Review – Paper Cranes (Fairytale Twist #1) by Jordan Ford

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Paper Cranes by Jordan Ford
Series: Fairytale Twist #1
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon

Synopsis

Tristan Parker is lost.

After living through his parent’s bitter divorce, Tristan surprises everyone when he decides to uproot his life and move across the country with his dad. Disenchanted, Tristan deals with his pain by shutting out the world… until one day, when trying to retrieve a lost baseball, he climbs a tower and meets a girl.

Helena Thompson is like no one Tristan has ever encountered. She’s quirky, weird, and lives in an imaginary world—her only way of coping with the bizarre life her paranoid mother forces her to lead. Drawn by Helena’s magical view on life, Tristan finds himself returning often to the unique girl with the long golden hair. But spending time with her is not an easy task, especially because their relationship must be kept a secret.

When Helena’s mother discovers the truth, can Tristan find the strength to fight for the girl who has awakened his heart? Or will the paranoid woman who keeps her daughter under lock and key stop their dreams from coming true?

Review

I generously received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review!

I don’t even know where to begin with this one because I have so many thoughts running through my mind. This story was so unlike anything I have ever read from this author (both as Melissa Pearl and Jordan Ford), but once again she has captured me whole body and soul with this unique interpretation of the Rapunzel fairytale.

The story is told entirely in Tristan’s POV, which was certainly an interesting twist because we only got to see one side of the story. This aspect only added to the suspense of the book and is what left me on the edge of my seat until the very end. Every time I finish a book from this author I am left amazed and demanding her next book. She does an extraordinary job developing character and capturing her readers attention. The second I cracked open this story I knew I wasn’t going to get any sleep until I finished every inch of this book, which is exactly what happened. What I didn’t expect to happen was my heart needing two days to recover from this story before I was even able to begin my review. This story had me so lost in thought, that I was at a loss for words. Basically this story had me feeling sad, hopeful, happy and so much more.

Tristian is lost and trying to rediscover what makes him happy after his parents bitter divorce. He doesn’t know what to do until he finds himself climbing up a tower and discovering a beautiful girl named Helena. At only 15 years old she has already witnessed tragedy forced to be locked away in a house for her mother’s sake. Neither of these two expected to find love and yet that is exactly what happens, until another tragedy strikes. Get ready for a wild ride with this one of a kind modern look at the fairytale known as Rapunzel!

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About Jordan Ford

Jordan Ford is a young adult romance author.

“Writing high school romances brings me the greatest joy. My heart bubbles, my insides zing, and I am at my happiest when immersed in a great scene with characters who have become real to me.”

Her first series, The Big Play Novels, is based on a high school football team in the fictional town of Nelson, Idaho.

“I’ve totally fallen in love with this team and the girls that win their hearts.”

Her second series, The Brotherhood Trilogy, delves into romantic suspense and she’s enjoyed delving into more intense stories still soaked in romance.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Review – Reckless Treasure by Cecily Wolfe

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Reckless Treasure by Cecily Wolfe
Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 24, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon / B&N

Synopsis

When her mother is sleeping with the man she loves, what’s a girl to do?

Francesca is weeks away from high school graduation and the hope of escaping her self-centered, grasping family – her trashy mother and hustling twin brother. While her crush on their older neighbor holds her attention, she is blind to what everyone else can clearly see, the love her best friend Mitch carries in his heart for her. When her dead grandmother’s high school boyfriend returns to town for his class reunion, his immediate attraction to Francesca is a game changer. Can Mr. Long – and his wealth – open up undreamed of opportunities for Francesca’s future, and at what price?

*adult content (sexual situations, language)

Review

I generously received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review…

Okay so I want to start off by saying that this story was not what I was expecting, not that it’s a bad thing though. Since this was my first Cecily Wolf book I had no clue what I was getting myself into, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! The story is told in multiple perspectives which was certainly an interesting aspect of the book because the readers are able to see what is happening from more then one side. Reckless Treasures is a relatively quick read (I finished in about two hours, but I can read pretty fast when I’m not interrupted) that will leave you questioning some things at the end, which makes the readers think. The author did a brilliant job developing characters, some you loved while others you wanted to give a good slap. Overall, I would certainly recommend this book and I will also be reading more from this author in the future!

About Cecily Wolfe

Ceci Wolfe writes whatever her characters tell her to write. A Harvest of Stars is realistic fiction about two teens dealing with abuse in a small Kentucky town. Throne of Grace is the first in a series of historical inspirational romances set in beautiful turn of the century Newport, Rhode Island. Reckless Treasure is a contemporary drama/romance retelling of a little-studied Henry James classic. That Night is about teens dealing with the heroin overdose death of a close friend. Her stories have been published (under a different name) in a variety of literary journals. She shares a Pinterest page with her sisters Alys and Katy at pinterest/alyswolfe and has book-specific playlists on Spotify as ceciwolfe. Facebook: @ceciwolfe

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

Review – Rather Be (Songbird #10) by Melissa Pearl

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Rather Be by Melissa Pearl
Series: Songbird #10 – Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2017
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Synopsis

ALL THE SONGBIRD NOVELS CAN BE READ AS STAND ALONE BOOKS.

Love can last a lifetime…

Best buds in high school, Charlotte (Charlie) Watson and Nixon Holloway were inseparable…until the summer after graduation, when things in their relationship shifted and it all fell apart.

Four years later, their paths cross at a snowbound New York airport, and it doesn’t take long for them to realize that time and distance has done nothing to extinguish the flame between them. But life has moved on. Nixon has a girlfriend, and Charlie must face up to the lasting consequences of what she let happen that dreadful summer.

