What holy potatoes happened on this book? It all started so good but then those mysterious and creepy chapters came and I'm totally gutted, curios and...moreWhat holy potatoes happened on this book? It all started so good but then those mysterious and creepy chapters came and I'm totally gutted, curios and just plain creeped out and don't even get me started on how this one ends!!!
TOTALLY CRAZY ENDING! TOTALLY CRAZY STORY!
I'm excited for the next book, and please do release it as soon.
*ARC kindly provided by Harlequin Mira thru Netgalley*(less)
Ever ever since I have read Dear John, I have always been fascinated in stories about Soldiers/Army. I don’t want to go all 'Nicholas-Sparks' on you g...moreEver ever since I have read Dear John, I have always been fascinated in stories about Soldiers/Army. I don’t want to go all 'Nicholas-Sparks' on you guys but there's just something bittersweet yet so romantic about the concept of stories that involves soldiers. And looking for good stories that involves them can be a pretty tough job.
So, I was actually surprised (and honored) that I got an email from the author Sydney Logan offering to read this book of hers and upon reviewing the summary of Soldier On, I immediately grabbed the opportunity to read it and squeee it doesn’t disappoint and definitely lived up to the type of story that I'm looking for.
"Plans change. Memories fade. People leave. For every amazing thing that happens to you, there are twenty crappy things just waiting to knock the smile off you face. But you keep smiling. You keep loving. You soldier on..."
Brandon needs to stay focused and determined to finish his studies. No time for falling in love since he's committed to a four-year of service in the United States Army in exchange for paid college tuition. He needs to fulfill his duties and serve his country. After his service, he can have all the time in the world to do what he wants and even fall in love.
Stephanie needs to stay focused and determined to finish her studies. She's your typical girl-next-door who has a full-load of classes plus a part time job and doesn’t have the time in the world to go to parties or better yet date until that New Year’s Eve...
"I just had the most perfect kiss of my life, and I don’t even know his name."
This is definitely the way you should start a novel. Total Swoon! Stephanie and Brandon's first meeting enticed me to read more. They met on New Year's Eve - Her wearing a Belle costume while He's wearing a soldier costume - and aside from the New Year's fireworks, their kiss also did some fireworks for me. Yiiii! :)
They met again after the said party but that's when reality sets in. Stephanie despised everything that is military after losing her father on service in a Desert Storm. It left her wounded and bitter. And that's where the complication comes because you see, Brandon is a soldier.
From the beginning, the chemistry is there and seeing them banter with one another is just so sweet. I enjoyed reading Brandon and Stephanie’s story even their cheesy and so used lines with one another. They are both far from perfect and they could have said and did things differently but then it still leads them to the right path so it’s all okay.
They are both going through a lot with their personal and family issues as they met but their development over the course of the story was so potent and good to see. It was nice seeing Stephanie take risks. It was also nice seeing Brandon taking care of his sister and dad and owning up his decisions.
The secondary characters also did a huge impact to the story. Stephanie’s best friend Stella and her boyfriend Xavier has been good friends and guide for both Brandon and Stephanie. Their families are also great additions. It’s nice to see them interact with one another for they all played an important role to the lives of the lead characters.
The phasing of the story is great. It's like things fall into a timeline throughout the story and pages are not wasted for some unnecessary additions. In all, Soldier on was a well written story of love, dedication, acceptance and understanding. I'm now looking forward to read more from Sydney Logan after this.
*ARC kindly provided by Sydney Logan for review*(less)
The thing about Kelly Elliot's works is that they all look so intriguing with the given summary. I get excited with its release and upon having my cop...moreThe thing about Kelly Elliot's works is that they all look so intriguing with the given summary. I get excited with its release and upon having my copy, started reading it and hooray it started really good. But as I go along, I get this feel that what I'm reading is the same as to what I have read before (her other works) and it was not good. :( I'm the kind of reader that wanted to see something more and something new from an author.
Broken Dreams was just like her other books. I know this because I keep track of them and try to read those that intrigued me (and that's probably all), but this particular series of hers didn’t just work with me. It was all the same as the others - different characters, same stories. There’s all too much romance to last for the whole series itself. Maybe the characters can hold their selves with their itches? If you know what I mean? Haha.
