MR. PRESIDENT: KATY EVANS REVIEW

Hey guys!

I know it has been a while since I’ve posted anything, but today I have a super exciting, special new release to review and share with y’all! When I heard the synopsis for this one, I was so stinking excited, and lemme tell ya, I was most definitely not let down. Katy does such a fantastic job with this book, and I can’t wait to read more of her novels! I want to say a quick thank you to the kind soul who sent this to me in exchange for an honest, review as well!

 

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He’s won the hearts of millions. But is he willing to lose his?

I met the president’s son when we were both young. Matthew Hamilton was handsome, polished, and intelligent. I’d never met a guy like him.

He promised me that he’d never run for president. I promised that if he did, I’d be by his side.

Three terms later, an invitation to join Matthew Hamilton’s campaign is the most exhilarating opportunity I’ve ever experienced. I’m determined to make a difference; he is determined to win.

Focused on his goal, Matt is steadfast, ruthless, and disarming. All eyes are on him and his popularity is surging. But soon, the next possible president of the United States is possessing me in more ways than one—and despite the risks, I’m helpless to resist.

We’re stealing touches, stealing moments, and stealing away at night. But our chemical connection is quickly becoming dangerously combustive, putting not only my heart, but Matt’s chance at the presidency on the line.

Winning will take everything. Walking away will be the hardest thing of all.

BUY: AMAZON // APPLE // B&N

RATING: 4/5 STARS

Let me start off by saying that when I started this book, I really didn’t know what to expect. With everything going on in politics right now, I wasn’t sure how this book was going to sit with me, all I knew was that the synopsis was great and it sounded like something I would love. I was so glad that I didn’t let my original reservations hold me back though, because this book was fabulous. I’m talking I read this in one sitting, and was very sad when it was over, fabulous. The characters rocked my socks, I loved loved loved how honest and fantastic Matt was as a politician, and the entire storyline was just great.

Matt has a heart of gold, and everything he wants to do to further America along is so fantastic. It was so awesome to see how much Charlotte and Matt agreed on when it came to the best ways to live life and make a difference, and I loved how invested they were in each other’s livelihoods. I also thought it was a really interesting dynamic between the two of them just as a general whole, and I just could not get enough of them. Since this book does cover a presidential campaign, we got to sort of see a behind the scenes party of how all of it went together, and Katy totally did her research. It was so interesting and fun to hear about all of the effort that typically goes into a campaign, and it gave me an entirely new perspective.

Overall I just adored this book. I cannot wait for the next installment to come out in January, and until then, I’m going to be eagerly anticipating the return of two of my most favorite characters. I would definitely recommend this one if you’re a fan or romances, it is swoon worthy and fabulous, and such a fun read. If you’ve read this I would love to hear your thoughts, and we can totally discuss it in the comments below!!

Love,

Taylor

THE REVOLUTION OF IVY: AMY ENGEL REVIEW

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a fantastic week, and that your weekend has been filled with lots of reading and relaxation. Today we are going to be talking about a sequel/final book, so up here I’m going to include the first book’s synopsis so that those of you who haven’t had a chance to pick up this series yet has a chance. I absolutely loved the first book, and the second one didn’t disappoint.

The Book of Ivy // Amy Engel: 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…

Okay so if you haven’t read the first one, don’t read on, spoilers are ahead! If you’re interested please go pick it up, it’s so wonderful. Bye non-readers, go pick up the first one and come back later!

Author: Amy Engel

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 290

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Rating: 4/5

Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.

Okay so now that we can talk about this series, since I’m assuming that you all have read the first one! The Book of Ivy was such a great book, and the ending was such a crazy cliffhanger, I couldn’t handle it, and waiting for this book was torture. I was able to get my hands on it almost immediately after its release and it truly didn’t disappoint. Amy Engel has such a beautiful writing style, and as you read, you are able to truly appreciate the world that she has created.

The characters in the book, Ivy and Bishop, are FANTASTIC. Bishop is such a golden boy, and he loves Ivy in a way that made me swoon. On his own, Bishop was able to stand strong, without overpowering Ivy and making her seem as though she constantly needs to be saved. They both work together, and that is what makes them such an effective couple. Ivy is such an awesome main character. She is strong, and seeing her open her heart up to Bishop, which definitely didn’t weaken her, and she was constantly surprising me with the ways she responded to the problems they were faced with.

