Review: What’s Broken Between Us

What's Broken Between UsWhat’s Broken Between Us by Alexis Bass

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive, perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and of Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything.

A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart’s brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he’s coming home from prison.

Amanda’s been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother’s recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he’s a monster. Still, she loves him. It’s her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again–whose sister is paralyzed from the accident. 

A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she’ll let his choice destroy hers.

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

When I first heard about this book I was very excited! I had read the author’s previous book Love and other theories and I enjoyed it. I loved the authors writing style and I was positive that she would write a beautiful novel. Then one day I went through some reviews. Just like her previous book there were a lot of unappealing reviews. I was really surprised of some of the things that reviewers said about this book. I was really hoping it would be awesome. After some thought I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I would enjoy it just like I did Love and other theories. Unfortunately I was wrong.

The book begins with Jonathan Tart at a live interview. Two months after he was drunk behind the wheel and got in a car accident. In the beginning of the interview he seemed nice and possibly guilty. As the progresses Jonathan starts throwing attitude and it ends with him laughing hysterically after the interviewer asked him if he was guilty about what happened.

We are then taken to present day with Amanda. In a few hours her brother will be coming home. While she is excited, she’s also scared. For all she knows he’s changed for the worse. After the accident her family have had a hard time coping. She now wears make-up regularly and refuses to cry in front of people. Under the assumption that said people would assume that her tears were for Jonathan and not Grace (the girl that died in the car accident). She doesn’t dare tell people that she is secretly happy that Jonathan’s sentence was shortened to a year because Grace’s parents didn’t press charges. Apparently the road was wet and there was a sign missing.

Amanda’s boyfriend has been a good helper. He comforts her and whenever a conversation of her brother comes up he changes the subject and stares Amanda away. Her best friend Dawn has also been a great help.

On her way to some class she sees Henry Crane. Her former love and the sister of Sutton who was Jonathan’s ex-girlfriend and in the car when the accident occurred. He passes her a note that says to meet him at the end of the day. They meet and Henry asks whether Amanda would tell him if Sutton and Jonathan are talking. After a bit of a argument she agrees.

She goes with her parents to pick up Jonathan. They bring him home and she doesn’t see him as a murderer or a pyscho, he’s just her brother. For some time he seems alright. But then he starts hanging out with this girl from Starbucks. Wren (Starbucks girl) loves him. She is practically obsessed with him.

Amanda does ask her brother whether he has been in contact with Sutton to which he replies no. During a party Henry drunk and angry confronts Amanda about their little deal. She explains him that Jonathan said he hadn’t been in contact with Sutton to which he angrily yells that her brother is a liar and that Amanda doesn’t see him for what he really is. His girlfriend drags him out of the room.

The next day Henry decides to sit next to Amanda in class. Their teacher assigns them a group project and Henry offers to be her partner. She wants nothing to do with him (rightfully so) but then he points out that no one else will partner with her. Apparently this is his weird way of trying to make it up to her. Thus starts their relationship.

Meanwhile Jonathan is refusing to do the required community service and being a real jerk about it. When Amanda points this out her mother stares at her like she said something stupid. When she was actually speaking the truth.

I am going to stop right there and explain all of you why I couldn’t finish it. There was too much drama. And I know that’s ridiculous, but I’m not kidding you when I tell you that Amanda gets no break from anything. I have read a book about drinking and driving (Saint Anything) and I feel that book did a much better job. I’ve noticed that the authors books have more drama then necessary.

I seriously did not like Henry. He was insensitive and rude. It was really rude that he made that stupid deal with Amanda. Both Sutton and Jonathan are liars, yet he asked Amanda to ask her brother, and he didn’t bother to ask his sister. And I know that he was drunk when he confronted her but sorry doesn’t cut it. Nor does offering to work with her on a project. I’m not saying that she shouldn’t have forgiven him, I’m saying that he should’ve a little more to make up for it. Maybe he did and I didn’t read it. I’m not even sure what Amanda saw in him.

