Friday, February 22, 2013
The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock
That’s the day the trouble started.
The trouble that nearly ruined my life.
The trouble that turned me Dark.
The trouble that begs me for revenge.
Celia Door enters her freshman year of high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year.
But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest, darkest secret. When Celia’s quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she’s forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship.
This book started out great. I was so curious to know what revenge she was after, and why! It was such a mystery! As the book dragged on though, I started to lose interest. It wasn't until the very end when the book picked back up again.
I did like Celia's character. She was spunky and funny. She really added life to the story. Drake was a pretty cool character too. They just both had some things going on in their lives that I don't believe are right and that I struggled with reading. I wish the smaller characters could have been more developed in the story as well. They were just kind of a filler I felt like.
Overall, this was a cute story that I enjoyed, but will not be reading again.
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
It has been a long time since I have done one of these, so if I forgot something I apologize!!
The Rocky Mountain Heiress Collection (Women of the West Series #1-3) by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Someday, Someday, Maybe: A Novel by Lauren Graham
Hooked by Liz Fichera
Sisters of Mercy Flats by Lori Copeland
Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly
Starring Jules (As Herself) by Beth Ain
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
All I Need by Susane Colasanti
Five Summers by Una LaMarche
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Running On Empty (Mending Hearts #1) by L.B. Simmons
Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
When is enough not enough?
Bella's career and relationship are her life's foundationwear: not glamorous and perhaps a bit binding, but supportive enough... until she realizes that they are not enough. Her life is sagging badly. She's never been in love with her boyfriend, despite a decade together. And somehow she stopped being a musician-with-a-day-job and became a consultant-who-was-musical. So she takes a terrifying leap of faith, leaving her relationship and resolving to follow her musical dreams no matter what.
But the life you walk away from doesn't always let you walk away.
With a wonderfully warm and witty cast of friends, all navigating between their ideals and the realities they face, together they'll find out what love and compromise really mean in this empowering tale about grasping life with both hands.
‘Are you in love with me?’ I asked again as the appetising comfort of our usual Friday night takeaway turned sour in my mouth.
The question hung between us. He laughed, a short burst, as if diffusing dust that clouded his view. Diffusing the question.
‘I mean it, Mattias. Are you?’ I felt sick.
‘Of course I love you,’ he said from his end of the sofa. He could have reached me if he’d put his hand out. ‘Why would you even ask that?’
I hadn’t, not really. I’d only mimicked the on-screen heroine who filled our living room with romcom angst. A life-altering question, and I’d nicked it as I absentmindedly helped myself to more chicken korma.
‘I didn’t ask if you love me,’ I said. ‘I asked if you’re in love with me.’
Now that the genie had emerged from the bottle, the little bugger refused to be stuffed back in. I wondered if he could hear my heart thudding. On the TV the hero and heroine prattled on, rediscovering their true feelings for one another. Scene fade, musical crescendo. My films always had happy endings.
‘It’s a silly question, B., after ten years together. That feeling doesn’t last beyond the first flush of a relationship.’ He smiled. It was a beautiful smile, easy and open. ‘You know I love you.’
‘But were you?’ I pushed. ‘At the beginning? In love with me?’ My tummy was churning in the uncharted waters. I didn’t like the look of the horizon.
‘I don’t remember,’ he said, not smiling anymore.
The wind picked up and my boat rocked. Wouldn’t you remember a thing like being in love? I knew I would.
But I didn’t. Not once in all our years together did I remember having those feelings that people describe. Never as we sat on the sofa watching films, never when I looked at him over the table at a wedding, not once when anticipating his return from a weekend away. Not even when he said ‘I love you’. And not on that rainy October night, as I realised what the consequence of such an absence of feeling must be. ‘I’m not in love with you either,’ I said, tears forming. ‘I wasn’t ever, either.’
He finally reached over and gathered me to him. ‘Come here.’ He began stroking my hair. ‘I’m sorry. I do love you. I always have.’
‘I know. I love you too.’
He hesitated, started to say something, fell silent. Then, ‘It’s not the same thing, is it?’
He searched my face, seeing my answer there. I said it out loud anyway. ‘No.’
‘Isn’t it enough, though?’
‘I thought it was. But now I don’t know.’
‘You don’t know? Or you don’t think it is?’
I knew our future hinged on my words. ‘I don’t think it is.’
The comfortable, nice life I had with this perfectly lovely man wasn’t enough. Not for me. I struggled with the idea that this realisation had come out of the blue. Didn’t I know it before? A film cannot cause the end of a decade-long relationship. It just poured water into the cracks that, when the temperature plunged and the ice formed, split it apart. There was no going back.
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Bella Summer Takes a Chance
Women’s fiction/Chick Lit
ISBN 9781481277693 (paperback) price $12.99/£7.99/€9.99
(ebook) price $3.99/£2.49/€2.99
Friday, February 8, 2013
A Shimmer of Angels by Lisa M. Basso
Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can't admit to seeing?
There wasn't anything really wrong with this book. It was interesting and should have been really emotional. I was just not interested in it. I had to push myself to finish it. There were deaths, mental problems, angels and romance. I think it was done in a pretty original way too. I just could not connect with this book. The book was one I was really looking forward to, and was sadly a little disappointed.
I received this book for free in return for an honest review.
Sunday, February 3, 2013
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...
This was such a cute book! It was totally relatable along with being hilarious. A lot of the thoughts that were going through Vere's mind is totally stuff that I have thought or done before. It was a cute story about first crushes, first kisses, and falling in love for the first time. Through in a celebrity with a secret disguise and you have a hilarious story.
I loved Vere and Hunter/Dustin's friendship. They got along so well and really are perfect for each other. I loved getting to watch them got to know each other and secretly develop feelings for each other. They were so sweet together, even when arguing. You could tell how much they cared for the other person.
I did not have many problems with this book, but there were a couple. One was the length. For a book for young people, it was way longer than I expected it to be. The other problem was how slow the book moved at times. When reading the blurb, I expected the kiss to happen by at least the middle of the book, but it wasn't until almost the end.
I recieved this book for free in return for an honest review.
Saturday, February 2, 2013
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