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The Rise of the Dawnstar,
book two of The Avalonia Chronicles.

The Rise of the Dawnstar by Farah OomerbhoyAurora Firedrake returns in the spellbinding sequel to The Last of the Firedrakes.

The seven kingdoms of Avalonia are crumbling and evil is spreading across the land like a plague. Queen Morgana is close to finding a way to open The Book of Abraxas and it’s only a matter of time until she uses the power trapped inside its pages to enslave the entire world.

With Avalonia growing more dangerous by the day, Aurora must travel through war-torn lands and deep into the heart of the fae kingdom of Elfi. Her goal is to find a legendary weapon infused with the last of the realm’s ancient magic—the only weapon in the world powerful enough to stop the queen.

Aurora might have survived her first battle against Morgana, but the true fight to save her kingdom and restore her throne has only just begun…

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In an Oyster Shell – Rise of the Dawnstar is a invigorating fantasy with excellent world building,

The Pearls – The world building was excellent.  There were seven different lands in this one world. Each land had its own culture and distinguished attributes. It takes a lot of talent to make a world as believable as Avalonia is.

The characters were well developed. Aurora is a unique character. She is part fae and part mage and that makes her really unique. As the main character she stands up to the challenges she is faced with. Her development is something interesting to follow. The fact that there are mages and fairies makes the story very interesting.

The plot was well developed. The concept was well executed. This is a great second novel in the series. I would say that you can read it as a stand-alone. Though to get the whole story it is best to read the series. The pacing was quick. There was always something going on. The author does not make life easy for Aurora. This makes for a page-turning story.

The Sand – It was a well done book.

4 Pearls!

About the Author

Farah OomerbhoyFarah Oomerbhoy is the international bestselling author of The Avalonia Chronicles. Her first book, The Last of the Firedrakes, was originally published on Wattpad where it gained over two million reads and a Watty Award. Since publication, her debut has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards and the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, along with winning a finalist placement in the USA Best Book Awards. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. With a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai, Farah spends her creative time crafting magical worlds for young adults. She lives with her family in Mumbai, India.

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ARC Review – Remember Me Forever by Sara WolfRemember Me Forever by Sara Wolf
Series: Lovely Vicious #3
on May 2nd 2017
Genres: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher 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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Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.
The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.
But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.
Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.
Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together.
But Jack Hunter is better.

Isis Blake is off to college. She’s trying to forget all about Jack Hunter who has disappeared. She pretends everything is ok. Until she finds out Nameless is going to college there as well. Jack comes back into the picture as he poses as a college student trying to find information on Nameless that will put him away. Jack tries to ignore his attraction to Isis but it’s hard. Isis tries to lose herself in partying and drinking but still, she can’t forget. Will the two put aside their differences and come together?

In an Oyster Shell – A thrilling finale to the series.

The Pearls – The humor in this book is unprecedented. Isis makes a lot of jokes as joking is her defense mechanism. They are really funny. Jack see’s it for what it is. Yet, it still makes for a humorous read.

The POV is done from both Isis and Jacks side. That helps because if we didn’t have Jack’s POV it would be hard to tell what he is thinking. He is a hard character to read when seen from Isis’s POV. So both POVs are appreciated.

The romance has been teased all throughout the series and it finally comes to a conclusion. It’s satisfying and worth waiting for. The book should be read with the series I don’t think this would work as a standalone. There is too much information in the other books. I’m afraid the reader would get lost if they are just picking up this book.

The Sand – It was a good book.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Sara Wolf

Sara Wolf is a twenty-something author who adores baking, screaming at her cats, and screaming at herself while she types hilarious things. When she was a kid, she was too busy eating dirt to write her first terrible book. Twenty years later, she picked up a keyboard and started mashing her fists on it and created the monster known as the Lovely Vicious series. She lives in San Diego with two cats, a crippling-yet-refreshing sense of self-doubt, and not enough fruit tarts ever.

