Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts

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Title: Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance

Author: Shellee Roberts

Series: Creative HeArts #3, Mariely & Cabot #1

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 166 pages, Kindle edition

Publication Date: April 18th 2016

My Rating: ★★★½


Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a kickass heroine, a boy so hot he’ll make you shiver, and a falling-in-love story fit for the big screen. You’ll want to settle in and have the popcorn ready.

After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.

But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing…but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.

They’d never work for real…


I was given an e-ARC of this book to review via the publisher.

Thank you so much Entangled Teen for an advance copy of this book!

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts is the third book in the Creative Hearts trilogy and also the first book in the Mariely and Cabot trilogy. If you don’t yet know, all three books in the former series are being made into its own trilogies. Each couple gets three books, but that’s a story for another day. Just know that this book can be read as a standalone but it is much recommended that you read the previous books first.

This book is told in both Mariely and Cabot’s POVs. 1st person for Mariely and 3rd person for Cabot. Much like the previous book, How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay.

If you’ve read HWGHGB, you’d probably have had suspicions as to Mariely’s boyfriend (now ex), Jacen’s infidelity. Hell, you probably already know who he’s cheating with. NO SURPRISE THERE GUYS- just confirmation. But, for the sake of those of you haven’t read HWGHGB, I will refrain from mentioning said person’s name. I will, however, say that this couple deserves a book- if not trilogy- of their own. (FYI I DO NOT ENDORSE CHEATING)

I have to say right off the bat  I adore fauxmance to real romance stories. Like best friends to lovers stories, it’s a classic that I cannot resist.

You have Mariely, who just found out that her boyfriend- whom she had built her dreams and aspirations with- has been cheating on her with a guy. She took it as well as you can expect any girl who has been cheated on by her boyfriend of 3 years to take it. Some moping, alone time and ultimately, a faux-hookup.

I cannot say that I could relate to Mariely- not entirely anyway. I can, however, say that I admired her strength and determination to move on. From her style to her manner, she marched to her own beat. Even though at times it was more fake it till you make it than anything, it WORKED. I loved how she used her clothes to give her confidence and express her inner quirkiness. Her choice of clothing was more out of necessity than preference, but it suited her personality so well that it is impossible to picture her wearing anything but vintage. Coming from a struggling American-Mexican family, she was sometimes insecure about where she was financially. Which I found understandable and realistic. My favorite part about Mariely, though, has to be her humor. I mean, she uses the names of actors in place of cuss words! Sense of humor comes naturally to her. What I did not like though, is how she sort of trivialized Cabot’s problems because he was rich and she thought that meant life was easy for him. But that’s what character development is for right?

On the surface, Cabot came off as your typical rich kid with the perfect car, perfect house and supposed perfect life. But one thing reading has thought me is that there is no “perfect life”. Which rang very true for Cabot. His parents are divorced and he made it very clear whose side he is on. There weren’t many interactions between him and his parents, but from what we got, he and his father have a lot of unsolved issues. Family troubles aside, he was sweet and a gentleman (most of the time). What stood out about him was his directness. He was very to the point about his feelings for Mariely and where he wanted to go with it. Oooh and there was also the makings of a bromance between him and Finn. I am ALL for more of that in the future books.

As a couple, Mariely and Cabot had chemistry and the opposites attract thing really worked for them. But for some reason I just felt like there was something lacking. I can’t for the life of me pin point what was missing. It could be that there weren’t enough of Cabot’s chapters or the book could have done with a bit more length. Or it could be both. Now that’s not to say that I didn’t root for them as a couple, because I did. It just didn’t bring out as much emotion in me as Willa and Finn did. Also, what do you know? Mariely ships them too. #Willa&Finn4Ever

While we’re on the topic of Willa and Finn, I was so excited every time they made an appearance in the book.

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It was just what I needed to tide me over until the next Willa and Finn book is released. I am going to hop on that ARC as soon as it gets out. I don’t care if I have college work or the sky is freaking falling.

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I’ll end this review soon and spare you the details of my anticipation for the second Willa and Finn book. Back to Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance, if you’ve read the previous Creative HeArts books, definitely get this too. Not just to complete your collection, but because this is a truly enjoyable read. If you’re a fan of the fake dating trope, you might want to invest in this. But be warned that you’ll be compelled to get the rest of the series.

Let’s be awesome.


I know I’ve been absent for quite some time- a month to be exact- but I just started college and I’ve been busy with that. I’ve been trying to squeeze in as much reading time as possible in between classes, but it’s much easier said than done. And sometimes when I actually have time to read, I’m just so worn out that all I want to do is kick back and watch TV. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this review, leave a comment and hopefully I’ll be back with a post soon. Hugs! ❤

How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay || ARC Review

28109100Title: How Willa Got Her Groove Back

Author: Emily McKay

Series: Willa and Finn #1, Creative HeArts #2

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 258 pages, Kindle edition

Publication Date: February 22nd 2016

My Rating: ★★★★½


When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.


Thank you Entangled for this ARC

My immediate reaction finishing this book:

  • Stare at the last page in disbelief. Reread said page because THERE MUST BE SOMETHING I’M MISSING
  • Look up the author on Twitter and fail at it. Look up the author on Facebook for any clues on her Twitter handle. Handle found. Follow the author on Twitter and send her a desperate tweet:

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  • Grab slices of guava then proceed to pace around the house because clearly by stuffing my face and circling the ground floor of my house the sequel is going to manifest on my Kindle app.
  • Go on Goodreads to see if anyone else had NO CHILL about it like me.
  • A lot of “WHY??” and banging my fists on the coffee table like a petulant kid.

How Willa Got Her Groove Back is the first book in the Willa and Finn series, so, no, it is not a standalone. It is also the second book in the Creative HeArts series. Its predecessor being Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs. You can find my review of it here. You can read HWGHGB without reading the first, but I highly recommend you do because there are recurring characters.

I went into this book expecting a light, fun read with a predictable but satisfying ending, because it’s an Entangled Crush book and I know Entangled Crush books. I know they aren’t supposed to be quite this frustrating or have endings that make you want the sequel the instant you finish the first book because of its lack of closure. There definitely shouldn’t be a CLIFFHANGER. I think I may have counted on its predictability a tad bit too much and now I’m paying the price. My fault, really.

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This book is told in Willa’s POV (first person) and Finn’s POV (third person). This is the first book I’ve read written in such a style and I say it really worked out. The transition between narratives was smooth and easy to follow.

First, you have Willa, who ever since her mother’s passing, has been a team with her father. It was basically them against the world until her father dropped one bomb after another, changing everything in her life. Suddenly, she has a stepmother and stepbrother to-be, a new house which she is reluctant to move into and paparazzi after her.

I really connected with Willa (she was witty and a reader) and could relate to her feelings of indignation and helplessness toward her father’s sudden decision to remarry. Her father was a mess after her mom died, leaving her to pick up the pieces and now she has to sit by and watch him get his heart broken again. I could see why she wasn’t on board with the idea but there were times when I didn’t agree with the choices she made or the things she said. (I thought some of the things Finn said about her were extremely accurate.) Still, I could get where she was coming from. I mean, the life she knew was gone and all of sudden it seemed like it wasn’t her and her father against the world anymore. Not to mention, the guy she’s had a crush on for years suddenly notices her. Is it because of her connection to her famous stepmom-to-be or is he really interested in her?

Finn actually reminded me of Young Do from The Heirs (K-Drama), maybe not as mean but they had similar characteristics.

Really, he had a bike and all.

K-Drama aside, I think Finn is a seriously misunderstood character. If not for the dual POVs, I might have misunderstood him too. Hidden behind his bad boy/surfer charm, there’s a broken soul who never really let anyone in, who grew up without real friends or anyone to trust.

Mia has been in your life your whole life. If you don’t trust anyone who wasn’t in your life before her, then who do you trust?
-Willa

Just like Willa he had to grow up fast and wasn’t on board with his mom’s upcoming nuptials. When he was 11 he had to find a divorce lawyer for his mom and find them a place to stay. All that because of a marriage gone wrong. Can you see why he has his reservations?

