ARC Review: The Donor – Nikki Rae

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Title: The Donor
Author: Nikki Rae
Genre:  Paranormal, Romance
Release Date:  October 30th 2014
Rating: ★★★☆☆/★★★★★
Goodread // Amazon

 

 

 

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Casey Williams and her family are poor. Her parents work non-stop and so does she, just so they can keep the trailer roof from leaking.
They’re getting by fine enough when the headaches start. Then there’s the nosebleeds. And the inevitable doctor’s bills.
Fortunately for Casey, there’s MyTrueMatch.com: an exclusive, quick, and almost easy way to pay it all back before her parents even have to know.
All she has to do is give a man she’s never met whatever he wants from her body.
Inside or out

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This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review

 

I had not read a book by Nikki Rae before, and after checking the blurb of this book I was interested to see if I would like its style, characters and the story.
Know that I haven’t read much paranormal/fantasy books before.

The story is told from one point of view, Casey’s to be more precise. It is a short novella set into chapters.

The novella is mainly about two characters: Casey and Jonah. Casey is a young girl who desperately needs money to help support her family, always putting their needs above hers.
Jonah, an older man whom Casey gets to know on a dating website and then flies out to meet him and be his “donor”.

Casey has cancer but her family is struggling badly.. her parents already have enough money problems, she never told them about her illness. After Casey discovers MyTrueMatch.com she decides to become a donor for Jonah. She wasn’t sure what it was exactly, but was willing to do it for her parents’ sake.
Jonah as a vampire in his forties, has a daughter with serious health issues and needs a lung transplant. Surprise! Surprise!! who might the match be? you probably thought right

I didn’t feel a connection to any of the characters, sadly and I truly don’t know if I like it or not. there are some stuff that did get me confused: The back and forth between past and present, the ending is definitely ain’t a happy one. If you like tragedies, then you might enjoy this.

I salute Nikki though for tackling such a topic like this, in a paranormal style, with a good writing.

 

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Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

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Title: Everything Eeverything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Rating: ★★★☆☆/★★★★★
Goodreads // Amazon

 

 

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

 

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Hello,

I saw the movie trailer and I knew I HAD to give the book a go! And here we go lol

The story’s start was slow ( I almost gave up reading honestly..) but the more you carry towards the half, the better it gets.
There are cute little drawings that I liked! And there are book spoilers..woopsie.

Madeline, The main character, is biracial girl (African-American/Japanese) who has a disease that doesn’t allow her to go out leaving her house..she’s basically allergic to the world. The only human contact she ever has is with her mother and her nurse.
When the new neighbours move in, she gets to know Olly through emails and she ends up falling in love.

Olly, (or Angel of Death as Maddie called him lol) respective and was always looking out for Maddie’s best interests and attentive to her needs.

Maddie’s mom was a bit too controlling I thought, meanwhile Carla (Madeline’s nurse) was understanding, nice, positive, and encouraging.

Some chapters in the story were short, the picture was the chapter at some cases. The ending was sorta open which I honestly don’t know what to feel about it..

Overall, Everything, Everything was quick read and I’m glad I got it off my list.

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“Love is worth everything. Everything.”

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Have you read the book / seen the movie trailer? What do you think?
Happy reading!

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Review: Not Meant to be Broken – Cora Reilly

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Title: Not Meant to be Broken
Author: Cora Reilly
Genre: YA
Release Date: October 30th 2014
Rating: ★★★☆☆/★★★★★
Goodreads // Amazon

 

 

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Some things aren’t meant to be broken, and therefore can’t be mended – ever. I was one of those things. Whatever had been shattered in the incident would never be whole again.
Amber struggles with the memories of a cruel attack that destroyed her life years ago. Realizing that she’s close to ending it all – something she promised her family to never try again – she moves in with her brother Brian and his friend Zachary to start a new life, and maybe even college. But how can she possibly live a normal life, when even a hug from her brother sends her into a panic attack? While Brian pulls back, Zach seems determined to make her feel relaxed in his presence, and soon her longing to be near him is stronger than her fear. But how can someone like Zach, someone who can have any girl, want someone like her? Someone broken.
When Zach spots Amber for the very first time, he can’t believe she is the same girl his friend Brian described as broken. Suddenly, Zach wants to give up his womanizing ways and help Amber live again – show her that closeness can be something wonderful.
But her brother Brian isn’t the only one who’s worried about the bond that’s growing between Amber and Zach. Even Zach knows that there’s more at stake than the fury of a scorned woman. Amber isn’t like all the girls Zach discarded after a night together – if he messes up, that could break her for good. But Zach can’t stay away from Amber.
Can Zach help her heal? Or will he be the one to push her over the edge?

