[Book Review] The Accidentals by Sarina Bowen

Syn

Never ask a question unless you’re sure you want the truth.

I’ve been listening to my father sing for my whole life. I carry him in my pocket on my mp3 player. It’s just that we’ve never met face to face.

My mother would never tell me how I came to be, or why my rock star father and I have never met. I thought it was her only secret. I was wrong. 

When she dies, he finally appears. Suddenly I have a first class ticket into my father’s exclusive world. A world I don’t want any part of – not at this cost. 

Only three things keep me going: my a cappella singing group, a swoony blue-eyed boy named Jake, and the burning questions in my soul. There’s a secret shame that comes from being an unwanted child. It drags me down, and puts distance between me and the boy I love. 

My father is the only one alive who knows my history. I need the truth, even if it scares me.


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Publication Date: 10th July 2018
Characters: Rachel, Frederick, Jake


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Where to begin…? Firstly, this story has all the ingredients you’d expect from a Y/A novel, angst by the bucket load, drama, romance and growing up. Rachel who is the protagonist has just lost her mother to cancer and is about to meet her rock father dad for the first time in her life, she has dreamt of this moment forever. She just never expected it to be under these circumstances.

There is lots of character growth in this book, both Rachel and Fredrick have to learn how to have each other in their lives for the first time ever. There is a lot of question’s that Rachel needs answers to but is too afraid to ask.

I really liked Rachel but I wish she had been a bit more assertive at times. Frederick was ok but I felt like he handled some things in a bit of a childish manner, sometimes it was hard to believe he was in his forties because his behavior was that of a teenager. The other supporting characters in this book are great apart from Haze who is Rachel’s best friend that she leaves behind in Florida, he gave off major jerk vibes from the get-go and he proved this on multiple occasions.

Overall this book gave me a lot of feels, it was a really emotive read and I’d highly recommend!

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My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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[Book Review] One Small Thing By Erin Watt

Syn

Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.

Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…

Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.

Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.


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Page Length: 384
Publication Date: 26th June 2018
Characters: Beth, Chase


Review

*I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I was so excited to get an ARC of this books, I’d been wanting to read since I heard of its existence. I’m going to try and review this with as few spoilers as possible. 

I do have mixed feelings though, I love the storyline I thought it was a great moral dilemma that Beth faced, her feelings towards Chase had to be difficult to process and I think she handled them in a great way for most of the story. Her parent’s behavior disturbed me, they were obviously struggling with their grief and weren’t dealing with it in the healthiest way. And then we have Jeff, I knew there was something sketchy about that bloke the second he was introduced, he just made my skin crawl. As for Chase, I liked his character but I wish we’d gotten his POV I think it would have added more depth to the story. 

The part of the story that has made my feelings mixed is the ending, while it was good I felt like it the resolution happened way too quick. It felt a bit like all was resolved a couple of pages and I think it would have been better to have explored it a bit more and maybe made the last chapter an epilogue. To me, it just ended a bit too quick. Having said that it didn’t hinder my enjoyment and I was satisfied without how it all turned out. 

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My Rating 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟

[Book Review] Cracked Kingdom by Erin Watt

Synopsis

These Royals will ruin you.

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right.

Because while Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn’t know if he’s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel.

Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget.

She might be right.

Tragedy. Treachery. Trust. Hartley has to face the facts—in this world, you can’t escape the Royals.

Either you live by their rules or you die by them.


Quick Stats

Page Length: 305
Publication Date: 2018
Characters: Eastern, Hartley


Review

This is the much anticipated follow up to Fallen Heir.  The major cliffhanger at the end of Fallen Heir air made the wait for this feel like forever. I was so excited to read this story.

The book picks right almost right after where the last one left off. While at the hospital waiting for news about Seb after the crash, Hartley is involved in another accident and as a result of this loses the last few years of her memory. She has no idea who to trust and doesn’t even remember why Eastern is giving her the time of day.

The first half of the is the book is intense, between not know if Seb is going to pull through and Hartley having not much of a clue about what is going on but its the second half of the story that really gets interesting. I don’t want to give too much away but its everything you would come to expect from a Royals book – I loved it!

Finally the ending – it was perfectly beautiful and a great way to finish the series off although I am hoping they will write a book from the Twins Pov because I’ve always thought they were the most interesting of the lot.

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My Rating 4/5 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

[Promo] Cracked Kingdom – Erin Watt

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Blurb

These Royals will ruin you.

Ever since Hartley Wright met Easton Royal, her life hasn’t been the same. There are enemies behind every corner and dangers beyond each door. When tragedy strikes and steals her memories, she can’t trust anyone, not even the blue-eyed boy who promises her that everything will be all right.

