The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: July 31st, 2018

Dates Read: August 5th, 2018 – August 6th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: suicide mentions, death, murder, statutory rape, predatory man, underage drinking, drug use, mentions of domestic violence, mentions of violence, an abortion takes place on page, depression, grief

Pages: 384

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Genre: contemporary, thriller, mystery, young adult 

Goodreads blurb:

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook.

First there was the car accident—two girls gone after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they lost.

That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over. Some people in town know more than they’re saying. And somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn’t mean anyone else is safe.

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Wildcard by Marie Lu | Review

Thank you so much to Penguin Australia for sending me a review copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and were in no way affected by receiving a copy of Wildcard by Marie Lu.

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Rating: ★★★☆☆

Release Date: September 18th, 2018

Dates Read: September 10th, 2018 – September 12th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: kidnapping and experimentation on children, cancer mentions, poverty mentions, mentions of suicide

Pages: 352

Publisher: Penguin Random House Australia

Genre: dystopia, science fiction, young adult, romance, fantasy 

Goodreads blurb:

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: July 31st, 2018

Trigger Warnings: alcohol, divorce mentions, a character is drugged without their consent

Pages: 374

Publisher: Avon

Genre: contemporary, romance, adult

Goodreads blurb:

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice, and his attraction to her, but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.

Forging metal into weapons and armor is one thing, but when desire burns out of control and the media spotlight gets too hot to bear, can a commoner turned duke and his posh apprentice find lasting love?

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Unlikeable Female Characters? We Need More! | Discussion

If you’ve read my YA is Maturing & It’s Good! Discussion you know my discussions are kind of all over the place and rambly. This one is no different. I got a bit sidetracked on certain topics but this is a topic I am pretty passionate about. Characters don’t have to be perfect, especially female characters. The pressure this creates is ridiculous.

This was just a prelude to prepare you for the mess that is this post.

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Liebster Award | Book Tag

I was tagged to do this particular award by one of my favourite people in the blogging community. Destiny @ Howling Libraries is seriously one of the most well-spoken people in this community. I literally can’t get enough of what she posts and highly recommend you all head over to her blog and check her out. Thank you so much for tagging me Destiny! ♥

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T H E   L I E B S T E R   A W A R D

Liebster is a German word meaning beloved or dearest. The Liebster Award is for your favourite or beloved bloggers who deserve some love in their lives.

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Brooklynaire by Sarina Bowen | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: February 12th, 2018

Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse mentions, heart attack mentions

Pages: 452

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Genre: contemporary, adult, romance

Goodreads blurb:

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?

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Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | Review

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Trigger Warnings: homophobic slur (dealt with), cancer, pregnancy, violence, grief

Pages: 336

Publisher: Rennie Road Books

Genre: sports romance, romance, contemporary, adult

Goodreads blurb:

A great goalie always makes the save, even when he’s taken a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at guarding the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never gotten over Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers’ office during the play-offs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates traveling with the team she used to manage and with the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go there again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

Only one of Mike’s fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

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