ARC Review: Eleven Weeks


Title: Eleven Weeks
Author: Lauren McKellar
Series: Crazy in Love #2
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 28th, 2015
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

Eleven weeks.

Seven tequila shots.

Five siblings.

Two boys.

One heartbeat.

***

Stacey is good at pretending.

She pretends that the boy she’s in love with doesn’t exist.

She pretends that she’s happy to live and die in this small town.

She pretends that her life is carefree while her best friend’s world crumbles before her very eyes.

But Stacey’s got a secret …

And it’s going to ruin everything.

  When I read the synopsis of this book, I was excited to read it. It sounded interesting, and just like my type of read. However when I read it, it was entirely not what I expected if I based it on the synopsis. Now that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but this book just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  Stacey wakes up naked one day in a stranger’s bed, not knowing who the guy is or how she got there. A few days later, she finds out that she is pregnant with that guy’s baby. Stacey is determined to keep the baby, so she works hard to prepare for the coming of the baby.

  What I hated the most about reading this book was how certain things were said over and over again, making me grit my teeth and roll my eyes every time they were mentioned again. I hated how whiny and full of complaints the main character is. Some of these are:
  • How Michael is perfect while Stacey is horrible because she’s pregnant.
  • How things will never work out because Michael is in a band.
  • How she is just a dumb blonde.

  On the other hand, there were scenes which tugged on my heartstrings, or made me relate to the story, so I was able to get through with it. I think that there’s nothing unique about this book – it was a ‘meh’ read.

ARC Review: You Make Me

Title: You Make Me
Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: Blurred Lines #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 17th, 2014
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

The guy she wants…

  Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.

Isn’t the guy she needs…

  Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves.

  But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…

  And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?

  You Make Me is a book that I didn’t think I would love this much, but I did. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that I would like it – because cause I wouldn’t have read it otherwise – but I didn’t think that I would love it.
  Caitlyn Michaud worked really hard to escape her past, remake herself into the perfect college student, and land herself a perfect boyfriend. But this world that she worked so hard to build for herself is about to be shattered when Heath, a man from her past, appears out of nowhere.
  You Make Me was a really good read that I enjoyed immensely. My emotions went through a roller coaster ride because of how much I connected with the characters. I can connect with Cat regarding her trust issues. Her insecurities and her doubts. It was very realistic and it made me love this book and the characters more.
  This book was gripping and heart-clenching, but most importantly, it was real. Their emotions and reactions to certain situations felt real to me. I also liked how their problems weren’t just solved in one fight, because real life is messy, and not everything can be solved in just one confrontation. 
  You Make Me is a relatable read not only for those who are in love, but also for those going through something in life. I fully recommend trying this one out, because I loved it! It even came close to my favorite books – Slammed and Katie McGarry’s books – and that’s why I’m giving it 4.5 stars!

“Who do you become when you’ve lost sight of who you are but the false you isn’t one you can pretend to be anymore?” 

Review: Never Never

Title: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Series: Never Never #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 7th, 2015
My Rating: 4 Stars
Buy Links:  Amazon

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

  When I heard that Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, two of my absolute favorite authors, were going to write a book together, I was immediately excited, and I knew that no matter what the book was going to be about, I would read it. But at the back of my mind, there was also worry because from reading their books, I knew that these two authors’ styles were very different.

  I expected both weirdness and amazing-ness from this book, and I was not disappointed!This book is definitely weird, in a way that’s good. It’s unique – I don’t there’s another book like this one out there. And obviously, because it’s a collaboration between two amazing authors, this was amazing too!

  Reading the book, seeing Tarryn Fisher’s and Colleen Hoover’s unique writing styles made me smile. There were passages that made it distinct which author wrote that part, and I couldn’t help but love it! I didn’t expect this kind of story from both of them, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

  I actually have nothing much to say about this book because I feel like it’s not complete yet. And that’s what’s keeping me from enjoying this book. I know that there is a part two, but I wish that the two parts were just combined together. Other than that, it was a great book!

  For those who haven’t read this yet, I would actually suggest putting it off until the second part comes out because I assure you, you would be dying in anticipation for the next part. The cliffhanger is seriously mind-boggling, and I want to strangle both authors for doing this to me! I haven’t even been waiting for more than 24 hours, and I already need the next book!

“You think you can make me like you again?”
I look over at her and give my head the slightest shake. “No. I’m gonna make you fall in love with me again.”

