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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Before I Fall

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Paperback, 470 pages

Published October 25th 2011 by HarperCollins (first published March 2nd 2010)

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

~Review~

I was watching the movie trailer for the new Fifty Shades movie and I saw a trailer for Before I fall, I recognized the title and I knew there was a book by Lauren Oliver.  

This book was such a amazing surprise. I honestly didn’t think that it would be so good and I was amazed that it was. It was so heart breathtakingly beautiful, it was so thought provoking and powerful. I’ve never read a book like this, where the same day plays over and over again, and its different every time. I’ve seen a ton of movies like this but never really read a book like it, It was different, good different. I really enjoyed it. Even though it had elements of supernatural (being brought back to life and all) but this book is so realistic especially how high school is. The book describes the whole high school atmosphere and being a teenager perfectly.

The beginning really drew me in I enjoyed reading about Sam’s day and the events that lead up to her death.  But at some points, I really didn’t like Sam and I just wanted to slap her and say “Don’t you realize what you are doing?” but she didn’t listen to me LOL… What I loved the most about this book is the transformation of Sam from being one of the mean girls to a strong independent individual who really grows up in the 7 days following her death. The character development in this book is so rich. I also really loved the layout of this book, each chapter representing a day in Sam’s life following her death. Each day Sam tried to change what happened to her and her friends and the final chapter, I mean you knew what was going to happen but I didn’t stop me from wishing for a different ending.

I didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did, but I’m sure glad it did. So amazing. Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer, and has managed to make Sam’s story come alive in a way that made me unable to put the book down.

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~Author Bio~

Lauren OliverLauren Oliver is the cofounder of content development company Paper Lantern Lit. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of the YA novels Replica, Vanishing Girls, Panic, and the Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem, which have been translated into more than thirty languages. The film rights to both Replica and Lauren’s bestselling first novel, Before I Fall, were acquired by AwesomenessTV; a major motion picture adaptation of Before I Fall was announced by Open Road Films in 2016. Her novels for middle grade readers include The Spindlers, Liesl & Po, and the Curiosity House series, co-written with H. C. Chester. She has written one novel for adults, Rooms.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver divides her time between New York, Connecticut, and a variety of airport lounges.

~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover


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Rule (Marked Men #1) by Jay Crownover

 

Paperback, 432 pages

Published October 22nd 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks

~Rating: 5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Opposites in every way . . . except the one that matters

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn’t want—and the only person she’s never tried to please. She isn’t afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won’t listen.

To a rebel like Rule Archer, Shaw Landon is a stuck-up, perfect princess—and his dead twin brother’s girl. She lives by other people’s rules; he makes his own. He doesn’t have time for a good girl like Shaw—even if she’s the only one who can see the person he truly is.

But a short skirt, too many birthday cocktails, and spilled secrets lead to a night neither can forget. Now, Shaw and Rule have to figure out how a girl like her and a guy like him are supposed to be together without destroying their love . . . or each other.

~Review~

I was surprised at how much I loved this book. A story of opposites attract and all the juicy bits in between. I loved the plot, the characters (main and supporting), the romance, the angst, the heartache most of all I loved sharing this journey. *sigh* I don’t think I’ve read a book with so many amazingly named characters (Rule, Shaw, Remy, Rome, Jet, Ayden, Cora) need I go on … ?

Rule and Shaw both have had life shit on them. Going through something so tragic that will break your heart in to little pieces. Shaw does everything that everyone wants her to. She is little miss perfect. A little too perfect. But her passion for Rule shows in the entire book. I hurt for her for every single time in the beginning she was hiding when all Rule needed to do was open his damn eyes. But Rule has so much pain burned inside of him. He pushes everyone out of his way, jumps from one, one night stand to the next. While Shaw is seating there seeing the entire after fold of it. But you can’t help but love Rule. He makes it towards it’s impossible to love him, but for me it was easy to come.

Shaw Landon has been in love with Rule Archer FOREVER! She’s been drooling over him on the inside, but hides her lust behind the disgusted scowl she wears on her face when around him. When she finally decides to take the mask off, the questions start flying. Yeah, it’s complicated, but it is sexy and fun. Along with all the ink on his body and metal in his face and o*cough cough*… other places, comes the bad boy attitude and type of dominance and possessiveness that makes other boys definitely NOT want to fuck with his woman!  He thinks being in Shaw’s life for good means he has to clean up his act, but what she really wants is the man she has loved her entire life. Being good is tough and being bad comes easy for Rule.

I can not stress how much I loved this book. I just love stories where the characters have known each other for ever and eventually get it together. There’s something about the intimacy and connection that only a complicated history can add to a relationship. The book is super hot and the sexual chemistry between Shaw and Rule is scrumptious! hehe, I highly recommend it!

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~Author Bio~

Jay CrownoverJay Crownover is the International and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, and The Point and Breaking Point Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Teaser Tuesday (#31) ~ Rule by Jay Crownover

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2017 in Ana's bookshelf

 

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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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OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu


OCD Love Story

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!

 

Play Me #1: Play Me Wild (Play Me #1) by Tracy Wolff


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Play Me #1: Play Me Wild (Play Me #1) by Tracy Wolff

ebook, 61 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Loveswept

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

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~Synopsis~

In the seductive first installment of an eBook original serial from the New York Times bestselling author of Ruined and Addicted, a woman running from her past has finally found a bit of control . . . until her powerful new boss makes her go wild.

My name is Aria Winston. I’ve fought desperately to escape the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas. Now I’m on my own, in control of my own life and my own destiny . . . just the way I like it. Until Sebastian Caine changes everything.

Working as a cocktail waitress at one of Vegas’s hottest five-star casinos means putting up with a ton of bad behavior from the big spenders. But it pays the bills—and that’s all that matters to Aria, who needs every last dollar to escape from her father’s destructive grasp and the brutal man he expects her to marry. But when she lashes out against a billionaire who won’t take no for an answer, she nearly loses everything—until Sebastian steps in. The owner’s son and handpicked successor, Sebastian is dark, sexy, and kinder than any rich man should be. And when he apologizes and offers to keep her job safe, Aria can’t help the way her body reacts to his. Suddenly her job, and the security it brings her, isn’t the only thing Aria wants.

Play Me is an erotic serial intended for mature audiences. Aria and Sebastian’s story continues in Play Me: Hot.H

~Review~

*a copy was provided for review purposes*

This is the first installment of five. It is a quick read and a teaser for the rest of the series.

Aria is trying to escape her past but she can’t go too far because of her sister. Stuck in a waitressing job at a casino she tries to make ends meet. Every day she deals with the rich and powerful that feel they can do anything they want, treat anyone anyway they want. When one of the Whales starts feeling up a girl against her will she does the only thing she can do, she whacks him in the head with her tray. Then she was fired. When she goes in to receive her last paycheck she never expects to see the most stunning man she’s ever seen. She also doesn’t expect him to give her, her job back, or for her boss to issue her an offer, an offer for control.

Sebastian hates Las Vegas and never intended to come back. Except now his father is sick and so it’s his job to take over the casino and get out of the financial hole his father left the business in. When he finds out a girl who works for him hit a Whale and was then fired he had to make this error right. When coming face to face with her he never expected her to be so beautiful, or so feisty. He wants her in his bed and even after she refuses he knows he’ll do anything to gain her trust.

The mystery surrounding both Aria and Sebastian’s past leave you ready to pounce right into the next book because you just crave more, more, more! I loved both of the characters and can easily see myself getting sucked in the further I get along.

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~Author Bio~

Tracy Wolff

Tracy Wolff collects books, English degrees and lipsticks and has been known to forget where—and sometimes who—she is when immersed in a great novel. At six she wrote her first short story—something with a rainbow and a prince—and at seven she forayed into the wonderful world of girls lit with her first Judy Blume novel. By ten she’d read everything in the young adult and classics sections of her local bookstore, so in desperation her mom started her on romance novels. And from the first page of the first book, Tracy knew she’d found her life-long love. Now an English professor at her local community college, she writes romances that run the gamut from contemporary to paranormal to erotic suspense.

And for all of those who want the unedited version:

Tracy Wolff lives with four men, teaches writing to local college students and spends as much time as she can manage immersed in worlds of her own creation. Married to the alpha hero of her dreams for twelve years, she is the mother of three young sons who spend most of their time trying to make her as crazy as possible.

You can find Tracy also on Twitter, www.tracywolff.blogspot.com and www.sizzlingpens.blogspot.com.

Tracy Wolff also writes as Tessa Adams

~Author Links~

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Virgin by Radhika Sanghani


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Virgin by Radhika Sanghani

Kindle edition, 304 pages

Published: August 5th, 2014 by Berkley

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Okay, I admit it… I didn’t do i.

Yet.

