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Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Published January 21, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Teenage girl (14-16) lying on bleacher

When “Perfect” Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter’s High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher’s pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn’t want to talk about it. She’d just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her conselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there’s a nice guy falling in love with her and he’s making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she’d turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.

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This was definitely one of those books that I expected more from. The synopsis sounded very interesting and I found that I wanted Parker to learn to live with herself and to be a better person. I was really rooting for her to get her stuff together.

I understand that something horrible happened the year before. It helped with the flashbacks that showed the reader (me) that Parker wasn’t always such a trainwreck and that at one point she did have her life together and a guy that really loved her. I found that I wanted to yell and scream at Parker to deal with her issues instead of hiding in a bottle all the time. I really loved the flashbacks and who they were written out.

I honestly felt bad from Jake even though he did it to himself. I mean who goes around falling for the girl that basically tells you flat out that she is completely messed up and doesn’t want to deal with you or life anymore. I loved how even though he had no idea what happened to Parker he was still willing to try and break down her walls that she put up around herself and everyone else.

I can honestly say that I really had no idea how this ending was going to be because everything I thought was going to happen didn’t happen. So I did like the ending quite a bit, I just couldn’t relate with the characters too much. Okay mainly Parker. I would definitely recommend the book if you want something that deals with drinking and handling the emotional up’s and down’s of being a teenager when something horrible happens in their lives.

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How to Marry an Alien by Magan Vernon (My Alien Romance #3)

Published January 19, 2013 by crysbookreviews

How to Marry an Alien

Alex’s interstellar relationship has finally been sealed in the eyes of the human world, so now she can move on to her next step: college.

With Ace by her side and a new piece of jewelry on her finger, she thinks she is ready for anything. Well, almost anything.
Her new roommate holds a dangerous link to her past that Alex isn’t sure if she can handle. Then there is the whole alien fiancé thing. Every time she tries to get closer to Ace, he seems to pull further away. Top that off with a full summer class load and a few more alien attacks and it’s just another day for Alex.

Except this time she isn’t sure if marrying an alien will be the happy ending she’s hoping for. goodreads-badge-add-plus-1

I was waiting forever for this book to come out. There wasn’t a second that I didn’t love this book. I even asked Magan if there would HOPEFULLY be a 4th book on how Alex and Ace were after the wedding. There was somethings that I was not expecting to find out in the book and it made me sad when I heard that.

I love how Alex became friends with everyone, even people from the past that weren’t so nice to her. Of course there were some twists in their relationship and Alex was learning to be more herself and who she wants to be in this book then the other 2 which was great because every 18 year old goes through that.

Ace was as always a sweetheart, I loved how he was always there for Alex no matter what. I can honestly say that I loved his character. He had his moments of brooding but he was definitely one of the nicest male characters I have read in a really long time. Most of the time they are kind of jerks. Don’t get me wrong, I like them too but it was a nice change of pace.

I have read EVERY book by Magan so far and honestly I have loved every one of them. I hope for the 4th book but if that doesn’t happen, I am happy with how the story ended. Ace and Alex had a great love story that had it’s ups and downs like a normal relationship except the guy just so happened to be an alien from another planet, and not only that but royalty on that planet. I hope everyone reads these books and falls in love with the characters like I have.

 

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Winner of the Faeries and Fantasy Giveaway!

Published January 15, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Hey guys! I know you are all excited to find out who won, I just did it and sent an email to Mandy Biddinger Sickle! You have 48 hrs to respond and if not I will pick another winner. Thanks for signing up, there will be plenty more giveaways to come this year so keep checking back.

Cryptid Taples Triple Cover Reveal!!!!

Published January 10, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Reveal Cryptid Tales 1

Reveal (Cryptid Tales #1) eBook Version Free on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!!!!!!

Blurb:

Shay could be the key to ending a war that humans don’t know exist. Of a race of beings that aren’t real, or are they?

Shay Tafford’s childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to the dead. She is forced to hide her unique ability from those living around her. That’s why it’s been comforting to have Jeremy, a child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he’s been absent, perhaps lost as her father is. When Shay meets Hugh, the guy she’s had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she’s just starting to find a normalcy in her life.

But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence. Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save the entire race of cryptids. But can she?

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Capture Cryptid Tales 2

Capture (Cryptid Tales #2) eBook only $2.99!

Blurb:

One this is for sure, Shay is in for the fight of her life.

Shay is finally learning who she is, and who it is she will become. But for now escaping the clutches of the evil Malsumis will have to be enough. Or is it?

In Capture Shay embraces other cryptids in order to defeat their common enemy.

She is willing to die trying to save her father and the love of her life, Hugh.

