Series Review: Immortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan

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

Series Review: Immortal Beloved by Cate TiernanImmortal Beloved by Cate Tiernan
Series: Immortal Beloved #1
Published by Little Brown BFYR on September 7, 2010
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 407
Format: ARC
Source: ALA
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three-half-stars

Nastasya has spent the last century living as a spoiled, drugged-out party girl. She feels nothing and cares for no one. But when she witnesses her best friend, a Dark Immortal, torture a human, she realizes something's got to change. She seeks refuge at a rehab for wayward immortals, where she meets the gorgeous, undeniably sexy Reyn, who seems inexplicably linked to her past.

Nastasya finally begins to deal with life, and even feels safe--until the night she learns that someone wants her dead.

Immortal Beloved was one of my first ever ARCs. I read it way back in 2010, and I remember having very mixed feelings, but I will absolutely not link my review because I looked at it and honestly it was horrible and I’m judging my past self. On reread, I was actually quite surprised how much I enjoyed Immortal Beloved, though it does have a few aspects that I wasn’t wild about.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (211): Nicola and the Viscount; If the Duke Demands

Size Doesn’t Matter (211): Nicola and the Viscount; If the Duke DemandsNicola and the Viscount by Meg Cabot
Published by HarperTeen on December 28, 2004
Genres: Historical, Romance
Pages: 272
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

Nicola always gets what she wants.

Nicola Sparks, sixteen and an orphan, is ready to dive headlong into her first glittering London society season. She's also ready to dive headlong into the arms of handsome and debonair Lord Sebastian Bartholomew. Nicola's dream is a proposal from the viscount—a dream she's about to realize at last! So naturally, Nathaniel Sheridan's insinuations about her fiancé's flawed character annoy her mightily.

But when Nicola's natural curiosity gets the best of her, she begins to piece together a few things for herself. To her great surprise, Nicola realizes she's had the wrong viscount all along . . . but is it too late to make things right?

The journey through Meg Cabot’s backlist has been a rocky one but now I’m firmly on solid ground. I loved Nicola and the Viscount and Victoria and the Rogue when I found them as a teen, and Nicola and the Viscount remains thoroughly charming.

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Series Review: 1-800-Where-R-You by Meg Cabot

Series Review: 1-800-Where-R-You by Meg CabotWhen Lightning Strikes by Meg Cabot
Series: 1-800-Where-R-You #1
Published by Simon Pulse on January 1, 2007
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 266
Format: eBook
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two-half-stars

Jess Mastriani has never been what you'd call a typical Midwestern teenager—her extracurricular activities, instead of cheerleading or 4-H, include fist-fights with the football team and month-long stints in detention. A part of Jess would like to be the prom queen her mother has always envisioned her being, but another part is secretly counting the days until she's saved up enough money to buy her own Harley.

Then something happens that guarantees Jess will be one of the in-crowd...at least until her newfound talent ends up getting her dead.

Oh man, this is a blast from the past. I read these back when I was in high school. In fact, I’m pretty sure when I first read these, they had Jenny Carroll on the cover. On a high from the Mediator, I found 1-800-Where-R-You, and initially I was disappointed with it. Rereading now over a decade later, I can see why. When Lightning Strikes is a bit of a hot mess but I mostly liked it because nostalgia is powerful.

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Size Doesn’t Matter (210): The Education of Margot Sanchez; A Taxonomy of Love

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

Size Doesn’t Matter (210): The Education of Margot Sanchez; A Taxonomy of LoveThe Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera
Published by Simon & Schuster BFYR on February 21, 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
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four-stars

Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.

THINGS/PEOPLE MARGOT HATES:

Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becoming a Neanderthal
This supermarket
Everyone else

After “borrowing” her father's credit card to finance a more stylish wardrobe, Margot
Sánchez suddenly finds herself grounded. And by grounded, she means working as an indentured servant in her family’s struggling grocery store to pay off her debts.

With each order of deli meat she slices, Margot can feel her carefully cultivated prep school reputation slipping through her fingers, and she’s willing to do anything to get out of this punishment. Lie, cheat, and maybe even steal…

Margot’s invitation to the ultimate beach party is within reach and she has no intention of letting her family’s drama or Moisés—the admittedly good looking but outspoken boy from the neighborhood—keep her from her goal.

For a moment, the book description really threw me. I hadn’t read it for probably a year, and I did not remember that Pretty in Pink comp. Initially, it was a bit of a head-scratcher tbh. With a bit more thought, I do see it, but when I think of Pretty in Pink I think more about the romance and the really ugly dress more than the class tensions, which is the part that The Education of Margot Sanchez shares. The Education of Margot Sanchez focuses on family, class tensions, gentrification, and Margot’s emotional arc, and it’s really good.

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Series Review: Five Boroughs, books 3-4 by Santino Hassell

Series Review: Five Boroughs, books 3-4 by Santino HassellFirst and First by Santino Hassell
Series: Five Boroughs #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press on April 18, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 244
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four-stars

Caleb Stone was raised on the Upper East Side, where wealth and lineage reigns, and “alternative lifestyles” are hidden. It took him years to come out to his family, but he’s still stuck in the stranglehold of their expectations. Caleb knows he has to build his confidence and shake things up, but he doesn’t know how… until Oliver Buckley enters the picture.

Oli is everything Caleb isn’t—risk-taking, provocative, and fiercely independent. Disowned by his family, Oli has made his own way in the world and is beholden to no one. After a chance encounter on New Year’s Eve, Caleb is smitten.

As Caleb sheds the insecurities that have held him back for years, he makes bold steps toward changing his career and escaping years of sexual repression. But for Caleb to take full control of his life, he has to be brave enough to confront his feelings and trust Oli with his heart.

When I tell you guys that First and First is my least favorite of these so far, don’t get too distracted by the negative phrasing and pay attention to the rating. First and First is still a really good book, but it plays a bit less to my personal interests and is occasionally a bit much for me tbh. However, the quality of Hassell’s novels continues to be so incredibly high with excellent character development.

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