May Wrap-Up

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Hey guys! Here I am for another wrap-up:). So, this month my TBR had 12 books, and I did relatively well, because even though I only read 9 (and a half) books from that list, I did manage a total of 20 books (well… 19, but one had 2 parts), and I started 2 others. I’m counting it as a success!

In general it was an awesome reading month, but I did have some ARCs that were pretty bad, so, that wasn’t ideal.


This month I read:

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Books reviewed:

  1.  HICKVILLE CONFESSIONS (MARY KARLIK)
  2. LADY MIDNIGHT (CASSANDRA CLARE)
  3. SAY SOMETHING… (T.A. ROTH)
  4. LIKE CANDY (DEBRA DOXER)
  5. HUSTLER (MEGHAN QUINN & JESSICA PRINCE)
  6. THE RULE BOOK (JENNIFER BLACKWOOD)
  7. BIG ROCK (LAUREN BLAKELY)
  8. ADORKABLE (COOKIE O’GORMAN)
  9. SEVER (J.M. MILLER)
  10. #JUNKIE (GEARSHARK #1) (CAMBRIA HEBERT)
  11. FOR THE ONE (BRENNA AUBREY)
  12. WINGING IT (CATE CAMERON)
  13. CHASED (PART 1 & 2) (PIPER LAWSON)
  14. SHE LAUGHS IN PINK (JESSICA CALLA)
  15. NEANDERTHAL SEEKS HUMAN (PENNY REID)
  16. #REV (GEARSHARK #2) (CAMBRIA HEBERT)
  17. FINDING LONDON (ELLIE WADE)
  18. SMUT (KARINA HALLE)
  19. LESSONS OF THE HEART (JODIE LARSON)
  20. THE YEAR WE FELL DOWN (SARINA BOWEN)

Musical Mondays:

Top Ten Tuesday:

Book Traveling Thursdays:

Awards, Tags and Challenges:

Other Stuff:


DON’T FORGET THAT MY GIVEAWAY IS STILL RUNNING UNTIL JUNE 18TH…

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May Book Haul

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Hey guys. Here we are, at the end of another month, and I’m bringing you another book haul. This month I didn’t haul as much books as last month, but it was still a pretty good one:) .


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This month I bought The Rose and the Dagger and A Court of Mist and Fury. I still haven’t read any of them, but I will soon, and I just had to have them as soon as they were out. I’m a little sad about TRATD‘s colour, the blue on the paperback is not the best, but ACOMAF is gorgeous. I finally received my paperback signed copy of More Than Music by Elizabeth Briggs, which was sent to me by Elodie Nowodazkij after I won a giveaway she was hosting.

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Once again, most of these books I got at Kindle deals, for nothing!


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Don’t forget that my giveaway is still running until June 18th…

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Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.


With all the buzz surrounding this book lately, I just had to read it, right? I mean, the trailer came out, everyone went crazy, so me, Kat and Cátia decided to have our second buddy read (the three of us), and it went as well as can be expected😛 . It’s tricky to sync our three schedules, but at least it didn’t take us the whole month like with Lady Midnight😉 . You can read Kat’s review of this book HERE.

I was surprised by how light, funny and fast the writing was. I was somewhat expecting a heavy book, but this was not at all heavy. The book flows very well, and even the very british vocabulary is easy to assimilate and enjoy. The book is mainly told in Lou’s POV, but every now and then we get a chapter from one of the other character’s POV… well, I didn’t think they were really necessary to be honest, I think they served to make those characters more likable, but they didn’t bring any additional information and feelings that couldn’t have been delivered from her POV. I think that if we had to have another POV, it would have been more useful to have those from Will’s POV, because his thoughts were the ones that Lou didn’t have access to.

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I really loved both main characters of this book. Lou was a delight to read and she had such a huge growth in this book. I really liked how she started to set the foot down on the things that she wanted and wished for, because in the beginning of the book, Lou is a bit of a doormat, and everyone steps on her, and I hated that. Will… oh Will… I loved Will. Will knew who he was and what he wanted, and that’s rare!

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I had a huge problem with most of the other characters though, and although most of them kind of redeemed themselves at some point or another, they still weren’t very likable. They were real, flawed and raw, and I guess that’s good, right? We should like real characters. But I hated that all of Lou’s family put her down, I hated that they saw her useless and made sure to tell her as much. And Pat, Lou’s boyfriend, was the worst of all… I honestly didn’t get their relationship.

