Review: Book: Pride- Ibi Zoboi

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Title: Pride 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Ibi Zoboi

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Genre: Romance Retelling

Page Count: 304 Pages

ISBN: 9780062564078

Author or Book Website: http://ibizoboi.net/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Pride

Link to Goodreads: Pride

Release Date: September 18, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I know this story well for my sister is a huge fan of the original and being twins she had to tell me all about it. Now this version is well done and at times made my giggle to myself. It has all the classic touches of the original story with a little flavor added in. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would it. That is a good thing. I have really been in to re-tellings and remixes of the classic stories and this is one of the better ones. Grab a copy for yourself and happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

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Review: Book: Jake, Lucid Dreamer- David J. Naiman

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Title: Jake, Lucid Dreamer

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: David J. Naiman

Publisher: Kwill Books

Genre: YA/MG Coming of Age 

Page Count: 190 Pages

ISBN: 9788494754882

Author or Book Website: http://davidjnaiman.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Jake, Lucid Dreamer

Link to Goodreads: Jake, Lucid Dreamer

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

12-year-old Jake has been suppressing his heartbreak over the loss of his mother for the past four years. But his emotions have a way of haunting his dreams and bubbling to the surface when he least expects it. When Jake learns how to take control in his dreams, he becomes a lucid dreamer, and that’s when the battle really heats up.

Using his wits to dodge bullies by day and a nefarious kangaroo hopping ever closer by night, Jake learns about loss, bravery, the power of love, and how you cannot fully heal until you face your greatest fear. This uncompromising novel is a magical yet honest exploration of emotional healing after a devastating loss.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. When I received this book from the author I was so excited. I am glad the author picked me to read this books. This book was very well written and it had my emotions all over the place. I felt a lot for Jake and there were times I got a little angry that he did not seem to notice his father and sister were suffering too. I know that he was going through a lot. Like the bullying during the day and the dreams that he is learning to controlling during the night. This book made me feel so much and I know the loss of a parent. It made me relate to this book more. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

Review: Book: Perfect Harmony- Emily Albright

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Title: Perfect Harmony

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Emily Albright

Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Genre: YA Romance

Page Count: 233 Pages

ISBN: 194499582X (ISBN13: 9781944995829)

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: Perfect Harmony

Link to Goodreads: Perfect Harmony

Release Date: September 25, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist―she’d never settle for anything less. Determined to get into the nation’s most prestigious music college, nothing’s going to stand in her way . . . Until her senior year of high school when a new guy from a fancy New York conservatory transfers to her school.

Declan Brogan’s cocky, and he knows how amazing he is at the cello. He has every intention of knocking Pippa out of first chair and showing her who really belongs on top. Forced together when assigned a duet, their personal competition and mutual dislike transform into a teasing friendship.

Torn between her childhood crush and the boy who threatens her dreams, Pippa finds herself at risk of losing her best friend, her future, and the boy who makes her heart melt. Struggling to make things right, Pippa discovers that sometimes the thing you want the most doesn’t always end up being the thing you need.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I think this story of Pippa and Declan is sweet and kind of funny. It is a YA of enemies to friends to crush and maybe love. I love the rivalry between the two and that turns to this crazy kind of friendship. But Pippa is not sure what to do with all the feelings that is being inspired by Declan. It cause a lot of worries and fears for her. There is a lot for her to work out and make decisions on what is important and how much she wants to follow her heart. I did enjoy that each chapter ended with a musical quote. It added something to it. I also enjoyed that the author made a playlist for this book. I found it on her website and wish I had discovered it while reading the book. That is all for now what to know what happens grab a copy when the book goes live. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Broken Arrow- Azaria Durant

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Title: Broken Arrow

Series: Darkened Destiny Saga #1

Author’s Name: Azaria Durant

Publisher:  Imperatrix Publishing

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 498 Pages

ISBN: 9781775331117

Author or Book Website: https://www.inkitt.com/azariadurant

Link to Amazon purchase page: Broken Arrow

Link to Goodreads: Broken Arrow

Release Date: July 29, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

An ancient power long kept dormant stirs in the shadows once more as one boy embarks on a quest to earn his freedom and the freedom of his land!

Magic has turned to myth, the Vaelhyreans of old are naught but legend, and the power of the ancients has long been forgotten. However, with Ealdred, a mere half-breed slave boy, myth becomes real, the forgotten remembered, and the power of legend is reborn.

Sold into slavery at birth, Ealdred has grown accustomed to his bleak existence, only dreaming of a life he can call his own. One day Ealdred is suddenly thrown into a world of mystery, brimming with deceit, where the remaining Vaelhyreans are in a desperate fight for their very survival. When Ealdred is kidnapped by the power-mongering dark lord Zeldek, he must make a choice: commit his newfound magic to Zeldek’s service or die. But when he meets Bellator, Zeldek’s clever yet treacherous servant, an alternative is presented to him: escape from Zeldek’s stronghold and embark on a quest to find a cursed arrow and free the Vaelhyreans from the spell that keeps their powers at bay.

