Breaking the Ice – Book Review

Title: Breaking the Ice

Author: Julie Cross

Publisher: Entangled: Teen

Pages: 300 in paperback

Publication Date: 12/26/17

Synopsis: Haley Stevenson is the girl everyone thinks she’s the ‘perfect’ head cheerleader and princess of Juniper Falls. On the outside, she might look like she’s holding it together, but on the inside shes struggling to keep her GPA up. She still is trying to get over her first love and when she has to take summer school Civics, she meets Fletcher Scott, someone who might be able to take her mind off of all the things going wrong in her life.

Fletcher Scott a homeschooled, hockey player who joins public school again, is allergic to almost everything and has asthma. He distances himself from almost everyone except his family. When he realizes be is done just warming the bench and being the invisible guy no one knows, he starts to put himself out there. 

When a life threating scenario brings two people together will they be able to set aside past problems and move on to become happy?  

Thoughts: A realistic romance with a cheerleader and hockey player, makes you rethink their “lives” and your assumptions about them. These two characters complement each other a way I have never read before. Haley is finding herself and getting over her first love, while Fletcher is learning to trust people. Each aspect of this novel made my heart so full and happy! This was such a great wintery read, I know I’ll reread when I’m need of a happy yet, sophisticated read! 

You can add it on Goodreads here! 

 You can get on Amazon here! 

Thanks for reading, Emily! 

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Most Disappointed Reads of 2017!

Although I read some amazing books this year, I also read some not so amazing books. I was pretty excited to read most of these, but once I finished reading them, I was disappointed.

The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls – Lynn Weingarten

Safe Haven – Nicholas Sparks

Three Dark Crowns – Kendare Blake

Tales of the Peculiar – Ransom Riggs

Overall of the books I read this year, I enjoyed most of them and that’s all I can ask for!

Let me know you’re most disappointed reads in the comments!

Say You’ll Remeber Me – Release date January 30, 2018

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From critically acclaimed author Katie McGarry, comes SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME—a story of two people from different worlds pushing themselves, and each other, to get what they deserve!

SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME releases on January 30, 2018. Pre-order your copy today!

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SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME Synopsis:

“Doesn’t matter who did it. Not anymore. I did the time. It’s over.”

When Drix was convicted of a crime–one he didn’t commit–he thought his life was over. But the opportunity came with the Second Chance Program, the governor’s newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor’s daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn’t may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle’s parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix’s messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can’t imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves–Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence–and each other to finally get what they deserve.

 

Preorder SAY YOU’LL REMEMBER ME here!

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Best books of 2017!

I read 121 books in 2017 and I thought I’d share my top 17 books of 2017!

17. The Inexplicable Logic of my Life – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

16. An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

15. The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli

14. P.S. I Like You – Kasie West

13. Breaking the Ice – T. Torrest

12. Sad Perfect – Stephanie Elliot

11. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella

10. Long Way Home – Katie McGarry

9. Whatever Life Throws at You – Julie Cross

8. Not After Everything – Michelle Levy

7. Sunsets at Seaside – Addison Cole

6. A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

4.  Moon Called – Patricia Briggs

3. Throne of Glass –  Sarah J. Maas (the whole series)

2. Tell me Three Things –  Julie Buxbaum

1.Eliza and her Monsters –  Francesca Zappia  

I hope you all had a great reading year! Share in the comments your favorite or least favorite reads.

Over-rated Books!

Can you believe its almost Christmas? This year has flown by,  but anyway lets continue. There are a lot of books these days that are over-rated. I have read them, and didn’t think they were worth my time. So here my top 3 over-rated books. 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I knew going into this book I wouldn’t like it, but I was told to read it because it’s such a great book. I just felt like it dragged on and their wasn’t really a point in reading it. Needless to say I didn’t like nor enjoy it.

The Maze Runner series by James Dashner 

I really enjoyed the first and I thought if it could be a little longer and wrap up all books, that would be great. There was definitely no need for it to be such a long series. I was completely bored by the end and was wishing James had stopped writing after the first one.

Paper Towns by John Green 

I knew I wasn’t the biggest fan of John Green when I entered the story, but the books went downhill soon after I started it. I felt like it was a pointless novel and I really didn’t like the writing in this novel or any of his others. 

Thanks for stopping by, Emily. 

The Sweetheart Sham – Book Review

Title: the Sweetheart Sham 

Author: Danielle Ellison 

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush 

Pages: 211

Publication Date: 12-4-17

****Thanks to the publisher and author for sending me an advanced copy!****

Synopsis: Georgia Ann has been good at keeping secrets in her small town of South Carolina. Her best friend, Will, hasn’t come out of the closet and has only told Georgia Ann. Will starts to see someone but can’t tell anyone except for Georgia Ann which arises a new problem for Georgia Ann which would have her being Wills “fake” boyfriend. Georgia Ann agrees but starts to regret it when non other the Beau Montgomery returns their little town. She has to put up with the person who broke her heart all over again, but will he have a good reason? 

Thoughts: I really connected to the story and didn’t want it to end. Beau and Georgia Ann’s relationship starts out rocking but turns into something worth the effort. A super cute and family filled novel. 

You can get it TODAY! On Amazon and Barnes and Noble! 

