Waiting for the Storm by Marie Landry

Title: Waiting for the Storm

Author: Marie Landry

Released: April 9, 2013

Series: Angel Island #1

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Format: eBook

 

After the death of her mother, the last thing seventeen-year-old Charlotte O’Dell wants to do is spend the summer on Angel Island with her family. Her younger sister hates her, and her dad is in his own little world. It’s a recipe for a disastrous summer on the island, until Ezra Rhodes walks into her life.

The boy next door makes Charlotte forget her almost paralyzing fear of really living her life. Stunted from taking care of her mother in her last months, Charlotte is drowning. With Ezra, she feels something again, and as he repairs her family’s summer home, she dares to think he might actually be fixing her, too. Ezra challenges Charlotte to leave her comfort zone, and as their friendship slowly blossoms into more, Charlotte begins to come alive again.

But Ezra has secrets…secrets he isn’t sharing with Charlotte. Despite her new-found happiness in Ezra’s arms, Charlotte can’t help but feel there’s a storm on the horizon. And she isn’t sure if she and Ezra can weather it unscathed.

WAITING FOR THE STORM is a realistic novel about the heartbreak and grief over losing someone you love. When Charlotte’s mother dies, it leaves her entire family in turmoil trying to deal with their own grief and trying to piece together their family. Her sister is acting out and her dad is walking around in a zombie like state. When they go to a summer house on Angel Island at her mother’s request it may be just what they need to finally be able to move on together.

I enjoyed this book until the later half. Charlotte was a good MC and I enjoyed her connection with Ezra. However, how she reacts to some of Ezra’s secrets bothered me. She got upset over him not telling her one of his biggest secrets because they were hanging out for “an entire month” and she told him everything so why didn’t he trust her?! But see, that was her choice. Ezra has the right to withhold information until he is ready and I didn’t appreciate that it was such a big deal. I do enjoy that the author did give Charlotte insight and clue about why she might be blowing small issues out of proportion (ie anxiety) so she was able to forgive and move on.

I enjoyed this book for the most part and loved the overall message. It was a good ending and I’m happy to see some healing from this family. Also, happy Ezra makes me happy too. He is such a soft, lovable guy. Who wouldn’t love him?

Thank you to Marie Landry for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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My Birthday Month Wrap Up

Wow, Hi guys. Yes, I am still reading regardless of what my blog has looked like lately! Oops. So before I ramble on about how I haven’t found much motivation to run my blog lately, or that I  lacking the mindset to come up with new content, I’ll just jump right into the books I’ve read last month and also some special mentions.

Now July brought my birthday so of course that means NEW BOOKS! and I am so excited to finally get my hands on THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee. I am currently reading this book right now and it’s glorious ❤ Seriously, I have a new OTP and I don’t want this book to end.

   

ONE OF US IS LYING BY KAREN M. MCMANUS was awful. I couldn’t stand this book because of the awful mental health rep. I gave this book 1 STAR.. Here is my Goodreads review if you’re interetested.

This is a mediocre mystery/thriller at best. This book had so much potential that I was addicted to reading it in the beginning, however as the story progresses I found myself less interested. Bored even. What really bothered me with this book was the “plot twist” and awful ending. Please stop demonizing mental illness. It’s not pretty, yes, but it feels like it was just added as a plot device to cause shock factor in the end and I am so disappointed. Also, someone’s sexuality or how they choose to identify is not a plot device either! This is extremely harmful, so be warned.
The only saving grace about this book was Bronwyn and Nate (who was absolutely precious to me). The four different POVs all sounded the same as well. I was listening on audiobook and majority of the time I’d forget whose POV I was even listening to because there was no clear distinction between the four.

RUINED BY AMY TINTERA is such a great book! It was fun, easy to get into, cute slow build romance (maybe not, but it was slow to me!), and just a really good book. I can’t wait to read the sequel! 5 STARS.

ALEX APPROXIMATELY BY JENN BENNETT is the cute contemporary that helped get me in the swing of reading again. During the summer, I have the hardest time finding the urge to read because it’s so hot and I can’t focus, but ALEX APPROXIMATELY kept me hooked. I flew through it because it was just adorable. Easy, quick, and a perfect summer read.

   

WHERE SHE WENT BY GAYLE FORMAN | reread via Audiobook. Still prefer this book over IF I STAY. 4 STARS

SHADOWSHAPER BY DANIEL JOSE OLDER | GREAT urban fantasy! Diverse cast, unique, magical plot. I thought it was a bit too easy at the end, but I can’t wait to read more.  4 STARS

I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU BY GABY DUNN & ALLISON RASKIN | dnf. I just couldn’t get into this one.

  

I have already wrote reviews for each of these ARCs so please click below if you are interested in what I thought of each 😀

THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END

THE RULES OF PERSUASION

THE BAD BOY’S GIRL

Well there you have it! All the books I’ve read in July. I know I haven’t posted a wrap up since February, but I will try to be better in the future! Thank you to all those who have stuck with me and my blog. You guys are the best ❤

The Bad Boy’s Girl by Blair Holden | ARC Review

Title: The Bad Boy’s Girl

Author: Blair Holden

Publisher: Trident Media Group

Series: The Bad Boy’s Girl #1

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: February 21, 2017

Pages: 395

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Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy. But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.
Warning: The story comes with a bad boy notorious for making you swoon, inducing hysterical laughter and making you question whether you could purchase a clone on eBay.

This was one of the hardest contemporary YA books I have ever read. It took me so long to finally finish this because so much of the plot surrounded around absolutely nothing. Our characters are just hanging out going to high school, which is fine but where is the plot? I couldn’t find it if I tried.

Also, as a warning this book has a lot of fat-shaming. I hated that. In fact, I almost quit immediately after reading the prologue because our main character, Tessa, used to be overweight and basically says she lost a bunch of weight so she could get the guy she likes to finally see her. What? No, that’s gross and harmful to me. To make matters worse, she constantly refers to herself as “Fatty Tessa” Are you kidding me? Why would you refer to yourself like that? I know some people are really insecure about these types of things, but why write a character like this where young girls are going to be exposed to this? Even when Tessa gains a bit more confidence she still refers to her past self as Fatty Tessa. That was just unacceptable and a big part of why I started knocking off stars.

Another thing I didn’t appreciate was that Tessa flung “panic attacks” around all willy nilly. Every time she was going to freak out about something she would say she was about to have a panic attack. If she had anxiety of some sort, I think it could have been explained better.

The only saving grace about this book was the love interest, Cole Stone. He was such a softie at heart that I couldn’t help fall in love with him. In fact, I can’t believe it took Tessa as long as she did to realize she loved him too. He was so sweet to her and determined to show her he had changed. Cole’s flirtatious banter with Tessa is what I really liked though, so that’s another plus.

Overall, this book was a hot mess filled with too many stereotypes and not enough plot.  In fact, the book could have ended at 65% and I would have liked it much more.Plus, don’t get me started on that terrible ending that completely ruined Cole’s character for me. I don’t know if it was added just for shock factor or there was a cliffhanger needed to get you interested in a sequel, but I wanted to throw my Kindle and cursed myself for not just DNF-ing sooner.

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. 

2 stars because I loved Cole

The Rules of Persuasion by Amity Hope | ARC Review

Title: The Rules of Persuasion

Author: Amity Hope

Publisher: Entangled: Crush Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Release: August 14, 201

Format: eARC

 

1) Take things slow (her rule)
2) Make it believable (his rule)

After tragedy hit her family, Meg Matthews officially crossed the line from “good girl” to “bad girl.” Motorcycle? Check. Graffiti? Check. The only thing Meg hadn’t planned on was blackmail. Too bad now a certain infuriating boy holds Meg’s future in his hands…

When Luke Prescott—star pitcher and town golden boy—catches Meg vandalizing the school, she’s given two choices: face the consequences or enter into a fake relationship with him to get his parents and his ex off his back.

