If you know me at all, you know that I love Kody Keplinger lots, and the The DUFF (and Wesley Rush) will always have a special place in my heart. It's the first book I picked up when I started reading books (instead of thousands of fics) again, and I love it still. Though all of her YA books have a connection to The DUFF, Lying Out Loud is the only one that is labeled as a companion. I think they probably did that because of the movie, but I'm not complaining. This book focuses on Sonny, who is the BFF of Amy Rush. That's right--Wesley's little sister.
After constantly covering up some not-so-pleasant things going on in her life, Sonny becomes a habitual liar. It's like second nature to her to lie to everyone--her bosses, her teachers, her friends and their parents, and herself. This all comes crashing down on her when she lies to her best friend and the boy she's fallen in love with.
New guy Ryder Cross is preppy, snobby, and a wannabe hipster. He's also totally crazy about Amy. So when Ryder sends Amy a message asking her out, Sonny composes a mean email to respond, never intending to send it. Of course, it gets sent inadvertently, leaving Amy and Sonny feeling guilty for being so mean. Taking Amy's laptop, Sonny talks to Ryder via IM, apologizing. It isn't until they're about to sign off that Sonny realizes that Ryder thinks he's been talking to Amy all along. The problem is that Sonny felt a real connection to him and continues to chat with him online or through texts--and she doesn't tell Amy. It's obvious that Ryder and Sonny like each other as they share secrets with each other and their messages become more intimate, but Ryder has no idea that his dream girl is actually Amy.
"When we're texting or talking online, she's so...She's great. She's funny and smart and it's so easy to talk to her. The virtual Amy is incredible. ... I just wish the Amy I saw in real life was more like that."
When Amy finds out what's been going on, Sonny promises to come clean. But how can she when she's falling for Ryder?
I loved this story, which is sort of a retake on Cyrano de Bergerac. The characters were all realistic, and there's no doubt that Kody Keplinger is a true voice of the teen generation. I'm so proud of her, which is weird since I don't know her, but whatever. I love the girl.
Back to the characters. I loved their interactions with each other and their banter. I love the history that's thrown in here, both between Amy and Sonny (and Sonny with Amy's family), as well as with the characters from Keplinger's other books that we've come to know and love. It was great to see or hear about Whitley and Nathan, Lissa and Cash, Casey, and of course Bianca and Wesley.
This book covers a lot of the school year, and Wesley is home for Christmas and Spring Break, and I love it. I love the banter between him and Bianca (and everyone, really) and the history that's woven throughout the story.
Wesley smiled. "I am rather fond of handwritten letters."
"You write letters?"
"I wrote a couple in the past."
I liked Ryder a lot. He wasn't a doormat, and he definitely said and did some things that made me swoon.
"Make you a deal," he said, kissing just beneath my ear. "I'll add some better make-out music to my collection, if you drop it for the moment...."
One of the things that I didn't like about Shut Out was that I thought there was a huge plot hole in the fact that the MC basically lies to us before something huge is revealed. I won't get into that here, but I only mention it because I was so happy that that didn't happen here. The reveal about Sonny is predictable, even without the clues that lead up to it, but I really appreciated that there was some foreshadowing here. It's just another example of how far Kody Keplinger has come as a writer.
I have very few complaints about this book. I guess the biggest one is that there was no Harrison Carlyle here. He was mentioned, but I wanted him to be there. Also, regarding Harrison, Wesley mentions that he hasn't heard from him in ages. I was surprised by that. There were definitely times I wanted to shake Sonny and ask her what the hell she was doing, but I thought her character was genuine and every decision she made seemed true.
Also, I didn't like that Sonny always brought back the reason that Ryder couldn't really like her is because she wasn't beautiful or rich enough. Ryder didn't give any indication of being like that in their chats, and though he was pretentious in class, Sonny knew the reasons behind his bitterness at having to move there. It just...rubbed me the wrong way. The only other problem I really had was the ending. I wanted MORE. A lot more.
Authentic with likable characters, Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger is a fast, fun read that should not be missed....more
Let me start off by saying that I loved this book with the fire of a thousand suns.This review also appears on Swoony Boys Podcast.
ONE MILLION stars.
Let me start off by saying that I loved this book with the fire of a thousand suns. I get all jumbly inside when trying to articulate all of the things that I loved about it because there were just so. many. feels. If something bad has ever happened to you and you just wish that wasn't the defining thing of your life, this book is for you. If you've ever felt the security in knowing that, no matter what, your BFFs have got your back, this book is for you. If you've ever lost someone that you love, this book is for you. If you've ever had a crush on an unattainable guy and practically died when he finally noticed you, this book is for you. If you've ever thought you wanted someone a lot a lot a lot and then realized that he wasn't who you wanted after all because you met his nerdy cousin who could turn out to be your soulmate/other half, then, yeah...this book is for you.
Basically, I'm saying this book is for you.
A year ago, Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in a freak accident. Now, determined to turn over a new leaf, she decides to make her junior year the year of beginning again, starting with being more social, joining new things at school, dating (hopefully her longtime crush Ryan Chase), traveling, and conquering her greatest fear: swimming. She doesn't expect for Ryan Chase to notice her, much less become friends with her. And she definitely doesn't expect to fall for his cousin, Max Weston.
The year goes by in a flash with Paige crossing some things off of her list and realizing that maybe she's not meant to have some of the things she wished for. She experiences epic triumphs and suffers heartbreaking losses that had me sobbing in the corner. As life around her constantly changes and rearranges, one thing remains constant: the love she feels for her four best friends.
Before I could tell them I was fine, Morgan's arms engulfed me and Kayleigh was right beside us, pulling Tessa in, too. I could pick out their scents--the soft vanilla of Morgan's perfume and the floral of Kayleigh's hair and the spearmint gum that Tess chewed any time we were outside of school. With our arms around each other, I almost believed that strength could travel between us like the heat of our bodies. Nothing, not even sadness, could be greater than the sum of us.
Her relationship with Max shifts from Quiz Bowl partners to something more.
Ryan Chase was my eight-grade collage, aspirational and wide-eyed. But Max was the first bit of grilled cheese on a snowy day, the easy fit of my favorite jeans, that one old song that made it onto every playlist. Pleanut-butter Girl Scout cookies instead of an ornate cake. Not glamorous or idealized or complicated. Just me.
So, what I liked. Can I say everything? I mean, everything. The words, the boys, the friends, the flails. This is a cannot-stop-reading book for sure. But here are some of my favorite things.
I'll start with Paige. She was vulnerable and so realistic, but strong and totally kick-ass. She makes mistakes and puts her foot in her mouth and is just authentic. She feels the things that we feel. And she read (and re-read) Looking for Alaska, which you know is (also) one of my favorite books ever.
If you read this book for only one reason, read it because this is what true friendship is about. Her three best friends have a great relationship, holding each other up and encouraging each other. They're just awesome.
"Our little nerd," Kayleigh said, pretending to dab at her eye. "All grown up and competing against other nerds."
Not choosing friends, but Tessa was my favorite. She's smart and sassy and supportive, and seriously the best friend you could ever have.
"I am your best friend," she told me, avoiding my gaze. She was still on her bed, picking at her nails. "Which is why I won't let you make hair-related decisions when you're this upset."
Max. Ah, sweet, sensitive, Firefly-loving Max. He's one of my favorite boys (new top 10 list?!?), and I just loved everything about him. He can cook. He loves his mom and respects women. He's the most loyal guy ever, but he's not a doormat. And he'd rather read than party. He makes perfect paper airplanes. He's protective and crazysmart and just...gah. I love that he's optimistic and helps Paige see things from a different perspective. And he's so damn cute.
"You have a type now?"
I shrugged. "Possibly."
"Yeah." He thought for a moment. "Your type is nerd."
"Maybe your type is nerd."
"Oh, it absolutely is."
I just want to squeeze him.
I also loved Ryan Chase. He was sweet and funny and a great guy. I loved how much of a bumbling idiot Paige became around him.
