Gabriel Pritz is part of the popular crowd. Not only that he's one of the Pritz boys, but he's also in the student council, he coaches junior leagues,Gabriel Pritz is part of the popular crowd. Not only that he's one of the Pritz boys, but he's also in the student council, he coaches junior leagues, he's got nice grades and not to mention he's got a pretty date for the prom too. All of this is about to go to waste when his parents demanded each of them to cook dinner for one night. He can catch a ball easily but he could not cook to save his life. He'd probably have the whole kitchen burning before he can cook anything edible.
Here comes Tam Swann - she likes her privacy, doesn't like any friends, she dresses awfully, doesn't care what others think of her - but she cooks like she's born with a ladle on her hand and a chef's hat on her head. She can sew like she was born to do it, and she can play ball. She's hard to live by but she's responsible. She pushed him to do things he never thought he can. The more time he spends with her, the more he gets to know her and admire the person behind the hard exterior. Despite the toughness and roughness she emanates - this girl is pretty amazing.
I haven't expected for Silent Swan to be that long! I would have loved it more if it were a little shorter - but nevertheless, I enjoyed reading it. Silent Swan isn't really about love, (but the gradual wooing was a bit sweet and a nice touch) instead, its more of family dynamics. This book is filled with much testosterone, I don't know if I can handle more the moment I reached the final chapters. But the author had portrayed two sets of families from different side of the tracks - one broken, one whole. Both have problems of different nature, both went through difficulties, especially with the system - but at the end of the day they're still family - and bonds that strong would never get broken. I adore Tam's character and I would have love to get inside her brain!!!!!!!!!! It's frustrating not to know what she's thinking and she's throwing all these mysterious looks to Gabe. She's one tough female character I'm sure I'd never forget. Her talents, her love for her family, the strength of her character makes her one of my favorite heroine of all time.
*ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review....more
Letting Love In may not be as easy for some people especially for those who have experienced a great sense of loss.
What happens when two emotionally sLetting Love In may not be as easy for some people especially for those who have experienced a great sense of loss.
What happens when two emotionally scarred people found and fell in love with each other?
Maddy's parents died when she was ten years old, and everything was never the same again. She moved in with her aunt and started a new life. She surrounded her heart with walls and didn't allow anyone in. Maddy kept everyone at a safe distance. Her heart is safe, or so she thought until she met Reid.
Reid has the same walls that surrounds his heart. He treats girls and relationship likes his clothes. He didn't want to get attached to anyone, more like formed a serious relationship, but one look at Maggie and he knew that this girl sees through him. It scares the hell out of him, but seeing her with other men blurred his senses. He wants her for his own. Reid did everything for Maddy, for her to be happy. But, will he be able to share his dark past?
The secondary characters plays important roles as well especially Melanie, Maddy's friend. She's a best friend a girl could ever have. She haven't given up on Maddy even though she was a closed book. She welcomed her to their home and made her part of her family.
I wished Maddie had therapy. Losing both your parents at a young age and having no one to turn to will cause trauma in the mind of a ten-year old kid. She deserves security, and perhaps someone to talk to to ease the burden and the grief she was going through. But Maddie had none of these, and despite that fact, she survived. I also admired her when she finally decided to live her life.
They decided to give it a try, but with both of them unsure of how to let the other one in, everything gets complicated and in a tangled mess. Especially when an unknown number keeps on popping up Reid's cellphone. Secrets soon unfold and unexpected surprises surfaced, not just for Maddy but for Reid as well. Did Maddy made the right decision in giving Reid her heart? Will Reid be able to open up to her?
Melissa Collins made an extremely good job in telling a story about two scarred people trying to shun love from their lives, but then found it in each other. This is one of those novels where you keep on hoping that the two characters will have their own happy ending because they desperately need it. Letting Love In is a story about losing love-ones, moving on, and finally opening oneself to love. It's an inspiration for people who experienced a great sense of loss and is unable to move on.
I enjoyed reading Let Love In, I admit it was the purple cover that had me at first. But reading through it made me eagerly anticipating to read the next one in the series.
Note: Thank you Ms. Melissa Collins for providing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review....more
“The thing about shadows is that they're not all darkness. You need to have light to have shadows. So just look for it.”
I have a confession to make
“The thing about shadows is that they're not all darkness. You need to have light to have shadows. So just look for it.”
I have a confession to make: I'm torn. Did you ever feel so ambivalent about decisions that you spent so many times trying to weigh which will suit you best and will make you happy most? Reading Light in the Shadows made me contemplate a whole lot longer than deciding whether I should buy this pair of shoes or not.
If I were Maggie: I wouldn't go out with Clay Reed because: 1. He broke my heart 2. He sent me a Dear John letter without any real explanation after all that we have been through. 3. He's mental (My thoughts: am I too being harsh about this??? being in the healthcare industry, I am not judgmental about people with bipolar disorders especially those people who are brave enough to ask for help and underwent treatment - but Clayton needed that uber bad wake up call to finally admit himself in a mental institution) 4. I has been in a depressive state since he left me. My whole world has been shattered. I wasn't the same again after he broke my heart 5. My whole world had revolved around him when we were dating, I forgot her friends, lied to everyone including my parents and even forgets my track practices 6. Can I handle the what-ifs of this relationship? Can I trust him not to slip into darkness and have me all broken once again?
But in fairness to Clay... 1. He's trying his best to set things right. He should be commended for his effort. It was admirable 2. He got out of the institution not because he wanted to escape but he wanted to help his aunt in what she was going through. 3. He follows almost religiously what his therapist indicates and tries to avoid old habits 4. He's more social now and interacts with people rather than avoiding them.
But I wonder - How far his change will go?
I love seeing Danny and Rachel going stronger. They still double-team to protect Maggie from Clay or anything that could hurt her. They were there when Maggie needed them the most. I like these types of couple who were very much in love with one another but weren't sucked into their own little world.
“Do I need to remind you of the fact I will take you out at the kneecaps if you fuck with her, man? Seriously.”
Yet, why the sudden change of heart when it came to Clay? I thought they were pretty sure in their stand about the Maggie-Clay drama? Where did they began changing their minds?
Maggie's relationship with her parents were almost back to normal. Clay wasn't around and there was no reason for any concerns. Maggie was busy doing work and school and she has not given them any reason to worry. Not until Clay returned.
Clay's relationship with his parents on the other hand did not have any significant changes, although I wished there were. I guess, some people could never change.
The Ending: As I said, I was ambivalent all throughout the book. I was torn between wanting Clay and not wanting him back Maggie's life. But I love the fact that there were changes, not your typical happy every after where there is just perfection. A. Meredith Walters knew her craft and did her research well. She had written an ending that was happy coupled with a sting of reality. (which I greatly appreciate)
Life with Clayton Reed would never be sunshine and roses. It would be lots of shadows with intermittent light. And I was beginning to figure out ways to appreciate the light when I saw it. Because that darkness was still there. It most likely would always be there.
The efforts Clay had shown and his eager desire to change and be healed made all the difference in the world. Clay's final decision astounded me. I seriously didn't see it coming. But it did, and everything just fell into places. Love indeed can change everything. :)
“I want you. I want this. So much. But we can’t. Not while things are still so unstable. Please, just give me some time. I want everything to be perfect for you. I want to be the guy you deserve. Just understand, that when we’re together again, it will be amazing and wonderful and my head will be in a place where I know I can give you everything you ever wanted.”
I just want to share this picture I have came across in the web. I do love this tattoo the artist made on the wrist. It's a reminder for someone to stop, read, and contemplate before allowing the blade or any sharp object to come across his/her skin. Fighting bipolar disorder, depression or any psychological disorder is a fierce battle, but one can win it - with support, right kind of help and determination.
Reality Bites: I don't think I can be like Maggie who can overlook Clay's imperfections - or perhaps, I haven't just experienced the kind of emotion that she has for him. But if I were Maggie, I'd have to think a million times before I go back to Clay.
I don't think I can handle someone like him - so volatile. In truth, he scares me. After the stunt that he put Maggie through in Find You In The Dark, I have kept guessing what else can he do in case he tries again to stop taking his meds or forgets to take them. I seriously don't want to be in a relationship where I don't feel safe and secure.
This is on of those books I have been looking forward in reading since the beginning of the year. I enjoyed reading the first installment in the serieThis is on of those books I have been looking forward in reading since the beginning of the year. I enjoyed reading the first installment in the series, and I was excited to see that the second one will feature Cohen, one of my favorites from Lengths.
Why Do I Love Depths more than Lengths? 1. Less Profanity - Yes, there are still necessary "F" word thrown every now and then, but the rest of the novel was relatively clean. Unlike the first one where I couldn't find a single page without any swearing. Good thing!
2. COHEN - From the first book I already loved this guy. He's the complete opposite of the usual bad boys that girls often swoon for in YA/New Adult Novels. Cohen is a breathe of fresh air for me. If I adored bad boys - I completely love good guys more. They are the boyfriend material, the one you can bring home to your mommy, and the one (when turns real) wouldn't make you run to the nearest exit.