Because while Hartley’s memory is full of gaps, her instincts tell her Easton is dangerous. She doesn’t know if he’s the snake in the garden or her chance at salvation. The chaos he brings wherever he goes is too much to handle, the intense feelings he evokes are too confusing to unravel.

 Easton wants her to remember. Hartley thinks it’s better to forget.

 She might be right.

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Fallen Heir (The Royals #4) – Erin Watt

*This review contains a few little spoilers*

 Synopsis  

 These Royals will ruin you.

Easton Royal has it all: looks, money, intelligence. His goal in life is to have as much fun as possible. He never thinks about the consequences because he doesn’t have to.

Until Hartley Wright appears, shaking up his easy life. She’s the one girl who’s said no, despite being attracted to him. Easton can’t figure her out and that makes her all the more irresistible.

Hartley doesn’t want him. She says he needs to grow up.

She might be right.

Rivals. Rules. Regrets. For the first time in Easton’s life, wearing a Royal crown isn’t enough. He’s about to learn that the higher you start, the harder you fall.


More Details

Genre:  New Adult
Page Length: 300
Characters: Easton, Hartley
Publication Date: 29th August 2017
Format: eARC


Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

To say I was excited to receive this book is an understatement. So before I get into the review I want to say thank you to team Erin Watt for sending providing me with this ARC.

This is the fourth book of The Royals Series and is told from Easton’s perspective. I have to say that I didn’t particularly have any strong feelings about Easton when I read the first 3 books, sure I thought he was an ok supporting character but apart from that I didn’t really think that much of him, but in this book, he definitely grew on me.

I really loved Hartley, I love how she took no shit from Easton and wasn’t won over by his Royal charm, ⬅️ See what I did there?  Aside from her being ballsy I also enjoyed finding out about her. During the reading of this book I thought it was a shame that we didn’t get Hartley’s perspective on things but looking back I think it was actually a good thing because it gave the story a lot more tension because we didn’t know her thoughts.

Of course, all the old characters are sprinkled throughout, I really liked that we go to see snippets of how Ella and Reed were doing and we even got a little update on Steve’s trial!

And that ending!! Holy crap! I was not expecting that! Talk about a freaking cliff hanger!! I can’t wait for Cracked Kingdom to come out….. it’s going to be a bloody long winter!

The Bottom Line:

If you have read the first 3 books in the series then this is a must read. This is my new favorite read of the summer. I just loved it! Well done Erin Watt another brilliant read. Now I must nurse my book hangover!!

PS: Get Ready to be Ruined!

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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About the Author

Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up.

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When It’s Real – Erin Watt

Blurb

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?


Stats

Page Length: 416
Publication Year: 2017
Genre:  Young Adult, Romance
Characters: Vaughn and Oakley


I received an ARC of this book from NetGally in exchange for an honest review.

Thoughts

My first thought when finishing this book was – wow this was so much better than Paper Princess/ That’s not to say that I didn’t like PP, I just wasn’t overly fussed about all the drama etc.

Story

I really enjoyed this story. It’s told in the first person from both Vaughn’s and Oakley’s perspectives.

Oakley is your typical spoilt pop star whose management is trying to change his image to make it look as though he is growing up. Enter Vaughn who is just a regular girl who’s parents died leaving her and her older sister to take on the responsibility of raising her twin brothers.  Oakley’s team decide that the best way to make it seem that he is growing up to fake a relationship with a normal girl.

What starts out as just a job suddenly becomes much more and the lines between what is real and what isn’t start to blur.

Characters

I think having the dual perspectives in this book was really helpful. Had this not been the case liking Oakley would have been nigh on impossible because in the beginning of the book he is a total jerk. But like all young men who have fame at a young, he is just deeply unhappy, lonely and spoilt and this really shows at his early meetings with Vaughn because he just can’t seem to wrap his head around why she wouldn’t want to hang around with him. I did like his back story as well. The way he was brought up and his relationship with his Dad was quite sad so it was nice to see him building bridges with his mother. I thought his character development was very good, he went from being an arrogant ass to more laid back and it was really great to see.

Vaughn – I really enjoyed the innocence of her character. In the beginning, she is still with her first boyfriend who she thinks she’s in love with (but really isn’t) which becomes more evident when they eventually break up. I loved that she took on everything that came with Oakley the good and the bad and that she just like him for him. Her back story really gave her character depth and explained why she had just settled with being with W (the ex BF) for long. I also loved her confidence with herself. She wore what she wanted and didn’t feel the need to change her look to be with Oakley, in fact, she insisted that her look stay the same.

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Conclusion:

I loved this book. I really did for me it’s the perfect example of why I love YA so much. If you enjoy stories when the rich famous guy falls for the normal everyday girl. Then this is for you.

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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