Famous by Default by M.K. Harkins review

Rock stars – or the brother of three rock stars. At first I didn’t want to read the book because I’d rather read about the rock stars rather than the one not in the spotlight, but I’m glad I picked it up and started it – because once I did that, I couldn’t stop.

All the characters were so easy to love, and Jax, most of all. His family was also a blast, though a little on the weird and adorable side – I still have no complaints.

Sivan, on the other hand, was weird in her own way. Struggling with her losses and the things she had been through, she wore those on her sleeves, which is why I didn’t connect with her much. I liked her as the heroine – she had a backbone and would stand up for herself and funny, but her walls were her down falls for me. And up to the last chapters, I didn’t feel that she deserved Jax because after the accident and thinking she lost Jax, she treated him like nothing and mourned by herself. That was a BIG letdown of her character for me.

This book really put me on a spin, in a really good way. There were good laughs, and awful tears, but most of all; I’m hopeful that this isn’t the last book with these characters. Hopefully, the author will write about the other Jayne brothers, I’m sure I would love that. They were a blast and I want more!

 

4 Adorable Stars

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Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman review

When I first read Adorkable, I got hooked. So seeing as Ash from Adorkable will be here in Ninja Girl also, of course I got baited to read it. And I am so glad I did.
This book made me feel like I dropped into a multi-cultural world. It was interesting and as weird as it somewhat came out in a few scenes, I just can’t help but enjoy it. It was good.
This book would be perfect for teenagers who love to read fan fictions and Wattpad. Not only does this have a handsome, popular, jock hero – this book has a tough, kick-ass heroine, hence the title of ‘Ninja Girl’.
There’s just a right amount of feels, bad-ass-ery, and romance in this book with an extra kick of suspense and mystery.

4 stars

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Wife, For a While by Lorna Baldwin review

What’s weirder than planning a wedding for a man without a fiance? Agreeing to be his fiance.”

When I got the request to review this book, I was giddy to start it since the plotline is one I mostly read. One of my favorite concepts, really. So when I received the book, I dug in almost immediately.

The thing about the wealthy man looking for a bride-for-hire is that it’s almost like a Cinderella story. You’d also have an almost Fifty Shades concept in there somewhere what with the rich throwing their weight around. This story is no different, but what makes this book distinctive are the characters in it.

Our heroine, Jolene, is a feisty one. And I really liked her from the first few chapters I read. She just doesn’t take any shit from anyone, and definitely has a good head on her shoulders.

Our hero, Benton, on the other hand, I have a lot of reservations about. A billionaire whose work was mostly to party and fool around, I’m not sure by the end of the story if he kicked his habit ‘cause I’m not sure it was mentioned in the book (if it was, I missed it). I also didn’t like that he didn’t work for what he mostly had. He had a charity set up, sure – but he really didn’t work. Old money or not, I’m not that ‘charmed’ with him. But kudos to him, he won me over some with his surprise wedding gift too.

The book, overall, was really good. When I started it, it was a bit wordy for my tastes that I thought the characters would get lost in their own heads, but that wasn’t really the case. It was a bit too descriptive, but in a good way.

Now the story was really interesting and sweet. There really wasn’t that big of a fight in the climax, but I sort of liked it that way. I also liked the fact that the characters really talked and settled their misunderstandings rather than have the space and distance thing that would complicate things.

I don’t believe their story is over yet. I, for one, wanted a very good epilogue down the road, maybe a ‘years later’ sort of thing. Some issues also needed closure, like Benton’s habit, will he eventually work, will Jolene be really accepted by not only his family but his social class – those sort of issues.

If you love Melody Anne, Ruth Cardello and Jessica Clare, then you’ll love Lorna Baldwin too. I truly can’t believe this is the author’s first book, it’s written very well. . I believe the author also hints of a second book, but maybe for Lars? And I’m really looking forward for it, I also hope we see this couple in there too to get a glimpse of their future.

