martedì 26 febbraio 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Never Too Far

Title: Never Too Far
Author: Abbi Glines
Series: Too Far (Book Two)





Description:

He had held a secret that destroyed her world.

Everything she had known was no longer true.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.


Review:

 Oh my God!!!! You have no freaking idea how much I loved this book!!! It also frustrated the hell out of me but I was totally in love with Rush!!! Okay, I also wanted to slap him silly for how he reacted to Nan's accident but most of the time I just wanted to kiss him, f*ck him and marry him! He's the sweetest and cutest and hottest guy ever! I swear, I think he's probably my most favorite character ever! Okay, maybe one of them, but still... God, I loved both books, but this one is sure as Hell my favorite! I am in love with Abbi Glines' books right now. And this one was terribly hot! Waaaaaay hotter than the first book! I was in awe! I wanted to slap Blaire for her stubborness and stupidity sometimes, and I couldn't help but not like Woods, even if he was helping Blaire and he was being very nice and caring, but I also couldn't help but sympathize with Rush for feeling jealous and like Woods was intruding in something very private. After all, Blaire and the baby were Rush's, not Woods' business. I loved Rush's protectiveness and possessiveness. Caveman style! Go Rush! You're the best! I love you!
I liked this book so much! I couldn't put it down! Now I don't have words to describe well this book because I'm still awestruck and I can't think straight. All I can think of saying is that I loved Rush, I loved this story, I loved this book! And you have to read this story, both books, if you ever want to feel emotions like no others!
5 stars well deserved! Abbi Glines, you're my hero!


***5 stars*** 

lunedì 25 febbraio 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Decked With Holly

Title: Decked With Holly
Author: Marni Bates




Description:

Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, "Awkward", with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star.

Taking a Christmas cruise with her two cousins from hell isn't Holly's idea of a good time. And when seasickness forces her into an open suite, she's pepper-sprayed by a gorgeous guy called Nick. But when Holly makes her exit, she's greeted by a horde of screaming teenage fans. Because Nick happens to be Dominic Wyatt, drummer for one of the hottest bands in America. Suddenly rumours are swirling and Holly's face is plastered all over the Internet. The band can't risk a scandal destroying their family-friendly image, so Dominic convinces Holly to be his fake girlfriend - just for two weeks. How bad could it be to be "fauxmantically" involved with a cute rock star? She's about to find out...


Review:

It was funny, kind of sweet and a little irritating.
I'm not even sure I liked all the characters. Eccept for Chris. Yep, not Dominic. Although I can admit he had his charm and appeal, and he could be kind of cute on occasions. But still, the characters in this book iritated the hell out of me most of the time. The twins were pure Evil, the aunt was a b*tch and the grampa was kind of hateful. I especially didn't like how he dealt with the Santa's accident (Sure, dude, let some creepy pervert grope your grandaughter and blame her for defending herself, but then get all over-protective when a young man wants to be her boyfriend. Right, you sure are coherent, aren't you?), or how he did/said nothing when her aunt and cousins made her life Hell with their bullying and evil comments. I still don't know what to think about Jen, but one thing is sure: she is a good friend to Holly.
About the two main characters, Holly and Dominic... I liked them sometimes, then they iritated me others. One moment I though "how cute!" and a moment later I was like "God, you're a jerk!" (on both parts. But I have to say, they were a cute couple, when they didn't want to throttle one another. They were even kind of funny in some of their fights.
One thing I liked was the ending: very cute, sweet and kinda hot.


***3.75 stars***  

BOOK REVIEW: Awkward

Title: Awkward
Author: Marni Bates




Description:

Mackenzie Wellesley has spent her life avoiding the spotlight. At Smith High, she's the awkward junior people only notice when they need help with homework. Until she sends a burly football player flying with her massive backpack and makes a disastrous - not to mention unwelcome - attempt at CPR. Before the day is out, the whole fiasco explodes on YouTube. And then the strangest thing happens. Suddenly, Mackenzie is an Internet sensation, with four million hits and counting. Sucked into a whirlwind of rock stars, paparazzi, and free designer clothes, she even catches the eye of the most popular guy at school. And that's when life gets really interesting...


