Review: The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson

30330916The Edge of Juniper by Lora Richardson

Published June 12th 2016

“You’re off-limits, so why can’t I stop thinking about you?”

Fay Whitaker, sixteen years old and yearning for adventure, is excited to spend the summer with her fearless cousin Celia in small-town Juniper, Indiana.

But Fay soon discovers that her summer home is not what she expected. She is alarmed by her uncle’s temper, and learns of the grudge he holds against the Dearing family. Celia handles the tension at home by escaping with her boyfriend, leaving Fay with time on her hands—time that leads her straight to Malcolm Dearing, off-limits because of his last name. Fay is captivated by Malcolm’s warmth and intensity. She finds that trying to stay away from him only makes her think of him more.

Fay and Celia are launched on a journey, and each must attempt to navigate the thrilling and unpredictable world of love. Everything Fay thinks she knows about love is put to the test, as relationships unfold and reveal themselves in ways she never before dreamed.

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I seen The Edge of Juniper as a suggested book when I was browsing New Adult books on Amazon. I assumed that this book was NA because all the other books in the suggested page were so I bought a copy. It’s actually Young Adult, which is fine, but the second I realized that this book wasn’t the genre I was wanting, I was disappointed. That’s 100% my fault for assuming but it still hindered my overall reading experience with The Edge of Juniper.
The main character is pretty young, 15 years old if I remember correctly, so I had a hard time relating to her. She was a nice character, I liked her, but she was also a little plain. She was an average YA character and she was kind of boring. There was a few things she did and said that was cringy and weird but it wasn’t often so it wasn’t that big a deal.
The whole book was actually pretty plain and normal. There was nothing really memorable. I liked the characters, pace, and setting. The writing was good for the most part and I loved the family dynamics.
But overall, The Edge of Juniper was a basic YA read. I liked it but I don’t think I”ll remember much about it in a few months. If you’re looking for a fun, quick read, this book might be for you. But if you’re wanting a book that will blow you away, you’ll probably want to skip The Edge of Juniper.

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Review: That Summer by Sarah Dessen

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Published January 1st 1996

 

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

 

 

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A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve only read two of Sarah Dessen’s other books so I can’t really rank That Summer but it wasn’t my favorite of the her books I’ve read.
I did really like That Summer though. It was a little slow at first but it’s such a quick, fun read.
I liked the main character, Haven, and I felt really bad for her. She had a lot of difficult things going on in her life that she had to overcome. I couldn’t really find Haven relatable at this point in my life because she’s like 6 years younger than I am but if I had read this book when I was 15-17, I probably would have liked it a lot more.
Overall, I did enjoy That Summer but it wasn’t my favorite Dessen book. It didn’t have a lot of romance and I appreciated how it was more about Haven than her finding a boy. It did have an old school YA vibe, which was kind of fun.
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Blog Tour + Giveaway: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

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Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

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He killed me. He killed me not. He killed me.

It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

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Review

Nemesis was a fun read. I read it fairly quickly and I enjoyed it for the most part. It wasn’t what I expected, which I liked but Nemesis gave me some major The 5th Wave vibes. Not in a bad way but I think it could have been more original in some ways.
Nemesis was exciting and pretty unpredictable, which I really liked. I also really enjoyed the writing style.
I wasn’t really able to become emotionally invested in the characters but I liked them anyway.
Overall, Nemesis was a pretty good read. I liked it and I really loved how unpredictable it was. There was a lot of action and the cliffhanger will probably get me to pick up the next book. I wasn’t able to really fall in love with the characters but that wasn’t a major deal breaker.

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About Brendan Reichs

unnamed.jpgBrendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Emily, daughter, Alice, and son, Henry. He plans to keep writing novels until they drag him from his desk.

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Review: The Arrival by J.W. Brazier

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Published May 4th 2015

Palestine: 1948—With the winds of war fast approaching, an unscrupulous archaeologist finally finds the remains of the man he’s been searching for … unwittingly releasing an ancient evil on the world.

White River, Arkansas: 1980—In a secret lab, top-level medical scientists work together to harness the power of previously unheard of DNA manipulation. But when the project finally comes to fruition with the birth of a specially “designed” baby, it just as abruptly comes to a bloody halt, with the facilities and nearly every member of the team wiped out, silenced forever … almost.

