The Year We Hid Away (Review)

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The Year We Hid Away (The Ivy Years #2)

Sarina Bowen

Publication date: June 1st 2014

Genres: new adult, romance, college sport

She’s hiding something big. He’s hiding someone small.

Scarlet Crowley’s life was torn apart the day father was arrested for unspeakable crimes. Now the shock has worn off, but not the horror.

It’s a safe bet that Scarlet is the only first year at Harkness College who had to sneak past TV news trucks parked on her front lawn just to leave town. But college will be Scarlet’s fresh start. Clutching a shiny new student ID — with a newly minted name on it — she leaves it all behind. Even if it means lying to the boy she’s falling for.

Bridger McCaulley is a varsity hockey star known for being a player both on and off the ice. But a sobering family crisis takes that all away. Protecting his sister means a precarious living arrangement and constant deception. The only bright spot in his week is the few stolen hours he spends with Scarlet.

The two form a tentative relationship based on the understanding that some things must always be held back. But when grim developments threaten them both, going it alone just won’t work anymore. And if they can’t learn to trust one another now, the families who let them down will take everything they’ve struggled to keep.

Review:

3.5 🌟 🌟 🌟

First read of 2018, it fell into my hands January 1st. I knew this author from her books with Elle Kennedy (Him/Us, WAGs). The Year We Hid Away is the 2nd book in the series, even though I haven’t read the first one I didn’t miss anything. I’m going to divide my review in two:

Romance: both of them share a couple of classes and start going to the library. It’s a very ‘normal or common’ beginning for a relationship. The development it’s a bit fast but with their lives taking over it was to be expected. No big problems about love and relationships.

Drama: way too much. It was the reason I spent half a night reading. Each of them has really serious problems. The book deals with many big topics (Rape, foster care, drugs, death, etc. I don’t want to make spoilers) in just 272 pages.

The main characters are very similar: strong, selfless, don’t like asking for help, with their head over their shoulders.

To sum up, good story that gets lost behind all that drama. I recommend this author, even though this wasn’t one of my favorites Him/Us are such good books and the WAGs series too.

Read,

Bhaltair.

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About the Author

Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

 

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Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

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Sonora and the Eye of the Titans

Sonora and the Eye of the Titans
T.S. Hall
Publication date: January 14th 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

The King is dead, and the capital city of Titanis has fallen. The world of Sonora is at war, and the only hope against the onslaught of the Titan army lies with the last royal descendant of Zeus, who is being covertly sheltered on Earth in the secluded mountain town of Sandy, Oregon.

Allora is a shy, intelligent sixteen-year-old, trying to get through the gauntlet of high school while coming to terms with her otherworldly origins. After getting into a fight at soccer tryouts, Allora’s emotions boil over, and her hands suddenly burst into flames. She has harnessed the power of hadrons at the highest level, but at extreme cost. The magical outburst projects an energy signature that is detected by a group of assassins tasked with killing Sonoran rebels.

To survive, Allora, Katie, Dax, and Tanner must find a powerful ancient artifact known as the Eye of the Titans. With the help of a guardian known as Sasquatch, they will have to fight off creatures, solve complex riddles, and navigate magical caverns, all while enduring advanced calculus, jealous girlfriends, and prom.

Review

3.5stars

3, 5 stars
Sonora and the Eye of the Titans is my comeback to Urban Fantasy, it’s been a while since I’ve read a book of this genre.
This book tells the story of 4 young adults and their adventures between two worlds. That’s one of the points I liked the most. It doesn’t tell the story from a totally different world, a different ambient. We see the characters grow as teens and also we see how they know and try to control their abilities.
Also, I’ve connected with Allora and her story how the story develops her character, her personality. How her past story has marked her too.
Besides, the story shows important principles that should be of high value and those are friendship, camaraderie, the importance of family and the fight for the right thing, not for what one wants. That’s a good points for this book.
Keeping on mind my likes in books, I couldn’t give it 4 or more stars because I found something missing or maybe it’s that I’m used to other happenings.
However, I recommend reading this book if you like this genre, but if you’re doubting then this should be a good start.
I found it easy-going and not-to-hard to read (English is not my maternal language), and a book for teens and young/new adults.
This is the first book, there are two more to come, Sonora #2 is coming this May so we don’t have to wait that much to know what happens next.
I’m really thankful for the opportunity to participate in this book tour.

