Where have I been? Why haven’t I posted? And the future of the blog…

Happy September! Well… almost.

Wow, what a year this has been for me. I mean that in both a good and a bad way. Let’s talk!

This year didn’t start out so great for me. I was really struggling with depression while trying to raise a 2 year old. I felt like for every step forward, I took ten steps backwards. It was the worst bout of depression I’d dealt with in a very, very long time. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to get myself out of it, and was thinking of trying counseling because I’ve been on anti-depressants before and they’re just not for me.

And then my husband and I got some surprising news… we were expecting our second child! I struggled with that news, having been dealing with this awful depression and not really being sure I wanted more children other than our two year old daughter. I did A LOT of soul searching, journaling, and took tons of personal time for myself to really figure my stuff out. I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t writing, I wasn’t living – I was just existing. And that was really tough for me. I didn’t want to talk to anyone, or go out anywhere and it was an extremely tough time for me.

Once winter broke and the weather started getting nicer and my husband and I found out we were expecting a baby boy, things started looking up for me. We found a house that we loved – and bought it! My depression lifted, and things were really starting to get better. Now it’s the end of August, I’m 34.5 weeks pregnant, we have a new house, I’ve been reading tons, and I’m happier than I’ve been in months! I want to be open and honest with you guys because I know I’m not the only one who struggles with depression and anxiety. It’s a large part of my life that I have to actively work on daily to keep ahead of it, or I get swallowed whole. It takes me away from the things that make me happy – reading, and writing – it forces me into this role that I have to pretend to be myself, when I feel anything BUT like ME. I’ve mastered hiding my depression so well that my husband didn’t even believe me when I said I’d been struggling for months. I need to start learning to open up, and not bottle things in. Had I been open with people, would I have been so far under? Maybe, but I think what’s important is to recognize the signs and address them immediately, before you do get pulled under.

I’ve been most active on Goodreads and Instagram when it comes to my book life. I haven’t been writing full reviews or posting on here because I feel like I just can’t write decent reviews to save my life. I also haven’t made time to do it. I’d love to use this blog again, and post regularly. With baby boy due on October 8th I cannot say that will definitely happen but I will try. For now, if you’d like to keep up with me please follow me on:

GOODREADS and INSTAGRAM.

Much love to all!

Laura

Review | NOVEMBER 9

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November 9

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

EDITION: Paperback, 310 pages | Published By: Atria Books

ACQUISITION: Own

RATING: 5.00/5.00

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

MY THOUGHTS: Having a 2 year old and being six months pregnant doesn’t leave me much time for reading these days… HOWEVER, that DID NOT stop me from binge reading this book in a matter of a weekend. It was THAT good. Not that I expect anything less from a Colleen Hoover novel, considering that I did the same thing with Maybe Someday.

The second I opened this book and began reading I was hooked on Fallon’s story. She begins the story as this horribly insecure person because of scars left on her body after she was stuck in a house fire. She blames her father, since he has taken responsibility for the blaze, and therefore her already struggling relationship with him is in even more turmoil. Upon the eve of her move to NYC to try her hand at acting on Broadway – since her film acting career was cut short by the deformities left by the fire – Fallon finds herself at breakfast with her father, breaking the news that she is moving. He isn’t thrilled at the news, and all but tells her that her career is over due to the scars on her face and body, and to try something else, like college.

Overhearing all of this is Ben Kessler. Unable to sit and listen to this conversation, Ben jumps in and pretends to be Fallon’s boyfriend, which renders her father speechless, and leads to one of the most intense, incredible romances I’ve ever read about.

Unable to end their short relationship, Fallon invites Ben back to her apartment to help her pack. They get to know each other a little bit, and decide to meet up once a year, every November 9th. Not only will this give them time to get to know each other slowly, but it gives Ben a story line for his novel.

Over the course of the book, we follow Fallon and Ben each November 9th. We see how each has grown and changed, and how the effects of only talking and seeing each other once a year has on a relationship. I fell in love with this book so hard, and maybe reading it while pregnant wasn’t the best idea, since my emotions are already so messed up, but this book definitely gave me some wicked emotional whiplash. There is just so much love, hate, sadness and sorrow, life and death, heartache, heartbreak… you name it.

I did think I had the book slightly figured out at one point – assuming that Fallon and Ben would not end up together after a line about how a book can have a happy ending without the main characters being together, as long as they’re happy apart. But I won’t spoil it for you – you’ll have to read and find out if they win in the end.

If you’re a fan of other Colleen Hoover books, new adult, or are looking for somewhere to start in the contemporary romance genre then November 9 is a GREAT place to start.

Happy Reading!

Laura

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REVIEW | Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

71811MOON CALLED | Book #1 of the Mercy Thompson Series

AUTHOR: Patricia Briggs

PUBLICATION INFORMATION: MASS MARKET PAPERBACK EDITION – 288 pages | Published: January 31st 2006 by AceRoc Books

MY RATING: 4 Stars | GOODREADS RATING: 4.18/5.00 Stars

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WHAT ITS ABOUT: Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy’s next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she’s fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy’s connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water…

MY THOUGHTS: I enjoy a good Urban Fantasy every now and again. I found Kelley Armstrong’s  Otherworld series (though I’m only around book #6 and have more to read yet.) thoroughly entertaining, and I’ve been craving some hot sexy alpha werewolves. This book has been on my shelf for a year, and I picked it up on a whim, without the intentions of really sitting down and reading it – but once I got a few pages in… I was hooked.

Mercy is a great lead character. She’s tough, takes no BS – and doesn’t mind calling people out on it – and can stand her own ground. She is also a Walker – able to shift into a coyote – and is the only one of her kind in the world. Mercy is an auto mechanic, working in a shop that was handed down to her by Zee – a metalworking fae (gremlin, to be exact). Mercy lives next door to Adam Hauptman, who is the Alpha of the Columbia Basin Pack, and all of the packs are overruled by the Marrok, Bran, who also had a hand in raising Mercy.

After several uneventful years, suddenly Mercy finds herself thrown in the middle of some nasty werewolf business when a newly Changed wolf named Mac shows up at her shop and she helps him out. He tells her about how he was Changed, and it sets off a chain of events leading to Adam and his daughter Jesse being kidnapped.

I find most Urban Fantasies to follow very similar rules. While I believe Moon Called can fit in with a lot of other books of its genre, there were so many things that helped it to stand out on its own. Mercy is definitely one of my new favorite characters. I love her attitude, and that she isn’t stupid. She finds herself in predicaments, but it’s usually to help out those she loves and cares for, and to set peace in the world. She’s always kept out of Werewolf affairs, but when young Mac comes to her, she’s suddenly thrust into their world and the politics and danger that comes along with it.

At the beginning of the book, Mercy’s relationship with Adam isn’t really much of anything. He keeps an eye over her, and they tend to aggravate one another, but there isn’t any hard feelings or hatred. I didn’t necessarily feel any type of connection between them, so events at the end of the book were a pleasant surprise and cliff hanger that is leaving me excited for book two to arrive in the mail – yes, it was ordered before I’d even finished this book because I knew I’d be continuing on with this series. There is a lot of lingering tension between her and Samuel, though, that I can’t wait to see how it is resolved. I like the love interests, even if they were a bit predictable, I cannot guess how they will develop.

In Mercy’s world, the werewolves, witches, and vampires are still living in secret, but the fae, ruled by the Gray Lords, are out in public. As such, they are forced to live on reservations around the US. The groups rarely mix. Bran, the Marrok of the wolves, is planning to bring the wolves out into public – which not all wolves are happy about. Thus this sets into motion the events of this book.

There is a lot of action in this book to keep you engaged, as well as a minimal of slower story-building scenes that keep you abreast of backstory for characters, etc. I absolutely love Patricia’s writing style, it’s easy to read yet engaging. I liked the pacing of the book a lot, and was excited to get back to reading any time that I had to take a break.

The themes of the book such as magic and special powers among the supernatural were interesting as well. Most wolves only have increased senses like hearing, smell; which is typical. But some have a little extra, like Samuel. They are also very dominance oriented, and feel challenged often. I like that Mercy, as a Walker, can “smell” emotions. She can tell when someone is fearful, scared, etc. She can also “hear” spells cast by witches, which up until this point, no one can do, and no one knows that she can. I am very interested in seeing how this develops in future books. I am not sure why this detail stuck out so much, but I find myself really interested by it!

I would highly recommend this book if you are an avid reader of urban fantasy or are looking to break into the genre. There are sexy werewolves, a bad ass heroine who is incredibly likable, and lots of tension between supernatural species to keep you fully engaged in the series.

SIMILAR READS: Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews | Downside Ghosts Series by Stacia Kane | Kitty Norville Series by Carrie Vaughn | World of the Lupi Series by Eileen Wilks | The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison

 

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REVIEW | A Court of Thorns and Roses

16096824Book #1 | A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J Maas

Publication Information:

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Rating: 4 Stars – I Really Liked It!

