The Enchantment of Emma Fletcher, L. D. Crichton – Book Review


29325570 A young woman desperate to outrun her nightmare reluctantly falls straight into the arms of the one boy who might be able to wake her up in this sweet and sexy debut about finding love while confronting your demons.

After Emma Fletcher is viciously attacked and left for dead, she flees to her old childhood hometown where she’s confronted with bitter memories of her damaged past and alcoholic mother. Emma is determined to make her stay temporary and get out with minimal emotional damage. What she doesn’t count on is Tristan Banks: auto mechanic, coffee addict, and town hottie with dark secrets of his own.

Tristan’s track record of saving girls has historically led to failure. The last thing he needs is trouble in the form of a leggy brunette with an attitude, but when he starts to fall for Emma, Tristan realizes the only way he can save her is to help her save herself.


*ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Trigger Warning – Sexual Assault

First off, let me start by saying that any time one of my favourite Wattpad authors has a book out in the world via publishing, it makes my heart happy. I mean, I’ve been on Wattpad for almost 8 years now and there are so many great authors out there and they deserve to have their book read by so many people. So, yes, I absolutely love it when Wattpad authors get published. Leah is one of them. She’s an absolutely amazing author and I have loved whatever I have I read by her. Such amazing writing, you guys!


So, of course, I was really, really, really excited for her debut published novel. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint in the least. It is so, so, so good. I absolutely loved it. I finished the entire thing in two sittings of probably an hour and a half each. Adulting and real life got in the way or I have read this in one go. It is just so amaze. I loved it.


Emma, the protag, is such an amazing character. She has so many demons especially after growing up with an absentee father and an alcoholic mother. Her best friend Marley has been her only support system for a long time and that is saying something because she only meets Marley for the summer every year. She hasn’t done that in almost 2 years when the book opens. Apart from that, of course, she is dealing with other stuff and it is portrayed so beautifully. I loved how she grew from this person afraid from her own shadow to being self reliant. It was an amazing journey. I loved how just getting into a relationship with someone didn’t miraculously cure her of her issues. That has been done so many times and frankly, it’s just so unbelievable and cringe worthy. Nobody can just save you. You have to save yourself. And that was shown so amazingly in the story. I loved that. I mean, yes, there were times when it felt like being with Tristan changed her, but when you read the whole thing and look back on it, you find out that Emma simply brushed it all under the rug and refused to think about it or deal with it and just concentrated on being with Tristan and how good it felt to be in his company. But, in the end, the way she stood up for herself and for Marley and didn’t give in, it made me so proud.


Then, there’s Tristan. He’s fighting demons of his own and he has a shit ton of stuff to deal with. It’s not been sunshine and roses for him. I loved that there was more to him than just the resident town bad boy sleeping around with his pick of the litter and then changing when he met this girl. There are things in his past, too. It was so, so, so heartbreaking. But, he’s so sweet and thoughtful. I love that. But, he’s also hot and sexy. And sassy. It was fun to see all these different sides of him unfold through the story. But, mostly, I love how protective he is of Emma. Even before they were dating, Tristan always made sure to look after Emma, to ensure she was comfortable. It was really sweet of him to be so concerned about her. He was a really good friend to her. I really liked that.


The supporting cast was good too. Mateo is such a sweetheart. I absolutely adored him. And Marley, gosh that girl! It was fun to see their love story unfold side by side with Emma and Tristan and I loved how both the couples were there for each other through the hardships. More than that, they developed bonds with each other and forged beautiful friendships. That was a really nice thing. The three of them together were the biggest support systems for Emma and I really admire them for being so patient and understanding with her and supporting her every step of the way.


The writing is so beautiful and poignant. I loved that it captured you right away and made you want to read, read, read. So, amaze. The plot too. It was really well done and well thought out plot and I loved how things progressed. I loved how being in a relationship/being in love was not a crutch to forget all your problems and miraculously get better.

