Review: All the Feels

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All the Feels by: Danika Stone

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life…and her last tangible connection to her deceased father. Thus, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinare, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a call that ignites the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life, and her disapproving mother’s new boyfriend. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to get away from it all… and figure out what (and who!) she really wants.

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received this E-ARC via Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I am also participating in the Sunday Street Team for this book. 

I had heard about this book through GR. At the time I didn’t really pay attention to it. Then when I joined the Sunday Street Team for the author’s other book Edge of Wild I noticed that the author was having another book coming out this year. Honestly the first time I read the synopsis I thought I would hate this book because at the time it sounded really dumb. But I decided to give it a shot. There are a lot of books that I now love and at one point I thought I would hate. I am happy to say that I enjoyed this book!

The book begins with explaining us a movie. The only thing you know is that it’s an alien movie. The main character whose name is Spartan is trying to kill the aliens. With him is a little girl who is attempting to help him. When the two reach an escape pod Spartan tells the girl to run while the countdown is going off. The girl is able to reach the pod and escape. Meanwhile Spartan dies in the explosion.

We are then taken to Liv and Xander. The two are both in shock. Although Liv is in much worse shape. Xander gently tells her that they need to leave the theater and guides her out. He goes to get the car meanwhile Liv waits inside. She has an emotional outburst and takes it out on the workers. Eventually she leaves still very upset. The minute she reaches her house she goes to Twitter and tells some of her friends that Spartan died. Spartan could have made it out  as there was one more pod left.

The following week Liv remains depressed. Xander has tried his utmost to help her and get her out of the house. Her mother has tried to same although she doesn’t do it very nicely. Then one day when her mother’s boyfriend comes over and Liv’s mother wakes her up. Liv changes and goes downstairs to find her mother and her boyfriend going out somewhere. Liv’s mom asks her to tag along but Liv declines noticing that Gary (the boyfriend) doesn’t want her to come. They leave and she opens the fortune cookie’s they left her. Taking the fortune as a sign Liv comes up with #SpartanSurvived and enlists Xanders help.

Wow I seriously did not expect to enjoy it that much! The book is written in third person which I found surprising considering it’s a contemporary book. But luckily I liked the writing style! I found that it suited the story. It is divided into two parts. Before Dragon Con and during Dragon Con. There are text messages, twitter conversations, and some fanmade pictures! This was really cool! I’ve never read a book that’s formatted this way. The chapter titles are quotes from things like Harry Potter and Doctor Who. I think that added a nice touch the to overall story.

I completely understood where Liv was coming from! While I haven’t been an active member in fandoms I have loved so many tv shows and books, and mourned the characters that died. While I never let it take over my life I can see why some people would.

Liv’s only connection to her father was through the Starveil films and when Spartan died her whole world feel apart. It wasn’t much help from her mother who viewed fandoms to be dumb and also internet friends. She isn’t close to her mother because of this. Xander and his girlfriend Arden helped whenever they could. 

Xander and Liv’s friendship was adorable! He was so sweet to her and understanding. He agrees to help her with #SpartanSurvived and eventually gets sucked into the fandom. This in particular was amusing to read about. I was really glad that for a majority of the book they remained friends. The romance was really slow burn but I liked it.

I thought it was brilliant when Liv came up with #SpartanSurvived and it was awesome watching it grow and become such a big deal to the fans that Liv talked to! I would never have come up something like that. And I absolutely loved reading about Dragon Con! It was amazing and I so need to go there one day!

The author did an excellent job writing about being in a fandom! It was so much fun reading and it reminded me about how I converse with my friends on GR! While Liv loved Starveil Xander loved steampunk and cosplays. The author did a good job fleshing out the two different fandoms.

The characters in this book was realistic! Liv eventually finds the confidence to get out there and explore the real world and try to make friends with people in her classes. Xander was her support system as was the other fans of Starveil. She grew into a strong and likable character! Xander was a doll! I loved how he said things like ‘dearest’. He’s so different than the other male love interests. It was refreshing reading about him.

I only had three problems with this book. I would have liked to see her of Liv and her mothers relationship. When she goes to Dragon Con you’re not shown her mothers reaction and I really wanted to read about that. And when she reached Dragon Con Liv only called her mother once. I’m surprised that her mother never called her. And like most contemporaries Xander and Liv get into a bit of a fight which I didn’t understand. Thankfully it was resolved quickly. While the epilogue was sweet I felt that it was rushed and somewhat unnecessary. Nonetheless I still liked this book!

Overall I enjoyed this book! I recommend it to all fangirls and fanboys. And anyone trying to understand fandoms.   

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Review: One Tiny Lie

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One Tiny Lie by: K. A. Tucker

My Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents’ tragic death and Kacey’s self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would…and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.

Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.

Beware spoilers ahead!

DNF

I heard about this book through GR. I’d seen that a couple of friends had read it and given it good ratings. I saw that it was in my local library so I put it on hold. Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book. 

The book begins in June. Livie is talking to her sister Kacey. Kacey mentions that Livie is too perfect and she feels responsible for robbing Livie of a proper childhood. Kacey says that she’s talked to her therapist about this and that he’ll be calling Livie soon. Livie doesn’t think she needs any sort of help but gives in because of Kacey.

Much to Livie’s surprise the phone calls continue. The therapist (I forgot his name) puts Livie through some weird stuff. She actually speed dated over the summer. One the first day of college Kacey helps her move in and encourages her to drink in order to let loose. 

The reason I didn’t finish this book is because I didn’t agree with Kacey and the therapist way’s to get Livie out there. You don’t just insistently get a life and friends by speed dating and getting drunk. Once college came she could’ve just joined some clubs and had some group study sessions. That works as well. And honestly Livie wasn’t even that bad. I found her to be focused and she reminded me of Harper from Rebel Belle

Overall I did not enjoy this book. But I still recommend it to fans of NA contemporary. 

Review: Edge of Wild

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Edge of Wild by: Danika Stone

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to the city as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile towards his efforts, or maybe even menacing, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor disappeared of his own accord, he finds himself strongly drawn to Louise Newman, the garage mechanic who is fixing his suddenly unreliable BMW, and the only person in Waterton who doesn’t seem desperate to run him out of town. As Rich works on the hotel, the town is torn apart by a series of gruesome, unsolved murders. With Louise as his only ally in a town that seems set against him, Rich can’t help but wonder: will he be the next victim?

Beware spoilers ahead!

I received a signed paperback, E-ARC, and swag package via the author in exchange for participating in the Sunday Street Team.

I had heard about this book through Twitter. One of the people I follow retweeted a tweet from the author. The author was asking about people who wanted to participate in the Sunday Street Team for this book. We talked for a bit and I agreed to join. I am happy to say that I enjoyed Edge of Wild!

The book begins with a prologue. Ever since Jeff Chan was asked to come to Wateron to reappear the Whitewater Lodge things haven’t gone according to plan. The town is very hostile towards him and he feels like he’s being stalked. He hears noises and goes to check them out. A man is in his house. Jeff grabs a weapon and asks why the man is there. The man replies that he just wants to talk.

We are then taken to the first chapter. Louise ‘Lou’ has always been a bit strange. She tends to pick up on things very quickly and sometimes she knows things she shouldn’t. Lou has very vivid dreams. Of another life. She believes that she’s lived several lives based on her dreams. But no one believed that. For the longest time Lou was an outcast. Her own father hadn’t believed her. Now she chooses not to tell anyone fearing she will be outcasted like she was when she was little.

