This is a surprisingly good read for me. I love all the magic twist to it as well as the well built back story and how it relates to the character's prThis is a surprisingly good read for me. I love all the magic twist to it as well as the well built back story and how it relates to the character's present lives....more
Finally finally! My wish for an extended Allyson and Willem moment did come true and thank you Gayle Forman for giving in to - not on mine - but all yFinally finally! My wish for an extended Allyson and Willem moment did come true and thank you Gayle Forman for giving in to - not on mine - but all your avid readers demand for more of Allyson and Willem.
Just One Night fulfills that small gap that I'm looking for on the second book - Just One Year.
A novella never made me a feel a lot of feels as much as this one does!!...more
Side Effects May Vary has been the one to break my way long reading slump. I have read several books before I picked this one up and unfortunately mosSide Effects May Vary has been the one to break my way long reading slump. I have read several books before I picked this one up and unfortunately most of them didn’t evoke certain 'feels' to me and finally picking this one up didn’t only give me those certain 'feels'that I'm craving for but offers a lot more.
"Your life changes sometime and it only takes a few words to bridge the gap between now and then."
Alice has Leukemia. She's been battling for over a year and she gets weaker all the time. She's sure that her time was coming thus the reveal of her Bucket Revenge List - a list of people who have wronged her and the appropriate revenge for them; of course with the help of her oldest friend Harvey.
But news came. She’s in remission. She should be happy. But the fall out of the actions of her Bucket Revenge List now needs to be dealt.
I can't say that I totally liked Alice’s character but she isn’t like most of the characters that you get to read. She's sick and angry and mean and bitter but still a very honest character. She has a lot going on in her life aside from her sickness - parent’s drama, friendship and relationship problems. Her sickness and undergoing remission didn’t change her immediately - fate took time to teach her lessons I guess.
There are a lot of times that I wanted to just hold her still and let her think about her actions for they didn’t actually makes sense and hurts a lot of people. Bucket Revenge List also feels a bit childish and shallow for me. This is the part where I get why people didn’t like Alice because lets admit it her reasons for her so called revenge are too petty. But for someone who is dying, this could be her ’last hurrah’ right?
Despite her questionable actions, all the things that she does are very fitting for her character. It feels so real. She's someone who experienced how life can simply turn someone’s life upside down and she simply wanted a revenge on her own. I didn’t approve of how she dealt with her problems but she came through it all - consequences and whatnot.
"I decided to latch on to everything in my world that had always been permanent, and for me, Harvey was so permanent he was concrete."
At times, I can't also help but hate Alice. I hate how he used Harvey. Yes, it terrified her to have a committed relationship with him but couldn’t she tell him sooner? Yes, Harvey is like a willing sacrifice for her but it’s still not good for her to hang him up especially knowing how he felt for her.
"But when the girl you loved was dying, it was hard not to let yourself go with her."
Harvey is Alice's oldest friend and her partner in completing her Bucket Revenge List. Harvey is not the type of character that you would immediately fall for or even like. He's shy, kind of weird, introverted and plain. I was expecting his character to be the type that is too uhm "scripted" but Harvey is Harvey. He's his own character with his own feelings and words and those are the thing I love about him the most.
"I knew I would never travel through space or fly a plane, but sitting there with the girl I loved - there was no question about me loving her - and two of my oldest friends, the whole universe spinning around me, reminded mw how big this world was and how small we were. In a hundred years, no now would know us, but this moment for us would last as long as we did. This. Right now, with traces of Alice coloring my view of the sky, would never be in a history book or a movie but for as long as I could push air in and out of my chest, I would remember this moment that could never be measured."
"Everything with Alice was earned. But her scowls were more easily earned than anything else. I'd learned the language of her expressions."
Alice has treated him with this regard at times - or most of the time - but he didn’t even fret. He loved Alice. He loved her. Her flaws, strengths and vulnerabilities. He's the only one who truly knows her. And it's pretty sweet to think that someone has felt like this for another person but there are limits Harvey and this is where I felt utterly sad for him. I hate this part of Harvey, this "doormat-what's-your-next-move-Alice-so-I-can-follow" part. Majority of the time, I have sympathized with him but I wanted him to stand up for himself, do something that could at least awaken Alice's senses that she might lose him and he will be a big loss. That said he did find the guts to do so and grow and change thru the course of the story.
