Montag, 26. Dezember 2011

Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity #01) - Angela Corbett

Title: Eternal Starling (Emblem of Eternity #01)
Author: Angela Corbett 
Rating: 4/5

Having two soulmates isn't exactly what Evangeline thought of as she started college. Now, stuck between Alex and Emil, she discovers that their fight of her heart isn't something that just happened some time ago. In fact, it happened centuries ago. As both boys try to make her trust them, Evie is in more danger than she is aware of.

First, I can not put down in words how much I adore this cover. It's one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, I think. So the cover itself deserves five stars. Unfortunately, the book only deserves four. Not unfortunately really: Four is a really great rating. In the beginning I even thought I might give this 4.5 but then I just had to remember the fact that I am not much of a fan of those "eternal love" stories that reaches over centuries and centuries.

The love triangle was also one of the greatest I have ever read. You can't decide which guy you should like more. Perhaps the majority of girls who read this book go with Alex. He is everything a mother would be happy to be her daughter's husband, I guess. But then there is Emil who just steals your heart within a second. I, myself, know that I couldn't decide which guy to like more. I loved them both. Whenever I thought a certain guy was better for Evie, the other one came around and changed my mind completely.

As mentioned I am not very thrilled about stories that include love that goes on since centuries. I know, it's supposed to be romantic and all that and I guess it is, my veins freeze when I read it also (which is a good sign, by the way. Romantic scenes have to make my blood and veins freeze). I don't know what it is that makes me like those stories so less, I just know that I like to read other stories better. However, this book was different. I really liked reading about their past relationships and feelings. Still, in the back of my mind I was between liking and not liking it. Weird, for sure.

In the beginning I thought that things between Alex and Evie went on a little too fast. Well, they went fast, as soon as Alex finally did something. You had to wait for that move quite a while. Then I was disappointed in him (you will be too, as soon as you read the book) and then Emil came in the picture. I couldn't help but wonder from the very first moment on if he was evil. I think most people who read this book will think about him as that aswell. It's how it always goes: Good boy comes first, claims to love the girl more than anything, he disappoints her, bad boy comes along the way and suddenly owns the girl's heart though he has no intention of giving her what she longs for, which is real love. I'm glad this book (or at least the first one until now) showed a different way during the story. I even wondered if Zach is a part of the whole good and bad side part. I'm excited to find out if I am right or not.

What annoyed me a little was Evie. Not Evie herself but the way she thought about things. She might aswell thought of herself as the queen of the world since both guys wanted her so damn bad. I wanted her to choose a guy and then move on, but my wishes may not be heard here. At some points, however, I agreed with her, which made her appear a little more friendly to me.

So, all in all this book was great. I am very glad that I read it. I'm also glad that it focused on the romance and not on some unnecessary parts like school or in this case college, 'cause honestly, I hate reading about school and college when I'm not interested in those things when it comes to books. There's enough school and college for all of us in real life.

Get your hands on that book! It'll make your heart melt, whether it's for Alex or for Emil.

Sonntag, 25. Dezember 2011

The One That I Want - Jennifer Echols

Title: The One That I Want
Author: Jennifer Echols
Rating: 3.5/5

Gemma doesn't have much expierence when it comes to boys. But when a guy like Max flirts with you, it's something you notice, right? Well, obviously it's not, because otherwise he wouldn't date her "best friend" Addison. The more time Gemma spends with them and Max's best friend Carter, the more she feels drawn to Max. Too bad she has got to keep her nose clean.

Oh, oh, oh. Perfect literature for girls. I've only read Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols, and I can't decide which book I like more. While Going Too Far had more aspects of an adult novel, The One That I Want reminds me of good old teenage shows like Lizzie McGuire. Don't we all miss the good old days?

I loved Gemma! (And I love the name Gemma itself) It was good to read about a girl who had issues with her looks and her weight and even though she was pretty rich, she couldn't buy herself friends and attention with that. Well, she had attention when she lost weight, but they couldn't really see her as what she wanted to be seen. That's why she stayed with Addison, the most horrible bitch I've ever read of I think. I'm still happy that Jennifer created a character like hers. Honestly, it's always good to read about mean people. You may not be sure of that, but you get all mad inside and I think that is what a book makes you want to read it on and on aswell. You want to know if that mean girl will end up in a trash bin, which she'd totally deserve. Just saying... Everybody knows a girl like Addison and sometimes I couldn't believe my eyes. Her comments were just eww. I wanted to wake up Gemma and tell her to tell Addison to screw off. I can understand that nobody wants to be lonely and have no friends, but seriously, that is no reason to stay with such a mean friend, if you can even call it a friend. I think you can not.

