Reading Trouble from the Start felt like snuggling with a warm blanket, it was fun, comforting, and sweet. The romantic in me couldn’t help but fall iReading Trouble from the Start felt like snuggling with a warm blanket, it was fun, comforting, and sweet. The romantic in me couldn’t help but fall in love with Avery and Fletcher.
Avery is the daughter of a police officer and a nurse. They are good people that try to do good things and raised their daughter to do the same. Avery is “rescued” by Fletcher from a drunken episode while in a party and that ensues a series of events that include gossip and a realization that appearances, expectations, and reputation are not everything or even that important.
Avery is not pretty, but she is plenty smart. She’s a model daughter and citizen and always tries to comply and exceed other’s expectations. She’s very truthful and straightforward with others and gives the appearance of not being bothered by much. She is, however, waiting for “the one”, someone to love her unconditionally and to have a relationship like her best friend Kendall has.
Oh, Fletcher. Sadly, Fletcher’s story is not unusual. Given his upbringing he has erected physical and emotional wall as a copying mechanism. He’s a man of few words, he’s used to disappointment and doesn’t like school. He’s also loyal, good to the core, smart, and resourceful. He tries so hard to keep the ‘bad boy’ façade for others in order to alienate himself from heartbreak.
I’m a firm believer that there is a perfect someone for everyone and Avery and Fletcher are proof of that. They complement each other so well. Avery is so open about her upbringing and her feelings, while having the patience of a saint and waiting for Fletcher to drop the walls that surrounded him one by one. A really memorable and sweet couple.
I was so happy to read about Avery’s family life. About parents that are present, watchful, helpful, without being smoldering. I loved them all, especially Tyler. This is my fist book by Hawthorne, and I hope it won’t be the last since you can tell that I loved her writing. I also enjoyed that the ending gives the control freak within me some closure.
Hmmm…. I’m not sure that the cover relates to the book at all....more
The Enchanted Rose turned out to be a bit unexpected. Based on the synopsis, I wasn’t sure if it was a romance, or what. This is the conclusion I reacThe Enchanted Rose turned out to be a bit unexpected. Based on the synopsis, I wasn’t sure if it was a romance, or what. This is the conclusion I reached: The Enchanted Rose is a paranormal story with undertones that are part gothic and part fairy tale, with a whole lot of mystery thrown in. I loved it!
After her mother’s death, Vivian is sent by her dad to live with her maternal aunts that she didn’t even knew existed. Vivian’s mom and dad traveled a lot, so she gained a lot of knowledge about other cultures and she is quick to make friends. Still, she’s a grieving teenager put in a very uncomfortable and unfair situation.
“That building was going to be my new home. It wasn’t a house but a mansion. I realized then wy it was called the Tremaine Estate. Could that really be where my mother had grown up? In all my life, she had never once let on that she came from a rich family. A mix of emotions washed over me.”
It seems like the story unravels slowly and in sections, with Vivian finding a bit more of the mystery that surrounds her newly discovered family and the town of Misty Hills. There are a LOT of close kept secrets and danger lurking around in every corner. All of this was balanced with the backdrop of high school, which was also new to Vivian since she had been homeschooled for a big part of her life.
I think that Vivan’s mom was very unfair and so were her aunts for keeping so much away from her. I’m now sure what she thought would happened when she died and Vivian was unprepared for her new life. The town, and the people in it, are equally enigmatic and I’m sure there is a lot more for us to find out. I’m sorry that I have to be so vague, but I don’t want to give the story away.
“Need some help?” a deep voice asked. I yelped, startled. I lost my balance and fell backwards in an undignified heap. “Are you okay?” the voice asked with barely concealed mirth. My face grew hot. I looked up at a tall boy, who was watching me in amused concern. He looked to be my age. He reached out a hand toward me.
“I’m Hunter. What’s your name?”
The characterization is really good and I liked Declan, Skyler, Rose, and Hunter. I hope that Hunter will be Vivian’s love interest, but that is still up in the air. Vivian likes him a lot, but it’s too early to tell what will happen. The writing is really interesting and easy to read. The plot was very well executed and I hardly guessed any of the many twists that abound within the story. The setting feels very gothic and I loved that part.
