Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour (Review): FEUDS by Avery Hastings (YA)


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by Avery Hastings
Release date: September 2nd, 2014
Published by: St. Martin's Griffith 
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: eGalley


SUMMARY

In this breathless story of impossible love, perfection comes at a deadly cost.

For Davis Morrow, perfection is a daily reality. Like all Priors, Davis has spent her whole life primed to be smarter, stronger, and more graceful than the lowly Imperfects, or “Imps.” A fiercely ambitious ballerina, Davis is only a few weeks away from qualifying for the Olympiads and finally living up to her mother’s legacy when she meets Cole, a mysterious boy who leaves her with more questions each time he disappears.

Davis has no idea that Cole has his own agenda, or that he’s a rising star in the FEUDS, an underground fighting ring where Priors gamble on Imps. Cole has every reason to hate Davis - her father’s campaign hinges on the total segregation of the Imps and Priors - but despite his best efforts, Cole finds himself as drawn to Davis as she is to him.

Then Narxis, a deadly virus, takes its hold - and Davis’s friends start dying. When the Priors refuse to acknowledge the epidemic, Davis has no one to turn to but Cole. 

Falling in love was never part of their plan, but their love may be the only thing that can save her world.


PURCHASE LINKS




MY REVIEW

I was not aware that FEUDS would have such a similar feel to the likes of Romeo and Juliet's forbidden love, angst and secrets. Set in a dystopian world, with a sci-fi twist, the combination of it all is promising and entertaining with great writing and favorable characters... 

In this dystopian world, society has been divided into two: the Priors -  the rich, the elite, the powerful. They have been able to genetically improve humans to be smarter, stronger and flawlessly beautiful. The Imps, are the imperfects - they are normal humans, they have flaws, are not as smart and live in the Slants outside of town where everything is dirty and rundown. It is illegal of Priors and Imps to be involved with each other... 

Davis is a dancer, ballet is her profession. She strives to be the best of the best in order to follow in her mother's footsteps and compete in the Olympiads. She is privileged, and often times she reminds herself how lucky she is. Her father is an important person in society, and she believes in him and the rules - Priors are superior and Imps are dangerous savages. 

And then she meets Cole. 
Teen love, always so rushed, pure and open.

Cole walks in and is completely smitten with Davis' beauty. He instantly feels connected to her in ways he never knew he could. He would never intentionally harm her in any way, and will do whatever he can to protect her. Even from himself... Cole is a fighter. He has been fighting in the Feuds for a long time now. He doesn't like it, but he thinks that this is the only way that he can provide for his family and then their ticket out of this life. Meeting Davis was definitely not expected.

And then Cole learns who Davis is.
Davis learns who Cole is and what he does.
Things do not bode well for them. Their lives start unraveling at a fast pace...
Especially when Davis shows signs of being sick with the virus that is killing off Priors at a pretty quick rate. 

Oh, how I wish there was more! I feel like I got shorted on some details regarding the the importance of the Olympiads (perhaps in book 2?); and most of all, there is certain detail that Davis learns about herself and her family, which she barely had a chance to investigate, but never confronted her father with  - she had the knowledge and the moment for it, but... I feel that this would have been something hugely pivotal for the first book, something more for us to grasp onto besides the expected cliffhanger ending. 

Overall, I am anticipating that the series will get better with more details, history, reveals and twists! This is definitely a book that will keep you thinking about the "what if's"... just like Romeo and Juliet's story.

In my opinion, if you liked MYSTIC CITY by Theo Lawrence and/or BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards you will definitely enjoy FEUDS too!


*An eGalley was sent from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.



The prequel novella to FEUDS, RIVAL, will be released on December 2nd, 2014!!!

SUMMARY

An e-original story, prequel to The Feuds Series by Avery Hastings, opening a window into Davis's life before Feuds...Davis Morrow has always been a little bit afraid to fall in love, to lose her focus, to be anything other than perfect. But while relaxing in an elite spa after another grueling rehearsal for a ballet showcase, Davis meets Seth, a trainer with intense eyes and a chiseled face to match his athletic build... and everything changes.

Unlike the other guys she’s dated, Seth seems to get her—he understands how difficult her routine is, how hard she must work. Their first kiss leaves her mind spinning like an endless pirouette. Dating trainers is forbidden—but, like her best friend Vera insists, forbidden love is the best kind.