So you have 2 broken teenagers who want their parents to be happy, but at the same time don’t want to be the ones to pick up the pieces in the aftermath.

One thing I would’ve liked was more romance. Please! I need more kissing and tension! I need more Finn & Willa in the next books!

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Oooh and it was such a treat to see Tru and Sloane from Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru again. Recurring characters in books are the best.

I’m not sure how relevant this is to the review but I’m going to say it anyway. I was about 90% into the book and I had a mini panic attack, because it was too close to the end and it didn’t look like it was going where I WANTED IT TO GO. So, now I have to wait for the sequel which comes out in November. NOVEMBER.

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To sum it up, How Willa Got Her Groove Back is a fantastic sequel to the Creative HeArts series and a promising start to the Willa and Finn series. I devoured it in one sitting and was invested in all the characters, even Willa’s friends. One of which is getting her own book, Crazy, Stupid Fauxmance, in April. Can’t wait! 😀


I’m really so impatient for November to come! From now on I am going to approach Entangled: Crush books with caution a.k.a. not expect a predictable ending.

If you’re interested, How Willa Got Her Groove Back will be released on the 22nd of February (tomorrow), be sure to catch it! If you’ve read it and need to gush about it (and Finn) I’m right here! Bye for now! ❤

 

The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet || ARC Review

28601381Title: The Secret to Letting Go

Author: Katherine Fleet

Series: –

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: digiTeen

Pages: 367 pages, Kindle Edition

Publication Date: February 1st 2016

My Rating: ★★★★½


One summer can change everything…

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


Hi all! I just finished reading this book and here I am writing this review- already! I usually give myself some time to think about the book and my thoughts on it, but this time is different because I already have my thoughts sorted out and I know exactly what to say. So, let’s get on with it!

If you’re new to my blog, you should know that I just can’t stay away from Entangled Teen books. I was drawn to The Secret of Letting Go the moment I saw its cover and read the blurb. (Because YA with some mystery and published by Entangled is so on. So on. Pretty cover’s just a bonus, guys.) 😀

I feel like this is a book you need to go into not knowing much, so you can properly enjoy the surprises and plot. What you need to know is that this book is beautifully written and will suck you in like a vortex. The writing while straightforward, is beautiful in an effortless way. The story alternates between Daniel and Clover in first person POV every few chapters or so.

Clover is unlike any character I’ve encountered before. She had her share of secrets and lies but she when it came to things not related to her past, she was so honest and straightforward. She didn’t see the need to lie about the way she felt or beat around the bush when she wanted to know something. Whether it’s about kissing or her feelings, she’ll just come right out and say what’s on her mind, often putting others on the spot. Having grown up the way she did, she was also pretty clueless about boys and social events. So she often spoke about those matters in a somewhat innocent manner. It was so refreshing to see the world the way Clover did. With innocence, wonder and compassion- unjaded by her past.

Daniel on the other hand is the exact opposite. He had the tendency to overthink and complicate everything. He liked to see things logically and was tinged with sadness after his girlfriend’s death, which he blamed himself for. I feel like he ran a bit hot and cold throughout the book but like he said, he’s not perfect and you can tell he put it a lot of effort. He had his own demons to face but he was always ready to defend/save Clover. Like Clover he has his flaws but that just makes them more believable.

Together, Clover and Daniel made a perfect team. They had a lot to teach and learn from each other, which they did. Clover changed the way Daniel saw and did things. She taught him to see and savor the finer things in life. Together, they lived in the moment until they couldn’t and had to face what was coming. Their relationship isn’t an easy, rosy one but it’s realistic and so are the choices they make.

Not only was I invested in the main characters, the supporting characters also had my attention. I loved Amelia, Daniel’s twin sister, who is the opposite of him with her tendency to act before thinking. I am now convinced that Amelia and Sam, Daniel’s best friend, need their own book because I need more of their relationship. Make it happen, please!

This book keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next and exactly what happened in the past. It’s like a puzzle and you’re given pieces of the puzzle gradually, so you have to connect the dots as you go and maybe you’re right, maybe you’re not. The only way to know is to keep reading.

