Publisher: Macmillan

Average Rating: 3.92


Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Posted 7 April, 2015 by Jamie Mariano in Review / 0 Comments
Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

“There’s something about the way she has her hands folded under her chin that makes me think she wants to touch him but she’s holding back.” Aside from the almost-inevitable romance clichés, this novel is the cutest, sweetest story that I’ve read in a while. A Little Something Different was definitely something different, in the way Hall presents this love story. The use of multiple perspectives (14!!) for the most part worked in the novel’s favour, creating a lovely mixture of angst, delight, and all that cheesy goodness. Azalea and Gabriel are meant to be. Everyone can see it. Everyone knows it. From their friends, to their teachers, even from their local squirrel and park bench, Lea and Gabe are destined to be together… except these two are completely oblivious to the fact. With angsty stares and serendipitous encounters, Lea and Gabe become the love story witnessed and rooted by many. But will Lea and Gabe realize their true affections for each other, or will they need a little push along the way? This is a love story through and through. The romance is pretty tame, but the angst is real. Where Lea is reserved, Gabe is shy, which makes for a tension-filled love affair. Like the characters, the readers find themselves helplessly rooting for “Gazalea” (unofficial ship name? Yes.) mainly because they seem to be the main concern for all the other characters. Because of the novel’s structure, the […]


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, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Posted 11 October, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Of Neptune by Anna Banks

Check out my review of Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) Check out my review of Of Triton (The Syrena Legacy #2) “‘Emma, I will love you with every breath in my body and beyond my own death. I swear to be your shield, your protector, your worshipper. There is nothing I will deny you. I am yours.’” I loved the first two novels in this trilogy so I had to see the conclusion to Galen and Emma’s story. This novel picks up a little bit after the last one. Emma and Galen travel to the town of Neptune where they discover a town where Syrena and Half-Bloods live in harmony with humans and swim in freshwater. While Emma feels a part of the little town, Galen hates it. After an argument, Galen leaves to tell Grom about the city and is kidnapped. Meanwhile, Emma stays and begins getting closer to a Half-Blood, Reed, until they get themselves into trouble as well. I enjoyed this novel even better than the others. The characters really got themselves into some real predicaments. There was never a lack of anything happening. The point of view alternated between Emma’s first person and Galen’s third person so we got to see both events progressing at the same time. The thing I liked best about this novel was that there wasn’t just one evil villain—there were […]


Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre (DNF)

Posted 2 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre (DNF)

The premise of this novel was really promising when I read the synopsis. Mortal Danger started off slow and just never picked up for me. It was a really difficult novel to get into because the pacing wasn’t the best. We follow Edie Kramer after she is stopped from committing suicide and offered a deal for three wishes now in return for three favors in the future. Edie’s first wish is to become beautiful so that she can sabotage the high schoolers who made fun of her from the inside. All the setting up in this novel had the ability to be promising but instead it just lacked. I found myself unable to read more than two chapters at a time due to boredom. I really wanted to enjoy this novel but there was just nothing exciting going on in the novel. I DNF’d at 51% and at that point, the novel still felt like it was going nowhere. Edie’s character wasn’t the best. She really came off as shallow and vengeful to me. Sure, these kids did unspeakable things to her, but it felt like the only thing she was devoted to was getting back at them. She hated them, supposedly. I say supposedly because at random points she would feel intense sympathy for the things that were happening to the people she wanted to destroy. Her waffling made […]


Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Posted 16 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Anything involving country music is a must read for me. I loved this book just as much as I hoped I would. Reagan O’Neill and Lilah “Dee” Montgomery had been friends long before Lilah hit the big time. So the summer before her senior year, Reagan decides to join Dee on tour. After Dee is “involved” in a scandal, her record company ends up adding Matt Finch as her opening act in order to generate speculation about the two of them being an item. It becomes complicated when Reagan and Matt start falling for each other. The best part of the novel wasn’t the romance. As good as that was, it didn’t hold a candle to the friendship between Reagan and Dee. I can honestly say that they are my favorite pair of friends that I’ve ever read about. They have each others backs through thick and thin. Nothing was going to come between them, which is refreshing to read in a YA book. Reagan is a troublemaker. She’s the type of girl that rumors are spread about and nasty things written about on bathroom stalls. Her choices in guys has been less than spectacular. After a particularly bad experience with a boy, she decides she’s going to reinvent herself. She’s going to be a New Reagan. By going on tour with Dee, she thinks it will be easier to […]


Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Posted 17 June, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

“Pete’s right—we are a family and for just a few minutes, it feels like Pete and I are about twenty years older than we actually are, like we’re the parents and these are our kids sitting around the blanket. This is our house, and these boys—and Belle—they’re our family. And tonight, I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of taking care of them.” This novel was pitched as a Peter Pan retelling and I haven’t read one like it, so I had to give it a try. Second Star tells the story of Wendy as she sets out to find her brothers who disappeared nine months prior in a surfboarding accident and were presumed dead. However, Wendy refuses to believe this and sets out to find them, coming across a surfer’s heaven called Kensington Beach. Here, she meets Pete, Belle, and their gang. She also meets Jas, the local rival and enemy to Pete. Wendy decides to get close to Pete and his gang, convinced that maybe one of them had met or seen her brothers. However, after a falling out, she turns to Jas who promises to help her find her brothers. Second Star was definitely a novel that kept me pulled in from the very first to the very last page. I was absolutely captivated by Wendy in her search for her missing brothers. I loved […]


Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Posted 17 October, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 2 Comments
Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Favorite Quote(s): “Nothing was dirty. With Park. Nothing could be shameful. Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.” “’I look like a hobo?’ ‘Worse,’ he said. ‘Like a sad hobo clown.’ ‘And you like it?’ ‘I love it.’ As soon as he said it, she broke into a smile. And when Eleanor smiled, something broke inside of him. Something always did.” Favorite Character: …Park. But that’s a hard one! First Line: “XTC was no good for drowning out the morons at the back of the bus.” My Musings: I have been hearing fantastic things about Eleanor and Park ever since it came out. I’ve not had time to read it until recently, and I must say, it was a very unique book. Eleanor and Park was unlike anything that I have ever read before. For one, it was set in the eighties, which was a little bit upsetting for me. I didn’t understand any of the references made throughout the novel, being a late nineties baby myself. Other than that, it was about two misfits–Eleanor and Park. It was about them falling in love and all of the hardships that came with it. It is perhaps one of the most realistic novels that I have read to date. I could seriously imagine the plot of this novel playing out in real life. […]


Review: Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles

Posted 1 October, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Better Than Perfect by Simone Elkeles

Favorite Quote(s): “Seriously, Ashtyn, I bet my left nut you wouldn’t even notice if I got your dog fixed.’ ‘Your left nut?’ I ask. ‘Why not your right one? Guys never say they’ll bet their right nut, only their left. Why is that?’ ‘Because all guys know their right nut is the dominant one, so bettin’ the left one is a safe choice. Now don’t change the subject and answer my question.’” “When her boyfriend kissed her outside, I didn’t miss the silent ‘f**k you, she’s mine’ vibe he sent me. Ashtyn is oblivious. The guy obviously thinks he’s God’s gift to the universe, with his black Corvette convertible and dark sunglasses he doesn’t even take off when he’s kissing her. That’s like keeping your socks on when you’re having sex—complete douche move. I’m surprised Ashytn fell for that kind of guy, whose car is an extension of his d*ck.” “‘You want to break the rule?’ He nods slowly. ‘Yeah.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because I’m tryin’ to push you away when all I want to do is hold you. I know you say you don’t want a hero, but damn I’d like to be that guy who’ll save you from spiders and whatever and whoever else hurts you.’” Favorite Character: Derek. I LOVE HIM!! First Line: “Getting caught wasn’t part of the plan.” My Musings: Now I’ve read some of Simone Elkeles’ […]