Carter is just like Addison in a male version. I couldn't stand him at all. This whole thing about being better than Max, or being better than anyone at all, it really annoyed me. Can't someone just once be happy with the life and things they have? I guess not.

And now, the wonderful and gorgeous Max. He was amazing! Alright, sometimes I didn't understand his acts and when he explained why he did certain things the way he did in the end, I almost wanted to scream at him, because I also want just once a guy to show and tell a girl how they feel. Not wait a whole life time for the right moment or never even tell her at all. Things like that only question love and that is never a good thing. I loved how he wanted to teach Gemma those life lessons, though he wasn't much older than her but pretend to be so much wiser. And I also loved how he and Gemma had those moments when they couldn't help but laugh over something funny that nobody else got right. Real connection here.

I loved this book a lot! I wasn't sure if this was something for me, but it totally was. The only thing I was really sad about was that there weren't so many scenes with Robert. He seemed like a really good friend, though that was different in the beginning. And Delilah was a really nice girl too. I could definitely see her and Gemma being best friends forever.

Freitag, 23. Dezember 2011

Catching Jordan - Miranda Kenneally

Title: Catching Jordan
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Rating: 3.5 - 4/5

Jordan Woods is not the typical girl. She doesn't like to go shopping or do any girly stuff. She rather plays football, as the only girl in her team. Even better than being able to play it, she is the leader and quaterback. Now all she else needs is a scholarship for her dream college. But how can she be able to focus on that, when there is a new guy who she immediately falls for? And worse, what if that guy actually steals her position since he is a quaterback aswell?

First, I don't really like to read about sports (probably because of my P.E. phobia - no joke!). I like football, though it's not a very popular sport over here, but I don't get it. I don't know the rules and the game itself seems to go on forever. Also, I hate that it's practiced in high schools, because students who do not practice it are being judged as nerds or whatever and the football jerks think they are the greatest and the leaders of the whole school. Same with cheerleaders. I know that seems like I am much of a stereotype, but I just know how people think. I wouldn't want to be friends with anyone who sees theirselves as something better than me.

In the beginning I liked Ty and I liked Jordan. I liked them as a couple. Thing is, they weren't even a couple. Excuse me, they should have talked and concidered a relationship, a serious one too, before doing the whole crap. Such as having sex, without even being on a date once. I'm not saying you should stay single your whole life or wait until marriage or something like that, but two make-up sessions and go to the next level just like that? Well, that's what I call a bitch. I don't mind if girls do that, but I will call them bitch anyway. Perhaps I'm a little harsh here, but I don't really care. You can't walk around calling other people sluts, like Jordan did, and then you go and do exact the same thing. She always said how she wanted something real and love and all that, and then they just fall over each other and rip off their clothes. I don't know what it is, but it makes me really mad. It's just a book, I know, but I also know people who are exactly like that and I always wonder how they can look into the mirror. What did their parents taught them? That it is okay to have sex with just anyone as long as you use protection? And some don't even do that. Guess I just waited for the moment to read about a teenage pregnancy in this book aswell. Gosh, seriously, I am so mad :P It's pointless actually.

I'm not saying that the guys are any better in this book. They lay the girls as they come. Ew. Enough said about THAT kind of behaviour.

What did I like about this book? The friendships! I can say as much as I want about the characters being sluts, more or less, but the friendship between Jordan, Carter, JJ and Henry was flawless! I guess I liked it that much because most of my friends are boys too. Much easier to get along with them, I think. It became more of a girly thing when Carrie and Marie came in the picture, but that wasn't all too bad either. Friends should always care and support each other and that's what the characters do here, so point for that!

I also liked how hard Jordan tried to catch her dad's attention. She doesn't understand why her dad is being so supportive over her brother but not over her. He never watches her games and never ever tells her some nice words about her football succsesses. It is so sad how she tries and tries and tries. All she wants is his approval.

