I needed this! Nice change from everything I've been reading lately. And also a first for me. I don't normally dive into mystery suspense romance. Gla...moreI needed this! Nice change from everything I've been reading lately. And also a first for me. I don't normally dive into mystery suspense romance. Glad I gave it a shot. Now buying the first couple of books in the series. :) Full review to come! (less)
I enjoyed Before You Break, but not as much as the first. Ella to me wasn't a strong character, and it was a little hard for...more3.5 stars!
Mini Review --
I enjoyed Before You Break, but not as much as the first. Ella to me wasn't a strong character, and it was a little hard for me to relate to her. Quinn's character I LOVED! He wasn't your typical bad boy, but he wasn't a complete saint either. The Chemistry between Quinn and Ella is so strong from beginning to end I got goosebumps. I loved both Ella and Quinn's back story and how they come together.
Overall, Before You Break is a fast read and enjoyable. I cannot wait for the next book! Despite my little issues with Ella, I love the characters in this series.(less)
I absolutely love dystopians -- especially the ones like ACID. Where the story is a page turner, non-stop action packed, and focused mainly on the wor...moreI absolutely love dystopians -- especially the ones like ACID. Where the story is a page turner, non-stop action packed, and focused mainly on the world building. ACID delivers all that and more! This book was not even on my radar until I came across it on Around The World ARC Tours. I signed up to read it mostly because of the cover. The girl on the cover gave me the impression that the book was not only filled with action, but that the main character was a kick-ass character with no fear. And I was right.
ACID is also filled with lots of suspense, secrets and betrayal. Jenna thought she had it bad in prison. That everything inside was a lot worse than the outside. But when she breaks out of prison she slowly realizes that EVERYTHING is a lie, and just about every person she comes across has some kind of secret they aren't telling her. I loved that more than half the book I kept playing the guessing game. Living on the outside is no better than being locked up.
Jenna still tries to build a new life and leave her past behind. Then she meets a boy who tries to mug her and again, she finds her world torn upside down.
I love everything about Jenna. She was brave, fearless, and very forward. What I did not like, though, was that towards the ending I felt her character changed a bit. She wasn't the same and I think it's because of the slight romance thrown in. A romance blossoms eventually throughout the story, but not until the very near end. I think this sort of threw her character off track and I would have been okay without it.
Aside from that, I enjoyed this story a lot and think Emma Pass did an excellent job bringing the world and characters to life. Every detail matters in this book. There are a couple of twist that leave you with your mouth open. This is a great read!
It has sort of a Victorian feel to it. A lot of people have mentioned that it reminds them of Titanic, only on a spaces...moreThese Broken Stars was awesome!
It has sort of a Victorian feel to it. A lot of people have mentioned that it reminds them of Titanic, only on a spaceship in the sky somewhere; that is the perfect description. Though, there is so much more to this story than that.
While I was reading These Broken Stars my first thought was Star Trek meets Survivor. Throw in a romance that will melt your heart and boom! Flawless. I can promise you that from the very first chapter you will be hooked and not want to put it down. You will also fall in love with both Lilac, and Tarver. There is lots of build-up between them both. Their romance is not an insta-love. It also does not take over every page. Loved this!
I have to admit that I was reading it mostly for the romance. I heard so many great things about it I just had to find out for myself. Two characters who come from two different worlds and fall in love? Come on -- we’re suckers for these kinds of romance. I know I am! I loved the chemistry between Lilac and Tarver. They were both strong heroines. I think Amie and Meagan are a great writing team. They matched everything up perfectly and their writing style just flowed together. I honestly did not know it was written by two different authors until I was halfway done with the book. How I missed that? I have no idea.
These Broken Stars is unpredictable, and the slight twist the authors throw in makes it stand out from all sci/fi novels I've read. It also has a pinch of paranormal that was actually pretty creepy, but a nice curveball. I didn't quite understand the how and who of the whole thing, but it was super interesting.
These Broken Stars is the first in a trilogy. I am so looking forward to the next two books. A Good Choice for Reading! :)(less)
Okay, so I have a confession to make. I actually read this book August of 2013. For a while there I put off writing my review because...moreHuge 5 stars!!!!
Okay, so I have a confession to make. I actually read this book August of 2013. For a while there I put off writing my review because I wanted to post it closer to publication. Then it was that I just did not know how to tell you all how much I love this story and how bad I want the entire world to read it and rave about it as much as I do.
