Monday, September 26, 2016

Review: The Distance Between Us

Author Kasie West
Format e-book
Print Length 312 pages
Publisher Harper Teen
Published July 2, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

My Opinion

I have read three Kasie West's books back to back. I enjoyed all of them, although this was my least favorite. It probably was due to reading the other two right before this one though.

Caymen is an only child to a single momma, who happens to own a doll shop. Xander is a Richie Rich kinda guy who is sent on an errand for his momma. Caymen catches his eye and he tries to catch hers. While he does catch her eye, she protect her heart as she knows that rich guys don’t stick around. 

Caymen is a character that I really liked. She is snarky, with an extra side of sarcasm. She is realistic about the differences between those with and those without. She has a good relationship with her momma, although Xander does put a strain on it. She has a good head on her shoulders and values school, yet not as much as family.

Xander is the reason for the three stars. I was really into him for the first 100 pages and then he just stopped being so awesome and became ordinary.  (I blame Braden.)  He was just okay for me, I wanted to like him as much as I did the last two male leads (not giving spoilers as one of the last books was PS I Like You, which has a mystery guy) yet I just didn’t. I am not sure if it was because he glosses over the differences between them when Caymen faces it head on. Or if it is because it took knowing Caymen to understand that burning a shirt is not worthy of getting fired. He is sweet, and does seem to care about Caymen just not so sure he is stick around material.

The Distance between Us is a cute read and you will not regret reading it. There are a lot of sweet moments between the two main characters. Their misunderstandings are always with communication and they both face that up front instead of hiding behind it, which was refreshing. While the female lead was right up my alley, the male lead seems too good to be true.

My Rating 3 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “You two are the most in-love not-dating people I’ve met.”

Other People

Skye- Caymen’s bestie
Henry- Skye’s boyfriend
Mason- Henry’s friend

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Book Trailer Saturday (39) Fall With Me

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight.

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes
that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

***This book released last year***

Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: On the Fence

Author Kasie West
Format e-book
Print Length 296 pages
Publisher HarperTeen
Published July 1, 2014

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

My Opinion

As the only girl in a family of four children, Charlie had no chance at becoming a girly girl. Her widow father did the best that he could, it just wasn’t girly enough. Oh she could protect herself like no other, and she honestly didn’t need to- three older, muscled out big brothers are protection enough especially with their best friend Braden willing to help out. Circumstances, totally her own fault, force Charlie to get a job at a boutique in a shopping center owned by a new ager name Linda. Linda expects a certain attire to be worn at work, and it is not Charlie’s normal blue jeans and t-shirt. When Charlie subs in as a make-up model, she becomes friends with Amber. She also begins to like things that are a little more girly than a Saturday pick-up game. 

I liked Charlie, she is likeable. She is confident in herself in all areas- brains, sports, food, fitting in with the guys. She is noticeably uncomfortable with things she is not familiar with- make-up , dresses/ skirts, dating. This is perfectly normal as she had no one to show her the ropes. Until her new job and Amber show up. One my favorite parts is when she is on a date and how she acts.

Braden was a cute love interest, although I am a little annoyed that he only showed interest in her when another guy did. Who does that? He is always there for her, and tries so hard to stand by her. You can tell that he cares about her. Their interactions both together in front of the siblings and against the fence are adorable. Although, I was a bit angry with him for the question he asked the other guys during the pick-up game. I felt that he was out of line, there and it was only to humiliate Charlie as he was angry with her.

On the Fence is a cute contemporary romance about a girl and the boy next door. It is a light read, with a bit of gray mixed in (certain parts are a bit sad). Overall, the characters are likeable, and get along great with each other. I would recommend this one for pretty much anyone.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote "If he doesn't want you for you, then he's not worth it." 

Other People

Gage- brother
Linda- Charlie’s boss
Amber- friend of Charlie’s

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Swoon Thursday (38) The Distance Between Us

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.
What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound.

He hands me a cup of hot chocolate and takes a sip form his cup. 

I look at the cup- the same as yesterday's.

"I only want this if you drank out of it first," I say, refusing to say, "What are you doing here? That might give away that I care.

He grabs the cup from me, takes a drink then hands it back.

The Distance Between Us Page 64

I am kinda digging Xander. Sarcasm doesn't scare him off, and neither does the back off signals she keeps throwing his way.  Besides, he is bring her hot chocolate, and that is just adorable.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday (38) Magic Binds

Hey y'all, thanks so much for stopping by my WoW!

