When It’s Real

Author: Erin Watt

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult

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Goodreads Summary:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend. 

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Spoiler free Summary:

During christmas time I was reading about the suggested books by one of the publishing houses that I follow on Instagram. I came across this one and fell in love. I knew right away that I had to read it.

Have you ever read fanfiction? If you answered yes then you will totally get what I am about to say! Since I was 16 I have been very into fanfiction, particularly Mortal Instruments fanfiction. While reading all of them, you begin to notice somewhat of a them throughout all of them. They are usually going along with the story, having a pregnancy scandal, or have something to do with a band. I always love when the main male character was in a band and the normal girl main character fell in love with him. If you are like me then this is the book for you! I was finally able to live my favorite fanficition in novel form.

This book honestly had everything that I needed in life. I LOVE the plot line. This book has a sassy main character, bickering, love, and what we all need most: a happy ending. This was the perfect book for me to read after finishing a very long book, helping me not fall into a reading slump.

The main character (Oakley) is your typical star. When reading about him during multiple points in the book I just kept thinking of Justin Bieber. Especially when she mentioned his vogue cover in his underwear. Or I guess it could also be like Nick Jonas. He needs to fix his reputation and what better way than to get a normal down to earth girl to pretend to be his girlfriend for a year. It sounds like the perfect plan, but the thing with perfect plans is that they never quite end up going how you wish.

Honestly, one of my favorite parts about this novel is how she incorporated social media. I feel like it is such a large part of todays society, especially when you are talking about big celebrities. What amazed me is that she even made up twitter handles! They were quite wonderful and it really helped the imagination picture the twitter conversations that was happening between the two characters twitters.

I would definitely read this again, I loved it that much. Please do me a favor and go pick this book up ASAP!

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the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hadkin

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, and Romance

Cover Rating: 4/5

Aesthetically, I thought this cover was beautiful. I loved the underwater aspect, it was almost as if she was drowning in all of her hardships and life and she needs saving. Though I didn’t feel like it tied into the book as well as it could of. It would have gotten a 5 if it would have tied into the novel well and been as beautiful as it is!

Goodreads Summary:

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. 

She’s wrong.

Spoiler free Summary:

This book has been in my Goodreads want to read section since I was in high school. I am now graduated from college… ya it has been there for awhile. I never actually read it back them because from the description I thought that it didn’t sound much like something that I would typically read. Though I was recently on Book Outlet buying books, as I usually am, and saw it and it was cheap and heck I put it in my cart. Then yesterday everyone on twitter made the decision for me, it was finally time to read it. I finished it in about 12 hours (counting sleeping)!

The book starts off a bit slow because it is just the main character, Mara, waking up in a hospital bed and not knowing how she got there. It is mostly explanations and introductions in the beginning. Things start to spice up when she moves to a new town and starts at a new school. First she meets Jamie, a sweet and somewhat nerdy guuy a bit on the short side. She likes him because he does not adhere to the societal standards that the other students have set at this private school. She has been through much trauma and doesn’t want to be around any pretty bichachos. Thing start to look up for her. Then she meets Noah, the school’s bad boy, he is everything she shouldn’t want but does. Things start to get super good at this point, I couldn’t put my book until I finished at this point. you will have to pick it up to find out what happens next!

This book was suspenseful, mysterious, and wonderful. It was the book that I didn’t know that I needed to read. DO NOT JUDGE BY BOOK BY DESCRIPTION. For years I didn’t read this because I thought that the description didn’t sound much like a book that I would typically read. Man was I wrong! This was exactly my cup of tea. I would definitely suggest this to any lovers of paranormal and mysterious reads. This book will draw you in with the mystery and you won’t want to put it down until the very last word!

I already ordered the next two books in the series. I will have the reviews of them up as soon as I can! Michelle Hadkins is an amazing writer and I am definitely going to read everything by her. Go read this book!

