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Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Another fun and cute read from Emma Mills!

I love the character of Claudia. She is the perfect blend of true friend/defender/introvert. While she is skeptical of people, and skeptical of them liking her, she is a true defender of her friends. Once she befriends someone, she is loyal.

I wasn’t thrilled with the storyline between her and Gideon. I loved them as friends, and loved that they ended up together, but I felt that the tension and minor drama between them was unnecessary. It felt similar to most YA romcoms. Predictable but relatable at the same time.

I did enjoy the storyline with her and Iris. I loved that she brought Iris out of her shell and showed her how to be a true person and to not always rely on herself.

Overall I found the book to be cute and funny. Very easy to read and engaging as well. Another great book to escape the stress of life with!

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This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

This was a very cute book. It was light, quick, fun, and easy to read. It is a great book to read when you are stressed and you want something to distract you.
While most of the story was predictable, the author did manage to have some surprises within the story also. I enjoyed watching Sloane learn what friendship truly is and learn more about herself. Her immediate dedication to her friends was a great recurring theme throughout the book.
I would have liked the story to continue and delve further into her relationships as well as the relationships between the other characters.
This would be a great start to a series where each book focuses on one of the characters. And each book focuses on a different character.
Overall, 4/5 stars.
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Two Like Me and You by Chad Alan Gibbs

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the first sentence, I was drawn into this book. Right away I knew that it would be humorous and entertaining.

Edwin was a fantastic main character. I loved the way that the author showed Edwin’s progression throughout the book and it showed how Edwin grew to better understand himself and the situations that he was a part of. I loved the way that the author used Parker and Garland to teach Edwin who he truly was, without letting him know that they were doing so.

The development of Parker somewhat surprised me to be honest. While I did see the progression of her and Edwin’s friendship, I was not expecting the way it concluded. However, I did 100% predict the way that Edwin and Sadie’s relationship would end up.

I both loved and was disappointed by Garland’s story. I wish that there had been more detail into who he truly was, I also hoped for a better resolution for his story. For that reason, I read this book a 4/5 stars.

Overall, this was a very engaging and humorous read. The storyline was easy to follow, the characters were relatable, and the story finished well.

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Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins has a way of writing that is unparalleled. All of her books deal with tough and heart wrenching topics, and Perfect is no exception.

Relationships, sexuality, eating disorders, stalking, crime, pleas for help, suicide, and so many others are all involved in this book. The author’s way of writing makes it easy to grasp these topics and to feel what the characters are feeling. You experience the highs and lows with them, without even realizing how much time is passing as you read.

Without delving too in depth of each topic, Hopkins invokes feelings in the reader as they strive to understand what each character is going through. You can see the thought progression as each topic takes hold of you, and see how much each one is a struggle to handle.

The size of the book may intimidate, but it feels so much smaller than it is as you read.

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Beau & Bett by Kathryn Berla

IMG_3500I received a free copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book! I thought it was a super cute retelling of Beauty and the Beast! I loved that the “Beast” was actually a girl in this book. While I, of course, did not like the reason that Bettina was a “beast”, I’m glad that the author did not focus much on it.

I loved that Beau gave Bett a real chance and that he grew to know and like her without anyone else’s input. He even ignored the input of others and went with what he knew to be true. I would love to see more on their life together.

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Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly

So I’ll be honest, I never knew that the original Grimm fairytale of Cinderella involved the stepsisters cutting off part of their feet in order to make the glass slipper fit. So when this book started off that way, it was quite a bit of a shock.

I started off hesitant while reading this book. I had a hard time reconciling it with the Disney version of Cinderella that everyone knows. But I’m glad I kept going. Watching Isabell grow into the woman that she was meant to be and not the woman that her mother wanted her to be, which is inspiring. It was incredible to watch her rise up against her circumstances and turn her life around into the future that she had always wanted and had buried so deep inside for so long.

I truly hope this author has more books that are similar to this one!

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The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

“…being brave doesn’t mean that you aren’t afraid of anything. Just that the fear doesn’t stop you from fighting for something you believe in.”

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review: 🌟🌟🌟 Thank you, NetGalley!

When the book started, I immediately thought…okay, another dystopian end-of-world type of book. And while, yes this is a good way to classify it, it was also different than others that I have read. I loved the way the Gifted’s Gifts worked and how their gifts could vary from person to person, even within the skill they had.

I would have loved to have more descriptions of the action scenes. There would be fantastic build up and then all of a sudden, it was over. I was very underwhelmed by the climaxes of the book, I would have loved more action and more descriptions of the action scenes rather than a couple paragraphs.

The book left me with a lot of questions on what actually happened because of this. I’m hoping the author will write more books that clarify some of these events more.

The book was an engaging and quick read and overall, I enjoyed it.