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review 2018-03-21 23:05
4.7 Out of 5 "Whirling Ball" Stars
Forever Right Now - Emma Scott




Forever Right Now

Emma Scott



Darlene Montgomery has been to hell and back…more than once. After a stint in jail for drug possession, she is finally clean and ready to start over. Yet another failed relationship is just the motivation she needs to move from New York to San Francisco with the hopes of resurrecting her dance career and discovering that she is more than the sum of her rap sheet. As Darlene struggles in her new city, the last thing she wants is to become entangled with her handsome—but cranky—neighbor and his adorable little girl... 


Sawyer Haas is weeks away from finishing law school, but exhaustion, dwindling finances, and the pressure to provide for himself and his daughter, Olivia, are wearing him down. A federal clerkship--a job he desperately needs--awaits him after graduation, but only if he passes the Bar Exam. Sawyer doesn’t have the time or patience for the capricious—if beautiful—dancer who moves into the apartment above his. But Darlene’s easy laugh and cheerful spirit seep into the cracks of his hardened heart, and slowly break down the walls he’s resurrected to keep from being betrayed ever again. 


When the parents of Olivia’s absentee mother come to fight for custody, Sawyer could lose everything. To have any chance at happiness, he must trust Darlene, the woman who has somehow found her way past his brittle barbs, and Darlene must decide how much of her own bruised heart she is willing to give to Sawyer and Olivia, especially when the ghosts of her troubled past refuse to stay buried.






My second Emma Scott book and I think I've found a New Adult Author that I love.  Her stories are genuine and heartfelt, with no over-the-top drama.  Her characters are the same.  I can't help but advocate for them.  The feels that she invokes for me are indelible, and the best part about her books, no gratuitous sex scenes.


"You get back what you put in.  Negative shit gets you negative shit.  Positive energy begets positive energy.  Whatever you put out there in the universe...it listens.  And then it answers.  So when I talk, I try to give it something it wants to hear and hope it answers with something I want to hear."











Plot~ 4.5/5

Main Characters~ 4.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 5/5

The Feels~ 5/5

Pacing~ 5/5

Addictiveness~ 5/5

Theme or Tone~ 5/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 5/5

Ending~ 5/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~  It's okay…it goes with the story well.

Series~ A stand-alone but Darlene's Character is a secondary character in The Butterfly Project.

Setting~ San Francisco, California

Source~ Own on Kindle eBook.



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review 2017-09-26 23:11
A Post-Apocalypse story with heart and grit…
Everything Under The Sun - Jessica Redmerski,J.A. Redmerski


Book Title:  Everything Under the Sun

Author:  Jessica Redmerski

Series:  Everything Under the Sun #1

Genre:  Dystopian

Setting:  USA

Source:  Own on Kindle




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Plot:  4.6/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.8/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  4.5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.8/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:   5/5  Cliffhanger:  OMG

Steam Factor 0-5:  4

Total: 4.7/5 STARS - GRADE=A




I love Atticus. I love Thais.  And I LOVE Atticus and Thais together.  That ending gutted me.   This story terrified me…it's seems like something that could happen…all of it.  It's so f-ed up…and so amazing, especially between Atticus and Thais.  My only qualm, other than that hella cliffhanger ending is the length.  It's so freaking long, there are places where it could have been shortened up a tad and still felt completely epic.


Will I continue this series I cannot wait…and I have no idea how long I have to wait for it…it's not even on Goodreads, yet...which sucks.


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review 2017-07-03 02:16
Opening line: I just moved. Not from one town to another, but from one end of the couch to the other end.
Underwater - Marisa Reichardt



Book Title:   Underwater

Author:  Marisa Reichardt

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  Realistic Fiction, YA

Setting:  Pacific Palms, California

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)





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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Drowning (Face Down) by Saving Abel  --Obviously, this song goes with the cover and title of the book, but it also has lyrics that really embody this story.

I think I'm drowning

Can someone lend a hand?

Can someone save me?

'Cause I don't think I can♫



4.7/5 STARS




My Thoughts



That's what Morgan has written down and hung on her wall, right where she can see it, in case of an emergency.  

Anxiety is it's own kind of monster…one that brings you down and doesn't let you up.  The only way to conquer it…well…facing it, and staring it down on your terms, at your own pace, no matter how hard it is.  Also, I have to say that sometimes having a little help in the form of an understanding and guiding professional can help too.  For this story; that's Brenda, and she rocks.  This book, for me, portrays anxiety in a very honest style.  With a real, heartfelt story, genuine characters, and a easily imagined (despite not wanting to imagine it) storyline, this book really resonated with me.  I actually have found myself really clicking with the realistic fiction genre, lately.




Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4.7/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.7/5


Will I read more from this Author?  Yeah.


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review 2016-12-14 23:31
A thoroughly engrossing story, that's not too angsty to be realistically convincing.
Exit, Pursued by a Bear - E. Russell Johnston Jr.

Book Title:  Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Author:  EK Johnston

Narration:  Jorjeanna Marie

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Contemporary, Realistic Fiction

Source:  Audiobook (Library)


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⇝Buy at Amazon⇜


Find my full review including video at Leah's Bookish Obsession






Cheerleader by OMI  --for Pauly and Hermione…here's to friends who always got your back.  All the lyrics don't fit, of course…but the chorus is right on. ♫





⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜


Plot:  4.8/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4.8/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  No


Will I read more from this Author?  I have read two of her books now, so it's probably safe to say that I would.






⇝My Thoughts⇜ 




I found Hermione's attitude to be enlightening.  With an excellent cast of secondary characters and of course, Pauly, her amazing best friend.  I never felt forced to listen to this, I wanted to.  Narration is very well done by Jorjeanna Marie, I think she nailed Hermione. 

 Being a Cheer Mom, I was drawn to the Cheerleader aspect too.  I personally don't know of any high school co-ed teams, but my daughter assures me that they do exist.  Besides, the setting is Canada; maybe they only have co-ed teams???   Can't say I know much about Canada, other than it's mostly right above me, geographically…oh…and it's freakin' cold.



⇝Sex Factor⇜ There is a rape, but it's not graphic.



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review 2016-10-02 21:51
Essential novella for the Ten Tiny Breaths Series...
In Her Wake: A Ten Tiny Breaths Novella - K.A. Tucker

Book Title:  In Her Wake

Author:  KA Tucker

Narration:  Sebastian York

Series:  Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5

Genre:  New Adult, Prequel

Source: Audiobook (Hoopla)


✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 



Hey Man Nice Shot by Filter --it plays at the beginning and end of the audiobook.♫


Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Book Cover:  4/5 (Although, that guy is kind of creepy looking)

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Not exactly...


Will I continue this series?  yes



4.7/5 STARS


My Thoughts


A bittersweet poignant look at the other side of the accident that changed Kasey Cleary's life completely, we see what it was like for Trent/Cole just before and after.  Taking us right up to when they both move to Florida. 

If you can handle just how overwhelmingly sad this is; it's well worth the listen...with excellent narration by Sebastian York.  It's best if you read after Ten Tiny Breaths.

Sex Factor:  Not even a factor.


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