Book Review: Vanquished

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Vanquished by S.E. Green
Publication date: November 10th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Thriller

Where society’s elite go to explore their darkest desires. And where promises of freedom are just manipulative lies.

For a price, the world’s most powerful people can have their darkest desires. On a private island hidden in the ocean, they may hunt humans for game, attend gladiator-style fights, participate in elaborate orgies, and freely indulge in all the deadly sins within the cosplay of ancient times.

Abducted from their life in Miami, Valoria and her younger sister wake up in this secret society, wherein Valoria is condemned to the fights and her sister is taken away to become a sex slave.

Now “property” of a sadistic tyrant, Valoria joins other men and women captives who are forced to fight and maim for others’ enjoyment, to run in their hunts, and participate in deviant fantasies. And she’s under the cold, watchful eye of Alexior, a hired trainer with his own agenda for being involved in the twisted decadence.

After surviving several near-death ordeals, a defiant Valoria focuses on her training and against all odds soon becomes a favorite. But she fights for one thing and one thing only—to be reunited with her sister and to be freed.

But promises of freedom are sometimes just manipulative lies . . .


My Review:

If I were to add head line to my review, it would be something in the range of: „I don’t know”. I mean, I liked the book, I enjoyed it even! But to me, something is missing or something is too much. While the plot is intriguing, I struggled to understand how so many twisted people could gather in one point and create some sort of „society” with slaves, fights and money.

Valoria fought to earn the respect of the others, but at the same time tried to impress the one who bought her so she could find her sister. In my opinion, her courage was a bit exaggerated and her demeanor too bold from the very start.

Something that caught my attention was how the rich people treated well the slaves (fed them, kept them clean and dressed), but at the same time humiliated them. Also, most of them did not like at all the place they were in, but still they remained there. For whatever reason, I cannot manage to understand why they still decided to stay.

Not to be too negative about the book, the story is quite well built. There is a constant action, so you cannot get bored while reading it. Towards the ending I started understanding better the stakes and probably I started to see the characters without judging so much. The human side (with good and bad) is something very well illustrated. For that I decided not to go ahead with 3, but 4 stars.

Overall, it is a great story with great action that will keep you in it for some time. I would have liked some more details regarding how the group was built, a little bit of history if I can say that. Also I would have liked to see more of the fragile Valoria, not only Valoria – the fighter. Still, I would recommend it as a great read.


S. E. Green (aka Shannon Greenland) is the award winning author of several novels including the teen thriller, KILLER INSTINCT, and the spy series, THE SPECIALISTS. She lives off the coast of Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her at

Book Review: Artificial

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Artificial by Jadah McCoy
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: April 4th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction

She struggles to feel human.

In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.

Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.

He struggles not to.

For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.

Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.

He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.


My Review

I am still lost after reading this book. I’m lost in a world I didn’t know existed in the pages of a book, I have lost myself and cannot manage to find my way back to my day-to-day life. That’s how wonderful the future imagined by our author turned up to be. As any (or most of) reviewer, I was first attracted by the blurb and cover. I was expecting a pretty nice story, probably even great, but the universe I was sent to blew my mind. I mean, I can start an tell you bits and pieces of the story, I can tell you a little bit about the characters, but you have to read the book to understand how nicely the future was imagined and how the things are aligned.

We are also presented with the idea that machines will someday rule humans. Even if I’ve been faced with this theme before, I do believe the way it was included, or the way the story was built around it is original and worth your time. The characters are not perfect, have weaknesses that bring them close to reality.

I don’t want to praise that much this book, but for me (a reader/reviewer, not a writer) it is difficult to create a fiction world in such detail. For this reason but also for the characters well built and the constant action, I give this book 5 stars. I could not put it down and I will read it again for sure. Congrats to the author for a great work J



Jadah currently lives in Nashville, TN and works in law. When not babysitting attorneys, she can be found juicing her brain for creative ideas or fantasizing about her next trip out of the country (or about Tom Hiddleston as Loki – it’s always a toss up when she fantasizes).

She grew up in rural Arkansas, yet can still write good and sometimes even wears shoes! She did date her first cousin for a while but they decided against marriage for the sake of the gene pool.

Her true loves are elephants, cursing, and sangria – in that order. If you find an elephant that curses like a sailor whilst drinking sangria, you’re dangerously close to becoming her next romantic victim – er, partner.

She cut her writing teeth on badly written, hormone-driven fanfiction (be glad that’s out of her system), and her one true dream is to have wildly erotic fanfiction with dubious grammar written about her own novels. Please make her dreams come true.

Book Review: I Wish I could Remember You

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Author: L. J. Epps

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary Women’s


A story of enduring love as romance goes all wrong and Emily Montgomery struggles to rebuild her life after a terrible accident changes everything.
Emily wants romance in her life—the kind of romance that leads to a perfect marriage. She dreams of having a husband who loves her and treats her with respect, someone she can spend the rest of her life with. She meets—and marries—Steven Montgomery, hoping he will make all of those things come true.
Everything is wonderful, at first; until things start to slowly change. Steven begins to mentally, verbally, and physically abuse Emily. Through it all, Emily tries to be the best wife she can be.

Finally, after so much devastation, Emily leaves Steven, files for divorce, and moves on with her life. Her sister, Monica, introduces her to a wonderful man named Robert. Emily falls in love with him. He is kind, gentle and sweet—all things now missing from her marriage. She is happy, in love again, and well on her way to divorcing Steven.
But, Steven doesn’t want the divorce; and, since he is a savvy lawyer, he tries everything to prevent it. Although Emily still has residual feelings for Steven, she knows that it could never work between them. She wants to move on with the new love of her life, Robert.
After a horrific accident, Emily can no longer remember Robert and all the things he has meant to her, and she can no longer remember all the horrific things Steven has done to her.

Emily has two men professing their love for her. She is confused; she doesn’t know where she belongs or who she should be with. And, she has a hard time deciding who to choose. Emily is being pulled in several different directions by her loved ones. They all mean well, but only Emily knows how she truly feels. She has to decide, on her own, what to do.
All Emily wants is to start over, but that isn’t so easy, since everything in her world is broken, and she isn’t sure how to fix it. All Emily wants is to be happy, healthy, and whole again, but that may not be in the cards for her, either.

My Review:

A very nice story about starting over (also literary), with great characters, that really caught me from the beginning. I loved every character, even the bad ones, because they were very nicely built and they actually started some feelings inside me while reading. Whether we speak about love and affection or hate and repugnance, the characters were very vivid and complex.

Emily has always wished a happy marriage, next to the man of her dreams. She felt the luckiest woman on Earth. Still, when her loving husband became a monster and her dreamy happy marriage became a real nightmare, she decided to put an end to it. She is ready to start over next to Robert, though she feels incomplete. When amnesia sets in, both men try to convince her who is worth her love and attention.

I believe self discovery is well depicted here. Emily has the chance to correct her mistakes and decide if her husband deserves another chance or if her love for Robert is real enough. A story full of lies and truths, a story about deciding who is for real and who is not, “I Wish I could remember You” was a great read and I must admit I was curious about how she will make the right choice. Even though the ending must seam predictable, the pages are a good way to get there. Hope you like it 🙂

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Book Review: The Silent Sound of Chaos

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A silent call for help began the friendship between two children. A bond unlike any other kept them together.

Finn was just a kid when he first heard Snow’s voice inside his head, two children in need of a friend and finding one in mysterious strangers. Never meeting in person, the pair grows up as opposites – Finn the boy who loves to get in trouble and works for the toughest drug lord in town, Snow the good, sheltered girl who wants to be a doctor.

The bond built upon a strange ability to hear each other’s thoughts is threatened when Snow is abducted, her screams for help consuming Finn’s mind until they disappear completely, submerging him in a terrifying silence he’s never known before. Now it’s up to Finn to save her, led only by Snow’s sporadic thoughts as she floats in and out of consciousness.

But the search for Snow leads him to a truth he isn’t prepared to face, a truth that has the power to unravel his entire world. The people he thought he knew, the life he thought he’d made, the best friend he thought he could protect – all point toward a brutal reality should he fail.

