Review: UP TO ME by Michelle Leighton

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Up To Me
By: M. Leighton
Received: From Author for Honest Review
Happily ever after doesn’t come easy. But for love, it’s always worth the fight.

Olivia finds bliss unlike any she’s ever known in Cash’s arms. He sets her skin on fire and melts her heart right inside her chest. Unfortunately, their happily ever after is short-lived when a shadow from Cash’s past threatens to turn their world upside down.

Dangerous people from his father’s world have discovered that Cash holds information that could put them away for a very long time. And they’re willing to do anything—and hurt anybody—to get it back. Giving it up means Cash must choose between the life of his father and the life of Olivia.

Having nearly overcome her wariness of bad boys, Olivia’s trust is shaken when this new threat arises. Now she finds that Cash is not only a danger to her heart, but his family has associations that are a danger to her life as well. She soon discovers that there are some situations in life where trust is a girl’s only option. And this is one of them. If she’s to live, she must trust Cash with her life. But to Olivia, that’s much, much easier than letting go and trusting him with her heart.

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Disclaimer:  This book is a sequel.  If you haven’t read Down To You, read that before reading this.  This review is spoiler free for book TWO but not for book one!
Let Me Start Off…
I have read MANY new adult books at this point, and there are two series that I love more than life.  The Bad Boys Series, and the Avoiding Series.  Each leaves me in such a stupor when I’m done its like.. a book hangover.  This book, no exception.  Michelle has done it again.  Okay.. on with the review.
So Basically…
Since we all know what happened LAST time, and the surprises of the double life, and the lies, that is where we pick up here.  We pick up with Olivia and Cash totally into each other, but having some issues. Can you blame the girl, though?  He lied to her from day one, I can’t say I don’t understand not trusting Cash entirely. But, we come full circle and we meet again with Marissa, who.. lets just say, shocks me in this book.  We knew some drama was about to unfold from the ending of Down To You, but what ACTUALLY happened was like.. damn.  I can’t exactly explain how Michelle does it, but she actually incorporated a decent amount of crime into a new adult novel.  And as a crime junkie, I LOVED that fact!  It was super awesome.  The book takes you on travels that you don’t expect, we meet some new characters, whom you will LIKELY love to hate, just like I did.  And we are left with yet another ending that made me want to cringe.  

What’d Ya Think?
Is it shocking that I loved it?  Just as much as book one, if not more.  The surprises are what kept me so in love with this book, and the sexy scenes of course, with CASH will neverrrr hurt!  But I loved that it almost seemed like this book was set up for you, but then CRASH BOOM BANG, uh no.  There are twists and turns that do not disappoint and are every bit as epic as the first book!  

Review/Giveaway: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

By: Colleen Hoover

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
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The thing about the above synopsis is that it DOES tell you the plot, yet it totally does NOT do this book justice.  Unfortunately, I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys.  So all I am going to say that this is a story of appreciation of life, in all its forms and meanings.  Sky is a girl who thinks she has it all figured out, and her best friend Six is right there next to her at all times, until she isn’t.. Sky is luckily able to find another awesomely-awesome totally witty best friend, Breckin.  As per USUAL, Hoover’s secondary characters are top notch, and I can promise you that you will be wanting some more Breckin in your life!  He’s so animated and so perfectly matched with Sky, its just great.  Anywayyy, (sorry, total Breckin obsession).. we bring Holder into the picture [the deliciously delicious specimen] and Sky is in for a rude awakening.  Everything she thinks she knows about life and love, is about to be turned UPSIDE DOWN by Holder.  And so the storyline continues.. *I’m sorry I can’t give you more, but I just.. can’t.  You need to experience this on your own, guys!*

OH MY FREAKIN GOD.  Number one, I can’t believe that it is possible for me to love characters as much as I loved in Slammed and Point of Retreat.  But honestly.. guys.  I just did.  I had to relax for a little after completing this book.  It was just so beautiful and poignant and perfect.  I can’t even think of anything that I didn’t like.  There were things that I had figured out shortly before I was told, but that always happens. And then there were the THINGS that I was like, “OH NO WAY! No, no, let me re-read that to make sure..”.  Seriously.  This book.  Just.. this book.  Sky and Holder captivate you from the first page, and they will not let you out of their grasp until you finish.  Its too good.  The thing is, Colleen Hoover knows exactly how to tie together a pretty little book just right every SINGLE time.  The woman writes like she’s written forty books before, not three.  Its mind boggling how good this book is.  Its just.. Love.  This book IS love.  I don’t live it, I love it.  [You’ll understand that part when you read the book].  AND for the amazing price of $3.99, I mean, you CAN’T pass this up, and if you do, you’ll have ME to deal with!


