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)
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 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 a temporary electronic arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review. I didn't receive any...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received a temporary electronic arc of this novel in exchange for my honest review. I didn't receive any compensation for writing this review, nor was I obligated to write a good review.
An Overview of the Novel: Faith Holland is finally returning to her home because her father needs her. It's not easy. She left after being jilted at the altar and hasn't come back since. That day still haunts her as does several other other memories.
Her fiancee was gay and he chose the minute before their wedding to tell her that. Ever since then, Faith has seemed like a magnet for gay guys or guys who are already married. All she wants is a decent relationship.
Enter Levi Cooper. Levi is everything she doesn't need and everything she doesn't want. He is the one who ruined her wedding all those years ago and he's arrogant and definitely not the guy for her. And yet she keeps feeling more and more drawn to him. But will she be able to let the past go and forgive Levi and let him in? Or will Levi just be the next guy to break her heart?
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I didn't know if I'd like this novel going into it or not, but it looked like a really cute read and I loved the cover. I know you shouldn't judge a book by a cover, but come on we all do at least to some level.
Anyway, it took me a few thirty pages or so to really get into the story, but after that I was completely hooked. I loved Kristan's writing style. Adult contemporary romance is a genre I usually don't read, but this one was actually quite good.
It was definitely an adult novel, but not so adult as to lean to the erotic side or to make me feel uncomfortable. The characters were interesting and well-developed.
In fact, every single one of the characters in this novel seemed so real. I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and recommend it to fans of this novel.
So Why 3.5 out of 5 stars? It was slow at parts and I felt like the pacing could have picked up. It also lacked the depth of my favorite novels. However, it was a cute, thought-provoking read.
Warnings/Side-notes: Adult book. Not one I'd recommend to young teens, but it's actually pretty clean for an adult book.
The Wrap-up: Kristan's writing was actually really intriguing and I loved this story. It was one I'm really glad I read. Definitely a cute book with hilarious characters and an intriguing plot. If you like adult romance, then check it out.
Disclaimers: I received an electronic copy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
An Overview of the Novel: Amelia and Adam's dreams are beginning to come true. Tom Fenway is giving Amelia the means to actually make a business out of her product and even though she was anti-business to start.
But when people from the past start threatening the twins, Amelia and Adam realize they might just have got themselves in over their heads. As Amelia continues to work on the coding, forces continue to conspire against them.
They are in a tangled web so deep that it threatens to burst at any second. The only question is who will be left standing at the end of the day.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I really enjoyed the first novel in the series so I went in with high expectations and I wasn't disappointed. I continued to love Amelia's character. I'm anything but a computer programmer, but I found it easy to connect with her character.
Adam continued to frustrate me, but I still really like him. And there are all the secondary character's whose lives have me completely floored. I'm just not sure what to think about them.
Several of them are weaving such tangled webs and I'm honestly just waiting until they explode. And then there are the characters who are sitting on the fence of being bad or good and I really just can't decide what to think of them.
Basically, Sadie is a master at crafting characters and a plot that transfixes me. Her writing is beautiful, her characters compelling, and her plot is so intriguing that readers won't want to put it down.
So Why 4 out of 5 stars? Although I really liked this story, it missed making it into my all-time favs. However, I did really enjoy this novel and am glad I read it.
In Summary: Sadie Hayes' second novel offers readers a glimpse into a world where betrayal, deceit, and innovation run rampant. Readers will fall in love with this world and will be waiting to see the thrilling conclusion.
The Wrap-up: I for one can't wait to see what happens next. Adam and Amelia's stories are gripping and I will definitely be keeping close tabs on this author. I'm not entirely sure what's going on with Sadie Hayes' story right now. However, I'll be curiously waiting to find out.
I definitely recommend this series and when I found out what's going on I'll post that here.
Disclaimers: I received this as part of the original book tour, but somehow it got lost in the mail, so I did receive a...moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Disclaimers: I received this as part of the original book tour, but somehow it got lost in the mail, so I did receive a copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.
An Overview of the Novel: Addie has wanted to work at the library for years and thinks that she's finally going to be named Assistant Librarian only to be passed up for the arrogant Blake, who hasn't even worked at a library before. Addie is furious and automatically dislikes Blake.
But then she finds out the library is going to be knocked down and then rebuilt. Addie now knows why she was passed up for Blake, but that doesn't make her any less furious.
She's determined to save the library and walk away with her heart intact because there's no way she could actually be attracted to Blake is there.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I hadn't actually really read the summary before going into this book. So I went in without realizing it was a retelling of Pride and Prejudice. :) However, the fact that it was a retelling was quickly apparent. There were some notable differences in Tristi's re-imagining though, and it stood up on its own merits, which many P&P retellings do not.
What if Elizabeth's dad had actually been out of the picture and Elizabeth had actually liked her mom? What if Elizabeth hadn't been related to Lydia. Add a million more what ifs and you have the intriguing Turning Pages.
To say I'm always skeptical of retellings of Pride and Prejudice is an understatement, but I've also read several that I have loved.
I will admit for the first third of the novel I was thinking I might not love the novel. It was good, but it hadn't completely gripped me yet. But as I kept reading, I became more and more intrigued and I loved the ending.
I really liked Blake from the get-go so that was different than P&P because in that novel I was furious with Darcy in the beginning. Blake was actually just a charming young man who I liked from the beginning. On one hand it was nice, on the other hand I did like to hate Darcy. :)
As for Addie, I actually liked her character. There were several parts where I could find myself connecting with her. If you love reading and libraries, I definitely think she is a character you will enjoy reading about.
Tristi's writing is always fantastic. I've read books by her before (books on finance before for goodness sake and been riveted). Tristi is just a fabulous writer.