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Wonder Woman Spoiler Free Review

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics/Superheroes

Cover Rating: 5/5

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I loved everything about this cover! The first thing that I noticed when I looked at this cover was that her wrists and the star on her forehead were shining. I love that this detail was accentuated because those two things are a big part in the actual book. Then the water and the cliffs were in the background and were obviously meant to be themyscera. It really helped to see this on the cover for people who have never seen the movie and don’t realize what themyscera looks like. Then the last thing I loved was that it had the wonder woman logo that took up a large portion of the book and the colors made it look awesome! Whoever designed this cover art was a mastermind!

Goodreads Summary:

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

Spoiler Free Review:

As everyone knows, wonder woman is a very hot topic right now. This is because this year the wonder woman movie was released. if you saw it, you know that it is awesome! If you haven’t seen it, I would suggest going and watching it immediately. The movie is actually one of the reasons that I really wanted to read this book. I wonder if Leigh Bardugo planned it coming out a couple months after the movie on purpose?

The book was book mostly started off with introductions to the wonder woman, who is know by her true name Diana in this book, and an explanation of what themyscera is. One of my complaints was that I thought that the introductory was a bit long. I mean I get that it had to have somewhat of an introductory, but you don’t get to the juicy part of the book until about page 75. I mean for a book that is only about 380 pages. Though once they get to New York the action really starts to kick in. I loved how many different scenes you got to see Diana kick butt.

Once we got to the exciting part of the book I thoroughly enjoyed Leigh’s writing. It was fast enough paced and had some really good action scenes, especially considering that it is about wonder woman. I thought that the idea of a warbringer, someone who will bring war when they turn 17 unless brought to a special spring. I thought that that was a very unique idea that made an awesome plot line.

One thing that I truly loved about the book was that Diana in the book and movie were so similar! I think that this was truly dedicated to the amount of time that Leigh Bardugo spent studying the wonder woman comics and other sources. I think that this is the key for an author to have an amazing book. It is especially important when the topic of the book is something that has already been written about and been around for a long time. Though it is truly amazing that the mannerisms and characteristics of Diana seemed to translate from the movie to the book. i truly enjoyed that fact because after the movie I had a picture of what Diana is like and Leigh seemed to stay true to that picture even though I am sure she finished this book before the movie came out.

The Leigh knew what i love and threw in my favorite thing, A PLOT TWIST. I love when authors are able to surprise and throw me off my feet with the plot twist they have. typically I am able to guess what the outcome of the book is going to be, but I didn’t see this one coming. I thoroughly enjoyed that the ride that Leigh took her readers in throughout this book.

Overall, I thought this was a very well written and delightful book to read. I have quenched my wonder woman need for the time being. I am now even more excited for the justice league movie to come out! I would suggest any comic book lover to read this or someone who loves strong woman characters. There are only a couple things that I thought were not necessary or could have been changed, but overall I was thoroughly impressed. Nice job Leigh!

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Jurassic Park Movie VS Book

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I know what you guys are thinking, the book is always better than the movie hands down in any situation. I mean especially when you take into account adaptation such as The Mortal Instruments, The Fault in Our Stars, and 13 Reasons Why. They usually never turn out nearly as good as the book because it is hard for the writers of movies/shows to fit all the information into the movie that was in a 300-700 page book. But occasionally you will find that one needle in the haystack, where the movie actually amazes you.

I have loved Jurassic Park since I was little, I even own a shirt from hot topic. I have seen this movie more times than I can count. i found out a couple years ago that it was a book, but I never actively searched for the book. I just figured that the book would be too different from the movie and I wouldn’t like it because I love the movie so much. Then, when I was at Goodwill the other day I spotted this book and decided that it was finally time for me to pick this book up.

I started reading and I have to say Michael Crichton did a TON of research for this book. There was a ton of facts about dinosaurs, well researched facts. Then there was the character Malcom, who was a mathematician, so there were many terms and theories that were used. these terms were also not basic ones you use everyday. I can tell that this was very well thought out. I am sure that this author is very good at researching things like this since he went to medical school at Harvard. Even I could never have the memory for any scientific facts very well. So I really enjoyed the fact that you can tell that the author was very invested into making this novel. Though since there are so many facts, graphs, etc. it took a bit longer to get through the book than it would for something such as harry potter.