Yet how can he survive in a world where magic is illegal, half-breeds are hated, and the four countries are on the brink of destroying one another?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. The pacing of this tale kept me turning the pages from page one until I closed the back cover a couple of hours later. I loved the world building and how the characters pulled you along on their journey. I sometimes have an issue with some fantasy. But I found all the answers I needed and the tale was put together very well. The POVs of the characters are sharp and clear. This makes it very easy to follow the story and who’s voice is telling this part of the story. I enjoyed it and can’t wait to see what come in the next one. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Fetish Girl- Bella Levey

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Title: Fetish Girl

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Bella LeVey

Publisher: She Writes Press

Genre: Memoir/Erotica 

Page Count:

ISBN:  B0798MPL5S

Author or Book Website: https://bellalavey.com

Link to Amazon purchase page: Fetish Girl

Link to Goodreads: Fetish Girl

Release Date: November 13, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Fetish Girl is a kinky roller coaster ride through addiction, violence, motherhood, sex, and the creation of Evil Kitty, Bella LaVey’s larger-than-life dominatrix persona. It is a singular memoir that shows that a heavily tatted BDSM sex worker can be courageous enough to come to terms with her painful truths and raise a healthy, loving child, even as she remains boldly sexual and authentic. It’s the story of a woman attracted to extremes who is willing to go to great lengths to uncover and make peace with her true nature.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book gave me a sense of empowerment and healing. It tells the story of one woman and her struggles and journey to finding what makes her who she is and how she defined her life. I think that it takes bravery and understanding of one’s self to be able to write something that is so close to one’s soul. I was not really sure where this book would take me when I started to read it, but it took me on the path one woman took to find herself and do what she could for her child as a single mother. I am glad that I was allowed to read this book. It touched me and made me see the world through a different set of eyes. Thank to the author and publisher for allowing me to experience this tale. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Phantom Wheel- Tracy Deebs

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Title: Phantom Wheel

Series: Hackers #1

Author’s Name: Tracy Deebs

Publisher: Little Brown Books For Young Readers

Genre: YA/ Action and Adventure

Page Count: 416 Pages

ISBN: 1549167936 (ISBN13: 9781549167935)

Author or Book Website: N/A

Link to Amazon purchase page: Phantom Wheel

Link to Goodreads: Phantom Wheel

Release Date: October 16, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Believing they have been recruited by the CIA, six teen hackers arrive in LA for a hacking aptitude test with the promise of a college scholarship and a job with the CIA after graduation. But one of the teens, Owen, walks out, refusing to participate. The other five decide to stay and complete the tests. When they finish, they leave feeling equally accomplished and unnerved.
Then silence-until they receive a text from Owen: You’ve been played. He’s uncovered evidence that the hackers created “Phantom Wheel,” the most devastating virus ever made. Jacento, the corporation behind it all, plans to use this virus to gain unprecedented access to personal data. And that’s just the beginning of the devastation. Can the teen hackers stop Phantom Wheel-and protect their own secrets from being revealed-before it’s too late?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have been in love with things about hackers and computer active world since I saw and read the book Hackers. This book was an adventure that I just had to go on. It show that a lot can be accomplished when you recognize that you have made a mistake and with their talents what they can do to make up for those mistakes and make a better world. It was not all smooth sailing there are some feuds on who is right and wrong and how it all turns out. I think there is room for a sequel and I am ready and waiting to read that. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars

Review: Book: Pumpkin Spice Secrets- Hillary Homzie

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Title: Pumpkin Spice Secrets

Series: Swirl #1

Author’s Name: Hillary Homzie

Publisher: Sky Pony Press

Genre: Middle Grade

Page Count: 250 Pages

ISBN: 9781510730076

Author or Book Website: http://hillaryhomzie.com/

Link to Amazon purchase page: Pumpkin Spice Secrets

Link to Goodreads: Pumpkin Spice Secrets

Release Date: N/A 

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Just as Maddie picks up her favorite pumpkin spice drink from the coffee shop counter, she spills it all over the cute guy standing behind her! Luckily, her embarrassment evaporates into a crush when she starts chatting with him — his name is Jacob, and he’s just starting in her grade at her middle school.

But before Maddie can tell her best friend Jana about him at lunch the next day, Jana announces her huge new crush — on the same guy! Maddie doesn’t want to cause trouble, so she keeps her feelings hidden. Jana will get over her crush soon, right?

Add major school stress to Maddie’s secret, and it’s a recipe for disaster. Can she keep her cool and work things out with both Jacob and Jana before it all turns into a total mess?

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I love the coffee theme for this and how Maddie love pumpkin spice anything like her frappe and muffin with her sister. Then the accident with the cute boy. She really wants to tell her friend about her crush but she finds out her best friend has a crush on the same boy. So Maddie pretends not to have a crush and it causes some problems between the two of them. The stress becomes a lot for them to take. This is a cute and fun paced easy read. I enjoyed it a lot. I remember when I was that age. Did not drink coffee than or now, but I loved my different teas like cranberry. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 1/2 Stars