"The love of your life won't be the man you end up with, and you'll always compare the two."
Gossip Column The story started with a juicy article from the small town's gossip column: how the town's supposedly perfect wedding of a supposedly-perfect couple came to a halt when the bride was jilted at the altar because the groom decided to come out of the closet.
The Princess With a Defective Gaydar Faith Holland was the youngest among the Holland siblings. She was the baby of the family, and what made her more special is that she was suffering from epilepsy. A condition that said to have caused the accident that cost them their mother's lives. She was also popular at school, being rich and friendly to everyone. She has a bright and sunny disposition despite everything that happened to her and her family. Only no one knew that she's keeping a secret. A secret that could make her loving family hate her.
It was an epileptic attack that had brought Faith and Jeremy together. They were high school sweethearts, and upon finishing school, they decided to get hitched. Jeremy was Faith's first and only love. She could not imagine anyone else growing old with and having children with. Only that, Jeremy wasn't totally honest with her or with himself. He waited until their wedding day to come out and tell her he couldn't marry her because he was gay.
Faith's world shattered, she didn't see it coming. Instead of spending her honeymoon with Jeremy, she decided to go to San Francisco and stayed their for over three years. Hoping to heal her broken heart and find someone who's not gay. But finding the perfect man wasn't that easy.
Now she was back in their little town, because of an emergency call from her sister saying that her father has been dating a woman that could rob him blind. Between finding her father the perfect woman, facing her ex love, looking at the people's pitiful glances at her, and of course being annoyed by the Chief of police, can the princess find her prince?
The Perfect Man Wasn't So Perfect After All Jeremy was new to the town - the star quarterback, a great academic student and rich. He was everything a girl could ever wanted, but Faith caught his attention. Bringing her to the nurse's office after (or during) an epileptic attack (which is not really recommended, anyway) started their love story. But he also has secrets he couldn't accept. Secrets he had been denying, secrets he was willing to carry on until their wedding day.
He May Not Be Perfect, But He Was The Best For Her Chief Levi Cooper knew that he was gay - from day 1. But it was not in his position to say anything, especially when the man was his best friend. But on his wedding day - he could not just stand in their and not say anything. This has gone too far. Oh yes, he was the one who 'technically' put a stop to their wedding.
Living on trailer parks, his life wasn't really a piece of cake. They were poor, his father ran out of them when he was young. His mother would work herself to death to provide for them, but they were okay. In High School, he played football but he knew he wasn't good enough to get a scholarship. It was Jeremy who had helped him to get noticed, but still, he needed some money to go to college. He decided to ask his father, but was turned away. Without any college options, he decided to enlist.
Coming back and becoming the Chief of Police was not an easy task - yes even in their small towns. His days are filled with mundane calls from the locals and 'I-wanna-come-home' calls and texts from his younger sister, Sara who is now in college. But his days suddenly went a 180 when Faith came back to town. Oh yes, he has secrets too, secrets he and Faith shared and secrets he didn't want Faith to know.
He didn't want a relationship after a disastrous marriage. He didn't want Faith - who will leave after she finished her projects. Faith, who was his best friend's former fiancee.
Things I ♥ About This Book It's Kristan Higgins I have been in love with her since reading Until There Was You- and she never disappoints her readers. There were a lot of funny moments especially from both daughter and father's disastrous dates.
The characters are totally awesome- not just the three main characters, but especially the family & friends that surrounds them. I love their family - not just because they are tightly knitted, but because they love and support each other whatever they are going through. I would love to read Sara and Ned's story in the near future.
To End Indeed, the best man may not be the perfect man you have been dreaming of - but the perfect one to complement your imperfections. Sometimes, you need not look far to find your match, because he can be the one sitting right next to you, waiting for you to acknowledge him or her. Love, indeed, moves in mysterious ways.
Kristan Higgins made another amazing novel filled with unforgettable characters that will find their way through the reader's heart. A perfect combination of romance, comedy and a touch of drama - readers will find them selves hooked (as I have been) and would surely demand for more! (less)
Hate is easy, but sometimes love is easy, too. When you find it.
When will you shut up and mind your own business?
Meet Chelsea Knot. She's the school biggest gossip. She has her way in knowing every single juicy news before it hit the news rack the nest day. She's friend with the ever popular Kristen, and together they remind me so much of:
It all started with a secret that was supposed to be kept that way until the infamous Chelsea Knot ran into them, and just couldn't kept her mouth shut.
And just when her friend, Kristen wanted her to keep her mouth just, she just couldn't. She tried, but a life was involve and she felt responsible. So against the wishes of her best friend, she spilled - and now her life was changing big time.
The Consequences All actions has corresponding consequences and Chelsea didn't expect the consequences of her actions - drunk or sober. Her big mouth just landed one person in the hospital, two people in jail, rendered her friendless, isolated and the target of bullying. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The Vow of Silence
Chelsea Knot: Me + Talking = Bad News!
