update: 11/18/2012. Loved it. Loved it!!! Loved it!!!!!
Straight from Lauren Barnholdt's site:
"I’ve been getting lots of questions about what the TWO-
update: 11/18/2012. Loved it. Loved it!!! Loved it!!!!!
Straight from Lauren Barnholdt's site:
"I’ve been getting lots of questions about what the TWO-WAY STREET COMPANION novel is about.
It’s going to be called RIGHT OF WAY, and it will be out Summer 2013. It’s the story of Peyton and Jace. Peyton is Courtney’s cousin, and so Courtney and Jordan do make appearances throughout the book, yay!"
This is the FIFTH book in this series? I have some catching up to do before I read this book... or at least the one before since it's story of the twiThis is the FIFTH book in this series? I have some catching up to do before I read this book... or at least the one before since it's story of the twin's brother hero in this book....more
Jill Shalvis is on the fast track of becoming on of my all time to-die-for favorite authors. I would already give her that title but she has so so so so many books published and I only read three books among what Goodreads says is 118 distinct works by her, so proportionally speaking, I would have to read a few more books by her to say I would sell an eyeball to read one of her books but between you and me, these 3 books I read by Shalvis are enough for me to convince me she's a fantastic writer and worthy of selling a body part for.
Like the previous two books I read by Shalvis, Time Out had the perfect recipe of likeable characters, interesting plot, witty banter and dialogue, enjoyable drama and endless humor. More than I can count I was laughing out loud, highlighting passages on my Kindle because Shalvis just possess the ability to make her readers laugh, a talent you're either born with or not and clearly, Shalvis is blessed with this! Come one, does this not make you want to buy the book right now:
"Trust Me, he's not your type." "Because he's rich and famous? Because he's tough as hell and cool as ice?" "Because he's missing vital organ." Lena gasped in horror. "He doesn't have a d-" "A heart! He's missing a heart! Jeez, get your mind out of the gutter."
While Harlequin Blaze books are not short stories by any means, they're still usually single sitting reads and Time Out proves no different. I suggest you read this book when you have free time because once you pick it up, you will not want to put it down! I couldn't get enough of Rainey and Mark, their chemistry was great, it was simply sizzling out of the pages and I loved every second of it, especially since both Mark, Rainey and also the side characters are all beyond entertaining.
The only thing keeping this book from being a 5 heart read is the fact that I think it ended to abruptly, it was definitely a happy, I-have-a-big-grin-on-my-face ending and it resolved things but it didn't go beyond that. An epilogue would have made this book simply perfect but nevertheless it was a satisfying, fun read from Shalvis! I definitely suggest you get this book if your looking for a fun read or your a fan of contemporary books because Time Out does not disappoint!
Rating: 4 hears~ Jill Shalvis is a master at writing, every book I read by her so far is simply wonderful! She's a must buy author!
Well, I know why this is a self-published book. It's too honest to pass the 'lets continue staying in our ignorant bubble' test of published books. AlWell, I know why this is a self-published book. It's too honest to pass the 'lets continue staying in our ignorant bubble' test of published books. Also it seems ignorant has a negative connotation to it. I do mean ignorant in its denotation of 'lacking knowledge'....more
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*
God knows why, but I used to think this book is about mermaids when in fact this is contemporary retelling of Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. I never read Rebecca so I can't say how effective this retelling is but now I'm definitely interested in where the roots of this story come from.
The main character is 'New Girl' who we don't know the real name of until the second to last page or so. I really liked this tactic, it made me want to read more to find out 'New Girl's' real name but also, it was effective in highlighting how unwelcome to the school 'New Girl' is.
'New Girl' was quite the likable character, she wasn't a whiner, not when she found out she was moving her senior year of she school- she learned to live with things or even when people at school were being nasty to her. What I liked most though, is that she stood up for herself. She put most of everyone who directly attacked her in place and I found that admirable. I also really liked the alternating chapters between 'New Girl' and Becca, the girl who goes missing and whom 'New Girl' replaces at the school.
My problem in the book lay with Max. The romance between me and Davis, which happens to be my cellular device, has more chemistry then Max and 'New Girl'. I did not understand why they liked each other, where the attraction was or how they ever started getting involved romantically. To a super romance junkie like me, this was a real bother. I would have liked seeing more of them together or just more of Max to help build his characters better.
Otherwise the mystery was nice, the portrayal of the teen world accurate (yes, teenagers play beer pong, get drunk, have parties and much worse in my experience) and I don't regret reading this book, there was an especially great passage at the end that bumped the book to an almost 3 hearts. I don't want to give anyting away but the passage ends with:
And then, very suddenly, there was no "now."
Rating: 2.5 hearts rounded to 3~ the romance could have used more developing but otherwise, a good book.
I love Australians authors! They just do not disappoint *knocks on wood* and One Perfect Night proved that. From the beginning, I couldn't put the book down. Peppa was such an entertaining voice and so was Cameron. They were extremely 3D characters and I laughed with them and felt sad when they did, I was rooting for them to just kiss, kiss, kiss! Together they were just unbelievably funny and heartbreaking at the same time. They both had demons they needed to get past and seeing them realize their feelings for each other was definitely an enjoyable journey.
Rachel Johns has a lovely writing style and as always, I absolutely loved the Australian setting, it was like traveling and falling in love all due to a fantastic book. I wasn't bored once with the story because I couldn't get enough of this romance, it really touched me you Peppa and Cameron helped each other in so many ways that they would have never imagined and I think Johns handled the hard situation in an extremely well way.
Overall, this book had it all. A great heroine, a sexy bear of a hero and a love story that will make you smile like an idiot! I definitely look forward to read more of Rachel Johns books.
Rating: 4 hears~ a book that will satisfy a romance lover's thirst!
I'll just say, this book is really just not for me. I really thought it would be because I like contemporary YA and I loved Jessi Kirby's debut but Golden was not a book for me. It all started with:
-Super smart main character with a boring life? check -Fashionista, pretty, sidekick bff who's wild? check -Unlikeable mom? check -done with boring life & wants to do something main character? check This made me groan and say "not again!" because I've read this book before. Multiple times. But I hoped that Jessi Kirby will make me forget all about that and wow me with her awesome writing and while her writing WAS awesome, I just couldn't get into the book.
I just did not care about Parker and her story. Sure I liked her, but I didn't care. Anyone can relate to Parker because everyone at one point was feeling confused about their life and wanted to do something more but the way this was addressed in Golden was so. damn. cheesy. I couldn't stomach it.
The book revolves around Parker finding a composition notebook of a girl who died but was never found. The composition notebooks is an English assignment, a journal that seniors write in and turn in to the teacher and in 10 years, the teacher will mail the composition notebook to the their owners so they can see how much they have changed and grown and if they have followed their dreams. This presented a mystery to Parker and I found the mystery pretty ridiculous and added to the cheesiness. I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. Though at one point I couldn't stop reading because I had to find out more about the mystery but that was in hope that what will be revealed will make me like the book. But it never got better for me and I also didn't find it very realistic. However, I REALLY loved the composition notebook idea. I'm even considering doing one. It will be a before college -- after college thing because even though I'm a senior and this is the perfect time, I don't think I can wait 10 years to look at it again.
There was also an art vs. artifact tone to the book and a lot of characters wanted to be painters, poets and such. Yeah, no. You want to be an artist? super cool! But I'm over the art vs. artifact debate because it's usually portrayed as so black and white. Nothing is black and white.
More cheesiness: love at first glance, literally. First kisses in the rain. Talk of constellations and stars (god, I *hate* this one. You don't even know. I don't find it even one bit romantic. If a guy ever told me something about stars, I would laugh at his face. And I've done that before. He called me a bitch after. Umm, hell yeah I'm a bitch.) and what killed me: someone named Hope. I was done at that point. Add a weak romantic interest & romance plot, weak mom character and I just can't say that I liked this book.
This was NOT a terrible book! Not at all but my reading experience of it was not pretty. I don't think I can find a part of it that I actually enjoyed BUT I can say that it did present questions worth thinking about and I like how it was centered around this quote, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your own wild and precious life?" (--Mary Oliver) but I didn't like the execution. But like I said, the composition journal is actually really cool and other quotes and questions presented area always something to think about. But there is also so much cheesiness and soul searching I could talk before I have to throw up. Don't let me stop you from reading from Golden though. Everyone enjoyed it, why wouldn't you?
