Book Review – Unlit Star

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By: Lindy Zart 

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We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.

Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.

He falls far and he falls hard.

Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.

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Book Review – Chasing Spring

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By: R.S. Grey

 

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I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

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Book Review – See Through Heart

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By: Amie Knight31373762

 

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Ainsley came into my life in a flurry of vibrant colors, lighting my world up when all seemed lost.

It wasn’t our quiet nights by the creek or stolen kisses surrounded by a sea of cotton that saved me.

It was her.

She was my comfort when life threw one ugly tragedy after another at me.

Until she dealt me the greatest blow.

Now, abandonment, betrayal, and death darken every corner of my life.  Anger and hurt burn bright where love and trust once lived.

But, now, she’s back.  Sure, she’s changed, but I see through it—straight to her heart.

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Book Review – The Silent Waters

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By: Brittainy C. Cherry 

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Moments.

Our lives are a collection of moments. Some utterly painful and full of yesterday’s hurts. Some beautifully hopeful and full of tomorrow’s promises.

I’ve had many moments in my lifetime, moments that changed me, challenged me. Moments that scared me and engulfed me. However, the biggest ones—the most heartbreaking and breathtaking ones—all included him.

I was ten years old when I lost my voice. A piece of me was stolen away, and the only person who could truly hear my silence was Brooks Griffin. He was the light during my dark days, the promise of tomorrow, until tragedy found him. Tragedy that eventually drowned him in a sea of memories.

This is the story of a boy and girl who loved each other, but didn’t love themselves. A story of life and death. Of love and broken promises.

Of moments.

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Book Review – Left Drowning #1

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By: Jessica Park

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What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?

Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

*This book is intended for mature audiences due to strong language and sexual content.
Note: due to mature content recommended for Ages 17+

Book Review from Goodreads – Left Drowning For more information and other book reviews from this book click on the link!

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2016 Books I have Read

Here are the books I have read in 2016, in no specific order. If I have done a book review on them I will also include a link to it, otherwise, I will put up a link to Goodreads.com so that you can check out the books yourself!

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  • Falling to Pieces (Fate & Circumstances #1) – Leddy Harperdownload-2

 

 

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Book Review – Scoring Wilder

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By: R.S Grey

What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder— soon became a goal she had to score.

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)

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Book Review – Where the Road Takes Me

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By: Jay McLean

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Chole has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road–her dream of freedom, at least for awhile.

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all–everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chole and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For, Chloe nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

This story follows main characters: 

Chloe: A loveable broken character. She also has a stubborn side to her which at times can be frustrating. Chloe is also one that would do anything for loved ones or friends. She would even be willing to take the fall for something. When reading about Chloe you sit there wanting to fix everything for her. She is a character that sits on the outskirts watching everyone else, trying to avoid being noticed. Her story is one of heartbreak. Chloe believes as if she shouldn’t be loved. How could she let someone in if she was going to inevitably leave them with a tremendous amount of pain?

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Blake: An instant swoon worthy character. A character that is the typical popular guy, dating one of the cheerleaders. He has everything and at the same time, he has nothing. His home life could be described in one word: emptiness. He is so caring and thoughtful, and he sees right through the front that Chloe tries to put up. He stops at nothing to try and get close to her. “She was worth everything.”

Story Overview:

The story is set with Blake running at 2 am when all of a sudden he runs, well more like tramples Chole. Chloe is a mess she had come running out of a house and looked very disheveled. Blake takes it upon himself to take care of Chloe for the rest of the night. He sees to it that she makes it home, but the thoughts of her won’t leave his mind. When all of a sudden he sees her at school his world turns upside down. How has he never noticed her before? They have been in the same school together for the last 4 years. All of a sudden things change and both won’t be the same again.

My Thoughts: 

Wow, this book is an emotional roller coaster. Right from the start, I was drawn to the mysteriousness of Chloe. I was immediately wondering what had happened to make her broken. Throughout the book, I learned that Chloe’s life has been a hard one full of a great deal of loss. This causes her to be closed off not wanting to let anyone close. Which inevitably caused my heart to break, her reasoning behind why she didn’t want anyone close was incredibly sad.

Blake is an incredibly sweet character who does his best to tear down Chloe’s walls, but she’s the only one that can let him in. “I wish that I could ask you to stay, and that it would be enough. That I was enough.” 

Once summer rolls around the characters embark on a journey that made me fall in love with these two even more. “Sometimes the wrong path can lead us to the right road. And toward the greatest thing that will ever happen to us.” The emotion behind this book is so strong and literally at times brought tears to my eyes. I really enjoyed our two characters’ chemistry and was rooting for them throughout the whole book.I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to other readers. 8ed40-52bstars

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Book Review – Did I Mention I Love You

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By: Estelle Maskame

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When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden’s parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she’s about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler’s group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can’t understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn’t–her step-brother. Throw in Tyler’s clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there’s secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden Keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler? Did I Mention I Love You is the first book in the phenomenal DIMILY trilogy, following the lives of Eden Munro and Tyler Bruce as they try to find their way in an increasingly confusing world.

