I have to admit that The Vincent Boys novels weren't on my radar of books I desperately needed to r...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
I have to admit that The Vincent Boys novels weren't on my radar of books I desperately needed to read. But then I got my hands on copies of both and decided, Why not? They weren't long, and I was in the mood for something quick to read. It took me about 80 pages to finally get hooked into the first book The Vincent Boys. Once that happened I couldn't stop reading, and it ended up being a fun and enjoyable read for me. I was pleasantly surprised.
Needless to say I was super pumped and VERY curious about the second book The Vincent Brothers. Actually even before finishing The Vincent Boys, I had this strange desire to read it and had a feeling that I would like it more than its predecessor. Characters like Lana, who was introduced in the first novel, are ones that I always find myself rooting for. She was the underdog. A sweet girl with a huge crush on a guy who never seemed to notice her and was in love with someone else. I wanted to know how she would win Sawyer's heart. With the way The Vincent Boys ended, it almost seemed like it would be a piece of cake! I seriously was not prepared for what happened in The Vincent Brothers.
Sawyer left an impression in the previous novel but not a big one. He was the good, perfect boy. While I tend to like the nice guy, Sawyer seemed a bit too perfect. It was like he was hiding behind a facade. I felt that what happened between him and Ashton and Beau really gave him a chance to bring out his personality. He wasn't as clueless as he appeared to be, nor was he always a nice person. He could get angry and feel just as strongly as everyone else. I was still shocked when I began reading The Vincent Brothers though. After six months, I thought he would surely be over Ashton, but he was a lot more angrier and bitter. The way he acted towards Beau and Ashton's relationship and how he treated Lana (thankfully she knows how to stick up for herself!) in some instances made me wish someone would kick his ass. But I have to say that it made him a much more complex and interesting character, which is something I like to find in characters.
Ashton and Beau have a hot relationship, but the romance between Lana and Sawyer... It was SIZZLING! It was definitely more amped up compared to the first book. And Sawyer may not be as experienced as Beau, but man, does he learn quickly! Lana and Sawyer's chemistry was off the charts, and even though Sawyer wasn't quite over Ashton, it was clear just how much he wanted Lana. I was seriously fanning myself at some parts and felt like passing out over how extremely hot it got. Their moments together were my favorite in the book. I couldn't get enough of them. I just loved it! And I would totally go on and on about them, but I don't want to spoil it all for those who haven't read it yet.
The Vincent Brothers was a guilty pleasure read for me. It was completely addicting! I was hooked from the very beginning and stayed up long past my bedtime to finish it. I'm surprised by how much I adored this book and so very glad I gave it a chance. Lana and Sawyer were awesome characters, the story was fast-paced and intriguing, and the drama surprisingly gave it depth. It was enjoyable and fun, and honestly I wish it didn't have to end! If you love contemporaries with HOT romance and a lot of drama, I recommend you check out The Vincent Boys and The Vincent Brothers!(less)
...Huh? I don't know about that ending. And what the hell was wrong with Liam? I'm not su...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
...Huh? I don't know about that ending. And what the hell was wrong with Liam? I'm not sure I really liked Holly either, tbh. Feel sorry for Tim and Nick (oh who am I kidding? Nick was wrong for that!). Geez. :\
I didn't hate the story. It was intriguing. In fact, it was a 4 star read the whole time until the thing with Nick... Then I was willing to let it slide, but then that went nowhere...? What was the point?? The last few chapters just annoyed me. I don't feel like Holly grew or whatever the hell she was suppose to do. I don't get it.
I guess this is Laura Buzo's thing. Leaving the ending open with readers having to use their imaginations and decide what happens next... Not sure it's something I can appreciate, especially when I feel like I have no clue where it's suppose to go. :|(less)
Dark Eyes had some pretty shocking moments. Things I did not see coming, especially in the...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Dark Eyes had some pretty shocking moments. Things I did not see coming, especially in the last couple of chapters. But that doesn't mean I was happy with those surprises. In fact, I can't wrap my head around why some secrets were secrets in the first place. It made no sense. I felt like most of the death and sorrow in this book could have been avoided if a certain character was truthful YEARS ago about the identity of Wally's biological mother.
And the way every single event played out was completely unbelievable! See, some of the characters planned ahead for the future and seemed to know EXACTLY what would happen in the future. Like how other characters would react and what those characters' actions would be in the situations they were set up in. What are the odds of everything working out like that? Yeah... Unless those characters are actually psychics, very unlikely.
