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The Deal (Off-Campus Book 1) by Elle Kennedy

*4 Stars* — Great read!

The Deal
is the perfect choice when you’re looking for something engaging, sexy, and light—with a lil’ dose of depth to trigger your emotions.

YES, those who claim this book contains cliches aren’t kidding. There are certainly plenty of cliched one-liners to go around, but for some reason, I was able to glide right past them.

And… okay…so maybe just about everyone in this book is totally hot, and the storyline was often predictable…

Am I selling you on this book yet?


But, here’s where I think this story truly thrived
:

It was so much freaking fun!

I laughed…
I swooned…
I wanted to be friends with the majority of the characters and drop-kick the rest!
I’d put the book down and couldn’t wait to pick it back up again.

This story hooked me without the presence of a highly original plot, and I think there’s something major to be said about that.

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Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

MY RATING: *3 Stars*

The cover of this novel is brilliant. Spot on. Intriguing, haunting, and perfectly represents a vital and very creepy aspect of this story.

While the cover gets an A+, the story, for me, never exceeded the confines of ordinary. But it very nearly almost did! And that’s what kept me reading…

Don’t get me wrong: This plot is fairly original and offers many sharp twists and turns. I found myself flipping through the pages rather quickly and the “mystery” certainly packed a punch. While I wouldn’t say I was completely blown away with the reveal, I did flip back and forth through my theories — and that’s always a win!

The characters were well drawn out, namely the main hero, who’s convincing perspective was down-to-earth and relatable. The dialogue felt just as natural. The fact that the plot based itself around lies, deceit, and mistrust was interesting. There is romance entwined, but the mystery is largely where the focus lies.

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

*5+ Stars … A new favorite!*

Can I say I effin love this author after having read only two of her books? Because that’s exactly what’s going on right now…

I’ve been on a huge Mystery/Psychological Thriller kick lately, and I’ve realized with many books of this genre, some (or all) of the characters are very easy to hate.

Which is fine.

And so I was ready for that. I put my little crazy-book-wall up and was prepared to just observe this story without really letting the characters in.

But they crept in anyway. In fact, I was completely bombarded.

This story is told in a third person perspective that alternates focus on the lives of three women whose paths will eventually, and just about literally, collide.

I found myself growing protective over these heroines, which initially, I wasn’t expecting. Yes, they were severely damaged and, at times, completely unhinged — and I loved them more for it. Because they felt so honest and just so real. I began to find myself relating to their weaknesses — even the embarrassing ones.

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Some Girls AreSome Girls Are by Courtney Summers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

*5 Stars*

I need a Tum.

Because that was some serious high school insanity.

Some Girls Are…mean, and genuinely fucked up—and this story is a solid testament to that. But it’s also a very realistic portrayal of the ugly side of high school, and, more specifically, the vicious cycle of bullying.

I’m gonna go ahead and five-star this book for the simple reason that I could NOT put it down. The GENIUS writing style is what made this one shine, for me: compelling and raw, edgy and intense … I swallowed it up whole.


Hallowell High: You’re either someone or you’re not.

Meet Regina: A popular high school senior whose social status entirely plummets after only a single party. Regina goes from bully to bullied overnight, as she finds herself walking the footsteps of those she’s hurt in the past…

And it’s a living nightmare.

Regina’s pain was so palpable, I could literally taste the bitterness that was spewed upon her, and feel the sharp sting of rejection from her peers. Her character was flawed, and there were many times I didn’t like her.

But she was also afraid … so afraid, she allowed the opinions of others to define her.

I really felt for Regina, and I appreciated the fact that her character didn’t improve within a chapter or two, but instead evolved at a slow, believable pace. I still wouldn’t say she’s “cured” from all her demons, and that’s what brought this story to life … the fact that its occurrences mimicked “life”, and tended to stray from the typical fictional YA-formula.

It’s not very often an author can throw out terms such as
“we’re the kind of popular that makes our peers unable to sleep at night”
, and not ignite a dramatic eye roll within me…

BUT, this story is written in such a way where you can tell the author gets it. She knows how ridiculous and dangerous this behavior is, and yet she makes no excuses. She’s not afraid to embarrass her heroine; not hesitant to put her in the wrong. It never felt like we were getting a “prettied” up version for the sake of a morally sound story. No, we don’t have to admire this narrator, but we’re damn sure gonna get a realistic portrayal of her shortcomings…and I really loved that.


He came here quiet — not shy, but removed, above it all. Like he just didn’t care about us.

The romance in this story is gentle and young, but its value touched me. Michael is a lonely outcast who has been thoroughly drenched in false accusations. He hates the girl who sparked these lies—Regina. But as these two form an unlikely relationship, Regina finds there’s a lot to learn about herself in the process.


In high school, you don’t get to change. You only get to walk variations of the same lines everyone has already drawn for you.

I can see why some readers may have been left unsatisfied with this story’s ending, but I must admit, I thought it was perfect! I’m a strong believer in the less-is-more theory, and I find that an overkill ending tends to weaken the story’s power.

In this case, I was given enough finality to feel the story was complete, but was still left to wonder about the characters a little…and that’s what keeps me in their world.

A captivating read!