This is normal right? I mean, just because everyone I know has talked like they’ve already done it doesn’t mean that they’re telling the truth…..right?

It’s not like I’m asking for that much. I don’t need the perfect guy. I don’t need candlelight or roses. Honestly, I don’t even need a real bed.

The guys I know complain that the girls are always looking for Mr. Right – do I have to wear a sign that says I’m only looking for Mr. Right now?

Sooooo…anyone out there want sex? Anyone? Hello? Just for fun?

I am not going to die a virgin. One way or another i am going to make this happen.

Hey, what have I got to loose? Besides the obvious.

~Review~

At first I wasn’t sure what to make of this book. I was worried this was going to just be another NA novel where the perfect and beautiful but doesn’t know she’s beautiful heroine is oblivious to the hundreds of men that want her and she decides on a whim to succumb to her so-called friends pressuring her to just do it already.  Virgin was not like that. It really was something special. I’m just blown away. Sanghani is on my radar now.

Virgin is great. Well written, funny, and very relevant to our time. Even thought the protagonist is a virgin she is frank about her body, and sex. I really appreciated how detailed she was in all the many adventures she had with four play, masturbation, body hair, and all the things we rarely see young women deal with in an honest, authentic way.

Ellie is a twenty-one year old virgin who shares her story of attempts to have her deflowered with the aid of her partner-in-crime friend Lara. Lara helps Ellie find a suitable men for the mission at hand until a disagreement between them causes Ellie and Lara to leave and go their separate ways.

Ellie embarks on several adventures with the opposite sex to speed up the process of becoming a non-virgin to no avail. Ellie learns the proper rules of kissing, foreplay, and describes in length different ways she masturbates to recognize an orgasm when the big day happens. In addition, Ellie starts a ‘VLOG’ that is strictly dedicated to everything ‘vagina’ including the inner and outer workings of this special place on a woman’s body. Ellie is determined in losing her virginity before becoming an old woman and willing to do almost anything to get that accomplished.

Overall, I really enjoyed this novel, and hope to read more from this author.  I highly recommend this novel!

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester


The Thursday Night Club

The Thursday Night Club by Steven Manchester

Kindle Edition, 152 pages
Published November 18th 2014 by The Story Plant

~Rating: 4.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

Five college friends, three men and two women, have been getting together every Thursday night to share humble meals and an abundance of laughter. But when tragedy takes one of them, leaving the others to question the fairness of life, the Thursday Night Club decides to embark on a contest in the memory of the generous spirit of their fallen brother. The objective of the contest is simple: whoever performs the kindest deed by Christmas night wins the pot – four quarters. And there are only two conditions: the benevolent deed must be anonymous, and it cannot cost a single penny to pull off.

As the four friends undertake the contest, the healing begins and they become inspired beyond their expectations. There might be a winner in this competition, but it is very clear there will be no losers.

A story of Christmas spirit that will strike a chord in your heart any time of year, The Thursday Night Club will make you look at the holiday season in new ways.

~Review~

**A copy was provided for review purposes**

Steven Manchester did not disappoint with The Thursday Night Club! His writing style is truly unique, and he’s definitely a must read author!

This story is about five college friends who meet every Thursday just to hang out, play cards, chat about school, and enjoy some down time.

One Thursday night Randy, Kevin and Jesse bet $0.75 each to see who can play the funniest prank, specifying that such a plan is not to cause harm/ hurt anyone else. But when the bet takes an accidental turn with the loss of Jesse. The group of friends find it really hard to cope with his loss, Thursday nights just won’t be the same without him.

The story lets you know that life is so risky and so short, and that we all have some good in us, that with just a little effort we can make some sort of difference in the world.This novel shows you that life is about giving, caring, love, friendship, and growth. It’s a really good message to spread around. I really loved this novel and would highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed.

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~Author Bio~

Steven Manchester is the author of the #1 bestsellers, Twelve Months and The Rockin’ Chair. He is also the author of the award-winning novel, Goodnight, Brian, as well as the critically-acclaimed novel, Pressed Pennies, A Christmas Wish (Kindle exclusive), Wilbur Avenue (novella), Just in Time (novella), The Thursday Night Club (novella, released November 2014) and Gooseberry Island (novel, released January 2015). His work has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CNN’s American Morning and BET’s Nightly News. Three of Steven’s short stories were selected “101 Best” for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. When not spending time with his beautiful wife, Paula, or their four children, this Massachusetts author is promoting his works or writing.

~Author Links~

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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