Release Day blitz & Review: Move the Stars by Jessica Hawkins!

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SYNOPSIS FOR BOOK 1:

SOMETHING IN THE WAY

It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. Under the sweat and dirt, Manning Sutter was as handsome as the sun was bright. He was older, darker, experienced. I wore a smiley-face t-shirt and had never even been kissed. Yet we saw something in each other that would link us in ways that couldn’t be broken…no matter how hard we tried.
I loved Manning before I knew the meaning of the word. I was too young, he said. I would wait. Through all the carefully-chosen words hiding what we knew to be true, through his struggle to keep me innocent, and through infinitely-starry nights—I would wait. But I’d learn that life isn’t always fair. That no matter how much you achieve, none of it matters if you suffer the heartbreak that comes with falling for someone you can never have. Because even though I saw Manning first, that didn’t matter. My older sister saw him next.


SYNOPSIS FOR BOOK 3: (SPOILERS)

MOVE THE STARS:

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The highly anticipated conclusion to the Something in the Way series, a forbidden love saga.
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It was a hot summer day when I met him on the construction site next to my parents’ house. If I’d known then what I do now, would I have kept on walking? Manning was older, darker, experienced—and I’d trusted him when he said the story would only ever be about us. I’d held those words close and challenged fate, but I had lost.

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A part of me is still that sixteen-year-old girl squinting up at Manning, but no matter how far I fall or high I soar, I’ll always be a bird without her bear and nothing without him.
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When I close my eyes, I can no longer see her. The decisions I made were to push Lake in the right direction—away from me. But now that she’s gone, would I have made those same choices?
I’d walked away like I was supposed to. I’d kept my distance. I’d bent over backward to keep Lake pure, but she’s no longer that girl, and I don’t know if I can stay away anymore. I only know I don’t want to. She’s still everything I want and nothing I should ever have, but if anyone can move the stars, it’s her great bear in the sky.


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Photographer: Perrywinkle Photography

Cover Design © R.B.A. Designs

Cover Model: Chase Williams


MY REVIEW:

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
“My instinct to love him was as strong as my instincts to cower from him. To cover my heart anticipating the next blow.”
This takes place about 4 years after the last one and it broke my heart but it also made it soar. Because of this, I wasn’t too mad at Jessica… Who am I kidding, I can never be mad at the woman who single-handedly gave me the book I’ve been waiting to read for years.
My heart has been overtaken by this series before the release of book 1 and I can’t believe this series has come to an end. As soon as I got word that early copies had hit Kindles, I dropped everything I was doing and started the book I knew would open old wounds; Just like its predecessors have done without fail. This was one of my most anticipated releases for October and I was already crying my eyes out not even 1% into it. (No regrets)
“Did he understand the agony of knowing I’d never call him mine.”
I loved Lake since the very beginning and it only multiplied after each turn of the page. The fact that I experienced eerily similar situations as her, made my protectiveness go off the wall. I wanted to shelter her and heal her heart as much as I could. But, she proved to not need me since she turned out way better than I had anticipated. She’s come so far since the 16 year old I met a few months ago. I am incredibly proud of the woman she’s become and appreciated riding the roller coaster that was her life along with her. It was an agonizing ride but it wasn’t long enough. every one of her thoughts seemed to reflect my own at one point in my life, so in my mind, she’s as real as me. She’s just the better version of me.
“I had only one option left, tilt the universe until she fell into my arms.”
I was surprised to have loved Manning so much. (Manning without a filter is my new favorite thing, HOLY GODS.)… I was a strong advocate in the ‘I don’t want Manning to end up with Lake’ club but he managed to prove himself worthy after part 2 of this novel. I still can’t forgive him for most of the things he has done but none of that got in the way of my enjoyment of this book for what it was, thankfully. He had a lot to atone for in this novel but he still didn’t deserve the stuff that happened to him or the people around him along the way. I was absolutely thrilled to witness his character development as much as Lake’s. Jessica handled these characters with an expertise I hope to match someday.
I wanted nothing but happiness for these two and I got my wish so it’s more than I could ask for.
“I was in too deep with a man who’d ruined my life without ever touching me.”
This novel was full of heartbreak but it was perfectly balanced by epic reconciliation scenes. (*cough*And steamy ones *cough*.) I think that this is Jessica’s best series yet and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us all.
I do have to mention really quick that my hatred for Tiffany knows no bounds and from now on, will forever cringe at the mention of her name. I also noticed that there were a lot of loose ends at then end of this novel… SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS….which means…. I am 100% sure there will be more coming our way from these characters…. Right, Jessica????
This is one of the steamiest romance novels I’ve ever read so if you’re not 18, please turn away!

5/5 stars!


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ABOUT JESSICA:

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Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State Universityand has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. To her, the most intriguing fiction is forbidden, and that’s what you’ll find in her stories. Currently, she resides wherever her head lands, which is often the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.

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Review: My Undead Heart by Kacey Shea!

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*ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
I’ve reviewed for Kacey for a while now and I’m happy to admit that my excitement over her books has only increased with each release! I didn’t know anything about this book except that our main character is a zombie lover. As soon as I fond out about that small detail, I was all in. I’m not obsessed with zombies myself but I do love a quirky character that’s immediately sets herself apart from other main characters I usually read about.
Our main character, Mia, is in her thirties and reminded me a lot about myself in many ways. Her dark humor and opinions about men weren’t hard to relate to since I agreed 10000%. She’s a video game designer and I loved reading just how passionate she was about it. She owns everything she does and says and she only made me more proud at every turn of the page.
Then we have our love interest, Matt, a former fighter and now owner of his own gym. He has a heart of gold but of course, those are the characters that have had it the most rough in life. My heart broke a million times over him and there were many times where I wanted to replace Kacey and rewrite his entire life so he could be happy 24/7 lol. I also kind of wanted to steal him away from Mia…
Anyway, we get both of their POV’s and them together was nothing short of perfection. I was rooting so hard for them that it literally felt like my happiness relied on it. They both dealt with issues that nobody should deal with but only made them that much stronger. They have come a long way since I first met them and I couldn’t be any more proud!
And that’s exactly why I love Kacey to death. No pun intended. Her novels are always hilarious and steamy to the max but they also tackle extremely serious matters that enhance the characters that much more.
This is where I mention a side character that would have absolutely stolen the limelight if I didn’t like Mia and Matt so much. His name is Jared!!!! He’s Mia’s best friend who always had me at the brink of tears because I was laughing so hard at everything that came out of his mouth. I only hope I can meet a friend like him (and a Matt) someday.
The only criticism I have for this book was that the last time jump kind of left me feeling robbed. I won’t go into detail because of spoilers, but that’s why this isn’t a 5 star read. Nevertheless, I will recommend this to ever Game of Thrones and zombie lover out there! This book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

4/5 stars!

Manga Review: Goth by Otsuichi!

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Since this is my first manga read/review OF ALL TIME, I decided to make a special rating system for every one from here on out. My ratings for them will be the middle ground between the art style and the story line. I will be reviewing paranormal/horror manga exclusively until further notice and I’m super excited about it! I’ve been meaning to start reading manga for EVER and I’m glad that I finally had the opportunity to start now!
Cover: 4/5
Art style: 5/5
Story line: 3.5/5
This manga was recommended to me by an amazing lovely gal over on Instagram! As soon as I heard the title, I was in 1,000%. This manga is about two high school students, a boy and a girl, that are extremely fascinated by murder; Borderline inspired by it. One day, they find a notebook that belongs to an infamous murderer and the story takes off from there. They always find themselves in the middle of some twisted crime scenes.
I loved the darkness that oozed from every word. As someone who watches Investigation Discovery almost religiously, it’s no surprise that I was super intrigued by the different crimes in this book.
I’m giving this 3.7 stars since I loved the genre and premise, but I found myself confused by the timeline. I felt like some key parts/explanations were missing in order for me to grasp the story better. I’m sure that I should’ve read the actually novel before the manga but no harm done. I am trying to get my hands on the novel next week!
Also, this was adapted as a film and I will most definitely be watching it ASAP!
I don’t recommend this to readers under 18.
3.75/5 stars!

 

Review: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust!

