Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale – ARC Review

I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All quotes are taken from the ARC, and all opinions are my own.

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Small Town Hearts is a fantastic read, with something for everyone, from an adorable romance to a great portrayal of the ups and downs of friendships.

“This was the summer that everything had come undone, unspooling our lives like the wickedest of storms. Now there was only the calm, the after.”

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott – Review

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Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Five Feet Apart is exactly what you’d expect it to be. It’s a tearjerker romance with solid characters and decent writing, but lacked originality.

“Everyone in this world is breathing borrowed air.”

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Warrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller – ARC Review

*All quotes are taken from the ARC and are subject to change. *

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Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 4.5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Warrior of the Wild is an addictive read. While it might have lacked some of the magic of Tricia Levenseller’s previous series, it still stole my heart.

“‘A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all,’ he says. ‘You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.'”

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Review: Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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I was so excited to see a book coming out combating Islamophobia and showing the damage these horrible stereotypes cause. Unfortunately, Love, Hate & Other Filters wasn’t as amazing as I had hoped it would be.

Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 2/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing:
3/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4/5
Review In A Nutshell: The initial premise of Love, Hate & Other Filters is so good, and the scenes that revolve around Islamophobia and racism were compelling and left an impression. However, the other aspects of this book lacked any impact and took away from my overall opinion of it.

“These terrorists are the antithesis of Islam. They’re not Muslim. Violence has no place in religion, and the terrorists are responsible for their own crimes, not the religion and not us.” 

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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

23395680When I first got this book, I was intrigued by the format but honestly didn’t know what to expect. Now, almost three years after reading book one, this series s still one of my all-time favorites.

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing:
5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review In A Nutshell: Illuminae is an epic, impactful novel sure to be one of you favorites.

“Perhaps bravery is simply the face humanity wraps around its collective madness.” 

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Review: Kiss of the Royal by Lindsey Duga

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Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 2/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Kiss of the Royal was a solidly average read, with just enough unique plot devices to be fun and enjoyable, but lacking the world-development and depth to be memorable.

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Review: The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead

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Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 4.5/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Emerald Sea was a fun, addicting read for those who are returning to the world of the Glittering Court and those who have yet to discover it.

Review: Defy the Worlds by Claudia Gray

35959679Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing:
5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review In A Nutshell:  Defy the Worlds is a fantastic sequel to an equally fantastic book. It’s action-packed, adorably romantic, and full of fun (and slightly terrifying) science and technology.

“As he understands it, love is not transactional; it is a thing freely given. The joy is in the giving.”

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Review: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing:
5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review In A Nutshell: Defy the Stars is a stand-out sci-fi novel that is sure to make an impact.

“That’s what the dead would tell the living, if they could—to grab hold of joy whenever it comes.”

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Review: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

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Overall: 3/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Plot and Themes: 3/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Stay Sweet is a nice summer read, but nothing too mind-blowing or memorable.
“How can any girl expect a high school boy to give her the moon and the stars when he’s basically an overgrown testosterone gland with legs?”