Disclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read Bi...moreDisclaimer: I received a temporary electronic ARC of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ever since I read Bittersweet by Sarah Ockler, she has been one of my favorite authors. I loved that novel so much and was looking forward to reading another novel by her. So when I saw that I had the chance to read this novel and share my opinions about it, I jumped at the chance.
This novel was incredible and was even better than I could have imagined. Ockler created another masterpiece with this one. I absolutely loved the characters Jude and Emilio. Their chemistry was undeniable. Both of these characters had their struggles and had a lot to overcome, but they were good people. I've been reading a lot of novels centered around the bad boy and the good girl combo. Emilio wasn't naughty, but he wasn't boring or ultra-nice either. He was just the perfect combo of nice and naughty.
Jude's dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer disease and left Jude struggling to care for him. She thought that restoring his old bike would make things better. But if but her in a situation where she couldn't win. She vowed never to get near any of the Vargas' boys. The older two broke both of her sisters's hearts and they made her swear never to get involved with one. But helping her dad is worth it. I loved watching Jude grow up and become the person I knew she could be.
Jude had several older sisters who were always more than happy to help guide her and to tell her what to do, but Jude had never really taken the time to do what she wanted to. She figured that out in this novel.
The writing was poignant and masterfully written. Ockler is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Definitely recommend this one. (less)
I have an unhealthy obsession for books exactly like this one. Alex and Serena both have damaged pasts and are carrying a lot of baggage. Both had com...moreI have an unhealthy obsession for books exactly like this one. Alex and Serena both have damaged pasts and are carrying a lot of baggage. Both had come from abusive situations and were struggling to overcome them. It's a plotline we've all seen before and yet Kate Laurens' novel stood out among the crowd.
I'm not really sure why this one stood out. I think it was the whole package. I really liked Serena and Alex's characters and thought that Kate did a great job crafting them. I also really enjoyed watching the two of them interact. They were pretty much attracted to each other from the get-go which can really bug me; however, in this case, it didn't feel all that unnatural and Kate did a great job of developing their relationship. They had great chemistry. Serena and Alex chose very different ways to deal with their problems. Some weren't necessarily the healthiest, but I loved watching them grow.
This novel is New Adult and is definitely not intended for young audiences. There are several sexual scenes, none are too graphic, but they aren't exactly innocent either. There are also some instances of strong language as well.
I thought that the manner in which Kate developed her story was masterfully done. I can't wait to read the other two in the series and plan on immediately buying them when they come out
I would recommend this to fans of romance, New Adult fans, and people who like reading about grittier or darker issues. Lovely story that was cute, poignant, and entertaining.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel for review from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not ob...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a copy of this novel for review from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.
An Overview of the Novel: Madeline's husband just died and she's devastated, but her friends and family are right, she needs move on. She just can't.
That's where Jake Hart enters the scene. Something about Madeline draws him. She's made it clear that she's not ready to date again, but Jake isn't about to take now for an answer. But then Madeline gets mixed up in the middle of a crime investigation and suddenly it might not be such a good idea for Jake to be around her.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Jaime Carrie has a way of creating characters that catch your attention. I loved the characters in this novel from the first page to the very last page. Jake and Madeline had excellent chemistry.
The writing was cute, a little cheesy, but cute. I loved how Jamie developed her novel. She's always been a skilled writer and certainly knows how to craft her story.
This novel had elements of suspense but I wouldn't classify it as suspense. And while, the events that happened in this novel might have been unrealistic and a little bit unbelievable at times, I still really liked the novel.
It was a cute read and one that had me laughing and smiling the entire time I was reading it. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to fans of this genre.
So why 3.5 stars? It was a cute, funny, enjoyable read that left me entertained and amused. Jaime's writing was incredible and I loved the story.
In Summary: Jamie has done it again. She's written another novel that I loved reading. If you're looking for a cute, fun read, then look no further than Rush to the Altar.
Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing comes to mind.
The Wrap-up: Like I've said, this was a cute book that I enjoyed reading. I've loved every single book I've read by Jamie and plan on keeping close tabs on her and her future writing.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not obligated...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel for review from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing this review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: After reading Beautiful Disaster, I finished the book with mixed feelings. It seems like people either hate or love that book. There was no in-between. I left uncertain about how I thought about Travis and Abby as characters. I thought the writing was beautiful, however.
So when I saw the chance to review Walking Disaster, I decided I would. Let me start out by saying this: Travis is not a great guy. He fights, he throws things, he's jealous, controlling, and at times a complete idiot. However, Travis is not abusive. Having said that, there's no way in heck I would ever want anybody I know dating him.
Okay now that I've addressed that Travis is not at all role-model for people, I hope people won't slam my review.
Like I said, I really enjoyed this novel. It was beautifully written. Granted, I was frustrated the whole time, but it was a great book.