Perhaps a bit of something new Ms. Elliott? (less)
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 y...moreFinally 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!!(less)
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 mos...moreSide 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"]>(less)
The second book - Going Long was a continuation to the story of Nolan, Reed and their friends on a m...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
The second book - Going Long was a continuation to the story of Nolan, Reed and their friends on a much bigger setting - College. This part of the series is filled with as much drama as the first book.
With their own life priorities, Nolan and Reed are doing their best in supporting one another. Despite their schedules keeping them apart they still make time for one another but it also opened up to several issues at hand. Nolan was filled with insecurities and it feels like she created problems with her thinking. But I still like her character and whole rawness of it. Reed on the other hand was conflicted with his football career and his deal with his mom. Reed was much more open and understanding here. I get to know more of him because we get to read on his perspective.
The second book was still full of unnecessary dramas here and there but it was a very enjoyable read.
Through the course of the first book and the second book, there was a lot of development not only on our characters but of their relationship with another, their parents and each others parents. Not only Nolan and Reed but their group started out as immature high school students and ended up on their rightful places and having grasped on who they all really are.
Overall, reading this series has been an awesome adventure. It was filled of emotional and drama-filled moments but there was not a moment that I wasn’t hooked. Ginger Scoot did an amazing job in creating a world of these people. It was one wonderful journey and I will definitely look forward to more from her.(less)
Let me laugh and cry over the scattered feels that this book gave me. Good. Bad and everything nice and not so nice.
95% annoyed/irritated, 3% feeling b...moreLet me laugh and cry over the scattered feels that this book gave me. Good. Bad and everything nice and not so nice.
95% annoyed/irritated, 3% feeling bad and 2% I don’t even care.
As much as I loved J.A Redmerski's The Edge Never Series and Killing Sarai, I'm actually having expectations over this new stand alone novel of hers but unfortunately no matter how unfortunate the two protagonists on this story was, I didn't connect with them or the whole story because I feel so underwhelmed and the things that happened between them was just insane and exhausting.
Brayelle Bates and Elias Kline are best friends since childhood and we could see through the progress of the book how they make mistakes, how their friendship went downhill and came back again. The beginning was actually promising since it gave me the feel of uncertainty and dread. It feels like with every turn of the page something shocking would happen which excites me.
But that was just the beginning because as the story progress more-after being reunited again after four long years and just when they thought things will be okay for them- a series of clusterfuck came on their way. I don’t want to spoil and individually mention those but lets just say there was a death, lots of partying, alcohol and drugs.
Bray was okay. For some reason or whatsoever I feel like she's a ticking bomb throughout the story just waiting for something or someone to set her off to explode. I did sympathize with things that happened to her but I didn’t find any qualities of her that I find that redeeming. Bray was scared of losing Elias that she chose to settle things on her own and leave him. I'm trying to understand her but each and every time she did things that makes me unlike her more.
Elias on the other hand was much better than Bray. He's sweet and attentive however he did his own share of dumb decisions.
"Despite all her flaws, all of her crazy antics and sometimes over-the-top personality. I loved her more than anything in this world.
Toxic maybe the best word that I could think of that could describe the love of this two people. Their love was wonderful and once in a lifetime but if we look deeper into the fog we could see that it was fragile and will crumble at any moment leaving you at the edge of your seats.
I get insane and intoxicated while reading this book. It was full of impulsive and destructive actions, foolishness and other emotional darkness. It just gets too exhausting and too much, you know? The end was still quite a surprise for me but I find it fitting. After all the running, the ending feels realistic. I find myself seeing both the characters grow and change and it did take them some time to reach that growth and change.
I know it feels like I have just ranted all throughout this review but I do find some redeeming quality on this novel. First, I do like the whole childhood world of Bray and Elias. I love every bit of it and I wish the story stayed there where they were both clueless and just happy lounging by the creek and chasing fireflies.
Another thing is Camryn and Andrew's cameo from the Edge of Never series. I actually find myself re-reading their book and looking for the same scene. It was nice seeing it from another point of view neat and smart.
In all, The Song of The Fireflies was a passionate yet intense story. If you’re looking for the typical J.A Redmerski feel, this is not it. Maybe I'm just used to her other type of writing or maybe it was the lifestyle that these two have as they ran for whatever reason but it feels too unrealistic and just really not for me. I guess, it was just not the type of dark story that suits my reading, but this would not stop me from reading future works from the author.
