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.

 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Title: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Author: Becky Albertalli

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release: April 7, 2015

Pages: 320

 

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Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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I am in love with this book ❤ Absolutely in love.

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Seriously, I cannot stop gushing. This book definitely lives up to the hype, which I was nervous about when I decided to read it. I wanted to love it as much as everyone else. And I did. Then some. This book is just…so important. It’s message is clear and a wonderful story of coming out and being who you are. I cannot stop thinking about Simon and Blue and how incredibly brave and wonderful they are! Their emails had me swooning and giggling like a little girl!

No joke, family asked me repeatedly why I was laughing so much.
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First of all, this book is filled so many great relationships! Simon has the best of friends. Nick and Abby and Leah and Blue! and his wonderful family? I love them all so much. His family was supporting and great. When Simon brought up his dad’s gay jokes, he immediately apologized and his mom wanted to gush and know everything about Simon and who he was talking to. Seriously, the best. I am so glad that Albertalli included this in the story. It gave it so much more meaning. Plus, all the Harry Potter references!

Simon begins an online friendship with someone he doesn’t know the identity of online through his school’s Tumblr. They begin a close relationship coming to terms with their sexuality and helping each other with coming out to their families. All while not knowing who the other person is. When the emails turn into flirting is when the fun really starts. it’s so funny how Simon couldn’t see what was right in front of him. I am so glad I turned out to be right about who Blue was because I was so excited!

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I am trying so much not to talk about spoilers because all I want to do is fangirl over those last 30 pages! SO. DANG. CUTE.

I do have one complaint though. There was such a lack of description of the characters that I had such a hard time picturing them. I could picture one person perfectly and maybe Abby a little bit due to her skin color. But that was it. That was a little disappointing.

If you haven’t read this book yet, YOU REALLY NEED TO!

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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

The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass

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When Eadlyn became the first princess of Illéa to hold her own Selection, she didn’t think she would fall in love with any of her thirty-five suitors. She spent the first few weeks of the competition counting down the days until she could send them all home. But as events at the palace force Eadlyn even further into the spotlight, she realizes that she might not be content remaining alone.

Eadlyn still isn’t sure she’ll find the fairytale ending her parents did twenty years ago. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and soon Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more impossible—and more important—than she ever imagined.

This book was so bittersweet. I am so sad to say goodbye to my beloved Maxon and America. I’ve loved these characters so much and will miss them so much. With that being said, this book was so sad for be to read because of the end of one of my favorite guilty pleasure series!

First things first, this book was entirely too short. I mean it was less than 300 pages? Really? How am I going to let go in less than 300 pages?! 😦 Plus the ending felt (and really the whole plot of this book) felt a little rushed. Everything happened and wrapped up so fast the last quarter of the book.

Also, there really wasn’t as much romance as I was expecting. I am really happy that my ship sailed,but I wish I was able to see it unfold more clearly. It was still sweet and cute, but I am selfish and I wanted more! If you read my review for The Heir you’ll know that I had two ships in this spinoff series so I really wasn’t going to be disappointed with whoever Eadlyn chose but I am so happy with her choice. Erik, or should I say Eikko, completely store my heart. As did my lovable Kile who can build me the world. Sweet Henri and Hale were all so sweet to Eadlyn. I really enjoyed their little group that they formed. It was sweet to see Eadlyn have these guys who truly cared for her and supported her. As well as her new girlfriends.

Speaking of Eadlyn, I am so happy with her growth in this series. I was a little skeptical reading this book because I hated Eadlyn in the last book because she was such a spoiled brat, but she really grew up. She became stronger and more confident, more warm, and tender. She took charge when needed and didn’t let anyone steamroll her. I was really proud of her for stepping into her new role as Queen regent and the tasks that came with being Queen.