No matter how hard he tried to be a player or a bad boy - he still ends up adorable: doing the right and responsible thing. These guys may bore some girls - but these guys are limited species and any girl would be very lucky to catch one. Dependability is a rare commodity among guys nowadays.
3. The Plot. I love the fact that they started as friends over the phone. Although they one knew each other through phone calls - it was enough for both friendship, concern and a little attraction to grow. Their relationship was an unconventional one - Cohen found it safe. So when Maren finally asked for them to meet, he was skeptical. He didn't want to ruin what he and Maren already has. But it happened - and everything else fell into place.
4. The Ending - (My favorite part) ALMOST REAL.Which is what I love most. It was not your typical ending where everyone got HEA. Oh, some did, but others didn't. There were certain things that were left open and weren't given a happy ending, just a great chance of possibilities and hope.
What I don't Like. Maren. I hate that she has to settle for something less because it was safe.
Why do girls in this series always seem to have issues compared with the boys? After Whit, Maren also has some issues not just with her family but with her self as well. She thinks she didn't need help and she can carry the problem on her own. She's a mess and she needs help (badly). Good thing, she found Cohen because he's exactly what she needs - a dependable, boring, good looking man to balance her life.
To End. Familiar heroines, different heroes. I'd love to read the next installment with a less-problematic, more-on-the-normal-side heroine. Oh I definitely enjoyed the novel. It was a great story about moving on, letting go, swallowing one's pride whenever necessary and accepting help.
Steph Campbell & Liz Reinhardt will once again make you fall in love and swoon in their second installment of the Lengths series. ...more
She has the most intriguing titles and not to mention always has nice book covers: depicts something sweet, light-read and something really good that as though it promises a reader that you will have a grand time reading this novel. And it does not really stops at the cover - because once you start reading it, you will truly get hooked (like I did).
Sunrises over the harbor. Ice cream on a hot day. The sound of the waves down the street. The way my dog curls up next to me on the couch. Evening strolls. Great movies. Thunderstorms. A good cheeseburger. Fridays. Saturdays. Wednesdays, even. Sticking your toes in the water. Pajama pants. Flip-flops. Swimming. Poetry. The absence of smiley faces in an e-mail. What does it look like to you?
This book is what happy looks like because I smiled a lot reading it. And even though I had work today, I can't seem to put it down because I wanted to know what happened next to our young characters.
Meet Graham Larkin. He's one of the rising stars of his generations, and just like some of them, he didn't really appreciate stardom especially when he can't do anything normal. He's hounded by reporters, always found himself on pages of the magazines. He's alone at home with his pet pig named Wilbur and to top it all up his parents acted strange around him, it was as if he was no longer their child but a stranger who visits them. But the nice thing is that - he's not your typical Hollywood bad boy who loves to party, drink booze and is attached to a lot of women. No - this guy is one of those rare specie in Hollywood where he prefers to stay at home and play his video games with ardor rather than going to parties.
Ellie. Ellie has lived in a small town in Maine almost all her life. She was a simple girl who lives with her single mom and helps her run the shop, works in an ice cream parlor and loves poetry. She just got accepted in a summer poetry program in Harvard. Ellie may look like an ordinary town girl with a red hair, but she has her secrets to keep. Secrets that has been very important in maintaining their uncomplicated, quiet and simple life. But lo and behold, Graham Larkin comes to town with all those cameras in tow - and suddenly, everything that they had been keeping may resurface and can ruin the life her mother had tried to built for them.
It all started with an email to a wrong address... The friendship started when Graham typed the wrong address. The exchange of emails has began, nothing vital, name has not been a topic of the conversation just mundane conversations about anything at all, but Graham has been hooked and curious who the girl is. Out of his character, he 'demanded' that they should film a part of his next film in Maine. Yes, he wanted to know who this girl.
After some misunderstanding, some surprise visits and secret dates - things were started to be great. But just as Graham thought they were having a great time, Ellie starts to back off.
Why I love this book: It's almost realistic, although Graham, if walking among Hollywood teen stars nowadays, is really a rare commodity. I love how Ms Smith handled Ellie and her father, I held my breath, waiting for that moment. And when the moment came, although it was not what I expected - it felt just right. The ending was just right too - it held a lot of promises, not just you're usual HEA but an ending filled with possibilities. These two people know what they are getting into, I was glad that there was no pretenses, no unnecessary drama and no so-much expectations. They allowed themselves to fall, with both their eyes open. The risks was great, but the rewards were definitely worth.
It's not just the cover and the title that hooked me, but the whole package. It left my senses and appetite for a good book satiated. From the first page down to the last, it was all worth the read. It wasn't just a love story (sort-of-fairy-tale) of a young actor-falling-in-love-with-an-ordinary-girl-from-a-small-town, it's something more: the consequences of our choices, value of friendship and most especially family.
If you love The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, then I suggest you read this one as well. You will not be disappointed.
Now the question is: What does happy looks like to you?...more
If there's one word for it - it would be SWOON!!!!
From the blurb - down to the last page- I was totally hooked.Review Originally Posted at: Book Freak
If there's one word for it - it would be SWOON!!!!
From the blurb - down to the last page- I was totally hooked. And although this was not on my reading list, I knew I have to read it. When I did it was totally worth it. J.Lynn...
T/C: Agoraphobia VS OCD
Avery Morgansten She's an enigma. She flew all the way from Texas to a school where nobody knew her. Avery Morgansten - wanted to remain invisible, her life predictable and earn some good friends. But how can she be invisible when she caught the attention of the school's hottest guy, Cam?
Something happened that Halloween five years ago, then everything changed. She had two lives the before Halloween and after Halloween. And no girl in her right mind would prefer her after life. She used to dance and wanted to be a professional dancer in New York. But the after events made her changed her mind. Now she just wanted to be a librarian or a curator in some quiet place. Avery thought she was doing okay in her new life, but she was kept haunted by her old life when emails and texts starts to pour on her laptop and mobile phone.
Her parents? What parents? They were cold and ruthless. I have never thought I would meet parents such as them in real lives. How can they possibly to this to their only child - I do not know. All I know is a child's life is way more important than reputation.
Oh, he's HOT
Cameron Hilton: HOT|MANWHORE|POPULAR|BAKER
Who, exactly, in her right mind wouldn't want this kind of guy?
He throws the best parties and certainly one of the most popular girls in school, that's why Avery was surprised why he took interest in her? He doesn't understand the word no, kept coming back during Sundays for eggs, a whole lot of fun and cooking her breakfast and he's always, always there. I so loved that he waited, and he never pushed Avery to do things she wasn't ready. There is no other guy like Cam - he's totally the boyfriend material. Someone you can bring home to mommy and be proud of. He knows how to take care of his girl. He was perfect for her. He was a breathe of fresh air in her life.
Now, if she can just be honest with him about her past...
But like Avery, he also has a past he wasn't really proud of.
Friends. We are your friends. It is the law of friendship that you tell us things you don’t want to tell us.
Brit & Jacob where amazing friends to Avery. I love their characters as much as I love the two.They were very supportive, persuasive but not pushy and loyal. They care a lot for Avery and they wanted her to be happy. I wonder if Ms. J.Lynn can have Brit's story too...
Their ♥ story: a catastrophe waiting to happen? Can their love surpass their past?
There were so many things that surrounded them - most are sensitive issues one cannot just share out loud. Honesty and trust was something so big, it wasn't readily handed down. And since these two are vital ingredients in the recipe of a relationship - theirs is a catastrophe waiting to happen.
I truly would like to understand Avery why she wouldn't like to share her past to her friends and to Cam - it wasn't something she wanted to relive. But Cam as well as her friends already proved that they care for her - a lot. And Cam was finally brave enough to spill his secrets to her, why couldn't she return the favor?
Anything Can Happen to Anyone I feel sad for what happened with Avery - especially the circumstances that surrounds her suffering. She was a victim - but she had allowed herself to remain as one for a very long time. As the book says: there is a difference between surviving and being a survivor.
What happened to her shows that anything can happen to anyone whatever social status they belong to. They can also be helpless, a victim and they need all the help that they can get. Money could not save you from anything.
What I love most? What don't I love?
I already love it, but I would have loved it much, much more if I had Cam's POV - wouldn't that be grand? :) I love the sexual innuendos and funny banters between the two characters. It was certainly entertaining.
To End Some people are not left much of a choice - what they chose may not always be the best, but it all goes down to one thing - they will always live for the consequences of their choices.
J.Lynn wrote a novel that will make you laugh, cry, fall in love and ache. Wait For Me is a story about love, second chances and moving on....more
This is a cheat book for me. It's not on my reading list but once I saw the blurb on goodreaReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
"Love never fails."
This is a cheat book for me. It's not on my reading list but once I saw the blurb on goodreads & it's suddenly available - I just have the urge to have this one on top of my reading list. ASAP!
Meet Pax, The Asshole He’s gorgeous, and flawed and sexy. And I have no idea what I’m getting into.
He didn't wait until I reach the second page to be an ass.
He's 24 years old and still acted like a boy. Pax is a trust fund baby who had inherited his mother's share in his grandfather's company. He really didn't need to work. So all he does, is numb himself on booze or drugs and enjoy his privacy in his beach sanctuary. He's not a drug addict - or so he says. He only used drugs occasionally and does not crave for it. He only wants numbness - to be oblivious to any emotion or dreams that he might have. His mother died when he was just seven and Pax had constant nightmares, about her, it was something that have haunted him for a very long time. The dream doesn't really end, to his dismay. It was the same dream coming to him over and over again, as if his mother was asking for help.
Then he met Mila, she was his light to his darkness. He was motivated to change, to cut all his vices and even asked for help. But when he did, and found out the truth - he wasn't really sure if he could handle it.
Meet Mila, The Nice Artist She’s like a ray of sunshine in this bleak hospital room and I soak her up. She’s got good, healthy energy and I like the way it feels to talk with her.
She loves the night, and she loves to paint. It was her passion. It was not only Pax that was having issues regarding dreams - Mila also has recurring nightmares about both her parents who died together in a car crash. The accident broke her, and left her heart shattered.
Now here comes Pax whom she met in a very unexpected circumstances - let me just put it this way: it was not his shiniest moment. She knew he was bad for her, and it would be a big risk to go into a relationship with him. But still, she dove right in.
I love her character: she was nice but very direct and doesn't hesitate to ask. Her courage and steadfastness to stay beside Pax in his darkest moment is admirable. Only a few people can do it - considering what Pax has been doing to himself. She didn't believe that she can change him, but at least he'd be motivated to do it. After all, love can, if not change, can motivate a person to change.
And The Little Red Riding Hood Fell In Love With The Big Bad Wolf She was his breathe of fresh hair - she was different and he found himself thinking about her all the time. Pax tried to change his ways - just to be worthy of someone like her. But he found out that change wasn't that simple as it seems.
Mila was already warned by her sister not to get involved with someone like Pax. He is bad news, he is trouble, she says. Her complete opposite- nevertheless, she found herself attracted to him. Against logic and advice, she took the risk. Being in love with a broken person who have issues more troubling than hers wasn't a walk in the beach after all.
To End.♥ If You Stay wasn't as long as I expected it to be - but as my cheat book - it was totally worth it! I love authors who gives spice to old plots such as this good girls-fall-for-bad boys & Courtney Cole just did it so well I didn't see the twist coming. I love the character development. Everyone involved had change in one way or the other. It shows that hope is present in the bleakest of time. It proves that love, in whatever circumstances, never fails.
"I felt like my life was a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode."
It's like reading Beautiful Disaster all over again where a good girl fell in love with an alpha possessive male and they went into an intense, & wild roller coaster ride that will have readers glued to their books.
There are times in this novel where I would like to:
But the last one wasn't really an option since I'm dying to know how this ride ends. :D
Maggie Young, The Good Hello, my name is Maggie Young. Seventeen year old self-confessed choc-o-holic and over all fabulous human being.
Maggie Young's life is just predictable, & boring, until she met Clay. They literally ran into each other, and although Clay was less enthusiastic than her in that first meeting - it didn't deter her in stalking him. She couldn't take him off her mind. And no matter how her friends are adamant in their relationship, she went on with it. She thought that she can help him and everything will be fine, too bad the meds prescribed to him is called Lithium and not Maggie.
By the time she realized that he needed help more than what she can offer - it might be too late.
I liked her at first, I like how she is with her friends, being a mediator in the pending Rachel & Dan drama. She has great parents and a star athlete and she was willing to throw it all for Clay because he needs her. I felt sad for her, at the same time I wanted to throttle her. Somethings, especially love, should feel wonderful instead of painful.
She has a great circle of friends, Rachel & Dan (which are featured in a novella, Cloud Walking). I love them both, including their drama. I couldn't wait until I can read it.
Clayton Reed, The Bad Clayton Reed, though you can call me Clay. Seventeen year old senior and unabashed misanthrope. He was a social misfit, a pariah and apparently had no desire to interact with the world in general.
He was new. And when new people enters school on their senior year without talking to anyone at all, some tongues wag. Who is he? Where did he came from? Why did he transfer? He's a mystery. Especially with his mood swings. One moment his happy, next moment his cranky. There are secrets he didn't want anyone to know, secrets he wasn't ready to share even with Maggie - the only one eager to be his friend. He wasn't sure if she can handle all of him.
But despite the fact that he has it, Maggie still fell in love with him. But how can he make her stay when all he does is hurt her? When all he says is sorry? There are times when sorry is not enough anymore.
He doesn't want any help, all he needs is Maggie.
Their Relationship, The Ugly Their relationship is all consuming that it almost bordered to obsession. It was, as Maggie said, a ticking time bomb waiting to explode, and she is in the middle of it. Everything went out of proportion and it was heart-wrenching watching her wasting her life into saving something she was not suitable to save. I understood that she loved him, and she wanted to be with him, to be there for him when nobody else will. However, their relationship wasn't healthy anymore and clearly he needed help more than what she can give.
To say that their relationship is unhealthy would be an understatement. Issues are slapping them right in the face and both of them tends to ignore it. Instead of helping, Maggie becomes a co-dependent, & Clay wasn't changing one bit. He continued his ways until finally, tragedy happens.
Florence Nightingale Concept “I have learned that sometimes "sorry" is not enough. Sometimes you actually have to change.”
How many girls have tried to save bad boys only to get their hearts broken?
Don't we all love bad boys? We have this notion that we can change them and make them better men. Who loves best than a reform bad boy? Then the big BUT comes - some changes are not permanent and some can't change ASAP. You can't help everybody who needs help. There is always a borderline that you need to draw on what you can or you can't do. Although love is not always a fairy tale, nor a nightmare. It's not a time bomb or a landmine.
Love should indeed feel wonderful, and safe. Safe is the keyword. It shouldn't make you feel isolated - being in this crazy mini-world with the only people residing are you and your girlfriend/boyfriend can be very dangerous. Relationship needs support as well. Never block out your friends, especially your family because they will be the ones to catch you when you fall.
The Sequel I wanted to hear Clay's voice in the first novel. I wanted to know what he's thinking inside his brain. And yet, all hear is Maggie's. But we all can access his thoughts on the second one. ♥♥♥ So pleeeeassseeeee, can I have it??!!
She knew of him - he's bad news. IOriginally Posted at: Book Freak
Tali Meets Lannie: The Bad Boy & The Shy Girl.
She's dead shy. He oozes confidence.
She knew of him - he's bad news. It was the first time he saw her - she looked so innocent.
It was his Gram's scheme - him meeting her.
But they were like Night & Day. They're so different....
Yet somehow the same.
The Bad Boy: Lachlan/Lannie
Lachlan has this strange mixture of mysterious bad boy with southern gentlemen with rockstar charm. #swoon
He's been to juvie and currently on probation. He did things he wasn't proud of and there were still things he's doing that he wished he has the power to stop. Tattoos graced his skin, no one knew but his grams, his mother and father what was underneath it and how did it came. He's cocky, sweet, but he's also close and tight knit - preferred to keep his deepest darkest secret to himself.
The Shy Girl: Talia Shy is an understatement. This girl is a walking panic attack and nothing really caused her attach in the first place: no trauma or abusive parents. But her attacks are worse: it's Iatrogenic. She already stopped her medications. It was only her grandmother who can soothe her and bring her out from her attacks - until Lannie came along. He was just in time: her boyfriend cheated on her - and she just lost her best friend.
The Grandmamas: Grams & Nan They're the most scheming, amazing and loving grandmothers ever! I love them both more than the two main characters. They are the heart of the novel - both of them are Lannie and Talia's savior and strength during their the darkest and weakest moments of their lives. They never judged, condemn or abandon any of them. This is what love should be - being their not only during the good times but also in the worst time in someone's life. It was Georgina (Grams) who introduced the both of them. But bad things comes to those who are good. When tragedy hits both - can Lannie and Talia take it?
Their relationship is unconventional. I thought two people with tons of baggage and hang-ups in life is bound for disaster - but they just complimented each other. They are what each other needed to face their own demons: her panic attacks and his past. To summarize their relationship: roller coaster, complicated, confusing yet SWEET.
They have their moments and it would just make you smile and swoon.
Lachlan can be bad, but he can be the sweetest, most adoring boyfriend ever. Who doesn't want a reformed bad boy at her disposal?
To End. I loved the book. The ending was as realistic as the author could have put it. After all, not all people can have their happy ending. Allie Brennan made a tightly knitted story about love, friendship, surviving its idiosyncrasies and getting out of it alive. It's about forgiveness, acceptance and second chances....more
And this was his chance to fight for her. A chance to make this right what he'd gotten so wrong.
They have a past.
After over a decade of being apart, he decided he want her back - but she doesn't.
The Hockey Star
He was an ass, career was his priority rather than Maddy. But Maddy was his life and he loved her since they were kids. So when she finally left him, he didn't really know what to do. He came back to his family. But then, his family was almost non existent: his mother is helpless until she died, his dad beats them up and his sisters - they just gave up on life and lost their ways.
