Review: Book: Kiss Me in Paris- Catherine Rider

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Title: Kiss Me in Paris

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Catherine Rider

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Genre: YA

Page Count: 216 Pages

ISBN:  978-1771388672

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Kiss Me in Paris

Link to Goodreads: Kiss Me in Paris

Release Date: September 4, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Serena has just flown all the way to Paris for a special pre-Christmas weekend with her sister, Lara. They plan to retrace the steps of their parents’ long-ago honeymoon in Paris, and create a scrapbook for their bereaved mother to remember it by.

It’s supposed to be serious sister bonding…until Lara takes off with her boyfriend instead.

Jean-Luc is Serena’s Plan B, a friend of a friend of Lara’s, who has some space in a place where Serena can stay. Just like his latest relationship, his photography final has been an epic fail. He has one night to retake all his pictures if he is to stay in school.

Jean-Luc can’t stand Serena’s loud voice or her bright orange sneakers.

Serena can’t stand his haughty manners or the way his camera is always in her face.

Together, though, they set out into a cold night that will warm their hearts, creating unforgettable photos and fresh romantic sparks in the City of Lights.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I read the other book by this author and it was sweet. I got the same feeling from this book. It is a sweet and cozy story. Going from strangers to a little more on while they are on a little adventure. This one through Paris. I would not be very happy if my sister left me in some other country all by myself. I would be so mad. Serena does not let it her completely down. She is trying to follow the most romantic moments of her parents’ honeymoon. But she seems to do all right for herself and figures out the right clicks for Jean-Luc along the way. You will have to read it to find out what I am talking about. Happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

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Review: Book: The Finale- Leigh Walker

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Title: The Finale

Series: Vampire Royals #3

Author’s Name: Leigh Walker

Publisher: CMG Publishing

Genre: YA Vampires

Page Count: 197 Pages

ISBN: 1983172723 (ISBN13: 9781983172724)

Author or Book Website: https://www.leighwalkerbooks.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Finale

Link to Goodreads: The Finale

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

A ROYAL WEDDING IS COMING…BUT WHICH CONTESTANT WILL BE THE BRIDE?

Gwyneth West’s a finalist in The Pageant, the dating competition that’s gripping the settlements. Down to the final week, the dashing Prince Dallas Black will choose one young woman as his fiancé.
One small issue: Gwyneth’s a human and the prince is a vampire. What’s worse? Gwyneth’s family are sworn rebels, out to take back the settlements and overthrow the crown. What’s worse than that? Gwyn’s own rebel brother is a prisoner in the castle dungeons, but the king and queen don’t know his true identity.
Gwyneth and Dallas want to show the settlements that vampires and humans can live together in peace. But as their differences threaten to tear them apart, Gwyneth discovers her love puts the prince at risk.
How do you choose between love and duty? 

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have read and reviewed to two books that come before this one and there is another one that comes after it. I love Gwyn and Dallas. It does not matter what they are going through even when they have their doubts. There were parts that just broke my heart even through I had a good idea what was to come. I want them to be together and there is so much getting in their way. The rebels, her brother, one being a vampire and the other human, and the other contestants. It is a lot to take in. If you want to know how or if they over come it. Then you will have to grab a copy of this book. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: Shadows of Night- Barbara White