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine which spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Mercenary Kate Daniels knows all too well that magic in post-Shift
Atlanta is a dangerous business. But nothing she’s faced could have prepared her for this…

Kate and the former Beast Lord Curran Lennart are finally making their relationship official. But there are some steep obstacles standing in the way of their walk to the altar…

Kate’s father, Roland, has kidnapped the demigod Saiman and is slowly bleeding him dry in his never-ending bid for power. A Witch Oracle has predicted that if Kate marries the man she loves, Atlanta will burn and she will lose him forever. And the only person Kate can ask for help is long dead.

The odds are impossible. The future is grim. But Kate Daniels has never been one to play by the rules…

Why I am Waiting?

I am nine books in and this series is just as entertaining now as it was in the beginning. Hopefully, this one will be good. Plus I want to know if they get married.

*This one released last night- somehow I have it marked as releasing next week.  Sorry y'all.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (38) On The Fence

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Can't you just be happy for me?" I asked at the fence. I need you to be happy for me, I thought but didn't say.

"I could if he were right for you."

"You don't even know him."

"He doesn't even know you." His voice was tight, angry.

Page 206

I know I know another Kasie West book... I think I may be on a contemporary binge. This is new territory for me. Braden is yeah..... I like Braden. Evan not so much. Good thing Charlie has basketball camp to go to to sort out her feelings.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: P.S. I Like You

Author Kasie West
Format e-book
Print Length 330 pages
Publisher Point
Published July 26, 2016

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

My Opinion

Typically I do not like contemporary and tend to avoid them at all cost. I loved The Fill-In Boyfriend which was my first experience with a Kasie West novel. When this one came out I was weary from all the hype. I really wanted to read it. Typically books with that much hype tend to fall flat, which is why I waited so long to read this one. I know, two months is not that long but it felt longer than two months. 

Have you ever been in a class, one that you hated? You weren’t any good at it and you tended to daydream. Then you know what Lily is going through, only her teacher took away her one true way to handle the class- her notebook. So she writes a lyric of an Indie band on the desk. The next day a new lyric was on the desk. From there the pen pal relationship takes off- as does the mystery, who is the pen pal?

Lily is a teenager, one who has a family first motto. This is hard for some people to understand, but I get it- having four kids of my own. Lily isn’t lost due to her siblings, yet she is defined by them and her parents. This makes her unreliable at times, which is hard and can put a strain on anyone’s friendship. She is also a tad bit cynical, and socially awkward. These character traits sound negative, I found them charming. Pretty much everything about this book was charming. Lily has a goal- to become a song writer now all she has to do is write a song.

The pen pal, I enjoyed the relationship that built with Lily and the pen pal. I also knew that it couldn’t last. Lily at first did not want to know who the pen pal was- what a great way to ruin a good thing. With this person she could be herself and not worry about judgement. They also opened up to her, and it was nice. Comfortable hiding among the masses.

The usual suspects- David, band guy that Isabel keeps bring around then Lucas, senior taking a repeat Chemistry class and finally Cade, Lily’s nemesis. David is a bit like Lily, awkward. He tries though, you gotta give him that especially after what happened the first time he went to Lily’s class. Lucas was a bit too nonchalant for me. Cade, I didn’t understand why they hated each other. They did though and that makes it hard to like him.

The love interest is one of these three, and to be fair you find out who it is about 42% of the way in. You could guess the right answer. I adore this guy, puffy heart adore him. I know I shouldn’t I know I need to be with Lily on this one. I can’t help it. There is something about him that just makes me smile. I adore the scene where she marches up to him and he tells her like it is. There is another scene in this book that involves her, and eventually him that made me boohoo guy tears of aaaahhhh that is so sweet. I know kinda sappy and for me to like it is nothing short of a miracle. Regardless all of their interactions were able to make me smile.

Lily’s family is loud, quirky and so real that at times it felt like sitting at my dining room table. Right down to the aunts and cousins being in your business. I loved the aspect that they play in the storyline. It was harder for me to like Isabel. I felt that she was a bit pushy when it comes to Lily’s love life or lack there of. When it is explained I get it, and then I get mad at her. 

P.S. I Like You is one of those books that captivates you. It pulls you back to high school where everything is major and every slight side eye dramatic. With every turn of the page, you feel the emotions of Lily and the pen pal.

