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Under a Million Stars by Rita BranchesUnder a Million Stars
by Rita Branches
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: August 8th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Can a beating heart bleed from the shattered pieces?

Her heart cracked when her best friend walked away; it completely shattered when she lost her family in a tragic accident.

Now orphaned at seventeen, Charlotte Peterson is forced to live with her former best friend, Jacob Parker. Charlie, a talented pianist, desperately wants their loving friendship back, but something is holding Jake back. The more she spirals into the darkness of depression, the more she needs him.

Jacob vowed to stay away from her—no matter how much he still loved her. Armed with secrets that would have destroyed both of their families, he chose to end their friendship and walk away, which nearly killed him. Ashe watches the girl he once knew begin to fade away, however, he realizes that their relationship is more important than the truth he’s hiding.

Now it’s up to Jacob to put the pieces of Charlie’s broken heart back together—even if it means revealing the secrets he so desperately wants to protect her from.

Will Jacob find a way to bring back the carefree, talented girl he once knew, or is it too late for both of them?

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I got interested in this book’s cover and so I requested to host the blog tour. Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches is a full load of emotional scenes. Even with just the starting chapters, my emotions was already stirred and I felt for Charlie.

Charlie is a talented girl who has everything she wanted, She plays the piano and she is very good at it, she has a happy family and two best friends. But, everything went down hill when a tragic accident took both of her parent’s lives and her younger brother also.

I really felt how Charlie was dealt with the pain, I really liked her and her relationship with her best friend Kylie. She shows strength and also a weakness that made her character really realistic.

I dislike Jacob in a way that he hadn’t told Charlie his secret. Why does he need to mess Charlie’s head, when he was also feeling the same way about her? I really don’t get his character, but this was all redeemed in the end.

Under a Million Stars by Rita Branches were an easy read and a very heart-warming one. Aside from some chapters or scenes that look a bit hastily done as it has the tendency to jump to one scene and to the other.


Book Review: Under a Million Stars
August 8, 2016
Teen & Young Adult, Drama, Contemporary, Romance
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Plot: Fast Paced
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Recommended: Yes.


About the Author
Rita Branches

Hi! I’m Rita Branches. I was born and raised in Portugal and I’m going to independently publish my debut novel in the Spring of 2016, Painting Sky.I am so happy that you decided to take a look at my work. Little bit about myself: along with being a writer, I am also a landscape architect. I started writing to bring ‘to life’ the stories that my mind created.I LOVE to read. It was and always will be my passion.

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Book Review: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

Remember: One small act of kindness can change a person’s life.
Your gut will never steer you wrong.
And it’s the people around you, those who would do anything for you,
who make your true family.
― Because I Love You, Tori Rigby


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Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.

I found this book over at Netgalley and the summary got me very interested, Andie’s life had gone into an emotional roller-coaster ride ever since she discovered that she was pregnant with her best friend’s child. I was curious on how the lead character would handle such traumatic incident, but oh boy being pregnant was just the tip of the iceberg.

Andie is not your typical girl, as a student, she already knows what she wants. She has a good record at school, co-captain in cheering and she dreams of being a doctor someday. I admire her for being strong, and her values are totally in check. One mistake with her best friend got her into this serious mess.

I love how the story emphasizes the value of family, bonded by blood or not. I really don’t think Andie could have strength like that without her mom guiding her all the way.

Well, you’re obviously grounded until further notice. But I think being pregnant at sixteen is punishment enough without me screaming at you.

And right now, I think you need your mommy more than ever. Am I right?

I kinda miss my mom already… Onion47 I really liked how close they were, and how her mom handles things just to protect her daughter.

Talking about friends who are not really your friends to the Nth power! I think this story covers it. I just want to punch Heather in the face! punch I mean, how can she stick to Andie for “years” if she hated her… and just of a guy? I mean, how can you ruin friendship just for a guy? And I don’t want to get started with Carter… cause he doesn’t have balls!

Niel, on the other hand, has a photographic mind that he doesn’t even need to study, he is good looking, very responsible, a good son, he is musically inclined with a very good singing voice and plays the guitar, and he is madly in love with Andie.

I don’t care if you’re pregnant. Blood isn’t what makes a family.