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 A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

My Thoughts: I have to first say that reading this one immediately after binge reading the entire Throne of Glass series is not the best idea. That being said, if you have read ToG you also have to throw out any notions that this is anything like the faeries and fae worlds in ToG, because it isn’t – it’s nothing like it.

What we do have here, is the same wonderful writing that I fell in love with in ToG, and a main character who doesn’t give herself nearly enough credit. She isn’t as bad ass as Celaena, but she can hold her own. We have a sexy, beastly love interest, and vile vindictive deadly faeries that wouldn’t blink an eye at killing a human – even if she “belongs” to the Spring Court High Lord.

We begin the book with Feyre out hunting for food for her family – father, and two sisters – and she gets both a deer and a wolf. Being told in the first person point of view, we find out that she is curious if the wolf – which is abnormally gargantuan – could be a fairy, but after skinning it, she decides there is no way, it was a regular wolf.

For extra money, since her family is incredibly poor after her once-wealthy father lost his fortune, she sells the wolf’s skin to a mercenary, and goes home – reveling in how awful her life is, and how she is bound to care for her family that do not even like nor appreciate her thanks to a promise she made to her mother upon her deathbed. What she doesn’t expect, is to go home thinking it a normal day in her life, only to have a beastly faerie burst in her door and steal her away upon some terms of the Treaty between the mortals and the fae, since it turns out that wolf was in fact fae.

There may be spoilers from here on out – if you haven’t read this book yet, I’d recommend waiting to read the rest of my review until you’ve read it.

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FRIDAY FREEBIE

Happy Friday, my beautiful book lovers!

Today I am sharing with you a Friday Freebie… so if you’re in the market for a new book to binge read this weekend, well I’ve got one for you to check out!

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BY: Sable Hunter

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Sparks fly when Annalise walks thru the door of Ethan Stewart’s Bed & Breakfast, turning his life upside down … again. Six years ago she had simply vanished into thin air after eight short days of earth-shattering passion. Ethan had searched desperately for her, but never found Lise. After being apart for so long can they simply pick up where they left off?

Annalise Ramsey has come to face with the man of her dreams. She has never forgotten what it felt like to be loved by him. Tragedy tore her away from him years before, and now she fears the shadows of that secret will keep them apart forever.

Can Lise overcome the fear of rejection that keeps their love in the dark?

BUY LINKS: AMAZON

Have a great reading filled weekend!

Laura

 

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NANOWRIMO 2015 | WEEK TWO WRAPUP

So I can say with complete confidence that I am finally on track with my WIP (work in progress) however, unless I can somehow pump out thousands of words a day …  I won’t be winning NaNoWriMo this year.

And you know what? That’s OK. It is, really. I don’t mind not winning because I know that I will still succeed. I have such a love for this story I’ve got in my head, and the character’s that I’m writing about, that I know I will finish it. I have the faith, the motivation and drive to write it through to the end. It just very well may take me until next NaNoWriMo to fully be ready to edit it, revise, and possibly have some beta-readers.

Gosh, just thinking about it gives me goosebumps! I’ve also come up with some great ideas for a Beauty and the Beast retelling – so I’m excited to start brainstorming and outlining some ideas for that.

But, let me tell you a little bit about my main character for this WIP, which was previously started under the working title, My Favorite Mistake. It is a New Adult Contemporary Romance.

The main character is Samantha O’Reilly. She is 18 and the youngest daughter of a defense attorney. Her mother is a real estate agent, and she has one older sister, Lindsay, who is 24 and married to Ryan Finnegan, a 34 year old attorney at her father’s law firm. Her father represents big time clients, and their family is very wealthy and live in Cedar Hill, Connecticut.

She has just graduated from high school, and was planning on moving to Florida to go to college with her high school sweetheart, Landon Gray. But she realizes that her life isn’t planned out by her and what she wants. Her father and Landon have basically made all of her decisions for her, and she’s had enough.

Going against everything her father and Landon have planned, Samantha applies to Covington College in New York, and decides to pursue her dream of writing and illustrating children’s books once she is accepted. Unhappy with her decision, Landon says their relationship is “on hold” so that she can figure out what she really needs to do – Which is what HE says – and her father decides to let her go, renting her a two-bedroom apartment since her best friend, Morgan Varese, is going to be attending another college near Covington. Her father has given her a semester to figure things out, and once the semester is up, she needs to either follow her original plans, or support herself.