 

4 Delightful Stars

 

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Paper Princess by Erin Watt review

I heard a lot about this series and it got me curious so I decided to read it. I must say they weren’t wrong to rave about this; it’s good – so good that I couldn’t put it down.

 

There were so many things going on here, a lot of twists and surprises that it was like a Japanese or Korean drama unfolding and I was so giddy I kept devouring it until I reached the painful cliffhanger on the last page. And was I glad that I started this with the whole series already complete.

 

The Royals. They were so easy to love. Even with the cold shoulders they were giving off, I couldn’t help but be drawn to their complexity. And Ella, a heroine with a backbone and a brain. I loved her from the start even with all the ironies presented – she just kept on through.

 

Paper Princess is a mix of the modern Cinderella tale with modern royalty and the complications that come with the rich and powerful. This book is about loss, love, friendship and family.

 

4 Excessive Stars

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Stay by Emily Evans review

“You said you don’t want to look at me across a family table if we break up.”
“I don’t want to look over at you at the same table and think we didn’t even try.”

I’ve read several Emily Evans book and this one did not disappoint.
It’s a different one though, than what I have read from her, but also similar – if that makes any sense.
There’s not much angst in here like what we get in high school themed books, but we have two very good lead characters here which makes the trouble and anxiety aspect not really necessary.
Rich guy, jock, cheerleader, and living together? It’s like an awesome anime coming to life in the pages of the book. It was very entertaining; especially since our heroine sort of has no filter on her which makes her a bit naïve but you will still like her.
I’d like to know Niko and Hope’s history though. Their love was really evident throughout the book and I can’t help but wonder if they already had a book or if one is in the works as a prologue? I hope so.

 

Set in high school, this book is about family, friendship, rules and consequences, new beginnings and love. Perfect for the hopeless teenage romantics who like to read fan fiction. 😉

 

4 Greek Stars

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Iron King by Julie Kagawa

One world, Two realms.

Two kingdoms. Three Hearts.

 

This series had been on my bookshelf for a while. I finally picked it up the other day and I cannot believe I never thought to open this series until recently.

 

I did not expect to be blown away from the first book of the series alone. It was so easy to envision this world because it’s mostly a mix of every imagination we have, every fairytale and story in history mixed into the modern world that you can just picture it on your mind and get drawn in.

From the characters down to the different worlds, I seriously have no complaints. Even my hatred for love triangles, which was evident in the plot, cannot dim the high I got from reading this book. And oh, the characters were so easy to love. I look forward to the mention of Ash and Puck since those two made the book really fun to read.

“Do not lose your heart to a faery prince. It never ends well.”

For those looking for young adult, paranormal romance – look no further. Iron Fey series is definitely a must read.

 

5 Puck stars

 

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Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova review

From the creator of Air Awakens series, comes another unique world, a Kick-ass heroine, and a thrilling quest.

Alchemists of Loom. The book started really slow for me. Maybe it is because we are being introduced to another new world that I found it difficult to get sucked into the book, but the first chapters were a bit confusing and rough. Since I was reading on the kindle version, the introductions on the class system they had in this world was not on the first few pages of the copy. So I had no idea what I was getting into, no ‘legend’ to base on what these characters were talking about, how the names of the Dragons should have been said, or what kind of people they are. It was hard to relate to the story those first few parts of the book. (Later, I found these things at the last part of the book – and since I don’t really skip to the last parts when I read, I wished it still placed on the first few pages of the book. I suggest you look into that before starting this one to help you get into the story.)

Further into the book though, I had the hang of it. Though still barely grasping this new world, you will get the gist of the quest and will get fond of our new heroes.

A Dragon King’s reign, a dragon’s dream world, and a woman’s vengeance. This book has a lot of twists and surprises. Don’t forget the author’s penchant for cliffhangers because she will really make you curious for what comes next.

