Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love…the first time someone holds a gun to your head.
After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.
While Edie’s beginning to run wild, however, John’s just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he’s going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.
An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.
Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.
Reviewed by Claire
I received this Trust of NetGalley, for an honest review. Thank you.
Okay... So first I have to admit Trust is the first book I've read by Kylie Scott. I know, I know, hangs my head in shame :). But I can assure you it won't be the last.
Where to start, well, when I first spotted Trust the cover and synopsis pulled me in, yet I dubious as a lot of books lately haven't kept me interested. But I was pleasantly surprised. From the first chapter, Trust pulled me in. I just had to know what was going to happen. I didn't put the book down and read in one sitting.
Edie is a strong character after everything she'd been through she didn't shy away and be a meek girl, afraid of her shadows. She had sass and wasn't afraid to stand up for herself or for the ones she loved.
John, okay I don't like the name but he was a very likeable character. A bad boy persona but with a soft centre, whom really cared for Edie.
Trust was very well written. The storyline was easy to follow and kept you gripped until the end. I would love a follow-up story or maybe Hangs and Anders story?!
One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Reviewed by Claire
The synopsis is what drew me to One of us is lying and my god it didn't disappointment. Have you ever seen the film breakfast club?!
Yeah, well One of us is lying reminded me of the breakfast club but with a major twist. Like a major twist!
The storyline is narrated by the four remaining students. Which I felt added to the story. One of us is lying is filled with twists, and a whole load of mystery.
A book I definitely recommend.
INTO THE FIRE by Kelly Hashway
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
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In one monthâs time, seventeen-year-old Cara Tillman will die and be reborn from her own ashesâ¦
Her life of secrecy has never been easy. Sheâs watched her younger brother, Jeremy, burn and rise again in a coming-of-age process called rebirth. And just like her brother, when her time comes, she wonât remember anything from her first life other than sheâs a Phoenixâa member of a small group of people descended from the mythical Phoenix bird.
The last thing she needs to worry about is falling for the new guy in townâLogan Schmidt.
Cara is drawn to Logan in a way she canât explain, but sheâs not exactly complaining. Everything is perfectâ¦except itâs not. Once sheâs reborn, sheâll forget Logan. And to make things worse, a Phoenix Hunter is on the loose, and Caraâs involvement with Logan is bringing out her Phoenix qualitiesâthe very qualities that will draw the Hunter right to her.
Desperate times call for desperate measuresâ¦
Afraid of hurting Logan, Cara breaks it off for good. But her attraction to him runs deeper than a typical high school crush. She wants himâneeds him. And if he proves willing to stay by her side, their love might destroy them both.
Can Cara hide from the Phoenix Hunters long enough to survive her rebirth? And if so, will it mean a new beginning with Loganâor the beginning of the end?
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Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Steinâs Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isnât writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.
Limitless Publishing: http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/kelly-hashway/
It only took one heartbeat to change my life—one chilling phone call in the middle of the night.
And then, as if my life didn’t already suck, my dad sends my brother and me to some idyllic island for the summer to live with a grandma we never met. WTH. Naturally, I rebel. In the end, I find myself shipped off to Raven Hallow…and bored to tears.
Until I get an eyeful of the mind-bendingly gorgeous Zane Hunter. The dark-hair cutie makes my pulse go bonkers, and I think, maybe this might not be so bad after all. Six feet of swoon inducing looks, with a hint of Celtic charm in his voice, he was the type of guy that left a string of broken hearts in his wake. And I had all the heartbreak I could handle.
Yet, there is something uncanny, almost supernatural about Zane, and it’s not just his devastating smirk. No matter how much distance I put between us, Raven Hallow isn’t big enough, and the sparking tension between is undeniable. Of course, the one person I want to avoid becomes my salvation.
My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening—the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.
Reviewed by Claire
I received White Raven from Netgalley for an honest review, thank you.
This is the first book I've read by J.L. Weil and it won't be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed White Raven and can't wait to read more.
The storyline was original, unique and easy to follow. The main character's were very likeable. I loved Piper's sass. And what's better than a bad boy, the boy who's out of reach, yeah... I loved Zane.