Jonathan was awful! He seemed really nice in the beginning but he clearly did not care about what happened nor did he care for the requirements of his probation. He was exactly like what the reviewers mentioned him to be.

Note there is also cheating in this book. Henry and Amanda cheat on their partners to be with each other. I’m not sure how this transcends because I didn’t stick it out for long, but I can tell you they kiss early on in the book.

I’m not sure whether Amanda was portrayed realistically. She never saw her brother as this awful person who killed one of his best friends and hospitalized his other friends. She simply saw him as her brother and nothing more. I’m not sure if this was realistic.

I actually liked Amanda, Dawn, and the writing style. I really felt bad for Amanda because it really sucked what she was going through. She also seemed to have some common sense in her family. She was the only one. Dawn was a good friend and was there for Amanda! It was nice to read about their texts and phone calls.

Overall I did not enjoy this. I will commend the author for writing this book. Everything I have mentioned is real. So there was some realism to it. I would recommend this to fans of the author and lot’s of drama. I would also recommend reading Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen.

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Review: The Veil

The VeilThe Veil by Chloe Neill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seven years ago, the Veil that separates humanity from what lies beyond was torn apart, and New Orleans was engulfed in a supernatural war. Now, those with paranormal powers have been confined in a walled community that humans call the District. Those who live there call it Devil’s Isle.

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: she’s a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil’s Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused.

Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength. But when he sees Claire using her powers to save a human under attack—in full view of the French Quarter—Liam decides to bring her to Devil’s Isle and the teacher she needs, even though getting her out of his way isn’t the same as keeping her out of his head.

But when the Veil threatens to shatter completely, Claire and Liam must work together to stop it, or else New Orleans will burn…

Beware spoilers ahead!

When I first heard about this book I wasn’t excited. I was kind of bitter of the fact that The Dark Elites (the author’s other series) didn’t have a fourth book. At some point I decided to stop being better and try this. I remembered how much I enjoyed The Dark Elites. I am happy to say that I was not disappointed!

This book is written in first person. Focusing on Claire’s point of view. It takes place New Orleans which was pretty cool! Her other series took place in Chicago so it was nice to read about something new.

The book begins with Claire who is trying to fix a mechanical owl. She hears fireworks in the background and jumps back. Much to her surprise the owl levitates in the air. She checks the magic monitor to make sure she didn’t tip off Containment. She is relived to see that it didn’t go off.

Seven years prior to the book humans found out that magic was real. There was apparently a veil that blocked the paras (angels, vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc.) from coming into our world. Once it was opened the paras leaked through and started attacking and killing humans. Claire at the time was sixteen. Her father ran this shop and they had to move a lot to avoid the fight. Claire’s father was not comfortable with getting involved with the paras so they kept their heads down. At some point the veil was closed and the government created Containment. An organization that round up paras and send them to The Devil’s Isle.

In a way magic was like a disease. Some humans found that they were developing magic. They were called Sensitives. Sensitives absorbed magic, kind of like when a sponge absorbs water. If they absorbed too much magic they would become Wraiths. Monster like beings that needed magic to survive.

Some time prior to the book Claire discovered that she was a Sensitive . Her father had this thing for old signs and decided to get one. As she was setting it up it started to tip over. She didn’t have time to think or roll over. She shut her eyes and when it didn’t fall on her she opened them. She was surprised to find that the sign was floating inches above her face.

Since that day she has avoided using her powers. She has no desire to be sent to The Devil’s Isle. She lets go of the owl and goes back to fixing it. It’s War Night in New Orleans and the residents are celebrating. Her friend Gunnar comes in and the two join the party. They meet up with their other friend Tadji.

Some time into the party Claire decides to leave so she can get some sleep. On her way back a girl literally runs her over. Claire tries getting the girls attention but she continues to run. Then two male wraiths emerge and Claire realizes that they are chasing the girl. After some thought she intervenes and tells the girl to run. During the fight she has no choice but to use her powers to defend herself.

