Arc Review: No One But Us


Title: No One But Us

Author: Elizabeth O'Roark 

Genre: Contemporary Romance; New Adult

Publication Date: July 18, 2018

Links: *Amazon | Goodreads

Source: Elizabeth O'Roark/Happily Eva Insta Tours

Rating: ★★★★★


Synopsis: The last time I saw Elle, she was a child. A Harry Potter-obsessed 13-year-old with a penchant for fan fiction and following me around. Six years later she’s on my doorstep. The braces are gone. The “Team Gryffindor” t-shirt’s been replaced with a bikini the size of my index finger. And I can’t get her out of my head, no matter how hard I try. 

Except she’s still the girl I’m not allowed to have, the center of a secret I hope she never learns. 
Resisting what I feel for Elle Grayson is the only way to protect my family. But am I willing to break both our hearts in the process? 

Review: This story had my heart the moment I started reading it. Elle is a 19 year old, naive girl whose family has never really been around. When the papers find out her boss seems to think more of her as then an intern, she escapes to the beach house of her childhood best friend. Elle doesn't want the spotlight. She just wants independence from her messed up family. There is one good thing about the beach house, and that is her best friend's older brother, James. She has had a crush on James since she was young, but will he ever see her as more? 

I was emotionally invested in Elle and all the hardships she is going through. When she was feeling okay about herself, I was so happy! But when she was feeling outcasted, ignored and lost, my heart hurt for her. She is the kind of character that you want to see succeed and get all the of things that she deserves. James is definitely the older guy we have all had a crush on and wish it could be more. For most of the book, I was pretty mad at her best friend, Ginny, because she doesn't act like much of a best friend. I think this book also shows that our parents/adults can be just as screwed up as we are.

Thank you to Elizabeth O'Roark and Happily Eva Insta for letting me read and honestly review this book!

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Samantha McCombs | BookishStateofMind

Review: This Mortal Coil


Title: This Mortal Coil

Author: Emily Suvada

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Date: November 7, 2017

Links: Amazon | *Book Depository  | Goodreads 

Source: Library

Rating: ★★★★★


Synopsis: In this gripping debut novel, seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father’s message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague.

Catarina Agatta is a hacker. She can cripple mainframes and crash through firewalls, but that’s not what makes her special. In Cat’s world, people are implanted with technology to recode their DNA, allowing them to change their bodies in any way they want. And Cat happens to be a gene-hacking genius.

That’s no surprise, since Cat’s father is Dr. Lachlan Agatta, a legendary geneticist who may be the last hope for defeating a plague that has brought humanity to the brink of extinction. But during the outbreak, Lachlan was kidnapped by a shadowy organization called Cartaxus, leaving Cat to survive the last two years on her own.

When a Cartaxus soldier, Cole, arrives with news that her father has been killed, Cat’s instincts tell her it’s just another Cartaxus lie. But Cole also brings a message: before Lachlan died, he managed to create a vaccine, and Cole needs Cat’s help to release it and save the human race.

Now Cat must decide who she can trust: The soldier with secrets of his own? The father who made her promise to hide from Cartaxus at all costs? In a world where nature itself can be rewritten, how much can she even trust herself?

Review: This futuristic, post apocalyptic novel had me hooked from the first chapter. 

Catarina needs to survive. She has been stuck in this disease ridden world since her father was kidnapped by the organization, Cartaxus. Her only friend is Agnes, an older lady she talks to over russian satellite. In this world, humans can communicate, heal and enhance themselves with technology. When Cole, a soldier from Cataxus, shows up, everything Catarina has known will be questioned.

Wow, I absolutely loved this book! I really liked the main character, Catarina, because she is a tough and smart suvivor who is also an amazing computer hacker. I am a computer nerd as well so I really wanted to be Catarina.

I also really enjoyed the post apocalyptic vibe, how the virus lives and how it is spread. Also, how in-depth the author goes to explain everything about the virus and the technolgy. It was so interesting! 

I will add a warning that some of the scenes are a bit graphic so I wouldn't recommend eating while your read this book. It did not bother me, but if you are a bit squeamish then I could see it bothering you. 

I highly recommend you check out this book!

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Samantha McCombs | BookishStateofMind

Arc Review: Cheat Codes


Title: Cheat Codes

Author: Emily Goodwin

Genre: Contemporary Romance; New Adult

Publication Date: May 31, 2018

Links: AmazonGoodreads

Source: Emily Goodwin/GiveMeBooksBlog

Rating: ★★★★★


Synopsis: Archer has always wanted what he can’t have—Quinn Dawson. Since the moment he saw her, he’s been denying his feelings for her, ignoring the void in his heart he knows only she can fill. 
Everything about them was wrong, the kind of wrong that felt so right. But none of it mattered. Not the terrible timing. And definitely not the mess it would create if Archer made a move on his best friend’s baby sister. It was supposed to be one night, but one night is all it takes to make everything more complicated, and they only have nine short months to sort it all out.
No, none of it mattered. Until it did.

Review: This book kicked romantic butt! 

First of all, I love that Quinn is a b.a. computer nerd like myself. It is inspiring to read about smart girls who rock and men find attractive instead of inferior. Also, Archer is the doctor of my freaking dreams! 

I really enjoy brothers best friend romances. I liked the angst during the beginning of their relationship and how they fought for each other. 

I know the synopsis said "9 short months to sort it all out" but I'm apparently oblivious (lol) so what happened was a shock to me. I also did not see that ending coming! 

Thank you Emily Goodwin and GiveMeBooksBlog for sending me this arc to read and honestly review!

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Samantha McCombs | BookishStateofMind