Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund HodgeTitle: Crimson Bound
Series: Fairy Tales #2
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Also by this author: Cruel Beauty
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.) 

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Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge is a fairy tale retelling that is so much fun to review. It will excite, surprise and engage its readers. It is a wild ride that would scare your grandmother! This book is one that you will want to add to your bookshelf this spring! Continue reading

Review: Alive by Chandler Baker

Review: Alive by Chandler BakerTitle: Alive
Author: Chandler Baker
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Publication Date: June 9, 2015
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Stella Cross's heart is poisoned.

After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive. Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred by strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment.

Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi are inseparable.  Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart? After all, the heart never lies...does it? 

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Review: Alive by Chandler Baker

If you are a fan of an eerie book that will keep you guessing, I recommend Alive by Chandler Baker. This book is so detailed that readers will feel like they are in the main character’s position. The reader will easily be able to imagine the setting and see themselves there. Continue reading

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha LeaverTitle: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life. 

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Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver will keep you up all night because it is one of those books that is hard to put down! It is also one of the best books I’ve read in 2015. It is captivating, clever and relatable. If you are in need of a change from the typical contemporary novel, then The Secrets We Keep is the book for you! Continue reading

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund HodgeTitle: Cruel Beauty
Series: Fairy Tales #1
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Also by this author: Crimson Bound
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: January 24, 2014
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love. 

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Review: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is a perfect read If you are a fan of Beauty and the Beast. This retelling of the classic fairy tale contains elements of fantasy and romance. Cruel Beauty is so magical and captivating that you won’t want to put it down! Continue reading

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda KenneallyTitle: Breathe, Annie, Breathe
Series: Hundred Oaks
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Also by this author: Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

 Annie hates running. No matter how far she jogs, she can’t escape the guilt that if she hadn’t broken up with Kyle, he might still be alive. So to honor his memory, she starts preparing for the marathon he intended to race.

But the training is even more grueling than Annie could have imagined. Despite her coaching, she’s at war with her body, her mind—and her heart. With every mile that athletic Jeremiah cheers her on, she grows more conflicted. She wants to run into his arms…and sprint in the opposite direction. For Annie, opening up to love again may be even more of a challenge than crossing the finish line.

"Breathe, Annie, Breathe is an emotional, heartfelt, and beautiful story about finding yourself after loss and learning to love. It gave me so many feels. Her best book yet." — Jennifer Armentrout, New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You 

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Review: Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally

Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally is perfect for fans of the Hundred Oaks series. This book is a contemporary young adult romance that deals with a difficult experience in an interesting and engaging fashion. The characters are relatable, and its inspirational theme will touch readers on a whole new level. Continue reading