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DD's 4-Star Review
IF I STAY
by Gayle Forman
If I Stay... This book pulled at my heartstrings from Chapter One.
I haven’t read a book in a long time that made me shut down. This one did it.
This one made me close myself in a dark room and hide in a corner with nothing but my Kindle and a box of tissues. I needed to remember sometimes things aren’t OK.
Mia is a high school cellist. Classical music chose her, unlike her boyfriend, Adam, who rocks it in a local, more hipster band.
This book starts out with a tragic car accident with Mia and her entire family involved... and the tears begin.
We follow Mia through this out of body experience when she finds out who survived and who didn’t. She has a choice to make. Does she go with those lost or does she stay on earth? While in the ICU, we watch as family members and friends wait for her decision. This book is beyond anything I’ve ever read; it’s gut-wrenching.
I try to not read books like this because I like HEA, but sometimes, just sometimes, I read these, and those HEA books are so much better. The only problem I had with this book is that my e-copy said I was at 77%, and the book just ended. I had more to read, but there was nothing. Interviews with the author, thoughts, opinions, and such about the story. The story was over. Mia made her choice. I was destroyed and got so angry with this book. Then I went to leave the review and saw Book Two waiting...shining up at me like a shooting star. So yep, I one-clicked it and waited to write this review. I am 4% into Book Two and already feel better, so here I am, writing this review.
Book Two, “Where She Went”, is in Adam’s POV, the once boyfriend to the cellist, Mia Hall. Read the book and cry. We all need a good cry. Then start Book Two and see what form your lips take.
JJ's 3.5-Star Review
by Tiffany Flowers
I want to begin this review with how much I loved the premise of this story. It was an interesting storyline, and I definitely got invested in what would happen next. I haven’t read many books about angels and demons and found the author’s take on them to be intriguing. The reason for my 3.5-star rating is that there are a lot of grammatical/editing errors in the book. The writing was also kind of choppy, especially in the beginning, and there were some inconsistencies when switching POVs.
Left on a church doorstep at one-day old, Gabby has no idea of her unique heritage. All she knows is that, after she is brutally attacked by her now-ex-boyfriend, she feels alone and broken. Left shattered from the experience, she doesn’t think she will ever be able to trust another man and doesn’t feel like anyone will want her and her broken pieces. However, she isn’t counting on Neeko and his determination to have her.
Neeko is a sexy godgel leader. Last in his royal, angel bloodline, his people look to him for guidance. If they knew he had recently mated with a human, they would denounce his right to rule. But with the way he is drawn to Gabby and the rarity of a mating occurrence, he is determined to let nothing stand in his way. Lucky for Neeko, there is much more to Gabby than meets the eye. MUCH MORE. But when the secret of her genetic make-up is revealed, will Neeko still be able to love her? Or will he turn his back on her, sending her straight into the arms of Lash, a demon waiting to use Gabby to his advantage?
This book is full of twists and turns and tantalizing hotness. Since this book was sent to me for an honest review, I will say that there are some improvements to be made. However, I did, as I mentioned previously, enjoy the story, and I look forward to reading Book 2 when it comes out. I don’t want to miss out on what is in store for Gabby and Neeko. I’m actually disappointed that I have to wait until next summer to read it!
JJ's 4-Star Review
by Alivia Anders
I heart YA Paranormal, so I was stoked to have the opportunity to write a blog tour review for this book. I’ll admit it took me a little while to fully grasp what was going on in the story. Parts of it confused me and still do to a point. But maybe that’s the point when it’s the first book in a series—you have to read the others to get all the info. Either way, it didn’t take too long for the story to drag me in and hold me hostage until I finished it. Essentially making sleep impossible that night.
This book is about a unique girl named Essallie. Unbeknownst to her, Essallie is a rare and in-high-demand mythical creature. I won’t tell you what she is because I don’t want to give away too much, but know that it makes her both special and deadly.
Once Essallie comes into her powers, she is shocked to find out that she isn’t the only supposed-normal person connected to the supernatural world. Not to mention the demon that just won’t leave her alone. But when her new reality hits her in the face, she has no option but to start believing and get with the program. Otherwise, the war she is meant to start will defeat her before she ever gets a fighting chance.
