Review Until You (Fall Away #1.5) By, Penelope Douglas

untilyouHave you ever been so angry that hitting things felt good? Or so numb that you actually felt high? The past few years have been like that for me. Traveling between fury and indifference with no stops in between.

Some people hate me for it, while others are scared of me. But none of them can hurt me, because I don’t care about anything or anyone.

Except Tatum.

I love her so much that I hate her. We used to be friends, but I found out that I couldn’t trust her or anyone else.

So I hurt her. I pushed her away.

But I still need her. The sight of her centers me, and I can pool all of my anger into her. Engaging her, challenging her, bullying her…they are my food, my air, and the last part of me that feels anything human.

But she left. She went to France for a year, and came back a different girl.

Now, when I push, she pushes back.

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(5 Hearts)

I loved this book. Maybe even more than I loved the first one.

I’m usually unsure of how I’m going to feel about companion books. A lot of the ones I’ve read before are simply carbon copies of the first book with different covers. But this is not like the others. I felt as though I could have read this without having had to Bully first, and I would have been fine- and loved it just as much. It was that good.

I loved Bully when I read it a few months ago, there was so much passion and love and angst between the characters. But I did wonder about what was going on in Jared’s head. I didn’t question his love for Tate but I did want to know his thoughts behind his actions. And that’s what we got in Until You.

The book started with Jared meeting Tate from the first time and then jumped to when Tate was leaving for France. I loved that we got to see what they were like when they were kids, how much Jared loved her even then.

And then we got to see so much from when Tate was away at France. Those chapters where Jared was spiraling out of control, beating up anything that moved, getting thrown into jail, being too drunk to move, were illuminating. And we got to know so much more about him and Tate and Tate’s dad, and Jared’s mom in those chapters than we ever learned in Bully.

The book didn’t go that far past the point were Bully ended, which was a little disappointing. But since the author is going to be writing a few more novels from the friends POV’s it makes sense that she wouldn’t want to give too much away.

I can’t wait to read about Tate and Jared in her next books! And I’m really excited to read a book told in Jared’s brother Jaxs’ POV. Ahhh so exciting!!!

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Review Take it like a Vamp By, Candace Havens

TakeItLikeAVampNEW_500_thumb-0x225Vampire Nick Christos might’ve been born in the Middle Ages, but the good old days seem tame compared to the last eight years he’s spent ruling the Supernatural Council. His only respite is with his cute neighbor Casey Meyers, a woman he wants more than any undead man should. Sure, he’s forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but there’s no way he’ll test his own strength by getting too close to a human, and he’s not willing to risk her life–not with bloodthirsty family on the prowl out to ruin Nick’s life.

When said Nick’s kin shows up, the innocent Casey is caught in the middle of a centuries old fight, and Nick’s biggest fear is realized. Now, instead of keeping his hands off his neighbor, he’ll risk everything to save the human he’s come to love.

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(3 Hearts)

This was cute, and I do happen to love a good vampire book. But it was just ok.

The writing was ok, the plot was ok, the characters were ok…it was just ok.

The first chapter was slightly better than ok, which is probably what hooked me to the book in the first place. Nick is in love with Casey; Casey is in love with Nick. The only problem is that Nick is a vampire. People are trying to kill him; people are trying to kill Casey. There’s a lot of running, a lot of talking about fighting, and a lot of misunderstandings. The book was just whatever, very predictable, not enough passion. No real reason to waste your money or time. But if you’re Jonesing for a vampire book, this is one. It’s not that great but it’s not awful.

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Review Crushed By, Dawn Rae Miller

16158868Having it all has never been so hard.

For eighteen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged life, and try not to mess up too much.

However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who turns his world inside out – Fletch discovers his perfect life isn’t so wonderful.

As family secrets begin tumbling out, what once seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right, and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.

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(2 Hearts)

I thought this book sounded so interesting.

Its about a rich, cute boy, in a BOARDING SCHOOL, getting drunk, partying, and falling in love. It sounded so promising. I didn’t know how anyone could screw up such a great plot, but apparently its easy, because this book was not very good.

The writing wasn’t bad. But everything else was. Fletch is just starting his senior year, at the ubber preppy boarding school for the rich, when his friends issue him a challenge. Since Fletch seems unable to keep it in his pants, his friends bet that he won’t be able to go almost a whole school year, being ‘just friends’ with a girl.

