Book Review: Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

18812437Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: July 29, 2014

Pages: 352 (Hardcover)

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Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There’s HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila’s own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you’re looking for is to get lost along the way.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Cute and inspirational, Let’s Get Lost is the perfect summer read that’s actually about summer. I’ve never been one to indulge in unrealistic contemporary novels but when I started this one, I couldn’t help that I loved it. Road trip stories are usually fun but this one is heartwarming as well.

The book starts off a little boring. Instead of going with the flow, it’s trying too hard to be meaningful. Another problem that I had is the main character, Leila. I wanted to know more about her when she picked up the other characters. For almost the whole book, I was left in the dark about her and then when I did get information, it was too late for me to actually care.

Moving onto the things I did enjoy like the amazing description for everything. Like I can really picture everything. This goes well with the writing that’s well done despite the fact that it’s written in third  person. I found it easier to relate to the characters which I also found to be properly done and realistic. They’re unique and fun to read about. Throughout the book, I liked how Leila mentions the other characters also, making sure to connect all of their stories.

Let’s Get Lost isn’t just a book about a road trip to see the northern lights. It’s about being lost and then finding yourself. It’s a great book that I recommend that everyone to read and hopefully enjoy before the summer ends.

4 Dreamy Clouds

4 Dreamy Clouds

 

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Book Review: The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

17684323The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Pages: 336 (Hardcover)

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 Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.


After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she’ll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.

No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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What I would give to have someone like Becca at my school. Someone who is annoyed with people who absolutely find everything romantic and crank it to a disgusting level. It’s annoying how everyone in high school (and I’m sure this happens in all high schools) expect to find the love of their life at such a young age. The Break Up Artist is a reality check for most teenagers. It goes right up to some of the most loved movies of all time and pokes them in the eye and starts yelling at them that they’re stupid. I loved every second of it. This story made me laugh and had me reeling and ready to spit fire at many people. Overall, it’s a fun ride that many people will enjoy and agree with.

The bad thing about novels that have a serious underlining yet a light-hearted demeanour is that they often aren’t realistic at times and although I wanted to overlook some of these incidents in this one, there seems to be too many for me to do that. Becca is the Break Up Artist and leaves her email in quite a public place yet throughout the novel, she only gets two couples to break up in the span of months. Other couples are mentioned in passing but that’s it, it’s hard to believe that such a business would only have  one costumer at a time when a lot of people at this high school are getting dumped by their best friends for their relationships. I also had a problem for how the break ups are done, since after the couples break up, that’s it. There’s no more mention on how they’re doing or follow-up. It’s as if the author was too eager to get to the better parts and not describe these littles ones and I felt let down by it.

Becca is great. She’s realistic and understands that romance isn’t everything, especially when it comes to friendship. I instantly liked her and her snarky attitude towards most things like school and her ex-best friend. It was pretty hard not to enjoy reading about her.  I loved how Becca fought with her inner self at many times during the story, especially when a boy came in between her and her friend with Val. It’s done well and I was very excited and angry once Becca realized a few things to make up what she believed was more important to her. The relationship between Val and Becca is well done, I really liked that they’re relationship isn’t always strong, that they had a few obstacles because this made it really realistic and fun to read about although it is at times sad.

The Break-Up Artist is a great novel not only for young adults. With strong, funny characters and a serious message about living past the love, this story will appeals to almost everyone. I had so much reading it and I can’t wait to see what Siegel has next. I recommend this to everyone, especially if you’re looking for a light-hearted novel with a few clichés in it.

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

Book Review: The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters#1) by Michelle Madow

17160608The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters#1) by  Michelle Madow 

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 382 (Paperback)

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Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite. Suddenly the Strip’s most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless. More so because I had to take multiple naps while reading this (or trying to) before I finished it. The Secret Diamond Sisters could have been an amazing novel that’s light-hearted and fun but instead what I got was mindless crap that either didn’t make sense or was too boring for me to care about.

The characters are so very flat and annoying. The say the same things over again and they all seem to share one stupid brain. I couldn’t stand any of them and what made everything worse are the romances which, for the life of me I could not give two fucks about. They’re so boring, and the love interests are so one-sided and are only there to compliment the girls and they’re just worse than a brick wall. I also really disliked the writing because it felt too simple to me and I couldn’t connect to it or anything.

I’m giving this book .5 because I really liked the idea of it. I hated everything else which is sad because this could have been a fun novel. The Secret Diamond Sisters is a huge disappointment for me. I pretty much disliked everything about it yet this novel could have been really good. I don’t recommend this one to anyone, it’s boring, annoying, and predictable.

1.5 Odd Clouds

1.5 Odd Clouds

Book Review: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

17455585White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements#1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: February 25, 2014

Pages: 400 (Paperback)

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One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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I know that I can be mean in my reviews. I tend to get angry, especially with characters and settings and believe me, sometimes I actually do feel a bit bad about it. There’s so much hype revolving a story that so may bloggers have already read and loved that I start to fall in love with the idea that I’ll fall in love with it also.

White Hot Kiss is the first book I’ve read by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Maybe it was the hype, my fellow bookworm consistently telling me that all her (or most) books are golden and that I would for sure love her too. And I was starting to like her too, I really was but starting the boos and the more I read the more I realized something–Layla’s doesn’t get any better. All she does throughout the story is whine and complain about Zayne and how he’s getting on with his life. I had a hard time giving a damn about her misfortunes and disliked her even more for her petty attempts to get away from Roth upon first meeting him. Honey, you better be using those skills Zayne taught you on a demon no matter how hot he is.

Despite the forced humour, the writing isn’t that bad. It’s light, and really smooth and made the characters  a little more bearable. There’s a lot of action that unfortunately doesn’t start until about halfway through the book however it’s enticing and I was flipping through the pages to know what was going to happen next. Roth and Zayne aren’t horrible characters, they were pretty fun to read about and I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes too much whenever they do something. Also, that ending! It’s intense and I wasn’t really expecting it, I was told that Armentrout knows how to end a book but I wasn’t expecting that.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a very hyped-up author which she should be. I could see why so many people love her stories, they’re enchanting and light. And even though I didn’t like it as much as I was expecting it, I think that a lot of people will, especially those who have read and loved her other series. I’m just hoping that once I start reading her other series that I’ll get used to her style and like it more and that Stone Cold Touch resides a lot better with me.

3 Clouds

3 Clouds

Book Review: The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver

18168636The Queen’s Choice by Cayla Kluver

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Fantasy and Young Adult

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 512 (Hardcover)

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Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equalled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.

Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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That first chapter had me at the edge of my seat. I was ready for some action-packed, romance filled, excitement. Instead, what I got is a lot of travelling…and boredom..with only a few dashes of excitement. However, the ending ends with a bang, just like how the beginning of the story starts. Fingers crossed that the second book is better and more exciting.

What I didn’t like about The Queen’s Choice is the middle of it. With all the travelling and adventure going on, I wasn’t expecting myself to doze off a few times yet I did. A lot. There’s just too much of it, too much travelling and searching and whatnot. I found it boring after a while and I barely cared once they found Zabriel. It didn’t help that the writing is extremely stiff and awkward at times.

The Queen’s Choice has such a beautifully creepy beginning. It’s captivating and awesome. I also loved the world building and how the faery world is described, it’s mythical and enchanting and will definitely reel readers in. As far as main characters go, Anya is amazing. She’s quite flawed and she doesn’t give up despite the fact that she can never go home ever again. She’s so strong and badass that I got excited whenever she’s forced to fight. The beginning and the ending are both so creepy and exciting. I seriously cannot wait for the next book.

Although it does get extremely boring in the middle this is still a fun story and I really loved the beginning. It’s an interesting take of the faery world and I can’t wait to go back to it. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels, mythical creatures, and don’t mind a lot of travelling.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds

2.5 Mess Up Clouds

 

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Book Review: Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

17258743Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: January 28, 2014

Pages: 304 (Hardcover)

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Life. Death. And…Love?

Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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The title of this novel fits with the story. The heartbeat of Emma’s unborn brother’s heart. But the thing that made my heart stop was Emma and her mean self. I understand that she’s grieving and that this novel is very sad but the amount of anger and just plain apathy I felt towards this book makes it a bad one and if I could go back, I wouldn’t read it.

From beginning to end, Emma is a complete bitch to her stepfather. Time and time again, he is nothing but nice to her but she treats him as if he is a disgusting monster because of his choice. Although I don’t agree with his choice, I also don’t agree with Emma and her constantly telling him, “you don’t love me or mom. You only used her,” etc. I also had a problem with the romance since it felt forced to me and I had a hard time believing it. This could have been because of the very simple and detached writing style or because of Emma herself. I’m not quite sure.

However, the only thing that I really enjoyed about heartbeat is Olivia and her unique personality. She hates technology (for the most part) and lives without it, something that many people couldn’t never do. Her characterization is refreshing and interesting and I enjoyed the story more whenever she’s around.

Heartbeat could have been great. Albeit it’s a very typical story, Elizabeth Scott adds a nice twist to it with the unborn born child and I found that part very interesting. Unfortunately, because of how dislikeable the main character is, I couldn’t really enjoy this. I only recommend this to people who don’t mind mean main characters, a forced romance, and a typical story.

2.5 Mess Up Clouds

2.5 Mess Up Clouds

Book Review: Speechless by Hannah Harrington

13069681Speechless by Hannah Harrington

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult

Release Date: August 28, 2012

Pages: 288 (Paperback)

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Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret

Until now. Because the last secret she shared turned her into a social outcast—and nearly got someone killed.

Now Chelsea has taken a vow of silence—to learn to keep her mouth shut, and to stop hurting anyone else. And if she thinks keeping secrets is hard, not speaking up when she’s ignored, ridiculed and even attacked is worse.

But there’s strength in silence, and in the new friends who are, shockingly, coming her way—people she never noticed before; a boy she might even fall for. If only her new friends can forgive what she’s done. If only she can forgive herself

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher, Harlequin Teen for giving me an ARC of this book to review. Thank you so much! Really appreciate it! All right, now for my review.

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Speechless isn’t everything that I expected it to be in both a good and bad way. But it’s a nice reminder of how bad things happen to good people because they’re different in a way that shouldn’t actually matter. Nothing is wrong with loving someone of the same-sex. Everyone who thinks otherwise just doesn’t like equality.

Although I really liked the story, the vow of silence is really out there and a bit ridiculous. It’s hard enough for an adult to commit to something like this, but a teenager who loves to talk? No way is that realistic. Chelsea and Sam’s relationship moves really fast like, they go from never speaking because of Chelsea’s part in Noah’s incident to pretending that it never happened. Chelsea might feel horrible about what she did, but I wouldn’t jump into things as quickly as Sam.

Chelsea loves to talk a lot, and the writing style really fits her personality because even though she’s silent for the better part of the book, it’s still told in a very talkative type of way. The characters are mostly realistic, the whole high school situation felt really real to me. Teenagers are one of the most vicious age groups out there, and Hannah Harrington shows both good and bad sides to them.

I’ve been told that Speechless is a novel about forgiveness and my friends are right. There are a lot of messages throughout it that I think many people can learn from which is why I recommend it to everyone.

 

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

3.5 Dreamy Clouds

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