ARC REVIEW: Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross a.k.a i call dibs on jason brody

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TITLE:Whatever Life Throws at You
AUTHOR:Julie Cross
PUBLICATION:Published October 7th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance | Sports
PAGES: 320pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING:

 

4 ★★★★1/2

 

 

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Life loves a good curveball…
Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas’s life is completely upended the moment her dad returns to the major leagues as the new pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals. Now she’s living in Missouri (too cold), attending an all-girls school (no boys), and navigating the strange world of professional sports. But Annie has dreams of her own—most of which involve placing first at every track meet…and one starring the Royals’ super-hot rookie pitcher.
But nineteen-year-old Jason Brody is completely, utterly, and totally off-limits. Besides, her dad would kill them both several times over. Not to mention Brody has something of a past, and his fan club is filled with C-cupped models, not smart-mouthed high school “brats” who can run the pants off every player on the team. Annie has enough on her plate without taking their friendship to the next level. The last thing she should be doing is falling in love.
But baseball isn’t just a game. It’s life. And sometimes, it can break your heart…

 

 

REVIEW:

 

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Still not sure but what I’m sure is… I LOVE THIS BOOK. I DO. OMG WITH ALL MY HEART!!! Which is a surprise because have you seen the reviews of the author’s other books? Yeah that’s why my expectation wasn’t that high. This book definitely surprised me. 

Annie is such a cool chic. She’s a sporty one. Her father used to be this famous pitcher (i’m sorry if my terminologies isn’t right) All I know that her father used to be a hotshot in the baseball game until he had cancer and have to cut off his leg. You guys, the relationship between Annie and her father is phenomenal. It was absoultely well done. To the point that I was jealous of their relationship and wishing I have that as well. (yea I have father issues) Anyway, it’s one of my favorite aspect from this book. 

The characters were authentic, likeable and made me feel what they’re truly feeling. DO YOU GET THAT? When you read a book and keeps saying ‘yes I know what you feel. stop you’re making me feel emotions!’ I guess it’s because of Julie Cross’s amazing writing. She’s on point. Also, THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT? So good and wonderfully done. I love how seeing Annie grow. And making decisions for herself and her father and her grandma. 

For a week now, I’ve been mulling on why I loved this book so much. I mean, I’ve been reading YA/NA contemp for like, forever, and to be honest this is not THAT new. I’ve read this storyline before. Met some cool chic like Annie before and totally swooned before I met Jason Brody. But I realized this: Whatever Life Throws at you has a heart. It touched me. Crept inside of me and I have a feeling it won’t let go. It’s not just pure fluff but it’s also has a message and a lesson. I JUST LOVE IT OKAY

The romance was funny and HOT and totally adorable. I don’t know how Julie did that but she just made it. From the first chapter that Annie and Jason Brody met I’M ALREADY ROOTING FOR THEM. They just match you know. This pair is my OTP and I love how their relationship sailed. 

JASON BRODY.. HOW DO I EXPLAIN JASON BRODY? 

You know what? I can’t. 

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Do I recommend this? YES. To who? TO YOU. TO YOUR FRIEND.TO YOUR NEIGHBOR. TO EVERYONE. TO SPORT MANIACS. Be warned though. Whatever Life Throws At You might have a cute and fluffy blurb, but it has it’s steamy moments. Not a lot but it will sure make you blush. 

REVIEW: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu a.k.a little wolf is on the move

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TITLE: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
AUTHOR: Marie Lu
PUBLICATION: Published October 7th 2014 by Putnam Books for Young Readers
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Dystopia | Science Fiction
PAGES: 336pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: purchased
RATING:

3 ★★★1/2

 

 

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

 

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“I am Adelina Amouteru… I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.”

 

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I was not ready for that. No, really. I wasn’t. This is my first from Marie Lu and I didn’t know that she writes like this. EPIC. I have no words about the writing. It’s captivating and gripping and Marie Lu really deserves the hype she’s getting if it’s based on her writing alone. The pacing was a bit so-so to me. There was a part in the book where it lagged a little and I feel like asking ‘OKAY SO WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN NEXT?’ But other than that, I have no argument about the pacing. This book also has one of the best opening ever and it didn’t let me go from the moment I read it. It was powerful and totally vivid. It intrigued me, affected me easily and made me see Adelina with awe.

I have a love hate relationship with Adelina. She is marked. She’s a Malfetto. A malfetto is feared and seen as trash by the people in Kenettra. So because of that, Adelina is one of those people who are treated differently. Especially by her father. OKAY. Adelina is a very bitter main character. Her bitterness is so powerful that I can taste in her narration. I love that she’s staying strong and that she can stand up on her own when she wants to. But I don’t like how she thinks sometimes. THERE’S A WAR INSIDE OF HER and sometimes it’s annoying. She just can’t seem to make up her mind.

