Street Song by Sheena Wilkinson

cover110485-mediumStreet Song by Sheena Wilkinson is a young adult novel that is scheduled to be released on April 20, 2017 by Black and White Publishing. The setting is Dublin and Belfast, which adds to the plot line and characters of the story. Wilkinson does an outstanding job in creating characters with real life problems and showing how they deal with them. I think this story really deals with the effects that can come after fifteen minutes of fame and what comes next. I really love that music plays a big part of this story because I am a huge music lover.  The author uses this love for music to help Rylee (Ryan) find comfort and security with someone who helps him overcome his hardships. Toni is the main reason for the change in Ryan for the better. I really enjoyed reading this young adult novel and look forward to reading more from this author. **I received an Advanced Readers copy of this book in exchange from my honest and unbiased review.**

Synopsis: Ryan’s career is over. After winning a TV talent show and becoming a teen sensation, his fame has spiralled into addiction, embarrassing headlines and career suicide. Now his image-obsessed stepdad wants him at home, back in school and under his thumb. However, a chance meeting with the enigmatic Toni offers him a fresh start in a new city. Before long he has reinvented himself, made real friends and is playing real music in Toni’s band. Despite living in a hostel, busking for his wages and living under a false identity, Ryan is finally happy. But struggling to exist on the brink of homelessness, he is exposed to a more sinister world. Forced to truly decide what kind of person he wants to be, Ryan begins to realise that starting over comes at a price.

Happy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise

happy pretty messHappy Pretty Messy Cultivating Beauty and Bravery When Life Gets Tough by Natalie Wise was released in February 2017. I have heard many wonderful things about this book! So, when I got the chance to read it for myself I was beyond excited. I am a huge fan of self help books. I found that reading this book was a pure joy. Wise does a great job making this a very uplifting read. Her writing style is careful and thought. She makes this book the perfect resource to read again and again. I think this would be a great gift for the women in your life. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Ever felt like you needed a refresher course on how to be happy in life? Happy Pretty Messy is a modern-day inspirational guidebook for women of all ages seeking to live with beauty and bravery. As a modern lifestyle philosopher, Natalie Wise brings her trademark poetic prose to finding and cultivating balance, joy, and depth of self in daily life. Filled with wit and fresh insights for the heart and home, you’ll learn how to: Thrive through tragedy, Turn off your inner monologue, and Get “back to brave”.
You’ll also learn Wise’s secrets to enjoying the “everyday arts”—such as keeping home, keeping in touch, and creating memories. Wise writes, “Sometimes we don’t even realize our hearts are broken. We are fragile creatures, really. A heart has to search to set itself aright just about every moment. That is, unless there is an equilibrium we choose. A balancing point, a weight transfer where things even out and we decide to call life in all of its gutsandglory: Enough. What I have is enough. Life is tenuous and precious. I say that with certainty. And I say with even more certainty: that is why I celebrate the every day.” From cultivating your inner self to creating community and the perfect homemade latte, Happy Pretty Messy inspires a life that flourishes with charm, color, caffeine and, most importantly, courage. Finding value in these things might be the most important thing you do, so grab this book and dig in today.

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And Then We Ran by Katy Cannon

and the nwe ranAnd Then We Ran by Katy Cannon was released April 2017.  Cannon does an amazing job in creating the plot and setting for this book. I really like how she created characters that are life like and believable. They are the types of characters that you can relate to.  When I think about most road trip novels that I have read in the last, I think of a nightmarish or scary type of ending. I found this ending to be a complete surprise. This book deals with family issues, financial issues, and romance.  I feel that this book stresses on the importance of listening to the people who care about you, like your parents and friends. Everyone needs a support system. So loves, as you can tell I really liked this book and the messages it sends. I seriously recommend this book! **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

Synopsis: A road-trip story about following your dreams and embracing the unexpected.
Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say. Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life with a proposal that could change it forever.
Together they embark on a road trip to escape their hometown and chase their dreams. But life is a journey and not even Megan can control where theirs will lead…
Perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen, Rainbow Rowell and Non Pratt.

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

carve the markCarve the Mark by Veronica Roth was released January 2017 and after reading the Divergent Series I knew I wanted to read more from the author. I really like Roth’s writing style. Carve the Mark is a science-fiction novel told from Akos and Cyra points of view. Akos from Thuvhe, the ruling half of the planet and Cyra is from Shotet, the half that has not been recognized. When the children on this planet each a certain age they gain abilities. While Cyra’s ability is to harness the current, her counter balance is in Akos because his ability is to disrupt the current. Akos can touch Cyra without hurting himself and his touch seems to lessen the pain on Cyra. This creates a problem because even though they are from the same planet, they were raised differently. However, this does not stop them from being curious and kind to each other. While I found that it took me a few chapters to truly understand what Roth was creating, I started to get drawn in wanting to know more. I highly recommend this to any reader who loves science fiction books. This is definitely a journey worth taking with the characters, they will always make you wonder what will happen next. It is another great series for Veronica Roth and I can’t wait to see where she takes us. You can keep you copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not—their gifts make them vulnerable to others’ control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power—something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive—no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive—or to destroy one another.

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Unnoticed by Amanda Deed

unnoticedUnnoticed by Amanda Deed is a completely different take on the classic Cinderella story. This story is based in Australia and makes the story take on a different charm. I really like how Deed creates a unique plot line, settings, and character list that takes this Cinderella type story to the next level. We all have read that classic story and know how she always get her prince. However, this story is based in the Aussie outback with wildlife and interesting characters that help make this a really great love story. The prince does not have a castle and a royal court, instead he is the town dentist and barber.  Little does the town know that the family he left in America owns a major railroad empire. If you love a happy ending, this is the book for you. **I received this book free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. ** If you want to read this love story, you can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Plain Jane O’Reilly is good at being unnoticed. Detested by her stepmother and teased by her stepsisters, Jane has learned the art of avoiding attention. That is until Price Moreland, an American with big dreams, arrives in her small town.
Does she dare to hope someone might notice her? However, Price Moreland may not be the prince that the whole town thinks him to be. Was his desire to be a missionary a God-given call, or just a good excuse to run from his past? Complete with an evil stepmother, a missing shoe and a grand ball, Unnoticed takes the time-old Cinderella fairy tale and gives it an Australian twist.

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The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren

the last thing you saidWhen I got the chance to read The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren I was so excited! I have heard nothing but wonderful things about this book and author. I will admit that this is a tear jerker but there are laughs along the way. The story follows Lucy (Lulu) whose best friend (Trixie) dies without warning. This leaves Lucy and Trixie’s brother Ben in shock and having a hard time excepting the fact that she is gone. The story takes places in a Minnesota resort town where Ben’s family owns a resort where they both work during their summers. It has been almost a year after the accident and they still are not talking. Lucy makes a friend with Hannah, a new girl at their school. While Ben spirals out of control drinking and going from girl to girl. However this summer takes a different turn from last summer. They find that they can’t stop thinking and worrying about each other bring them together at the end. While I could not put this book down, I found that it is really an emotional read with a happy ending, Biren  does an amazing job a creating a story that really pulls at your heart strings. ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**  You can get your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief. Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

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