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ALL THE WRONG CHORDS BY CHRISTINE HURLEY DERISO REVIEW | ALISON

REVIEW – ALL THE WRONG CHORDS by Christine Hurley Deriso


Scarlett is living with her grandfather for the summer shorty after her brother dies. When she is introduce to a local band she falls for the bad boy, but what happens when she starts taking notice in another band member, not to mention they asked her to join the band.

Okay, things I liked about the book, Sacrett, I liked and felt for most of the time. I liked the idea of the story, but there are things I found bothersome. Declan the bad boy was definitely a jerk, but there was something in the book where he revealed a personal thing and I didn’t like the way the other characters treated it as if it wasn’t a big deal. It does not excuse him for being a player and a jerk, but I found that part to be insensitive.

I also felt like when her best friend revealed his big secret, her sister was acting like she was overreacting. If I were Scarlett I would have been super mad and extremely hurt.

It ended in a good way, but this book just lacked a whole lot of feeling out of me.

*I received an arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I reviewed this book for my blog LovelyAlisonReads

3 stars!
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Synopsis:
Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy–a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?
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WONDER WOMAN BY LEIGH BARDUGO REVIEW | LAUREN

“She grabbed him by his collar.

‘What are you?’ he gasped.

A hundred answers came to mind, but she opted for the easiest one.

‘A tourist.’”

– Leigh Bardugo Wonder Woman: Warbringer

**Spoilers**

Personally, I felt the beginning of the novel was slow. The chapters felt long, and I was having trouble getting into the plot. It didn’t help that I wasn’t loving Alia. I began to dive into the plot when Diana began experiencing New York City, and after meeting Nim, I felt closer to Alia and she grew on me. I loved the spark between Diana and Jason, AND THEN JASON HAD TO MESS IT UP. I honestly didn’t see that plot twist coming, I thought maybe Theo or Nim were the traitors. Guess not. I really thought Nim had a cute personality though. The middle of the novel really picked up more speed compared to the beginning. I didn’t like how Jason also had strength and speed close to Diana’s. Diana and Superman are supposed to be the only people that strong if i’m being honest. But seriously, Jason’s betrayal was the worst. I loved seeing another origin story of Wonder Woman, and a different version of her leaving the island. I can’t wait for Marie Lu’s Batman in January!

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BOOK CHALLENGE TAG | ANA PAULA

Hello everyone! After a long period of gift shopping, holiday preparations, and finals
finally being over, I’m glad to say I’m finally able to read as much as I used to.
Reading has always been a very important part of my life, making me more aware of the
world around me, seeing it through a different perspective, and also simply because I
enjoy it thoroughly.
Today, I’d like to make a book challenge tag I was tagged about a year ago, but that I
had never gotten myself to doing it.

First fandom

Although it may be very cliché, I’ll admit Harry Potter was my first fandom ever. I
remember the first book series I read for myself was “The Chronicles of Narnia”,
however, since I was about 7 years old, I didn’t get into the fandom. Nevertheless, after I
read Harry Potter, I was just starting to surf the Internet, so I stumbled upon fandoms.

Favourite book

I’ve read many books since I started reading, every one with a different style, genre, and
that have brought me different emotions. When I was about 15 years old, I came across
a book that changed the way in which I read, and that I still consider to be my favourite
book of all times, and that is The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Favourite series

Most of the book series I’ve read have been YA, I have to be honest. They’ve all caught
me in a different way (except for a few, which I’ll be talking about in my next blog post),
but I consider, and for a long period of time will, the Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus
series to be the best one yet. Why? Because it’s one of the only series that, although
kinda long, has conserved its initial excitement.

Favourite male character

Okay okay okay, this one’s going to be the strangest I’ll ever say. I don’t have an all-time
favourite male character yet, however, if I only consider the books I read during this
year, I would say Jean-Baptiste Grenouille from Perfume is my favourite. He’s such a
round and complex character that can be seen from different perspectives and whom
you can empathise even when he can be a psychopath.
Favourite female character

Here, I would place two characters whom I have clicked with. One is Liesel Meminger, a
girl whom I share my love for reading with, and the other one is Arya Stark, a girl who
was born in Westeros in a society where women are seen as inferior, and who only
wants to be treated as everyone else. They both represent a part of my personality.