Richard ‘Rich’ has been called in to manage Whitewater Lodge in Wateron, Alberta. He’s not particularly pleased about being called in but goes anyways. Once he arrives he notices that the hotel is a mess. Apparently Jeff Chan wasn’t gifted in organization. The files are a mess and every time Rich fixes something it either gets destroyed or another problem arises. Most of the locals are unnerved by his presence and they promptly turn down every suggestion he makes. On top of all that Rich feels like he’s being stalked. Things in his room are misplaced, the locks undone, and animals are chasing him. The only person Rich can trust is Lou who is fixing his car.

Once the murders began to pile up the town is terrified. But Lou begins to suspect that the townspeople know who is stalking Rich. She starts to realize that the townspeople have been keeping many secrets. And once Lou starts hanging around Rich they begin to outcast her. Rich slowly realizes that whoever is murdering all those people may in fact be after him.

This was such a well done murder mystery! It’s been awhile since I’ve read one that done this well! I didn’t even see the murderer coming! It was so unexpected and well done.  The book is narrated in third person. Which was written well considering it’s a murder mystery. It takes place in 1999 Wateron, Alberta in the span of a few months. Which I found pretty interesting. The author did her research and it feels like you’re in that time. There are multiple point of views but our main point of views are Rich and Lou.

For a majority of the book Rich is stressed and angry. Nothing really seems to work with the hotel and it feels like the townspeople want him gone. I really felt for him because man was that a lot to deal with. Plus the townspeople didn’t make it any easier. While I did sympathize with him I didn’t really connect with him. I liked him because he was determined and hardworking. I’m surprised that he was able to deal with the townspeople. The only townspeople that were nice to him were Amanda his assistant and Lou.

I really liked reading about Lou! It was so interesting to read about her vision and dreams. I’m a big believer in dreams and the way I see it is that people like Lou really do exist. She was sweet and calm. Lou had a way with people. She could calm you down and tell you a story based on yourself and your circumstances. While Rich was hot tempered Lou was calm. They worked well together.

While Rich and Lou worked well together I didn’t really get the romance. At first it seemed like attraction than it just didn’t make sense. And it did feel unnecessary. Lou’s relationship with her father figure Hunter was cute and realistic! While Rich didn’t really talk to Amanda that often he liked her.

The plot was really good! It was a nice touch to read about many different people. Including the police officers, the murderer, and the victims. The point of view shift never felt overwhelming and the author did a good job of balancing the point of views and fleshing out all the characters.

You should know that this is a very different murder mystery novel. For starters the victims aren’t anyone Rich knows. So in way that takes out the suspense because you’re not worried about how the murders are affecting Rich.Despite this it was very intriguing as the evidence continues to pile up and you keep turning the pages just to know what’s going on.

The police actually do stuff in this book! Rich launches another investigation but doesn’t look into the murderers. Which happens in most murder mystery novels. Especially YA. In a way the townspeople reminded of Agatha Christie’s mysteries. In Agatha Christie’s novels they always take place in a small town and all if it’s residents are hiding something. Also her books just like this book ends nicely.

I had no problems with this book. I’ve rated it 4 stars because while I thoroughly enjoyed it I didn’t love it. Note this is a slow book, the townspeople are very frustrating, and there is a lot of swearing. If these bother you I would suggest you to find another murder mystery novel.

Overall this was a really great book! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a different murder mystery novel.

Review: Winds of Salem

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Winds of Salem by: Melissa de la Cruz

My Rating 2 of 5 Stars

From Melissa de la Cruz, New York Times bestselling author of Witches of East End and the Blue Bloods series, comes the third novel featuring the fascinating, spellbinding Beauchamp family. This final piece of the Witches trilogy wraps up the story of the magical Beauchamps, with plenty of the sorcery, romance, and plot twists that have brought readers back to Melissa’s series time and time again.

