I have a major book crush on Cassie Mae. I’m pretty sure that I love everything she will ever write. And after this book, I now am on a mission to get...moreI have a major book crush on Cassie Mae. I’m pretty sure that I love everything she will ever write. And after this book, I now am on a mission to get all the other books she has written.
Her books are fun and cute and real, and they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They make me WANT that sorta thing.
Oh boy, I could be Emilia. I am a social media junkie. I have a morning routine that involves the first 20 minutes before I even roll over and put my bra on or get a cup of coffee that is dedicated to everything that I missed while I was sleeping.
And I don’t just do this in the morning. During my 8 hour job I’m constantly checking my phone. And even using my desk computer to compulsively flip between Chrome tabs, quickly minimizing when I hear my boss getting close.
However, I still feel like I am not as bad as Mia is. I’m absolutely against messing around on your phone while driving. That means no texting, no Facebook, and not taking fucking pictures. Whatever it is, it can wait.
Mia is always with her nose in her phone. She is missing the world around her while losing herself in an online world. Missing her friend’s baby drama while patiently awaiting the next word from her dad, and missing her hot new roommate/best friend, Eric. (I try to no be involved with my phone when I’m around other people. Out of respect).
Eric and Emmy had a cute relationship. They meshed well together. (However, for people who have been best buds for 5 years, they sure don’t know much about each other. Constantly being surprised by little things the other does).
Eric’s ex is a crazy bitch. Wtf.
I didn’t really get the reasoning (other than to cause trouble) of the Scott situation and Mia2. I wish they would’ve elaborated more.
The Dr. Seuss thing was cute. Starting every chapter out with a Facebook status was a cute idea.
The Real Thing is just so cute! I had a smile on my face the entire time and grinned like a fool when it was over. CUTE! And so funny! Seriously, I laughed out loud so many times I’m sure my family thought I was crazy. (The entire “butt-crotch” incident, ya’ll)!!
I used cute a lot. But it’s all that and more.(less)
I love Jus Accardo’s books. She writes such fast-paced, action-packed, sexy romantic tales. Whether it’s Cain and Abel descended twins or a bounty hun...moreI love Jus Accardo’s books. She writes such fast-paced, action-packed, sexy romantic tales. Whether it’s Cain and Abel descended twins or a bounty hunter shackled to his hit, I’m never bored.
And she also writes some strong willed women. Women who don’t let no man decide their life choices. Women who fight for their lives and what matters most to them. Women who survive.
Thus, Rules of Survival.
I was hooked from the beginning. Barely wanting to put it down (although I was dividing my time between reading this, working, and season 4 of Downton Abbey).
Kayla is one of those strong girls I mentioned above. Left by a dead mother to live a life running from the inevitable. She has a will to live and I appreciated that she hardly let her vision get cloudy when it came to Shaun.
Shaun. (for some reason I thought of Dylan O’Brien. Not a bad thought, really). “Moments of great kindness competing with glimpses of rage.” That’d be our Shaun. Smooth talking, joke cracking bounty hunter. I liked him a bunch. No complaints there.
And this book was full of moments that had me giggling. “Because seriously, who pulled weeds in full makeup and loose hair?” The same girls that go to the gym with prom ready makeup, that’s who, Kayla.
(I couldn’t help being distracted by the shackles. So many unanswered questions about how they got around. How they did certain things. I don’t know. I’m just very curious).
A quick read (woulda been quicker for me if I wasn’t hella invested in the drama going on at Downton), that won’t let you down.(less)
This is the second Kelly Walker book I’ve read and she writes such interesting male characters! Good lord, I wish she could personally create me one a...moreThis is the second Kelly Walker book I’ve read and she writes such interesting male characters! Good lord, I wish she could personally create me one and then make him real and then I’d marry the fuck out of him.
But not only does she write great dudes, she writes pretty great women. They’re not always considered the strongest women, but they strive for something better. I shouldn’t compare Angel to Lexi because they’re 2 very different people. While Angel was more of a guarded soul, Lexi is less guarded, and I feel that this makes her somewhat naïve.
I didn’t know Chadwell Farms was getting its own series but I’m so glad I got to delve into Lexi’s life. She was interesting enough in the first one that I was kind of hoping they’d get to know her a little better. She needed her own story.
Lexi is a college kid wanting to start over somewhere away from her less than happy home life where her family mourns the loss of a twin sister she never knew. Looking for the experiences that most college kids dream of (although I’ve never wanted to live in a dorm-ever. I’m glad my parents let me stay with them while I was in college) and making an equestrian name for herself. (NO clue that these type of schools existed. I know jack shit about horses so a lot of that flew right over my head).