After the fight she runs home and gets her to-go back to run away. There were cameras when she used magic and sooner or later Containment will take her and send her to The Devil’s Isle. When she is downstairs she finds a man in her store. The man reveals that he knows she is a sensitive and that if she wants to stay out of The Devil’s Isle he is willing to help her. Claire does not know whether she should trust this man but she has no choice.

Containment arrive at the store and ask her some questions about the wraith attack. Much to her relief they have not seen the tape in which she displayed her powers. The man turns out to be Liam Quinn a bounty hunter. Once Containment leave Liam take’s Claire with him to have the tape erased. After that she takes her to his grandmother’s so that they can decide who will train her.

I was really surprised to read that Liam was very nice. It didn’t sound that way when I read the synopsis. I thought that he would be a jerk. But he surprised me. He was a genuinely nice person who really cared for people. I ended up liking him!

Claire was also an awesome character! I really loved her whole outlook on life and everything that she did. It surprised me whenever she pushed her emotions away and instead focused on what needed to be done. Her friends were also pretty cool (no love triangle)!

I liked reading about Claire and Liam’s interactions. They made a good team. While they do like each other there really isn’t a lot of romance in this book. The romance did not take away from the plot.

The world was very interesting! All the sensitives had different powers and it was interesting to read about some of the paras. As well as the team that some of the characters formed to stop the veil from opening. There was no black and white just grey in this world. I also found it surprising that after the war the characters didn’t have that much access to things like sugar.

Now for the characters backstories. I’ll start with Liam. Liam is twenty-seven. When his house got attacked he went searching for a job and got contracted to work for the government. During which he found out that not all sensitives are bad. His contract got terminated and he instead he became a bounty hunter. Sometime before the book his sister was murdered by wraiths. He has made it his mission to find out what’s happening with the wraiths.

Claire is twenty-four years old. Her father was killed during the war and since then she has taken over his shop. For the longest time she didn’t interact with anybody because she missed her father too much. But then she meet Gunnar and Tadji and they became friends.

While I was reading this I got confused on the amount of government sects there were. Some of the plot was a bit confusing. But aside from that I had no problems with this book.

Overall this was a really good book! I will definitely be reading the sequel The Sight! I recommend it to fans of the author and fans of fantasy.

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Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of MagicA Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

Beware spoilers ahead!

When I first saw this book I was hesitant. I am very picky about fantasy books and I wasn’t sure whether this would live up to my expectations. After some reading some reviews I decided to give this one a shot. I am happy to say that I did enjoy this!

The book is written in third person and switches between multiple point of views. It was a little confusing at first but all the characters have a part to play.

The book begins with Kell as he travels to King George III in Grey London. He delivers a letter that the Queen of Red London wrote. Afterwards he visits Prince Regent who is also located in Grey London. Once he has finished his visit he makes his way over to The Stone’s Throw. A tavern in Grey London.

While Kell is an Antari (someone who can travel between all London’s) and he works for the Crown, on the side he does some smuggling. He’s not quite sure why he does it, he simply does. In Grey London there is no magic but there are some people who know that magic exists. He makes trades with these people. He will give them something from Red London and in return they will give him something from Grey London. Kell’s a bit of a collector.

Every-now-and-then he’ll run into someone who thinks that if they had something from Kell’s world they will be able to perform magic. In this instance Kell runs into a man named Ned who asks whether he can try performing some magic on the toy Kell is going to trade. Ned accomplishes nothing to which he assumes the toy has been rigged by Kell. Kell demonstrates to prove him that it hasn’t been rigged. He suggests that he will get some dirt from Red London in exchange for something that Ned doesn’t want to lose. Kell says that he will have to wait a month for the dirt.

Kell then meets with the man who wants to trade something for the toy that Kell has brought. The man has brought Kell a music box. Kell accepts and he leaves Grey London. Once he reaches home the King informs Kell that he needs Kell to make a visit to White London to deliver a letter. Kell isn’t to excited about it, but he does as he is told.