“Move over, zombies, vampires, and werewolves, and make way for witches. Melissa de la Cruz, author of the best-selling Blue Bloods series, ably sets the stage for a juicy new franchise with Witches of East End…De la Cruz balances the supernatural high-jinksery with unpredictable twists. ”
—Entertainment Weekly

Freya Beauchamp has been kidnapped and sucked into the past, forced to relive the horrors of Salem and return to the witch-burning hysteria that gripped the small Massachusetts town. Freya’s family is determined to save her, but the Passages of Time are closed to the Beauchamp family, leaving them stuck in the present, centuries from Freya. Joanna, Freddie, and Ingrid must find another way back to save Freya before it’s too late. Because this time, when Freya is hanged, she’s not coming back…ever.

The Beauchamps are sure that their nemesis, the trickster god Loki, is behind the brewing hatred in Salem and Freya’s kidnapping—but is the witch hunt just a way for the power-seeking Putnam family, whose daughter Ann was one of the first accusers, to settle scores and consolidate their hold on the lands and power in town?

Black magic, time travel, romance, mystery, history, and adventure are served up in a cauldron of bubbly magic in the latest installation of the New York Times bestselling series Witches of East End.

Beware spoilers ahead!

After finishing Serpent’s Kiss I was really excited to read this! I wanted to know how it ended and what really happened the day Bofrir was destroyed! Sadly I didn’t enjoy this book.

The book begins with a recap summarizing the events of Serpent’s Kiss. We are then taken to the first chapter. Freya arrived in Salem half dead. A maid Mercy took her in and since then she has been a maid for the Putnam’s. Freya has tried remembering where she came from and her family but she gets nothing. Freya enjoys working as a maid and is thankful to the Putnam family. She also practices her magic and uses it to help people. 

Back in present day Ingrid has not stopped trying to find a way to get Freya back. She has been looking into the Salem witch trials and reading everything that she can. While doing this she has been ignoring Matt and pretty much everyone around her. Much to her surprise her ex-boyfriend Troy (Thor) comes back into her life. He wants her back in his life and helps with finding Freya. Ingrid’s been getting quite insecure about her relationship with Matt. She’s immortal and he’s not. Ingrid doesn’t know how she’ll deal when Matt is dead.

Freddie has been adjusting to his marriage with Gert. It hasn’t been that easy because Gert’s in school and he’s stressed about Freya. The pixies now live with him and are working on finding his trident. The pixies haven’t been helping his marriage either. In their attempts to help them Freddie assumes they’ll get him a divorce.

Joanna and her husband Norman are on good terms again. Now with all of their powers draining it has taken quite an affect on her body. Joanna and Norman decide to look for Norman’s brother Arthur who can time travel. They don’t end up finding him so they visit The Oracle. The Oracle says that there is a solution for getting Freya back. But it comes with a deadly price.

The book takes place in present day during New Years and in Salem in Spring. It divided into parts, giving us what’s going on in present day and in Salem. You get to read about Norman’s point of view. And their power is dwindling. 

I’m going to talk about the things that I liked than move on to my dislikes. I was happy that Norman and Joanna were back on speaking terms. They were so sweet together! As usual the family relationship was well done in this book! I’m glad that Ingrid worked everything out with Matt. The pixies were sweet and very funny! And it was nice to read about Tyler again! The ending was so sad but beautiful in it’s own right.

Like the other books this was a slow book. But it was so slow that I couldn’t wait for it to be over. I thought it was because I was going through a reading slump but as I continued to read I really started to feel the pages. I ended up skimming most of it. The Salem parts of the book was written so odd that I skimmed every chapter. And it was pretty boring. I’m not even sure if that’s how people spoke in those days.

Freddie and Gert’s marriage was terrible. I understood that she was in University and one semester away from getting her degree but she didn’t even try to make the marriage work. In the end Freddie was the one always trying to be good husband and help around whenever Gert needed it. At some point Gert up and leaves him and wrote on a note that she needed to study. She didn’t even bother to tell him and talk it out with him. Freddie actually ends up cheating on her. I know Freddie was stressed as well but he really shouldn’t have resorted to cheating.

