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Review: Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1)

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Today I’m back with a review of Ace of Shades, which I finished reading back in December, but hadn’t gotten around to finishing a review for until recently. My second semester of university has been incredibly busy and stressful, but in just a couple of months I will be off for the summer and able to read all of the books that my heart desires!
Happy reading!! 🙂


Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy, Romance
Series: The Shadow Game #1
Pages: 411
Publication Date: April 2018
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read December 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.
Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.
Frightened and alone, Enne has only one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.
Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless Mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read it? Have you continued on with the series yet?
Did it live up to the hype?
What were your thoughts on the fake swearing?
I’d love to discuss it in the comments down below!!

Thanks so much for reading. Until next time!

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Review: The Problem With Forever

Good evening, and happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to the new year and new decade. Today I’m back with a review for one of my latest reads, The Problem With Forever, a poignant YA novel written by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Hope you enjoy! 🙂


The Problem With Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 474
Publication Date: May 2016
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Read December 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
A story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.
Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read The Problem With Forever? What were your thoughts on it?
If not, is it on your TBR?
Also, am I the only one noticing all the mentions of drinking milk in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books? Is it just me that’s so curious and desperate for answers?
What was the last book that you read in 2019? Was it a good way to end your decade?

Thanks so much for joining me today. Hope to see you soon!!
I’m wishing you all a wonderful weekend and excellent start to 2020! ❤

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Jennifer L. Armentrout’s other books:
Wait for You (Wait for You #1)
Covenant Series:

Half-Blood (Covenant #1) 
Pure (Covenant #2) 
Deity (Covenant #3)
Apollyon (Convenant #4) 
Sentinel (Covenant $5) 
Lux Series:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2) 
Opal (Lux #3) 
Origin (Lux #4) 
Opposition (Lux #5) 

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Review: 5 to 1

Good evening and happy Wednesday, everybody! I hope you all had a great day!
Today I’m back with a review for my latest read, 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger. It was a very uniquely written book with an interesting plot, but it did have its flaws.
Hope you enjoy my review! 😀


5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Genre: Young Adult – Science Fiction, Dystopian, Poetry
Pages:  244
Publication Date: May 2015
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read August 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife.
Sudasa doesn’t want to be a wife, and Contestant Five, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa’s family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable—and caged. Five’s family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Five thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing.

Told from alternating points of view—Sudasa’s in verse and Contestant Five’s in prose—allowing readers to experience both characters’ pain and their brave struggle for hope.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read 5 to 1? What did you think of the writing style? How did you feel about the world building? Were you satisfied with the ending?
Is this book on your TBR?
I’d love to discuss it in the comments down below!

Thanks for joining me today! Enjoy the rest of your week!
Until next time!

Find me on Goodreads here.

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Review: Along for the Ride

Good afternoon and happy Sunday! I hope you’ve been enjoying your weekend so far. As my summer started coming to a close, I knew that I had to squeeze in at least one summery contemporary romance! What better author to pick up than the queen  of YA contemporary romance, Sarah Dessen?
Happy reading! 😉


Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 399
Publication Date: June 2009
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read August 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
Up all night.
Nights have always been Auden’s time, her chance to escape everything that’s going on around her.
Then she meets Eli, a fellow insomniac, and he becomes her nocturnal tour guide.
Now, with an endless supply of summer nights between them, almost anything can happen…


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have you read Along for the Ride? What was your favourite night time adventure of Auden and Eli’s?
Is this book on your TBR?
Are you a fan of Sarah Dessen’s other books? Which one is your favourite? Your least favourite?
Are you going to watch the Netflix adaption on Along for the Ride?
I’d love to chat about it in the comments down below!!

Thanks for hanging with me today. Hope you have an awesome week!
See you all again soon!! 🙂

Find me on Goodreads here.

See my reviews for Sarah Dessen’s other books:
Someone Like You
What Happened to Goodbye

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Review: You’d Be Mine

Good afternoon, everyone! I hope you’ve been having a lovely day so far. Today I’m bringing you a review for my latest read, You’d Be Mine. It came out earlier this year and has been receiving many positive reviews, but unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it all that much. 
On with the review… Happy reading!! 🙂

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Genre: 
Young Adult – Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Publication Date: April 2019
My Rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
Read August 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Have any of you read You’d Be Mine? Did you think that it lived up to the hype? Did you enjoy the country music aspect?
Is the book on your TBR?
Let me know in the comments down below!

