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Review ~ Also Known As by Robin Benway

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Title: Also Known As

Author: Robin Benway

Series: Also Known As #1

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Which is more dangerous: being an international spy… or surviving high school?

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world’s premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it’s three digits, why bother locking it at all?)

But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed. Suddenly, she’s attending a private school with hundreds of “mean girl” wannabes, trying to avoid the temptation to hack the school’s elementary security system, and working to befriend the aggravatingly cute son of a potential national security threat… all while trying not to blow her cover.

From the hilarious and poignant author of Audrey, Wait! comes a fast-paced caper that proves that even the world’s greatest spies don’t have a mission plan for love.

Review

I wasn’t so sure if I was going to enjoy this one because I am very picky when it comes to YA books. I ended up loving it for many different reasons.

I loved loved loved the banter. A book that does great banter is always a plus for me. I love that she is only 16 and is a spy. (well safe cracker)  It was really fun.

One of my favorite things to do is people watch. I have sat and would watch people and make up stories or wonder what their thing is. I watch movies and love spy movies. So with this book all I could think was how perfect it would be to make a kid an agent. I mean who would think it? not many would. It was fun to read this after having read such a heavy book not too long ago.

I kind of wish that there might have been a few more gadgets but like she said in the book that is for the movies. They want to blend in and look normal. I wonder if there is anyone in my neighborhood who might be working with the CIA undercover… It would be awesome. But I am nosy so that might be part of the reason as to why I find it fascinating at times.

If you are looking for something that is a bit of a suspense at times, as well as just fun this is a good one. It is about a 16 year old so it is YA. Usually I’m not a fan of high school, but this one was good and I liked it!

 


Review ~ The Mason List by S.D. Hendrickson

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Title: The Mason List

Author: S.D. Hendrickson

 

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An epic love. An epic hate. An epic story that would last a lifetime.

Today, 8:15 p.m.
I hurt. I hurt so deeply, I felt the pain searing in my bones and jabbing like a hot poker into my heart. I knew nothing would make it better as the memories pulled from the crevices of my mind, detailing the bad and the ugly, filling my thoughts with regret as I slipped into the darkness. . .

When I was eight, my mother was dying of cancer, my father lost his job, and the bank kicked us out of our house. I was forced to move to the strange town of Arlis, Texas where my father and I slept in our car in the hospital parking lot. Desperate and hopeless, we lived on fumes of our former life.

Then one night, everything changed forever. A knock on the car window brought a family into my life that I only wanted to shut out. I hated charity and I hated the Masons. Well, except one. He made it impossible to hate him.

Jess Mason had the biggest blue eyes and ornery smile of any boy I had ever seen. He was a ray of sunshine in my dark world. A boy full of adventure, dragging me across the meadow of Sprayberry Ranch; a beautiful Texas paradise full of horses and tree houses that got us into more trouble than anyone ever imagined.

Jess was my everything as a kid until we grew up and the rules changed. Instead of living happily ever after with a boy full of love. . . I destroyed it.
Alex Tanner

Author Note: The Mason List is a coming-of-age story that follows the life of Alex Tanner from the age of six to twenty-six. The novel crosses the genres of Young Adult and New Adult. The Mason List is a standalone, 118,940 word, full-length novel.

Review

This book was all over the place so many bloggers I follow were talking about it and how amazing it was. I knew I just had to start it in the hopes that I would feel the same way.

Though I hate to say that I didn’t fall in absolute love with it the way others did. It was a good book, it was a sweet story, I did enjoy it overall. I just didn’t feel as pulled into it as I wished I would have been. It took me around four days to read it because I just kept losing interest and would stop reading. It was a lot of back and forth and back and forth which overall is not an issue but I just wanted to know what was going on in the now (today) in the book when we get so little of it.

I know that many loved this book and I LOVE when I find a book that so many adore, yet something in it fell flat for me. It just reminds me how different we all are and how what one person loves another may not.

