This story is adorable! The title is so fitting, as it's about first kisses. And it's also about close friendships, family, and memories. It's short aThis story is adorable! The title is so fitting, as it's about first kisses. And it's also about close friendships, family, and memories. It's short and sweet, and it'll leave you with a wonderful feeling. :) Enjoy this sneak peek into Dina Littner's work! :)...more
Whew! What a ride. I've wanted Nix's story since we met her in Hanna's book, and who wouldn't want Max's story? And I'm glad we got them together. HehWhew! What a ride. I've wanted Nix's story since we met her in Hanna's book, and who wouldn't want Max's story? And I'm glad we got them together. Hehe. :)
I enjoyed the push and pull between these two. I don't love misunderstandings in books, but this was more than that. This felt like life or death, and Max is a great dude for not wanting to give up on her. The whole time, I just wanted everything to work out, and it kept me turning pages pretty quickly, so my interest was more than held. Overall, I really enjoyed this one as the layers were unpeeled and we learned more and more about Nix's past (as well as Max's).
I did think that some parts were convenient. Meredith's request (and ultimate decision) aided in everything working out too perfectly, and the climax of action seemed rather fast. And Cade. Hmm. I was never totally sure what to make of him. I guess good things, as his book is next. :) ...more
Ahhh!! I loved this book. It's so in depth, twisty and turny, and full of all the feels! My heart was pounding through the crime, the love, and the heAhhh!! I loved this book. It's so in depth, twisty and turny, and full of all the feels! My heart was pounding through the crime, the love, and the heartbreak.
Clara is a fantastic female lead, torn in two by her job and her heart. Luke--who, from book one, was Chris Pratt to me--is sexy, and he has a huge heart. Together, with all the secrets on both sides, they're explosive, and I had no idea how it was going to end up. But I loved it. <3 ...more
This is definitely the best book K.A. Tucker has written so far. Seriously, don't miss this.
Not only is this K.A. Tucker's best book yet,This is definitely the best book K.A. Tucker has written so far. Seriously, don't miss this.
Not only is this K.A. Tucker's best book yet, but it's also one of the best books I've read in a long time.
Told in past and present tense between two troubled and incredible characters, this book is expertly written, clever, and mysterious. This plot-driven novel hooked me from the start and kept me guessing until the end.
Jesse and Water are powerful, strong main characters. I also loved the supporting cast, from Jesse's family to Ginny (she's one of the best things about this book) to Water's hippie boss. There are so many layers to the plot and the characters, so much forward progression as the novel unravels, that I never wanted to put the book down. I savored it until the end and can't wait for more. ...more
I enjoyed the banter and 'code' talk these two characters participated in. That was fun and flirty. And I did rI received an ARC for my honest review.
I enjoyed the banter and 'code' talk these two characters participated in. That was fun and flirty. And I did really like the idea of the story, reminding us to live life to the fullest no matter what. We should be honest and tell each other how we feel because we never know where life will take us.
This one just wasn't my cup of tea. I don't always like short stories anyway, but I didn't connect with it. It really feels like it could have been a much longer story. The twist at the end seemingly came out of nowhere, so it just felt a little rushed. And as an editor, I couldn't get past a lot of the things I would have fixed. But I'm interested in Karli's longer works, so I'll check that out sometime soon!...more
Ahhh! This book is adorable and great! It felt real, and it has such a GOOD message too! I loved the whole idea about it from the very beginning, andAhhh! This book is adorable and great! It felt real, and it has such a GOOD message too! I loved the whole idea about it from the very beginning, and it was very well thought out. It's a sweet, fun, and quick read. I enjoyed reading the whole thing and absolutely LOVED the end! <3 I'm glad I didn't read what this book was about before I read it (which I almost always say) so I don't want to say too much else in case you're like me and don't read the synopsis before you read books. Just take this one for a spin because you'll love it. Yay!!...more
Wow. This book absolutely needs to be a movie. The imagery is pretty amazing, and the idea is unique in that I haven't read a book like this before. IWow. This book absolutely needs to be a movie. The imagery is pretty amazing, and the idea is unique in that I haven't read a book like this before. I don't read a lot of sci-fi, but I truly enjoyed this one.