My Rating 5 out of 5  stars

Favorite Quote “I will love my man bracelet!”

Other People

Isabel- Lily’s best friend.
Ashley- Lily’s sister
Sasha- mean girl

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Review: Eternal Sacrifice

Author Stacey O”Neale
Format e-book
Print Length 300 pages
Publisher Phoenix Reign Publishing
Published June 28, 2016

he explosive conclusion to Stacey O’Neale’s award-winning Mortal Enchantment series reveals the secrets of the fantasy world!

Valac has stolen two of the sacred objects. In a bid to rule all four courts, he has threatened to use Excalibur to cut the mist that protects Avalon—ultimately ending the lives of thousands of elementals. As the Akasha, Kalin has the power to stop him. And she refuses to lose anyone else she loves.

Will she have to sacrifice herself to save them?

Desperate to save Kalin’s life, Rowan searches for the long-lost creator of the mist. But what he finds is the very last thing he expected. Everything he thought he knew about his past is turned upside down, and he questions whether he’s meant to be the savior or the elemental that destroys them all.

Told from Kalin, Rowan, and Marcus’s perspective, the final installment to the series follows their journey of courage, duty, sacrifice, and love.

My Opinion

***May contain spoilers from previous books***

Eternal Sacrifice starts off right where Fragile Reign (my favorite book in the series) ends. Kalin is now the queen of the Air Elementals. While her people are still in mourning she has not a minute to catch her breathe. Valac is still out there, and still threating to cut the barrier that allows protection for the elementals. At the end of Fragile Reign we find that the only way to prevent destruction is with the Akasha, Kalin giving up her life. Rowan refuses to accept this and goes on a journey to find another way.

I was skeptical at first when I found out that this would be told in three points of view- Kalin, Rowan and Marcus’. I wasn’t sure how he would play into the mix and I was worried that it would take away from my Rowan time. A little selfish I am sure, but hey at least I am woman enough to admit it. His voice added a special element to the story. The events that unfold do so rapidly and it was nice to see when he was the voice of reason, as well as when he had to be reasoned with.

The connection these characters (Kalin, Rowan, Marcus and Ariel) have to each other is pretty hard core. It gives the book the added boost it need to push it from a good book to a great book. I cannot say enough about how four individuals truly understand each other. I know I am suppose to like Selene now, but I don’t. I think Ariel and Marcus would be disappointed, I am okay with that. She just rubs me the wrong way. 

At one point in the book, I did have tweet- why? Why? Why? As well as a bit of how could you? I hoped it was as painful for the author as it was for me. She assured me that it was. I understood the why at the end. It was getting there that had me fuming mad, and a bit on edge. I loved getting Rowan’s back story- that was yeah…. I loved it.

Ultimately, this book comes down to choices. How the decisions we make have a rippling effect on those we love and those we hate. Can Kalin, Rowan and Marcus make the right decisions? Kalin comes into her own in this one, realizing what had to be done. She was the right mixed of young adult with an old soul.

If you want a book that will have your heart racing and your emotions on alert, pick this one up. Start with the first book in the series though.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “Forgiveness is the only path to peace.”

Other People

Marcus- Fire Elemental and Rowan’s bestie
Ariel- Air Elemental and Kalin’s bestie
Selene- Rowan’ sister

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Book Trailer Saturday (38) Midnight Hour

Some people believe you can fall in love at first sight. When it comes to books I believe those people. Book trailers are an excellent way to fall in love at first sight. I hope to feature a book trailer here every Saturday to help you fall in love at first sight.

After captivating millions across the globe, the Shadow Falls saga reaches its final—and most unforgettable—chapter yet! Prepare to fall in love all over again...

Being a dyslexic witch is a curse in itself, but Miranda Kane’s time at Shadow Falls has helped her harness her magical powers. Now, just as she’s finally mastered them and is preparing to graduate with her friends, a near-death experience threatens to ruin it all.

Miranda awakens in the hospital with a mysterious tattoo that no one can explain. As she struggles to make sense of it – and questions her feelings for a certain irresistible shape-shifter and a hot new guy – the strange markings begin to spread all over her body, leaving her desperate to find answers. But before she can solve that problem, a new one arises: her sister is missing.

Has her sister been kidnapped? Miranda will risk her life to find out. Will she live to share the day she’s worked so hard for with her friends? When the clock strikes midnight, will Miranda make it to her graduation at Shadow Falls?

