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Fallen Cover RevealFallen by Stacy Claflin
Publication date: Fall, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Samantha Erikson is a vampire with one mission: to rule the world. She’s spent decades winning over the world’s most feared vampire, Vince Moretti. Just when everything is going according to plan, he sidetracks her with the assignment of pretending to be a high school student in a small town.

It’s humiliating enough going from stilettos to sneakers, but Samantha must also follow the most boring person alive: the teenage girl who stands between her and the throne. When she has had all she can take, she finds a fun distraction: an attractive football player who isn’t scared of vampires. There’s one problem. Against her better judgment, she falls in love with him. Now she must decide between the mortal she adores and a place of power in the vampire world. If she tries to have both, she could lose everything.

Stacy
Stacy loves writing, reading, and watching Young and New Adult Paranormal and Paranormal Romance. Her favorite TV shows include the Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Fringe, Pretty Little Liars, and the Lying Game.

STACY’S BOOKS
The Transformed Series:
Deception
Betrayal
Forgotten
Chasing Mercy

Waiting on Wednesday: 16 Things I Thought Were True

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16 Things I Thought Were True

16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler

Publication Date: March 4, 2014

Publisher: Sourcefire Books

Synopsis: Morgan McLean wants to know the truth about the dad she’s never met. Even if it means a road trip with a guy she’s not supposed to be crushing on and a girl who can’t seem to stop talking.

What she learns along the way is not at all what she expected…

Personal Thoughts: I love Janet Gurtler so when I heard that she was writing another book I couldn’t help but sqeel a little bit because I’m so excited. 🙂  Her writing is amazing, the characters are well developed and the plot line is always realistic. I can’t wait for 16 Things I Thought Were True to come out!  Ohh  March you are way too far away 🙁

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Catching Jordan Book Review

Score_CVR.inddCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: December 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcefire Books

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

Personal Thoughts: It’s interesting that I read this series/companion books backwards. I read the first book last and the last book first. 🙂 It was good seeing how the characters interacted with each other. The character development was done very well and we got a chance to find out more about Jordan and Sam and the secondary characters as well.

I loved the family dynamics and the contrast between Jordan’s and Henry’s family. Where one was supportive and the other just didn’t want to be as accepting due to fear of injury.  Catching Jordan is definitely going on my favorite read books because of the writing style, the characters and just the overall story. There are a lot of twists and shocking things in this book and you are just waiting to see when Henry and Jordan finally realize what they are missing. This was a fast read for me because I just wanted to see where the book would go next and I just couldn’t put it down.

I am so excited to know that Racing Savannah is coming out in only a short 4 months. I can’t wait to read and see the adventures that Savannah goes on and what entertaining things happen to her. 🙂

It’s interesting that I have seen Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker on the bloggospehere for quite some time but it has taken me so long to actually pick them up and give them a chance. Now that I have, I have seen what I have been missing out on and I can’t help but kick myself for waiting so long. Miranda Kenneally is a great addition to my favorite authors collection.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

The Distance Between Us Book Review

15283043The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Publication Date: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Harper Teen

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads):  Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should have been worried about.

Personal ThoughtsThis books was so cute and adorable. I loved both the primary and secondary characters. I love how everyone had their individual role within the story and participated actively. There weren’t that many passive characters in the book. The nicknames for some of the characters was just too funny. However, I would have loved to hear the explanations behind them to see how they came about. 

Xander and Caymen’s relationship was just priceless. 🙂  The way that it kept going all over the place and being misinterpreted by everyone was just entertaining to read about. Xander is such a sweet guy and just won’t go away and that makes Caymen try to resist him even more, but that doesn’t do anything to stop him. 🙂

The language was well written, there was a lot of action that kept me wondering what was going to happen next so I just kept on reading.  The ending was completely the opposite of what I thought it was going to be so it was a nice unexpected surprise. I haven’t read any of Kasie West’s books before, but I will be exploring more after this. I can’t wait to read if there will be a sequel to this or a companion novel.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Waiting on Wednesday: Racing Savannah

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Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis (Goodreads):  They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

Personal Thoughts: I’ve read the other three books by Miranda Kenneally and  I love all three! I’m so happy there is another one coming out not too long from now. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Savannah and Jack. If it’s anything like the last three books, I know that I am going to love it.

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Book Review: The Education of Hailey Kendrick

The Education of Hailey Kendrick by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: January 4, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what’s expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night, Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way…and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Hailey gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them.

Suddenly, Hailey’s perfect life–and her reputation–are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don’t trust her. Her boyfriend won’t even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she’s been dumped.

They say honesty is the best policy–but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?

Personal Thoughts: I loved this book! Hailey is a very well developed character that would be Miss Goody Two Shoes, rather than enjoy her life. She’s a teachers dream: participates in class, does all her homework and extra credit assignments, and is just .. well .. perfect. She doesn’t break any rules and goes by the book. She has amazing friends, a perfect boyfriend and goes to a well to do boarding school. So why does she feel out of place?

All that changes in a life changing moment one night and the consequences are not what she is expecting. Through a lot of trial and error events, Hailey learns more about herself and those around her than she had known in the past. I loved how her character and attitude developed over time and by the end of the book you could tell that she had grown up a bit. 🙂

There are a lot of funny parts in the book, which I can’t mention because I don’t want to spoil it, but the crazy stuff that happens just made me love the book even more.

A lot of the secondary characters didn’t actually feel very secondary. The main group felt developed and in the loop so we got to know them pretty well. Kelsey, Drew, Joel and Tristan were a great bunch, although Kelsey did some things that aren’t really best friend material. Overall, great entertaining book. Eileen Cook has done it once again. Keep up the great work!

Book Review: Unraveling Isobel

Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook

Publication Date: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Source: Library

Synopsis: (Goodreads): Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, Gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.

But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

Personal Thoughts: When I first read the summary and saw that there would be ghosts involved I was hooked. You know me, I like my ghosts and anything to do with the paranormal. 🙂 Although the book has ghosts, it wasn’t actually scary, just intriguing to see what they would do and what would happen next.

The relationship that Isobel has with her mother isn’t exactly a love relationship and we can tell right off the bat. I mean what kind of mother would marry someone within meeting them of  3 months and force her daughter to move to a new school in her senior year? Isobel shows her displeasure in having to move, especially since her house guests (aka her step-dad and her hot step-brother) aren’t exactly welcoming.

It was interesting to see her struggle with her sanity and seeing whether she was turning insane (it runs in the family). If it was one character I couldn’t stand, it was Dick.(the step father) Right from the start I could tell that there was just something off about him and he seemed to be really creepy.

One thing that I would have liked to see more of is the mystery surrounding the estate. It felt  like it was too short and done over quickly.  Otherwise this book was a great quick entertaining read. I finished it in one day, mainly because I wanted to find out what was going on surrounding the mystery of the house. Eileen Cook is starting to grow on me as an author. All the books that I have read so far have been awesome 🙂 Keep up the great work Eileen Cook!

Rating: 4/5 Stars