And as Finn struggles to find Snow before she slips away, he must fight to keep that reality out, lest he let the chaos in.



My Review:

This book is amazing! I loved every page and I didn’t even know it until the end. The problem is that I cannot seem to be able to review a book that is more than it appears. This book is more than the blurb. It’s a story mixed with another story. It’s the limit between reality and imagination.

The characters are spectacular, Finn evolves in a world of darkens, a world in which Snow becomes his light, his good side. He tries to keep her away from his imperfections, he tries to hide his darkness from her. She is his hope of a better future. When his hope is in danger, he will do everything in his power to reach her, to save her.

But the story is more than a telepathic friendship, as it will show you two realities that are about to collide. Will these realities bring Finn his peace of mind? Will he be able to keep Snow alive? You tell me!

I was completely surprised by the ending, it’s mind blowing! Not a single moment such a finale could have crossed my mind! Again, this is one of these titles that deserve more than 5 stars. A big “Congratulations!!! “ and I hope the book and the author receive all the praise that they truly deserve!

Meet the author:

kristina-2Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby.

Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients.

She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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Book Review: Kisses on a Paper Airplane

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by Sarah Vance-Tompkins
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 14th 2016
Inkspell Publishing

Summary from Goodreads:

Drama student Hannah Evans isn’t kissing any frogs on her path to find Prince Charming. She’s determined to share the perfect first kiss — with the perfect boy — in the perfect place — or she’s not kissing anyone at all. When Hannah meets a cute ginger-haired boy in first class lounge in the London airport, she knows he’s ‘The One.’

Pop star Theo Callahan is on the road to get as far away as possible from his back-stabbing best friend, and his supermodel girlfriend who broke his heart. Until one shy smile from Hannah has him rethinking all of his travel plans.

Theo is smitten, but he’s worried she’s just a groupie in search of the ultimate selfie. Can Theo learn to trust Hannah in time to share one perfect first kiss, or will Hannah be forced to kiss a frog?


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This is a short story about exactly this: Hannah’s first kiss. Though I get there’s attraction between her and Theo, I felt the accent was more on obtaining the perfect kiss and sharing some quiet time with someone. While Hannah’s focus is on having her kiss in a perfect place with the perfect person, all Theo wants is spending some quality time with someone who won’t judge him for the star he is, someone who will not betray his trust.

For a short story, the book is written very well. From my experience with short novels, it takes a lot of skill making a point in a few pages. And also it takes a lot of skill achieving the perfect flow (since we seek perfection) of actions. It felt like everything happened in just the right time, nothing was rushed or sudden and I liked that very much! The title fits perfectly as well, since we have the paper plane motive in the story.

Now regarding the characters, they are very well described, especially Hannah whose point of view we have. I don’t believe in perfection, but I can respect a search for it. I would have wanted a little more insight to their relationship after all the traveling.  But other than this, I have only good words. It’s a nice lecture to pass some time. Try it and …Enjoy !

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Sarah Vance-Tompkins was born in a small town in northern Michigan. She spent every summer exploring the sugar sand beaches near Sleeping Bear National Park. She left her heart behind when she moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. She received an MFA in Film Production and went on to work in feature film development in Hollywood. She has worked as a reporter for a weekly entertainment trade publication, and been paid to write obituaries, press releases, the directions for use on personal lubricant bottles, and breathless descriptions of engagement rings for an online jewelry store. She lives in a small town north of Los Angeles with her husband and three cats.


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Jessica Jayne
Released May 10th, 2016
Totally Bound


Natalea Jones has had a rough life.
An absentee father. A gambling addicted mother, who seems to show up only when
she needs something—preferably money. Natalea survives her childhood and
teenage years because of her best friend, Drake Harte, and his family. Even
though she’s been in love with Drake for years, she refuses to let her lust
come in the way of their friendship. Life without Drake is not possible and sex
would certainly complicate things.
Drake Harte is not only known as the
most eligible bachelor and firefighter in Gamble Park, Florida, but he’s also
known for sexing the ladies and leaving them. Only he knows the reason he can’t
make a commitment to the women throwing themselves at him—he’s in love with his
best friend. It’s time he either goes for it or moves on.
After Natalea and Drake share a
night of passion, an unexpected event occurs that proves to both of them that
life—and love—are too precious.


