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I like the concept of Sekret. Espionage and psychic mixed together make for a really good book. However, I have to say that at times it was a little hard to get into the book because of all the Russian names and some of the descriptions. If I was interrupted or stumbled on a word, I had hard time getting myself to focus all over again.
While it took some time for me to finish the book, I'm curious to see what will happen to Yulia in the next book. Lindsay Smith managed to create such a vivid setting and it definitely felt very authentic. The way that the psychic teenagers are being used was sad and hard to read at times. After a shocking secret is reveal almost at the end of Sekret, I'm curious to see what Lindsay Smith will do next. And I sincerely hope that Rostov, the villain gets a slow and painful death.(less)
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I loved this book. It was perfect and charming and realistic. Macallan was such a fierce character, I loved reading about her. I thought she would be a Mary Sue type but she certainly proved me wrong. She stood up for herself and her family and what she believes in. She's loyal and honest and some I would like to be be friends with. Levi is a regular teenage boy and I love him. His confusion towards understanding girls and wanting to fit in as well as trying to be a good friend is so sweet and funny and endearing.
Macallan and Levi's friendship is the kind that I love to read about. The history they shared and the bond they forged as friends is the kind of love story that has me sighing and swooning and makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. Since they're teenagers, they experienced a lot of ups and downs and misunderstanding on both of their parts. And I did want to slap them both on the back of their head at one point just to get them to talk to each other.
Overall, I absolutely love this story. It a modern day "When Harry Met Sally" story but unique in its own way. I can't wait to go out and buy my own copy so I can add it to my shelf. This book brought so many happy moments and laughter while reading this book. I'm recommending this book to anyone who's looking for a light hearted romance of where it goes from friends to more. It will for sure bring a smile to your face.(less)
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I've been in a contemporary kick lately and after reading a couple of 5 stars books, I picked up Bright Before Sunrise. I enjoyed it and it was cute but I did have some problems with it. I did like how the story line follows both main characters, Brighton and Jonah, throughout the whole book as dual point of views.
Bright Before Sunrise follows the story of Brighton and Jonah. Jonah is new to school at Cross Point and he is a bit of a loner who refuses to socialize with anyone. Brighton is a happy, friendly, nice girl that everyone knows and like. Right off the bat, Jonah doesn't like Brighton and everything he thinks she stands for: pretentious, judgemental, privileged, and thinks she leads the perfect life. Since he won't talk to her, Brighton has taken it upon herself to seek him out and get him involved in school. And she also has a need that everyone has to like her, so she's hell bent on finding out why he doesn't like her and then changing that.
I wasn't a big fan of Jonah, to be honest. He was a bit of an asshole to Brighton and I don't agree with how he treated her like crap and used her for his own agenda. He complained about Cross Pointe and how they judged him from where he used to live but I didn't see any evidence to back up is claim. Instead, I just I saw him judging Brighton and the rest of their classmates. I also didn't understand Brighton's and Jonah's attraction to one another. Throughout the whole book we see how little Jonah like Brighton and by the end I'm supposed to believe that he finds her irresistible and wants to be with her? No, I just can't buy it. I'm blaming the author on that part because I just didn't find it believable.
All in all, Bright Before Sunrise had a really cute concept and it was a quick and easy read. While it may not be a favorite, it was an enjoyable read. (less)
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*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher but it did not influence this review in any way.*
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars
I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. It took an unexpected turn and I'm so conflicted about it; I liked it but I didn't. It broke some of my big no-nos in books and it ended in a way that feels like the author tried to give everyone their happy endings and it just didn't work.
From what the synopsis tells us, a boy gets in between best friends, Natalie and Brooke. Right from the beginning, I picked up on the little hints of the girls history in regards to Brooke's boyfriend, Aiden. Brooke is the typical party girl and is used to being in the center of attention and Natalie is the shy, quiet girl who prefers to stay at home.
But Natalie is hiding a secret. She likes Brooke's boyfriend and it seems like Aiden likes her too. When all three of them head off to a party, things gets a little out of control. And I have to say I was a little surprised by Natalie. She kept insisting that she would rather stay home and watch movies but at the party I saw a girl that I didn't recognized. She knew that she couldn't hold her liquor but she still drank shots and anything that passed her way. On top of that, she also said that on her last party, she blacked out and didn't remember anything but did remembered having sex with someone. So I find it hard to believe that she would just go ahead and drink to the point of blacking out, all while still proclaiming that she doesn't like the party scene.