White Raven will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. It'll also leave you wanting more.
senior in high school, introvert Aislinn Munroe is satisfied living unnoticed...
Aislinn is doing the normal post-high school preparations to get into college. She’s getting ready for a life beyond senior year, and wonders where she’ll fit in to the world once she’s officially an adult. Though her curves are to kill for, she’s also smart and funny. However, she isn’t at all popular, which is just fine with her.
Aislinn’s introverted ways are about to be put to the test...
Content with hiding from the limelight, Aislinn doesn’t get bullied like so many other shy kids do—that is, as long as she keeps to herself. But is she really living the life she’s meant to? Or are there unforeseen adventures waiting to shake up her life in the near future?
When her brother comes home from college, he brings an unexpected houseguest…
Teagan Aldridge is a reformed party animal, ladies’ man, and bad boy. He’s the last person Aislinn thought would ever show her attention. But when Aislinn and Teagan become unlikely friends, he brings out a side of herself she never knew existed. She already knows she’s special, but sexy and adventurous? That’s a first.
Are their personalities too far apart, or will opposites attract, making them an unusual, but influential pair? When their vast differences collide, Aislinn is led to some unexpected…
Reviewed by Claire
I received Pivotal Moments from Netgalley for an honest review, thank you.
Okay, where to start... Well, I have mixed feelings, on one hand I enjoyed reading Pivotal Moments but on the other hand, I found Aislinn to be really annoying. I understand she was younger and more naive than Teagan but there were moments where I found myself rolling eyes at her naivety.
Okay... so I loved Teagan. Even though I thought I was going to dislike him at one point. Teagan is totally swoon-worthy, even though he has a history of being a heart breaker, I found him to be a perfect match for Aislinn. He kind of levelled her out, helping her to overcome her insecurities.
Overall, Pivotal Moments was an okay read but I found the book to have too many clichés.
Tully isn’t alone in her skin. Whenever she touches someone, they feel everything she feels. All her ugliness. All her darkness. All her pain.
The only thing she wants is to be left alone—and to finally get out of her small Oregon town.
But then she meets Chris. He’s everything she’s not. Light. Trusting. Innocent. And he wants Tully.
Tully knows she should spare him the heartache of being with her. But when he touches her, she’s not sure she’ll have the strength to push him away...
From the author of Every Ugly Word comes a poignant, emotionally raw story about the violence that plays out behind closed doors and the all-consuming passion of first love.
Reviewed by Claire
I received Dark Touch from Netgalley for an honest review, thank you.
Have you ever felt broken? Worthless? This is exactly how Tully feels. Alone. She has one goal in life and that is to escape. Too survive. Not only has Tully been made to feel as though she's nothing, she's scared to let anyone near her. To become even more of a social outcast.
But Chris fight's for the only girl he wants, is he able to break down her barriers? To show her how he see's her.
“My feelings. Whenever anyone touches my hands they feel what I feel.”
Okay, so Dark touch touches on some difficult and upsetting situations. Which I feel would be too much for a young adult audience but with that being said I enjoyed reading it.
I found Tully to be a strong and well-established character. Although I would've liked to have learned more about her power of touch. Where did the powers come from? Were they inherited?
Chris is the sweet, kind, boy next door type with a huge heart. Although I liked Chris, I didn't feel as connected with him as I did with Tully.
Dark touch is an emotional read, but definitely worth the read.
Memories make us human. Are we still alive if we can’t remember?
Seventeen-year-old Zoe Laleigh has accepted that sometimes the only way to survive today is to wipe away the past. That’s what her loving parents and dedicated psychiatrist are helping her do—forget. What, she’s not entirely sure. All she knows is when an entire year of recollections goes missing, there’s definitely something wrong.
Sometimes the past isn’t so easily forgotten…
Through a flood of dreams, Zoe realizes something happened. Something terrible and tragic. Her lost year is a monster hiding in the shadow of her nightmares, taunting her, but unwilling to reveal itself. When her family relocates, she hopes a new town and new school will help her regain a sense of normalcy. If only it were that easy.
Strangely enough, only her dog, Rin, seems to understand her…
He is somehow connected to her lost year—connected to why she keeps doing things her mother calls reckless, foolish, and dangerous. And when she starts to hear voices and sees things no one else can, she is forced to question her own sanity.
The monster of her nightmares has returned, bringing with it the single question that plagues her at night…
What is there to remember?
Reviewed by Claire
I received If I Should Remember from Netgalley for an honest review, thank you.
When I started reading If I Should Remember, I wasn't sure if it was going to be for me but I strangely found myself transfixed to the pages trying to work out what was going on.
If I Should Remember is full of mystery and suspense. While you find yourself clueless with what happened to Zoe, the story grips you to finding out the mystery.
The characters are well established and likeable.
The only disappointment for me, is I'm left with unanswered questions. I think we needed more explanation on Rin, I understand he was her way of coping but there was stuff he knew, which wouldn't have been possible. So while I found myself gripped to the mystery, I felt stuff was left unanswered.
Title: Crimson Catch (Game Time Series #1)
Author: S.M. Donaldson
Genre: Mature YA Romance
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes
Welcome to the time where memories are made and hearts get broken.
Collin Atwood is a sophomore at Everly High School and the all-American boy in an all-American family. It's his first year on the varsity team and the pressure is on, from his dad and the town. For the first time in over twenty years his hometown could be in line for a state championship title and he’s their ticket to get there.
That is if he can get his grades up enough to play.
Enter the daughter of the last guy that held the town's hopes and dreams of state titles, who turned into a drunk after he blew it all. Paired up with Joelle Prescott as his tutor, these two are far from being in the same social circle. She's an honor student and a badass on the drum line. In her family full of athletes, she feels invisible. Which is good sometimes...makes it easier to keep her secrets. Will he keep her secrets? Will she help him make the grade?
WARNING: This book is a Mature YA book. It is intended for people 15+, it is not suitable for those younger.
S.M. Donaldson is a born and raised Southern girl. She grew up in a small rural town on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the kind of place where everyone knows your business before you do, especially when your Daddy is a cop and your Mom works for the school system. She married one of her best friends at the age of 20 and has one son. She is a proud military wife, has always had a soft spot for a good story, and is known to have a potty mouth. At the age of 31, she decided there was no time like the present to attempt her first book. Sam’s Choice was born and she hasn’t stopped since. If you are looking for a good, steamy, Southern set romance with true Southern dialect, she’s your girl.
Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she's hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.
Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.
And that's just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets...
Reviewed by Claire
I would like to thank author Beth Trissel & The Wild Rose Press for allowing me to read The Hunter's Moon for an honest review.
While I enjoyed The Hunters Moon, I found myself stopping a coming back to the book. Which is unusual for me as I like to read in one sitting. I found the storyline to be well written but the characters didn't really grip my attention.
Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been under witness protection since she was a child. In grave danger, she seeks solace in the forest but what she wasn't expecting was her life to take an even more dramatic turn. Suddenly Morgan and her little brother discover all is not as it seems with the world. They enter a whole new world with supernatural beings.
The hunters moon is a young adult novel filled with suspense. The storyline is different and enjoyable, I just wished I clicked with the character's.
My name is Bianka, and I live in a world a lot like yours. Or at least, I used to.
Then I got harvested.
Taken into eerie darkness underneath the surface of my world, I’ve learned that cities like mine – Hidden Oaks – are just places that the vampires keep humans until it’s time to drink their blood. Now it’s my turn. They’re harvesting me.
But I’m fighting hard, and the vampires have noticed. A sponsor is buying me. A handsome, mysterious vampire with piercing eyes, who wants me to fight other humans in The Vampire Games. If I lose, I’ll be harvested. If I win, I’ll join my sponsor, Phillip, as one of them.
I’ll be turned into a vampire.
All I must do to spend an eternity with Phillip is sell my soul.
The scary part? I’d do a lot worse for him than that.
Reviewed by Claire
The Vampire Games is a fast paced and enjoyable read. As soon as the story came to an end, I knew I needed more.
I loved the mysterious, Phillip. Even though there were times he wore a cold mask, I still really liked his character.
Bianka is a strong willed character, after everything that was thrown at her she kept a levelled head.
Both of the main characters were well established and very likeable.
The synopsis of The Vampire Games is what initially gained my interest and the storyline didn't disappoint.