Full Package Release Day Review

January 9, 2017 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

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FULL PACKAGE by Lauren Blakely is Here!

A sexy and funny friends-to-lovers standalone romantic comedy, FULL PACKAGE is about a sexy, witty man as he falls head over heels for a woman, who just happens to be his roommate. It takes everything you love about a Lauren Blakely novel –witty dialogue, smoking hot sex scenes, and heartfelt moments –and puts them into one fantastic book! Told in the guy’s POV, with a creative look into Josie’s POV as well, FULL PACKAGE is the laugh-out-loud and insanely hot story of what happens when a sexy ER doc falls madly in love with his gorgeous roommate…and they’re forced to deal with all that simmering desire in a mere six hundred square feet of living space.

“Lauren Blakely has mastered the recipe for delightful and delicious. It’s called Full Package. I can’t find words to tell you how much I enjoyed this friends to lovers romance with enough sweet to melt in your mouth and enough spice to melt your panties.”

~ iScream Books

 

 

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“Lauren Blakely nailed it AGAIN. This man man is perfection! HOT, SWEET, FUNNY, SMART.”

~ Queen of Hearts

 

 

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✮✮✮FULL PACKAGE is here!✮✮✮

From the New York Times Bestselling author of MISTER O and BIG ROCK, comes a hot & hilarious new standalone romantic comedy…

I’ve been told I have quite a gift.

Hey, I don’t just mean in my pants. I’ve got a big brain too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing….

Until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard…place.

Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy’s smoking hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.

I can resist Josie. I’m disciplined, I’m focused, and I keep my hands to myself, even in the mere five-hundred square feet we share. Until the one night she insists on sliding under the covers with me. It’ll help her sleep after what happened that day, she says.

Spoiler-neither one of us sleeps.

Did I mention she’s also one of my best friends? That she’s brilliant, beautiful and a total firecracker? Guess that makes her the full package too.

What’s a man stuck in a hard place to do?

 

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 Excerpt:

I point to the curved wooden stand with a hook at the top. “This. Explain this.”

Josie sets her hands on her hips. “It’s a banana holder.”

I give her a stern look. “I can read. I don’t need to know what. I need to know why.” I poke the object on the shelf at Bed Bath & Beyond, otherwise known as the Nexus of Unnecessary Things. Pretty sure there’s some kind of vortex or force field right smack dab in the middle of this store attracting all the weird, bizarre, and odd home goods. “Why can’t they sit on the kitchen counter? Or, how about in a bowl?”

“Maybe the bananas just like to dangle?” she suggests. “Hang free and all?”

Smacking my forehead, I go along with it. “Aha. That makes perfect sense.”

“I’m here to help.” She tugs on my shirtsleeve. “But can we please get to the sheet aisle? You can’t sleep on a naked mattress.”

“That may be true, but I could definitely sleep naked on a mattress,” I offer, and she laughs as we navigate through another sardine-packed aisle in the mammoth store.

It’s one in the afternoon, and I just moved in this morning. That took all of two hours. Spending my twenties in med school and as a resident gave me very little time for the acquisition of things, so most of my possessions fit in a duffel bag. I have very little. Not even sheets for a queen-size bed. Ergo, I’m spending Saturday at Bed Bath & Beyond, which is a bit like wandering through a Buzzfeed post titled “Ten Things I’ll Never Use.”

More like five hundred. Wait. Make that five hundred and one, because I just spotted the new number one item on the list.

“That,” I say as I make a beeline for a shelf of crème brûlée torches. Grabbing a silvery one, I hold it up. “Please say we can have a housewarming party, and you’ll make crème brûlée, and I can stride all proud and awesome into the kitchen,” I say, puffing out my chest and deepening my voice. “And I can light it with a torch, and we’ll all ooh and ahh at the manly fire I made when I lit up a dessert.”

She arches an eyebrow. “A manly fire?”

I nod vigorously. “And then you’ll let the guests take turns punching me in the face for being a total douche for owning a crème brûlée torch.”

She narrows her eyes. “You actually want people to punch you?”

I’m deadly serious as I answer her. “If I ever own a crème brûlée torch, you have carte blanche to punch me, Josie. You really should.” I drop the torch on the shelf and take her hand, clasping it tightly in mine. “Promise me. From this day forward. Promise you’ll punch me if I ever own a crème brûlée torch, a rotating tie rack, or more than one kind of cheese grater. This is part of our roommate pact.”

She grips my hand tighter, her green eyes glowing with stark seriousness. “I solemnly swear to pummel you under all the aforementioned circumstances. As proof of our friendship and roommate solidarity.”

“You’re a saint,” I say, then wrap a hand around her head and tug her close for a quick kiss on her forehead.

And hello, sweet, sexy scent of Josie. What is this delicious smell? Is it . . . oh fuck me.Cherries. My God, she smells like cherries. Like the perfect summer fruit. Like the naughtiest fruit. And I’ve got to wonder if that cherry scent is her face lotion, her shampoo, or her body wash?

Body wash.

My mind is adrift, and the word association begins. Because what goes with body wash but nudity?

Naked woman in the shower. Washing. Lathering. Soaping.

Ah, hell.

Snap the fuck out it, Summers.

