This was the most uncomfortable and challenging read I've ever had. I had no clue what All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was about going in and if I hThis was the most uncomfortable and challenging read I've ever had. I had no clue what All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was about going in and if I had known it had to do with a taboo relationship between a man and a child I know I wouldn't have even given it a chance it's not something I can get behind even after reading the book but with all that said, I am glad I read it because it was a very well written and powerful read that stirred so many emotions in me.
The whole time while reading I was questioning myself. 'Why am I still reading this what the hell is wrong with me? This is so wrong on so many levels.' But I kept reading. And any book that can make me question myself in that manner yet keep my attention to the very end is a must read.
I loved Wavy. Her life was tragic, she had crap parents and no one gave a damn about her. As much as I hate Kellen for being the adult and pursuing the relationship with her at such a young age I also know if it wasn't for him Wavy would have never had a chance at life at all. It's all so twisted. I'm still just so disgusted by the whole thing. What he did was not okay, he was the adult he should have known better. I'm still pissed off about the whole thing weeks after reading it. Needless to say, it is definitely an unforgettable read.
~"I liked learning things. How numbers worked together to explain the stars. How molecules made the world. All the ugly and wonderful things people had done in the last two thousand years."...more
I never even heard of this book until I received it in the mail through one of my book subscription boxes so I didn't really have any expectations forI never even heard of this book until I received it in the mail through one of my book subscription boxes so I didn't really have any expectations for it. Plain and simple Not If I See You First was a page turner. It is realistic fiction at it's best and I don't come across a lot of realistic fiction that I thoroughly enjoy that often.
Before I dive into the main character I need to talk about the friendship, it was beautiful. Parker had an amazing support system. I loved each one of her friends for different reasons, and no they weren't perfect but they were real, at times flawed but one thing they all had in common was they cared for Parker.
Now on to Parker, if you love snarky, sarcastic and brutally honest characters you will adore Parker. She has her flaws and at times she isn't that nice thanks to that "brutally honest" part but you do see her grow and you can't help but root for her. She comes across as this "I may be blind but don't mess with me because I'll kick your ass" type of girl but being inside her head you see how that is all just a front and she has fears and issues that she is trying deal with along with coping with her father's death.
So the romance in this book is as real as it can get. Don't expect a perfect HEA wrapped up in a perfect neat bow. BUT I did love it and I did love the way things left off and I was satisfied with it. That's all I'm saying.
Overall Not If I See You First was a breath of fresh air in the YA Contemporary genre and I highly recommend it.
~"He still looks at you like he used to, even before you got together, like you're the most important thing in the world. Like if you were trapped on railroad tracks he'd break every finger to get you free without even noticing...and if he couldn't, he'd sit on the tracks and hold your hand and watch you instead of the train....more
The Bollywood Bride wrecked me! This was my first book by Sonali Dev and it definitely won't be my last. And my gosh check out that cover it's so beauThe Bollywood Bride wrecked me! This was my first book by Sonali Dev and it definitely won't be my last. And my gosh check out that cover it's so beautiful! Vikram and Ria's story was intense there is no other word to describe it. What was a surprise for me was the dark undertone in the book it's not just a romance but much more.
It's been ten years since Ria shattered Vikram's heart and left him without turning back and now they are stuck living under the same roof. Ria is a tormented soul even though Vikram has been a part of her life since childhood there are things that even he doesn't know. There were times I just wanted her to tell Vikram everything and let them have their happily ever after because my heart literally broke for both of them but at the same time I got Ria's reasoning and in her head she was being selfless saving Vikram from a possibility of even more heartbreak in the future. Honestly, the whole time I kept thinking how are these two going to have a happily ever after because Ria's reasoning was pretty sound, I kept thinking if that was me I probably would have tried to do the same.
I have to talk about Vikram, I'm not going to lie I really disliked him when we first met him but still I was so intrigued. He was downright vicious to Ria when they finally saw each other which wasn't under the best circumstances but as the back story developed of these two characters I got it, Vikram went through hell I really wish there was point of views from him because I felt like this wasn't just Ria's story but Vikram's too. You can tell he was lashing out at her for how much hurt he was feeling and it didn't help that Ria for her own reasons purposely acted like a cold hearted bitch to him. I was very concerned about cheating...I hate characters who cheat and when Ria and Vikram met up he had a girlfriend but luckily that situation was handled very well by Vikram and there is no cheating. Needless to say, Vikram grew on me and I ended up loving him.
