ARC Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

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Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Release Date/Publisher: January 31st 2017 by HarperTeen
Finished: December 11th 2016
Pages: 353-eBook ARC-Got on Edelweiss

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

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Mini-Reviews: Six of Crows + On The Fence

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Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher/Release Date: September 29th 2015 by Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 465-Hardcover-Owned
Finished: July 14th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5

Review:

  • I loved this book so much! It was my first read for the Make Me Read It Readathon and I’m so happy I finally got to it. Wish I’d read it earlier but now I won’t have to wait as long for the next book. Which I need right now!
  • I loved the world in the Grisha series and I was worried this wouldn’t be as good but it totally is. I was so happy getting back to it, and although I’m in the middle of my Grisha series re-read I didn’t have any trouble getting familiar with it again.
  • I loved all the characters, especially Kaz. They were all so interesting and I can’t wait to see how they handle the events at the end of this book in the next one. Did I mention I need the next book right away?

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Author: Kasie West
Publisher/Release Date: July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen
Pages: 296-Paperback-Library
Finished: July 19th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4.5/5

Review:

  • Super cute! The tom-boyish girl finds herself and love in this and I couldn’t stop smiling while I read. This author is definitely going to be among my favourites for contemporary books.
  • Family was a big theme in this and I loved that. It was great to see how close she was to her brothers too. Her dad was an only parent and tried so hard, even though he had a tough time trying to raise a girl.
  • I noticed some characters that were briefly mentioned in another book I’ve read by the author! It’s been a while since I read it so there could have been more but that was kind of cool to see.

Favourite Books of 2015!

It’s time again for me to share my favourite books of the year! 2015 was crazy. I had a lot of trouble with reading and blogging, especially near the end. But I did manage to beat my Goodreads goal of 60 by reading 87 books! It’s always hard to choose the best of them, especially since I had a lot of 5 star ratings this time. So to make it easier, I will not be including re-reads since they were already a 5 star before as well. There were so many good books this year but I don’t have the space to add every single one. So here are a few of my selections that really stood out to me. They include ARCs, older books, and newer ones. They are in no particular order! All links go to Goodreads.

 

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows | Vicious & A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli | A Court of Thorns & Roses and Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers | Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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Truthwitch by Sudan Dennard | The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee | Crushed by Eliza Crewe | Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong

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5 to 1 by Holly Bodger | Sins of the Warrior by Linda Poitevin

The Crawling Darkness, Terminal, & House of Whispers by J.L. Bryan

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Release Date/Publisher: July 2nd 2013 by Harper Teen
Finished: July 3rd 2015
Pages: 312-Paperback-Library

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

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