Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle

MafiosaPages: 400

Goodreads Rating: 4.45 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 5th 2017

Publisher: Chicken House

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A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.

Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?

The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno

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Inferno by Catherine Doyle

Inferno-for-website-665x1024Pages: 416

Goodreads Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: January 7th 2016

Publisher: Chicken House

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Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather in the second installment of Catherine Doyle’s Blood for Blood series.

Sophie’s life has been turned upside-down, and she’s determined to set things right. But Nic, the Falcone brother who represents everything she’s trying to forget, won’t give up on their love – and it’s Luca’s knife she clutches for comfort. Soon another mafia clan spoils the fragile peace – and with her heart drawn in one direction and her blood in another, Sophie’s in deeper than ever.

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Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by Jennifer L. Armentrout et. al

MCPages: 320

Goodreads Rating: 3.78 / 5 stars

My Rating: 3 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Anthology

Publication Date: January 2nd 2018

Publisher: HMH Teen

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Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.

Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.

This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.

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Challenge Wrap Up #2: Around the Year in 52 Books

Hi everyone! Here’s the continuation of my reading challenge wrap up. The second challenge was Around the Year in 52 Books but they change their name into Around the Year in 52 books (I guess this is for the next year’s challenge). Here are the books I’ve read for each categories:

The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view) – Marriage Games by C.D. Reiss
3. A book you meant to read in 2016 – The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E” – This Isn’t Fair, Baby by K. Webster
5. A historical fiction The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
8. A book written by a person of color – The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list – Made by J.M. Darhower
10. A dual-timeline novel – Breaking Him by R.K. Lilley
11. A category from another challenge (Audiobook)Priest by Sierra Simone (Narrated by Jacob Morgan & Elena Wolfe)
12. A book based on a myth – Trese vol. 1: Murder on Balete Drive by Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
14. A book with a strong female character – Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) –
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (Sweden)
16. A mystery – Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig
17. A book with illustrations – Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
18. A really long book (600+ pages) – Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined – Stephenie Meyer
19. A New York Times best-seller – Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading – Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read – Commander in Chief by Katy Evans
22. A book by an author you haven’t read before Love, Hate and Other Lies We Told by Deirdre Riordan Hall
23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link)
24. A book written by at least two authors – Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
25. A book about a famous historical figure
26. An adventure book – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
27. A book by one of your favorite authors – Play On by Samantha Young 
28. A non-fiction – It Pays Forward to Increase Your Word Power by Peter Funk
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) – check all the editions The Salvation of Vengeance by Nancy Haviland (Montlake Romance)
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link) – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters (Dark Romance)
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle) – Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
33. A magical realism novel
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere – Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven (Australia)
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty – Royally Matched by Emma Chase
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link) – Ms. Marvel vol.1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
37. A book you choose randomly – Sustained by Emma Chase
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature – Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie (Medusa, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sherlock Holmes etc.)
39. An epistolary fictionSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
40. A book published in 2017 – The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
41. A book with an unreliable narrator – Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)Warcross by Marie Lu
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold) The Isn’t You, Baby by K. Webster
44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link) – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
45. A book with a one-word titleVendetta by Catherine Doyle
46. A time travel novel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorn
47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) Stars Over Castle Hill by Samantha Young (A book with less than 1 000 ratings on Goodreads)
48. A banned book
49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf – Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Inah @ Bibliophile Confessions)
50. A Penguin Modern Classic – I Hate and I Love by Cattulus
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays) – All of My Bullshit Truths: Collected Poems by J.R. Rogue
52. A book set in a fictional location – Saga vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Categories completed: 45

Overall thoughts:

  • The categories in this challenge were easier than Popsugar reading challenge and I really enjoyed it. This is a great challenge because it helps me to venture in other genres. No pressure at all and just read the ones you feel like reading.

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Saint by A. Zavarelli

SaintPages: 329

Goodreads Rating: 4.23 / 5 stars

My Rating:  5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romance

Publication Date: December 15th 2016

Publisher: Self-published

 

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When going to war, there are three very simple rules one must abide by.

1. Know thy enemy
2. Be prepared to sacrifice.
3. Always wear good shoes

After all, revenge is a dish best served in stilettos.
I’ve got an eye for it, and nothing’s going to stand in my way.

Not even Rory ‘The Saint’ Brodrick.
He’s a fool if he thinks he can change me. By the time I’m through with him, I’ll make his mafia look like child’s play.

Cross me, Mr. Brodrick?
You better cross your heart and hope to die.