The worst part about this book was the mystery behind the bridge and the lame almost fight scenes. Apparently it wasn’t Loki who destroyed the bridge and stole it’s power but another god and for such a stupid reason. The almost fight scenes never happened and I would have much rather read about a fight scene then a lame conversation.

Overall this was utterly disappointing. I still do recommend the series. I really hope that Triple Moon will have a better ending.  

Review: Serpent’s Kiss

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Serpent’s Kiss by: Melissa de la Cruz

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

The intriguing Beauchamp family, introduced in the New York Times bestselling Witches of East End, returns in Serpent’s Kiss, with dizzying plot twists and spellbinding magic.

Joanna and her daughters, bookish Ingrid and wild-child Freya, are just settling into the newfound peace that has been cast over their small, off-the map town of North Hampton. With the centuries-old restriction against practicing magic lifted, casting spells, mixing potions, and curing troubled souls has never felt so good for the three witches. That is, until everything gets turned upside down–from Joanna’s organized kitchen to Ingrid’s previously nonexistent love life to Freya’s once unshakeable faith in her sexy soul mate, Killian Gardiner.

When Freya’s twin brother, Freddie, suddenly returns, escaped from Limbo and professing innocence on a long-ago crime, Freya should be ecstatic. The golden boy can do no wrong. Or can he? Freddie blames no other than her fiance Killian for his downfall, and enlists Freya’s help to prove it. Now Freya doesn’t know who to believe or trust.

And for the first time in–well, forever, really–Ingrid is also busy in love. Matt Noble, the handsome and charming police detective, has won her heart. But can romance work between a virgin witch and a mortal who doesn’t believe in magic? Things get even more complicated when it appears Ingrid is harboring the prime suspects in Matt’s police investigation.

To add to the chaos, a dead spirit is attempting to make contact with Joanna–but does it mean to bring harm or help? Joanna asks her sort-of ex-husband Norman to help figure it out, only to accidentally invite him to a Thanksgiving dinner with a dapper gentleman she’s recently begun dating. As the witches pull together to discover the serpent within their midst and the culprit behind Freddie’s imprisonment, everything is thrown into peril. Will the discovery come too late to save those they love most? Melissa de la Cruz weaves all this and more in a blockbuster sequel that is not to be missed by her fans, and one that is sure to enchant new readers of the series.

Beware spoilers ahead!

After I finished Witches of East End I was eager to start the sequel! That ending was truly cruel. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this book as well!

The book begins with a recap summarizing the events of the last book. We are then taken to the first chapter in which Freya is working with Killian at the bar. It’s been a month since the events of Witches of East End and Freddie has returned from Limbo. Freya has convinced her brother to give her some time in looking into Killian. So far she hasn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary and she’s starting to wonder whether Limbo has deluded her brother.

The two of them continue to working together until the bar is empty. They leave and Frey accidentally falls. In the nick of time Killian catches her but not before Freya notices something in Killian’s expression. Freya then begins to wonder whether there is some truth to what Freddie is saying.

This book was so good! Unto the characters and their story lines!

Freya spends the majority of the book trying to see whether or not Freddie is right that Killian framed him for the destruction of Bofrir bridge. Once Freya starts digging into the case she finds out that there’s more to the story then what Freddie remembers. She begins to lose trust in Killian and Freddie, fearing Bran has returned and disguised himself as both of them.

Ingrid and Matt have finally started dating. But the relationship isn’t really working out. Matt doesn’t believe in magic and Ingrid doesn’t know how to prove to him that she’s a witch. And when a few pixies ask Ingrid for help, Ingrid keeps this a secret from Matt and her family which is proving to be difficult. Her mother despises pixies and people have been getting robbed by the pixies. Matt knows that Ingrid knows who the robbers are but doesn’t tell him. This is a pretty big dent in their relationship.

Joanna notices that all the objects in her house have been getting moved around. And some of the furniture has been getting rearranged. One day Joanna is trying to garden but the flowers die in her hands. She then realizes that a spirit is trying to contact her. While looking into the spirit Joanna, she has been seeing Harold a nice widow and her kind of husband Norman has been trying to win her back.

