Never Too Late by Micalea Smeltzer Release Day Blitz+Review

 

 

Title: Never Too Late
Series: Willow Creek #2
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
 Release Date: April 21, 2015

 

Synopsis

I’d never met anyone quite like Mathias Wade.

He was brooding and arrogant, but I loved him anyway.

Together we were wild and uncontained—a hurricane raging.

Then I had to leave, and words were exchanged that could never be undone.

But now I was back, and Mathias better watch out, because this bitch wasn’t finished with him.

Game. Set. Match.

All is fair in love and war, right?

 

Mathias Wade, the lead
singer of Willow Creek, is used to getting everything he wants. Except for Remy
Parker—the one that got away. Childhood friends that grew into more, Remy was
the one constant in his life until she moved away. In anger, he lashed out and
broke the only girl he ever loved. With temptation around every corner Mathias
drowns his sorrow in women and alcohol. When the band returns to their hometown
for the holidays the last thing Mathias expects is to run into Remy—but she’s back,
and she’s not done with him.

Remy never forgot
Mathias or the pain he caused her. When she moves back to the place she grew up
to take care of her ailing grandma her heart is set on revenge. She’s
determined to make Mathias fall in love with her all over again—only this time
she’s going to break his heart.

But Mathias never
stopped loving Remy—and she soon discovers that her feelings haven’t
disappeared either.

 

Can two people too
stubborn for their own good overcome their own demons and find the love they
always deserved?

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Excerpt

I jumped up on the counter and he
moved to stand in front of me, bracing his hands beside my hips. I kicked my
legs against the cabinets like a little kid as he stared down at me intensely.
I wasn’t sure what he was looking for in my eyes, but he must have found it,
because he cupped my cheek and leaned in.

“This feels like when we were
younger,” he whispered. “Like no time at all has passed.” His words echoed my
previous thoughts.
I closed my eyes, feeling his
breath fan across my lips.
God, I’d missed him.
It didn’t seem possible to miss
someone I’d grown to hate, but I did.
I was pretty sure that when
someone like Mathias came into your life they were impossible to forget.
He was like the sun, burning so
bright that even once he was gone I was still blinded.
“Did you ever miss me?” I asked.
“Even once?” I held my breath, waiting for him to explode—because that was
Mathias. He could be nice one minute and an asshole the next. I wouldn’t put it
past him to kick me out for my question.
Instead he surprised me by leaning in impossibly
closer and nuzzling my neck. “Always.”
Author Bio

Micalea
Smeltzer is a bestselling Young and New Adult author from Winchester, Virginia.
She’s always working on her next book, and when she has spare time she loves to
read and spend time with her family.

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My Review

*I received an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

First off, let me say that Micalea Smeltzer never ceases to let me down with a new release. Every time she comes out with new book I fall in love. I loved this second book in the Willow Creek series! I enjoyed getting to see more of Mathias because we know that in Last to Know he isn’t the nicest person nor is he the easiest to get along with. In Never Too Late we get a look into the past to see what Mathias went through to make him the way that he is.

I really liked Remy’s character although at times I felt she was a bit too hard, but it’s understandable considering what she went through. Remy is a strong and independent character that I fell in love with right away. She had been through some pretty messed up things and I applaud her for being brave and moving forward in her life. Another character I loved was Remy’s grandmother. She was so hilarious! Can I please just steal her and make her my grandma?? Micalea does a wonderful job at creating another amazingly perfect grandmother (see Outsider series) and I fell in love with her.

The relationship between Remy and Mathias was…unique. Considering that these are two people who went through some pretty effed up things, their relationship is bound to be rocky. Remy hides something pretty major from Mathias that I promise not to spoil for you, but lets just say that it really angers him at first and rightfully so!

Anyway, Never Too Late is an amazing book that I loved from beginning to end and would definitely read again. I absolutely recommend this series to everyone. And please note that although this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a standalone. Although it does make it ten times better to have read the first one which is FREE for right now! I give this book five out of five creamers!! :D

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Switched by Amanda Hocking Review

When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right.  She’s not the person she’s always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes.

Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her.  Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken…though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she’d ever admit.  But it isn’t long before he reveals the truth:  Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he’s come to take her home.   

Now Wendy’s about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that’s both beautiful and frightening.  And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she’s meant to become…


This book….this book was really good <3 this is the second time I’ve read this book and I have to say that I fell in love with it even more the second time around! Wendy is an interesting character. Obviously she isn’t like a typical girl, but she has moments where she can act her age. Sometimes I found myself getting irritated with her thought because she would just act immature and not listen to what was going on around her or what people were trying to tell her to do.

