By Your Side – Kasie West

BY YOUR SIDE.jpgIn this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release: January 2017

Buy Link: Book Depository

I loved this story so much! After reading so much fantasy a nice fluffy contemporary is what I needed. It is also what I got! On enjoyment scale this was amazing I love it, but sadly I am learning not to just take that into consideration and starting to work on my reviews more equally and this book had some problems! But I bloody loved it and it would be even better if these things would be fixed.

So one of the main problems I found in this book was with the main character Autumn having anxiety, it didn’t feel like that mental health problem was represented correctly, it felt like it was just a plot point rather than making it a prominent thing in the novel. Also, the fact that none of her friends could tell she had anxiety and yet, Dax, someone who she met in the library, could tell immediately that she had. I just don’t buy how they couldn’t have known about your friend having anxiety, even if they don’t tell you, there was loads of hints that she did have some kind of problem, it’s mentioned more than once how at times Autumn runs off in some social situations. Like I find it really hard to believe her friends wouldn’t know this. Even after her bag being found in Jeff’s car with her medication and they still didn’t know?! Like crappy friends. Real crappy friends. I also didn’t like the point where Dallin blamed Autumn for Jeff’s accident, it wasn’t her fault and I really didn’t like how at no point that was not addressed in this book, because nobody should be told it was their fault when it is an accident she could not control. So I really didn’t like that it didn’t address that.

Dax and Autumn really do not have much background to them they felt very 2D not having much personality or background. They try to bring in some of Dax’s past by introducing the conflict of his mother but that felt like a catalyst so Autumn and Dax could have an argument. It didn’t feel like they were going to go much further into his past and they didn’t. The same fo Autumn we don’t really know much about her which is very problematic because I like to know my characters and neither of them felt like they had a personality.

Though despite these problems I did actually in love with this book, the dream of being trapped in a library, hell yes?! So although it had problems it was what I needed after finishing so much Sarah J Maas and I really did love this book. It was simple and cute.

I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 on Goodreads! (With my new rating system) 

 

Coral and Bone – Tiffany Daune

CORAL AND BONEHalen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release: 9th May

Buy Link: Book Depository

I would like to thank OfTomes for sending me an E-ARC it is very much appreciated. So this is a book that came from wattpad and I am very familiar with wattpad, I am on it myself and I do say I’m glad I didn’t read it when it was on wattpad (I usually end up hating the published versions.)

One of the many things I loved about this book was that when Halen is entered into this world she actually freaks out like it’s a major freak out not one of those little pathetic ones where you get over it in a few chapters. This was a big positive for me in this book and that we could see a lasting effect on not being told about this other world. We see Halen begin to question who she can and can’t trust and in some books, we don’t see it, so I am really glad that we did see the ripple of this effect in the book!

The secondary characters were some of my favourites and the fact that at times they were used for comic relief was even better, I fell in love with all of these characters. Especially Halan and Tage. I really liked the relationship that developed between Halan and Tage and the fact that they were willing to do what it took especially Tage and although at the beginning they didn’t really like each other, it was nice to it grow into a bond where they actually both relied on each other a lot.

I loved the guardian aspect of this book it wasn’t something that I was expecting, and usually, we see guardian’s in things like witches or fae or wolves and vampires it was very nice to see it placed somewhere different. I also loved what the guardian’s actually meant for the people who had them. The concept or mermaids being evil is something I love and isn’t explored that often this novel also included sirens into it, and I loved the fact that instead of sirens being totally evil they weren’t (at least not all of them).

Halan’s love interest is, of course, Dax and he was a very interesting character after Halan discovers that she had a twin sister Natalie who was killed. Dax was very close with Natalie and we see how much her darkness affects Dax and how he projects that worry onto Natalie not wanting her to follow the same route as her twin. Dax is very strong and his relationship with Natalie was completely different than with Halan and he was working hard on making sure that she didn’t follow the same route. Natalie felt like the catalyst for everything that happened in Halan’s life when the novel started. =

This story is brilliant and gripping I couldn’t put the book down I read it in one sitting and I was addicted I just kept turning and turning the page and before I knew it, the story was over and that made me incredibly sad. I need more. I need the next book! Because of that ending, wow! This book just gave me the feels and I really want the next one! I would go into more detail but I don’t want this to be spoiler-y but I loved some of the moments in this book. I rated this 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

The Witches of The Glass Castle – Gabriella Lepore

WOGC_cover_highres.jpgA storm is coming.

Sixteen-year-old Mia’s life is turned upside down when she uncovers her family secret-that she and her brother Dino are witches. Seeking refuge in an ancient castle, the siblings begin down a path that will change their lives forever. Suddenly thrust into a world where handsome warriors command the power of nature and peoples thoughts and actions can be manipulated at will, Mia and Dino struggle to navigate their own allegiances and do what they know to be right, even when everything around them seems beyond their control. 

Genre: Fantasy

Release: 18th April 2017

Buy Link: Book Depository

I would like to thank OfTomes Publishing for sending me this arc to review. I have heard nothing about this author previously and I hadn’t read anything previously. I loved this book it was amazing! I read this in one sitting and honestly it took me like an hour! I just couldn’t put this down it was so gripping and the writing and characters it just drew me in and I didn’t want to leave. When it ended I was like I want more. I WANT TO READ MORE. I want to go back into this world! It’s the first story this year that has given me this feeling! Which I didn’t realise until I had finished the book!

We follow two siblings Mia and Dino who have been taken to the glass castle and adventure and everything follows! I loved the plot of this (I’m not going to go into detail because I’d rather keep this spoiler free so I’m going to be vague). With every step of the plot, I loved it and I loved how it was played out. Ahhh I just love it! If you couldn’t tell lol!

My favourite parts were well everything it’s all amazing! I really liked the sibling aspect in this book I love reading about siblings I should really read a lot more because I don’t read enough siblings. The love-hate relationship between them I could honestly relate to you being that I have siblings and they are annoying shit bags, but I also understood protecting them like Dino tries to do with Mia and vice versa. I really liked their relationship in this book! There is a particular scene that is my favourite I may have to do a video review so I can talk about it! But it was brilliant and I loved it so much.

I must have a thing for emotionally unavailable characters because straight away I was interested in Colt and I even found him funny when at times he wasn’t even being funny. I loved his character and it was so interesting watching him and Mia together I loved how they bonded. I loved everything about this I am still in gushing mode even like almost like a week later! But honestly the way these characters were written it was just amazing.

All the characters felt so real and for me, characters are the most important thing to a story and without characters, I love I can’t connect with stories but this wasn’t a problem. The characters felt 100% real and 3D it didn’t feel like any of them were there just to be side characters you got the hint that all the side characters had real backgrounds to them and I loved that.

Although there was a very much urgency in this post in terms of the plot and what the characters felt, we did have some very light and sometimes humorous moments and it was just perfect.

The world building was amazing the way that Gabrielle described the setting by the graves and the forest and even the school well glass castle it felt like I was there and sometimes I do struggle with imagining the settings so this was perfect and made me love it even more.

I think I am going to end this review (should probably be called a gush) here and I may probably end up doing a spoiler review sometime in the near future!

If you didn’t guess I gave it 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

Devil You Know – L.A Fiore

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Damian Tate. One look into his sad green eyes and I was hooked. I wanted to be the one to make him laugh, to make him smile. I hadn’t expected him to be the one to make me blush, to make me hot…to make me fall in love. He was my first kiss, my first love, my first everything. I wanted forever with him, but life got in the way.

He enlisted, I went to college, and for years we were never in the same place long enough to pick up where we left off.

Thirteen years after he left, tragedy brings him home. The stoic boy I fell in love with grew into a quiet, dangerous and wildly sexy man. He still tugs on all the right strings for me, but he seems determined to keep me at arm’s-length.

However, when trouble comes knocking at my door, he is the one to put himself between that trouble and me.

Spending time with him might drive me insane, or it might be our second chance at first love.

Released: 10th March 2017

Genre: Contemporary

Buy Link: Book Depository

I would like to thank L.A Fiore and The Next Step PR for sending me an ARC to this book, I am very happy to have received one! And I absolutely love this book! L.A Fiore never fails to bring me loads of emotions in her books and she did just that in this book! It was beautiful and I cried twice. (That’s not normal but it is with her books).

Ah to start with I loved everything, this book was amazing, I fell in love with it and I love L.A. Fiore’s writing and it just flows beautifully and makes me feel things! Oh, the feels! I really loved Thea just her whole attitude made me smile, and how she loved food, I think her reaction to food is one of my favourite things in this it makes me laugh how she tries and tries to cook and bake and it just doesn’t happen when she’s younger and it finally does when she is older. It was so cute and adorable. I loved her sarcasm and how she would make up stories and jokes and her relationships with the other characters in the book I loved and how they all cared for each other and they fitted in like a family. I really loved all the scenes and how they blended with each other. Beautiful.

Damian, it was so refreshing to see a male character, who although had a bad childhood did NOT use it as an excuse to be a doosh bag. Instead, he was like the opposite and he was amazing, we see him through various points of his life, and we see him at 17 as well as later on in life. It was so interesting watching him change and at 17 how restraint he was with Thea when he loved her, and yet it was exactly the same when it came to the present but that was for a whole different reason. I loved how it showed how much he cared for Thea and her family. It was lovely and amazing, one of my favourite parts of the book is seeing him interact with Thea, Cam and Rosaline and how he just fits in so well with them as a family.

Their relationship was quite funny although they both knew they wanted to be together at times Damian would push her away because he didn’t want to lose focus and some harm may come to her, which was so sweet and yet irritating when he would become silence because of this. But I love how they eventually open up to each other and how they both worked together. I am a sucker for romance like this and I would read it over and over and over. It was just perfectly amazing.

I feel like Cam needs a mention he is Thea’s sister and friends with Damian, and although the story had brother’s best friend thing, it wasn’t brought up. It never felt like that, it was very open and it was the fact they were all friends rather than just one-sided. So I did love that too. Cam is so sweet to his sister and Damian there’s a scene near the end that is absolutely one of my favourite scenes and it involves protective big brother mode. I loved his attitude and how much he cares about everything.

I do have to mention I LOVED the mention of the men from the Beautifully series 😉 I loved it, it was nice seeing and hearing their names again.

I loved the plot I don’t really want to go into it because I don’t want to spoil it but it was amazing, like not just the romance but the other thing. I liked how they both interlinked with each other and it worked how the events. As I say I loved this book so much and I honestly just want to read it again and again and again it was just perfect.

I rated this 5/5 stars on Goodreads!

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He enlisted, I went to college, and for years we were never in the same place long enough to pick up where we left off.

Thirteen years after he left, tragedy brings him home. The stoic boy I fell in love with grew into a quiet, dangerous and wildly sexy man. He still tugs on all the right strings for me, but he seems determined to keep me at arm’s-length.

However, when trouble comes knocking at my door, he is the one to put himself between that trouble and me.

Spending time with him might drive me insane, or it might be our second chance at first love.

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The Sun Is Also A Star – Nicola Yoon

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Released: November 2016

Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Buy Link: Book Depository

I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with an arc for this book I really appreciate it! I really really wanted to love this book but after Everything Everything this really didn’t live up to it, or Everything Everything wasn’t that good maybe my rose tinted glasses have gone. Who knows why I didn’t like this one much but I really didn’t which was very sad. I don’t know whether YA Contemporary is just no longer for me and that I’ve outgrown it or whether I just didn’t like it.

Some of the things that happened in this book I just didn’t like the story was nice and I could even ignore the insta-love it was a nice cute story I just didn’t really like it. It didn’t wow me like Everything Everything did. I felt sometimes some of the issues that were raised was very childish and kind of I don’t know whether pathetic is the right word but that. In the face of being deported, you would sort of expecting different reactions but that wasn’t the case and the book didn’t really give any solutions for Natasha not to be deported it was just all her options were gone and she’s going. I wish we could have seen her going through that process and the story be spread over one time rather than a day. I felt like the story could have been a million times better than it was.