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Author Bio:

I’m a writer, skier, and wanderer. I grew up in Portland, Oregon, but currently live in the beautiful mountain resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho. I love history, mythology, and the fantastical interpretations that have been incorporated in my debut young adult urban fantasy series called Sonora.

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Memphis by Ginger Scott

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Memphis by Ginger Scott
A Contemporary New Adult Romance

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Blurb:

My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.

The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents
down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—
he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.

I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the
poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.

At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind
of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m
in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s
the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive
weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle
until his very last breath.

He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and
I’ve lost so much of myself already.

But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and
trust stripped away from life.

I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever
going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.

EXCERPT:

I turn so our feet are squared and glance at his home that I think he probably knows
I went through while he was gone. Somehow the money he paid for it seems not
enough and too much all at once. My gaze shifts back to his, and he steps forward
until the toe of his left shoe rests against the right side of mine.

“That’s a nice story, Memphis. I’m glad you found the bike, but I’m not sure what
that has to do with me,” I say, my breath catching as his fingertips trace along my
jaw, his touch so faint I find myself leaning my head to encourage his palm to rest
along my cheek more boldly.

He brings his other hand up with more confidence, and I’m caught. The other option
I had, to walk away, is gone. I never really wanted it, though.

Memphis dips his chin, hunching slightly to bring his eyes in line with mine. We’re
so close that I can feel the tickle of his breath against my lips, and they tingle at the
familiar. Each experience with him weaves itself into my heart in this way that
terrifies me. This is how people lose themselves.

But I let it in—each breath, each sound, the smells and words. His story. I am
surviving on the very being of him, and I think I have been for a while now. “I was eighteen when I tracked down that bike. I knew it was mine…”

“I don’t belong to you, Memphis,” I cut in, my heart pounding.

His mouth forms a crooked smile. He holds my eyes hostage in silence for few long
seconds. “Maybe it works the other way,” he says, his eyes moving over my face with
a softness that feels intimate and vulnerable. His forehead falls forward until it rests
gently on my own, and I let go of the grip I have on myself, exchanging it for fistfuls
of his T-shirt. My knuckles run along his chest as I gather the material and close my
eyes, his muscles hard from discipline.

“I can’t watch you get hurt. I can’t…”

His hand moves to my chin, and he lifts it until our eyes meet. Suddenly, breathing
just got a lot harder to do.

“I won’t lose, Liv. I work too hard, and I study too much, and I will never be in a ring
I’m not supposed to be in,” he says, and I breathe out what sounds like a laugh but
feels like hurt.

“My fifty-year-old uncle kicked your ass in some display of alpha-male, teacher￾student bullshit. I couldn’t watch that…how am I supposed to watch you step in with
some guy who really wants to kill you? How am I supposed to kiss you knowing that
your lips might never be the same after a fight. How…”

Memphis’s mouth takes mine before I can protest anymore, nothing like our stolen
moment from earlier. His hands cup my face and his mouth moves possessively over
my bottom lip, sucking it in and letting it slide loose through a graze of his teeth. He
turns my head with a gentle nudge and kisses me deeper, and his hands fall from my
face in long, possessive drags down my shoulders to my waist, stopping with his
thumbs just above my hips and his fingers splayed out around my sides.

My hands roam up his chest and neck until my thumbs run along the roughness of
his chin, and my touch seems to somehow make him hungrier.

“My god.” He breathes the words against my lips, restraint giving way…

About the Author:

Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling and Goodreads Choice Award-nominated

author of several young and new adult romances, including Waiting on the Sidelines,
Going Long, Blindness, How We Deal With Gravity, This Is Falling, You and
Everything After, The Girl I Was Before, Wild Reckless, Wicked Restless, In Your
Dreams, The Hard Count, Hold My Breath, A Boy Like You and A Girl Like Me.

A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends
the two in her stories. (She’s also a sucker for a hot quarterback, catcher, pitcher,
point guard…the list goes on.) Ginger has been writing and editing for newspapers,
magazines and blogs for more than 15 years. She has told the stories of Olympians,
politicians, actors, scientists, cowboys, criminals and towns. For more on her and
her work, visit her website at http://www.littlemisswrite.com.

When she’s not writing, the odds are high that she’s somewhere near a baseball
diamond, either watching her son field pop flies like Bryce Harper or cheering on
her favorite baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ginger lives in Arizona and is
married to her college sweetheart whom she met at ASU (fork ’em, Devils).

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