ARC Review: Serious Moonlight

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  ★★★★☆

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Release Date: 16th April

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Length: 432 pages

This was an exceptional mix of romance, mystery and lots of fun stuff. This is my first Jenn Bennett book, but it’s not going to be the last because of how unique her characters are and how much she cares about the development of each of them.

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ARC Review : The Game Can’t Love You Back

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★★★☆☆

(2.5 stars) 

 I was super excited to read this book when I first got it. I don’t think I talk about it a lot, but I absolutely adore sport romances. I love Zapata’s books, but I read very few sport romances in the young adult genre. Therefore, I was super hyped about this one!

Sadly, I had some serious issues with this one. 

Our two protagonists, Eve and Jamie, are thrown into the same baseball team due to an accident at Eve’s school (her school closes and all her classmates are relocated at Jamie’s school). They are super competitive because each one of them was a huge star in their respective team and now they kind of have to compete for the spotlight and for a sports award as well.

And while they competed for those things, I was there, rooting for absolutely no one. 

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Book Review : American Panda

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 ★★★★☆

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with this copy via Netgalley, this hadn’t influenced my review/rating in any way.

This is probably one of the cutest books I’ve ever read, even though it had some sad themes here and now. I enjoyed reading everything from Mei’s perspective because she’s a very relatable character and I could understand her reasoning for everything she did. My heart broke for her a few times, but at the end I was so proud of her, of what she achieved.

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ARC Review : Bound to You

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★★★☆☆

Thanks to Macmillan US for providing me with this copy of Bound to You, this hadn’t affected my review or rating in any way.

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I was looking forward to reading this book, I really hoped it was going to be a five star because it started out very well and the pacing was perfect, but some things just didn’t work for me.

I still think the book was lots of fun, I enjoyed most of it and I’m sure many of you will love Bound to You.

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ARC Review : To Kill a Kingdom

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★★★★★

I want to thank Macmillan US for providing me with this copy of To Kill a Kingdom, this hadn’t influenced my rating or my review in any way.

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I remember reading the blurb of this book and thinking ‘oh, god, I really need to read this’ and boy, was I right.

This book has badass, cold-blooded sirens, PIRATES, a slow-burn hate-to-love romance (i cry) and so much banter. If you aren’t already intrigued or dying to read the book, I’m seriously worried for you. WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?

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ARC Review : Let’s Talk About Love

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★★★★★

Hello, everyone! My name is Marta and after I review this book, I’ll rant about how some of us perceive diversity and why this should stop. Stay with me while I rant about misconceptions and how we don’t do enough as reviewers. 

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My review

First of all, I want to thank Macmillan US for sending me this copy of Let’s Talk about Love, this hadn’t influenced my rating/review in any way.

Trigger Warnings : aphobia.

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ARC Review : Foolish Hearts

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★★★★★

“He likes that he can exist around me – he likes it now – but he doesn’t even realize it, that it’s the very reason his feelings will wear off later.”

I want to thank Macmillan US for providing me with this copy of Foolish Hearts. This didn’t influence my rating or my review in any way.

I can’t believe I actually enjoyed my first physical ARC. With my luck, I was certain I would absolutely hate it. BUUUT, I absolutely adored it, if I could give Foolish Hearts – a thousand stars, I would. I hugged this book a hundred times and I laughed so much even though I was nursing a cold. I mean it, it was amazing.

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ARC Review : So Near The Horizon 

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★★★☆☆

I want to thank the author for providing me with the e-copy of this book! This hadn’t affected my review or rating in any way. What had affected my review, though, is the fact that this story is inspired by the author’s real life. This probably added a star to my rating.

Triggers : sexual abuse, emotional abuse, violence, physical abuse, drug addiction.

This book emotionally exhausted me and I think this changed drastically my perception of the book. I want to say that I absolutely admire the author’s capacity to write about her experiences considering how traumatic they had been.

     Positive things :

  • All the issues that are handled in this book, I haven’t seen representation for people who suffer from STDs before in books and it was very well done, especially because it didn’t shy away from the medical details.
  • Positive outlook of characters that were going through a lot. There was so much optimism in this book despite of the many tragedies.
  • The fact that there was moving on involved in this book. I can’t explain it all, but I liked the ending from the female MC’s perspective.

