I think that quote above just about summed the whole book up.
Holly is your average college girl who has a good heart, gAlso see my review, on BookPics
I think that quote above just about summed the whole book up.
Holly is your average college girl who has a good heart, good life, and a good relationship with her boyfriend until the unthinkable happens and she's left alone to pick up the pieces and try to mend them and make them become a whole together.
Things aren't good nor fabulous... And she gets to her lowest point even ignoring and treating her best friend as nothing more than a stranger.
Until one day, she realizes that life has gone on, is still going on, with or without her approval everything needs to continue and she has to make the decision to either let life pass her by or get out of the dark place she's in and start living said life once again.
It isn't easy nor a happy road but with the help of friends and an even more special friend she starts to heal, she starts to become maybe not the girl she was before but an even better and stronger one.
Cue Carter and his amazingly well good looks, fighter personality and sad soul. Carter's been through a lot and he and Holly might have more and common than what they thought...
Okay, I'll stop with the whole summarize the story thing because it's not really working for me...
The one thing I've got to say about the whole book?? It touched and moved my heart in ways that's been moved and touched before but with a bit of a fresher take.
I instantly liked Holly, because while she might have been a nightmare to live with after what happened THAT night... And after being a complete mean derriere with her best friend... She has the ovaries to accept what she's been... That she hasn't been herself and that she needs to get better, if not for her then for her friends... She accepts it AND starts and tries to change it.
I love it that she had her stage of feeling sorry for herself but then started the mending stage. She wasn't the girl needing the saving but on the contrary she found herself strong enough to want to get to know and save those who needed saving and in this case Carter was the lucky one.
But, after all the mending after all the healing after all the tears... Lies are as powerful a weapon as love or they're a close second... And in the blink of an eye or rather in the peak of a mountain... Things can happen and fast... AND for the worse.
Involved with someone that might be starting already own her heart but that might also be lying to her... A lie that could easily break her heart all over again...
Lets just say Holly is treading tricky waters and she might have to make some tough choices in order to get her life back on track...
Will that life include Carter, her best friend and music? Or will it end up with her being in the same dark place she started and fought fiercely to get out of?
-So how the hell am I supposed to be friends with a girl that I'm crazy about, but I'm not sure if I should be with?-
Fall From Love, proves to me once again that love is the greatest weapon of all, that grieving should be just a stage and that life goes on and it's in our hands to decide to go ahead and live it or just let it pass us by without us enjoying, laughing, crying, living! LIVING it...
A story about love, loss and the beauty that is life whether it is throwing us bricks, rocks, stones, flowers, rain, or snow... That teaches us to always move forward, go on, but also to never forget those who pushed us and helped us along the way and that might not be here with us anymore.
Also, I need a Jenna in my life...
Weaknesses? I actually like the book cover, while it isn't exactly IN the book it has some resemblance to the setting as for the book tittle? I went almost 95% of the book before I finally got to the tittle of the book being IN the book... And you'll find out it's quite awesome how the tittle is mentioned in the book ;) Trust me....more
Rook, the main character, has been through so much and has seen so much and suffered so much more thanTragic starts right off being just that, tragic.
Rook, the main character, has been through so much and has seen so much and suffered so much more than a normal 19 year-old should have but that hasn't stopped her. Though it did once upon a time, she woke up, picked herself up, and mended what little pieces of her heart she could and moved on.
That meant, escaping. From it all or from just one man? You'll know from reading but what she finds herself into after that? That's when the story really starts...
- "Ronin Flynn, you might undo me." "I'm already undone, Gidge. I'm just hoping you'll stick around long enough to put me back together." -
Fate had it that she auditioned for a very talented and successful photographer. Which kind of photographer? -smiles knowingly- You'll get to know that too if you take a chance at reading this awfully awesome book ;)
I liked and sympathized with Rook, she makes you re-evaluate things, think things through and make you root for her all while also making you gasp and gape at all the things she has signed up for when she signs a contract with that successful photographer I mentioned earlier.
Then comes the model... The MALE model. The one that had me drooling a bit here and there and swooning and giggling in between. This guy you girls, this guy is... H.O.T. I don't know any other way to describe him, physically. But, emotionally? He's complex. He's real, at least he felt real to me. And his past is not happy story either.