I wasn’t crazy with the whole MTV ‘She’s All That’ plot, but I liked the whole being friends first before succumbing to the love sort of thing, so I was game. But these characters had no redeeming qualities about them. Usually when I read books, I whine and moan about writers inability to write likeable female characters. But maybe they are simply unable to write likeable main character, and in this books case supporting characters as well. This book seemed to be the place where every despicable, disgraceful, dreadful, and a whole lot of other d word, character came to live.

It was so bad I ended up skimming the majority of the book just to find out how it ended. And it didn’t even end well. Ugh. Just not good.

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Review Forever, Jack (Eversea #2) By, Natasha Boyd

FOREVER, JACK_COVER_R3Keri Ann Butler’s life changed on the night she met movie star, Jack Eversea. She thought she knew a Jack that was very different to the man adored by fans the world over. In the wake of his betrayal and abandonment, Keri Ann has had to pick up and move forward with the life she was supposed to live and has put off far too long.

Suddenly Jack is back, and his explanations for why he left seem more and more plausible, and his declarations more seductive. But being Jack’s latest tabloid accessory isn’t on Keri Ann’s career agenda, no matter how much she is attracted to him. And how can she can ever trust him again?

Jack knows he let the only ‘real’ thing that ever happened to him slip through his fingers. And his hands have been tied to try and stop it. Until Now.

Jack is now fighting to save his relationship with Keri Ann, even as his crazy life threatens to tear them apart. Again. The question is, can he convince her she can have it all? And have him? Forever?

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(4 Hearts)

She doesn’t deserve him!!
Why do authors do this?
They make these amazing, strong, attractive guys. And then pair them with these whiny, selfish female characters? Why? What happened to female solidarity? These authors are female and yet they are unable to write a good female character, one that doesn’t make our gender look crazy. I’ve read hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of books but I could probably count on one hand the number of books that features a good female protagonist. It’s important to have a desirable male character but I think it’s even more important to have a relatable and likable female character. Now with that said I can talk about the book.
I surprisingly loved the last book; I loved Keri Anne, I loved jack, I loved their whole drama. Even though we’ve read this story before; where a relatively nothing-special girl meets a famous actor and they fall in love. But this one was different it was well written with good drama and likeable characters. That is until book 2.
This book started off ok. Jack, after being gone for 7 months comes back to town begging for forgiveness and a second chance. I liked that Keri Anne made him work for it, that she didn’t pull an Anastasia Steele and forgive everything he put her through after 2 sec of reuniting. She seemed so strong in the beginning not caving to the man that broke her heart but willing to listen- after some time. I loved their story their drama and after a few chapters their reunion. Until it was revealed that Keri Anne is a crazy self-sabotaging disgrace for a human being.
The beginning was so good- which is the reason for the 4 stars. But the ending ruined it for me. I knew that the conflict was coming but I was hopeful that it would be something different. Something creative. Something that I didn’t just read 3 days ago in The Remember When series or a year ago with Love Unscripted. I wanted something slightly unique. But alas I was disappointed when the conflict turned out to be Keri Anna’s fear of being photographed and being attached publicly to jack. And other unbelievable nonsense. If a beautiful young British actor came up to me and professed his love I would be all over that. And yet Keri Anna is dragging her heals, making stupid decisions and choosing her lack if career over true love.

Why God? Why do I continue to waste my money by reading the same book over and over again. Ugh. Oh well it’s too late now.
At least this is the last one in the series.

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Review Slow Burn By, Nicole Christie

18374087It’s the beginning of senior year, and seventeen year old Juliet Somers has made the rash decision to transfer to her boyfriend’s school in an effort to spend more time with him. Sexy bad boy Johnny Parker is a legend at Leclare Academy, and Juliet still can’t believe that an average girl like her was able to tame his wild ways. She can’t wait to start her new school with him by her side.

But one night, Johnny’s self-destructive habits lead to a stunning betrayal–and Juliet realizes she’s made a huge mistake. Now she’s stuck at a school where she doesn’t fit in, and all the girls seem to hate her guts. Even worse, Johnny is determined to get her back, pulling crazy stunts to win her forgiveness. Juliet is resigned to being an outcast for the rest of her senior year, with no friends, and no clue what she wants to do with her life.

Things start to look up when she gets to know some of Johnny’s friends, and finds that some of them are really good guys. With the help of an unlikely ally at her side, Juliet begins to think her situation is not as bad as it seems. As the school year rolls on, she opens herself up to new experiences, makes some huge mistakes, and discovers things about herself she’s not sure she likes.

