Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Caliph of Khalid marries a new girl everyday and has her killed each morning. Shahrzad volunteers to be a bride, with her own plan to kill the king in revenge for her cousin's death. Neither one of them expects the other. What is different about Shazi is the key to possible change, but secrets, fear, and other's desire for revenge will hamper the love that could grow between them.

What a great retelling. I enjoyed this, but it is a series starter, and hasn't completely ended, at all.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Review: The Start of Me and You

The Start of Me and You The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a fan of Emery Lord; her second book did not disappoint. She even managed to put in Lilah and Reagan from her first book in here in a way that was sweet and subtle rather than gratuitous.

I'd label this one as realistic/contemporary as much as romance. So much of the book is dealing with acceptance of grief, coming of age, and comfort of true friendships.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Review: The Night We Said Yes

The Night We Said Yes The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up because I was in the mood for a second chance romance. I finished it because the alternating chapters of Then (a year ago) and Now, kept me on my toes even though I knew where we were going. It took the "scenic route."

Matt moved away and never returned Ella's phone calls or emails, leaving her worried about him, then heartbroken. They hadn't even broken up! He comes back six months later and wants her to recreate the first night they met, hoping to win her back. Ella's hurt, and rightfully so; Matt had his reasons, for what he did, but she doesn't trust him anymore.

I loved this sweet romance. Matt and Ella are typical teenagers trying to figure out who they are, and how they want to live their lives. I liked the format; I even like the idea of a night where you say yes to everything. (There are limits in game, already in place.)

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Review: Until Friday Night

Until Friday Night Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Maggie doesn't speak anymore; she watched her father kill her mother and is afraid of the sound of her voice. West is hiding his father's terminal illness from his friends so he doesn't have to deal with the pain of loss. Can these two broken kids find a healthy balance with each other or will they just deepen the wounds each carries?

An Abbi Glines book I can have in my high school library! My girls will love this one. It was a fast read, that drew me in, wasn't a fluffy romance, there is some real meat to the issues that Maggie and West are dealing with, and they are handled well.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016