Then a threatening message from her dance rival, Gabrielle, brings her world tumbling down. Will Seth be the secret she needs to succeed, heart open for the first time? Or will this heated romance become her greatest rival yet?



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Avery Hastings

Avery Hastings is an author and former book editor from New York City. 

Avery grew up in Ohio, graduated in 2006 from the University of Notre Dame and earned her MFA from the New School in 2008. 

When she's not reading or writing, Avery can usually be spotted lying around in the park with her affable dog. Like her protagonists, she knows how to throw a powerful right hook and once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. I

n addition to New York, Avery has recently lived in Mumbai and Paris, but is happy to call Brooklyn home (for now).


Cover Reveal: PUPPET by Pauline C. Harris (YA)


by Pauline C. Harris
Cover design by Erica Crouch 
Expected release date: October 2014
Published by: Patchwork Press
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy

SUMMARY

Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Cover design by Erica Crouch


MY THOUGHTS

Very original!!! It's amazing!!!

PUPPET is a fairytale retelling of PINOCCHIO!!!

Cannot wait to read this!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Pauline C. Harris

Pauline C. Harris is the author of middle grade and young adult science fiction novels and published her first book at the age of fourteen.  
She's currently working toward a degree in English.  

Other than writing, her time is consumed mainly by reading, playing the violin, watching old black and white movies, and trying to survive her college classes. 


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #70 (August Book Haul Part 2)


I cannot believe that another month has gone by, and more importantly, that our summer is over!
School starts in just a few days... bittersweet time, I'll miss goofing off with my boys, but, I feel that it is time to get back into a regular schedule again and we're all in need of having some time to ourselves, for work and for play :) I'm looking forward to new school adventures with my kiddos, while having some one-on-one time with our baby and also, more time to read and be creative... 




Books I received for review...
- HORRORSTOR: A Novel (PB) by Grady Hendrix (YA) from Quirk Books
- POISONED APPLES: Poems For You, My Pretty (ARC) by Christine Heppermann from HarperCollins
- BEING AUDREY HEPBURN: A Novel (ARC) by Mitchell Kriegman (YA) from St. Martin's Griffin
- HOW TO FALL (Jess Tennant #1) (HB) by Jane Casey (YA) from St. Martin's Griffin
- THE PERFECTIONISTS (ARC) by Sara Shepard (YA) from Harper Teen
- KISS KILL VANISH (ARC) by Jessica Martinez (YA) from Harper Teen
- EVEN IN PARADISE (ARC) by Chelsey Philpot (YA) from Harper Teen

Swag...
- RUN TO YOU quote charm necklace from Clara Kensie... thank you!!! :)

Book-swaps/trades...
- JUST ONE YEAR (Just One Day #2) (HB) by Gayle Forman (YA)
- DOLL BONES (HB) by Holly Black (MG)

What I purchased....
- SLEEPAWAY GIRLS (Whispering Pines #1) (HB) by Jen Calonita (MG/YA)
- THE WHATNOT (The Peculiar #2) (HB) by Stefan Bachmann (MG/YA)


I hope you had a lovely week/month in books as well!
Please leave a comment below so I can visit you as well :) 

Thanks for stopping by!!! xoxo

Friday, August 29, 2014

Book Trailer Friday #1: GHOST HOUSE by Alexandra Adornetto (YA)


I have a new addiction: BOOK TRAILERS!!!
I'm an "old lady" who doesn't do much late Friday nights except read... 
until I discovered that there are a lot of book trailers out there! And more and more are being made and released, and I cannot help myself! I'm going to start sharing a few of my old and new favorite book trailers :) 


by Alexandra Adornetto
Expected release date: August 26th, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Genre: Young Adult Horror
Format: Hardcover, eBook, Audio Book


SUMMARY

After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother's country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander's past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.





GHOST HOUSE book trailer



MY THOUGHTS

A ghost with secrets. A love that awakens another vengeful ghost.

The music is eerie, intriguing and suspenseful.
Alexander is handsome, and seems spiteful.
Isobel does not seem like a ghost I would want haunting me.

Overall, the trailer has me on the edge of my seat and I cannot wait to read GHOST HOUSE soon! 



Let me know what you think!
Or leave a book trailer recommendation :) 

Happy weekend!!! xo

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Review: TRIAL BY FIRE (The Worldwalker Trilogy #1) by Josephine Angelini (YA)


The Worldwalker Trilogy #1
by Josephine Angelini
Expected release date: September 2nd, 2014
Published by: Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: ARC from publisher


SUMMARY

This world is trying to kill Lily Proctor. Her life-threatening allergies keep her from enjoying experiences that others in her hometown of Salem take for granted, which is why she is determined to enjoy her first high school party with her best friend and longtime crush, Tristan. But after a humiliating incident in front of half her graduating class, Lily wishes she could just disappear.

