Thursday, November 24, 2016

Anti Stepbrother by Tijan

Anti-StepbrotherAnti-Stepbrother by Tijan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I havent read a good New Adult book in ages. Most people turn to this genre because YA books limit the way authors can write mature situations. BUT sometimes authors take advantage of this and take it too far with the sex scenes in the sense that they use them for shock value and ignore the character and emotional development needed for a balanced book.

But WE have a winner here. Because Summer and Caden are a reflection of their age. College students. They have steam and chemistry but there is depth. No Insta love here. There is a lot of development here because I went from being skeptical about Summer to "You go, girl!" With her realness. And Caden, Caden!!! He was sexy, strong and mysterious but had a really sweet nature underneath and a lot of emotional turmoil.

So did Summer. She starts off with thinking she likes someone else to a slow development of friends to lovers with Caden. And that's what I loved. At the beginning you had no idea where things were heading but slowly you see this connection growing between Summer and Caden!

Loved the secondary characters. I need books about Cadens brothers please! And Tijan surprised me with some backstories. Shes my new autobuy author.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"If you keep playing it safe, you’ll never know who you are. I know who you are, and I love who you are. Why don’t you trust me?"

This is a perfect book. Even if it's YA and it has cuteness, there is so much depth and sensibility in this book.

Isla is the shy type of girl whose had a crush on Josh for ages. He's an artist who seems a bit disconnected and whom she is fascinated with. She can tell there is more to him and viceversa.

This book is all about appreciating who you are in the midst of uncertainty. Sometimes others can see you better than you see yourself. This book is all about that. Sometimes we're so stuck on our perceived faults and insecurities that we don't realize others don't see that.

This book is about getting out of that rut and following your passion. May it be a hobby, a craft, a person. You name it.

Perkins' writes magical books. If you haven't read the previous two companion novels in this series, what are you waiting for?

Also, Isla and Josh have so much more passion than other YA characters. It's not lust, it's honest to goodness love and craving and aching for another person. That is also, oh so sweet.

A huge surprise at the end connected all books in this series. It was awesome. You also can't beat the settings of Manhattan, Paris and Barcelona.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Review: The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry

The Air He Breathes (Elements, #1)The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I bought this book because when it came out, it had a lot of buzz.

I didn't love love this story, but it was good.

I think that there is an ease in the writing that makes it quick to get into.

The highlight of the book was for me, our male lead, Tristan. He was a very standout character. Broken. Rough around the edges but highly compelling.

I wasn't a huge fan of the heroine, Elizabeth. She had the whole "the protagonist who all guys go for because she's so beautiful and amazing, but you think she is bland" thing going on. She had her fair share of tragedy but I didn't feel it, as I did with Tristan.

I didn't like Faye, the best friend of Elizabeth. Everyone said she was hilarious but she was too over the top with the whole "I'm blunt, I say outrageous things that are funny" - I thought she was reckless and needed to respect herself more.

I do like the twist towards the end. The villain was someone unexpected and super psycho. Kudos to the author there.

This book makes references to Harry Potter. That's a plus.

Minus of the book was the cheesy dialogue in those life reflecting moments. I felt I had read them before. A bit too "the notebook" for me. And I know romance novels have common themes, ideas, because love is love but the ones in this book seemed unoriginal to me. Like, too cliché.

3/5 for this book.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Eternal Dawn (Vampire Queen #3) by Rebecca Maizel

Eternal DawnEternal Dawn by Rebecca Maizel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an end to this amazing series.

First off, I'll never get over how profound the writing can get in these books. They belong to the YA genre but there is such an in depth look into the main characters that they feel so much older.

There was a new twist to vampires in this novel and a new set of kinda magical lore introuduced. Unexpected, but it worked.

My babies Lenah and Rhode finally got their happily ever after and I loved it. They had suffered so much and I felt it aged them, their trials, but I feel like the endING gives them a fresh start. So much love there!

I liked how life and death are examined in this book. It has rough moments but it's like life, not everything can be perfect, if not the story would be boring to read.

Besides Rhode and Lenah. I felt like I grew to love Tracy more. I wish I could read more about her. She went from a mean girl, to a great young woman, who was really tough and resolved.

Justin was awful. Bye felicia to his character. Became a ruthless villain.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016


Hey guys,
Sorry for the lack of posts. I know I have neglected my book blog, but I am always reading.

I haven't posted in a while because I have not felt inspired. If you follow me on goodreads, any reviews I write are there for now. But I do hope to eventually get back into blogging.

Right now I am reading:
-- The Air He Breathes by Brittainy Cherry
-- Meant for her by Raine Thomas
-- Breathe by Kristen Ashley (Colorado mountain #4)

I haven't been reading YA lately. I do have many YA series to catch up on. Especially a couple of series by Richelle Mead and Cassandra Clare.

Raine Thomas is an author I've been reading for years. I love her books. Kristen Ashley is an author I've recently gotten into which I like. Brittainy Cherry is a new author to me.

Hope this finds you well. And please let me know what y'all are reading. :)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Review: Sins of My Father by Lisa Cardiff

Sins of my Father (Black Brothers #1)Sins of my Father by Lisa Cardiff
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Archer Black


My Review:

I would like to start this review by thanking Lisa Cardiff for writing a 'revenge on a senator in Washington plotline' in the right way. I luckily found this book after having come off reading the first two books in the Pawn series by Maya St. James. Sins of my Father managed to do what the two books in that series couldn't. Deliver a killer plotline and story with well developed characters, a hot romance and a revenge in Washington story that actually addressed its revenge and Washington themes.

Archer Black. Archer freakin' Black. How I loved thee. Seriously, ladies. This man was everything. I felt so bad for him because his reasons for wanting to take down the senator who did him wrong were so validated because the senator in this story was just so awful and manipulative and evil. It was heartbreaking to find out about Archer's backstory. Though successful as an adult, he surely had to suffer to get there. And most importantly he just oozed this powerful persona in the book. He had the looks, the talk and the attitude. He was awesome.

Langley, the female lead in this story, I also loved. Lisa Cardiff switches the point of view of the story from Langley to Archer so you get to be in both of the characters heads. Langley was a beautiful girl who easily couldve been very superficial and vapid with her settings and surroundings but she was decent to the core and very straight forward with herself about what she wanted. She had integrity that was believable.

Archer and Langley together were great. If both characters didn't have personality and strength there was no way they could've attracted each other and worked as a couple.

What I loved about Archer and Langley is that both were a bit jaded about life and love and in each other they found solid ground. They had to fight their shady and dubious surroundings and also their own misconceptions about each other and the situations they were in.

I loved the Washington setting in this book with political deception, scandal, betrayal, lies, manipulation. I felt like I was right there waiting for things to unravel in DC.

And the thing I loved the mostest (yes, that is not a word but bare with me) is that Archer Black is one of the few male characters I have ever read that makes sure that his girl pursues her dream and switches his agenda and life after all the drama in the story goes down, to make sure she is complete as a person and happy with life. That barely happens, especially with a super young, successful and handsome man like Archer. Langley could've easily been in the corner just thanking her lucky stars she found this sexy guy who had it all, but it wasn't like that. They both completed each other and grew together and supported each other. Archer Black is my new book bae/husband/ and fave male lead.

What is exciting is that this is a series and Archer has brothers that are also as troubled, complex and sexy as him. I need book two like I need air. I think its about Knox, and though Knox seemed well on the outside, I could sense a lot was going on underneath the surface.

Favorite quote:
"I never felt like I belonged to anyone. I was always on the outside looking in, waiting for someone to notice and want me.
Archer changed all of that."

My rating: 5/5

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