Tag: Love

Review: Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Posted May 23, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments

Title: Me Before You

Author: JoJo Moyes

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: December 2012

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book.

Review:

I don’t know what to say.
I usually listen to audio books on my commute. So when Friday evening came, and I found myself sitting in my car in my driveway, with still half the audiobook to listen to, I decided to go inside and listen to “just one more chapter.”

Which turned into a very late night of me laying on my bed, staring up at the ceiling. Before dinner. After dinner. And finally, with my husband asleep next to me and the lights out, until 2am, when I finally finished Me Before You. And was a hysterical blubbering mess.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book.
I met friends for a fun Saturday afternoon the next day and they remarked upon how puffy my eyes were and how I looked very tired. Which of course then I had to explain to them why I was up all night, a sobbing crazy person.

Lou seems content with her small life, her simple existence. Will’s life was bigger, brighter, fun and in motion. They couldn’t be more different and that’s why their middle ground is so unstable. But coming from each side, both of these characters have a journey ahead of them through struggles and hardship and love that alter them so completely, my heart warms just thinking about who they were in Chapter One and who they became by the end.

This is not Chick Lit. It is not a conventional romance.

It is way more than that.
It’s a deep and thought provoking read about courage, living and love.

I listened to the well read audiobook and highly recommend it.
I also fear that reading the book would have been very difficult for me as I probably wouldn’t have been able to see the words from all the crying!


This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while, and certainly the best one I’ve read all year.

Go get it.
Now.
I’ll wait. 

Good. 

Now, let’s discuss…

Rating 10 One of The Best

Posted May 23, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 5 Comments


Review: Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

Posted May 9, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Love Water Memory

Author: Jennie Shortridge

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: April 2013

Genre: Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

Sweet and sad. Lucie Walker wakes up wading in the San Francisco Bay, with no memory, no ID and no cell phone. She has been missing for days, and cannot remember her whereabouts. Her fiance comes to collect her, a stranger she doesn’t remember. And there begins a journey of finding who she is, who she was and who she wants to be.

Beautifully written, I love this story. The writing flows elegantly, opening the heart sometimes and slowly breaking it other times. Lucie is torn, her struggles real and sad between being the person everyone expects her t be and the person she feels like she truly is. Grady is a beautiful character filled with insecurities, love and confusion. Really, the characters made this book for me. They leap off the page with love, warmth and struggle.


As Lucie uncovers her past, meets new friends and tries to reform a relationship with Grady, Grady does everything he can to remember that his old Lucie is gone and that there is a new Lucie in front of him. Who is she? And who can they be to each other?

I really enjoyed this beautiful story about identity, loss and memory. And how love weaves its way through it all.

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted May 9, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Review: Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Posted April 25, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 13 Comments

Title: Boundless

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: January 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Three

Synopsis can be found here.
I purchased this book for review.

Review:

Clara Gardner has gone through more than other teenagers. Loss, Love, Friendship and Purpose all come together in the final book of this wonderful trilogy. She’s half angel, target for those who wish to collect her, fascinated by one who was deeply in love with someone close to her, and those who love her.
Christian, Tucker, Angela, all of them are in danger, all of them are in the good vs. evil game.
And Clara will have to go to hell to fix it.

I’m so sad that it’s over.
This is one of my favorite series.

Book Three wraps it all up. It’s heartwarming, sad, bittersweet. I will try not to give too much away.

Clara and Christian are best friends, made for each other. While I didn’t like Christian in the first book, he did grow on me in the second. So it was a real struggle to read of Clara and Christian vs. Clara and Tucker. (For the record, I love Tucker.) Hand does a wonderful job allowing each of the love interests to have good and bad qualities in each, making them full and different characters.

There are some lovely scenes (like Clara on a mountain top ready to fly) and some heart breaking moments.
This book tugs on your heart like the previous one.
The characters deal with supernatural challenges as well as teenage ones, and a couple of twists in the plot line keeps the story moving.

And it’s all worth it in the end.
Continue reading, kids. You don’t want to miss out.

Rating: 9 Ridiculously Awesome, like Cookies and Ice Cream

Posted April 25, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 13 Comments


Review: The Eternity Curse by Julie Kagawa

Posted April 22, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: The Eternity Curse

Author: Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: April 2013


Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review


Allison is tracking a very, very evil vampire, Sarren, who has captured her sire Kanin. She follows their trail to the most unlikely of places, back home to New Covington. Where a new string of virus has been unleashed and both vampires and human races may not survive.

Book Two in the Blood of Eden series, does not disappoint.
We leave off with Sarren having kidnapped Kanin. Allison goes on a mission to save her sire, which takes her on a long journey, making new and surprising allies and running into old enemies.

Kagawa keeps me on my toes. I like how I think I know what’s going to happen and then I’m totally wrong. I like how Allison is growing into a more complex character, her thoughts, feelings and inner struggles are still there. Jackal may appear, and he may entice that inner demon/monster in her, but Allison is strong, her own person, and must overcome not just outside forces but herself.

Zeke becomes a little more interesting. I liked him in the first book just fine, especially what he stands for, which is what Allison wants most of all. Normalcy. But overall, Zeke can be a little cookie cutter bland to me, so I’m happy in this new book he’s gotten in touch with his bad ass self!

Honestly though, I’m still more fascinated by Kanin, his past, his stories and his rescue. And I hope we learn even more about Kanin in the next book!

Overall, The Eternity Curse is a solid sequel that deepens the characters, heightens the danger and envelops me into the world a little bit more

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted April 22, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments


Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Posted March 21, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: Just One Day

Author: Gayle Forman

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Publication Date: January 2013

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.
I borrowed this book from the library.

Review:

While I enjoyed Gayle Forman’s other two books, If I Stay and Where She Went, I think I may actually love this book.
Just One Day is book one in a duology. It is Allyson’s story of finding love but more importantly, of self discovery.

Allyson is on a trip with her best friend Melanie and other teenagers when she meets Willem, an actor in an underground performance of Twelfth Night. Throwing caution to the wind, and acting completely out of character, Allyson runs off to Paris with Willem, for just one day. There, the relationship grows into something more. Or so Allyson thinks before waking up the next morning to find Willem gone without a trace.

Heartbroken, Allyson stumbles back to America and into college life. But as she navigates her first year in college, she finds answers to questions she didn’t even know she should be asking. And one that stands out most of all- what happened to Willem?

Couldn’t put it down.
I really felt for Allyson, who doesn’t want to let her parents down but isn’t sure what she wants to do. I think it’s pretty safe to say a lot of teenagers feel that way. That age, right as you enter into college, you may have some vague idea, but it can change quickly. Allyson is a typical teenager, struggling with all of the identity and social problems we all face.

Willem is an actor, traveling around doing plays. He’s carefree, but there’s a deep sadness to him that Allyson sees. I liked their time in Paris together, believing very easily how these two people can be drawn to each other and how one compliments the other. Even though I knew she was going to awake to find him gone, I was still sad for her when it actually happened.

Forman’s talent of making hole and realistic characters play strongly in this book. As Allyson struggles with her future and the loss of losing someone she may have loved, she becomes a stronger character, a matured young woman who sees what must be done and then isn’t afraid to take the leap.
The leap being going back to Europe and possibly finding Willem.

A wonderful story filled with heart, romance and taking chances. Sometimes, the greatest chance is on yourself. 

Can’t wait to read Willem’s story in Just One Year, out at the end of 2013.

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted March 21, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments


Review: Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Posted March 20, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Title: Wicked Kiss

Author: Michelle Rowen

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: February 2013

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two



Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

Samantha Day has had her soul sucked from her. Now, she is on a team with angels and demons, trying to rid the world of a mysterious darkness, a team of soul sucking creatures who seem to have developed super human strength and powers overnight. Angels and demons fight together to rid the world of these creatures, but Samantha Day is a creature like them. What does this mean for Samantha and the boy she loves?

I loved Dark Kiss, book one so I nearly jumped out of my skin to read this one. And it does not disappoint. We’re back with Bishop, whose mind is slowly turning mad as he struggles with his addiction to Samantha’s touch and his urge to kiss her. Meanwhile, his brother Kraven, the demon, is also drawn to Samantha, but for different reasons. I love this triangle. I know there are so many triangles and so many times, it’s done poorly. But not with Michelle Rowen.

I envision Bishop and Kraven as real people, offering Samantha different paths and different parts of herself. I love the idea of them being both good and evil, both good and bad for her. Both are sexy and alluring in their own way.

Samantha is still pretty awesome. She’s strong, coming into her own power and trying to wrap her head around the world she is thrown into. I especially love her dynamic with the newcomer on the team. I’m not going to give anything away, but their rocky relationship is organic and simple.

A fun sequel, adding layers of mystery, romance and danger. I ate it up.


Rating: 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted March 20, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Giveaway & Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Posted March 4, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests / 11 Comments

Title: Prodigy

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Putnam

Publication Date: January 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Dystopia

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

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

Review:

Day and June are on the run. They head towards Vegas, and the Patriots who they hope can help then. Then, Elector Primo dies and his son Anden takes his place. While in the Patriot’s care, Day and June join forces with them to do the unthinkable- assassinate the new Elector.
But as June gets closer to him, and sees he is nothing like his father, can they stop the assassination?

Wow.
Well, that kinda kicked my ass.
I couldn’t put it down.

The book is filled with action, even more so than the first book Legend. We see how the events of the last novel change our favorite characters. June is suspicious and has started questioning everything. She is still grieving over her lost brother. I love June. She’s very brave, but vulnerable. I especially like how she can’t seem to say the right things at the right time. She over thinks and by the time the perfect answer comes to her, the moment is gone. Very human, very compassionate and misunderstood.

Day is of course, our hero. He’s passionate, reckless and at this point, very confused. He knows he has to get his brother back, at all costs. He knows he has feelings for June, but the world around them seems to be bent on tearing them apart.

Lu does a wonderful job with these characters, but also her secondary characters, especially given that there is a love triangle, or two. The Tess we know is still there, but she’s grown up a bit and she seems to be going to a darker place which is interesting and heartbreaking. Anden is at odds with the council and seeks June’s help. But will their friendship be more?

Lu’s writing leaps off the page, pulling the reader in and never letting go. I especially love the contracts between the Republic and Colonies. We finally see the Colonies, close up. And they may not be all they appear to be.

The story moves fast and fierce, and as a reader, I was scrambling to keep up. Everything happens so fast, I really felt like I was on a rollercoaster. I loved watching the characters come to terms with their previous actions, figure out ways to move forward, and share in triumphs and great, sad losses.
I am very sad that I have to wait for book three. I mean, come on. I’m dying over here.

I will even say, that I love Prodigy even more than I loved Legend.
This is one of the strongest sequels I’ve read in a while.

Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome, like Cookies and Ice Cream

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Posted March 4, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews, Contests / 11 Comments