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5 stars to Flat-Out Matt by Jessica Park

Published March 29, 2013 by katheryn13

Matt is a junior at MIT. He’s geeky, he’s witty, he’s brilliant.

And he’s also very, very stupid.

When beautiful, cool, insightful Julie moves in with Matt’s family, why (oh why!) does he pretend to be his absent brother Finn for her alleged benefit?

It seems harmless enough until her short-term stay becomes permanent. And until it snowballs into heart-squeezing insanity. And until he falls in love with Julie, and Julie falls in love with Finn.

But … Matt is the right one for her. If only he can make Julie see it. Without telling her the truth, without shattering them all. Particularly his fragile sister Celeste, who may need Julie the most.

You saw Matt through Julie’s eyes in FLAT-OUT LOVE. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this FLAT-OUT MATT novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again.

Take an emotional skydive for two prequel chapters and seven Flat-Out Love chapters retold from his perspective, and then land with a brand-new steamy finale chapter from Julie.

 

WOW. Can I say that I came home from school today… around 4? Saw that this was already on sale. Bought it. Started. Sadly had to shower/eat but I finished by 8. I COMPLETELY DEVOURED THIS BOOK.

I literally didn’t think it was possible to love Matt more then I did before. I was completely in love with who he was in Flat Out Love. All this did was completely allow me to fall in love all over again.

Seeing things from his eyes… I mean it changes everything! You get to see things from Matty’s eyes… you saw him feel things, be conflicted, change, break down, fall in love… It was beautiful! Seriously though. I loved him through Julie’s eyes. I loved him more from his own eyes! He was just as nerdy, gentle, compassionate, and wildly addicting!

But let’s get down to business. Yes, it warmed my heart to see Matty fall in love with Julie and it broke my heart to see him so conflicted from the inside point of view. It’s HIGHLY worth a read because of that… Let’s chat about those EXTRA chapters. Yes. You read that sentence right. There are things in this book that are added bonuses! I’ll give you the topics. Matty and Finn and Matty and Julie. BOTH BEAUTIFUL chapters.

I LOVED reading about Matty and Finn. It was so interesting to see them interact and see how “brotherly” they were. I had an “awwwww” moment. It made me think of family and think THAT’S what brothers are like. They are close, competitive, and completely love each other to no end. Those were so super sweet chapters to read.

Now. The Matty and Julie. I read them twice. SO BEAUTIFUL. It was the most beautiful moments between two people I have ever read in a story. HANDS DOWN. NOTHING has been as beautiful as this. I don’t even think my words can describe how I felt when I read these two scenes. I keep having to hit backspace because I don’t want to give away what happens. It’s just literally beautiful. The moments they are together. It’s just… they come together as one person. TRULY. They are whole. Completely in love. They lost themselves in such a beautiful moment. I want a moment like that! IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. Did I say beautiful enough? I don’t think I did. BEAUTIFUL. PERFECTION. I 100% mean that up until I read that chapter, I have never read such a moment between two people that is filled with passion, true love, fear, joy, intensity, just pure perfection.

If you loved Matt before, this is just going to make your love for him grow and grow until you literally explore. It will make you want to hit the library or the science lab to find your own Matty. Nerds are the new black everybody. Bow down to Matty. <3

 

-Christy Lyn

5 stars to Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Published March 29, 2013 by katheryn13

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.

 
Holy. Moly. I think I just went on a sick twisted roller coaster that I was terrified to ride but wanna do it again.

This book was so emotional and intense and scary and plot twisting and just words cannot describe this book. I was sucked in from the beginning. To be honest, I didn’t really like Sky. I couldn’t understand her attitude towards the world or why she acted the way she did… but once Holder came in… damn did things change! I started to want to know more… and I read it in two days. I was beyond blown away with all the plot changes and the emotional disasters that came along with it.

Holder. I honestly thought he was crazy. Bipolar. SOMETHING! He went from gentle to intense. I’d like to call him over passionate. Seriously though!! He was amazingly gentle and beautiful with his words and his physical behaviors, but then he would have moments where you just read his behavior and was like wtf just happened. You learn to love him. A LOT if I do say so myself.

