Check out my review of Lost & Found (Lost & Found #1) Check out my review of Near & Far (Lost & Found #2) Check out my review of Finders Keepers (Lost & Found #3) Loser Weepers was definitely a thrilling read. I didn’t know what to expect after reading the synopsis—Garth falling back into his old ways made me nervous. But the book was actually a really engaging and heartbreaking/heartwrenching read. Josie was great as always. She was tough and that definitely showed over the course of the book. She didn’t put up with Garth’s crap and absolutely did not let him push her away. Josie is one of the best female characters that I’ve read, and this book just hardened my opinion on that. Garth is involved in an accident that sends him spiraling back into his ways of assholery. I was pissed at him for the longest time! I wanted him to stop all the bullpoop. That’s actually what I loved most about this book—I literally got happy when the characters were happy, sad when they were sad, and mad when they were mad. We saw a bit more into Garth’s vulnerability, which was nice to see. We really got a close look at his psyche. He grew up in this novel. It was awesome. The romance in this book was more emotional than physical, which reminded me […]
Draw Me In was an okay contemporary read. It was not anything super special. It followed the typical NA trope: girl meets boy, one of the two or both have baggage, they get together, crap hits the fan, and then they work it out and get back together. And this novel followed that exactly. I, for the most part, enjoyed Hailey’s character. She was likable and relatable. She was trying to do what was best for her to reach her dreams regardless of the family issues she was dealing with. She was admirable. Neill was not. He was a coward, plain and simple. He shied away from their possible relationship at every turn. And the cause of that? You guessed it—he has baggage from a previous relationship. A druggie ex-girlfriend that took advantage of the things he offered. And so he projects the fears and feelings from that relationship onto Hailey. It felt really weird for me, the roles reversed, because often it is the girl who does that exact thing: not trust a guy because they’ve been hurt before. Although it showed a vulnerable side to Neill’s character it quickly got old and annoying. His character made it hard to really and truly enjoy this novel. That being said, the plot was paced well and it was a somewhat enjoyable novel for the most part. However, due to the […]
I enjoyed One, Two, Three. It was a good story with an interesting mystery element to it as the reader tried to figure out what happened to the main character Natalya and her father in the car accident that killed him and shattered her dreams of becoming a professional ballerina. Natalya was a good character. She was dealing with quite a few hard to deal with things and she had a bit of a problem coping with them, but I thought that she was a relatable character. She was still a strong and steadfast character, at least in my opinion. I truly felt sympathy for her character as the book went on, knowing how much dancing had meant for her. I hurt when she hurt. Antonio had his own problems. He was definitely a pretty swoony book boy. He was a sexy soccer player on the outside, but he was really sweet with Natalya. He wasn’t explicitly well developed but his addition to the novel was seemingly the romance, which was one of those sweet ones with a slow build up. I thought that the two characters were sweet together. One, Two, Three was a pretty emotional story about losing things that you love and learning to move past them. It certainly gave my some feels!
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. […]
“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 […]
“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, […]
“‘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 […]
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 […]
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Lainey at gingerreadslainey. This series is open to any book-lover who wants to participate. Be sure to check out the T5W group on Goodreads for more information! This week’s topic: Best Character Arcs For me, I find the best characters are always the most impactful. Whether a character is good or bad, lovable or absolutely despicable, my favourites always tend to leave a mark — even after the last page. My list here is always changing and always growing, but alas, here are the ones that have refused to leave. 5. Queen of Attolia, The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner While I’m only halfway through this series, the Queen of Attolia is without a doubt one of the best characters I’ve ever come across. She’s a complete mystery in the first book, but Turner manages to twist and pull at our hearts until we, even for a brief moment, see the kind of queen she really is. Indeed, Attolia is cruelly seductive and manipulative, but she is far from the heartless ruler she wants others to believe. 4. Will Herondale, The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare With Will being Jace’s ancestor, I’d assumed Clare had written a character who was somewhat similar, nothing surprising. I was wrong. Definitely wrong. Will’s development, not as a shadowhunter, but as […]
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.