White London is ruled by the ruthless Dane twins. Astrid happens to be more insane than her brother Athos. Although both are pretty scary in their own right. When he reaches there he hands the twins the note from The King and after several drinks he leaves.

On his way to a tavern he runs into a woman. This woman claims to know about his illegal activities and begs him to send a letter to her last family member. She gives him an item in exchange for delivering the note. Before he can refuse she disappears.

Once Kell reaches Red London he decides to get the task over with. When he reaches the address that the woman gave him he starts to get a bad feeling. He comes face to face with a few guards and he realizes that he has been set up. While running away he checks the package the woman gave him and he realizes that it is a black stone that has some magic in it. Bad magic. Throughout all this he runs into Lila. And their adventure begins then.

I’m now going to explain the characters backstories. When Kell was 5 years old he was taken into the palace. Adopted by the King and Queen. He has no memory of his past. He believes that the King and Queen had his memory erased. He is close with his brother Rhy. And he loves the King and Queen. But at times he seems ungrateful. He thinks that he is just a tool for the Crown nothing more.

Lila is a thief who dresses up as a man. When she was little her mother died and her father tried to sell her off. She killed the buyer and ran. Since then she has been a thief and aspires to be a pirate. I personally liked her character more than any of the characters. She was interesting and she had common sense. She has as an almost fatherly relationship with The Stone Tavern’s manager Barron. Which was cute to read about.

I only had two problems with this book. I found that there were some plot holes are and there. And while I was reading it I was bored at times and wanted to watch some tv instead. Aside from that the plot was good as were the characters.

Overall this was a good book! I look forward to the sequel. I recommend it to fans of the author and fantasy.

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Review: On the Fence

On the Fence by Kasie West

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Alyssa ! Click on her name to read her review.

I had originally added this book back in February. I was going through a chick lit phase and thought that all of Kasie West’s books would be excellent additions. But because I thought they would turn out to be shallow I took them all off. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon Alyssa’s review that I decided to read all her books. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this!

As is with all of Kasie West’s books, this book is written in first person in Charlie’s point of view.

The book begins with Charlie as she is pulled over by a police officer for breaking the speed limit. Charlie is about to use the fact that her father is a cop, but then the cop mentions that this is not his first time pulling her over. She accepts her ticket. When she gets home her brothers and Braden are having another bet. If a person does not drink the weird smoothie that Gage made then they have to dump it on themselves.

Charlie getting rattled by Braden drinks it. Her brothers and and Braden now have to dump the smoothie on themselves. On Charlie’s command they all set off for a run.

A few days after this Charlie’s father confronts her on the ticket she got. She didn’t tell him and he was not happy to here it from one of his coworkers. He tells Charlie that she has to get a job to earn the money for the tickets. Charlie tries to protest as does her brother, but their father does not budge.

Her brother Gage offers to help Charlie look for a job. Upon looking a majority of what Gage does is flirt with girls. They come across a shop and the girl Skye tells Charlie that there is a shop that is hiring. And to tell the shop owner that Skye sent her over.

When Charlie finds the shop it is not what she excepts. It’s a Bazaar that sells clothes that Charlie does not wear. And the owner Linda is very odd. Desperate Charlie takes the position making a vow to quit after her tickets have been paid. Linda tells Charlie that she will have to buy some more fashion forward clothes. She suggests that on Charlie’s first day she will pick out some clothes for her and fill out the paper work.

Once she gets her job she finds it hard to sleep at night and this is because she isn’t running anymore. When she runs she falls asleep quickly and this keeps the nightmares at bay. When Charlie was 6 years old her mother got into a car accident. She has nightmares of said car accident.

Seeing as she can’t sleep she decides to have a conversation with Braden. A fence chat. They play this game to see who knows more about the other. Which makes Charlie happy and helps her forget what kept her up.

