Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall


20801166Title: A Little Something Different
Author: Sandy Hall          
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Source: ARC from BEA

Summary: The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....

Review:  Everyone is always looking for something new and something different. This title does not lie this book is 100 percent “A Little Something Different”, except it isn’t just a “little”. I have never read anything like Sandy Hall’s debut novel. It took me by surprised and I loved every second of it.

A Little Something Different takes place over 14 different perspectives surrounding Gabe and Lea. When I first heard about that I thought this book would be distant and hard to connect to, but it wasn’t. It was really easy to care about Gabe and Lea and want them to be together. I was still able to get completely amerced in the novel. The different perspectives just made it new and different. My favorite one has to be the Bench, you’ll just have to read it to see what I mean by that.

There’s also a secret surrounding the novel and the main character Gabe. Something seems to be off about him at first and the author hints at something happening in his past. While reading I was dying to figure out what it was. It adds an air of mystery to the novel and kept be addicted and reading.
If you are looking for a book that is something new and different I highly recommend, “A Little Something Different”. It’s a perfect beach read as the summer comes to a close or something to brighten up your winter. It is also filled with lines that reference Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Means Girls and possibly Gilmore Girls. Basically, go and preorder this one. Right now!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, make sure you go an check it out! It’s a ton of fun.
 
1. Cassandra Clare
Basically I own every book by her besides the beginning of the City of Bones series because I borrowed them from my library. While I would like to see a new YA series from her that doesn't revolve around shadowhunters I'm going to keep reading her books because I love the characters and wit too much.
 
2. Cate Tiernan
This is the author of the Sweep series. It's about witches and wiccan and I was addicted to them back in middle school (okay I still am). The series has 15 books and I have read them all. I also own her other series Balefire and The Immortal Beloved. I just keep picking up all her books when I see them.
 
3. Rachel Caine
This is another author I own a ton of because of just one series. I own at least 10 books in the Morganville Vampire series. I started this one years ago yet keep going back for rereads.
 
4. Rachel Hawthorne
I'm pretty sure I own or have read every single YA contemporary romance that she has wrote. She is an instant buy author when I see a book from her that I haven't read.
 
5. Sarah Dessen
I probably should have put her on the top of this list. I own every single books she has every written. Every single one. I adore her work and will continue to read everything she writes. I can't wait for her to publish something new.
 
6. Richelle Mead
Vampire Academy, Bloodlines and I even own the first book in the Age of X series (but have yet to read it). I'm addicted to them.
 
That's it for my most owned authors. The rest of my books are only trilogies or one or two books. What are yours?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review: The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst


13486122Title: The Marriage Bargain
Author: Jennifer Probst
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Source: Bought

Summary: A marriage in name only...

To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?

Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans…

Review: The Marriage Bargain was a very predictable Chic Lit. There’s not many other ways to describe it. Predictable plot that was centered on the romance, and two characters that you know will end up together. Yet, I really enjoyed this novel up till the end.

Sometimes you just need a quick fun romance novel to cheer you up and that’s exactly what The Marriage Bargain will do. If you are looking for a well written chic lit that will keep you entertained for a few hours this is the book for you. It’s not a serious novel that will leave you thinking when you’re done.

The largest problem with The Marriage Bargain was the ending. It was way too quick and had an ending that made me roll by eyes. I hate books that end like this one does. I can’t say anything else or it would give it away.

If you’re looking for a quick beach read that is endlessly cheesy, this might be the book for you.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Review: The Things You Kiss Goodbye

18651924Title: The Things You Kissed Goodbye
Author: Leslie Conner
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: June 26th, 2014
Source: ARC from BEA
Summary: Bettina Vasilis can hardly believe it when basketball star Brady Cullen asks her out, and she just about faints when her strict father actually approves of him.

But when school starts up again, Brady changes. What happened to the sweet boy she fell in love with? Then she meets a smoldering guy in his twenties, and this “cowboy” is everything Brady is not—gentle, caring, and interested in getting to know the real Bettina.

Bettina knows that breaking up with Brady would mean giving up her freedom—and that it would be inappropriate for anything to happen between her and Cowboy. Still, she can’t help that she longs for the scent of his auto shop whenever she’s anywhere else.

When tragedy strikes, Bettina must tell her family the truth—and kiss goodbye the things she thought she knew about herself and the men in her life.

Leslie Connor has written a lyrical, heartbreaking, and ultimately hopeful story about family, romance, and the immense power of love.
Review: I have to start this review by saying I did not finish this novel. I could not get all the way through it. This review is going to be why I put this book down.
The main reason for my problems with this book was the main character Bettina. She was just all around annoying. I didn’t like a single thing about her. She had way too many hobbies, and just liked everything. It seemed like the author wanted to give the audience way to many ways to connect to the character that is made it hard too. She would concentrate on art for a little bit and then dancing and then move to business. It was to keep them all straight.
The dialogue was not believable at all. None of the teenage characters actually talked like teenagers. It felt like the author was trying too hard at every point of this book. The main plot point was Bettina’s relationship with her father which actually didn’t seem too bad. He was looking out for her and following his Greek heritage. I didn’t finish the novel so I don’t know if it got worse, but I feel like Bettina was freaking out over nothing. Why does it matter to her if her dad doesn’t tell her about his business? She’s a teenager and shouldn’t be worrying about it.
This was a missed opportunity by the author. Everyone is looking for diverse characters right now, and Bettina came from a Greek background, yet it was impossible to connect to her. I have to say I do not recommend this novel and I hope there’s some better diverse books coming out soon.
 
 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: Virgin by Radhika Sanghani


18624367Title: Virgin
Author: Radhika Sanghani
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: August 5th, 2014
Source: ARC from BEA

Summary: Okay, I admit it…I didn’t do it.

Yet.

This is normal, right?  I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that girls are always looking for Mr. Right—do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right Now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another I am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to lose? Besides the obvious.

Review: This is what a New Adult novel should be. It’s funny, meaningful and perfectly describes the mind of a college student, at least the ones I’ve met. The best part? It doesn’t focus on the romance. Virgin focuses more on the friendships that the main character makes. It was something new and different to New Adult.

Judy Blume and Lauren Miracle help preteens and teens navigate the world of puberty. Radhika Sanghani helps the college student navigate other important questions one might have. This novel is not for the younger side of young adult. It is 100% for the older and more mature audiences. Virgin, as you can probably tell by the title, is a raunchy novel. Every reader needs to know that going in. Some parts did make me a little squeamish reading about, yet I expected that.

The only part of this book that I did not like was the ending. It felt rushed and there wasn’t much closure for the characters. I wanted to know a little bit more about that happens to Ellie and her friends. Maybe I just wasn’t ready to leave the world of this novel but I just wanted more.

There was one slight flaw in the book with the characters blog that she starts. I enjoyed reading about the blog in general because I have my own and can really relate to the whole part of the story line. The only thing wrong with it was the fact that Ellie called her blog posts vlogs. (Because they were about her being a virgin). She took the V and put in in blog to come up with vlog. BUT that’s the word for video blogging. It was really confusing at first.

Other than those flaws I really enjoyed Virgin and highly recommend it to any college student.

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