Friday, May 30, 2014

Fast & Furious Friday: While I'm At BEA14 Edition

This week things have been a little busy, what with BEA and all, but I still have a couple of books I wanted to share with you.



Of Neptune (The Syrena Legacy, #3)Of Neptune (Syrena Legacy #3) 
Anna Banks
Publication: May 13, 2014
By: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: YA Paranormal 
5 Stars
 
Emma and Galen’s kingdom and their love is threatened by long-lost Syrena in the brilliant conclusion to Anna Banks bestselling trilogy.

Emma, half human and half Syrena, and her Syrena love, Galen, need time together alone. Away from the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton. Emma’s grandfather, the Poseidon king, suggests the two visit a small town called Neptune.

Neptune is home to both Syrena and Half-Breeds alike. But Emma and Galen didn’t sign up to be peacemakers between the ocean and the land-dwelling, freshwater Syrena. They didn’t bargain for meeting a charming Half-Breed named Reed, who can barely disguise his feelings for Emma. And they especially didn’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a power struggle that threatens not only their love but their ocean kingdoms.

In this stunning conclusion to her bestselling Syrena Legacy, Anna Banks thrills fans with more action and romance than ever.

*I purchased this.*

Emma and Galen's relationship is put to the test in this final installment of the Syrena Legacy and I'm happy to say they pass with flying fins colors! Action, adventure, and all kinds of swoon, (All.Kinds.) Of Neptune is the perfect ending to this epic underwater adventure!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Dark World (Dark World, #1)Dark World (Dark World #1) 
Cara Lynn Schultz
Publication: May 27, 2014
By: HarlequinTEEN
Genre: YA Paranormal 
4 Stars
 
Paige Kelly is used to weird--in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn't fazed by Paige's propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she'll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that's overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.
 
*I received this ARC from the pubisher in exchange for an honest review*  

This was my introduction to Cara Lynn Schultz and I don't know why I've waited this long to read her books. Funny, sarcastic with a powerful tug on the heartstrings, Dark World pulled me in and held on until the very last page. This is a great start to a new series and I'm excited for where Paige's story takes us next! 






Boomerang (Boomerang, #1)Boomerang (Boomerang #1) 
Author(s): Noelle August
Publication: July 15, 2014
By: William Morrow PB 
Genre: New Adult  
3 Stars

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Fast, flirty and full of interesting moments, Boomerang is New Adult Light. Much like Ethan and Mia and a few of the other matches in the story, Boomerang and I had our issues. But we came to an understanding and I've no doubt it will be a hit among RomCom lovers even if it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. 



Thursday, May 29, 2014

TONIGHT #YAParty Twitter Party

Raise your hand if you're ready to party...


Good, because tonight we're gonna party like it's #YAParty Time!
 
What: #YAParty 
(25 Awesome Prize Packages!!)
Who: The Hostess with the Mostess, Liza Wiemer of WhoRuBlog
Follow the Party Organistas, Andye from Reading Teen and
Hannah from The Irish Banana to be entered to win two special prizes. 
Where: Twitter
When: TONIGHT 8-11p.m. EST.
(You MUST tweet during those hours)
 
For all the details and to see some of the awesome prizes, go HERE.


Book Expo Of America 2014

 This is where I'll be for the next few days. 
 
 
With all of these people. Give or take eleventy million.
 
For updates, photos and such, you can follow me HERE.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Today, I am here...




Doing some of this...
I'm kidding. *maybe*




More like this...

You can keep up with all of my adventures HERE.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top Ten Book Characters As Cupcake Flavors

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.



Top Ten Book Characters As Cupcake Flavors

1. Jase Winstead (Be With Me by J. Lynn) Chocolate Peanut Butter - chocolate cake topped with peanut butter frosting. Jase is tall, dark and seductive, just like chocolate cake. His smooth moves and sweet offerings help to balance out his occasional saltiness. A combination Tess finds hard to resist. (J. Lynn too, apparently. This one is her favorite.)