"Hot dogs are so good," I said, after what felt like minutes. What. Did. I. Just. Say?
There were parts of this book that I had to read out loud to my friend. There's an argument between Paige and Max where he compares her to Jane Bennet, rather than Elizabeth. She's insulted, and he meant it as a compliment. It's my favorite thing ever, and I read it a thousand times. Max calls her Jane after that, and I seriously could not stop grinning everytime he said it. #lovethisboy
Was there anything that I didn't like? Not really. I just wanted more. (view spoiler)[I want a companion book with Tessa and Ryan. (hide spoiler)] I want to see Senior year and prom and college and when Max proposes with a paper airplane and everyone helping them househunt and babies and just...more. I want more. And I want a button like JaimeArkin got *poutsforever*
If you've read all of this flailing and don't understand the depth of my love for this book and these characters, for the way Emery Lord strings together words and sentences into full-out flails and swoons, for the authenticity of real kinship, butterfly-flutters of first love, and utter heartbreak, then I got nothing.
I'm not gonna lie. I was worried about this book. I honestly didn't think that Stephanie Perkins could pull it off. It's been soooo long since we were introduced to my favorite boy, Étienne, and since I waited in line for hours to get that coveted galley of Lola and the Boy Next Door. I thought too much time had passed--how could she possibly capture the swoon and the magic that Anna and Étienne experienced in Paris? How could this book possibly live up to the expectations that I've built up in my heart and mind?
Well, listen up, friends.
Stephanie Perkins nailed it.
It's absolutely amazing. For real.
Isla Martin has been in love with soulful artist Josh Wasserstein since she laid eyes on him as a freshman. She can't believe it when he finally seems to notice her back--just before their senior year begins. Sparks immediately fly between them, and it's sweet and totally swoony. It isn't long before they're falling in love and planning out their forevers. But what happens when they're not sure if they'll see each other the next day--let alone forever? You'll get swept away in the romance and adventure as Isla and Josh travel all over the world and discover that sometimes you don't have to have a destination to know where you're headed.
I can't even list all of the things that I loved about this book. I loved all of the characters. Isla surprised me with her sweet attitude and her authenticity. She's so real. Her dreams literally came true when Josh returns her affections, and there is no doubt that Perkins captured that feeling.
The day worsens. In physics, Professeur Wakefield pairs us alphabetically to our lab partner for the year. I get Emily Middlestone, who groans when it's announced, because she is popular, and I am not. Sophie Vernet is paired with Josh.
I hate Sophie Vernet.
Actually, I've never given Sophie Vernet much thought, and she seems nice enough, but that's the problem.
I also loved that no matter how ecstatically happy she was to get her heart's most fervent desire, that didn't mean that Isla had EVERYTHING IN LIFE figured out. She was brilliant but doubted herself. She was loyal and stood up for what she believed in, yet she possessed a vulnerability that I think almost everyone can identify with. She has the same insecurities any of us would feel, and I loved her even more for that. She was quirky and fun, and I loved her.
Then there was Josh. My God. I think Stephanie Perkins said somewhere that Josh is her favorite, and who can blame her? He's pretty much absolutely perfect. He's an artist. He's tall and lanky and has a tattoo. He's funny and an amazing kisser. He's got dimples, he smells like oranges (!!!), and he's upfront about the way he feels (most of the time).
"You know that I like you. Right?"
One of the things that I like the absolute most about him is that he calls Isla out when she's not being honest with herself. Okay, okay, I like that he's swoony and sexy, too.
"Just give me your hand."
"Your hand," he repeats. "Give it to me."
I extend my shaking right hand. And--in a moment that is a hundred dreams come true--Joshua Wasserstein laces his fingers through mine. A staggering shock of energy shoots straight into my veins. Straight into my heart.
"There," he says. "I've been waiting a long time to do that."
I also loved that he did this:
Josh lifts away a lock of my wet hair. "This reminds me of last June."
I raise my head and find him absorbed in memories. He wraps the lock around an ink-stained index finger. He uses it to gently pull me closer into a deep, open-mouthed kiss.
I loved the other characters in this book, but I loved that Isla was primarily focused on Isla and Josh. Well, except for the parts that were focused on Étienne and Anna. Yeah, I couldn't stop grinning everytime Étienne was mentioned. His relationship with Josh was so heartfelt and heartclenchy. And the part that we actually get to see Étienne? ::swooncity::
If you haven't read Anna and the French Kiss, never fear! You can totally read this as a standalone, and despite the history we learned about in Anna of Josh and his friends, you won't feel lost at all. In fact, this book has something very unique--a sort of Josh POV, given in the form of a graphic novel. It's brilliant and enlightening, and again, one of my favorite parts.
I always give you a flip side--something that I didn't like. Honestly, I can't think of anything. Everything was right on and made complete and total sense to me, even the parts that I didn't love because they had to be there. I only wish there was more of this story. I devoured it in just a few hours, and I wish it had gone on and on forever. And ever.
In a word, this was a stunning conclusion to one of my favorite book series ever, with realistic, swoonworthy characters that you'll fall in love with and root for and a storyline that will make you feel ALL THE THINGS.
Stephanie Perkins reminds us what it's like to fall in love and why we let ourselves become vulnerable to love in the first place. She reminds us what it's like to feel young and to experience those first sparks of a crush-turned-something-more-turned-everything. She reminds us that nothing is ever wrapped up into a neat little bow but that true love can prevail, if we let it. She reminds us to smile and swoon and shout from the rooftops.
Thank you for that, Stephanie Perkins. I'm truly sorry I ever doubted you. You made my dreams come true and so much more. Well done....more
I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to say about this book for a few days because nothing I say is going to be enough. So I guess I'll start at the beginning.
The past several books that I read before this one (with maybe one exception) were filled with flounceworthy, awful ridiculousness and to be honest, when I looked at the cover for this book, I didn't want to read it. It's ugly, right? I thought it was going to be just another poorly written, unedited book trying to grab onto the new adult wave with little regard to plausibility and good sense. I even seriously considered contacting the tour host and telling her that I changed my mind.
Thank Rob I didn't do that.
Because, Fictionees, this book is amazing.
High school senior Maise is beating back end-of-summer boredom and temporarily escaping her crummy life when she checks out the carnival that's in town. She doesn't mind when the super hot guy who's noticeably older than she is slides into the seat of the rollercoaster next to her. After some flirting, her lying to him about her age (she says she's 21), and a couple more rides at the fair, the pair head out to his car.
The Guy pushed himself up on his elbows, panting. "Wait."
Then I was me again, hair sticking to my face, flushed. "What?"
He closed his eyes. I could tell breathing was a conscious effort on his part. He lowered his face, grazed my cheek with his sandpapered one. "I want you," he whispered into my hair, and a million filaments of electricity raced across my scalp. "But I want to know you. I don't just want a hookup."
Guise, if you buy this book for nothing else, buy it for the lemon that happens in the front seat of Evan's car. It's worth the three bucks just for that. Even if there. is. so. much. more to this story.
And I'm not just talking about the lemons, though they were so,soooooo hot.
You know what happens, right? A few days later, Maise strolls into her class and discovers that The Guy (Evan) is none other than Mr. Wilke, her new film teacher. And that's how he finds out that she lied about her age. Evan tells her he'll quit, or that she can transfer out of his class, both of which are not options to her.
"You won't break me," I said, my voice low. "I'm not a doll. I'm not fragile. And you can't possibly screw up my life any more than it is."
That furrowed look, the mournful angel observing human tragedy. "It's not just about damage control. It should be more than that."
"Then give me more," I said.
Along the way, Maise befriends Wesley, another film-making aficionado, and finds out that life is more complicated than even she realized. This is a coming-of-age tale in its purest form, and there are twists and turns and mysteries and angst and happiness and heartbreak and just...all of the things.
One of the things that I loved the most about this book was the writing. Raeder has a unique writing style that brought even more dimension to this book. Maise thinks about life as if it were (or would be) a film and that experience comes through to the reader in cinematic perfection.
