Review: Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman || Blog Tour || Where damoiselle in distress meets kick-ass princess

Welcome to my tour stop of Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: Ninja Girl
Author: Cookie O’Gorman
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Action, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: Ebook
Published: March 30th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.


This was such a cute read! I loved it so much and I fell in love with the characters. Like Adorkable, this book definitely didn’t disappoint. You can read my review of Adorkable, here.

Snow-Soon worships only one person in this planet and that is Bruce Lee. Ash Stryker is new in town and his father is running for the state Senate but constant death-threats are keeping them on edge. Both families are surprised when Ash’s mother announces she wants Snow as Ash’s bodyguard. Both of them can’t deny the budding chemistry between them but when they are forced to face the actual danger, will she be able to protect Ash?

As I already stated, I loved this book so much! The plot was very enjoyable and there was not a single dull moment in this book. Snow isn’t like the other girls, to prove she can also be spontaneous she kisses a random guy in the movie theatre who turns out to be the new boy in town whose father is running for the state Senate. I loved Snow from the very beginning and I could also relate to her so much. And kudos to the diversity of this book where the female lead is Korean. She might have been a kickass girl but she was kind of shy in Ash’s presence and she had a close-knit group of friend who loved her so much, I liked their friendship aspect of this book.

Ash was certainly a swoon-worthy character. When he finally saw Snow again, he knew he couldn’t let her go. I loved his persistence and how he won her over, albeit some instances were a bit childish but he tried. I loved his sense of humour and sometimes he could he pretty funny.  And I definitely loved the twist of having a female bodyguard for a guy! I was downright outraged when I understood who was behind the kidnapping and the death threats but I saw the twist coming but this one of the books where you feel satisfied when are find out you are right. I loved how everything fell into place and I was left satisfied with the ending.

Overall, Ninja Girl was a great read. The plot was executed neatly and I enjoyed the characters so much. I loved the romance between Ash and Snow. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I can’t wait to read more by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Author Bio:

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!

Author Links:

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Review: Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant || Where maths makes magic

Title: Zenn Diagram
Author: Wendy Brant
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Slightly warm
Page Count and Format: 332 pages, Ebook
Published: April 4th 2017 by KCP Loft
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

An irresistible novel about math and romance, with a hint of the paranormal.

Being a math genius is not exactly a ticket to popularity for seventeen-year-old Eva. Even worse, whenever she touches another person or their belongings, she gets glimpses of their emotions, secrets, and insecurities, making her keep her distance from everyone. So when Eva realizes she can touch Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist, without getting visions — only sparks — she finds herself drawing closer to him. But then she discovers the history that links them, and the truth threatens to tear the two apart.

Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.


I went into this book with low expectations but this book definitely exceeded it. There were definitely ups and downs but the characters grew on me and in the end, I loved it!

Eva gets fractals when she touches anybody, due to this she maintains her distance from everybody until she meets Zenn. He is the only person she can touch. They are both different and a lot alike. The two starts to grow closer not knowing the secret that ties them together. When the truth gets revealed, it may shatter any hope of the possibility of a future they had hoped together.

The plot was refreshing and I enjoyed it quite a lot. Eva is different from everybody, whenever she touches anyone she gets a glimpse into their lives in the form of fractals. I didn’t exactly know what exactly that was and I have to say, it definitely made this book more interesting. Due to the fractals, she gets major headaches sometimes among other things and because of that she mostly kept everybody at a distance. But I enjoyed the fact that she definitely used her fractals to her advantage as well, by learning where her student’s problem lay in maths during her tutoring sessions. (Oh, how much I wish I was even a little bit good in maths like her…)

One of the things I didn’t enjoy about this book was that nothing much practically happens in the first part of the book, we get to see the full of Zenn way later on. The second half of the book was way more interesting than the first half which made the first half a bit of a drag on.

