ARC REVIEW: Pull by Anne Riley

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Pull

Anne Riley

Expected publication: February 2nd 2016 by Spencer Hill Press

YA > SciFi | Time Travel

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4 ★★★1/2

 

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Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.

She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There’s no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.

The stranger, Albert, and his band of misfit crime-fighters, have the special ability to Pull, which allows them to rewind just enough time to undo a recent event. Someone is hunting Albert and his crew– and now that Rosie’s been seen with them, she’s a target too. Rosie is left with no choice but to trust Albert to keep her safe.

As Rosie learns more about this unbelievable ability and the people – if you can call them that – who want them dead, she discovers that the group’s desire for her blood might be more than mere coincidence. Each step into this magical side of London introduces Rosie to a family history that she never knew existed, and dangerous forces that could unravel her world in an instant.

Her family may be the reason they’re all being hunted—and she may be the only one who can figure out how to save them. Sure, between the lot of them, they have a few shots to get it right. The thing about Pulling, though, is you have to be alive to do it.

 

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You know what PULL reminds me of? The Mortal Instruments with a mixture of Doctor Who. Now I don’t know about you, but those two together are all kinds of amazing. And that’s what Pull is. And because we’re being honest, I have to say that I didn’t expect to love Pull so much. Although I am a big fan of all things time travel AND London, only few books can make me fall in love with them.

I was hooked from the first chapter because Rosie is such an excellent narrator. Her voice isn’t cliché. She is one of those YA heroines that you will like so much because.. Well, because you can’t help it. I like the fact that she uses her head and doesn’t easily go into boy crazy mode. She’s caring, kind and funny. Totally book bff material. Another little thing that I appreciated about Pull is that although supernatural things are happening, THE PARENTS ARE ALIVE. Oh goodness, how I appreciate that much. Let’s admit it, lots of author either makes their main characters orphans or kills their parents eventually. I like that Anne Riley didn’t go with the easy way because the parents play such a huge role in every story. Every character of Pull have their own characteristics that makes them different and everyone have a part in the story. Each characters are written very well and I can’t wait to get to know more of them if ever the author decides to make a continuation.

One word to describe Pull: EXCITING. The excitement never ends! There are a lot of questions that needs to be answered and everything leads to another mystery that needs to be solved. What is the power? Who are the people who can go back in time? How is it all possible? I did get all my answers and Anne Riley didn’t left me hanging but I would really love it if there’s a second story about all of this. I feel like Rosies world is just waiting to be explored, there’s so much more to learn and to meet.

The romance is very sweet and real! No instalove or any annoying thing that usually annoys me when it comes to the romance area of every story. Unlike the story’s pacing, it took time for the characters to get to together. They’re perfect for each other and they make me swoon!!!

I sure can’t get enough of Pull. The only thought I have right after I finished reading Pull is that I WANT MORE. Anne Rileys writing is so terrific that I feel like I was just right beside Rosie and discovering London with her. Thrilling and addictive, Pull have all the potential to be the next big thing!!

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Anne Riley is an author of young adult fiction cleverly disguised as a high school Spanish teacher. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family. Anne began writing at the ripe old age of nine, when she penned a literary classic about… well, she doesn’t really remember what it was about, but she’s pretty sure the main characters were ferrets. These days, she writes stories about teenagers instead of ferrets.

 

 


   

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ARC REVIEW: Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

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Vengeance Road
Erin Bowman
September 1st 2015
Young Adult > Historical > Western
336 pages (Kindle edition)
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4 ★★★★1/2

 

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When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.
In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.

 

REVIEW:

I’ve never been fond of the Western genre before but this book just damn well swayed my mind. Vengeance Road is a book that doesn’t shy away from being merciless and gritty. This isn’t some cutesy YA western, no. You want nasty? Nasty is what you’ll get. Kate, the heroine, is out for revenge and her thirst for it shows. She’s badass, ruthless and won’t stop for nothing but at the same time still so kind to the core.

Despite being bloody and brutal, I still found myself laughing at some scenes of the book. I have the secondary characters to thank for that and the banter they shared with Kate because it gives us break from all the blood and grit. And yes, there’s romance but it took a backseat here and it’s so subtle yet it still made my heart aflutter. It’s definitely a pairing that I ship with all my heart.