I liked Alice and Harvey. I loved their sweet moments but I came to the realization that their relationship maybe unhealthy for the both of them. It would be better off if they both stayed as friends. Plus I didn’t really connect with any of them. I liked Alice and I liked Harvey and his flowery words but I didn’t really connect or invested with them over the course of the story.
The story wrapped up nicely. It was not your typical Happily Ever After type where the girl kisses the boy and such but it was satisfying and fitting. I'm actually happy with it.
Side Effects may vary is a very compelling story about surviving, being hurt - several times and living. Julie Murphy did an amazing job in giving us a cancer story from a very different view. She puts her characters in twists and turns but the way she handled it all was awesome-sauce. It didn’t only wake me up from my long reading slump but did entice me to read the stories to come from this author. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Love Show is one surprising read. With the influx of New Adult stories nowadays sometimes its just hard to differentiate one from another. Sometimes thLove Show is one surprising read. With the influx of New Adult stories nowadays sometimes its just hard to differentiate one from another. Sometimes the stories just overlapped and the whole element of the 'new adult' became overkill. This story takes me back to the first time I've read a story under the said category; I'm curious and excited. This story has the typical 'new adult' elements into it but the way it was told was very effective and just downright good. Conflicting story, conflicting characters yet sweet and swoony and realistic.
Hadley Arrington is our typical perfectionist straight-A student who is the editor-in-chief of their school newspaper - a stepping stone to her dream of becoming a big-time war journalist. Despite her stubbornness and aloofness, I find myself liking her immediately. She's a very intelligent character and I like her commitment, dedication and will for herself and her career.
Jack Diamond captured my interest from the moment he was introduced. He has this certain magnetism on his character that will really capture you - he's just too adorable! Also, I love how he's the one with the "feels" on the story. He's the one who's so much vulnerable and it feels like Hadley has the ability to hold something over him.
Individually they are great but together they are so much better!
Hadley and Jack are just too cute together. I like how much they got on each others skin. Even though Hadley set a lot of rules for their friends with benefits situation, it is nice seeing them get to know each other becoming great friends and great parts of each others lives. When together, they also gives the best to each other and shows each other a side that they don’t usually let other people see. Hadley and Jack both have strong personalities and as much as they wanted to hide it, the growing feelings they have for one another just shows.
The story unraveled beautifully. You know the feeling when you know that something would happen at the same time you don’t really know what will really happen? I experience that a lot of times here. David - Hadley's best friend and roommate’s back story also adds up to the tension of the whole story itself.
Love Show shows how enjoying new Adult stories can be without being "over" about the whole concept of it. It was simple and will leave you happy, swooning and smiling. Recommended for everyone!...more
Yay! My first 5 star rating for 2014! Flipped just totally got me flipped.
I'm still at lost on how cute and adorable this book is. I'm still clutchingYay! My first 5 star rating for 2014! Flipped just totally got me flipped.
I'm still at lost on how cute and adorable this book is. I'm still clutching the book right now, squeezing it (gently) because the story inside was just too cute and adorable and amazing and fun to read. Ugh
The story was told in alternating perspective of Bryce and Juli. Most of their thoughts overlap with one another but it doesn't feel repetitive because each of them has their own take on the situation and reading their thoughts are too enjoying. I honestly enjoyed reading on both their point of views.
"She didn't just barged into my life. She barged and shoved and wedged her way into my life.She's got no concept of personal space. No respect for privacy. The world is her playground."
I couldn't agree more with Bryce's description of Julianna Baker - the kid is really relentless, loud and may come off as annoying especially with Bryce being new in town and he's a boy. But when I have read the story through Julianna's eyes, another world opened up and I came to realize that there is a reason behind her determined personality. I also discovered that she's smart and thoughtful.From right then and there, during the first two chapters of this book, I totally got hooked and flipped.
Juli's family were awesome. Her dad and his paintings, her brothers and their music and her mom. Bryce's dad Chet was also a lovely addition to the story.
The romance or should I say young love part of the story was just adorable. It brought me back to the first time I ever had a crush, when there is this itchy excitement inside you. Honestly, I'm waiting for Bryce and Juliana to just agree to disagree because its too obvious they like each other but they didn't, they kept it and it was just so cute. Despite the simplicity of the romance part, I think this one is more real than most of the romance stories that are released out there. Bryce and Julianna's romance is young and raw and real.
This book also made me attached not only to its characters but to other unusual thing, like eggs, chicken and that damn Sycamore Tree. I don't think I ever shed a tear or two and feel to attached to chickens and a tree. How weird is that?? The way the author told the story is that powerful for me to get too attached to those things.