This story follows main characters:

Eden Munro: The girl that should do whatever she can to avoid Tyler. If Eden’s dad evernina dobrev tvd the vampire diaries elena gilbert found out he would freak. Eden is a gorgeous girl who just so happens to be a year younger than her new step-brother Tyler. Eden’s old life dealt her some bad hands when some of her friends turned against her. Eden’s new life is filled with secrets that she must keep. She eventually starts to see her step-brother as something other than a step-brother.

 

ian somerhalderTyler Bruce: The bad boy Eden should stay clear of. Tyler puts up a front that he is too good for everyone and treats them badly. He is the typical ‘bad boy’. Once his front is broken he is a sweet and thoughtful guy. Eden is just the girl to break this front. His poor attitude towards Eden has been a front to avoid his developing feelings for her. He can’t put up his ‘bad boy’ facade much longer because eventually his true colors come out and he isn’t as bad as everyone seems to think.

Story Overview:

This story starts out with our main character Eden traveling to L.A. to spend the summer with her dad and his new family. Along the way, things are much different than she would have ever expected. Tyler is the stubborn boy who has a serious attitude problem, but is there a reason behind it? The more time Eden spends in Tyler’s circle the more chemistry between the two develop. As feelings develop some relationships become strained while other relationships are put to the test.

My Thoughts:

Ok, this book is definitely on my top 10 list. This book had my emotions all over the place. At first, I hated Tyler Bruce, one of Eden’s new step-brothers. To me, he seemed like he thought he was the king of the world. He treated his family (mom and step-father) rudely. Tyler spent a lot of his time out partying and coming home drunk. Not to mention his girlfriend was the typical rude girl, that I wanted him to break up with ASAP. However, as the story got rolling my thoughts about Tyler did a complete 180°.

As Eden had the chance to settle in to her new home for the summer she developed feelings towards the one person she shouldn’t …Tyler Bruce. Now I know how this sounds, Tyler is her step-brother, gross. But in their defense Eden and Tyler never saw each other as step-siblings. They had just met each other it wasn’t like they grew up together, their lives now became intermixed at such a confusing time.

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Once Eden broke through Tyler’s rude front I really fell in love with him and the relationship between the two characters. Tyler is such a sweet guy to Eden.I eventually found myself wanting to see Tyler and Eden’s relationship become successful. Towards the end of the book, my heart was going crazy with everything that happens. Will people find out about them? How will the world take it, they are step-siblings…? The ending of this book left me in tears and with a large cliffhanger to deal with. This book is one of my favorites and I would definitely recommend!!!

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After reading this book I have also read the other books in this series: Did I Mention I Need You (book 2) & Did I Mention I Miss You (book 3). I really enjoyed this whole series and once I finished one book I couldn’t wait to go onto the next book. When I read the third book in the series it was not out in the US yet, so I amazon ordered it from Europe. For me, this series did not disappoint. I loved it all and I fell in love with Eden and Tyler even more with every book.

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Book Review – More Than This

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By: Jay McLean

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When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone. Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla–thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her–is desperate to contain her grief and hide wat she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.

This story follows main characters:

Mikayla & Jake

Story Overview: 

Our story begins with Mikayla’s prom. She is out with her boyfriend James and best friend Megan. What she didn’t realize is that her boyfriend had been cheating on her. The truth is finally revealed on this night of all nights. Enter the gorgeous Australian accent, Jake. He whisks her away in attempts to save her night. Mikayla meets all of Jake’s friends and they take her under their wing. Jake ends up taking Mikayla to his own prom with all of his friends. Following prom Jake, all of his friends, and Mikayla head to a bonfire. Jake takes Mikayla home after the bonfire. When the limo the group rented for prom pulls up to Mikayla’s house her life changes forever and Jake is there to witness it all with her. This story is told from both Mikayla and Jake’s point of view.

My Thoughts:

Wow, I really enjoyed this book. I was instantly hooked from the very first chapter. I absolutely fell in love with Mikayla and Jake. This book definitely has some intense subject matter. This story has its fair share of tear-jerking moments. However, I love the development of Jake and Mikayla’s relationship under the circumstances that were thrown their way. Even being strangers I felt as if Jake had an automatic pull towards Mikayla. Jake was there at Mikayla’s worst and he never left her side. Right away Jake felt protective over Mikayla. I really enjoyed watching this relationship grow as the characters got to know each other more.

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I really loved this book, all of the characters, plot, just everything about it. This book does have a sequel, but it follows another character’s from the story (Jake’s friends). I really wish that Jake and Mikayla’s story was continued with another book. But in the end, I really did love this book and would highly recommend it!

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