Everytime Abbi Glines writes a book? I'm not even gonna lie, I tend to get extremely excited, and I'll buy it the absolute day it comes out in my hastEverytime Abbi Glines writes a book? I'm not even gonna lie, I tend to get extremely excited, and I'll buy it the absolute day it comes out in my haste to read it. While I devour the book like my best friend eats my homemade mac&cheese (read: he inhales it), I'm constantly texting one of my friends asking him why I love this book so much when it's so cheesy?
We met Cage York quite spectacularly in this book's predecessor, Because of Low. Cage is a party boy, a party boy with cash to burn and the connections to do it in style. He's a talented baseball player and he's got the system eating out of his hand because he does the minimum to get by, gets copius help and praise. Yeah, he had a hard childhood, but now he's coasting through life without a worry in the world. That is until the events of the previous book, when, for the first time in his life, Cage didn't get what he wanted. Due to this he started spiraling. And then he made a very stupid mistake: he drove completely smashed out of his mind. And he got caught.
I'm very impressed with this book for the way they handled this situation. Cage was a stupid, stupid man to do what he did. And honestly? He should have gotten punished for it. As with a lot of things involving sports stars and celbrities today, instead of getting punished like the rest of us, Cage was given the option to work for his coach's friend on his farm for the summer. I'm pretty sure Cage thought it'd be easy peasy, but when he gets there? He's in for a hilariously rude surprise. First, Cage finds out that, while he can go home on the weekends, he has to stay at the farm for the whole week. Second, his room is not the luxury he thought it'd be. The room is utilitarian and tiny. It has a tiny shower and not much distance from that to the room. And did we mention he's in the south and his room is located in the barn with no air conditioning. Then, any thought of maybe he was going to get off easy was completely demolished when he met Eva and her father, learning that he was going to be doing real manual labor on the farm from sun up to sun down. I gotta give it to him. He stepped up though. Yeah he had times where he fooled around and made more bad choices, but when he worked, he worked. He didn't slack in the least. And he attempted to be respectful, mostly succeeding.
Eva is a very pretty girl, but she's only ever had time for one boy in the world. Josh was the love of her life and they were going to be married. While she was planning the wedding he was overseas and then Eva got the call that tore the ground from under her feet. Josh was dead, killed in the line of duty. So she's done her best to stitch herself together and move on. The last thing in the world she wants is anything to do with Cage York. He's a drunk. He's a man-whore. In short? He is absolutely everything that Josh wasn't and probably the one person he would have never approved of her moving on with. So Eva does her best to let Cage know exactly what she thinks of him. In short, she is anything but nice. She dismisses him from the get go.
But Cage? Cage has only ever been turned down by one other woman and Eva intrigues him. So they end up in this really funny cat and mouse game. And everytime Cage is about to give up? Eva pulls him back in. Same goes for Eva. It's funny. Cause these girls throw themselves at Cage, I believe one of them did it naked. And Cage was just like no, I want to be good enough for Eva.
And when they got together? Those scenes. I think my room felt hotter than the heat outside (it was 93 F) because dayum. It was incredibly spicy and their chemistry was explosive. If they'd been chemicals mixed by a chemistry student? They would have decimated the whole school system. It was absolutely electric. And good lord when they finally...just read the book, if only for these scenes. I assure you it's more though. So much more.
I like how Eva eventually had to face that not only was she getting over Josh, but that she was over Josh. It didn't mean she'd stopped loving him or forgot, it just meant that he became a beautiful part of her past rather than a painful memory she tortured herself with today. She learned to move on with help from Josh's brother, her father, and Josh's mom. It was beautiful.
And Cage had to own up to his behavior on many accounts. He changed for the better. It wasn't just for Eva, it was for himself. Which, if you've ever watched someone try to change for someone else you know it never lasts, is the only way the change will stick. Good on you Cage.
