Friday, October 31, 2014

Review: Happily Ever After


Happily Ever After
Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I have to say the storyline intrigued me. Found it a quick, easy read with a good plot and characters you could relate to. A bit predictable at times but overall a good book. Worth the fun day to finish it!



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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: The Opposite of Wild


The Opposite of Wild
The Opposite of Wild by Kylie Gilmore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I liked this book. The relationship between Ryan and Liz is sweet and relatable. I truly like how these characters interact. And how they developed throughout the story. If Liz has an annoying flaw, it is her inability to not go full throttle when someone asks for help and involving herself too much. I enjoyed the character of Maggie - she was inspiring and entertaining. Cannot wait til the next book!



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Review: Retribution


Retribution
Retribution by Megg Jensen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Ok so when I was allowed an advanced copy of Retribution, I did the fan girl squeal! Yep I am a Megg Jensen fan through and through. I was extremely excited to start this. And now, I cannot wait for book 4!!!!
The twists and turns in her previous 2 books were nothing in comparison to these corkscrews and 180s. I could not stop reading once I really started going.
I am afraid to really say anything for fear of giving anything away. I feel like I really know the characters more and really was thrilled by the complexity of their relationships and dealings this time around. I mean, we all have read books that once you get to book 3 the interworkings of the characters starts to drone on and become tedious. Not in this book I tell you! Not at all.
And just when I think things are the way they should be, a change up comes around the corner and wham! I am knocked around and questioning everything I had thought I knew til then.
Exactly the kind of book that stays with you and has you still shocked and excited about the next one! (Yep, a day ago I was complaining because the holidays are almost upon us, and now I am counting down the days til 2015 cause it brings me closer to book 4.



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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Review: Stone Cold Touch


Stone Cold Touch
Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Wow. Again allow me a "WOW"!!!

Just when I was all Team Roth, she had to make Zayne so darn likable. Teehee!!!
In all seriousness, I am amazed at the twists and turns that arose in this installment. I had to sit back and let it all soak in. I mean (Yep spolier alert), Roth is back. He breaks Layla apart and then still hangs around. Ok, in all honesty, I expected this. I mean you can't have a contest for which guy should win her heart if you didn't make the other one the focus in this book, right? And the other guy still needs to be around to keep up his following, right again?
There were a few twists I truly did not see coming at all. That made this even harder to put down. All in all my family was asked to leave me alone just a little for this one as I spent a lot of my sleep time reading. :)

So now I will vote on Jennifer Armentrout's as to whom I want Layla to be with. Still a bit unsure if I am casting the right vote, but so goes it. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait until number 3 comes out!



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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review: In Too Deep


In Too Deep
In Too Deep by Tracey Alvarez

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I received a copy of this book from Librarything.com in exchange for an honest review.

It was a good story. The diver aspect was a different twist to the romance storyline from my perspective. I enjoyed the love story between Piper and West. Piper's brother Ben irritated me to no end - I wanted to throttle him numerous times. The subplots were intriguing and added to the story's depth. Perhaps at times, in my opinion, the story dragged a bit and I thought a few of those elements could have been removed. But overall it was good.



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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Review: Meant to be Mine


Meant to be Mine
Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This was a very good read. I enjoyed the main characters and the relationships they had with each other as well as others in the story. I liked that the daughter played a pivotal (in my opinion) role in the story. A lot of times they are a very minor character and I appreciated the fact that she actually was important to the story. I loved the romance between the two and the chemistry they shared. It was refreshing.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: Talk Sweetly to Me


Talk Sweetly to Me
Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



I did not really enjoy this story. It felt forced as did the relationship between the two main characters



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Review: Sweet Girl


Sweet Girl
Sweet Girl by Cristin Harber

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I enjoyed the build up the relationship between Cash and Nic. My problems with the story was that if they were all as involved in their lives as they had eluded to, all their friends would have already guessed that they were a couple. The abrupt ending I know eludes to the sequel but it was a bit harsh for my liking. It made me irritable instead of dying for the next book. I am still unsure whether I will read further in this story as the ending was a bit contrived and cheesy twist for me.



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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Review: Don't Look Back


Don't Look Back
Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A very quick read. Good but definitely not my fave Jennifer Armentrout book. I liked the characters and appreciated what they were going through. Interesting plot twists. Good romantic chemistry. Good but not great.



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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Review: Conversion


Conversion
Conversion by Katherine Howe

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



So I went to a YA fan event sponsored by a bookstore in our area. It was a great time. We got to meet so many authors - including Katherine Howe. She is well, just amazing to talk to.
Her book was really terrific. If there is a time period that has always intrigued me, it would be the late 1600s or early 1700s. Either Scotland in that time when there were clans and the issues surrounding that or the area surrounding the Salem Witch trials.
So I read this story that told two stories at the same time. One was regarding the trials and the young ladies that were in 2012. I was amazed to read this was based upon a group of girls who actually had this in NY in 2012. My scientific side wants to inquire as to what really was going on.
The thought that all these girls had this conversion disorder - all manifesting in different ways, was new to me. I am a nurse by profession but honestly, my passion is not in the psychiatric area. All things associated with that fascinates me. And that this actually occurred is even more fascinating.
I love the correlation between the two stories. That was a highlight for me. I felt that they truly did have many similar aspects to the stories.
The characters in the 2012 story were "normal" girls that one could easily see either themselves or their friends in. I saw many aspects of the personalities in my own at that age and my friends.
Overall a truly amazing book by a very gifted and talented writer. I cannot wait to read more by her!



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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Press Play by Eric Devine

I had the honor of being contacted by the author's publicist to review this book after receiving an advanced reader copy.  I mean obviously I have done so via NetGalley before, but never had I received a physical book in the mail for that purpose.  I wondered at a point if this was a scam so I investigated and responded to the email and it was totally legitimate and I became super excited.
 Press PlayWhen I opened the envelope, I saw the book and my teenage son said "Huh. Cool cover."  That to me said more than a lot as he usually says nothing about them.  So when I was able to I started to read Press Play I found myself eager to finish it to figure out the whole story.  Yep, it gripped me from the beginning.

A Note from the Author:

  One of the hazers in your story says that the “difference between men and boys is what we’re willing to suffer.” And Greg does have to suffer to get the footage he needs to expose the team. Do you agree with that definition of what it means to be a man?
I don’t agree with the definition now, but I certainly would have as a teen. Being a “man” is such a nuanced concept based on culture and upbringing that I can’t offer a broad and general definition. However, I do think a part of crossing into adulthood is a willingness to suffer for others. As a friend, a spouse, a parent, we must do things that we’d rather not. Those sacrifices come in many forms: financial, emotional, physical, mental. But what do teens see as sacrifice? What is ingrained in them through sport as meaningful suffering? Pain. Or, more specifically, one’s ability to endure such. Therefore, it only makes sense that Greg must suffer in many ways for his goal. That’s reality. And based on who he’s up against, it makes sense that the suffering will come in many forms. The lacrosse team has endured more than their fair share to reach their pinnacle, and they are not going to sit by idly when that is threatened. But only Greg can be considered a man, because his suffering serves a greater good. That makes all the difference.

My review:

This book touched on very touchy real situations and issues in schools today.  I enjoyed the interactions between the characters and those characters themselves.  They were honest and real and I could see either myself or my friends from years ago in them to certain extents.  I truly appreciated how some things never change that way.
The bullying and hazing issues and the kids that have to deal with it are portrayed well in my opinion.  All of the issues are right up in front the whole time so you can never escape from them.  (Kind of like real life!)I appreciated the struggle that they have to go through deciding whether to report what they have seen or to stay silent on the proverbial sidelines.  Who doesn't remember the thought that adults would never believe a kid?
I have already recommended this book to some and will continue to do so.  I feel it was well written and realistic.


Overall, I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.  It was a really great book that definitely deserves some attention!

A note of thanks goes to the author for contacting me and giving me the blurb for my blog as well as his publicist who sent me the book.  I appreciated this immensely.

About the author:
Eric  Devine
Author of fearless fiction: Press Play (10/14),Tap Out, Dare Me, and This Side of Normal. High school English teacher, husband, and father of two girls.

I am represented by Kate McKean of the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency.