This is Not a Fairytale Romance (Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster – A Book Review)

Walking Disaster
Beautiful Disaster
Author: Jamie McGuire
Published: 2011

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In walks Abby Abernathy and she instantly makes it on to Travis Maddox’s radar, but that’s not why she came to college in a sleepy Illinois town and it’s certainly not where she wants to be…until it is. She loses a bet against the playboy and now has to live with him. The more time she spends around him, the harder it is to hold on to the good girl image she’s worked so hard to create for herself. It’s also harder to ignore the feelings that are growing for him. She knows she should resist them and tries time and time again. He’s brash and a jerk and possessive, but more so, he’s caring and thoughtful and protective. One can’t go wrong with a combination like that, but then it does go wrong when her past is brought to light.

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Travis “Mad Dog” Maddox comes from a family of all brothers where he’s always had to defend himself. Known around town for his amazing fighting skills, he spots Abby Abernathy at one of his fights and his world spins out of control. Nobody has ever had this effect on him, and it’s not like the usual “take it and forget it”. He has to know her because underneath this innocent exterior there’s some more, wild and daring. Trying to discover it, he finds himself doing a thing he didn’t think himself capable of. Falling in love. He’s scared though. Can she handle damaged goods like him?

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I couldn’t do separate reviews on these books because they’re two sides of the same coin. These books are the same story, but from different points of view. I love books that can manage something special like this. Being able to walk through the eyes of two people in one story is amazing. Both of them are so different and you can see the push and pull between Abby, getting away from her past, and Travis, not wanting to lose another person he loves again, so well. I couldn’t feel a single bit of repetitiveness that would lead them to feel like their identical.

These two books were wild and dangerous and so much fun to get lost in. Definitely a toe-curler. The love created between these two characters could start a wildfire. They show that such strong feelings aren’t easy and that’s how it is. Love isn’t easy. It makes you angry and scared and you’ll be wondering if you’re doing it right nearly every day. You may also feel like you belong in the psych ward, in one of those nice padded rooms. It’ll make you crazy. But that’s what’s great about it. Abby and Travis are crazy about each other and I’m crazy about them. One of my favorite ships. Because you aren’t losing your mind then what are you doing?!

I’ve only read three out of the Maddox Brothers series and I can’t wait to finish. I love a good, no, beautiful and complicated love story.

 

Quotables:

“Tell him that I’ll keep my promise. By this time tomorrow he won’t miss me.” (Beautiful Disaster, Abby to America, p. 178)

I saw the same peace in Travis’s eyes that I had witnessed handful of times. And it hit me that just like on the other nights, his content expression was a direct result of reassurance from me.” (Beautiful Disaster, Abby, p. 256)

I wasn’t stupid enough to hope, or strong enough to stop myself from feeling the way I did. Total eye-opener. Not so tough, after all. Not when it came to Abby.” (Walking Disaster, Travis, p.90)

Maybe it was just me. Maybe it was just me and her. Maybe together we were this volatile entity that would either implode or meld together. Either way, it seemed the moment I met her, my life has been turned upside down. And I didn’t want it any other way.” (Walking Disaster, Travis, p. 252)

 

P.S. Song of the day? Untouched by The Veronicas.

Young Love Makes a Comeback (The Lara Jean Trilogy – A Book Review)

Lara Jean Trilogy
Author: Jenny Han
Published: 2014-2017

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Lara Jean Covey writes special letters. Ones that have her heart poured out all over them to boys she’s loved, but she’s never sent them. They reside in a special box where she can look at them whenever she wants. That is, until one day they’re mailed out and she’s confronted by Peter Kavinsky, lacrosse player and popular, who has one of her letters. And if he has one, then so do all of the other boys, including Josh Saunders, her next door neighbor and also her older sister’s ex-boyfriend.

In order to avoid utter embarrassment, Lara Jean kisses Peter and thus starts their fake relationship. She wants to avoid a confrontation with Josh and he wants to break free of his ex-girlfriend.

Throughout this trilogy, Lara Jean and Peter discover that they may actually like each other, but what does that mean? While Peter’s only been in love once, Lara Jean has never even kissed a boy. This is new territory for both of them and the trials and tribulations of high school will test them to their limits, but they love what they find in each other. Is it enough?

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This trilogy did something amazing for me. It brought back true love. The emotions of butterfly love and newness is relatable and so is Lara Jean’s insecurities that she has throughout the series, like comparing her worth to that of other girls. The journey through high school is a trial of firsts and mistakes to learn from and this did a beautiful job in showcasing some of them, proving that sometimes accidents lead to great things that never would’ve come to be otherwise.

