Are you in the mood for sexy British guys who write under a lantern hung tree in the park, always save you a seat in class, who are chivalrous, gentl Are you in the mood for sexy British guys who write under a lantern hung tree in the park, always save you a seat in class, who are chivalrous, gentlemanly, downright sexy, and are holding secrets? Do you want to read a book where the heroine loves red wine, dresses awesomely, cares for the two guys mentioned above, and is terribly afraid of getting hurt? If so then you should probably read April Showers by Karli Perrin. April transfers to a new college and makes "friends" with two very different guys Isaac and Lukas. One is sophisticated and mysterious and the other is sweet and caring. The problem? They are both keeping secrets that have the power to break April's heart and destroy her trust. Who will she choose? I love April! She is full of awesome and comes across as a character you would actually want to be friends with. She is "real". She worries, knows how to have fun, and drinks a ton of wine. What's not to like? The story takes her through not only finding a new romance, but finding who she really is. As for the guys they are both great. They seem to truly care about April and both are great friends to her in their own way (especially Lukas). My only problem with them is that they both seemed to care about/like April too much and way too fast. The build up wasn't as natural as I would have liked. Did this take away from the story at all? No! This is a love triangle and can do that. I love love triangles, but April Showers has much more than that going for it. Getting to read about April interacting with Isaac and Lukas in different settings is somewhat unusual. The majority of the time settings are somewhat static. By doing this Karli Perrin display the character's personalities in a new light. When the "big reveal" comes for each guy I wasn't expecting it and that is always a plus. In the end I think April made the right decision and I was happy with everything...and then BAM! Something happens and Hello Sequel! The ending will leave you saying, "Huh? What? Wait? What just happened? When is the next one out?" I give April Showers a 4 STAR rating. ...more
The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik is an absolutely adorable, fun, lighthearted, and perfect for summer romance. Franny is sweet, caring, anThe Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik is an absolutely adorable, fun, lighthearted, and perfect for summer romance. Franny is sweet, caring, and judgmental enough to make her seem realistic. As for Harry and Alex they are both talented cuties and make the book enjoyable. Love triangles these days are a dime a dozen, but it is refreshing to read about one where both of the guys are actually good guys! As for the other characters, they were just as awesome. There is someone in there for everyone to relate to. There was the needy girl, the beautiful/mean/flirty girl, the pretty girl who is fun and nice to everyone, the girl who is awesome at everything but is insecure, the cool gay guy, the flirty hot guy, the cute shy guy, and the normal girl. The theatre atmosphere was a great setting. It could have been played up a little more in the book (Shakespeare can make anything better). The best thing was I kept guessing how the book/relationships were going to work out and I was WRONG! I love when that happens. If you are looking for a great summer read that is romantic, light, and fun check this book out. I give this book a 4 STAR rating. ...more
The Kiss Off sounded like a cute book, so I picked it up and thankfully it was! Poppy is an angry, sarcastic, songwriting mash-up of teenage girl andThe Kiss Off sounded like a cute book, so I picked it up and thankfully it was! Poppy is an angry, sarcastic, songwriting mash-up of teenage girl and drama. Boy was this book filled with drama. Poor Poppy has been wronged by her ex-boyfriend who cheated on her with her ex-friend/coworker. So, what does she do? Write an angry girl song about and put it on YouTube. An up and coming band recognizes it for the genius that it is and has a meteoric rise to fame due to said song. Poppy and the lead singer hit it off and a relationship ensues. The this is Poppy is only 16 years old and might not be ready to deal with not only a long distance relationship, but having a rock star for a boyfriend. To top it all off her ex-boyfriend is showing interest again their breakup might not have been what she thought.
I must admit I loved Poppy's boy drama, especially because it isn't mine. Both of the guys in her life have their good and bad qualities. Cam is the ex and throughout the story readers can see that he still feels something for Poppy, whether friendship or something more...you'll just have to read and see. Then there is Ty the super talented and sexy rock star who loved her song. He is nice and seems to sincerely like Poppy, but there is always the question of if he really likes her or just her song. Add to that the troubles that come with being a celebrity boyfriend on tour and Ty and Poppy are in for a bumpy ride.
There is a host of other characters, but my favorite by far was Poo Bum the dog! I loved his stinky doggy self and the comedic relief he added to the story. The only characters that I wasn't too impressed with were Mads and Vanya. Mads seemed to do a complete 180 and Vanya had all but disappeared by the end of the book. . Last and most pickiest was some of the phrases seemed a little off...almost British. Perhaps it was just me. I definitely can't wait until the sequel comes out. I give this book a 4 STAR rating! ...more
The idea of an 18 year old female assassin was the first and ultimate factor that drew me to this book. Then add in the potential for a love triangleThe idea of an 18 year old female assassin was the first and ultimate factor that drew me to this book. Then add in the potential for a love triangle and I just couldn't resist. Celaena is an amazing heroine! She is strong, semi-moral (for the most part), skilled, smart, and resourceful. Her feats in the story absolutely thrilled me! She is like the Sydney Bristow of the fantasy world. I want to be her! Add in the competition against 23 men and the pressure of having the king hate her, you have one tough woman. The prince and guard captain were both great additions to the story. They are complete opposites and somehow balance each other out. I must admit that I was looking for a little more romance, but in the end I wasn't disappointed. Sarah J. Maas definitely knows what she is doing. In the next book I hope some of the relationships do develop a little more. The world created in Throne of Glass was amazing and somewhat unexpected all at the same time. The introduction of "magic" was a wonderful little shock for me. A new world is created with the slightest hints of mythology. If there was anything I would change it would be the names of some of these mythological people in Throne of Glass. They were too similar to some well known myths while still trying to be different (does this make sense?). At the end of the day I loved this book. The second one can't come soon enough and I hope that it will be more than a trilogy. Fingers crossed. I give this book a 4 1/2 STAR rating. ...more
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I am happy to say I wasn't disappointed. Scarlet is a retelling of Robin Hood from Will ScarletThis was one of my most anticipated books of the year. I am happy to say I wasn't disappointed. Scarlet is a retelling of Robin Hood from Will Scarlet's point of view. Will is the true thief of Robin's merry band and happens to have a few more secrets from the townspeople. Will is known as Scarlet among Robin and the other thieves after all, it's more befitting for a woman. A.C. Gaughen was genius in making Will/Scarlet a woman of many secrets. I was sucked into the writing and world of Scarlet from the very first page and was held captive to the very last. In Scarlet you find a tough and unapologetic heroine along with a young woman who doesn't shy away from violence. I loved it! She is sassy and engaging and I couldn't get enough of her character. The rest of the band consists of Robin of Locksley, John Little, and Much. Each of these men are stand up thieves set out to save their town by any means necessary.The wasn't just a retelling of an old story, but one of duty and love at all costs. As alluded to in the synopsis Scarlet provides readers with a...love triangle. The romance between Robin, Scarlet, and John was done fantastically and believable. It added a tender and desperate side to this wild adventurous romp. This book is fairly unique in the YA world for the villains and the violence they bring to the story. They are bloodthirsty, evil, and added an extra "umph" to the book. If you have any love for strong female leads, swoon worthy men, swordplay, and legends...you shouldn't miss this. Scarlet is one of 2012's top books and gets a 5 STAR rating! ...more
It was only after I read this book that I learned it was part of a series. However, most readers will be able to understand/pick up on the charactersIt was only after I read this book that I learned it was part of a series. However, most readers will be able to understand/pick up on the characters and their situations.
Courtney is hilarious. She is an almost always vegetarian who lives in cow land, goes to a small college who's offensive initials are CFC while trying to maintain her long distance relationship with the love of her life...Grant Superior. I have to admit she is one hard character to pin down. Sometimes I loved her and wished she was my friend, while other times I was wondering why she was holding my interest. Courtney is wishy-washy, a smidgen self absorbed, slightly whiny, and at the end of the day has a good heart. Then you have Grant Superior. I liked the guy. He isn't the most swoon worthy of YA men, but he was likable. That's about all there is to say about him.
~The Heart of the Matter
LAOTIBA is written in the diary form of Courtney. Normally diaries aren't that readable to me, but this one was more like a story with the occasional funny/smart alek interjection. So, as most diaries go there is a lot complaining. I must admit that this book did frustrate me at times. Courtney's whining self pity did get a little aggravating. It seemed as if she wasn't happy unless things went exactly the way she wanted them to. However, the funny antics of everyone in the book slightly made up for Courtney's whine fests. Another thing that helped the book is that these characters are in college. In my humble opinion there is a sever lack of "YA" books out that target the 18-23 year olds or what I like to refer to as the transitioning inbetweeners. This is a great summer read. Love and Other Things I'm Bad At is a light, fun, and fluffy read. When looking for a book with no moral story, hidden meaning, or life lesson...look no further. If you have a reading crave for something full of romantic drama, quirky characters, and the just plain strange... give this a try. I give this book a 3 STAR rating....more
Ember by Jessica Sorensen is a true breath of fresh air. Not only is this book one of a kind, but it had me guessing until the very last page and letEmber by Jessica Sorensen is a true breath of fresh air. Not only is this book one of a kind, but it had me guessing until the very last page and let me tell you, that's a hard thing to accomplish. Ember is tired. Tired of seeing how everyone will die, tired of being alone, and tired of being death's constant companion. Things are about to get much worse with the arrival of two new guys to her small town. One is bright and shining and the other is dark and enigmatic. Both men want her, but what for? With talk of Grim Reapers and Angels of Death nothing will ever be the same for Ember again.
Throughout the whole book readers are drawn to Ember and the insane agony that is her life. The poor girl literally lives with death and where she goes it follows. Her whole life seems to be one catastrophe after another from seeing things when she was young, to being blamed for deaths and disappearances. Despite this she isn't a girl that gives up. You can't help but go through the book hoping that something good will finally happen to her. Ember's best friend Rave is the perfect foil. Bubbly, care free, and living for the next party she keeps Ember together, but readers get a sense that in the end she might be Ember's downfall. The arrival of Cameron and Asher had me hoping that Ember just might get a happily ever after, too bad they brought nothing but mystery and trouble. I couldn't tell who I liked the best or what "team" I'm on. Each character has their own little story that adds to the overall depth of the book. They build a world of death and secrets that readers will get lost in. This is a dark and bleak book where you don't just fall in love with the characters, but the story as a whole.
Speaking of the story as a whole... it was amazing. With the recent popularity of YA books it is hard to find one that is truly original. Jessica Sorensen is an author that has. I have never read a book that combines these particular "creatures" in quite this way. What a combination they make! I definitely will be getting the second book.
* I received this book free from the author in exchange for a honest review. ...more
Catching Jordan is a great edition to the world of young adult contemporary. Jordan is a girl living in a boy's world. She eats, sleeps, and breathesCatching Jordan is a great edition to the world of young adult contemporary. Jordan is a girl living in a boy's world. She eats, sleeps, and breathes football, but to get where she is Jordan has had to make sacrifices. Her character is one that was fun and enjoyable to read about. She is the ultimate tomboy with no girlfriends and her only friend interaction is with the guys on the football team. You could consider her their grounding force. The way they see her as their leader, but still feel the need to protect her was really sweet. In contradiction to this she is also one of the guys that they can tell everything to. All of the sex talk involving the football players surprised me a little, but it wasn't unreasonable or farfetched in my opinion. The romantic drama encountered in Catching Jordan is my favorite kind! Once again the trusty love triangle was used and I loved it. I don't want to give away too much, so I'll just skip over that. Beyond the romance was the fact that Jordan is a female quarterback. Sports in America are still very gender segregated and Catching Jordan explores this in an interesting way. Along with this is the relationship she has with her father who doesn't want her playing football. This isn't an earthshattering or profound piece of literature, but I absolutely loved it. Catching Jordan is the "simple" story of a girl growing up, growing in her relationships, and learning about life. It has been a while since I've read a contemporary book that I have loved this much. For the sheer enjoyment factor Catching Jordan gets 5 STARS. ...more
Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross is a very unique take on the fairytales of old. It takes the original tales and gives them an even more sinister and lonKill Me Softly by Sarah Cross is a very unique take on the fairytales of old. It takes the original tales and gives them an even more sinister and long lasting twist. Mira has been sheltered all of her life and right before her sixteenth birthday decides to runaway and find where her parents are buried. She finds a town full of charming boys and more dangerous secrets. This book was very different from what I imagined. I pictured a focus on one fairytale and instead all fairytales are touched upon. I loved guessing which character went with which fairytale. It was sort of like a puzzle in the book. That was probably my favorite part of the story. There are numerous characters introduced in Kill me Softly. Mira, Blue, and Felix to minor ones Viv, Freddie, and Hensley are just a few. The problem is that, despite how much I wanted to I just couldn't really connect with any of them. They were all spoiled to some degree and that was expected, but there was just a general lack of personality. Mirabelle is difficult to describe. She is smart and nice (sometimes), sarcastic, and frustrating in her single mindedness. Her character was good for me in the beginning (when she was acting "prickly") and at the end, but in the middle...I wouldn't have minded if she slept for the next thousand years. Every other character with the exception of Felix was better than her. Blue was definitely my favorite and it would be amazing if there was a book about all of his friends. The ending was slightly redeeming and brought the whole book up a notch. I just hope that there is a follow up because there were many loose ends left unfinished. On the other hand the idea behind the story was unique and I absolutely loved it. The explanation behind faeies and fairytales was very intriguing. It would be wonderful to see more about the story behind how all of the stories got started. Mixing my lack of bedazzlement by the characters and my love for the idea behind Kill Me Softly this book gets a middle of the road 3 STAR rating. ...more
Despite having heard numerous wonderful things about this book I stubbornly put off reading it. I made a mistake. Half-Blood is a very unique enjoyab Despite having heard numerous wonderful things about this book I stubbornly put off reading it. I made a mistake. Half-Blood is a very unique enjoyable read and I quickly fell in love with the world of the Covenant series. Ms. Armentrout masterfully combines a new twist on Greek mythology with creatures that one could call vampires. How awesomely genius is that? This book has so many aspects that I love and number one is the characters are all seriously kick-butt. Alex is training to be a Sentinel and learning how to do some serious damage to the daimons (and some of her fellow classmates) that have made her life a living hell. You have to love a strong female lead who can take care of herself. Onto the guys! Many readers are tired of love-triangles, but I just can't get enough of them. Half-Blood doesn't really develop one, but I can see one in the future of the series. I'm torn in this book between Aiden the Pure (smoking hot and completely forbidden) sentinel who takes her under his tutelage and Seth (whom I won't give any spoilers about). I must say that I am Team Seth.
Other than the characters and potential romance triad of the story is the world that is created in the Covenant. Readers are thrown into the world of the Covenant, but Ms. Armentrout effortlessly and naturally introduces this new world and is able to keep readers up to speed. This world is strongly based on a rigid class system and class systems fascinate me. I cannot wait to see the evolutions of the characters, the world, and laws as this series progresses. I eagerly await the next installment to arrive in my mailbox and give this book a 5 STAR rating. ...more
Torn picks up where Switched left off. This second edition in the trilogy never lets up on the action and drama and far surpasses it's predecessor SwiTorn picks up where Switched left off. This second edition in the trilogy never lets up on the action and drama and far surpasses it's predecessor Switched. The elements and characters in this edition really start to develope. In the first book I wasn't a big fan of Wendy. She was a selfish and spoiled brat. In Torn, readers see Wendy grow up a lot and start taking responsibility. Some more background information on the troll societies is revealed and adds a sense of darkness to the story. There is the edition of two characters Loki and Duncan. First off, I love Duncan! He is so sweet and unassuming. As for Loki, I want him for a book boyfriend. The guy is made of suave, charming, and a dash of bad boy. Sadly, this sequel saw me fall out of like with Finn. He is a bit of a clueless A$$! Tove has a much larger role and quickly became one of my favorite characters in a slightly crazy and quirky way.There is a lot more action and things just seemed to flow more smoothly than they did in Switched. I believe that with this edition Ms. Hocking really stepped up her writing. I love this series and can't wait to re-read Ascend in paperback! ...more