I also didn't like how Brooke was portrayed as the bad friend/person just because she wanted to have fun and drink. It feels like the author, Paige, was trying to show two completely different personality types and make them very stereotypical as well. Natalie did bad things too and to her "best friend" Brooke especially. But Natalie and Aiden tried to justify it to themselves because of how Brooke would act. I just found Natalie to have this holier than thou attitude and I didn't like it.
There was also an interesting twist to the plot just that made it too overwhelming. By the time I reached that point of the story, I just wanted to get to the end and be done with it. How it ended was also a little too far-fetched and a little too much. If it was me, I would have left town and not looked back. Unfortunately, this was not the book for me. The friendship of Natalie and Brooke got too screwed up and I don't think in the real world they would have been able to repair their friendship.(less)
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*I received a copy of this book for a blog tour through NetGalley, but it did not influence this review in any way.*
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars
To be honest, this was a surprising read for me. I had a little bit of trouble when I first started the book. It felt like I was being told the story instead of experiencing it. It also felt like there wasn't any real consistency between scenes. However, things change fairly quickly once I managed to get sucked into the story, when Cami and Julian first meet.
Cami is this bubbly, all over the place, sweet girl and Julian is this abrasive, rude and hot ex-Marine. When they first meet, their polar opposite personalities cause them to clash right away. They just seem to hurl insults at each other and while Cami was insensitive at time, I believe that Julian deserved it. So when she had to apologize to him, I felt a little indignant for her. He was being a prick and she was just being honest. *pouts*
I love Cami and Julian together. Their banter is so entertaining and how they just seems to bicker about everything reminds me of my boyfriend and I. And the best part is that when they did get together, it didn't stop. It continued but only this time, to make up, there would be some delicious kissing!
One of the things that got to me about this story was the fact that both Cami and Julian are confused with what they want to do with the rest of their lives. And like in many typical teenage relationships, the feelings for the other person would take on a bigger priority. However, Julian (gosh, I just love him for this) pushed both himself and Cami to figure out what their dreams were and pushed to follow them and that they would make the relationship work no matter what. Julian knew that his and Cami's dreams would separate them but he still wanted them to pursue their own path and do what they wanted to do. He didn't want to influence Cami into choosing a path that would just forced her into not following her dreams. I have yet to see something like this in a YA novel and Sabrina Elkins did such a good job at it.
Sabrina Elkins really impressed me with this book. I went in expecting a fluffy romance novel and I came out with a fluffy romance novel with a hero I just love. A hero I would love to see more of in books. Cami a fun character and I'm that both got their happy ending.(less)
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*I received an early copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley but it did not influence this review in way.*
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars
Consume picks up where Covet left us and we're thrust right into the action. This book definitely had faster pace than the previous two and for that I'm very happy. One of my complaints from the first two books was that it was so slow going that it dragged on for me. However, Consume is a go from the start.
Savannah has to deal with the consequences of her actions and considering everything, from what happened in the previous books and now, I think she has certainly grown from that naive girl in Crave. As for Tristan, there were times when I wanted to shake some sense into him because he was being so stubborn. However, considering the circumstances, he was acting out because his grief and so I can't blame him. Both Savannah and Tristan did a lot of growing up throughout the series that I can appreciate this book a lot more due to that. I have to give it to Ms. Darnell for doing such a good job in their character growth.
I have to say that I'm very surprised by how much I like this book than the previous two. I guess because the other two were so slow and had a lot of useless information that I just couldn't love them. All the questions were answered and even though I had figured out who was behind everything, the surprise twist was definitely well done.
Overall, I found Consume to be a lot more entertaining and I was glad that Savannah and Tristan got their happy ending.(less)
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*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley but it did not influence this review in any way.*
From reading the synopsis I knew going in that I was going to get my heart broken. But I welcomed it because sometimes I need to read sad and angsty, break-my-heart-into-million-of-little-pieces book to have my heart be slowly put together. So a few pages into the book and I'm already feeling the angst and anger that the main character, Emma, is experiencing.
