Saturday, October 25

Rites Of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites Of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 416


Summary:  Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty...no matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

My Thoughts:  Another great contemp that I loved!

We are introduced to Sam who comes from a military family. Her older brother died a while ago from suicide but he dared her to go to Denmark Military Academy and become one of the first female cadets. She also has another older brother as well, and her dad is military too!

She was born military, she breathes, and sleeps military so its only natural when she accepts Amos dare and joins the school. She’s one of the few females there. This is the first time females can attend.

We meet quite a few characters. We meet Stamm, who goes by Drill most of the book. Oh man. He was sooooo swoonworthy. I loved him! I loved the chemistry between Sam and Drill. Oh baby! I loved all the moments from eating pie to her sleeping on his couch. Oh man! Loved him!

We also meet another boy named Cadet Kelly. I liked him at first but than out of nowhere he just changed, and I didn’t like that. By the end, I liked him a bit more but I’m always going to be Stamm’s girl.

Another boy in the story spends most of his time bullying Sam! I wanted to punch him so many times! I did not like him at all!!!! Arrrgggg. So much bullying in this one! And I know that is the point!

Things aren't easy for Sam and there is more to the story than that. A secret society out to put girls in their place, to make the girls quit, so the school can continue to be guys only!

So much was going on in this one and I just loved it all! I loved the plot but I also loved how much the characters progressed. I loved seeing how much Sam grew in a short period of time! I loved everything, even the ending though things were not perfect!

I loved this debut!  The romance=swoonworthy!!!

Overall:  AMAZING!!!! This is WONDERFUL! I haven’t read a military based book since Simone Elkeles How To Series and I loved those too!

This is a for sure must read!!!! YOU NEED THIS ONE IN YOUR LIFE NOW!!!!

Cover: Love it! Love the dog tags and the colors!

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Thursday, October 23

Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout

Stone Cold Touch (Dark Elements #2) by Jennifer Armentrout
Release Date: October 21, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  304

Summary: Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

My Thoughts: I still love this series! And as I finished Stone Cold Touch I was left wide eyed and stunned. I wanted the next book now!!! And its a while until it even comes out! Booo!!!

Do not read this review if you haven’t read book 1! We are back with Layla and her so called family, and of course her friends. She still has feelings for Zayne but her feelings for Roth are even more deep now. He sacrificed himself for her and now Layla feels the guilt. She also misses him.

Things start happening at Laylas high school and people start acting weird than die. And there is a Lilith to blame! But nobody knows her/what it really is!

Layla and her band of misfits have to start digging and find out what is going on!

But it doesn’t help that everyone in her so called family is suspicious of her and don’t really trust her. I couldn’t believe some of the stuff that was happening with that. I felt so bad for her and I just wanted to help her out!

I still love Bambi!! I think that is so cool, and I love how Layla describes her.

I’m still torn between both Roth and Zayne. I love them both to pieces. They have their ups and downs but they both make Layla whole as a person. Each one compliments her personality in different ways. And I want to root for both!!! She has major chemistry with them both. Zayne is a sweetheart but Roth is also so sarcastic and funny you have to love him. Character development is a big issue for me and this series does it so well!

This book had it all! Love interest, a great plot, and such awesome characters.  And the ending surprised me so much and I just had to gasp. I guess I just didn’t see that coming at all!

I loved Stone Cold Touch!

Overall: You must read this series if you haven’t yet! It is amazing and I love it!! Stone Cold Touch has me all giddy and excited to read more!!

Cover:  Love it! I liked the first cover but I think I like this one more. I love the blueness to it, and I love how her hands are on his chest. Very cute!

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Wednesday, October 22

Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend 1.5) by J.K. Rock


Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend 1.5) by J.K. Rock
Release Date: December 16, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 74

Summary: Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?


My Thoughts: In Camp Christmas, we get to hang out with Hannah and Julian. And Hannah’s not so good friends. They were kind of snobby but so was she. I knew it was an act for her right away. With her life unfolding before her eyes, she has to keep something normal; her social life.


