The Bad Boy’s Girl
by Blair Holden
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.
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This book deals with a lot of issues, starting with insecurities and ending with family drama. I do believe is quite complex and talks about most issues that teenagers face these days. Though in the end the action dragged too much, it is a book to my liking.
So Tessa has always been bullied by her all time crush’s brother, but when her best friend starts to treat her the same, she loses her confidence and retreats from social life. Her weight does not help much either. Years later, she finds herself with fewer kilos, face to face with her all time torturer: Cole Stone. She now has to face not only the relationship between Jay and Nicole (crush and ex-bestie), but also Cole, who says he’s changed. Add to that some family drama.
I liked how the story started, with some memorable funny lines (which I will soon include in my Goodreads page), even some teenage wisdom. It is narrated from Tessa’s perspective, though in the end we get to experience some of Cole’s feelings as well. The author does a great job in creating different personalities (Tessa, her friends, her brother), which all have their own story and issues.
Tessa has always been in love with Jay, always held him high. She has tried to maintain the friendship door open, behind his girlfriend’s back. When Cole returns, he has to earn her trust and her appreciation. All the while, they both have family issues of their own. While Tessa has to endure her parents’ constant arguing and her brother’s self-destruction, Cole has to suffer a jealous step brother and hold to a secret not few know.
70% of the book was amazing, but after that, I felt the action was dragged a little. I believe the book should have ended somewhere around 75%. It looked like a completely different attitude; I could not recognize the characters and even the writing.
All in all, I am going with a 4 star rating on this one, hoping that you like it as well. Let me know your opinion in the comments bellow.
About the Author
BLAIR HOLDEN (@jessgirl93 on Wattpad) is a twenty-three-year-old college student by day and Wattpad author by night. Her hobbies include and are limited to obsessively scouring Goodreads and reading romance novels, with a preference for all things new adult. Her own work usually contains lots of romance, humor, angst, and brooding bad-boy heroes. Caffeine and late-night Gilmore Girls marathons help her find a balance between completing her degree and writing. She writes for herself and also to make readers swoon, laugh, and occasionally cry. Her book, THE BAD BOY’S GIRL, has amassed over 170 million reads, which absolutely baffles her. Her dream is to see her readers holding a published copy of her books and remembering how far they’ve come together!
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by Hannah Rials
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release date: August 2016
Life is supposed to be perfect after Cheyenne Lane’s Ascension ceremony, but it turns out awakening her vampire half only complicates things more. Burdened with a patronizing family and constant surveillance by the Vampire Council, Cheyenne welcomes a summer vacation to the magical city of New Orleans. But Cheyenne quickly realizes that she can’t escape her problems, no matter where she goes.
After seventeen years of fearing exposing her secret to humans, Cheyenne’s world is rocked when she starts to fall for a witch named Eli. When he shows Cheyenne how complex the world really is, she must accept that everything she thought she knew about being a Deuxsang is a lie.
As if all this isn’t problem enough, Cheyenne finds herself the pawn of a conspiracy hatched by those who should be protecting her. Her whole life Cheyenne is told what to believe and who to trust. Now, she’s forced to choose for herself who and what is right. No matter which choice she makes, it will cost her everything.
Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end.
I missed reading a book with vampires. I have read so many that I am sometimes scared of starting a new one because I might not be completely satisfied. So I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this blog tour. The idea of half breads becoming more powerful than the vampires, the mix between vampires and witches really made me very enthusiastic.
Still, I would have wanted a lot more from the story. I would have wanted a lot more attention to details, it mostly seems as an introduction to a more complex action which will unfold later in the coming books.
I do not feel very comfortable with the chosen title. The entire action starts with Cheyenne’s Ascension when she was a young girl. Since it was a traumatizing event, she has not managed to get over it. She understood then that she’s not just an ordinary Deuxsang, but somehow nobody cared to enlighten her on what she actually is. Since that moment she has grown up and other changes start to happen. The title underlines an important event in her life, but an old one chronologically speaking.
