Review: Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen

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Goodreads Summary:

Ruby, where is your mother?

Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she’s been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.

That’s how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn’t seen in ten years, and Cora’s husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future; it’s a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?

Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

My Review

This was my first Sarah Dessen book! My friend lent me it and mentioned that it was a quick read! She was definitely right! The story was sweet and emotional all the way through. It touched on all the toughest life subjects you can think of.

Lock & Key follows the point of view of Ruby, a teenage girl who was recently abandoned by her lowlife mom. She thinks she can handle things on her own but soon finds herself in the custody of her older sister whom she believed to have walked out on her and her mom years ago. Now her life has taken on a mind all its own, as she learns to adjust to a completely new world. Fortunately, she finds an unlikely friendship (or more than friendship) in the boy next door. However, she is determined to keep the secrets of her past from him, but she begins to wonder if he’s keeping secrets of his own.

This book was heart wrenching throughout. I felt for Ruby’s situation. She was so determined to be independent and keep herself boxed up, but life just finds a way sometimes to make you learn the most unexpected things about yourself. I loved all the characters too! Each one had their curves and edges all their own. I think Dessen did an excellent job of showing the ways in which you can be a product of your environment, which I am a sound believer of! I admit, I was expecting this book to be more centered around the romance, but that really wasn’t the case. It was more focused on self-discovery, and the ability to accept that you don’t have to be alone, and you can always ask for help.

If you are looking for an emotionally touching read, with a dash of romance, then I would most definitely recommend you read Lock & Key!

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Goodreads Summary: 

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

My Review

Everything, Everything was a surprisingly refreshing contemporary romance! I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover!

I had seen this book all over bookstagram for months before I saw the movie trailer for the first time and realized what it was about. It seemed sweet and endearing, although I had a feeling about the direction the story was going to go in.

Everything, Everything follows the life and perspective of Madeline, a girl with a rare disease that requires her to never step outside for fear of it causing her body to shut down and kill her. She is resigned to her fate, that is until the day that Ollie moves in next door. She can’t help but feel drawn to him, and what starts out as a simple fascination grows into a real connection when they begin to speak over the internet. Soon she finds herself falling for him no matter how much she knows it’s doomed to fail.

As circumstances progressed, I couldn’t help but wonder how the author was going to play this out. Obviously the story could go one of two ways. Fortunately, and also unfortunately, the main plot twist is one I predicted from the very beginning. Though I was not a fan of the predictability, that did not stop me from feeling satisfied with the overall turn of events. The story was fast paced, the characters were absolutely lovely, and the style of writing was wholly unique. I listened to it on audiobook which was a little bizarre for the way it was written, but it still worked, and I found myself utterly gripped by the story.

I loved the writing in this book, and the characters stole my heart. I would most definitely recommend reading Everything, Everything. Especially if you are looking for a heartwarming contemporary read! I can’t wait to see the movie now, I just hope it lives up to expectations.

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Review: Defender (Night War Saga #2) by S.T. Bende and Leia Stone

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Goodreads Summary:

Allie Rydell left her life behind to protect the world from the Goddess of Night. But after weeks of training, hunting, and learning to use the life-giving power that inexplicably chose her, saving Midgard seems more impossible than ever. Nott’s followers have eyes across the realms, and they’re determined to collect the bounty on Allie’s soul. And the closer Allie and her protectors get to the pieces of the immortal weapon that could save them all, the more destruction Nott manages to unleash—not only on the world Allie loves, but on the friends she’d give her life to save.
Darkness is coming. And this time, it won’t leave any survivors.


 

My Review

Defender swoops in with another suspense filled Norse ride! After reading and enjoying Protector, I couldn’t wait to read Defender and see where Allie would go next on her quest to find the pieces of her weapon! And of course now that her relationship with Tore is in full swing, I was more than ready to see their relationship unfold!

Defender picks up around where Protector left off, with Allie still in the middle of her training after healing from her almost near death experience. However, now that she knows she has a real chance of healing her mom and being at last reunited with her, she is more determined than ever to kill Knott and bring the pieces of her weapon back together at last.

This second installment was full of development after development with all new worlds. Characters you’ve been waiting to meet are revealed, and the suspense was a constant! Tore and Allie’s relationship was absolutely adorable throughout! And of course there’s the rest of the gang of protectors charged with ensuring the safety of Allie. What I would give to have myself a group of hot men at my beck and call 24/7! Sounds like a sweet deal right? And of course all of them are such gentlemen! Defender brings with it more growth of these beloved characters, and new relationships are formed that are most certainly surprising.

This book was over before I knew it, the pace was swift and left me wanting more! And that ending?! I have so many questions! So.Many. And my heart is breaking for certain characters that I won’t name. But I most definitely look forward to reading the continuation of this adventure. And I would for sure recommend you read Defender! Pick it up on Amazon on July 16th! 

Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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Goodreads Summary:

A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places.