Also, the amount of dedication to family that Lara Jean has was so inspiring. With an older sister and a younger sister, she makes being the middle child a beautiful thing when in fact being stuck in the middle is very hard because you can often feel like you’re being forgotten. Lara Jean doesn’t allow herself to get worried about being lost as the middle child with her incredible baking skills and keeping everybody balanced.

I loved this story for all of its lightheartedness. Young, true love definitely bloomed anew here and I will be returning to reread this story again, which is something I don’t do very often with books, but Jenny Han made it possible.

 

Quotables:

“To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about it, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted.” (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean, p. 190)

“According to Stormy, there are two kinds of girls in this world. The kind who breaks your heart and the kind who gets her heart broken.” (P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean, p. 92)

“Heed my advice, Lara Jean. Never say no when you really want to say yes.” (Stormy to Lara Jean, p. 20)

 

And, if you’re a fan of this series you can find an Instagram account that follows Lara Jean and Peter!

Lara Jean: itslarajeancovey

Peter: itspeterkavinsky

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song of the day? Shakespeare by Miranda Cosgrove.

Run Away to the Carnival (Freeks – A Book Review)

Freeks
Author: Amanda Hocking
Published: 2017

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Living the carnie life is all Mara Beznik knows even though she can’t do anything cool like talk to the dead, rapidly heal or create fire in the palm of her hand, like her fellow carnies. The caravan she and her mom travel with comes to the sleepy town of Caudry, and though they’re falling on desperate times and the air about this place is strange, they set up camp.

The first night in town is promising for young Mara. She meets the mysterious Gabe Alvarado at a party and is drawn to him instantly. Then suddenly one of the people back in camp is attacked by something dark and mysterious that comes from the swamp. Blame is thrown around in light of everybody’s fears. Mara, however, is determined to find out whom or what is doing this while trying not to fall for Gabe. Something about him draws her in. Could it be connected to the attacks?

 

First of all, can I say thank you to Amanda Hocking for not adding clowns into this book? Because…THANK YOU!

 

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*Shudders*

 

I loved being in the 80’s in this book. It was so much fun and the attention to detail for the time period was great from clothing to music and more. The artwork of tarot cards that moved the reader from day to day was beautiful and a fantastic way to move forward in the book. However, the details felt listed from time to time and made me hiccup on the flow. Still, the book was fun and I got lost in it easily.

I think the only thing that irked me with this novel was how quickly the main character fell in love since the book spans a week. But then again, it only takes a matter of seconds to fall in love, so I guess it’s more of personal irk than an all-around irk with the book because the amount of time it takes to fall in love with someone depends on the person.

This book made me want to run off and join a carnival. It would have to be one like this though. I want to be surrounded by magic and lights and wonder.

 

Quotables:

“Maybe he’d try to kiss me, and if he was nice enough I might even let him. Or not, but the option of a real kiss was almost always better than a night in bed with a book.” (Mara, p. 25)

 

“It’s not the amount of time that makes something real. It’s what happens in that time.” (Gabe to Mara, p. 278)

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Song of the Day? Funhouse by P!NK.

 

Also, I apologize for the long delay. Been a little busy of late. Sorry fellow bookworms. I love you.

Midnight Tease

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Hey bookworms! Every once in a while I like to pop in with a late-nighter on what I’ve been up and what will be coming up. Thus the Midnight Tease came to life. It’s been a busy month and Summer is kicking into high gear. I like to keep my shelves full and I’m sure you do too.

Go out and enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget to bring a book! They’re our best friends after all.

 

Coming Soon…

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The Summer I turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

 

Blood and Chocolate

Author: Annette Curtis Klaus

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Author: Lois Duncan

 

The Seventh Witch

Author: Shirley Damsgaard

 

Sins & Needles

Author: Karina Halle

 

 

Currently…

 

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The Siren

Author: Kiera Cass

 

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Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

 

Up for Review…

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Freeks

Author: Amanda Hocking

 

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

 

I Know What You Last Summer

Author: Lois Duncan

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

What are you reading this summer? Got a suggestion? Tell me in the comments!

From Wattpad to Hardcover (Textrovert – A Book Review)

Textrovert
Author: Lindsey Summers
Published: May, 2017

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Keeley Brewer is gearing up for her senior year…well, sort of. She and her best friend, Nicky, are spending the last of their summer at the fair when Keeley loses her phone and accidentally picks one up that she thinks is hers. She quickly discovers this from a late night call from a mystery guy that calls himself Talon. She has his phone and vice versa. They begin talking to each other back and forth and before Keeley knows it, she’s falling for him and his obsession with peeps, but it turns out that he has secrets that he isn’t sharing with her and that quickly jeopardizes their budding relationship. More so, rifts start to grow between her and those she loves and she’ll have to choose sides, something she’s not good at.