At Covington, Samantha is realizing that she has lost herself, and is slowly finding pieces of who she dreamed of being when she was a kid. She loves art and drawing, but never pursued classes because it wasn’t acceptable to her father. She met Emily Green in her drawing class, and they’ve become very close friends. One night, the week before Christmas, Samantha comes home early, since class was cancelled, and finds Landon there – but she finds him and Morgan together on the couch of the apartment her father rented for her, hooking up. She kicks them both out and takes Emily up on her offer to her band play at a bar near campus.

Samantha drinks too much, and finds Emily’s twin brother, Evan, much too attractive – and when she wakes up the next morning fully hungover for the first time and ends up walking out into her kitchen in nothing but her bra and panties – forgetting Evan and Emily were there – she realizes how mortified she is – and how attracted to Evan she is.

But love is never easy – and it won’t be for Samantha and Evan.

If you enjoyed this sneak peek – come back next week when I give you Week 3 updates… I am so interested in seeing where Samantha, Emily, and Evan go. I love Samantha’s attitude, and how she won’t live her life for anyone else but herself. She is strong, smart, and sassy and I can’t help but admire her.

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NaNoWriMo 2015 | Week One WrapUp

Every year I commit myself to participating in NaNoWriMo (If you don’t know what that is… go here to find out!) and every year I fail miserably at it. I get side tracked, or I spend all of October preparing that when November comes, I’m burned out and don’t feel like writing. Or I just make up a ton of excuses as to why I don’t have time to write. Or I just don’t have the inspiration to. Right now, I’m in a writing slump. I gave myself a “You can do this!” Pep talk last night, and so I think I can sit down today once I get my daughter down for her nap — and pump out some wordage. At least, I hope to.

Three years ago I started an account on Figment. I loved that it gave me the ability to share my writing with others, and that other fellow writers could read my stories and we could all help each other reach our goals. BUT, that dream quickly faded. No one was really interested in reading my stuff – they just wanted “likes for likes”. So the story I was working on got forgotten about.

Until now.

I read back through what I had written — and REALLY liked it! I just recently started getting into New Adult, and it turns out that the story I started way back when, is new adult. And I really think it has potential!

So I spent September and October outlining and brainstorming and thinking, I’ve got this! But guys – I haven’t written one word of it in November. Not one! So here’s my Week One WrapUp word count: 0. A big fat goose egg.Zip. Zilch. Nada.

Today is make it or break it day. If I can sit down and write, I will feel the motivation to continue. If I can’t write anything today, I will bow out gracefully and just write at my own pace, time, etc.

I hope everyone else is doing better at NaNoWriMo than I am.

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REVIEW | MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday

BY: Colleen Hoover

SERIES: Maybe #1 | Maybe Not #1.5

RATING: 5.00/5.00 Stars | GOODREADS RATING: 4.24/5.00

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

FIRST IMPRESSION: There is something so seriously sexy and delicious about a guitar player! Sydney is such a wonderfully likeable character, and I want this book to go on forever because I adore everything and everyone in it!

CHARACTERS: The characters in this book were some of the most loveable characters that I’ve had the pleasure of reading about. Even Bridgette got my curiosity piqued – making me know for sure that I will be reading Maybe Not, which is about her relationship with Warren. I loved how quickly Sydney felt at home with Warren, they have an awesome friendship! I also love how great the chemistry was between Ridge and Sydney, and even Ridge and Maggie. Every pain, heartache, and happiness was so easily felt like I was experiencing everything with them. I really cannot tell you in words just how much I truly loved these characters.

PLOT/STORYLINE: One thing that I am never really a fan of, is the prologue that is part of the actual story later on (Think all of the Twilight books.) Colleen makes it work in her novels, but I could do without. Anyway – that really doesn’t have much to do with things because I freaking loved everything about the plot in this book. Well, maybe not everything. I would have loved a little more with Ridge and Maggie. I don’t know exactly what, but I felt like it was too quick when it was all said and done. Like yes, they realized things about their relationship, but I don’t feel like after five years it would be that easy to part ways. Especially with how Maggie’s health is. It’s hard to write and not spoil anything here!

The development of relationships was done magnificently here as well! While feelings were developed early on, it wasn’t Insta-love AT ALL! They took their time in really starting anything, and I loved that. If you don’t like slowly developing love stories, this one might not be for you – but it was so damn good that I would tell you to read it anyway!

I loved how easy and seamless the whole story felt. There were really no slow parts that dragged for me. I felt like everything moved fluidly, and all parts were necessary to really connect with the characters. From beginning to end, I was hooked on this book.

