Signs Point to Yes is an adorable, or adorkable as the summary calls it**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Signs Point to Yes is an adorable, or adorkable as the summary calls it, young adult contemporary romance. If it is starting to get cooler where you are, Signs Point to Yes is the perfect book to have you feeling like you are back in summer. Or, if you are like me, it is a great book for any time of the year.
Jane is a high school girl just trying to figure out what she wants to do next with her life. Instead of going to work at a college, like her mom wants, Jane signs up to be a nanny for a neighbor and their little girls. I loved that Jane didn’t know what would come after high school for her. I think a lot of times in books we see characters that knew exactly what they wanted out of life and were laser focused on it. Which is great! I was like that. My mom said I knew I wanted to be a lawyer in middle school, but the vast majority of 16 years olds do not know that. Jane is a great role model for them.
Teo happens to be the older brother of the girls that Jane is babysitting. Jane and Teo used to be good friends, but Teo’s best friend Ravi hates Jane. In fact, he calls her his mortal enemy. I thought this strange triangle dynamic was hilarious. (and no Ravi didn’t have a crush on Jane.)
Signs Point to Yes was such a fun read. Teo and Jane were great characters and super cute together. Sandy Hall did an excellent job writing realistic teenagers, with realistic teenage problems. And it was a fresh and fun romance to boot. I highly recommend it fans of young adult contemporary.
An Inheritance of Ashes is a standalone young adult fantasy. The book t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
An Inheritance of Ashes is a standalone young adult fantasy. The book takes place after a war has ended. A war between humans, the Wicked God and Twisted Things. That right there should tell you one thing about this book. It is going to be creepy. And honestly the chilling atmosphere that Leah Bobet created was my favorite aspect of An Inheritance of Ashes. Fans of atmospheric reads, will love that about this book. I am not going to lie, the first time that I read the summary, and started the book for that matter, for An Inheritance of Ashes, I thought it was a sequel. It is describing a war that just took place, and I thought I missed the first book that had the war in it. So if you are like me, that is not the case. An Inheritance of Ashes is the first book.
Hallie and Marthe are sister's, and they are the main characters of this book. They are taking place of the family farm in the aftermath of this war. I don't want to spoil too much about the book, so I am only going to say that the "drama" or the strife that they face comes from threat of the Twisted Things. An Inheritance of Ashes is an intense read! It is a war time setting and everyone is still reeling from their loss. There is a slight romance, but on the whole the book is more somber in tone. It does leave way for some really cool fantasy elements. I loved learning about the the wicked god and the twisted things. They creeped me out man!
As far as characters go, I really liked Tyler and I liked Hallie. I would have liked to have seem more on the romantic front between the two of them, but what romance was there was really sweet. I love a good friends turned more plot. Hallie and Marthe get along like only sisters can...meaning that they sometimes didn't get along at all. An Inheritance of Ashes was a different kind of young adult fantasy altogether, and I really enjoyed that Leah Bobet took the plot to such a unique place. I love reading books that make me stop and think, and give me something different than I was used to. If you like creepy, atmospheric reads that develop and build slowly, with really interesting fantasy elements, An Inheritance of Ashes is the book for you!
Here They Lie by D'Ann Burrow is a new adult southern gothic roman**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Here They Lie by D'Ann Burrow is a new adult southern gothic romance. I love these kinds of reads during this time of year. I have a confession to make. Normally I am not a seasonal reader. I will read a "beach read" romance every single day of the year, and same goes for sci fi, fantasy and paranormal. But for some reason, the exception to this is during fall, and more particularly during the month of October. October brings out a desire in me to read creepy, horror books. But my favorite of all are southern Gothic paranormal/magic romances. I want to light a candle and curl up in a warm sweater (with cool weather, please!) and read books just like Here They Lie. The cover practically screams fall/Halloween to me. And the story was great too.
The description of Here They Lie initially reminded me of the Heirs of Watson Island series, with the mention of the three families and a secret that bound them together, plus the whole southern Gothic things, but it is really nothing like that series at all. I loved getting to know Aunt Kate through Reese's eyes, and I was really into the budding romance between Reese and Colton. I can't speak too much about the whole secrets aspect because, while we did find out a little bit about it, it was not nearly enough for my liking and it was kind of all crammed into the end of the book. I will have to wait until the next book to dive into that part of the story.
Here They Lie was a really good book to set the stage and meet the characters. It read more like a romance to me, which I really enjoyed. I would have also liked a little more time spent on the family secrets, and why some people in the families seemed to know about them and why others did not. That didn't make a whole lot of sense to me, but I am thinking there will be more clarity on that question and dozens of other questions I have surrounding the families. I will definitely be continuing this series because it has been ages since I have found a good pure magic story, without a paranormal element. So even though I do wish we got some more answers throughout the story, the basis of the plot is more than enough to keep me interested. I really like Reese and the plot is intriguing.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Rare Form is the first book in the new adult paranormal series, called**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Rare Form is the first book in the new adult paranormal series, called Descended from Dragons. I love not only the cover, but also the fact that I know this book will deal with dragon shifters in some way. I don't get to read too many books about dragon shifters, and after reading Rare Form- I want more! And I have to let you in on a little secret. (half secret really, because I don't want to spoil anything.) but there is a secret surrounding the main character, Stella's shifter form. Mainly that she didn't know what she was going to turn into since she was new to this whole world. And I know you may be thinking that is a silly thing for me to say because...hello look at the cover and series name. But trust me, it was my favorite aspect of the story. Jen Crane, I applaud you.
Like is the case in many paranormal books that I have read over the years, Stella has a mysterious parent that, unbeknowst to her, is not of this world. And because of that, Stella is swept up and deposited in another world, in a school for magical beings and shifters. What I loved about Jen Crane's imagining of this other world, is that it is not only one, or even a few, kinds of shifters. So often, shifters turn into fearsome fighting creatures, but here in the world of Thayer, there are evolutions of every kind of animal turned shifter. I loved that it wasn't just the typical kinds, but even deer, crows, lizards, etc.
Stella is left, not only to try and fit in, but also to harness the power of her shifter, without knowing anything about it. That is a task in and of itself. But Stella has a great mentor in Rowan. Yum yum, and also a really great group of friends. As far as the school is concerned, think grown up Hogwarts with way less rules. There is a big point made in the story that these are not school kids, these are adults. Because in the world of Thayer, only adults are allowed to start harnessing the power of their shifter animal, which I think makes a whole lot of sense. Teenagers are not known for their restrain and maturity. So it fits in perfectly with the new adult age grouping, and I love that this story is new adult. There is the inkling of what migth turn into a love triangle, but I am really not to sure on that front. I will have to report back after the next book.