2. Teresa Hamilton (Be With Me by J. Lynn) Vanilla Strawberry - vanilla cake topped with strawberry buttercream frosting. Tess, like vanilla cake, is a classic. What you see is what you get. She's dependable but don't let her sweetness fool you. She has a refreshing side too, one that can be a little tart at times, but it's exactly what Jase needs.

3. Cam Hamilton (Wait For You by J. Lynn)  Turtle Cupcake - chocolate cake, topped with chocolate buttercream frosting, drizzled caramel and a turtle candy. Tall, dark and so very tempting, Cam appears to be like every other handsome face with six-pack abs. However, there is more to him than meets the eye. At his core is a blend of crunchy softness that's as sweet as his big brotherly ways. And his cookies.

4. Avery Morgansten (Wait For You by J. Lynn)  Lemon Blueberry - lemon cake topped with blueberry buttercream frosting. Avery can seem a bit tangy at first, but her boldness lends itself to a sweeter side. One that reveals a quiet strength and support for Tess.

5. Dante Walker (The Collector by Victoria Scott) Twix Cupcake - chocolate cake, with a graham cracker base, caramel filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. From the outside he looks like any other confectionery perfection, I mean, did you see those red kicks he's rockin'? But one bite reveals quite a few surprises. Dante's got a rich, multi-layered flavor that is to.die.for, yanno, if he wasn't already a goner. *shrugs* His snarkiliciousness can be a tad crunchy at times, much like the graham cracker that tends to float to the top during baking, but his heart is made of melted goodness that closely resembles the homemade caramel filling. I know what you're thinking - the caramel kinda tastes like liquid sin and, yeah, it does. But it isn't all bad, and neither is Dante.

6. Charlie Cooper (The Liberator by Victoria Scott) Rainbow Funfetti - Vanilla cake with rainbow chips stirred in by hand. At first glance, her vanilla exterior may look as if she's made of "lame". But it isn't long before all that beautiful color hiding inside comes bursting out like, *POW*! 
 
7. Lincoln (Entice by Jessica Shirvington) Vanilla Caramel with Green sprinkles. - Vanilla cake, caramel filling, buttercream frosting and green sprinkles. Not only is vanilla light and sweet, this one has a warm caramel filling. (Yumm-il-licious!) Vanilla is a staple in almost every cupcake recipe (frosting too), making it dependable. What you see is what you get. The caramel filling is the only surprise and it's pretty hard to resist, especially when it makes you feel all warm and gooey inside. The snow white buttercream frosting is a great choice to help balance out all those delicious flavors and the sprinkles?  Well, they help to remind you of eyes that shine whenever you're near

8. Phoenix (Emblaze by Jessica Shirvington)  Chocolate Cherry. - Chocolate cake, cherry filling and chocolate buttercream frosting. Chocolate is dark and seductive; it whispers our name and we try to ignore it, but it's so very tempting! However, once we bite into this cupcake, we realize there's more to it than we thought and it's quite bitter inside. But, like the chocoholics that we are, we will justify our decision, telling ourselves, "This time it will be different. It won't be as sour or I'll just stick to the frosting". You can definitely enjoy this one but ingesting too many could have long term effects. (Like heartburn)

9. Kaidan Rowe (The Sweet Triology by Wendy Higgins) Dark Chocolate Duo. - Dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate frosting. Kaidan Rowe is the son of Lust and what better way to get in touch with our dark side, than to lust after some dark chocolate cake. But dark chocolate isn't all bad, just like Kaidan, it's actually good for your heart. Just like Kaidan. 
 
10. Conrad Fisher (The Summer Series by Jenny Han) Grape Fanta Cupcakes - Grape Fanta cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting. WE LOVE YOU CONRAD, OH YES WE DO! Conrad Fisher is tall, dark and a little bit surly, just like a Grape Fanta that's been shaken up. But mix him together with something familiar like Cousin's beach or vanilla frosting and summer looks a whole lot better. 

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THE MARRIAGE PACT
Linda Lael Miller
June 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0373778706

Ten years ago, Hadleigh Stevens was eighteen and this close to saying “I do,” when Tripp Galloway interrupted her walk down the aisle. Now that she’s recovered from her youthful mistake and Tripp’s interference, Hadleigh and her single friends form a marriage pact. She doesn’t expect Tripp to meddle with her new plan to find Mr. Right— or to discover that she’s more attracted to him than ever.

Divorced and eager to reconnect with his cowboy roots, Tripp returns to Bliss County to save his ailing father’s ranch. He’s not looking for another wife—certainly not his best friend’s little sister. But he’s never been able to forget Hadleigh. And this time, if she ends up in his arms, he won’t be walking away.

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About the Author

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than one hundred historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. Raised in Northport, Washington, the self-confessed barn goddess now lives in Spokane, Washington. Linda hit a career high in 2011 when all three of her Creed Cowboys books—A Creed in Stone Creek, Creed’s Honor and The Creed Legacy—debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Linda has come a long way since leaving Washington to experience the world. “But growing up in that time and place has served me well,” she allows. “And I’m happy to be back home.” Dedicated to helping others, Linda personally finances her “Linda Lael Miller Scholarships for Women,” which she awards to those seeking to improve their lot in life through education.

More information about Linda and her novels is available at www.lindalaelmiller.com. She also loves to hear from readers by mail at P.O. Box 19461, Spokane, WA 99219.



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Monday, May 26, 2014

BLOG TOUR: All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack

*yells* 

Set! 

Red 526! 

Red 14! 

Hut-Hut!
*snaps review and goes long*



 All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1)Author: Cora Carmack
Publication: May 13, 2014
By: William Morrow PB
Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes and Noble
5 STARS!

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.


My Thoughts:

My initial reaction once I finished reading All Lined Up...


Cora Carmack is one of my favorite New Adult authors! I always look forward to her books because she has a way of writing characters who are not only flawed, but hilariously funny and easily relateable. All Lined Up is no different. In fact, out of all of her stories, I think this book is her best work yet!

Dallas Cole is guarded to say the least. Having spent years living with her dad, a hard-nosed football coach who only speaks "playbook", she learned a long time ago to keep her emotions in check. The only time she does allow herself to feel is when she's dancing. 

But this is college and Dallas shouldn't be spending all of her time studying or stuck in the dance studio! She should be enjoying herself, meeting hot guys new people and kissing them having fun! Like her best friend with no filter Stella is. It's Stella who drags Dallas to the first party of the year, the one where she has an unpleasant run-in with her ex-boyfriend, and meets bad-boy Silas. But it's also where she meets the one person who will turn her life upside down in the best way possible. 

Enter Carson McClain.


Tall, dark and driven, Carson has come to Rusk University for one thing and one thing only, football. He's determined to prove himself to the new coach and his teammates, whether it's logging extra hours in the gym, on the field or in the classroom. He can't allow anyone or anything to distract him either because there is no back up plan. 

When he meets Dallas though, he decides that maybe a little distraction isn't so bad. But then he finds out who she really is and it's a total game changer. For both of them.

One of the things I LOVED about this story (besides the kissing) is how hard both Dallas and Carson work to make the right choices. Choices that benefit both of them in the long run. Are they perfect? No, of course not. But it would be so easy for either of them to try and hold the other one back. Instead, they encourage each other to follow their dreams even at the risk that they may not end up together. (Notice I said, "may", so don't freak out. Yet.)

All Lined Up is not without it's deliciously swoony moments and it packs plenty of steam.



However, I appreciated the amount self-control Dallas and Carson showed and their reasons for doing so. It was refreshing and made those scenes all the more face fanning in my opinion.

I thought Cora Carmack did a beautiful job of portraying the relationship between Dallas and her father too. It's complex and difficult but steeped in love and one I could easily relate to. 

All Lined Up is an excellent start to the Rusk University series and I'm really looking forward to the next installment! When I learned Book Two will be about Silas, I did this... 



 
About Cora Carmack
Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She's done a multitude of things in her life-- boring jobs (like working retail), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, LOSING IT, is a New York Times and USA Today bestseller.