MY THOUGHTS: The thing about me is that I’m a sucker for a guitarist or musician in any love story, because my husband used to play guitar in a band. He was in a band for most of our relationship, having only stopped about two years ago. All of his guitar equipment is still in the house, and when he picks his guitar up, I’m easily transported back to my eighteen-year-old self, when we used to sit in his bedroom and he’d strum out a song on his Washburn Acoustic.

When I read the summary for this one, I knew I’d love it. I also MUST say that this is my 2nd Colleen Hoover book, and it was AMAZING. I am even going to go so far as to say it is my FAVORITE Contemporary Romance & New Adult of 2015. Yes. This book was THAT good. There weren’t many parts that I wasn’t fully engaged in the story, and I definitely stayed up way past my bedtime to continue reading – even on vacation with my one-year-old asleep next to me with a 5:00am wake up time to catch our flight home.

Colleen has a wonderful writing style that is both easy yet good at really conveying the characters thoughts, feelings, and emotions.I am adding her to my Auto-Buy Authors list for sure!

Happy Reading!

Laura

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REVIEW | Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

SERIES: Hopeless #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Losing Hope #2 Finding Cinderella #2.5

RATING: 3.50/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 4.40/5.00

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

INITIAL THOUGHTS: So I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately – heavier things that I needed to take a little break from. I thought Hopeless would be a light, quick, contemporary romance for me (which was NOT the case at all. Read on…); especially since I have been thinking about making my way into the New Adult arena, plus – anyone who’s everyone knows that CoHo is blowing up the bookish interwebs.

WHAT I THOUGHT: Holy Lord of all that is holy. This was NOT just any old fluffy contemporary romance by any means. I must say it was more than I bargained for. This book took a really dark turn, and dealt with some pretty hardcore issues. ***Trigger Warning: this book takes on the topics of sexual abuse/rape. While it doesn’t go too far into detail, I thought it was worth a mention just in case you cannot read any books dealing with this topic.***

Hopeless follows seventeen-year-old Sky Davis. Sky lives with her anti-technology/electronics, strict adoptive mother, Karen. She doesn’t have a TV, computer, cell phone, etc. luckily her BFF Six – yes, I totally had issues with picturing Six from the TV show, Blossom here… And yes, that just showed my age haha – lives right next door, and the two have movie nights often. Sky is also home schooled but is able to convince Karen to allow her to attend public school for her senior year. Of course this would be the time for Six to announce that she will be studying abroad in Italy for six months and so Sky will be on her own.

Unfortunately, Six has a reputation for being promiscuous and therefore people think the same of Sky, which makes for some uncomfy moments on her first day of school – including post its on her locker with nasty names. But of course Sky takes this all in stride because she’s just that kick ass awesome!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I did not expect it to take the dark turns that it did, but that’s okay. It’s not necessarily a bad thing when you think a book is going to be light and fluffy and then it totally blows you out of the water with a darkness and depth that you didn’t know existed.

THINGS I DISLIKED:

  • How contradictory Sky was with relationships. She would describe Karen as this strict, overbearing parent who allows no electronics, and they eat vegan (Even though Sky doesn’t when she isn’t at home.) yet she loves Karen a lot, and is almost defending her at times. It just seemed a little weird to me.
  • How contradictory Sky is with her feelings for Holder. At first she is creeped out by him; and even when they start hanging out she will still make comments about his creepiness and how uneasy she feels around him. Then we are suddenly seeing her gushing over how attracted to him she is, and cannot stop thinking about him. This resolves, in my opinion, but it was weird at first. Holder is just a very Intense and Passionate person.
  • We never got closure – or an ending – with Breckin, or Six. Those are two story lines I can think of off the top of my head; but there were things left unresolved at the end of the book and that annoys me the most – and is the reason I decided to bump the rating down from a 4 Star to a 3.5 Star review. If there will be  sequel I can overlook this! I see there is a 2nd book, but I don’t know if it’s just Hopeless told from Holder’s POV or if it’s truly a continuation of this story.
  • Holder keeping secrets from Sky about herself. If he truly loved her I feel he would’ve done more to get them out in the open. I feel as though if they were true ‘soulmates’ she would’ve felt the same way he did; even if she didn’t remember things.