Rare Form is a great start to what looks like it will be an epic series. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. I just know that I am going to like it. I finished Rare Form in one quick afternoon. I am kind of hoping that the next book is a little bit longer because I loved this one so much that I really want more. If you like paranormals, magical boarding schools and shifter romances, Rare Form and the Descended from Dragons series is the one for you. Read it now.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**First & Then is one of my favorite high school reads of 2015. I lov**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**First & Then is one of my favorite high school reads of 2015. I loved the premise of First & Then because I think that First & Then will mean many different things to different readers. For me it was all about finding yourself in high school. It is such an important time in your life, and such a scary time if you have no idea what you want to do next. There is so much pressure to have your whole life planned out when you are 16 years old, that I totally got the main character Devon. She is surrounded by people that have obvious talents, and passions and she didn't think that hers was quite as obvious. She didn't know what she wanted to do next. And I just wanted to hug her and tell her that was ok. But that was the beauty in her journey in First & Then.
First & Then is full of classic high school moments that took me down my own memory lane. I loved the feature of football in First & Then, and not only did I love the bright friday night lights of the games, but I liked that the football stars were so atypical to many young adult reads. Devon's best friend is a football player, and Devon's cousin is a freshman with a kicking talent, but I am mostly talking about the breath of fresh air that is Ezra. I can't even adequately put into words how much I loved Ezra. I think what I loved most about him was how strange he was. He hardly ever spoke, and he certainly seemed like a grump most of the time, and yet, I could not get enough of him. You have to meet Ezra for yourself to understand his odd brand of magic.
And then we have Forest. Forest and Devon's relationship was so heartwarmingly adorable. I heart the heck out him. There is something so special about him. He has this air of innocence with so many of the blunt things that he says, but on the other hand he has experienced so many very adult things in his life that have haunted him. For him to maintain some of his child like innocence was so intriguing to me. He was my favorite character, which is a hard feat to accomplish because I loved so many of the characters. This book just made me want to hug it. And I am speaking in the literal sense. I am so in love with First & Then, and even though it seems like a standalone book, I am ready to start a riot demanding a second story featuring Ezra (and Devon). I need more. If you are a fan of high school young adult books, this is a must read. Heck this is a must read for everyone.
This Book Will Change Your Life is a really cute contemporary romance t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
This Book Will Change Your Life is a really cute contemporary romance that straddles the line between Young Adult and New Adult. I loved the book store setting in the story and I really enjoyed the rollercoaster romance between Ben and Hannah. The title was worked into the book in a really cute way, and I think the interactions that centered around this were my favorite aspect of the Ben and Hannah's story. Hannah is a college freshman who has worked her whole life to be a chemistry major. Only problem is, she is flunking her honors chem course. Hannah is struggling with something so many new college students struggle with...what do they really want to do. She finds herself in a bookstore to escape the rain and she meets Ben.
I loved watching Ben try and pick out a book for non-reader Hannah. A book that would "change her life". Hannah and Ben's friendship formed around the books that Ben would pick for Hannah and then they would talk about them. I thought it was so freakin' cute. Even if Hannah was using the books to avoid her chemistry classes.
Ben and Hannah each frustrated me a bit with some of their choices. Ben with his Alex situation. And Hannah with her not really putting effort into her major (or at least we didn't see any effort as the reader) and not at all supporting Ben with law school. I know why she didn't support him, if she thought it wasn't what he wanted, but that is his choice to make, not hers. Their situations were very similar to each other, but with enough differences that each of them thought their situation was the tougher one. But it would not be a satisfying romance without a few roadblocks, detours and bumps in the road. (I sound like I am describing an episode of the Amazing Race.) This is a good book for when you need a break from all those creepy Halloween and fall books. I like to spread out my suspense reading and horror books with a cute romance thrown in every now and again. This is that book.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** BIGLAW is a hilarious book that will appeal to lawyers and non-lawyers**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** BIGLAW is a hilarious book that will appeal to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. It reminded me a bit of Kate's Escape from the Billable Hour by Petula Parker, and I liked this book for the same reason's that I loved Kate's "Sanity Break"- it is freakin' hilarious. and BIGLAW plays off of enough truth to make it even funnier. I am not from the BIGLAW world (I am much happier at my smaller boutique firm), but I did spend a summer at BIGLAW so I certainly know a lot of the inns and outs, and some of my peers have filled in the rest of associate life for me. And Mackenzie works in a New York firm in the Corporate Law department, which can be extra demanding.
BIGLAW is told from female associate, Makenzie's point of view. Mackenzie is a super bright, super hard working attorney that is doing just about everything to impress the partners at her firm. She has to if she wants to move up in the ranks, after all. When she was describing all of the "perks" that the office has to make life comfortable I couldn't help but snicker. They all but stick a sign on your office door saying YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE. I think some of the details are exaggerated for the effect of the story, but many of the details ring true to some degree.
BIGLAW will have you cringing, laughing and sympathizing right along side with Mackenzie. I think as an attorney I got an extra kick out of this story, but Lindsay Cameron has a real gift for comedic writing. Readers, no matter their profession, will find BIGLAW enjoyable. I went through the gamut of emotions as I put myself in Mackenzie's shoes. I rejoiced when she got very rare "good job", I seethed whenever she has to deal with a few choice people, and I wanted her tell off a partner or two on more occasions than I care to count. While I do think that Attorney's will derive a little more humor and a little more sick satisfaction out of BIGLAW, this is a book that I would recommend to everyone looking to feel a little bit better about their job. Or looking for a good laugh in a book with smart and witty dialogue.
P.S. I thought it was hilarious that Mackenzie didn't think her boyfriend would understand the stress and pressures of her job as well as her, because even though he is an attorney at the same firm as her, he works in the Trust department which is not as high pressure as the corporate department. I guess that means I made a good choice as a Trust and Estate Planning attorney. ;)
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore is a beautiful story in t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore is a beautiful story in the young adult magical realism genre. The Weight of Feathers has been called The Night Circus meets Romeo and Juliet. Now I haven't read the Night Circus yet (I know, don't shoot me!) but I can totally see the circus meets Romeo and Juliet comparison. Throw a little magic in and you have it. I loved The Weight of Feathers so much. I was equally fascinated by the Palomas and the Corbeaus.