 

My Thoughts:

In every review of each Lauren Blakely book, I brag about how amazing it is. I have yet to read a book from her that I didn’t adore. I especially love it when she writes from the male POV. I think she does such a great job at getting inside these guys minds and truly showing how they feel about these girls. She’s an incredible author and I can’t brag enough about her. Full Package was yet another funny and charming romance that I loved from the first page. This one also contains one of my all time favorite tropes which is friends to lovers. Josie and Chase were such an amazing couple with so much chemistry from the start and I loved their story. While this isn’t my all time favorite book in this series, I still enjoyed so much about it anyway. This was a wonderful read and I’m happy that I picked it up!

So Chase was the narrator of this book and I thought he was a great character. I fell in love with him in Well Hung basically. He’s definitely a smart guy. One of the unique things about all of these guys are that they all come from different interesting professions. Chase just so happens to be a doctor who works in the emergency room. Though he had somewhat of a manwhore history, he was 100% dedicated to Josie throughout the book. At times, he did become a bit cheesy. For the most part though, he was incredibly swoony and I adored him for some of the things that he said and did for Josie.

Josie was a beautiful and strong love interest for Chase. We’ve known Josie a little longer than Chase since she’s both Nick and Wyatt’s little sister and I’ve always wondered if she’d finally get her own story. Honestly, I didn’t love her as much as some of the other girls. I still think she was a strong and independent woman. She was also fierce and extremely loyal to her friends. That being said, I just didn’t feel as connected to her as some of Lauren’s other characters, but that’s just me. Josie works at a bakery and we did get some insight into what she was thinking through some of her personal recipes that were shared throughout the novel.

As a couple, they were amazing together. As mentioned, the relationship follows one of my favorite tropes: friends to lovers. I thought the author did an excellent job at developing this relationship. It’s clear at the start of the story that the two are ridiculously close to one another. I loved the intense but lovely friendship between them. They had a strong connection and a lot of hilarious and witty banter going on. The dynamics between them obviously began changing when they first began living together. Like I said, even as friends, they had so much obvious chemistry and it was awesome to read. Once they start having sex, those scenes are electric too. The sex is steamy as hell, that’s for sure. All in all, they make a fabulous couple.

As a whole, I’m happy that I read this one. As mentioned, it probably wasn’t an all time favorite but it was still just as great as I hoped it would be. Josie and Chase were both memorable supporting characters in some of these previous books, and I’m glad that they ended up together. They made one hell of a couple. This was an interesting and fun read for me. I recommend this if you’re a fan of this author. Even if you’ve never read anything by her, you still will likely enjoy it if you’re a fan of romantic comedies filled with fascinating and complex characters. You should totally check it out!

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“Fresh, fun, flirty, and fabulous.”

~ Karen at Bookalicious Babes Blog

 

 

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Add it to Goodreads here!

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And don’t miss Lauren Blakely’s other standalone Romantic Comedies!

BIG ROCK
MISTER O
WELL HUNG

 

 

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✮✮✮ Enter to win this amazing FULL PACKAGE GIVEAWAY!✮✮✮

Josie and Chase put together some of their favorite things just for you to celebrate the release of FULL PACKAGE!

The FULL PACKAGE is filled with:

$50 Gift Card to Lush: Fresh Handmade Cosmetics for fruity scented bath products that Chase loves so much.

$50 Gift Card to Sugarfina: A Luxury Candy Boutique where you can sample some of Josie’s favorite gourmet candy.

A lovely Coach Wristlet containing a $50 Amazon Gift Card for you to spend on whatever your heart desires.

And last but not least, my entire Audiobook Collection minus Full Package on Audible. It is aurally delicious!

 

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author-pic-lauren-blakelyAbout Lauren Blakely:

Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US over three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1.5 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With thirteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love, and Fighting Fire as well as standalone hit romances like BIG ROCK, MISTER O, WELL HUNG, and THE SEXY ONE which were all instant New York Times Bestsellers. In January she’ll release FULL PACKAGE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter.

 

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Salt to the Sea Review

January 4, 2017 Reviews, Young Adult 1 ★★★★

Salt to the Sea ReviewSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Published by Philomel Books on February 2nd 2016
Pages: 393
Source: Library
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Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.
Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope.

So this book has received nothing but rave reviews since it was released back in February. I’ll admit that I had some serious reservations about it since I’m not a huge fan of historical fiction books at all. Anyway, I knew that I had to give this one a chance since so many people have absolutely loved it. I’m happy to say that I found this to be a beautiful, touching, and heartbreaking book that continually moved me throughout the story. This wasn’t an easy read due to the heaviness of the topic, but Sepetys’s quick pace kept the book moving at all times. If you haven’t read this one yet, I highly recommend that you do. This is one that will stay with you long after finishing it.

This book faces on an epic tragedy that so many people know absolutely nothing about. Wilheim Gustoff was the biggest tragedy in maritime history, yes, it was even greater than the Titanic. It takes place towards the end of World War II. The ship belonged to the Germans and was bombed by a Soviet Union submarine when they were trying to evacuate all German citizens. The ship was extremely overcapacity at that point. In the end, there were over 9,000 people who died, about 5,000 of them being children. This is just a little bit of background on the story since it’s definitely not in most history books.