Suddenly, Lily is in a different Salem—one overrun with horrifying creatures and ruled by powerful women called Crucibles. Strongest and cruelest of them all is Lillian . . . Lily's other self in this alternate universe.

What makes Lily weak at home is what makes her extraordinary in New Salem. In this confusing world, Lily is torn between responsibilities she can't hope to shoulder alone and a love she never expected.



TRIAL BY FIRE book trailer



MY REVIEW

When an author can create a whole new world within our own, and make it even more complicated, twisted and magical all at the same time - there will never be enough words to emphasize how brilliant their writing is! The creativity, world-building  and character growth that is brought to life is outstanding, for lack of a better word... 

Our main character, Lily, is a sweet mess - highly allergic to almost everything around her, she struggles to keep up in school and is somewhat of an outcast among her peers. But, she is confident and smart and doesn't let much get in her way. She demands equality, respect and is responsible for things that no sickly teen should be held accountable for. And her bestest friend, her only friend since childhood, Tristan, who has never been able to get his act together but who has always been a true friend to Lily - he knows her more than she knows herself. Except for one thing... and Lily goes through more hurt than any broken hearted girl ever had to. To the point where we think we might lose our Lily...

And then the most unthinkable has happened... Lilian intervenes. A
Lillian, another version of Lily has reached out, has used an unknown magic to bring Lily through a parallel universe of sorts. Lillian, who was once on the good side, has had to make herself the villain of the story. We don't know why. And as much as I wanted to hate her, I just couldn't. There is a right to all the wrong she is doing... we just don't know what it is yet. A person who is willing to sacrifice themselves to the most wicked things, there is a story to be heard here...

And then, we meet Rowen.

Rowen thinks Lily is Lillian, and Lily pays the price for it dearly. But when he learns the truth, he is honest and apologizes for his mistakes. He can see that Lily is different and is very willing to accept and respect her ways. He greatly makes up for his cruelty; and makes it so hard not to fall for him. The more we learn about him, his past and his relationship with Lillian, the more we feel for him and understand what is going on, not only in the present, but also, the history of magic and everything that everyone is fighting for.

We also meet other characters that are paralleled from the world Lily came from. It is interesting to see how alike they are, and not. The mildest things have transformed these characters into new characters - so unique and interesting. I need more of this! And it is not only this, but the way the world building and atmosphere is so alike is also intriguing; it is difficult to explain - the details are all there, without an overabundance of boredom at all, the author is quite intricate with details, but precise. Everything flows to create this alternate world so realistically... the particulars on how a person gains and uses magic, how it is measured, and how powerful it can be in the wrong hands is so cleverly laid out. This is a world that I would like to learn more from and do wish to see in more details.

This was my first Josephine Angelini book, I cannot emphasize enough on how much I enjoyed it, it is the beginning of a new fandom for me! I am overly excited for books 2 and 3... you must add them all to your TBRs and wishlists! I insist!


*An ARC was sent by the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Josephine Angelini 

Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. 
She graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. 

She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.


Review: NUMBER ONE SAM by Greg Pizzoli (C)


by Greg Pizzoli
Release date: May 13th, 2014
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Children's Picture Book
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: Signed hardcover from BEA.




SUMMARY

They're off! 
Sam is the best race-car driver in history - 
he is number one at every race!

But when his best friend, Maggie, shows that she has racing talent of her own, 
Sam doesn't know how to handle coming in second place. 

Will he learn what it truly means to be a winner?










MY REVIEW

This picture book easily became a favorite just by seeing it from the corner of my eye while standing in line at BEA. The cover alone instantly caught my attention - the classic look, colors and illustrations reminded me of my own childhood. I just knew that I had to have this book!

NUMBER ONE SAM is about a pup named Sam who is used to always being the best race car driver and coming into first place in all the races. On the day of the biggest race yet, Sam is not worried that he will excel and win the trophy again. His overconfidence keeps him right up front right next to his best friend, Maggie. They ride beside each other right to the end... and Maggie wins!
Sam doesn't know what to do. He's the best racer, how could this have happened? He doesn't even know what to say to Maggie; so he doesn't say anything at all...
And during the next race, Sam has to make an important decision that will cause him to lose again.
Sam has never lost before? What will he do? Can he risk losing again?

