Plot: The story is pretty straightforward, Pepper comes from a dysfunctional family and has been crushing on her This book was unputdownable for me!
Plot: The story is pretty straightforward, Pepper comes from a dysfunctional family and has been crushing on her best friend's older brother for over 12 years. When he becomes single, Pepper and her friends decide that she needs some more "experience" in order for Hunter to see her as anything more than "my little sister's best friend." In walks Reece, the sexy bartender. I liked the flow of the story, Sophie Jordan gave enough insight about each character to make this love story seem realistic. My only complaint would be the melodramatic ending, but still, it was adorable.
Characters: Pepper and Reece make my life! They are both 3-dimensional characters with obvious flaws and insecurities. I loved the development of their relationship, from purely sexual to hanging out and getting to know each other. Jordan also introduces us to Pepper's friends who are also the stars of the upcoming Ivy Series novels.
Setting: Pepper is a university student, but I don't think there is a single time that she was in class! Haha, I swear, she went from the coffee shop right to the bar. The only times I was reminded that Pepper was a 19 year old girl was her talk of Halloween parties and RAs.
Short N Sweet: Foreplay is a sweet love story regarding insecurities and getting what you need, not what you want. ...more
I bought this ebook when it was on sale for $3...I think that was a year ago. Yesterday, I finally sat down and started it. 10 hours later, I was loo I bought this ebook when it was on sale for $3...I think that was a year ago. Yesterday, I finally sat down and started it. 10 hours later, I was looking for the sequel!
Plot: I think your opinion of this book depends on how you approach it. By no means is this a riveting critique on the social cliques of prestigious universities or student substance abuse. It's a fun, easy read about a new girl and her climb to popularity. Callie Andrews is from California, she has blond hair and is starting her freshman year at Harvard University (just like the author, but we'll ignore that). Her roommates are a crazy cast of characters, and her boyfriend just broke up with her -through email. The book takes place over the first three months of school and a lot happens before Thanksgiving Break. The book ends with a pretty scandalous cliffhanger which had me wanting to know more.
Characters: Callie is our main character, and even though the novel is in the third person, we are basically seeing everything through her eyes. She's not a role model whatsoever; she's just a girl trying to survive her first year away from home and figure boys out. There are a lot of secondary characters that all either add to the drama or are comedic reliefs. I'm a very PC person when it comes to diversity in novels, and while Kunze does include some diversity, I thought she also called unnecessary attention to the characters of color. OK (our Nigerian prince who has an English accent?) is repeatedly characterized by his ebony skin and called a "big black man." We get it, he's black. Let's move on. There is also Fahad, who is from Saudi Arabia and described as wearing a white tuxedo with an ironic purple turban. Why is his turban ironic? ALSO, I don't think Saudi Arabian men even wear turbans. I know I don't know every single Saudi in the world, but I've never seen a turban grace their heads (unless they are religious leaders) so.....
Moving on from the POC characters, Callie has a list of men who are heads over heels in love with her. I personally love Gregory. He can be pretty rude, and always sarcastic, but it's clear that he's hiding behind an image. One last thing (I notice I've been rambling). This novel is in the third person and is mostly told from Callie's angle, like 90% of the time. Then there are times where Kunze switches perspectives and it is super confusing as to whose eyes we are seeing a situation through. I think this book would have been better if it were just written in the first person POV.
Setting: The Ivy takes place at the illustrious Harvard University, and as I have never been to Harvard, I liked hearing them described from an actual Harvard Alumnus.
Short N Sweet: If you want a cerebral read, keep looking. However, if you are looking for a fun college story along the lines of Gossip Girl, you might want to check this one out!...more
I picked up Faking It without knowing much about Ms. Cora Carmack or the first installment in this series. Luckily, these books can serve as3.5 stars
I picked up Faking It without knowing much about Ms. Cora Carmack or the first installment in this series. Luckily, these books can serve as standalones and didn't take away from any of the book's charm.
Plot: The story of Cade and Max is a really cute and simple one. They're both two individuals with overwhelming pasts and seem to be the polar opposites of each other. Max's desire to continue hiding her one true self brings the two of them together for a game of "Let's pretend!" There weren't a lot of curve balls in this one, of course there is reveal for one of the characters, but nothing too crazy. This love story was very simple and adorable, which is why I liked it!
Characters: Cade is SUCH a catch, I swear, I think I liked him more than I liked Max! Cade is the straight lace golden child while Max is the punk/goth/rocker girl. The two of them get together and they have so much chemistry. I liked Max and her how her past played out, her family could have been fleshed out more, but the story circled mostly around Max and Cade so it's understandable that Carmack didn't give secondary characters as much "meat."
World Building: As most new adult novels, this one circles around class, work, and bars. I'd say mostly bars. There wasn't much to the world building but I did feel like the characters moved from point A to point B rather quickly.
Short N Sweet: Faking It is a refreshing and sweet new adult title that explores the past and learning to live for the future. It's just what you need when you need something to make you smile!...more
In this sequel to The Ivy, the laughs don't stop and the drama gets juicier! And with a cliffhanger at the end, you'll need to read book 3 ASAP.
Plot:In this sequel to The Ivy, the laughs don't stop and the drama gets juicier! And with a cliffhanger at the end, you'll need to read book 3 ASAP.
Plot: The last book ended in an (evil) cliffhanger and Secrets picks up a few day after The Ivy. I was kind of expecting to see Callie and Co's reactions regarding The Spoiler Secret but....not really. And when it was resolved, it wasn't as big as a deal as all the characters had made it out to be. Nonetheless, Kunze solves one problem and throws in about three more, so the entertainment is endless.
Characters: A few more characters are introduced in Secrets but the novel still focuses on the same lovable gang. And I will admit, this novel has a pretty strong love triangle (something I usually hate) but I think it was done well. It was the question of passion v stability, "what I want" v "what I need" and I thought that it was well thought out. Regardless, I am Team Gregory, but there were times where I questioned which was best for Callie.
Setting: Not much has changed, we are in Harvard, they go to class and they drink. It's still a beautiful campus that I love reading about!
Short N Sweet: Secrets is a strong follow up to The Ivy with more drama and more characters that you wish were your friends in real life! ...more