 My Review:

This story caught my attention ever since I read the blurb. How can you cope with the attraction you have for your best friend? Is it worth risking a friendship for the sake of more? I would say no… Friends are priceless, lovers can be found. Or can they ? Natalea and Drake have to face this decision.

Good thing is that both characters know each other from many points of view (except the most important one I guess). Natalea has found in Drake more than a friend,  a strong man which has never let her down, while her family proved to be anything but a real healthy environment.

I loved how the chemistry between them started to show, I loved how it developed and … something else which I won’t tell or else I will not be able to keep this review without spoilers. Guys, a friendly advice: check it out! If the cover is not enough, read the blurb. If you’re not yet convinced, try reading the book anyway… trust a fellow reviewer!



Jessica Jayne is a born and raised small-town Ohio girl who moved to the
Sunshine State after graduating from college. She graduated with a bachelor’s
degree in English. What college major could possibly be better than one that
makes you read novels and write about them! Now she is thrilled to be able to
share all the hot stories floating around in her head.
Jessica loves to travel and travel often! She shares her love of
travel with her husband and children. She’s a huge sports fan, especially
football. She loves the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Ohio State Buckeyes! She’s
a wine-making (and wine-tasting) aficionado. She loves all music. And nothing
is better than sunset at the beach!
In the journey of life, she also married a wonderful man and had
three beautiful (and sometimes crazy) children. Life is always an adventure!


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Book Review: Naked Truth


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By: M.D. Saperstein

Released April 18, 2016
Self Published




I knew at a very young age that I wasn’t normal. I may look normal. I may act normal. But I am not normal, not in the head at least. Wait, that sounds bad.


When I started kindergarten, I was able to pick out all 50 states on a map. By first grade, I knew all of the names of all of the students and teachers in my entire school. My dad and I always watched football on TV together. When I turned seven, he took me to my first Miami Dolphins game. I started calling the plays even before they were made. And by the time I was 10, I could tell you what happened on any day of my life without thought. I had total recall, no hesitation, no conscious thought.


I’m not autistic. I’m not a savant or a genius. It’s more than a case of photographic memory. In fact, I don’t memorize anything. I have Hyperthymesia. Plain and simple: If I live it, hear it, or see it – I remember it. No exceptions.



I knew at a very young age that I wanted to be a cop. Not just any cop, but a detective. Chasing bad guys and taking down mobsters. But like my good buddy, Mick, says, “You can’t always get want you want.”


So instead of arresting criminals and keeping the streets safe, I am dancing in a dingy club, making a living shaking my ass and pulling dollar bills out of my crack. Not the life I grew up wanting to lead. Not what I expected or hoped for myself.


But maybe if I wait it out. If I hang tight, it will all be worth it in the end. I will get what I came for and move on. I will earn my future and pave my own way. What is that he says? “If you try sometimes…you get what you need.” From your lips to God’s ears, Mick.


**STANDALONE. No Cliffhanger! Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is recommended for readers over the age of 18.**



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While it was a little strange, I liked the book very much and I had a lot of fun reading it. The characters were full of life and very funny. I loved the chemistry between them and I love that their relationship started very normal. Even their families were awesome!

Funny is that Pike was embarrassed about his current position as a stripper and also Violet was embarrassed about her extraordinary memory. Reality is that their reasons were not real enough. I mean … I wish I had Violet’s memory (Not sure about a stripper boyfriend though). Still, once they do start to go out, sparks fire up the attraction they already feel for each other. The hot scenes are very nicely built as well.

Oh, I do want to mention that I liked how the author decided to tell the story, by alternating Pike and Violet’s thoughts. I felt closer to them and I loved to see different perspectives of the story. Also I could see easily the difference between the male and female side.