Essallie isn’t my favorite female lead, though definitely not my least favorite either. If she’d spent less time ignoring the signs of her abnormality instead of trying to live in denial, she could have saved lives. She doesn’t take the time to consider what’s important. She’s impulsive and combative, and she ends up losing someone very important to her survival (which I was devastated about). Now, who knows what will happen to her? Everyone is out to use her for their own devices, and she doesn’t know who to trust.
The Grammar Nazi in me has to point out that there were some editing issues with the book. Mostly missing words and punctuation issues that could be easily fixed and weren’t too disruptive to the flow of reading. Also, I felt there were a few times that details were left out that made the content confusing. Like I mentioned at the beginning, I’m not sure if it was done intentionally or not, but it made me feel like I missed something in my reading that I needed to go back and look for.
Despite these minor issues, I recommend this book to any other YA Paranormal fans. It was, overall, a good read, leading me to buy the other two books in the series that have been released so far. I’m anxious to find out where Essallie goes from here and who her real allies are. So, go snatch up this book while it’s FREE, and get started on what looks to be an intriguing series.
JJ's 4-Star Review
by Stylo Fantome
Once you go bad, you never go back…
And Tatum O’Shea most definitely went bad. I mean, you can’t get much badder (yes, I know that’s not a real word) than sleeping with your sister’s boyfriend. When you have a boyfriend as well. But just a touch from Jameson Kane releases all the lust Tate has been harboring for Jameson for the last two years, and there is no putting it back in its cage. Tate walks into Jameson’s apartment the poster child “Good Girl” and walks out of it a Vixen on a Mission. And that mission is to finally be and do what Tate wants, not what everyone else wants. Fuck the world—Live for Tate. That becomes her mission statement.
Seven years later…
Tate has gone from Harvard student to waitress and temp worker. And she’s loving every minute of it. Who needs a pretentious family who respects appearances more than your happiness? Who needs a college degree and buckets of money to be happy? Not Tatum. She’s wild and free and living the life she wants. She’s bad, and she doesn’t give two fucks what others think about it.
Then her world gets turned upside down once again when she is reunited with the man who changed it all in the first place.
Tate couldn’t resist Jameson the first time. Will she be able to resist him years later? Does she want to? No man has lived up to what Jameson did to her body during that one night of forbidden passion. But can she handle playing his game? Because Jameson isn’t the Happily Ever After type. He’s not the sweet type. He’s not the gentle type. He’s the rough, tough, no-holds-barred, down-and-dirty type.
Just like the new Tate.
Will these two make the perfect pair, or will they bring about the destruction of mankind with their volatile sexual appetites and hardassery?
This book is ROUGH! As in, the sex is ROUGH! Like needs a *WARNING* label ROUGH! There is absolutely NO GENTLE SEX in this book! It’s abusive and degrading, and I would’ve pecker punched Jameson the first night if he’d talked to me or treated me that way. But if it makes Tate hot, more power to her. To each her own, and all that.
I was given an ARC of this book to read for an honest review. Despite the fact that Jameson is not my ideal man (AT ALL!) and Tate drove me crazy with her I’ll-do-what-I-fucking-wantness, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I didn’t want to put it down. Bizarre, I know, but still true. I was engrossed in their insane relationship that went against everything I look for in a romance, and I wanted to throw my phone when I realized I was going to have to wait for a follow-up book. I don’t know how Ms. Fantome managed to roofy me through my Kindle and make me like this against-my-norm book so much, but she somehow managed it. (I won’t demand an investigation if you promise to send me Book 2 as soon as it’s finished. *smiles cunningly*)
There were some grammatical and punctuation errors in this book, including a whole section that was repeated in the prologue. Editing was actually the main the reason for my rating and would probably have decreased it further had the story not kept me up at night, gripping my phone. I will say, though, that the writing and flow of reading definitely improve as the book progresses. If you can push past the beginning—especially the prologue—I promise, it gets better.
Book Boyfriend- No Check
Admirable Heroine- No Check
Happily Ever After- To be determined… (if these two are even capable of something considered HEA)
Yet, still a damn enjoyable read!
I’ve been tempted by the Devil of Stylo Fantome’s creation, and I want more!