He's bitter, alone, lost and rather than spending time playing hockey on ice, he spends it on the penalty box. One crazy fight after the game finally got to his bosses nerves - his coach and his agent finally decided he needed change. So when the make-over stint on the morning show came, they all grab it wholeheartedly. The Old Billy would not agree to this, but the new Billy - the one who wanted Maddy back gave in. He did the make-over stint not because he wanted to publicly humiliate himself but to be close to his Maddy. He would do anything to get her back.
The Talk Show Host
Maddy is unpredictable, doormat wife. She drinks beer, nags and not afraid to speak her mind. She married him straight out of high school and early into the draft. How could she not, when she was in love with him since she was young? She loved him so much that her whole world revolved around him. She put off all her dreams, including studying journalism, until she could no longer recognize herself.
PRESENT Maddy She's controlled, cold, successful, predictable. She no longer goes with the name Maddy, instead she prefers to be called Madeline. She didn't want to associate herself with Billy anymore. Once she signed the divorce papers, she tried to forget everything about her fast, and she even changed her name.
Truth to be told, the present Maddy annoyed me through the whole book. I agree that people should forgive but never forget. But Maddy's attitude towards Billy was just irritating (and considering Billy was supposedly to be the nuisance in the story!).
They were children, young when they got married. Immature. They both came from a poor family and Billy was just starting his career on the ice. Tempers, hormones, immaturity and marries doesnt really equate to forever. . Just like any other young marriages, theirs crumbled. The happily ever after they both envisioned ended with their signatures on the divorce paper.
But forgetting the past and moving on with the present is not as simple as it sounds. Especially when so many things had changed and everything else is complicated.
Billy was hopeful that the show would bring them back together. Until something happened during the show. He didn't expect Maddy to have the heart to do it. Seeing the surprise he was not prepared for - his hope, his life, his career crumbled in front of live TV.
Now Billy is hounded by the press, is about to lose his job, he's already lost Maddy and he has a lot on his hands - including two kids who sprout out of nowhere - how can he possibly handle it?
I didn't expect to like Crazy Thing Called Love , but I did. I even cried at some point. But no, it wasn't the heartbreaking-walking-away-speeches that made my heart broke. It was the lost thirteen year old Becky, who just wanted to belong and to be loved. And since Molly O'Keefe mentioned her so much in this book that she can almost have a quarter of it to herself - I do expect to hear her story!.
Crazy Thing Called Love is a story about two old lovers who found their way back into each other after several years. A lot changed: their looks, views in life, but one thing did not: their love for each other. True to the saying first love never dies, readers are taken on a ride with Billy and Maddy into coming back together: the rough ride, the unexpected surprises, all the twist and turns. Sometimes getting back together is not that simple - because love is not just enough.
Molly O'Keefe wrote an amazing story that will leave you glued to the pages, with some tears on your eyes. Second chances & make overs doesn't get any better than this.
Thank you Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell for providing me a copy for review through Netgalley ...more
“It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just alOriginally Posted at: Book Freak
“It’s always been you even when I didn’t want it to be, even when it broke my heart over and over again. It’s just always been you.”
What happens when the resident bad boy finally falls for the uber good girl?
True enough and opposites don’t just attract they freaking catch fire and burn the entire city down.
And burn they did.
If you think this is one of those usual good girl falls in love with a bad boy - you'll be in for a big surprise.
Jay Crownover, you wrote a book that made me:
never want to put it down
makes me want to cry
because with Rule, you'll...
carefully fall in love with him as you turn every page- and he was not really EASY to love
Tattooed + Pierced + Mohawk = Rule
He's bad and he knew it. After he finished his high school, he moved out of home and apprenticed in his friend's uncle tattoo parlor. As much as possible, he didn't want to go home during Sunday brunches not unless Shaw drags him out of his hole. Why does he have to go home - when every time he does, his mother would look at him and place the blame why his twin brother, Remy, died.
And Shaw - he didn't know what to do with her. She was constant in their family gathering. An honorary sister since Remy brought her home years back. He never really paid attention to her until the night he saw her working at this bar.
Of course I had eyes in my head so I knew logically she was a beautiful girl, but she always seemed so cold and so untouchable that I never really thought of her as attractive more like an impressive work of art that was meant for viewing in a museum rather than every day enjoyment.
She was his dead's twin brother's girl, she was off-limits. But on her birthday - something to do with the short skirts and some booze - something happened. Something he couldn't just throw away like what he was used to. His action surprised me when he actually came to Shaw and told her they will try and figure out what they have and if they could work it out. Wow. I didn't see it coming from him. I thought he'd bail out, he'd be afraid. But no, he went head on with it. Only problem is: this monogamy thing, it's new to him. He didn't know how to handle relationship first hand.
Med Student + I-can't-say-no girl + blond + unattainable + good girl = Shaw
Rule was a constant reminder that money didn’t get you everything you wanted and that no matter how perfect I tried to be, how hard I worked at being everything to everyone that it still wasn’t enough.
She has everything - money, looks, brains, a crazy ex boyfriend who can't seem to understand the word no. Everything but Rule. It was Remy who saved her from all those loneliness and became her real friend but it was Rule who stole her heart since she was 13. They all thought she was Remy's girlfriend, but no, he was just her best friend and she was tasked to keep a secret her friend couldn't divulge even for his twin. (Although I did see the secret coming). She has a crappy family who cared more about appearances than her - which cost her a lot of trouble more than she could ever imagine. How does a great girl like her deserve a family like that??
On her birthday, with all the courage she has (thanks to the booze), she finally, finally, finally had Rule. She didn't expect anything, much more for him to come to her and told her they were going to try going out and getting to know each other. And because she was in love, and she was waiting for this moment to happen her entire life - she said yes.
She went into it with her eyes wide open. She knew it wouldn't be easy because Rule was never easy. Shaw just never expected that there was just more surprises than what was she prepared for.
How do I end this?
I love Rule, the whole book, had it done in like eight hours. I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know how this ends for the both of them. I love Rule, the character, because he tried. Out of character, he wanted to take the risk and be with Shaw. It wasn't an easy ride, especially with Gabe hovering over them, and all his other issues. And Shaw, her loyalty was just overwhelming, she was soooo good and her love for Rule - despite the fact that it was unrequited for a long time - that he didn't give a damn about her - was just there and it grew. She didn't give up on him like his family did.
Can they have their happy ending when everyone else doesn't think they deserve each other?
Rule: its a perfect combination of all these elements: love, sacrifices, loyalty & family....more
New beginnings, Fred. Greet them with your eyes wide open. Don't forget that.
If you think Jordan is the only one who belongs in an all-boys team - then you haven't met Fredricka Oday.
New beginnings. Fred plays golf like she was born to do it. She wants to go to college and have a brilliant future - and she knew playing golf is her golden ticket. So when Coach Lannon offered a spot for her in a boy's golf team - she took the offer. Finally, she can see a bright future ahead of her. But, she just knew being the new girl, being a Native Indian in school filled with white people is not paradise. She's not wrong. Fred fought her way in earning a spot in the boy's team and it wasn't a walk in a park either when her new team mates expects her to fail.
Her parents weren't well off, she didn't even have any golf lessons. She learned with watching and practicing (for free), every chance she gets. All she has to do was to prove to them that she can play golf.
Whose family is perfect anyway? Yes, her family wasn't perfect. Her mother was a waitress in an upscale restaurant, and she's expecting Fred to follow her footsteps once she's finished high school. She wasn't exactly the motherly material who would come home and take carer of her kinds. Instead she whines while holding a bottle of alcohol. Her father on the other hand is a sweetheart. I do love the relationship she has with her dad - his support, love and motivation made Fred held on to her dreams. So when she almost lost him - it was just heartbreaking to watch.
So not in her plans. She knew Ryan way back then - he was in one of her classes but he's the kind of person who wouldn't give her the time of the day. He's with the cool kids. When the opportunity knocked in being on the same team with him, being partners, she tried to be cool with it but deep inside her heart was about to break because it was beating so, so fast. And when he suddenly invited her out, she just couldn't believe it.
My best friend lost his spot on the team because of her. Ryan, He's one of the most good-looking, popular guys at school. He's good at playing golf as well. At first I hated him. I hated that he couldn't stand up against his best friend. I hated that he was a push over. I hated that he couldn't stand up for what he felt for Fred. His best friend was an ass - and he knew it. He was there when Set does stuffs that a normal sane person wouldn't do - but he stood, watch him and never said a word. Too much for a prince charming.
Some people change, some people don't And change, Ryan did. Well, not all at once of course. He did things that are remarkable and made me say - at last, you grew some balls. It's never, ever too late. Good thing he redeemed himself. He's not so bad after all:)
As for Seth, to what extent would you hold grudge and take revenge on a girl who had no idea she got your spot on the team? Why don't you grow up and accept the fact? She needs it more than you do, heck, she deserves more than you do. I hate everything that he did and I didn't even feel any sympathy at the end of the novel. argh! No Seth, we are so not cool
Friendships It's okay to be a friend when you knew your friends need you. But to condone things that aren't nice is so not cool. Friends don't let friends do stupid things - and get the fall.
On the other hand, I'm glad Fred found friends in school. Sam and the rest of the girls from the Reservation are just the people she needs when everything starts to fall apart. Those are the real friends: people who's ready to catch you when you dive down the hill - accident or not, and ready to kick ass*s when someone hurts you.
Torn between a 3.5 and a 4 A 3.5 because... It didn't catch up till the near middle chapters of the book. The phasing was slow until then. But when it caught up - I found the book nice. The character development was slow progress that I almost gave up that change would happened in some of the characters.
A 4 because... Her passion for golf was really admirable. The Indian customs stated in the book is a fantastic addition. It's nice to know that Fred and her father still honors the tradition despite the modern age. After all, it won't hurt when one follows tradition, right? I like the end chapters. It finally make sense why Fred fell for Ryan instead of Sam.
Sam & Riley for the next book installment
Thank you Harlequin Teen for providing me a copy for review through Netgalley ...more
Fate is bullshit people force-feed themselves when they're too lazy to carve out a destiny of their own.
Ms. Cynical meets Mr. Cynical.
Addison MooreFate is bullshit people force-feed themselves when they're too lazy to carve out a destiny of their own.
Ms. Cynical meets Mr. Cynical.
Addison Moore had me at the cover. It was sexy, and sweet and I wanted to read it the first moment I saw it. I was not disappointed. Not a chance. My first0 Addison Moore book and I had a blast reading it.
Let me describe it in a few words: Witty, Funny, Sexy, Steamy, and a little bit heartbreaking.
Kendall/Kenny after several divorce her mom went through – love was totally nonexistent. She didn’t believe in love, or if ever it existed, it wouldn’t last that long and would always end in a heart break. That’s why she held on to her V-card for a while. She hasn’t met the man to give it to. Until she met Cruise on her first night at Garison. She was left homeless because her future ‘husband’ forgot to enlist her in one of the dormitories. Good thing she found herself a home and a yummy knight in shining armor to save her. She wasn't looking for a one night stand, but he was.
Cruise Elton Cruise “F*cking” Elton. I like bad boys. But I LOVE bad boys who have the brains and the body to go along with it. Ultimate swoon! He’s done is fair share of manwhoring after someone broke his heart. And that someone was back in town ready to win him back.
Someone to Love is a whole lot of things rolled into one without actually overwhelming the readers. I love how the story goes, and the phasing of each chapter. Some characters would indeed surprise you of what they can do. But what I love most in this novel is the meeting of two people, who didn’t believe in love, whose view of love has been tarnished found a way into each other’s arms and realize that LOVE, despite its idiosyncrasies and flaws still exists. ...more
“Then he kissed her without breathing, without thinking. He kissed her until his entire body was tingling from the taste of her.”
The first thing “Then he kissed her without breathing, without thinking. He kissed her until his entire body was tingling from the taste of her.”
The first thing that comes to my mind when it comes to Argentina is of course - the phenomenal:
But after reading The Things They Didn't Bury , set just three years after the Peron Regime, and fourteen years thereafter - I was in a big surprise.
The Things They Didn't Bury offers a vivid glimpse of what Argentina was like. Readers would have the chance to jump into the pages - into the streets and witness everything firsthand. And Argentina wasn't paradise. It was not the kind of place you'd like to live in during those times. A lot of people were killed: men, women and even children. Even a whole lot more disappearing.
Stated in an alternating point of view between Liliana and Diego, coupled with a voice from the past coming from Isabella's (Liliana's mother)journal. Accidentally stumbling upon it when they returned to Argentina after years living in America, Liliana started to read it. She needed to remember her mother, because sometimes she was not sure anymore if it was a memory or simply a dream. She was young when her mother was either killed or disappeared during the war. Her journal was they key. Little did she know that the journal she was holding kept secrets even she was not even ready to know.
Diego like other children who have lived through the most chaotic moment of their country's history - witnessed something horrific done by soldiers in the sea. His mother left him - and his father losing his flamenco dancer no longer wants to play music and instead drowns himself in alcohol. Diego was likewise forbidden to play.
Liliana Just graduated from high school when they came back to Argentina. Unlike her sister Nita, she was glad to be finally home. To occupy her mother's room and to study in the same school her mother did. She's curious, and would go to great lengths to find her answer. Her courage is admirable - her quest for truth scares the hell out of me but she pursued it despite the fear of what she may discover.
And in search for truth - Diego and Liliana found ♥love♥.
The Things They Didn't Bury is a story about coming home. It's a tale of finding the truth about your past and being brave enough to face it. It's a tale about family, love, sacrifices and the consequences of war. It's reality in print.
My heart ached for her in Pushing The Limits & my heart just broke for her in reading Dare You To . Beth is a very strong girl who was forced to grow up at a young age to take care of herself and her mother when her father left. The person whom she trust and depend on - the one who promised to come back for her, never did. So, she never trusted anyone's word. She relied on herself and some on Noah and Isiah - the only people who mattered to her.
But in just one night, everything changed. She was forced to leave her past behind or she was to suffer the consequences. Something that she could not afford to. She was stuck in living with her uncle and his wife who clearly doesn't like her - now she has set of rules to follow and she needs to go to school and get good grades. She came across Ryan once again. She did her best to get him off her back. But he was relentless. She didn't want to fall in love with him because she was afraid she'd get hurt - after all, why would someone as popular and as good looking as Ryan would fall in love with her?
She has secrets - so dark and grave she was not willing to share with anyone. All these years, she kept it to herself. The last time she told it to someone - all hell broke loose and she doesn't want to see hell again. She just want to keep her mother safe. She wants to get away.
No matter how strong seemed Beth is outside - she's lost and scared inside. Her insecurities and trust issues are eating her up. If she wants her own happy ending - she'd dare to take the risks. Would she?
Ryan ♥ Beth
It all started with a dare. That's when the jock and the skater girl first met.
BRAIN + BODY = SWOON!!!!
For him: DEFEAT is a nasty word. He hated losing and the word wasn't in his vocabulary.
I'm not interested in second place. Never been. Never will be.
So when he lost a bet he made with his friends in getting the skater's girl number - he had a hard time accepting it. Good thing the world is such a small place and he found a way to revise the bet. This time he will make sure he wins.
Ryan: he doesn't do drugs, don't drink (much) and doesn't smoke. Is he a normal high school teen-ager? Yes, he still is. He doesn't get his adrenalin rush from all those unhealthy stuff. Instead, he gets with with all those dares . A dare which started it all. I do admire his drive and motivation to win each dare that was thrown at him.
His life is baseball. He's good in pitching the ball - but he also good in writing. He loves both. Something his father doesn't really agree with. Being an obedient son - Ryan is torn between his father's 'wants' and the confusion of his heart's desires.
All he knows is that his family is fake. A facade. Everyone in town thinks they're perfect, but they're really not. After the revelation is brother announced over dinner - everything was not the same anymore. His brother packed and left the house - never looked back.
Now there's this girl - she's different. It all started as a dare. But something changed. It was not supposed to end this way. He was not suppose to fall in love with the skater girl who keeps on running away from him and has a trust issues.
“I won't let you go." I blink. As if he could stop me. "You won't let me go." "No, I won't let you go. You're mine and I don't lose.”
If he were a lesser man, and didn't have enough balls - he would leave her and stay away. But falling in love is losing your mind over something strange, scary at the same time wonderful. The Jock dared to fall in love with the Skater girl
“Screw what Mom and Dad think. Screw the rest of the town. Screw perfection. This girl is mine.”
♥.♥.♥ Isaiah ♥ Beth
And I THOUGHT after reading Pushing The Limits the two of them were already given. But I guess I was wrong. Although I'd love for Katie McGarry to make them their own happy ending - I was expecting they'd have their own happy ending together. Without any jocks lurking behind Beth to sabotage what they already have. Surprise. Surprise.
For those who have read the first book, we all knew that besides Noah, Isiah was Beth's best friend. He was her constant, her usual. Isiah was her safe. When she needed help, he was always there for her. And I did love Isiah for her despite all those tattoo running on his arms and his occasional drug use. Something happened between the two of them. Something was said that they couldn't just forget or retract. Something was said when they were both sober and it changed everything.
The million dollar question is: Who does Beth really loves?
If you were to chose: Between a stoner and a jock? Between your best friend who always takes care of you and someone that makes your heart skips a bit? Between Ryan and Isiah?
It was a tough decision to make. But by the few final chapters, I made my choice and so did Beth.
♥.♥.♥ To End...
I fell in love with every word, smile, laugh, tears, heart breaking dialogues - Katie McGarry writes very well that it makes me FEEL.
It is not only the primary characters that are important in this novel, but the author made sure (*again*) that her secondary characters have their shining moments in the book. Perhaps - this is what I love most about Katie McGarry - because she placed importance not just on the major characters but as well as to those people that surrounds them. Lacey, Scott, Logan, Chris, Allison and even Gwen - they all played an important role (no matter how small) in this novel,
I think Trust is the major concept of this novel. When trust is restored, or when it finally exists in a relationship - all will just progress. But when someone whom you love, whom you have trusted all your life suddenly betrays you - your world comes to a halt, and that aching feeling at the pit of your stomach appears and exacerbates.
To say that this book is about love would be an understatement. Because it's not just about love - it's fighting for it really hard, pushing yourself to the limits , knowing that it's all worth it in the end.
Katie McGarry - my 2013 just kept on getting better and better because of you. Can't wait for your third installment!
I was just glad I finished the book. I didn't think I can - with all those swearing.
I don't think there's a page without any swearing in it. It justI was just glad I finished the book. I didn't think I can - with all those swearing.
I don't think there's a page without any swearing in it. It just overwhelmed me. Call me sensitive - but I have never read a story with more offensive language than this one.
But I truly love the cover - and of course the blurb. The cover was to die for with two young couples kissing in what seem to be a barn. (#cute). I would have given it a 3.5 or 4, if not for the...
Gunner & Ellie
Ellie is a cry baby. She's pretty, smart and a virgin. Her mother was verbally abusing her to a point that she thinks she wasn't enough for anyone. Her boyfriends kept on cheating on her because she wouldn't give in.
She just graduated from high school and was ready to move to college. Then she met Gunner her over protective brother's best friend. I would love to love her - but I just can't. I hated too much drama, and this character is just filled it it. I couldn't sympathize - sorry.
Gunner He's Jeff's best friend and the only his friend allows near his baby sister. But the moment he saw he - he knew he was a goner. Love at first sight? Probably. Or it could be a knight-in-shining armor syndrome. Nevertheless, I like his character. He didn't pushed, he waited until she was ready. Although it did came to a point that he had enough of some of her ummmm... "craps".
Then there's Jeff & Ari I love this two characters. There was some point where I would like to bump both of their heads together to have them realize what they really feel for each other. Both of them are very stubborn.
Now if only they have their happy ending too.
I did love the plot of the story besides the cover. But the phasing, the words, some of the characters - it just frustrates me. I'm just glad I finished the book. ...more
What happens when a girl who spent her life inside an exclusive boarding school suddenly found herself in aMy 2013 keeps on getting better and better.
What happens when a girl who spent her life inside an exclusive boarding school suddenly found herself in a public school where bullies reign and good guys are scarce commodity? What happens when one of these bullies, or at least a part of this group was someone you fell in love with over the summer?
Was all of it a HOAX ?
Corrine found herself out of the exclusive school she's been attending for as long as she can remember. They moved out from their house and transferred into a smaller one. She was given a brief explanation for it, and she didn't ask what was happening. She simply went with the flow. Her parents wanted her to house-sit for a family who was going on vacation. It was where she met, Abel. How can she possibly deal with this gorgeous hunk who is in charge with painting the house and mowing the lawn without any experience in dealing with the opposite sex?
Abel I was almost, almost in love with you! And then bam! I wasn't in love with you any longer, and then you did something that was completely amazing and I fell in love with you all over again!!! (roller coaster, right?) That's exactly how I felt knowing in Abel as the story goes. He was friends with people he considered assholes and I always wonder why. He didn't do relationship and wish to keep what he has with Corrine between the two of them. He didn't want to ruin it, and he didn't want to lose her. But as the school starts, he's afraid that their summer romance wasn't strong enough to face reality.
Sean I like his character. He was kind to Corrine, and a friend to Abel despite the fact that his friends weren't kind to him. He's very responsible, not just to his family but as well as for the both of them. Despite the fact that he has a lot of tasks at home, and his family depended on him a lot, he still finds time to help the both of them when he's needed.
Abel and Corrine are just perfect for each other. Exactly what the other one needed. Both of them are alone, being ignore and put aside by both their parents, they found home in each other's arms. But secrets and revelations could tear what they built over the summer. Can they get past through it? Can Abel turn back on his friends and stop the cycle? Can Corrine, after a very long time of being independent, accept help?
HOAX, more than just a summer romance. It's a love story between two people who found exactly what they needed from each other. It's a story that withstood trials thrown by fate. It's more than just a story of bullying - it's a story when someone finally stood up and stop the cycle from happening all over again. It's about not being afraid of asking someone for help and being ready to accept it when needed.
My first Lila Felix book and she didn't disappoint. Thank you Jas for recommending this book to me. Indeed, it was good and I had a great time reading it....more
But it wasn't a mistake when I pick out Fisher Amelie's VAIN as my first read for 2013
First of all, dear read Vanity is one of the seven deadly sins
But it wasn't a mistake when I pick out Fisher Amelie's VAIN as my first read for 2013
First of all, dear readers - do not be confused with the book cover because the only paranormal thing in this novel are the bugs that are swarming in the bathrooms. But the rest - sweet, heartbreaking, touching and just simply fantastically-written novel.
Obviously my first one from Fisher Amelie's book list, yet I was so not disappointed. Because with VAIN I started my year right. Thank Goodness.
Sophie Price. To say that she's vain is an understatement. Let me borrow her own words:
I ruled because I was the hottest. You see, I’m one of the beautiful people. That truly sounds so odd to have to explain, but it’s the truth nonetheless. I’m beautiful, and it’s not because I have a healthy dose of self-esteem, though I have plenty of that. It’s obvious in the way I look in the mirror, yes, but even more obvious in the way everyone treats me. I rule this roost because I’m the most wanted by all the guys, and all the girls want to be my friend because of it.
Wow right? But to define Sophie Price, I would have to deal with other adjectives than beautiful and hot. Sophie Price is a rich, manipulative spoiled brat socialite. She's one of the mean girls. She doesn't care about her actions - or their consequences. She only cares about herself.
That probably says it all - and I would like to hate her(it would be rational to hate her) if not for the fact that I find her character sad. Her family is far from perfect, she had been judged by a lot of people (although she doesn't bother to correct it) and she's utterly lost.
That girl was the real me. Frightened. Worthless. A terrible friend. Terrible daughter. Well educated but so limited in ideas worth having. Beautiful yet repulsive... And finally honest.
But one mistake cost her everything she was used to and was sent off to Africa.
Her very own words thrown back at her: “Who goes to Africa anymore?”
Well, she went to Africa and it changed her. Totally.
First she met Dingane (Din-John-E) - he's one of the people who takes care of the orphanage and was working with Charles and Karina. The first time she met him:
“It was like my body knew instantly that he was mine and that I was his.”
But Dingane proved to be a hard (but worthy) catch. He wasn't like any other boy that would swoon instantly at her feet and would give in to her demands.(This is why I soooo like him) .This pushed Sophie to prove her worth - that she is more than just a spoiled rotten bitch who was thrown away in his place. However, nice, ever reliable Dingane also has secrets.
What I love about the story: 1. The character development - I was speechless with her change. It wasn't forced, it was gradual - you are totally with Sophie Price's journey all the way through 2. The supporting character that surrounds her - they were just perfect. They have their own stories to share like Pembrook (I adore him) as well as Charles and Karina (whose love for each other and the world around them is such an inspiration) 3. The setting. The place was interesting because it is way too different from any other place featured in most contemporary YAs. Africa, although it has some beautiful places, also has depressed ones. And more than half of the story happened in here. 4. Social awareness. If you are still in denial about what's happening around the world, especially in some countries in Africa - your eyes will be opened wide now. Fisher Amelie made sure she gave her readers a vivid glimpse of the current situation in some places and how badly these people needed help. 5. Ending. It was just perfect. Everybody got what they wish for. Except Spence maybe - perhaps he could get his own story?
VAIN is more than just a story of a friend-using, drug-abusing sex addict from Los Angeles. It's even more than just a story of love. It tells its readers to appreciate every single thing we have because others have little or don't even have them. It teaches that misery is important to real happiness. That being happy doesn't really constitute material things - just being alive, being you, surrounded with everyone who loves you, you can be sincerely happy.
Because you! Yes you, Colleen Hoover deserves a whole sky of it for writing this sw5 stars???
Are you freakin' kidding me?
I NEED MORE STARS!!!!
Because you! Yes you, Colleen Hoover deserves a whole sky of it for writing this sweet, gut-wrenching, tear-jearker, touching, super amazing, 'unputdownable' book.
Now, how do I start telling everyone that among my holiday reads - this one just beat every single wonderful novel I have downloaded on my Kindle?
I stayed up all night finishing it because I don't want to miss anything! Some things just can't wait - and some books would want you to stay up at night in frantic anticipation. Will they or will they not have a happy ending???
Meet Sky - she's one of those rare human species who doesn't exist online. No Facebook, Twitter or Myspace account. She's adopted by a woman who lives a very healthy life and seems to have a phobia with technology. Homeschooled since she was young, Sky was finally allowed to enroll in a public school for her senior year. Problem is that, her super best friend in the whole world, Six is half way across the globe and she's now alone facing all the people who seemed to have an idea who she is without even knowing her first. Thank God she met a new best friend, Breckin - a gay Mormon who is just as wonderful as Six. One thing I love about her: She's one lucky, and brave girl.
Then there's Holder. Rumor has it that he's just spent a year in juvi for beating a gay. BUT!!!!
Holder... oh Holder.... He's.... *speechless*
Let me borrow Sky's thought - because I could already feel myself swooning.
