This was a great, quick read, and I'm so happy that I picked it up when I walked past it. It doesn't hurt that the cover is totally drool-worthy and i...moreThis was a great, quick read, and I'm so happy that I picked it up when I walked past it. It doesn't hurt that the cover is totally drool-worthy and is so buttery I constantly wanted to rub it against my cheek(not weird at all).
What I like most about this book: Cait. There are so few characters that I can relate to, so I'm all about reading a book and enjoying the story as a whole. This one was different for me because I understand Cait and her reactions to a lot of things. It was a nice change of pace.
At the end I had the urge to find out more about MMA, that's for sure. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Abby Niles's next book.(less)
Katie McGarry’s characters have a way of getting under my skin and climbing into my heart without me even knowing it, and this time they did it with a...moreKatie McGarry’s characters have a way of getting under my skin and climbing into my heart without me even knowing it, and this time they did it with a lot of bang.
CRASH INTO YOU kicks off with Isaiah refusing to deal with one of his biggest issues and Rachel literally running away from hers. Both set the two on a course that would change the rest of their lives in ways neither saw coming.
Isaiah is such a complex, layered character and getting to know him and learning more about who he is as a person was such a great experience. He’s loyal and fierce and protective, and it made him an instant favorite of mine. Threaded in with that was his vulnerable side as well, and that he allowed Rachel to see it made me appreciate him that much more. He was surprised by it and it endeared me to him. I hope we get to see more of him as the series progresses.
Rachel is a fierce, wounded little thing I and loved her. Meeting Isaiah was the best thing that could have happened to her – and vice versa – even though it took some work to get where she needed to be in her life. But she tackled everything with all she had in her, and how could you not admire her for that?
The two of them come from such opposite worlds, and those differences brought out the best in both of them. They contrast off each other perfectly and the fit of them is like a key in a lock. I adored everything about this book. I loved what I learned about the things Isaiah and Rachel had in common, and the details just added more depth to the story.
This novel is a rollercoaster from start to finish and it’s by far my favorite in the series. Katie McGarry delivers from start to finish and left me wanting more. She’s at the top of my favorites on the YA list and I anxiously wait for what she sends our way next.
Massive thank you to Harlequin TEEN and NetGalley for the eARC. You guys make my face happy.(less)
I really liked the narrative style of the main character and the ragtag group of people the author assembled as part of the cast. If you like a lighte...moreI really liked the narrative style of the main character and the ragtag group of people the author assembled as part of the cast. If you like a lighter kind of UF, give this a shot.(less)
Come on... Who doesn't like a book about a rock star with issues, a music producer with ever more issues, and all the things determined to keep them a...moreCome on... Who doesn't like a book about a rock star with issues, a music producer with ever more issues, and all the things determined to keep them apart?
Lexi took tortured and guilt-ridden to a new high and I loved seeing her struggle with her problems. What happened to her and her sister dogs her single day and there's no escaping it, especially with her stalking getting bolder and bolder with each passing day.
Daemon entered the scene - with a difficult childhood behind him and recently a messy divorce - and he triggers the rapidly escalating attentions from Lexi's stalker. It forces the two of them together in ways that kept me turning the page.
All in all it was a fun, quick read. Leighton kept her characters and the story on its toes most of the time, and I look forward to seeing what she does next.(less)
The Elite kicks off with Tracey winning a lottery to get into an extremely prestigious school, the kind dignitaries, wealthy businessmen, actors and t...moreThe Elite kicks off with Tracey winning a lottery to get into an extremely prestigious school, the kind dignitaries, wealthy businessmen, actors and the like send their kids to. Her grandfather drops her off and she hasn’t even set foot inside the halls before she’s given a once-over, found lacking, and receives a thorough introduction into what her stay there will be like. From thereon out her ride is a rollercoaster of ups and down. No, I lie. It’s more like she’s thrown into a tumble dryer with nothing but her emotions and attacks from all sides, and no way to block either with. SO MUCH FUN!
The second Tracey’s grandfather left and she’s approached by Dixon and his wingmen I knew this novel would be a winner for me. It started with a bang and kept on throwing punches until the very end.
I loved watching Tracey go through all these changes in her life so rapidly and how she handled every single one of them. Yes, she sticks up for herself and shows them that they won’t get her down. No, it doesn’t always work. She sticks out, but as a real person among a crowd of people thinks she means next to nothing in their world. It’s the kind of experience that builds character and I can’t wait to see what she makes of the coming problems(problems is putting it mildly).
Dixon. My word, Dixon. He’s such a bastard and I loved every single page with him on it. His actions and reactions(both so contradictory throughout the novel) made him stand out as a character from all the other book boys I met this year. He’s mean and vulnerable and a total a-hole and has a deep sense of responsibility and a hint of sadness as well. I <3 him and can’t wait to spend more time with him.
The Elite was well written, had a great pace, and was a definite page-turner for me. One of the best things for me while reading this was that it sort of played in my head like a movie the whole time, and more than once I thought that it would make a fantastic anime. It was so over the top and dramatic in all the right ways. I couldn’t put it down. It’s in my top 5 for the year and I might just reread it when the second one comes out.
I have mixed feeling about this book. I'm very aware that those mixed feelings are mine so I decided to write down a few things about this book that I...moreI have mixed feeling about this book. I'm very aware that those mixed feelings are mine so I decided to write down a few things about this book that I liked.
THE COVER. For some reason I really like this cover. I think the main one is that it's a good representation of how I see the main character. I'm also a fan of the black, gray, and red. I saw a copy of this book in one of our bookstores and it had yellow. Somehow it just didn't have the same effect.
I loved the journey of self-discovery Cam goes on, even if it is just to get away from her life for a while and figure stuff out. I connected with Andrew because I related to what he was going through on certain levels and he came across as a genuinely nice guy, aside from the obvious bad boy elements.
The journey itself was a pleasure to read as well. Getting to travel with Cam and Andrew, experiencing the old and new things, was a great thing for me, especially because I'll probably never get to see any of those places.
I mostly enjoyed this book and I'm glad I picked it up. If you're a lover of YA and would like to read a tale of discovery and finding one's place, definitely pick this up.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, GRAND CENTRAL PUBLISHING, FOREVER, and NetGalley for the review copy.(less)
I’m trying to think of a way to write a review that will do this book justice and be balanced as well. Honestly, after spending an eternity thinking h...moreI’m trying to think of a way to write a review that will do this book justice and be balanced as well. Honestly, after spending an eternity thinking how to, I still can’t. The best compliment I can give it is to say that this is one of those books I wish I’d written myself.
Kelsey's writing is gorgeous and the ways she tackled Elizabeth as an emotionless character was brutal and delicate at the same time. Her interaction with the men in this novel is something that I loved watching as well. It's explosive in its everything and nothing. There is nothing soft or apologetic about it. I appreciated how she handled Elizabeth's relationship with Fear as well, and the futileness of what was happing at home. The only thing I would have liked was more from Joshua, a bigger role in the happenings or just for him to have had more of an impact. But it's not even that important.
This is such a unique concept and I'm am putting Some Quiet Place as one of my top 10 books of the year. It was an excellent read and I will definitely reread this before the second book is released.
Big thank you to Flux Books and NetGalley for the review copy.(less)
There’s been a lot of hype about this book. A lot. A LOT. New Adult has been gathering steam and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. This parti...moreThere’s been a lot of hype about this book. A lot. A LOT. New Adult has been gathering steam and I don’t see it slowing down any time soon. This particular book focuses on Bliss who is determined to lose her V card. She finds somebody to help her with this problem, only to have it backfire on her a bit. The rest of the story sees her dealing with the fallout and feelings that go with the choices she made.
It was an interesting read, and honestly, I enjoyed all the side characters more than I actually did the main characters. I’m super happy that Cade got his own book, but I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see more of the bartender we met at the start of the story. Enough attention was given to him that I sort of expected something, so I felt a little cheated out of that :P But maybe that was the idea, to be all misleading and stuff.
I adored the insight into theater life. This is my favorite way to learn about things, reading about them in novels, and when it’s detailed and makes me feel like I’m there, even better!
