Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

April 22, 2014 5 stars, Review 0 ★★★★★

Second Star by Alyssa B. SheinmelSecond Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Published by Straus and Giroux (BYR) on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: eARC
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete's nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she's falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up--and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

I haven’t read a book that I could finish in one day in a long time. Lately, I haven’t found an interest in reading and there were many books I had to drop because it wasn’t interesting to me. Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel is a different story.

I don’t think I have had a dull moment with Second Star. Not even a bit slow or any doubts about picking this book up. Apparently, this book was a retelling of Peter Pan, which I did not know about until I’ve finished it and looked through GoodReads.

Wendy is a girl who tries to find the truth. No matter what it takes, Wendy will try it. In Second Star, Wendy’s twin brothers disappeared trying to ride the big waves. As an older sister, Wendy cannot accept that her brothers were caught in big waves and passed away. She was determined that her brothers are still out there and so she tries to find them.

Throughout the whole novel, I didn’t think Wendy was “using” for so long until she was dropped off at home by Jas. I thought the first time she used was at Jas’s party, but that wasn’t the case as her mother said she has been using for some time. After several situations, her parents admitted her to get help. During that time, I was amazed how she dreamt up a world of her own; of Kensington “Kensie,” and people like Pete, Belle, and Jas. It was so real what she went through in trying to find her brothers and the people she met along the way. I never thought it was all in her head until the doctor told her that it was a fictional world and characters she came up with. I was hoping that wasn’t the case because it seems like she was really happy and alive when she was at Kensington. It seems that that place was able to let her live, but maybe it was all for the best that it wasn’t real.

Through everything she went through, she finally accepted the truth that her brothers are gone and won’t be coming back no matter how far she was trying to look.

I really enjoyed this novel and what Wendy had to go through just to realize the truth. I mean, not everyone can be perfectly fine and everyone has a different way to cope. Using is not a good way, but at least she doesn’t use anymore and came to realize the truth. I was really hoping that there was a Kensington and that Pete, Belle, and Jas was part of her life. I’m still hoping that there would be a spin-off or a sequel or something that explains more about them. But in the end, it surprises me that someone left her a photo. A photo of Jas and Pete together when they were younger. I wonder how that happened and if it was really her mind playing with her. But either way, she’s received the help she needed.

Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel is a must read! Truly adventurous. A journey to finding the truth and the love that her brothers has shared.

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Hothouse Flower Excerpt

March 24, 2014 Excerpt, Promo 5

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Hothouse Flower ExcerptHothouse Flower by Becca Ritchie, Krista Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #2
Published by K.B. Ritchie on March 28, 2014
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Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway ... she’s all grown up.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he’s hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality—he redefines the term likable asshole. But he’s not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

And then he receives a distressed call from a girl in Paris—a girl that he has never been allowed to have.

Daisy Calloway is eighteen. Finally. With her newfound independence, she can say goodbye to her overbearing mother and continue her modeling career. Next stop, Paris. Fashion Week begins with a bang, and Daisy uncovers the ugly reality of the industry. She wants to prove to her family that she can live on her own, but when everything spirals out of control, she turns to Ryke to keep her secrets.

As Daisy struggles to make sense of this new world and her freedom, she pushes the limits and fearlessly rides the edge. Ryke knows there’s deep hurt beneath every impulsive action. He must keep up with Daisy, and if he lets her go, her favorite motto—“live as if you’ll die today”—may just come true.

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Ryke’s POV

“Why compliment his intelligence?” I ask my brother. “Isn’t it enough that everyone has to stare at his framed Mensa certificate in the living room?” It’s also next to his wife’s. Both of them are annoyingly intelligent.

Connor interjects, “I don’t need validation that I’m smarter than all of you. I know it’s true.”

“Then why hang the certificate?” I ask.

He shrugs. “It matched the walls.”

I shake my head. “It’s a fucking miracle that I haven’t punched you yet, Cobalt.”

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The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow

March 5, 2014 3 stars, Review 0 ★★★

The Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle MadowThe Secret Diamond Sisters by Michelle Madow
Series: The Secret Diamond Sisters #1
Published by Harlequin on February 25, 2014
Genres: Love & Romance, Runaways, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 400
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Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

I was really excited that Michelle Madow has come out with a new book! I really enjoyed the books from the Transcend Time series and had high hopes that The Secret Diamond Sisters would be just as amazing. Although I did not enjoy it as much as the Transcend Time series, I still liked it.

Three sisters, Peyton, Courtney, and Savannah, just found out that their dad is one of the richest man and now have to move in with him because their mother had gone to rehab. With a whole new lifestyle and a dazzling new home in Las Vegas, what more could the sisters have asked for?

Peyton is the oldest of the three Diamond sisters and probably the only one who dresses a little differently than her two younger sisters. I kind of understand why she acts out and does things that her father might not approve of, but I think she should be a little grateful as to her current situation. I know money cannot buy anything for her, but she adds a little it of interesting to this book.

Courtney, the middle sister, is the most studious. She is similar to one of those goody two shoes, but not in an annoying way. She seems fortunate, but also does not want to be dependent on the wealth of her father. She is consumed in a forbidden love, but why the heck not? I mean, the boy she likes is all the right for her. She’s my favorite character.

Savannah, the youngest sister, annoys me the most. She kind of flaunts her new lifestyle, but of course, why not since her previous living situation wasn’t that great. She tries to fit in, but the key word here is: try. But trying to fit in is not a crime and that adds to another bit of interest to this book. Her attitude and the way she is perceived in this book just annoys the heck out of me.

My favorite part of the novel is where Peyton heard things her father and her father’s business partner were talking about their partnership. Because her father didn’t seem as much active in their life after moving to Las Vegas, what his father did when Peyton confronted him, made me go, “Aww…”

Overall, the book is interesting and I think it could have some potential. It was worth my time reading this novel and I’m hoping the next book in the series will get better and draw me in more.

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Entangled Teen’s March 4th Release Day Blast

March 4, 2014 Release Day 0

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Today is release day for four amazing Entangled Teen titles and we are excited to share them all with you.  There’s a little something for everyone this month so read on to find out more about them.


All the digital books are on sale for just $.99 for a limited time so be sure to pick up your copy today before they go back to full price!


About the Book
Title: Searching for Beautiful
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014


 

Before it happened…
Brynn had a group of best
friends, a boyfriend who loved her, a growing talent for pottery. She
had a life. And then…she had none.

After it happened…

Everything was lost. The boy she
now knew never loved her. The friends who felt she betrayed their trust.
The new life just beginning to grow inside her.
Brynn believes her future is as
empty as her body until Christian, the boy next door, starts coming
around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She
meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her
dad to look her in the eye again…sort of. But letting someone in isn’t
as easy as it seems.
Now…
Can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

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About the Book
Title: Til Death
Author: Kate Evangelista
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014


Sixteen-year-old
Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a daydreamer, but an I-see-the-future
kind of dreamer. Normally, this is not a problem, as she has gotten
pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small
town. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a
little too freaky—even for her.
Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has
seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more drool-worthy
in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is
something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Too bad he
acts like he hates her.
When Selena learns she’s being
targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined,
she’s had enough. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give
up easily, especially when she discovers that Dillan isn’t what he
seems…and might not actually hate her after all. Dillan might be the
only person who can save her.

 

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About the Book
Title: Knight Assassin
Author: Rima Jean
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014


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Seventeen-year-old Zayn has special powers she cannot
control—powers that others fear and covet. Powers that cause the Templar
Knights to burn Zayn’s mother at the stake for witchcraft. 
When a
mysterious stranger tempts Zayn to become the first female member of the
heretical Assassins, the chance to seek her revenge lures her in. She trains to
harness her supernatural strength and agility, and then enters the King of
Jerusalem’s court in disguise with the assignment to assassinate Guy de Molay,
her mother’s condemner. 
But once there, she discovers Earic Goodwin, the
childhood friend who still holds her heart, among the knights—and his
ocean-blue eyes don’t miss a thing. Will vengeance be worth the life of the one
love she has left?
 
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About the Book
Title: Donna of the Dead
Author: Alison Kemper
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: March 4, 2014

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Donna Pierce might hear voices, but that doesn’t mean she’s crazy. Probably.The
voices do serve their purpose, though—whenever Donna hears them, she
knows she’s in danger. So when they start yelling at the top of their
proverbial lungs, it’s no surprise she and her best friend, Deke, end up
narrowly escaping a zombie horde. Alone without their families, they
take refuge at their high school with the super-helpful nerds, the bossy
class president, and—best of all?—Liam, hottie extraordinaire and
Donna’s long-time crush. When Liam is around, it’s easy to forget about
the moaning zombies, her dad’s plight to reach them, and how weird Deke
is suddenly acting toward her.But as the teens’ numbers dwindle
and their escape plans fall apart, Donna has to listen to the secrets
those voices in her head have been hiding. It seems not all the zombies
are shuffling idiots, and the half-undead aren’t really down with kids
like Donna…
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Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

February 27, 2014 5 stars, Review 0 ★★★★★

Plus One by Elizabeth FamaPlus One by Elizabeth Fama
Published by Macmillan on April 8, 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dating & Sex, Family, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

Thought after I finished this book: THIS CANNOT BE A STANDALONE!! 

But it is.

This book was recommended to me by Jaime over at Two Chicks on Books. I’m so glad I was able to read this book and enjoyed it. When anyone recommends me a book and I read it to find out I did not enjoy it, I feel really bad. Surprisingly I did enjoy this book! Thanks Jaime for the recommendation!

When I started reading this book, I made the term, “Plus One,” waaay more complicated because I thought it was some special term. In fact, it’s exactly what it says it means, plus one.

I love the characters Sol(eil) and D’Arcy (a.k.a. day boy)! Sol is very blunt. She courageous, unpredictable, responsible, and not afraid of taking risks. She did everything to let her grandpa see his grandchild once before he passes away. It’s pretty admirable, but reckless at the same time. Day boy is a medical apprentice and worked on Sol when she entered the hospital. He is more than just a medical apprentice. Throughout the novel, you can see that the relationship between Day Boy and Sol are not just Doctor and Patient, but friends as well. The time they spent together and discovering each other’s past and present had gotten them closer together to the point that they really liked each other. I really enjoyed their love story and what Sol does for everyone in this novel!

What I didn’t like about this book was how it talks between the present and the past. But the past was just as equally important to mention throughout this novel. I guess it was okay for me, but I usually do not like books that goes back in the past with a few exceptions.

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama is really a great book to read! I hope the author continue with another book so we get to know what happens with Sol and Day boy!!

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