1. His amazingly perfect white teeth hidden behind that seductively crooked grin. 2) The dimples that form in the crevices between the corner of his lips and cheeks when he smiles 3) I'm pretty sure I'm having a hot flash or I have butterflies or maybe I'm coming down with a stomach virus.
I can already tell he isn't the kind of guy a girl gets a simple crush on. He's the kind of guy you fall hard for, and the thought of that terrifies me.
He's a boyfriend that a girl could want. Oh hell, I want him for myself!!! How could I not, when he's a whole lot of package roll into one? He's the bad boy who turned to a most whipped boyfriend by love. He's sweet, and I'm glad that he found her after a life-long search.
“F#%k all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”
But there are just some things between them - dreams that Sky could not understand and secrets Holder could not divulge. This could end things between them, and their lives would change forever. But no secrets can be kept for long.
I could no longer continue without spoiling the book. So let me end this review right now by saying:
It's one of the book that I will constantly remember for a very, very long time and I will gladly recommend to ALL my friends without any doubt. And Colleen, just like what your character said in the book - let me just rephrase it.
“I swear I will spend every last breath thanking you for writing this book .”
Charles Sheehan-Miles had me already captivated when I read Just Remember To Breathe late last year. Now, I amReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Charles Sheehan-Miles had me already captivated when I read Just Remember To Breathe late last year. Now, I am once again charmed reading another book from the Thompson Sisters Series.
Crank was about six feet tall, with angular features. Several tattoos crept down the length of his well-muscled arms, but they weren’t like any tattoos I’d ever seen. On the right side, what appeared to be a scroll engraved with musical notes rolled down the muscles to his elbow. His left arm, however, was tattooed with what appeared to be barbed wire, and had a nasty scar, three inches long, on his bicep.
His real name? I would have loved to call him by that just to taunt him. But after getting out of the house he grew up in and joining the band, he threw his real name out of the window and had it change to Crank. I knew I'm going to love him when I was reading Just Remember To Breathe. He already became famous there. But here, his band was still struggling.
His family life was not easy either. He didn't see eye to eye with his father since he was a kid. His mother left all of a sudden without saying goodbye and giving them any explanations. And there's Sean - the only person in the world that matters to him. Not just because he's his brother, but because Sean needs him. Sean have Asperger's Syndrome. And it is not an easy job balancing his band practice/performances and taking care of Sean when the need arises.
He was jumping from one bed to another, having all the groupies that he would like when he met Julia in an anti-war Protest Rally in the fall of 2002. It wasn't really love at first sight - but something told him that she's different from every girl he's ever been with. After that night, he thought they wouldn't cross path again. But he saw her - in a bar - while he was singing the song he made for her. #swoon!
Fact: As a rule, an often stated and confirmed rule, I don’t chase girls. They chase me. Fact: I don’t get involved. You want a quick lay, well, I’m your guy. But only for the night. Fact: I’ve got a brother to watch out for, a band to drive forward to success, a job flipping burgers, and I don’t have time to get emotionally tied up in some girl. Fact: Six nights running, I’d dreamed about Julia, and that hot retro dress she wore Saturday night for her date.
It wasn’t that he was hot. I mean—I’ve been around hot guys. They’re nice to look at, but they don’t make me feel like this. It was his smile, his charm, his sense of humor. Inside that hard-ass exterior, he was compassionate. Insanely protective of his brother. I wanted to laugh at his smart aleck comments, and I wanted to touch the dimple in the corner of his mouth. I wanted to hug him and heal the hurt that had damaged him.
Crank knew she was the one for him. But can she give him a chance? Can she get pass her past and let him love her the way she deserved?
I didn’t know how to be in a relationship. Especially with someone who didn’t believe in love or relationships. It’s crazy. - Crank
Julia- The Eldest of the Thompson Sisters I knew her mother could be overbearing and - unfeeling. But until I have read Julia's story, I didn't know what transpired between the two - why their relationship is strained.
This was the longest Julia has ever stayed in a place studying at Harvard. All through her life, they have been moving from one place to another because of her father's job in the government. When they were assigned in Beijing, something happened that made Julia grow up and realize she has to do it alone. No sisters to be there for her since they were so young to understand and her mother didn't really ask what happened, all she cared about was the scandal that occurred and its consequences on her father's career.
Since then, Julia tried to be invisible. She had a terrible senior year in high school - being bullied just because someone she trusted most spread an awful lie about her and backed it with an evidence she didn't know existed. So trust was not her cup of tea. She had trusted several people, only to be betrayed and left.
She followed everything her parents wanted. Got herself into Harvard, and would soon enter the foreign service. She would have done that. Until Crank.
I couldn’t say no. I just couldn’t. I couldn’t say no, because for the first few seconds, I couldn’t even breathe. - Julia
Meeting Crank scared her. For a long time, she had held control over her life and had never let anyone took over it. It made her felt safe. But with Crank, he made her feel things she was afraid of. He was someone her parents wouldn't approve of. He didn't come from a well-off family, and he was a punk who didn't finish high school. What can he offer a girl who had grown up with a body guard?
What I learned was this: letting myself be at the mercy of hormones and brain chemicals and emotions can be deadly. - Julia
“What are you afraid of?” he asked.“Losing control,” I replied.“Sometimes losing control can be wicked awesome,” he said.
When finally, a chance for his band arises, she was asked by Serena to manage them. Suddenly, she was in control in one aspect of her life. Her parents did not want her to accept this, she was sure. But she was willing to try, even if it means saying goodbye to the pre-planned graduate school and foreign services.
Love Worth Taking Risk I love both of them - although Julia was exasperating at the end of the novel. What kind of girl would decline Crank when he was ready to give his whole heart to her, when he's ready to let her go even though he had professed his undying devotion? Crank who can have any woman at his bed, and on his life. He wanted her: scarred and all. Now he was letting her go - can she find the courage to accept his love before it was too late for either of them?
“I love you, and I want you to be happy, I want you to have the life you deserve. And if that means … if that means I have to stand here and watch you walk away, then I’ll do it. I won’t be happy about it. It’ll break my heart. But … if that’s what you really need, then we’re done.”
Second Chances A Song For Julia, a stunning story of second chances on life, love and family. It shows how people who have been a lot through life can finally escape his/her demons and move on. How love means letting go of a person no matter how much you need him/her in your life. How love means taking risks when it means being with the person whom you know would do anything for you. How important support system sis, especially the role of parents in guiding their children, and being their for them at all time, especially when they are needed most.
It's romance, it's drama with a touch of humor: a perfect mix handed to us by Charles Sheehan-Miles that would have you hooked not only to Julia & Crank but to the rest of the Thompson Sisters.
Carrie, I want to read your story next!!!! ...more
In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.
Callie and Kayden have dIn the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.
Callie and Kayden have dark secrets.
Callie and Kayden kept their own scars to the world.
Until that single night which brought the both of them together - she saved his life, and finally he knew her existence.
The novel left me speechless, it had me wanting for more when I got into the last page. It is seldom that I can come across reading a more intense and emotional novel - and this is one of those.
The cover had me, so did the blurb. I was excited to know Callie and Kayden, and when I did - my heart break.
There is something about someone trusting you enough with their secrets that it makes it easier to trust them. It's like they're opening their heart and in return yours should open up to them, too.
Kayden is the star quarterback at school. Their family seemed perfect, but only to the outside. Once the door closes - their home becomes his hell rather than his sanctuary. He suffers in silence, never fights back, never tells anyone. He survived this long - but one night he could almost feel his life was hanging on the edge when finally fate saved him and gave him some luck when Callie coincidentally arrives right on time and saves his life without her realizing it.
If Kayden got lucky, Callie wasn't lucky on the day of her 12th birthday when something unimaginable happened. After that, she changed. She cut her hair, wore baggy clothes and kept everything to herself. Her mother was too happy to notice something terrible happened to her, and she didn't want to disrupt her happiness by telling her. She didn't tell anyone what happened, all she wanted to do was just to get out of town for college and start a new.
I already knew what happened to Kayden, but to Callie, I was half guessing until finally I found some clues. I spend more than half of the novel asking who, who, who? Who can possibly do it?
Once in college, she didn't expect to see him again. She got herself busy with school work and crossing off things from her list that she and her new found friend, Seth made. The List were her road to change, and she's taking baby steps.
As for Kayden, he couldn't stop thinking about the girl who spent her high school being a stranger to everyone and suddenly saved his life. When he found out that Callie goes to the same school, he tried his best to get to know her. But how can he do it - when every time he comes close, Callie seemed to close herself more and more?
And when you think it's only Callie and Kayden keeping secrets - then you are so wrong! Because their friends: Seth and Luke are also keeping their own. But I love them still, they had the back of their friends when they needed them most.
I couldn't help falling in love for each character and wanting them to have their happy endings. I wanted those people who have broken them punished as they should have deserved. But I guess I have to wait for the next novel which is expected to come out next year ----- that long???!!!! with a story as good as this, it should come out earlier!!
I love these two characters who have suffered so much and found the courage to stand up to their oppressors, conquer their fears and fall in love...
