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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. TuckerTen Tiny Breaths by KA Tucker
Series: Ten Tiny Breaths,
Published by Atria Books on 24 September 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Girls & Women, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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two-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Miami, Florida // Chicago, Illinois

First Line(s): “Just breathe,” my mom would say. “Ten tiny breaths…Seize them. Feel them. Love them.”

Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker came to me highly recommended and as I was looking for a new book at the time I decided to give this one a shot. I liked the book, mostly, at the beginning though I found it hard to like the main character, Kacey. She was very judgemental and abrasive and seemed to delight in looking down her nose at every one. Then you have the main love interest, Trent, who is a bit of a creeper always watching and following Kacey around. I have never been one to understand the stalker as a romantic plot line. For me, there is a big difference between wanting to spend all your time with someone and stalking and Trent definately came across as a stalker.

Then there was that WTF-ery of a reveal closer to the end of the book and the whole thing just took a complete and total nose dive. If you were with me as I read this you would have heard many a sigh and seen many an eye roll and if this book wasn’t on my ereader then you can be sure it would have been tossed across the room in disgust. The best thing about this book was the side romance between Kacey’s neighbor and the cop even if it was rushed but I so would have enjoyed a book about them as opposed to Kacey and Trent.

Overall, Ten Tiny Breaths, was well written it was just filled with so many implausible things. Every time the character had time to think they’d jump to the craziest of all possibilities and then that thing would end up being the truth. Then with all the crazy that was swirling around everything all ends up being tied up in this neat and tidy bow. Happily ever afters all around! Now I’m not saying that books should have a sad ending. Because I love me a good HEA and that is part of why I read romanctic stories because I like the predictability of thier endings. But in this case based on all that came before it was just all so very very hard to believe.

Ten Tiny Breaths was a book that made my head hurt as I tried to make sense of it all. It frustrated me so very much and at this time I don’t have any plans to read anything else by KA Tucker.

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People who liked this one better than I did

Maryse’s Book Blog: “Loved it!! A MUST READ! I wont say any more. The shock value from the very start to the very end must be experienced blindly for full impact. Just know I think you should read it.”

Dear Author: “Finally, despite the weighty issues, the pace of the story is snappy and the emotional low notes are interspersed with humor and sexiness.”

Mostly YA Book Obsessed: I wasn’t…wowed like I was expecting to be. It was still a good story that I really enjoyed. Full of pain and healing and learning how to love. I especially liked the last few emotional chapters.”

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Review: Revenge Bound by Heidi Joy Tretheway

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Revenge Bound by Heidi Joy TrethewayRevenge Bound by Heidi Joy Tretheway
Series: Tattoo Thief,
Also in this series: Tattoo Thief, Tyler & Stella, Say it Louder
Published by Self-Published on 31 July 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult, Parents, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
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three-half-stars
Also by this author: Tattoo Thief, Tyler & Stella, Say it Louder

Place(s) Traveled To: New York, New York // Ithaca, New York // Steamboat Springs, Colorado // Los Angeles, California

First Line(s): The internet is full of naked pictures of pretty girls.

Whenever it comes to a series that involves a group of people there is always one that you want to know about more and one that you don’t really have an opinion on one way or the other. In Heidi Joy Tretheway’s Tattoo Thief series, Jayce falls into the catagory of one that I wanted to know more about so I was excited when Revenge Bound would be his story. Violet, on the other hand, was someone that I was more unsure of as she didn’t really make her presence known in Tyler & Stella and she kind of faded into the backround. I really wasn’t expecting much from her so was pleasently surprised when she was made from stronger stuff than I thought.

In Revenge Bound, we learn that Violet’s ex-boyfriend was not dealing with the break up well and when attempts to win her back failed he decided to post intimate photos of her on a revenge porn webiste along with her name, address, and phone number. Which is beyond a dickhead move to do as there are some very real crazies out in the world, many of who start to text Violet and a few who try to accost her at her home. This sort of response from the ex is one that totally baffles me and it seems like something out of a Law & Order: SVU episode than anything else. What makes it even more scary is that this sort of thing does actually happen in the world and that just made my heart go out to Violet.

