Reap and Repent is the first book in the Reaper Series. It is an urban**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Reap and Repent is the first book in the Reaper Series. It is an urban fantasy series about reapers and about a new mysterious untrained reaper. I love the concept of the book, and I think the rest of the series has potential, but the first book was a little bumpy for me. I still liked it, but I didn't love it as much as I initially hoped that I would. I read another book (I can't remember the name) about a girl that could see aura colors for different paranormal creatures and I was fascinated by that idea. So when I found out that this main character, Ruth could see aura colors and could use that to determine when someone would die and what they were feeling, I was super excited to see what kind of world Lisa Medley had created with her reapers. And I did really like the world of her reapers.
I loved that instead of being scary that within the first (really second) meeting between Ruth and Deacon, he was calming her down. I would love to have him send some of his calming juice my way. That is a cool little trick. I also love the aura aspect and how it fits into their role as a reaper. Plus, there are plenty of other paranormals in the mix to keep this story fresh and exciting.
My bumps came from Ruth and Deacon's connection. I liked Ruth and I liked Deacon, and I even liked them together. But, I didn't really believe Deacon's initial connection and attachment to Ruth. It felt rushed to me, and because of that I couldn't enjoy many of their early scenes together. They certainly jumped together pretty quickly. I think the next book might be better because we have gotten to know the characters and the foundation has been laid, but it was a jumpy start for me.
I did really like the concept and the world, so I think I will give the next book in the series a go. The nice thing about this series is that the first three books are already out. They were each released within a week of each other, and the first book is currently free. So if you like urban fantasy and are interested in a reaper romance, grab a copy of Reap and Repent for free now.
Fall For Me is the first book in the Ladder Company Series. The Ladde**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Fall For Me is the first book in the Ladder Company Series. The Ladder Company Series is a group of new adult standalone contemporary romances each about a different brother (or sister) in a family of 14 firefighters. I think there are 4 Hayes siblings currently working at Ladder Company One. I like this series style and I think it works best with a large group of friends or a family dynamic so I am predicting great things for the Ladder Company Series. Told in dual narrative between the main guy and main girl it is sure to be a hit with fans of new adult contemporary romances.
I read a lot of new adult contemporary romance and I read them in all romance tropes. But I have to say, one trope that I do not read that much is one where one of the ultimate couple to be is in a relationship with someone else for much of the book. Because it can leave me feeling conflicted. This was not a cheating book. Jameson and Mel only shared one kiss and both of them felt awful about it, but it was clear that they had feelings for each other. So that made me feel a little better about the setup. And Jameson's girlfriend was a crazy B. But still I did feel kind of bad for her at some points in the story, but then she would go and do something so crazy that I kind of wanted to kill her and I was back to wanting her out of the picture, like, yesterday.
Mel is beyond great. I loved her as the main character of Fall for Me. She is a sweetheart, and freakin' hilarious. She is great, it is no wonder that the entire Hayes family is half way in love with her as soon as they meet her. She has a streak of crazy in her but it is the interesting kind of crazy, not the kill you in your sleep kind of crazy. Which makes her a perfect match for Jameson.
Jameson and Mel are great. I did want to shake Jameson about a million times though. I have no idea why he continued to stay with his crazy girlfriend. There were no feelings there, not even really friendship. They were just awful to each other, so I didn't get why he continued to stay. But to each their own. The story line of Fall for Me was a really cool mix of romance, a dash of drama and even a bit of suspense thrown in. I love that the mystery aspect was not solved in this book and will most likely be something that is carried over into the next book. I would read these books in order for that reason.
This is a great steamy and flirty new adult contemporary romance with a good amount of humor thrown in. I think it will be great for fans of Sawyer Bennett. This was my first JC Emery book, but I know it won't be my last. Not by a long shot.This review was originally posted on Book Briefs...more
Finding Paris is a young adult contemporary/mystery. The set up is**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 3.5/5
Finding Paris is a young adult contemporary/mystery. The set up is instantly intriguing. It is a story about two sisters in Las Vegas. Paris, the older sister demands a post break-up pie trip in the middle of the night and ends of disappearing in the middle of it. She leaves her sister a clue and tells her to come find her and that she needs help. What starts out as a kind of unconventional scavenger hunt, becomes more and more mysterious as the book progresses. I really liked Finding Paris. It is part scavenger hunt, part mystery, part romance, and more secrets than you can count. Hold on to your seat and get ready to go on a twisty, turn-y adventure with this one.
I don't know whether to be impressed with Paris or disturbed. Maybe a little bit of both, but I will say one thing for her. No matter what it seems like at any given time, she really loves her sister Leo. And the sibling relationship aspect of Finding Paris is kind of beautiful, even amidst all of the chaos that is happening. I loved hearing about their memories and the things that they did together.
On that pie run, Leo meets Max, and he kind of gets wrapped up in the whole adventure. I liked Max. I am a little unsure what kind of person would go on a middle of the night scavenger hunt with someone he just met, but I was happy that he was a part of the book. I loved reading and learning everyone's secrets. And his was a doozy. Actually, everyone's were.
I think Finding Paris will take a lot of people by surprise. I don't think there is anyway for someone to predict just all the twists and turns and plot reveals that Joy Preble has waiting around corners for readers. This book was very masterfully done. A few of the reveals were very shocking, and while It wasn't the ending I was hoping for or even guessing as a possibility, it was a very cool real. I liked that each page was a surprise for me. I just let go and enjoyed the ride.
Dream of Me is the first book in the young adult (potentially young new**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Dream of Me is the first book in the young adult (potentially young new adult) paranormal romance series, called the Dream Maker Series. Lately, I have been really drawn to paranormal books that feature different or new creatures. Something that I haven't read a bunch of times before. And 2015 has been great for that. So far I have read my first Genie book and now I have a sandman book to add to my lists. The idea of the sandman is interesting and I have to say, I kind of love what Quinn Loftis did with him
The sandman doesn't visit every person every night. That is a myth. People are capable of generating their own dreams. But, instead in Quinn Loftis' dream world, the sandman visits people that he is told will have some sort of big impact and his job is to give them a hint or glimpse of their potential destiny. Things don't always world out as planned though, because people still have free will. He has no influence on their waking actions.
And then when you insert the romance aspect of the story, it gets really interesting. Dair has become more than infatuated with the kind hearted Serentiy and wants to make himself known to her. I liked Dair a lot. He is very old fashioned and a perfect gentleman. Serenity is a sweet heart too. I liked them together and she is right, their chemistry is off the charts. Together they seemed almost too polite and too proper. But it worked for them. But there is more to the story than just the romance. There is also a bit of a mystery with Serenity and another young girl Emma that shows up in dreams as well. I thought that was a cool addition to the story.
I liked Emma, but she seemed wayy too old for an eight year old. I know she is supposed to be some kind of genius, but she didn't seem like a child at all. She seemed like a worldly woman in her 40s. I wish she still has some remnant of the eight year old she was in her genius little brain. Putting that aside, Dream of Me is a solid start to an interesting series. Plus, look at that cover? I just love to stare at it. I know this sounds silly, but I hope the next book has another wow worthy cover. If you are looking for a new paranormal creature to learn about, try dreaming about the sandman.
Getting Lucky Number Seven is my favorite kind of new adult cont**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Getting Lucky Number Seven is my favorite kind of new adult contemporary romance. I love the flirty nature of the friends to something more trope, I love the URST, I love nerdy humor, and I love a good college bucket list. So I knew this book was meant to be for me. And I loved it just as much as I was expecting to. It was such a fun read. I was so sure that I would love this book that I signed up for two blogs tours for it by accident. Opps. Sometimes I get a little overly excited for a book. But I was happy that I did for Getting Lucky Number Seven. I loved cute and adorable awkward science nerd Lyla. And I beyond loved her friendship with hot and smart hockey/science guy Beck. It was a winning formula for me.
Lyla is an awesome girl, but she feels a little invisible to guys. When her roommate set her up on a group date at the start of the book and she overheard those mean comments, something inside of me broke a little for her. She didn't deserve that at all. So I don't blame her for wanting to try some new things. So she created her college bucket list. I don't feel like she was changing herself for a guy because she was still the same girl. She changed her clothes, but as she pointed out, she wasn't even sure that what she was wearing before was her style. She just wore it to hide. Lyla is a strong girl, and I don't think she would do anything that she didn't want to do for herself. I loved her journey of self discovery. And of course, I loved her interactions with Beck.
Beck is an awesome friend. Lyla was his lab partner, and since then they have developed a completely platonic sunday movie night tradition. Beck is a solidly great guy. He drops everything for Lyla- always. And watching him squirm while she checked off items on her bucket list had me giggling. They are just too cute. Don't worry, there are roadblocks, and character discoveries and development that make Getting Lucky Number Seven more than just a fluff read. Beck's family situation is very tough, in a non-conventional way. I think Getting Lucky Number Seven has something for everyone.
If you like romance or romantic comedy books at all, Getting Lucky Number Seven is a must read for you.
Hot @nd Nerdy is the compilation of the three books in the Hot @nd Ne**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Hot @nd Nerdy is the compilation of the three books in the Hot @nd Nerdy trilogy by Shannyn Schroeder. I picked up this book to read the last story, Her Winning Formula and to have all three of the books in one place. I knew after I read the first book, Her Best Shot, that this was a series formula that I was going to love. First, I love that the books are told in dual narrative between each of the main guys and girls and I think you all know by now that is my favorite story telling narrative method. and Second, the trilogy follows a group of three friends. The books are each of their stories, BUT the cool part is that each of the books take place in roughly the same time period. For example, Her Best Shot is the story of Layla and Phin. Layla was on her way to spend spring break with her friend Felicity when her car broke down and she met Phin. The third book, Her Winning Formula is Felicity's story and it takes place on their spring break trip that Layla was supposed to go on. What a cool concept right? I loved reading them all and seeing how they each fit together.
Here are my full reviews of books 1 & 2 in case you want to check them out. I will be recaping them in this compilation:
Her Best Shot Her Perfect Game Her Best Shot, the first book, is the story of Layla and Phin. Layla is super smart. She picks up on things almost immediately, she loves to be in control and she hates losing at things. She is beyond your average nerd. I love that her dream job is as a code analyst. Phin could not be more different, where Layla likes to calculate odds and plan her moves out ahead, Phin is much more a fly by the seat of your pants kind of guy. And this is defiantly a story of opposites attract. Her Best Shot is perfect for when you are looking for a quick, pick me up read. The romance is great and the characters are likable.
Her Perfect Game, the second book, was almost completely about Charlie, Win, and Jonah. Her friends only showed up in phone call cameo's and the book was split between a con and hacking convention, both of which took place in Chicago over the same weekend. I loved that you had to passed a series of secret tests and challenges before you were even invited to participate in the hacking competition. Charlie is good. Really good. It was so cool to get a little insight into the things that she could do. I have no idea if these types of conventions exist for hackers, but I am so hoping that they do. And the fact that companies send people to scout them for jobs, is so freakin' awesome!
The Third book, Her Winning Formula is Felicity's story. In it we finally get to travel on that spring break trip that was promised in book 1. Felicity is the only one of the three friends that actually makes it on the trip. Felicity is a science whiz. These ladies are the coolest kind of nerds. I loved how diverse their interests were, but they were still such great friends. Felicity's story has great romance and characters too, and it fits in great with the other two. I'm not sure whose story I liked more Felicity or Charlie's. It's a toss up. I love how Shannyn Schroeder has created the perfect blend between a shorter story that reads really fast, and enough detail to make the story feel full and complete.
I am really hoping for a fourth book that has all the girls together. Maybe the can finally go on that trip together that they always wanted. Or maybe it could be an NSA/computer security issue that Charlie, Layla and Jonah need to tackle. I just want more. If you like new adult, this is a series that you should be reading. But like I said before, the real winner here is how Shannyn Schroeder structured the trilogy. I just love that all of the stories take place in the same time frame. The Hot & Nerdy series is a very cool concept, one that I would like to see more of in New Adult. I want to read 50 more books like these.
Hot & Nerdy Trilogy Her Best Shot #1 Her Perfect Game #2 Her Winning Formula #3
Halfway Perfect is a young adult novel by Julie Cross and Mark Per**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 3.5/5
Halfway Perfect is a young adult novel by Julie Cross and Mark Perini. It is about the not so pretty underside of the modeling world. I loved that Julie Cross paired up with a model turned writer to collaborate on this book. I thought that both Julie Cross and Mark Perini did an excellent job. I felt like I was at the castings with Eve, Elana and Alex. And while this book was darker than I initially thought it would be, it was a really good read.
Eve used to be an up and coming model when she was a young teenager, and then something happened and she walked away from the whole world right after she landed a huge designer shoot. It was scandalous. But Eve didn't care so much about the rumors that spread about her, and she starts the story enrolled at Columbia. I loved that she worked hard against everything working against her and got herself to an ivy league school. Props to her! In fact, overall I really loved Eve. There were a few minor incidents and things where I didn't agree with her decisions, but overall, I thought she was a great character. And the way that Julie Cross and Mark Perini slowly fed you more breadcrumb tidbits about her life and her past made it seem like we were always getting to know her better and better. I liked that. She was constantly developing as a character.