Braden seems to benefit from these conversations as well. His father verbally abuses his mother and him whenever he is drunk. He suffered a back injury a few years ago and since then has developed an addiction.

To be honest I did not except to fall in love with this book. In the beginning Charlie was annoying. All she cared about were sports and winning. She was cold and did not care for others emotions. But as I read on she became likable and in ways relatable.

There are cameos from The Distance Between Us. Skye comes in frequently and it was nice to read about her and Charlie’s friendship. Charlie and her families relationship was sweet. Her brothers were very protective of her as was her father.

The fence chats between Charlie and Braden were sweet. Charlie found it much easier to talk to the fence then she did to Braden’s face. I liked reading about their game and learning more about them. The romance in this book was slow burn. It was pretty awkward considering that Braden is Charlie’s brother’s best friend.

It was sweet how supportive Braden was with Charlie. Even when she did test his patience. As a character Braden was nice but I didn’t like him. And in turn I couldn’t really see the romance between the two of them. They felt like best friends to me and that’s it.

Linda was absolutely weird in the beginning of the book but she grew on me as well as Charlie. She turned out to be a mother figure towards Charlie and Skye. During her job Charlie meets this girl Amber and the two become friends. Unlike Charlie’s other friends she is girly and does not like sports. I was happy that Charlie didn’t judge Amber for that. Their friendship was sweet!

The best part of this book was Charlie’s character. I liked how she didn’t instantly hate all girly girls, and how when she turned 16 (the dating age her brothers set) she didn’t instantly want to date guys. Charlie is pretty tough and throughout this book she goes through a self-discovery journey. She finds that she does not hate the clothes Linda chose for her, she doesn’t even mind make-up, and she likes her job.

During this book Charlie starts to become self-conscious about what others think about her. She had two different lives. The Charlie who loved sports and the Charlie who dressed up for work. For most of the book she doesn’t tell her brothers about the clothes Linda bought or how she started modeling for make-up. She thinks that her brothers would only make fun of her. And with Amber she thought that Amber wouldn’t like the side of her that played sports. She even pretended not to know anything about sports when she started dating this guy Evan. She thought he only wanted a girl who cheered him on not a girl who could play against him. Eventually she accepts these sides of herself and stops hiding it from people.

The most important thing that was brought up in this book was how society or people in our lives start categorizing us in these bubbles. In Charlie’s brother’s point of view she could not like make-up and wear pretty clothes. So when it came out that she did they treated her like an alien. They have even said that Charlie isn’t a normal girl. There is no such thing as a normal girl or boy. Everyone is unique and different. And as people we could become whoever we want to be. I loved how the author incorporated this!

Overall this was a fantastic book! I would recommend this to everyone because there is something in here that we can all relate to.

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Review: Passenger

PassengerPassenger by Alexandra Bracken

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

passage, n.

i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.

ii. A journey by water; a voyage.

iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever 

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.

DNF

This book was recommended to me by Cookie and Alyssa ! Click on their names to read their reviews.

I was very excited when I saw that I could request this on Netgalley. At first I was nervous about this book. I’m not too big on time travel and it tends to get confusing. But because I heard so much about this book that I knew I had to read it. It also helped that my two GR friends (girls mentioned above) had written amazing reviews which pushed me to read this. Unfortunately the time travel did confuse me.

This book is written in third person and switches between Nicholas and Etta’s point of view. The book begins with a prologue set in 1910 Bhutan. Nicholas and his half brother Julian are on a journey looking for some item. You are not given the name of the person that sent them on the journey nor are you told what they are looking for. Nicholas is stuck carrying all of Julian’s belongings including his own. He does not like Julian because of his stuck up attitude. But he puts up with him because he doesn’t want his temper to show and he is his brother.

Nicholas has a feeling that there will be a storm coming soon. He suggests that they rest for the night then look for the item in the morning, but Julian denies. You are told that Nicholas is a black slave who has been sold to the family that ordered this journey. He loves history so he spends whatever money he makes on history books. To learn and to be one step ahead of the family that bought him. Aside from being with said family he does work on a ship along with Captain Hall.

