The copy of this book was provided for free from Netgalley. I pre-ordered it back in September, but now I get to read it early. Thanks Netgalley!
PixieThe copy of this book was provided for free from Netgalley. I pre-ordered it back in September, but now I get to read it early. Thanks Netgalley!
Pixie and Levi share a secret, a dark horrible painful secret that makes them certain that staying far away from each other is in the best interest of everything. But when Pixie moves into her Aunt's inn for the summer, she is stuck sharing a bathroom with Levi. Tension, guilt, and feelings long buried surface through the summer, can they find a truce and heal each other, or are they meant to stay broken?
OMG. Only Chelsea Fine. Seriously, the woman is basically a drug dealer, hooking you on her stories until you are addicted. No worries, you don't need rehab, this is the very best type of drug, after all. I will forever read anything she puts out. I have read everything she's put out, but yeah, the trend will continue. Only Chelsea Fine can make me cry like a baby and laugh like a mental patient in the same paragraph. This book took me too many hours to read, but the fault was because I kept having to stop to wipe my eyes and blow my nose. At one point, my husband asked if I was reading a good book or having a pregnancy induced hormone episode. He doesn't understand literary perfection.
Chelsea amazed me with her Archers of Avalon series, by showing she could weave strong characters with darker themes without leaving you feeling depressed. She has only strengthened this skill with Best Kind of Broken. The story is a sad one, about two broken people afraid to heal together because they are so certain that there is hate on the other's part. The story is heart-wrenching, and if you plan to make it through, you better have a box of tissues handy. The secret they share is slowly introduced and is done in such a flawless way, that you feel their pain. The build up of the story is perfection, a perfect speed that keeps you glued to the pages and invested in the story.
Pixie and Levi are brilliant characters. They are so weak and so strong all in the same breath. I found myself loving them more and more as I got to know them on the pages. They are so perfect together, and for each other, and the longer it takes them to get their act together, the more you just want to scream. The other characters in the story aren't the focus, but they are all just so sweet. They work perfectly into the story and make the book feel so real without needing to be focused on.
My only complaint, is the tiniest thing ever. I always fall for the best friend's in Chelsea's books. I did it with Heather in the AoA, and now there is Jenna in Best Kind of Broken. She is perfect and sassy and amazing and I love her because she kind of reminds me of me. I really would've loved to hear a bit more about her and Jack, at least in the epilogue, but that's fine. I can live. Pixie and Levi were the key characters. I am perfect with things as they were.
In case it's not insanely obvious, I totally recommend this book. There is talk about drinking, drunk driving, and some fairly mild sexytimes (well, insane tension aside) so it is for a mature audience. So do yourself a favor and go get this book. And then her other books. And then count the seconds until the next one comes out. Because Chelsea Fine can do no wrong.
Skye is a bit of a wallflower, a shutterbug who prefers to see life through the lens of her camera instead of fRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Skye is a bit of a wallflower, a shutterbug who prefers to see life through the lens of her camera instead of from the center of the action. When a student is found dead at a party Skye attends and she knows who might be involved, she has to deal with the idea of being an accessory to murder. As relationships shift and change around her, Skye starts to really take a look at her life, and she doesn't like what she sees. Can she really change herself now, or will harboring her secret destroy her first?
While not as good as Tempestuous was, Exposure was another great retelling of an old classic. Macbeth is probably one of Shakespeare's more difficult stories to try to modernize. While subtle, the homages to Macbeth were cleverly woven into each page. If you go looking for a flashy retelling, then you might be disappointed. Exposure was written in such a way to make a Shakespeare buff smile without alienating someone who has never read Macbeth. I believe that it was done well enough to make it easier to understand if you can match these new characters to their old counterparts.
The characters weren't as nice as I wanted them to be. Skye felt unlikable to me. For her to be "stunning" and not know it, and for her to be so tall and people to just overlook her, it didn't feel realistic. If you are "stunning" and tall and have model potential with a little bit of makeup, then how do people not notice you? Skye actually asks this same question in the book at their Prom. Everyone kept telling her how she was so beautiful and how they didn't recognize her, but what, she was ugly the day before? It's one thing to be withdrawn, but she just didn't feel as realistic as I wanted her to. She was also really hard to like. It wasn't until well into the story that I started to like her at all. I didn't understand what she saw in Craig. Not once. From A to B, I never saw Craig's appeal. Beth was seriously unbalanced. The rest of the characters were just alright. They didn't hold enough importance for me.
