Blog tour + Book review: Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright (4 stars)

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Perfect Harmony

by Emily Albright

Publisher: Amberjack Publishing

Release date: September 18, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist―she’d never settle for anything less. Determined to get into the nation’s most prestigious music college, nothing’s going to stand in her way . . . Until her senior year of high school when a new guy from a fancy New York conservatory transfers to her school.

Declan Brogan’s cocky, and he knows how amazing he is at the cello. He has every intention of knocking Pippa out of first chair and showing her who really belongs on top. Forced together when assigned a duet, their personal competition and mutual dislike transform into a teasing friendship.

Torn between her childhood crush and the boy who threatens her dreams, Pippa finds herself at risk of losing her best friend, her future, and the boy who makes her heart melt. Struggling to make things right, Pippa discovers that sometimes the thing you want the most doesn’t always end up being the thing you need.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Emily Albright is the author of EVERYDAY MAGIC and THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, both available now from Simon Pulse. Her next novel PERFECT HARMONY will release 9.25.2018.

She’s a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).

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(I received a free eARC from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review.)

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Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4/5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only.)

Pippa is a top cellist aiming to go to Goddards, the most prestigious music college. All is going according to her plan until Declan, another cellist transfers to her school. He’s cocky and knows that he is good, Declan is determined to take Pippa’s spot as the first chair. When the two of them are paired up to do a duet, their mutual dislike is transformed into a friendship. Struggling to decide between her childhood crush and the boy who threatens her dreams, Pippa discovers that sometimes, not what you want is what you need.

Although I did like that Pippa was determined, it almost seemed dangerous. But that really makes her a strong and fearless heroine.

I wasn’t a fan of Noah since it only felt that he was taking action because he felt threatened by Declan. I was pretty surprised at the love triangle and how well it plays and ties into the story, giving Pippa even more conflict along the way.

I wasn’t a fan of Quinn either and think that she’s a horrible friend. I didn’t understand why she was so bitter about Declan when she was clearly still in love with Phillip. She also sees light of Pippa’s dream and isn’t even really happy for her. When she and Pippa fight, she would flaunt another person in Pippa’s face, as though saying “Hey, I still have other friends aside from you”.

Perfect Harmony has a romance you will root for since the beginning when the two characters meet. I really enjoyed the story progression and how everything seemed to play out. Fans of music and contemporary romance should definitely give this book a go!

 

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Three paperback copies of Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright (USA only)

Starts: 9/18/18

Ends: 9/26/18

Enter here.

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Book review: Shatter me (Shatter me #1) + Destroy me (Shatter me #1.5) By Tahereh Mafi (3.5 stars + 3 stars)

“Life is a bleak place, sometimes you have to learn how to shoot first.”

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Shatter me (Shatter me #1) By Tahereh Mafi

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy, Science fiction-dystopian

Rating: 3.5 stars

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

I’ve actually read the entire trilogy before I even started book blogging and I loved it! Now I reread the entire series in preparation for Restore me!

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in DAYS, the last time she did, a horrible accident occured and she is locked up by the The Reestablishment for murder. The world is falling apart and The Reestablishment believes that their way is the right one, Juliette must make a choice, to continue being the victim or embracing her powers to become a warrior.

I really liked the writing style of the book especially the strike-through words as they bring across everything that Juliette wants to say, but doesn’t. I could definitely see through Warner’s menacing exterior as it’s just a front to prevent anyone from taking what he has worked so hard to achieve. Warner is so infuriating, arrogant, charming, yet a cold blooded murderer, but he’s the type of villain you can’t hate.

Fair warning, for those that have not picked up the series yet, it does have a love triangle, but in this case, I really like the love triangle since it’s realistic in the events of the book.

Was I the only one who realised that Adam actually never says “I love you” to Juliette in return?

I was definitely surprised by Kenji because the first time around, he as a character totally slipped off my radar, but when rereading it, he was funny and entertaining and such a great mentor to Juliette.

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Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi (3 stars)

“This wound will be forgotten.”

“Her name will not be spoken.”

