Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Plot: The children of missionaries, London and Zach, are not only brother and sister, but best friends. But when, Zach dies, it leaves his family slowly falling apart grasping for hope. Not knowing if she was the cause for Zach's death, London is lost in the crowds of the world and finds herself torn between the new boy in school and Zach's best friend.

My Thoughts: I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. I honestly can't even put into words what this book did to me. I cried so many times I couldn't keep count. The story was so powerful and the narration just added to the already strong plot. I loved the format of the novel and how it was very clean cut. No unneeded details, or pointless conversations. The only problem I had with Waiting was the ending. It was very loose and didn't answer some questions. I'm very picky about knowing what happens next and how things happen. Read-between-the-lines endings always get me, and leave me wondering if my assumption is correct. Other than that problem that most likely only applies to me, Carol Lynch Williams has composed a true masterpiece.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars

Plot: Three years ago, Hazel Grace Lancaster was diagnosed with Stage IV Thyroid cancer. It was a miracle that extended her life and led her to a cancer Support Group two years later, where she met Augustus Waters, a gorgeous boy in remission. Augustus gives Hazel reason to re-think her perspective on not only her cancer but her life and that the legacy she leaves behind is just as important as the life she leads now.

My Thoughts: I was forced to read The Fault In Our Stars for my summer reading for school. I didn't realize until just before I started reading it that I had it in my "to-read" list on Goodreads. I had heard things from my friends who completed it before me and I found all their reviews matched my own. Starting with the characters, they were very well developed with good backgrounds and personalities. I was engrossed in all the characters, even the minor ones, such as the little girl Hazel let try on her cannula. The plot was perfectly paced and clearly well thought out. By the end, I was crying. I don't just mean tears at the brim of my eyes. I'm talking full on tears as if someone just kicked me in the face thirty times. The only thing that annoyed me was the ending. Throughout the entire book I was hoping it would end right in the middle of a

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Brightest Kind of Darkness

Plot: Every night Nara Collins dreams about the following day. She tries to avoid using her gift to change fate, but one night she dreams a future she can't ignore. After preventing a bombing at her school, her dreams begin to fade, while the injury rate of students begin to escalate. When she meets the new kid, Ethan Harris, a loner who doesn't seem to care about much of anything, she realizes he's always there when something goes wrong. And as they get closer, Nara begins to learn more about his dark past.

My Thoughts: When I started reading Brightest Kind of Darkness, I was very excited. The storyline was very intriguing and made me interested in what it had to offer. It starts off fast, jumping right into the story without the meaningless chapters you can sometimes get yourself into. As I kept reading, I found myself falling for the characters and was rooting for Ethan and Nara the whole way through. P.T. Michelle has produced a great story that has a lot of promise from the moment you open the first page. The cover itself is beautiful and mysterious an makes you wonder what's inside. This novel is great for anyone that believes love and fight can overcome fate.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare

Plot: Ella Marino is perfectly fine with being one of the Invisibles along with her two best friends, Sadie and Frankie, at the Willing School. She's an art major and is forever in love with Edward Willing, an unappreciated 19th century artist, that she is determined to find more about. Her French tutor, Alex Bainbridge just so happens to be the most popular guy at Willing and is also her biggest crush. But their sessions keep getting more interesting than ever. Can Ella and Alex be happy together while keeping their relationship a secret?

My Thoughts: This book started off very slow. And I mean VERY slow. I found myself forcing myself to keep reading and hoped there would be a light at the end of the tunnel. The light, however, never really came. Sure there were a few fun chapters, but it didn't make up for the rest of the book. The characters were believable, but everything they did just drove me insane. Every time I finished a chapter I thought about putting it down and walking away, but I had to finish what I started. Possibly, the only good thing about this book was Frankie. I love when there are gay characters in books, especially when the crack jokes throughout the story. Overall this is not a book I would recommend, but if you want to give it a shot and see if you feel differently, go ahead.

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

My Life Next Door

Plot: Samantha Reed is the daughter of a senator and has watched the Garrets, the loud family next door, her whole life. While her mother hates them, Samantha thinks they're the perfect family. But when Jase Garret climbs her terrace one summer night, they begin to fall deeply in love. The Garrets begin to bring Samantha in as one of their own, while she keeps their relationship a secret from her mother. But a tragic event occurs that affects both families and leaves Samantha faced with an impossible decision.

My Thoughts: I can't even begin to describe my thoughts about this book. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is officially my favorite book I have ever read. The characters were refreshingly mature and it was easy to connect with them and their feelings. All of them. It was amazing. One of the things I loved most about this book was that one of the conflicts was never resolved. But it worked! It was so realistic, I couldn't believe what I had in my hands. I found myself laughing out loud at Jase's siblings and wishing that they were my brothers and sisters. I probably could have finished this book in a day, but refused to let myself to it because I didn't want it to end. I stayed up till three in the morning at one point, because I couldn't stop myself from reading. If you haven't gotten your hands on this gem, please run out right now and buy yourself a copy, I promise you won't regret it.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Catching Jordan

Plot: Jordan Woods is the star quarter back of her high school. She's surrounded by hot jocks all day, but that doesn't matter to her. All she wants is an athletic scholarship to her dream college. Then Ty Green shows up and wants her place as starting quarter back. And for the first time, Jordan finds herself becoming distracted from the very thing that means the most to her. Football.

My Thoughts: When I heard about this book, I was very excited and began counting down the days till its release. Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally shows true girl power as Jordan Woods tried to live up to her father as quarter back. From the first page, I was hooked. I found myself obsessed with this great story of friendship and competition. Miranda uses amazing descriptions and takes you into the mind of Jordan, fighting her way to the top. If you're a football fan , like me, then you'll absolutely love this novel. Miranda Kenneally has created a masterpiece.

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Breathe (Sea Breeze #1)

Plot: Sadie's mom is completely carefree...and eight months pregnant. In order to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table, Sadie takes over her mom's job for the summer, working for Jax Stone, the world famous teen rocker. She might be excited if she was normal. But, everything about Sadie fascinates Jax and by the end of the summer, he learns he cant live without her.

My Thoughts: If you've read my other reviews, then you know that I'm obsessed with unattainable love stories. Breathe by Abbi Glines was no exception. As soon as I heard what it was about, I knew I had to read it. However, it was impossible to read this book and not connect it to Twilight. Of course there weren't any werewolves or vampires, but there were similarities that jumped out at you and just screamed "TWILIGHT!". The love triangle, disapproving family, and the protection Jax had over Sadie was impossible to not relate to Stephenie Meyers hit. I still enjoyed this book though, because if you read as if Twilight doesn't exist, its a great story about two teenagers having a summer fling that you could only dream of. So if you're able to look past the Twilight similarities, this is the perfect summer read for anyone.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Rock and a Hard Place

Plot: Libby's father left her a long time ago to live with her crazy drug addict aunt, and she's still awaiting his return. Then, the biggest band on the planet's lead singer, Peter Jamieson, steps off his tour bus and finds the girl of his dreams...Libby. She's never heard of him or his band, but falls in love him anyways. But, after one of his brothers intrudes on their relationship, everything begins to fall apart.

My Thoughts: Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton is easily one of my favorite books to date. I started reading this book at around 9am in the car during one of me, my mom and sisters' holiday shopping trips. I pulled out my Kindle every chance I got and continued reading this incredible story. By the time we got home I was more than three quarters of the way finished, and it didn't take me long to turn the last page. Libby and Peter are unforgettable characters that make you wish you had a love like theirs. Even through the rough times, they still held on to each other, no matter how much space was in between them. This novel was very enjoyable and pulls on your heartstrings. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a rock star love.

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Plot: Hadley hasn't seen her father for over a year, since he left her mother for another woman. The last thing on her list is to be in his wedding, that her mother is forcing her to attend. After missing her flight to London by four minutes, Hadley meets a handsome British Yale student, Oliver, in the airports waiting area, who is coincidentally sitting in her row. After a long overnight flight sitting next to Oliver, they are unable to hold onto each other in the chaotic airport. But fate has plans for these two and makes Hadley realize that four minutes can change a lot.

My Thoughts: The title itself, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, had me hooked from the beginning. Then as I began to read, Jennifer E. Smith pulled me in for a long flight. On the flight, readers are treated to an amazing story based off fate and chances, a love story that will make you want to cuddle up with a pillow and cry, because you wish you had one just like it, oh and don't forget the airline peanuts. Even after the plane landed, the amazing story kept going where Jennifer tied up some loose ends. I had tears in my eyes near the end because of how beautiful and heart wrenching this story was. If you have any doubts on love at first sight this is the book that will change your mind.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012


Plot: Amelia just can't seem to cut a break. Her and her living boyfriend, Joshua, can barely kiss without her vanishing to an unknown location. And when they visit some of Joshua's Seer relatives in New Orleans, she can't escape the haunting question of her and Joshua's future. With netherworld demons lurking just around the corner, she needs to choose fast or have no choice at all.