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ARC Review – Wishing Heart by J.C. WelkerThe Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker
Published by Entangled Teen on May 1, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 370
Source: Publisher

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With a book in her bag and a switchblade in her pocket, Rebel's been thieving her way through life while hoping for a cure to fix her ailing heart.
But when the bejeweled vase she just tried to hawk turns out to be a jinni's vessel, Rebel gets lost to her world and dragged within another. Now every magical being in the city wants the vase for himself.
Thrust into a game of cat and mouse in a world she never knew existed, Rebel must use her uncanny skills to find a way to free Anjeline the Wishmaker.
But wishes have consequences. And contracts. Anjeline's freedom could unravel a love like Rebel has never known, or it could come at the cost of Rebel's heart...

Rebel is a thief with a pocket knife and a book that is special to her. One night she takes a golden vase. When she goes to pawn that vase it stirs up all the magical creatures in London. What she really took was a vessel that holds a wishing Jinni and all the magical creatures want it. Thrown into a world of magic Rebel finds things she only thought were stories. As she evades the magical creatures to help the Jinni become free she battles with her weak heart. Will she survive to help the Jinni become free?

In an Oyster Shell – A fantastical paranormal urban fantasy that’s fast paced.

The Pearls – The idea of a magical side of London was intriguing to me. First I liked that it was set in London. I always like being taken to places that I haven’t been in a book. The next thing is adding a magical side to London. Everything is not as it seems. It makes for an invigorating read.

The main character Rebel was a beautifully flawed character. She was weak but in her weakness was strong. She was a pure heart which enables her to wish without consequences. This also makes her a target for the dark magician Nero. Who is looking for someone like her to grant him the wish of immortality.

The action was non-stop. You almost needed to take a breather it was that intense at times. There were lots of twists and turns. I kept reading faster to know what happen. Rebel and the Jinni got into so many binds. It was gut-wrenching at times. It’s almost like they couldn’t catch a break. Yet they did at certain parts of the book. I’ll say it again it was intense.

The Sand- I wish there had been some indication that this was and LGTBQ book. This is not a genre that I read.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About J.C. Welker

J.C. Welker is a YA author who’s been, among other things, a fashion designer, a filmmaker and a kickboxer (seriously).

Her short documentaries which focused on homeless vets and LGBTQ issues in the military have been featured on CURRENT TV, and her novel won first place in the paranormal category of the 2016 YARWA Rosemary Awards. She continues to work towards giving a voice to LGBTQ stories, while facing magic and monsters along the way.

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ARC Review – Engadine Aerie by Bluette MattheyEngadine Aerie by Bluette Matthey
Published by Blue Shutter Publishing on April 26th 2017
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 272
Source: Author

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Hardy Durkin heads to the pristine Engadine Valley in Switzerland with the Skimarathon in mind, but is detoured by a body in the snow and an exotic beauty. While assisting TIGRIS in the hunt for a terrorist arms buyer he narrowly escapes two attempts on his life and meets a new and very deadly nemesis in Engadine Aerie.

In an Oyster Shell –  A thrilling mystery in an exotic setting.

The Pearls – This is a travel mystery. The greatest appeal of these books is the setting. The swiss alps during a ski excursion was an exotic setting. It was fortified with descriptions of the landscape. Also with descriptions of the local food offerings. The author did a good job of making you feel like you were right there in Switzerland.

The mystery was thrilling. The action starts right away with a glimpse into the first murder. The action is furthered when the body is found. After that, the action is pretty non-stop making for a fast paced read. The mystery is multi-faceted. You have several mysteries going on at once. That gives the story more depth.

The main character was strong and well-defined. This is the fifth book in the series. It can be read as a stand-alone. With it being the fifth book the author has a really good grasp on who her main character was. It makes for a good read. The supporting characters were well-defined and helped the plot go along. There were a lot of supporting characters but it is easy to keep track of who is who.

The Sand –  The author goes on a tangent about some Knights. I didn’t see how this fit into the story.

3.5 Pearls!

3.5 Stars

About Bluette Matthey

Bluette Matthey is a third-generation Swiss American, an avid lover of Europe and its cultures, and a keen reader of mysteries. Her love of travel is shared by her husband, who formerly owned a tour outfitter business in Europe. Bluette maintains a mental list of hikes and pilgrimages she still wants to do throughout Europe. She currently lives in Le Locle, Switzerland with her husband and band of loving cats.

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Blog Tour with Review – Ninja Girl by Cookie O’GormanNinja Girl by Cookie O'Gorman
on March 30, 2017
Genres: YA, Romance

I received this book for free from YA Bound Book Tours 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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Seventeen-year-old Snow-Soon Lee kicks ass--literally. She teaches at her family-owned martial arts gym, The Academy, and cares more about training to be the next Bruce Lee than hooking up. In fact, Snow's never even been kissed. But when Girls Night rolls around, Snow decides to prove to her friends (and herself) that she's not just some boring tomboy. Impulsively, she kisses a hot stranger and even manages to escape his two security guards.
One stolen kiss…
Ash Stryker's senior year sucks. His politician father pulled him out of Chariot High, separating him from his championship-winning soccer team. Now he's stuck at a prissy private school with no friends, no team and no chance of being scouted. On top of that, thanks to the death threats his dad's received, Ash has a security tail aka professional babysitters. When the mystery girl from the movies shows up at his school, rappelling from the rafters, Ash knows one thing: he won't let her get away again.
One interesting job proposition…
After a seemingly random attack, Ash's mother surprises everyone. She hires Snow to be Ash's personal bodyguard until after the election. But can Snow's kick-ass skills hold up against the rising threats to Ash's family? More importantly, can Ash convince his ninja girl to screw ethics and kiss him again?
Opposites attract in this YA romance where a smooth talker meets his match in the tough girl who (literally) sweeps him off his feet. Moral of the story:
Sometimes even bad boys need a bodyguard.

Snow Soon Lee loves Bruce Lee and the martial arts. She has grown up in a martial arts school called the Academy. She is accused of being a tomboy so when girls night comes around she steals a kiss from a strange boy. That strange boy happens to be Ash Stryker, Ash Stryker’s father is a politician who keeps getting death threats. The threats are getting more dangerous and it seems the whole family is in danger. Ash’s mother hires Snow to be Ash’s bodyguard at school.  Ash wants another kiss from Snow but she refuses due to being hired by the family. Will Snow be able to protect Ash? Will Ash get his coveted kiss?

In an Oyster Shell – A really kick ass romance that will have you swooning and cheering.

The Pearls – The concept is really cute and well executed. Having a seventeen year old girl who adores Bruce Lee and the martial arts is really fun. She maybe small and young but she can kick just about anyones butt. Having her be a bodyguard makes for a great story line. Add some romance to the mix and it makes for an intriguing narrative.

The characters where top notch. The main character was out of this world. Snow was just a fun character strong and distinctive. Full of conviction. Ash was a great pairing with her. The supporting characters added a lot of depth to the narrative. Snow had a few close friends that added a lot to the story. It really worked out in the end to have so many people that where close to her. Those relationships said a lot about Snow. She’s a very loyal character.

The theme of martial arts was just really cool. It’s believable that someone would grow up learning martial arts and be at the level Snow was at. The action that the martial arts aspects brings is just cool. It helps that I’m a huge martial arts fan. A long with being a Bruce Lee fan.

The sand – It was a good story!

5 Pearls!

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About Cookie O’Gorman

Cookie O’Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE is out now! Her second book NINJA GIRL was released March 30,2017!

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ARC Review – One Good Thing by Wendy Wax

ARC Review – One Good Thing by Wendy WaxOne Good Thing by Wendy Wax
Series: ,
Published by Berkley on April 25th 2017
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 360
Source: Netgalley

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From the USA Today bestselling author of Sunshine Beach, a story of four women trying to rebuild more than their lives...

Before you can fix it up, you might have to tear it down...

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships.

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and deal with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, or trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached…

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

Maddie, Avery, Nikki and Kyra are back in this fifth book. The remodel of the hotel is done. They are fighting with the network to get to be able to use their show again and it’s not looking good. Maddie is working on her relationship with rocketing back to fame rockstar Will. She’s doing this while taking care of everybody else and is trying to find balance. Nikki is about to have twins with Joe and she is terrified. Kyra gets into a disagreement with daniel Dustin’s dad while keeping from everyone the loan she took out on Bella Flora. Avery is working on her relationship with Chase which is being tried by his son Jason who is going on a rebellious streak. Everyone has their problems but Maddie insists every night at sunset that they talk about One good thing. It’s hard for them to find it sometime but they work at it.

In an Oyster Shell – A heartwarming women’s fiction that I highly suggest.

The Pearls – The title absolutely fits the book. The women are looking for one good thing at the end of the night. They all have a lot going on and it can be challenging but they do it. I think it’s a good life lesson to look for that what good thing in your life at any given moment. It was inspiring. I haven’t read anything from this author before. This is book five in the series and read great as a stand alone. I signed up for her mailing list so I can be the first to hear about the next book. It was that good.

The concept was interesting following the lives of these four women. The friendships they have developed what I assume is through the series is now a well-seasoned relationship. The characterization was strong for each of the leading women. There was a lot of depth to their characters and you could tell that a lot of it was defined in backstory which I found out were actually other books in the series.

I appreciate the setting because I was born in Florida. I liked reading about the gulf of Mexico. I wanted to be there at Bella Flora with all those women. In a way, I kind of was there. The author draws you into the story and you get lost in it.

The Sand – She depicted white sand on the Gulf of Mexico. sounded breathtaking. The book was good as is.

5 Pearls!

5 Stars

About Wendy Wax

I write novels that explore friendship, self-discovery and the challenges life brings us, leavened with a touch of humor. I’m proud of all my books and perhaps best known for my “Ten Beach Road” titles including the USA Today bestsellers, Ten Beach Road and The House on Mermaid Point, and for While We Were Watching Downton Abbey.

I was born in St.Petersburg, Florida and grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. I went, appropriately enough, to Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil.

It’s hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in such a laid back environment, but I managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read BEFORE you showed up for school, I forced a neighbor friend to teach me to read at the age of five. I’ve been reading ever since.

Books, in all forms, are one of my greatest pleasures and best forms of escape. And they’ve had a major impact on my life.

I went to the University of Georgia after reading Gone with the Wind one too many times. For a while I re-read Margaret Mitchell’s classic yearly, saw the movie whenever it played within twenty miles, and could quote large passages from memory. Today I have a growing GWTW collection, and the time I spoke at he Margaret Mitchell House was an incredible thrill.last

After college I worked in radio, television, and film. Like Olivia in 7 DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS, I’ve done live talk radio. I hosted a show in the eighties called Desperate & Dateless, and while I was never locked in an apartment for a week with a webcam rolling as she was, I did fall in love. Happily, the man who swept me off my feet consults with financial types and understands the bottom line. Unlike Olivia’s nemesis, Matt Ransom, my husband has never, to my knowledge, advised anyone to ‘love the one they’re with.’ We live in Atlanta with our two sons.

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Review – Try Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon

Review – Try Not to Breathe by Holly SeddonTry Not to Breathe by Holly Seddon
Published by Ballantine Books on February 23rd 2016
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 368
Source: Netgalley

