Book Review || Faking Perfect

Faking Perfect

Book Information:

Title: Faking Perfect

Author: Rebecca Phillips

Format: ebook from Netgalley

Release Date: June 30th 2015

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis (Goodreads)

When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High’s resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.
2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.
3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

My thoughts

– This book teaches the reader a valuable lesson.

– Lexi spends hours putting on the perfect face before she leaves for school every day. In everyone’s eyes, she is perfect and flawless. Little do they know that she is faking perfect.

– Lexi starts a secret hooking up relationship with the school’s resident drug dealer, Tyler. He must follow her three rules: avoid her at school, keep his mouth shut, and don’t talk about her crush on Ben. 

– When Ben finally asks Lexi out, everything starts crashing down. Lexi’s perfect image becomes cracked and flawed. 

– This book is a great example of not judging a book by it’s cover. Nothing is what it seems.

– Even though Rebecca, wrote Tyler as the school bad boy, he was my favorite character. From page one, I fell in love with him. I was rooting for him to get his happy ending.

– This is a great and quick read, everyone should read it.



Book Review || Any Way You Slice it

Book Information:

Title: Any Way You Slice It

Author: Kristine Carlson Asselin

Format: ebook from Netgalley

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Sports


A lucky shot on the ice, the hot hockey player who melts it, and her dad’s ban on all things rink related could mean the chance of a lifetime for Penelope…or land her in the penalty box.

Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away. . .

Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives down the street, dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her father and his expectations.
The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey . . . and Jake’s not half bad either. But she knows it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.

She’s absolutely not going to tell her parents until she’s sure it will be worth the inevitable fight. Not only is she skipping shifts at Slice Pizza while a foodie reality show is on the horizon, but her lies are starting to take their toll on her game. It’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart.

With the team counting on her and with her relationship with Jake on the line, will she have to sacrifice the thing she wants most for the people she loves? Or can she step up and take her best shot?


My thoughts

 – There is just so much to love about this book. A female trying to make it in a man’s sport always excites me. She goes after what she loves., even if her parents don’t agree.

– Penelope wants to play hockey instead of following in her father’s footsteps. of slinging pizzas but her parents have a different idea.  Her father forces her into the reality life with their pizza shop. She is living a double life. One playing hockey and the other to please her family. When the two worlds are ready to collide, she must decide. If her unique band of characters, she ultimately gets to make the right choice. 

– This book has all the elements of a great book. A good plot line, great characters, A strong female lead and a romantic arc!



Book Review || Addy and the Smart Guy

Addy And The Smart Guy (Big Girl Panties #3)

Book Information:

Title: Addy and the smart guy (Big Girl Panties #3)

Author: Carter Ashby

Format: ebook from Netgalley

Release Date: March 10th 2015

Genre: Fiction, Romance


If it weren’t for her best friends, Zoey and Maya, Addy Hart would be a prudish, uptight Barbie doll. Thankfully, through love and persistence, they’ve helped introduce her to her wild side. Unfortunately, even her wild side doesn’t have the courage to go after the one thing she wants more than life itself.

Dr. Greyson McDaniel has resisted his lovely teaching assistant for three years, now. He has no intentions of endangering his job or her reputation. But as spring break approaches, he’s seized with a wicked impulse. He invites her to his mountain retreat for a week. Just one week of intense escape.

What they both discover after their affair is that a week isn’t nearly enough. But as much as they long to be together, there are obstacles in their way, and the ethics of student-teacher relationships are the least of their problems. When she realizes how deeply rooted Grey’s commitment issues are, Addy begins to despair of ever having a happy ending with him. But Addy’s love might be just what’s needed to free him of his past.


My review:

– This book was amazing. I was rooting for Addy and Greyson from the very beginning. I wanted them to get their happy ending from page one. 

– Even through ethically, a professor shouldn’t do anything with his student, it is still a great love story. It’s got forbidden love that turns into something more. 

– The road to their love didn’t come without drama. There was just the right amount of drama to make everything flow together. 

– Even though this book is a part of the series, it worked well as a standalone. 


Book Review || The In-Between

Tara Jenkins and Justin Westcroft used to be childhood BFFs. Now in high school, Justin’s a popular, all-star athlete, and Tara spends her days admiring him from afar. But when Tara saves Justin from nearly drowning in a freak accident, he’s unable to get her out of his mind. In no time at all, Tara and Justin fall deeply in love. And even though it’s only high school, they seem destined for a Happily Ever After.

Until tragedy strikes—and this time, Justin’s not so lucky. Tara passes through her days as a shell of her former self: Justin’s dead, but she can still feel his presence, and she can’t seem to let him go.

But there’s a reason for that, and it’s not just grief: Justin is In Between, and he’s still holding on.

They say that when someone saves you, you’re tied to them for life. But what about in the afterlife?


My thoughts:

This book was so rough to get through. The summary made the story sound so promising but I was rather disappointed. We knew going in that Justin was going to die but I had no idea when. It made it harder to focus on the beginning chapters of the book because I was just waiting for him to die. And once he did, I was over the book. I toughed my way through the book. However, I did like the characters of Tara and Justin. They were teenagers and talked like teenagers. Most of the time, teenagers in stories talk like they are in their 30s. I felt for Tara and losing her love. Sometimes it’s hard to be the person left behind.

This was my first adventure in paranormal romance type of books. Maybe if I try some more books out of this genre, I’ll give this one another go.



Title: The In-Between
Author: Olivia Pierce
Format: Ebook (Free copy in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley)
Pages: NA
Release Date: November 26th 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Book Review (ARC) || Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory

Seventeen-year-old Kami is into science, way smarter than she should be, a little obtuse, and born to investigate. The kind of girl who excels in Martial Arts and runs a chaos theory experiment in her locker.

Kami finds a way to focus her talents when she meets Daniel, whose younger sister Julia died from an overdose of prescription drugs—drugs that the cops think came from Daniel’s stash. First Daniel turns up at Kami’s MA class, and later she saves him from a couple of drug dealers at the local skate park. Neither episode endears him to her, but Kami views life as a series of data points, and in Daniel’s case, the data do not add up.

In Chaos Theory, first time author M Evonne Dobson not only tells a fast-paced mystery, but also explores her protagonist’s deep need to understand the chaotic lives of those around her, lives that refuse to be neat, clean, and simple. Especially when death happens to those you love. Set in Iowa, Chaos Theory is a young adult contemporary crime novel, the first in a proposed series tentatively called The Kami Files.


My thoughts:

When I started reading this book, I wasn’t so sure I would like it. I thought about not finishing it a couple of times. However, I stuck with it and I’m so glad that I did. I’m a sucker when it comes to puzzles. This was a big puzzle that was super fun to figure out along side Kami. There wasn’t much of a love story, which was completely fine. It didn’t need it. I look forward to move books like this. The author keep me on my toes all the way to the end. This book has it all. You can consider Kami the modern day Nancy Drew.

Title: Chaos Theory
Author: M. Evonne Dobson
Format: Ebook (Free copy in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley)
Pages: 292 Pages
Release Date: Feburary 15th 2015
Genre: Young Adult