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
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.
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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.
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 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.["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
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
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
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
I am not one who normally flounces books. I seriously try to finish. But this book? I don't even know what was going on.
First, I have to say that theI am not one who normally flounces books. I seriously try to finish. But this book? I don't even know what was going on.
First, I have to say that the cover is hot. I love the title, and...it's hot. Other than the overall idea of this book, that's about all I liked.
Cami has a thing for her hot, geeky-to-the-extreme neighbor, Ivan. She wants him. Honestly, I think she'd want anyone, but I'm not going to argue that point here. The first third of this book was boring. There was so much detail about pretty much nothing to me. Then when it got to the first sex scene...I don't even know what to say. I'm certainly no BDsm expert, but I'm pretty sure stuff shouldn't work that way. (view spoiler)[I don't think you should wait until in the middle of a sex act to explain safe words to someone who obviously has no experience with this lifestyle. (hide spoiler)] Ivan himself calls his lifestyle "weirdness" at one point. Another thing that I didn't like is that Cami didn't seem to be totally into Ivan--she just wanted to get laid, regardless of if it made her uncomfortable. I also do not like how technical he is.
"I've never done this," he whispered, seeming concerned.
"Post-coital demonstrations of affection."
By the time I made it to the next sex scene, I knew that was enough for me. I only read 52%, so it could have turned completely around and been the hottest, most-compelling book ever in the last half. I don't know. It reads like bad fanfic, and if you want to read good fanfic, just ask me. I'll send you links to lots of amazing stories. I just didn't like this book, and I'm surprised that Carina Press published it.
I think I'd really give this 3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up :)
I should probably start off by saying that I'm totally Team Warner. I know this will mI think I'd really give this 3-1/2 stars, but I'm rounding up :)
I should probably start off by saying that I'm totally Team Warner. I know this will make some of you *cough*Meg*cough* hate me a little, but I can't help it. He's so hot. And he's swoony.
"I'll be so good to you," he whispers. "I'll be so good to you, Juliette. I promise."
Don't get me wrong, Adam Kent is totally swoonworthy too. And the things that boy says could make even my mother melt into a pile of goo. But there's just something about Warner...
Anyway, about the story. You already know all about that, but in case you want my take on it: Juliette is a 17 girl with a power an ability to kill people with her touch. She's basically been imprisoned for almost the last year, and for a few years before that, she had been tested and observed to find out what's wrong with her. I'm not going to tell you how Adam (or Warner) fit into her life because that would be too spoilery, but they do, and over the course of the story, Juliette learns more about her powers and more about what the world wants from her.
The prose that Mafi writes is amazing. No one would ever say that the girl can't turn a phrase. The main problem that I had with this book was that it was too much. Like this:
Heat rushes up my neck and I fall off a ladder holding a paintbrush dipped in red.
There were too many strike-throughs, too much repetition, too much extra stuff. I felt like it went on a little too much.
Also, I felt like the end was a little too wrapped up in a neat little bow. Like other reviewers have said, a little X-men-esque for me. Oh and the cover: she's not in a pageant. I much prefer the plainness of the arc that I have. *shrugs*
The story is compelling and I definitely want to read the next one, but I didn't love it, and I borderline don't like Juliette.
Fortunately for me, Adam and Warner make up for all of that.
I love best friends to more stories, and I've already read and loved read Cindi Madsen's YA book, All the Broken Pieces,so I jumped at the chance for us to be part of the tour for Falling for Her Fiancé (back in the day :)).
Dani's on her way to climbing the corporate ladder and needs a date for a company retreat when best friend Wes calls her, lamenting the fact that his sister asked his ex-fiancée to be a bridesmaid in her upcoming wedding. Dani and Wes decide to kill two birds with one stone--she can attend the wedding with him and get his family off his back, and he can go to the corporate retreat with him and allow her to participate in all of the couples' activities there. Seems like a perfect, foolproof plan, right?
"So like I was saying...Danielle two-middle-names Vega, will you do me the honor of pretending you're going to marry me?"
Wes and Dani had been close since meeting in college freshman year. Their friends and families often wondered if there was something more. There wasn't anything romantic going on with them, though.
Over the phone they always joked around, but having her here in person was a hundred times better. If there had been any romantic chemistry between them at all, he'd propose for real, just so they wouldn't have to live so far apart anymore.
