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If You’ve Been Gone

Published June 21, 2016 by Bella

 

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If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release Date: June 20th 2016

Edge of 22 Publishing

Summary:

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)

Review

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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If You’re Gone will be available June 20th, 2016 from Edge of 22 Publishing.
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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.

Film Site: http://www.everynewdaypictures.com

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The Siren

Published April 28, 2016 by Bella


The Siren by Kiera Cass shocked me! I was amazed!

Summary

Her family died, and she almost went done with them, if it wasn’t for Her. The Ocean saved her. Now, Kahlen must serve the Ocean after she saved her life. She is a siren, she sings people to their death so the Ocean can swallow them. When Kahlen begins to break the rules of her 100 year sentence, punishments can be severe. 

Review

How could a happy ending be so sad at the same time?! There were so many emotions, I felt like Kahlen. It reminds me a lot of the little mermaid in a way, although Ariel couldn’t talk, Kahlen can talk, but she won’t. It was very well formatted. I was intrigued to see how this book was going to turn out, it didn’t seem anything like The Selection Series. It was great! It just proves that Kiera Cass can make any genre amazing with her writing techniques. Kiera Cass can always add exceptional emotions, and her book covers are astonishing! I felt like I was on a roll at coaster throughout the wholes novel. Hope there’s a sequel!


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Unmarked-The Legion Book 2

Published February 8, 2016 by Bella

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Author Kami Garcia

Pages 382

Price $18.00

Summary

When Kennedy accidentally releases a demon into the world, life goes crazy. Murderers everywhere, violence and hate spread, love is torn apart. Kennedy is now in custody of her aunt, who sends her to Winterhaven Academy. Luckily she is rescued by her boyfriend, Jared. Kennedy, Jared, and the rest of the legion members try to stop the demonic activity. New acquaintances are made, secrets are revealed, and lives are destroyed.

My Thoughts

I love how the beginning of the book does a flash forward, grabbing your attention. The middle of the book did get very boring, but here and there something would pop up. I hated how Kennedy’s aunt died, but I loved how Alara and Kennedy’s aunt’s dog had a connection. On the cover it has a review that says “A rare sequel that surpasses the original.”-Ransom Riggs, Hollow City. I have to disagree with that, although this book was great, it couldn’t beat Unbreakable. *SPOILER* (skip to the unitalicized part if you don’t want to read it) I love how Kennedy is actually part of the illuminati! The relationship between Kennedy’s Parents is like the relationship in the mind readers series. They both parted ways because they were on opposite sides. I would have reviewed Unbreakable, but I read Unmarked right after, and the ideas between the books were combined. I learned about the series from my school library, every year my state picks 10-20 for elementary schools, middle school, and high school, and features these books. Unbreakable, is one of these books. I don’t like the cover design for both books, I think it could be better. But, the saying on the inside of the book “Protect Yourself. What you Can’t See Can Hurt You. ” makes up for it.

 

 

Anna and the French Kiss

Published September 18, 2015 by Bella

 

Author Stephanie Perkins

Pages 372

Price $9.99

Summary

Anna is forced to go to a school in Paris during her senior year. She is miserable, until she makes some new friends, and maybe someone more than a friend. But, they’re both taken. This book will bring you on a unforgettable journey with both ups, and downs.

My Thoughts 

This book is really great! Not only is it a romance story in the romance capital, but it also brings up an interesting discussion. What is the point of contemporary novels? These are real events happening, people die everyday! And we read them for entertainment?! Do you think authors write contemporary novels to inform about real-world events, or are they writing because it’s entertaining? Questions I will always wonder. Back to the book! I think the setting is great, and the plot is magnificent. But it’s just like every romance book, a happily ever after. For once, can we not have a Disney princess ending??


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

Summary

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.

Excerpt

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!!

The Oath Saga: Whispering Wind

Published July 28, 2015 by Bella

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Author Karlie Mavre

Pages 482

Original Price $16.99 on amazon

Summary

Taryn has been hiding her entire life, because of her unique abilities. When she moves away to Williams, her mom actually lets her out of the house! Taryn is so excited when she learns that she can go to public school. But, the truth unfolds that she is secretly a Gaias. She learns that she has a power that is forbidden to use by the elder council, and if the elder council is notified, she will be killed. Having this magnificent power brings a lot of danger to her, but she escapes whatever danger is brought to her. Larkin, is also a Gaias, and has dreamt of this girl since his 12th birthday. When Larkin learns about her arrival in Williams, he is drawn to her. Even with all the action and drama in this wonderful book, Karlie Marve and Karin Reeve still add a beautiful romance story.

My Thoughts

I was absolutely obsessed with this book. I can’t believe I read this book in 2 days! This book is amazing. I like the events and the outcomes of the events. My favorite character was Larkin, because he is so sweet to Taryn. I also thought it was interesting that Larkin has dreams about Taryn. I also liked how he slept outside her window to make sure she was safe. Although the chapters were too long, Karlie Marve and Karin Reeve have done a wonderful job creating a great paranormal-romance story that all romance readers and paranormal readers will love. I am so excited that Karlie Marve is letting me review the first 3 books, because I just know this is a great series!

The Selection Series (Books 1-3)

Published July 22, 2015 by Bella

The first 3 books in the selection series

Author Kiera Cass

Pages in The Selection 327

Pages in The Elite 336

Pages in The One 323

Price Prices vary

Summary

In the first 3 books in The Selection Series, America is chosen for the Selection, makes it down to the Elite, and is one of the top 2 choices to become the princess. America is not so sure she wants to marry Prince Maxon, because her heart already belongs to a boy named Aspen. America slowly falls in love with Maxon,and since Maxon has been in love with America since the beginning, he promises her that he will choose her to marry over the other girls. But, after so many fights, and the king hating her, America is not so sure Maxon will choose her over her top competitor, Kriss. In the end, Maxon marries America, and in the next book, The Heir, America and Maxon’s daughter holds her own Selection.

My Thoughts

I loved this book, because the contest in this hit dystopian series is amazing! This series has so many different emotions and details that makes you feel like you’re in the book observing everything that is happening. My favorite thing about this book was the unpredictable plot. Especially with all the hidden people that were rebels. I have to say my favorite character was Celeste. At first I hated her, but in book 3, I loved her change in heart. I also thought it was cool when Celeste was nicer, but still had her personality. (Thank goodness it didn’t change, I loved it!) As soon as I am able to get the 4th book, I am definitely reading it!

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