Nonetheless, I pretty much loved the characters. Eva was definitely an interesting and Zenn was equally swoon-worthy. I loved how much they cared for each other and another thing which was refreshing was that they talked about the difficulties and problems that came into their way maturely. I kind of saw the plot twist coming which was a bummer. Anyway, their friendship developed slowly into something more which I absolutely loved and their chemistry was awesome! The ending was kind of cheesy but it left me satisfied.

Overall, Zenn Diagram was an enjoyable read. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. The romance between Zenn and Eva was absolutely amazing! The writing was smooth and easy to read though the pace was a little faster in the latter half of the book.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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Review: Maybe Never by Sadie Allen || Plus Interview!

Title: Maybe Never
Author: Sadie Allen
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 231 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th, 2017 by Sadie Allen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

One golden boy…

Judd Jackson had it all—star football player with a college scholarship, perfect family, tons of friends, and a beautiful girlfriend. He was the most popular guy in town … until a family secret burned it all to the ground. Now, he’s the object of scorn and ridicule, and the only thing he has left is his scholarship and counting down the days until he can leave town.

One goal-oriented girl…

Sunny Blackfox was alone in the world, but she had big plans and big dreams to keep her occupied. She didn’t have time for anyone in her life. That was, until she came to the rescue of the boy she always had a thing for.

They have everything going against them, but maybe, if they are lucky, they will make it out of town after graduation together … or maybe never.


This book was so much more than I expected and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I fell in love with this story and I enjoyed the ride till the very end.

Judd Jackson had it all, from college scholarship to best friends and a hot girlfriend. But everything goes down in drain when one his family secrets is revealed and he becomes their new target of bullying until Sunny comes into the picture. She always had a thing for Judd and when they are made class partner, an unlikely friendship form between the two which escalates into something more they both can’t deny.

I really enjoyed the plot. The story was pretty engaging right from the start and I couldn’t put this book down! After a family secret gets revealed, Judd becomes an outcast and the subject of bullying from his very own friends and girlfriend. I really hated how he was treated for something that was not even his fault which revealed how superficial his friends were.

“You only really knew who your true friends were when you were at your lowest with nothing to offer. After the smoke cleared, that was when you finally saw who was left standing beside you.”

I liked Judd, he was a great guy but I wished he stood up more for himself. His anger with his father’s situation was just but I wished we got to learn a bit more about it but I felt satisfied with the ending. Anyway, I loved Sunny! She was upfront and didn’t take any shit from people. When she chose Judd’s side, it did bring her a lot of trouble but I was glad she didn’t back up from them.

The chemistry between Judd and Sunny was pretty great, their relationship developed slowly and I fell in love with their romance! Those two were definitely not devoid of flaws but together, they were perfect. I really enjoyed Molly’s character, she was a great best friend and I definitely can’t rule out Sally, she was a great parent figure for her. But the one character that I truly hated was Sunny’s dad, I’m so glad he got the deserved punishment for what he did.

Overall, Maybe Never was a great read! The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I really enjoyed the romance between Judd and Sally and I couldn’t stop myself from wanting more. The writing was smooth and beautiful and the pace was even throughout the book. I am absolutely keeping my eyes out for the next book by this author!

Recommend it?

Yes!

Don’t forget to scroll down to read the amazing interview of Sadie Allen!


Interview!

Hey there! I’m so glad to have you on my little blog today!

S: Hi! It’s good to be here! 🙂

1. How did the idea of Maybe Never come to your mind?

The idea actually came to me during an episode of Dr. Phil. The show had on a man with two daughters, one was middle school age and the other was in her late teens or early twenties. He had decided to transition to female and basically cut his daughters from his life. The oldest shook with fury as she confronted him about his decision to become female and for not being a part of her younger sister’s life. She didn’t understand his decision because to her he was the epitome of masculinity. He was a police officer, outdoorsman, gun enthusiast, and loved sports. How could a man like that want to become a woman? She just couldn’t wrap her mind around it. The younger daughter, I think her problem was him not contacting her. She wanted him in her life, but he didn’t think either daughter could accept him for who he was… The whole situation struck me as very sad. America was also going through a social upheaval at the time and that influenced me quite a bit. It all just got me thinking “what if…” and thus Judd Jackson was born. I wanted to create a world where young people were dealing with these social issues and overcoming them. That where there is love, there is a way.

