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WONDERWALL by M.H. Soars

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Raven PA, for an honest review.

Genre: Fiction/Mature YA/Adult/Romance

Plot: There is something magical when best friends fall in love. Liv and Sebastian used to be inseparable until circumstances beyond their control destroyed their fairytale romance to dust.

Liv hasn’t seen Sebastian since he walked out of her life five years ago. When she accepted her internship in London, she never dreamed their paths would cross again. Not when Sebastian is a celebrity, a singer in one of the most popular boy bands of all times. Living in the same city, their worlds couldn’t be farther apart. But when two people are destined to be together, they can’t outrun fate.

*Note from author: Due to mature content, this novel is recommended to readers 18+

Opinion: This book will take the reader through a youthful and adorable romance that has its fair share of emotional roller coasters and tribulations. The author takes a romance from an early youth and blossoms it into a romance for the young adult, but be weary of explicit scenes and in depth scenarios between our main characters.

In early high school Sebastian and Liv were best friends and next door neighbors, but soon their relationship turned into something more. Soon after they had quickly fallen for each other, tragedy struck Sebastian and his only way to cope was to leave Liv and move to London with his extended family. Now, five years later, Sebastian is a singer in one of the most popular boy bands in the UK (and the world) and it is impossible for Liv to escape her memories of how he left her. But after Liv accepts an internship at a high-end hotel as an events coordinator, she finds that their paths might be destined to cross again.

Call me repetitive and predictable, but I couldn’t get into the character of Sebastian at all. I really should check on my sensitive side at this point because every time I meet a whiny and emotional character I want to vomit. The reasoning is this: there is a way to make your character caring and passionate about something without making them sound completely…annoying. At the beginning of the story I thought the writer captured the essence of Sebastian and Liv perfectly, their emotional levels felt like teenagers. They thought, spoke, acted, and read (no, not like they were literally reading in the story 😉 ) like actual teenagers. But, as the story moved on and the characters go older, I found that they still had the emotional state of teenagers…the only difference is they were having sex like maniacs. Yeah, MANIACS. I swear this book went from “Aw, how cute!” to *sideways eye glance* “Whhhhatttt?”. Color me REALLY SURPRISED by that development.

All main male character loathing aside, the writing style that the author has is perfect for this Mature YA story. This writing is straight forward, and the author does a fairly decent job of explaining the pain the Liv feels after Sebastian breaks her heart. There is always room for more details and description when describing the emotions that a character is feeling, but for this work I think what was written works great. This story goes back and forth in writing in the voices of Sebastian and Liv, and in one scene with Sebastian I felt like I had literally stepped into the mind of a twenty-year-old guy! The author made his thoughts clipped and dismissive, he was noncommittal with everything, and didn’t give any experience or conversation a second thought. I sat there thinking how spot on his character felt in that moment, so I was a little disappointed to see him get so mushy in the end. But who knows…maybe guys really are that sensitive on the inside…? HAH 😉

Overall, this is a romantic and touching story about a guy getting the girl of his dreams back. If you are REALLY into young love, heartbreak, drama, and a guy pouring his heart out to a girl, then you will probably love this book to the ends of the earth and back. For me, it was just a little too mushy and sensitive for my taste. Please also make sure you understand that there is sexual content in this book, so if you are like me and don’t really enjoy that in a book…then maybe be cautious of this one. Also, if this book sounded interesting to you then READ IT! This is only my opinion, so don’t let that sway something you can enjoy. 🙂

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Darkness of Light by Stacey Marie Brown

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, Mark My Words Book Publicity, via NetGalley for an honest review.

Genre: Mature YA/Adult/Fiction/Fantasy/Romance

Plot: Freak. Witch. Crazy. Schizo.

Ember Brycin has been called them all. She’s always known she’s different. No one has ever called her normal, even under the best circumstances. Bizarre and inexplicable things continually happen to her, and having two different colored eyes, strange hair, and an unusual tattoo only contributes to the gossip about her.

When the latest school explosion lands her in a facility for troubled teens, she meets Eli Dragen, who’s hot as hell and darkly mysterious. Their connection is full of passion, danger, and secrets. Secrets that will not only change her life, but what and who she is—leading her down a path she never imagined possible.

Between Light and Dark, Ember finds a world where truth and knowledge are power and no one can be trusted. But her survival depends on finding out the truth about herself. In her pursuit, she is forced between love and destiny and good and evil, even when the differences between them aren’t always clear. At worst, she will incite a war that could destroy both worlds. At best, she will not only lose her heart but her life and everyone she loves. Once the truth is out, however, there will be no going back. And she’ll definitely wish she could.

Opinion: Okay readers, I have something great to show you! I know so many fellow bookworms on Goodreads and Instagram have been looking for another amazing series that feels like a version of Twilight (one with better writing) or of The Mortal InstrumentsLOOK NO FURTHER! I started this book on my lunch yesterday (12:00 – 1:00 PM), had to agonizingly put it down while I continued on with my work day (1:00 – 4:00 PM), which then lead to me immediately reading it once I got home and not stopping until I was finished. Not only did I tell myself my review could wait until tomorrow (procrastination never sleeps), but I immediately purchased book 2 Fire In The Darkness. Okay…you caught me. I read book 2 into the wee hours of the night, finished it, and yes…I might have ordered book 3 Dwellers of Darkness already. Sue me, because I am a tad bit obsessed. 😉

Ember Brycin has been dealing with her peers treating her differently for her entire life, and her unique looks don’t help her case. After several incidences of electrical explosions start to happen whenever Ember is near, she is forced to attend a school for troubled youth. Here she meets the alluring and dangerous Eli Dragen, who makes a point to show his distaste for Ember. Soon Ember starts to learn the truth about who, or what, she really is and is forced to choose who to trust.

AH! This book absolutely grabbed my attention from the beginning and I am still having trouble putting this series down! The beginning starts out feeling very much like a scene from Carrie, but the overall series definitely has a Twilight and The Mortal Instruments feel to it. Due to these descriptions sometimes not giving you guys enough to go on about the book, let me dig in a little deeper into what this series morphs into. Ember is sassy, independent, strong-willed, ferocious, and FANTASTIC. Her character reminds me of Jessica from the 1-800 Where Are You series, in the sense that both of these girls are attracted to the “bad boy” lead male characters but aren’t the damsel in distress type. Ember can hold her own, and she is a very entertaining character to follow into this series. Eventually the reader will learn that Ember and Eli are Otherworlders, which includes creatures like demons, faeries, goblins, and Dark Dwellers, and that Ember is a species of Otherworld that is forbidden to be alive. I will say no more, I cannot spoil this for you guys!

The writing in this series is wonderful, the author is fantastic at character development, and she doesn’t rush over things at all. There was a nice even pace throughout this book and I was COMPLETELY ABSORBED in it. I enjoyed how the author kept the tension and the suspense building between Eli and Ember, but made sure not to completely drown the reader in a romance that is bound to happen. Please also keep in mind that this is a Mature YA/Adult series, meaning that it is focused on its story-line and rather tame but it gets a little bit hot and heavy…but not enough to make this fall into the erotica genre.

OVERALL, FANTASTIC! A MUST READ SERIES! If you are looking to get lost in another world, you need to try this out. I am SO looking forward to continuing on to book 3 and seeing where the author takes the story.

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