As I’m a big fan of CJ’s Summer series, I couldn’t wait to read Paradise City. I knew we were going to be a great match and I was not wrong.4.5 Stars
As I’m a big fan of CJ’s Summer series, I couldn’t wait to read Paradise City. I knew we were going to be a great match and I was not wrong. Not at all.
This book is more like a mature YA than straight NA. This might change with Paradise Road since it seems like Dean will play a more prominent role. Lexie is a hoot! Being in her head was hilarious! She comes from Red Hole, a farm in the middle of nowhere and she’s been homeschooled her whole life. She moved with her aunt, uncle and cousin Amanda to Paradise City to attend school for the first time ever. In Lexie’s head, high school is a production from a Disney movie and overthinks, overanalyzes, and romanticizes everything. As I said, hilarious. She sort of falls into “interest” with Luke Ballantine, one of the resident surfer-bad boys in year twelve, a Kirkland boy.
“I may have been from Red Hole but at least we had the common decency to treat each other with a bit of respect. Even my drunken Uncle Eddie was more sociable toward a dog tied up outside the pub then anyone I had stumbled across in the last few days, including my own cousin. Maybe it was something in the water?”
Ballantine is dreamy, sweet, mysterious, a bit insecure when it has to do with his brother, a surfer and he gets in trouble in school constantly. Lexie and Ballantine’s relationship moved kind of fast and furious. What I found weird is that Lexie and Ballantine are attracted to each other, but hardly talk to each other. Don’t get me wrong, their moments together are fun, their dialogue entertaining and priceless, but I wish there would have been more of that.
“Oh-my-God-what-the-hell-was-that? I yelled, breathing erratically.
Ballantine laughed. “It’s probably just seaweed.”
I felt it again causing me to claw and scream at Ballantine. If he had been a tree I would have climbed him…. “Let me out” I screamed, fear carrying me through the water…”
I love the story, Lexie’s predicament and ‘newness’ in everything she saw and experienced. I loved the town, the school, Laura, Boon and even cranky Amanda. I appreciate that Amanda’s parents are vigilant (or try to be) and so are Lexie’s. Even though the story takes place in Australia, it was really easy to understand and follow. As always, Duggan’s writing is always refreshing, gripping, and amazing.
Something I didn’t like was that Ballantine and his brother Dean are at ‘war’ and we don’t know why. Not only that, but Dean seems to be interested in Lexie as well and that is no-no between brothers (I’m sure that’s written in stone somewhere.) I see a triangle coming on and I’m not too excited about it.
Overall, Paradise City was a great book! I’m glad that this is a duology because I can’t wait to know what happens with Lexi and Luke next!...more
Hidden Wings was a short and enjoyable “read” (well, I listen to the book ;)) and the beginning to a series about angels. Angel books are a hit or misHidden Wings was a short and enjoyable “read” (well, I listen to the book ;)) and the beginning to a series about angels. Angel books are a hit or miss for me so I’m happy to report that I like this one.
The book starts when Emma wakes up in the hospital after a horrible accident that took her parent’s life. While there Emma’s aunt contacts the hospital and obtains custody of the 17-year-old. The problem is that Emma has never even heard about this aunt and she has to move to Alaska!
Kade and other “mysterious” and handsome men (Guadians) are assign to escort her there and Emma suspects that something strange is going on. We are introduced to a host of characters that all seem to know about Emma, but she is at a disadvantage. Emma is loyal, smart, stubborn, and a bit lost. She was grieving and she’s thrown into chaos and danger at every turn.
Kade and Emma forged an instant connection that seems to be very rare, AND forbidden as well. They are fighting against mandates that are centuries old and against a prophecy that we don’t fully understand yet. I really liked them together and even though it is almost insta-love, it works here in the context of their paranormal connection.
The books is really fast paced. So much so that I believe that everything happens in a timeframe of less than one week. This made it difficult for both, Emma and the reader to keep up with the action and to what was being left unsaid. I think that a lot of questions remained unanswered, but this is somewhat typical of series. The writing is fluid and easy to understand.
