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.
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)
You may have noticed above that I read three different copies of this book over the course of many months. I started it on my iPad as a review book fr...moreYou may have noticed above that I read three different copies of this book over the course of many months. I started it on my iPad as a review book from NetGalley but unfortunately it expired on me. I remember that I started it the morning I got a flat tire on my way to class. Luckily I had my iPad so I just sat and read while waiting for someone to fix my tire. After it expired I found the audiobook at the library, which I loved. I still want to finish listening to the audio someday because the different actors for each of the three girls were just perfect. After I returned it Laura was nice enough to send me her ARC so I could finally finish it.
I really like both of the authors so I went into this feeling positive. Jenny Han wrote the incredible Summer series that I read in one night in June 2011 because Ginger was pushing everyone to read it. Thanks again Ginger for recommending such an amazing series! I think that same year I also read Siobhan Vivian's Not That Kind of Girl which I instantly became a huge fan of. If you haven't read it go out and get it now. I still need to get my hands on her other books, including The List which is still on my ever growing wishlist. So thanks to those reading experiences you can imagine how excited I was to read Burn for Burn. Plus, you guessed it, not once did it disappoint.
I love books that are told from different perspectives. I know that some people find that confusing but I think it adds to the story. Here we have these three girls who are each very different. Kat is the rebel child who just wants to get off Jar Island, Lillia is a cheerleader who lives on the rich side of the island, and Mary is the quiet girl who was forever wronged by the one boy she gave her heart to years ago. Together they make a great team and I loved reading about all their plans to avenged the people who had crossed them one too many times. The book ended on a major cliffhanger but luckily I'm reading a copy of Fire with Fire right now from the lovely people at Eidelweiss. Burn for Burn just came out in paperback on the 6th and you can pick up the newly released Fire with Fire since it was released on the 13th. Definitely read this series and anything else that these ladies have written. Their books are emotional, romantic, and daring. (less)
I read The Sonnet Lover way back when and loved it so I was eager to read The Demon Lover. This is such a smart and sexy story that involved fairy tal...moreI read The Sonnet Lover way back when and loved it so I was eager to read The Demon Lover. This is such a smart and sexy story that involved fairy tales and myths. It had lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing and a major cliff hanger that left me wanting more.(less)
I was offered You're (Not) the One for review not really knowing what it would be about. I love a good romance and was in the mood for an adult book s...moreI was offered You're (Not) the One for review not really knowing what it would be about. I love a good romance and was in the mood for an adult book so I gave it a shot, and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The main character Lucy works in an art gallery and runs into an old flame when she's called to a buyer's home. Nate has become a completely different person since Lucy last saw him in Venice, but the two decide to resume their relationship anyway.
Along the way, another guy comes into the picture, Adam. He and Lucy begin spending time together even though she's technically with Nate. In my opinion Adam is amazing and Nate is a total jerk. Adam is a film student who loves old movies so he's basically a man after my own heart. This book is very chic-lit and made me laugh out loud during some parts. If you're a Seinfeld fan you should read this just because of the soup nazi character. Plus, its set in NYC so Lucy visits a lot of museums and galleries, which I enjoyed immensely since I used to study art. Be sure to add You're (Not) the One to your reading list if you're looking for a fun, light read.(less)
I really wanted to love this one because I am such a history geek about anything to do with the Bonapartes, but I just couldn't bring myself to give i...moreI really wanted to love this one because I am such a history geek about anything to do with the Bonapartes, but I just couldn't bring myself to give it more than three stars. The Academie started out strong and I loved all the characters but I couldn't get into the romance part much because I knew how history would play out for the three girls. I agree along with some of the other reviewers that there were some plot holes that lead to a confusing ending. I had high hopes for The Academie but found it disappointing. However, I did like the writing style and would probably check out one of Dunlap's other books in the future. (less)
I trust the opinions of other book bloggers so when I saw several people raving about how wonderful Saving June was, I knew I needed to request a copy...moreI trust the opinions of other book bloggers so when I saw several people raving about how wonderful Saving June was, I knew I needed to request a copy even though it's not the type of book I would normally read. I expected it to be super sad, and slightly reminiscent of Tell Me a Secret, which I had recently finished listening to on audio. As much as I loved Tell Me a Secret, I wasn't sure if Saving June would be the right book for me.
Let me just admit right now how wrong I was about Saving June. First of all, it was totally worth all the hype and even though I finished it a month ago, I'm dying to get my hands on my own copy to re-read. It was that beautifully written and the characters, especially Laney, were super easy to relate to. Laney was my favorite since she was obsessed with old movies and loved anything vintage. It was nice to see a true friendship between her and Harper instead of the backstabbing that is sometimes portrayed in novels. Don't get me wrong, deceit and betrayal does make for an interesting story line, but Laney was the perfect support system for Harper. I think that the fact that the two of them go on a road trip to scatter June's ashes creates that much more of a bond between them.
