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If You’ve Been Gone

Published June 21, 2016 by Bella



If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: June 20th 2016

Edge of 22 Publishing


If You’re Gone traces a trying summer for rising high school senior Lillian White as she struggles to cope with the sudden disappearance of her boyfriend, Brad Lee – reported missing the morning after his graduation ceremony. When law enforcement dismisses the case and classifies Brad as voluntarily missing, Lillian becomes desperate to prove that he couldn’t have just walked away. Not from his friends. Not from his family. Not from her.

Launching her own investigation into the darker side of her small North Carolina town, Lillian begins to uncover secrets from Brad’s past that force her to question everything she thought she knew about him and their relationship.

“Soul-stirring… Truly one of the most innovative voices to come along in a while. Goodwin has weaved an engaging web of deceit and intrigue that embodies not only her storytelling prowess but highlights her visionary filmmaking abilities in novel form.” (Justin Price, creator of ‘Future’ SVOD channel)


I would rate If You’re Gone 5 out of 5 stars! I really liked how I never got bored throughout the book, which happens in about 75% of the books I read. I would have never figured out the ending, but I do wish it was more intense. Although it didn’t seem boring, I felt like it was dragging bon, as if the author was getting bored at writing that part.

It was definitely worth reading. I would recommend it to any friend who enjoys the categories

  • Romance
  • Soft Mystery (Opposite of intense mystery)
  • Realistic Fiction
  • Young Adult

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About the Author

unspecified-4.jpegBrittany Goodwin is an author, screenwriter and director, best known for the internationally distributed faith-based feature films, Secrets in the Snow and Secrets in the Fall, which have both been awarded the highest honor of five Doves from the
Dove Foundation. Brittany lives outside Nashville, TN with her husband and every gr
owing number of rescue pets. She enjoys traveling with her husband and dogs, DIY projects, quoting John Hughes films, playing (and winning!) movie trivia games, and binge-watching Investigation Discovery Channel. A self-proclaimed armchair detective, Brittany is an active member of many Missing Persons blogs and Facebook pages, which inspired the topic of her debut YA novel, If You’re Gone.

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Cheerleading Can Be Murder

Published June 9, 2016 by Bella

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Goodreads Summary

Getting on the cheerleading squad is hard enough without a psycho on the loose…
For Harrow High freshman Dakota Densford, life should be easy. All she has to worry about is talking to cute boys and remembering her locker combination. But when cheerleading tryouts draw near, she learns the cards are stacked against her—spots on the varsity team are limited. Dakota faces her competition head-on, but when her life is threatened, that takes the competition to a whole new level.
High school is never easy, and freshman year is off to a rough start…
Between Dakota’s uniform being ripped up and masked vandals trashing another girl’s house, everyone is suspect. To complicate matters further, Dakota has a thing for Andy McGraw, but she finds him locking lips with another girl.
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We Were Liars

Published April 7, 2016 by Bella

Author E. Lockhart

Pages 227


Join Cadence during her summer 17 at the Sinclair private island. She hasn’t been to the island ever since she had the accident in summer 15. Now she can’t remember anything from that summer. She wonders what happened, but the pieces never seem to fit. What happened when she was in the water? Why did Gat leave her? What gave her the injury that caused the constant migraines? As her memory slowly recovers, she learns the truth of what really happened during summer 15. Read the rest of this entry →

Since you’ve been gone

Published August 30, 2015 by Bella


Author  Morgan Matson

Pages 449

Price $9.99


Emily and Sloane did everything together, until Sloane disappears. As soon as Emily realizes that her summer is going to be awful without Sloane, she receives a list of tasks. And of course, there are some easy things, and there are things Emily could never imagine. With the help of 3 people she meets along the weird journey to find her friend, she finds some things about herself too. 

My Thoughts

I love everything about this AMAZING book by Morgan Matson. I love the title! At first I thought it was a story about how a girl gets over a breakup with her boyfriend, but the actual idea of the story is way better. I think that the title is brilliant! It is well explained for the plot of the story. I think the cover is cool, but I don’t know if he girl on the cover is Sloane or Dawn. The characters are well-crafted and very different and unique. My favorite character is Collins because he is super funny and outgoing. He is a very interesting character, especially because he is very open. The items on the list are very….. odd. Most of the items have fabulous backstories with them. The romance between Frank and Emily is similar to the romance in Anna and the French Kiss. (Which I will be reviewing next). This book is had the combination of

  1. A beautiful and vibrant cover
  2. An interesting and well explained title
  3. Unique and well-crafted characters
  4. An addicting plot that will grab the reader’s attention
  5. The magnificent romance between Frank and Emily throughout the book.

