So Ride With Me had the distinct advantage of having a hero named Tom who loves cyclingRead this review on my blog! --> Ride with Me by Ruthie Knox
So Ride With Me had the distinct advantage of having a hero named Tom who loves cycling…because my fiance’s name is Tom and he loves cycling. Haha My good friend Ginger pointed this out to me because she knew both of those details about him. Thanks, Ginger!! But the similarities ended there. Though it was still a fun detail.
One thing I love about Ruthie Knox’s books is that they always feel like such big stories. They’re written so well that you feel like it’s more than the actual number of pages. Ride With Me was like that. Since the timeline of this book is a few months, I think Ruthie made it work so that you felt it was a longer story than it was, IN A GOOD WAY!
I loved the character’s progression and growth in this book. While their common interests complimented each other, their personalities started off on opposite ends of the spectrum. I loved seeing them learn and grow and open up.
I know that sounds like a super chill experience those two went through, but holy rollercoaster! No. It was anything but. First, Tom wouldn’t talk. Then Lexie wouldn’t talk. They disliked each other at first, but completely lusted for one another. Then they were friends, then more, then not. It was an awesome ride, y’all! The whole time I was just rooting for them to work it out and make it. In the smexy department, this book is a total WIN. The romance is steamy yet romantic.
Ride With Me also made me want to take cycling across America. It’s a nice thought, but I doubt I’d ever do it. I’d rather drive my way across America. But it was really cool seeing it through the eyes of Lexie and Tom.
I can’t wait to read more romances from Ruthie Knox. I’ve come to really enjoy them! I hope you guys will check them out too!!...more
You guys...THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! I have no hesitation calling Stir Me Up one of my faRead this review on my blog! --> Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins
You guys...THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! I have no hesitation calling Stir Me Up one of my favorites of the year. That’s right! It is!
Here is just a list of the things I loved about this book, in no particular order:
1. Cami was so likable. She wasn’t perfect, but she was real and completely adorable. I loved that even though she was confused about what to do once she graduated high school, being a chef was non negotiable. She just had to convince her French chef father of this. I loved that we get to see her experience a lot of firsts with her first boyfriend that did not involve going all the way. I think it should be ok for girls to want to explore without having the pressure of having sex.
2. I loved the restaurant/chef life. Cami’s father owns a French restaurant. This is practically where Cami grew up and it’s now where she works. Top Chef is one of my favorite tv shows, and I’ve always been in awe at how these chefs create unique and beautiful dishes. I loved the parts where Cami was coming up with new recipes. She just put so much love into all her dishes. It was awesome.
3. I was glad to see a stepparent in such a positive light. We get a lot of no parents, single parents, or both parents, but we don’t often get to see how amazing a stepparent can be to a kid. Sarah Dessen did this very well in The Moon and More, and I was happy to see it in Stir Me Up. Not all stepparents are evil, but sadly we only get to see or hear or read about the ones who have done awful things. Here’s to amazing stepparents!
4. OMG...I LOVED THE BFF, TARYN! She constantly cracked me up with her texts. This book overall was really funny which I always appreciate. :)
5. Julian. Oh, mother of all things holy, this guy! Ok, so he starts of as such a jerk! So freaking surly, and understandably so, but geez! Buy, guys. Once he starts softening and getting back to his old self? He was amazing. Such an amazing, caring, and wonderful guy. AND HE WAS HOT! I loved how he took such care with Cami and how he wanted to make sure they didn’t hold each other back in any way.
6. The ending was so perfect in my opinion. It was the best way for both Julian and Cami to have a happily ever after, and I do believe these two have a forever kind of love. I can clearly see their future played out in my mind and I love what I see.
Those are the main reasons I loved this book, but really so many small details also contributed. I hope you guys will pick up Stir Me Up and give it a shot. It's actually on sale for $1.99 right now for both Kindle and Nook. I’m so glad my friend Estelle (from Rather Be Reading) said “You need to read this!” Thank you, Estelle! And thank you Sabrina, for writing such a great romance. :)...more
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski has been reviewed beautifully by so many people out there, so when it came time for me to review it, I knew there was no way I could even try. Not in that way anyway. So I began thinking of ways for me to share my love of this book with you guys! And being that it's Tuesday, the day I normally do Top Ten, AND also the release day of The Winner's Curse, I figured I'd combine the two!
ALSO!! Thanks to the Fierce Reads team for these awesome graphic quotes!! I loved putting them together for this post!
The moment you meet Kestrel you're intrigued by this girl. She's different and that's obvious from the beginning. She accidentally ends up at a slave auction and the things that catch her eye about Arin are so interesting, but what makes her bid is when it's mentioned he's a singer. Sold! But why, Kesterl?! Why the singing?? You'll have to read and find out. :)
2. Kestrel's Not Fronting
I loved that Kestrel would speak up to her father, and I loved that her father listened to her. He didn't bend to her whims, but he was fair, in my opinion. She's honest about her strengths and weaknesses and I appreciated that. Keep it real, girl!
