Life, Love & Lemons was a cute story about Bentley and how her life went from the most popular, top of the cla(I received this book via NetGalley)
Life, Love & Lemons was a cute story about Bentley and how her life went from the most popular, top of the class girl to the new girl at the public school down the street. Her life is a bit of a mess, but she's taking it in stride and trying to do what she can with it. What I liked about this story was the sweetness between Bentley and Malakai, and their friendship despite their differences, they took what they had and made it work. I also enjoyed Bentley's growth throughout the book, and the growth of her self confidence.
I had a bit of a tough time with the book as a whole though; I felt like we were only scratching the surface of most of the characters I mean I get a general idea of all of them but I feel like somehow there was depth missing. I also felt like the story was being spoken to me rather than me feeling like I was a part of it. I wasn't getting a full picture, just a day-to-day update of the events in a way. There were a few inconsistencies that were pretty minor, but the way that expressions were spelled out rather than just made exactly what they are actually confused me (ie: oh-em-gee...this is OMG, I had no idea the first few times I read it...).
As I started off, the book was a cute story despite my misgivings. If you are looking for a quick, cute, fun read with some character growth, I wouldn't pass Life, Love, & Lemons up.
I have to admit, when I think of Christian Fiction books, my first thought is 'it's probably cheesy at best, preachy at worst.' There are some great,I have to admit, when I think of Christian Fiction books, my first thought is 'it's probably cheesy at best, preachy at worst.' There are some great, GREAT Christian books out there, there are great fiction books about stories of the bible not written specifically to be Christian out there as well, but even though that is true, the vast majority of Christians Fiction books are not very good, and are just not a story that you can relate to; and that is sad. I think there are a million and one historical Christian novels that are probably great, I've read one or two and have found them enjoyable, but they are just kind of bland, and I don't want to read a million and one renditions of the same story. I AM a Christian, and I AM a reader - I love to read books, but I do not seek out Christian Fiction. However, that may be changing, because in the last year I've found at least two authors who know how to write a faith-based novel that speaks to my heart, and whose characters are real and believable, and whose setting is...well, current both and timeline and in life in general.
I love Sway, that is the plain and simple truth. I'm not sure if this was her heart, but Amy Matayo has written a book that is not necessairly meant to entice you to Christ (though, it might happen) but a book that was written for a Christian to speak to a Christ-like heart. I found myself reflected both in Kate and Caleb at different times; their struggles were real, the passion was real, and the romance (YES, we Christians like the heat too) was so real. Throw in some great supporting characters, one secretary stands out specifically, and you've got this awesome heart-filled and compelling novel. My own faith and attitude towards some of the people in my life was challenged while reading this book. So, thank you Amy, for taking my pre-concieved notions of what a Christian Romance probably looks like and throwing it out the door. Thank you for writing a novel that entertained me, and also challenged me. Please, keep it up!...more
Five Line Book Review: Black Ice was a wonderful YA Suspense novel. I was entranced with this book from the very start, and was getting irritable becauFive Line Book Review: Black Ice was a wonderful YA Suspense novel. I was entranced with this book from the very start, and was getting irritable because I wasn’t finding time to finish it (my poor husband can attest to this). Although I found the “mystery” of the novel easy to predict, the journey was the entertainment of the book. I also enjoyed how Britt’s character was perceived completely differently by every person she interacted with, and feel that this is a testament to her being whoever she needed to be to fit the scenario, however it is ironic that the person she was when she was lost in the woods with Mason, was probably had best picture of who she is when she is allowed to reach her full potential. On one hand, this book was pretty different from the Hush, Hush series Becca Fitzpatrick wrote previously, however the elements of the ‘bad-boy’ guys she writes are definitely still present in this book!
Rated: PG-13, Some violence, mild cussing Genre: Young Adult - Romance, Suspense Rating: 5 Stars ...more
Doves for Sale is what I would call a ‘big goofy grin book,’ as that is what was on my face for nearly the entire thing; I loved the fun-ness betweenDoves for Sale is what I would call a ‘big goofy grin book,’ as that is what was on my face for nearly the entire thing; I loved the fun-ness between Ezra and Aysa, yeah their lives are still pretty crazy (who’s isn’t, really?) and they still had stuff to work through, but I was just in love with these characters getting back together and finding some stability and trust between them. Then there was the new relationship between Knox and Aysa, and their banter that at times had me laughing out loud – he is my new favorite supporting character….at least for this month. While this book didn’t have as much conflict as Sparrows for Free, it provided that “sigh” worthy HEA that I love. I truly did love this book and do recommend it, however you must read Sparrows for Free first, or else it will feel a bit lacking – the hardest parts of Ezra and Aysa’s story can be found in the first book. While this book had some difficulties of it’s own, it wasn’t nearly as heavy nor, thankfully, as melancholy.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dethroning Crown, if I had the time I probably would have read it all in one sitting. When I first started the book I wasI thoroughly enjoyed reading Dethroning Crown, if I had the time I probably would have read it all in one sitting. When I first started the book I wasn't sure I was ever going to actually be able to like Crown by the end of the story, he was just too much ego and honestly, silly with entitlement issues, but as aspect of his life were revealed and you started to understand him, he was easy to fall for. His sensitive side was wildly attractive. (And honestly, any time you pair a guy with a kitten, even for a short time, it's bound to be attractive. But that's just my opinion). Lyra was such a sweet person even from the beginning, despite the fact that she is a model, and I guess I have some preconceived ideas of how a model behaves (ie: see Crown), because Lyra was the opposite of that. So these two characters got under my skin and, honestly, I wanted to make them my friends.
