Friday, December 2, 2016

YA Review: What's A Soulmate? by Lindsey Ouimet

What's a Soulmate? by Lindsey Ouimet
Publication Date: October 26, 2016
Publisher: Overnight Teen
Amazon Link: HERE
Received From: NetGalley (in exchange for an honest review)

Summary (from Amazon):
Libby Carmichael has just met her Soulmate. It's just too bad he's behind bars.

When you only see the world in black and white until you meet yours, it's pretty easy to figure out when you've found your Soulmate. What Libby can't figure out is why fate, destiny, or the powers that be have decided that Andrew McCormack is her one, true match. Libby is smart, organized, and alway has a plan for what's coming next. So when she sees Andrew for the first time and her world is instantly filled with color, she's thrown for a loop.

Namely because he's in a dingy grey jumpsuit. And handcuffs. And being booked into a juvenile detention facility.

Surely a boy who's been convicted of a headline-making, violent crime isn't who she's meant to be with. There's no way she belongs with someone like that...right?

Libby isn't a hopeless romantic. She understands the odds are not in her favor, that only sixty percent of people find their soulmates, and even if you happen to find your soulmate, it doesn't mean you'll live happily ever after. So she's more than surprised when she's at the juvenile detention facility that her father works at and sees her soulmate, the boy that fills her life with color. She's not only surprised by the fact she finds her soulmate, but also by the fact that her soulmate happens to be in handcuffs. Can this really be the person the universe chose for her? But no matter how much Libby wants to ignore the fact that her life has officially changed, she needs answers. So she pretends to be a youth leader to visit Andrew so she can get to know him better. He's quiet and serious and he can also see color, which means she's his soulmate, too. But when Libby finds out what Andrew did and he continues to push her away, she wonders if she should just give up. But some things are complicated, and if Andrew is her soulmate, it must be for a good reason...right?

As soon as I read the summary for What's a Soulmate? on NetGalley, I instantly requested it. The premise is so unique compared to all the other young adult novels I've read since the world that Libby lives in is black and white. No one can see color until they see their soulmate for the first time. And even if you find your soulmate, it doesn't necessarily mean you'll live happily ever after, which is an intriguing concept. Some people can have a soulmate, but their soulmate may have a different soulmate, so there's different complications that can arise from this system, which made the story even more interesting. Libby is a great heroine—she's realistic and doesn't like to jump to conclusions. I liked that she tried to get to know Andrew better before she wrote him off and even after Andrew pushed her away time and time again, she came back to him. Andrew on the other hand was very quiet and it was hard to even get a good read on his character until half way through the story. But the added mystery that surrounded him made the relationship between Andrew and Libby even more interesting and dynamic. The only problem I had with the novel was that Andrew was a little one dimensional and therefore the romance lacked slightly, but other than that I absolutely loved the story.

I would definitely recommend What's a Soulmate? to anyone looking for a young adult romance with a unique premise. Although What's a Soulmate? is a young adult novel without any graphic sexual content, the characters and the story are gritty, so I would recommend it to older readers.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

ARC GIVEAWAY: Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill ARC

I was provided an advanced reader copy of Ever the Hunted by the publisher for review. I recently finished it and want to give you guys a chance to win my review copy.

I ended up really loving Ever the Hunted and I'll be posting my review closer to the publication date, so make sure to look out for it.

Giveaway: An Advanced Reader Copy of Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

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-Must be 13 years or older or have parental permission to enter
-Winner will receive an email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends
-Winner must respond to email within 48 hours in order to receive prize or a new winner will be selected
-Prize will be mailed within 2 weeks
-No contact information will be kept; I will delete the mailing address as soon as I mail out the prize in order to protect privacy
-I can't be held accountable for prizes that get lost or damaged in the mail
-Since this giveaway is for an advanced reader copy, the winner must abide by the publisher's rules to never sell it

Good luck!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that highlights future releases that we're excited to read.

Poison's Kiss by Breeana Shields
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Amazon Link: HERE

Summary (from Amazon):
A teenage assassin kills with a single kiss until she is ordered to kill the one boy she loves. This commercial YA fantasy is romantic and addictive—like a poison kiss—and will thrill fans of Sarah J. Maas and Victoria Aveyard.

Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It's a miserable life, but being a visha kanya—a poison maiden—is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon. 

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she's really working for. And that is a threat that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. 

Why I'm Waiting:
While reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore I fell in love with strong assassin heroines, so the fact that Marinda (such a cool name!) kills boys with a kiss is so intriguing. I also love the fact that Marinda works for her kingdom yet when she's assigned to kill a boy she loves, she begins to doubt her kingdom and herself. I can tell there's going to be so much at stake for this couple.

What books are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Adult Review: The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries

The Danger of Desire by Sabrina Jeffries
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books
Amazon Link: HERE
Received From: Purchased

Summary (from Amazon):
The third book in the sexy Sinful Suitors Regency romance series, this heart-pounding story shows why New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries is one of the most beloved historical romance writers today.

To root out the card cheat responsible for her brother's death, Miss Delia Trevor spends her evenings dancing her way through high society balls, and her late nights disguised as a young man gambling her way through London's gaming hells. Then one night, handsome Warren Corry, the Marquess of Knightford, a notorious member of St. George's Club, recognizes her. When he threatens to reveal her secret, she's determined to keep him from ruining her plans, even if it means playing a cat-and-mouse game with the enigmatic rakehell.

Warren knows the danger of her game, and he refuses to watch her lose everything while gaining justice for her late brother. But when she starts to delve beneath his carefully crafted facade, can he keep her at arm's length while still protecting her? Or will their hot desires explode into a love that transcends the secrets of their pasts?

When Warren's cousin asks him to keep an eye on Miss Delia Trevor, who always seems to be running off and keeping secrets, he reluctantly agrees. But as soon as he meets Delia for the first time, everything changes. She's not what he expected and because of her sharp wit and air of mystery, he's instantly attracted to her. But as soon as Warren begins to dig deeper into Delia's past, the more he discovers that she's putting her reputation and life in danger. Delia's brother committed suicide after gambling away everything, and she wants to find the man who cheated her brother and make him pay. But all she has to go off of is her brother's description of the cheater being a part of the aristocracy and having a sun tattoo on his forearm. So Delia disguises herself as a man and frequents a gambling den late during several nights so she can try to find the man her brother described. But Warren ruins her plans because he keeps getting in her way and threatening to reveal her if she doesn't stop her foolishness. And there's something about Warren that makes Delia want things she's never wanted before. Will Delia be able to get her revenge without losing her heart in the process?

The Danger of Desire begins at a ball where Warren's cousin asks him to watch over Miss Delia. Because of her own experiences with men, she wants to make sure Delia doesn't fall victim to any fortune hunters. But Delia is more than aware of what men are capable of, and has no desire to fall victim to anyone or to ever marry. Delia is witty and sarcastic and every scene that includes both Delia and Warren was a delight to read. Even their first meeting when they discuss being left handed was humorous and I could instantly feel the connection between them. Warren is surprised that Delia wants nothing to do with marriage, and that of course intrigues him even more. Warren is the typical rogue featured in most historical romance novels. He drinks, gambles, and sleeps with several women, never planning on settling down. And even though this character has been written so many times, I thought Sabrina Jeffries made Warren fresh because of his own internal struggles that have to do with his past and the face that he has ideas of what is right and wrong. For example, the reason he agrees to watch over Delia in the first place is because he wants to make sure no man takes advantage of her. So even though Warren is a rogue, he also has a kind side, and I thought Sabrina Jeffries created Warren with the perfect mix of both.

I genuinely loved this novel until half way through the story, because the story and the characters seemed to fall apart at that point. I felt as if Warren and Delia became less of themselves in the sense that they lost all aspect of what their beliefs were and who they were. Their characters became weaker and I didn't enjoy the relationship as much as I liked it at the beginning.

