ARC REVIEW: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

The Heartbreakers
Ali Novak
Published August 4th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire
YA >  Contemporary
336 pages 
eARC for Review




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“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.
Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?


If you want to read a book that will make you stupider for having read it, you, my dear friend, have stumbled upon the find of your lifetime. Not only is The Heartbreakers a brain cell killer, it will also annihilate your chances of ever wanting pick up a Young Adult Contemporary after it, so beware.

Let me tell you a little something about this book: DONT READ IT. No, seriously. Reading a review about it and laughing at the sheer stupidity that is this book is one thing, but putting yourself through the trouble of reading it is a completely different thing. So. Don’t bother with this book. You know you have work/homework/baby-making/chores/whatever to do. Do it. Don’t waste your time.

If you’re still here, it either means a) you still have hope or b) you’ve take me for a complete shit and want me to justify myself. I’ll do it happily.

The Heartbreakers are a fictional American boy band who are—obviously—the life and soul of teenage girls worldwide. Their formulaic bubble pop and their pretty faces makes them every girl’s (proverbial) wet dream. Cara, suffers from cancer, and is probably one of their greatest fans. But since she is unable to attend their concert, and as a part of her birthday surprise, her twins Stella and Drew decide to go get some signed merch for Cara.      

Stella, the lead idiot of the book happens to stop at a Starbucks on her way to the signing and happens to meet Oliver Perry, lead singer. She doesn’t recognise him, however, and after a little harmless flirting, the two go their separate ways. And of course, because this book was nothing if not filled to the brim with clichés, Stella and Drew don’t get their merch signed because after standing for four hours in line, the band has to leave. Stella is pissed. AND SHE TAKES IT OUT ON THE BAND WHEN SHE MEETS THEM IN A HOTEL ELEVATOR. SHE CALLS THEM OUT ON THEIR MUSIC AND DOES IT IN THE MOST BITCHIEST WAY POSSIBLE.

“The only thing that’s crazy is that people actually listen to your music.” (ARC, location – 392)

One of the band members, after Stella’s rude, obnoxious tantrum, actually says this:

“I think I kind of like this girl. She’s got sass. Can we keep her?” (ARC, location – 397)

 I mean, have you no self respect or have you no self respect?

I could go on and on ridiculing this sorry excuse of trash but here’s the rundown: A few minutes after the elevator debacle, Stella and Drew get invited to The Heartbreakers’ hotel room, goof off in the hotel pool, make besties with the band and Stella and Oliver kiss. Yes, they kiss within hours of having met for the first time. 

Here’s a list of some fails in this book:

  • The most loved American boy band hiring an unprofessional, 17 year old girl as their official photographer. And the goodie part? Said photographer hates their music.
  • An insta-love type romance that fell flat on its face. Repeatedly.
  • Pointless pranks, ketchup eating competitions, hell, there was something with Silly String…?
  • “Humour” that just pained me to read. It felt forced and added nothing to the plot whatsoever.
  • It read suspiciously like One Direction/5 Seconds of Summer fan fiction. Opinions, anyone?
  • Obviously this has been picked up the way it was from Wattpad and then published. No editing, no making the book people-friendly, and absolutely no humanising the characters. Every single one of them belonged in the jungle, getting eaten by an animal.

I completely adored this novel, in that it was so bad and unrealistic and poorly written that it was enjoyable and I found myself laughing A LOT. Nothing was probable, clichés were in abundance and the “romance” was a joke. The book ended abruptly and it was my life’s greatest moment because I actually read all 336 pages and though I completely enjoyed this crap, it was time for it end.

If I’ve convinced even two of HBT readers not to read this book, then my life is a success. Believe me, you will lose all faith in humanity if you ever read this book.

Rhea out.