For me I didn’t connect, although I felt for Alex, I just didn’t understand some things and was waiting for more of an explanation and didn’t get it (or maybe it was one of the times I read but just didn’t pay much attention to what I was reading). I understand the need for back-story but at the same time I felt like that is 90% of this book. I understood why Alex disliked the Mason’s but at the same time I felt like she was very ungrateful, considering what her life could have been.

Now the main reason I was not a big fan of this story would be the ending. I read this book with as I said about 90% of it being the back-story 36/54 chapters are her past (from her being the age of 6 to the age of 26 and not consecutively so one chapter will be when she was 6 the next when she was 8 then you will have around 5 chapters all when she was 16 years old and so on.) That didn’t bother me though, what killed me is we went from so much of their past to a little of the present then it jumps SO far into the future. I COMPLETELY understand that it was a long story as it was (which is not bad) but I felt like maybe she could have made it a duo that way she could have gotten more of the present in there that so many of us were actually looking forward to. (I won’t say exactly what because that would give spoilers)

I just felt like there was such a build up and then bam it was over and we got nothing much in between if that makes sense (for those who have read you will understand maybe).

It makes me happy to find out this is the authors first book and so many have read and loved it. I don’t question if she will only get better!!

 


Review ~ Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

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Title: Never Never

Author: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Series: Never Never #1

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Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

Review

 

So I had heard over and over that this one will leave you upset and on this huge emotional cliffhanger. I will say that I was drawn into it and wanted to know what was going on. I wanted to figure out why both Charlie and Silas are both without any memory of anything in their past. Why is it just the two of them? Why did it happen? What is going on?

That being said I did enjoy the book. I love everything by Colleen Hoover. I can say it is pretty easy to tell that two different people wrote the book, but I think that adds to it. You can tell one person is writing for Silas and one is writing for Charlie. It makes it feel more real I think. I definitely didn’t care much for Charlie and when I found out that Colleen wrote Silas’ part I laughed because I could tell that it was her writing style. Tarryn is a little more closed off and likes to be more secretive in her writing and you can feel it in the reading of Charlies side. Over all I liked that two people wrote.

Now…I am all about cliffhangers when there is going to be another book soon, and this one is not too far out. So when it came to the cliffhanger that everyone was talking about it wasn’t that bad really. It was more interesting I thought. It didn’t leave me screaming WHAT THE HELL. So I take that for something, BUT I knew it was coming so that might be part of the reason.

I am not 100% sure as to why they decided to pull this book from preorder and make it a series on amazon it says it is about 140 pages (158 paperback). That is a short story, not a novel. I feel like they could have just made it a novel and many would have been much happier. I am not a fan of short books in a series. So that is what I was not a big fan of. It should be advertised as a short story “series”.

I have an idea of who knows what’s going on, the fact that when I saw a post on fb about who the authors pictured as the characters there was one person on there that we only saw twice in the book. Why would they need an image for a person who was not prominent in the book? Because there is more to her and she knows more…I am just sure of it, because there were people that were in the book more often and they didn’t pick people they would cast for them. (hmm……)

So all I can do now is move on and find something else to read, I will come back to this storyline when the next book comes out. I just hope that it isn’t going to be drug out into like 3 or 4 books. As much as I absolutely LOVE Colleen Hoover I am not a fan of having to wait months to read a short story to be left wondering okay now what the hell is supposed to happen? lol

BUT that is what you can do when you are Colleen Hoover. 😉 keep people on pins and needles. Draw them in and just give out a little at a time. That is called torture. In the mean time I will be waiting for her next book to come out (Confess). Since that is not far away.

Overall this is a good read, it is witty, and suspenseful because you are wondering what the heck is happening and why. It is two high school kids that are left wondering who they are and why they can’t remember anything. If you want something that is short and leaves you wondering (while you wait for the next one to come out) this is a must read.


