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Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas

Title: Long May She Reign
Author: Rhiannon Thomas
Published: February 21st 2017 by HarperTeen
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The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya may have escaped the massacre, but she is far from safe. The nobles don’t respect her, her councillors want to control her, and with the mystery of who killed the king still unsolved, Freya knows that a single mistake could cost her the kingdom – and her life.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone. Not her advisors. Not the king’s dashing and enigmatic illegitimate son. Not even her own father, who always wanted the best for her, but also wanted more power for himself.

As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

Long May She Reign was such an interesting book. It has more of a dark and sad tone, but I really liked it. It was more of a murder mystery than anything else and I wasn’t even sure myself who the murderer was until the end. I did have my suspicions but I thought the whole journey to the answer was well executed.

Freya loves Science and logic and so the court has zero appeal to her. If she can avoid any interaction, much to her father's dismay, she will. When the Royal Court is eliminated by mass poisoning, it pushes Freya from low on the Totem pole of succession to Queen. Taking on this role is much more than Freya bargained for but with her sharp mind and skills she is determined to solve the murders. Not only for justice but to protect her life as well. I loved Freya as a character. She ends up changing and developing so much because her new responsibilities demand it of her. She has to find a way to be the Queen she wants to be and the one the people need. Her whole journey is quite interesting.

I enjoyed the side characters as well. Naomi is Freya’s best friend and I love that they don’t lose that when she becomes Queen. It’s nice to have someone that you aren’t suspecting of murder on your side. There is also Madeleine and Fritzroy as well as the advisors of the council. There are few suspects but that doesn’t mean they are not deadly.

The plot was really interesting because of the murder mystery. I felt the romance was light and so it worked for the book. Freya ascent to the throne and the murders take center stage. The tone is really dark and sad. So many people have lost so much so it’s not like people are dancing around. I liked that it wasn’t just ignored and pushed in the background.

I found that the book was a quick and enjoyable read for me. There was no lag in the plot and nothing was particularly drawn out. Definitely one I would recommend.

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones #BookReview

Title: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Release Date: February 7th 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.



Labyrinth and Legend(young Tom Cruise & unicorns) were two movies on my watch 500 times list as a kid. I’ve always loved that eerie, fantastical feeling those movies captured and likely when Bowie passed away I saw Labyrinth in the theater so it’s fresh in my mind.

Wintersong definitely captures so many things that I loved about Labyrinth itself. There were even parts in the book that reminded of particular scenes….

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Even though I saw the similarities, I also felt like this story stood on it’s own. I loved the writing, it felt very lyrical. Being that so much of the story is rooted in music, it makes sense. Also the story continues on after the rescue. I started to see more stories interwoven in like Hades and Persephone or Beauty and the Beast. It really felt like it was multiple stories in one book even though they flowed into one another. The book felt rich, vivid and imaginative.

I loved the music tie-in. It really gave the story it’s uniqueness as the characters experience their emotions through their songs. I liked how it was the key to so many things.

Liesl is the daughter of a musician but often overlooked as she takes on the role of protective older sister. She has Josef, her brother who she considers the other half of her musical soul and who she has rested her hopes on that she herself has given up. Kathe, her younger sister, the beauty she wishes she had. She wants to make sure she marries well and again gives up the love she wishes she had so her sister can take it. So when Kathe is taken to the underground, it’s no question that Liesl will follow to save her. I really enjoyed her character the first two parts of the book but when it came to the third. I often found myself frustrated with her. She just kept tearing herself apart and taking everything that the Goblin King did as a negative. I understand that she is lost and trying to find her way in this new existence of putting herself first but sometimes I wanted to shake her and just be like. Play your music! The second part of the story is probably where she experiences the most growth.

I loved the Goblin King. I wanted to whisper...is your name Jareth? He was mysterious, clever and everything you would want from a Goblin King. It’s interesting to see Elisabeth peel back his layers to find what is actually underneath. As more and more of his lore comes to light you really see what he was before.

I really loved the story and even the bittersweet end, that felt like it was the only direction the story could go. Although Elisabeth mentions something that gives me hope. Her song is not finished.

S. Jae-Jones, called JJ, is an artist, an adrenaline junkie, and the author of Wintersong, forthcoming from Thomas Dunne in February 2017.

Born and raised in sunny Los Angeles, she lived in New York City for ten years before relocating down to Dixie, where she is comfortably growing fat on grits and barbecue. When not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skydiving, taking photographs, drawing pictures, and dragging her dog on ridiculously long hikes.