However, after a few chapters, my patience with Emma and her attitude towards her stepfather, Dan, was wearing thin. At first, I was sympathetic with her grief and her anger but after her insistence that she knew best about what her mother wanted and how Dan was wrong, it became irritating. She proclaimed that Dan didn't love her or her mom and that he only cared about his unborn child but I never saw that. Instead, all we got was flashbacks of Dan being nothing but a devoted husband and stepfather. So she continued to lash out against him but she never sat down to talk to him, which made sense considering what we learn towards the end. However, by that point, I just found her to be a self-centered, spoiled brat so it was a little too late.
The story line with Caleb was very touching. And while they're both dealing with such powerful emotions that can hurt the "newness" of the relationship, I liked how being together bought them closer and in turn, they became alive. It was really interesting learning about Caleb and his family and how Emma reacted to how he was being treated. However, I don't think she ever made the connection of how Caleb was being treated by his parents to how she was treating Dan so I was a little bothered by that.
Overall, I liked the book and the story but I just couldn't click with Emma. I also found some plot holes in Emma's mom pregnancy that had me scratching my head, wondering if I missed something. While it meant to be a touching and sad story, my heart was left intact and not broken in million little pieces I was expecting.(less)
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My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 stars
* I received an eARC of this book from the publisher but it did not influence this review in any way.*
Katie McGarry outdid herself with this book. Crash Into You was everything and more than what I was expecting. After the ending of Dare You To, I was unhappy by how Isaiah was left and that he wasn't given his happy ending. So I was super excited when this book was announced.
Isaiah has this super tough, scary persona and I'm glad that we got to really know him in this book. His love and loyalty to the people he cares about really came out. He's the kind of guy that, if he's your friend, will stand by you no matter what. I really like Rachel and I loved getting to know her. There were several times I wanted to stand up to her overprotective brothers and overbearing parents. I understood why they acted that way but I did not like it at all. I wanted shake some sense into them and make them see that she's a person and they couldn't just toss her feelings aside.
Isaiah and Rachel has to be my favorite couple of the series so far. They're absolutely perfect for each other. I loved how Isaiah managed to make Rachel feel strong and like she can take on the world. And how Rachel made Isaiah realized that there is good in the world and that he doesn't need to control everything and to trust other people. After reading this book, it made me realized how perfectly suited Isaiah and Rachel are and how Beth and Isaiah would have been a disaster if they had gotten together.
Overall, this has to be my favorite of the series, I just loved it so much. Crash Into You lived up to all my expectations and I can't wait to go out and buy my own copy. Katie McGarry did a great job in keeping her readers hooked and entertained and I can't wait to read West's story. Although, I do hope she does a book on Ethan and Abby, they're just so cute. I say, go out and read this. It will not disappoint.(less)
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Callie: - I thought that she was a very strong female character. She has this fight for survival in her. - Like her mom said, she could have turned out to be a jaded, hard person, but she didn’t. -She’s just a really nice person. She could have turn Kat away and she could have been a bitch to Phoebe but she wasn’t. - I just didn’t like how she continued to lie and lie. I understand she’s not used to trusting people or depending on them, I just wanted her to stop lying. - Her slow relationship with Greg, her dad. Love. She slowly trusted him and he never pushed. Just waited for her to be ready.
Plot: - Nicely paced - So wonderful, and gritty, and well done. I’ve seen some books that have similar storyline but they didn’t pull it off like this one. It seems more real and the characters are redeeming. - And the wonderful writing definitely helps the book.
Secondary Characters: - Kat is wonderful best friend. Although pushy at times, she just wants her best friend to be happy, and feel like she’s loved and she has all the qualities that remind me of my own best friend. - Greg/dad is perfectly written. He gives Callie the space and love that she needs as she gets used to having a family again, as she deals with learning how to have healthy relationships. - Callie’s grandmother, or Yiayoula, is one kick ass lady and I love how fierce she is towards anyone hurting Callie. And I love that she doesn’t even let Callie get away with thing Greg lets her get away with. While Greg gives her times, she goes straight for Callie and has her deal with things as they happen. And she was very intuitive when noticing how Callie ran away but not because she doesn’t care, but that she was running away to someone.