I loved watching Travis and Abby's interactions and hearing Travis's side of the story made me like him more than I thought was possible. I'm not excusing his behavior, but knowing why he acted the way he did helped me feel more sympathetic toward him.
Travis might not be the ideal guy. In fact, he's far from it. But deep down, he has a good heart and isn't a bad guy. I know people are worried about the message this book is sending young girls (ie: you can change a guy, rough guys around the edges have good hearts) and feel like it will lead to abusive situations. However, not to bash any books here, but a lot of novels send terrible messages and present it as normal or good. (ie: Hunger Games, Twilight, etc.)
So yes this book might give girls the wrong idea; however, it also is a well-written novel that is intriguing and great novel. Travis is far from perfect but I really loved hearing his story.
This novel is not plot-driven; rather the reader gets to live inside Travis's mind and hear his thoughts about what's happening. If you haven't read Beautiful Disaster, you will be completely lost. Read Beautiful Disaster first. It was a more lyrical style but I really enjoyed it.
So why 4 stars? It wasn't my favorite novel ever, but it was well-written. I felt like the novel ran a little bit long at times and it just lacked that extra something to make it a 5 but it was still an enjoyable read.
In Summary: Walking Disaster and its companion novel Beautiful Disaster are controversial books and people's opinions about them vary. I, however, really enjoyed reading this novel. It was an entertaining book and I don't think it leads to girls wanting abusive relationships. This book isn't for everybody, but I'm glad I read it.
Warnings/Side-notes: It's a New Adult novel and is definitely made for more mature readers. Several sexual references and mentions of drinking and drugs. These references are not graphic, but they are also not meant for young readers.
The Wrap-up: A controversial book that isn't meant for everybody, but I enjoyed it. It's definitely a book that people love or hate. If it sounds like your cup of tea, then give it a shot. I'm glad I did.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Going into this novel, I wasn't sure I'd like it. I don't generally like novels that are about married couples or about couples who are having marital problems.
But I decided to give this one a shot and I'm so glad I did. This novel was absolutely beautiful. I loved reading it.
I love novels where characters experience some life-changing or self-actualizing journey. Jim and Marilyn both changed so much and I loved watching them grow.
Dan's novel was poignant and a great read. I found myself turning the pages faster and faster as the story went on. I enjoyed watching the Anderson family grow closer and overcome trials.
I already mentioned how surprised I was by how much I loved this novel, but that doesn't begin to do this novel justice. This noel was easily one of my favorites of the year. Dan wrote this novel with such skill and expertise. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this novel to anybody.
The novel does have a Christian stance, but religion is never pushed down the reader's throats. The theme of faith was expertly woven in. Definitely recommend this novel.
So Why 5 Stars? It was beautifully and poignantly written. There was depth to this novel and yet it was also just a really enjoyable read.
In Summary: A beautiful novel that greatly exceeded my expectations. The Dance is an inspiring novel that reflects the growth of one family in the midst of trials and struggles.
The Wrap-up: Love this novel. I was really impressed with it and can't wait to read more by this author. Definitely recommend it.
Beautifully written but definitely controversial. I had no idea what the novel was going to be about, but I certainly didn't expect it to be like this...moreBeautifully written but definitely controversial. I had no idea what the novel was going to be about, but I certainly didn't expect it to be like this.
It was great though and I'd recommend it to fans of a more lyrical style of writing. (less)
Disclaimers: I received a electronic ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. I was not obli...moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a electronic ARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review nor am I receiving any compensation for writing this review. The opinions expressed within this review are my own.
An Overview of the Novel: Chelsea is less than thrilled to be going back to the family cottage in Bluepointe. This is the first year her grandmother won't be there; she died and Chelsea is having a really hard time dealing with that.
Her grandmother wasn't supposed to die, at least not until she was old. Now everything has changed. Chelsea takes refuge in the bookstore and meets Josh. Josh is infuriating. She can't tell if he likes her or not and has no clue how to read the signals he's giving her.
Until suddenly she does. Finally, Chelsea seems to have met somebody who likes her as much as she likes him. But they only have the summer? After that, who knows. Her parents could sell the cottage and never return. Is it worth it when one summer is all you might have?
My Thoughts/Impressions: I started this novel without really knowing what to expect. Honestly, I asked to read this book because I loved the cover and because I tend to really enjoy summer reads. However, the fact that they were only 15 was a little bit of a turn-off at first.
I was wrong. This book was beautifully written and had me grinning from page one to the very last page. Dalton's writing was engaging and her talent for story-telling was incredible.
She created characters who caught my attention from the first page. Chelsea faced a lot of insecurity. Her oldest sister was the braniac, her second oldest sister was the athlete, and she was....she didn't know what she was. Her two older sisters were gorgeous and she had what she thought was hideous red hair. Basically, she had no clue how she fit in.
