Category: Contemporary


5 stars to My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

Posted 24 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore. Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

 

Woah. Okay. Where do I freaking start?

First off, this was so GOOD!

I mean, yes, it had its cliche moments, and its “oh yeah, because that’s likely” moments, but to be honest, the writing style, the inner monologue of Cat Crawford was so…fascinating and funny and just plain cool, that you forgot about the flaws and ended up getting sucked in. Well, i did, anyway.
Way to go Rachel Harris!

I am completely impressed and in awe with the whole Renaissance theme and getting the dialogue and scenery spot on (I’m guessing) and I felt like I wanted to be there. I was there. I was in the book. (okay, so not LITERALLY)

At one point I found myself tweeting like they spoke in the 16th century (or any other century but ours), but in ENGLISH, not Italian – because I’m not good with languages.

I fell in love with Alessandra and Cipriano and Lorenzo…and pretty much everyone in this story, except….Niccolo. But I’m sure if you’ve read the book, then I’m not the only one who thought he was one MEGA creep. I get that that was the point…but he seriously made me want to reach into the book and slap him hard.

Cat aka Patience, did a fantastic job at blending in to her new surroundings.

*clears throat*

Really, she did.

Okay, I lie.

She didn’t.

But then, to be fair, I don’t think I would have, either.

There were so many moments where I cracked up laughing at something she’d say in modern speak and then the other peeps would just look at her like “WTF?”
It really made me wonder if any of them had any brains, because if that was to happen to me, I’d have gotten caught out in a second of saying “gonna”. lol.

Lorenzo…man oh man, what can I say? You took my heart from the first moment I saw you…er…when Cat saw you. Hey, my name is Kat, so technically it could have been me…
Don’t hate me because I’m a fangirl!
So anyway, I thought the book was brilliant; it had a kind of..Lizzie McGuire feel to it (in my opinion) just without the time-travel element. I don’t know why, but I just kept on seeing Cat and Lorenzo drive off on a mo-ped together…

I adored the way it tied up after she “returned” and there was this “HOLY SHIT IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?!” moment that I won’t spoil, but it totally made my heart go BOOM!

I’m seriously hoping for a sequel. That ending was just…. UNREAL! You cannot leave a book like that and NOT have a continuation somewhere in the future. I’ll probably be asking Rachel on twitter, but anyway… I LOVED IT.

I think it’s a bittersweet, romantic, heartwarming, full of friendship and lessons learnt type of story and you’d be a fool to not give it a chance!

:o)

You have to add this to your to-read list PRONTO!

 

Kat

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4.5 stars to The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen :)

Posted 19 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, New Adult, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

This story is about two young people who have struggled and I mean, truly struggled throughout their lives. Both Kayden and Callie have some deep, dark secrets behind their smiles. They have been haunted by them and it has kinda caused them to be scared of the future, in a way…
It was hard to read what those two struggled with. I just felt… People who have to go through that and make it out are truly beautiful people.
I won’t say what they struggled with, but they did. Rough things. And it was hard for them both to come to terms with their past and open up about them to each other. But I was so happy they found each other. They came into each others lives when they needed someone the most. Their relationship, I truly felt, was based on love and emotion. There was sexual tension, but their relationship was built off words and feelings, not physical attraction. THIS is a love story. A beautiful love story.
I loved reading this. I enjoyed watching their relationship grow; seeing the trust between them grow. I saw Callie grow into a beautiful woman that really opened up and allowed herself to be happy. Same with Kayden. He opened up and allowed himself to feel feelings for Callie that he never experienced before.
Their love… It’s just beautiful because it’s not something you read everyday. I can’t stress enough that this is what I feel is a love story. These two people, who struggled, were able to get past it, grow, and fall in love. It was heartwarming to watch and to feel it. The words in this book really captured the emotions here. It was just… An aw moment 🙂
Now. I’ll tell you something. There is a CLIFFHANGER! A Killer cliffhanger. My heart sank. My jaw dropped. My eyes watered. It’s very devastating and hard to read. I was in shock from what happened. I’m left with a broken heart waiting for book two. I’ll tell you, as soon as book two is out, I will be getting it. I must know what happens because I’m slowly dying here. Tears will fall. Get a tissue box at the end people!
Overall, this is a beautiful love story. I highly recommend this book. It’s sweet, gentle, and true love. It’s intense as well because of the struggles the two face, but it’s a beautiful love story. I… It’s a love story. Read it 🙂

Christy Lyn

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4.5 stars to Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Posted 15 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance / 0 Comments

To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter. 

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. 

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.

 

This book was pretty incredible. Intensely fast, I read it in one day. It was a nice, SEXUAL love story 😉 not for the faint of heart. I mean, DIRTY SEX. Kay? Kay!

So, you learn about Blaire and stuff, about her past, why she is here, and everything like that. You really feel for the girl. I mean shoot, she ends up at a house with a GORGEOUS 24 year old ASSHOLE. What did you expect to happen? She was a sweet, completely innocent girl who just wanted to get back on her feet. She didn’t WANT to come, but she had no other choice. She was doing what was right for her. I am proud of her! She is 19, gorgeous, innocent, and carries a gun. She’s my favorite girl ever. Trucks and guns = HOT 🙂

Rush. What can I say about you? You are mean, a man-slut, and I can see how Blaire couldn’t resist you. He starts off, I mean from the first few moments you meet him, a jerk. I mean TRULY a jerk! I was like, no please tell me she falls in love with someone else. Don’t let it be him! And then you hear about his sex life, Blaire SEES his sex life. He is just all over the place. But then, he opens up… you see a sweet side. A side that he is trying to hide because he has BIG secrets. And when I say big secrets, I mean secrets that completely SHATTER YOUR HEART at the end.

I felt BROKEN when I found out the secret. I couldn’t believe what had happened. I understood why it was kept a secret, but man… that is a secret that can completely rip a person apart from the inside out. It was heart breaking. I had tears in my eyes. I wanted to run and hug Blaire and tell her everything was going to be okay. But she… she broke when she found out.

And literally RAN. DROVE OFF. The secret is that bad folks. The whole story is about how Rush doesn’t want to get close to Blaire because of this secret but he just can’t control himself. They both fall and fall HARD. But that secret, it could ruin everything. As a reader, I was waiting for the moment for it to all explode in my face and completely break my heart and it did. I’m slowly dying right now, as I type this review.

Overall, I’d say this book is definitely worth reading. It’s hot, intense, and down right tragic. Lucky for my future readers, there is a second book. I’m hoping *fingers crossed* the pieces get put back together and I can feel relieved. I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book. READ! It’s worth it; adults only please!

Christy Lyn

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4 Stars to Unmaking Hunter Kennedy by Anne Eliot

Posted 11 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

After a car accident–an event he considers a prank gone bad–pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work.

Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a ‘nice’ guy.

Funny thing is…Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover.

She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s transformation.

When Vere asks her best friend for some kissing advice, Hunter can’t resist…

And that’s when things get out of control…

High School Romance, first love, sweet romance

I will start off by saying this was a really sweet, sweet story. It was the story of a broken boy, a nerdy girl, and basically their way into each others arms. Gentle, soft, and the makings of true love 🙂
It’s from both points of view; Hunter and Vere :). Which was actually pretty nice. I got to understand what he was thinking, where he was coming from, but also Vere as well.

**One thing that bugged me about this book, and maybe it was my Kindle, I’m not sure, but it was like… structured weird. It wasn’t in paragraph form… I’m not sure how to describe it, but I literally got confused sometimes of where I was in the story because of it. But that’s just literally the structure, nothing else!! Didn’t ruin the story for me!**

On towards the review! This is about a broken boy, Hunter Kennedy. He did some terrible things and was basically sent to live with his Aunt to hide out; he’s a celebrity and his manager and his mom believe he needs a break from that lifestyle. They literally find a person to fill in for him as he hides out. It’s terrible. He is forced into it and he just literally hates it.

Though, he does meet Vere.

He instantly feels comfortable around her. He allows her to make him over so that no one will recognize him while he is hiding out. He enjoys making her laugh, he likes her company, and all the while, he hides his feelings as they go closer and closer each time they hang out. It’s really sweet. He becomes the Best Guy Friend. He basically is “Friend-Zoned” but he walks into that himself when he continues to remind her that he isn’t her type. But you can clearly tell… he’s never had a real girlfriend, or really had any real feelings for anyone, and he likes her. A LOT.

