Monday, July 24, 2017

First We Were IV

32259911Title: First We Were IV
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Source: Netgalley

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society-for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart-I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets.
History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren't supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • There were a shit ton of twists and turns in this book, and I honestly didn't see any of them coming. A lot of times, I end up hating a book because I see the plot twists coming, but this book was different. 
  • The premise was extremely intriguing. It's not often that a premise is as awesome as this one.
  • The entire band of characters was great. Sometimes, books with a lot of characters can get pretty confusing, but each one was very distinct which allowed me to easily know who each character was. 
  • Sirowy's writing style is breathtaking. This was my first read by her, and I know for sure I want to check out more by her in the future.

what i disliked
  • The book felt very slow moving at times, especially in the beginning. It took me quite a while to actually get into the book, but I kept pushing through.  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blind Item

31145129Title: Blind Item
Authors: Kevin Dickson, Jack Ketsoyan
Publisher: Imprint
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Source: Publisher for Review

No one knows her name, but now everyone wants to.
As an assistant publicist in Hollywood, Nicola spends her days (and nights) sweeping up the scandals of singers, movie stars, and TV actors. Fresh from Ohio, she's rapidly discovering the real Hollywood is rotten under its glittering skin. Everyone is a hustler with a hard bottom line and a soap opera sob story.
When she breaks her own rules and starts dating a movie star, the Los Angeles scene starts to spill into her own life. As the paparazzi begin the hunt for sexy star Seamus O'Riordan's new mystery girl, Nicola's best friend Billy has her back while he prowls parties for the latest scoop to sell to the tabloids. Her roommate Kara keeps tabs on things too-in between befriending a former child star and transforming herself from stylist to reality TV sensation.
As the scandals pile up behind them, their pasts will be exposed... And every secret can be sold.
Written by two Hollywood insiders, the jaw-dropping scandals are real, but the names are not. And they'll never tell.

**Thanks so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review!**

what i liked
  • The premise! I mean, who doesn't want to read a book that's all about juicy Hollywood? This book really gives you an inside look on what it's like, and honestly, there seems to be a lot more to it than meets the eye.
  • THE SETTING. It takes place in LA, obviously, so what's not to love? 
  • This book read very quickly which makes it an awesome poolside read. It was light, fluffy, and of course touched upon some other topics. 
  • Blind Item read more like a New Adult book, so I'd be wary of that going in if you're a younger reader!
  • There were some undertones of The Devil Wears Prada which is one of my favorite movies.

what i disliked
  • I wish it were longer!

overall
If you're interested in following publicists in Hollywood, then definitely give this one a read. I wouldn't go into expecting a whole lot, you definitely have to be in the mood for a read like this!
 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Paper Hearts

33584564Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Ali Novak
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Source: Netgalley

"I'm sorry," he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. "It's just-I didn't want you to think of me differently."
Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn't accept that he was the person looking down at me.
"My real name is Alec."
Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she'd had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college. Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he'd flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he'd turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.
Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity's missing sister. And she's about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be...

**Thank you so much to the publisher for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review.**

Another Ali Novak book was a huge success for me! I loved this book. There's just something about books with bandmates that I seriously adore. 

This time, we get to follow Alec from the Heartbreakers. He meets Felicity at a ball where everyone's wearing masks, and he tries to fool her by saying that his name is Aaron. By the end of the night. she finds out who she really is, and she is completely stunned but seems okay with it anyway. 

This book was filled with swoon-worthy moments and super cute romance. I don't want to say too much about it because I want you to go and experience it all for yourself. I would say that you don't have to read the first book in this series before reading this one, because they do follow different characters, but if you have the time, definitely check them both out!