Luckily, she gets a real sexy man to help her along with such quests.
“Kevin laughs a deep, throaty laugh. “Dude, you sound like you just woke up beneath a four-hundred-pound hooker.””
That’s a quote from No One’s Angel (if you haven’t read it, DO). I feel like I can start here because that was really the introduction of Kevin. Our mysterious, elusive, steel caged-heart Kevin. Our ex-Marine who now makes his living by attempting to make up for his past. With tattoos and government connections, he’s a sweet dream. (Arion is still my favorite, though. No doubt).
Inner thoughts brought to you by Kevin: “Happy people seriously suck” “His voice takes on a throaty edge and I know he’s feeling blessed or some shit.”
(I have come to the conclusion that I am the girl version of Kevin.)
Between high speed chase action and body guarding and sexual tension and secrets, there’s not much I hated. The reveal towards the end really knocked me on my ass and I was kind of stunned and confused for a while. (I cried like a baby, also).
Now that I know there are more books to come, I hope some of the other girls get their own story weaved together with one of the men from either of these books. I adore these swift, sweet romantic stories.(less)
Running Up That Hill by Placebo. “Unaware that I’m tearing you asunder”
That single lyric describes Katie and Ash’s relationship completely. They’re bo...moreRunning Up That Hill by Placebo. “Unaware that I’m tearing you asunder”
That single lyric describes Katie and Ash’s relationship completely. They’re both hiding secrets from each other.
Katie and Ash have these horrible childhoods that happen way too often in the real world. I really just wanna hug them both!
Oh, Ash. With your rage issues and brooding, sweet hazel eyes.
I guess his past gives reasoning to his anger problems, but he’s got severe issues. He’s the spitting image of overly possessive.
Katie runs away from her issues and has a wishy-washy mind about what she wants. The girl is really never sure of anything.
Their relationship was sweet, sickeningly sweet, until it wasn’t. Until Ash would overreact and chase Katie down the street, to her doorstep, restrain her, and take her inside. Which of course, leads to tableside entry sex? Whatever floats your boat, darling.
I suppose that if you’ve known someone that long, actions like this are nothing new. But it bothered me way too much. I think they’re just looking for a normal life, but their past keeps getting in the way.
There are so many questions that I have pertaining to her dad! Hopefully they will be answered in the next book.
This was a quick read that I enjoyed getting lost in. I’ll be on the lookout for the next installment of Katie and Ash’s screwy relationship.(less)
I hate to say that a book “surprises” me, because that makes it seem like I went in thinking this book would be shit. I try to start a book with no pr...moreI hate to say that a book “surprises” me, because that makes it seem like I went in thinking this book would be shit. I try to start a book with no prior grievances. No spoilers. Reading no reviews. A fresh slate for me to make up my own mind.
So I guess when I say it surprised me, I mean that I didn’t expect to completely be swept up in their world. To research (and goddammit, did I do some googling), this disorder. The first book in a while to give me the wondering eye to the next page or a few paragraphs. I didn’t want it to end, but I HAD to know how it all ended. I was greedy for Fragile Line.
I loved it. Originality is something few and far between, and I sincerely appreciated it. The writing is fine and honest. The characters are interesting as hell.
Ellie’s past broke my heart. Gwen broke my heart, although she pissed me off a few times. Shane is a sweetheart. Griffin is hottie.
Yes, it is filled with high school drama. Yes, these kids should’ve just talked to their parents instead of dealing with this on their own.
But all that is background to the very interesting, very compelling story.
I really can’t say much about Fragile Line without giving too much away. It’s a neck breaker. A jaw dropping discovery in one girls life (or is it 2 girls?).
Killing me. That’s what you’re doing, Mrs. Brenna Aubrey. You’re killing me with this couple.
This couple that doesn’t know what is best for the other....moreKilling me. That’s what you’re doing, Mrs. Brenna Aubrey. You’re killing me with this couple.
This couple that doesn’t know what is best for the other. The couple that doesn’t know how to have a multiple sided conversation. These 2 people that are holding all these internal thoughts that are begging to be spoken, but instead say shit that messes everything up. But at the same time, I love them. And I want them to be happy. I need everything to be okay.
But let me ya’ll why it’s not okay.
Adam is extremely selfish. He HAS to be in control or else he feels like nothing will be done perfectly. He has issues with letting Mia live her own life. He’s interested in his own personal benefit without giving thought to what she would want.
And some of it is understandable because after all, Adam is a multimillionaire with a capital company who is used to playing dirty for what he wants, but you can’t run a relationship like a business. And after he finally realizes this, it’s too late.
