An overview of the Novel: Gwen is left heartbroken when she finds out that Gideon was only pretending to love her. She isMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
An overview of the Novel: Gwen is left heartbroken when she finds out that Gideon was only pretending to love her. She is furious and doesn't know who to trust. She fears that the Circle is keeping secrets from her and is desperately trying to figure out her own destiny and the truth. But in a world where the truth isn't exactly viewed in a favorable light, she's not sure what the truth really is.
Gwen is hiding so many secrets from the Circle and when they start watching her closer and closer, she's afraid that everything might just end up in one big disaster.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Finally I got to read this one. I read the first two in the series before I went to Italy and had to wait so long to get to this one. Finally!
I adored this series so much. I'm so sad to see it finish. This book was epic and so cute. I just love Gwen so much. She has to be one of my favorite characters of all time.
I loved watching her and Gideon try to tackle this world of mystery and intrigue. I seriously loved it.
Geir's writing is just incredible. I said throughout the whole series that this was one series that I couldn't quite figure out how it was going to end. The ending was perfect and left me more than satisfied. I was just sad because I wanted to know more about Gwen and Gideon and all of the characters really.
This series is easily one of the best in the paranormal world. If you haven't read them, then get on them.
So why 4 stars? While I loved this one, it was probably my least favorite in the series. I just wanted more at the ending, but then again the ending was perfect in its own way. I'm just sad it's ended.
Can I read the series out of order? Not recommended.
Warnings/Side-notes: None, this series is acceptable for readers of all ages.
The Wrap-up: An amazing fantasy series that readers all of ages will adore. So glad that I finally got to finish this series and can't wait to see what Geir comes up with next.
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review norMy Rating: 3 stars
Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for reviewing this novel.
An overview of the Novel: Talia was supposed to last more than just a few months in Africa, but when she gets sick with malaria, she's forced to fly home early. And of course, Bran is the one to take care of her. But Talia feels like a complete failure and is shutting Bran out.
Bran understands Talia and her sometimes self-destructive behavior but watching her hide behind her parents while she pushes him out is unbearable. Bran is determined to make Talia his once and for all. But Bran's got his own problems and they keep getting forced to the center stage.
Will Bran and Talia be able to overcome all of their problems or are they better off walking away?
Can I read the series out of order? I did and I didn't feel lost. I can tell a lot of important things happened in the first two novels and would recommend reading them first; however, if you just want to read the third one Riley does a good job at covering what happened in a way that isn't obnoxious but still helps you to understand the novel.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really liked this novel. Talia and Bran were interesting characters and Riley did a god job of developing the characters. The plot was intriguing and I enjoyed watching the characters as they overcame their problems.
Riley's story is well-written and the pacing is good. I thought the problems Talia and Bran faced were unique and original and I loved how the story took place in so many different locations.
The novel is intriguing and I think fans of the new adult genre will enjoy this one.
So why 3 stars? I enjoyed it like I said. However, having said that the novel just really didn't stick out to me. It was a cute, fun read and yet it lacked the depth to knock it up to a 4.
Warnings/Side-notes: There is some sexual content, but it is not graphic. Some uses of strong language. But the novel for being a new adult novel is quite clean. Recommended for older teens.
The Wrap-up: Lia Riley's novel was an intriguing read that I really enjoyed. This series is a great addition to the new adult genre and is unique.
Initial reactions: I am going to sound like a brown record. I am so not sure how I feel about this one. I need to think about it some more too.
The wrInitial reactions: I am going to sound like a brown record. I am so not sure how I feel about this one. I need to think about it some more too.
The writing was great, the story was just messed up but I'm not sure it was a bad messed up or not.
I'm not making any sense :) review coming.
My Rating: I'm going to break this up like this.
The actual writing: 5 The topic: 1 What the characters did: 1 The message it contained: 4
So I guess I'll give it a 4. Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher 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: Julia's mom destroyed her life the moment she wrote a book based on Julia's life. Suddenly all the secrets Julia tried to keep were out for everybody to read, and so Julia did what she does best--she ran away without so much as looking back. No, literally she ran away to an all-girls boarding school.
But now she's stuck home for 99 days of the summer. And it's like a jail sentence. Nobody in that town has forgotten. Julia, her old best friend, is set on making her life miserable. Yes, she knows she shouldn't have got between two brothers, but people are making sure she won't forget it any time soon.
