ARC Review: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale | Blog Tour & Creative Post

Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale

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Rule #1 – Never fall for a summer boy. 

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had – to never fall for a summer boy?

Trigger Warnings (credit goes to the author)
* manipulative friendship
* mention of casual drug usage (weed, not shown on the page)
* alcohol consumption (on page)
* alcohol abuse (a character drinks and parties to the point of dehydration and sleep-deprivation; two characters get wasted and are too drunk to fully consent to sex with each other)

Why should you read Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale ? 

There was safety in things staying the same. A year from now, five years from now, all I wanted was for us to be the same, doing things together, being the people we’d always been. I didn’t want to be the kind of friends who drifted apart after high school, the kind who could live in the same town and still be strangers. I didn’t want to think about fall and college and uncertainties.” 

I signed up for this blog tour because I was intrigued by the idea of a light hearted contemporary- which I was seriously lacking- and of beaches and baked goodies. Small Town Hearts fulfilled all of my expectations and beyond. I loved every bit of the book and I finished it in a day .. and let me just say I deserve some credit ’cause I read it while cursing at my digestive system. Yes, it was a terrible day but Small Town Hearts totally occupied my heart and not my stomach and uh, thank god for that.

uggghhh okay, I’m gonna stop with the puns now.

Small town Hearts is perfectly set up in a little town in Maine and the descriptions of the beach, lighthouse… everything made me dive right into the book. Don’t even get me started on all the glorious foods that are mentioned in the book🤤🤤 Babe is our protagonist who is openly bi, works as a barista and also provides baked goodies..yum. Babe is such a sweet, lovable and RELATABLE character. She has got everything planned out for the summer or so she thought.

Babe had thought that this summer would be perfect as she wanted to spend it with her childhood friends Penny and Chad. Things start to wrong the moment she reaches Penny’s houseboat and Penny ends up asking her help to finalise a break-up with Chad. This is the moment when I’m like spewing curses at Penny and later at Chad. Besides saying “what the f***” and other such lovely words, I found myself thinking of my ex best friend.

Maybe Penny wanted to friends with Babe..I mean who wouldn’t?..but she took advantage of her every now and then. Babe’s actions were so damn relatable that I couldn’t unglue my eyes off of the book.

After a messy scene which ultimately led to the break up of Babe, Penny and Chad, Babe finds solace in her baking, with her friend and co-worker Lucy and one of the latest “summer boys” in town a.k.a Levi.

Levi is apparently a teenage blond god and soon, he becomes close with Babe but there’s the tiny negative point about him: he’s a summer boy. A summer boy is not here to stay forever and Babe is afraid of getting too close because she knows he’ll leave soon. This is not the only problem Babe was facing. Guess what? Her ex-girlfriend Elodie is back in town for the summer too! So, what should Babe do? Will she rekindle her relationship with Elodie or take a leap of summer love with Levi?

I love reading contemporaries and before starting this blog, the genre was a popular choice of mine… so I read a LOT of contemparies . I can say with absolute certainity that Small town Hearts is one of the best debut and contempoary read of all time. Lillie Vale’s writing will suck you in from the first page and you’ll wish that you could be sucked into that seaside town. The writing feels so calming and sumptuous at the same time. Tip: Do not read this book on an empty stomach or well, *ahem* a bad one.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love reading about bisexual protagonists, summer love, friendships, bittersweet endings, yummy food(yum Black forest cake), beaches. I can’t go on.. *screams this is torture and want to reread the book*..Okay. PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK and I would love you if you used my BD affiliate link to do so!

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT:  

Author: Connect with Author Lillie Vale here or here

  • Publisher: Swoon Reads
  • Publication Date: 19 March , 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 416 Pages
Thank you @thefantasticflyingbookclub for hosting this blog tour and letting me be a part of it

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They’re among us or are they ? | When the Sky Fell on Splendor [ARC Review]

When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry

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SYNOPSIS

When the Sky fell on Splendor summary

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Why should you read When the Sky Fell on Splendor? | REVIEW

When the Sky Fell on Splendor is described as Stranger Things meets The Serpent King. The description is quite accurate with the addition of alien conspiracy theories and a group of friends who are ordinary but they discover something extraordinary.

THE NIGHT OF THE crash started like most had that summer: with the six of us, and one mouth-breathing border collie, crammed into Remy’s Clunky Geo Metro, rumbling down Old Crow Station Lane.

Emily Henry, When the Sky Fell on Splendor

The group of friends consisted of one Handsome Remy, Levi, Sofia, Nick, Franny and Franny’s brother Arthur. These kids had no idea that a trip to their local “haunted” house would change their entire lives.

You: “Now, back up a little..why were they visiting a haunted house? Please tell me there’s a justifiable reason.”

Me: “Of course there’s a very good reason they were going! They were going to film a “mockumentary webisode””.

You: “uhh..”

So, the friends call themselves The Ordinary on their youtube channel where they filmed these weird videos and it was one of the most outgoing things they could do in their sleepy town of Splendor. While filming inside the house, they saw a streak of light across the sky and at first, they thought that it was a meteor shower but it so wasn’t. Soon, every light in the street went out and everything fell silent except their breaths. Then their attention went to a metal tower from where white sparks were coming off and Arthur made the mistake of touching the white light. It was a big mistake as in that moment the friends were blinded by an ear-spilling CRACK and thereafter, they could feel, see or hear nothing. The next time they remember is waking up in a hospital with six hours unaccounted for. Where were they? Why can’t they remember anything?

I didn’t expect to love the book so much because I didn’t even watch Stranger Things after episode one. However, I couldn’t stop turning the pages of the book so I finished the book in a day! It kept me up all night and I definitely don’t recommend reading it at night🙈 Besides the creepy atmosphere throughout, there are perfectly-timed humor and banter which makes this a quick and easy read at times. Is there romance? hmm…I don’t want to spoil anything. The ending will make you think, and perhaps, question reality?

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Overall, I highly recommend this book if you’re a fan of Stranger Things, The Serpent King and if you like reading about thriller with E.T. vibes, beautiful friendships, humor, and overall great writing!

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 glowing stars.

Author: Connect with Author Emily Henry here .

  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication Date: 12 March 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 384 Pages
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THE COLD IS IN HER BONES by Peternelle van Arsdale NERD BLAST

Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 – 9
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (January 22, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1481488449
ISBN-13: 978-1481488440

Praise for THE COLD IS IN HER BONES

“A dark and enchanting tale about friendship, pain, revenge, and the power of love, The Cold Is in Her Bones is the perfect read for Greek mythology fans and YA readers alike.” ―Bustle

“Fiercely written and beautifully feminist, The Cold is in Her Bones reminds us of the power of loyalty and love in the face of ignorance and fear. I loved this tale of dangerous girls with wild hair and tangled hearts.” ―Lisa Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Magician

“A fresh, eerily compelling tale of betrayal, revenge, and the ties that bind. When van Arsdale paints a world, you can feel the fog against your skin.” ―Elly Blake, New York Times bestselling author of The Frostblood Saga

One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa.

Milla knows two things to be true: Demons are real, and fear will keep her safe.

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

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Peternelle van Arsdale grew up in Newark, New Jersey, where she attended public school through the eighth grade. After that she attended three high schools in three different towns in four years, was deeply unpopular, and counted the seconds until graduation. She majored in English literature at Bryn Mawr College, and then landed in book publishing, thinking it was a good way to be paid to do what she liked to do anyway (she was only partly wrong). She worked her way up from editorial assistant to executive editor of adult fiction and nonfiction, and eventually struck out on her own as an independent editor.
Her first young adult novel, The Beast Is an Animal, is being developed by Amazon Studios for a feature film produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and directed by Bert & Bertie. Her essays have been published by LitHub, Hypable.com, and Culturefly, and her short fiction has been published by The Whitefish Review.
 
Her second novel, The Cold is in Her Bones , will be published in January 2019. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she continues to edit and is at work on her third novel.
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Review | Cold and Deadly (Cold Justice: Crossfire #1)

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SYNOPSIS: Hostage Negotiators can talk themselves out of anything—except falling in love.FBI Supervisory Special Agent Dominic Sheridan is an accomplished expert in the Crisis
Negotiation Unit. Practiced, professional, used to dealing with high-stake situations under tense conditions, Dominic is a master at manipulating people. Everyone, that is, but the headstrong rookie agent bent on destroying her fledgling career. As a child, Ava Kanas put her life on the line when the mob executed her father. Now someone has killed her mentor, the man who inspired her to become an FBI agent—and she’s the only one who recognizes it was anything but a tragic accident.
When another agent is murdered and Dominic nearly dies, it becomes obvious a serial killer is targeting the FBI.
Together Dominic and Ava search for clues in the investigation, all the while fighting a forbidden attraction that will complicate everything, especially when the predator sets their sights on Ava.


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Review | Why Should you read Cold & Deadly ?

Cold & Deadly is the first book in the spin-off series of her Cold Justice books. Being a big fan of Toni Anderson’s books, I was delighted to review this book in advance( Well, obviously this review is not in advance per se but read on).

C & D starts off with a funeral. We see SSA Dominic Sheridan attending the funeral of a close colleague who had committed suicide or did he? Because rookie agent Ava Kanas think otherwise. Her suspicion is ignored by her superiors but soon the funeral is targeted by a shooter and an FBI agent dies in the shoot-out.

This is where Dominic begins to trust Ava’s intuition about his dead colleague’s death and what follows are a series of events that will leave you speechless and terrified at the same time.

