It's a real breather. A cliche plot but Klein pulled it real well. A straight A-high school girl falling in love with the bad boy. It's cute, the char...moreIt's a real breather. A cliche plot but Klein pulled it real well. A straight A-high school girl falling in love with the bad boy. It's cute, the characters are nice. The twist in the near-end was a surprise.(less)
I hated how controlling Natalie Sterling is at first. She's someone whom you would hate back in high school - a girl who seemed too perfect and can't...moreI hated how controlling Natalie Sterling is at first. She's someone whom you would hate back in high school - a girl who seemed too perfect and can't do anything wrong.
I like the way how the story progressed, how she finally fell in love with someone she least expects, loose her small number of friends, and gain them back, and finally changing and opening herself up.
It's a short read and finished it in 3 hours, I would gladly recommend it to my friends :)(less)
I really don't tolerate cheating - even how hot the third party is - and especially the one you are cheating on is a good guy. But how did the good gu...more I really don't tolerate cheating - even how hot the third party is - and especially the one you are cheating on is a good guy. But how did the good guy in this story turned out to be an ass in the end? Somehow, the author gave the 'cheating part' a nicely put justification that it was okay, after all, he wasn't really the prince charming.
Luke! OMG! Luke! Talk about someone who is so nice and dependable. I like the fact that he didn't pressure or push Irelyn to do something for his benefit. He took his time, and respected her decision - even though waiting was making him miserable as well.
I hate the meddling patriarch, especially when he goes down low and resorted to blackmail. No one is given the right to run someone else's life, especially when he or she is capable of running it by his/her own. It was a breather when Irelyn's mom finally - AT LONG LAST - stood up for herself and for the rest of her family.
Their friends were pretty amazing. Collin, was concerned and did the talk but never really confronted Irelyn -talk about minding your own business. There's Morgan (the moralist) and Bailey (the one who tolerates this whole stuff) – I love the balance and I think Ire has good friends because they really care for her, and was there when she needed them most.
It is important to be honest and truthful to someone about what we really feel. Doing anything stupid behind someone’s back is low, especially when you have the inkling that what you are doing is wrong. Spare anyone a heartbreak, and tell the truth before anything else gets out of hand. Confiding to friends is also important, they may not help that much, but at least you get you get some negative air out of your system. One last thing, some people change, and some people don't – that includes their wants. (less)
A rock star who plays guitar like a god is a chick in the relationship - pretty weird.
Another thing weird is his talent. Writing songs while --- Oh m...moreA rock star who plays guitar like a god is a chick in the relationship - pretty weird.
Another thing weird is his talent. Writing songs while --- Oh my gahd! how can you ever thing of anything else while you're doing the best shag of your life?!
This novel is steaming, hot and crazy. I like the band members - they all have different personalities but have one common denominator, not that I would tell anyway. Myrna is cool for an older woman, she's like a mother hen to the boys but they love her. Her fear of marriage is understandable, after what she has been through she'll be an idiot to go into another relationship without thinking first. Master Sinclair on the other hand was described as a romantic man. He falls for the wrong girls and gets his heart broken - well until he met Myrna.
One scene I love most in this book is the one with Master Sinclair and his father on stage. It was a real epic. I could feel the crowd cheering and Brian's overwhelming emotions.
I enjoyed this book better than the first one because I like the heroine, Charlotte more. I love the development of her character in the book and how...moreI enjoyed this book better than the first one because I like the heroine, Charlotte more. I love the development of her character in the book and how she finally realizes she was in love with another.
Adam, is definitely the one! He's a scoundrel of the first order, but there is more to him than meets the eye. Finally,with a supposed-to-be-fake wedding gone wrong,a scheming grandmother and a not-so-horrible lie - this book is worth the read.
I'm on my 3rd book - hopefully, if not better, it'll be as good as this one :)
Forever Mine is a delightful story of first love, first heartache, first everything. Elizabeth Reyes made the bad-boy-gets-good-girl familiar story li...moreForever Mine is a delightful story of first love, first heartache, first everything. Elizabeth Reyes made the bad-boy-gets-good-girl familiar story line into something else. It was funny and sweet, uncomplicated and straightforward.
I was fascinated with every character. Even the secondary characters were great, they were so much fun and brings humor to the story. I was easily caught up in their lives. They are surprisingly well-mannered and grounded. Parents and guardians were barely present and they seemed to have little involvement and supervision, but in some household this can be a normal occurrence.
Although, the lead characters, Sarah and Angel fell in love almost at first sight, the story made a few remarkable twists. I was a bit disturbed with Sarah’s relationship with Sydney. I always believe that boys and girls can be friends without anything attached to it, but their relationship made me cringe. I have a boy best friend, and I couldn’t recall telling him the THREE words. I love the emphasis on honesty, and how important it is even to young lovers.