“I’ve always wondered why love has to be so full of conflict and strife. Why can’t love be simple? Why can’t it just be as pure as two people who rea“I’ve always wondered why love has to be so full of conflict and strife. Why can’t love be simple? Why can’t it just be as pure as two people who realize that they can’t live as well, or as happily, apart as they can together?”
This is exactly what the book will do to you once you come a little bit closer to it:
Yay! The long wait is over, finally! Smith's story is here, and of course - when did Bella Andre disappoint me? Never! I so love Smith - the uber popular Sullivan sibling. Although I love the whole family, Smith owns a special place in my heart. He loves and dotes on his siblings, and even though he's busy, he finds a way to be with his family. Who wouldn't want someone like that? Now he's getting old and he wants to have what his siblings have right now: True Love . He didn't want flings anymore. He's ready to settle down. He wanted someone special and would want him for the man that he is and not the actor.
Then here comes Valentina who seems to be immune with his charms and has already place all possible defenses around her against him. He wanted her. But does she want him as well?
Valentina. I admire her as a person, because at a young age, she already took the responsibility of being her sister's guardian-slash-manager. She makes sure her sister stays safe in Hollywood - away from the booze, drugs, sex, and rock&roll - How did she ever manage it? But that's why I like her. It was a big task, and Tatiana grew up well - professional, and despite her status, both her feet were still touching the ground. Their relationship stayed stronger and they have never been this close.
But the problem is Smith - how can she be able to resist him? She was afraid of his status, of the vulnerability of the relationship when being exposed in the press and she didn't like that. She wanted to have a man who didn't work in front of the camera, or anywhere near it. But then Smith is Smith - He's a Sullivan and he can charm his way to her heart...
What if she let falling in love with him be as natural as gravity?
I love it! Yes, the scenes were sexy and steamy - the exchanges were fiery. But the storyline - it was beyond my expectations. It was more than just a story of a famous and rich man wanting real love - but it's a story of a girl who didn't think she was good enough for someone famous, and rich - but ended up to be his perfect pair.
Adam and Aaron are twins - but like any other twins, they are so different from each other. Aaron is the jock of the two. He's an athlete, a sociableAdam and Aaron are twins - but like any other twins, they are so different from each other. Aaron is the jock of the two. He's an athlete, a sociable person and everybody likes him - especially girls. On the other hand, Adam, oh Adam. He's the geek in the pair, he's a member of the band where he excels as one of the rhythm drummers. He's silent, and has little friends. These two are way to different from each other, but they have a bond. They were close and they truly love each other. Their mother died giving birth to them, and it was only their father who served as both mom and dad.
Then Olivia came along - she's sweet, and pretty hot. She has this aura of a girl who lives her life each day at a time, looking at the positivity of life rather than the negativity of it. Who wouldn't be attracted to her, right? Adam saw her first - dancing on her window from across his room.
“Well maybe if you’d had the balls to actually ask her out, none of this would have happened!”
My sentiments exactly.
Aaron already gave him the chance to be the one to ask her first but...
All you have to do is ask her Adam! Just ASK HER! But he's too shy.
Olivia was just too good to be true, and like the old adage runs: (view spoiler)[ good things never last . (hide spoiler)] :) Nevertheless, this was a great story of friendship, brotherhood, living life, finding and losing love and lastly, moving on. It teaches us that yes, we need to grab every opportunity we get because it may never knock on our doors again, or if we delay accepting it - we may not have enough time in the world to enjoy it.
After I read the book, this is what I told myself:
But still, My Only was...
Oh it is. I'd recommend it to friends who likes: 1) A boy's POV. 2) Twins with different personalities 3) Free-spirited girl who's torn between two boys 4) Cry ( I admit, I didn't, but was just close to...)
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“When I'm ninety, I want you to tell me that it's my turn to ask you a question, and if that miracle happens, then my question is going to be, 'Do yo“When I'm ninety, I want you to tell me that it's my turn to ask you a question, and if that miracle happens, then my question is going to be, 'Do you still love me?' and I hope that answer will still be yes.”
This is a brilliant book that had me awake till the wee hours of the morning during my day off because I couldn't wait to see how it ends.
Thank you Milka for the recommendation - the read and the lack of sleep was totally worth it.
I will begin this review with the question that haunted me in the first chapters of the novel: WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM? Because here I see two people, still crazy in love with each other - but at some point have to let go of each other. Not to mention their separation was not pretty either. So again, what happened to them? What went wrong? Was it the long distance relationship?
Alex Thompson: she's rich, pretty, intelligent and a pre-law student at Columbia University. She has a secret she's not willing to share, and currently nursing her broken heart, trying to move past a break up that shattered her. The last thing she wanted to see was the boy who tore her heart apart.
Dylan Paris: an ex-soldier who just came home of Afghanistan nursing physical and emotional wounds from the war. He was not the same boy before he got deployed. And seeing the girl who made him feel alive and in love just makes thing difficult. The last thing he wanted to do was to involve this girl with his issues. But no matter how hard he tried - he just couldn't stop himself. Because Alex...
“I’d say you’re worth falling in love with twice.”
Alex needs him to tell her everything, or at least anything for her to trust him with her heart once again. Can Dylan tell her without scaring her and have her running away from him? On the other hand, can Alex spill her secret as well? Secrets she had kept from her family and most of the world?
To simply state that I love reading Just Remember to Breathe is an understatement , because at some point of this book - you'll come to a point that you will forget to breathe in anticipation. Will they or will they not make it?
Indeed - the whole book was a blast. It was a fast read, easy on the heart, and so just worth the time and effNyrae 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.
This is my favorite book among the 3 currently published Marriage to a Billionaire series.
I love Michael, not just because he's hot, but also becauseThis is my favorite book among the 3 currently published Marriage to a Billionaire series.
I love Michael, not just because he's hot, but also because of his sense of responsibility which he took seriously since his father died. He gave up his dream of becoming a racer, and focused on both his family and the family business. He wanted his family to be happy and have everything that they want, so when his sister called crying, telling him she could not get married according to their mother because he should be the one walking to the altar first - he device a plan to deceive his mother: he brought a woman home and introduced her as his fiance. Only that, the plan backfired on him, and he didn't realize his mother has her own plans too.
Maggie wants to be in control of everything. She once lost control and it ended up badly. She swore it won't happen again. So why did she agree with Michael's proposal after he rejected her once? Growing up with a dysfunctional family (except for her brother, Nick), she'd do anything to save what Nick has with Alexa. It includes sacrificing herself to be Michael's faux fiance. But then she didn't expect to be welcome in his family and to belong to them.
How will this charade end, when emotions (not just theirs) are already involve?
Once again Ms Probst gave us another amazing contemporary romance - just enough sweetness, coupled with steamy scenes and moderate family drama that will keep you glued to this book until the last page.
Jennifer Probst: You're name is on my list of favorite contemporary authors. Can't wait for more of your books!...more
“Sometimes letting go is the only way to find out who you're meant to hold on to.”
Do I love this book? Hell Yes!!!
I enjoyed reading this book - the“Sometimes letting go is the only way to find out who you're meant to hold on to.”
Do I love this book? Hell Yes!!!
I enjoyed reading this book - the constant bantering shared between two people who have issues to resolve and finally took a leap in love. It wasn't a smooth jump - they encountered rocks along the way, but they still landed well - with both their feet on the ground: alive and breathing.
I fell in love with Carter in the beginning. Who can resist a bad-boy-turned-pussy-whipped-boyfriend and can play baseball even with eyes closed? I did love how he tried his best in changing his ways and proving that he's a different man. That he can stick and be content with just one woman.
But, something happened along the way that made me think twice. I could not tolerate a guy with a poor judgment and someone who's gullible enough to make a decision without even going deeper or examining things clearly.
Nevertheless, he was redeemed. He'd never be the prince charming if he continued his ways, right? What he did in the near ending, it was just awesome! I like the way he exercise patience and wanting to put things in order before he can start a clean slate. The surprise he gave Cassie - it was a little cheesy, but I guess...
Somehow, I'd fill several bottles of quarters to touch you.
Her rules with boys and relationship: 1. Don't lie 2. Don't cheat 3. Don't make promises you can't keep 4. Don't say things you don't mean
... and guess how many Carter broke?
Oh yes, Cassie loved to roll her eyes and didn't want to do anything with him first. She hated his guts, but she could not deny the fact that Carter is HOT! If only she's strong enough not to fall for his clutches. However, like gravity, Cassie fell, HARD. And when everything went Topsy-turvy with their relationship, she was broken. I think she made the right choices, after the biggest mistake she made during the early part of the relationship. I find her brave. Trying her best in stopping Carter making the biggest mistake of his life. Moving away and following her dreams instead of staying behind. It was a little painful seeing her grow- but it made her grow up and become a better person.
The Perfect Game is just perfect a perfect read. It shows flaws in relationship that most couples go through - famous or not. This book just proved that with love, anything is possible. A relationship can still exist even with broken trust. Because with enough love, trust can be restored and the two people who are meant to be together will have their happily ever after.
J. Sterling, you kept me awake all night reading this amazing novel and I didn't regret every minute of it...more