Salt to the Sea doesn’t just have one main character, it has four of them. I’d say we might get more chapters for a few of the characters over some of the others, but they are still all vital voices in the story nonetheless. Our four teenagers are Joana, Florian, Emilia, and Alfred. Joana is a nurse who is doing everything she can to be reunited with her family. Florian is a mysterious boy who is filled with secrets about where he comes from. Emilia is a young Polish girl who left her homeland for safety and is still searching for that. Alfred is a young German sailor who is very blind to anything but “orders” from his “master” aka Hitler. Though the chapters are extremely short, I still felt like the voices were all strong and well developed. We never overstayed our welcome with these characters, we learned just enough information to become so invested in their fates and lives before suddenly the tragedy strikes and things will never be the same for them after that.

I don’t really want to spoil it, but I will say that there is some romance in the story. This is a tragedy so obviously that’s the main focus here, but it’s also nice to have a little bit of a bright spot in the midst of all the darkness surrounding the story. I will say that Florian is seriously such a swoony boy and I loved his character so much. Yes, he had his secrets, but he was also so kind and awesome. I really sympathized with a lot of his story. I will admit that Alfred is a boy who disgusted more and more as the book went on. Honestly though, that should be expected considering he’s a German boy right in the middle of when Hitler rose to power. Though you don’t like him, you also have to admit that he was well written and complicated.

All in all, this was a beautiful book that I truly enjoyed reading. I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first, but I’m glad that I took a chance on it anyway. Salt to the Sea is filled with such memorable and touching characters with a heartbreaking and painful true story as well. Full warning, though you know what’s coming, be prepared to cry regardless. I try my best to stay clear of REALLY depressing books, but this one was worth the read for me. Even if you don’t like historical fiction, I suggest you read Salt to the Sea.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For

January 3, 2017 Features 6

Wow, so I haven’t done one of these Top Ten Tuesday posts in forever! I’m happy to do the first list of 2017. So yeah, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, the lists revolve around a different theme. This week, the theme is about 2017 debuts that we are most looking forward to. There’s so many great books coming out this year so I’m excited to talk about some of them! Without further ado, here are my picks.

1. After the Fall

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This book seems to touch on very timely and important subjects, so I really really want to read it. Based on the description, it seems as if After the Fall confronts issues of rape culture and dealing with rumors in high school and also some other tough subjects. There can never be enough books about these subjects in my opinion. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

2. How to Break a Boy

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If I’m being honest, I don’t totally know what this book is about. I’ve just seen the cover and thought it looked interesting enough. I’ve seen at least one review already that wasn’t so good and another that was extremely positive. I’m not entirely sure if I’ll absolutely love this one, but I’m looking forward to it nonetheless!

3. Kissing Max Holden

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I read parts of this on Swoon Reads awhile back, but I’m still looking forward to reading the complete version. This book looks really romantic, fun, and adorable so I can’t wait to read it!

4. The Other F-Word

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This book seems to be a hilarious and unique YA book that I can’t wait to read. It’s about two teens who were conceived via in vitro fertilization and they go in search of their biological parents. This is a subject that I’ve honestly never seen tackled before so I think that’s really awesome and timely.

5. The Sky Between You and Me

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This is one that I have on my Kindle but simply haven’t gotten around to reading yet. It’s about a competitive horse-racing girl who also deals with having an eating disorder. I think the subject looks interesting and important. I’ll hopefully get around to reading it soon enough!

6. The Hate U Give

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So this book probably has the most hype out of all the debuts out there. Though it’s not even published yet, it already has a movie deal with an awesome actress set to play the main character. Unfortunately, the author has also gotten some attention because she was the focus of some awful Twitter trolls. Regardless of anything surrounding the book, the book itself also looks amazing! This was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, because it deals with the issue of police brutality among other important and timely issues. I can’t wait for this one!

7. Girl Out of Water

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Speaking of trolls, this author also had to deal with an unfair amount on Twitter and Goodreads. I hate that the author had to go through that experience like Angie Thomas did. But anyway, Girl out of Water looks like an amazing read and I can’t wait for it to come out!

8. A List of Cages

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A List of Cages tackles the issue of foster care, which I think is something not talked about nearly enough. The homes and backgrounds that we come from very much set the stage for how we behave, for both better or for worse. This looks like a beautiful and emotional story. It will definitely be a tough one to read, but an important one nonetheless.

9. It’s Not Like It’s a Secret

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This is also a totally diverse book. It’s also one of the only LGBTQ books that I have on this list, which is really shameful on my part. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

10. When Dimple Met Rishi

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I think the whole arranged marriage thing sounds really interesting and actually hilarious in this description. A lot of the other books on this list deal with very serious and emotional issues, so it’s nice that this one seems to be funny and a lot more on the light side of things. Not to mention the fact that it also seems super diverse, which is always nice to see!

So there you go, those are ten debuts that I’m most looking forward to this year! I’m really happy to be back doing these lists because they are just so much fun to make. I also love looking at everyone else’s lists as well. I hope you enjoyed reading my picks. Be sure to share the link to yours as well! Thank you guys, and I hope you have a great rest of the week.

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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo and Scrappy Little Nobody Reviews

January 2, 2017 Reviews 0 ★★★

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo and Scrappy Little Nobody ReviewsThe Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Published by Gallery Books on August 16th 2016
Pages: 323
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The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.
In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.
Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends - an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she's experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor's secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably - but only because it's over.

So I normally read very little nonfiction books. However, I actually ended up reading three of them in December. I picked each of those books up because the women who wrote them are so hilarious and memorable. I already reviewed Lauren Graham’s book last week, so I decided to combine the other two books in just one review. Amy Schumer and Anna Kendrick are two celebrities that I adore and I’m so happy that they both wrote books. It was awesome getting inside of their creative and hilarious minds. I don’t have a lot of thoughts on them that don’t get repetitive, but I’m still really happy that I read these books.