2. Tell us a bit about your writing process.

I start out with a bunch of vague notes about a story, mainly bullet points in a notebook, and it could be a physical description of a character, a place, snippets of dialogue, or a central issue I want to discuss. Then, I open my laptop and start fleshing out the ideas that are in my notebook and see where they take me. I’m a mom to three kids, the youngest being almost 7 months old, so I write whenever I have an opportunity. Sometimes I can catch a moment during the day, but a lot of my writing takes place after my family is in bed. I do make a lot of notes during the day and troll Pinterest for pictures to go along with my ideas. I have a Pinterest Board for most of the novels I’ve written or plan to write. That’s basically my process. I try to write a thousand words a day, but that can be hit or miss.

3. What were the challenges that you faced while writing this book?

I was really nervous about writing/publishing this book because it deals with so many hot button issues- bullying, race/class conflict, domestic violence, addiction, gender identity, and death. Self-doubt plagued me the whole time I was writing. I hit a wall halfway through and didn’t know if I would be able to overcome it. That’s why I didn’t win NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. I just didn’t know what would come next, which was a problem I had been having for about ten years. I have several half-finished manuscripts on my computer because I just couldn’t power through the middle. What got me through this time was something on Stephenie Meyer’s FAQ section on her website. She wrote most of her novels out of order. She wrote whatever scene she felt like writing that day and that’s what kept me going. I took a page out of her book and started writing the end of my novel because I knew what I wanted to happen. I just bridged the gap from there. I also participated in a writing boot camp hosted by Jessi Gibson and she held me accountable to get that middle written.

4. Is the contemporary genre your favorite to write? Would we be seeing any books from another genre in the near future?

I think it’s a toss up between contemporary and paranormal romance. I have two paranormal romance novels half-written (one YA and the other NA) and a notebook for another one that I plan to write in the future. I also have an incomplete manuscript for an adult contemporary romance that I was writing/editing when I came up with the idea for Maybe Never and notebooks for two different adult contemporary series. So, there will be a lot of writing in my future.

Right now, I’m working on a standalone YA contemporary romance and the follow-up novel to Maybe Never called Maybe Molly. I plan on publishing them late summer and early fall.

5. What is your dream cast for Maybe Never?

Judd- Lucas Till (Monster Trucks)
Sunny- Amber Midthunder (Longmire)
Sally- Shirley MacLaine
Molly- Jennifer Lawrence

6. Name three of your favourite books.

That’s a hard one…
1) Pride and Prejudice
2) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
3) Anything written by Kristen Ashley (mature audiences only)

7. Can you tell us a bit about your next book?

Saving Me is a book that’s really close to my heart. I’m putting a lot of myself into this one and it’s been hard to write. Not because the words aren’t there, but I’m having to relive some of the emotions that I experienced when I was a teenager. I was an overworked, overstressed, and unhappy teen. Everyone at school thought I had the perfect life when the reality was that I often thought of running away or committing suicide. The main character, Ally Everly, is wanting to do the latter. I wasn’t actively suicidal, but Ally is in this book. She’s a bit immature and a little dramatic, but she finds her strength and inner peace with the help of an unlikely group of people.

Maybe Molly, well… Molly McEntire has been keeping secrets and those secrets are about to blow up in her face. We’ll be seeing Sunny, Judd, and Sally in this novel along with some others that didn’t get much page time.

8. What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Do not quit. There is no secret formula or easy way. You just have to sit down and write. It’s that simple and that hard. You’re going to want to quit, but don’t do it! Just keep plugging along until your novel is complete. The first draft doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be written.

It was great having you on my blog today! Thank you so much and I wish you much success in the future.

S: Thank you for having me! I enjoyed answering your questions and hope to be back on your blog in the future!