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The story is beautiful and it’s definitly important and relevant. More than a romance, this book is about the right to live your life the way you chose to. It’s about Will’s decision about his life, and about Lou wanting to live hers to the best of her abilities. Before I read it, I thought the romance would be heavier than it actually was, I thought that was too bad really, but again, it was also not really the point.

The ending was inevitable, and while I liked it, I thought it was a bit abrupt. I also kind of wish that those last few days of the book hadn’t been told in Trenna’s POV, because I needed to know what was going on through Lou’s eyes.

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I did cry a bit in the end, it is an emotional read and a lovely story. But I wasn’t blown away… Still, I’m super excited for the movie😀.

The Year We Fell Down (Sarina Bowen)

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The sport she loves is out of reach. The boy she loves has someone else. What now? 

She expected to start Harkness College as a varsity ice hockey player. But a serious accident means that Corey Callahan will start school in a wheelchair instead. 

Across the hall, in the other handicapped-accessible dorm room, lives the too-delicious-to-be real Adam Hartley, another would-be hockey star with his leg broken in two places. He’s way out of Corey’s league.

Also, he’s taken. 

Nevertheless, an unlikely alliance blooms between Corey and Hartley in the “gimp ghetto” of McHerrin Hall. Over tequila, perilously balanced dining hall trays, and video games, the two cope with disappointments that nobody else understands.

They’re just friends, of course, until one night when things fall apart. Or fall together. All Corey knows is that she’s falling. Hard. 

But will Hartley set aside his trophy girl to love someone as broken as Corey? If he won’t, she will need to find the courage to make a life for herself at Harkness — one which does not revolve around the sport she can no longer play, or the brown-eyed boy who’s afraid to love her back.


Hey, as you might be expecting by now, I read The Year We Fell Down as a buddy read with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much. This was a weird one, and it was my fault… see, we decided to start the book one night, but she couldn’t and would only start it the next day. Well… I did start it, and I read 85% of the book that night, and then the rest in the morning. When she started her own book, I had already finished😀. No problems though😉 .

I’ve been meaning to start The Ivy Years Series for a long time now,  because I love NA, I love Hockey, I love Sarina Bowen’s writing, and it came highly recommended to me. So yeah, I was excited for this one. And I have to say that I was not disappointed. Not at all.:)

I really liked the writing, Sarina Bowen drew me in again with this one. She made it light and fun and deep, all at the same time. I’m a fan. Corey and Hartley’s voices were also very distinct and different, and I love that. Again, this is a dual POV romance, which are my favorite kind, but I somehow wish that Hartley had had a little more POV time, because Corey does have more “screen time”.

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I really liked both characters. I loved Corey and how strong she was, and also, so much kudos for the representation and diversity. I love when NA romances include somewhat unconventional heroes. So, Corey was amazing, she was strong and determined, and when she came face to face with a situation that was bad for her, she stopped it and tried to move on. I also really liked Hartley, he was not an conventional NA hero either. While I wish he had woken up a little sooner, I understood his issues and I couldn’t really fault him for his decisions.

The romance was really really good. It develops slowly and they become great friends and allies before they get involved and fall in love. It was amazing to see the physical and psychological issues dealt with, in both their way of living, as well as the complications and limitations in their personal and intimate lives. I loved how invested Hartley was in making everything right and good for Corey.

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I liked the plot a lot and I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of drama. Though I have to admit that after finishing the book, I felt like I needed more, that maybe somehow the story wasn’t quite finished yet. One thing is for sure, I would love to read more about Corey and Hartley, and I hope they make appearances in the rest of The Ivy Years Series.

The ‘Spring has Sprung’ Book Tag

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Hey hey hey! Here I am with another book tag, this time it’s The ‘Spring has Sprung’ Book Tag and I was tagged by The Orang-utan Librarian. Thank you so much! And let’s do this😉 .


1. Flowers: Look on your bookshelves. What is the most beautiful book both inside and out?

One of my most beautiful books, inside and out, has to be Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon.

Just look at it, isn’t it gorgeous? And it’s such a good and sweet read:) .


2. Grass: What is a book that you find that others like way more than you do?

Given the goodreads rating that Nirvana has, I would say that a lot of people liked it WAY better than me, considering that I rated the book 1 star… which I have to be honest and say that I don’t really understand how that’s possible… to each its own, right?