If you haven’t read this yet and are a fan of Contemporary and New Adult, this is definitely for you. A big thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for the copy. (less)
**spoiler alert** Honest moment. This was the 1st book in the series that I actually read. Which is probably why I couldn't get a grip on who Olympia...more**spoiler alert** Honest moment. This was the 1st book in the series that I actually read. Which is probably why I couldn't get a grip on who Olympia was as a person in the first few pages. I didn't like her all that much, since at the start she comes across as very schoolmarm-ish. Then I found her hitting a man over the head with a parasol and I was sold. This woman's fantastic. From there on she just kept on getting better and better.
If He's Tempted starts off with the sister of Lord Brant Mallam going to Olympia for help in getting her out of an arraigned marriage with a man whose sins could have made him the devil’s brother. Of course the sister tried reaching Lord Brant, but because he's busy dealing with issues of his own - and for other malicious reasons - he hadn't received any of his sister's pleas for help. Since Lady Olympia's family is friends with Lord Brant, she offered to help. As one does.
The meeting of Olympia and Brant sets off a series of events that exposes a whole world of sordidness, a world that’s much closer to Brant than anybody could have ever guessed.
I loved this novel. It had the right amount of action and adventure, danger and romance. Olympia was a pleasure to read, with her straightforwardness and no-nonsense personality. I had lots of fun getting to know Brant, though I did find his recover from his alcohol problems slightly improbably. I had no problem overlooking it since the rest of the story made up for it.
It would have been great to have seen more of Olympia’s gift in action. This was such a wasted opportunity, but I’m sure the previous books, and the next ones, makes up for it well enough. I adored the cover as well, but I’m sad to say that they didn’t get the eyes right. It wouldn’t have been so noticeable if Brant hadn’t taken up basically the entire cover, but this is also something easily overlooked :P
This was a great read and I enjoyed every word of it. If you’re a fan of historical romance with a minute dash of paranormal, this is definitely for you. It’s a rollercoaster with very likable characters. You can definitely read this without having to read the previous ones in the series, and will quickly catch up with the family dynamics.
Thank you so much to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the copy.
Jon for Short is an eerie, creepy, thrilling read. The progression from start to finish, both in the main character and the narration style, kept me f...moreJon for Short is an eerie, creepy, thrilling read. The progression from start to finish, both in the main character and the narration style, kept me from putting this story down until I'd finished it. I'll reread this for sure. The illustrations lifted this book to an entirely different level as well, and I'm definitely adding this to my list of favorite books for the year. Pick up a copy.
**spoiler alert** I was going to try and write a balanced review of DareYou To by Katie McGarry. Yeah. That’s not happening. There’s simply just no ba...more**spoiler alert** I was going to try and write a balanced review of DareYou To by Katie McGarry. Yeah. That’s not happening. There’s simply just no bad for me to balance the good with. This was all good. This was all so good.
From the synopsis you know that the story is about Beth, who has more issues than there are hours in a day, and Ryan who has his share of them. The difference between the two is that Beth carries her problems with her like a cloak in the middle of summer, while with Ryan nobody except his family know. These issues are the driving force in the story of how they ended up together, and the emotional stakes make it a rollercoaster of a read. I love unlikely love stories, and Dare You To gave this to me with a whole lot of kick.
I was instantly drawn to Beth, which is something that doesn’t happen often since I don’t really connect with most stories I read. I don’t have to, to enjoy what I’m reading, but when I did this time, it made such a difference to my reading experience. I have now also developed a healthy soft spot Ryan. I really hope we get to see more of him in the future. He’s an honest-to-goodness good guy and I would have him at my back any day of the week. I also want to take a moment and acknowledge Isaiah. What a badass. I loved him and my heart ached a little when Beth shot him down, even though I knew that Ryan was the right one for her and that he has a story of his own coming up.
Aside from the characters being so opposite that they ended up complimenting each other perfectly, the story flowed incredibly well. I kept on expecting decisions and actions to take me in the clichéd direction, but they ended up driving the story in a totally different one. I appreciated it. More than once I thought that this would make one damn fantastic movie.
Dare You To gets top marks from me, somebody who tends to stay away from contemp. I’m so incredibly happy that I picked this one up and can’t wait to read more from Katie McGarry. I’m a fan for life. If you love a good YA contemporary romance with kick, go pick up a copy immediately. You won’t regret it.
A big thank you to Harlequin Teen and NetGalley for the review copy. I honestly appreciate it. (less)