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*ARC provided by Flatiron Books in exchange for an honest review*
“There are worst things in the world to be than delicate.
If you’re delicate, it means no one has tried to break you.”
I’m sad to say that I hadn’t heard about this book until it literally landed on my doorstep. (Thank you Faltiron Books for that!) As soon as I saw the cover, I was immensely intrigued and after finding out that it was a Snow White retelling, I had to start it right then and there! I’ve never read a retelling that wasn’t Beauty and the Beast and I was super excited to expand my horizons!
This story follows 15 year-old Lynet, a young princess with an unusual upbringing, and her step-mother, Mina, who is hiding a dark secret. Only one of them is meant to be Queen and we follow them as their stories take a turn in order to make that happen. Both of these girls/women stole my heart almost immediately. I could never choose between the two even as they turned on each other but I’ve no regrets about it. Both of them led such difficult lives that I was heartbroken for them at every turn of the page. I just wanted to reach into the pages and console them, let them know they had a devoted friend in me. But alas, I couldn’t.
The characters in this novel were well written and complex, just as I love them. I loved how this wasn’t true just about the main characters but side ones too. Each one had absolutely intriguing character developments and I was kept on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how (and if) they would all make it to the end. Don’t get me wrong, just because I was interested in their development, that didn’t mean I liked the characters themselves. I absolutely loved Lynet and Mina but everyone else was despicable, in my opinion. They sparked a lot of hatred deep within me that only an incredible writer is able to do.
“Her beauty was merely a shell, and a shell was always in danger of cracking.”
This book was like nothing I’ve read before. I’ve only read books that follow a romantic couple but this was the first book I read that follows a girl and her step mom. We get both of their POV’s throughout interchanging chapters taking place in both present and past events. I was massively impressed by Melissa since this was her debut novel and if I hadn’t read that on her bio, I would’ve never believed it!
This book pulled at my heartstrings so many times that I lost count. Pretty sure I was busting out tears more often than not. It had many amazing quotes scattered throughout the pages so I had difficulty choosing just one… So I chose three.
Oh, and last but not least, this book deserves INFINITE kudos since it incorporates the LGBTQ+ community in a beautiful manner. Not only is this a unique take on a classic tale, but it’s also diverse in a deliciously subtle way. I’m glad to say that this book left me fulfilled and I can’t wait to read more by Melissa! I thoroughly enjoyed being inside her mind and witnessing this incredible storyline through her eyes. I can’t wait to own the finished copy of this beauty because it’s so shiny!
“Mina would have embraced her then, this girl whose heart was so strong and so full that it could beat for the both of them.”

5/5 stars!

 

Review: The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones!

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*ARC provided by Novl in exchange for an honest review*
“A Demon was knitting outside the hospital.”
A little backstory: I’m currently sporting super puffy eyes since I just finished reading this about an hour ago and I haven’t stopped crying… I’m only here typing this because I wanted my feelings to be fresh or else I would still be curled up in a corner of my room, ignoring the world as I mourn the loss of my heart. Emily has blown away every expectation I had for her and I won’t be able to heal from it all for a while yet.
This was a super highly anticipated read for me since it seemed right up my alley. The cover pulled me in but that premise made me stay. It was deliciously dark, intriguing, and unique. Even though I was basically in love with it already, I kept putting it off because I was so scared that all of my own hype over it would be my downfall. I soon found out, after reading the first chapter, that I shouldn’t have been worried. Another reason I forced myself to (wo)man up was because the book was already released and my scaredy-pants hadn’t even opened it yet. As soon as I cracked this baby open, I was dead to the world. I gladly lost track of time and I only mention this because it’s been TOO long since a book has managed to do that to me.
This book takes place in a world where humanity knows that Demons exist. They trade wishes in exchange for human parts and we follow Dee as she gives up her own heart to one. She makes the deal in order to escape her home life and aside from both of us being Latinas, (she’s technically half but whatever) I related to Dee in that aspect. I would absolutely sell my heart to escape my own home life as well which hit close to home. This fact by itself already had me feeling protective over her and the rest of the book only intensified those feelings.
I started this story as a hesitant reader and ended it as a protective mother to a few characters. I grew unbelievably attached to all of the heartless and one who still had her heart. There’s James, the adorable artist. Gremma, the beast (not in an unflattering way) with cool weapons. Cal, the genius. Cora, the fierce leader, and, Riley, the bomb enthusiast. And, of course, I can’t forget about the Daemon himself who made deals with them. I grew attached to him as well and I’m not sorry about it. I have so much love and respect for these characters that I just wanted to reach into the pages and take them out so we can all live under one roof.
The plot line was not what I expected but I still loved it beyond belief. I completely REFUSE to acknowledge the utter despair and heartbreak that the last few chapters were drowned in. You can say I’m in denial but then I’ll say that I don’t know what you’re talking about. Those last few chapters never happened so your point is not valid. I need to forget them or else I will be crying myself to sleep every night for years to come.
Emily, you have become a Goddess in my eyes and I am forever grateful for your creative mind. You created a world that will never leave my side. Thank you so much for creating a novel that I will treasure with my life. This was about 400 pages of grief, laughter, tears, joy, and everything in between.
Now, I leave you with a question: What would YOU trade your heart for?
My answer? Read this book and then I can tell you </3
Leave your hearts at the door before Emily wrenches it out herself in the most painful way imaginable.
“Their fingers tangled, wrists pressed together.
No pulse between them.”
6/5. Heartless. Stars.

