Title: Placid Girl
Author: Brenna Ehrlich
Publisher: All Age Press
Publication Date: August 25th , 2015
Format: e ARC
My Rating: 4.5/ 5
Pre Order link : Amazon
Punk was created for the malcontents, something that loner and aspiring drummer Hallie understands all too well. Trapped in a boring suburban life – dysfunctional parents included! – Hallie drowns her angst in the angry songs of Haze, a masked musician who has not been heard from in five years. So naturally she’s surprised – and more than a little skeptical – when someone who seems to be Haze starts flirting with her via her favorite photo-sharing app. Is he who he says he is? What does he want from her? The questions only multiply when Hallie — along with bandmate Sarah and aspiring music journalist Steve — roadtrip to Haze's comeback gig to unmask the reclusive musician once and for all.
I received an e ARC copy of Placid Girl from All Age Press via Net Galley, in exchange with an honest review.
One of the most thrilling books that I have ever read ! The author will keep you on your toes with every page you turn.
You know how sometimes a chapter begins with a classical quote; well this one begins with a lyrics from one of Haze's songs. I wish Haze was a real artist. You know what, scratch that ! I just wish that both albums existed in real life.
Brenna will make you experience the music written as if you were at a live concert. Every beat will move you, and the lyrics will change you.
I really liked the concept of the story. We follow Hallie, Sarah, and Steve as they try to " unmask " Haze. The journey itself is rough. It is filled with a mixture of receiving secret messages, parent abuse, parent neglection , uncovering past events, falling in love , running away from the police......see? It is pretty awesome.
There was a time when these secret messages were very creepy, and I was surprised to how Hallie reacted to them! However, after finishing the novel, I read something about how this book was somehow related to Lolita, which made me accept Hallie's actions.
I wished the author explained what was happening at Sarah's house, instead of referring to it was bad over there. I was curious to know the events.
I loved Stevie ! Although he could be rude at times, I totally shipped those short Stellie moments. I also never saw that Sarah-Hallie thing coming.
I loved the ending ! It was just perfect. It was one of the 4 predictions that I had in mind, so I was not disappointed .
To anyone who read the book, let us discuss the last sentence !!!!!!
In other words, Placid girl was an original, refreshing read.
I give it 4.5 stars out of 5.
Title: Anya and the Shy Guy ( A Backstage Pass Novel #4 )
Author: Suze Winegardner
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Publication Date: July 14th, 2015
Genre: YA , Contemporary
Format: e ARC
My Rating: 4.25 / 5 stars
It’s always the quiet ones…
Anya Anderson doesn’t just need a big break, she needs any break. Living on the streets doesn’t leave a girl many options, so when she scores a gig reporting on the Seconds to Juliet tour, she jumps at the chance to earn enough money to sleep somewhere safe. And the paycheck will get bigger—and keep her off the streets for good—if she can dig up dirt on Will Fray, the irritatingly hot “shy guy” of the band.
Problem is, Will Fray isn't who everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s not Will at all. Matt, Will's identical twin, is actually the guy onstage, reluctantly covering for his brother while he’s in rehab. To make matters worse, Matt’s being shadowed by a cute reporter with troubled eyes determined to get the scoop. On him. And he's having trouble finding the willpower to keep his distance…
But if the secret gets out, it won't just be his head on a platter—it’ll be the whole band’s.
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains steamy make out scenes, graphic language, and a love story so hot your copy may spontaneously burst into flames. You’ve been warned.
I received an e ARC of Anya and the Shy Guy from Entangled Crush via Net Galley in exchange with my honest review.
Although I did not read any of the previous books, I was still able to keep up and enjoy the book easily. The Backstage pass is a series that follows a famous boy band as each one of them fall in love. In this fourth installation, we get to see the shy guy ,Will, fall in love, but Will isn't Will.
This novel is told from 2 POV's , but in third person ! We follow Anya's story as she tries to get her story on Will to escape living on the streets, and the lies she told and hid . We also see Matt's story as he tries to charm Anya to keep her from discovering his twin's secrets, but of course they Fall In Love ! But will this love survive ? Can their secrets stay hidden? What would happen if both of their secrets are spilled? Tada da dan ! Read to know how this story ends
I like that we got see both POV, and I like it more that it is written in 3rd person.
