Review: Talented by Sophie Davis

I don’t know how to feel about this book.

I did not love it and yet I read the entire saga in a week.

Talented was one of those books that you read because of the romance. I feel that if you took out Erik and Talia, the story would fall slightly flat.

The biggest struggle I had while reading this series was the grammatical errors. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that it is hard to edit a book, but some of the errors I found were simple ones. Another fault that I had was that the plot felt like it revolved around the romance. I love the romance aspect of the story, but it usually overshadowed the main plot. Finally, I disliked how stupid Talia was at times. Donovan was a jerk and she still had trouble when choosing who to love.

Despite the dislikes, I enjoyed the characters. Sophie made me fall in love with certain aspects of all the characters in her series. Also, Sophie does improve the story as you read further into the saga. Finally, I love Sophie’s creativity when assigning the powers and how they were created.

Overall, I give this book a 3.5/5 stars and would recommend to people who read solely for romance.

SBPT Wrap-Up 

As you may be aware, I have been participating in a nine week blog tour which was created by The Book Bratz. Unfortunately, we have reached the end of the nine weeks and we now have to post our wrap-up.
1. What did you like about SBPT?

I really enjoyed meeting new bloggers and giving my readers unique content that I do not usually post.

2. What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part of the experience was talking to other bloggers about what content they would like to write for my blog.

3. Would you considered joining again?

Definitely! I loved the whole experience!

4. What would you changed about the tour?

(This really is not something you can change) One thing I had a fault with was trying to communicate with certain bloggers ( mostly, due to the fact that they did not use Twitter on a daily basis which is okay:)) on the aspect of deadlines.I hope that next year it will be less stressful in that department.

5. A recap of all my posts!

  • The first week I had Emily Reads Everything talk about her top five fantasy books.
  • Offbeat YA talked about the best contemporary reads that are not based on romance.
  • I had an interview with The Book Bratz.
  • The Book Bandit did the Zombie Apocolypse Book Tag.
  • Little Book Heaven answered a few interview questions.
  • The Regal Critques did The Book Tea Tag.

6. Mention your favorite book you did on the tour?

I really enjoyed the interview I did with Emily Reads Everything!

6. Why should others join?

It is a fun experience where you can meet a lot of bloggers! 

Blackmail Boyfriend by Chris Cannon: Mini Review

Release date: August 10th, 2015

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Summary: Sometimes, blackmail is the only weapon a girl has…

Haley Patterson has had a crush on golden boy Bryce Colton for ages. But when she hears a rumor that he hooked up with her she gives him a choice: be her boyfriend for a month to show other guys that she’s dateable—despite her overprotective and very intimidating brothers—or deal with the angry, cage-fighting boyfriend of the girl he actually did hook up with.

Bryce didn’t know the other Haley even had a boyfriend. He was just trying to get his ex off his back. And now, not only is he being blackmailed, he’s being blackmailed by an honor student. His new “girlfriend” has two three-legged dogs, her father mows grass at the country club, and she’s…well, difficult. And different.

Can something so fake turn into something real?

Before I begin, I would like to thank Chris for sending me a copy of her book to review. I would give this book 3/5 stars. Here is why:

First off, I would like to focus on the positivities of this novel. Chris has an incredible gift of achieving realism for all characters. Each character had flaws that made them human. Often, authors neglect to add flaws to their characters out of fear that they will damage the. It is nice that Chris took that risk and added a certain uniqueness to her book. Another thing I really enjoyed was the fake relationship trope. The way Chris acted on that trope was amazing!

Now on to the negativities. Unfortunately, I felt that Blackmail Boyfriend resembled other books of similar story lines. Also, I disliked the character, Haley. Mostly because Haley was extremely jealous when it came to Bryce despite that their relationship was fake. Finally, I did not like the change of POVs because it felt as if they were mostly the same character.

Overall, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Hallmark channel romance movies. It was a fast and fun read.

Top five series that need more books: T5W

Hey everyone!

This week top five wednesday is the top five series that need more books. Oddly, most of the series I chose are specifically due to the fact that I loved all of the books.

The Shatter Me Series by Taherah Mafi

I need more Warnette in my life. The entire series was incredible. I feel like the series could head on a beautiful route. I cannot wait to see what the directors do for the book when the Shatter Me TV series starts!

The Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hopkins

This series is my all-time favorite. Michelle Hopkins has a beautiful writing style and can always capture your attention. I feel strongly that Michelle could add more books to this lovely series.

Reboot Series by Amy Tintera

This series is so incredible. Amy fills three books with an outstanding amount of action and feeling. This series would flourish is more books were added.

The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Who could ever have enough of Daemon Black. Jennifer L. Armentrout could add a million books to this series and I would still read all of them. There will never be too many adventures with Katy and Daemon!

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

The Grisha trilogy is stunning. Not only is the world incredible, but the characters are full of life. Though it is not apart of the series or feature the same characters, I cannot wait to read more about the Grisha world in Six of Crows!

EXCITING NEWS!!!

Hey everyone,

I feel terrible about not telling you this sooner, but if you follow my social media then you already know.

Over the past month, I had a few amazing things happen to me. Sadly, I cannot talk to you guys about all the incredible things at this moment, but I am able to address one of them. (Cue the dramatic sound effects) On October 10th, I will be speaking with four other young adult book bloggers at my first ever panel. The panel will be at KidLitCon and is called Going Wide (my blog is not stated in the panel’s information because I agreed to participate after the schedule was posted). Going Wide will be discussing how to begin working with people in the writing industry and how to earn money as a blogger. The four bloggers who will be participating in the panel with me are, Mahnaz Dar (editor for the School Library Journal), Marjorie Ingall (columnist for Tablet magazine and a contributor for The New York Times), Charlotte Taylor (blogger for Charlotte’s Library and B&N Reads), and Paula Willey (blogger for unadulterated.us, columnist for The Baltimore Sun, contributor for School Library Journal, and reviewer for Booklist). You can check out my panel on the second day of the conference (Saturday) at 2:30.

For those who may be unaware, KidLitCon is a writing conference that focuses on literature for kids and young adults. This year, KidLitCon is being hosted at the Hyatt Place Harbor East in Baltimore, Maryland on October 9th and 10th. The main theme of this year’s conference is children and young adult book bloggers. With this in mind, the two-day event features an abundance of incredible panels for bloggers on that age group. You can see the whole schedule here.  Also, on the day following the conference (Sunday the 11th) there will be a tour of Baltimore that you can participate in. If you register by September 20th, you can save $25 on the full registration package! The complete registration package includes two days of panels and presentations, Friday lunch, Friday dinner and bowling(!), Saturday lunch discounts. If you are only looking to attend on Saturday, the price is $50. Also, the tour of Baltimore on Sunday is an extra $35. You can buy all the tickets that I previously stated here. If you plan on staying at the Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor the price will be $175 a night if you reserve your room now with this special reservation link or by calling the hotel and telling them that you are with Kidlitcon 2015.

Want to stay informed about KidLitCon? You can be a fan on Facebook, follow KidLitCon on Twitter, subscribe to our KidLitCon email list, and/or follow the KidLitCon Tumblr.

If any of you are planning on attending, please comment below!

Thank you,

Marissa Nicole