Samstag, 20. September 2014

Stupid Girl - Cindy Miles

Title: Stupid Girl
Author: Cindy Miles
Rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to TKA Distribution and NetGallery for letting me receive a digital copy of this book.

After her senior year of high school leaves behind nothing but heartache, Olivia Beaumont is sure of this: She’s no stupid girl. She sets out for Winston College, promising herself that she will remain focused on her first and only love – astronomy. But all it takes is cocky sophomore Brax Jenkins and an accidental collision with a football, to throw her entire year off course.

A quick-tempered Southie who escaped the inner city streets of Boston to pitch for Winston, Brax is known to play way more fields than just the baseball diamond. So, when his name is drawn to take part in his fraternity’s hazing dare, Brax eagerly accepts the mission to take Olivia’s virginity. But he doesn’t plan on falling hard for the sweet and sassy Texas girl who sees right through his bad-boy persona.

As Olivia and Brax battle their feelings for each other, echoes of the past year begin to surface. A boy who once turned Olivia’s whole world upside down reappears, and “harmless” pranks wreak havoc. Pretty soon the aspiring astronomer is on the verge of revealing her most difficult, heartbreaking secret. All the while, Brax must wrestle with the irrevocable dare, and Olivia struggles against all logic as she does the one thing only a stupid girl would do: fall in love.
It took me ages to write a review. Now, I think it's time to get one done. Finally... And I don't know what to say.

If I say I loved this book and it is one of my favorite reads this year, that's a bit too short, right? Hmm... Well, then let me tell you I am not lying by saying these two things. I really loved this book - it was more than I expected and totally my taste. And yes, it also was one of my favorite reads this year.

Let's start... The prologue. Holy hell. It gave me goose bumps and not the good kind. The book starts like a movie, pulling you into the story at the first page. If you decide to read this book, make sure you have enough time planned, because you won't be able to put it down. You just won't.

I totally fell in love with Olivia's family at page one. So, I really hope Cindy Miles decides to write novels about each one of them. If not, I'll just keep on hoping... Even for a novella. I don't care as long as I get to read more. Because Cindy Miles can write. Wow.

Brax is a fabulous name and you can't not fall for him. He's what female readers are looking for in a book boyfriend. Don't pretend otherwise. We all know the truth.

I loved to read Brax and Olivia's story. Their relationship, their ups and down, everything made perfect sense. Everything was perfect. Simple as that. It rarely happens that I find a book and love it the way it is. Normally, there are one or two things I would want to change. Good thing Stupid Girl is different. I wanna own a physical copy and frame it - it was that beautiful.

So, if you want to read it (and I strongly recommend you do) and find yourself feeling bored, if this book gives you nothing - you have got a heart of stone. I almost cried while reading and that's saying a lot since even Titanic doesn't make me cry.

Thank you Cindy Miles for writing this amazing book. I am sorry if this review isn't much of a help, but my reviews usually aren't, haha. I hope to be reading more of your stuff in the future.

Dienstag, 19. August 2014

This Is Falling - Ginger Scott

Title: This Is Falling
Author: Ginger Scott
Rating: 4 - 4.5/5

Thanks to Ginger Scott and NetGallery for letting me read this book before the official release.
First, I had to remember how to breathe. Then, I had to learn how to survive. Two years, three months and sixteen days had passed since I was the Rowe Stanton from before, since tragedy stole my youth and my heart went along with it.

When I left for college, I put a thousand miles between my future and my past. I’d made a choice—I was going to cross back to the other side, to live with the living. I just didn’t know how.

And then I met Nate Preeter.

An All-American baseball player, Nate wasn’t supposed to notice a ghost-of-a-girl like me. But he did. He shouldn’t want to know my name. But he did. And when he learned my secret and saw the scars it left behind, he was supposed to run. But he didn’t.

My heart was dead, and I was never supposed to belong to anyone. But Nate Preeter had me feeling, and he made me want to be his. He showed me everything I was missing.

