I have to admit up front that I was somewhat wary of reading another Elizabeth Scott book, but I know that's solely because the only other book of her...moreI have to admit up front that I was somewhat wary of reading another Elizabeth Scott book, but I know that's solely because the only other book of hers that I've read is Living Dead Girl, which I found really disturbing.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Something, Maybe. Hannah was a likable character, and even though her situation was quite unusual and a more sensationalized than the norm, I enjoyed what it represented when it came to relationships and people.
While there was some heavy topics, dealing with loss and absentee and selfish parents, it was also funny with lighthearted moments that helped to balance things out.
This was one of those books where I found myself going through a range of emotions, but walking away in the end with a smile on my face. This was a great, quick read that's perfect for a lazy summer day.(less)
Abbi Glines has done it again with While It Lasts!
While reading Because of Low, I was definitely curious to read more about Cage. On the surface, he'...moreAbbi Glines has done it again with While It Lasts!
While reading Because of Low, I was definitely curious to read more about Cage. On the surface, he's a reckless man whore, but the glimpses of the nice guy underneath that I saw when he was with Low truly come to the surface in While It Lasts.
After getting in trouble for DUI, Cage goes to spend the summer working for his baseball coach's brother's farm as his community service. There he meets Eva, who is still trying to recover from the death of her fiance and best friend, Josh.
I truly felt for Eva. Her pain was palpable--especially in the Prologue--but she definitely had a backbone. I enjoyed seeing her give Cage the cold shoulder in the beginning. It was definitely not something he was used to!
I liked seeing Eva begin to heal as she slowly began to grow closer to Cage, and for his part, I was so relieved to see that part of him that had mostly been reserved for Low come out with Eva.
There isn't a whole lot of information about Cage's past throughout the book, but Abbi Glines does a terrific job of summing up the gist of Cage's childhood in a few sentences. Even though it's not something really discussed in the book, I think it explains a lot about why Cage is the way he is.
I think my biggest gripe with the book, however, is with some of the adults in Eva's life. Even though they were trying to look out for her, I found myself very aggravated with Wilson and especially Elaine. I wished that Eva showed more of the backbone with both of them that she had in the beginning with Cage.
The biggest surprise for me, though, was just how sexy the book was. I suppose, given Cage's reputation and past experience, maybe I should have expected it. I didn't, but I was quite pleasantly surprised. (less)
I was quite anxious to get this book. So anxious, in fact, that as soon as midnight, of its release date, rolled around I was on Amazon ready to buy t...moreI was quite anxious to get this book. So anxious, in fact, that as soon as midnight, of its release date, rolled around I was on Amazon ready to buy the e-book.
Unlike with Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker, I didn't rush to finish. Instead, I opted to take it slow and enjoy the experience.
As much as I enjoy the angst, this book had a lighter feel throughout much of the book. The story begins with Ana and Christian on their honeymoon, which, of course, resulted in many sexy moments. However, there were still many of those moments throughout the book where Ana and Christian could not see eye to eye.
Also, we finally gain several answers to story arcs introduced in the first two books. Although I truly enjoyed the book, I have to admit I wasn't blown away by the conclusion to those problems. Even so, I really enjoyed the book overall. The writing and the characters are just fantastic.
It was also so enjoyable to see the evolution of Christian and Ana, both as individuals but also as a couple. Without a doubt, the Fifty Shades series is one of my all-time favorites and will receive many rereads over the years.(less)
The Fool's Gold series has fast become one of my favorites, so I'm always eager to read more. When Cameron McKenzie appeared in Only Yours, I was curi...moreThe Fool's Gold series has fast become one of my favorites, so I'm always eager to read more. When Cameron McKenzie appeared in Only Yours, I was curious about him, so I was pretty excited to learn that this novella would feature him.
This was a pretty short story, but I still really enjoyed it. I think I would have loved it even more if it had been a full length novel because I could certainly see the potential, but it was a great, fast read with wonderful characters.(less)
Occasionally I'll read one of those books that leaves my thoughts totally muddled when it comes to trying to write a review. This is one of those book...moreOccasionally I'll read one of those books that leaves my thoughts totally muddled when it comes to trying to write a review. This is one of those books, so instead I've just made a small list of the key points.
1. This is by far my favorite John Green novel. I also think it's his best writing thus far. When I found out the story was told from the point of view of a 16-year-old girl, I was somewhat nervous, I'll admit, but I had no need to worry.
2. I laughed often. If you do not laugh while reading this book, you simply have no sense of humor. Example of said humor:
Me: “I refuse to attend Support Group.” Mom: “One of the symptoms of depression is disinterest in activities.” Me: “Please just let me watch America’s Next Top Model. It’s an activity.” Mom: “Television is a passivity.” Me: “Ugh, Mom, please.” Mom: “Hazel, you’re a teenager. You’re not a little kid anymore. You need to make friends, get out of the house, and live your life.” Me: “If you want me to be a teenager, don’t send me to Support Group. Buy me a fake ID so I can go to clubs, drink vodka, and take pot.” Mom: “You don’t take pot, for starters.” Me: “See, that’s the kind of thing I’d know if you got me a fake ID.” Mom: “You’re going to Support Group.” Me: “UGGGGGGGGGGGGG.” Mom: “Hazel, you deserve a life.” - page 7
3. I cried. You will likely cry. So have tissues handy. This books deals with death and dying. That being said, I never actually felt as if I was reading a novel filled with doom and gloom. For all the humor, I think the heavy can be found it equal measure.
