While reading Crash Into You, I spent most of the book with my heart in my throat, my fingers gripping my NOOK like a crazy woman, blinking back tears...moreWhile reading Crash Into You, I spent most of the book with my heart in my throat, my fingers gripping my NOOK like a crazy woman, blinking back tears of frustration, fear, and finally joy. In short, Ms. McGarry has managed once again to break my heart and rebuild it within 400 or so pages
There is so much going on in Crash Into You, and I can't even begin to sum it up, especially all the twists and turns towards the end; I don't want to spoil anything. But I will say this: Isaiah and Rachel's story just about killed me a dozen times, but it was all worth it in the end.
When McGarry introduced us to these characters in Pushing the Limits, I was sure Beth and Isaiah would end up together. But Dare You To put that theory to rest, and I realized that they were just friends. After reading this book, I wonder why I ever thought Beth and Isaiah belonged together. Rachel is the perfect fit for Isaiah, and I wouldn't have him with anyone else (Okay, except for me, but that's a completely different story...). Like many fans, I was worried, for a brief moment, when I found out Isaiah was destined for someone else; but McGarry did a wonderful job with matching each couple up. I have no complaints; Beth and Ryan complete each other, as do Isaiah and Rachel.
It goes without saying that I was choking back tears during much of this book, something I've learned McGarry has a beautiful talent for. But there were also some bright moments which allowed my emotions to cool a bit or else I may have started bawling for Rachel's pain, Isaiah's tough life, and their uncertain future. In the end, it all works out, and I was finally able to breathe easy with a smile on my face as I closed the book.
One scene in particular stood out for me. Long story short, Isaiah had originally told Rachel early on that he would call her. However, he puts it off, wanting to keep her out of the trouble that's following him. Finally, after she admitted that she thought his lack of a call meant that he was not interested, he pulls this sigh-worthy move:
I don't read nearly as much YA as I once did, but Katie McGarry is one author I will always buy. She writes such beautiful, heart-wrenching, and real stories, and I have loved every one of them. I know West's story, Take Me On, will be no different... Is it May 2014 yet?
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For my full review, including favorite book quotes, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace.
I received this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
How often do you read a book that grabs your insides and twists them—hard? How often do you find a book that changes your mind about a character? How...moreHow often do you read a book that grabs your insides and twists them—hard? How often do you find a book that changes your mind about a character? How often do you find yourself worried sick about the outcome of a book? It's rare for me to find such a book, but when I do it's an instant keeper, one that I can't stop thinking about, long after that last page is turned. Dare You To is such a book!
I can't say that I am surprised that I loved this book. After all, McGarry already proved her talent with Pushingthe Limits, which I adored. In PTL, I was unsure that I would ever like Beth. Okay, let's be honest—I was certain I would always hate her; she was, simply put, such a hard bitch. But as DYT began, and more of Beth was revealed, bit by bit, I came to realize why she acts the way she does. Before too long, I was anxious for her to realize what her life could be if only she'd put the past behind her and start living her life the way she wants.
And as Ryan started to steal my heart (which he did!), I was cheering for him and Beth. They deserved their chance at a HEA, screw what the world thinks of them together.
I really connected with Beth and her relationship with her uncle, Scott. Why? Because, like Beth, I was close to my youngest uncle as well. Much like Scott, my own uncle was a pre-teen when I was born. And there the similarities end; my life wasn't a copy of Beth's, nor was my uncle's a copy for Scott's (other than the fact that both were good men who loved their family). But that strong bond between them touched me, reminded me of my own childhood. I lost my uncle, four years ago this month, and to this day it still kills me inside to know that he's no longer here. What does this have to do with the story, or the author's writing talent? Nothing, really. But I think it's important that a good book has this affect, allowing you to find such connections while reading. Regardless of anything else Beth did or went through, this is what I will always connect with her over, and yes, even envy her for, as she still has years ahead of enjoying her uncle's company.
4.5 STARS! Truly, I can't even begin to explain how much I loved this book, nor can I tell you why. But I can tell you this: McGarry has a fan for life! Two books so far and both have broken my heart, twisted me into knots with worry...yet in the end, put a happy smile on my face. Emotional, and all to realistic at times, Dare You To is going at the top of my list of favorites. I will be buying myself a copy to keep alongside PTL, and I cannot wait until Isaiah's story is finally here. Until then, I think I need to read a few lighter novels. Every time I pick up a novel from this author, I cry even as I find myself thoroughly enjoying the journey. Thank you, Katie McGarry, for another amazing story!
