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Teaser Tuesday (#31)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it. All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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Rule (Marked Men,#1) by Jay Crownover

#1:

“Shaw is Shaw. She’s so freaking beautiful it hurts to look at her sometimes, but she doesn’t even know it. She’s still untouchable because she’s always going to be richer and smarter than we are, but she doesn’t care about any of that. She’s cool, she doesn’t care that you’re just you, and honestly, Rule, any chick who can put up with the headache that is you, well I’d put a goddamn diamond on her finger”

#2:

“I think it’s genetically impossible not to be kind of in love with him when you come equipped with a vagina. It’s just something about all that angsty, moody swagger he has that makes you want to cuddle him up and make him feel better.”

 
 

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In My Mailbox (#28)


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In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. The purpose of this meme is to share the books we receive with our readers. These can be ARCs, books we purchased ourselves, books requested for review by authors and publishers, eBooks, free reads we stumbled upon and audiobooks. Posted randomly and sometimes twice a week.

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~Recent Purchases~

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~Received for an honest review~

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Just Friends (Just Friends #1) by Billy Taylor


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Just Friends (Just Friends #1) by Billy Taylor

Paperback, 292 pages

Published March 11th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

~Rating: 3/5 stars~

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~Description~

August and Ethan have been best friends since the day they met at Ethan’s seventh birthday party. And now, twelve years on, their friendship continues to grow. But after magic, fame, money and an unexplainable miracle in a car accident, August realizes maybe she wants to be more than just friends.

~Review~

Just Friends by Billy Taylor follows the story of August Bishop and Ethan Knight, who have been inseparable best friends since Ethan’s seventh birthday. But when Ethan saves her life in a car crash, she begins to wonder if maybe they could be more than just friends.  They go through a lot but they always come back to each other.

At first I didn’t know what to expect, I kept hearing/seeing quotes and pictures on Twitter, about this book and new author, so I took a chance and ordered it, because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

Honestly, I expected more, like A LOT more. I am a little disappointed…I did find it really hard to concentrate on the actual storyline; it was predictable, uninteresting and overall a very tedious book to read.  I honestly cannot see why it blew up on social media the way it did..

I thought the book would have been longer, more about their relationship (by this I mean, more intimate encounters between the main characters, August and Ethan), character development, and more challenges they have to face as a couple (but they weren’t really seen as an official couple throughout the whole book, which was kind of annoying), etc.

I also wish it was properly edited (grammar, paragraph& sentence structure)… hahah! Yes, I’m a total grammar Nazi~ xD

It’s just, it would have made the story so much better, if I hadn’t had to stop to re-word a sentence/add words to make it, make better sense/unnecessary sentences.

Okay, yeah, the author is British so some terminology is different/ things are said completely different from North American English. Like bathroom is loo, or high school is called college or that they say a person is called August, instead of named August, etc.

But… I don’t know… I don’t know how to feel about this book…. There was absolutely no flow in this book what so ever. The thoughts weren’t blended or merged in anyway and the events that happened were far-fetched, for happening to two people in such a short amount of time, which made the story, seem immature.

Ahhhhhhhhhh, I know it probably sounds like I totally hated it, but I did like it, kind of. It just needs some major improvements…

Putting all the negativity aside, the ending was REALLY FREAKING ADORABLE. The ending was so cute it was almost worth reading the rest of the book…. xD

I don’t know if I’d actually recommend it though, maybe if you were really, truly curious about the book yourself, then I would say go for it… though I’d wait to see if it was at your local library where you could borrow it… without spending money on it…

Also! I read on Billy Taylor’s twitter, he’s writing a second book called Mutual Feelings, which is being released in March-ish… I’ll probably get it for the sake of knowing what’s next… but from reading this one, I definitely have low expectations for it…

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~Author Bio~

Billy TaylorBilly Taylor is the bestselling author of Just Friends. It went on sale on March 31st 2016. Since then it has sold over 150,000 copies. Billy’s next novel, Mutual Feelings, will be on sale from March 31st 2017. It is now available for pre-order on ibooks.

~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Teaser Tuesday (#29) ~ Just Friends by Billy Taylor

 

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Teaser Tuesday (#30)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it. All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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~Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver~

Paperback, Enhanced Edition, 470 pages

Published October 25th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published March 2nd 2010)

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#1:

“Here’s one of the things I learned that morning: if you cross a line and nothing happens, the line loses meaning. It’s like that old riddle about a tree falling in a forest, and whether it makes a sound if there’s no one around to hear it.
You keep drawing a line farther and farther away, crossing it every time. That’s how people end up stepping off the edge of the earth. You’d be surprised at how easy it is to bust out of orbit, to spin out to a place where no one can touch you. To lose yourself–to get lost.
Or maybe you wouldn’t be surprised. Maybe some of you already know.
To those people, I can only say: I’m sorry.”

#2:

“It amazes me how easy it is for things to change, how easy it is to start off down the same road you always take and wind up somewhere new. Just one false step, one pause, one detour, and you end up with new friends or a bad reputation or a boyfriend or a breakup. It’s never occurred to me before; I’ve never been able to see it. And it makes me feel, weirdly, like maybe all of these different possibilities exist at the same time, like each moment we live has a thousand other moments layered underneath it that look different.”