It’s a great story to pass the time, easy to read, funny… Congrats and Enjoy J

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Hi! My name is M.D. Saperstein. I am currently a stay at home mom with my two gorgeous kids. I wasn’t always a full time mom, though. After graduating from the University of Florida – Go Gators! – I attended law school at Stetson University. I spent the next 10 years practicing law. I also spent some time counseling mental health patients in an outpatient psychiatric hospital. But, until having my own children, my most rewarding job by far was licensing families to receive abused and neglected foster children.

So, that brings us to today. In my spare time, while my children were napping, I started editing novels for other authors. The more I edited, the more ready I felt to write my own. I just needed a new and exciting story line. Once Hey There, Delilah was conceived, the ball starting rolling very quickly. I hooked up with fellow author Andria Large, and we decided to tackle it together. Best decision ever!

I spend most of my free time with my husband and children. But when I get some “me” time, I love to read. Mostly romance and erotica, but I don’t discriminate – a good book is a good book, no matter the genre.
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Book Review: Pushing Her Luck


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By: Audra North

Releasing May 9, 2016



He says she’s a nuisance. She thinks he’s a jerk. Together they might be the perfect match.

Riordan Faraday is about to reach his breaking point. He’s got art classes to teach, a needy mum to care for, and most importantly, a painting to finish. But without time or inspiration, he hasn’t been able to paint a thing and it’s driving him mad. So when a silly American girl shows up on his doorstep with a wild proposal, he shoots her down perhaps a bit more harshly than she deserves…but it’s for the best. He can’t afford any more distractions at the moment, especially not beautiful brown-eyed ones.

Samantha Meyer—Sam, to her friends—is on a mission to find her late grandmother’s necklace. The long-lost piece of jewelry is the only thing she has left of Gram and Sam is determined to see that dream fulfilled before she returns home to New Jersey and takes up the reins of the family business. But she wasn’t counting on a sexy, surly painter to stand in her way.


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I’m giving this book 5 stars. Why? Pretty simple. It has everything to make me love it! I really tried to give it 4. But the problem with 4 stars is that I am supposed to say what I wanted for 5 stars and I cannot say I wanted something more. I had fun, I felt the chemistry of the characters, I had connection with them and I was very comfortable with the writing style.

The author is very mature and knows how to combine romance with good and developed characters and as well a touch of fun. While Riordan tries to use his talent and seeks motivation to move forward, Sam tries to look for a purpose after her grandmother’s death. Both characters complete each other and help each other to put some order in their lives.

To shorten the review a little, please please read the story, it will make you love the characters and it will bring you some moments of entertainment. Congratulations to the author for a great story !


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Audra North is the contemporary romance author of the Pushing the Boundaries series from Samhain and the Hard Driving series from St. Martin’s. Sign up for Audra North’s newsletter to get free books, extra scenes, and exclusive subscriber giveaways. You can also connect with Audra on her website,, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Book Review: Micah

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This is my stop during the blog tour for Micah by Lee DuCote. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 3 till 16 May, you can view the complete tour schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

MicahMicah (The Sword of Malachi #1)
by Lee DuCote
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: May 3, 2016

When lacrosse star Micah Spearman moved to the quiet little town of Seven Springs, he never expected to become such a significant part of his lacrosse team, his group of friends, or of the battle raging just beyond human reach. With a gift to see into the spiritual dimension, Micah learns he is part of a prophecy and must lead an army of guardians against legions of demons, all while trying to live a normal teenage life.

Navigating through high school can be a daunting task. When Micah finds himself falling in love with his friend Stephanie, he must be careful not to disrupt their group of friends—or attract attention from the demons that watch his every move. But high school will not be the biggest survival challenge he faces. Micah and friends soon find their world expanding far beyond, as Micah discovers his true purpose.

As the battle rages to find the Sword of Malachi, the young freshman finds himself falling deeper into a world of unknowns. Can Micah find the sword before all is lost? Will Stephanie give into her feelings for Micah? In Micah, the Sword of Malachi, you too will fall under the charm and the mysteries of Seven Springs.

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My Review:

I loved the story!!!  It’s very intriguing and with a lot of turns and a lot of mystery as well.  Romance is not missing either, so I can say this book is addressed to a large type of readers.