Review: Ugly Love

Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 5th, 2014
My Rating: 5 Stars

  #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.
  When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past. 
Don’t expect a future.
  They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated. 
Promises get broken. 
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
  Tate and Miles didn’t think much of each other when they first met, but after a while, their attraction towards each other becomes undeniable. Since they didn’t want feelings to get in the way, they came up with the perfect arrangement – just sex, no strings attached. As time passed though, things get more complicated and feelings get in the way.
  I really loved reading Ugly Love! It was heart-clenching and enjoyable, and I read it in one sitting! I actually stayed up until 3:30AM because I just couldn’t put it down! The pacing was great, there were a lot of amazing quotes, and the ending was just perfect! I think this may be one of the best New Adult books that I have read yet.
  This one is definitely better than Maybe Someday, and I already liked Maybe Someday! Clearly, Colleen Hoover has written yet another masterpiece, and I expect nothing less from her. Despite my high expectations, Colleen Hoover still hasn’t let me down, which is why she’s one of my favorite authors!

“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.” 
“God gives us the ugliness so we don’t take the beautiful things in life for granted.”

Blog Tour: Burying Water

Title: Burying Water
Author: KA Tucker
Series: Burying Water #1
Genre: New Adult, , Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
My Rating: 4 Stars

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory; and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to Jane Doe for another day, the woman renames herself Water for the tiny, hidden marking on her body the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer and happier that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.
A girl wakes up in a hospital with no memory of anything – what happened to her, her past, who she is, what her name is. In short, she is a Jane Doe. The doctor in charge of her, Meredith Alwood,the wife of Sheriff Welles, was kind enough to help her find a place to live in. She ends up living with Ginny Fitzgerald, the Welles’ strange neighbor who has a secret past of her own. Refusing to be called Jane Doe any longer, she decides to be called Water, based on a tattoo she found on her body. As the days pass by, Water is not getting any closer to finding her identity, but something is just so familiar with Jesse Welles, Meredith and Sheriff Gabe’s son.
Burying Water was a very intriguing read with just the right amount of romance and mystery. Starting out with Jesse’s point of view regarding the accident, then showing what was happening in the present with Water was such a good way to write the book, and I comment the author for that! The whole book is written in alternating past (Jesse’s POV) and present (Water’s POV), with the past and present catching up with each other, making the book more interesting.
Burying Water is definitely darker than any of KA Tucker’s other books because this includes cheating and abuse, and it’s really different, though it’s just as good. It’s really unique in a way that the past is not about family problems (like most romance books are these days), so people really ought to check it out. 
The story is messy in a beautiful way, which makes the reader keep wanting to read more. I actually have nothing much to say about this book regarding the particular details, but I just know that I really enjoyed it, and I would recommend people to try this out. 

“He said the truth is like that water: it doesn’t matter how hard you try to bury it; it’ll always find some way back to the surface. It’s resilient.”

ARC Review: This Girl

Title: This Girl
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed #3
Genre: New Adult, , Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
My Rating: 5 Stars

  Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.
  In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series

  I can’t believe I’ve put this off for so long, but I’m thankful because it saved me from my reading slump. This was just the perfect book that I needed to read again!
  This Girl is just as beautiful as the first two books in the series, and I learned as many things from here as the first two books. To be honest, one of the reasons why I’ve put this off for so long was that I was afraid. Afraid that this book wouldn’t match up to my expectations, wouldn’t match up to the first two books that I love with all my heart. But I was wrong. So, so wrong, because this books matched my expectations and more. 
  Lake and Will are now married and are on their honeymoon. Lake makes Will tell her what was going on in his mind during some of the events that happened from the day that they first met, to the night of their honeymoon. Told in Will’s perspective and alternating between the past and the present, this book brings in a whole new perspective into the series that everyone – including me – have loved so much.
  As much as I was afraid to start this book because I might be disappointed, this book actually became my favorite book in the series. It was amazing to know some moments with Julia that Will has never told Lake, and it was also amazing to know what went down in their honeymoon, and after that, in their marriage. While I was reading, I felt all the emotions that there was. And even though some of the moments were just repeats from the first two novels, it still hurt me because of the way Colleen Hoover writes. I was smiling, laughing, crying, hurting, and nodding along with the characters. It was just so beautifully written, and I couldn’t help but be affected by everything.
  Throughout the whole series – but especially in this book – I have come to admire and respect both Will and Lake. They are both young, but were both forced to grow up and mature so fast. And yet, despite everything life threw at them, they still managed to survive. After all the hardships, responsibilities, misunderstandings and bumps in the road, these two made it, and are now happily in each other’s lives. Despite everything, they know how to appreciate everything and be happy with whatever life has given them. 
  I loved how this book featured all the characters that I loved from the previous books (Kel, Caulder, Kiersten, Eddie and Gavin), and that it’s not just about the honeymoon. I loved how Julia was prepared for everything, and that she thought of every detail. I love the poetry, and I loved reading the ones from the first two books again. Until now, they still affect me as much as they did when I first read them. 
  This book is the perfect ending to the amazing series that I have loved from the very first book. I know for a fact that reading this just once isn’t enough, so I’ll be sure to visit these characters again after a while. And I also know that this is a book that I will be shouting out for everyone to read.
  Colleen Hoover has written yet another masterpiece, and I just love every page, every sentence and every word of this book. Each page touched my heart, and each sentence resonated within me. Reading everything from Will’s point of view brings this book to a whole new level of amazingness, and I have no idea how to get over this. Hands down, this is one of the best series of all time, and Colleen Hoover is one of the best writers of all time!
  I can’t believe this is all over already. As I read these words, 

