Sunday, 31 May 2015

Jessica Sorensen - The Illusion of Annabella - Book Review (ARC)




Publisher: Borrowed Heart Publishing LLC, 2015.
Genre: Young Adult Romance.
Length: 269 pages.

When I started reading this I thought Oh Jeez, something bad is going to happen. Annabella is too full of rainbows and glittery dreams. Reality has to hit. It sure does. Annabella loses her parents and her dream of dancing one stormy morning. It completely transforms her beliefs about life and her identity.

Annabella completes the transformation by changing her look to the polar opposite of Dreamer Anna. Rainbows turn to black and sparks of light snuff out to darkness. Her illegal escapades cause plenty of grief for her family, especially her eldest brother, Loki, who is now taking care of his four younger siblings.

A new family move in next door complete with a cute, nerdy seventeen-year-old boy. He seems to see right through Annabella’s dark cloud exterior and is determined to make her smile again. Luca is funny and charming. He wants to help Annabella even though he has his own stuff going on. Maybe it’s because of his own ‘stuff’ that he wants to help her so much.

The story begins full of angst and pain. I wanted to shake Annabella for the first part of the book. She’s so lost. She knows she is, but she can’t stop from causing herself and others pain. Annabella isn’t fully aware of the effect of her actions on the other people in her life. Her slowly budding friendship with Luca helps her to see the bigger picture and find her way back.

Be prepared for some twists when truths are revealed. An emotional, riveting read.

Fabulous story!

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*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*







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Jessica Sorensen - The Illusion of Annabella - Book Review (ARC)




Publisher: Borrowed Heart Publishing LLC, 2015.
Genre: Young Adult Romance.
Length: 269 pages.

When I started reading this I thought Oh Jeez, something bad is going to happen. Annabella is too full of rainbows and glittery dreams. Reality has to hit. It sure does. Annabella loses her parents and her dream of dancing one stormy morning. It completely transforms her beliefs about life and her identity.

Annabella completes the transformation by changing her look to the polar opposite of Dreamer Anna. Rainbows turn to black and sparks of light snuff out to darkness. Her illegal escapades cause plenty of grief for her family, especially her eldest brother, Loki, who is now taking care of his four younger siblings.

A new family move in next door complete with a cute, nerdy seventeen-year-old boy. He seems to see right through Annabella’s dark cloud exterior and is determined to make her smile again. Luca is funny and charming. He wants to help Annabella even though he has his own stuff going on. Maybe it’s because of his own ‘stuff’ that he wants to help her so much.

The story begins full of angst and pain. I wanted to shake Annabella for the first part of the book. She’s so lost. She knows she is, but she can’t stop from causing herself and others pain. Annabella isn’t fully aware of the effect of her actions on the other people in her life. Her slowly budding friendship with Luca helps her to see the bigger picture and find her way back.

Be prepared for some twists when truths are revealed. An emotional, riveting read.

Fabulous story!

4.5 flares.
*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*







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Jessica Sorensen - Ultraviolet - Book Review (ARC)



Publisher: Jessica Sorensen, 2015.
Genre: Young Adult romance, Fantasy & Horror
Length: Approximately 80 pages each episode.

Ultraviolet is the first in a novella series.

Mila, a girl with a mysterious past, experiences sinister whispers and dreams drawing her back to an even more mysterious town. She's determined to ignore the pull, but when Mila and her friend Novela set off on a road trip before starting college the steering wheel practically turns itself towards the unknown.

The prologue completely hooked me. It’s going to be agony waiting to find out what the heck is going on.

The main characters are undoubtedly interesting. I gotta say I’m worried for them. Things are going to get a bit hairy me thinks!

4.5 flares

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*





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Jessica Sorensen - Ultraviolet - Book Review (ARC)



Publisher: Jessica Sorensen, 2015.
Genre: Young Adult romance, Fantasy & Horror
Length: Approximately 80 pages each episode.

Ultraviolet is the first in a novella series.

Mila, a girl with a mysterious past, experiences sinister whispers and dreams drawing her back to an even more mysterious town. She's determined to ignore the pull, but when Mila and her friend Novela set off on a road trip before starting college the steering wheel practically turns itself towards the unknown.

The prologue completely hooked me. It’s going to be agony waiting to find out what the heck is going on.

The main characters are undoubtedly interesting. I gotta say I’m worried for them. Things are going to get a bit hairy me thinks!

4.5 flares

*ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review*





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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Jennifer Probst - Searching For Beautiful - Book Review (ARC)




Publisher: Gallery Books, 2015.
Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Length: 496 pages.

I love Jennifer Probst's stories. I sucked down the Marriage To A Billionaire Series like it was chocolate cake and the Searching For Series is just as tasty. The characters we have come to know and love live on in Searching For Beautiful.

This time it's dedicated surgeon, Genevieve McKenzie's story.

When Gen decides to start listening to the little voice in her head telling her to jump out the church window, she has no idea of the upheaval that lies ahead. Thankfully, her faithful, but neglected best friend, Wolfe, is there to whisk her away from the storm she created.

When Wolfe kisses her to assure her she is, in-fact, attractive to the opposite sex, they start a fire that's going to be impossible to put out. Friend zone, schmend zone. But, Wolfe is hiding a deep pain on which he won't let this surgeon operate. Her ex, Mr. Perfect, has some shenanigans of his own planned for this couple.

Wolfe is a compelling character with his secretive dark past. He's protective of Gen. She's one of the few in his inner circle and yet she doesn't know all the ugly parts of him. He doesn't acknowledge his worth or the fact that if someone truly loves you they will accept all the negative as part of the package. Something his family teach him of as only they can do.

Gen has been through an ordeal. She has managed to keep it hidden, but as she breaks free, we see what she's made of. Her ex, David, is a nasty piece of work. He has lost control of her and he's determined to make her life hell as a consequence.

The intrigue regarding Wolfe’s past builds, as does the suspense with Genevieve’s future and her relationship with Wolfe. The women of Kinnections provide some comic relief and the warm friendship we all love them for.

A fantastic mix of heat, heart, humour and suspense. Luurved it.

Arilyn's story is up next, Searching For Always is coming out in June 2015.

5 flares.

*ARC generously provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*






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