Side Effects May Vary
Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book. I simply couldn’t put it down.

The characters were awesome. I LOVED Harvey. Alice was not the most likable character at times but I saw through the nasty person she tended to be to a few select characters. Did those characters deserve it? Maybe, but should Alice have been using her precious time on revenge? Maybe not so completely.

I loved and hated the layout of the story. Chapters from both Alice and Harvey’s points of view from both “Now” and “Then”. The “Then” chapters being flash backs of before “Now”, which was current time. I found some of the “Then” chapters imposing because I REALLY wanted to know what was going to happen in the “Now”. The “Then” chapters were very important though.

I see this being a standalone. However, I would not be opposed to reading more about Alice’s life.

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17 First Kisses
17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book.

The layout was very original. Just like the title suggests we get to experience Claire’s firsts 17 kisses. The timeline switches between present time and her kisses, in order from 1 to 17.

The characters were pretty great. Claire is part of a group of girls, most of them cheerleaders and Claire is a sporty soccer player with more muscles than curves.

I liked Claire a lot. I can’t say the same about her girlfriends. Then again most teenaged females that think they are hot stuff aren’t the nicest people to be friends with.

Sam and Luke and the many other male characters are also great. I really enjoy Sam and wish we could have seen more of him. I had Luke pegged from the beginning and I wish I didn’t. I really wanted him to be as awesome as he was portrayed.

Claire and her family go through some pretty terrible events. The major event is so terrible that I really had a hard time reading about it. As a mother, I simply can not even think about how I might react to the event that happened. If you are not a mother or don’t have younger siblings or close family then the event may not affect you as much.

As for the ending, it was a little too vague and uneventful. I either wish it would have been a longer book to give the ending more detail or the ending should have happened a bit sooner because we are lead up to the end with a lot of events unfolding. The end should have been given a bit more satisfying detail. The only thing I can hope for is a follow-up book that comes back to Claire after she graduates college or maybe there will be a mid-book that covers her years of college. I really didn’t enjoy seeing her lust for some random dude as soon as she moved into her dorm room and then BOOM, THE END.

Should there be more books I will definitely read it as well as anything else by Rachel Allen.

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Storm Siren
Storm Siren by Mary Weber

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well, first, this cover is gorgeous!

This book was fantastic.
Loved the epicness of the setting.
The elemental powers of a select few characters was awesome.

Nym was an awesome character. She is strong, yet struggles with self control and acceptance of her ability.

Eogan, Nym’s elemental trainer, was very cool. I enjoyed him a great deal.
I had a hard time picturing him. He’s very dark skinned, yet he had jagged dark bangs as well as bright emerald eyes.

Colin and Breck were outstanding supporting characters.

I ended up loving the warhorses. How cool were they!?

The only other thing I have to mention is: THE ENDING!!!!!!

ZOMG. WHUT!?

How can I possibly read the next book with that ending?
I feel so defeated but I just know Nym will come out on top, right?

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The One
The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of my most favorite series to date.
Dystopian elements with a Bachelor reality TV twist.
The final installment was everything I wanted and more and less all wrapped together.
There were a few tragic scenes I didn’t enjoy and would have wished for a different outcome.
Overall, I was pleased with how this series ended.
I don’t feel comfortable going into much more detail but suffice it to say that I look forward to reading more by Kiera Cass.

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Burn Out

Burn Out (Burn Out, #1) by Kristi Helvig

EgmontUSA | April 8, 2014 | 272 pages

 

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My Grade

Plot: 5

Setting: 5

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 4

Overall: 29/30 = 96% A

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

Action packed sci-fi futuristic story about a girl and her guns.

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The Shadow Prince
The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1) by Bree Despain
EgmontUSA | March 11, 2014 | 496 pages

 

 

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My Grade

Plot: 4

Setting: 4

Writing: 5

Originality: 5

Characters: 5

Romance: 3

Overall: 26/30 = 86.6% B

Title/Cover Bonus: 2

Overall

Well done mythological story about a prince, a girl, their friends and their enemies.

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Paper Hearts

Paper Hearts by S.R. Savell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

I enjoyed reading this book.

The summary had me sucked right in. Teen angst is a great thing and S.R. Savell writes it like a pro.

The characters are great. Michelle was a tad hard to like at first. She is rough around the edges. We learn that she is an unreliable narrator (hint, hint).

Nathaniel is amazing. I was expecting him to be supernatural or something because of his size and his presence. I almost wish some of the chapters were from his point of view. Michelle sums Nate up nicely:

You’re like Mary Poppins with a penis.

— page 29

Michelle and Nathaniel bond and create an odd but great friendship. That friendship hovers near a line of relationship. There is major chemistry between the two. Michelle has had a tough childhood and Nathaniel even more so.

We meet Nathaniel’s grandmother. She is super cool and added some awesomeness to the story.

Plot wise the story was strong. Since Michelle is an unreliable narrator it gets tricky towards the end. Some scenes are retold a few times because Michelle doesn’t want us to know the truth the first time, so pay attention! The truth that we learn is of a tough subject. This subject is rated R and not appropriate for a young audience.

I can’t say that I love the title, though the cover matches that perfectly.
I enjoyed this book very much. The sweet beginning won me over and the end, though traumatic, was handled with care and written perfectly.

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Better off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Point | February 25, 2014 | 288 pages

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My Grade

Plot: 3

Setting: 4

Writing: 3

Originality: 3

Characters: 3

Romance: 3

Overall: 19/30 = 63% D

Title/Cover Bonus: 5

Overall

A 100% predictable best friend boy and girl duo that have to overcome an array of obstacles to stay friends when their (romantic) feelings for each other cause issues. No dramatic revelations or heart pounding scenes.

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The War Inside (The Horizon Trilogy, #1) by M. Kircher

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform |  August 3, 2013 | 362 pages

Procurement

Kindle edition from author M. Kircher.

My Grade

Plot: 4

Setting: 5

Writing: 4

Originality: 4

Characters: 4

Romance: 3

Overall: 24/30 = 80% B

Title/Cover Bonus: 4

Overall

A mysterious dystopian fantasy with hints of romance, action and supernatural. Heavily character and setting driven.

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Why We Broke Up
Why We Broke Up Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Good book but I didn’t like the ending.

It’s pretty much like the title says: “Why We Broke Up”. You get no more and no less.
Very good writing style and I loved the clip art in the beginning of the chapters. Was very cool to see them in color on my Kindle app.

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