I would have put this book in my favourite list, but the reasons that I counted above made me not do that. I was so excited to read this book and now I'm a little disappointed. Not in the story itself, but in the way the characters were like. I guess it was Miranda's intention to write it like that and she was thinking something by doing it, but I didn't feel it. I just felt anger by reading some parts. Others were great. I'm not saying this book is bad. It is so not! I liked it. I know I mentioned and underlined the bad parts, or the parts that I didn't like, too much, but I can say it one more time: The book is NOT bad. All in all I liked it.

Mittwoch, 21. Dezember 2011

One Night That Changes Everything - Lauren Barnholdt

Title: One Night That Changes Everything
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Rating: 4/5

Three weeks ago, Eliza found out that her boyfriend Cooper only dated her because of some rude society he wanted to join. As revenge Eliza decided to write some comments about him on her sister's website. Because of those comments, Cooper didn't get accepted at Brown and his society mates think it's Eliza's fault. To prove her that she messed with the wrong guys, they steal her notebook and make her doing all the things she wrote down there. Things she is afraid of. During the night Eliza finds out that maybe she judged her boyfriend too fast and also learns that fear is something you need to turn off sometimes.

Being someone's girlfriend just for a guy to get into some stupid society is just wrong. Every girl would be upset about being used like this. Cooper should have been honest with her, so it's only his fault that she wrote these comments about him, right? She has that right. No, she does not! I, personally, think that she should have at least talked to him. I can understand her, yeah, but he is trying his best to make her listen to him during the party and during the whole night. She just doesn't like him. On the other hand, every girl would be like that I guess. Him to explain things could make it worse. That is what everyone fears.

But then again you also learn that fear is nothing you should let lead your life. A good lesson in life Lauren is trying to teach you here. So actually Eliza should be kind of thankful, no matter how odd that sounds, that Tyler stealt her notebook. She would have never figured out the things on her own and without that night. Anyhow, at some points I wished Eliza would have told the guys to screw off. You shouldn't do something just because someone tells you to. Someone who is being a big ass aswell (meaning Tyler).

I loved the characters, of course especially Cooper, and I enjoyed reading this book very much. As I said there is a good life lesson being taught here, though that is always more easily said than done. But the idea of having no fear over everything and changes is nice.

As a massive Lauren Barnholdt fan, it's no surprise I loved One Night That Changes Everything. I liked Two Way Street a little more though. Anyway, I loved the story and I think it'd make a really good movie, actually. Of course I bet there is already a movie out there which is like this book and I just don't know about it yet.

Nothing else for me to say. Go on and read it!

Montag, 19. Dezember 2011

Alexander Death (The Paranormals #03) - J.L. Bryan

Title: Alexander Death (The Paranormals #03)
Author: J.L. Bryan
Rating: 4/5

Even though Jenny hardly knows him, Alexander is the person she trusts the most right now. He rescued her from the police, so that has to mean something. He is not her opposite, yet she can't help feel drawn to him. Perhaps also because Alexander helps her to remember some of their past lives and their deep connection back then.
In the meantime Seth is trying his best to find Jenny, which isn't the simplest task since Dr. Reynard seems to discover their secret.
It's time for the final battle between the good and the bad.

Eww. What a dumb summary of mine.

I can't believe it's over now. I loved this series so, so much. I think Alexander Death was the weakest book in the series, but I loved it anyways.

In the third book you first notice how deep the love of Jenny and Seth really is. I mean, you noticed it before but that was more like a typical first love thing. Now you truly understand that they belong together and what being the opposite for someone really means.

Though, I've got to confess that my favourite couple in the whole series was Tommy and Esmeralda. Or even Pedro and Esmeralda. Too bad Pedro is just a normal human :/ But wait! That means I can have him, right? :D I would have liked to read more of him.

So, Ashleigh is still in posession of Esmeralda's body, which really annoys me actually. Perhaps because I can't stand Ashleigh. Who could anyway? She is such a bitch and manipulates everyone around her. I'm surprised that she didn't find a way to rule the world during her past lives. Should have been easy for someone like her to get to that goal. Whatever.

Tommy doesn't really take any side in this fight. It seems as if he is on the bad side, but all he actually wants is Esmeralda and since she is on the bad side, because she is Ashlegh right now, he thinks that Jenny and Seth are the bad guys here.

