#Review | Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

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RosemarkedRosemarked by Livia Blackburne (Rosemarked #1)
Published by Disney-Hyperion on November 7th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover

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What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum| REVIEW

What to Say Next
What To Say NextWhat to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum
Published by Delacorte Press on July 11th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 292
Format: ARC

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The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty| REVIEW

reviewsThe Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty (Traitor’s Trilogy #1)
Published by Imprint on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
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The Traitor's KissAn obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

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3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Raincoast Books for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

Uncle William returned over an hour ago, yet he hadn’t summoned her.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟      WORLD 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟     ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟


The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty is a historical (maybe fantasy) young adult novel about a girl who apprentices with a match maker to escape the life under her uncle’s care. Along the way she is brought in by the army as a spy to gather information about a political uprising happening right in the kingdom’s inner circle!

My Likes

Strong Female Character

The Traitor’s Kiss hosts a plethora of characters. But the one that stood out to me the most was Sage, the main protagonist. She is strong, intelligent, driven, and cunning. To work with the match maker she has to disguise herself as a young bride to be. She was even more cunning as she flew under the radar while collecting important information everywhere she went.

She used her intelligence to come up with ideas and plans for both her employer and the army. I liked how he never backed down from a challenge or her duties to both the match maker and the army. Beaty did a great job creating an empowering female lead.

To the Point Writing

Everything was to the point with Beaty’s writing. There was never any boring  info dumping. Her descriptions of the world were beautiful and the scenery was brought to life. When it came to the characters interactions with each other, it was all very distinct. Every character had their own voice and drive. Even when it was difficult to keep up with who was pretending to be who.

My own complaint here would be that the story flowed rather slowly. I feel like there should have been a bit more action or tribulations somewhere in the beginning to middle sections.

Sweet Romance

The romance between Sage and Ash was very sweet. Although I don’t want to give anything away, I felt that their chemistry was right and it never seemed too overwhelming to the story line. I felt like Beaty did a great job with making it seem real and built it up slowly over the course of the story.

My Dislikes

Racial Descriptions

I was a bit thrown off by some of the character descriptions. Sure this book hosts some PoC characters, but I felt like Beaty could have chosen better words to describe them. At one point in the ARC I remember reading a character’s skin being compared to the darkness of the shadows. To me that was quite off putting and there are better ways to describe character’s skin colors.

I hope stuff like that were changed or omitted in the final copy of the book.


I highly recommend this one if you like cunning and intriguing characters, political drama, and a sweet romance. Let me know what you guys thought of The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Erin BeatyErin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor, but she won’t eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group’s lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, she resigned to pursue her side hobby of populating the Church of Rome. It still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head.

She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Born and raised in Orange County, California, she’s lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled back in Southern California, where she’s working on her next book.

The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson | REVIEW

reviewsThe Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson
Published by Sky Pony Press on May 9th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling
Pages: 352
Format: ARC

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The Duke of Bannerman PrepWords are weapons. Facts can be manipulated. And nothing is absolute—especially right and wrong.

Tanner McKay is at Bannerman Prep for only one reason: the elite school recruited him after he brought his public school’s debate team to victory last year. Bannerman wants a championship win. Debate is Tanner’s life—his ticket out of his poor-as-dirt life and family drama, straight to a scholarship to Stanford and the start of a new, better future.

But when he’s paired with the Duke, his plans for an easy ride seem as if they’ve hit the rails. The Duke is the quintessential playboy, beloved by everyone for his laissez-faire attitude, crazy parties, and seemingly effortless favors.

And a total no-show when it comes to putting in the work to win.

But as Tanner gets sucked into the Duke’s flashy world, the thrill of the high life and the adrenaline of existing on the edge becomes addictive. A small favor here and there seems like nothing in exchange for getting everything he ever dreamed of.

But the Duke’s castle is built on shady, shaky secrets, and the walls are about to topple down.

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3 Stars

** Received an ARC from Thomas Allen & Son for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

We’d been at the barbecue for less than two minutes, but several things were clear:

  1. I was underdressed.
  2. I had no idea how to pronounce several of the items on the menu.
  3. I had completely underestimated the length of time a group of moderately intelligent, narcissistic rich kids could hold a grudge.

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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     PLOT 🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟      FEELS 🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟     ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟


The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson is a retelling of the classic The Great Gatsby. I don’t consider myself a Gatsby expert, but I have read it more than the average person; more than 6 times over the course of my educational career. So when I say that this one definitely pulls it off I am telling the truth!

My Likes

Captures Gatsby Essence Perfectly

Like I said above, I’ve read The Great Gatsby many times in the past. So when I heard about this one, I was super excited. Let me start by saying The Duke of Bannerman Prep captures the essence that was the Gatsby himself.

The Duke was mysterious, rich, and threw lavish parties that were attended by everyone. Tanner was fascinated by the new world he has been thrust into as he is on scholarship at this private school. Together they were the epitome of Gatsby and Nick!

From the main plot points, to the relationships and hardships, everything fit so nicely together.

Good Cast of Characters

The Duke of Bannerman Prep hosts a wide cast of fun characters. From The Duke to Tanner, Kelsey, Abby, even Blake the hot headed jealous boyfriend. There was never a dull moment when it came to character interactions and I thought the dialogues were quite witty.

Nelson does a great job bringing these character’s to life and relating them to some of the characters from the original Gatsby tale.

Sweet Romance

Although is a slow burn, the romance between Tanner and Kelsey was very sweet indeed. I liked they worked their way up to relationship status through hanging out, studying together, helping each other out etc. It’s not often in the YA genre that we get a romance that isn’t almost instant.

Nelson took her time fleshing out the quirks and kinks of the relationship. Even through tough times the pair manage to pull ahead and work things out!

My Dislikes

Lack of Interest in Debate 

The Duke of Bannerman Prep is heavily filled with debate. Tanner is on full scholarship to Bannerman for debate. All the other characters featured in the story are also on the debate team. So when I say that debate is a huge influence in the story, believe me.

It was my least favorite part of the whole story. I couldn’t relate to the topic, and I found most of those sections to be extremely dull.


I highly recommend this one if you enjoyed The Great Gatsby, like retellings, and fun casts of characters. Let me know what you guys thought of The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Katie NelsonKatie Nelson has always loved words and stories. Formerly a high school English and Debate teacher, she now lives in Northern California with her husband, four children, and hyperactive dog.

Paper Princess by Erin Watt (The Royals #1) | REVIEW

Paper Princess by Erin Watt (The Royals #1)
Published by Everafter Romance on April 4th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 370
Format: e-Book

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Paper PrincessFrom strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.

These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

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4 Stars

First Line:

“Ella, you’re wanted in the principal’s office,” Ms. Weir says before I can step inside her pre-calculus classroom.


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CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟   ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟        THE FEELS 🌟🌟🌟🌟


Paper Princess by Erin Watt is the first book of The Royals Series, about an orphan girl who gets taken in my her birth father’s best friend. Going from rags to riches we get to see the trials and tribulations of Ella as she maneuvers her new world and life style.

The Good

Paper Princess has become my newest guilty pleasure read. As many of you know, contemporary romance is not my preferred genre to read. I can rarely connect with the stories and characters as much as I can in fantasy/sc-fi, but this one is on a whole new level for me.

Becoming an orphan after her mothers passing, Ella Harper has faced more adversity and hardships in such little time then most people do in their entire lives. She shows immense strength and courage then any other seventeen year old I know. She also happens to be one the most gutsy and witty heroines I’ve ever enjoyed reading.

Then she meets Callum Royal, her birth father’s best friend who takes her in at his last dying request. With Callum, comes his 5 teenage sons. All hot and buffed up of course. But this is where the guilty pleasure comes in. Both authors know how to make chemistry sizzle between characters. It was definitely a slow burn and angsty romance that gets built from beginning to end.

I can say that I preferred Easton over Reed as character likability goes. But too bad things never work out the way I want. Well… more Easton for me I guess!

I absolutely loved the characters and the complexity of their stories. And that ending. Why must it be a cliffhanger? Things were going so well. Why?????

The Bad

I felt that the plot was a bit slow and it dragged at some points in along the way. That may be because of my lack of love for contemporary romance, but I felt like there could have been some scene cuts here and there to quicken up the pace a bit.

But other than that, I had no other misgivings with it.


Overall, I thought it was a very addictive read and can’t wait to dive into the sequel ASAP! Let me know what you guys thought of Paper Princess by Erin Watt. I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Erin WattErin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination.

Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | REVIEW

 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

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The Sun is Also a StarNatasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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5 Stars

*** RECEIVED AN ARC FOR AN HONEST REVIEW ***
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First Line:

Carl Sagan said that if you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.


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COVER 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟                  PLOT 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟        THE FEELS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟


The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon is a stand out contemporary about a boy and girl who fall in love the day she is to be deported and all ways the universe tries to bring them together.

The Good

 

There is so many good things I want to say about The Sun is Also a Star. I guess we can start with what we see first, the gorgeous cover! The colors and the typography are just perfect. The design element fits so well with the overall message of the story as well. Seeing all those threads weaving into each other shows you all the endless possible decisions that we can make in our lives.

The plot is very linear. Natasha is being deported from America because of a mistake her father has made. She tried everything in her power to stop or delay this from happening. Daniel has the most important interview of his life that day, but he doesn’t believe that it’s his calling. Over the course of that one day, Daniel and Natasha meet and fall in love. It has a great message that depending on the decisions we make, we can greatly impact our lives in more ways then one.

It’s hard not to like Natasha and Daniel. Natasha believes in facts and science, while Daniel believes in love and emotion. You would think that these two polarizing personalities wouldn’t get along, but I thought it made for the perfect pair! As the story progresses you can’t help but care for these characters and fight for them to be together in the end!

Nicola Yoon knows how to tell a good story. Her writing is both factual and romantic. She makes everything her characters do and say believable like she is really 17 years old herself. I like contemporaries that are easy to read and enjoyable too. Yoon does exactly that and more!

The feels you get from The Sun is Also a Star are through the roof. It will have you laughing, tearing up, and annoyed with frustration (only because you care so much for Natasha and Daniel). One of the best contemporaries I have read in while!

The Bad

 

Guys, I know this is taboo and is mostly disliked in the book community, but there is insta-love to the highest potential in this one. But before you go casting judgement, Yoon does an amazing job at making you fall in love with her insta-love. That is all I have to say.


I didn’t think Yoon could top her first YA contemporary, Everything Everything, but she knocks it out of the park with this one! Let me know what you guys thought of The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Nicola YoonNicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason.

Everything, Everything is her first novel.