Rory-

I’m a fighter. A hustler. A mobster.
I’ve seen a few things in my day.
But I’ve never encountered anything like her.
She’s a beauty with a beast of a heart. The poison apple I just can’t resist. And in her trail she leaves a wake of men crawling on their knees.
What she doesn’t know is that I like my women wild.
It only makes it that much more fun to tame them.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

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Ghost by A. Zavarelli

GhostPages: 288

Goodreads Rating: 4.41 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: August 25th 2016

Publisher: Self published

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Talia.
I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away.
Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged.
Nothing scares me anymore.
Until him.
He makes the numbness go away.
He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers.
A gilded prison.
A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to.
He thinks he’s caged me, but soon…
I’m going to fly.

Alexei.
I live by a code. The Vory code.
In this mafiya world, there are traditions.
Expectations.
She does not care for these things. She does not care about anything.
She thinks she has me fooled with her haunted eyes.
What she can’t know is that I see her better than most.
She wants to fly.
But I’m going to clip her wings.
And make her my wife.

**This is a DARK mafia romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating.**

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The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

TLLoAaLPages: 352

Goodreads Rating: 4.36 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4 / 5 stars

Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary

Publication Date: December 26th 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

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When Lily Michaels-Ryan ditches her ADHD meds and lands in detention with Abelard, who has Asperger’s, she’s intrigued—Abelard seems thirty seconds behind, while she feels thirty seconds ahead. It doesn’t hurt that he’s brilliant and beautiful.

When Abelard posts a quote from The Letters of Abelard and Heloise online, their mutual affinity for ancient love letters connects them. The two fall for each other. Hard. But is it enough to bridge their differences in person?

This hilarious, heartbreaking story of human connection between two neurodivergent teens creates characters that will stay with you long after you finish reading.

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Reaper by A. Zavarelli

ReaperPages: 260

Goodreads Rating: 4. 33 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark Romantic Suspense

Publication Date: May 19th 2016

Publisher: Self published

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Sasha.

He’s dark and mysterious. Quiet and lethal.
An Irish mobster.
Pure sin wrapped up in a beautiful package.
But there’s also something off about him.
He doesn’t feel anything. He shows no emotions.
Sometimes I question his humanity.
He hasn’t spoken to me in two years. Not a single word.
But we share a secret, he and I.
And if it ever comes out, I have no doubt in my mind…
He won’t have a problem killing me too.

Ronan.
I’ve slain for her. I’ll do it again.
When it comes to Sasha, there isn’t a line I won’t cross.
I watch her. She doesn’t know it.
She thinks I hate her. Sometimes, I think I might too.
But I’m always there, lurking in the shadows.
Craving her. Trying to keep the beast within at bay.
I’ll keep her safe. I’ll slaughter anyone who tries to hurt her.
The only thing I can’t do… is protect her from myself.

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Blog Tour: Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

Behind the Bars 4.37.31 PMPages: 373

Goodreads Rating: 4.60 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: December 7th 2017

Publisher: Self published

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When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.

I was the awkward musician, and she was the high school queen.
The only things we had in common were our music and our loneliness.

Something in her eyes told me her smile wasn’t always the truth.
Something in her voice gave me a hope I always wished to find.
And in a flash, she was gone.

Years later, she was standing in front of me on a street in New Orleans.
She was different, but so was I. Life made us colder. Harder. Isolated.

Caged.

Even though we were different, the broken pieces of me recognized the sadness in her.
Now she was back, and I wouldn’t make the mistake of letting her go again.

When I first met Jasmine Greene, she came in as raindrops.
When we met again, I became her darkest storm.

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Crow by A. Zavarelli

CrowPages: 314

Goodreads Rating: 4.2 / 5 stars

My Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Genre: New Adult, Dark, Contemporary Romance

Publication Date: February 8th 2016

Publisher: Self published

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An Irish mobster. A missing friend. Two loyalties, ripping me apart.

I had a plan.

Get in, get my information, and get out. Easy, right?

Turns out, infiltrating the Irish mafia isn’t exactly what I thought it would be. I just wanted a soldier. Someone I could flirt with to get me in the door.

That’s when Lachlan Crow noticed me. Problem was, he wasn’t a soldier. No, he was next in line for the throne of the Irish underworld. And he was determined to hate me from the outset. My sob story about needing a job? Yeah, he wasn’t buying that either.

Too bad for him, I won’t let anyone get in the way of my mission.

Who cares if we have some kind of crazy chemistry? He’s the worst kind of wrong- and I would never in a million years be with a guy like him.

Because they took her from me, and I’m going to make them pay.

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