I would definitely recommend it if you’re into romance. This is one amazing story! 😀






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Leah (L.D.) Crichton writes New Adult and Young Adult Romance. Her YA Debut, ALL THE BROKEN PIECES is coming from Disney/Hyperion in Summer 2019.

She’s a Wattpad Star with a pre-existing fanbase 151,000 strong and growing established through various forms of social media like Wattpad, Twitter and Facebook. Her work has been featured in Publishers Weekly,  Daily Dot, Marketing Magazine, Venture Beat, Contently, Toronto Life and Just Jared.

She is the contracted author for the only official One Direction fan fiction and has also written the official fan fiction’s for X-Factor’s Emblem3.

She is one of 6 hosts for a weekly Twitter chat about writing. Search the hashtag #Wattpad4 Monday nights at 8:00 PM EST on Twitter.

She currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada until that impending lotto win that will allow her to move to an island in the Caribbean in search of Jack Sparrow.

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The Upside of Unrequited, Becky Albertalli – Book Review



Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

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The Disappearances, Emily Bain Murphy – Book Review

The Disappearances


30971685What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home–and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together–scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream–vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible–and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone’s secrets for long before it starts giving them up.


*ARC received as a part of a blog tour. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Where do I even begin? Gosh! This book is so amazing. I love it. I adore it. I just have a lot of feels for it. Okay? So, yes, this will have a lot of flailing, because that’s what I do best!

Let’s start with the plot – so fucking genius. Like, really. It is absolutely amazing with the right amount of mystery and magic and fantasy and romance and friendship and family. This book has it all. And they all form such an important part of the story and the characters that it’s just amazing. I love how the author went about hashing everything out and how she had all these amazing characters who were so very important in their own way. And I loved that all the subplots just meshed so well with the story. Nothing felt forced or out of place or anything. It was like this was meant to happen, you know? So, of course, so many points for such an amazing plot. And then, brownie points because she took such an amazing plot and then meshed it with the brilliance of Shakespeare and literature and made it into a treasure hunt. So, yes, amazing af plot, okay?


Okay, moving on. The writing. It was so structured. And it flowed so well. The chapters were written in alternating POVs and I never felt that it deterred me. I haven’t read fantasy with changing POVs so it was new for me, but it didn’t take anything away from the story like I was afraid it would. And, there was clear distinction in who’s side a particular chapter was, even though the author didn’t go with the traditional XYZ POV on top of each new chapter. But, there were different markers and it made it very easy for me to understand what was going on.

And then, there’s the characters. Aila is such a good MC. She’s not particularly miss goody – two – shoes, but she stays out of trouble. However, she doesn’t think twice before sneaking out of the house at night to go race. She loves her little brother, but they argue so much and there’s times that she’s so mad at him that she’ll say something and he’ll say something and the whole thing will just blow over. And she is so passionate about reading, like all of us. She is always, always, always reading something or the other and that’s nice. Then, of course, there is her need – want – to clear her mother’s name from the blame game of the Disappearances that happen in Sterling and the lengths she goes to to do that. She’s determined, yeah. All in all, she has the makings of an amazing MC who comes off as a real person with flaws and contradictions. She’s absolutely amaze. I really like her.


The love interest, Will, is a little less likeable. He does the typical fuckboy things and pulls Aila in and then pushes her away, but he’s a nice boy overall. He gives Aila all these thoughtful presents and he makes sure to include her in stuff seeing as she’s new to town. He takes care of Aila’s brother, Miles too. He always makes them feel welcome in his home and he’s passionate about finding variants to substitute the Disappearances just like his father. He’s a good friend. And though he gets irrationally jealous at times and does stupid things (come on! He’s 17 for god’s sake, of course he’s going to be stupid!), overall, he’s a nice a guy. The romance between them is so cute and there are a few scenes that just make me want to go inside this book and hug Will because he was being so thoughtful and caring towards Aila and it melted my heart.