The story was nice. It held mystery and did well at capturing the essence of Macbeth as it went along, but the plot was lacking. Or maybe it just fell for me. I feel like most of the elements in the story served very little purpose, and yet I enjoyed every page. I loved the whole story and everything that happened. I just couldn't see the point of many things that happened and it left me uninvested in the story. It all wraps up in the end. The ending is unsettling. It isn't tragic by any means, but it is a bit of a downer. There is promise for joy again, but it's left on enough of a downer to leave you upset with things. Not enough to rage or cry, but enough that you might be disappointed.
While not as great as it's predecessor, it was still a good read and I did enjoy it. But if you are looking for warm fuzzies, look elsewhere. ...more
Twenty-two, about to graduate from college, and the only virgin among her friends, Bliss decides that it is timRead this and other reviews at my blog.
Twenty-two, about to graduate from college, and the only virgin among her friends, Bliss decides that it is time to lose her v-card. What better way than through a one-night stand right? Getting the gorgeous British man she met in the bar back to her place was the easy part, calming her nerves to sleep with him is another story. Creating a lame excuse, she leaves him naked in her bed. If that wasn't embarrassing enough, when she gets to her first class the next morning, the boy she had left naked in her bed is her new teacher.
I really liked this book. It wasn't overly imaginative or exceptionally great writing. It was just fun. You know that face you get when you get really good news? Like, the fluffy news face. Or maybe that face you get when your best friend tells you that your crush was just checking you out. You smile so large you can't contain it, you dance around a bit, and you squee in happiness. That's what this book was. It was a squee-worthy fluff-fest. It isn't the type of book to leave you with any deep emotions. It's a light read that is meant to make you smile and then let you get on with your life. It does it's job well.
I found it hard to get into Bliss' voice at first. It passed really quickly. I had this feeling that I wouldn't like her, or that her reasons for running out on the cute boy would make me dislike her or find her unbelievable. I found her quite believable. Her reactions to things made quite a bit of sense. Garrick was fabulous. I loved everything about him. I was a bit bothered to see a British male lead, as that is overdone in books I read lately, but whatever. Guilty please. I have no regrets.
The plot is light and simple. It is really easy to get through. I think what bothered me the most was that the timeline can get lost in things. There is one point where they exchange "I love yous" and it felt a bit abrupt for me. I had somehow expected that less time had past than had actually gone by. Otherwise the writing was smooth and quite enjoyable. There were quite a few times where I laughed out loud at something funny that Bliss would say, usually in her head.
All in all, this is a really nice read if you just want a quick squee. Perfect length for a rainstorm and completely easy to read in one sitting. ...more
Harper grew up with her father, a career Marine, after her mother died. Her father was rather tough on her, treatinReview originally posted at my blog
Harper grew up with her father, a career Marine, after her mother died. Her father was rather tough on her, treating her more like a soldier than his child. Deciding that she wants to break out and live her own life, she chooses a college across the country. Her new roommate immediately takes her under her wing and helps her figure out who she is. She quickly finds herself falling for her roommate's brother Chase, who seems like the worst guy in the world for her, but the one she wants the most. She meets Chase's roommate Brandon shortly after and finds her heart split in two as she also falls for him. They would both do anything for her, even stepping aside to make sure she is happy.
I want to say first off, that this is a tear-jerker. Don't read this outside of the house, people will think you are a blubbering mess. Make sure you have tissues handy. At about midway through, you will need them. I got to the point where I was crying so hard, from the good points and the bad, that I had to stop and wipe the tears from my eyes or blow my nose about every three pages.
I really liked Chase and Brandon. Even when they were being stupid or aggressive, I loved them. They are two wonderful men, and you get to the point where you really want Harper to have both of them. Obviously, she can't truly have both of them, and the "solution" to this problem was just.. yeah. Tissues. I refuse to spoil it.