I love Forever Mine and I couldn’t stop turning the pages. This book may not have the most beautiful cover as some YAs do, but I assure you it is worth your time. I decided to finish all the Moreno Brothers series before making all my reviews – I had my momentum going on and I would die before I’d stop reading them all. Forever Mine is my second favorite story in the series, guess what’s the first? (less)
Making You Mine is my favorite Moreno Brothers novel. I had to find this one before I started all of my reviews, as I have said, I was on momentum. Sa...moreMaking You Mine is my favorite Moreno Brothers novel. I had to find this one before I started all of my reviews, as I have said, I was on momentum. Sal is my favorite character among the brothers – he’s very anal, a level-headed person and very reasonable until he fell in love with Grace. Now, Sal understands what the fuss and the stuffs his brothers were doing when they were in love. Touché!
Grace is someone who wants to prove she can do something, but because of her age and her looks no one takes her seriously. I don’t like that Grace’s character was manipulated by her mother and until the end, she didn’t seem to mind it. There were occasional no’s, but they were somewhat weak, and usually she just lets her mom have her way.
Their romance takes into turn when Alex gave Grace the shot she needed – not the one that she wants but close to it, and open for the possibilities of letting her inside the kitchen. She was basically shoved into Sal’s quiet and organized world. They found themselves in love with each other – and they were in for an amazing ride of their lives.
However, one drunken night at Vegas, Sal made a mistake. A gruesome mistake that can cost him his relationship with Grace. Can the cliché, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas work on him?
Our old friends from the previous books are here, we get to see how they are doing with their lives. Angel & Sarah have a successful branch in the Marina, Alex & Valerie are having a family, Sof & Eric are engaged, Romeo & Izzy are doing fine as well. There’s a newly added Moreno, Vincent – whom I am looking forward to having his very own story in the future (REALLY HOPING).
The Epilogue is phenomenal. It was just wonderful to see how the Moreno couples were doing after a couple of years and see a whole new generation of Moreno’s. Plus a short story about Angel and Sarah’s journey in conceiving their very own baby.
Making You Mine may not have the amazing glow of a young love in Forever Mine, but this is a story for first love as well. Splendidly mixed with lies, betrayal, sacrifice and misunderstanding, Elizabeth Reyes once again made a fantastic story that will melt your hearts.(less)
I have been waiting for Kiss Crush Collide since I had it on my Recommendation List at Goodreads, and liken it to Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry –...moreI have been waiting for Kiss Crush Collide since I had it on my Recommendation List at Goodreads, and liken it to Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry – I just knew I had to read it ASAP. But I was bound for a big disappointment.
Kiss Crush Collide is a quick read, about a perfect girl from a perfect family who fell in love with a not so perfect boy. The cover was stunning, it was sweet, I was expecting a romantic interlude between a boy and a girl. Instead, the story focused more on Leah and her dysfunctional family.
Leah was the youngest among the three, and practically she have lived her life the way she was expected to do so – following the examples of her sisters. Well, she was making it all happen until she met Porter, a guy who works at a country club – and suddenly her plans fell apart.
Although I like the story line, I didn’t feel any connection with Leah. The supposedly important character ‘Porter’ wasn’t developed, and after reading the whole book, I just stared at my Kindle and said “This was it?!!” I wanted more from Porter and Leah. Something more besides the make out sessions they have – a relationship, a conversation – anything!
Maybe part of my disappointment came from the fact that this book was compared to a personal favorite – something I have read and really liked. On the other hand, if I haven’t come across Perfect Chemistry, I would’ve liked this one fine. (less)
Crash Test Love introduces us to Henry Arlington, a guy who loves to hook up and Garret Lennox, who has her fair share of break ups and decided to swe...moreCrash Test Love introduces us to Henry Arlington, a guy who loves to hook up and Garret Lennox, who has her fair share of break ups and decided to swear off boys.
Henry Arlington and his best buddies have a hobby of gate crashing Sweet Sixteen parties all around Long Island and picking up girls there. They made a set of codes and one of those states to never hook up the second time around. One night, Henry bumps into Garret. He felt she was different from all the other girls he met in the parties, and he breaks another one of his rules – he spills his real name. He thought he was never going to see her again – but he was in for a surprise when he returns to school and finds Garret was also going there.
Garret just moved in and technically knows no one in her new school. She caught the attention of a popular clique, but there was a catch, if she wants to be in, she needs to make Henry like her, bring her to a Sweet Sixteen Party featured on MTV and dump him.
Crash Test Love is set in an alternating point of view. Although I find the dialogues kind of weird at first because it wasn’t in the usual form but it ended up well. I believe readers can still relate to the characters and their emotions. As they get to know each other, readers see the development and growth within the character. Both characters, especially Henry’s, is not what he seems to be. There is more than to him that being just a player. Although their choices may not be that wise, but I was hopeful for the both of them.
I couldn’t give Crash Test Love a 5 because I really wanted the HEA for Henry and Garrett. I was hoping that the author would change his mind and just let the two be together in the end. On the other hand, his not-so-typical ending left readers hope for Henry and Garrett would find and settle their inner conflicts and have another shot in the future.
Gabriel's Inferno is an amazing book, the author combined a wonderful classic into a steamy contemporary (still th...moreMy first book in 2012 and I swooned!
Gabriel's Inferno is an amazing book, the author combined a wonderful classic into a steamy contemporary (still the 'classy' type of steamy) that will make you pant in anticipation. I love Gabriel - he's dark, mysterious and scarred - but he redeemed himself in the end.
Gabriel's Inferno is all about forgiveness, sacrifice, patience and virtues - a whole lot of it if you tell me.
Neve, is now one of my favorite heroines – she’s funny and intelligent. But her self esteem must be buried somewhere 50 feet below the ground because she could never see herself as beautiful. She used to be fat and a size 32 but through hard work (no fad or crash diet) she’s down to size 14. She works in an archive – it’s not a library – it’s really an archive. This book is her journey in her struggle to be more comfortable with herself and her body.
And Max – the ultimate sex-god-slash-man-whore. Okay, he’s charming and could disarm all your defenses with a smile. He’s a bit of a jerk. But of course, deep inside, he also has issues which he kept to himself and his therapist. You will just adore him – how he takes care of Neve and how he tries to behave with her.
Yes, both the characters of this story are somewhat f*cked up – but that’s because they’re real and they deal with issues that are present and alarming in today’s world. Health issues, obesity, fad diets, sex addiction sprinkled with a toe-curling romance. But despite the fact they have crazy issues – they are just perfect for each other. Neve needs a man who sees beauty in her, no matter what her size is and Max needs someone who would really care for him. Neve and Max together is just magic and you can see sparks floating in the air. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me is very entertaining from the first page down to the last. I am sure you will not put it down until you reached the final page. (less)
Leaving Paradise is another one of my Simone Elkele’s favourites. Once again, she made an amazing story about two unlikely characters falling in love...moreLeaving Paradise is another one of my Simone Elkele’s favourites. Once again, she made an amazing story about two unlikely characters falling in love and surviving the past. This is a story of how one reckless night can change lives of many. How love and loyalty can make or break you.
Caleb, the once-popular kid, who have everything at his disposal got out of juvie after a year only to find that everything has changed. His family, his friends, his girlfriend were not the people he used to know. No matter how he tries in moving on, he realizes that it was not that easy.
Maggie’s life went a 180 once she got hit that night. She’s no longer the ‘normal’ person she hoped she could be. She no longer has friends, even her best friend no longer talks to her, she stopped school for a year, no longer play the sport that could make her father proud of her and suddenly, Caleb, the guy who hit her went out of jail straight back into her path.
The good-girl-falls-in-love-with-the-bad-boy story line filled the story with excellent chemistry. Two people, bonded by a tragedy that affected their lives, living as an outcast from the rest of the world, turned into the last person they have expected to – each other.
I also like Mrs. Reynolds who gave both of them a chance to be normal. She’s an amazing character, a little bit pushy but Caleb and Maggie wouldn’t try something new and something they couldn’t think they can without a little motivation.
I don’t know if a plot could be simple but can have the necessary depth – because Leaving Paradise has it. It is simple to a point that I can see this story even in newspaper stands. However, this is not just a love story. It has a reality thrown into it, an important silent advocacy that booze and driving do not go hand in hand. That an accident caused by irresponsible driving can damage and ruin future chances in life.
Readers Return to Paradise eight months since Caleb left town, not only leaving Maggie broken hearted but keeping the secrets of that horrible night w...moreReaders Return to Paradise eight months since Caleb left town, not only leaving Maggie broken hearted but keeping the secrets of that horrible night with him. Although they still wanted each other, the both of them have moved on with their lives – as much as they could. Maggie just finished high school and is finally leaving for Spain in a few months while Caleb is making ends meet in Chicago.
However, another bad choice led the both of them back in each other’s company. Caleb was forced to come on a summer trip with four other teens whose lives were also changed by driving under the influence of alcohol. Now, being thrown together had the confuse and a lot of question stand in the middle of them: what-if Caleb never left? What if they get back together? what if Caleb finally tell the truth of what happened that night?
What I like about a sequel novel is that I see how the characters developed and grows. While Maggie finally found the strength and courage to fear whatever that comes her way, Caleb on the other hand, became more brusque and confrontational, though you can actually see a lost boy underneath the strong façade. A bonus would be meeting brand new characters that would add spice to the story. In Return to Paradise, Maggie and Caleb are joined by Lenny, Matt, Julio, Erin and Trish – every one of them has their own surprising and interesting story to share.
Simone Elkeles once again proved that she can make a wonderful love story interwoven with delicate issues faced by teens today. The issues may be sensitive- but she threads it lightly to a point that it will impact its readers. Return to Paradise is about second chances, about how a bad thing in life can turn out to be something good.
My long wait is over - reading the final installment of the Christian-Anna love affair is an amazing experience - from the first book to the last one...moreMy long wait is over - reading the final installment of the Christian-Anna love affair is an amazing experience - from the first book to the last one - you can't simply put it down until you are off to the last page.
I miss fifty shades, and well, I still hate Anna, i know she means well, but if Christian is controlling, Anna can't help doing something stupid to get her into trouble. Although I must admit, she can take care of herself, but must she risk her life to play hero? argh!!
I'm glad all issues are resolved with this trilogy, although I will miss Christian, having another book might ruin the story. The trilogy is excellent - complex plot and amazing characters that will forever be remembered.
You rock EL James! - looking forward to your other novels :) (less)