And her and Alex are so darn cute together. I loved the nicknames that gave each other in their phone. And I really liked how each of them interacted with Elana, who I thought was the most mature 14 year old in the world. I don't know how she did it all at such a young age. Halfway Perfect is part drama, part romance, part fictionalized expose, and totally addictive. I think this would make a great CW show. It has all the juicy drama that makes those shows fun. Halfway Perfect is a great read for those people that enjoy upper young adult romances with a side of drama and a dash of grit.
Flirty Dancing is such a fun read. It kind of reminded me of the Britis**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Flirty Dancing is such a fun read. It kind of reminded me of the British Georgia Nickelson series. Laugh out loud antics with a refreshingly levelheaded main character. I don't know how to best describe Bea. She is her own person, she is nice, has a good little group of friends (most of the time), is quirky funny, has eclectic interests and is such a great big sister. She just seems like a well rounded girl that I would love to be friends with. And she brings Flirty Dancing to life. I loved watching her Jive. The more she jive danced, the happier she got. It was like she just started glowing as the book went on. I know that sounds kind of dramatic and strange, but dancing really brought Bea to life. It was lovely to see.
In Flirty Dancing, a show like Britain's got Talent, was search for high school students all across the country. First up was dancing. And Bea's school was one of the schools on the auditions list, so naturally the whole school went crazy forming dance groups. First, of all I give Bea major props for even deciding to do a dance. She didn't have any training and she was already kind of picked on at school. And both of her best friends joined other dance groups, leaving Bea all alone. (I think if she really wanted to she could have joined Betty's group, but that is besides the point.) Just deciding to try out, won Bea huge points in my book. And then her grandma talked her into doing jive and swing dancing. I loved the throw back feel, plus I think Jive dancing is awesome. I had big band music playing in my head every time I watched Bea practice.
And then can we talk about Ollie?? And how awesome he is. This is a guy that is genuinely nice and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. I wish that more Ollie's went to my high school. He is a rare breed. He didn't even think twice about dancing with Bea, when his sister paired them up. He was never anything but totally nice and fun with her. I just loved Ollie. When Bea was made fun on right off the bat in the book, I was kind of worried that Ollie was going to take some warming up to her, because he was the hot guy, but that wasn't the case at all. Ollie is a gem.
Flirty Dancing is the first book in the Ladybirds series. The second book is already out in Australia and Britain, but I don't think we will get it until next year sometime. It is Betty's story. The Ladybirds is the name of the group that Bea, Betty, Kat and Pearl (the mean one.) formed when they were younger. I want to find out more about Pearl and Kat because I don't know what caused Pearl to turn into a mean girl, and Kat disappointed me with her sheep-ness in this book. But Jenny McLachlan is an author that I want to see lots more of. I love her writing style. Humor seems effortless in Flirty Dancing. I was smiling and laughing with every turn of the page. If you are looking for a Laugh out loud, flirty fun read, look no further than Flirty Dancing. It is great.
I love C.J. Duggan's books. She can write the heck out of New Adult con**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I love C.J. Duggan's books. She can write the heck out of New Adult contemporary romances. As an author on my auto-buy list, I was super excited to be a part of the Paradise City blog tour. Paradise City is the first book in C.J.'s Paradise series, which is a new adult contemporary romance series. Even though the main character is in high school, this had more of a new adult feel to it. Maybe younger new adult or a ya/na crossover. It is a little different than her Summer Boys series, in that each book does not work as a standalone. Here, you will need to read the series in order. And here, there is a cliffhanger. It caught me off guard because I have never experienced a cliffhanger in any of C.J. Duggan's other books, so I wasn't expecting it at all. And it is quite the cliffhanger, at that.
Cliffhanger aside, Paradise City is the same brand of feel good, fun and sexy romance that I have come to love from this author. I can't wait for the next book in the series already. Lexie grew up home schooled in a tiny Australian town. She is super smart, and for her 11th grade year in high school, her parents have finally agreed to let her move in with her aunt and cousin in the bigger town of Paradise. Lexie was so adorably excited about moving and going to a real high school. She was like a kid in the candy store when she got to Paradise. I loved it. She wanted ALL THE TEENAGE EXPERIENCES. And any good reader of new adult knows that means teenage romance.
I loved the way the students at school were divided into one of three different houses. I have no idea if that is how it is actually done in high school in Australia, but I would like to imagine that it is. Lexie totally got the best house too- Gilmore. (Gave me a total Gilmore Girls flashback) That is the house for the smart kids. The house for the beach bums, or cool kids was Kirkland, and that is where Boon and Luke and some of Lexie's cousin's friends are in. I knew right off the rat that most of the action was going to come from Lexie's interaction with this crowd. It took me a couple of minutes before I could get a read on Luke as a love interest, but once I did, I really enjoyed his interactions with Lexie.
Paradise City is a great romance with a great main character. I loved Lexie. A lot, a lot. And I liked the whole group of secondary characters as well. I am looking forward to seeing more of them in the next book, and getting to know them a little bit better. If you loved C.J. Duggan's Summer series, you should give Paradise City a try! And if you are new to C.J. Duggan's books, you need to get in the loop and grab all of her books. You will become addicted.
As Red As Blood is the first book in the Snow white trilogy, or th**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
As Red As Blood is the first book in the Snow white trilogy, or the Lumikki Andersson trilogy. I struggled with this book. It was originally written in Finnish and it takes placei n Finland, so maybe something was lost in translation, but I just could not get into this story. And that seems like a real shame to me, because I really, really liked the main girl Lumikki. I thought she was resilient, and smart. But the story was too jarring for me. The book felt kind of choppy and all over the place. The pace was brisk but the story felt like, scene. event. new person. confusing thing. scene. scene. without any explanations or time to catch your breath. I think for people that enjoy foreign or noir gritty crime thrillers might really love this, but it is not my normal read so the flow of the story was almost too big of a hurdle for me to overcome.
As I said before Lumikki is a great character. I went back and forth many times on what rating to give this book. I almost gave it 3 stars because I really enjoyed Lumikki. I loved how tough she was and when she stood up to the principals son early on, I cheered her on in my head. And I also liked the premise. She finds blood covered money hanging to dry in her school dark room. Umm, what??? That sounds like a crazy story! So I decided to give it a try, and it was kind of crazy, but it just wasn't really my thing. I feel like it might translate better on the tv or movie, but in a book, at least with this translation, something wasn't adding up for me to really get into the story.
As Red As Blood deals with a Finnish crime ring. Again a cool concept, and people that read crime thrillers or noir crime novels I think will love the snow white trilogy. The writing style is very distinct and the landscape felt very pungent, and fitting. It is a quick read, so I was glad that I stuck this one out. It was a good story, but not great for me. Lumikki is the winner of As Red As Blood. I wish I could have liked this one more, but I do hope people give this a shot if it sounds like your kind of read.
