ARC Book Review: Will Never Fade

Will Never Fade by Jenna Sutton

Pub Date: December 13, 2016
Genre: Romance

Will Never Fade is part of the Riley O’Brien & CO.***

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**Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

Candid characters with an unforgettable plot.

We’re shown how the main character, Phoebe, is trying to live a seclusive life after surviving one of the worst events in a person’s life. Her plan goes south once an ex lover, Garrett, re-enters her life and is making plans to stay forever.

Phoebe is well developed as a character who stays true to the struggle of the plot. Phoebe is relatable: she worries about the unknown and almost always let it get in her way of living life. I think many people can see a part of themselves in her.

I liked Garrett’s openness to lay all his cards on the table and show his intent pretty early on. We don’t get many male characters doing that. As much as I do like Garrett, he seemed too perfect. He wasn’t as fleshed out as Phoebe was and I think in the context of the plot, it made up for his 2D actions. I think some flaws would’ve made him more realistic.

I read through this novella very quickly because the writing is simple and direct. Though at times, I found it oversimplifying certain things. I enjoyed reading the novella and was educated on the matters the characters were going through. The chemistry between Phoebe and Garrett was top shelf hot, and I liked that it was well balanced throughout the whole novel because it didn’t overshadow the main story. Sutton took a serious plot, added heartache, love and for us to accepts the things that are out of our control.

A novella I’ll be reading again because its just that kind of work.

Happy Holidays,

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Book Review: Through To You

Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt

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This is the first review I’m writing in over a few weeks and its way after the time I finished the book. Its shorter than my usual but I think gets the point across. **Minor Spoiler Below**

It all started with Penn noticing Harper’s sparkle in her hair and writing her a note: a braided tinsel to show her school spirit. Two unlikely teens, getting to know each other and falling fast with different mindset on what they’re doing. Harper wants to know everything and be everything for Penn but Penn is used to keeping it all close and shutting people out. He has not had the easiest and pain free life that most people lived through. With Harper pushing and Penn pulling, it’s only a matter of time before they realize, can they actually make it work or are they prolonging the inevitable split waiting to happen?

I like the quick pace and banter between both protagonists. It also helps that the story is told from both Harper’s and Penn’s perspective because you will to see how they’re affected by the events surrounding them. The reader gets to see why it’s difficult for Penn to open up about himself, his family and dreams.

As someone who have been through some tough life, I can relate to his struggle. Some people are readily open to discuss what’s going on in their life, which was the case with Harper but people like Penn have to understand that it’s okay to let the ones who love and care for you know the bad things in your life.

I love Harper’s character. She was very compassionate, young and goal oriented. Even through her woes with Penn, she never forgot her end goal and what she wanted next in life. Penn was a easy character to fall in love with. He mostly masked his turmoil in humor or act in a jerk-y way but at then end of the day, he realizes that he can’t always go on like that.

One issue I had with this book was that…

**MINOR-SPOILERspoilerSPOILER ALERT**

After Penn got what he always wanted, a chance of his dream coming true, then he was absolutely ready to do right by Harper. It sends the message that if that didn’t happen, he was only going to go to Harper but not be ready to let her in. Once he has the chance, he was so ready to let her know everything she has wanted.

Great book that I think many will enjoy and a very fast read.

Grab a copy if you haven’t read it yet!

Happy Reading

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September Book WrapUp

I have my very small September reads๐Ÿ™ˆ. This was probably my worst month of reading because I was so not prepared for the amount of work from school, my job and new changes that occurred this month.

I barely scratched the surface of my TBR list. I didn’t add #When with this pic cause that was a library borrow that has since been returned.

I promise to make it all up in October.

Here are my ratings of the books.

Shiny Broken Pieces: โคโคโคโคโค
Chinua Achebe: โคโคโคโคโค
When : โคโคโคโค

The only review currently available on the blog is When, so please be patient with me as I try to finish up the others.

How was your September TBR list? Did you read any book you’ll love to recommend?

Please leave your comments down below.

Happy Reading,

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Book Review: When

When by Laurie

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One Word: Intrigued

Maddie can see the death date of anyone she comes across; as long as she can see their forehead clearly. With her gift, she and her mother charges customers to have their death date read to earn extra income for their household. Maddie can only relay the date, she cannot tell how the person will die, why they are dying or where they are going to die.

When one customer disagrees with Maddie’s revelation, and her prediction comes true, Maddie falls under an intense FBI investigation for committing murder. The same thing happens again and the targets are teenagers around their community that Maddie have had interactions with indirectly. Her whole life is affected, including those around her when the investigation gets longer and harder. Maddie knows she must try to clear her name as well as those that are getting implicated to ensure that she doesn’t spend the rest of her life behind bars. Who is commiting the murder? Why are they implicating Maddie? Will she be successful in her pursuit to clear her name?