Abbi Glines' books have been a very beloved guilty pleasure of mine since Breathe. They're like that piece of Lindor's chocolate that you've been denying yourself because you're trying to lose ten pounds before your high school reunion and by the time you've gotten back in your car and you're driving home from the event, you've bought a bag and made obscene noises as you stuffed them in your mouth because they were insanely good, illicitly so. So what if the dialogue is cheesy at times? So what if it isn't the most well written book? The fact remains that it is a good book. Yeah cliches grow tiresome because they're overdone, but sometimes we remember why we loved those very cliches in the first place.
Abbi Glines knows how to hook a reader. I cannot wait for anything new from her....more
Priscilla Glenn's debut novel, Back To You, is the kind of book that grips you by the shoulders and says, "listen to my story." From the very beginninPriscilla Glenn's debut novel, Back To You, is the kind of book that grips you by the shoulders and says, "listen to my story." From the very beginning it pulls you in. The very first chapter is all it takes to get you hooked and ready for a ride. In a genre where it’s very easy to pull clichés Priscilla, while not avoiding them all, manages to make the existing ones completely her own. This book is realistic in a way that I find a lot of books aren’t today. People’s lives aren’t perfect, people make mistakes, blame isn’t always directed at the right source, and you never know someone unless you give them a chance.
Back To You is told in a unique way. Priscilla didn’t simply write the story and have the characters talk about situations in the past to explain what was going on. She literally lets you see for yourself with alternating flashbacks from both Lauren and Michael’s point of view. This book isn’t just ‘what you see is what you get,’ these characters are built from the bottom up. Their pain is real and raw. When I read this book I didn’t read a story, or at least I didn’t feel like I was, I felt like I was looking into someone’s life. The emotional imagery is some of the most vivid I’ve ever read.
One thing I really loved about this book is that it really pushed home, to me at least, that your actions and who you are effects people. What happens to a person changes them and molds them, but it’s not necessarily just their experiences. The people that brought those circumstances upon you and the people you share them with that are an integral part of who you are and who you come to believe you are. You never know how you affect someone.
Lauren and Michael are amazing. You not only get to see how they got to their respective futures through emotionally wrought flashbacks, but you also get to see who they are. There’s no intsa-love. This didn’t happen overnight, they didn’t happen overnight. It’s a process and a very realistic one. It doesn’t seem fake or contrived, it’s something organic that happened through years of real friendship, an estrangement, and hard work. It was beautiful to watch in the past and present. They had chemistry like lightning. Their relationship in the book reminds me of sea glass. It’s not an easy thing to make and acquire, but when you get it, you have something to treasure and protect.
The two main characters are remarkable in the sense that they aren’t traditional in a book sense. They will pull at your heartstrings, but they’re kind of an everyman. There’s nothing supernaturally or physically special about them, you could honestly see them as people you’d see on the street, people you know at work, or even someone you knew in high school. They’re both flawed, incredibly so, but you’re brought to grasp why.
If you’re looking for something raw and straightforward to read, please pick up this book. It’s not a poetic romance novel, with heaving bosoms or a “racy” romance where the author graphically describes their “encounters,” or some kind of run of the mill book that you’ll pick up and forget. It’s a tasteful, well written, beautiful book about closure, learning to love yourself, being brave, and second chances. It’s well worth the buy.
***This book was provided by the author for an honest review. No money was exchanged.***...more
Filled with beautiful quotes and harrowing realizations, The Perks of Being a Wallflower will probably be the most memorable book of my life. Like EllFilled with beautiful quotes and harrowing realizations, The Perks of Being a Wallflower will probably be the most memorable book of my life. Like Ella Enchanted it will probably sit on my special things shelf, carefully taken out two to three times a year when I decide that I want to read it. And I will. Because it was one of the most beautiful books I've ever read.
It has been a very long time since I saw myself so completely in a character. In fact, I don't think I've ever been a character in a book until Charlie. Charlie is quiet and unassuming. He doesn't have many friends because he is different. He watches, observes, and notices things. But he doesn't do anything with his observations, he just files them away after analyzing them. He's extremely sensitive, often crying at different times in the book. He's also self-sacrificing. He tries so hard to give people what they need, even if it's not what he wants. I think everyone can see a little of themselves in Charlie.