Where I Found You – Book Review 

Title: Where I Found You (was originally Sea)

Author: Heidi R. Kling

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush 

Publication Date: 12-4-17

Pages: 230

Synopsis: Sienna Jones hasn’t been herself ever since her mom died in a plane crash, that has never been found, over five years ago. This has meant no flying, swimming, or being anywhere near the ocean. On her seventeenth birthday her dad gets her a plane ticket for Her, her dad, her uncle, and her used to be therapist, to go and help a village that as been dealing with the aftermath of a tsunami, in Indonesia. Sienna made the decision to take the risk and go help out. Whilst there she meets Dani, a dark eyed boy, who is as mysterious as they come. As they both get to know each other, Sienna realizes how good she has had it and really feels for Dani. They form a little relationship but how can it last when they live half way across the world? 

Thoughts: I had many realizations while reading and discovered how good I have it, living in the US. I loved learning about the Indonesian culture and being emotionally invested in the story. Sienna was a great protagonist and I really enjoyed reading her story. As heartbroken as I was with something that occurred, I love it just the same! This is a must read for 2017 and a masterpiece written by Heidi R. Kling. I am so thankful she was written and shared it with world.

You can buy it from Amazon and Barnes and Noble  with the links! 

Author take over! 

The author of The Heartbreak Cure, Amanda Ashby, contacted me and wanted to know if she could do a post of some sort for the release of her upcoming release. And I said sure, why not! She included some of what she most enjoyed and why she chose certain things. She also was kind enough to include an excerpt from her novel! A big thanks to Amanda for contacting and sharing with me her thoughts on The Heartbreak Cure! 


One of the things I enjoyed most about writing The Heartbreak Cure was creating the legend of the heartbreak brownies that Alex’s grandmother Birdie gives to people who need them.

I loved the idea that while the brownies themselves didn’t actually have any magical ingredients, they always seemed to work. In Cat’s case it was because the brownies were delivered by Alex, which brought him back into her life after not seeing him around much. Of course the fact that Birdie is eighty-six and in an assisted living facility across town made Cat realize just how far the news of her heartbreak had spread!

As for why I decided on brownies, it’s because they are one of the few things I can bake without burning! Plus, obviously they are delicious and you would have to be heartbroken indeed to not eat them! 


EXCERPT:

He grabbed a shower and was just toweling off his hair when there was a knock at the door.  He frowned as he hastily dragged his T-shirt on and stepped into his jeans.

It would be Pete, the other mechanic, probably kicked out again by his girlfriend and wanting to bunk on Alex’s couch. He yanked the door open, and his mouth dropped.

Cat.

She was wearing her favorite band T-shirt tied in at her waist to show off just a hint of stomach. She looked cute as all hell. His skin prickled, and his eyes drifted to her full lips, slick with some kind of pale gloss. Edible.

Oh, crap.

“What are you doing here?” The words came out harsher than he intended, and he watched the color rise in her cheeks. Smooth.

“Hey,” she said as she clutched at her backpack. Her hair was hanging down around her shoulders, and her dark eyes were shining. “Your hair’s wet.”

“Shower,” he said before wincing. He was really mastering the inane today.

“Oh.” She looked down to her boots and then peered up from between her lashes. “Is it weird I’m here?”

Weird? Dangerous? Brain melting?
Tough one to call.
“Um, no I guess it’s fine. Is everything okay? It’s not Bennet?”


“What?” Her face wrinkled before understanding seemed to dawn. “No, nothing like that. It’s good news, and I wanted to tell you, but then it seemed dumb to call when I had to run an errand and was walking straight past here. But then when I knocked, I suddenly wondered if it—”

“Might be weird,” he finished. She was still on the top stair while he clutched the door in some kind of stand-off. “Do you want to come in?”

“Sure. I mean, yeah,” she said, though her mouth was set in an uncertain line as he stepped back. He caught her scent—it was sunshine and oak trees and safety.

And it could lead directly to trouble.

“Cool.” He took another step back as she swept past and scanned the room, no doubt taking in the wallpaper, which was an explosion of brown swirls. It might’ve worked in some hipster café, but in a beat-up old apartment it was headache inducing.

“I’m not sure what I imagined your place would be like, but this wasn’t it.” She looked around.

“Yeah, well, I’m in the middle of changing decorators. You know how tough it can be.”

“The pain is real, my friend.” She grinned as she walked over to the old couch. 

End of excerpt

Her novel is out now! You can get it on Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Go check it out! You can also add it to your to-read shelf on goodreads

 

November Wrap up and December TBR!

I seriously can’t believe its already December! November flew by and I enjoyed all the books I read.

November Warp Up:

The First Kiss Hypothesis –  Christina Mandelski – 5 stars

The Hunters Daughter –  M.F. Lorson  – 3 stars

Falling for Bentley –  Shawnte Borris – 4 stars

Catching Haley –  Shawnte Borris  – 4 stars

Haley and Bentley –  Shawnte Borris – 5 stars

The Heartbreak Cure –  Amanda Ashby – 5 stars

The Sweetheart Sham –  Danielle Ellison  – 5 stars

Where I Found You – Heidi R. Kling  – 4 stars

December TBR:

Breaking the Ice – Julie Cross

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling

Iron Kissed – Patricia Briggs

I hope you all had a great reading month!