Thursday, October 19, 2017

Never Apart by Romily Bernard--I Just Have A lot of Feelings, Okay?

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How many times would you die for love?

What if you had to relive the same five days over and over?

And what if at the end of it, your boyfriend is killed…

And you have to watch. Every time.

You don’t know why you’re stuck in this nightmare.

But you do know that these are the rules you now live by:

Wake Up.

Run.

Die.

Repeat.

Now, the only way to escape this loop is to attempt something crazy. Something dangerous. Something completely unexpected. This time…you’re not going to run.

Combining heart-pounding romance and a thrilling mystery Never Apart is a stunning story you won’t soon forget.

COME THROUGH, ROMILY BERNARD. COME THROUGH!

What a stunning read. I mean wow. I wasn't expecting to feel so strongly about this book. 

THE ABOUT:Grace is stuck in a time warp. Every five days--she relives a single moment--the moment where her boyfriend dies and she has to watch, over and over again.

Every single time she tries to stop it and every single time she fails. 

THE FEELINGS:I have to be honest I didn't read the blurb before today. 

I seen that the book was written by Romily Bernard, and I picked it up. That's it. 

I am oh so glad I did. 

Stunning. Did I say stunning?

It's so beautifully written, that I was completely enraptured by the story. The twists, the turns, the thrills--the mysteries.

All of it was done so well. 

I loved the whole parallel universe deal. It was then and now, and then, and then now. All of it was effortless. Not once did I find myself lost or confused--that sometimes happens when stories are being told this way. But, no, no Romily came through--with that good writing and made it happen!

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And I just have a lot of feelings, okay?

The story is told in only one perspective--but I felt like I knew how every single character felt--from page to page. 

What's funny about this book is that it reads as multiple genres--and it felt right. It was like a sci-fi, contemporary, thriller romance. Can all books be like this?

Anyway, the characters are solid in this one--you won't be left with any what if's, there's no unanswered questions. Nothing to agonize you with--nothing but beautiful writing here folks. 

Now some of you may disagree--I won't understand it but, some of you will. You'll be wrong--but you're entitled to your opinion. :P

I think for some it may be a bit overwhelming but it was just enough for me. I was awash with emotion and avid anticipation for everything that happened here.

As mentioned, this book is a parallel universe sort of deal--and I think that's what makes it so good. You get the what if, without even having to wonder. What if she chose this or that? What if she didn't go down that road, kind of thing? You'll find it all out. I mean what reader wouldn't love that?

I feel like a discombobulated, inarticulate ball of emotions. I just really love this book. And I don't feel that way often, you guys know that. 

Let me wrap this up, because well, I'm doing this piss poorly. 

Just get the book it's so good. 

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

"His smile turned the words to butter, made the vowels slide." (That is so clever, come on now!)

"I would do anything to be your everything..."

"..If I hadn't come to Boone, I would have never met you and I know I would've missed that--missed you. I would never have known your name or your face, but I would've known the absence of you, the gap that was left in me because you were never there."

*SWOON*

"Everyone thinks grief is this thing you can get away from, and it isn't. One minute you're fine, then you'll hear a laugh like theirs--and" he shakes his head--"grief isn't a thing you live with. It's a thing that lives in you."


FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS


Friday, October 13, 2017

On A Tuesday by Whitney G Review--Romantic, But, that Meh Ending Tho.

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We met on a Tuesday.
Became best friends, then lovers, on a Tuesday.
And everything fell apart on a Tuesday... 

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I'm a "domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego." (I do have something huge. It's not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She's sexy as hell...And a virgin. 

At least, those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for. 

Our future together after graduation was supposed to be set: 
Professional football for me. Law school for her. 

But she left me at the end of the semester with no explanation, and then she completely disappeared from my life. 

Until tonight.

We met on a Tuesday.
Became everything, then nothing, on a Tuesday.
And now it's seven years later, on a Tuesday... 


**This is a full length second chance romance, inspired by Adele's "When We Were Young"**

REVIEW
THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS

This was very reminiscent of Bad Romeo, which for those of you who don't know was and is one of my favorite New Adult/Romance tittles to date. 

It was angsty, banter-y and fun.

While I wasn't head over heels in love with this one like I was with Bad Romeo--I definitely enjoyed this read no doubt.

The characters were solid. The past/future juxtaposition was well-timed and spot on.

The push and pull was just enough. I don't have many complaints about this one. 

BUT, that ending. 

Meh.

It wrapped way too quickly, way too smoothly. It was like lighting a firecracker, only to have it fizzle out. 

It kind of put a damper on the story, and dropped my rating. 

It wasn't even that it was HEA, because chicks love HEA's. Well, some of us do. :P

But it was the fact that we had this whole push and pull for about 90 % of the book and then bam, it's over--no real answers. Just a blow up, a solution, and a "THE END." I wasn't a fan of it.

For that I have to give it a lesser rating. On the other hand, it's a worthwhile read that won't take up too much of your time.

