I totally dig the setting of the story. I was just surprised that the ending is not really an ending because I thought this was a stand alone read. Ho...moreI totally dig the setting of the story. I was just surprised that the ending is not really an ending because I thought this was a stand alone read. Hopefully, we'll get a preview for the continuation of the story.
Full review to follow. *ARC kindly provided by Bird Street Books thru Netgalley.*(less)
Who wouldn't be excited to see more of Drew's cockiness and hotness? On the sequel of Drew and Kate's story, they took the meaning of the word twisted...moreWho wouldn't be excited to see more of Drew's cockiness and hotness? On the sequel of Drew and Kate's story, they took the meaning of the word twisted in a whole kind of level.
Told mostly in Kate's perspective and taken two years down the track its fun getting back with these two and even though the twist they did encounter was hilarious and a bit of an overkill I still did enjoy the majority of their story.
Full review to follow. *ARC kindly provided by Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books thru Netgalley*(less)
Learning to Swim is a story full of folklores, riddles and hidden meanings. Actually, it was so far on how I was expecting this book would come out. In...moreLearning to Swim is a story full of folklores, riddles and hidden meanings. Actually, it was so far on how I was expecting this book would come out. Instead of having a summery feel into it the majority of the book was filled with mysteries and eerie stuffs. I actually had a hard time getting into the story of Learning To Swim and it actually took me three days to finish this one. It started as a typical Young Adult Story where the heroine will be spending the summer on the coast with her parents then the weird parts starts to roll in.
Cora has a very distinctive voice to the story and she's okay. Rory/Ronan was also okay. The story has a complex layer of back story about Irish folklores, sea tragedies and old memories courtesy of Mrs. O' Leary.
It was an okay read for me but it didn’t really capture my interest. I got lost with all the mysteries and folklores and just find it a bit dragging for me.
*ARC kindly provided by author thru Netgalley.*(less)
Love Show is one surprising read. With the influx of New Adult stories nowadays sometimes its just hard to differentiate one from another. Sometimes th...moreLove 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!(less)
I know I'm not the only one who was waiting to read Grant's story. I know I'm also not the only one who is pretty much interested to know why he's sid...moreI know I'm not the only one who was waiting to read Grant's story. I know I'm also not the only one who is pretty much interested to know why he's siding with the bitchy character Nan. In Take A Chance, Abbi Glines finally get into his story.
To say Grant was a complex character was an understatement. He's more than complex. We all know him as the cocky guy who is pretty sure of himself but in here we see the 'needy' and 'clingy' side of him. There is still a lot going on with his character and even after reading this story, I still can’t seem to place him. Yes, I understand bits and pieces of his decisions but there is still this blurry line behind his character.
Since Harlow was introduced I became interested with her especially since she's Nan's sister and is the complete opposite of her. She's a very strong character and can see behind people's pretenses. Despite being guarded all the time this girl has her claws and backbone especially with Nan's unethical and spiteful words. Don’t get me wrong she's nice and sweet but she has this aloof characteristic and kept to herself making it quite hard to connect with her at first but thru the course of the story I eventually get used to her but it did takes time.
Seeing Kiro - Nan and Harlow's father - in a very new light could be the highlight of the story for me. Just when you thought he's just another rock star living the life of the rich and famous - that’s where we're all wrong. We all see a side of him that was eaten by sadness and solitude due to the absence of his wife - Harlow's mother. With the way it was described on how he lives his life and how he treated his children his sudden shift of character is really surprising yet very touching.
Nan isn’t the main issue on the story but she did have participation and yes I still don’t like her. The story also introduces us to Mase - Harlow's Brother. He's the all brooding protective big-brother and I admire his closeness with Harlow; their siblings’ dynamic was great.
