The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

Kasie West, you’ve outdone yourself once again.

 

I have previously read the Pivot Point, Split Second duology by her (If you haven’t read that one, it’s amazing and you need to check it out!). I loved the writing so much that I told myself I had to read every Kasie West book ever. I finally bought another one and I am so happy I did.

Let me just say, I am not a big fan of contemporaries. I usually don’t reach for them unless I’m really feeling it.

But if all contemporaries were like this book, I would be a huge fan!

 

Kasie West has such a gift. She could write anything and I would probably buy it. She’s just so great at writing a story. Her wordplay and character building is phenomenal.

The characters in the story were all expertly written. I loved them all. They were quirky and fun and so real.

Because this is a single book, I did feel some things were left unfinished. But I think it’s because I am so used to trilogies and series that it’s hard for me to realize that a sequel is not coming… *sobs*

The story is clean. I do recommend it for teens and up, though, because somethings mentioned, while not inappropriate, would be best understood by teens and older.

-Lilian-

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Vendetta (The Nikki Boyd Files 1) by Lisa Harris

No one needs to push Nikki Boyd to excel on the Tennessee Missing Persons Task Force. The case of her own missing sister, still unsolved after ten years, is the driving force in her work. When a Polaroid photo of a missing girl shows up at a crime scene, Nikki quickly recognizes similarities to the past. The closer she gets to the abductor, the more she feels this case has become personal, and she is not the hunter . . . but the hunted.

With this explosive first book in The Nikki Boyd Files, award-winning author Lisa Harris takes you on a fast-paced pursuit of justice that will have you holding your breath until the heart-stopping finish.

I was sent a copy of this book by Revell Publishers in return for my honest reviewer. They have in no way influenced my thoughts on this book.

 

I have no words for the greatness of this book.

 

I spent almost all my Sunday reading this book. It is intriguing from the first chapter through the epilogue. The mystery and thrilling plot left me hanging on the edge of my seat the whole time. My heart was pounding and my mind was racing trying to put the clues together.

I must admit, I don’t read a lot of New Adult books, but I made an exception for this one and I’m so glad I did.

 

First off, I must applaud Lisa Harris for her great character writing. I loved all the characters and none of them annoyed me. They all thought reasonably. She had me believing that everyone was a suspect… even the people that were seemingly innocent. I was constantly questioning all the characters and trying to put two-and-two together.

The one thing I wish was written better was the ending and how the climax was delivered. I felt like, when the mystery was ‘solved’, more evidence should have been dropped throughout the book for the readers to figure it out. I really wanted to attempt to solve the mystery and I was slightly disappointed when I realized that I couldn’t have figured out the mystery because they didn’t even partially introduce me to any of the facts beforehand.

I also felt the book ended with a weird ending. It left me unsatisfied. Plus, judging by the one chapter I already have of the sequel, it doesn’t shoe clues of following the same mystery case, which is kinda upsetting. I was really enjoying learning more about the ‘Angel Abductor’.

But, I must admit that the book was well written, overall, and I am already looking forward to the sequel.

As for cleanliness, it is 100% clean from suggestive content and profanity. But, because of the violence and overall creepiness of the whole story, I don’t recommend it for younger readers or anyone who can’t handle the details of abductions and violence, as it can be slightly graphic at times and it is written with real abductions in time.

Let me end by saying that I don’t think I’ll ever go on a hike again without looking behind my back for crazy men with big sticks.

 

-Lilian-

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

A striking fantasy tale of dark magic, dangerous politics, and discovering your true self—perfect for fans of Game of Thrones, An Ember in the Ashes and A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king—she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself—only to find herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own

THE FEELS ARE SO REAL.

 

I just finished this book last night and I’m still not over it. Oh my word, does Sara Raasch know how to write a book.

I only bought this book because of all the great things my friends Lia, Liz, and Mar (@three_bibliophiles on Instagram) have told me about it. They single-handedly supply me with a never ending TBR list.

In the beginning, I was sorta bored with it and I wasn’t really feeling it. But I kept reading and it just got better and better. Sara Raasch had wonderful story building. She made the world and the characters really come to life. I haven’t read a book this good in a while.

Her writing and the whole book really reminded me of the Remnants series by Lisa T. Bergren.

Let’s talk about the characters.

Surprisingly, I think there was only 1 character in the whole book that I didn’t like. That’d be Herod. Other than him, I liked, loved, or felt something other than hate for all the characters. They were all beautifully written. Sara created a perfect personality for every character.

I think there was only 1 thing in this book that I didn’t particularly enjoy. At times, it just felt overly descriptive. I felt like some description was unnecessary.

As for cleanliness…

This book was surprisingly cleaner than I was expecting. Only a few uses of profanity, and all of it was minor and infrequent. Nothing suggestive happened. There was 1 instance where Herod was assumed to be trying to force her into intimacy, but it never happened. Another scene had Meira thinking about Theron naked, because he was changing in a room next door. But nothing was elaborated from that.

Overall, I am considering this one of my new favorite books. I am so excited for the sequel to come out soon, and I will be reading it asap.

-Lilian-