Original review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received via Netgalley.
This book was very well detailed. It listed many facts, as well as statistics. I e...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received via Netgalley.
This book was very well detailed. It listed many facts, as well as statistics. I enjoyed not only learning what a TBI is and what causes them, but also ways to prevent them. This is a good book for anybody to read, particularly if they play sports. Lots of good tips and stories are part of this factual book.(less)
Paige has been dating Craig for several months. He's a nice guy, but he's starting to get a little strange. Eventually, he becomes jealous and abusive. I believe the reason Paige stayed with him is because he made her feel wanted by somebody. Especially when they slept together. Sometimes he gave her these looks that made her feel like the center of the world. Her parents made her feel unwanted and unappreciated. So she satisfied those needs in her relationship with Craig, even when things took a turn toward the worse.
Cameron is awesome. He's so sweet, yet bed-boyish at the same time. I know you didn't think it was possible, but it is ;) His inappropriate comments were hilarious. His and Eva's relationship is adorable! I predict that the next book will be about her.
It was great to see Blaire and Jason again!! And Tinley is so freaking adorable!!
My reason for giving 3 stars instead of 4: I loved the characters and storyline. Some of the time jumps were awkward though. Like, the scene where Paige breaks up with Craig was skipped over. Important scenes like that that readers want to see. And I don't know hoe much time passed between the start of the book and the end. I assume more than 5 weeks because of the deal Paige made with her parents, but it was unclear. Also, some background details weren't explained. Like how did Cameron's parents die? Little stuff like that.
If you just want a good storyline and good characters, Control You is the book for you. It's cute and fun. Definately pick it up. I can't wait to read about the next person in the group!
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the In the Lyrics Blog Tour
At first, I was sorta apprehensive about this book. It seemed like your typical,...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads as part of the In the Lyrics Blog Tour
At first, I was sorta apprehensive about this book. It seemed like your typical, boy meets girl, they fall in, and everybody achieves their dreams and gets a happily ever after. But In the Lyrics is so much more than that.
Hensley has always felt pressure from her mom to become a country music star. Sure, Hensley loves singing and playing guitar and this is her dream too, but her mother sometimes makes her feel unwanted as her pregnancy with Hensley is what ended her career. Still, Hensley will do anything to achieve her dream, even leaving behind her boyfriend and best friend.
Colby just wants to escape his home riddled with memories. Memories of his brother and his now alcoholic father. So Colby heads to Nashville where he's most likely to become a country star. There he meets Hensley, his new roommate's best friend. And while Colby yearns for stardom, he has limits, like being close to the people he loves.
I absolutely fell in love with Colby and Hensley on their journey. It definitely wasn't easy for them. I loved that Hensley became a star, but everything wasn't fine and dandy after that, there was a lot of things she needed to realize about herself. The person she grew to be journey the book was sometimes someone I hated, but in the end, was someone I admired.
I hope you'll enjoy In the Lyrics as much as I did.(less)
Gabby has been in love with her best friend's brother since forever. So when she kisses him, she's elated. But, he is disgusted by the idea, claiming that he sees her as a little sister. Then he leaves to tour the world at surfing competitions for 5 years. When they do see each other, all they do is fight.
I enjoyed seeing Gabby and Hunter fight. It was entertaining. And for the most part, I loved their relationship. Gabby hesitancies at the beginning were valid. And when they did get together, their relationship was fairly strong. I did get slightly annoyed toward the end though. Gabby became one of those girls. Those girls who think they know what is best for their boyfriend and so break up with them to spare their boyfriend pain. But in the end, the reason was to spare them pain that might not even happen.
This is my first book of Sawyer's that I've read. I want to read more. I've heard nothing but good things about her books. Can't wait to get my hands on her other books. I especially can't wait for the sequel! I want Brody and Alyssa's (at least, I assume it's Alyssa's story) story now! I also want to know how Brody killed someone. It was never made clear what happened, only that he killed someone and spent five years in prison. Can I have Make It Double now, please??(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of The Deep End of the Sea Blog Tour.
Heather weaves a creative aspect of the Greek gods in The Deep End of the...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads as part of The Deep End of the Sea Blog Tour.