Overall, I would definitely recommend The Danger of Desire to anyone looking for a fun historical romance novel that features a spunky heroine and a roguish hero.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Adult Weekly Releases (11/28/16 - 12/4/16)

***The book covers and summaries may contain adult content

YA Weekly Releases (11/28/16 - 12/4/16)

Here are this week's new releases:

Tuesday - November 29, 2016
1.) Stay with Me by Mila Gray
Summary (from Amazon):
Didi Monroe has waited her whole life for happily ever after. So when charming Zac Ridgemont sweeps her off her feet, Didi believes she might finally have met the one.

Until she begins an internship at a military hospital in California. There she meets wounded marine Noel Walker. Frustrated on the outside and broken on the inside, Walker’s an irritating patient who refuses any care, keeping his distance from everything and everyone—including Didi.

Walker is strictly out of bounds. Didi knows this, respects this, but the more she tries to help Walker the closer the two grow. Soon neither one can ignore the sparks flying between them as their attraction simmers into dangerous territory.

But Walker doesn’t believe in love or happily ever after—not after what he’s seen. Not after what he’s been through. He doesn’t want to hurt Didi, but he doesn’t want to push her away either. She makes him feel peaceful. Hopeful, even.

Then tragedy hits, shattering both their worlds, and Didi realizes that love isn’t as simple as happily ever after. Love isn’t easy. It’s difficult. Messy. Complicated. Now all Didi has to do is decide if it’s worth fighting for.

2.) Avalanche by Melinda Braun
Summary (from Amazon):
A trip like that is exactly what Matt was hoping for—a fun adventure. A daring escape. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go cross country skiing in a thrilling but dangerous pass through the Rocky Mountains. The perfect way for Matt to forget about his disappointing father and maybe let loose a little with his best friend and a group of carefree adrenaline junkies.

But then their guide takes them off-path…and straight into an avalanche. By the time they make it safely into an abandoned cabin, one skier is dead and another severely injured. Trapped with no heat, no water, and no radio the group decides to wait it out. Help will come. It has to.

Until it doesn’t. And Matt knows if they wait any longer they’ll be dead—just another bunch of victims in Mother Nature’s twisted games. Armed with only a handful of supplies and his fierce determination Matt decides to goes head-to-head with the elements, battling hypothermia, frostbite, and even mountain lions in order to find help and save them all. That is if Mother Nature doesn’t kill him first.

3.) Dear Yvette by Ni-Ni Simone
Summary (from Amazon):
All sixteen year old Yvette Simmons wanted was to disappear. Problem is: she has too many demons for that. Yvette’s life changed forever after a street fight over a boy ended in a second degree murder charge. Forced to start all over again, she’s sentenced to live in a group home far from anything or anyone she’s ever known. She manages to keep her past hidden, until a local cutie, known as Brooklyn, steps in. Slowly, Yvette lets him into her heart and he gives her the summer of her dreams...
But in Yvette’s world things are never as they seem. 
Brooklyn has a few secrets of his own and Yvette’s past comes back with a vengeance. Will she face life head-on? Will she return to her old ways? Or will an unexpected letter decide her fate?

Are you planning on picking any of these up?

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday Bonanza Giveaway Hop

Black Friday Hop

The Black Friday Bonanza Giveaway Hop is hosted by Marlene from Reading Reality and Kimberly from Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a book related giveaway hop that 31 blogs are participating in. All the giveaways will run from 12:01am on November 25th through 12:01am November 29th (Black Friday through Cyber Monday).

On my blog I'm giving away 2 ARCs. The winner will get their choice of two ARCs from the following list:


a Rafflecopter giveaway

-Must be 13 years or older to enter or have parental permission
-Winner will receive an email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends
-Winner must respond to email within 48 hours in order to receive prize or a new winner will be selected
-Prize will be mailed within 2 weeks
-No contact information will be kept, I will delete mailing address as soon as I mail out prize in order to protect privacy
-I can't be held accountable for prizes that get lost or damaged in the mail

Make sure to visit the rest of the blogs that are participating in this giveaway hop for the chance to win more bookish prizes!