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 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 Dreamwalker By, Andrea Heltsely

cover39106-mediumNoel Kennedy lost her boyfriend, her job, and her dignity all in one week and then gained an entirely new life. Hunted by a mysterious league of immortals, Noel must rediscover her forgotten past while uncovering the truth behind the two men who battle for her heart, both in dreams and in reality. 

Entranced, she slowly unravels a world she was meant to stay out of, one filled with creatures she once thought to be myth and dangers that threaten her very soul. Now Noel begins the fight for her life and must choose between two men who call to her heart. Can she escape a life of servitude or immortality for a chance at love?

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(3 Hearts)

Noel is having a bad week. Her boyfriend just broke up with her, she gets fired, and to top it all off she’s having strange supernatural dreams. Yea she’s facing some problems. But after a few weeks wallowing in depression, she meets Jared the guy from her dreams and there is an instant connection. And then she meets Boone and she has a connection with him too.

I happen to like love triangles so I was all for this book, Jared and Boone are both equally great love interests, though I kind of like Jared a little more. And I really enjoyed all of the mythology in the book.

But what I didn’t like so much was the writing. The dialogue didn’t flow well, and it felt really choppy at times and unrealistic. There were also a few grammar problems. But the overall story and characters were really interesting, so it kept my interest until the end.

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