The plot of this book took an arc that I wasn’t ready for, but that I absolutely adored! It had some major plot twists, and although it didn’t shock me as much as the first book, it still was so well done. For me, the main reason it didn’t get a 5/5 was the fact that I just didn’t love it as much as the first book. In the Book of Ivy, I finished and was absolutely blown away, and I just didn’t feel as strongly this go around. That being said, I still highly recommend this book and series!

I hope this review was so helpful, let me know what you’re reading this weekend, I would love to know!

Happy Reading!

Taylor

THE JEWEL: AMY EWING REVIEW

Here I am with another review! I’m not going to do a lengthy intro because I know you really are only here because you want to hear about the books, so here we go!

Author: Amy Ewing
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 358
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy + Dystopian
Rating: 4.5/5

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence… and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

When I decided to pick this book up, I wasn’t sure what to expect. By glancing at the cover it looks like a Selection Series copycat, and the synopsis sort of gave me the same vibe. Fortunately, this book is SO MUCH MORE. It follows a girl named Violet who has been trained to be a surrogate for the royalty of the Jewel, who can no longer carry their own children. Violet is ranked extremely high among the others because of her magical ability, which gives her the capacity to help the baby develop into essentially the perfect child.

When Violet is officially bought, she goes to live with this Duchess, and she begins to grasp the full extent of what being a surrogate entails. The situations these girls are placed into are really horrendous at times, and Ewing uses these occurrences to show the reader Violet’s true colors and potential. As the story progresses, we dive deeper and deeper into the world, and the characters mind sets, and as the story unfolds, the reader is left questioning.

I found this book to be incredibly fascinating in fast paced. I read it in a single day, where I also attended school, and had to stay after for practices and such. As a debut novel, Amy Ewing did an excellent job establishing herself, and I’m excited to see more of what she has to offer, not only from this series, but whatever ones she writes down the road. What did you think of The Jewel? Tell me all about it in the comments down below!

Have a stellar day,
Taylor

LEAVING PARADISE SERIES: SIMONE ELKELES REVIEW

Hello to all of you fabulous people who took a little time from your day to read this review! I appreciate it, and truly adore you all. I also want to apologize for the complete bust that “Review Week” was. I definitely didn’t post a review a day, and I’m so sorry for that, last week was super hectic, and I tried to take on too much at one time. Anyways, today I am going to be discussing the Leaving Paradise Duology by Simone Elkeles, so let’s dive in!

Author: Simone Elkeles
Publisher: Flux
Pages: 303, 291
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 4/5, 3.5/5

Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled.

After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers.

Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as “criminal” and “freak.” Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

Before I even started the series, I can honestly say I was pretty intrigued. The synopsis left me very curious, so once I started reading it sucked me in pretty quick. I’m not going to give you too much information about the plot, because I think it’s better to go in not knowing too much, but the characters are interesting and I enjoyed the dialogue between them a lot.

The first book starts off by introducing Caleb at the juvenile facilities, and with Maggie at physical therapy. I enjoyed this, because the reader was able to see the way the characters started, and by the end see the type of growth they both had. The dual perspective was really great, and I think that it helped to give us a better view of the different feelings both the characters had to deal with. The last few chapters get really intense, and as soon as I finished it I raced to grab the second book because of the massive cliffhanger at the end!

I didn’t enjoy the second book as much as the first. I felt like the characters were kind of annoying, and they seemed to constantly want to bicker, but the setting was interesting, and I think it added a lot to the story. Maggie and Caleb’s story ended with all of the loose ends tied up, and I was happy with the way things ended for the two of them.

Overall: The Leaving Paradise series was an enjoyable, short contemporary read. Although the second book wasn’t as good as the first, it still created a nice resolution and the series. Both books had other aspects that were explored and discussed, and it was not just a extra fluffy contemporary, it also was a tale of self growth and discovery. Overall, I recommend them, and if you have read them what did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Love,
Taylor