rude to Luke even while it was unnecessary. However, once she began to let her walls fall down, I really enjoyed seeing her and Luke grow closer together. I was screaming at her for so long to just TELL LUKE WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH HER FAMILY ever since he opened up to her, but alas…she was a bit slower (haha sigh).

Overall, this book was cute and the perfect cheesy YA romance I was looking for. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

 

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | ARC Review

Title: They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: September 5, 2017

Pages: 384

Format: eARC

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: death, suicidal thought/suicide

They Both Die at the End literally tells you the ending to the story yet you can’t help holding out hope that it’s somehow a trick or a lie. I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say this was me the entire story, but still crying at every turn anyway. The book centers around two boys who receive the alert that they will be dying within the next 24 hours. No one knows how or when, but no one can stop it either. While this can be a blessing for some people to say their final goodbyes and get things in order, how absolutely terrifying at the same time, right?

Rufus Emeterio and Mateo Torrez couldn’t be more different at the start of the novel. Rufus is almost fearless and seems ready to take his exit, while Mateo has been sheltered and led his life being afraid to take chances. When the two meet on the Last Friend app (an app bringing people together to spend their “End Days” with) a truly beautiful friendship blossoms. Rufus pushes live and take chances. Mateo helps Rufus make amends and become a person he’s finally happy with being. Both these boys are so complex you feel like you really know them. Seeing their connection become what it does was really special and organic. I am really happy with the outcome.

The only complaint I have with this book is that I wish it was somehow longer. I got invested with the random stranger POVs and would have liked to see the ending fleshed out a bit more. However, the ending (and last sentence) still gutted me and in a way was perfect. I don’t know how Adam Silvera comes up with these gut-wrenching stories, but he pulls on some major heartstrings. This novel was beautiful and truly makes you realize that you need to live your life to the absolute fullest. No more playing around. Take risks. Do something you’ve already been afraid to do. Life is way too short.

An eARC was provided in an exchange for review by the publisher and eldeweiss. All opinions are my own.

Paper Hearts by Ali Novak

Title: Paper Hearts

Author: Ali Novak

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Series: The Heartbreakers Chronicles #2

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 384

Release: July 4, 2017

-I’m sorry, – he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. -It’s just-I didn’t want you to think of me any differently.-

Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn’t accept that he was the person looking down at me.

-My real name is Alec.-

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she’s had the full weight of her mother’s expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he’d flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he’d turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity’s missing sister. And she’s about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be…

Now I don’t know if it really made a difference to read the first book or not (because I didn’t), but I didn’t care for this book much. It brings me pain to have to DNF this book. I remember reading her other book, the Walter boys and loving it (at the time) so I figured i would enjoy this book as well being that it’s supposed to be cute and fluffy, however what I got was a slow, dragged plot and no real substance.

Felicity is volunteering at a masquerade ball when she meets a cute guy who ends up being a member of one of her favorite bands. Dream come true right? Even better? He offers to drive her on a road trip to find her missing sister that she hasn’t seen in about four years. Now I can get behind this cliched plot, sure. But if the plot doesn’t give me something with more flavor it’s guaranteed I will lose interest. Fast. This is exactly what happened with Paper Hearts. I enjoyed Alec because he seemed so shy and sweet, but I just couldn’t get into the story enough to enjoy it more. Felicity was too worried about money and just seemed like a dud. When she finds missing letters from her sister under her mother’s bed she still insists that her mother wouldn’t hide letters from her! Sweetie, the evidence is right there. How did they get there then?

As for her friends, Boomer and Asha, I couldn’t even tell you anything redeeming about them. Boomer is a 17 year old boy who sat around playing pokemon the whole time and Asha just fangirled over Alec to the point of embarrassment. I know these are teens, but I think maybe I am just over these types of stories because I couldn’t help being annoyed? In fact, I was disappointed when Asha and Boomer invited themselves to go on the road trip with Felicity and Alec. I would have much rather have it just be the two of them so I could have felt more attachment to them. However, I was bored.

Overall, this book just wasn’t for me. I know many others will probably like it, especially those who liked the first book. However, either I wasn’t in the right mood for this type of book or I am just not the intended audience anymore. 
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag | 2017

Wow I cannot believe it’s already time for the Mid-Year Freak Out tag! I have already completed my Goodreads reading challenge and I am feeling pretty good about myself right now!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but decided to do it anyway. Also I have no idea who created this tag so if you know, please feel free to let me know so I can tag them!

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ IN 2017 SO FAR

Right now I am going with WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI by Sandhya Menon. If you haven’t read this book, please do so immediately. It is the perfect rom-com for summer reading. It’s so cute and filled with the most adorable two nerds ❤

BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2017

I could not pick up any other book besides LORD OF SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare. This was one of the most amazing sequels I’ve read since ACOMAF. It is quite the roller coaster though. So be prepared for some major heart-stopping moments!

NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO

I am so sad I haven’t gotten to read this yet! I am such Hamiltrash and I was anticipating this release for so long! What makes matters worse is I don’t even own it yet! 😥

MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR 

    

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

I know. No one is as shocked as I. However, I think ACOMAF was so perfect that I just had too high expectations. There was so much war plotting and scheming that it just got lost for me. Rhys wasn’t the same snark High Lord that stole my heart because he just bent to Feyre’s every whim. Plus there are all those issues that SJM included surrounding the LGBT+ rep. I acknowledge the problematic material and I think it just rubbed me the wrong way even if I still somewhat enjoyed the book. But as a finale, not so much. I know that SJM is planning the spinoff books so that let the ending too open ended. But I can’t wait to read the next books! I hope one of them is about my bby Tarquin!!

BIGGEST SURPRISE

I am going with WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY by Ines Vieira. I am surprised how much I fell in love with this book and Isaac and Cassie! The story really tugged at my heartstrings and made me feel so badly for Isaac! Plus, Cassie’s brother Nicky???? Ines has made me fall completely in love with one single character in less than a few pages. I don’t know how she did it, but she did. I can’t wait for his story!

If you haven’t read this book, do it!

FAVORITE NEW AUTHOR (DEBUT OR NEW TO YOU)

Definitely Adam Silvera aka the only author who has made me cry at page 1. His writing is so special. His stories are so special. He is now one of my all time favorite authors. I will read literally anything he writes from now on.

NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH 

Oh lord so many!!! I’ll just make a list for this one because there is literally too many to find fanart for lmao.

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  • Nicky Mackenize from WHEN LIFE GETS IN THE WAY by Ines Vieira | Now we don’t really see a lot of Nicky in this book, but it was enough to get me completely in love with him! I can’t wait to read more about him and see him in his own novel! Ines is going to make me the happiest when I finally get some more Nicky ❤
  • Paul Markov from THE FIREBIRD TRILOGY by Claudia Gray
  • Stiles Stilinski from Teen Wolf (I know this isn’t book related. Shh I love him)
  • Azriel from ACOTAR (he is my mate. it’s true) | okay i’ve always loved him but now I am obsessed and I am fully convinced that he is my mate. if you’ve read ACOTAR you know what I mean *nudge nudge*

NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER

Dante Quintana from ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz. He is a precious cupcake and I love him to bits.

I don’t know the artist or else I would have tagged.

BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY

THIS BOOK IS SO EMOTIONAL! I dare you to read it and not cry!

BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY

This is my favorite book. I’ve already read it 4 times because whenever i’m sad I want to be back with Simon and Blue.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT SO FAR (OR RECEIVED)

LOOK AT IT!! That cover is so gorgeous! ❤ ❤ ❤

WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR 2016?

    

It’s been a year since I’ve read Drums of Autumn 😦 I don’t know if I want to continue reading Outlander, but I figured I better just read book 5 and decide.


Well there you have it! I can’t believe I actually did a post for my blog! I am so proud of myself!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS IN 2017 SO FAR?

until next time xxoo