Tag: Love

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: Hopeless

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: December 2012

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

Sky meets Dean Holder, a boy with a reputation and a lot of baggage. But don’t let that fool you. Because there’s more to Holder than Sky ever thought. And he is the only person who can unlock Sky, making her feel, making her love, making her remember things she didn’t know she had forgotten…

I can’t give away anything.

Because then you won’t be able to experience Hopeless the way it was meant to be experienced- shocked, amazed, really emotional.

I will say that it is intense. It is heartbreaking. Heart shattering. Hopeful.

It is love and warmth and evil and cruelty. It is beautifully written, well executed and brings the readers through such a mix of emotions, it’s hard to stop thinking about this book. You think you know what it’s about. You think you know what will happen. But so much happens, there are so many twists, so much you see coming and unexpected reactions and stories. The journey is overwhelming and I could not put it down.

Sky is a wonderfully strong and complex character. Holder is everything the love interest should be. Patient, kind, complicated. Their affection, relationship is organic, not perfect, and not quick. They grow together, they experience sadness, joy, love and evil.

Love. Love. Love.
Go read.

Rating: 10 One of The Best

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment


Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: Dare You To

Author: Katie McGarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: May 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two


Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review


Beth Risk’s home life is anything but perfect and everyone knows it. Her father is gone, her mother is a mess with an abusive boyfriend. After a series of bad, Beth finds herself living with the uncle and starting a new school, leaving her old friends and life behind. But all she wants to do is get back…

Ryan Stone’s home life is perfect. At least, that’s what it looks like to everyone on the outside. But in reality, it is anything but. When he meets Beth as part of a dare, he doesn’t expect her to change him in ways that he never thought possible. To challenge him. But can he convince her to stay with him before she goes back to her old life?

I really liked Pushing The Limits, McGarry’s first book and was looking forward to Dare You To. And it didn’t disappoint!

Ryan is a very sweet, and noble character. Yes, he has issues, but overall, he’s a good guy. A golden boy, with a layer of complicated underneath. I loved his knight in shining armor personality. It was wholesome without being too goody goody.
Beth is rough. She’s angry, she’s bitter, she trusts no one. She made me want to scream at her. And I love her. She’s just the right amount of spice, fierceness and edge that evens out Ryan. They balance each other nicely.

The story moves quickly, and we see Noah and Echo from book one a little bit, which I love! We enter into Ryan’s not so perfect world and experience Beth and her problems. There’s a lot going on in the story, but it’s easy to fall in love with the characters and root for them to end up together.

Yes, there’s some cheese. But I think the world could do with some more!

Overall, a page turner, well developed characters, heartbreak and some bittersweet moments that will have you sighing.

If you love realistic YA romance, then this is for you!

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments


Review: Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill

Posted June 6, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: Meant To Be

Author: Lauren Morrill

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication Date: November 2012

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone


Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley book.

Review:

Julia’s school trip to London should be exciting, taking in culture and history. But her plans change when she’s buddied with Jason, the class clown and all around crazy guy who can’t seem to stop breaking the rules.

Now Julia is starting to break some rules of her own. She’s always been waiting for her childhood crush, Mark, to come back into her life. But a mysterious texter, Chris, seems to have stolen her attention for now.

And what is going on with Jason, who seems more interesting than she first thought?

I’ll be honest. I first tried to read the book a few months ago, before it came out. But I was having a very hard time with Julia. She follows the rules, looks down on people, and has her nose a little bit too high in the air. So I put the book down and promised myself I would come back to it later. And I’m glad I did.

Julia is pretty unlikeable at the beginning of the book, but this just makes her challenges larger than anyone else in the story. By the end, I liked Julia and appreciated her journey.

Jason is on the far side of the spectrum too. Too outlandish, too childish. But again, his character changes in a different way than Julia. While Julia grows, reaching outward, Jason unfolds, exposing himself and his vulnerabilities.

The story is predictable, but not in a bad way. I still enjoyed reading about their adventures together in London. And the plot was fun, light and easy to read.

Overall, I think it’s a great summer romance book.


Rating 7 Pretty Cool Would Recommend

Posted June 6, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments


Review: Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Posted June 5, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Title: Siege & Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Publication Date: June 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two


Synopsis can be found here.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

What?!?!
Okay, I’m not even going to give you a short synopsis because if you haven’t read Shadow & Bone, Book One in this series, then you need to go do that right now.
No, really.
Right now.

Back?
Great.

So we pick up with Mal and Alina on the run, from the Darkling and from those who wish to use her for their own gain.

I really enjoyed the first book and I am so very happy, relieved, excited that book two is a solid and satisfying sequel. There are lots of great plot twists, character development and “oh, Sh*t” moments that I did not see coming. I was invested, interested and kept on my toes the entire time.

I will not say anything that will spoil this second book for you but I will say that I love where Alina’s character is going. The more challenges, the darker, deeper struggles, the better.

And Mal, yes Mal. I think I like you more in this book than I did in the first. 


A new character, who everyone is talking about, is introduced. He is a privateer. And he is awesome. He is my favorite character in this book with a sly and clever mind, a wicked sense of humour and a strong presence. (In fact, I like him more than Mal. Sorry peeps.)

A strong and adventurous sequel and my only question is:
When is Book Three coming out?

Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream

Posted June 5, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 4 Comments


Review: Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Posted May 30, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Walking Disaster

Author: Jamie McGuire

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: April 2013

Genre: Young Adult/Adult (New Adult) Realistic Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two


Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

Beautiful Disaster, Book One, ended and I have been looking forward to reading Walking Disaster ever since. It’s not a sequel, but more of a companion novel as the same events are told through Travis’s eyes.
I am one of the people who enjoyed Beautiful Disaster and thought this would be just another romantic and heartbreaking ride.

Sadly, I did not care for Walking Disaster.

I’m pretty open to companion books. I like the idea of seeing different things through other character’s point of view. I enjoy re-reading books so to say that I may have enjoyed it less because I knew what was going to happen already is a thin excuse. This edition added nothing to Travis and Abby’s story. If anything, I felt badly when it was over because of how little I liked them through the book.

Going into Walking Disaster, you already have a sense of Travis. Wounded, lashing out, short tempered Travis who goes through a big change through Book One. Book One we see how Abby is conflicted, how she falls in love with Travis, how she struggles with herself and her past.

In Walking Disaster, Abby comes across as an emotionally unstable girl whose love and attention swing so far back and forth, it’s a wonder I liked Abby at all! Without that added layer to Abby, she is too one dimensional and not very sympathetic. On the other hand, Travis’s narration is what really put me off. While some of the motivations for his actions are a little bit more clear, overall Travis comes across as a selfish, insecure brat who throws tantrums. The mystery is lifted and I don’t like what I see.

The romance lacked luster and heart this time around and I found myself skimming halfway through the book.

Overall, if you liked Beautiful Disaster, then check out Walking Disaster, at least to satisfy your curiosity.

Rating 4 Not My Cup of Tea

Posted May 30, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments