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Mind Games by Shana Silver

This was such an amazing book!

Read at your own caution for potential spoilers!

Mind Games is a sci-fi book where the main character sells memories. I love the idea that our memories are backed up to a cloud system where we can access them at anytime. Rather than saving photos, you can save full memories instead. To me, this isn’t outside of the realm of possibility, as is the danger that can come with it. If you make the wrong person mad, and they know how to hack, say goodbye to your memories. This creates a huge ethical issue, as shown within Mind Games.

This book keeps you on the edge of your seat and wanting to turn the pages as quickly as possible. Even when I could feel myself wanting to put down the book and do something else, my intrigue in the story wouldn’t let me. I am eager to see if the author has more books and sincerely hope that she does.

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Desperate Forest by Cece Louise

Please note, I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Please note that there are spoilers ahead in this review.

When I first started the book, honestly I wasn’t super thrilled. A king was murdered, the uncle wants to now kill the princess in order to have control over the kingdom, and the Princess has run away. Okay, decently common theme throughout young adult fantasy books. I’m very glad that I kept reading though.

Roselynn was a fantastic protagonist. She is a great combination of innocence and determination and loyalty to save her people and her kingdom. She risks her own life and safety many many times because she wants to do what is best for her people in her mind.

I love the way that her relationships grow with Jay, Gavin, Laurel, and all of the other members of her group. I love watching her learn to place her trust and her safety within them, as well as want to make sure that they are safe also.

Of course, I was sad to see Darius’s betrayal of his father, his brother, and Roselynn. While it was very predictable, it was still disappointing to read nonetheless. I would really like one of these types of stories to end it with the stranger actually being the one that is at fault rather than someone who was trusted at the beginning. In other words, I would enjoy seeing a story similar to this where Jay is actually the one at fault, and Roselyn is correct in her initial judgment of Darius. But alas, that doesn’t seem to be the way that these books work.

This book was a quick and easy book to read. After the initial couple chapters, it became very engaging and hard to put down. The author did a great job at making the story come alive and also throwing in a couple small twists and turns. However, most of the storyline is predictable but it is still enjoyable nonetheless.

Thank you to Cece Louise and LibraryThing for the opportunity to read and review this book. I definitely enjoyed it and I highly recommend it to anybody that enjoys young adult novels.

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Mom’s Perfect Boyfriend by Crystal Hemmingway

Please note, I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. And there are spoilers ahead!

Okay….now to the review. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!

I’ve definitely read books in Instant message/chat format before… TTYL by Lauren Myracle for example. So when I started this book and it was in text message format, I wasn’t really phased. However, I love that Hemmingway also add it in excerpts from journal entries as well as regular letters also. It was a great way to provide background information around the story without breaking the format of the way it was being written. If you haven’t read a book that is written in conversation form, you really need to give it a try. It’s unique to get used to at first, but I honestly enjoy it more than the standard book format.

For the storyline itself, I thought it was hilarious. After all, who doesn’t feel like they have an overbearing parent at one point or another in their life? I loved the way that this book slightly showed that it can be a learned behavior from the parent before. Margot’s mother was overbearing and could never be pleased, so Margot transferred that onto Lisa and Crystal also. But, I bet if you ask Margot, she would never recognize that she does the same things to her daughters that her mother does to her.

AI and Androids is a huge theme in modern day culture. And let’s face it, realistically we really aren’t that far away from having smart companions/robots/androids or whatever else you want to call them. Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds almost on a daily basis. And with how obsessed we are with technology already, it’s not that far of a leap to start preparing for having our own robots. Now, falling in love with one and starting a relationship, that may be a little bit more outside the realm of possibility, but then again, you never really know.

I loved the way that Crystal tried to make her mom happy. Even if she was doing it for more selfish reasons than she wanted to admit. I’ll be honest, her writing a sequel to Rapunzel didn’t interest me. I understand where it was coming from and the plot line, but I felt that the story would have been the same without it. Now the dinosaur sex book on the other hand… That was a great little twist and a side pot into the story i’ll be honest, her writing a sequel to Rapunzel didn’t interest me. I understand where it was coming from and the plot line, but I felt that the story would have been the same without it. Now the dinosaur sex book on the other hand… That was a great little twist and a side part into the story.

I didn’t like the way that Lisa and Crystal kept things from their mom, but I also grew up as an only child so conspiring with a sibling is not something that I ever experienced.

Overall, I absolutely loved this book and I will definitely be rereading it in the future. This is 100% going to be on my top list of books and I’m already excited for the future me that re-reads it. I also hope that it is turned into an audiobook, because I feel that with the right narrator is, it will be absolutely hilarious.

Thank you to Crystal Hemmingway and LibraryThing for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book!

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Me Myself & Him by Chris Tebbetts

I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you net galley!

Truth be told, I did not like this book. I had a very hard time getting into it and I struggled to find the motivation to continue reading. The way the book was set up simply made me very not interested in it. I did not like that each chapter essentially had two chapters in it, one version for each of the two storylines that was being told.

I think the premise behind the book is great, and I love the idea of there being two stories within one book. Especially with the idea of alternate realities. However, I did not like the flip-flop back and forth in this book. If you weren’t keeping careful track on which chapter was which, it was easy to forget that the storyline switched back and forth. There were a few times that I got confused as to which version of Chris that I was currently reading.

With that being said, I did very much enjoy the storyline of this book. I liked how one version had Kris in trouble for something that he did it while the other version showed what would happen if he got away with it. I did like that the two storylines merged together at points so that there were specific events that happened in both timelines.

If you like alternate realities and alternate possibilities for stories, then this book is absolutely perfect for you. The storyline and the premise and the characters were fantastic.

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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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