This Much Is True is one of my favorite reads. It has everything I look for in a book. For this reason I was excited to start The Truth About Air andThis Much Is True is one of my favorite reads. It has everything I look for in a book. For this reason I was excited to start The Truth About Air and Water. I wanted more Tally and Linc. At the same time I was also skeptical. I'm the type of reader whose book shelves are lined with continuations of books I love and guess what? They are mostly DNF (if even started). I find myself falling in love with characters only to lose interest and find boredom when reading their companions and follow-up novels. I can only think of one novel that was written as a standalone that I have completed the follow up books. I am happy to say The Truth About Air and Water can be added to that list making it a twosome.
I couldn't put this book down once I started. I really adored it. My heart was immediately sucked back into Linc and Tally's world that is full of drama, miscommunications, pain, angst, passion, and most importantly love... the epic kind. It was easy to fall in love with these characters all over again while they faced a new tragedy. I have come to the conclusion that Owen loves to shred hearts... if only so she can piece them back together in better shape than they started.
This book is slightly difficult to review without being vague, but I don't like to spoil storylines if they aren't mentioned in the synopsis. Know this book is emotionally dark like the first one, but with a few more laughs. Although it was a new story, in ways it was very similar to This Much Is True and definitely had the same "feel" to it that I originally fell in love with. Despite the similarities it was its own book and provided a fresh new story for Linc and Tally.
All the same characters are back and most were better than I remembered. I was a little conflicted with Tally at times. I loved her for all her flaws. I felt she had grown so much in the first book, but she easily went back to her old ways when times got tough. A part of me wanted her to be the hero and overcome all of her insecuries, but that was never really who she was. She still had alot of growth left in her and things to overcome in this book. As much as it frustrated me, I think it added to the realistic depiction this series gives.
I think the only thing I wanted a little more of was some happiness. These two wouldn't kill over from a rainbow or unicorn being thrown their way. They had been through so much and suffered so deeply in This Much Is True that is was hard to watch them endure more pain. I ached for these two. I complain, but I'm not really into light and fluffly and secretly enjoy the pain..sooo take that as you wish lol.
Overall, I defintely recommend this read. I would recommend it moreso to those who read and fell in love with This Much Is True (It's a must read btw). The Truth About Air and Water could be read as a standalone, but I don't think you would appreciate it as much if you haven't experienced the beginning and the struggles Linc and Tally went through to get to where they are. My view is slightly biased, but I did try and pay attention to the information given along with the story itself, and I don't believe one would be lost or confused if they didn't read This Much Is True... but you would be missing out, so be sure to pick it up first. If you like angst, drama, realty, and true love, ou won't be dissappointed with this series....more
This is going down as one of my all-time favorite series and tied with its counterpart for best book I’ve read all year. I am in love with this storyThis is going down as one of my all-time favorite series and tied with its counterpart for best book I’ve read all year. I am in love with this story and can’t stop thinking about it. This is a feat in itself. I read a few books a week, but I’m an out of sight out of mind reader. Even the books I really enjoy can drift from my memory in a matter of weeks, but every now and then a book comes along that really sticks and I can remember every word and feeling. The Dusty series is one of those.
Deliquents picks up where we left off and is more intense and painful than Innocents as things only get worse for Bliss and Dusty, but there are also a lot more heartwarming moments too. The emotional pull to this story is unlike any other. It’s such an unhealthy and destructive relationship, but I was wrapped up in it and understood Bliss’ inability to leave him even when I wanted to hate Dusty (which as dispicable as he can be was impossible for me to do.) I never stopped feeling from the moment I started reading this book. Whether those feelings were frustration, agony, or happiness on occassion my heart was invested. It’s such a struggle to watch this relationship play out, but there was so much truth to this relationship. Nothing I’ve read has ever felt more real.
“The truth is not easy. My truth: I love a lost cause. I love a failure, and I lost myself in him when I was nine years old.”
The writing is probably the most unique style I’ve ever read. It’s beautiful and at times lyrical. I highlighted constantly. I tend to be a skimmer. I get bored easily with long monologues and unimportant details in a story. I clung to every word in this book, and often reread paragraphs just to take it all in.
The negatives… they were still the same things I mentioned when I reviewed Innocents. I don’t feel they are worth removing any stars. The story outshined anything I didn’t like about this book.
It’s definitely one of those books that is bittersweet to finish. On one hand you got to experience this amazing story, but on the other hand what are you suppose to read now? How are you supposed to find another book that can make you feel like this? It’s the downside of reading the best books. I rarely reread books, in fact there is only one book that I reread, but I am in immediate reread mode after completing this series. It might be the only cure.