I also liked how the characters developed, in a "what matters to me more "sort of way.
My only problem was something that happened in the ending.
Spoiler Alert !!
I am not convinced that their manager agreed to back off so easily. He seemed like a person who would risk anything to get what he wants, isn't that why Will is not Will, but backed off too easily at the end. I wished that there was more into what happened when the band stood up for what they want.
Spoiler Ended !!
The novel was a bit graphic, so I don't recommend it to very young readers. You know what, get it and read it when you are older!
I think that Suze did a good job with her debut novel.I am defiantly looking forward to read more of her books.
Anya and the Shy Guy is the perfect summer read! With all of the fluffiness, swoon, and interesting events, I was not able to put it down.
I give Anya and the Shy Guy 4.25 /5 stars .
Yesterday, I saw this.
There were many emotions to feel. From being Angry to being disappointed, only one feeling stood out for me. Shocked, that is what I felt.
Although I can see over twitter and Facebook how understanding and loving the Frans are, I am going to be using the pronoun I rather than we . If you still feel like you wanted to be involved in this, read I out loud. Read it as if you are the one who wrote this.
Anomaly is a book that I will always remember because I read it right after my fifth semester's midterms. Basically, Anomaly was my get away vacation after such a stressful week, and the upcoming long week of lectures, tutorials,and labs.
I was shocked because, the story is amazing! I loved Josie and Reid ; I loved the plot, and the overall critical reception the book had was( IS ) positive ! The pictures below will explain what I mean in more details.
I wish I could mention all of the book bloggers too, but that would take forever.
After being shocked for a while, I realized something. The road to publication is very complicated. There are a lot of things that can go wrong from writing a sequel, to having it on shelves . Whatever complications happened, it is still okay.
It is okay to be sad as a reader. It is okay to be upset as a writer. It is okay to be feeling down as a person who works in the Publishing House. Problems pop out and block a certain road because there is a more interesting route to follow. I am happy that I got to read Anomaly, even if it is now a stand alone . I am even happier because this isn't Goodbye ; it is only a see you later. I don't why there isn't going to be a second book, but I know that Tonya will be publishing more Kick Ass novels in the future.
Here is a link to Tonya's Blog Post : Letter to my FRANS
Here is a link to my review of Anomaly: My Review
Author: Stacey Trombley
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: July 7th, 2015
Genre: YA, Contemporary , Fiction
Format: e ARC
My Rating: 5/5 stars
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The best place to hide is in a lie…
I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.
Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.
The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.
Someone knows who I really am.
And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…
I received an e ARC of Naked from Entangled Teen via Net Galley , in exchange with an honest review.
So far,Naked is the best book that I have read this year ! Not only does the author discuss a topic that many writers stay away from, but also she does it perfectly !
We follow the story of Anna, an underage prostitute, and the things she dealt and will deal with. The writing style reminded me of that in Poison Study by Marian V. Snyder. You get to follow the story after she goes back to her parents and school, and you will be filled in on what happened during the past few years in the form of teasers.
The character development was brilliant, and it will make sense by the end of the book. When you finish it, you will realize how Anna went from being abusively raised by her father, and defiant mother, to being naive, to living in denial, and finally to waking up and realizing that those who claimed to love her were fake.
The character development was not just for the protagonist , but also her mother.
Living such a traumatizing life, the author was able to write each stage of this journey in an effective way, and with perfect timing.
I cried; I smiled ; in other words, Anna's story will haunt you and will make you see this sensitive topic with a new , understanding point of view.
P.S: Anna's Art Project was brilliant ;)
This is indeed the perfect debut novel for Stacey Trombley , and I can't wait to read more books by this talented author.
I give Naked 5/5 stars.
About the Author
Stacey Trombley lives in Ohio with her husband and the sweetest Rottweiler you’ll ever meet. She thinks people are fascinating and any chance she has, she’s off doing or learning something new. She went on her first mission trip to Haiti at age twelve and is still dying to go back. Her “places to travel” list is almost as long as her “books to read” list.
She wants to bring something new to the world through her writing, but just giving a little piece of herself is more than enough.
Keep a look out for her debut novel NAKED, coming from Entangled Teen in 2015