I'd done nothing but fuck him all day and wanted to do nothing else for the rest of this week. Month. Life. When he drove away I took a picture of the receding tail lights, and after his car was gone I stood there holding the photo up to the street, pretending. What is this feeling? I wondered. What is this hunger that grows worse the more I feed it?
They'd come up with a name for it a long time ago. But you already know what it's called, don't you?
Another thing that I love is the swoon.
"I keep pretending I'm okay, looking at you in class and playing Mr. Good Teacher, when all I want to do is take you in my arms. And I wanted you to know that even though we have to do this, the hiding and pretending, there's not a moment that goes by when I'm not thinking of you, wishing it was different."
The characters were real and though there were definitely twists and turns that I didn't see coming, they all fit within this story and this world perfectly. I love that Maise and Evan have this forbidden relationship and they recognize that it's not all puppies and rainbows to be in the situation that they're in. I loved Wesley, and even though he does some things that I don't love, I kind of love him even more for doing them. Also, the ending? Perfect ending is perfect. I can't believe this wasn't published by a major publisher, and I'm sure that it will be before long. Regardless of what happens, Leah Raeder is without a doubt an author that I will be stalking following closely. I know I keep flailing about this, but trust me, Fictionees, I'm barely skimming the surface of the awesomeness of this story. I know this isn't the type of story for everyone, but really. You don't want to miss this one....more
I was going to wait a little bit to gather my Dean-jumbled thoughts to write this review, but since I'm feeling peer-pressured (*glares at Erin), I'mI was going to wait a little bit to gather my Dean-jumbled thoughts to write this review, but since I'm feeling peer-pressured (*glares at Erin), I'm going to go ahead and do it.
Some background: The Score was (and of this date in December, still is) one of my most-anticipated titles of 2016. I lovedThe Deal and The Mistake (and all of Elle Kennedy's other books that I've read), and this is what I posted while waiting for The Score on goodreads:
You totally don't need to read either of the other books in the series to understand what's going on in The Score (but you should, because they're both awesome to the 2nd power). Just in case you need a little refresher on who Dean is, here is one of my favorite quotes from him (in The Mistake):
"Chicks appreciate a nice cock shot. Trust me."
Hollis presses his lips together like he's trying not to laugh. "Uh-huh. Sure."
I flick my ash on the grass and take another drag. "Just out of curiosity, what constitues a 'nice cock shot'? I mean, is it the lighting? The pose?"
I'm being sarcastic, but Dean responds in a solemn voice. "Well, the trick is, you've gotta keep the balls out of it."
That gets a loud hoot out of Tucker, who chokes mid-sip on his beer.
"Seriously," Dean insists. "Balls aren't photogenic."
Okay, so that sets him up pretty well, I think. Now on to The Score.
After realizing that she will never see eye-to-eye about their futures, college Senior Allie breaks up with her long-time boyfriend and at the urging of her friends, decides she needs a rebound fling. The last guy on Earth she wants to sleep with is Dead Di Laurentis, the biggest player on campus, no matter how gorgeous he is. Everyone thinks Dean is just a dumb jock who gets everything handed to him on a silver platter. He's rich, beautiful, and always has a harem of women willing to do anything--anywhere. Of course, that's exactly who Allie finds herself in bed with after a night of drunken debauchery. Everyone knows Dean doesn't hook up with the same girl twice, so it surprises both of them when he wants seconds with Allie. After Dean's relentless pursuit, Allie gives in, but she's adamant that their FWB relationship has to remain a secret from everyone, especially their best friends. The more time the spend together, the deeper they get. What happens when their simple no-strings-attached fling suddenly isn't so simple anymore?
I loved everything about this book. The characters, the setting, the background--just everything. Here's a list of my most favoritist things:
Dean. Of course I loved Dean the most. Would I really start with anything else? Ya'll know I totally love the player falling for the (sometimes) good girl trope, so of course, I'm all about this guy. What I loved especially about Dean is that he's who he is--and it totally makes sense. His outlook on a lot of things in life are explained well, and it makes me not only love him more, but find him totally relatable and realistic. It also doesn't hurt that he's hot and he's funny.
"Why is your arm around me?"
His expression is all innocence. "This is how I watch movies."
"Really? So you put your arm around Garrett when you watch movies with him?"
"Absolutely. And if he's nice to me, sometimes I slide my hand down his pants."
And he's a dirty texter. But he's also got substance and wants to be his best self. Can't argue with that.
Allie. Allie surprised me. I don't really remember a whole lot about her from the other books, but I liked her here. She was stronger than I expected, and she definitely was no push-over. There's a bit about slut-shaming in this book, and I love the way they handled it. I didn't love the way Allie handled something else, but after considering her past, I guess it's okay.
"I love her shamelessness, how she's up for anything and completely unapologetic about it. Just like me."
Imprinting. Usually Twilight references in books drive me crazy, but The ScoreBella, I legit laughed out loud.
Everyone else. I am so glad that we got to see the other beloved characters in this series, especially Garrett. Of course, I wanted more of them, but what can you do? I seriously cannot wait to read the next book, and even though I'm not thrilled about the girl, I love Tucker.
The Drama. I loved that the drama wasn't over something stupid. That's all I can say without being spoilery, but The Score is truly refreshing.
Crazy Hot Sex. This book is hot. That is all.
Winston. I also loved Winston. Rather, I loved the roll Winston played in this book. But that's all I can say about that without giving anything away.
So what didn't I like? Well, I felt like it was wrapped up a little too neatly. The decisions that both Allie and Dean make were major, life-altering decisions. I was surprised that everything seemed to be wrapped-up in such a neat little bow. (view spoiler)[Especially the stuff with Miranda. (hide spoiler)]
Really, if you like the same kind of books I do, then you're going to love this one. With laugh-out-loud humor, steamy scenes, and relatable characters, The Score by Elle Kennedy is one of the best books of the year, no matter which year you read it in. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I know, I know. Sometimes I don't like it when people are all "go to my site which is somewhere else to read my review!" So, I apologize to you that tI know, I know. Sometimes I don't like it when people are all "go to my site which is somewhere else to read my review!" So, I apologize to you that that is exactly what I'm doing here.
In case you don't want to see all the quotes and flails and swoons there (and why wouldn't you?), I will just say that I cannot even express how much I love this book. I love this boy. And this girl. And his little brother. And just...everything. #swooncity
Don't add this to your tBr list--add it to your currently reading shelf, and read it right now....more
So...what to say about this book? Let's start with this: Whoever was in charge of writing the summary for The Fine Art of Truth or Dare sho1-1/2 stars
So...what to say about this book? Let's start with this: Whoever was in charge of writing the summary for The Fine Art of Truth or Dare should be fired. Or at least, his/her work should have to be checked by someone who actually read the book first. Because this:
Pretty in Pink meets Anna and the French Kiss in this charming romantic comedy.
is not this book.
There's no swoony romance that has you on the edge of your seat, waiting for them to finally realize they're meant to be together. There's no Anna. There's no Andie. There's no Blaine. There's no Duckie. And there sure as hell is no Étienne. (although, Alex has an accent, THAT IS NOT ENOUGH)
Ella attends a prestigious private school, and is totally in love with Edward Willing, an artist who has been dead for decades. She studies his history and art and has a bust of him in her room that she has full conversations with. Let's totally overlook the fact that ELLA is in love with EDWARD for a minute. Or that Edward's dead. Or that he died in 1918 or something like that. Were there no other names for this girl to use? Does everything have to have something to do with Twilight? Anyway, I digress.
Ella's family was cool. Her BFF, Frankie, was awesome. I mean, without him, I'd give this book half a star. I felt like I knew him; we got a glimpse of his character and what makes him who he is. I didn't feel that with Ella. I didn't feel that with Alex (who btw--wtmf?!? What was wrong with that boy?) I didn't understand what the hell Edward Willing had to do with this story.
