Book Review: THE BOOK OF IVY by Amy Engel

Genre: YA, Dystopian, Romance

Pages: 304

Released on: November 11th, 2014


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Goodreads Summary:

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

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BLOG TOUR: The Union by T.H. Hernandez – REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

Welcome, all! I am so very pleased and honored to be talking about an enticing little (though not really little because it is actually quite long) novel titled, THE UNION!

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Book Review: STONE COLD TOUCH by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance

Pages: 446

Released on: October 21st, 2014


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Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden. Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

My Review:

Boy oh boy. There are few books in this world that are powerful enough to reinforce my heavy gag-reflux… This book is one of them.

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BLOG TOUR: Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander – REVIEW + Giveaway!

Hello, lovelies!

First and foremost I have to apologize to you and all those involved with the RELUCTANT PRINCE Blog Tour, and especially Dani-Lyn. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, I was not able to post my review post for Reluctant Prince on the day I was scheduled. Family emergencies are no joke, and literally blind-sided my entire family. Regardless, I have a duty to post what I signed on for. Hopefully you all can understand.

All that aside, I am very honored to be discussing Dani-Lyn’s RELUCTANT PRINCE today!

* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review! *

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: 252

Released on: November 3rd, 2014


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Betrayal lies cloaked in shadow.

Seventeen year old Ryleigh Donnovan is certain her life is cursed. Nothing ever goes smoothly, and her first job interview is no exception. An earthquake rocks the building, sending Ryleigh on a frantic search for her younger sister, a search which lands her in the hospital. Terrified they’ll push her for answers she can’t afford to give, Ryleigh flees with a mysterious stranger.

Jackson Maynard is about to be ordained as a Death Dealer, a warrior for the Kingdom of Cymmera, but first he must pass one more test. When he fails to acquire the human girl the prophet has chosen, he’s forced to stand trial for treason. Banished from his realm, he seeks out the girl from the vision, Ryleigh Donnovan, and together they embark on a journey to save his dying kingdom.

Advance Praise for Reluctant Prince

“A gorgeously wrought fantasy realm with a heroine who will make you cheer!”

~Wendy Higgins, NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.

My Review: 

The plot of this book was very intriguing from the description and, honestly, it had been a while since I picked up a book where the main character is acting as the “chosen one” and it all falls to this one ordinary girl. We all know that trope right? Of course. But I had a hard time really connecting with this book. And I feel it has a lot to do with the fact that this is the first book in a series. First books tend to set everything up, help build the stakes, and then book two is where the real conflict and character development starts to take shape.


I’ve read first series books where the author can do just that in book one, not only book two. That’s not the case here though.

For that reason I had a hard time connecting to the characters because they felt one dimensional. The “romance” between our two mains is sweet and I can definitely see it growing beautifully in book two. But as far as book one goes, it’s a good starting point. I really appreciated the fact that the author didn’t push the two together. Instead she pointed them toward each other and let the characters do the rest. That was nice.

I would have liked to see more from Ryleigh as far as main protagonists go. I felt like I only saw one side of her and half the time she was just soaking in all the information like a sponge but never really acting on it. I did, however, appreciate that she always clung onto the duty of big sister. That was kind of like her fall back when everything got weird, or confusing, or just plain scary. That says a lot about her character. However, that’s all we saw in book one. I would have liked to have seen more or at least hint to other aspects of her character. Her sister, Mia, was a confusing one. She’s fourteen but doesn’t act fourteen? Sometimes she acts younger (like she’s eight or nine) but then she turns around and says something really profound and mature (like she’s 30 or something). So that threw me off. I think the story would have benefited more if Mia were younger. Whenever she has those younger moments, she’s actually more tolerable for me. The young, innocent, kind of confused about what’s happening act is a good one for her.

Jackson was probably the one character I appreciated the most in the story. He’s got his mission but also his doubts that make him question what’s really true and what traditions need changing. Right there is already more character development than I’ve seen from any of the other characters in this book.

That also being said, I wish there were more side characters! Especially for first books like this, the side characters can help so so much with shinning some light on your main character’s personality. Who they make quick friends with, who they dislike, who they seem drawn to, where they get their information, even the best friends – they all bring out a different side to main characters.

In this book though, Ryleigh doesn’t have anyone. It’s just her, Mia, and Jackson. That’s it. I was disappointed by that.

