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Blog Tour: All I’ve Never Wanted

October 5, 2015 Blog Tours 0 ★★★★

Blog Tour: All I’ve Never Wanted

Blog Tour: All I’ve Never WantedAll I've Never Wanted by Ana Huang
Published by Smashwords Edition on June 15th 2015
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The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them...everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate.
She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions' path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn't stand the most? Yeah, he's her new housemate.
A Young Adult romantic comedy that explores what happens when a girl gets everything she never asked for, including a puppy, a new wardrobe, and, possibly, even true love.

I’m honestly shocked that I’d never heard of Ana Huang before! I’m a pretty huge fan of Wattpad, I’ve discovered a ton of incredible stories through using it. Anyway, I was impressed by Ana Huang’s writing. She did a beautiful job at capturing all of these layered characters. Some of the drama was a little overwhelming at times, but I always felt connected to the story itself and each character within it. Needless to say, I’m definitely prepared for the next novel that Ana Huang writes.

Maya was a fabulous and sassy main character. I loved that she couldn’t care less about how much money these kids have, if they act like jerks then she’s going to call them out on it. I know that the lower class female character meets and saves the snotty rich boy is a common cliche in various YA novels. However, I felt like this book had so much complicated subplots going on, that it wasn’t so cliche. I did think that Roman, the ridiculously rich guy that Maya tells off the first time that she meets, was an absolute jerk that I personally wouldn’t tolerate. But I also feel like his reluctance to truly change into a nicer human being in this book would be completely unrealistic. Someone that spoiled isn’t going to change overnight, and I like how Huang emphasizes this several times within the book.

As I said earlier, there are tons and tons of characters in All I’ve Never Wanted. I’ve already talked about the two main characters Roman and Maya, but there’s also Carlo, Parker, Zack, Venice, and Adriana. The first three are members of the Scions alongside Roman. Adriana is Zack’s gorgeous twin sister who instantly takes a liking to Maya and believes that she’ll be perfect for Roman. Venice is Maya’s hyper close friend, who is a total fangirl of the Scions. There’s also a brother, (Carlo’s brother Rico) many different parents, and Maya’s hilarious grandma. If I had to pick a favorite out of the group of supporting characters, I’d likely choose Carlo. He’s a great friend to Maya and he also probably has the best head on his shoulders out of all the guys. To me anyway, he seemed to be the most grounded and down to earth one. I also really loved Adriana and felt like she had such an endearingly strong personality. I enjoyed the scenes where she was playing matchmaker with Maya and Roman and actually ended up roping her brother into it with her.

Since there’s so many key characters, you can probably guess that there would also be a lot of romances going on as well. The couples are: Roman and Maya, Adriana and Parker, and Venice and Zack. Carlo also has a girl but she’s not apart of the group so we don’t get to see her much. While I did like Roman and Maya together, they weren’t my favorite since it took them so long to actually get together. I hated all the drama that seemed to stop them every time you thought they were going to act on their so very obvious feelings. Therefore, my favorite was Adriana and Parker because they got together pretty early on in the book. I thought it was adorable how long Parker had feelings for her and she also liked him. Although that initial conversation when they first get together is all we really see of the relationship, I still enjoyed it since they stayed together the rest of the book with no drama.

I recommend this book if you’re looking for something that’s well written and filled with a great ensemble cast. There’s so much to enjoy about this book, so I’m just going to urge you to read it and see for yourself what all my fuss was about. While I wish some of the drama could have just been left out, that didn’t make me completely dislike the book, I was still really interested in it from start to finish. I’m beyond glad that I chose to read this one!

Author Bio

Ana Huang, better known as ACRL37 on Wattpad, primarily writes Young Adult and Romance. She started writing her first novel, All I’ve Never Wanted, when she was sixteen; it was originally inspired by the Asian manga Hana Yori Dango. Her second novel, If We Ever Meet Again, was loosely based on her own study abroad experiences in college. Her stories currently have a combined view of over 20 million on Wattpad. Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys shopping, brunch, and traveling.