WARNING: This review will probably jump a lot, and make absolutely no sense. I just feel so passionate about this book that I have so much to say.
Let’s begin with world building
I absolutely loved how easy everything weaved together. From page one until the very end it all just made sense. It fit together perfectly. The world is nothing you’ve read before.
The main characters Kestrel & Arin
I absolutely loved Kestrel. We're always talking about how we love kick-ass females in books and how we need more of them. Well, look no further. She was smart, brave, and fearless, all the while wearing her dresses and carrying herself like a lady. Her father trained her well.
Arin, Arin, Arin… where do I start? Everything about him is a mystery. Even the little conversations that he shares with Kestrel are so mysterious. I wanted to get to know him. I needed to get to know him.
The romance takes a back burner more than half of the book. It’s not at all the main focus of the story and I am one hundred percent okay with that. I loved that the author gives readers the chance to get a feel for her characters and the world she has created. I read so much romance, but I can honestly say that my favorite type of romance in a novel is like the one in The Winner’s Curse. It’s the one that slowly develops and takes you by surprise filling you with so many different emotions making you blush and say “AWE” out loud. I love it!
Twist and Turns
Plenty. You will not be bored.
HECK YEAH! It’s lacking NOTHING!
Another HECK YEAH! I cannot get enough of Kestrel and her world. I want more!
Some of my favorite quotes…
Quote #1: “You are terrifying. Gods help me if I cross you, Kestrel.”
Quote #2: “The God of lies must love you, you see things so clearly.”
THIS IS A MUST READ! I cannot wait to own an actual finished copy and have the beauty in my collection of books. (less)
Every time I think about this story, and replay it in my head again and again I get butterflies. The writing was great, the story reads at a good pace...moreEvery time I think about this story, and replay it in my head again and again I get butterflies. The writing was great, the story reads at a good pace, and the characters are very likable.
When I first read the blurb my immediate thought was bad boy covered in tattoos, but happens to be a virgin? Could be interesting. I had no idea what I was jumping into.
This story is the total opposite of what I was expecting and this was a good thing because I didn't jump into it with high hopes. No particular reason why? I just read too many New Adult novels. Every now and then you find some that you devour and are left wanting more. I thought it would read like any other New Adult out today where boy and girl meet, have a huge attraction to each other, have crazy sex, and decide they love each other... the end.
Again, this book turned out to be the total opposite. Boy and girl do meet, have huge attraction, but become friends before anything else. Bennett and Avery build a friendship and really get to know one another. There is a huge ball of chemistry between the two, but I loved that the author took her time bringing these two together. You learn so much about both of them and fall in love with them individually, and as a couple.
The reason I think I enjoyed All of You so much is mostly because the roles were reversed. Avery and her friends were like college dudes. All they wanted were hook ups and fun. No strings attached. Bennett was the female holding out and hoping the right person came along. This was a bit refreshing. Even though Bennett has never had actual intercourse with a female before, he has done other sexual things. Some readers had an issue with this, but honestly, if he was too clean cut and too sensitive I probably would have hated him.
There are tons of sweet moments in this story, and times where Bennett just makes you swoon. This is one romance I would like to read over and over again.
With the New Adult novels I've been reading there are very few that stand out from all the rest. I have a short list of books I feel are unique and different, and All of You has made that list. I truly enjoyed it and would love more on Avery and Bennett, but at the same time I was super happy with the ending, and wouldn't want that ruined.
Where have I been? I had no idea Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series was up to book #12. I forgot how much I love Susan Mallery's writing, and the char...moreWhere have I been? I had no idea Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold series was up to book #12. I forgot how much I love Susan Mallery's writing, and the characters she creates. Also, a big bonus, I do not have to read the books in order for me to understand, or keep up with the Fool's Gold world and its characters. I jumped right into Three Little Words and did not feel lost or confused one bit.
Isabel and Ford have to be one of my favorite characters in a contemporary romance ever. The story kicks off with Isabel, a fourteen year old girl in love with her sister's ex-fiancé. Ford is off in the military and after having his heart broken by Isabel's older sister… he refuses to reply to any of Isabel's letters. Not caring one bit, she continues to write him throughout the years.