Overall I highly recommend this book. You must read The Innocents first. Now, if you will excuse me I will be searching the internet for scraps. I need more!
“Love is fucked-up, but love is all there is.” ...more
A SINGULAR MOMENT. One that changes everyone and everything, and you can't go back. For me, it was the moment I fell in love. The moment I knew thatA SINGULAR MOMENT. One that changes everyone and everything, and you can't go back. For me, it was the moment I fell in love. The moment I knew that the soul staring at me through magnificent pain-filled blue eyes was the one I wanted to connect with mine for the rest of my life. The problem with that was, at that exact same moment, I could see his soul recognize that mine was not the one he wanted.
This story pulls you in from the beginning. It's told in past and present (my favorite.) We have Whitney, who is strong, confident, and snarky. I loved her. She's not an easy person to get to know. She meets Blane in junior high and he decides they will be friends and doesn't take no for an answer. Soon this dynamic duo is upgraded to a trio when Blane introduces Franny to Whitney. The three are inseparable and the best of friends until Blane and Franny start dating. It doesn't take long for Whitney to realize she is in love with Blane, but what can she do when he's in love with Franny? Before these feelings can be explored tragedy strikes changing their lives forever. While two self-destruct one is left alone to pick up the broken pieces of her friendship and heart.
I was pretty invested in this story early on. The past was so powerful. It dealt with some very dark issues, yet was full of humor to balance it out. I loved the characters and the friendship between the trio. I was pretty conflicted when Whitney realized she had feelings for Blane, because the connection between the three was undeniable. It provided for some heart wrenching angst. The storyline was unpredictable and when tragedy began its strike on these three I broke. It was tough to read.
Fast forward 12 years when the characters are finally forced to face their past and deal with the fall out of the tragedies that overtook their life. The present took a bit of a downward shift for me. The past was so emotionally charged, but the present seemed to be lacking in that area. It's not that it was bad by any means, but the beginning was just so strong that it overshadowed it (for me). Whereas the past was dark the present was light. Not to mention we get more Gram in the present. I haven't mentioned her yet, but she steals the show in this book. She is Whitney's cantankerous grandmother, and I swear if this lady had her own book I'd read it. She was over-the-top hilarious.
With all the good in this book there were a few drawbacks for me. The timeline was one of them. The 12 years seemed a little far-fetched. It never set well with me that it took this long to see each other again and to get things figured out. I understand that everyone needed to grow up and deal with their pain, but for as close as they had been I would have thought these issues could have been solved at an earlier time. I also had trouble with the scene when Blane and Whitney meet up again after 12 years. It was really kind of bizarre and completely took me out of the story. It felt like unnecessary drama. And while the humor was useful and much needed in the story, when added to this scene it made it feel very unrealistic. Also, this was a huge event that happened, but when it was no longer needed for the story it was kind of swept under the rug. Don't get me wrong when this book was good it was sooooo good, but it had its moments where it wasn't and this was one of them for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed the story and definitely recommend it. It will tug at your heart and have you laughing and crying, and in the end leave you satisfied. ...more
It's been awhile since I've read a paranormal book, but when I saw it was Jamie McGuire's release I thought it was time to reunite with an old fr2.5-3
It's been awhile since I've read a paranormal book, but when I saw it was Jamie McGuire's release I thought it was time to reunite with an old friend.
Apolonia was an entertaining read, and definitely unlike anything else McGuire has written. The beginning was a little slow and had trouble holding my attention, but after the 40-50% mark it really picked up and was full of energy and action. There were quite a few suprises and twist along the way, some easier to see coming than others.
The main chracter is a tough, no-nosense type of girl. She's had a rough past, and makes everyone who tries to get close to her pay for it. I liked the outer portrayal of her and her snarky humor made me smile.
While in the process of uncovering secrets and a world she didn't know existed (I'll keep that vague so not to spoiler the story), Rory is conflicted over two men in her life who have managed to get past the barriers that protect her heart. I don't know if I would call it a love triange, but there is definitely conflict. Benji was my favorite characters in the book. He was more loyal than a puppy and the rock that Rory needed to lean on. Cy was a mysterious guy hiding some out of this world secrets. Rory feels a pull to him for reasons unknown to her. Despite the characters being likable, I had trouble connecting with them. I found myself indifferent as to who she ended up with. There just wasn't alot of depth to these two guys, and although Rory spent a lot of time getting to know the guys, I didn't feel I had that same opportunity..