I could not manage a vow of silence - even for a day. Communication is a very important part of our daily lives - and talking covers 3/4 of it. After all, you can talk your ideas faster than you writing it. But Chelsea did it anyway. When she realized her big mouth cost her everything - she decides to zip it and took a vow of silence.
Seriously! She doesn't speak at all!
New Life. New Friends. New Chelsea
Her new vow of silence had changed her. It made her see things she was blinded to see when she was popular. She lost her so-called friends- but she gained new ones. People she didn't expect to befriend her. Asha, an Indian who taught her Geometry until she got herself a decent grade, as well as knitting, she even brought her to Rosie's - her workplace. Sam he gave her a chance and taught her to make amazing tuna melts (although she can't master it still) & he even taught her how to skate. There's Andy - he's much more complicated to win him over. Nevertheless, she earned great friends - not popular but REAL.
She found a new love, someone who stood by her and helped her throughout this ordeal. He even helped including her family. He made Chelsea happy despite the circumstances that surrounds her. And I'll never thought I'll say this - but after all she has been through - She deserves it!
Chelsea changed. It wasn't an instant 180 turn - but the progress made it even more realistic. Starting reading the book, I didn't think I'd like her. I hated the mean girls at school. I hated the bullies and anyone who gets away with anything grave. But she proved to be different. She's brave. Brave enough to loose her friends, and status (that I think is a VERY BIG DEAL in high school). Her attitude: yes, the b*tchiness, made her survive all those stones that were thrown at her. She kept her vow of silence and though was tempted to speak out at times, she made it through until it was the right time to finally speak.
Speechless Hannah Harrington, I'm Speechless.
Speechless is about the consequences of what we thought would be an innocent action. It's about doing the right thing even though it means losing some things that are important to you. It's sticking & ratting out friends who deserves it. Being brave enough to acknowledge you have done something wrong - and being brave enough to be sorry about it.
Speechless is about friendship. It's about love. It's about choices and consequences.
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“Sometimes a man can be a lot like a farm. He lets his heart lay fallow for a while, and instead of his feelings dying out, they just go dormant, his...more“Sometimes a man can be a lot like a farm. He lets his heart lay fallow for a while, and instead of his feelings dying out, they just go dormant, his emotions growing deeper and stronger as time passes. A person only needs to clear away the weeds on the surface to uncover them.”
Usually, I don't really care if a man had his heart broken. BUT - when someone as good, sweet, honest-to-goodness man like Cooper gets his heart broken, my heart gets broken too.
AND I WOULD LOVE TO HATE THE GIRL - but how can I, when Jo Ellen is almost as nice as him?
Oh yes, I'M TORN!
This is a story of a poor sinfully hot farm boy, Cooper falling in love with one of the daughter of the richest man in Tommy Creek, Jo Ellen.
If Cooper was any more kinder, he'd be a saint. I don't know what kind of man can love that unconditionally, and what kind of man can just look his love from afar and not doing anything with his feelings? Oh well, meet Cooper. It's exasperating. Because if I were Jo Ellen, I'd choose him over millions of Travis in this world. He had proven his loyalty and his love when he was there for her at her lowest point. Cooper was willing to sacrifice his life, the future ahead of him for the people he loves. Even after ten years, when his dad got six, he had his business in hiatus and went to work in his father's farm.
HOW CAN JO ELLEN BE SO BLIND?
How can someone so intelligent be so blind with this kind of love? I just want to shake her and tell her: WAKE UP! Wake up before everything will just disappear. Jo Ellen is one of Grady's twin sister. I believe I love Emma Leigh's character more than I liked Jo Ellen. While Emma Leigh was very sociable, friendly and just cool. Jo Ellen was reserved, proper, and a well-mannered lady. These are the main reason why Cooper fell in love with her instead of the other twin. She values commitment, and even though she really didn't like her boyfriend's ways, she stuck to him. Until he left her hanging during the time she needed him most. She was devastated, and it broke her. She decided to go out of town and spend the rest of her senior year in Dallas. She left town, and Cooper broken hearted.
Ten years later - the twins were back in Tommy Creek for a reunion. The moment Cooper and Jo Ellen saw each other for the first time after all those years, chemistry still sizzles between the both of them. But the past keeps chasing the both of them. Can they finally take a risk and find their own happy ending?
Or would they just...
It's nice to be back in Tommy Creek, only years back before The Trouble with Tomboys took place. It was nice to see them young, especially Grady and BJ. I wasn't really sure if it was nice to see Amy alive as well, it was just weird. For those who haven't read the Trouble with Tomboys yet, I suggest you read A Fallow Heart first, although the two can still function as stand alone novels on their own.
Linda Kage you just made my year. I could not have a better last book to read for 2012 than this one. It made me swoon, laugh, cry - drove me crazy. Thank You!
Indeed - the whole book was a blast. It was a fast read, easy on the heart, and so just worth the time and eff...moreNyrae Dawn + Jolene Perry =
Indeed - the whole book was a blast. It was a fast read, easy on the heart, and so just worth the time and effort you spent on reading. No reason to be dizzy because Ms. Dawn and Ms. Perry combined their writing talent to produce this amazing, amazing book.
Dylan (one of the Gibson Boys) was given the shock of his life when his brother suddenly announced that he was getting married. They promised each other that no girls would come between them both after their mother left them and never returned. Now, he was marrying the sister of the hot girl who crashed his party. I think he was dizzy what problem to prioritize: his brother's impending nuptials or the girl he couldn't get off his mind. Everything should be okay if he wasn't cynical with commitment and relationship.
Ziah - don't you just love her name? She's very driven and motivated to go to med school. Everything was in order in her life until she crashes a party and met this rich boy who annoys her for no reason, her boyfriend whom she think was safe just cheated on her with one person she trusted most and of course, her sister is going to get married just before she finishes college. With her heart (or ego) broken, her sister being busy with pre-wedding bliss, she's thrown with Dylan to help plan the wedding. What she didn't expect is that there's more to him than just the regular party boy. But can she make him fall in love with her when he's too oppose to the idea and notion of love? I so admire her ability to forgive and move on.
It is not just the both of them that makes this novel fantastic but the surrounding characters as well. Dylan's best friend Paul is simply the best. They both believe and adhere to their friendship's mantra bros before hoes . It was just nice to see boys being there for each other when one of them needed the other. It was sweet but not to the point that it was girly. You can still feel the testosterone in the air despite the scene.
Two heads are indeed better than one (but both can deliver really good novels individually anyway) Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this book and I'd recommend this to friends who'd like a sweet, short read about falling in love unexpectedly, letting go of the past and moving forward and friendship & forgiveness.
“I’m suggesting that you let someone inside that empty room you call a heart. Whether you make her your wife or your mistress, a man’s bed is decided...more“I’m suggesting that you let someone inside that empty room you call a heart. Whether you make her your wife or your mistress, a man’s bed is decidedly warmer if there’s a fire burning in something other than his cock.”
I really loved the Hellions of Halstead Hall Series by Sabrina Jeffries, and for those who haven't read it yet, no worries. 'Twas the Night After Christmas works well as stand alone. But of course, reading the whole series can be worthwhile.
Why do I love this book?
1. Pierce. I wanted to give him a soft, tight hug. He deserves one or a hundred more after what he had been through as a little boy.
The little boy who felt no body wanted him at all. His asthma made him a little weak and his father hated weak. Saying that he has a poor relationship with his father would be an understatement. But his mother, at first I didn't know what went wrong with the relationship because I can feel that his mother loved him to a fault. She was the buffer that he needed with all the shenanigans that his father threw him at an early age. The moment he was sent off to school, he never saw his parents again. He was forced to spend his vacation with the cousins he barely knew. And when he reached his age of majority- he went back to his parents and finally confront them, only to be sent away.
I couldn't blame him if he hated both his mother and father. I couldn't blame him if he wanted the truth out- something his mother wanted to forget. I think he deserved to know the truth from the moment he reached his majority...
When the truth came out, oh well, it wasn't as dramatic as I hope it could be. But at least the story ended every cards placed on the table. The little boy finally had his needed truth and happy ending.
2. Camilla had worked for the countess for a while and saw the great love for her son and her son's subtle rejection for it. Since the old lady has been kind to her and her little boy, she decided to repay the kindness by meddling with her affairs. She sent a missive to the earl that his mother was at death's door. When the earl finally knew that he was tricked, he refuses to stay unless Camilla agreed to a compromise.
I love the dedication Camilla has given her work and to the countess. Even though she learned the truth, and could not fathom how the countess could have done it, she never left her. But most of all, I really adore her because she was a great mother. That no matter what her feelings are, or how those feelings run deep for Pierce, she would still chose her son.
Sabrina Jeffries once again made a beautiful story, not just a love story shared between the opposite sex. But it's a wonderful story of forgiveness, moving on and the extent of a mother's love for her children. 'Twas a Night After Christmas is a perfect season read for all the regency book lovers out there.
"A bad past can be fixed." Nora said. "A quiet, lonely future is just... sad."
I already liked Linda Kage the moment I got my hand on The Trouble wi...more "A bad past can be fixed." Nora said. "A quiet, lonely future is just... sad."
I already liked Linda Kage the moment I got my hand on The Trouble with Tomboys . I fell in love with her characters their - but it had not prepared me for this one! I'm so not THAT head over hills with the characters - but the plot was definitely:
What happens when your past comes knocking on your door bearing a letter from your daughter who was asking if he was her daddy? AWKWARD!!
Ellie lied when she told Boston she had a miscarriage. She wanted him off the hook - after all, they were not together anymore when he got her pregnant. Some words thrown at her and the circumstances that surrounded their breakup was not easily forgotten and tore her heart into pieces. So, she chose to continue the pregnancy without him.
Nine years after, he came strolling into her doorstep and demanded to see their daughter.
I really can't blame her for trying her best to cut ties with him. However, despite all hurt she experienced from Boston, she still allowed him to become Cassie's father. It was a bumpy road, more detours and stop-overs along the way - but the destination was worth it.
