Jude Deveraux once again proved her readers why she's a master of her craft and why her novels stays on top ofReview Originally Posted at: Book Freak
Jude Deveraux once again proved her readers why she's a master of her craft and why her novels stays on top of the best seller's list.
Here's a book with a truly, truly awesome set of characters that spanned through generations.
It's not just him, but all first born child named Jared can see the ghost of their grandfather. But they will never admit it.
Besides, it emasculates a man for it to be known that he spends every evenings with a dead man. It's better to let the women worry that you're having a flirtation.
He's a young, brilliant architect who had already proven himself professionally. He's considered as a god, a legend in the world of architecture. But no one knew what he was like as a teenager - and it was far from the man he was today. He was lost, with no directions, who loves to drink, party and get wasted. Until someone slapped him off from his self-induced destruction and made him realize that he has a talent he could utilize to make it.
He was orphaned at a young age and became an angry boy - but a man equally angry at the world set him straight. This man took him under his wing and made him his apprentice - and the woman paid for all the fees needed for his schooling.
To say that he was a good student was an understatement - he was indeed a genius because he does his work just three hours before the deadline and it will still awe his professors. And for his final work, he did it with his hands. Impressive, huh?
So, it was understandable why he didn't want an architecture student invading his privacy. He didn't want any students hovering around him, asking him for words of wisdom.
Brains, beauty and talent. Seems like she's a complete package.
The story started with our Alix being brokenhearted because Eric (the leech ex boyfriend) decided to end their relationship. Eric, whom according to Izzy (the best friend), was just using Alix to do his homework. To mend her broken heart and spend a year doing R&R, she decided to accept her mother's suffestion to spend a year in Nantucket.
I love her. She's humble despite the fact that both her parents are extremely popular and successful in their respective fields. I love the fact that she was so unassuming and she exactly knows where she stands.
She had her father's love of building and her mother's belief that the top was the only place to be.
She has the talent to make it as an architect, but it would be a plus point if she can get some tips and can work with the great Jared Montgomery. BUT! Their first meeting wasn't exactly a blast because Jared introduced himself as a mere builder. And Alix hated being lied at.
Yet, it wasn't the only secret everyone is keeping from her, there is a whole lot more.
The Parents Alix has the most - weird set of parents. Being popular and successful in their own fields, Ken and Victoria make it to a point that they spent equal quality time with Alix as she grows up. While Ken taught her everything about designs and buildings, Victoria offers her daughter all the glamour that is brought about by her field. And despite their shortcomings, their daughter grew up well.
Things to LOVE about (besides the awesome characters): SETTING
The beautiful Nantucket is where it all happens, and like the story, its just breathtaking. With all those six-digit old houses with intriguing stories behind each closed doors, the bay area and not to mention the beach. The whole place is truly a great place to find true love.
PLOT Soul mates. Reincarnations. Ghosts. Jude Deveraux mixed all these ingredients to produce a really fell-good, page-turner that will easily capture your heart. Some novels don't need to be heart-wrenching and emotionally draining to be great. It's fun. light read and utterly romantic.
True Love will tickle your romantic senses without giving you a heavy feeling. It's a feel-good book that will allow you to fall in love with one character over the other.
it will surely be worth the wait.
Thank you Netgalley and Ballantine for providing me an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review....more
Indeed, I got On an Edge of Glass for FREE at Amazon.
Oh yes, Ms. Autumn Doughton did it again!
And as I have expectedThe best things in life are free.
Indeed, I got On an Edge of Glass for FREE at Amazon.
Oh yes, Ms. Autumn Doughton did it again!
And as I have expected - it was awesome. Okay, a little bit cliche, with a plot that I have read a couple of times out of a YA cover, but Ms. Doughton can spin magic out of it. She writes in a way as if readers can find it familiar but somehow, better and a little bit different than usual.
