ARC Review: The Becoming of Noah Shaw by Michelle Hodkin

 

Title: The Becoming of Noah Shaw

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Series: The Shaw Confessions #1

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release: November 7, 2017

Pages: 384

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after.

Everyone thinks seventeen-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string.

They’re wrong.

Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future.

He shouldn’t.

And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart.

They’re right.

Trigger warning: suicide/suicidal thoughts, self-harm, assault, victim blaming, death of teens, ill humor.

THE BECOMING OF NOAH SHAW was definitely a bit of a surprise. I had no idea what to think going into this book about what this was even going to be about. Because of the way the Maray Dyer trilogy ended, I felt like this book was a bit unnecessary, but because Noah Shaw is a gift I decided I needed to it. However, I still feel a little confused about where this new spin off is going and why it was even needed? The entire plot felt a little lack luster and underwhelming. Even though I loved being inside Noah’s head and his POV was definitely something I enjoyed more than Mara Dyer, I wish the story moved a little faster.

The book takes place some time after RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER, where Noah’s evil father has “committed suicide” and while they are at his funeral, Noah and Mara discover a dead body of a fellow Gifted teen who presumably killed himself. As more and more deaths of Gifted teens turn up, the gang discover new secrets. Noah begins doubting Mara and if he can even trust her. Being inside Noah’s head was definitely something I didn’t expect. He is more morbid and it broke my heart. He truly loves Mara more than anything so it hurt when he began to doubt her actions (although completely understandable).

THE BECOMING OF NOAH SHAW was entertaining to read, but a little too slow for my taste. I look forward to seeing where this new spin off will go because of that cliffhanger, but it’s not really something I am super excited for. I am thankful that we get more Noah Shaw though because Noah is perfect.

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

ARC Review: Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider

Title: Kiss Me in New York

Author: Catherine Rider

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Release: October 3, 2018

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Pages: 200

 

It’s Christmas Eve at JFK in NYC.

Charlotte is a British student, waiting for a flight home after the worst semester of her life. Anthony is a native New Yorker, surprising his girlfriend at the airport after three months apart. Charlotte has just been dumped, and Anthony is about to be dumped, right in the middle of the holiday crowd.

Charlotte’s flight is canceled when a blizzard blows in, and Anthony can’t bear to go home. So, they set out into the city together, clutching a book Charlotte picks up in the airport gift shop: Ten Easy Steps for Getting Over Your Ex. For this one night, they’ll focus on healing their broken hearts … together.

Step-by-step, the two struggle to put the past behind them. But the snow is so enchanting, and the holiday lights are so beguiling, that soon their shared misery gives way to something else. Soon, they’re not only over their exes — they’re falling for each other.

Then a subway ride splits them up by mistake. Will they reunite before Charlotte’s flight leaves New York forever?

KISS ME IN NEW YORK is sweet, Christmas romance that takes place within 24 hours. Charlotte is on her way back home to London dealing with a break up when she meets Anthony, who just got dumped in the airport himself. When Charlotte’s flight is delayed, she and Anthony decide to spend the remaining hours of Christmas Eve going through the Ten Steps to Get Over Your Ex book. What comes next is a sticky sweet romance perfect for cuddling up to a fire and hot cocoa with.

What was really enjoyable about this book was it was fun. Charlotte and Anthony are realistic characters dealing with their heartache. However, what I didn’t like was that within nine hours of time spent together the “L” word was thrown out there. I know they spent a great night together and connected on an emotional level, (I mean I was really rooting for them to realize they’d be great together), but love? Way too soon, not very believable. But, you can’t deny how adorable it was that they pick up a little dog and she quickly becomes theirs. I loved all the scenes where they interact with the pup, Mistake.

The plot of this book was a bit slow and took a while to get into because Charlotte and Anthony were just walking around trying to complete these “steps”, but it was so cute at the end that it’s easy to overlook. I had fun reading this and look forward to reading Catherine Rider’s future novels.

This review is based on the eARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Her Book Boyfriend by K.R. Grace ARC Review

Title: Her Book Boyfriend

Author: K.R. Grace

SeriesThe Awkward Duckling

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Release: August 25, 2017

Format: eARC

She believes the secret to love is in the tropes of her favorite romance novels. He’s the best friend prepared to prove her wrong.
Then comes the bet.
If she can’t land a boyfriend for prom by recreating the ten popular tropes in her favorite romance author’s books, she has to go to the prom with her.
The glitch?
They’ve been close their entire lives. He’s the rock god and school legend, while she’s the brainy sidekick who does all his dirty breakups. Thus, finding a guy who doesn’t think they’re already an item is going to be a lot harder than she thinks.
Will she land the book boyfriend of her dreams? Or will she be forced to go to prom with her best friend.
The truth is in the pages.

