The moment I read the synopsis I knew this would be a book for me. I love anything music related, especially when it directly involves the characters.
After getting to know Claire and reading more into the relationship she had with Jared and the reasons behind her breaking up with him, I felt just as hurt at his reaction and the song he wrote about her. I was like, “WTF, Jared! Maybe if you’d stuck around and listened to her reasons! GAH!” Anyway, I was totally Team Claire. I didn’t much like her parents. They loved her, but they weren’t the best. But I think they reacted like many parents would when your daughter, who’s been perfection in their eyes, starts dating a guy who they feel is not up to par.
Claire came out of all that trauma in pretty good shape though. While the song devastated her, then angered her, it didn’t break her. She started a band that was actually really cool and her own songwriting was coming along great. Now spending the summer in a small beach town, the last person she ever expects to run into is Jared, but there he is!
Things between the two don’t start off great. There’s a lot of old pain that seems to only cause new pain. And it doesn’t help that Claire doesn’t want it known that she is Jared’s ex. Especially since he starts sort of dating her cousin. Jerk! I didn’t really warm up to Jared until he and Claire finally started talking in a civilized manner. I began to understand him and in the end, I ended up liking him. I loved the parts where they would write music, together or separately.
Another Little Piece of My Heart was a fun romance. It was a perfect weekend read if you’re looking for something light and fun and a quick read. I look forward to more from Tracey Martin soon!(less)
The Lair, which is the sequel to The Farm, Emily McKay takes us on such an intense ride. Th...moreRead this review on my blog! --> The Lair by Emily McKay
The Lair, which is the sequel to The Farm, Emily McKay takes us on such an intense ride. The suspense is pretty non-stop in this one. They’re definitely never safe, so that cause me to bite my nails a lot while reading.
Lily and Carter bring on the emotions this one. They don’t know how to exactly fit in their roles and still protect one another. It’s a challenge for them, for sure! And it made me sad for them. Meanwhile, Mel, in the hands of Sebastian, is learning all kinds of new things. She isn’t the happiest of characters at first, but she definitely grew so much through the course of the book. By the end, she’s probably the most kick-ass of all. Sebastian, who really intrigued me in The Farm, totally surprised me in this one. I hope everyone is wrong about him because I’m still going to believe the best.
I like how Emily McKay keeps the action going in The Lair. There’s never a lull. It’s truly a page-turner. I should know, since I read it non-stop in one night! I definitely liked The Lair even more than The Farm, and I’m hoping the next one is even better. Can’t wait!(less)
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. :)(less)
DAMN. This series is BY FAR one of the best angel series out there, you guys. The twists and turns, the love, the longing, just...ALL THE PASSIONS! This series has certainly surprised me with each book, each one being better than the one before.
In Endless, the stakes are high, the emotions are high, the longing is HIGH. The amount of different emotions I felt throughout completely blew me away. The best part is that I didn’t know what would happen each time I turned the page. I love when stories keep me guessing and keep me surprised. It is the best. THE BEST! Not all of the surprises will be good, mind you, as you may have guessed...but the most important part is that there’s SO MUCH LINCOLN in Endless! And let me also tell you, that the last few chapters had my poor heart on edge. Then it was flying high with happiness. Then it broke! See what I mean about the different emotions!? And that was just the last few chapters! Sigh... Now the wait for the last book, which will hopefully heal my poor broken heart.
Poor Violet is dealing with such emotional issues in this book, not just with Lincoln, but with Phoenix too, and her parents. And on top of that, she has to deal with the shitty politics and doucheyness of the Academy, who have summoned her for testing. One character that is always surprising me in this series is Phoenix. Of course, I hate him...but then I feel bad for him, and in this book, I did not hate him at all. His characters has always had the most depth to me, even when I hated him I could admit to that. He is complicated and sexy, sometimes evil and sometimes not.
We get a lot of answers in this book as far as Violet goes. The full extent of her powers have always been a mystery and we finally know what her purpose is, which was awesome. I always knew she was kickass, but damn, was she ever!