The plot twists and roller coasters I went on during this story was INTENSE. One thing happens, things get flipped upside down, more things happen, something SERIOUSLY scary happens, and I’m just sitting here like OMG did that just happen? I have to keep reading to make sure I’m not dreaming… then another thing. IT WAS CRAZY. It… I… no words. If you like shocking things and things constantly changing, shocking you emotionally, then you will honestly love this story!

But can I say… seriously, I’m sure most people see it’s a love story. Holder and Sky. Literally… there love is so beautiful. I’m sure I say this about most romance stories but this one… this one I honestly think is one of my top beautiful love stories. In MY OPINION… I would say it’s similar to Travis Maddox and Abby in Beautiful Disaster. It’s intense… it’s constantly changing, surprising you, but it’s a beautiful thing. They love each other through thick and thin, through literally ANYTHING. Their love is strong, passionate. It just makes you “feel”. I couldn’t have asked for a better pair to read this story through. Absolutely beautiful to read. THIS made the story what it is. Not the crazy events and the heart breaking moments. Their love is just beautifully written.

This was a beautiful story about a girl who falls hopelessly in love with a boy as their lives LITERALLY flip upside down. Absolutely a beautiful story. Wonderful. Intense. Passionate. <3

 

-Christy Lyn

Published March 21, 2013 by katheryn13

Hi guys,

Just a quick update to say that we’re very sorry for the slow reviews. We’re currently bogged down with books to read (and some are studying a lot for school, etc) so we are doing our best to be as quick as possible so that you’ll have something to read and have new books to enjoy.

If you have any queries or would like to submit a review, please see the email address in the right hand side of the home page and send us an email whenever you like.

Much love,

Kat.

xx

4 stars to You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane

Published March 17, 2013 by katheryn13

What happens when the one that got away comes back?

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart.

It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

From the moment they met they’d been a gang of two; partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on. Ben is married. Rachel is definitely not. In fact, the men in her life make her want to take holy orders…

Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

If you love David Nicholls and Lisa Jewell then this is the book for you. Hilarious, heartbreaking and everything in between, you’ll be hooked from their first ‘hello’.

Well, it has been many years since I have read what you might call “chick lit” (or if you want to be politically correct: adult contemporary) and I have to say I couldn’t have picked a better book. I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely story, and even though it took me quite a while (due to sickness, etc) I never got bored. Every time I thought something would happen…it didn’t. And then things would take a turn and catch me by surprise. It’s one of those less-cliche kind of stories, where you think you know the way it’ll go, but you don’t really. I mean, I was seriously doubting the outcomes. It was “will they? won’t they?” every scene. I’ve never had such yo-yo feelings before and it was very disconcerting.

The writing style was just perfect for me. I could easily get used to that style, and the way Mhairi wrote the character of Rachel, and her inner dialogue. I mean, some of the turn of phrases were hilarious! And this is a VERY British book, which was slightly odd for me since I’m so used to reading Young Adult books based in USA. But I am British, so it was nice to recognise places named. Whenever somewhere in Manchester was mentioned I’d be all “Been there!” lol so it was fab!

I would recommend this, but possibly not to younger people, because it’s probably hard to get into the mind set of someone in that position (early 30’s, marriage, divorce, etc) Although, that’s not to say I found it easy (and I’m 26), but I read lots of Sophie Kinsella books when I was younger, so I guess I was used to it. It’s definitely a book to read, anyway. VERY funny, witty, thought provoking about life, the future, etc.

Also, I think I fell in love with Ben. <3 (He definitely had me at “hello” :P)

 

3.5 stars to Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Published March 7, 2013 by katheryn13

In the beginning, there’s a boy standing in the trees . . . .
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian, who turns out to be the boy of her dreams (literally), everything seems to fall into place and out of place at the same time. Because there’s another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara’s less angelic side.

As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she’d have to make between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

THERE MAY BE THE ODD SPOILER IN THIS. SORRY, I TRIED TO TONE IT DOWN.

