I can honestly say that I completely adored every single thing about this book. The setting, the story line and the amazing characters. Abbi did such...moreI can honestly say that I completely adored every single thing about this book. The setting, the story line and the amazing characters. Abbi did such a wonderful job of pulling me into the story and never letting me go.
Sadie has had to grow up ridiculously fast. Her mom, Jessica, moves on from guy to guy and from city to city. They never stay in one place for long. Sadie and her mom eventually end up in Alabama. Her mom is working as hired help at a mansion and one day, since she is pregnant, decides that she just can’t go anymore. Since Sadie has always had to be the responsible one, she takes it upon herself to fill her mothers job position so they don’t lose out on the money. She has no idea what she is in store for.
Sadie ends up working for Jax, a young rockstar. He has a house out in Alabama that he escapes to to get away from all the craziness that comes with a life of being famous. He and Sadie meet and they are instantly attracted to one another. While I am generally not a very big fan of insta love, I adored it in this book. It was wonderful and fitting and it made me smile A LOT. Sadie is an underdog. A sweet, independent and slightly clueless teenage girl. She has the world on her shoulders, but Jax makes her have fun. She knows that once the summer is over he will be out of her life, but she is willing to take that risk and so is he.
I loved so many of the characters in this book. Jax was charming and sweet. He is a rockstar, but is a completely grounded one. Marcus works and goes to school with Sadie. He is completely smitten with Sadie, but she unfortunately doesn’t feel the same for him. He is her shoulder to cry on and pretty much her best friend. He genuinely cares for her. He wants her to be happy, but he is so worried about her being heartbroken when the summer ends. He gets very upset with Jax for putting her in the position she is in. It was definitely easy to fall in love with him! He was, by far, one of my favorite characters in the book and, from what Abbi has mentioned, Marcus may just get a book of his own. This makes me ridiculously happy.
Even though this was a lot about the romance that blossoms between Sadie and Jax, it is also about all the trials and tribulations that Sadie has to go through in her life. She doesn’t get to be a normal teenager. She takes care of her mother as if the tables were turned. Jessica is completely oblivious at how to be an adult, much less a mother. Sadie has to work her butt off to keep them afloat and hide bill money from her mom so she doesn’t go off and blow it.
Overall I loved this book! It was a sweet YA love story. It is just about any teenage girls dream to have a rockstar or famous person fall in love with them. Sadie gets to live that that dream. If you are looking for a sweet romance then I highly recommend this one. It made me smile so many times out of the sheer sweetness of it all. I can’t wait for the other wonderful books that Abbi has in store for us! (less)
When Kimberly contacted me to review this for her I was all up for it. Faeries?? Heck yes! As soon as I received the book I decided to read a couple o...moreWhen Kimberly contacted me to review this for her I was all up for it. Faeries?? Heck yes! As soon as I received the book I decided to read a couple of pages to see what it was like. Those couple of pages turned into reading the whole thing in one sitting. I realize that this is only a novella, but I could not get enough!
Spencer created these amazing characters. Jensen, the main character, is absolutely fantastic. She was the kind of girl you could totally see yourself being friends with. She was written so realistically. I loved Jensen's best friend Zoe. She had the most funny and sarcastic dialogue. Some of the things she said literally had me laughing out loud. An example being, "You kind of lose the right to bitch someone out when you're no longer slapping groins." Just typing that made me laugh again!
Jensen is a 16 year old high schooler and, as if being a 16 year old is awkward enough, she has to deal with a con artist sister who has them constantly moving from one place to the next. She also finds it strange that she is always being singled out by her teacher, Mr Tanner, who somehow always knows when she is lying. She is also busy trying to discover why Zoe's sister hates her so much and figuring out the mysterious boy who is suddenly interested in her.
After a number of events take place, which I won't elaborate on since I don't want to give anything away, Jensen's sister Lauren disappears. Suddenly Jensen is thrown into a faerie world she never knew existed and it's seems her sister may have known about all along. Shimmerspell, the ability to move between worlds, is missing and everyone thinks that Jensen is partially to blame. The plot was fun, fast and intense. We are talking life and death situations!
I also loved the dialogue. It a lot of the YA books I read the dialogue seems to old or young for the characters they are portraying, but I think her depiction was pretty spot on. I had so many quotes from this book that I loved.
Along with the brilliant characters and dialogue was the plot. It was interesting and totally original. It was such a fun read and I HIGHLY recommend it!
My only complaint about this one? It wasn't near long enough. I wanted more! I still do! She is currently working on the follow up, Limerick, and I can't wait for it. (less)
She Smells the Dead was a fast and fun read. I really enjoyed the fact that there was a mixture of paranormal elements that were tied together. Also,...moreShe Smells the Dead was a fast and fun read. I really enjoyed the fact that there was a mixture of paranormal elements that were tied together. Also, I completely love the cover. It is absolutely beautiful and is pretty much exactly how I visualize the main character, Yuki.
Vanessa “Yuki” just so happens to smell the dead. It’s their way of letting her know that they have unfinished business that she needs to help them with. When she starts out all she has is the smell to go on in order to find out who they are and what they need. I love how original Yuki was. She wasn’t your average cookie cutter character. She was a goth girl and she was darn proud of it. She was hilarious, sarcastic and kick butt. She was all the things that I love in characters.
While working a case Yuki enlists the help of her friends. Calvin, her hunky best friend that she is starting to have feelings for, who also has a secret of his own and Emma her crazy vegan best friend who is the queen of research and lover of all animals big and small. They make up an extremely fun cast of characters.
I love how Stevens weaved all of the characters in together so that they play such an important role in each others lives and the story. The plot was so fun, fast paced and it seemed like there was adventure around every corner!
Overall I really really like this one! This story was absolutely unique and fun and WAY too short! We are left with quite a cliffhanger and I am excited to start on the next in the series, Spirit Storm.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed The Advice Girl. It was a quick read and kept me very interested. The plot was interesting and full of suspense. I love how the s...moreI thoroughly enjoyed The Advice Girl. It was a quick read and kept me very interested. The plot was interesting and full of suspense. I love how the story started in once place and you ended up somewhere completely unexpected. There were so many twists and turns!
The story begins through the point of view of Kira, whose best friend Sophia has been killed in a mysterious fire at their apartment. Kira is understandably devastated over the death of her friend and, the first few chapters, shows us how difficult it is for her to cope with her death. As the story unfolds we learn that everything isn't necessarily as it seems and Kira herself is now thrown into danger that only originally involved Sophia only. From there we are brought into a world of danger, suspense and mystery.
I loved the story, but I did have a couple of issues with it. The story is told from alternating points of view by several different characters which is something that I really like in books. In the beginning of the book it alternated based on chapter, but as it got further involved it would change in alternating paragraphs and sometimes sentences it seemed. I could look past it and still enjoy reading it, but at times it did confuse me. There were a couple of times that I actually had to go back and re read a sentence or paragraph to figure out whose point of view it was in. The only other issue that I really had was the insta love between two of the characters. Normally I don't have a problem with it, but I think it would be better if the relationship between the characters had developed a little bit more before it happened. I would have liked to know more about them individually first because they seemed like they would have such great complex individual stories. If that makes any sense!
Overall I REALLY enjoyed reading this. I am giving it a 3.5 due to the issues I had, but don't let the minor problems I had deter you from reading it. It is a short exciting read and the the beginning to a new series. I will definitely be checking out the sequel as we are left with quite the cliffhanger at the end of this one! (less)