Another thing that I didn’t love was that I was confused for a big part of the book. The mystery was too big and no one was explaining anything. It was difficult for me to go with the flow at times. I hope we learn a lot more in the books to come.
I was first intrigued by The Paper Magician because I loved its cover. The crumpled paper, the woman wearing an old-fashioned dress, the umbrella andI was first intrigued by The Paper Magician because I loved its cover. The crumpled paper, the woman wearing an old-fashioned dress, the umbrella and paper plane and heart seemed all so different. I am glad that I gave this story a chance because I ended up loving it.
By the ratings in Goodreads and some of the comments I can tell that this book was misunderstood. Maybe I had better look with it because I love all things fantasy, steampunk, magic, historical and such. The Paper Magician takes place in a London were magic is cherished and accepted. There are magicians, schools, apprenticeships, and a whole infrastructure for anything magic. In this ‘world’ magic is learned to manipulate or animate substances created by men, for instance rubber, metal, paper, and glass. There is also a forbidden magic, manipulating people by use of blood, this is called Excision.
These characters! Can I just tell you how much I love them? Ceony finished magic school in one year and it is quite a feat to do, but then again, she has a photographic memory. She is mandated to be the apprentice to a paper magician because they are lowering in numbers and she doesn’t have a choice in the matter. She is quite upset, until she figures out that being a paper magician is not as terrible as she thought. Ceony had had her share of bad luck in life even though she’s young. She’s loyal, loving, a great cook, smart, but not perfect.
“Perhaps the man wasn’t so mad after all. Or maybe it’s a madness that I can learn to appreciate.”
Emery Thane is a paper magician and he’s a bit eccentric. He’s organized to a fault, paranoid, he dislikes most people and likes his peace and quiet. He’s had a hard life and he’s very private about it. He’s also very patient with Ceony, he’s just and kind; in short he’s very easy to fall in love with :) The “romance” is very slow burning and more of a promise of the future in the first installment of the trilogy.
As I explained before, the setting is London, but a different in an alternate past. Women go to school, have professions, are respected and valued in this society. It is not frowned up to have a male and female student/teacher combination. Divorce is commonplace and accepted too! The writing is so good. I loved all the descriptions, the world building, the back stories.
“I don’t know how many women can claim to have walked a man’s heart, but I’ve walked yours,”
Now we come to the part that is, well, “strange”. The first part of the book is dedicated to the background story, but the second half is very different. I don’t want to spoil the book for you, but I think that Holmberg uses the trip to Emery’s heart (remember there is magic in play her people!) to achieve two things: first, Ceony has a change to know and understand Emery very quickly because she is traveling through his past, his memories, his fears and hopes. Second, this exploration gives both Ceony and Emory a chance to fall in love faster, after all now they ‘know’ each other in a more intimate way.
Overall, The Paper Magician was a great (if strange) beginning to a great series. I already finished The Glass Magician and I adored it (review soon!) I cannot wait for The Master Magician, the last book in the series, which will be published in July.
Do you know ALL the clichés and plots that you usually see in every other NA book out there? Well, you can throw it out the window because they are noDo you know ALL the clichés and plots that you usually see in every other NA book out there? Well, you can throw it out the window because they are not in The Deal! I was so pleasantly surprised, but after seeing glowing reviews for it by several trusted bloggers, I had to read it for myself.
How? Let me count the ways:
Both main characters have ‘issues’ and a troubling past. BUT, they know it. They’ve worked through them. They had help or other coping mechanism. Oh, and it’s not a secret. Hannah has a supporting and loving family. Garrett has learn to rely on himself and his friends.
Hannah and Garrett talk to each other, they communicate, they grow to like each other and be friends before anything happens. They are mostly honest with each other.
When this awesome couple briefly separates because of a misunderstanding, it takes Garrett two minutes to figure out something is not right. It doesn’t drag forever and they don’t have to sleep with 20 other people to know they love each other.