Overall, a short read full of action to hold your attention (in the latter half) and keep you guessing....more
My head is spinning from this book. Like its characters, it’s not without flaws, but it is unforgettable. When I go into a book, I have no expectationMy head is spinning from this book. Like its characters, it’s not without flaws, but it is unforgettable. When I go into a book, I have no expectations. I don’t need a happy ending. I don’t even have to like the characters. I’m in it for the experience and I want it to be full of feelings. I don’t care if it’s happy feelings or if it’s torture and heartache. I want my emotions pulled from me. This book definitely did that.
It’s an unconventional love story, but it’s a love story nonetheless. It’s about a forbidden and secret love between two people who love in very opposite ways. On one hand you have someone who is truly selfless in her love. Her love is unconditional and she is loyal to a fault. On the other hand you have someone who no doubt loves, but he loves selfishly. He wants only what is convenient for him. He has no loyalty, and there is a constant battle brewing in him between love and addiction. Addiction to drugs, parties, women, sex, freedom, self-destruction, and recklessness. Their love is consuming and there is no choice for either. It just is.
Don’t you get it, baby?” “What’s there to get?” she asks. “That I love you.” “Well, you have a shitty way of showing it. I smirk. “That doesn’t make it any less true.”
The characters were pull your hair out frustrating, but I loved them and wouldn’t have had them any other way. I would like to say that Bliss is a stupid, stupid girl, but at the same time I kind of understood her (this wouldn’t fly with me in real life though). Thomas aka Dusty was a complete ass. He did some pretty awful things and while he would like to believe that he was fooling Bliss about what went on when she wasn’t around, they both knew he wasn’t. I never wanted Bliss to leave him, but multiple times I wanted her to teach him a lesson by giving him a dose of his own medicine. At the same time I feared the repercussions from him if she did. I don’t know. It was just kind of a mind-f*ck to me. Despite his crudeness and blatant disregard for other’s feelings, I found myself cringing at his actions on one page and grinning at him the next. My feelings toward him were completely contradictory, which is why I could empathize with Bliss. There were glimpses of warmth in his cold, conflicted heart that made you want to stick around and see him through.
As consuming and addictive as this book was there were some things that I wasn’t a fan of. Please note the negatives don’t outweigh the positives 1. This book wouldn’t have hurt from another round of edits. That being said the actual writing was beautiful. This was one of those times I wish I had been reading the ebook version instead of a paperback. My Kindle would have been painted yellow from all the highlight worthy quotes and scenes. 2. The age of the characters. The characters were between 13 and 15 a majority of this book. Their minds, actions, and extracurricular activities seemed a lot older, and I think the book would have felt more genuine to me if the characters were older to match their brains. 3. The nicknames. The main characters had multiple nicknames. There was no consistency in what they called each during the narration and it made it very confusing. Leighlee was Bliss, Leigh, L, my girl, love, strawberry blond, little sister, etc. Thomas was Dusty and his mother was Tommy. Sometimes the characters referred to each other as the same pet names in their narrations. It was pretty distracting to me. 4. The POV switches. For the first several chapters the book was written solely in Bliss’ POV, then it suddenly switches to Thomas’. I was grateful to get Thomas’ POV and it added a lot to the book, but the chapters weren’t labeled and there was no notable pattern to the POV switches. It just threw me off and pulled me from the story every time it changed and I had to re-read a paragraph or two when I figured out the character speaking wasn’t who I had thought. Overall, this story is addictive. I couldn’t pry this book from my hands, although I did occasionally have to close it and process my feelings for a few minutes. It’s unique. It’s not a pretty love, but there is beauty and intrigue in this seemingly hopeless relationship full of stolen moments. This is one of those stories that has imprinted on my heart and mind and I can’t stop thinking about it. This is definitely going down on my favorites list.
This is book 1 of a 2 part series. I don’t know if I would call it a cliffhanger, but it is definitely only half of the story. I will be counting down my days until I can read The Delinquents (book 2) later this month. Release date: October 23, 2014.
This is my first Ann Aguirre book, and I will definitely read more works from this author. This is book 2 in a series, but can be read as a standaloneThis is my first Ann Aguirre book, and I will definitely read more works from this author. This is book 2 in a series, but can be read as a standalone.
The “crush on my best friend’s brother” never gets old to me, so I loved the storyline.
The characters were funny and flirty and I really enjoyed their relationship. Several times during the book I remember thinking, “This is nice. A normal relationship with normal struggles. Not too dramatic.” I really connected to the first of the story and enjoyed it. In a way it was simple and catchy like a Backstreet Boys song (each book is named after a BSB song). You can’t help but get sucked in and before too long you are bobbing your head and getting into it.
I liked the characters and their quirks. I really liked what the author did with Rob. He wasn’t your typical hero. He was hot and kind, but he had some insecurities that are normally written into the heroine, but it worked well and added an interesting aspect to the story. Lauren was a little harder to get a good read on. She was hilarious and I liked her, but her personality wasn’t always consistent and she had a case of anxiety that she could seemingly turn on and off at will.
Now, to the part I didn’t like. The story was going along smoothly in my opinion. I was enjoying this light and fun read for the first three-fourths of the book. I did have my eye on the percentage at the bottom of my kindle so I knew something big was going to happen b/c it was too early in the book for everything to be tied up with a pretty bow. I just felt when the conflict arrived the actions were a little much. It just felt off to me because it seemed that the characters were overcoming their issues and building a healthy relationship with a strong foundation. Then all the sudden here comes drama, and these huge issues arrive out of nowhere. I just felt it was unnecessary and distracted from the story more than added to it. Fortunately, the beginning of the story was good enough that it offset the over-the-top ending.
Overall, the book was short, light, and sweet I enjoyed it and will check out the rest of the series. ...more
What a great debut. It fully held my attention and I read it in one sitting. The prologue definitely makes an impact and sucks you in. It was3.5 stars
What a great debut. It fully held my attention and I read it in one sitting. The prologue definitely makes an impact and sucks you in. It was heartbreaking and not at all what I expected. As if the prologue isn’t shocking enough, the game is completely changed with the bombshell dropped in the first chapter. I had to pick my jaw up off the ground. Needless to say I was invested and hooked from the beginning, and there was no way you were going to be able to pry this book from my hands.
Harley and Tyson have been best friends their whole lives. When Tyson decides to pack up and leave town for medical school with his girlfriend, Harley decides it’s now or never when it comes to the hidden feelings she’s had for Tyson. Tyson, caught off guard, doesn’t react well to the revelation. He runs, not walks, leaving Harley in the dust where events no one could predict will alter her life forever. Five years later Tyson returns ready to right his wrongs and take back what’s his, but he could never fathom what happened in his wake.
The characters in this story are fantastic. I really enjoyed hanging out with them. They were hilarious and playful and really offset the dark and painful tone this story had at times. Harley is a tough character and I had no trouble connecting to her. Things had not been easy for her and I wanted/needed something good to happen for her. I really wanted to hate and blame Tyson for the things with Harley.. so many, “if only…”. Tyson is a good guy though. He realizes his mistakes and he’s back to own up and fight. Not to mention the bonus that he’s a sexy doctor…. paging Dr. Grawe. The chemistry between the two is great, and I couldn’t keep my heart from sounding off when they were together. I did wish we would have got a little more of them, maybe some of the “before” them.
The side characters, Levi, Max, and Quinn, were a riot and such integral parts of the story. They each left lasting impressions on me. Levi played a major (nonromantic) role in Harley’s life, but he seemed to disappear when Tyson came back into the picture. This really saddened me, because I felt that his role was important and not easily replaceable. I really look forward to the stories of these characters in upcoming books.
Besides Levi’s role, the only other negative for me was a huge secret that loomed in the background of the story. I’m not sure if it was supposed to be a mystery to the reader. Although the secret was only vaguely discussed, it was obvious what the secret was. This particular part of the book didn’t feel fully developed to me, and once it came to light everything seemed a little rushed. Regardless, I’d recommend this book and will definitely keep my eye out for more from this author. ...more
Note: If you haven’t read Bully or Until You no worries, this book can be read as a standalone. This series is a perfect example of how a standalone sNote: If you haven’t read Bully or Until You no worries, this book can be read as a standalone. This series is a perfect example of how a standalone series should be written. If you haven’t read the previous books, you can still enjoy the side characters that played center stage in the other books; however, if you have read Bully then there are tons of bonus scenes in this book as we get to subtly get to check in on Jared and Tate.
First of all it’s no secret that Penelope Douglas can write. She sucked me in from the beginning with this fast paced, attention-grabbing book.
Madoc was one of my favorite characters in Bully. I’ve got a weak spot for jerks, so it was only natural that I was a fan. Throw in the step-siblings/enemies to lovers tropes and it sounds like a winner to me. I love these kind of reads! However, the thing about step-siblings to lovers books that I enjoy is the forbidden aspect. I didn’t feel that with this read, and was never concerned about them being “caught”. If anything it was just convenient that they lived together so they could spend more time together… less gas money that way. The same goes to the enemies to lovers theme. I never for a second felt like they hated each other. They said some pretty mean things, but it just felt like foreplay.