Overall, I can't even tell you what the point of this book was. This was one of my most anticipated books for 2012, and I'm so sad that I didn't like it. I liked Daniel. I loved Frankie. I even came to like Edward Willing (a little). But that just isn't enough. ...more
I loved the cover of this book (I think we talked about it on a podcast episode). I'm sorry that it was wasted on this author's work. After reading thI loved the cover of this book (I think we talked about it on a podcast episode). I'm sorry that it was wasted on this author's work. After reading this article, I will never read anything from Ms. Hale, ever.
I do not have the words to explain how much I loved this book. The sweetness, the twists, the dramz, swoon-worthy Étienne and lovable Ah-na. I loved eI do not have the words to explain how much I loved this book. The sweetness, the twists, the dramz, swoon-worthy Étienne and lovable Ah-na. I loved everything!!
I wish it hadn't taken me so long to read this. The feeling was so authentic--it's as if I was in Paris, trying to make my way, rooting for Anna and her crew. I love the way Perkins describes everything.
"And, suddenly, I want to touch him.
Not a push, or a shove, or even a friendly hug. I want to feel the creases in his skin, connect his freckles with invisible lines, brush my fingers across the inside of his wrist. He shifts. I have the strangest feeling that he’s as aware of me as I am of him. I can’t concentrate.”
I loved all of the characters. I'm grateful that we didn't have to see any more of Ellie than we did, though lol I wish there would be more of this--more of this couple, more of this feeling, more of this bliss. I want to hug the author and thank her for writing such an awesome book. ♥
Seriously. Not that you are going to listen to me, but if you are...read this book. Right now. I'm not even kidding....more
Just before the end of junior year, Quinn Sullivan is devastated when her boyfriend, Trent, is killed in a car accident. 400 days later, she's floating through life, barely existing. In an effort to hold on to him, Quinn reached out to the recipients of Trent's donated organs and has heard back from and met each of them--except for one. With the little information about the recipient they were given, Quinn tracks down Colton Thomas, the boy who received Trent's heart, and goes to see him.
For so long, I was the one with his heart. I just need to see where it is now.
In a weird turn of events, Quinn meets Colton--something she never expected to do. She also feels something, and she never expected that, either.
A surfer walks by on the sidewalk, and I catch a glimpse of green eyes and tan skin that sends my eyes away quickly, down toward the foam of my mocha. He's striking. It's startling to notice, and doing so doesn't come without a twinge of guilt.
Their connection is instantaneous and after some convincing, Quinn agrees to spend a day with Colton. But they both want it to be more.
"Listen," he says. "I know earlier I said just a day, but that was...I wasn't being completely honest. And I know if I let you get in your car and drive away again without telling you the truth, I'll regret it all the way home."
I freeze at the words honest and truth.
He drops his eyes to the ground for a moment, then brings them back up to mine. "Anyway. I promise I won't surprise you at your door again, but if you ever decide you want another day--ever--I have lots of them, and I ...I liked this one."
She's plagued by the guilt for somehow betraying Trent's memory and what they shared by starting to have feelings for Colton, as well as not telling Colton how she found him. They've both got secrets that neither wants to share. What happens when it's all out in the open?
I cannot tell you how much I loved this book. There were so many things that were amazing. I'll start with aesthetics. I loved the cover (including beneath the dust jacket) and loved the little hearts at the bottom of the pages. I loved the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, too.
Things We Know by Heart is a quick read and so emotional, allowing readers to feel the highs of falling in love right down to the depths of true angst. The places that they visited were so real. And I loved the characters--all of them, which is unusual for me--and the story and just everything.
Was there anything I didn't like? Besides the fact that I wanted more, not really. I thought it was amazing. Companion novels seem to be all the rage, and I would love a story focusing on Ryan and her upcoming adventures.
With amazing characters, a fantastic plot, and authentic feelings that will have you clutching your chest, Things We Know By Heart is a must read for every contemporary YA fan. Grab it today....more
Have you ever been on one? You know that feeling that you get when you are going up ...up ...up and your heart is pounding and you're gRoller coaster.
Have you ever been on one? You know that feeling that you get when you are going up ...up ...up and your heart is pounding and you're gripping the bar in front of you, like it's actually holding you in? Then you reach the pinnacle and there is like this moment where you feel like you are on top of the world --all flailyswoony--and weightless before the car takes a turn and then nose-dives, causing your heart to leap up into your throat and making you feel almost sick?
That's what this story is: a roller coaster.
You all already know that Stephanie Perkins is an amazing author. Amazing is an understatement--she nails the emotions and swoons and heartbreak every single time. So I don't have to tell you that. What I will tell you is that the characters are amazing, from Lola (and of course the boy next door) to the dads to the twin to even little Abigail, the adorable niece. They are rich and multi-faceted and real, and I love that about them. Lola is quirky and fun. Max is swoonworthy in his own right (until he's totally, totally not), and don't even get me started on Cricket. omg--the hair. the socks. the blue sugar on his lips. the bracelets. *flails* the bracelets.
Did I mention Étienne? He's there--happily, blissfully in love with Anna. And I love Stephanie Perkins for that, even more than I did before, which is a lot. For giving me more of him. And them. And their kisses.
I do have to mention here that contrary to so many of my friends, I did not love Lola like I loved Anna and the French Kiss. But come on, I'm totally in love with Étienne. And Stephanie Perkins said she's giving him to me. So do you really expect anything else?
Without giving away anything more than I already have (esp with my status updates), I did feel like Lola took a little too long to get it together, but I have to account for the fact that the girl is only 17 and that there are other circumstances to consider for her lack of decisiveness. But when it's all said and done, Lola and the Boy Next Door has everything--it's funny, it's heartbreaking, it's romantic, it's soooo hot that you'll melt into a pile of smoldering goo, and it's about time you read it! ...more
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things was my favorite "real" book that I read in 2014 ("real" as in the Real Books Challenge), and I reread it so I could talk about Shane in our latest podcast episode. In other words, I loved this book so. freaking. much.
High school senior Sage Czinski is known around school as "Princess Post-it" because she leaves a positive note on someone's locker everyday. Sage is all about spreading goodness, which is in direct contrast to some things that happened to her before moving to a small town with her aunt. She's been through a lot, and no one knows everything about the darkness she feels at times. She's been secretly crushing on her best friend, Ryan, forever, and though they share everything, including Friday night movie nights, there's nothing romantic between them. When Sage learns something about Ryan that lets her see him in a new light, their dynamic changes and though she misses him, she needs space.
Not to mention that she can't get the quiet, soulful new guy out of her mind. Shane Cavendish has a past of his own and is just trying to get by.
"I came here looking to finish school quietly. Stay out of trouble. Maybe write some new songs. I never expected you."
After an undeniable connection, Shane offers to tutor Sage in math, and they realize that what they're each missing in their lives is each other.
Both of them have secrets and have to deal with having someone in their lives that they never expected. What happens when their secrets are revealed? Will their newfound relationship be enough to keep them together?
I loved pretty much everything about this book, beginning with Sage. She was seen as almost a goody-two shoes, but there was so much more to her character. She had a dark past that she was doing everything in her power to overcome. She was authentic and had realistic feelings.
I ask myself if he's singing this for a reason, if he saw how much I doubt belonging with someone like him, someone hot and talented.
I'm so not enough. I can't be. I smile, and I act happy, and I pretend. I'm the queen of bright and shiny things, eternally looking for the [positive and seeking a silver lining in the dark. He's dating a girl I invented three years ago because the real me is horrible, and I wanted to leave her behind... I want so bad to be normal, but I never can be.
I loved her aunt and the unconditional love she had for Sage. There were parts between them that seriously made me tear up.
"Everyone deserves a second chance."
I loved her relationship with Lila, her new friend. I love that Lila approached Sage and that she wouldn't let Sage shut her out. I also loved how loyal she was.
"They aren't talking to me. People know I will cut a bitch if they start something with you."
Despite that fact that I didn't love what Ryan did and how he took her for granted, I liked him and felt bad for him, missing his BFF. If you've ever secretly harbored a crush for your best friend who didn't notice that you were a girl, this book is for you.