And of course, it won’t be the west if there are no gun fights, gold hunts and ghost shooters. All these elements just added spirit to the whole wild west atmosphere and made the western feel so authentic and on point and damn, if you don’t read this book with an accent, then you’re doing it all wrong.

Vengeance Road just made me love this genre that I couldn’t care less about before and I’m just so glad that I took a chance on this book.

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Review: Hunted by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

 

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HUNTED
Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki
Published April 28th 2015 by Month9Books
YA | Dystopian
414 pages
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4.5/5 Stars

 

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HUNTED is the electrifying sequel to the bestselling debut BRANDED, A Sinners Series, by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki.
It’s been three months since the revolt against the Commander’s fifty-year-old regime failed.
Under a new ruler, things were supposed to change. Get better.
But can anyone really be trusted?
Lexi and Cole soon find out, as life takes an unexpected turn for the worse.
In this ever-changing world, you must hunt or be hunted.
Lives will be lost.
Dreams will be crushed.
Fears will be realized.
Secrets will be exposed.
When Cole is once again faced with losing Lexi at the hands of a monster, one encounter will change everything.
Forever.

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Hunted was jaw dropping and amazing to say the least. It was fast paced, had the right amount of action, mixed in some sexy times with Cole and Lexie, yet still managed to break my heart. In my opinion, Hunted was a step up from Branded. The writing was better, and it somehow was even more suspenseful then Branded, which I didn’t think was possible.

Cole continues to be an absolutely amazing guy. He is just such a hottie. Hunted really dives into exploring more of the amazing characters of Lexie, Cole, Bruno and Grace. Lexie is so tough and she never gives up what she believes in. Plus, Lexie continues to be such a realistic character and goes through substantial development. Of course, we have Zeus, the amazing dog companion who everyone loves. I’ve yet to talk to anyone who’s read Branded and Hunted who doesn’t like Zeus. (And how could you not like him, he’s an adorable, overly-protective dog for crying out loud!) But back to Cole and Lexie, not only are they dealing with their own struggles they have to deal with so much craziness around them and live in such a terrifying world.

The ENDING though. After breaking your heart, and leaving you swooning, Hunted still manages to end on an extremely high note that will leave you guessing. I cannot wait for Liberated! (I don’t even know how I’m going to survive the wait though…) 

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ARC REVIEW: Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts

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Playing the Player

Lisa Brown Roberts

Expected publication: September 14th 2015 by Entangled: Crush

YA > Contemporary | Romance

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4 ★★★★1/2

 

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The Good Girl Vs. The Player
Round one begins…

Trina Clemons needed the money. Why else would she – the most organized, prepared student in school – spend the summer as a nanny and partner with the biggest slacker ever? Now she’s ready to tackle nannyhood with her big binder of research and schedules. Just don’t ask her about the secret job of “fixing” the bad habits of a certain high school player…

Slade Edmunds prefers easy hook-ups, and Trina is definitely not his type. She’s all structure and rules, while Slade wants to just have fun. Fortunately, Trina has no idea about the bet Slade made with his best friend that he can totally get her to unwind by the end of summer…

Then the weirdest thing happens. There’s chemistry. A lot of it.
But nothing gets between a boy and a girl like a big, fat secret…

 

 

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“Spontaneity isn’t bad. It might even be… epic”

I should’ve known that I’ll finish this in one sitting. …………and that I will swoon like crazy.

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Entangled Crush can can do no wrong in my book. And Playing the Player is an evidence to that. Get ready girls, Slade is about to intrude your very organized life…. by distracting you with his not-so-good clothing style and irresistible charm. No one can be immune! Trina can attest to that.

I have been a fan Lisa Brown Roberts ever since I read How (Not) To Fall In Love. After reading that book, I was so sure that there’ll be amazing books ahead from Roberts that’s why I was ecstatic when I found out about Playing the Player and let me tell you, I was not disappointed at all. In fact, it exceeded my expectations!!