The story starts out with the Palomas, but then shifts for much of the book to the Corbeaus. At first, I started out on the Palomas side and then switched over to the Corbeaus camp, but I soon realized that there are no good guys and bad guys here. Just two families that each have a bit of their own special magic and each have a whole lot of judgment and confusion over what the other family has done. It was almost comical the way that they blamed the other family for everything. It all centers around one event that took me by total surprise near the start of the book. I really liked how everything fit together around this event.And I loved that the two families acts were so totally different. The Palomas have a water act and the Corbeaus have an act high up in the trees. The big difference in their acts, just served to justify to each family just how different they thought they were from the other. I can't emphasize enough how fantastically executed this story is. It felt like I was reading something really special.
Author Anna-Marie McLemore did such a beautiful job with this story. The writing is moving and the characters will have you rooting for them until the very end. I was swept up in the magic of The Weight of Feathers. I think this is a book that will appeal to young adult and all ages of adults alike. (I was going to say old adults, but I thought better of that almost immediately.) I cannot wait to see what Anna-Marie McLemore will come up with next.
My ThoughtsTaking the Ice is the third and final book in the New Adult**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
My ThoughtsTaking the Ice is the third and final book in the New Adult Ice Series. The Ice series is a contemporary romance series centering around ice skating pairs. You should read the first book, Crossing the Ice, and the second Losing the Ice, before reading Taking the Ice as they all feature the same couple. Courtney and Josh. Crossing the Ice was one of my favorite books of 2014 so I feel confidant recommending it to fans of contemporary romance and ice skating everywhere. I love Jennifer Comeaux's writing. In Losing the Ice Courtney and Josh were finally paired up together and I was super excited to see them skating together, and I was even more excited to read Taking the Ice, because not only were they still skating together but this time they were going for Nationals and maybe the Olympics. Talk about high pressure.
Losing the Ice was much more somber than Crossing the Ice. So I was ready for happier times with my favorite couple. And while Taking the Ice was not without its' share of bumps in the road, I thought the overall tone of this book was light and happy. And I loved that. What I really also love about this series is that you can't always expect the happy you know they are going to win ending with Jennifer. Because I knew that from her first two books, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading. Sometimes you read books and while it might not always be going the main characters way, you just know that in the end they are going to come out victorious. While that is nice, and I certainly enjoy the warm fuuzzies it makes me feel, the air of the uncertain, especially in sports books, makes read so much more exciting. And I am so not telling you what happens with their skating. You will just have to read the story to find out.
I will say this about Taking the Ice. Courtney and Josh are as great together as ever. I just love their relationship and how solid they seem as a couple. The ice skating is as thrilling as ever, and the story and series wrapped up perfectly. I am so happy with the ending and with their overall journey. This has to be my very favorite ice skating series that I have ever read. Read the Ice series, if you haven't already. Read it now!
The Summer Marked is the second book in the Winter People series. I rea**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Summer Marked is the second book in the Winter People series. I really enjoyed the Winter People last year and I was really interested in seeing what was going to happen next. If I recall correctly, The Winter people ended in kind of a nicely wrapped up place. Salome was living happily ever (right now) with Gareth, so I was interested to see what was going to happen next. I don't think I even knew there was going to be a second book when I read the first one because it wrapped up so well.
But man, oh man was I wrong. The continuation of The Summer Marked flowed so freakin' perfectly from the end of the Winter People. Salome is plunked right in the middle of a war of the ages (or rather, seasons.) The Summer Marked really seemed to pick up the pace of the first book. There is constant movement. I really liked that about the story because, since I already knew the characters, I was able to easily become swept up in this new escalation of tensions with the summer court and the winter court. That winter queen is a real B!
I also loved that The Summer Marked is told not only from Salome's point of view, but also (though not split 50/50%. Salome gets a little more page time.) from Kadie's point of view. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to love Kadie's chapters. I remember being kind of indifferent to her in the first book and at the start of this book she started to get jealous best friend syndrome and that irked me. But I totally changed my tune. Watching Kadie in the Winter court, and even with Ettiene, had me feeling for her, and liking her way more than I thought I would.
I absolutely loved the description of the winter court. And by love, I mean was equally fascinated as I was openly horrified. The Bone yards and the display at dinner with the music and the "dancing" girl were pretty deplorable. But Rebekah does such an incredible job painting the picture for the readers that you will not be able to stop reading. There are so many other things that I loved about The Summer Marked. Like the role that Salome is playing and she doesn't even know it. And like her horse that is so adamant about defending her (youknowwhat...(view spoiler)[virtue (hide spoiler)]). The Summer Marked is a great continuation to the Winter People. It was just as good, if not better than the first book. You have hooked Ms. Purdy! I really do need more right now Rebekah!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton is a new adult supernatural standal**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** The Heartbeat Thief by A.J. Krafton is a new adult supernatural standalone that was uniquely different than anything else I have read this year. First, can we just gush over the cover for a moment? Holy cow, it is just so ethereally beautiful. I love the colors, I love the background choices- everything is just perfection in my opinion. The Heartbeat Thief , though classified as new adult, but completely clean and would be appropriate for young adult readers as well, but the character is ageless, and the writing has a literary feel, that is also very assessable, so I can just as easily see this appealing to adults.
The idea behind the Heartbeat Thief intrigued me to no end. Before I started reading, I thought Senza (the main character) was some kind of farrier of death, that she would actually steal hearts out of people. I don't know why I thought that exactly, because the hint is in the title of the book. She steals heartbeats. Just a simple swipe of her hands on a wrist, a neck, a hand, and she can grab a pulse and take a heart beat or two. How different does that sound? The heartbeats keep her eternally young. She wasn't always this way, something happens in the story that put her on this path.
It wasn't until I was about halfway through the book, and saw Senza traveling through the ages of Europe and America that it hit me that Senza reminded me of Adeline from the Age of Adeline. Classy and timeless. I loved Senza. I thought she was a beautiful person. I know she was described once as arrogant, and I couldn't disagree more. I do not recall a single arrogant moment from her. Not one. I found her to be kind, and sensible, and as the book went on, very wise. The book takes us on a journey of Senza's life, sometimes meandering, sometimes the course is uncertain, and some periods were less exciting than others, but the book comes together at the end.
I liked that the Heartbeat Thief is a standalone. The ending was perfect. It was surprising, but nicely wrapped up, very satisfying, and just a hint of something else that left you pondering. It was not open ended, but there is a sliver of light under the closed door that leaves you with the possibility of a different twist on the story. I love it when authors are able to do that. It is not an easy thing to accomplish.