3. Rain: What’s a great book that lifts your spirits when you’re down?

The obvious answer here has to be Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, right? I read this book twice already, and I love love love it! It makes me happy. So much so that I even borrowed my physical copy to my bff. I hope she takes good care of my precious!


4. Dew: What’s a book that made you feel alive?

Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy’s Us surely made me feel alive. Maybe because my heart was actually hurting while reading this book. Maybe!

This book has it all: great dialogue, great characters, great story, great romance, huge heartbreak… perfect.


5. Storms: What’s a book that you found unpredictable?

Hmmmm, I would say that Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach was pretty unpredictable. There were definitly some things that I didn’t see coming at all. Also, the book was nothing like I expected, but it’s oh so good!


6. Rainbow: What was a book that you struggled with, only to be happy that you read it in the end?

Well, I struggled with Lady Midnight, but not because the book isn’t brilliant or because I didn’t want to read it, just the opposite. But it is a huge book, and my hands and arms would hurt when I had been reading for awhile. The book is heavy like hell!


7. Chilly Weather: What’s a book that you couldn’t finish or didn’t enjoy?

Perfect time to mention my last 1 star reading, and that was Lessons of the Heart, which is a YA/NA teacher/student romance. It was so so bad, and it had nothing to do with the forbidden part of it. You can check out my review of it HERE.


8. Warm Weather: What’s a book that you loved and wanted more of?

I wanted more of Adorkable for sure. Such a cute and good read. I wanted to see what happened after that last scene and what was in store for Sally and Becks, because they were so adorable together😀.

  


9. Green: What’s a book that you haven’t read yet, but really want to?

Actually, I’m saying one that I’m gonna start today, and that is The Rose and the Dagger, by Renee Ahdieh. I’ve had the book for a few weeks now, but I can only manage one physical book at a time, and I needed to finish Me Before You before starting this one.


10. Pink: What’s a book in which you felt a strong connection to the characters?

I felt a really strong connection to Isla and Josh, in Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. Maybe that’s why this was my favorite book of the companion series. There’s just something so great about Isla and Josh.


11. Purple: What’s a book that when you read it, you feel safe?

Not sure I fully understand this question, but hey, I’ll give it a try?! I think Attachments by Rainbow Rowell was a book that made me feel safe, maybe because I loved the story and it’s my favorite contemporary of Rowell’s. Have you read it? You should!


12. Orange: What book do you feel is intelligently written?

I didn’t want to repeat authors, but I kind of have to. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is, in my opinion, one of the most intelligent written books I’ve ever read. I loved how the base of the book was known, but she twisted everything. I fins the magic system especially compelling.


13. Yellow: What book puts a smile on your face?

Ok, try to look at that cover and not smile… did you manage it? Big Rock by Lauren Blakely definitly put a huge smile on my face. It’s an amazing romance and I highly recommend it to everyone who likes NA romances.

  


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Lessons of the Heart (Jodie Larson)

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The first time we met, James Dumont knocked me off my feet.

He’s sexy and smart, the classic good guy…. Exactly what I want, and everything I’ve ever dreamed of. The most perfect guy at Somerset High School.

He even makes sixth-period Geography interesting.

Everyone says high school is tough. Fighting my attraction to James? That’s the hardest part, because this guy, my perfect match, the one who makes my heart overrule my head…

He’s my teacher.

What if the greatest lesson you could learn in school couldn’t be found in a book?


Once again I read this book with Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much as a buddy read – though right now we both are wishing that we could unread some of the things we read, am I right?! So go to her blog to check out her review and thoughts of this book later today.

Well, you can assume by my rating and the comment above that I didn’t like this book. Not one freaking bit. I guess I’ll start by saying that I have absolutely no problem with forbidden romances, or with student/teachers romances… if they are well done! Unfortunately, this one wasn’t.

The writing was just a bit too much for me, I found it repetitive and striving too much to be sweet and romantic, while in reality it just didn’t work. At least for me. Also, it was beyond cheesy at times … =/

Then there were the characters. I think that if you’re dealing with a forbidden romance situation, you need to have likable characters. And in this case, both characters should be mature enough to not remind me at every turn of the page that I’m dealing with a teen girl and a full grown man. Again, let me clear, their age difference is NOT the issue. At all. They have 5 years of difference, which is nothing. However, I didn’t find Britta likable, at all. I think she was supposed to be a mature 18 y.o. girl, but that didn’t come across. Another thing that kind of bothered me was how she had it all: she was a great student, she was gorgeous, she was super popular, homecoming queen, all her teachers loved her, she had a great family, she was shy and liked to read… I mean… I don’t know… I also had a huge problem with James. He could almost be good, if it wasn’t for the fact that he was possessive and I got a huge stalkerish vibe from him.