Thank you for joining me today! Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!!
Until next time!

Find me on Goodreads here.

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ARC Review: Cupid’s Match

Good evening my fellow readers! Tonight I am back with a review for my first ever ARC, which I received from NetGalley. I was very excited to finally set up an account with them and so happy to receive Cupid’s Match, a paranormal romance involving Roman mythology. 
Hope you enjoy!! 😀


Cupid’s Match by Lauren Palphreyman
Genre: 
Young Adult – Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology
Pages: 352
Publication Date: October 2019
My Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Read August 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
He’s mythologically hot, a little bit wicked, and almost 100% immortal. And he’ll hit you right in the heart . . .
Lila Black doesn’t believe in matchmaking, let alone soul mates. So then why is she constantly being hassled by the Cupids Matchmaking Service? But this gilded, cherub-bedecked dating agency isn’t exactly what it seems . . . and it’s about to turn Lila’s entire world upside down.
It turns out that Cupids Matchmaking is the real deal. As in, it’s run by actual cupids―who don’t look at all like they do in the paintings―and they have a serious problem with Lila’s “match.” Because this guy shouldn’t be in the system. He shouldn’t have a match. And while he’s irresistibly hot, he’s also incredibly dangerous. Because Lila’s true love match is Cupid. The original bad boy of love. And he wants her.
Now Lila’s once-normal teenaged world has exploded into a mythological nightmare overrun by crime-lord sirens, wrathful cupid hit men, magic arrows that cause no end of trouble, and a mischievous, not-so-angelic love god she can’t seem to stop herself from falling for . . .

Adored by 50 million readers on Wattpad, Lauren Palphreyman’s smash-hit book is now in print for the first time


Click here to read my thoughts/review on Goodreads!

Is Cupid’s Match on your TBR? Did you read the original version of it on Wattpad?
Are you a NetGalley member? What’s the best book that you received through them?
I’d love to discuss in the comments down below!!

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Review: Hidden (+ Reading Rush Wrap-Up)

Hey, everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review for Hidden, written by Helen Frost. This was the third and final book I read for The Reading Rush. Reading this fulfilled the prompt of reading a book in the same spot the whole time.
I’m actually quite pleased with the fact that I managed to read three books throughout the course of the week and earn a total of six badges! I wish that I could have reached 10000 pages but I was really close! I don’t participate in readathons often, but I had a really good time and I’m looking forward to taking part again next year.

See my review for Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten (read a book with five or more words in the title)
See my review for After by Anna Todd (read and watch a book to movie adaptation & read an author’s first book)

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You can view my bookstagram post for the Reading Rush on my page @readingwithdaniella

Without further ado, here’s my review for Hidden! I hope you enjoy!! 😀


Hidden by Helen Frost
Genre:
Middle Grade Young Adult – Poetry/Verse, Contemporary
Pages: 176
Publication Date: May 2011
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Read July 2019

Goodreads Synopsis:
When Wren Abbott and Darra Monson are eight years old, Darra’s father steals a minivan. He doesn’t know that Wren is hiding in the back. The hours and days that follow change the lives of both girls. Darra is left with a question that only Wren can answer. Wren has questions, too.
Years later, in a chance encounter at camp, the girls face each other for the first time. They can finally learn the truth—that is, if they’re willing to reveal to each other the stories that they’ve hidden for so long. Told from alternating viewpoints, this novel-in-poems reveals the complexities of memory and the strength of a friendship that can overcome pain.


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Have you read Hidden? Which poetry style did you prefer – Wren’s or Darra’s?
Have you read any of Helen Frost’s other novels?
What’s your favourite book that’s written in verse?

Did any of you participate in the Reading Rush this year? How did you do? Which badges did you earn? What was the best book that you read?
Let’s talk about in the comments down below!

Thanks for joining me today!! I hope to see you all again soon! ❤

Find me on Goodreads here.