“I can’t help but think back on these past two years and all we’ve been through. The heartache we had to endure to get here and the tears we’ve all shed in the process. I don’t know how one minute, a person can think his life is nothing more than a barren valley with nothing left to look forward to. Then in the blink of an eye, someone can come along and change it with a simple smile.”

  I felt happy and sad at the same time. Happy that everything came together so beautifully, sad because the book was saying goodbye to me. If it were up to me, I would want this series to be endless.
  I feel so happy right now because of this book. I will go to sleep tonight with a huge smile on my face and with a new-found appreciation for life and for everything that I have gone through. Because “it (life) doesn’t get all up in your damn way because it wants you to give up and let it take control. Life wants you to fight it. Learn how to make it your own.”
“I held this girl in my arms
She wrapped her tiny fingers around mine.
It was then that I realized.
She was the fusion.
The glue.
The cement that bound all my pieces together.
The piece that seals my puzzle.
The piece that completes my life.
The element that makes me who I am.
Who I was.
Who I’ll one day be.
You, baby girl.
You’re my final piece.”

ARC Review: Rush Into You

Title: Rush Into You
Author: Brianna Lee
Series: Rush #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: May 6th, 2014
My Rating: 3 Stars

I had it all.

I was captain of the cheerleading squad and star of the debate team.
I was smart and popular and living the dream.
Until that night. 
That one fateful night changed everything. 
Now everyone hates me—everyone.
They stay far away. 

It’s safer. 

Drugs numb the pain, and sex pays for the drugs.
Being alive is my punishment. 
Then I meet him. 
Ryker Rosse.
Tattoos, sinful body…and his eyes. His eyes are irresistible. 
He is captivating. He treats me with respect. 
He sees me.
Ryker brings happiness into my life of regret, but I don’t know if I deserve happiness. 
Some mistakes can never be forgiven.
Or can they?

Rush Into You has a compelling synopsis and amazing cover that made me want to read it badly, but sad to say, I was greatly disappointed by this book. 
Gabby used to have it all. Being a cheerleader and part of the debate team, she was popular in their town. That is, until everything changed that night. She used drugs and alcohol to numb away the pain. Everyone hates her now, that’s why she was so surprised when Ryker, the bartender in the bar that night talked to her. 
Gabby felt respected for the first time since that night, and she feels like Ryker can see through her. But then something happens, and Gabby doesn’t see Ryker until years later. 
The premise of the book was so compelling that I had high hopes for this book. But all I felt was disappointment. It was driving me crazy how much I couldn’t connect with Gabby, and I didn’t feel anything throughout the whole. My mind was telling me that this book was supposed to be heart-clenching, but my heart couldn’t feel anything! Also, I knew in my mind that Ryker was a really good guy and does all the swoony things, but I didn’t feel one bit towards him. I was so frustrated because of that! 
Towards the middle of the book when Ryker was asking Gabby about her past, I felt a bit annoyed by how repeating and over-dramatic Gabby’s words were, and I felt like punching her! I hated how the suspense was dragged on for so long, only to get to the end and find out that it’s just that.
It’s not exactly boring, because I managed it, but it’s not exactly fun either. I’m not saying that this book was bad and you shouldn’t read it or anything like that, but for me, it was just neutral. I don’t feel anything. I feel like I’m not making much sense now so I should probably stop, but let me just say that the story is amazing, but I just can’t connect. Maybe it’s more of a personal taste kind of thing. Others seemed to have liked it. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I’m really stopping now, bye!