I loved Violet and Jayce’s relationship and thought that they really meshed well together. They complimented each others strengths and help make the other person better. I like how, while there is instant attaction between the two there is a real build up in feelings and it was fun to see their relationship grow over the course of the book. Even if it did seem a bit too much of a coincidence that they both shared similar sexual proliclivities. But then that is part of what makes this a fictional story and not real life as you can have these sort of things all fall nicely into place with just a few strokes of the keyboard. It still worked and it worked for Violet and Jayce and it made me happy that they found a HEA together.

What bothered me about this story was Kristina, a secondary character that we’ve seen since the begining. Kristina is the long time girlfriend of Tattoo Thief’s drummer, Dave, and a very real B!tch. Which is why I found it hard that all the characters in this story seem to confinde in her at some point in time or another. She’s not the sort that one spills secrets to and so its no shock that she uses these secrets against those around her when it suits her interests. This sort of behavior also escalated a bit too fast in Revenge Bound to seem realistic though I know its just a set up for the big conflict in the fourth book in the series. Because with each book the story becomes a bit more than just a straight romance and after the events in Revenge Bound you need something dramatic to keep the momemtum going.

For there is a lot that happens in Revenge Bound that goes beyond Jayce and Violet falling in love. There is the stalker to deal with along with Violet’s ex  and how that effects not just Violet but also her family and Jayce. While I did think that the whole stalker aspect was a bit rushed at the end it was a realistic progression from observation to action. It just all happened so fast. But will admit that those final moments did keep me on the edge of my seat. I liked how Violet wasn’t a passive character as I initially thought she would be based on what we saw of her in Tyler & Stella. I liked how she was strong and took control of her situation even when there were times when she probably should have asked for help. (Tretheway talks a little about why she wrote Violet as she did in this post and I think you should check it out.)

Overall, I enjoyed this installment in the series and while I think that Tyler & Stella is still my favorite Revenge Bound is a close second. If you like new adult romances that involve rock stars and heroines that find their strength then you should really check this one out.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Posted by Irish in 5 Stars, Review, Young Adult3 Comments

Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie PerkinsIsla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss,
Also in this series: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door
Published by Dutton on 14 August 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Parents, People & Places, Road Trip, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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five-stars
Also by this author: Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Summer Days and Summer Nights

Place(s) Traveled To: New York City, New York // Paris, France // Barcelona, Spain // Angouleme, France

First Line(s): It’s midnight, it’s sweltering, and I might be high on Vicodun, but that guy – that guy right over there – that’s him.

Like so many others I’ve been counting down the days until the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. We first met Isla back in 2010 in Perkins’s book, Anna and the French Kiss, and my heart went out to her character in that story. Long before we knew that the final book would be her book I was hoping that it would be as there was just something about this shy, awkward girl that resonated with me. It has been a long wait since Isla was first announced and while I was sad at the times when it was delayed I do think that she was worth the wait. There is just something so special about Isla’s story that is hard to put into words. Its just so poignoit and beautiful and I just want to live within its pages. I devoured this book the day it landed on my doorstep as I couldn’t wait to experience this world or Perkins’s writing again for the first time. But one reading wasn’t enough and before I leant it to a friend I did another slow read savoring the words and then a snapshot read reliving small moments as I recorded some of my favorite quotes.

Isla is a character that I think many can relate to. She’s smart and funny and yet also shy and insecure. She doesn’t have many friends and her relationship with her younger sister is awkward at the best of times. Isla is flawed and makes assumptions about others based on how she would approach things and so tends to judge a little too harshly at times when the people she knows aren’t as black and white as she wants them to be. And then there is Josh, this boy who seems more alone than any character I’ve met previously. All of his friends have graduated and as he built his entire SOAP experience around them the void they leave make being a thousand miles away from home all the more difficult. Like Isla he’s a shy person but he has hidden this aspect of himself as this loud, boistrous, adventourus persona that those around him forget the real person that he was back in Freshman year.

