UPDATE, 4/4: it was everything I ever wanted and MORE! Julie James does NOT disappoint!!!!!!! Absolutely 100% LOOOOVED it!
UPDATE, 9/29: IT HAS A COVER...moreUPDATE, 4/4: it was everything I ever wanted and MORE! Julie James does NOT disappoint!!!!!!! Absolutely 100% LOOOOVED it!
UPDATE, 9/29: IT HAS A COVER OH MY GOD I JUST DIED A LITTLE WE FINALLY HAVE A COVER AND AN EXCERPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT A SUPPPPPPER SEEEEEEEEXY HOT COVER CAN APRIL 3 PLEASE HURRY UP, I WANT TO READ THIS SO FUCKING BAD JUST GIVE ME A COPY NOW! THIS IS DEFINITELY THE #1 BOOK I'M WAITING FORRR!!!!!
Cannot wait until this comes out, Kyle's story *squeals* maybe the heroine is the red head agent from A lot Like Love? Agents Simms if I remember correctly. Cannot wait for the summary of this!(less)
What a book! Seriously I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED it! Julie James has earned her a spot in my 'must read every single book by this author' list. Her books ar...moreWhat a book! Seriously I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED it! Julie James has earned her a spot in my 'must read every single book by this author' list. Her books are just so amazing it blows me away. They lack nothing: the sexy romance, the humor, the suspense, the witty dialogue from A-Z this novel is perfect. A must read for everyone especially if you enjoy a little bit of crime/suspense thrown into the romance equation and what a great outcome this equation had it definitely equaled 5+ stars!!
Past Perfect started out good for me. It really did! The summary promised a quick fun read which I love and I was going in it with hopes of entertainment and laughs and yes, I did get that.
But it went downhill for me. It wasn't the plot or the writing because I found the spine of the story quite solid and actually fun but I had a problem with the cliché-ness. First of all, I had just got done reading the epic wonderfulness that is Graffiti Moon so I was on a reading high. The beginning was promising but I still got the vibe of the writer trying to create a teenage world- and failing. We have Fiona who is the main character's best friend. Fiona is your typical and by typical and I do downright typical best friend. Beautiful, confidant and goes through guys like I go through Hot Cheetos in her quest to find the 'right man'. One third of the books I read have these 'best friend' and that's where this is similar with Graffiti Moon because we had this exact 'best friend' (Jazz) in GM but let's just it worked in Graffiti Moon (even tough I hate comparing books!)
So you can see the cliché forming (just to throw it out there my best friend has been with the same guy- I introduced them XD- since 2009!) already. Moving on, I did not understand whatever attraction Chelsea had to Ezra or really how they're relationship became and how she loved him, I really couldn’t see how they were EVER a couple and I thought that I missed some paragraphs in the book because that’s how lost I was in the beginning with the explanation of their past ‘relationship’.
Not all that was the deal breaker for me though, it was Chelsea. She was a likeable enough character in the beginning but then she got really… judgmental. Before I continue on, I have to say my BIGGEST pet peeve, the one thing that truly makes me think about suicide is judging other people. I hate when people do it and I try my best not to do it so when Chelsea started dropping stereotypes- the blond popular cheerleaders, the airhead jocks, the super amazing underrated regular people- I wanted to bang my head on something. WHY OH WHY do author do this? Do they actually think all cheerleaders are blond? That all cheerleaders are popular? That all jocks are dumb, mean and heartbreakers? That all artists are the misunderstood ones?
I think I’m going to take a picture of our yearbook to show you how many non-blonde and non-white cheerleaders I have in my school and GASP!! How many football players are in AP classes! But this just a fake reality I imagined up because surely, no way in hell can real life brake stereotypes!
