I'm sad. I was looking forward to this one but right now, it's gong to my DNF shelf (with the intention of maybe trying it again). It's just, I'm 50 pI'm sad. I was looking forward to this one but right now, it's gong to my DNF shelf (with the intention of maybe trying it again). It's just, I'm 50 pages in and none of the characters interest me, the story doesn't interest me & honestly, the writing is just 'meh' for me. Usually by this point, at least one character, even if it's a supporting character, has grabbed my attention. Here? Not the case in the slightest. Her little sister, Mia, is probably the most interesting out of everyone.
Maybe when I pick it up again, I will let myself at least get to the first dream sequence to see how that is. I don't know. For now, I'm closing the book on this one......more
First off, this cover is simply amazing. If this doesn't catch your attention when you walk past it on aReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
First off, this cover is simply amazing. If this doesn't catch your attention when you walk past it on a bookshelf, I don't know what would, honestly. I'm dying to see a finished copy, to see if it's even more spectacular than the ARC (which is pretty awesome).
This book was so unique. Not necessarily the story but how the book was put together. There are notes in there, pictures that Madeline draws and then gmail chat conversations. I don't think I've read a book where there were so many other things besides just text since I was a kid. It kind of brought me back to that time but obviously with a more mature story. This is also what makes the book such a quick read.
The best thing, hands down, about this book is the relationship between Olly and Madeline. Everything about this and them is perfection. They are both snarky, both have their own issues they try to keep from each other and are both just great people. The attraction is fast, fierce and real. The build up of these two isn't rushed and it feels real.
The story, where Madeline is allergic to the world and basically trapped in her sterile home for the rest of her life, is great. You can't help but pity her as she's missing out on so much. Just something as fresh air that we take for granted. Always being able to look outside and see the world, free as a bird, while you never get to experience any of it. That's depressing.
While I found this book to be rather predictable, it still made for a very enjoyable read. The characters, especially Madeline and Olly, made the story what it was. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll worry and you'll get angry. In the end, you'll smile.
Thank you so much to Random House for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
You GUYS! I don't know what I want to rate this book. I loved it. I loved the story. I certainly loved the characters. And I love the emotions it madeYou GUYS! I don't know what I want to rate this book. I loved it. I loved the story. I certainly loved the characters. And I love the emotions it made you feel. And this might be shitty of me BUT I was expecting to lose my shit a few times & bawl. I never once did. I teared up once or twice. That left me . . . disappointed. I wanted to cry. That's pretty ridiculous . . . riiiiiiight?
I am so glad I gave this book a chance. I know I repeat myself often but I rarely like YA contemp. It's not gritty enough for me but I'm starting to see that it's not the case anymore. I've come across more and more YA contemps that appeal to me. Not saying a lot, just more. This is one of them. It's a love story, which I am on board with, duh, but it's also not filled with butterflies and rainbows. It's darker, it's emotional and the entire book is one big struggle. It's what I like to read. There's no fluff but instead there's real issues with some dark backgrounds.
I wanted to give this book 5 stars so badly. And this may be me being a bit too harsh on this book but there is one reason I couldn't give it a perfect rating. Do you want to know why this is? It didn't make me cry. Sure, I teared up a few times but I was expecting and waiting for that moment (or moments, really) that would just gut me and make me loose my shit. It never came. Emotionally, this book drained me (in the best way possible, trust me) but the tears never came. I wanted to cry; I know, weird, right? But I wanted it and I never got it and it makes me so sad. It makes me want to cry for not being able to cry which is weirder to begin with.
I will say, if there is one contemporary book you should read this year, it's this one. I don't even care that it's the beginning of 2015, this is one you need to read. Also, this is coming from someone whose obsessed with fantasy and tends to cringe when contemporary is mentioned. That should show you how series I am about reading this book. I've already preordered it because I need it in hardcover. I also saw American Sniper after reading I'll Meet You There and some of Chris Kyle's reactions when he's home from war reminds me entirely of scenes with Josh from the book. So many things just brought this book more to life with seeing this movie - I don't know if it's just me.