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Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske


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Now That It’s You by Tawna Fenske

Kindle Edition, 313 pages

Published September 6th 2016 by Montlake Romance

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Talented chef Meg Delaney hasn’t spoken to her cheating ex-fiancé, Matt Midland, for two years. Ditching him at the altar after blurting out “I can’t” instead of “I do” would sour any relationship. But now, just as Meg is finally ready to bury the hatchet, she learns closure is permanently off the menu. And the kicker? Matt’s brother, Kyle, is back in her life, stirring up feelings that are equal parts guilt and lust.

Meg was the best thing that never happened to Kyle. He couldn’t make a move on his brother’s girlfriend—even if Matt didn’t value her nearly enough. The situation is even more complicated now that Meg’s bestselling aphrodisiac cookbook has spawned a legal battle with the Midlands. Maybe he should stay away. But love, like family, plays by its own rules. And the one woman he shouldn’t want might be the only one who’s perfect for him.

~Review~

*A copy was provided via NetGalley*

Beautiful, funny, relatable~

I was kind of unsure of how I would like this novel, but I’m happy I read it. I really enjoyed reading this; it was interesting, different and fresh.

Now That It’s You easily hooked me into this story right from the start. You have the whole range of emotions played throughout the book as the characters deal with a loss, come together for a romance, have a bit of controversy over the estate and a whole other range of things. Meg and Kyle seem to keep crossing paths now that Matt is gone and the two start to develop a bit of a relationship. And it’s obvious that they’ve liked/loved each other from when the first met. Matt’s death really brought them together. One of my favorite parts was when Meg and Kyle joined the LARPers (Live Action Roleplaying); it was fun and a really creative bit :3

The way the author describes the way Kyle feels about Meg and vice versa, you can tell they really want to be together.  Kyle really remembers everything about her and it’s cute and sweet; little details of when Matt, him and Meg did things together and such. But they have this problem where everything seems to be revolved around Matt (Meg’s ex-fiancé, also Kyle’s brother). Matt just keeps coming up, in every scenario. I don’t know why but I kind of found that frustrating; Matt’s name popping up everywhere. Just wish they had gotten together sooner rather than later, with them moving forward from Matt’s death, and always basically contemplating whether it’s right to be with each other. Ahahah I don’t know why but I reallllllyyyyy dislike the fact that Matt has had such an impact on Meg’s life… She’s stuck and it’s like she cannot move on… Yes, she and Matt were together for a decade, but he’s dead, and I know she didn’t get to say good bye or whatever but she deserves too, especially since he cheated on her…

But enough about that…

ahhhh <33 I love Meg and Kyle <3333

Overall, it was amazing, even though I do wish that some of the outcomes were different, that doesn’t change the fact that, despite my melancholy, I found this book to be fun and beautiful and not what I expected. The overall ending was fitting for this couple. I recommend it, if you want a fun, light read~

Lol but I don’t think I will ever get over Matt’s name/His death being mentioned so much, I felt like it was overly dramatic in a way  xD

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~Author Bio~

Tawna FenskeTawna Fenske is a USA Today bestselling romantic comedy author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city’s tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don’t Pet Me, I’m Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she’ll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, standup paddle, or sip wine on her back deck.

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy; steamy, heartwarming series books for Entangled Publishing; and tender, funny romances for Montlake Publishing. Tawna’s quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, “Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness.”

~Author Links~

Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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Happy Reading!

-Ana @SoManyBooksSoLittleTime

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Teaser Tuesday (#29)


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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by So Many Books So Little Time. Anyone can do it. All you have to do is: (1): Grab your current read. (2): Open it to a random page. (3): Share 1 or 2 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!! (4): Make sure you also mention the author and title.

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Just Friends (Just Friends #1) by Billy Taylor

#1:

“If anything ever happened to you, I don’t know what I’d do. You’re all I have, August. I don’t want to lose you, not now, not ever”

#2:

“Life would be so much easier if we had the courage to ask the questions we fear the most.”

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OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu


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OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Hardcover, 341 pages

Published: July 23rd 2013 by Simon Pulse

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.

But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic… and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a lot about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.

Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control. But this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down…and she might end up breaking her own heart.

~Review~

High school senior Bea suffers from a compulsive form of OCD that, among other things, causes her to fixate on a person and stalk him. Now, in addition to the man she’s stalking, she’s dating a guy from her OCD support group and by dating, I mean they’re enabling each other to fall deeper into their obsessions. Bea falls deeper and deeper into dangerous territory and nobody seems to be able to stop her, least of all herself.

I feel like the portrayal of OCD was pretty accurate.  I’ve seen some negative reviews criticizing the author about how “weird”, “freaky” and “ridiculous” the characters are, but OCD is not ridiculous. It is serious, and while the sufferers know that what they are doing is ridiculous, they physically cannot stop.

To be frank, there were definitely some sections of this book that were uncomfortable to read, in terms of Bea’s obsessions. This book is heartbreaking, honest, gritty, and real, and a book that I would recommend.

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~Author Bio~

Corey Ann HayduThe author of YA novels, OCD LOVE STORY, LIFE BY COMMITTEE,MAKING PRETTY, the middle grade novel, RULES FOR STEALING STARSand the upcoming YA novel FALLING GIRLS AND MISSING BOYS. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Corey has been working in children’s publishing since 2009.

In 2013, Corey was chosen as one of Publisher Weekly’s Flying Starts. Her books have been Junior Library Guild Selections, Indie Next Selections, and BCCB Blue Ribbon Selections.

Corey also teaches YA Novel Writing with Mediabistro and adapted her debut novel, OCD LOVE STORY into a high school play, which had its first run in Fall 2015.

Corey lives in Brooklyn with her dog, her fiance, and a wide selection of cheese.

~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

 
 
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