Juliet resolves to stay strong against Johnny’s seductive tactics, but it’s becoming increasingly harder to deny she still has feelings for him. Will she risk her heart to him again–or will a hot contender manage to sweep her off her feet?

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(5 Hearts)

Drop what you are doing and go buy this book right now!
No not tomorrow, right now!!
I will never understand why bad books like Hunger Games 3- Mockingjay and Divergent three- Allegiant (why cant authors write good endings to a series) have sold so many copies but amazing books like this hardly sell any.
This is not only my favorite book of the year; it’s my favorite book of next year too.
Slow burn had everything a book should have. It’s like you dream of this imaginary book with this amazing romance and characters and setting only to start to wonder if u will ever find it. But it exists, it really does!!
The book starts with Juliet catching her boyfriend, Johnny, cheating on her. Even though she’s devastated, this wouldn’t have been that big of a deal except she just transferred schools so she could spend her senior year with him. So instead of having the best year of her life she begins her senior year surrounded by a bunch of snotty rich kids that hate her for gaining the attention of their star football player. But things don’t actually turn out that bad. Even though her ex won’t leave her alone trying to get her back, she ends up making really great friends, the most surprising one being Johnny’s own brother Dean. Oh God Dean! He makes my former book boyfriend Kellan Kyle look like a toad. But really all the characters were great. This was such a character driven book, I felt like they were my friends. And Juliet was such an amazing main character, she was relatable, and likeable and hilarious. This book had everything. Great characters a heart stopping romance and amazing drama. Just writing about it makes me want to read it again!

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Review The Apollo Academy By, Kimberly P. Chase

17928444As the heiress to Titon Technologies, eighteen-year-old Aurora Titon can have whatever she wants—clothes, expensive gadgets, anything money can buy. All she really wants is to escape her pampered, paparazzi-prone life for the stars. Becoming the first female pilot to train as an astronaut for the Apollo Academy is exactly the chance for which she has been waiting. Everything would be perfect if it weren’t for her unreciprocated crush on a fellow student, the sexy astronaut bent on making her life hell, and the fact that someone keeps trying to kill her.

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(3 Hearts)

This had so much potential. Too much potential to be as bad as it was.
The world that the author created was amazing. This book was set in the future, more than a hundred years from now. And took place in a space academy called Apollo academy- it’s like a college for astronauts and other space related peopl.
After reading the description for the book I was blown away. I love boarding school/ college books.  So I was completely sold on this book.
It started off great Aurora is nervous about her final test to get into Apollo academy and goes to a club with her best friend to have some fun. It’s at the club where she meets Zane, they dance, they flirt, they almost kiss. It’s good night. It ends up even better when they both end up at Apollo academy.

It was as if everything was there; the interesting plot, likeable/attractive characters, drama, romance. But one thing was missing. Good writing. It felt like the book was simply a compilation of bad, overused, clichéd lines that we have read 1000’s of times before. I felt like the author was too afraid to be different and simply wrote what she felt we wanted to read. I wish it had been a bit more unique, but it wasn’t awful.

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Giveaway & Review Switched, By Cassie Mae

9780345548825.340x340-75Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.

Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should. But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.

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(4 Hearts)

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I love books with this kind of story.

More than vampire books (which I LOVE)

More than Boarding School Books (which I LOVE LOVE)

My all time favorite book is the ‘fall in love with your best friend’ book. When the best friend is a guy. Duh.

This is what Switched is about, well kind of.

Kayla has a crush on Talon.

Wes has a crush on Reagan.

The only problem is that Talon and Reagan are together. Oh and their in love with their best friends boyfriend/girlfriend. Yea it’s a mess.

So Kayla and Wes decide to break up their best friends relationship so that they can be with the people they want. But while they scheme and plot they begin to realize that maybe the person they were really suppose to be with was in front of them the entire time.

I loved Kayla and Wes’s relationship, it was slow and dramatic and they didn’t see it coming. They were so funny together, being able to completely speak their minds because they were so comfortable with each other.

While I loved their relationship I hated that it took them so long to realize that they were in love with the wrong person. I couldn’t understand why they liked Talon and Reagan in the first place; I also didn’t understand why they were best friends with them. This was definitely not a book about good friendship. But the drama was good.

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