Review: The Book of Broken Hearts

Review: The Book of Broken Hearts

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Genres: YA contemporary
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

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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: Sinful Like Us

Book Review: Sinful Like Us

Sinful Like Us by Krista Ritchie & Becca Ritchie
Series: Like Us #5
Release Date: September 10, 2019
Genres: Contemporary romance
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

HOW CAN IT BE WRONG
IF IT FEELS SO GOOD

Dating an American princess comes with a massive amount of baggage–all of which I’m willing to carry strapped on my back in quicksand and through seven hells. But Jane Cobalt’s baggage, I’m unprepared for. It comes in the form of her five equally famous and notoriously hard-to-please brothers.

I want Jane.
Completely.
Unconditionally.

But when there’s a trip scheduled that I can’t be a part of, I only have one option. It’s immoral.
Something I’d never consider until now.

But, hell, there’s got to be some perks to being a twin. So I’m doing it. I’m switching places with my brother.

Done and done.

It should have been easy.

There were little consequences.

Until the storm hit.

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Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Review: A Curse So Dark and Lonely

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Series: Cursebreakers #1
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Genres: YA fantasy, retelling
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin.

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Review: Scarlet

Review: Scarlet

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Series: Scarlet #1
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, retellings
Rating: 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Will Scarlet is good at two things: stealing from the rich and keeping secrets – skills that are in high demand in Robin Hood’s band of thieves, who protect the people of Nottingham from the evil sheriff. Scarlet’s biggest secret of all is one only Robin and his men know…that she is posing as a thief; that the slip of a boy who is fast with sharp knives is really a girl.

The terrible events in her past that led Scarlet to hide her real identity are in danger of being exposed when the thief taker Lord Gisbourne arrives in town to rid Nottingham of the Hood and his men once and for all. As Gisbourne closes in and puts innocent lives at risk, Scarlet must decide how much the people of Nottingham mean to her, especially John Little, a flirtatious fellow outlaw, and Robin, whose quick smiles have the rare power to unsettle her. There is real honor among these thieves and so much more – making this a fight worth dying for.

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