This book takes place two years after the last book. Belly and Jeremiah have been dating for two years now and they are extremely happy. After and eveThis book takes place two years after the last book. Belly and Jeremiah have been dating for two years now and they are extremely happy. After and event occurs between the two of them that test their relationship, and what they decide to do surprised me. They decide to get married! Everyone is seemingly against Belly and Jere getting married, but they all pick in and help. Belly hasn't seen Conrad for most of the two years she's been dating Jere, but when Belly has an argument with her mom she feels to the Cousins beach house.
Conrad has been living in the beach house, and when Belly comes things start to get tense. Belly knows she loves Jere and that he is her future but slowly things start to change between her and Conrad again. Her first love will never leave her, but suddenly feeling all her old emotions again throws Belly. Who will she end up choosing, because in the end it is Belly's choice.
This book made me angry since the first few chapters where you find out about Belly and Jeremiah's trouble. I thought that the book did not do justice to who Jeremiah was in all of the other books. What occurred between him and Belly I thought was totally out of character, and I never would have believe he would have done something like that. He was flaky throughout this entire book, and was constantly saying his dad would pay for everything. Also by not helping Belly with the planning of the wedding yet complaining that he wasn't involved and didn't like the decisions she was making. I thought his personality was just completely different than it was from the other books.
He condemned Conrad in the second book for not treating Belly right but he wasn't that great to her in this book either. I didn't really care for the conclusion of this series because I felt that Conrad was the only character who really grew at all. Belly was still immature and could never fully commit to who she was with. She blamed her mother for being stubborn about her marriage but when ever around her was urging her to just wait a few years she wouldn't budge. I was disappointed with how this story played out.
The classic tale of Romeo and Juliet is thrown on it's side with When You Were Mine. In this telling of the classic tale Rosaline is the main voice inThe classic tale of Romeo and Juliet is thrown on it's side with When You Were Mine. In this telling of the classic tale Rosaline is the main voice in the book, she is the one who was with Rob (Romeo) first. They have been best friends their entire lives and have just started to move into something new and exciting and deeper when Rose's cousin Juliet comes back to town. Juliet has been gone twelve years and she and Rose are no longer friends. Though this is not the Juliet that everyone has come to know and love from Shakespeare, this Juliet is mean and vindictive and not mentally sound. Juliet steals Rob away from Rose and Rose looses her best friend in Rob.
This story is about how when the one you thought you were destined to be with decides they are destined to be with another and how you are left to deal by yourself. I really liked Rose in this story she was strong and so caring that she didn't deserve her best friend Rob treating her the way he did. All along you knew how the story was going to end but it still look me by surprise and made me upset all over again. Juliet was sad and depressed and you begin to understand why she is the way she is but that still doesn't excuse her behavior. Rose's friends were great at times but at others they were way too superficial for my liking.
I liked this story and thought it was an interesting new take to the Romeo and Juliet love story, because I believe Rose was right. These were two kids who only had each other Rob (Romeo) left everyone behind and changed when he met Juliet. Juliet had no friends and their families hated each other, they had no where to go and nothing in common. It did seem as if he was meant to be with Rose and I was upset and angry for her at the way she was cast aside. This author definitely made me feel compassion for a character that while is part of a great love story, but not the one the gets chosen. I liked the ending of the book it brought closure to the story, but I couldn't help but dislike (quite irrationally too) how Rob died and Rose never got closure to their relationship. I knew he was going to die all along, but I couldn't help but want a different ending, no matter how irrational that is. ...more
Travis is coming home after spending his first year in the Marines in Afghanistan. While Travis's home life has never been great he comes to find outTravis is coming home after spending his first year in the Marines in Afghanistan. While Travis's home life has never been great he comes to find out his brother stole his girlfriend and his car while he was away. He comes back to a home he no longer considers home and he is suffering from the guilt of his best friend dying and he surviving. But while Travis is home he re-connects with Harper. Harper is the first girl Travis really liked but he also unintentionally affected Harper's life in a big way.
