ARC Review: Those Girls-Lauren Saft

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cooltext1889161239 copySome girls will always have your back, and some girls can’t help but stab you in it.

Junior year, the suburbs of Philadelphia. Alex, Mollie and Veronica are those girls: they’re the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them–and really, how well do they know one another? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band–without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved–literally, figuratively, physically….she’s not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever….or tears them apart for good? Lauren Saft masterfully conveys what goes on in the mind of a teenage girl, and her debut novel is raw, honest, hilarious, and thought-provoking, with a healthy dose of heart.

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***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Those Girls is Mean Girls on drugs. It’s gritty, edgy, and reckless. The dark side of teen life reeks of deep-seeded jealousy, bitterness, and lies. Get ready to open your eyes to the raunchy desperation of life as a teenage girl.

  • Normally, I set my reviews up as PROS and CONS. For most reviews, that format works, for this book, it requires something sprawling and opinionated-something different. Because of the ranking, I don’t want you to dismiss this book by taking the higher number of cons as absolute. Here’s the thing, for an honest coming of age story, one of rivalry and friendship, Those Girls is a heady and toxic portrait of just how far girls will go for revenge.
  • Told from three different perspectives, Those Girls tackles of the struggles of staying best friends throughout high school as each girl evolves and grows. Boyfriends, sex, drugs, and dreams tear them apart but they fight hard, clinging with everything they have to the innocent ideal of their childhood friendship.
  • Each girl is vastly different and yet, strikingly the same when it comes down to their insecurities, their fears, and their desire to go above and beyond to preserve their friendship while figuring out who they are. They walk a fine line between manipulative and sycophantic. A slut, a pushover, and an artist, they’re all a bit cliché and as much as I pushed myself to find redeeming qualities, to like them, I couldn’t. The more I read, the more I loathed their passive-aggressive gossip and digs, their lewd behavior, and how they pretended to not care. What Lauren Saft was trying to do, to depict those despicable, desperate girls in every high school, the girls who connive and party, and toy with everyone, those selfish, ghastly mean girls, she did a fantastic job crafting their personalities.
  • Underneath the outer reckless abandon is a harrowing cry for help, to be seen, to be accepted for who they are, scars and all by the girls they love more than anything but can no longer trust. A heart-wrenching sense of abandonment, of being alone in a crowded room saturates the plot.
  • At times, the sexual scenes and commentary were in your face repulsive-just downright nasty. I felt dirty after reading some of them. Not because they were graphic but they were blunt and it killed me that these girls had so little self-respect. Just as you’re about to feel bad for them, they turn around and do something to make you backtrack.
  • The final scene. NO WAY. No. There’s no way that is EVER forgivable. AND that they would shrug off the possible results of their actions…NO.

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Duel Cover Reveal: Never Let You Go & Never Let You Fall-Michele G. Miller

cooltext1889161239 copyTheir journey began with a promise…

“I won’t let you dall. You will not die for me. I can’t live with that, Xander, and I would rather let them take me before I let them kill you.” He opened his mouth to argue, but I held up my hand. “Don’t argue it. There’s no point. I’ve made up my mind.”

He shook his head, but didn’t argue. Instead, he promised as he always did, “If anything happens to you…if we get separated, if you martyr yourself…anything, Skye. As long as I am breathing, I will always find you. Always.”

Those were precisely the words I’d counted on him saying.
An orphan with no memory of her past and no hope for her future. 
A guardian determined to keep her safe.
A destiny neither of them expected.
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Two souls desperate to discover the truth about the past and determined to save their future…
SKYE
The usual warmth I felt deep in my soul when Xander was near me was beginning to dull. Yet I still remembered the warning: “Be careful, my Princess…you will lose all you love before you can win what you want.”
XANDER
I could feel it; she hadn’t been here. Two days of hell, riding as fast as we could and only taking small breaks, and yet she had outrun us. How? 
A princess set on regaining her kingdom and protecting those she loves…
A guardian who will stop at nothing to find the woman who stole his heart…
An evil force who will destroy everything they know in order to have power over all… 
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     Michele writes novels with fairy tale love for everyday life. Romance is always central to her plots where the genres range from Coming of Age Fantasy and Drama to New Adult Romantic Suspense.
     Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of an enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow.Howver, she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heave and her children’s laughter!
     Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina. 
 
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Release Day Blitz: Proven-Kristen Day

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cooltext1889161239 copyThe thrilling last installment of the Daughters of the Sea series is the culmination of a breathtaking saga that will steal your heart and enchant your soul.

As the Atlantean Games draw near, every Order will descend upon the magical island of Atlantis; resurrecting an ancient tradition and setting in motion a fate determined centuries earlier. In her relentless search for retribution, Selene uncovers the one vulnerability capable of destroying not only Stasia, but all fifty of the Nereids. Traitors will emerge and old rivals are reawakened as Stasia discovers the shocking end of her elusive prophecy.

With Fallon and Olivia still missing and an Army of Auras preparing for battle, Stasia and her Council must unlock the secrets of the Nereids and find a way to save their world before destiny intervenes. But like the Nereids themselves, even destiny is vulnerable to the sands of time.

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cooltext1889161239 copyOnce you’ve been touched by darkness, it never leaves you…

Abandoned by her parents as an infant; seventeen year old Hannah spent her childhood wading through countless foster families until being adopted by the Whitmans three years ago. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s high society wasn’t quite ready for Hannah…or the strange events that plague her

Chilling visions of murder, unexplained hallucinations, and a dark, mysterious guy who haunts her nightmares all culminate to set in motion a journey of self-discovery that will challenge everything she’s ever believed; not to mention her sanity.

Sent to live at The House of Lorelei on Bald Head Island, NC for ‘kids like her’, Hannah quickly realizes things are not what they seem. Her fellow ‘disturbed’ teens are actually the descendants of mythical Sea Gods and Goddesses. And so is she.

But when Finn, the ghost from her dreams, appears in the flesh; her nightmares become reality and her dark visions begin coming true. Inexplicably drawn to him, she can’t deny the dangerous hold he has on her heart. The deadly secrets he harbors will ultimately test her courage and push the boundaries of her love.

She must decide if she is ready to embrace the ancient legend she is prophesized to be a part of. The fate of all the descendants will forever depend upon it.

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