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Review: Hate 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield || Blog Tour || When crazy becomes perfect

Welcome to my tour stop of Hate 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield hosted by IndieSage PR. You can view the full tour schedule here.


Title: Hate 2 Lovers
Author: K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield
Series: 2 Lovers, book 2
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty Warm
Page Count and Format: 286 pages, Ebook
Published: April 4th, 2017
Source: I received an eARC of this book for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

She hates him and his big head.
He likes her and her big t*ts.

She hates him because she somehow ends up naked every time she sees him.
He likes her because she somehow ends up naked every time he sees her.

She hates him because the big oaf knocked her up with his kid.
He likes her because she’s carrying his child.

She hates the way he gets inside her head.
He likes the way she lets him see glimpses of her heart.

Andie: I hate you.
Roman: I know…but I’m going to change that.

***This is book two in the series. It is best if you read book one first to fully understand this couple’s story.***


Ah, this book was a wild ride! I absolutely loved Roman and Andie in the first book and this book was no different. When I read this book would be better to understand if I had read book 1, I quickly picked up the first book and damn I enjoyed it so much. Although this book can be read as a standalone, it was the best decision to read the first book and because of that I truly understood the dynamics of their relationship and how it actually started. You can read my review of book 1: Text 2 Lovers, here.

For Andie and Roman, it was hate at first sight. Those two just can’t stop fighting with each other which eventually leads to “other things” every single time. Now, Andie’s pregnant with his child and they both don’t have a clue about parenting. But Roman wants to fight for her, for them. Would a future together be remotely possible for a couple like them?

The plot of this book was very enjoyable. With Andie and Roman, there’s no end of craziness. When Andie declares that she is pregnant, it quite came as a shocking surprise because neither Roman nor I was expecting that. But it definitely added a new flavour to their relationship. Andie thought Roman would freak out after hearing this news and she was right but he was happily freaked out which made me so damn happy. He was outright ready to take all responsibilities and support Andie in all way possible. Andie being Andie, it took her a whole lot of time to understand that.

I absolutely loved the relationship between Andie and Roman, although both of them were totally crazy but they couldn’t have been more perfect for each other. Roman was the one who completely understood Andie, he was such a swoon-worthy guy! Andie was too quick to judge sometimes which I didn’t like much but it was freaking hilarious how that matter got resolved.

I loved the glimpses of Dani and Ram, they were adorable as ever and the one character I really hated was Frank. What he did was totally wrong but Andie’s reason for payback didn’t sit well with me. I wish she would have taken any other ways to take her revenge for Dani. The last incident really scared me and I was so relieved to know how things turned out. We also got to see a little bit of Regan, Ram and Roman’s sister and Linc, Andie’s step-brother in this story and the start of their friendship and I sooo want more!

Overall, Hate 2 Lovers was an enjoyable read. I loved how the plot was executed and the characters kept me entertained throughout the book. The chemistry between Andie and Roman was off the charts! The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I seriously can’t wait for Linc and Reagan’s story!!

Recommend it?

Yes!


Author Bios and Links:

K. Webster-

K Webster is the author of dozens romance books in many different genres including contemporary romance, historical romance, paranormal romance, and erotic romance. When not spending time with her husband of twelve years and two adorable children, she’s active on social media connecting with her readers.

Her other passions besides writing include reading and graphic design. K can always be found in front of her computer chasing her next idea and taking action. She looks forward to the day when she will see one of her titles on the big screen.

Website || Blog || Twitter || Facebook || Goodreads

J.D. Hollyfield-

Creative designer, mother, wife, writer, part-time superhero…

J.D. Hollyfield is a creative designer by day and superhero by night. When she is not trying to save the world one happy ending at a time, she enjoys the snuggles of her husband, son and three doxies. With her love for romance, and head full of book boyfriends, she was inspired to test her creative abilities and bring her own story to life.