A couple of weeks ago, I had the chance to see Cora at the D.C. Author event and bring her cupcakes - FINALLY!
I bought my signed copy of ALL LINED UP which I started the next day and could.not.put.down!
And I got to snuggle with Hamlet too!
 The guy behind me is totally judging me. ;)


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Sunday, May 25, 2014

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

Take Me On (Pushing the Limits, #4)Author: Katie McGarry
Publication: May 27, 2014
By: HarlequinTEEN
4 Stars
Amazon | Goodreads 


Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.
Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it's his fault his family is falling apart. He can't change the past, but maybe he can change Haley's future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they'll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


*I received this in exchange for an honest review*

While it's not necessary to have read the previous books in this series, Pushing The Limits, Dare You To and Crash Into You, I highly recommend that you do because those characters and their stories are pretty awesome. Plus, when they pop up in here, you'll know who they are and why they are significant. 

I was lucky enough to score a hard copy thanks to Natashya Wilson, Executive Editor Extraordinaire at HarlequinTEEN and the first thing I did was take off the jacket. Why? Because Katie McGarry has some of the BEST covers in YA! (There is a different image printed across the front and back cover and it's awesome!)

When I read Crash Into You, I was really intrigued by Rachel's brother West and the glimpse we caught of Haley at the end made me even more excited to read their story. 

Take Me On is the third book I've read recently with an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) MC, but the first that featured a girl who can throw a punch and take a hit like a boss.

I was hooked. 

I had high expectations of Haley and all her badassness. And while I enjoyed this one; it has the dual POV, well-written story with complex yet relateable characters I've come to love from Katie McGarry, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. 

Haley is a fighter. Her family is made up of fighters and yet, we see very little actual fighting going on. We see lots of training, which is good, and there's the one big match, but I guess I was expecting more bloody noses, black eyes and tap outs. I mean, if you tell me a book is about a fighter, I'm going to feel like this...



  
Haley is a great character though, she's loyal, selfless and has the best intentions at heart. She and her immediate family have been through the wringer in the past couple of years and I understand her reasons for not wanting to get in the cage, but it still would've been cool to see her fight competitively. 

West, like all of Katie McGarry's other book boys, broke my heart in the best way. He's a potty mouth with a short fuse but his heart is always in the right place. His story surprised me the most and the tough love his Dad doled out was hard to swallow at times, but they both are given the chance to redeem themselves.

The relationship that develops between West and Haley is fast, intense and full of feelings. They both come from emotionally charged situations but one of the things I MOST enjoy about Katie McGarry is that she doesn't just let her characters ride off into the proverbial sunset together. She makes them face and work through their issues, giving them a chance to be the best versions of themselves that they can be both together and separately. 

And then there's Abby. She is the real badass of this entire series and THIS GIRL NEEDS HER OWN BOOK PRETTY PLEASE WITH SPRINKLES ON TOP! :)

The peek into the time after the INCIDENT at the end of Crash Into You and before that book's epilogue did my heart good because Isaiah...



Take Me On is a GREAT addition to the Pushing The Limits Series (you should read it) and I'm excited to see where Katie McGarry takes us next!









 

You're Invited To A Party: #YAParty

Can't make it to BEA this year?
No big deal.
Feel like you're missing out on all the fun?
Think again.
Because you're invited to a PAR-TAY!
 

What: #YAParty 
(25 Awesome Prize Packages!!)
Who: The Hostess with the Mostess, Liza Wiemer of WhoRuBlog
Follow the Party Organistas, Andye from Reading Teen and
Hannah from The Irish Banana to be entered to win two special prizes. 
Where: Twitter
When: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 8-11p.m. EST.
(You MUST tweet during those hours)
 
For all the details and to see some of the awesome prizes, go HERE.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Make It Count (Bowler University #1) by Megan Erickson

Make it Count (Bowler University, #1)
Author: Megan Erickson
Publication: June 3, 2014
By: William Morrow PB
4 Stars
Amazon | Goodreads


Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


*I received this eARC from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Top Five Reasons You Should Read MAKE IT COUNT

1) The cover is super cute and a nice change from most NA covers that usually feature half nekid couples who are seconds away from sucking each others faces off. (Not that I am opposed to kissing, but still.)