Review ~ Twisted by Marjorie Brody

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Title:  Twisted

Author: Marjorie Brody

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Sarah Hausman must hide a secret-even from herself. If she acknowledges the truth, it will destroy everyone she loves.
Timid fourteen-year-old Sarah wants her controlling mother to stop prying into what happened the night of the freshman dance. Confess to the police? No way. Confide in her mother? Get real. The woman is too busy, too proud, and too jealous of Sarah to really care if her life disintegrates. Besides, her mother will say Sarah is totally to blame for what the boys did-which Sarah believes is true. So she doubly needs to shield the truth. Not just from Momma. But from everyone. Including herself.
Beautiful, confident, eighteen-year-old Judith Murielle lives the ideal life. She has college plans, respect from family and friends, and a fiance she adores. But as a mysterious connection pulls her toward Sarah, Judith’s perfect world unravels. Acting as Sarah’s sole confidante, Judith gains the power to expose her secret. Will the truth be worth the sacrifice? Or will Sarah stop at nothing to keep Judith quiet?

ReviewWow.

Okay this is not like any books I have read so far. And to be honest it took a while to pull me in. I was confused at first. And maybe for me part of the reason I wasn’t pulled in so easily or fast is because it is a fourteen year old girl who is raped. I know things like this happen but, having a daughter it isn’t something I ever like to think about.
That being said it did take a while to pull me in to the point where I just couldn’t put the book down. I did get sucked in at about 84% I hate that it took that long to get me hooked. But I will say OMG once I got there I stopped anything and everything to finish it.
I had to even stop to talk about it with my husband he thought my guesses were wrong but I was hell bent on it. At the same time I was questioning them myself and trying to figure out how other things went together. So it was something that had me guessing.
Once I got to the part where everything comes together

OMG
It is definitely one to make you think one that will make you wonder and keep you on edge there towards the end. It was different for me.

Brandy


Review ~ Old Wounds by N.K. Smith

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Title:  Old Wounds

Author: N.K. Smith

Series: Old Wounds #1

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Sent to live with her estranged father, troubled seventeen year Sophia Young is biding her time until school is over and freedom is hers. But running from her painful past is not as easy as she was expecting, especially after meeting a kindred spirit in Elliott Dalton, the shy, withdrawn son of a prominent doctor.

In the first novel of the series, they are paired together in therapy; a seemingly unlikely pair who have nothing in common.

Or do they?

For Sophia and Elliott are about to learn that appearances can be deceiving.

Review

I wasn’t sure what to expect at first with this book.

I went a little click happy on Netgalley and this was one of them.

I was pleasantly surprised. I was pulled into it in the first chapter! This poor girl has gone through so much (well it is at first implied and we know what it is for the most part by the implications). We don’t really get the back story just that things were not good at home with her mother. She goes to live with her father after getting in trouble.

This is where we get to meet Elliot and his family. As well as other people from school.
I have to say that I instantly fell in love with Elliot! His story is another that we are left wondering exactly what happened to him.

I was happy to learn that this was a part of a series because when it ended I was left wanting more, wanting to know what happens now. Now that things were said and put out there and some things happen.

Sophie is not your “normal” (what ever that is) teen girl she is the tell you how it is kinda girl. One that smokes weed, curses, and is so broken and lost. Elliot is just as broken. They have to be around each other because of counseling she is required to do. As well as them having a class together.

It is a darker story, one that I never thought it would be. I am sure that there are many teens who have been through something similar or know someone who is in a broken home and have to deal with some of the issues that are touched upon.

I love that this isn’t the normal teenager in high school whose only issue is that her boyfriend is cheating on her, or her best friend is a back stabber. This is much deeper and darker than that. It touches on issues that are real and true for many I am sure. I always love getting a book that is just different from the norm.

Brandy


Blog Tour ~ A Sliver of Hope by Karla J. Nellenbach

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Title: A Sliver of Hope

Author: Karla J. Nellenbach

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My twin sister was the only person in the world I thought I’d known inside and out. Apparently, I was wrong.

