Snapshot, the second novel in The Jamieson Collection, was good, but not quite as good as the first book in the series. The reason that I liked this story less than its predecessor was because Snapshot was a little young for me. I really enjoyed the two main characters, Marti and Adam, but I had a hard time believing that they found "true love" at 15. I know that it's possible to meet your soul mate at such a young age, but it's not likely. While I was reading this novel, I kept thinking about where I was in my life at that age. The more and more I thought about it, the less and less believable this story became.
Even though this story was a little young for me, I still had a great time reading it because it was a wonderfully written story. Ms. Stanton is an extremely talented author. Her developed characters and their unique backgrounds made an entertaining read. This story had the perfect balance of fun and serious! In my opinion, Snapshot is a great romance novel for younger teens
I gave Snapshot by Angie Stanton 3 STARS (3.5 STARS). Snapshot is a sweet love story for younger teens.
PS: I really hope Garrett's story is in the works. Garrett is the oldest Jamieson brother. He is also sort of a jerk, which I really like for some reason. I think his story would be great for older young adults. Hopefully Ms. Stanton's writes his story next!
Here is the deal. I have enjoyed every book in The McCarthys of Gansett Island companion series, but I have definitely enjoyed some more than others. I have been waiting for Laura and Owen to get their happily ever after for a long time. They were first introduced into to the series a couple of books ago and they have been flirting around each other ever since. I was really looking forward to this novel, but unfortunately, I was left a little disappointed.
Season of Love was a good story, but it wasn't my favorite story in The McCarthys of Gansett Island companion series by Marie Force. I keep having the same "issues" with this series. In my opinion, Ms. Force spends too much time going back to old characters and introducing new characters and not enough time focusing on the main characters. I really enjoyed every second Owen and Laura were the focus of this novel, but unfortunately, they didn't get enough attention for my liking.
There was a new character introduced in this novel that I really, really loved. She has had a heartbreaking past. Her back story brought tears to my eyes. I can't wait to see her get a happily ever after.
I am also really excited about the next book in the series. Tiffany, Maddie's sister, has become one of my favorite characters in this. She is a tough character, but she also has a soft, more vulnerable side too. I can't wait to get to know her character more in the next book in the series.
I gave Season of Love by Marie Force 3 STARS (3.5 STARS). I recommend this series to adults who like to curl up with a good romance novel.
THE FAMILY: I am in love with the Sullivans. The Sullivans are a large, one-of-a-kind family that’s made up of 8 magnificent and unique siblings.
Chase – Photographer (The Look of Love) Marcus – Winery (From This Moment On) Gabe – Firefighter (Can’t Help Falling in Love) Sophie (Nice) – Librarian (I Only Have Eyes For You) Zach – Auto Shop Chain (If You Were Mine) Ryan – Professional Baseball Player (TBA) Smith – Actor (TBA) Lori (Naughty) – Choreographer (TBA)
THE SERIES: If you are looking for something SWEET and SEXY then The Sullivans companion series by Bella Andre is absolutely perfect for you. Each novel in the companion series is unique, just like the siblings. However, there is one thing that all of the novels have in common: THEY ARE ALL AMAZING!
I’m obsessed with this series. As soon as a new novel is released, I drop everything else so I can get my Sullivan fix.
IF YOU WERE MINE: If You Were Mine was another wonderful additional this series. I really enjoyed Zach and Heather's story. It was a sweet and sexy story with emotional undertones. I really enjoyed watching Zach and Heather try to resist falling in love.
Zach's father died when he was a young boy leaving his mother all alone to raise eight children. Zach has always been told that he is exactly like his father, and he is convinced that he is going to die young. He doesn't want to leave a wife and children behind so he lives his life in the fast lane and doesn't form emotional attachments. One-night stands are fine but love isn't in the cards for Zach.
Heather doesn't believe in love. Her parent's marriage looks like the perfect marriage from the outside, but Heather discovered the truth about her parent's marriage a long time ago. Her father is a cheater, and her mother is a spineless woman who looks the other way. Heather decides that if that is love, then she wants no part in it.
Overall, If You Were Mine was a fabulous story. I only have one minor critique, and bare with me because I am going to keep things vague to avoid any spoilers. Bella Andre brought up a serious issue in this novel, but in my opinion, she could have delved a little deeper into this issue. She "talked" about it, but she never really "explored" it. I would connected with Heather better if I would have been able to understand her past struggles better. Did this keep me from loving the story? No. I still strongly recommend this story and this series.
I gave If You Were Mine by Bella Andre 4 STARS. If you haven't been introduced to the Sullivans yet, then I recommend that you fix that immediately, starting with the first novel in the companion series, The Look of Love.
MORGAN'S REVIEW: *This review contains some minor spoilers*
I think it's safe to say that Out of Breath (Breathing #3) by Rebecca Donovan was one of the most anticipated Young Adult titles of 2013. Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing were both powerful, emotional stories that ended with dramatic cliffhangers that had readers begging for more. Out of Breath, the third and final novel in this series, continued and concluded Emma and Evan's story.
While I enjoyed reading Out of Breath, I must admit that I was a little disappointed with this novel. My first critique is that I had a hard time switching back and forth between Emma and Evan's perspectives. Evan's point of view was differentiated by italic marks, but for some reason, I still had an extremely difficult time distinguishing between their point of views. I also thought that Emma started to come off as a whinny, weak heroine in this novel, which in turn made her character less likable. I wish the story would have flowed a little bit smoother and that Emma would have been a more enjoyable heroine, but all of that said, I would still consider Out of Breath to be a good conclusion to the Breathing series.
At the end of Barely Breathing, Emma and Evan went their separate ways. Emma thought she was "protecting" Evan by pushing him out of her life; Evan thought Emma had betrayed him and decided to walk away.
“I love him more than he will ever know. And because of that, I choose his happiness.” - Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan
Out of Breath picks up two years later. Emma and Evan are still on their own. Emma is attending Stanford University and barely living. She exists, but she doesn't live.
“She's just...broken.” - Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan
With a little help from her best friend and her roommates, Emma starts to put herself out there a little bit more. I wouldn't consider it "living", since she's still an empty shell, but she begins to make an effort.
“You can't keep pushing everyone away." She stood up from the chair, her body tense. "You can't keep doing this, because one of these days, you'll wake up and have no one.” - Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan
All of her efforts, however, are put on hold when she receives a call that changes everything. Forced to make an appearance back home, Emma starts to spiral out of control. An old "friend" makes an appearance and creates even more conflict for Emma.
I can't say what happens next. I'm going to leave the best part for the readers to discover on their own. :) I am, however, going to leave you with my favorite quote from this novel:
“Every breath I breathe is because of you. Even when your weren't there to save me, you were my reason to breathe. And for that I will always love you. Always." - Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan
I gave Out of Breath (Breathing #3) by Rebecca Donovan 3 STARS (3.5 STARS). Overall, I have a very high opinion of this series and would definitely recommend it to a friend. If I had to sum up this entire series in only a few words, I would describe it as a dark, beautifully written, emotionally intense, romance novel.
*I received an ARC of Dare You To through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
"How many more of us are pretending to be something we're not? Even better, how many of us will have the courage to be ourselves regardless of what others think? - DARE YOU TO
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry was one of my favorite books from 2012! After I finished the first few chapters of Dare You To at the end of Pushing the Limits, I knew I had to get my hands on Dare You to as soon as possible. I've been stalking Netgalley for the last few months, waiting for Dare You To to become available. I recently finished Dare You To and I have nothing but great things to say about this novel.
I was a little nervous going into this novel because I really liked Beth and Isaiah together in Pushing the Limits. Their backgrounds were similar and they had a strong friendship. I really enjoy friends to lovers stories so I was kind of curious if that's where things were going to go. After reading the first few chapters at the end of Pushing the Limits, I quickly learned that that wasn't what Ms. McGarry had in mind. And now that I've finished Dare You To, I must say that she definitely made the right choice. I couldn't have picked a better match for Beth.
"What I find most interesting is that even though she's Ms. Antisocial, she doesn't avoid people. Yeah, plenty of kids hide in plain sight. They duck into the library before school or during lunch. They evade eye contact and walk in the shadows as if they can go to school and never be detected. Not Beth. She stands her ground. Owns the space around her and smirks if someone comes too close, as if she's daring them to take her on. A smirk that dares turns me on." - DARE YOU TO
Told in alternating perspective, Dare You To is a beautiful, wonderfully written novel. I really loved this novel. Beth and Ryan's story is a passionate, emotional tale about people from different worlds coming together. Even better than the story, in my opinion, was the writing. Dare You To was a phenomenal story, but Katie McGarry could take the most boring story in the world and make it hypnotizing. She has a beautiful, lyrical way with words, and she describes her characters and their emotions perfectly. She is a force to be reckoned with. I will proudly say that I will read anything she writes! She's that good.
I gave Dare You To by Katie McGarry 4 STARS (4.5 STARS). I STRONGLY recommend this novel! Now, I'm just waiting until Isaiah gets his own story!!
5/16/12: EMOTIONAL OVERLOAD. Please check back to read my review at a later date. Maybe a month from now, I will be off the emotional rollercoaster th5/16/12: EMOTIONAL OVERLOAD. Please check back to read my review at a later date. Maybe a month from now, I will be off the emotional rollercoaster that is The Opportunist. :)
At this point,I have NO IDEA how I feel about this book. I don't know how to rate it or review it. I stayed up until 3AM so I could finish it. I didn't put this book down one time after I started it. But, I still have no freaking clue how I feel about it.
I am going to sort some of this out, and I will post my review shortly!
5/17/12:It's official. I have decided on 4 STARS. My brain is still spinning. I'm still working on my review. More to come...
** Warning: The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher is a super crazy emotional roller coaster ride that will most likely cause you to yell, scream, curse, and throw things. Please try to refrain from throwing your reading device against a wall because that most likely will not end well. **
The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher is an angsty cross-over romance novel that explores how one action can cause a domino effect that is capable of destroying even the strongest relationship. This novel also examines how pride, deception, and manipulation are some of the deepest ways you can hurt the ones you love. "I would like to write a novel that every, single person loves, but not even J.K. Rowling could do that. Instead, I try to write stories that pull on people's emotions. I believe that sadness is the most powerful emotion, and swirled with regret the two become a dominating force. I love villains, namely; Mother Gothel, Gaston and the Evil Queen who all suffered from a pretty wicked case of vanity (like me). I like to make these personality types the center of my stories." - Taken from Tarryn Fisher's goodreads.com profile
That is exactly what Ms. Fisher does; she pulls on readers emotions. I guarantee you that you will FEEL many, many things while reading this novel. It actually took me a long time to rate and review this novel because after completing this novel, I experienced emotional overload. This novel brought me up, pulled me down, pulled me down even farther, brought me up, and then brought me back down. It was a lot to experience, but like I've said before, I would much rather experience a lot than experience nothing at all.
I loved and hated the two main characters. I loved them when they were together, but I hated them when they were apart. Olivia and Caleb were their own worst enemies. They let their pride, their deception, and their manipulations keep them from obtaining the thing they wanted most, each other. They were both deceitful and a little bit crazy. They both made unforgivable choices. But, they also had sweeter, softer sides that were hard to resist.
In my opinion, the first half of this novel was phenomenal. I loved watching the characters past and present unfold simultaneously, and at this point in the novel, I was hopeful. The characters made asinine choices, but they had their reasons. I don't necessarily agree with their reasons, but at least, they explained why they behaved the way they did. The second half of the novel just wasn't as good as the first. Things got a little too crazy and convoluted toward the end of the novel.The story went from being told at a nice, even pace to being sort of jumbled, and the characters' choices went from asinine to certifiable. I kinda, sorta understood why the characters made their choices in the beginning of this novel, but I had no freaking clue what possessed the characters to act like complete idiots during the second half of this novel. As you can tell, I am still quite angry with them.
Regardless, I was glued to my freaking phone (kindle app) from start to finish. I would not put this book down. Now, it's a few days later and I am still thinking about this novel. So what does that tell you? This is a memorable, addicting story that is worth reading.
I gave The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher 4 STARS.Check this book out and let me know what you think! I don't think it's for everyone, but I think the majority of readers will enjoy it. I highly encourage everyone to give it a shot. There are two more books in this series. I am not sure if they go back in time or if they pick up where The Opportunist left off. I just know that I won't be able to resist reading them!
Gabriel's Rapture, the sequel to Gabriel's Inferno by Sylvain Reynard, was absolutely brilliant. Written by an author with a fresh and passionate voice, Gabriel's Rapture was a beautiful, artistic novel that explores "suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption". Gabriel's Inferno intertwined Julia and Gabriel's past with their present, but Gabriel's Rapture took things a step further and intertwined Julia and Gabriel's past, present, and future.
Gabriel's Rapture picks up right where Gabriel's Inferno left off. Julia and Gabriel are in Italy, enjoying their freedom and each other. Once they return from Italy, however, they have to face reality and forces that are threatening to pull them apart. In this novel, Julia and Gabriel are both committed to one another, but they must face their pasts and overcome new, present hurdles in order to have a lasting future.
Julia and Gabriel are intelligent and witty characters. Their passion for art and literature and their all-consuming love for one another create a spellbinding love story. I highly recommend this artistic, sensual love story.
I gave Gabriel's Rapture (Gabriel's Inferno #2) by Sylvain Reynard 4 STARS (4.5 STARS). I rated Gabriel's Inferno (Gabriel's Inferno #1) by Sylvain Reynard 5 STARS. Don't let my lower rating fool you. Gabriel's Rapture was sensational. It's, without a doubt, a MUST READ. The only reason I rated this novel lower than its predecessor was because I missed Gabriel's sexy bad boy side. What can I say? I am a sucker for bad boys!
Reading this series has been "a beautiful, powerful and addicting journey". I strongly encourage adults to read Gabriel's Inferno and Gabriel's Rapture. They are two of my favorite books, and I look forward to re-reading them both many times in the future. -XOXO
What A Boy Needs was a great follow up to What A Boy Wants.
The whole gang is back in What A Boy Needs, but this time instead of focusing on Sebastian and Aspen, Ms. Dawn puts the spotlight on Jaden and Priscilla. What A Boy Needs was just as entertaining and humorous as its predecessor, but it also had the added bonus of being a bit more real. Told from Jaden's perspective, this young adult romance novel explores a lot of real issues that teens face, such as neglect and verbal abuse.
What A Boy Needs was definitely a little "younger" than what I'm used to reading, but I still enjoyed this novel so I wouldn't say that it's too young.
I gave What A Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn 4 STARS (3.5 STARS). I recommend this novel to young adults who are searching for a light, fun read. This companion series is guaranteed to make you smile and give you hope.