To be 100% honest, there was only one character that I liked, and that was Britta’s older brother Liam. He was an awesome brother and great to the girl he was in love with, willing to give her the space and time she needed to be ready for him. Points to him!

I didn’t like the romance, it started way too much as instalove, and what really bothered me was that there was NO ATTEMPT from their part to stay away from each other or to have a professional relationship, even while he was her teacher. Though, they said they tried… they didn’t. Which led to each time they were alone on school grounds, lines would be crossed… EVERY DAMN TIME.

While I have to appreciate the low drama, I would also say that they deserved a lot more drama, because they were so careless throughout all of their relationship. Also, it kind of bothered me how understanding and nice the people who found out were, and I think that they ultimately had a super easy way out. Her friends at school were also judgmental and had huge double standards. I also didn’t like that we never get to see her parents reactions to her relationship, and that her parent’s story kind of gave them an out too.

So, now I’m gonna talk about a few points in the book that bothered me a lot. As in, “my phone will be flying somewhere if I don’t put it down right this instant” kind of bothered. So, heads up, the next section will have SPOILERS.

As I mentioned, this is a case of instalove. And while I do understand their connection, the execution was bad. Their first kiss really bothered me, mostly because given the situation I wanted the kiss to happen naturally and be even. Instead what happens is that James shows up at the restaurant Britta is in, follows her to the bathroom, and kisses her against the wall in the hall. I mean, I could be ok with it, if she wasn’t pinned against the wall. No matter how much she wanted it, it bothered me a lot that he initiated the kiss in the way he did.

The second thing that I thought was awful, was James following Britta to Boston, renting a room across from hers in the same hotel. True, he never pushes her, and they do not have sex, and he even mentions that he wants to do it right and take it slow. But fuck! He follows his 18 y.o. student to another city, without her knowing it, so that they can spend time together? His all behaviour grated me the very wrong way.

From that point on, they aren’t careful at all in school and outside it. They kiss in his office, with the door open, they touch all the time, he does little jealousy scenes, and so does she. They kiss on school hallways, and under the stairs. They kiss on parking lots, and go out on dates. I mean… guys… NO! I mean, at least not while at school! There was no need for it, because she could spend time at his house without much trouble.

Another thing that I didn’t understand Britta and her behaviour towards Chase. Chase is her friend, but on two separate occasions he tries to get her drunk and/or tries to touch her against her will. And yet, she forgives him. Obviously this leads him to find out about her relationship with James, and blackmail her, because obviously he would do that, and she goes along with it. But then, to get out of the blackmail, she decides to get something on him, and what she does is cruel and I can’t wrap my head around it. She sets him up with a female teacher – who thinks she’s meeting a 20 yo guy, and not her 18 yo student – and they’re caught having sex…the teacher thought she was having it with said 20 yo, and he thought she was Britta. I don’t actually feel sorry for the guy, but that teacher? I mean, WHAT THE HELL IS EVEN THAT?! I don’t get it! I really don’t.

Another moment that made me flip was a certain sexy moment between Britta and James. One thing has to be said: the sex was mostly hot and those scenes were kind of nice. And then, there’s a moment, where they are talking in bed, and James starts to move within without a condom. I have no problem with sex without protection when it’s discussed by both parties, or when the situation is not planned, but they TALK about it. What I’m not ok with, is James doing it without consulting her first, when it was clearly planned – even if the planning happened 2 minutes before. That was not ok. Because dude, tell her you “want to feel all of her” BEFORE you are actually inside… she would have said yes – even though there’s no indication that she was on birthcontrol!!!

Another thing that really didn’t work for me was how fast things moved. The “I love you”‘s came rather quickly, and the “you’re my soulmate”, “we’re forever” and that stuff. I also wasn’t a fan of the fact that she wanted to move in with him right after highschool, and that she was even willing at some point to put her ambitions on hold. I was glad that at least he said no to that, and that he wanted her to have her freshman experiences. They do end up living together and getting engaged. And sure, when you know, you know, but I don’t know…

Well, I’m wrapping this up now. Read Cátia’s review, because she’s sure to make out some more points on this book. I really wish I had liked it, because forbidden romances can be so good, but honestly none of this worked for me, and it isn’t a book I can recommend at all… =(