A lot of comedians are infamous for having no filter, and Amy Schumer is no exception to this at all. She basically tells all about a variety of different topics. I like that Schumer isn’t afraid to share even the most embarrassing of situations from her personal life. She puts absolutely everything out there in her typical hilarious fashion. It was also fascinating getting to see where she came from and some of the stories about her struggle to become famous. There’s also a ton of things that I learned about her that I never would have known otherwise. For example, did you guys know that Amy is actually an introvert? I would never expect that since she’s so outgoing and loud when she’s onstage. But she reveals that offstage, she needs to recharge and be away from people quite frequently.

Though Amy is obviously really hysterical, I was also surprised by how serious the book became at certain points in the story. She reveals a lot about some of her painful relationships and experiences. This couldn’t have been easy for Schumer to reveal, so I really applaud her for her complete and utter honest. It’s true that not all of this was exactly upbeat and funny, but it was all realistic and a lot of these experiences are what other women have gone through as well. My only complaint with the book is that it did drag on a bit. I caught myself continually checking how many pages I had left, which is never a good sign for me. I think a few of these essays could have honestly been cut out or at least shortened. She also got a little repetitive at times and some of the jokes didn’t completely hit for me. I’m happy that she wrote a book, but it simply wasn’t my favorite in the end.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo and Scrappy Little Nobody ReviewsScrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Published by Touchstone on November 15th 2016
Pages: 271
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three-stars
A collection of humorous autobiographical essays by the Academy Award-nominated actress and star of Up in the Air and Pitch Perfect.
Even before she made a name for herself on the silver screen starring in films like Pitch Perfect, Up in the Air, Twilight, and Into the Woods, Anna Kendrick was unusually small, weird, and “10 percent defiant.”
At the ripe age of thirteen, she had already resolved to “keep the crazy inside my head where it belonged. Forever. But here’s the thing about crazy: It. Wants. Out.” In Scrappy Little Nobody, she invites readers inside her brain, sharing extraordinary and charmingly ordinary stories with candor and winningly wry observations.
With her razor-sharp wit, Anna recounts the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture as only she can—from her unusual path to the performing arts (Vanilla Ice and baggy neon pants may have played a role) to her double life as a middle-school student who also starred on Broadway to her initial “dating experiments” (including only liking boys who didn’t like her back) to reviewing a binder full of butt doubles to her struggle to live like an adult woman instead of a perpetual “man-child.”
Enter Anna’s world and follow her rise from “scrappy little nobody” to somebody who dazzles on the stage, the screen, and now the page—with an electric, singular voice, at once familiar and surprising, sharp and sweet, funny and serious (well, not that serious).

Scrappy Little Nobody was a fun read for me. Anna Kendrick is one of my favorite actresses. She’s just so funny and most of all, she seems genuinely down to earth. I was beyond ecstatic to read what this funny and insanely talented actress had to say. In the end, it ended up to be even more hilarious and relatable than I was expecting it to be. Like Schumer, Kendrick doesn’t really have much of a filter, and that’s one of the many reasons why people love her. She says exactly what she’s thinking, and doesn’t care what people have to say about that. She tells so many real and fun stories that were so enjoyable to read. Also like Amy, I was happy to see where Anna came from and how she became the successful actress that she is today. This was a quick read for me and I’m glad that I picked it up!

Anna told a ton of realistic and honest stories about her life. One of the most powerful and memorable essays was about how she lost her virginity. She ended up having this semi-serious boyfriend when she was 20 and was excited to lose her virginity to him. Afterwards, she discovered that she truly ended having sex and did it as regularly as possible with him. In the end though, he ended up slut shaming her in honestly the worst fashion. Anna wasn’t as bitter and hateful towards him as she probably should have been. Though she didn’t end up dating him for much longer, she ended up still able to wish him nothing but happiness in the end, which was really big of her. Anyway, there were quite a few essays where Anna was just blunt about so many things in her life and I loved that. I felt like the book became boring and tedious at times. Yes, it was exciting to get a glimpse of her life, but I felt like the whole section dedicated to fashion was tedious and not totally needed. I liked this book, but it wasn’t my favorite memoir either.

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2016 End of Year Book Survey

January 1, 2017 Features 1

Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been slacking on posts majorly here recently, but I decided that I wanted to participate in the end of the year book survey just to reflect on the progress that I’ve made this year. Thanks to Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner for making this wonderful survey for the 7th year in a row!

 

Number Of Books You Read: 238
Number of Re-Reads: 0
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary/Romance

 

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1. Best Book You Read In 2016?

Favorite YA contemporary romance books released this year:

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes, Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry, Wanderlost by Jen Malone, and P.S. I Like You by Kasie West.

NA/adult romance:

Undecided by Julianna Keyes, Sustained by Emma Chase, Strong Signal and Fast Connection by Saninto Hassell and Megan Erickson, and the Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie.

Fantasy:

The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stifevater.

Historical:

Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee and Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys.

 

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon and When We Collided by Emery Lord.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Probably Undecided because I knew literally nothing about it but it was such an amazing read. And also Wanderlost by Jen Malone was also a surprising one that I knew nothing about and loved.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Definitely Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda!

 5. Best series you started in 2016? Best Sequel of 2016? Best Series Ender of 2016?

I’m not a big series fan honestly, but probably the Lux series even though it’s been out for awhile. The Winner’s Kiss was definitely the best for me, mostly because I didn’t finish reading The Raven Cycle like so many other people have.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?

Santino Hassell, Megan Erickson, and Adam Silvera.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Probably Outrun the Moon and Salt to the Sea, literally the only two historical fiction that I read this year but I really enjoyed them both.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

Girl on the Train. It wasn’t my favorite honestly, but I can’t deny that I wasn’t able to stop reading it once I picked it up.

 9. Book You Read In 2016 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

The Upside of Unrequited before it releases in 2017.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

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11. Most memorable character of 2016?

I really loved Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. You’ll see this book on my list a lot even though it released in 2015, I didn’t read it until 2016.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?

I thought Girl Against the Universe was pretty great.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2016?

The Problem with Forever.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read? 

Definitely The Scorpio Races!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2016?

“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.” — Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2016?

Shortest: Plus One by Brighton Walsh.

Longest: The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Possibly Girl on the Train.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

How am I supposed to pick just one??

Jake and Chelsea from Sustained were pretty perfect.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Sloane and her dad from This Adventure Ends.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2016 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry.

21. Best Book You Read In 2016 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and I’m so happy that I did! Also All The Bright Places, which I honestly didn’t enjoy all that much.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

Well the last book that I read was Salt to the Sea and I’m in love with Florian.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

The Only Thing Worse Than You is Me by Lily Anderson and Lucky Few by Kathryn Ormsbee.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Scorpio Races was great!

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

The Only Thing Worse Than You is Me.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2016?

All The Bright Places made me ugly cry for sure.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Lucky Few.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Salt to the Sea.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2016?

The Sun Is Also a Star though I didn’t love it at all.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

 

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2016 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2017?

I’m honestly not sure because I’m looking forward to a lot of the 2017 releases.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2017 (non-debut)?

How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake.

3. 2017 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The Hate U Give and After the Fall.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2017?

I’m really not sure since I don’t read that many series or sequels.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2017?

Attend more author and book related events! I also want to work on posting a lot more than I currently am.

6. A 2017 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera, By Your Side by Kasie West, and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli.

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Talking as Fast as I Can Review

December 24, 2016 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Talking as Fast as I Can ReviewTalking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
Published by Ballantine Books on November 29th 2016
Pages: 224
Source: Library
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In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.
In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, “Did you, um, make it?” She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (“Strangers were worried about me; that’s how long I was single!”), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It’s like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).
In “What It Was Like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What It Was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.
Some more things you will learn about Lauren: She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she’s aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (“If you’re meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you’ve already set the bar too high”), and she’s a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!”).
Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and—of course—talking as fast as you can.

So I never really know how to review non-fiction books because I read so little of them. When I heard that this was coming out, I just knew that I had to read it. Lauren Graham is one of my favorite actresses and she’s starred in two of my all time favorite shows: Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. Anyway, I just had a feeling that all of her stories would be as hilarious and memorable as she seems to be. Trust me guys, she didn’t disappoint in the slightest. This was such a fantastic and quick read and I’m so happy that I got to read it. I highly recommend reading this if you’re a fan of Lauren Graham’s work. I suppose that you could read it if you don’t know much about her or her shows, but I wouldn’t personally recommend it since I think it would be much less enjoyable for you as a reader.

As mentioned, non-fiction books are honestly really difficult to review. I don’t have all that much to say about this since it’s obviously a very personal story and your enjoyment of it depends on how connected you feel to the author and these stories. I thought that it was extremely intriguing to learn more about Lauren Graham’s background and how she got her start. I knew very little about her childhood or really any of her personal life besides her partner. I loved the stories about her early life with her father and also about skipping kindergarten. I thought that was easily one of the funniest stories in the book. The book started off very strong and it didn’t let up throughout the story.

Some of the other best stories are about how she started her career. Lauren got her start in theatre because she wanted desperately to make it to Broadway. She didn’t have an easy ride to stardom, she worked ridiculously hard to get where she is today. I really enjoyed some of her stories about auditions and things like that. Each story was told in her hilarious and enjoyable tone. I know I keep saying this but this book was simply such a fun read filled with entertaining and witty stories.

I could keep going on and on about how lovely this was to read but I won’t bore you with all the details. As mentioned, Gilmore Girls is one of my all time favorite shows and so is Parenthood. Graham reflects on some fond memories that she has while filming both of them. She obviously focuses on Gilmore Girls more since this was a much longer amount of time. I especially loved it when she rewatched all of Gilmore Girls and she shared her thoughts on each season and explained some of what she remembers from the filming process. She also kept a journal when they filmed the revival and it was a lot of fun to learn what exactly what she was thinking every day. As a fan, it was so fascinating to learn what was happening behind the scenes. Like I said, this was basically everything that I asked for as a fan of this awesome, quirky, and hilarious actress.

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The Sun Is Also a Star Review

December 18, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★½

The Sun Is Also a Star ReviewThe Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Published by Delacorte Press on November 1st 2016
Pages: 348
Also by this author: Everything, Everything
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two-half-stars
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

I’m extremely disappointed that I didn’t love this one more. I should have known that this wouldn’t be my thing since I’m not a fan of insta-love. I wanted to give it a shot anyway because Nicola Yoon’s debut Everything, Everything was just so spectacular. While Nicola Yoon still had such unique and beautiful writing in this one, the story itself wasn’t as fascinating and real to me. The book is about immigration so it’s a seriously relevant issue that will likely appeal to a lot of readers. It turned out to be a book not for me because I wasn’t able to overlook pretty much the entire romance in the story.

I hate to compare characters, but Natasha wasn’t as memorable as Maddy in Everything, Everything. Obviously they are totally different characters and it’s unfair to make any comparisons, but I honestly can’t help myself here. It’s a personal preference but I just wasn’t able to relate to her with all of the Science stuff. I obviously can’t relate to the terrible feeling of having to be deported because of your father’s mistake. But I was easily able to sympathize with her situation easily. Natasha has lived in America practically her entire life and has little memories of Jamaica, but she’s now being forced to go back to that country anyway? It’s such an unfair and heartbreaking situation that happens all too frequently. I’m glad that Nicola Yoon was able to tell this very important story.

Daniel was a diverse character. He’s Korean American and has spent his entire life in America. His parents immigrated here from Korea in order to give their children a better life than what they had. His parents both put a lot of pressure on him and his brother to go to Harvard and become doctors. This is something that Daniel doesn’t want for himself at all. He’d much rather become a poet. Daniel is also a hopeless romantic who believes that he falls in love instantly with Natasha and that they are meant to be. I didn’t find him to be all that swoony really. I might have my standards set too high due to how perfect Olly was, but I found Daniel to be a little disappointing. I was just so put off by all the love at first sight stuff that I really wasn’t able to enjoy his character.

As I’ve clearly already stated several times, the main problem that I had was with the romance. I think the book could have honestly been a lot more solid without romance being such a main point in the plot. Look, I’m a big fan of romance, it’s usually one of my favorite parts of a story. But I’m a person who absolutely can’t stand insta-love story. I only picked this up in the first place because I thought Yoon’s debut was so fabulous. I’m never going to love a book that promotes love at first sight so heavily. Maybe I’m a cynic, but I just can’t wrap my mind around this idea. In my mind, you have to fully know someone in order to fall in love with them, it’s just not love otherwise.

While I’m sad that I didn’t love this book, I still have to admit that Nicola Yoon’s writing is as beautiful as ever. I won’t lie though, I did find some of the random narrator’s to be totally weird, and I didn’t really buy the idea that all of these people are connected and all that stuff about fate. Nicola Yoon still has written yet another novel that is very much quotable. She says such fascinating and thought provoking things that really spoke to me on some level. All in all, this was still a well written novel, but one that I couldn’t fall in love with because of how the romance was written.

two-half-stars

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Blog Tour: Being Brooke Review

December 16, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

 

 

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My name is Brooke Barker…

And I’m a freaking disaster.

No, seriously. I’m a college drop-out working a dead-end job, my best friend Carly’s dog gets more action than I do, and I have more bad dates in my diary than there are movie remakes.

Not to mention I’m completely and utterly in love with Cain Elliott.

The problem? He’s in a relationship. With a girl who’s so plastic she makes Barbie cry herself to sleep with jealousy.

The second problem? He’s my best friend.

My shut-up-and-put-harry-potter, yes-this-is-your-shirt, help-I-have-no-power, crap-I’m-out-of-tampon, kinda best friend.

And that’s all he can be, right?

Right.

Being Brooke is a standalone romantic comedy. Hilarious, super-sexy, and possibly highly inappropriate at times, this is the perfect feel-good read!

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Excerpt:

