Doll House by Sam Campbell

untitledI recently received an email from author Sam Campbell asking if I would be interested in reviewing his book Doll House. I love a good mystery/suspense novel and was happy to accept the offer! I will admit that I hope there is a sequel in the works for this novel. Campbell has a style of writing that captures your attention making you want to know more. The plot line, settings, and characters are outstanding. Together, they had to the mystery of this novel leaving you surprised with every page. I really liked the way the writing style shows just how devastating the hardships where for Emma which cause her to be placed in the orphanage. When she arrives at Miss Crummings’ Orphanage she knows almost right away that something is not right. The themes for this novel would center around loss, hope, and friendship. I recommend this book for middle age students or young adults who love a good suspense/mystery.

Synopsis: Crummings’ Home for the Dispossessed. A mysterious orphanage on the outskirts of town. When Emma Winters begins to discover the porcelain dolls hidden within the walls of her new home, dolls that strangely resemble several of her friends, she knows something’s up. It can’t just be a coincidence. The resemblance is uncanny.
In a wave of shock, she realizes her fellow orphans aren’t being adopted at all — they’re disappearing. What secret is old headmistress Viola Crummings hiding?
Emma must hurry to find out. If not, she may disappear next

Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

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I recently got the opportunity to read Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy. I fell in love with the characters and story line from the very beginning. Purdy does an outstanding job creating the characters, settings and plot line. The story has two points of views, one from Ayla Hawkins and another from Luke Pressier. Ayla is what some might say a geek. She is involved with the drama club, editor of the school paper and a huge comic/video game geek. She has an ongoing dislike for Jenna and decides to run against her for class president to try to save the school clubs she loves so much from losing their funding. Jenna is the typical high school popular girl who only cares about the in crowd. This feud makes for a great deal of drama and heated arguments. While Luke is one of the popular kids, a basketball star and loved by everyone, he has a dark secret that he has only told his best friend Brady. Ayla stumbles upon a way to blackmail Luke into being her pretend boyfriend hoping this would help her get enough votes to win the election. Luke has no choice but to go along with this plan or lose his full ride scholarship. Little do they both know they are more alike then they thought and fall for each other. I really felt like this story relates to a lot of teens and high school in general. I look forward to reading more of Rebekah L. Purdy’s books. **Thank you so much to Entangled Publishing for providing me an Advanced Readers Copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review!**

About this book: Ayla Hawkins is ready to stand up for change in her high school. But winning the election for class president against popular Jenna Lee will be impossible without a miracle. When she stumbles upon Mr. Perfect Luke Pressler defacing public property and catches it on camera: cue miracle. Ayla’s got the dirt she needs to get Luke on Team Ayla—in the form of her new fake boyfriend. One mistake. All Luke wanted was a night to goof off, to blow off steam. The pressure of maintaining the perfect facade when his reality was crumbling around him had become too much, and next thing he knew, he was pretending to date Ayla Hawkins. But his little blackmailer turns out to be kind. Honorable. Opinionated. And just the breath of fresh air he didn’t even realize he was suffocating for. But Luke and Ayla come from different worlds, and once the election is over, their fauxmance will be, too. (Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book features adult language, sexual situations, and plenty of girl power. Reading may result in swooning, laughing, and looking for a Luke of your own.)

About the author: Rebekah was born and raised in Michigan where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. She’s lived in Michigan most of her life other than the few years she spent in the U.S. Army. At which time she got a chance to experience Missouri, Kansas, South Carolina, and California. Rebekah has a business degree from University of Phoenix and currently works full time for the court system. In her free time she writes YA stories, anything from YA Fantasy to YA Contemporary Romance. Rebekah also has a big family (6 kids), she likes to consider her family as the modern day Brady Bunch complete with crazy road trips and game nights. When not hiding at her computer, Rebekah enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family and gazillion pets.

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The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott

the butterfly projectThe Butterfly Project by Emma Scott was released in February 2017. While this is the first book that I have read from author Emma Scott, I am very impressed with her work. I really found myself caught up in the main characters, Beckett and Zelda. Emma Scott creates an amazing love story that will have you sucked in from the beginning. She does an outstanding job with the plot line and settings in this book. I really like her style of writing and feel like she does a great job in helping you visualize the scenes/setting. This is a book for the true romantics out there, the ones that can get lost in the love story of others. I feel like this book deals with two people who are broken inside. They really feel alone and not sure of their lives. Then on a chance encounter they meet. This book gives you hope for the underdog and you want to see them rise above all of life’s pitfalls.  This book has so much more then just the romance, there is friendships and how guilt can make a person change. I found this book an overall great read. **I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can get your copy HERE.

Synopsis: “Where you are is home…” At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change… Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime. Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness. The Butterfly Project is a novel that reveals the power of forgiveness, and how even the smallest decisions of the heart can—like the flutter of a butterfly’s wings—create currents that strengthen into gale winds, altering the course of a life forever.

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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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Home on the Range: Double S Ranch, Book 2 by Ruth Logan Herne

home on the rangeHome  on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne is the second book in the Double S Ranch series and was released April 2017. I really enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to reading this one. Herne is an amazing romance writer! She does an outstanding job in creating a setting that you not only can visualize, but what to go there as well. The characters and plot line have been well thought out. Together they make the novel by favorite so far in the series. The book is very well paced and very believable. This would be a ranch and group of people who you would love to meet and spend time with.  I look forward to reading the next book in this series and other works from the author. **I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest and unbiased review** You can get your copy HERE.  **This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**

Synopsis: Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his family’s large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions—but his toughest job is being a single dad. As a child he watched his father fail at marriage and parenting, so Nick was determined to show him up. He’d be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nick’s wife left him, he has a daughter in trouble at school and both of his girls are facing issues that force him to rethink his stubborn plans. For Dr. Elsa Andreas, life fell apart when tragedy caused her to abandon her family therapy practice and retreat to the backwoods of Gray’s Glen. Her school principal sister believes Elsa can guide the Stafford girls and that working with kids will draw Elsa out of her protective bubble. Summer on the Double S teems with life and adventure. Amid the bounty of God and land, will Nick and Elsa find the courage to build futures based on faith rather than fear?

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.

Imagines: Boy Band Babes by Doeneseya Bates; Debra Goelz; Blair Holden; Kassandra Tate; Bel Watson; Ashley Winters

imginesImagines: Boy Band Babes is a fun fan fantasy that features you as the star. This book makes you the main character along side Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik, Michael Clifford, Niall Horan, Zac Efron, and Shawn Mendes! I found this book a fun and up beat kind of read. I have to admit that this is not my usual pick for a book. The authors are really creative with the story lines, settings, and making you feel like you really are in a relationship with these leading men. Again, this is a fun read if you are looking for something to make you smile and laugh out loud at times.  ** I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** You can purchase your copy HERE.

(from amazon.com) Fanfiction at its best, from your favorite Wattpad authors! In this collection drawn from the Imagines anthology headlined by Anna Todd (After, Nothing More) comes six stories putting “YOU” alongside your favorite pop stars, including Justin Bieber, Zayn Malik, Michael Clifford, Niall Horan, Zac Efron, and Shawn Mendes! A unique and daring series of imagines in which you get to uncover the real boy behind the pop star hottie! Told in the second-person, “you” get to step into these swoonworthy and unpredictable adventures and do things like go on a romantic and exciting scavenger hunt through the city in search of your husband Justin Bieber, attend the prom of your dreams with Michael Clifford, and party with Shawn Mendes. Dive into the fantasy worlds of your favorite pop stars now! Note: Although this book mentions many real celebrities, they have not participated in, authorized, or endorsed its creation.

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Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

future leadersFuture Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne was released March 2017 by Ylva Publishing. This is the first book that I have read from author Emily O’Beirne. I find her writing style to be different than most young adult authors because it as a real naturalness or freshness. This book is really relatable and has a warm, loving overall feel. I found myself laughing a lot as I read this book. O’Beirne does an outstanding job in creating the setting and story line for this novel. She has created a group of characters that you can relate to or they remind you of someone you know. I found this book to be a very good read and well written. This book does have diversity and shows how teens deal with such issues. I look forward to reading more of Emily O’Beirne’s works in the future. **I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.** If you would like to read this amazing book, you can get a copy HERE.

Synopsis: Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor. Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you. Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone. Soon they both realize that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.

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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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