Freddie gets his own point of view. So far he has just been adjusting and hoping that Freya can clear his name. He can’t risk leaving because if the Valkyries find him they’ll take him back to Limbo. To kill time he plays video games and dates some girls through dating websites. He is very interested in Hilly (short for Hilary). In fact he believes that he’s in love with her.  Somehow his fear of the Valkyries finding him is diminished as he continues to win Hilly’s father’s approval.

As usual the family relationship was well done in this book! Matt and Ingrid’s romance was sweet to read about. And how she kept on going to Hudson for advice on her relationship. Freddie was interesting to read about. I really didn’t like how he didn’t even think about seeing the rest of his family but was fine was seeing Hilly. Freya was put in a very tough situation trying to keep Freddie’s arrival a secret and making her look into Killian. Norman was nice to read about as well.

There are some new characters introduced in this book. Hilly and her family. Harold who is Joanna’s boyfriend. And Jean-Baptiste who is the god of memory. And the Beauchamp’s god father.

I was honestly surprised that Freya actually started looking into Killian. I thought that she would just continuously try and convince Freddie that Killian was innocent. She loves her brother as much as she loves Killian so she worked really hard trying to find clues. The Salem witch trails is pretty important in this book. Joanna assumed that the spirit contacting her was in the Salem witch trails. It was pretty interesting to read about.

Along with the recap there was a family tree attached at the end of the book. It definitely proved useful as I kept on looking at it for spoilers.

I only had two problems with this book. While I was reading it I felt that it was slower then the first book. While yes things are being revealed light and right I felt no suspense. But I was engaged and intrigued. And like the last book the ending felt rushed and there was a cliffhanger. Nonetheless I enjoyed this book!

Overall this was a great book! I recommend it to those looking for some light fantasy. I am looking forward to finishing the series.    

Review: Undecided

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Undecided by: Julianna Keyes

My Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Nora Kincaid has one goal for her second year of college: be invisible. Last year’s all-party-no-study strategy resulted in three failed classes and two criminal charges, and if she messes up again she’ll lose her scholarship. But there’s one problem with her plan for invisibility, and his name is Crosbie Lucas: infamous party king, general hellraiser…and her new roommate’s best friend.

Crosbie’s reckless reputation and well-known sexcapades aren’t part of Nora’s studious new strategy, but as she’s quickly learning, her new plan is also really boring. When Crosbie’s unexpected gestures of friendship pull her head out of her books long enough to see past his cocky veneer, she’s surprised to find a flawed and funny guy beneath it all. The muscles don’t hurt, either.

But as Nora starts to fall for Crosbie, the weight of one of last year’s bad decisions grows even heavier. Because three failing grades and two misdemeanors are nothing compared to the one big secret she’s hiding…

Beware spoilers ahead!

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

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

I had heard about this book through Alyssa’s review. It seemed interesting but at the time I wanted nothing to do with it. I’m not a fan of New Adult contemporaries. I did try reading one a few years ago but I was in a fickle mood so I DNFed it. Then I decided to give it a shot just for the sake of trying a new experience, yes I do that through my books. I am happy to report that I enjoyed this!

The book begins with Nora reaching someone’s apartment for a tour. After last year’s incidents she wants a clean slate. So she decided to look for a roommate who would be studious and didn’t party. She is surprised to find out that her prospect roommate is Kellan Mcvey. Who happens to be a big party person and went to a lot of the same parties she did. Deciding to be polite she accepts his tour but plans on denying being his roommate.

Kellan explains that amongst all the people who came for a tour Nora was the only who sounded bearable to live with. While Nora can’t deny that it’s a great place and for a pretty decent price she does not want a repeat of last year. Then Kellan throws in for the first semester she doesn’t have to pay anything. His parents already pay the rent and it can be a test run. Of course Nora agrees to this.