The characters here are well done. They all affected me in some way. Whether it’s in a good or bad way, they all made an impact. Marie Lu knows creativity AND originality. There’s nothing cliche about them and they’re all fascinating. I think the characters is what I love the most about this book.

The plot didn’t really give me that EPICNESS OVERLOAD reaction but it did get me excited and over the edge. I was a bit disappointed by some happenings in the near end. I mean, seriously, does Marie Lu hates happy endings?

 

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Anyway, I trust this author now, so if certain things has to happen, then so be it. But the sequel better be more good than this one. By the way the book ended, I’m really looking forward to the second installment. It wasn’t a cliffhanger but I was left with need! It was a thrilling and mystifying epilogue even though my heart was just ripped out.

I’m not gonna say anything about the romance aspect because I still don’t know what to make of it. Honestly, I’m not even sure if there is one. Anyway, whatever happens to Adelina, I know that I want to be there to witness it. This girl is a chaos waiting to happen and I’m just waiting now. Hoping to meet more original and fascinating characters by Marie Lu. A bit more work for the world-building wouldn’t hurt either.

 

BOOK EXCERPT: Following Zippy by C.B Burdette + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Following Zippy
AUTHOR: C.B. Burdette
PUBLICATION: Published July 2014 by Flower Child Publishing
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Inspirational
PAGES: 281pages (paperback)
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At fifteen most kids only have to worry about their homework or the style of their shoes. Gabe Perkins isn’t most kids. When diagnosed with a terminal illness, he begins to make friends with a girl so ethereal, he starts to question his own sanity.

 

 

So excited to share an excerpt of Following Zippy by C.B Burdette! Read it and it might push you to buy the book! Here it is:

 

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“Look at those fish,” she said, diverting her attention towards the creek.

“What about them?”

“They’re just swimming along. Living and breathing. I wonder,” she said as she nudged her shoulder against mine, “if they know what purpose they serve.”

“Well, they probably don’t.”

“Why’s that?”

“Because, they’re fish?”

“Don’t think so low of the marine species.”

“Zippy, they’re little minnows. They’re so little they probably only live a few months. Why worry about their place in life?”

“I don’t know. Something of the simplicity of them is nice, though, you must admit.”

She gleamed ear to ear, “Imagine, if you were a little minnow, swimming down the creek.”

“Oh, crap.”

“What?”

“Do you really think there’s something out there that really cares about those little fish? Or even, you know, if something out there is looking down at us, talking about us like we’re little fish? As if we’re just tiny little minnows swimming down a stream, unsure of what fate lies ahead of us?”

“I do.”

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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I grew up a gypsy at my parents hands. With a dad in the Air Force, I got to experience life on the road, soaking up culture. After spending 6 years working as a model, I realized that the industry wasn’t much of what I was looking for in life. More often than not I felt like Jo Stockton in Funny Face and escaped into the world of film, where your job is based on something more than beauty. Though I do love 12 hour days on set, there’s nothing like snuggling up with a warm laptop and letting my fingers dance away to create a whole new world.

 

 

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REVIEW: Tape by Steve Camden & The Lost Boys by Lilian Carmine a.k.a grand can-YAWN.

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TITLE:Tape
AUTHOR:Steven Camden
PUBLICATION: Published January 30th 2014 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
GENRE: YA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 363pages (Hardcover)
SOURCE: arc via publisher (edelweiss)
RATING: 2 ★★

 

 

 

 

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Record a voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

This is their story.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Have you ever seen a book that you desperately WANT to like? Yeah, its TAPE for me. I’m big at books that includes music and/or time traveling plot. This one doesn’t have the music aspect, but the time traveling (sort of) aspect is very much present.

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Ameliah and Ryan is connected more than a tape. Ameliah is from 2013 and Ryan is from 1993. But they found a way to talk to each other.. and how is that? I DO NOT KNOW BECAUSE IT WASN’T EXPLAINED VERY WELL. IT MUST BE MAGIC. Anyway, the bigger question here is.. What’s the connection between Ameliah and Ryan??

I was close to the middle part when I already figured it out! I know, I’m smart like that! or…. maybe the book is just too dull to keep me guessing. Or….. the book is too predictable. I was so tempted to DnF this but I promised myself to play nice to books now. I don’t wanna DNF BOOKS ANYMORE AND I want to be a changed Book Reviewer. HA. So as a result, I WAS BORED to tears.

First of all, it was really slow to start. Like, I know we have to be introduced to the characters, but seriously..we have to get passed that! The characters, even though they did nothing but blab out their life to me, I still feel unattached to them. I ACTUALLY FORGOT THEIR NAMES while I was reading it.

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The romance was not believable at all. OF COURSE, its insta-love. They met, had an eye contact and suddenly they’re soulmates???????

BS.