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Title: Shadows of Night

Series: Shadow Lords Series #1

Author’s Name: Barbara White

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Fantasy

Page Count: 633 Pages

ISBN:  1981051414

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Shadows of Night

Link to Goodreads: Shadows of Night

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

The Shadow Lords will return.
Sarah and David were orphaned at 2 yrs old on the same day when both Sarah’s parents and David’s parents died in a mysterious plane crash. Placed in an orphanage where they have lived a basically normal life for 12 years together, their lives are about to be suddenly and drastically changed when a confrontation with a school bully causes a frightening change in Sarah.
Transforming, out of rage, into a creature with blue skin, talons and wings begins both of their journey into a secret, fascinating world of winged people where magic is normal and myth is real…but even in this wondrous new world there are prophecies of a returning ancient evil. The Shadow Lords, whose dark magic and lust for power, can only be brought back by the blood magic of one particular pair. With the help of the Black Riders, whose goals are to free the Shadow Lords and their dark magic into the world, the prophecies are in danger of being fulfilled when it is found that it is Sarah and David’s blood they seek.
Thrown into a world where their blood is sought out for evil, there is still hope, as they are also the ones with the potential to destroy the Shadow Lords but first they must learn their own talents, magical strengths and power and they must join with five companions of their own kind before the Shadow Lords are released. They all must learn enough to lead the war against the Shadow Lords, Black Riders and their followers. Will they have the time, the skill, the strength, the power and the love to save them all?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not about how I felt about this book. I mean I have read books about similar but this book made me want to question what I know about the world. Ancient prophecies always have me wondering. I want to know where all of these prophecies are written down or who wrote them. I have to say I think that Sarah is my favorite character. I know that she goes through a lot with her friend David. They are orphaned at a young age and go into the system. They have to deal with a change in Sarah when she was trying to deal with a bully. IT changed all they knew about their world and what it lead them to that world and it’s dangers. If you want to find out what happens to them and about the prophecy you will have to read it for yourself. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Apple Pie Promises- Hillary Homzie

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Title: Apple Pie Promises

Series: Swirl

Author’s Name: Hillary Homzie

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genre: Middle Grade

Page Count: 256 Pages

ISBN: 151073922X (ISBN13: 9781510739222)

Author or Book Website: https://www.hillaryhomzie.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Apple Pie Promises

Link to Goodreads: Apple Pie Promises

Release Date: October 2, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC 

Summary of the Book:

Lily has lived with her mom since her parents got divorced several years ago, and her dad has recently remarried to a woman with a daughter her age named Hannah. But now, Lily’s mom has gotten a once-in-a-lifetime work opportunity in Africa and she’ll be gone for a year, so Lily is moving in with her dad–and new stepmom and new stepsister. It’ll be as easy as apple pie, right?

Wrong. Lily promises her dad that she’ll try to get along with everyone, but she is not happy about it. Her stepmom is nice, but she’s no replacement for her real mom, and Lily feels like she barely gets any one-on-one time with her dad anymore.

The real problem, though, is Hannah. What starts out as tension between the new stepsisters becomes a full-on war, both at home and at school. Harmless pranks turn into total sabotage. Can Lily survive the year–or is her family fractured beyond repair?

My Personal Review: Lily has lived with her mom since her parents got divorced several years ago, and her dad has recently remarried to a woman with a daughter her age named Hannah. But now, Lily’s mom has gotten a once-in-a-lifetime work opportunity in Africa and she’ll be gone for a year, so Lily is moving in with her dad–and new stepmom and new stepsister. It’ll be as easy as apple pie, right?

Wrong. Lily promises her dad that she’ll try to get along with everyone, but she is not happy about it. Her stepmom is nice, but she’s no replacement for her real mom, and Lily feels like she barely gets any one-on-one time with her dad anymore.

The real problem, though, is Hannah. What starts out as tension between the new stepsisters becomes a full-on war, both at home and at school. Harmless pranks turn into total sabotage. Can Lily survive the year–or is her family fractured beyond repair?

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: The Secret of Zoone- Lee Edward Fodi

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Title: Secret of Zoone

Series: The Books of Zoone #1

Author’s Name: Lee Edward Fodi

Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers

Genre: Fantasy and Magic

Page Count: 352 Pages

ISBN:  9780062845269, 0062845268

Author or Book Website: leefodi.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Secret of Zoone

Link to Goodreads: The Secret of Zoone

Release Date: March 5, 2019

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Welcome to Zoone: crossroads of the multiverse. Fans of Diana Wynne Jones and Lisa McMann are sure to be enchanted by this whimsical escapade through infinite portals to new—and sometimes perilous—lands.
When a blue winged tiger—a skyger—appears on Ozzie’s sofa, he can tell he’s in for an adventure. He’s thrilled to follow the big cat, Tug, through a secret door in the basement and into Zoone, the bustling Grand Central Terminal of the universe, where hundreds of doors act as gateways to fantastic and wonderful worlds.