I’m really surprised that I liked this book! I honestly did not expect to enjoy it this much! Note there is no love triangle despite what the cover and title show. It’s called Undecided because Nora isn’t sure what career she wants to pursue. And because this is a New Adult romance there are sex scenes that are somewhat explicit.

I really admired Nora’s character! She was trying so hard not to make the same mistakes she did in her first year. When Nora was in high school she was invisible. She wanted to be those pretty girls that walked without a care in the world. Once she get into Burnham University she became that girl. She partied a lot, actually got guys’ attentions, and had fun. Unfortunately this costed  her a lot. She failed a few of her courses, she scholarship was cut in half, she got arrested, and had to do community service. Her parents were disappointed in her as was she. After realizing what she’d done, she’d vowed not to make the same mistakes the year before. She started studying, going to her classes, stopped attending parties, and cut off ties with her best friend Marcela who was an influence.

 Soon enough she realizes that her plan isn’t really working that well. She makes up with Marcela but stops attending parties and much to her surprise she finds herself falling for Crosbie who is Kellan’s best friend and also likes to party. After interacting with Crosbie on various occasions she quickly realizes that Crosbie isn’t what he appears to be. He’s actually really nice and super hardworking.

I liked Crosbie and Kellan! I loved how Kellan treated Nora like a younger sister and looked out for her. Crosbie was sweet and listened to what Nora had to say. Both boys respected her space and didn’t try hitting on her. I also liked Nora’s friends Marcela and Nate. Marcela realizes that it is partly her fault that Nora got arrested and stops bringing her to parties. Nate was nice and understanding.

One thing that I really liked was how well the drama was handled. For once it didn’t bother me. Instead I actually understood why certain situations caused drama and everyone’s perspective on said drama. The characters also took it pretty well. They didn’t really blow up at each other. I guess this is because it’s a New Adult book and because the characters were more mature they didn’t act that stupid. Also the secret mentioned in the synopsis wasn’t that bad. It made sense and you figure out what it is from the beginning of the book. I also liked the touch of Sexually transmitted diseases. It was well done and realistic. Sex wasn’t glamorized in this book.

I didn’t really feel a connection with Nora and Crosbie once they started dating. Yes they worked well as a couple and were likable characters. But I felt that they spent a majority of their relationship having sex. And some of the things they did together were disgusting. I’m surprised they didn’t immediately shower once they were done. Nonetheless I enjoyed it!

Overall this was a good book. I recommend it to fans of the author, anyone looking for a good self-published book, and fans of the genre so long as you’re above 18 years old.

Review: Witches of East End

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Witches of East End by: Melissa de la Cruz

My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

From the author of the highly addictive and bestselling Blue Bloods series, with almost 3 million copies sold, comes a new novel, Melissa de la Cruz’s first for adults, featuring a family of formidable and beguiling witches.

The three Beauchamp women–Joanna and her daughters Freya and Ingrid–live in North Hampton, out on the tip of Long Island. Their beautiful, mist-shrouded town seems almost stuck in time, and all three women lead seemingly quiet, uneventful existences. But they are harboring a mighty secret–they are powerful witches banned from using their magic. Joanna can resurrect people from the dead and heal the most serious of injuries. Ingrid, her bookish daughter, has the ability to predict the future and weave knots that can solve anything from infertility to infidelity. And finally, there’s Freya, the wild child, who has a charm or a potion that can cure most any heartache.

For centuries, all three women have been forced to suppress their abilities. But then Freya, who is about to get married to the wealthy and mysterious Bran Gardiner, finds that her increasingly complicated romantic life makes it more difficult than ever to hide her secret. Soon Ingrid and Joanna confront similar dilemmas, and the Beauchamp women realize they can no longer conceal their true selves. They unearth their wands from the attic, dust off their broomsticks, and begin casting spells on the townspeople. It all seems like a bit of good-natured, innocent magic, but then mysterious, violent attacks begin to plague the town. When a young girl disappears over the Fourth of July weekend, they realize it’s time to uncover who and what dark forces are working against them.

