I am going to be completely honest and say that I have been avoiding this series for the last year. Yes, these books have gotten amazin...moreWhy I Read This
I am going to be completely honest and say that I have been avoiding this series for the last year. Yes, these books have gotten amazing reviews but like I stated in Tuesday's post I sometimes want to shy away from those books that are in the spotlight just because EVERYONE has read them. It wasn't until Book Rock Betty raved about the third book in the series, Crash Into You that I thought maybe it was time to give these books a chance.
OMG! I AM AN IDIOT! Why why why did I wait so long to read this series?! I consider myself pretty sensible and I fall for the nerdy book boys most of the time. I have never ever been attracted to scarred, broken men with tattoos in real life or in books. However, McGarry made me fall hard for Noah. I also enjoyed the mystery that surrounded Echo's scars and found it interesting to piece together all the little clues until I was hit full force with the true story. All the tension between Noah and Echo was pretty steamy and I liked how it all played out. Definitely hoping to see more of them in the rest of the series.
Immediately after finishing Pushing the Limits I started reading Dare You To which I thankfully had the sense to already request from the library. I'll post my review for that one soon. Now, I'm anxiously awaiting Isaiah's story in Crash Into You which won't be out until November. If someone wants to send me an early copy I would be forever grateful. I am anticipating the hot guys, muscle cars...and hopefully previously mentioned hot guys repairing engines shirtless. Gotta love a grease monkey, especially if he looks like Isaiah. (less)
There aren't many books out there for the college age group so when I heard about Beautiful Disaster I was eager to give it a try despite its mixed re...moreThere aren't many books out there for the college age group so when I heard about Beautiful Disaster I was eager to give it a try despite its mixed reviews. I saw it on Netgalley but didn't request it since I had plenty of other books to read. A few weeks later it showed up in my inbox as a featured book available for auto-approve so I figured it was meant to be and downloaded it instantly to my iPad.
I went into the book with an open mind and promised myself that if I didn't like it I could move on to something else. That didn't happen. Beautiful Disaster completely hooked me after the first few chapters and even though I had reading to do for class, I kept reading through the next few days.
I really enjoyed the tension between Abby and Travis and look forward to reading the companion novel, Walking Disaster, since it's from Travis' perspective. A few months ago I had the opportunity to meet Jamie McGuire and get copies of both books signed at Books & Co. in Dayton. I would post pictures but my books are packed away in boxes for the moment. Hopefully I'll get around to reading Walking Disaster sometime soon though.(less)
I randomly saw Love Overdue on NetGalley and knew instantly that it would be my kind of book. I love romances and the fact that this wa...moreWhy I Read This
I randomly saw Love Overdue on NetGalley and knew instantly that it would be my kind of book. I love romances and the fact that this was set in a library definitely captured my attention. I picked it up because I was looking for a light, fun read and that's exactly what I got.
At first I thought Love Overdue was going to be super sexy and amazing. I mean it is published by Harlequin. I liked the premise of a woman moving to a small town to be their new librarian only to run into the guy with whom she had a one night stand. Their romance was certainly cute and the side plot about fixing up the library was interesting but the ending just completely let me down. I mean things were finally starting to happen and then it all just fizzled out. Let's just say I did not enjoy the quick cut to the prologue just when I thought we were going to have a major scene between DJ and Scott. I don't think saying that is a spoiler because you still don't know what I'm talking about when I say that there was supposed to be a major scene. However, I did enjoy everything up until that point and liked the story overall.
I picked up Love Overdue on a total whim so I don't know if I'll be reading anything else by Pamela Morsi. I will continue to read light romances though and so far I'm enjoying what Harlequin publishes. This novel could have been a little steamier and the abrupt ending was a let down but if I come across the chance to read another of her books I'll probably give one a try.
I finished reading Burn for Burn last fall and was left with a major cliffhanger. I was just getting to know Kat, Mary, and Lillia and...moreWhy I Read This
I finished reading Burn for Burn last fall and was left with a major cliffhanger. I was just getting to know Kat, Mary, and Lillia and then Bam! End of story! So when I saw Burn for Burn on Eidelweiss for review I did not hesitate to request it. Thanks so much to Eidelweiss for approving my request so I could continue with this fantastic series!
As with any book in a series it took me a few chapters to remember where Burn for Burn left off. I was surprised by the beginning of the novel because the result was not what I had been expecting. I'm trying my best not to spoil things here so sorry if I sound cryptic. Just read this series and trust me if you want more specifics. Lillia, Kat and Mary continue with their revenge plan which gets even more complex and I think I loved it more than in the first book. I thought I knew everything about the three girls but by the end of Fire with Fire I felt like I knew them even better. The ending just...I'm still thinking about it and was left super confused. I don't even know what to think anymore but I love how crazy things are now. The last few pages completely floored me and if you've read this and want to discuss then feel free to contact me. You know what I'm talking about when I say I never saw that coming.
If someone wants to smuggle me a copy of Ashes to Ashes I will be your friend forever. I have no idea how this series is going to end but I'm excited to find out. I would highly recommend you pick up these books if you want a story that just keeps you guessing and has you turning pages late at night. Someone please explain what happened to you-know-who! I cannot wrap my head around this ending!(less)
I'll be honest, I'm not normally a huge fan of contemporary books unless the subject of the story really interests me. More likely I'll...moreWhy I Read This
I'll be honest, I'm not normally a huge fan of contemporary books unless the subject of the story really interests me. More likely I'll gravitate towards a historical or romance novel before picking up something more modern. Golden has been getting great reviews all summer but I didn't love Kirby's debut, Moonglass so I just wasn't sure. I kept putting it off until Book BFFs chose it as their July read. Luckily my library had it so I picked it up just a few days before I found out I was flying out for a job interview. I read a few chapters and then got busy packing. Brought it along for the plane ride and was instantly immersed. Maybe I'm weird, but lately I find it much easier to read when I have nothing else to do. Being stuck on a plane for 2 hours definitely helped me get out of my reading slump.
I finished Golden on my returning flight and now I can say that I loved it and have already started reading more contemporary. I liked how the book flipped between the story and the pages of Julianna's journal. I'm always a fan of a good mystery so I think that was what really drew me into the story. I felt more connected to that part than what was going on with Parker, honestly. I liked Parker but I always wanted to find out more about Julianna and Shane as I kept reading. Final point, I loved that this was a standalone. Too many books are series lately and it is making me crazy. Case in point, recently discovered The 5th Wave is a trilogy and now I'm having trouble finishing it because I'm terrified to commit to another series.
I have a copy of Kirby's second book, In Honor on my shelf that I haven't gotten around to reading. After finishing Golden, I think it deserves a chance. I've heard great things about it from other bloggers and I'm in the mood for another military themed book after reading Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry.(less)
Why I Read This I had been dying to read This Song Will Save Your Life ever since the title first got released. I have read everything by Leila Sales a...moreWhy I Read This I had been dying to read This Song Will Save Your Life ever since the title first got released. I have read everything by Leila Sales and Past Perfect is one of my all-time favorites. I knew This Song Will Save Your Life would not disappoint. Thanks so much to my friend Liz for allowing me to borrow her ARC of this so I could read it. I actually ended up reading both the paperback copy and an e-copy from NetGalley for review. I was so happy to have both copies because I didn't pack the ARC when I flew to Montana earlier this summer for a job interview. Luckily I had it on my iPad and could pick up where I left off in the paperback. I didn't get the job but flying definitely helped me get back into the reading groove so I'm thankful for that. I finished this on my flight back to Dayton and it was amazing!
Thoughts I will never stop raving about Leila Sales EVER! Her writing is so incredible and I have loved all of her characters. Learning about the DJing world through Elise's insomnia was perfect and I enjoyed the cast of characters she met during her adventures. Char and Elise's relationship was complicated and I loved every second of it. This book was so real and heartbreaking at times but that's what made it so perfect. Plus, it's a standalone so everything was nicely wrapped up at the end and I was content. I cannot wait to get my own copy at the Fierce Reads tour stop in Dayton in a few weeks!
Future Plans Obviously I am going to keep reading anything Leila Sales writes. Everyone should read her books and definitely go to one of the tour stops if you can. Go buy all her books and then get them signed so you can treasure them forever and ever. At least that's what I plan on doing. I can't find any information about her next book but hopefully she will mention it during the tour.(less)
I randomly discovered Attachments last summer and immediately requested an e-book copy from my local library. I had been in such a read...moreWhy I Read This
I randomly discovered Attachments last summer and immediately requested an e-book copy from my local library. I had been in such a reading slump thanks to starting grad school and I was *gasp* getting a little bored of all the young adult on my shelves. Attachments was the perfect escape for a few days. Told through emails, the story was fresh, exciting, and romantic. When I heard about Fangirl being published I added it to my wishlist and couldn't wait to experience more of Rainbow Rowell's writing. This summer, I was unable to make myself read anything and was completely worn out from finishing graduate school. I picked up Fangirl one afternoon and discovered the perfect mix of a strong young adult voice and the excitement of starting college, aka the New Adult genre I'd heard so much about.
I am becoming the queen of reading slumps this year, and I'm not proud of it. But, I am happy when I find those books that allow me to clear my head of all the stress and what ifs going through my brain and just focus on how much I genuinely enjoy reading. Fangirl is exactly that kind of book. I loved reading Fanfiction.net and FictionPress.com when I was in middle and high school. It was amazing to read about my favorite TV and book characters and there was always the rush of checking to see if certain stories had been updated. So I completed understood Cat's character and how much she enjoyed writing fanfiction and how she was bombarded by comments. I posted a few things of my own back in the day and it was the best feeling to see that someone was actually taking the time to read what I had written. Reading fanfiction and raising kittens on the CATZ computer game was basically middle school Kate's life. I'm sure I'm not the only person out there that did this...I hope. The college life that was portrayed was pretty spot on in my opinion. I had a roommate freshman year who I didn't know and although I'm an only child, I had a best friend at the same school who chose not to room with me and it hurt. We drifted apart and all that jazz but it wasn't the end of the world. College is all about finding yourself and I think Rowell completely captured those feelings.
I love that I was able to discover Attachments before all the hype and I'm happy to see that she's becoming very popular. I have Eleanor & Park on my Nook still to read but I'm trying to savor it since it will be awhile before her next book is published. Definitely excited to see what Landline will be all about next year.(less)