P.S. I have thoughts on other characters that I would just love to discuss. Like Mr. Knell! This was senza's story so I didn't get into him too much. But if you have read this book, please please let me know and we can chat!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** This will be a mini review (although I feel like even when I say mini,**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** This will be a mini review (although I feel like even when I say mini, I end up talking and talking and talking....) because one, I think by now Huntley Fitzpatrick books are well known and beloved for being beautiful stories and two, this review can get spoilery real quick, and I don't want that to happen. Which is why I wanted to read the Boy Most Likely To so badly. I have not experienced any of Huntley's books yet, and I thought that since this was a companion book and not a sequel to the Boy Next Door that this would be the perfect opportunity. And I am really glad that I did read it first because I have a feeling that it positively influenced my reading experience.
I thought this book was going to be a fluffy contemporary romance, and it really wasn't. It was a contemporary romance but it dealt with meatier issues, which gave the book more denseness, if that makes sense. It was a full bodied contemporary, and I was really digging that about the book. Tim and Alice were so not your typical characters. Tim felt a lot older than he was to me. Probably because he was dealing with some very grown up things, all on his own. And Alice...took some time to grow on me. I'm not sure if that is because I didn't read the first book and didn't get to see her as a background character before or what. I never disliked her, I just didn't immediately see her as the leading lady. I really warmed up to her though as the book unfolded.
What I loved about The Boy Most Likely to was that it not only featured great characters and was very much about their journey as individuals, but it also had a nice slow burn romance. (think crock pot on the lowest setting...this was reallyyy slow burn.) But Huntley's writing also put a spotlight on so many different relationship dynamics- families, siblings, friends, girlfriend/boyfriends. And that was what made this book so wonderful. If you are looking for a contemporary with a bit of grit and some depth try the Boy Most Likely To. I think you are very likely to love it.
P.S. this turned out to be a full length review, and not mini at all. Such is the curse of being verbose.
Frost is a young adult norse mythology book, which kicks off a new seri**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Frost is a young adult norse mythology book, which kicks off a new series by E. Latimer. (I believe the series will be the same name as the title but I haven't found confirmation of that yet.) You all know how much I love mythology books, and frost is a great take on the Norse tales. I absolutely loved that author E. Latimer took a unique spin on the frost giants, and made them the rulers of the realm. Frost offers wonderfully imaginative writing, solid friendships, great characters, and a refreshing take with a main heroine that has her head and her intuition completely on point.
This may sound a bit strange but one of the things that I appreciated most about Frost was that both the frost and fire sides seemed to realize that they were asking a lot for a normal 17 year old girl to believe- not only that she was part frost giant, but also that their side was the side to be trusted. Loki and Erik (and no there is not a love triangle, for the record.) each realized that Megan had no reason to trust one side over the other because everything was completely new to her. I appreciated the time and space that people gave her to make her own decisions. It made the whole supernatural element of the story fit into what Megan thought was a contemporary world (kind of, other than that whole kissing and freezing a boy incident).
I could not put Frost down. really, this book was over 450 pages and I DEVOURED it in one night. It was that good. I loved watching Megan piece together court life, and figure out just what the heck was going on. What everyone's hidden agendas were. Some I could figure out on my own and some smacked me right upside the head. Romance, fighting, mythology, what more could you ask for in a book. Plus I loved the wintery setting. And if you didn't like the main character Megan, you and I need to have a serious conversation. For real. She is awesome. This book was a homerun for me. I cannot wait to see what is going to happen in book two.
Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator by Jen Klein is a young ad**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator by Jen Klein is a young adult book that made me so happy because it totally surprised me. It is the first book in an unnamed series, and I am so crazy happy that there are going to be more of these books especially because of the direction that Jen Klein took Jillian Cade in. Jillian is the daughter of a paranormal expert, whom she lovingly (not really) refers to as a con artist. That should tell you all you need to know on Jillian's stance on the paranormal.
I felt so bad for Jillian. I mean, her mom passed away, her dad is always off traveling so you can guess that there is a bit of a strain on their relationship because of that. Not to mention Jillian is kind of bitter about the whole paranormal thing because her father has basically abandoned her to tour the world, leaving her alone and without money to even pay the power bill at her house. Talk about child neglect. To keep things going Jillian heads up her dad's paranormal investigation private eye business. I loved that she made her clients jump through password hoops to protect her identity from them. She is a savvy one, which is one of the things that I immediately liked about her. She is a fighter. A sassy fighter.
Jillian and her cousin help people rid ghosts from their house, or help out with curses, and the like, even though Jillian doesn't believe in any of it. (think Psych or monk or the mentalist.) But when a new guy shows up in town, and is a big groupie of her dad he basically forces her to come along on her next assignment. Saving the popular girl at school's boyfriend from a curse. And that is about all I am going to tell you about the plotline from the book because this book is just so darn good, I don't want to spoil a thing. Whether you are going into Jillian Cade expecting a contemporary or more of a paranormal, it doesn't matter, because I guarantee you will be surprised and pleasantly so while reading. (and nope, I am not going to tell you which one of those I expected. I've even included both contemporary and paranormal in my genres as a kind of pathetic attempt to throw you off. It's not actually both. winkwink)
If you love spunky characters, a riveting plotline, some romance to boot, and not to mention the set up for what looks like it is going to be a great series, then you have the right book. Jillian Cade exceeded all of my expectations. And then some.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Like it Never Happened is a young adult contemporary book set featuring**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Like it Never Happened is a young adult contemporary book set featuring a high school drama troupe. A group of five friends and the story of their high school years. I really enjoyed reading Like it Never Happened. It reminded me of 90s shows like Salute your Shorts and Clarissa Explains it all, though I am not really sure why. It is set in contemporary 2014/2015, but it really felt like a 90s throw back to me, and I totally loved that. Like it Never Happened is author Emily Adrian's debut novel, which completely astounded me. She is an excellent writer, and she seemed so well practiced. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us readers next.
Like it never happened follows a group of 5 best friends, and their trials and tribulations in the theater at their school. Right at the start of the book they make a pack to never date one another. But I knew that was going to change at some point. I was a little excited and a little disappointing all at once with the way things played out with Charlie. It was kind of bittersweet and all at once perfect (in a weird way.) My emotions ying yanged all over the place with this book. Emily Adrian did a fantastic job of capturing the essence of high school. I think that is why I had conflicting emotions. Even if something didn't turn out the way I pictured it in my head, it felt so utterly real.
I loved Rebecca so much. She was me in this book. I am nothing like her, but while I was reading Like it Never Happened I became her. It was pretty freakin' cool. Charlie left me with mixed feelings. As did Tess a bit and Rebecca's sister Mary. Like it Never Happened kind of reminded me of Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid, but only a little bit. There are classically high school characters that are rich and each have very distinct personalities. And let's not forget that they are all drama fanatics so there is a flair for the dramatic in Like it Never Happened, but this was such a great addition to the young adult genre. I really enjoyed Like it Never Happened.