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For fans of Lianne Moriarty, Paula Hawkins, and Tana French, an arresting debut novel of psychological suspense: a young journalist struggles to keep the demons of her alcoholism at bay as she finds her purpose again in tackling the mystery of a shocking headline-making crime, still unsolved after fifteen years.
Amy Stevenson was the biggest news story of 1995. Only fifteen years old, Amy disappeared walking home from school one day and was found in a coma three days later. Her attacker was never identified and her angelic face was plastered across every paper and nightly news segment.
Fifteen years later, Amy lies in the hospital, surrounded by 90’s Britpop posters, forgotten by the world until reporter Alex Dale stumbles across her while researching a routine story on vegetative patients.
Remembering Amy’s story like it was yesterday, she feels compelled to solve the long-cold case.
The only problem is, Alex is just as lost as Amy—her alcoholism has cost her everything including her marriage and her professional reputation.
In the hopes that finding Amy’s attacker will be her own salvation as well, Alex embarks on a dangerous investigation, suspecting someone close to Amy.
Told in the present by an increasingly fragile Alex and in dream-like flashbacks by Amy as she floats in a fog of memories, dreams, and music from 1995, Try Not to Breathe unfolds layer by layer to a breathtaking conclusion.

Alex Dale stumbles across Amy Stevenson in a routine article on people in vegetative states. Amy disappeared when she was fifteen years old. She was found in a vegetative state. No one knows what happened to her. Alex makes it her mission to find the truth. While she searches she’s battling her own demons of Alcoholism. Will Alex be able to ward off her troubles and help Amy?

In an Oyster Shell –  A compelling mystery.

The Pearls –  The writing was concise and clear. The word choices were done in variety. The pace though slow at first picked up to a good steady one. It wasn’t a narrative with a lot of action in it. Yet there was a lot of drama that made up for that.

The POV was the third person. It was set with several POV’s but they never got confusing. It was good to have multiple POV’s in this story because you got more of the story. The POV I found most interesting was Jacob. Jacob was Amy’s old teenage boyfriend. He was instrumental in solving the mystery. Seeing it from his POV made the story a lot more clear.

The mystery was not as much compelling as much as it was interesting. Given that the mystery takes place years before the narrative does. The mystery is told mostly in the backstory. This being the case it was intriguing.

Alex was a great character. She was fatally flawed and had to work through that in the story. Her battle with alcoholism was real and added depth to the story.

That the Author gave Amy a POV in her vegetative state was really interesting. It kind of sold the theory that though fairly non-responsive, there can still be some consciousness of sorts going on.

The Sand – The pacing was a little slow in the beginning.

4 Pearls!

4 Stars

About Holly Seddon

Holly Seddon was born and raised in the sleepy south-west of England and now lives slap bang in the centre of Amsterdam with her husband and four children. Throughout her career, Holly has been privileged to work in some of the UK’s most exciting newsrooms.

TRY NOT TO BREATHE is her first novel, published in the UK (Corvus/Atlantic), USA and Canada (Ballantine/Penguin Random House), Australia and New Zealand (Allen & Unwin), The Netherlands (Ambo Anthos) and Germany (Heyne). Coming soon in Russia, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey and Italy.

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The Makeup Test
Vanessa M. Knight
Publication date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Parker Breckinridge is a sophomore in college and already running her own internet cosmetics business. She doesn’t apologize for her successes—or anything else. She’s worked hard to get what where she is. She’s had to. It’s not like there was anything else in her life, despite her rich family.

Cade Adler doesn’t do relationships—especially relationships with uptight princesses. Been there. Done that. Destroyed the T-shirt. Besides, what with working full-time as a police officer and going to school, who has time for women? Not him.

With his tattoos and overall attitude, Cade is exactly what Parker doesn’t need. And between her father’s money and her piss-poor attitude, Parker is exactly what Cade doesn’t need.

So why is it they can’t stay apart?

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In an Oyster Shell – A sweet and sexy read.

The Pearls – A misunderstanding with the police over her makeup development supplies brings Parker Breckinridge in contact with Cade Adler. I liked the concept of Parker getting busted by an overzealous security guard at her college. They mistake her makeup for drugs and the police must investigate. It makes for a really interesting story.

The conflict of the story was page turning. Parker’s overbearing father adds a lot to the conflict. I like how Parker overcomes his bullying. Which brings me to the point of great character development. Parker starts out as an heiress who is very princess like. She grows up during the story. She is somebody who is respectable. Cade was a strong character. The supporting characters helped move the story along. There was a great variety of characters.