The two seem to find what they were looking for and Julian urges Nicholas to take a picture of it. Just then a storm begins. In the chaos Julian slips and nearly falls. Nicholas can either let him die or save him. He chooses to save him because despite Julian being awful, he’s still his brother. He grabs Julian’s hand and just as he is about to lift him Julian’s glove slips and he dies.

We are then taken to present day New York. Etta has a very important night. She will be performing a debut in front of 700 people. This is exactly what she has wanted and worked all these years for. While she is getting ready her mother comes in and asks whether she wants Etta to do her hair. Etta can do it but she says yes. Her mother gives her these beautiful earrings and she jokingly asks whether she stole them. Her mother explains that she really wants Etta to know she has never stolen anything from anyone.

Her instructor Alice comes in to get Etta. Her mother promises to be there explaining that she needs to get ready. Alice is more of a motherly figure than her mother. Her mother is quite cold and reserved. Her mother is a painter and she has traveled to all the places in her paintings.

When the two arrive Alice eyes her earrings with an odd expression on her face and says that she needs to make a call. Etta goes in to meet the rest of the players. One face in particular stands out. Her name is Sophia, oddly enough the woman did not give Sophia’s last name. Almost as if she doesn’t have one.

When some time passes Etta gets worried and goes to look for Alice. She finds her in her mother’s office. The two are having a fight. Etta overhears some parts. Alice is trying to explain her mother that Etta does not have the training and nor is she ready for this. While her mother retorts that Alice is underestimating Etta. Etta assumes they are talking about her debut and she barges into the office. Etta tells them both that she does not care what they think. She has given up everything for this night and that she is playing. She leaves.

During her performance she thinks that she is hearing negative feedback. But every time she looks at the crowd they seem fine. Having a panic attack as the feedback continues she runs off the stage. The woman tells Etta that no one was giving her feedback. Sophia offers to take Etta and tells her that she to is hearing feedback. Sophia takes Etta to the feedback and they see that Alice has been shot. Etta bursts into tears and rushes to Alice’s body. Alice tells Etta to run. Sophia picks up Etta as more people arrive. Sophia apologizes and Etta blacks out.

I only had two problems with this book. The feedback scene was odd. It would’ve been better had we been told what the feedback was rather than she was hearing feedback. When Etta wakes up on the ship, she explains that she feels like she is drowning in a mans blood. Then she pushes herself out and floats to where Nicholas and Captain Hall are. That did not make any sense. It was almost as if she was in limbo or something. After that I decided not to continue. Maybe it’s explained more as you read on but I didn’t stick it out that long.

I loved the writing! It is one of the best third person styles I’ve read in years! You could actually picture yourself in the setting and hear Etta playing a piece as well as Nicholas sailing. It was very engaging and it makes readers want to find out what will happen next. I loved Etta’s character! Sophia was interesting and rude. Nicholas was nice. And Alice was a doll. I really do not like Etta’s mom. It’s like she knew what would happen but rather than stopping it she let it continue.

Overall I did not enjoy this. But I still recommend it because it has a good plot, it’s engaging, Etta is not your typical YA female, diversity, it’s engaging, and there is some history. I will keep a lookout for this authors future works. I hope you all enjoy this better than I did!

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Review: The Girlfriend Request

The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Updating best friend to girlfriend is more than a change of status…

Emma has been best friends with Eli since she moved to his neighborhood ten years ago. Tired of being cast in the role of the girl next door, Emma creates a fake Facebook profile in the hopes of starting an online friendship with Eli, which would hopefully lead to more. Like…way more. From friend request to In a Relationship–it all seemed so completely logical when she’d planned it.

Eli can’t figure out what Emma is up to. He’s pretty sure she’s the one behind the Facebook profile, but then again, why would she do something so drastic instead of just admitting she wants to be more than friends? And who the heck is this new guy he saw her with? Eli starts to think that just maybe…he missed his chance with the girl next door.

Two best friends, one outlandish ruse. Their status is about to become way more than It’s Complicated…

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains one fake Facebook profile, two best friends who secretly crave each other, and a dreaded sex talk with parents…boy crush in the room included. Pushing a relationship beyond the friend zone has never been so crazy…

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. When I saw this on Netgalley I didn’t hesitate to request it. It sounded a bit silly and fun. Which is exactly what it is. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this!

This book is written in first person. With Emma and Eli’s point of views. Which made the story interesting because we get to see how both of the characters thought about the situations they were in.

The book begins with Emma explaining that she has created a fake Facebook profile in order to get Eli’s attention. The plan is pretty simple create the fake account, send a friend request, interact with Eli, at some point reveal that it is Emma, and viola they start dating.

When creating ‘Kelli’s’ profile Emma adds interests that she herself has. For example Star Wars. She takes a picture from some clothing company’s model and sets it all up. Then she sends a friend request.

Right after this Eli calls. He is not happy that Emma forgot to take care of his dog while he and his family were away. Realizing that something must have happened he asks her. She lies and says everything is fine and the two make plans to hang out.

Eli knows that there is something up with Emma and he has full intentions of asking her when he sees her. He logs onto Facebook and sees a friend request from ‘Kelli’. He sees her profile and is pleasantly surprised when he sees that she likes Star Wars. Plus she’s really pretty. He confirms the request. He is really happy to have Emma in his life and content with the fact that he doesn’t have to worry about the way he acts around her the way he would if they were dating.

They have a good time together. But Eli still isn’t able to find out what is going on with Emma. When they reach her house to watch a movie, Eli says that he can show Emma some pictures of Soccer Camp. He posted them on Facebook. Just as he is about to take her laptop Emma realizes that she is on Kelli’s profile. She quickly closes the screen nearly hitting Eli’s fingers. When he asks why she did that she claims that she was doing some online bra shopping. Deciding to let it go they continue to watch a movie.

Kelli starts talking to Eli and the next week at school Eli is avoiding Emma. Emma confines in her best friend Sarah. Sarah thinks that Emma’s idea is crazy and that she should just tell him how she feels. Emma can’t bring herself to do so because she thinks it’ll ruin their friendship.

Eli has a feeling that Emma is behind Kelli’s profile. Whenever he talks to Kelli he feels like he’s talking to Emma. But that doesn’t make sense. Why would Emma create Kelli’s profile? What purpose would it serve? He’s not sure how to feel about this. So he’s been avoiding her. When he sees Carissa picking on Emma he stands up for her and the two go back to talking.

A lot of this book was built around miscommunication. When Eli realizes that he would like to be with Emma he asks her out. This didn’t go over very well because Emma thought that he was trying to get her approval on asking Kelli out. He didn’t really phrase it to well. Then Emma claims that they should go on a double date. He gets angry because all of a sudden Emma has another guy in her life that he doesn’t know about.

Emma’s plan was really stupid. I’m not sure why she thought it would be a good idea to create a fake account and then somehow explain Eli that she was the one behind it. It definitely would’ve been easier to tell him seeing as the miss it got her into.

Eli’s feelings for Emma came out of nowhere. One minute he’s saying that he likes the fact that he and Emma are not dating then he switches and says that he would like to be with Emma. The same goes for Emma’s fake boyfriend Jake. He also had this thing for her and it was weird. I understood why Emma liked Jake back because he made her feel special but his feelings for her didn’t make sense.

The dialogue at times was very silly. The amount of times that Emma blurted the most stupid things was something. At first it was amusing but then it got irritating.

I didn’t like how Emma and Eli came to be. I felt that he had forgiven her to fast. And when they were fighting he didn’t even give her time to explain herself. And I don’t really like them together as a couple. I found them to be better as friends.