The story of Isla and Josh is heartbreaking and perfect and so very real. There are misunderstands and heartbreak but throughout their whole story is this real, genuine and lasting love story. These are characters that I think will stand the tests of time and be those high school sweethearts that are together forever. I loved the journey of Isla and Josh and my heart did that heart-achey thing that I just makes me feel all the feels. This book made me laugh and cry and when I turned then final page I just sat there and patted the back cover giving a little sigh of happiness at a well told story. One that I think fans of Stephanie Perkins will be happy with.

The thing I like best about Isla and the Happily Ever After is Isla’s growth as a character throughout the entire book. You see one version of her in Anna and the French Kiss and then over the course of the book she goes through new and different versions of herself. Who she is at the end of the story is different from who she is at the begining and yet she is still Isla through and through. Josh too goes through some great charater growth and I love him all the more for it. I also really liked how neither Isla and Josh were dating other people during the course of the book. Those were aspects of Anna and Lola and the Boy Next Door that I wasn’t thrilled with. And most of all I enjoyed the small cameos of the characters from Perkins’s other books in this one. I liked how they were true cameos and how none of them took over Isla and Josh’s story as Etienne sometimes did in Lola. I did think there was one moment that was a little corny and unneccessary but I think that it will bring joy into the hearts of fans of that story.

Isla and the Happily Ever After is a story that can be read on its own or you can read it as a companion to the other Anna and the French Kiss books. I like how singular it is and even if you don’t know who Anna, Etienne, Lola and Cricket are in their cameo scene you do get a sense of their personailties but you don’t feel as those you are missing something in that moment. Of the three books, Isla is my favorite as it just had the most depth and feeling for me and I am so happy that its out in the world but also sad because the story is over. Perkins is such a gifted story teller and you can be sure that I am eagerly awaiting her next book and will be buying it the moment that its available.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Review: Lead by Kylie Scott

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Review: Lead by Kylie ScottLead by Kylie Scott
Series: Stage Dive,
Also in this series: Lick, Play, Deep
Published by St Martin's Griffin on 29 July 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, Health & Daily Living, Love & Romance, Music & Musicians, New Adult, Social Issues
Pages: 288
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
Also by this author: Lick, Play, Deep, Dirty

Place(s) Traveled To: Coeur d’Alene, Idaho // Portland, Oregon

First Line(s): The man’s mouth kept moving but I’d long since tuned out.

When I first started reading Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series I was least looking forward to Jimmy’s book. In Lick, he was a complete and utter asshole and I seriously wanted to punch him in the face. In Play, he was less of an ass but still not a character that I cared for very much but I knew that Ben’s story was coming and to get there I needed to go through Jimmy’s. I didn’t dread reading Lead but I wasn’t chomping at the bit for it as I honestly didn’t think that it was one that I’d like. So imagine my surprise when Jimmy’s story became my favorite. Words can not tell you how many feels that I had throughout this book or how much I hated for it to end.

I LOVED beyond LOVED Lena and Jimmy. Lena is sassy and fierce and doesn’t take any crap from Jimmy. Their banter throughout the entire story is a thing of beauty. There is so much push and pull that your heart is torn in a hundred different directions. But at no time do you ever wish that these two wouldn’t get together. From the first page until the last you are sitting on the sidelines begging them to let go of all their baggage and just live their happily ever after. Lena and Jimmy are what I’d call true soul mates, neither is perfect and they each have flaws but they make each other better.

There were a few scenes in the book that were a bit random and there was that one sex scene that just seemed so cold and clinical and it didn’t seem to fit. And yet, as you read on in the story the coldness of it all makes perfect sense and when I read this book for the second time (yes, I’ve already read this one more than once) it worked so much better. The rest of the plot was near perfection as Lena and Jimmy’s story progress. There was laughter and there was the desire to shake these two stubborn characters for being so darn stupid. The story ARC was done so well and it broke my heart on more than one occassion. I liked that throughout it all Lena and Jimmy always talked to each other about what they were feeling. Their conflict doesn’t result from a misunderstanding because they refused to communicate and that was so very refreshing.