Chelsea wasn't a whiny character or one that was so insecure that you wanted to smack her, but she was dealing with a lot of uncertainty and grew a lot in the book. I loved that. I also really loved Josh. He was such a great guy.
The pacing of the novel, the plot, the characters—they were all brilliantly crafted. This novel was a beautiful, fun, engaging, light-hearted read that I really enjoyed.
So why 4 out of 5 stars? It was beautifully written. It lacked the depth of my favorite novels, and yet it was still really enjoyable and one of the best I've read in awhile.
In Summary: An engaging, cute summer read that is brilliantly written and centered on fabulous characters that readers will adore.
The Wrap-up: I'm glad I took a chance and read this novel. It was way better than I thought it would be and ended up being a really enjoyable read. I'd recommend this to fans of young adult novels or fans of cute, summer reads. (less)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour for this novel. I was n...moreMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the Reading Addiction Blog Tour for this novel. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't really know what to think going into this novel. I thought the initial premise sounded good. This novel had great potential. The plot sounded really intriguing and original. Basically, I couldn't wait to see what Jaffe did in this novel.
The book was really interesting and quite original. I thought the plot was well-developed and that the characters were intriguing. The characters did annoy me during several parts of the book and at times I found myself feeling infuriated with them.
I did wish that the pacing would have been slower. The plot seemed really rushed at parts and I felt like I was being jerked from scene to scene at times. However, the book was enjoyable. I'd be interested to see what happens in the sequel.
This wasn't my favorite fantasy book, but it was still really good and I'd recommend it to fantasy fans.
So why 3 stars? I enjoyed the novel, but at times it felt rushed and it wasn't my favorite in the genre. However, it was very original and intriguing.
In Summary: Stuart Jaffe's novel was intriguing and original and I enjoyed reading it. However, I felt like the novel could have been better developed.
Warnings/Side-notes: There were some instances of language, but on the whole this novel was very clean.
The Wrap-up: I enjoyed the novel and am glad I read it. The plot really was intriguing and original. However, I do wish the novel had been better developed. Like I mentioned earlier, I thought the novel's pacing was a little bit rushed in certain places. I'd be interested in seeing what Jaffe does in the sequel though.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic ARC of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review....moreMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic ARC of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for my review.
An Overview of the Novel: Cassidy's life hasn't been easy. Her parents were abusive, and that's putting it lightly. She lived her whole life wondering if she would even make it until she was eighteen.
Her best friend Tyler was the only bright spot in her life. He was the one who helped her butterfly her wounds and the one who who kept ice in his room for when she came over injured. Now he's provided an escape for her. He's agreed to take her to Texas with him.
But when she meets his cousin Gage, she falls in love with him at first sight. The only problem is that according to Tyler he doesn't like her at all. Tyler claims he loves her. The only problem is she doesn't feel the same way. But if Gage doesn't love her, why shouldn't she go for Tyler.
From the moment Gage first saw Cassidy, he knew she was the one for him. The only problem is that his cousin has told him that Cassidy is off-limits. He tries to respect his cousin's wishes, but he really likes Cassidy. Then Tyler tells him that Cassidy just wants to be friends. But he just can't get over her.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had heard really mixed things about this book going into it. I knew that some people had really disliked the book and so I was hesitant to read it. However, I really liked it.
The characters were intriguing, really frustrating, but I enjoyed watching them grow and progress. Tyler drove me nuts. All of his lies made me want to beat him with a stick. Cassidy and Gage were clearly meant to be together and he kept getting in the way.
McAdams created characters that caught my interest from the beginning. I love books that talk about deeper issues and this book did just that. McAdams wrote about these issues in a poignant way. This book was an emotional read and for most of the book I wanted to throw it against the wall.
However, I liked it.
In Summary: McAdams's novel presents an emotional read centered around intriguingly frustrating characters and a masterfully developed plot.
Warnings/Side-notes: For adults, instances of language and sexual content.
The Wrap-up: I enjoyed this novel. I did feel frustrated for most of the time reading this book; however, any book that can make me feel this deeply easily grabs my attention.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic ARC of this novel as part of the tour in exchange for my honest review. I was not...moreMy Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic ARC of this novel as part of the tour in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review nor have I been compensated in any way for writing this review.
An Overview of the Novel: Autumn Raine is an icon pop diva and is used to be a complete jerk in order to get attention. But then she starts getting the wrong kind of attention—attention from terrorists.
Her mother assigns her a bodyguard to keep her safe. Autumn is furious. Her relationship with her mother is strained and she hates the idea that because of her mother she's being pulled into this mess. She also finds her bodyguard Nathan infuriating. He's so bossy and doesn't tell her anything.
Nathan thinks Autumn is a spoiled brat and hates that he got pushed into taking this job. Autumn is beyond frustrating and is a complete jerk in his mind. He's resigned himself to absolutely taking this job.
But then things stop adding up. Who really is behind Autumn's kidnapping and what's the motive? Nathan's job is to keep her safe and he's determined to do it. But day by day, the facade of Autumn Raine starts coming down and Nathan starts becoming more attracted to her with each passing day.
But with pasts as dark as theirs do they have any chance for pursuing a relationship and even if they do will they live long enough to make it last.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Romantic suspense is my favorite genre, so to say I had high expectations for this one would be an understatement. I was preparing myself to be disappointed when I started reading this novel. Instead, I found myself becoming more and more intrigued by the story and the characters.
Autumn was a complete brat for two-thirds of the novel and frustrated me to no end and yet I knew there had to be something more to her. I wanted to like her. As I kept reading the novel, I found myself liking her more and more.
Then there was Nathan. Nathan was also a complete idiot and yet I really liked him from the very beginning. He was a complete jerk to Autumn which sounds awful, but honestly Autumn probably needed some honesty, maybe a little more tactfully but still. Nathan's character was intriguing and I loved slowly piecing his character together.
The writing was solid and thoroughly entertaining. While some aspects of the suspense/terrorists elements might have seemed a little bit forced/unrealistic, on the whole it was a beautifully crafted novel that I really loved.
The pacing of the novel was masterfully crafted and the conclusion was perfect. As far as romantic suspense goes, this was one of the more entertaining ones I've read recently.
So why 4.5 out of 5 stars? I really really liked this novel. The characters, the plot, the suspense, the romance, everything was just so masterfully crafted. It is not my favorite romantic suspense novel, but it was a really good read that I enjoyed reading.
In Summary: Mandy's novel Security offers the perfect mix of romance and suspense. Her writing is beautiful; her characters are masterfully crafted, and her plot was absolutely gripping. Fans of romantic suspense will eat this novel up.
Warnings/Side-notes: Adult novel. Some instances of strong language. Sexual references. None are too explicit, but they are not suitable for children.
The Wrap-up: One of my favorite romantic suspense novels of the year. This is the first novel I've read by Mandy, but it certainly won't be the last. Her writing is beautiful and I loved that her characters weren't ones I liked from the get-go. In fact, I kind of hated them when I first met them, but by the end I loved them both. That is the mark of a great writer in my book. I can't wait to see more of Baggot's writing. Definitely recommend this one. (less)
I absolutely adored this book. It was fantastic. I can't wait to see what happens next. I may write an official review if I have not, but if I don't,...moreI absolutely adored this book. It was fantastic. I can't wait to see what happens next. I may write an official review if I have not, but if I don't, just know that I definitely recommend this one.(less)
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review and I didn't receive any compensation for writing this review.
An Overview of the Novel: Samantha Jean Haggart was not expecting to find a naked dead man in the desert. Even worse, she wasn't expecting the dead man to actually be alive. When Samantha was 12, she ran away with her brother Jacob and they met every disastrous situation possible. Now seven years later, she's attending veterinarian school and is feeling deeply conflicting feelings for Connor, her best friend.
But she also is attracted to Turner and she doesn't really know what to think or what to do. She seems to mess up everything she touches lately. Her past is converging with her present, and if she doesn't change things, then she's going to ruin her future too.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I'm not entirely sure what to think about this novel. It was intriguing and gripping and yet frustrating and yet oddly satisfying. And basically, I don't even know what to think about this novel. I'm not even sure how to put my thoughts into words. But here we go.
Samantha was an intriguing character who I found myself sympathizing with. Half the time I wanted to yell at her, but I knew why she was doing what she was doing and so it didn't frustrate me too badly. I really liked Connor and Turner too. I'm not sure which one I liked better. I think I liked Turner better, but I don't know if he was the better guy for her. Plus, we don't really know that much about Turner.
Anyway, the writing was impeccably done. I loved the plot line and the overall story. The novel touched upon a lot of deep issues. I wished it would have expanded more on those issues, but it was really well-written.
I would recommend this book to fans of new adult novel. It's the second in a series. The first novel takes place when she was 12 and sets the stage for this novel. This novel can be read as a stand-alone; however, readers should read both of them to get the full experience with the novel.
In Summary: Angela's novel is incredibly written, touches upon deeper issues that several ya/NA books. Her novel is compelling and will draw readers in from page one.
Warnings/Side-notes: This is an upper new-adult novel and has some content not suitable for children or people under the age of sixteen.
The Wrap-up: Angela Scott's Desert Rice and Desert Flower were both really gripping, intriguing reads. I definitely recommend them to fans of realistic contemporary novels. (less)