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For my full review, including favorite quotes from DARE YOU TO, please visit my blog, TBQ's Book Palace
I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Wow--such a beautiful and touching tale, I never wanted this one to end! In fact, I wish we could have seen a bit more of Echo and Noah aft...more4.5 Stars!
Wow--such a beautiful and touching tale, I never wanted this one to end! In fact, I wish we could have seen a bit more of Echo and Noah after graduation. Noah...oh Noah! I loved you from the start, but as the pages went on, as I saw what you were willing to do for your family, how much you loved them, how much you loved Echo, I feel even more in love with you, and I didn't think that was possible!
I'll definitely be reading the rest of this series, I'm anxious to see how Beth and Isaiah's stories turn out. Highly recommend this book! (less)
Have you ever experienced deja vu? What if it wasn't just a cliché term, but rather something that really happened?
Haven Moore has spent her whole lif...moreHave you ever experienced deja vu? What if it wasn't just a cliché term, but rather something that really happened?
Haven Moore has spent her whole life in Tennessee, yet somehow she keeps having visions of a young girl named Constance and her love, Ethan. Oh, and both of these people in her vision lived more than 80 years ago, in Rome and New York. Though these visions mainly plagued her as a young girl, after seeing a picture of billionaire heir Iain Morrow, they begin again-- only stronger.
After running off to New York to try and find out more, Haven finds a secret society, the Ouroboros Society, which believes in reincarnation. She saw this society in her visions as well, leading her to connect the dots—she was Constance in a past life, while Iain was Ethan.
And this is only the beginning of the wild ride about to come! Strap in and prepare yourself, because just when you think you know what's coming next, Miller throws another kink in the road and you're back to square one, wondering what's going to pop up next...
I absolutely loved this book, and my only complaint is I wish there was a sequel (Hint, hint, Kirsten!). Otherwise, this was an excellent novel, unique, mysterious and thrilling, not to mention romantic and steamy! Lite and funny at certain times, complicated during others, this was a story unlike most of the others on the bookshelf.
4.5 Stars! A romantic story that spans the ages—literally—The Eternal Ones is a great novel for anyone that enjoys a good mystery and love story, no matter the age! And perhaps this story will make you ask a very important question: “Do I believe in reincarnation?”(less)
I don't usually throw the words "Spell-binding", "Luscious", or "Amazing!" around lightly-- so when you see all three of them, plus many more similar...moreI don't usually throw the words "Spell-binding", "Luscious", or "Amazing!" around lightly-- so when you see all three of them, plus many more similar ones, in my review, you know you're in for one heck of a book!
First off, Magic Under Glass is a wonderful example of fantasy and fairy tale combined-- it reminds me of the (early) Disney movies, not because it's "childish" (far from it) but because of Jackie's ability to weave the story around the reader, completely emerging us into Nimira's world, and combining a great romantic element to it as well. Much like "Beauty and the Beast" enchants the romantic/fantasy lover in young girls, this book rekindles that same feeling, even for those of us that thought we had long since grown out of this stage!
Speaking of movies, Magic Under Glass is one of the few books I wouldn't mind seeing turned into a movie, which isn't something I usually want to happen to my favorite books. However, no movie is needed, since Dolamore paints such a beautiful and lush portrayal of the novel, characters, and pretty much every element that made the story so wonderful! Spell-binding is putting it lightly-- once you pick this book up, you won't want to stop, so be prepared to set everything else aside for a day!
I really enjoyed reading the interaction between Nimira and Erris, their friendship (and later, their love) was easy to see, and nicely done. And Erris... well, he's an interesting character, since he's neither the automaton that everyone believes, nor human, but, in fact, the long lost Prince of the fairies. He's such a sweet, and slightly tortured, young man, that I can see how Nimira falls for him. By the end of the novel, I too had developed a bit of a crush on Erris.
The details, both in the characters, the setting, and the story itself, are, simply put, spectacular! I can find no real fault in any of Dolamore's writing, except for I wish I could get my hands on the sequel now, so I can find out more about Nimira and Erris! Otherwise, she manages to capture the readers attention from the very beginning, and right away you'll find yourself entangled in the magic and whimsy aura of Nimira's world, not wishing to leave, even when the story comes to a close.
4.5 STARS! For a debut novel, Jackie Dolamore does a truly magical job at creating a world that will leave the readers breathless, craving more of strong-willed Nimira's story. A heavy dash of magic, a touch of mystery and suspense, and to round it all out, a lush dose of romance combines almost effortlessly into a one of a kind book that I have no doubt anyone will love. Don't even let the "YA" genre fool you-- I would recommend this to older readers just as easily as I will the younger. Everyone loves a good fairy tale, and Magic Under Glass definitely fits the requirements for a good classic!