Book Review

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

13418925Whew! My legs are still shaking from this ride. What an incredible book! Let my preface this by saying that when I started this I was in the mood for a sappy love story. And Don’t Look Back is no where near the sappy love story category, but as soon as I started it, I was IN IT!

This was one of those times that I stayed up way to late, had to read every little chance that I got, because I just had to KNOW! I haven’t been addicted to a story like that in a while. It was so refreshing.

The story starts out with Samantha being found and having no memory of who she is or what she was doing. Flash forward a few scenes and we find out that she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie. Cassie, is still missing.

You get to join Samantha is the ride to figure out where Cassie is. Is she alive or dead. Could Samantha have killed her? It doesn’t seem like such a far fetched idea when you find out what type of people Samantha and Cassie are/were…. they are the epitome of mean girls.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I did have several theories on what went down with Cassie. And one of them was right! But I never knew for certain until everything was revealed. Armentrout did a awesome job keeping you guessing. In the past when I’ve read books like this, there was almost too much information given, and as a reader I would figure it out before the MC. It’s not always a bad thing when that happens, but I loved not knowing until Samantha did.

I’ve read several of Armentrout’s books under her pseudonym J. Lynn and LOVED them. I’m fast becoming a huge fan. I’m going to have to read all of her books! Do yourself a favor! Pick this one up!


Book Review

The Minaldi Legacy by Courtney Cole

20494765Release Date: February 6, 2014
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Lakehouse Press Inc
Age Group: Adult
Shelfability: Acquire
Pages: ?
Format: eGalley
Source: Publisher
Interest: Author

“I’m a monster, Eva. There’s no saving a monster. But I love that you want to try.”

Luca Minaldi is rich, powerful and mesmerizing. He’s also a reclusive enigma. He lives in Malta, a fairy-tale place filled with sunshine and sea, beauty and secrets. And Luca’s darkest of secrets is the best-kept of them all.

Eva Talbot moves to Malta to finish her doctoral dissertation in Psychiatry. When she meets Luca, there is a very real and instant attraction that she has never felt before. But even still, she senses the darkness that lives within him.

Eva is hired to care for Luca’s mother, a woman who suffers from dementia. It is Luca, however, that Eva will eventually risk everything to save… as the legacy that plagues him continues.

As the darkness swirls ever more tightly around her, Eva realizes that no matter how hard she tries, she might not be able to save Luca without losing herself.

Eva and Luca are thrust into a world where their love is tested and darkness reigns. Amid chaos and treachery, love and hate, Luca and Eva learn one important thing.

Love is dangerous.

But it also might be the one thing that can save them all.

*The Minaldi Legacy consists of two parts: part one, Of Blood and Bone and part two, Of Darkness and Demons. This is a Dark Romantic Thriller and it contains adult themes and content.

I’ve read Courtney Cole’s books before and I’ve liked them. But this one sounded different than her other novels, so I thought… I feel like something different. Why not? And I’m glad that I did!

This was a dark romance, and it’s been a while since I’ve read one. Mostly because I couldn’t handle the cheesy-ness that I was getting. Luckily I didn’t feel that way with The Minaldi Legacy. There was the whole “I”m a monster, stay away from me story line” which honestly gets old after a while, but they both kind of play it off, so it worked for me.

All I can say is I’m glad this was both parts! The ending of Blood and Bone, would have left me reeling for the next one! Courtney threw some curve balls in there, I can honestly say I didn’t see most of what happened coming. I did pick up on the twist in book two, but not all of it, actually just one piece of it.

I liked the characters and I liked the story. It was a fast read! I’m not able to read as much as I used to, but I still managed to finish this one in just a few days! I was a little disappointed in Eva. At first she was very independent and self sufficient and then after she met Luca she wasn’t anymore.  She worked her butt off in school to become a doctor and then she wasn’t even practicing! But whatev, I guess if I could do it and I had a hottie like Luca, I would want to be away from him either!

Overall, I really enjoyed this one! Will definitely continue reading Courtney’s books!

Be With Me by J. Lynn

17558817Release Date: February 4, 2014
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Harper Collins
Age Group: Young Adult+
Shelfability: Acquire/Covet
Pages: 299
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
Interest: Series
Other Titles in the Series: Wait For You, Trust In Me (novella)
Buy the Book: Amazon

Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

Okay I was a big fan of Cam and Avery’s story, but when I read the sneak peek chapter about Teresa and Jase, I needed it like at that moment! And I’m happy to report that BE WITH ME did not disappoint!

I’ve always loved the big brother’s best friend, romantic story line. I mean I wanted an older brother for that very reason. Ha! I didn’t have one though, boo hoo. But that’s okay because I get to read books about it, so that works for me.

I liked Teresa a lot. She had her moments where I wanted to slap her, but we are all young and do stupid things. Some more stupid than others! But I really enjoyed that she wasn’t a pushover when it came to Jace. Sure she acted impulsively at times, I mean when it’s about love and forever crushes it’s hard not to, but at the same time she didn’t let Jace walk all over her. Jace, Jace, Jace. I loved him, I hated him, he drove me nuts, but I couldn’t help but hope for them to work everything out and be together. Jace was so hot, then cold, then hot… then cold again. He was so frustrating. I mean he even pulled the we should “friends” line. Slap!

I wasn’t anticipating the serious aspect of this novel. If you read Cam and Avery’s book then you know about Teresa’s situation, if not I won’t mention it. But I liked that J Lynn explored that avenue.

I think I may have liked Be With Me more than it’s predecessor! I can’t wait to read more of this series!

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Book Review

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

18079719Release Date: February 11, 2014
Author Info: Website | Twitter
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet/Acquire
Pages: 388
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Interest: N/A
Buy the Book: Amazon

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

This was my first Andrew Smith book, and now I feel like I belong to this club of awesome people that know how flipping talented this guy is. Seriously I will be reading the rest of his novels as soon as I can get my hands on them.

I don’t even know where to start. I can’t even.

I won’t lie, when I started this novel, I was like what the heck is this. But then that turned into holy shit, this guy is a genius. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I want more of it.

I laughed. So much. I might have even asked my husband if all he thought about at 16 was sex. “Probably” he told me. Then I laughed some more. This book was so brutally honest. I loved Austin. I loved his voice.

I really need to talk to someone about this! I know this is one of those books that will either work for you or it won’t. It’s different, but for me it’s different in a good way. An insightful way. A way that has made me open my eyes and look around, to pay attention to my own history.

Andrew Smith has a new fan.



Book Review

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

17844678Release Date: December 31, 2013
Author Info: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Age Group: Young Adult
Shelfability: Covet, Acquire
Pages: 371
Format: eGalley
Source: Edelweiss
Interest: Debut Author
Buy the Book: Amazon

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

I loved this one. Absolutely adored it. I think perhaps one of the biggest reasons why was Wren. I related to her so much. Well, my high school self related to her. I totally got her frustration with being labeled the “quiet” girl. Preach it sister. Also loved the dual perspectives between Grayson and Wren!

I think all of the characters in this novel are relatable in one way or another. They each have their struggles. Feeling inadequate, trying to make their families happy… usually at the expense of their own happiness. That’s something that’s not just exclusive to teens. I feel like that as an adult all the time. But I guess that’s a good thing, because it causes us to grow, as it did with the characters in this novel.

There were serious aspects of this novel that played well with the fun and cute sides. Though I wouldn’t describe this as a heavy novel, it was definitely a lighter read. It made me laugh, it made me think, it made me remember to be open minded and less judgmental. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. The perfect read for my mood. I am so looking forward to reading more of Robin’s books!

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