 

  Negative aspects : 

  • I felt like the heroine gave up her life after she got together with the guy. She had a friend at the beginning and afterwards, there were like two mentions of her. Her family was only mentioned without actually showing up.
  • I hated how Danny told Jessica how she needs to find a man who takes care of her as in provides for her. No ‘follow your dreams.’ , no ‘make a career for yourself’, just go find a man. That irritated me.
  • I felt weird about the relationship between Christina and Danny, even more after reading the blurb for the third book in the series. I always felt like there was more there.
  • Also, I couldn’t understand why Jessica was so jealous without even being with Danny. Maybe it’s because of my personal experience, but I hate when people with whom you’re not romantically involved get jealous on random people you talk to. NOPE.

I feel like you should take in consideration that I’m not the biggest romance fan. I think this book would be ideal for romance fans, they would appreciate and like it more than I did.

Overall, this book was a very heart-breaking experience, but I would have enjoyed it way more if those negative aspects weren’t present and if I were a bigger fan of romance. There would be so many more to say about this book, but you know I like to keep my reviews spoilers-free.

P.S. : you can request this book on netgalley if you’re interested!

 

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        What do you think of real life stories? Is it harder for you to review them?

Also, I want to say that I’m sorry for the delays in responding to your comments or writing comments on your posts. College is being a very mean creature and I can’t help, but be too sressed out at times to answer. Sorry!

 

 

ARC Review : The Ghostwriter

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                                              ★★★★☆

Damn Helena. Becoming a human in her final moments of life.

I want to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an e-galley of this book.

I didn’t know how to rate this book. I finished it last night, somewhere around 2 a.m. and I had no idea if I liked the book or loved it or disliked it. It’s such a strange book that you’re left wondering how you feel about all these unlikeable characters, all these guilty people. Who do you like, who do you hate?

This book is about a romance writer, who has lost everything in her life, and now she has only three months left. Three months in which she wants to write a book, her confession to all her sins. Helena is a very intriguing character, she is so cynical that it gets funny, at times. What was a bit nerve-wrecking to me was how long it took us to find out what the big deal was. What were Helena’s sins, why were they so huge that they tormented her so much?

I have three months to write the last book of my life. Three months to confess the details of that day, and how it changed everything for me.

My name is Helena Ross. I’ve written fifteen romance novels, ten of which have become international bestsellers. But this one isn’t a romance, no Happily Ever After in place. This novel holds only the truth, which I have run away from for four years. The truth, which I have hidden from the police, from my loved ones, from the world.

This final book?

It’s my confession.

I think one of the best things about this story is that it includes no unnecessary romance. It has beautiful and healing friendships (between a man and a woman, too!). Can you actually believe it? I feel like friendships between men and women are so rare in media and in books, having the friends always falling in love in the end and never presenting an actual healthy friendship that has no physical part. Which is very damaging to real life expectations, causing stupid concepts like the ‘friend-zone’ or guys getting very angry when a girl only wants to be friends because hey, that’s not how things are done with the movies… ‘I was supposed to be your friend for some years and then you’d have fallen in love with me, because you owe me that.’

Anyway, enough with my rant on social issues. Let’s get back to the actual plot of this book. What is the most frustrating thing about reviewing The Ghostwriter is that I can’t tell you anything about the big thing. The huge thing that changed Helena’s life forever, it’s an awful thing, but it’s totally not Helena’s fault, which makes me happy that in the end she had found resolution, she had found forgiveness in the people that were next to her.

The only reason why I took a star off this book is that the action is very rushed, in my opinion, there’s a lot of time spent on the process of writing Helena’s autobiography (I’ll call it that) and a very small time spent on what actually happened, what shook her family. When it happened, I felt like the writing got very frantic, it felt like you were in a carousel that only went up, up, up and you couldn’t help being overwelmed.

I liked Helena and how honest she was, sometimes so honest that she came across as cruel. I could relate to her thinking it’s a waste of time to be fake, to pretend you’re something you’re not. I loved her redemption arc, I loved how Torre didn’t shy away from writing a flawed character with issues, that people most of the time overlook.

Definitely try this book if you’re a fan of mystery, unlikeable character and unlikely friendships, the writing is quite simple, so you’ll fly through it. But be aware of the fact that this book can be triggering, since it’s very dark towards the end.

If you lie enough times, no one believes your truth.