The subject is a classic one: evil against good, demons versus… prophets?  That’s a new one for me. I’ll stop here with the details. I did not follow how the transition between the real and spiritual world was happening. I mean what happens with his body? How is time flowing between the two worlds?  There are some unanswered questions, but it’s just small details for my evil eye J

Micah was not entirely to my taste unfortunately. He is very mature for his age. I mean, for a 15 year old he can act very mature in many discussions, even has friends older than him who seek his advice.  I’m not sure this was the author’s intention or just how the character came up. Also, when he starts seeing demons and fighting he is very confident in his actions and even in his abilities. However, when it comes up to asking a girl out, he proves to be very very shy.

Since there is some originality to the story and since I loved it, even though there are things to be improved, I award 4 stars and wait impatiently for the next part. Happy reading!


Lee DuCote

About the Author:
Well, I am a husband and father. We always have a house full of teens and college students, mostly Young Life kids. I love the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddling, fishing, you know “man stuff” but I’m a sucker for chick flicks. I wrote Field
s of Alicia, Waterproof, Across Borders, and the series Micah and have several other novels finished and in the making. And yes I am a raccoon lover, check out Tucker on my social media.

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Book Review: Surviving High School

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Surviving High School
by Lele Pons & Melissa de la Cruz
Published by: Gallery Books
Publication date: April 5th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Vine superstar Lele Pons—“one of the coolest girls on the web” (Teen Vogue)—teams up with #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz (The Isle of the Lost) in this lovable debut novel about the wilds and wonders of high school that’s as laugh-out-loud addictive as Lele’s popular videos.

Ten million followers and I still sit alone at lunch. Lele is a bulls-eye target at her new school in Miami until, overnight, her digital fame catapults the girl with cheerleader looks, a seriously silly personality, and a self-deprecating funny bone into the popular crowd. Now she’s facing a whole new set of challenges—the relentless drama, the ruthless cliques, the unexpected internet celebrity—all while trying to keep her grades up and make her parents proud.

Filled with the zany enthusiasm that has made Lele into Vine’s most viewed star, this charming novel is proof that high school is a trip. From crushing your crushes (what’s up with that hot transfer student Alexei??) to throwing Insta-fake parties with your BFFs and moaning over homework (GAH) with your frenemies, high school is a rollercoaster of exhilarating highs and totally embarrassing lows. Leave it to Lele to reassure us that falling flat on your face is definitely not the end of the world. Fans of Mean Girls will love this fun and heartwarming fish-out-of-water story.


My Review:

The book’s main focus is about how Lele, a Venezuelan teenager, tries to fit in at her new school in Miami. Even though the story is based on Lele Pons’s real life, I’m trying to judge this from a YA fiction book, not an autobiography or something of the sorts. Our character is very known on the Internet, having a very successful Vine account where she uploads videos inspired by real life moments.

The book was interesting to a point. I expected more from it. I understood that someone may be famous online, while being not so popular in school (is this really such a bad thing?). She does have some friends and people to hang out with and somehow she craves more. I did appreciate her maturity when it comes to her relationship with her best friend Alexei. From a writing point of view, I loved the funny parts and I loved that the drama was set to a minimum, even though the main character was focused on her looks as any teenager would be.

It is a good start, but I wanted more and I felt like something was missing from the story. I would have expected more action, I would have expected to know more on how she started posting her videos or why Alexei wanted to help her. I don’t know…. Something to light that spark of “book addiction”. If this is inspired from the real Lele Pons’s life, I can say she had some interesting moments and I am happy all went well in the end.


Lele Pons was born in Caracas, Venezuela and moved with her family to Miami when she was five years old. She got her start when she created a page on the video-sharing app Vine in December 2013. Originally intended as a fun outlet to showcase her creativity, her vines evolved into comedic sketches and pulling practical jokes on family and friends. Her following grew from five thousand local followers to more than ten million by November 2015.

Today she is one of the most recognizable names on social media, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Time, and more. Lele has been nominated for three Teen Choice Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and a Streamy Award. In 2015, she was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama to help launch her campaign for disadvantaged kids to go to college. Lele graduated from high school in 2015 and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for readers of all ages, including the Witches of East End, Blue Bloods, and Descendants series.

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