And of course, I saved the best for last. Shane.
He's a hunk of chocolate cake slathered in frosting that I'm not supposed to have, but can't help wanting.
With his mop of messy brown hair and aquamarine eyes, he's more than just a pretty face. He plays the guitar and sings and writes songs. He's smart and he's crazy swoony.
"I'd love to pull my grade up to a C before midterms."
"I'll get you to a B by the time the grading period ends."
I say without thinking, "If you do, I'll love you forever."
"Then I better apply myself," he says softly.
There's more to him than just being swoony. He's independent and he's humble. He's proud and he's loyal. His favorite food is slow-cooker pulled pork, which I have to say is one of the best things I make. So, that makes him mine haha He's a sweet texter and he writes her a song FFS. He's just ...awesome.
"I wish I could have all your firsts, because you're getting all of mine."
There were a couple of smallish things that I didn't like. I felt like it was out of character for Sage to let Shane sleep over when her aunt was out of town. Knowing that Sage is so worried about rocking the boat with her aunt and is always trying to be perfect, I was just surprised that she did that. I also felt like there wasn't enough resolution to the situation with Ryan. I guess that's real life--you don't always get a big speech and everything isn't always wrapped up into a bow, but I wanted a conversation or something to show what would happen next with them. Maybe I was in a Shane-induced stupor and missed it. :)
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things is truly a story of broken hearts coming together to heal into something stronger than either of them ever imagined. It's a story about a swoony boy, a sweet girl, and second chances. And it's one of my favorites. ...more
As you can see from my instagram update, I did not like this book. And that surprised me because I like the other books in the If Only lin1-1/2 stars.
As you can see from my instagram update, I did not like this book. And that surprised me because I like the other books in the If Only line from Bloomsbury, and I was excited to get my hands on this one at TLA. I kept reading this because I really wanted it to get better. I should have flounced while I was ahead. #disappointed
The idea for this book is really great: Sixteen year olds Katie and Drew's parents are running for president (his mom, her dad). They're invited on a morning talk show to discuss the campaign, only Drew doesn't show up. Katie calls Drew a wimp on National television, so he feels he has to go on with her to defend his honor. On that show, Katie makes a fool of herself and Drew comes to her rescue, causing them to become America's sweethearts. The pair strike up an unlikely friendship and soon find themselves falling for each other--so much so that Drew shares a secret with her that no one else knows. When things with the campaign heat up, will Katie and Drew find themselves in a doomed relationship or will their short-lived romance fizzle out before that happens?
Sounds good, right?
Well, it would be if the characters, namely Katie, didn't act obnoxious and ridiculous. For someone who is supposedly so smart, she's outright dumb. And I don't use that term loosely. She doesn't know what a landline phone is for God's sake. A phone!
She's supposed to be a brilliant political analyst, right? It's just unbelievable.
There are so many instances that I highlighted in this book that were unbelievable, but I'll leave you with my favorite:
So, one time, we're in my garage, she's handing me tools, and she just breaks out into song.
I would never tell her this to her face but, truth time here: girl can't sing. But it's still cute and funny and like nothing any girl has ever done with me before--I mean, there's not even a radio playing to bring this all on--and when she pauses for breath, I can't help myself.
"Kat," I ask, "what are you doing?"
"Isn't that what people do when they like each other?" she asks.
"Where'd you get that idea?"
She looks wary now as though sensing a trap, either from me or from life. "High School Musical? she asks as much as answers.
I nearly bust out laughing. Did she really just say what I think she said? Could she possibly be serious? But then I see that she is, indeed, dead serious. Suddenly I don't have the heart to tell her that, one, that's a really old movie; two, no, people don't really do that in real life; and three, she can't really sing.
So, barely able to believe what I'm asking, I ask, "How does that song go again?"
Next thing I know, we're doing a duet.
The characters were not authentic for their age at all. Honestly, I think if they had been 12 or even 10, this story would totally work. She says stuff like "Yipee!" and uses way too many exclamation marks. Also, it was completely unbelievable to me that Drew would share the secret with Katie that he divulges to her. And don't even get me started on their parents. *shakes my head*
There were a few things I did like about this. Like I said, the idea is genius, just poorly executed. I loved the history that Katie and Drew share, and there were a few swoony moments.
"It's always been you, Kat."
Actually now that I think about it, I did like Drew. His favorite movie of all time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and he did actually sing High School Musical with Katie instead of calling her a moron, so bonus points for him. Unfortunately, nothing could save this book for me. A total waste of my time and epic disappointment, Red Girl, Blue Boy could have been awesome but really, really wasn't. ...more
This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool, along with a great interview with Jenna Sutton.
Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton combin4 stars.
This review also appears on Pretty Sassy Cool, along with a great interview with Jenna Sutton.
Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton combines some of my very favorite tropes: hot, sensitive football player (Sports Romance), friends to lovers, falling for the best friend's little sister, and second chance romance. It's total win.
A few years ago, BFFs Teagan and Nick had a thing, and he left. He wants to rekindle their relationship, but friends isn't enough for him--he wants it all. Some crazy circumstances have Nick working for Teagan and totally determined to win her back. Will Teagan be able to resist his charms or will she give him a second chance?
I loved Nick. He was sweet and crazy hot. Even though he has everything he thinks you should want out of life--fame, fortune, a job he loves--he knows he's missing something. He stutters, and the insecurity from that has caused him to be vulnerable his entire life. He knows he screwed up with Teagan and I love that he's not willing to do anything to get her back.
After reading All the Right Places, I didn't think that I was going to like Teagan at all. I'm surprised that I didn't hate her! I didn't love her, but I appreciated how Nick felt about her. I just wanted to yell at her a few times, or a lot. :)
So what didn't I like? Well, there are a couple of things. There's some unnecessary drama in this story, which of course is typical, but here--I just wanted it over already. There were surprising moments of true angst, which I appreciated, but it was a little too much.
There's also an instance that Teagan slaps Nick. I hate that. I don't believe in any form of domestic violence--I don't care if she's a little "woman" and he's a huge NFL beast. I just don't like when that happens.
Overall, though, I thought this was a great story. I really loved Nick and thought he had amazing depth, and I was rooting for him to get the girl just because he was so awesome. I can't wait to read the next book in this series, and I'll be adding Jenna Sutton to my must-read list....more
Have you ever heard a song that changed you? Maybe it gave you new perspective on something that you were going through at that time or maybe it justHave you ever heard a song that changed you? Maybe it gave you new perspective on something that you were going through at that time or maybe it just inspired you.
Eliza Caelum was four years old when music started shaping her life. At twenty-six, her life is definitely not headed in the direction that she thought it would take. An encounter with her elusive music idol changes everything for her--and sets the stage for this amazing story.
After receiving a job offer for a prestigious magazine, Eliza moves from Cleveland to Manhattan, where her brother, Michael, already lives with his wife, Vera. Michael arranges for Eliza to move into his recently vacated apartment with Paul Hudson, the enigmatic and manwhorish lead singer and songwriter of his struggling band, Bananafish.
Now stop right there. I know what you are thinking, because I was thinking it, too. You already know what’s going to happen, right? Michael will warn Eliza that Paul’s no good for her; Eliza won’t listen; they’ll hook up and he’ll let his rise to fame interfere with their relationship, leaving her broken-hearted until he swoops back in and saves the day. You’ve read that story a thousand times.
I’m telling you right now--you’ve never read anything like this.
At it’s very basic, the above-referenced scenario is exactly how this story starts out. Eliza meets Paul and she just can’t help herself. She tries to fight it. (view spoiler)[
”Eliza, do I make you nervous?”
He took a step forward. “Then why are you shaking?”
I lowered my chin, swallowed hard, but said nothing.
“Don’t look at me like that,” he said. “I can’t be responsible for what happens in the next thirty seconds if you keep looking at me like that.”
“Get out of the way.”
“First you have to pay the toll.”
Reaching around the back of my head, Paul leaned forward and planted his mouth on mine. He kissed me until he ran out of air, took a quick breath, kissed me again, and was grinning wildly when he finally set me free.
It occurred to me then that he kissed the same way he ran up the stairs--fiercely, passionately, and with complete commitment.
They are soul mates, truly, bonding over music and everything else that matters in life. (view spoiler)[
I am of the theory that all of our transcendental connections, anything we’re drawn to, be it a person, a song, a painting on a wall--they’re magnetic. The art is the alloy, so to speak. And our souls are equipped with whatever properties are required to attract that alloy. I’m no scientist so I don’t really know what the hell these properties are, but my point is we’re drawn to stuff that we’ve already got a connection to. Part of the thing is already inside of us.
That’s what I mean when I say fate. Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.
They fall in love--desperately, madly in love:
...trying to describe how I felt watching her dance around and sing would be like trying to build a skyscraper with my bare hands. It made me want to marry her. Made me want to buy her a magic airplane and fly her away to a place where nothing bad could ever happen. Made me want to pour rubber cement all over my chest and then lay down on top of her so that we’d be stuck together, and so it would hurt like hell if we ever tried to tear ourselves apart.
I really love the way this story is told. It’s mostly from Eliza’s point of view, and the way she words things is just--I don’t have the words. It’s visceral and has a truth that you can feel in your bones. There are a few chapters of Paul’s point of view, as told to his voice recorder. He’s an artist in every sense of the word and made me swoon, even when I didn’t want to--even when I wanted to kick him in the balls, I wanted to hold him and tell him how to fix it. There are also a few chapters that are in third-person, which was helpful.
I’m not gonna lie. Parts of this book had me sobbing into my pillow. BUT I think that’s one of the things that is soooo amazing about this author. She takes us from laugh-out-loud funny to heart-wrenching, punch-you-in-the-gut angst and every emotion in between.
How to Kill a Rockstar is multi-faceted, with characters that are so real. I found myself cursing decisions that each of them made--wanting to shake some sense into them and beg them to reconsider their actions. They were all so much more than words on a page. I felt like I knew them.
I got this story recommendation from Bri, and after trying to come up with the best way to tell you the way I feel about this story, I realize that she already said it for me:
The characters in this had me head over heels from the beginning. Eliza is easy to relate to, Paul is easy to foam at the mouth over, and Loring is...well, I was torn for a lot of this book - let's leave it at that.
What this book boils down to is finding yourself, opening yourself up to new possibilities, and facing your fears. While this one was great on the initial read, I predict it will be even better on the re-read.
I didn’t have a “favorites” bookshelf before, but I created one, just so I could have a place for this book. If you are looking for a story that has it all--sex, love, and rock ‘n roll, then look no further. Without question, this is must-read....more
You can't go wrong with Jill Shalvis, and I for one am so excited to see this brand new series from her. Did you see the cover? *swoon*
Pru's got a secret. And that secret is enough to destroy everything when she finds herself falling for the enigmatic pub owner Finn O'Reilly. She went to this town, hoping to right a wrong and ended up falling in love. I was hooked from the very beginning.
He pointed at her.
"Me?" she asked, even though he couldn't possibly hear her from across the place.
With a barely there smile, he gave her a finger crook.
Surprisingly, I loved Pru. It's not often that I love the girl in the story, but come to think of it, I don't think that's necessarily true in Jill Shalvis's books. I loved the girls in the Lucky Harbor series. Anyway, Pru is such a great, multi-dimensional character. She's sweet and has a heart of gold and is willing to give up her own happiness for others. And her dog is named Thor.
Finn. Oh, Finn. He's so hot! And he's sweet. And he's just...gah. He is definitely definitely one of my favorite Shalvis guys ever. I mean, the things he does for her. And to her.
One of my favorite things about diving into a new series by Jill Shalvis is getting to meet all of the new characters and dreaming about who's going to hook up with who. There are so many awesome characters in Heartbreaker Bay. I loved all of Finn's friends (and his brother) and can't wait to see more of them.
I loved the chapter titles and the dedication. I loved Pru and Finn's chemistry and banter.
"Feel free to kiss it better."
I loved how the story played out and the way they both were healed through Pru's actions. There's just the right amount of angst and the perfect amount of sexy in this book. And the epilogue? *le sigh*
In case you can't tell, I loved this book. I loved this town, these characters, their chemistry...just everything. If you love hot bartenders who will make you swoon and small town romances--or any romances at all--you're going to want to grab this book the minute it hits shelves....more
Know how your mom told you that "you can't judge a book by its cover"? That's exactly the way I feel about Tris and Izzie. You've seen the cover, riKnow how your mom told you that "you can't judge a book by its cover"? That's exactly the way I feel about Tris and Izzie. You've seen the cover, right? It's beautiful. I just think that it would be even better if the cover had something to do with the contents of the book.
Maybe that's just me.
Enough about the cover--I guess I should tell you what I thought of the book. First of all, if I could give this zero stars, I would. I found it to be incoherent at best, not to mention condescending. I would have flounced well before page 63, but I wanted to believe that there would be something--anything--that I found redeemable about the characters or the ill-contrived plot.
Don't get me wrong--I'm sure Mette Ivie Harrison is a lovely person, and judging by all of the wonderful reviews she's gotten for her previous works, she must be a good writer. So I don't know what the hell happened with this book.
Like Anna said in her review, I feel "I was genuinely offended on behalf of myself and every person who is, was, or will be a teen girl." Is this book really representative of what readers (and by extension, the general population) think about the inner musings of teenage girls? That they are all vapid, shallow self-centered people, focused solely on their attire and who their boyfriend is? I'm not kidding--I'm shocked at the acceptance of this notion. It's disgusting, to be honest, and I seriously want to talk to all of the people who gave this book five stars. Maybe they could point out the epic love story and amazingness that I totally missed.
Isolde was hot and cold, fickle-minded, and downright shallow. Her thought process wasn't even as developed as the average ten year old. She had such potential to be someone and do something--yet, she always had her attire or the way her butt looked in her shorts to allow us any connection to her character. She whined. She blamed everyone else for everything that was happening to her. Her fight with her best friend was epically stupid, and she had almost no reaction whatsoever to the prospect of almost losing her. The other characters fell flat for me, except perhaps the giant. Tristan was weak and cold and their relationship seemed forced--literally.
In case you think that I couldn't find anything--not one little thing--to point out that I liked about this book, well, you're almost right. But there was one part of dialogue that I enjoyed:
"Do you burn for me?"
That's all I've got, folks. It depresses me that I wasted my time reading this, and really, I hope you won't make the same mistake....more
4 stars for the story. 5 stars for the boy. 1 star because the editing made me want to throw my computer through a window. I think that averages out t4 stars for the story. 5 stars for the boy. 1 star because the editing made me want to throw my computer through a window. I think that averages out to 3 stars LOL.
I love Jennifer Armentrout. I love the worlds she builds and the boys she creates to make us swoon and flail. She's an amazing storyteller. Unfortunately, I have to start this review off on a bad note. The editing of this book was atrocious, so much so that if hadn't been written by Jennifer Armentrout (and I didn't already know that she wrote one of my favorite stories ever), I would have flounced pretty early on.
And that makes me sad, because I love this story. And I love Cam.
After being assaulted and shunned by nearly everyone in her community (including her parents), freshman Avery Morgansten moves thousands of miles away to attend college. There she meets and falls for gorgeous and sweet Cameron Hamilton, who shows her that she’s someone worth waiting for. As Avery lets down her guard little by little to allow Cam into her heart, she tries to move on from her past. When she starts receiving mysterious letters and phone calls, she has no choice but to tell Cam everything, even if it means losing him forever.
I loved lots of things about this book, but probably what I loved the most (besides Cam) is the development of Avery and Cam’s relationship. He was straightforward and amazing, and even though I wanted to shake Avery sometimes and ask her what the hale she was thinking by not falling into his arms immediately, it totally made sense for her character not to. I loved that there wasn’t insta-love here. It gave me the chance to fall in love with Cam, right along with Avery.