2) The need for more diversity in books is something that has been widely discussed on social media recently and Kat, the MC in MAKE IT COUNT is not tall, blond, the size of my pinky or white. (There's nothing wrong with being a combination of those traits, but it's nice to see some variety.) The supporting cast is also made up of an eclectic mix of ethnicity and lifestyles too. DIVERSITY FTW!

3) Alec, Kat's love interest is a nerd. A hot nerd with a unique sense of style, but an unapologetic brainiac nonetheless. Score one for the smart dudes!

4) There be kissing. And dancing. And steamy tutoring sessions. Oh.My!

5) Kat has a learning disability, one that goes undiagnosed until she's on the brink of failing out of college. Megan Erickson does a great job of capturing the feelings, emotions and insecurities that go along with that.

6) Fast, flirty and fun, MAKE IT COUNT is the start of a new series that's sure to entertain while tugging at the heartstrings!

I know I said Top Five and I listed six, but I do what I want. Also, I'm bad at math. 
  

******
I don't make a habit of getting personal in my reviews but it's difficult not to with MAKE IT COUNT because I *got* Kat. Like, really, REALLY *got* her.

I have moderate dyslexia, just like Kat. I struggled all through school and was easily distracted by things other than what I was supposed to be working on. This got me in trouble quite a bit in elementary school. Many a teacher insisted that if I just "applied myself" I could make better grades. 
Be a better student.
Be smarter. 
The message I took away from that was? Not good enough.

Also like Kat, I wasn't diagnosed until I was a Junior at the University of Maryland at College Park and failing my third remedial math class.  

Yes, remedial math.  
With algebraic equations I couldn't understand and word problems like...

Question #1: "If Bill takes the train from Baltimore to California and makes 11 stops along the way, how long will it take him to get from Ohio to Utah and how much fuel will the train use going 45 miles per hour while Bill eats a PB&J sandwich at 4:00 in the morning?"

My answer: Airplanes are way faster than trains, Bill. Just sayin'. 
 
I used to try and deflect people's ignorant comments the way Kat does, but I was more of a fire breathing dragon than the flirty jokester.

Unlike Kat, I didn't have a hot nerd to tutor me. I had a nun. Who knew they existed outside of the Catholic school I spent eight years of my life in?

Through testing I discovered that the reason equations and I didn't add up was because my brain thinks it's cute to flip the last set of numbers/letters in the parenthesis. This makes correctly solving for x impossible. Every time. Now if I'm copying something down I have to check and recheck and check again to make sure I haven't messed the numbers up. It's a little OCD and a lot annoying.

Getting beyond the idea of feeling stupid hasn't been easy either. I still struggle. Concentrating on anything is near impossible not to mention frustrating if I'm anxious, overly tired, stressed or rocking a migraine. My reading skills are most affected then because my brain thinks it's cute to flip letters too. It's not.
  
And there are plenty of times when simple math stumps me. It shouldn't, but it does and there will always be people who make snide comments or look at me like I am the stupidest person on the planet, you know, besides my teenager, but I'm pretty sure that's in his job description. I can't control what other people do, only how I react to it, and my reaction at the moment is to say thank you. 

Thank you, Megan Erickson, for writing Kat the way you did, making it count and for getting it right. ;)












 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

The Truth About Alice
Author: Jennifer Mathieu
Publication: June 3, 2014
By: Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan
Amazon | Goodreads
3 Stars 

Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.


*I received this ARC from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review*

ALL ABOUT ALICE takes a hard look at the lies we tell about others and the secrets we keep ourselves. Watching Alice's story unfold through the eyes of several other people, all of whom have their reasons for saying what they do, was interesting but didn't blow me away like I wanted it to. We do get the real story from Alice herself, eventually, but then the book just ends.

I know I'm in the majority with this one, but I was expecting more from this story and these characters and it fell short for me.