As some of you may know, this series, The Violet Eden Chapters, was originally first published in Australia. Well, they’re getting the last book a whole SIX MONTHS before we do in the U.S. So I went ahead and preordered the Aussie edition because I CANNOT WAIT SIX MONTHS. I can wait one, but not six.(less)
Soon after I started this book I realized it was going to be a sort of full circle story for Willem. I must admit I had some expectations for this book. I thought it would go a little more like Where She Went, buuuuut it didn’t. It’s a really confusing feeling to expect something from a story, yet feeling this rightness at how it is actually told. I feel melancholy for what I wanted to happen and didn’t, but not so that it took away from how much I loved it.
Just One Year takes Willem and us on a globe-trotting journey of self-discovery, much like Allyson’s. Willem’s journey is just as emotional and freeing, just with more people and places around the world. But it was the parallel of the their stories that really made my heart race. The times where they were so close, yet not close enough! DAMN. We get to know about Willem’s parents and their story, which turned out to be a bit of a full circle for him.
It’s incredible to me how much a person can learn, grow, and change in a year. Willem had a lot of healing to do. His encounter with Allyson derailed his original plans, but it also made him stop running. And with him no longer running, he was able to realize how much he was hurting and how much he needed his family, especially his mother. The evolution of their relationship really made my heart hurt for both of them, but it also made my heart soar by the end.
*This paragraph may be spoilery to some, so feel free to skip over it.* I loved that Willem never gives up on finding Allyson, even when he gets discouraged, he doesn’t completely stop. And he ALWAYS thinks of her, always wants her there. I will admit that seeing him with other girls stung a little, in fact I hated it, but I understood it and it never changed his feelings for Allyson, which then made me feel bad for the girls, lol. So many conflicting emotions because of this book!
Gayle Forman has given us such a unique pair of books. I loved this. I loved how parallel they were. The ending of Just One Year is perfect. It’s not typical, but perfect for this story, for its readers. But now what do we do?! When will we get our next Gayle Forman fix?! I really hope it’s soon because I need more of her books in my life.(less)
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.(less)
First, yes, I am in fact posting a review for this OBVS Summer book in October. Sorry, not sorry. :D
So I found myself nonstop thinking about Nantucket Blue after I started reading it. It only took me a couple of days to get through it, but I wanted to be reading it at every moment I wasn’t able to...kind of like how Cricket feels about her Secret Lover. :)
The story started out really sad, and I could relate to Cricket in her feeling of helplessness. I still feel that way in those types of situations and I’m an adult! Everything Cricket does is out of the goodness in her. She’s just a really good person, even when she’s frustrated with her own family. So it did hurt and anger me to see her being treated badly by her best friend. But at the same time, I got why Jules was acting that way toward her, even though she was going about it all wrong.
While in the beginning Cricket is obsessed with FINALLY making Jay her beau, I actually took an instant shine to Secret Lover. How could I not?! And of course the age difference didn’t bother me personally, you know, since I’m currently in an almost ten year relationship with a guy five years younger than me and all. ;) So while I loved them together, it did feel like their blossoming relationship was so fragile, even with the strong emotions between them, because of everything happening to both of them. I was really rooting for them, and while the ending is a happy one, I made the mistake of reading the synopsis of the sequel, Nantucket Red, and WTF?! I totally shouldn’t have because now I’m upset! :(((
Now, the setting. Oh, freaking wow, it sounds amazing on Nantucket!! I so want to visit this place one day! Leila Howland did a great job at painting this place for us who have never been there.
Nantucket Blue is not only about finding first love, but also about losing people you love and learning to live a life without them, because as it turns out, life does go on regardless. I really loved this book and I cannot wait to read more from Leila Howland.(less)
It’s rare to read a book you love through and through, from beginning to end. My Life Next Door was that book for me. Sometimes when I love a book so much as I did this one, it’s hard for me to put my feelings into words, so bear with me.
First, can we give it up for the good guy?! So many times they’re outshined and outloved by the mysterious bad boy. In My Life Next Door, the boy next door, Jase, is THE BEST GUY EVER. He is the best son, the best brother, the best friend, and the best boyfriend. You might think this sounds like a boring guy, right? Well, NO! You’re wrong! Because he’s also HOT, and smart, funny, and works with his hands, so that totally makes him sexy. SIGH! Notice I didn’t say he’s perfect. No person is perfect. He has doubts and sometimes he says the wrong things and even loses his temper, but he realizes these wrongs and he talks about them and his feelings.