Trina is another heroine you’ll admire! With her pixie fairy vibe and super uptight trait, you’d she would be annoying but nooooooo. I can’t help but admire her whole personality, I loved her even more because of her character development that you will totally see throughout the story. She’ll go from the neat freak girl to the girl who loves spontaneity. And how did that happen? Well, with the help of our hero of course! Oh man, Slade!! SLADE PEOPLE, SLADE! You know my favorite thing about this book? Is that the love interest isn’t cliche so he’s not your usual dark any broody mysterious hero. Everybody needs a break from that, right? Slade is obnoxious, a charm inducer and a swoony stud wrapped in a very bad clothing ensemble. And yes, you will still LOVE him to pieces.

The friendship between Slade and Alex, who is gay, is very adorable. Alex was such a delight to read even though he caused some trouble between my OTP. It’s incredible how Roberts inserted a very little diversity in the story and yet, the impact was huge. The friendship is one of the huge reason why this book is different from others. Even the kids that Slade and Trina are nanny-ing didn’t fail to crack me up. They add more cuteness to the already swoon worthy love story of their nannies.

I just wished that Trina and Slade had more moments together as a couple though, but other than that, I have no more problem with the book.

You will laugh, you will sigh and you will swoon. Playing the Player will play with your emotions… and you will love every moment of it because Slade and Trina are worth it. Roberts did it again! With characters that you will fall for, romance and friendships that you’ll swoon over, Playing the Player absolutely deserves your attention!

 

 

 

 

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Lisa Brown Roberts still hasn’t recovered from the teenage trauma of nearly tweezing off her eyebrows and penciling them in for an entire school year. This and other painful memories inspire her to write books in which girls big on wit and heart earn happy endings with swoony guys…eventually. Her almost forever home is Colorado, though she occasionally pines for the days when she lived within walking distance of the Pacific Ocean. Her house is full of books, boys, four-­legged prima donnas, and lots of laughter.

 

 

 

 


 
   

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ARC REVIEW: Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally + Giveaway!!

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Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks)
Miranda Kenneally
Expected publication: July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
YA > Contemporary | Romance
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4 ★★★★ 1/2

 

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Practice Makes Perfect.
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.
But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams.
Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?
 
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“Yeah, yeah, I’m from Tennessee, where its a crime if you don’t love country, but I deep, rumbling beats and singing loud and fast and hard. I do not like closing my eyes and crooning to a cow in the pasture.”

I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS MY FIRST BOOK FROM MIRANDA KENNEALLY!! Excuse me while I purchase her other books. I am missing out, I know that now. It definitely shocked me to find out that Miranda isn’t on my author-to-stalk list when her books are the kinds I inhale like crack. Books like Jesse’s Girl keeps me alive!!! And I have authors like Miranda to thank for that. You may think that Jesse’s Girl is another YA contemporary romance, but I’ll stop you right there. Because Jesse’s Girl is absolutely more than that, it has a heart.

Jesse and Maya is absolutely delightful to read. Maya, especially, is a refreshing main character with a very much engaging voice. She has that badass and yet adorable persona nailed. She’s also a surprise too since I expected a southern sweetheart (I mean, look at the cover) but turns out, Maya isn’t the southern sweetheart type. Usually, I’m not into the spunky kind of girl, but Maya changed me. She made me admire her so much with her caring heart, big dreams and witty and sassy comebacks.

Jesse didn’t have to do much. We all know that musicians are my top favorite heroes, but a country artist? With an attitude like Jesse? Which isn’t great at first but still!! My heart breaks for the guy. He’s all hard and sometimes jerky on the outside but on the inside? Totally a marshmallow coated with lots and lots of sugar. Jesse knows how to deliver a speech that will melt every part of you and that, my friends, is why Jesse deserved to be loved.

What I like most about Jesse’s Girl is Miranda’s extraordinary power to make me forget my bladder and hunger. Apparently, once you sit down with a Miranda Kenneally book, you’ll either finish it NOW or… there’s no other choice, really. You’ll finish it on one sitting because you’ll be compelled to do so. See how powerful Miranda is? I really don’t mind, tbh.

Do I really have to say it? I AM SO IN LOVE with this book and I think- scratch that, I know you will be too! Its optimistic, smart and full of heart. Filled with rich characters that will touch your inner core and relationships that are neatly and realistically done, Jesse’s Girl is everything your fangirl heart wants and needs.

 

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Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

 

 

 

 

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