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‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt

‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt.20891344_682216991971699_1396833340_n

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: May 30th, 2017.

Page Count: 416 Pages.

Genre: YA, Contemporary.

ISBN: 9781489239754.

RRP: $14.99 AUD.

Synopsis:

Meet Oakley Ford-teen. Celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls and… restless troublemaker. On the surface, he has it all. But with his home life disintegrating, his music is suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits. Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett life. Devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances, she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?

Review:

Firstly, we would just love to say thank you to Harlequin Teen Australia for sending us this amazing novel to review!❤️

“This is as real and as awful and as wonderful as it gets. I’d hold her forever if she’d let me”.

Okay, this novel ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt was honestly just amazing and overall very addicting! Once we got into it we just couldn’t put the novel down!35135822

The novel begins with a completely normal and down to earth girl who has sacrificed her college and social life being a waitress to try and financially support her family after her parents were killed. Vaughn is offered an unexpected and really well pad job which is to become a member of a publicity team behind Oakley Ford, the most famous teenage pop star on the planet!

Every teenage girl has been obsessed with him at once stage of their life. He is willing to pay Vaughn $20,000 a month just to be his pretend girlfriend to help his career and his image. When Vaughn accepts the job. She has no clue, what’s going to happen next!

Oakley is not happy at all about this predicament. He grew up surrounded by the spotlight as a child star so. Now, he is trying to grow up and be taken seriously as an artist. The music he has produced just isn’t the sound he wants to be creating. He’s lost his focus, inspiration and his mojo. As he tries to find himself again, he meets Vaughn. They are both complete opposites, in more ways than you would expect. Will she be his muse?

We absolutely recommend this novel to you all as it is just so interesting and exciting!

We absolutely loved this novel especially the characters! Oakley and Vaughn grew so much throughout this novel. They are both just so loyal, they have their own opinions and sarcastic comments to make however, they are both definitely real and honest to each other and that was really just perfect.

As soon as we started reading this novel, it was just so hard to put down. Erin Watt created a fun, addicting and exciting novel which we can’t recommend enough!

Book Rating 4/5 stars.

Have you read this novel. If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! 😊

~Georgia and Morgan

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WWW Wednesday (August 16th 2017)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post. Then, put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions include:20891344_682216991971699_1396833340_n

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –

So we started reading ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt last week. We were hoping to read this last weekend however, due to so many assessments for school and university, we were only able to finish one book last weekend. 35575143

We also started reading ‘Harbour of Light’ by Elle Scott. We read this author’s debuting novel for this series a couple of months ago. We will leave our review for ‘Ray of Light’ here ‘Ray of Light’ by Elle Scott.

This novel follows the leading characters Nora, Kate and Vivian who find themselves caught in a war. We are honestly just so excited to start reading this novel as the first novel to the series was just so interesting and exciting!

Recently Finished –

20427916_673943842799014_224458495_nWe recently finished reading ‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke on the weekend. We found that this novel was really unique in the way the idea of the novel was presented. However, the story didn’t have a lot of character development .
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We also recently finished reading ‘Stolen Songbird’ by Danielle L. Jensen. We just loved this novel it was truly amazing! We borrowed this novel from our local library as we heard so many great things about it.

We are just so glad we decided to pick up this novel to read! We would love to eventually be able to buy this series!

Reading Next –

We are hoping to read ‘The Loneliest Girl in the Universe’ by Lauren James next. The novel follows Romy Silvers, the only surviving crew- member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet to discover a second home of which humanity can live among the stars. She is the loneliest girl in the 20864106_682217001971698_2130080875_n.pnguniverse until she hears about a boy called J who is also a single passenger aboard a different spaceship.

We just find this synopsis to be so interesting so we can’t wait to get to this read this week!

So that’s our WWW post for this week.

How has your reading week been?

~ Georgia & Morgan.

Posted in Book Reviews

‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke

‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke.

Publisher: Revell – Baker Publishing.20427916_673943842799014_224458495_n

Published: February 14th 2017.

Page Count: 384 Pages.

Genre: YA, Science Fiction.

ISBN: 9780800727895.

Synopsis:

For a decade now, seventeen-year-old twins Sean and Dillon Kirrell have been drawn to a mysterious alternate world they’ve translated into hand-drawn images covering their bedroom walls. It’s a world they’ve only seen in their dreams until now–when a stranger recruits them to train for a mind-bending mission of survival.

Review:

Firstly, we would just like to say a huge thank you to Baker Publishing Group for sending us this really interesting novel to review!

So today we wanted to share with you our thoughts about ‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke. This was the first time that we have ever read a book by the author Thomas Locke. This novel just sounded so interesting so we knew we had to give it a go!

