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Sep 30

Review * He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * He’s So Fine by Jill ShalvisHe's So Fine by Jill Shalvis
Series: Lucky Harbor #11
Published by Grand Central on September 30, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Lucky in Love, It Had To Be You, Once in a Lifetime, It's In His Kiss, One in a Million
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five-stars
For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It's the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she's rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she's ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to "save" him. In fact, he'd like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He's just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole's heart, or will it be the end of Olivia's days in little Lucky Harbor?

What I Thought…

• In the last book, It’s In His Kiss we meet Sam, Cole and Tanner, and Cole is the main guy here. He was the one that I was most excited about and I’m happy to report that I wasn’t disappointed.

• Sam, Cole and Tanner’s friend Gil died in an accident a few years ago and Cole took it the hardest, and you find out why in He’s So Fine. I liked how this was done, and how Cole was working through his issues. Cole has a great relationship with his friends and family and I enjoyed his interactions with his sisters (he calls them the coven lol). Despite the fact that he is still dealing with Gil’s death he is still funny.

• Olivia isn’t my favorite girl in the series, (at this point it’s hard to pick favorites) but I liked her a lot. She is running from her past, but not for the typical reason that we often see in books. You get little glimpses into her past and it’s easy to understand why she didn’t want or need that life anymore. Olivia is pretty insecure and is constantly worried about her past coming up and ruining her happy life in Lucky Harbor.

• Olivia and Cole were super cute together. They have an interesting meeting that turns a little bit awkward and sets Cole up for a lot of ribbing from his friends. I enjoyed Cole’s pursuit of Olivia and how she ends up finally giving in.

• Obviously there is a big “incident” that causes Cole and Olivia to separate for a time. Sometimes in books this annoys me because it seems so trivial but it works well in He’s So Fine. Knowing Olivia and Cole you can see how it happened and they way they worked through it made perfect sense as well.

• I had a couple of small issues with Olivia and her past and her family (who are less than awesome) but it didn’t effect my enjoyment of the book at all. There is just too much other good stuff in He’s So Fine to worry about these things.

• As with all of the other Lucky Harbor books He’s So Fine is sweet, sexy and fun, with a little bit of heartache thrown in.

Overall I absolutely adore everything about this series and I wish that Lucky Harbor was a real place because I would live there in a heartbeat!


 

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New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

 

 

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Kimberly


Sep 26

Review * Bloodlines Series #1-5 by Richelle Mead

Reviews 0 ★★★★

Review * Bloodlines Series #1-5 by Richelle MeadBloodlines Series by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #1-5
Published by Razorbill on August 23, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Blood doesn't lie...

Sydney is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of human and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. When Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, at first she thinks she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. But what unfolds is far worse. Jill Dragomir - the sister of Moroi Queen Lissa Dragomir - is in mortal danger, and the Moroi must send her into hiding. To avoid a civil war, Sydney is called upon to act as Jill's guardian and protector, posing as her roommate in the last place anyone would think to look for vampire royalty - a human boarding school in Palm Springs, California. But instead of finding safety at Amberwood Prep, Sydney discovers the drama is only just beginning...

My review of the Bloodlines series through book 5 will be spoiler free for all books, however there will be a few spoilers for the Vampire Academy Series.

What I Thought…

• I devoured the Vampire Academy books and was looking forward to reading the Bloodlines series. I absolutely loved the world that Mead created and was excited to see it continue. I was unprepared for just how much I would love the Bloodlines series though.

• We first meet Sydney when Rose is hunting Dimitri and I was kind of meh about her, but as we get to know Sydney in Bloodlines I knew I was going to like these books better. I’m much more Sydney than Rose. Sydney is very strait laced and strongly believes in what the alchemists believe, that all vampires and dhampirs are bad.

• Adrian is way better than Dimitri. It definitely helps that we get to know him much more than we ever got to know Dimitri, but I just find him overall more likeable and interesting than Dimitri. Compared to Adrian Dimitri is pretty boring. Adrian is still struggling with spirit and it’s hard to see the emotional toll that it is taking on him. Harder still when he starts narrating in The Fiery Heart.

• Mead builds on the Vampire Academy even more in the Bloodlines series. View Spoiler » I love how she meanders about weaving new things into what already happened in the Vampire Academy series. They are still working on spirit and what happens when you change Strogoi and all sorts of other good things.

