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Love Shots 1 & 2 by Roxy Callahan


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Love Shots #1 by Roxy Callahan 

Kindle Edition, 21 pages

Published December 16th 2016 by Shirtsleeve Press

~Rating: 3/5 stars~

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~Description~

Annoyance turns to romance turns to passion in this story of a young couple heading to wine country to celebrate their first anniversary.

When her boyfriend Scott doesn’t pack until the last second and then expects to join the mile high club on a full commercial flight, Kerrie is annoyed at the start of their anniversary weekend getaway. But things immediately get better as the two of them take in the romantic scenery of California Wine Country. That just sets the scene, however, and the real togetherness begins when they get back to their room.

Starting with a passionate strip tease, things get interesting as they realize that they were given the squeekiest bed in the bed & breakfast they are staying at. Love, creativity, and passion are all they need, however, as they enjoy an anniversary neither will soon forget.

~Review~

Kerrie and Scott were taking a quick weekend trip to a bed and breakfast in Wine Country for their first anniversary. Scott didn’t pack for their trip, so she had to do it, which only served to tick her off. Then he tries to get handsy with her on the flight, wanting to join the mile-high club, but she turns him down. When he tells her that he was really excited about their weekend and the romance of enjoying their anniversary that he didn’t think about all the mundane things before hand. Short but still good. My only criticism for this book is that it never mentions her name at all. The only way I knew her name was from the blurb.

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Love Shots #2 by Roxy Callahan 

Kindle Edition,39 pages

Published December 26th 2016 by Shirtsleeve Press

~Rating: 3.5/5 stars~

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~Description~

New couple Evan and Sadie take their passion to the next level when they discover that all they need to do is trust each other

Told via alternating points-of-view, this amazing book takes you through the minds of a young couple as they start out concerned over what the other will think, each of them hesitating to ask for what they really want. Readers will recognize the tentativeness, fear, and caution of new love, while enjoying watching it blossom into what we all hope it will become.

This is the story of Evan and Sadie. Evan wants to try new and exciting things in bed but is afraid to ask for them, and Sadie, who faces the same challenge. We watch as the two of them slowly reach a point where they finally trust each other completely, which leads to an amazing experience that takes their relationship to an emotional and physical new level..

~Review~

Sadie and Evan are a fairly new couple – just six weeks into their relationship, and we see both of them having the same kind of thoughts. They are each holding back on what they like because of the fear of losing each other. Short, but good! I did like this one a little better than Love Shots #1.

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Remembrance: A Heart Lines Novel by Heather Hildenbrand


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Remembrance: A Heart Lines Novel by Heather Hildenbrand

Kindle Edition, 306 pages

Published February 27th 2017

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Synopsis~

She’s the cure that could save him. If only she could remember how.

Two years ago, 20 year-old Samantha Knight experienced a life-altering trauma. Unfortunately, she can’t remember what it was. Previously outgoing, fun, and carefree—it’s as if someone flipped a switch on Sam’s insides. Now, she’s afraid of everything, socially awkward, and convinced she’s going crazy. As Beyoncé would say, she woke up like this. Sam tries her best to juggle college classes, work, and the nosiest roommate ever, but behind the curtain, Sam’s life is all about keeping a firm grip on her own mind. And life is kicking her ass.

Alex Channing has only one enemy in this world: werewolves. Born and raised to fight in the supernatural military, he has become an expert at hunting and killing rabid werewolves. But when Alex is bitten and infected, he finds himself racing against a ticking clock for his own survival.

Alex’s search for a cure leads him finally to an oracle in a seaside town in California. And she gives him the reading of a lifetime. The key to his cure is a girl who forgets things, cries spontaneously, and might just be insane. And the only way she can save him is to do the one thing Alex knows is impossible: she has to remember.

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~Review~

**a copy was provided for review purposes**

First off, the cover is absolutely beautiful, which is one of the reasons that drew me into reading it :3

Remembrance by Heather Hildenbrand is the first novel in the Heart Lines series, which is a spinoff series for Dirty Blood.  This book can be read as a standalone as I have not read her Dirty Blood series,  I’m not entirely sure what happened in the Dirty Blood Series but still I was able to follow along and really enjoy this book. I love Paranormal Romance, so I just had to read this when the opportunity came.