I was surprised with how fast I was hooked and affected by this book. I went into the book with reservations because I shy away from suspense novels, especially YA suspense but I was not disappointed. Maddie was a character you get to like alot because her struggles will affect you as well as those around her. ย She was vulnerable and strong in making sure she could prove her innocence.

This book lay on the suspense side more thanย romance with how very subtle the author placed Maddie’s crush on the back burner of the story and just popped up when absolutely necessary. Friendship is promoted as well and it ย was mainly a platonic male and female friendship that didn’t build into a romantic one. This type of messages are important for our teens who read because it shows that friendship can occur among boys and girls without it always leading to a relationship. Enjoyed the book and glad I didn’t judge it too early.

Check out When by V. Laurie if you haven’t!

Happy Reading,

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Book Review: Before We Were Strangers

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino

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One Word: Lovely

Matt and Grace met during their senior year at NYU while Matt was moving into the senior dorms. They became “fast friends”. They played music, scored the scenes where food will be cheap or basically free, studied together and made plans for the future. But as Graduation came and left, Matt must leave for a Photography summer internship in South America with a promise to return to Grace in NY at the end of summer.With time, distance and events occurring, Matt and Grace missed their connection that summer. Fifteen years later, Matt see’s Grace on the subway and finds a way to meet up and catch up on the last fifteen years of their lives.

Matt is the ideal very thoughtful and strong character we all want in our life with flaws that we can definitely tolerate. Grace is beautifully caring as we see with her family and the sacrifices she made in her life. Both protagonists were very humanly and I believe thats why I love this story so much. We’ve seen a million missed connection books but this is not quite like the rest of them.

I loved Tati, Grace bestfriend, because she reminds me of a friend who will always be there for you and tell it like it is. Those are the only ones we should keep around anyway!

I loved everything about this book. I was emotionally invested in the characters, the scenes they were in and was happy with how it all came together at the end.

I really called alot of things out in the book like a coupling of some characters, secrets and how its never good to make swift decisions based on emotions but I’m glad with where and the journey they took to get to where they ended up

Before we were strangers reminds you of the bliss and content that is love along with the challenges but also gently tugging on your heart that it can all be worth it with the right person.

Renee Carlino, amazing work and looking forward to checking out Swear On this Life.

Happy Reading,

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Book Review: Tiny Pretty Things

Tiny Pretty Things byย Sona Charaipotra & Dhionielle Clayton

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One Word: Shattered

I was seriously shattered when I was done with this book. Why didn’t I pick this up before now? Where have I been?

Gigi, June and Bette are prima ballerina at the ABC school looking to get the lead soloist in the school show. Gigi is a new student that earned the role but June and Bette will do anything to ensure they take it from her. The girls embark on a wild school year and with secrets getting out, scare tactics and budding romance growing, we, the audience are in for a wild and awesome show.

Gigi has a heart condition that she is keeping as a secret, June is battling an eating disorder and Bette pops pills to handle all the stress from her psychological abusive mother. All three girls must not let their guard down as their future hinges on how the role they’re playing. Who’s going to rise to the top?

I love this book! It is culturally diverse with witty characters, crazy scenes and expected teenage drama. Gigi is the only black girl at the school and the authors touch on the lack of diversity in the ballet works, the pressure to be perfect ย and how certain ethnicities are only casted in stereotypical roles. This book is a way to break barriers and show the ugly and beauty of the dance world.

As an outsider, I am given the rigorous life of what it means to be a ballerina and striving to be the best. Each character does what they have to do to be at the top, some take more drastic measures than others but as a reader, we’re left to see and understand why they make certain decisions. The story is expressed through all three girls perspective and we get each girls story first hand.

My favorite character is Gigi. I liked her optimistic outlook and how she didn’t give up. I think that her character played victim sometimes and hopefully she changes that in the sequel. The boys in the book are minor characters but important.

We’re left off with a cliffhanger and the sequel was released earlier this summer. I have ordered my copy and I’m waiting impatiently for it to come. (Updated… Received it and can’t wait.)

Interested in a diverse, ambitious group, mystery, drama and romance? Tiny Pretty Things is for you.

Happy Reading,

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September TBR List

Happy September!!!

Summer is coming to an end very soon ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ญ but that means Fall will be here soon ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜. Fall is my favorite season especially since it coincide with my Birthday. What’s your fav season?

I have my September TBR list and let me tell you, its quite ambitious. The readings are not difficult but I will also have my school work load with it, so wish me luck guys! But I think I can do it.

1. Shiny Broken Pieces by Clayton and Charaipotra

2. When by Victoria Laurie

3. The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen

4. Let The Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

5. Everyday Is For The Thief by Teju Cole

6. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

7. Through To You by Lauren Barnholdt

What are you reading this month? See any you’ve read or would like to read?

Happy Reading,

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