Where have I been?? I've seen this book a few times here and there. It was published in 2010, but I just never dove in for some reason. I wish I had!
IWhere have I been?? I've seen this book a few times here and there. It was published in 2010, but I just never dove in for some reason. I wish I had!
I loved this book. I stayed up late and read it on my phone Kindle app every chance I got in the car while hubby drove until I was done. Even though it's usually not the type I like, because the guy turns out to be a 'jerk'. Well...not really. :) I usually am all about the true love. But it's was a conundrum. I felt for this book like I felt for Reckless Magic by Rachel Higginson. I LOVED that series. LOVED!!! It's still in my top 5 series ever to be read by me, but the 'guy' situation was different. The guy you thought you wanted her to be with, winds up being the guy you kinda hate, and then you fall for another guy and then some other stuff happens.
I know I'm not making sense, but it's totally on purpose!! :) I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll tell you this; these two authors know how to pull those guys to finagle it and make your heart move in one direction and then the other. It's not a love triangle, which I dislike immensely.
The story flowed. It wasn't too wordy or drawn out. I never felt like I was lost or struggling to keep up with the plot. It was a semi-light read. There were some moments in the book that made me cringe or tear up, but for the most part, it's a lighter read, which was what I was looking for.
So in conclusion, I've started book 2 already and am VERY intrigued by where things are going. I hope Maddox doesn't break my heart, but I'm ready to find out where this is going.
5 edge-of-my-seat, kissy, torn but hanging on, stars from me!!...more
Lila is amazing. I repeat, Lila Felix is a literary genius. And I'm not just saying that 'cause I know her and she's the sweetest lady ever. She reallLila is amazing. I repeat, Lila Felix is a literary genius. And I'm not just saying that 'cause I know her and she's the sweetest lady ever. She really pulls you in and makes you feel what's going on. It's like it's happening to you and you feel every heartbreak, every laugh, every swoon worthy moment right in your chest.
The book starts off with Remi. Her mother has spent the majority of her life depending on a man who winds up leaving her high and dry with kids and no way to support them. The mother proceeds to spend all of Remi's life telling her that a woman should never depend on a man for anything and you have to make your own way. School and work are important.
Then of course Remi meets Cooper Neal and holy moly, do things change. They both get shipped to live with someone else and start a new school. And the attraction is instant, but they take things as they come. The pace of their relationship was perfect and Cooper is a serious sweetheart. By the end of the book, I was crying for him and swooning at the same time. When two people fall so hard for each other, even if things aren't perfect, those are my kinds of books. They make me want to relive my own romance with my husband and feel all that first love stuff all over again.
This book is not about perfect love, it's about love that hangs on when your own insecurities and future plans try to make themselves more important than that love. But they aren't. In my book, love is the most important thing there is and the ending.... the way she ended this was so out of the ordinary for the books I've read, I was smiling the whole way through. I wouldn't mind reading another book about these two.
If you haven't tried Lila Felix, she has another book, Emerge that's out, that's just as good if not better.
5 wonderfully surprised, book boyfriend material, swooning and then more swooning, crying like a banshee and then laughing then next minute stars from me. ...more
Two words. Adan Delacruz. That's all you need to know. He was my main enjoyment in the book. He was cocky, but it was in a way that was endearSO good!
Two words. Adan Delacruz. That's all you need to know. He was my main enjoyment in the book. He was cocky, but it was in a way that was endearing and sexy, not irritating. You could tell he cared for Sara insane amounts. I thoroughly enjoyed their banter and loved when they finally got together.
The paranormal aspects of the book were very entertaining and different. I never had times where I knew exactly what was going to happen.
And then the end came. Hopefully book two will come soon because the end broke my heart!
Overall, I laughed and swooned and even cried at one point. Melissa's wording is spot on when it comes to emotion.
Jenna was real, she was sweet, she was honest, she was modest and so insecure. She was a mirror of how I used tThis story is in my TOP 5 for the year!
Jenna was real, she was sweet, she was honest, she was modest and so insecure. She was a mirror of how I used to be when I was a teenager and I felt for her so much. I loved her. And Carlos...Not a flaw in the boy!!! He was A-Mazing. This book definitely speaks to the 'teen' that's still in me, though I am far from a teen anymore. It's about abuse, respect and the lack there of, overcoming, being kicked when you're down, and finding that there is always a way to get back up. The road may not be easy, but people come into your life that 'save' you in a sense. Carlos really saved Jenna and that had me bawling on more than one occasion.
Their chemistry built nicely over time and though this was a quick read, their relationship didn't feel forced even a little. Sometimes you just know when you know and I loved the pace of the book and them as a couple.
The mother in this book should be maimed on town square. She was the perfect villain and I felt Jenna was more than accommodating to that...woman. And she was justified with what happened in the end. I was surprised she lasted that long.
Overall, I loved it. It was a beautiful story about a young girl who found a way when there seemed to be none with the help of a cutie with passion and heart. Loved it!
I read this on a whim. My friend told me about this book months ago. But I read the description and it soundedWhew.......Ok.....Let me process, here.
I read this on a whim. My friend told me about this book months ago. But I read the description and it sounded like a gut-wrencher (which it was) and I usually stay away from those. I read to escape, not be sad and have my heart ripped out. Just don't enjoy those kinds of books.
But THIS BOOK was so different.