I'm not sure which character killed me the most but both Sky and Josh were equally intriguing and difficult and down right hard to read at times. Josh, whose recently come back from the military but certainly not the same guy who left to go to war. Sure, he's still there but then you add everything he went through during his tour and it's just a mess (rightfully so). Then there's Sky, whose about to be one of the few who get out of this small town but her family life is anything but solid. Her father is dead and her mother is on the verge of another breakdown - it's enough to have her questioning whether she should put off school and stay back. Which is the last thing she needs.
There is not one negative thing about the book (me not crying is a personal thing, which is sad, but nothing against the book). It was everything I was hoping it to be and then some. Then so much more, really. The supporting characters are fantastic; their stories are unique in itself and not like anything you really read about in other YA books. Unless, of course, they're those contemps I stay away from. I can't even go in to detail about this book without wanting to talk about EVERYTHING so I'm opting for a vague review so I don't risk the urge.
All you need to know is this is a book you need to read. If it's not now, please put it on your list to read some time this year or as soon as you can. What I wouldn't give for more from these characters - alas, why I also steer away from standalone's. One book with characters I love is never enough for satisfy me.
Thank you so much to Macmillan for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
I'm putting this one down for the time being. It's not that it's bad - it's just too slow for it to hold my attention this moment. I might try to comeI'm putting this one down for the time being. It's not that it's bad - it's just too slow for it to hold my attention this moment. I might try to come back to it because I do like Fletcher and I do like the concept. We shall see...
Sadly, too many books to read, not enough time....more
This book was epic. Hands down, my favorite Jodi Meadows book to date. Everything about this was what I wanted (and more). From the cover (which I canThis book was epic. Hands down, my favorite Jodi Meadows book to date. Everything about this was what I wanted (and more). From the cover (which I can't stop staring at) to each and every word.
I will say, out of all the lines in the book, I still feel like the very first line of the book is my favorite. It's powerful. It's dangerous. It's enough to stop your heart with aniticipation and even worry.
A full review will come closer to the release date but this is definitely a book you want to pick up in 2016. Read the Orphan Queen, if you haven't already because you don't want to miss this.
My only complaint is that I wish there were an epilogue. I really wish there was one. ...more
Absolutely loved this book. The personalities of both Torres & Nell were hilarious. Them together was evFull review to come closer to publication!
Absolutely loved this book. The personalities of both Torres & Nell were hilarious. Them together was even better. I had so much fun reading this book & it's a book I would want to read again & again if only for them. And football, of course....more
If you have NOT read All That Glows please read with caution. There are some spoiReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
If you have NOT read All That Glows please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
If I could rate the first half of the book versus the second half of the book, the rating may look a lot better. The first half of this book was just . . . lacking. Everything. I couldn't get in to it. I actually DNFed this book, with the intention of coming back to it. I just couldn't force myself to continue reading. It's not that the story was boring or the characters, per say, but it just wasn't grabbing me and sucking me in like a book usually does. Nowhere near the feels I felt during the first book and to me, that's the most disappointing thing. When you enjoy a book so much and yet the sequel does absolutely nothing for you. However, I will say, the second half of this book really turned around for me.
I think I didn't like the lack of Richard. I truly believe that might be what made this book drag for me. What I loved so much about the first book was Richard and Emrys but then you take away half that equation and give me his sister instead? Plus, oh PLUS, you sort of throw in another love interest that I use that term loosely. I did not like that factor at all and yes, while it all makes sense in the end, I didn't like it and I just recently had a bad experience with a sequel throwing in a completely new love interest when the original one was perfect. Maybe this was my way of protecting myself from being hurt by this again? I don't really know, actually.
Then again, it's nothing against Richard's sister, Annabelle, or Belle as she's referred to a lot in this book. I actually really like her and I kind of want a story for her. So you see where my mind is having a hard time wrapping around the fact that this book did nothing for me. The characters, which are a big thing for me, were perfect. Well, at least the ones I like were and the story was interesting but it was missing the magic of the first one. Figuratively and I guess literally, too.
