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text 2017-08-03 23:59
July Recap
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Ferocious (Vicarious) - Paula Stokes
The First Time She Drowned - Kerry Kletter
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) ((The Naturals #4)) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Follow Me Back - A.V. Geiger

I finished a much loved series this month...The Naturals.  with the final book in the 4 book series, Bad Blood...loved it, btw.  I also really enjoyed the conclusion to Vicarious Duo, with Ferocious, which I received an ARC of.

 

I also finished up a few reading challenges, 3 of them this month, actually.  A few of the books I've read this month were read just for this purpose.  Like the Breakup Support Group, Stalking Jack The Ripper and The First Time She Drowned.  I'm actively trying to start less of these so I can finish some of the super long ones.

 

 

The BOOKS 

 

(Audiobook) Rebound by Noelle August

Finish Date:  07/02

4 STARS

 

(Kindle eBook) The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young

Finish Date:  07/07

2.8 STARS

 

(Audiobook) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Finish Date:  07/11

4.3 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Finish Date:  07/13

4.3 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Manisculco

Finish Date:  07/20

3.8 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Finish Date:  07/24

5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Finish Date:  07/26

4.3 STARS

 

(eBook) Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  07/30

5+ STARS

 

(Audiobook) Follow Me Back by AV Geiger

Finish Date:  07/31

3.7 STARS

 

 

9 Books Total 3,181 Pages (including Audio's)

5 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley e-ARC's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-20 20:22
Breakup support is really just friends supporting one another...
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young

 

 

Book Title:  The Breakup Support Group

Author:  Cheyanne Young

Series:  Stand-Alone

Genre:  YA, Realistic Fiction

Setting:  Texas

Source:  eBook (Hoopla)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

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

I Wanna Dance With Somebody the Glee Version  --A high school version of a song, for a high school story…and this song feels like it's about finding someone new to "dance with" after a breakup.♫

 

 

 

 

⇝OVERALL RATING⇜

2.8/5 STARS

C-

 

My Thoughts

 

This is a super cute read for a preteen girl or any girl looking to get over being dumped by some boy.  Did I feel this was something that might occur or happen in real life, probably not…but the life lessons TBSG is trying to impart are present and for the most part, solid. 

 I read this mostly because of reading challenge I'm doing where I needed Character names, and it really scored on that front for me.  With both a I name for female with Isla Rush and U Name for Male with Emory Underwood.  Sometimes, reading challenges get me into some fairly awful books and this one wasn't one of those…it was an easy breezy read.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot: 3.8/5

Main Characters:  3.8/5

Secondary Characters:  3.8/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  2/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I read more from this Author?  I don't think so, unless it turns out to be just what I need for a reading challenge.

 

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review 2016-09-01 15:35
Review: Somewhere Only We Know
Somewhere Only We Know - Cheyanne Young

I received this book to give an honest review.

 

I was really amazed at this story and the way the ending came about. Sadie has severe anxiety and her best friend Aaron helps calm her down even though he has a memory issue. The two are perfect best friends and you just hope that they fall for each other because you just know that has to happen right?

Well things happen to change over the summer Sadie has to live a "normal" life one that doesn't revolve around Aaron and Aaron has to start writing things down so he can remember what he needs to do on a daily basis. 

When another world is what I would call it comes into both Sadie and Aaron's life it seems like it is too good to be true, it honestly can not be real right? Isola Fiona just seems like a very amazing place to be at because no matter what issues you had before they are all gone when you enter. The only downside is you can not stay forever or can you? 

I loved that in this world Aaron can say how he feels for Sadie and remember when he returns because once back in the real world he doesn't remember which is quite sad. 

We see how Sadie juggles her new life while Aaron struggles with not only his memory lose but the issues going on at home. No wonder Isola Fiona seems like the perfect place to be.

The characters were pretty good and I loved how the author really captured how they struggled with the things they had to deal with on a day to day basis. 

There are a few things I wish the author would have dived in more on were the world of Isola Finoa we got just a taste on who would have I guess invented this world but why did he exactly? I felt that the author could have elaborated more. 

Why didn't Sadie really try to explore Isola Fiona?  It was like she mostly seemed to stay in one spot until Finoa had her go through the forest.

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review 2016-02-06 08:00
City of Legends
Powered - Cheyanne Young

(This book was previously called Powered, but I've read the new Alloy Entertainment edition which is called City of Legends. I don't know if there are any other changes between the two editions)

 

City of Legends was a conflicted read for me. At the one hand, I really wanted to like this superhero novel, at the other hand, there were quite a lot of things that just didn't make sense and I couldn't overlook all of them.