And then he showed me how to fall.
I think every reader can connect with Rowe. I can't even describe why, but all her doubts, etc. - I know that I can perfectly relate to her character. Her character was thought-through and not just written down, come what may. The author had a plan behind that, and you get to know Rowe like you'd want to get to know a friend. A loyal friend, to be exact.

And Nate... It's your own fault if you don't fall for him. Male characters have it so easy, seriously. Tons of girls are swooning after them and all they have to do is to exist inside a book. Some may say his story doesn't get as much attention as Rowe's, but I like the way things are said and unsaid. I wouldn't want Sadie to show up more often and I wouldn't want him to attend to more practice sessions. His side of the story was good the way it was. I didn't feel like anything was missing, neither did I feel that way with Rowe's point of views.

This Is Falling... Was it? Falling, I mean? Definitely, yes. And yet far from it. It was falling, tearing and shattering my heart into pieces. In the most beautiful way, as well. After finishing this book, I was totally confused and didn't know what to do with myself. I am still free falling here, waiting for my parachute to open up, rescuing me before I crash. And I will crash. Because that's what this story does to you. It makes you look forward to that special crash that's going to leave you stunned and breathless.

Very poetic, wasn't I? Tried my best, haha. Anyway... During the book (after the first few pages, to be honest) I was done. I just knew this was about to become one of the greatest reads this year. Even better - 'guilty pleasure'-list, here comes This Is Falling, one of my most favourite books ever. I found myself wishing I had written this book, wishing I was as good as Ginger Scott. The story was brilliant and though a lot of books happen to have a great story, most of them point out difficulties on paper. But not this one. It was very well-written, easy to understand (especially for a non-American like me) and yet you cannot miss Ginger Scott's talent with words. They're chosen wisely. Gah, I adore it. (And the cover is also really pretty!)

That's why I love NetGallery so much. You find book you didn't really had on your list and find yourself getting lost in a beautiful story. So, yeah, I'm really glad I stumbled across this one. I'm glad I am a bookworm and had the pleasure to read This Is Falling before most readers get the chance to. And I know I will buy myself a phsyical copy too. My shelf is practically screaming for it to take a seat.

Another detail I'd like to mention, as soon as I read about Ty, I wanted him to get a book of his own. I wish it was late 2014 already, because that's when his book will come out. I can't wait to read about his life as someone who can't walk, but used to. Of course, I am excited to read more of Ginger Scott's work.

Freitag, 15. August 2014

Upside Down (Off The Map #01) - Lia Riley

Title: Upside Down (Off The Map #01)
Author: Lia Riley
Rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for letting me receive a digital copy of this book.
If You Never Get Lost, You'll Never Be Found

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she'll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He's never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . of if they were meant to live a world apart.
I can definitely see why everyone on Twitter is chatting about this book. I was surprised I got accepted to read an advance copy at last. I got it right after the official release. I had totally forgotten about it since I requested it like four weeks before the acception. But I'm glad I got accepted. It's a great book.

It doesn't happen very often that I like both main characters. Either I like the hero or the heorine. With Upside Down I liked both. I liked Bran just as much as I liked Talia, their action totally understanding from my point of view. I was also positive surprised about the way they met. It was so uncommon and yet it fitted into the story. And though Bran is the typical player, he is different from them all. Gosh, I am running out of words. See what you did there Lia? Also, you make me want to travel so damn bad. I loved how you included so many places.

So, how can I describe this book like all these famous authors do. You know, those comments that get printed on the back of a book. Hmm... Saying It was an emotional read that had me struggling with tears isn't offering that many informations, is it? Gah, you reviews - you are seriously messing with my head.

The book shows real life problems and the characters don't seem fictional at all. It's like Lia Riley wrote down the story of two real human beings on this planet. Every little detail in this story made sense, and though it won't become my favourite read (I am very sorry to say that, but you see, I read too many books to choose a favourite), it's on the "that book was awesome" list. I can't wait for the next book in this series to release. I'm excited to read more about Bran and Talia's lives.

I'm sorry for keeping this review so short. I'm pretty uncreative these days.