Richard and Embers together are just perfection. You don't even understand how much I love these two together. When they are together, I happy sigh. When they are not together, I wanna just skip all that and get to the parts when I can smile.
I can't really talk about the second half of the book and how much I loved it because it'll be a bunch of spoilers. But, she definitely redeemed herself by the second half of the book. She being the author.
I would probably rate the first half of this book with maybe a half a star (I know, harsh, right?) but the second half is probably a solid four stars. And it just makes me sad the whole book didn't feel like a solid four stars.
Doesn't mean you won't like it. I've read plenty of reviews where people really enjoyed this and where many people actually liked this more than the first book. To each, their own. This is why opinions are so great.
Thank you so much to HarperCollins for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
Is it just me? This book, while it's not bad, per say, it's boring. There's nothing grabbing my attention. I thought I'd give it a second chance, becaIs it just me? This book, while it's not bad, per say, it's boring. There's nothing grabbing my attention. I thought I'd give it a second chance, because I loved the book so much (and I adore the author a lot) but it wasn't clicking. Mathers chapters were the best part of the book and Theron was the worst. I don't like him. I don't know why but I don't. Maybe that's where my problem lies, I don't know. I can't really tell you why I can't get in to this book but I'm tired of forcing myself through it. When I have more desire to clean my room than read this book, you know there's a problem.
I'm sorry - but I don't know if I'll be giving this book another chance. And it breaks my heart, it really does. ...more
This may be a book where I actually like the main character more than the love interest. This is also a bReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
This may be a book where I actually like the main character more than the love interest. This is also a book where I like the best friend a lot more than the love interest. But that's nothing new. I always go for the guys who aren't gonna get lucky with our leading lady. I take it all back. See - this is why, friends, you should plan a little better and not have things come up when reading a blog tour obligated book so you can finish it and not look like an idiot. Things are deceiving, that they are. The love interest is definitely worthy. Absolutely and utterly worthy of being the love interest.
Lucky is hilarious and while I feel sorry for her name (and frankly, every time I see her name I just start hearing that Britney Spears song play in my head), it doesn't really bother her . . . unless you call her some stupid nickname like Lucky Charms or Licky. She's got some balls. She will dish it right back to you and she will dish it to you good. She's got a mouth on her and she's not afraid to use it.
James, the delicious chef we meet and most will probably drool over, is pretty likeable. His eyes are something that will make you swoon because who doesn't love stunning green eyes? I know I do so give it to me, baby. He's mysterious though because he has a past and he's keeping it hidden from Lucky and as curious as she is to find out what makes him him, we're just as curious, if not more. I don't know about you but I'm certainly thinking the worst.
I love the supporting characters in this story like Felicity, who Lucky's mother's assistant. She's sweet, charming and extremely dedicated to her work. I hope she gets a little bit of love in this series because she deserves it. Then there's the man whom I love, Bradley, who is Lucky's best friend. He seems like the type of guy you want to take home to the parents. Not just because he's rich, comes from a great family or studying to be a doctor but because his parents raised a good guy and those are hard to find. (I am heartbroken.) Then there's the sous-chef, Nunzio who is an absolute hoot. He's Italian and he's a character to be around. I hope to see a lot more of him.
Don't read this book while you're hungry because you'll find yourself craving all sorts of food. For instance, right now I am craving bacon like something fierce. Baaaaaaacon....more
I don't even have words for how I feel right now. I need to find them so I can writReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction">Step Into Fiction
I don't even have words for how I feel right now. I need to find them so I can write this review but this book has completely gutted me, in the best possible way while, at the same time, wanted me to punch a hole through a wall. Frustration is still running high but it's not a bad thing. I'm frustrated with a character, I'm frustrated with their way of thinking and I'm frustrated with another for what they did. Going in to this book, I knew it was going to be rough because the description alone makes you shake you head wondering how something could go so wrong and ruin so many lives.
