July 17, 2017

Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Hardcover, 400 pages
Publication: August 8th, 2017 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?


You know how sometimes you come across a book and you LOVE the premise and you like the cover and you LOVE the title, but then you don't love the book? Like you walk away feeling like you enjoyed the idea of the story more than the actual story?

That's how I feel about The Hearts We Sold. I don't want to say I didn't enjoy it, because I did. However, I didn't love it, and I really wanted to love it. I think this book had the potential to be a lot darker, but ultimately lacked the angst (for lack of a better word) to bring it all together. Given the premise, I expected the story to feel a lot heavier than it did.

Ultimately, though, I think my (mild) disappointment is due to the lack of development for the secondary characters. I liked Dee and James well enough, don't get me wrong. The book is written in third person, so we're given a taste of where the other characters came from...but that's just it. A taste. Not enough to flesh them out. Not enough for them to feel real. The cast is more diverse than most I've read lately (yay!) but at the end of it all they just felt flat. So much potential there that just never came to fruition, and that has clouded my view of the book, a bit. 

Overall though, I did enjoy The Hearts We Sold. It kept me interested from start to finish. Underneath my personal issues with the book there is a story about friendship, love, and sacrifice, and I recommend everyone give it a shot! 

Cover: 4 | Characters: 3 | Plot: 4 | Pace: 3 | Creativity: 4

July 11, 2017

Review: Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman

Kissing Max Holden by Katy Upperman
Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, 304 pages
Publication: August 1st, 2017 by Swoon Reads

Kissing Max Holden was a terrible idea...
After his father has a life-altering stroke, Max Holden isn't himself. As his long-time friend, Jillian Eldridge only wants to help him, but she doesn't know how. When Max climbs through her window one night, Jill knows that she shouldn't let him kiss her. But she can't resist, and when they're caught in the act by her dad, Jill swears it'll never happen again. Because kissing Max Holden is a terrible idea.
With a new baby sibling on the way, her parents fighting all the time, and her dream of culinary school up in the air, Jill starts spending more and more time with Max. And even though her father disapproves and Max still has a girlfriend, not kissing Max is easier said than done. Will Jill follow her heart and allow their friendship to blossom into something more, or will she listen to her head and stop kissing Max Holden once and for all?

I want to be with you, now and next year and after, for as long as we’re happy.

So, I have to admit…I was unfair to this book. I let it sit on my shelf for several weeks because I looked at the cover and the title and just thought, “I don’t want to read fluff right now.” That’s what I thought this book would be. Pure fluff. This is not to say there’s anything wrong with fluff – it has its place. But I assumed this book would lack depth and I was wrong.

Kissing Max Holden was absolutely adorable, but also sad and just flat out real. The characters are so raw and real that I felt like I knew them personally. In fact, I felt like they were plucked right out of my teenage years. They are not perfect, but they are good people who are in pain. Everything from the emotions and struggles of the characters to their language is absolutely on point. 

The one issue I had with this book – and to be honest it might be what keeps it from getting a higher rating from me – is the vilification of Max’s girlfriend. It comes from all angles – Jillian, all of their friends, and sometimes Max himself. She is never given a single redeeming quality, and the way she is blamed for everything got very, very frustrating. Classic “girlfriend/boyfriend is absolutely terrible so that absolves us for cheating” trope. The author does bring it full circle in a few moments of self-awareness for each of the main characters, but I still wish it had been addressed a bit more.  

Kissing Max Holden is an endearing story with raw and realistic characters that you will grow to love. This book isn’t even out yet but I need Upperman’s next book like, yesterday.

July 04, 2017

The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young & Giveaway!


About THE IMPOSSIBLE VASTNESS OF US:“I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.”

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancĂ© and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever…

Review: The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski

The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication: August 1st, 2017 by Feiwel and Friends

After her father goes missing in the woods that they protect, Winter tries to seek the truth in what happened, why the wood is changing, and what it all has to do with the arrival of a mysterious stranger in this thrilling YA debut.

When Winter’s dad goes missing during his nightly patrol of the wood, it falls to her to patrol the time portals and protect the travelers who slip through them. Winter can't help but think there's more to her dad's disappearance than she's being told.

She soon finds a young man traveling in the wood named Henry who knows more than he should. He believes if they can work together to find his missing parents, they could discover the truth about Winter’s dad.

The wood is poisoned, changing into something sinister—torturing travelers lost it. Winter must put her trust in Henry in order to find the truth and those they’ve lost.

Bobulski’s eerie debut is filled with friendship, family, and the responsibilities we choose and those we do not.

July 01, 2017

NYC Wine-N-Sign Event - Virtual Signing!

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