I was very glad to notice, the further I got into the book, that the movie was so similar to the book. I think they had almost everything, if not everything, in the movie that was in the book. This pleased me since I am such a lover of the movie, it was a totally new experience to enjoy the movie through this perspective. I have a feeling that the author was a very large part in the making of this movie, because typically the author’s don’t get much say and the movie gets a bit strayed from the original plot line or how the characters are supposed to be.

I think that a reason that I am so interested in the movie and book is because I was somewhat of a dinosaur addict as a child. Learning about them in school was on of my favorite things and I knew all the different kinds. I mean if you quizzed me today I don’t think I would know much anymore since i haven’t studied them in the last 10 years. The subject is just very fascinating. i love that the author included things about their nesting and how they would act in the world today, especially around humans.

If you haven’t seen the movie, what have you been doing with your life? Go watch it! Then if you have seen it, I would definitely suggest picking up the book, it was a very good read!

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Tower of Dawn Spoiler Free Review

Author: Sarah J Maas

Genre: Fantasy, New Adult

Cover Rating: 2.5/5

This cover wasn’t horrible or anything. The only reason that I am rating it so low is because I don’t like that it does not go with the other books in the series. I mean I get that the novel was about Chaol, so it couldn’t have Aelin on the front like the past books. Though I felt like she could have adjusted it to Chaol better by maybe putting him on the front. I’m just salty that the series won’t be as aesthetically appealing when put together on my shelf. I also didn’t like how similar it looked to one of the Game of Thrones books.

Here is the Game of Thrones cover:

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Amazon Summary:

In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica–the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both–and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Spoiler Free Review:

I started this book not expecting much because Chaol was the main character. I mean Chaol is what I would call a background character. He was slightly prominent in the first two books, but after that he was kind of just floating in the background because he was done with Aelin for the moment. So I was honestly wondering how Sarah J Maas was going to get a whole novel just about Chaol nursing his injury. Then when I knew Nesryn was in it I started thinking that they will probably end up together since they got a little close in the last book.

Then as usual Sarah J Maas blows my mind! She is literally queen of writing fantasy books. I knew, I just knew that as soon as I saw the narrative for a new character that she was battering up to throw a curve ball at us. She is just so good at it! Then she makes you fall in love with more characters, just when you thought you had enough. I mean this girl has a mind like no other, she has characters coming out of the ying yang.

I loved how she included things in Chaol’s narrative such as the struggle that one has to go through in a wheel chair. The constant judging and people feeling sorry for them. I thought that this was a key detail, especially for someone who, for most of their life, could walk on their legs. I somewhat know what this feels like because when I was 14 I broke my leg and had to be in a wheel chair for two months straight. At least I could still use one leg. It is very hard for someone to become dependent upon others. She pulled at my heart strings when Chaol was struggling through things like this.

Then when Yrene, the new healer, was thinking about not helping Chaol, I was thinking no no no no. At this point she already pulled me in and I knew I was ready for this ride. She was on a steady track of blowing my mind. I honestly amazes me at how long her books are, but the next thing you know, you are finishing the book!

I loved how many twists and turns that we had to go through with both Chaol and Nesryn in this book. Then Sarah threw some things in there that you would never see coming! At one point towards the end there was a detail where I literally slammed down my book because I was so surprised! You have to read it to know!

Overall I think that Sarah did an AMAZING job of turning something as simple as Chaol, a menorahs character, into something amazing that sucks readers in. I never expected to enjoy this novel and I honestly loved it so much!! I need people to converse with me about it and talk about the feels!! Please feel free to message me on Twitter or Instagram to talk about the book 🙂

If you want a book to blow your mind and take you through twists and turns, please go pick up Tower of Dawn now!

I will not include a spoiler section since this book is so new and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone!

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