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ARC Review – Beyond The Stars by Stacy Wise

ARC Review – Beyond The Stars by Stacy WiseBeyond the Stars by Stacy Wise
Published by Entangled Publishing on February 8th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Mobi
Source: Entangled Publishing

I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Falling for him wasn't in the plans...
Most girls would kill for the opportunity to work for Th, Hollywood's hottest actor, but twenty-one-year-old Jessica Beckett is ready to kick him out of her red Ford Fiesta and never look back. She should be spending her junior year in France, eating pastries and sharpening her foreign language skills. Instead she's reluctantly working as Jack's personal assistant, thanks to her powerhouse talent agent aunt.
Jack is private, prickly, and downright condescending. Jessica pushes his buttons—she's not the type of girl to swoon over celebrity heartthrobs, precisely why her aunt thought she'd be perfect for the job—and Jack pushes right back.
But as she begins to peel away his layers, Jessica is shocked to find she craves her boss's easy smile and sexy blue eyes. The problem is, so does the entire female population. And what started out as the job from hell soon has Jess wondering if a guy like Jack could ever find love with a regular girl like her.

Jessica was all set to study abroad for a year in Paris, until she got sick and had to make a change of plans. As a favor to her aunt, she becomes a personal assistant to the gorgeous actor Jack McAlister. With a rocky start with wrestling his pig to dealing with his seemingly off-putting ego, Jessica doesn’t  hold much hope for the job. As she continues to work for him she sees under that steely exterior and finds something she didn’t know she was looking for. Will Jack and Jessica come to terms or will she have to walk away?

In an Oyster Shell –  A sweet New Adult romance that will leave you swooning and glad you read it.

The Pearls – The whole concept of the story was charming. A personal assistant to a mega star with ample chances of love happening. It’s the common rags to princess story that doesn’t get old. The author put it in some interesting twists so that although it’s a familiar concept it’s a story all it’s own.

The romance was sweet, steamy, and clean. It’s a true work of talent to pull of a sexy read without the graphic scenes. I was really glad that this was a clean romance which makes it a book high on my list to recommend to people.

The sunny California setting makes it a perfect winter read. This book radiates warmth and will leave you cozy on the coldest of days.

The Sand – The character Jack was off-putting. The pacing of the book could be a bit off at times.

About Stacy Wise

Stacy Wise is the author of BEYOND THE STARS (Entangled Embrace, 2016). She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from UCLA and a Masters in Teaching from Chapman University. She lives in California with her husband, four children, two dogs, and an ever-changing number of fish.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Stacy worked in television casting on shows including Party of Five, The X Files, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, and Married…With Children. When she’s not dreaming up stories, you can find her beating up the bag at a kickboxing gym or walking her dogs, Bailey & Rex.

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Share The Love Giveaway Hop

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Thank you Anna at The Herd presents for hosting!

I get to share with you a little bit about my favorite bloggers and authors and let you guys show them some love too!

I chose to share the love with Maggie from the Novel Orange and my author friend Joann Joann Keder.. They are both lovely ladies and I hope you follow them and find that out for yourself!

Check out Joann’s Book –

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Sunday Post Stacking the Shelves February 7th

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

In Review – 

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On Tour – 

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Giveaways- 

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Question of the Week – 

Who is your Valentine’s this year?

Mine is the same one I’ve had for 7 years my beautiful husband Jeff!

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What are you drinking today? I am just having a simple house coffee with cream. I’m behaving today.

I have been wondering does being an avid reader induce you to be a big daydreamer. Can the two be separated? For me they cannot. I read a lot and I daydream a lot. My head is always stuck in a story of some kind. Whether it’s a story of my creation  or another’s.

I am super curious if you are book nerd do you have an active daydreaming life? I would like to know if these things go together with other people as well. I’m looking for normalcy! I can tell by some other blog names like My Friends are Fiction that I am not alone in this beautiful dichotomy.

I’ve heard it said that a person that reads will live many lives and I read a lot but my  imagination doesn’t stop at the closing of the cover.  Does yours?

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Book & A Cuppa Swap Reveal

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I enjoy doing these Chaotic Goddes swaps! Beth and Angie are always on it! This time my partner was Liz Maguire visit her here.

I enjoyed having Liz as a swap partner. I adore the cup she got me. It’s exactly my style!

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I also got Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi which has been on my wishlist for while. I also got pocket coffee which I am both scared and excited to try.

Thanks Liz!

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Romance is in the Air Giveaway Hop

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Thanks to Mary at Bookhounds for hosting the hop!

Here’s a romance I have most recently enjoyed. I highly recommend it!

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Review – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance
Pages: 288
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Lara Jean harbors secret loves then writes them good-bye letters when she is ready to say good-bye. She never intended for them to see the light. One day they mysteriously get sent and everybody she’s loved knows. This book brings you into a pleasant roller coaster of romance and coming of age as Lara who she is and who she loves.

In an Oyster Shell – This was a pleasant read that I would recommend to any diehard YA romance fan.

The Pearls – I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for awhile now and I was not disappointed.

The concept was intriguing and one I felt like I could relate to. I have harbored a few secret crushes in my day. For them to all be found out is kind of exciting to think about as a teenager. Not so much as a grown woman. The concept became a well-executed story.

The writing was clear. The Plot was solid with unexpected twists. The setting was fine.

The characters were strong and diverse. I loved how the author brought in Korean culture to the story. I loved the inter-relations of sisters, neighbors, and new friends. It brought the story a lot of depth.

The Sand – The Mc’s voice fell flat in the beginning. It had a monotone to it. As the character grew the voice got more vibrant

4.5 Pearls

4.5 Stars

About Jenny Han

Jenny Han (Han like Han Solo, not Han like hand)
was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and she went on to graduate school at the New School in New York City, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children. She lives in Brooklyn.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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Book Blitz – The Fountain by Suzy Vadori

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Blog Tour – Italian Adventure by Gaia B. Amman

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Blog Tour – Italian Adventure by Gaia B. AmmanAn Italian Adventure by Gaia B. Amman
Published by Kuki Publishing on November 1st 2015
Genres: YA
Pages: 381
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
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A humorous coming of age tale of friendship, sisterhood, and family drama set against the gorgeous backdrop of northern Italy.Recommended for fans of Jandy Nelson, John Green, Neil Gaiman and Sherman Alexie
Italy, the late 80s. Leda is a bookish tomboy whose life is turned upside down by shady Nico, who just moved north from Sicily. Their unlikely friendship will evolve through a whirlwind of adventures leaving both kids transformed. Ultimately, Leda will discover that adults aren't always right, marking the end of childhood and the beginning of everything else.
Recommended for ages 13 and above. Some swearwords, mostly in Italian.
The book is the first in a series following the same characters throughout their life.

A strange smell exuded from the secret basement, of something old, worn out, and forgotten. Strangely, as I stared at it, I got the feeling that rather than light seeping inside through the crack, a beam of darkness, dust, and silence spilled out on the cement. I pushed my head through the slit in between the gate’s doors, peering inside and holding my breath.
Nothing: dark, dark, dark and quiet.
Nico whispered, “Is there someone inside?”
I shrugged. “It’s dark, I don’t think so.”
The light from the opening above and below my head had carved away a slice from the dark, revealing a grey concrete floor on which my shadow lay. Right on the edge of the gray light there seemed to be something, maybe old desks, stacked chairs?
I gathered all my courage, wanting to look brave in the eyes of my friends, and for some reason wanting to impress Nico. I was no chicken! I stepped into the secret basement.
The other three asked from outside, “What do you see?”
“It’s pitch black, Guys. It’s impossible to see the back wall.”
I swallowed entranced by a very bad feeling, remembering the Nothing that had swallowed Fantasia in The Neverending Story, one of my favorite books ever. Maybe this was where the Nothing fled after Atreyu and Bastian kicked its butt.
Nico chuckled. “Do you think that there is a back wall?”
I answered, “I’m gonna find out,” and took one step forward. They laughed nervously at my bravado. So, I took another step into the unknown.
Flavio whispered alarmed, “Lee, come on! You made your point, come back!”
I took another step, feeling the eyes of my buddies resting on my back. Their distress turned into excitement. “What do you see? How is it? What’s there?”
Truth be told, I couldn’t see a thing. I just focused on crawling forward with my arms stretched in front of my body to feel for the wall or possible obstacles, none of which seemed to come. The cold engulfing me made me even more aware of the sweat beading on my face. My heart was pounding.
I started to be able to tell the outline of huge piles of unidentified, luckily inanimate, objects stacked so high they might have reached the ceiling, if I could have seen one.
My senses were on edge, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was something lurking in the darkness, ready to pounce as much as I was.
When I lurched into something cold I immediately withdrew my arms letting out a scream.
Flavio yelled, “EVERYTHING OKAY?”
I pondered, nothing was moving. I reached out with my hands and found the end wall. I yell-whispered, “Yeah! I made it! I found the end!”
My heart exulted as my friends celebrated. “Yippee! You rock, Lee!”
Everything happened within a couple of seconds. A sudden thump came from my left and I screamed again, as my friends went suddenly quiet and still. My adrenaline, which was already quite high, skyrocketed bathing me in a warm wave.
I turned to run toward the door for my dear life. I moved my feet as fast as I could in a frenzy of certainty that whatever was audibly moving not too far from me was going to grab one of my ankles at any moment to drag me into the Nothing forever.

 

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About Gaia B. Amman

Gaia B Amman was born and raised in Italy. She moved to the United States in her twenties to pursue her PhD in molecular biology. She’s currently a Professor of biology at D’Youville College in Buffalo, New York, where she was voted “the professor of the month” by her students. Her research and commentaries have been published in prestigious peer-reviewed international journals including Nature.

A bookworm from birth, she wrote throughout her childhood and won two short story competitions in Italy in her teens. Gaia is an avid traveler and many of her adventures are an inspiration for her fiction. Mostly she is passionate about people and the struggles they face to embrace life. Her highest hope is to reach and help as many as she can through her writing as well as her teaching. She authored the Italian Saga, an irreverent series of humorous and insightful young adult novels taking place against the gorgeous backdrop of Northern Italy. The books, light-hearted and funny at first sight, deal with issues like sexuality, divorce, friendship, abuse, first love and self discovery.

Among her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Jandy Nelson, Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Antoine de Saint Exupèry.

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Sunday Post and Stacking Shelves January 31st

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

In Review – 

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On Tour – 

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Giveaways – 

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Winner is Kaela. Congrats!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

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Question of the week – What’s a tv show you enjoy?

I enjoy Blacklist and Impractical Jokers.

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