In all, it was another fun, quick and of course a cliffy read from Abbi Glines. Since she's one of my ”automatic reads”, I will surely be looking forward for the next to come. Abbi Glines never really fails to deliver addicting stories!!(less)
Short, deep, emotional and meaningful - words that could best describe this novella by Caisey Quinn. Keep Me Still has been one of my favorite reads f...moreShort, deep, emotional and meaningful - words that could best describe this novella by Caisey Quinn. Keep Me Still has been one of my favorite reads for last year and with a cherry on top, I loved Layla and Landen. I love how their story started in High School and how they crossed paths again in college and now we see a continuation of their life together on this novella and let me tell you that it is no smooth road path.
Layla and Landen are dealing with something that can either make or break them.
As ever, I like Layla's determination and ability to stand on the decisions that she make. Even though for the majority of this novella Landen has been the hard-headed one, I can't help but still feel sympathetic over him. He was a completely different character from the guy I have met and loved on the first two books. But as you read this, you will eventually understand where this character of him came from. I also understand his inner conflicts and turmoil.
For the first two books, we saw that these two has been through a lot. At the beginning, I can't help but think that this additional struggle is just overkill. I want the characters that I loved to simply have their happy endings but despite the additional struggles and conflicts, they both shown tremendous strength and determination and love that are pretty much irrevocably strong.
Overall, it was a beautifully written novella/book complete with more character developments and love and emotions. Totally loved where the story of Layla and Landen lead to. *wink*(less)
Some people might find it disturbing but I actually find it funny (okay I’m also disturbed by it) that nothing about the title or the cover of this bo...moreSome people might find it disturbing but I actually find it funny (okay I’m also disturbed by it) that nothing about the title or the cover of this book - as in nothing- about it connects with the story itself. The cover was pretty and it was eye-catching but it doesn’t really match the story. Also, the title and please correct me if I'm wrong there is not a summer part there right? I don't actually know what happened.
A diabetic girl heroine and a crippled army veteran. They are both dealing with things that can affect them forever.
Kate and Aidan used each other to forget their incapability and problems. It was an okay story tackling the story of two people struggling with things that will be forever etched on their lives. It was nice seeing them interacting with one another and getting to know each other. They're both okay but I can't actually think of things to say more about them because the story was okay however I find nothing too significant about it. I'm a firm believer of ’Happily Ever Afters’ and stuffs similar to that but this story gave me an insight that not everything that is "forever" is a good thing.
*ARC kindly provided by Albert Whitman & Company thru Netgalley.*(less)
Prince Charming is one of those stories about a typical teenage “nerd” guy who thinks he's a complete outcast and only his close friends understands h...morePrince Charming is one of those stories about a typical teenage “nerd” guy who thinks he's a complete outcast and only his close friends understands him - he had everything figured out especially with the way people think about him. He can't wait to get out of High School and leave town and the only thing that is keeping him sane and is worth staying for? His long-time crush and his best friends.
Geoff Miller came off as a guy who has a temper and thinking like of a girl. For the most part of the story I actually hate his loathing to everything. He assumes about anything and everything and everyone. He thinks and acts as if he's so much better than the people that surrounds him. He thinks that everyone hates him when in reality people actually liked him it was just shadowed by his unapproachable persona.
His friends, Josh, Nathan & Mark are pretty great supporting characters for they gave Geoff advise that seems to be a joke but in reality pretty much helpful. Circumstances brought Geoff and his long-time crush Laine together for several times and to actually see how their relationship grows despite the hindrances is such a sweet thing to see.
Geoff did a lot of maturing for the last part of the book. He came into a realization that some people may have experience worse than what he's encountering and everything is not it all that it seems. He finally found the time and the reason for him to open him eyes about things. I guess, not only Geoff came into a realization on this story, I myself realized why Geoff is the way he is and the reason I find is that he's surrounded by people that really don’t know how to show their love for him. They were all shadowed by their own statuses and personality that they wanted to uphold.
