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review 2018-06-11 01:47
Above the Star - Alexis Marie Chute

I received this book for free from the publisher (SparkPress) as part of a promotional blogger unboxing campaign. 

 

 

This is probably the most unique book I have read so far this year. 

 

Up until I got about halfway through the book I thought it was weird. It was odd and bizarre, kind of in a Roald Dahl way, but stranger. It took me a while to get used to it and the world. I’ve never encountered a world quite like this one before, so there was definitely a learning curve. 

 

One thing that really threw me for a loop early on was the amount of death in this book. I wasn’t expecting there to be so much of it and for it to be somewhat gruesome. 

 

But once I got used to the peculiarities of the book, I started to really enjoy it. This book follows the typical quest storyline, but it was still a lot of fun. 

 

As for the characters, it was interesting to see a grandfather as a main character in YA book. You don’t see that too often. I think my favorite character was Lady Sophia. She was a supporting character but she was so funny! 

 

I also really liked the illustrations in the book. There is a hand drawn map of the world and various sketches that the character, Ella, draws dispersed throughout the novel. 

 

The glossary at the end was a nice touch. It was super helpful in figuring out how the world worked. 

 

Even though it took me a while to get into it, I’m really excited for the rest of the books in this trilogy! 

 

 

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text 2018-06-08 06:59
Reading progress update: I've read 63 out of 368 pages.
Above the Star - Alexis Marie Chute
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text 2018-05-25 21:47
Take the Lead by Alexis Daria $1.99
Take the Lead: A Dance Off Novel - Alexis Daria

Gina Morales wants to win. It’s her fifth season on The Dance Off, a top-rated network TV celebrity dance competition, and she’s never even made it to the finals. When she meets her latest partner, she sees her chance. He's handsome, rippling with muscles, and he stars on the popular Alaskan wilderness reality show Living Wild. With his sexy physique and name recognition, she thinks he’s her ticket to the finals—until she realizes they’re being set up.

 

Stone Nielson hates Los Angeles, he hates reality TV, and he hates that fact that he had to join the cast of the The Dance Off because of family obligations. He can’t wait to get back to Alaska, but he also can’t deny his growing attraction to his bubbly Puerto Rican dance partner. Neither of them are looking for romantic entanglements, and Stone can’t risk revealing his secrets, but as they heat up the dance floor, it’s only a matter of time until he feels an overwhelming urge to take the lead.

 

When the tabloids catch on to their developing romance, the spotlight threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their careers and their shot at the trophy. Gina and Stone will have to decide if their priorities lie with fame, fortune, or the chance at a future together.

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text 2018-05-24 21:45
Dance With Me by Alexis Daria $1.99!
Dance with Me: A Dance Off Novel - Alexis Daria

Natasha Díaz is having a day. She’s trying to prove she can make it as a professional dancer, but she’s overworked, out of cash, and her roommate has just moved out. When she comes home to find a hole in her ceiling and her bedroom flooded, she’s desperate enough to crash with the one guy she can’t quit. She accepts his offer with one condition: no sleeping together while she’s living with him.

 

Dimitri Kovalenko has never lived with a woman before. But when Tasha’s in need of a place to stay, he suggests she move in without a second thought. He accepts her condition, hoping she won’t stick to it. They’re good together, both in the ballroom and the bedroom. Since their first dance, she’s never been far from his thoughts. Sure, she’s a pro and he’s one of her show’s judges, but they’re not currently filming, so no one needs to know.

 

Living in close quarters shows Dimitri a side of Natasha he’s never seen before, and he likes it. A lot. Too bad she’s doing everything in her power to keep him at arm’s length. When an injury forces Natasha to take it easy or risk her ability to dance, it’s his chance to show her that the rules have changed, and she can trust him with her heart.

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review 2018-04-16 00:00
Glitterland
Glitterland - Alexis Hall,Nicholas Boulton Copying my review over from the print version. No idea why this weird occurred:
I love glitter. I wonder if people who don't like a little sparkle are lying. But then, the practical side of me says "Hey it really sticks to you and is heavily irritating, you find it all over forever. It never lets you forget you had it on your new year's cards that one year" And well, I must say there's no more fitting term for one of the heroes of this book than Darian, the Glitter Pirate.

That's not to take anything away from Ash's narrative, because it was so painful and dead on, and that might actually make you feel like you're about to get hit by a bus every so often in this book. Ash's self-defeating manner was so easy to slip into that sometimes it felt like a second skin in this book. There were incredible painful moments, but my god it's so lovely, vivid and made me smile more than hurt.

I can't really say much else about this book other than I really did feel like it was damn near perfect.

What can I say about the audiobook? Nicholas Boulton treats us to both characters in a recipe at the end....He's incredible, they were both so very alive and real and I can't help thinking his narration added a layer my brain never could to the characters. In other words, also perfect.
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