- Maybe someday I'll have it in me to fight back like that if it ever happens again, but right now I'm fragile. But I'll take fragile. It's a hell of a lot better than broken. -
I loved everything from all the characters involved, it showed great great character development and thanks to the author's writing the story flows perfectly and I found myself glued to my kindle app for far longer than I had planned for... I mean, how can I not love Ronin's sis? Or the shampoo job she gives Rook? hehehe
One doesn't just pick this book up and takes a break, one picks this book up and finish it in one sitting. That's how good and fast-paced it is and how captivated I was by it all.
The only thing I got a bit of a problem with, is the fact that even though it definitely has a teen in it the book and content itself felt more directed to a mature audience? Not how New Adults are directed at mature audiences but how adult books are directed, well, at adults you know? Specially when we get to the photo scenes... But who am I to judge when it comes to assigning genres? That's just how I felt throughout the read. Though this book, I'd definitely recommend for readers up over 18 instead of the usual ages I recommend the NA ones to.
- "You OK?" "Mmmmhmmmm," is all I can manage, because a chill rockets down my spin and my head involuntarily tips back and gives him permission to [...] He pulls back for a moment, just long enough to say, "Touch me, Rook," and then his mouth is back... -
With steamy photo shoots, bikers, models, heartbreak, lies, doubts, harsh past and even harsher presents. This novel delves into the dark side of a girl who was broken before but found the strength to put herself back together, another girl who had to grow up too soon but found the love of her life in a crazy french photographer and a boy who isn't a bad boy while also not being a good boy.
If there's another book on the way, I cannot wait for it!!!!!!
A Fun and quick read ;)
Oh, I almost forgot? My weaknesses? Both were portrayed in the book. Book tittle? IN the book, definitely definitely IN it as much as it was on it. The whole photo thing revolves around it. Book Cover? IN THE BOOK AS WELL!!! So watch out for it... Trust me on this one.
oh my god... This book... I need a minute or a decade to write a goo enough review for this book...
thank you for this book... Thank you
There is just so moh my god... This book... I need a minute or a decade to write a goo enough review for this book...
thank you for this book... Thank you
There is just so much a heart can take, a girl can fight, a smile can falter. There is just so much that a boy can hurt, a glare can cower, a word can break.
An extremely beautifully crafted novel, a talented author, and a heart-wrenching story. I loved every single word in it!
Gracie, oh Gracie, how I suffered for and with you. How I hated and loved you, how I sometimes wanted to hug you while others I just really wanted to shake you. Gracie's character can't even be called a character. I thought of her as a person, as a living person, one who was close to me throughout the whole read of the book. I thought of her as a friend that needed me and yet didn't have me because as much as I wanted to get inside the story, inside the book, inside of all the character's lives... I couldn't.
- ...the love and affection I craved from Noah was being dangled in front of me. It gave me hope that the Noah I fell in love with was clawing to get out. I couldn't give up on him now. -
Gracie's sweet, innocent, funny, smiley, if a bit shy. But she's a good girl, not boring, not anything that would scream at you "get away I'm a loner" nope. Though she tended to be a bit naive, I could have not liked her more. She's an incredible person with a huge heart and even a bigger mind. The one tiny little problem?
She loves the person that doesn't want or maybe doesn't let other people love him.
Though, Noah DOES love her, in his terms and his way but from what I could read and gather he did love her and maybe still does...
But I think he didn't know how to love her afterwards... When life happened, when school happened, when the distance happened, when one thing and the other came and Gracie's place in Noah's life started to drop in ranking... He didn't know how to lover her and he knew even less how to let her go.
And that's when everything fell apart and the story really begins...
And you know where does that happen???
In the VERY BEGINNING OF THE BOOK!
- "... I don't deserve you. I guess in a twisted sort of way, I push you away to save you." -
We get flashes of the past in between what happens in the present and there... Among those... We meet Jake, whom I loved from the start.
Jake who so carefully and lovingly picked up the pieces when Noah went too far; Jake, who could with just one touch calm Gracie's thoughts, breath and heartbeat; Jake, who with every single word started teaching Gracie her value. Jake, who was simply perfect.
