Who She Was by Stormy Smith

Book Review #121

Title: Who She Was

Author: Stormy Smith

Publication: Perfect Storm Publishing, LLC

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary 

Format: e-book

Release Date: May 4, 2017

Pages: 320 pages


Trevor Adler loathes the music he used to love, but it’s the key to his full-ride scholarship and the ticket away from his dysfunctional parents. To kick off their freshman year, Trevor’s roommate drags him to a frat party, where he ends up face-to-face with his childhood best friend and finds himself entrenched in memories he’d rather forget.

Unable to let Charlie go again without understanding the truth of why she disappeared from his life and chose to become the type of person they always hated, Trevor is relentless in his pursuit of the girl he once knew.
Charlotte (Charlie) Logan is broken. Under her perfectly-crafted exterior are the shards of a shattered heart. A handful of angry words changed her life completely and Charlie’s never been able to forgive herself for the truth she’s hidden from everyone.

While Trevor pushes Charlie to remember the music that lit her soul and the laughter they shared, they find themselves reverting to a banter-filled rhythm that feels all too familiar, yet different now. When Trevor’s own secrets come to light, it becomes clear he and Charlie both must face their tragic pasts if they have any hope at a future together. 

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the author. 

I am going to be straight to the point. I didn’t see and feel the connection between the two main characters. I find that they have too many issues weighing them down and only realise their affections right towards the very end. 

Although, the idea of a friend to lover is enticing if it is weaved through with a flow but for this book, not so much. I guess I had such high expectations about the story and it just didn’t quite reach it. 

The plotline is interesting but it still wouldn’t win the pro against my cons list. I’d still look forward to what the author has to offer in her new stories with new possibility of characters. 

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I am so excited that PERFECT by Cecelia Ahern is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Cecelia Ahern, be sure to check out all the details below.

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Title: PERFECT (Flawed #2)
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Pub. Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, eBook
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SYNOPSIS 

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was
branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely
fractured–all her freedoms gone.

Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with Carrick–the only person she can trust.

But Celestine has a secret–one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save just

herself or to risk her life to save all Flawed people. 

And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed?




















Title: FLAWED
Author: Cecilia Ahern
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Pages: 368
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, & audiobook


SYNOPSIS 

Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the

impossibly charming Art Crevan.

But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found FLAWED.

In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts
a society in which perfection is paramount and flaws are punished. And where
one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.


Excerpt

Chapter
Eight

            They stay there for
three hours.
            My muscles burn, my feet
ache, but I’m afraid to move.
            When the fire has
reduced to a smolder, Granddad and Dahy are ordered to place the bundles of
food onto the coals. The farmworkers watch from their orderly line, their F brand armbands all visible on their
right arms, just above their elbow.
            This was supposed to be
a celebration, a coming together to show that the Guild couldn’t beat them
down. Now the Whistleblowers themselves are here. Hiding behind the tree,
huddled on the ground, hugging my legs, shivering from the damp forest, I can’t
say that I feel empowered. This feels like a defeat.
            Granddad and Dahy cover
the food with the soil so it will cook under the ground in the heat. Granddad
looks at the ground, his work finished, as though he’s buried me alive. Again I
want to call out to him that I’m okay, I made it out, but I can’t.
            A phone rings and the
female Whistleblower takes it. She steps aside, walks away from the others, so
she can talk in private. She moves closer to me in the woods. I tense up again.
            “Judge Crevan, hello.
It’s Kate. No, Judge, Celestine isn’t here. We’ve checked everywhere.”
            Silence as she listens
and I hear Crevan’s voice from where I stand. Kate walks farther and stops by
my tree.
            I press my back to the
tree, squeeze my eyes shut, and hold my breath.
            “With all due respect,
Judge, this is the Guild’s sixth visit to the property and I believe Mary May
was meticulous in her search. We’ve checked everywhere you can imagine. I don’t
believe she’s here. I think the grandfather is telling the truth.”
            I can hear the
frustration in her voice. They’re all under pressure to find me, pressure
placed on them by Judge Crevan. Kate takes a few more steps, right into my
eyeline.
            She slowly scans the
forest, her eyes searching the distance.
            Then she looks right at
me.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 










At twenty-one, Cecelia wrote her first novel PS, I Love You, which was sold to forty-seven countries. The film of the same title, directed by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Wendy Finerman productions, starred Hilary Swank,

Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Bates, Gerry Butler, Harry Connick Jr, Gina Gershon and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. PS, I Love You was one of the biggest-selling debut novels of 2004, reaching number 1 in Ireland and in the UK Sunday Times bestseller
list. It was also a bestseller throughout Europe and the USA, staying on the best-seller list in Germany for 52 weeks.

That same year, in November 2004, her second book Where Rainbows End (as Rosie
Dunne hardback in the US, Love, Rosie paperback in US) also reached no.1 in
Ireland and the UK, remaining at the top of the Irish bestsellers list for 12 weeks and again was a bestseller internationally.  Where Rainbows End was adapted for film titled Love, Rosie and will be released in Oct 2014, starring
Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.

Her third book If You Could See Me Now was published in November 2005 and also became an international bestseller. It has been optioned by producer Simon Brooks, producer of Love, Rosie.

Cecelia’s fourth novel A Place Called Here (published under the title There’s No Place Like Here in the US) also became an international number one bestseller.

Thanks For The Memories her fifth novel was also a huge bestseller and is now being adapted for a TV Drama Series by Gate Productions.

The Gift was published in October 2008 and became an International bestseller. It is optioned by Oscar winning producer Andreas Bareiss, and it is going into production later this year.

