The Sleeper and the Spindle by

{Book Review} The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

{Book Review} The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil GaimanThe Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell
Published by HarperCollins on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retellings
Pages: 69
Format: Hardback
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five-stars

It was the closest kingdom to the queen’s, as the crow flies, but not even the crows flew it.
You may think you know this story. There’s a young queen, about to be married. There are some good, brave, hardy dwarfs; a castle, shrouded in thorns; and a princess, cursed by a witch, so rumor has it, to sleep forever.
But no one is waiting for a noble prince to appear on his trusty steed here. This fairy tale is spun with a thread of dark magic, which twists and turns and glints and shines. A queen might just prove herself a hero, if a princess needs rescuing…

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman is a continuation of the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty fairy tales. Snow White has defeated the evil queen and now is in the middle of preparations to marry her prince charming. What every fairy tale princess wants right? Not so much in the case of Snow White. She yearns for something more to satisfy her need for independence and her thirst for adventure. Cue in her trusty friends, the dwarfs, that tell her of a mysterious sleeping spell that has taken over the neighboring kingdom. Concerned that the spell sweeping through the lands is headed in the direction of her own kingdom, the new queen rides off on her horse to defeat whoever cast the spell and save both kingdoms.

I loved Gaiman’s feminist twist on these classic fairy tales. The new queen, Snow White is not happy about having to get married and have children. She is only doing so because she feels it is her duty to her people. She resents that she will have to hand her kingdom over to her future husband, because as a woman it is her duty to provide her people with a good king and an heir to the throne. The young queen also yearns for adventure and independence. When trouble is said to be near her lands the white knight that saves the day isn’t some charming prince but the new queen herself.

The illustrations in this short story are absolutely beautiful. I admit they are the main reason I picked the book up off the shelf at the library. The illustrations are done in black and white with gold leaf accents which give a bit of a magical feel to Gaiman’s modern fairy tale.

Overall, I loved this mash up of the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty fairy tales. It’s dark and twisty and Gaiman gives it a modern update that is empowering to women. I’m not sure where some people interpreted this as a retelling for the LGBTQIA community. It is not, which you will find out once you read it. It is short, but packed with adventure. I would recommend this to anyone that likes modern fairy tales.

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five-stars

{Update} 2016 BOOKISH RESOLUTIONS CHALLENGE

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Resolutions Challenge hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination road and Michelle @Because Reading.
The challenge runs from January 1st and ends December 31st. The 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge is about setting New Years Resolutions for books and book blogging.

So the year is over half way done and this is my first update on this challenge. < sarcasm font> Ah you gotta love how disorganized I am. < / sarcasm font>

At least I’m on point with my reading goals. I need to get myself organized and do better with my blogging and personal goals. I did manage a cruise for my vacation. It wasn’t the bookish getaway I was hoping for, but I still had fun. Here is my progress so far…


 

Reading Goals:
Binge Read A Series
Participate in a buddy or group read
Read 15 Netgalley and/or Edelweiss books I already have prior to 2016
*Get My Netgalley to 80%
*Read at least 1 classical novel
Read at least 1 historical fiction book
Read at least 1 library book a month
Conquer my Goodreads reading goal for the year (I’ve missed it two years in a row)

Blogging Goals:
*Post at least 2 book reviews per week
*Do a guest post for another blog
*Visit and comment on 3 blogs per week
*Take part in a meme every month for the whole year (not including ones I host)

Personal Goals:
Lower my blood sugar
Go on a vacation (preferably one that includes a book festival)
*Write everyday whether it is a journal entry, poetry, short story, etc.


 

That’s my progress on my goals so far. Are you participating in the challenge? How are you doing with reaching your goals? Do you have any goals you are struggling with? Let me know in the comments!

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I’m Participating in #BlogAhead2016

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Hey book nerds and fellow bloggers! I decided to give Blog Ahead another try. I wasn’t very successful last time around. I’m hoping I can manage to achieve the goal of scheduling 30 posts. I’m going to give it my best shot.

The posts I will be working on will be a combination of reviews for books, short stories, poetry and maybe a book to film adaptation review. I’m also going to get some tags/memes up that I’ve been meaning to post. I want to bring back my Must Read Mondays feature where I recommend books. I’m not sure what else at this point. I’m brainstorming as I write this.

Are you participating in Blog Ahead? If you are any suggestions on how to actually succeed at getting 30 posts scheduled? I’d love to know. Last time I think I only managed like 10 LOL

As always stay book nerdy & happy reading my friends 🙂

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW67

WAYRW

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. The Fellowship of The Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. “I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
  3. Yes, I think Middle Earth would be a fascinating place to live in, dangerous but fascinating.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW66

WAYRW

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. All the Feels by Danika Stone
  2. “Alright. I’m over on the dark side. You’d better have the cookies I’ve been promised.”
  3. Already do since it is set in modern day.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW65

WAYRW

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  2. “As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy, and all alone in the house, the leaf shadows shifted and the afternoon passed. ”
  3. I’m not sure since I just started it.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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August Wrap – Up / September TBR

Monthly Wrap Up

Good-bye August! Man it was just an insane month for me. I’m so glad August is over and we can move on to September. Hopefully it will be a better month. I read a total of 9 books. All in all not a bad reading month.