*Copy kindly provided by Forever Grand Central Publishing thru Netgalley*(less)
Into The Still Blue the final installment to the series. It seems like my journey of this world is c...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
Into The Still Blue the final installment to the series. It seems like my journey of this world is coming too fast. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and I know that this will have a very fitting ending but what I don’t expect is the journey before all that.
The world building and introduction of the Still Blue amazes me. Also, a lot of the small thoughts and questions lingering on my mind during the first two books were answered here. Aria was he's fiercer, bolder and stronger same as Perry. We lost a lot of character throughout the journey but a lot also show commendable dedication. I'm already feeling nostalgic for all of them.
As a conclusion, I could say that Into The Still Blue marked it. It was solid and satisfying. The Under The Never Sky Series was jam-packed I love Rossi's writing and world building and every installment to the series never disappoints - it was full of adrenaline pumping scenes and bad-assery. It was a series worth reading!!(less)
Through The Ever Nightpicks up right where the first book ends and courses through Aria and Perry's...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
Through The Ever Nightpicks up right where the first book ends and courses through Aria and Perry's individual journey. Yes, individual for majority of their time was spent away from one another - having space. Seriously, their time spent apart gave a huge growth for the both of them.
Aria - from a shy and unconfident dweller turned to be one of the most capable and independent Aud on their worlds. Perry's journey to becoming the Blood Lord of his tribe was also shown.
From the first time I saw Roar, I felt instant connection; I like they guy and his cockiness and smart and his dedication to Liv. I'm excited for them to be reunited but when that time came I almost wish that they didn’t see each other once again becasue on the latter part of this second book, something happened concerning these too.
The second book has a darker feel to it because there is loss, betrayal, separation, additional secrets, enmity and conflict throughout the story. (less)
I finally get to the Perry and Aria train! I know, I'm pretty much late about this series, but hey a...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
I finally get to the Perry and Aria train! I know, I'm pretty much late about this series, but hey as the saying goes "It's never too late to try" right? Actually, I already have the copy of the first two books for quite some time now but for some uncertain reason, I didn’t get the chance to read them and since the release for the third book is just right around the corner, I decided to just wait for it before reading the whole series, and Oh Boy! It was one adrenaline punching, exciting and heart wrenching journey. From the first book to the last one, I find myself gripping to every page!
Under The Never Sky gave us an introduction to a Dystopian world that is divided into two: The Pod-Dwelling Ones and the Outsiders.
The Pod-Dwelling World is the ones dominated by science; where everything should be done with purpose and perfectly. People see the world thru their 'smart eyes' where they can enter the Realms and experience anything and every thing that they can think of. The Outsiders world is the one of the Native kind - there is no technology for they are ruled by their instincts. They are divided into tribes where a Blood Lord Rules.
Yes, I did struggle with the world building introduction. I get lost with all those unknown words and I can't seem to imagine what was described on the book, fortunately as the story progress, I eventually get used to it and my imagination starts to kick in and with that I can't help but be amazed on how creative it all was. I could say that the world building was perfect.
One Mistake can lead to devastation. When these worlds collide, what would happen?
Aria is one of the dwellers; A daughter of a famous geneticist of their world. With her curiosity to her other whereabouts and with the careless mistake that she and her friends have committed, her world suddenly changed - she was thrown to the world of the Outsiders.
Peregrine aka Perry is what the Dweller call Outsider or a Savage. With his impending fight with his Blood Lord Brother and he losing his nephew Talon. He set his mind into finding him - coincidentally he was taken by Aria's people.
They are thrown together unexpectedly but they need each other. Aria needs answers and needed to find her mother while Perry need to find his nephew Despite their differences, these two find things in common through the hurdles and dangers that they encounter. I just can’t help but love Perry and Aria together. They hated each other from the very beginning but I know that those kinds of couples are the one that stays strong through and through. Aria and Perry are very vulnerable yet strong characters.
Additional characters like Roar (wink), Vale, Cinder, Talon and the whole tribe of Tides gave the story a stronger feel to it.