I like the open endedness of the book. Aila has helped Sterling with all that she could, but now it’s time to go back home. What will happen once she does? We haven’t a clue. Will her relationship with Will survive? And her friendships with the townsfolk that were forged during her time in Sterling? We don’t know. How will she cope being in her house without her mother? What will her father think of what happened? We don’t know anything about this. I like that. Aila herself is just 17 and she has the whole world ahead of her. She could do anything, be anything and her story could end anywhere. So, I think the open ending was pretty resonating. I like that.

All in all, this was an amazing book and you should definitely read it. Go, buy it now!




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14865445Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.

Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.

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The Color Project, Sierra Abrams – Blog Tour



22892448Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

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Artifacts, Pete Catalano – Book Review




25721477 It’s funny how one little letter can change a person’s life. Jax and his friends have been planning the summer of a lifetime at Camp Runamuck. However, when one of them is facing summer at a school desk for failing English, they watch those plans crash and burn!

At the last moment they’re given a way out.

An extra credit assignment to find several fake artifacts for a fairy tale display their teacher is presenting at the local library.

Thinking they’ve hit the easiest-extra-credit-ever jackpot, they begin rummaging through any piles of junk they can find. As they start putting the clues together, they realize that what they’re really searching for is one authentic artifact that can rewrite fairy tales!

Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and his friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first.


*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

What can I say about this book? It’s super cute and adorable and funny and witty and just so much fun to read!

This is my first middle grade read, so understandably, I was a little skeptical as to whether I’d like it or not. But, just the first chapter into the book and I knew my worries were for nothing. This book is sooooooo awesome!

It’s about a group of friends who help one of their own for an English credit so that they can all go to camp for the rest of the summer. And, the task is a treasure hunt of sorts. Yeah! Treasure hunt! I absolutely love those things. So, of course, I loved this too!

The characters are young and cute and adorable and awkward and sarcastic and funny. It is so much fun to read each one of them. I love all of them, really. They’re just toooo awesome!

The plot is amazing and the writing is fabulous. There isn’t anything that should really stop you from reading this story because it is soooooo amazing! Trust me. Go read!



Crushed, Dawn Rae Miller – Book Review


18088110For seventeen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged boarding school life, and try not to mess up too much. However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who seems hell bent on confusing him – Fletch’s whole world is turned upside down. Suddenly, what seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.




*ARC provided by Expresso Book Tours in exchange of an honest review*

So, this story? It leaves an impact on you. A huge, huge impact on you. It will make you rethink what you’re doing, who you are and who the best version of yourself is. It is about finding yourself and being the best version of yourself that you can be.

Yes, there is some soul searching, but the character is kind of bland. He doesn’t think much further than booze and sleeping with anything on two legs. There’s parties everyday and you’re just seeing people drinking and having sex and discussing who they slept with or calling each other a pussy because they didn’t sleep with someone. That kind of gets lame after sometime.

The middle was definitely a little dragged out and could have been edited out a lot. But, the end is pretty satisfying. That is the reason that this book is good. I like how the main guy, Fletcher, actually gives it his best to try and change. That is the crux of the matter and what is important. But, all that action really just happens in the last 7 – 8 chapters and others are sort of dragged out. So, like you read chapter 4 and then skip on ahead to chapter 30 and you’ll not feel like you’ve missed much. And even if you do, you’ll find out about it in the next two paragraphs because some or the other person is always referring to that one incident and how the main character is a dick for doing what he did. It usually has something to do with Calista, this girl who Fletch has a super complicated relationship with.

Yes, the story does try to deliver a powerful message, but it could have done so in a better way. A much better way. I still kind of like it though. It’s mainly because I know what’s it’s like to be confused and undecided and not knowing what to do or what would make me happy. So, yes, I identify with it. Which is why I like it.

And, that is all, I guess. I’m really not entirely sure about this one, I gotta tell you that. But, maybe it’s just me. Maybe this book is not for me. Maybe you’ll love this more than you’ve ever loved anything you’ve read.

So, maybe give this a try.





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