ARC REVIEW: Doing It for Love by Cassie Mae


Doing It for Love
Cassie Mae
September 29th 2015
NA > Contemporary Romance
282 pages (Kindle Edition)
eARC from Netgalley

3 ★★★


Elizabeth Fanning’s life looks pretty perfect, judging by the diamond ring on her finger. Her fiancé, Landon, is sweet, handsome, and hilarious. The trouble is, before they’ve even tied the knot, their sex life has gone from mind-blowing to “meh”—and Liz isn’t ready to be part of an old married couple. After a cathartic call to her best friend, Liz comes up with a brilliant idea. She and Landon may never be able to re-create the magic of their first time, but how amazing would their wedding night be if everything below the neck was off-limits until then?
Liz thinks it’ll bring them closer together. Landon’s convinced she’ll cave first. So they raise the stakes: Whoever lasts longer gets to pick their honeymoon destination. With her heart set on the Bahamas and Landon fighting for snowbound Utah, Liz simply has to win. But pretty soon, her body is screaming for attention, and Landon’s never seemed so far away. Has Liz’s experiment backfired? Losing their little competition would be frustrating—but the one thing she can’t afford to lose is him.



I’ve tried reading Cassie Mae’s YA books in the past but none of them worked for me until this book came along. I saw this on Netgalley, read the blurb, and fell for it hook, line and sinker from then on. Books usually just tell us the “…and they lived happily ever after” part in the life of a couple. Usually it sucks because, duh, OTP I NEED MORE. What happens after that? Do they just get married and make babies?

Doing It for Love shows us what happens after the HEA – the good, the bad and the beautiful. There’s the good because, obviously, OTP is officially endgame. But what is life really if it’s always going to be sunshine and rainbows, right? There are struggles and problems that couples face in their everyday lives that we don’t usually see or read in most romance novels. This book gives us those and handled them realistically. I felt how solid and genuine Liz and Landon’s love for each other amidst the challenges that they have to overcome together – from their dwindling sex life to making ends meet. In the end, all these trials just made their relationship even stronger than ever and that right there is where the beauty lies.

One of my gripes though was Liz being a bit too childish and whiny sometimes. There’s also Liz and Landon still not having met each other’s future in-laws even though they’ve been together for years. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I’d like my parents to meet my boyfriend first before agreeing to marry him.

I’m pretty sure there’s more that I didn’t like and irked me when I read this weeks ago but honestly, I couldn’t remember much of them anymore. The good just far outweighed the bad. I guess it’s pretty obvious that I really liked this book. Even though this is another glaring reminder of how perpetually single I am that it made me cry and flail and complain to the heavens above why life is so unfair (I need my own person too!!!), I couldn’t help but want to have this kind of relationship too when the right guy comes for me.

Doing It for Love is a delightful and light contemporary romance that will make you root and swoon for the two characters and will satisfy the HEA cravings of every romantic out there.

ARC Review: Apple And Rain by Sarah Crossan

Apple And Rain
Sarah Crossan
Published May 12th 2015 by Bloomsbury Publishing
MG >  Contemporary
330 pages 
eARC for Review




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When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.
A story about sad endings.
A story about happy beginnings.
A story to make you realise who is special.



Even though this book was the complete opposite of what I thought it would be when I picked it up—I found myself completely unsurprised. I thought Apple and Rain was a YA Romance about a girl with abandonment issues, thanks to her mother. Apparently, the physical ARCs came with tissues. And tissues from the publisher can totally mean sad, broken girl with mommy issues, who meets an even sadder boy/girl with double the mommy issues, right?

The story is quite simple. Appolinia Apostopoulou (Apple), has lived for eleven years with her strict Nana, (whom I loved, by the way) who often treats her like a child, much to Apple’s chagrin. When one day, Apple’s estranged mother who had left in hopes of becoming an actress turns up, Apple, wants to move in with the flighty woman.  

So when Apple, desperate for her mother’s approval actually does move in with her mother, and meets Rain, her sister, I was confused. And then I had my oh, okay moment when I realised that I wasn’t completely wrong in my initial assumption. Sad Apple does indeed meet sadder Rain with double mommy issues. I knew then that I’d found myself a MG coming-of-age read.  

Now remember, that my cold chest does indeed possess a cold heart. So while I wasn’t completely unaffected by this book, I also wouldn’t say that this book wrecked me. Which, after the uproar over this book, is what I had expected. The book is written from the POV of a fourteen year old who is struggling and confused. It was simple in its writing and precisely knew what chords to strike in its reader’s heart. That’s what made the book what it was. And while I am an occasional MG reader, the more I read of the genre, the more it seems to elude me. More of a it’s not you, it’s me kind of thing, getit? 