Speaking of chicken/chicks, the cover doesn't do any justice for the beauty of this book. I just wished they have conceptualized a more appealing cover. Anyway, as for the ending, well I was really craving for more because guess what, Bryce still holds Juli's first kiss. lol. Kidding aside, I'm really left wanting for more with the way it ended but when really thinking about it, there is no better way to end it as that way. It's up to the readers to imagine how these two continued with their life.
The depth within the simplicity and wholesomeness of this book is pretty stellar. For such a short book, I enjoyed and savored every moment of it. From Juli to Bryce to the Sycamore Tree to those cutie chickens, I love everything about Flipped! I love the transition of one moment being all funny then sweet things happen and serious events and back to happiness. I love every transition.
In all, Flipped is really a heartwarming story about growing up and the cuteness and wholesomeness of young love. A highly recommended read.
Just when I thought I have read the last of Abby Abernathy and Travis Maddox in Walking Disaster; just when I thought I was done with all the push andJust when I thought I have read the last of Abby Abernathy and Travis Maddox in Walking Disaster; just when I thought I was done with all the push and pull, the ups and downs, the author surprised us with a special addition to the story of one of my favorite fictional couples.
Before I started reading it, I was wondering on how Ms. McGuire would put up an addition to Abby and Travis’s story since it was all done in Walking Disaster. They were happily married and on their way to their own happily ever after, I was afraid that there would be a lot of rehashing once again here like what happened on Walking Disaster. There are rehashing but I realized it was indeed needed here but fortunately the author did it only to established foundation for the additional story. We got the ins and outs of their story in Vegas and fresh bits here and there.
If we were already loaded with swoon-worthy and touching moments in Beautiful and Walking Disaster, A Beautiful Wedding adds up a box full of more. Abby and Travis’s wedding was the main point of this story, I could say that the author did give more depth to that part of their story. I know, some are saying that it was to instant for them to get married but in here we see that Travis and Abby had a lot to think about before proceeding to their Wedding.
I have mentioned on my review of Walking Disaster my apprehension with Abby, its not that I hate her, its just that her thinking is really out of times most of the time and marrying Travis under false pretenses was a big no no for me! I know she loves him dearly, but honesty is still the best girl. Sigh.
Travis, well, he's more tamed and I still like him plus he became more of a romantic here.
"Nothing was better than coming up with new ways to make her fall in love with me all over again"
See what I mean? *swoon*
A Beautiful Wedding It was a good addition but I guess Beautiful and Walking Disaster were sufficient to get my fix of Travis and Abby. Aside from my little remark with Abby everything was okay with me. Will we get more of Abby and Travis? Hmmm....more
With the heartbreaking ending of More Than Her, I was one of those eagerly waiting for the continuation of Logan and Amanda's story. I mean that couldWith the heartbreaking ending of More Than Her, I was one of those eagerly waiting for the continuation of Logan and Amanda's story. I mean that couldn’t be the end right?
Logan chose to travel the world. Amanda was left to pick up and mend the broken pieces of her heart. Forced to go into different directions, will their love for each other be more than enough?
More Than Him takes us to the separate journey of Logan and Amanda. They both have taken different paths leading them to different realizations about their selves and about what really happened between them.
From the opening of the book I easily felt Amanda's feelings. Her Anger. Her Pain. Her Loss.
"I remember thinking was that maybe Logan and I were connected somehow, more than just a boy and a girl in love. Maybe our souls were entwined - if he hurt, I hurt. If he stopped breathing, I did too. If he died, maybe I would die with him. But I was alive, I was awake. Which mean that he was, too. But I didn't see him, he never came for me. He just left."
I wanted to give her a protective blanket thru the first part of the book because of her - gloomy/robotic state but at some point I realize that she is one of the strongest characters their being able to stand up on what her mind and heart believes. When Logan resurfaced, (view spoiler)[I thought she would be one of those girl who will get indecisive throwing the guy a bone and giving him a hard time; that didn’t happen. Yes, she questioned and doubt him and her love for him win out and didn’t even waver. (hide spoiler)]
Logan, on the other hand still carries the guilt over what happened to Amanda and their relationship. His time away opened up a lot of things for him - hi, joining Doctors Without Borders, Meeting new People and writing a journal. I questioned his character if he's really worth it but hearing and seeing what really happened to him and being able to get inside his head makes me understand where he's coming from. It's very easy for his character to grow on me - he's sweet, funny, compassionate, real and amazing, (Ahem! Just like his dad.)