• In Vampire Academy we got a small glimpse into the Alchemist world, in Bloodlines we learn so much more. And not all of it will give you warm fuzzies.

• Bloodlines is still in a school setting, but one completely different from Vampire Academy. Bloodlines takes place at a human boarding school in California. This provides a different atmosphere for the books, as well as new challenges.

• We don’t get to see too much of Rose or Lissa (or Christian, which makes me sad) but we do get a lot of Jill and Eddie and some new people, both Alchemists and vampires.

Overall I can’t get enough of this series and I am so excited to read The Ruby Circle!

Kimberly


Sep 24

Waiting on Wednesday * Whatever Life Throws at You

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases.

Today I’m waiting on Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross which comes out on October 7, 2014.

Whatever Life Throws at YouSeventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad’s glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he’ll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing.

After an awkward first meeting with “Brody” involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie’s convinced she knows Brody’s type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship—and beyond. Falling for a rising star who’s quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she’s getting hints that maybe this crush isn’t one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?

Why I’m Waiting…

I’m waiting because I love books that have sports in them. Plus this sounds super cute and I like cute. :)

Kimberly


Sep 22

Review * Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

Reviews 0 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * Not in the Script by Amy FinneganNot in the Script by Amy Finnegan
Series: If Only... #3
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on October 7, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 272
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Also in this series: Wild Hearts, Everything But the Truth
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four-stars
Millions of people witnessed Emma Taylor’s first kiss—a kiss that needed twelve takes and four camera angles to get right. After spending nearly all of her teen years performing on cue, Emma wonders if any part of her life is real anymore . . . particularly her relationships.

Jake Elliott’s face is on magazine ads around the world, but his lucrative modeling deals were a poor substitute for what he had to leave behind. Now acting is offering Jake everything he wants: close proximity to home; an opportunity to finally start school; and plenty of time with the smart and irresistible Emma Taylor . . . if she would just give him a chance.

When Jake takes Emma behind the scenes of his real life, she begins to see how genuine he is, but on-set relationships always end badly. Don’t they? Toss in Hollywood’s most notorious heartthrob and a resident diva who may or may not be as evil as she seems, and the production of Coyote Hills heats up in unexpected—and romantic—ways.

What I Thought…

• Not in the Script is my kind of book. It’s cute with some humor and seriousness thrown in and the main characters are famous, an aspect I love reading about. Not in the Script is very character driven, not much else is going on besides the filming of the TV show.

• Emma is a fairly well known actress who has been hounded by the paparazzi. As we all know they manipulate things and definitely caught some bad moments for Emma. Emma also has a history of picking guys who are all wrong for her and her last boyfriend Troy was particularly obnoxious. Emma was easy to like. She worried constantly about other people, especially her best friend Rachel. She took acting seriously, but wasn’t a diva about it. She also grew into her personality as Not in the Script progressed and starting standing up for herself and saying what she really thought, while trying to approach it nicely as well.

• Loved Jake. He fell into his stardom as a model by accident and then managed to get a roll on the same TV show as Emma. He was absolutely adorable. He hated the attention and while he didn’t hate modeling and acting it was not what he wanted to do forever, but did it because of reasons that will make your heart melt just a little. He’s patient with Emma, but not a complete doormat. Emma and Jake are super cute together though, even when the argue.

• Brett is an actor on the show and he is exactly how you picture grown up child actors to behave. He’s a spoiled brat that’s gotten in to some trouble and is trying to clean up his image. He’s a good actor, both on, and off, the set. Emma’s had a huge crush on him for forever and he finds out about it and, well, things go on from there.

• Kimmi is another actor on the show and is quite the diva, especially at first. I didn’t think I would end up liking her, but I did. Her and Emma’s weird friendship worked well for both of them.

• At first I thought this was going to be one of those run of the mill “my best friend likes this guy but now that I’ve met him I like him and he likes me so we are going to be together and the best friend gets hurt” story, but it’s not. Rachel is not your typical best friend and any sad feelings I thought I would have for her waned as the story went on. Let’s just say that Rachel has a lot of issues to work out.

• Emma’s relationship with her family was a bit rocky at times, but that’s understandable when your mother is your manager. Despite the rockiness I loved that Emma had parents that they were around and active in her life (whether she wanted them to be or not). Jake’s mom is also around a lot and is pretty awesome herself. The relationship that Jake has with his mom is one that I would hope that every child would have with their parents.

Overall I really enjoyed Not in the Script. It’s a cute, light, end of summer read!

Kimberly


Sep 21

Sunday’s In Bed With… American Gods & Football!

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Sunday’s In Bed With… is hosted by Kate at Midnight Book Girl to share with everyone what you’re reading in bed!

American GodsThis morning I’m working and I’ll be listening to American Gods by Neil Gaiman while I’m doing it. This book is strange, but it’s my book club pick for September and even though we had book club last night I will be finishing this book.

I’m enjoying this one more than Stardust, but I still find myself saying WTF a lot. This will probably be my last Neil Gaiman book. I know a lot of people love him, but I just don’t think his books are for me.

My afternoon will be spent making answer keys and watching football. I find this time of year to be difficult as I have to manage my two favorite things (reading and football) while working a full time and a part time job. I’m trying to work in more blogging as well. I really wish I had a time turner!

What are you reading today?

Kimberly


Sep 19

Review * The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

Reviews 1 ★★★★

I received this book for free from the publisher via BEA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review * The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel HarrisThe Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris
Series: The Fine Art of Pretending #1
Published by Spencer Hill Press on September 30, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: BEA
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four-stars
According to the guys at Fairfield Academy, there are two types of girls: the kind you hook up with, and the kind you're friends with. Seventeen-year-old Alyssa Reed is the second type. And she hates it. With just one year left to change her rank, she devises a plan to become the first type by homecoming, and she sets her sights on the perfect date—Justin Carter, Fairfield Academy’s biggest hottie and most notorious player.

With 57 days until the dance, Aly launches Operation Sex Appeal and sheds her tomboy image. The only thing left is for Justin actually to notice her. Enter best friend Brandon Taylor, the school’s second biggest hottie, and now Aly’s pretend boyfriend. With his help, elevating from “funny friend” to “tempting vixen” is only a matter of time.

But when everything goes according to plan, the inevitable “break up” leaves their friendship in shambles, and Aly and Brandon with feelings they can’t explain. And the fake couple discovers pretending can sometimes cost you the one thing you never expected to want.

What I Thought…

• The Fine Art of Pretending is everything I love about romantic comedies. It’s cute and fun and a little bit frustrating!

• Aly launches “Operation Sex Appeal” and you just know that this is not going to go well. Her first bright idea is for her best friend, Brandon, to pretend to be her boyfriend, all in hopes of getting this other guy Justin, whom she thinks she wants. Things are rolling along and Justin is showing interest, only now she’s not so sure she wants him after all.

• I adored Aly. She’s a little messed up in the beginning (she’s changing herself just to get a guy) but she grows a lot and realizes that she’s just not that kind of girl, and she doesn’t need to be.

• Brandon is quite swoon worthy. He has some issues of his own and I loved being in his head while he battled for Aly’s affection without actually outwardly battling for it.

• I also liked Justin, which kind of surprised me. He was the guy that Aly felt she needed and given that I knew where it was going I was expecting Justin to be an asshat and he wasn’t. They weren’t a good match, but I like that Harris didn’t make the reason they weren’t good together because he wasn’t a good person.

•I liked Aly’s friends as well, though I wish they were more present in The Fine Art of Pretending.

• There were times where The Fine Art of Pretending was a a bit too high school drama, but it’s fairly easy to set that aside because Aly and Brandon are awesome like that.

Overall The Fine Art of Pretending is a cute and fun read and will put a smile on your face!

Kimberly


Sep 17

Waiting on Wednesday * The Young Elites

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases.

Today I’m waiting on The Young Elites by Marie Lu which comes out on October 7, 2014.

Young ElitesI am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

Why I’m Waiting…

I’m waiting because I really enjoyed the Legend Trilogy and I can’t wait to see what else Marie Lu can write!

Kimberly


Sep 15

Review * Croak by Gina Damico

Reviews 2 ★★★★★

Review * Croak by Gina DamicoCroak by Gina Damico
Narrated by Jessica Almasy
Series: Croak #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 20, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Time: 8 Hours 16 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars
Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex's parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape.