3. The Slaves
The Herrans are a race that has suffered so much at the hands of Valorians. They took everything from them. Some even have to serve in what used to be their homes. It was tough to read. No amount of being treated "well" could ever make up for what they took. I think Arin is completely justified in his cause too. There's a lot of manipulation going on though! That kinds of stung....
4. The Valorians
Valorians to me seemed like flamboyant barbarians. They don't shy away from fights, duels, battles, war...but at the same time they lead lives full of pretty clothes and big parties. They are into high society and gossip and they were so oblivious of the fact that Herran people would want to take back their land. Kestrel is definitely different, and people notice because they talk about her, and not in a good way. They're dumb. She's awesome.
I loved Arin. He was smart, strong, honest, and honorable. But oooooh, how he could manipulate. Our girl didn't stand a chance, to be honest. I knew she'd fall for him instantly, but to get to Arin's heart, you basically have to almost die for him. Or maybe he just felt like she was an impossibility for him. Either way, he doesn't really get swoony until the last third of the book, I'd say, but it was glorious seeing him get there.
6. Realistic Fantasy
Did you know there was such a thing? I didn't. I wasn't sure how to classify this book...it reads like a fantasy novel, but there was no fantasy. So I decided to ask Marie Rutkoski on twitter and she explained about the Realistic Fantasy genre out there. I'm TOTALLY intrigued by it now! Hope I can read more of it. And the writing! I mean...it's just fantastically written. Plot, prose, characters...SO GOOD!
7. War, Huh...
"What is it good for? Absolutely nothing." But sometimes it's so that people can get their land and their homes back. It was pretty brutal, this rebellion. Watch out!
9. ALLLL The Praise
There's no shortage of people praising this book. Even I'm doing it!! For better breakdowns of this fantastic book check out the following reviews by ASHELEY | LAUREN | KIRKUS :)
10. The Ending
UGGGGH! I really didn't know how it would end but I was not prepared to have my heart wrenched!
Throne of Glass was selected for me to read by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books. I hadn’t realized how much I missed a good historical fantasy story until I started reading Throne of Glass. Alexa, thank you SO much for making this your pick!
Throne of Glass had so many elements I love in stories like these. It had intrigue, and romance, and a girl who can kick lots of butt! I felt this story was a combination of other great books with strong heroines. Poison Study, Graceling, The Hunger Games…Throne of Glass can join those ranks. The world-building was also very interesting, but I am looking forward to learning more about the magic side of things, hopefully in the next book.
I thought Celaena was an interesting character. She was charming and at times a little childish, but I never got annoyed with her, which was good. I found her very endearing and felt like I would indulge her, like a little sister. She was very smart and skilled at being kick-ass in general. I think I am definitely going to be reading the prequel novellas though, to get more familiarized with her backstory as this books jumps in when she’s already spent a year in “prison.”
This book’s love interests (yes, plural!) were a bit confusing to me for a while. I couldn’t really tell where things were going with either of them. But by the end I was totally on board with one certain one. Team Chaol, where you at?! :D On the one hand, Celaena is really physically attracted to Prince Dorian, but he’s kind of like the forbidden fruit, with her being an assassin and possible the King’s Champion next. While she’s really infatuated with him, Dorian believes himself completely in love with her. And then we have Chaol, the Captain of the Guard. There isn’t really anything romantic between them for a while, but I think this pairing has the substance to last if it does happen. There is respect there, and friendship, and definitely some longing. I look forward to see how their relationship blossoms (hopefully) in the next book.
Throne of Glass was an exciting story with mystery, magic, and romance. It’s also the beginning to what I imagine is going to be an even more intense sequel, and I, for one, can’t wait to read it. ...more
Letters to Nowhere is a story about a girl, Karen, dealing with a lot of changes in her life, some extremely more difficult than others. Not only does Karen lose both her parents, and also is now living with her gymnastics coach and his son, but her body is going through changes that couldn’t have developed at a worse time. It’s a lot. Luckily for Karen, Jordan, her roommate/coach’s son, is there to listen and help her try to cope.
Karen and Jordan, while uneasy about one another at first, bond fairly quickly. They have both suffered the same kind of loss and grief, and Jordan feels like he can help Karen being that he’s been there. Jordan is one of the good ones, you guys. He’s hot, Ivy League smart, funny, and super caring. He did have a bit of a player streak when we meet him, but it appears he was only just waiting for the right girl to come along because he was nothing like that throughout the book. In the end, they actually end up helping each other through more than either of them could have imagined. Their chemistry was really sweet and I loved their stolen moments together. I did feel that their voice was a bit too mature at times, specifically Jordan’s. He just sounded older than his 17 years sometimes. Really, that was the only reason it didn’t get 5 stars, because otherwise, I absolutely loved this story.
While I LOVED Karen and Jordan, I was also really surprised by how much I enjoyed submerging myself in this gymnastics world that Julie Cross shared with us. I never knew I would enjoy it so much. It was really interesting learning how much work gymnasts put into their athletic careers and how competitions worked. Julie did a great job creating such a clear picture for us.
I hope Julie Cross continues to write more stories like this one. I’d actually really love a sequel to this book because I’d love to know how everyone turned out....more