• 5 stars review,  new adult,  review

    Privilege (Renzo + Lucia #1) by Bethany-Kris

    Resume: Born rich to a family of mafia royalty, Lucia Marcello was already destined to succeed. She wanted for absolutely nothing, until she met him.  Born poor to parents who never cared, Renzo Zulla was already destined to fail. He has struggled for absolutely everything, but she’ll prove to be his biggest fight yet.  She’s high society from the upscale suburbs.  He’s a drug dealer from New York’s slums.  They just weren’t meant to be … until they were.  I loved, loved, loved this book. Bethany always has the power to surprise the reader and deliver a good and fresh story with unique characters.Like water and oil, that’s the best…

  • 5 stars review,  new adult,  review,  romance

    The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

    “What hold does Alaska have on them? What makes this place worth giving everything else up?” Resume: Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. When Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. It would be…

  • 5 stars review,  new adult,  review

    Binding 13 (Boys of Tommen, #1) by Chloe Walsh

    “I think I need you for keeps.” Resume: Johnny Kavanagh has everything going for him. On the rugby pitch, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Plagued with a hidden injury and desperate to impress the scouts watching his every move, Johnny has been placed on a pedestal so high, he has no room to make mistakes. Life has never been easy for Shannon Lynch. Bullied and tortured, she arrives at Tommen College mid-way through the school year praying for a fresh start and desperate to shake off the demons that plague her. Friendship, first love, rising fame, horrifying secrets, and pain all fuel together in Binding 13. “”In one stare, I felt…

  • 5 stars review,  review,  ya romance,  young adult

    Letters to the Lost (Letters to the Lost #1) by Brigid Kemmerer

    “We’re all united by grief, and somehow divided by the same thing.” Resume: 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. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. “One day isn’t your whole life. A day is just a day.” I’m…

  • 5 stars review,  new adult,  review

    Loyalty & Disgrace (John + Siena duet) by Bethany-Kris

     “She could be the ocean. He didn’t mind drowning.” Resume: Fresh out of prison after serving a three-year sentence, Johnathan Marcello wants to get back to normal business as a mafia capo. The rules set out for him are clear—keep out of trouble, maintain a low profile, and stay stable. Siena Calabrese’s life revolves around cooking numbers, and scrubbing books clean. After all, a girl is only useful to men in the mafia, if she isn’t totally useless. As long as she does what they want, then she can maintain the illusion of freedom. “You’re not a disgrace to this family. You could never be, John” I love books where the…

  • 5 stars review,  review,  young adult

    Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi

    “Right now I feel certain that my imagination is much more dangerous than any of his truths.” Resume:  Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander, and now has Warner by her side. But she’s still the girl with the ability to kill with a single touch—and now she’s got the whole world in the palm of her hand. When tragedy hits, who will she become? Will she be able to control the power she wields and use it for good? “Idiots are highly flammable, love. Let them all burn in hell.” Took me 4 hours to read this book. I have…

  • 5 stars review,  new adult,  review

    Follow Me Back (Fight for me, #2) by L. A. Jackson

    “Did you know the first time I saw you, you knocked the air right out of my lungs?” Resume: When Kale accepts a new position down the street from Hope’s shop, he begins to question every wall he’s built around his heart. But taking her won’t come without consequences. Hope is in for the fight of her life. One neither of them saw coming. Now Kale must decide if loving her is worth risking it all. “Don’t ever, ever give up on hope. Because it’s always there, no matter how dismal things might seem.” My feelings are everywhere. I can’t express how I loved this book. Kale is probably one of the best…

  • 5 stars review,  new adult,  review,  romance

    The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

    “Lessening the misery of the past will lead to a brighter future.”  Resume: Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime. Zelda and…

  • 5 stars review,  review,  ya romance,  young adult

    The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

    First: “Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls. They chase him.” Resume: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper suddenly realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the slimy school hottie that she thought she hated. Turns out, he’s not a bad listener. Soon, Bianca realizes how harmful her unhealthy way of dealing with her problems has been, and finds a way to confront them head on. In the end: “Wesley Rush doesn’t chase girls, but I’m chasing you” ♥”  I never thought I would love this book. I knew I was going to like but not become one of my favorites. I started reading today and 3 hours later I finished it. It was a sweet surprise!…