Rating: [D] Unfortunately, nothing really worked for me....more
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!
I'm not a car or a plane reader, whether print book, reading off of my phone or Kindle, if am in a moving vehicle while reading I will get a headache immediately. I mean it happens so fast where I'll read only two sentence then the pounding start and I have to put that book down. But with The Lifeguard as I was on my way home from school I said to myself, "So what if I'll get a killer headache? keep reading, Racquel!" So yeah, I was engrossed!
Despite the fun looking cover and summary, this book had absolute depth to it. Sirena, our pleasant main character was growing up and viewing the world with new eyes due to her parents divorce that really hit her hard.
Sirena's vacation and coming in terms with everything happening to her was handled completely realistically and I absolutely adored that! She was definitely a great narrator and I didn't want to let her go at the end of the book. Pilot is another character I didn't want to let go off, I wish we saw more of him throughout the book but in end I was happy with him. Some might argue that the romance was insta-love between Sirena and Pilot but I say (and I definitely hate insta-love!) it wasn't. To me it started out as lust and curiosity on Sirena's behalf before growing to something more, even if it happened quickly.
Another thing that I enjoyed while others didn't is the fantasy element of the book. Some people I noticed were bothered it wasn't fully explained but I- and again, this is coming from a person who isn't the biggest fan of the paranormal genre- actually liked that! There wasn't anything paranormal of evil about the 'magic' and I didn't really need an in depth explanation because the the fantasy element was just so, it just existed and that was enough for me because it was a spiritual and natural element rather then a paranormal one. It was mysterious yet even believable and I enjoyed that. It reminded me of The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers by Lynn Weingarten because it also had the magical element that was never explained because it just was. There was magic and you had to believe it, something that I find intriguing. Overall, this is a hard book to resist! It's a beach read with depth and I absolutely enjoyed every page of it.
Rating: 5 hearts~ with a cast of characters you will love, humor and realism despite initial doubts people might face, this book is a fantastic read that I know I will reread again!
Question of the century: could a book set in NEW Victorian times, with GOOD and BAD zombies prove to be a great read? Yes, yes it sure does!
Lia Habel has an imagination that can rivals Spongebob's (that is a compliment FYI!) Her dystopian world is unlike anything I have ever seen/read about before and I knew just from the summary of the book that I would love this world! One thing about me, I feel very strongly about society/civilization/government, I believe that the dystopian worlds authors write about can actually happen any... minute. History proves that every great civilization has collapsed and what makes today's society immune? The idea of society advancing by regressing is not far from realistic, in a state of panic and depression anything is possible and the explanation of how this New Victorian society came to be is highly believable and I didn't question it once.
I also really loved this world. The etiquette, decorum and style of life is beyond fascinating and seeing it combined with advanced technology is a great mix. Onto the paranormal aspects of the book: ZOMBIES! It actually felt more sci-fi then paranormal to me because everything was backed up by science which again, I love because it made everything more believable for the reader.
One thing that bothers me much about paranormal books is if the MC stumbles into an unnatural world and doesn't question it or react properly, Nora (the MC) on the other hand did not magically accept the walking dead only after two paragraphs of finding out about them. She was genuinely shocked to the bone and again, despite the obvious unreal zombies, her reaction realistic! I also liked how Nora didn't immediately become a warrior. She was a girl who albeit knew more about combat and fighting then she should, but she was still raised with decorum drilled in her but upon learning about the zombies she didn't suddenly acquire superman hero skills to defend everyone. Nora knew what was too much for her and when she did, she left matters to the real fighters. Some people might see that as unheroic but I see it as a realistic portrayal of a girl who knows her limits. I love this about Lia Habel's writing, no matter how crazy the world of Dearly, Departed is, she still made me believe it!
This also proves right with the relationship between Bram (the good undead zombie) and Nora. Oh Bram, Bram, Bram, do they sell zombies at Amazon because I want me a Bram!! I loved the pacing of the romance and I can kiss Habel for avoiding the wrecking mistakes of making the main character along with her guy of interest fall in love from the third chapter. I cannot explain the sweet feeling the blossoming this romance gave me, my heart was fluttering! Lia Habel, once again, well done!