I felt like this was a little like the show LOST in a way, and that made it unpredictable and a little addicting. This book had mystery, some romance, angst, suspense, sci-fi elements (obviously), and a forward-moving plot. I liked Tarver and Lilac, even though they were stubborn. Haha! I enjoyed the way they survived together, how brave they had to be with the choices they had to make. It was an interesting setting for a YA novel, and I think these authors handled it all just the right way.
The way this book is set up is rather intriguing. I liked the quotes at the beginnings of the chapters (I won't say what they are here), but it gives things away in a sense. Either way, I was always looking forward to the information I got there, but I wonder how different this book would read and feel if those hadn't been there.
I'm not sure if it necessarily lived up to the OHMYGOD hype of it, but it was something pretty amazing. I'd kind of like a little more explanation about the end there, but maybe I just read too quickly. I likely glanced over some of that in my haste to just know how this would all go down.
In any case, I'm really glad I read this. The cover is gorgeous, and it really kept me reading, even though I'm not huge into sci-fi. The survival aspect of this book made it very interesting for their characters, and I just enjoyed the process of reading this one. ...more
I read 90% of this in one sitting. Good grief, this book. This series gets better and better with every book!
I can't really put my thoughts into wordsI read 90% of this in one sitting. Good grief, this book. This series gets better and better with every book!
I can't really put my thoughts into words just yet, but I loved Charlie and I looooved Cain. He was honest. And awkward without being awkward. Charlie was complex with her issues and problems, but it all tied together and made a really fast-paced, intriguing story.
Cain and Charlie were so complicated, but there was progression and reason for all the confusion. The push and pull was frustrating but necessary. Life is so crazy. I can't even imagine being in either of their shoes. Luckily they all have some really great people in their lives! Goodness.
Anyway, this book is sexy, fresh, and well-written. I'll read anything this lady writes. For real....more
Loved it! Shelley is just as dirty and snarky, Renee is the voice of reason while still being a woman, and Marc is so level-headed. Ethan is still aroLoved it! Shelley is just as dirty and snarky, Renee is the voice of reason while still being a woman, and Marc is so level-headed. Ethan is still around, thank goodness, and Ashley is a sad basket case in this one, but it's all so entertaining. I laughed out loud a bunch of times and read this in just a few hours because I couldn't put it down. Lisa Becker doesn't disappoint!! ...more
Ouch. Oh my goodness, ouch. This book absolutely ripped me open (but luckily it put me back together again)4.5 stars - I received an ARC on NetGalley.
Ouch. Oh my goodness, ouch. This book absolutely ripped me open (but luckily it put me back together again). I really enjoyed Ten Tiny Breaths, and it gave me a lot of the same feelings. This one, however, reawakened a lot of feelings I had about reading that I'd forgotten. Boy oh boy.
I really haven't been reading a lot. In fact, the only time I read (the written word, not audio books) is when I'm editing. Lately, I've been very bad with time management, so reading for fun hasn't happened. I had a bit of time before bed the other night so I scrolled through my Amazon Kindle app and found this one. I adore everything KA Tucker writes, and I remember loving TTB. From the beginning, I knew I was going to love Livie and her story, but I knew it was going to be tough.
It was tough all right. And quite honestly, it was particularly hard because Livie reminded me so much of myself. She strives to be perfect, to live a life she thinks she needs to for other people. For much of my life, I was the same way. I'm just finally starting to live for myself. And this book is Livie's journey to do just that.
It's up and down, and she makes mistakes, hard choices, and wrong turns. She gets hurt and hurts others. It's not easy, but Livie's story was *just* what I needed right now. It reminded me why I love to read. Livie's story, which I hope will continue to be told (along with the rest of the gang) in FSTL, made me feel SO many emotions that I haven't felt in a while. I felt happy, sad, vulnerable, in love for the first time, scared, worried, hopeful, messed up, embarrassed, angry, and blissful. I couldn't breathe, I felt like I was drowning, and I was also head over heels, all with Livie.