This novel focuses on the two leading characters Sean and Dillion Kirrel who are actually twins. They have both dreamed about a world that wasn’t their own since they were children, their dream always came back to a glass train station. Their far-off world comes within their reach when a mysterious man moves in next door. What Sean and Dillon don’t know is that they share unique gifts one of which includes the ability to transfer between worlds. They are offered the opportunity to become new recruits to prove themselves and possible save the human race.

We found this novel to be just so interesting! It was full of adventure which was mixed with a futuristic/fantasy feel.

This novel definitely had bits of everything including the ability to travel between planets, conflict filled battles and a huge mystery of a quest. We really did love the whole premise to this novel. Unfortunately, we felt a little left down as the writing style just wasn’t for us.30259147

We just found that the characters weren’t really developed and we found the novel itself really lagging for us. The novel was a little confusing at times although towards the end of the novel, the author really explained things and concluded the story line really well.

Despite having thought this the novel was really interesting, creative and the characters were quite funny with their twin habits. Both twins could just read each other well not to mention the powers that they developed we just really cool and interesting! They even had the ability to leave their bodies for short periods of time and walk around with their subconscious of sorts before they were reeled back by an anchor!

We aren’t sure whether or not we will pick up the second novel to this story in November when it is released as ‘Recruits’ really just had a perfect ending!

Overall, we did really enjoy this novel despite the writing style and development of characters. We would definitely recommend this novel as we would just love to know your opinions on this novel as well!

Book Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

What have you recently finished reading?

~ Georgia and Morgan.

 

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WWW Wednesday (August 9th 2017)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post. Then, put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions include:20427916_673943842799014_224458495_n

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –

We started ‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke last week! We are finding this novel to be actually really interesting so far! However, we have just had so many assignments to work on for school and university that we haven’t had as much time as we would have liked to read it. So fingers crossed we can finish it this weekend❤️.

We have mentioned this novel for the past two weeks now so we won’t describe what the novel is about. We will wait to share our thoughts on this novel for when we post our review 😊.

We also recently started reading ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt a couple of days ago! 35135822

This novel follows a completely down-to-earth girl named Vaughn Bennett who basically gives up her college life to become a waitress to support her younger siblings after their parents’ tragic death. What Vaughn doesn’t know is that she is about to be offered a job that will have the power to ultimately change her life. The publicity team behind Oakley Ford, a famous teen pop star is willing to pay her $20,000 to pretend to be in love with him.

 

Recently Finished –

Due to a lot of school/university commitments lately, we only managed to finish one novel last week which was ‘The Love Interest’ by Cale Dietrich.20751294_679447525581979_1532419023_n

Unfortunately, we were a little let down by this novel. However, the whole idea and premise of the novel was just so original! We are posting our review of the novel today, so stay tuned!

 

Reading Next –

17926775After visiting our local library a couple of days ago, we have chosen to read ‘Stolen Songbird’ by Danielle L.Jensen. So we are hoping to pick this up very soon!

We don’t know a lot about this novel however, we have heard so many great reviews so hopefully we enjoy it!

What are you reading this week? Let us know in the comments! 😊

~ Georgia & Morgan

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‘The Love Interest’ by Cale Dietrich

‘The Love Interest’ by Cale Dietrich20751294_679447525581979_1532419023_n

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Published: May 16th 2017.

Page Count: 377 Pages.

Genre: YA, Romance.

Synopsis:

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: the boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: the brooding, dark-souled guy who is dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose the Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be—whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

Review:

“A love Interest is who I am, and it’s all I’ll ever be. Questioning that, or letting other people know that I’m questioning it, will result in my death – Caden”.

We were both just so excited to get into this novel as it was one of our most anticipated reads of the year. We did find that we enjoyed this novel however, at the same time we felt as though it didn’t live up to our full expectations, if that makes any sense?31145148

There was just so many plot holes and the writing was just really jumpy for us personally. As soon as the author started describing something, the writing would just jump to another situation.

Although, the overall premise and idea of this novel was honestly just so unique and really amazing! The author pushed the usual YA boundaries to fight to introduce us to an idea that’s completely new, which it exciting and never before seen.

We also really enjoyed how the author strayed away from the normal ‘boy next door’ vs ‘bad boy’ expectations.

“A particularly important young woman has shown signs that she’s ready to select a partner, so two of you have to be sent in right away. We’re looking for a boy-next-door Nice and a mysterious, tortured-soul Bad”.

The author really picked up on everyday ‘flirtation’ and what you ideally realize when you start to like someone including the old tucking your hair behind your ear trick. We have to say we also really enjoyed the plot twists throughout this novel!

In regard to characters, we have to say that this wasn’t the authors strong point. We just found that the characters were really bland and their personalities just didn’t reel us in or keep us excited. Leading on from this point, the plot did have some evident holes as the story line was a little jumpy, meaning this added to the poor character development.