 

Review: What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy!

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*ARC provided by Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review*
“For everything that went up, something had to come down. Eddie just didn’t know why the thing that went down was always him.”
This was the first book I’ve read by Katie Kennedy and I’m glad to say that I consumed it like there was no tomorrow. I even debated whether sleep and work were important enough to make myself stop reading. I admit, I was extremely nervous before diving into this book. For one, I am not one that is interested in anything related to space and these characters already sounded super smart which left me intimidated.
We follow Rosa and Eddie as they apply to a secret NASA program named Interworlds Agency in the middle of Iowa. This is a world where humanity has been able to confirm intelligent life in other worlds and are looking for a way to communicate with them; Rosa and Eddie are trained to be among the teams that help that procedure along.
This book is told in the third person but the chapters rotate between Rosa and Eddie’s POV. They never ceased to amaze me with how unbelievably smart they were.
My heart went out to Eddie, time and time again. His backstory was one of the most tragic in this story and it sparked a massive feeling of over protectiveness in me. I wanted to chase all of his pain away so only happiness remained in his eyes. I was deeply invested in this character development the most.
Like I said, I never cared for space but these characters made me WANT to be into it just because they were. I cared about them so much that I was basically interested in whatever they were interested in. They felt incredibly real to me and I couldn’t help but experience their emotions as my own.
The only reason why this isn’t a full 5 star review, was because I felt like the stakes weren’t as high as I’d expect for a novel that dealt with other worlds. I get that there’s so much you can do with YA but I still would’ve loved to have seen the characters go through worse situations. On the other hand, my expectations didn’t impact my reading experience whatsoever and for that, it almost gets the 5 stars.
This story was the perfect blend of humor, heartbreak, and adventure. I cried with joy and I cried with sorrow and then pride. The ending was even more emotional and it left me a crying and blubbering mess. It was interesting right from the start and I loved that the pace picked up right away. I can’t wait to read more by Katie and hopefully revisit these spectacular characters in the future.

4.5/5 stars!

Review: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

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*ARC provided by Scholastic in exchange for an honest review*
This is the third book I’ve read by Kasie West and unfortunately it wasn’t up my alley. I think my excitement over a new West novel might have been my downfall.
This story follows Maddie as she’s getting ready to graduate high school and is on the look out for acceptance letters from colleges. She works at a zoo and we see her turn 18 early on in the novel. She ends up celebrating it by buying a lottery ticket. The lottery ticket turns out being the winning ticket and it flips her entire life upside down. She was invisible at school and now she isn’t so we get to witness how the spotlight mends and breaks certain parts of her life.
Every word out of her mouth made me reel with disappointment and rage at every turn of the page. She was beyond naive and every one of her decisions/actions made my stomach clench with anxiety. I wanted to shake some sense into that girl far too many times to count and it wasn’t a fun experience. On the other hand, I really liked that the chapters were short. It was easy to get through without tearing my hair out over my dislike of Maddie.
I also didn’t like how this book was immensely predictable. No character managed to capture my interest except for Seth and the zoo animals. He was the only one that actually made me laugh every now and then and made the book a little bit entertaining.
I love YA, but sadly, this book was a bit TOO juvenile for me. My favorite part out of the entire novel were the last 2 chapters. I couldn’t help but wish the entire book were as cute as the very last chapter.
Even though I didn’t like this novel, it doesn’t mean that I’m giving up on Kasie. I am still holding on to hope that I will like the rest of her novels as much as I loved The Fill-In Boyfriend.

2.5/5 stars