Coercion is a serial series that makes up books 1-3 in the Montana Drag**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Coercion is a serial series that makes up books 1-3 in the Montana Dragons series by Chloe Cole, who is the alter ego to NY Times best selling author, Christine Bell. The Montana Drags series is a paranormal romance series that follows two different dragons. (Where do they live, I wonder? Could it be Montana??) Books 1-3 are Drake's story and books 4-6 are Etienne's story. I liked that this serial romance was split into two sub parts like that. I grabbed Coercion book 1 because it was free on amazon. (Still is! Grab it HERE) And when I finished reading that I immediately bought the complete Coercion set. (it was only 99 cents!! Such a deal!)
Willa is a wolf shifter that was jilted by the Alpha in her pack. That whole story has an entire spin off series, in case you are interested. But You don't need to read it to enjoy and understand this series. Willa's parents leave the pack and are looking for allies to get revenge on behalf of their daughter. In the process of their plan they sign a marriage contract with a dragon shifter. Only problem is Willa had no idea. Willa's parents totally handled this situation badly. They don't tell Willa what is going on, they pull up to an abandoned road and basically strand her there. Talk about messed up and scary.
But that is only the start of the story, because then we meet Drake. Willa and Drake clash and butt heads the whole time. That was what I loved about them. They are both so strong willed and stubborn that it is an interesting match. Their story was great for a quick read that felt new and fresh. I have been really interested in Dragon shifters lately and to see one paired with a wolf shifter was not something I expected. Coercion is a great 3-part serial for fans of shifter romances. i would recommend you check it out! I want to read more Willa and Drake.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Oh Elisabeth Grace how I love you and your books! Let me count the ways**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Oh Elisabeth Grace how I love you and your books! Let me count the ways. Actually that is kind of what I am going to do. This is going to be a mini review because I have read and COMPLETELY LOVED so many of Elisabeth's new adult and adult romances that I am afraid I will get too gushy here. So I am just going to quickly run down the reasons why you need Jamie McTavish and this book in your life. ASAP.
First, I'm going to let this graphic speak for itself:
Done! Jamie McTavish is hot and swoon worthy and I would like a moment or two alone with him. Seriously, that alone is enough of a reason to make me want to read Indecision. (Not to be confused by the similarly titled and similarly covered series, Indiscretion series.)
Second, Elisabeth writes not only great romance but she writes great characters, and great plots. Great everything. Period. Her books are so engaging, and well written, you will not be able to put them down. I devoured this book in one sitting. And when I was done I seriously contemplated [picking this book right up and starting it all over again.
Third, Indecision might be my favorite book of all of hers. But please don't make me pick, because I go back and forth with a lot of them. But all of them are worthy of re-reads in my opinion and there are so few authors that I can say that about.
The takeaway here should be that is you love new adult or adult contemporary romances, love solid story building, love swoonworthy men (in uniforms!) then why the heck are you still waiting?? Indecision is the perfect book for you! Go read it now.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**My Thoughts A Sweet Possibility is the second book in the new adult/adu**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**My Thoughts A Sweet Possibility is the second book in the new adult/adult contemporary romance Archer Cove by Natalie Charles. I had no idea that this was the second book in the series at all, and it read a like a complete standalone. This line from the summary totally sold me on the book, "All baker Jessica Mallory wants is a modest thigh gap. And her own chocolate shop." I have no idea why but I love the modest thigh gap and chocolate addict conundrum. It is totally adorable and cute, just like Jessica. I also loved Nate. Pretty hard. So I think it is safe to say that A Sweet Possibility was a really sweet book. Definitely.
Jessica is quirky and funny. Kind of like a smidgen of Bridget Jones mixed in with spunk and something that is uniquely her own. And Nate is just pure adorable-ness. I could not get enough of him. I loved how infatuated he was with Jessica. Those kind of sweet crushes get me every time. Jessica gets dumped and decides to make some changes in her life to get herself together and to open her own chocolate shop. (She does it for all the wrong reasons, but nonetheless the reader knows what is going to happen.)
Nate steps in to help Jessica and watching the two of them together just made me smile. A Sweet Possibility is a bit of a predictable read, but it is predictable in all the ways you want it to be. I can't wait to read the first book in the Archer Cove series, because I am sure that it is just as fell good as this one. My only holdback with this book was something that I only noticed after I had finished reading. I know that might seem a little strange, but I was just loving every page of this story that this point didn't even cross my mind until I was done. Click to see what it was. (view spoiler)[I wanted more Jessica and Nate together. By the time the really good together stuff was happening it was the end. (hide spoiler)]
Bottom Line: A sweet Possibility is a really sweet friends to more contemporary romance. I would totally check it out, when you ate looking to satisfy your romance sweet tooth.
T.A. Foster writes great feel good romances, and Because of Sydney is n**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
T.A. Foster writes great feel good romances, and Because of Sydney is no exception. Because of Sydney is a standalone new adult contemporary romance with no cliffhanger. But even though it really does stand completely on its' own, it takes place in the same universe as her Kissing Eden series , which I absolutely loved. Because of Sydney's main character (other than Sydney, who is new to the books) is Mason, Grey's Uncle- who-is-really-his-age. When we last saw Mason he was dating Eden's friend Taylor.
Because of Sydney starts out with Mason completely single and very much back in his business state of mind, looking for a new land development deal. I loved that we got to see Mason's story because you can just tell from the get go that this is a complex guy. There is a lot brewing in that head of his. And I was super excited to slip on in there and make myself comfy to watch his story.
Sydney is a fresh faced college grad trying to make her way in the hard hitting world of journalism. I love that she works for a digital magazine, because let's face it- that is where journalism is today. It would have felt stuffy and forced to me if she was sitting in a newsroom cranking out a newspaper. #IsThatOnlyMe? Sydney wants to get the inside scoop on the land development deal, which lands her square in Mason's path. Oh boy, can you feel the sparks from here??
Because of Sydney was such a fun and flirty read. My only hiccup was when Sydney went against who she was and told Mason that she was a "just for fun" girl. There is nothing wrong with just for fun, if that is what you want. But Sydney so clearly didn't want that, and that kind of set up always has me groaning a little. It reminded me of the movie He's Just Not that Into You, when the girls are talking about being the rule and being the exception. Girls always think they can change the guy, but that isn't the rule, that is the exception. Anyways it was just a small hiccup because like I said this is a feel good book. HintHint WinkWink. If you are new to the Kissing Eden universe, you can read this story first and it does stand completely on its' own, but I would personally recommend starting with Kissing Eden, so you can get to know Eden and Grey and the island of South Padre a little better. But either way, you can't go wrong with any of these books. T.A. Foster is a great writer!