In a secret attempt to make amends, Charlie suggests a spontaneous road trip from New York to LA. As usual, Nixon can’t resist her persuasive charm, so they hit the road together. But as the duo make their way across the country, they are both forced to face some honest truths about themselves, their present lives, and all of the unfulfilled dreams they’ve let slip by.

Each of them can see the course their lives are taking…but is there someplace else they’d rather be? And will they have the courage to fight for the person they would rather be with?

If you like a book that will make you laugh, shed a tear, and ultimately swoon…then pick up a copy of Rather Be and find out how Nixon and Charlie overcome the odds.

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Review

I literally just finished this story minutes ago, but I could not wait to write my review, so please bare with me just incase it’s a little gibberish

SO… Where do I even begin? I am literally speechless after finishing this magnificent book. I sadly must admit that when it came to finishing this book I was dragging my feet because I did not want the series to end. I have been following the Songbird series for years now, ever since the release of Fever, and it was a bittersweet moment to see it come to an end. Throughout the years whenever I needed a good cry or laugh this was my go to series because Melissa Pearl has managed to create something that makes you cry, laugh and smile all at the same time.

Rather Be was without a doubt the PERFECT send off novel for the Songbird series. Although these books are considered to be standalones, they’re all connected together in some way and are essentially set in the same world, a world that is intertwined from book to book. I have to say that it was exciting to see a ton of appearances from the previous SONGBIRD couples. This story blew way beyond my wildest expectations, which I will happily admit happens every single time I finish one of her stories. Melissa Pearl really knows how to surprise her readers every time and keep them on the edge of their seats in anticipation.

Charlie and Nixon’s story is a second chance romance about two people who were meant to be, but obstacles continued to stand in their way. Right from the start my attention was captured and I knew that this story was going to be epic. I absolutely adored how Melissa introduced us to these two amazing characters in the crowed airport where they find themselves grounded due to a freak snow storm…in the spring! While Nixon is anxious to get home, Charlie wants to extend their reunion by suggesting a road trip back to LA. I mean come on it was the perfect excuse to help them rediscover what they had lost only a few short years ago. Their journey is truly an amazing tale and don’t even get me started on the drama and that ENDING. Words can’t even begin to describe just how much I LOVED IT!

I guess since I don’t really want to give away too much of the story I am just going to leave my thoughts here and make sure to lock the spoilers away for some safe keeping. Once again I want to thank Melissa Pearl for another amazing read and thank you so much for the Advanced Readers Copy (although I did make sure to purchase my own copy too)!

About Melissa Pearl

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November 2011. Since then she has continued to produce a steady stream of books, ranging in genres from Fantasy to Romantic Suspense to Contemporary Romance. She loves the variety and is excited about the books she has coming out in 2016.

Connect with the author: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

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Review – Something in the Way (Something in the Way #1) by Jessica Hawkins

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Something in the Way by Jessica Hawkins
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Buy Now: Amazon / B&N / Kobo / iBooks

Synopsis

An epic, three-book saga of forbidden love coming 2017.

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.

I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.

Review

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What an extraordinary beginning to this epic three-book saga about forbidden love. Jessica Hawkins has managed to take her readers back to the 1990’s in this emotionally captivating story and reintroduce us to things like Pearl Jam and Pink Floyd. I literally felt as if I was transported back in time and was experiencing all the things Lake and Manning had. I just finished this book super early this morning (around 4:30am if we’re being accurate) when I should’ve been sleeping after a LONG day of work. But I WANTED to, no I NEEDED to finish this story before my mind would allow me to go to sleep.

After reading the first book, Something in the Way — which ended in a Cliffhanger of course — all I can say is that Jessica Hawkins has successfully left me in a trance and gave me the most epic book hanger ever. If I could have given this story a THOUSAND STARS, I would have without a doubt. I just have one question – IS IT MAY YET? I know, I know that it’s only three months away but I NEED the second book like yesterday! Can’t we just fast-forward the clock three months ahead? PLEASE!

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to have read a story from the extraordinary and talented Jessica Hawkins yet, Something in the Way, would be the perfect introduction to her amazing writing style and character development.

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About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Review – The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey

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The Broken One by Christine H. Bailey
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Buy Now: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Farris is picking up the pieces after the untimely death of her best friend. But even one year later, she can’t seem to find “normal” again—not until Lane Evans pops back into her life and pushes her to face reality.

When he offers her the chance to find the truth, Farris fears what will surface. Is it too much too soon or just what she needs to move forward?

Review

The Broken One is the first book that I’ve read from author Christine H. Bailey and I have to admit that I am impressed with the author’s writing style. This a relatively short book that can probably be read in one sitting if you enjoy reading books right away from the beginning to the end.

In this contemporary young adult book we meet sixteen-year-old Farris (can I just say that I absolutely adore unique character names so much — okay back to my review!) who is trying to rediscover herself after the unexpected death of her best friend. I felt that the author did an extraordinary job describing the pain she felt and how difficult it is to move on after someone close to you passes away. Depression is a terrible thing and is sometimes hard to explain properly, but I honestly believe that the author knew what she was doing.

Overall, I thought this was a well written book even though there were a few parts of the story that felt a little slow.

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About Christine H. Bailey

Christine H. Bailey teaches creative writing and written composition at a private university in west Tennessee. Before teaching English, Christine worked as a journalist, a marketing/public relations writer, and a freelance editor.

Connect with the author: Website | FacebookTwitter | Goodreads

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