I must say Elise Kova has a knack of creating new worlds. Definitely a world young adult and fantasy seekers out there should venture into.

 

4 tattooed stars

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If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram review

I don’t think fate controls us. I think it just makes sure certain things happen. What we do with the opportunities it gives us is up to us.

Kelly Oram has done it again! Every time I read one of her books, I just don’t like it – I freaking love it!

If We Were a Movie. If the title is not enough to pique your interest, the plot sure will. Our hero, Nate, is a talented musician, one of triplets and unexpectedly meets a meddling matchmaker. He also moves in to an apartment to get away from his brothers after all the trouble they send his way. Enter Jordan, his new roommate – who is a girl.

Fate simply has a way of working things out. When it hands you a gift, don’t question it; just take it.

Nate. The book is told in his perspective which is different if you’re used to reading in a girl’s point of view, but it really works with this book and makes it more interesting. Our hero is a bit soft-hearted which I think also makes him easy to pushover looking at his history with his psycho girlfriend and his brothers. Even though he has a bit of a habit being indecisive, his loyalty and his heart are two of his most redeeming qualities.

Jordan. If there’s ever a nearly perfect heroine, she would be it. I just couldn’t find anything wrong with her aside from her penchant of choosing the wrong guys. She was the perfect girl for Nate and Pearl, our matchmaker has hit it on the head making their match.

The characters in this book are easy to love, except for one and that is the psycho ex. I wish justice was served for what she did. Besides her, the rest added color to the book with different personalities, especially Nate’s brothers and Colin. I wish this book would be made part of a series wherein we get to see Nate’s brothers finding love as well.

Epilogue. It was the perfect ending, although I wished it was set years later as it is a bit unrealistic they end there at their age. But, true to the title, it ends like it would if you were in a movie.

Sometimes you need bittersweet in order to appreciate all those sugary endings you love so much.

Perfect for movie lovers, and the hopeless romantics. You will surely devour it in one sitting like I did. Matchmaking, musicians, roommates, and a whole bunch of movies to go along with it – this book is a must read.

5 cinematic stars

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My Favorite Love By GL Snodgrass review

My Favorite Love is full of delightful events and sweet moments between the characters that will definitely melt your hearts. It is a light read and very well-written, plus you can feel the chemistry between the main characters chapter by chapter. If I were to complain of one thing, it’s that it was just too short.

But I am very glad that this is a series of standalones with The Lakeland Boys – but hopefully we can still read about glimpses of Jason and Amber in the next books.

 

The new girl and the golden boy in a pretend relationship. Another adorable read for the teens!

 

4stars

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My Bad Boy Neighbor By Desirae Clark review

I just stumbled upon this book and the blurb got me very interested. The popular bad boy neighbor next to the good girl loser. Who wouldn’t be interested in that right?

I liked the book. Excusing the grammatical errors and etc., I honestly couldn’t put it down and devoured it in just a few hours because it was pretty entertaining – aside from the fact that the heroine, Astrid, has a lot of issues in her life that needs to be addressed. I also liked our bad boy resident, he was really cool and aside from his playboy tendencies – he has a really soft spot which he chose to hide from others except Astrid.

Like I said, I really liked the book, but it started to fall apart in the middle of the story. It got messy and weird. There were bets made, fights broke out and just a lot of parties with drinking that weren’t even significant much. And what I disliked the most about the book was its abrupt ending. I mean come on, just as it was starting to get good again and nearing the end of the book, another bomb exploded and the girl just fled. That’s pretty lame.
And don’t get me started about the next book – why? Because I couldn’t find it. I checked every book site I know, and Wattpad if it’s still there… Poof, it’s gone! So I’m left with a very bad cliffhanger and I’m seriously pissed about the ending. It just didn’t make sense and I wanted to read the next book to understand it but no, it’s been pulled from the sites. -_- (If anyone knows where to find it, please link below. I’m really curious as to what happens… )

3 stars

 

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