Kudos to Katherine Fleet for keeping it real. I realised there were a lot of times where she could have taken the easy way out and just handed us a HEA, but she didn’t. She made it realistic, even if that meant asking the hard questions and going the long way. So you get full closure and nothing’s left unresolved.

One of the matters this book addresses is our habit of taking things for granted. To be honest, we are all guilty of that crime. We get so used to our luxuries and having our family and friends around that we stop appreciating them like we should. Seeing Clover and how foreign basic things are to her and the thrill of having loved ones, it makes you grateful for what you have. I just wanted to hug everyone after reading this book.

Overall, The Secret to Letting Go is a story about facing your fears, putting the past behind you but not hiding from it, and sacrifice. It’s fast paced and hooking so you will not be able to put it down, nor will you want to. I know I was hooked to it from the start to finish, and read it in one sitting, ignoring the rest of the world but only temporarily. I highly recommend this book to everyone. We can all learn a thing or two about life from Clover and Daniel.

We can’t change the past. All we can do is move forward.


That’s it for this review. I hope you enjoyed it and consider checking out The Secret of Letting Go because it truly is an exceptional book. If you’ve already read it, how did you find it? Chat with me in the comments! Hugs. ❤

Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling || ARC Review

28356550Title: Not Okay, Cupid

Author: Heidi R. Kling

Series: High School Heartbreakers Trilogy

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 234 pages, Kindle Edition

Publication Date: January 11th 2016

My Rating: ★★★★½


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The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski || ARC Review

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Title: The Girlfriend Request

Author: Jodie Andrefski

Series: –

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 216 pages, Kindle Edition

Publication Date: January 11th 2016

My Rating: ★★★


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Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon || Mini Book Review

6696602Title: Infinity

Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: Chronicles of Nick #1

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Pages: 464 pages, Hardback

Publication Date: May 25th 2010

My Rating: ★★★★


At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. . .until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.

As if starting high school isn’t hard enough. . .now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?


*This is only a mini review, I will write up a full one of the series after reading the 6th book.

So happy I read this book and grateful it got me out of my reading slump. I stayed up till 5 reading this so what does that say about this book? A lot, I think.

The beginning was slow but when the interesting parts came they were like BAM! To be honest, I expected you know, more, few chapters in but I am so glad I kept reading because like I said, the second half, BAM. (FYI, there’s no way

The characters in this book all have distinctive traits and are all very interesting. While the spotlight is on Nick and him fighting his demons, everyone has a part to play and their moment to shine (some in less complimenting ways than others), so you will never feel like you’re getting too much Nick. Trust me when I say there are lots of other characters in this book and you will want to get to know them better. Well me, I felt nostalgic, this book had me longing to reread the Dark-Hunter series.

The plot, well that’s a teensy bit hard to explain without spoiling anything. Just look out for Kyrian entering the book ’cause that’s where the plot really starts.

Definitely recommend it for readers who like their characters sassy and witty, humor on almost every page and of course, fans of Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. However, if you do NOT appreciate humor- sometimes dry- at inappropriate times and like your books straightforward and simple, I’m not sure this is the book for you. Things can get a little complex and you’ll be introduced to lots of characters from the Dark-Hunter series (which I love), but don’t let that scare you off of this amazing adventure.

Note: Remember Nick is only fourteen in this book, so cut him some slack. Also, there’s barely any romance, just your good old fashioned crush.

Oh and no, you do not have to read the Dark-Hunter series to understand this book, but I can’t guarantee that you won’t want to. 😉

I am off to read the sequel, Invincible. Bye!


I’m sorry if that wasn’t very informative, I’m hoping it was informative enough for you to consider reading the book. If you have any questions regarding the book, you know, before you read it and stuff, feel free to ask me. Leave a comment if you’ve read Infinity; leave one if you haven’t. Hugs. ❤

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Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs || ARC Review

26101040Title: Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru

Author: Tera Lynn Childs

Series: Creative HeArts #1

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Crush

Pages: 245 pages, Kindle Edition

Publication Date: September 14th 2015

My Rating: ★★★★


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