Friday, August 4, 2017

Review: Wish You Were Here

Title: Wish You Were Here
Author: Renee Carlino
Expected publication: August 15th 2017 by Atria Books
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"Charlotte has spent her twenties adrift, floating from interest to interest, job to job, and guy to guy, searching for a spark but never quite finding it. All she knows is that she won’t discover it working as a waitress at a pies-and-fries joint in Los Angeles or living with her fun but aimless best friend in a tiny apartment in the Arts District.

Then Charlotte collides with Adam, a gorgeous and soulful painter who seems just as lost as she feels. Their instant connection turns into a midnight drink… and a whirlwind night of champagne, Chinese food, and the kind of conversation that only happens in romantic comedies. But the next morning, Adam gives Charlotte the cold shoulder, leaving her confused and hurt—and wondering if the few odd moments between them the night before were red flags in disguise.

Months later, Charlotte hasn’t been able to shake Adam, so she decides to find out what happened the morning after their magical night together. This fateful decision rewrites their wild love story, but what Charlotte doesn’t know yet is that the ending has already been written. "

Thoughts: Is it just me or does Renee Carlino write some of the most addicting novels (blog pun not intended) known to man? All I have to do is crack one of her babies open and BAM, I'm sucked into the world. They're addicting to the point where I'm blocking out the infant crying in my lap and attempting my best to live in her books for as long as I can. WISH YOU WERE HERE is no exception to this rule. Like all of her books, left me questioning certain aspects of my life and wanting to live it to its fullest extent. This one had me doing it even more so. Let's chat.

One night stand or soulmate? Charlotte isn't the type of girl to just sleep with anyone. She's the type of girl who is constantly trying to find her niche in this world. This makes her completely relatable. Who, regardless of your age, hasn't gone from job to job, major to major, trying to figure out if this is what we're meant to do? Heck, I still do it now! At any rate, after another torturous day swinging soup around, Charlotte's friend Helen convinces her to go out for some drinks and after helping a drunk Helen home, they run into Adam. He seems lost, possibly new to the neighborhood, so Charlotte tries to help him out. The connection between the two is instant, and with one final push from Helen, Charlotte decides to take a leap of faith.

The night seemed perfect, things fairy tales are made of. Sadly, the night cannot last forever and come the next day, Adam seems to have morphed into someone different. What happened? Why the cold shoulder?

Months pass, and Charlotte cannot get Adam out of her mind. These types of fiery attractions don't come very often, so Charlotte decides to track Adam down. This is when the real story starts.

I can't say too much without giving the general story away, but I will say this: WISH YOU WERE HERE will take you on a fantastic journey that will have you wishing for your own Adam. He's hilarious and full of life, and he has the type of personality you can't help but love. There will be moments where you will be questioning his actions, but like all of Carlino's guys, he really, truly has a good heart. Gosh, I've literally fallen for every single one of her male leads. She sure knows how to write them!

If Adam doesn't have you falling in love with this book, Charlotte will. I loved how involved her family was in her life, how much her friends loved her, and how much she loves in return. There are not enough Charlottes in this world.

Overall, I truly loved this book and believe others will, too. There are definitely books I would compare this one to, but I feel like people will look too much into it, so (for spoilers sake) I'm just not going to. You're welcome to find me on Twitter (Lena1xoxo), DM me and ask, but for now just know it's up there with some great ones.


5 Stars

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: Missing

Title: Missing
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Published: April 18th 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: eARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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"The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?"

Thoughts: Kelley Armstrong is a master storyteller who could make a grocery list somehow riveting. To be honest, I had not heard of her latest novel until asked to review it. I didn't even read the summary, because I automatically knew the answer would be yes. There's always something special about going into a book completely blind, and I'm really glad I did. MISSING is the kind of mysterious suspense novel that will keep you up well into the wee morning hours, far later than anyone should truly be up.

First off, the book is about a small town where the people who leave (usually for college) are never heard from again. Enter Winter. This happened to her best friend as well as her sister. When Lennon, a boy who met Edie (her best friend) at a concert and comes looking for her, goes missing, Winter starts wondering if people are really leaving town or if something is actually happening to them.

Enter Jude. Jude is Lennon's brother and comes looking for them. Together, him and Winter decide to team up and see what is happening to everyone and quite possibly solve is creeptastic mystery.

