Blog Tour Review: Recalled by Cambria Hebert

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Love or Death? A simple question really. The choice seems obvious. But. What if you never knew love, what if your life was spent just trying to survive? What if you knew your fate before you were fully grown?
And then you died.
And you were given another chance. A better chance.
This new life depended upon one thing: your job. And so you agreed. You thought it would be simple. You thought it would be cut and dry.
It never is.
And now you are left holding the fate of someone else in the palm of your hand and you have to make the ultimate choice.
Love or Death?

REVIEW
I haven’t read any story about Death Escorts or Grim reaper before. The synopsis is really intriguing and made me pick up the book right away.

Dexter and Piper meet in a dark street. He saves her that night from an accident and dies in the process. He meets a dealer who gives him a choice between hell or a life of service to death. He chooses to be a “death escort” but the irony is that if wants this life he has to kill and his first target is Piper.

I could understand why Dex chose to be a death Escort. It was better than going to hell and he had a tough life. He lived on the street and fought to survive everyday. What I didn’t understand is why he had to go to hell. I mean he killed his mom’s abusive boyfriend and that to me is not something he should be punished for. It was self defense, right?  

I liked Dex. He was too hard on himself. I think he was a much better person that he gave himself credit for. He died to save a complete stranger What else can you ask of a guy?
Life and death both gave him crappy choices and I don’t blame him for anything. 

I didn’t understand Piper. She is like-able but I just couldn’t connect with her. If I saw a vision of my best friend dying I would probably want to stay by her side and would certainly not be going on a vacation with some guy, that I have just met. It made no sense to me.  The romance was not believable. It seemed forced and was done only because it was necessary for the plot.

I like the idea behind the novel. It’s a fun, fast read.  It’s entertaining and manages to keep you hooked. Nothing more, nothing less.

Once Upon A Second Chance: Book Tour, Review

                                    

Author: MarianVere
Julia Basham’s life was perfect. She was finally done with school, about to start an internship with a prestigious financial company which would lead to a great job and, best of all, she’d just become engaged to her very own Prince Charming, Nicholas Kerkley. Unfortunately, while Nick was warm, intelligent, and completely devoted to Julia, he was also a college dropout, with no job to speak of, and almost completely broke. While none of his shortcomings were a problem for Julia, they were a big problem for her older sister Lisa, who told her that a guy like Nick wasn’t proper marriage material for a girl on the fast track to success, Julia began to reconsider the relationship. Although she didn’t wholeheartedly agree with Lisa, after some thought Julia decided that she would take her sister’s advice and end her engagement with Nick, convincing herself that it was the right thing to do. Only after breaking Nick’s heart, and her own in the process, did Julia realize what a horrible mistake it was. 

As the story opens nearly a decade later, Julia is the quiet shadow of the woman everyone thought she’d be, who’s once fulfilling life has fallen into a stale and safe existence. Her shell of a world is thrown into upheaval when she finds out that the financial planning team she works for has taken on a new client; a now successful and very rich Nick Kerkley. Stuck in a horribly awkward situation, Julia makes a decision–take charge, step up, and find her own happy ending. However, she quickly realizes that fairy tales aren’t as straight forward as we’ve been brought up to believe. Sometimes, to get to happily ever after, you have to stop waiting for fate, strap on a pair of wings, and be your own fairy godmother.

Once Upon A Second Chance, is a modern yet whimsical take on Austen’s classic love story, Persuasion.


REVIEW:

You say Chick Lit, I say YES! I love this genre. It’s cute, sweet and makes me smile.

Women are taught to believe they have to look for and find ‘the one,’ while men are taught to believe there will always be another princess.” 

This is a modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s, Persuasion. I haven’t read Persuasion and I am hoping rectify that mistake soon. I love the concept. Who doesn’t like second chances?
Being the hopeless romantic that I am there was no way that I wasn’t going to like this book. And it didn’t disappoint. So the synopsis pretty much tells the entire story but the question is whether the second chance given to Julia leads to a happy ending or not. I had absolutely no idea what would happen next and I couldn’t put the book down until I read the very last page. I finished the book in one sitting. 
Julia was confusing. I never really hated her but she was too whiny for my liking. She broke up with Nick, right? She has no right to play the victim. She is just a mute spectator for about half the novel and does absolutely nothing. If there was a guy that I thought was my soul mate I would have fought for him. I just couldn’t connect with Julia and understand her decisions.
But toward the end she did get more sensible and decided to become her own fairy Godmother. I like the idea. We all have the power to make or break our lives. We need to make our own choices and stop blaming others. And when Julia finally realized that and strapped on the wings and decided to DO something. I was relieved and the story got so much better towards the end.
Nick is totally swoon worthy. I do have certain issues with how easily he could forgive Jules but I guess he is just too sweet. And I can’t complain about that, it won’t be fair. I loved the moments between Julia and Nick. They are adorable together. 
I LOVED the ending!! *sigh* 
I smiled a lot reading the book and I adore the cover. Read this if you like the genre and are looking for a light, fluffy read. 

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Gravity: Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!

              Welcome to my stop on the Gravity Blog Tour hosted by Shane @Itching for Books.


SYNOPSIS:
In the future, only one rule will matter:
Don’t. Ever. Peek 
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die. Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war. 


REVIEW:


I was a little confused in the beginning. There were too many details but not enough explanation but don’t give up on the book. Read on, it does get better. Once the story picks up there is no looking back. I got the book quite late for the tour and wasn’t really sure that I could do a review but once I started reading I was hooked. I needed to know what happened next and I need the next book in the series NOW!. Ahh……the ending. I have so many questions. Please Melissa, if you could send me the next book too I will be forever in your debt. I can’t stand not knowing!!! Okay, enough with my drama. 

Let’s talk about the characters. I loved Ari. She is smart, self-less, caring, kickass, so in short, she’s awesome. I am a little picky when it comes to female protagonists. I generally hate them and the whole “damsel in distress” stuff just gets on my nerve. So it’s refreshing to read about girls that can fight for themselves. Ari cared about people, even strangers. She risked her life to save them. How can you not like her? 
I thought that she made a brave choice when she decided to help Jackson and go against everything she believed in order to avoid a war that will just lead to destruction and loss of lives. I was really angry at Ari’s dad and Cybil. They were so arrogant that they refused to see reason.   They are complex characters and hopefully in the next book we will see a softer side to them. 

Jackson is an ancient. Humans are not allowed to see ancients but Ari sees him and it turns out that he needs her help to save humanity but for that she has to tell him secrets and lie to her father. Jackson was sweet, cute and totally swoon worthy. I think I have a crush on him. 
He genuinely cared about Ari and I am a little ashamed to say that I doubted him a little but I guess that just proves how invested I was in the story. 
I liked Lawrence too. He was a great friend and so was Gretchen. All the characters are well developed. I am excited to learn more about Zeus, who is the leader of the Ancients. I think he will quite a complex and interesting character. 

The plot is different and unique. Though I did feel that the romance was rushed. Ari fell for Jackson too soon. I liked the story, the characters and the writing. I definitely recommend it. READ IT!!

FAVORITE QUOTES:


“I am absolutely, mind-bendingly 

in love with you. In every way. Every ounce of my body. My entire being…it belongs to you.”

He cradles my face with his hands and kisses me with such passion it takes my breath away. He pulls away and looks into my eyes. “ I’ve never been happier in my life than I am right now, here, with you.”

 “There is a lot of gray between life and death. Life isn’t worth living if you aren’t with the ones you love.”

EXCERPT:


Coach Sanders, our seven-foot, balding instructor, is standing beside the aerial mat. Aerial boxing is the one form of training in which size has no bearing. It’s all about speed and balance. Those who can control their bodies, win. Those who can’t, face plant on the mat. I’ve been in both positions.
“You know your order,” Coach says. “File into line with your opponent.”
I scan the crowd to find Jackson sitting on the ground. As the two top seeds, we’ll fight until the Engineers feel one of us is superior to the other. He spots me and winks. Fury lights up inside me, and I almost rush over and demand that he answer my questions. Instead, I stand my ground. It’s like I’m hunting an animal and have to be still so I won’t startle it. If only I didn’t have to wait until tonight to get answers. 
He leaps up and struts over to me. “Ready to eat mat, Alexander?”
What’s up with guys only using people’s last names? I roll my eyes. “Hmph, we’ll see.”
He smiles back, and my heart hits against my chest. He’s too tempting to be an Ancient. But maybe that’s how they all look—attractive yet lethal. My palms clam up. Then I hear my dad in my mind telling me to stop being stupid, to focus, to be what he raised me to be. Jackson leans down to put himself at my eye level, a sly smile on his face. “Don’t worry, I’ll let you win.”
“Alexander and Locke,” Coach yells before I can respond. “You’re up.”
I glare at Jackson before walking off. Gretchen grabs my arm as I go and whispers, “He’s tough. Fake a knockout if you have to.”
I shoot her an annoyed look. I may be small, but I’m strong. “ I’ve got this, Gretch,” I say


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ARC Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you 
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enragedand out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?) Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.

Review:

I really love the cover. Blue and white look awesome together!
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Have you ever been so angry that nothing else matters. That all you wanted was to throw something or punch someone? 

Rose Zarelli, is angry. Angry because her father died, angry that her brother would rather spend thanksgiving with his girlfriend than her, angry that her mother is acting more like a therapist than a mom, angry that her best friend Tracy wants to have sex with a guy who is a complete jerk, angry that the guy she likes has a girlfriend who is mean and wants to destroy her life.  

Before starting the book I was a little skeptical. I mean, the MC is 14 years old. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to connect with her but I loved the book. It’s one of the most realistic novel that I have read in a long time. 

I liked Rose. I could understand her anger and pain. Losing someone is hard. Moving on with life is not easy especially for a 14 year old girl who just enters the big bad world i.e. High School. Rose has flaws, she takes some bad decisions. All these things made her real and relate-able. I liked Jamie. He is kinda cute with his mysterious ways and I can see that he cares for Rose. It’s sweet. Though I would have liked him better if he would have let Rose punch Regina. I really hate Regina. How can anyone be so mean? *hmph* Tracy, um…I didn’t like her. She was not a good friend. She was just too selfish and weak. But towards the end, she does realize her mistake and I hope she will be more like-able in the next book. 

The writing is really good. I could feel the emotions that Rose was going through. I even shed a few tears with her whenever she talked about her Dad. The author did a great job in getting into the head of a 14 year old.  I wish this book came out when I was 14. 

Rose grows so much through the book. I hope she made that website for her father. I really liked the idea. I didn’t know that this book was a part of the series. The ending left me wanting more. I need the next book.

 This was provided by HarlequinTeen as an ARC from NetGalley.