I also can't say I was a fan of the main character Wally. You would think, since Wally lives on the streets, that she must have come from a rough home. But...no. She was just a rebellious RICH kid with loving parents who decided to live on the streets. I don't care if her being adopted led to her acting out like that. She was still annoyingly selfish. I don't think she was the only character like that either. And after the big reveal near the end, I'm not sure who to blame for her behavior.
Although it managed to keep my interest, I was disappointed with the characters and the consequences of all the secrets. I do think Dark Eyes will appeal to some readers, so I would recommend it to those who enjoy thrillers minus a happily ever after.(less)
Friendship on Fire is one of the longer YA contemporaries I've read. The...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
May contain minor spoilers.
Friendship on Fire is one of the longer YA contemporaries I've read. There were times in the beginning of the novel where I found myself easily putting it down. The story was a bit slow-going, and I couldn't bring myself to become totally invested, which I figured was all a result of the novel's length. Once I got to a certain point later on, though, I realized it was mostly the main character Daisy who had been holding me back. Don't get me wrong. I do think Friendship on Fire could have still achieved the same message had it been shorter, but for me, it was Daisy and her relationships with the other characters that ultimately determined how I felt as I read the book. And while it took me some time to warm up to Daisy, as I got closer and closer to the end I kept wishing more pages would magically appear in my copy. I became that attached to Daisy's story.
Like I mentioned, Daisy initially wasn't my favorite character. I can appreciate a character who is strong-willed and has a fiery personality; however, it was the choices she made that were kind of a turn off. As I got further into the novel, I realized they weren't choices that most of us probably haven't made in our lives, and I began to accept the way things were happening. So, while it can still be a bit frustrating, Daisy's experiences were a necessary part of growing up, just like with any one else. She wouldn't have learned from her naive mistakes if she didn't go through all the situations she did. And comparing the person she was before to the person she is now, it's clear that she has matured greatly. It's a pretty amazing transformation.
Other than the two boys in her life (who I'll mention in a bit), Daisy's relationships with others evolved throughout the novel as well. Certain characters really surprised me in a good way, others in a completely bad way. There was one relationship that was constant throughout, and it was Daisy's relationship with her family. I love how her parents and older brothers were there for her and looked out for her. They let her figure things out on her own, even when they worried she wasn't making the best decisions. It was just great knowing that Daisy had a close and supportive family when she going through some important changes in her life.
Friendship on Fire is a bit like stories we've seen before. There's a girl (Daisy) who falls for the hot and douche-y guy (Nate) and can't see that her best friend (Roman) is actually the perfect guy for her. We know it'll either end badly or...yeah, who are we kidding? Even before reading it, I already had an idea of where Daisy's relationship with Nate was headed. It wasn't such of a surprise. What did surprise me was that I ended up feeling a bit sorry for Nate. Maybe I wasn't suppose to, but I did. Finding out about his home life made me understand why he became the person he is today. It doesn't excuse his behavior because he can definitely decide whether or not to be influenced by the people around him. I do believe his relationship with Daisy might have made him see things differently, and although I'm not sure how much he has changed or is willing to change as result, hopefully Nate realizes that it's not to late for him to become a better person. (view spoiler)[(Or maybe I'm all wrong about him and he just managed to manipulate me like he did Daisy and deserves to be miserable! Gahh!) (hide spoiler)]
Now, Roman. The best friend, the good guy, the underdog. Oh, Roman. Even though I knew he was the better choice for Daisy, I can't say that I felt much of anything for him in the beginning. Honestly, and I feel bad now for saying this, I remember thinking that he must be a pretty pathetic guy for still obviously pining over a girl who didn't seem like the greatest friend. I think the reason I didn't care about him was because I was seeing him through Daisy's eyes. Since she dismissed his feelings and her focus was always elsewhere, I didn't get to really know him. It led me not to care about him or give him a second thought. I was so wrong about him. Roman ended up being part of why I didn't want the book to end. He's definitely the perfect guy for Daisy. For many reasons, actually. I thought he was sweet and attentive. It just amazes me that, while I had zero interest in him at first, I was seriously swooning over him by the end! I love that! And I love that Daisy was able to realize that he's a very good friend and that she needed to appreciate him the way he deserves to be appreciated.