At first I absolutely loathed Ashton. Connor seemed like the perfect guy. Then everything gets all screwy and I barely knew up from down. Basically, Livie's story is one most girls and women want to live. I won't say too much more than that, but I can pretty much guarantee you'll get sucked into this one like I did. :o)
There was one continuity issue where Livie is surprised by Ashton's use of her real name instead of her nickname, Irish. She says he's never used it before, but he had earlier in the book. Oh well. :o)
This was an ARC, so I can't comment on the editing. But this is another reason why I don't read a lot of books anymore. I can't get past all that. Either way, I probably missed a few things while I read this because I was trying to read fast enough to ignore the editing while catching the story. I do remember that Dr. Stayner is absolutely hilarious and awesome. And I loved this book. <3...more
I enjoyed this one. Even with its sad material, I liked to see the change in Ever. She grows throughout this book immensely. There's little t3.5 stars
I enjoyed this one. Even with its sad material, I liked to see the change in Ever. She grows throughout this book immensely. There's little to no swearing if I remember correctly, and there's no sexual content, so this is pretty decent for even the younger set. Ever is a smart girl, but she's confused and bullied because of her weight. She decides on gastric bypass surgery to help her lose weight because she's very heavy for her age and height. This is her journey. It's pretty inspirational with her bravery and courage. I'd recommend this one because it's a fairly short, quick read with some hope and inspiration. Enjoy!...more
So.. if you haven't read her Causal Enchantment series (starting with Anathema), you probably should. Then gOh yeah. K.A. Tucker is seriously amazing.
So.. if you haven't read her Causal Enchantment series (starting with Anathema), you probably should. Then go read this one if you like this New Adult age range. The two books are NOTHING alike, and maybe that's why I loved this one so much. I haven't been reading a whole lot lately, and this book was read in two sittings, and that's because it was a work night when I started it. It's fresh and addicting, totally unexpected, and (my favorite) first person present tense POV. YES! WIN! WOO!
Wow. This book is terribly sad and really addicting. I had zero clue what this one was about because (like I always mention) I raSee full review here!
Wow. This book is terribly sad and really addicting. I had zero clue what this one was about because (like I always mention) I rarely read the descriptions of books, and this was no exception to that. It's an incredibly awful topic to cover, but Lane Davis does a fabulous job getting right to the point, weaving and spinning this tale into reality. This could be any of the children in our high schools. Bullying can happen to anyone at any time. A-holes like Macie need to somehow be brought to justice. Thank you to Lane Davis for writing a book that teens can really learn from and see the mistakes in the ways of bullies and just plain hurtful people.
High school is tough. Kids and teens are ruthless and mean. It can be hard if you don't fit it. I went to a fairly small high school, graduating with a class of 160 people. We all knew each other, but we had our share of drama. I can't even imagine being a part of it, but I'm sure it's scary to want to be on the inside even if you have to do horrible things. Somehow we all need to find the strength to not feed into bullying. I don't know how it happens, but it's awful and life-ruining as this book illustrates.
I had no idea that Lane Davis was a man. Now, maybe that's not significant to you, but only one of the many POVs is a male. Davis really nails down the female POV. I loved the multiple, alternating view points in this novel. Each person was different with a clear voice. And I loved how this story isn't really linear. They all have flashbacks, and each POV switch picks up somewhere where the other one left off, but we go back in time with them as well. It's deep and powerful, making this book stand out among the others out there.
I did read the ARC, and there were editing issues that need to be resolved. But other than that, I don't have many complaints. I read this book in two sittings in one day. It's quick and you don't want to put it down anyway. I wanted to see how all the depositions went and who came out on top. It's so easy to dislike everything about Macie, but I kind of wanted to see some redeeming quality. Definitely read this one if you want a realistic cyber-bullying example of a book....more
This was cute, but the narrator's voice is so childish that it's hardly believable. I kind of wanted to choke Eliza sometimes, but then I also kind ofThis was cute, but the narrator's voice is so childish that it's hardly believable. I kind of wanted to choke Eliza sometimes, but then I also kind of wanted to choke everyone else in the story, too. It was kind of neat to see her complete the tasks from Tyler since they were things she never wanted to do or didn't have the guts to try. It's a good lesson to learn, even if the way it happens is pretty bogus. Decent story....more
First of all, this cover really does the book no justice. I have to say this because I had the TOTAL wrong impression of what thiSee full review here!