Just on the first book and I'm already gripping the book and anticipating for what would happen next. Some issues are settled here, there is no cliffhanger but the author still leaves a space of wonder for us readers to what would happen next. It was a very good opening for me which gets me excited into reading the next book...(less)
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 clutching...moreYay! 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.
Thought Provoking. I think that best describes Robin York's Deeper. Before I even started reading this and with the just blurb of the story in though...moreThought Provoking. I think that best describes Robin York's Deeper. Before I even started reading this and with the just blurb of the story in thought, I can't help but think: Why do people need to let their significant others take private/personal pictures of them, if they don't want others to see? I think, its pretty rational to think about it first before letting someone take those private stuffs because they may use it in everyway they can oh and as the saying goes - "There are no secrets that wont be revealed" - right?
This is one of those times that I find myself having the difficulty to give a rating. Some parts are great and some are not. Some parts of the story are pretty enjoyable some I just can’t even understand. There are a lot of elements on the story that I guess didn’t mixed up well for me.
"I'm falling in love with a boy who sells drugs, who punches when he's angry, who know my body better than I do"
Caroline is a straight-A Student and a great daughter to a judge. She has this ambition in life to be like her father. But one mistake led to the devastation of those ambitions. I may have judged here thru the synopsis of the book and she’s pretty tough and hard to like at first, but learning her story made me fully understand her side. What happened to her was beyond terrible. I can't imagine living a day with that issue lurking behind your back all the time. With the thing that happened to her, she withdrew herself from the crowd and chose to stay alone, I feel sad for her and her actions afterwards were all understandable.
West is the guy with one of the dirtiest record on the campus and has his own drug pushing activities on the sideline. He's hard working - a baker, library assistant, waiter and drug dealer. Hard working much right? *wink*Despite his reputation, he's a good guy; A pretty great guy actually after you have learned about his struggles and his family.
Caroline and West's relationship is one of the most imperfect ones. They both have their own battles and they wanted to hide away from the world and succumb on their own miseries. They try to keep away from each other, but they’re evidently drawn to one another.
Yes, I do feel sorry for both West and Caroline but for the totality of the story, I really didn’t connect with them - they connect with each other greatly but to me as a reader, it didn’t quite work. Let me throw the famous ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ phrase here. I don't really know but the whole story feels too dragging and depressing and lonesome. I wanted to see a ray of sunshine for these two unfortunate people because their lives have been in shackles. There are happy moments for them thrown here and there but I find the majority of the book too lonely and I’m craving form some happiness.
In all, It was a very thought provoking read. I commend the author for taking a very relevant topic and wovening it into a good story. It was okay, just needed more connection from the characters and more fast-paced plot perhaps. I can't say that I'm excited if there will be a sequel to Caroline and West's story, but let's see, I'm curious on how the author would proceed with these two's story.
*ARC kindly provided by Random House Publishing Group thru Edelweiss.*(less)
I have been an avid follower of this series since it was released last year. I was immediately hooked by its premise and its character and the rest as...moreI have been an avid follower of this series since it was released last year. I was immediately hooked by its premise and its character and the rest as they say is history. *wink* and now, the conclusion to Carrie and Finn's story is here and let me tell you guys it’s much more heart tugging and emotional than the first tow books.
It had been four months and twenty-three days since I met Finn. It had been two and a half months since he told me he loved me. It had been a month and two days since he got injured. Three days since we came home and he shut me out of his life. I didn’t know how to get back in.
I was hurting for Finn. The crap that is piling up on him is non-stop. He's not just losing things, he's losing people. He's losing himself with his grief.
To say that he’s been a lot on this story was a complete understatement because he’s been on a lot moved on and has been on a lot more and now he’s struggling to find his way back. It’s actually hard to explain what happened to Finn without spoiling it, but just to be warn, he’s just not the same Finn we all met at the first two books. Yes, I was actually surprised that a guy like him all strong and mighty will let his grief eat him up but he has his reasons; reasons that will all break our heart.
I was also hurting for Carrie. But for most parts, I truly admire her. I admire her strength for both her and will and her determination to help Finn in surpassing what he's been going through. I’m really proud how she did grow up.
