Review: Buried by Elisa Dane

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Title: Buried

Author: Elisa Dane

Total Number of Pages: 270

Start Date: May 8th, 2017

Finish Date: May 11th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

High school senior, Claire Reilly’s world revolves around All-Star cheerleading. The Diamond Girls, are gearing up for a major competition, which, if they win will allow them to compete at Worlds for the first time. But the unimaginable happens, and both Claire and her team are rocked by a devastating loss. Determined to get to Worlds any way she can, Claire finds help from the last person she imagined would give it—up and coming UFC fighter and notorious bad boy, Ryker Vaughn.

Fouled out of the octagon by a dirty opponent and a vicious kick to the head, Ryker loses control when he learns he may never fight again. Angry over the loss of his mother, an unsupportive family, and the world in general, he gives up, gives in, and unleashes his rage—destroying part of his cousin’s cheer gym in the process. Things go from bad to worse when Ryker is given an ultimatum: help the Diamond Girls compete for a bid to Worlds, or go to jail.

Overwhelmed with anger, sadness, and grief, the unlikely pair learn that what you see is not always what you get, and that the most difficult losses sometimes open the door to a frightening, yet amazing new future.


Review:

Elisa Dane has done it again with the third and final book of the Crushed series. She has the characters in this story evolving a great amount and even the main character Claire develops the most since she is mentioned in all three books of the series. This series is a great read and it’s nice that each book is in the point of view of a different character. The characters have to go through so much in this story and find their way. They learned to deal with loss and how to move forward. Elisa writes so beautifully about life changing events that are hard to read or talk about. I give this book and five out of five.

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Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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Title: Broken Prince

Author: Erin Watt

Total Number of Pages: 350

Start Date: February 26th, 2017

Finish Date: March 3rd, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.


Review:

This book I think was better than the first. It didn’t seem to repeat things as the story progressed. I was hooked right from the beginning and around every turn. Ella continues to amaze me with how strong she is and how she handles what is thrown at her. I love that she starts to stand up for people who would not stand up for themselves and takes down the bullies. Reed surprised me in this book with how much he seemed to change for the better just for Ella. The twists that the author throws in to are crazy but they fit with the story and don’t seem to be just added in for the heck of it. I am giving this book a five out of five. I can’t wait to finish the next book and find out what happens!

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Review: Burned by Elisa Dane

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Title: Burned

Author: Elisa Dane

Total Number of Pages: 252

Start Date: February 21th, 2017

Finish Date: February 23th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

Perception is everything to sixteen-year-old Olivia Brown. With her freakishly hot boyfriend, volunteer work at the local animal shelter, successful beauty channel on YouTube, and well-earned spot on X Factor Cheer’s elite level five Diamond Girl team, Livvie’s the girl every other girl wants to be. At least, that’s the illusion she’s aiming for.

But Livvie’s seemingly perfect life is anything but. Lying about the bruises her boyfriend gives her, and cowering beneath his raging temper becomes a regular way of life until she unwittingly witnesses her drunken neighbor beating his step-son, the town bad boy, Reid Tate.

For Reid, vulnerability is the enemy. Opening up, and letting people in gives them the power to disappoint. Growing up with a co-dependent mother and an abusive alcoholic father, Reid has endured all the disappointment he can stomach.

But when his pretty, do-good neighbor witnesses his step-dad beat him to within an inch of his life, and not only call the cops, but keeps quiet at school about what she saw, Reid wonders if maybe, just maybe, he’s found someone he can finally trust.


Review:

Oh my goodness!! Elisa Dane does it again. This book is a HUGE five out of five stars. I don’t know how she does it but she makes reading about the big tough issues that people go through so enjoyable to read. Liv is such a good character. I love how she developed over the course of the story but also that she always knew who she was. Even when she was going through everything with J.P. she always knew deep down that something wasn’t right and that she wasn’t being herself. Reid, a guy that has gone through so much in his life is a really nice surprise. I think that he develops more so than Liv does as the story goes along. Elisa just does such a great job keeping the reader hooked and connected with the characters throughout the whole story.

Check out more by Elisa Dane at her website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Goodreads account.