Jake Tolan was not my type but he definitely made me swoon in certain scenes. Thank you Hannah Harrington for letting Jake and Harper meet in a natural way and for choosing to let things evolve slowly between them instead of instant love. I had heard about the "slow burn" between Jake and Harper, and oh my it did not disappoint in the least. If you like your romances full of snark and steaminess like I do, then this is definitely a book you should read, maybe even more than once. (less)
I was so happy to get an ARC of this one from NetGalley, especially since it's historical fiction, which is one of my favorite genres. At first I foun...moreI was so happy to get an ARC of this one from NetGalley, especially since it's historical fiction, which is one of my favorite genres. At first I found the story really confusing and it took a few chapters for me to really feel invested in the characters and the plot, but after that I was hooked. Amelia was a wonderful character and I loved her interactions with her cousin Zora. The attention that Mitchell paid to the historic detail was incredible and I really felt like I was immersed in the time period. I loved Amelia and Nathaniel's forbidden romance and the ending totally took me by surprise. I can't wait to read the companion novel (The Springsweet) that will be published next year.(less)
When I first heard about Bumped I was so excited because I love McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series. This book definitely did not disappoint. Normally...moreWhen I first heard about Bumped I was so excited because I love McCafferty’s Jessica Darling series. This book definitely did not disappoint. Normally I’m not the biggest fan of world building but the one that was created in Bumped had fantastic details. I think my favorite part was the music and the specialty stores. For the characters, being a pregnant teen is just a way of life. With the popularity of shows such as Teen Mom, which is one of my guilty pleasures, it’s not entirely difficult to imagine a world like this someday.
Melody and Harmony were wonderful characters and couldn’t be more different. I emphasized with both of them and the whole novel kept me on my toes. There were so many twists and turns but I loved every second of it. I highly recommend Bumped and I’m already anticipating the sequel, which I’m sure will be even more amazing.(less)
First off, I know you’ve heard it a million times, but this cover is gorgeous and the story inside definitely lives up to all the hype that’s been goi...moreFirst off, I know you’ve heard it a million times, but this cover is gorgeous and the story inside definitely lives up to all the hype that’s been going on lately. Clara is an angel but she’s also a teenager and I think that’s what really grabbed me as a reader. I was so focused on the plot that I forgot about her wings half the time, until they magically appeared. Plus, I’m a sucker for a good love story so I was pouring over the chapters eager for more Tucker and Clara awesomeness. He totally reminded me of Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables when he called her carrots and I seriously expected Clara to hit him over the head with her slate if we weren’t in the wrong century. The ending completely blew me away and I am dying to find out what happens next. This is definitely a great start to my Debut Author Challenge as well.(less)
As a fan of the Pretty Little Liars series and the TV Show on ABC Family, I jumped at the chance to read the first book in Sara Shepard’s new series....moreAs a fan of the Pretty Little Liars series and the TV Show on ABC Family, I jumped at the chance to read the first book in Sara Shepard’s new series. A big thank you goes to NetGalley for allowing me to review a copy of this wonderful book.
Sutton Mercer wakes up in a bathtub and soon comes to the realization that she is dead. The cause of her demise is unknown to her, but she is startled when she sees a girl who could be her twin. Unable to talk to the mysterious girl, she instead follows her around, attempting to figure out the truth about her death. Emma Paxton has been kicked out of her current foster home. Haunted by a video she saw on a website of a girl being strangled, she attempts to track down the person who could be her long-lost twin. Excited at the prospect of having a real family, Emma agrees to meet up with Sutton who responds to her Facebook message. Unknown to Emma, Sutton couldn’t have written that message since she is dead. The two girls agree to meet near Sutton’s home in Tucson, Arizona. Emma waits on a park bench but Sutton never shows. Instead, her friends show up mistaking Emma for Sutton and she finds herself immersed in someone else’s life. Soon, Emma discovers that whoever killed Sutton doesn’t want anyone to know about it and she is forced by the culprit to take her twin sister’s place. Determined to bring her Sutton's murderer to justice, Emma plasters on a fake smile and pretends to be everything she’s not.
I cannot give this book enough praise, it is so well written. Sutton reminds me a little of Ali from Pretty Little Liars, probably because they’re both characters that are dead and have the same outlook on life. I like that Sutton is the narrator observing Emma taking over her life and trying to figure out her murder. Even though she’s never met her sister, I admire Emma for being so determined to catch the killer. The minor characters are so complex and I can’t wait to find out more about them in the next book. This is a great start to a new series and it makes me want to go out and get the rest of the Pretty Little Liars books since I love Shepard’s writing style so much. I hope the next book is published soon, because this one ended with a ton of unanswered questions.(less)