My Thoughts Winter's Bride is the first book in an adult paranormal roma**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
My Thoughts Winter's Bride is the first book in an adult paranormal romance series, called the Elders of the Seasons. The first book follows the winter lord. I loved the concept behind the Elders of the Seasons. There are four elders that rule the land. Each one of them gets to take a turn to rule, during...you guessed it, their season. The other piece to the story that I really loved was that the Elders all lived together in this one city. It was a tiny town because while the elders were not mean per se they were pretty scary to a lot of people, so there are not too many people that move to live closer to them, but the people that do live there have a pretty good life.
Winter's Bride follows the story of Dawn, a young woman in this small town and the Winter Lord. The Winter Lord has never had any interest in marrying, until a string of events surrounding one of the other elders has forced him into taking a bride. And then he meets Dawn....What was actually really sweet was that Dawn has had a crush/ infatuation with the Winter Lord for as long as she can remember. I liked the interaction between the Winter Lord and Dawn, and I really liked the concept and the storyline.
My only issue with Winter's Bride was that Dawn sometimes seemed like a lost little girl. She was a bit naiive, which didn't fit in the situations she found herself in. Some of the scenes were a bit over the top as well. The Winter Lord was hard to get a read on as well. I would have liked to see a bit more inside his head to get a better idea of what he was thinking and truly feeling. But the pull of the elders kept me more than enough interested in the storyline. I can't wait to see where Nellie C. Lind is going to take it next.
The Boomerang series has been one that I have been wanting to read for**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Boomerang series has been one that I have been wanting to read for a long time. And the plot summary of Bounce appealed to me the most out of all three books so far, so I decided, why not? Let's start with number Bounce. And I am so glad that I did. Bounce was such a fun read and honestly, it was a giant "awh" book. That is the only way I know how to describe it. Bounce made me say "awh" so many times while reading it. If you are looking for a cute book that will put a perma smile on your face, read Bounce.
I like that so many of the characters from the series play such large roles in Bounce. That will be great fun for fans that have read the entire series, but it was also great for me as a first time reader because I felt like I got to know them, even thought I hadn't read their stories yet. I loved Skyler. She was interesting and watching her with Grey was a giant Awh all the time. Skyler needs money and she is roped into auditioning for a role in a movie with her actor friend Beth. Guess what? Skyler gets the role and her life turns into a big whirlwind adventure after that. With lots of ups and downs and luckily, lots of Grey.
Grey just melted my heart. I loved that he was positively smitten with Skyler from the very start. It was a refreshingly new take on new adult. Even though Grey was far from innocent, his adorable fascination with Skyler seemed cute and innocent to me. I was rooting for him from the very first scene. I can't get enough of him. This was a cuter new adult story than I was expecting, and it turns out that I loved that so much about Bounce. Yes, there are road bumps and obstacles and some not so light topics touched on in the book, but still the overall feeling was fun, flirty and so utterly adorable. Fans of the Boomerang series will fall in love with Grey. And fans that are new to the series should start with Bounce. I was really happy that I did!
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**In the Dark is the second book in a new, new adult contemporary romance**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**In the Dark is the second book in a new, new adult contemporary romance series from Monica Murphy. It's called the Rules Series and these books just keep getting better and better. The Rules Series is follows Shep, his friend Gabe and his cousin Tristan. I enjoyed Shep's story, Fair Game, but I knew right away that I wouldn't be able to wait for Gabe's story. Gabe was a breath of fresh air in In the Dark.
The story is told in alternating points of view between Lucy and Gabe. Lucy is house sitting for the summer in a super fancy home, and Gabe and his family are renting the house next door. Gabe was totally taken with Lucy the moment that he saw her, and I loved that about him. I loved that he was not afraid to be completely smitten by her. And I could see why he was. Lucy is great. Sweet, but with some spunk in her. Gabe and Lucy come from two different worlds, and fittingly the book is kind of split into two different parts- their summer and the school year.
I think you will be able to tell where the bumps, drama and road blocks pop up. Not in their blissful summer where they were in their own little Lucy and Gabe bubble. College brought them back to the realities of their situations, and things started to get a little bumpy. Why? Oh yea, because Lucy let Gabe think she was a rich girl. Not the biggest insurmountable problem in the world, but it was just enough for Monica Murphy to works her magic blend of lighthearted agnst that I love with my romances. It wasn't too much, and it didn't take away from the really sweet and wonderful romance that was going on. Just enough to keep it interesting.
In the Dark is a great follow up to Fair Game. I really am digging the Rules Series. They are great beach reads. I have to admit that I am still a little hesitant about Tristan's story. He still seems like the biggest jerk. Monica Murphy is going to have to work her magic on him. I know this series is going to be a big hit with tons of readers of new adult contemporary. This was a great, sexy and fun read.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis is the first in a young adult ser**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Cage of Deceit by Jennifer Anne Davis is the first in a young adult series called the Reign of Secrets series. It is a young adult fantasy series that totally rocked my world! It is one of my favorite books of 2015. It might even take the top spot on my best of the best 2015 list. It was seriously that good. This is my first book I've read by Jennifer and I have to say, I will be reading many more. Not to mention I even dreamt about Cage of Deceit last night. I have been itching to read the second book.
I loved the disclaimer that she put on page one, about the kind of book this is and the kind of book it is not. It is not a book that wraps up nice and neatly by itself. It is most definitely part of a series and there will be loose ends. You are warned. Allyssa is princess of Emperion, the biggest empire in the world. I really liked so much about Allyssa and her family and their reign. This was not a dysfunctional family story of a poor little mistreated princess. Allyssa has great parents and a great relationship with them and she loves her country. But war is on the horizon and Cage of Deceit sets the stage for this worldwide turmoil. I do wish I had paid a little more attention to the very lovely map provided at the start of the story because the geography of the countries and their borders is important. I would recommend taking a picture of the map so you can refer to it while reading.
Allyssa is kind and super stubborn. She wants to feel free and be able to do what she wants, but on the other hand she is always super sensitive to the fact that she has duties that are larger than herself. I thought she was a wonderfully complex and multi faceted character. Much like Jarvit, Odar, Maverk, and all of the characters in this rich and detailed fantasy. I would re-read this book over and over again. I kind of want to pick it up and do just that right now.
