Review: Model Position by Kitsy Clare

Posted 5 January, 2015 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Model Position by Kitsy Clare

The reason I picked up this novel is because I saw the second book in the series’ synopsis and I was hooked. However, I had no idea that it was an actual series—I was under the impression that they were standalones. Regardless, due to my want to read book two, I picked up book one and got to it. Regardless of the interesting premise that book one, too, possessed, I just couldn’t get into this novel. The plot was less than stellar, which was a real bummer. I had to push myself to finish the novel. There wasn’t much going on, plot-wise, to keep me hooked, so everything fell on the shoulders of the characters. The characters, too, were less than I was hoping for. Sienna, the main character, seemed extremely shallow and fake to me. She was trying to use a boy in order to get a shop at a gallery opening. Sure, she apologizes later, but still. And she was a bit flaky with her romances anyway. She actually came across as a bit of a whore, which was an instant turn off for me. Erik was the main love interest—a model who also day lighted as an artist himself. He was full of mystery and secrets. He didn’t do much for me either—I felt like we were seeing a paper thin glimpse into his character. I couldn’t […]


Mini-Review: Until Midnight by Melissa Landers

Posted 29 December, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Until Midnight by Melissa Landers

Check out my review of Alienated (Alienated #1) Until Midnight was a short story that bridges the time between Alienated, the first book in the Alienated series, and Invaded, book two. Aelyx and Cara have twenty-four hours until he is sent back to Earth and Cara travels on to L’eihr. To make that special night special, Aelyx sets up a Christmas celebration for Cara. Until Midnight was deliciously adorable. I loved seeing Aelyx and Cara together. It was extremely sweet to see Aelyx trying to recreate the Earth-holiday to make Cara happy. It was also just the right dose of them to tide me over until book two! I though it set a good stage to get Invaded off to a great start. It made me a lot more excited to see more of them, especially with the four chapter preview of Invaded. Until Midnight was a cute Christmasy read that was just nice enough touch for Aelyx and Cara that has me pining for book two. And the best part? This short is free! So pick it up while you can and enjoy the Christmasy cuteness. About Melissa Landers Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in […]


Review: Liar by C.L. Stone

Posted 29 November, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Liar by C.L. Stone

Check out my review of Thief (The Scarab Beetle Series #1) I absolutely adored Book One, Thief, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next for Kayli and the boys. Liar wasn’t quite as action packed as book one, but it definitely was as interesting and engaging. There was definitely a lot of action in this installment–this time, set in Florida on a supposedly easy mission gone complicated. This book also had a lot more emotional drama than book one–Kayli is getting deeper into the works of the Academy, but the return of our favorite billionaire playboy, Blake, brings some doubts to the surface, turning Kayli’s life into one big mystery. Kayli got a bit annoying at times in this novel. She let the doubt that Blake implanted into her mind manifest and it made her do some stupid things. But other than that, she was just as tough and fearless as always. She is becoming more and more of an Academy girl and I am interested to see what happens in the next installment with Kayli in regards to the Academy. Like in the previous novels, we have our six boys: Axel, Corey, Brandon, Blake, Raven, and Marc. Going into this book, I was firmly on the side of the Academy boys and anti-Blake, but the events in this novel definitely put Blake closer to my liking-side. And now, […]


Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Posted 5 November, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Bully by Penelope Douglas

Once upon a time, Tate and Jared were the best of friends. They were inseparable. Until one day, Jared turned on Tate. He began turning her life into a nightmare. For unknown reasons, Jared started to bully her. Rumors  spread and pranks were pulled. It all made high school a terrible experience for Tate, so she decides to go to France for a year. When she returns, she is determined to have a new attitude. She resolves to not only stand up for herself, but to fight back too. I had serious problems with this book. The biggest issue I had with it is that it’s a romance novel. For two years, Jared did everything in his power to make Tate miserable. I can’t believe Tate would date him after all of the stuff that he did to her. Yes, he had his issues, but that doesn’t make what he did okay. I knew what the story was going to be about before I started reading it, I just didn’t expect the material to bother me as much as it did. Tate was one of the only redeeming aspects of this novel. It was great to see her become stronger and stand up to Jared. It felt like she forgave him too fast though. I’m not saying that she should have held a grudge against him forever, but with everything […]


Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Posted 3 November, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

Isobel Lanley and Varen Nethers run in different crowds. As a cheerleader, she hangs out with her squad and the jocks, while he’s friends with the outcasts. Their differences have caused them to have horrible opinions of each other. Needless to say, they are less than thrilled when they get paired together for an English project. However, as they spend time working on it, they start to see a different side of each other.  Before long, Isobel finds herself being drawn into Varen’s dark, strange world. Her life begins to change when weird things start taking place around her. I’ve never read anything like Nevermore. The book was unbelievably unique. Creagh created characters and a world that had me intrigued from the very first line.  Nevermore has around 550 pages. Despite that, I finished it in a day. I just couldn’t put it down. They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and that’s definitely true for Isobel. At first glance, Isobel is the stereotypical cheerleader. Vain and judgmental are just a couple of the qualities she seems to possess at the beginning of the book. As the pages turn, however, it becomes evident that she doesn’t quite live up to the stereotype. There’s a lot more to her than what meets the eye. Varen might just top my list of book boys. He was that great. The […]


Review: Drew + Fable Forever by Monica Murphy

Posted 24 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Drew + Fable Forever by Monica Murphy