Ok, so you get the idea. I love him. The end. Good night and good luck.
Samantha was also a really good person, but she wasn’t struggled a bit more. She keeps a lot of her thoughts and feelings to herself. She was such a lonely person too until she meets Jase and the rest of the Garretts. Samantha is pulled in so many directions, and she wants to please everyone but we know that can only end in badly. And for a while, I was really worried and heartbroken for Sam and Jase and the Garretts and, oh my God, I wanted to strangle a couple other people in this story!
It felt like Huntley Fitzpatrick wrote this story with such care. All the nuances of each character, the interactions between Sam and Jase. There aren’t a lot of Young Adult, or even New Adult books now, that will portray two teens in love losing their virginity to each other. That scene was incredibly romantic. It’s the way it should be. Hats off to Huntley Fitzpatrick for completely getting it right.
Also, can we talk about George for a minute? OH MY GAAAH, I loved that kid! I loved all of the Garrets, but George made me smile more than anything else in this book. Ha!
I became so emotionally invested, I could not put My Life Next Door down. I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to continue living in the world of the Garretts. I guess I’ll just have to reread it and relive it again soon. :)(less)
Life Before Legend is a definitely a cool read for any fan of this series. Not only do we get to read about a vulnerable, young Day experiencing his f...moreLife Before Legend is a definitely a cool read for any fan of this series. Not only do we get to read about a vulnerable, young Day experiencing his first kiss, try to survive on the streets, we also get to experience precious moments between June and Metias. If you’ve read my review of Legend, you know how saddened I was by the death of Metias (Not a spoiler! It’s in the synopsis.), so getting more of him in this novella was just so great. I felt I got a better understanding of the way June thinks, and how perfect Day really is for her now. She’ll always be such a badass in my book. I just love that girl! And Day, always in my heart. I love them! And I love this series. If you have yet to read it, GET ON IT! (less)
I’ve always known this story would be sad, which is probably the reason I put off reading it for so long, but I’m so glad I finally got to it. And it was sad, but it was also like exhaling. I felt like I could let go of some of my worry for Mickey, and I feel like I understand him so much better now. I didn’t know it was written in verse! That was such an awesome surprise! And it was the perfect way to tell this story, especially since it deals with Mickey and Logan, who totally know about verse. Their story flowed so perfectly and beautifully. I really can’t imagine it written a different way and having the same emotional effect. It’s seriously perfect, I tell you! Also, it only made me love Mickey more, hehe. Must read for any Shade series fan.(less)
Ok, so the very cool thing about This Song Will Save Your Life is that it really speaks the truth on so many things and that it’s such an easy book to relate to. Even if you aren’t or weren’t like Elise in high school, you’re sure to take something away from this story. My takeaway is, always believe in your potential for greatness and stay at it, no matter what the haters have to say, because one day all the pieces will fall into place and you will find that happy place in your life.
This book really struck a chord with me because it made me think of my own daughter, who at almost 12 now has always been such an individual. I always worry about her being hurt by others because of her individuality, because you know kids travel in packs, but this book put me at ease that she will be ok in the end, and that all I can do is be supportive in all she loves to do.
I wasn’t expecting this book to open up the way it did, but it made such an impact and it really made me instantly care for Elise. I wanted to hug her and be her friend. I really felt so sad for this lonely girl. I really loved how supportive her parents were, once they knew what was going on of course. Her new friend Vicki was fabulous in that way that truly honest friends are, the ones that tell you the truth no matter what but yet are still kind about it. I loved that. And Char...oh, Char. I had a bad feeling about that situation from the get go, and yet I still kind of got swept up in his charm and mystery as Elise did. I was glad to see the spell broken and getting to see him “in the light of day” really helped, because DAMN that boy was bad news. This book really wasn’t about their relationship though, but it did help Elise realize a lot of things about herself and what she really wanted from her life. Now if only Pippa could get a clue… *sighs*
And the music!! I LOVED all the music talk in this book! I was lucky (and grateful) to have received a CD of the playlist for this book, but it also made me want to make my own and add ALL the songs mentioned in this book. Such a great variety of awesomeness.
This is definitely one book I will be recommending to everyone. Now, I’m off to have a dance party in my room. :)(less)