 

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Hello!!

I, without doubt, love Cora Reilly‘s books (especially, the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles series!! which I’ll review later) but, this one was my least favorite/..that’s why I rated it 3 Stars.
I’ve read this one over a year ago, this review will be a short one!!

In this story, we read about Amber…a girl who was raped, beaten and left to die three years ago. She suffers severe psychological damage as a result, and tried to kill herself TWICE.
She moves to live with Brian (her brother) along with his roommate Zach.
Living under the same roof as her brother’s roommate/best friend somewhat proved to her that not all men are to be feared…She then starts to develop feelings for Zach and his patient and caring self allows her to slowly open up again.

Due to many women being raped in our world, this is a written story from the victim’s POV of what it takes to survive such an attack.

PS:  contains +18 contents

 

Happy Reading!

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Review: If I Was Your Girl – Meredith Russo

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Title: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Genre: YA, Contemporary, LGBTQ
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Rating: ★★★☆☆/★★★★★
Goodreads // Amazon

Hello,

Today’s book is a YA featuring a trans protagonist. While I was not hugely fond of this book, there were parts I enjoyed, and it is a good read until the climax of the story..hence the 3 stars rating.

If I Was Your Girl is written in the present day, and in Amanda‘s POV. It is written by a transgender author about a transgender main character named Amanda who’s in her senior year of high school.
After she was bullied and beaten in a women’s bathroom, she moves to Lambertville to live with her father who didn’t really cope well with her transition.
Now that she can be herself without worrying about people’s reaction and be known as Amanda, she makes friends and starts dating this guy called Grant. But, secrets don’t stay secret for long, right? How will her friends and boyfriend react when they know the truth?

There are some stuff I found troublesome while reading, like the chapters; They skip back and forth between present and a few years ago back when Amanda was Andrew. That had gotten me dizzy trying to remember the time shift if it’s in present day or not.

Another thing is this Bee girl (Amanda’s first friend). She’s a Bisexual character that develops a crush on Amanda but then outs her when she’s rejected, in front of the entire school at Homecoming. (won’t say more so I wouldn’t spoil the whole thing)

The third thing is this book  had an open ending…I, personally, don’t do good with open endings, I find it problematic!! I like a finished book that states an obvious ending.

 

Lastly, the author Meredith Russo acknowledges at the end of her book that this is a fictionalised look at ONE transgender experience!!

“I wasn’t sorry I existed any more. I deserved to live. I deserved to find love. I knew now – I believed, now – that I deserved to be loved.”

 

If you’re curious enough and like such themes, give it a go 🙂

 

Happy reading.

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ARC Review: Girl Without a Face – Medeia Sharif

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Title: Girl Without a Face
Author: Medeia Sharif
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Release Date: March 3rd 2017
Rating: ★★★☆☆/★★★★★

Goodreads

Hello!!

*ARC kindly provided via NetGalley for the exchange of an honest review*

I saw this book on Netgalley, and as much as the description lured me in, i couldn’t help but give it 3 stars.

The book tells the story of Destiny, a 17 year old girl who wakes up in hospital suffering from amnesia.
I was pretty excited about this story because the description sounded so interesting and had me intrigued but honestly…he plot was easy and predictable. Also it’s was such a fast and quick read,
Destiny is a good, very trusting and innocent character. her relationship with Gabriel becomes addictive the more you read!! I enjoyed their relationship at the end.
I had an issue with the mother’s behavior..she obviously got problems.

Blurb:

Destiny awakes with amnesia. She’d been driving on a wet road, about to leave flowers at a memorial marker of a deceased classmate, when she almost met that same fate.

Her mother, Mildred, is beyond restrictive, and she doesn’t want Destiny to have her cellphone back. A nurse sneaks it into her room, but it’s useless without the passcode. After her hospital stay, her mother becomes physically abusive.

Destiny and the boy she’s developing feelings for decide to drive around to spark her memory. She’s positive she crashed near a memorial marker. When they find the place in question, and when Destiny remembers her phone’s passcode, nothing is as it seems—and Mildred is crazier than she first thought.

Happy reading!

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