Check out my review of One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend #1) Check out my review of Second Chance Boyfriend (One Week Girlfriend #2) Check out my review of Three Broken Promises (One Week Girlfriend #3) “When you struggle for something so good, so right, you cherish it more. You hold it close, nurture it, protect it, make sure you never, ever let your guard down. That’s how I feel about my almost husband.” This is the last novel (well, novella) that focuses on Drew and Fable so I positively had to read it to get some closure on this couple. Drew + Fable Forever spans a couple of years and starts a couple of years after we last saw the couple. In this novel, they do a lot of family-ish things. Drew is now a professional football player and is constantly traveling. They bought a new house, Fable is adjusting to being filthy rich, they get married, Owen is in high school then college, and now Fable wants a baby. It was a lot and that kept it interesting. There wasn’t too much drama in this novel with was a nice change from their other novels. And yet it still kept me interested just like the other ones. “Soon, I will be Fable Callahan. I’ve earned the freaking privilege to call myself that, too. It’s not easy being with […]


Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrou..

Posted 9 August, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“My lips pursed. ‘Is there a reason why you’re here?’ ‘Yes.’ I waited. And then I waited some more. ‘Anytime now.’ Dez’s gaze moved from the top of my head to the tips of my neon-purple toenails. ‘I like what you’re wearing.’ Frowning, I glanced down at myself. I had on a camisole covered by a cardigan and a pair of god-awful sleep shorts Danika had bought me for my birthday. They were covered with teddy bears. Not the best fashion choice. ‘Gets me in the mood for cuddling,’ he murmured lazily.”  “He clamped his arms around my waist as I started to wriggle away. ‘Jas,’ he said, his voice dropping low. ‘You should stop squirming.’ Then he paused. ‘Or not. I’m kind of partial to it, honestly.’ I froze, hands planted on his shoulders. Warmth crept over my cheeks. ‘You’re terrible.’ ‘I’m a lot of things right now.’ He lowered his head to mine and inhaled deeply. ‘I bet you can figure out one or two of those things.’” Bitter Sweet Love is the prequel to The Dark Elements series by Jennifer Armentrout. In this novella, we are introduced to Armentrout’s fictional world of gargoyles as Wardens who protect the human race from evil creatures: demons. And I am just going to apologize right now for the influx of quotes: like all JLA books, this one was just so […]


Review: After the End by Amy Plum

Posted 30 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 0 Comments
Review: After the End by Amy Plum

This was my first Amy Plum book. I’ve read a few dystopians, and the idea of one that really wasn’t intrigued me. For her whole life, Juneau has been told that World War III was responsible for mass destruction and that her clan are some of the only survivors left. When Juneau comes back from a hunting trip to find her whole clan missing, she finally learns the truth: there was no WWIII. So she goes searching for her clan and is forced to seek help from a boy she knows she can’t trust. This book has left me incredibly irritated. A lot of questions were raised, but hardly any of them were answered. It almost feels as if the book ended in the middle of the story. The fact that I want the answers so badly can probably be attributed to the good storytelling. There wasn’t a lot of action. It didn’t bother me for the most part. However, there were a few times when I was bored due to the lack of things happening. I loved Juneau. She had no problems whatsoever taking care of herself. My favorite characters are those who are independent and Juneau was definitely that. That’s not to say she didn’t struggle with some things. Skinning a rabbit? Done. Building a fire? Easy peasy. Talking to members of normal society? Now that’s a problem. […]


Mini-Review: Unwrapping Liam by Gennifer Albin

Posted 20 July, 2014 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Unwrapping Liam by Gennifer Albin

Check out my review of Catching Liam (Good Girls Don’t #1) I absolutely adore Jillian and Liam. So, duh, I had to read their novella! Unwrapping Liam is a novella that covers the winter break that Jillian and Liam take with Jillian’s parents. My only complaint about this story was that it was too short–I wasn’t able to really get my Liam fix! Regardless of that, it really showed the situation with Jillian’s home-life and parents, specifically Jillian’s relationship with her mother. It was really enlightening to see how they interacted with each other, especially after the things that we learned in Catching Liam. Jillian and her mother are two sides of an opposite spectrum. It was definitely entertaining to see Jillian being snarky with her mother. We also saw Liam forming a bond with her father. This was like a behind the scene look at Jillian’s life. Liam was as fabulous as always. He stood up for her to her parents and didn’t let Jillian’s mother talk down on her. He was definitely the hero in this novella. It gave me a glimpse of my favorite Good Girls Don’t couple and I was sad to see it end. Unwrapping Liam was a great little story about Jillian and her family and where Liam fit in. I think it is a must read for all Catching Liam fans.


Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted 18 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 1 Comment
Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved every book she’s published. Charlotte “Charlie” Reynolds is one of the boys. She loves sports, doesn’t understand fashion, and enjoys taking dares involving the weirdest of things. Growing up with a single dad and three brothers has left little room for her to be “girly”. After receiving one too many speeding tickets, her police officer father decides to lay down the law by forcing her to pay them off. Since Charlie is flat broke, that means she has to get a job. So she applies to several establishments with little success. Until she goes to one boutique that’s the complete opposite of her personality. The owner ends up offering her a job and just like that she’s thrust into a world that she has no experience in. A world full of clothes and makeup. Out of all of Kasie’s books, this one is my least favorite. It didn’t pull me in like her other ones did. There were several times when the plot dragged on. I liked the book, but I didn’t love it. Charlie was an interesting character. I didn’t understand some of the choices she made. With that said, I did like her most of the time. She went through a lot of character development. It was great reading about her stepping out of her comfort […]