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review 2017-03-11 06:29
Lucky You ~ Erika Carter
Lucky You: A Novel - Erika Carter

3 women.
One café.
Multiple inner demons.




Lucky You follows 3 women from Arkansas as they navigate post-collegiate life with anything but grace and dignity. After reaching an emotional dead end, Chloe and Ellie decide to join Rachel in the Ozark Mountains to capture true “health.” Health is a way of living doctored by Rachel’s charismatic yet cult-like boyfriend, Autry. Here they renounce their vices from the “old world.”

The survivalist aspect of this book definitely had my intention but while reading I learned it was anything but survivalist. Each of these women became hauntingly ill both mentally and physically during the book so I was a little disappointed that the book intimated at survivalist when in reality it was more cult-like simplicity.

Transformation.
Rachel’s story line painted her as an enigma; we truly don’t know WHO she is because she doesn’t know WHO she is. Rachel absorbs a persona and becomes that persona. She has absorbed everything about “health” and is a shell of her former self.

Narcissism.
Ellie is right up there as a sexually addicted narcissist. Ellie enjoys the humiliation she receives and causes- she never lets anyone get too close and if they do- she discards them quicker than you could imagine. Of course, the female narcissist in this book is blonde and beautiful; desired by all men and envied by the women.

Worst nightmare.
Sometimes a girl’s worst nightmare- turning out like your mother. Chloe recollects the delusional paranoia she witnessed her mother endure as a child. Now as she reaches her mid-20s Chloe begins to suffer some of the same delusions.

Overall, this book was more of a character analysis than a “story” per se. You can’t escape the dark corners of your personality – no matter what. Anyone who has taken an Abnormal Psychology class would enjoy this book in my opinion. 4 stars xx

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review 2017-02-18 13:58
Why did it take me so long to read this...wow...so good!!!
Making Faces - Amy Harmon,Rob Shapiro

Book Title:  Making Faces

Author:  Amy Harmon

Narration: Rob Shapiro

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Young Adult/New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

 

 Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara --A heartfelt song for a heartfelt story.

♫But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark

You should know you're beautiful just the way you are

And you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart

No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful…♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5+/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5+/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Of course!

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

A beautiful story that's so much more than a romance…a story about all the different kinds of love and loyalty.  I don't know why I waited so long to read this book.  I ended up adding narration to this for a discounted price and I don't regret it one bit.  Rob Shapiro was amazing as a narrator.  He is a new fav for me. 

Yes, it made me cry, but most of it was the good kind of crying.  Everything about this book was amazing…as my ratings breakdown says.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ No, there isn't any, really.

 

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review 2017-01-29 06:03
The Masterpiecers ~ Olivia Wildenstein
The Masterpiecers - Olivia Wildenstein

"Do you know what it feels like when your future contains no pigment, no sparkle? Because that's what mine looks like. I have nothing...no one besides my sister."

Aster and Ivy are identical twins yet they couldn’t be more different. Ivy is the polished, artistic, and charismatic sister whereas Aster shows great insecurity and has many quirks. Chosen to be on the reality show, The Masterpiecers , Ivy is hoping for her big break in the art world. Contestants compete to win an elusive spot at the namesake school. While Aster is her biggest fan, Aster will be watching the competition behind bars.

Ivy


Aster


Awaiting release to a murder out of self-defense, Aster soon learns her sister doesn’t quite share the same adoration. Both of the girls have secrets. Both of them begin to start losing trust in the other. Who holds the truth?

I haven’t read a New Adult book in a lonnnggg time but I was pleased with how much I enjoyed this story! The premise was completely unique and unlike any other story I’ve read. There were elements of romance, intrigue, and crime. I absolutely loved it!

Both characters were multi-dimensional and the story continuously switched between their two viewpoints. Somewhat likable, somewhat unlikable I still found myself rooting for each girl despite their (heavy) flaws. Aster had tunnel vision while in her mindset as all of her mental energy revolves around Ivy. Will Ivy win? What is Ivy doing? Around and around we see how the dynamic between the sisters has evolved since their childhood. The “good” child and the “bad” child so to speak.



Although the story was fast-paced and exciting I did think some threads weren’t really resolved. I know there is a second book but I think a little too much never had closure- for example, we are still missing the connection between Aster’s “victim” and Ivy. I wanted to find out what REALLY happened there. I wouldn’t necessarily say this book ends on a cliffhanger but there is still a lot of story left- I can only hope all threads will be sealed after I pick up book toe. Overall an enjoyable five star read.

*Arc received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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review 2017-01-14 19:44
Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park
Flat-Out Love - Jessica Park,Julia Whelan

Book Title:  Flat-Out Love

 

Author:  Jessica Park

 

Narration:  Julia Whelan

 

Series:  Flat-Out Love #1

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance, YA/NA

 

Source:  Audible Audiobook

  

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

You Learn by Alanis Morrissette  --I think Alanis has the right feel for Julie…something about her, anyway.  This story is all about what you learn…in a way, or many ways, actually. ♫

 

 

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.8/5

Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5  (One of my fav narrators!)

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  Not at all

 

Will I continue this series?  Maybe…

 

 

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

I figured out why or what they wouldn't tell her early on…I was unsure as to the how, though.  It seemed like a lot of work, just to keep someone in the dark about what was really going on, and for an entire school year, crazy.  A little too crazy to be believable…and yet, the ending really did get to me, and ultimately made this worth the read.

 The quirky characters were all very likable, I also enjoyed the facebook updates throughout…they were engaging.  I need to update like that.  The more I got to know Matt as a character, the more I couldn't help loving him.  Celeste was rather marvelous herself.  Finn seems too good too be true.  Dana is amazing, exactly the kind of friend everyone needs in their life.  And Julie…I mean, I liked her…she's quirky, tenacious, and a little too gullible.   But…there is something about her that wouldn't let me like her as much as  the other characters.  

⇝Sex Factor⇜  This is a squeaky clean kind of romance. 

 

Disclaimer:  I found out after I finished reading this book, that this particular Author is known to have behaved badly in regards to reviews on their books.  While this makes me upset, I still gave my honest opinion about this book.  Ultimately, I'm not going to trash a book just because I disagree with a Author's behavior.

 

 

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review 2016-12-27 22:22
I would have liked this even more if it just had a little less going on.
Prelude to Mayhem (Mayhem Wave Book 1) - Edward Aubry

Book Title:  Prelude to Mayhem

Author:  Edward Aubry

Series:  Mayhem Wave #1

Genre:  Apocalypse, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Publisher:  Curiosity Quills Press

Source:  I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

 ♫ Radioactive by Imagine Dragons --ugh…this one was hard to find a song for…because it just has so much going on to pinpoint a song that felt right for it.♫ 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Not exactly…

 

Will I continue this series?  I don't know, maybe.

 

 

 

 

 

 ⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

This book is…in one word…crazy.  

 

 

 It's a mash-up of genres, that keeps you guessing.  From a apocalyptic pov, this was a really fantastic idea, the timelines converging thing was genius. Then with the fantasy/magic elements added, this has amazing potential.  The Author just needs to know when to say when on some things.  On one hand I found it inventive, on the other hand I found it almost outlandish.  I felt like, maybe, it was trying to hard to be everything, that it lost track of something.  Just when I thought it couldn't get any crazier, it proved me wrong; and did it over again and again.  From dinosaurs to demons, it seriously, had a little bit of everything. 

 While it seems many were a fan of the writing style, I just found it difficult to stay focused.  It was, at times, too jumbled and sporadic feeling.  I did adjust for the most part.  I just didn't get fully invested until about the halfway mark.  Seriously, though, there is a lot of unanswered questions that I have concerning this world and I hope they are answered if I continue this series. 

 

 

⇝Sex Factor⇜For language it's definitely rated for adults, this has a swearing pixie after all...but for sex…there is none.

 

 

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