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Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Book Summary:
Will the princess save the beast?
For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?
His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…
As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.

My Review:

A feud between two families, who will come out on top in the end?

Princess Jaya is on a misson. She transfer to a school where her enemy goes with her sister. Jaya is out for revenge to protect her sister from a scandal she think Lordship Grey has something to do with it. Since Emerson and Rao has a long feud so it safe to assume him starting all the drama. When Jaya bumps into Grey, she sees a human being, not this monster people make him out this be.

Will Jaya get her revenge she seeks or will have a change of heart?

Grey always kept to himself. Everyone always wants to hang with him, but he is like a close book. He believes in the curse of his family. Rao has curse Emerson and when the last rose petal fall the Emerson heir is to die. That is what Grey always thought that he meant to die and be alone forever.

Then he bumps into Jaya and his life changes a bit. Slowly coming out of his shell and trying a way to break the curse. Is Jaya the one who can save him?

This book was a cute retelling of Beauty and the beast. It deals with family issues and curses. Jaya is tore doing what’s right by her family and being happy for herself. Grey is fighting a curse by himself while his father blames him for everything even his mother death. They both deal with so many issues almost the same. I like watching them grow in the book and learning to be themselves more. Will it be enough to break the family curse?

If your into books like Beauty and beast and a little bit of Romeo and Juilet since it deals with a family feud, then you into a treat with this book.

Happy Reading!!!

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{Arc Review} Break the Fall by Jennifer lacopelli

Book Summary:
Audrey Lee is going to the Olympics.
A year ago, she could barely do a push up as she recovered from a spine surgery, one that could have paralyzed her. And now? She’s made the United States’ gymnastics team with her best friend, Emma, just like they both dreamed about since they were kids. She’s on top of the world.
The pressure for perfection is higher than ever when horrifying news rips the team apart. Audrey is desperate to advocate for her teammate who has been hurt by the one person they trusted most–but not all the gymnasts are as supportive.
With the team on the verge of collapse, the one bright spot in training is Leo, her new coach’s ridiculously cute son. And while Audrey probably (okay, definitely) shouldn’t date him until after the games, would it really be the end of the world?
Balancing the tenuous relationship between her teammates with unparalleled expectations, Audrey doesn’t need any more distractions. No matter what it takes, she’s not going to let anyone bring them down. But with painful revelations, incredible odds, and the very real possibility of falling at every turn, will Audrey’s determination be enough?

 

 

 

My Review:

What goes on when you complete for the Olympics? Lots of drama, boy crazy and scandals.

Aubrey is doing the best she can. Since this may be the last time she performs at the Olympics. She fighting the pain in her back from spinal surgery, along with team drama. When the team hit with a big scandal, sides will be taken and the gold medal may be out of reach. Will Aubrey be able to get the team focus enough to win.

This book was a fast pace read. I do enjoy the storyline and the characters in it. Aubrey is a fighter until the very end. It may her last time doing the Olympic, but she must rethink what to do afterwards. Hopefully she can ralley her team together and make happy memories in the end. I do like gymnastics stories a lot. It a fun sport to me and this book was prefect read.

Break the Fall recently came out, so you might want to check it out.

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Bella Bloopers

Hello my readers,

Welcome to another Bella Bloopers. This is a behind the fun when making photos with Bella, for my new readers. It been a while since I done any Bloopers fun. It does take a lot of snacks to get the prefect shot for blog and Instagram.

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{Arc Review} Furious Things by Jenny Downham

Book Summary:

Bad things happen when you’re around, Lex…

That’s what her stepfather tells her. That’s what she believes about herself.
But how can she convince herself and everyone around her that her anger doesn’t make her a monster? If only she could stop losing her temper and behave herself, her stepfather would accept her, her mom would love her like she used to, and her stepbrother would declare his crushing desire to spend the rest of his life with her. She wants these things so badly, she’s determined to swallow her anger and make her family proud.
But pushing fury down doesn’t make it disappear. Instead, it simmers below the surface, waiting to erupt. There’ll be fireworks when it does…

My Review:

Being angry all the time can hurt the ones you love, but is it really a mental thing or something going on at home.

Lex seems like she is out of control since her stepfather came along. She don’t know how to control her anger or express herself better. It don’t help when her stepfather talk down to her and her mother all the times. At times she thinks she going crazy. Hopefully Lex gets the helps she needs before it’s to late.