It took some time for me to get completely hooked into Friendship on Fire, but when it happened, I couldn't bring myself to put it down. Whether my initial feelings were because of the pacing and length or even the characters, I thought it was all worth it in the end. I really liked Daisy's gradual development into a mature character, and I'm happy with how things turned out for her and certain other characters. I'm usually impressed with Australian authors, and Danielle Weiler is no exception. I'm not sure if there's another novel by her in the works, but if there is, I'm looking forward it!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book was so heartbreaking and beautiful. The summary makes it seem like it would be all about...more My review can also be found on my blog Collections.
This book was so heartbreaking and beautiful. The summary makes it seem like it would be all about Pan's relationship with a guy named Hunter, but it's more than that. It's about her desperately trying to remember her past through the memories she has of her sister Morgan. Morgan was such an amazing person, and their relationship was precious, yet gut-wrenching because of their circumstance. Hunter was also a wonderful character. Sometimes a damaged girl like Pan needs a perfect guy who is patient and understanding. This book was another example of how great Australian YA fiction is, and I would highly recommend it to contemporary fans. (less)
Before I had read this book, my expectations were a bit high. Going Too Far was the only Echols novel I had read, and it happened to be one of my favo...moreBefore I had read this book, my expectations were a bit high. Going Too Far was the only Echols novel I had read, and it happened to be one of my favorite books! Thankfully this book was good too. The story felt believable to me. I loved that it was set in South Carolina. (That's where I live!) I really liked Leah and Grayson, although Grayson did frustrate me at times. Whenever they were around each other I could feel the tension between them and could tell they had some sizzling chemistry. I don't think I felt as connected to Grayon's twin and Leah's best friend, but at least the sparks between Leah and Grayson made up for it. I think Echols fans will really enjoy Such a Rush!(less)
I seriously almost DIED during the part where the meaning of homo came up. OMG. Ava, you poor girl... This book was just so funny and full of...more4.5 stars
I seriously almost DIED during the part where the meaning of homo came up. OMG. Ava, you poor girl... This book was just so funny and full of many second-hand embarrassment moments. I really liked it! I can't believe it took me this long to read it. It was a great book. :)(less)
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Something Like Normal featured one of the best male voices I've ever read. Probably the best,...more My mini-review can also be found on my blog Collections.
Something Like Normal featured one of the best male voices I've ever read. Probably the best, since I felt such a strong connection towards Travis. It was so authentic. Honestly, if I were guy, I would want to be someone like him. He was so real and honest. His story had me teary-eyed and my heart breaking throughout. Just thinking about some of the things that happened in this book makes me want to cry! But then, it also had me laughing out loud and swooning and smiling like crazy. I loved Travis's relationships with his mother, his fellow Marines, and Harper. Each stood out in their own way and played an important role in Travis's life after he came back from Afghanistan. I'm not sure what would have happened to Travis if he didn't have these awesome people, but I'm so glad they were there for him. He really needed them and their support.
I felt like I could relate to Travis in a way. My relationship with my father isn't the best either, and I know what it's like to have family in the military. It was a pretty emotional read for me, and I loved it. I pretty much adored everything about this book: Trish Doller's writing, the fantastic characters, and the amazing relationships. I was so sad when it was over. I just wanted more and more. I can't recommend this book enough!(less)
Wow, for about 2/3 of the book, I could not understand why some of my Goodreads friends didn't think Chain Reaction was great (compared to Perfect Che...moreWow, for about 2/3 of the book, I could not understand why some of my Goodreads friends didn't think Chain Reaction was great (compared to Perfect Chemistry and Rules of Attraction). I was like, 'You guys! What's up? I'm really enjoying this! It's hilarious & fun. Luis isn't that bad; he's like his brothers. I was expecting that so it's all good. Plus, Nikki is awesome! You all were scaring me this whole time for nothing. :D'
Then the SURPRISE happened. The one involving Luis. I was like, '...Wha..? Okay...I can..accept that. As long as there is an explanation from the mother. Yeah, it'll be all good in the end.'
But... Afterwards, everything went so fast and the fight at the end was cornier than the ones in the other two books and don't even get me started on that cheesy-ass epilogue. What a waste!! I might have forgiven all that crap, but I just can't! Why?? Because I did NOT get the explanation from the mother!! What the heck?! You can't just leave me hanging like that! Did I miss something from the other books? I am just...completely baffled. I did not see that SURPRISE coming, and all I wanted was some answers & I didn't get that. I can't stop thinking about it. Ugh!
Seriously, it was 5-star read for me for most of the book and then that unnecessary craziness happened... I feel like I've been lied to. If I didn't really enjoy more than half of this book, then I would be giving it less than 4 stars because that was too much in the end. So, I'm just going to try to remember all the stuff I enjoyed.(less)