It was sad and gut-wrenching and anger-inducing and I cried a good portion of the book. But the way it was written was amazing to me. And the main character, Maya? Wow. I haven't read a book in forever that I loved the MC so much. In fact, she may well be my favorite female character of all. Because she wasn't stupid, snotty, snippy, constantly whining or lashing out at the main guy, leaving the guy, or constantly getting on my nerves with a poor attitude that lots of YA books throw out as 'personality and spunk'. I don't like the attitude of "I'm gonna do what I want and I don't care who gets hurt or what anyone thinks". I can't stand it when the girl is like that. Amity made me fall in love with Maya from page one with her faith and hope and unconditional love.
And Ben? Oh. My. Goodness. I don't think I've ever felt so badly for a character. That poor guy. And I read a review that said that they didn't like Ben b\c he made Maya do all the chasing in the book. After what happened to him and all the circumstances of it, how could you expect him to do the chasing!!! Yes, the book's romance isn't much, which I think is what surprised me the most about my liking the book. I am a romance junky and the really sweet, mushy kind is the best, but just the prelude to romance, the few moments we did see some, and Maya's unconditional friendship and the way she fought for Ben even when he was backing away b\c he felt he didn't deserve it, was WAY enough to keep me sunk into the story.
Really, I feel this book was the pre-relationship period. I would LOVE to see a sequel where we can actually see them together more and get deeper with Ben. He was such a great character. And when he came to her defense with a certain someone, but she didn't know it, that right there showed that he really only ever wanted to protect her. He said it so many times, "It's not that I don't want to" and it was obvious that's how he really felt. He truly, honestly wanted to keep her safe above all else.
My final take on this book? It had a good pace, I was never bored or flipping through b\c of too much information. It was an overally sad book, but I still had that little glimmer of hope to keep me going. The writing was great. Reading Indie books is what made me write my own books and I'm not being biased, but most of my favorite books are Indie. This is one of those books where the cover can't explain what you're about to get into when you open the book. It was a surprise and I loved that. I stayed up to 4am to finish last night and with me being a stay at home mom that gets up with her kids, that's saying how invested I was in it.
Definitely my top 10 for the year, even though it's only January. The message really wasn't bullying, b\c of the circumstances, but gossiping and assuming...it really shows how something can be made to be something it's not because of people's unwillingness to mind there own business and have a little faith in people.
I want this book for my bookshelf. This will definitely be a re-read for me.
5 ripping-my-guts-out-in-the-right-way stars from me....more
Um...I need a Garrett on my shelf asap! And Nelina! She is best friend material!
This book was hilarious!! I've never laughed so much and thought, "HowUm...I need a Garrett on my shelf asap! And Nelina! She is best friend material!
This book was hilarious!! I've never laughed so much and thought, "How the heck is Misty so witty?" Let me give you a couple reference lines: "He's dressed in all black, but his hair is a shocking white-blond. And he's humping the glass." "Princess growls like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner caught on a rug."
See? Hilarious! :)
And also swoon. Mega swoon. Example. "There was a whole world of air, but without you there, I couldn't breathe any of it."
You could tell, or I could, that Misty worked hard on this book. The details, the characters, the thought process. It was crazy and I loved it! It never dragged or got hung on gibberish. There was one point in the book where literally, I jumped off my couch. I've NEVER done that reading a book before, but I was so invested and scared and just in the moment that I did, in front of everyone, but it didn't matter. I just sat back down and started reading again.
So I'm done trying to get you to read this! :) Go read my review for the first and then buy them both! Love this series!! Can't wait to get my grubby hands on the paperbacks!...more
I loved the characters. I loved the plot and premise. I loved the idea and I loved the chemistry.
The main character was funny! She talked to herself cI loved the characters. I loved the plot and premise. I loved the idea and I loved the chemistry.
The main character was funny! She talked to herself constantly and I loved it. she was a joy to read. And Dez was yumtastic. He was so interesting and swoonworthy and I found myself glued to the pages, especially the first half of the book, just to see what he was going to say to her. He was a conundrum to me. He was so all over the place, but it was obvious that he loved her and was only protecting and worrying about her.
Even the back characters were very likable and normal.
An event about 2/3 of the way through had me scowling at my Kindle. The main character was angry and I understood, but I wished she hadn't given up so easily or believed it so easily I guess. And then She began to have faith again and the hallelujah moment had me crying. My husband was looking at me funny, but it didn't matter.
I'm on a roll with good Indie books lately. Loved it. Right up on my favorite's shelf. I highlighted quite a few favorite quotes to look back on.
This ARC that Michelle sent me, that I stayed up late to finish while my family slept, had me bawling the whole last quarter of it! A mix of sad and hThis ARC that Michelle sent me, that I stayed up late to finish while my family slept, had me bawling the whole last quarter of it! A mix of sad and happy.
It was so perfectly proportioned with the angst and romance and background characters and details. I was enthralled and literally cursing myself for not being a faster reader at some spots!
It's perfect for the New Adult genre. I think the reviews will be rave and go on and on about how hot Trick was. Because HE WAS!! Poor guy had to change his whole life and then that daggum rug that always causes problems got pulled out from under him again. But he didn't let his circumstances change him and I was pretty in love with him by page 1.
My heart ached for all characters involved. It was one of those books where there really was no bad guy, just bad decisions, and the main characters were just kinda along for the ride. Cami and Trick didn't fall in love too quickly. There was a lovely flow to their story and chemistry. I was revved up right along with them by the time they finally got together b\c it was enrapturing, the whole thing.
Ballpark my friend. Hit it right outta there!!
5 heart-pattering, tissue grabbing, lip biting stars from me!...more