Second-Chance stories are not really new for me. But each and every time I get to read stories about second-chances, I get excited. Well, primarily because I love happy endings and the anticipation on how they would get back together thrill me. But I'm quite picky on how those "getting together" should be done - I don't want them to simply be together. I wanted to see the journey in getting that happy ending and the very good thing about More Than Him is that the journey to the happy ending of its characters are definitely worth it all. The author gave us an equal amount of angst and anticipation to the lath that leads to Amanda and Logan's reconciliation.
"In a life full of shadows, and darkness, and monsters, you're my light. When the blackness fades, and the memories subside, you'll be there. You're always there."
Logan and Amanda’s story is full of moments - loss, sadness, doubt, jealousy, hope and love. When they saw each other again, it didn’t just happen. They both take time to know each other again - growing up, talking and building the friendship and trust they have for one another. Their relationship is imperfectly perfect.
Aside from the two lead characters, it was also nice to see cameos from their gang. Like Jake and Kayla and Cam and Lucy.
In all, I thoroughly enjoy this book; Laughter, tears and love It's all here. I love how the author able to extend the feels to its readers. What a way to wrap up a wonderful love story. This "More Than" series of Jay Mclean definitely earned one of the top spot of my favorite new adult series. Oh and Jay Mclean, I think you're getting better and better at giving us ending that leaves us salivating and anticipating for more. I could say you're really a great tease and I'm looking forward to more from you. *wink*
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This is just so so good! I've read this almost over a month ago and still the feels of the whole story still lingers with me. The first chapter and I'This is just so so good! I've read this almost over a month ago and still the feels of the whole story still lingers with me. The first chapter and I'm already crying my eyes out. Lucy and Cameron's story has a long history but the path along the way is paved with every good and bad intentions. I'm actually at lost for words after reading this. The thing I know for certain after reading this book is amazing!
Jay Mclean really know how to tug her readers heartstrings. Out of all the book series that I have read, this is the only one (More Series) that I get to give a sweep five stars rating for the four books.
I'm excited for more of not only this series but of Jay Mclean. :)...more
Time After Time is deeper, more heart-tugging and more romantic in a unique kind of way. Despite the little loop holes I noticed on the first book TimTime After Time is deeper, more heart-tugging and more romantic in a unique kind of way. Despite the little loop holes I noticed on the first book Time Between Us, my overall fondness for that book outweighs it.
Anna and Bennett has the most screwed up long-distance relationship. Because Bennett lives in the year 2012 while Anna in 1995.
I can’t say that I missed this couple coz I read their book back to back but to have an extended experience of their story got me feeling ecstatic. The thing about this story is that the words and actions are simple. But behind those are repercussions that are hard. Anna and Bennett are defying time itself. It’s so silly that every little thing about those two made me cry - Paris, Beaches and Photos. Every little thing means so much more and each scenario shoots up straight to me.
Reading under Bennett's point of view is more effective for me because I get to understand a side of the story that only him could give us a light into. It's deeper and more insightful. We see what ticks him off and the reasons behind his actions. I honestly loved him more here for he grows more and for his willingness to do lengths to make Anna happy. We also get to see him interact with his present friends, his parents and his sister Brooke which I immediately love because of how supportive she is.
Despite being the main topic of the book, the time travel thing was still kept simple with no further explanation. I liked that it was kept that way because it was complicated as it is and I think a deeper explanation to it could ruin the fluffiness of this book.
I have mentioned that this story is deeper and more heart-tugging than the first because we feel Anna's despair and loneliness and Bennett's frustrations and of course the love the surrounds them. In here, we will also find Anna and Bennett questioning where their future would really be and that's the thing that will hold you to the end of the story.
It was indeed a wonderful journey not only for Anna and Bennett but also for me as a reader. I enjoy watching them grow and learn. One thing I was sure after reading this is that the author Tamara Ireland Stone was a genius for words. She's really a beautiful writer being able to paint a huge picture with simple words. It’s simple yet the impact that it left to its readers was huge.
Time After Time was a great conclusion to Anna and Bennett's story though the ending was a bit hazy and still left me a lot of questions and loose ties at the end, seeing Anna and Bennett happy was enough for me and it suites them. Will there be more Ms. Stone? Because its sure you still left a lot of space here that you could still come up with a third book – hopefully?
