Through Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken #Review

Through Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken #ReviewThrough Fire & Sea by Nicole Luiken
on May 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 354
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Mirror mirror, hear my call…
In the Fire world, seventeen-year-old Leah is the illegitimate daughter of one of the realm's most powerful lords. She's hot-blooded—able to communicate with the tempestuous volcano gods that either bless a civilization or destroy it. But then Leah discovers she's a Caller, gifted with the unique—and dangerous—ability to “call” her Otherselves in mirror worlds. And her father will do anything to use her powers for his own purposes.
In the Water world, Holly nearly drowns when she sees—and interacts with—Leah, a mirror image of herself. She’s rescued by Ryan, a boy from school with a secret he’d die to protect. Little do they know, his Otherself is the son of a powerful volcano god at war in the Fire world…and he’s about to fall.
As Leah and Holly's lives intersect, the Fire and Water worlds descend into darkness. The only way to protect the mirror worlds is to break every rule they've ever known. If they don’t, the evil seeping through the mirrors will destroy everything—and everyone—they love…

Review
Through Fire & Sea involves parallel universes and otherselves. There are 4 elemental worlds and 1 true world. In each world everyone has an otherself but most people don’t know it. Leah is one of the people that knows about the elemental worlds and her otherselves. She is the unrecognized daughter of a Duke and she has spent her entire life trying to get his attention. When she finally gets to speak with him, he proves why her mother didn’t want him near her. The Dukes are summoning Quetrah to handle a dragon and her price is their daughters. He forces Leah to take the place of his legal daughter or he will kill her mother. Leah doesn’t want to go but she has no choice.
While away, Leah discovers she is a Caller which means she can call her otherselves. She meets Holly who she can talk to through water. Holly nearly drowns the first time she sees Leah and is rescued by a merman named Ryan who tries to convince Holly not to tell anyone of his rescue. Unbeknownst to all of them, Ryan’s otherself in the fire world is Gideon who happens to be Leah’s soulmate. Gideon is cursed and Leah will do anything to help me. She accidentally releases someone into the water world who is after Ryan. If Ryan dies, then so will Gideon.
This story is so complex and unique. I had a little difficulty keeping up with everything. I think I need a reference book just to tell me the back history of all the worlds and what not so that maybe I can keep it straight. The characters are each unique which is nice to see considering some of them are otherselves of the same person. I would love to see more of the other worlds and look forward to reading the other books in the series.
four-stars

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson #BlogTour #Review

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson #BlogTour #Review

Why I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson #BlogTour #ReviewWhy I Loathe Sterling Lane by Ingrid Paulson
Published by Entangled: Teen on June 6th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 287
Format: eBook
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four-stars

Per her 537 rules, Harper Campbell keeps her life tidy—academically and socially. But the moment Sterling Lane transfers into her tiny boarding school, her twin brother gets swept up in Sterling’s pranks and schemes and nearly gets expelled. Harper knows it’s Sterling’s fault, and to protect her brother, she vows to take him down. As she exposes his endless school violations, he keeps striking back, framing her for his own infractions. Worst of all, he’s charmed the administration into thinking he’s harmless, and only Harper sees him for the troublemaker he absolutely is.
As she breaks rule after precious rule in her battle of wits against Sterling and tension between them hits a boiling point, she’s horrified to discover that perhaps the two of them aren’t so different. And maybe she doesn't entirely hate him after all. Teaming up with Sterling to save her brother might be the only way to keep from breaking the most important rule—protecting Cole.

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Review

Harper has 537 rules for her life and believes all should be followed for everything to be perfect. Her rules cause a few fights with her twin brother, Cole and her nickname at school is “Harper the Hag”. When Sterling Lane enters her life, he is constantly breaking her rules. She is furious and wants to stay as far away from him as possible at all times. There’s just one problem. He is Cole’s roommate and the two of them quickly become friends. Will Harper be able to stay away from Sterling? Will he be able to show her that sometimes in order to really live you have to break your rules?

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I immediately had a dislike for Harper because she comes across as really uptight with all of her rules. If the character development hadn’t been excellent throughout, I don’t think I would have finished this book. As it is really well done, I ended up being okay with Harper by the end. I’ll admit I was rooting for Sterling the whole time with how he would rile Harper up. I could tell he would eventually win her over. This was a good YA romance.

About Ingrid Paulson

Ingrid Paulson does not, in fact, loathe anyone. Although the snarky sense of humor and verbal barbs in Why I Loathe Sterling Lane might suggest otherwise (and shock those who think they know her best).

Ingrid lives in San Francisco with her husband and children and enjoys long-distance running, eavesdropping, and watching science documentaries. She has always loved books and writing short stories, but was surprised one day to discover the story she was working on wasn’t so short any more. Valkyrie Rising, a paranormal girl power story was Ingrid’s first novel. Expect another humorous contemporary romance to join the list soon.

