Review: All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book…it starts off a little slow and then all of the sudden I felt like was punched in the face, knocked down, and then kicked in side. Wow. It’s a great wonderful tragic story. .

The Germ Magazine is a brilliant idea. It’s a great resource for Young Adults.

I am interested to see who will be playing Finch when the movie comes out. They already picked Elle Fanning for Violet.

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All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This is an intense, gripping novel perfect for fans of Jay Asher, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, Gayle Forman, and Jenny Downham from a talented new voice in YA, Jennifer Niven.

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Review: Faking It by Cora Carmack

Faking it by Cora Carmack was a little bit too predicable. Was it meant to be that way? Was Max’s life really as tragic as she made it out to be? Could she have just talked to her parents? They seemed like they are smart people who had no trouble accepting her once she told them her true feelings. I was not overly impressed with this book. I am glad it was a quick short read.

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

Sweet Home Series by Tillie Cole

I love when I come across books accidentally. I was scrolling through some pictures of books fellow bookworms were reading on Instagram when I saw some post about Sweet Home and the other books in The Sweet Home series by Tillie Cole. Being the addict I am  I had to get on Goodreads and read what they were about.

These three books are so sweet they make my heart melt. I loved each and every one. I do have to say my favorite is Sweet Home but man oh man did Sweet Fall make me want to crawl deep into my sheets and just cry. Sweet Fall is not meant to be read for the weak at heart. I had to stop reading several times while reading it. There are parts which are just so heartbreaking and tragic I had to take a mental break. It was extremely well written you can tell it came from the heart.

Sweet Hope was beautiful and the Spotify soundtrack with all the songs from the book is perfect!

These books are very well written and follow a great flow. I fell in love with each of these sweet and tragic men.

I did not read the second book Sweet Rome yet. It is written in Rome’s POV. I want to wait a while before I start that. It’s just something I do when books are written from each person’s point of view. I will read a couple of other books before I go back to Rome.

Sweet Hope

At age twenty, Molly Shakespeare knows a lot.

She knows Descartes and Kant.

She knows academia and Oxford.

She knows that the people who love you leave you.

She knows how to be alone.

But when Molly leaves England’s grey skies behind to start a new life at the University of Alabama, she finds that she has a lot to learn — she didn’t know a summer could be so hot, she didn’t know students could be so intimidating, and she certainly didn’t know just how much the folks of Alabama love their football.

When a chance encounter with notorious star quarterback, Romeo Prince, leaves her unable to think of anything but his chocolate-brown eyes, dirty-blond hair and perfect physique, Molly soon realises that her quiet, solitary life is about to dramatically change forever…

Sweet Fall

We all have secrets.

Secrets well buried.

Until we find the one soul who makes the burden of such secrets just that little bit easier to bear.

Lexington “Lexi” Hart is a senior at the University of Alabama. Surrounded by her best friends, her loving family and having fulfilled her life-long dream of making the Crimson Tide cheer squad, everything is going exactly as she always dreamed it would. But beneath her happy exterior, demons lurk, threatening to jeopardize everything Lexi has worked to achieve. When events in her life become too much to cope with, Lexi finds herself spiraling down into the realm of her biggest fear. Lexi falls hard, victim once again to the only thing that can destroy her and, on the way, finds herself falling straight into the dangerous tattooed arms of a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Austin Carillo, starting Wide Receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide, must get picked in this year’s NFL draft. He needs it. His brothers need it. Most importantly, his mother desperately needs it. Brought up in a world where the poor are forgotten, the sick are left to fend for themselves and no hero miraculously appears to pull you out of hell, Austin had no other choice but to make a living on the wrong side of the law—until football offered Austin the break to get his life back on track. But when a family tragedy drags him back into the clutches of the gang he believed he had left far behind, Austin finds himself falling. Falling back into criminal ways and falling deep into a suffocating darkness. Until a troubled yet kindred spirit stumbles across his path, where Austin quickly finds he is falling for a young woman, a young woman who might just have the power to save him from his worst enemy: himself.

Can two troubled souls find a lasting peace together? Or will they finally succumb to the demons threatening to destroy them?

Sweet Hope

My name is Ally Prince and I’ve always been unlucky in love. I don’t know why, I just always… have.

When all of my best friends were falling for their soul mates in College, I was left behind. I was Ally, the pretty cousin of superstar quarterback, Romeo Prince. I was Ally, the best friend to the most amazing group of girls I’ve ever known—a title I loved, but one I became tired of ‘just’ being. And I was Ally, the one on which they could all rely.

But to me, I was Ally, the girl with the heart no one had claimed… And I was, Ally, the girl, who underneath it all, was heart-breakingly lonely.

I LOVE love; the thought of it, the nervous excitement of falling for Mr. Right, the desire of someone becoming my entire world… of me becoming theirs. I’ve always wanted passion, heart-stopping, epic, life-changing romance… I’ve always wanted the fairytale… I’ve always wanted it all.

It just never seemed like I would get it.

For the past few years I’ve thrown myself into my career as a museum curator. I’m the best of the best, the person every museum wants to hire, so when an opportunity came up to move to Seattle, I jumped at the chance. My cousin and my best friend lived in Seattle and I needed a change.

I needed a new beginning.

I wasn’t expecting to meet anyone in the Emerald City. I wasn’t expecting to work closely with the reclusive new sculptor my all-important gallery design was centered around. And I certainly wasn’t expecting to fall for him… heart-stopping, epic, life-changing love…
My real life fairytale come true.

But, like in every fairytale, there’s a villain, a dark and tortured soul… I just didn’t know that the villain and the hero in my story would end up being one and the same.

Review: Losing It

Losing It
Losing It by Cora Carmack

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I read this I thought it was really cute. I love stories of love which include lots of embarrassing moments that make me laugh out loud. This was just that.

Summary:

Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, Bliss Edwards decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible – a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier

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Review: Thoughtless Series by S. C. Stephens

I would like to start by thanking S. C. Stephens for writing a full length books, not 250 page short stories. I usually just download books because I am addicted to reading. I am a sucker for a good romance. I downloaded the Thoughtless series of books and they were just there on my Kindle for quite some time. I wanted to read them, the only reason I did not was because there were other books on my To Be Read list I just wanted to read just to get it out of my system. Last week I finally finished the books and got to these.

When I started reading Thoughtless I was addicted. It quickly became a book I had to finish fast. Love Triangles wreck me. By the time I had finished reading Thoughtless and Effortless I “need(ed) a minute.” I was shattered after I finished them, to the extent where my friend asked if I was feeling ok? She thought I was depressed about something. I told her I had to take a break from reading for a couple of day. These books really did a number on me. My heart bled for Denny and Kellan but I could not find myself hating Kiera for the choices she made. Loving two men at the same time is not as far fetched as it seems. There are personalities in everyone which we can relate to and find ourselves forming an attachment. These two books were a roller coaster ride that was worth the time taken to read them.

I still can’t stop thinking about the three sweethearts in these books. I had to read Reckless just to get closure. When I finished Thoughtless I could not fall asleep or wake up without thinking about Kiera and Kellan. I grew an attachement to these two. I wanted to risk the book hangover to read all night just so I knew all was well in their world. I couldn’t do it, at some point I had to sleep but my sleep was haunted by their story. I felt the same way after I read Effortless. With Denny showing up and Kellan on tour it was back to the heartbreak all over again.

Last night I finally finished Reckless and I finally got a good night of sleep because I had closure. It is insane to feel this much about fictional characters? Yes, I know it is. I think the reason it has more of an affect on me is because I have been in a triangle situation in the past and found myself in love with two equally different men. I didn’t want to hurt either but I knew in my heart I was meant to be with one for the rest of my life even though the man I was with was also someone who I was deeply in love with. He was my Denny.

When I started reading Thoughtless I remembered another series of books I read a while back which also involved a love triangle. Much more tumultuous than this one and the ending was completely not what I expected. I liked the books until I got to half of the last book (book 4) then the story started turning in a whole new direction. I wanted to throw my kindle at someone when I got to the big reveal. Those books are still in my thoughts. The reason I bring this up is that when I finally finished Reckless I started reading the acknowledgements (something I typically don’t do). While reading them I saw that S. C. Stephens thanked K. A. Linde who happened to be the very same author of the series of books I was thinking about. Now this makes perfect sense. I see how Stephens was somewhat influenced by the story. I get it now.

Thoughtless 

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together—Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university—everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes…and none of them will ever be the same.

Effortless

After being caught in the middle of a love triangle that led to a devastating betrayal, Kiera pledged to learn from the mistakes she’d made. She was determined to never again inflict that kind of pain on anyone, especially the soulful, talented man who held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it survive? Love is easy…trust is hard. – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Effortless/S-C-Stephens/Thoughtless/9781476717487#sthash.GOEWJBXZ.dpuf

Reckless

Can love survive when life gets Reckless?

When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything? – See more at: http://books.simonandschuster.com/Reckless/S-C-Stephens/Thoughtless/9781476718200#sthash.2ms8Z3Bv.dpuf

Review: The Impact of You

The Impact of You
The Impact of You by Kendall Ryan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Needing an escape from her past, Avery chooses a college where no one knows her. Keeping a low profile was the plan, falling for the intense frat boy, Jase wasn’t. Yet she can’t deny how alive she feels when he’s near. Even as common sense implores her to stay away, her body begs her to get closer.

Jase, numb from his own family drama, has grown bored with weekends fueled by nameless girls and countless bottles when he meets Avery. Helping her cope with her past is better than dealing with the bullshit his own life’s served up. Determined to drive away the painful secret she’s guarding, he appoints himself her life coach, and challenges her to new experiences. Getting close to her and being the one to make her smile are simply perks of the job.

But when Avery’s past boldly saunters in, refusing to be forgotten, can Jase live with the truth about the girl he’s fallen for?

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Review: Confess

Confess
Confess by Colleen Hoover

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Just when I think Colleen Hoover has written the best book ever, she comes right back with another great one. Confess was everything and more that we can expect from Colleen Hoover. I LOVED Maybe Someday, I tell everyone who wants a good book recommendation to read it. Then Ugly Love came along and made me experience all the feels all over again. And then this great love story. It was just perfect. O.M.G is amazing with the right amount of sweetness and love.

The artwork used in this book is beautiful. It looks wonderful in black and white but even better in color.

dadAt age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

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