Review: Starr Lost by Kim Briggs

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A Starr falls, and a family is found.On the run from the Organization, Starr and Christian find safety on the Qualla Boundary with their friends, Ben and Coda, but Starr needs answers. She owes her dear dead friends, Sami and Jody, that much. She forms a team of her own to fight the general and his recruits. Di, a mutual friend and anti-everything is a no-brainer, plus her Taser will come in handy. Frank, Starr’s BFF, will put his life on the line for her. Ben and Coda, not to be outdone by Starr’s friends, also swear their allegiance. Christian’s the only hold out. He knows what the Organization is capable of. He has the beaten body to prove it, but when Starr wants something, she gets it. Now that the team’s together, everything should be perfect. Trouble is Starr loves Christian but so does Di. And Frank, well, he’s never been very good at hiding his love for Starr. Will his four-year long crush on her threaten the safety of the team? Life becomes tense on the Qualla Boundary, sparks fly, and the Organization is about to smash in their door.

If you haven’t already be sure to check out my review for the first book Review: Starr Fall by Kim Briggs

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My Review:

Starr Lost picks up right where the first book, Starr Fall lets off. Starr is on a mission to bring down the Organization and she is not doing it alone!

There is plenty of friendship, jealously, unrequited love, lots of love, and some action.

I have to say I love Frank way more than Christian. Christian just seems so needy and overly protective to me. But Starr seems to like those qualities in him. I am Team Frank all the way though. I love how there was more of Di and Frank in this book and I really like Ben and Coda too. Jude gives me the chills and Starr is the same strong willed girl from the first novel!

Di even gets her own POV chapters in some parts of the story. Di definitely is a dark and hilarious character. Someone I’d definitely would have been friends with in high school!

The end has an amazing last minute twist and that made want to read Starr Gone as soon as possible. These books are great,smoothly written reads that I read in one sitting! I recommend this to anyone who loves a good action and romance,contemporary read!

 

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About the Author:

Image result for kim briggs authorKim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.
An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides 17 year old Starr Bishop is not only the model student, but the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim. Her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall, Book One of the Starr Fall series released November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing. Starr Lost, Book Two released January 5, 2017. Her short story, Avalanche, will be part of Valentine Kisses releasing February 14, 2017. Starr Gone, Book Three of the Starr Fall series releases June 2017.
As the Co-Regional Advisor to SCBWI Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter, she meets lots of writer and illustrator friends. Through SCBWI, she met her Ink Sisters. The Ink Sisters destruct plot like ninja warrior poets. They make her laugh, especially when she wants to cry. They’re awesome. You should follow them on Twitter: @Alisongmyers  @DonnaBoock
When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.

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Review: The Tigers Watch by Julia Ember

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The Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Tashi has spent their life training as a inhabitor, a soldier who spies and kills using a bonded animal. When the capital falls after a brutal siege, Tashi flees to a remote monastery to hide. But the invading army turns the monastery into a hospital, and Tashi catches the eye of Xian, the regiment’s fearless young commander. Tashi spies on Xian’s every move. In front of his men, Xian seems dangerous, even sadistic, but Tashi discovers a more vulnerable side of the enemy commander—a side that draws them to Xian. When their spying unveils that everything they’ve been taught is a lie, Tashi faces an impossible choice: save their country or the boy they’re growing to love. Though Tashi grapples with their decision, their volatile bonded tiger doesn’t question her allegiances. Katala slaughters Xian’s soldiers, leading the enemy to hunt her. But an inhabitor’s bond to their animal is for life—if Katala dies, so will Tashi.

 

 

The Review:

This book was nothing like I read before! The Author did a great job at building a unique new world with magic,animals and diverse characters. The main character, Tashi is genderfluid, so they like to be called they not him or her. I thought that was something new, but something that should be respected. This is a great diverse story. All the characters were pretty acceptable to Tashi too!

I loved how the bond between animal and human was a unbreakable soul connection Tashi, bonded to Katala, a golden tiger! I wasn’t a big fan of Tashi’s LUST-interest, they were in a bit of a love triangle.

