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Crash Into You (Harlequin Teen) by Katie Mcgarry
Crash Into You (Harlequin Teen)

SarahS WondrousReadings, February 26, 2014


Noah had his happy ending (in Pushing the Limits), Beth had her happy ending (in Dare You To) I very much wanted Isaiah to have a happy ending of his own.


Isaiah has had a rough background, he has been through a lot.
Rachel has a great life or so it would seem...


Everything looks perfect on the outside of Rachel's life but it's anything but.
Her mother sees her only as a replacement for her older sister Colleen, who passed away from cancer and has Rachel speak on Colleen's behalf at the charity events that their mother holds for Colleen. Everyone is supposed to love and miss Colleen but Rachel don't in fact Rachel hates her older sister or more to the point she hates cancer that has taken her sister from them and tore up the once happy family apart.
Rachel's older brothers only add to her growing problems she has by being overly protective.
On top of all that the anxiety attacks that her family thought has gone away with the therapy has started up again but to cover them up she acts like nothing is wrong.
To cope with the stress she takes an interest in cars and motors, and becomes addicted to driving fast in cars. Speed isn't the only thing that she becomes addicted to, she also can't seem to stay away from Isaiah. With piercings and tattoos she knows her family won't accept him. But what brings them together will cost them everything.


All the characters were great.
I couldn't help but feel for Isaiah after how Dare You To left off.
Rachel was not only a pretty girl she was also smart.
Abby was another one that I really liked.
Crash Into You switches from Isaiah's point of view to Rachel's.
I love all of their background stories. This series could go on and on and I wouldn't mind!


Katie McGarry has a way of writing that sucks me into the stories and l love that about a book. Bring on Take Me On!
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Defy by Sara B. Larson
Defy

SarahS WondrousReadings, January 8, 2014

When I first heard about this book right away I thought of Mulan, where a girl pretends to be a boy to fight. Alexa pretends to be a boy for a very different reason.


Alexa joins the army as Alex in an attempt to stay out of the breeding house after her home is burned down and her parents are murdered. She cuts her hair short, dresses like her brother and becomes part of the prince's personal guards. Alex soon becomes the best fighter of the guards. Alexa starts to feel more than just a guard toward Damian. She isn't the only person pretending though, Rylan is hiding feelings for Alexa and the spoiled Prince Damian is also hiding he isn't all the he seems either. And when an attempt to assassinate the prince fails Alex is moved in close to Prince Damian's room, but that's not enough and Damian along with Alexa and her fellow guard, Rylan, is kidnapped.


There was romance in this book but I did not like it. It was not the love triangle, I don't mind love triangles, it just seemed forced and not believable. It was a quick book though, there was action and adventure that kept me reading. I liked that Alexa was a brave, strong character, she didn't need anyone to save her. This book had some issues but it was Sara's first book and I am looking forward to seeing where this series goes. I'll be reading the next book.


Thank you to Scholastic Press and NetGalley for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Ascendance Trilogy #01: The False Prince by Jennifer A Nielsen
Ascendance Trilogy #01: The False Prince

SarahS WondrousReadings, October 18, 2013

We start off with an orphan named Sage. Sage is somewhat of a troublemaker. He does not follow rules and is quite the rebel.

When he meets Conner, a nobleman, who kidnaps him. He is not the only one, there are three other boys about his age, all orphans. There names are, Roden, Tobias, and Latamer.
No one knows why or where they are being taken.

They soon learn that the entire royal family has been murdered, and the kingdom is on the edge of war. Regents have their beady eyes on the throne. But Conner has his own plans.

That is where the boys come into play. Conner will do anything to get what he wants, even kill.

I loved the twist at the end, I never saw it coming at all.

Characters are extremely important in stories like this, for me and these characters were great. Conner was ruthless, cold-hearted. Sage is clever sharp witted;He is one of my favorites of the books I've read this year.

Now I need to get my hands on the sequel, The Runaway King soon!
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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
This Song Will Save Your Life

SarahS WondrousReadings, August 25, 2013

This book has some heavy issues, it's about bulling and suicide or attempted suicide.


Elise is somewhat of an outcast in school and as the years go by she feels more and more isolated. Elise is at the end of her rope. She is contemplating suicide, when she stumbles upon an underground club, what she discovers changes her life.


Music and DJing.


There was some romance in the book but I liked how it didn't overshadow the whole story. This book was very uplifting and inspiring. Everyone in the book seemed so relatable. Especially Elise. That made it even harder to hear her struggles.


I loved the quotes by famous bands in between each of the chapters.
I also liked how her parents were a part of the book, they were not absent or messed up in some way, which I think a lot of parents or guardians are not really that helpful in young adult books, that I thought was really nice.


Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux /Netgalley for providing me this eARC for an honest review.
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Proxy by Alex London
Proxy

SarahS WondrousReadings, June 22, 2013

In this futuristic novel the world is divided by the rich, the Lux, from the poor.

The wealthiest people can get anything they want; latest technology, genetically modified genes; or even get away with murder.
They are patrons, they have proxies to take their punishments. 

Knox is from the Upper City and Sydney Carton or Syd, is from the Valve, a part of the Lower City. An orphan, he has never known his parents, and has nothing but debt.

When Knox gets into a car accident and kills a girl, it's Sydney who has to pay the price, with his life. 
But Syd is no ordinary proxy. And when Knox meets Syd their lives are altered. 

Marie is from the Upper City, but she's not like other kids form the Upper City. She's a Cause Girl, someone who believes the world can be different, better, for everyone. She will do anything she can to try to change it. Along with Knox, she helps Syd get to the Rebooters. A group of people who have plans on overrunning the system. 

There was a lot of action in this book. I liked the twists and turns. The end of the book surprised me. I will keep an eye out for the next book.

A huge hank you to Penguin and NetGalley for this ecopy in exchange for an honest review.
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