I felt like the prologue + the first few chapters wasn’t as capturing as I’d expected, I was kinda confused and disinterested but I kept reading.  I think that it’s mainly due to the fact that I haven’t read the Dirty Blood series that I was confused, but sure enough as I kept reading things started to fall into place and it wasn’t all that bad to follow along.I was It’s a quick and easy read that keeps the reader interested, I really loved the story. I can’t to read the next one in this series~ I’m also going to pick up the Dirty Blood series, because after reading this, I know I’m gonna LOVE it :3

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~Author Bio~

Heather HildenbrandHeather Hildenbrand was born and raised in a small town in northern Virginia where she was homeschooled through high school. (She’s only slightly socially awkward as a result.)

She writes Young Adult & New Adult romance including the bestselling Dirty Blood & Imitation series’. She splits her time between coastal Virginia and sunny Florida and loves having a mobile career and laptop lifestyle of living in two places. Her most frequent hobbies are riding motorcycles and avoiding killer slugs.

Heather is also a publishing and success coach dedicated to teaching fellow writers how to create their own Laptop Lifestyle. For more information visit www.fictionauthorcoach.com.

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Looking for Alaska by John Green


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Looking for Alaska by John Green

Paperback, 221 pages

Published December 28th 2006 by Speak (first published March 3rd 2005)

~Rating: 4/5 stars~

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~Description~

Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

~Review~

I’ve been wanting to read this since one of my friends recommended it to me a few years ago, and I never got to it until now… Although I did buy it the same week it was recommended but… it was just been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read.  haha.. Last week I finally picked it up and read it. I’ve only read two books by John Green, which are of course The Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns-which are both sooo amazing btw. Sooo… I had a lot of expectations coming into reading Looking for Alaska.  I’m finding it really hard to review/summarize this book. Love, friendship, life, death, before, after, finding meaning in life and learning to forgive.

Miles Halter’s moves to Alabama to go to boarding school. This is his big adventure. A chance to make some friends, live a life bigger than the one he’s been living in Florida. On his first day there, Miles quickly becomes friends with the group and we get to know Colonel, Takumi and Lara. He also meets a girl that enamors him; her name is Alaska Young. Their group is so much fun to read about and all their adventures are so funny and amusing. The second half of the book was..wow…  I just didn’t see it coming, I was completely unprepared and I was just walking through all these feel good moments and characters until *BAM* I bashed into a wall of emotional wreckage.

It was hard writing a review about this book. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either, in fact, I kinda like it. It is a good book with a lot of quotable quotes and an interesting premise. This has got to be one of my favorite books because it is just so amazing. I recommend it 😀

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~Author Bio~

John GreenJohn Green’s first novel, Looking for Alaska, won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award presented by the American Library Association. His second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, was a 2007 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His next novel, Paper Towns, is a New York Times bestseller and won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best YA Mystery. In January 2012, his most recent novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was met with wide critical acclaim, unprecedented in Green’s career. The praise included rave reviews in Time Magazine and The New York Times, on NPR, and from award-winning author Markus Zusak. The book also topped the New York Times Children’s Paperback Bestseller list for several weeks. Green has also coauthored a book with David Levithan called Will Grayson, Will Grayson, published in 2010. The film rights for all his books, with the exception of Will Grayson Will Grayson, have been optioned to major Hollywood Studios.

In 2007, John and his brother Hank were the hosts of a popular internet blog, “Brotherhood 2.0,” where they discussed their lives, books and current events every day for a year except for weekends and holidays. They still keep a video blog, now called “The Vlog Brothers,” which can be found on the Nerdfighters website, or a direct link here.

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Happy Reading!

-Ana

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Posted by on February 24, 2017 in Ana's bookshelf

 

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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


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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.

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-Ana

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Posted by on February 19, 2017 in Ana's bookshelf

 

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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