Harper I wasn't crazy about at first. I mean, I can understand her breaking out like she did, but I felt like she jumped into things rather quickly. It's one thing to indulge, but it is another to forget common sense, and I felt like she had. I ended up liking her, it was hard not to, but she irked me at first.
The story is fabulous and tragic. Some of it seemed rather predictable, but it was told in a way that made that acceptable. You wanted to keep reading. The characters and writing were engaging enough that a predictable plot was nothing.
Most people who recommended this to me did so because of my love for Easy by Tammara Webber. I think I cried harder for Taking Chances but I liked Easy more. A fabulous novel and I highly recommend it. ...more
Jenna is a Green Teen activist from Jersey. She is all about saving the enviroment, but when her family decide that theyReview also posted at my blog
Jenna is a Green Teen activist from Jersey. She is all about saving the enviroment, but when her family decide that they will be staying with her grandma in Florida while her dad is on an overseas business trip, she decides that it's time to really become one with nature. Best way for her to do this, is to spend her summer in Canada at her Godmother Susie's home. She is excited to see the beauty of nature that her activism is so eager to save, and the hot boys are certainly not a downside either. She quickly realizes that her ideals are far from perfect, and that nature has a lot to teach her about herself.
After reading Getting Over Garrett Delaney, I was anxious to read something else by Abby McDonald and this was the first thing I could get my hands on. I was really worried I wouldn't like the story. I have no problem with conservation or activism, but they usually don't make for an entertaining read for me.
The characters were enjoyable. They weren't as fun as I had hoped they would be, but I did enjoy reading about them. The plot was really simple. Things kind of fell flat for me. The story seemed like it was going to have a real direction about it, and it ended up being just a coming of age story. It's like the summary was too hard to write for what the story was. Now, don't let that sell you off of it, because it was really fun to read.
I dislike how the best friend eventually got painted out to be the villain, but the way the story needed to go, it was kind of needed. It becomes obvious right away that the friendship will crumble based on this summer. It's sad to lose friends, but considering Jenna really found herself, which seems like it was something she didn't have before, it was worth losing a friend over. It has to be a horrible thing to realize that you were trying so hard to fit in somewhere that you lost yourself, but Jenna handles the realization with her head held high.
Sadie has been in love with her best friend Garrett for two long years. Two years of waiting and wishing that he would reReview also posted at my blog
Sadie has been in love with her best friend Garrett for two long years. Two years of waiting and wishing that he would realize that they were perfect for each other. But when they are separated for the summer and he calls to say that he is in love and the girl he loves isn't Sadie, she decides that enough is enough. Armed with her new barista job, some fun coworkers, a rejuvinated friendship and a selfehlp program, she is determined to get over Garrett Delaney, and maybe even discover a new love in the process.
This novel was so cute! The characters are fantastic. They are all unique and fun. You can't help but just like them all. Their banter with one another is real and natural. I spent so much of the book either laughing out loud or smiling. I smiled for the whole what, three hours I tore through this book in and now my cheeks hurt.
The plot was really simple, Sadie wants to get over Garrett, she tries and fails miserably and then her friend and coworkers step in to help. Between them, she makes great progress, learns a lot about her friends, love in general, and herself. It's a wonderful coming of age type tale. The light writing and fun dialogue really help keep you reading.
Overall this book was too precious. It's a perfect rainy day read when you need to clear the storm clouds away and find a smile. I usually don't give fluff books 5 stars, but I couldn't help myself here. It was just too cute....more
Max decides that there has to be more to life for girls than pining for their exes after they are dumped. There has to beReview also posted at my blog
Max decides that there has to be more to life for girls than pining for their exes after they are dumped. There has to be a way to get over them faster and get on with their lives. Energized with the idea of getting over an ex after her own dumping, she sets out to create Ex Inc. Now she is the go-to for helping girls get over their exes and give them back the confidence they deserve. But when her own ex, Hugo, shows up in her neighborhood, she learns that she isn't as over him as she thought. With so many girls depending on her services, she might have to become her own client and get over Hugo for good.