I didn't know, I didn't understand why some girls stay in decaying and self-destructive, abusive relationships. But after reading this, I got a glimpse inside a head of one.
Sometimes we don't know we're near the waves, sometimes we don't know we've taken that step closer to them, sometimes we don't see that half our bodies have already been submerged in the water... Sometimes it takes trying to take a breath to see that we're in too deep.
-My body landed softly, somewhere. I was finally in so deep that I reached the bottom. There's no air on the bottom. People suffer here.-
There's hope, there's love and there's trust for all of you who've been there or are still there. Inside, drowning, trying to scream for help...
Some will try to reason that they're fine, that the water burns their lungs but not too much and maybe it'll come a time when it'll be too late for them... But for now. For now you can all be saved.
You have so much value, you are worth so much more.
Love is happiness, sacrifice, trust, smiles, laughter, happy tears, fighting together to destroy that which tears you apart.
Michelle Kemper's writing was astounding and fresh. Her book was all her, her voice was loud and clear and her description of every little thing perfect.
I couldn't have asked for a better debut novel.
Everyone should watch out for this author who'll have you with a broken heart in a minute and a mended and glowing heart the next.
- When I looked in the mirror, I no longer saw the girl I used to be. I let [...] pull me this way and that way, then finally let him pull me apart, and he left behind only a fraction of who I once was. -
We're worth infinite happiness. All of us. Never settle :)
My weaknesses? BOTH were put right there on display. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and goes perfectly well with the story and the tittle? Insane and right to the heart of the book. It was IN it as much as it was ON it.
A heartbreaking-eye opener debut novel that grabs your heart and mind since the very first page without you noticing until you're in too deep to let go. Raw, happy, gritty, sad, and oh so very real. Michelle Kemper is one author to watch out for.
Recommended to fans of Michelle D. Argyle (The Breakaway) & Jamie McGuire (Beautiful Disaster) ^_^
"Two people walking in the same direction."
I give this book, 5/5 if it were a YA book it'd have the 10/5 rating. Trust me. BookPics special rating...more
I never tire to fall in love with books, with their characters, with the authors' writing... Everything.
When I picked up this book and read those firsI never tire to fall in love with books, with their characters, with the authors' writing... Everything.
When I picked up this book and read those first pages I knew I was in for a ride, a torturous, sad yet magical ride.
I love that the book had 2 POVs, I always have enjoyed contemporary books that are told from both the main character plus another one. It doesn't necessarily have to be the love interest, a best friend, a mother... Any can do as long as I get a double insight which means double the awesome.
The main character Stella, while not as relatable to me, I think a lot of girls out there will be able to make the connection sooner and definitely so much more deeply than I did since I've never had to go through what she has... But she was likable in a way that made me ache for her, trust her, believe her, and root for her.
-"I fight that fear every single day, because I don't want to spend my life not actually living it, but being afraid of it..."-
Stella was forced to grow up too soon, forced to suffer through things that no normal teenager has to suffer, see things that no girl her age is supposed to see but above all else she is forced to not get attached to anyone, not a single new person. And that's not because she's a lonely person or a secluded one, on the contrary I felt she wanted to see so much more, wanted to be so much more, to become someone... But... Sometimes life isn't what we think it to be and fate always plays us some cruel jokes... and this time... Stella is the punch line.
Having her illness, I can feel why most people give up, why most simply stop fighting. Because there is so much more than just the sick person, the medics, the medicines and a clinic... There's the family, the friends, the boy/man...
And Max, what an incredible surprise to a ladies man! First of all... his looks are yummy... But it's his personality that Stella and I fell for instantly. He's real, he's not afraid to show a vulnerable side, he's not shy, and he fights... Not only the physical punch-you-bye-bye though there is that... But the emotional one, the one that involves fighting and keep going and keep rooting when the person next to you, the person you care for has given up, thrown the towel... Just, stopped.
-She looked hotter than the deepest fire pit in hell.-
But he was so much more than that.
