The One by Kiera Cass

June 14, 2014 5 stars, Review 0 ★★★★★

The One by Kiera CassThe One by Kiera Cass
Series: The Selection #3
Published by HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Love & Romance, Science Fiction
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
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The highly anticipated conclusion to Kiera Cass's #1 New York Timesbestselling Selection series, The One will captivate readers who love dystopian YA fiction and fairy tales. The One is the perfect finale for fans who have followed America's whirlwind romance since it began--and a swoon-worthy read for teens who have devoured Veronica Roth'sDivergent, Ally Condie's Matched, or Lauren Oliver's Delirium.

The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

I’ve been anticipating for this novel since I’ve finished The Elite. I actually finished it earlier last month, but I haven’t had the time to write a review for it until now.

The One was pretty much predictable in whom Prince Maxon chose at the end of The Selection. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I really did enjoy it.

America was a bit annoying to me in this novel. The things she does and say just makes me…ugh! But without America, I think it would seem boring and The Selection wouldn’t be that great. In this novel, you can really see how she truly feels towards Prince Maxon. It’s that jealousy girlfriend-type in which you can really see that America did fall for Prince Maxon.

I like in The One reveals the rebellion group. And in fact, there was a mole in The Selection! Who would’ve thought eh. I was totally surprised as to who the mole was. I would never thought that girl would be the mole.

I wished there was more of a twist to this last novel, but overall it was perfect (even though it was predictable). The last book and the entire series as a whole was stunning. I would love to see this series into a TV show or maybe a movie too.

If you like the TV show, The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I think you’ll like this series!

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Torn Away by Jennifer Brown

April 28, 2014 4 stars, Review 0 ★★★★

Torn Away by Jennifer BrownTorn Away by Jennifer Brown
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on May 6, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 288
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.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives -- but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she's sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.

In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she's never considered before -- one in which her mother wasn't perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that's something no tornado can touch.

This is another great novel written by Jennifer Brown! I’ve only read one other book written by Brown, Bitter End, and really enjoyed it. I think I enjoyed Torn Away more.

This novel started off slow for me. I don’t know if it was because of the introduction of characters or that the tornado had hit the town that Jersey lives in. Or maybe both. I think it was written in a way that just didn’t pop out at me, but it wasn’t boring. It was just slow, but it was very informative to start and set the story.

After the tornado hit the town, she was left with just her stepfather. Her stepfather couldn’t deal with Jersey anymore because every time he looked at her, she reminded him of her mother who had passed away due to the tornado. Her stepfather had her paternal grandparents and her biological father to take care of her. WORST. DECISION. EVER. I was so mad that he had given her to live with her paternal side of the family because they were just terrible people who mistreat Jersey and doesn’t even think of her as part of the family. I disliked, extremely disliked it when she had to live with them. But I guess there was one person who had treated her well, and that was her aunt. When Jersey couldn’t take it anymore, she ran away, thus, ending up with her maternal grandparents.

Let’s say, the story progressed way too fast when she started to live with her maternal grandparents, too slow in the beginning, and average speed when she lived with her paternal family. Jersey started to loosen up when she lived with her maternal grandparents. All those things that her mother told her about them were different, but they meant well. They were much better people than her paternal family and treated her very well.

Overall, this novel was very enjoyable. I really enjoyed reading how someone’s world had turn upside down on them within a matter of a day and how she found the right people who turned her world right side up again. It’s truly a heartbreaking novel where love is very much possible in the end.

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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
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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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“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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