First of all, this cover really does the book no justice. I have to say this because I had the TOTAL wrong impression of what this book was going to be about! I feel like I have to always say this, but more often than not I tend to pass on reading the description of books. I just genuinely like to read, and covers generally draw me in. This book looked very interesting at ALA, and I got it signed by the author. I thought it was more of a light teen romance, but that's definitely NOT what this book is. At all, really. Even with the title.. but I was so wrong.
And that turned out to be okay! Since it took a total turn for the "I have no idea what's going to happen next," I was able to stay much more interested than I originally thought. Well, I probably would have been just as interested in a teen romance since that's what I thought I was getting myself into. But this book is about death, grief, forgiveness. There's a bit of the romance stuff in there, but this book is about Samantha's journey after a significantly sad event occurs in her life.
Sam is strong but totally broken after the "event." She basically gives up, tortures herself by going back to school, and tries to get lost in a relationship that is barely even there. She has to work through her emotions with the help of her father, her kooky aunt, and some pretty good friends. Some things we just need to fix on our own time, I guess. I don't know how I can relate this story to my own life, but I can definitely feel myself inside Samantha's shoes. She had something horrible happen, and getting through it must be just like she describes it. It sounds awful, but I think most people would react the same way. That makes this book a little enjoyable in a way.
I really enjoyed this. I read it in a few hours because I couldn't put it down. Not because I had to know what happened to Sam, really. More because I liked being inside their lives. They were a fun group of people, and I'd like to read more about them for sure. Check this book out if you're ready to be so deceived by this cover, if you like a a bit of darkness in your YA, and if you need a book to pull you out from anything that's dragging you down....more
This book just makes me want to say AWWWWWWWW! I mean, there's some action, there's some paranormal stuff going on, but basicallySee full review here!
This book just makes me want to say AWWWWWWWW! I mean, there's some action, there's some paranormal stuff going on, but basically I love Finn and Emma. It's so hard for them, so you really want to root for them! This was the ARC so it needs some editing, but I really enjoyed this story more than I thought I would! I was actually hooked early on, since little by little information is revealed about the two of them. You learn more and more as you read, and it's addicting. You want to know the rest of the story about them!
The idea of an Inbetween is really interesting. I guess I didn't quite understand why people go there because I thought it was mostly kids who couldn't make an impression one way or the other. It's not Heaven, but it's not Hell. I liked that. There were a couple times were I couldn't quite guess what was going to happen next, but some of this is predictable. It works for the overall picture though, because the end wasn't what I guessed at all!! I'm so eagerly waiting the sequel to see where it takes Finn and Emma!
What I didn't quite like was how Emma started liking Finn before she knew the whole story. Maybe she just couldn't help it because of their past, but that feels like justification. I guess I'm going with that excuse because I really want to like this book a lot. I did! I'm glad I read it. It's very cute. Finn has a lot of "aww" moments. It's obviously unrealistic, but I always enjoy that in a story. ...more
Uhhh, what?!?! My brain has almost no clue about what it read.. seriously! That was a bit of a mind-bender. I still am not totally sure about what wasUhhh, what?!?! My brain has almost no clue about what it read.. seriously! That was a bit of a mind-bender. I still am not totally sure about what was the truth and what was really going on. I wish a bit more of that got explained. And I had so many theories running through my head the whole time! This book really makes you think and keeps you guessing until the end.
My only real problem with this is that, while you're guessing about what's going to happen, everything that happens is never really a clue. A+B does not equal C in the end. So don't even bother. Even though this book is over 400 pages long, I wanted more. In the end, I craved more explanation about all that WTFery and all the stuff Alice learns about Rachel along the way. This book was just crazy, but I really liked it!!...more
This book just wasn't for me. I never really got into the story or actually felt for the MC, Brianna. It felt like too much nonsense going on2.5 stars
This book just wasn't for me. I never really got into the story or actually felt for the MC, Brianna. It felt like too much nonsense going on, and I skimmed a lot of the last 150 pages or so. There was nothing that I discovered in those pages that made the book any better for me. I didn't care for Brianna's friends AT ALL, and I didn't really like the "love interest" Blake. The idea behind the story didn't suck me in, so I just wasn't really thrilled. It took me way too long to read this one because I just wasn't into it. Oh well. Not every book is for everyone!
I did like that this book is present tense, first person POV. I'd like to try another book by this author when she's written some other stuff. Hopefully other people like this book in the meantime....more
While I read this pretty quickly, I wasn't ever hooked to the story. I was mildly intrigued until close to the end, about 3/4 ofSee full review here!
While I read this pretty quickly, I wasn't ever hooked to the story. I was mildly intrigued until close to the end, about 3/4 of the way through. By then I felt invested enough to have to finish it, if only to find out what happens to Margo, AJ, and even Taylor herself.
Taylor thinks she doesn't belong at Sunny Meadows, and maybe she doesn't. But she needs some emotional help after dealing with panic attacks for years and stealing her mom's boyfriend-of-the-month's car to run away. She meets some interesting characters throughout the novel, and she deals with her emotions and the problems with her parents while at Sunny Meadows. This is the story of Taylor trying to figure her life out.
Like I said, I was intrigued, but I never got addicted or totally sucked in. I was frustrated at the beginning because people mess with Taylor, and some of it just wasn't all that important to the story. I probably could have put this book down for a day or two without consequence, but it's a quick read, so I finished it. I hope people enjoy this one....more
The writing was pretty great, but the story just did not connect with me! I don't really like mermaid stories. I preferSee full review here!
The writing was pretty great, but the story just did not connect with me! I don't really like mermaid stories. I prefer present tense and first-person writing, and this was the opposite of both. So right off the bat I kind of didn't want to continue reading this. Then I started to get into the mystery because this is mermaids AND ghosts, but then I got bored. And the final page just irked me! That didn't wrap much up.. and I don't think this is a series, is it? I just did not care for this book. Plus, the author made some disastrous remarks about what to do with her ARC including not even giving it to kids in desperate need of reading material. Not cool, Fama. I'm over this....more
Everyone has said that this ending is "OMGIDIDNOTSEETHATCOMING" so I knew something was coming. That was a bit disappointing, but I wasn't exactly expEveryone has said that this ending is "OMGIDIDNOTSEETHATCOMING" so I knew something was coming. That was a bit disappointing, but I wasn't exactly expecting THAT ending. I didn't care for the fact that it really just ENDED, but I did read this in one day, and I haven't read ANYTHING in months. Not anything like her previous books, which I thoroughly enjoyed as a guilty pleasure, but that's okay. I was entertained....more
I almost feel guilty for not liking this very much, given the subject matter and all, but there was a lot wrong with it. I just cSee full review here!
I almost feel guilty for not liking this very much, given the subject matter and all, but there was a lot wrong with it. I just couldn't get past the lack of character development. Everyone seemed so flat to me. And the pacing was totally off. There were times when too much time would pass between paragraphs that I had to go back and read a passage or two to figure out the jump in time. I'm not saying that this book had time travel. It was just hard to keep up with how much time had passed paragraph to paragraph.
It's easy to feel awful for the MC, Valerie. You know what happens to her. That's a terrible thing to experience. But this book is way too short to develop the way a story about rape should. Too many details are rushed, and too many details didn't matter much throughout the novel. Obviously, this is an ARC, so maybe some things will change before final copies are printed, but I'm reviewing the ARC. And it needs editing. Bad....more
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't hooked at first because I read 30 pages and didn't think I'd like this much. The whSee full review here!
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't hooked at first because I read 30 pages and didn't think I'd like this much. The whole astral projection sounded weird, zooming off to different places while leaving her body behind. But I've seen so many good reviews and tweets about this book that I sat down to read it and ended up finishing it in a matter of hours. I never really wanted to put it down because I certainly wanted to know how it would all work out. This is a pretty good book!
It's unlike a lot of the stuff I've read recently. I've read about vampires, werewolves, reapers, ghosts, necromancers, witches, etc. But someone who can leave her body like that is different. Especially when she gets shut out when someone else takes over! WTF, right?! Yeah. The description of this book tells that part of the story, and it's all so addictively frustrating that you can't put the book down!