Why pursuing anything with Ben is a bad idea? -Ellie 1. He's not my type. He's scruffy, whereas I'm put together. I wear cardigans for God's sake. I think that effectively blocks me from being allowed to date musicians 2. Ben is my roommate 3. I made a pact with Payton and Ainsley. I made the two of them promise that they wouldn't go after Ben, regardless of how tempting he turned out to be. That has to stand for something
Name: Elizabeth Jane Glass or Ellie
Qualities: Intelligent, talented photographer, type-A personality (obsessed with plans), a very good friend, not-so-good communication skills. Current Activities: Reviewing for LSAT (Law School Admission Test) Future Plans: Ace LSAT, go to NY for summer internship, go to Columbia for law (like her parents), and join her parent's practice as a corporate lawyer - whew! big plans!! Roomies: Payton and Ainsley What I love/hate about her: she's a dear, a great friend, someone who loves to plan things ahead,like I do but she can also be a pain in the a**, especially when she runs away from something without confronting it, she could be intelligent but when it comes to the matters of the heart - she's going to fail without a doubt.
Name: Benjamin Hamilton or Ben
Profile: tall, dark, handsome, lanky Current Activities: he's proficient on three instruments, plays cello at the university, bassist for a local indie band Future plans: going for auditioning for several orchestra placements Current Address: apparently, he's Ellie's new roomie! What I love/hate about him: I'd say he's a total boyfriend material: he's sweet, doesn't do drugs, doesn't have dirty secrets, isn't a womanizer (although anyone can fall at his feet, esp groupies). I find him cute especially when he turns shy, he's witty, has a heart that's ready to love and honest with his feelings (at first), but of course what more can you take when the girl you wanted the most won't give you a chance to explain?,
Favorite Scene 1.) On the doorstep: Ellie and Mark were talking about they boy she met on a coffee shop, and here was the boy coming on their way. Ben:
2) The Lunch with Dad - it was so funny, it's like watching Ellie shrinking into her sit with all those funny stories her dad was sharing with Ben from her youth. I was glad that her dad instantly liked Ben as well. Even though her father only appeared a couple of times in this book - he projected a kind, and understanding father who's willing to support her daughter whatever her decisions are. (The way Ellie was trying so hard with the exams- I thought her parents were very strict and wanted nothing but excellence for their daughter - but it was the exact opposite!)
Favorite Characters How can I not adore Mark he's the gay best friend who's uber-loyal to Ellie but won't take any sh*t coming from her. He's her number 1 fan and critic, he's honest with her and points out what exactly he sees and best of all, he's there when he's needed. He's super fun and I couldn't help but laugh when he comes in the picture.
Asher - just a little bit of him on a chapter and I totally want to get to know Ben's younger brother more. Unlike Ben who seems to be shy and simple, his younger brother is cocky, and plays lacrosse and baseball. Oh yes, he could be a great main character in the making, would't you say so, Ms. Autumn? :)
Roomies: Payton and Ainsley, besides Mark, they were Ellie's best friend. They wanted Ellie to have fun instead of burrying herself in piles of LSAT reviewers, they encourage her to go out, have fun and date. They were very, very understanding when the truth finally revealed itself.
To End: I had a grand time reading this novel, it was short with just enough angst, drama and comedy to complete my day. Yes, our dear Ellie frustrates me, and I would have strangled her if she were a true human being, and I would have love to read what was going on inside Ben's mind. Going to recommend it to friends who love a feel-good, not-so-emotionally-draining, amazing book. And yes, I will patiently wait for the next Autumn Doughton novel.
“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
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
“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 one of the books that had be swooning and grinning the whole time. You can't help but just finish it up to the last page or else, you'll bYay.
This is one of the books that had be swooning and grinning the whole time. You can't help but just finish it up to the last page or else, you'll be missing something.
I like the plot - having two neighbors who started on the wrong foot found friends within each other. Who knew when all those years she hated his guts? All of a sudden: they couldn't live comfortably without each other. The thing I love most about the story line is that: despite being attracted to one another, they stayed friends for a while , until things were sizzling between them and they could no longer deny their feelings for each other.
Haley is an great girl who didn't deserve a family like hers. It was nice to see her character change in the duration of the story - on how she finally stood up and fought her ground.
JASOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNN! If you ask me what describe him best, I would say:
I know it's almost (well, it is!) a disorder to be that obsessed with food, and a sin for not gaining weight for it - nevertheless, I find his love for food adorable. He's a 30 year-old growing kid. I'd be living in poverty if I'll end up with him. He can't seem to stop eating.
YET. He's a prince charming.
He's a bad-boy turned good when he finally found someone special. I love his patience - for a guy who have been with several willing ladies: he's patience is really something to commend. Although, like his prediction, he f*cked things up eventually, but at least he tried his best to win her back. :)
The epilogue was just the right thing to end this wonderful story. I'm looking forward in reading more books from this author, and I am excited to read the next novel from this series....more
What makes the Moreno clan irresistible: 1. They are all swoon-worthy 2. Very alpha male - Christian Gray material (but they're not sinfully rich as him) 3. Players, but when they find the woman for them, they stick to one 4. Very possessive - their girlfriends cannot possibly have friends who are boys. 5. Bad boys you wanna turn good. 6. They love their families, have great relationships with them.
What makes Vincent different from them? ♥ He's an uber bad boy - he does stuffs I don't think any of the Morenos has ever done before. He reminds me of the boys from the Perfect Chemistry Series - well, who doesn't want a bad boy who promises to change?
But when promises are broken, and doubts starts to arise? When the one you love offers no explanation and chose to walk away? Will you let go as well? I have always enjoyed reading Elizabeth Reyes' Moreno series, and I'm glad she decided to continue and didn't stop with Sal. Fate is all about Vincent (Sal's cousin) and Rose (Grace's sister) who met during the baby shower.
The story starts with Vincent in Iraq.
There was some flashbacks and their story was told. I like their story not because it was once again a love-at-first-sight type but I think they pushed that instant attraction aside and allowed things (yes, love) to grow gradually. Their friendship blossomed and when the both of them were ready, they jumped into the next step.
They survived the long distance relationship with constant communication coupled with trust - but then something happened. When no clear explanation given, Vincent broke Rose's heart. Fate separated them in the most painful way. Can fate bring them back together?
This is a story of love that waited, and bloomed; crushed and withstood the test of fate and trust. I just love it, and yes, Vincent is a nice incentive on a cold night :)
Thank you Ms. Elizabeth Reyes for sharing another Moreno, I am looking forward for the next one.
Yes. I’m going to sink into what I feel for you. I’m going to sink into the good times and the scary shit. I’m going to sink with you, because I’m tiYes. I’m going to sink into what I feel for you. I’m going to sink into the good times and the scary shit. I’m going to sink with you, because I’m tired of drifting and treading, never committing to anything. I want to sink with you.
I love these lines just as much as I love this book. No needs for the usual words for love - which is highly overused for some YA novels. Lengths is my second Steph Campbell book, and way better than Grounding Quinn.
What I like about this novel: 1. Deo . He's a charmer, cool, swoon-worthy and a bum. He just turned 22 when he met Whit in a tattoo parlor. He knew he wanted her at first sight. Although, Whit is not ready for a guy like him who likes to meddle when he's not wanted. But that's the way he love, he likes to take care of them, like the way he takes care of his mother when his father left them and how he takes care of his grandfather since his grams died. But it was not easy loving him because I hated characters who seemed to be a lost cause no matter how good looking he or she is. But good thing people change, and change he did. Finally, he found a direction for his life - not only for Whit but it was also for himself. Yes, the character development was pretty amazing.
2. The supporting cast: Marigold (his mom), his grandfather, Roco and his best friend Cohen . Everybody has their own time to shine. They have helped (in their own ways) both characters (Whit & Deo) with their relationship as well as with their personal struggle. I was glad that these people had done their share and weren't just some bystanders in the book.
3. The Setting: The smell of the ocean? Priceless. I can almost feel the waves crashing beneath my feet. I also like Marigold's shack - the aroma of different herbs just floating in the air, it has a weird knock into it but somehow the author presented it to be homey.
4. Plot. This was one of the best moving-on-and-letting-go plots I have ever read. I like how Step Campbell build up my curiosity and then dropped the bomb somewhere in the middle of the novel. I knew Whit lost someone, it was subtly implied, but why she was driving herself to oblivion with guilt was a surprise that I didn't see coming.
5. Cover - HOT!
What I didn't like about his novel
1. Whit Everyone deals with his/her own grief differently, I just didn't like how she dealt with hers. After the death of her brother, she escaped her hometown, ignored her parents and was someone's booty call. She wanted control and she drives people away, she didn't want to care and was afraid to invest her emotion and take the risk. She has secrets she isn't willing to share - and when Deo found out from other sources she went berserk and sent him packing.
2. Curses - I haven't found a page lacking of it. I'm not a picky reader and I have some shares of novels with these words imprinted on every chapter, but this novel topped them all.
But if you ask me if it is worth the read: of course, but not for super young adults because this book has mature contents.
I'd recommend it for people who have lost someone and has difficulty in moving on. ...more
I would have given it a 4 if it was longer and I was satisfied with the ending. Nevertheless, Olivia Cunning made me crave for a promise at the end ofI would have given it a 4 if it was longer and I was satisfied with the ending. Nevertheless, Olivia Cunning made me crave for a promise at the end of the book: another novella for this two love birds and gabe's as well. I guess I have to wait and continue to long for those two...
Who needed facts when fiction was so much more titillating?
It was the characters, rather than the plot, that made me like this novel. The plot is prWho needed facts when fiction was so much more titillating?
It was the characters, rather than the plot, that made me like this novel. The plot is pretty familiar, and I could have predict how the story would run through its course. However, its the characters in this story that baffled me. I fell in love with some, and I hated some.
I was surprised that Raul didn't really fight the fact that he had a kid with Penelope, he was mildly surprised, but that was it. He welcomed Chloe with open arms and hoped that the mother wanted to start a family with him.
Penelope, on the other hand, changed. She was not the girl he used to know back then. Perhaps it was the single parenthood that drove her to be almostbut not totally like her pragmatic mother. She had survived med school with an infant and continued to be a single mother until a DNA test proved that her daughter was indeed Raul's.
Chloe - how can you not fall in love with her? From the first chapter, up to the last part of the novel - she's a darling. Chloe is witty, amazing, a little bit crazy, and wonderful kind of girl. I would also like to add that if her age wasn't mentioned, I would have guessed that she was older because of the way she handled things (much better than her older folks)- it was more mature, simpler and less complicated. She's the character that brought life to this novel and surely you'd like her too.
I hate Raul's mother, I don't think what she did was fair to both Raul and Penelope, most especially to Chloe. In addition, the reason for her actions are completely outrageous, and I feel sad for the rest of Raul's family for allowing their mother to act/feel that way for a long time. Maybe, if someone has already talked to her in the first place and made her realize things then Raul wouldn't a lot of Chloe's life.
Nevertheless, despite the usual plot, I enjoyed reading Burn for Me. It tackles not only about steamy make-up sex but as well as family dynamics, social stigma on single parenthood, racism, effects of trauma and second chances....more
Exactly what the series is all about - Whirlwind. The story was short enough that the wind completely had me thrown over. It was cute, a breather fromExactly what the series is all about - Whirlwind. The story was short enough that the wind completely had me thrown over. It was cute, a breather from my usual reads. Among the three - this was my favorite :)...more
I think an intelligent person knows the old adage, Curiosity kills the cat . But I didn't think she had heard of it despite being a school teacher witI think an intelligent person knows the old adage, Curiosity kills the cat . But I didn't think she had heard of it despite being a school teacher with an masters in Art.
BDSM-themed book has been the hype in the literary world when the Fifty Shades Trilogy made it to the top of the best seller's list. Even in countries like in the Philippines in which Sex is still considered a taboo, it became the most sought-after book (whether it's an ebook or the tangible one). Now, the main point is that: should I expect another to-die for Christian Grey in this novel? Or an annoying Anna Steele?
Well - yes. There's a rich as Croesus artist Chris who wanted a simple, art-major, school teacher Sara. It's a classic FSoG-like character. BUT what I love about this novel is that the mystery does not only surround the characters, most especially Chris. There's Rebecca and her journal - where is she and what happened to her? The male characters who are also a wonder to most readers, the gallery owner, Mark and the artist Ricardo. Who are they? What are their connections to Rebecca? Some things to look forward besides the steamy scenes.
I am left with a major cliffhanger in the end that left me breathless (and not really panting for more). I'm looking forward for the next book and hopeful that the suspense conclusion is worth the wait :)...more
"Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love."
I fell in love with two scarred teenagers who at a young age, has already a lot on their plates."Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love."
I fell in love with two scarred teenagers who at a young age, has already a lot on their plates.
Echo, her name is unique, which I really like. It makes her different from the rest of the heroines I have encountered in the YA-world. She's an artist, and gets good grades. She used to be Ms Popularity, dated the hottest boy in school but she disappeared for a month. She returned a different person - recluse and a loner. She is scarred - literally and figuratively. After losing her brother in the war, everything changed. Her family fell apart - she could no longer see her mom, her father was busy with his new wife who was her former babysitter and she was just lost. Especially when she couldn't remember something important. She had a memory lapse, and she wanted to regain that memory no matter how painful it is.
Noah lost both his parents at a young age, and was passed from one foster home to the other. He lost hope in the system, and only wants one thing: his brothers. He'd do anything for the both of them. I love that about him, the importance he gave to his family, but sometimes too much love can blind a person. It's a good thing that he saw the light before he made a bad decision he'd regret for life.
Mrs Collins she had my heart. My sister is a social worker and I am amaze how these people can change and touch lives. Both of her 'wards' are strong-willed and really hard-headed. But she still stayed with the both of them and tried her best in dealing with their issues. She didn't give up and saw some results that paid off her hard work. Social work and helping these kids were more than just a work that pays off her bills for her - Mrs. Collins really cared. You can feel her sincerity at the same time her concern for both Noah and Echo. If people in the social welfare office are like her, then kids inside the foster homes and those who needs a lot of help because of trauma/abuse are in good hands.
Pushing the limits has its share of protagonist and antagonist that will have you confused as you go along - but I like that every character has its own roles to play. Everyone is important and their own time to shine in one point in the novel.
Katie McGarry had me hooked, I can't stop reading this book for the whole day. Yep, I finished Pushing the Limits in one sitting. I was so into it because it's more than just an ordinary love story - it revolves around sensitive topic that was delivered with tact. It was discussed carefully, yet extensively. Hot topics such as family dynamics, abuse, foster homes, drugs, sex, social welfare, and mental health. A lot to digest, right? But everything went flawlessly. No doors were left unopened and putting down the book didn't made me crave for more of the characters, instead I was looking forward for more Katie McGarry books. ...more
“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spent your life with”
I can summarize Crash in these three short wordsL Crazy. Passionate. In“You can’t be friends with the person you were meant to spent your life with”
I can summarize Crash in these three short wordsL Crazy. Passionate. Intense.
At first I was like: How did this amazing girl who tries to save the world end up with this guy? Love works in mysterious ways, that's for sure. Because Luce - a normal teen age with a bright future fell in love with Jude - a not-so-normal teenager with a bleak future.
Lucy wanted to save the world - after she failed to save someone important to her. She loves to dance and wished to go to Julliard. Her family was never the same again after the incident, her dad shut the world, and only came to life in his chef uniform and she can no longer talk to her mom without starting an argument. Everything was just the way it is until she met Jude - then her life went topsy-turvy. Nothing was the same again. Her reputation was always questioned in school and she was even labeled as a slut. It didn't help that a juvie was her boyfriend. BUT: I love that she gives everyone a benefit of a doubt and that she gave her trust to Jude - until insecurities ate it all up. Lucy is a strong person and fiercely loyal - she stood up for someone she greatly cared for despite of what everyone around her tells her. I love the fact she believed in him when he didn't.
But can the ultimate bad boy stick to one girl? Can he ever change? The million dollar question is: Can he stay out of trouble?
Yes, Jude's rap sheet is indeed long and is continuously growing. It didn't help that he grew up in a boy's home and was abandoned by his father who was put to jail. The first time he saw Lucy, he already warned her off: but to no avail. Soon, he found himself attracted to her as well. And when a bad boy who had his shares of woman finally found THE ONE there's no stopping him. Or he thought so, until the both of them uncovered something that can change both their lives.
The road to happiness for these two seemed to be a long way, because just as the time Lucy and Jude become happy: something will turn out to be wrong. Jude wanted what is best for Lucy and he didn't think its him. The latter however, tries to make him realize that he is enough for her.
My favorite scene: the father-daughter scene in the near end. Because this is where I finally see some emotion from her father: that her father actually care for her and somehow he explained all his actions in the past. It sounded like both like an apology and an assurance that everything will turn out right in the end. I guess a father knows when he's needed and knew the right (or rather perfect) words to say.
The ending: *sigh* I think the ending was subtle compare to the rest of the book which makes it more perfect - because my heart could no longer take another jolt from these two love birds. The whole scene will make you think: it was really meant to be .
This is a breather while I wait for the new book from the Sinners Series, it didn't disappoint, but I'm rooting for Sinners more.
I like Sole Regret iThis is a breather while I wait for the new book from the Sinners Series, it didn't disappoint, but I'm rooting for Sinners more.
I like Sole Regret in a way that every member has also have different personality. I adore Gabe - he's a band geek and just like Mel, I love guys with brains.
While Melanie - here's the thing - she allowed her friend to be dependent on her. The guilt-trip that Nikki does as well as the emotional blackmails and those puppy dog eyes ate her until she couldn't say no to anything. Nevertheless, Nikki's going-gaga attitude over the Sole Regret allowed Mel and Gabe to meet. Her character is unconventional - I'm glad she's not a groupie type. She could be nice, as well as naughty which caught Gabe's interest.
I like how the story unfolds - and the ending. I think it was perfect, it made the whole thing not-so-whirlwind and almost real.
Looking forward for the next one (Sinners or Sole Regret). Cheers to you, Ms. Olivia!
Am I crazy for thinking I could have a chance with her?
One look at the cover, and I'd guess it was more of a paranormal genre rather than young ad Am I crazy for thinking I could have a chance with her?
One look at the cover, and I'd guess it was more of a paranormal genre rather than young adult. I was guessing it has something to do with the sea - but I was wrong. Again, never judge the book by its cover because this pretty book doesn't have any paranormal 'blood' in it - something I'm quite thankful for.
Jessie, a new face in school seems to be out of place parking his battered jeep beside cars that are more expensive than the place that he lives in. He knew he didn't belong here - but he didn't care. He needed to be here, he needed to be in the football team and he needed the scholarship. He plays really well, he can throw a ball with both arms (yep, ambidextrous, quite impressive). He's also smart - but he's does not brag about it. Honestly, I am ambivalent about what to feel about Jessie. I like him because he cares a lot for his family (his two brothers) and he cares a lot for Claire enough to let her go. However, I could not understand why he is selling himself short for the person who somehow really cares for him AND why in the world is he staying with his grandmother who obviously doesn't give a damn about him? It would clearly bring him into trouble - with all the things that his grandmother is making him do.
Claire is the running valedictorian, she's a cheerleader and the girlfriend of the quarterback and she's rich. Its a BIG cliche` - but I love her. She's sweet and she doesn't give up on what she wants. At first, she did things that had my brows met, but she completely had me when the tables were turned. She finally had the courage to fight for what she wants and try to weave her happy ending.
Claire's parents. Claire's mother - It will always be a mother's instinct to hope and want what is best for their children. This is why I understand why Claire's mother is not really into Jessie. But I was glad that she was also into Claire's happiness and made decisions that have saved a couple of lives. On the other hand, Claire's father is the best. He didn't judge, he offers reminders and advice to Claire but that was it. They are a perfect pair for a parent that a growing teenager needs.
There's Dane who was honest and a real friend to both Jessie and Claire. He didn't mind that Jessie was out of their league and wasn't afraid to point out his friend's flaws when the situation calls for it. He helped both Jessie and Claire when he was needed most.
This is my first Georgia Cates' book and it went well. Not super great that had me at my wits - just plain okay. There were some questions needed answers, and there were characters who just vanished out of the scene. I needed to know what happened to the other characters: Earl, the grandmother, the ex boyfriend and the best friend. The ending was a bit abrupt (in my point of view) and suddenly, I was already reading the epilogue sometime in the future.
Nevertheless, Going Under deals with topics that are common nowadays: teenage sex, drugs, cliques, social classes, family and of course, romance. It is filled with witty quotes and banters that would keep you entertained. Going Under proves that people change. It also reminds us to see the good in people- no matter what their past is and the length of their rap sheet. Last but not the least, it teaches its reader that there's hope in the bleakest of times and that love knows no boundaries and recognizes no social classes....more
The same tune, different lyrics. This is how I define Angie Stanton’s latest offering Snap Shot.
If you have read Angie Stanton’s Rock and a Hard PlacThe same tune, different lyrics. This is how I define Angie Stanton’s latest offering Snap Shot.
If you have read Angie Stanton’s Rock and a Hard Place, you’ll know what I mean. The whole plot is familiar but was given a different setting and set of characters: Teen-age Rock demigod meets a damsel in distress.
and the credit rolls …
The Damsel in Distress: Marti I love her name – it’s pretty unique and ear-catching. She’s ALSO abused – neglected by both her parents who were busy doing their own thing rather than taking care of their daughter.
How can she be that unlucky?
Her father was a great rock & roll legend of all time and I don’t know why I picture Steven Tyler every time I read Steven Hunter’s name . Anyway, when he wasn’t on booze or drugs – her was a great dad. But when he’s under the influence: he’s totally another person. For instance, Marti drove a car when she was 10 while her father was inebriated on the passenger seat – does social services not exist during these times in American history? On the other hand, I like her father’s lucid moments. I can feel that he also care for his daughter but he’s not a perfect dad & Adam’s mother was right when she said that he can’t manage to be a caregiver. He can give her all the material necessities but not the nurturing that a teen-ager needs.
Her mom was always high on drugs and very unstable. She would go in & out of rehab – that’s why Marti was given to her dad.
Her grandmother who took her from her father when she felt that there was a need to do so. I adore her so much and I think that she’s the best thing that ever happened to Marti – besides Adam. She provided all the love that Marti craved for growing up – Love that her parents were supposed to give her.
Her Hang-up Since she came from a very dysfunctional family and was traumatized with her dad: she doesn’t like rock stars. After living with her father and experiencing all the crazy stuffs that comes with all the glitz and glamour – she decided not to fall in love with one OR go back to her father – anything actually for her not to experience her past again.
The big BUT She met Adam – she was mad that he lied about his identity. She hated him for being a rock star but Adam showed that some rock stars – no matter how widely famous they are – can be different.
The Teen-Age Rock Demigod: Adam Jamieson
this band so reminds me of the Jamieson brothers
Here’s one question that has been bugging my mind: Does the Jamieson troupe have a white-knight complex? As you can remember Peter was adamant in saving Liberty from her addicted aunt and now – Adam wants to save Marti.
Anyway, Adam wanted freedom from stardom. Just like Peter whom we’ve met from Rock & a Hard Place he isn’t your typical teen-age rock star with loose chains who alternate girls, booze and drugs. All three of them were still under their parent’s care and still their normal selves after the final curtain drops on stage.
He wanted to experience normalcy for a few weeks that’s why he cut his hair and enrolled himself at a photography camp under a pseudoname.
I love his conviction to standby Marti and he pulled off a one big gesture just to see her – despite to their prior commitment in one important show. I have one problem with him though – like any other NORMAL teenage boy in the brink of puberty – he allows his balls to prevail more than his brain.
Their Camp Friends : breathers I love their friends at camp – they were fun and fiercely loyal. They got star struck when the truth went out but what normal person wouldn’t be? Nevertheless, they kept their promise and never revealed Adam’s existence to anyone outside their group.
The Issues: A lot! Angie Stanton once again touched the issue on abuse, this time, neglect. Adding some common teen-age issues that I’m sure a lot of her young adult readers can relate such as teen-age pregnancy, drugs, booze & rock and roll.
Lastly I’d love to hear Garret’s story, and I hope fervently that Angie Stanton will set out a different formula this time.
Everyone deserves their happy ending, although I never really like Garret and all his controlling tendencies, I hope he will have his very own HEA.
Something Like Normal is one of the novels I had been waiting for – and thank God it had finally arrived. I Maybe it’s time to find a new normal.
Something Like Normal is one of the novels I had been waiting for – and thank God it had finally arrived. I have to set aside some of my reads to make way for this one. Have I been disappointed? BIG FAT NO! My first Trish Doller novel and I had a grand time reading it. If I was not that tired and desperate for sleep, I would have finished this in one sitting. It is a short novel but I think everything has been taken care of that the ending didn’t felt that it was cut short or there were conflicts left open.
I fell in love with Harper. Her character is so refreshing. A regular girl with a pretty courageous, and straightforward attitude. She says what is on her mind and can swing a punch like a pro. She’s pretty hot, intelligent, an environmentalist, and forgiving. She didn’t push when she thinks it was not the right time and what I love most about her is that she is drama queen. All-in-all, she is an awesome girl and any guy would be lucky to have her.
Travis, well, I didn’t like him much at first. He may be a macho marine but he started as a douchebag. I seriously didn’t like what he did to Harper back in middle school. I think it was low, but he was a teenager with his brains probably on his balls. But he started to grow on me as the novel unfolds. Like some soldiers who were sent off to war and had their shares of violence, he went home a different person – more mature, a little less a****le, and scarred. His grief over the death of his close friend was understandable as well as his constant nightmares. It was hard for him to find help at first, but I was glad a little push from some special people in his life made him finally seek for help.
Travis’ mom goes overboard in the first chapter. Although I must admit, I like the effort she puts in showing Travis her support. This is what I love best about her. She puts a lot of time in making sure her some gets some care packages often, she sends in some school supplies for the children of Afghanistan when he asked for them, even engaging the help of others for her project. I appreciate the way she reached out to her son – even though Travis was a cranky and tough to handle when he came back home, she never gave up. I like the change that her character has throughout the story. From a doormat, she learned how to fight for what she wants and stood against anyone who don’t respect her.
I also love Charlie’s mom. I think it was her who helped Travis see reality and finally stopped his denial. She’s calm, wise and weird (but in a nice way).
The rest of his family? Didn’t like them a bit. I hated his dad, who never got over the fact that he was not a pro player anymore. I hated the way he pushed Travis to do the things that he didn’t really enjoy. When Travis finally gave up the sport – he became non-existent to his father. His brother was also an ass. He stole his girlfriend and his car – and he thinks Travis is still the bad guy! Who else do I hate? Paige. I guess you’ll hate her too. She sent a short and concise Dear John letter to Travis and expects him to win her back from Ryan? Yeah Right.
The ending? I CRIED! I so love the ending. It shows a lot of heart and I think it was a perfect way to end a fantastic story.
Trish Doller gave us a vivid peek of what is going on inside a soldier’s mind before, during and after his deployment – what happens to the family that they left behind, what deaths do to you, how violence affect your life and what is it like to feel normal after living in a foreign land away from everyone who is close to you. It takes brave guy to enlist oneself and serve your country but it takes more than a tough guy to survive the ordeals afterwards.
The rest of the bat pack and their own happy endings!! I totally love Kate Angell and her Richmond Rogues. It was a total accident I got across this bThe rest of the bat pack and their own happy endings!! I totally love Kate Angell and her Richmond Rogues. It was a total accident I got across this book - somewhere in the middle of my boring read. This one was a breather. ...more