The story was short, novella size but the story was complete. Nothing felt like it was lacking. Everything in the plot was wrapped up nicely by the end. Sometimes novellas can feel like incomplete but this one did not.

The Sand – It was a good story.

4 Pearls!

Author Bio:

Vanessa M. Knight has always enjoyed writing and once she found romance, she was addicted. She props her laptop in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son and menagerie of 4-pawed, claw-babies (AKA cats and dogs.) That laptop has partnered-in-crime to write contemporary romances with a dash of humor and splash of snark.

When she has a few moments to spare, you can find her singing off key (but she assures us it’s still considered singing), reading, kickboxing or killing a few brain cells as she stares at the many sitcoms and dramas available through the Internet and TV.

For more information on Vanessa, including her Internet haunts, contest updates, and details on her upcoming novels, please visit her website at www.vanessamknight.com.

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Review Code Red by Janie Chodosh

Review Code Red by Janie ChodoshCode Red (Faith Flores Science Mystery #2) by Janie Chodosh
Published by Poisoned Pen Press on February 7th 2017
Genres: YA, Mystery
Pages: 250

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After nailing the murderer of her addict mom and proving that her detractors are full of it, seventeen-year-old Faith Flores is back for another kick-ass science mystery. She's proud to be chosen for a summer internship at a research lab in Santa Fe, New Mexico, but once she arrives, complications abound. For one thing, Santa Fe is the birthplace of the father she's never met, and for another, she clashes with a local environmentalist trying to pull the plug on the genetically modified chiles her new boss is engineering. She and violin prodigy, Clem, learn of a new teen drug called liquid gold while discreetly researching the family angle. The chip on Faith's shoulder is still there, but so is her determination to uncover the truth when a girl she meets at a party dies from an overdose of liquid gold.

Faith Flores has landed a summer internship at a research lab in Santa Fe New Mexico. Santa Fe is the birthplace of her birth father. Faith finds more about her birth family. She makes friend with musician Clem. Faith also finds herself in the middle of a conflict with the company she works for. It’s between her work and the environmentalist that is against the genetically modified chiles. There is also a new drug floating around called liquid gold. When a girl dies at a party she went through from the liquid gold, Faith has to get to the bottom of it.

In an Oyster Shell – An interesting YA mystery.

The Pearls –  The mystery was the best part of the story. The mystery was multi-faceted. There was the mystery of Faith’s family. The mystery of the conflict of the modified chiles. Then there was the mystery of the liquid gold. The mysteries all together made for an intriguing story.

The setting was well defined and made you feel like you were there. You get to learn a lot about New Mexico in this story. I like stories that transport the reader and this story does that.

The characters were compelling. Faith was an inquisitive science nerd. She uses science to solve her mysteries. The supporting characters added depths and lots of layers to the story. My favorite character was Faith’s half-sister Amelia. Amelia was moody but talented. She was angry at the world when you first meet her but she grows into a sympathetic character.

The Sand – The romance was a little distracting but added an interesting layer.

3.5 Pearls! 

3.5 Stars

About Janie Chodosh

My life work and passion has been a mix of natural history, conservation, and writing. I earned a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Montana and has worked as a naturalist in Yosemite National Park, a wilderness guide for the Colorado Outward Bound School, a trip leader for the Montana Natural History Center, and as the state education director for the New Mexico chapter of the National Audubon Society. I am currently involved with elephant conservation in Assam, India. I have two novels in the Faith Flores Science Mysteries: Death Spiral (2014, Poisoned Pen Press), and Code Red (February 2017, Poisoned Pen Press). I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico with my husband, daughter, stepson, and dog, Bryn. http://www.janiechodosh.com

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Blog Tour With Review – Incriminating Dating byIncriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy
on April 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, YA
Pages: 235
Source: Publisher

I received this book for free from Publisher 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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Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle. When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend.
One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.