I love cute little love stories like this. This story was really nice. I love the idea behind Ex Inc. It's one of those things that would be brilliant if it really existed. I can see how the Moments would be troublesome. Sure, they give the girls the confidence and knowledge that they are over the guys, but why trash the guys like that?
The characters are all enjoyable. They are all pretty well-rounded. Hugo was a jerk, plain and simple. I just loved watching the emotions the characters displayed. Watching them figure each other out as they went was really nice.
It's hard to say much about this without giving away spoilers, but just know that it was really cute and fluffy. I enjoyed it quite a bit. I laughed my way through it and didn't want to put it down....more
At Coral Tree Prep, status is everything. Your parents can make or break you. Elise’s mother is the new principal, leaving her far down on the list ofAt Coral Tree Prep, status is everything. Your parents can make or break you. Elise’s mother is the new principal, leaving her far down on the list of people to want to spend time with. When Elise’s sister, Juliana, catches of the eye of Chase Baldwin, Elise finds herself spending more and more time with Derek Edwards, the school’s resident prince. With movie star parents, Derek has an attitude to match his high class lifestyle. While every girl is jealous of Elise for spending time with him, she would rather keep clear of his snobbery and spend time with his enemy, the charming Webster Grant. But not everyone is who they seem. A modern day retelling of Jane Austen’s classic, Pride and Prejudice, the kids at Coral Tree Prep are about to learn a lot about themselves and the people they judge. Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love Pride and Prejudice and that I will pick up just about any variation that you can toss at me. I have a fondness for contemporary young adult romances when I am in a reading rut, and Epic Fail is one I bought about three ruts ago and never read. I really wanted something cute and fun that I could whip through in one setting and get something in my reading challenge count for the year so far. While I wasn’t as impressed with it as I wanted to be, it wasn’t bad at all. I really wanted it to be like Prom and Prejudice, which is the best ya contemporary retelling that I have found yet, but it fell a bit flat from there.
The story very closely follows Pride and Prejudice, with updates and a few pacing changes so that it will fit into this story. You can feel Jane Austen’s classic soaking out through the pages as you read and tell which events are meant to feel like their originals. The story in Epic Fail is very clean and simple, it flows well and wraps up decently. I loved the included scene near the end with Elise and her father talking about Derek and her feelings for him. It was full of nice nods to the original story. While nothing can beat reading Pride and Prejudice itself, this is a nice substitute. It could be a nice way to help a younger generation understand the original story if they were having problems with Jane Austen’s way of writing.
The characters weren’t bad. A lot of people might think they needed to have more development, but being that this was a quickie contemporary, they were fine as is. They weren’t amazing, but they weren’t exactly lacking either. The biggest annoyance with them was that they were trying too hard. They probably feel underdeveloped, because they were trying so hard to mimic their original counterparts in their mannerisms and attitude. This was only disastrous with Layla, who was the Lydia counterpart. Layla tried so hard to embody Lydia, that she came across as being more annoying and ridiculous than Lydia could’ve dreamed to be! Granted, this might be societal differences. If you brought Lydia into our time period, perhaps she would’ve acted exactly like Layla, but she was still unbearable to get through a scene with. I found myself dreading her dramatics and the countless times she would rant off about hating her family. I could never have been her sibling. I would’ve pummeled her.
I was also disappointed with some of the characters being added in at all. Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner’s counterparts weren’t needed, and the Charlotte counterpart was made to be their daughter. They were mentioned in all of two scenes and neither was even needed. The characters lacked any kind of staying power, so much that I couldn’t tell you their names even at gunpoint. I was also saddened that there wasn’t a Lady Catherine counterpart. If there was, she was poorly done and you couldn’t see her easily. I love to hate Lady Catherine, so not having her around left me disappointed.
Epic Fail was a nice read. Don’t let my 3 star rating fool you. It was a nice read, if you don’t mind something small and simple. I only gave it as low of a rating because it fell flat for me. I excepted more charm and to laugh more and wasn’t given that. Perhaps my expectations were too high, I will admit that I seem to relate the young adult variations to Prom and Prejudice more often than not, but it just wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. I would read it again with no issues, but my rating wouldn’t change. This makes for a great rainy day book, or if you need a change of pace from heavier books.