Life in a Rut, Love not Included is her Debut Novel. J.D. Hollyfield lives in the Midwest, and is currently at work on blowing the minds of readers, with the additions of her new books and series, along with her charm, humor and HEA’s.

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Review: Text 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield || When wrong texting couldn’t be more right

Title: Text 2 Lovers
Author: K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield
Series: 2 Lovers, book 1
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Adult]
Heat Rating: Pretty Warm
Page Count and Format: 207 pages, Ebook
Published: January 21st, 2017
Source: Purchased
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s the start of nothing good.
I fired off a storm of raunchy text messages…to the wrong number.
And he replied.
Him: Show me a picture.
Him: Tell me your name.
Why does the lure of anonymity have me craving to indulge a stranger?

It’s the start of everything right.
I received a slew of text messages…when everything in my life was wrong.
And she made me laugh again.
Her: You’re probably a creeper.
Her: Possibly a stalker.
Why do I have the overwhelming need to find this stranger who saved me and make her mine?

Him: Take a chance with me.
Her: This is crazy.
Him: I need to see you.
Her: What are we doing?
Him: We’re about to find out.

Her: PHOTO ATTACHED
Him: PHOTO ATTACHED


This book was such an amazing read! K. Webster has quickly made into my list of favourite authors and now I am definitely keeping an eye out for J.D. Hollyfield’s books as well!

While trying to text her ex-boyfriend with the help of liquid courage, Dani fires off her messages to the wrong number. When the wrong number replies back, she can’t stop texting him and neither can he. Ram’s life has been in the rock bottom until the texts from the wrong number start coming in. He can’t stop himself from wanting more. What starts off as some simple texting quickly turns into something more but when Ram’s surfaces, will they both be strong enough to handle it?

This story was so much fun to read about. This started off as a bit predictable but then in took me on a completely different ride. I definitely enjoyed the plot of this book. I immediately took a liking to Dani and I could even relate to her a little. She is someone who is too nice but with the help of her best friend, Andie and some liquid courage, she finally decides to call out on her ex-boyfriend for cheating on her but instead, it ends up going to the wrong number. Ram and Dani have instant chemistry which I absolutely loved. Their texts were so funny, especially Dani’s who sometimes blabbered too much, but it was damn adorable and hilarious.

I was never bored for a second and it was quite difficult to out this book down. When Ram wanted to meet up, Dani was reluctant but the universe kept throwing them together and damn it was absolutely perfect how they finally met. Their exchanges were so entertaining, I couldn’t stop laughing sometimes! I absolutely loved their romance. And Dani’s bff, Andie was sooo crazy, she and Ram’s big brother, Roman kind of developed a love/hate relationship which was an absolute blast to read about, those two were crazy but crazy good together.

I would have liked if Dani trusted Ram a little more but it was obvious what actually hurt her and I definitely agree that Ram should have come clean to her from the very first instead of hiding those facts. It was so amazing to see how they tackled the final situation and that last punch by Dani was just hilarious!

Overall, Text 2 Lovers was a fantastic read. The plot was executed neatly and I fell in love with the characters. I enjoyed the romance between Dani and Ram, they were such a perfect couple. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Yes!


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Review: Descendants by Rae Else || Plus Interview!

Title: Descendants
Author: Rae Else
Series: The Arete series, book 1
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 226 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: April 12th 2017 by Rae Else
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

There are lots of stories about the children of gods. But what about those cursed by the gods, and their descendants…

El, a seventeen-year-old has inherited an ancient and deadly power. She loses control of it, causing a horrific accident, and becomes the prey of a secret organisation, known as the Order.

Forced from her family and home, she hides in plain sight amidst the crowds of London, and is thrust into a world she never knew existed; one full of arete: beings with extraordinary powers like hers.

Arete are beings that can trace their lineage and powers from ancient Greece. They do not claim their inheritance comes from the gods, rather legend says they are descended from cursed beings, such as Medusa.

At the heart of their world is the kerykeion, the symbol that protects them from the humans and the humans from them. El is trapped between two factions, one that has built an empire around the kerykeion and another that is determined to bring it down.