When Ford finally returns to Fool's Gold, it was almost as if him and Isabel known each other for a long time. Their first meeting was hilarious, and I loved how quickly they became friends and later on a couple. It was written perfectly and developed at a great pace. It was so much fun reading about these two and watching them fall in love. I haven't laughed this hard while reading a book in so long!
Isabel and Ford have one of those relationships where they are both straightforward with one another, and neither one was embarrassed to share what's on their mind. I almost didn't want them to become an official couple because I knew the book would be coming to an end soon. I couldn't get enough of the two.
There is also a subplot where a romance develops between Ford’s brother, Kent, and their friend Consuelo. Their story is interesting because Consuelo is a kick-butt character who isn't afraid to get down and dirty. She fights her own battles and seems like she is a very confident girl. But when it comes to men, she was completely clueless. She is gorgeous, but has no clue just how gorgeous.
Three Little Words has brought out the love I have for Susan Mallery’s books all over again. This book made me laugh and gave me butterflies. I blushed and craved more when the story was over. I have a lot of catching up to do with this series and cannot wait! (less)
I really hope this is not the ending of this series!! Loved it! Full review to come!
Erased was one of the books that were on my MUST-HAVE...moreI really hope this is not the ending of this series!! Loved it! Full review to come!
Erased was one of the books that were on my MUST-HAVE and MUST-READ list. I loved ALTERED so much and just could not wait to jump back into the world of my three favorite boys, Sam, Cas, and Nick.
Erased is filled with so much mystery and suspense that I just couldn't contain myself while reading. I was grunting, screaming, telling everyone around to shut up so I can read, and at times I was even talking to the book like I was a part of the story. It was pretty funny actually. My husband thinks I am crazy. But that is how involved I was in the story and how much I loved it. I enjoyed Erased a lot more than the first. I loved all the twist and turns the story took.
Jumping into it I was expecting it to be similar to the first book, but I felt Erased had a whole different plot. The only thing similar to Altered was Nick, Sam, Cas and Anna were on the run, and the agency is still a huge threat. But so much goes down that I literally felt like I was reading a spin-off of some sort. I loved that! It wasn’t what I was expecting at all.
Erased also focuses a lot on Nick and Anna. You really get to know Nick and his past. I’ve read some concerns about a possible love triangle happening in Erased, but I can tell you there isn’t. I absolutely hate love triangles, but this is the one time I was hoping and hoping something would blossom between Nick and Anna. I liked Nick’s character in Altered, but in Erased I fell in love with him.
Erased is a great sequel! If you’re new to the series, you still have to read Altered to follow along in Erased. Even though Erased felt fresh and different to me, there is so much information shared in Altered that you need in order to get a true feel for the world Jennifer Rush has created, and her characters. I recommend this series and think it would be great a TV show. (less)
Talk about heart pounding action! All Our Yesterdays was a crazy exciting read for me. You don’t have a moment to take a break while reading it. There...moreTalk about heart pounding action! All Our Yesterdays was a crazy exciting read for me. You don’t have a moment to take a break while reading it. There is always something happening and each chapter ends with a clue to the next. There are no slow moments in this book at all.
This is one of those books that I am afraid to really talk about because anything can give away a spoiler or huge part of the story. It was unpredictable, and filled with tons of twist. The ending was unreal. I did not see that coming at all and it definitely took me by surprise.
I think that is all I want to say about this book or else I might go a little too into detail and ruin it for someone. I cannot wait for the world to read it so I can finally have someone to talk spoilers with.
Oh, and if you want a romance that is solid and strong, then All Our Yesterdays is definitely for you. It was a nice change of pace for me since lately all I seem to be reading is about bad boys, or boys with cocky attitudes.
All Our Yesterdays blew me away and I HIGHLY recommend it. I have not read a Young Adult book that has left me this crazy in love and rattled in a long time. Definite Good Choice for Reading! (less)
This is a must read! No surprise there, though. Lisa Desrochers creates very realistic worlds filled with characters that you...morePure awesomeness!!!!!!!
This is a must read! No surprise there, though. Lisa Desrochers creates very realistic worlds filled with characters that you instantly connect with. I honestly have no complaint about this book. I thought I would because there is a slight love triangle, but it was done so well that I have no complaints at all. Not one.
