Review + Giveaway || The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
Publication Date: May 16th 2017 by Feiwel and Friends
Source: ARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Rating:★★★★
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Synopsis

There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

I received an ARC of this book from the Publisher as part of the Blog Tour. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

From the moment I first heard about the premise of the book, I got intrigued and I wanted to read it, even if love triangles are basically a hit or miss trope for me.

The Love Interest is a refreshing take, subtly satirical, on love triangles and other YA tropes. Reading every page of this book was worthwhile.

I adored the complexity and polarity of Caden and Dylan’s personalities. Both of them had the struggle of being a Love Interest. The premise was Caden is the nice guy, while Dylan is the bad guy, and they need to work and make Juliet fall in love with them. One will get chosen and the other one will die. Caden and Dylan’s characters were well-developed and I loved how there seemed to be layers in their personalities. Their dynamics work well too, and the chemistry… just wow!

“I’m not, nor will I ever be, her friend. All I’ll ever be is the scumbag who manipulated her into falling in love with me.”

Juliet was very interesting too. Basically, the set up was she’s been friends with Caden for a long time so there’s the possibility of a friends turned lovers which is my favorite trope. I loved her with Caden too! Her personality is strong and it’s one of the things I like about her character.

The only issue I had with the book was towards the end of the book, the writing felt really fast-paced and rushed. The book was action-packed, and I liked that, but during some scenes things were just happening here and there, which made it a little lacking in terms of story depth.

“You know love can drive people to act irrationally.”

Overall, this book was a pretty solid debut. Cale Dietrich’s writing is very effective and entertaining. It’s a bit meta, which is refreshing, and I loved the pop culture references thrown casually in the book.  It’s definitely a good read if you’re in the lookout for something action-packed, and swoonworthy. It’s a good mix of sci-fi/thriller and contemporary, y’all!

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Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor (ARC)

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Title: Unscripted Joss Byrd
Author: Lygia Day Penaflor
Publication Date: August 23rd 2016 by Roaring Brook
Source: ARC for Blog Tour
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis

Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

I received an ARC of this book as part of a blog tour in exchange of a review. No compensation in any form was received for the review of this book.

This book is one of my most anticipated reads for this year and I feel really lucky to have read it months before its release. I have always wondered how it’s like working on a movie set since I love watching movies, and this book gave me a peek!

This tells the story of Joss Byrd, a popular young actress, on the set of her newest project called The Locals. As cool as her life may seem, being an actress and all that, her life is far from perfect.

I really like the story and narration. It’s refreshing and unique, in such way that it offers the readers a realistic view of what is happening in a movie set. I also liked the characters and how they were written.

At first I thought Joss was like 15 or 16 in the book because she acts and thinks maturely sometimes, but it turns out she’s actually 12. It wasn’t easy getting into her character and fully understanding her but I saw the way how she grew and her character development was a delight to see.

“Listen to what is happening around you. Listen and feel and react. Because acting is reacting.”

I also liked how other characters were emphasized in the book. Chris was such a sweetheart. He and Joss were siblings in the movie. I thought of him as a potential love interest since Joss has a cute crush on him, but upon realizing Joss’ age, well that ship ain’t sailing. Still, their relationship was something to adore!

Viva, oh dear Viva. She’s really something. Well, for starters, I had a love-hate (mostly hate) relationship with her throughout the book. She’s definitely a stage mom, and I do not like stage moms. Anyway, I do know she means well, looking out for Joss’ future and all.

The pacing of the story started a bit slow and dragging but once I got into the rhythm, I couldn’t put it down. There were also some scenes that felt so out of place. Overall, I really had a great time reading this. It’s a great coming of age book that sits between middle grade and young adult. I do recommend this book so watch out when this hits shelves in August!

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ARC Review + Playlist: The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett

the anatomical shape of the heartTitle: The Anatomical Shape of A Heart
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publication Date: November 3rd 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: eARC for Blog Tour
Rating: ★★★★
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Synopsis

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

This book is very special to me. I honestly love it to pieces and I’m really excited for it to be released so I could buy a finished copy and read it again. It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. The different dynamics of the book had me hooked since the beginning.

This book is about Beatrix, an aspiring artist, and Jack, a street artist. They use with mediums but shares the same love and passion towards art. They met on a bus one night, until things started to become a bit complicated, with their attraction and romance unfolding in the process.

“But sometimes the sensible thing and the right thing weren’t always the same choice, and no one but you could truly understand the difference.”

I love their chemistry. Seriously, Jack and Beatrix might be one of the best YA couples I’ve ever read. Beatrix has a very interesting choice of subject. She used to be a painter but now she only sticks with sketches and drawings. She’s very interesting and her personality leaves an impression. I love her relationship with her family, especially with her brother, Heath. It actually reminded me of my relationship with my sisters. Jack seemed mysterious at first but his personality was very endearing and he’s really hot. He’s the right mix of a bad boy and gentleman type of guy and I love it. His relationship with his sister Jillie, was very heartwarming. Beatrix and Jack had things in common and they were such a great couple. I love their characters being family-inclined.

I love the different aspects of the story. The book was very diverse. It has LGBT characters, deals with mental illness, and it’s sex-positive. Family, art, and love being the central points of the story, the book managed to deliver a very remarkable story. I felt different sorts of emotions from reading this book and I loved every single second of it.

PLAYLIST

1. Organs by Of Monsters and Men
2. Feel Again by OneRepublic
3. Apollo by Magic Man
4. Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
5. Hymnals by Grizfolk (Jenaux Remix)
6. Life in Color by OneRepublic
7. From Eden by Hozier
8. Come Under the Covers by Walk The Moon
9. Kids in Love by The Mowglis

ABOUT JENN BENNETT

jennJenn Bennett is an artist and RITA-nominated author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series (Kindling the Moon) and the Roaring Twenties romance series, including Bitter Spirits, which was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014 and winner of RT Book Reviews Paranormal Romance Book of the Year, and Grave Phantoms—which was awarded RT’s May Seal of Excellence for 2015. The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, (akaNight Owls in the U.K.) is her first YA contemporary romance. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two evil pugs. Visit her at www.jennbennett.net.

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