Thursday, November 27, 2014

Book Review: Me, Him, Them, and It

Title Me, Him, Them, and It

Author Caela Carter

Release Date February 26, 2013

ME is Evelyn Jones, 16, a valedictorian hopeful who's been playing bad girl to piss off THEM, her cold, distant parents. HIM is Todd, Evelyn's secret un-boyfriend, who she thought she was just using for sex - until she accidentally fell in love with him. But before Evelyn gets a chance to tell Todd how she feels, something much more important comes up. IT. IT is a fetus. Evelyn is pregnant - and when Todd turns his back on her, Evelyn has no idea who to turn to. Can a cheating father, a stiff, cold mother, a pissed-off BFF, and a (thankfully!) loving aunt with adopted girls of her own help Evelyn make the heart-wrenching decisions that follow?

Books about heavy issues/real problems are some of my favorite books. I love seeing how different authors write their characters and scenarios in these every day situations that real people face. These books are like real life (only they're not)... and I find people and their reactions absolutely fascinating (even if they're not real people). That being said, Me, Him, Them, and It was only okay.

In the end, I just wasn't as impressed with this book as I had hoped to be.


3 out of 5 stars

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Book Review: Every Ugly Word

Title Every Ugly Word

Author Aimee L. Salter

Release Date July 29, 2014

When seventeen-year-old Ashley Watson walks through the halls of her high school bullies taunt and shove her. She can’t go a day without fighting with her mother. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make her best friend, Matt, fall in love with her. But Ashley also has something no one else does: a literal glimpse into the future. When Ashley looks into the mirror, she can see her twenty-three-year-old self.

Her older self has been through it all already—she endured the bullying, survived the heartbreak, and heard every ugly word her classmates threw at her. But her older self is also keeping a dark secret: Something terrible is about to happen to Ashley. Something that will change her life forever. Something even her older self is powerless to stop.

I was a bit hesitant to request Every Ugly Word from Netgalley originally. I thought a paranormal story about bullying sounded strange. Even now, it sounds weird to me. However, my interest in how the author could possibly pull off an interesting story combining those two aspects won out and I requested the book.

Note: The following review may have unmarked spoilers. Please read with caution.

I became engrossed in Ashley's story early on and found the book hard to put down. Ashley also appears to be an unreliable narrator, right to the very end. To be completely honest, I'm still not 100% sure I know what really happened, but (surprisingly) it works for this book. (Is there another dimension with Older Ashley? Has the bullying drove Ashley crazy and this is how she copes? What's real?!] And the overall message of rising above bullying was done well and in a realistic fashion.

Every Ugly Word was certainly better than I anticipated and I recommend it. Don't let the paranormal part of the story throw you off like it almost did to me.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Book Review: Flawed

Title Flawed

Author Kate Avelynn

Release Date November 20, 2012

Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.

Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.

Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact...

I should have stopped with this type of story after Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. It's unfair to believe that another book could come close to, or top, that one. Perhaps if I hadn't read Forbidden previously, I might have enjoyed Flawed more than I did.

I think the biggest problem that I had with this book is my total disconnect to the characters. I find it really hard to enjoy a book unless I can relate to the characters or become emotionally invested in them. I wasn't able to do either in this case. I've never experienced any of the situations that Sarah did. And, I am sad to say, I never became invested in any of the characters or what was happening in their lives. Nothing in the story, not even the abuse, gripped me.

I wasn't even phased by the ending of the story. Which, by the way, I was hoping would redeem the story for me since I was pretty bored throughout the majority of the book. I even went so far as to read the alternate ending in hopes that I could rate the book higher. No go.

Though this book wasn't for me (and I don't see myself recommending it to anyone specifically), Flawed has many good reviews. Read some of them, too, and then decide if this book belongs on your to-read shelf.


2 out of 5 stars

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Book Review: The Sea of Tranquility

Title The Sea of Tranquility

Author Katja Millay

Release Date November 13, 2012

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

Three sentence review

I loved that there was buildup to Nastya and Josh's friendship and, ultimately, love. The Sea of Tranquility is full of tragedy, healing, emotion, and so many beautiful words. This is such an incredible book and if you're looking for a realistic romance that isn't all rainbows and sunshine, look no further.


4.5 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Book Review: Gone Girl

Title Gone Girl

Author Gillian Flynn

Release Date June 5, 2012

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Gone Girl blew up in 2012 after its release. As it was, I was skeptical to read it. A book's popularity is very polarizing for me. I either must get my hands on it immediately or have absolutely no desire to read it. In the beginning, it was the latter for me. Gone Girl just didn't appeal to me. Then, as has happened to me numerous times before, I saw the movie trailer. The idea of a movie has a way of intriguing me and making me pick up books I otherwise wouldn't have even bothered with (especially if said movie has an interesting trailer). And so, I finally decided to read Gone Girl.

This book was so much better than I thought it would be. Yes, it was the Goodreads Choice Winner of 2012 (Mystery & Thriller), but I read so many negative reviews. I can't count how many times I saw people complain about the ending. So, even though it is an award winning book, I went into it not expecting to be wowed since so many other people were disappointed. Nope! I loved it. It's twisty and full of turns. It's dark and absolutely crazy. It was everything that I love in a mystery/thriller.

And I, for one, liked the ending.


5 out of 5 stars

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Blog Tour/Giveaway: Eight Days a Week

A "manny" should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.

Release Date: November 6 , 2014

Genre: Romance / Contemporary

ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-329-4

Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH


Gwen Stone has secrets she’s not ready to reveal. After a recent promotion at work, she needs a caretaker for her children. She’s frenzied and in a lurch and pretty much ready to hire the first person who comes along. So she does.

Andrew Lyons needs to get out of his sister’s apartment, and a Craigslist posting may be the answer to his prayers. But what he thought was an ad for a room rental turns into a job offer he can’t refuse. Accepting the nanny position could change his life, if only he had a clue how to be a grownup.

A working mother, a shirtless “manny” who looks good in a towel, two children who need more than a babysitter, and hours of kids’ TV can only spell disaster for everyone involved. Because a manny should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.


Eight Days a Week is a fluffy, but enjoyable, sweet read.

There's so much to like about this book. First, I really loved that this story was told from Andrew's POV. Sometimes, I don't think I satisfy my desire for a male perspective enough, so I was glad that I was able to do so with this one. Speaking of Andrew, I felt like he was a genuine guy and it was good to see him growing up some throughout the story. And while I enjoyed his and Gwen's relationship, it was the children that stole the show for me. The children were so adorable and I loved them with Andrew.

There's some sexy times and even a few times where I giggled out loud. There's love and growth. This was a good book and if you're looking for a book that's a light and easy read, definitely check out Eight Days a Week.


4 out of 5 stars


~~About the Author~~

Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel.If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.

~~Connect with the Author~~

Additional Praise for Eight Days a Week

"Laugh-out-loud story about a guy who goes to look at a room to rent and discovers it comes with a job - that of live-in nanny to two damaged kids. So Andrew Lyons accidentally becomes the "manny". Written in his POV, this book chronicles his hilarious escapades as he looks after and grows to love Bree and Brady, and his employer, Gwen. His pranks and spot-on observations about kids' TV shows had me giggling, but there were a few serious moments worthy of a sniffle as well. The star of the show may be Don, though - you'll just have to read this book to find out about him! Highly recommended."

- Andrea (Goodreads Review)

 * This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

Monday, November 3, 2014

Book Review: Addicted After All

Title Addicted After All

Series Addicted, book 3

Author Krista & Becca Ritchie

Release Date October 31, 2014

Two addicts. One epic love story.

Prepare for the worst.

That’s what Lily and Lo try to do when Jonathan Hale schedules an “important” meeting. The problem: after being swept into the public eye and battling their addictions, they’re not sure what the worst is anymore.

In a sea of many changes—including Ryke & Daisy living with them—Lily realizes that the best part of her fluctuating hormones might just be the worst.

Her sex drive is out of control.

Loren knows that she’s insatiable, but he’s not giving up on her. She’s too much a part of him. And as he carries more and more responsibility, some of the people that he loves doubt his resolve.

In the conclusion to their love story, Lily & Lo stand side-by-side to fight, one last time, for their happily ever after.

Due to the 2-year gap between Addicted for Now (Addicted #2) and Addicted After All (Addicted #3), you must read Thrive (Addicted #2.5) or the Calloway Sisters spin-off series before reading Addicted After All.

Though it's listed as the third book, Addicted After All is actually the seventh book in the Addicted series. I recommend reading all of the books. They are so worth it! The full reading order (and my reviews) for the entire series is as follows:

Part of me wants to do something different like a one word review (PERFECTION). Part of me just wants to direct you to the other reviews I've written for this series (how many times can you say something is amazing without being considered a broken record?). Part of me wants to fawn of this book and series a thousand times over (but once again with the broken record dilemma).

When it comes down to it, I absolutely love the Addicted series. I truly believe that Krista and Becca have a gift. They've created these characters that I've grown to love and enjoy reading about. In between books, I'm (im)patiently waiting for the next one. While I'm reading one, I never want it to end. Though there are only two more books in this series, I look forward to reading more from Krista and Becca (the upcoming Amour Amour and the new series, Like Us).

Fans of New Adult (especially) and romance books should absolutely read this series. It's fantastic and continuously gets better. Don't hesitate! Though it's an ongoing series, there aren't any cliffhangers, so there's no excuses!


5 out of 5 stars