*ARC kindly provided by Disney Book Group thru Netgalley.*...more
First things first, I was surprised to say that this book is not the kind of book where the characters hook-up and fell-in love by the end of the firsFirst things first, I was surprised to say that this book is not the kind of book where the characters hook-up and fell-in love by the end of the first 3 chapters. This is not the book where the characters think only about attraction and sexual tension. Price of a Kiss may have its similarities with your typical NA story but the way it was written and conceptualized makes it unique. Honestly, how many times do you get to read a book about a gigolo and ending up loving that gigolo? The author did a great job in pulling off the intriguing blurb for she presented one amazing story.
The Prologue of the story was powerful enough to introduce us to Mason. It gave me a good understanding on why thing are the way they are before the author brought us to the present time. When the first chapter cam, I can’t help but feel intrigued and anticipating on how things would be and so the twisting story of Mason and Reese starts.
Reese is the perfect contradiction of a character – she’s bubbly and feisty; innocent yet mature. She’s a very likeable character especially her non-stop internal monologues that definitely endear and makes me laugh. From her first conversation with his cousin Eva, she captured me with her humor and sarcastic remarks.
Mason Lowe - the guy who has the face that seems like the angels sprouted around him and began to sing harmonious worship to his glorious face. But he’s more than just a pretty face because he’s our resident gigolo and I’m telling you guys he does not have any payment plan or something where his prices are reduced for the lower income which means he's a big time gigolo. ;) As I have mentioned, the prologue tells us about or lets us see why he has to be a gigolo and honestly it tears my heart to see that he can’t be like any other teenager and have a normal relationship coz people think he’s not normal or anything because he was labeled as gigolo; he’s stuck is a very rock and hard palce. But the admiring thing about him is that he does not let people’s judgment of him ruin his whole life. Mason is intense, admirable and an excellent brother to Sarah – who has a cerebral palsy. He’s utterly sweet with her and became more of a sweetheart whenever he’s with her.
Excellent chemistry is a must and Mason and Reese definitely has it. From the very beginning I wanted them to be together but the author make me work hard before I reached those happy parts! Their conversations and banters are my favorite parts. Their relationship is tinged with great and genuine friendship and the anticipating tension is of course there.
The story is full of angst, drama and the air of forbidden love of sort. As I have mentioned; I like the writing and conceptualization of this book. It has a lot of twist and turn - some expected some or not but it built up greatly for the book. I like how the author did a great balance with things on her book - there are different types of scenes making it diverse for me - from the funny, sweet, intense, mysterious, fight and steamy scenes - it’s all present here.
I'm one satisfied reader! Will surely be reading more from Linda Kage....more
A pretty interesting triangle: A girl, a boy and the violin.
I really don't have any connection with instruments of any kind. I love listening to musicA pretty interesting triangle: A girl, a boy and the violin.
I really don't have any connection with instruments of any kind. I love listening to music but that's it - I don’t know how to make and read it. I don’t know why I never learned. Sigh. Virtuosity is a simple story that is very inspiring and affecting. It has romance, struggles and determination. Yes, it has the makings of a very predictable story but it was overall interesting.
Our protagonist - Carmen is unique, different and very much easy to understand. She is far from normal because of her day to day norms and her extreme talent in playing the violin. Her shyness and struggle with stage frights was both enjoyable and empathic to see. Her development thru the story was well described and handles greatly by the author.
Carmen has a pretty interesting relationship with her mom a relationship that left me baffled. At first, I have a gut feel that Diana might not be treating her good but after a couple of chapters, I find myself understanding Diana but after another chapters or so I finally see the darkest side of her - a side that holds the leash to her daughter making me realize another awesome thing the author did on the story which is making the step-parent the loving and understanding one. It was really endearing to see Carmen's step-father be the loving and caring one because mostly step-parents come as evil as they can get on some stories right.
Jeremy was charmingly awkward. He enters the story as very reserved and confident but as we go one his vulnerable side starts to come out. He's not only a great competition for Carmen but also a great love interest.
Virtuosity's plot is as simple as we can get but the author has this certain way that gives the readers and adrenaline rush, throwing plenty of surprises and twists and tunes. The path on the way to the completion is where all the fuss happened and I really mean a lot and every single one of it leaves me at the edge of my seat. I love the unpredictability of it.
The ending was a bit open but its good to see that the author leaves both the characters in a good place leaving us readers to think how these two would’ve ended.
Virtuosity is not simply about music or achieving success thru it. It’s about a strong-willed girl shaking off her naiveté giving in to confidence and growing up. It was a simple tugging story!...more