 

FOREWARNING: PREPARE FOR LOTS OF RANTS AND READ NO FURTHER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE FIRST TWO BOOKS!!!!


 

My Review

Oh. My. Goodness. I don’t even know where to begin with this review!!! My heart and my mind are completely WRECKED! WRECKED I SAY!!! This book took me on the most incredible and heart wrenching ride! I am so blown away by how amazing it was!! It literally left me shook! I haven’t felt this way about a series/book in too long!!

Ok ok let me get started now. Or try to…

Oh wait, before I really begin, let me also add that my experience with this book was all the more involved and real because I made sure I reread the first two books before this one. So everything was crystal clear this time, and made this third book all the more enthralling!

Ok ok, trying again. (***Clears metaphorical throat***)

Alright! We all know after reading book two that Rhysand is EVERYTHING. And Tamlin is a big giant pile of poo poo. And wasn’t that just the most insane turn around you ever did read in a book? (***bows to Sarah J Maas***) Check out my review for A Court of Mist and Fury to see more of what I’m talking about!  However, my perspective on Tamlin and that entire destructive love triangle, Love battle? Love fiasco?  completely became altered after reading ACOWR. Of course I still have some animosity toward him, but his character development allows the reader to open their eyes more in regards to the reality of his situation.

After book two ended, the reader was left with watching Feyre literally walk into the arms of the enemy, and though it was heart breaking, she was on a mission to destroy Tamlin and his hold on his kingdom, and boy does she do that and then some!! As if we didn’t already know Feyre was an eternal badass, she takes things up a notch now that she is a full blown High Lady! The measures she takes to ensure the safety of her family are astronomical, she goes to any lengths, even if it means facing her true nightmares in order to see those she loves succeed. And of course Rhysand is there for her through it all being all dashing and wonderful as always! Their romance was as sweet and fierce as ever, making me fall even more in love with their relationship.

Moving on. The character development in this book was INSANE!! Something new about every main character is revealed that adds further depth each time I turned the page.  Maas dangles Cassian and Nesta’s tumultuous relationship in front you the entire time, and its so killer yet so fantastic! Also, I didn’t think I could enjoy Mor, Amren, and Azriel even more, but I was oh so wrong! It’s so rare when an author can create characters who are so wholly different and unique that they cause you to love each one individually for their own ways. I can’t wait to see more from these side characters in future books, because it’s sure to be mind blowing!

And lastly, so much happened in this book, it was easily the most fast paced of the three thus far. The action and suspense was nonstop, I could not put it down, and when I had to for stupid things like work and studying for the GRE, I was super sad to see it go. By the time I finished this book, I was a complete emotional wreck, but I was also bursting with so much love and hope for the story. From what I understand, I believe this is a mini conclusion for Feyre and Rhys’s story. The next three books in the series  will focus more on the other characters, which I’m ecstatic to delve into, but damn I hope Maas includes those two throughout! Either way, the ending of ACOWR was phenomenal, I couldn’t have asked for a better book! I don’t think there’s one thing I would change! And Maas certainly dropped multiple easter eggs about certain events to come!

I would most definitely, 100% recommend you read this book, it is so worth the experience! Go buy it right now!! Right here!And if you did read it already, please comment, I would love to discuss! Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to convince a lot of my book friends to read this so I haven’t been able to really talk about it with anyone yet!

 

Special Release Day Launch: Sweet Sixteen by Brenda Rothert

Sweet Sixteen by Brenda Rothert is having a really exciting release! This book is available for FREE! You can read an episode each week on the INKLO app and react in real-time and chat with your friends! All you have to do is download the app and follow Brenda and the book Sweet Sixteen. Make sure to click “follow” on the book page so you will get a notification of each chapter’s release on the app!

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Sweet Sixteen by Brenda Rothert

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Book Blurb:

In Roper, Missouri, football is everything. At least, to everyone but high school senior Gin Scott. Gin plans to escape her hometown as soon as she graduates, but her plans to stay under the radar until then are ruined when her secret crush, quarterback Chase Matthews, offers her a coveted spot as one of the Sweet Sixteen. It’s an honor Roper girls dream of, but for independent Gin, it’s more like a nightmare. By rejecting Chase’s invitation, she is ostracized from her classmates, and eventually, most of her town. How sweet it is.

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Brenda Rothert is an Illinois native who was a print journalist for nine years. She made the jump from fact to fiction in 2013 and never looked back. From new adult to steamy contemporary romance, Brenda creates fresh characters in every story she tells. She’s a lover of Diet Coke, chocolate, lazy weekends and happily ever afters.

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Blog Tour: If We Fall Excerpt by K.M. Scott

IF WE FALL by K.M. Scott is now live. It is a contemporary romance title and is the final book in the Corrupted Love series. Check out the teasers and buy links below to grab your copy now!

