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Upcoming reviews

I’ve been busy this past week with family time celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, so my reading time has been a bit limited. I am down to one release from last week to finish before this week’s are released on Tuesday. 

I am looking forward to these three releases this week: 

  

  

Broken Juliet is the continuation of he story of Cassie and Ethan, who in the first book Bad Romeo, had quite the complicated relationship. The ending of Bad Romeo left me wanting more and now I can finally get it. 
  

The Mistake is book 2 in the Off Campus series. It is a standalone featuring one of the side characters in book 1 – The Deal.  Logan was funny, but you can tell there is more underneath. 
 
If you haven’t read The Taking by Kimberly Derting go and grab a copy. It was surprisingly different, suspenseful and at times sweet. It also left one heck of a cliffhanger!  

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Review: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

 
Description:  Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.


Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…
I wasn’t aware Ann Aguirre wrote YA titles. I just happened to see this in the new release YA section at the library and the description caught my interest.  As I read it, I assumed it would be another coming of age story where the heroine realizes her best friend, a guy, is in love with her but she is already falling for someone else type of story. Which it is, but really it isn’t.  Sage and Shane both have difficult backstories that come to light, but a little late in my opinion.  Shane’s was explained well and time well for story progression. I think Aguirre could have  given us Sage’s story sooner without stringing us along and maybe added a little depth to the storyline. 

All-in-all, it was an okay book. Sage was a little insipid. I still felt this even after her story was revealed and I was supposed to care. We get our HEA, but there just wasn’t enough depth for me. 
My rating:  3.5/5 stars 

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Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

  
I was super excited for this book. I feel like it was on my to-read list for forever.  I read it in one day. I guess that means I liked it. I did, but it was not an easy book to read. I also wasn’t truly prepared for the actual plot and story based in the synopsis. The concept was different, each chapter being one of the 99 days, but it worked. It worked really well actually.  The subject matter was rather deep for something marketed as a YA novel. It’s definitely mature YA.
Molly was friends with the Donnellys her entire life. The sister, Julia Donnelly, was her best friend.  Gabe Donnelly, the older brother, was her friend. Patrick Donnelly, Julia’s twin, was Molly’s true best friend and boyfriend. They had issues and broke up. She made a mistake. Her mother capitalized on her mistake (you will have to read it to find out how). She was bullied and ousted and full of guilt so she ran and left town for a year. The book begins with her return and ends with the end of summer. 
None of the characters are easy to like, with the exception of Gabe, who later lost points in the likability category.  Molly, the main character, was the most difficult to like, which was hard for me. Molly is wishy-washy at times, insolent some of the time and other times down right frustrating. I know she’s an 18 year old, but come on, most 18 year-olds I know can better handle the situation. Molly lies, cheats, and blames but almost never takes responsibility for her part in the disaster. 
The writing, though, was phenomenal. It is gritty and real; although, I hate when people use the word like, which I realize is how a lot of people talk, and these characters used it often, but….I digress. 
All in all I would recommend it. 4.5/5.  

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Review: Aflame by Penelope Douglas

  I am shedding some tears over the ending of the Fall Away series.  I often mourn the ending of a books series, and this being one of my all time favorite series. I think it hit a little harder than most. However, I am not sure I could have asked for a better ending. The series has been wrapped up in the most satisfying way.  Thought the series I became quite invested in the entire cast of characters, which I feel is a great testament Douglas’s writing. 

Jared and Tate were my favorite of all the characters and getting three books with them as the focus was amazing.  Aflame continues their story and does t disappoint. I don’t want to give too many details for those who haven’t read the series (again, I urge you to read all the book).  Jared and Trent have been friends, enemies, lovers and partners.  They have suffered at each other’s hands and others, but through it all they have loved each other above all else. Their up and down relationship continues in Aflame. I laughed, I cried, I got angry and I was relieved. My emotions were all over the place. The book wrapped up Jared and Tate’s journey in a most satisfying way. The bonus…I love bonuses…is we also get the stories of Fallon, Madoc, Juliet and Jax wrapped up, as well. 

My rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 plus a cup of love and sunshine. (Lol)