Being someone of Indian descent, I really felt Dev brought the Indian culture to life. I'm not from India so I can't speak much on that part of the book but most of the book was based in Chicago a city I have visited so it was easy to picture the setting for me along with obviously the culture, the food, the people and the wedding that was taking place, it was all spot on and beautifully written.
Overall The Bollywood Bride is a must read it took me on an emotional roller coaster of a ride that was worth every minute of it.
~"She was a ticking time bomb and he was angry enough to be her fuse. And together they were a tragedy waiting to repeat itself."...more
I'll jump at the chance at reading a friend to lovers trope which is what The Finn Factor is, but I wasn't really feeling the characters or2.5 Stars
I'll jump at the chance at reading a friend to lovers trope which is what The Finn Factor is, but I wasn't really feeling the characters or their story much and actually found myself a bit bored for the most part.
Scarlet and Finn are best friends and have been living together for a few years. There has never been any sexual tension etc between them but one day they kiss due to the fact that Scarlett has been having bad luck in guys sticking around and she thinks it has something to do with her kissing so Finn jumps in and says she can practice kissing with him next thing you know the two can't stop thinking about it each other and the rest of the book is about them sorting their feelings out and moving from friends to lovers.
Even though the two have been friends and have been living together for so long I just wasn't feeling the chemistry between the two, it seemed more like lust than anything else. Also there was two point of views which I'm always a fan of but I just didn't connect with either one of the main characters, Finn was still very heavily guarded and Scarlett just came across a little too immature for my likes.
I did find myself caring a bit more about what happened between the two towards the end which is why I'll say this was an okay read for me.
~"We played with fire." "And we both got burned."
~"The right person is worth the possibility of being hurt, because being with them is everything."...more
Joyride was such a refreshing read in the Young Adult Contemporary genre, it had diversity, a sweet fun romance and it also dealt with issues you don'Joyride was such a refreshing read in the Young Adult Contemporary genre, it had diversity, a sweet fun romance and it also dealt with issues you don't see much of such as immigrants, their struggles, and racism.
I connected with both Carly and Arden instantly. Carly likes to be unnoticed she doesn't want to be "seen" so she does everything to stay under the radar but when Arden Moss comes crashing into her life and "sees" her I mean really sees her for who she is, not the girl she portrays at school he can't help but want to be her friend and ask her to be his sidekick in his late night pranks.
I loved Arden instantly, how can you not. Yeah, he was your typical rich kid who got all the girls but he was so much more than that and so broken. He lost his sister and blames his dad for it all (which he has every right to, if you want to talk about an uncaring image concerned racist asshole Sherriff Moss is your man) Arden hasn't truly healed after what happened to his sister, he has a lot of anger and regret that he is dealing with. Carly, on the other hand, is the complete opposite of what she shows the world, the girl is ballsy, strong and determined. She is trying to raise enough money to bring her parents and siblings into the country so she works endless hours, I'm talking about two jobs which include a graveyard shift just to help her brother Julio save up so they can pay someone to bring her parents into the country illegally after they were deported.
Arden is just going through the motions and Carly is working herself into the grave. Plain and simple both Carly and Arden are not living.
The romance between the two took awhile, Carly hated Arden right off the bat because of how they officially met and it took Arden a good minute to convince her to at least be his friend and after that it was just a matter of time until they realized how amazing the other one is. Arden was awesome in the romance department he wasn't an ass to her or going hot and cold, he was genuinely a sweet guy. There was so many laugh out loud moments between the two I loved it. Things obviously don't stay uncomplicated between them, about the 60% mark Banks really dives into the other half of the story which had to do with illegal immigrants and the racism and stereotypes that go along with it.
There was a point in the book where I officially did not like Julio or Carly's parents. I really felt that there is no reason a sixteen-year-old should have to work the hours she works and constantly be told to not worry about school and just work, work, work to raise the thousands of dollars they need to bring her family over. She is the child, her parents should have never asked this of her. The amount of pressure they put on her was not okay and I'm glad Carly started to realize that as well with the help of Arden.
I wanted to give the book five stars, but I felt the ending was wrapped up a little too neatly for a book like this, but that's just me. Overall an awesome read with two loveable characters. I actually want more of the two, I just wasn't ready to leave Arden and Carly when I was finished with Joyride which I read in one sitting.
"Carly, you pulled a gun on me the first time I met you. I don't think 'normal' is in the cards for us." - Arden
"I'm not worried about heaven or hell really. I am worried about jail though. Jail doesn't delight me." - Carly...more
Emmy and Oliver turned out to be more than what I expected. From that cover I thought I was going to get a sweet romance but it was more than that. ItEmmy and Oliver turned out to be more than what I expected. From that cover I thought I was going to get a sweet romance but it was more than that. It was about growing up, family and discovering oneself.