You have to read this book!!! If I did ratings (which I don’t) this is a 5 star. Especially the edition with the Bonus Content, because you can see deleted scenes from the story!

Polarity in Motion-Blog Tour

Published August 19, 2015 by Bella

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Author Brenda Vicars

Pages 261

Original Price 13.99


Polarity has always been bullied because of her weird name, and the fact that she lives in an RV. When she thinks it couldn’t possibly get worse, it does. When she learns that someone has posted a nude picture of her online, her life falls apart.  Who took the photo, her parents, a student, or herself? She is taken from her home thanks to child protective services, and then moves in with her grandmother. Polarity’s crush is helping her find out who did it, until something awful happens to him.

My Thoughts

This book has so many mysteries!! When I think I finally found out Polarity’s mystery, (I was wrong!) Ethan’s mystery comes up. As soon as I started this book, I couldn’t put it down. I never suspected the ending, I was so shocked! My favorite character has to be Michelle. Even though Michelle isn’t a main character, I think she’s pretty cool. I think the book plot is extremely clever. The characters are very different from each other, and are all amazing. I like the idea of the book, but it does get slow a few times. The mystery will keep readers obsessed with her new book, along with the characters and the romance. I can’t wait to see what else Brenda Vicars has in store for her readers.

Love, Defined Book Blitz-Review+Excerpt 

Published August 7, 2015 by Bella

Hi! I am currently on the Love, Defined book blitz. I will have a summary, an excerpt and a review. If you would like to learn even more info about Lola’s Blog Tours or the author Leila Tualla, check out Lola’s Blog Tours

Author Leila Tualla

Pages 181

Price 13.99 on Amazon


Three young women experience love and it’s ups and downs. Lori goes to London with her grandfather. Plus, she also gets to finally meet the guy she met online. When Lori’s grandfather finds them making out in the hotel lobby, he begins to wonder if Lori was just using him to go to London and it was all about seeing that boy. Alex was raised as a Catholic, but she wants to join her friend’s church which is a non-denominational church. Alex also has feelings for this friend, but doesn’t know how to express them. Andy finds the boy she had a major crush on when she was a freshman. When she sees him at a bar with another girl, she gets crazy jealous and finds a random cute guy. But, when she gets drunk she starts doing things that will give her major consequences.


Half an hour later, Pete and Lori moved into a bigger room with a tiny balcony on the sixth floor. This time the décor wasn’t as grotesque as downstairs. Its deep crimson carpet accented the beige with crimson stripped bedspread and pillows.

“It matches,” she groaned happily hugging the pillows to her chest before walking over with her luggage to a small closet to unpack. She took out a chrome folding luggage rack and lifted her suitcase on top of it, to have better access to her clothes and keep her clothes off the carpet. She was a bit of a germaphobe and had a thing about setting suitcases on hotel floors. Images of roaches, bed bugs or whatever else might crawl into the dark crevice of her luggage that would become new roommates when she got home made her shiver. She pulled two different pairs of flip-flops; one to walk around the hotel room in and the other to shower with.

“Where’s the adapter?” Pete asked, rummaging through his luggage. She shrugged and took out her phone and camera from her backpack that was on the bed. From her suitcase, she took out bath supplies and a change of clothes.

“When are we meeting your friend?” She looked up and saw him regarding her, curiously.

“I told him to meet us in an hour and a half.” She tried to find the accessories for her wardrobe that were key pieces in her first impression outfit date. She and Alex tried all sorts of outfits, but that seemed so long ago and she couldn’t remember what went with what. She ended up choosing a pale blue floral print romper and paired it chunky cobalt necklace with matching studs that brought out the color in her eyes. She laid the accessories next to her phone and camera.

“I forgot, where did you say you two met again?” He stopped looking for his adapter and settled in a small chair by the window.