Wendy’s real mother, the queen, may have seemed pretty mean or harsh, but I actually found her rather likable. I feel like she put Wendy in check and this was good because if Wendy was going to be queen she needed to learn to act appropriately. The queen was a strong character and I actually admired her character because she was strong and independent. You could tell though that despite the way she treated Wendy, that she did indeed love her.

Now onto Finn. What can I say about Finn….I guess I can say that I didn’t really care for his character that much. To me he seemed kind of annoying and way too overbearing. Maybe that’s just me, I don’t know, but yeah. Finn had moments where I did like him though <3 I liked how he put his job before things and how he would do anything to protect the queen and Wendy.

Overall, this book was really good (obviously if I re-read it lol) and I’d probably read a third time :) I give this book 4 coffee creamers out of 5 because the plot was good and the characters were just okay; Wendy and Finn bothered me at times, but they didn’t make me hate the book. I recommend this book to anyone interested in reading something a little different :)

Release Day Blitz & Review~Sometimes Moments by Len Webster

Hello guys!! It’s a little late here (almost the 13th!) I had to school today and when I came home I was talking to my mom about school stuff so this is getting posted a little bit later than it was supposed to :/ terribly sorry about the late post! Anywho, this is the Release Day Blitz and my Review of Sometimes Moments by Len Webster.

My Review of Sometimes Moments:

***I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

This is actually the first book that I’ve read by Len Webster and I have to say that it was absolutely amazing! Peyton and Callum are just amazing <3 At first, I won’t lie, I thought Callum was such an asshole to Peyton. I mean, how could he just up and leave her like that? He was Peyton’s first love and when he left her and broke her heart, I truly felt terrible for Peyton. They were best-friends-turned-lovers and he leaves when things get serious.

After Callum leaves their small town for the city, the book fast forwards to the future. Peyton has not yet gotten over Callum and you find out that her parents have died and she’s now taking over their bed and breakfast. I loved Peyton’s character so much <3 I felt like despite what Callum had done to her, she still tried to move on with her life and make the best of things. Sure, she still thought about him, but that was understandable.

One day Callum Reid shows back up in Peyton’s life. Peyton is shocked when he comes back into her life without any warning. I have to say that I, at first, did indeed dislike Callum for what he had done to Peyton. However, as you continue to read the book, you find out that Callum truly cares for Peyton and the reason he left her all those years ago is absolutely heartbreaking. Callum’s character was funny, smart, caring, sweet, and just all around amazing throughout the book and I really fell in love with his character.

Overall, Sometimes Moments is not your typical romance novel. In fact, it is far from that. This book will make you laugh, want to throw your e-reader or book at the wall, and have you reaching for your tissue box. Hell, I was bawling my eyes out like a baby for a good half an hour. Len Webster writes this book so beautifully and it is one that you will not want to miss! I give this book five out five creamers and would read it again for sure!

 
 