But can Hugh, her cryptid mate, protect her from the evil Malsumis? Or will she fall victim to his horrible plans?

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13484455-capture

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Settle Cryptid Tales 3

Settle (Cryptid Tales #3) Release Date Late January/Early February

Blurb:

Betrayal leaves nasty scars. A soul departs. Love must conquer all, or be lost forever.

Shay’s life has once again fallen into mystery as she discovers her father’s whereabouts. On a mission to locate him and bring him home she learns more about who to trust than she thought possible. Her group of cryptids will be forced to rise again and defeat their common enemy, but they will also discover another hidden threat. As thier queen, Shay’s discoveries in Settle, the final installment of the Cryptid Tales series, will shake the cryptid world forever.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17213687-settle

 

Brina Courtney

About Brina:

Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She’s spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

Website: http://www.brinacourtney.com/

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/brinacourtney

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Young Adult Faeries and Fantasy Giveaway Hop!

Published January 8, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Young Adult Faeries and Fantasy Blog Hop

This stop is going to have 2 books up for grabs, one Fae and one Fantasy! Only because I love them both so much that I decided to do both!

The first book up for grabs is…..

Throne of Glass

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined. goodreads-badge-add-plus-1

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The Faerie RingDebut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

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Bound by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #3)

Published January 8, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Bound

Mo Fitzgerald has made her choice: A life in Chicago. A future with Colin. To leave behind the enigmatic Luc and the world of the Arcs. But the more she struggles to keep her magic and mortal lives separate, the deadlier the consequences. In the end, Mo must risk everything–her life, her heart, her future–or lose it all.

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I honestly didn’t think this book could be any better then the last one. Boy, was I wrong. Mo had so many decisions that affected everyone’s lives, hers, Lucs, Colins, Constance, her mom, dad and uncle. I honestly was hoping  for Luc to be the guy she ends up with. I mean really I have managed to be Team Luc throughout the books, I wasn’t stopping now. I was really worried about how Erica was going to end the trilogy. She definitely didn’t disappoint me.

I don’t even know where to start on on how I felt about this book. Honestly, my emotions were everywhere. It has been a while since I read theses books, but I still remember hoping for a specific ending and for crying and laughing at certain points of the book. I won’t tell you what ending I hoped for, you already know who I wanted her to end up with. Which is more then enough information until you read these awesome books.

Everything comes to a head when Mo has to decide which life and which guy she wants with no uncertainty. She wanted to go to New York before everything started, could she go there? If so with what guy? She could stay in Chicago with Colin or go to New Orleans with Luc. She really had to work through what she wanted and it was great to see her become the person she was always meant to be. With no doubts, because honestly she has doubted herself since day 1.

I almost wished for a 4th book that was later down the road, but honestly Erica ended it perfectly I think. I couldn’t get enough of it.

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Tangled by Erica O’Rourke (Torn Trilogy #2)

Published January 7, 2013 by crysbookreviews

Tangled

Constance started to keen as the air around us began to thrash and twist, the caustic scent of ozone burning my nose. As I watched, her dark gold hair began to lift and kink into knots.

“I’m here. It’ll be okay.” It was the last thing I said before my best friend’s little sister went supernova in the second-floor girls’ bathroom, taking me with her.

A month ago, Mo Fitzgerald risked her life to stop an ancient prophecy and avenge her best friend’s murder. Now, she only wants to keep her loved ones safe. But the magic—and the Chicago Mob—have other plans.

Mysterious, green-eyed Luc is back, asking for help—and a second chance. Colin, her strongest protector, is hiding a shocking secret. And inside Constance, the magic is about to go terribly wrong. Tangled in a web of love and betrayal, Mo must choose between the life she’s dreamed of and the one she’s destined for.

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Oh wow what a sequel! Erica did a great job with this book. I loved the drama between Mo and Constance. I get why Constance was so angry, I mean who wouldn’t be angry about losing family members all over the place. I get why she treats Mo the way she does but I don’t think Mo deserves it at all.

Oh lord I am still Team Luc although Colin definitely had his moments that were sweet and had me wavering a little bit on whose side I would want Mo to be on. There was just something more between Mo and Luc then there was for Mo and Colin. Of course Colin seemed more good then bad even with his affiliation with her uncle. He definitely had his reasons for working for her uncle. Still I really didn’t think they were worth it too much. I mean they were admirable but I wouldn’t do a life debt with a man like that.

This time there was a lot of drama about the magic. Who knew that when trying to fix it, Mo and Luc would accidentally mess it up even more. I felt so bad for her because of the more guilt that she had on her because of everything. She never seemed to catch a break. This trilogy really surprised me so much. I am not going to give away anything but I definitely recommend reading these books by Erica.

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