Something I noticed that put a lot of people off is the 5 different 1st person narrating voices. I love alternating POV's especially when its between the love interests but I also did not mind the added 3 other POV's. They gave an added insight that otherwise could have been achieved and while I will admit that sometimes I did get confused on who's narrating, it wasn't a big deal to me.
Rating: 4 hearts~ Lia Habel has made a loyal fan out of me! Her dystopian world is one of a kind and I will eagerly and anxiously await more information on Dearly, Beloved the second novel to Lia Habel's fantastically amazing debut- this is a must read!
Liz Rienhardt is the first ever author to ask me to read and review their book so from the beginning this book was special. I was kind of anxious to read it though because I was scared I wasn’t going to like it and since Liz is just THE sweetest person ever, she’s so nice and I’m so glad I got to talk to her it would have been plain awful writing negative review. But thank goodness, I was spared from having to deal with that because this book ROCKS!
What I love about this book:
*It’s about as realistic (from MY perspective) as realistic YA fiction can get.
-Brenna wears make up. I know this is not big deal but as a make up freak that just adores make up I’m actually glad for once that a character doesn’t describe herself as plain Jane. Brenna knows she’s pretty though she’s not arrogant about it. I’m so tired of every female MC not caring or not knowing how to deal with their looks and they think they’re ugly and end up with THE hottest guy imaginable. Good for you plain Jane but the other girls have stories too.
-Brenna has a backbone. I’m sure you don’t know what that is because the majority of the books you and I read have plain Janes as MC’s and usually they keep to themselves and their outspokenness is limited. I will tell you what a backbone is, it’s the factor that makes you stand up for yourself, say what’s one your mind and take no bullshit from anybody at all cost. Brenna has this so very rare backbone and the only other MC I can think off who does too is Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy series.
-I can relate with the book! More then once I came across a scene which I have been in the situation as or said the same thing/had same reaction.
Ex: “‘HAGS’ in my yearbook at the end of eight.” If I wasn’t lazy, I would get up right now and take a picture of my eighth grade yearbook and show you all the HAGS over you.
Ex 2: “Even though it was about a bunch of killer school boys, I never managed to get into this one.” Lord or the flies was one of the books I had to read last year and I definitely couldn’t get into either!
Ex 3: “Run, forrest run.” I say this phrase everyday I’m at school and see someone running. So those words per year come out my mouth approximately 555 times per school year, I thought I was the only one making Forrest Gump references,
Ex 4: “I checked your Facebook page.” Let’s face it, we all have Facebook’s. You’re probably going to go write your status right now about how you read the world’s stupidest review but in the end we (REALTIY) use the site known as facebook but how come it never shows up in realistic fiction books? Uhmmm, people propose to other people to facebook nowadays. It’s basically the most important communication tool in world. You see those riots in the Middle East? Wonder how they were planned? If you guessed Facebook good for you, if not then go back to the cave you live in. Just kidding:D
More things I love:
-As I told Mary from @anxirium about this book, Brenna did not come about this earth through random pollination. She has parents, yes a father (well a step dad but nonetheless, there mention of the sperm donor) and a mother (once again, yes a mother body) who carried her in her womb for nine months and these parents are HEXA-GASP! present in the book. Good god, an actual YA book with ACTUAL guardian’s or and parental figures who actual play a role in their child’s life in it? 2012 is real; get ready for an apocalypse…!
-The mature and realistic way sex was handled in the book. To be honest, I’m starting to like adult contemporary romance more because sometimes YA books get me so mad from how not YA they are! They take place in an ideal world and are nowhere near what actually happens in a teenager’s life but thanks to Reinhardt, Double Clutch doesn’t suffer from that. The book doesn’t shy away from tackling sex to what it is and I love that. No it’s not graphic, but it’s honest it’s portrayal of sex which made me so damn happy I can combust! For once sex in YA is not just “it happened and then later…” I would kiss Reinhardt if I can.
Overall: I can go on and on about all the things I loved about this book, it’s absolutely one of my favorites of the year. It was funny, cute and realistic and I personally believe if you don’t like it, you should get yours head checked. From the writing, to the characters, the dialogue and the details I couldn’t find anything wrong:D And this is coming from a person who hates hype!