Mia, on the other hand, refuses to let anyone help her (other than Heath)! Damn, woman. PLEASE! Just ask for help. Confide in the people closest to you. Otherwise, all the shit going on will eat at you a thousand times worse.
I loved reading from Adam’s perspective. Mrs. Aubrey does a male’s viewpoint very well, and I couldn’t see much resemblance in his and Mia’s.
At Any Turn has none of that money bullshit hovering over their heads. It’s a real relationship, not a contracted one.
And, lord have mercy, sexy as hell. (The mirror scene. That is all).
Even though I had an idea of what was coming, what the heartbreaking reveal of hers was going to be, it still shook me to my core. I had goose bumps at the final sentence and just cried for a few minutes after I turned my Kindle off. (A book hasn’t hit me that hard in a very long time. Like since The Fault In Our Stars or Thirteen Reasons Why or Hopeless.) Emotionally drained.
From where all of this is going, the next book is going to be hard to read. But I guess I have a while to mentally prepare until it is released!(less)
Still Life with Strings is an artistic, sensual, heartwarming story of the strings of life pulling us together.
Every single page was its own beautiful...moreStill Life with Strings is an artistic, sensual, heartwarming story of the strings of life pulling us together.
Every single page was its own beautiful world.
I think this is the first book I’ve read that has a street performing heroine. It was neat, and as I found out why she does it, it became lovely.
I can’t say that I hated anything, it fully held my attention while I was reading, and also while I wasn’t. I found myself creating my own little musical world on the way to work to the sounds of the Arctic Monkeys. The time between readings, just an intermission of my life revolving around this book.
The Sharpie scene! So intimate, really interesting.
Jade’s musically inclined imagination. “The boat containing all our souls moves with the music, calm waves crashing against its sturdy sides.”
Dublin! Take me to Ireland right now.
Oh, and it was sexy as fuck.
Can someone FedEx me a Shane, please? Thanks.
Shane was such a broken hero. He made my heart ache, and I can’t say I didn’t grin like a fool every time he was genuinely happy.
Jade’s story was surprising, and I was so not prepared for what was revealed. I guess that about sums up this book. It is surprising, always.
“I’ve thought it a very appropriate description to compare the feeling to being “in lust” with a person to having butterflies in your stomach. But at the same time it irks me, because they always fail to mention how those butterflies have wings made of steel, cutting through your insides so that all you can feel is burning.” YES. OMG, FUCKING YES. No truer words.
The musical aspect is what drew me in. I love music, and to have L.H. Cosway express the exact feelings I have was a wonderful experience. The power it has to transport you to another world. Perfect.
I laughed and I cried. This book had everything I wanted, and I will certainly come back to Jade and Shane now and again. (less)
I had to step away from this book for a couple of days just because I felt like something terribly distressing was forthcoming, and I didn’t think I w...moreI had to step away from this book for a couple of days just because I felt like something terribly distressing was forthcoming, and I didn’t think I would be ready for it.
I related heavily to this book. Who would’ve thought that a middle grade book about a 12 year old boy would give this 22 year old girl the feels? I certainly wasn’t prepared for the story I got.
We’re going through a similar situation in my family that Adam, his mother, and his grandmother are going through in Three Bird Summer.
My granny used to be this strong, happy person. Then about three years ago, my grandpa passed and it has been downhill from there. She is losing her memory. She is fragile and depressed. She doesn’t leave the house. But every once in a while, when all the grandkids go visit, I catch a glimpse of the woman that I knew when I was a child. The lady who would wake up at the crack of dawn and put on a pot of coffee. She’d sit on the swing outside and push herself with a slippered foot, while telling me stories of her childhood. She had a smile on her face all day long. When I think of summer, I think of going to my grandparent’s house in the woods.
So yea, I understand this. I’ve had the same conversations with my mother about my grandmothers “slipping”. We’ve given the side eye to each other when she repeats questions or forgets what she was doing. It is the second saddest thing I’ve had to deal with. To watch someone you love slowly lose their reality.
“She wrapped her knobby fingers around her mug and sipped her coffee slowly, like medicine…She wore silver glasses-always the same shape and style. They were dull now, but her eyes glinted behind them when she was in the right mood.” YALL. This is so my grandmother!!
Adam is a great narrator and I loved being inside his thoughts. He is so confused about girls that it is adorable. I hope he knows at that age that girls are just as confused about boys.
Everything was so charmingly imagined. I felt like I was at the lake with him inside a canoe or walking through the woods alongside him and Alice.
Alice. SUCH A GREAT CHARACTER!! Funny. Sweet. A true pre-teen girl.
Not even going to lie, I was super invested in their search for the hidden treasure.