This is a short novella of Warner’s POV during the first and 2nd book. Warner is the chief commander of sector 45, son of the Supreme commander of North America.

I love that we get inside Warner’s head and see that he is a perfectionist and loves order. We sees that he has an obsession with hygiene and that is what he uses to help cope with his anxiety and PTSD from his father’s abuse in the past years. It also gives us a lot of insight as to why Warner does the things he does.

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Book review: Summer Unscripted By Jen Klein (1 star)

“Tuck is right. I’m a canoe. No effing idea where I’m going.”

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Summer Unscripted By Jen Klein

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 1 star

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Rainie isn’t passionate about anything and always gives up halfway. When Tuck gives a monologue that resounds with her, she convinces her ex best friend to work at the same summer job as Tuck. Then she meets Milo, the charismatic and ex of her ex-bff.

To be honest, I felt that Rainie was very desperate for Tuck to like her, until the point where she seems a bit delusional. The relationships in this book confused the heck out of me and it seems pretty fk-ed up to me.

My main problem was the lack of the story and character arc for Rainie. At first she finds Tuck alluring and chases him all the way to his summer job but she ends up liking Milo, okay. But what about her? She’s still as indecisive at the start of the book until the end and I really wanted for her to find herself.

I didn’t have an emotional connection to the story or characters and really found the plot to be weak with no strong pay off despite the ok set up.

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Book review: The Harper Effect By Taryn Bashford (1 star)

(I received a free review copy for a blog tour)

“Without tennis, what’s the point of me?”

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The Harper Effect By Taryn Bashford

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 1 star

(Review)

(DISCLAIMER: This review is based on my opinion only and may contain coarse language)

Harper has been living the dream as a tennis player, but her coach tells her that she doesn’t have what it takes to go pro. When she confides in her childhood best friend, who happens to be her sister’s ex, her feelings for him are rekindled. She is paired off with Colt, a mysterious and brooding tennis player who becomes her doubles partner as they train to become the best in tennis.

Honestly, I actually really enjoyed this book and would have given it a 4 star rating. Why did I give it 1 star rating instead? Because after I finished the book, I chanced upon an incident that happened to a fellow book blogger and I was not going to stand by and not support my fellow book bloggers. The book blogger (Happy Indulgence) wasn’t a fan of the book and the author claimed that she had a vendetta against her and wanted to take legal action. After seeing what went down, I was so upset and I had this book review for a blog tour, so I changed it to a spotlight post instead so I could address this issue in a separate review.

It is not cool to bully book bloggers. We aren’t paid to book blog and we spend hours of our time reading the book and crafting a review after for our readers and our followers to see. We are bridges between the books and audiences as through our reviews, people can decide whether they like the book and whether they would like to pick it up or not. And everyone has the freedom to voice out their opinions so I was really upset about the entire incident and felt so sympathetic to Jeann over at Happy Indulgence. (view her post here )

I actually really liked the angst between Harper and Colt, but don’t really appreciate her breaking the sister code. I did find the story dramatically painful (In a good way) and actually really liked that this book was raw and realistic especially with the characters. I really liked the progression of events and loved that we got to decode Colt’s character along with Harper. The story did tug at my heartstrings.

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Book review: Don’t cosplay with my heart By Cecil Castellucci (4 stars)

“After her family was wiped out of time, she couldn’t find North. No one could.”

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Don’t cosplay with my heart By Cecil Castellucci

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

(Review)

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When Edan cosplays as her favourite character, Gargantua from Team Tomorrow, she feels strong and powerful, and it helps her to escape her family mess, distancing best friend and confusing crush.

This novel gave me low-key Miraculous Ladybug vibes, I don’t know why. I was hoping for more anime influence in this book since personally, when I hear the word cosplay, I always think about anime first.

Okay, Yuri and his friends are such pricks, urgh. I definitely preferred Kirk. I personally didn’t really like Edan as I felt that she is pretty childish. I love that we see how similar Edan and Gargantua are and how Edan’s story kind of follows Gargantua’s origin story.

Although I didn’t connect emotionally with the characters, I definitely connected with the story and loved the overall set up and pay off.

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