Then she finds out Gabe is back and Julia finds herself falling for him. But then Patrick comes back, Patrick the other brother the one she used to date before he found out about her and Gabe. And suddenly Julia finds herself coming between the two brothers yet again. My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: The subject matter of this book is hard to take in. A girl caught between two brothers and a girl who cheated. It was hard to watch Julia keep making so many mistakes and watch how certain people in the story used her.
It was hard to read. And yet, I found myself rooting for Julia despite all her shortcomings. Despite her actions, she's a really likable characters. She's just lost and not sure how to save herself. For being only 18 years old, that's understandable. A lot of her problems could have been avoided if she had had somebody she could trust.
This book was nothing like I thought it would be. The ending bugged me at first, but now I really like it. The more I sit on this novel, the more I like it.
Yes, I hate the characters in some ways, I hate the crap that they make each other go through, and I hate the decisions they made. However, the story is poignant and profound. This novel takes a hard look at what it means to be a teenager and what it means to stand up for yourself.
This novel is not one everybody will like. To be honest, I don't know if I can say I liked it. But I respect it because it made me think. Any book that still has you thinking
So why 4 stars? Because for me the message the story contains is important. You can't run from your past; you have to face it. Eventually, you have to face who you are and the mistakes you've made. It has a good message.
Warnings/Side-notes: There is sexual content but think of it in a "Sarah Dessen" way. It's there, but there are no details. It's just mentioned. That's why I ranked this as young adult and not new adult, even though it's in the floater zone. Would recommend for 15+.
The Wrap-up: A messed-up girl making a lot of messed-up decisions with characters who made me want to scream "GROW UP! GET OVER YOURSELF! NO DON'T DO THAT!" that surprisingly I enjoyed. It left me thinking and overall it's a profound book.
An overview of the Novel: Anna was saved from death, but it might just be a temporary reprieve. Now she has whisperers breMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
An overview of the Novel: Anna was saved from death, but it might just be a temporary reprieve. Now she has whisperers breathing down her neck making sure she's working and doing what she's supposed to. Good girl Anna is finding herself transforming into party girl Anna. She's not so sure she likes the change.
She can't afford to disappoint the Dukes not when her life is on the line and not when so much is riding on her success. Because Anna just heard a prophecy and she's got one tall order.
Not too mention, the normal drama with Kaidan. Kaidan is determined to cut her out and it's breaking her heart, and her best friends are dating. It's lining up to be an interesting senior year to say the very least. She just hopes that she and her friends can survive it and that she can make Kaidan love her back. No small order. My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read the first in the series a long time ago and so I was super excited to finally get my hands on the sequel. I loved the first one and the second one was no exception.
Wendy Higgins took a subject that I never thought I'd enjoy and made it into a novel that I could barely put down. I absolutely adore the characters. Anna and Kaidan and even all the supporting cast all sucked me in with their stories.
Higgins' writing is incredible. She stays right on track and doesn't sway from it. The pacing was perfect and the plot was gripping. I flew through this one so fast and immediately started reading the next one. Don't pass this one up. You won't regret reading this series. This is a series that I would love to have on my shelf.
So why 4 stars? I adored it. I flew through it and was thoroughly engaged in the tale the entire time. Most sequels end up being bridge novels. In hindsight, this one kind of was a bridge novel, but it didn't feel that way. It was an incredible story.
Can I read the series out of order? I would seriously not recommend it. Read them in order.
Warnings/Side-notes: There are very vague references to sex, alcohol, drugs, and other things like that. Language is fairly clean, but there are moments where it swears. I would recommend this for 15ish and up without hesitation.
The Wrap-up: I adored this novel and immediately jumped into reading the third one. Higgins is an incredible author who I will be keeping close tabs on. Beautiful read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Elise and the Benton family have moved to LA. Her mom has just been named principal ofMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Elise and the Benton family have moved to LA. Her mom has just been named principal of Coral Tree prep in LA. The problem is everybody else at her school is the son or daughter of Hollywood royalty. Her mom is the new principal. It doesn't exactly lead to popularity.
And Derek Edwards is at the top of the pack, but when Derek's best friend falls for Elise's sister Julianna, Elise and Julianna find themselves being welcomed into that top pack.