Who doesn’t want someone like that in their life?!! In love An absolutely perfect book boyfriend… meaning, not real!

Because I love you by Tori Rigby is must read. There’s value here and so many lessons to learn. Through this book, I was reminded that letting go of someone you love so dear, isn’t really goodbye or the end. In fact, it’s a new beginning.

I gave this book 4 stars not because I didn’t enjoy it that much, I did, but I think those series of events that Andie has to face seems a little bit of an overkill but aside from that, I really loved this one… SOOO MUCH! Written in Red by Anne Bishop

This is a book you can devour in one sitting and find yourself very contented in the end.

Don’t forget to check out those free YA kindle books and the bargain YA kindle books available today over at amazon! ^_^


Book Review: Because I Love You
May 17, 2016 | Blaze Publishing, LLC
Teen & Young Adult, Drama, Contemporary, Romance
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Plot: Medium Paced
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Recommended: A must read!


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Tori Rigby is a YA author of Contemporary and Historical Romances. She longs to live in the Scottish Highlands, and her favorite time and place in history is Medieval England—so much that she’d give up her Internet and running water to go back in time! Tori also writes YA genre fiction as Vicki Leigh.


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Book Review: Unlocked by Margo Kelly

Book Review: Unlocked by Margo Kelly

“Plug had drawn a picture of the damn,
Inspired by something in the backroom,
and his dad was a necromancer.
What was I even doing here?”
― Unlocked, Margo Kelly


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Hannah was living a perfect life. Perfect grades, perfect friends, perfect boyfriend. Until they all went to the carnival and participate in a hypnosis act. Everything in her life went under.

After the tragic car accident that took the life of her best friend’s boyfriend, and both her best friend and boyfriend in the ICU, Hannah’s life has never been the same again. She is starting to see and hear things others don’t, she is doing things that she wasn’t aware of or can’t remember she was doing and she is freakishly afraid that she might end up like her crazy father.

But why is someone going in and out of her bedroom, putting things out of place, and ordering her around? Is Hannah really seeing the unknown or is she being manipulated?

Unlocked by Kelly Margo is absolutely CRAZY! Crazy Ironically, I’ve been so curious about hypnosis lately and then this book landed on my “to review list”. At first, I got to predict who was traumatizing Hannah and I thought that was it for this book. Since it was so predictable I might as well drop it, but then I got really compelled by the story as I read.

Hannah is a strong character, I really admire her for being persistent into “still” living a normal life after what had happened to her and what was happening to her.

Plug (a.k.a Eugene yes, let’s use that as his a.k.a.) is the boy who help Hannah get through all the craziness, I don’t hate him but I don’t actually like him either. Maybe because I find him a bit more on the occult phenomenon without having basis. It just looks like he is a fanatic and was trying to experiment on Hannah, kinda thing. All in all, he was okay.

What I like about this book is that, even though I kinda predicted who’s who, the events in this book isn’t really what you typically what you expect it to be, I wanted to know more about what will happen and how they can unlock the mystery of what really is happening around Hannah.

Although I find their investigative procedure very convenient, like a bunch of friends who has this webcam program and the other one was a like private investigator. I liked how they turned out solving the case in the end.

If you like mystery, a bit of a thrill then this book is definitely for you!


Book Review: Unlocked by Margo Kelly
October 1, 2016 | Merit Press
Teen & Young Adult, Thiller & Suspense, Mystery, SciFi
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My Rating: 5 Stars
Plot: Fast Paced
Page Turner: YES!
Continued?: No.
Recommended: Yes, definitely! ( Available on October 1, 2016)


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Margo Kelly loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She enjoys writing mysteries and thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give readers the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. Her award-winning debut, Who R U Really?, was published by Merit Press (an imprint of F+W Media) in 2014. Her second novel, Unlocked, will be published by Merit Press in October 2016. Margo welcomes opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.


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Book Review: Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter


Book Review: Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter

“It breaks through the walls around my heart
and finally, he’s there, washing me in the same emotions.
Faltering hope. Desire. So much love…”
― Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter


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I must say Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salter is indeed very dark, emotional and full of secrets that it kept me reading until the end. I kept predicting what happened to the character but always ended up wrong.

Tully has a secret that kept her from touching other people, because the moment they touch her hand, they feel what she is feeling. Feelings that she kept well hidden because of her darkest past and all she ever wanted in her life was to graduate and move out of the hellish town she is living in.