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This book made a bad thing happen for me. It brought out the editor in me which is not a good thing for a reader. I almost took a pen to it. This book is published, which means that shouldn’t happen. I desperately wanted to have a grip on Textrovert. The novel doesn’t feel finished. Some parts feel forced while others don’t have enough information to make them feel complete.

I read this on Wattpad first, as The Cell Phone Swap, and it was so cute and sweet with that innocent high school love that I pre-ordered it—Textrovert—on Amazon. It really did remind me of those 90’s chick-flicks in which the characters fall in love in a weekend. The issues were relatable and Talon and Keeley had depth that extended beyond that romance. It hooked me.

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I figured that this story would be added on tt and fluffed up beautifully what on top of what was already laid out. Sadly, I felt like this story took two giant steps backwards when I read the book.

I wanted to get into this story so badly and I was so excited, but I couldn’t get a grasp on what these characters looked like. The depth that I’d found in the Wattpad version was completely gone, like licking the only the filling out of the Oreo instead of just dunking the whole cookie in milk.

Click here to read the version on Wattpad The Cell Phone Swap and the book is sold on Amazon.

My comparisons between the two versions start here so if you haven’t read both versions of the story and/or you aren’t okay with spoilers turn back now. Otherwise, here’s a collaboration.

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The Cell Phone Swap vs Textrovert

The Cell Phone Swap: I felt like Keeley had a lot of depth because she wasn’t solely focused on Talon. She had a job and there were issues at her workplace that she had to work through.

Textrovert: Sadly, the entire bit was taken out. Nonexistent.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: The story behind Talon’s love for the marshmallowy goodness of peeps derived from his late grandfather who would tell him stories of his great-grandfather. It was something special the two of them shared.

Textrovert: The story behind the peeps is that Talon was made fun of for being fat and his grandfather cheered him up with the sugary treats.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: Nicky is a fun and loves food. She and Keeley are both working to go to Europe. Nicky is there to give advice when Keeley needs it.

Textrovert: Nicky is selfish and brash. She becomes jealous of Talon for having all of Keeley’s time even though she has found several excuses outside of her extra classes to blow Keeley off.

 

The Cell Phone Swap: Brent is Keeley’s tutor and she has deep feelings for him and even tours a campus just to see him.

Textrovert: Randy is referenced as the boy who broke Keeley’s heart multiple times in the book and there’s even a brief encounter.

 

There are more comparisons, but these are only a few that really stuck out to me. They are also the ones that deeply bothered me.

 

I truly wish that this book was amazing, but I will be going back to The Cell Phone Swap to reread the story.

 

Quotables:

“She moved her jacket off the seat. As he sat, she caught a whiff of his cologne—a mixture of wood and Old Spice. He smelled good. The dangerous kind of good that could get a girl in trouble.” (p. 97)

“Truth or dare?” he challenged, his eyes fixated on her lips. Every cell in her body came alive as she realized what he was asking.” (p.146)

 

More to come soon…

K.

 

P.S. Song today? You Get What You Give by New Radicals.

Don’t Tell Mom I’m Dating an Alien – (LUX: Consequences – A Book Review)

Lux: Consequences
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 2014

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This is the second installment to the special collector’s edition of the YA series, LUX.

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After finally succumbing to her feelings for Daemon Black, discovering and getting a handle on the intense powers as a result of being healed by him, and dealing with the heavy loss of friends, Katy Swartz was not prepared for the return of Daemon’s brother, Dawson, who’d been missing for over a year. Nobody was prepared. He doesn’t waste any time in wanting to find his still missing girlfriend, Beth, and he’ll do anything to get her back, even put everybody else in danger.

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.” (Luc to Katy, p. 284)”

Then suddenly, Blake, friend turned enemy, returns to town, demanding that Katy and Daemon help free the Luxen that turned him into a hybrid from Daedalus, a facility experimenting on Luxen and hybrids like him and Katy. Tensions run high as the group tries to figure out a way into Deadalus and it tests the strength of Daemon and Katy’s new relationship.

And then Katy becomes the newest captor of Daedalus. What does Daemon do? What he does best. He goes after her, and after finally finding her, the two realize that Daedalus has a lot more in store for Luxen and the hybrids besides the horrifying experiments they’ve heard about.

It’s soon discovered that their enemies aren’t just wearing lab coats and camouflage, but are a lot closer to home than expected and it shocks everybody. And, their allies are the last people they expected. They’ll need all the help they can get when their problems escalate beyond earth.