In all, it was an okay book. This is actually my first book by the author and I guess I'll see more of her works soon.(less)
I'm actually sitting in front of the computer for around five minutes now and I still don’t know how to start writing a review for this book. Softenin...moreI'm actually sitting in front of the computer for around five minutes now and I still don’t know how to start writing a review for this book. Softening the blow, Jenny Hubbard's writing for this book was pretty good and this book will surely have a great appeal to poetry and prose fans out there but its another case of "its not you, its me" for me. Connecting with the story and the character has been a struggle.
"Emily Beam's boyfriend threatened her with a gun on their school library and then shot himself. It changes everything."
Emily Beam was confused, haunted and empty yet she has this gentle and strength within her. She's a budding poet and after what happened with Paul she was starting over at a boarding school far from home. She's an okay character however connecting with her is really a struggle for me. She's aloof, detached and just bland. It feels like she doesn’t make an effort throughout the story and just kept things on herself.
I have mentioned that our protagonist is a budding poet and it’s a huge surprise that she also ends up at the same hometown of the famous poet Emily Dickinson. The addition of the famous poet to the story was okay however when the magical and mysterious feel to it adds up - uhm - I find myself asking if that really is necessary. I didn’t get that whole addition.
What leads to Paul Wagoner's death? What did Emily Beam do that pushed him to do such thing and end their story that way?
These are the question on the forefront of my mind while reading this story. In a way, these questions are answered but I find myself looking for more justification. Thinking about Paul, I think it would’ve been nice also knowing him. Yes, there is a reason why he killed himself but I don’t know if that thing could bring him to the point of committing suicide. Maybe seeing his life or at least being introduced to his life could give us a hint on what really brought him on that point. Does he carry any other problems? Is it really his intention to kill himself? Or was it just to scare Emily?
The story was written on a Third Person perspective and I know I'm not the only one who is struggling in reading stories on this perspective. I have read several reviews telling that this might be the problem with the story making it feel detached. I'm actually a "clingy" reader so connection with the story and the characters is a huge part for me. Oh and the way the voice keeps calling Emily as “Emily Beam” is just downright disturbing for me.
In all, And We Stay is an okay story. Unfortunately, it didn’t do fireworks and magic for me but I do commend the author for her beautiful words and poems that adds a huge impact to this deep and mysterious story. Every words of each poem, the description of the characters’ pains and conflicts are breathtaking and are straight to the heart. If you're into poetry and prose you will surely like this one and maybe you can connect more with Emily Beam.
*ARC kindly provided by Delacorte Press thru Netgalley*(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)
Waiting On The Sidelines | Going Long is one of those New Adult Contemporaries that I devoured readi...more*Full series review posted at Reads and Thoughts.*
Waiting On The Sidelines | Going Long is one of those New Adult Contemporaries that I devoured reading. The story was conflicting and I don't even know what to think anymore from time to time and I'm going insane thinking if Nolan and Reed will be together but I just can't seem to stop turning the pages.
The first book - Waiting On The Sidelines follows the story of Nolan and Reed throughout their four years of High school with its corresponding ups, downs and miscommunications.
The story's main protagonist Nolan Lennox is your typical high school tomboy who lies low, keeps to herself and never wanted to be the center of attention. Nolan Lennox was such a wonderful character. Yes, she did her fair share of mishaps but for the majority of the books (1 & 2), I liked her. She endured her nemesis in the form of Tatum - the resident high school bully, she easily forgive people and is such a great friend. Her transition from the girl at the beginning of the first book to the end of it was evident.
Throughout the four years of High school, Nolan was able to learn a lot. Despite the cruelness of some people and the temptation of alcohol and other things she was able to maintain her priorities even though she has endured several hurtful moments.
Reed Johnson was the complete opposite of Nolan. He's well known at school and is already popular because of his father and brother who is a football hero and he on his own is making his own mark on football history. Reed was good and is kind-hearted and it was easy to like him especially with his irresistible charm. Yes, he also make his own share of poor decisions, ran hot and cold for the majority of the book and is usually ruled by his hormones and blinded by it but it didn’t shadowed his all too good character.
It literally took awhile for Reed and Nolan to be together. I actually get frustrated already with lots of ups and downs and miscommunications but it was worth it all. It somehow reminds me of Travis and Abby from Beautiful Disaster - just when things start to get good another side will crumble and they can't find the peace that they wanted.
The story also introduced us to awesome set of side characters like Sienna, Sarah and Becky who are awesome friends to Nolan and Sean who is such a cutie and sweet and likeable guy. Tatum also did a good job in being the resident bitch to the story. I like how the story was characterized and how each one of them stands on their own and how it feels so natural.
*The First book was kindly provided by the author thru Netgalley*(less)
"I love my best friend’s boyfriend. But I swear, I saw him first"
What an opening line I should say. Nothing’s more enticing than opening a book with...more"I love my best friend’s boyfriend. But I swear, I saw him first"
What an opening line I should say. Nothing’s more enticing than opening a book with that phrase. Switched is a whirlwind of story about four people -
Talon likes Reagan. Reagan like Talon. Kayla likes Talon. Wesley likes Reagan. Talon & Wesley are best friends and Reagan and Kayla are the same.
Despite Kayla's plan to break up her best friend and her boyfriend’s relationship, I liked her. Her self conversations were so hilarious especially those progress reports that make me think that this girl is too delusional or crazy for the guy. Kayla was shy and smart. Her likeness for Talon was so apparent, I mean who would’ve made an effort to do a plan and progress report and such if she didn’t like the guy right?
Wesley on the other hand was Talon's best friend and is an okay guy. He's weird but funny and has a good sense of humor plus he's very much supportive. He's a plain guy that is funny and sarcastic and cute especially when he blushes. He is the one that is supposedly hung-up on Reagan but honestly he didn’t give that much on an impression that he really is into Regan maybe he was just overshadowed by Kayla's EXTREME likeness for Talon but I just didn’t get the whole vibe that he's really into Reagan. It feels like he just goes with what Kayla planned.
Reagan and Talon were actually both surprising. I liked both of them and even though we didn’t get to see more of what's on their mind, the good thing is that through the course of the story, they did quite pretty well. They are both good supporting characters and I'm actually hoping to get to see their story first hand or more of them.
I totally like the whole characterization of the story, they all carried the whole story up on their shoulders and they did it all so well. Their friendship and interactions are so realistic. The romance between the pairs was slow building and exciting.
It's not unusual for stories to go along the 'best friend liking the other friend's boy’ but what makes Switched more interesting is that it’s far too complicated making it more exciting. Even though I already have a hunch on how it will unfold it still made me smile and squealed with delight and excitement.
I do commend the author Cassie Mae for writing such a fab book with very likeable characters, a good story plot with a lot of thought provoking and awkward and mishap situations; A well rounded story indeed. This is my first novel by the author and hopefully not the last since I'll be keeping my radar on for more of her stories.
*Copy provided by Random House thru Netgalley*(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)
Never Too Late is one of those stories that tackle about falling in love for the first time. Together with this is all the sparks, jitters, excitement...moreNever Too Late is one of those stories that tackle about falling in love for the first time. Together with this is all the sparks, jitters, excitement and of course the uncertainty of it all. It was your typical high school story with all the best friends, jealousy and immaturity but nonetheless fun and sweet love.
Abbey our heroine is excited to end her sophomore year with a bang. No other way to go through this than to earn the lead role for the play they’re going to do for the Renaissance faire however her co-star wasn’t the one she wanted to spend a lot of time with ending her sophie year. Abbey was an okay character as your typical heroine is. She’s stubborn and I like how she values her friendship with Olivia.
Jason was a jerk, arrogant and full of himself - that is what Abbey thought about him. But all of that was washed away with how he interacted with our girl through the course of the story. I ended up liking this guy more. He's sweet, yes he did say harsh things in the past but he surely did make up for it.