Boston: I'm not sure whether I like him or hate him.
This is the old Boston:
He was so full of himself, cocky, rich kid who fell in love, got scared, got someone pregnant, and got more scared in the process. Perhaps he was not ready to become a father, or he was scared sh*tless that he was feeling something for Ellie - someone he didn't meant to fall in love with. So of all the possible stupidity he could do, he did one thing that will surely break her heart: he cheated.
But this new Boston:
How can you not fall in love with a man who is trying his best to become a good father to a daughter he has never seen for almost a decade? His character did a complete 180 change - from that cocky arrogant college guy into a responsible one. I love the fact that he didn't allow the mother-daughter relationship to be strained. Learning his mistake the hard way, he was now ready to become a father and so much more.
I love this one. I always like the hope of second chances and forgiveness. This book will tell you that nothing is ever too late. So, you want a short read that will make your heart ache a bit and shed some tears: READ THIS. You won't surely regret it. (less)
If I haven't read a novel with a similar plot and the same twist at the end - I would have given this a 4.5. The surprise at the last part of the stor...moreIf I haven't read a novel with a similar plot and the same twist at the end - I would have given this a 4.5. The surprise at the last part of the story would have left me speechless. But I have, and it somehow disappointed me.
I didn't like Cami - I think she was very naive for a supposedly-intelligent girl. How can you not know your best friend is changing right before your very eyes? Now, I'm not sure if seeing the "good side" of a person is a disability or a gift.
As for Hunter ... if you'll be anymore hotter, you'll go up in flames. He's new in town, with a few secrets in tow. Secrets he can never share with anyone, even with Cami. Everything is not what it seems to be.
Just like the five star in GoodReads stands for: It was amazing, despite the fact that it ended with me wantin...more Seven for a secret never to be told.
Just like the five star in GoodReads stands for: It was amazing, despite the fact that it ended with me wanting for more. Perhaps a chapter or two to satisfy my eager curiosity and my compulsion to give everyone their happy ending.
Let me tell you a secret: This is more than just an extraordinary love story.
This is a story of faith, trust, friendship, family, sacrifices and keeping secrets. Corrine Jackson wove a wonderful tale that made my heart ache from start to finish. There were unexpected twist that I never saw coming, surprising me in both good and bad ways.
What I love most about this book is not really the 'love' part in it - instead, I was drawn to the friendship that Quinn shared with a veteran named George - who taught her most of the things she knew about photography; and her relationship with her father - their relationship was strained from the moment her mom walked out on them.
I have never known a person in my life who can hold secrets as much as Quinn did. I applaud Quinn for keeping secrets - to the point that I am almost exasperated, wanting her to reveal it than suffer all the bullying that she encountered. Two heavy secrets that had cost her almost everything: her senior year, her friends, and most especially her relationship with her father. Yet, she stuck to her word, and suffer all the torments. Being branded a cheater to the town hero made her a pariah. But a bad experience in spilling secrets that had caused her something dear made her hold on.
Two guys and I love them both. Loyalty divides and subtracts me from both of them.
I was pinning for a happy ending, and I ended up with something less than wonderful, but nevertheless heartwarming. It was a nice touch to end this story, but an epilogue or to add some chapter for some characters to have their well-deserved happy ending would have been totally great. (Well, a second book would be nice too.)
Corrine Jackson writes almost poetically and in a manner that make your jaw drop at every end of the chapter. She knows the right places where to drop the most powerful bombs. And yes, I would recommend this book, and most especially this author to my friends.
And here are some of my favorite quotes I couldn't add to my list because of its spoiler tendencies: (view spoiler)[
This might be my breaking point. If anyone but Carey had asked me to keep this secret, I would tell. Right now. Because I want Blake like I’ve never wanted anything. But there’s more at stake than my feelings.
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“I remembered what Mr. Hall had told me when I first asked him for a lesson: the kids who watch planes are destined to be pilots.”
Jennifer Echols ne...more“I remembered what Mr. Hall had told me when I first asked him for a lesson: the kids who watch planes are destined to be pilots.”
Jennifer Echols never fails to give me such a rush.
I love this book because of...
1. The Cover - Who wouldn't fall in love with the girl with her straight hair being blown by the wind in a nice cute white dress? Only that we were all deceived by it - Leah doesn't have a straight hair unless it was run over by an iron. She possesses curly hair that Grayson adores.
2. The Characters At first, I was ambivalent on my feelings with Leah . I wanted to hate her, at the same time love her for everything that she is. She can be annoying at times, then adorable the next - it confuses me. She's very pragmatic and acts like she doesn't care about anything at all or what anyone says about her. She's a complex character whose perseverance and determination to become a pilot - and to change her life in general I greatly admire. She quit smoking at 15 in lieu of flying lessons. I was glad that she was persuaded to quit an unhealthy vice in exchange of a brighter future. Her fears, insecurities are palpably real and I can easily spot one in the crowd (although I doubt if the one I will spot has planes in her mind).
Molly and Leah's friendship is very unconventional. It started when Leah 'stole' Molly's boyfriend. Then I stop and thought: Is this another case of make your friends close and your enemies closer? . Leah always thought that she was Molly's charity case - they were the exact opposite. Molly was rich and lives in a mansion - while Leah was poor and lives in a trailer. The former was popular and the latter was hated. Yet, they formed a close, tight bond where apology doesn't have a room. In the near end, their unusual friendship is once again tested - can it survive?
Mr. Hall . I love him! And I think he's one of the most amazing character in this novel for believing in Leah and giving her a chance ( although he has his doubts ) to fulfill her dreams and changing the course of her life. He was a like a father she never had.
Alec and Grayson Just like Leah, both brothers received their license at 18. These two brothers are way to different - nevertheless, I LOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEEE how their character develop all throughout the story - how they grow up at a certain point in their life when they were needed to, how they try to remain steadfast against the odds. Alec, I like his character. His obviously calmer than his brother and worries less. I liked how he handled the situation, although he didn't like the consequences that affected him and his happiness as well. Grayson I love bad boys! Among the twins, he was the adrenaline junkie. But this one needs professional help! At 18, he can already blackmail and manipulate. Sheeesh! He blackmailed Leah with a secret she had kept for a long time, in exchange for doing him a favor which was really outrageous or she can kiss her dreams goodbye. Of course, Leah had no choice but to agree. Yet, I fell in love with this adrenaline junkie when he grew up and faced responsibility head on. I may not like his ways, but I'm glad everything went well in the end.
3. The Plot . The girl in the trailer park who wanted to change her life by flying and would do anything to achieve it. I love Such a Rush in every freaking way. I have always loved Jennifer Echols' novel - she writes in a fashion that can inspire and tickle your brain cells. Her characters are excellent and almost real. I am just so sure that you can't put this novel down because I haven't - I wanted to finish this as soon as I started it. I wanted to know what will happen to the characters - and how the whole charade will end. Well, it ended with a big CRASH and an amazing prom night that was sweet but not cheesy.
Would I recommend this one? OF COURSE! It will give you such a rush that you will not have the time to put this book down.
I sure couldn't wait for the next Jennifer Echols book. (less)
“And that's when I realize the thing about the truth. It always comes out, no matter what you do.”
I can't believe I finished two books in one sittin...more“And that's when I realize the thing about the truth. It always comes out, no matter what you do.”
I can't believe I finished two books in one sitting - Jennifer Echols' Such a Rush and this one. This one is shorter, and with more humor compare to the former - and this book made me cry. Argh!
I love Lauren Barnholdt because she can write a short novel that can shake her readers. You can finish The Thing About The Truth in one sitting, and reach for the next one, but her novel can stick inside your brain with nagging questions you'd want to know the answers.
What happens when a prep-school drop out and a senator son's who has been kicked out of every private school he's ever been enrolled in, meet? Fireworks!
Kesley - she's someone you'd love to hate in your local high school. She has been kicked out of the prep school because of the scandal she made when someone broke her heart. Her life was not the same afterwards - her relationship with her parents were strained and she's losing her best friend. After being enrolled in a public school, Kesley was willing to do anything to be back in her family's good graces at the same time be back on track with her college applications. She was planning to apply in Ivy League Schools and a scandal in her records is detrimental to her future, she needs something to overshadow it, thus she organized a club with Isaac.
Kesley has a type A personality, and a little bit of a control freak. She is the perfect example of how an intelligent person drops her IQ when in love. She hated being lied to, that's why I didn't understand (at first) why she lied to Isaac.
Isaac - another bad boy being add to my list. He's the senator's son - so he's used to being treated nicely by most people (because of who his father is: The Senator). He was surprised when Kesley gave him a cold shoulder on their first meeting. This made him curious about her. He like her so much, that in impulse he made up an idea about an activity: Face It Down . This activity made them closer to each other.
He and his father didn't have the best father-son relationship because his father was more interested in public opinion and the votes he will receive rather than his very son. He describes himself as mischievous rather than bad or naughty, but what I love about him is that he tells Kesley the truth - even if it hurts. Even if Kesley wouldn't like it.
This book is alternating the voice of both Kesley and Isaac - the before and the aftermath of the big activity that both of them were planning. We see a budding relationship of two great people that was destroyed by a lie. Kesley didn't tell him the truth because she was scared, she wished it didn't happen and she broke his heart because it was the first time Isaac fell in love, and he gets lied to. So, I do understand why he's very angry with Kesley and why forgiveness is just far from reach. This chapter that belonged to the Before had me in tears. I hated Kesley for lying, but I can feel the panic and desperation when she new she'd be busted any minute from now (my heartbeat accelerated and my breathing got heavier #panicmode). Her secret was out, and Isaac was very mad at her for lying. And of course, Isaac fed the press its nightly news. The whole activity became a circus and they found themselves being called to the principal's office once again.