So why 3.5 out of 5 stars? I loved the book. I liked the characters and the way Tristi re-imagined the classic tale of P&P and I thought the setting she chose was fascinating. How many books take place at libraries? In my opinion, not enough. So why a 3.5 out of 5 stars? I just can't look past the first part of the novel that didn't quite grip me.
This novel was closer to a 4 though and there were so many parts that I absolutely love. I'd still recommend it to people who like retellings of P&P or those who are looking for a cute fun read that will elicit a few laughs.
In Summary: Tristi presents a cute retelling of the classic we all love. Her characters are gripping, her plot compelling, and her writing is masterful.
Warnings/Side-notes: Nothing this novel is perfectly clean.
The Wrap-up: I love Tristi's voice. Her writing is beautiful and I definitely enjoyed this one. If you like cute novels with deeper underlying themes check out this one.
An Overview of the Novel: Elli has suffered from severe self-esteem issues for awhile and just doesn't feel good enough....moreMy Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
An Overview of the Novel: Elli has suffered from severe self-esteem issues for awhile and just doesn't feel good enough. And she's definitely not good enough for her crush Shea Adler. Shea is the captain of the hockey team Assassins and he would never like somebody like her. But she's happy enough. She's living her dream of being a photographer and that's good enough right.
Shea is happy with his life. His hockey career is going great. It's just his life outside of the rink is getting old. Then he meets Elli. He's never met anybody like her and to say he's attracted to her is an understatement.
But Elli is scarred and scared of loving Shea. She knows that there is no way she can make him happy. She's too overweight and too loud to attract him. Shea is determined to make Elli realize he loves her, but in the end her fears and the secrets she's keeping from him might just be enough to keep them apart.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I received the third book in the series for review and enjoyed it so much that I decided to go back and read the first one in series. I'm glad I did.
I remembered loving how Toni set up a hockey teams as the backdrop of her series and remembered loving the series. All of that was confirmed when I read the first installment of the series.
I loved how Toni developed her characters and how she set up her world. Her writing drew me in from the beginning and the characters fascinated me. Elli and Shea's relationship was one that I could relate to, oddly enough.
It was definitely a little bit of insta-love, but Toni did a great job at developing the relationship between them.
There were a few moments where the novel seemed to drag and moments that I felt could have been cut out, but on the whole, it was a really enjoyable book.
So Why 3.5 out of 5 stars? I really enjoyed the novel, but it dragged in some places. Elli's self-esteem and medical issues gave it more depth than a lot of the novels I read, but I still felt like the novel could have had more depth. Basically it lacked that extra something to be a 4 star book, but it was still a good read.
In Summary: Toni Aleo creates a fascinating world set against the backdrop of a hockey team where romance blossoms. The characters in Taking Shots were compelling and the plot was intriguing. Fans of romantic novels will definitely enjoy this one.
Warnings/Side-notes: This book is aimed for adults and contains language and sexual references/scenes that are not suitable for younger teens. It's not explicit, but it's definitely adult.
The Wrap-up: If you don't really like romances or insta-love novels, then this one might not be for you. However, if you like romance novels, then definitely give this one a shot. It's an intriguing series and one that is well-written.
In Summary: Hadley is ticked. Her mom is making her going to her father's wedding and that's the last thing Hadley wants t...moreMy Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
In Summary: Hadley is ticked. Her mom is making her going to her father's wedding and that's the last thing Hadley wants to do. Her father walked out on them and she doesn't understand why she should go see him marry some other woman. It's just ridiculous.
What's even more ridiculous is the fact that she misses her plane by four minutes. It's not like anybody will believe she didn't do it on purpose. She is stuck in an airport with people she doesn't know and she has her father's book sitting on her lap. She hasn't read it and she's decided she's going to give it back to him. That is bound to make a statement.
Then she meets Oliver on the airport. Oliver is heading back to London too and as they start talking she is stunned by the connection she has with him. Can one day with somebody change your whole outlook on life. Hadley is about to find out.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had heard a lot of hype about this book, but I was skeptical about it. I was completely blown away by the awesomeness of this novel. I love books that take place in one day and this one simply solidified that belief.
Smith was a master at infusing her writing with Hadley's voice. I felt so connected to her character and felt like I knew her so well. Smith was a master at writing and character development.
I also liked Oliver. He had great dialogue. Seriously every time he opened his mouth, I ended up laughing hysterically. I definitely could see myself crushing on Oliver....oh I kind of did for the whole book.
Her writing was beautiful too. I was surprised by how profound her writing was. She worked in such meaningful quotes and how she developed this novel so completely. She worked in literary quotes so seamlessly. It didn't feel pretentiously.
Fans of realistic contemporary novels will adore this one. The plot was well-developed and the writing was beautiful. I was sucked in from the very first page until the very last page. I recommend this to anybody and everybody.
So why 5 stars? Because I absolutely loved this one. This is a memorable book and one that I actually wrote down several quotes from. It had me laughing one moment and then thinking deeply the next. Any book that can do that is one of my favorites.
In Summary: A beautifully written book that I absolutely adored. Jennifer E. Smith has made a fan out of me. I can't wait to read more from her.
The Wrap-up: This book is one that I would definitely consider buying. You should definitely read this one. I really did adore this novel. Smith's writing was beautiful, touching, entertaining, hilarious, and moving. Any book that can be described by all of those words is one of my favorites.
My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Elise and the Benton family have moved to LA. Her mom has just been named principal of...moreMy 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.
Definitely for adults. I had to know what happened, but there were several pages I kind of skimmed over. This is definitely an adult book. It was good...moreDefinitely for adults. I had to know what happened, but there were several pages I kind of skimmed over. This is definitely an adult book. It was good though. If you like more adult books, definitely recommend it. (less)