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Book Review: The 27 Club by Alexandria Bishop

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The 27 Club has a very interesting premise. It sort of reminded me of the movie 13 Going on 30 with a dark, paranormal twist. I went in blind with zero knowledge about the meaning of the title, and this made for a really cool aha moment when I realized what was going on. So if you’ve never heard of The 27 Club, I suggest not looking it up until you read this book!

The first ten chapters or so detail Erika Takai’s horrible birthday experiences, year after year. I have to admit, all of her “bad luck” put me in a funk, and I kept wondering when things were going to get better for her. Well, when that moment arrives, it isn’t what it seems, and her newfound good fortune has a price. At that point, I didn’t want to stop reading until I knew what Erika’s fate would be.

If you enjoy new adult books with paranormal elements that explore fate and second chances, then you might enjoy this one.

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*Thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Book Review: Bright Side by Kim Holden

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I don’t know what I can say about this book that hasn’t already been said. I loved it. I loved the characters. It was amazing. It made me think. It crushed my heart and made me cry. It made me laugh. It made me want to be a better person. Has all of that already been said? Pretty sure it has. So, what to say, what to say…

One of my favorite things is finishing a book and feeling so emotionally drained that I have to sit and reflect on what I just read. That’s exactly what happened when I finished this book. I sat there. I reread the last paragraph. And then I sat there a little longer. I felt sad and a little bit happy at the same time. I wanted to hug the author and every single character in the book (except for one). Dammit, I didn’t want it to be over!

But that’s life, right? Things suck sometimes. Things change. Things end. And that’s what I loved most about this book. It was so real. Too real. That’s why it made me cry. But even if I didn’t have first-hand experience with the primary theme in this book, it still would have made me cry because Kim Holden did a masterful job of depicting what it’s like.

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Book Review: Pieces of It All by Tracy Krimmer

Pieces of It All gives readers a realistic look at young love. (Or should I say lust?) It took me back to a time when I wondered what it felt like to be in love and reminded me of all the times I realized what it wasn’t.

Beth is a high school graduate preparing to head off to college. She’s book smart, responsible, and a good daughter and friend. She’s also innocent and naive. Harvey, on the other hand, comes from a broken family, is a recovering alcoholic, and is much more experienced with dating than Beth. When Harvey and Beth meet, there is an instant attraction. Beth tries to take things slow despite her intense feelings for Havey, but things end up heating up quickly.

The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Beth and Harvey. I really liked Beth because she’s a good girl with a good head on her shoulders. Sure, there were times when her actions annoyed me, but this is a new adult novel, so I expected a few poor decisions that would ultimately lead to personal growth. I felt that her thoughts and actions were realistic for a girl her age. For example, she followed her heart against the advice of family and friends. That’s what most young people do in real life, and that’s how they learn! And then there’s Harvey–another realistically drawn character. Harvey is the bad boy, the boy girls want to fix. Goodness, knows I dated my fair share of Harveys.

“Every girl has one–the bad boy who just drives her crazy.”

While I felt sad for Harvey given the home life he grew up with, I didn’t like him at all near the end. Some of his perverted thoughts about Beth bothered me (even though most young men probably think that way), and he did something that made me question his character. After that particular event, my opinion of him continued to go downhill. I even noted the following while reading: “This guy is an immature a$$hole. He’s more than just flawed. He’s a complete a$$hole. And how old is he? I’d expect these actions from a teen, not a guy in his twenties.” So, that about sums up how I felt about Harvey.

When I got to chapter twenty-four, it sort of felt like part two. This is where Beth really starts to grow and where Harvey proves who he really is. His behavior saddened me because he reminded me of people who’ve been dealt a crappy hand in life and instead of working hard to turn things around, they use it as an excuse to treat others poorly. I’m glad Beth was smart enough to do what was best for her in the end.

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