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Review: Little Peach by Peggy Kern

22839859 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: March 10, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Length: 208 pages
Source: Balzer + Bray (ARC)

What do you do if you’re in trouble?

When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.

Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.

But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.

This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.


Little Peach was just WOW. Fast paced, beautifully written, eye-opening… this book should be read by everyone. The words just flowed smoothly and the main character, Michelle felt like she was talking to you. Everything was just executed well and I couldn’t ask for more. The author, Peggy Kern did a fantastic job writing this story and she definitely did her research with this topic. While reading the book, it clearly shows that the author put in hard work and effort to the characters, setting, and plot.

The characters felt SO REAL and that’s what I loved about it. Readers will probably wonder “why can’t they just run away” etc. and I think it’s because they feel so hopeless and they think although people will help them, they will still abandon them in the future. Prostitution is something that they can come back to so they feel like it’s a place “safe” enough as the main character says which is sick. Michelle mentions throughout the book that “Daddy”, the prostitution recruiter, will keep her safe because her own mother abandoned her.

This novel is just so sad because these teenagers and a 12 year old were being brainwashed by the “Bloods” (recruiters). Throughout the story, you could feel how Michelle and the other prostitutes want enough of this already but they can’t because that’s the way they know how to make a living. Overall it was a fantastic, heavy YA read and I recommend it to everyone mature enough to read this.

5 of 5

Review: Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

20877228 Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: September 9, 2014 by HarperTeen
Length: 288 pages
Source: HarperTeen (ARC)

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status . . . and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits, can stop him.


Illusions of Fate started off with a bang! Honestly guys, I’m surprised Kiersten White wrote this book. I wasn’t a fan of her duology (Mind Games) and when I saw the author’s name on the book I was like NO WAY THIS IS SO GOOD.

I love how the first few chapters were very mysterious, dark, and intriguing. I really loved the writing which reminded me of Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices trilogy. It had a historical feel to it even though this is a fantasy book. It does have magical elements that I wish we got to see more of. I don’t think the magical part were explained clearly enough for me to be amazed by it.

 The main character, Jessamin, also reminded me of Tessa from TID because they both were determined, headstrong, and kind of a brat at times. Finn, the love interest, was very intriguing especially during the first chapter. I think he’s the reason why I kept on reading. I wanted to get to know more of him and why he was following Jessamin. Sadly, he remains mysterious throughout the book and I only got to know a snippet of his life.

Unfortunately, I did have some issues with Illusions of Fate. The book became a bit confusing towards the middle due to the characters’ actions. After finishing the book, I was still looking for answers which is not good since this is a standalone book. I really wanted to give this 4 stars but I can’t because of my unanswered questions. Also, I think the world building was confusing as hell. The descriptions are very vague and I assumed that the MC did not know anything about magic, but I guess she does because when her love interest said he had magic, she doesn’t seem surprised. The romance was weird because Jessamin and Finn are strangers to each other, but Jessamin trusted Finn too quickly then next thing you know they fell “in love” with each other?!

Overall it was still a very good read. I just hope some stuff were clearer in the book so that I was able to enjoy it more. I still recommend it if you are a fan of Cassandra Clare’s writing.

3.5 of 5

Review: How We Fall by Kate Brauning

21865261 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: November 1, 2014 by Merit Press
Length: 303 pages
Source: author (ARC)

Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle’s sleepy farming town, she’s been flirting way too much–and with her own cousin, Marcus.

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can’t control, and he’s the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for…no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn’t right about this stranger, and Jackie’s suspicions about the new girl’s secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus–and deepens Jackie’s despair.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else’s lies as the mystery around Ellie’s disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?”


This is my first time reading a book about cousins falling in love with each other so How We Fall definitely kept me on my toes. What I liked about How We Fall is that not only does it have intriguing romance, but it also has mystery/suspense that I wish came sooner. It was an interesting read since you’re dying to know what’s going to happen with these 2 cousins (Jackie and Marcus).

I thought the characters were great. The author, Kate Brauning did an awesome job elaborating the characters and what they do in their daily lives. I connected with Marcus and Jackie because I have faced some of their problems that they had in this book (i.e. babysitting siblings, doing chores, going home late + have to deal with grumpy parents). Just the way the characters acted and made decisions were very realistic. Sometimes I could see myself in them which is good.

Like I said, there IS a bit of mystery thrown halfway into the book which I liked, but I wish most of the suspense/mystery part weren’t thrown literally at the end of the book. It’s like the author sprinkled a little bit of mystery here and there during half of the book more or less, then sprinkled mystery everywhere towards the end. I guess what I’m trying to say is it wasn’t balanced.

The romance was very intriguing and the reason why I kept reading. I just wanted to see if Jackie and Marcus would end up together at the end or not! I also like the message that this book sends which is screw what society thinks. I think the reason why our world is f’d up sometimes is because of society and normality. Overall I highly recommend you to read How We Fall if you’re up for intriguing romance, family + friendship, and suspense.

4 of 5

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