Samstag, 26. Juli 2014

The Trap (Trapped #0.5) - Beverly Kendall

Title: The Trap (Trapped #0.5)
Author: Beverley Kendall
Rating: 3/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Season Publishing for giving me a chance to read this book.
Looking back, I should have seen it coming.

Paige didn’t like that I went so far away to university. But it was going to only be for two years. She'd join me after she did her two years at community college. I thought we could swing that no problem. We were solid.

But she hated the distance. She hated not seeing me every day. She complained that I didn’t come home enough. She hated that for months on end, texting and phone calls were our only form of communication. It wasn’t enough.

She'd ask about the girls on campus. She’d gotten it into her head that girls were always making a play for me. I laughed and told her even if that were true, I’d never cheat on her. She didn't seem completely reassured by that.

The bottom line is, Paige thought she was losing me. She wanted me home with her. But I could never imagine the level she'd sink to—the trap she’d set to make that happen. And like an idiot I walked right into it.

And it’s a mistake I'm going to have to pay for the rest of my life.
Alright, so I think I’ve never actually read a novella prequel before the original first book. I can’t really say why. Maybe they were never released before the first book. I don’t know. Anyway… I think it’s good to start with The Trap if you want to read Trapped, simply because a lot of things happen in the prequel. I haven’t read Trapped yet, and I was told it can be read as a standalone, but who wants that? You want to understand why the characters interact and react the way they do. Some books have to have a prequel to let the reader see the intention behind their actions.

I want to slap and strangle Paige really bad, I’ve got to admit. I can’t help but think she cheated on … and maybe that’s spoiling, because there definitely is a big secret we’re denied to find out yet, but I hate her for it. I hate her so damn much. Don’t get me wrong, it’s totally horrible to get pregnant at such young age. You have to be a real tough girl in order to deal with that and I don’t see her being a tough girl. Gah, I really can’t stand her, I’m sorry.

And maybe it’s fate, I’m not sure, but I can’t seem to hate any male characters. It’s not in my nature or whatever. I wanted to cry for Mitch and comfort him. Readers may get the impression that he’s being harsh. Well, please imagine it was you. I bet 99% of us would react the same way. And when you get to read Trapped teasers, it’s pretty clear he isn’t as bad as some might like to think.

So, what more can I say? This was just a prequel, I think I shouldn’t write so much. This book is something I can recommend, if you like these easy reads that reflect friendship and teenage drama. It should be turned into a TV series or something, but then again it's probably already out there somewhere in a different kind of way. Good job, Beverley Kendall! I'm going to go for Trapped next.

Donnerstag, 12. Juni 2014

The Real Thing - Cassie Mae

Title: The Real Thing
Cassie Mae
Rating: 4/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Random House Publishing Group (Loveswept) for giving me a chance to read this before the official release.

Eric Matua has one friend—his best friend and childhood sweetheart, who needs a place to stay for the summer. Mia Johnson has thousands of friends—who live in her computer. Along with her email chats and Facebook notifications, Mia also devours romance novels, spending countless hours with fictional characters, dreaming of her own Romeo to sweep her off her feet. When she starts receiving supersweet messages from a stranger who thinks she’s someone else, Mia begins to believe that real love is possible outside her virtual world.

When the two friends become roommates, Mia finds herself falling harder than she ever thought she could. But Eric keeps his desires locked away, unsure of himself and his ability to give his best friend what she deserves in a boyfriend. As her advances are continually spurned, Mia splits her time between Eric and her computer. But she soon realizes she’s about to lose the only real thing she’s ever had.
Big hugs to April Flores who accepted my request on this one. I was so afraid I might not be allowed to read this book before the official publication date, and I think my lungs might have stopped working for a bit after I got the email. Thank you so much!

I told my future best author friend (short: BAFF) Cassie Mae I would write this review today. And yeah, I'm gonna be her BAFF along with Theresa Paolo, better believe it bitches. Haha, oh my. I should skip the gangster language.

However, I wish I could use gifs and pictures and even post the cover and all that stuff, but no can do. My internet hates me that much, yes. I wish I had my regular internet back. Companies should be more cooperative, I tell you.