Jimmy is a complex character and I am so glad that I read his story. Lena is smart and funny and I loved her POV scenes. I liked the cameos of David, Ev, Anne and Mal. The Mal in this book is the Mal that I was longing for in Play. I also liked that we got to see more of Ben as he was another band member that I wasn’t entirely sure about his story. Ben isn’t a jerk, he seems like a genuinely nice guy but in the previous books he kind of faded into the backround. But in Lead he takes a more central role and I am curious to see if my theories for his story, Deep, come to fruition and I hate that I won’t be able to get my hands on it until January 2015!! That is seriously way too long to wait for a girl with no paitence. But I guess until then I can just re-read Lead a few more times because it truly is my favorite in the story. I just love when I book surprises you so very much and I am so glad that I read this one.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Forget Me by K.A. Harrington

Posted by Irish in 4.5 Stars, Review, Young Adult1 Comment

Review: Forget Me by K.A. HarringtonForget Me by K.A. Harrington, Kim Harrington
Published by Putnam Juvenile on 07 August 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Espionage, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Suspense, Thrillers, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: River’s End, Massachusetts // Littleton, Massacussetts

First Line(s): He lied to me.

Forget Me by K.A. Harrington is a contemporary mystery set in a small New England town. Its a book that is made for conspiracy therorists and mystery lovers alike. The story is told through the eyes of Morgan who witnessed the hit & run accident that killed her boyfriend Flynn a few months before Forget Me begins. Looking for some sort of closure she goes to post the one and only photo she has of him online and learns that he might not be dead after all. This leads her and her BFF Toni to start investigating this Evan Murphy to see if he is really Flynn. Now while Morgan and Toni are no Veronica Mars they don’t do a too terrible job at sorting through the facts. Though there are times when they are a bit more like Laverne and Shirly and so even as the tension rises there are still moments of humor.

Forget Me is a book of abandoned places and creepy clowns, its filled with lies and misdirection, there is mystery and drama and everything else in between. There is a romantic storyline but its not the dominate feature of the story. There are excellent secondary characters in Toni and Reece and I just loved all the scenes they were in. I loved Morgan for her doubts and for those things she knew to be true. I loved her relationship with her parents and how real it was. I especially loved the banter between Morgan and Toni and how they complimented each other as friends. I also adored Evan and there were some moments in this story that made my heart ache in that way that I love.

The mystery is fast paced and there are some red herrings thrown in along the way but its not so super complicated that those well versed in mysteries can’t figure things out before the big reveal. But neither is the story so obvious that it can be figured out on page 2. Forget Me is a fun mystery with some edge of your seat moments and I am going to miss this world that Harrington has created. I liked this town and I liked these characters and I kind of wish this was the start of a series just so that I could see more of them all. Though at the same time everything ends in a good place so I am totally satisfied and I turned the final page with a happy sigh that only comes when finishing a good book. All in all I think that this is my favorite Harrington book to date and its one that I am sure will be re-read at some point in my future. If you are a lover of a well-told story then you should totally pick this one up!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult2 Comments

Review: Far From You by Tess SharpeFar From You by Tess Sharpe
Published by Disney-Hyperion on 08 April 2014
Genres: Contemporary (No Romance Focus), Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Girls & Women, GLBT, Health & Daily Living, Illnesses & Injuries, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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four-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Harper’s Bluff, California

First Line(s): It doesn’t start here.

 

When I first heard about Far From You by Tess Sharpe I wasn’t sure if it was a book that I would like. I wasn’t sure I wanted to read a story about addicition and recovery so I didn’t think much of until. That is until one night in NYC where I was getting tipsy with Andi from AndiABC’s that she talked it up so much and was such and book bully for it that I decided to give it a go. (Also, how nerdy are we to be talking about books in a bar?!? But that’s just how we roll.) So I made a library request for it right there and then and fates had it waiting for me not long after I got home. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Far From You by from the opening lines until the end this book had me hooked.

