Book Review – A Kiss in the Dark by Gina Ciocca

A Kiss in the Dark

Gina Ciocca

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4.5 ★ – ADORABLE AND WONDERFULLY SWOONY
PUBLISHED BY SIMON PULSE MARCH 6, 2018
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, CONTEMPORARY, ROMANCE

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When the lights go out at a Georgia high school football game, Macy Atwood finds herself in the arms of a boy who kisses her senseless – but is gone by the time the lights come back on. All she knows is that there was something special – and oddly familiar – about her mystery kisser.

Noah Granger, Ridgedale’s resident bad boy and newest transfer student, has no problem taking credit for the kiss, but Macy can’t shake the feeling that he’s lying. Especially since a photograph of Macy and former star football player Joel Hargrove resurfaced online moments before the blackout, a not-so random reminder of how hard she fell for Joel last year. And how doing so ultimately sent her lifelong friendships with Meredith Kopala and Ben Collins up in literal smoke.

Soon junior year’s wounds begin to reopen as Macy realizes the events that unfolded are somehow tied to her mystery kisser. Discovering how means finally facing what really went wrong with Meredith, Ben, and Joel – and finding out what Noah is covering up.

But the closer Macy gets to figuring it all out, the more she starts to worry that the boy who kissed her in the dark and the boy who is stealing her heart might be two very different people


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A Kiss in the Dark is a fun and wonderfully swoony YA contemporary story. With a mixture of drama, mystery, romance and humor, this book had me positively entertained throughout the entire time.

When I saw this book on Instagram, the gorgeous cover immediately made me swoon and I was dying to get my hands on it. Then I saw that Ciocca was also coming out with Busted and I just couldn’t pass up requesting for both books. I finished reading Busted a few months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it! REVIEW When I finally got approved for A Kiss in the Dark, I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait to finally read it. Well, I’ll have you know that I absolutely loved it!

During a high school football game, the lights suddenly go out leaving the field in complete darkness. Unexpectedly, Macy Atwoods bumps into the arms of a boy who kisses her passionately. By the time the lights come back on, her mystery guy has vanished. Macy, stunned and confused, knows that her mystery kisser is someone familiar – someone special – she’s just not quite sure who. Determined to find out the boy who kissed her in the dark, Macy starts to piece the clues together and soon realizes that to get to the truth, she must deal with old wounds about what really happened during her junior year. How far will Macy go to figure out the mystery kisser who took her breath away? And what if he’s not who she expected?

This book was such a delightful read with the perfect balance of mystery, teen angst, and slow burn romance. I thought the story development was great and paced quite well. I also enjoyed the way the storytelling was set up. The alternating chapters told from Macy’s POV both in her junior and senior year kept me intrigued until the end. I really loved the mystery aspect of the story. Ciocca definitely kept me guessing the entire time and the twist in the end – totally took me by surprise! I do have to admit that while I was trying to figure out Macy’s mystery kisser, I had a very strong gut feeling who he was and I really wanted it to be him. Well, I definitely squealed when I realized I was correct. But even though I solved that part, I thought the revelations were done well and I had fun seeing everything unfold.

Macy was a strong lead character. I found it very easy to like and relate with her. She’s caring, loyal, smart, and artistic. I also loved that she had a passion for photography. Adored the other characters too. Jadie was amazing, a great friend, and so likable. Her friendship with Macy was #goals. I even liked Meredith. She was bossy and kind of a mean girl, but she did care about her friends. I thought the parents were fantastic. Macy’s mom was just the best and I loved her to pieces. Her relationship with Macy was so endearing.

Macy’s potential love interests were fun to read about. Noah was mysterious, flirty and charming. Joel didn’t appeal to me at first. There was something off about him, but in the end he surely won me over. But Ben… Ben, Ben, Ben… that boy totally had my heart from the very beginning. He was easy going, friendly, caring, and super sweet. Swooned so hard over his friendship with Macy and the way he always tried to just be there for her. All in all, I really enjoyed getting to know these guys and seeing how they interact with Macy. They certainly created more conflict and drama than the girls. There were things that could have been avoided if they were just honest… but, what’s the fun in that?!

I’m so smitten with Gina Ciocca’s stories and this book is by far my favorite! A Kiss in the Dark is fun, heartwarming, and adorable. There are so many things I loved about this book – great friendships, lovable characters, sweet romances, and important life lessons. I truly enjoyed this novel and my heart was so full of happy with how Ciocca beautifully ended the story. So excited to read whatever she writes next and you should totally add this and her other books on your TBR.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book from the publisher, Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, via NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Other Books by Gina Ciocca

Add Last Year’s Mistake on Goodreads

Add Busted on Goodreads


abouttheauthor

Gina Ciocca author photo

 

Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English, but in her mind, she never left high school. She relocated from Connecticut to Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her taking long walks around the lake in her neighborhood. Gina can also be found online at writersblog-gina.blogspot.com, on Instagram as gmciocca, and Twitter as gmc511.

 

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I hope you enjoyed reading this review. Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave your comments down below.

sincerelykarenjo2

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Blog Tour – Curses and Ash by Tiffany Duane



Hello Lovelies and welcome to my Blog Tour Stop for Curses and Ash by Tiffany Duane hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Don’t forget to stay until the end for the giveaway!


 

Curses and Ash
Tiffany Daune
(The Siren Chronicles #2)
Publication date: November 11th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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Discover the spellbinding sequel to Coral & Bone…

A demented twin sister, a demon hijacking her powers, and a mysterious journal filled with more questions than answers—Halen needs her Guardian Dax more than ever. But if she confides in Dax, she fears he will never forgive her, not after all he sacrificed to help her vanquish Asair. Halen drowned Asair in a tornado of wings—at least, she thought she killed him. Why then does his mocking voice snake through her thoughts, enticing her to surrender her power? Maybe she screwed up—big time—but she will never allow Asair to control her magick. And when Etils’ fires threaten the Earth, suspicions surrounding Asair’s death rise, igniting restlessness within the realms. Her life in balance, Halen must race time, purge the demon’s soul before flames consume the Earth or the Tari strike first.

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5 ★ –   EXCEPTIONALLY DAZZLING FROM START TO FINISH

Curses and Ash is even more enthralling than the first book. With magical creatures, edge of your seat action, secrets and betrayal that will break your heart, and danger lurking at every corner, this spellbinding adventure had me holding my breath until the end.

There’s no denying that I’m in love with this enchanting world. Duane beautifully created a wonderful and enticing story that I never want to end. There was so much excitement, heartbreak, tension, and insanely good twists and turns. My mind was a jumbled mess, and I didn’t know who was telling the truth or which way the story was going to go. There was never a boring moment for me and I absolutely loved not knowing what would happen next. And that ending… after that I just could not breathe! My emotions were all over the place and I couldn’t stop being anxious — so much so that I  purchased the ebook for Smoke and Ruin as soon as I got home from work and read the first two chapters. Good thing I took a vacation day tomorrow (3/2) cause I’ll be staying up tonight (3/1) and reading Smoke and Ruin! I may even have finished by the time this review goes live).

The characters were fantastic and grew so much from the time they were introduced. Halen became quite powerful and more resilient. Even though she still wasn’t sure about her destiny, Halen was able to stand her ground and became the kind of heroine that I admire. Dax was more mysterious and a bit harsh sometimes that I don’t know how I feel about him now. Tage and Ezra made me laugh and cry. I have a soft spot for those two and rooted for them so hard. Asair was a fun complication that I couldn’t resist and I enjoyed getting to know him more. I also loved his interactions with Halen. And Natalie… well she’s totally badass in her own ways. I don’t want to say too much, but there were so many secrets about the characters that added more conflict and drama to the story and I LOVED IT! I may have had a change of heart a few times, but I definitely enjoyed all the surprises.

Tiffany Duane’s wicked imagination and gorgeous writing had me completely mesmerized. It’s exceptionally breathtaking, incredibly unique, and emotionally draining. Curses and Ash had everything that I love about fantasy books – fascinating creatures, fast-paced action, complicated relationships, exhilarating drama, complex characters, and unexpected twists. I really don’t want to leave this magical place just yet, but I’m also very excited to find out how it all ends.

If you’re looking for a series that will have you turning page after page, then add this to your TBR or even better… just pick up Coral and Bone and get started! I don’t know about you, but I’ll be curled up in bed with my Kindle and spending the night with Smoke and Ruin. I just hope my heart will still be in one piece when it’s all over.