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#Famous by Jilly Gagnon #BookReview

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Title: #famous
Author:  Jilly Gagnon
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: February 14th 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

In this modern-day love story, Girl likes Boy, Girl takes photo of Boy and posts it online, Boy becomes accidentally insta-famous. And what starts out as an innocent joke spirals into a whirlwind adventure that could change both their lives—and their hearts—forever. But are fame and love worth the price?

Told in alternating points of view, #famous captures the out-of-control thrill ride of falling for someone in front of everyone.
#Famous is a cute story and the premise is a fun take on the internet.

I liked Rachel and maybe I bonded with her more since she was bullied about things that were similar to me, like eyebrows. My Lily Collin big eyebrows were not popular when I was in school. So I always find a soft spot for someone who is bullied. Besides that, I thought her reactions to things, even though torn up were calm. She was kind of interesting in that way. She would turn everything into a joke instead of expressing what she was feeling.

Kyle in the beginning definitely seemed oblivious of the world around him. He is just so blah, even his interactions with his ex. I kept thinking, she could do better. As the story progresses, even though he is a bit clueless at least he is a nice guy. He starts to see that just doing what everyone wants him to do is not the key to happiness.

I really liked Ollie and Monique. I thought they were great friend characters and Mo Mo will for sure take over the world. They needed people to push them a little bit or clue them in. I wish there was more Ollie though. For some reason I wanted him to have his own side romance.

I thought the plot was really cute. Using the craziness of the internet and pouring that into a teen drama. Including the people who like to be mean simply because nobody holds them accountable behind a computer screen. Even with that the story is light as Rachel and Kyle actually get to know one another.

So overall I would say this is definitely a cute, fun and light read. One that you could devour easily in between some intense books.

Jilly Gagnon is currently based in Chicago, but is originally from Minnesota, a fact she'll likely inform you of within minutes of meeting you. Her humor writing, personal essays, and op-eds have appeared in Newsweek, Elle, Vanity Fair, Boston Magazine, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Toast, and The Hairpin, among others.

She writes both humor and young adult fiction. She's represented by Dawn Frederick of Red Sofa Literary (for humor) and Taylor Haggerty of Waxman Leavell

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Returned by Kimberley Griffiths Little Book Blast #Giveaway

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Returned by Kimberley Griffiths Little

After tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But with the dark priestess Aliyah conspiring to control the crown, and the arrival of Horeb, Jayden’s former betrothed, Kadesh’s kingdom, as well as his status as king, is at stake.

Jayden knows that the time to be merciful has come and gone, and that some enemies can only be halted by death. Now she and Kadesh must prepare to fight not only for their love, but also for their kingdom.
This is the final book in the epic trilogy that began with Forbidden and Banished. Jayden and Kadesh’s love will be put to the ultimate test as they fight a war to save their kingdom.



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A private garden had been created on top of the temple’s roof. Palm trees swayed along the perimeter. Life-size statues of the Goddess stood at each corner. A fountain sprayed, and the air was perfumed by beds of azaleas and exotic orchids along the brick pathways. Cozy furniture sat in groupings under pergolas for shade.
“It’s beautiful,” my handmaiden whispered, transfixed.
Racing to the railing, I reeled at the magnificent view. The rooftop garden sat on the southeast corner of the temple. I gazed at the ocean cliffs and the expanse of the city down below the sloping hills.
Running to the northwest corner next, I spotted the groves of frankincense orchards, banked against the valley of the Qara Mountains. I shaded my eyes, reeling at the sight of so many newly erected black-and-white tents in the foothills of those mountains.
My heart was in my throat. Too many tents to count. At least a thousand camels.
Hundreds of horses.

Horeb’s armies camped and preparing for battle.




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“At its core, this is a romance, with all the push and pull that goes along with impossible love, and Little elevates the story by creating a perilous landscape, both outward and inward, as Jayden must deal with the hardship of desert life as well as her own desires. . . descriptions of the landscape are evocative in both desolation and in beauty. Just as good is the pacing, which gets the blood pumping for both characters and readers. This will heighten anticipation for a no-doubt exciting conclusion.”



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“Rich historical details are deftly woven into Jayden’s narration, and the dynamics of Jayden’s tribe are vividly drawn. Jayden’s story becomes as much about finding herself as it is about finding love.”



Reader: “This book took my breath away. I loved the immersive story and the rich setting of ancient Mesopotamia. The customs, traditions, and beliefs of the desert people were captivating and every time I set the book down I couldn't wait to pick it up again. I've never read anything like this before.”



Reader: “Forbidden was so captivating that I awoke early in the morning, while my family was still sleeping, so I could finish the last pages of this beautifully haunting tale.”