But Uncle Mort's true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He's a Grim Reaper. And he's going to teach Lex the family business.

She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can't stop her desire for justice - or is it vengeance? - whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again.

Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

What I Thought…

• Croak is one of those books that I’m kicking myself for not reading earlier. It was funny with a twist. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy.

• Lex is getting in some serious trouble at school and at home, which is why her parents decide a summer with Uncle Mort might be just the trick to snap her out of this phase. When she arrives she finds out that she’s going to be a reaper rather than work on a farm. Lex isn’t exactly pleased to be “killing” people. It takes her some time to come to grips with the fact that they are already dead, she’s just helping to collect their souls. Lex was such an awesome character. She was snarky, funny and generally pissed off. She has a twin sister that stayed home and she struggles with being apart from her and keeping secrets.

• Driggs is Lex’s partner. He’s been doing his job for awhile so he knows the ropes and helps steer Lex away from problems, until they come across one that they just can’t leave alone. Driggs is also a bit snarky and him and Lex make a good pair. There are also a few other teenagers working in Croak and they kind of form a Scooby-Doo like gang, but instead of ghosts they are looking for a bad reaper.

• I absolutely loved Croak, the town. This is where the reapers live and work and where the souls come to reside. It was so well written that I could see it, and that doesn’t happen often for me.  All of the names of business were very tongue in cheek as well. My favorite part was the after life. It is so cool that the reapers are allowed to go in there and see what it’s like (and also manage it).

• Edgar Allan Poe is a prominent character in their visits to the after life and never failed to make me laugh. There are some other recognizable names as well, but he’s the best.

• Lex, Driggs and the gang are trying to find out who the reaper is that is killing people they aren’t supposed to. They mystery wasn’t too extravagant, but wasn’t too simple either. Once you learn the person responsible it all fits together. The person responsible is also going to be someone you are going to want to punch in the face because what they did at the end was totally unforgivable.

Overall I absolutely loved Croak and would recommend it to anyone that loves paranormal and/or snarky fun books!

Kimberly


Sep 10

Waiting on Wednesday * He’s So Fine

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases.

Today I’m waiting on He’s So Fine by Jill Shalvis which comes out on September 30, 2014.

He's So FineFor Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to “save” him. In fact, he’d like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He’s just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole’s heart, or will it be the end of Olivia’s days in little Lucky Harbor?

Why I’m Waiting…

I’m waiting because it’s part of the Lucky Harbor series and it’s the second to last one!

Kimberly


Sep 08

Review * Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Reviews 0 ★★★★★

Review * Attachments by Rainbow RowellAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
Narrated by Laura Hamilton
Published by Dutton on April 14, 2011
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Time: 9 Hours 7 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

What I Thought…

• After only two books I can already tell you that Rainbow Rowell is my kind of author. Well written. Cute. A little gut wrenching. Quirky.

•  Attachments takes place in 1999, right before Y2K. I absolutely loved this. For one, I’m a huge fan of the 90’s. And second, I loved the little bit of reminiscing of the Y2K freak out. Also technology wise taking place in 1999 made a lot more sense than taking place today.

• Lincoln was adorable, and reminded me a bit of myself in that I also just kept going to school. I like learning, ok? (It’s a bit of a joke amongst my family and long time friends). He was dumped by his high school sweetheart and he was so caught up on her (even well after they broke up) that he didn’t think there was anyone else out there for him. His mom did not help things either. He “meets” Beth and Jennifer through there emails and starts to develop an obsession of sorts with Beth.

• Since Attachments is from Lincoln’s pov we only learn about Beth and Jennifer through emails. I wish we could have been inside Beth’s head a little bit, but at the same time I also liked that we were just getting these little glimpses into their lives.

• Even though Beth is the one that Lincoln is obsessed with he has a strong “friendship” with Jennifer. He is just as much invested in her life as he is Beth’s, just in a different way.

• I loved reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails. They are a perfect example of a great friendship. They laugh, they joke around, they support each other and when they need to, they tell it like it is, no holding back.

• You would think that Lincoln reading the emails and his obsession with Beth would be creepy and stalkerish, but it wasn’t. Lincoln was so likeable and while he couldn’t seem to stop reading the emails he did feel bad about intruding on their lives. Also, the ending makes it all better!

Overall Attachments is another winner from Rainbow Rowell!

Kimberly