I received a copy of this book through Xpressobooktours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


 

abouttheauthor

TiffanyTiffany Daune writes stories about magic, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. She is the author of Coral and Bone (The Siren Chronicles Book One) for which she also recieved a Watty Award in the category of Trailblazers. When not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering TBR pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.

Follow and Connect with Tiffany Duane

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


tourschedule

February 26th
Hey, bitches!
Katy’s Book Ramblings
Books and Photographs
stardustreader

February 27th
Reading for the Stars and Moon
Darque Dreamer Reads
Married To Books Reviews and Blog

February 28th
Aconite Cafe
La libreria di Beppe
Taking It One Book at a Time

March 1st
Bookworm for Kids
books are love
Ceres Books World

March 2nd
Sincerely Karen Jo
The Book Addict’s Reviews
To Be Read

March 3rd
Ramblings of a Book Nerd
Smada’s Book Smack
Fantasticando sui libri
Abooktropolis


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Thanks for stopping by and reading my review. Have you read this book? What did you think? Don’t forget to leave your comments down below!

sincerelykarenjo2

 

Review – Coral and Bone by Tiffany Duane

Coral and Bone

Tiffany Duane

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4 ★ –   POSITIVELY MESMERIZING AND ENTERTAINING
PUBLISHED MAY 9, 2017 OFTOMES PUBLISHING
GENRE(S): YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY, PARANORMAL, MYTHOLOGY, ROMANCE
KINDLE 286 PAGES

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Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can’t help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

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Coral and Bone by Tiffany Daune is a thrilling paranormal story that captivated me from the very beginning. It’s the type of book that will keep you up late at night and have you dreaming about it.

Duane’s world building is incredibly unique, imaginative, and positively mesmerizing. I was completely fascinated with every single character on land and under the seas. Even though there were so many different backstories, the descriptive writing style had me engrossed the entire time. I thought the plot was exciting, suspenseful, and absolutely entertaining. While there were plenty of dark moments, I loved that Duane sprinkled some humor and romance throughout the story.

The characters were far from perfect, but I found them quite charming and lovable. Halen, Dax, Ezra, Tage, Catch, Pepper, Tasar, the parents, and even Asair… everyone intrigued me in their own ways. They’re all trying to save the world, but who’s really on the “good” side and telling the truth? With all of them pointing at each other and keeping secrets, I’m curious to see how they’d redeem themselves in the next two books… if they do at all.

Overall, I’m really impressed with Tiffany Duane’s gorgeous and enthralling novel. Coral and Bone had fun surprises, heartbreaking moments and mind-blowing twists and turns that had me completely glued to the pages.

If you’re looking for a fast-paced, engaging, and creative YA fantasy story, then definitely add this on your TBR.

I received a copy of this book through Xpressobooktours in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




Check out my blog tour stop and read my review for Curses and Ash March 2.

Follow the rest of the tour below.

February 26th
Hey, bitches!
Katy’s Book Ramblings

February 27th
Reading for the Stars and Moon
Darque Dreamer Reads
Married To Books Reviews and Blog

February 28th
Aconite Cafe
La libreria di Beppe
Taking It One Book at a Time

March 1st
Bookworm for Kids
books are love
Ceres Books World

March 2nd
Diary of an Avid Reader
Sincerely Karen Jo
The Book Addict’s Reviews
To Be Read

March 3rd
Ramblings of a Book Nerd
Smada’s Book Smack
Fantasticando sui libri
Abooktropolis


Other Books in the Series

 

Curses and Ash – Goodreads / Amazon

Smoke and Ruin – Goodreads / Amazon


abouttheauthor

Tiffany Daune writes stories about magic, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. She is the author of Coral and Bone (The Siren Chronicles Book One) for which she also recieved a Watty Award in the category of Trailblazers. When not lost in Editland, you can find her reading a book from her towering TBR pile or kicking back and watching movies with her family. She lives on an island, in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by mermaids that are much nicer than the ones found in her books.

Follow and Connect with Tiffany Duane

Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

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Hope you enjoyed reading my review and dip your toes into this fascinating and fun story!

Have a great day loves!

sincerelykarenjo2