Twin sisters share a unique bond, one that can’t be broken by miles, time, or even death. Hannah and Hope Morton are no exception. When Hope takes her own life, Hannah loses a sister and a best friend, a catastrophe she isn’t sure she’ll survive herself.
With her family in ruins, Hannah is slowly disappearing, drowning in a sea of misery. Even her wild, energetic best friend can’t pull her out of her grief. Desperate to help Hannah, her brother comes home from college, bringing his best friend Julian along, the first boy to break Hannah’s heart. None of their efforts are enough to pull Hannah off her self destructive path, though. Julian is the only one who can get through to her, working his way into her frozen soul with cocky remarks and genuine love that warms her from the inside out.
As Hannah works to find answers, she continues to uncover new secrets and people that reveal a side of Hope she had never shared with her twin. Alone now, Hannah must make a decision of her own: move on and start a new life with the people she has left, or let the weight of her grief drag her down with her sister.


Review

I started this one and it didn’t take me long to get through it. I couldn’t put it down I needed to know why just as much as Hannah did. I was going just about as crazy as she was.

This is written as a journal from one sister to another. I actually didn’t have a problem with reading it. There were a few parts that I felt like did stray a little but then that was when she was mad at Hope and she wasn’t talking to her. So I had to remind myself that when she would put ‘you’ she ment Hope, not me. 🙂

My heart broke for Hannah, for her mom, dad and brother. I just wanted to hug her whole family. There is so much that needs to be figured out and I wanted to jump in and just search every inch of the room myself. As the time goes by and there are little things that are brought out that confused me as much as it did Hannah. I couldn’t figure out what was going on. I felt like things were getting back on track for this poor girl and then something comes up and she has to deal with something else…to try to figure out what happened, who her sister really was.

Her being a twin must be hard on everyone around them. The death of her sister, yet everyone looks at her and sees Hope, but knows it isn’t her.

Okay so this is something that I can relate to on a personal level. We had a friend who is an identical twin and when he passed away and they had a funeral for him on base where we lived and his brother showed up. I couldn’t stop crying because it was like he was there but he wasn’t. It was just so hard. So when she has to explain that she isn’t her sister a couple of times, I can only imagine what she must be feeling.

There is a lot of hurt and healing. The relationship between her and her brothers best friend helps. That of course is the one guy that broke her heart so she wants to hate him, for that reason alone. He does help to try and distract her from everything that is going on. She tries, and tries to move on and forward but she has some set backs along the way. We get to see how her and her family learn to heal from the heartache of loss.

It at times was a very emotional read and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Brandy

 

 

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PORT FARE SERIES BY SHERRY GAMMON

I absolutely fell in LOVE with the cover of the first book!! It is SO beautiful and so fitting! I connected right away with Maggie I loved her imediately. I laughed and cried, oh how I cried! I am looking forward to Unbelievable comeing out and so excited that Unlovable is going to be made into an indie film!

1) Unlovable

  • Port Fare, New York, has fallen into the clutches of true evil. The Dreser brothers have arrived with a scheme to increase drug sales in the area by whatever means possible. Seth Prescott is part of MET (Mobile Enforcement Teams) a branch of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He’s been assigned to work undercover at Port Fare High, and things aren’t going very well, until senior Maggie Brown enters the equation. He’s harbored a secret crush on her from day one, and now that she is in the center of the case, he’s trying to stay clear and objective while walking the line between business and unrequited love.

2) Unbelievable

  • Cole’s story: It’s been three years since the Dreser brothers tried to take over Port Fare. Rumor has it their father, Harry Dreser,was killed in a drug deal gone badly; but rumors are not always true. The Dreser brother’s half sister, Delilah Lopez Dreser, has come to town to finish what her brothers started, and now Cole is brought in to the mix.
  • Here is a little something that she posted about when it is supposed to be comeing out. She posted on Goodreads HERE and it was interesting to know that these started out as a paranormal type of books.

3) Unbearable (Dec. 2014)

  • Booker’s story: Booker left the police to pursue a career as a lawyer.True to his save the world ideas, he’s hired a nervous,timid woman named Tess to work for him as a secretary. As Tess and Booker grow closer, Booker learns of her secret and is determined to free her of the past while convincing her to take a chance on love again. But is he ready to take the chance again?

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