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four-stars

In Truth & Ashes by Nicole Luiken #BlogTour #Review

In Truth & Ashes by Nicole Luiken #BlogTour #ReviewIn Truth and Ashes by Nicole Luiken
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 358
Format: eBook
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four-stars

What she can't remember could ruin her life.
The Mirror Worlds are but dull reflections of the True World, where magic and technology blend together...
On the True World, Belinda Loring has known from childhood that she must Bond with the son of another noble First Family. Uniting the families ensures hers will hold onto its powerful position, and so she's always pushed down the tender feelings she has for her best friend--gorgeous, steadfast Demian, who isn't noble.
But when the ceremonial magic goes disastrously wrong, Belinda becomes a national disgrace. Scorned as Broken, she turns to Demian for help getting revenge on the man who ruined her: the radical Malachi.
But the seeds of Malachi's murderous planslie buried in Belinda's past, in the dark days of her kidnapping--a period of which she has no memory. And Demian may hold the key to recovering all that she's lost--and saving the worlds.

Review
In Truth & Ashes is the final installment in the Otherselves series and we finally get to learn more about the True World! Belinda is part of a First Family which is what we would consider royalty. The tradition is for members of First Families to be bonded to other members of a different First Family to continue them all having otherselves in every world. She is going to be bonded to a guy that her family chose but the ceremony goes horribly wrong and it is found that Belinda is bound to someone else already. This could only have happened when she was kidnapped as a child so she seeks revenge with the help of her friend Damian.
I really enjoyed this story and I’m sad that this is the final story in this series.  In my opinion this was the best book of the series. I would recommend this series to any fantasy lovers.
four-stars

Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf #BlogTour #Review

Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf #BlogTour #Review

Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf #BlogTour #ReviewForget Me Always by Sara Wolf
Series: Lovely Vicious #2
Published by Entangled: Teen on November 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
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four-stars

All warfare is deception. Even in high school.
It’s been nineteen days since Isis Blake forgot about him. The boy she can't quite remember. She's stuck in the hospital with a turban-size bandage on her head, more Jell-o than a human being should ever face, and a tiny bit of localized amnesia. Her only goal? To get out of this place before she becomes a complete nutjob herself.
But as Isis’s memories start to return, she realizes there’s something important there at the edges of her mind. Something that may mean the difference between life and death. Something about Sophia, Jack’s girlfriend.
Jack Hunter—the “Ice Prince”—remembers everything. Remembers Isis's purple hair and her smart-ass mouth. Remembers that for a little while, Isis made him feel human. She made him feel. She burned a hole in the ice…and it's time to freeze back up. Boys like him don't deserve girls like her. Because Jack is dangerous. And that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.
Her past.
Previously published as Savage Delight, this fully revised and updated edition is full of hilarity, drama, and heartbreak.

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Review
 Forget Me Always is the second book in the Lovely Vicious series and picks up right where Love Me Never leaves off. We get all of the same characters and Sophia plays a bigger role in this installment. Isis and Jack have a long way to go before they get back to where they left things. Sophia shows a different side to her and we see her true feelings for Jack as they are brought to life.
Isis and Jack are still the same flawed characters they were in Love Me Never and I love the sarcasm that they have. Sara Wolf has crafted a beautifully dramatic story. It will leave you hanging in the same way that the first book did. I can’t wait for the final book!
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Forget Me Always by Sara Wolf #BlogTour #ReviewLove Me Never by Sara Wolf
Series: Lovely Vicious #1
Published by Entangled: Teen on April 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: eBook

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected

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About Sara Wolf

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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four-stars

The Society by Jodi Andrefski #Review

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The Society by Jodi Andrefski #ReviewThe Society by Jodie Andrefski
Published by Entangled: Teen on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

Welcome to Trinity Academy’s best-kept secret.
The Society.
You’ve been handpicked by the elite of the elite to become a member. But first you’ll have to prove your worth by making it through Hell Week.
Do you have what it takes?
It’s time to find out.
Samantha Evans knows she’d never get an invite to rush the Society—not after her dad went to jail for insider trading. But after years of relentless bullying at the hands of the Society’s queen bee, Jessica, she’s ready to take down Jessica and the Society one peg at a time from the inside out.
All it’ll take is a bit of computer hacking, a few fake invitations, some eager rushees…and Sam will get her revenge.
Let the games begin.

Review
The Society is so good that I couldn’t put it down. It shows how revenge can potentially ruin everything. Sam has endured three years of torture from her former best friend, Jessica. Her dad is in jail and her mom abandoned her on top of all that. To say Jessica had it coming is a huge understatement. The way she treated Sam and other people is just horrible. She’s the true definition of a bully.
Sam devises this complex plan to get her revenge. Only it causes problems for her. I really enjoyed the romance that was blooming in the background of the story. It was slightly funny because it reminded me of being a teenager. Overall, I really enjoyed Jodie Andrefski’s writing style and look forward to more.
four-half-stars