Category: Review


Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armen..

Posted 5 March, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Being that this is a Jen Armentrout book, my expectations going in were high. Her writing has never let me down and continues not to. Don’t Look Back grabbed my attention from the start and held on tight until it was over. However, this is definitely my least favourite JLA book. Maybe it was the genre, or the absence of Daemon or Jax, but it is what it is. Samantha – The main character, the girl who lost everything but got a chance at a new life. She goes through a lot throughout the story and I admire her strength. I wouldn’t ever want to be in her shoes (even though she owns really nice shoes), but hey, I’d totally take Carson for a spin. Scott – The brother, from the start I had mixed opinions about him. I just had this feeling that he knew way more than he was letting on. He was a bit too shady for my comfort, but I was happy to be wrong about him. Scott was actually a cool guy, and a really supportive brother. Loved him. Carson – The Book Boyfriend. JLA and her swoon-worthy boys, man oh man. Carson and Sam were friends a long time ago and fell apart when she fell into popularity. Not until after the accident did they become close again, and I shipped it. Really hard. […]


Review: Deeper by Blue Ashcroft

Posted 4 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Deeper by Blue Ashcroft

“There’s really something to be said for being alive. Being wholly alive, and allowing yourself to be human and imperfect and lovable. It’s what makes life worthwhile. That sacrifice we make when we love someone. That risk we take when we give our hearts to someone mortal, knowing in the end, we have to lose them.” I’m not exactly sure what drew me to Deeper in the first place. It may have been the fact that I’ve been on a NA Contemporary Romance kick for the last 6 months or so! Deeper was an emotional story. It was intriguing, with a strong female lead and an interesting premise. Deeper follows Rain Wilson, who is still dealing with the aftermath of the death of her boyfriend during a water park accident. She’s at a new park and one night at a bonfire, a guy follows her to the ocean and kisses her senseless. Steamy. But it turns out, the guy, Knight, is her new coworker, and he doesn’t actually want her there. It makes for a lot of drama. And considering the fact that there is some emotional drama being dragged around, we got an emotional yet entertaining read. “‘Well, that’s their problem. It’s sexist to say I should dress differently because others can’t control themselves.’” Rain was a strong female lead for me. She was dealing with guilt that was […]


Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

Posted 2 March, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Lick by Kylie Scott

“Love isn’t always smooth or straightforward. It can be messy and painful … Doesn’t mean it isn’t still the most incredible thing that can ever happen to you.” This book has been sitting on my Netgalley account for a long while and I finally felt in the mood for a rocker romance. Evelyn Thomas never thought that her 21st birthday would be so wild—that is, until she wakes up in the morning with a brand new tattoo and a brand new husband. One that she doesn’t remember marrying, much less meeting. Uh-oh. And turns out that her new hubby is part of Stage Dive—a popular rock band. Of course, Evelyn freaks (like any sane person) but David isn’t happy that she doesn’t remember. She goes home, gets mobbed by the paparazzi, and you cue the drama! Lick was an entertaining read, most certainly. The two characters’ dialogue were funny and the supporting characters were very well written. The plot, for the most part, was well paced. It kept me interested and invested in how Evelyn and David’s story would turn out. Evelyn was an okay character for the most part. I thought she was particularly sane up until the half point of the novel. She then proceeded to get a tad bit needy, out of the blue, and it got a bit annoying from then on out. But that was, […]


Mini-Review: Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzito..

Posted 27 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Just a Little Crush by Renita Pizzitola

“‘Though I will tell you, you ruined me. I’ve held a lot of girls I kissed to your standard and I’ve been sorely disappointed.’” Just a Little Crush was a cute and entertaining second chance romance. Brinley and Ryder didn’t depart on great terms in high school and now they are attending the same college together. And now all of a sudden, Ryder is showing an interest to a skeptical Brinley. But as it turns out, Ryder is part of a game that could be possibly more humiliating than what she experienced in high school. And it’s up to Ryder to prove that what he feels for her isn’t a game and is real. As I mentioned, Just a Little Crush was an undeniably cute read. It wasn’t without its fair share of drama though, so I wouldn’t insert it into the fluffy category. The two main characters were on and off constantly throughout the novel but at no point did I stop believing in them and their relationship. Ryder was seemingly genuine for a large majority of the novel. My confidence was shattered in him at points, but that’s part of what made this a good novel: I was invested in the outcome. I adored Brinley. She was sweet and reminded me of myself. She was a relatable character that I wouldn’t mind befriending! The plot was well-paced and the […]


Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Posted 26 February, 2015 by Jessi Elliott in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

The moment I found out this story was based around two characters writing about each other I. Was. Hooked. Basically, the main character Erin is living my dream (somewhat). She is living in New York City, majoring in Creative Writing, and working in a café. All is well (aside from the fact her dear old grandmother snubbed her trust fund because she wouldn’t major in business and take over the family farm because she wanted to pursue her dream), and she is enjoying her Creative Writing class. Until she’s written a story inspired from her past, where she gets her happy ending with the guy she loves. Except this guy is real, he stole her inheritance and now he’s in her Creative Writing class. Hunter. Ohh, Hunter. He’s… well one of the most impossible and perfect book boyfriends I’ve come across. He doesn’t mind at all that he stole Erin’s entire life, but at the same time I just could not hate him. Maybe it was because he was a writer. And hot. He was a huge part of Erin’s past and now that he was back in it (whether she wanted him there or not), I figured it was only a matter of time before they got together. When they went to the horse race with the rest of the gang there were some definite sparks and I got […]