HER BOOK BOYFRIEND was a fast, cute read perfect for the summer. It centers around Macey Greere who is obsessed with reading Wendi Cooper romance novels and has convinced herself that to land her perfect book boyfriend she must follow all the rules laid out in Cooper’s novels. Only problem is, her best friend, the school’s rock God and her best friend, Cam Davis doesn’t believe she can do it. His bet? Land a boyfriend for prom or go with him instead. Sounds like the perfect friends to lover story that is my kryptonite!

While i enjoyed the story (particularly the ending), I had a few problems with it. Macey was a bit ridiculous in choosing which boys she should go after. She would literally pick any guy and make him her next target without even liking in the slightest bit. Also, Macey outs another student to someone else for no reason and no thought at all that it might be wrong. When I read that I couldn’t believe what I just read. It was offensive. Plus, her whole “guys aren’t working for me so I am going to try girls” was just awful to me. Also, spoiler, what was with all those promposals? Every single guy that asked her even if things had been terrible after their meeting asking her to prom made absolutely no sense and wasn’t even explained. I still don’t get why it was included at all.

What was really enjoyable was the ending though. Cam’s jealousy over Macey’s trying to date different guys was a little obvious that I can’t believe she didn’t see how he felt sooner. But I enjoyed their connection so much more when she finally got it. I would have liked if their friendship was showcased more so we could have had a bigger picture of them as a couple, but this was a bit of a short book.

Overall, it was okay. I don’t really know if I would recommend it. But if you’re interested in a quick read, maybe give it a try.

A copy was provided in exchange for a review, but all opinions are my own. Thank you, Netgalley and the publisher.

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.

 

My Roommate’s Girl by Julianna Keyes | ARC Review

Title: My Roommate’s Girl

Author: Julianna Keyes

Publisher: self-published

Release: June 12, 2017

Pages: 287

Format: eARC

The day a judge gave me the choice between going to prison or going to college was the day I vowed to stop stealing. Never again would I see something beautiful and beyond my means and take it, just because I wanted it. Just because I could.

When I moved in with Jerry, it was with good intentions. I needed a place to live while I got my degree, and he needed a roommate.

Then I saw Aster.

Blond and beautiful, good, pure, sweet, smart…and Jerry’s girlfriend. She was everything I never thought I could have. Except…maybe I can.

So I put a plan into action. Yeah, I’d probably go to hell, but it would be worth it. I wanted Aster. I wanted her yesterday and tomorrow and every possible way.

But you know what they say.

Be careful what you wish for…because you just might get it.

MY ROOMMATE’S GIRL is a steamy, not-what-I-expected novel that I wanted to love, but just fell a little under impressive. The main character is Aidan, who received a second chance at like when a judge issued him to go to college instead of jail, swears he is done stealing what doesn’t belong to him. When Aidan moves in with his new roommate Jerry and meets his girlfriend Aster, all bets are off.

Aidan, at times likable, is a total douche. He does something so unthinkable and unacceptable to get Aster because “he wanted her” just did it for me. I don’t really care for his backstory or any redeeming qualities he might have had because of what he did to Jerry and Aster. Yes, he befriends Aster and is actually a really nice friend to her and I loved their banter at times, but the connection just wasn’t there for me. Speaking of Aster, she was such a jerk in the first couple of chapters too. When her POV is surprisingly introduced, I was taken aback. I didn’t expect the story to be headed that way and while it should have made me feel sorry for her troubled childhood/life, all it did was make me hate her too. She was so fake that I just didn’t trust her anymore either. When Aidan was trying to be nice to her and she was being nothing but closed off and then magically flipped a switch to be pleasant and polite? Nope. I don’t trust her and Aidan at all and if I dislike both main POV characters… what’s the point?

I had to stop reading at 66% because it feels like we already hit our conflict and I just don’t have the energy to read another 36% about nothing. I wanted to like this book because it seemed angsty and steamy, but it fell too hard.

I do like that Aidan didn’t seduce Aster while she was with Jerry and made her cheat though. That’s why I thought would happen and I was already hesitant about this book so that was a little better, but then again…what Aidan did? Nope.

The writing was fine and it was easy to fall into the story and it pains me that I didn’t like it better.