The actual plot itself though has a lot of potential that I can see taking more shape in book two. We barely scratch the surface of the plot and conflict in book one so it’s hard to really say I disliked or liked it. I can just say that “I want to know more!”

I will, however, say that it was incredibly predictable. Of course the one guy trying to get the prince killed for treason is the one we should be looking at. I knew from the first encounter with this character that he was the bad guy. My only other question then becomes, who is he working with? So, that’ll be something that gets answered in book two (hopefully). There’s also a part of me that hopes the author is just being sneaky. Like, “yes, obviously it’s this guy… but he’s not the real mastermind behind all this… muahahaha!”

I hope that’s Dani-Lyn behind her laptop screen.

Other than that, i found the book to be a fast read. I just wish there was more of pretty much everything. More character traits, more character development, more story line, more world building, more description on fight sequences – just more, please.


Dani Lyn Alexander Bio:

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Dani-Lyn Alexander lives on Long Island with her husband, three kids and three dogs. She loves spending time with her family, at the beach, the playground, or just about anywhere. In her spare time, which is rare, she enjoys reading and shopping—especially in book stores. Some of her favorite things include; Bernese Mountain Dogs, musicals, bubble baths and soft blankets. She’s an incurable insomniac and has an addiction to chocolate.

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This Blogger Takes On NaNoWriMo

Hey, all!

I promise I’m not dead I’ve just been super busy. Lame excuse as far as excuses go, I know. And for that, I am so sorry. I’ve got a couple books I’m currently reading and I am almost done with In The Afterlight, so I’ll have that review sometime this week.

But, as the title of this post suggests, today I’m talking about NaNoWriMo! So, this is the first year I am partaking in NaNoWriMo. And, honestly, I feel like an idiot for doing it this year. I have to be honest with myself, and with you guys, I am super busy this year. I’ve got school, exams, the holidays are coming up, books to read, a blog to maintain, and now I have to make sure I’m writing everyday? Oh boy. But this is a challenge I really want to see through.

I’ve been writing for years now (ever since I was a wee little kid in the 5th grade). Creating stories has always been my passion and now I’m ready to commit to one story idea and see it through. When I came up with my idea for Lost Stars, I knew deep in my bones that this story was the one I wanted to write from page one to the end. *Good time to point out that I have a bad habit of starting a lot of stories and then putting them aside for another one. Anyone else have this problem?*

So when Lost Stars came around, and the characters started to take shape, and the direction of the story started to become something fun and interesting, I knew I had to stick with it. I have my character of Luke to thank for that. He caught me completely by surprise. I do love all my characters (I should – I created them!) but Luke holds a dear spot in my heart. His character started so simple and as I continued to write him in scenes, I started to learn so much about it. His own story came to life and I realized, I want people to know his story! They NEED to know his story! And with that, the rest of my characters also sparked to life. Now I want to do all my characters justice by telling their story.

That’s where NaNoWriMo comes in. I want to use this month to really kick my butt into high gear and get this story out there. Below I will leave the short synopsis I wrote as well as the cover my friend helped me create. It’s super simple – but it’s not like it’s the official cover or anything, and it’s really just to help attract some more attention. Hope you guys find my novel interesting!

Lost Stars Cover


          Its been five years since Kara Parker had her heart broken by the love of her life. She’s had five years to move on, to go to college out of state, to forget all about her life in West Covina, and the Mitchell Brothers who threw her life for a tailspin ever since they were kids.

But one distraught phone call and one giant unpaid college bill quickly throw reality back into Kara’s face, and she’s forced to come back home to deal with the mess her dad left behind.

Now Kara has to live in the one place she swore never to go back to; the one place convoluted with the memories of her first kiss, her first broken heart, and her dad leaving her with zero reasons or excuses.

As if matters couldn’t get worse, Kara has to deal with the sexual storm that is Luke Mitchell, the brother of the boy she loved. But as several people are warning her, messing around with Luke is messing with a dangerous fire she won’t be able to contain. And there’s a good chance he’ll drag her down with him.

Kara isn’t sure about anything anymore and she’s losing her grip on everything she thought she knew.

But through all the fear and uncertainty is one more beacon of hope, one star left in her sky, the boy she loved and vowed never to trust again.

Will he be enough to guide her back home? Or will the secrets and heartache keep Kara lost and afraid?

That’s it!

Are any of you involved with NaNoWriMo this year? Let me know! And tell me all about your novels! Plus, I’d love to make some more writing buddies 🙂

Feel free to look me up on the site: AlexLivier

Be well,