However, Elise is not attracted to Derek. He is a jerk to social outcast Webster Grant and he thinks her family is embarrassing. Elise has to admit there might be some merit on that last one. Her sister Layla has no bounds when it comes trying to impress people or to fitting in. Then there's her mom who seems to fawn over Derek. Yes, they might be embarrassing but she's not about to let anybody else say that.
It's a retelling of Pride and Prejudice so I'm sure you have a few ideas about this one ends.
Going into this one, I didn't actually remember it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. I just remembered hearing good reviews about it so I decided to give it a shot. Boy am I glad I did.
LaZebnik's YA debut novel is an epic read. This book had me laughing the whole time. I have read several retellings of Pride and Prejudice but few have been as entertaining as this one.
LaZebnik managed to parallel Pride and Prejudice very well, but also managed to make the story her own. LaZebnik did not just rely on readers knowing the characters in Pride and Prejudice, she infused her characters with their own personality.
This book is a cute read that I'm so glad I read.
So why 3.5 stars? This novel was indeed a cute read. It had me laughing and I loved the characters. It was more memorable than chick-lit novels than I've read in a long time. However, it lacked a deeper underlying message to make this one a 4 or a 5. The writing was beautiful, the book entertaining, and it's one I liked more than a lot I've read, but it lacked that after punch to make it unforgettable.
In Summary: LaZebnik's first YA novel has definitely left me excited to read her next YA novel. Her book offers a cute, fun, and comical retelling of Pride and Prejudice that Austen fans will love. What would happen if Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett squared off in high school? Read this book and you'll find out.
The Wrap-up: I really was truly surprised by how much I liked this one. LaZebnik's writing definitely caught my attention and I can't wait to read her sophomore YA novel The Trouble with Flirting. If you like Austen or just like cute reads, then check this one out.
This book is just cute. Melanie Jacobson's books always make me laugh hysterically. They are dangerous for me. Laughing out loud in public is usuallyThis book is just cute. Melanie Jacobson's books always make me laugh hysterically. They are dangerous for me. Laughing out loud in public is usually frowned upon.
Seriously if you want a cute, clean, funny romance, look no further than Melanie Jacobson. ...more
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and reMy Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this book as part of the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion and review. I have not received any compensation for this book. The tour host may have received compensation for scheduling the tour. However, I have received nothing and am not obligated to give a good review.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I went into this book without really knowing what to expect. It sounded intriguing and so I decided to give it a shot. I've found a lot of really fun books that way and was excited to see what would happen with this book.
In one word this book was cute. It made me smile as I read about Amy and Chris's relationship. This book touched on body image problems and self-esteem; something that I think is a crucial topic in today's society, but I won't get into that right now.
I found the dialogue to be believable and compelling. I thought that the plot might have been predictable, but sometimes you just want a cute read that you can quickly read and leave with a smile on your face. This book fits the bill perfectly.
Amy was a character that I could relate to. She was stupid at times, but which one of us hasn't been stupid before--especially when it comes to love? I loved watching her grow and attempt to sort our her feelings.
Chris was just the classic good guy; the type of guy you are supposed to like. I loved watching him struggle with own doubts and fears as he tried to win Amy over.
This book switched between both of their perspectives which is absolutely something that I appreciate.
This book was cute and entertaining, but it lacked that extra something to bump it up to a 4. However, I still really enjoyed this book and definitely recommend it to all those who like cute high school romance stories.
In Summary: Rebecca's debut presents readers with a delightfully entertaining read that is bound to appeal to lovers of high school romance stories.
Warnings/Side-notes: Two instances of strong language. Some references to drinking. Overall, the content in this book is very mild. I wouldn't hesitate to suggest it.
The Wrap-up: Overall, I really enjoyed this book and am glad that I got to read it. Rebecca's novel was a fast, fun, and delightful read. I normally am a harsher grader when it comes to stories about high school romances. Honestly, in most cases, what are they going to lead to? But I really loved how Rebecca set up this novel.
An enjoyable read that fans of young adult realistic contemporary romantic novels will enjoy reading.
I loved this book. Melanie Jacboson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her name is synonymous with cute, funny stories.
I don't have timeI loved this book. Melanie Jacboson is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Her name is synonymous with cute, funny stories.