Sam will teach our kids what it is to be a good sport, that winning isn't everything and whether you win or lose, your friends will always be there for you. 

Adorable story with the cutest illustrations! I highly recommend this book to everyone that has little ones (preschoolers/kindergartners) and all those who adore and collect picture books - this one is sure to brighten up your day and your bookshelf!


*A signed hardcover copy was obtained at BEA for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Release Day (Excerpt, Book Sale and Giveaway): GUARDIAN by Courtney Cole (YA)




by Courtney Cole
Release date: August 28th, 2014
Published by: Self-published
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance 
Format: eBook


SUMMARY

Sometimes, things that go bump in the night are real.

My name is Whitney Lane. I’m sixteen years old and at first, I thought I was crazy.

I kept seeing shadows move along walls, and hearing whispers around corners, but whenever I looked, there was never anything there.

Until one day, there was.

Our world isn’t what we think. There are things around us, good things, bad things, scary things.

Things that we tell ourselves aren’t real, but they are.

They’re very real, and they’re terrifying.

I’ve been swept up now, in a battle of good and evil, confused about love and what is supposed to be love, but isn’t. I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t trust my emotions and I don’t know what is true.

There’s only one thing I know for sure.

Nothing is what it seems.



EXCERPT

Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real. 

Happy birthday to me. 
 I close my eyes and burrow into my pillow as I try to sleep, as I try to escape this life. 
It’s a life I never thought I’d have, a life I most certainly don’t want. 
I’m still feeling sorry for myself as the blackness of sleep finally overtakes me. 
I don’t know what time it is when I shoot straight upward like a rocket.  Something had yanked me from the oblivion of sleep, something loud and shrill scraping my window.
My room is completely dark and I glanceat my clock in confusion. 
3:00 a.m.
As my heart pounds hard against my ribcage, I quickly scan every corner of the room.
 In the last few hours, dark shadows had migrated onto my pink walls, but they’re familiar, nothing out of the ordinary, although in the night, they seem twisted and scary.  
I remain motionless as I allow the sleep-induced fog to clear from my brain.
As I sit, I feel common sense and logic slowly returning.
Of course nothing had touched my window because my bedroom is on the second floor. Nothing can reach it.  And there are no trees near enough to brush against it.  It was just a dream.
It was only a dream.
I chant it silently to myself like a mantra as I consciously slow my breathing down, hoping that my racing pulse will soon follow. It was only a dream.
But just as I’m calming down, I hear it again.
A high-pitched shrill shriek, reminiscent of fingernails on a chalkboard, scraping down my window. I gasp and pull my feet up to my chest, which is when I notice the temperature. 
I notice because I can see my breath.
Timidly, I blow a puff out again, watching the way my breath turns white in the air. 
Holy crap.  Oh my God. 
What the hell?
The sound stops and stillness surrounds me once again, the silence so loud that it echoes in my ear.
Nothing moves around me, the shadows are perfectly still as they twist across my wall.  They look like mangled fingers and arms and legs, but they don’t move. 
My legs are weak and shaking, but I know I have to move.   I have to move off my bed because it feels like something is under it.  Something terrifying. 
With a leap, I bound across the room, my feet hitting the floor several feet away from the edge of my bed. 
The floor is ice cold, as though it had been covered in a blanket of snow. 
I’m trembling as I race to the far wall and check the thermostat.  Because that’s the only explanation.  I must’ve bumped it earlier, I must’ve turned the AC way down. 
But the luminous numbers stare at me in contradiction. 
74 degrees. 
It must be broken.  It has to be broken.
My breath is coming in pants now, terrified, anxious pants. 
My fear isn’t logical.  I know there’s nothing here.  I’m the only one in this room. 
Or am I?
The air seems to push at me from all around, something dark, something heavy, something real.  Something unseen. 
My fingers shake, my legs tremble, and then all of a sudden, they can no longer support my weight.  I go down like a pile of bricks, collapsing onto the floor.  I lie still because I can’t move, because something seems to sit on my chest, holding me down. 
The shadows start to move, to slither across the walls, to reach and pull and dance. 
I struggle to focus, to see what it is. 
But all I can see are the numbers on the thermostat suddenly moving, rapidly counting down from 74 to 20. 
Twenty degrees?
The air is frigid as I suck it in, as I try to pull the ice crystals into my mouth so I can breathe. 
All of a sudden, there’s a blackness in front of me.  It hovers over me, a shapeless mass, sucking in the cells of the air, the atoms and the molecules.  It’s darker than the blackness of my room, blacker than the blackest black. 
Something is here. 
With me. 
“Dad?” I whisper in a white puff.  Because what else could it be?
I reach out a finger to touch it, and then I can’t see anything else, because the darkness of it surrounds me, bleeding into everything else, even my vision.   The shriek is back, screaming into my ears, bleeding into my brain. 
Then there’s nothing.