Written in a series of letters to a complete stranger, this book is about finding the people who accept you and love you, learning about the world, and in the midst of it all, learning about yourself. It deals with just about every issue teens face today. It doesn't explore a lot of them in depth, but every issue is handled carefully and well.
There are not enough words I have to describe the enormity of what this book meant to me. If you're meaning to read it go do it. If it's not on your "to read" list? Then put it on there. It's a funny, emotional, and infinite drive with heart. It may not mean to you what it did to me, but I fail to see how anyone could not connect with this book. ...more
This book is a wickedly funny take on the fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Several films focus on this story and I'm sure there's more thanThis book is a wickedly funny take on the fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Several films focus on this story and I'm sure there's more than one retelling, but this book took the cake...literally.
Written in the same world as Geek Charming, Simone is a big girl who eats her emotions. She's unique. She loves anything vintage, french films, and her best friend. Her father is dating the most subtly wicked woman in Hollywood, her brother left her to deal with all this alone, and the wicked stepmom Hillary puts her down at every turn. To get out of the house and avoid Hillary, who can never "remember" that she is deathly allergic to apples, Simone ends up taking a Zumba class. Eventually it leads to a major lifestyle change. Simone loses a lot of weight, gets a new look, and starts eating healthier. Simone goes to a nobody, to someone.
It all comes to a head when Hillary and Simone's father go on a trip and leave Simone to live with her brother and his six roommates. With quirks that pay homage to the names of the original seven dwarfs, it's a fun ride from start to finish. She walks into the experience nervous and unsure and comes out of it with a beautiful sense of self. And everything that happens is part of the journey.
With a great plot and a solid ending, this is another great book from Robin Palmer. I look forward to reading the rest of her work.
From start to finish, this follow up to Jennifer L. Armentrout's amazing Obsidian does not disappoint. Full of adventure, romance, and intrigue, thisFrom start to finish, this follow up to Jennifer L. Armentrout's amazing Obsidian does not disappoint. Full of adventure, romance, and intrigue, this book has it all.
Coming into the second book in the Lux series we are faced with the aftermath of the first book. It is a flawless continuation of a promising series. The plot is solid and every question that is answered leads to more new and unnerving questions. Some of them are answered and others are left for the next book to pick up on. As more about the world of the Luxen and the government's real stake in the events of things, sinister plots are revealed that are sure to set you on edge and make you beg for the next book to come out sooner.
Katy is magnificent and fiesty in this book. Yes, she makes stupid decisions that put her life in danger, but she proves herself undauntingly loyal, full of determination, self sacrificing, and brave. Throughout the confusing haze she's in for this book due to new boys with secrets, sinister intentions, new abilities and the insistent search for answers Katy shows that she is a herione to be proud of. She's on this ride til the end.
Daemon was gorgeous in this book. He goes from being a jerk to someone who is intent on showing Katy that he cares. You see in this book that he really cares about her, just as much as his family. He would do anything for her. He's responsible for some really great comedic moments and some really heartwarming scenes.
The other characters find some real character development in this book. Jennifer has a talent for making these characters real. You don't like them all, but you realize that some people are just really good people in bad situations. You don't just mindlessly hate all the bad guys. She makes a lot of them real.
It also didn't fall into that second book pattern where the book is just a transition to the third and sets things up. There's action and adventure. It's not just plot development, it's entertainment and by no means a slow book. The intricacies in the story show that Armentrout is weaving a story that is already planned out as opposed to one she just makes up as she goes along.
All in all it's a ballbusting, amazing follow up to the amazing debut of the series. It's worth reading on and checking out....more
In a superior follow up to the first novel Between the LinesTammara Webber is this close to hitting it out of the park. Once again thrust into the woIn a superior follow up to the first novel Between the LinesTammara Webber is this close to hitting it out of the park. Once again thrust into the world of Emma, Graham, Brooke, and Reid we are taken on a wild ride of betrayal, deceit, true love, and learning to be better than you think you are.