Alex: - Oh my. Alex certainly is a unique love interest for me. Callie and Alex didn’t start out as insta-love (and for that I’m forever grateful) but they were attracted to each other. - I really like how their relationship slowly progressed. It was nicely done and slow that it totally snuck up on me just like Callie. It sort started off with a few hangouts and then a conversation here and there. Telling of secrets and before you know it, Callie was telling Alex her biggest secrets.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it to be such a good and touching read and I just fell in love with the characters. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a sad but touching story and I can’t wait to get my own copy. (less)
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Pawn really surprised me. I've read so many dystopian novels that they all start sounding alike after a while, but this story had some really nice twist to it. I read it fairly quickly because I couldn't seem to put this down, just wanting to know what happens next. There were so many twists and turns in the book that I never felt like it was slow or there was too much information thrown at me.
We first meet Kitty Doe right after she becomes marked. At first, I was really confused because she kept saying how it was all downhill from there and how she had to leave her life behind. She said a lot things that were a bit confusing and there weren't any real explanations to them until later on in the book. When she decides to leave and we start understanding what's happening, that when things start picking up.
I felt for Kitty, though. After being changed to another a person without her consent, being forced to give up everything that you ever known and inhabit someone else's life, Kitty is torn, obviously. But Kitty reacted very realistic and I have to give her kudos for just not whining and crying about her misfortunes. She showed a lot of inner strength and I'm curious to see what happens next for her.
Knox is also a favorite character of mine. While he and Kitty had a little rough start, considering how they meet, I really enjoyed getting to know him. He tried to keep all his promises to Kitty and he always tried to have her best interest at heart. I found that to be really admirable of him considering that he didn't know Kitty and that he could get in trouble for it. So I hope he gets his happy ending.
I can't wait to read more of Aimee's work and I can't wait until the next book of the series, Captive. I'm completely hooked and I want for Kitty/Knox/Lila/Celia to kick Daxton's ass. He's a slimy bastard who just gives me the creeps.(less)
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Spies and Prejudice was a quick and easy read but once it’s over, it isn't very memorable. I did enjoy the story, however.
Berry is a kick ass characters and she’s very resourceful. She doesn't take any sort of nonsense from anyone the story behind the pepper spray incident and no boy wanting to date her is the best ever. Talia Vance managed to create a very real character. But my favorite thing about Berry is her name, Berry Fields, hehe. It’s just so unique and strange. I wouldn't have been able to live with it as well as she does.
I did find the storyline to be a bit predictable at times. For example, with Tanner, the love interest, I figured him out right away. However, he was very cute and he did remind me of Mr. Darcy at the beginning, being all indifferent and judgmental towards Berry. And like Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, they both learn that there is more to other than meets the eye.
Overall, Spies and Prejudice was a cute story and had a nice twist to it. There was nothing new and surprising about the story that I can take with me. However, if you want a really fast and enjoyable read, I'd recommend this one. (less)
I loved this novella. It was short, sweet and juuust right. It was exactly what I needed after reading so many YA novels back to back. Brighton Walsh knows how to weave a story and have you falling in love right alongside with the characters. And I love the story line of friends to more. It makes my girly heart sigh in contentment and have me cheering the couple on.
Olivia is the kind of female heroine that I wish I see more of in books. She's a strong and independent woman without coming off as bitch. Ian is, oh my god, he's the kind of guy you would want to end up with in real life. He is so sweet and swoony and knows what he wants and knows how to work a suit.
Olivia has been on a string of bad dates and have nine (!) weddings to attend and Ian offers to be her plus one. They have been friends for twenty years but Ian has always nurtured a crush on Olivia and it has resurfaced when he sees her all dolled up for wedding #1. For her part, Olivia has always thought that Ian was attractive but when she's sees him working his suit for the wedding, she realizes that her friend is a lot more attractive than she originally thought.
For being a novella, Olivia's and Ian's story did not feel rushed at all. Everything happened at the right time and it felt believable. Most times, I'm always turned off from a book by how rushed and unrealistic the story line feels. This was not the case with Plus One. You can tell that there is history between Olivia and Ian by how they interact with each other. You can also see when it starts becoming more than just a friend doing a favor for another friend for Olivia. And it felt very natural when Ian realized that Olivia is the woman for him. If I wasn't already a fan of Ms. Walsh's work, I would have become a fan of hers with this novella.
Plus One is a wonderful story that I can see myself going back and rereading and recommending to all my friends. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Walsh's work and falling in love with more of her heroes. I may have gotten a copy from the publisher but I went out and bought my own ebook copy and you should too!
