Freitag, 18. April 2014

How We Lived - Erin Butler

Title: How We Lived
Author: Erin Butler
Rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Entangled Publishing (Embrace) for giving me a chance to read this before the official release.
Nineteen-year-old Kelsey Larkin’s parents uninvited her to her brother’s funeral. She just wanted to wear jeans and a T-shirt—the clothes Kyle would’ve wanted her in—not wrap herself up in death. So she watched the funeral from afar, like an outsider. Which is just how she feels.

Chase came, though, just like she knew he would. Until a few months ago, the three of them had been best friends, and then Chase made a mistake that shattered both families. But when Kelsey looks at him, she doesn’t see her brother’s killer. She sees the boy next door who’s always taken care of her. She sees home.

When Chase tells her his feelings run deeper than friendship, she can’t help but get lost in him. In Chase, she finally has the closure she’s been unable to find anywhere else. But the boy she’s falling in love with is still hiding secrets about the night Kyle died. Secrets that could destroy everything they have…again.
I am currently not able to go online via computer, so I have to keep the review 'short'. That's why there's no book picture right now, and also no review on Goodreads yet - my internet is too slow to load those things. I'm sorry for sticking with the official sypnosis.

I can safely say - I loved this book to pieces! I chatted with Erin Butler via Twitter while I read it, telling her this book was the only good thing happening during the move we're currently in.

It's always sad to read about loss, especially a loss of someone the main character loved very much. I was so sad and grieved for Kelsey, but when Chase came into the picture I felt hope. I wanted to slap both of them a couple of times - they both had their strange sides and their lovely sides. Gosh, I suck so bad at writing this review. I am sorry Erin.

You know, the strange thing is, I didn't blame Chase for Kyle's death either. If this was real life and I wouldn't see Kelsey point of view, I probably might have blamed Chase. But with both their point of views, I wanted everybody else to see the good Chase, the one who cared and who was sexy and the one who would do anything for the ones close to him. Gaaaah! I want a Chase! Bake one!

Even funnier, I picked this book up randomly. I browsed through NetGallery and it sounded nice, so I requested it. I am so damn glad I got accepted. I wouldn't want to miss to have read this masterpiece. I think everyone else should, too. It's one of my favourite reads this year, and definitely in my guilty pleasure shelf (the best shelf) on Goodreads. I can't wait to order a physical copy. A beauty like this has to appear in my book shelf. Like, immeditaley. I wish I could undo reading this book and read it all over again, not knowing what to expect.

I'm sorry for not describing the characters. I'll say it like this: You'll love Chase. You'll want a Chase. And you'll find yourself being Kelsey, not just reading about a foreign girl. You will hate Kelsey's mom, both of her parents, and you will fall in love with Chase's mother and his friend Vito.

How We Lived is spectacular (I have to use that word, because I don't know how to spell the actual one I want to use haha)! I'm telling the truth when I say I compare it to a raw diamond - so beautiful. It involves everything a good book should. And I really recommend it to fans of The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, and One Moment by Kristina McBride.

I love you Erin Butler. Please write more books - I can't wait to read more of your writing. Oh, yeah, I forgot to mention: As a wanna-be writer (I'm talking about me, if you haven't figured) I admire the way Erin Butler writes. I wish I could write like that.

Donnerstag, 3. April 2014

Heartbitten - Aubrey Rose

Title: Heartbitten
Author: Aubrey Rose
Rating: 3.5 - 4/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Fido Publishing for letting me receive a digital copy of this book.

Robb has lost a very important person in his early life - Eliza. He lost her because the vampires took him and made him become one too. Now, a hundred years later, he finds himself torn between giving love a new chance, having Liz in his life, who a virgin on top of it all, and the costs that come along by being a vampire.

Liz puts all of her focus on her work. She loves her job, and if Jenny wouldn't drag her, she'd never willingly go to a party. She's not much of a party person, let alone searching looking for a relationship. But then she meets Robb Chatham who is too goodlooking for his own good. Will she still lust after him when she finds out about his secret?

Please ignore the sypnoses, as always. I'm not good at writing them.

Do you know these moments when you browse through a book website and find one that captures your attention by the sypnosis so bad, you want to read it immediately? That's what happened to me when I found Heartbitten on NetGallery. I was browsing though the different sections of genres and found Heartbitten. There was part of a conversation between Liz and Robb and I fell in love. I wanted to have that book. You can imagine how happy I was, when I actually received it.

Usually, I prefer to read books written in first person. I can't seem to relate to third person that well. But forget it! Aubrey Rose's writing is too perfect to complain. She's one of my new favourite authors, a new rulemodel when it comes to writing.

I adored Liz and Robb's characters. Their feelings and intentions were described perfectly, leaving nothing to the imagination.

What I missed though was the story of Robb, how he became a vampire. We only know that they took him, but we don't know what happened then. Or is my English that bad and I didn't understand it, missed reading that scene? If so, I am very sorry. I was too excited about the romance between Liz and Robb. And oh God! That romance. I totally loved it.

My favourite scene... I know, no one's interested in reading about that, but I want to mention it anyway. I had lots of favourite scenes, but my very very favourite was when Liz thought she had discovered Robb's secret and it was a total misunderstanding, turning into a disaster. She was so supportive and all cute about convincing him it was all okay. She hadn't expected that. Love, love, love that scene!

Sometimes, it was hard for me to understand the biological and chemistry language in this book. But that's just because English isn't my mother-tongue. Oh, and I really don't know why this book is titled as New Adult. Robb clearly isn't a new adult and Liz... She may be a virgin, but she is acting like a real grown-up.

I don't want to give away too much. I really loved the book and I am glad to have found such a talented author through NetGallery. Thanks for that. I really hope for a sequel to Heartbitten, because I'd love to read more about those two lovebirds. A book about Jenny, or even Thad (though I really didn't like the guy) would be nice too. Just give me more, Aubrey. Do it, do it, do it! I'm begging you. Pleaseeeee!

Sonntag, 2. März 2014

Til Death (Fractured Souls #01) - Kate Evangelista

Title: Til Death (Fractured Souls #01)
Author: Kate Evangelista
Rating: 3.5/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Entangled Teen for giving me the chance to read this book before the official release date.
Sixteen-year old Selena Fallon is a dreamer. Not a day-dreamer, but an I-see-the-future kind of dreamer. Normally this is not a problem as she has gotten pretty good at keeping her weird card hidden from everyone in her small town. Except from her best friend Kyle and her grandparents, of course. But when Selena dreams of her own rather bloody death, things get a little too freaky even for her.

Enter Dillan Sloan. Selena has seen the new guy in a different dream, and he is even more droolworthy in person. Beyond the piercing blue eyes and tousled dark hair, there is something else that draws her to him. Something…electric. Unfortunately, Dillan makes it more than clear that he does not feel the same. They just met, so why would he act like he hates her?

When Dillan and Selena are forced together one weekend to work on a school project, Selena prepares to be ignored as usual. But when she stumbles across a few undead in the backyard, Dillan comes to her rescue and reveals a whole lot more. Not only is he part of a society that hunts otherworldly creatures…she is too. And she is being targeted by a force bigger and darker than anything she ever imagined. Despite her death dream, Selena is not going to give up easy, especially when she discovers that Dillan might not actually hate her after all.
Thought it was better to stick with the blurb on Goodreads for this one too. I couldn't bring myself to write one.

I found the writing for this one incredibly exciting. When you read Dillan's point of view, it's written in third person. Selena's point of view is written in first person. I think I've never read anything like that, and I found myself liking it this way. It was very interesting.

Selena's point of view focuses on the 'normal' life more, I'd say. Well, it's what she's used to anyway, so it makes sense. When I was reading her parts, I felt like I was reading a casual teenage novel and when it came down to Dillan's point of view, I was thrown into this paranomal world. Selena has those parts too, but Dillan's universe is all about that. The two had different voices, so to speak, I don't know how to put it. I think it's awesome, you could never mix those two up.

I absolutely loved reading about Dillian being haunted by Katarina. I can't wait to see how that ends... Oh, I don't want to spoil, gaaaah! I've just got to be patient, yes, I know.

I also think that Kate Evangelista is a master of writing cliffhangers. You always find yourself wanting more and more. I want the second book now, please! :D See, I want more already. You'll see why once you finish the book.

Short sentences for the other characters in this book. I felt so sorry for Bowen somehow. I absolutely loved Kyle. I found Dillan's uncle a bit strange. I'd like to read more about Penny.

The only thing that confused me was how everyone seemed to have secrets and be mysterious in their own ways.

You can read this book whether you're into paranomal stuff or not. See it as a bonus if you like. Clearly, it'd be better if you're a bit interested in that kind of genre, but this book's also something for all those you will read just any young adult book.

Some of my questions are still unanswered, so I'll definitely pick up book number two!

Searching For Beautiful - Nyrae Dawn

Title: Searching For Beautiful
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Rating: 4/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Entangled Publishing for giving me the chance to read this book before the official release date.

Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.

When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.

But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?
I'm sticking with the blurb on Goodreads this time. I know I suck at writing those on my own.

Searching For Beautiful
is based on a really great story. There isn't a boring start to this or anything, no, we get a point of view of things right away. We're brought right into the action, into the shocking action, I think I should say. You'll find yourself disappointed in Jason right from the start. And though I wish it wasn't true, every girl will probably find a guy like that tugged inside their head, not wanting to think about him. I really hated that character right away.

I also couldn't relate to Brynn's friends. I found them annoying. Maybe that's the reason why I don't like the stories I write - I always long for harmony. I couldn't stand friends to be distant for such a long time, acting cold, ignoring each other. They should have believed Brynn. Friends do that, don't they? What is it with me and always hating the main character's friends?

So, Christian... Finally a hispanic guy. I missed those. I sometimes couldn't understand his actions, but then I guess Nyrae created the perfect boy characters - girl just can't understand boys sometimes haha. Christian is a guitar player, but he isn't one of those typical ones. He doesn't brag about it. I also totally loved his gummy bear obsession, it was totally cute. He's make a great book boyfriend - someone with flaws, not too perfect. He had some problems of his own, which was really refreshing next to all these perfect-model-like-I've-got-no-problems-at-all guys.

Also, I liked that the story wasn't focused on Brynn's lost of her mother. It would have been too sad to read about more loss and sad emotions. I'm not sure I could have dealt with that. If Brynn was a real person, she would disagree with me now, but I have to say that she is such a strong girl. The second you read about her, you just get her. It clicks.

During the book I found myself asking if maybe I wanted Brynn to get together with Ian again. I would have liked to read more about their story. Granted, I guess there isn't much to their story, but I like to think he was a nice guy after all; he just didn't know how to treat her right. Let me live inside my own dream world, please.

Nyrae Dawn is one of my favourite authors already. I recently just found out that her other novel, Charade, is out here in Germany. I think I have to pick it up, though I read it in English already. I'm glad she finally gets some attention over here as well. By writing Searching For Beautiful she steadied her position as one of my favourite authors. Maybe this was even my favourite of her novels. I loved it! I really did! I might add that I loved the dedication in this one, really lovely, Nyrae Dawn. :)

Freitag, 31. Januar 2014

Full Measures - Rebecca Yarros

Title: Full Measures
Author: Rebecca Yarros
Rating: 4/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Entangled Publishing (Embrace) for giving me the chance to read this book before the official release date.

December's father is in the Army, but this Christmas he dies in Afghanistan. Everyone in her family seems to lose it, that's why she feels like she has to stay in control and take care of them all. Josh, her crush since freshman year in high school, sees through her act though and gives her comfort. For the first time ever, she learns what it's like to be just herself and taking care of others.

Ignore my summary, please. It is just as bad as always. I should stick with the ones written on Goodreads.

I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I started this randomly, actually, I picked it up randomly aswell. I browsed through NetGallery and thought that the blurb sounded nice and give it a try. I'm glad the publisher accepted my request, so first off - thank you for that! After the first few pages, I was blown away and surprised by how much this book really got to me. It was heartbreaking in the beginning and what happened when I got to the good part (readers will know the first GOOD part haha)... Yeah, my eReader battery died. Had to charge it and couldn't keep my fingers still, I swear. I wanted to continue. I wanted to know what happened next between Ember and Josh. I had to know. I thought of turning the computer on and read it via screen, but no. I controlled myself and waited patiently until my eReader was charged. So, I didn't get to finish it in one session. I wanted this book to last a little longer than the usual books I read and so I forced myself to put it down from time to time.

There were so many good parts about this book, I don't even know where to start. By the names of the characters probably? December, who is the main person, totally cool name. At first I thought she and Ember might be two different characters haha. I don't hear these name that often, that's why. Then there is April, Ember's sister and August "Gus", her younger brother. You think that's it? No, no! Then comes their mother and *ta-daaaaah* her name is June. I bet one of the grandmother's names is May or July. This is so cool, really.

And then there is Josh. *swoon* Totally the best of the best. Book boyfriend material. No, forget that. Book husband material. Once your read Full Measures yourself, you'll know what I'm talking about. So go on and read it, for the love of Josh, please!

Being with someone who's in the Army must be very difficult. I can't even imagine what it must be like to sit at home and wait, not knowing if your loved one is still alive or not. I don't want to go down that road if war is right or not. I think it's not. Most definitely not. So, I really don't want anyone of the ones I love to fight for their country. But that's a different topic. Let's not go there. Rebecca, however, created a very strong main character - Ember. Real people would have fallen apart and if not - I'm impressed then.

The only thing that annoyed me (a little bit) was all of Ember's "Josh" moments. She murmered it, she said it, she whispered it, she moaned it, she sighed it, she screamed it, you get the point. I would have left those parts or cut some of them at least. There were too much of them.

But all in all I really liked this book. I'm not usually the new adult chick. I read it and I like some stories fine, but they never really get to me like Full Measures did. I know why this book did though. It's new adult, but then again it has this young adult vibe and I am a sucker for young adult. I love it far too much. So, I admire Rebecca for actually finding an awesome balance between these two genres.

I would recommend this book to everyone I know. Seriously, everyone! Four stars and please give me April's book and Jagger's book and Sam's book and all the books you can possibily write for the characters Rebecca. Please, please, please!

Sonntag, 26. Januar 2014

Knowing Jack - Rachel Curtis

Title: Knowing Jack
Author: Rachel Curtis
Rating: 3/5

Thanks to NetGallery and Rachel Curtis for giving me the chance to read this book before most do.

Ever since Chloe had an affair with her professor, she gets bullied by other students and also a threat. Her parents decide that it's best for her to get a bodyguard. And that's when Jack comes into view - someone who struggles with his own demons and should know better than to fall for Chloe.

Alright... What kind of ending is that? Did I get the whole copy of this book? I doubt it. "What?" can't be the official ending. It just can't. Please tell me it's not.

When I read the blurb I thought about one of my favourite kind of romances in books: A teacher-student thing. I knew all along that the story wouldn't lead to a relationship between the professor and the main character, but I wanted to know more about their past affair. What did we get? A lousy scene. I'm sorry for my choice of words. It wasn't lousy written or anything, but it was far too less. I wanted more!

However, I loved Jack. How can you not? He is everything you're looking for in the typical-book-boyfriend department. Let me have him, but then again he seemed too nice at some points. I need more flaws. I like to think that Jack wasn't all perfect aswell. I can live with that.
"I can't help but remember all the reasons why I've always been so sure I can't be with her.
I'm her bodyguard. It's a boundary that shouldn't be crossed."
Also, the story itself really had me going. It was something different. You don't read about bodyguards that often. To be honest, I only read about this kind of story once and that was in Overprotected which I absolutely loved, by the way (and should re-read someday soon). I want to read more stories about bodyguards and their subjects of protection. Young adult, new adult, I don't care as long as it's not cheesy adult romance. Ugh.

I don't regret reading this book. I enjoyed it. As I got closer to the final, I felt disappointed though. The story seemed rushed at some point, and that's quite impossible with a story so short already. I'm glad I found this book though. I long for more stories like this and I really liked the writing. Not cheesy at all.

Mittwoch, 11. Dezember 2013

Friday Night Alibi - Cassie Mae

Title: Friday Night Alibi
Author: Cassie Mae
Rating: 3 - 3.5/5

On Fridays Kelli Pinkin usually sits at home, playing X-Box while someone is out, using her as an alibi, whether it's being the BFF or the boyfriend. But then she meets college students Chase Maroney. By getting to know him, she learns that there is more to life than pretending and at some point she has to decide between her "job" and her first love.

Cassie Mae just followed me on Twitter, so I felt like I should thank her with a review for Friday Night Alibi.

I love easy, light reads. Cassie Mae never fails to amaze me with these kind of stories. I didn't like the male character in this one as much as in the previous books I read by her, but Chase is still very, very cute (and I suddenly want to get a taste of oranges, though I react allergic to them sometimes. Cassie Mae, what have you done to me?)

I liked the nicknames Stinky and Moron, so funny. I also loved the teasing and jokes between Kelli and Chase. This is a romance everyone is looking for - having fun with a person you can be yourself with. *sighs*

One of my favourite scenes between the two of them was the one in the spa. My mom looked funny at me, because I laughed. I actually laughed. That only happens to two of thirty books. If even that.

The reason why I don't give this book four stars is, because I can't rate it better than How To Date a Nerd. That is still my favourite Cassie Mae book. Probably will always be.

Maybe I shouldn't have started this book - I want more books by that author and I think I read them all now. I have to wait for the next release, ugh. I am not patient. Not at all.

And maybe I shouldn't have started writing a review for this book. I cannot say something useful. I am a writer-mess, yes. At least right now. I am sorry for the lack of information on this book and by the expression how much I love Cassie Mae, but I shouldn't lie, should I? I won't. I refuse to. Read this and love this! Go, go, go!