Mini Review: Best Kind of Broken

Title: Best Kind of Broken
Author: Chelsea Fine
Series: Finding Fate #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: March 4th, 2014
My Rating: 3.5 Stars

  Pixie and Levi haven’t spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are… awkward.
  All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they’re forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.
  Pixie and Levi were childhood friends, but now they don’t talk to each other anymore. All they both want is to escape and forget the past, but now fate has brought them back together. They both work in an inn and is forced to live close to each other and even share a bathroom together! 
  Best Kind of Broken is about a journey of forgiving, accepting, and letting go of the guilt and the past. At first I felt nothing towards the book – I didn’t like nor hate it. There was this weird and crazy sexual tension immediately, and it was the weird kind. But then as the story progressed, I knew the characters more, and it just got better and better. 
  I loved how the characters slowly let each other in again, and I just loved how they made up with their past. It was gripping and compelling, and I was drawn to the story! There was a story build-up, and it was really great! It has love, life, and friendship combined in one story.
  I loved most of the latter part of this story, but I didn’t really like the first half because I felt like it was kind of repetitive in a way that every time they see each other, the same thing happens over and over again. Because of that, I give this book 3.5 stars.
“Because love isn’t something that needs to be said out loud!” Her face flushes with passion. “It’s something you just know. It’s an unspoken thing. It’s humble and quiet and constant…” She goes back to slaughtering the mushrooms, but lowers her tone a bit. “I mean, you can’t just say you love someone and make it true. That’s not how it works. Real love doesn’t need to be declared or confessed. Real love just… is. You know?” 
“And I am yours,” she says quietly. “Even when you don’t want me. I’m still yours.”

“Winning is an effect of trying. You have to want it badly enough to go through pain, discipline, and failure to find it. To confront it. To claim it. But most of all, you have to fight for it. Everything else—anything else—is absolute surrender” 

Mini Review: Wrecked

Title: Wrecked
Author: Priscilla West
Series: Wrecked #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: December 11th, 2014
My Rating: 4 Stars

  “There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”

  Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.
  The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.

  Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”
  Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “the Hammer.”

  Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.
  Lorrie knows that Hunter is the exact type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.
  As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?

  Wrecked is a book that isn’t perfect, but one that I definitely enjoyed.

  Lorrie’s parents are both deaths, and they both had tragic death that was broadcasted by the media. Lorrie took a break from school, but now returned to feel normal again. Then she meets Hunter, a cage fighter. They become friends, and later on develop feelings for each other, but will those feelings heal or destroy them both?

  Wrecked was an enjoyble read, but I was annoyed at some point how lengthy and repeating things were between Lorrie and Hunter. I really liked the book. I loved how the story and Lorrie and Hunter’s relationship progressed, but I hated how it was just all about sex when they first got together. I’m glad that the snark and hilarious comments did not disappear though. Aside from those two points, I can say that I enjoyed this book.
  The ending of this book hurt me so much, and I just need to read the next book now! I literally wanted to throw my Kobo, but luckily, some sense still remained in my head.
  I will say that this book is not for everyone, but definitely give it a shot if you feel like you might like it from the synopsis.

ARC Review: You Make Me

Title: You Make Me
Author: Erin McCarthy
Series: Blurred Lines #1
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 17th, 2014
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

  The guy she wants…
  Growing up on the coast of Maine with a revolving door of foster siblings, Caitlyn Michaud spent one intense and passionate year falling in love with her foster brother, Heath. Then he left without a word. The betrayal devastated Caitlyn and made her vow to forget the compelling bad boy. But forgetting his sensual touch and their deep all-consuming friendship is easier said than done.
  Isn’t the guy she needs…
  Determined to move on, in college Caitlyn has risen above her small town impoverished roots and has joined a sorority, reinvented her appearance, and landed the right boyfriend. Pre-law major and frat president, Ethan, is thoughtful and always laughing, and he makes her feel happy, calm. He also gives her the social acceptance she craves. 
  But the perfect world she tried so hard to attain is ripped apart when Heath appears one night out of nowhere. Caitlyn remembers all the reasons why she loves him, even if they don’t make sense to anyone but her. Out of the military, Heath is as brooding and intense as ever, and he is determined not only to win her back, but to exact revenge on everyone who kept him from her…
  And when one love allows her to breathe, but the other feels as essential to her life as air, how does she choose between them?
  You Make Me is a book that I didn’t think I would love this much, but I did. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that I would like it – because cause I wouldn’t have read it otherwise – but I didn’t think that I would love it.
  Caitlyn Michaud worked really hard to escape her past, remake herself into the perfect college student, and land herself a perfect boyfriend. But this world that she worked so hard to build for herself is about to be shattered when Heath, a man from her past, appears out of nowhere.
  You Make Me was a really good read that I enjoyed immensely. My emotions went through a roller coaster ride because of how much I connected with the characters. I can connect with Cat regarding her trust issues. Her insecurities and her doubts. It was very realistic and it made me love this book and the characters more.
  This book was gripping and heart-clenching, but most importantly, it was real. Their emotions and reactions to certain situations felt real to me. I also liked how their problems weren’t just solved in one fight, because real life is messy, and not everything can be solved in just one confrontation. 
  You Make Me is a relatable read not only for those who are in love, but also for those going through something in life. I fully recommend trying this one out, because I loved it! It even came close to my favorite books – Slammed and Katie McGarry’s books – and that’s why I’m giving it 4.5 stars!