Monday, August 14, 2017

Paintbrush

Book Review

Paintbrush


Title: Paintbrush
Author: Hannah Bucchin
Rating: 
Date Published: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Synopsis:

Mitchell Morrison and Josie Sedgwick have spent their whole lives at the Indian Paintbrush Community Village, a commune full of colorful characters tucked in the mountains of North Carolina, and they aren't particularly close--at least, not anymore. Josie wishes she could spend all of her time at Paintbrush planting tomatoes, hiking the trails, or throwing giant communal birthday parties, while Mitchell can’t wait to escape the bizarre spiritual sharing and noisy community dinners. Luckily for both of them, high school graduation is just around the corner.

But when Mitchell’s mother makes a scandalous announcement that rocks the close-knit Paintbrush community, and Josie’s younger sister starts to make some dangerously bad decisions, the two find themselves leaning on each other for support – and looking at each other in a whole new light. Their childhood friendship blossoms in to something more as they deal with their insane families, but as graduation approaches, so does life in the real world, forcing Josie and Mitchell to figure out what, exactly, their relationship is – and if it can survive their very different plans for the future.


My Thoughts:

I was sent an eArc by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

My summer has been filled with contemporary reads and I have loved it! Paintbrush was one of my summer reads and I fell in love with it! Josie and Mitchell have lived in the Paintbrush Community and known each other for as long as they can remember, but they could not be more different! Mitchell cannot wait to graduate so he can leave Paintbrush, and never comeback. Josie loves the community and feels like she needs to take care of her sisters since her mom likes to be more like a friend than a mother.


I really liked the idea of the Paintbrush Community, they were like a big family, even though they weren’t related they took care of each other like they were; I’m not going to lie though just like any family some of them were kind of a little out there. I have always like the friends turned to lovers’ trope because it shows how the relationship built up and how the characters fell in love! I really loved Mitchell, I completely understood his desire to leave Paintbrush to go to college and travel to different places, it’s something I have always wanted to do and I just found his character so relatable. Josie’s development trough out the story was very well done, I loved the way she cared for her mom and sisters, but I was so happy that she figured out that she needed to do what made HER happy. The author did an amazing job building the character relationships and adding the perfect amount of drama to keep me turning the page. The ending was perfect and I cannot wait to read more about these two characters and see where their stories go. 

SandraTheBookWorm



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Carver

Book Review

The Carver


Title: The Carver
Author: Jacob Devlin
Rating: 
Date Published: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Blaze Publishing
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 370
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Synopsis:

THE GIRL IN THE RED HOOD has been looking for her mother for six months, searching from the depths of New York’s subways to the heights of its skyscrapers . . . 

THE PRINCE looks like he’s from another time entirely, or maybe he’s just too good at his job at Ye Old Renaissance Faire . . . 

THE ACTRESS is lighting up Hollywood Boulevard with her spellbinding and strikingly convincing portrayal of a famous fairy. Her name may be big, but her secrets barely fit in one world . . . 

Fifteen-year-old Crescenzo never would have believed his father’s carvings were anything more than “stupid toys.” All he knows is a boring life in an ordinary Virginia suburb, from which his mother and his best friend have been missing for years. When his father disappears next, all Crescenzo has left is his goofy neighbor, Pietro, who believes he’s really Peter Pan and that Crescenzo is the son of Pinocchio. What’s more: Pietro insists that they can find their loved ones by looking to the strange collection of wooden figurines Crescenzo’s father left behind. 

With Pietro’s help, Crescenzo sets off on an adventure to unite the real life counterparts to his figurines. It’s enough of a shock that they’re actually real, but the night he meets the Girl in the Red Hood, dark truths burst from the past. Suddenly, Crescenzo is tangled in a nightmare where magic mirrors and evil queens rule, and where everyone he loves is running out of time.

My Thoughts:

I was provided with an Ecopy by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

If you have been following my blog or my bookstagram you know that I love a good fairy tale retelling and would read every single one if I could. When I read the synopsis for The Carver I knew I was going to be hooked; what intrigued me the most was that it was not a retelling of just one character, but instead the author brought several of our beloved fairy tale characters together and wrote a wonderful story. 

Crescenzo the son of Pinocchio is our main character. Enzo is like any teenager, moody and at first the way he treated his dad and Pietro aka as Peter Pan bothered me a bit, but as the story progressed his attitude got a lot better and he slowly began to win me. As for his companion Pietro, I liked him from the get go it just made sense for Peter Pan to grow up, but keep his innocence and goofiness. I really liked how he brought lightness to the story. The novel jumps from present time New York and back to the old world, which is the world were all the fairy tale characters live, the authors world building was wonderfully done, I could see myself there with the characters. The villain of the story took me by surprise and I absolutely loved it! I'm a sucker for the hero turned villain trope. I almost forgot about Rosana! What a blasphemy, since I absolutely love her! Rosana is Alice's daughter and such a strong willed doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do and always trusted her instinct character; I loved what she brought to the story and I'm just a sucker for anything related to Alice and Wonderland. 




This novel did remind me of the very popular show Once Upon a Time because of all the fairy tales characters coming together, but that is where the similarities end. The author made this story his own and I really enjoyed it. I cannot wait to dive into the sequel and see what new adventures Jacob will be taking us on. If you're in the mood for a different and refreshing fairy tale retelling then this is the book. 

SandraTheBookWorm




Sunday, August 6, 2017

How One Attempts to Chase Gravity

Book Review

How One Attempts to Chase Gravity (Gem City Book Two)

Title: How One Attempts to Chase Gravity
Author: Nicole Campbell
Rating: 
Date Published: 
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Synopsis:

Ethan Fisher is college bound- surprising, even to him. Ethan knows he will run into Courtney eventually, and he is determined to have another chance to be the man she thought he was. If it is even possible for her to speak to him without throwing her coffee in his face. He’s willing to take his chances in hopes that the infatuation of their summer love can hold up in the real world. 

Courtney Ross feels like she just stepped out of a time machine. She thought going away to college involved some sort of "growing up," so why is she now being thrown into last year? She really doesn't know if she's ready to forgive and forget.

In this sequel- equally delicious as its predecessor- learn how this winding tale of love and heartbreak unfolds.



My Thoughts:

I was sent a novel by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

If you read my review for the first novel in this series you know that I absolutely loved it, and was completely devastated with the ending, but I forgave the author because I had the sequel; which I was able to start Immediately.  Just when I thought I couldn’t love Ethan any more I get the sequel written in his perspective and I fall for him even harder; his character growth was immense in this book and I loved every single second of it and the way he treats Courtney had me in the clouds! I loved Courtney so much, she has come a long way her character growth is the most noticeable; even though at some points in the books I did want to tell her to relax a bit and deal with things as they came, but that just wouldn’t be like Courtney.

I loved how the author made this novel show the real struggles that all couples have and showed us that both characters had flaws they had to work on, and how their love for each other was so great that they learned to see past their flaws and love each other more because of them. I have really come to love these characters, I don’t think I have ever read a book where I can relate with the characters so much or where I can see myself meeting them in real life and becoming best friends with them. The ending for this novel could not have been more perfect! I was in tears and just wanted to pull out all the characters and give them the biggest group hug.  Another thing that I love about these novels is that in the beginning of every chapter there is a song title and the author has made a playlist you can listen to as you read, it just takes the reading experience to a whole new level, it makes you feel closer to the story and the characters.




If you haven’t picked these novels up, I highly recommend them! I devoured both book in less than a week. It is the perfect summer read or if you are looking for a good contemporary read.


SandraTheBookWorm