With a brand-new cast of characters, a fascinating and fresh world to discover, and a few surprise appearances from some of the Blue Blood fan favorites, this is a page-turning, deliciously fun, magical summer read fraught with love affairs, witchcraft, and an unforgettable battle between good and evil.

Beware spoilers ahead!

Last year I read Triple Moon. And I was surprised that I enjoyed it! So I decided to read the previous series that featured some of the side characters. I am very happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

The book begins with a prologue. Bill and Maura Thatcher are walking along a beach. During their nightly walk they run into their neighbor Joanna Beauchamp. They say hello. But she merely replies coldly that there’s nothing to see. Bill finds this very odd. But then again Joanna is odd. The prologue ends mentioning that there are immortals amongst them.

You are then taken to the first chapter. In which it is Freya’s engagement party. Freya while happy about her engagement to Bran Gardiner is very nervous. Her sister Ingrid checks on her and Freya pretends to be fine. Apparently it is Killian Gardiner (Bran’s brother) who is making her uncomfortable. He keeps on looking at her from across the room. Almost as if he excepts something. Against her own will Freya makes her way over to him. She tries to talk to him. But then the two enter the bathroom together.

I’m just going to stop right there. Just because I know what you all must be thinking. Why would Freya who is engaged to Bran start an affair with Killian? And why would you read a book about that? Well I already knew of the love triangle because I read Triple Moon and it was mentioned. And knowing how the love triangle ends it really doesn’t bother me. I really wanted to read this series because I wanted to know more about Freya and Ingrid and their past.

The book is narrated in third person. It switches between Freya, Ingrid, and Joanna’s point of view. It is also divided into parts and there are chapter titles. I find this surprisingly because most books don’t use chapter titles anymore.

Like I mentioned in my review for Triple Moon I like how Norse mythology is infused in this series! I found that it was better than in this book then Triple Moon. Joanna, Ingrid, and Freya are all Norse Goddesses. They have been living on Earth for centuries. During the Salem Witch trials the counsel decreed that the Norse are allowed to live on Earth, so long as they don’t use their magic.

Avoiding using their powers hasn’t been working with them lately. While working Freya looked at an ex-married couple and saw signs of violence. Freya couldn’t really make out what she saw. She couldn’t tell who it was that got hurt or who inflicted the pain. Terrified Freya created a love potion and got the couple back together. Ingrid’s friend Tabetha has been trying to get pregnant for months now. Ingrid feeling bad for her friend decides to help her get pregnant. Her magic specializes in that. Once she does that many women of the town come to Ingrid for help. While babysitting their house cleaners son Joanna, accidentally burnt the pie they were supposed to have. To make Tyler happy Joanna fixed the pie and they ate it.

I really liked the relationship between Ingrid and Freya! It was nice to read about how close they were compared to Molly and Mardi. I like how this book put a very large focus on the women of the family. For most of the book you don’t know what’s become of their father and what happened between their family. I loved reading about all the characters! Especially Tyler! He was so adorable!

The book was quite slow. But there is a plot. It sort of sneaks up on you. And it was well done! I was really surprised when it was revealed who was behind all the weird stuff in their town.

I only had a few problems with this. Ingrid and Matt’s romance was pretty odd. For the majority of the book Ingrid is annoyed by Matt. But only when he starts dating her co-worker does she start to like him. Their romance felt rushed. The ending felt very rushed. And the one possible fight scene was pretty lame. I found that there were some plot holes here-and-there. And that ending line of the book was really cheesy and overdone. But I still enjoyed this!

Overall this was a great book! Much better than Triple Moon. I recommend to anyone looking for some light mythology, fans of the author, anyone who would like some background knowledge on Triple Moon, and fantasy fans. I’m so excited to read the sequel!