I also participated in VEDA, which was an adventure all in itself. I’m glad I did it though, because I learned quite a bit from it. Organization is key people! I find it easier to record ahead of time and schedule my vlogs. This also translates to blogging. I blog ahead and schedule my posts during the week. It definitely is easier than trying to sit down and blog/vlog everyday after a full day of work.

I also participated in Bout of Books which was fun. You can see my wrap up video below if you want to know how I did.

My November Obsession:

Surprisingly not a book related obsession. Nope. It’s a snack 🙂 Have you tried these? They are so damn addicting!

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Blogs I Stalked:

I love visiting and reading other blogs. I don’t often comment. I usually just like the post or share it on twitter if I feel the need to share it. I know, I know I’m working on the commenting. I really am, maybe you noticed me sneaking in a comment here and there. I’m really trying to show more love and support to the blogs I follow. I know how much work goes into this and how sometimes it feels like you’re just chatting at yourself when no one responds. These blogs are the ones I visited the most this month:

Reading Experiences with Nora

Twisting The Plot

BooksAndJams

Most Played Song:

It’s all about the self-love peeps!

What happened on the blog:

Books I Read:

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If you’d like to see the books I have planned for September you can check out my September TBR video below.

Well that’s a wrap! How did you do with your reading goals in August? What was your favorite/least favorite read for the month? What books are you looking forward to reading in September? Let’s chat below in the comments 🙂

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW64

WAYRW

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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Fatal Affair (Fatal, #1) by

{Book Review} Fatal Affair (Fatal #1) by Marie Force

I received this book for free from Carina Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{Book Review} Fatal Affair (Fatal #1) by Marie ForceFatal Affair (Fatal, #1) by Marie Force
Published by Carina Press on June 21st 2010
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 294
Format: eBook
Source: Carina Press
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Goodreads
four-stars

Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career--and her confidence--after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O'Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O'Connor's friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can't afford--especially when the bodies keep piling up.

My Thoughts:

Fatal Affair by Marie Force starts her Fatal series off with bang! Well really more like a stabbing, but well you know what I mean. U.S. Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his own home by his chief of staff and best friend Nick Cappuano. The Washing, D.C. Metro Police are called and Sergeant Detective Sam Holland is assigned to the case. Sam is in desperate need of a successful investigation to salvage her career and is determined to hunt down the Senator’s killer. Things get a bit complicated when she teams up with Nick since they have some history.

I loved the chemistry between Sam and Nick. They share more than that though like mutual respect, and they genuinely care about each other. There is quite a bit of tension between the two over some unfinished business of the personal nature from their shared past. Their relationship is wrought with emotional angst, sexual tension, and stress over the case. I enjoyed the mystery aspect of the plot line. I had no clue who the killer was up until the end. Every time I thought I had it figured out another clue would be revealed that would lead the investigation in another direction.

Fatal Affair was a fun and easy read. It has romance, political intrigue, scandals, and murder. The suspense and action driven plot line made this a very quick and entertaining read. My only issue was how the case was solved in the end. Other than those few pages at the end I thoroughly loved this book. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a thrilling and intense read with a mix of romance and mystery.

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four-stars

{UPDATE} #COYER SUMMER VACATION READING CHALLENGE

 

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What the heck is COYER you ask? COYER is a reading challenge hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

Ah we are getting close to the end of this round of COYER. I’m pretty happy with my progress so far. I didn’t exactly blow things out of the water, but I’m pretty close to meeting my review goals. I would have liked to participate in more of the social media games too. Ah well that’s ok I will do better next time.


Books Read: 20

Reviews Posted: 7

COYER IG Photo Challenge Pics: 5


 

That’s my #COYER update for the week. Are you participating in #COYER? How are you doing with the challenge? Let me know in the comments! If you have an update post as well leave your linky in the comments so I can come visit.

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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WHAT ARE YOU READING WEDNESDAYS #WAYRW63

WAYRW

What Are You Reading Wednesdays #WAYRW is a weekly feature here on It’s A Reading Thing. Everyone is welcome to participate. You can answer the questions in the comments section of the weekly #WAYRW post or link back to your #WAYRW post on your blog in the comments section as well. You can grab the image above or create your own, just please make sure you link back to IART as the host for this meme.

How to participate:
Grab the book you are currently reading and answer three questions:
1. What’s the name of your current read?
2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a couple of sentences.
3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

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  1. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis
  2. “He’ll chomp off your hand, girly. Don’t you know to ask first?”
  3. Yes, it would be interesting to see what New York was like in the 1950s.