Heather weaves a creative aspect of the Greek gods in The Deep End of the Sea. There were a lot of little things that were neat and unique (as far as the Greek mythology retellings I've read). Medusa's story was well told and had some unexpected twists. I've was thoroughly surprised with some of the revelations, which is a good thing.
Medusa is slightly naive but also extremely wary towards men. And who wouldn't be after being raped by a man you thought a friend? I liked her best at the end when she gets tough and actually takes a stand for herself. And she took the initiative to learn how to protect herself.
Fangirls, meet your new obsession...I mean book boyfriend. Hermes is adorable. He protects Medusa as best he can. He's also very much in love with her, unbeknownst to her, but known to everybody else. He always had the right thing to say and was just all around sweet.
All the supporting characters were awesome. Aphrodite, Persephone, and Hades were so fun and energetic. I loved how they immediately accepted Medusa because of their love for Hermes. And Granny is freaking awesome!! Every book needs a character like her.
The reason for my 3 star rating is because there wasn't a whole lot of action or even tension build up. It worked for the storyline but I was expecting/hoping for more action. Medusa cried a lot, too. But who am I to judge when she's two thousand years old, has killed multiple people, is the object of obsession for two gods, and has had her life dramatically changed several times.
The Deep End of the Sea is definately one to add to the pile for those of you who enjoy Greek mythology.(less)
Chelsea Fine is amazing. I love her novella Sophie & Cater, even though I yearned for a...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. ARC received via Netgalley.
Chelsea Fine is amazing. I love her novella Sophie & Cater, even though I yearned for a longer book. And I enjoyed her Archers of Avalon series, which I still need to finish. I fell in love with Pixie and Levi's story. It was heart-wrenching and sweet. Watching them heal together was amazing.
Pixie wants to leave the place where too many memories lie. Levi knows he needs to make something more of his life than being a handyman at a rundown inn. The two can't bear to be near each other because it hurts too much. They both blame themselves for the accident, and think the other does too. There were so many scenes between them that were really emotional. Levi parents are separated and live in different states and he feels abandoned and to blame for everything that happened. I loved seeing him heal that relationship. And the end!! GAH!!! (view spoiler)[I thought he was going ot let her leave and I was sitting there thinking "NOOOO!!!!!" But it was all good in the end. (hide spoiler)] I'm glad somebody came to their senses.
Zack is such a character! I hope he gets his own book. I love this quote of his: "The best friendships are rooted in hatred and blackmail." I have a friendship like that <3
If you love novels that involve lots of healing, but also avoidance and blame, Best Kind of Broken is an awesome book!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads. Review ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review -- THANK YOU!
I read Stolen Wishes after I read Wish I...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review -- THANK YOU!
I read Stolen Wishes after I read Wish I May, so in a way, I'm writing my reviews backwards. This is a great introduction to William and Cally. I loved learning more about their background and how they came to date. Cally's home life is better understood, and it was great seeing her relationship with her sister's before everything happened. William is even more amazing after reading this novella. The scene with Meredith just made me dislike her more. I'm also in love with the twins. I want them to have their own books!! And from stuff in this book and in Wish I May, I'm pretty sure they're going to!! Yay!!!
Be sure to check out my review of Wish I May to be posted soon. And I hope to read Unbreak Me (New Hope #1) soon!!! It's amazing from what I've heard and the stuff learned in the sequels about it make it extremely intriguing. (less)
London Falling is a cute story about two people trying not to fall in love. London needs an A in this class so her parents will pay her way to California and Beau is just taking it because he heard it was easy. Everybody in the class is assigned a partner and a reality show. They're suppose to decided whether or not the show is true to life or just Hollywood fluff. London and Beau are assigned Love Match, a Bachelor/Bachlorette type show.
London was pretty cool. She was smart and knew exactly what she wanted in life. She's just kind of awkward around guys. Beau is the author of a blog that's well known around campus, particularly for the bucket list of things to do before you graduate. He seems utterly ordinary to London and she admits that it never would have even occurred to her to date, let alone fall in love, with an ordinary guy like him. That's the thing I liked most about the book. The fact that it brought two people together who never would have even become friends under ordinary circumstances.
There were a couple of things I didn't understand though. They're task was to prove or disprove reality TV shows, not just disprove. So when they fell in love, it would have been okay for them to put that on the blog, even if it contradicted their hypothesis. That's the beauty of science. I got the feeling though that it was more London's perfectionist personality that prevented them from doing that. I also wished that London and Beau would have talked about their families a bit more. Especially before they went to London's parent's house, because they kind of popped up out of the blue.
If you like cute romances, then London Falling is definitely the book for you.(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review.
Alyssa is a master at crafting romances. I particularly like...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from author in exchange for an honest review.
Alyssa is a master at crafting romances. I particularly like the Hazards trilogy because it's about regular girls facing ordinary problems: divorced parents, overprotective brothers, bad relationships. It's also cute how they start and end in the same place: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping, you guessed it, skinny dipping; The Hazards of a One Night Stand starts and ends in a hayloft. They both also involve a girl denying her attraction to a guy she obviously cares about.
Mallory is confident. She knows what face to show depending on the situation. Her greatest fear is being told she's not good enough. Again. She doesn't want to lose her friendship with Colt, nor does she want Colt to trap her in Gasden. So she starts dating an overconfident, self-obsessed guy who doesn't know denial when it punches him in the face.
Colt has been in love with Mallory for forever. So when he spends the night with her, he thinks he finally has a chance at a relationship with her. But, she doesn't see it that way. But, never fear. Colt is adorable in his persistence. He also knows Mallory better than anyone. I really really like him <3
It was awesome seeing Juliet and Reed again. I wonder who will get the next book, if there is one. I get the feeling it will b Jade, the freshman pledge Mallory becomes close to.(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Shaken Not Stirred Blog Tour.
Shaken not Stirred is a cute romance novel. Maddy's self-esteem is kinda sc...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads as part of the Shaken Not Stirred Blog Tour.
Shaken not Stirred is a cute romance novel. Maddy's self-esteem is kinda screwy. And she's lusting after the musician Lyle, who has these amazing lyrics to his songs. Colin is the guy whose been hitting on her all summer and she finally decides to go out with him. And she finds out that she really likes him. A lot. So they keep dating. And eventually she meets his sister, Carly, who I absolutely adore as crazy and messed up as she is. And Maddy's best friend Macon is super awesome and their other roommate Brody is pretty cool too. Lyle's part isn't as big in the book as the description made it seem. And I was okay with that.
I love Maddy and Colin's relationship. Even though Colin would screw up, they would talk it through and get through it. Same thing if Maddy screwed up. And the ending was super adorable!!! I am seriously in love with that ending. Honestly, I should have seen it coming, but even if I had, it would still be awesome. And Maddy's humor is just plain epic. She had me laughing out loud all the time.
The only things I wish would have been done better would be that I would love to see her repair her relationship with her parents. The other thing is that Maddy was kinda obsessed with finding everybody's perfect drink, which is cool, but I wish she would explained what each drink reveals about somebody's personality. But that's not really a big deal.
I can't wait to read Macon and Cally's story. It's going to be awesome!!!(less)
I've fallen in love with Krista's dystopian series. It's not often that you encounter a young adult Christian dystopian novel. Krista has created this vivid world that I can see almost perfectly in my mind's eye. The storyline flows smoothly, too, which I always greatly appreciate.
Thalli is a life-like character. She questions everything ans has emotions, but she's (always) over-emotional. The fact that she questions her faith makes her that much more believable, that much more real. Her connection to the Designer through music is beautiful.
Berk is interesting. I like him, but I don't. I believe he is still trying to adjust to the fact that feelings are okay. And he struggles with expressing those feelings, particularly with Thalli. I'm definitely Team Alex though. The more Alex was in the book, the more I liked him. Even when he was evil, I still loved him. I want to learn more about him in Revolutionary. It will be fascinating to see who she chooses in the end. It won't be an easy choice, because they're both awesome. I really want to see more of Rhen and Dallas's relationship together. They are so cute!!!
Krista's Anomaly is amazing and vivid. You should go grab a copy. Right now. I mean it :)(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from author for honest review.
There were so many time skips. 3 weeks later. 5 months later. 2 years later...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from author for honest review.