I would have liked a little more information on the history of why there was war between Myeik and Thim and why Xian was so determined on getting rid of the  inhabitors. But maybe it will all be explained in the sequel! Overall, I couldn’t put the book down and read it in one sitting. This was a interesting story to read, and I look forward to the sequel!

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Review and Giveaway: Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman

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Synopsis:

Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper she spends more time in detention with the rest of the school rejects than she does fantasizing about Jacob Waters wearing spandex.

Her best friend and devout alien believer, Lisa, doesn’t like the changes she’s seeing in her BFF. Neither does Danny Feller, a fellow detention inmate and resident lost boy who has started keeping an extra watchful and unwanted eye on Ann.

When a chance encounter in an empty hallway changes everything, Ann finds all her dreams coming true and she is well on her way to living the perfect life she’s always wanted. But appearances aren’t always what they seem and Ann is going to have to face not just cold hard facts, but also her past.

 

 

My Review:

I would say this is a great coming of age book, but for the strong language and talk of rape, it might not be good for younger teens. I think this story is more relatable to high schoolers and young adults or anyone who enjoys a quirky read. This book has 2 parts, part one Ann, is basically telling us her story, part two is when everything kicks off and slams together. Part two is when I really start to love this story. I was surprised to really enjoy the story being narrated by a “secret person” (you don’t find out who till the end) he/she was hilarious at times.

I think Ann is a pretty great character. Seeing how she has to live with the only family she has, which is a alcoholic mother and a little brother. Her life is pretty hard for a fifteen year old. She spends a lot of time in detention, sometimes she doesn’t even really deserve it. But one day that’s where she meets Danny Feller. He isn’t popular like Jacob Waters, but he seems to really like Ann. He’s just having a hard time breaking down all of Ann’s walls.

” Whatever reasons people have, logical or not, to shut themselves off from love, Ann had hers. Her fear of loss consumed the details of her true feelings and morphed them into something unrecognizable that drew her away from all she loved and into the arms of Jacob Waters.”

I totally ship Ann and Danny though. He really understands  Ann’s pain rather she wants to fight him on it or not. Over all the characters were great and each had their own individual personalities and played their part in Ann’s story!

“Not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and infinite extent of our relations.”

 

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About The Author:

SageSage Steadman was awarded a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah. While pursuing her passion for writing, she worked as a licensed mental health therapist. She published her debut novel, “Snowflake Obsidian: Memoir of a Cutter,” in 2010 under her pen name, The Hippie, and since, re-released the second edition under her real name. The novel has been deemed an “idyllic” read, filled with love, humor, romance and heart. She is also the co-author of the gritty and inspiring historical fiction novel, “Upon Destiny’s Song,” alongside classical guitarist, Mike Ericksen, and has penned an article on teen cutting for Canadian Magazine, “Edmonton’s Child.” She has recently produced a stunning and thought-reflecting novella entitled, “The Waking Dream.” Sage is heralded as a talented writer who tackles her novels with a witty, raw and honest approach. She currently lives near Salt Lake City, Utah with family.

 

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Review: Starstruck by S.E. Anderson

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The Synopsis:

After an incident with a hot-air balloon causes college-dropout Sally Webber to lose her job, she sets off to find direction in her life. Crashing into a teleporting alien, however, is not on her to-do list.
Now she’s on the run from TV-drama-loving aliens, and things are just getting started. Zander won’t stop reeling her into life-or-death situations to save her planet, as he waits for his laser-wielding sister to search the universe for him. Though Sally isn’t quite sure if he wants to save Earth from annihilation, or just quell his curiosity of all things human. On top of this, she’s got to find lost alien emissaries, as well as a job, and stop the planet from getting incinerated in the process. But with Zander as her roommate, what could possibly go wrong?

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My Review:

This was my first read that involved alien characters and it was awesome. There really should be more books with aliens in it. The characters were great with quirky personalities of their own.  I definitely love Zander, to me he is Sally’s hero rather she knows it or not. Sally hasn’t had the best of luck in life, but miraculously Zander pops into town or should I say Earth period. From that moment on Sally’s life is full of action. I definitely get a Doctor Who vibe from this series minus the Tardis. 😂 I totally ship Sally and Zander even though they are just friends at this point, but I think they’d be great together! 😍

There is some strong language (curse words) in this book, but not much. I think there was some great diversity as well for some characters.
The plot was pretty fast paced and exciting, and absolutely hilarious. There are a couple scenes where I was literally laughing out loud. The chapter titles are even funny!
The writing was super smooth and well done.

I have a feeling this is going to be a favorite series of mine. I’m super excited for the release of Alienation and can’t wait for the third book! I think this series just gets more epic as each books goes on! If you’re a fan of Sci-Fi,Action,Doctor Who and anything alien I think you’ll enjoy this! Even if you’re not into aliens I think you still will enjoy it because the characters personalities are just that great, you’ll love them an their stories.

You can purchase Starstruck on Amazon! and Pre-Order the second book Alienation as well on Amazon!

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About The Author:

S. E. AndersonS.E. Anderson can’t ever tell you where she’s from. Not because she doesn’t want to, but because it inevitably leads to a confusing conversation where she goes over where she was born (England) where she grew up (France) and where her family is from (USA) and it tends to make things very complicated. She’s lived pretty much her entire life in the South of France, except for a brief stint where she moved to Washington DC, or the eighty years she spent as a queen of Narnia before coming back home five minutes after she had left. Currently, she goes to university in Marseille, where she’s studying Physics and aiming for a career in Astrophysics. When she’s not writing, or trying to science, she’s either reading, designing, crafting, or attempting to speak with various woodland creatures in an attempt to get them to do household chores for her. She could also be gaming, or pretending she’s not watching anything on Netflix.

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Review: Station Fosaan by Dee Garretson

 

 

29439024Earth scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain.

Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the small population of reclusive Fosaanians, descendants of the survivors. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen plans to do both of those things.

When Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit, he soon learns Earth’s government may not be telling the whole truth about Fosaan and the cause of the past disaster.

There are some who to restore the planet to its former glory by any means necessary. Quinn finds himself caught between his loyalty to his own people and what is right for Mira and her people.

Before he can decide what to do, the scientists are taken captive, stranding the young Earthers on Fosaan.

Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of those both on Fosaan and at home.

 

My Review:

I liked how the story was told by a boy and not a girl. I haven’t read many stories with males being the main character. In fact I think the only one I have read is Harry Potter.

All the characters I think were pretty strong characters especially since pretty much all the adults were missing, they handle themselves pretty well. It kinda reminded me of Illuminae, I don’t know if it is because Illuminae is the only other book I have read that takes place in space. This book takes place more on land though and it kinda reminded me of the movie After Earth with Will and Jaden Smith even though they weren’t on Earth, they were on a planet called Fosaan.

I loved discovering this new world of Fosaan and learning of their culture, it was extremely interesting. You even learn about new creatures and most seem monstrous, but there is also animals like cats with restricting tales! Which actually sounds really cute. 😂

Friendships grow in this book, but it is mostly about the action! The story is fast paced so it never gets dull. I suppose this would go into the Middle Grade Genre, but I think it leans toward YA and any age group would enjoy this book.

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Review: League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

The Synopsis:

31213370When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.

First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.

His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.

Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.

My Review:

Goodreads – 5/5 Stars

“Run,Die, Or Kill”

I am really not a big fan of history, but Matthew Landis has made learning a little about it fun. I really enjoyed all the mentions of the different historical figures. League of American Traitors  is a roller coaster ride that’s for sure. A mix of past and present. I loved the main characters sense of humor. He also had great sarcasm. The writing is all around both humorous and serious.

Every character in this book is defined by what their ancestor did and for some, like the True Sons of Liberty, that person is all they are. They live in the past, embrace it, but never want to be more than that. Meanwhile Jasper is trying to change everything for these two Leagues.