BOOK: Sometimes Moments
AUTHOR:  Len Webster
RELEASE DATE: January 12th, 2015
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SYNOPSIS
One
blink,
One
breath of air,
One
moment in time …
Could
change your life forever.
Growing
up, Peyton Spencer fell in love with the boy across the road, Callum Reid. As
the years went by, it only made sense that they would wind up being completely
and utterly infatuated with each other. That was, until the morning Peyton
wakes up to find Callum packing up and leaving the small town they lived in.
Left heartbroken and with no explanation, Peyton spends the next four years of
her life without him, ensuring they never cross paths again.
At
seventeen and months after Callum leaves her, Peyton buries her parents—feeling
more alone than ever before. Now at twenty-one, she’s inherited the family
hotel, The Spencer-Dayle. Just when she thinks life couldn’t get more
complicated, the one person that shattered her heart, soul and belief returns.
For Peyton, his return opens up all her old wounds and resurfaces the memories
she’s tried to forget.
He’s
not the same boy she once fell in love with. He’s guarded and keeps secrets
close to him. Peyton knows her life will begin to unravel.
Untold
truths will finally come to light. Whether or not Peyton wants to hear it, the
truth will undoubtedly break her heart all over again. 
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EXCERPT
Peyton listened until Jay’s familiar laugh rang high and then she
breathed out. His laugh was a form of remedy for her. Though he was so much
like Peyton and Graham, he was far different from them. Jay was comfortable
with his life. For Peyton, she was just managing.
Shaking her head, Peyton looked down at the papers sprawled on the
table. The sound of a chair scratching caught her attention. When she lifted
her gaze, she was irritated to see none other than Callum Reid sitting in front
of her, his arms crossed over his chest.
Peyton closed her eyes tight and sat properly in her chair. It was a
talk Callum wanted, and Peyton had thoroughly avoided it since his return.
“Peyton,” Callum acknowledged in a dull tone.
“Callum,” she said, mimicking the lifeless pitch in his voice.
His lips pursed and he eyed her. Silence was exchanged between them,
suffocating her. When it reached an unbearable quota, Peyton started to collect
her work.
“Why does everyone in this town love you so much but hate me? I grew up
here too.”
His question startled her, causing Peyton to lift her head and glance at
him. His eyes swept over the pub, filled with disbelief.
He really doesn’t get it.
“Because you left, Callum,” Peyton stated.
He slowly turned his head until his eyes met hers. Callum’s jaw locked
as if he were attempting to control his emotions around her.
“So did everyone else,” he pointed out.
“Everyone had their reasons.”
Callum’s eyes flashed and he abruptly leant forward. “And I didn’t,
Peyton?”
“Yes, you did. But you didn’t give me
a reason. They all left because they gave a reason. They told the town. They
let people know. But you? You just up and left, Callum. You didn’t tell me.”
Callum flinched like her words had hurt him, which Peyton found
ridiculous. “I had my reasons, Peyton,” he said through clenched teeth. “But
that doesn’t explain why these people I’ve grown up with can’t even look at
me.”
This time, it was Peyton who flinched. Her eyes burned. He still didn’t
get it.
“Because you didn’t come back!” she shouted, tears running down her
cheeks. That façade she had hid behind crumbled. She no longer used a fake
smile. For Peyton, this was as raw and as naked as it got for her.
His eyes grew sadder, but she didn’t care. Around them the voices had
started to hush until the pub had silenced around them.
“Look around you, Peyton. Nobody else came back!” Callum raised his
voice.
Her heart clenched at the truth he spoke.
“But they did,” she sobbed.
Callum shook his head. “No, they didn’t.”
“But they did when I needed them the most!” Peyton cried before she
wiped the tears from her cheeks, hating the weakness she was showing.
“What?” he breathed.
“They all came backevery single one of them. The town hates you because
you didn’t come back. Everyone came back, Callum. My parents’ funeral
they were all there…except for you!” Her lips trembled as the heat
burned through her chest.
“Peyton,” he said almost apologetically.
“No! That one day. Their funeral. That was the day you could have
redeemed yourself, Callum. I don’t care if you couldn’t love me. I needed you
then. I lost them and you didn’t show. It was their funeral, Callum. They died.
My parents, they loved you. Don’t you get that? They loved you! They wanted me
to forgive you, but I couldn’t, and when they died, I knew I could never
forgive you. You didn’t have to be there for me. You could have been there to
pay your respects or to say goodbye, but you didn’t. The moment I buried them,
I buried any hope of you redeeming yourself.”
“I’m—”
Peyton shook her head. “Save it. If you had just come back, I would have
forgiven you for breaking my heart. I don’t care if you couldn’t love me back.
I just needed your support and for you to acknowledge their deaths. They all
came back. The only person who didn’t show was you.” Peyton sniffed and tucked
her hair behind her ear.
That was the day she had vowed she would never let him back into her
life. The last glint of hope had died with the very last breath her parents had
breathed that day all those years ago.
AUTHOR BIO

The truth is, Len Webster is a romance-loving Melbournian with dreams of finding her version of ‘The One.’ She calls Australia home, but secretly wishes a man with a beautiful accent would whisk her away. She’s been called a hopeless romantic and a firm believer of happily ever afters, which she doesn’t object to.

Having just completed her Bachelor in Business and Commerce, Len can be found daydreaming of her next Europe adventure or swooning over Mr. Darcy. Her best friends are a hot cup of tea, red velvet cupcakes, a warm jumper and her MacBook, ready to write to her heart’s content.
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My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent Review

My Soul to Take (Soul Screamers, #1)

“She doesn’t see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next.”


To begin with, this book has always been one of my favorites (this is my second time reading it). I love how the author created such an amazing world and created characters that I was able to fall in love with.

Prior to reading this, I hadn’t know what bean sidhes, more commonly known as banshees, were. Ms. Vincent does an amazing job at explaining what they are.

I fell in love with Kaylee’s character from the beginning. She was funny, but you could still see that she wasn’t perfect; she had her flaws just like everyone else. I think the relationship between Kaylee and her best friend Emma is sweet because the two of them are like sisters. Nash Hudson, the most popular guy in school, later becomes Kaylee’s boyfriend and Tod Hudson, Nash’s brother, is my all time favorite character. His sense of humor just makes the book that much better.