I loved Sophie’s voice and how Sharpe crafted her story with bits of the past woven into the present day narrative. I loved following the clues of how Sophie ended up where she did and wondered what really happened to Mia that night. While I did figure out the mystery fairly early on, the knowing didn’t detract from my enjoyment on how this book was written. I found myself whizzing through the pages and loving how Sophie changed and grew as a character despite all the gossip about her. I liked how she stood up for herself and stood her ground even though no one believed her story. I liked how she fought to uncover the truth about her friend and most of all I liked how this one barely had a romantic story line to it.

All to often in books these days the story is bogged down because the main character gets distracted by a boy. She almost forgets herself to angst over her love and everything else takes a back seat. In Far From You, Sophie could lose herself into a romance but she doesn’t. She admits she has feelings but she doesn’t act on them in memory of her friend. Her focus is on Mia and even though Mia is dead Far From You is very much a friendship story. We get to know Mia thorugh flashbacks and your heart aches that her life was ended before it ever really began.

Its hard to belive that Far From You is a debut novel and I am so glad that Andi pushed me to read it. I loved Sharpe’s writing and am looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next. I would love to see more stories set in this town but I also love how this was a standalone novel. Its a great story and one that I don’t think that you’ll regret reading. Its not perfect but its well told and I love it because its slightly flawed. If you’ve been hesitating about Far From You then stop because you don’t know what you are missing.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Tour Review: Until We Fly by Courtney Cole

Posted by Irish in 3 Stars, Blog Tour, Contest, New Adult, Review0 Comments

Blog Tour Review: Until We Fly by Courtney Cole

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Blog Tour Review: Until We Fly by Courtney ColeUntil We Fly by Courtney Cole
Series: Beautifully Broken,
Also in this series: If You Leave, Until We Burn, Before We Fall
Published by Lakehouse Press on 07 July 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, New Adult, Social Issues
Pages: 227
Format: eARC
Source: Inkslinger PR
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three-stars
Also by this author: If You Leave, Until We Burn

Place(s) Traveled To: Angel Bay, Illinois

First Line(s): I’m dreaming of bullets and blood. Like always.

Until We Fly by Courtney Cole is the latest book in her Beautifully Broken series and involves Brand, BFF to Gabe and Jacey’s punching bag, and Nora who has always admired him from afar. When Brand is called back to his hometown after his father’s death the two become reacquainted when he rescues Nora from a terrible accident during which he’s hurt. She then defies her controlling father in order to look after him during his recovery. Now I’ve read some horribly parents in books but Nora’s really take the cake, not so much her mother who just lets her husband walk all over her, but her father. Her father is a vile human being and creepily controlling of every move his children make. That Nora is strong enough to defy his dictates in taking care of Brand is nothing short of a miracle. Though I do admire that she does she does break very easily where he is concerned. Especially when uber-creepy William is also involved. Man just thinking of him makes me physically shiver!

In some ways, Until We Fly is Cole’s darkest novel to date and while the two main characters aren’t as damaged as previous books Cole enters a whole new territory of WTF-ery in this book. When certain things were revealed I may have gasped and done a double take at where Cole took the story and was then a little disappointed when she pulled back from it. When Cole did was a complete sucker punch to the gut and then she then neatened it up and made it a little less than what it was and placed a bow on top of it. Yes, it was still traumatic for the character based on what was thought to be true at the time but for me I almost wish that Cole had left things as initially written because its something that some people have to deal with as horrific as it is to think about.

Other than that moment though I did mostly enjoy Until We Fly there are standard romance story tropes that are tossed in with no new spin to it so they felt a little stale. But overall, I thought that Brand and Nora had some real chemistry and I liked them together. I think that Nora benefited from Brand’s strength and Brand benefited from her love. Brand had a horrible childhood and where he could have let it affect him more than he did and acted more like a Pax or a Dominic (ie been a total asshole) he didn’t. Brand was a good man and Nora was a good woman and together they made each other better. They both had issues from the past to deal with but they did’t let their past control their present.