**I received an early copy of this book through NetGalley but it did not influence this review any way.**(less)
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley but it did not influence this review in any way.*
After reading the summary of Spellbinding, I was really excited about starting this book. It sounds like it would be full of adventures with some romance thrown in; I love those kind of books. However, after a slow beginning, I realize that this may not be the book for me. This book really dragged for me. I tried to get in the right mindset for it but I just couldn't get there.
My biggest issue is with Abby, the protagonist. At first, I thought that she was way too dense. She could not or would not see things that were happening right in front of her until the last moment. She would have these “aha!” moments but I believe that the reader had already seen what was happening. Also, Abby kept giving a whiplash with how fast she would change her mind. With both boys and with her dad’s new girlfriend, she couldn't make up her mind and honestly, it drove me insane.
Another issue I had was with the storyline and that I felt that it moved much too quickly. Yes, I was bored and I had been reading this galley forever and I couldn't wait to be finished, but the storyline moved much too quickly for it to be believable. When she found out she was a witch and couldn't believe it then a couple of paragraphs later she was decided that it made sense since she was always a little bit strange. Also, how quickly she started doing magic on her own. With one little book of spells and she was set. And the whole insta-love with Rem just didn't work for me. I know they had their “history” but it just wasn't believable.
Thankfully, I’m glad that I didn't waste my money on this book but I am frustrated that I spent time reading this book. (less)
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**This is a Did Not Finish review. I did not read the whole book, only up to 23% . So this is just my thoughts up to where I read.**
Unfortunately, this is a DNF review. I tried and tried to get into this book but I just couldn't. The premise of the story really intrigued me especially after reading Speechless by Hannah Harrington last year. It reminded me a little bit of it and so I was excited when Gallery Books approved me on NetGalley.
First off, the galley was filled with errors which made the reading experience a little bit more difficult. I could live with that if only the female protagonist wasn't such, excuse me for the word, a bitch. Angie was Lizzie best friend and she was one of the people that ostracized Lizzie. Now, with Lizzie dead, she finds out that someone is posting Lizze’s diary around school. Angie decides that she needs to find out who it is and goes on a hunt.
She acts all self-righteous when confronting people, as if she were any better than them. After a while I became so angry at Angie that I decided I just couldn't continue reading anymore. Unfortunately, I don’t see myself picking up a finished copy and finishing this book.(less)
I received an early copy of this book from Harlequin Teen in exchange for an honest review.
Okay, I have to admit that I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book or not. Beth was not a character I really cared about. In Pushing the Limits, I always hated how she treated Echo, even Noah at times. She came off as being very abrasive, and I wasn't sure if I could handle reading a whole book with her as the main character. However, I decided to give her a chance to explain herself and to withhold my judgement.
Beth was definitely an interesting and complex character and I found myself going back and forth throughout the whole book wondering how I felt about her. I came to understand and sympathize her, but she is not a favorite heroine of mine. But I think that's okay. Knowing Beth, she would hate to be put on the same spotlight as every other beloved heroine and would try her hardest to do the exact opposite of what every one is doing.
Learning about Beth's life and everything that she went through was a definite eye opener and it explained why Beth is the way she is. She has some crazy trust issues that stems from people always leaving her and she has no sense of self-worth. She doesn't believe that she deserves more in life and it caused me to mentally yell at Beth a lot. I felt like I was Beth's life coach at times. I wanted her believe in her worth and that she is the only one who determines her worth. I was also very dismayed at how Beth treated Scott, Isaiah and Ryan. Beth quickly passed judgement on them even though she hates when people do that to her. And she never gave them a chance to explain until it was too late.
Ryan, on the other hand, is the sweetest guy I have read in a while. He had me swooning during certain parts throughout the book but especially during this part:
"I hold the bottle out into the rain and watch as the steady flow slowly fills it. When there is enough, enough that Beth can clearly see, I close the bottle and hand it to her.
She raised a skeptical eyebrow, but accepts the bottle.
"It's our rain, Beth."
Her head barely shakes to show her confusion while I rub the back of neck and search for my courage. "I told you I loved you in this rain and when you doubt my words, I want you to look at this bottle."
