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We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Murder.

Fire.

Revenge.

That’s all seventeen-year-old Alice Monroe thinks about. Committed to a mental ward at Savage Isle, Alice is haunted by memories of the fire that killed her boyfriend, Jason. A blaze her twin sister Cellie set. But when Chase, a mysterious, charismatic patient, agrees to help her seek vengeance, Alice begins to rethink everything. Writing out the story of her troubled past in a journal, she must confront hidden truths.

Is the one person she trusts only telling her half the story? Nothing is as it seems in this edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller from the debut author Emiko Jean.
 

Goodreads Summary

This book is a psychological thriller that will leave you guessing on a thrill ride until the pages of the story expire. If it isn't enough that Alice is a teenager with raging hormones, she also has to deal with a being in a mental hospital over the death of her boyfriend. She is angry and she wants to get the person back who caused her boyfriend's death. 

The author does a great job at painting the picture of being in a mental hospital. Specifically the interactions between the patients that you would see in a mental hospital. Things are just plain weird and you get a big taste of that in this book. One thing that I wish was different was the pace of the story. It didn't drag at all, but also didn't follow suit with your typical thriller. The plot wasn't very original either. It seemed like a conglomerate of all the other horror plots out there. The twist at the end was pretty predictable as well. Overall not a bad story though.

3 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

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The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she's spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she's ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

Goodreads Summary

Two artists meet on the red eye bus route on the way home and develop an interest in each other. One is trying to become famous and the other is becoming infamous in San Francisco, the city where there are no surprises. We have the straight and narrow girl trying to chase down the wild and crazy boy in an adventure that you will love.

I loved the quirkiness of the characters and how their chemistry is unorthodox. It seems to work and makes for a fun story that will leave you adoring the back and forth banter the author creates so well. Bex and Jack are perfectly witty and hilarious to the point where you won't be putting the book down until its done. It is so much more than a love story and has something that will appeal to everyone.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ

Underneath Everything by Marcy Beller Paul

Mattie shouldn’t be at the bonfire. She should be finding new maps for her collection, hanging out with Kris, and steering clear of almost everyone else, especially Jolene. After all, Mattie and Kris dropped off the social scene the summer after sophomore year for a reason.

But now Mattie is a senior, and she’s sick of missing things. So here she is. 

And there’s Jolene: Beautiful. Captivating. Just like the stories she wove. Mattie would know; she used to star in them. She and Jolene were best friends. Mattie has the scar on her palm to prove it, and Jolene has everything else, including Hudson.

But when Mattie runs into Hudson and gets a glimpse of what could have been, she decides to take it all back: the boyfriend, the friends, the life she was supposed to live. Problem is, Mattie can’t figure out where Jolene ends and she begins.

Because there’s something Mattie hasn’t told anyone—she walked away from Jolene over a year ago, but she never really left. 

Poignant and provocative, Marcy Beller Paul’s debut novel tells the story of an intoxicating—and toxic—relationship that blurs the boundary between reality and fantasy, love and loyalty, friendship and obsession.

Goodreads Summary

Have you ever stared across the room at the girl that "has it all," and wondered what you did differently to end up where you were? what if you had the chance to be "that girl" with the great popular friends, the gorgeous boyfriend, and life in the palm of your hand. Mattie is in this predicament and is standing at the two way fork that will make up her future.

This story was completely compelling yet I'm sure that anyone that read it would also agree that almost anyone can relate to it. We have all or are all going to be through high school eventually and there are some things that will never change about it. The fighting, the passive aggressive hatred, and the adventure of being a kid. Would I make the same decisions as Mattie in this book? No. I however enjoy reading about it like crazy. The author does an amazing job with her character development and capturing the essence of feuding teenagers.

4 Stars

Reviewed by Chris

This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews. COPYRIGHT © 2014 LIVE TO READ

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Forever With You by Jennifer L. Armentrout
On Sale: 9/29/2015 ISBN 13: 9780062362766

The next in an irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you’ve never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It’s out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she’s got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph’s eyes to a future she never knew she wanted-until tragedy rips it away.

Nick’s self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he’s knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she’s building them up again, determined to keep the hurt-and Nick-out. But he can’t walk away. Not when she’s the only one who’s ever made him wish for forever…

About the Author:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.


She also writes Adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.



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