Favourite time to read

When I was in middle school, I highly enjoyed to read on the school bus. It took me
about half an hour to arrive to school, so I had at least one hour a day to read if I only
read there. Now that I’ve switched schools and mine is about 10 minutes away, this isn’t
an option anymore, so I prefer to make a time before I go to sleep to read and relax for a
while.

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THE BREATHLESS BY TARA GOEDJEN | LISA

The BreathlessThe Breathless by Tara Goedjen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“Today is her sixteenth birthday. In two years she’ll be dead, but she doesn’t know that.”

My Synopsis:

One of the student-staff tutors I with always asks me about the books I read. When he asked me about The Breathless by Tara Goedjen, I was really at a loss for words, and he looked at me like I a crazy person as I tried to summarize the plot to him. Even though the synopsis on the back of the book sounds interesting, the story was poorly constructed making it hard to explain the book to others. Now that I have finished the whole book, I will try my best to write a short synopsis: A year ago Ro Cole drowned, and the only suspect, her boyfriend Cage, disappeared. With the discovery of a family heirloom by her younger sister, Mae, and the mysterious return of Cage, there may be a way to bring Ro back to life. But first Mea must unlock secrets of her family’s past.

“Lance and Cage were the last two people to see her; they had to know more than they claimed.”

Dislikes:

I debated between giving The Breathless by Tara Goedjen 2 or 3 out of 5 stars because I loved the ideas for the story, but unfortunately, it read like a rough draft . Normally when you get to the climax of the story, all the pieces start falling into place. That did not happen with this story. I was left with too many unanswered questions at the end of the novel. If the plot was developed better, I would not have found the story so confusing. SPOILER ALERT: Goedjen could have added a few more chapters explaining the backstory of how Lance was initiated by Ro and what “initiate” even means. It would have also been nice to read a few chapters about what happened to Cage during his accident, who “raised” Cage, and how is Cage related to the Cole family.

Likes:

Even though the story felt unfinished to me, I still enjoyed Goedjen’s writing and word choice. There were quite a few beautiful lines of writing that I underlined, including a contrasting description of Ro and Mae, “Ro saw the world as her own ocean, ready to be mapped, but Mae saw riptides and currents and whirlpools and knew to be cautious.” I definitely relate more to Mae because I am a worry-wort. Goedjen does a fantastic job of describing everyday experience like memory, “The black door in her mind shook on its hinges. She knew there was something important to remember, but it was gone now. She also used beautiful similes and metaphors throughout the novel, “The house reminds me of stagnant water, yet this girl lives in its depths like some sort of siren, the kind his uncle talks about” and “And then, looking out the window at the crested ground that meets the glass panes like a wave, Cage realizes why the house seems so strange. I feels like a sinking ship.”

My Recommendations:

I recommend this story to readers who enjoy playing detective while reading. You almost need to take notes while reading so you can piece the story together. Fans of V. C. Andrews will also love the creepy tone and mood of Goedjen’s writing. Again, I really love the ideas behind the story so I hope the publishers decide to spend another year revising this manuscript and publish a second edition.

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SIX OF CROWS BY LEIGH BARDUGO REVIEW | ALISON

REVIEW – SIX OF CROWS BY Leigh Bardugo

A riveting, enchanting, action packed magical ride

Notorious thief, Kaz Brekker, the under ground king of Katterdam is approached to do the impossible, which is break into the Ice Court and retrieve a hostage, but he needs his team and one other person to do the job. With the six of them can it be done or will they all suffer the consequences?

I have been dying to read this book for awhile now and the time has finally come! I completely devoured this book. I could not put it down and it definitely held me captive. I was nervous and excited. Throughout the whole book I was on the edge of my seat with worry and anticipation.

Kaz is the man, I loved his character, actually I loved all six of them, it is very rare where I love most of the characters in a book, but I truly loved them all.

The ending had me wanting to scream and I can not wait to start Crooked Kingdom!

5 stars!
 
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Synopsis:
Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

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MEET THE AUTHOR: ANNIE WOODS | NAJA

We were very luck and got Annie Wood’s first novel First Came Forever to read and review, so we dedicated a whole week last week to First Came Forever reviews.