Three Bird Summer is a beautiful book about growing up and accepting things as they are. The past and future collide in a spectacular blend of emotions. The writing and expanse of descriptions is worth the read alone.
This book made me miss being a child. It made me miss my grandfather so damn much, it kills me. But it also made me appreciate what I had, and currently have now. I cried. I cried big, fat tears starting a few chapters in until the end of the book.
This is a story of family and finding lifelong friends in the precious moments of a boys childhood summer. I went in expecting something completely different, but came out with a story that I will certainly treasure for a long time.(less)
I love books about women looking toward new beginnings.
I love books with tough men that have a soft spot for only a few people....moreI love dual POV books.
I love books about women looking toward new beginnings.
I love books with tough men that have a soft spot for only a few people.
I love strong sidekicks and interesting prefaces.
And although Fall into Forever has all that good stuff, I didn’t fall in love with this book.
There are books that you can read in one sitting. Sometimes that’s a bad thing, other times it’s the best feeling in the world. To be so connected and interested in a story that it takes over your life as you sink into someone else’s. And that is how this reading experience started out, but about halfway through (somewhere between Ivy freaking the hell out about “this Gretchen chick” in Jon’s friend requests and that tent scene) it lost traction with me. (And I didn’t read it in one sitting, either. A few nights actually).
And I’m pretty sure the reason I did not fall in love with this book is solely Ivy’s fault. I just couldn’t connect with her. She is just trying to start over after a traumatic experience, and apparently all is better once her knight is shining armor shows up. (Which let’s face it, we all want, but he won’t solve all your problems).
Jon is that rugged, fucked up kinda sexy. With a soft heart and anger issues that conflict with one another. “He’s got black gauges in his earlobes the size of a medium-tipped Sharpie. A bruise is starting to form under his left eye.” (Every guy I’ve ever let buy me a drink anywhere. I have a type apparently). His story is interesting and made me teary-eyed a few times!
Also, I’ve read a few books dealing with amnesia, and this is the first where it just randomly blocks out a one particular moment. (I think that’s called selective memory, but whatevs). The amnesia didn’t really add anything to the story, just a background layer.
Little tid-bits I absolutely loved: Arctic Monkey’s mention, glimpses of Jon’s lyrics, Jon’s tattoo (!!omg!!), and the zombie run.
There has to be nothing that cuts deeper than when someone who should protect and care for you denies something you’re having issues with. In this case, I mean Ivy’s bitch mom. I can’t even with her.
Fall into Forever is an overall cute story that I would love to see made into a movie!
It wasn’t my favorite, but it could be yours. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this author in the future!
p.s. is that Zayn Malik on the cover?! Totally looks like him. (less)
I like Between the Spark and the Burn a whole lot more than the first. In fact, I loved this one.
However, I absolutely hated Violet and Luke’s parents...moreI like Between the Spark and the Burn a whole lot more than the first. In fact, I loved this one.
However, I absolutely hated Violet and Luke’s parents. I consider their “parenting” style selfish. Who in the hell leaves their kids alone for an entire summer? What kind of parent leaves their kids, and forfeits the paying of bills? Who leaves kids, doesn’t pay the bills, and lets their teenagers have sleepovers with the neighbor girl? (Seriously, Sunshine’s parents had more sense. And they named their kid Sunshine). It’s ridiculous.
And a lot of the book (both books) left me feeling like that. Like it’s so ridiculous, because it’s obviously very unrealistic and strange and otherworldly, but I couldn’t stop reading. (That’s the best kind of fiction, ya’ll). The story hooked me and I had to know how it would all end for them. I cared way too much for their reckless lives to just give up.
It’s hard to believe that this takes place in this century. Does no one have a cellphone!? It’s all so fairytale-ish. Or more like a nightmare fairytale that I kinda wouldn’t mind running around in.
The ritualistic, eerie town of Inn’s End.
The secluded little island of Carollie.
And Gold Hollow, where all the shit happens!
I loved going on the road trip with them.
I loved all the new characters.
I loved Freddie’s journal.
I loved the way this book flows so naturally and pulls me right under with the Citizen Kane group.
Tucholke’s writing is so easy to get lost in. To fall under the spell and never want to leave that small town on the coast.
I never realized how much River irritated me until this book. He was so infuriating, but so very likable when he was under the influence of the Burn.
And how the first book left me on the fence about how I felt, this one did me in. I didn’t want it to stop.
A fantastically compelling, lyrical story that I won’t soon forget. I’m glad I took the chance to get lost in Between. (less)
Cash’s voice was one I could read in for days. It was a bit John Green esque, and I couldn’t put it down. He was yo...more2.5 stars
I started out loving this.
