I'm not sure what it says about me, but I am truly obsessed with YA romances. That said, there is a delicate balance of story telling, writing abilityI'm not sure what it says about me, but I am truly obsessed with YA romances. That said, there is a delicate balance of story telling, writing ability, teenage emotion, and cheesiness that have to come together to make it good, and this book had it all. I swooned through this entire thing.
I first want to say that it was SO GOOD to read a YA book whose female protagonist wasn't full of self loathing. I have been saying for a while now that I want to read a story about a girl whose shtick isn't, "I'm the ugly/fat/plain/unloved girl" who inexplicably gets the guy. It is so, so tired, and I often change the facts in my own mental picture of the story because I can't handle it anymore. I LOVED (loved, loved, loved) that there was no time wasted on focusing on her flaws and insecurities. Of course there was nervousness and awkward moments in the start of her relationship with Jase, as to be expected, and those moments were accurately and beautifully portrayed. I hope this book becomes a movie, and the casting suits the characters, because I'd be there on opening night!...more
I've decided to fill my Summer TBR list with summer-themed YA romances, and this was a fantastic book to start with. I love the cheesy, emotionally-chI've decided to fill my Summer TBR list with summer-themed YA romances, and this was a fantastic book to start with. I love the cheesy, emotionally-charged plots of YA when the author is both good at telling a story and weaving words together, and this book had the perfect formula for me. It was a really great coming of age story with a perfect summer backdrop. I loved it!...more
It's a truly interesting thing to hear about a prevalent disease and to read about its progression as it effects both a patient and their family. I haIt's a truly interesting thing to hear about a prevalent disease and to read about its progression as it effects both a patient and their family. I have limited personal experience with Alzheimer's, I didn't identify with the main character, nor was I overly interested in any one of her family members - and yet....I loved this book. It was beautiful and personal and relate-able simply because as humans, we all fear the eventual degeneration of our minds and bodies. To have a front row seat and a first person view of it while still being of sound mind is an extremely powerful thing - fiction or not. I like to let my mind wander through possibilities and what ifs, and this book was a wonderful tour guide through one possibility that I wouldn't have explored on my own. I totally recommend taking this particular trip! ...more
Awful, awful, awful. Know why this is called the Breathless series? Because the lack of plot and writing ability will leave you unable to breathe. SoAwful, awful, awful. Know why this is called the Breathless series? Because the lack of plot and writing ability will leave you unable to breathe. So will the idea that this woman was able to secure NUMEROUS book deals with a total lack of talent. Apparently you just need to know how to use a butt plug, and you can make a book out of it.
I've never rated a book this low. Ever! Seriously, look at my shelves.
This was a really terrible rip off of 50 Shades. There were a ridiculous amount of similarities, and not enough development in the areas that were different. The story started out with potential, and it could have been HOT! The whole crush on your BFF's little sister, or your big brother's BFF....that could have been awesome. There was no tension, no friction, no chemistry. Just statement of facts, and boom - sex contract by page 30. What a let down! If you want to forget that this is a BOOK and pretend that plot isn't important, then perhaps you will like the fast forwarding to the bow chicka.
I can't tell you how many times I cringed and thought oooooohhhhh hell no girl, you kick him in the balls and run. The guy didn't have any redeeming qualities until 300+ pages in, so what was the point of putting up with everything he pulled? The only moment I enjoyed in this entire book was when Mia saw him dancing with another girl and said "F this, I'm going home". And even that didn't play out right afterwards!
Some of the grammatical choices drove me up a wall. It's CHILLS or GOOSE BUMPS, not chill bumps! And she LOVESSSS using "(expression) but" phrases. Examples: "Oh but if it didn't bring back memories", "Jesus but if he wasn't crawling", "Holy Crap, but if he wasn't perfect." OMMMGGGG. Over and over again. Editing, where WERE YOU?!
And Gabe's proposal, when he threw in that line - "Do you understand that, baby?" Ugh, barf, gag, puke. It was like has saying "Look at how amazing I am! I'm proposing! Can you even believe it! I'm sooo great!!!"
I think that I'm very over over over this whole dominance theme running through romances, so without some sort of plot or chemistry, there's no redeeming qualities in it for me. Don't waste your time here, ladies - read Crossfire....more