Ayla Hawkins is looking for a change in her high school. The arts are underfunded while the sports get all the money. The answer is to run for student president. She’s not popular enough to make it on her own. So one night she catches a video of Luke Pressler defacing public property. She uses the video to blackmail him into pretending to date her. He agrees to keep it from coming out. Luke and Ayla come from different worlds but they collide. How will they come back apart after the election?

In an Oyster Shell – A cozy romance that will have you reading to the point you can’t put it down.

The Pearls –  The concept is one of my favorites. The underdog gets with the popular guy. It’s my favorite kind of story. I like that the popular guy is not all that he seems. He’s a real person with real struggles. Ayla gets to see that side of him when even his friends don’t. Luke gets to see Ayla as a breath of fresh air with her honesty and true to self-attitude.

The characters were rock solid. Ayla was a strong feminine character with her own style. She made no apologies for it and I loved that. Luke was a character with a lot of depth. As mentioned before he was a real person with real problems. He had problems he kept from his friends. The supporting characters added a nice layer to the story as well.

The romance was sweet. It was a slow burning love. It was an opposites attract story. I really enjoyed the story. If you like an underdog that overcomes story. This is the one for you.

The Sand – It was a really good story!

Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

Blog Tour Schedule

 

4/10/17

 

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Hayden Quinn – Review, Excerpt

Booklove – Review, Excerpt

 

4/11/17

 

A Dream Within A Dream – Excerpt

lovely loveday – Review

Dreamland Teenage Fantasy – Excerpt

 

4/12/17

 

Twirling Book Princess – Excerpt

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What Is That Book About – Excerpt

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4/13/17

 

Where Genres Collide – Review, Excerpt

Swoony Boys Podcast – Interview, Review, Excerpt

Once Upon A Bookshelf – Review, Excerpt

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4/14/17

 

Megan Pegasus – Guest Post, Review, Excerpt

Writing Pearls – Review

Once Upon A Book – Review, Excerpt

Dreamland Teenage Fantasy – Review, Excerpt

About Rebekah L. Purdy

I was born and raised in Michigan (just look for the giant mitten on the map—it’ll likely throw a snowball at you). I spent most of my time in Michigan, but while in the army got to call KS, SC, MO, and CA home for awhile as well.

As a kid my family moved around a lot. Try spending both your freshman and senior years at new schools (yeah, loads of fun). I could’ve changed my name to “new girl”.

I love writing for teens because those are the years I remember falling in love with most of my favorite books. Some of the authors I couldn’t put down were L.J. Smith, Christopher Pike, R.L. Stine, Richie Tankersley Cusick, Joan Lowery Nixon, Lois Duncan, amongst several others.

My husband and I have a large family. There are six kids total! So we have LOTS of fun on vacations (although hours on the road, cooped up in the Expedition is kind of stressful—although we pass the time with MAD LIBS and hoping no one gets carsick).

Some fun facts about me:

My first real crush was on Luke Skywalker (LOL—hey, I was like 8 years old and it came out before I was born).

I’m obsessed with several TV shows/Movies: The Vampire Diaries, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Sean of the Dead, The Sing Off, Ghost Hunters, Destination Truth, True Blood, Being Human, Fact or Fake, and all the cake designing ones! Oh and all the spoof movies!

I still own all the books I bought as a kid/teen.

I have a hankering for chocolate (like all the time, seriously. If my arm was made of it I’d chew it off).

Celebrity crushes: Johnny Depp (woohoo), Taylor Lautner (okay, I know he’s kind of young for me), Ian Somerhalder (ooh, he’s just right. We’re the same age). Wow, this was like a Goldie Locks and the Three Bears moment. Johnny Depp too old, Taylor Lautner too young, Ian Somerhalder—JUST RIGHT.

In my spare time I like to write (obviously), read, sing, hang out with my kids, play with my animals, camp, play soccer, check my email (hehehe), watch football (go LIONS). I also love hanging out with my sister and hubby!

Look forward to chatting with everyone! And if you’re lucky, I’ll break out the opera voice and chase you around singing!

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