Blog Tour: The Rules of Rebellion by Amity Hope

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A sweet and funny easy-to-read novel…

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The Rules of Rebellion
by Amity Hope
Published by Entangled Teen
on April 2nd, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance YA
Rating: 3_5_star
Steamy Level:
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  1. Skinny dip (her idea)
  2. Prank someone (his idea)
  3. Stargaze (her idea)
  4. Kiss someone (his idea)
    Leo Zimmerman has had a crush on his curvy best friend Kylie Jenkins since forever, so When he discovers the girl with a flair for baking has a newfound plan to rebel against her overbearing parents, he’s determined to be the one to help her carry it out. Who better than a self-proclaimed rebel like himself to show her the ropes of letting loose?
    Sure, taking her to her first high school party, helping her sneak out of the house, or watching a sunset together isn’t exactly a hardship, but much harder is masking his feelings the more time they spend together. And when he suggests adding “kiss a boy” to Kylie’s plan and she accepts…suddenly all his dreams seem to be coming true.
    But Leo’s got a secret that could change everything between them, and it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the surface.

 

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Something you need to know about me is how trash I’m about YA romance novels about friendships that evolve to something more. That’s the main reason why I asked for the opportunity to review this book. Thank you so much Entangled Teen for still trusting me with your author’s babies.

Being this baby the first book I’ve read by this author I kind of wanted to be surprised by her writing style but that didn’t happen, overall the book is pretty solid with a good plot with some exciting twist just to keep it spicy. Hope did surprise me because I did not expect Leo’s secret to be that sort of thing.

Kylie is this sweet goody-two-shoes girl, she kind of reminds me of Lara Jean @ToAllTheBoysIloveBefore, with a bratty little sister who dares her to step out of her comfort zone and she does it by creating a list of adventurous and illegal things she wants to do before her senior high school year is over. She never expected Leo, her best friend’s boyfriend’s best friend (see what I did there 😉, to be the one who helped her complete her list and fill the blank spaces. But as you already know, Leo is infatuated by her and see this as a change to spend more time with his crush and maybe make her fall in love with him.

What I liked more about TRoR is that isn’t only centered in the kids and how rebellious they are, but also the importance of the family and how your parents opinions actually matter when you’re in high school. They’re not military-kind-of strict parents but have set up rules their daughters have to follow and all of that is having their best interest at heart. I really liked that.

That being said, The Rules of Rebellion was everything I expected it to be. A sweet and funny easy-to-read novel about friendship, family and how love can be right in front of you waiting for you to notice it. I wish I had read more books like this one when I was in high school all those years ago. Definitely what sixteen year old me would have liked.

 

Thank you for reading this review and see you next time 🙂

She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop | Review

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She Regrets Nothing
by Andrea Dunlop
Published by Atria Books
on February 6th, 2018
Genre: Contemporary
Rating4_5_star
Steamy Level:4_steam

 

 

 

 

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This novel is all about family drama, the kind of soap opera every latina loves. Relationships complicated by money, ambitious and the importance of social status.

I certainly wasn’t expecting half of the things that happened in this story. When I read the blurb on NetGalley I was expecting a light read, a lot of fun and maybe some sad parts because Laila is an orphan who just found her father was the younger son of one of the wealthiest men in New York. Turns out Laila was a Bitch, and yes, that capital “B” was needed.

When Laila met her cousins, Libby, Leo and Nora she feels entitled to the lifestyle have in New York City, the lifestyle she had been denied to. They take her in because she is family and a novelty, they help her find her place in New York as the new granddaughter, but there’s no denying she doesn’t fit the mold. She’s tacky and extra. And when she is no longer the new cousin but just a girl spending their money they get tired of her.

A “normal” person would find a job but the minimum wage wasn’t enough for her anymore after living the life of the 2%. And this is where the plot thickens. So much betrayal and ambitious turns Laila into a cold-hearted bitch and after all the damage she has caused she regrets nothing. But in all my life I wouldn’t have believed all the things she was capable to do just to fit with the rich kids.

This is the first time I read Andrea Dunlop’s writing, I was surprised with her style. It was so easy to feel that I was there with Laila and Nora partying all the weekends in the most exclusive clubs in Manhattan. I praise her writing because I despised Laila along with other characters, Dunlop made her real, twisted and believable. Her actions along with the secrets she discovered were her downfall.

I plan on reading more books by Andrea Dunlop, her unique way of portraying a society I know little about captivated me and in some ways disgusted me because her characters were born to be disgusting human beings.

Can’t wait to hear what you guys think about #SheRegretsNothing. 

See you soon.

 

 

 

 

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | review

I can truly said I’m a different reader from three years ago. Lizzie from 2014 wouldn’t have imagined the kind of books she would read at twenty two.

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City of Saints and Thieves
by Natalie C. Anderson
Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
on January 24th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Mistery

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller.

My rating

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I enjoy diversity in books, that doesn’t mean I dislike authors who prefer to write only the things they know or follow the hype or what is trendy right now. But I’m finding so much pleasure in reading books placed in another countries, with so many different characters and exotic plot settings. I’m looking forward to read more “own-voices” novels as well.

I want to say that is the reason why I read this book so quickly or picked it up in the first place. It is not. I knew nothing about the plot. What made me purchase it all those weeks ago was the cover, so beautifully designed.. I didn’t like the two sentences I read from the synopsis. I never like the kind of synopsis that start with a comparison between the book and previous bestsellers or famous novels.

And even when CoSaT isn’t the next YA Gone Girl, it is a great novel that borrows the cruel and poignant stories of so many refugees from Congo to bring us a compelling novel about sisterhood, sacrifice and fear. Introducing us to a new culture and a new reality for so many out there.

There were some gaps, yes. This story wasn’t perfect but just remember that this is a fictional world based in true stories and the author can take some liberties with her work, so even when I didn’t understand some of her decisions or I have so many unanswered question i like this book so much that I want to share my love for it with you guys.