I fell for Evan, right off the bat, and I knew it was love at first sight. I knew this was the man of Ryley, he had to be. He's been the best boyfriend any girl could ever hope for. Seriously, I was green with jealousy over how lucky Ryley truly is. From the moment he met her to the moment he left for his last mission, she has been his world and she will always be his world. What girl doesn't want a guy that devoted to her? He wasn't overbearing either. He is just . . . perfect. A little horny, but hey, when you love someone, all you want is them, all the time, right? Ryley was and still is his world. It's just now, his world has been ripped from him. He's been dead, for six years, or so everyone thought but he was completely unaware. He was fighting, he was still getting care packages, he was still in communication so how did something go so wrong? How could something like this happen? I seriously am blown away by it and it makes me hurt for him, it makes me hurt for her and most importantly, it makes me hurt for their son, EJ.
Ryley mourned Evan, as you can imagine someone in position would. It took her a really long time to accept that Evan was gone and she was forever going to be without him. Their son would forever grow up never knowing his dad. She was lucky to have her best friend by her side but then as time grew on, so did their relationship. This is one of the parts that doesn't sit well with me. This best friend is Evan's brother but not just a brother, oh no, a twin brother. I feel like he completely stepped over the line here. I don't care if Evan was dead, his girl is completely off limits. I don't know if I'm the only one that feels this way but it just didn't sit well with me. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt, I really did but really? And it's not like it's a surprise because it's in the book's description but I just thought I'd feel more open to the situation but when it presented itself, I wasn't. I love Ryley, and I love how you can see her growth in the flashbacks through out the book. You can also see the growth of her relationship with Evan from the moment they met to the moment she last saw him. They started dating in their teens and stayed together all through their late twenties. Their bond was strong and it admirable and something I envy.
I loved the supporting characters in this story, especially the family members. They bring extra layers to the story and ones I was grateful to see. From their relationships with not only their own children but with Evan or with Nate. The other SEAL members who are also going through hell along with Evan, I really want to hug them all because whatever they were a part of, unknowingly, has completely destroyed their lives. They're innocent in all of this and yet they're all suffering. The pain goes so much further than you could imagine.
I absolutely LOVED the therapy sessions that took up a good half of this book. At first, I wasn't sure I'd like that. Ryley and Evan seeing the same therapist and us seeing both of their sessions but after the first few chapters, I was eager to find out more. Find out their past together but from their points of views. It was sweet, romantic and just pure bliss.
The fact that this book has gotten so many strong emotions out of me is something not many books can do. Not that I cried or anything but I feel connected to these characters and I can feel their pain, deep within my soul. Evan frustrations is probably along the lines of the frustration I'm feeling and it has me all sorts of wound up.
Thank you so much to InkSlinger for allowing me the chance to be on the tour & provide me a copy of the book for an honest review....more
This was my first male/male story and while I'm all about love is love, it's new ground for me, you know?Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction
This was my first male/male story and while I'm all about love is love, it's new ground for me, you know? But I was excited to give it a try because the book sounds amazing and who cares anyway? Like I said, love is love.
I really wish this story had been told in Landry's point of view. I understand why it wasn't & really, why it couldn't have been but oh my GOSH did I love him. He is that guy that you just want around all the time. He's out, he's proud and he appears to comfortable in his own skin. He's loyal to a fault, loves with his whole heart & soul, and his personality outshines anyone else in a room. Not to mention those piercing eyes, tight pants and cute ass.
Justin is a bit rough around the edges. He just recently lost his dad, has had a rather negative relationship with his mother and has been hiding who he truly is for as long as he can remember. He's been in love with his best friend since at least high school, if not earlier than that. I can't imagine what a gay person has to go through when it comes to coming out. You see so many stories about how parents disown their own children, or physically hurt them because of who they love and it's just sad. As a straight person, we don't ever have to explain ourselves for who love, why we love them and tell our parents that. Parents should accept their child for who they are because no matter if you like girls or boys, you're still the same person you've always been. Now I'm rambling about my feelings regarding how people view homosexuality. Justin though, is having to deal with all the downfalls of trying to accept who he is. He's hidden himself away for so long and when it's time to truly be who he is, he doesn't know how to do that. I wanted to ring his neck a few times but like I said, I couldn't full relate because I've never been there or even had to think about going there. I imagine if I did, his lashing out at the wrong people or his remarks are something I would expect.