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If We Fall by K.M. Scott
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Synopsis:

The thrilling conclusion to the Corrupted Love Trilogy, a new unforgettable romance by K.M. Scott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Heart of Stone and Club X Series!

If we fall…

Ryder
I’ve protected Serena from everything I could in her father’s world, but with each horrible act he committed, I knew the time would come when protecting her wouldn’t be enough. When that day comes and it’s either Robert or me who survives, I will do what I have to so the woman I love and my child are safe.

May heaven help me.

Serena
Every day I grow stronger as the child Ryder and I created grows inside me. I’m no fool, though. I know my father will do everything in his power to keep his control over us. But I’m not that scared little girl I used to be anymore, and the time is coming when he will realize that.

We’re fighting for even more than love now. This time, we’re fighting for family.

 

EXCERPT

I knocked softly on the door frame, and he looked over at me wearing one of those crocodile grins that still terrified me because I knew what they meant. Someone was going to be in a world of hurt soon, if his past behavior was any indication. Probably me.

“Ryder, please come in. No need to knock. This is your home. You’re always welcome here.”

Said the spider to the fly.

His smile and the tone of his words didn’t match one another—a sure sign of a psychopath—but I braced myself for whatever might come next and stepped into his office. Two men around my size stood at their posts in front of the bookcase and another stood at the back of the room near the windows. None of them appeared to even care that I’d come in, so I relaxed a little and turned my focus to Robert sitting behind his desk.

“Your overeager new guy tells me you want to see me,” I said with probably too much cockiness for my own good.

Behind me, I heard the man come into the room and stop at the door to take his position where I used to. I turned to throw him a glance to let him know I still didn’t appreciate the way he’d talked to me outside and then looked back at Robert.

“So are we going to do this or not? I figure this time you might not stop at just a beating, but it seems shitty to take a newborn baby’s father from him not two days into his life.”

No matter how much bravado I stuffed into each word, inside I worried that Robert planned to do just that—take me from Serena and Cayden, and not just by sending me somewhere far away. That crocodile smile he wore even now made me think these might be the last breaths I’d ever take.

But if I was going out of this world, I planned to fight like hell before it happened. I had too much to lose now.

He stood from behind his desk, and I reached for my gun, knowing the four men surrounding me did the same. I didn’t care that the odds were against me. If I could get off one good shot, at least Serena and Cayden wouldn’t have to live under Robert’s rule another day of their lives. My life for that was a trade I could accept.

Robert raised his hands as that smile slid from his face. “There is no need for guns, gentleman. Ryder, you’re among family here.”

I’d seen what his version of family meant. That’s why I carried a gun.

He offered me a seat in front of him in one of those red leather chairs. “Please, sit down. This is a happy day for both of us.”

Looking around, I saw the four men had returned to their jobs and weren’t paying attention to us anymore. “A happy day? Are we talking about my son’s birth or something else?”

“Sit, Ryder. Please.”

I slowly lowered myself into the chair closer to the door and tried to look relaxed, but Robert’s strangely happy mood confused me. I’d disobeyed him and betrayed him. There was no reason to believe he wouldn’t exact his retribution for that.

The only question was when.

 

 

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K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she’s been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she’s not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.

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Release Day Launch: If We Fall (Corrupted Love #3) by K.M. Scott

Today We are celebrating the release of IF WE FALL by K.M. Scott. It is a contemporary romance title and is the final book in the Corrupted Love series. Check out the teasers and buy links below to grab your copy now!

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If We Fall by K.M. Scott
(Corrupted Love, #3)


NOW AVAILABLE! 

Add the book to Goodreads

Synopsis:

The thrilling conclusion to the Corrupted Love Trilogy, a new unforgettable romance by K.M. Scott, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Heart of Stone and Club X Series!

If we fall…

Ryder
I’ve protected Serena from everything I could in her father’s world, but with each horrible act he committed, I knew the time would come when protecting her wouldn’t be enough. When that day comes and it’s either Robert or me who survives, I will do what I have to so the woman I love and my child are safe.

May heaven help me.

Serena
Every day I grow stronger as the child Ryder and I created grows inside me. I’m no fool, though. I know my father will do everything in his power to keep his control over us. But I’m not that scared little girl I used to be anymore, and the time is coming when he will realize that.

We’re fighting for even more than love now. This time, we’re fighting for family.

 

 

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PURCHASE THE PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE SERIES

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Purchase IF I DREAM (Corrupted Love, #1):

Amazon | iBooks | GooglePlay | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

 

Purchase IF YOU FIGHT (Corrupted Love, #2):

Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

 

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

 

K.M. Scott writes contemporary romance stories of sexy, intense, and unforgettable love. A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, she’s been in love with romance since reading her first romance novel in junior high (she was a very curious girl!). Under her Gabrielle Bisset name, she writes erotic paranormal and historical romance. She lives in Pennsylvania with a herd of animals and when she’s not writing can be found reading or feeding her TV addiction.

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