Review:

Oh. My. Goddess!!! I really liked this book! I didn't think I would. I mean, when I read the plot I thought it was interesting and would probably be a nice read, but then I actually liked it. And the character too. Though I can't say I always liked Logan. Sometimes I didn't. Particularly when Chelsea was involved somehow. Stupid boys.
Anyway, I liked the main character Mackenzie, she was smart, a little awkward like me, and I liked how she reacted to the things that came to her. She was brave and tough. And a good girl, with a big heart. And I also liked Corey and Jane. The band too was awesome, especially Timothy. Mackenzie's mother was nice too. Chelsea was a b*tch. Patrick was an asshole. Spencer was very nice, I liked him. Dylan was a crappy brother at first, then got a little better later, but still wasn't one of my favorites.
The story was good and kind of funny. I chuckled often during my reading and had a good time.
Well done! I'm going to check other books by Marni Bates.


***4 stars***  

martedì 19 febbraio 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Pushing The Limits

Title: Pushing The Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Pushing The Limits (Book One)




Description:

 No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


Review:

Wow... this book was so much... It touched me in a way... I can't describe. I felt pain, sadness, betrayal, hope, love, pain, longing, passion, anger... and so much more. I even cried. It was so intense.
The story was very good and touching.
I loved almost all the characters, some more some less. Particularly I loved Noah. Then Echo. I even loved Aires, although he wasn't really there, alive. I liked Lila, Isaiah and Mrs Collins. I couldn't get myself to really like Beth, even when she stopped being a huge b*tch to Echo. But I'm still curious to read her book when it's out. That first teaser chapter actually teased me.
I didn't like Luke at all. And Grace was hateful.
Ashley and Echo's father were puzzling. I saw them through Echos's eyes and they were really bad. But then in the end I started to think they were'nt that bad, and even though they did mistakes, they weren't totally at fault, and it was mostly Echo's way to deal with issues and pain that made her see the bad in Ashley especially.
I was proud of the hoices Noah's made in the end. He really has a big heart and a lot of love to give. He's a sweet guy. And I loved Noah and Echo together. So cute, sweet, passionate and each other's pillar and strenght.
A very good read and 4 stars well deserved.


***4 stars*** 

lunedì 18 febbraio 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Crash

Title: Crash
Author: Lisa McMann
Series: Visions (Book One)




Description: 

Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.

What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode...and nine body bags in the snow.

The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.

In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.


Review:

Oh my God... I'm still astonished... And I can't find the words to describe this book.
I liked it. I really did. I couldn't even put it down for dinner.
The first 1/4 of the book was a bit slow, actually, but once I got hooked, I just kept reading without pause.
I really liked Jules and Trey. Rowan too, wasn't bad a character. But my favorite were definitely Jules and Trey.
And then in the end Sawyer too. I didn't like how he acted when Jules talked to him about the vision and then her feelings, though it was understandable he found the thing crazy. The vision I mean. And about her feelings, we learn why he acted the way he did in the end. And I liked how he stood up to Jules' father and chose to be a better person and care for Jules the way he's always wanted to. I liked them together and liked the memories of them as kids being close friends.
I even liked Jules' mother. But I didn't like at all her father. What a hypocrite. And asshole. Jerk. Stupid. And cheater.
The ending left me open-mouthed and shocked. And now I'm curious to know what will happen next in the second book. Can't wait to read it!


