Book Review: Buried by Elisa Dane


Title: Buried by Elisa Dane

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.


Book Review: Burned by Elisa Dane



Title: Burned by Elisa Dane

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.


Book Review: Crushed by Elisa Dane



Title: Crushed by Elisa Dane

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 cheerleading 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 give 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.


Book Review: Ruined by Elisa Dane


Title: Ruined by Elisa Dane

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.


Book Review: Caged by Elisa Dane


Title: Caged by Elisa Dane

Goodreads Summary:

Sadie Reynolds is a liar with secrets. At school, she’s part of the popular crowd known as AE, despite being broken inside. She hides it well. She has to. The slightest bit of imperfection will land her in the same shoes as her Geeky neighbor named Ian.

Ian and his only friend are the object of Sadie’s friends’ ridicule, ire, and entertainment. The AE rule the school with intimidation and retribution against anyone who would dare question their supremacy.

Sadie steers clear of most of it, terrified someone will find out her secret. She isn’t the least bit perfect. In fact, she suffers from PTSD stemming from the murder of her mother right before her eyes when she was a child. She can barely cope from day-to-day, hiding her truth and trying to fit in. But she knows it’s only a matter of time.

Hayden is a “Waverly,” a kid with the misfortune of living in the small farming town of Waverly that borders the very affluent Lexington Parrish. The AE doesn’t mix with “Waverlies.” Ever.

Desperate to get away from her oppressive friends, Sadie crashes into Hayden at a bonfire and the attraction that sparks between them is nothing short of electric. But Hayden’s an outsider and when things heat up, Sadie will be forced to choose between her friends and her new boyfriend.

Only Queen Bee Britt isn’t having it. She will not allow Sadie to cross her. Sadie can either do what Britt wants her to do or she will reveal Sadie for the PTSD freak that she is.

Sadie does some soul searching about who she is and who she wants to be. She can’t live her life like this. Not any more. One fateful night will help her see how much things have to change.

She’s determined to no longer allow the AE to rule her life. She will be strong, stand up for Ian and love who she wants in Hayden. Determined and invigorated, Sadie goes to school feeling hopeful for the first time in forever.

But, the unthinkable happens.

Shooters attack dozens of students before the two eventually take their own lives, leaving the school a decimated shadow of what it once was.

Suddenly who lives where, wears what or loves whom seems like the least of Lexington Parish’s problems as everyone and everything changes forever in the after.


Review: I give this book a HUGE five out of five. I don’t even know what to say. This book is amazing and so well written. I was hooked from the very first page. It is a well rounded story that has romance and struggle. The story also does a great job of showing what bullying can do to a person and that it is a real problem. I would recommend this book to anyone. It really opened my eyes that you don’t always know what people have to deal with on a daily basis and the struggle that people have with mental illness that you may not know. It also shows you that you can not take your loved ones for granted and cherish every moment like it was your last because you never know what will happen. I hope there will be a second book because I would love to see where the story of these characters go as they try to heal and move forward.