Review: Touch of Mischief by C.L. Stone

Posted 25 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Touch of Mischief by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1) Check out my review of First Days (The Ghost Bird Series #2) Check out my review of Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird Series #3) Check out my review of Forgiveness and Permission (The Ghost Bird Series #4) Check out my review of Drop of Doubt (The Ghost Bird Series #5) Check out my review of Push and Shove (The Ghost Bird Series #6) Check out my review of House of Korba (The Ghost Series #7) Touch of Mischief is a short story that takes place during House of Korba. I thought that Touch of Mischief was a really cute short that gave a glimpse into the workings of the Academy group and how Sang was integrating with them. It was a hilarious story that I was sad to see end. It was actually too short in my opinion (but probably because I am in dire need of more Academy boys!). In this short, we got a glimpse of how the boys celebrate Halloween, and it definitely got me excited to see what happens during Christmas. Overall, it was a cute and funny read that got me excited for the books to come.


Review: House of Korba by C.L. Stone

Posted 23 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: House of Korba by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1) Check out my review of First Days (The Ghost Bird Series #2) Check out my review of Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird Series #3) Check out my review of Forgiveness and Permission (The Ghost Bird Series #4) Check out my review of Drop of Doubt (The Ghost Bird Series #5) Check out my review of Push and Shove (The Ghost Bird Series #6) If I had to say which boy this book revolved around, it would have to be Silas. It was interesting to see more of his background, especially because it definitely complicated the plot. That being said, this book revolved around three things—Sang’s growing attraction for all of the boys, the homecoming dance that may be the target of a bomb threat, and Silas’ past and family catching up with them and threatening to pull him under. That being said, like all of the Academy books so far, this book was absolutely interesting and engaging. It would appear as though C.L. Stone is nowhere near losing her momentum as she blasts through these books—interested of things getting boring, they are constantly getting more interesting, which is a hard thing to achieve with 7.5 books in the series so far. And one more thing that I would like to mention—the way the Stone incorporates characters from the companion series, The Scarab Beetle […]


Review: Push and Shove by C.L. Stone

Posted 20 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Push and Shove by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1) Check out my review of First Days (The Ghost Bird Series #2) Check out my review of Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird Series #3) Check out my review of Forgiveness and Permission (The Ghost Bird Series #4) Check out my review of Drop of Doubt (The Ghost Bird Series #5) I had been looking forward to getting this far into the series because it was released that something major would happen in this book—Sang’s first kiss! Push and Shove had a nice balance of things—action, suspense, mystery, and romance. Yes—we actually get some romance! The boys and Sang are still working towards some mysteries that are plaguing Ashley Waters—the Vice Principal is still missing, the Principal is still hovering, Mr. Blackbourne is still the target of an unidentified bomber, and Sang and the boys are still trying to figure out the identify of the masked man who warned her against the boys. Add in the fact that Nathan’s abusive father makes and appearance and Sang is starting to cave into the boys’ affections, and you’ve got yourself and extremely engaging book. I literally could not put it down if I wanted to—there was so much at stake in this book it wasn’t even funny. As I mentioned, Sang gets her first kiss in this book! I’m not going to say who, but […]


Review: Drop of Doubt by C.L. Stone

Posted 18 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Drop of Doubt by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1) Check out my review of First Days (The Ghost Bird Series #2) Check out my review of Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird Series #3) Check out my review of Forgiveness and Permission (The Ghost Bird Series #4) Now that Sang’s family problems have been dealt with for the most part, they boys have returned to Ashley Waters on their secret Academy mission. However, after Sang’s phone number is leaked into the school, Sang begins to get threatening anonymous calls, pushing Sang and the boys into lockdown mode. There was a ton of action in this book! I think that this was the most suspenseful one yet—there is a masked stranger, threatening calls, the reappearance of some bullies, and a crazy girl who is bent on claiming one of the boys. There was so much going on that there was never a dull moment, but at the same time, the pace wasn’t too fast to keep up with. We get a bit more of a glimpse into the Academy, but, like the title said, there is a bit of doubt that is instilled into Sang. That’s the only thing that bothered me about this novel—how easily Sang began to doubt the boys that so obviously care for her. I got over it after a while, but it was a bit shocking to […]


Review: Forgiveness and Permission by C.L. Stone

Posted 16 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Forgiveness and Permission by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1) Check out my review of First Days (The Ghost Bird Series #2) Check out my review of Friends vs. Family (The Ghost Bird Series #3) Forgiveness and Permission’s plot has shifted its focus back to what is going on at the school. There were some scary moments and some creepy moments. I am disliking the Principal and Vice Principal of the school less and less. That being said, they were definitely making things difficult, but also interesting. I think that we are getting closer and closer to seeing why exactly the boys’ Academy group was sent into Ashley Waters. Also, the tension is building between Sang and all the guys—even a bit with Mr. Blackbourne and Dr. Green. It’s a bit amusing to see Sang freaking out about it, but it definitely says something good about her character. She doesn’t want to lead them on, which is nice of her. On the other hand, the boys are struggling not to make anymore moves (as per the agreement that they came to). The tension was palpable in this installment, and I won’t be surprised if something interesting happens in one of the next two books or so. In this installment, we finally see Mr. Blackbourne and other one of the guys trying to figure out if and how they can bring Sang […]