As she is drawn deeper into the conflict, the only way to find the truth is to take matters into her own hands, and the line between friend and foe becomes dangerously blurred.


This book was interesting, there were definitely ups and downs but overall, I enjoyed it.

El can always manipulate people when she focuses too much on anybody. That’s why her grandmother didn’t let her out much but when one incident goes horribly wrong, her long lost mother resurfaces to take her with her. She is bewildered to learn the truth about herself and how she has to hide from the people known as the order but when someone from the other side says the opposite thing, she doesn’t know which one to believe. When things get out of control, it’s up to El to decide is she wants to fight back or run.

The plot was pretty unique and interesting. El has the power to control people with her one look but she tries her best not to use her power at all but one incident changes everything. I liked El from the very start, she reacted just as any person would when she learns about the truth of her heritage and I have to say, the backstory was one of the most interesting things I’ve ever read, descendants of Medusa? I was hooked. It has so much potential, I so hope we get to know more about it in the next book.

I enjoyed how the plot was executed but the first half of the book was way more engaging than the second half and I wanted more, more info about everything which made the world-building a bit lacking. El was genuinely confused whether to believe her mother who suddenly appeared in her life for the first time ever or the guy she befriended, Luke who said he knew the Order were the good guys as his father was one of them and he aspired to belong to that too. And then there was Dan, I liked both the guys but I am still not sure which ship I want to board yet and I sense a love-triangle building up. I was so right about the Order and I wish everything was explained a bit more but I do hope we get see a bit more of everything in book 2.

Overall, Descendants was a good read. The plot was executed neatly and I liked the characters but I had difficulty in connecting with them. I enjoyed the writing, it was smooth and easy to read and it was fast-paced.

Recommend it?

Yes.

I also had the opportunity to interview the author, I hope you guys enjoy it!


Interview:

Hey there! I’m so glad to have you on my little blog today!

Thanks so much for having me. Sooo – here it goes!

1. Describe your book in 140 characters.

It’s a Young Adult, Urban Fantasy about the descendants of beings cursed by ancient gods. Set in the modern world and narrated by El, our 17-year-old heroine.

2. What is the thing that you love the most about El, the lead protagonist of this book?

I love that she’s naive – she wears her heart on her sleeve and is a very vulnerable character throughout the story. She’s been kept from the outside world, away from most other people and she has very little awareness of other people’s motives.

3. How do you develop your plot and characters?

I’d say I get a vivid picture of character and setting. I then might ask what if questions. What if that happened? I let the idea character, setting percolate) and then start sketching out plot. At the early stages of sketching out a plan I’ve found it useful to interview/talk to characters. Write down how they would say something, what language they would use (or wouldn’t), creating character bios full of info that won’t go into the novel but is useful as the author to get to know them – their strengths, weaknesses, fears and hopes. After that comes the sketching out of the plot as I know the kind of things they would and wouldn’t do to remain authentic to themselves.

4. Give us an interesting fact about this book.

The panels that El is talking about in the opening scene and getting weirded out about were inspired by the Hawstead Panels at Christchurch Mansion which is in Ipswich. I spent a lovely evening there with my sister going on a historical/ghost story visit and this little inspiration of the panels that have strange little pictures and mottos (in Latin) about sight and concealment are real. And they found their way into El’s story.

5. What was the hardest thing to write in Descendants?

I’d say the plot twists – keeping information from El and the reader but saying enough so that the story flows well. (As this is my debut novel I’m still working on improving this area and have had some excellent, constructive feedback from a few advance readers and reviewers. I know that it will really help me make the final version that comes out this month the best it can be.)

6. If you could spend your time with any one of the characters from Descendants, who would you choose and why?

No offence to El and Dan, who I love dearly (lol) but I would have to choose Janos, the graeae. Because of his powers to look into the past and future. I’d love to have long chats with him late into the night over wine (not that I don’t anyway!) But I’d talk to him about all the things he’s seen over the course of his long lifetime, (300 years).