So, if you like your reads quick, romantic, and climactic (with a fizzle-less ending) this is a good one for you.

*PS THAT COVER MODEL THO.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Break Line by Sarah E. Green Book (Rant) Review

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Emery Lawson was on the path to follow her dad’s footsteps. Going pro in surfing had always been the plan. The dream.

Until it wasn’t.

Now, at nineteen, everyone thinks Emery is done surfing and, aside from two of her best friends, no one knows the truth. Emery hasn’t stopped surfing. What was once her dream is now her little secret.

But if she wants to go pro, that secret is going to have to come out.

Twenty-two-year-old Sebastian “Bash” Cleaton has worked hard to get to where he is. For eight years he’s never had a day off, never taken a vacation. He is the best in his sport for a reason. But the passion that once drove him to chase the waves is missing. And Bash—Bash is tired.

When he escapes for a recharge in a small beach town, he never expects to crash into a girl who introduces him to a new life. 

Secrets, hardships, and relationships come out of this debut tale of starting over and never letting go of your dreams.


RANT (REVIEW?)
I'm going to get straight to the point on this one.

This book is bad. It's really bad.

It had the potential to be something but it got lost long before it started.

Actually, if the author had the thought to write this book this way, before she hit finished--then this book was doomed from the very beginning.

Let me give you a little background.

So, the story is about a girl whose name I'll have to google to remember--because I wanted to wipe it clear from my mind.

Emery last name, something,is a surfer who was in a terrible accident *see unbelievable jaws-like attack*

Emery is nineteen years old, she lives at home--and she's an a**hole.

She's hiding this lame secret from everyone except for her best friend--her brother, and maybe one other person. I can't recall.

So, yeah she's a surfer. Her dad's a pro-surfer, and surfing is what she does. Well, she now does this in secret. Why? Because, of course, her parents hearts will break that after being in accident she has the audacity to be back in the water.

Let's not even talk about the fact that every time she did get back into the water--she talked about her fear of it. Rational fear. But redundant nonetheless.

I mean she talked about this fear, every. single. time.

And she surfed everyday. So we had to hear about her love hate relationship with water, quite way too much often.

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Oh yeah, so, while hiding this earth shattering *insert eye-roll* secret--she clashes into Sebastian Cleaton.

22-year old surfer phenomenon, so cute right?

NOT!

When the two of them meet, we really see Emery for the a**hole that she really is. Her first insult towards him is that she calls him a pug. OOH burn. *rolls eyes* And this first-time insult and joke runs throughout the course of the book. Because, it was so funny the first time. Oh joy, oh treat.

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Okay, so, she meets Sebastian--she kind of flirts with him in this assholery, faux-sassy not humorous, supposed to be humorous way--that has him falling all over himself for reasons I will never understand.

Let me not forget to mention this, Sebastian as I said is a pro-surfer--but he stumbles into Emery's town, because he's kind of running away. He's done dealing with the stress of his careless *see zombie dad, and hateful stepmom* parents. He doesn't love surfing anymore--and he just needs some time away.

He's running away.

He has one friend in town, Dez. He met Dez at some point in his life. He calls him up out of the blue--and Dez, says, sure come on and stay with me while you figure this stuff out. He does for a short period of time before moving out to his own place.

In this place he kind of acts like a vampire--hiding from the light and being all broody for reasons unknown. Because the author has this scene where Dez comes over to see Sebastian--as he hadn't seen him in days. So, he gets there the house is dark--and he attempts to drag Sebastian out of his funk--and force him to take his pills.

Yes, I said pills but what are they for?

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It's never explained or spoken about again.

Hence one of the main reasons I couldn't stand this book. The inconsistencies.

There were so many inconsistencies. No amount of words could piece the story back together again. Because it was a broken mess.

The characters would say one thing--but their actions would be the complete opposite.

For instance, the best friend, who is normally absent in personality for most of the book--she has this emotional climax at some point in the book. She has this major heartbreak thing happen to her.

Instead of comforting her, bestie, and rude-a** Emery comes over demanding answers. And the best friend is all the way on fleek. Hair, clothes, makeup. But we're supposed to believe she's incredibly hurt beneath it all. But there's no indication of hurt of any kind. Not a bag under her eye--a chipped nail, nada.

Sarah, leave us alone with this foolishness.

This may not be convincing enough--but trust me there are so many inconsistencies in this book, it's literally sickening.

How did she have beta readers? You can't even jump over the holes in this book they're so large.

Guys, this review is even exasperating. Because there's so much to tell but I'm not going to write a novel here.

Okay, let's see.

Inconsistencies, Silly Secrets, Assholery, Holes..OH YEAH!

The romance, because everyone wants to know about that.

They have this so-called romance that was about as cheesy as it can get--in a uncomfortable kind of way.

So like I said Sebastian is confused--and lost--and Emery is rude.