There were so many time skips. 3 weeks later. 5 months later. 2 years later. I couldn't keep up. Also, what kind of person allows his wife to cheat on him? And then decide to have a child with her after her lover leaves? The whole situation was weird. That plus the time jumps, and I disliked the book. And the ending was weird. When I finally thought Maggie and Tommy would have a happy ending, Maggie sends Tommy off so she can keep the Village at bay from chasing him down. It was pretty much the strangest book I've ever read.(less)
Finishing Allegiant was very bittersweet in more ways than one. I heard about Divergent before it came out and picked u...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads.
Finishing Allegiant was very bittersweet in more ways than one. I heard about Divergent before it came out and picked up a copy the week it came out. I immediately fell in love with Tris and the world she lives in. I told all my friends about it and said that it was even better than The Hunger Games, which was pretty much blasphemy as we all love that trilogy. But soon they picked it up and agreed wholeheartedly with me. So I waited a year for Insurgent and read that, too, the week it came out. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't as amazing as Divergent but it was still good nonetheless. I was a little nervous about how Allegiant would turn out, but I didn't have to be. It turned out to be an amazing ending to a stunning series by and astounding author.
The characters feel real, like their my own friends and family. Christine is a bad ass with a kind heart and witty mouth. Uriah is the resident jokester and alcoholic. Caleb's betrayal hurts like hell as if he betrayed not just Tris, but me too. I only wish we could have seen Evelyn more. But even the little amount we saw of her gave depth to her character. She went from this evil dictator to this lady who missed her son to an abused woman standing up to her abuser. She had plenty of depth and I even ended up liking her, which I didn't think was possible. I was a little bothered by the fact that whenever Tris and Four where together they always seemed to be making out. It was like they never talked about their problems.
You might be hearing about all the bad reviews of Allegiant, but all the ones I've seen have been complaining about the ending. I loved the ending. (view spoiler)[I felt that it was something Tris would do. I was surprised that she was actually going to let Caleb die for this cause. That's not something she would do. She is the one who always puts the lives of those she loves above her own. So when she said she was the one one who going to face the death serum, I knew that she was going to die. But it felt right. She gave her life for her brother. For Christina. For Tobias. Honestly, I cried the last 30 pages of the book. Veronica Roth did an amazing job with the ending and it left me wanting more from this world, from Tris and Tobias, but knowing that I won't have that because of this very final ending. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from author -- Thank you!!
I fell in love with this heart-breaking novel. The story is real and amazing. M...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. ARC received from author -- Thank you!!
I fell in love with this heart-breaking novel. The story is real and amazing. Maddie's pain was gut-wrenching. Gabe has a good background. Maddie's history is painful. I hurt for her and yet loved delving into her past. Gabe's past is similarly painful, but not as much as Gabe's. But Noie is the one who stole my heart. I have two younger siblings around the age of three and I love little kids. I could just picture her running around everywhere. She is the character that came to life the most. And, like Maddie, I fell in love with her.
The only thing that prevented a five star rating was that the reincarnation thing was kinda strange. But it did fit in with the whole Indian heritage thing.
Heart Breaths is a very real, heart-breaking, yet beautiful and hopeful novel. I recommend it for everybody.(less)
I loved Blaire's character. She was strong and independent, but also with some introverted tendencies. She wants to get through her schooling and earn her RN license. I was kinda iffy about how I felt about Jason. Some moments I loved him, like when he fights for a spot in Blaire's life. And there where some moments when I disliked him, like when he hung out with Marla (<- bad decision). I do feel like Jennifer did an amazing job of capturing the male POV and showing how much social media such as Facebook affects our lives and can also lead to miscommunication.
I feel like I've read a lot of books lately that I feel have insufficient backstories. Break You is one of them. Jason father and grandmother died within three years of each other but we never learn why or what exactly Jason was feeling during these times other than his current regret for not being there for his mother. There two events are what is driving Jason's current actions and thus I feel like they should have been delved into a little bit more.
The subline "A Coldcreek Novel" leads me to believe that Jennifer might be writing companion novels. There are so many characters I would love to see that for. I can't wait to see what Jennifer has in store for us in this tiny town!!(less)