His mind flashed to the image of her riding that bull, moving against it. He'd been unable to look away the entire forty-nine seconds, his heart pounding in his chest like it was about to explode, thinking about things he so shouldn't be thinking about. Suppress that image, Turner. Never happening.
While there was no denying it'd been much hotter watching his best friend ride that bull than he'd expected, there was a difference between attraction and romantic chemistry. And as he and Dani had learned one hazy mistake of a night, that was a line they were better off staying far, far away from.
Things get complicated when they kiss in front of his family. It starts the spark that leads to more...
If you'd kissed me like that the first time, I never would've been with anyone else.
They have plenty of complications to deal with, not the least of which is the fact that Dani lives far away. Both have baggage, and neither knows what the other is thinking until their attraction cannot be avoided. Dani's still scared though; Wes is her only constant.
"We're going to mess it all up."
"Or it could be great."
I loved how this whole story played out. It was light and fun, but still had a real plot with authentic feelings and was plenty sexy. I liked Dani and understood her hesitation, both with Wes and with many of the decisions that she made throughout the story. I loved Wes. He's hot, he drives helicopters, and he's lots of fun. Plus, he drinks orange juice straight from the carton. ::flails::
I want more, more, more from Cindi Madsen. This was a sweet story, and I really liked it....more
Ya'll know that I love Jason Landry with the fire of a thousand suns, but I might love his best friend more than that. Cane Robicheaux is all that. But don't let me get too ahead of myself.
Shy Magnolia Springs transplant Angelle Prejean volunteers at the fire department and gives riding lessons part-time. So it's a total shock when she outbids everyone for a night with local bad-boy restauranteur Cane Robicheaux in the annual bachelor auction. They've been flirting with each other for months, and relationship-phobe Cane is more than happy to get the chance to spend an evening with the girl he can't get out of his mind.
"You bid an obscene amount of money just to go out with me," Cane interrupted, his deep voice laced with humor. Her eyes shot to his and he winked. "You know, darlin', all you had to do was say the word. You could've had me for free anytime."
Turns out, Angelle needs more than just one night. She needs a week, complete with a fake fiancé. After turning down her boyfriend's proposal, Angelle ran from her small Cajun hometown where her father is the mayor and everyone is all up in everyone else's business. To keep her parents off her back about coming home (and back to the ex, Brady), she invented a relationship that led to an engagement. Now it's time for her to return with her fiancé for the holidays. It only takes a little convincing for Cane to agree to help her.
Along the way, the lines get blurry and both of them wonder what will happen when they realize their fake feelings aren't so fake after all.
His goal had shifted. No longer was this only about getting her out of his system, though that did have to happen, the sooner the better. But now, he didn't just want her comfortable enough to explore their explosive attraction. Cane realized he wanted to let Angelle in.
One of the things that I loved the most about Taste the Heat was the Louisiana setting. I felt that it captured the magic and romance of New Orleans to a tee. This was even better. Perfect descriptions, amazing food, local games and customs--Harris totally captured the ambiance and unique culture of Cajun country. I wonder how people who don't live here pronounce some of these words though. :)
I love this storyline--"fake" relationships that turn real, and this is one of my favorite stories ever. I loved the characters. Cane was just awesome. A restaurant owner, number-crunching nerd-at-heart, bartender, and amazing brother, he's very protective of all of the women in his life. He plays the guitar and rides a motorcycle and has tattoos and is just totally swoonworthy.
Cane was so authentic. One of my favorite moments was when his godchild, Emma, was talking about his upcoming "wedding" with Angelle.
"Tell Angelle my signature colors are green and blue," Emma declared, snapping Cane's attention back to the present. He lifted his head to see her listing the rainbow on her fingers. "But I guess I can work with yellow or purple, too. Oh, it could be like an LSU wedding!" She jusped up and clapped her hands happily, then grew serious just as quickly. "But no taffeta bows on the butt, please. That mess doesn't work on anyone."
She rolled her eyes and then with a mischievous giggle, spun on her heel and skipped away.
Cane blinked. "Taffeta?" What in the hell was that, some kind of snack?