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Kimberley Griffiths Little is the author of ten award-winning Middle-Grade and Young Adult novels with Knopf, Scholastic and Harpercollins, including the Whitney Award, the Arizona/New Mexico Book Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite, the Southwest Book Award, and others. ALA BOOKLIST named FORBIDDEN, the first book in her Ancient Mesopotamian historical fantasy a Young Adult Top 10 novel for the Historical category, Romance category, and Religious/Inspirational.

Kimberley adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell. She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink; sailed the Seine in Paris; ridden a camel in Petra, Jordan; shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul; and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. She was born in San Francisco but now lives on the banks of the Rio Grande with her husband and three sons.


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Collide by Michelle Madow #BookReview

Title: Collide
Author: Michelle Madow
Published: February 9th 2017 by Dreamscape Publishing

I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance.

Instead I woke up—one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom's fatal car accident six months ago never happened.

A world with my mom still in it was all I ever wanted. But in this timeline, everything is different—my grades, my friends, and even my boyfriend. I'm a stranger in my own body, and I don’t like who I’ve become.

But one thing is the same—that shooting will still happen at the end of the week.

I'm the only one who knows. Which means I'm the only one who can stop it.

But first I need to convince someone—anyone—that I’m telling the truth... and then get them to help me.

I’ve read groundhog day-esque books before but there is something unique about Collide. It has an element of murder mystery, as Anna tries to figure out who shot her at the dance. Also the characters are much more aware than you normally see.

Anna is brave, strong and dedicated to her studies. She desperately loves her best friend turned boyfriend Jake and is still haunted by her mother's death. When she is tossed into an alternate universe of her life where her mother is still alive. It throws her off kilter. The person Anna is today was greatly influenced by her mother’s death and now she is seeing what her life would have been like had it not happened. Annabelle is more carefree and finds happiness in different things and different friends.

I hate to say it but I liked Eric more than I liked Jake.I’m like stop chasing the boyfriend from the other universe!! Eric is great! He was so supportive of Annabelle through the whole thing from the minute when she told him what had happened. He is also more trustworthy and more willing to fight for her. I just felt like Jake might have been great in Anna’s world but in Annabelle’s, he seemed kind of like a dud. Ugh I just didn’t like him.

I loved how Anna is able to explore why her friendships fell apart in her world and why others stayed together. The differences between Claire and Marissa are obvious. I just thought that part was really interesting.

The book is fast paced. I read it in a day because I felt like how could you not. I needed to know what was going to happen! Plus that ending. Whhaaaattt! I’m still reeling. I really enjoyed the story though.

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake #BookReview #Giveaway

Title: Guardian of Secrets
Series: Library Jumpers #2
Author: Brenda Drake
Published: February 7th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

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Guardian of Secrets is the fast paced sequel to Thief of Lies. As the story continues and the battle of evil progresses we form a stronger bond with the characters.

I really like the focus on friendship. Gia and Nick’s friendship especially but I liked how Gia is not always hanging out with the same person. She often spends time with different Sentinels which allows the reader to get to know their personalities better. The plot is fast paced and there is no time for crying. Battles are happening around every corner, you are never sure who you are supposed to trust. Again the crazy events bring different characters together. Nick’s friendship with Gia, and the fact that she is the only that keeps him grounded as he deals with his adoption and his new powers. Jaran bonds with Gia over broken hearts and moving on. Kale, Lei and Gia learn to count on each other (She almost accidentally killed Kale in the first book) and have each others backs. Gia sees the things that she doesn’t have in common with Arik and realizes she doesn’t know everything about him. Bastien and her form a stronger connection. Of course there is Faith, Uncle Phillip, Nana, Pop, Edgar and so forth. They all have their moments. It’s amazing how it managed to all flawlessly fit together.

I really liked the love triangle in this book. I know people often shy away from them but this one made sense. It wasn’t a girl leading on two guys for a plot device. It felt very natural. As she grew apart from one boy she grew closer to the other and it didn’t happen overnight.

Gia shows character growth. She’s not the same girl that we saw first accidentally stumbled into another library. She is still stubborn and fiercely loyal. She is also growing up and understanding that head first without thinking is not always the best option. She is extremely brave and never backs down from a fight. She refuses to go down easily in any situation.

I still enjoy the magic and hierarchy of the mystik world. It’s always building and expanding as Gia searches for the missing keys. Plus her powers are always growing and changing as well.

Overall I really enjoyed this installment. I might have even enjoyed it more than the first story. I can’t wait to see how it continues in the next book.

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). Look for her upcoming novels, Thunderstruck, Seeking Fate (Fated Series #3), and Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) coming soon from Entangled Teen.

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Guardian of Secrets Release Day #Giveaway

Title: Guardian of Secrets
Series: Library Jumpers #2
Author: Brenda Drake
Published: February 7th 2017 by Entangled: Teen

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

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She did a U-turn and drove off. I sprinted to the area where I spotted the lightning. A shadowed figure sat on a white bench near the water. Another flash of light kissed the sky and illuminated Nick.
Since discovering he was a wizard, Nick struggled with his new magic. And he was careless. Anyone could spot him out here. How would he explain it to someone who was human and not from the Mystik realm? I couldn’t imagine how it felt to have that much power. Unlike him, I was a Sentinel. I had little magic and relied on my battle training to best wizards and other-world creatures. He only needed to shock or electrocute his adversaries.
“What exactly are you doing?” I asked, approaching.
He almost fell off the bench. “Shit, Gia. Don’t sneak up on a person like that.”
“Seriously, Nick? What are you doing? Someone might see you, and then we’d be discovered.”
“Just leave me alone.”
“I’m not going to just leave you alone.” I sat down on the bench beside him. A light breeze swept loose strands of my hair across my face. The briny smell of the ocean filled my nose. “Talk to me. You’re my best friend, Nick. I’m here for you.”
He formed an electric charge on his palm. I created my pink globe and tossed it on his hand, snuffing out the charge.
He made another electric ball and I cast another globe at it.
“Quit doing that.”
“You stop it.”
“I get it. Your globe is badass. It can counter magic and shield people, but it makes you weak. I can do this all night and wear you out.”
“You’re not nice.”
He buried his face in his hands. The knuckles on his right one were torn, with blood coagulating around the wounds. “I don’t know what’s happening to me. I can’t stop myself. I know I’m being mean to Deidre, to my parents…to everyone.”
“You haven’t been that mean to me, yet. That has to say something. I’m the most annoying one of the bunch.”
He snorted. “Did you just snort?”
“No.” He looked startled. “It was a sneeze.”
 “I think you snorted.”
His face brightened. “I know what you’re trying to do. And it’s working.”
“I’m not trying to do anything. That was a full-on snort.” I wrapped my arm over his back and watched the water lap against the retaining wall in front of us. “I know you can’t see a therapist for this, ’cause what would you say? That you just found out you’re the son of the most evil wizard of the Mystik world and the curers recently released your magic?”
He gave me a half smile. “Yeah, that might not go over too well.”
“Or maybe you could. They’d think you were delusional, and you’d score some drugs.”
“Drugs make me nauseous.”
He stared at his hands, and I stared at the water, searching for the right words to say. “This has to be tough for you. I get it. I’ve been there. It’ll take time to adjust. How about I be your counselor? Anytime you feel anxious or angry, you call me and we’ll punch some bags or whatever. It always helps me to relax. Plus, my services are cheap.”

“Violence would make you relax.” He was pleased with his retort and laughed, which was followed by another snort.






Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). Look for her upcoming novels, Thunderstruck, Seeking Fate (Fated Series #3), and Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) coming soon from Entangled Teen.

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By Your Side by Kasie West #BookReview

Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Published: January 31st 2017 by Harper Teen
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In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

Kasie West does a great job of delivering stories that are fun to read with swoon. By Your Side definitely had those super cute swoon-worthy moments but It does deal with some issues, especially mental health. Which I thought was executed well through the main character..

Autumn was one of those characters that I liked for most of the book but there was definitely times where she annoyed me. I was frustrated with the most towards the end of the book when I felt she should have more faith in her friends. I liked how Autumn’s anxiety is dealt with and shown. You really get an understanding of how she feels and how people who don’t know would perceive it.

I really liked Dax. He is supposed to be the “bad guy” but it turns out that he was dropped into bad circumstances. None of his doing. He’s very calm and collected but I think it’s more because he doesn’t want to let anyone in. I wish there was a little more with his behind the scenes life. Only because of something that happens in the end of the book that I felt was a little unresolved.

I had mixed feelings about the Jeff situation. Not because of the love triangle or anything, just that it felt too easy. I’m not sure how to explain that really.

My favorite part of the book was Autumn and Dax being locked in the library. Ya I thought it was a little unrealistic that they couldn’t find a phone. Especially this day and age but I didn’t care. I thought all their interactions from beginning to end where great. They don’t become instant friends but being stuck together they find common ground. They start to feel close because they are seeing sides that nobody else sees. The relationship between Autumn and Dax is really what sold me on the book in it’s entirety. They just had such terrific chemistry.

I really loved Autumn’s group of friends. It was nice to have a book where people are not backstabbing you or turning on you because you have a problem. Dallin’s frustrations with Autumn are completely legit, even if he’s being a jerk before they work it out. I also like Autumn’s family and how close they are.

I would consider the book to pretty adorable. I really liked Autumn and Dax and their chemistry. It makes for a fun read.