Her seventh novel The Book Of Tomorrow was released in October 2009 and eOne
Television are developing it for a TV series in the US.

In March of 2011 her two short stories, Girl in the Mirror were published.

In November by Cecelia’s eighth novel The Time Of My Life was published and
also became a bestseller.

Her ninth novel One Hundred Names was published in October 2012 and became a
number one bestseller.

Her tenth novel How To Fall In Love was published last November and also became
another bestseller.

To date Cecelia has sold over 22 million copies of her books worldwide.

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Title: New World Inferno

Author: Jennifer Wilson

Publication: Oftomes Publishing 

Genre: YA, Dystopian 

Release Date: September 12, 2017


Worlds collide in the third and final installment of the gripping New World Series by Bestselling Author Jennifer Wilson.

Returning to discover their home engulfed in the flames of Tribal war, Phoenix, Mouse and Triven find themselves facing the impossible. A civil war has consumed the city of Tartarus, but with The Wall coming down in sixteen days, they have been given the impossible task of uniting the Tribes to face Fandrin’s army. Can Phoenix unite the murderous clans she has spent her life evading or will they turn on her before the real battle has begun? 


JENNIFER WILSON

As a child Jennifer loved getting lost in the stories of others, but struggled greatly with reading. A notoriously slow reader who stumbled with words and spelling, Jennifer shied away from books, leaning heavily on musical theater and movies to get her inspirational fix.

 It was not until in her mid-teens, when a persistent friend convinced her to read the Harry Potter series, that Jennifer found her love for the written word. J.K. Rowling’s books opened doors not only to the fascinating world of a young wizard, but to a life filled with a multitude of literary friends and fantastical worlds. Once a timid reader, Jennifer now devours books and loves getting lost in a new series.

 When Jennifer is not writing, she is enjoying life in Colorado, rock climbing, camping, exploring new foods, playing with her golden retriever, Duke, and sharing her life with her handsome and wonderfully supportive husband.

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Title: Seat 2A
Author: Dela
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Blurb

When Jessie Evans, a Georgia Southern University cheerleader, leaves for her best friend’s wedding the last thing she expects is for the seat next to her to be taken. After all, she’d only canceled Seat 2A hours prior after catching her boyfriend cheating.

Kendal Vargas, son of a Spanish emigrant fashion guru, is on his way to Whistler for a “mancation”. Running to buy a neck pillow before his flight, Kendal bumps into Jessie Evans. Kendal is in a hurry. Kendal does not stop to help her. Kendal forgot his neck pillow and the plane is about to leave and hey—who could travel without a neck pillow? 

Charmed by Jessie’s beauty, and watching her board his very plane, Kendal takes a whim and changes his seat to one he hopes would be next to her. Jessie ignores Kendal’s attempt to be chatty but when their connecting flight gets canceled overnight, the pair has a chance to make a real connection.


Seven years later, Jessie bumps into Kendal in the produce aisle of a Portland grocery store. No neck pillow is involved, except there is a beautiful little girl who looks just like him. Fate has given them another shot but will Kendal’s whims keep them apart?

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Author Bio

Dela is the author of newly released SEAT 2A, a Contemporary Romance about two strangers having a second chance at fate. She’s also written THE 52NDsaga, a paranormal romance for young adults centered on the bloody Aztec tradition of human sacrifice. The sequel, BEYOND THE NEON SHORE, will release Summer 2017.

You’ll most often find her in gym clothes, taking pictures of books in the desert, or eating peppermint patties writing her next book. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, three kids, and one exceptionally fat Chihuahua. Her website is http://www.delaauthor.com.

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The Animal Under The Fur by E.J. Mellow
Publication date: March 30th 2017
Genres: Action, Adult, Romance

From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.

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Author Bio:

E.J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series and The Animal Under The Fur. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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The Animal Under The Fur by E.J. Mellow

Book Review #118

Title: The Animal Under The Fur 

Author: E.J. Mellow

Publication: Four Eyed Owl

Genre: Action, Adult, Romance

Format: e-ARC

Release Date: March 30, 2017



From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.

How do I even begin to describe how amazing this book is? Its so full of badass comebacks, action-packed and girl power. I couldn’t put this book down by the fact that its so awesome that I wouldn’t even ask for anything to change. 

I love how their paths cross towards one another and no matter how much they want to hate and loathe the other, it’s not even possible because their attractions and fond wins and consumes them both. Nashville a.k.a 3 is definitely who I aspire to be where in a different universe I’m either a spy or an assassin. (as if!) She’s just so badass and fearless and makes the term nothing can bring you down to a whole new level.  

Let’s not even forget about Carter! Man, he is super swoon-worthy and sweet. If Nashville wouldn’t and refuse to see the beauty of a certain Italian stud, I swear I would knock some sense into her for being so stupid and blind. 

All in all, I can only say good things about this book and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a gripping action story with a twist of romance. 

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Blood Rose (Blood Series #1)

by Danielle Rose

Genre: Urban fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release date: June 21, 2017

Publisher: OfTomes Publishing

#BloodRose
Published by OfTomes Publishing, the Blood Books trilogy follows the harrowing  journey of Avah Taylor, a mortal witch in the midst of a centuries-old war against the immortal vampire species. Avah’s intense journey is fueled by blood, jealousy, betrayal, murder and revenge.



Book Synopsis

There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned.

As one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries. 

But on the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she’s sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her.

As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.

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Danielle’s Bio

Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, she enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix. Visit Danielle on the Web: www.Danielle-Rose.com.

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