Review: Crushed by Elisa Dane

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Title: Crushed

Author: Elisa Dane

Total Number of Pages: 223

Start Date: January 12th, 2017

Finish Date: January 25th, 2017


Goodreads Summary:

Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl.

So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Nevaeh goes along with it.

But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.

Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.


Review:

I have to give this book a five out of five. It was amazing and powerful. I love that every book I have read by Elisa has a major problem that is affecting people in the world today as the base of the story. This story really hit me. I was able to connect with the main character Nev a lot. I just wanted to giver her a giant hug through the whole story. I was so happy when she and Bodie finally got together and shared their stories. It helped them both out so much and it was so nice to see them really connect in a way that I don’t think they would have had they not gone through so much pain. It is a really moving story that I think can teach the people that read it why it is so bad to drink and drive.

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Review: November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson

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Goodreads Summary:

Seventeen-year-old Serena isn’t human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them.

Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods’ rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona’s vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

Review:

I give this book a four out of five. There were just two reasons why I didn’t give this book a full five out of five is one because I found the first couple chapters kind of slow and two the chapters alternate between the two main characters Serena and Daniel. There would be times that I would forget who I was reading and would have to glance back and remind myself. Over all I really liked the book. I like the story and the relationship that is developing between the Serena and Daniel. The story is different, but it also shows how people judge others just because they are different. I love how this book has a underlying lesson that I’m not sure if the author meant to get a crossed or not. I would recommend this book. You can pick up a copy here.

eARC Review: Ruined by Elisa Dane

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Goodreads Summary:

Sadie Reynolds is drowning.

Months have passed since Ian Daniels and Newton Daily opened fire at Atwood High school, killing dozens of students before turning the guns on themselves.

Determined to pay tribute to her fallen classmates and teachers, Sadie’s thrown herself into the memorial project at the newly rebuilt school. But it’s not enough. Horrific dreams of the shooting intertwined with memories of the night her mother was murdered keep her up at night and haunt her during the day.

The constant stream of hate raining down on her from faceless social media trolls only make matters worse. Her boyfriend, Hayden brings the only source of relief when he sneaks in to sleep next to her on nights her dad is at work.

Desperate for normalcy, Sadie fills every waking moment of her day with anything to take her mind off her pain. If she’s exhausted, she’ll be too tired to acknowledge the new threat gunning for her.

Review:

I am giving this book a HUGE five out of five! Elisa Dane has done it again with the sequel to In the After. This book was amazing in every way. Just like the first book she touches on some hard topics that aren’t talked about enough. This book had me laughing, crying and going OMG right along with the characters. I loved seeing how they all grew and had to figure out how to handle what happened in their own ways. She has something happening at every corner and constantly leaves you wanting more. There are so many good things that I could say about this book. I would recommend it in a heartbeat. The book release date is August 15th!

Review: Amaranthine by Lanie Jacobs

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Goodreads Summary:

With Graduation only weeks away, Khalida’s normal everyday boring life is turned upside down in one day. One day is all it took to change everything she ever knew. Never knowing her past, Khalida, is thrown into a world of vampires and just not any vampires, ones who will hunt to the end to kill her. Everyone around her is in danger and she must fight to protect those she loves. Thrust into the chaos, Luke, a boy whom she could never walk completely away from, one who would give his life to protect hers. And Carey, the ex-boyfriend who will stop at nothing to make sure that the darkness that surrounds Khalida succeeds in taking everything away from her. Though, Luke, would take on the world to save her, can he help Khalida save her from herself?

Review:

I am giving this book a 3 out of 5. I did really like the book. I loved the main core group of characters and their relationships to each other. Khalida is really interesting. She finds out that she is not at all who she thought she was for her whole life and even though you can see she is overwhelmed by it all she still thinks of the people she loves that are around her and their well being above her own. The reason I gave this book a lower rating than I would like to is because of two things. The first being that the book started out with a prologue the left me confused as to why it was there at all until almost the very end of the book. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking back to it and wondering where it fit in. The second being that I disliked the ending very much, and not just because the book was over becuase it was a great story. It was a total cliff hanger, more so than just continuing to a second book. It was like it just ended. Other than those two things I did like the story.