REVIEW: BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST

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Synopsis:

In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?

REVIEW

A few days ago I finally got my copy of “By Your Side” in the mail, and despite still being in the middle of reading “The Fill-In Boyfriend”, I couldn’t resist opening it up and diving in. Out of the three books I ordered of Kasie West novels (The Fill-in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, and By Your Side) I was anticipating this one the most. And since I have the patience of a five-year-old, I put TFIB on the backburner for the time being and lost myself in BYS.

When I was debating how to write this review, I decided bullet points would be the most straightforward option. So please acknowledge exhibit A and exhibit B down below.

WHAT I LIKED

  • Dax and his silent, cute, and mysterious personality.
  • The whole idea of being stuck in a library. Personally, I think that would be any bibliophile’s dream.
  • How Autumn could be herself around Dax and vice versa.
  • Their playful banter.

WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

  • Dallin the douche canoe.
  • How Autumn couldn’t be herself around her own friends.
  • The way her friends pushed her to do things because they know she has a hard time saying no.
  • The love triangle.

Overall I really enjoyed the premise of the story. I thought it was an interesting, original plotline that showed a lot of heart in its characters, using real life issues a lot of teenagers face as the conflict. One of the main things, though, that bothered me was how almost the entire book was the conflict, unlike most stories that find it 3/4 of the way in, only to have the last quarter of the book to resolve it. I felt drained reading this because it was a constant struggle with the characters, and I don’t know why, but I absorb even fake negative emotions like a Dyson vacuum cleaner. So for me, this was a stressful read lol. But I enjoyed the simple writing style of Kasie West, and thought “By Your Side” was a unique read.

BY YOUR SIDE BY KASIE WEST = 3.5 STARS

And the surprise is…

So, if you follow me on Twitter (which you totally should since I’m even more uncensored on there lol) then you’ll know on Sunday I teased that I had a surprise coming today. And the surprise is…

LEARNING PATIENCE has a new cover!

Ta-da!

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ISN’T IT PRETTY? I am so excited about this one. It’s different than any other cover I’ve ever used for my books. I love the color of it. What do you guys think? I’d love to know, so leave me a comment or like!

If you’d like to pick up “Learning Patience”, you can find it for FREE on kindle unlimited over at amazon.com.

Synopsis:

*This book is a standalone*

St. Claire Adams is the newest up and coming rapper to face music since Eminem. He travels the world, performs to crowds of thousands, and he also finds himself in L.A. County jail.

A lot.

And his final arrest gets him in some deep water not only with his bodyguard Dylan, but more importantly with his record label. Now Saint has an ultimatum to face. Either spend the summer getting “personality rehab” at Dylan’s sister’s famous horse training center, or forfeit his contract with the label and lose the dream life he has as a hip hop artist. Which do you think he chooses?

Life is pretty simple for Patience Kellen. At eighteen years old she is the youngest trainer at her aunt Molly’s horse farm, Kellen Stables, and her life pretty much revolves around the horses she molds into prize winning thoroughbreds. So when news that one of Dylan’s protection details needs a bit of down to earth rehabilitation, she doesn’t even flinch. That is until she meets the tatted up rapper who has…let’s just say a mouth on him.

This summer just got a whole lot more interesting. For both parties.

I hope you liked my surprise, and may whatever book you are currently reading at the moment be the most amazing one you’ve read yet!

Happy reading, friends.

 

Kasie West Read-A-thon!

Hey! So I did something I hardly ever do. I ordered a bunch of paperbacks/hardcovers a while back as a bit of a treat, and now two of the three have come in! I thought I would share with you my bookish bounty lol.

P.S. I Like You   The Fill-In Boyfriend   By Your Side

So far I’ve read “P.S. I Like You” and I thought that was a really cute read. I gave it 4 stars overall, and I thought the premise of the story was refreshingly original for a YA romance. I just started “The Fill-In Boyfriend” the other day, and I look forward to seeing how that scenario will pan out 😉 Anyway, I should be getting “By Your Side” by the beginning of February, so hopefully I’ll have some more reviews to come!

P.S.

I recently got an author Instagram account, so if any of you want to follow me, I’m at @authorindaherwood. And if you want to find me on Twitter, it’s @IndaHerwood.

Thank God, I’m not the only one… (John Green cameo)

I finally found a video that describes a writer’s relationship with writing, and who better to explain than the philosophical John Green? Watching this video somehow relieved me of thinking it was just me who abandoned projects, that had an up and down relationship with writing. Some days it’s the perfect release, others it feels like a gigantic burden; having half a dozen almost books sitting in documents on my computer. But apparently I’m not the only one, and that makes me feel better somehow. Maybe it’ll help you as well 🙂

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review/ Happy New Year!