One thing I loved about these two is the fact that they're both artists. While Justin has a rare, natural talent with a camera & capturing a photo in a way that most people couldn't; there's an art in that & only a few truly shine. Then there's Landry, whose drawings are beyond brilliant. Not to mention, he's also a boss at graphic design. There's just way too much talent sitting there between the two of them.
This book isn't just about two friends falling in love as more than just friends but it's also about acceptance, of not just each other but more importantly, yourself. It's about being able to let go and move on from a loss so deep. It's about finding out who you are and what you truly want. It's about growing up & having the courage to speak your mind. It's about so many things all at once and that's the beauty of it.
It's very steamy and it's written beautifully. This is probably my second favorite book written by Megan Erickson & I'm so so soooo glad I've read it. I even recommended this book to my gay co-worker, thinking he'd really enjoy reading this. Whether or not he actually reads it, that's another story.
All I can is no matter who you love, your own sex or the opposite, I support you. Love is love. Everyone deserves to have it. I'm super glad to see a story like this out there. I know m/m stores exist but most of what I've seen is erotica and I can't stomach reading any sort of erotica.
Thank you so much to Penguin/Interix for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Megan Erickson, for writing such a fantastic & unique book....more
If you have NOT read Make It Count or Make It Right please read with caution. TheReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 3.5 stars
If you have NOT read Make It Count or Make It Right please read with caution. There are some spoilers that were unavoidable. Proceed with caution . . .
I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book. If you've read my reviews of the previous two books, you'll know I really struggled with Make It Count. Nearly DNFed it but I was willing to give the second book, Make It Right, a chance because it was based on a character I grew fond of, Max. Turns out, it was the best decision I ever made because I loved it. Now, coming in to Make It Last, I knew it could go either way (or even in the middle) but I wanted to give it a shot, too. Turns out, in the middle it went. This book was good, it was cute and I really enjoyed both the characters and the storyline but the pacing is what really threw me off. I got to the 49% mark and I was shocked. I felt like it should've been near the end (granted, the book ended at 81% but I was thinking I should've been at the 95% mark at this rate). It felt dragged out in parts and it just felt . . . slow. That is the only negative thing about this story but unfortunately, it's a big negative. It could make or break a reader in to continuing with the book. Granted, it's the final book so if you've stuck with a series this far, I know you'll stick with until the very end (and you'll be glad you did).
Actually. Now that the story is over, I wish there would be more. It was left open for the possibility of more and I hope that happens, down the road. I'll read it.
Cam is one I neither liked nor disliked in any previous book. I had no feelings about him at all, really. To me, he was just a character who was there and seemed like a good guy but that's really all. A filler, if you will, so I wasn't sure coming in to this book. Turns out, he truly is a great guy, with a fantastic personality and a bit of rough past when it comes to relationships. His heart was broken, more like shattered, by one girl and she's about to turn his world upside down, once again.
Tate is really fun. I didn't like her in the beginning, because of what she did to Cam in the past but she grew on me the more I read. By the end, I was so happy with her. Her father is amazing - especially with everything he is going through. Her brother is the same as her; I didn't like him at all in the beginning but the more he was around, the more he grew on me. I love characters who grow on me, ones I felt so differently for in the beginning from the end.
This book is filled with hardships. In every kind of relationship you can think of. Not to mention, Cam's future. His bright future, at that. The struggles are real and the struggles are painful; not just for our two main characters but for many secondary characters involved. You just want to hug them all.
Not spoiling anything but there's a scene at the end of this book, where all the characters from the previous books come together and it's glorious. My only complaint is it wasn't long enough. It was bliss reading them all together, especially like this. I wanted more. But I loved what I got.