Alright, so why on earth does Alexander have to disappoint me so damn much? I don't want to spoil anything, but you'll eventually figure out that he is not who he pretends to be. This crazy plan he is following, I still can't believe it. I don't even know what else to write, because I would spoil so much and I don't want to do that. To say a good thing, at least just one, I liked him in the beginning. That has to be enough positive stuff I said about him now :P

I don't know what should say about Seth and Jenny, really. They didn't change, they are still the main characters and they still want peace for everyone, which seems still absurd since Jenny's power is to hurt and kill people. But with Seth by her side it seems like a good power somehow. Doesn't make much sense I know.

Two small final confessions: #01. I don't like Heather Reynard, though I don't know why, but I'm not much into reading point of views from cops or even just doctors sides. That doesn't fit into teen paranormal books for me. But that's just how I see it. Heather's view was important for the books anyway. You wouldn't have understood some things otherwise. #02. I love Kisa! She is so adorable and I'm so sad that there wasn't much of her here.

As I said - I'm sad it ended, but the ending is good and I am happy that I read this fabulous series!

Samstag, 10. Dezember 2011

Never Bite a Boy on the First Date - Tamara Summers

Title: Never Bite a Boy on the First Date
Author: Tamara Summers
Rating: 3.5/5

You should expect that your parents, or even your pretend-to-be parents, wouldn't assume that you murdered someone, right? It's different with Kira's family. They all know how hard the whole vampire-being is for her and since she also allowed herself to turn her once love Zach without permission, they think that she killed that guy at her school. To prove that she isn't guilty she and her parents make a deal: She will find the killer herself. Now only that seems more impossible and harder than she thought, especially when this little Nancy Drew trip includes a bunch of new guys that wake her interest, and even worse, what if one of them was the potential murderer?

Let's make one thing clear: Don't get fooled by the cover! I know it's not thaaaaat appealing, but hey, could have been worse. I'm usually a person that judges books by it's cover first and then decide if I should read it or not. I'm glad I gave this one a go because it wasn't a pre-teen or dreamy teen or whatever novel, but a really good young adult book. So much hilarious scenes here and it's very exciting aswell. Yummy read!

Kira was turned one and a half year ago, back when she was Phoebe and not Kira. Her vampire-parents turned her because otherwise, she would have died in a car accident she had with her boyfriend Jeremy. After that she had to fake her funeral and so all of her former friends think she is dead. She can never go back to them. Then there's Zach, her second love. She turned him after he wanted to kill himself to become one of her kind. Thought that if she saw him suffering in pain, she'd agree to turn him and it worked out. Weird guy, huh? Yeah, but he is kind of cute too. He really wants to be with Kira forever and loves her, which made the end seem kind of awkward to me, but nevermind.

Alright, there are so many boys in this book, I was a little confused to be honest. Let's see who else there is. Milo, ohhhh what a hottie! Seriously, you can't help but fall for each of the guys in this book. Tamara made them appear so... I don't know. There is just something about every single one of them. Milo is the sweet one that cares a lot about Kira. There is this one scene that I adored when he baked for her, aww. If any boy reads this review, grab a pencil and a paper and note this: Majority of girls love guys that can bake! Muffins, brownies, no matter what. I assumed, more or less right from the start, that he was the murderer. If he really was, well, you gotta go and check that yourself. No spoilers, and that costs me a lot of energy.

Daniel. Uhm... He is gorgeous, yeah, a little too gorgeous maybe. He wasn't so much in the picture and I'm not sure if I find that good or bad. Both, I guess. You know that there is something that he doesn't tell Kira. He seems too much to himself. I really don't know what else to say to him. I liked him more and more but he isn't as good as Milo for example.

Rowan is a poor little guy, really. He struggles with so many things and he is scared of, well actually everything and everyone. A poet. Hope you didn't put the paper and pencil away yet, because girls love poets too! Though the line he wrote is a little weird, but it's what he saw and is struggling with, so understandable. At least a little bit. He should move on, though.

Did I forgot anyone? I don't think so. I really, really liked Never Bite a Boy on the First Date. The book idea is great because the "detective-vampire-books" I know all include adults that tour in clubs and fall upon each other all the time without really looking forward to a relationship. I'm really sick of reading those and so this one was a quick refreshing read. Definitely going to keep looking for some other books by Tamara Summers. Lovely!

P.S. Never bite a boy or a girl on the first date! So absolutely not sexy!