Oliver and Emmy were next door neighbors and best friends if not on the way to becoming more but one day Oliver doesn't return after spending the weekend with his dad because his father decided to kidnap him. A decade later Oliver is found and his world is pretty much turned upside down. He was lied to by his father and doesn't know what to think anymore. He was a very conflicted character because a part of him still loved his dad very much regardless of what he did because his dad and the life he had with him was all he knew and now he finds out his mom didn't abandon him and he was missing the whole time he was living his other life not to mention because he was abducted at such a young age he barely remembers anyone including Emmy.
As far as Emmy goes her life was affected deeply by Oliver's kidnapping. Besides the fact that she lost her best friend that day, her life would never be the same. Her parents are extra protective of her in fear of what happened to Oliver she has to sneak around to do the one thing she loves the most and there hasn't been a day that has passed that she hasn't thought of Oliver.
Both characters were very likable and my heart broke for each of them for different reasons. I loved that the parents were not absent in their lives like a lot of young adult books, there was conflict on both sides between Oliver and his mom and Emmy and her parents. Also two other notable characters that are worth mentioning is Caro and Drew they were Emmy's friends and also knew Oliver from when they were kids and I have to admit they were great friends with their own issues that they were dealing with.
Overall this was a great coming of age story and I highly recommend it.
~“Coming home is like being kidnaped all over again,”
~"Sometimes love isn't something you say, it's something you do" ...more
Why was I not aware Nalini Singh is writing contemporary! Rock Hard is actually the second book in her Rock Kiss series, I have not read the first booWhy was I not aware Nalini Singh is writing contemporary! Rock Hard is actually the second book in her Rock Kiss series, I have not read the first book but seeing how Rock Hard was about a completely different couple it didn't make much of a difference, although I do wish I knew more about Molly's situation ( character from the first book ) she is Charlie's best friend so we do see quite a bit of her in Rock Hard.
Gabriel is a very very patient man. He had an idea of what happened in Charlie's past so he took his sweet time breaking down Charlie's walls and I loved him so much for that. Charlie lives in a world of fear which prevents her from really living. She hasn't healed from the damage done to her in the past and she likes to stay invisible. Charlie was an admirable character. She is a survivor, for her to go through the hell she went through she had a lot of inner-strength which even she didn't know she had until Gabriel her T-Rex of a boss brought it out of her. I really liked Charlie but Gabriel was the star of this book he was just really the perfect alpha male who went for what he wanted which made him the success that he was but he was also so caring and loyal I couldn't get enough of him.
The romance was sweet. Like I said it took awhile before things got hot and steamy between the two but the lead up to it was so very fun. I highly enjoyed the banter between them especially the more Charlie broke out of her mousey shell the more I loved them together. Things did get pretty serious towards the second half or so of the book when it concentrated more on Charlie and her past along with Gabriel and his father issues.
Overall Rock Hard had everything I enjoy in a contemporary romance. Even now I'm still swooning over Gabriel....more
It's so hard when a series you really enjoyed has come to its end. I really enjoyed the Superlatives series and am so happy that Echols finally gave uIt's so hard when a series you really enjoyed has come to its end. I really enjoyed the Superlatives series and am so happy that Echols finally gave us Sawyer's story it was everything I wanted.
I was a little weary when I saw he was paired up with Kaye who is a bit judgy and quick to come to assumptions but getting to know all the pressure that was put on her by her insane mother I get it and you got to see her character grow throughout the novel. You also see her deal with the drama of her boyfriend Aiden who is a total ass, I don't get how this girl stood around and let him treat her the way he did and how she was so blind to Sawyer and how into her he was since well forever.
Sawyer was everything I imagined him to be plus so much more. Unlike Kaye, Sawyer comes from a pretty bad situation, he knows what it's like to struggle in life. In the previous books Sawyer is pictured as a flirt but secretly he has liked Kaye for two years and everyone but Kaye sees it. If you want to talk about total opposites Sawyer and Kaye are it and like opposites they balanced each other out, so yes they were actually perfect for each other. Both characters were flawed and brilliantly written.
