The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia

 

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Title: The Lovely Reckless
Author: Kami Garcia
Publisher: Imprint
Publication: October 4, 2016
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Pages: 384

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I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

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Thank you to Impulse and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange of a honest review.

This book is such a pleasant surprise. It is very reminiscent of Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series, especially Crash Into You (which is my favorite book) and I love it! The story of two teens who come from different worlds finding a special connection with each other is one of my favorite stories and this was perfectly done.

The story surrounds Frankie Devereux after she witnessed her boyfriend Noah’s death right before her eyes. Suffering from PTSD, Frankie becomes a little reckless and has to move into a less “privileged” part of town with her father and enter a public school where she meets the sexy, passionate, and bad boy Marco Leone. The second Frankie meets Marco, an intense attraction begins and it’s all you need to realize that you need Marco as your next book boyfriend. I know I did. ❤

Frankie is one of my favorite characters. She suffers from PTSD and flashbacks from the night when Noah died. She is desperately trying to remember who killed Noah and she lets this haunt her for majority of the book. I just felt so much sympathy for her. She is lost. She doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere anymore. She has to move into her Dad’s place where she hasn’t had that great of a  relationship with in quite some time as a result of his job. Her mother is distant and pays more attention to her new husband and making Frankie who she wants Frankie to be rather than get to know her daughter. On top of all this, Frankie is trying to forget everything that is connected to Noah because it hurts her too much. That means trying to distant herself for her oldest friends. While I didn’t agree with Frankie’s decisions, I understood them. I loved Frankie’s development in this novel because it showed just how strong she is. She had to fight a hard battle trying to piece together what happened as well as save herself and learn who she now is. She took some risks and it was always for those she loved. She just wanted to do the right thing for the right reason.

Oh Marco, Marco, Marco. I was gushing so much over this beautiful soul. My heart broke a million times because of his story and the cards life dealt him, but you have to love his heart. His connection with Frankie is beautiful and the way he cares for his sister  will make you love him. I dare you not to fall in love with him. He is so protective of those he cares about and will do everything to protect them and it hurts because he won’t fight for himself. He feels just as lost as Frankie does, if not more. He thinks so poorly of himself that it’s heartbreaking!

“Marco will fight for his sister, for his friends, and I’m willing to bet hed fight to the ends of the earth for you. But he won’t fight for himself. He only sees one door, Frankie. He needs someone to show him the others ones.”

What I really liked about this book besides the intense relationship between Frankie and Marco was the friendships Frankie formed. This book wasn’t only about a love story. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t even really instalove (not really), but Frankie first developed a friendships with a girl from her class, Cruz and her new reconnected friendships with her older friends, Lex and Abel which was more important. She needed to know that she had people supporting her who can help her see the “other doors.”

Overall, this book is fantastic and quickly became one of my favorite contemporaries. It’s sexy, fast-paced, thrilling, and never a dull moment. I never cry while reading contemporaries, but this book made me bawl my eyes out. I felt so connected to these characters and so invested in their journeys. Thank you, Kami Garcia for writing such a beautiful, heartfelt story. It will stay in my heart forever.  

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This lovely book comes out tuesday! Make sure you grab your copy so we can fangirl together! 

Until next time,
Dee

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Title: It Ends with Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Released: August 2, 2016
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384

First initial reaction upon finishing It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover:

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But what else did I expect when it comes to Colleen?

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(ALTHOUGH I DO RECOMMEND GOING IN BLIND. I DID AND IT WAS WORTH IT)

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

In all honesty, I can see the maturity and intensity that Colleen brought to us in her writing with this novel. This book is so important and everyone needs to read it right now. It has such a strong theme that gave me so much to think about! I personally have never been in this situation, but everything about this book made me feel like I was feeling everything in the pit of my own stomach. I felt like this was happening to me. My heart was breaking and I was shaking because I was so scared and just…sad.

I wish cutting my feelings off for the person who hurt me was as easy as I used to think it would be. Preventing your heart from forgiving someone you love is actually a hell of a lot harder than simply forgiving them.

I am not going to talk too much about the characters or the story because I really encourage everyone to read this going in blind and not knowing a single thing. But it is worth it. Colleen not only brings us a heartwarming and heartbreaking story, but she shows gives readers a lot to think about. There are some tough themes in this novel and it makes it that much more important to read.

I am going to say that I loved Lily. She had so much drive, she was independent and strong and inspiring. She did what she felt was right no matter what even if it was scary. I admire her strength. I think a lot of people will. How she handled her situations with our two boys was smart. This book is very much about her empowering journey and even though I rooted for her from the very beginning, I do have to admit I was heartbroken by the outcome. I am very much a hopeless romantic and would have loved a better end, but I am very much #TeamLily! I found myself literally screaming “YES YOU GO GIRL” a few times!