First things first. I'll probably forget the second and third and fourth and so on... Whatever. I have to mention that I love the title The Real Thing. Why? Well, I am a huge Gwen Stefani fan (having a German website about her) and I just can't help but think of one of her songs, which is also called The Real Thing. I have no idea if Cassie Mae knows that song, yet the story in it is kind of similar to the book. Okay, actually it isn't. It's not about a computer addict and a guy who has to overcome his past relationship. It's a song about two lovers and ohhhh! You should definitely see the video she shooted for that song as footage for her Harajuku Lovers Tour. Fine, I'm spilling too much Gwen Stefani information here. I'm sorry. Or not. You'll never know. Give it a try - the song and the video. Please.

Back to Cassie Mae's work. I'm a fan of her work. Everything she writes comes out funny and light and yet the heros and heroines are mostly dealing with serious problems. And some are dealing with teenagers problems. The funny thing is, you can always relate to the characters. So, when I started The Real Thing I thought it was another light read by one of my favourite authors. It was... Not what I expected.

It was still flawless, let me tell you. But it was also so different from what Cassie Mae usually writes. It's more mature, the characters are older, there is no high school, there are no innocent crushes and there are (and holy cow, that's a happy dance worth) dirty and naughty thoughts. Take a breath, take a breath.

I think there never was a character that messed with my feelings as much as Emilia, wanting to hate her and feeling sorry for her within the blink of an eye. It's so weird. Well, I am weird, that explains it all. Whenever I read her picking up her phone and staring at the computer screen, I became really really mad. It's good when the reader developes some strong emotions, right? Yeah, I wanted to punch her and spit at her and whatever else I could have thought of. The fact that I couldn't hurt my poor eBook reader left my unsatisfied and I am so not a violent person. I may be surrounded by a lot (coming to think in what district of my city I'm living), but I'm not. I like to avoid confilicts at all cost. Emilia was an addicted and I think people underestimate the fact that looking at your cell phone all the time is an issue. Of course, I think the media intends to over-talk the whole thing and actually forces people right into that addiction. I think Cassie Mae delt well with Emilia's addition and I also think it was important she made Emilia see her own flaws, wanting to change them then.

Question: Is there a single male character in Cassie Mae's books that I don't fall in love with? There sure isn't. Each and every of her male characters are great. And how did she come up with such an unusual name too? I can't pronounce it or even write it. I'll call him Eric just like everyone else. In the beginning, you don't get to see his weak side. You get to see a boy that's in love with his best friend, acting like a typical twenty year old. And when you find out what's wrong with him, you'll find yourself asking if that's even possible. If strange things like that really happen, especially to boys. Another awesome idea of the author to choose this kind of issue for the hero in the story. It's so uncommon and yet so... I don't know. I'm running out of adjectives. It's different and great. I liked that a lot. By the way, is it okay if I just picture all of her male characters looking like Dylan O'Brien? I think they'd like that (and I can certainly say Cassie Mae is a hundred percent fine with that too, haha).

And though the book is more mature than her other books, Cassie Mae hasn't turned her back on funny comments and extra funny scenes. I'm glad for that because those things make her books hers. You know what I mean? It wouldn't be a Cassie Mae book without her humour.

I think that's it. Here is a long story short: I loved it and not just because I love Cassie Mae, but because the story was great, the writing was flawless as always and I wouldn't want to change a thing about the book, I think. Cassie Mae fans will love it. Please buy it. Please read it a hundred times and then some more. Please read it to your friends. Please read it to your family (book choose the members wisely, some scenes may not be so... family-reading-like). Adore Cassie Mae. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. Make sure to read her other books.

Is that too much promotion? Not like I care, just wanted to make sure I support her enough. :)

Samstag, 7. Juni 2014

Have Mercy - Shelley Ann Clark

Title: Have Mery
Author: Shelley Ann Clark
Rating: 2.5/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Random House Publishing Group (Loveswept) for giving me a chance to read this before the official release.
Rock diva Emme Hayes already broke up one band after sleeping with the lead singer, and she swears she won’t let sex screw things up again. The problem is, her new bass player—a lean, muscular, tattooed mystery man who makes her want to demand his absolute attention—has her so worked up she can hardly carry a tune. Emme promises he’s off-limits. She just doesn’t know how she’ll be able to confine the heat to her love songs.