Cash’s voice was one I could read in for days. It was a bit John Green esque, and I couldn’t put it down. He was your typical teenage boy, but he was witty and adorable with a “Luella Intuition” that intrigued me. God, he was awesome.
So things happened and promises were made and kisses were stolen and I was eager to find out what the heck was going on.
And then 5 years pass without Cash and Piper seeing each other.
But it doesn’t seem like it because Cash still has that inner teenager vibe and Piper (I seriously was on my way to get my Kindle to look up her name when I remembered it only because of Charmed. I don’t blame my forgetting on lack of a memorable character, but more of the fact that I had a very long day at work) just didn’t click with me.
Very quickly, the whole universe thing grated on my nerves and warranted several eye rolls from me. Yes, this is called fate.
But this is basically just coincidences. A happenstance that fate has lined up. I guess I was never the type of person to see recurring facts in certain situations and base my whole life on it.
Fate: A nail gets into my tire causing me to break down on my way to work. Coincidence: I run into several people with broken legs and that means I shouldn’t go jogging that day.
“That’s what it was. It was about our ancestors leaving us with something to deal with, whether we like it or not.” Really, now. You got all that out of another man’s story. I think not.
It was all very cute, but very cheesy. That sex scene. Seriously? The cowboy hat. Seriously.
They say “yee-haw” 4 too many times for my liking. I’m from southwest Louisiana and even we don’t say that down here. Ever.
Once I figured out what was going on, the book slowed down from there. The ending was sweet and finding out who L was made me smile.
I loved Hudson. He is the sidekick that every good character needs.
Cash is tragically a hopeless romantic and Piper is just…well Piper. Not much to say about her.
It just wasn’t what I was expecting. It was extremely fluffy and cheesy and okay for a quick read, but other than that, it was wasn’t special to me. (less)
What is the fascination with rape victims in New Adult books? I’ve read half a dozen books with this being a recurring theme and it kind of makes me s...moreWhat is the fascination with rape victims in New Adult books? I’ve read half a dozen books with this being a recurring theme and it kind of makes me sick. It seems that some of these books are implying that all you need is a good guy to help you cope with your attack. Or they have this “hero” who gets it all wrong and forcefully gets the woman to admit she was raped. There is this one book where this guy basically corners a girl, grabs her shoulders and forces her to tell him what happened. THAT is not a healthy way to do it.
Butterfly breaks those stereotypes and does this perfectly. Beautiful and heartbreaking, Elle Harper touches this subject in a very realistic, frightening way.
I loved Grace. Her story broke my heart every time a new piece was introduced. She doesn’t start out a strong character, but she grows to believe she is.
Ben. Sweet, troubled Ben. His story killed me, as well. He is a counselor, specializing in rape victims and he had the most amazing things to say. (Guy in that other book, take a cue from Ben. He knows what he's doing).
(Let me veer off the path for a second: During my third semester of college, I had this guy hold the door open for me. I said thanks and he responded with “you’re welcome, baby”, which I immediately rolled my eyes at, but turned to smile at him anyways. He then started walking with me toward the parking lot during which he asked for my number, he handed me his phone to enter it in and his background was of a spread-eagle naked women. So with that, I gave him a fake number and told him goodbye. He continued following me, asking me what I was majoring in. After I told him accounting, he said, with the smoothness of a guy who is used to getting what he wants and who obviously has trouble hearing, “awe, counseling? I need counseling.” Not understand what the fuck he was talking about, I asked him why and he answered with “because I have a broken heart.” Needless to say, I never saw that guy again. I don’t even remember his name).
And THAT is what I think of every time I hear the word counseling.
Anyways, Ben is a counselor and he is just the sweetest thing. I’m so glad Grace found someone like him to help her heal. It warms my heart!!
Lisa is a great supporting character. She says a very important thing that stuck out to me the most. “He didn’t make you do those things. He gave you the tools to use so you could heal yourself.” Ben may have helped her out, but ultimately Grace overcame it herself.
There is a great romance swirling around in this book. A slow, languid, beautiful, healing romance that made my heart clench with happiness. Grace and Ben get through their troubles together, helping each other out any way they can.
I’m always wary when it comes to books about rape, because none of us can truly understand how it feels to be a victim unless it has happened to you. And that is not necessarily a mindset I wanna delve into. It’s a touchy subject and it is not always handled well. This book touches on every type of person who is around rape. The victim. The healer. The friend. The asshole who doesn’t believe you and blames you for it (Seriously, I have a note on my Kindle that just says “fuck Claire”).
Butterfly is worth picking up. It’s worth the tears and the stupid, happy smile you will have in the end.(less)