They were both fun! Both amazing! And all the other secondary characters? TO DIE FOR!!! Specially these other 2... That if I'm right... will get their own story soon -fangirls-
Lisa, Nikki... Even Stella's brother and father and mother... But... There were 2... That really? See, 1. Gia X_X I liked her even though she doesn't have that much protagonism in the book I still felt she played a HUGE part in certain things that at the end? Led up to that awesome ending... 2. Beppe, -stunned silence-
Yeap, when a character by name alone can stun you into silence, for me? That's as good as it gets.
All in all, I loved the change of scenery, I loved to be able to travel -whereas by imagination- to Europe, to Italy... To those gorgeous places all while sitting right at home.
And I feel ever so grateful to the author for not sugar-coating anything but also giving me what I most desired for these 2. Because, real life is already too hard to deal reading about it right? But these kinds of stories, these types of characters, these kinds of friends... Everything was completely perfect, utterly perfect. I wouldn't have done it any other way.
-Wasting precious moments and over-thinking every single step was a massive waste of time.-
While at some points I thought the book was dragging things too much... When I got to a certain scene? All those thoughts went out and through the window. Making me feel all warm inside while I was crying all at the same time.
A read that will break your heart, open your eyes, bring tears to said eyes, make you blush, make you scream, make you tear some hairs out... All while patching you heart safe back again, making you smile like a silly person, make you hot and bothered, make you appreciate and see life in a completely different way, and make you realize that...
Is better to:
-Don't exist. Live.-
A book that'll stick with me for a long while... And opened my eyes And even shook some sense into me,
I give this book; 5/5 5= Clouds In The Heavens READ IT! ...more
Once again I've been wow'ed by a book I had good hopes for but never thought to like as much as I did.
From page one I was immediately drawMy Thoughts?
Once again I've been wow'ed by a book I had good hopes for but never thought to like as much as I did.
From page one I was immediately drawn to the main character, Kate. I instantly wanted to get to know her. And her story. I wanted to know just what exactly was this 'gift' of hers... And how she came to it, how she dealt with it... Not only was I drawn to the main character but all the others as well. Plus, Jared... What IS IT about men named Jared? First of all, AMAZING name choice, then of course... He HAD to be hot, hot, with ethics, and well... Hot.
Seriously though. Kate, as the author wrote her, is incredibly likable, so easygoing but also with her feet on the ground and sentimental. I couldn't help but laugh almost every single time she spoke on the first half of the book... Jared SO helped with that. She has a good heart, she is terrified... While Jared is anything but.
-"... My visions are usually horrible, I only wanted to share with you that you gave me one of the best ones I ever had."
Jared took my breath away... Lately it's becoming REALLY really hard to find love interests [specially men/boys] in books that aren't snarky or the "Bad Guy" or dark or brooding -though I'm ALL for them- it was really refreshing to actually fall for a normal nice guy that had the looks going for him. Also, the fact that he is incredibly stubborn when it comes to helping others didn't hurt at all.
Kate's mom, Darlene, takes on a really huge roll on the story, that while secondary still so very very important and I loved the fact that her character developed throughout the story just as all the others did.
I'm actually quite surprised at all the feelings that Jared's girlfriend inspired in me... O_O I'm known for loving almost all the characters in a book I enjoy... Even the bad ones since... well, they play their part well... But there was something about this girl... Made me want to... Nope... Not going there.
-"Your girlfriend--she's beautiful. What's she doing slumming with you?"-
I enjoyed the multiple point of views that the author went for with her story, though at the beginning I was a bit wary... That melted away when I saw how easy it was for me to keep up thanks to the author's writing talent :D I'm not a huge fan of multiple POVs but boy... Was I excited for this one.
Sadly, my weaknesses kind of weren't found, at least not by me. I'm not such a huge fan of the cover nor do I know how it relates to the whole story... If I were to find this book in the shelves of a bookstore I would immediately think "Middle grade"or "Kids reads" not "New Adult" nope, definitely NOT that. And while the tittle does give a hint at a paranormal element it wasn't in the book at all... Second sight or other terms were used but never 'first'.
And the paranormal/fantasy, whatever call it whatever you want, element blended amazing! It gave exactly the spice that this story needed.