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Courtney Cole

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.




Review: LITTLE ELLIOT, BIG CITY by Mike Curato (C)


by Mike Curato
Expected release date: August 26th, 2014
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (Macmillan)
Genre: Children (1yo and up)
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: ARC from publisher.



SUMMARY

Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. 

In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy — like cupcakes! 

And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter — a friend.











BOOK TRAILER


MY REVIEW

A delightful and magnificently illustrated children's book about a little elephant who finds encouragement from an unexpected new friend.

Little Elliot is a tiny elephant trying to get by in the Big City. But because of his small size, he is easily lost in the crowd and ignored. It is difficult for him to accomplish daily chores and errands. And most importantly, he can never get the attention nor help he needs to buy a much wanted cupcake.
Until one day, he meets someone who is even smaller than he is -  a little white mouse - who seems to be struggling with the same things that Little Elliot is.
Together they become friends, a team, and they help each other accomplish the things that they have always wanted to do. And in the end, they are finally rewarded with a cupcake.

When it comes to picture books, the actual illustrations have to tell me the story - but they not only need to tell me the story, they also need to make me feel what the characters are feeling and thinking before I read the words that are accompanying that page's storytelling. Mike Curato not only gives us the sweetest little elephant and mouse I have ever seen, but also delivers exactly how a little person would portray and feel being in a large city - making us feel even smaller, lonely and sad. But also, through Little Elliot and his mouse friend, gives us encouragement and hope that one day we can accomplish the big things that we want to do.

Little Elliot may be a tiny elephant, but he has the biggest heart I have ever seen, and felt. I highly recommend adding this to your child's shelf and reading it over and over again... one to be handed down to generations to come!

*I received an ARC from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review: I WANT IT THAT WAY (2B Trilogy #1) by Ann Aguirre (NA)


2B Trilogy #1
by Ann Aguirre 
Release date: August 26th, 2014
Published by: Harlequin HQN
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance 
Format: Paperback, eBook
Format read: eARC from NetGalley


SUMMARY

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she's determined to make them come true—for her parents' sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B…. 


Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can't risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia's and Ty's paths cross, and soon they can't stay away from each other. 

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can't know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.



MY REVIEW

Ann Aguirre's writing is magical. She has an amazing ability to create settings and characters that keep me interested and page-turning, even when I don't want to. And again, I mean that in a positive way. I do like her writing style and was completed invested in the this love story, but I didn't connect to it like the way I was hoping to.

Nadia is doing her best to keep it all together - college, work, friends, study and more work. She barely has the time to eat, let alone, to commit to a relationship right now.
Ty is a single dad who is going to school part-time while working full-time. His world consists of taking care of his son and doing the best he can to succeed in making his dream come true, to become a successful architect. After the tumultuous relationship he had with his son's mother. A commitment of any kind is not in the cards, not now. Not ever.

And then, they meet.

Is it love at first sight? Or lust?
Can they just be friends with benefits? Or is there more?

In the end, I really enjoyed watching Nadia and Ty go through everything that they had to in order to trust each other and finally fall into their happily-ever-after. However, like in Mortal Danger, I feel like something was missing - and I think that its me. I didn't feel the true connection between Nadia and Ty, therefore, I didn't feel connected to them either. I kept craving to see and learn more about Nadia's roommates than theirs. I kept expecting to see a huge twist or some sort of cliffhanger towards the ending of the book, something to bring their relationship to a true test.
Again, Nadia and Ty's story was fun, heartwarming and sweet, but lacked the sizzle I was looking for. I do intend to read the rest of the trilogy and look forward to seeing what the other couples stories will be. 


*An eARC was acquired from the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.



THE 2B TRILOGY

I Want It That Way (Release date 8/26/14)
As Long As You Love Me (Release date 9/30/14)
The Shape of My Heart (Release date 11/25/14)


ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.