Cam is amazing and was my favorite part of this book. He might be my favorite NA guy. If not, he's definitely in the top 3. Cameron Hamilton is sweet and hot and patient and gorgeous. He's more than good looks, though. He's is smart, drinks orange juice, and bakes cookies. He’s willing to wait for Avery to come around. He’s so swoony. And he calls Avery "pretty". Did I mention that he has a pet turtle…named Raphael? ♥♥♥
“Fuck, Avery. You think I don’t want you?” His voice came out low, almost a growl. “There’s not a single part of you that I don’t want, you understand? I want to be on you and inside of you. I want you against the wall, on the couch, in your bed, in my bed, and every fucking place I can possibly think of, and trust me, I have a vast imagination when it comes to these kinds of things. Don’t ever doubt that I want you. That is not what this is about.”
I loved Cam and Avery's friends, too. I want more of Ollie for sure, and I'm super excited that there will be more in this series.
Like I said, the editing on this book was without a doubt the worst editing job I’ve ever read. You might think I'm exaggerating slightly, but…no. I don’t think so. This book is the book that inspired my post on why everyone needs an editor. I hate to call people out, but I'm not even kidding about this: if you're thinking about hiring Marie Romero, don't. It's too much of a risk, tbh. I bought this book from amazon the day it was released, and I've heard that it was updated and corrected, but even then it’s still in need of editing. I hope it’s much better because I want everyone to read this book.
I also didn’t love the “big reveal”. It was a let down and didn’t seem realistic. That’s all I can say about that, without giving away everything.
Despite its terrible editing, Wait for You has a great story with characters that I loved and one of the swooniest guys I’ve ever read. Read it!...more
Tinker's back in her hometown, heartbroken and dealing with things in her life when she can't help but notice the enigmatic biker Gage, known to her as Cooper Romero. Trouble is, Gage/Cooper's got a girlfriend, but that doesn't stop the longing they both seem to feel for each other.
I'd grown a pussy. No other explanation, because I couldn't figure out why the hell else an adult man would sit holding hands under a damned blanked like a kid.
Add to that that all is not as it seems with Cooper. I don't want to give away too much, but his story is very interesting and had me captivated from the beginning.
As Tinker and Cooper/Gage grow closer (he's renting an apartment in her building in exchange for handyman services), they can't deny the sparks that are flying between them.
She gave a bright laugh. "I've probably got dirt all over. It's one of those grubby, sticky kind of days, you know?"
Sticky? In her mouth it was a dirty word, and I wanted to make her sticker. My eyes crawled across her body, watching as a bead of sweat rolled down her neck and into her cleavage. I liked my lips. Tinker cleared her throat, gently reminding me that we were in the middle of a conversation.
When they do finally get together, boom!
"There's a lot of ground to cover, so I'm gonna give you the short version for now," I said, catching and holder her gaze prisoner, sure as I held her body. "I haven't been free since I got here. Now I am, which means I'm taking what's mine."
Tinker swallowed. My cock hurt. Blood pounded through me, and I decided what she really needed was something bigger to swallow. Christ.
"What do you mean, you're taking...?" she asked, her voice thready and strained.
"I'm taking you," I said, nudging her legs apart with one knee. Now I felt her heat, and my hips swiveled again, starting a slow rhythm, mimicking what I'd be doing to her soon. Leaning down, I rubbed my nose slowly along her cheekbone. "You're mine now."
They had great banter, too.
"And it's not like we're a couple."
"My dick was inside you three hours ago," he replied, eyes narrowing. "I don't know what that makes us, but it's fair to say we've moved past landlord and tenant."
I loved that this story was told in dual-POV and how much story Wylde wove in here. From the very first page, I found especially Tinker totally relatable, which doesn't happen to me very often. I just wanted to hug her. I love that she's not a doormat and calls Cooper/Gage out on his shit.
"Here's something you should know about me, Gage. Sometimes I get beat. Sometimes I lose and life doesn't turn out the way I planned. Sometimes I even feel weak and collapse for a while, but here's the reality. I will never, ever give up and I will never give in."
I didn't love Gage all that much, since he refers to Tinker as a "bitch" in his mind the first time he meets her. He just rubbed me the wrong way. And I did question some things and thought everything ended up a little neat for how I thought it would all go down, but overall, I really enjoyed reading this one.
With a heroine you'll be rooting for and a sexy hero that's got more than meets the eye, this book is a refreshing read in a sea of overdone biker books. If you love MC/biker stories and want to read something with substance and a couple that has chemistry in spades, check out Reaper's Fire by Joanna Wylde....more
I've had a really hard time reviewing this book. Part of me wanted to give this an extremely high rating, while the other part--the part that worriesI've had a really hard time reviewing this book. Part of me wanted to give this an extremely high rating, while the other part--the part that worries for her daughter and the rest of the impressionable youth throughout the world--wants to forget about the stars all together. When it all comes down to it, though, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is an engaging, well-written story that left me thinking about it long after it was done.
Rae Carson is an amazingly descriptive writer. The world she created for this series is rich with sights, sounds, colors, textures, smells--it's multi-sensory and just fantastic. The characters were believable and, though predictable, realistic and not flat at all.
So what was my issue? Why didn't I LOVE this book? I pretty much detested Elisa. Maybe that's too harsh. Maybe I didn't detest her--I just hated her. Don't get me wrong--it wasn't because she was an emotional eater or because she was fat or because she wasn't beautiful, as many reviewers have mentioned. I just didn't like her personality--even a little bit. Throughout most of the book, she was selfish, whiny, and disdainful.
She didn't try at all. Elisa had been given this amazing gift and was devoutly religious, yet she felt no joy or pride in being chosen. She was a princess and knew she had a higher purpose in life, but she made no effort whatsoever to prepare herself for that purpose or to appreciate the many blessings she was given. Instead of making any effort, she sat back and waited for everything to be handed to her--her dinner, respect she wished to have but wasn't willing to earn, her destiny and purpose.
Her physical transformation was at first an issue for me. She didn't feel empowered until she looked different, in spite of knowing she had been chosen by GOD to complete a service in His name. She had a physical manifestation of God's favor embedded in her navel, alive and communicative, yet didn't feel worthy of respect or station until she shed a few pounds. What kind of message does that send to all of the young readers of this book? After thinking about it, I realized that this theme is more true to life than I'd like. Fat is still a fear and prejudice that is encountered today, and mostly without repercussion.
I think it's entirely realistic for Elisa to love her new body. What I didn't love is that when she finally decided to do something and step into a position of power, she didn't really want to do what had to be done. A reluctant hero.
There was a fair bit of angst that I was sad to see, (view spoiler)[and the situation with her husband was wrapped a little too neatly (hide spoiler)], but overall the storyline is great, and I definitely look forward to the next book. ...more
I hadn't read an adult dystopian before Claimed and to say I loved it is a gross understatement, so Addicted was one of my most anticipated reads of the year. Seriously, this book will make you wonder what you were doing with your life before you met Elle Kennedy. This story focuses on Lennox and Jamie, who have been best friends since childhood. They've never crossed the line because their friendship means so much to them and they don't want to jeopardize that.
Lennox had never been too good at following rules. Except one: keeping his hands off his best friend.
When they get sent out on assignment to a neighboring area, they can't keep denying what's been in front of them their whole lives. Will they risk everything to be together?
This story is utterly enthralling. From the first word until the last, I couldn't put it down and I just wanted more, more, more. There were some truly shocking moments. The world-building is fantastic and the storyline is captivating. The sex between Jamie and Lennox is scorching hot.
That's it, love, take it all.
I loved them together, as a couple and just as friends. Lennox was just crazy hot. He's a dirty talker for sure and totally backs up everything he promises.