Regarding the action, on one side I felt like it was rushed, but on the other it lacked details like why she’s not like the others. Like why there are so many lies, what are the interests that other have. I don’t know, too much mystery. The characters are quite alright. We find out a little bit about everybody. Cheyenne is quite indoctrinated by her family when it comes to history and she always has followed the rules. I did not like her not insisting more on why she had such a violent Ascension. She simply accepted everything. I could go on and on with things that don’t add up when it comes to other characters as well, but I don’t want to turn my review into a negative one.
So without further comments I decided to give it 3.5 stars, mainly because it’s a book with or about vampires and there are some signs of this becoming a great series. I hope next one will be better though.
“Their love story anchors the novel, the first installment of a series, and sets the stage for the cliffhanger ending. An entertaining and promising series opener about an appealing human and vampire hybrid. “-Kirkus Reviews
What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit
This book is by the far the BEST YA/Adult fiction that I’ve read in a very long while. So exciting!-Rebecca F
The wait is over-Ascension is here! Thrilling and entertaining, like the experience on a crazy roller coaster. Hannah has grown into the most amazing writer. Watching her journey has been as much fun as holding the book in my hands. A “must read” for YA and thriller fans!-Valarie B.
Rials has created a complex, fascinating, hidden world within our world. And I think we’re just beginning to scratch the surface.”-Kris Whorton
About the Author
As Maryville native and current college student at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Hannah Rials began writing her first novel at age twelve. Eight years later, the result is her newly published YA novel Ascension; a modern day teenage romance filled with “double-blooded” vampires and revenge-seeking witches.
Published by Aletha Press of Maryville, TN, Ascension is Rial’s first novel. When not attending college and spending time with her family, Rials keeps busy by playing with her beloved Corgis, Buddy and Noel, leading a creative writing group at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and cultivating her writing skills.
“I feel like I am living proof that dreams do come true.”– Hannah Rials
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by Lucinda Stein
Genre: YA Scifi
Release date: January 24th 2017
When romance turns deadly…
Jadeite’s perfect world comes crashing down on her. In the futuristic world of United Society, her only problem has been how to act around the cute boy on the air shuttle. But Jadeite’s world changes when she comes across a man who looks alarmingly like her father. Clones were declared illegal years ago. When she sees her father, a robotic engineer, headed to the Dark Edge of United Society, she follows him and uncovers her father’s secret life.
Jadeite shadows her father past the boundary of United Society and into a primitive world of canyons and high deserts. She learns her father is a Ridge Runner passing between the two worlds. Even more alarming, she discovers her younger brother, Malachite, is sick and requires medicine only available from over the Ridge. After her father is arrested, Jadeite takes his place in order to save her brother’s life.
But her world turns even more precarious after she breaks up with her obsessive boyfriend, Mattie. Jadeite soon learns his threats are more than words, and she finds her life is in jeopardy.
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Lucinda Stain’s book sent me flying in a future beyond my imagination. I was taken aback by the amazing world she has created. Not to mention the plot and characters – which are as well a delight! Once Jadeite finds out that United Society is not exactly what it seems and that the ones she trusted most have a secret agenda – her father or her boyfriend for example – she will have to find a way out, to bring back balance in her life.
What I mostly loved about the story was the impeccable way in which the United Society was imagined by the author. I have read many dystopian novels that imagined a world in our future with people divided by classes, professional achievements or other things like that. But to create a world with no plants, no animals, no paper (!!!) is something different. Especially since the action is not focused only on mass manipulation, but also on typical teenage issues.
I do believe this book deserves at least 5 stars and it’s a series that I will for sure follow!
About the Author
A school librarian for over twenty years, Stein now writes fulltime. Sanctuary: Family, Friends, & Strangers was a 2015 Colorado Book Award finalist. Three Threads Woven, was a 2010 WILLA Finalist. Her story, Sulfur Springs, won First Place in the 2011 LAURA Short Fiction competition. Her stories have appeared in Pooled Ink, The South Dakota Review, Fine Lines, and Women Writing the West online.
When not writing, she hikes desert canyons and alpine trails. She loves anything vintage, her shelter-rescued dog, Opie, and, most of all, her husband, Rob.
Summary from Goodreads:
In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything.