Words cannot express how excited I was when I found out this book was**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Words cannot express how excited I was when I found out this book was happening. It is a continuation/the novel length version of a short story published in a new adult anthology, called Breakaway. It was my favorite of the 14 stories in that anthology, and I wasn't the only one that thought that. This is what I wrote about Bunsen Burner Bingo in my review of the spring break anthology, "beyond adorable. I want to see a full length book with the story of Katy and Martin. I loved that Martin was both this super smart science geek and a hot frat guy. Katy was someone who was burned in the past and hides behind her clothes and her science. This short story was laugh out loud funny and I want more!" Penny Reid got an overwhelming response, asking for more Kaitlyn and Martin, and she answered our calls! Elements of chemistry was born! It is going to be told in 3 parts, Attraction, Heat and Capture, and I think those three parts make up the book Elements of Chemistry, which I think is book 1 in the Hypothesis series. It is a new adult romantic comedy.
Attraction starts off just where bunsen burner bingo started off, so you don't need to read the short story first to read this one. Penny Reid did a great job incorporating the short story, and expanding it to what I knew I would be an excellent novel. And she made the short story flow effortlessly into a longer story. It worked perfectly.
This is exactly the kind of new adult romance that I love. It is funny, sexy, well written with great characters, and the chemistry is sizzling. Elements of Chemistry: Attraction, is going to be a favorite of mine, so doubt about it. Kaitlin and Martin are o multidimensional, and such fantastic characters on their own that you can't help but root for them together. I love how special Katy is to Martin, without her even knowing it. It is a great spring break read, or heck, an anytime read. The three parts are being released in fairly quick succession, so you can enjoy parts 1 and 2 back to back if you wait until the end of April.
Martin and Kaitlin are making their way up the ranks of my favorite book couples. All in one short book. If you like romances that are laugh out loud funny, and sweet and sexy at the same time, the elements of chemistry series is for you! Read this series. Just do it.
Denton Little's Deathdate is a really funny, and strangely sweet read.**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Denton Little's Deathdate is a really funny, and strangely sweet read. I can honestly say that I have never read anything quite like it. It is not the most believable book ever, but you just have to embrace the concept and go with it. If you can do that, you will have a blast on Denton's last 24 hours alive adventure. Denton Little's Deathdate takes place in a world in the future that is very much like the world we know today. Technology and living hasn't advanced too much, but there is one minor difference. In Denton's world, as soon as you are born they can tell you the date that you will die. They can't tell you how you will die, but they can predict 100% of the time, the day that you will die. And as you can imagine, this has caused some pretty strange customs to pop up.
Reading about the customs surrounding your deathdate were one of my favorite parts about this book. For instance, how would your funeral be if you actually spoke at it? And what kind of party would you throw if you knew it would be the night before you died? And Denton was an extra special case, because he was an "early". An "early" are those not so lucky individuals that die before they turn 18. Denton goes through all kinds of mini existential crisis's, so to speak in his last 24 hours, but he never stays down for too long.
This book is a ton of fun. I loved Denton. I loved, loved, loved his best friend Pow. I thought he was a great guy and so freakin' hilarious. Pow and Denton became friends in kindergarten because they were both earlies. Pow has a deathdate 1 month after Denton. So without spoiling the book, let me set the stage for you. Denton knows he is going to die in a day, but he has no idea what from. So he goes to his funeral, he goes to his party, and then he is supposed to sit in his house until "it" happens. But then Denton gets a weird purple splotch on his leg, and he freaks thinking that is he is going to die from, which yeah, I think is a valid concern. So he sets off to try and find out what it is, and he ends up unraveling a mystery. The mystery aspect of the book took me by surprise, but I was already in a jolly mood from Denton and Pow's adorable antics, so I happily went along for the ride.
Denton Little's Deathdate is a lighthearted read that is the most fun I have ever had reading or thinking about death. I don't think it is meant to be taken too seriously, and yes the deathdate thing didn't make a lot of sense the way it was explained, but who cares? The result was a story that will have you laughing your butt off and falling in love with a 17 year old guy that just wants to figure out what the heck is going on before he dies- "literally any minute now." This book was great. It is fresh and doesn't feel like every other ya out there. Give it a read.
3.5/5 Becoming Jinn is the first in a Young Adult series of the same nam**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
3.5/5 Becoming Jinn is the first in a Young Adult series of the same name, about genies. I love the tagline for the book- "Forget everything you thought you knew about genies". Because right away, this tells me that it is going to be a pretty cool re-imagining. And it was. It took awhile to gain momentum, but once it did, I thought Becoming Jinn was a magical tale. I thought the world of Jinn that Lori Goldstein created was very rich and multifaceted. I liked how creative and detailed she was, but at the same time I do feel like it slowed down the start of the story a lot. There was a lot of world building but not a lot else. But once you push past the beginning, you not only have a good idea of what it is like to be a Jinn but also the plot starts to move along at a more brisk pace. It was easy for me to fall into the story then.
Azra just turned 16 and for her birthday gift she is given a cuff bracelet and a lamp. The lamp is a joke between all the sisters and cousins of the family because Jinn don't live in lamps, they live in houses. But still the youngest Jinn gets to be the keeper of the lamp. I thought that was cute. Much less cute was the bracelet that was the symbol of being enslaved as a Jinn to the ruling class of the Afrit. And Azra was less than excited to come into her Jinn powers, because it meant losing control. I liked Azra. I can see how she would be a love her or hate type character, but I choose to love her. I thought she was spunky. She was a little whiny, but I think it is important to note that she is 16. What 16 year old is not ever whiny. And I think she had just about as good of a reason as any to be a little bitter and whiny- she was becoming a genie- and is now at the total whim of other people. That would grind my gears a bit too.
I'm not going to say much about the romance. It was good. There is a love triangle, and love triangles are the hardest part of reviews for me to write about without giving anything away, so I will leave you with the two dudes names, and nothing more. Henry- Azra's long time friend, and Nate. More to come on this sub-plot after I read the second book.
Becoming Jinn is a really cool story. I have never read a young adult, or other, so this was a new experience for me. I don't have a lot to compare it to except Aladdin, and this is nothing like Aladdin. If you don't mind love triangles and you can push past the bit of info dump, for background purposes at the start, Becoming Jinn is a really great story. I think a ton of YA readers will love this one, and I am more than interested enough to continue the series. Lori Goldstein did a great job with her imaginative Debut Novel, Becoming Jinn.
The Summer I Fell is the first book in a contemporary New Adult se**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
The Summer I Fell is the first book in a contemporary New Adult series called, The Six. I felt like it should have been called the Seven, since all of the guys admitted that Riley was one of them and always has been. The Six are a group of six guys, Jared, Ace, Mark, Josh, Aiden & Eli , that are always together. They grew up together and they are a great group of friends. I really liked watching them interact, and I loved the way that they were with Riley. The Summer I fell is both a beautiful story and a heartbreaking story. The first half felt so carefree and fun, and I was smiling the whole time. You get to watch Riley discover her first love and hang out with a great group of friends. It is really great.
And then life starts to get in the way. They have all graduated high school and some are going in different directions. The second half of the book had a distinctly different feel than the first half. The second half of The Summer I fell took me by surprise. Without getting into spoilers, there are some pretty crazy events that happen that got my waterworks going. And I really wasn't expecting that. I thought we would continue to cruise on the good times and the smiles from the first half. But I guess I couldn't expect that to happen even if the "bad thing" didn't because all the guys were no longer together. They weren't "the six". They were individual guys each off doing their own thing. It was very bittersweet. It is one of the few new adult books that I will call a coming of age story. It was watching each of the members of the seven come into their own. The Summer I Fell is marked as New Adult, but I feel it is more of a crossover book. Falling somewhere in the range of upper YA to younger NA. Great for readers of both genres.
The Summer I Fell is part smiles, part tears, super sweet and heartbreaking all at the same time. It is reminiscent of the bittersweet feeling of summer ending. I really enjoyed this read, and I kind of need to continue on with the story. The Summer I Fell took me down a different emotional road than I was expecting. I had no idea it would make me feel quite as deeply as it did. And yes, there is a cliffhanger. And yes it is a big one. That is most of the reason why I need to continue on in this series. The ending completely GUTTED me. I have to know what happens next.
Sophomore Year is Greek to Me is a standalone contemporary romance that**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Sophomore Year is Greek to Me is a standalone contemporary romance that will have you smiling and laughing non-stop. It is a followup book to Meredith Zeitlin's
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters
, but it is about an entirely different group of characters so I truly mean this when I say, you can read this book without having read the first book. They are not related other than the school is the same (I think). Sophomore Year is Greek to Me is such a fun read. I don't really have any criticisms of it so I am instead going to tell you a couple of things that I loved about the book.
1. I loved that Zona, a journalist-to-be, and her father, a Pulitzer prize winning writer, would communicate via post it notes in the form of newspaper headlines. They cracked me up! Even the totally snarky ones. I mean Zona is a 15 year old that was not too happy to be leaving her friends and school and whole life to be uprooted to spend 10th grade in Greece with her Dad. But the post-it notes are great. I loved the relationship between Zona and her dad.
2. I loved Zona herself. The book is told from her point of view and also through a series of hilarious article style excerpts of her life. She was writing about her life as if a newspaper was covering certain scenes and events from it, and they completely cracked me up. Zona is a very witty young lady!
3. I loved how adorable typical Zona was with her new crush. She is sometimes overly dramatic, sometimes too sarcastic, and all the time a 100% typical teenager. I have seen her reactions to waiting for a text a million times in my friends growing up and my campers at camp, and just about everywhere. I loved how relate able her story was. I don't mean typical in a bad way, I think Meredith Zeitlin did a fantastic job capturing the genuine essence of teens.
4. I loved the sweet and innocent romance that bloomed between Zona and the guy that I shall not name. (no spoilers here). And I also love that it didn't take over the story. Zona meeting her long lost family and her time spent in Greece was still the main focus. And speaking of family.
5. I loved the family message in Sophomore Year is Greek to Me. I thought it was really nice the way the family aspect of the story played out. And now one more thing for good measure.
6. I loved Zona's friendships with her New York friends. It is always so nice to see a supportive group of genuine friends. I loved their skype convos, and I really liked that they we always there for each other. It wasn't a one sided friendship.
Sophomore Year is Greek to Me is a fun adventure abroad. Zona is hilarious and I think teens (and not teens alike) will find her endearing and cute and will see a little bit of themselves in her. I loved learning about all aspects of her life. And her journey with friendships, and love and family was a great time. Read this book!
Bound is the first in the new adult paranormal romance series of t**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Bound is the first in the new adult paranormal romance series of the same name. I really enjoyed Bound. I thought it was a great mixture of atypical romance, lots of paranormal creatures, curses, and magic. Yes, there is a lot going on in this book. AM Hudson kept revealing new layer after new layer as the story went on. I wouldn't really call them twists, but I felt like the plot just kept getting more developed and more complex as the story evolved. It was kind of a neat story telling technique. And I loved that while Bound had a very strong romance element, it was totally unlike any romance I have been reading. Ric and Lora are not like YA and NA couples. Not at all. You will have to read the book to know what I am saying because I don't want to ruin the story. But there is no insta love in this one. Ric and Lora are a series long work in progress kind of romance. And I am really digging that about them. A lot!
After I was done reading Bound, I found out that Lora's parents have a whole series devoted to their story. I had no idea! I don't know how much it will benefit you to read their story first since we never actually met her parents in Bound, but we did see them through phone calls. I kind of liked starting with Bound first before reading her parents series because like Lora, I was kept completely in the dark with what she was and what the mystery surrounding her and her family was. And if I had read the other series first, I might have known too much to fully enjoy Bound. Maybe not, though? I would be curious to see reader's thoughts that read Lora's parents series first.
Bound was a good read. It took a while for the story to initially get going. It wasn't a slow start per say. I thought the book moved at a consistently moderate pace, but I felt like the story took a while to pick up. And there were various minute intricacies of the story that I didn't love, but overall, I thought Bound held my attention enough and was a fun enough read that I will for sure be continuing on in the series. And I really want to give A.M. Hudson's other series a read. I think I will enjoy them. Fans of New Adult paranormals and fans of paranormals that involve a whole host of creatures, the Bound series would be a great match for you.
I absolutely loved Caged in Winter by Brighton Walsh, so when I saw Captive was also by her I knew I had to read it ASAP. I have only read one other book about a girl falling for her captor, and it is a tricky subject for me. It is not something I could initially see myself doing in her situation, so in the past I have been wary of that idea, but I liked the first book I read with this theme. And I have to say Captive was great! I really, really liked it. Brighton Walsh write great characters that lend themselves to excellent romances. Within the first two pages of meeting Madison, I caught myself nodding my head along with her and thought to myself, "yep, been there done that." (note: I am not talking about the mother incident. I am talking about the getting dressed incident.) And just like that, I could identify with Madison. I know that may seem small, but it is the little details and unassuming sentences throughout the story that start to turn into magic with Captive. I just love Brighton Walsh's writing style.
Madison appears on the surface to lead a perfect life. She is super smart, super rich, and basically can have anything that she wants. But she doesn't have many (or any) friends, she is constantly taking care of her alcoholic mother, and her father is MIA all the time. I could feel her loneliness. It was a tangible thing throughout the whole story. And that just about broke my heart. But even though Madison was lonely and sad, she never gave up. This girl had spunk to spare. I loved that even when she was captured she was always paying attention, always looking for when and how she could make her next move. It made me admire the heck out her. And it gained Ghost's admiration too.
Captive is told mostly from Madison's point of view, but Ghost - or Gage- had a fair share of chapters spread throughout. I loved Gage's chapters because the more I got to know him the more I loved him. How can you not when you find out why he took the job? That is as close to a good reason as I could ever dream up. Brighton Walsh did such an excellent job making her characters redeemable. And she made the romance feel so very real. And so wonderful. I think Madison and Gage would have fallen for each other no matter how they met. Brighton Walsh made me a believer in captive/captor romances. Or at the very least, she made me a believer in hers. Brighton Walsh will make you swoon, make you feel, make you fall in love with Gage and Madison in Captive. If you have not read one of her books, you should. Right now.
Whoa! That is honestly the thought that keeps running through my h**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net** 3.5/5
Whoa! That is honestly the thought that keeps running through my head. I just finished Push by Claire Wallis and my head is still spinning. This book is so totally messed up and crazy. And I don't care if it makes me messed up and crazy too, but I liked every send of this dysfunctional and dark thriller romance. The book is told in Emma and Davids point of view, and it alternates back and forth between the past and the present. But each chapter is clearly labeled, so I had no problem following the flow of the story. The book starts out with a chapter from each Emma and David's point of view describing the same event, and you are like "HOLY COW! Is what I think's about to happen, really about to happen??" And that sentence right there, should set the tone of the book. There will be a lot of Holy cow moments while reading Push.
You need to know right off the bat that Emma and David are messed up characters. They are. Know that and be ok with that because if you are a reader that can't handle dysfuntion, this is not the book for you. But if you like that kind of thing or if you are intrigued like I was, you should totally give Push a try because this will take you on one heck of an emotional and jaw dropping ride. And all I can say is you better hold on tight. Claire Wallis, I bow down to you. You totally messed with my head until I didn't know which way was up.
David has had 6 ex girlfriends that have all disappeared. And Emma acts like she has to prove to the world how strong she is, so when David comes into her like as a total creeper she doesn't immediately push him out. He is the apartment complex's handyman and when he comes in and immediately destroys her kitchen, I had another WTF moment. They are forced to spend time together and he rebuilds her kitchen and thus the crazy convoluted relationship they share glows into something kinda fascinating, kinda scary, and totally addictive. I won't even tell you how many times, I thought I had a theory about the crazy David, and how many times I was wrong. Well played Ms. Wallis. Well played.
Another thing I really liked about Push was that each of David's 6 ex girlfriends got a chapter spread out throughout Push so that you could get a glimpse into her story. And I have to tell you, each story delved a little bit into the madman that is David. I thought it really completed the picture that Claire Wallis so creepily and beautifully depicted. Push is a great read. Totally messed up, and totally different than anything else I have read in a long time. There is the mother of all cliffhangers though, so be prepared. Expect the unexpected.
I used to love R.L. Stine so much as a kid. I read the books, I watched**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I used to love R.L. Stine so much as a kid. I read the books, I watched the shows. I just loved it. So when I found out that his Fear Street series was being re-launched I was super excited. What actually started my love of R.L. Stine was the tv show, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" with the midnight society. I loved that show so much that I started looking for things like it, and I discovered the creepy magic that was R.L. Stine. Don't Stay Up Late is actually the second book in the Fear Street series, but I never read the first book and I was fine. They are each a different scary story. I liked Don't Stay Up Late. It transported me back to my childhood. It was a bit on the younger side for YA, so I think MG readers will enjoy it as well. It will be a great scary book for younger readers, and for YA readers looking for some new R.L. Stine to enjoy.
It was certainly not the scariest young adult book that I have read, but it did feel like his other books, which is honestly what I was looking for. I was looking for that Classic 90s fear street/midnight society sitting around the campfire and telling scary stories feeling. Don't stay up Late is the story of Lisa and a babysitting gig gone terribly wrong. I liked the babysitting aspect because again it added to the throwback feel of the stories. The writing is different than I am used to. It feels slightly more disjointed, but most of that I attributed to the main character Lisa and everything she was going through. She was jumping back and forth between personal tragedies, and therapists and then everything that was going on with Harry and in his house.
My hope is with this book that younger kids will get introduced to his work and go back to some of the original goosebump and fear street novels and read them. I think they will still have appeal today with the younger crowd. So while this book did scary me too much, I can see it being a fun and spooky hit read for some MG readers. I liked it for it's throwback feeling, and it really made me want to watch some Are You Afraid of the Dark?
I loved Awakening. It's a young adult dystopian. I don't read too many**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I loved Awakening. It's a young adult dystopian. I don't read too many dystopians anymore, and I am pretty picky when it comes to choosing which ones to read. I heard that Darian was going to be a swoon worthy guy, and I liked the technology aspect of Awakening, so I decided to give it a try. And I am very glad that I did. This was a dystopian that worked really well for me. I loved the romance in it and I thought the world was very well done. The idea of the dreamscape seemed half invasive and scary but a pretty big part of me wanted to try it out, especially since you get to see who your mate was revealed in the dreams. I thought that was a really cool idea, and for the most part people seemed to love it and the relationships seemed genuine and good fits for so much of the society. And then there is the terrorscape, which seemed just as terrifying as the name implies. However, I was left with lots of little questions, while reading the first half of the book. Click to view spoiler for some examples of the questions I had.
(view spoiler)[All of these thoughts were running through my head when started reading the book. Like why would the days of the week link up with how long you would have to live? And why did they start killing off the ones so young? they only get to live until 25? Doesn't the society need workers for longer than that? And also, why was Darian able to use other people's dreamscape machines while he was on the run? They sound super high tech, and everyone is chipped under the skin, so why couldn't the machines pick up on who the user was? And i'm not talking about the mixer that he used, that scrambles the brainwaves that the machine can read. But why doesn't the machine pick up on the id info from the users chip. That seemed like an oversight on this controlling government's part. (hide spoiler)]
Now don't get me wrong, I thought the world building was great, and I am sure that some of these questions will be answered and explained later on, but when I was initially reading, all of this stuff was running through my head. I have come to the conclusion that right now the dystopians that work the best for me are ones that center around technology. Something about them makes me feel like it could be possible for the world to end up like that, which makes it all the more interesting and terrifying to me. Does that make me weird? haha
I really loved Darian. I think he is such an easy guy to root for, even if he is noncompliant and thinks everyone else in the society are "sheep." He's not wrong, by the way. What surprises me the most is that anyone is capable of thinking that this guy could be a murderer. He is such a decent, stand up guy. And his lifetime crush on Desiree was adorable. Awakening starts off at a brisk pace and honestly only picks up in speed as the story goes on. I loved that, there is honestly not a boring moment in Awakening. I read this book in a single sitting and I didn't even realize how much time had passed when I finally looked up when I was done. That is a feeling I will never get sick of, because it means I was transported to the author's world and I was totally immersed in it. I can't wait to continue this series. Awakening is great for fans of YA dystopian and I would even encourage people who might be burnt out or new dystopians to try Awakening. I think it will be a series tons of people will love! I smell a hit all over this one and I can't wait for more.
Between Now and Never is a standalone contemporary/realistic fiction ro**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Between Now and Never is a standalone contemporary/realistic fiction romance story. I loved Laura Johnston's first novel, Rewind to You and I really loved it. It was a super sweet and light romance. I am going to tell you up front that Between Now and Never has a very different feel to it than Rewind to You did. It is not as sugary sweet, certainly not as light. I didn't love it as much as Rewind to You, but it was still a good story. (What can I say, I am just more of a happy and fluffy kind of gal.) Between Now and Never had kind of a forbidden romance, Montague and Capulet feuding family feel to it.
Julianna and Cody come from very different families and you can tell that it has impacted the way they grow up. Julianna's family is poor and her brother uses/deals drugs and because of that has money problems. To try and help, their mom committed a crime at her job and got sent to jail. Cody's dad is the FBI agent that sent her there. So you can see where there would be issues.
I ended up really liking and rooting for Cody and Julianna but it didn't start out that way. Cody is a really nice guy, but for some reason whenever he got around Julianna for the first couple of times, he acted like a cocky jerk. I have no idea but he wasn't like that in any other scenes or when she wasn't around. It was like he was putting on a very bad show for her. Not that it worked to impress her. It only turned her more off to him. And then there was Julianna. I get that she has had it rough, but it is a pet peeve of mine that when people get a tough break, that they act overly bitter and entitled to everyone and everything around them. Even the people that are being nice and did nothing wrong. They see the worst in everyone and think everyone is giving them the short end of the stick for no reason. Julianna grated on my nerves at the start and I had no idea how her and Cody were ever going to get a shot at working out.
But that is what kept me reading. I just had to see where the heck this story was going to go from the humdinger of a start that it had. Julianna was a little brat and Cody was involved in something so incredibly dangerous and awful. He was thrown into it. I felt so bad for him because he clearly didn't want to be in that situation but he wasn't given any choice. But Laura Johnston's writing is kind of magic. Even with my character annoyances, she made invested in their story. She made me like them. Which is incredible! When I don't initially like a character it is hard for me to come back from that. But I did.
Between Now and Never was different than my average read. But I liked that about it. It is good to step outside of your comfort zone every now and again. The character growth in Between Now and Then is the most impressive part. For these two star crossed individuals, I can guarantee you won't be able to predict their journey from the first page. Between Now and Never is a good read. Give it a try if you like your contemporaries with a little more drama and grit, and don't mind some darker issues thrown in.
Summer by Summer is a standalone young adult contemporary. Summer by Su**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Summer by Summer is a standalone young adult contemporary. Summer by Summer has so many layers to it, and it will take you by surprise. The cover seems unassuming enough, with a pretty girl on a beach, and the start of the summer is much of the same. Summer takes a summer nanny gig with a rich family vacationing in Belize. But then it shifts. Bray, the families older son, and Summer are stranded on a deserted island. And then when you are reading, it shifts again and again, but I won't give those away. Just know that every time I thought I got a grip on what this book was, it changed. I loved that because the pace and new layers kept me on my toes. Summer by Summer was a very nice story, and way more exciting than I originally anticipated.
It is published by Blink, an imprint of HarperCollins Christian publishing line Zondervan. It is a clean young adult novel, and the main character Summer used to be involved with her church youth group, so up front warning that religion is a theme in this book. It is not overly preachy, but it is a strong vein in the storyline. It comes up in a few different ways. I thought it tied in very nicely with the plot, but I did want to include that in my review because I know that some readers will want to know up front. The religion stemmed from an event that happened in Summer's past, and I loved the way the author kept digging and bringing up this event because each time she wove it into the storyline, I felt like I got to know Summer a little better. And my heart broke for the poor girl. Bray was right, she is super strong.
The romance in Summer by Summer is very predominant and such a sweet romance. I really liked Summer and Bray. I thought they jumped all over the place in their feelings at the start. They were annoyed, they disliked each other and then Bray did a 180 and was all of a sudden very nice, and then they liked each other. That was my only hiccup with the story, but very soon after that rollercoaster Summer and Bray were stranded and from that point forward, I thought their relationship progressed my more naturally. My only other gripe with the story was something that happened in the epilogue. I thought it was all very nice, but it is something that I just don't like seeing in the young adult books that I read. Personal preference of mine, but I can't say what it is without spoilers. (the event/action not the message)
Summer by Summer was a nice read. I enjoyed it, and the part that I liked most of all was that Heather Burch was able to keep me on my toes while reading. Just when I would start to think the plot was dragging a bit, she would change things up drastically and some whole other element that I wasn't expecting would be introduced. I am determined not to ruin the fun of this book with spoilers, so if you have read Summer by Summer please let me know because I would really liked to talk to someone about it! If you are looking for a very sweet, keep you on your toes clean YA- check out Summer by Summer.
I loved Open Road Summer by Emery Lord so much. (but then again, who didn't? Seriously, that book got such positive feedback it was awesome.) And I am beyond happy to say that she has done it again! All of the reviews that I have been reading for The Start of Me and You have been raving. I loved this book. I just want to hug it and have it with me at all times. Even now that I am done reading it. Emery Lord writes some of the best friendships I have ever read in young adult. I know that is a bold statement, but these are friendships that teens (and everyone) should look up to, and idolize. Paige, Tessa, Morgan, and Kayleigh are so there for one another. They would drop anything in a hot second if they thought one of their friends needed them. And they did. Over and over again. They never got sick of hearing someone complain about the same issue on repeat. They were patient, and understanding. Sure they got into little tiffs, but they always bounced back almost immediately. They were real best friends. I will never get sick of reading about this kind of supportive true friendship. I loved it. Not to mention, on top of that, the romance is great and the story makes you feel all kinds of warm and fuzzies.
The Start of Me and You takes place in a small town where one nickname or one incident can haunt you forever. For Paige that incident was when her new boyfriend drowned. Now she is always known as "girl whose boyfriend died" or Kyle's girlfriend, even though their relationship was still in the getting to know you phase. She was forever marked. I really felt for Paige, it was such a tough spot to be in and I applaud Emery Lord for describing the situation so well. There were facets of it that I hadn't even considered, but watching Paige live it took it to a whole different level for me. I love books that have lists, and the Start of Me and You had a list that Paige dubbed her new beginning list. I loved where her list took her. It took her to joining the quizbowl, which hello, I want to join one of those!!
I thought The Start of Me and You was a bit predictable in parts, but I enjoyed that about it because the things that I could predict were the things that I wanted to happen. Like the whole situation with her crush Ryan and his Cousin Max. This book is perfect for a feel good read. Case in point, I am still smiling as I sit here writing my review. I liked it even more than Open Road Summer. Emery Lord is on my auto buy list now because she knows how to write romances and more importantly, she knows how to write quality friendships. I can't get enough of her. The Start of Me and You is such a great book that I am already thinking about when I can re-read it. Fans of YA contemporary romance, of great characters and great friendships need to read The Start of Me and You.
Shaken Not Stirred is the fifth book in the Last Call Series by Sawyer**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Shaken Not Stirred is the fifth book in the Last Call Series by Sawyer Bennett. Each book can be read as a standalone, but the series follows a group of friends so it is always nice to be able to read them all. I would recommend reading at least one other book in the series before Shaken Not Stirred because Casey's character is a little different than the others and I feel like you get to know her a little better and appreciate her story more if you see her in the earlier books as a secondary character. I didn't read the first 2 books in the series. Rather, I started with the 3rd book- Sugar on the Edge, and I fell in love with Gavin, so I knew I would have to continue on to see more of their stories. And then I liked Wyatt's story, With a Twist, even more. And then I met Tenn. He is my favorite of them all. (so far.)
Sawyer Bennett just knows how to write really good contemporary romances. I go into her books confident that I will enjoy the characters and the story. On the cover of Shaken not Stirred, it said it was Tenn's story, in keeping with the guy theme, but the character that we know from the series is Casey (and Tenn is the guy match for her) so I went back and forth on that for a little, but eventually Tenn won out because I just love him so much, so heck yea this can be his story!
Tenn has trumped all the other guys for me. I just love his determination to go after what he wants. I love seeing the warm gooey marshmallow center of big tough guys. And he is a tough guy- but also a great guy. He is my favorite guy in the series so far. He would not give up on Casey. Even when Casey tried her hardest to get him to back away.
I liked Casey, but part of me just doesn't get her. She pushes absolutely every guy away. She is sweet, smart girl, but it is hard for me to relate to her because her actions are so different than me. In the end I felt like I could relate to her and I felt like I got to know her and her motivations well throughout the course of the story, but the way she uses and throws out guy after guy was hard for me to get past initially. I couldn't imagine her settling down. And I was also feeling a bit protective of Tenn. But Sawyer Bennett worked her magic and made it all work out. That's why I love reading her books so much. I can count on a good story out of them. One that no matter what, I will feel invested in. I don't want to give too much away about their story because the magic is in reading this series for yourself. The Last Call Series are great contemporary romances.
I can't even accurately convey how much I enjoyed Boys Don't Knit (In**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
I can't even accurately convey how much I enjoyed Boys Don't Knit (In Public). This book is kind of my new obsession. It has everything. It's funny, it's heartwarming, it has an awesome male protagonist. I can't say enough good things about this book. Other than, I think everyone needs to read it. Ben is a high school student in the UK and he has a pretty typical group of friends. They always seem to be getting into very minor teen trouble, but what's funny is that is so not Ben. He is kind of the opposite of all his friends in that regard, but he goes along with them anyway. And of course, he is the one that gets caught red-handed. So off to probation he goes, where is gets a "give something back" community service punishment and he has to take a local class. With slim pickings available he chooses knitting, thinking at least it was taught by his young and hot high school teacher. (Spoiler Alert- It isn't.)
Boys Don't Knit is told entirely from Ben's point of view through the form of journal entries. With letters and excerpts of things thrown in as well. I loved that Ben narrated this book through his journal. He is the most adorable, great, quirky, and totally funny guy. I want to hang out with him. I want to be his friend. Ben's antics of his knitting class and his Give something back project had me smiling and laughing on every page. I put this book down multiple times, not because I was bored, but because I just didn't want it to end.
The writing is perfect for the story. Very conversational, and packed with pop culture references and jokes galore. I can't imagine anyone not getting a chuckle out of something from Boys Don't Knit. If you don't laugh while reading this book, I don't trust you. (unless you are a robot)Readers will fall in love with Ben. They will fall in love with his ragtag group of friends, and with all of Ben's knitting creations. I love the pattern names he comes up with. I love how much of a worrier he is. (he takes a wholistic approach to worrying- that is, he worries about everything all the time.) I loved absolutely everything about this book, even the excerpts from his friends "novel"- "50 Shades of Graham" Not to mention I thought the way everyone in Ben's life came together was a really nice heartwarming message. This book just worked for me on every level. I think there is something for everyone in Boys Don't Knit. The book comes out March 24th so you should pre-order your copy today because this is one that you will not want to miss. Quirky fun and humor at its' finest!
Tryst is a standalone new adult contemporary romance. It is a fun romp**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: http://bookbriefs.net**
Tryst is a standalone new adult contemporary romance. It is a fun romp with the brothers best friend turned secret romance trope. It is a fun read that will have you fanning yourself. I am even more impressed when I found out that this was Alex Rosa's debut New Adult novel. Tryst is just what the name implies, a fun, sexy romance. It is the story of Skylar, a pre-med serious student and soccer player. She puts her schooling first, but after a nasty (and I do mean nasty) breakup she moves in with her older brother to continue attending college. I really did like the brother sister relationship that Skylar and Josh shared. I know she had her moments of doubt, but I feel like Josh really stepped up in the family department. (both of their parents passed away.)
And then you have Blake. Blake is josh's roommate and best friend out in LA. He is an enigma wrapped in a contradiction, but he is a yummy one at that. On one hand he seemed to open with Skylar, but in the other hand he didn't really open up about a lot of him at all. It takes a good part of the book to get to know Blake and the funny thing is, you don't even know that you don't know him until things start to get revealed. I know that sounds weird, but I was reading along and totally enjoying the story and I was thinking that Skylar was the one that needed to open up more, and that Blake was up front with her about himself. All that jazz and then bam, some stuff gets revealed about Blake and I was like "whoa! I had no idea he was even holding anything back." You just have to read to know what I am talking about. He is a complicated dude. But I really liked that about him. He is a good person at his core. And he has slamming chemistry with Skylar.
There are lots of roadblocks along the way and it has all the elements that you would expect this trope to have. The sneaking around leads to confusion and jealousy. It was a little predictable, but was nonetheless a very enjoyable ride. I can't wait to read more books by Alex Rosa. Tryst really delivered. If you are looking for a fun and sexy read, look no further than Tryst.