“General Washington never imagined that your ancestor would betray him,” Cyrus said. and now Arnold’s name is a synonym for traitor. Consider that the next time you put your full trust in anyone.”

I think the ending was pretty satisfying and I wouldn’t mind a sequel.  😉
I think this would also make a great action movie. I really liked all the gun-slinging scenes. Reminded me of National Treasure a little bit. If you’re a fan of History or not, Action, or a good thriller, I think you’d like this book.

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Review: Lose Me by M.C. Frank

 

33859529The Synopsis:

Ari Demos starts every day with this thought. Fresh out of high school, she’s landed a coveted role as a stunt double in a new Pride and Prejudice adaptation starring the Hollywood phenomenon Weston Spencer. But this job isn’t going to be easy: Ari will be performing complicated water stunts and driving fast cars along the narrow cliffs of Corfu. One false step and she could lose not only her job, but her life.
And then Wes Spencer, Mr Darcy himself, arrives in Greece. He’s got dirty blonde hair, a mile-long yacht and a bored look on that gorgeous face. Ari wants nothing to do with the rich actor boy, but on the day she meets him, she has an accident. One that almost claims her life. And now she can’t hide from the truth any longer:
She might be much closer to losing everything than she thought. She might be dying. And the British actor is the last person she’d expect to save her life.
She’s a hard-working island girl. He’s adored by millions.
Falling in love was never supposed to be a part of the job.
Staying alive was never supposed to be a part of growing up.
Was this story ever meant for a happily ever after?

 

My Review:

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This isn’t my first M.C Frank book, I have also read her dystopian series, No Ordinary Star, but this is a whole other side of M.C. Frank’s writing. It was equally amazing and refreshing.

The characters are in a movie that is a modern adaption of Pride and Prejudice, set on a beautiful Greek island called Corfu. Which is a real place and thanks to this book I now hope to visit there one day, it sounds amazing. I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice or seen the movie. I have seen Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but I still really enjoyed the mentions of Pride and Prejudice. If you know nothing about Pride and Prejudice you can still read this book and fully understand everything.

Ari and Wes’s relationship becomes an emotional roller-coaster, but I shipped it from the start! I do have to say Ari angered me so much, I felt like she was extremely selfish about her actions, hurting people that loved her and didn’t deserve it. BUT I did love that it made me feel all these negative emotions toward her because it had me all in my feels and that means that M.C. Frank did a great job on the writing.

I was on Wes’s side the whole time though, I immediately fell in-love with him and added him to my book boyfriend list. 😍 I think he is just all around perfect with his British accent to his brooding, conservative attitude to his sweet friendly ways.

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“Still?”
“Always.”
“Okay, Snape.” I say lamely.
He laughs.

I also really loved his friends Pan, Theo, and Ollie! I loved there unique personalities and the friendship between them was something different and mostly hilarious. Ari’s family and coach were also great characters that put a smile on my face.

One of my favorite things were the chapters written as Tumblr, Twitter posts, interviews, and texts. It fed my want of wanting to hear Wes’s POV. I also really loved how I couldn’t see what was going to happen at all, everything I guessed was going to happen was wrong. Overall though I think it had a perfect ending. This book was in three parts and I loooooved Part 1, Part 2 had me wanting to strangle Ari and part 3 had me almost having a stroke,laughing, and wanting to cry.

If your a fan of contemporary,romance,drama, and action this book is for you.

“I wouldn’t change anything. Not even the pain.”

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Review: One Broken Day by Melissa MaVicar

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The bullets missed her. The trauma did not.
After a notorious school shooting leaves her a shadow of the girl she once was, seventeen-year-old Lizzie Beringer moves to Nantucket Island. There, Lizzie vows to hide her identity as the shooter’s sister. All her efforts to fly under the radar, however, are complicated by her P.T.S.D. and the attention she receives from two competing boys. While fending off the not-so-subtle advances of popular athlete Michael Wickersham, she must also deal with her growing feelings for her shy lab partner, Gage Pike. Gage may act like he’s all wrong for her, but the pull between them is undeniable. Under the threat of discovery and the possibility of testifying in a televised trial, Lizzie fights to keep her secrets and start her life over. One Broken Day is a brilliantly imagined story exploring the ways we are all broken and at the same time, offered redemption in the most unexpected of places.

 

My Review:

This book does contain strong sexual references and goes into detail about the school shooting, but I still recommend it to anyone that enjoys contemporary, chick-lit, coming of age, love stories, tragic stories, anything that really just touches your heart.

” No matter where you go and who you try to be, your past will follow.”

This book is about things that could actual happen and books and movies like that always make me think about things in life. I probably will never forget this book. You can either deeply connect with Lizzie or you possibly could connect with Thomas. I know I could see the pain Thomas felt, but obviously there was something deeper than anything I have ever gone through for this character to do what he did. Lizzie lost so much that one broken day, but with the help of Gage she might gain more than she ever had before.

Teaser #2 MacVicar One Broken DayI really loved all the characters. They had their own unique personalities. They all had their own stories, not just Lizzie. Wick even grew on me!

“Wick was turning out to be sort of amusing even if I should have hated him for what he did to Gage.”

Teaser # 1 One Broken Day LaineyWhile there is a love triangle, kinda. Mostly a game of cat and mouse. It did not consume the story. There were heartwarming and heartbreaking moments, cute but serious moments, there were good times and bad times. This book covered it all.  The ending couldn’t have gotten any better, it was perfect. I wouldn’t mind a sequel though. 😉 I think this is a stand alone novel though, but I am not sure.

 

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Review: Royal Replicas by Michael Pierce

 

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“Princess Amelia is dead… and one of you will replace her.”
Seventeen-year-old Victoria Sandalwood has served the Duke and Duchess all her life. Over the years, she’s learned to make due with what she has and endure her surrogate father’s awful punishments. She dreams of escape, but never expected it to come in the form of a message from the Queen of Westeria. Victoria learns that she’s the Queen’s daughter, the younger sister to Princess Amelia, and it’s time to come home and claim her birthright. When she arrives, she discovers she’s not the only one who received the royal message. Victoria must compete with six other girls to earn the affection of both the Queen and a princely suitor… and to replace the secretly deceased Princess Amelia. If she fails to win the crown, Victoria may just have to fight for her life…Royal Replicas is the first book in a YA dystopian series. If you enjoy courtly intrigue, heart-pounding adventure, and sweet romance, then you’ll love this captivating story. Perfect for fans of Kiera Cass, Bella Forrest, and Veronica Roth.

 

My Review:

Goodreads – 5/5 Stars

Wow, this book went beyond my expectations.

I’ll start off by saying that there is some detailed child abuse in this story. Just to warn people that are sensitive to the matter. It’s mostly whippings gone to far. I did not like the abuse in the story, but it did make the story more complete and rounded. You really feel for the character and understand how much winning and over coming it all means to them.

“I made sure each book received no more than an extra crease in my care; they were so sacred to me. They were my escape.”

I saw some previous reviews comparing it to Twilight, but I don’t think it’s anything like Twilight at all. There is a one paragraph shouting out Twilight and that is it. I actually quite liked the mention of Twilight, I thought it was cute because she had no idea what Twilight was because it was thousands of years before her time. I also saw it was compared to The Selection, but I have not read that series yet so I do not know.

There was a lot of drama and sadness but, also a lot of charm, and charisma and heart racing moments. I loved the steampunk theme of the book. I think it actually might be my first actual steampunk read. Victoria was such a great character and I am a big fan of the Prince. 😍 There was kind of a love triangle going on, for Victoria while also in the running to win the Prince’s heart. Yes, the prince is part of this triangle.

This really is different than most dystopian stories. It was interesting from the beginning, and it kept me interested. The ending was so fantastic I just know the next book is going to be even more awesome. This series is definitely going to be great. I cannot wait to see where Micheal goes with this story.

“For the first time in my life, I had to find someway to take control of my destiny and not be the pawn in everyone else’s games; I needed to find insurance of my own.”

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