As much as I liked some aspects of this book I have to say my favorite part was the bits with Maxon and America. No matter what small part they play or how little we see of them they are still steal the show for me. They are ever the adorable couple that I love. Their moments together were sweet with Maxon fussing over America and America taking cute jabs at Maxon. ❤

Overall, this book was enjoyable. I liked it more than The Heir but it was definitely not my favorite in the series. It was too short and lacked a solid plot. Plus the epilogue (can it even be considered an epilogue) really gave us no glimpse into how our characters were doing.It was more like just parting words. However, I still enjoyed it. I am happy with Eadlyn’s choices and the end to the Selection was cute ❤

Until next time,
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Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Released: September 1, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Read on: December 7, 2015

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I am going to try to write my reviews a little differently. If I don’t like it, I’ll probably just go back to how I usually write them.

This book was a highly anticipated read for 2015 for me. I kept seeing it all over Bookstagram and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. It looked ridiculously cute and it was exactly what I need to get out of a slump. However, I think the hype kind of set a high bar for this one. Though I still enjoyed this book, I wasn’t blown away as so many others were. I thought it was good, but not amazing.


 

The Likes

  • All the adorable doodles and IMs, e-mails, ramblings from Maddy, etc. These really add something special to the book and gives you a little something more. I really appreciated it. It’s honestly what made me want this book so badly to begin with. I’m a sucker for book’s cute format/design ❤
  • THE BEAUTIFUL COVER!! 😀 😀 😀 ❤
  •  Maddy’s voice. I thought she was easy to understand and follow her line of thinking. She wasn’t whiny at all which is a breath of fresh air considering her situation. She has a rare disease that prevents her from ever leaving her house and instead of self-pity or Woe, is me, she lives her life (no matter how small it is) and finds a reason to be happy. She enjoys her books and reviews. She loves her nurse/friend Carla and her mother. She has a routine and she doesn’t complain…at least until Olly.
  • Olly. He was absolutely adorable. I felt for him. My heart broke every time we got a little glimpse at his family life. But Olly didn’t let that overcome him. He is strong and loyal and protective of his family. He’s sweet, funny, a little sarcastic, and just the type of person to make Maddy live.
  • Maddy and Olly’s chemistry. It was so effortless and flowed nicely. I seriously loved reading their conversations because they were adorable. Sometimes even the way they had to communicated, like through the window and miming answers, were just so cutesy.
  • Carla. Carla was a great friend to Maddy and there to help her whenever she needed. She truly cared for the best for Maddy and urged Maddy to take risks and just live her life.
  • The writing was easy to follow and flowed well. It didn’t feel choppy at all, which is great considering there were a bunche of doodles, graphs, etc in between chapters. If anything it just made the story flow more.
  • The plot twist! I have to admit I was semi-spoiled with this and when I say semi-spoiled, I mean I knew there was a plot twist coming and I saw it a mile away. It was pretty obvious what it was going to be…But I like it all the same. I liked that it wasn’t just about Maddy, but about her mother as well.

 

The Dislikes

  • The instalove between Olly and Maddy. Obviously this was inevitable considering Olly was going to be her first everything, but I think it happened a little too fast. I was enjoying their growing friendship with steady attraction, but then the L-bomb was dropped. Maybe I just didn’t feel their love too much because I was still getting to know Maddy, but I thought it was way too fast? I just couldn’t connect.
  • Speaking of, I couldn’t connect to the characters. I liked them all just fine, but I just didn’t connect to them as much as I would have liked.
  • Semi-spoiler? Can we talk about that plot twist again? It kind of bothered me how this girl who was supposedly a high risk with this super rare disease whose organs would explode when exposed to air went outside for the minute and nothing happened…why didn’t she question it? I knew right that minute for sure that what I suspected would be correct.
  • I didn’t like how cold Maddy acted toward her mother at the end. I understand she was upset because of what happened, but I think she could have been a tad bit more understanding to her mother’s condition. I am not making excuses for her mom at all, but the way she just built up a wall blocking her mom out wasn’t exactly for the best either. Her mom needed help and it would take time. But that’s just my opinion.

Overall, this book was entertaining, I mean I did read it in one sitting. It was fun and very easy to read. However, I wish I had connected with the characters and story a little bit more. But those last 100 pages of the book really made up for it!

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Have you read this book? What did you think?

Until next time,

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