Book Review: Finding Me

Finding Me

Brooklyn Taylor

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Elise Riley is a normal girl with a terrible mother. Elise has been told by her mother that she was worthless. Elise has been blamed by her mom for her father’s death. She has been verbally beaten by her own mother. Thad, her brother, is the reason she continues to live her life. Thad is always favorited by their mom, but he always supported and stood up for Elise. After Elise is raped by one of her friends, she is sent away to Humble, Texas by her mother. Still hesitant around boys, Elise meets Ford. Ford is the best football player in Humble High, but he doesn’t want to play. Since a kid, Ford has been pushed to his physical and mental ability by his father. Ford would rather not be in the spotlight and stay at home. After seeing Elise at her uncle’s barn, Ford is instantly attracted to her. He has never felt this way toward a girl. Elise is broken and has built a wall around herself. But Ford is willing to break that wall.
Rating: 5 out of 5


Finding Me documents a girl and her story of building trust and self worth. Elise is an amazing character with a heart shattering story. And while reading I fell in love with her and her strength. 

In the novel, there is a big message of the power of love through Elise and her brother Thad’s relationship. Thad was the reason Elise never gave up. He helped her and supported her when she needed it. When he died, I balled my eyes out. It truly broke my heart, but it was sweet how even though Thad wasn’t there, he still gave her the strength to go on and to love. 

Elise and Ford’s stories were an amazing representation of teenagers finding themselves and fighting for their choices. 

It was inspiring to watch Elise evolve from a victim to a survivor, and to see her love for Ford flourish. I highly recommend this book.
~ Rose xo


Review: Hungry


H.A. Swain

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In a community where food doesn’t exist, Thalia Apple discovers a whole new world filled with flavors with the help of her new friend, Basil. Thalia, a privileged girl from the loops, and Basil,a poor and troubled teen, must work together to save everyone from the government and to bring back food. In this teen dystopian romance, Thalia must fight against her own family and government in order to defend her, Basil, and the existence of food. Follow Thalia in this adventure full of survival, sacrifice, and love.

Rating: 2 out of 5

This book was a fun read, but honestly I found myself only being hooked at some parts of the book. I was easily able to put down the book at some parts of the plot. So, overall if you want a book that you want to read over a longer period, this book I would recommend. The story was interesting, although I feel the plot wasn’t strong enough to keep me hooked throughout the novel.  

Perfect read if you want:

  • Dystopian
  • Teen rebellion
  • Romance

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Review: You Before Anyone Else

You Before Anyone ElseJulie Cross Mark Pernini

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Available for purchase on August 2, 2016


The good girl Finley is dealing with being a model in New York City. At a party she ended up having a one night stand with mysterious and new model Eddie. Eddie recently dropped out of Princeton, so he is in New York hiding from his cruel, wealthy family. Finley knows she needs to stay focused on her dream to reopen her mom’s dance studio, but she can’t with Eddie. Finley knows he is trouble, but she is having trouble denying the butterflies he gives her. Will Finley be dragged down by Eddie’s problems? Or will their love spark a new part of each other?

Rating: 3 out of 5
You Before Anyone Else started off confusing, as the book description didn’t really give much detail to the plot and the characters. But once you get in the storyline, you get more involved with the novel. *SPOILER ALERT* I have to admit though, I really was hoping that Mason (Eddie’s son) wasn’t his, as I didn’t like how Mason was affecting Finley and Eddie’s relationship. I especially for some reason didn’t like Caroline (Mason’s mom) and how Eddie and Caroline continued their friendship. That’s just my opinion. *END OF SPOILER* I wasn’t 100% happy about how the story turned out, but it is what it is. Overall, the authors did a good job keeping me interested in the book. I would recommend this book to someone who wants an easy, long story. 
~Rose xo

Review: One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

Denise Grover Swank

Available for purchase on June 7th, 2016

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Sophie and her brother, Eric, travel to Paris to stay with their father for the summer. Still stubborn on her father abandoning her, Sophie only agreed to go if she would be able to practice for her piano scholarship. In Paris was her dad with his new wife and his stepdaughter, Camille. Camille automatically targets Sophie and messing her by abandoning her multiple times in Paris and teasing her about her fear of tight spaces. But Sophie soon meets her silver lining. Mathieu. He is handsome, smart, sweet, and funny. A plus, he has a real piano that Sophie can practice on. After many practices, their relationship begins to blossom. Will Sophie be able to handle her estranged father, evil step sister, overprotective brother, and her new romance with Mathieu? Well, it is safe to say this is One Paris Summer Sophie will never forget.



5 out of 5
One Paris Summer is probably now one of my favorite reads this spring! Denise Grover Swank flawlessly took me through Sophie’s adventure. You effortlessly flow through the story, while getting caught in plot twists that will surprise you. I applaud her in her decision in having the characters involved in realistic situations and then having relatable reactions, this help me connect with the other characters in their develop throughout the novel. I very much enjoyed One Paris Summer, and I am very excited to read more from Denise Grover Swank.
~Rose xo


Book Review: “The Distance From Me To You” by Marina Gessner

The Distance From Me To You

By Marina Gessner

RATING: 4 out of 5 

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Perfect read if you:

  • Want an easy read 
  • Want an adventure and romance book 
  • Want a strong, determined protagonist female lead

My thoughts: This book was very empowering to me as a female and how society doubts women and their abilities. I share McKenna’s stubbornness to be able to do everything alone and the opinion that just because I am girl doesn’t mean I always need help. I also understood her on how she felt that she needed to get away from everything and everyone. This book was good, but didn’t exactly pull me in or extremely impacted me like other books have for me. It is a good book for a easier read.

Summary: McKenna’s best friend backs out of a 6 month hiking trip they planned and McKenna is now determined to do the trip solo. She lies to her parents about going alone and sets off by herself. On her adventure, she meets fellow hiker Sam. Sam is hiking to get away from his abusive father. On his trail he meets McKenna and joins her on her hike. Follow McKenna and Sam on their long journey to find independence and accidentally find love.