I was going to give this book 3 stars but come on, if the best part for me was when the main character got beat up you know something is wrong. Which lead me to the stupidity of some of the characters and situations. When a character got badly hurt of the dumbest thing on earth no body realized that they were taking there ‘war’ a little too far ? Does common sense not exist anymore? And what about the ‘popular’ totally judging and making fun of Chelsea but you know what they say, karma is a bitch because throughout the book she is the biggest bitch of the century to a boy who likes her just because he’s a complete history geek and kinda looks like toad. Good job on not behaving like a complete ‘popular’ Chelsea! And lastly, let’s just say the MC is shunned out from her group of friends because she went out with ‘the enemy’ the one guy who was ever good, kind and amazing to her but then she totally fucks him over for those so called friends who made her life hell because of a guy! Now I understand people make mistakes but I’m drawing the line at pity mistakes. If Chelsea can’t see who her real friends are, then she deserves what she got…
I hate being mean because honestly I finished this book cover to cover without skimming ANYTHING and I had a few good laughs and ‘awww’ cute moments but still I’m not going to overlook those things no matter how guilty giving a bad review makes me…
Could a cover, summary, and title be more misleading? I picked this up while I was in NYC for vacation thinking it will be a quick fun read to pass the time but oh wow, NOT! This was one emotional, heartbreaking and moving read.
I really can't do this book justice but I will try my best. One More Summer is not the perfect book, it started slow for me, I didn't like how it jumped around at the beginning and a few other things. But why does all of that NOT matter? Because when you have a book with such a powerful story like One More Summer does, who gives a damn about grammar and spelling? (not that there are any grammar or spelling mistakes!) that's petty stuff! What matters is the STORY.
I want to know these characters in real life. My heart fluttered when there were sweet actions, I cried at the ugliness and unfairness some of theses characters had to go through and most of all I just I fell in love with these characters. They're completely realistic, not perfect in looks or personality (some might argue Faith is, but hello tattoo;D) the situations they go through are also realistic and I say that AFTER I thought a certain event that is mentioned in the book was a bit over dramatic BUT it hit me how my aunt and mom were talking about a very very similar ugly event happened to a distant cousin of theirs and I Googled a couple of statistics and oh wow, definitely realistic! (I will not mention the even because I don't want to spoil it for you!) I'm always asking for books about the other people, those people who we don't get to read their stories since MC's are always plain janes or written out destinies and I got my wish with Grace.
I loved to see the relationship grew between characters and how each one of them developed. I was just cheering for Grace when she accomplished something or got over a fear and the same goes for Dillon. The romance at first for me was too... weird. It happened too fast but I got over it because I saw it develop properly. Grace and Dillon have become some of my favorite couples even!
This review is so hard for me to write because I cannot put into words how good this book is. I look forward to rereading it even though it was hard at parts and I had to put it down for a little while to wipe away the tears but also, along with the tears I laughed and fell in love and it was a damn great ride. If you're a contemporary fan, this is one realistic read you don't want to miss. It's full of emotion, heartache and love and I'm so happy to have read this book. It's a great way to start off the year!
Rating: 5 hearts~ one of my new favorite reads!
*thanks to the publisher for providing a copy to review*
Olivia, Liza and Gil are Heartbreakers, something haBoo fuckppened to them in their life that caused them to be recruited as Heartbreakers, girls who break guys heart to make them better people and now they were trying to recruit Lucy. I don't think I've been this confused before! I like the book but on one hand I hate the characters and what they do, but on the other I actually like them.
I know one thing for sure, this book is told with charm and wit like the summary says. It's told in 3rd person with what feels like a whimsical tone from the narrator and while I usually prefer 1st person, Weingarten worked 3rd person. Also the Heartbreakers were inspiring, they gave Lucy some fantastic advice, they helped build her confidence and break her out of her naive shell. Lynn Weingarten could be a motivational speaker if you ask me, she knew what she was talking about with confidence, personality, love and life. The Heartbreakers didn't just help Lucy, they helped me also! There so many great quotes and advice I want to show you:
"Beauty is in the mind of the beholden." "She who has the strongest reality wins." "Be confident and believe in your own beauty. That's the big secret."