Vere is the NERD/DORK of the school. She really only has one friend, and her older brother Charlie; who is cool and popular and on the football team. Basically… Vere has never been kissed. She is so innocent and sweet, but no one sees that because of… well, something in her past. Basically, she went boy crazy over her brother’s best friend, something happened in front of the whole school (pretty much) and she’s been doomed ever since. But, Vere is rather funny, very enthusiastic, and I love her. She’s sweet! Great best friend material! Also girlfriend material too! 🙂

Then, the boy Vere went boy crazy over… starts liking Vere… It kinda kills Hunter because… well he wants her! All sorts of things go down.

Hunter gets punched by Charlie, Hunter fights back verbally, Vere learns ALL of Hunter’s secrets… I was like okay, can someone just let the love happen please?!

After all this stuff, Vere asks a favor of Hunter. It’s an odd request, and Hunter won’t help at first. Then he does. Causing emotions to just FLOW out. I mean just FLOW, he lays it ALL on the table. Not only does Vere feel confused, she lets him just walk away. It killed me!! I was like how can you let him just walk out like that? After what he did? And said? And what?! Ugh.

Vere needs a second opinion in the matter. She decides to continue on with what she was going to do, which is why she needed Hunter’s help, and it got worse. She sees the true side of this Curtis boy (Charlie’s best friend, etc.)

THEN A BIG THING HAPPENS. I NEARLY DIE. I WANTED TO CRY FOR HUNTER. Then I was mad at Charlie, then I wanted to cry some more…

After that big thing, happiness finally shoves its way into this book. Hunter does something so beautiful and real and I just went AWWWWWWWWWW the whole time. I smiled the entire time. It was sweet, romantic and I loved it. He finally gets to be happy 🙂

I would recommend this book. It’s a longer book, but it’s about true friendship, dark pasts, and true love. It’s a beautiful eye opening story. Def put this on your to-read list! It’s an innocent love story! 🙂

-Christy Lyn

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4.5 stars to Crush by Lacey Weatherford

Posted 9 January, 2013 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Reviews, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at arms length, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other. 

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.

I was instantly hooked on this book. I loved how it was the bad-ass falling, man-candy, “I have sex with everyone” falling for the gorgeous nerd. It was sweet and lovely, which felt very typical. But, there were some deep, possibly dark secrets behind Hunter that just made you want to keep reading to find out what he was really hiding.

I’ll tell you, you could see there was an instant connection between Cami and Hunter. It was sweet. It nearly killed Hunter to not share his secrets, but he felt he couldn’t; it wasn’t the right time. I was just like “TELL HER. COME ON! She’s trustworthy.”

Cami, sweet and innocent, had a REALLY ANNOYING best friend Clay. He just drove me up the wall. It was as if he thought he OWNED Cami and she couldn’t date anyone. It really pissed me off. I wanted him to go fall off a cliff or something. Yet Cami, being as he was the BFF since they were 5, didn’t seem to get it.

Throughout the story, you see the relationship build; you see Clay getting weird, Cami demanding answers, a few small fights here and there, but it was over all pretty sweet. I hated not knowing the secrets and I truly felt for Cami. It drove me crazy!

You don’t find out the secrets until almost the end when the twist happens. You find out Hunter’s secret, Clay’s secret, and a few other secrets. It gets INTENSE. My jaw DROPPED. I was like, no… that can’t be… REALLY?! OMG I LOVE IT. It was great. I was shocked when I read the twist, I read it like two times to make sure I read it correctly. Then, I continued on and it just got more and more intense! I wanted to yell at my kindle; NO YOU CAN’T DO THIS!! NOOOO!!

The twist was killer. I thought it was going to end on that bad note. I was rather upset that it felt like it was ending and all that was left was… well…stuff! But, to all my happy ending fans, it does end lovely. Things come into perspective. You see why Hunter wouldn’t share his story. You understand all the sexual tension. You gain a grasp of who Hunter is and why you were right in falling in love with him, even as a bad boy 🙂

I would definitely say it’s worth reading. Didn’t take me long. Sweet, full of love, drama, and sexual tension. 🙂 Mark as another to-read my friends! The bad-asses are taking over; even if the bad-ass is a cover *wink* (yes, that’s supposed to be a SLIGHT spoiler to get you to go read the book!)

– Christy Lyn

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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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