Hello all! I know this might be an odd day to post a review, but I thought what better way is there to bring in the New Year than with books? I really hope each and every one of you had a good 2016, and for those of you who didn’t, then I’m going to pray that 2017 is your year! May we focus on the good rather than the bad and count our blessings every day, being thankful that we are living, breathing, and have books to comfort us when nothing else can. Thank you for sticking with me this year, readers. And I hope more great things are to come in the New Year. Now, let’s write a review, shall we?

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Synopsis:

The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. The play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30, 2016.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

REVIEW

Alright, I’m going to get right to it. When this book came out, I lost my mind, screamed (in that order) and instantly put it on my to-read list. And then a little time went by and other new books came out and I shamefully forgot about it for the time being. But then I came across a review for it one day, and I was like, OMG HOW DID I FORGET! To make up for my fish brain mind, I went to the library, checked it out, and then preceded to read it within eight hours. And now for the results…

Okay, so I could instantly tell that J.K did not write this. I could sense it from the very first page, and not just because it was written in the style of a play. But because the characters’ way of acting, speaking, and overall demeanor were just…off. Still, I powered through despite it reading like a fan fiction and found myself really enjoying the new characters and where their adventures had taken them. I would have liked more descriptions of where they were and what it felt like – maybe even some facial expressions, I don’t know. Yet again, I felt like the play format hurt the integrity of the book. They should have adapted a new manuscript from the dialogue and made an actual, legit eighth book out of it instead of being lazy and sticking with the play style, knowing Potterheads would buy it either way. It just never felt when reading it that it was an actual continuation of the series. Again, it probably ties back to it not being written by our book savior.

Besides all that, I really loved the adventure and the shocking details discovered by two young boys trying to live up to their fathers’ names. And who would have thought I would lose my heart to a Malfoy? But the amazing thing about this book was that you did start to see once hated characters in another light, years after the Battle of Hogwarts, and I liked seeing where everyone had gone with their careers and families. It was nostalgic and I couldn’t help but be sucked back into the wizarding world of Harry Potter.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (NOT written by J.K. Rowling) = 4 stars

 

SPOILER! LOOK AWAY IF YOU HAVE NOT READ IT YET. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS IF YOU DO BECAUSE I GAVE YOU FAIR WARNING.

Okay, can someone tell me who’s horrible idea it was to make Snape die again? Because damn, it hurt like hell the first time, and then some idiot must have been like, “No, I don’t believe we destroyed the fans’ souls quite enough. Let’s kill him again, shall we?”

*In a perfect Alan Rickman’s voice as Snape* You, sir, are a sniveling bastard.

 

 

Holiday Break

Wow, it’s been a busy couple of months for me. Writing new stuff, finishing up other projects, ending series. It feels like this year has flown by, and I’m wondering where all the time went while I was bent over a computer key pad. And with the year closing down soon, I’ve decided to take some time off for the holidays, which means I won’t be on the blog as much. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to read and a maybe even post a small review, and I’ll definitely be posting some upcoming book sales soon, but other than that, I’m going on radio silence for a while. I truly appreciate all the support I’ve received this year, from readers and family alike. It means the world to me. And I sincerely hope you all enjoy the season with your loved ones, being grateful for all of the blessings you received this year. I know I have many things to be thankful for myself.
Until next time, dear readers,
Inda Herwood

Happy Halloween Sale!

Happy Halloween everyone! I love Halloween, always have, and to celebrate one of my favorite holidays, and the last day in my favorite month, I’m having a sale for my YA/NA romance, Jump Start My Heart! Sale starts today on amazon.com and ends 11:00 pm Pacific coast time on November 2. I hope you have a wonderful Halloween, readers!

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Synopsis:

What would you do if your summer was hijacked because your parents wanted to study freaking bugs? Well, that’s what happened to me. I thought the summer after high school graduation would be a time to have fun, plan for college, and avoid the parents. I did avoid the parents, just not in the way I wanted to.

So instead of going for the summer to Colorado with Mom and Dad, I went with my only other option: my crazy aunt who I haven’t seen in years. And who just so happens to be a make-up artist in England now. Score, right?

Not.

A week into my vacay my aunt gets a call and away we go on some stupid tour her clumsy friend bailed on. Little did I know that the band we were working for just happened to be the biggest boy band in the world. And one of them just had to make me break my rules…

Maybe I should have gone with the crickets.

This book is clean, YA/NA romance.