For a moment, Lori thought about telling him the truth and confessing that she met Colin online, but the chances of him agreeing to meet the guy was slim to none. “He was an exchange student I met in high school.” She figured that was a borderline truth as she met a lot of exchange students in high school. It stands to reason that someone there could have been named Colin or be British. I mean, who really keeps track of these things? She thought, rifling to the bottom of the suitcase to find flats.

“What does he do?”

“Grandpa, I told you all about him a few months ago.” She was starting to get annoyed and a little worried that her story might have gotten mixed up since then. “You’ll meet him later and you can ask him yourself.” And before he could start again, she grabbed her clothes and went to the bathroom.

Fully refreshed minutes later, Lori started to feel confident about her trip. She looked around the room for an outlet to plug her curling iron in. “Grandpa, do we have any extra outlets or what?”

He was by the vanity sink brushing his teeth and washing his face. “No, just unplug my video camera. It’s over there by the desk.” He started humming a song she didn’t recognize. She went to a small desk that was flushed against the wall.

There was a mirror that was hanging over the desk that she was thankful for. She sat down on the leather desk chair and looked at the outlets just below and to the right of the mirror. A tall lamp by the desk illuminated the two used outlets. One was being occupied by the lamp, and the other, by Pete’s video camera. The video camera had been charging for a few minutes and she noticed that the battery level was at its peak. She quickly unplugged the camera and replaced it with her curling iron. The second she turned it on, she was astonished by the spark that instantly came alive in her hands. Without warning, the room went dark and the hum of the air conditioner stopped altogether.

“Christ!” she heard Pete cry in the dark. “What happened?”

Lori still had her curling iron in her hand and it dawned on her that she might have blown a fuse. She stood up slowly and everything about the past two days washed over. Without any care or thought about what it might look like, a twenty two year old woman, curling iron in one hand; Lori Hanson, who rarely cried, wept for the second time in just a thirty six hour period.

“I think I blew a fuse,” she cried between sobs. She was becoming increasingly aware of the noises outside their door. That must be the other guests wondering what happened. “This is a sign!”

Pete groped his way in the darkness and patted her shoulder. “Now, now, Lori, honey. You don’t believe in signs, remember?”

If that was an attempt to make her feel better, then he didn’t know his own granddaughter very well. She wiped her tears and tried to coherently ask, “What are you going to tell them downstairs?”

Pete thought a minute. “Well, the truth, I guess. They have lousy outlets and a cheap wiring system. I don’t know, but just calm down.” He made his way to the door and opened it. She was treated to a chorus of several foreign languages mixed with English that belonged to at least twenty people down their hall. They didn’t sound very friendly at all and Lori could only hope that Pete would tell them lies so they wouldn’t be the most hated people in London.

Lori wiped her tears. If she thought this afternoon was a sign, then she didn’t think about what her grandfather would really think about seeing London with a stranger. She tried not to think about it. You don’t believe in signs, she told herself, this is just a weird coincidence. She breathed deeply and reached over to unplug her curling iron. More sparks came her way; causing her to groan and sit back on the chair with a thud

My Thoughts

The beginning of this book is slow, but a lot of books are slow in the beginning sooooo………. It gets better really quickly though. I like the idea of the book, and I like how in the beginning of each chapter, there is a quote from one of the characters about love. My favorite quote was from Lori in chapter 6, “Love always comes with speed bumps, traffic jams, and sharp curves ahead.” To me it’s saying that love has its ups and downs. I feel like the message in the book has to do with forgiveness, because of the situations the characters are in. I also liked in each chapter the point of view changed. My favorite character has to be Andy because she is very loose and free spirited. She is always doing crazy things, but still makes a lot of mistakes. But, she has 2 great friends to get her out of it all. When I finished this book last night, I went to bed thinking about it. I felt like this book put me in awe. It is definitely a great book. I hope Leila Tualla makes a sequel!!

Paper Towns

Published August 5, 2015 by Bella

All the different cover arts of the English edition of Paper Towns by John Green

Author John Green

Pages 336

Original Price $9.99


In Paper Towns, Margo, Quentin’s long-time crush (and neighbor) prank a bunch of people that Margo is mad at. Then, Margo disappears the next day, leaving Quentin clues to find her. Margo loved mysteries and became one. Plus, Quentin’s friends are thinking he is going way too far. Quentin ends up skipping prom and graduation because he is desperate to find Margo. With Quentin and Lacey’s knowledge, Radar’s brains, and Ben’s craziness, they go on the ultimate quest to find Margo Roth Spiegelman.