I don't have time to write a personal review, so here's the review that I published.
Melanie Jacobson's new book, "Smart Move" will leave readers laughing out loud. "Smart Move" is the companion novel to "Twitterpated" and follows the character Sandy Burke.
Sandy met Jack Manning at a club in Seattle. He said he would call, and she waited for that call for months. It never came. Sandy was devastated and was never able to entirely forget him. A year later, when she has the chance to leave Seattle and work at New Horizons in Washington, D.C., she jumps at the chance.
New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that helps women get back on their feet, something Sandy is very passionate about. However, plans to build a new outreach center come to a screeching halt when an annoying lawyer tries to block their permit to build the center.
On top of that, Sandy has to deal with her mother, who is obsessed with all things New Age and is convinced that Sandy’s religion as a now activity member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a fraud and is not filling her needs. Between her mom “the crazy train” and the lawyer she likes to call “El Diablo” it is only time before someone drives her crazy.
As if battling for the new outreach center wasn’t hard enough, she finds herself battling for her heart too. Jake Manning, the handsome guy from Seattle, reappears in Washington, D.C., and kicks her heart back into overdrive. The only problem is that Jake is also “El Diablo.” Sandy refuses to be attracted to the guy who is making her life a living nightmare at work.
However, Jake isn’t so ready to let her walk away. Sandy determines that she can use the "flirt-to-convert" method to make him see the importance of the new center. Jake is set on winning her back. However, Sandy quickly realizes she is in danger of losing both her head and her heart.
While it is a companion novel to "Twitterpated," this book can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Jacobson’s writing always manages to be refreshing, entertaining, amusing and uplifting. She writes her romances in a way that are accessible to readers of all ages. Her romances are always clean and never contain any content that would offend any reader of any age.
Jacobson’s characters are always masterfully developed and spring off the pages. Jacobson will have readers laughing out loud at least a few times as she relates the hilarious encounters between Sandy and Jake as they battle for their jobs and their hearts. Fans of the romantic comedy will love Jacobson’s novel “Smart Move,” and will appreciate the novel for its depth, its entertainment value and its overall cuteness. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite novel by Jacobson. But I still loved it. I have read every single book my Melanie and can guaranI thoroughly enjoyed this book. It wasn't my favorite novel by Jacobson. But I still loved it. I have read every single book my Melanie and can guarantee that I will be keeping my eye out for her works. Her writing is beautiful, her characters are always realistic and comical.
Definitely recommend to fans of romantic comedies. Another thing I love about Jacobson is that her novels are always clean and that is definitely a plus. ...more
I received this review for work from one of the newspapers I freelance for. That means I wrote this review for a newspaper and not my blog. So here'sI received this review for work from one of the newspapers I freelance for. That means I wrote this review for a newspaper and not my blog. So here's my review. Note: it's written in journalism style. Once the link is available, I will place it here.
But before I get into my official review, here are two quotes that I adored:
What girl doesn't swoon at Roman historical references? Probably, most. But I did.
"You google-stalked me! I'm so flattered." "Stalked is such a strong word," Elliot said. "Don't be offended. Google-stalking is an art," I said. "In fact, if I could be a superhero, I would be the googler. 'No searh is beyond her ability,'" I said in my best radio theater voice. "'She is...the Googler."
See why I love this book. And if you really want to here's a copy of my review for work.
Protagonist Dawn West, a recent graduate who lives in New York, decided to turn down law school to follow her dream of being a writer. She expected to be leading a fabulous life complete with an incredible writing career and a gorgeous boyfriend.
Instead, she is the genius behind a lawn care advice column, has an ex-boyfriend that she can’t stop thinking about, and a roommate who seems incapable of paying rent. Not exactly the glamorous life she had anticipated living.
But at a chance meeting, she runs into the editor-in-chief of Charm magazine, Regina Greene. When Greene offers her the chance to track down the winners of Charm magazine’s “Ten Girls to Watch” contest, she jumps at the chance.
While the pay might not be stellar and it is only a temporary position, Dawn falls in love with the job. The women she interviewed were great college students who went on to become famous opera singers, novelists, and air force pilots. These women quickly become her role models.
However, Dawn learns that as remarkable as these women are she can’t follow in their footsteps. Instead, she realizes that she has to pave her own way. While she might not have received the perfect ending she always pictured, she might have been blessed with the perfect beginning.
Charity Shumway, a Utah-native, creates a brilliant debut novel that proves to be nothing short of charming. Shumway’s delightful novel is one that readers will cherish as they are left crying and laughing as they root for her pithy protagonist. An intriguing plot, brilliant characters, and a beautiful prose combine to create a novel that readers will adore.
Shumway took the almost clichéd plot line of a Western girl who moves to New York in the hopes of living a glamorous life and breathes new life into the story. She chose to delve past the superficial concerns and dive into deeper issues about family, divorce, love, and learning to chase dreams no matter the cost.
Shumway took her own life story and cast a fictional slant on it. While her character Dawn was born in Oregon and moved to New York, Shumway was born in Utah and moved to New York. Both wanted to be writers and both were given the chance to track down winners for a major magazine’s “Top Ten College Women” contest.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honeMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I read Shannon Greenland's novel The Summer my Life Began and really liked that one so I was excited to read this one.
This novel is nothing like The Summer my Life Began and yet I still really liked it. This novel is about a teenage genius named Kelly James. I actually liked her a lot. She was spunky and had a lot of character.
The whole premise was really intriguing. I'd like to read the next one in the sequel.
I thought that Greenland has a really brilliant writing style. It was comical. If you like spy books or books with a spunky heroine, then you would really enjoy this book.
Greenland's writing style is always entertaining, her characters are always easy to relate to, and her plot lines are always intriguing.
In Summary: Model Spy is a book full of intrigue and is both humorous and fun. Fans of young adult spy books will love this series.
The Wrap-up: A cute book that I really enjoyed reading. I read this book in one sitting and did so very quickly. This is definitely an enjoyable book that I feel like most fans of YA fiction will love.
An overview of the Novel: I feel like the Goodreads description is a good description of the novel and don't feel the neeMy Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
An overview of the Novel: I feel like the Goodreads description is a good description of the novel and don't feel the need to add to it.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Okay so there are mixed feelings about this book. I thought a lot about what people said a bout it, and frankly I disagree with them. They said that she should have felt more after Mr. Hall died, I disagree. It was in the little things that she did that you could see she did care. I thought how she grieved over him was appropriate.
People say that Leah, Grayson, and Alex are stupid characters--yeah they are pretty stupid at some points but it's a believable stupid. I thought these characters were real. Yes, Alex wasn't super developed as a character, but I thought that was realistic considering it's told from Leah's view and Leah doesn't really care about him.
Leah and Grayson were stupid, I wanted to scream at them and yet I was rooting for them the entire time because they felt real.
I loved this book. Almost gave it a 5. I loved the world Echols created, a world full of planes, danger, risk, and love. It was beautifully-crafted and I thought the story was well-written.
Out of the masses of books I read, it stood out to me and that's saying something. If you are looking for characters who are flawless or characters that you will always love, then this isn't the novel for you. If you are looking for brilliant writing and an incredible world to get lost in, then this is for you.
So why 4 stars? I loved it. The beginning was slow and so for that I gave it a 4, but I adored the book.
Warnings/Side-notes: Several instances of strong language, some sexual content that is not detailed but is written in a way that is appropriate for 16+.
The Wrap-up: An engaging enjoyable read that had me hooked from the very beginning. Loved it.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank the puThis is a condensed version of my review. The extended version can be found here.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: First off, I'd like to thank the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an e-galley to review in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.
I read this one without knowing much about it other than it looked like it would be a fun summer book. After reading it, I realized that this is a book that people either seem to hate, love, or are absolutely apathetic about. I for one actually really liked this book. I'm not quite sure what made me like it so much...I guess it was just the novel as a whole.
This novel was your typical summer chick-lit read; however, it was so much more. I don't know why, but from the very first page I was drawn into this story. I for one really liked Shannon's writing a lot. Her writing read very smoothly and just drew me into the story.
I also really liked the character Em. I know a few people who thought the characters were flat, but I actually really liked the characters of Em, Gwynny, and of course Cade. The characters didn't seem flat to me and I liked how they grew in the novel.
Even though I predicted a lot of what happened in this novel, it was still really enjoyable. ...more