Angelle is one of my favorite female characters ever, and it's so rare for me to like someone so much--she totally knocked me off my feet. She loves her family, but refuses to live her life on anyone's terms but her own. She doesn't want to live under the microscopic scrutiny of her town, but she loves her culture and loves to be home. She waited for the right guy to give her heart to and wouldn't settle for anything less. She's strong, even in the face of weakness.
The chemistry between these characters was off-the-charts.
"Just so we're clear"--he placed his hands on hers--"you can proposition me any time, angel."
Did I mention that I love when he calls her "angel"? ::le sigh::
I love pretty much everything about this book. The only thing I wanted more of (besides once again wishing this was a Brazen title instead of the Fade-to-Black Bliss Brand) was Colby and Jason. We saw them and know they're totally in love and happy, but I wanted more. I loved that the relationships were all still there though--Sherry is still the over-zealous little sister we all love and Jason and Cane are still BFFs (or whatever guys call it).
"You know I was just busting your chops. But damn, this girl's done a number on you, hasn't she?"
Cane huffed a breath. "Yeah, I guess she has."
"Do you have any idea how long I've waited for a woman to knock you on your ass?" When Cane didn't answer, Jason did it for him. "Years. More than a decade. But the day Angelle walked into that diner, I knew it was just a matter of time."
They hold each other up and encourage each other, even when it's not what the other one wants to hear, and that's true friendship.
If you're looking for a story with an amazing plot, a perfect setting, and characters that will have you swooning, Seven Day Fiancé is the book for you. ...more
My full review, including quotes and interview with Allen Zadoff, can be found on the Fictionators. You can also check out our dreamcast, qu5 stars.
My full review, including quotes and interview with Allen Zadoff, can be found on the Fictionators. You can also check out our dreamcast, quotes, and more on Swoony Boys Podcast.
I put Boy Nobody on my TBR list back in December after reading the summary and thinking it sounded exciting, but not really something I was dying to get my hands on. I was so, so wrong. I am so thankful that we were asked to participate in the tour for this book, otherwise I might have put off reading and would have missed out on what is one of my favorite books, ever.
The story starts off with Boy Nobody on his current assignment: to assassinate his “friend’s” father. He carries out his mission and gets his next assignment: to kill the Mayor of New York City. After entering his new elite school under his newest alias (Ben), he quickly befriends the mayor’s beautiful daughter, Samara (Sam). The stakes have never been higher when getting close to the girl causes Ben to question everything he’s been taught to believe in. He's never been under this much pressure before, and failure is not an option.
I can't really tell you what happens in this book without giving it away. I loved the characters and how real they were (I ♥ Ben). "Complicated" comes to mind when trying to describe Sam. I loved the storyline and well Zadoff wove Ben's history in with his present. I loved the gadgets and how cool (and believable) it all is. I just loved everything, and I believe this will make an amazing movie. Though there will be more to this story, it could undoubtedly stand on its own.
Boy Nobody is perfect for every reader–-there’s the perfect balance of swoon for the reluctant boys who don’t want too much and for the girls who have to have it *raises hand*. It’s great for tech geeks without being overbearing and too complicated. And gah: the end!!! I was shocked and literally sitting on the edge of my seat, all the way up to the end. It’s nothing short of heart-pounding-spectacularness.
I loved this book. I told pretty much everyone I came in contact with at BEA that they have to read it. It’s one of my favorites, and I will be checking out everything that Allen Zadoff has written....more
Pretty much everyone that I know who has read this book loves it. And when I got to only page nine of thiCheck out my full review on the Fictionators!
Pretty much everyone that I know who has read this book loves it. And when I got to only page nine of this adorable book, I knew that I would love it, too.
The very first thing that I noticed about this book is the cover. Which, come on–some covers are absolutely horrible and/or don’t have anything to do with the book. But not this one–this one is sweet and fun and perfect for this book (except Hadley is a blonde). I was so excited when I got this in the mail, and I want to tell you everything that happens in this story and quote the whole thing to you, but I don’t want you to waste your time with that. I just want you to read it.
This book takes place over a 24-hour period of time, but there are a lot of flashbacks and memories of what brought Hadley to where she is. I love, love, love the way that Smith wove her history into the story. She’s a teenager, and has the appropriate emotions, but she isn’t bratty at all. I love the way she reacts to everything, and how the memories she has seem to weave perfectly into the story.
I love the relationship that she has with both of her parents, and the authentic reaction she has to her father, who broke up their family and is marrying another woman. I just love her personality. Hadley Sullivan is definitely one of my favorite characters, ever.
Now onto Oliver. If I could sum him up in one word, it would be swooncity. I love him. I love that he calls Hadley out and makes her think before she reacts. I love that he’s quirky, and funny, and did I mention he’s British? You know how I feel about British boys. And when Oliver said “North Dakota,” I clapped. Trust me, you will, too, when you get there.
I wish there was more of them, but the parts that were there were sweet and I can totally picture them in fifty-two years. I was surprised with a couple of things, too, and am so impressed with how much “meat” is in this story. This is definitely a book that you want to pick up if you want to read something that is romantic and sweet, along with having angst and real issues.
Swooncity. That's how I sum this up. I love the cover, I love the characters, and I love the story. I think you will, too!
Destroy Me explains some of Warner's reactions and the way he thinks about certain things, namely Juliette and his father. He's come to the realization that what Juliette seemed to feel for him was not what he thought. Despite knowing her relationship with Adam, and the fact that she shot him to escape, Warner still wants her.
We learn some other things in this novella, like how Warner's relationship with his father has evolved, and how he came to find out about Juliette. I appreciated this insight to Warner's character, and you guise know that I have been #teamWarner from the very beginning.
I can't help but feel like this was all a ploy to get us to root for Warner. If we didn't have this story, would there be any way that we would think there was a chance in hell that Juliette should choose Warner? I don't think so. Adam is pretty close to being perfect and has been willing to sacrifice everything for her, including his freedom, his career, his family, and his very life. Destroy Me turns our empathy to Warner, but that doesn't really excuse what he's done, or the fact that Juliette has lied to Adam about her relationship with Warner.
This story could not be a stand-alone. You need to read Shatter Me to understand what's going on here, and I would venture a guess that you need to read this story in order to make the leap to what's going to happen in the rest of the series. I don't like that at all. Until I read Book Three, I don't know how necessary this is, so for now, I'm going to give this three stars because I did like it. But I do not like that we have to read it so that future events might feel authentic....more
This book was utterly amazing. I don't even know what to say about it that won't completely give the plot away. I read this book because of Caren's reThis book was utterly amazing. I don't even know what to say about it that won't completely give the plot away. I read this book because of Caren's review, so if you haven't seen that, check it out.
What's my take on it, though? Veronica Roth paints an intense picture of a dystopian society that had me gripping the edge of my seat. I laughed, I cried, I gasped...I literally ached for more. There are amazing twists and things that happen that I absolutely did not see coming.
The environment and physical struggles that main character Beatrice (Tris) goes through are secondhand to the emotional transformation that she makes. I totally fell in love with her and was rooting for her the whole way through. Like most everyone else, I loved Four, too. Dude--he's swoonworthy. In a hot, tatted-up, pierced, steal-my-heart sort of way. All of the quotes I want to give are too spoilery, and that's killing me. But everytime he put his hands on her, I died. and Flailed.
One of the things that I love the most about this book is that I'm so invested in the other characters of the story. From Beatrice's parents to the new "friends" she makes, I felt like I knew them. Peter can DIAF. And that's all I can say without giving away too much lol.
I'm almost mad with myself that I read this now, because I want more. A lot more. Right now. I can't wait for the next book, but in the meantime, I'm sure that I'll be rereading this one. If you don't read this one, you're seriously missing out....more
1-1/2 stars. It was almost okay. But I didn't like it.
You know how it is when you read a book that you love. You want more of those characters: their1-1/2 stars. It was almost okay. But I didn't like it.
You know how it is when you read a book that you love. You want more of those characters: their thoughts, their lives, any snippet of their histories or futures that you can get your hands on. That's how I always feel--I want more.
Sometimes, though, more comes at a cost that I'm not willing to pay. I loved Legend so much. I loved June and Day and almost everything about it. So when I saw that there was going to be more about their lives beforeLegend, I was excited about it.
Then I saw the price.
And the number of pages that you get for that price.
Now, I know that I have been having issues with all of these novellas that have been popping up. I wrote all about it on my blog. But, I'm not trying to be on a soapbox here--I am genuinely concerned that we are going to continue to get charged for stuff that used to be free. I know publishers (and authors) have to make money, but this is exactly the kind of stuff that used to be offered up as outtakes and extra scenes on authors' websites. Stephenie Meyer did it. Cynthia Hand did it. Kristen Simmons is stilldoing it. All for free. /rant
Marie Lu is an awesome writer and her characters display great depth of emotion in Legend. That fell flat for me here. First we have a chapter in Day's point of view. It's his first kiss. He is only 12 years old and kisses a girl that is described as mid-to late teens. It's kinda...icky to me, tbh.
A grin spreads on her face as she notices the way I'm checking her out.
This boy was hungrystarving and facing big trouble. idk, it was kind of unrealistic to me for him to even notice that in the predicament he was in.
The other chapter is June, preparing for her first day at Drake. She gets in to some trouble and vows to make a change. Her brother is as sweet as ever.
"Behind that brain of yours is a good heart, Junebug. I see it every day."
This novella did not provide any insight to these characters. The very brief history that it did provide was totally unnecessary. And of course, no part of this could be considered stand-alone.
Definitely not worth $3. (in case it goes on sale, it's not worth that price, either--unless it's free)
4-1/2 stars. Or 4 stars. Or whatever. The bottom line is: I. Loved. This. Book.
Nursing student Avery Michaels is happy with her no-strings-attached li4-1/2 stars. Or 4 stars. Or whatever. The bottom line is: I. Loved. This. Book.
Nursing student Avery Michaels is happy with her no-strings-attached lifestyle hooking up with guys whenever it suits her when she runs into a new Hot Boy at a frat party.
My gaze locked on the guy entering the back door through the kitchen. A red baseball cap was slung low on his head and inky black curls escaped beneath it. His arms were muscular, and his charcoal T-shirt hugged his lean chest. He was Grade A Prime Meat and probably knew exactly how to put those full lips to good use.
He brushes off her advances, something that's rarely happened to her.
A couple of days later, she runs into him again outside her apartment building and finds Hot Boy (aka walking dreamboat art student Bennett Reynolds) even more intriguing.
"You're a tattoo artist?" Holy Mother of God, this man just got hotter. I looked at his arms but saw no telltale signs. "I'd think you'd have more tats on you."
My fingers slid over the back of my ear near the tattoo I'd gotten when I'd turned eighteen and finally escaped my mother's house. He'd probably think it was amateurish at best.
"Nah, just a couple of well-placed ones." His cheeks pinched into a grin and he looked down at his feet, almost shy about it. His teeth were perfectly white and straight and mesmerizing. "Sometimes less is more, you know."
The only problem is they both want totally opposite things. Avery refuses to allow herself to be vulnerable and enter into any kind of relationship and Bennett won't settle for less than love. In fact, he never has--Bennett's a virgin.
You know, some guys like to take things a bit slower."
Was this guy for real? Suddenly I felt like a bonafide man-eater. A Slutasaurus rex.
"Huh, guess I didn't take Nate as the relationship type of guy," I said. A deep shade of plum tinged his cheeks. We were speaking in code here, but we both knew the real deal. "And just by association, as Nate's friend, I figured you must be the same way."
"Not true. I'm a commitment kind of guy." His voice was low and smooth, like he was very sure of himself on that one point. "If the right girl comes along."
They dance around each other a bit, trying to deny their chemistry. After a mysterious almost break-in into Avery's apartment, Bennett insists that she sleep over at his place and two start out on a journey of friendship. And crazy sexual tension.
"I can't stop thinking about you." He placed his head in his hands. "You're the sexiest woman I've ever met."
They try to cool things off after reaching an impasse. Meanwhile, both of them are dealing with issues in their families and with their mothers that solidify their reasoning for not wanting to give in to each other. I liked the way that such similar situations with them caused each one of them to head toward opposite ends of the spectrum. Of course, there are ups and downs and there's even a part where Avery thinks Bennett might have given up on her and is moving on.
Would Rebecca try to move in on him? Would he let her today?
"No," he said, meeting my eyes. "Never."
Had I said that out loud?
Or was he just reading my mind?
"I know what you're thinking." He released his grip, and my muscle quivered from the contact.
I still couldn't get any damn words out. "I wasn't..."
