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Spotlight: Life After Falling by Alyysa Rose Ivy

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About LIFE AFTER FALLING

One tangled cassette tape. Two tangled lives.

Cassidy snaps. She quits her job and fiancé all in the same day and ends up on her parents’ doorstep. In the midst of everything she is determined to fix a broken cassette tape that she thinks holds the key to rediscovering happiness.

On her quest to fix the tape she meets Leo, a guy as down on his luck as she is lost. What starts with curiosity leads to something resembling a relationship and maybe a chance at love.

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About Alyssa Rose Ivy

Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Review: Together We Heal by Chelsea M Cameron

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Title: Together We Heal
Series: Fall and Rise #4
Author: Chelsea M Cameron
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 18 Aug 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3.5/5

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Trish Grant is not a romantic. Okay, so she may read her share of romance novels, but that doesn’t mean she thinks that some fellow with a six pack is going to ride up on a horse and sweep her (literally) off her feet. Romance like that just isn’t for her. It belongs on the page.

Max Greene noticed Trish at his cousin’s funeral, of all places. She was hard to miss with her citrus-colored hair, violet contacts and fiery attitude.

Trish is just as captivated by Max. He makes her laugh, which is rare, and it doesn’t hurt that he rocks blue hair and isn’t put off by her resting bitch face.

On the outside, their relationship seems sweet and perfect, but that’s a lie. To say that Trish’s childhood was rocky is an understatement. She’s a mess of scars and hangups and is convinced that there’s no way Max is going to stick around. He’s determined to prove to Trish that she’s a girl worth loving, flaws and all.

Will she let Max in? Or will she give up her potential fairytale to protect her already-scarred heart from further damage?

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REVIEW 

Please bear in mind this is the 4th book in the series and it may be impossible to review without spoilers to the previous books.

I love this series so much, although I have to say Zan is still my favourite ♥

Trish has been an integral part of the series from the very first book, with her funky appearance and quirky characteristics you cannot help but want to dig below the surface to uncover all of her secrets. Of which there are a number of deep, dark events alluded to within the narrative – heart breaking in their revelations. She is very guarded and emotionally withdrawn. Although her upbringing is hinted at for the majority of the story the reader is left with their very vivid imagination.

The story unfolds with a very fast paced dual narrative.

I adore Max in all his blue haired geekiness. While his personal situation isn’t as disturbing as Trish’s he isn’t without his own problems.

The support and acceptance Max and Trish give each other is wonderful to observe and fuels the desire that all relationships should contain the same level of give and take.

Adorable geekiness abounds within the narrative not just from Max and Trish but from the inclusion of all the wonderful, idiosyncratic characters Chelsea creates so well.  Again Zan is still my favourite 😉

Chelsea captures the theme of identity brilliantly; making your own way in he world, overcoming the traumas you may have encountered along the way and creating your own family from the people that fit your life the best.

The use of therapy and self-reflection played an important part within the plot and ingeniously showed just how powerful these tools are. Although I am truly awful at writing anything to so with self-reflection, I tend to be very introspective but highly critical of myself which does not bode well for documentation :) Although I like to think I am self-aware. I also liked the inclusion of negativity breeding negativity, thinking positive is a lifestyle choice :)

The ongoing development of the other characters from the previous books played a huge part in Together We Heal and I have to say some events took me a little by surprise. Yet added to the overall feeling of family and contentment within the story. I love the way in which they all come together, the Friends reference within the narrative certainly fits these guys. I cannot wait to see what he future holds for all of them – I would love a book of short stories for each of the couples set 10 years in the future ♥

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Anything More Than Now by Rebecca Paula

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About Anything More Than Now

Reagan Landry is months away from college graduation, but instead of excitement, she’s frozen by the fear of letting go — of her ex-boyfriend, of the comfortable life she created for herself in Portland, of the years-long search for her older sister who abandoned her as a homeless teen. When she’s finally forced to decide what’s next, Reagan is met with another complication — her ex’s best friend, Noah Burke, who seems determined that she embraces what could be instead of what has been.

Drunkenly hooking up with his best friend’s ex, Reagan, is a mistake, but being secretly in love with her is so much worse when things seem one-sided. A disenchanted frat boy about to fail out of college, Noah has been living out someone else’s dream after a horrible accident five years earlier. Just when he thinks he’s lost any chance he has with Reagan, she surprises him by agreeing to spend the summer together at his family’s ranch in Montana.

And suddenly what started out as a complication between them becomes serious…until the past starts ripping apart their future.

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Matisse Evans is determined to make her sophomore year of college successful after failing out of a prestigious art school and spending a horribly boring gap year at home. Despite her focus, time isn’t on her side as she struggles to hold down three jobs so she can afford her first apartment while juggling course work. In the chaos of it all, Beau Grady moves in and shakes up her world. A college dropout and tattooed bad boy, the rumors about Beau mean one thing for Matisse—trouble. Paralyzed by the fear that she’s missing out on life, Matisse discovers plans may unravel, but what rises in their wake can be worth the uncertainty.

After spending the summer couch surfing, Beau Grady moves into an empty room at his ex-girlfriend’s Portland bungalow, skipping his senior year of college to spend his days working at a Vietnamese food cart instead. Once a star hockey player and gifted student, he’s put his life on hold after receiving a life-altering diagnosis, complacent to live in the moment. Hiding behind false rumors and bad habits, Beau falls for Matisse, letting her believe the worst until their relationship blooms into something they both can’t ignore. Falling for her means having to face a future he’d rather forget, but loving her just might be worth it.

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Rebecca writes smart, emotional New Adult and historical romances featuring flawed characters struggling to find their place in the world, from Paris to Portland. She’s a lover of rainy days, an unabashed anglophile, and a devote Earl Grey tea drinker. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their very spoiled cat, Bella. A wanderlust connoisseur, Rebecca can be caught daydreaming about her next travel adventure when not writing.

She is the author of EVERLY AFTER, BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US, and the upcoming releases ETIQUETTE WITH THE DEVIL, A PROPER SCANDAL, and ANYTHING MORE THAN NOW.

Rebecca loves hearing from readers and writers. You can follow her on Twitter @beckapaula or find out more about her and her books at www.rebeccapaula.com.

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Books I’ve Read Undressed by Avery Aster

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Title: Undressed
Series: The Manhattanites #1
Author: Avery Aster
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: Aug 2015
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 2.5/5

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Milan’s notorious playboy, Prince Tittoni, seems to have everything—Lamborghinis, exotic women, palaces throughout Europe and business success. Ramping up his fabric company to go global with a new apparel brand, he ruthlessly stops supplying fabrics to the American client who inspired the collection. But once they meet, what’s he willing to give to get her in his bed?

Upper East Side designer Lex Easton has already endured her fair share of hard knocks. She’ll be damned if she’ll let an Italian stud muffin knock her down. So what if she named her favorite vibrator after him? With Fashion Week approaching, she’ll do whatever it takes to secure the fabrics she needs to make her clothing line an international success—even sleep with her rival.

Lex’s Louboutins are dug in deep to win this war. All’s fair in love and fashion!

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I confess I am totally shallow and read this one because of the cover 😉 While I did enjoy the story on the whole I didn’t feel it lived up to its full potential; hence the 2.5/5 rating.

The characters were brilliant and well-rounded, including quite a deep level of background detail considering the length of the story. I really liked how living life in the public eye shaped the characters and their ability to deal with the demands fame, or in Lex’s case infamy, places on them. It was nice to see the struggle with self-esteem portrayed so realistically, making Lex a very relatable character, it also provided a fairytale quality to the romantic aspect of the plot.

However, the relationship moves at an impossibly fast pace which does nothing to help the read connect romantically with the characters and believe in the depth of their connection. I also have to mention the portrayal of the intimacy between Lex and Tittoni while being steamy, felt forced and contrived as if it was written purely to push the boundaries of the reader rather than aid the relationship portrayed.

Review: Entangled by Cat Clarke

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Title: Entangled
Author: Cat Clarke
Publisher: Quercus
Publication Date: Jan 2011
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

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The same questions whirl round and round in my head: What does he want from me? How could I have let this happen? AM I GOING TO DIE? 17-year-old Grace wakes up in a white room, with table, pens and paper – and no clue how she got there. As Grace pours her tangled life onto the page, she is forced to remember everything she’s tried to forget. There’s falling hopelessly in love with the gorgeous Nat, and the unravelling of her relationship with her best friend Sal. But there’s something missing. As hard as she’s trying to remember, is there something she just can’t see? Grace must face the most important question of all. Why is she here? A story of dangerous secrets, intense friendships and electrifying attraction.

REVIEW BY EVE 8:3

Entangled is about a girl called Grace who wakes up in a white room and has no clue how she got there. All that is in the room is a table paper chair and pen. She is forced to remember all the things she has tried so hard to forget, which turns out to be very hard for her. Everything that happened with her and her best friend, how she fell in love with Nat and all the other twisted parts of her life. Why is she there though? The story is told in the point of view from Grace which I think helps the reader understand her more as a person and connect more with her personality.

My favourite part of the book is when Sal (Grace’s best friend) is faced with a life changing event which she did not mean to happen. She has to rely on Grace; Grace has to help her, a lot. I enjoyed it because it was quite an odd situation to be in and it was interesting to see how they both coped. It seems almost like a test to see if they can pull through it together or if it will tear their friendship apart.

My favourite character in the book was Sal because at the start, she seems very sensible and organised; like she has her whole life planned out. However, as the novel unravels, you begin to see she isn’t as ‘good’ as people think. She ends up being quite a mysterious person in Entangled she is a very interesting character.

One thing I didn’t much like about the book was the amount of inappropriate situations that occurred. They all seemed to be very grown up and fairly mature for a teen’s book. I felt that the book could have been just as good without the most detailed situations it had. The situations portrayed within the plot are very mature and I felt a little inappropriate. Although the situations added to the drama in the plot as a whole.

I thought that everything was written how I expected it would turn out. All the events that happened all played out the way I wanted them to or how I predicted they would. At no point throughout the story did I hope for a different outcome.

I probably would not read a book by this author again as I didn’t much like her style of writing. I found it quite slang and just very laid back and it didn’t really draw me in. I thought it was again a bit too old for a teenager however, if the story looks like a good plot line then it’s always worth giving it a go. Although, all in all I thought Entangled did have a good plot line.

I would recommend this book to people who like the genre of romance and a little contemporary issues woven in. As Entangled was an intense story to read. It seems to be aimed more at girls than it would be at boys because of the romance. I would also recommend this book to people who like a bit of drama, as there are a lot of dramatic scenes. I would say this book is suitable to people who are about 16-24 due to the nature of the plot.

There’s a lot of mature scenes and strong language within the book,  and personally this was the main aspect that made me dislike Entangled. I would say this lets the book down quite a lot as I don’t think it was necessary. Although that type of thing may appeal to others. With this is in mind, I would give this book a 3/5 stars.