However, having said all of this, we did truly enjoy this novel due to it’s overall uniqueness and we will absolutely look into the authors future novels. Just because we didn’t absolutely love this novel does not mean that you won’t. So, we definitely recommend for you to check out this novel!

Book Rating: 3/5 Stars.

Have you read ‘The Love Interest’? If so, what are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! 😊.

Posted in Monthly Wrap Up/ TBR

July Wrap Up & August TBR

Okay… it is now August?! Where has July gone? Is it just us or did July literally just fly by? This year is just going so fast! For our monthly ‘Wrap up in July’, we read a total of 9 books! Although this wasn’t our best reading month, we are really happy with how we balance our reading with all our assessment for School and University 😊.

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What we read:

August TBR:

  • ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt.
  • ‘Song of the Current’ by Sarah Tolcser.
  • ‘Phantom Limbs’ by Paula Garner.
  • ‘Daughter Of The Burning City’ by Amanda Foody.
  • ‘IDA’ by Alison Evans.
  • ‘The Love Interest’ by Cale Dietrich.
  • ‘Bad Romance’ by Heather Demetrios.
  • ‘Illuminae’ by Amie Kaufman.

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Have you read any of these books? If you have, did you enjoy them? Let us know in the comments! Happy Reading! 😊

~ Georgia & Morgan.

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WWW Wednesday (August 2nd 2017)

This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the following three questions in a post. Then, put a link to that post in the comments over at Taking on a World of Words.

The questions include:20427916_673943842799014_224458495_n

1. What are you currently reading?
2. What did you recently finish reading?
3. What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading –

We started ‘Recruits’ by Thomas Locke a couple of days ago! We haven’t had the chance to read these past couple of days as we had exams to study for however, hopefully we can pick it up again tomorrow ❤️.31145148

The novel has been really interesting so far so we hope to finish it on the weekend sometime! 

We also started reading ‘The Love Interest’ by Cale Dietrich today! We bought this novel in June as we just found the synopsis so interesting!

We don’t know a lot about this novel as we only briefly started reading it however, we are just so excited to get into it!

Recently Finished –

We finished reading ‘Charlie, Presumed Dead’ by Anne Heltzel last week. We really loved the concept and adventure of this novel however, the execution of the characters was just not for us. 22749846

This does not mean you won’t personally enjoy it though! We will have a review out soon so stay tuned!

On another note, another novel that we finished reading a couple of days ago is ‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ by Samantha Young! We received this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

We are so glad we pick this novel up! You may have already seen our review that we posted a couple of days ago however, we really enjoyed all the characters, their close friendship and the overall meaning behind the story! Link to our review here! ‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ by Samantha Young. 20561986_676422962551102_1978520194_n

Reading Next –

Our next read that we are hoping to pick up very soon is ‘When It’s Real’ by Erin Watt. We actually don’t know a lot about this novel so hopefully we can pick it up soon to see if we enjoy it!When It's Real

Have you read any of these books? What are you planning to read? Let us know in the comments! 😊

 

~ Georgia & Morgan ❤️

 

 

Posted in Book Haul

July Book Haul – 2017

So today we decided it’s about time we posted our July Book Haul! We won’t go into into much detail for this stack of books as otherwise this post will be extremely long! We will leave the Goodreads link to each book below 😊

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Okay so that’s more than we expected!

What books did you buy in July that you are really looking forward to reading?

~ Georgia & Morgan ❤️

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‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ by Samantha Young.

‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ by Samantha Young.

Publisher: Harlequin Teen.

Published: July 1st 2017.

Page Count: 384 Pages.20561986_676422962551102_1978520194_n.png

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance.

Synopsis:

I know how to watch my back. I’m the only one that ever has.

India Maxwell hasn’t just moved across the country—she’s plummeted to the bottom rung of the social ladder. It’s taken years to cover the mess of her home life with a veneer of popularity. Now she’s living in one of Boston’s wealthiest neighborhoods with her mom’s fiancé and his daughter, Eloise. Thanks to her soon-to-be stepsister’s clique of friends, including Eloise’s gorgeous, arrogant boyfriend Finn, India feels like the one thing she hoped never to be seen as again: trash.

But India’s not alone in struggling to control the secrets of her past. Eloise and Finn, the school’s golden couple, aren’t all they seem to be. In fact, everyone’s life is infinitely more complex than it first appears. And as India grows closer to Finn and befriends Eloise, threatening the facades that hold them together, what’s left are truths that are brutal, beautiful, and big enough to change them forever… 

Review:

“Life is what you make it, no matter where you come from”.

We would just like to say a huge thank you to Samantha Young and Netgalley for allowing us to read a digital copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

So we had no clue what to expect going into this novel as we have never heard or read any other novels by Samantha Young previously.