So that's pretty much how most of their relationship goes. They literally bump into each other. Have a yawn-off. YES A FRIGGIN YAWN-OFF (Every single time she yawns, so does he, in cringe-worthy detail)--and fall in love and into cringe and shudder worthy sex. That is so awkward I had to read it in bits and pieces.

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Look, *heavy sigh* this book is a mess--and it has a gang--A GANG, of five star reviews--that have me questioning life.

I don't get it. I never will--and quite frankly maybe I don't want to.

The clencher for me aside from almost everything else, is when the best friend comes over--again everything on fleek--and she's supposedly devestated. Emery gets a text from Sebastian he bought a dog (a cliche for his life). In the middle of her best friend's deepest, hurting, most troubling break-up--she runs off to see the new dog her boyfriend got. Because, she loves dogs so much that when she sees them she weeps.

COME ON NOW!

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I am so done with this book, these characters--just all of it.

My suggestion, throw the whole book away--and I mean that honestly.
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There's potential, but this--this ain't it.


*If this at all sounded mean, not my intention. My intention is to be blatantly honest, and that is all.*









Friday, July 7, 2017

Shuffle Repeat by Jen Klein Book Review

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When Harry Met Sally for YA romance readers. This opposites-attract love story is perfect for fans of Huntley Fitzpatrick, Stephanie Perkins, and Jenny Han.
 
June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.
 
Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.
 
Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.

REVIEW
THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS
June was hard to like, I have to admit--I thought her character would be the reason I would drop this book. She was pretty judgmental, stand-offish, and just all around hard to like. Then in stepped, Oliver.

Oliver is the jock. He has a lot of friends. He's well liked. He's dating the most popular, and beautiful girl at school. And although he's roped into driving June to school everyday--he doesn't make it seem like a burden--although June reminds him--that it is. 

They've in fact been friends for years, due to the fact that their Moms are best friends--but they travel in different circles, obviously.

But the two of them work, through music, and humorous competition, they work. 

This is definitely one of those books where you have to exercise a lot of patience--because you're not going to get to the meat of it, until the later half of the novel--but oddly enough, I was okay with that. 

There were a lot of little pieces that needed to come together--to make June's and Oliver's story--more significant, more dramatic. While some readers might find these things trivial--I believe without it there wouldn't have been much of a "story." 

Aside from that, this is a feel-good cute summer-ish read. It involves old music, old cars, and a romance that was unexpected. 

I believe readers will be pretty pleased with this one--even if you have reservations about whether or not you'll like June--Oliver will make it worth it.


Friday, June 30, 2017

The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby ARC Reveiw

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In this gorgeously written, emotional novel that fans of Sarah Dessen will enjoy, a teenage girl must piece together the parts of her life she doesn’t remember after a severe collision leaves her with no memory of the past four years.

When Olivia awakes in a hospital bed following a near-fatal car accident, she can’t remember how she got there. She figures it’s because she was in a coma for a week, but as time goes on, she realizes she’s lost more than just the last week of her life—she’s lost all memory of events that happened years ago. Gone is any recollection of starting or graduating high school; the prom; or her steady boyfriend Matt. Trying to figure out who she is feels impossible when everyone keeps telling her who she was.

As Liv tries to sort out her family and friends’ perceptions of her, the one person she hasn’t heard enough from is Walker, the guy who saved her the night her car was knocked off that bridge into the bay below. Walker is the hardened boy who’s been keeping his distance and the one person that has made Liv feel like her old self…whoever that is. With feelings growing for Walker, tensions rising with Matt, and secrets she can’t help but feel are being kept from her, Olivia must find her place in a life she doesn’t remember living.
 

REVIEW
TWO AND A HALF TO THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS
Ahh, good ol' amnesia, and accidents. Nothing like a story that you have to piece together. Makes me feel like Sherlock Holmes--and I love Sherlock Holmes.

In the case of this book, I was Sherlock Holmes,--who deduced the entire mystery of the story in a short couple of minutes. There wasn't much to solve. Unfortunately there were no secrets and very little history, despite the title. I was once again foiled by an elusive and slightly misleading title.

To make it short, this book is a series of puzzle pieces that once together, presented a pretty uninteresting and a barely there spark of a story. I followed along page by page hopeful for some eye-opening aha moment--but what I got instead is a story with decent characters and not much else going on.

That was the problem. Not much went on. In a story like this one you would expect quite a bit to be lingering under the surface but the story was that, surface. Surface details, surface back-story, and just a lot of nothing--and I am disappointed.

The story is perfectly readable and fluid, with characters you want to know more about but like I mentioned a couple of times already you barely reach the surface of who they are, and what they are hiding--perhaps what they were hiding just wasn't all that interesting.

I gotta admit it really had potential but again the whole mystery answer thing fell short for me. If this was merely a contemporary, it would've been better--adding the mystery hindered instead of helped.

I wanted more but I just didn't get it. Ahh well.

I'd recommend this to fans of books, like With Malice, and This is Our Story.