And all the tension between Anna and Rei was perfectly done while slightly predictable. So you basically know what will end up happening in this book, but it's the journey that matters for this one. I mentioned that in my review for Such a Rush, but that one didn't work like Auracle does. I'd recommend this one for sure....more
I'm not sure about the title, but I really enjoyed this one! She isn't as angry as I thought she'd be. That's okay because the stSee full review here!
I'm not sure about the title, but I really enjoyed this one! She isn't as angry as I thought she'd be. That's okay because the story works anyway. Rose is a good, well-developed MC in this novel. She has a LOT of drama going on, that's for sure!
So, I was a tad creeped out by the middle of this one that Rose is only 14 and Jamie is "supposed to be a senior" or something. Rose seemed older sometimes, and at others it was pretty obvious that she was young. I also didn't care for all the "Is he my boyfriend?" crap. I don't like it when people are so clueless and don't find things out for themselves. Again, I know she's young, but it's still irritating.. oh well.
Lots of rage and high school drama in here. Regina makes me want to punch things. I hate bullies! And.. (view spoiler)[ I almost hated Jamie when he couldn't grow a fucking backbone and break the fuck up with Regina! What was wrong with him?! I get that she's practically family, but who doesn't stick up for the people they care about?? GUH, jerk. (hide spoiler)] Yeah. Grrr.
Okay, so I sound like I hated this book right now.. but honestly, if I didn't have strong feelings about it, then I wouldn't have liked it as much, right? I read the whole thing in two sittings, so I was pretty into it. I felt for Rose. A LOT. I am patiently waiting for the sequel! Sounds interesting :o)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
WOWOWOWOWOWWW. Such a great story. Chelsea is a brave girl with a lot of courage and strength to do what she does. A vowSee full review here!
WOWOWOWOWOWWW. Such a great story. Chelsea is a brave girl with a lot of courage and strength to do what she does. A vow of silence is no joke, and Chelsea doesn't take it lightly. It's interesting to see her grow up over time in this novel. Hannah Harrington really made this story amazing with all the side plots and lessons learned. I read it pretty slow in order to take in every word, and it made me tear up twice. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to take my own vow of silence. I'd read this again right now if I wasn't so backed up on review books. SO SO GOOD.
This book is powerful in a quiet way. And that's no pun or joke. It's serious. It's no joke figuring out who you are in high school. It's serious business when you're 16, knowing who your friends are, what flies and what doesn't with them. I never had this problem since I went to a pretty small school, but I've read enough and heard enough stories to know that kids are ruthless! Teens and young adults can be brutal to one another! This book is a great example.
If you think that's enough, then this novel deals with homophobia and hate crimes. HELLO! These are some of my favorite topics to discuss because they get me SO MAD and riled up that I could spit fire. NO ONE puts their hands on another human being out of hate, with intentions to hurt. Especially when it's unfounded, ignorant, unacceptable hate. Okay, I better get back on track. Here's the deal:
So Chelsea witnesses two guys making out at a party. Since she can never keep her trap shut (plus she's had a bit to drink), she spills the beans. Two of the boys in her crowd of friends decide he's a disgusting animal and go beat him up. Chelsea does the right thing and tells the police, but in turn she loses every single friend and shred of dignity she had at her school. (The back of the book tells you this - it's no spoiler.) But Chelsea has some lessons to learn, like if those friends were ever worth the things she had to do in order to keep them around. I loved this book, but I wish stories like this didn't have to be told. It's so sad, but hopefully people learn from books like this one.
So, full disclosure, this was an ARC copy I received from ALA. I know that it's not the final, finished copy, and there were some editing issues. This time I'm not just talking about weird grammar or missing punctuation. I'm talking about issues with TIME in this book. On day 22 it's apparently Saturday AND Sunday, and then day 24 is Saturday again.. something like that. I tried to stop paying attention to the day headers because they didn't really matter in terms of the story. I kind of wish those would go. Plus I wanted a little more at the end. Like what happens to the guys who beat Noah up. That kind of stuff. It has a great ending, perfect final words, so I'm not too disappointed.
Basically, READ THIS THING! Much better than Saving June!...more