Review: The Text Dare, by @Amy_Sparling

 

 

The Text Dare

Title: The Text Dare (First Love Shorts #1)
Author: Amy Sparling
Rating: 5/5 stars

“Sixteen-year-old Jess Parker is stuck babysitting her little brother all weekend, which is why she accepts her best friend’s dare: to text the random phone number they found written on a lost piece of algebra homework. When the owner of the number texts back, Jess and Max hit it off through their anonymous conversation. The last thing Jess expected was to spend her boring weekend texting the guy of her dreams, and now that she’s crushing hardcore on a guy she’s never met, she hopes he’s actually the guy he claims to be.“(description from Goodreads)

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I was in the mood for a quick, light read and that’s what I got with Amy Sparling’s The Text Dare. This is the first book in a young adult novella “series” from Sparling and I’ll be reading the rest for sure, next time I’m looking for a guaranteed enjoyable novella.

What I enjoy with Sparling’s work is that she’s able to write the teenage first person so believably. I’m no longer a teenager, but from what I remember a lot of the main character’s inner thoughts and interactions felt familiar and realistic. Sparling’s characters aren’t too mature for where they’re supposed to be in life, and they also weren’t too immature and kiddish. I appreciate this when reading a Young Adult book.

I also think that with a novella based almost completely on text interaction, there was more meet to it than expected. The characters were able to develop through these conversations, just like face to face dialogue could have done, and these were characters that hadn’t even met when their conversations started.

I’m curious what the next novella has in store for me. Maybe it’ll be my next weekend read.

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You can grab this book from:

Amazon

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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HRM – New Release: Christmas with You, by @Amy_Sparling

We’re kicking off a month full of Holiday Romances with a brand new release from Amy Sparling! Check out the latest installment in Sparling’s Summer series, today.

And, as with all this month’s posts, please feel free to comment here or message me with your favorite holiday romance titles. And if you’re the author of one, let me know. I’ll make room to feature your book.

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A Summer Series Novella

 

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The holidays are approaching and Becca is nervous about meeting Park’s parents for the first time. As they embark on a trip to California, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. For Becca and Park, the only thing they can always count on, is their love for each other.

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You can grab a copy of this book from

Amazon

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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New Release: Natalie and the Nerd, by @Amy_Sparling

Amy Sparling has a new book out today! You’ve seen my reviews of a few of her books, so you know I’ve enjoyed her work. This new book is another that I’m looking forward to add to my Summer Reading TBR.

And, Amy has something special going on during release week. From May 30th until June 5th she’s having an “Instagram Blitz”. It’s a newer concept, so you should get in on the fun before everyone starts doing it! If you take part, you can be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book. For some more info, click HERE. And for more info on the book itself, please continue down the page…

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Natalie’s school work is the last priority on her long list of things to worry about. Since her parent’s divorce, her mom’s boutique—their only source of income—is about to go under, and Natalie spent all summer and most of her senior year trying to save the little shop. Now that she’s in danger of failing high school, the assistant principal (who happens to be her evil step mother) is making Natalie join daily tutoring sessions with Jonah Garza, the school’s valedictorian.

Taking math lessons from the rich nerdy boy is the last thing Natalie wants to do, but Jonah needs these community service hours to get into Harvard, so he’s not going to give up on her. In addition to working at the boutique and studying with Jonah, Natalie’s lifelong crush just started paying attention to her. She’s being pulled in so many directions, she doesn’t think to question why the son of the biggest business mogul in town is suddenly trying to win her affections.

When her crush betrays her and the store goes into foreclosure, Natalie has to choose between fighting harder to keep her mom’s dream alive, or fighting to pass high school and start a future of her own.

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You can grab a copy of this book from

Amazon

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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#NewRelease: The Immortal Bond, by @Amy_Sparling

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After discovering who’s really in charge of the Rosewater Clan, Cara and Theo find themselves in a deadly imprisonment they can’t seem to escape. Theo has to come clean about some things in his past that he’s kept hidden, an Cara struggles to keep it together knowing she’s now solely responsible for Theo’s life.

Now that the truth is known, Theo and Cara must work together to find a way to save themselves, their mortalities, and their loved ones back in the mansion. First, they have to defeat Lady Em, a powerful immortal who can’t keep her eyes off Theo.

And then they’ll have to find a way to save themselves before the rival clans realize what they’ve done.

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You can grab a copy of this book from

Amazon

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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#NewRelease: The Immortal Truth, by @Amy_Sparling

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Cara and Riley know the truth about their new job, but they can’t say a word about it to anyone or they’ll be killed. While their fates hang in the balance, Theo has promised to find a way to help them. Help can’t be found in Austin, so he spends a lot of time traveling and leaving Cara behind to pretend like everything is normal.

Tired of sitting around and waiting to die, Cara and Riley want to take matters into their own hands. They discover the secrets of the Rosewater clan, and find out their leader isn’t the leader at all. As mysteries are uncovered, they learn they’ve fallen into a hidden war of immortal clans that’s been raging for centuries.

Theo has been shielding Cara from the horrible truth, but Cara has just discovered some truths that even he didn’t know.

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You can grab a copy of this book from

Amazon

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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#NewRelease: The Immortal Mark, by @Amy_Sparling

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From the bestselling author of Summer Unplugged, The Immortal Mark is the first in a new paranormal romance series by Amy Sparling.

The only thing Cara got for her eighteenth birthday was an unexpected invitation to move out of her uncle’s house. College isn’t an option for a poor girl with average grades, so when her best friend Riley finds them a mysterious job opportunity that includes room and board, Cara is interested but thinks it sounds too good to be true.

The night before their interview, Cara has an epic night out with Theo, an impossibly handsome guy she just met. He’s charismatic, a little mysterious, and it feels like she’s known him her whole life.

When she runs into him at her interview, he’s cold and elusive. He makes it very clear that he doesn’t want her working with him, which only makes their mutual attraction burn hotter. Cara takes the job for Riley’s sake and promises herself she’ll avoid this jerk and his mood swings, no matter how hard it is to keep away from him.

Soon she finds out her millionaire employers aren’t normal guys who live and travel in luxury. They’re immortals. Theo wasn’t trying to ruin her job prospects. He was trying to save her life, because the girls they hire never make it out alive.

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You can grab a copy of this book from

Amazon

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

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#Review: The Immortal Mark, by @Amy_Sparling

the-immortal-markTitle: The Immortal Mark (The Immortals #1)
Author: Amy Sparling
Rating: 4/5 stars

From the bestselling author of Summer Unplugged, The Immortal Mark is the first in a new paranormal romance series by Amy Sparling.

The only thing Cara got for her eighteenth birthday was an unexpected invitation to move out of her uncle’s house. College isn’t an option for a poor girl with average grades, so when her best friend Riley finds them a mysterious job opportunity that includes room and board, Cara is interested but thinks it sounds too good to be true.

The night before their interview, Cara has an epic night out with Theo, an impossibly handsome guy she just met. He’s charismatic, a little mysterious, and it feels like she’s known him her whole life.

When she runs into him at her interview, he’s cold and elusive. He makes it very clear that he doesn’t want her working with him, which only makes their mutual attraction burn hotter. Cara takes the job for Riley’s sake and promises herself she’ll avoid this jerk and his mood swings, no matter how hard it is to keep away from him.

Soon she finds out her millionaire employers aren’t normal guys who live and travel in luxury. They’re immortals. Theo wasn’t trying to ruin her job prospects. He was trying to save her life, because the girls they hire never make it out alive.(description from Goodreads)

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Up until now, I’ve only read Amy Sparling’s YA contemporary romances. But with The Immortal Mark, things have changed. This is a paranormal romance, and apparently Sparling’s first, though I wouldn’t have known if I wasn’t told.

This is a great first book in what can turn into one of my favorite series. I see, from this book alone, much potential for follow-ups, that I’ll be eagerly awaiting their release.

What I found interesting was that for a good part of the beginning, this book had the contemporary feel from Sparling’s other books. She was able to establish her main characters, their motivations, the very real-life situation they’re in, and a possible solution to their troubles. Then BOOM, there’s a curveball and we’re on a paranormal adventure! I really liked how this was worked into the book because it felt fresh to me. And the timing was right because I’d gotten to know the characters the perfect amount before things changed for them.

I really hope the next book comes out sooner, rather than later, because I want to see where this series is going. I know it’ll be a great adventure.

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You can grab this book from:

Amazon

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About the Author:

Amy Sparling is the author of The Summer Unplugged Series, Deadbeat & other awesome books for younger teens. She also writes books for older teens under the name Cheyanne Young.

Find out more: