Category: Contemporary


5 Stars to Finding Chase (Chasing Nikki #2) by Lacey Weatherford

Posted 8 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Life hasn’t been easy for Chase Walker. He’s experienced tragedy, and at times he’s not sure he wants to continue living. But he made a vow to go on with his life, and he intends to keep it.

After getting a college scholarship to play football, Chase heads off to school, hoping his time on the field will help to bury the intense emotions that still linger in his heart. Fate doesn’t work that way though, and he soon finds himself having to face all the things he’s carrying inside, or he may miss the one shot he has to learn how to love again.

 

Alright. Let me start off by saying I started this at around 8:30 in the morning and I finished it at noon that very same day. TODAY. Literally. I just kept going. There was no stopping me…


I was torn to pieces while I read this. It was so heartbreaking at the end of the last one, I just wanted happy things for this. I laughed, got sad, stayed happy for the long haul, and then DIED, then giggled from happiness. There were so many mixed emotions here!

I had to quickly start reading this story after I finished the first one last night. I HAD to know what happened next. I needed to understand where Chase went from there. So, I bought the book and started promptly! Happy to continue.

It was hard to read about him being so lost and sad… He deserved to be happy but he wouldn’t let himself. It was tragic, and I understand. But… Chase was such an amazing person that he needed someone that could change his life once again.

So, from just the first few chapters, I could see it building; I saw him changing and seeing change in himself. He started to allow himself to be happy again and it was beautiful. I just kept cheering him on as the story went. He finally found love once more.

It was another beautiful love story.

They had a connection that no one could understand. Yes, it was a beautiful love story, yes it was tragic how they were brought together, but somehow I felt it made their love deeper and more meaningful. I loved watching them grow and just become happy once again.

Then the author nearly killed me, AGAIN, with a slight twist in the story. I literally had to read it over a few times before I grasped what was happening. I couldn’t understand why it was happening or what made the author think it was okay to allow that to happen again! I wanted to start crying. I was like NO, you cannot open old wounds like that! I saw it coming during one of their cute dates… and I said to myself, if this happens I may die right now. I couldn’t handle what was about to happen. Then it happened, I cried, and made sure that what I was reading was true. I died a little, but I kept reading.

I’ll tell you I cheered with joy after that. It does have a beautiful ending, with such an AWWWWWW ending and epilogue. It seemed to happen so quickly, and I know some would judge this, but I see the beauty in it and I adored it for that. No spoilers! I’ll just tell you it’s lovely. The way it happened was truly romantic. Then the ending to the epilogue; AW!! So sweet. Beautiful!

Overall, I’d say I’m happy with the way this ended. I died a few times, cried a few times, but I would definitely say to add this to your to-read list. It’s a quick read, beautiful, emotional, and worth the emotional roller coaster 🙂

I’m so happy for Chase Walker <3

 

Christy Lyn

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3 stars to Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Posted 8 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance / 0 Comments

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand. 

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

It took me a while to grasp what I’d just read long after I’d read it. I absolutely adored the first quarter to half of the book. I adored it. The way Abby and Travis just clicked, just like that. And the romance, the instant connection. I loved the sexual tension, and the fact Abby refused to be anything more than friends with Travis because of her past and also she thought he was bad for her in many ways, except friendship. Unfortunately for her, Travis was in love with her throughout her charade of being “only friends.”

Travis is a bad boy: tattoos covering many parts of his body, the shaved head (I don’t know why but that just screams “BAD NEWS!” to me), the clubbing, the one night stands with numerous amounts of girls. He’s just…not good for commitment. That is until Abby bumps into him at a fight match (yeah, if you needed another reason why Travis isn’t good, the fact that he fights and WINS should help your run away decision.)

And then they gave in to their feelings.

I must say though, the amount of times he called her by her nickname eventually drove me nuts.

Abby, well now, she was a complicated girl. And I have one thing that confused me: the back of the book says Abby doesn’t drink or swear.
Um.
She drinks like a trooper.
Although that is when she’s out in a club, but still. She certainly DOES drink. So the fact that the synopsis says she doesn’t,…. well, let’s just say that confused me a little.
I really liked Abby at first. I thought she held her own pretty well. Always putting Travis in his place whenever he went too far. But my only concern is the amount of times she left him. The way she went about it. But to be honest, I was more concerned about Travis’s mental health rather than Abby’s actions because MY GOD DID HE NEED HELP! Yes, Travis is a sweet guy with a hard edge and had his many good moments, but what I noticed in some OTHER moments was that he was crazy. I mean, bunny boiler – stalker – obsessive – crazy! I mean, the dude was supposed to be this hard lad but he turned into a proper pansy when  a certainly thing happened.

Now, most of the fights I could handle. That was what made up a good 60% of the book: the arguments.
But then all would be well.
At one point I swear I was getting whip lash from all their comings and goings. It was making me very dizzy and I just felt like shouting at the book “COME ON, ALREADY! JUST DECIDE AND GET ON WITH YOUR LIVES!”
Alas, no amount of shouting would fix this Beautiful Disaster.
I have to say, that title is positively accurate!

Something bad happens later on in the story and Abby practically gives up. I won’t say why. But let’s just say, she had reason to. He deserved EVERYTHING he got and still couldn’t see why it was happening. Which made it all the more sad to read.
Then I eventually got into the next few chapters. Until the ending. Okay so I will NOT say what happened, but it was pretty big and this pissed me off and made me want to slap them. Hard.

So the ending is pretty much why I rated this book 3 stars. I was loving it for most of the time and WHAM it just completely destroyed my respect for the characters. The writing was done really well, however. I really believed the characters feelings and their desperation. I actually felt their pain, like I was there.

My favourite characters had to be Finch and America. I also fell in love with Shepley because damn he sounds hot! Parker was nice at first, but some things happen that just make me feel sorry for him and he tried SO hard.
I adored Travis’s family and his brothers’ seem like a right hoot and a half. 🙂
But mostly this book was centred around Abby and Travis and their dramas. Which were amusing most of the time.

Over all this is a lovely book (and sometimes damn right scary) about love, the struggles of love and friendship and how emotions can sometimes turn ugly and make that love frightening to deal with. I must warn you that this book is VERY SEXY and wow… was it ever.

I would recommend this book to others. The reasons why I didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to, wasn’t because of anything major, it was just something that bugged me. But that shouldn’t deter from anyone elses choices. 🙂

– Kat

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5 stars to Chasing Nikki by Lacey Weatherford

Posted 8 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Chase Walker used to be a good kid—charming, athletic, and with a bright future ahead, but that was before travesty struck his life, sinking him into deep despair. Caught up in a world of drugs and alcohol, he doesn’t notice time slipping away until he’s arrested for underage drinking one night.

Fed up with watching her son destroy his life, Chase’s mom relocates him to live in a small ranching community with his ex-military grandfather. Chase is far from happy about the situation until he meets, Nikki, the cute cheerleader who won’t give football players like him the time of day.

Chase enjoys a good challenge though and sets out to claim Nikki for his own. He soon discovers she’s more than a pretty face—she’s a balm to his troubled spirit also. But when tragedy strikes Nikki’s life too, suddenly Chase finds himself put to the ultimate test. Can he trust Nikki, and all that she’s taught him? Will it be enough

 

Alright. So… let’s just say that this book was 100% about love. Throughout.

In the beginning you learn about Chase’s dark side, the things in his past that have caused him to act out and be this wild… thanggg. Drinking, drugs, sex, and not a care in the world. He gave up football, and you can clearly see later on that he is amazing at football. But the darkness of his past doesn’t stick around too too long in this book. Once he meets Nikki, everything pretty much changes.

He is determined to get her to go out with him; he pretty much adores her. He is so sweet about it too! He let’s her do the first date and he goes along with everything. You find out Nikki has deep secrets as well. She is a SWEETHEART! I’ve never seen a girl so sweet. It was intoxicating.

Anywho. Their love was BEAUTIFUL. Nikki is a “good girl” and even though Chase was… well… Chase, he waited for her. He respected her every thought. Every want. He completely controlled himself, even though there were times she was like, YES LET’S GO! No, he wanted it to be special.

They were very sweet to read, and  the whole book was just freaking incredible. I had a smile on my face the whole time. They truly were in love and you could see he loved her as much as she loved him. They were made for each other; they completed each other. She came into his life at the perfect moment and it was just… beautiful to read.

Until the end…where I cried and cried and cried some more. I’m not the type to cry around people and then complain about it, but that’s what happened here. I finished the book in a car ride with my boyfriend and he watched me just cry about the end and when he asked about it, I just basically complained, cried some more, and was in absolute SHOCK.

I could not believe what I was reading. None of it seemed real. I was waiting for the book to say “HAHA just kidding.” But it never did. It was a tragic ending. I literally… I can’t put into words the emotions I felt. Tears. Heartbreak. I felt I needed to go hug Chase.

Then another twist that makes the tragic part a little better. I cried harder at this!! Happy, I will tell you that. Calmed the nerves a tad… It was beautiful. Another display of true love. Absolute true love. (this probably makes no sense, but I refuse to write a review and give spoilers!!)

So… overall… I was left heart broken and sad and emotional and confused and lost and dead pretty much. I loved this love story and even though that ending happened, I still love this love story.

When I read there was going to a second book, I looked at my kindle and said YES that is what I’m going to read tomorrow. I read this story in literally a day; took a few breaks, but a day was all it took. I never really just read a book in just one day; it takes a lot for me to be THAT sucked in. I also never read in the car and I did that with this book because I simply HAD to know what happened next 🙂

I highly recommend this book. It’s beautiful. It’s tragic. It’s emotional. I’m left speechless, shocked, and having to buy the next book immediately 🙂

 

Christy Lyn

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5 Stars to Flat Out Love by Jessica Park

Posted 7 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews / 0 Comments

Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.

Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it.

When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.

And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul.

To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well … doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.

Flat-Out Love comes complete with emails, Facebook status updates, and instant messages.

 

So this story was really intense, emotional, strange, heartbreaking, and romantic.

I loved Celeste. She was such a unique and interesting person. She was so different and unique, I loved everything about her. Okay, now that I’ve let that out…

Finn.. Where do I start? Romantic messages, sweet savior type of guy. I was totally falling for him towards the middle. I was like, how much better does a man get VIA internet? Until the twist. No spoilers in this review, but the twist… Oh yes 🙂

Matthew… Matt… I like Matty the best. He was so nerdy, dorky, and so witty. I loved when he talked and the confidence he had when he was speaking. He is the beauty of a nerd. I loved him so much. I loved him before Finn, has mixed emotions in the middle, hated Matty, and then fell in love with him all over again.

The twist is what sets this book apart. It truly does. I can’t give away spoilers, so I can’t tell you what happens, but I can tell you that you will conflict with emotions and just be left completely speechless, unable to put the book down.

I never thought I could love someone so nerdy in a book. It’s always been about the hot, bad-ass with tattoos. Not this time my friends, not this time. Matty is the winner here.

I will tell you this; Matty was someone who would do anything for anyone he loves. He does this for his family (which is part of the twist) and it is completely mind-blowing, frustrating, and just pissed me off. But, when you thought about it, as Julie did… you came to see it as a positive thing and something that kind of made you go AW… Which is exactly where the twist comes in. I won’t say anything more. If I keep typing, I may give something away…

So, back to Matty. I love him. I want him. I’m just in shock of what happened. But everything that happened in this story made me smile. Def the end! When two people just showed how much they love each other through anything that happens, it’s a beautiful moment. It truly is. I’m left wanting much much more then I was given at the end. I felt I wanted to read MORE of the love story. I want it to continue. I wish there was more. And that’s how an amazing book leaves you. Left wondering.

Def put this one on your to-read list at sometime. I will def be worth your time. I read it in two days. Your hooked from the start. Then your dragged and pulled and can’t even thing of putting it down.

I am in love with Flat Out Love <3

 

– a review by Christy Lyn

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5 Stars to Fracture by Megan Miranda

Posted 4 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage.

Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it? Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?

 

So…
There aren’t many books that I can read for hours on end, without getting bored, without getting distracted, and have the world go by around me and not notice. I was pleasantly surprised with just how spine-tinglingly, thought provokingly bittersweet this story was. Is. It’s one of those stories that has a little fantasy mingled with real life troubles that quite frankly, could happen to anyone (besides the sensing the dead part – I doubt THAT happens every day)
I can’t believe this book only got 3 and a half stars because in my opinion, it deserves more. It’s heartwarming, sweet and sad all at once and I ended it with a smile on my face. But at first I didn’t expect a some-what happy ending. I thought it was going to end in a tears.
I honestly cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you want mystery, friendship, the meaning of life and death all in one book, then this is for you. I guess in some ways, I can agree with how Delaney feels about death and old things or people. So in that way, I connected to the character far more than I usually do with other characters.
I thought the relationship between Delaney and Decker was heartbreaking. How Troy was broken and the only way out was the wrong way out and how sad it was that her family were being the way they were.
Yeah… so basically…. you should read this. It really makes you think.
“If you had one day left to live, what would you do?”

-Kat

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5 stars to Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter

Posted 4 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long – and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous, and that is…the emerald is cursed. Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all, she has her best friend — the gorgeous Hale – and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses and realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless for this heist. This time, Kat’s going to have to make up her own rules…

 

Okay, I have to say, this was just as good, in fact, probably better than Height Society.

I love Ally Carter’s ability to draw you in. I adore Kat, and she’s so…fiesty. I love it. The way she doesn’t back down, and even when she’s about to, she gets right back up and finishes what she started.

I love Hale, but I hope in the 3rd book that him and Kat get together officially. None of this holding hands all the time. I mean, really. There’s only so much sexual tension I can handle in a book. And believe me…there was a lot.

The whole gang just made me want to hug them, laugh with them, maybe even cry with them. I couldn’t stand Maggie, and I guess that was the point. You weren’t supposed to like her, but still…
I did occasionally get a tad confused in certain parts, however. Mainly trying to work out who was pretending to be and what was supposed to be a hoax and what wasn’t. But I sort of got it, in the end.

Over all, this is a great sequel, I can’t wait for Perfect Scoundrels, and I also can’t wait for the next Gallagher Girl book…which I believe Ally is working on. Even though I think that’ll be the last, I will always be a Gallagher Girl at heart. Really, I just love Ally’s writing. You’re a thief, Ally. You stole my heart with this book.

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