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Review: Charade (Games #1) by Nyrae Dawn

Book: Charade (Games #1)

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Published: October, 2012

My Rating: 5/5

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Book Description:

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom’s dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it’s what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

My Review:

Oh my god, I loved this book!

It reminded me a little of Beautiful Disaster at times, but it’s so much better. And this is said considering that I did like Beautiful Disaster quite some.

Charade is about this girl and this boy getting together in an attempt to hide themselves. Cheyenne needs to show her cheating ex-boyfriend that she’s better off. And Colt needs money to overcome his mother’s medical expenses. But neither are being truthful, with each other or themselves. Continue reading

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Review: Six Earlier Days by David Levithan

Book: Six Earlier Days

Author: David Levithan

Published: November, 2012

My Rating: 5/5

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Book Description:

‘In Every Day, New York Times bestselling author David Levithan presented readers with his most ambitious novel to date: Every morning, A wakes up in a different body and leads a different life. A must never get too attached, must never be noticed, must never interfere.

The novel Every Day starts on Day 5994 of A’s life. In this digital-only collection Six Earlier Days, Levithan gives readers a glimpse at a handful of the other 5993 stories yet to be told that inform how A navigates the complexities of a life lived anew each day.

In Every Day, readers discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day. In Six Earlier Days, readers will discover a little bit more about how A became that someone.

My Review:

Sometimes I wonder if it is possible to convey so much emotion in so little words. The answer is yes, and Six Earlier Days is the perfect example.

If there is a person capable of doing that is David Levithan. I still remember myself crying reading The Lover’s Dictionary over one sentence chapters. He can say so much with almost no words at all. His work gets to me like very few others have. Continue reading

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Review: Back to You by Priscilla Glenn

Book: Back to You

Author: Priscilla Glenn

Published: October, 2012

My Rating: 5/5

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Book Description:

When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

My Review:

I think all the studying I’ve been doing, plus the excitement of finally having vacations burned my brain cells, hence why it took me so long to write a review… or trying to do it…

Here we go…

Wait. No. Before we get into it let me just say one thing: I fucking LOVED it. There. It’s done. Now I can move on.

Back To You was beyond amazing. An emotional rollercoaster on the best sense possible. It’s been a while since I finished it, like half a month, and I’m still all over the place just by remembering the amazingness of it all.

Well, I read it again between then and now actually, just so I could remember every detail perfectly, and cry again. I’m such a woos! Continue reading

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Review: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Book: Meant to Be

Author: Lauren Morrill

Published: November, 2012

My Rating: 5/5

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Book Description:

Meant to be or not meant to be . . . that is the question.

It’s one thing to fall head over heels into a puddle of hazelnut coffee, and quite another to fall for the—gasp—wrong guy. Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she’s queen of following rules and being prepared. That’s why she keeps a pencil sharpener in her purse and a pocket Shakespeare in her, well, pocket. And that’s also why she’s chosen Mark Bixford, her childhood crush, as her MTB (“meant to be”).

But this spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love.

Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be.

My Review:

Meant To Be was sweet, adorable, infuriating and amazing. You’ll see why…

Julia is a bookworm. There’s not really a better way to describe her. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, because saying so would be like offending myself, since I consider myself a bookworm to the bone.

Julia likes to read. She’s a Shakespeare lover. She’s a rule follower. And she hates flying, children and… Jason Lippincott.

On her spring break trip to London, all Julia wants is to explore the city and all the magnificent places her guidebooks tell her about. Not to mention visit all the places her parents visited on their honeymoon to the same city.

Julia is a fate believer to the core. She believe there’s someone out there that’s meant to be with her. Having her parents perfect love as an example, she believes that when it’s mean to be, it will be. Continue reading

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Review: On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Book: On the Island

Author: Tracey Garvis-Graves

Published: October 2011

My Rating: 5/5

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Book Description:

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family’s summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He’s almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn’t bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family – and a stack of overdue assignments – instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.’s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island.

Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.’s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

My Review:

Oh my god! What a book! I think I’ll never quite recovered from the emotional roller-coaster this book provided. A forever favorite, that’s for sure.

I’ve wanted to start this book since the moment I found it, but you know how it is. Life isn’t always on our side, I ended up putting it down for a little while, but I’m so glad I read it now. So glad! I was hooked since the very first chapter when we meet 16-year-old T.J, and his tutor 30-year-old English teacher Anna. Continue reading

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Review: Angel Baby by Leslie Kelly

Book: Angel Baby

Author: Leslie Kelly

Published: August 2011

My Rating: 5/5

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Book Description:

Since losing her husband several months ago, the only thing Claudia Warren is looking forward to is the impending birth of her child. But she goes into labor at the worst possible time, in the worst possible place. Fortunately, a strong, protective stranger—Chase Paxton—comes to her aid, saving her life and the life of her daughter.

Chase is a loner, and he likes it that way. He tries to avoid getting caught up in anyone else’s drama…so coming to the aid of a heavily pregnant woman, and being right there for the birth of her baby, shocks him to his core. Even more shocking is that the beautiful young mother disappears from his life as quickly as she’d entered it.

My Review:

I don’t really know how to start. I’m actually surprised at how much I loved this book. Angel Baby was sweet and tender and sexy and downright amazing.

I was drawn in by the cover, it’s cute. And after reading the summary I thought: why not? So I just dove right in, and I loved every second of it. Every single one. So much I actually stayed up until 3am reading, and only went to bed then because I had to get up early the next morning. If this doesn’t deserve a 5 star rating, I don’t know what does.

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[ARC] Review: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

Book: Teeth

Author:  Hannah Moskowitz

Expected publication: January 1st 2013

My Rating: 4.5/5

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Book Description:

Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.

Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

My Review:

I went into this book pretty much blind, I didn’t really know what to expect. I hadn’t read any review before I requested this book from Edelweiss; I was going by the description, which didn’t give much away, not much of what the book is actually about, not really. But then my request got accepted (which surprised me a lot, by the way) and I just dove right into it. I didn’t want to spoil myself by reading reviews and for once, I wanted a book to really surprise me.

And boy, did it work!

I was told a lot about Hannah Moskowitz’s writing, and how amazing and real it is. Let me tell to those that never read anything by her –like I was before Teeth –it’s true. Her writing is amazing, and it was what kept me going and helped me get past my annoyance with the formatting of this ARC (and don’t worry, even if the writing were bad this would not have affected my review, I assure you. It was an ARC after all!). Continue reading

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