4. Hazel Grace Lancaster. She is made of awesome. Often, when reading an novel from the point of view of a female character, I find myself frustrated at some point, but I never felt that frustration with Hazel. She was just so honest.
5. Augustus Waters. He's hot and he knows it, but he's also such an amazingly sweet guy. It was very hard not to fall in love with him right along with Hazel.
I know this list doesn't really say much for the plot of the story, but I think it's just one of those books that has to be read and see for yourself, but I cannot adequately articulate just how much I adore this novel. (less)
I won a copy of A Girl Named Willow Krimble in a Goodreads giveaway, and it took me a little while to get around to reading it. When I finally did pic...moreI won a copy of A Girl Named Willow Krimble in a Goodreads giveaway, and it took me a little while to get around to reading it. When I finally did pick it up, it took me a few chapters to really get into the story. I think this was because the main character was a little younger than I'm typically used to reading. However, once I got into the story, I really enjoyed it quite a lot.
Willow was a very likable character. She's kind and caring, and often puts others ahead of herself. She also doesn't let her disability hinder her. She could be something of a pushover at times, but rather than finding that frustrating, as can often be the case, I found her to be extremely easy to relate to.
The story itself was pretty interesting. There were many things throughout the story that were typical for a teenager, which was fine, but it was the mysterious element that really hooked me into the story.
Without really any sort of notable catalyst, Willow finds herself suddenly able to heal others. This resulted in some very touching moments and exchanges throughout the book.
There were a lot of heavy issues touched upon throughout the book, but there was also a host of colorful characters to balance out the situations. In the end, I found it to be a very sweet and touching story that was a real treat to read.(less)
A friend recommended Deadly Cool to me late last year, so it's been one I've been sitting on for a while. I had a false start at the very beginning of...moreA friend recommended Deadly Cool to me late last year, so it's been one I've been sitting on for a while. I had a false start at the very beginning of the year, where I read the first chapter but then got distracted. Then, last night, I picked it up again and found myself completely engrossed in the story.
First, the plot was really a lot of fun. I love a good mystery - especially in YA - and Gemma Halliday pulled this one off really well.
The premise of the story involves Hartley going to confront her allegedly cheating boyfriend, Josh, but instead finds the dead body of the girl he was supposed to be cheating on her with. While she believes Josh to be a cheater, she doesn't believe him to be a killer, and so, despite the state of their relationship, she sets out to prove Josh is not a killer.
The storytelling felt very tight and plausible. I didn't feel like the story went out to the way to create red herrings or create unnecessary mystery. It was done in such a way that you might expect of a few determined high schoolers.
Also, while I had my suspicions about the killer, I didn't know who it was immediately, and when the killer was revealed, it was a satisfying reveal. Too many mysteries involve the killer being some obscure character that was never really involved in the story. I'm glad to say that wasn't the case here.
Second, the characters were really enjoyable. I liked Hartley right off the bat. She's sassy, snarky and smart. Her voice was really what made the story so fantastic for me. She was also a sympathetic character. She's stuck in the middle of a situation that is less than desirable. There's a lot of stress to be had from it, but she keeps on trucking.
Her best friend Sam was a good supporting character. She was the kind of best friend I'd want to have with me if I were investigating a murder. She was also great for lightening up some of those more tense moments.
Chase, aside from being an apparent bad boy, was an interesting character. There's a bit of a mysterious air to him that I really liked. He also has some mad skills that proved to be quite useful. Also, he's hot.
Overall, I thought the story was a very satisfying (and quick!) read. I never felt bored or like parts of it dragged out. I was disappointed when I came to the end of the book, though, because I was ready for more. I will most definitely be checking out the next book, Social Suicide, when it comes out.(less)
This is a book that has been on my radar for a while. I've heard so many good things, so I was pretty anxious to pick it up and start reading. I once...moreThis is a book that has been on my radar for a while. I've heard so many good things, so I was pretty anxious to pick it up and start reading. I once read a comment where someone said this book was like crack, and I quickly understood why. It's addictive and very hard to walk away from.
The characters are often times frustrating, and the relationships are often dysfunctional. There were times I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room and tell Abby and Travis to get their crap together, but it certainly made for a roller coaster ride of good reading.
On the technical side of things, there were several errors throughout, so I think the book could have definitely used some more editing, but for the most part I barely noticed because I was so absorbed in the story.
This was such an easy, enjoyable read. It was sweet and sexy with just a touch of angst.
The story begins with recent high school graduate Malcolm obs...moreThis was such an easy, enjoyable read. It was sweet and sexy with just a touch of angst.
The story begins with recent high school graduate Malcolm observing what he considers his vanilla pudding life. His new neighbors, though, are anything but vanilla - especially their oldest son, Wes.