Maybe more 4stars…but just by a pinch.

I did really like this story, though. I wasn’t sure I would at first, because to be honest, I’d heard such contrasting opinions on it.

In the beginning it was slow, and sometimes slow is okay, and that was one of these times. I got the feel for the scene, the people. But there were many times that bugged me, such as a lot of cliches and “predictability” moments. Now, don’t get me wrong. I love a good ole cliche as much as the next person, sometimes. It just depends on what that cliche is and in what context. But there were quite a few small, niggly ones that at times, got on my nerves.

I liked the basic premise that Clara is a quarter part angel and has a purpose. That is definitely different to other angel based books I’ve read, so you know, so far so good.
What did irritate me however was the constant mention of how gorgeous Christian was, or how “beautiful” she felt. I mean, come on. Yes we may feel pretty sometimes, but Clara doesn’t come across as a vain sort of person, so for her to be all “I feel beautiful” seems really…weird. It actually makes me cringe when I read characters saying this because it’s so far beyond cheesy, it’s practically cheese sauce. lol
Okay, so eventually she stopped oggling Christian so much (and more to the point, she stopped describing his looks so much) and we got a feel of what her “purpose” actually was. Gradually, though, in the descriptions of the vision, I had this niggling feeling in the back of my mind of what was, or might, happen. I’ll get to that later.

Then there’s Tucker. Boy did he annoy me at first. But then, when his sister told Clara about what he thought…I thought, why bother? It would have been WAY more fun and interesting if Clara hadn’t been given any clue (no matter that she was “oh that’s not true. You’re exaggerating.” over the situation.) and for Tucker to spring his feelings on her. You know, make it a bit more spontaneous. Random. Otherwise you’re reading half the story already knowing, guessing at least, what is going to happen. But that didn’t exactly detract from the fuzzballs of love I was getting from Tucker and what I was feeling towards him. He reminded me of those tales kids would say at school “if a boy picks on you it’s only because he likes you” and so yeah, it made me all “awwwwww” lol

Part of the time I’d forgotten about Christian, and that was both good and bad. Also, there are the odd “Acts Of Randomness” in this where things will happen and I’d be thinking “WTF was that? That was so out of the blue.” Like, for instance, a certain Angel, who I will not spoil, but he’s pretty intense with Clara’s mother. That scene was so out of the blue, I was like…huh? I’m hoping it’s clarified in the second book, because otherwise…what was the point?

Angela…
Okay, now, I’m going to give it to you straight: I thought Angela was ANNOYING as hell. Not that I personally know what hell is like, or whether or not it is annoying, but she was just VERY Annoying. Yes, that has to be capitalised.
She was okay in the start of things, but OMG her incessant chattering, and then she wouldn’t stop nagging Clara about her focusing on the “purpose” and crap, that OMG I wanted to slap her. Is that bad of me? Probably.
Wendy was good, but also annoying in parts. I liked Jeffrey, Clara’s brother. He wasn’t in it that much, but I quite liked him. He was quiet, but also there’s something intriguing about him…

And then comes the “purpose”, the “vision” and Christian and her all important job. i did see this coming and it did not surprise me…well, actually, it did a little, and I say that with my forefinger and thumb a smidgen apart.
Non surprise aside, I liked the ending. Obviously it wasn’t going to be a clean ending because there are other books in the series, but it wasn’t a major twist, or cliff hanger, so I’m not hanging on the edge, about to die of fangirling, if you know what I mean.

Writing wise, it was pretty good. I mean I have read far worse and as angel stories go it was, to me, fairly decent.
So would I recommend this? Yeah, I probably would. I can’t say that everyone would love it because, let’s face it, not everyone is going to love everything, but as far as a decent, enjoyable, time passing book goes, this one ticks all the boxes. I didn’t get bored, and I didn’t hold onto the bars with excitement.

I will be reading Hallowed. :)

Kat

5 stars to Never Too Far (Too Far, #2) By Abbi Glines

Published March 7, 2013 by katheryn13

He had held a secret that destroyed her world.