Anywho, a big theme in this book is finding yourself. Kaylee has struggled her whole life to fit in. Being as she is a banshee, every time someone is going to die, Kaylee gets the urge to wail. When Kaylee meets Nash, he explains to her what a bean sidhe is and what she can do. I feel like the relationship between Kaylee and Nash was just a little rushed. She continuously says how she doesn’t want to be played by him and won’t fall for him, but the next second she trusts him more than her family. Now granted, Kaylee’s family did lie to her for her whole life, but I still thought it was weird she listened to a guy she barely knew over her family.

Kaylee is actually a pretty strong character. When she finds out that girls are dying in her town from suspicious deaths, she tries to figure out who, or what, is causing them. I thought that this was really brave of her because she was new to the bean sidhe life and she had no idea what she was getting into.

There’s not a whole lot that I can say without spoiling the book, but I do highly recommend this books to people. Overall, the book is just so beautifully written and the world it creates is engaging and unique. I give this book five out five creamers because it was that good!

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Review

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“Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.”


Fahrenheit 451 was a rather interesting read. This whole book actually kind of confused me for the most part. Maybe it’s because it’s an older book; I don’t know. However, I struggled at times to understand what was going on in the book and that just confused me quite a bit. I couldn’t distinguish certain events in the book because of the wording that the author used and I just found myself highly confused most times. Despite that, I still understood the concept of the book.

The whole burning books thing made me feel…indifferent. I was angry towards the government of that world to allow people to just go in and burn the thought and creations of people like it were nothing. However, I understood why there did it. They wanted everyone to conform and to be the same. They couldn’t risk people being different because that meant that if people were different, there would be a lot more fights and war and disagreements.

Conformity plays a big piece in this book. Just like in almost any dystopian novel, the government wants the people to conform to their standard of normal. For example, in Divergent they want people to conform to one social group, either honest, selfless, brave, intelligent, or peaceful. I feel like Fahrenheit 451 was the book that started dystopian novels. I also feel like Fahrenheit 451 was what brought conformity in novels to light. To me, Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books that shaped literature and other genres.

Now, the storyline of Fahrenheit 451 is quite intriguing to me. I felt like the book was slightly rushed, however the concept of the book (the burning of books) made begin to wonder what it would be like if we lived in a world where burning books was normal. If that were the case, I don’t know what I would do because I read so much and it helps me to forget about things.

Clarisse’s character had to be my favorite character. Clarisse was one of those girls who was very outspoken and opinionated and I thought that she was rather admirable. She was wise and appeared well beyond her years and she caused Montag to take a look at himself and change who he was. I feel like without Clarisse, Montag would have never realized that he was unhappy with his life.

Montag’s character, on the other hand, kind of irritated me actually. One moment he thought books were horrible, the next he wanted to keep them all and read them and make a difference, but he just went about things carelessly. He spoke to his wife’s friends about books and didn’t even think about the repercussions of it. Then he went to Faber’s house when he was being chased and thought nothing of it.

Overall, I found this book to be actually quite boring. There wasn’t much action and when there was action, it didn’t make any sense and it was just weird and unexplained. The concept of this book was good and I feel like it was a breakthrough in the dystopian genre, however I just didn’t feel like it lived up to its full potential because it just felt really rushed to me and left me with unanswered questions. So, despite the things that I loved about the book, there were some thing I disliked about the book. I’m going to have to give this book 3.5 coffee creamers out of 5, just because I felt it was too rushed and was left unanswered.

Dead Is The New Black by Marlene Perez Review

“Welcome to Nightshade, California—a small town full of secrets. It’s home to the psychic Giordano sisters, who have a way of getting mixed up in mysteries. During their investigations, they run across everything from pom-pom-shaking vampires to shape-shifting boyfriends to a clue-spewing jukebox. With their psychic powers and some sisterly support, they can crack any case!

Teenage girls are being mysteriously attacked all over town, including at Nightshade High School, where Daisy Giordano is a junior. When Daisy discovers that a vampire may be the culprit, she can’t help but suspect head cheerleader Samantha Devereaux, who returned from summer break with a new “look.” Samantha appears a little . . . well, dead, and all the most popular kids at school are copying her style.

Is looking dead just another fashion trend for Samantha, or is there something more sinister going on? To find out, Daisy joins the cheerleading squad.”


Okay let me start off by saying that this is the second time I have read this book c: However, this is the first time that I have written a review on the book. So, the first time I read this book, I was probably 12 or 13, so I read it about 2-3 years ago. And let me just say that at that age, I loved just about every book I read. I still do most times, however I now tend to notice the good and the bad things about books that I read. So let me start off with the good!