My Thoughts

I always liked John Green’s writing, because he always give the character’s interesting personalities. I liked the whole paper town ordeal, I thought it was very interesting. My favorite character has to be Ben, because he is super funny, like the time he super glued a “beer sword” to his hand. I also thought it was interesting that nobody knew who Margo really is. Is Margo the popular girl, the adventurous girl, or someone who just doesn’t like to be around people. In the ending, it seems as if Margo isn’t that happy to see them. Although this book was quite entertaining, I didn’t really understand the ending, and then when I understood it, I wish the book would have gone on more. I think any one who enjoys mystery, drama, and humorous novels will love this novel by John Green.

The Clique

Published July 7, 2015 by Bella


Author Lisi Harrison

Pages 220

Original Price Not Known


Massie Block has a fabulous life, until Claire Lyons shows up. Not only is Massie being forced by her parents to befriend her, but she lives in Massie’s guest house! Massie thinks that if she can get Claire to not like her, she can get Claire away from her. But that wont be so easy, Claire Lyons is a very sweet, kind girl from Orlando. Whenever Massie is meanto Claire, she usually takes it as a joke. Eventually Claire gives up on Massie and befriends a weird yet unique girl named Lane. Maddie and her clique that “rules her school” know that Lane is such a loser. But Lane and Claire are hiding a secret from Massie and once Massie finds out, she’ll freak!

My Thoughts 

I love the characters, even though I feel a lot like Massie, I also am like Claire. I love Claire’s character, she is a super sweet girl, it kills me when I read Massie’s clique, The Pretty Committee is being so mean to her. I liked watching Masssie slowly befriending Claire, and at one point hopefully Claire becomes part of The a Pretty Committee. But for now, I enjoy watching the endless drama that The Pretty Committe has.

Playing with FIre

Published June 13, 2015 by Bella

2013 edition of Playing with Fire by Bruce Hale

Author Bruce Hale

Pages 306

Original Price $15.99


Max Segredo’s foster family decided to give him up, after Max has been accused of burning down their house. Max is taken to a foster home called Merry Sunshine. On the first day at Merry Sunshine, Max notices that this is not an ordinary foster home, espicially when you learn lockpicking, and you go on a field trip and break into a warehouse on the first day. Max won’t stop trying to get out of the foster home when somebody slipped him a note stating that his father is still alive. Even though Max gets caught sneaking out, the foster home director chooses Max for a special mission in the capitol. Max sneaks out to find his father during the special mission, and Max finds his father, but ditches him after he finds his father’s true identity.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this book because it had action, adventure, and mystery. I don’t really have anything negative about this book, but I think that if the author extended this book and didn’t add more mysterires this book would not be a series. If the author really wanted to make this a mystery series, the author should have made the ending a dead end. I like Max’s personality because he’s adventurous, sneaky, and daring. As soon as I read the back of the book, I was so excited to start reading the book. This book was amazing!

My Summer of Pink & Green

Published June 10, 2015 by Bella

2013 edition of My Summer of Pink & Green

Author Lisa Greenwald

Pages 267

Original Price $16.99


Lucy Desberg has a lot going on………. almost too much going on. Her sister brings her boyfriend over to live with them during the summer. Lucy’s best friend won’t stop ditching Lucy for her new boyfriend. She feels invisible and unappreciated with the new spa coordinator around. And with the investor’s annoying daughter Bevin, she realizes that she can use Bevin to prove that she can help run the new spa (after all it was her idea), so what does this mean? She gives Bevin a makeover, and turns her into a totally different person. What does this all turn into? A disaster that she has to get herself out of, and it’s a lot more complicated then it sounds………..

My Thoughts 

I like how the author made this book eventful, and I love all the realistic drama in the book. I like the personalities that Lisa Greenwald gave the characters especially Yamir, Bevin, and Bean. Since I read the advanced copy of the book, I was able to view the marketing plan for this book. And I love the plan the author had, like mailing the book to independent pharmacies and spas, and the chapstick  promo item. This is a good book, but it’s not really the genre of the books that I like to read.

Note: This book is part of a series, and it will be a little confusing at first, but you will get used to it. After all, it’s not like you’re reading a murder mystery series……. 

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