Book Review: Nailed by Cora Brent

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Title: Nailed
Author: Cora Brent
Publication: March 13th 2018
Pages: 253
Synopsis:

A scorching ‘enemies to lovers’ office romance proves hazardous in this new stand-alone from NYT and USA Today bestselling author Cora Brent.

The good news: Audrey Gordon has just received a dream assignment managing one of the city’s largest construction projects.
The bad news: She’ll be teamed up with cocky office rival and former lover Jason Roma.
Audrey’s got a lot to prove to herself and to her overachieving family. She’s certainly not going to let arrogant Jason Roma get in the way of her success, despite the fact that he never passes up an opportunity to get under her skin. Audrey swears she’ll keep Jason at arm’s length no matter how fast her pulse races whenever he walks into the room.
However, Jason seems to have his own ideas about what Audrey needs. He’s determined to win another chance with her and prove that he’s not the callous jerk she thinks he is.
But when a personal tragedy shakes Audrey to her core, will she push Jason away forever?
Or will she learn a few lessons about love and finally let him into her heart?

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I received a copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for an honest review.

Nailed was the first book I’ve read by Cora Brent and it was like a breath of fresh air in a city I’ve never visited before. The writing was unique in way because it was written very well, first of all. But then the dialogues felt like I was reading something a spunkier indie author would write for their characters. Does this make any sense? Does anyone know what I’m talking about? I feel like when I read traditionally published reads, the writing never strays from being ‘normal.’ On the other hand, indie published authors are not afraid of using unique cursing or are not afraid of acting out on ridiculous fantasies. Nailed was exactly a mix between these two styles and for that, I loved it.

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Book Review: Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney

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Title: Clara Voyant
Author: Rachelle Delaney
Publication: May 15th 2018
Pages: 224
Synopsis:

Clara can’t believe her no-nonsense grandmother has just up and moved to Florida, leaving Clara and her mother on their own for the first time. This means her mother can finally “follow her bliss,” which involves moving to a tiny apartment in Kensington Market, working at a herbal remedy shop and trying to develop her so-called mystical powers. Clara tries to make the best of a bad situation by joining the newspaper staff at her new middle school, where she can sharpen her investigative journalistic skills and tell the kind of hard-news stories her grandmother appreciated. But the editor relegates her to boring news stories and worse . . . the horoscopes.

Worse yet, her horoscopes come true, and soon everyone at school is talking about Clara Voyant, the talented fortune-teller. Clara is horrified–horoscopes and clairvoyance aren’t real, she insists, just like her grandmother always told her. But when a mystery unfolds at school, she finds herself in a strange situation: having an opportunity to prove herself as an investigative journalist . . . with the help of her own mystical powers.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received a copy from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

I don’t typically read middle-grade novels. It usually has to do with something about the writing style that really ticks me off. Like it’s either too simplistic or characters are too animated. Although, Clara Voyant, is a middle-grade novel with the writing style I just described, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the story after a few chapters in. Clara Voyant is a delightful read—and not just to younger readers.

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Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

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Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Publication: April 4th 2017
Pages: 320
Synopsis:

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I received a copy from Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for a honest review.

Wow! First of all, I’ve heard a lot about Geekerella or at least I’ve seen it floating around the internet for the longest time after it’s initial release. But I kind of forgot about it afterwards and never got around to reading the YA romantic contemporary so I’m super glad I had this chance to read it in it’s paperback format.

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Book Review: Sea Monsters by Sarah Henning

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Title: Sea Monsters
Author: Sarah Henning
Publication: July 31st 2018
Pages: 368
Synopsis:

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

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Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

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MY RATING: 3/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

I was super excited to read this book as it was described as a retelling of the popular tale of Little Mermaid from the perspective of Ursula which sounded super cool. It wasn’t really a retelling of the Little Mermaid to be honest but a story based on what other reviewers have told me on actual history. From other reviewers, I understood that certain kingdoms or characters actually existed. It’s always fun when authors take bits of history and blend in within fictional worlds.

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Book Review: Learning to Breathe by Janice Lynn Mather

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Title: Learning to Breathe
Author: Janice Lynn Mather
Publication: June 26th 2018
Pages: 336
Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Indy struggles to conceal her pregnancy while searching for a place to belong in this stunning debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Amber Smith and Sara Zarr.

Indira Ferguson has done her best to live by her Grammy’s rules—to study hard in school, be respectful, and to never let a boy take advantage of her. But it hasn’t always been easy, especially while living in her mother’s shadow.

When Indy is sent to live with distant relatives in Nassau, trouble follows her. Now she must hide an unwanted pregnancy from her aunt, who would rather throw Indy out onto the street than see the truth.

Completely broke with only a hand-me-down pregnancy book as a resource, Indy desperately looks for a safe space to call home. After stumbling upon a yoga retreat, she wonders if perhaps she’s found the place. But Indy is about to discover that home is much bigger than just four walls and a roof—it’s about the people she chooses to share it with.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

I went in with knowing extremely little about Learning To Breathe because it was sent to me unsolicited by the publisher and actually, it worked in my favor. Because I didn’t know much about it except for the fact it’s about a young girl who is trying her best to hide an unwanted pregnancy and dealing with society judging her, I enjoyed it more. The story was intense a lot of the times. A trigger warning for this book would include non-consensual sex so please skip this book if that is not your tea.

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Book Review: Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

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Title: Chemistry Lessons
Author: Meredrith Goldstein
Publication: June 19th 2018
Pages: 256
Synopsis:

For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue.

Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

It’s not the first time I’ve done this but I requested this book based on the cover and of course, a quick glimpse of the synopsis. It sounded like an adorable romance YA contemporary novel that will kick off my summer festivities. Chemistry Lessons did not disappoint me. With a fun plot, Chemistry Lessons follows a young scientific genius who is dealing with heartbreak. After discovering her deceased scientist mother had been in the process of creating a formula to make love last or make attraction grow stronger between two people, Maya embarks on the journey to find the answers in hopes of winning back her ex.

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Book Review: It Takes Two by Jenny Holiday

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Title: It Takes Two
Author: Jenny Holiday
Publication: June 26th 2018
Pages: 384
Synopsis:

All’s fair in love and war
Wendy Liu should be delighted to be her best friend’s maid of honor. But after years spent avoiding the bride’s brother – a.k.a the boy who once broke her heart – she’s now trapped with him during an endless amount of wedding festivities. Luckily she’s had time to perfect her poker face, and engaging Noah Denning in a little friendly competition might just prove that she’s over him for good…

Noah Denning is determined to make his little sister’s wedding memorable. But it seems Wendy is trying to outdo him at every turn. Challenging each other was always something he and Wendy did right, so when she proposes they compete to see who can throw the best bachelor or bachelorette party in Sin City, Noah takes the bait – and ups the stakes. Because this time around, he wants Wendy for keeps. And when you’re fighting for love, all bets are off.

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MY RATING: 4.5/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Okay, this is my second book ever from Jenny Holiday and if you haven’t read One and only (the first book in the Bridemaids Behaving Badly series) then you really need to reconsider your to be read pile. Seriously. One and Only released earlier this year and it blew my mind. It was simply a romance novel filled with richness and depth.

It Takes Two is the second novel in the Bridemaids Behaving Badly series and unlike the second one, I found Jenny Holiday taking a lighter edge to her main characters, Wendy Liu and Noah Denning. Unlike One and Only featuring Jane and Cameron, Wendy and Noah were cut from the same cloth but when compared to them, they don’t hold as much emotional baggage. Where Jane carried guilt over her alcoholic father’s death, Wendy had a father that passed away too young and a mother too absorbed with earning a living than focusing on raising her child. While Cameron was deemed the black sheep of the town let alone his family for misdemeanors that were really unfortunate accidents, Noah lost a father, grew up too fast when he was too young to take care of Jane, his younger sister, and his depressed mother. Sure, it was sad but it wasn’t as complex or it didn’t knock out the breath from my lungs like Jane and Cameron’s backstory.

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Book Review: Dawn by Jessica Florence

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Title: Dawn
Author: Jessica Florence
Publication: October 17th 2017
Pages: 310
Synopsis:

Dawn has come, a time for heroes to rise.

Draco has lived long and felt the pain of loss more than anyone in one lifetime could imagine. Immortality was given to him as a gift, a gift that failed him and turned him into a shell of the man that has nothing left but to wait out the end of existence alone.

Until her.

Rose is an empath who sees more than who Draco is supposed to be: she sees him, and what they could be.

Together, they will begin the search for others with extraordinary powers, to stop a war that’s been brewing for over a millennia.

The journey is only beginning, and an unnamed enemy has started to make his mark on their world.

The dawn of heroes has finally arrived.

Only time will tell if it’s too late to defeat the upcoming darkness of night that now descends upon all of mankind.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Superheroes and villains–oh my! When I saw this book floating around ALL of bookstagram, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I’ve been meaning to get into paranormal/fantasy/urban fantasy tales and Dawn by Jessica Florence did not disappoint.

The writing was fast paced and easy to sift through. There were a lot of action scenes as well as a lot of world building scenes that added the meat to the story. And when I read it, the entire time, I thought of The Avengers. Except maybe more Greek God given powers or something instead of an Iron suit that costs billions of dollars or a man that turns green and huge when he’s angry.

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Book Review: Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost by Iain Harding

Title: Kitty Hawk and The Hunt for and Hemingway’s Ghost
Author: Iain Harding
Publication: September 10 2013
Pages: 339
Synopsis:

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is the exciting second installment in a new series of adventure mystery stories that are one part travel, one part history and five parts adventure. This second book in the series continues the adventures of Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot who has decided to follow in the footsteps of her hero Amelia Earhart and make an epic flight around the entire world. After flying across North America Kitty’s journey takes her down south to Florida where she plans to get a bit of rest and relaxation before continuing on with the rest of her long and grueling flight. As Kitty explores the strange and magical water world of the Florida Keys her knack for getting herself into precarious situations sweeps her headlong into the adventure of a lifetime involving mysterious lights, ancient shipwrecks, razor-toothed barracudas and even a sighting of the great Ernest Hemingway himself. This exhilarating story will have armchair explorers and amateur detectives alike anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept across the landscape and history of the Florida Keys all the way from Key West to the strange and remarkable world of Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas.

Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway’s Ghost is a perfect book to fire the imaginations of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn about and experience as much of our amazing world as they can – just like Kitty Hawk herself.

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MY RATING : 3.5/5 STARS

I received a copy from Book Publicity Services in exchange for an honest review.

This is my second novel from author Iain Harding and it’s also the second novel of his popular series, Kitty Hawk, and I must say that it did not let me down.

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Book Review + TOUR + Q&A : Save the Date by Morgan Matson

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Title: Save the Date
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication: June 5th 2018
Pages: 432
Synopsis:

Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson.

Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

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MY RATING: 4/5 STARS

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I’m a HUGE fan of Morgan Matson. Her contemporary novels are usually thick but also very enjoyable and entertaining even if nothing really happens. Some may argue that her books can get dry in areas but I never found any problems with that. Save the Date is different from her other books. Instead of focusing on character growth and development with obvious character flaws, I felt that Save the Date focused more on the story itself. The story features Charlie, our main heroine, who helps her sister with her big wedding and a secondary story line featuring her family who have been popularized in her mother’s comic strip that has been beloved by the entire nation.

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