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Golden Boy #BookReview

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St. Mary’s Academy
Seven Steps & Audrey Rich
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: April 24th 2018

Summary:

Meg has it made. She has money to spare, attends an exclusive private school with the best film production program in the country, and, to top it off, she has a super-hot boyfriend. But when her father’s business goes under, and her boyfriend cheats on her with a ditzy cheerleader, the only way she can maintain her perfect life is to figure out a way to stay in school.

When a fellow student offers to pay her tuition, Meg jumps at the chance. She only has to tell one tiny white lie to someone she’s never met.

How hard could that be, right?

Until she discovers she must deceive Julius ‘Hercules’ Samson, the school quarterback with a heart of gold. Even worse, he’s determined to sweep her off her feet.

Can Meg go through with the plan to save her future, even if it means ruining Julius’?

Inspired by Megera (Meg) from the story of Hercules, The Golden Boy is a poignant, emotional, young adult contemporary romance about a teen girl’s hard choices, loss, and love.

St. Mary’s Academy is a young adult contemporary romance series that brings classic fairytale characters to life in a modern day, high school setting. It’s filled with angsty heroines, hot heroes, and drama galore. St. Mary’s Academy Shorts are shorter stories from within the St. Mary’s Academy universe.

Buy this book today because you’ve never read a fairytale quite like this.

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MY TAKE

***My apologies everyone! I scheduled this post for 8 today… it should have gone live at 8am but I goofed when scheduling and I must have clicked 8pm instead. I was out of the house all day and didn’t realize it wasn’t live until I sat down to check my socials.***

As most of you already know after the countless fairytale and mythology retellings that I have reviewed on this blog… I’m an absolute sucker for them. I love reimaginings and retellings because they give a fresh take on stories that have been around for ages. This story was no different in that respect. It was a reimagined Hercules tale and you’ll have to excuse me for playing “Zero to Hero” on repeat while I write this review… and ya know any references to this movie that I might unintentionally slip into this review – which was a retelling in itself.

This story was extra cute, and I managed to finish reading it in a little over an hour, so you can imagine it is not a particularly long book. But what is included is a fresh take on the demigod story (one where all participants are human and most attendees are in highschool). There are some cute nods to the Hercules mythos but it is a story all on its own that has merely borrowed these characters and worked them into a cute highschool drama.

Yes there is romance… quite a bit of it, as you might expect from looking at the cover so if that’s not your thing then this is not the book for you. There were a few typos and grammatical mishaps but nothing too life altering and they did not affect my ability to read the book.

All in all, I’d say I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the premise ❤

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4.5 Quills

It gave me all the feels and had me giggling at an inappropriate time seeing how everyone was asleep as I should have been. Also, quite in love with the Once Upon a Time feel this story had with all the intertwining fairytale characters like Ariel and Prince Eric. I definitely want to read more from this author(s) and this series!

 

About the Authors Seven Steps

Seven Steps –

“Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.”

–William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing.

 

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. One of my mentors (you know who you are) often reminds me of my first foray into the world of literary fiction. It was a lively story about a bee’s journey to find a pot of missing honey. He says that I have improved since then. I think that he’s right.

 

I am a working wife and mother, as well as a devoted owner of a beautiful cat named Rosie. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, thrifting, and anything that reminds me of my childhood.

My favorite genres are Sweet Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian and Historical.

 

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Audrey RichAudrey Rich is a New York City transplant living in South Florida, who writes sweet YA and NA Contemporary Romances and is an avid reader of novels where love conquers all.

She’s married to her own happily-ever-after Hero, is an inactive CPA, and a stay-at-home mom homeschooling her teenage daughter, while also missing her son, who is away at college.

Audrey enjoys volunteering with children of all ages at church, especially the enthusiastic teenagers, and teaching the Junior Achievement curriculums at local middle and high schools. She also loves to travel with her family.

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Omega by Lizzy Ford Book Review + #Giveaway

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Omega

Omega Series

Book # 1

Lizzy Ford

 

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Release Date: October 25, 2015
Publisher: Captured Press 

ISBN: 978-1623782078
ASIN: B0131ZPZUA
Pages: eBook – 317, Paperback – 490

Goodreads Rating: 4.74
My Rating: 5.0 

Book Description:

In a modern world ruled by territorial Greek gods, the human race has been oppressed, exploited and now, nearly destroyed by the constant infighting of gods.

 

However, a human girl with the power of a goddess is coming of age. Alessandra is the Oracle of Delphi – the last prophesized – and bears the mark of the double omega. Soon after she turns eighteen, Alessandra is told her destiny: to step between the warring gods and the human race and save her world from certain ruin.

 

For the gods, her appearance marks the beginning of the end – their end. They and the Triumvirate – leaders of the human elite – who serve them will stop at nothing to preserve their power.

 

Alessandra emerges from the forest where she spent her life hidden from gods and men and immediately plummets into a race against time, gods, and herself to discover who and what she is in a world where everyone she meets has a hidden agenda, and those pulling the strings remain in the shadows.

 

Before she can determine exactly what kind of savior her world needs, she must first master her power by completing three trials devised by the Triumvirate to enslave her.

 

One lone girl stands between warring gods and the people she’s destined to protect, but it’s the battle to understand who she is that she must win first.

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My Take:

Chills.

I love reading, just like you all. Every once in a while you come across a book that reminds you why you fell in love with reading in the first place. A story that takes you on an epic adventure filled with love, friendship, betrayal, growth, discovery and heartbreak. Omega is that book.

I love Lizzy Ford. She writes great books. I own at least one book in every series she’s written. The Omega Beginnings is one of my favorites. I’ve read all 8 and I loved almost every character with the exception of 2. Two characters completely entwined in a way only a father and son could be. Only 1 character redeemed himself. But it seems 2 other beloved characters had to become monsters for him to become great.

I absolutely hated reading how far these characters had fallen in twelve years. I hated reading what monsters they had become. I felt sick. It felt like such a deep betrayal… And that made me love this book even more. It made me feel. I was invested in these characters and their story. I needed to know why they changed. I wanted to slap sense into them.

I loved reading how strong Alessandra had become and seeing that she didn’t lose her attitude. The interactions between her and Adonis made me swoon.

Greek mythology has always been a favorite of mine but this took if to a whole new level. I’m literally teaming with excitement, I need to read Theta, book 2 in the series, and I’m an impatient woman by nature lol so 2016 seems like too long a wait.

The characters in this tale are strong and very independent… both the good and the bad and the women are not only intriguing but very self-sufficient so that most definitely calls out to the tough girl in me.

5 Quills

An epic book with epic characters that I can’t compare to anything I’ve ever read. This is most definitely a series I’ll enjoy exploring.

 

About The Author

Lizzy Ford is the award winning, internationally acclaimed author of over thirty five books written for young adult, new adult and adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling Rhyn Trilogy, Witchling Series and the War of Gods series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.

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