I like how Lauren Barnholdt emphasize the importance of telling the truth, of not keeping important secrets from the people that are important to you. Yes, the fact may not put you in the best light, but honesty will help you save your relationship, honesty builds trust.
The BIG PROBLEM about this novel: the conflicts that I was dying to know the resolutions to were left open. 1. The relationship with both their fathers: did they make up or it was still strained? 2. Kesley-Rielle friendship: what happens now? 3. The consequence of their actions during the Face It Down activity
The ending was a bit abrupt, and of course, I wanted more, more, more. I wish Ms. Barnholdt would extend another chapter to close all the conflicts that she opened which will help me get over this novel!
That's why I couldn't give it a 5 even if I wanted to. (less)
“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spent your life with”
I can summarize Crash in these three short wordsL Crazy. Passionate. In...more“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spent your life with”
I can summarize Crash in these three short wordsL Crazy. Passionate. Intense.
At first I was like: How did this amazing girl who tries to save the world end up with this guy? Love works in mysterious ways, that's for sure. Because Luce - a normal teen age with a bright future fell in love with Jude - a not-so-normal teenager with a bleak future.
Lucy wanted to save the world - after she failed to save someone important to her. She loves to dance and wished to go to Julliard. Her family was never the same again after the incident, her dad shut the world, and only came to life in his chef uniform and she can no longer talk to her mom without starting an argument. Everything was just the way it is until she met Jude - then her life went topsy-turvy. Nothing was the same again. Her reputation was always questioned in school and she was even labeled as a slut. It didn't help that a juvie was her boyfriend. BUT: I love that she gives everyone a benefit of a doubt and that she gave her trust to Jude - until insecurities ate it all up. Lucy is a strong person and fiercely loyal - she stood up for someone she greatly cared for despite of what everyone around her tells her. I love the fact she believed in him when he didn't.
But can the ultimate bad boy stick to one girl? Can he ever change? The million dollar question is: Can he stay out of trouble?
Yes, Jude's rap sheet is indeed long and is continuously growing. It didn't help that he grew up in a boy's home and was abandoned by his father who was put to jail. The first time he saw Lucy, he already warned her off: but to no avail. Soon, he found himself attracted to her as well. And when a bad boy who had his shares of woman finally found THE ONE there's no stopping him. Or he thought so, until the both of them uncovered something that can change both their lives.
The road to happiness for these two seemed to be a long way, because just as the time Lucy and Jude become happy: something will turn out to be wrong. Jude wanted what is best for Lucy and he didn't think its him. The latter however, tries to make him realize that he is enough for her.
My favorite scene: the father-daughter scene in the near end. Because this is where I finally see some emotion from her father: that her father actually care for her and somehow he explained all his actions in the past. It sounded like both like an apology and an assurance that everything will turn out right in the end. I guess a father knows when he's needed and knew the right (or rather perfect) words to say.
The ending: *sigh* I think the ending was subtle compare to the rest of the book which makes it more perfect - because my heart could no longer take another jolt from these two love birds. The whole scene will make you think: it was really meant to be .
Something Like Normal is one of the novels I had been waiting for – and thank God it had finally arrived. I h...more Maybe it’s time to find a new normal.
Something Like Normal is one of the novels I had been waiting for – and thank God it had finally arrived. I have to set aside some of my reads to make way for this one. Have I been disappointed? BIG FAT NO! My first Trish Doller novel and I had a grand time reading it. If I was not that tired and desperate for sleep, I would have finished this in one sitting. It is a short novel but I think everything has been taken care of that the ending didn’t felt that it was cut short or there were conflicts left open.
I fell in love with Harper. Her character is so refreshing. A regular girl with a pretty courageous, and straightforward attitude. She says what is on her mind and can swing a punch like a pro. She’s pretty hot, intelligent, an environmentalist, and forgiving. She didn’t push when she thinks it was not the right time and what I love most about her is that she is drama queen. All-in-all, she is an awesome girl and any guy would be lucky to have her.
Travis, well, I didn’t like him much at first. He may be a macho marine but he started as a douchebag. I seriously didn’t like what he did to Harper back in middle school. I think it was low, but he was a teenager with his brains probably on his balls. But he started to grow on me as the novel unfolds. Like some soldiers who were sent off to war and had their shares of violence, he went home a different person – more mature, a little less a****le, and scarred. His grief over the death of his close friend was understandable as well as his constant nightmares. It was hard for him to find help at first, but I was glad a little push from some special people in his life made him finally seek for help.
Travis’ mom goes overboard in the first chapter. Although I must admit, I like the effort she puts in showing Travis her support. This is what I love best about her. She puts a lot of time in making sure her some gets some care packages often, she sends in some school supplies for the children of Afghanistan when he asked for them, even engaging the help of others for her project. I appreciate the way she reached out to her son – even though Travis was a cranky and tough to handle when he came back home, she never gave up. I like the change that her character has throughout the story. From a doormat, she learned how to fight for what she wants and stood against anyone who don’t respect her.
I also love Charlie’s mom. I think it was her who helped Travis see reality and finally stopped his denial. She’s calm, wise and weird (but in a nice way).
The rest of his family? Didn’t like them a bit. I hated his dad, who never got over the fact that he was not a pro player anymore. I hated the way he pushed Travis to do the things that he didn’t really enjoy. When Travis finally gave up the sport – he became non-existent to his father. His brother was also an ass. He stole his girlfriend and his car – and he thinks Travis is still the bad guy! Who else do I hate? Paige. I guess you’ll hate her too. She sent a short and concise Dear John letter to Travis and expects him to win her back from Ryan? Yeah Right.
The ending? I CRIED! I so love the ending. It shows a lot of heart and I think it was a perfect way to end a fantastic story.
Trish Doller gave us a vivid peek of what is going on inside a soldier’s mind before, during and after his deployment – what happens to the family that they left behind, what deaths do to you, how violence affect your life and what is it like to feel normal after living in a foreign land away from everyone who is close to you. It takes brave guy to enlist oneself and serve your country but it takes more than a tough guy to survive the ordeals afterwards.
Finally, I AM DONE. I have been inserting books in between reads because I got bored.
At first I thought the best thing there is was the cover - as us...moreFinally, I AM DONE. I have been inserting books in between reads because I got bored.
At first I thought the best thing there is was the cover - as usual Fallen Series has one of the best covers I have seen.
The first chapters bored me to death. The story didn't pick up until the last chapters of the book -- and there goes the bomb!! Explosive twist that had me dropped to my seat (well, not literally). This was the other guy they were talking about. And I thought I had it coming- only to be ultimately shock. Lucinda's first love? No, it was not Daniel. It was someone else. Not going to put any spoilers here (although I'm dying to). Amazing, Amazing, Amazing.
I would have given it a 4 if the story wasn't a drag. I really like the first book of the series - the second and third were a blur. I read the fourth book because I'm dying to know the ending - how will this circus come to its final curtain call. What will happen to the characters? Will Daniel and Luce love conquer it all (those type of stuffs.)
Lauren Kate delivered well to end this series. It was almost disappointing before the surprising twist. The whole drag was ALMOST worth it. (less)
I so love Keep Holding On- and it is not just because of the cover which totally caught my attention when I first saw it in Goodreads.
Four Reasons Why...moreI so love Keep Holding On- and it is not just because of the cover which totally caught my attention when I first saw it in Goodreads.
Four Reasons Why I Love This Book: 1) The Length Talk about KISS - Susane Colasanti kept it short and simple. Everything is straight to the point and there was no beating around the bush. The heavy subjects such as bullying, neglect and sexual abuse are presented concisely. I am glad that although this is a short read, all subjects were given closure and a resolution - reminds me of Jennifer Echol's Going Too Far.Going Too Far
2.) The Characters Noelle. I love how her character developed each day. How she finally earned her courage may be a little tragic. She was afraid, I know. She's a teenager and just want to live life each day at a time, trying to survive high school. I do not blame her for not reaching out, although it would be ideal that she would have. However, for someone who is totally afraid and constantly bullied, being invisible is one of the best option that one can think of while trying to gain the strength to fight back. Lastly, I like how she stood up to everyone at the end of the novel and having a fresh start not only with friends but with her mother as well.
Julian. Well, at first I hated Julian because he seemed to be passive. I mean, if he liked Noelle he would do something for the bullies to stop what they're doing to her. He wasn't the savior/hero that I was looking for (compare to Henry, from Heart on a Chain or Evan, from the Breathing Series). But, part of it may be Noelle's fault as well. She kept on pushing Julian out of her life and settle for something less than she deserved. On the other hand, I love the way how everything works out at the end: Julian having showed his hero-side & Noelle finally had the courage to confess that she likes him as well.
Simon. He reminds me of sunshine, of someone who is not afraid to be himself despite what other people may think or say. I think he's one of the people who really saved Noelle without making her noticed it (since she really doesn't trust anyone besides Sherae). He gave Noelle the break she deserves in writing: not only saving her from the hell during cafeteria lunches but it also allowed her to grow and share whatever talent she has with the rest of the school.
Sherae. The best friend - who had been through a lot as well. The friendship she had with Noelle is pretty amazing. I was glad that they had each other to fall to when things got out of hand. Although she doesn't really know what is really happening to her friend, their friendship made it bearable for Noelle to go to school everyday. She's the kind of friend who doesn't need the words - she knows how to anticipate the needs - which is really helpful especially when you're friend's lip is sealed. She was also afraid - but at the end, she finally took the courage to face it and asked for help.
3.) The Plot Bullying is a serious offense. I have read a lot of novels about it, and it always leave me in an emotional turmoil. But, Susane Colasanti's Keep Holding On, set the tone that will still convey the message but manage to place it in a somewhat lighter tone.
It also touches neglect, the fact that a child, at whatever point in his/her life still needs a parent to take care of him/her - not just with their basic needs but for emotional support as well.
Lastly, it also tackled about rape within a relationship. Okay, so both of you may be in love with each other - but when one of you doesn't give a consent to be intimate - that's another story. Sex should always be between two consenting people - regardless of the status of their relationship.
4.) The Ending The advocacy to stop bullying as well as neglect is as loud as the fire engine's siren by the end of the novel. It was an amazing way to end the story, calling on to people (young or old) who have been victim - trying to tell them to be strong, that this will all pass, just keep holding on. It was a boost to the victim as well as wake up calls to people who are standing there like sentinels watching the injustice happening in front of them.
Will I Recommend this Book? Definitely! For friends who wants a short, light but meaningful and insightful read, I would gladly recommend this book!
Last words... Bullies or Abuse-themed books always made my stomach churn and turn my intestines into knots. But Keep Holding On made it possible for me to finish reading without feeling completely dreadful.
If it's possible... I want to read Sherae and Simon's love story too - they both deserve their happy endings :)(less)
While He Was Away had me at its blurb. I wanted to see how the author will make out of this supposedly long-distance relationship between t...moreRating: 4/5
While He Was Away had me at its blurb. I wanted to see how the author will make out of this supposedly long-distance relationship between two young people who shared an intense love and are about to part ways because of the war.
David and Penna were so much in love with each other. It all started when the both of them knew they share the same passion for art. Penna is a quiet 18-year old and the only child of a single-parent mom whom she shared a somewhat edgy and strained relationship with. But their all-consuming love and devotion to one another is put to test when David is called to Iraq for a year of military service.
There are a lot of things I like about this book, despite the fact that I thought this was a cover-to-cover love story. First, is the change in the character – especially with Penna. How readers see her maturity grows everyday and how she tries and finally learn to live her life with David away from her. While He Was Away also depicts reality – that lovers really don’t live inside a fairytale. The real world is tough and heavy with problems. A lot of couples, especially military girlfriends and wives have gone through and survived it. But you can’t help to root for them, I wanted them to be together badly, I feel that they long for each other every time they have the chance to talk. That’s why the ending surprised me.
Another thing I like about this book, is that this is more than just Penna and David’s love story. It is covered with a lot of twists and turns in its subplot that will make you read it until the every last page.
While He Was Away perfectly depicts the strain of the wait, as well as the changes and shifts in the relationships in complex way. There is no fairytale happily-ever-after to finish up the open-ended conclusion of While He Was Away. But the main character Penna, showed an amazing growth of character which is truly inspirational.
I sincerely hope that Penna and David will have their happy ending (either together or with another person). Yes, I’d love to read a sequel! (less)
If the first book had me breathless at the end of the novel: The whole book is a torture. It had me on a roller coaster ride.
Emma is almost still the...moreIf the first book had me breathless at the end of the novel: The whole book is a torture. It had me on a roller coaster ride.
Emma is almost still the same, she would prefer to keep everything to herself, denying to have problems and loves to make herself an emotional punching bag of people she loved (or more likely wouldn't like to hurt). She has a real friend (Sara)
Evan - he's a wonderful boyfriend. A kind of boy you would want to take home to mommy. He's understanding, sweet, a knight in shining armor and he would do everything for Emma. She probably doesn't deserve him for the things she did - but it doesn't matter, Emma deserves her happy ending for everything she have been through. I just wished she knew what she's throwing away.
There's Sara who's always been her friend, and is always there for her. She was a bit bitchy in one part of this novel, nevertheless - she too had her happy ending.
Rachel - I couldn't imagine what kind of mother would do something like that to a child. She was unstable and has problems dealing with her issues and grief. The surprise visitor in the middle of the book will give readers an inkling on what she really is and what she has been through. What happened the day Emma was left with George and suffer for five years.
Plus, Donovan also had her readers FINALLY know what happened that night at the end of book 1. How Emma survived the ordeal and how Evan came into the rescue.
There's Jonathan. At first I couldn't place him - does he belong to the villains or to the heroes? But in the end, one single scene finally made up my mind and I have placed him in the group which he clearly belongs.
Barely Breathing tells readers about the aftermath of surviving abuse. It shows that it just doesn't end when the abuser is locked up behind bars. There are aftermaths to consider and to be carefully take into consideration. It also tells its readers that it is okay to ask for help if you need it - to be careful whom to trust, to see and decipher who are your real friends and the people you need to be careful with. Pain often makes people blind and push people away. It may make them feel they're saving the people they love from the pain they feel - but they just shove them away. Breaking relationships rather than making them stronger.
The ending was a major cliff-hanger. For people who are lovers of happily-ever-after, then you just have to wait for the last book to be published. Rebecca Donovan is the single author who made my stomach quench while reading a book. It was uncomfortable, but I didn't stop until I finished it. I wanted to know what will happened next, by the time I was on the last page, I groaned in frustration. (The cliffhanger is that baaad!!!)
I wish Emma would change in the next book and realize she's blessed compared to other people who have experienced the same thing she did. I would expect a happy ending for everyone. (less)