Cain’s phone begins to buzz on the table. The screen lights up, and the short name on the screen makes me have to fight a frown.
I know it’s Nina. It always is. It’s like she has a Brooke-dar. She can sense whenever Cain and I are alone and hanging out.
My heart sinks, slowly but heavily, and I school my expression into one of not caring. I refuse to look away from the TV now.
Cain hands me his pizza box, which I take, begrudgingly, then he leans forward and grabs his phone. He waits for the buzzing to stop, then unlocks it and turns it off vibrate.
Then? Then he shoves it under the table, screen down.
Ho. Lee. Shit.
I gape at him. I can’t help it.
A piece of pepperoni drops off the slice of pizza in my hand—the same one that’s frozen halfway to my mouth as I stare at him in total disbelief. Did he really just do it?
“What?” Cain shrugs and takes his box back, grabbing a piece of half-eaten, meaty pizza and shoving the end in his mouth. The crust crunches as he bites down.
I swallow and glance at the coffee table. “I don’t think you’ve ever not taken a call from her.” I can’t help the derogatory way I say ’her’. It’s not intentional—honest. It’s ingrained in me to be vicious to other women. I think it’s a female thing. Self-preservation and all that.
“I don’t think I ever haven’t either.” Cain tilts his head to the side and meets my gaze, a suspicious glint in his green eyes. “But the point is, we haven’t done this in weeks, and I’m having too much fun to leave. Besides, we have all this junk food. If I don’t help you eat it, you’ll eat it all, then it’ll be my fault when your pants don’t fit.”
Oh my god.
“Does she know you’re here?” I smirk slyly and raise my eyebrows.
He shifts uncomfortably. With a cough, he puts his pizza down and grabs his beer bottle to swig from it.
Oh. My. Shitty. Life.
“She doesn’t, does she?” I sit up straight, throwing my half-slice back into my box and shoving his shoulder. “Cain!”
“No,” he mumbles, scratching the back of his ear. “She doesn’t know.”
I laugh. I can’t help it. It’s totally immature of me to delight in the fact he hasn’t told the Prissy Princess where is he and he’s ignoring her calls, but I do. It’s hilarious.
And, okay. I’m smug. Totally smug. There’s only one reason he hasn’t told her, and that’s because she hates me too.
Bitchy Best Friend Mission: Level Up!
“And tell me.” I snicker, just about holding back the volcano of laughter threatening to erupt. “Where does Nina think you are?”
“She thinks I’m at Mom’s.” He looks at me, his lips flattening into a thin line. “Stop laughing, B. No, don’t shake your damn head. I fucking mean it. She’s a little insecure over my friendship with you and Carly, that’s all. Sometimes it’s easier to just tell a… little white lie.”
“A little white lie? She thinks you’re at your mom’s!” I laugh harder and wipe at my eyes because they feel a little too wet.
“I just want the best of both worlds right now, all right?”
“What is the best of both worlds? Pizza with me and blow jobs from her?”
“She chooses not to eat gluten. Until she finds a gluten-free recipe she likes, I can’t eat pizza when she’s around.”
Which is a lot.
I raise my eyebrows again. “Your girlfriend won’t eat gluten but she’ll happily put your dick in her mouth?”
“Brooke. Don’t be a bitch.” He chucks a piece of chicken from his pizza at me, his eyes narrowing.
I’m dying. I think this is it—this is how I die, laughing at Cain’s lame excuses for lying to his girlfriend about spending time with me.
“Oh my fuck. This is hilarious. Seriously. Someone call Comedy Central.”
“Brooke.” He says my name again, this time quieter.
I stop laughing. Just about.
“I’m sorry. I just think it’s funny. You want me to be nice to her but you lie to her about spending time with me.” I shrug a shoulder and peel a piece of pepperoni off my pizza. I’m not even that hungry anymore.
He sighs, putting the top down on his box, and sits back. “She thinks there’s something going on between us.”
I laugh even harder because I might cry if I don’t.
Hi, breaking heart. Grab the tissues, yo.
There’s an awkward silence hanging between us now. It’s not the first time someone has thought that, but given that the more time I spend with Cain, the more I seem to fall for him, it’s awkward. Especially since he’s lying to her just to hang out with me.
I clear my throat and look up at him. “That’s ridiculous. You’re my best friend. Like anything would ever happen between us. I can’t put up with your shit taste in music, for a start.”
“Exactly,” he replies in a quieter voice, scratching behind his ear again. “It’s fucking stupid. I can’t stand your taste in music either. Who the fuck likes Justin Bieber?”
“People who think Kanye West should retire.”

My thoughts:

Emma Hart is easily one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. She always writes such hilarious and witty stories. The heroines and heroes are both always so quirky and relatable. I honestly have yet to read a book by her that I haven’t absolutely adored! They are such light and fun reads. I highly recommend reading her works if you’re looking for a good romantic comedy author. Anyway, Being Brooke might just be her funniest book yet! Brooke is honestly all of us. She’s awkward, weird, and imperfect but she’s so funny to read. You should totally read Being Brooke, especially since it’s on sale for only .99 cents right now! I’m not sure how long that’s going to last so be sure to take advantage of it while you can.

As I already said, my girl Brooke is just seriously the best. She likes calling herself a hot mess, which she clearly is. She doesn’t have her life together to say the least. She dropped out of college because she had no idea what she was doing, which is something that I can personally relate to since I’m in college right now in the same situation. I absolutely loved seeing all of the crazy situations that Brooke somehow found herself in. Seriously, there’s all kind of hilarious and awkward situations that go down that will easily make you laugh out loud. I have to say that Brooke has to be one of the best and most memorable protagonists that I’ve read in a long time!

So I’m a fan of friends to lovers which is the case with this romance. I’m not going to lie to you guys, I liked Brooke a lot better than Cain personally. But I could definitely relate to Brooke being in love with Cain all of these years but being afraid to say something for fear of losing his friendship. I thought the friendship and relationship that they had was awesome and also hilarious. However, I’m not sure the chemistry was totally there and I got the feeling that they were probably better off being best friends. I still thought that it was well written and fun as a whole.

The main thing to takeaway from Being Brooke is that it’s hilarious. Be prepared to laugh throughout pretty much the entire book. It’s such a quick and fun read that I highly think that you’ll enjoy it as well. Brooke and Cain were solid and well developed characters that I liked reading about. Not to mention that the fact that the supporting characters were also great as well. My favorite though was probably Brooke’s hilarious and horny Grandpa. Seriously, he loved making inappropriate sexual comments frequently and it was pretty great. You should pick this up if you’re looking for something light!

Rating: 3.5/5

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Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.

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Blog Tour: Jaded Hearts Review

December 15, 2016 Blog Tours, Reviews 0

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Signing with Brighthouse Records was supposed to be everything we ever wanted—our better life. Our chance at everything we never had but always wanted. All our dreams would finally come true and we were on top of the world. It was our chance at the happiness we never had in life.

Our every desire was at our fingertips and the power of that feeling was all consuming. But then it took every dream we thought would come true and it slapped us in the face with the cold hard reality.

Dreams were just that…something that floated on the cusp of untouchable, taunting you with every graze of your fingertips before slipping even further away.