A girl with a second sight, a missing girl, a hot cop/detective/crush, a crumbling mind, a lonely past, an even lonelier present, and an impossible love. Dark, light, thrilling, exciting, funny, sarcastic, and oh so very very fresh.
-"Are you paying? Because this affects what I'll be ordering."-
I completely recommend it if you have a few hours to spare, it's a quick read, trust me.
I give this book
4fotitos = Genious crying.
(Review based on a copy provided by the author in exchange of my honest review.)...more
Again, surprised. I think I might have to change my review policy once again :) But we'll see... I'm just scared of missing out on new talMy Thoughts?
Again, surprised. I think I might have to change my review policy once again :) But we'll see... I'm just scared of missing out on new talent because I'm wary of reading books that aren't traditionally published by the huge publishers and stuff...
Strength was a book exactly about that, Strength. I immediately felt intrigued yet scared of how the first chapters describe what what will soon be our main character.
Rena is incredibly vocal, as in... Ummm her mind is never silent. She thinks 10000 thoughts like 10000 a minute hahah. The way she views the world, her thoughts on the not normal, how she suddenly is standing up for someone she just met, how she loves her roommate as much as she hates her. She's just that, a multifaceted girl in college that later on and throughout the book starts to grow up not only as a character but as a friend as well.
-My eyes sparked, wide and livid, as I slammed my fist on the floor. "I'm not asking you to be human. I'm asking you to be a MAN!"-
Wallace, oh Wallace, how you snatched my heart soon after we learn about your... "Condition" I was more than curious, I was delirious to know just what exactly was that you were... that you are... I wanted to dive into his mind and know whatever thoughts pass through there that leads him to make the decisions she makes and to live the way he lives... Which is... isolated and alone, really really alone. No worries though I'm always here for you!! Wallace = Swoon.
All secondary characters were quite enjoyable some more than others, personal opinion here. But I could have lived without Rena's friend... Aiden... I just... I couldn't get to like him.
-"She can sleep in my bed" ... "I'll take the couch." "You can't fit on the couch."-
Whereas... Nicholas -giggles- ... hahahahah He was the perfect spice for this whole book... I cannot imagine this whole story without him :D
About the author's wiring... I enjoyed it. I liked it. I thought it was neat and precise :) I like how she slowly gave tidbits of 'strength' and others we were laughing out loud thanks to a certain roommate... Though I have to be honest here, if I NEVER read the word "Gag" it'll be too freaking soon. So that was a major down for me and my read... Other than that I thought the story was overall a great one. Even if I did find some similarities with one of my favorite books ever, I decided to try to look pass that and enjoy the story, which I did :P
-How could a guy look like sin and chase after redemption? It didn't add up.-
So, if you're into mysterious sounds in the middle of the night coming from the room next door, into dark and broody, into tall and sexy, into strong and supernatural, into sacrifice and love. Then, sure, this book is definitely for you!
My weaknesses!!! BOTH were in it!! BOTH BOTH!! The tittle is IN the book as much as it is ON it and The Cover?!!! Completely depicts what the story plot revolves around. Don't miss the chance to read this.
My thoughts? Genius! I can't think of a better word to describe it! I pretty much knew from page 1 that I had made a good deciOh this one surprised me!!
My thoughts? Genius! I can't think of a better word to describe it! I pretty much knew from page 1 that I had made a good decision when I agreed to review this book. I mean, first of all... would you look at this cover O_O IT IS TO DIE FOR!
And then we have the tittle! It's long BUT catchy! I was intrigued ever since I saw and read it. So yeap, I'm starting with my weaknesses! First, The book cover? It goes amazingly well with the whole story!!! You'll see why. Trust me. Second, The book tittle? It's on the book as much as it is IN the book... So DOUBLE POINTS for the author!
Moving on. Phoebe Pope and The Year of Four was such a surprising enjoyable read. While at parts predictable, there was definitely ONE very important thing that I didn't see coming until it was right in front of my face. Filled with twists, turns, curves, awesome hair, amazing storyline, and a plot that will almost always keep you guessing.
"This very moment. How do you feel? Say the first word that comes to your mind." "Flummoxed," Phoebe blurted...