While fighting away her feelings for her lead star, Abbey was faced with another mantra for her best friend Olivia was also crushing on Jason. The thing that happened between Abbey and Jason was so typical of any young adult story but I don’t know why but I still enjoy these types of read from time to time.
The concept of the whole story was not the most original and exceptional; it doesn’t have the depth and much drama but given the age gap of the characters, you really don’t need to expect more from it for it was a simple story. The writing was catchy and the characters are okay. In all, it was cute and enjoyable.
*ARC Kindly provided by Simon Pulse thru Edelweiss*(less)
Cara is human. Aelyx is an alien. And they will be living together. Hah!
If normal students already get excited with the thought of having a foreign exchange student reside on their school wouldn’t it be much too cool to have an Interplanetary Exchange Student ? What do you guys think?
From a simple running Valedictorian student to becoming one of the hosts for the world’s first intergalactic foreign exchange student - that’s how Cara Sweeny's life suddenly turned. Cara is the smart, sassy, smart-mouthed lead to the story and the one of the chosen to host the first Interplanetary Exchange Program. It's really not hard to like her character especially with her doing what she thinks is right and her utmost drive.
Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) was the new resident of the Earth (no pun intended). He's also an enjoying character however I wanted to have more access to his thoughts I have this impression that he has a lot to say especially with his Alien mind unfortunately that wasn’t highlighted much even it was on his point of view.
The relationship between Cara and Aelyx was pretty much rocky at first but as the story goes on it's enjoying to see every interaction they have - seeing Cara develop a crush or fondness over Aelyx and watching Aexlyx come to terms with what he is feeling Cara's parents add up a great humor and excitement to the whole story. Cara’s familial relationship also adds up a huge amount of humor and happy hormones to the story! Her family is very welcoming and simply fun to be with.
From the cover and its description, Alienated gives an aura of fluffiness and cuteness with all the amusing human/alien interactions and other typical Sci-Fi elements but what surprises me into reading this is that it has its dark parts. Parts where you or I was left blinded thinking what would happen because predicting would totally be out of the question. It is something different.
It feels like another Alien-meets-human-they-fall-in-love-conflicts-arise-but-they-make-it-thru-then-tada-happily-ever-after Yes, it falls under that storyline at first but when the hold of the entire human race goes in hand that's when things start to get pretty much interesting.
The dark part that revolves around here is not only on the part of the humans but also the Aliens visiting the planet. Humans resort to rebellion or sorts due to the threat that these aliens gave when they step foot on the planet. While the Aliens also resort on their own plans to immediately get back to their Mother planet.
My only quirk into reading this book was that the phasing was too slow. A lot of unnecessary stuffs were mentioned during the first parts that makes the reading slow down for me. Another thing is I guess the lack of access to the Alien's mind which I'm really intrigued about. Hopefully we get more of that on the next book. I also encounter a lot of 'meh' time while reading it. I don't know it’s just that some parts feels unnecessary and just plain ‘meh’ inducing.
In all, it was cute and another good Alien story for I become fascinated with the whole alien thing. The story was unique and albeit the slowness during the first part. The mix of sci-fi and young adult high school drift was also good. Though it didn’t grab me as much as the other readers are, it was still a good read for me. I will still be looking forward for the sequel – more Aelyx baby! *wink*
*ARC provided by Disney Book Group | Disney-Hyperion thru Net Galley.*(less)
After getting thru the rough part of this series - namely Girl On Tour (Book 2) - which I think the most crucial one. I can't get enough words to must...moreAfter getting thru the rough part of this series - namely Girl On Tour (Book 2) - which I think the most crucial one. I can't get enough words to muster my excitement and anticipation on how Kylie Lou and Trace's story will end.
From the small town girl dreaming to be successful with her music to the country artist that she is now, Kylie definitely reached her top. She was determined, head strong, had that fire in her eyes and in her music and she always listened to her heart; But that girl that we see on the first two books disappears here. She lives a very cautious and safe life. She's living robotically and diving her self into too much work trying to move on from the loss of her love.
Trace on the other hand is walking a very thin line with his label and his career especially after his sting in rehab for his alcoholic addiction.
They were thrown again together for a once in a lifetime tour that could make it or break it their careers.
I find myself struggling in reading this third book - Girl In Love. Why? The beginning was very gloomy and sad. I find myself holding my breath and clutching my kindle as I wait on how Kylie and Trace would make their moves with one another. This book brings a lot of things together. Not only Kylie and Trace but several characters that are friends and enemies; I love that there is a mix of secret affairs, family emergencies, concert and of course the music.
The author definitely did a good job in creating long lasting impression to its characters with their realistic situations. I would surely miss the tour, music and the hype. It was a very god ending for a good series. (less)
Jennifer L. Armentrout / J.Lynn is one of my "automatic read" authors. Anything new she publishes, I would surely find time to read. And of course, wi...moreJennifer L. Armentrout / J.Lynn is one of my "automatic read" authors. Anything new she publishes, I would surely find time to read. And of course, with me loving Wait For You, I would surely find time to read its companion novel.
Be With Me gives us the story of Teresa Hamilton and Jase Winstead - two people who are greatly close to Cam - his little sister and his best friend. The funny thing about reading this is just I just love stories that flows along the - “crushing on brother/sister’s best friend”trope. I don’t know but I do enjoy reading stories under that said trope. Haha!
To say that Teresa Hamilton has been through a lot is a complete and utter understatement. She deals with her past, her injury, her new college life, her roommate and her feelings for his brother's best friend Jase. She's one of those girls who are totally not immune to his charms. And after sharing one passionate kiss with him for sometime now, she still can’t help but be enamored by him. With her back-story told on the first book, I was quite interested on how her own story was going to unfold; how could she be able to trust again? However, she came out very different as to what I'm expecting here for she was stronger, wiser and no longer the victim; She stands for her own self and protect her as much as possible. She really did come a long way.
Now, if Cameron Hamilton got us with his cookies, eggs and pet tortoise named Raphael in Wait For You. Jase Winstead will definitely get us here with his horses and Cupcakes! What are with these guys and their baked goodies? Sigh.
Jase on the other hand was pretty much like Cam but a bit subdued. He's reckless but still responsible, charming and of course good looking. This guy is much more complex. His past much more uhm difficult. It's not some scary or awful past but it is a big deal and you'll get to understand it through the course of the story.
I love Tess and Jase's friendship. Though it lies more than that, I like how they have each other to depend to. Yes, it was a pretty rocky relationship but I know it's one of those that are really strong plus the romance was pretty sweet. Slow but very sweet.
The thing that sets this story different from its predecessor is the fact that it's not entirely about the romance and the mystery behind its character. There is a huge deal of suspense here; Suspense that almost leave me hanging at the edge of my seat. It was another layer to the story that gives the story a greater depth.
I enjoyed reading Tess and Jase's story but I do have one thing to comment about. There are topics or issues that are opened on this story that felt left out as the curtain of the story closed. I don’t know, I guess I'm just excited for those that unfortunately I didn’t get the finality with it.
Anyhoo, it was another fun and enjoying read from J.Lynn. Of course, I'm still excited to read the next installment to this series. I guess, it will be anew couple we haven’t been read much from the series, I’m pretty much excited. It was another classic J.Lynn novel.(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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Almost half were rehash of the first book from Rome's perspective. I could say that his view on things are much deeper and I could see more through hi...moreAlmost half were rehash of the first book from Rome's perspective. I could say that his view on things are much deeper and I could see more through him. I enjoyed the last 2-3 chapters of the book. It was such a relieving thing to see how these characters get in life. I love seeing them successful and having their family. It was a pretty sweet ending for both Rome and Molly.(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)
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)
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)
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)
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)