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UNTIL WE FLY Synopsis:

Ex-Army Ranger, Brand Killien, has always been good. A good friend, a good soldier, a good everything. The problem is, good hasn’t gotten him anything but a crushed heart. So after licking his wounds, he decides to move on.  And moving on doesn’t include being good anymore.Bad sounds so much better. Jaded and detached, Brand is determined to never open himself up to anyone again.  It’s not worth the pain.  Instead, he becomes closed, hardened, aloof.But then he’s called back home for a family emergency… a family that he is estranged from.  A family that he put out of his mind a long time ago for very good reasons…reasons that involve secrets and pain.  Reasons he tried hard to forget. But home is where the heart is, and it just might be where Brand finds his again. Why?  Because home is where Nora Greene is. A fiery, red-headed spitfire, Nora is a thing from his past.  A beautiful, feisty thing.  When Brand left, she was away at boarding school. But she’s back now. And she wants Brand, scars and all.

UNTIL WE FLY on Goodreads

And don’t miss the other Beautifully Broken, now available:
IF YOU STAY
IF YOU LEAVE
BEFORE WE FALL

Praise for the Beautifully Broken Series:

“I loved If You Stay. Like, really really loved it. The kind of love that kept me reading until 2:40 am and left me crying, smiling, devastated, and elated. The best kind of book love.” – Andrea, The Bookish Babe

“Beautiful, raw, gritty, emotional and breath-taking are just a few of the words I can find to describe this book…reading this book was one of the best experiences I have had.” –Amanda, Globug and Hootie Need a Book

“In If You Leave, we continue the wild ride Courtney Cole started us on in If You Stay. This raw story of heartbreak and hope solidifies Cole’s standing as a rising star in hot contemporary romance.” — New York Times Bestselling author of Down to You, M. Leighton

“Another raw, gritty masterpiece with a sexy-as-hell Army Ranger to swoon over.” — K.A. Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths

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ABOUT COURTNEY COLE:

Courtney Cole is a novelist who would eat mythology for breakfast if she could. She has a degree in Business, but has since discovered that corporate America is not nearly as fun to live in as fictional worlds. She loves chocolate and roller coasters and hates waiting and rude people.

Courtney lives in quiet suburbia, close to Lake Michigan, with her real-life Prince Charming, her ornery kids (there is a small chance that they get their orneriness from their mother) and a small domestic zoo.

Links:

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Blog Tour Schedule:

July 8

Live Read and Breathe-Review Only
Smut Book Club-Playlist and Review
Love Between the Sheets-Review Only
Tome Tender-Review Only
Wolfel’s World of Books-Review Only

July 9

The Geekery Book Review-Facebook Chat
Ramblings From This Chick-Review Only
Reviews from Tammy & Kim-Review Only
Krista’s Dust Jacket-Review Only
The Book Hookup-Review Only
Novel Seduction-Review Only
Anna’s Book Blog-Review Only

July 10

Three Chicks and Their Books-Excerpt and Review
Lovin Los Libros-Review Only
Carver’s Book Cravings-Review Only
Reading in Black & White-Author Interview & Review
2 Bookaholics-Review Only
A Life Bound by Books-Review Only

July 11

Readers Live A 1000 Lives-Review Only
Red Hot + Blue-Excerpt & Review
Book Addict Mumma-Book Trailer And Review
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Monday, July 14, 2014

Review: Before We Fall by Courtney Cole

Posted by Irish in 2 Stars, New Adult, Review0 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Before We Fall by Courtney ColeBefore We Fall by Courntey Cole
Series: Beautifully Broken,
Also in this series: If You Leave, Until We Burn, Until We Fly
Published by Forever on 03 December 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Erotica, Love & Romance, Movie Stars, New Adult, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues
Pages: 336
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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two-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Chicago, Illinois // Los Angeles, California

First Line(s): The slap can be heard all the way down the beach.

After reading the novella, Until We Burn, I wasn’t sure that I would like Before We Fall by Courtney Cole as I really didn’t like the “hero” Dominic Kincade. But I am a sucker for reading a series in order and since I wanted to read Until We Fly I had to get through this one first. Before We Fall opens up with a completely pointless prologue and then continues into one of the most eye-rolly stories I’ve read in awhile. First their is the personality change in Jacey who is now insisting that Brand is, and always has been, like a brother to her which contradicts some of her behavior in If You Leave. If anything Brand was the one with sibling-like thoughts but here he’s a love sick puppy that Jacey uses for validation. Then there is Dominic who is even more of a douche in this book than he was in Until We Burn although at least this one is more cohesive in its writing.

Dominic was an ass but he made no secret of it. Jacey on the other hand would act like a girl proud of her sexuality but then blush like a virgin at the littlest hint of a sexual comment or if anyone looked at her. She’d change in her room, with the door open, and then get mad and self-rightous when Dominic watched. If you don’t want someone to watch you change….CLOSE THE DAMN DOOR! Jacey finacial struggles also seemed a bit off since her brother and seemingly everyone else around her was well off but then if she didn’t struggle with money should wouldn’t need Brand to rescue her at every turn. Oh how I wanted to slap her silly with how she knowingly used that man’s feelings for her to get what she wanted. She was manipulative and selfish and just a whole different character from how see seemed to ne in If You Leave.

The plot was also a bit ridiculous and the cryptic mytery of Dominic’s past almost made my eyes roll out of their sockets. The fact that he was so traumatised by it at 18 that he turned crazy sexual deviant? Um….really?!? I’m not buying it. Not to mention that this story was filled with the same coversations, over and over and over again. I’m pretty sure the story could have been half the length that it was if those repetitive moments. If this one wasn’t on my ereader you can be sure that it would have been sent across the room on more than one occassion. And yet, I did keep reading it. I am not sure why I was able to read this disaster of a book until the end but once I got to that epilogue I really wish I hadn’t. Because really?!?! Are you freaking killing me with putting in this paranormal-eske bullshit into a contemporary series where none existed before?!? I…just…can’t.

For me, Until We Fall, was a train wreck of a book and one that I wish I had skipped. The Beautifully Broken series is written in such a way that they can be read independantly of each other and I really regret wasting my time on this one. If you like your sanity, and your book tastes are similar to mine then you might want to avoid this one.

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People who liked this book better than me

Vilma’s Book Blog: “The story culminates in an emotionally charged series of events as truths are revealed and life-changing choices must be made. I really felt the emotions the story evoked, and especially for Dominic, I really wanted him to find his path to healing.”

Schmexy Girl Book Blog: “Honestly, this book is such an emotional read. There are tears, lots of them. And aching hearts, and tightness in the chest. You feel all of that. These characters are so well written. You instantly feel their connection, their bond, their emotions, their pain, their suffering. And just when you thought the tears are done and they couldn’t get more damaged, there are more tears.”

Prisoner’s of Print: “The powerful emotions that run off each page had my heart and head all twisted up and kept me completely invested in Jacey and Dominic’s story. I couldn’t put this book down.”

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Her Dark Places by Kelly Killarney

Posted by Irish in 3.5 Stars, New Adult, Review1 Comment

Review: Her Dark Places by Kelly KillarneyHer Dark Places by Kelly Killarney
Series: The Sutton Files,
Published by Self-Published on 03 June 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Emotions & Feelings, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Mystery & Detective, New Adult, Social Issues, Survival Stories, Thrillers
Pages: 175
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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three-half-stars

Place(s) Traveled To: Unnamed, New Hampshire

First Line(s): I always knew it was Saturday morning when the elevator smelled like puke, piss, and sex.

Her Dark Places by Kelly Killarney is a new adult thriller set on a college campus. Its a books of secrets and snarky moments and one that I enjoyed. It focuses on Jasmine “Jazz” and how she attended Sutton University with a purpose and getting an education there is only a small part of that. Because Jazz is smart and she could have gone to any other school, in fact, her plan was to attend college with her boyrfriend Graham. But things happened and plans changed and now Jazz is looking for answers. She doesn’t want to make friends but she finds it impossible to keep her roommate Audrey at arms length. Especially when Audrey acquires a stalker so Jazz makes it her mission to figure out who is tormenting Audrey.