How about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know in the comments <3

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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{Book Review} Dirty Sexy Inked by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

{Book Review} Dirty Sexy Inked by Carly Phillips & Erika WildeDirty Sexy Inked by Carly Phillips
Published by CP Publishing on April 4th 2016
Genres: Erotica, Contemporary Romance, Romance
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
Goodreads
four-half-stars

Breaking hearts is what wild and rebellious Mason Kincaid does best. Hit it and quit it is his motto, and with his bad boy reputation and tattoos, he doesn't lack for female companionship. Until one hot night with the one woman he swore he'd never touch becomes an all consuming addiction he can't kick. Katrina Sands has been his best friend for years, but now that he knows what she feels like, and tastes like, there is no going back to being just friends. Hot, dirty sex has never felt so good...or so right.

My Thoughts:

Holy hotness this book! This story was everything I wanted for Mason and Katrina. I’m so glad this book did not suffer from the dreaded second book syndrome. Both Mason and Katrina have troubled pasts and have developed a strong friendship because of this. The two are best friends with this underlying sexual tension that Mason has managed to ignore, for the most part. Katrina has been in love with Mason since the day he saved her from a group of bullies when she was a teen. She has held on to the secret of her feelings for him for years out of fear of losing him altogether. However she’s had enough of standing on the sidelines while he goes from one woman to another. Things come to a head when everyone goes to Vegas. Katrina decides she is through waiting for Mason to realize what is in front of him and she lets her Coyote Ugly freak flag fly.
“It was so easy for Mason to take advantage of her always being around and at his beck and call. Hell, who was she kidding? She’d made it easy for him, and maybe it was time that she reevaluated her feelings for her best friend, and the fact that they weren’t reciprocated. Because there was one thing she knew for certain—unrequited love sucked big hairy balls.”
I loved Katrina. I was completely right in predicting that her backstory was going to be a difficult one. Despite all that she has endured she is strong, independent, and brave. I love that she is still open to happiness and love even though she is damaged, both physically and emotionally. I loved loved loved the combination of her fierceness and vulnerability. She is the perfect match for an alpha male like Mason. She brings out his loyal, caring, and at times gentle side.
“They were two damaged people who’d managed to heal each other with something as simple as unconditional love. The fact that they were best friends who had phenomenal sex was a bonus.”
The chemistry between Katrina and Mason is off the charts. They have known each other for years and have built up endless amounts of sexual tension between them. Sex isn’t the only thing that makes their relationship work though, they also share trust, respect and love. I do love me some friends to lover romances. Ah! The FEELS!
Dirty Sexy Inked was an emotionally intense and smoking hot romance. I loved Katrina and Mason! I’m so happy their story was everything I wanted for them and more. I’m looking forward to the next book which I believe will be Levi’s story. Hopefully I will enjoy it as much as this one.

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four-half-stars
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{Book Review} Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips & Erika Wilde

{Book Review} Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips & Erika WildeDirty Sexy Saint (Dirty Sexy, #1) by Carly Phillips, Erika Wilde
Published by CP Publishing on January 1st 1970
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Romance
Pages: 268
Format: eBook
Goodreads
three-stars

New York Times bestselling authors Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde bring you a dirty, sexy, smoking hot SERIES featuring three bad boy brothers bonded by shocking secrets and their damaged past. Sinful, addicting, and unapologetically alpha, these men are every woman’s erotic daydream ... And your ultimate dirty fantasy.
Are you ready to get Dirty Sexy with a Saint?
Clay Kincaid knows he's more a sinner than a saint. Especially when it comes to women. With a rough and damaged past that has left him jaded, he doesn't do committed relationships. But he does like sex—the hotter and harder, the better. He likes it fast and filthy, which is why he refuses to even touch someone as sweet and guileless as Samantha Jamieson. Until he discovers that she likes it just as down and dirty as he does. Let the sinning begin . . .
DIRTY SEXY INKED & DIRTY SEXY CUFFED coming in 2016!
All books in the DIRTY SEXY Series are full-length novels with no cliffhangers!

My Thoughts:

Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde is a short and sexy read. A bit of filthy steamy fluff that was needed after reading all the literary fiction I’ve been consuming lately. Clay is more of a sinner than a saint. Given his rough background he isn’t looking for a relationship but is unable to resist Samantha when she walks into his bar. These two have instantaneous sparks flying between them. Clay does his best to fight it, but Samantha is determined to seduce him.

What didn’t work for me:
Samantha Jamieson is your typical little rich girl. She enjoys all the perks of her high society life until her father expects her to agree to an arranged marriage. She runs away from home, gets drunk, and vomits all over a hot stranger. Then when she finds out that Daddy cut her off and she is broke with no where to go, she asks said stranger for a job and a place to stay. Ugh, I did not like this character at all. Her damsel in distress beginning was a complete turn off and she never really redeems herself. I’m not quite sure what Clay finds so attractive about her other than her body.
I found the pacing of the story pretty even up until the end. The ending felt rushed to me, and a little to neat. I get it is the first book in the series but I would have liked a better planned ending to this installment.

What I liked:
I love the family dynamic between the Kincaid brothers. Clay is the responsible older brother. Mason is the bad boy misunderstood middle brother. Then there is Levi the straight-laced cop and baby of the family. Out of the three I think I’m going to like Mason the most. Not because he’s the bad boy, but because he is the hilarious one. He is constantly pushing everyone’s buttons and I love it. I can’t wait to read his book.
I also really enjoyed Katrina’s character. She is Mason’s best friend. I love that she doesn’t put up with his antics and calls him out on his man-whoring ways. She’s funny, loyal, and has this inner strength that tells me that there is a back story there I need to read about.

Overall this was an enjoyable read, even though I wasn’t a fan of the female MC. I actually was more interested in the side characters. There is a lot of sex in this book, which makes sense given that this is an erotic romance. However, I felt that sometimes all the sex scenes overpowered the overall plot. I would have like to see more thought put into the ending and I wish Clay had been paired with a different woman. He has a hero complex though so maybe it makes sense. I don’t know. It was a fun book for what it was and a good start to the series. I can’t wait to read book two since it will be Mason and Katrina’s story.

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three-stars

{Update} #COYER SUMMER VACATION READING CHALLENGE

 

13239911_10209388036074832_6052138944736816626_nWhat the heck is COYER you ask? COYER is a reading challenge hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!


I really meant to do these updates on like a weekly basis but well…life happened. I’ve been doing pretty great with the reading aspect and not so much with getting the reviews up. I’m going to work on catching up on my reviews this weekend. So be prepared for a crap ton of those. Here is my progress so far.

Books Read: 11

Reviews Posted: 3

COYER IG Photo Challenge Pics: 3

 


 

That’s my #COYER update for the week. Are you participating in #COYER? How are you doing with the challenge? Let me know in the comments! If you have an update post as well leave your linky in the comments so I can come visit.

Stay book nerdy & happy reading!

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How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by

{Book Review} How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{Book Review} How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole CozzoHow to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo
Published by Swoon Reads on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: NetGalley
Buy on Amazon/Buy on B&N
Goodreads
four-stars

After a cyber bullying incident turns her life upside down, a handsome wheelchair rugby player shows a former mean girl that everyone deserves a second chance.
The party was at her house. The photos were posted to her Facebook account. That's all the evidence anyone needed to condemn Nikki Baylor for a cyberbullying incident that humiliated a classmate and nearly resulted in the girl's suicide. Now Nikki's been expelled from her old school, her friends have abandoned her, and even her own parents can't look her in the eye. With her plans for the future all but destroyed, Nikki resigns herself to being the girl everyone hates - almost as much as she hates herself. But then Nikki meets Pax, a spirited wheelchair rugby player who knows what it's like when one mistake completely shatters your life. Refusing to judge her because of her past, he shows her that everyone deserves a second chance... and everyone deserves to be loved.

My Thoughts:

How to Keep Rolling After a Fall by Karole Cozzo is contemporary young adult fiction at its best. Cozzo’s writing is beautiful and her characters are engaging. This coming-of-age story pretty much gave me all the FEELS. Nikki Baylor used to be part of the popular group at her former school until she found herself caught in the middle of an incident involving cyber bullying. Completely shunned by her so called friends and even her family, Nikki struggles to find her place in her new school. While doing community service at a rehabilitation center Nikki meets Pax, a wheelchair rugby player. Piece by piece Nikki’s story is revealed and the outlook for the new start Nikki is trying to get seems to get dimmer and dimmer.

I was completely surprised by how much I connected with Nikki. When I read the summary I was certain I was not going to like her at all. I admit, I totally judged her based on what she was accused of doing. As things were disclosed about what led to the incident Nikki found herself involved in, I found myself empathizing with her. Nikki is desperate for a chance to redeem herself, especially with her family. I found their handling of the situation a bit extreme. It didn’t seem like they were really interested in hearing Nikki’s side of things.

The relationship between Nikki and Pax is sincere and heartwarming. They start off by building an unlikely friendship, given the circumstances, and things develop from there. Together they are both sweet and fun. Things are not completely perfect though, both Nikki and Pax have their own issues to resolve which creates some conflict between the two. I think this made their relationship more natural and authentic.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Cozzo’s writing is emotional and had my FEELS pretty much all over the place. This was my first experience with Cozzo’s work and I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. If you are looking for a great YA contemporary with a lot of depth, then you want to give this one a try.

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four-stars