ARC Review: Why They Run The Way They Do by Susan Perabo

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Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

Why They Run The Way They Do captured my attetion because of its title and cover. I just had to find out what it was about!

This collection of short stories not only has an interesting aspect but also an interesting content. Susan Perabo’s writting makes you want to find out everything about the story you’re reading right from the first few lines, just like a short story is supposed to! Each of this characters has their own strenght and their situtations often captures your heart right from the beggining.

In Why They Run The Way They Do you can read about characters with very diverse ages and even though I could understand every story’s plot, I do want to come back to this book once I’m older because there where a few (adult) characters I was unable to relate as much as with others. Nevertheless, this was a book that got me thinking a lot since every situtation is so truthfully described and realistic.

All in all, this is quite a worthy read, speacially if you’re into brutally honest daily life stories that will make you think about your own.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

“Why They Run The Way They Do” presents the reader with twelve short stories celebrating the everyday truths of people facing unusual or challenging situations…often of their own making. Two young students try their hand at blackmail upon learning an illicit secret; a woman grapples with feelings of betrayal after discovering her spinster sister’s pregnancy test; the ghost of a couple’s past comes back to haunt them in the form of their toddler’s stuffed toy.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: February 16th 2016
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Drama, Short Story
Page Count: 208
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Smart Girl by Rachel Hollis

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Book Rate:
 ★★★★★ (5/5)

Review:

I cried. I laughed and I cried with this book. Whenever a book makes me do both of those things it automatically becomes a 5 star book.

I had never read a book from Rachel Hollis before but I’m definitely going to check out more works of hers soon.

Starting off as a funny book with awesome and relatable characters, Smart Girl evolves to a strong story about knowing when to hold on and when to let go. This book is like a little thief that grabs your heart and attention without you even noticing it!

The Girls trilogy is a bit like Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss trilogy (which as you know didn’t really fulfill my expectations) so, even though I know some of you might shoot me, I’d just like to say that I found Rachel Hollis’ books to be better than Stephenie Perkins’. This is absolutely just my opinion and it’s super subjective and oh-god-please-don’t-kill-me-guyssssss!

I just thought Miko was so much like Cath in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl! One of the blurbs of this book should be “It’s as if Rainbow Rowell’s and Stephenie Perkins’ books had a baby.”!

Smart Girl portrays such an important and unique message that we rarely read about in other books. It’s about loving someone, connecting with them but identifying that they don’t love you the same way and they are stealing your energy everytime you try to make it work. They are not interest in you, they are interested in keeping you interested. It’s about knowing when to walk away and breaking your own heart. It’s about putting the pieces toguether and start better, fresher, bigger and more like yourself. Love yourself first.

Just became one of my favourites, no doubt! 100% recommend!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★★
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★★
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Brilliant designer Miko Jin is a hopeless romantic. She’s spent most of her life falling in love over and over again…with the men she finds in the pages of her favorite novels.

When Miko meets Liam Ashton, it’s love at first sight. At least, for her. Sure, the two of them are polar opposites, and yes, he seems to be dating someone new each week. But Miko knows what true love is and that you can’t rush it—after all, what she lacks in real-world experience, she makes up for in book smarts. With novels as her guide, and her best friends by her side, she knows she can get Liam to love her back. But just like any good romance novel, fate has a few plot twists in store.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication:  January 26th 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Page Count: 283
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Hello? by Liza M. Wiemer


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

Hello? was good. Hello? is one of those books right there in the middle, the perfect definition of “a good book”, “a nice book”.

Liza Wiemer created characters with very interesting backgrounds but very dull personalities. The way their pats intertwined and changed their futures was very well done, I can surely say the plot was really gripping from this point of view.

And the writing style? Oh, the writing style! I loved how each character had a specific writing style that represented their personality so incredibly. Excellent result!

My main problem with Hello? was the characters’ personalities… They all had this amazing stories and they all sounded very empty for someone who is overcoming their past and the fears that come with it… They all forgave in a heartbeat, like nothing had meaning, and they all moved on so all of a sudden! I didn’t feel comfortable reading about them, they didn’t strike me as strong characters when they should have, after all they’ve overcome just by themselves.

I have mixed feelings about this book and I’m not sure until what point would I recommend it… Maybe if you’re looking for a story that will thake your mind off something going on in your life, something creative but not life changing or mind blowing. Just an imaginative and different read.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

One “Hello?” can change a life. One “Hello?” can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, “Hello?” weaves together these five Wisconsin teens’ stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Date of Publication:  November 10th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Drama
Page Count: 400
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Review: Lois Lane: Cloudy With a Chance of Destruction by Gwenda Bond


Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

Acording to Goodreads: “This is an official teaser short story for the young adult novel Lois Lane: Fallout that takes place before Lois moves to Metropolis. Fallout is forthcoming (…) in May 2015.”.

Well, this short story got me really excited for Lois Lane: Fallout. We only get a sneak peek of the characters and a sense of where this story might go… but it’s enough! I have high expectations for this series and I’ll definitely pick it up. I just hope it is as good as this bit was, otherwise I think I’ll be really disappointed…

Lois sounds like a smart, kind and confident character and her world is pretty intriguing. Throughout these 18 pages I developed a serious need to figure out who SmallvilleGuy and what role he will play in Lois’ life.