The beginning of the book was great, but seemed to fizzle as the book went on. The first part of this book was pretty similar to Bully… just with different characters. Although there were many similarities I still enjoyed it immensely. You know what they say…. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” I liked Madoc and Fallon’s characters and the potential they had. They were very entertaining and I found myself grinning when they were together. There was also the sex. I’m not one who requires sex in my books, but WOW it was hot! The downfall was some of the dynamics of Madoc and Fallon’s relationship. Basically their maturity level. It’s New Adult, so I expect some level of immaturity. I understand they are growing up and have to learn from their mistakes. The problem was that the same pattern occurred over and over and over and over and over… see where I’m going with this? The course of their relationship became very predictable at an annoying level… lather, rinse, repeat.
Then, around 70% this book just kind of got out of control for my taste. Plotlines, drama, and surprises were coming out of the woodwork. I’m all for drama, but some of the things that went on towards the end of the book seemed over the top, and didn’t always seem to fit with the story.
All that being said I wouldn’t NOT recommend checking out this book for yourself, because the issues I had with it are not issues that bother everyone. I looked through reviews and many loved it and some even thought it was better than Bully. I wasn’t’ one of those people, but it won’t deter me from reading more from Penelope Douglas.
Overall, I’m a fan of this series and look forward to the next book staring Jaxon! ...more
Wow, this book was awesome. I will admit I was skeptical going into this book. When you start talking about legends and words or names I can't pronounWow, this book was awesome. I will admit I was skeptical going into this book. When you start talking about legends and words or names I can't pronounce my eyes glaze over a bit. This book was a very pleasant surprise. This gritty, out of the box book really pulled me in and I had a hard time pulling away from it once I started. Who needs food, right?
This book doesn't fit one genre. It has a little something for everyone: suspense, mystery, sex, love, family, and a little magic sprinkled on top. The one thing lacking that I typically read is romance, but it does have passion and scorching, hot sex, which is basically the same thing.. in books anyways :)
Keahilani was a kick-ass heroine. Darkness ran through her veins and the only thing that mattered to her was family. Even a hot assassin who gave her the best sex of her life couldn't easily chisel away at her heart. That being said there was something very likable about her. Her passion and sense of protection for her family was admirable.
The plot in this multi-layered story was well thought out. Every person and piece of information played a necessary role and eventually it all tied in together for the story to come full circle. This book had me on the edge of my seat with its shock and awe factor as the story took many twists and turns as secrets were unveiled .
There were only a few things in this book that weren't my cup of tea, but they would spoil the story, so I will keep them to myself. Just know, despite my personal preferences they didn't take away or pull me away from the story.
Overall, this was an engrossing, entertaining, well-written, MUST-READ!
I can't wait to get my hands on the next book to see where this story takes us! ...more
“It’s not what you lose, it’s how you live after that loss.”
This book gave my heart a workout. I loved it. I had to take actual breaks to pur4.5 stars
“It’s not what you lose, it’s how you live after that loss.”
This book gave my heart a workout. I loved it. I had to take actual breaks to purse my lips and exercise my cheeks because they were getting stiff from grinning so much. I also may have had to take a few breaks to cry… sometimes they were happy tears and sometimes they were heart-breaking tears. This is the second book in the Mathews Family series. Both can be read as standalones.
Charlie and Lucy were victims of a tragic event that changed the course of both of their lives. A year later their paths cross again, although Charlie who is blinded by his grief doesn’t remember Lucy. As these two become friends and began to heal one another, Lucy is left conflicted and guilt-ridden about the secret she is hiding. If she tells Charlie, she could lose him forever.
The relationship between Charlie and Lucy is just absolutely beautiful. I loved watching their struggle to open their hearts to one another. There were so many awkward, embarrassing, goofy, giddy, and tender moments with these two. There was also a lot of turmoil as Lucy struggled with the secrets she held about the actual first time her and Charlie met. Overall, they just made my heart swell, and I couldn’t get enough. The author does an excellent job with the characters in both books. They are beautiful, yet flawed, and even the secondary characters play significant rolls in the books. There is also a new addition to the Mathews family, Jackson Mathews, who is the star of the show anytime he shows up in this book. I bring this up because I normally run from books with kids in them. I like them ok in real life, but they are a bit of a turn-off for me in books. I absolutely adored Jackson, and look forward to seeing this little guy. He was impossible not to love and enjoy. While reading it was easy to form an emotional attachment to the characters. The author has a way of sucking you into the book and making you feel like you are just part of the Mathews clan enjoying the show.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book. I read it in one sitting. I was really invested in the characters and the secret that could destroy them. Adrienne Francis has secured her spot as an auto-click author for me. I can’t think of a better way to spend my day then curled up with the Mathews family.