7. How do you overcome writer’s block?

Sometimes it’s a question of powering through – writing something down and being routine about the time you sit down and write or forcing yourself to write a set number of words or get to the end of a chapter, etc. Other times I might need a bit of change of scene so go work in a cafe or if I need some inspiration – take some time to go write in the London British Museum (my favourite museum) or perhaps the National Portrait Gallery or Natural History Museum. Sometimes writing outside in the park is really refreshing and the fresh air unlocks something.

8. What is your advice for aspiring writers?

Firstly to write. Then to redraft and then write…and redraft…and continue that cycle. To persevere in other words. I think that the path for each writer is different but that it’s important that whichever one they believe is right – to stick to it. Whether it’s self-publishing, publishing with indie presses or seeking an agent and publishing traditionally – it’s important they choose what’s right for them. And mostly to never lose sight of why they’re writing in the first place – for the characters, for the story they feel they must tell. If you keep that in mind and at the heart of your writing, you’ll keep writing. (And, of course, it’s a lovely bonus when wonderful readers and reviewers connect and see the thing that you love in your characters and story) 🙂

It was great having you on my blog today! Thank you so much and I wish you much success in the future.

Thanks so much, Poulami – was so lovely to chat to you and look forward to connecting with you in the blogosphere soon.


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Review: Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy || When fake turns into something real

Title: Incriminating Dating
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 235 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: April 10th, 2017 by Entangled Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

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.


This book was really amazing. It had me laughing, swooning, I had so much fun! This was exactly the kind of read that I needed and I easily finished it in two sittings.

Ayla is tired of school politics, she decides it’s about time for some change due to which she enrolls her name for the class president against the most popular girl in high school, Jenna. But Ayla’s a nobody and to make everyone notice her, she has to do something big. She hits the perfect jackpot when she captures a video of the the school star player, Luke vandalizing the school property. She blackmails him to be her boyfriend until the election is over but when feelings come in the way, it’s up to Ayla to decide which path she should choose.

The plot of this book was no surprise, it was definitely cliched but the execution won me over. I have read a lot of fauxmance stories but I have to say, this is definitely one of my favorites, more so because the characters felt so real, they were not devoid of flaws which made them much more realistic. With a little push from Ayla’s bff, Chloe, Ayla decides to run for the class president against Jenna, one of the most popular in their school but she doesn’t know how to get people to notice. With dumb luck, she sees with her own eyes how Luke and his friends vandalize the school property and she captures it and uses it to blackmail Luke. The story was pretty fun to read about and I was never bored for a second.

I loved Ayla’s character from the very start and I could relate to her so much. She is also one of the girls who is not skinny or just perfect like most of the protagonists that we usually get to read, in fact she is on the other side and this was quite a refreshing change. Although she decides to blackmail Luke, but her conscious is always aware of the fact that she is doing something wrong but she never crosses the limit, in fact she was quite the opposite, helping out Luke whenever possible, taking care of his kid brother (who was adorable btw) and Luke was definitely swoon-worthy. He had no way out when Ayla blackmails him, he reluctantly agrees to play the part so that she doesn’t rat him out but I loved their friendship which made their chemistry perfect! 

The relationship between Ayla and Luke developed slow and steady, it didn’t feel forced which was an added bonus. Another fact that I really loved about Luke was that no matter her what her size was, his feelings were genuinely real. And Ayla was so real, she always stood up for the right and when the dress fiasco occurred, I felt so proud of her and how maturely she handled the situation. The ending was definitely realistic, about how things went down and I would love to see a little payback to Jenna and I really hope Chloe is the one who takes it. I felt so bad for Luke’s situation about his home, he so didn’t deserve that but I was glad how everything turned out for him at the end.

Overall, Incriminating Dating was a super cute read! I immensely enjoyed how the plot was executed and I fell in love with the characters. I really loved the romance between Ayla and Luke and I sooo wanted more. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book. I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.

Recommend it?

Yes.


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