"I wouldn't do that, Avery. Even if I'm still ticked and unsure about things. He jammed his hands in his pockets and then clenched his jaw. "Because all day, every day, you're still stuck in my head--in my every damn thought."
Avery's BFF, Ella, finally convinces her to let Bennett in and tell her the real reason she won't allow herself to have a relationship with a man. After Avery's tearful confession, they understand each other so much more and decide to see what happens if they both give in a little.
"I said I was a virgin, Avery. Not a saint."
I want to tell you more and quote all the things but I can't without giving everything away. I found myself swooning and flailing and grinning and just...I just loved it.
There were a couple of things that I didn't love. There were a few moments where Avery's focus shifted from I don't want a relationship so hear me roar! to I'm too fucked up for him to ever really love me. I pretty much hated that. Also, for all the fighting for her Bennett does, he seems to give up on her pretty easily, even if it doesn't last long. I felt like this was just a way to prolong the drama and it wasn't necessary.
In spite of those things, I loved so much more about this story. I actually really liked Avery and her kick-ass attitude. I also really liked Nate and Ella. You already know I flailed and swooned over Bennett (did I mention that he called her precious?), and I loved the way Lee writes. The words at times were visceral and I felt like I was in the moment with them. His hands on her in the tattoo shop--*dies* And I didn't even mention the five words game they play and the note on the flowers he sends *flails forever*.
If you're looking for an amazing New Adult novel with a great twist on an overplayed storyline, a girl you'll root for, and a hot, tatted artist boy that you'll fall in love with, then All of You by Christina Lee is the book for you. I can't wait to read more from this author....more
I have to start off by saying that I'm pretty sure if this had been fic, I would have loved it. This makes me feel bad,3 stars. Or 2-1/2. Or 3. idfk.
I have to start off by saying that I'm pretty sure if this had been fic, I would have loved it. This makes me feel bad, but here's a newsflash: if your character isn't Edward Cullen (fic-Edward, at that), I don't know why you think I think it's okay to let him get away with everything. I don't. I need to have a reason to give a fuck about someone.
With that being said, I liked this story. I think.
Evelyn (Ev) wakes up in Vegas with a wicked hangover and a huge rock on her finger, courtesy of new husband/rock god David Ferris. What starts off as an ohmigodwhatamigoingtodo turns into something more, but not without a tumultuous uphill battle to get there.
David remembers everything about the events leading to their nuptials and is kind of hurt that Evelyn doesn't.
"Then give me something. Tell me what it was like between us that night."
He opened his mouth, then snapped it closed. "Nah. I don't want to dredge it all up, you know, water under the bridge or whatever. I just don't want you thinking that the whole night was some alcohol-fueled frenzy or something, that's all. Honestly, you didn't even seem that drunk most of it."
"David, you're hedging. Come on. It's not fair that you remember and I don't."
"No," he said, his voice hard, cold, in a way I hadn't heard it. He loomed over me, jaw set. "It's not fair that I remember and you don't, Evelyn."
Since neither of them is willing to sit down and actually communicate, the two make a plan to have their marriage annulled and go their separate ways. Unfortunately, the wedding wasn't a secret and the paps start to hound Ev once she gets home. David swoops in and rescues her and...then there's a bunch of crazy drama.
This is another book that could have used an editor. There are typos and story inconsistencies that a real editor would have caught. Notice I said real editor. It blows my mind with all of these books who thank their editors, when my 14 year old could have done a better job (and she has dyslexia).
I felt like the characters were childish. I suppose I would give some concession for David acting like a spoiled tantrum-throwing toddler since he is insanely rich and famous and gets whatever he wants all the time. Ev, not so much.
These two were constantly pushing each other's limits and then were shocked when they didn't know where they stood with one another. You know why they didn't know? There wasn't enough build up of these characters for us as readers to fall in love with them--how could they be expected to promise each other forever? Sure, there were some sweet moments, like "Can you feel what we're doing here? We're building something."
