Jul 28, 2017

Review: The Names they Gave Us by Emery Lord

Author: Emery Lord
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Number of Pages: 390

"When it all falls apart, who can you believe in?
Everything is going right for Lucy Hansson, until her mom’s cancer reappears. Just like that, Lucy breaks with all the constants in her life: her do-good boyfriend, her steady faith, even her longtime summer church camp job.
Instead, Lucy lands at a camp for kids who have been through tough times. As a counselor, Lucy is in over her head and longs to be with her parents across the lake. But that’s before she gets to know her coworkers, who are as loving and unafraid as she so desperately wants to be.
It’s not just new friends that Lucy discovers at camp—more than one old secret is revealed along the way. In fact, maybe there’s much more to her family and her faith than Lucy ever realized."
The Names they Gave Us went far beyond my expectations and became a favorite of 2017.  I had just read Open Road Summer before launching into this book so I was really just expecting another cute, summer romance read that I could read quickly but hell no. 
"It is not the type of love that ends."
The book had me gripped from start to finish. The plot line was interesting from the start,   and I savored this book. I refused to rush through the book or to even finish it in a day or two. It took me five days, practically a week, to finish this book and I had no regrets. I wouldn't even have minded if it had been longer. The ending, however, got me. I was shook with how the book ended, and how Emery Lord could play with my heart that way. 

All the characters in this book are just mesmerizing. Lucy, with her desire to fit in yet stay true to her religious background, Lucy's mother's resilience in the face of this awful disease, and all of the Camp Daybreak counselors. It was probably what made this book my favorite, the characters that the reality that everyone has issues that they face but can overcome. Whether those issues be teen pregnancy, adoption, drugs, or LGBTQ+ related. Lucy faced issues as simple as people making assumptions about her based on the fact that her father is a pastor and she is religious. They just made assumptions about her feelings on different social issues, her personality etc. She overcame those and showed people that stereotypes aren't necessarily true. 
"'Whose empire did you just overthrow?' 
My own."
Lord wrote a fantastic novel on what being a teenager, or any human being, can overcome in the face of adversity. It takes strength and the support of those around you to overcome issues in life, but eventually, you will overcome them.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!

*Thank you to Kit Cat from Let the Pages Reign for sending me an ARC to review!

Jul 24, 2017

Review: Only His by Natasha Madison & Aurora Rose Reynolds

Author: Natasha Madison & Aurora Rose Reynolds
Publisher: Self-Published
Number of Pages: 77
Goodreads l Amazon

"I had no idea he was a sought after movie star and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. I thought he was only mine, until one picture turned my life upside down. 
She can fight it all she wants, but I knew the moment we met that she'd be mine, and I'm never giving her up. 
I tried to deny it, but in the end I know I'm Only His."

I was extremely disappointed with this novella...because of how short it was! I wanted this book to be a full-length novel. This novella is such a cute, quick read and I really wanted more.

The plot was amazing and kept me gripped the entire time. I ended up reading this book in just one night--right after I had downloaded it onto my Kindle. It was virtually impossible to put, except when I had to take a deep breath due to the intensity of the plot line. 

Emma and Liam might have some years between them when it comes to age but when it comes to love, they are as close as can be. Their relationship is absolutely thrilling, seeing how caring Liam is with Emma. He wanted their relationship to be about just them and not about his profession or anything that would take away from who he was--especially what the world thought of him. Both authors did a great job at really having the reader feel the chemistry between the two and that really brought the book to life. Emma's reactions to Liam's alpha personality was very amusing and kept you smiling...even Emma's parents reactions to his personality were hilarious. 

This book is extremely fast paced due to it being a novella but had the potential of being a full-length novel. It's not something that seems like it was put together quickly. You could see the effort that went into writing the novel because even the writing flows flawlessly. You can't tell what author wrote any individual part. Only His is thrilling, gritty, and blood-pounding. If you enjoy any of the work of the two authors I would highly recommend picking this book. 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!

*An ARC of this book was exchanged by the authors for an honest review.

Jul 23, 2017

Book Tube A Thon 2017 TBR List!

Hey guys! So, we know that we aren't booktubers, but we've been wanting to do a read-a-thon for a while and this was the perfect opportunity. It starts tomorrow, so we figured we would show you our TBR list according to each of the challenges put forth by the host Ariel Bissett

For more information about the Book Tube A Thon, click here.

Challenge #1: Read a book with a person on the cover

Harleen's Pick                           Harman's Pick

Challenge #2: Read a hyped book

Harleen's Pick                              Harman's Pick

Challenge #3: Finish a book in one day

Harleen's Pick                              Harman's Pick

Challenge #4: Read about a character that is very different from you
Harleen is not a fetus still growing in her mother.
Harman has not been deprived of an educated or threatened because she has gone to school.

Harleen's Pick                              Harman's Pick

Challenge #5: Finish a book completely outdoors

Harleen's Pick                              Harman's Pick

Challenge #6: Read a book you bought because of the cover

Harleen's Pick                              Harman's Pick

Challenge #7: Read seven books

Harleen's Pick                              Harman's Pick