Everything she had known was no longer true.

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again.
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately?

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.

 

What can I say about this book? I was dying to get my hands on it! Took a few days to read because of… well life got in the way, but it was an amazing read.

This book was definitely a roller coaster ride. My emotions went up and down and back around and then was flipped upside down and completely changed! I was not expecting anything that had happened in this story. And the things that did happened… my heart broke a few times and was put back together by Rush. Was it even possible to love Rush more? I didn’t think so, until I read this whole book.

I will say that I loved everything about this book. For me, it lacked a tad bit of the… “hmph” I had expected it to have. I was really drawn in and blown away by the first book. I had expected the same from this. I still LOVED this book, but I had wished there was just a bit more… well, emotion. There was a lot of sex. LOTS of HOT DANGEROUS sex. I loved it, it was really… kinky, but I had expected far more “talking” or “i love you” type moments throughout the book. None the less. I still loved the book.

I will say that if there was no book after this book, I’d be really disappointed. I know the intention was to only have this be a two book series… but the ending… it just ENDED. It was a very sweet and loving and gentle ending, but I was like… that’s it?! There has be to more… an extra chapter I can’t find, maybe?

It was like I was left completing gasping and needing more pages. It was a strange feeling but I was, like, lost when I saw the words “The End” It was just… devastating.

Overall. If you loved the first one, you will love this one. I promise that. You will be left dying at the end, but remind yourself that Abbi has promised another book because this book was able to reach number one on Amazon :) that will help you cope with the ending!

It’s hot, sexual, emotional, and heart breaking. Fantastic read. It was a great get away from real life for me. Read if you have read the first one!! Be prepared to ride the longest and wildest roller coaster ride of emotions of your life. :) You will love every minute of it!

 

-Christy Lyn

Review: 5 Stars to WAIT FOR YOU by J. Lynn

Published March 3, 2013 by elenafx

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Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

 

WAIT FOR YOU is J. Lynn’s aka Jennifer L. Armentrout first New Adult book.  I’ve read a lot of her books before which I’m absolutely in love (Lux, anyone?) but I think this is her best work yet. And that says a lot since her books are amazing.

When Jennifer announced that sh’es publishing a New Adult ebook, I started jumping around with excitement. I just knew that it was going to be SO good. And it really is. WAIT FOR YOU is full of unexpected twists, heart-breaking, hot romance, funny and meaningful. This book makes you question a lot of things around you. It makes you realise that nothing is as it looks. That nothing is perfect. Jennifer’s ability to write beautifully along with an amazing story made WAIT FOR YOU a book that needs to be read.

I fell in love with the characters immediately. Avery is a girl with a very dark past which is full of moments of pain and dread. She used to live and be happy with her life once but what happened five years ago changed her whole being. In need to get away, she decides to go to university in West Virginia away from her life in Texas. I immediately connected with Avery. I got her. I’m not for the whole dealing face to face with my issues either so I felt connected with her and understood her reasons to do things. Avery, I believe, is a character that every girl can connect with, traumatised or not. She’s just one of those female characters that you understand, like and admire. At least, she is for me. She also changes so much throughout the books, for the better, of course. She learns to confront her problems and get past them. One seriously needs guts to admit he/she has problems to begin with. To actually act and face them is admirable and honorable.

There’s absolutely no doubt that Cameron Hamilton is one of the most amazing male leading characters in contemporary literature. Cam is everything a girl wants. Hot, funny, patient, protective, loves unconditionally and he’s going to be there when you need him. He has a dark history of his own. I love the fact that he supports Avery no matter what. He’s there for her even though she sometimes acts like a bitch. I strongly believe that one cannot not like Cam. He’s an amazing character that readers will fall in love with instantly.

The word I would use to charectirize WAIT FOR YOU is divine. It has everything. Amazing characters, a meaningful story, hot romance. It’ll keep you awake at night. I never thought Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books could get better than they already are, but she proved me wrong. WAIT FOR YOU is exquisite!

-Elena