I found myself really enjoying getting to know Ryan. When I first heard about this book, I was confused because I thought it was supposed to be a Beth and Isaiah story and I was a little hesitant about this love interest that we didn't know. However, after reading the book and getting to know Ryan, it really show us that he is the best guy for Beth. For her to grow and to be her true self.
That is not to say that I wasn't heartbroken for Isaiah. I was really bothered by how Beth treated him, considering that he is her best friend. I was so angry at her and wouldn't let go of that anger until she talked and apologized to him. Friendship is a two-way street and she needed to be honest with him. I'm looking forward to reading his book, Crash into You, and see if he gets his happy ending, too.
After everything that happened, I do admit that I enjoyed Dare You To a lot more than Pushing the Limits. Katie McGarry managed to create a book where I wasn't a big fan of the main character but I grew to like and gain a new level of respect for. I believe that shows how good of a writer McGarry really is and I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeves.(less)
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**I received an early egalley from Gallery Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review but it did not influence this review in any way.**
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars (Goodreads: 4 stars)
I originally read this as a fanfiction but once I heard that it was being reworked and traditionally published, I was super excited. I was a big fan of The Office and after following Lauren and Christina for years and reading their previous works, I knew there there would be good, fun, smutty words coming my way.
Beautiful Bastard starts off with a bang, *ahem* literally. And while I managed to read it pretty quickly (in less than a day and while at work) I can't help but feel like something was missing from the story. I never really felt any sort of connection with Chloe or Bennett, which cause me to be sort of aloof/indifferent about them.
What I love about the story is that Chloe is a smart, strong, kick ass woman. She takes no prisoners and when Bennett was being an asshole to her, she still kept her cool and had her sass and witty retorts to hold her own. Chloe doesn't depend on anyone which is a quality I wish more female character have.
While I did enjoy the storyline and all the smexy times (I can't believer I'm saying this), I think there was too much smut and not enough character development. Chloe and Bennett start off hating each other and then to fucking each other and then to proceed to...fall in love? No. It happened a little too fast for me to consider it believable. If we were given more moments where Chloe and Bennett talked and connected (in a nonsexual way) I would have enjoyed it and loved them more.
To end, I enjoyed Beautiful Bastard and it was exactly what I needed when I was going through a Young Adult reading binge.There is very little angst and when there is, it is resolved pretty quickly. The changes Lauren and Christina did were noticeable but still reminded be of The Office. It did however, got me excited to read more of their works. I can't wait for it's companion Beautiful Stranger.(less)
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**I received an early egalley from Strange Chemistry through NetGalley for an honest review, but it did not influence this review in any way.**
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars
I found the premise of Broken to be quite intriguing. In fact, throughout the whole story, I found myself curious of what really happened to Daniel and the secrets Alex Frank's dad was hiding. It was because of that that I continued to read until the end.
The position that Emma is in really made me connect with her and I found myself being torn and heartbroken just like she was. I felt her grief and her pain as she dealt with the death of her boyfriend, Daniel. I have to give the author her credit for doing such a great job in portraying Emma's grief so well.
However, I wasn't so surprised when Emma found out about Daniel's ex-best-friend's secrets. I managed to pick up on the hints that were scattered all throughout the book. One of the things that really bothers me when I read is that sometimes somethings happens and "somehow" the characters doesn't pick up on it but the reader does. It makes me wonder whether the author is undermining their reader's intelligence or not.
There was also something about the way the author wrote some parts that had me a little confuse and quite honestly, distracted me from the story. I'm not sure whether that was intentional or not but I'm sure that being pulled away from the story because you're trying a unique way of writing and saying this is not what you want your readers to experience.
Overall, I found the book to be an enjoyable read and full of suspense to keep you turning the page.My only issue with the book was how everything was wrapped up nicely in the end. It was too much of a perfect ending which makes it unrealistic for me. Because of that, I can't give this book a higher rating than 2.5 stars.(less)
**I received a copy of this book from Atria Books through NetGalley but it did not influence this review...moreReview can be seen here on Book and Swoons.
**I received a copy of this book from Atria Books through NetGalley but it did not influence this review in any way.**
***This is a Did Not Finish review. I did not read the whole book so this is just my thoughts up to what I read.***
I was given a chance by Atria Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster) to read an egalley of Love Unscripted after I requested a copy on NetGalley. I had read the synopsis of the book and I loved it. Actor/musician falling for a regular person love story just fascinates me. However, I just couldn't finish this book. I had to give up on it.