In case you missed other reviews you can read them here:

  • Click here to read Githmi’s review of First Came Forever
  • Click here to read Alison’s review of First Came Forever
  • Click here to read Lauren’s review of First Came Forever
  • Click here to read Ana Paula’s review of First Came Forever
  • Click here to read my review of First Came Forever
  • Click here to read Tanushka’s review of First Came Forever

So now, that we all know how awesome and amazing her novel is I think that it is time to find out who Annie even is. A while ago I started a new blog series on my Blissful Life Project blog and it is a series where authors introduce themselves to my readers. Here is what Annie shared with us. Enjoy! 🙂

“Hi there,

I’m Annie Woods, author of the YA novel First Came Forever (the first book in the Angelheart Saga trilogy).

Avatar Annie Woods White

I grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, but I’ve spent a lot of time in USA, mostly in New York, and England. I feel like I have two home towns – Stockholm and New York, but most of all home is where my family is. My family, yes, I am married and have two gorgeous children. And a dog.

Reading has always been a big part of my life, I’m a true bookworm who sometimes (too often) prefer books to people… I just love to read and travel through books!
Besides books I also love music, theatre, dance, art and movies; anything that brings magic to your life, really.
I also love traveling with my family and experiencing the world together and doing outdoor activities, like hiking, surfing or skiing. I’ve been hiking a lot in the Swedish mountains as well as in Yosemite in US and skied a lot in the Alps. I’ve also done some other exciting traveling, which you probably can tell from reading First Came Forever, for example through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mocambique. In Zimbabwe we stayed at in tents in the middle of nowhere, doing amazing walking safaris at sunrise, and in Botswana we did hippo safaris on the river. I also love Cambodia and Vietnam, which is quite obvious from the book… On the top of my bucket list I have walking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu, I hope to be able to do that very soon!
I’m a person who freezes very easily, so I love the sun and being in warm countries. (Funny, considering that I live in cold Sweden most of the time and in NY during winter, which is also as far from warm as you can get…) My favorite thing is when it’s warm enough to lie under a sunshade (preferably in a hammock under a large tree) reading books without being cold. I love the feeling of being outdoor and healthy, when in reality you’re just lying still and reading…
Other things I love are Italian food, champagne and, embarrassingly enough, Cosmopolitan drinks (yes very 1990s and Sex and The City-ish, I know…) But more than anything I love YA books. I have always been a huge YA fan. Teen love stories just have so much more to them, with all their intensity and all-consuming feelings; the first crush and the emotion of it all; the coming of age and accepting who you are. And the characters you get to know and love and who stay with you long after the story is over.

I started writing as a way of extending my love of reading YA stories, when new stories of my own kept popping up in my mind. First Came Forever is my first novel and very dear to me. It’s the first book in The Angelheart Saga trilogy following 18-year- old Erica Lindell as an unexpected meeting changes her life forever.

It’s a story I’ve been carrying with me for years. The image of Erica and how she moved to US for love came to me on a vacation in California over four years ago. Driving along Highway 1 the plot and the other characters crystalized; how she meets Sasha and falls heads over heels in love with him, but how difficult even such a strong love can be when reality hits with their different worlds and the mixed feelings for Tyler that intrudes Erica’s mind. On the plane back home I started writing this book. I am so nervous and excited about sharing the story with you all and to hear what you think about it. I really hope that you will get to love Erica, Sasha and Tyler just as much as I do!

I also have to admit that Erica is pretty much based off of myself… Erica is just a tiny bit… oh, alright, A LOT… smarter and better looking and with way more integrity. But, just like me, she’s clumsy (we both actually walk into walls, missing the door opening), a kind of bad driver, but a great runner finding peace and quiet and respite from all demands out in the woods with her running shoes on.