Desrochers gives you the chance to get to know each character a little at a time. She doesn’t overdo it with background information and descriptions, but she gives just enough to help you imagine Lexie’s world and the people in it. I love to picture certain events and characters in my head my own way; makes the story seem more real to me, and Desrochers gave me that chance with A Little Too Far.
The entire time I was reading it I was so torn with Lexie. I loved not knowing which way the story was heading and feeling the way Lexie did. It was like her emotions came off the pages with every word. My heart was broken, then giddy, then broken, then beating super-fast -- my emotions were all over the place right along with Lexie. I was really hoping for a certain ending, and Desrochers did not disappoint. I loved how involved I got in her characters’ lives.
I can’t forget to mention how steamy A Little Too Far is. I had a smile from ear to ear and my cheeks were lobster red. I literally got goose bumps by Lexie’s descriptions of her emotions. Loved it!
Lisa Desrochers is one of my favorite authors who I keep on auto-buy. Anything she releases I buy. I love her writing, and the emotions she brings out of me while reading one her books. I cannot wait for the next book in this series. I hate that I have to wait so long. (less)
I’ve never read a book, aside from Nicolas Sparks, that has left me crying hours later after reading it. I don’t quite know what exactly it was about...moreI’ve never read a book, aside from Nicolas Sparks, that has left me crying hours later after reading it. I don’t quite know what exactly it was about The Truth about You and Me that broke me down the way that it did, but it did; it broke me down into one big mess of tears.
When you read the blurb you automatically know not to expect a happy ending. There is no possible way a happy ending can come out of the mess Madelyn has created. With every page I turned my heart broke for her and Ben. Nothing really happens until the near end, but I think the fact that the story is told from a series of letters that Madelyn wrote to Ben, is what did me in. She lays out her emotions and paints a clear picture of how everything happened. How she fell in love with Ben? How she knew it was wrong, but yet she couldn’t bring herself to tell him the truth.
The author did such an amazing job capturing her emotions, and at the same time giving readers enough to really get a feel for the characters, and the situation they found themselves in. It’s just beautifully written. The ending wasn’t the outcome I wanted, but it also wasn’t the worst case scenario. It made me smile, but ripped my heart into pieces, too.
Words seriously cannot express how much I love this book. To think I was about to stop reading it when I realized the story is written from the female’s point of view, but in a series of letters to Ben. The entire book is her talking to Ben, apologizing, recapping their romance, and just trying to help him understand why she did what she did.
This is a book that I will forever remember. I can easily reread it a hundred times and probably cry my eyes out like it was the first time. This one really touched my heart and as much as I wanted to hate Madelyn, I couldn’t. I felt so bad for her and wanted her to have a happy ending. She did something so horrible, but yet my heart broke for her with every word. She found love and didn’t want to let it go.
I am going to end this review with saying that Amanda Grace has written a book that not only is perfect in every way, but really rips into your soul and makes you wonder what if? It also leaves you wondering what you would have done in Madelyn and Ben’s situation. You will fall in love with both characters and find yourself torn between right and wrong. I was rooting for them, but at the same time frustrated because I didn’t want Madelyn to ruin Ben’s life.
The Truth about You and Me is the true meaning of Forbidden love. It doesn’t get more forbidden than this.
After writing this review I think I want to re-read it now. I greatly recommend this read!(less)
When I first read the blurb to No Reverse a couple of months ago I knew that I would devour this book. It seemed like my kind of book and I could not...moreWhen I first read the blurb to No Reverse a couple of months ago I knew that I would devour this book. It seemed like my kind of book and I could not wait to read it. The second I got my hands on a copy of No Reverse I dived right into it and did not come out of it until the very last word.
Cassie and Josh have been added to my favorite couples list. They were high school sweet hearts who believed they would be together until they were both old and shriveled. Then of course things go south for the both of them.
Josh is my favorite character in this book. I liked Cassie, but loved Josh a lot more. Cassie at times really got on my nerves and if she were real I’d probably slap some sense into her. I understood all her motives and reasons, but I really disliked her for at least half of the book. I found her to be a bit whiny and immature at times. It wasn't until near the end of the book that I was able to truly connect with her and get a feel for her.
I will say though, Marion Croslydon did an excellent job distinguishing both Cassie and Josh. Sometimes when reading two different points of views in a story it can feel like the same character; that is not the case with No Reverse. That was another thing I enjoyed about it.
Josh was such a romantic and so swoon worthy. The way he loves Cassie was super sweet and sort of like The Notebook. He has a new life, new love, and has accepted the fact that Cassie is his past. Then she storms in and throws his entire world off track. His struggles with his feelings were so heartbreaking. He loves Cassie, always has and he really feels he can’t let her go a second time.
I want to jump back into this book again just for Josh. I am sure you can tell that I relished this story. Despite the little issues I had with it, I think it’s definitely a Good Choice for Reading. It’s a fast read and great for a day out at the beach.
Foreplay was everything I was hoping for and more. I was already in love with Sophie J...more4.5 stars! This was a very sexy and fun read! <3
Foreplay was everything I was hoping for and more. I was already in love with Sophie Jordan’s YA series and when I learned she was writing a New Adult novel I got really excited. I knew it was going to be just as romantic as her YA series only edgier and sexier.
The blurb is true to the book. Pepper is a very conservative person. She does everything according to plan and wants to live the life you see in movies. Being in love with her best friend’s brother for years, Pepper has missed out on a lot. Now she decides it’s time to go after what she wants, and to make some changes. It was a lot of fun reading her little adventures that leave her all uncomfortable and feeling out of place. She had no idea what she was doing, but she was not a quitter. She sets her sights on Reece and decides she will use him to learn to be a little more open and loose. What she didn’t expect was to get completely lost in Reece. Her plan quickly went from awesome to oh boy.
I loved all the mystery behind Reece. From beginning to middle you don’t really know if the rumors about Reece are true. He mostly keeps to himself and the only time you see him around other women is at the bar. He plays along with Pepper, but at the same time stays in control. He just let things flow. Pepper finds herself confused near the end and doesn't know what she wants anymore, or who she wants. Her life becomes one big ball of yarn twisted and tangled. This is where I got nervous and thought that Sophie Jordan might actually throw a curve-ball at her readers.
I also really liked the honesty between Pepper and Reece. Everything was basically laid out on the table. There were one or two secrets, but for the most part they were on the same page.
Pepper and Reece were just great together. I cannot stop talking about this book because it’s just that awesome. Reece was super sexy and I think what made him even sexier, again, was how mysterious he was. I wanted to know more about him. I was so intrigued and wanted to discover all his secrets. When I finally did my response was gosh, he is so damn sexy!
Sophie Jordan will always be one of my favorite authors.
Foreplay is a New Adult novel and recommended for the ages eighteen and over. (less)
Love, love, love this book! I was looking for something different, new, and unique and Waterfell delivered just that.
I know some have asked if this i...moreLove, love, love this book! I was looking for something different, new, and unique and Waterfell delivered just that.
I know some have asked if this is another mermaid book, I can tell you right now it is not. Mermaids do not exist in this book. LOL!
This book was awesome!
Full review to come!
I think I am getting my YA mojo back. I took a long break from young adult novels and recently have jumped back into the scene. I have been lucky enough to find some really good and well written stories that are unputdownable. Waterfell definitely falls into this category.
Waterfell was the total opposite of what I was expecting. I honestly thought I was jumping into a romance about mermaids. Instead what I got was a book with a strong female character who struggles every day with trying to keep her kind alive, and finding a peaceful life for them. A unique story that I can promise you haven’t read anything like it before. Amalie Howard took something so simple and twisted it around to create a world that is believable and easy to envision.
There is a romance that comes to life between Nerissa, the main character, and Lo. I loved them together as a couple, and laughed out loud at their bickering a couple of times, but what I loved most was that it doesn’t take up most of the story. Amalie Howard focuses a lot on Nerissa’s world and the challenge she must face in order to survive and save her people. It wasn’t until a little past the middle to end that the romance really steps into the light.
I wasn’t sure at first how I felt about Nerissa. I had a hard time really getting a hold on her character. She was up and down in the beginning, but as secrets were revealed her character definitely improved. In the beginning she comes off a little selfish and cold, but in the end she really grows into her skin and kicks some evil butt. She was unpredictable, actually shocking me by some of the things she does to protect those she loves. By the end, I loved her.
As you can tell, I really, truly love this book.
I love the world that Amalie Howard has created and brought to life with words. I love the romance, Nerissa’s friendship with her best friend Jenna, and all the twist and betrayal it’s filled with.