I really liked how this book was so diverse and both the main characters being diverse that was really nice. I didn’t really have an opinion on these characters and I think this is where my main meh comes from with this book and is that I didn’t care about these characters. The story did nothing to make me care about them so I really didn’t care what happened to them or whether they got together or whether she stayed in America or whether he didn’t get into the 2nd best college. I just I didn’t care.

Now I know that sounds bad, just because I didn’t care doesn’t mean it wasn’t good. It was good, it was just nice. Which isn’t a bad thing but I just not for me I don’t think which is sad. The book was nice and I wasn’t really wowed or anything by it. This would have been longer but I don’t really have anything else to say about this book.

I rated this 2.5/5 stars on Goodreads.

Local Girl Missing – Claire Douglas

LOCALLL .jpgThe old Victorian pier was once a thing of beauty. It’s also where twenty-one-year-old Sophie Collier vanished eighteen years ago.

Francesca has spent the last twenty years haunted by the disappearance of her best friend. But when she receives a phone call from Sophie’s brother saying that a body has been found, she knows she can’t keep hiding from what happened. With her own secrets to keep, Francesca doesn’t relish the idea of digging up the past or returning to Oldcliffe. But it is time to go back to where she grew up, and it looks like she isn’t the only one there hiding truths.

Released: August 2016

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Buy Link: Book Depository

I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with an ARC of this book! This is not the first Claire Douglas book I have read, I read her novel the sisters (back when I first started this blog). I really liked the writing and I really should have known what to expect from Claire because of her previous novel being twisted and that is exactly what this book does.

I really liked the plot it was very complex and the story telling was very complex and although we had one main focus which was the storyline of Sophie being missing and then is found dead. The subplots that went along with it and they were very interlinked and it worked very well. This book was really amazing and I really enjoyed reading it. The book was told in two points of views, Frankie who told the story of the present and the events that were happening in the story. Sophie then told the story of the past and what led up to her death. Frankie was a very unreliable narrator.

I really wasn’t a fan of Frankie’s character she was very unstable and I thought she was slightly delusional at one point. Frankie managed to convince herself that events happened differently to what they did. (Really trying to not spoil her. Sorry if vague). She believed her own lies that much, she didn’t really have any good points to redeem her, she was very possessive and at times didn’t treat the people around her right and as they should be taught.

Sophie, she could tell how Frankie was and once we find out a few secrets (Don’t want to say because of spoilers). Sophie begins to see what kind of person Frankie is and we can see how it goes from a very tight friendship to one where Sophie doesn’t know what to do and how to act around Frankie. I felt like in the parts that she told Frankie spent most of her time putting Sophie down and making her feel bad for how she looked and act. Sophie should have had more convinced and in the novel, we do see the change in Sophie.

Daniel is a brilliant actor I have so much to say about this but I don’t want to spoil you guys! You need to read this! Daniel was very much playing Frankie and I didn’t even guess it! I was so surprised and I loved him as a character. As I say I want to say so much more but do not want to spoil it for you.

In the story Frankie depicts Leon (the boy Sophie was dating) as very angry and unstable and that he just didn’t care about Sophie and that’s so far from the truth. He really did care about her and it showed not only in the past but in the future when Frankie began to question him over Sophie’s death. He didn’t want to bring up old past memories and the scenes where they were together it was really cute and I really enjoyed it.

It was a slight happy ending for Daniel, Leon, Mia and (someone else but Spoilers). I did not guess the ending, I didn’t guess anything in this story. I only guessed that Frankie was a little unstable but I didn’t guess anything that happened. I love it when I don’t guess, though! The epilogue was very clever it was told as if it was from a chapter in the book he was writing about catching a killer, it was very good and added to the story.

I rated this 4.5/5 stars on Goodreads.