Katiebird reviews Fallen and Under the Never Sky

So being the resident paranormal romance girl, it’s me again reviewing two amazing Young Adult books that I loved. Both books are the first ones in their series, so if you are looking start a new series this summer, I would highly recommend these books!

Good news both series are complete, so there is no waiting to finish!!

 

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Katiebird reviews two favorite YA books from this year

Young Adult books are not always what you think they will be. I struggle sometimes with reading the genre, because there is this stigma that I shouldn’t be reading it. I mean, marketing tells me that it’s for people much younger than me, but it’s written by people who are my age, so…

I get that the genre of Young Adult means that the main characters are “young adults”, not that it is technically written for them specifically. When I start a book that is young adult, I know that it might not have all of the intimate scenes that New Adult books do, but that doesn’t mean that it is not going to be an amazing book.

I recently read two incredible YA books, that I want to share with everyone. If you are not sure that YA books are for you, please put your misconceptions aside, and read these books. You won’t regret it…

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Katiebird reviews Her Favorite book series of 2014

As we get closer to the end of the year, I like to take the time to look back at all of the amazing books I’ve read, in preparation for our Best of the Year lists. We take those lists seriously here at BT, by the way. 🙂

Three of my favorite book series came to an end this year, and I don’t want to miss out on sharing my thoughts on the final books and the series themselves. If you’ve read my profile at the bottom of my posts, you probably noticed that I am the resident paranormal romance girl here, both YA and New Adult. This is definitely my favorite genre, so it should come as no surprise that I love these books!

 

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Katiebird Reviews: How to Fall by Jane Casey

How to Fall (Jess Tennant Mysteries #1) by Jane Casey

 

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The first unputdownable YA crime thriller from bestselling author Jane Casey.

Sixteen-year-old Jess Tennant has never met any of her relatives, until her mom suddenly drags her out of London to spend the summer in the tiny English town where her family’s from. Her mom’s decision is surprising, but even more surprising is the town’s reaction to Jess. Everywhere she goes, people look at her like they’ve seen a ghost. In a way, they have—she looks just like her cousin Freya, who died shortly before Jess came to town.

Jess immediately feels a strange connection to Freya, whom she never got to meet alive. But the more Jess learns about the secrets Freya was keeping while she was alive, the more suspicious Freya’s death starts to look. One thing is for sure: this will be anything but the safe, boring summer in the country Jess was expecting.

Beloved author Jane Casey breaks new ground with How to Fall, a thrilling and insightfully written mystery.

 

Set in an English seaside town, Jess spends the summer in her mother’s hometown of Port Sentinel. Here’s the thing, Jess’ mom is a twin, who hasn’t really spoken to her sister in years. Jess seemed to also have a twin, who she had never met. Her recently deceased cousin Freya.

 

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Katiebird’s Shout Out to the Hourglass series and Fatal

Since I am the resident YA paranormal girl at BT, I thought I would share with you what I’ve been reading lately in this particular genre.

Everyone here loves the Outlander series from Diana Gabaldon, I thought I would do a “shout out” to another time travel series, the Hourglass series from Myra McEntire that I loved. I recently read the last book Infinityglass, and thought it was outstanding! Tamie wrote a great review for the first book Hourglass, back when it was first released here. It’s the reason why I put the books on my TBR list back in 2012.

I am also a huge fan of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, and recently read Fatal by TA Brock. Another cool book about zombies.

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Release Spotlight: Opposition by Jennifer Armentrout with Excerpt and Giveaway!!

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We are ridiculously excited to bring you the Release Day Launch for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s OPPOSITION! OPPOSITION is a young adult Paranormal Romance being published by Entangled Teen and the fifth book in her LUX Series!

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Katiebird Reviews: Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson

 

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When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

 Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

 Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

 Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

 When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

There are times when I feel like I don’t choose a book to read, a book finds me, and then I read it. I’ve been a big fan of Amber’s work for years, so when I saw that she published Puddle Jumping, I purchased it immediately.

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Katiebird reviews The Sweetest Dark series by Shana Abe

The Sweetest Dark series by Shana Abe

 

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Book Summary:

The Sweetest Dark is filled with thrilling romance, exciting adventure, and ancient magic. Shana Abé brilliantly captures the drama of post-Victorian England, while unfolding a passionate love story that defies time.

“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”

Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.

England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.

Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.

Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.

 

It’s been awhile since I have reviewed a YA paranormal romance for BT. It’s the genre I enjoy reading the most. If you haven’t read a YA paranormal romance book in a long time, or maybe didn’t think it would be something you would enjoy, I truly believe that this series should be an exception. Shana Abe has such a beautiful, colorful, and detailed writing style that you can’t help falling in love with this story.

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Cover Reveal: HIS REVERIE by Monica Murphy with Excerpt and Teaser!

We are so excited to share the cover for Monica Murphy‘s HIS REVERIE!!! HIS REVERIE is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance novel!

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Happenstance by Jamie McGuire! Cover Reveal, Teaser, and GIVEAWAY!!

We are thrilled to share the gorgeous cover and a teaser for Happenstance by New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jamie McGuire! We’d love to know what you think, so please be sure to comment below AND don’t forget to check out the amazing giveaway!

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