What I liked about Cold & Deadly :

  • Plot: I mean it was marvelously written
  • Characters: Flawed characters. Ava and Dominic are both flawed in their own ways, though Ava is the better character out of the two. Also, we get to see some of the characters from the Cold Justice series.
  • Style of writing: Always loved Toni Anderson’s writing, so it wasn’t any surprise. She writes three POVs – the killer’s, Ava and Dominic’s
  • The show of Inequality in the bureau: I could have included this point in the Style of Writing paragraph but this deserves a one of its own. Cold & Deadly shows just how unfair the bureau(and most of the workspace) can be towards women. This is just my opinion. Ava was constantly targeted, since the beginning of the book and if she was a man, she would have been reprimanded and her faults forgotten. Ava -being a woman and a rookie- had to work twice as hard to gain her seniors’ trust and i loved that Toni Anderson wrote about that

What I didn’t :

  • I didn’t like Dominic. He may be a good Hostage negotiator but he was a cold character who had a “poor rich boy” persona and hated commitments. Even though he made a name for himself in the FBI despite having influential connections, some of his actions made me want to punch him. There was a point where Ava’s career was on the line and he was willing to use his friends’ connections but not his own -hypocritical much, Dom?
  • I didn’t like the romance. It didn’t somehow fit with the story.

Overall, If you’re a fan of her Cold Justice series, then I’d recommend that you pick this up. If you aren’t ,then I suggest reading the first book from her Cold Justice series and then decide for yourself.


Verdict: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Author:Toni Anderson is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, RITA® nominee, science nerd, professional tourist, dog lover, gardener, mom. Originally from a small town in England, Toni studied Marine Biology at University of Liverpool (B.Sc.) and University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.) with the intention she’d never be far from the ocean. Well, that plan backfired and she ended up in the Canadian prairies with her biology professor husband, two kids, a rescue dog, and two laid-back leopard geckos. Toni started writing while pregnant with her first child and never stopped. Her greatest achievements are mastering the Tokyo subway, climbing Ben Lomond, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and surviving fourteen Winnipeg winters (fingers crossed). She loves to travel for research purposes and was lucky enough to visit the Strategic Information and Operations Center inside FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2016, and she also got to shove another car off the road during pursuit training at the Writer’s Police Academy in Wisconsin. Watch out world!

Toni’s books have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, and the Top 10 on Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks. Her novels have won many awards.

Website: http://www.toniandersonauthor.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/@toniannanderson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/toniannanderson

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toni_anderson_author/

  • Publication Date: 12th February 2019
  • ebook(ARC): 400 Pages
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Blog Tour + International Giveaway: The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be a part of the Official Blog Tour for The Deceivers by Kristen Simmons. After you check out my reasons of why I loved reading The Deceivers , do participate in the giveaway(scroll down) .You can visit the rest of the blogs in the tour here.

REVIEW | WHY SHOULD YOU READ THE DECEIVERS ?
I didn’t think I would like this book so I went in with zero expectations ..and GUESS WHAT ? I loved the book !

The Deceivers is about Brynn Hilder who lives a hard life but her luck soon changes when a boy begins following after her. Soon, Brynn stumbles upon a private party which is actually a game organized by a couple of teenagers. These teenagers go to a private school for con artists in the Vale Hill Estate and they have organized this game to recruit a new student. Brynn is told that if she wins the game, she will be set for life and will get a full scholarship to any college.

Brynn has nothing to lose so she participates in the game not knowing if she has won the coveted position until the next day. Vale Hall must be a dream comes true for Brynn but she soon realizes that to make her dreams come too, she’ll have to con a senator’s son for it. Is she cut out for this lifestyle or will she be wiped out of existence as another girl before her?

Why should you read this book? Love reading about con artists? Think Matt Bomer in White Collar(uh..that’s the only example I can remember now) Love the idea of a ​lavish school for con artists? Swoon-worthy guys and girls?

If you answered yes to all of the questions ,then buy or borrow yourself a copy of this! You can also try your luck in the giveaway below.

I want to thank Tor teen , Kristen Simmons and Jean BookNerd tour for sending me an eARC .

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars


Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Tor Teen (February 5, 2019)

Language: English


Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean’s 11 in this intrigue-filled contemporary drama from acclaimed author Kristen Simmons.

Welcome to Vale Hall, the school for aspiring con artists.

When Brynn Hilder is recruited to Vale, it seems like the elite academy is her chance to start over, away from her mom’s loser boyfriend and her rundown neighborhood. But she soon learns that Vale chooses students not so much for their scholastic talent as for their extracurricular activities, such as her time spent conning rich North Shore kids out of their extravagant allowances.

At first, Brynn jumps at the chance to help the school in its mission to rid the city of corrupt officials–because what could be better than giving entitled jerks what they deserve? But that’s before she meets her mark–a senator’s son–and before she discovers the school’s headmaster has secrets he’ll stop at nothing to protect. As the lines between right and wrong blur, Brynn begins to realize she’s in way overhead.


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KRISTEN SIMMONS is the author of the ARTICLE 5 series, THE GLASS ARROW, and METALTOWN. She has worked with survivors of abuse and trauma as a mental health therapist, taught Jazzercise in five states, and is forever in search of the next best cupcake. Currently, she lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, where she spends her days supporting the caffeine industry and chasing her delightfully rambunctious son.


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