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And as I mentioned above, the plot itself was not explained thoroughly. There’s a lot of unanswered stuff that really bothered me. And yeah, I WAS NOT SATISFIED.

Hmmm, TAPE has a 3 good things though:

1. The cover has Tape in it. SEE?
2. The cover is yellow.
3. The cover is yellow… and HAS A TAPE IN IT.

THAT IS ALL.

 

 

 

 

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TITLE:The Lost Boys (The Lost Boys #1)
AUTHOR:Lilian Carmine
PUBLICATION: Published October 24th 2013 by Ebury Digital
GENRE: YA > Romance | Paranormal
SOURCE: e-arc via (netgalley)
PAGES: 512pages (kindle edition)
RATING: 1 ★

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart?

Having moved to a strange town, sixteen-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home.

But Tristan Halloway is not what he seems. And there’s a very good reason why he’s always to be found roaming between the gravestones in the local cemetery…

 

 

REVIEW:

 

“..I thought about how odd it was being sad at the idea of not seeing someone I’d just met two days ago, someone I barely knew. Tristan had made such a big impact on my life already

 

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“…someone I barely knew..”

 

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“…two days ago…”

 

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This book really has potential. And it was wasted. Because of this: !!!!! And this: !!!!! and a lot more of this: !!!!!!!!

The Lost Boys a.k.a The abundance of !!!! The repetition of very bugged me too. I guess very is the author’s favorite word.

This is an example of Insta-Love gone wrong (okay what’s new with that) well, this went horribly wrong.

 

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HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WHEN YOU DON’T KNOW THE GUY (even if he’s cute or not) YOU DO NOT FOLLOW LIKE A PUPPY, BECAUSE IDK, YOU MIGHT GET KILLED OR SOMETHING. But of course our protagonist, Joe, is a smart and genius girl who doesn’t listen.

“My resolve to get the hell away from him faltered and vanished in the brightness of his smile”

 

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I still gave Joe a chance though, I’m not that ruthless. And I admit that the plot is really mystifying. When I’m trying to ignore the abundance of exclamation marks and Joe’s losing brain cells, I focus more on story. I really want to know the guy’s secret and how did he become a ghost. The book also said that Joe was kind of a witch so that aspect should be exciting but it still failed to deliver. I understand that this is a first in a series but I can’t ignore that the teen drama was taking over the whole book.

Character development was Nada! in this book. Which sucks because it was badly needed. The characters were all over the place. It’s like the author don’t have a concrete idea on how her characters should act. I wasn’t impressed on how things ended too so NO, I won’t be reading the second book. I’m doing it for my own good.

ARC REVIEW: Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer + Giveaway!

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TITLE:Trust Me, I’m Lying
AUTHOR:Mary Elizabeth Summer
PUBLICATION: Expected publication: October 14th 2014 by Delacorte Press
GENRE: YA > Mystery | Thriller | Contemporary
PAGES: 336pages (hardcover)
SOURCE: e-arc via publisher (netgalley)
RATING: 

4  ★★★★

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Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.

Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.

But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

I never really expected a mystery/thriller book to break my heart. But this book did. Oh, it did. I don’t even know if that’s a good thing or not. All I know is that if a book affected you like the way this book affected me, it only means one thing: IT IS BRILLIANT AND MADE BY A GENIUS MIND.

Yep, I think Veronica will approve it.

 

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Julep (if that’s her real name) is a con artist. A grifter. And she’s good at what she do. After all, she learned from the best grifter she knows: her father. Who is, by the way, MISSING.

The gem in this book is Julep. She is well defined and incredibly believable for a 16 year old con artist. I notice every details when it comes to this kind of plots because even though this book is Fiction, I still want a hint of reality to it. You can say that the author really researched and crafted Julep very well. As far as I’m concerned, not only Julep, but every character in this book is plausible. I even have this weird connection with Julep’s father even though I’ve seen only small parts of him and mostly through Julep’s memory only.

The romance isn’t the main focus of the story because it’s more about finding Julep’s dad but it’s another reason to love the story. The romance aspect didn’t annoy me at all and the instead, it added flare to TMIL’s plot. There’s drama, of course. But this is the kind of drama that you’ll find yourself very invested in. And I have to admit that there were some things that happened that squeezed my heart and felt like it was rip apart but I willingly accepted it. Sometimes I wish I can sell my emotions for awhile. Sigh..

Trust Me, I’m Lying really delivers. It will keep you guessing, will shock you with its twist and turns and will made you laugh along the way. Julep is not someone you forget that easily and you’ll find yourself wishing that you have a real life friend like her. I recommend this to readers who is looking for a well done mystery with a sassy heroine. You will love it. Overall, Trust Me, I’m Lying is a lovely debut book! Can’t wait for the following books to come.
 

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Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, and her evil overlor–er, cat. TRUST ME, I’M LYING, a YA mystery, will be released by Delacorte in Fall 2014.

 

 

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