Overall the series as a whole is great. If you are looking for a quick sweet romance check out this book and all the others in the series. Although I can tell you right now Sawyer's story is the one you will be craving from the very beginning. ...more
Rules of Seduction was a cute and light-hearted read. Dani is going to Los Angeles with big dreams of one day being the next big thing in Ho3.5 Stars
Rules of Seduction was a cute and light-hearted read. Dani is going to Los Angeles with big dreams of one day being the next big thing in Hollywood as far as being a director or a screenwriter goes but when she gets there the job she had lined up no longer exists, luckily she bumps into a childhood friend who moved out to Hollywood to try and become a star also and who just happens to be dating Tate the star of Vamp Camp which is a popular TV show. Elise hooks Dani up as an intern on the set of Vamp Camp but not without wanting something in return. Dani has to seduce Tate to test his loyalty to Elise.
I found the book to be very predictable, it was pretty obvious how things would play out but that didn't take away from my enjoyment of reading it. Dani was hilarious, the things that came out of her mouth and her thought process is what really kept me reading. I loved the different sets of lists of rules Dani always made, some were just downright funny and there were even a few rules that I if I kept lists like hers I would add to mine.
Tate was such a sweet guy which is why the whole time I felt so bad for him with the way he was being played by Elise and even Dani (although Dani did feel like utter crap the whole time while playing the seductress). Tate was more than what meets the eye and Dani slowly figured that out as they grew to become very close friends.
Besides the romance there is more to the book, we also see Dani's world crashing in on her when she realizes Hollywood is not everything it's cracked out to be and the people are really self-centered, the only bright light in her world is Tate but even she knows once he learns the truth that will be over and then there was her roommate Brit who was what a true friend really is...not like Elise that girl was just horrible and I hated how Dani let her talk her into a situation she clearly was uncomfortable in.
The ending was sweet, I just expected Tate to give Dani a bit more of a hard time because it seriously was messed up what she was doing. Overall though I laughed quite a bit and I had fun seeing there friendship blossom and Dani trying to seduce him when she didn't have a clue on what the hell she was doing.
~"If you find something funny, laugh. If something makes you sad, cry. If you are being disrespected, leave. Don't let anyone else dictate your emotions."
~"You're the worst." "You said the word 'best' wrong."
Pretending to be Erica was kind of a letdown. I really was hoping for a complex fast paced crime novel based off the blurb but unfortunately2.5 Stars
Pretending to be Erica was kind of a letdown. I really was hoping for a complex fast paced crime novel based off the blurb but unfortunately, it wasn't. Don't get me wrong the book started off very promising, I was very curious to see how things would go when she fully became Erica, but that's when the book started to drag for me I was bored her becoming Erica and everything that followed was not very exciting and there was a lot of inner repetitive dialogue with Violet and Erica constantly clashing which just annoyed me.
As far as the actual characters in the book, I didn't really connect with any of them, I felt a little sympathetic towards Violet for having to live the type of life she had but that was about it. Another thing that didn't make much sense to me was Violet and how unprepared she actually was amidst the con. She has been trained her whole life literally to take Erica's place but when she was thrown into it you would think they just thought of the idea of doing the con recently and threw her into it untrained.
Overall I think what kept me from enjoying this read was that my expectations for it were of something else than what the book turned out to be. I would say if you are looking for a light crime novel maybe check it out....more
I don't think I have ever read a book with such an unreliable narrator who was constantly blurring the lines of reality and I have to admit I absoluteI don't think I have ever read a book with such an unreliable narrator who was constantly blurring the lines of reality and I have to admit I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. Made You Up dealt with mental illness. Alex suffers from Schizophrenia and Paranoia, she doesn't know what is real and what isn't and since she is narrating the entire novel neither do we the readers know what is real, it was a constant guessing game. Alex does take pictures of things that help her determine what is real, but even that isn't completely reliable.
Alex was such an interesting and likable character, she is getting ready to start senior year at a new high school after being kicked out of her previous one, she wants to be as normal as possible but due to her illness it can be hard for. She checks for poison in her food that her mother cooks, she is scared of Nazis, she does perimeter checks everywhere she goes and she is terrified that Communists are after her, and now on top of everything at her new school she bumps into a boy from her past who she thought was nothing but a figment of her imagination and she is unsure if he is real or not.
Alex and Miles were both very easy to connect with. They both were complex characters and just so different from the ones I'm used to reading about. I also liked that the focus just wasn't on Alex at school but also her home life. As for Miles, he is a genius, literally. He was a total jerk at first and everyone at school actually fears him and at first I did not like him but as you learn more about him you will definitely feel for him and his situation and eventually he became a favorite of mine, I loved how understanding he was with Alex, she couldn't have found anyone better.
Overall Made You Look is an unforgettable emotional read that I highly recommend everyone picks up.
~"He belonged in the land of pheonixes and witches, the place where things were too fantastic to be real."...more