After years of being bullied, Wes is the first real friend Mal has ever had. Through his attraction to Wes, he discovers his sexuality, which results in some pretty steamy scenes.
As I said before, the story was pretty light with only a few tense moments spattered throughout. While I think that things could have been a little less cut and dry, sometimes it's nice to pick up a book that's just an enjoyable read, and that was certainly the case here. (less)
I really enjoy anthologies because it's a great way to find new authors, and I have to say that this was, by far, one of the best anthologies I've rea...moreI really enjoy anthologies because it's a great way to find new authors, and I have to say that this was, by far, one of the best anthologies I've read. There were, by my count, fourteen stories included by thirteen authors, and each and every one of them brought something different and enjoyable to the table. This was a fantastic anthology, and, as the title says, a great introduction to those curious about gay romance.
Favorite stories: Gambling Men by Amy Lane, Choices and Changes by S. Blaise, Equinox by M. Jules Aedin and Anna J. Linden, We Are Stardust by M. Jules Aedin, Snowman by Isabelle Rowan, and The Shirt by Amy Lane (less)
The first time I heard about this book was when it was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article about the dark themes in young adult novels. I was n...moreThe first time I heard about this book was when it was mentioned in a Wall Street Journal article about the dark themes in young adult novels. I was naturally curious about this book because any time someone complains about something it just makes me want to check it out for myself.
While this is a book about some very horrible things, I found it to be an incredible read. Kendra's pain is palpable, as well as her frustrations. Typically, I'm very squeamish about anything to do with blood, especially cutting, but I didn't have a problem reading it in this book.
Even though the cutting was a huge part of the book and Kendra's primary way of coping when she couldn't speak to her therapist, Carolyn, it was the sexual abuse that she endured that made my heart ache.
There was an interesting twist in this book, though, in that Kendra has suppressed the identity of her abuser. I guessed pretty early on who it likely was, but I think this is the first book that I've read dealing with this type of subject matter where the victim has suppressed things so deeply. As the book went on, the reasons for her loss of memory became more apparent, but I think in many ways her lack of memory made the whole situation all the more horrific.
I recently read Such A Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess, which also dealt with sexual abuse, but as horrible as it was, there was at least a name and face to put with the abuser. The protagonist in that book knew who had hurt her. In Scars, Kendra knew deep down who had abused her, but it was very terrifying for me, on her behalf, to be so uncertain of who to trust. Plus, there was an extra added element of fear, in that her abuser had not simply faded away but was actively trying to keep Kendra silent.
Even though this was a very dark book, there was a host of really wonderful characters that helped to serve as a sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Whether they knew the specifics of the situation or not, they were people who weren't content with just sitting idly by. They could see something was wrong and didn't back away from voicing their worries. Even though Kendra often wanted to left alone, as a reader, it was a relief to see that these people cared and were willing to take action.
Even though the subject of the novel is sad and sickening, I still found it to powerful read. And I suppose I should also thank the WSJ article for making me aware of the novel. Even though they tried to shade in a bad light and even referred to it as "dreadfully clunky," I really can't agree with that assessment. There is so much more to take away from this book - strength, courage, support and healing are just a few.(less)
When I finished this book, I decided I needed to sleep on it before I rated and reviewed it because my feelings were pretty mixed.
In Weekend Warriors,...moreWhen I finished this book, I decided I needed to sleep on it before I rated and reviewed it because my feelings were pretty mixed.
In Weekend Warriors, a group of woman who have suffered from great injustice are brought together by a wealthy woman named Myra who's pregnant daughter was killed in a hit and run accident. The driver, a Chinese diplomat with immunity, goes unpunished. After going into a fugue state for many months, Myra comes alive again when she realizes that these injustices don't have to go unpunished.
The first case they decide to take on is Kathyrn's. She was gang raped by three motorcycle enthusiasts while her wheelchair bound husband was forced to watch. Not wanting to further hurt her husband's ego and knowing he wouldn't be able to stand a trial due to his health, Kathryn kept quiet until after Alan's death. That was when she went to lawyer Nikki Quinn, Myra's adoptive daughter, only to discover that the statutes of limitations have run out. This group of women, or the Sisterhood as they come to call themselves, concoct a plan to exact Kathryn's revenge and give her attackers the punishment she sees fit.
As far as the plot goes, I really enjoyed it. I don't know many people who haven't felt upset by injustices that slip through the cracks. I also enjoyed the idea of women taking back the power and deciding not to be victims anymore. So from that respect, I really enjoyed the story.
The problem was with writing. The story could have been so amazing if the writing had just been stronger. I felt no real connection to any of the characters. I could sympathize with what had happened to them, but by the end of the book, I just felt like I'd never truly connected.
Also, the dialogue at times just seemed to jump around too much and lacked a sense of real emotion. I think if the characters had been more fleshed out it would have helped the story out in the long run.
Overall, though, I really enjoyed the premise, and I do want to read more of this series because this was such a fast paced, quick read. I'd like to see how the series develops and what kind of scenario the sisterhood finds themselves in next.(less)