Dienstag, 6. Dezember 2011

The Day Before - Lisa Schroeder

Title: The Day Before
Author: Lisa Schroeder
Rating: 3.5/5

Distraction: That's what Amber needs. A little something that takes all her thoughts away, even if it's just for a short period of time. Amber decides to drive to the beach for just one day only. She would have never assumed that this trip and the guy she meets during that, Cade, might change everything she used to believe in.

This book is very . . . poetic. I never read anything like this before, but I liked it very much. There is a good balance between reading about the things happening in Amber's life and the romance between her and Cade, which is, by the way, adorable in so many ways.

Once you understand what this book is about you can totally relate with Amber and understand her actions and her choices. I also really liked this whole "close your eyes, taste the flavor and I'll tell you what kind of person you are" thing. Maybe because I believe it's true too.

I would have never guessed Cade's reasons for taking a day off. I was shocked when he told Amber but touched at the same time. He is a good person and I can see why Amber fell for him in the first place. Both characters have a story of their own, but that doesn't mean their stories can't match. In fact, they do.

I liked this book a lot. It makes you want to believe in destiny, because you really want to believe that's just how Amber and Cade could have met - it's their destiny. And I'm also glad that they don't see their romance as this one-day-only-and-then-run-off thing. It's the real thing, you can feel that while reading The Day Before.

Though I always find it a little risky to write about life and life choices and all that, this book really had me. Nice stuff! The only thing that I regret is not reading this during a summer night. That would have matched so perfectly.

Samstag, 3. Dezember 2011

We'll Always Have Summer (Summer #03) - Jenny Han

Title: We'll Always Have Summer (Summer #03) 
Author: Jenny Han
Rating: 3/5

Belly and Jeremiah have been a couple for two years now. Belly always thought that everything was perfect between them and they could be honest with each other, but then she finds out that Jeremiah cheated on her during spring break. And even though he should hate him, no matter how many times he'll apologise, she says yes when he proposes to her all of a sudden. The wedding is set for August and they find theirselves back in Cousin where everything between them (and also between Belly and Jeremiah's brother Conrad) began. With him also back on board, Belly has to figure out what and who she more disires.

Okay, uhm... Least favourite book of the series to be honest. It's not that I didn't like it, it's just that I wished for a different ending and some things to happen differently. Jere, Jere, Jere. You really disappointed me here. While his character was my favourite in first two books, Jenny Han made him appear as the bad boy in this one. He cheated on Belly... Seriously? He claimed to love her so much in the second book and now I should believe that he changed his mind for the short week of a spring break? Unlikly. He was so different in the other books, I don't want to accept him the way Jen pictures him in We'll Always Have Summer. I just won't! I'll pretend like I never even read the lines that said he cheated. Pretend to never have read the phrases in which it seemed like he only wanted to marry her, so she'd finally sleep with him. As if that is all you expect from a relationship. Old drama, baby.

I'm not sure what to think of all this. I really don't know. Belly loved both brothers her whole life. She was with Conrad and now she's with Jeremiah. Hmm.. I assume she only said yes to the proposal because she knew that if she said no, things would get worse. But what's worse than cheating on someone? God, again I ask myself why Jeremiah would do something like that. Also the beginning seemed to take off so fast and then it just went on and on and on. While you read the first few pages, you get a lot of information that your brain has to deal with (Including the fact that someone as honest as Jeremiah seemed to be, cheated on the love of his life Belly. I really need to stop it now!) 

Taking those thoughts aside, I was a little annoyed by how Belly doesn't really know what she wants. If she would have been honest about her feelings and just took a little time off to actually understand those feelings, there wouldn't have been such a mess. Though that mess is perhaps exactly what was so fascinating in the first two books. This time you get a front row seat inside of Conrad's head and can see the things happening in Cousins through his eyes. Well, I liked that, as I always like it when you read a boy's view of things, but I didn't buy it. He loves Belly, I get that, but saying she was the only one he ever loved ten on a rating of ten. Again that seems very unreal to me. I'm probably being a little too critical here, I know. It's just that I really wanted an awesome last book, and I didn't get it. Don't get me wrong, I liked it anyways. Why am I explaining myself? Three stars is still good.

From the first book on I always kind of knew it would end this way. I wasn't the only one with that intuition, I guess. I hoped for another ending though, even if I can't think of another ending myself either. Maybe that's why it ended like it ended, but people would now tell me that it ended like this because it was meant to be. Uhm, whatevery. So again, I don't say this book was bad. It was not! I don't really know what I expected or what I wished for, but I'm glad that Jenny Han knew what she wanted and wrote that book. I had a great time by reading this series, so thank you Jenny for that! If there is one place I'd like to visit now, it's definitely a magical place like Cousins. :)

Freitag, 2. Dezember 2011

Crush Control - Jennifer Jabaley

Title: Crush Control
Author: Jennifer Jabaley
Rating: 4/5

Willow and her mom are moving back from Vegas to Worthington after nine years of taking the audience of Vegas' night life into the magical world of hypnosis. It feels strange to be back, but fortunately Willow got Max, the guy who has always been her best friend. Now back in town, and even since quite a couple while, she has different, bigger, feelings for him. But the guy of her dreams is dating another girl and obviously not thinking about Willow any other way than being her friend. Willow decides to give into all that teenage drama stuff and plans on making Max jealous. It's dangerous but she decides to hypnose Quinton, that super hot guy she also has a little thing for. The hypnose actually starts to work but soon our little magican's got to face that hypnosing people might not be the right way to get what you want.

Such a simple book idea and such a dumb summary and also way too long. Grr.. Anyhow, I loved this book!

It's a tough situation for Willow: Feeling those things for Max and yet not be able to tell if he feels the same and all that. I think every girl can relate to that, or at least most of the girls in the world anyway. Max is basically the only reason why Willow is happy about moving and then she finds out he has a girlfriend. Shock! But, stop! Quinton might be the perfect solution.

He is everything a girl is looking for. He has got awesome looks and practically every girl wants to be with him. So when he doesn't make a move on his own, Willow makes a move with the help of hypnosis. She helped Mia, a cheerleader, to lose her fear of falling because of hyponosis and so when Quinton asks her to hypnose himself aswell, she takes action and tells him a little more than to lose fear of something.

It doesn't take a long time to see if and how it worked. So much be told, it worked. It worked just fine! A little too fine perhaps 'cause though Quinton is really cute and stuff, it isn't really him. Willow sees that some time too and wants to undo the hypnose. The thing is, she doesn't know how. Along with her friend Georgia she tries different options. Who would have ever thought that undo hypnose might be even more trickier than actually doing one?

So, uhm, yeah.. I loved this book! I wanted to read it for a very long time and I finally did, yay! I've never really thought that a book about hypnosis, even though it's still young adult (perfect young adult!), could be so cool. I love how Georgia and Willow try to undo everything. Then I also couldn't decide which guy I'd have prefered for Willow. Probably Quinton because he is content in this book and Max is more in the background during the middle of the story. Both are awesome guys, and it doesn't happen too often that I don't care about which guy a girl choses. I'd have been happy with any couple here, but it's a nice ending. :)

Loved, recommended and thank you Jennifer for creating a book like Crush Control. I couldn't put it down a single second.

Donnerstag, 1. Dezember 2011

A Season Of Eden - J.M. Warwick

Title: A Season Of Eden 
Author: J.M. Warwick 
Rating: 4/5

Eden is willing to step beyond the line. She just can't help it. She is feeling things for James and even the fact that he is her music teacher doesn't make her want him less. And he is also just four years older than her. Four years is nothing really, is it? There is something flickering in Mr. Christian's eyes that makes her hope. Prays be heard when they meet at public places. Of course, no one can know about them being that close.  Soon Eden realizes that music isn't the only thing she can learn about when she's with him.

What a crappy summary, but I'm still overthinking what I just read. WOW. It was in my "dying to read"-shelf and now I also know why. J.M. Warwick created a raw diamond here.

I'm not much into Eden's attitude. Hooking up with boys, dumping them before they dump you and all that. But hey! Everybody does what everybody thinks is right. When she dumped Matt I felt a little sorry for him. That didn't last a long time though. He was just as Eden. (He's never been dumped by a girl before.) While I guess for some it seemed like she was obsessed with Mr. Christian, I thought she was actually growing into a teenage girl that falls in love head over heels. I think of Mr. Christian to be her first, honest, big love. The way she thinks about him is cute and every girl will see themselves in that. Of course it's exciting to read about their "relationship" growing and all that, but it also felt real. You don't want them to break up or even fight. You just want them to be together. The sooner, the better.

