New to Me – February Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in away and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

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Last month I had you all vote on what I should read. 28 of you voted and one book got 25% of that vote. What book will I be reading very soon, in the month of January?

 

Now it is your time to vote again and pick the book I will read in February. You have until 1/24/19 to get your vote in and tell me what book I should read next!

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Debut Review: When the Truth Unravels – RuthAnne Snow

Debut Review: When the Truth Unravels – RuthAnne SnowWhen the Truth Unravels by RuthAnne Snow
Published by Sky Pony
on January 8, 2019
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four-half-stars

Last month, Elin tried to kill herself.

She knows she's lucky that her parents found her in time. Lucky to be going to prom with her three best friends, like any other teen. Like it never happened. And if she has anything to say about it, no one but her best friends will ever know it did.

Jenna, Rosie, and Ket will do anything to keep Elin's secret--and to make sure it never happens again. That's why they're determined to make prom the perfect night. The night that convinces Elin that life is worth living.

Except, at prom, Elin goes missing.

Now it's up to her friends to find her. But each of the girls has her own demons to face. Ket is being blackmailed by an ex. Rosie is falling in love for the first time. And Jenna . . .

Jenna is falling apart.

And no one, not even her best friends, knows why.

Heart-wrenching and utterly impossible to put down, When the Truth Unravels follows four friends as they confront their greatest hopes and darkest secrets during one life-changing night.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m a sucker for books that involve strong female friendships. I often feel like a lot of authors prefer the frienemy over the BFF, so I was really excited about RuthAnne Snow’s debut, When the Truth Unravels, a story about 4 best friends hiding a secret about Elin’s suicide attempt and secrets about themselves. But the thing about secrets is they catch up to you and almost always come out. And that is what happens to Elin, Rosie, Ket and Jenna in this fantastic story.

When the Truth Unravels is the story of 4 girls trying to find the fact that one of them tried to commit suicide a month ago. Rosie. Ket and Jenna will do anything to help protect their friend, Elin, including pretending that everything is okay and trying to have the perfect prom night. But the fact is, everything isn’t okay. Each girl is dealing with their own secrets and trying to keep it all together. And then Elin goes missing and everything falls apart.

The friendship was hands-down the best part of this. These 4 girls were so different from each other yet they all worked as a unit. They played their differences off one another and it made them a strong group. But they also held a lot back from one another which caused more friction. Almost losing Elin put strain on each of them and they dealt with it differently, but in the end they were there for one another. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Rosie and Ket’s stories more than Jenna and Elin’s, but I loved how they all worked combined.

And speaking of Elin, Snow took on a huge task with Elin’s story line and her attempted suicide. It was heavy and dark, but it was handle so incredibly well. The way the Elin’s story was told managed to keep the darkness to a minimum, but not make it insignificant. The balance was well done and as a reader you were able to understand Elin’s pain and how she got to the place she was at, but you were also able to see her hope.

All in all this book was amazingly written. The story was perfectly crafted to show flawed friendships with a deep love. You will laugh and cry and find yourself wanting more; more from these characters and more from this new writer. Make sure you add this to your TBR!

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Debut Review: Match Me If You Can – Tiana Smith

Debut Review: Match Me If You Can – Tiana SmithMatch Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
Published by Swoon Reads
on January 8, 2019
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four-stars

Mia's best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn's matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn't count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince - the guy she knows is right for her - and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn't find out that Mia's been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

For years I have been a fan of a rom-com book. Books by Kasie West and Miranda Kenneally are always high on my list. There is something so fun about a story that has humor to it and both Kasie and Miranda do it amazingly. When Match Me If You Can was brought into my orbit I admit I didn’t think it would fit with these two favorite authors of mine, and man was I wrong. Tiana Smith took her debut and slide right in next to Kasie and Miranda and I’m so pleased to have read it.

Match Me If You Can is the story of Mia, a girl that has a plan and is desperate to stick by it. There is no room for error or change. It just isn’t acceptable for her. So when she gets the idea to have her best friend Robyn, a top notch matchmaker at their high school, set her up with the guy of her dreams nothing will stop her. Not even Robyn telling her no. When Mia goes behind Robyn’s back and set herself up she sets off a series of events she never could have planned for and a guy she never could have imagined falling for. In the end Mia has to decide is the perfect plan better than the perfect match?