The characters in this book were very well done! I really liked the friendship between Emma and Eli. Sarah was awesome and it was nice to read about how she tried to talk some sense into Emma. She was also one of Emma’s biggest supports. Emma’s parents also supported her and where there for her. I especially loved reading about Emma standing up to Carissa.

Emma despite being stupid was a realistic character. She was easy to relate to. She had all these insecurities of not being pretty enough and how she wasn’t the type of girl that guys ask out. I loved the conversation she had with Jake. In that moment her character shone.

Eli was so sweet! I really loved how supportive of Emma he was and how nice he was. It was especially fun to read about the times he stood up for Emma. He truly felt bad for taking Emma for granted. And he did make up for his actions.

I love how the author showed the readers that when someone is nervous or scared of something they hide behind the internet because it’s easier. The internet doesn’t involve face-to-face conversations, eye contact, facial expressions, or body language. It’s just simple. All you have to do is type up a conversation and be the end of it. Emma did so when she created the fake account. This is something this generation goes through and I was happy to see it Incorporated in this book.

Overall this was a good book! It was a fast and fluffy read! I recommend it to anyone looking for a fast chick lit.

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Review: How to Break a Heart

How to Break a Heart by Kiera Stewart

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This time, even ice cream won’t help. 

Nick Wainwright is definitely the love of thirteen-year-old Mabry Collins’s life, and when he dumps her in the most mortifying way possible, her heart is shattered. So, maybe they’d never kissed, but they had shared something special. They’d shared LOVE. True love. She’s sure of it. 

And Mabry would know. She’s watched countless episodes of her favorite telenovela with her best friend, Sirina, and the characters have taught her everything about romance. 

But when Sirina’s usual methods for comforting Mabry fail, she has an idea: it’s time for Mabry to break a heart of her own. And who better than Thad Bell to teach Mabry how to do it? He was the source of her very first heartbreak, and he seems to have his own reasons for wanting to see Nick suffer.

Mabry decides to give it a shot, but she’s pretty sure Thad’s advice will lead to disaster. After all, his sole passion is a burrito with extra hot sauce. Anyone with any sense knows that true love doesn’t come in a foil wrapper! But if Thad can help her win back-um, that is, break-Nick’s heart, then it might just be worth it. 

I received this E-ARC via Netgalley and Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.

DNF

I was really excited to see this on Netgalley. I had kept on eye on this for months to see when I could request it. When the time came I did so. Unfortunately when I started reading this I did not enjoy this. Seeing as I didn’t really get that far in this I am not going to use a spoiler tag.

This book begins with Marby and her best friend Sirina watching her favourite telenovela. Marby gets a call from her boyfriend Nick. She picks up and a woman answers. Marby’s first assumption is that Nick is cheating on her with a woman. The woman turns out to be Nick’s mother. His mother explains that Nick is currently in karate practice. She says that he wants to take karate seriously therefore he wants to break up with Marby. And has his mother do it. Marby is a mess because she believes that she and Nick are meant to be. I did not read farther.

I found Marby to be annoying, very dramatic, and kind of crazy. She had a very big obsession with the idea of love and the telenovela. She truly believed that she and Nick were meant to be. And rather than being angry at Nick she is still in love with him.

I understand that she was upset about the break up but I was surprised that she wasn’t mad at him. I mean he did get his mom to break up with her. That was pretty low. Instead Marby believed that his mother wanted him to focus on karate and his mother pressured him into breaking up. It was probably because the week before the book begins she told him that she loved him. He probably freaked out.

When I read about the beginning of the telenovela I found it to be ridiculous and over dramatic. I hate shows like that. It gives me a headache and it is annoying to keep up with all the drama.

The only nice thing I have to say is that this book is funny! Some of Marby’s dramatic behaviour was amusing to read about. Especially when she tried to get out of going to school by claiming that she had Alice in Wonderland syndrome.

Overall this was not good book. I cannot recommend this to anyone.

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