I bet James felt so insecure when he got his job at this school. I mean he is twenty-two. I never had a teacher that young. Not even close. James is really shy and you can't help but adore him as a matter of fact. I wouldn't have minded a hint from his point of views, but that's my personal wish speaking there, so just ignore that. You picture him playing the piano as J.M. Warwick describes he does. It's kind of a fresh thing to read about someone who is not into rap music and all that, but rather stays at all these classical songs. I wouldn't want to sing stuff like that if I joined a choir though. When I found out he still lived with his mother I was a little shocked. Not quite that turn on, huh? His mother is a lovely person anyway.

Still, I'm asking myself how they both got through the time before the graduation. Those who read this book already will know what I mean. Seeing the other one and remembering everything that happened, without being able to help yourself but wonder what it'd feel like again but you just don't do it. You just leave it like that and pretend like there wasn't a connection at all. Tough one.

One more thing, I really couldn't stand Stacey. And to be honest, I wasn't much of fan of Eden's dad either. No father should choose a woman over his own daughter. (I know what I am talking about, believe me.) And Stacey taking things that belonged to Eden's mom, oh well, excuse me but what a bitch! I'm glad that Eden's dad somehow saw that he was mistreating his daughter. Better late than never.

This was my second teacher/student book and I loved it even more than the first one I read, which was Teach Me by R.A. Nelson. I assume it has to do with the fact that this book wrote during the romance going on and not giving you a look on how it ended and why. At least that's not the main point. I like that the ending is opened up to you and your dream ending. If it ended bad or good, I know I would have had my issues with that. So, of course I wanted a happy ending, but now I can think of one myself. Glad that J.M. Warwick left that up to us readers. Amazing book!

Two-Way Street - Lauren Barnholdt

Title: Two-Way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Rating: 4/5

Jordan broke up with Courtney a couple of weeks ago. No surprise that Courtney doesn't want to go on a road trip with him, though it'd only take three days to finally start college and get over him. Her parents want her to go with him anyway and so she has no other choice. All that's left to do is to pretend like she doesn't care about his new MySpace girlfriend.
Jordan still loves Courtney. He would never tell her in person anyway. Not after what made him break up with her. Some fact she doesn't know about. Some fact that would make her hate him. He wants to spend the last days with Courtney, though he knows it's not good for her and not good for him either.

Two-Way Street is my favourite Lauren Barnholdt book! I loved it so, so much. I couldn't put it down. I love it when a book is written from both point of views, and I love it even more when that includes a boy's point of view. It was awesome!

Courtney is like most girls. Actually, she is just like all the girls I know and love (or sometimes do not). She loves her ex-boyfriend, which is understandable since he didn't break up with her that long ago. Takes some time to get over that and Courtney thinks she'll be stuck on him forever. Which is probably true. She is so afraid of this trip. Not afraid but definitely anything but thrilled. How should a road trip help her to get over him? It's kind of hilarious how she wants to make him jealous with Lloyd. His "I miss you" sentences are cute, but I loved Jordan and Courtney as a couple from the first moment so there is really no other match for me here. She is not into Lloyd anyway. She was just right before she met Jordan. Note here: I love that this book isn't just about the trip. Lauren also writes about how Jordan and Courtney met and how their relationship grew more serious and serious until it fell apart. God, I want to re-read the book already. Lauren, you're a genius! Seriously.

So now it's about Jordan. Isn't he just gorgeous? Again that type of guy that prefers hook ups until he meets "The One" that changes everything he believed in. In real life, I'd hate this guy. Of course not if I was the girl that he'd give everything up for, but if I wasn't, then I would hate him. I guess you get my point. So, he broke up with Courtney. Not because he has a got a new girlfriend that he found on MySpace, though that is what Courtney and everyone else but his best friend B.J. thinks. He only made that reason up because the real reason is way too hard to handle or to tell. All he wants is to protect Courtney from the truth because he still loves her so freaking bad. It's so cute how he looks after her when she is not feeling well and throws up all the time. I love his character so very very much. I could repeate it and repeate it and repeate it: Lauren, you're a genius! A fabulous genius!

This book proved how talented Lauren Barnholdt is and why I'm such a big fan and why I'd pick up any of her books anytime. I think I discovered my love for road trip books now, thank you! I'll definitely re-read this book and I seriously can't wait for that. Advice to everyone: Buy this book! Stop at whatever you're doing right now, just get your hands on Two-Way Street now!