Mini Reviews: The Rebellious Sister, Don’t Bet On Love, I Dare You

Posted May 21, 2019 by Sophia

i dare you dont bet on love rebellious sister

You know need to come up with another plan when it’s May 2019 and you still have December 2018 reviews sitting around. Oops, didn’t mean for that to happen. Too bad that’s what they all say. So to get some reviews that haven’t been written out of the way from continuously sitting in pending, we’re going with a few mini reviews! I guess instead of Chibi Views we’ll call them Hatchling Snippets. Much on brand?

The Rebellious Sister

Mini Reviews: The Rebellious Sister, Don’t Bet On Love, I Dare YouThe Rebellious Sister by Sarah Noffke, Michael Anderle
Unstoppable Liv Beaufont #1
Published by LMBPN Publishing on January 31, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: eBook
Source: Prime/Kindle Unlimited

Olivia Beaufont likes fixing things and keeping to herself. She’s simple like that—but her life is about to drastically change.

Liv is a rebel with royal blood who abdicated her birthright. A string of murders changes everything and the House of Seven asks her to take on a role as a Warrior, one of seven positions revered for protecting magic.

Although Liv would rather stay out of the politics and conspiracies that she ran away from years ago, her family needs her. It’s only a twelve-year stint until her sister, the next in line, can take over.

So, what’s the harm in activating her magic and accepting her place as a warrior?


Justice hasn’t been properly served by the House of Seven in a long time.

Not until now.

I thought I would enjoy The Rebellious Sister a lot more than I did, but unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case. Noffke and Anderle give us very little info about the magical world they build, ruled by the House of Seven. We don’t learn about how the House of Seven came to be, and we definitely don’t get a look into the lives of those who aren’t the ruling body of magicians. What do they do if they’re not a Councilor or Warrior? How are the families chosen when being replaced? There are so many questions about the world of the Unstoppable Liv Beaufont.

But I did enjoy enough of The Rebellious Sister that I’m interested in reading the sequel and hope some of the questions about the world will be answered then. I adored Plato as Liv’s sidekick animal companion, and I particularly enjoyed the humor and wit of Liv and Rory’s interactions as they got to know each other while helping Liv gain better control of her magic. The Rebellious Sister is a good start to a series, and I’m hoping The Uncooperative Warrior will be more enjoyable.

Don’t Bet on Love

Mini Reviews: The Rebellious Sister, Don’t Bet On Love, I Dare YouDon't Bet on Love by Victorine E. Lieske
Rockford High #1
Published by Self-Published on March 7, 2019
Source: Prime/Kindle Unlimited

All's fair in love and high school.

It was just a simple bet.

Get the school’s ice queen to go to Homecoming with him. Lane didn’t think it would be a big deal. He was on the football team. Girls liked him. He takes the challenge. What he didn’t know was that the ice queen overheard the whole thing.

Trudy was having the worst day of her life. And then she overhears Lane and Gabe talking smack about her. If Lane thought he could sweet talk her into going to Homecoming with him, he was going to be disappointed.

But when the principal forces her to tutor Lane in calculus, she’s stuck.

Trudy devises a plan to get back at him. What she didn’t plan on was losing her heart to him.

Bookwyrms and friends, Don’t Bet on Love turned out to be a massive cringefest for me that I ultimately called it quits 55% through the book. The concept sounds like the start of a light and fluffy read set in high school but instead flopped out of the water. Much of the writing felt forced and the story didn’t just wasn’t engaging or interesting enough for me to push through to the end.

I Dare You

Mini Reviews: The Rebellious Sister, Don’t Bet On Love, I Dare YouI Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills
The Hook Up #1
Published by Self-Published on April 29, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Prime/Kindle Unlimited

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Ilsa Madden-Mills returns with an all-new swoon-fest of a novel about what happens when you look beyond labels and take a chance on love.

Badass Athlete: I dare you to…
Delaney Shaw: Who is this?

The late night text is random, but "Badass Athlete" sure seems to know who she is…

Delaney Shaw.
Good girl.
Lover of fluffy kitties and Star Wars.

His dare? Spend one night in his bed—a night he promises will be unforgettable—and she can solve the mystery of who he is. 

She knows she shouldn't, but what else is she going to do with her boring Valentine's Day? One sexy hook-up later, her mind is blown and the secret's out.

Maverick Monroe.
Bad boy.
The most talented football player in the country.
Just ask him.

Too bad for him Delaney's sworn off dating athletes forever after her last heartbreak.

But Maverick wants more than one night and refuses to give up on winning Delaney’s heart. She isn’t one to be fazed by a set of broad shoulders. 

Will the bad boy land the nerd girl or will the secrets they keep from each other separate them forever?

I DARE YOU is a full-length stand-alone novel.

I am blaming my good friend Sam from Fictionally Sam for introducing me to this gem because I read I Dare You in one sitting. (Okay, to be fair, I was bored that day and decided to read a little. I entered the book not knowing it would be all the way through to the very end. Damn it, Sam.)

Despite being a sports romance (which I normally steer clear of), I Dare You by Ilsa Madden-Mills is a wholesome read set in college with a cute romance. I adore the texts between Delaney and Mav as she tried to figure out who the mysterious texter was. Full of humor and adorable moments, I Dare You is perfect for those who want to sit down and read a good romance set in college or with an athlete.i dare you dont bet on love rebellious sister review


Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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7 responses to “Mini Reviews: The Rebellious Sister, Don’t Bet On Love, I Dare You

  1. Oof, Don’t Bet on Love sounds absolutely awful! I am sorry you had to experience that. And I am also sorry that The Rebellious Sister was much more disappointing than you expected. But it sounds fairly decent regardless 🙂 I Dare You definitely sounds like the best of the three and the one I would be most tempted to read. Great review mini reviews x

    Olivia-S @ Olivia’s Catastrophe

  2. At first, I was really sad, but then I saw you have a good read there at the end. I have enjoyed quite a few of Madden-Mills’ books, but have not had a chance to read this one. For some reason, I adore sports romances, and this one sounds like a good fit for me. Glad you enjoyed it

  3. Oof, sorry for the disappointing reads, but yay for liking the sports romance. I know Sammy Sam wouldn’t recommend you a less-than-amazing book to read, so I shall have to add it to my tbr as well because you liked and ….. well… I trust y’all.

    • Sophia

      Oh, Ruby. Ruby Ruby Ruby. You shouldn’t be trusting us at all. We’d only make your TBR cry.

      (But then again, isn’t that our job anyway?)