and many more quotes that I just loved. So why the 3 hearts and confusion? Well at some parts, I found the Heartbreakers (including Lucy) extremely weak and ugly hearted. I wanted them to get hit by a bus because of some things they did (poor Ethan & Colin!). Was it necessary, their way of life? They went to such extremes to get over broken heart which means they ARE the weakest because they couldn't just lick their wounds and get over it. Lucy didn't love Alex, she loved the idea of having a boyfriend and someone to love and love her back. So what he broke up with you?! Boo fucking hoo. Guys and girls both are ENTITLED to break off relationships. I didn't hate Alex, like every other human in the world he can't help how he feels and just because he doesn't like Lucy anymore doesn't mean he's evil and a villain. I liked the sisterhood and their close friendship and I liked the twists of the book (I feel SO sad for a certain character D'; ugh I just HATE Lucy at the end!) and while I was put off by the Hearbreakers action, what would the book have been without their sisterhood? So yeah, I loved the things I hated. Quite the predicament right?! the magic was well, magical and despite everything, I do love Weingarten's writing and I will be reading her next book. Because hey, if a book leaves me thinking this hard and (are the Heartbreakers good or bad?!) and feeling so strongly about it after I'm done, it means the author done her job :D
Rating: 3 hearts~ despite some annoying factors in the book, Lynn Weingarten is inspiring and this IS a charming book and I DEFINITELY thing you should give the book a try.
So I read this book a while back like two years ago and loved it but then I kinda forgot about as summer came and at the back of my mind I always remi...moreSo I read this book a while back like two years ago and loved it but then I kinda forgot about as summer came and at the back of my mind I always reminded myself to go out to buy a cop but I never did so though it was always at the back of my mind. It's been nagging at me this past week and I finally stepped up to remember it. This is one funny funny funny book. It had me laughing out loud. I loved everything about, the characters were very three dimensional and the story it self was hilarious and entertaining. I would have never though it would be this good because it wasn't very well known but I have no idea why it's not! EVERYBODY should read this book like right now if you haven't! Or else you would be missing out.... On like life itself seriously!(less)
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe was not what I expected and that's a good thing! Going into the book, I thought it's going to be a cute, fun one sitting read and while yes it was fun, cute and I finished it a few hours, Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe still managed to weave serious issues into it's plot while still remaining to be a light read, A perfect balance between fun and meaningful!
Chloe has lost her best friends, her five brothers are away at college, her parents are busy surgeons and her Grandma's disease is becoming a serious problem and Chloe's junior project, a very important assignment that will determine her college acceptance has changed. But when Chloe is forced to join the radio station team at her high school she slowly regains her liveliness despite her being against being part of the radio station from the beginning.
From the first paragraph (if you didn't believe the summary) Chloe tells us she loves being a burrito or in other words, the center of attention.
I loved being a burrito. Not the actual costume, a stinky ankle-length tube of compressed foam with scratchy shoulder straps. No I loved the physical act of being a burrito- more precisely, of getting people to notice me- and I was good at it.
Bam, first paragraph of the book and I knew it was a winner! We all read the story of the shy girl, the bullied girl, the underrated girl, the innocent girl, the shy girl, the underrated girl, the quiet girl and yeah I'm just repeating myself now. There is nothing wrong with reading those stories but it gets... boring. However, Chloe was a breath of much needed fresh air. She loved wearing vintage shoes, she was fun and outspoken and made sure her purpose in life is to make people laugh. Definitely NOT your typical YA main character and I can kiss Shelley Coriell a million times because she broke through the usual trend.
Chloe liked being the center of attention but she also had a big heart with the best of intentions always in mind even if sometimes her actions say otherwise. But guess what? She's a teen girl! She's not perfect nor is anybody. Shelley Coriell portrays this quirky, funny girl in such a realistic teen way, I swear to you this Chloe character is real somewhere out there. I actually see a lot of her in some people I know and I just loved that so, so much. Some reviews I have seen say that sometimes Chloe's annoying but that's all the better! Have we ever met a person in our life who didn't once get on our nerve? Mom, dad, sister, brother, husband, wife, friend, teacher or boss! Chloe is now one of my new favorite characters thanks to her being comfortable in her own skin, extremely, extremely realistic, super well developed, different than your average cliches, and all around fun, nice girl.