“Oh shit. ET so phoned home, kids.” (Luc, p. 772)

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Where do I start!? I’m still in that lush state from reading this series and there’s still one book to go. As I told you in my very first post on here about LUX: Beginnings, I am not one for Sci-Fi, but Jennifer L. Armentrout has reeled me into it with the perfect balance of thrilling action and lip-biting romance. Daemon Black joins the ranks of book boyfriends with his ego, vibrant green eyes (my favorite), and the sneaky ways he makes the reader blush with his words that if you try hard enough, you can hear him whisper in your ear. Then again, maybe that’s just me. We all have book boyfriends or girlfriends like that.

And let’s not forget that smirk. *insert crimson blush here*

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(Yep, I’m still imagining that it’s Cody Christian. I’ve tried denying it. It didn’t work.)

The quick pace of this story is flawless. It doesn’t feel too rushed, which is a beautiful thing. Every detail is delightfully written, very much like a movie in my head, and that’s how I love my books. The twists and turns in this next edition were kicked up a notch compared to the first one. I know that there were moments that made me think that this couldn’t escalate any higher and I kept getting blown away. I’ve got nothing but praise for this series.

This is one of those reads you can’t put down and I recommend it to everyone who’s looking to try something new. This special edition contains both the third and fourth book as well as some delectable bonus content (I won’t gush about it, but it’s great). I will hopefully be getting to the fifth one soon. Just like my craving for chocolate, my fingers are twitching for it.

Have you read it? What did you think? Tell me in the comment section below.

 

Quotables:

“If we’re not together on everything, then how can we really be together?” (Katy to Daemon, p. 60)”

“Elation swelled in my chest, and as we lay in each other’s arms, our breaths coming in and out ragged, our bodies tangled together, we still couldn’t get enough of each other. We kissed. We talked. We lived.” (Katy, p. 346)

“Several moments passed before she spoke. “I’ve always wanted a Mogwai.” (Katy to Daemon, p.521)”

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(I’ve always wanted a Mogwai too. Just ask my mom. I ask for one every Christmas.)

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Sign of the Times by Harry Styles.

 

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K-I-S-S-I-N-G (Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List – A Book Review)

Naomi + Ely’s No Kiss List
Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Published: 2007
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Naomi and Ely, best friends, who grew up in the same building and went through everything together, even the divorce of Naomi’s parents, though that’s partly because her dad slept with one of Ely’s moms. That’s only the tip of the it’s complicated train. Naomi is irrevocably in love with Ely and dreams that one day they’ll get married. A slight hitch? Ely’s gay.

Naomi and Ely created a No Kiss List of people so that they never get into a fight. And then Ely break that list by kissing Naomi’s current boyfriend. Cue the explosion. This epic betrayal tests their friendship and both wonder: will they ever get past this? Can they get past this?

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Now, I couldn’t get fully on board with this book for a couple of reasons. It was a nice book about two friends needing to see where they could go and fit into the world without each other, but it struggled at doing even that. Cue Spoiler: I couldn’t get past how neither character could take the responsibility for anything they did wrong. While it’s ridiculous that I say this, I couldn’t handle how self-absorbed they were either. Their disregard for people around them was a bit unbearable, but that didn’t make the book terrible. Not at all. I just didn’t like the characters. It happens sometimes.

However, the in-depth and personal look at lifelong friendship was intense and really made me question if friendship really can withstand anything. This book is a great example of how gut-wrenching heartache can be when it’s caused by somebody you’ve shared everything with and trust with your entire being.

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I love-love-loved the way this was written with emojis, and through other characters’ POV. The emojis made the book more fun and kept in touch with how the characters communicate while also bringing the reader to the modern day of technology. The use of other characters’ POVs (point of view) gives the reader great perspective to not only how the main characters are imploding, but to how the outside characters are affected by it as well. It puts the reader with them as if they live in the building with Naomi and Ely, making them a part of the drama.

The heartache stays with you. It comes from every direction-friends, family, lovers and even crushes, bringing real issues to the front line, like divorce, financial problems, identity crisis, and more. Which, shows that sometimes a heart can’t be completely repaired no matter how much you love somebody and that people change even when you don’t realize it right away.

 

Quotables:

“Buffy could be a bitch, but cut the girls some slack—she once had to kill her true love in order to save the world. I get it, Naomi. You’re like Buffy.” (Gabriel to Naomi, p. 118)

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(I know, me and the Buffy gifs. Can you tell I’m a fan?)

“…even though I really liked her as a person, I didn’t really think I liked her as a girl, because when you like a girl, there’s this ignition—you can feel it—and with her, there wasn’t any ignition…” (Boy Robin, p. 156)

“You didn’t think it would be easy, did you?” (Neal to Ely, p. 198)

“It’s like Naomi always used to say: Life tells you to take the elevators, but love tells you to take the stairs.” (Ely, p. 209)

 

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song today? Secrets by OneRepublic.