(Review) Give the Dark My Love

TGive the Dark My Love by Beth Revis Publication Date: September 25, 2018 Pages: 456 (kindle) Genre: Young Adult Fantasy My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Goodreads Synopsis: When seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy, she has only one goal in mind: learn the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen, who all look down on her.

All, except for Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the North, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined …

(Review) The Raging Ones

The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie Publication Date: August 14, 2018 Pages: 400 (kindle) Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis: An edge of your seat sci-fi romance with twists and turns that you will never see coming!

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people…

(Review) Beautiful Mess

Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian Publication Date: August 27, 2017 Pages: 304(kindle) Genre: Young Adult  My Goodreads Rating: 1-2 Stars
Synopsis: Since Ava lost Kelly, things haven’t been going so well. Even before she gets thrown out of school for shouting at the principal, there’s the simmering rage and all the weird destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab.

Which is where she meets Gideon. Skinny, shy, anxious Gideon. A mad poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other.

My Review: Do you ever wonder if you've read the same book as other people? That's how I feel about Beautiful Mess
This book had a lot of potential. I love a story that brings characters out of grief with the help of love, but this didn't really feel like that kind of story. 
Ava is devastated when her best friend Kelly comm…

(Review) Brighter

Brighter by Rochelle Allison Publication Date: December 3rd, 2017 Pages: 247 (kindle) Genre: Contemporary Romance My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Synopsis:  Sometimes the detour gets us home faster than the main road ever could... 
Overachiever Alina Wright has two goals: blaze through grad school, and snag a job in marine conservation. Her academic career has always been meticulously planned and executed, so when a summer internship fall through, she’s at a loss. 
Until her friend-with-benefits, Theo, invites her on a trip to the strings, no expectations. 
Days of glimmering beaches and nights dancing beneath the stars, a vibrant culture and a community of close friends, life on St. Croix is meant to be savored. Things with Theo cool, but other passions fire up and it doesn’t take long for Alina to fall in love with the island—or with Jude Larsen, the irresistible bartender downtown. 
All vacations come to an end. Will Alina navigate back to her safe, carefully scripted life, or…

(Review) LIFEL1K3

LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff Publication Date: May 29th, 2018 Pages: 416 (kindle) Genre: Young Adult My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn't looking for trouble--she's too busy looking over her shoulder. The robot gladiator she spent months building has been reduced to a smoking wreck, she's on the local gangster's wanted list, and the only thing keeping her grandpa alive is the money she just lost to the bookies. Worst of all, she's discovered she can somehow destroy machines with the power of her mind, and a bunch of puritanical fanatics are building a coffin her size because of it. If she's ever had a worse day, Eve can't remember it. 
The problem is, Eve has had a worse day--one that lingers in her nightmares and the cybernetic implant where her memories used to be. Her discovery of a handsome android named Ezekiel--called a "…

(Review) How Far We Go and How Fast

How Far We Go and How Fast by Nora Decter Publication Date: September 25, 2018 Pages: 264 (paperback) Genre: Young Adult My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
Sixteen-year-old Jolene, named after the girl in the Dolly Parton song, is from a long line of lowlifes, but at least they're musical lowlifes. Her mother is a tanning-salon manager who believes she can channel her karaoke habit into a professional singing career. Jolene's dad, a failed bass player, has gone back to the family demolition business and lives by the company motto: "We do not build things; we only tear them down." But Jolene and her big brother, Matt, are true musicians, writing songs together that make everything Jo hates about their lives matter less.

When Matt up and leaves in the middle of the night, Jo loses her only friend, her support system and the one person who made her feel cool. As it becomes clear that Matt is never coming back, Jo must use music to navigate her loss.

My Review:
I was looki…

(Review) Order of Protection

Order of Protection by Lexi Blake Publication Date: June 5, 2018 Pages: 336 (kindle) Genre: Contemporary Romance My Goodreads Rating: 3 stars
To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She's soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She's actually Taylor Winston-Hughes--born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.

When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win's charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry.

Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can't reject the case. This trial could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he's not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together.