THINGS I LIKED:

  • I thought I had the book figured out early on. Ha ha, joke was on me! I didn’t have it figured out in the least, Not even a little bit.
  • The intensity and passion of Holder – ONCE secrets are out, and we can like him without him coming off as creepy.
  • How completely different this book was than I thought or expected it to be. When an author can wow me like that, it’s a really good thing!
  • Sky is a pretty incredible chick! She went through A LOT and still came out on top. She is an admirable character.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? Yes. If you are looking to break into the New Adult genre, or just looking for a good book with heavier topics, then this would be a good one for you. It definitely is an 18+ book, and again deals with sexual abuse.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This was a twisting, winding tale through a teenager’s eyes as she finds herself and comes to terms with a past that she couldn’t remember. A good read for anyone who likes a darker, heavier themed contemporary romance with first love and finding ones self intermingled.

Happy Reading,

Laura

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AUGUST IS FOR ROMANCE | My Favorite Fictional Couples

It is just typical of me to not know that August is Romance Awareness Month until, oh, halfway through the month! But that is just a-okay, because that still gives me 16 days to share some romantic-ish posts that are just so sickly and sweetly love filled that by September we will be glad it is over!

Today, I’m sharing with you, five of my favorite fictional couples…

So without further ado, let us meet lucky couple number one!

JAMIE FRASER & CLAIRE BEAUCHAMP RANDALL FRASER

SERIES: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

So I can technically only go on the first three books of this series since I’ve only read up through Voyager, but from those three books I can tell you that Jamie and Claire will ALWAYS have a place in my heart. He is one of those stoic, romantic, sexy kilt-wearing guys that could only exist in the 18th Century.

We start out the series with Claire married to Frank Randall, and the two are on their belated honeymoon and clearly in love. But then…. dun dun dun! Claire time-travels back to 1743 and into the clutches of Blackjack Randall – a distant relative of her husbands. It’s up to Jamie and his troup to save Claire, which results in the two having to be married off and Claire – GASP – takes Jamie’s virginity! Every sex scene is just cheek-blushingly amazing, and Jamie is just so soft and gentle (usually… ) with Claire that I cannot imagine anyone reading this series and not falling in love with him.

ETHAN WATE & LENA DUCHENNES

SERIES: The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

I love the contrast between good ol’ Southern boy, Ethan and his gothic, caster love Lena. Ethan’s life has been pretty simple (except for his recluse dad) until he meets Lena. He can’t help but be captivated by her eccentricity, and as the two get to know each other it’s easy to feel the emotions and love they share; especially as the series goes on. The way her quirkiness and almost negativity play against his easy going charm make it pretty obvious that this is one of my favorite couples of all time.

CELAENA SARDOTHIEN & CHAOL WESTFALL

SERIES: Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Okay, I can’t help but get a little spoilery here if you haven’t read Crown of Midnight, buuuuutttt… it cannot be helped. So I know that Adarlan’s Assassin and the Captain of the Guard aren’t exactly together once the second book of the series ends (I’m only halfway through Heir of Fire – book 3 – so I’m not sure where they will end up!) but when they were together, it was like sparks, and magic, and ooey-gooey mushy lovey feelings!! Especially when you combine the fact that they are both incredible hardheaded and stubborn, it’s easy to see why they make such an incredible pair – when they’re on the same page, that is. I have hopes and crossed fingers that these two will find their way back to each other and make beautiful little half-fae babies!

EDWARD CULLEN & BELLA SWAN

SERIES: The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

Go ahead, roll your eyes if you must but I love these two! Even with Edward’s intense, stalker-ish neediness and Bella’s head over heels insta-love, I just can’t help it. This is one sparkly vampire who just does it for me! He truly is just an old-fashioned romantic at heart. He is competitive and willing to do whatever it takes (um, you know, after the whole running away thing in New Moon where he almost lost Bella forever.) to keep Bella’s heart forever. He wants her to be happy, and I think he does a pretty good job keeping her that way!

ISAIAH WALKER & RACHEL YOUNG

SERIES: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Their story is in book #3 – Crash into You)

So we have known Isaiah since way back in Pushing the Limits, but we had to wait until book three to read his story. Of course his hard edges and bad boy image are just what Rachel finds herself drawn to – but even she is surprised to learn of the intense, romantic, loving guy that is beneath that rough exterior. Maybe because I fall for the fictional bad boys too that I just found myself so into this book, but I really and truly think Isaiah is one of the yummiest fictional guys out there!

I hope you guys enjoyed my first ‘August for Romance’ post! I would love to know who is on your Favorite Fictional Couples list! I have many more, so don’t be shocked if I end up doing more of these posts 🙂

Happy Reading!

Laura