I couldn't put this book down! And it made me cry, annnnnnd that's why it gets 5 stars. This story took me by surprise and when I first started readin...moreI couldn't put this book down! And it made me cry, annnnnnd that's why it gets 5 stars. This story took me by surprise and when I first started reading it, I kept thinking of the movie Van Wilder with Ryan Reynolds. But Wes Michaels' story is completely different and I fell in love with him after only a few chapters. Kiersten, on the otherhand, was a bit forgettable to me. In fact, I just had to go look up her name because I could only remember Lamb. The relationship between Kiersten and Gabe was a bit unbelievable for me, considering Gabe really had no other role in the book other than hanging out with his cousin, which was also strange because he was supposed to be a big lady's man, but was never with any. But in spite of all that, which was minor in my mind, I loved the book.
I knew there was something going on, but I couldn't figure it out and, of course, I'm not going to tell you. But I will tell you to read this book. If you like college romances, this one is one of the best.
Best book of the year! Actually, over the past year, considering it is only January.
“Because terrible things happen to everyone, Brosey...moreBreathtaking.
Best book of the year! Actually, over the past year, considering it is only January.
“Because terrible things happen to everyone, Brosey. We’re all just so caught up in our own crap that we don’t see the shit everyone else is wading through.”
If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me? Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see?
This book moved me in a way that no other book has. At first, I was hesitant to read this book because of the subject matter as I have two sons in the military, one off on deployment in a very scary place, But I decided to just read the first couple of pages to see if I would even like it and from there I was hooked. It isn’t just a story about some guy who goes off to war and comes home and has to learn to cope with the after affects of war--though that in itself is plenty to deal with and would most likely make a very heart-wrenching story and that certainly is part of it, but to me, Making Faces is more a story about a guy born with a progressive neuromuscular disorder, known as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and the two friends who love him unconditionally. It is most definitely not your typical romantic read. I fell in love with Bailey, Fern and Ambrose from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to read their story. And what a wonderful story is was. One that completely took me by surprise, not only in the plot with its twists and turns as we followed these three kids though their childhood and into their young adulthood, but also because of the wonderful writing by Amy Harmon. She is a master. This story will stay with me forever. I am so glad I decided to read it and not wait. I would give this 10 stars if I could. (less)
Wow! Surprise!!!!!! But I had a feeling it was going to be good, I just didn’t realize how good. Rachael Wade is a master storyteller.
I was so impressed with this book. It was so beautifully written. Rachael Wade did an awesome job.
“Elise, when two people love one another, they don’t always have to label it, do you understand? When you love someone, you just know. You just…fit. You see certain qualities in each other, you dance until the sun comes up and get lost in one another until you forget your name and where you were born. Everything is hazy. You’re dazed.”
When I read that quote, I had to read it over again. So beautiful and true.
Now for the juice.
Hold on to your hats, ladies and gents, there’s a whole lotta nookie going on in this book. During the first quarter through this book, I was thinking I was going only give it four stars, but I now know to never make my final judgment on a book until the very last word, and I enjoyed every single one in this book. The Replacement is a story about a young troubled girl who struggles with her own self worth. It was actually refreshing to read a story about a young girl who isn’t a virgin falling in love for the first time. Not that I’m saying that’s bad, but it might be more normal these days than not. Elise seemed to be a little too self-deprecating at times for my taste, but I fell for Ryder instantly. I loved the way he swooned in. He wasn’t some rich pretty boy, but more of down to earth kind, which I found very appealing. Not all knights come in wealthy shining armor and the fact that Ryder didn’t, makes the story more believable. To be honest, it’s usually always the male characters that make or break a book for me. So I have to give kudos to Ryder, or I mean Rachael for creating Ryder. If you’re looking for a hot, steamy, spicy no morals kind of read, this book is for you.
Oh yeah, and I must admit, I had to buy some strawberry ice cream after reading this book. (less)
What a lovely spin off from Wide Awake, which I absolutely loved. I am so inspired by Shelly Crane’s work, I can’t even begin to say how much. Watchin...moreWhat a lovely spin off from Wide Awake, which I absolutely loved. I am so inspired by Shelly Crane’s work, I can’t even begin to say how much. Watching her career grow is such a fun experience to witness.
Wide Open is a must read and my favorite of Shelly Crane's books so far. Particularly if you’ve ever known anyone who has gone through the struggles of any type of addiction or even memory loss. As these are the two subjects of this story, even though there is a wonderful love story at the core. Which I don't have any problem admitting I now have a book crush on Milo.
Both Milo and Maya have so many inner demons that they are coping with, but Milo's seemed to hit me more, maybe because I enjoy reading from the male’s POV so much. I am so glad that Shelly decided to give him his own.
I have a couple of friends who are addicts and this story actually helped me see them in a different light, made me so proud of their accomplishments. I know it is such a struggle and one I can’t even begin to comprehend. Thank you so much, Shelly Crane for allowing me to read this story. It is one that will stay with me for a long time.(less)
I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to beta read this book by D. Love. She really knows how to pull on my heartstrings.
I loved Derinda...moreI am so honored to have been given the opportunity to beta read this book by D. Love. She really knows how to pull on my heartstrings.
I loved Derinda’s first book, Today Only, and let me tell you Learning The Lies is just as good. It won’t make you cry like the first one, but it has a wonderful message. Those awesome messages that only Derinda can deliver. You can’t help but fall in love with D. Love’s story telling.
This is a wonderful coming of age story about a ordinary young girl, wanting so much to belong and make a new start in her life. Annnd if a new heartthrob happens to cross her path, so much the better. There are so many twists, turns, and secrets in this book, you will be amazed and you would never guess them. Well, maybe one, but not until you close to the ending, which is fine, because by then, all you want is for everything to work out.
Oh, yeah, I absolutely love the cover.
This is a great pick up your spirits book and I highly recommend it to everyone who likes sweet romance. (less)
Sophie and Spencer are two of my favorite book couples this year. I love the way Airicka Phoenix writes. Her descriptions are some of the best I’ve re...moreSophie and Spencer are two of my favorite book couples this year. I love the way Airicka Phoenix writes. Her descriptions are some of the best I’ve read and the way she has the ability to make a not so sexual scene sound so sexy and sensual has me wanting to read every single one of her books. Those moments are the best and I have to admit I was crushing on Spencer throughout the entire book. A not so likable character as far as Sophie is concerned in the beginning, but I knew there was something awesome behind that bad boy exterior.
The book is full of suspense. The plot was bit predictable for me, but that didn’t matter. I still enjoyed every wonderful word. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and did not want it to end. I can’t wait to read more from Airicka. (less)
Alexia Purdy just joined my list of favorite authors! The descriptions in this book are so well written that Alexia sucked...moreAwesome new take on vampires
Alexia Purdy just joined my list of favorite authors! The descriptions in this book are so well written that Alexia sucked (pun intended) me in immediately and I fell in love with her characters and her writing.
Vampire/zombie-like creatures roam the streets of Las Vegas after the world is overcome by some viral epidemic. This is a story about April, a seventeen-year-old girl and her quest to find her family. (Hmmm … something familiar about that. LOL If you know me, then you know why I say that. Hint AA)
But there is nothing ordinary or familiar about April’s journey.
This edge of your seat story had my attention from the very first chapter. Though in the beginning, I must admit, when I first started reading this, I was worried how the story would progress, because the first part spends a lot of time with April being by herself and narrated by her without much dialogue. Most books like that would be boring, but Alexia Purdy has managed to pull it off without much of a problem and made it very interesting. Things quickly change as the story continues … I won’t say anymore than that so I don’t give any spoilers.
I’m excited to read the next book, Disarming (Reign of Blood book 2) because this one was so good and I need to find out how April is coping. She stole my heart in this first one and I’m looking forward to following her further.(less)