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/All-Ive-Never-Wanted-Huang-ebook/dp/B00WY2WU50

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-ive-never-wanted-ana-huang/1122059657

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/all-ive-never-wanted/id1001710587

Wattpad: http://wattpad.com/acrl37

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ana_huang37

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25464015-all-i-ve-never-wanted

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Blog Tour: The Finn Factor

September 30, 2015 Blog Tours, Reviews 0 ★★★★

Blog Tour: The Finn FactorThe Finn Factor by Rachel Bailey
Published by Entangled: Embrace on September 28th 2015
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A new adult romance from Entangled's Embrace imprint...Sometimes all a girl needs is a little practice...
It's been twelve months, three days, and eleven hours since accounting student Scarlett Logan made it past a second date. A pitcher of mojitos in hand, she employs her supreme graphing skills to narrow things down to one horrifying explanation. Kissing. Clearly someone needs to teach her how to kiss properly. Like, say, her best friend and roomie, Finn Mackenzie. He's safe, he's convenient, and yeah, maybe just a little gorgeous.
Finn knows exactly why Scarlett's boyfriends are disappearing quickly. Him. Not a single guy she's brought home is nearly good enough. And he'll be damned if he lets some loser give her "kissing lessons." No. He'll do the honors, thank you very much. The moment their lips touch, though, everything turns upside down. But Scarlett deserves the one thing Finn can't give her. And if he doesn't put an end to the sexy little shenanigans, he'll teach Scarlett the hardest lesson of all...heartbreak.

This was a sweet “friends to lovers” type story. It also explored much deeper themes involving Finn being the main guardian of his two younger sisters since his parents had both passed away. It was a pretty unique story and the writing from Rachel Bailey was incredible. I also liked how the narration effortlessly went back and forth between Finn and Scarlett’s point of view. It gave us a better look into what the characters really thought about each other, especially towards the beginning of the story when they were strictly best friends and roommates. If we only saw the story from Scarlett’s perspective, I probably would have thought Finn was a total jerk, but getting inside his head also was very effective and insightful.

Every character in this book had a large and memorable personality. Scarlett was a likable and sweet girl who was a great and loyal friend/roommate to Finn. Sure, she has her flaws which become more obvious to the readers as the book progresses, but that’s what makes her relatable and so realistic. Finn had his moments where you weren’t sure how to feel about him, but those were all very brief, fleeting moments. For the most part, he was totally worth swooning over honestly. I loved how protective he was over Scarlett, but it didn’t feel like too much either. Even the supporting characters were layered and developed. I’m particularly thinking of Scarlett’s parents and Finn’s two sisters.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole kissing lessons thing. It felt a little corny and maybe even a little cliche as well. But luckily, it didn’t take all that long for them to fess up and admit their true feelings for one another. I did enjoy getting to see them together as a couple until the drama came to play. Unlike some other books, the drama in this one actually felt realistic. It wasn’t another person getting in the way, it was just life in general.

This was a quick read that I enjoyed! I recommend it for those that are looking for something light and sweet, with a side of drama thrown in for good measure, but not too much. I’m looking forward to reading more from Rachel Bailey!

About the Author:

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As a teenager, I was a voracious reader of science fiction, until one day when I was 16, I saw Pride and Prejudice on television. The old version with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. I adored it. I’d seen it in the TV guide and, since I had a crush on Laurence Olivier after seeing him in Henry V, I’d taped it. I watched that tape so often I can still recite most of the dialogue by heart. I sought out the book, devoured it, then found every other Jane Austen book and read and reread them frequently. I only discovered romance as a genre as an adult. Imagine my delight when I first read modern versions of Jane Austen! Now I read most subgenres of romance, from category to historical to romantic comedy. Such a banquet!

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