Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Average Rating: 4.67


Review: Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

Posted 26 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Boys Like You by Juliana Stone

 “She splashed me again, this time filling the air with laughter. ‘I don’t know why you’re trying, Nate. I don’t do stuff like that. Not with boys like you.’ ‘Hey,’ I said with a grin. ‘Should I feel insulted? What do you mean, boys like me?’ ‘You know,’ she said softly. ‘Boys who can make a girl forget.’” “With his longish hair and that little bit of stubble on his chin, he looked dangerous. He looked hot. And though he looked perfect, I knew he was as un-perfect as I was. We were damaged, the two of us, in ways not a lot of people could understand. And for the first time since all the bad stuff had happened to me, I didn’t feel so alone.” Boys Like You was an emotional read. It followed Monroe and Nathan as they were both individually dealing with tragedies that changed their lives forever. Monroe is at her grandmother’s house, her parents having sent her there thinking that it would help her recover. And Nathan was in his hometown dealing with the fact that he ruined someone’s life. This novel was more an emotional journey than anything. Both characters were on the verge of depression with no light ahead until they met each other. I really enjoyed seeing their heartfelt struggle to move towards the light at the end of the tunnel of […]


Blog Tour: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Posted 8 December, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Guest Post, Review / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

How do you individualize your characters (such as the heroines of your books like Jordan and Parker, etc, and the leading males such as Sam, Matt, etc)? This is a great question – nobody has ever asked me this before. When I first started writing, I learned two crucial things: 1) Nobody wants to read about a perfect character (boring!); 2) The easiest way to figure out who a character is to free-write in their voice and find out what they want more than anything and what scares them most. When I start writing a book – the first thing I have to know is what my characters want and what stands in their way. Your characters’ personalities must also complement your plot. For instance, with Jordan, I knew she wanted to play football more than anything and worried that if guys on the team thought of her as a girl, they wouldn’t take her seriously. This is why Jordan curses a lot, doesn’t pay attention to her appearance, and generally acts like one of the guys. She’s also super competitive – that’s why you see her playing games all the time. When Parker’s mom came out as a lesbian, Parker felt she had to prove to the mean kids at school that she was straight. Parker paints her nails and spends a lot of time on her appearance. Parker […]


Review: Endless by Jessica Shirvington

Posted 19 September, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Endless by Jessica Shirvington

Check out my review of Entice (The Violet Eden Chapters #2)  Favorite Quote(s): “Honey and spice and all things dangerous are nice.” “‘Thanks for the outrageously fun night.’ He winked. ‘I aim to please.’ ‘Then we’re going to have to reassess your pleasure standards.’ At the smile on his face and raised eyebrow, my cheeks pinked. ‘Ah…I mean…’ ‘Goodnight, Vi.’ ‘I bit my lip. ‘Night, Linc.’” “‘What we have…We’re endless.’” Favorite Character: Violet. She’s such a strong and well developed character. First Line: My Musings: Wow. Just wow. I am still in a state of shock, and it’s been about three days since I finished this novel. So I’ve been pining for this novel ever since I finished Emblaze. I mean, the cliffy in Emblaze? Just about killed me. So anyways. When I got approved for this title on Netgalley, I was super excited! I was expecting great things, and great things were given to me. Endless follows Violet and co. as they fight to find Lilith and Phoenix and put a stop to her horrible plans of evilness. In addition, you also have the added stress of Violet’s newly found mother being taken as prisoner at the Academy in the New York. And the fact that Violet has to take classes there. And the fact that Violet’s dad has been exposed to their world. Oh, and the ever-present connection […]


Blog Tour: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda ..

Posted 13 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review, Top Tens List / 4 Comments
Blog Tour: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Check out my review of Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) Favorite Quote(s): “Learning is never a bad thing. And neither is changing your mind about things…It’s always good to reevaluate. To think and consider all sides.” “My favorite is when an eight year old girl named Lizzie sings ‘Jesus Loves Me’ in the purest voice, and when she gets scared and I think she might run off the stage, Matt sings along with her as he strums his guitar. Leaning against a tree, as bugs chirp around me, as warm wind rustles the branches, that’s when I know it for real. I want him.” Favorite Character: Definitely Matt. He’s cute and he really has insecurities of his own. First Line: “Girls like me do not buy pregnancy tests.” My Musings: Miranda Kenneally is quickly becoming my favorite young adult contemporary novelist. Like the companion novels Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, Things I Can’t Forget is a great novel about finding oneself. And of course you get your cute romance! Things I Can’t Forget follows Kate Kelly as she develops her religious beliefs with God. In the beginning of the novel, Kate is a diehard ‘Jesus-freak’, to the point where she is judgment about anything that can be considered a sin. So when her best friend, Emily, becomes pregnant and Kate helps her get an abortion, Kate tears herself up with guilt. We […]


Review: Entice by Jessica Shirvington

Posted 18 March, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Entice by Jessica Shirvington

Favorite Quote(s): “‘I don’t know that I will ever do anything in my life remarkable enough to make me deserve you, but I promise you, Violet, I will try every day for the rest of my life.’” Favorite Character: Lincoln. He really cares for Violet, and I feel like there is a lot more to the way that he acts. First Line: “I held the dagger in my right hand, the hilt heavy and intricately carved, the blade long and slim.” My Musings: Jessica Shirvington is an amazing writer. In this second installment of the Violet Eden chapters, we follow Violet and her crew as they make their way to Jordan to find the Scriptures. The Scriptures that Phoenix is out to get. This novel was a labyrinth of action and events. There is lots of fighting, special powers, and discovery that go on in this book. In addition to that, this book is loaded with forbidden and forbidden love, humor, and lots of seriousness. The plot in this novel was fully developed–Shirvington clearly knew what she was doing when she brought this story to life. The events were well planned out, and nothing was confusing over the course of the novel. The writing itself was very realistic and descriptive, and it painted a clear picture of things as the story progressed. The world that Shrivington created was intense and fun. The […]


Mini-Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Posted 13 November, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Favorite Quote(s): “Maybe all friendships don’t fizzle. Maybe, like the kaleidoscope, the colors just change.” Favorite Character: I’d have to say Will. He was so nice and cute. I’d love a guy like him. First Line: “Bubblegum Pink is the nail polish of the day.” My Musings: Like Kenneally’s first novel, Catching Jordan, this novel has blown me away. Set in a normal, high school setting, Kenneally once again produced a contemporary novel that rivals some of my favorite paranormal romances. This novel was beautifully written: it was entertaining, yet heartwrenching at times. It was detailed, and it kept me wanting more. I loved the well developed characters: watching Parker grow into herself and gain confidence after her mother’s event was heart warming. Although she made some bad decisions over the course of the book, i’m glad that she ended up happy. Will was the picture perfect guy. He was a church boy, he played baseball, he was sweet and nice and everything you could ever want in a guy. Parker, if you ever get tired of him, send him my way will you? I honestly can’t think of anything bad about this novel. Kenneally has once again succeeded in not letting me down. I am anxiously awaiting her third companion novel, Things I Can’t Forget. If you haven’t read this novels and you like a good contemporary, then these are […]