Jaime Reviews ~ Clanless (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins

By Jennifer Jenkins
Published on October 4, 2016
Published by: Month9Books
Source: Month9Books
Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor. 

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.” 

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region. 

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price.


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Clanless...

I really wish now that I had waited for the last book. THAT ENDING! Anyway, Nameless was such a special book, and I worried that Clanless might not live up to it, but I shouldn't have worried. Jennifer Jenkins knows exactly what she is doing. She knows how to write a wonderful story!

Clanless begins right after the ending of Nameless, and it is one heck of a beginning. From almost the second I started reading my heart started pounding, and it didn't let up very often. Gryphon and Zo are truly amazing characters, and on their own they could hold an entire series together. But not only do we get these two, we get other characters that bring something even MORE to this series. Gabe, Stone, Joshua and Tess, to name a few. Every character brings something new to a story already brimming with so much heart-pounding action, and overwhelming emotion.

In Clanless, Zo and Gryphon are separated, running from the Ram and trying to save countless others who are on the run. We meet all new characters, and the Clanless. So much happens in Clanless, from beginning to end, and you can't help but keep your eyes glued to the pages.

Nameless had a rough ending, and I was so happy to get my hands on Clanless. Now, I am sweating it out, waiting on the next book in the series. Jennifer Jenkins works magic with her words, and leaves you wanting more and more. Well, I'm ready for more now! If you haven't started this series, go for it! Don't hesitate! 

Jaime Lynn...


Jaime Reviews ~ Kiss Cam by Kiara London

By Kiara London
Published on October 18, 2016
Published by: Swoon Reads
Source: Publisher
In Kiss Cam, teen author Kiara London asks, what's a little harmless kissing between friends?

Juniper, Jasper, and Lenny have been friends forever and co-own a vlog channel called WereVloggingHere. Their fans are huge "shippers" who believe that Juniper and Jasper are perfect for each other, and, despite warnings from friends and family, a simple Truth-or-Dare inspired kiss soon spirals out of control into a whole new world of making out and surprise kisses.

Juniper and Jasper's relationship begins to shift. But as fan requests for different "Kiss Cam" segments keep pouring in, Juniper puts her worries aside and convinces herself that it doesn't mean anything. After all, it's just kissing… right?

Kiss Cam...

Too cute! When I finished the last page, that was my first thought. I was worried that the story might be a little too "young" for me to really enjoy, but I shouldn't have worried... TOO CUTE!

Juniper, Jasper and Lenny are best friends who have been vlogging together for years. Their vlog, We're Vlogging Here, is one of the most popular and their fans are crazy about them. They are even crazier for a Jasper and Juniper match. Every comment and question seems to be "Jasiper" related. To keep the viewers happy they decide to start a new segment, Kiss Cam. Jas and June make a game of it, using Lenny to help them make the surprise kisses crazier and crazier. It is all fun and games, but its only a matter of time until feelings start to grow and change... Will their friendships survive? And could love really be a possibility?

Kiss Cam is a short and sweet read, with some laugh out loud moments, and characters you can't help but love. I adore the friendships between Jas, June and Lenny. They each stand out, with different personalities, but they click so well. There is heartache, hope and happiness and sweet relationships that you root for like crazy.

This story is the perfect pick-me-up if you are feeling down, or just a great way to put a smile on your face. If you like sweet little love stories, this is definitely a book you want to read.


Jaime Lynn




Jaime Reviews ~ I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil

By Gretchen McNeil
Published on October 18, 2016
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Source: Edelweiss
From acclaimed author Gretchen McNeil comes her first realistic contemporary romance—perfect for fans of Kody Keplinger’s The Duff and Morgan Matson’s Since You've Been Gone.

Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend Jesse dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it's time to use The Formula for herself. She'll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win Jesse back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn't all it's cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity and fix everything she's messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?


I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl...

I started reading this one about 3 times. I would read the first couple of pages, then wind up putting it down and starting another book. I am not sure what changed between the 3rd and the 4th try, but the 4th time was the charm. I started and I could not put it down.

Bea is known as Math Girl in her school. Her two best friends, Spencer and Gabe, don't fare much better. Spencer is the invisible artsy guy and Gabe, the loud-mouth, sarcastic writer who doesn't think before he speaks. They are starting their final year of high school, and the first day things are already taking a bad turn. Gabe almost gets beat up because of an article in the paper, and there is a new girl in school who is threatening Bea's first relationship with Jack. So Bea decides to use her awesome math skills to come up with The Formula. This Formula will put Spencer and Gabe in the path of popularity, and give them the best senior year possible. She puts her Formula to work on the boys, and it goes perfectly. Bea is happy for the boys. But when Jack dumps her for new girl, Bea decides to create a new Formula to get him back. She is reinvented as Trixie, every one's favorite Manic-Pixie-Dream-Girl. It looks like her Formula is working like a charm, but at what cost? And is Jack really who she wants? Or does she want someone who loves her as Math Girl?

The one word that comes to mind whenever I think of this book is CUTE. It is too cute. But there are other themes in the story that truly matter. It isn't just a cute book to make you smile and laugh. It is a book to make you think about the YOU that you really want to be. It also makes you think about and question what really matters in life. I won't say this is a profound book, but I think it is important, in it's own right. And the fact that Gretchen McNeil can make you laugh while she is making you think is a huge point in her favor!

I adore the relationship between Bea, Spencer and Gabe, and I think you will too! If you like a light and fun contemporary, with a sweet little romance in story, then I would absolutely recommend this one to you! Also, it's nice to finally understand what the heck everyone was talking about when they kept saying "Manic-Pixie-Dream-Girl"!

Jaime Lynn

Jaime Reviews ~ Rise of Fire (Reign of Shadows #2) by Sophie Jordan

By Sophie Jordan
Published on February 7, 2017
Published by: HarperTeen
Source: Around the World ARC Tours
The richly suspenseful sequel to Sophie Jordan’s romantic fantasy Reign of Shadows.

Luna and Fowler have escaped the kingdom of Relhok, but they haven’t escaped the darkness. When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is faced with a choice: put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler forever.

Desperate to keep the one bright part of her life alive, Luna accepts the help of soldiers from a nearby kingdom. Lagonia’s castle offers reprieve from the dangerous outside world—until the king discovers both Fowler's and Luna’s true ties to Relhok and their influence over the throne.

Now pawns in each kingdom’s political game, Luna and Fowler are more determined than ever to escape and build the life they’ve been dreaming of. But their own pasts have a tight hold on their hearts and their destinies. Luna must embrace the darkness and fire within her before she loses not only Fowler, but the power she was destined to inherit.
 


Rise of Fire...

I really loved Reign of Shadows. It was one of those books that sounded interesting enough, but ended up really taking me by surprise. So when I got the chance, thanks to Around the World ARC Tours, to read and review it's sequel, I jumped at the chance. And boy, am I glad that I did!

Rise of Fire starts off exactly where Reign of Shadows ended, with Fowler giving himself to the Dwellers to save Luna. Luna is not willing to let him go that easily, but even after saving him, Fowler is dying thanks to the Dweller poison. A group of soldiers finds Luna and Fowler and they offer their help to save Fowler, but that means heading to Lagonia, an ally of Fowler's father. It is a risk that Luna is willing to take to save his life. Hopefully, this will not forfeit her own.

I adored these two characters so much in book one and that has not changed a bit. I love their stubborness, their willingness to fight for one another. Their strengths, which are many. Luna is a truly amazing character. I love the fact that she does not let blindness become a weakness, nor does she exploit it for pity. I love how she loves Fowler, but doesn't let him change who she is. Fowler is just a fine specimen of a male. I appreciate the fact that, while he worries for Luna and wants to protect her, he is aware that she is fully capable of caring for herself. The love these two have for one another is a great aspect of the story.

A lot of questions were answered throughout the course of this book, and I really enjoyed the extent of the world-building. The pacing of the story was perfect, and the story was never boring. The added secondary characters all made the story more rich and full, and nobody felt like just a drop-in for added flare.

All in all, this was a great ending to an awesome story. Sophie Jordan is a skilled writer, and I appreciate the way she draws you in before you even realize what is happening. By far, my favorite thing about the story are the characters. Just for Luna and Fowler, I would absolutely recommend this story!

Jaime Lynn

Jaime Reviews ~ The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

By Mindy McGinnis
Published on September 20, 2016
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Edelweiss
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

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The Female of the Species...

I don't have a lot of words for this one. If you are thinking about reading The Female of the Species, and are expecting a sweet end to a sweet contemporary, then rethink things before you start. This is not a sweet contemporary with a sweet ending. This is a dark story, ruthless and hard. painful. But it is a painful story, beautifully told....

Alex Craft has been alone since her sister was killed. She has lived a friendless existence with a distant and cold mother and a father that is nowhere to be found. Alex believes that it is better this way, though. For other people. Until the day she meets Peekay, the preachers kid, at the animal shelter they volunteer at. From this day, a beautifully strange friendship forms that brings warmth and happiness to Alex's life. And then she meets Jack Fisher in the guidance office at school. They are both in the running for Valedictorian, and their initial meeting doesn't go well. But when they meet again, something clicks into place and feelings that neither of them have ever felt are brought to the surface.

Peekay and Jack are changing Alex a little, day by day. They are bringing light and laughter to her life. She is learning what having a friend, having someone to count on feels like. Slowly, she is coming out of her shell and starting to really live life. But the Alex that lives in the shadows is still there, and soon that Alex will be brought back to the surface. Will she lose the love that she has finally found?

 There is so much darkness in this book, but it is counterbalanced with a beautiful lightness that made it bearable. Alex, even when you learn the truth about her, is someone that you cannot help but root for. You can't help but HOPE like crazy for her. Her story is not an easy one to read. Peekay and Jack are the perfect characters for the rest of the story. They weren't secondary, they were front and center. Neither one was without fault, but they were the perfect compliments to Alex. And remember the name Branley....

I won't say anything about the story, the plot, nothing about what happens during this book. I can't. Like I said at the beginning, I don't have a lot of words for it. It is not easy to read, that much I can say. I usually read a book in two days, MAYBE three, but this one took a month. The story ends rather abruptly, and I am still wrestling with it. I don't know if I wanted it to go on for a few more pages or if it ended perfectly. But I do know that, even after a week and half, this is a book that I cannot stop thinking about and I can't let go. And I am really glad that I kept reading it, even when I thought I might give up.


Jaime Lynn

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Linda Acorn Budzinski decided in the second grade that she wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. She majored in journalism in college and now works in marketing and communications. She spent 18 years at a trade association in the funeral service industry, where she discovered that funeral directors are some of the bravest and most compassionate people on earth. Linda lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their chihuahua, Demitria. She has two step-daughters, Eris and Sarah. THE FUNERAL SINGER is her debut novel. She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc
 
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