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

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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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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 Rest of Us Just Live Here + Ruined

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Author: Patrick Ness
Publisher/Release Date: October 6th 2015 by HarperTeen
Pages: 336-Paperback ARC-Borrowed
Finished: October 23rd 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 5/5

Review:

  • This is my first book by this author but now I definitely need to check his other stuff out! I really liked this book. I had a hard time putting it down and I finished it the day after I started it.
  • I originally had an eBook ARC of this, but after trying to read it last year I couldn’t get into it. This paperback copy was borrowed from a blogger, and I’m glad I finally read it.
  • The idea of showing the side of the normal people in a world of “the chosen ones” was a great idea. They’re having to deal with illness, love, betrayal and all other kinds of things, and I really enjoyed how the author showed everything.

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Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher/Release Date: May 3rd 2016 by HarperTeen
Pages: 368-ARC Paperback-Given for review
Finished: November 1st 2016
Goodreads
My Rating: 3/5

Review:

  • I received this back at the beginning of May at a blogger event. It took me this long to read it because I was never in the mood. I thought the description sounded pretty common and I had a feeling I could predict a lot of things.
  • I did end up enjoying it though! A few things I did predict. I felt like some parts didn’t have as big an impact as I thought they would. Like the romance was cute but not swoon worthy. The action and battles were the best part of this book honestly.
  • I also liked the kinda of powers I saw the ruined use. There wasn’t a whole lot of their pasts explained and I would have liked to see that. A little more world building too.
  • A good start to a series that I definitely will continue to read, even though it was lacking a few things.

ARC Review: What Light by Jay Asher

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Title: What Light
Author: Jay Asher
Release Date/Publisher: October 18th 2016 by Razorbill
Finished: October 25th 2016
Pages: 256-ARC Paperback-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon. It’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. But as disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra can’t help but wonder if love really is enough to overcome every obstacle…

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I was given an advanced copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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