Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book Review: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak

The Heartbreakers (The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1) by Ali Novak
Genre: Young Adult (Contemporary Romance)
Date Published: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD...for four hours. She's totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she'll never see him again.

Except, Stella's life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak was a story about finding yourself. Stella's life had revolved around her sister, Cara's, sickness. While she really does want to be there for her sister because she blames herself for the cancer not being caught earlier, she also has used it as a crutch to hide behind when it comes to getting her life started. Meeting Oliver changes everything. Suddenly, she's presented with an opportunity that's too good to pass up. Once she's on the road with The Heartbreakers, they all become very close. I enjoyed the friendships that developed between Stella and all the band members as much as I enjoyed the romance. They all had some growing up to do, and they helped each other along the way. We should all be so lucky to have this kind of support system.

The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.

Ali Novak is a twenty-three-year-old Wisconsin native and recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s creative writing program. She started writing her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was only fifteen, and since then, her work has received more than 100 million hits online. When she isn’t writing, Ali enjoys Netflix marathons and traveling with her husband Jared.

To learn more about Ali Novak and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Tour! A Review of Eden's Creatures by Valerie Zambito

Eden's Creatures by Valerie Zambito
Genre: New Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: July 2, 2015
Publisher: Self

Cal Taylor hates his life. A neglectful mother, an abusive stepfather, and town thugs all conspire to tear him down. But, he never could have imagined that his dreams of striking out on his own would take him to a whole different world. 

When he stumbles into the mystical Faedin, he can’t help but be drawn to the beautiful girl who captures him. Stassi is everything he’s not. Confident. Strong. Ruthless. More animal than human really. Before he knows it, they’re caught in a dangerous struggle for survival and neither are prepared for the cunning of the serpent that slithers just out of sight.

Eden's Creatures by Valerie Zambito puts a different spin on Eden, Fallen Angels, and Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Stassi seems to have an almost dream life in paradise, while Cal lives a pretty hellish life. Together they couldn't be more different, but they work. I didn't feel the chemistry as strong as I would have liked to between these two. They seemed to have strong feelings for each other at times, but they let their differences separate them too much. So, it was a little hard to back the relationship, when it didn't seem like either party was really ready or into it. The plot was pretty intriguing though. I feel like this was a Fallen Angel story, but yet it wasn't typical for a Fallen Angel story. It's also a coming of age story in an alternate reality. Basically, it was pretty much its own thing. I liked the originality it brought to the reader.

Eden's Creatures by Valerie Zambito was kindly provided to me by Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for review. The opinions are my own.

Heroic fantasy author, Valerie Zambito, lives in New York with her family. A great love of world building, character creation, and all things magic led to the publication of her epic fantasy series, ISLAND SHIFTERS, in October, 2011. The first book in her paranormal fantasy series, ANGELS OF THE KNIGHTS, followed in 2012.

To learn more about Valerie Zambito and her books, visit her website & blog.You can also find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.