Review: Book: The Healer- Donna Freitas

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Title: The Healer 

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Donna Freitas

Publisher: Harper Teen

Genre: YA 

Page Count: 400 Pages

ISBN: 9780062662132

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Healer

Link to Goodreads: The Healer

Release Date: October 9, 2018

How I Got the Book: ARC

Summary of the Book:

Marlena Oliveira has—mysteriously, miraculously—been given the power to heal all kinds of ailments. People around the world believe she is a saint. But her power comes at a price: she can’t go to school, she can’t have friends her own age, and she certainly can’t date.

Then she meets Finn, a boy who makes her want to fall in love. For the first time, she begins to doubt whether her gift is worth all that she must give up to keep it.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest reviews. I have read books like this before but not to this extent. I know that she feels like she has to live by a lot of rules and the one that seems to be the most challenging is the one to not fall in love. That is when she meets Finn and she knows that falling in love is against the rules, but who can deny the hear what it wants. There is so much going on in Marlena life and she does not even know about some it. She is healing people and believing she is doing the right this, but her mother is charging people to be healed. There is so much going on and topics touched. I don’t want to give away too much. I did enjoy reading this. Get it for yourselves. Happy reading. 

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

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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

Review: Book: A Body’s Just as Dead- Cathy Adams

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Title: A Body’s Just as Dead

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: Cathy Adams

Publisher: SFK Press

Genre: Literary Fiction

Page Count: 332 Pages

ISBN: 9780997951875

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

Link to Amazon purchase page: A Body’s Just as Dead

Link to Goodreads: A Body’s Just as Dead

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

In the town of Drayton, Alabama, the once high-paying manufacturing jobs have been replaced by nail salons and bail bonds. Pete-O Hemper, a diabetic amputee in a wheelchair, feels betrayed by the America he once loved and believed in. On a steady diet of hate radio, he blames everyone around him for trying to remake his country into a place where men like him are no longer in control. Pete-O’s nephew, Robert, jailed on assault charges, is desperate for money and hatches a plan to rob a meth lab. Pete-O’s sister, Lilith Ann, struggles to hold everyone together when Pete-O brings a Chinese bride with a past as dark as his to America. Darkly funny, A Body’s Just as Dead captures the twenty-first century frustration of small-town families who feel the American Dream is in shreds and resent having to share its remnants with people who “aren’t like us.”

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. This book gives a small pictures of what is going on in America. While reading this I thought about the America I grew up in and comparing into this one and the current state of the world. It is a bit dark. I am not saying this is a bad book or anything like that. I do think the characters in this book were very real and couple relate that the world has really changed a lot. I don’t want to go to deep into it for I want to leave some meat of the story so that those that read it can discover what is really going on this book. I am still not sure how I feel about this all. IT has given me a lot to think about going forward. 

My Rating of the Book: 3 Stars

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: Accidental Shifter- E. J. Bennett

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Title:  Accidental Shifter

Series: Twisted Roots

Author’s Name: E. J. Bennett

Publisher: Self-Published

Genre: Paranormal Romance. 

Page Count: 148 Pages

ISBN:  B079QN2GSS

Author or Book Website: N/A 

Link to Amazon purchase page: Accidental Shifter

Link to Goodreads: Accidental Shifter

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

Jenna Jenson finds herself in a deadly situation that results in a chemical accident.
As she struggles to come to terms with the accident, secrets and lies start to reveal themselves.
Jenna searches for answers and soon doesn’t know who she can trust. Her family or her new found friends?
A legend in Dem’Say Woods is more than just a chilling tale and Jenna finds herself in the thick of it all.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this for a fair and honest review. This is a story of Jenna who takes it on herself while the rest of her family is off have date nights she decides to go to a party and that is just the start of her journey. When she is going home she is being chased and is attacked. She breaks into the building where her father works. This is where things get more complex she spills the contents of a beaker on herself. She starts to experience changes in herself. This is the first book I have read by this author. I am willing to read more.

My Rating of the Book: 4 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