I want to thank HarperCollins for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review and to Good Choice Reading for allowing me to be a part of this tour....more
New Adult has this obsession with companion novels for their series instead of aReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
New Adult has this obsession with companion novels for their series instead of a whole series based on just two characters. I always thought I’d hate it because I become too attached to characters to let them only have one book but surprisingly, I’m okay with this. I’m glad it’s not a big thing in YA because I don’t know if I’d feel the same about it there.
I adored Pieces of Olivia and while I wasn’t sure I would love Miles from Kara as much as I liked Pieces of Olivia, I am super happy to be so surprised because I loved this book. So damn much. I never wanted to it to end and this is where I might have issues with the companion novel idea. I don’t know how you can go from a story as perfect as this and follow it up and outshine both Colt and Kara. I don’t see how it’s possible but I’m eager to see it done.
Our two lead characters were so perfect, not only for each other but as individuals. I feel like I'm about to trash talk Olivia and Preston but honestly, Kara and Colt are a million times better than them. Colt, while he may appear to be a bit more of a bad boy, based on appearance, he'll surprise you. He's entirely considerate, sweet, romantic and just everything you'd want. Did I mention an Australian accent? That's always a bonus. While Kara is dealing with things that have happened to her in her past and not-so-great family, Colt has his skeletons, too. Seeing them deal with their issues together and alone seemed as realistic as you could hope for.
Not to mention the biggest issue these two face is the fact that Kara is still dating her longtime boyfriend, Ethan. While they are growing more and more apart, she'd never cheat on him. Add to the mix that Colt is Ethan's roommate and you're just asking for trouble. Tension hits some pretty high high's and you can only hope they all come out of their situations in one piece.
Colt is one of my new NA boyfriends. He is everything I'd want in life, accent and all. Please find me him in real life and I will make you my BFF for life. I kid you not.
I'm excited for the next book and I think it's going to be pretty tough. Subject matter, that is. But I'm excited to read them because the one thing Melissa has been able to do with this series is make not only her characters realistic, but the issues they're facing, as well.
Thank you so much to ATOMR Tours for allowing me to be a part of the blog tour & a big thank you to Penguin for allowing me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review....more
"WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU is a perfect story about growing up and the hardships you'll uncover no matter what profession you choose. It's filled with laughs, heartbreaks, tears, suspense, and plenty of romance." - Jessica from Step Into Fiction
First off, I was quoted in this book and it makes me squeal every time I see this book. No lie, I freaked a little when I saw this book in the store today and opened to the first page. I've been quoted on an author's website before (which is awesome) but never in a book before. I can totally understand what an author feels (on a smaller level, though) when they see their book in a bookstore for the first time.
That being said, here's another thing. The Kansas City Royals are heading to the World Series. This is not a joke. It's for real. I'm excited for them because of this book however, they beat my team to get there so I'm a little bummed, too. That's a little side note. Even though they beat the Orioles, I'm rooting for them to win now.
I'm not the biggest fan of baseball. Not of the sport itself, but watching it. The only time I'll ever watch it is the playoffs because I find those games to be more interesting. Maybe because they're better teams or maybe because I'm weird, but it could be both. I used to be play softball so it's not like I don't like the sport but I'm more of a football junkie. However, this book has definitely made me appreciate the sport once again. Made me actually watch some more of my team's regular season games (which I haven't done in years) and actually made me jealous I wasn't invited (by my brother) to go to one of the games. I mean, if a book can do that to someone, doesn't it speak on a whole different level about how perfect it really is?
If only Jason Brody were real, I think a lot more [younger] people would watch the sport, especially girls. He is not only a perfect guy that's rough around the edges because of his past but he's the perfect athlete, too. I feel like he's someone you could take home to mom and he's someone you & a whole team/organization/job/etc could respect on every level. For being 19 years old, that speaks a lot about his character. He had a rough childhood, he's a bit of a player and he's lacking his on education but that doesn't mean he's stupid or a bad person. Not to mention he's jaw-on-the-floor hot, so prepare those drool buckets now, ladies.