Keeva Tee just turned fifteen. All of her dreams are about to come true. She s about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. One day they ll have perfect kids and a perfect life. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, something weighs on her mind. She hears whispers about anomalies citizens who can t be imprinted. No one knows what happens to them, but they never seem to come back.
When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality she is an anomaly. After imprinting, the people she loves change, and she starts to doubt everything she s ever believed. What if freedom and individuality have been sacrificed for security? And what if the man who solves all the problems is the very man who s created them and what if he isn’t a man at all?
When Keeva finds a warning carved under a bunk bed she begins to understand: nonconformity will be punished, dissent is not an option, insurgents will be destroyed.
This is my first review for an audiobook and I am so lucky it is a great start! I loved the story and the narrator!
I am one of (probably) the few people who have not read “The Hunger Games”, nor have I seen the movies. Not because I don’t like the story, but it was so much publicity around it, so many people saying how great the story is, how amazing the main character is that I feel I already know what to expect. So, based on that, I started listening to “Anomalies”, with an open mind, trying not to let my idea of other similar books cloud my judgment.
So all is nice in the world, everything has its place. Everybody knows what will come next, until Keeva discovers she’s an anomaly. She’s now someone whose destiny has been altered, someone who doesn’t fit in anymore. When she realizes she will not be imprinted with her intended partner at Monarch camp, she will be faced with a new future, one she has to decide on.
The authors have created an ideal world, with no diseases, no worries about the next day. Everyone lives in owe of their savior Sobek, who brought peace after a war that nearly caused the extinction of humanity. Society is divided into communities, with specific purposes, being ruled by the Global Governance. An interesting thought. Nowadays people have forgotten to help each other without expecting anything in return.
The main character, Keeva, is part of the Ocean community. She loves the ocean, she loves swimming and can’t wait to be reunited with her intended partner and come together to her beloved community to follow in her father’s footsteps. Still, in all her thoughts, she has never forgotten about her little sister, who was taken away at birth. The words of the strange man that took her have been kept hidden in her soul. Her carefully planned life has been turned upside down when she realizes she’s an anomalie. Though something strange is happening to the ones that do get imprinted.
A person who plans her whole life has to learn to live in the moment. She will have to overcome her fear of the unknown, to follow her instincts.
The action is told mostly from her perspective, but there are also some small passages where we are presented with Calex’s point of view. He is Sobek‘s son and the future ruler of Earth. I appreciated this insight, as it brought a clear understanding of how the Global Governance works and all the plans they have for humanity. Calex also has to face a new life, but as opposed to Keeva, he knows exactly what he has to do, though he’s not entirely sure on how to achieve it.
What I also liked about these two characters was that they never meet in this first book. Calex sees her for just some seconds and there is no super attraction. He sees her as interesting due to her strange red hair but nothing else. And here is the point where all my ideas regarding how this book will end are turned to dust. So for me the action was not that predictable. Sure, there were hints on what to expect, but only on some small level.
As for the reader, Lucinda Clare does a great job! Taking into account I am not a native English user, I had no trouble understanding the words. I only noticed that for one character she used a certain accent, but later on it disappeared (Anelia). No other complains from my side.
So, to close this long review, a total of (wait for it, wait for it) 5 stars go to this amazing collaboration between Sadie turner and Colette Freedman. I loved the story and the main character was great as well. The quality of the audiobook was great as well so I hope you read it or listen to it and come back with an opinion J
About the Authors
SADIE TURNER is a Los Angeles-based producer and writer originally from Brighton, England, who works in business development with several Hollywood entrepreneurs. She has various projects in development, and also teaches yoga.
COLETTE FREEDMAN– An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild. Her hit musicalSerial Killer Barbie can be heard here.
Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fifteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur), Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle) and Australia. It is next up in Chicago August 2016. She wrote the film which is currently in post-production and stars Jacki Weaver, Alfred Molina, Jess Weixler, Stana Katic, Michelle Trachtenberg, Amy Smart, Troian Bellisario, Tom Everett Scott and Kathy Baker. She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour.
In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan). Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013. Her sequel novel The Consequences(Kensington) came out January 28, 2014. Her YA novel Anomalies (Select Books) came out February 9, 2016. She also co-wrote the film And Then There Was Eve which is currently in pre-production and begins principal photography May 2016.