I cared so very much for the characters, each and every single one of them. Oh boy, and Phoebe? She was absolutely delightful! She's a character I completely felt for and immediately connected with. No I'm definitely NOT a daughter of Osisah and even less one of Gavya. And well, the fact that she loves to take pictures DEFINITELY helped with that connection lol. But, argh, it's hard to put it into words. Let me just tell you, READ the book and you'll find out.
Hear now, this book also gave me a complex... How come so many book characters can bake? If I wasn't sweating for all the hardships that Phoebe faces and encounters at every turned page OR blushing when a certain superstar appeared out of nowhere with a freaking awesome and extremely cute tomato-yes, you read right, TOMATO- then I was certainly DROOLING over Hayley's baking X_X I mean it! I think her baking should have made a character all on its' own and even have a leading role in the story... Though for me, it did. At all times.
Scott, Mariko, Lewis, Yelena, Afua... Oh god... ALL the characters had a story to tell and I was just too happy to oblige and indulge them.
The author's writing was neat, clean, and flowed with ease. I thank her for that. It was kind of awesome though... Because I am wary of books being told like from a third point of view instead of a complete first person one.
-...Watching moonlight seep into the horizon like pale translucent tentacles reaching up to embrace the darkening sky around them.-
And Colten? Colten I MUST have. Besides making me believe yet again that... Bad is the new good... He also traumatized me and I'll NEVER look at a tomato the same way EVER again.
The setting! COMPLETELY Believable and absolutely real. I didn't have ANY trouble imagining anything... Specially with the help of the drawings that appeared in between the pages of my book... I don't know if this is a final copy but if it is... Then awesome, if not... WOW it SHOULD be in the final book.
My HEARTS, I mean heart. Though I really really wish I were THAT cool and have TWO hearts... -winkwink- Okay... Moving on and trying to end this before I get to the part in which THAT happens... THAT definitely was... O_O
A heart-robbing original story, filled with so much love, so many friendships, so many enemies, so much betrayal and hurt, with so many hearts... With so many bakery... Seriously though, it IS heart-robbing, heart-stopping and ORIGINAL in such a fresh way -except for 2 times in which I thought HP for a moment...- I haven't read a story this fresh since I read the Soul Screamers series... And THAT my friend is saying something... Don't take that lightly.
"Ooh I want details!" Hayley squealed... "Give me something to chew on." Straight-faced, SHE said, "He sleeps naked."...
I cannot for the love of me, WAIT for the sequel. I NEED to know, I MUST know what the author has in store for Phoebe and her awesome hair, I want to know what exactly this Year of Four is going to be about. I want to know more about Vigos and I really really don't want for Phoebe to go where I know she'll go... I just want to cuddle with Colten and have tomatoes in between.
Another story that confirms that love still is the strongest weapon of all. That bad is the new good. That wings are IN and that tomatoes have been taken for granted WAY too much and too long all these past years.
Believe me, you don't want to miss this story. You don't want to miss the fights, the shifters, the wings, the cats-big HUGE cats- you definitely do NOT want to miss the two beating hearts that take center stage in the story and you absolutely do NOT want to miss getting to know all these characters that will make you laugh out loud, cry for absolutely nothing and smile like a kid in the middle of a candy store all at once.
"Tiger's eyes providing protection from Tigers," Phoebe thought aloud. "Ironic."
The Vigos are waiting... But... For how long? And for WHO exactly?
Author Nya Jade, Thanks so very very much for writing. This book delivers exactly what it promises!
PLEASE!! Sequel!! Come soon!!
I give this book,
5fotitos=~Sobs hard~Too good to be true!
Review based on a copy provided by the author in exchange of my honest review. So sorry it's so long though T_T ...more
[Some content might be better for 16+ audiences only.] AHHHHH!!! First of all... COVER FREAKING LOVE!!!! Seriously, this cover is PERFECTION and it goes w[Some content might be better for 16+ audiences only.] AHHHHH!!! First of all... COVER FREAKING LOVE!!!! Seriously, this cover is PERFECTION and it goes with the whole story!! Now, before I start embarrassing myself yet again... To my thoughts on this book.
I simply loved it! There is no other thing I could say to let you know how much I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book... I couldn't put it down so... Less than a day and even after... I was left wanting more... But not the more that comes when a book is missing something... In this case... I was left BEGGING the author to extend the story somehow so I could read more about Gavin, more about Becca... More about their lives and their friends' lives... I want to have the same friends that Becca made while on Clayton Falls... I wanted to get to know even more this Gavin that I now have declared a boyfriend of mine, just don't tell Becca.
Seriously though. The author's writing improved so much from the first book to its sequel that has left me with my mouth slightly ajar trying to comprehend HOW she did it in JUST 2 books... But I'm left clueless as to why and amazed at how much I loved this story and cared for each and every character. The setting again was palpable, the feelings ran deep, the writing flowed perfectly... I just don't have any complains other than WHY DID IT END SO SOON!!!
I really wish this book had been longer somehow... But the ending was perfect and left me wondering... Whose story will come next and what dark past will we discover?
Gavin was absolutely delicious!! As in. His character, how he grew up, how real he seemed, how much he made me feel in such a short time.
I care for this book, care for its characters and cannot cannot get enough of it! Thanks to the author for writing this sequel that I INSTANTLY knew I'd love even before opening my kindle.
There are some really warm scenes :D as in... hot :D And some so cute my toe nails curled :D...more
[Some content might be better for 16+ audiences only.] This is the first book in the series... When I started it I wasn't 100% sure in what the whole s[Some content might be better for 16+ audiences only.] This is the first book in the series... When I started it I wasn't 100% sure in what the whole story was going to be based. I knew there'd be a sad past, a dark present, and a bright future... So, I got that. It was absolutely a quick and fun read. I loved the male main character, I loved Molly's truthfulness to herself :D How she wasn't scared, at least not TOO much, of trying something new. Of throwing it all away just like that and try a clean start in somewhere old but at the same time new. And what better way to do that than at her hometown? Clayton Falls...
Can I just please say I how LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that the series is called after the town the book is set in?
Even though I was left wanting more, more development of the characters, more story to tell... More details more insight... IDK... I really was thirsty for this story and it kind of left me waiting for that big BOOM!! I was desperate for. The writing was simple, easy to follow, and clean. The settings were so real I didn't have any problem picturing them... And the plot while easy and predictable was still enjoyable.
Let us have a moment of appreciation for Molly's BFF!! Also... BECCA and GAVIN were my FAVORITE characters even if Becca wasn't a starring character... Trust me when I say... You'll be left BEGGING for the second book... I am so freaking happy I got to read and review both... So without further ado I leave you with the rating of this book so I can continue my rambling afterwards on my review of Veer ;)...more
wow... I'll have to think hard to come up with this review....
Guys! Where to start!
I have to say though, as some kind of side note, that I'm so glad thwow... I'll have to think hard to come up with this review....
Guys! Where to start!
I have to say though, as some kind of side note, that I'm so glad this is a companion as opposed to being a sequel. Meaning, you can actually read it without having read the first book... Because, I couldn't read the first one... As in, I couldn't get into it...
BUT THIS BOOK?? This book was a whole other story, Yes, Naomi was so self-conscious all the time, always second guessing herself, always doubting, always trying to stay away from everyone around her. I mean, who wouldn't? After surviving almost a year as a 'prisoner' if you may... These people kidnap her and all of a sudden she cares for them? So I guess it would be hard on her to learn how long they'll be spending in jail for what they did, because NAOMI, WHAT THEY DID WAS WRONG!
The setting was believable and well described and written...
Whereas the characters... Trust me, they were amazingly written and you could almost always picture them perfectly... But sometimes their personalities kind of brought me down... Specially Naomi's... Okay, being true to myself... ONLY Naomi's...
Do NOT get me wrong... This book surprised me... REALLY surprised me... Because I've never felt this strong for a character... Sure I've related to almost all the characters from the books I read and I live all their stories while reading them... I suffer with them, I root for/with them, I cry with them... I mean... I'm just like that with books... But in this case... With Naomi and how the author wrote her? I wasn't living her story I DIDN'T want to... I was like this third party goer (a happy third wheel) watching from a distance and trying to comprehend everything she was going through...