But as Meg and Luke grow closer, they both realize they’ve been keeping secrets from each other. Their fake relationship might be doomed from the start—if they can’t learn to open up to the one person they never thought they’d trust.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains late-night graffiti sessions, flirty baseball lessons, and a never-ending list of relationship rules just made to be broken.

THE RULES OF PERSUASION is a quick, summer read that has a great dose of adorable mixed with just the right amount of family drama. It’s never overwhelming, but just enough to make you interested what’s going to happen to our two main characters. Plus my favorite type of YA Romance stories: fake relationships turned real ❤

The book centers on Meg and Luke. After a tragedy struck Meg’s family, Meg looks for release in a dangerous way, spray painting a mural on buildings. One night, she gets caught by the star pitcher of the baseball team, Luke Prescott. Luke strikes a deal with her –pretend to be his girlfriend and his lips are sealed. What happens next is truly an entertaining read. We follow Meg and Luke as they find out their perceptions of each other were way off and their what they thought was fake relationship quickly turns into something more complicated, and real.

I really enjoyed getting to know Luke a bit better. He is truly a sweet gentleman and makes sure to make Meg comfortable in some of the most awkward situations. I mean, he is the one who was blackmailing her, but he still tried to make her have fun and comfortable. I would have liked to see Luke play baseball though. The entire book we are told how he is the star pitcher and he loves baseball, but yet we never really get to see him play. If you count that little time he played with Meg at the batting cages, but I don’t, I wanted to see him in action!

Meg, on the other hand, was a bit slower to get used to. At the start I found her extremely unlikable. She was stubborn and rude to Luke even while it was unnecessary. However, once she began to let her walls fall down, I really enjoyed seeing her and Luke grow closer together. I was screaming at her for so long to just TELL LUKE WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH HER FAMILY ever since he opened up to her, but alas…she was a bit slower (haha sigh).

Overall, this book was cute and the perfect cheesy YA romance I was looking for. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

 

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | ARC Review

Title: They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Release: September 5, 2017

Pages: 384

Format: eARC

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day. 

TRIGGER WARNINGS: death, suicidal thought/suicide

They Both Die at the End literally tells you the ending to the story yet you can’t help holding out hope that it’s somehow a trick or a lie. I’d be lying to myself if I didn’t say this was me the entire story, but still crying at every turn anyway. The book centers around two boys who receive the alert that they will be dying within the next 24 hours. No one knows how or when, but no one can stop it either. While this can be a blessing for some people to say their final goodbyes and get things in order, how absolutely terrifying at the same time, right?

Rufus Emeterio and Mateo Torrez couldn’t be more different at the start of the novel. Rufus is almost fearless and seems ready to take his exit, while Mateo has been sheltered and led his life being afraid to take chances. When the two meet on the Last Friend app (an app bringing people together to spend their “End Days” with) a truly beautiful friendship blossoms. Rufus pushes live and take chances. Mateo helps Rufus make amends and become a person he’s finally happy with being. Both these boys are so complex you feel like you really know them. Seeing their connection become what it does was really special and organic. I am really happy with the outcome.

The only complaint I have with this book is that I wish it was somehow longer. I got invested with the random stranger POVs and would have liked to see the ending fleshed out a bit more. However, the ending (and last sentence) still gutted me and in a way was perfect. I don’t know how Adam Silvera comes up with these gut-wrenching stories, but he pulls on some major heartstrings. This novel was beautiful and truly makes you realize that you need to live your life to the absolute fullest. No more playing around. Take risks. Do something you’ve already been afraid to do. Life is way too short.

An eARC was provided in an exchange for review by the publisher and eldeweiss. All opinions are my own.