Sunday, January 27, 2013

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder

Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Rae's always dreamed of dating a guy like Nathan. He’s nothing like her abusive stepfather—in other words, he’s sweet. But the closer they get, the more Nathan wants of her time, of her love, of her...and the less she wants to give.  As Rae’s affection for Nathan turns to fear, she leans on her friend Leo for support. With Leo, she feels lighter, happier. And possessive Nathan becomes jealous.  Then a tragedy lands Rae in the ICU. Now, hovering between life and death, Rae must find the light amid the darkness…and the strength to fight for life and the love she deserves.  - Goodreads.com


This book wasn't what I expected at all.  I really thought one guy was going to be the one for her and was completely surprised in the end.  This book had some twists to that were completely unexpected, but not unwelcome. 

Loved the girl.  So kind-hearted to visit an old lady she doesn't know. So touching. Reminded me of Pay It Forward how much people loved her because of how sweet and thoughtful she was. Despite the fact that she was mistreated, she still had caring thoughts about her step-father, and despite how Nathan scared her, she still wanted and did help him.  What Leo does for her to bring nice things into her life by sending her on flower deliveries was amazing. What a guy.

These characters were so real.  There were times reading this book that some of the broke my heart.  Especially Rae.  For her to go through what she does and still maintain such a sweet and caring disposition was just remarkable.  You had to love her all the more for it because the way she handles these things is so unexpected.

This book really tore at my heartstrings quite a bit.  There were times I just wanted to cry while reading the book, but in the end, I was left with a feeling of love, hope and contentment.  The author did an amazing job with this book, and evoking emotion from me, the reader.  I loved it.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Stacking the Shelves



Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Here's what I got this week!

 
 
  
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Leave a comment and let me know what you got this week!
 

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling

The Perfect Game by J. Sterling
Release Date: October 11, 2012


He's a game she never intended to play.  And she's the game changer he never knew he needed.  The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.   They're both damaged, filled with mistrust and guarded before they find one another (and themselves) in this emotional journey about love and forgiveness. Strap yourselves for a ride that will not only break your heart, but put it back together.   Sometimes life gets ugly before it gets beautiful...  - Goodreads.com

I went looking intentionally for a story that would remind me of Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster and I definitely found it with The Perfect Game.  The only similarities were a bad boy hero and a sweet but spitfire type heroine.  The resemblances ended there, but it was just enough.

I really did like this story.  It was simple and straightforward, had interesting characters a real life type situation that its characters had to work through.  I thought Cassie was a great character.  She was sweet and cute and stronger than I expected.  Then there's Jack.  I absolutely adored this guy.  He's definitely got the bad boy thing going for him, which Cassie didn't want to get involved with, but I loved watching him chase her.  For a bad boy, he definitely had an unexpected and strong streak of nobility in him that was a big surprise for me.  There's one event that occurs in the story that completely changes everything for all the characters.  I didn't anticipate it at all, and I felt so bad for everyone involved.  I won't say what happens, but for those who have read it... I hated that girl.  You know the one.

This was a really good story.  The writing was good, and the story flew by for me.  For anyone who likes Beautiful Disaster, this story has the same feel to it but with a completely new and interesting plot.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes the New Adult type stories.  This was definitely worth picking up.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. WoW posts are about books that you can’t wait to get your hands on.

This is one of my favorite posts to read on the blogs that I follow because other bloggers have found so many wonderful books that I had no idea about! I get most of those from reading Waiting on Wednesday posts. :-) I urge you to visit other blogs and read theirs to find these great lists!






Release Date: January 22, 2013


Why I'm looking forward to it:
Third in Cynthia Hand's angel trilogy.
I've loved the first two so I'm dying
to read this one!!  It came out yesterday
so now I just have to wait until I can go get it!!


Buy it on Goodreads.


Leave a comment and let me know what your WoW is this week!
 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Flash Point by Nancy Kress

Flash Point by Nancy Kress
Release Date: November 8, 2012
Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Reality TV meets a chillingly realistic version of America—and the fame game is on!  Amy had dreams of going to college, until the Collapse destroyed the economy and her future. Now she is desperate for any job that will help support her terminally ill grandmother and rebellious younger sister. When she finds herself in the running for a slot on a new reality TV show, she signs on the dotted line, despite her misgivings. And she’s right to have them. TLN’s Who Knows People, Baby—You? has an irresistible premise: correctly predict what the teenage cast will do in a crisis and win millions. But the network has pulled strings to make it work, using everything from 24/7 hidden cameras to life-threatening technology to flat-out rigging. Worse, every time the ratings slip, TLN ups the ante. Soon Amy is fighting for her life—on and off camera.  - Goodreads.com

I had mixed feelings about this story.  On the one hand I liked it, because I really liked the main character, but on the other hand there were a few things that kept me from really immersing myself in the book.

First, there were quite a few characters that I just didn't like, first being Amy's sister Kaylie.  This was, to me, one of the most spoiled, selfish girls I've ever met in a book.  And I couldn't understand really why she was that way because it's not like they had a lifestyle that could spoil someone.  But she was kind of rotten, so hard on her older sister, and so very unappreciative.  I hated reading scenes that she was in because I knew she was just going to run down her sister, say something ugly or act like a brat.

On the flip side, Amy was my favorite character.  She was kind, brave, and took care of her family selflessly.  I hated some of the things she had to go through, and truly hated it whenever the viewing public would be down on her in their internet posts because I knew they weren't getting to see the real her. 

It seems like everyone in the story turns out not to be who you expected though, except for Amy.  There's more to Rafe, there's less to the other guy, Violet had secrets, and the other girl had more humanity than I gave her credit for. 

My biggest problem came with the actual show itself.  While I could definitely understand why the viewing public might watch such a show (after all, this world is one of poverty for the common man, so the chance to win millions would be a big draw), but the way the show scenarios were created just didn't seem to be all that interesting.  It was a good concept, but I felt like the actual scenes were kind of pointless and uninteresting, at least up until the end.  The last scenario was the best and redeemed things for me a bit.  It also showed the truth about most of the characters, and my judgement about them proved to be pretty spot on.  I loved Rafe and Amy the most and was glad how things ended for them.

Bottom line, the story, world-building, Rafe, Amy, and the writing were interesting and entertaining. I do wish a bit more had been done with the reality show aspect earlier on in order to make things a bit more serious and suspensful though.



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Monday, January 21, 2013

Calling all Bloggers!!

Be a part of "The List"!


 


Entangled Press is compiling a list of bloggers and being a part of that list could mean free books for you!!  Be a part of that list now!


Here are the requirements from Entangled's post:
Do you have a blog?

Do you love to review books?

Do you want access to books before they release?

If your answers to these questions is a resounding "YES" then you're the right blogger for the job.

We want you! Now's a great time to join The List.

 
If you want to be a part of The List, here's what you have to do:
1. Add Til Death to your Goodreads TBR pile: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16129271-til-death and

2. Leave the following in the comments section of Kate's blog:

a. Your Name

b. Your Blog URL

c. Your Goodreads Name

d. Your Email Address



Additional Option: URL to your blog post about this call for bloggers.
Priority will be given to those who help spread the word by creating a post on this call for bloggers on their blog. *smiles*

If you have any questions, please post in the comments section of Kate's blog.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity.  Be part of The List today.
 

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Stacking the Shelves



Stacking the shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

Here's what I got this week!



 
 
 


 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  
 
Leave a comment and let me know what you got!


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