It was an amazing experience if I do say so myself. I think this has never happened to me before, I always get completely immersed in the stories I read... But in this case I think I was more like invested... I wanted to find a way to help Naomi grow up, I wanted for her to think for herself for just a second... I wanted to be her friend instead of her... Because wow...
I never would have let her believe that she HAD to do for Jesse what she did... Argh... This is frustrating... trying to explain this to you...
Just know though... I loved Naomi as much as I hated her... And I'm pretty sure I can count on one hand how many books have made me feel that towards a female main character that has been through a traumatic experience.
Yes, I was invested in the story. Yes, I loved loved the writing. I love how sometimes the story pace was slow while others were fast. Yes, I fell in love with Finn and THAT is a character I would very much like for myself. Yes, I hated all the parts with the boy Naomi thinks she is in love with. Yes, I almost broke my tablet because I couldn't stand most of the decisions that were made. Yes, I cried. Yes, I identified somewhat with Naomi's personality...
If you're into books involving; Characters with an awful, as in, kidnappedforayear kind of thing, and them overcoming all that... And if you, Love LOVE that is LITERALLY blind. Like Italy. Love cakes. And believe that... You cannot erase your past... But you can very much start scribbling and living and making up your future? Give this a try... You might be surprised just as I was...
As for my weaknesses? Only one... The book tittle was in the book as well so ;) That is worth one star ;) Adding it up------->
I give this book
3fotitos = Might've made me cry.
Now you might be wondering, if it DID make me cry... Why didn't I give it my awesome over the top rating??? It was mainly Naomi's personality... It was infuriating while also being real... Sweet while being pathetic... Innocent while being guilty... As you can see... My thoughts are all over the place and I had such a hard time writing this review and choosing the rating... In the end this was the best I could now... Now if you let me... I have a date with Finn, some iced tea, and a certain awesome almond cake :D Enjoy!...more
I can't believe how many surprises I've had these last few months when books are concerned. I'm always wary of acReview on BookPics as well My Thoughts?
I can't believe how many surprises I've had these last few months when books are concerned. I'm always wary of accepting books for review from authors whose work I haven't previously read. But that's the point right? Discovering new books to read and awesome authors to love.
And boy, did The Holders live up to what I expected from it. I only read half of the book description before I said YES! To reading it.
Becca was an amazing character! One that definitely sticks in your mind long after you've finished reading the book.
-"Who told you was a big deal?" "No one told me it is, but they keep telling me it isn't, and when something really isn't a big deal, no one ever says it isn't, they just don't say anything. People only say things aren't a big deal when they really are."-
This book touches so many topics in such a short time it's amazing! The plot kind of changes from one point to the other but it doesn't affect the story as a whole at all. From family issues, feeling protective of younger siblings, not having a father figure growing up, believing one beloved one has mental issues, to deciding what college or university to attend, what career path to take, ALL THE WHILE knowing deep down that you're definitely special, definitely NOT normal, and maybe even… Not even human?! GASP.
But I loved it! I loved the writing pace, the SETTING! I loved loved the setting! I've always been a UK fan but whenever I'm transported to any of those countries while reading a book is… Is indescribable.
Becca will do anything, ANYTHING to protect her little brother Ryland, doesn't matter to what extents she'll have to go to do so. She's the strong one in the family, she's always been… But. Wait. Will she be able to maintain that so far away from home? Will she be able to keep her heart hidden and away from ever falling in love? Alex is just -swoons- And maybe he's not even as old as one would think.
-I wanted him to want to let me in, not be unable to keep me out.-
The Holders is a really great story about love, family, friends, self-discover, and power. Tons and tons of power. With bits of laughs here and some tears there.
Kissing is just an added bonus.
As for my weaknesses? The book cover? While it is definitely part of the story and has a huge huge role in it I have to admit, I'm not such a big fan of it. I know it's bad but if I had seen the book on a shelf on my local bookstore I would have most likely skipped it… But yes, it IS in the book as much as it is on it. And the tittle? It's perfect hehe, that's exactly what this is about.
I give this book,
5 fotitos = ~Sobs hard~Too good to be true! ...more