Now, I’ve read a lot of books in my life and I assure you that Garrett will remain in my list of favorite male characters ever. I’m not exaggerating either. Garrett is truly an amazing character, he’s loyal, level headed, pragmatic, loving, understanding, patient, trustworthy, and a bit conceited. He’s gorgeous and he knows it. I just adored him and how well he got along with Hannah, with his family life, and any other situation. He's matured and knows his limits. Oh, and his major is history, he knows a lot about it and loves to watch documentaries. How cute is that? LOVE HIM!
"I've never met anyone who sleeps with so many pillows. Maybe he needs them to cradle his massive ego."
Hannah is another incredible character. She's a music major with an incredible voice. She dismisses Garrett as a dumb jock, and he's anything but. She quickly realizes her mistake when she agrees to tutor him. Hannah went to a traumatic event when she was 15 and has worked very hard to overcome it. She's open about it and has plenty of support and I applaud her for this. She's loving, loyal, smart, beautiful, and talented.
"Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don't know how you ever lived without them."
The story is really good. You can get a good idea by reading the blurb, except that Garrett is not exactly a "bad boy". He is a jock, captain of the hockey team, and he lives off-campus with three other equally gorgeous friends and he's not exactly celibate. However, he's always honest with Hannah and they get along so well together. The banter and dialogue between them is priceless. I also loved the writing, it's fluid and easy to read. The host of characters was outstanding!
I’m not a fan of the cover though. I have nothing against any male that looks like that (far from it!), but it doesn’t do the book justice at all.
Overall, The Deal was an amazing read that doesn’t rely of clichés, but instead creates a great story with even better characters. I’m not sure when The Mistake, the next book in the Off-Campus series will be published , but I do know that it is about Logan (yay!), you can bet that I will be first in line to read it!
According to Goodreads, I finished reading Burying Water back in March! I have no idea what happened, but finally, here is the review :) Burying WaterAccording to Goodreads, I finished reading Burying Water back in March! I have no idea what happened, but finally, here is the review :) Burying Water is my first book by Tucker and I really enjoyed it.
This book is packed-full of emotion and it hits you in the head (or heart) like an anvil. The story is raw, not pretty, full of pain, but with a great ending. Alex and Jesse meet by chance, when he stops to help her with a flat tire in the middle of a storm. But alas, it seem like fate keeps pushing them together. Alex is married to Victor, who seems to have ties to the mob and is not a good person. In fact, he’s abusive towards Alex and it makes it very uncomfortable for anyone to be around them when together.
“He said the truth is like that water: it doesn't matter how hard you try to bury it; it'll always find some way back to the surface. It's resilient.”
The story is told from alternating points of view, from Jesse in the past and from Water (Alex) in the present. I kept wishing to both POVs to meet with each other so I could understand and read the ending faster! Jesse tells us the story from the beginning, while Water’s story starts when she wakes up in the hospital and cannot remember her past. Water’s sections are absolutely heartbreaking, she went through so much at such a young age, I cannot imagine having to endure so much pain and uncertainty.
“What if all those little bits that make up me get lost, overshadowed by one dark memory? My last memory, the one that made me want to forget everything else in the first place. Will I be able to escape the kind of damage that experience can cause?”
I really liked the host of characters that accompany Jesse and Water. Jesse’s parents are very supportive, and so is Jesse’s sister. Boone is his roommate and a good friend at the end. I really enjoyed Ginny, who kind of adopts Water and shares her very sad story in order to force her out of her comfort zone and make her choose to live, the opposite of what she did.
One of the things I liked the most was how Water and Jesse’s souls seem to remember each other, how distance and heartache and pain cannot separate them. It’s so romantic *sigh* Sadly – and this is just my moral radar talking – I really didn’t like the cheating parts. Especially since when it started Jesse and Water (Alex) didn’t even knew each other well. Also, Victor’s fate was a bit too convenient for my taste. The writing is sublime, lyrical, and full of raw emotions and insights. I can for certainty say that it will not be my last book by Tucker.
“The mind, it can be a deceitful thing. But it is no match for the heart."
Overall, Burying Water is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to see what happens next. It’s a very powerful read, full of cruelty, injustice, put the power of love, patience and resilience. I’m curious to read Boone’s story and to continue the series and maybe start the Ten Tiny Breaths series too.This review was originally posted on Reading With ABC...more