Tyler is a classic jock, at least that’s how he appears at first, but there is more to him than meets the eye. (Even though that isn’t so bad. Not bad at all actually.) And then there’s Sasha. The love of Erica’s life. Well, I can’t tell you so much more than that, as it would be a spoiler alert. But I can tell you this: if there would be a First Came Forever movie I would cast Kit Harington as Sasha. He would be so spot on! (Or, if he’d still be too busy with the GoT, I could settle for Douglas Booth or Dave Franco.)
As for the nearest future, I’m almost done with the first draft of the manuscript for the second book in the Angelheart Saga trilogy. All I can say is that here is a LOT going on. Some unexpected twist. Some truly heart-wrenching decisions. And Erica’s life will take yet another change of direction. But if you have any suggestions or ideas or persons you’d like to get more attention in the next book, or persons you don’t like and want me to get rid of, please reach out to me! I’d love feedback and to hear what you wish for! When re-reading the manuscript you always make a lot of changes and add or remove parts, so your feedback might still set the story on another direction!
Since I decided already from the start that it should be a trilogy, I then naturally have the third and final installment to write. I’m anticipating that it will be really hard to write, as I have to wrap everything up then, not leaving any loose ends and, potentially, have to break a heart or two. I’d love for every character in the book to get a happy ending, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to accomplish that. I already feel like I’m gonna eat a lot of ice cream and have lots of ugly cry moments writing that book.
The parts about writing a book that I like the most is when the characters takes over, when they kind of creates their own story. That happened several times for me when writing First Came Forever. It was especially Tyler and Francesca who worked their magic on me. They were never meant to play such important roles, but they just grew on me and made me so interested and intrigued by them that I just wrote more and more about them…

The hardest part to write was definitely the sex scenes. (I’m blushing just thinking about it…) I actually thought about not having any explicit sex scenes at first, but then I really felt that they were important for the story, so I just had to bite the bullet. I’ve worked really hard to get them to be sweet and overwhelming at the same time (definitely nowhere near any kind of Fifty Shades of Grey- sex!). It was especially awkward when my husband read the book. But he took it really well.

Besides my husband and the publisher, no one has read the book (as I am using a pen name I couldn’t really ask my friends to read it…) so the first person besides my husband to read it was Rose Tomes of Tea With Rose’s Tomes. Luckily she loved the book and wrote a wonderful review about it, I can’t tell you how much that meant to me!

So, about the pen name. I use it to keep my YA author life a bit separate from my other professional life. Kind of lame, I know. Sorry about that. The avatar is however made by a friend and really resembles me (so much that some of my friends might soon figure out that I’m behind Annie Woods…) so it really feels like it’s me anyway.

For the future I hope to be able to write more full-time than between driving my kids to soccer practice and during nights after working full-time in the day. The hope is to spend more time in New York and have full weeks where I can just focus on writing. (And drinking Cosmopolitans.) I have so many more stories I’d like to tell!

Favorite quotes from First Came Forever

“With you I feel and I trust my feelings and I trust you and I’m happy. With you, everything is different – like there are no normal rules.”

“Well, that would never happen, would it? I’m so not your type. I’m definitely not blonde enough, my boobs aren’t ridiculously big and my IQ is way too high.”

“You’ve changed,” she finally said. “Really changed. “Why? What happened?”
“You happened.”

“The more I got to know you, the more amazing you were. And the more I wanted you to like me, to see the real me and not the cold, selfish, shallow guy I let the others see. I thought I was broken till you came along. You bring out the best of me, you make me want to be the best me I can.”

Links:
Webpage: http://www.anniewoodsbooks.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Annie-Woods-184208605453303/

Facebook Angelheart Saga discussion group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1930777123856506/?source_id=184208605453303

Twitter: http://twitter.com/anniewoodsYA

Instagram: http://instagram.com/anniewoodsauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36001305-first-came-forever

Amazon.co.uk: https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Came-Forever-Angelheart-Saga/dp/178465261X/

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/First-Came-Forever-Angelheart-Saga/dp/178465261X/

Barnes & Nobles: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-came-forever-annie-

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AMANDA WAKES UP BY ALISYN CAMEROTA REVIEW | LISA

Amanda Wakes UpAmanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

‘“All that cable news has done is divide this country in half. You’ve got liberals and conservatives, red and blue, black and white, right and wrong, okay? Now what if… what if– he paused dramatically to let his hypothetical hang midair– “what if, there could be one news network that would have all of those in one place? What if the point were not to divide the country, but to bring everyone together?”’