Happiness…that feeling is a joke.

In the end it became painfully obvious that each of us would always have each other, but we would forever be alone.

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My Thoughts:

I thought this was a sweet and sexy read. I’ve been a fan of Harper Sloan’s books for awhile now, and I’ve been looking forward to Chance’s story ever since I read Unexpected Fate. I couldn’t imagine him getting his happily ever after when anyone besides the feisty Wren. She’s such a force to be reckoned with and I absolutely adored her character. Chance and Wren made such a beautiful couple, and I loved both of their stories so much. This is a great first book to a new series about a very popular band, and I can’t wait to read the next book!

As I already said, Wren was just such a great character. She was so comfortable in her own skin, yet she also had some serious insecurities that came from awful previous relationships and her parents. Luckily though, she has her twin brother and their two childhood friends who make up the band Loaded Replay. She still feels like something in her life is missing, which is when Chance steps in. I thought it was great how Wren was the one who was so confident about being with Chance. I’ve read a lot of romance books recently where the boy was the more adamant one, so this was a nice change. I’m always a fan of books that involve music, and this one didn’t disappoint. Wren reminded me a lot of Hayley Williams from Paramore, badass and also someone who is extremely passionate about music.

Chance was a fabulous and fierce book boyfriend. My heart broke for him as he struggled with some of his biggest regrets. Chance is a former Marine who works for Corps Security, but is now taking the job to be Wren’s personal bodyguard. As mentioned, he has a past that makes him very closed off and reluctant to get involved with anyone. However, he quickly finds Wren basically impossible to resist. He’s a great book boyfriend because he’s obviously protective, but at the same time, he’s not suffocating to Wren. He’s just a solid and swoony guy and I really enjoyed his story.

The romance between Chance and Wren is pretty steamy from the start. Yes, he comes to work for the band to be her personal bodyguard, but due to some weirdness with the record label that the band is with, he has to pretend to be her boyfriend to the public. From the first day that they pretend to be together, the chemistry is evident between them. It’s a little on the insta-love side of things, but I think that it worked since the romance still had a lot of time to build. It moved extremely quickly, like they fell in love in like a week. But it didn’t bother me too much for whatever reason. Chance and Wren were a fantastic couple to say the least.

Jaded Hearts was a great rock star romance that I seriously enjoyed. Harper Sloan is an author that never disappoints. She writes such beautiful romances filled with flawed yet fierce characters. It’s not a perfect book, but it’s an honest and real one. This was also a really fast paced read. I was able to devour it all in just a few hours. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of rock star romances or of Harper Sloan or if you enjoy both. It’s also great if you’re simply searching for a book that isn’t extremely heavy.
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What Light Review

December 15, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★

What Light ReviewWhat Light by Jay Asher
Published by Razorbill on October 18th 2016
Pages: 251
Source: Library
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three-stars
From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . . Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. 
Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.
By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb's past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.
What Light is a love story that's moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

Surprisingly, I honestly don’t have all that many thoughts about What Light. I’ve previously read one Jay Asher book, Thirteen Reasons Why, and that quickly became one of my favorite books after I first read it. This book simply isn’t one of my favorites. I believe that it’s a cute, light, and short contemporary read, but it’s truthfully not anything all that special. If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary and not something that will make you think deeply about the world like Thirteen Reasons Why, then I think that you’ll likely enjoy Jay Asher’s latest.

To tell you guys the truth, I didn’t feel like Sierra was that memorable of a protagonist. I actually had to look at the synopsis just to remember her name. She was a sweet teenage girl who I was able to relate to on some levels, but not enough that her character actually stuck with me long after I finished reading the book. I did respect that she was so sure about what she wanted and wasn’t afraid to fight for it, even with the people closest to her didn’t approve of it.

The love interest, Caleb, wasn’t particularly memorable or unique either. Though I will admit that I did remember his name without looking it up. Sierra has heard some pretty vicious rumors about Caleb’s past that continues to haunt him today. I was expecting it to be a lot worse than it actually was. Yes, it was sort of serious, but not really once you knew all of the context surrounding the incident. And once you also take into consideration the fact that the person involved in the incident has no bitterness towards him at all. I just felt like it was a little dramatic and unrealistic how the rumor would get blown out of proportion and continually change how people see him. My favorite part about Caleb was definitely how he bought Christmas trees to give to people in need. I thought that this was such a selfless and swoony thing to do and I really liked him for it.

So the romance between them was basically insta-love. The relationship just in general moved at a ridiculously fast pace since they only have a bit less than a month to get to know each other. As you can probably already tell, it wasn’t my favorite. I did think that it did portray some aspects of what it means to fall in love for the first time in an accurate way. Although I’m being pretty critical about it, I will say that I still found the romance to be rather adorable. I especially loved how they bonded over delivering the trees that Caleb buys for families who need it together. It was a sweet bonding moment that helped the relationship progress and grow in a realistic way.

Although I’ve been pretty open about the things that I wasn’t a fan of, there was certainly just as many things that I enjoyed. I loved that it took place on a Christmas tree farm. I thought that was a unique and cool setting, making this the perfect read around the Holiday’s. Though I thought that the book probably could have been a little longer for more character and plot development, I still liked that the length made it so you could devour it in a short amount of time. This was the lighthearted contemporary read that I really needed right now and I’m happy that I read it!

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