First off, I really adored Winter. She does not have a good life. She lived with her abusive father and is actually hiding from him when she first meets Lennon. You cheer for her the whole time, because you just want her to finally be happy. She has the kind of strength you can't help but admire. Now, Jude. He's the typical (and I use that term loosely) brooding-hands-off-hard-to-get-to-know-even-harder-to-get-him-to-let-you-in guy that Armstrong is known for. These are the guys you kind of hate at first but start to swoon for. It wasn't always a picnic between these two, but it was most definitely interesting.

It's hard to write a review for a mystery/suspense/thriller without accidentally dropping some spoilers, so I'm just going to end it by saying this book is action packed and addicting. It has just the right amount of spook that'll send slight shivers down your spine but not too much to keep you scared awake at night. I recommend it to those looking for a unique, not so easy to solved story.


4 Stars

Monday, April 3, 2017

Blog Tour: Letters To The Lost

Hi, all! Welcome to the next stop in the Letters To The Lost Blog Tour. Be sure to stay turned, because there's also a giveaway where you can win a finished copy of the book. Trust me, you want to read it!

Title: Letters To The Lost
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Expected publication: April 4th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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"Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart."

Review: PUSHING THE LIMITS meets YOU'VE GOT MAIL in this fantastic novel about grief and how we all deal with it differently. You guys, I cannot say enough nice things about this novel. It's the first book I've read all year that I just gobbled up and asked for more. Emotions run high in this book, and I feel like the author did a great job of incorporating the similarities and differences between what Juliet was going through and what Declan was dealing with as well.

First off, I have to talk about the characters and how much I adored them. They're both dealing with loss in their own ways, yet they're also dealing with it together through their letters to one another. While neither has any idea who the other person is, they still somehow support each other and help the other grow. The irony in it all is that they both do know each other from school, and neither is a fan of the other. On top of that, you have their best friends Rowan and Rev, who are pretty much the most amazing friends anyone could ask for.

There were so many moments in the book where I just kept saying to myself "How do these people not realize the person they're talking to is right in front of them?", but then I realized I probably wouldn't have been able to see what was right in front of me either.

The family dynamics in this book were also very interesting. Though the novel centers around Juliet and Declan's grief, you also get glimpses of what their parents are going through and how they've dealt (and are still dealing with) their pain. My favorite of the parents were definitely Rev's. They play a small part in the book, but you can see how blessed he is to have been adopted by such loving people and how it played a role in his character.

This book very much has the underlining message of never judging someone based on rumors, and always giving people a chance. You never know what someone is going through. I highly recommend LETTERS TO THE LOST to fans of PUSHING THE LIMITS, SAVING JUNE, and THE SURVIVAL KIT.


5 Stars

BRIGID KEMMERER is author of LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance; THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.

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Week 1:
3/27: Reading Teen - Review
3/28: Teen Lit Rocks - You've Got Mail Feature
3/29: Love Is Not a Triangle - Review
3/30: Lost In Lit - Bookish Inspirations
3/31: The Irish Banana Review - Review

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4/3: Addicted 2 Novels - Guest Post
4/4: Alexa Loves Books - Review
4/5: Novel Novice - Top 10
4/6: Bookhounds YA - Review
4/7: Pure Imagination - Review

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Blog Tour: A Crown of Wishes Excerpt

Welcome to the next stop in A CROWN OF WISHES Blog Tour! It's the sequel to THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, so if you haven't read that yet, STOP READING NOW!

Are we good? You okay there? Great! Today, I'll be sharing an excerpt from the novel, thanks to the fabulous people at St. Martin's Griffin. Y'all, I finally finished this book last night, and it's all that and a box of cookies. So, so good. Without further ado, here's the excerpt!

The guards unbound my wrists and shoved me into a red room.
I waited for them to go before pulling out a small silk bag of
pearl dust I had swiped from the cosmetics table. I repeated
the flimsy plan in my head: Throw the dust in his eyes, gag him, steal his
weapons. If the Prince made a sound, I’d hold the dagger to his throat
and hold him ransom. If he didn’t make a sound, I’d make him free me
for his own life. I knew I couldn’t get far on my own, but most people
could be bribed, and if bribery didn’t work, threats always did.

I was glad they hadn’t taken me to a throne room. The last time I
was in a throne room, Skanda had ripped away my hopes for the king-
dom and destroyed my future.

Arjun did not meet my eyes. And he refused to look up when his new bride
and my best friend was hauled into the room. Nalini sank to her knees. Her gaze
was frantic: leaping back and forth from me to Arjun and the dead on the ground.

Skanda’s knife was pressed to her throat, sharp and close enough that beads of
blood welled onto her skin.

“I know what you want,” said Skanda.

I closed my eyes, shuttering the memory. I looked around the
room, wondering which corner was the best position for attacking. At
one end, a trellis of roses covered the wall. My chest tightened. I used
to grow roses. One trellis for every victory. I had loved watching the
blood red petals unfurl around thorns. Looking at them reminded me
of my people’s love: red as life. A month before Skanda had me thrown
over the Ujijain border, he had set them on fire in a drunken stupor.

By the time I got there, it was too late. Every petal had curled and

“You think these flowers are tokens of Bharata’s love for you,” he had slurred.

“I want you to see, little sister. I want you to see just how easy it is for everything
you plan and love and tend to go up in flames.”

I’ll never forget what burning roses look like. All those scarlet
petals turning incandescent and furious. Like the last flare of the sun
before an eclipse swallows it from the sky.

“You think they love you now, but it doesn’t last. You’re the rose. Not them.
They are the flames. And you’ll never see how quickly you’ll catch fire until you’re
engulfed. One step out of the line I draw, and they will set you on fire.”

I turned my back on the roses.

I chose a corner of the room, and then sank my teeth into the in-
sides of my cheek. It was a habit I’d picked up on the eve of my first
battle. Nerves had set my teeth chattering, so I brought out a mirror
and glowered at myself. The glowering didn’t help, but I liked the way
my face looked. The small movements made my cheekbones look as
sharp as scimitars. And when I tightened my lips, I felt dangerous, as if
I were hiding knives behind my teeth. Biting my cheeks became a battle
tradition. Today I went into battle.

A door in the distance creaked. I ran through what I knew about
the Prince of Ujijain. They called him the Fox Prince. And given the
way some of the soldiers had jealously said his name, it didn’t seem like
a name given because his face had animal features. He spent part of every
year at an ashram where all the nobility sent their sons. Reputedly
brilliant. Not good. Weak with weapons. Excellent. The guards were
fond of retelling the story of his trial with the council. Prince Vikram
had to submit to three tasks in order to be named heir of Ujijain—give
the dead new life, hold a flame that never burns, and deliver the stron-
gest weapon in the world. For the first task, he whittled a piece of bark
into a knife, proving that even discarded things could be given new life
in purpose. For the second task, he released a thousand jars of fireflies
and held the small insects in his hand, proving that he could hold a
flame that never burned. And for the last task, he said that he had poi-
soned the council. Desperate for the antidote, the council named him
heir. The Fox Prince then revealed that he had lied and proved how be-
lief itself was the strongest weapon in the world.

I rolled my eyes every time I heard the tale. It sounded like some-
thing that villagers with a restless imagination would spin beside a
fire. I’d heard another rumor about him. Something about his par-
entage. That he was an orphan who’d moved the Emperor to pity. But
I doubted the vicious Emperor would be moved in such a way. The
guards told me that the Emperor kept great beasts at his side that
could tear the throat out of anyone who dared to cross him.

Footsteps shuffled down the hall. I clutched the silk bag of pearl
dust. The Prince might be clever and eloquent, but you can’t talk your
way out of death and I wasn’t going to give him a chance to speak. All
my intelligence told me that he was no match for me. I’d have him on
his knees and begging for his life in a matter of moments.

A final door opened.

The Fox Prince was here.

What did you guys think? Was it everything you wanted and more? I hope so! It hit the shelves as of this past Tuesday, so be sure to check it out!

Roshani Chokshi proved herself an author to watch with her young adult fantasy debut last spring, The Star-Touched Queen. Debuting at #4 on the New York Times bestseller list, the novel received rave reviews from fans and critics alike and appeared on the most buzzed about lists of 2016. Chokshi once again writes a beautifully crafted story of adventure, love, and magic set in the Star-Touched world with her sophomore novel A CROWN OF WISHES (St. Martin’s Griffin; 3/28/17). Building on her intricate setting based on ancient India and Greek mythology, her follow-up is a novel spun from enchantment with a strong female heroine and a swoony worthy prince who team up to win back the thrones of their kingdoms.

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.
Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels. Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.
Early reviews have all agreed that Chokshi has improved on her exquisite writing and lush narrative in her sophomore novel. With an ending that will make even the most cynical New Yorker heart believe in true love, A CROWN OF WISHES takes Chokshi’s talent to all new heights.

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About The Author: Roshani Chokshi is the New York Times bestselling author of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. Her work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Shimmer, and Book Smugglers. Her short story, "The Star Maiden," was longlisted for the British Fantasy Science Award.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Review: Footloose

Title: Footloose
Author: Kenny Loggins, Tim Bowers (Illustrations)
Published: October 11th 2016 by MoonDance Press
Source: Physical Copy and CD provided in exchange for an honest review
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"Have a rockin' time introducing children to Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins himself. Features a bonus CD with the new children's "Footloose," performed by Kenny Loggins.

Time to cut loose! Have a rockin' time introducing children to the fun of Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins. As a zookeeper named Jack joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party, this new original story from Loggins is sure to get your feet moving. Little ones will love the cast of characters, including the rockin' chimp Louise ("Geez, Louise"), Mister DJ Elephant, the lemur Marie ("Oo Wee, Marie"), Milo the wombat, Luke the funkiest cat in the zoo, and so many more rocking, bopping, boogeying, tangoing, shaking, rattling and rolling animals!

To add to the fun, the book includes a CD with new recordings by Kenny Loggins. Kids and parents can sing along to the classic hit with new lyrics, as well as a three-song medley families will love. "

Review: After finding out I was pregnant (and now being a first time mom), my latest obsession are picture books. I love them. They're fun and a great way to introduce younglings to the wonderful world of books. When asked if I wanted to review Footloose, I jumped at the opportunity. Not only did it look adorable, I happen to know and adore the song and movie. This book offers everything you think it would and so much more.

First off, the illustrations are wonderful. They remind me of those fun cartoons I used to watch as a kid and not the digitized ones we've grown so accustomed to. They flow well with the story and are simply fun to look at.

Reading (and singing) the book to my daughter was a real blessing. When she was only a month old, I read this to her, and she basically just looked back at me in awe. Really, I wasn't expecting any sort of response, and that's just the way she looked at everything way back when. Now that she's three months, she smiles when she hears music and focuses more on the pictures. She loves it when I play the CD to go with the book, and if I point to the words, she'll look at the page. As she gets older, I know this will be a book she'll love and ask me to read to her over and over again.

Overall, I truly adored this novel and recommend it to parents, educators, and book lovers alike.


5 Stars

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Blog Tour: Of Fire and Stars

Title: Of Fire and Stars
Author: Audrey Coulthurst
Expected publication: November 22nd 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Source: eArc via Netgalley courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other. "

Thoughts: A standalone fantasy novel? Really? Okay, I'm in. The cover brought my attention to the novel, the synopsis got me invested, and the overall promise of something amazing is why I decided to pick this one up. While it's a cute story and I liked it, I can't say full heartedly that I loved it.

What I loved about the novel: Denna and Mare. I absolutely adored these two. If you're a fan of strong heroines with a lot to offer, this is the book for you. They're very much opposites in a sense, but they also fit well together. Denna is training to be queen of Mynarian, and as most leaders or anyone how has ever tried to work in a group project knows, there will always be people who clash, argue, or simply don't appreciate your opinion. Enter Mare. Mare is Denna's fiancé's sister and her riding instructor. They just click, and I loved reading their love story unfold. It was super cute and definitely put a smile on my face. That's not to say it doesn't come with its own set of complications (like every relationship on the planet), but the times where things were great is what got me through this book

Things I didn't love about the novel: Denna and Mare's relationship was pretty much the only pro for me. The rest of the novel just felt rather bland and very slow-moving. I guess I just expected more. I wanted more action, world building, character building, something, anything!

I felt like the secondary characters were just there to be there, and was it just me or did the horses play more of a complex role than anyone other than the two main gals?

Pacing in fantasy novels usually takes a backseat in favor of world and character building. In this case, the story just goes for it without much of either, and I found myself struggling to get through. To be honest, it probably took me a lot longer than it should've to finish this novel, but I did blow through the scenes that involved Denna and Mare (the pro!).

All in all, while OF FIRE AND STARS had a lot of promise, it just fell a bit too flat for my taste. Honestly, I think I'm in the minority in this case, because I've seen a lot of people online who love, rave, and cherish this novel. This is just my opinion, so don't take my word for it. While it's not the book for me, maybe it's the book for you!


2 Stars

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Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. Her debut novel, Of Fire and Stars, will be published on November 22, 2016 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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Tour Schedule:

Week 1:
11/14: What Sarah Read - Review
11/15: A Backwards Story - Mood Board
11/16: Addicted 2 Novels - Review (Welcome, Y'all!)
11/17: Caught Read Handed - Guest Post
11/18: Lisa Loves Literature - Review

Week 2:
11/21: The Irish Banana Review - Fast 5
11/22: IN WONDERLAND - Review
11/23: No BS Book Reviews - Q&A
11/24: Don't Fold the Page - Review
11/25: Arctic Books - Top 5

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Blog Tour: This Is Our Story

Welcome to the next stop in the This Is Our Story Blog Tour! Today, I'll be reviewing this novel as well as posting a giveaway. Enough small talk. Let's have at it, shall we?

Title: This Is Our Story
Author: Ashley Elston
Published: November 15th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Source: eGalley courtesy of the publisher in exchange for an honest review

"No one knows what happened that morning at River Point. Five boys went hunting. Four came back. The boys won’t say who fired the shot that killed their friend; the evidence shows it could have been any one of them.

Kate Marino’s senior year internship at the District Attorney’s Office isn’t exactly glamorous—more like an excuse to leave school early that looks good on college applications. Then the DA hands her boss, Mr. Stone, the biggest case her small town of Belle Terre has ever seen. The River Point Boys are all anyone can talk about. Despite their damning toxicology reports the morning of the accident, the DA wants the boys’ case swept under the rug. He owes his political office to their powerful families.

Kate won’t let that happen. Digging up secrets without revealing her own is a dangerous line to walk; Kate has her own reasons for seeking justice for Grant. As she and Stone investigate—the ageing prosecutor relying on Kate to see and hear what he cannot—she realizes that nothing about the case—or the boys—is what it seems. Grant wasn’t who she thought he was, and neither is Stone’s prime suspect. As Kate gets dangerously close to the truth, it becomes clear that the early morning accident might not have been an accident at all—and if Kate doesn’t uncover the true killer, more than one life could be on the line…including her own."

Review: Is it cliche to call this book addicting considering my blog's name is Addicted 2 Novels? Well, I don't know how better way to describe it other than that. The mystery, the romance, the twist and the turns, THIS IS OUR STORY will offer you plenty of reasons to stay up late until you reach the very last page.

What originally drew me to this novel, as superficial as it sounds, was the cover. It doesn't give much of anything anyway yet was interesting enough for me to pick it up and read the synopsis. Once I did, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

The novel is told through our main character Kate's POV and sometimes switches to the murderer's POV. Kate is one of those likable characters you root for from the very beginning. Her mom is works for the local DA, which actually lands her an internship with them. Naturally, once the murder case lands on the DA's desk, Kate is instantly drawn to the mystery. She wants to know who killed Grant and find justice. I don't want to go into further details without giving too much away, but I do want to point out that Kate would definitely give the girls (especially Spencer) from Pretty Little Liars a run for their money.

Oddly enough, even though THIS IS OUR STORY is more of a mystery-thriller novel, there is a bit of romance in it. Swoony boys are definitely a plus, but again, I don't want to name names without giving too much away. Just know that if this is something you have to have in all of your novels (*raises hand*), it's there.

All in all, if you're looking for a book that will keep you up in the wee hours of the morning, THIS IS OUR STORY is the book for you. I loved the setting, the complexity of all of the characters, and the overall flow of the story. Piece by piece, my curiosity grew, and though the ending didn't take me completely by surprised, I loved going on the journey to get there.

Really, there's something for everyone in this novel.


5 Stars

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Ashley Elston lives is North Louisiana with her husband and three sons. She worked as a wedding and portrait photographer for ten years until she decided to pursue writing full time. Ashley is also a certified landscape horticulturist and loves digging in the dirt. Her debut novel, THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING, was published by Disney Hyperion in 2013 and the sequel, THE RULES FOR BREAKING, in 2014. Her latest novel, THIS IS OUR STORY, will be published on November 15, 2016.

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11/7: Bookiemoji - Review
11/8: The Book Addict's Guide - Book Scents
11/9: Fiction Fare - Review
11/10: Adventures of a Book Junkie - Q&A
11/11: Caught Read Handed - Review

11/14: The Irish Banana Review - Fast 5
11/15: Addicted 2 Novels - Review (You're here!)
11/16: In Wonderland - Guest Post
11/17: Ex Libris - Review
11/18: The Fake Steph - Top 10