Who Should Read This?:
Anyone with a pulse.  Any fan of Slammed, Pushing the Limits, or My Life Next Door.  This book has heart and soul that is sometimes hard to find in a contemporary novel.  It leaves you with so many emotions, and it will stay with you for a LONG time to come.  I finished this and OFFICIALLY named Colleen my FAVORITE author.  There’s no one that competes with her anymore.  There just isn’t.  First she gave me Will and Lake, and now she brings me Sky and  Holder.  She can’t be topped!  The woman is unstoppable.

PS.- BECAUSE I adored this book so so much, I am doing a giveaway for it!  Anyone with a Kindle or Nook can win an e-book copy of Hopeless!

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MINI Book Haul!

Since I gave up my Youtube channel; I have been dying to share some book purchases with you guys!  I was informed by a fellow blogger that I can upload directly to blogger, so here I go!

Mini Haul!

Books Mentioned:
Gone Girl– Gillian Flynn
Unwind, UnWholly– Neal Shusterman
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares– Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Make Me Yours– Kendall Ryan

Tell me, what did you guys get this week?

Shelf Strollin’ (1)

Welcome to a NEW feature here at the blog, titled Shelf Strollin’!  This feature is designed for those who are CONSTANTLY in bookstores strollin’ on through looking at book after book after book.  here is where we can share some of our finds, whether we purchased them, plan to, or are seeking other’s opinions on books we are considering picking up!

This week I spent WAYYYYY too much time in several different Barnes and Noble stores.  They happen to have the best of 2012 (thus far) up and I mayy have looked at a few of the books listed there.  As for the YA best thus far, those I found on my Nook while shopping, and suffice it to say, I have read MANY of those already 😀

Click the Book Covers to go to the Goodreads page for each title :-)!

The Age of Miracles: Karen Thompson Walker

“It still amazes me how little we really knew. . . . Maybe everything that happened to me and my family had nothing at all to do with the slowing. It’s possible, I guess. But I doubt it. I doubt it very much.”

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues

Unwind: Neal Shusterman

Connor, Risa, and Lev are running for their lives.

The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive.

Dodger: Terry Pratchett

A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he’s . . . Dodger.

Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He’s not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl—not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England.

From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.

All of these books I am considering picking up, if any of you have read any of them, please let me know your opinion!  And if you’d like to participate in the Shelf Strollin’ meme, go for it!

Til next time!

REVIEW: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

Slammed (Slammed#1)

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope. 
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart
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A quick rundown:
Girl; Lake– going through an extremely emotional and difficult move with her mother and younger brother.  This all after losing her father.  Guy; Will- extremely good looking whom also has a younger brother the same age seems to be making naughty eyes at Layken.  I mean, what better way to start off your first day in a new state?  At least the girl seems to have finally caught a break.  Maybe Lake will be able to distract herself with the prospect of having a nice hottie boy to look at/hang out with/ who knows what else!  But… nothing is ever that easy, especially for these two!  We get to see the obstacles Will and Layken have to overcome to grow as people, not even together, but separately.  Colleen Hoover sure knows how to bring the tears!
There’s no way in hell to not give this book five stars/coffee cups/whatever you rate in!  I adored it.  Namely the two main characters, Will and Layken.  However, the supporting characters were amazing and JUST as vital to the story.  This book is a must read for anyone with a soul.  The second in the series, Point of Retreat was easy to devour and ALMOST just as raw, emotional, and perfect as Slammed.  Also, to anyone who HASN’T been to a poetry Slam, I advise going.  I personally have been to several and they really allow you to get to see the creative writing of others and feel things other people are conveying on stage.  It is an amazing thing to witness and be a part of.  
Why did I love it?:
There is something about a challenge that I always love.  Will has been faced with daily challenges for years now and Layken has just started her painful journey through life without her father.  Eddie, is another reason I adored this novel.  She is so real.  She’s THAT girl.. the one that sometimes you want to punch because she has no boundaries, but yet she has so much heart it just makes you want to hug her.  She was such a perfect asset to the story, and she helped make it feel oh so real.  There are few books I have ever come across that make me feel as much as Slammed has.  Slammed had me laughing, crying, aching, wondering, confused, and a whole other mess of emotions!  But mostly… Slammed left me breathless.  This book is a must read. And due to that fact..
I would like to announce that we will SOON be having Colleen Hoover on the blog for an interview!  (::claps:: ::cheers::)  I was lucky enough to land an interview with Colleen!  But before that, I will be posting a review for Point of Retreat [book two], and also an eBook giveaway for Slammed!  
Let’s finish this up with an ASTOUNDING five coffee cups!

REVIEW: Last Summer; Rebecca Rogers

Last Summer

 by Rebecca A. Rogers (Goodreads Author)

All Chloe Sullivan wants to do is get through the summer. Her life has been in disarray for more than six months, and she knows the only reason her parents made one final trip to Sandy Shores is because of her. They are, after all, two seconds away from filing for divorce. When Chloe stumbles upon a boy in one of her childhood hangouts, she’s in for more than just a relaxing summer vacation. 

Logan Andrews is exhausted, famished and, quite frankly, kaput. His parents kicked him out when he refused to attend a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction. Now, he wishes he would’ve listened; he’d be receiving appropriate medical care rather than living in a dingy, godforsaken shack, holing up from money-hungry drug dealers. 

Logan’s godsend arrives in the form of Chloe, who can’t hold her tongue when it comes to matters of the heart. They’re both in for a rude awakening when Logan’s past catches up to them, though. Can they escape the drug dealers showing up at every twist and turn, or will things end much worse than they ever imagined? 

Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 18th 2012

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So this book is definitely New Adult.  That is for sure.  So, before you dive in be aware that there is strong sexual content as well as drug use.  ::WARNING OVER:: Moving on.  The book starts with Chloe and her family taking what is tentatively their last summer trip to Sandy Shores.  Her parents are no longer getting along, and everything seems to be falling apart around Chloe.  
Once she arrives at her summer home, she decides to get out for a while, after overhearing her father on the phone.  (So NOT cool, you will see.).  Upon entering a childhood spot, she finds Logan.  From here, we see the beginning of Logan’s story, and how his life is also coming apart.  As the story unfolds, Chloe & Logan both go through some more traumatic events, and even wind up in the middle of a few very dangerous situations.

I’m not sure what I was expecting going into Rebecca’s Last Summer.  This is my first indie novel that I have ever read.  I did not let that at all jade my opinion, or change the way I went into it.  The plot sounded awesome, and so I wanted to read it.  Nothing else matters.  Plus, after interviewing Rebecca, I got to see how awesome she was.  Which, only made me want to read Last Summer even more.

I must say, I loved the alternating viewpoints that Rebecca implemented into this novel.  It was pretty cool to get to see Logan, going through his withdrawals, as well as Chloe’s same take on the situation. Each character I connected with, each chapter was something totally new and exciting.  I absolutely loved the chemistry between Logan & Chloe, and I’m glad it wasn’t too insta-lovey for me.  (I’m picky with my romances!). 

As the characters unravel, and we see some family elements (Chloe’s parents, and Logan’s brother, specifically), we feel for each of our main characters.  They have been through so much, and they are so young!  Its truly sad.  However, I must say, Rebecca did a great job with such extreme content.  She really found a way to stress that none of these issues are light, nor easy to overcome.  And I for one, appreciated that.  

To say the least, I really, really enjoyed this book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes some good contemporary/new adult.  It is for sure, different than what I have read before, but different in a good way.  
I give Last Summer…
Don’t forget to see my interview 
with Rebecca Rogers right here.