Category: Review


Review: Friends vs. Family by C.L. Stone

Posted 13 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Friends vs. Family 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) In this installment, Friends vs. Family, we again are following Sang and the boys. In the previous novels, we saw some of what Sang goes through by the hand of her sick mother, but this installment was focused on Sang’s family life. I liked that it was primarily about the things that were going on in that aspect of her life because I had been curious about it after seeing bits and pieces of it in the previous books. Even though this installment focused more on Sang’s home life and not what the Academy boys were doing in the school, it definitely was not lacking in action. Actually, I liked this book the best thus far. There were some heart pounding moments and some scary ones. We also find out some plot-changing things about Sang and her family. I was absolutely glued to the book. I liked that the boys really stepped up to help Sang, even Mr. Blackbourne and Dr. Green. I liked that they were so quick to want to help her. They were especially selfless and overprotective and adorable in this installment. Also, the tension between them all is definitely building and I am excited to see where that leads. Also, I am interested […]


Review: First Days by C.L. Stone

Posted 11 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: First Days by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Introductions (The Ghost Bird Series #1) Because there are so many books in this series so far, I don’t think that it is necessary to go into detail on the guys and Sang every review, as I don’t think that they will drastically change very much. That being said, I’m going to focus on the plot and stuff with this following reviews. First Days is about exactly what the title suggests: Sang and the boys’ first week at Ashley Waters high school. The boys are on some secret mission to help improve Ashley Waters, but it is obvious that they stand out (with their business casual school clothing) and that they are not wanted, especially by the Principal and Vice Principal. And because they have now taken Sang under their wing, she is being singled out as well. First Days definitely had a lot more action than Introductions. There was a lot of drama with the boys not fitting in and people trying to pick on them and fight them. There were definitely some heart pounding moments, especially during the end of the novel. Sang was really brave and tough in this installment, more so than I got the feeling that she was in book one. It was a pleasant surprise. Although she is extremely naive and sheltered, she is also caring and determined, especially […]


Review: Introductions by C.L. Stone

Posted 9 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 5 Comments
Review: Introductions by C.L. Stone

This is actually the second time that I am reading books one through four—the first time around, I didn’t get the chance to write up reviews for them, so I figured I’d reread them! I loved this book the second time around just as much as I loved it the first time around. This first book basically gives us an introduction to the main character, Sang, and the boys that make up the Academy team that attends her school. There wasn’t too much action in this novel—but we did get a firm understanding of what each of the boys was like, what Sang was like, and it definitely set the stage for book two as the boys start their secret mission at the high school, Ashley Waters. Sang is the female character of the book. Sang has a paranoid mother and a neglectful father, so she hasn’t had much of a normal life so far. One night, she sneaks out and runs into Kota. From that moment on, her life changes for the better. Sang is a really shy character. She hasn’t had much social interaction in her life so she tends to blend into the background with no problem. It was interesting to see her reactions to the boys. She’s a bit secretive because of her selfless nature. I think that she’s definitely going to be a character that […]


Mini-Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted 6 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

“Sometimes we expect more that people are capable of giving at the moment.” On the Fence was a cute contemporary read that followed Charlie, a tomboy with three brothers, as she begins to fall for the boy next door, and honorary brother, Braden. This story was the perfect summer read. It was light, romantic, and overall interesting. I loved the relationship between Charlie and her brothers. I liked that Charlie was a tomboy who was just starting to find her inner girly side. She didn’t take crap from anyone, including her brothers. There was a quite a bit of character growth on Charlie’s side, which really set this aside from other contemporary summer reads. At the same time, I liked her relationship with Braden. It was the classic friends-to-lovers romance. I really like these types of relationships because they don’t seem forced and they seem natural. West hit these two factors on the head. Their relationship was genuine. I also really enjoyed Braden’s character. I thought he was a nice book boy. He wasn’t exactly anything extravagant but I liked that he got along with Charlie’s brothers so well. On the Fence was a dazzling novel with a genuine friends-to-lovers romance that I couldn’t put down.  


Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demet..

Posted 4 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

I’ll Meet You There was a cute contemporary romance. Josh Mitchell has returned to his hometown after getting injured in the Marines and Skylar is trying with all of her might to get out of their hometown and away to art school. She just has to work through the summer and she’s out—until her mother loses her job and starts spiraling. Suddenly, Skylar has to make the choice of whether to pursue her dreams or to stay. I’ll Meet You There was not only an amazing romance, but also a heartwarming story about a girl struggling to realize her dreams and a boy whose dreams were shattered. This book gave me so many feels, something that hasn’t been happening much with the books I’ve read. Skylar was an amazing female lead. She was compassionate and determined. She wanted to get out of her hometown but was willing to stay in order to help her mother. I really enjoyed Sky’s character because she was real. She had her ups and downs but she didn’t give up. She was friendly and loyal to her friends, her family, and others in her community. And yet, she refused to settle for less than she deserved. Josh was lost. He was angry and sad that his way out of their town had been lost. Josh was a very deep and very layered character—many things from […]


Blog Tour Review: Three Brothers by Nicole William..