My Thoughts: Not gonna lie. The second book in every series is always the one I like the least. Mainly because of the unspoken rule that authors have to separate the cute couple in some way. I'll admit, I love the cute exchanges of dialogue with the YA couples. I could honestly read a book with no plot but the story of a cute couple and give it 6/5 stars. So when I started reading Arise and realized it was following the same format as any other YA sequel I was disappointed. However, when Amelia and Joshua were separated, I fell in love with Gaby and Felix. And, as I read deeper into the pages I found it nearly impossible to stop turning them. The world Tara Hudson created in the first book was continued perfectly. There were tons of twists throughout the novel that had me eager to keep reading. If you like the first book in this series, I guarantee you'll love this one just as much, if not more.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Plot: Amelia is trapped wandering the plains of existence. She has no memory of her past or her death, and has no idea as to why she's stuck on Earth and hasn't moved on. But when she tries to save a boy from drowning, a moment of connection ultimately allows him to survive. As they grow closer, he helps her uncover the truth about her death and past.

My Thoughts: I'm a sucker for any book with a supernatural love story. So when I found this on Goodreads I was very excited. Hereafter by Tara Hudson was a great book. And I mean a great book. The descriptions of Amelia's dreams and emotions were perfect and allowed you to explore her mind. The characters, too, were well developed and very dynamic. Tara's writing was amazing, and it kept you rooting for them the whole time. I'm definitely putting this book on my "read again" list. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can recommend it to anyone that craves a good paranormal love story.

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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Beginning of After

Plot: When a tragic car accident leaves Laurel Meisner without a brother or parents, she is forced to continue her life. Taking pity from her teachers, and peers is enough to drive her insane. Much like Laurel, David Kaufman, is suffering from the loss of his mother and the seemingly unavoidable death of his father who is in a deep coma. The only way for David to ease the pain is to pack up and leave and never look back. Their lives seem like an unstoppable world of madness until they realize the only way to move on is to lean on each other for support.

My Thoughts: The Beginning Of After by Jennifer Castle is a tough book to describe. I'm a big sucker for books that involve a girl leaning on a guy for support after a tragic event. However, this novel didn't live up to my high expectations. The characters themselves were well developed, but somewhat difficult to connect to. It took me a while to read this story, but I wasn't going to give up on it halfway through. When I started reading the story I though I was going to cry like I always do during sad novels, but that wasn't the case. I just couldn't get into the story. On a good note, the descriptions were beautiful. I could tell the story was well thought out, but it seemed a little rushed near the end. It has the potential to be a great book and I think someone will definitely enjoy this story. Give it a try and let me know what you thought.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Where She Went

Plot: Three years ago Mia lost her family. Three years ago Mia left her  boyfriend and moved to New York. Now, with Mia as New York's rising star and Adam as the paparazzi's favorite toy, they're living in two separate worlds. But for one night, they have the chance to catch up and reminisce about their past and open their minds to the future.

My Thoughts: Where She Went by Gayle Forman is a heart-wrenching sequel to the amazing novel If I Stay. Where She Went keeps you rooting for Mia and Adam from the moment they meet up after three years of being apart. Even though nothing can compare to the prequel, Gayle Forman has created another master piece. She uses words to describe an unforgettable love that never ends. I wish this series would keep going, because I've fallen in love with the characters, but it was a beautiful end. If you read If I Stay, and are having doubts about this sequel, take it from me, it's worth it. 

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Friday, June 22, 2012

If I Stay

Plot: When a tragic car accident places Mia Hall in a coma, she is left with the choice of life or death. But when life consists of enduring everyday activities without your family, death seems like the only option.

My Thoughts: If I Stay by Gayle Forman is a compelling page-turner that takes you through the mind of a teenage girl, Mia, who is caught between the worlds of life, without her family, and death. This novel is... indescribable. I literally sat at my computer for a few minutes thinking of ways to finish  that sentence. Indescribable. The story Ms. Forman takes us through is so powerful that I can't use words to describe how truly amazing it is. The writing hooks you in and makes it impossible to stop reading. I devoured this book in less than two days, and it's story is still stuck with me. The love Mia's friends have for her is admirable, and the love Mia has for her family is phenomenal. This book is one of the best I've ever read and I highly recommend it to anyone with a heart.

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