I truly got very strong Kasie West vibes from this one. It has that same feeling I got when I read P.S. I Like You. As the reader I could see Mia and Logan were perfect for each other but I had so much fun watching Mia figure that out. She would do everything in her power not to feel that spark because she thought she was on a different path, but it was there and there was no denying it. She made a complete mess of everything by fighting this spark and it is so fun watching her do it. And can we talk about Logan? Man was he so cute. There was something about his “bad boy” attitude that reminded me of one of my favorite book boys, Corey Livingston from What Happens Next. They both had that same swagger and same heart of pure gold.

In the end, Match Me If You Can is a really fun debut book that will have you laughing and cringing and laughing some more. Tiana Smith does a fantastic job of adding some of the heavier parts of high school in with the fun stuff and I highly recommend adding her book to your TBR. This is a “you don’t want to miss” type of read. Also I want to know if anyone else thought the principle sounded as hot as I did. 😛 Pick this one up!

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New to You (22): Nicole reviews Altered by Jennifer Rush {giveaway}

Welcome to New to You!

This idea came along last year when I was supporting Lauren Miller’s newest book All Things New and I asked Kelsey to read and review Parallel, a book I have read more than once. I didn’t really get it going until December when I offered people the chance to sign up to read and review a book that has been a favorite of mine that they have never read. I got a great response and I’m happy to tell you (minus January) you will see a New to You post twice a month.

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For my last New to You of the year we have Nicole from Boundless Bookaholic. She read and reviewed an old favorite of mine, Altered by Jennifer Rush. Let’s see what she had to say about it.

New to You (22): Nicole reviews Altered by Jennifer Rush {giveaway}Altered (Altered, #1) by Jennifer Rush
on January 1, 2013
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three-half-stars

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who has stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them.

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

Not a bad read, but not a favorite either. This one fell right in the middle of the rating scale for me. I’m giving it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
I’ll be honest…when I started this book, I was not engrossed in the story. I was having a hard time connecting, and the writing style was part of the problem for me. I kept noticing the overly descriptive passages, how there was repetition sometimes, etc. But that being said, the plot was interesting and unique. There were even some twists that surprised me, which doesn’t happen often (i.e. almost never).
I liked Anna’s character quite a bit, and Sam, Cas, Nick, and Trev were super entertaining as well, especially Cas. He might have been my favorite character in this book because of his personality. Anna had a different “relationship” with each boy, but most of the focus was on her and Sam. Without spoiling anything, I will just say that Sam was swoony at moments, but he never lost sight of the important things. He was almost laser-focused, which makes sense considering everything they were dealing with.
This book could easily be read in one sitting; I didn’t want to put it down most days after I finally got hooked by the story. I need to know what happens next, so I’ll be checking out the rest of the series. If you love young adult sci-fi/dystopian books, I think you’ll enjoy this one.

 

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Thanks Nicole for signing up for New to You. Sorry this was middle of the road for you but happy you gave it a chance!

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New to Me – Introduction and Voting

In 2018 I had the idea to have readers and friends read my favorite books from years past. I had 20+ amazing people sign up and read some of my all time favorite books. They took the time out of their busy lives and reading schedules and read books I love and shared what they thought on my blog. It was a lot of fun and I got to see some new takes on old favorites. It actually was a fun experience. If you are interested in the reviews HERE.

This year I decided to give back in away and asked everyone that signed up to tell me their favorite book (that I have not read) because in 2019 it is time to do NEW TO ME.

New to Me is going to be a monthly feature. At the beginning of the month I will post a survey of books suggested by the New to You participants. You will vote each month (survey will close about half way through the month) and tell me which book I should read the following month. I will read that book and do a post on it before the month is over. I figure it is a good way to read new books and to pay it back to the awesome people that read my favorites over the last year.

Please only vote for ONE book this month. You will be able to vote again next month for a different option. This poll will close on 12/16/18.

 

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