Yes, I fell in love with Ryle the same way Lily did. Yes, I fell in love with Atlas the same way that Lily did. I couldn’t help it. I am a hopeless romantic! 

This story was so raw, bold, powerful, and HEAVY. 

Thank you, Colleen.

Thank you for being brave and bold.

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Now Go! 

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until next time,

Dee

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

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I recently have been so into listening to audibooks and when I saw this was available on Overdrive, I was so excited to give it a read. It was so much fun and I really enjoyed myself. This was my first Sophie Kinsella book and now I am so interested to read more!

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

myreviewThis book is a comedy. Yes, it’s about a girl dealing with Social Anxiety Disorder, but it is a comedy. It’s not going to be all seriousness and sadness. So if you realize this, I think you will really enjoy it. The author is in no way mocking SAD in any way, in my opinion. In fact, I thought she did an excellent job with portraying a MC dealing with anxiety.

Audrey’s thoughts were spot on and you could really feel her internal struggle. I found her journey and battle to be really inspiring. She pushed herself into new situations even though she was so uncomfortable, but she really is a strong girl. I loved her relationship with her therapist because Dr. Sarah really pushed her to try new challenges. As well as Linus (the love interest). Linus was such a sweetheart and I really liked his character. He is Audrey’s older brother Frank’s teammate (video game team) and really helped Audrey with her battle. He urged her to write to him, have contact, go out to Starbucks and eventually try to talk to people she didn’t know. He used baby steps with her and was so patient. I found him to be even more supportive than her parents. Audrey really has a great support system. Her brother stuck up for her to one of the bully’s family and her parents really just are so patient with her.

One thing that I found good and bad was Audrey’s mother Anne. Anne is a great mother but she was so obsessed with Frank playing video games that sometimes I felt like it eclipsed the plot of the book. Anne goes above and beyond trying to get Frank to not play on his computer and though it was really funny at times, sometimes it was a little too much.

However what really bothered me was that we never really know what happened to Audrey. Audrey keeps saying that something happened at her old high school with some girls and she ended up in the hospital now dealing with her anxiety, but we never know exactly what happened. Obviously she was bullied from a group of girls but what was said? What did they do? Who even knows? I found this so infuriating because every so often Audrey would mention “what happened before” but yet she didn’t “want to talk about it” so the reader doesn’t know. I am a greedy reader and want to know everything! Simply staying at she was bullied does not satisfy me! Sorry.

There really wasn’t much plot wise considering this was basically about Audrey’s struggle with SAD and trying to break out of her own head, but it was still really entertaining. It was quick, fast and easy to get through. Funny writing, great audio that really adds to the humor and tone of the family, quite entertaining.
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Have you read this book? What did you think? What other Sophie Kinsella Books have you read and recommend? Let’s chat.

 

happy reading & until next time,
Dee

Royal Obsession (Royal #3) by Megan Maldonado

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FIRE KINGDOM—CARMELLA & DEREK
Everything comes with a price…
For Carmella Woods, daughter of the prestigious and highly favored Lord Woods, feeling caged is no novelty. Her entire life has been designed in the hopes to make her fit, to adapt to what her parents perceive as respectable, honorable. Not doing so has high, unthinkable consequences. Consequences she has faced in the past, and has lost the fight against in the present.
Doing her best to be an obedient daughter and keep her essence—her spark—has proven quite difficult, especially since the favored her father praises are nothing more than a group of superficial bigots.
Until Derek Warren reenters her life.
Gorgeous, egocentric Derek Warren. Womanizing, dangerous Derek Warren.
After being fiercely rejected by Prince Derek, Carmella can hardly glance at him without feeling enraged. Though that quickly changes as her life is swooped into a whirlwind, with the prince at the center of the chaos—of the blaze. A link to who she truly is.
In a battle between past and present, truth and lies, Carmella must decide whether to fight the licks of flame that threaten to consume her, or embrace them.

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I received a copy of Royal Obsession by the author in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion.

Royal Obsession is in the Royal Series and after reading Royal Bond and getting a glimpse of the arrogant Prince Derek and Carmella I thought I would really enjoy it. However, this book was just okay. I didn’t love it, but I still enjoyed it for the most part. We get a better look at the Wieders world and the South kingdom where Derek and his lovable sister Amanda (who we met in Royal Bond) are from. It was nice to get a closer look at their world because in Royal Bond we hardly got to see any of it since the main character was being stubborn and wouldn’t let us learn anything! 😉

Now in Royal Bond we meet Prince Derek with his date Carmella and at the start of this novel we learn that Derek was a jerk and broke Carmella’s heart. She hates his guts. She is so turned off by him and annoyed every time she even sees him. I actually found their earlier encounters a little funny because Derek was almost so clueless about how much she hated him. He would play and flirt with her and she was just not into him and would shoot him down. I really enjoyed this side of Carmella. She was strong and knew what she wanted. She worked hard to get what she wanted. What I hated most was how unsupportive her parents were. They could see how much she wanted to be a guard and got upset with her when they found out she was in combat training or forced her to go to parties and galas that she clearly did not want to go to, but because Prince Derek invited her she must always say yes. Yes, she hates him and this is our whole plot to throw them back together but the parents are the worst and I felt so badly for Carmel.

Now on the other hand, even though I liked Derek and Carmella and loved the ever bubbly Amanda, I didn’t really connect with these characters as much as I did in the first book. Maybe it was my mood, but I didn’t get attached to anyone or feel overly invested in what would happen next. I don’t know what went wrong that made me not like this book for me since I really, really enjoyed the first, but this is going down in the books as just okay. I really liked the setting and seeing more characters though. Also, this could have used a little more editing.

Otherwise, a pretty decent book. Give it a try if you’re into NA Paranormal Romance ❤

Until next time,
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Golden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown

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Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

This book destroyed me. It gutted me out into small pieces and stomped on my heart. I feel victimized and betrayed. I feel empty. I have never been this affected by a sequel in such a long time. I don’t I’ve ever been this affected by a sequel. It had me laughing, crying, screaming, panicking, and clutching my heart at 2AM. I am being dramatic, but this is how invested I am with these characters and their story. Pierce Brown has just earned a special seat on my Favorite Authors Thrones.

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“Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.

Golden Son picks up two years after Red Rising left off and at first I was really confused because I read Red Rising so long ago. I didn’t remember details and had to basically relearn the entire slang/lingo all over again. This is what slowed me down. This is what slowed me down with Red Rising to begin with, but I quickly was able to jump back into the world and find the rhythm again. Darrow is now a Peerless Scarred and still working for the ArchGovernor , Nero au Augustus. After Darrow loses in a space battle against House Bellona (Cassius still determined to avenge Julian’s death), Augustus decides to sell Darrow’s contract and let him go. Without Augustus’s protection against the Bellonas, Darrow makes an unlikely alliance. I actually really liked this alliance because you never knew what was going to happen. You were stepping on eggshells the whole time because you knew this person couldn’t be trusted, but there is just something so intriguing about him. I won’t say who it is, but if you’ve read this book you know.

“Friendships take minutes to make, moments to break, years to repair.”

What I really like about this trilogy is all the characters. I have so many favorites and they are all precious little cupcakes to me. It’s so hard to love one more over another because they all carry their own light and shine. Mustang is smart and independent and strong. Darrow is loyal and self-sacrificing. Once he lets someone into his inner circle and heart, he will do whatever to protect them and even for the lowColors who don’t have anyone to protect them. Sevro is funny, strong, and loyal to Darrow and the Howlers. He adds just the right amount of comic relief. Roque, the poet, is also still one of my favorites. He’s so sweet and genuine that it broke my heart for what he had to go through. His rift and doubting of Darrow really tore my heart open and I was constantly worried for him. I am still not over everything that happened in the ending. THANKS PIERCE. THANKS A LOT.

“Wise men read books about history. Strong men write them.”

One of my favorite parts of the book was getting to know more about the Sons of Ares. We finally meet Ares and I have to say…I was shocked. I did not see that coming at all and I loved it! I really enjoyed hearing the story about why the Sons were formed and why everything was set in motion, why Darrow was chosen. I look forward to see what is next in store for the Sons because…ahem. I am anxious. I am scared.

The action sequences in this book really packed a punch! There was constant action and they were so vividly written that everything played out exactly like a movie. There was intense and nervewrecking which made the pacing of this book even better than the first book. Usually I will want to read quickly because I am anxious to know what will happen next, but with this book so much was happening that I had to stop and take a breath to absorb everything. It was just that great. I am that attached.

Now this book sets up Morning Star quite nicely. Golden Son left off on one of the most gut-wrenching cliffhangers and I am itching to get my hands on Morning Star. It will be nice to see how this trilogy ends. But if the past two books were any indication, I know Pierce won’t let me down.

“I will die. You will die. We will all die and the universe will carry on without care. All that we have is that shout into the wind – how we live. How we go. And how we stand before we fall.”

If you are skeptical about reading this trilogy, please do. Stick with it. It gets better and is a great ride.
If you didn’t enjoy Red Rising that much, give Golden Son a try. 🙂

Until next time,
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