The moment Tom McKinney lays eyes on Emme strutting around the stage of his blues bar—all curves, eye liner, and teased blond hair—he knows she’s one of a kind. So when she offers him a two-month paid gig to tour with her band, Tom can’t say no, despite family troubles and the bar’s precarious finances. Onstage and off, the music they make thrums in his soul, but Tom has too much going on to get involved—even if he burns to let Emme play his body like a fine-tuned instrument.
Due to internet problems, I am sorry the review isn't up on Goodreads yet and there is no image of the book cover. As soon as my internet allows me to browse faster, the problem will be taken care of.

I'm feeling horrible. I mean, when you request a book and actually get the chance to read it before most other people in this world, you should call yourself lucky. But I was disappointed in this book and I am so sorry for it.

It wasn't about the writing or the story (the idea behind that was pretty great). It was more about the fact that I should quit reading rock star romances. I used to like them, but now all I ever see is bleh. The book can be incredible and I still wouldn't be able to see its beauty. I'm afraid I am not able to write a fair review on this and I am really sorry about that.

What I can tell you is that I'd definitely read a book about Tom's sister. I'd like to read more about her story and her thoughts. I wouldn't even mind if it included some band or rock star things.

I know, I suck at writing reviews, especially this one, giving you no information or anything. I don't think this book was a waste of time and it certainly wasn't the worst book I've ever read. It wasn't! There were some scenes (the rain scene for example) that I really enjoyed. It wasn't that bad. I just wished to see the character's feeling develope. It was like: Meeting and then that's it - they're perfectly aware of their feelings for each other. I wanted them to experience more than just a tour and seduction and all that stuff. I wanted it to be real or just closer to reality.

Samstag, 3. Mai 2014

Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years #01) - Avery Aster

Title: Love, Lex (The Undergrad Years #01)
Author: Avery Aster
Rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Avery Aster for giving me a chance to read this before the official release.

Alexandra 'Lex' Easton can hardly wait for her eighteenth birthday. Finally, she will give up her Lady V to her boyfriend. Things change when she catches him sleeping with her mother the day she, her boyfriend and her friends want to fly to Paris. Things get even worse when she and her friends get arrested for blowin up her mother's place. And things get really, really worse when the handsome cop who stopped Lex driving, can't seem to stick his nose somewhere else.

Oh my. I wrote a sypnosis. I can't believe it. Woooo! And it sucks so bad. Just like it always does. Well, well...

Okay, hold on, hold on! What was that? Dear Avery Aster, tell me - did you run out of ideas? Did you have a deadline that was crawling closer and closer? What happened? I hated that ending. So very much. How could you do this? It was like: "[...] and lived happily ever after." Are you kidding me?

The story idea was great. Catching your boyfriend and your mom in action? Meeting a hot, young cop? Daydreaming about that cop? G-E-N-I-U-S.

But that ending... Gah, that ending. Wait, that's your magic trick, right? Writing a fabulous story, making the reader fall in love with the idea and then BAM! Killing us off with an ending like that.

I don't know if I'll read the next books. I hated Lex's friends, not sure why though.

I la-la loved Lex's daydreams. They were better than the actual thing. A lot better. And whoa... Those daydreams were hot! Yum, yum.

"After I've lost my virginity, Lady V, I imagine future sex with Kelle will be similar to riding The Pocket Rocket. Hopefully minus the contant stop and go between traffic lights."
Such a good laugh! This is supposed to be a light read, I assume. It definitely is. Some scenes, those in which Lex shares background infos, were quite boring. I'm so sorry for saying this. Maybe it's just me - I really can't relate to rich and famous characters.

I really liked this book. I would have wanted to read more about Lex and Ford, developing their feelings, getting to know each other. So, I'll probably read their sequel.

Although I warn about the ending (consider this a warning, haha), I'd recommend this to fans of the light New Adult genre. It's more like a short Adult fiction story, starring teenagers.