ARC Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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Title: I See You
Author: Clare Mackintosh
Release Date/Publisher: February 21st 2017 by Berkley Books
Finished: November 25th 2016
Pages: 384-ARC Paperback-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her…

It all starts with a classified ad. During her commute home one night, while glancing through her local paper, Zoe sees her own face staring back at her; a grainy photo along with a phone number and a listing for a website called FindTheOne.com.

Other women begin appearing in the same ad, a different one every day, and Zoe realizes they’ve become the victims of increasingly violent crimes—including murder. With the help of a determined cop, she uncovers the ad’s twisted purpose…A discovery that turns her paranoia into full-blown panic. Zoe is sure that someone close to her has set her up as the next target.

And now that man on the train—the one smiling at Zoe from across the car—could be more than just a friendly stranger. He could be someone who has deliberately chosen her and is ready to make his next move…

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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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ARC Review: The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman

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Title: The Dark Days Pact (Lady Helen #2)
Author: Alison Goodman
Release Date/Publisher: January 31st 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Finished: December 10th 2016
Pages: 496-ARC Paperback-Given for review
Series:
1. The Dark Days Club
2. The Dark Days Pact
3. Untitled

Synopsis from Goodreads:

June 1812. Just weeks after her catastrophic coming-out ball, Lady Helen Wrexhall—now disowned by her uncle—is a full member of the demon-hunting Dark Days Club. Her mentor, Lord Carlston, has arranged for Helen to spend the summer season in Brighton so that he can train her new Reclaimer powers. However, the long-term effects of Carlston’s Reclaimer work have taken hold, and his sanity is beginning to slip. At the same time, Carlston’s Dark Days Club colleague and nemesis will stop at nothing to bring Helen over to his side—and the Duke of Selburn is determined to marry her. The stakes are even higher for Helen as she struggles to become the warrior that everyone expects her to be.

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Mini-Reviews: I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl + The Way to Game the Walk of Shame

pixie-dream-girlI’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl

Author: Gretchen McNeil
Publisher/Release Date: October 18th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Pages: 352-Hardcover-Library
Finished: December 16th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • The idea that math could create a way for you to not only become popular but meet certain goals sounded really cool, and the concept worked well for this! She did have some math which I thought would have been confusing  but she added notes to help explain things and it was helpful.
  • Near the beginning of the book I predicted a few things that I knew were going to happen at the end, and I was right. Such as who likes her, who she ends up with and that some big drama would happen (not going to spoil it). I didn’t know specifics, but a few things were predictable. And yet it was still a good read and cute.
  • I think a lot of people will like this overall, and it went by pretty quickly. It was a cute romance that had them finding out who they really were while acting out a designated role from the formula.

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the-way-to-game-the-walk-of-shameThe Way to Game the Walk of Shame

Author: Jenn P. Nguyen
Publisher/Release Date: June 7th 2016 by Macmillan/Swoon Reads
Pages: 336-Paperback-Library
Finished: December 18th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 4/5

Review:

  • When I saw this title I automatically assumed it was a New Adult book, but it was Young Adult it ended up being super cute though! There was POV from both characters and I really enjoyed seeing this develop through both of them.
  • The idea of having a contract to pretend to date was the best, and in the end of the book you can actually see a copy of it. Which was awesome bonus content. There was a few other extra stuff too which I always like to read.
  • I’m definitely going to be checking out future book from this author!

ARC Mini-Reviews: The New Guy + The Unexpected Everything

the-new-guyThe New Guy (And Other Senior Year Distractions)

Author: Amy Spalding
Publisher/Release Date: April 5th 2016 by Poppy
Pages: 320-ARC Paperback-Given during a blogging event
Finished: November 3rd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 3/5

Review:

  • The budding romance at the beginning of the book was super cute! I was starting to really get into it, and then something happened to do with the newspaper she works on with other students, and then it dipped down a bit from there. I know she needed struggles to overcome but it was a bit much.
  • Jules kind of bugged me throughout parts of the book. Mainly for the way she treated other people, especially her best friend. I also didn’t like how she was treating Alex in the second half. She was trying to get into the college she wanted, but she was over the top and overreacting for so many things in this book. Ans the one thing she was trying so hard to do most of the book, we never find out if she gets it or not.
  • It had some points that bugged me, but I did still enjoy this book to a point.
  • Random, but the cover I had for my ARC was different than the one above. The one above doesn’t really fit the book very much.

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the-unexpected-everythingThe Unexpected Everything

Author: Morgan Matson
Publisher/Release Date: May 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 519-ARC Paperback-Given during a blogging event
Finished: November 10th 2016
Goodreads
My Rating:5/5

Review:

  • Loved this! Andie was such a planner for everything, and it was so nice to see her relax as the book went on. And the romance was great! Not only was Clark geeky and adorable with an awesome job, but the two of them were so good together.
  • I also loved that she was walking dogs! I’ve never had a dog, mostly because of allergies and I’m a cat person, but I loved reading about her encounters with different ones. I totally predicted one thing that would happen near the end but it was good.
  • Her group of friends were so great, and their group was so supportive during the whole book. Even though stuff happened, I wished I still had friends that would be there for me like that.
  • Another great book by this author. I’ve read Since You’ve Been Gone, and both were good so I now totally love this author. I’ll be reading her others soon hopefully!