Out Of Mind surprisingly tore me up. Yes, I know this will be the last book for Carrie and Finn and struggles will surely be there but I didn’t expect it to wreck havoc into my heartstrings and emotion. It was the darkest of the three books but by far my favorite of them all. The build-up of emotion as well as the growing-apart phase of the characters was well written.
The story of Finn and Carrie might end here but all's well that’s ends well right? I couldn’t ask for a fitting ending for them. Jen Mclaughlin did such an amazing job writing this story and getting all the emotions that are present - pain, heartbreak, fear, sadness, anger, happiness and everything else. She totally nailed it with this conclusion!
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 and...moreJust 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.(less)
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 could...moreWith 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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Drew and Fable are one of my favorite couples out there and I'm always always excited to read more from couples that I admire and that's the same case...moreDrew and Fable are one of my favorite couples out there and I'm always always excited to read more from couples that I admire and that's the same case with Drew and Fable.
Okay, this might sound a bit weird but at the first couple of pages my mind is like playing a quick flashback to everything that happened between our lovies Drew and Fable. It's like a complete rehash of everything they've both been through up until they reach their married life. I love the realization on both parts. It's sweet and romantic.
So why the 2 stars rating? Well, its because it was just okay and nothing too unexpected happened. Maybe also because it was too short and the circumstances on their married life wasn't tackled well but whatever that might be, my rating for this book will not affect my admiration for both the characters.(less)
Cherished is the latest installment to Kelly Elliott's Wanted Series. I know, I have ranted over and over this series but I still keep on reading each...moreCherished is the latest installment to Kelly Elliott's Wanted Series. I know, I have ranted over and over this series but I still keep on reading each new one because I just can't help it, the whole gang was fixated on me and for closure purposes, I do need to read this book.
I have loved Gunner and Ellie's story, a bit of Jeff and Ari and moved up a higher notch for Amanda and Josh. I was pretty excited for Jessie and Scott's story especially with that another mighty ending from Faithful, but I guess their story fall shortly off than the others.
Jessie was okay but I didn't completely like her. Her dramas makes me roll my eyes several times and her running away jist practically running to the arms of another man just frustrates me. I should say its so sudden and so stupid. I feel bad for Scott, he was left wondering where she is and ugh!
The too much sweetness (I Love You's, making love and other stuffs) is not a bad thing but sometimes it just gets too much. Yes, they love each other but we don't really need it to be explained for more than a page.
Another thing is that I already get too confused with the too many point of views. Almost each character has their own point of view losing the focus on the main characters of the story. Yes, it was okay to have a rehash and update from the characters of the previous characters from the series but I just hope that it don't get to lose its focus on whose story it really is.
The only bright side that I saw on this story was how they are all having kids and they are all so adorable! It's head achingly confusing to think that all the guys here are so romantic and sweet and heart melting and I know its soooo unrealistic but their marriage status are all so admirable they are all full of love. Plus their kids are so fun to see! (Especially Alex and Luke!)
I'm feeling a new and hopefully fresh story generation about to come from Kelly Elliott. I'm excited for Azurdee and Lark and also for Will and Alex. Who are these characters? Well, that's up for you to find out, all I can say is that I'm pretty much excited. *wink*(less)
Okay, so before I started reading this, I honestly can't remember who Amanda and Brad are! I know, it's funny but my mind can't seem to remember them...moreOkay, so before I started reading this, I honestly can't remember who Amanda and Brad are! I know, it's funny but my mind can't seem to remember them and its not until I did some of my own digging that I had that Eureka! moment on who these two are. Amanda and Brad is the first two that got married during the first book Wanted. You guys still remember that? There is a wedding scene there somewhere.
So off to Brad and Amanda's novella; I think it was a brilliant idea to simply give these two a novella and not a complete story. It's not that I don't want them to have their own full-length story, its just that we have already seen a lot of glimpses of their life throughout the course of this series - the happy beginning and the rough roads to the happy ending - and I guess that's enough. This novella was a great treat for us readers of this series because we at least get to see how they are before their happy ending.
Brad is still having a rough time getting over the guilt because of what he has done to Amanda and missing out during her first pregnancy but Amanda's wonderful spirit helped him heal. It's apparent that they love each other dearly. They're another perfect couple on this series.
It was a short and okay read. It was achingly sweet tough but still manageable. It was an okay read.(less)