Brody hotness aside, I do believe this is a book both guys and girls could enjoy because of the blend of romance, sports and growth. I say sports because while Brody might be a up-and-coming superstar baseball player, Annie is a star runner for her track team hoping to go to college with running in mind. And she's a star, on and off that track. Her personality will keep you in stitches because this girl has spunk.
I think you can tell from my quote that this book has just about everything you need. I know it may be a little bit vague but it's been a few months since I've read it and while a lot of it has stuck with me, like the characters and the sports, details become muddled. This is, as of right now, one of my top 5 books of 2014 and that is saying something right there. I'm not even one whose big on YA contemporary and I devoured this book; staying up from 2 am to 7 am just to read it all. I couldn't put it down, even when my vision was going blurry, I kept going.
Thank you so much to Entangled for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review (and for the blurb opportunity, y'all are amazing). Thank you to InkSlinger for allowing me to be a part of another one of your tours, I do appreciate every one!...more
For those of you who read my review of Make It Count are probably surprised I signed up for a blog tour oReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
For those of you who read my review of Make It Count are probably surprised I signed up for a blog tour of the second book, especially with it being a review tour, right? I was generous in giving it three stars because I almost DNFed it but Alec was the reason I kept going. I took a bit of a gamble reading this book but I had hope because it was a book about Max (who I loved, even though he was an asshole) and Lea, who I hardly knew but was eager to know more about. I am so so SO glad I took that gamble and read this because I freaking LOVED this book. There was more of a story here, more connection between the two main characters (in my opinion) and hardly a dull moment.
Max, oh my Max, how I love thee. If you ever root for any fictional character to turn themselves around, root for this guy because he deserves it. He was a shitty boyfriend to Kat, let's be honest, he really was and a pretty shitty friend to Alec. How he can look at himself in the mirror and try to put these issues behind him is beyond me because I'd be a wreck. But this guy, let me tell you, THIS GUY is so much stronger and so much more complex than you ever thought BUT he's such a freaking gentleman. Never, ever thought I'd say that but he really is. Underneath it all, he's the guy you want by your side for the rest of your life.
Lea, she's damaged, we know this but we don't know how deep that damage runs. The scars on her leg we can see but the scars underneath, we can't. She has trust issues and rightfully so. She's had a rough childhood ever since a horrific accident destroyed her leg. Not only does she have scars to prove it but she's got a limp and a ton of pain to go along with it. However, while an accident like this may knock someone down and make them depressed, she's the opposite. Not saying she never had her issues but she's realized things are the way they are and there's nothing you can do about it so embrace it and move on. Honestly, I'm bowing down to her mentality because that is so much harder to do than it sounds. Embracing something horrible and letting it go are two extremely difficult things to do.
These two together? It's freaking MAGIC. I am not even kidding you. They get each other on a level not many people do. It runs so much deeper than the physical attraction that is clearly there. You know how they say there is at least one person out there made for you the problem is finding that person? These two are the lucky ones. These two we MADE for each other and when you put two people like that together, it's just beautiful and surreal.
I'm going to be honest, I could care less about the scenes that had Kat in them. She's a big reason I didn't like the first book and I could've done without her in this book. I know that's asking a lot but those were probably some of the scenes I disliked the most.
The issues these two character overcome, together and individually, along with the troubles they run in to now were done perfectly. This book, I can't even express how much more I loved this book and how freaking happy I am that I read this. That I gave this series that second chance. This book totally did Make It Right with Bowler University for me.
Thank you so much to William Morrow/Harper Collins for allowing me the chance to review this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much to Good Choice Reading for allowing me to be a part of this blog tour. ...more
While the first half seemed to drag for me, the second half of the book completelReview originally posted at Step Into Fiction
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
While the first half seemed to drag for me, the second half of the book completely made up for it. Filled with action, romance, heartbreak, drama and most importantly, adventure. Marie Lu creates a new world for us to fall head-over-heels in love with and I did just that. Strong heroine, fantastic hero and brilliant wing man. Ending leaves us with hope for book two - now just to wait for it's release....more