I hope I have convinced you that I adore Chloe and you should too but besides that, the book was also filled with an interesting plot and a cast of enjoyable characters like Chloe's bosses and Chloe's grandma who is her closet friend and the rock in her life and an absolute hilarious, amazing 82 year old lady! Also the radio station group was a fun one, especially dragon Clementine. I cannot tell you how many times I laughed during her's and Chloe's banter.
Also, Duncan, the radio station technician, was an absolute treat to the book! He had home problems which broke my heart but seeing him with Chloe and how they both helped each other through their tough time was really heartwarming and sweet. Their relationship wasn't just built on attraction, but friendship and the tough times that they got through together and I completely loved that.
Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe wasn't just a fun book, it also presented serious issues like drug abusive, home and parent neglection, mental illness and loneliness but Shelley Coriell managed to still make the book an enjoyable and often funny read. I think she presented her characters very realistically which is something I don't say often when it comes to YA books and the romance was definitely sweet and swoony. I would recommend Welcome, Caller, This is Chloe a million times!
Rating: 5 hearts~ absolutely adored everything about it!
I had to read this book for English class and in the end it was a interesting read. Would I have picked it up if it wasn't for school? nope. But it is...moreI had to read this book for English class and in the end it was a interesting read. Would I have picked it up if it wasn't for school? nope. But it is classic and it was required so I had to read it. It wasn't terrible where I wanted to poke my out while reading like some other school books. In the end it was actually very enjoyable to see how the boys evolve back to their primitive nature. It's a very well written boo, no doubt it's a classic.
Crap, this book was disappointing. I really would have like to see more Cameron-Daniel interactions. This that is pretty much why I picked up this boo...moreCrap, this book was disappointing. I really would have like to see more Cameron-Daniel interactions. This that is pretty much why I picked up this book right away after I finished Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage, I wanted to see Cameron and his son but nope. We have like what, only 5 scenes of them together? I saw more of Cameron-Daniel in Ian's book. Overall a good romance but not as good as The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie or Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage. But I did love Ainsley!(less)
A cute cover, a cute summary and a cuter story. Wendy Chen delivered awesomeness! For myself, I'm not a fan of weddings. I don't think I will ever have wedding even if I get married because I don't like being the center of attention and like a certain character in this book believes, I do not support the ridiculous amount of money that goes into a day that most people won't even appreciate. I will never force anyone against weddings though and with that being said, I loved the portrayal of the wedding business in this book! Wendy Chen made me actually like weddings! All the cake, fabric and flowers talk was terrific.
I was recently in New York City for the first time ever and let me tell you, it won't be my last! I absolutely loved it and it's truly a city that's a world on it's own. So I appreciated the NYC setting here and from my short stay at The City, I would day Chen did a fantastic job portraying it! Along with these factors, a realistic, fun cast and a entertaining story this book was the perfect fun-weekend read! More then once the characters had me laughing out loud and I would have to say, this is one of the more realistic adult contemporaries I have read. Even though I didn't support some of Cass's actions at some parts, I actually liked them! They were realistic, and I'm all for realistic! Also it wasn't just Cass's but all the characters in this book were true their generation.
This is was definitely a pleasant surprise of a book, it left a big grin on my face at the end and I can see myself rereading in the future. I will definitely be picking up Wendy Chen's next book because Lair's Guide To True Love had it all! An enjoyable main character and lovely group of friends, an annoying family that we can't help but love and a story of realistic romance, friendship, embracing one's identity and a hero that's so real and loveable, I wanted to grab him straight out the page! (or screen since I did read this as an e-book)
Rating: 4 hearts~ if you're looking for a book to keep you engrossed and entertained, this one is for you!