***4 stars*** 

BOOK REVIEW: Mixed Signals

Title: Mixed Signals
Author: Ivy Raine




Description:

 What do a sex-obsessed virgin, a stuffy boss, and an over fifty swinger's party have in common? They're all about to ruin Rachel Peters' life. Rachel has a way of falling into trouble - courtesy of her wacky best friend Susan who will do almost anything to ditch her virginity before she turns thirty. When Susan's latest scheme takes them to a swinger's club disguised as a bisexual couple, Rachel has no idea the stinky, old man sitting next to her is the father of her serious, straight-laced, and oh, so sexy boss, Ryan Stanley - the man she just happens to have a serious crush on. As if things couldn't get worse, the elder Stanley believes she and Susan are lovers, and he agrees to keep her 'secret' if she'll keep his. What ensues next is a wacky adventure full of secrets, old lovers, and general chaos - and things are bound to get crazier when the truth comes out.
A romantic comedy.


Review:

It was a nice read, though I wasn't all that impressed by this book.
I liked mostly George - I think I could have fallen in love with him if I were 20 years older. A really good guy and very sweet and caring, even with all his faults and flaws.
I liked Rachel on and off. She was stubborn and proud and that was booth a good and a bad thing. Same for Ryan. I wanted to punch him sometimes for not really listening to Rachel or trying to understand her more.
I liked Susan and especially I liked her friendship with Rachel. So sweet!
Ty seemed a nice guy too.
Molly was a hateful b*tch.
The story was kind of good but the ending seemed a little rushed and I couldn't help being kind of disappointed.


***3 stars*** 

mercoledì 13 febbraio 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Nets And Lies

Title: Nets And Lies
Author: Katie Ashley





Description:

 Always awkward in her 5’10 frame, Melanie Reeves finds her saving grace through basketball. Not only is she the varsity team captain, she’s the pride of Coach Thompson, who holds the keys to a college scholarship. Melanie has also found 'courtly' love with Will, Coach T's handsome, ball-playing son. When Melanie is on the court, everything is perfect....until she is forced to face an opponent who doesn't play by the rules.

Jordan Solano's power lies in her beauty and sex appeal. Never afraid of breaking the rules, she engages in a scandalous flirtation with the school's married basketball coach. But the flirtation quickly turns into accusation, and Coach T's job and reputation are placed in jeopardy after Jordan charges him with rape. Jordan's own reputation has the school administration unwilling to believe her. That is, until she makes a startling claim - she's not the only victim.

Suddenly, all eyes are on Melanie, and it isn't for her amazing free-throws. A man's job, a girl's reputation, and her boyfriend's entire world now rest in Melanie's hands. She has to decide: keep her secrets and protect her future, or put an end to the lies...and lose everything.

*This book is New Adult and contains mature subject matter. TRIGGERS for rape survivors and sexual abuse victims*


Review:


I'm having one hell of a hard time reviewing this book.
It was one of the most difficult books I've ever read.
Especially the beginning. And I mean the part that will be the focus of the story.
I've read many times about rape. But I never had such a hard time like like with this.
It was seriously painful.
I read the whole scene frozen, wide-eyed, shocked, heart beating crazily fast, my gut hurting and I just couldn't shake the feeling of disgust and rage off me. Disgust and rage toward Couch T. I just wanted to beat him, torture him and kill him slowly for what he did to Melanie. In that instant I was Melanie. And it was Hell on Earth. And after the deed, I despised him more for what he said to her. He deserved to suffer and die slowly and painfully.
The whole book was so sad and painful. I cried so much, my eyes and head hurt. I cried for Melanie, I cried for Will. I cried for Melanie and Will as couple.
I'm not sure I can find any more words to describe this book. I guess you just have to read it to understand and appreciate it.
I liked Mel, she was one hell of a tough girl, and obviously crazy in love with Will; Will, so sweet and caring and totally in love with Mel; Jordan, with all her flaws and weaknesses, and yet with a big heart and very sensible. Though I didn't always agreed with all their behaviours/actions/reactions. I even liked Nick. He was so sweet and so very much a keeper. I even liked Dr. Leighton. An awesome therapist.
I was happy of how the story ended for Mel and Will, and for Jordan and Nick.
Not really satisfying the end for Couch T, but I guess you can't have everything.
Recommended. But you're warned: you'll cry your eyes out!


***4 stars***