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Book Stats:

▪  Genre/Category: Young Adult
▪  Steam Caliber: Clean and sweet
▪ Romance: Young, complicated love
▪  Characters: Came to life. Flawed and unpredictable.
▪  Plot: Bully turns into the bullied overnight and experiences a harsh reality.
▪ Writing: Phenomenal. Polished. Realistic dialogue.
▪ POV: 1st Person: Heroine
▪  Cliffhanger: None. Standalone


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Because we have been blessed with receiving and reading great books lately, Foxy, FMA, and Kristin KC have come together to PAY IT FORWARD to other readers. Each month we are looking forward to sharing the love of reading by offering a giveaway!

 

**The winner of this giveaway will receive a kindle copy of their choice from the books offered below**

 

 Below are some of my all-time FAVORITES!
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BELOW ARE OUR REVIEWS/RATINGS FOR THE ONES WE’VE READ:

 

HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover
Kristin KC’s Review • Foxy’s Review • FMA’s Rating

IN THE STILLNESS by Andrea Randall
Kristin KC’s ReviewFoxy’s Review • FMA’s Rating

FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell
Kristin KC’s ReviewFoxy’s Review

HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr
Kristin KC’s Review

JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
Kristin KC’s Review • Foxy’s Review

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**The winner of this giveaway will receive a kindle copy of their choice from the books offered below.**

 

To see the blurb click on the book cover.

 

Scens from the City image Addicted to You Nash Sweet Gum Tree

 

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Below are our reviews for the ones we’ve read:

Scenes from the City: A Knitting in the City Wintertime Surprise
(This special edition book is no longer being published.)

by Penny Reid

 

In the Fields
by Willow Aster

 

Addicted to You
by KBRitchie

 

Nash
Jay Crownover

 

The Sweet Gum Tree
by Katherine Allred

 

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CLASSICS

 

As much as I love to read, I have to admit that I don’t have as many “classic” novels under my belt as I would like. Not only do the classics give us the sense of being well-read, but they allow an escape into literature at its finest.

One of my really great friends is currently reading Wuthering Heights with me, and I’m so happy she agreed to join me because there is PLENTY to discuss with this book. Have any of you read this one? I’m finding that I love the challenge it presents. It’s not always easy to read about characters we almost detest, but I always enjoy searching for redeeming qualities. Sometimes there are none, and that’s okay too, as long as the journey is worthwhile.

Of the classics I have read, my favorites remain: The Catcher in The Rye and Persuasion. Which have you read? Loved? Recommend?

 

Pretty Words Book Blog and Book Reviews

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The winner of this giveaway will receive a kindle copy of their choice from the books offered below.

To see the Amazon blurb click on the book cover.

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Below are our reviews for the ones we’ve read:

SIX OF HEARTS by L.H. Cosway
Foxy’s review

FLAT OUT CELESTE by Jessica Park

ARCHER’S VOICE by Mia Sheridan

LOVE, IN ENGLISH by Karina Halle

INFINITY + ONE by Amy Harmon

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Kindle Sales!

December 8, 2014

Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn

$2.99 (previously $8.52)


 Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, 1)

by Veronica Roth

$2.99 (previously $4.99)

 


 

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

$2.99 (previously $4.99)

 


 

If I Stay (If I Stay, 1)
by Gayle Forman

$2.99 (previously $4.99)

 


 

The Selection
by Kiera Cass

$0.99 (previously $2.99)

 


 

Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes

$2.99 (previously $8.99)

 


 

Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers, 2)
by JA Redmerski

$0.99 (previously $2.99)

LOVES AND LOATHES

December 7, 2014

La La LOVES

 

  1. I apologize friends — I’ve been slacking on my Loves & Loathes! The holiday season is kicking my butt! Ok, so I’ll start this week’s loves off with a book I just read. To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this one, but I LOVED! It’s called How To Save a Life, by Sara Zarr, and it’s a touching Young Adult novel about family, love, and acceptance. I adored it! If you’d like to read my review, click HERE. To purchase on amazon, click cover…
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  2. I recently mentioned that I ordered a new facial cleanser and promised to come back here with my thoughts. It’s the Yes To Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser, and I was excited to try this because it’s cheap, gentle, and contains no harsh chemicals or parabens.  I’ve been using it for about a week now and I’m loving! After washing, I do notice my skin feels slightly tight (which I don’t like) but that effect doesn’t seem to last. Afterwards, my skin feels soft and smooth, and this cleanser actually does what is says and cleans with no trace of makeup left behind. I purchased mine at Ulta, but it can also be purchased at Amazon for just $7.00.
  3. Stuffed Artichokes! Have you ever tried these? My grandmother made these when I was a kid, and they quickly became one of my all-time favorites! Now my 4 year old daughter is obsessed with them! Here is a great recipe from Rachel Ray, although there are various recipes on the internet to suit your taste…
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  4. One of my old Loves & Loathes post somehow got deleted, and while I don’t recall everything mentioned on that list, I want to bring up something I do remember listing: The Beauty Blender   I love using this product to apply my liquid and creme foundations. It gives such a smooth, natural finish that sort of looks like second skin, and makeup doesn’t look cakey. I bought mine at Sephora, but it can also be purchased on Amazon




 

 

Loathes

  1. I’m definitely the worst at keeping a surprise. I always want to give my husband his gifts before Christmas, and now that my daughter is old enough to understand the holidays, it’s taking everything I have not to give her one of her gifts early! I should start last-minute shopping so it’s a less torturous wait, lol.
  2. Allergies. Still. Arghhhh…
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    Thanks so much for reading, friends! 
    xo