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Review “The Disappearing Girl” – Heather Topham Wood

September 20, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 4

Review “The Disappearing Girl” – Heather Topham WoodThe Disappearing Girl by Heather Topham Wood
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Published on: 2013
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 248
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Kayla Marlowe is slowly vanishing…

Last year, Kayla’s world imploded. Her beloved father died, leaving her alone with a narcissistic mother who is quick to criticize her daughter’s appearance. During her winter break from college, Kayla’s dangerous obsession with losing weight begins.

Kayla feels like her world changes for the better overnight. Being skinny seems to be the key to the happiness she has desperately been seeking. Her mother and friends shower her with compliments, telling her how fantastic she looks. Kayla is starving, but no one knows it.

Cameron Bennett explodes into Kayla’s life. He’s sexy and kind—he has every quality she has been looking for in a guy. As Cameron grows closer to Kayla and learns of how far she’s willing to go to stay thin, he becomes desperate to save her.

Kayla’s struggles with anorexia and bulimia reach a breaking point and she is forced to confront her body image issues in order to survive. She wonders if Cameron could be the one to help heal her from the pain of her past.

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Initial Reaction

Slightly sleepy in this one. This book was so good is caused a late night, followed by a very early morning. Which was then followed by everyone in work asking me if I had been out drinking the night before because I looked kind of awful, to which I responded “It’s a book hangover! Not an actual one.” I don’t think they quite understood, I’m pretty sure someone them now think I attempted to drink a book?!

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Review “This is What Happy Looks Like” – Jennifer E. Smith

September 16, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 1

Review “This is What Happy Looks Like” – Jennifer E. SmithThis Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
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Published on: April 2nd 2013
Pages: 416
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

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Initial Reaction

No, I’m not in fancy dress, it’s my onesie! Unfortunately our heating decided to break just as winter arrived so I now spend most of my time in my onesie trying to keep my feet from freezing off my body!

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Review “Stay With Me” – Elyssa Patrick

September 13, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 1

Review “Stay With Me” – Elyssa PatrickStay With Me by Elyssa Patrick
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Published on: August 30th 2013
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 276
Series: With Me #1
Genre: YA Contemporary
Format: eARC

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

I’ve been famous since I can remember. Singing, acting, dancing—I’ve done it all. The tabloids cover my every move, but I don’t want that anymore. I want to be normal, whatever that is.

When I leave Hollywood for college in Vermont, I’m on my own for the first time in my life. This is my chance to figure out who I am and what I want in life.

But it’s a lot harder than I expected. I can’t escape my image. Classes are difficult, and I’m struggling. And then there’s Caleb Fox.

Sexy, intriguing Caleb Fox.

Caleb is the one man who doesn’t want to use me. He breaks down my walls. He challenges me. He wants me. And I just don’t know if I can give him the same—or if he’ll stick around when he finds out my shameful secret that the tabloids haven’t managed to uncover.

Dating him is risky enough, but loving him could break me.

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Initial Reaction

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I say “nice” in this video! No more after bed time reading for me, it makes my mind turn to mush!

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Review “Popular” – Gareth Russell

September 10, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 0

Review “Popular” – Gareth RussellPopular by Gareth Russell
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Published on: July 7th 2011
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 320
Genre: Teen Fiction
Format: eBook

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

On the first day of September, 16 year-old Meredith Harper rules over the teen it-crowd of Belfast, Northern Ireland. But beneath the surface, Meredith’s complicated web of manipulative lies and self-serving intrigue are slowly beginning to threaten her social position and she finds herself being challenged by handsome Mark Kingston, the only guy in the school who’s always hated her.

In a world where nothing stays secret for very long, Meredith and her friends will need all their skills to guess who’s in, out, coming out, going up, going down, dating, cheating, lying and trying to cope….

Let the games begin!

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Review “Divergent” – Veronica Roth

September 5, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 5

Review “Divergent” – Veronica RothDivergent by Veronica Roth
Published on: May 3rd 2011
Published by: HarperCollins
Pages: 576
Series: Divergent #1
Genre: YA Dystopian
Format: eBook

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 This book is part of the Divergent Series. Check out my reviews for other books in the series below:
Divergent (Divergent #1)
Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Allegiant (Divergent #3)
Four: A Divergent Collection (Divergent #0.1-0.4)
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.The Story(summary from Goodreads)

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).

On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences.

As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death.

And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

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Initial Reaction

I apologise for the very crazy hair, I had been rolling round in my bed for like 3 hours reading previous to filming this. I also noticed how big my forehead looks in this. I will try to get a little less of it on the screen next time!

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Review “Unbreakable” – Rebecca Shea

September 2, 2013 Book Review, Initial Reaction 7

Review “Unbreakable” – Rebecca SheaUnbreakable by Rebecca Shea
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Published on: July 23rd 2013
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 339
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story(summary from Goodreads)

Jessica Harper is the epitome of perfection. She’s a good daughter, makes excellent grades, and always strays on the safe side of life. The last thing she thought would ever happen was falling in love with her best friend’s brother. But sometimes fate just has a way of bringing two people together.

Wide receiver for the University of Arizona, Gabe Garcia, seems to have it all. When his feelings for Jessica come to surface, Gabe will give up everything to be with her.

But what happens when a tragedy abruptly changes the course of your life? For Jessica and Gabe, everything they thought they knew about each other will be questioned. Sometimes, there are scars in life that are cut too deep to completely heal.

Will their love prove to be unbreakable, or will it shatter and prove fate is just another lie?

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Initial Reaction

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Review “What I Didn’t Say” – Keary Taylor

August 26, 2013 Book Review 4

 Review “What I Didn’t Say” – Keary TaylorWhat I Didn't Say by Keary Taylor
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Published on: April 30th 2012
Published by: Self Published
Pages: 310
Genre: YA Romance
Format: eBook

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The Story

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Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He’s been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it’s too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he’ll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn’t limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you.

And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she’ll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she’ll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn’t say before, even if he can’t actually say it.

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Initial Reaction

So, here it is, as promised: my first ever initial reaction video. I’m going to warn you now, there is a little bit of crying involved! I probably should have chose a happier book for my first initial reaction video. But this one deserved the honour, in a big way.

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