Review: Headstrong Like Us

Review: Headstrong Like Us

Headstrong Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #6
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

You’re cordially invited to the wedding of Maximoff Hale & Farrow Keene, and according to Celebrity Crush—the ceremony for this American prince and his tattooed bodyguard is going to be the event of the century.

There will be no wedding crashers.

Including but not limited to: hateful people, rabid fans, nosy paparazzi, and other so-called media.

There will be no drama.

None whatsoever. Because when you put three famous families and their hot bodyguards together, nothing will go down.

There will be no fighting.

No brawls, fists flying, verbal slingshots, or rifts that tear into craters. Lovers only!

Everything will be perfect.

Nothing will go amiss during the happiest, most anticipated occasion of the year. But then again…

They don’t call it the Hale Curse for nothing.

The Like Us series is a true series, one continuous timeline, that follows a family of wealthy celebrities and the people that protect them.

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Mini-Reviews: Gallagher Girls #4-6

Mini-Reviews: Gallagher Girls #4-6

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

I’ve decided to reread one of my all-time favorite series! These books aren’t terribly long, so I was able to binge the first three on the weekend.

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #4
Release Date: June 29, 2010
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This was a great addition to the series, but I felt like this book was a bit slower than the previous one, mostly around the beginning/middle parts.

I liked that we learned more about The Circle, our main villain in the series, which is an organization of double agents. We learn a little bit about why they’re after Cammie and what their motivations are.

Joe Solomon, who is a professor at Cammie’s school and a trusted friend of the family, is one of my favorite characters of the series. We learn more about him and his past in this book, and I liked that we got to focus a bit more on other characters besides Cammie.

The tone of the book definitely shifts here, it gets a bit darker and that’s how it stays through the rest of the series. While it had a bit of a slow start the story does pick up, and the last 50 pages or so were phenomenal. They were filled with angst and adventure, it really kept my attention.

four stars

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #5
Release Date: March 12, 2012
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This is my favorite of the series, hands down. We get like 90% of our questions answered here, finally! 

This book picks up a few months after book 4. Cammie finds herself waking up with no memory how how she spent the summer. The plot basically follows Cammie trying to put together her reconciliation of the summer and get some answers to what happened to her father.

The friendship between Cammie and her roommates is seen in a new light this time around. I love how complex her relationships are with everyone in her life. We also get so much romance between Zach and Cammie in this book. They are completely adorable.

This book brings in a whole slew of emotions. This book made my heart break, okay? None of the previous books made me feel like this, but parts of this book were filled with such sadness and loneliness, gah.

This book is fantastic and will make you feel all the feels.

five stars

United We Spy by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #6
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

It’s so sad to see a series that really made an impact on your life as a kid end. This series was with me from ages 11 – 17 and it taught me a lot about loyalty and friendship.

Plot wise I can’t say much. Cammie and her friends are determined to bring down The Circle so of course this book is filled with action, more so than any other book.

Also, I remember when I first saw that cover I started crying. Cammie holding her diploma is everything. Considering we meet her at 15, she was just a child, and she went through so much during her years as a Gallagher Girl, it just made me so emotional.

I can’t recommend this series enough. Cammie, Macey, Bex, Liz, and Zach all have special places in my heart. The adults in Cammie’s life are also so special. My heart aches.

five stars

Mini-Reviews: Gallagher Girls #1-3

Mini-Reviews: Gallagher Girls #1-3

Sometimes I read too fast and can’t keep up with the reviews. Here are a few of the books. 

I’ve decided to reread one of my all-time favorite series! These books aren’t terribly long, so I was able to binge the first three on the weekend.

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #1
Release Date: April 1, 2006
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟

This is actually my least favorite of the series. But that’s honestly great because they just get better and better as we go on.

One of my favorite things about this series is the female friendships. Cammie, Bex, Liz, and Macey are some of my favorite female characters ever, and their friendship reaches some amazing highs throughout the series. Obviously we are just starting to get introduced to these characters and their personalities here, so this isn’t as present here as it is later on in the series.

Also, this is the most juvenile book of the series, which again makes sense because the characters are only 15 and are getting older and more mature as the series progresses. The girls are very naive in this book on certain aspects, which lead to some very questionable decisions. However, I loved seeing Cammie go through her first relationship. I also loved seeing her learn from all the mistakes she made through that process.

This is a really great book for young teens, or anyone looking for a light-hearted, not to be taken too seriously, book.

three stars

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #2
Release Date: October 2, 2007
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

This series is so addictive. You can breeze through these books so easily, and they are so much fun.

While I’m definitely not the target audience for this book, I’m still finding myself highly entertained by them.

We see more from the other girls in this book. I love Bex’s bad-assery, Liz’s smarts, and Macey’s real-world experience. Cammie is still super awkward, but I adore her to pieces.

We get some new characters in this book, which adds some mystery and drama to the story. I was obsessed with Zach when I first read this book (which was like 10 years ago *gasp*) but I still find him oh so charming.

Overall, this was a great sequel.

four stars

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
Series: Gallagher Girls #3
Release Date: June 9, 2009
Genre: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

I love that this series can be ridiculous and serious at the same time. Over the series, the tone gradually shifts from one to the other. But this third book is the perfect combination of both.

The plot in this book is more high-stakes and engaging, the mystery is more involved, and everything the characters do have consequences.

Macey is one of my favorite characters of the bunch, and she really takes a spotlight in this book. When her father decides to run as vice president Macey and Cammie find themselves in the middle of a kidnapping plot.

There are a lot of surprises in this book, which set up the second half of the series perfectly. And the characters are maturing right in front of us, they’ve come a long way from the first book.

I can’t wait to continue my reread, I’m so happy I still love these books!

five stars

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Book Review: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #1
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Genres: YA historical fiction
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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Book Review: The Burning Shadow

Book Review: The Burning Shadow

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin #2
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Genres: YA sci-fi
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.

Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.

Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.

And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.

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ARC Review: Goalie Interference

ARC Review: Goalie Interference

Goalie Interference by Avon GalePiper Vaughn
Series: Hat Trick #2
Release Date: September 30, 2019
Genres: M/M romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

It’s goalie vs. goalie in this brand-new enemies-to-lovers hockey romance from Avon Gale and Piper Vaughn…

Ryu Mori has had a stellar season as goalie for the Atlanta Venom. So when he’s called into management’s office, he’s expecting to hear he’s the new starting goalie for the team, not that some new guy—an incredibly hot, annoyingly bratty rookie—is here to compete for his spot.

Not everyone gets to play in the best league in the world. Emmitt Armstrong knows that, and he’s not about to waste the opportunity after grinding his way from the bottom to the top. If the Venom is looking for a meek, mild-mannered pushover, they’ve got the wrong guy.

Ryu doesn’t want to admit the other goalie’s smart mouth turns him on. Beating Armstrong at practice feels good, sure, but there are other, more fun ways to shut his rival up.

In this league, it’s winner takes all. But there’s more to life than winning, and if Emmitt and Ryu can get past their egos and competitive natures, they might just discover they work better as partners than they ever imagined possible.

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