I loved that this was not an insta-love novel where the characters were pinning for each other within the first few chapters and the rest of the book was on again or off again relationship issues. Lyra and Crown may have appreciated each other's appearances from the start, but anything beyond that was a process. They had to learn to like each other before there was anything more. The supporting characters helped out a lot with this too, especially Crown, as he was figuring out his life and the fact that he was basically a big ball of arrogant soccer player, and that was about it. There was also Lyra's fears to work out and understand, and I liked how even though we knew why Crown was the way he was pretty quickly, Lyra's whole story came out and bits and pieces. All of these things made this story of two people that, from a distance, should seem bigger than life, just regular people with issues that needed to be fleshed out.
Rated: PG-13; Mild cussing, some sensuality but realitvely clean Genre: New Adult - Romance Rating: 5 Stars...more
Five Line Book Review: I had read Lila Felix’s Love and Skate book a few months ago, and while the story line was really good and I did like the characFive Line Book Review: I had read Lila Felix’s Love and Skate book a few months ago, and while the story line was really good and I did like the characters, the whole book felt a little stiff and needed quite a bit of editing; my lesson from this is never judge an author by their first book, and honestly I never would have pegged myself for doing something like that but I know that is exactly what I was doing every time I scrolled past Sparrows for Free on my kindle and bumping it down the line of my TBR pile; thankfully a friend talked some sense into me and told me I would really like this book, and she was right! The story of two messed up people and the road being paved for them to their recovery was beautifully written and the characters were people I wanted to get to know. Asya, was a character I could realate to in some ways; not necessairily in the hiding from life - but growing up there were moments when I felt like despite talking people looked right past me. I loved her gradual increase of self esteem and standing up for herself; she didn’t wake up one day and decide to be different – it was a process. If nothing else, Sparrows for Free will trap you into a story that you absolutely have to finished, if for nothing else than to see Asya and Ezra find themselves and begin to move past who they are and into who they should be.
Cassie really was a sweet romance story, as advertised. While I did enjoy reading this book (in about 3 hours), I was a little put off by how easily tCassie really was a sweet romance story, as advertised. While I did enjoy reading this book (in about 3 hours), I was a little put off by how easily the strong-willed characters were changed; Nathanial went from an indifferent drunk in the first few chapters with bad habits, to changing his ways within a day. Cassie was dead set against the marriage both Her mom and Nate's mother were plotting, and was rather immature about it most of the time; then like a coin, she flipped and was all about Nate. The most enjoyable parts of this novel were the times when Cassie and Nate were together; Carre White can write a good kissing scene....more
I'm going to have to apologize in advanced, because I already know that keeping this review to five sentences is going to be very difficult, so I'm noI'm going to have to apologize in advanced, because I already know that keeping this review to five sentences is going to be very difficult, so I'm not even going to try.
The Red Queen started popping up in my newsfeeds and emails a couple months ago, and despite the hype, mentally I was prepared to be disappointed. I was finding it compared to The Selection Series and Graceling, both books (series) I have read, and both of them I started out loving and ended up not very happy with them for different reasons. Also, with big named publishers, books tend to get a lot of hype and advertisement because of who is backing them. What I'm trying to say is, I wasn't buying into the hype. I saw the book on my library's Overdrive Ebooks list and thought it was at least worth a chance.
I.want.to.own.these.books. ...and book 1 is the only one out.
So, I can see the relationship to The Selection and Graceling, and I would add The Hunger Games in the mix too, because of the arrogant turning their noses on those who provide them basically everything. The world building was absolutely excellent! I didn't feel lost or confused about what was going on or why. I also really enjoyed that none of the characters were perfect, every last one of them had their strengths and flaws making the story feel more believable, and is a bit rare in these dystopian type books - usually at least one of the characters is a little extra special. I did find that much of the book was predictable; due to foreshadowing I really wasn't surprised by much of the story at all, but I absolutely LOVED reading it through. If I were to pick a favorite part, I would say it would be the conversations between Mere and Cal and Mere and Maven, the Princes of the kingdom; and how while the book was about the ruling class of super-humans and the normal humans living as a secondary slave class, both sides of the spectrum feel trapped and confined by their lives. It really plays in the whole "grass is not always greener on the other side" concept, although there truly is a lesser more oppressed side.
The biggest downside of this series....now the wait for book 2 has begun!...more
I am loving this cute series that takes me right back to High School - only difference, the Florida beaches. I love the back drop, and the high schoolI am loving this cute series that takes me right back to High School - only difference, the Florida beaches. I love the back drop, and the high school banter, but most of all, Jennifer Echols ability to suck you into characters' lives and make you want to live there has been perfected....more
I really, really enjoyed the story line of this book. Characters got my attention and wanted me to continue to unravel their story. I really think andI really, really enjoyed the story line of this book. Characters got my attention and wanted me to continue to unravel their story. I really think and editor is needed to iron out the kinks though, and that would make this a great read!! (Just my personal suggestion)....more