The plot is simple enough: Sabotage Graham and Emma's relationship. However, the execution of this plot is brilliant and well thought out. Brooke is an excellent villain, delusional and deviously brilliant. She knows what she wants and will stop at nothing to get it, even if she hurts her best friend in the process. She "knows" that she's the best thing for Graham. Reid is sort of dogged until the very end in his pursuit of Emma. He ends up showing that he's not a careless, stupid, boy bimbo incapable of love. In fact, in this book he ends up being the most selfless of them all. You see what's made him the way he was and it's not pretty. I really came to respect him by the end of the book.
Emma and Graham were adorable and their relationship and characters themselves, developed beautifully. I loved the insight into the enigma of Graham. It really helped flesh him out and make you cheer for him and Emma even more than you did in the first book. Emma proves that she finally knows what she wants and is ready to go for it. Instead of doing what everyone else wants her to do, she finally starts to come into her own and take charge of her life. It was magnificent to watch.
Our look into Hollywood is once again a warning to all who want to enter it's golden gates. The thing I love about this series is that it doesn't sugarcoat anything. It's realistic and gritty. Noting is glamourized. Hollywood is really easy to make seem like an absolute dream, but this book did one better and put them all on a real world level.
I really enjoyed this book. There wasn't a dull moment and I was furiously "turning" the pages of my NOOK to see what would happen in the end. I won't tell you what happens, but I will say that the end of the book is heartwarming and worth cheering over. You won't be disappointed that you read this story....more
In a realistic look at Hollywood today we follow Emma as she films her first big movie and makes a choice between two hot guys.
This book shows the darIn a realistic look at Hollywood today we follow Emma as she films her first big movie and makes a choice between two hot guys.
This book shows the dark side of being/becoming a star. You have no privacy, people make up lies about you, some people don't bother to get to know you just to mooch off your fame, and everything you do is cross-examined by the public. Life as a star is a restricted grind. You can't eat what you want, you can't go anywhere you want for fear of being recognized and swarmed, and you have no anonymity. Yeah are perks, but this book will make you think twice before wanting to be a movie star.
The plot was not predictable and though that was a nice surprise, there were parts with lackluster writing. It IS a unique book though. I have yet to read anything with such a hard look at Hollywood. It's detailed and you've really got to applaud Webber for doing her research or wonder if she's been in this world herself.
The characters in this book were a quite two-dimensional. There were some that began to flesh out in this series, but others kind of just fell flat. I really enjoyed the four main characters used and focused on. The characters surprised you sometimes, especially Brooke and Graham.
I really enjoyed this book, even if it wasn't a complete hit. There we things that annoyed me, but overall it's a good book. Hopefully you'll check it out....more
The third installment of the Mythos Academy series had a lot to live up to. Jennifer Estep magnificently delivered. This may not be the most outstandiThe third installment of the Mythos Academy series had a lot to live up to. Jennifer Estep magnificently delivered. This may not be the most outstanding book of the series, but the thing I've noticed is that these books are fairly consistent with their awesome quotient. To say the least, Dark Frost is a thrilling, excitable, and suspenseful ride that will have your head pounding from start to finish.
Once again Gwen shows that she belongs in the girl hero section. She remains likeable and resourceful, facing down everything that comes her way the best she can. Lucky for the Pantheon her best is pretty darn good. Then again, Gwen is just a really good person.
The romance cranks it up a good two or three notches. Logan freaking Quinn. That boy is like the best "eye candy" I've read all year other than Jennifer L. Armentrout's Daemon of Obsidian. Can I get a witness? LOL AMEN! I like that the romance progresses and doesn't immediately become some kind of instalove Twilight-esque story. They've had a pretty organic growth as far as relationships are concerned.
And can we please talk about her ever expanding social circle? Yeah she has her best friend, but she's making other ones. She started out as a complete and total pariah at Mythos. People are starting to notice that Gwen is the shiz.
I really love the twists in this book. You can tell it was set up from previous books, a fact that gives me great peace. It makes me feel like the books were planned out plotwise and aren't being written for shock value. Don't get me wrong. The book has shock value in leaps and bounds.
Also I want a Fenrir wolf pup. That is all. ...more