I love books entered around family and family issues. But this one, obviously, was the complete extreme. It had a flighty mother who cared about no one or nothing, two young girls who struggled to make their mother happy, and a grandmother who could do nothing but helplessly watch all the drama unfold. Name every bad thing for your fourteen/ten year old child and it’s in there—drinking, smoking, leering men, cutting school for weeks on end, even paranoia. And not to mention, Rain, who carries around her doll Jenny, thinking that she is a real baby. Like I said, this book has quite a lot of the sad. And while our world is absolutely filled with worse lives for children, I cannot say reading this book was easy. Lots of cringing and wincing and anger on my end. 

The entire story is set in Britain, and I loved that aspect. We hardly ever see books that are 100% British, and that was amazing to see! Chips instead of fries, sauce instead of ketchup—delightful! Plenty of food references for the food lovers and I think, overall, the British aspect was one of my favourite parts about the book! And poetry! If there’s one thing—only one—that made me teary-eyed it was the poetry. Brilliant and just amazing <3

I think I’d recommend this book to people who have the patience and the empathy to be able to stick with a character who slowly, but surely grows and learns and comes of age. Because truly, any learning and growing that Apple did was at the very end. It’s sad, it has a few clichés (see: understanding, fun English teacher), a quirky “love interest” and it’s hopeful. But more importantly, it’s beautifully written so if nothing else appeals to you, believe me, the writing surely will.




ARC REVIEW: Playing the Player by Lisa Brown Roberts


Playing the Player

Lisa Brown Roberts

Expected publication: September 14th 2015 by Entangled: Crush

YA > Contemporary | Romance

arc via publisher



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.


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!









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: The Redeemers by Kate Morgan + Giveaway!!

The Redeemers
Kate Morgan
Published August 3rd 2015 by Dark Recesses Press
YA > Fantasy
arc via tour host

3 ★★★

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Annie cheated death once. Hooded kidnappers nailed her to a cross but strangers pulled her down and healed her. Annie lost her unborn baby to the torture. Now she’s after answers and revenge.
Hounded from town to town, Annie gathers puzzle pieces about the killers but can’t fit them together. They call her “heretic” when they nearly catch her again—a word no one’s heard since the Last War ended 203 years ago. Even her traveling companions think she’s concealing vital information, and she’s got her own suspicions about them.
She sneaks into the killers’ hideaway and finds her answers just as three people are about to be ritually slaughtered. If she abandons revenge, she can try to save them. But heroes aren’t welcome in Annie’s “perfect” world.
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The Redeemers and I did have some problems here and there but by the time I finished it, my only thought was how stunning this book is. I started reading The Redeemers without knowing anything about it (because that’s just how I roll) so I really have no idea what I’m about to encounter. I can’t exactly tell you what the book is about in just a sentence because I feel like it has a hint of every genre that you can think of. Now, that may seem confusing, but Kate Morgan made it work.

Our main character, Annie, is very easy to sympathize with. She has been through A LOT in this book, and I cant help but admire her strength and courage. She’s that kind of heroine that you will root for from the very beginning. Kate Morgan really impressed me with her set of characters because of how well written they are. Even the side characters are done incredibly well.

The setting of this The Redeemers is so interesting and yes, it is set in a dystopian world. Where people look up to Gods that are in human form. Very unique and refreshing concept.

I did find the novel very slow and sometimes, filled with unnecessary information. Even the romance department was lacking, at least for me, that’s why I feel like there was something missing. We do have a love interest and he’s wonderful and this novel didn’t do the traditional romance but even with all that, I was searching for something… more. Good thing Kate Morgan’s writing is very hypnotizing that you won’t let the story go.

The Redeemers isn’t your usual afternoon read. It has one of the most unique concept I’ve ever read and lets not forget that the writing is brilliant! I recommend it for readers who are looking to be lost in an interesting world!








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