My Synopsis:

Amanda Wakes Up by Alisyn Camerota is a satire of the presidential election season and broadcast journalism. Amanda, a young 20 something, has aspired to be a top news anchor since she was 15, and now she has her chance with a brand new network. FAIR news promises to give its audience what it wants: information about both sides of the issue. Caught up in a living changing career move, Amanda begins to question what she knows about journalism, politics, and the American people.

I was skeptical when I first started reading the book because there was curse words on every single page. I know some people enjoy that, but I personally think there are better ways to express oneself. Then a few pages in, the characters started bashing conservatives and republicans. The book describes CNN as being unbiased, and I literally laughed out loud at that. I was tempted to close the book and leave it unfinished, which I really hate to do, but I decided to stick with it and see if the writing became less slanted. I am actually glad I finished the book because the writing was hilarious, and Camerota brought up a lot of relevant questions about journalism.

‘“Now imagine this: What if you had one-stop shopping for news consumers? What if Republicans and Democrats, midwesterners and northeasterners, old and young, could all watch the same news network?”’

Camerota delves into the purpose and role of broadcast journalism. This is a super relevant topic today. As revealed in the story, current news stations seemed to have picked a side: left or right. Instead of reporting the facts, most are only reporting one opinion or one side of the story. Then you have those channels not attempting to report the news at all. Instead, they play Youtube videos and have gimmicky segments just for laughs. A big eye opener was when Camerota discussed news stations being run like a business and only focussing on the ratings. To keep ratings up, stations must give the viewers what they want whether or not what the viewers want is facts based news or opinion based stories. This story gave me a lot to think about. Is the new black or white? Should it only be objective? Is the report’s job to solve the problems or only present the information?

My Recommendations:

If you are looking for a quick, funny read, this might be one to try. I recommend this book to journalism majors and people interested in topics like politics and mass media. Alisyn Camerota has worked in broadcast media for 20+ years so she has a lot of behind the scenes insight.

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FIRST CAME FOREVER REVIEW #6. | TANUSHKA

First Came Forever by Annie Woods Mini Review

Book I in the Angel Heart Saga by Annie Woods

Hello guys, after time off I am back. My other job is basically taking all of my time. If I’m not working, I’m sleeping. So Im here today with a mini review of First Came Forever by Annie Woods. A more detailed review will be up here and on my blog when I have more time.

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My thoughts about the book: I’ve loved it. Annie’s writing style makes the story even more interesting, the cover is simple yet so gorgeous and the scenery is spectacular. I want to travel everywhere now after reading this book. The characters, you will love them, or as in my case you will like some things and some things you will not.

Well, this is all for now. Like I said before, a more detailed review will be up soon. Thank you for taking some of your time to read this. Have an amazing day everyone!!

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FIST CAME FOREVER REVIEW #5. | NAJA

Hello and welcome back to Nocturnal Book Club blog!

As you have probably already noticed we are dedicating this week on Nocturnal Book Club blog to Annie Woods first novel First Came Forever. I would like to thank Annie for sending us all her book and making it possible for us to have this book as our first monthly read! 🙂

In case you missed other reviews you can read them here:

  • Click here to read Githmi’s review of First Came Forever
  • Click here to read Alison’s review of First Came Forever
  • Click here to read Lauren’s review of First Came Forever
  • Click here to read Ana Paula’s review of First Came Forever

 

I usually never read romance books, unless if it is Colleen Hoover’s romance books because I haven’t found anything as lovely and pleasant to read as her books, until now!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I was thrilled that part of the story is set in December, it made the book even more alluring to me! First Came Forever is a lovely novel about love, romance, and friendship. The story is set around Erica and Sasha, who are the main characters in the book.

*** SPOILER ALERT ***

I really liked the book but I couldn’t completely immerse into it, let me explain. Going on a trip with friends, falling in love and realizing that the one you love is from a royal family didn’t seem realistic to me but on the other hand, it made a perfect story to read!

At moments the book was a bit slow and I had to force myself to keep reading, but that happens to me with almost every book I read. The end of the book was, however, a very very tragic one and I can’t wait to read the second book! For an hour or so after reading this book I actually hated Annie a bit for leaving her lovely readers like this! Don’t worry Annie, we’re all good now! 🙂

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I am giving it 5/5 stars for sure! I would definitely recommend reading it.

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