And the romance! Ah, I want to keep this book couple with me for all time! I love them so much! And it was all about the build up and the journey with them. This is the very definition of slow burn romance. There is only a single kiss in Cage of Deceit but I thought it was one of the most romantic books I have read in a long time. And that was pretty magical and impressive on Jennifer Anne Davis' part. She gets major props in my book for that.
There is no magic in Cage of Deceit. But there is lots of good ole fashion fantasy elements, including kick ass world building, lots of castley- empires, lots of sword fighting and dagger throwing and characters are are engaging and fascinating. I cannot recommend this book enough. It is perfect for fans of Mary E. Pearson, Maria V. Snyder (yes, even though there is no magic) and Rae Carson. Everyone needs to read Cage of Deceit! Everyone.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Tangled Up in Blue is the first book in the new adult contemporary roma**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Tangled Up in Blue is the first book in the new adult contemporary romance series, Ikana College by author J.D. Brick. I really liked that Tangled Up in Blue was told in dual narrative, and I really did like the two main characters- Blue and Keegan. But the story fell a little flat for me. On one hand, the romance was interesting and the story was solidly good. Fans of new adult will enjoy the romance and the college setting. But people who are getting burnt out on new adult, or who dislike new adult that is all the same, this may not be the book for you.
For the record, let me say, that I am not burnt out on New Adult. New Adult contemporary romance is my favorite age group for contemporary romance. But Tangled up in Blue felt very generic as far as new adult romances went. It was good, but it wasn't anything different to make it stand out in my mind. But now, let's talk about what I did like in Tangled up in Blue. I liked the set up. I liked that Keegan was thrown into this big party house, which was totally not her scene. It made for lots of built in roommates (characters) for the story. I liked the way J.D. Brick used dramatic elements in this story. She didn't just keep throwing drama in your face, but it was kind of there in the background, in the form of a kind of sort of ex, Blue's mysterious past and Keegan's stalker of course.
The stalker storyline, by the way...totally creeped me out! I would have flipped if that happened to me. Keegan way handling it too calmly in my opinion. So why wasn't this story a bigger hit with me? Something about Blue's connection with Keegan felt off. Cheesy maybe? I'm not exactly sure. I liked it, and it has all the ingredients that would make this a new adult hit with me. And while the end result was something that I enjoyed, it didn't become the home run I was hoping for. The story felt long in parts.
Bottom Line: This is a good, but kind of generic new adult contemporary romance. If you can't get enough of the new adult genre and like your romances a little on the cheesy side, Tangled up in Blue would be a great pick for you. If you are a little worn out on New Adult, I would say pass on this one. Will I be continuing on in the series? Maybe. I am interested in what is going to happen next, so we will see.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Where to start with this one? Letters to Zell is a hilarious and zany r**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**Where to start with this one? Letters to Zell is a hilarious and zany ride that takes what we knew of fairy tale princesses and turns it on its' head. Told in letter format, Letters to Zell starts off with a letter to Zell (Rapunzel) from Ceci (Cinderella- but don't call her that! She hates it!). Apparently, Zell up and left her princess friends to run off and tend to Unicorns. Zell, Ceci, Bianca (Snow White) and Rory (Sleeping Beauty) are all a part of a book club, and the other princesses are not too happy that Zell left them without any notice.
The letters drop you right in the middle of their world, and it takes a good bit of time to get your bearings. Since the book is told in letter format, and alternates between the princesses, the author- Camille Greip, has to weave details into each letter. Although this method took longer than a couple setting the stage paragraphs or even chapters would have, it felt more authentic to the story telling method. If these princesses were really writing letters to their friend, they wouldn't explain the world they all grew up in, in one go around. (If my friend wrote me a letter and described Florida, it would be one bizarre letter.) So even though this often left me a bit confused until I could gather enough details to paint a picture of the world, I kind of liked it. It made me feel like I was on a scavenger hunt of sorts.
Let's talk a little bit about the letters. They completely cracked me up! I loved Binaca's. She is so crass. All of her letters started with "Important F-ing Correspondence from Snow B. White" Bianca is also still living out the pages of her story, so her letters were of particular interest to me. The book on a whole was a lot of fun to read. I loved the concept of these princesses bonding together and doing something so ordinary as drinking (a lot!) and having a book club. Parts of the story did seem to drag on a bit, and I had to put the book down a few times and pick it up again later, but overall, I enjoyed this story.
Letters To Zell reminded me of the song "Fairytale" by Sara Bareilles. Where all of the Fairy tales have taken a decidedly less happy(and maybe more realistic?) turn than their happily ever after. Each of these princesses are trying to figure out what they really want to do with their lives. I think this is a great book for people in their 20s to read, because I feel like we all are trying to figure out our passions and what we really want to do. And I think everyone has at some point wondered, or known someone who has wondered, if the path they were on was the right one. This takes that idea, throws in some adventure, princesses and a whole lot of wine, and takes us on a journey to answer that questions. And there are a lot of laughs, and some behavior unbecoming of fairytale princesses, along the way.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Alive is one of those young adult books that has such a cool concept, t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Alive is one of those young adult books that has such a cool concept, that you can't not read it. Alive is about a teenage girl that gets a heart transplant, and then some strange and dare-I-say-it... creepy, things begin to happen. You cannot tell me that story doesn't sounds, original and flat out awesome, can you? Nope, I didn't think so. Alive is a great read. One that will leave you more than a little spooked.Stella is a character that I think could be very polarizing in the young adult book world. I can certainly see people getting frustrated with her, but it was really easy for me to put myself in her shoes and imagine how hard her recovery and every day life must be. I haven't gone through anything as traumatic as having a bad heart or needing a transplant, but Stella is a very easily relate-able character.
Sure, she gets a bit of first boyfriend tunnel- vision, and sure she takes a couple craps on her friends, but put in context of everything that was going on, I got it. Now, don't get me wrong. I didn't give her a free pass for being a crappy friend more than once during Alive. In fact, I wanted to shake her every single time I imagined Henry's hurt feelings. Stella kind of went on a path of teenage destruction in parts of Alive. She is lucky that her friends are so awesome, because I know a lot of people that wouldn't not put up with half of her decisions. I know it seems like I am hating on Stella. but I'm not. Because even through everything I just mentioned, I was still on Team Stella. Why? Because of Chandler's writing. Chandler Baker made me care for Stella, because I understood Stella's motivations.