This book was an interesting read. The main character struggles with her issues and to control her emotions. It don’t help having someone making things worse for her. I did like the storyline to the book and how good the ending was to it. It deals with kinda mental health issues and controlling issues also. The book recently came out just came out, just late on reading and reviewing it.

Looking for a new read, then try Furious Things.

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Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Book Summary:
Then, “Jane” was just your typical 17-year-old in a typical New England suburb getting ready to start her senior year. She had a part-time job she enjoyed, an awesome best friend, overbearing but loving parents, and a crush on a boy who was taking her to see her favorite band. She never would’ve imagined that in her town where nothing ever happens, a series of small coincidences would lead to a devastating turn of events that would forever change her life.
Now, it’s been three months since “Jane” escaped captivity and returned home. Three months of being that girl who was kidnapped, the girl who was held by a “monster.” Three months of writing down everything she remembered from those seven months locked up in that stark white room. But, what if everything you thought you knew―everything you thought you experienced―turned out to be a lie?

My Review:

Things can change after 3 months being kidnapped.

On mintue Jane was at the store getting her a friend a gift, and the next someone grabs her. She is lock in a room with clothes that fit her and her favorite foods. Hearing screams of another person that was kidnap also. Only comfort she has was a boy in the vents. After she escape, her only concern was saving the other people that where there.

Once she back where she was kidnap, everything changes and nothing is as it seems.

This book was an emotional read dealing with heavy subject on a kidnap victim. Jane been through a lot, she could have been drugged and held without food. Her world change a lot after three months. Not knowing what was real or fake until she was release. Also having hard time accepting on the truth.

In the end the book leaves you with some unanswered questions and feeling lost and confused like the main character. Overall it was a good read for me. This is a heavy read and might be sensitive to some readers.

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Layoverland by Gabby Noone

Book Summary:
Two teens, one stuck atoning for her sins and one destined for heaven, fall in love in purgatory in this darkly hilarious and heartfelt rom-com, perfect for fans of The Good Place.
Beatrice Fox deserves to go straight to hell. At least, that’s what she thinks. On her last day on Earth, she ruined the life of the person she loves most–her little sister, Emmy. So when Bea awakens from a fatal car accident to find herself on an airplane headed for a mysterious destination, she’s confused, to say the least. Once on the ground, Bea receives some truly harrowing news: not only is she in purgatory, but she has been chosen to join the Memory Experience team. If she wants another shot at heaven, she’ll have to use her master manipulation skills to help 5,000 souls suss out what’s keeping them from moving on.
There’s just one slight problem. Bea’s first assigned soul is Caleb, the boy who caused her accident, and the last person Bea would ever want to send to the pearly gates. But as much as Bea would love to see Caleb suffer for dooming her to a seemingly endless future of listening to other people’s problems, she can’t help but notice that he’s kind of cute, and sort of sweet, and that maybe, despite her best efforts, she’s totally falling for him. And to make matters worse, he’s definitely falling for her. Now, determined to make the most of her time in purgatory, Bea must decide what is truly worth dying for–romance or revenge.

My Review:

Welcome to Layoverland! A place where you wait for your number to be called to be place in heaven or be stuck forever in limbo.

Beatrice was having a such bad day. First she gets into a fight with her sister and then a truck hits her car. Next thing she know she waking up on a plane. She is told she is dead and must now collect 5,000 souls to move on.

Bea may not be a bad person at heart, but she does things out of revenge. She never thinks of the consequences of her actions. Just punish people her way, like with Caleb. The boy who caused this mess in the first. When she has to receive his memories to cross over. Bea makes sure he relives everything horrible in his life before he remembers why he was there in first.

Turns out Caleb is not such a bad person after all. Can Bea put her revenge scam aside and let the poor boy move on??

This book turns out to be a nice original read. I enjoy the setting of the book was in a airport. It’s was neat seeing how the main characters interact with other. They the only ones about the same age at the airport and must work together to figure our how things works. Even escaping from airport was impossible when the characters went to explore outside and end up back inside. Bea may be stuck at airport for years so she better learn to make some friends along the way also.

Layoverland was such a fun read. You stuck in limbo waiting to move on. Looking for something different, then check it out.

Happy Reading!!!!

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{Arc Review} What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

Book Summary:
The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?
Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.