C.C. Hunter brings The Shadow Falls saga to a spectacular conclusion in this thrilling finale: Midnight Hour!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Review: Mixed Signals

Author Diane Barnes
Format e-ARC
Print Length 320 pages
Publisher Lyrical Shine
Published September 27, 2016

Getting dumped is never easy, but there’s a special bonus sting if your ex-fiancé is a producer for a popular morning radio show. Jillian Atwood’s breakup with Nico has become the hosts’ number-one topic. They’re even running a competition to find him a new girlfriend. The entire population of Boston, it seems, is tuning in with an opinion about who Nico should date next—and what Jillian should do to get over him.

Jillian’s co-worker, Ben, has his own ideas on that score. He hates seeing Jill depressed over a guy as unworthy as her ex. While he’s providing a friendly ear, he's also realizing how much more he’d like to offer. And if Jill could just get over the man who broke her heart, she might find the one who’s perfectly equipped to heal it... 

My Opinion

Newly engaged Jill is also newly dumped Jill only she doesn’t tell anyone hoping that is was just cold feet. That is until her Nico, the ex-fiancé, went on the radio and told everyone for her. To make matters worse, that radio show is hosting a contest to find Nico a new gal. Oh yeah… the host, Branigan rains down the hate for Jill every chance he gets. It really is harassment, and her ex-fiancé is okay with it.

After six years, and one beautiful diamond ring, Jill has earned the right to sulk. She has also earned to right to be mad, to scream, to pray that the break up isn’t true. That is until Nico goes on the radio and agrees to a contest for picking a new girlfriend, two weeks after he dumped her and moved out. After that I wanted to shake the gal, tell her to snap out of it and move on. I realize that the break-up rule is half the time that you are together to get over the dumper. However, there is a time where the dumping is so bad that you instantly hate the ex. This is one of those times for me. What the heck! Why in the world would she still consider going back to him? I wanted to get it. I really did but mainly I wanted to shake her. It great thing is I was able to be captured by the emotions of the break-up. This book brought on all the feels. I loved- loved -loved Rachel her bestie from childhood. She so does stuff that my bestie Lynsey would have done.

When she finally gets some spunk back into her step, Branigan the host of the radio show gets brutally ugly. I kept wondering why she didn’t get a lawyer and sue his behind. How she does get back at him is pretty funny yet wrong and since she is a nice gal… yeah guilt it is a witch.

For six years, Ben has watch Jill and Nico date, move in together and get engaged. Deeming it a lost cause, he dates around a lot. What he can’t help that he is hot. Plus, he has a rule about no office romances. Then came the break-up and Jill being miserable. He couldn’t help that his old feelings for her popping up again. Yet he knows she isn’t ready for anything more than friendship, being friend-zoned is no fun. I adored Ben, he is the voice of reason in the book. He is there for Jill every step of the way. Plus, he knows her- truly knows her. Any guy who can tell you want you order for lunch at several different restaurants has got to be paying attention. There is this other scene where, just trust me, if you didn’t love him in the beginning- you will fall in love with him then.

Mixed Signals brings with it a mixture of emotions. Laughter, sighs, a bit of anger and some compassion. It balances the emotions of a broken heart, humiliation, and new love like a trapeze artist. Overall, a pretty good contemporary romance with some awesome and evil side characters.

My Rating 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote “I am impressive.”

Other People

Mr. O’Brien- Landlord, neighbor, guardian angel at times
Rachel- Jill’s longtime bff
Renee- co-worker
Ellie- work bff

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Swoon Thursday (37) Mixed Signals

The fabulous girls over at YA Bound created this super HOT meme. Here's how it works.

From the book you’re currently reading, or one you just finished, tell us what made you SWOON.
What got your heart pounding, your skin tingling, and your stomach fluttering. 

Shout it out on Twitter with the hashtag #YABound, post it here in the comments, or grab the adorable button above and share it on your blog! I want to know & so do the gals at YABound.

For a half second I think the old man might realize that I'm on the verge of tears, because his expression softens so that his face doesn't look as wrinkled, and I can almost imagine the young man he once was.

"I knew from the moment I first saw Carol. Asked her to marry me on our second date."

I whisked the sand into the dustpan. "Your second date?"

"Only because I thought it would have been ridiculous to ask her on the first."

Mixed Signals Kindle Location 766

I absolutely adore Mr. O'Brien and how much he loved his late wife. How much he tries to look after Jill.