I'd just prefer to see and feel it than be told that they were building a relationship. There are other issues, like weird country music references and the fact that they keep walking out on each other. Oh, and that he needs to take a nap during what is arguably the most important conversation of his life. ::shrugs:: There's also this build up to a big show down that doesn't make sense to me. (view spoiler)[If her BFF was obsessed with his band, why wouldn't she have known who his ex was? Especially if she was the "reason" for the music before? (hide spoiler)]
So, what did I like? Why the 3 stars? I'm a sucker for a bad boy, obvs, and I thought the idea of this story was good. I really loved David's bandmate, Mal, and I think I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I liked the ending, except the part where she wants to keep her part-time job at a coffee shop. WTF?!? I understand why Christina said she wanted to see what I thought of this book because it's so hard to articulate the way I feel. It could have been amazing, but it wasn't. Here's hoping for more (Mal) in the next one.["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'm pretty addicted to New Adult, so I jumped at the chance when author Krista Ritchie contacted me with an offer of an advanced copy of Addic3 stars.
I'm pretty addicted to New Adult, so I jumped at the chance when author Krista Ritchie contacted me with an offer of an advanced copy of Addicted to You. After finally finishing it, I...hardly know what to say.
The idea for this story is very interesting. Lily Calloway, heir to a billion dollar soda tycoon, is addicted to sex. She lost her virginity at a very young age (I think 14) and since then has has more one-night stands than she can count. She hires prostitutes, watches porn (even in class), and skips family functions to have sex. It's all she can think about.
Loren Hale, her BFF since prep school, is an alcoholic, and the pair come up with a plan that will help cover both of their addictions--they pretend to be together.
...we lied for each other and hid our infidelities, playing the role of doting boyfriend and girlfriend. The deeper we sink, the harder it is to crawl out. I fear the moment where neither of us can breathe again--when someone discovers our secrets. At any moment, everything can crumble beneath us.
Lily makes sure that Loren doesn't get behind the wheel, and Loren helps her cover up with her family and makes sure she doesn't get attacked. Making both of their rich, entitled families happy, their arrangement seems to be working well for them until Loren finally lets it be known that he's always wanted Lily to choose him instead of the many nameless guys who've traipsed through her life and into her bed.
"Have you ever thought about me inside you?"
I think this teaser poster that author Becca Ritchie posted pretty much sums it up:
The pair attempt a "real" relationship--one in which Lily is monogamous with Loren and Loren tries to cut back on the drinking. Along the way, they befriend a couple of guys: Connor, who is outright hilarious, and Ryke, who wants to help them overcome their addictions.
This story is a like a see-saw emotionally. Before they're really together, Lily can't stop thinking about Loren, and it's not just because she's addicted to sex.
The way he watches me with rapt attention sets my whole body aflame. I just want him on me. In me. Dear God.
The problem to me comes when they're finally together. Both of them act like their relationship is a chore. (view spoiler)[Loren complains about having sex so often, which I realize I'm stereotyping here, but I certainly don't think it's a typical reaction for a 21-year-old guy. It's not that he's not ever interested in having sex with her, but most of the time it seems that it's because he has to, either to keep Lily out of trouble, to keep her from cheating on him, or to turn the attention away from him, not because he wants her so much. (hide spoiler)] Lily is no better, and I have at least four comments in my notes about what a selfish bitch she is. I don't see the appeal of her character very much at all.
Admittedly, I don't know much about addiction, especially addiction to sex. And that might be what my issue is here--I just didn't understand it. Lily's addicted to sex, and I don't understand why having Loren at her disposal isn't enough for her. I get why she's unhappy when he refuses her, but I didn't feel like she was satisfied with him, ever, or with anyone really. Maybe that was the point.
There were a few other things that I didn't love. The story seemed to drag out and there were some errors. Like I said, I have an advanced copy, so those might be ironed out in the final copy. I also felt like Loren's portrayal was somewhat comical, the way he hoarded bottles and acted so childish at times. There was a fight at a Halloween party that I thought was completely ridiculous.
With that being said, I liked this story.
What did I like? I loved Loren. Ya'll know how I feel about the doucheward types (Can I even use that word on goodreads? LOL) He was hot and funny and cocky and pretty swoony at times.
"I'll always be yours. No distance or time apart will change that, Lily."
I also really loved Conner, who starts out being Lily's tutor and becomes a true friend to the couple.
I sigh. The exam was hard, and I have no idea whether I passed or tanked. "An A," I joke.
..."You'll make an A in econ when I piss glitter, but if you feel confident about it, that's what matters."
While I don't feel like I totally connected with the characters, I find myself thinking about them long after I finished reading. The ending was great, I'm definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series.