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.
Let’s just say that, when a book is hyped up as much as this one, I get nervous it will fail me. This one right here, DESERVED the hype, the awards, the rave reviews. A twist at every corner, a book that will keep you guessing til the very last page. This is one in which you finish and you just sit there, almost startled, and thinking about it for a while. There isn’t a book I can remember reading in recent times that kept me wanting to devour it more. And MIND YOU I have read some five star reads lately! But thrillers are different, they take you to a place where many people’s minds don’t often travel. I also think anyone who enjoys psychology, especially the psychology that goes into a relationship, will absolutely crave this one. [ahem, yes, i was a psych major]. Don’t let the reviews scare you away, this is one that you need in your life. A palette cleanser from contemporary, or romance, or holiday reads. This author is now on my watch list. For life.
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
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.
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!
One Good Hustle
by: Billie Livingston
Received: From the author
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously wrong, her mother, Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death–a goal Sammie is tempted to help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.
With her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but the home of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their daughter and each other–and who awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis among the normals, Sammie is torn between her longing for the approval of the con-man father she was named for and her desire for the “weird, spearmint-fresh feeling” of life in the straight world. Sammie wants to be normal but fears that where she comes from makes that beyond the realm of possibility.
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This review is relatively short for the sole purpose of not giving away spoilers. If i speak too much, I will. And no one likes a spoiler-y review. That will be all. A supremely HUGE thanks to Billie for giving me the pleasure of reading this novel!
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That question plagues high school senior Sam Cruz. Sam is perfectly happy being a player. He just wishes girls wouldn’t change the game from sex to relationships. It makes him look like an asshole. But when Sam’s best friend, Ally Klinger, gets dumped, she begs him to transform her into someone who can screw around then screw off. No risk of heartbreak that way. It’s Sam’s chance to create the perfect female AND cheer up his best friend. Armed with Sam’s Three Step Guide to Backseat Success, Ally gets the game better than Sam thought she would and before long, Sam has his wish: the female version of himself. Too bad it’s driving him nuts. Told from Sam’s and Ally’s alternating POVs, Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls is a fast-paced romantic comedy that follows these teens as they navigate the minefield of sex, love, and friendship.
A Quick Rundown:
This book very easily could have been a romantic comedy movie released for all us teens and adults alike who want to fall in love with the player and root for the couple that is the underdog. Sam and Ally have been best friends for like, ever. She’s never been the pretty girl, but suddenly she finds herself feeling like she needs to change a bit (can we say EVERY rom-com ever?, starting with Grease) to impress the opposite sex. Enter Sam, the bffae-aeaeaeae to give her a magical makeover that makes her some sort of Goddess. [Who knew makeup and wardrobe could change a person?] What happens next is to NEVER be expected… (sarcasm, ladies and gents!)
Its not that I didn’t like this book, because I did. It was a light read, and it was cute. Nothing intense, nothing unpredictable. I would have preferred some unforseen moments, however. Meaning.. I would like not to be able to write my books myself due to the cliche romantic comedy stereotype. Sam and Ally were great characters, and each had a sassy little attitude and personality about them that were unique and quirky. I loved the “rules” that Sam had, and how he pretends to be a little hardass, but in reality.. the kid has a heart. Ally was just adorable, I felt she could be my little sister that I had to help through the hard times and pressures of high school.
Who Should Read This?
Anyone looking for a light, quick, fast-paced read should give this book a shot. It is definitely cute, and for sure an easy read. The characters are loveable, the only issue I had was for the younger audience (15 and below) this book definitely had some sexual moments that may not be appropriate. Therefore, I would advise that you should be at least sixteen to dive into this one. Tellulah Darling definitely has potential as an author, and I would not hesitate to pick up something else from her in the future! My biggest gripe with the book – like I stated before was the predictability. But, still a cute, light-hearted read!
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
In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.
1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.
At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.
by Louise Rozett (Goodreads Author)
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is nowenraged and out for blood. Mine.
3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?)
Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.
(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.)
(Sorry. That was rude.)
Rose, a high school freshman is pushed into a world where she feels she does not belong. Things are changing, friendships are being tampered with, and nothing feels familiar anymore. Along the way, she encounters romances, scrutiny, rejection, and more. It is the telling tale of what it is to be young, and what hardships that sometimes means we have to deal with. Rose’s best friend, Tracy is now one of those “gotta be popular girls”, while Rose is just trying to make it through the days. Her crush has a cheerleader girlfriend, her father is dead, her mom and her barely speak. Rose’s brother, Peter; also may have left her known by some upperclassmen, since he has recently graduated and is now away at college. I mean, its not an easy freshman year for Rose, but it sure as hell an interesting one…
Rose. I just loved her. You can see her tortured soul peering out through the pages. The way Rozett writes her character is wonderful. Rose has a huge heart, but she can’t seem to find out what is worth giving it to, and what is not. You feel for Rose at the loss of her family in this book. Since her father is gone, it is hard enough. But, Peter, Rose’s brother is harboring resentment, which in turn, makes Rose even more angry than she already is.
There were excellent parts of this book. The romance with Jaime was really great. There was mystery and allure there. However, I felt it should have been expanded on. I wanted to hear more about Jaime, and his story. However.. I learned why that didn’t happen; in the end. [Read to find out]. The friendship with Tracy was done so well. Honestly, this is what happens in high school, people argue and fight and bicker, especially as teen girls. Rozett showcased that for the reader, and it was impeccably done. The character of Robert (aka, the boy pining after the girl who won’t have him) was hysterical. It was only funny because it is SO TRUE. Rose does have a tendency to take advantage of Robert, and he blatantly points this out. Think back to high school. Come on ladies! (and gentlemen) how many times did this happen? It is just amazing how much of this story I have witnessed in real life. It is probably why I loved it so much!
Overall, I really enjoyed Confessions of an Angry Girl. I will absolutely be back for more, because there are questions that I need answered. I’m hoping the things I am left wondering about (and ultimately the reason I rated the book a four instead of a five) are answered for me. I would definitely say for any fan of YA contemporary to give this one a look! If for anything, do it for Jaime. I don’t know why but he just pulled me in and there is mystery within him that I just need to know more about!
Confessions is being released August 28th, 2012. Check it out!
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?
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.
To brief you, here is a bit about Katie.