My Review:

What kind of girl walks into school with a black eye and accuse her popular boyfriend of hitting her.

Maya has everything going for her. The prefect grades, being popular, always doing what she is told. Then one day she walks into school and accuse Mike of hitting her. She still loves him, but just wanted the abuse to stop. Now with people taking sides at school, she conflicted on how to handle Mike situation.

Junie has a lot going on herself. She is shock to find out her friend was hit. Junie tries hard to reconnect with Maya and be there for her also. In the meantime, Junie is dealing with her own demons.

With rumors spreading around on who is at fault, it will be a matter of time when the truth comes out.

The review of this book was very difficult for me to write. I got so tongue tied on what to say without spoiling much of it. I did in fact loved What Kind of Girl. It was a very intense read from the beginning to end. There a lot of trigger warning in the book. I like how all the characters interact with each other. The mini twist in the book was a nice touch to it.

What kind of girl is about labels people put on each other at school. Also base on rumors on who is right or wrong. Being in high school is tough nowadays.

This book comes out tomorrow, if you want to check it out.

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Library Haul

So yesterday I went to the library to pick up my three holds I thought I had. Turns out a lot of holds came in at once. There so many awesome news reads in the month of January. When money tight, time to check out some new reads. I always say, if you unsure of reading a book, check it at your local library.

Will review these books on my blog when finish. I love when people discover new reads on my blog.

Happy Reading!!!

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Lie to Me by Kaitlin Ward

Book Summary:
Ever since Amelia woke up in the hospital, recovering from a near-death fall she has no memory of, she’s been suspicious. Her friends, family, and doctors insist it was an accident, but Amelia is sure she remembers being pushed. Then another girl is found nearby — one who fell, but didn’t survive. Amelia’s fears suddenly feel very real, and with the help of her new boyfriend, Liam, she tries to investigate her own horrific ordeal. But what is she looking for, exactly? And how can she tell who’s trustworthy, and who might be — must be — lying to her?
The closer Amelia gets to the truth, the more terrifying her once orderly, safe world becomes. She’s determined to know what happened, but if she doesn’t act fast, her next accident might be her last.

My Review:

A girl who was found unconscious by the river bank. She is lucky to just be alive as reports of another girl found dead almost the same spot.

Amelia is recovering the best as she can. She can’t seem to remember what happen that day. Her best friend was the one that found her. Everyone thinks she might have try to kill herself, but she has a nagging feeling that something more sinister going on.

Her hest friend acting weird, then the guy who hates her brother take a notice in her. Amelia getting strange messages to leave it be. Who can she really trust, when the people close to her seem to be lying to her.

This book was pretty good. The cover I do like a lot, so breathtaking and pretty. Amelia was lucky a tree stop her fall and from going in that water to drown. The book may be a little predictable at times for some readers. It kept me entertained until the very end. This book is very short read.

If your in mood for a good mystery, then check out Lie to Me.

Happy Reading!!!!

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Three Things I Know are True by Betty Culley

Book Summary:
The reminder is always there—a dent on the right side of Jonah’s forehead. The spot you’d press when you felt a headache coming on. The bullet tore away bone, the way dynamite blasts rock—leaving a soft crater.
Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv seems to be the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.
With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.

My Review:

Three Things I know is True is a game that Clay, Jonan and Liv used to play all the time. Then one day everything changes for the three friends.

Liv is trying to keep balance between school and taking care of Jonah. After his accident, she became like his care giver. Learning from the nurses on how to ease her brother pain. She still a kid and should be living her life not worry about the stress of taking care of Jonah.With her mom so busy working and making sure Clay gets what her deserve on what happen.

Clay and Jonah were playing around in the attic one day. When Jonah found a gun and wants to play with it, he accidentally shot himself in head. Clay and his family are trouble for having a gun in the house and the lines are cross on who was right and wrong. Lucky for him, Liv sneaks out to see him to play their game. They just want to try to move on what happen and try to make sense of it all.

This book was emotional roller coaster between the characters. The details on how badly Jonah was shot in head, was well written I thought. You feel so bad for him, can’t move and cries at night for his sister. Then Liv will do anything to keep her brother with her and have Clay there also. I don’t think she blames Clay for the accident. She just wants everything like it should be before the gun went off. The book is written weird at first, but kinda got use to it.

Hopefully things work out in the end.