So what didn't I like? There's some ridiculousness regarding Jamie that I felt was completely inappropriate here. But all in all, I thought she was likable and Lennox was hella yummy. If you're looking for an incendiary post-apocalyptic story that will melt your kindles and set you ablaze, all while having an amazing storyline in a crazy world, look no further than Addicted. Trust, you'll be addicted to this series in no time at all!...more
I can't believe that this is Shannon Lee Alexander's debut. All the flails. All the fun. All the feels.
MIT-bound nerd Charlie Hanson's world is compleI can't believe that this is Shannon Lee Alexander's debut. All the flails. All the fun. All the feels.
MIT-bound nerd Charlie Hanson's world is completely changed when he notices a girl with a tattoo on her neck in line in front of him. He can't help but to touch her, and their connection is instantaneous. Whirlwind artsy Charlotte, coincidentally also referred to as Charlie, is new in town--her sister just became the English teacher at Charlie's school. Talk about a small world; Charlotte is Charlie's sister's new BFF, so of course you know sparks are flying. When Charlotte finds out Charlie and his fellow classmates are the ones behind all the shenanigans that get pulled on her sister, she surprisingly doesn't tell him to stop--she encourages it. Charlotte has a big secret--one that she doesn't want too much focus on.
I loved pretty much everything about this book. I loved the pacing and the angst. I loved watching Charlotte and Charlie fall in love. Sometimes math and science can't fix everything, and the development of Charlie's character through it all was wonderful. I loved the pensiveness of this book and how insightful it was.
Time is fluid. The faster your world spins out of control, the slower timer crawls. The more time you need, the less you're sure to get.
I loved the chemistry between Charlie and Charlotte. If you're a fan of strong friendships, you're going to love this book. I can't wait to see what Alexander comes up with next.
Heartbreaking and real, Love and Other Unknown Variables will have readers experiencing the soaring heights of first-time love with whip-smart characters reminiscent of a John Green novel.
Like, I don't even know what to do with myself anymore. This book is just so ...everything.
I'm going to tryAll of the stars.
This book 100% slayed me.
Like, I don't even know what to do with myself anymore. This book is just so ...everything.
I'm going to try to keep this spoiler-free. Lily Bloom (yes, that's her name) has delivered an unforgettable eulogy at her father's funeral when she meets a mysterious neurosurgeon, Ryle Kincaid. He makes his physical attraction to her known right away, but lets her know in no uncertain terms that he can only offer up one night. Lily's not that kind of girl, so they part ways. Imagine her surprise when, six months later, she finds her new employee's brother is none other than Ryle. The spark is definitely still there and Ryle and Lily find themselves in a whirlwind romance that takes them both by surprise. As they fall in love, we find out about Lily's past through her journals that she kept in high school, including the fact that her father abused her mother and that once upon a time, Lily fell in love with a boy named Atlas.
I feel like the synopsis for this book is slightly misleading as it seems that there will be a love triangle with Lily, Ryle, and Atlas, and that's not entirely true. It's more Lily's history with Atlas and kind of the idea of what might have been. Lily and Ryle are blissfully happy--until something happens that makes Lily question everything in her life.
"There is no such thing as bad people. We're all just people who sometimes do bad things."
There was so much that I loved about this book. From the very first words, I was enraptured and couldn't put it down. I love that we get her past through her journals. I love Alyssa and her true, genuine friendship with Lily. And the fact that everything's better in Boston. And the book inscription. And Ellen.
I loved Ryle from the moment we met him and I loved the way Lily and Ryle's relationship developed.
"Do you have any idea how many doors I've knocked on to find you?"
I loved their naked truths and how sweet and swoony they were together.
"I requested an Uber so you wouldn't have to go out of your way to take me home. We have approximately..." He looks down at his phone. "One and a half minutes to make out."
And I loved Atlas.
"In the future...if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again...fall in love with me."
I understood him and was so proud of him.
There is one thing that I didn't like about this book, and that's the second half of the epilogue. It was swoonworthy and I was so happy, but I wish it hadn't happened like that. But honestly, that just makes me lower my rating from one-million-and-one-stars to just one-million stars. I can't even articulate how much I loved this book.
I'm not usually one to read author notes. But I feel like the author's notes at the end of this just make me love Colleen Hoover all the more. I just want to hug her and thank her for sharing this story--and hers. This book isn't like anything I've ever read. I've never experienced the actual manifestation of so many shades of gray. I always thought my feelings on this subject would be so black and white but they're not. (view spoiler)[And I found myself wanting her to give Ryle another chance, which I can hardly believe I'm admitting. But I fistpumped when she realized why she wasn't. I loved Ryle, until I didn't. And even then, I still loved him. I just wanted him to not have done what he did. And I was so surprised that Colleen Hoover said she wanted to delete what he had done. (hide spoiler)]
This book is so emotional and amazing and so much more than I ever expected it to be. There were parts that made me gasp out loud. And laugh. And tear-up. And when it was all finished, I put down my kindle and full-on sobbed. It's been a long time since I've read a book that affected me this much, if I ever have. It changed me and my perception of the world and reinforced my love for my kids and humanity. The entire story, and maybe the last three lines especially, will stay with me forever. Raw and emotional, It Ends with Us is filled with swoon and love and courage and understanding the value of one's worth. It's amazing and is the most-consuming book I've read in ages. Highly, highly recommended.
I have wanted to get my hands on this book ever since hearing about it forever ago. I ♥ Pride and Prejudice and haven't read anything else set during this time period (the Ice Age), so I was crazy excited to receive a review copy of this book.
The story starts off in the present (well, their prehistoric present) with Kol and someone in the dark.
It's unnerving to be in a place so dark. It's even more unnerving to be here with you.
As the story progresses, we go back to the beginning of when Kol, the oldest son of the clan leader, first sees Mya, and how she basically knocked him for a loop from that first moment. We learn that five years ago, there was an issue that caused an allied clan to become enemies and leave. Some of the members return, including Mya, who Kol immediately can't get out of his mind. Kol's clan has no girls their age, and it's a problem, but it's not easygoing with Mya.
...if all the girls in your clan are as arrogant and rude as you are, I would rather be alone forever.
Kol's brother is instantly smitten with Mya's sister, but Mya isn't thrilled about that. She clearly is suspicious of Kol, his family, and their motivations. When a rival clan enters the picture, things get even more tangled up.
The setting of this story sets it apart from any other book I've ever read, and I love that. It's obvious that Eshbaugh has done her research, and I felt like I was immersed in the culture and understood their triumphs, despairs, and practices. They hunt mammoths. They're nomads who make fire. There are saber-tooth tigers roaming around.
I'd like to say right off the bat that if I hadn't known this was a P&P retelling, I wouldn't have liked it as much. Part of the fun for me was determining who the characters were and their motivations, but I might not have cared as much if there weren't some semblances of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett (and Jane, really). js.
I cannot divert from the path that leads to you.
I love that Kol always notices sweet things about Mya. And there's some flailworthy stuff in here.
My heart gallops, but there's something else--a heavy ache, a hole behind my racing heart--a clutching hunger that claws at me, calling to my attention the soft curve of your throat, the warm glow of the skin just below your ear, the tension in your lips as they curl into a cryptic grin.
When I first read Ivory and Bone, it wasn't listed as part of a series. I really enjoyed Eshbaugh's writing and look forward to reading her future titles, but I'm not sure how I feel about it not being standalone. I do think you can read only this and be satisfied with where the story ends up. I'll be reading whatever comes next, regardless.
There were some things I didn't understand, like why Kol tells Lo some things that he tells her, and some things I wasn't crazy about. The pacing was pretty slow, and like I said, I wouldn't have loved it as much if it weren't for the P&P parallels.
But for all that I didn't like, I really loved this story. I loved these characters and found it to be so interesting and original. And swoonworthy, even when you wouldn't expect it to be.
"I'm sorry," she says. "It's not that I don't want you to kiss me. I want you to, and I want to kiss you back. but kissing you just now made me forget everything else. And right now, there's too much I need to remember."
With an original spin on a tried-and-true classic, Ivory and Bone by Julie Esbaugh has a setting and storyline that will draw you in until the very last page. ...more