Book Review: Alphonse by Carl Sever

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Rating: 4/5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: When someone from Alphonse’s past threatens the ones he loves he’ll do anything to stop them before it’s too late.

Genre: Fiction – Coming of Age

My Review:

Downtown St. Joseph could’ve been any small midwestern town in the late fifties. Perhaps three blocks long, at best four, Main Street had in its stores nearly everything the good folks needed in their day-to-day.

ALPHONSE was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It was definitely what I would call a slow burn; there was lots of descriptive paragraphs for the reader to be able to visualize exactly what the character was seeing and experiencing. Although the author, Carl Sever, was very descriptive when it came to the scenery he was ambiguous when it came to describing the horrors that took place in the summer of 1959. For a while I wasn’t sure what was going on other than something was very wrong with Francis, one of the main characters.
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Book Review: And I Darken by Kiersten White

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Rating: 3.5 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: After being taken to a foreign land as collateral by their father, Lada and Radu must learn to cope.

Genre: Fantasy

My Review:

Man, oh man, where to start with this one. Let me preface this by saying that I started this book because a friend of mine said that she was struggling getting through it and so, of course, that piqued my interest. I had to read it for myself to see if I had the same struggles that she was having.
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Excerpt: Wicked Grind by J. Kenner

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Synopsis:

Sometimes it feels so damn good to be bad

Photographer Wyatt Royce’s career is on the verge of exploding. All he needs is one perfect model to be the centerpiece of his sexy, controversial show. Find her, and Wyatt is sure to have a winner.

Then Kelsey Draper walks in. Stunning. Vibrant. And far too fragile for a project like this. Wyatt should know—after all, he remembers only too well why their relationship ended all those years ago.

Determined to break free from her good girl persona, Kelsey wants spice. Adventure. And she’s certain that Wyatt is just the man to help.

But when Wyatt agrees to give her the job only if he has complete control—on camera and in his bed—Kelsey can’t help but wonder if she’s in too deep. Because how can a good girl like her ever be enough for a man like Wyatt?
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Cover Reveal: Alex in Wonderland

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Max Monroe is at it again! My favorite secret duo has finally revealed their latest project: ALEX IN WONDERLAND.


Goodreads Synopsis:

I’m Matt Hadder.
I’ve been called ruthless, savage—even brutal—by the men and women who work for me. And I’ve earned my reputation.

Wonderland Inc., a party planning organization for every major player in the world, is Oz, and I’m its Wizard. I can make anything—drugs, prostitutes, deals—appear for a night and disappear just as quickly.

This doesn’t make me good or bad—it makes me essential.

Wonderland Inc. was my life, until a beautiful contradiction of innocence and impurity, obedience and rebelliousness named Alex Little stepped in and turned both of our worlds upside down.

Welcome to Wonderland, Alex.
A place where everything appears normal.
But we’re all mad.


Ugh, doesn’t it sound A M A Z I N G! One-click this gem on July 28.

Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi 

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Rating: 4  Bookworms 

Short and Sweet Summary: Dimple thinks that she’s being sent to a prestigious summer program in order to prepare her for college but little does she know that her parents have something else in mind.

Genre: YA Romantic Comedy

My Review:

“That’s what you think I should be relegating my brain space to? Looking nice? Like, if I don’t make the effort to look beautiful, my entire existence is nullified? Nothing else matters–not my intellect, not my personality or my accomplishments; my hopes and dreams mean nothing if I’m not wearing eyeliner?”

WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI was definitely a new adventure for me. As someone that knows next to nothing about the Indian culture it was cool immersing myself in their culture. Typically if a book I’m reading is mixing in a different language it’s usually Spanish and since I’m fluent I can easily read it but seeing as I’m not fluent in [insert language] I had to use the context clues the author provided. I’ve heard stories of the struggles of first generation immigrants but it was interesting reading about it.
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Book Review: Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker

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Rating: 4 Bookworms

Short and Sweet Summary: When Catherine Wright pulls over to help out a crash victim the last thing she expects is to save the life of hockey icon and media darling Brett Madden, and her life is forever changed.

Genre: Contemporary Romance

My Review:

I’ve seen her pull this same trick on our golden Lab, Bingo. He thinks he’s going to the park, so he eagerly jumps into the backseat, his tail wagging and his tongue lolling, only to end up at the vet. Falls for it every damn year. This is so much worse than a trip to the vet.

K. A. Tucker is definitely a one-click author for me and this book only helped solidify that status. She has a way of bringing all of her characters to life and making them completely relatable. Catherine has been through the wringer and has somehow managed to come out on the other side stronger, but more guarded, than ever. Brett knows what it means to sacrifice and work hard to make your dreams come true but his accident will test his perseverance.

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Book Review: The Seven Husbands of a Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Rating: 5 Bookworms

One-Sentence Summary: Would you have the guts to go toe-to-toe with Hollywoods biggest icon? Monique is about to find out. (Okay so it’s more than one sentence, sue me.)

Genre: Women’s Fiction

My Review:

When you’re given an opportunity to change your life, be ready to do whatever it takes to make it happen. The world doesn’t give things, you take things.

Evelyn Hugo has managed to captured my heart. Unapologetically ambitious, Evelyn goes after what she wants. Originally born Evelyn Herrera, she had a rough start in life: her mother died of pneumonia when she was 11, her father was an abusive alcoholic, and she was repeatedly taken advantage of by boys who were much bigger and stronger than her, that is until she flipped the script on them.
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