Chris is a complete opposite of her, he has a perfect family, perfect school records and popular. The first time he saw her, he knows instantly that he likes Tully.

But when Chris touches her, Tully didn’t expect Chris’s reaction to her powers.

This book has got me wondering what Tully and her father’s secret is. It started out with a visit from her Grandma and was thinking why she and her father is acting weird about it. This book kept me going because of wanting to know more of Tully’s secret and believe me it struck me hard when I finally discover it.

The story revolves around a teenager who wanted to escape from her abusive alcoholic father and was involved with the wrong kind of friends. I understand why she is acting the way she does, Tully is a troubled kid… a totally damaged one inside and out.

“It doesn’t matter that we are oil and water, When he smiles, when he touches me, I feel something I haven’t felt in a long time. Something dangerously close to hope.” -Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salters

I admire Chris’s personality and wonder if someone like him really exists in this world. He shows imperfection quite a little but as a hopeless romantic, I’d let this book get away with his paragon.

The storytelling is very good, the plot is truly devastating… in a good way. I liked how it ends with a very hopeful tone despite all the negativities that happened to Tully.


Book Review: Dark Touch by Aimee L. Salters
February 23, 2016, Alloy Entertainment
Young Adult, Romance, Drama, Paranormal, Fantasy

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My Rating: 4 Stars
Plot: Medium Paced
Page Turner: Yes.
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Recommended: Yes.


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Celebrated Christian, Aimee L. Salters was born in Oregon and grew up in New Zealand. She is now with her husband and son living happily in Southern Oregon. She started out as a self-published author with her novel Every Ugly Word became her debut novel when it was acquired and re-released by Alloy Entertainment back in 2014.


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Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“I bring it up to let you know that this is the way I feel right now.
Like Pluto and Jupiter are aligned with the Earth
And I’m floating.
― All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven


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This has been one helluva emotional roller coaster for me. Another one after I’ve read Slammed by Colleen Hoover last year. I was happy, hopeful, sad and broken as I read along from start to finish. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven have so many negativity in it and each negativity comes to an equivalent positivity. This book is about hope and despair, it’s about living and dying all mixed up into this simple yet beautifully crafted story. I never thought I get hooked… or get emotionally damaged at the same time. Onion94

It is a story about a girl named Violet who was saved by a teenage nobody called Finch who was compelled by death or the different ways to take his own life.

I really want to give you a summary of the story, just like I’m always doing with my previous review, I want to describe how Violet and Finch met, how they end up together, how they became best of friends, how they fell in love, about their marvelous field trip or “wanderings” but I really feel that I won’t give justice to this book. You must read it to experience it all.

I like the characters so much, they felt real to me, not just a fictional character. Their feelings, each actions to events… they are real. I can relate to them in all different kinds of way. I understand why Violet slowly fell in love with Finch, his character is so beautiful. He is very smart and witty, they both are, and their chemistry is a blast! He always say the right thing to say, he always know what to do ( when he is with Violet…) He is super funny and perfect gentleman. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I think I’ve got a map in my car that wants to be used, and I think there are places we can go that need to be seen. Maybe no one else will ever visit them and appreciate them or take the time to think they’re important, but maybe even the smallest places mean something. And if not, may they can mean something to us. -Finch, All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven.

Aside from the story, I was really captivated how this book contains the most inspiring quotes I ever read. It was truly a life changing experience for me.

Your hope lies in accepting your life as it now lies before  you, forever change. If you can do that, that peace you seek will follow. – Violet, All the Bright Place by Jennifer Niven.

It shatters me into tiny pieces, and for a moment or two an hour or two, I felt what Violet felt in the end. Onion81

 


Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
January 6, 2015, Knopf
Young Adult, Romance, Drama, Contemporary, Death, Mental Health

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Book ReviewSarah Combs The Light FantasticMy Rating: 5 Stars
Plot: Medium Paced
Page Turner: Yes.
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Recommended: Definitely, YES!


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Jennifer Niven started compiling her written works since she was 10 years old but at the year 2000 she decided to take writing as a professional career and never looked back. She is now working on her tenth book and her 9th book will be released on October 4, 2016.


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