Author Spotlight: Monica Murphy

Just like Stacy, I had read one week girlfriend. This book is good but by far one of the darkest contemporary romance reads we have ever read. But it’s a series, so I have to read more. This author has written more books that I’m sure I’ll check out. She is a New York Times Bestselling author and we can see why. Her books grab you from the start and you’ll still be thinking about them months after you have finished them. Some books (by some we mean all) we want to check out by her down the line she has written are fair game, never tear us apart (Stacy owns), crave and out in November is saving it

 

It’s our honor to announce Monica Murphy is our Spotlight Author of the week.

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Click on the picture below to read Stacy’s review of One Week Girlfriend!

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Happy Scandalous Reading!!!

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Renagades by Marissa Meyer

Ahh yes finally a new book by MM Iv been waiting for this for awhile since it wasn’t Alice in wonderland.  So it’s even more of a wait after binging cinder series the first tine a few years ago and then few weeks ago the whole series in a week. But for MM first novel that wasn’t a retelling this book was very good and interesting. But before jump to that this book is about a girl  (nova) who is a Villian who is seeking on revenge to the renagades (hero’s)since of some haunted past, then their is Adrian he is everything must want to become always been on the good side of things just only thing holding him back is some higher up’s keeping him down from being a full renagade instead of a side kick.  The world that MM had built is cool it’s sorta a nicer version of a dystopian world since have daily life stuff but also mix of pure junk and people trade in items.  So it’s a nice/ evil sad depressed world to live in so makes for a pretty darn world with superhero’s and villains so lots of destruction sadly.

One of last things I gotta say Adrian will become a big time fictional boyfriend to many women. He is sooo nice caring and eVerything people wish for when looking for a person plus much much more so you have to wait and see.  But yea this book was really really good and haha glad not more Alice in wonderland work. (Looks behind my back make sure Stacy isn’t  after me) and I’m dieing for book 2 since MM did more of the world than answer a ton of questions out in the open. 5/5 stars ~~~~JUSTIN 

WWW Wednesday (10-18-17)

So each week on Wednesday people post the 3 w’s what that is 1. What are you currently reading? 2. What have you recently finished reading & 3. What do you think you will read next or upcoming. 

1. What I’m currently reading since been eyeing it for aWhile even though been in a huge contemporary binge is rosemarked.

2. My last book book finished was renagades by Marissa Meyer & another book about super hero’s and both were ok but I enjoyed  MM a whole lot better since didn’t know how things would go. 

3. What I think I’ll read next is top 10 to get back to my contemporary ways. 

Which of these do you want to read or have already? And go from renagades if could be a be a hero or villain what is one super power would you have?

The Lovely Reckless- Kami Garcia

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Synopsis:

I’ve become an expert at avoiding things that could hurt me—which means I will figure out how to stay away from Marco Leone.

Seventeen-year-old Frankie Devereux would do anything to forget the past. Haunted by the memory of her boyfriend’s death, she lives her life by one dangerous rule: Nothing matters. At least, that’s what Frankie tells herself after a reckless mistake forces her to leave her privileged life in the Heights to move in with her dad—an undercover cop. She transfers to a public high school in the Downs, where fistfights don’t faze anyone and illegal street racing is more popular than football.

Marco Leone is the fastest street racer in the Downs. Tough, sexy, and hypnotic, he makes it impossible for Frankie to ignore him—and how he makes her feel. But the risks Marco takes for his family could have devastating consequences for them both. When Frankie discovers his secret, she has to make a choice. Will she let the pain of the past determine her future? Or will she risk what little she has left to follow her heart?

My Review:

“Marco tucks my hair behind my ears and raises my chin. I don’t want to stay away from you, Frankie. I’m not even sure I can. But I’ll try if that’s what you want.
The thought of not seeing Marco- of not touching him- rips at the frayed seams holding me together. I suck in a trembling breath. It’s not.
He pulls me against his chest and kisses his way up my neck until he reaches my ear. What are you so afraid of?
Everything, I whisper.
Me too.”

I’ve been dying to read this for quite some time and as soon as I received it in the mail, I started it right away. I think the anticipation was so much more sensational than the actual story.

From the start, the story slowly proceeds and never actually picks up. Too much space between huge plot points to really keep me interested.

What turned me off was the typical good girl falls for bad boy and someone tells them they can’t be together. It honestly sounds like Beautiful Creatures without the magic (Told by a coworker). I want someone to write a contemporary to shock us and maybe mix it up a bit.

But the hugest problem was the fake relationship between Marco and Frankie. Come on, you really want us to believe that Marco, the drag racing hardass has a heart and instantly falls in love with a rich girl with issues!? Give me a break. Their relationship, if you can call it that was cringe-worthy at best.

What I actually enjoyed was the back story of Marco. His Mom, dad, and his little sister. Your heart shatters from what he goes through and how he protects his sister. Not many people going to school would sacrifice so much for a sibling.

Another thing I loved was the friendship that bloomed between Cruz and Frankie. It seemed the most genuine through the entire book. You never know when your best friend will appear and they usually come up when you need them the most. They are hard to find but easy to keep if you’re honest. It was heartwarming.

With all that being said, I just wasn’t impressed by this story. Too stereotypical and predictable. And sometimes we need those in our lives, but not here.

I believe my eyes are currently stuck in a mid-eye roll.

3/5

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The law of tall girls by Joanne macgregor

The law of tall girls is one of those stories I was glad to read. What this book is about is Peyton lane is a tall girl and it’s first thing most people notice. The one thing us short or average size people most of the time we think is their confident since it seems that way. Well Peyton strangely is not. So Peyton is working at her job as a waitress and her workers all got talking that she hasn’t truely ever dated or even tried. Not thinking clearly her co workers challenge her to a bet of 800 bucks that Peyton needs to go on 3 dates & their date take them to prom the rule though the guys have to be 6’3 or higher. So cute that list to only a few people.  So going into this book I was sorta slump which I was doing contemporarys to try and change that and well this book might of helped me this story is  cute contemporary and different type as you know it’s tall girl story. And go thru the effects of her being tall like take example clothing which is nil since so tall so has to shop in the guys section. Last thing that was different I like its side stories that you will slowly find in this story of handling some different types of anxiety. So not just all fluffy but was still well done and I really hope that this book can get a add on to the story. 5/5 stars 

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

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A hauntingly beautiful read about family, love, redemption, and what it means to be human. 


Goodreads Synopsis:

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.


Black Bird of the Gallows deserved the award of Goodreads Best Book of the Month (I was very happy to see this book win!), and I hope my review helps to explain why Meg Kassel’s debut deserved this award.

I should first start off by saying that I have been obsessed with this book since June, and I hadn’t even read the book at that time. I came across this book at ALA, and I knew I wanted to read Meg Kassel’s work just based on the cover. But when I found out the story inside that beautiful cover, I became immediately taken and intrigued. So then, September comes and I leave for my first road trip that month. I get home from my road trip to find a package on my counter from Entangled Teen, and inside was a copy of Black Bird of the Gallows. I was excited and did not expect this to happen, so thank you Entangled Teen for sending me a copy of this beautiful book to review. I was beyond thrilled (my nephews can testify for me that I did a little happy dance). The sad part was that I was only home for one more day before I had a second road trip, and since I was the one driving, there was no way I was going to be able to squeeze in some precious reading time. So, alas, I had to wait to read this book and trust me, I was very impatient the whole trip. I have no doubt that I annoyed my passengers. When I finally got home from that long and exhausting road trip, I immediately grabbed the book and sat down on the couch, not even bothering to unpack and not bothering to get some much needed  sleep. I was excited to dive into the world of Black Bird of the  Gallows, and the story did not disappoint.

This book has a beautifully woven plot and complex characters that pull you in from the first line. If the cover does not grab your attention, the synopsis surely will. And let me tell you, Meg Kassel does not disappoint. This haunting tale of curses and death is unique and captivating; the characters are easily likable and relatable. Angie is fighting demons from her past while facing very real demons in her present; her journey is a remarkable one and a journey that not many people would be able to finish.

There were many things I thoroughly enjoyed about Black Bird of the Gallows: 

  • The complexity of the characters: None of the characters are the same. Some are alike, but each character has their own demons, some very real. Angie fights demons from her past and has to learn to live and let go. Reece has demons that follow him every day and never go away; the life of a Harbinger is not a joyous one.
  • The Harbingers of Death and Beekeepers: I have never read anything like this tale and that’s definitely a good thing. This book brought the tale of harbingers of death and beekeepers to life and it was uniquely beautiful. All books are unique but I found this one to be slightly more unique than others, and that may be because I have yet to come across a book about harbingers, so this book is extra special to me.
  • The action: One of the great things about this book is that the action is not reduced to one page or one chapter, but instead is one/third of the book. I’ve read plenty of books where the action scene or ending is rushed, and it unfortunately is a letdown. Not with Black Bird of the Gallows. Meg Kassel does a wonderful job of creating non-stop suspense and ensuring page upon page is filled with action. The action scenes are not the type of action one would see in, let’s say, an Indiana Jones movie; these action scenes bring together the complexity of the characters and what it means to truly want to protect the people you love.
  • The fantasy/paranormal aspect: I loved the history of the harbingers of death and the beekeepers. Meg Kassel does a fantastic job of entwining history and fantasy together. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels and Black Bird of the Gallows is right up my alley.
  • The romance: It’s no surprise to me that I absolutely loved the romance between Angie and Reece. Two complex characters have a complicated and potentially forbidden romance. These two characters are perfect for each other, and Meg Kassel makes sure there is no instant love story; she spends more time focusing on the plot and what it means for the arrival of Reece and his crows. Meg Kassel definitely nailed the romance part of her debut!

Overall, this book is a must-read and one you definitely do not want to miss. Black Bird of the Gallows has easily made its way onto my 2017 Favorite Reads shelf, and it is exactly where the book belongs. Meg Kassel will be one of the authors I will read any work from, so I am looking forward to her next work (possibly a sequel to Black Bird of the Gallows? *wink, wink*)!

My rating: 5/5 stars

Nikole