For one, I absolutely love this book and the series. Despite it being a short and easy read, I still fell in love with all of the characters and they are just amazing. For me, this book and the next three in the series, will always be one of my favorites.

Secondly, the relationship between Daisy, Poppy, Rose, and their mother is just the greatest! The three sisters are really funny and goof around with each other, but at the same time they still are there for each other. Their mom may not be around all of the time because of her job, but she still loves her daughters more than anything. Also, I thought that it was really interesting how the author named all of the sisters after flowers :)

And thirdly; Ryan. Freaking. Mendez. Ryan is just so asdfghjkl!! He is the sweetest guy ever and he is soo funny. Throughout the first four books (don’t worry I’m not spoiling anything for those of you haven’t read it lol), Daisy and Ryan are just the sweetest and cutest couple ever!

Some other good things I liked about the book was how creative the author was when she created the world of Nightshade. The plot may be slightly cliche, but I feel like the author did put her own twist on all things supernatural in this book.

Now, I’m not going to call these things “bad things” because as a writer myself, I wouldn’t like if somebody said something in my book was “bad” or “terrible.” I would prefer them to use constructive criticism when writing a review, so that’s what I will be doing myself.

One thing that I did not particularly care for was the lack of depth. Despite how much I love this book, I felt like the book did not have very much depth and substance. For example, the character Samantha was a cheerleader but the way she was portrayed to be was bitchy, mean, and rude. I felt that she was a very dry character because one minute she was all nice to Daisy, and the next she was bossing her around and the author never explains to us (at least not in this book guys) why Samantha has went through such a drastic change and why she is the way she is now.

Another thing was that I would have liked more background as to what Daisy’s father did and how her family got all of their physic abilities, rather than having things explained later in the series. I felt that this makes first-time readers not want to continue the series because there is not much detail in the first book.

Overall, I really do love this book, despite some of the minor issues with it. It’s short, cute, funny, and entertaining. I think the reason I really love this book is because of how cliche it is c: i’m giving this book 4.5 out of 5 coffee creamers because of the lack of detail and depth.

This book is really cute and if you’re looking for a quick and light read, I totally recommend it! :)

Sold by Patricia McCormick Review

Lakshmi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives with her family in a small hut on a mountain in Nepal. Though she is desperately poor, her life is full of simple pleasures, like playing hopscotch with her best friend from school, and having her mother brush her hair by the light of an oil lamp. But when the harsh Himalayan monsoons wash away all that remains of the family’s crops, Lakshmi’s stepfather says she must leave home and take a job to support her family.

He introduces her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid in the city. Glad to be able to help, Lakshmi journeys to India and arrives at “Happiness House” full of hope. But she soon learns the unthinkable truth: she has been sold into prostitution.

An old woman named Mumtaz rules the brothel with cruelty and cunning. She tells Lakshmi that she is trapped there until she can pay off her family’s debt—then cheats Lakshmi of her meager earnings so that she can never leave.

Lakshmi’s life becomes a nightmare from which she cannot escape. Still, she lives by her mother’s words— Simply to endure is to triumph—and gradually, she forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when she must make a decision—will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?


Well, this book was a very interesting book. Let me begin by saying that this is not a book that I would pick up at a bookstore simply because it’s not a book that I would typically read. I had to read this book for school and I was surprised at everything that happened in the book. Lakshmi is not a girl that the author based off of one person she met, but rather multiple women she met in Nepal who were forced into sex trafficking. Lakshmi is a young girl of the age thirteen. She is naive to the reality of what happens when girls are told they will work as maids, which is expected because she is a child. One day, Lakshmi’s stepfather takes her down to the local shop where she is told she will go to the city to work as a maid. Upon arriving in the city, Lakshmi is surprised to learn that everything there is not what she expected. Lakshmi is taken to the Happiness House, where she is forced into being with men. This book was a very emotional book for me and a challenging one for me to read, simply because this stuff happens to young girls in real life and that is the harsh reality of life. I found it extremely horrible that Lakshmi was forced into having sex with much older men and she was only thirteen years old. I felt that throughout everything that was happening to her, Lakshmi remained a very strong person. I, being only fifteen, cannot imagine what I would do if it were me in that situation, but I felt Lakshmi stayed strong and held onto hope when most girls would have given up long ago. Overall, this book is a very difficult book to read because of what happens to the girls in the Happiness House. I feel like every time one of the girls started to have hope, something horrible happened and things got even worse for them. I will say that I have to give this book five out of five coffee creamers because it was that good. I definitely recommend this to people looking for a tough and challenging read, but just be warned that the book is graphic and has some very mature themes.