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Survive the Night by Danielle Vega

Author: Danielle Vega
Published: May 24, 2016
288 Pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating:  4 stars

Book Description:

Stephen King meets Pretty Little Liars in this pulse-pounding novel from the author of The Merciless.

Just back from rehab, Casey regrets letting her friends Shana, Julie, and Aya talk her into coming to Survive the Night, an all-night, underground rave in a New York City subway tunnel. Surrounded by frightening drugs and menacing strangers, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse…

…until she comes across Julie’s mutilated body in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Casey thought she was just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music. And by the time they get back to the party, everyone is gone.

Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway tunnels, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

They’re being hunted.

Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to Aya’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here.”

Kim’s Review:

Danielle Vega is the queen of creepy fiction! The Merciless Series was awesome and this book was almost as good. To be honest, I think I understood this one a little better than I did the Merciless Series. Survive the Night is a great metaphor for the dangers of drugs. Vega took a serious problem facing teens and turned it into an ominous story. The teens are all believable and realistic. I hated Shana so much because she is that typical teen who does whatever she wants and does things just because she can; I wouldn’t even mind it, except she drags everyone down with her. I really dislike selfish teens . . . if y’all didn’t already get that. One thing that I really liked was the fact that Vega was so meticulous and specific with her details that it just added another level of frightening. All the mud and murky water, and sludge; it was like I could feel the dirt and muck while I was reading! This was a really great read! I would reserve it for older teens because of the language, but I think it would make a good, cautionary tale.

Purchase Links:
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Release Day Review: Kiss Me in Paris

Author: Catherine Rider
Published: Today, September 4, 2018
216 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 26-31st, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Serena has just flown all the way to Paris for a special pre-Christmas weekend with her sister, Lara. They plan to retrace the steps of their parents’ long-ago honeymoon in Paris, and create a scrapbook for their bereaved mother to remember it by.

It’s supposed to be serious sister bonding…until Lara takes off with her boyfriend instead.

Jean-Luc is Serena’s Plan B, a friend of a friend of Lara’s, who has some space in a place where Serena can stay. Just like his latest relationship, his photography final has been an epic fail. He has one night to retake all his pictures if he is to stay in school.

Jean-Luc can’t stand Serena’s loud voice or her bright orange sneakers.

Serena can’t stand his haughty manners or the way his camera is always in her face.

Together, though, they set out into a cold night that will warm their hearts, creating unforgettable photos and fresh romantic sparks in the City of Lights.

Jessica’s Review:

I was excited when I saw Catherine Rider had a sequel to Kiss Me in New York! I really enjoyed it, and was looking forward to more of Charlotte and Anthony’s story but then I saw Kiss Me in Paris features a different couple. I will admit that I was a little disappointed.  Though the ending does come full circle back to Kiss Me in New York!

Kiss Me in Paris is a new location with a new couple all in a 24 hour time period.  Rider has a wonderful talent of bringing you into the location where you may or may not have been before: You feel like you are there with the characters and this time we are in Paris! You can just picture everything as you read Serena and Jean-Luc’s story.

I did not connect to these two as much as I did with Charlotte and Anthony. Maybe it is due to the clash of two very different cultures? Yes, they have some fun times and sweet times, and they also bicker! I did not really see their connection form until the end. And then we have the epilogue which I really enjoyed!

I feel like I have been to Paris now with Rider’s writing; I look forward  to (hopefully) another in this series. I cannot wait to see where we go next and what couple we meet and what their adventure will be!

Thank you KCP Loft for my ARC copy.

Purchase Links:
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Blog Tour: Evie’s Little Black Book

Today I am helping to the end the blog tour for Evie’s Little Black Book by Hannah Pearl. I will be sharing my review!  There is also an international giveaway going on!

Book Description:

Is hunting down every man you’ve kissed the answer to finding Mr Right?

When Evie is invited to the wedding of the guy she’d fancied throughout her teens, it’s the final straw. What’s wrong with her and why can’t she keep a man?

In between consoling herself with ice cream and chocolate, and sobbing her heart out to her cousin Chamaine, Evie has a brainwave – and it all centres around her ‘little black book’ (well, more floral patterned notebook really) – which contains the details of every man she’s ever kissed or dated. Perhaps the cure for her disastrous love life has been nestled within its pages all along …

Does Evie’s little black book really hold the answers, or will she learn that exes are exes for a reason?

Author: Hannah Pearl
Published: August 21, 2018

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 12-18, 2018

Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Jessica’s Review:

Should you look at your past to move forward in your life?  The premise of Evie’s Little Black Book had me wanting to read it! This is a fun chick lit novel that entertains throughout and you can’t help but like ALL of these characters.

I enjoyed going on this journey with Evie and learning about her past as she did. Was the problem in past relationships actually Evie or her former partners? Has she just not met the right man yet?  Is it really “It’s me and not you”?

You know where the novel is going once she meets Jake, but it is a fun ride.  There is a deeper meaning here towards the end of the novel that I was not expecting.  Even though this is a fun and quick read, I found myself genuinely concerned with the actions the characters chose to go with towards the end of the novel. Luckily that direction did not happen (Note to self: Remember this is light-hearted chick lit!)

There is an important message here: Real and true friends will always come back to you even if you have not been treated well.

Evie’s Little Black Book is recommended.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Audible UK

About the Author:

Hannah Pearl was born in East London. She is married with two children and now lives in Cambridge.

She has previously worked as a Criminology researcher at a university in Leicester, as a Development Worker with various charities and even pulled a few pints in her time.

In 2015 she was struck down by Labrynthitis, which left her feeling dizzy and virtually housebound. She has since been diagnosed with ME. Reading has allowed Hannah to escape from the reality of feeling ill. She read upwards of three hundred books during the first year of her illness. When her burgeoning e-reader addiction grew to be too expensive, she decided to have a go at writing. In 2017, she won Simon and Schuster’s Books and the City #heatseeker short story competition, in partnership with Heat magazine, for her short story The Last Good Day.

Hannah is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association.

Contact Hannah:
Blog
Twitter @hannahPearl_1

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