I love Henry. I shipped hard for him in this book. Levi totally creeped me out. He was not a bad boy that made me swoon at all. But then again, how could anyone steal my attention from Henry. I just wanted to hug him from the very first text that Stella sent him. (and I hadn't even met him yet!)
Chandler's writing was the highlight of Alive for me. It was thought provoking writing. I loved the idea that an organ might not just be an organ. That it might carry some impressions, and history from its' previous owner. That concept alone has a ton of ramifications, and interesting ideas to explore. Alive is the product of that thought, and I loved seeing where Chandler Baker took it. So whether you end up loving Stella or hating Stella, I think there is something for everyone to enjoy, and to think about, in Alive.
3.5/5 Wild Hearts is the fourth standalone title in Bloomsbury's young a**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
3.5/5 Wild Hearts is the fourth standalone title in Bloomsbury's young adult contemporary "If Only" romance line centered around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have! Each of the books has a cute if only sentence, and Wild Hearts' is "If Only...their fathers didn't hate each other." Brie's father is a land developer and he is hired to create a new hotel in a small rural town...where wild mustangs run. I bet you can guess that the town is not too happy with that. And cue, Logan's father being the mad ranch hand. Along with the rest of the towns people.
I thought Wild Hearts was a very cute little romance. It was very light hearted and a read that will make you feel good. For being an irate town of protesters, I thought that Logan was actually very welcoming. Maybe a little too welcoming, if that makes any sense. My only snag with Wild Hearts was that most of the town was so nice and understanding. Which normally, I would love. But these people hated Brie's father, they were protesting on their front yard the first night they were there, but the sheriff told them to stop and they all backed off. I would have thought that if the community was as small as it seemed that the sheriff would be on the side of the townspeople, but everyone seemed so logical. At one point Logan was like, well your dad has all the proper permits so there isn't really anything we can do. WTF? haha it just seemed bizarre for a teenage boy that was so connected with the horses to act so calm and rational about everything.
But I suppose if my only hang up on the story was that everyone in the town was too nice, I guess that isn't really a bad thing. It was just a little surprising how quickly Logan took to Brie because I would have thought he would have really disliked her. At least at first. But Logan and Brie were super cute together. I loved watching them with the horses. Wild Hearts was just a whole lot of fun. I have read a couple of the books in the If Only story line, and they are true standalones. I wouldn't even call If Only a series. It is just a line of books, by different authors that center around the theme that you want what you can't have. Which is the perfect thing for young adult books. There are so many ways authors can go with it. And Wild Hearts was a great take on the If Only line. A cute read for any time of the year.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Blackmail Boyfriend is a whole new genre for author Chris Cannon. I lov**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Blackmail Boyfriend is a whole new genre for author Chris Cannon. I love her going down in flames series, and I love contemporary romances, so I was happy to give this one a read. And I did enjoy it! I think I like her paranormal series more, but this was a cute little read. Blackmail Boyfriend starts out with the kind of crazy twisted web of lies, that made me want to run and grab a snack before I went on a little further. Let me set the stage for you:
Bryce has a crazy ex girlfriend that doesn't get that they are broken up. Bryce hooks up with a popular girl Haley over the weekend and decides to start telling people (I think to send a message to his ex that they are over.) Popular Haley uses another Haley's name because popular Haley recently got back together with her beefcake on again, off again boy toy, and she doesn't want him to get mad at her. "Other Haley" (our main character) shows up at school on Monday hearing these rumors that she hooked up with Bryce. Meanwhile, "other Haley" can never find a boyfriend because her older, and majorly intimidating, older brothers scare all guys away. So when Bryce realizes he used the wrong Haley's name, he tries to set the record straight. But "other (our) Haley" decides to use this to her advantage. She forced Bryce into a fake relationship to make other guys see that even with her brothers she is still datable and approachable. Still with me?
And don't worry, I didn't spoil anything because all of that happened in the first chapter of the book. So as you can tell, it was a flurry of fast acting, and yes sometimes immature reactions. I knew I was in for one wild, and fun!, ride. It took me a while to adjust myself to the speedy pace of the book, and to warm up to the characters, but once I did, I really enjoyed Blackmail Boyfriend. Haley and Bryce were cute with each other, mostly because I think everything about the whole situation took them each by surprise. It is a high school ride that completely reminded me of a teen high school soap opera.
Blackmail Boyfriend is great for fans of high school romances. It was at times a little immature, but always a whole lot of fun. So buckle up and get ready for a fast paced good time with Blackmail Boyfriend.
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Awake is a young adult thriller. I absolutely love the cover of Awake w**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** Awake is a young adult thriller. I absolutely love the cover of Awake with the rose and the barbed wire, and the concept of a cult, because I don't read too many books with cults in them. I was in the mood for something creepy, and I had heard amazing things about Natasha's last book, the Cellar. Alas, Awake didn't work out quite the way I wanted it too. I liked it alright, but it certainly wasn't my favorite. Most of the reason that I didn't flat out hate this book was because the concept was intriguing to me, and I genuinely wanted to see where the author was going to go with it. Which to me means that Natasha's Preston's writing was not the issue for me. Awake was a technically solid book, as far as writing goes.
First, and this is a minor point, but the summary says that Scarlett couldn't remember anything before the age of 5, but the story has the age at 4. I know that is a little point, but honestly 5 in the story would have been better. Because I can't remember anything before the age of 4! (or 5 for that matter) The things that I do remember, I am pretty sure are not my own memories, but rather memories of stories that other people have told me. But fine, if Scarlett is freaked out because her lack of memories feels scary or weird to her, I could get on board with that. It is everyone else's reactions that had me pulling me hair. They were flat out shocked whenever they found out that she couldn't remember. Like it was the weirdest thing they had ever heard. And that was where the author started to lose me. It felt like a disconnect with the summary and with the story. I know that sounds weird so let me try and explain that means. (I have seen different versions of the summary floating around as I format this post, but the issues with the story remain the same. These things still bugged me even though the summary cleared it up. I am glad that the summary was modified though, I think that will help with other readers checking out Awake.)
My other main issue was with Summary Noah and Noah in the story. In the summary, it makes Noah seem like he is going to be protecting Scarlett from the cult, but then when I was reading the book, it really did not seem to be that way. You do get more answers as the story progresses but I couldn't connect with either of the characters because they just seemed so out there to me. Noah is creepy beyond belief and Scarlett just fell flat for me. I found Awake to be confusing and too many things just didn't jive and add up in my mind to make this story work. Fans of creepy stories and cults and darker versions of people (think really messed up) might get the appeal of Awake. I wanted this book to work out for me, but it just didn't. I didn't hate it, but I really didn't love it either.