White River, Arkansas: 2019—The small town awakens one morning to find itself ground zero of a joint UN-US terrorist training exercise. Residents face martial law, a cashless economy, and a host of ruthless leaders seemingly bent on making the maneuvers more than just a military operation. Outraged citizens begin to rise up and fight back, but it soon becomes clear that something evil has arrived in White River …

The cover of this book caught my interest right away and the plot sounded amazing. I love horror so I knew I had to read this book right away. I had fairly high hopes so I think that’s where the book went down hill for me. If I didn’t have such high hopes, I most likely would have really enjoyed this book even more.

From the beginning of this book, I had a hard time really getting into it. It’s not really easy to read and I had to focus when reading and be careful not to speed read.

The plot is really cool and imaginative which I really liked. There was lot of info dumping, mostly at the beginning, which was a little frustrating. It’s a fairly good sized book (about 450 pages) so I thought the info could have been spread out a little bit more. But it wasn’t the worst case of info dumping, I’ve read worse.

I couldn’t really get into the characters. I couldn’t connect with them or really care about them on a personal level. The dialogue was a little odd at times as well.

Overall, I liked this book but it wasn’t all I hoped it to be. I think it could have been a lot better but it wasn’t awful by all means. I did enjoy reading it but it wasn’t really impressionable on me. I had fun reading it but in a few months, I won’t really remember a lot about it.

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Review: The Devil’s Wife by Reuben Carbone

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Published June 19th 2015

Adam Crocker does not know it but he is the darkest of all the dark angels. He came into his human form on earth to wreak havoc but instead has unexpectedly fallen in love with the beautiful Maria…madly in love…and has married her.

I had never heard of this book or author before starting this book so I had no idea what to expect. The synopsis sounded really interesting so I was excited to read it.

This book started out really weird to me. Maybe I wasn’t reading carefully enough but I was kind of confused. I didn’t really know what was happening and it didn’t seem like the synopsis at all. It did all fall into place after a while but it wasn’t so clear at first, in my opinion.

The characters were interesting and they made me very curious to see what would happen though out the story. But I wasn’t really emotionally invested in them. I couldn’t really connect to them so I never really cared about them a whole lot.

There was kind of a lot of  biblical things in this book, which I enjoyed because I knew what it all meant and had heard of all the references made. But I think some people might get bored and not like those parts.

Overall, this was a nice book and I did enjoy it for the most part. Based on other reviews that I’ve seen, readers love it or hate it so I would say this book isn’t for everyone. I liked it and had fun reading it even though in a few months I most likely won’t remember a lot about it.

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Review: Losing It by Cora Carmack

losing itLosing it by Cora Carmack

Published October 12th 2012

“Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible – a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.”

I’d seen this book around on Instagram and GoodReads a lot and I’d been meaning to read it for a while but I never got around to it. When one of my friends, Camila, recommended it, I bought it right away. I didn’t read this synopsis (I recommend not reading the synopsis) so I had no idea what this book was about. I’m so glad I didn’t read the synopsis before starting it. The synopsis gives away some of the funnier parts of the book and because I didn’t know that it was going to happen, I found to be hilarious.

I’m kinda back and forth on the characters. I like them but at the same time, I don’t.
At times, Bliss was an amazing character. She was bold and didn’t take any crap.
“Listen, Garrick, while this parallel you’re drawing is lovely, especially with that accent, I’m a little tired of the metaphors, and being compared to doomed love stories. Just say what you want to say. I’ve been puzzling out ancient text all night. I don’t want to have to decipher you, too.”
I loved that! I thought that it was great that Bliss would take any crap and she just wanted to get to the point. But she would also say things like, “Was it completely inappropriate to find the way he says ‘hoe-bag’adorable?” I wanted to punch myself in the face after reading that line. Bliss was very wishy washy and at times I wanted to slap her tell her to get a grip.
Garrick was fine. There wasn’t really anything “wrong” with him but I couldn’t really fall for him. He was just a good guy.

The plot was predictable but that was okay. Losing It is meant to be a fluffy, fun read and it completely is. There wasn’t really any substance to the plot but it was still enjoyable.

The writing was surprisingly really great. It was the right combination of realistic and slightly over the top. At times, there was a few lines that just hit me wrong and I would laugh at how ridiculous it was but I had fun while doing it, if that makes sense.

Overall, Losing It is one of the most fluffy reads that I’ve ever come across. But the writing was great and I had a really fun time reading this book. It wasn’t perfect but there’s a really good chance that I’ll be reading the next book. If you’re looking for a quick, fluffy contemporary, I’d definitely recommend Losing It.

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