Harper helps settle Travis and accepts him for the "new normal" that he himself is having trouble accepting. I really liked the relationship between Harper and Travis. It felt real and developed in a great way. Travis's struggles also felt real and organic and something that I can imagine many soldiers suffer from at times. I really just enjoyed this story all around. My only complaint was that I felt it was too short. I wanted the story to go on longer, and have more time with the characters. The book definitely didn't feel rushed, but I would have just loved having a longer story....more
The majority of this book was very enjoyable but the last half or so of the book felt rushed to me. The ending was very abrupt and left something to bThe majority of this book was very enjoyable but the last half or so of the book felt rushed to me. The ending was very abrupt and left something to be desired. ...more
Racing Savannah was a fun light-hearted read that was quick and satisfying. Savannah, her father, and her father's pregnant girlfriend re-locate her sRacing Savannah was a fun light-hearted read that was quick and satisfying. Savannah, her father, and her father's pregnant girlfriend re-locate her senior year to a high end riding stable. It's the chance of a lifetime for her father and with an unexpected baby on the way the whole family needs these new jobs to work out.
Savannah has grown up around horses her entire life. She understands them in a way that she hasn't ever really understood people. So when she gets to this new stable she wants to start being an exercise rider so that she can save up and start building a career. What she didn't expect was for Jack Goodwin to ride up and question everything Savannah thought she once wanted. Where she once thought that being an exercise rider was her future, she now questions herself and begins to want more for herself.
That more includes Jack, but there are certain expectations that go along with being the rich stable owner-to-be and Jack might not be willing to risk all that for a girl he just met. He and Savannah have an instant connection, but a lifetime of being told certain things and being expected to meet the expectations of his parents is a lot of pressure for Jack to take in. He wants Savannah but knows there might be a cost and he is nervous to make that leap.
This was a fun, light entertaining book about a girl a boy and how meeting the right person can change everything you ever thought you wanted. I haven't read any of the other books in this series so this can definitely be read as a stand alone. I believe previous characters did show up in this book and were mentioned but not anything that was pivotal to the story....more
This was a book I expected to like but figured it would be very cliche and like most of the other paranormal love stories out there. But I was wrong,This was a book I expected to like but figured it would be very cliche and like most of the other paranormal love stories out there. But I was wrong, I really liked this book, and the legend that went along with it. It was a fresher take on a star crossed love story.
Emma has had a tragic life. Her twin brother died suddenly when they were 14 a year later her mom died, but not before she married a man so Emma would have someone to take care of her. Henri, Emma's stepfather, turned out to be an abusive drunk and after wrapping their car around a tree Emma finally agrees to go live with her aunt. So Emma moves to New York to start fresh, she even invents her own story so people won't ask too many questions about her. All she wants to do is slide by under the radar and finish school.
She thinks that she has a solid plan in place until she meets Brendan. Brendan is the most gorgeous boy she has ever seen and she finds herself instantly attracted to him. After hanging out together one night with a bunch of friends Emma thinks that the feelings she had were mutual, until the next day when Brendan ignores her. Emma doesn't know why she is so drawn to Brendan especially when he is so hot and cold, but with some help from a witchy friend Emma uncovers a legend about her and Brendan and a specific necklace that her brother gave to her when they were together. This legend connects Emma and Brendan but it could also be the death of Emma if they can't change things in time.
I really enjoyed this book, it was a happy surprise. Emma was a really funny character and I enjoyed her relationships with the people around her. Brendan was a character I liked after the second half of the book. The first half I was kind of exasperated with him because he essentially ignored Emma for no reason. I really enjoyed the legend that was in this book. I thought it was a new an interesting take on a paranormal love story. It was very intriguing and I wonder if there will be more books because Emma and Brendan's legend was written in a very big book of legends so maybe we will see more from there. ...more
This book picks up three years after Mia's accident. Mia is in New York and is the up and coming musician in the classical music genre. Whereas Adam (This book picks up three years after Mia's accident. Mia is in New York and is the up and coming musician in the classical music genre. Whereas Adam (whose POV the book is written in) is a huge celebrity because of his band Shooting Star. Adam is despondent and disconnected from life. He doesn't like his celebrity status, he no longer loves music like he once did, and his band-mates resent and blame him for his fame. Though Adam appears to have it all he is hanging on by a thread. He hasn't talked to Mia since she walked away from him without ever really telling him it was over. She went away to school and never came back, this is what gave him the material to write his songs and launch his band into super-stardom.
Adam is in New York one night before he leaves to start his world tour. He see's that Mia has a concert and he can't help but go. They meet afterward for the first time in three years and they end up spending the night wandering around New York together. Mia and Adam talk about their lives and what they are like now. They each discover new things about the other and they finally discuss what happened those three years ago.
I loved Adam, I thought he was awesome in If I Stay, but he was even better in Where She Went. He was such a real character that you couldn't help but share his emotions with him. His confusion and hurt over Mia leaving and never coming back. He lost a family too but he was there for her and she just vanished. It kind of made me angry at Mia. Adam was just simply lost those years without Mia. Things that were once important lost their value to him, and he slowly became a different person. I really didn't like how his band went against him, they were clearly jealous which I can understand but they had to have seen how he didn't like the publicity and attention.
Throughout most of the story you got the vibe that Mia had just moved on. She was over Adam and didn't belong in his life anymore. We slowly got to see Adam get closure. He accepted that he had asked Mia to stay and he had to uphold his end of his promise. He realized that knowing everything he does now he would still make the same promise if she would live. I liked how honest and Mia were towards each other at the end of the book they all just laid it out there. Mia said why she left him, and in a sad way I can understand her reasoning just not her method.
I loved this book, I was shaky of a follow up. But this book proved amazing. This one was solely about Mia and Adam whereas the other book more focused on Mia and her family, Adam included. I thought this book was wholly entertaining and I couldn't put it down I had to find out what happened. It would be awesome if there was another book, but if this is the last one than it was great!...more
Lennie is struggling with how to live life after her sister dies unexpectedly. Bailey was always the outgoing one, the one with the boyfriend, and theLennie is struggling with how to live life after her sister dies unexpectedly. Bailey was always the outgoing one, the one with the boyfriend, and the one that simply loved life and attention. Lennie adored her older sister but was more reserved and didn't enjoy being in the spotlight. Lennie, her Grams, and her Uncle Big are all struggling to come to terms of life without Bailey. Lennie feels as if she has no one to talk to, because no one can understand the pain shes going through. Except for Bailey's boyfriend Toby who Lennie feels a strong connection to. Lennie has these unwanted feelings like shes drawn to Toby because of their shared love for Bailey.
At school there is a new boy in Lennie's band class Joe. Joe is gorgeous and a bright spot of sunshine in Lennie's dreary world. Joe and Lennie have an immediate connection though it is a friendship at first. Joe brings joy and shows Lennie how to enjoy things again. She no longer wants to be in mourning and isolated. Joe and Lennie quickly fall and love, but her feelings for Toby don't go away as fast as she wants them to especially when he keeps revealing secrets about Bailey to her.
I really enjoyed this book. It was sad and heartbreaking what happened to Lennie's family, but Joe is exactly what they all needed. He was a great character always up beat and smiling, and you could tell he through everything he has into what he does. He was funny and charismatic, and overall a great match for Lennie. Lennie was also perfectly written for this kind of story. She had all the emotions anger at her sister for dying, guilt for being the one that lived, and confusion about where and what she should do next. Lennie definitely grew a lot throughout this story and you could see her and her family begin to heal from their tragedy. ...more
Love Story was about Erin a once heiress to her family's horse racing farm, but who is now a starving poor college student majoring in English, and HuLove Story was about Erin a once heiress to her family's horse racing farm, but who is now a starving poor college student majoring in English, and Hunter the once "stable boy" of Erin's family's farm but who is now the heir to the family farm. After Erin refused to major in business in college in New York her grandmother disinherited her and unannounced that Hunter would take over the farm instead. So after leaving and vowing never to come back Erin goes to New York and begins to work as hard as she can to save up, because she wants to be a writer and knows that she needs to achieve certain things while in school.
On the first day of her writing class Erin has to have her story reviewed by the class. Her story is a historical romance and it's set loosely about her and Hunter and what the could have been if tragedy hadn't struck and their lives had been different between them. So of course who should come into the class and get in? Hunter. Erin is mortified to have him read this story, and doesn't want him anywhere near her or telling people who the are. Hunter eventually agrees but this has put them in an uneasy relationship.
With each new story that Erin and Hunter write more feelings are provoked between them. Hunter mysteriously goes out every night and returns early in the morning and Erin is desperate to find out where is he going. She finds herself jealous that he might be with other girls. No one knows where Hunter really goes but one thing is clear is that he is hiding something. But with so much betrayal and lies between them can Erin and Hunter ever really connect?