 

Maci is on the brink of becoming a Hero, for which she has trained almost her entire life. She's a Super, which means she has an extra circulation running outside of the body (Thanks evolution!). This was caused once by some kind of radiation in a cave. You know, the kind of radiation that adds extra genes to your genome. (#PuttingTheFictionInScienceFiction) The society is quite strange as in the Heroes do Superhero stuff protecting the normal humans, who are in reality looked upon as third class civilians. I still don't know if I actually like the world this story is set in.

 

Although Maci already has some anger issues, she's told at the most inconvenient of times that she once had a twin. This is terrible of course, for it is know that from every Super-twins born, one will turn evil, a Villain. For Maci, it's only downhill form there.

 

Man, Maci was an annoying girl at times. I get that maybe she was a bit upset or confused at the things she finds out, but she takes it to a whole new level. I really hope she gets a bit more bearable in the next books, or I might be cheering for the Villains in the end.

 

It was a fast read and besides the forced romance thing that apparently just had to be there, it was quite enjoyable. I'm still curious to find out what happens next.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-05-22 11:54
Review | Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young
Somewhere Only We Know - Cheyanne Young

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This will not affect my opinion of the book. 

Anxiety rules Sadie's life. She is a slave to the pills that she is supposed to take once a day, but many days she end up swallowing three or more and the panic still haunts her. 

Aaron does what the pills cannot--make her feel normal, even though he is far from normal himself. Sadie has anxiety issues, but Aaron cannot even remember his problems due to a memory disorder. 

Summer is in full swing and Aaron and Sadie have everything planned out, until Sadie's grandmother gives her own plan. This summer, Sadie is supposed to do normal things, like get a job, volunteer, and most importantly, hang out with normal people who can actually remember what they had for breakfast that morning. 

Following her grandmother's regimen keeps Sadie away from Aaron, but she does not have to stay away during her dreams when she visits Isola Fiona. There, Sadie does not have anxiety and Aaron can remember everything with perfect accuracy. At first, it is just a silly dream, but there may be more to Fiona Isola than Sadie really thought. 


Somewhere Only We Know is a great story on the surface, but there were underlying problems and an ending that disappointed me. 

First, the main characters were realistic, bold, and cute. 

I watched Sadie struggle with her anxiety and eventually overcome it. She is a new kind of hero. In most YA, the hero is the person with the special powers, the one who discovers they have special powers, or something else like that. For better or for worse, Sadie does not have magical powers of any kind (I promise), but she is still a hero to me.

She started the novel with crippling anxiety that prevented her from doing the simplest things in life, like get a summer job or make new friends. As the story progresses, she turns into a confident young women.

Aaron was also an interesting character. I like how his mental disabilities were highlighted in the book and not ignored. He obviously struggled to live with his memory issues, but nothing stopped him from wanting to live a normal life. 

Together, Sadie and Aaron were the cutest pair of best friends that I have read about in a while. Their relationship is so fluffy, loving, and just gosh darn adorable that I had no choice but to love them.

Overall, I loved how mental illness was treated in this book. The main characters struggled with it, but it was most the only focus of their personalities. 

I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. There was a variety of different people who made up the cast of this book, but none of them really had the spotlight as long as I would have wanted, which is my main issue with this book. 

Nothing was really ever delved into except for the romance and anxiety parts of the plot. 

For example, there was a big deal in the beginning of the novel about Sadie's mother committing suicide, but after the first couple of pages it was kind of forgotten about. I want to know how that affected Sadie and her family and just her life in general. I wish I knew more about Sadie's life before the novel. The contrast between her life before anxiety and the transition into the life of torture would have been heartbreakingly awesome. 

I also wanted to know more about Isola Fiona and the people that lived there. The questions of why and how were never really answered beyond the fact that the guy that created it was an "alchemist." That revelation was treated like it was completely normal and did not warrant any further explanation. 

I just wish that I knew a lot more about the world and the characters in this novel, which is good and bad. 

On the good side, Young creates a captivating world that I would love to know more about. She made me care about the characters and wonder more about their lives. On the other hand, a lot was left unanswered and buried underneath the romance. 

Overall, Somewhere Only We Know is a great representation of mental illness and a relationship between two best friends. The plot is a little bit thin and the resolution is not as complete as I would have liked, but it was a pretty good fluffy read.

I give Somewhere Only We Know by Cheyanne Young 3 stars. 

 

This review and many other cool posts are on my original blog, Crazy for YA.

 

Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2015/05/review-somewhere-only-we-know-by.html
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