I really liked Julian. He’s such a nerd but in a good way.  In this story, all the teens are away at a skiing trip.  And things take a turn for the worst. I liked seeing Julian and Hannah in action relying on their strength to pull through it.


This one was very short so I can’t say much but I did think it was cute and I can’t wait to keep on with the series!


Overall:  I really liked Julian and I want to know more about him! I love the idea of his tattoo on his chest too! Sweet! I really thought this was a cute novella!  I’d probably give this more of a 3.5 but it is very short and a fast read!


Cover:  Like it! They look all wintery so it fits perfectly!

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Monday, October 20

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle

Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle
Release Date:  October 21, 2014
Publisher: Poppy
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages:  336

Summary: When seventeen-year-old Paige Townsen gets plucked from obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling movie set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one ofPeople's Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie's famous love triangle, Paige's crazy new life begins to resemble her character's.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is -- and who she wants -- while the whole world watches.

My Thoughts: I really thought this sounded cute and sounded like something I would love.

I liked it but I didn’t love it. I also had a hard time really getting into it. It wasn’t bad, I just felt like I couldn’t really connect to any of the characters.

We are introduced to Paige who is just a normal girl. She tries out for different parts in plays. One day a major movie comes to her town for tryouts. Its based off a best selling book so she goes for it. Well, she gets the part. The main lead lady.

She goes on set and meets another cast member named Rainer. Rainer is every girls dream. He’s sexy, hot, and interesting. Later on, she meets another boy named Jordan. Of course there is major drama between Jordan and Rainer. They do not have a very good recent past.

Well, its hard to for her since she has to play the girl in between them. I thought this one had a very interesting and fun concept. I enjoyed the plot. I just couldn’t get into it very well. I did finish it and I am happy with how things went but I just didn’t connect.

Overall: This just wasn’t the one for me but you might like it more than me!! I had a hard time connecting with books where they are playing characters in tv shows/movies and that is probably my problem here. I just didn’t like Paige very well and I never really felt drawn to either boy. Maybe it was just my reading mood or I just wasn’t very into this one. I can see where a lot of people will love it though!

Cover:  Its cute! I could see it attracting attention!

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Friday, October 17

Stitching Snow by R.C.Lewis

Stitching Snow by R.C.Lewis
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary:   Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that's assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid.

In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy's future-and her own-in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

My Thoughts:   Oh, I loved Essie!! And Dane!! I loved this one so much!

We are introduced to Essie who everyone thinks was kidnapped as a child. But she wasn't. She ends up on another planet named Thanda. She’s pretty far from home and on her home planet she is basically royalty. She keeps low profile at her new home. She works, does what she's supposed too, and has few close friends.  She’s as content as she can be.

And then a mysterious boy named Dane crash lands on her planet. He comes off as pretty arrogant and kind of a jerk. But I liked him right away and I knew he’d be a sweetheart.

Essie agrees to fix Dane’s ship and get him back home, but things do not go as planned and Essie ends up going back home. To the dad she isn’t sure wants her, and the step-mom who hates her. Man, things got intense.

I totally loved this one. I loved the 7 drones (get it?). I loved the way Essie and Dane interacted. Parts of this novel can be taken as a little cheesy but I still loved it. I loved their banter back and forth, and I laughed at so much during the story. I have a hard time with retellings but I really enjoyed this retelling!

The plot was awesome. I loved all the little details and I don’t want to give anything away. It did remind me a little bit of the novel Cinder but that made it that much better.  I loved how things ended. Yes, there were a few weird topics thrown in, but I still loved the story.

Overall:  I really liked this one a lot! It gripped me from the very first few pages and I couldn’t stop reading! I finished it in two sittings! I loved Essie’s voice and the way she was with everyone. She was so compassionate! Stitching Snow was an easy read and enjoyable!

Cover:  Its so white! But I love the apple as well! Cute!

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