I started this 3-1 novella bind-up yesterday intending to finish it before the ball drop. Well, that didn’t happen but I was able to finish it this evI started this 3-1 novella bind-up yesterday intending to finish it before the ball drop. Well, that didn’t happen but I was able to finish it this evening and enjoyed most of the stories, despite the instalove in all three. Say Yes by Christie Ridgway was probably my least favorite because it was a little too much reliant on “love at first sight” for me. My favorite was No More Bad Girls by Leslie Kelly because I really enjoyed the case of mistaken identity between Lex and Amelia. Just a Fling by Tanya Michaels was a bit too unbelievable for my taste but Agent Foster was pretty sexy!...more
With 2014 coming to a close, I was in the mood for something cute, light, and SHORT. The Kiss Before Midnight was a lovely mix of Bridget Jones’ DiaryWith 2014 coming to a close, I was in the mood for something cute, light, and SHORT. The Kiss Before Midnight was a lovely mix of Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Holiday. Based on the title I did expect this book to be a little more NYE focused and less Christmasy but it worked out ok in the end. Molly and Jake’s chemistry was wonderful and I enjoyed the amount of sexual tension between the two of them. Maybe next year I will pick up the novella that features Molly’s sister and her boyfriend. It looks really cute as well. For a novella, this told a pretty hearty story about family, love and finding yourself. ...more
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 reThere 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....more
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 waWhy 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 aWhy 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....more
I randomly discovered Attachments last summer and immediately requested an e-book copy from my local library. I had been in such a readWhy 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....more
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 frYou 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. ...more
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 talI 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....more