I felt like we were told so many insignificant information about everything that it drags the story down and makes it longer than it needs to be. I also didn't end up caring very much for Taryn and Ryan and found them to be very tedious and boring.
I tried to continue reading but I just had to give up. Especially after trying to read it for a month and a half and only reaching 200 pages, which was only 17% of the book. I also managed to read five other books in between reading this one. I basically wanted to read and do everything else but read about Taryn and Ryan's Love Unscripted.(less)
This is a Did Not Finish review. I did not read the whole book, only up to 49%, so this is just my thou...moreReview can be seen here on Books and Swoons.
This is a Did Not Finish review. I did not read the whole book, only up to 49%, so this is just my thoughts up to what I read.
Sigh. I...no. I couldn't with this book. I tried and tried but I couldn't finish. It saddens me because I had such high hope for Stolen Nights after that ending in Infinite Days. Unfortunately, it didn't end up working out that way.
After trying to read Stolen Nights for almost two months, I gave up. Lenah, the MC kept giving me a whiplash with her emotions and I just wanted to slap her. Homegirl needed to make up her mind or at least stop playing with people's feelings until she figured out what it was that she wanted. I have no tolerance for people who toy with other people's feelings. For someone who has been alive for almost 600 years, Leanh is very immature and indecisive. She kept going from "Oh! I love you so much, Rhodes. I miss you/him. And I know you love me too." to "I need to see Justin. He'll make me forget." I blank-stared at the book so hard I think I gave myself a headache. I may be slightly exaggerating. Only slightly, though.
And can I mention Justin really quickly? He is like a completely different character this time around. Yes, the girl you "love" is in love with someone else, didn't you know that already? Yes, you do. She told you about Rhodes in the first book and about their connection. Why are you so surprised and hurt?
The love triangle of this book is just one of the reasons why I couldn't finish the book. I'm not a fan of love triangles and this book just enforced it. Lenah is the other reason why I wasn't able to finish Stolen Nights. If the book consisted of more Rhodes, I may have been persuaded to finish the book. There are some bookish bloggers who have read the book and they had trouble with it but that the ending is might be worth giving it a second chance. Maybe later on in the future, I'll give Lenah a chance to redeem herself and I'll finish the book. But no promises.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, St. Martin's Griffin, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.(less)
**I received a copy of this book as an egalley from Scholastic through NetGalley but it did not influenc...moreReview can be seen here on Books and Swoons.
**I received a copy of this book as an egalley from Scholastic through NetGalley but it did not influence this review in any way.**
Now, I'm a fangirl at heart so I was very excited about starting this book. Accidentally kidnapping your celebrity crush + the funnies it bound to ensues = excitement in starting this book! However right from the beginning, Jody, the main character, was a bit too much for me to handle. I understood her devotion to Jackson Gatlin and The Regulators but what she continues to do with and for Jackson, and how she treats Mac (the best friend) really bothered me.
I will admit that Jody starts off as a really immature, irritating and weak girl but she grows into this strong, mature person. She gets her act together by the end of the book but by then it was just too late for me. I just couldn't muster up any sympathy for her. She made Mac believe she was leaving with Jackson until she knew how Mac really felt. She continue acting really petty and was lying until the last possible moment and it became the last straw for me with Jody. I had hoped she would have redeemed herself earlier in the story but it just didn't happen.
Jackson Gatlin, what can I say about Jackson Gatlin? Well, he certainly left a lot to be desired. He was just one big hot mess of a human being and who need a lot more help. I think even some therapy would do him some good.
My favorite character of the whole book is Mac's little sister, Cree. She is super cute and adorable. I totally loved it when Jody would call Mac "Mackenzie" and Cree would be like "No, my Kenzie." So territorial over her big brother, she was so endearing.
I found the book to be a little unrealistic with Jackson's detox, it happened way too fast for me to consider it realistic. And the problem with the reporter, Sally Dinkley, and her causing trouble for Jody and Jackson feels like extra conflict just for the sake of word count.
I thought the book was enjoyable, a little far-fetched at times, but the concept was really fun but since I couldn't click Jody, I can't give this book a higher rating. (less)