Posted 2 February, 2015 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review / 0 Comments
Blog Tour Review: Three Brothers by Nicole Williams

“One of the few grains of wisdom I’d gleaned from my mom before she ended her life the summer I turned thirteen was that there were three types of men: The kind who appealed to our heads—the good guys who were safe, smart picks who’d never hurt us but would never really excite the hell out of us either. The kind who appealed to our hearts—typically the broken, damaged ones we couldn’t help but fall hard and fast for and the ones we yearned to fix. And then there were the kind who appealed to the below-the-belt region. Those were the guys with swagger in their step and a knowing glint in their eyes. They lit our worlds on fire, but like any fire that burned through its tinder, it extinguished as quickly as it had erupted. Mom had also said there was a fourth kind, although they were so rare they were more myth than reality: the kind who appealed to all three parts of a woman. She said if I ever came across one of those, I should tie myself to him so tightly, no matter what storm came, we’d never be ripped apart.” I loved the Lost and Found series as well as all of the Nicole Williams books that I’ve tried so I was very excited to give this one a try, especially because it said that […]


Mini-Review: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

Posted 28 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Unfixable by Tessa Bailey

“Love comes in many forms. It’s not always sweet. Or comfortable. Sometimes it’s selfish and consuming. Volatile. It makes choices for you. It demands you obey it, not taking no for an answer. And it’s usually right. It knows you better than you know yourself.” “’It’s inevitable, Willa. We are inevitable. When you stop fooling yourself, come find me.’” Unfixable was the first Tessa Bailey novel that I’ve read, and boy was it a great read! It follows main character Willa as she ventures to Ireland to do some self-discovery after a breakup. There, she stays at the Claymore Inn, which is in the process of being sold by Shane Claymore, a racer determined to get back into the circuit after settling family affairs. Unfixable was a well-written novel. I enjoyed the way that Bailey wrote the characters. They were very unique, and Willa was especially relatable as a character. And of course, who doesn’t love a guy with an accent?! And factor in the fact that he’s a bad boy racer? That means an extremely swoony guy, along with some heart pounding chemistry. Moreover, I enjoyed the complications brought on by the characters’ pasts. It added to the uniqueness of the novel, and made it hard to put down! Unfixable was a fantastic New Adult novel by Tessa Bailey: a steamy romance, characters trying to figure out exactly who […]


Review: Claimed by Light by Reese Monroe

Posted 26 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Claimed by Light by Reese Monroe

Check out my review of Forged by Fate (Bound by Hades #1) Check out my review of Marked by Hades (Bound by Hades #2) I really had enjoyed the first two novels in the series and I was interested to see how the series came to a conclusion. Claimed by Light was Halena’s story. The French Guardian who didn’t believe in Mates. So of course she is shaken when she feels an instant connection to Slade, who has just sold his soul to demons and is on the fast-track to becoming one himself. This novel was definitely interesting. We get to the conclusion of the Guardian’s battle against the demons and beating them to the artifacts. There was lots of action, suspense, and death. My only complaint is that the ending didn’t feel like the ending of a series to me. I actually had to double check as to whether it was the last novel. There just felt like there were a few too many loose-ends that needed tying. Halena was the main character in this novel. It was nice to see her character in more depth as opposed to the glimpses of her personality we see in the first two novels. To be honest, this novel really changed my opinion about her character. She went through a lot and closed herself off so valid reasons and I came to […]


Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Posted 23 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

“’Cassie … We’ve never been over. You know it as well as I do. Even when I was halfway around the world and you hated my guts, we weren’t over. You can feel it between us now. And the closer we are, the stronger it gets.’” “Yeah, sure, I can do a passionate play with my ex-lover, who broke my heart not once, but twice. No problem. I bang my head against the wall. If there were a Nation of Stupid People, I would be their queen.” Bad Romeo was a fantastic book. It had a very complicated plot that definitely held my attention. It was told in two time periods, one of the past and one of the present. I thought that, for the most part, it was a nice touch to the plot line, because we were constantly seeing what was wrong between the characters that occurred in the past, and at the same time, we were privy to how they were working it out in the present. I really enjoyed reading it but as I got further and further the percentage read got higher and higher and we weren’t moving towards a conclusion. I’m sad to say that there wasn’t really one. It was an abrupt cut off that ruined the fantastic flow that this novel had kept up for the entire duration. It was really a […]


Mini-Review: Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

Posted 21 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Four Seconds to Lose by K.A. Tucker

Check out my review of Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1) Check out my review of One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths #2) Four Seconds to Lose was another great installment to the Ten Tiny Breaths series. Four Seconds to Lose followed the illusive strip club owner, Caine. Charlie, a girl trying to escape her past, gets a job at Caine’s strip club in order to get money fast. Neither of them intended to catch feelings. Charlie was a strong female character. She was dealing with a ton of stuff. She was the type of character that I would want to get to know: strong-willed and good. Caine was a sweetheart. He was caring and protective, but he also had his bad-boy side that came as a result to his past. The two of them together were absolutely explosive. I loved both their sweet and sexy scenes alike. They had a real emotional connections. Moreover, the plot was heart pounding. Charlie brought with her a danger element to the plot, and as a result, this book was more high stakes than the other ones. There was a certain action element present here that was absent in the Cleary sisters’ stories. This aspect made for a very entertaining novel. Four Seconds to Lose was a great read: romance and action! About K.A. Tucker Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at […]