I’m waiting for the series to come out but if it maintains its quality then I definitely recommend it!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

In a high school science class, Lois Lane must deal with some bad chemistry…

Publisher: Capstone
Date of Publication:  April 6th 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Short Story, Contemporary
Page Count: 18
Source: I was approved by the publisher on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Review: Under The Dusty Moon by Suzanne Sutherland


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

Do you guys know how we usually complaint that pretty much every contemporary young adult book has a main character whose problems and complexes derivate from a traumatic childhood experience or… from a bad relationship with their parents? Or or or that the parents are super secundary characters that almost never interfere with the story?

Well, brace yourselves for Under The Dusty Moon, because this is one of the best mum characters I’ve ever read about. Vic and Micky are truly best friends and it’s incredibly refreshing to read about a relationship like this, that is also very common in the real world and with which I related a lot to in some ways.

It’s true that Vic has problems because she suposedly “lives in her mum’s shadow” but it didn’t feel so much like that to me. I always saw Vic as her own person through the book, just someone who the older generations recognized as Micky Wayne’s daughter.

There were a few improvements I believe could have made Under The Dusty Moon a better reading, though. I felt like A LOT of good content was created but not explored, for example Shaun’s mums: their relationship with their with Shaun and his little brother would have been so interesting to read more about (not to talk about how Vic would fit in their family). Or Vic’s grandmother, there was also a lot that could be talked about regarding the whole “I care about my daughter but not my granddaughter” thing.

Overall I just felt like there was a lot of potential in this book that was mostly left unused. The storyline itself wasn’t such a big deal but I truly believe the refreshing and interesting characters could’ve made up for it…

Still it was an enjoyable book, I recommend if your looking for a light and fun reading.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

She’s with the band, whether she likes it or not.

Victoria is the sixteen-year-old only daughter of rocker Micky Wayne, whose band, Dusty Moon, took the world by storm when Micky was just a teenager. The band broke up, but, after years spent off the road, Micky’s solo career is finally starting to take off.

With her mum going off to tour in Japan, Vic is left to spend the summer under the care of her grandmother, and without her built-in best friend. Will a boy with a secret geek side and a group of feminist game-makers be enought to save the season? And will this summer change Vic in a way that will endager her relationship with her mum and best friend?

Publisher: Dundurn Press
Date of Publication:  February 16th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Page Count: 232
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: Double Down by Victoria Pratt


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

This is a high 3 stars book.

Double Down made me go through 6 stages while reading it, here they are:

  • Ok, let’s start this!
  • Oh nooooo, this is going to be one of those books so focused on the erotica part that they stop making sense……
  • Ups, guess I was wrong, this is actually getting interesting in a policial way
  • I’m pretty sure I know what’s the twist and who’s the killer
  • Ok, maybe I’m not entirely sure… But it’s someone from this group of people!
  • OOOOH SO DID NOT SEE THAT COMING

As you can see the plot was very entertaining but at the end of the book I knew it wasn’t a story that would mark me. Would I read a sequel tough? Yes, very probably.

The strongest aspect of Double Down, however, were its characters. Cassidy seriously rocks and her relationship with her best friend Bobbie is amazing (I loved loved their interactions). Every other characters is explored equally, what contributes a lot to you never having enough character knowledge to be sure a certain character is or isn’t the murderer, what contributes for this to be an awesome reading!

What I felt was lacking in Double Down and could’ve made it much better would have been a more carefully done description of each scene, the addition of a few “useless” details and characters in order to make the suspect’s pool even bigger and the important hints even harder to pick up on before they were revealed by the author would’ve been great too. I also would’ve given a bit more of personality depth both to Cassidy and Lorenzo, it sometimes felt like they were a bit too perfect (specially Lorenzo).

With that being said: definitely read Double Down if you’re looking for a quick, fun, kickass and a bit unpredictable policial!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★☆☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★☆☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

She’s catching bad guys–one lap dance at a time…

Cassidy Jones, is a fast-driving, sharp-shooting, man-loving ball buster with a loud laugh and boundary issues. She’s also really great at her job–a fact that is completely irrelevant to the good ol’ boys at the station.

When a local mobster ends up dead, Cassidy is on the case. But if she wants to catch the killer, she’s going to have to do it in a G-string and five-inch heels. Oh, and there’s the little detail that she’s fallen hard for the mobster’s brother…

Cassidy has to save herself and her reputation or risk losing everything.

Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Date of Publication:  October 26th 2015
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Policial, Erotica
Page Count: 280
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Hooked by Allen Wolf


Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

This got me hooked! Such an interesting read!

Allen Wolf brings us a refreshing tale with two very peculiar characters. And we all know I’m all about characters… And these were just excellent! It was so amazing to see Shawn and Violet’s relationship develop as well as their interactions with the different worlds they lived in and eventually mashed together.

I had never read a book about an autist before and I found it to be immensely interesting. By reading Hooked I not only learned a bit more about what this people face daily but also about other situations I wasn’t as aware of as I might have thought: prostitution. I think Allen Wolf managed to address these subjects in a very clear and realistic way. I do, although, also believe both Shawn’s and Violet’s particular situtations could’ve been explored even further in order to turn Hooked into a not so light read.

The storyline itself was good, lacking only the character exploration I just referred and which would, therefore, darken the plot a bit too. But overall it was still gripping in the way that the reader really cares about the characters and wants to find out if they get their “happily ever after” (either together or not).

A little note, Hooked has a lot of Catholic Church’s references. I know most people don’t mind reading about a different religion from their own (or their non-existing religion, if they are atheists like in my case) but if for some reason this might bug you I just thought I should tell you guys since it’s not specified in the book’s description.

Now to wrap this review up I proudly announce that I recommend Allen Wolf’s Hooked for all of you looking for a fun and different story with very lovable characters and which addresses very relevant subjects.

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★★☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★★☆
  • Cover ★★★☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

Desperate to find a soulmate, Shawn experiences one awkward date after another until he encounters the alluring Violet. He asks her out, but his autism prevents him from understanding she’s actually a prostitute.

Drawn in by his kindness, Violet appreciates Shawn’s quirky nature but conceals what she does after dark. Shawn soon imagines Violet could be his perfect wife while Violet thinks Shawn could be her ticket to a new life.

This tale of two misfits takes a dramatic turn when they face an unexpected crisis and their only hope for a future is to discover the courage that comes from truly loving someone.

Publisher: Morning Star Publishing
Date of Publication:  February 10th 2015
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama, Contemporary, Adult
Page Count: 238
Source: I was approved on Netgalley to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Love Line by Penny Drop


Book Rate: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

Review:

The last seven lines of Love Line were exactly what I needed to read.

Penny Drop wrote an enjoyable short story about a romance born on a daily train transfer to work. You get to know the main character as best as you can in a short story and find her quite relatable to. I personally found some of Catherine’s interactions with her friends pretty amusing too.

But then you read the synopsys (in the end of this post) and you’re waiting for the “suspense” bit… An you wait and you wait and then you think it’s coming and then you think it won’t not afterall. There’s only a few lines left to finish the book and you’re already thinking this has zero suspense, this is just the normal cutsie love story. AND THEN, in the last seven lines, BAM! You get the ending you wanted (or at least I needed) to nicely wrap up the storyline.

I do whish we had seen a tiny bit deeper into the romance development and there had been more suspense clues through the story for the reader to pick up on because that would’ve made Love Line‘s reading experience that much better. But that aside it was still a enjoyable read.

I recommend Love Line if you’re looking for a quick and amusing read!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★☆☆☆

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

When an accident on the London Underground throws Catherine into the arms of Marcus, a man that she has held a secret crush on for a year, a sensuous affair develops. 

Marcus appears to be the man of Catherine’s dreams until a shocking discovery threatens to destroy their relationship. Will their love endure or has Catherine unearthed more than she can bear?

Publisher: Penny Drop
Date of Publication:  September 17th 2015
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary, Thriller, Short Story
Page Count: 36
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Black Ice by Stephen Tesher


Book Rate: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Review:

I think this is officially the book rating I felt more conflicted about so far in my reading life.

On one hand I felt like some parts of the plot were a bit exaggerated and that there were fascinating characters and intereting situations that could’ve been explored further and weren’t. A quick example: David falls for a mysterious girl, Kris, by the end of the book we discover why Kris is so mysterious but throughout the story the reader doesn’t get the chance to feel as wrapped up in her “mysterish” aura as could be.

On the other hand: Oh My Feels! Black Ice has one of the most perfect endings I’ve ever read! I won’t give you a big and enthusiastic speech about it (even though I would love to) since this is a non-spoiler review but I’ll tell you the following: at the start of this book I was stuck with the idea that this story was a good representation of how hard it can be to move on from you first love. I finished it realising not only that but also how important it is that you free yourself. If a person is keeps telling you how he/she wants you but also that they can’t be with you right then, if you’re stuck in a vicious cycle because you really like them and feel unable to move on, you have to realize that they will never let you go. They like having you there fully commited even thought they’re not. You have to let go, you have to free yourself. And Black Ice presents the reader with an amazing prespective on this topic.

I loved it I loved it I loved it. The only reason I won’t give the fifth star really only has to do with a bit of character/situation exploration that lacked in my opinion and could’ve made this book a perfect read.

Nevertheless it is still an amazing read and I strongly recommend it!

I can do a book discussion about Black Ice‘s spoilery parts later on if some of you guys want it. So if you do just say the word!

Detailed Rating:

  • Plot ★★★★☆
  • Characters ★★★☆☆
  • Writing ★★★★☆
  • Pacing ★★★☆☆
  • Cover ★★★★★

Synopsis (adapted from goodreads):

David Fischer is slipping and he’s hoping to meet the perfect girl in order to fix that. Meanwhile David finds his escape in alcohol and drugs.

Then David meets Kris, a mysterious, sexy older woman, and his world is changed. But David discovers that the mysteries of Kris’ life may be darker than he’s ready for. 

Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of Publication:  October 27th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Drama
Page Count: 328
Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.