I liked this story. I loved Echols Going too Far but didn't love Forget You. So I was apprehensive to see where this story would go. Personally I thought there were just too many lies and secrets between Erin and Hunter. They really didn't seem to have a problem lying and manipulating each other. Also how they publicly write stories about each other that the ENTIRE class had to read? Who would honestly want to do that? I think that there were genuine feelings between each other that had been there for a very long time, but they don't seem like a healthy relationship. Or that they ever really got to know one another, and not just knew the person from a distance. The ending also left a little to be desired, but perhaps this one will have a sequel? The ending was a little open-ended, and if they do have another I would read to see what happens between these two. Overall I thought it was a good story but not great....more
Anna has been banished to France for her senior year of high school. Overall there are worse places to be, but Anna has left behind a brother, a bestAnna has been banished to France for her senior year of high school. Overall there are worse places to be, but Anna has left behind a brother, a best friend, and a boy she is almost dating. When she goes go France she right away meets Mer, who immediately accepts her into her circle of friends. Two of them are dating (Josh and Rashmi) and then there is St. Clair. The gorgeous boy who Anna is instantly attracted to, and she's not alone. But St. Clair has a girlfriend who graduated the year before but is still in France. So he is off limits but the two quickly become best friends. I love that they develop a relationship as friends before anything else. It really helped build up the story and wasn't the cliche love at first site can't leave each other alone.
Throughout this book both St. Clair and Anna deal with their respective relationships with the other people in their lives and try to figure out who they really want to be with. When tragedy falls this group of friends it bring St. Clair and Anna even closer. But at the same time their intense feelings could drive each other away if left unsaid. This book as amazing, and I loved the interactions throughout the group. How Anna comes out of her shell and starts to enjoy France and it's with the help of her new friends that she does this. Comment Comment | Permalink ...more
Ashlyn was abducted when she was five years old. Her nanny took her because she was in love with Ashlyn's father, she said she would kill Ashlyn if heAshlyn was abducted when she was five years old. Her nanny took her because she was in love with Ashlyn's father, she said she would kill Ashlyn if he didn't leave his wife to be with her. Since her dad got her back Ashlyn has been guarded 24/7. She is now 17 and always has a body guard. She is rarely allowed to leave the house. Her current body guard Stuart has become obsessed with her, he claims to love her and he is always watching her. So when she gets him fired she figures her dad will have to realize that she is now old enough to be on her own.
But instead her dad gets her a new body guard, someone from her past who he knows she hates. He hires Colin; Ashlyn's childhood neighbor and tormentor. Colin is gorgeous and she hates who he used to be, but she is coming to find that Colin has changed. Throughout this book Ashlyn starts to loose some of her nativity, she begins to see things how they really are. She is trapped in her home isolated from the world. Her mother and father are trapped in a love-less marriage and the cracks are beginning to show to everyone around them. Ashlyn begins to see that her father will never let her go unprotected, and he will control every aspect of her life unless she does something. Her relationship with her father was just downright creepy to me.
I found Ashlyn to be immature and childish. Her parents obsession with her safety and the way they talked to her were horrible. They talked to her as if she were a child and she just allowed it and hardly ever stood up for herself. But when she did stand up for herself she would ruin it by being childish and running off and slamming doors. She pouted through half of the book I felt like. It was obvious where this story was going and what some of the twists and turns were going to be. I felt that the relationship between Ashlyn and Colin went from them caring about each other to love in the span of a minute. Their relationship was underdeveloped and I hate that we don't actually get to see the couple together and happy.
Anna is a native Dune Islander and she is just starting summer when she catches the eye of a new boy. Anna is tired and bored of the life she leads inAnna is a native Dune Islander and she is just starting summer when she catches the eye of a new boy. Anna is tired and bored of the life she leads in Dune Island, everything is always the same and there isn't anything new to look forward to. That is until she meets Will. Will's from New York and he and his brother and mother are at Dune Island for the summer. Instantly Will and Anna have a connection, they were both so painfully awkward but earnest with each other that they were adorable. They begin to date and gradually emotions grow between them, but when Anna finally realizes that Will will be leaving at the end of summer she doesn't know what to do. She always knew Will would leave but she never fully realized how much that would hurt. Anna doesn't know if she can continue the relationship with it's inevitable ending hanging over her head. For the first time in a long time Anna was starting to see things around Dune Island as exciting again, and she doesn't know what her life will be like after Will is gone.
This book was about summer love and what it can do for you. For Anna it brought new life into her view of Dune Island, and for Will it gave him new experiences and perspective. This book was a light read, but it wasn't everything I thought it would be. I would have liked to learn more about Will and his family and what life was like in New York for him, the few scenes that Owen were in were awesome. He was a very funny older brother and I wish we got to learn more about him and Will's mom. I also would have liked a better ending to the book, hopefully there will be a sequel otherwise it would be a terrible ending. ...more