Although, we can honestly say we were really surprised with just how much we quite enjoyed this novel. We just couldn’t put this novel down which is one reason why we read it in one setting!

‘The Impossible Vastness of Us’ follows the leading female character India who is the so called ‘popular girl’ at her California school. Despite what many of you may be thinking from reading that last sentence, no one would call India a ‘mean girl’ or a ‘bully’. She has a past that allows her to embrace everyone and to see things more clearly which includes seeing the good in everyone.

India and her mother don’t have the best relationship. So, when her mother tells her that they are moving across the country to Boston, all India can do is refrain herself from freaking out! Her mother decided to marry a rich attorney which alternatively causes them to move.

When India arrives in Boston, she has no clue what to expect as she is not only moving in with a man she doesn’t know but also with a step-sister named Eloise who turns out to be the same age as her. Working her way around the school, India becomes close with her step-sister’s friends. In particular, a guy named Finn. They come from totally different worlds but bond over similar circumstances.

We honestly really loved how the author was able to combine two families from totally different backgrounds in particular between Eloise and India. We also really enjoyed how the characters grew from personal experiences whilst also managing to show compassion and forgiveness to those around them.34848140

The characters were also amazing! Although there were a lot of characters, the secrets that consumed them definitely kept the novel really interesting and intriguing!

We felt so weak at the knees throughout this novel as we loved the romance that was involved between Finn and India! Although it wasn’t perfect, they just understood each other so well!

Oh, we really loved this novel and we did tear up many times! The author’s message within this novel proves that everyone of us is loved and that we are capable of more than we ever imagined! We just loved this YA Contemporary read, so we definitely recommend it to you all!

‘I get through everyday because I remind myself that I have things that other people don’t, and I have love in my life, but most importantly I have hope, India’.

Book Rating 4/5 Stars ⭐️

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Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! – 2017.

We haven’t been tagged by anyone to do this tag however, everyone is participating in this tag and we thought it would be fun.

Creators:
Chami at ReadLikeWildfire https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGzc…
Ely at Ely Jane https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnXo…

Mid-Year Book Freak Out tag! -2017

  1. Best Book you’ve read so far in 2017?

This would hands down have to be ‘The Hate U Give’ by Angie Thomas! Each time we talk about this novel, we always struggle to express just how much we just love the plot, characters and the author’s writing style! This book was so incredible!THUG

  1. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017?

So far this year, our favourite sequel would be ‘Tell It to the Moon’ by Siobhan Curham. This is also the sequel to ‘The Moonlight Dreamers’! I guess we just loved both of these reads as they are just so relevant to everyday teenagers and full of inspiration for us all to pursue our dreams!

  1. New release you haven’t red yet, but want to?

What can we say?! There are just so many! In particular, we would love to read ‘History is all you left me’ and ‘Warcross’ just to name a few!

  1. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

There are so many fantastic new releases coming out in the 2nd half of this year! We would just love to read ‘The Color Project’, ‘Wonder Woman: Warbringer’ and ‘Genuine Feud’ just to name a few of course!

  1. Biggest Disappointment?

We always hate to say we are disappointed by books however, the novel we least enjoyed this year would be ‘Girl on the Verge’ by Pintip Dunn. We just really didn’t enjoy this novel but this just our opinion which you may disagree with.

  1. Biggest Surprise?

‘The Disappearances’ by Emily Bain Murphy! We had no clue what we were waling into with this novel. We normally don’t enjoy mystery reads however, we were so mistaken with this one!19866557_664507313742667_2004600959_n

  1. Favourite new author (debut or new to you)?

Brigid Kemmerer is a new favourite author of ours as we just love her writing style. We also really enjoyed her novel ‘Letters to the Lost’ which came out a little while ago!

  1. Newest Fictional Crush?

This isn’t a new crush however we, we just love Maxon Schreave. As you already know… he makes our hearts swoon! ❤19239520_654612664732132_991573091_n

  1. Newest favourite character?

Our newest favourite character is Starr from ‘The Hate U Give’ as she stood up for everything she believed in. Of course, America Singer is on our list as well!

  1. Book that made you cry?

Basically everything! However, we shed so many tears in ‘The Hate U Give’.

  1. Books that made you happy?

‘When Dimple Met Rishi’ made us so happy. This book was just so funny!

  1. Most beautiful book you’ve bought or received this year?

We just love the ‘Flame in the Mist’. It has such a beautiful cover!19184404_653662834827115_392318790_n

  1. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Everything! In particular, ‘This Savage Song’, ‘The Color Project’ and ‘All the boys I’ve loved before’!

We encourage you all to also take part in this tag as it’s great to see all our reading progress and goals for the rest of the year!