Along the way Jazz meets two very opposite guys, Brennan and Sean. Brennan is the all-American good boy that every girl says she wants all while falling for the Seans of the world. Sean is an aloof, loner that has bad boy written all over him. He is also the Veronica Mars of Sutton University in that he’s an amatuer private investigator and for reasons known only to himself he decides to help Jazz and Audrey. So there is the love tirangle, or rather the love square since Jazz is attacted to both Sean and Brennan but she also has a boyfriend. But rest assured, dear readers, while there is attraction there is no cheating involved. Things go as they so often do when teens leave high school for college, they change and grow appart and find it hard to maintain a long distance love. Its not impossible to stay together but its rare when it does. So SPOILER Jazz and Graham eventually break up and she is free to focus on the two very different boys in her life. And even though Her Dark Places is the start of a series she does make a definate choice at the end.

Yay for choices!!

I really hate when a girl waffles between two guys for the length of a series especially when its usually pretty obvious who she is going to end up with. So while this one does have a bit of a love triangle it does have an ending.

Overall I did enjoy Her Dark Places but I felt that the ending was a little rushed and that it glossed over some things that shouldn’t have been. I do feel that the series shows promise as I enjoyed the main characters and do plan on checking out the next book once it becomes available. I liked how the main mystery was resolved in this book that but that there are threads still open for another one, mainly that secret that Jazz has, which you do find out during the course of reading Her Dark Places. In a way Her Dark Places is a bit like season 1 of Veronica Mars where you have the mystery of the week and then the overall mystery of who killed Lily Kane. Jazz is no Veronica but I liked her and I liked her friends and I hope to see more of them all as the series continues. 

If you are looking for a New Adult book that is a bit different from your angsty, broken character storites that currently flood the market then I suggest giving Her Dark Places a try. The writing and pacing of the story are solid and while I did figure out the mystery I think there is enough there to keep those who aren’t avid mystery readers guessing.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Posted by Irish in 4 Stars, Review, Young Adult4 Comments

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie PerkinsLola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Series: Anna and the French Kiss, Book 2
Also in this series: Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After
Published by Dutton on 29 September 2011
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, GLBT, Love & Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 338
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars
Also by this author: Anna and the French Kiss, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Summer Days and Summer Nights

Place(s) Traveled to: San Francisco, California

First Line: I have three simple wishes.

From the moment that I finished Anna and the French Kiss I’ve been looking forward to reading the companion book Lola and the Boy Next Door.  The moment I received the book from a friend I started to read it and got lost in the new world that Stephanie Perkins created. I fell in love with Cricket….the uber sweet boy next door. Lola on the other hand as a bit of a hit or miss character for me. I wanted so much to love her as much as I did Anna but that never happened. I did love her quirkiness and sense of style. I loved her confidence in herself and how she didn’t care what others thought of her outfits. I also loved her dads. I loved how they were a very active part of her life.

I didn’t love how Lola seemed to use the people around her, especially Cricket. And I didn’t like how her story as a bit of  Anna and the French Kiss in reverse. I loved the cameos of Anna and Etienne in the book but I feel that Etienne was in the story a bit too much. I think I would have liked things more if it was Anna who had the bigger role rather than Etienne. Though I still enjoyed Anna and Etienne’s relationship. Even though at times Etienne seemed to be around Anna a bit too much. Though that is more of my need for some personal space rather than any sort of unrealistic aspect of two teens in love.

In the end while I liked this book I didn’t love it as much as I did with Anna there was just something missing in this story for me and I didn’t lose myself in it completely. It might have been that I was setting the bar a bit too high for this sophomore novel by Perkins, Anna is a tough book to compete against…even when the book is written by the same author. I still loved Perkin’s writing style and I really look forward to reading Isla and the Happily Ever After. I really hope to see more cameos of characters from her previous books make an appearance in that one. After reading Lola I have a strong suspicion on HOW that might happen but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s what actually happens.

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