Wednesday, January 4

2017 Debut Author Challenge

This post will be all the Debuts I read in 2017


Has To Be Love by Jolene Perry

Has To Be Love by Jolene Perry
Release Date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: AW Teen  
Age Group:  Young Adult
Pages:  272   

Summary:  Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She's used to getting sympathetic looks around town, but meeting strangers is a different story. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she's got a secret that's both thrilling and terrifying--an acceptance letter from Columbia University. But it turns out her scars aren't as fixable as she hoped, and when her boyfriend begins to press for a forever commitment, she has second thoughts about New York. Then Rhodes, a student teacher in her English class, forces her to acknowledge her writing talent, and everything becomes even more confusing--especially with the feelings she's starting to have about him. Now all Clara wants to do is hide from the tough choices she has to make. When her world comes crashing down around her, Clara has to confront her problems and find her way to a decision. Will she choose the life of her dreams or the life that someone she loves has chosen? Which choice is scarier?

My Thoughts:   I liked this one, I did, but I didn’t fall in love with it as I hoped I would. We are introduced to Clara who is a survivor. She survived a pretty bad bear attack and she has scars on her face and other places. She’s brave and confident even though she does want to change her scars. Make them better. Less noticeable.

We also meet a boy named Rhodes. He comes over to her house a lot and visits her father. He’s also a student teacher. This makes it a bit awkward for Clara.  Clara also has a boyfriend.

As Clara and Rhodes get to know each other, they start to develop feelings for each other. But Clara is very religious so doesn’t want to do anything with her boyfriend but with Rhodes it’s different.

I don’t know. I just never felt the connection really with Rhodes. I didn’t love him, liked him,, but just not “enough” I guess. I read a lot of romance so this one just wasn’t everything I wanted it to be. Hopefully you’ll like it more than me!  I think Perry books are going to be a hit or miss with me because I did really like the first one of hers I read.

Overall: This one was just okay for me. I hope the next Perry book I read, I enjoy more. I did finish it but it wasn’t one of my favorites of the year. Or will be.

Cover:  Like it! Like the colors and the way she is leaning over to kiss him.  

What I’d Give It:

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Tuesday, November 1

The Rose Society (Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu

The Rose Society (Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Age Group:  Young Adult
Pages: 416

Summary: Once upon a time, a girl had a father, a prince, a society of friends. Then they betrayed her, and she destroyed them all.

Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she flees Kenettra with her sister to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her.

But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good when her very existence depends on darkness?

Bestselling author Marie Lu delivers another heart-pounding adventure in this exhilarating sequel to The Young Elites.

My Thoughts: I remember reading the first in this series and loving it, even though it was a bit dark. We are back with Adelina and her band of misfits! Except this time, some of those misfits aren’t her people anymore and have turned against her.  Now Adelina must find new friends to help her through.  This was one of the best parts for me. I loved seeing the new people she choose to befriend. All with such distinct personalities and I love their powers.

Honestly, I don’t even know what to say about this one and I don’t want to give anything away. I loved it probably more than the first book. I really loved one of the new guys. I’m sure you can guess which one. He was so distinct and I didn’t always know if he liked her or not. I never knew what was really going on in his mind.

I want to write a long review for this one, but I also must say I’m going to keep it short because of spoilers. I don’t want to give you any!!!! You must experience all of this one for yourself!

Overall:  All I will say is, I loved the characters, I loved the plot, and I just loved it to pieces!! Please read this series asap!!!

Cover:  Love it! It does have a little bit of a dark feeling, which is good!!! It’s a little bit dark!

What I’d Give It:

Monday, October 24

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead
Release Date: November 25, 2009  
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group:  Young Adult
Pages: 332


Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth's magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires—the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa's best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.

After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir's Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger…and the Strigoi are always close by.

Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever…

My Thoughts:  I am probably one of the last people to read the Vampire Academy series but I’ve been working on my own TBR pile lately and I finally got to read this one!

We are introduced to Rose and Lissa. Both girls are so much alike but so different.  Lissa is a sort of princess, royalty and Rose is somewhat of a protector of Rose. They go good together as friends, and partners (kind of).  They mean a lot to one another. Well, they are on the run but get caught and get sent back to their Private school (was it)?  I really liked the school plot. It was basically like a boarding school.

I also liked all the other characters thrown in. Especially Christian and Dimitri. Oh Dimitri. I knew the moment I met him I would really like him. I liked his personality but I also liked that he was tough. For some reason, I always thought Lissa would date Christian, from the little bit of spoilers I’ve heard. I’m glad it was Rose who liked him though.  

Vampire Academy was a nice start to a interesting series. I flew right through it and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. I was excited to see everything that happened, and how it happened.

Overall: I liked this one!! I’d say probably between a 3.5 and a 4 cupcake rating. I’ll be excited to see what happens next in the story!

Cover: Like it! Its pretty!

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