But some doors also hide dangers—and when the portal back to Earth explodes behind him, Ozzie gets more than the adventure he bargained for. In a station full of wizards, creepy-crawlies, and the occasional cursed princess, Ozzie has to find a way to repair his door…and maybe save the multiverse in the process.

Book one of this new tween fantasy series beckons readers through a magical doorway and into a world brimming with colorful characters, magical mayhem, and endless adventure.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. First off I have to say just how cute and sweet and adventurous this book is. I did not read a lot of books as a child about portals. But I wish this book had been around when I was that age. I have to say that Tug the skyger is my favorite character. What is not to like. He is a winged blue tiger. The station with all of the door was just amazing and detail made it feel like I was right there. I know this book does not come out for a long while yet, but I am so ready for the next one in the series. There are a lot of crazy and amazing characters, locations, and twists that just make you want to keep turning the pages. So grab a copy of this wondrous book once it comes out. 

My Rating of the Book: 5 Stars

Review: Book: Someone I Used to Know- Patty Blount

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Title: Someone I Used to Know

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Patty Blount

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: YA

Page Count: 384 Pages

ISBN: 1492632813 (ISBN13: 9781492632818)

Author or Book Website: http://www.pattyblount.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Someone I Used to Know

Link to Goodreads: Someone I Used to Know

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

TRIGGER WARNING: Boys will be boys is never an excuse.

It’s been two years since the night that changed Ashley’s life. Two years since she was raped by her brother’s teammate. And a year since she sat in a court and watched as he was given a slap-on-the-wrist sentence. But the years have done nothing to stop the pain or lessen the crippling panic attacks that make her feel like she’s living a half-life.

It’s been two years of hell for Derek. His family is totally messed up and he and his sister are barely speaking. He knows she partially blames him for what happened, and totally blames him for how he handled the aftermath. Now at college, he has to come to terms with what happened, and the rape culture that he was inadvertently a part of that destroyed his sister’s life.

When it all comes to a head at Thanksgiving, Derek and Ashley have to decide if their relationship is able to be saved. And if their family can ever be whole again.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I was not how I would read this. I was worried it would be triggered. It was a bit hard for me to read and I would not sure how I would handling all that she went through in this book. That line that is listed at the top of the summary. I have here this phrase in my own life for a situation when I was in junior high. So I have a lot of feeling for Ashley and what happened to her. I did not like how it was handle but that is very true to reality. I was not sure about how the family and brother handled it. I am trembling a little as I write this. I do recommend this book. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Ink and Ivy- Sara Martin

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Title: Ink and Ivy

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Sara Martin

Publisher: Westwell Press

Genre: YA

Page Count: 256 Pages

ISBN: 0473436159 (ISBN13: 9780473436155)

Author or Book Website: https://www.saramartinauthor.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Ink and Ivy

Link to Goodreads: Ink and Ivy

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: ARC/ Review copy

Summary of the Book:

Good girl Ivy Beckett has her life mapped out in a neat checklist: Graduate high school, study law at a top university, secure a lucrative career. So far everything’s going to plan, so why does her future leave her feeling vaguely nauseous?

When an autumn storm sends the seventeen-year-old running for cover inside an old antique store, Ivy is transported to another world. A world that includes an eccentric shop owner and her enigmatic nephew Julian, a gifted artist. If Julian’s talent is to see beauty, Ivy was born to capture it in words, and her new friends trigger a wave of creative inspiration that leaves her heart humming like never before.

Her parents, however, are not so enamoured. Ivy’s dreams are finally starting to crystallise, but she will be forced to make an impossible choice—between the past she’s always known, and a future that might only be an illusion.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.  I love the word usage in this book. I love the characters Ivy and Julian. This book gave me such a creative vibe. The story between to of them is amazing and it a wonderful coming of age story. I love the New Zealand vibe that it has. If you are wondering why I said that I think it is because that is where the author is from. This is her debut novel and it is an amazing read. I am trying not to give anything way for this way a fun and easy read. I think this a great book for teenage and good for YA genre. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars