Read: Reckless by S.C. Stephens

BLURB:

Can love survive when life gets Reckless? When the band hits it big, Kiera and Kellan must ask themselves: Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressures of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together. Fame comes with a price—but will it cost Kiera and Kellan everything?

Ratings: 5/5 stars

Release Date: 5th March 2013

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

SHORT REVIEW

Wow. I finished it after almost… 2 weeks?! :O And well, as someone said.. It’s worth it. Reading Reckless is worth your time. Worth the effort. Worth everything. Although at some scenes, I still want to shake Kiera for being so stupid about the whole “I want to be invisible to public eyes even though Kellan is making it big” thing. UGH.

But all in all, I love it. I like how they could be honest to each other. And how they still do everything together. They fight for each other. Stephens is a really good author. She made me experience all emotions. Cry, laugh, the H word (lol, Kellan is hot, so who wouldn’t get H?!), mad at Kiera and THAT girl.

Stephens really outdone herself with this book. :) I like Effortless and Reckless a whole LOT. :)

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BOTW: Vain by Fisher Amelie {01.13.13}

BLURB:

If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah…then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. It’s not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, if I was being honest with you, I’m a complete witch. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Ratings: 4/5 stars

Release Date: 24th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N

Review:

BOTD: 01.17.13

This better be good. I see that my friends who read it gave it 5 stars or 4. :)

It is pretty much really good. Sophie Price is hateful at first. I was so worried about not liking it that much cause I really don’t like girls who boast a lot that they are beautiful, powerful, etc. She’s so vain and I know that if this continued on, I wouldn’t like this book.

Sophie Price is filthy rich. Or her father is. She’s an only child. I think we all know that children who are so freakin’ rich would be bound to be defected. I just mean, parents not really there when you grow up, you are raise by nannies, you got to have whatever you want but you feel hollow still. You parents giving you ultimatum when you disgraced them. You know. The likes. It is so predictable what would happen to her, what would her father would do, what Ian would do, what Pemmy would do.

I mean, yeah, predictable. Cause I already read it somewhere, by somewhere it’s like reading Tagalog pocketbooks. The stories Filipino writers made, some are similar with this. Filipino writers love that kind of story so I know well what would happen.

Regardless, I am giving it a 4 stars because I like Masego. I like how the author shows us the life in Masego. Some part of Africa are really poor. It’s like reminding me to be grateful to what I have. From clothes, food, electricity, water, safe home, complete limbs and so on. I was also reminded the things that happened in our own country.

I just meant that this is a good eye opener to what is happening to other countries. Not only Africa or Philippines. It is also happening in other countries, Middle East, Europe, it’s all over the world. We see it happening but we really don’t do anything about it.

Well, anyway, I should probably just shut up. :p It is a good read nonetheless.

BOTW: Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker {01.08.13}

BLURB:

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Ratings: 3/5 stars

Release Date: 9th December 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Review:

Er. BOTD: 01.08.13 :P My pick.

I don’t know what the heck is wrong with me picking books with this kind of plots. And I keep on reading Contemporary a LOT these days. :/

In any case… Ten Tiny Breaths… 

“Just breathe,”

“Ten tiny breaths…

Seize them. 

Feel them. 

Love them.”

That quote… I honestly didn’t understand it too. At first. I know, it’s simple but I have my moments and I plead the fifth. :P

Seriously… It’s a bit boring at first. The start is slow. But gradually picks up. Not that fast though, just right, I think. And by the way, it is a standalone. I mean it can stand as a standalone because the next book is about Kasey’s little sister, Livie.

Er… Okay. So this book got those kind of lessons where drinking alcohol then driving is SO BAD in so many levels and got HUGE consequences after. About making a mistake that could really alter one’s life. By alter I mean HUMONGOUS effect on someone else’s life.

This was what happened to Kasey Cleary. And no, she was not the one who got drunk. She’s the ‘someone else’s life’ I am talking about. She’s so broken. Even after all the hospitalization and doctors trying to help her cope and heal. It didn’t help her one bit.

Then Trent Emerson came along. She started to feel happy again. She’s not healing but she could muster to smile again. She let Storm and Mia, mother and daughter, in her heart. And all the people she later became friends with.

She thought it’s getting better, a bliss. Well, a short bliss, apparently. So when after 40% I think, I know the whole truth. Well, okay, not ALL. I just mean, I just got this hunch what’s the real score. Yeah, I was so right.

I’ll leave it at that. Anyway, it’s pretty okay. I mean, I don’t hate it. But I don’t like it either. It was good. The writing is good, characters are good although sometimes I want to smack Kasey. I liked Storm. :) I feel there’s something else missing though. But I can’t point it out. So yeah. 3 stars for me. :)

Read: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

BLURB:

Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.

Ratings: 4.5/stars

Release Date: 10th August 2012

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD

Review:

Again. I’m questioning it… Why the hell do we need a second book if it ends all good? :/ I mean, we got the Epilogue. I’m happy with it. So why bring another drama? LOL. Oh fine then. I’ll start the review.

So… Slammed… It was recommended by Lis and when she asked me when will I read it yesterday, she said ‘NOW!’ and since they all know I easily succumb to their clutches… They know how to make me read the books they want me to read. :P

Anyway… I don’t get it. I just mean the ‘Slam’ thingy. I mean, I do understand they make poetry then perform it. But how exactly did they perform it? Like what Shakespeare do? Er… Cause the whole time I’m reading that slam thingy when they’re at the Club, I don’t know what and how to imagine the scene. And maybe that’s why I feel a bit detach to the characters.

Mostly, I easily feel what the Hero or heroines feel. I feel a pang in my heart and there’s this grip on my heart that’s so strong that I really sympathize a lot. Sometimes I cry too (mainly cause the heroes cries in the books. I’m a sucker for crying men. :P) BUT that didn’t happen with this book. Sure, it intrigued me enough that I keep on reading it. I wanted to know why and what is the main issue. Cause from the first something chapters, I don’t see how they would have problems.

Lis told me it was all about the girl. Same with Hopeless. I thought it’s all about the guy but then it’s really about the heroine. So while reading this, I keep on waiting and make my own conclusions. (view spoiler) But of course what my own version of story didn’t happen. :P Still, when the bomb was dropped, I was just like, ‘Okay.’

Don’t get me wrong. I like the story. Because it’s real. It’s life. I mean, it really happens. It can happen (or already did) to you or you know someone who got this similar story. What I mean is, this is the real life that was just turned into a book. It can happen to anyone. There’re lots of life lesson in here that I really like.

Life lessons. Death. Healing. Grieving. Acceptance. No Regrets.

The only time I got teary eyed was when it was Eddie’s birthday and when it ended. I mean just the scene at the club at the end. It didn’t even continue, the tears I mean. LOL. Why is my tear ducts being mean to me and not let me cry even though I want to. >:(

For the story, I’m giving it a 5 stars but for the other parts, just a 4 stars, So in total, that’s 4.5 stars for Slammed.

P.S. I still don’t know why there’s second book. LOL. btw, it was said it’s two book series but I think I saw a third one. What’s up with that?

BOTW: Harbinger by Peta Crake {7th December 2012}

BLURB:

As an Olympic messenger, suburban Aussie girl Ophelia Lind is used to being at the beck and call of the gods. But when gorgeous demigod Aden moves into her neighbourhood and starts taking advantage of her services, Ophelia believes life could not get any worse. She’s about to be proven very wrong.

Ophelia tries to enjoy a normal, everyday life while running messages for the Greek gods – but without warning an odious creature – evil incarnate – begins to stalk her. As a messenger dealing with the all-powerful and sometimes frightening gods, Ophelia is accustomed to adventures and scrapes. But this is different. Even Aden, who is madly and deeply in love with Ophelia, finds it difficult to protect her. Suddenly Ophelia is in a battle for survival and begins to question everything – her upbringing, her identity, and her true feelings for the alluring and entirely frustrating Aden.

Ratings: 2.5/5stars

Release Date: 16th August 2012

Where to Buy: Kobo | iTunes

Review:

Okay… First of all, I really love Mythologies. Although I read Greeks and Roman Mythologies only. Second, I love the cover. ;) So when Harbinger was recommended to me, I really thought that I would really love it. So it’s kinda sad that I am just okay with it. I mean, it started out good. But then I don’t know what happened, it just fall apart. It went down, down, down. And I am bored by it. I was stuck at that 78%. Struggling with it to end.

I keep putting off that last 22%. Cause that part got a long monologue. So I skip those part, like describing the place Ophelia’s in. Really, why does it have to be so long and without any dialogues? And the characters connection? It was just okay. I think I like Hermes more for Ophelia than Aden. :/

It was such a slow paced book in my opinion. And the action part I thought would show, didn’t. I was actually left a bit hanging cause I want to know Ophelia’s powers or new job. I want to see the romance between her and Aden which really really, lack. For crying out loud, she spent most of her time in that awful place and the time with Aden is so short you don’t feel it.

But I give the author kudos for the Mythology part. It was good although not that great. And I liked that part with Aphrodite and Ophelia. That showdown. ;) All in all, it was okay-ish good. So 2.5 stars.

Read: Effortless by S.C. Stephens

Blurb:

A continuation of the novel, Thoughtless…

A lot can happen in a year. You grow, you change, you learn from your mistakes. And Kiera had made a lot of mistakes to learn from. But she had learned, and she was determined to never cause a man pain again, especially the amazing man who currently held her heart. But life offers new challenges for every relationship, and when Kiera’s love is put to the ultimate test, will it come out the other side unscathed?

Love is easy…trust is hard.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Release Date: 16th August 2012 (Kindle Edition) | 8th January 2012 (Paperback)

Where to Buy: Amazon | B&N | TBD (Pre-order for Paperbacks and TBD)

Review:

Got myself in a deal. :o sort of. Will read it as soon as I finish my CR.

I don’t know what rate I should give this book. This is certainly better than Thoughtless. The cheating part really don’t do me so I didn’t quite like Thoughtless back then. But in Effortless, since they are officially together, I started to like it. Heck, I started to really love Kellan Kyle. I started to see what the girls saw in him, why they get so gaga over him. Damnit, Kellan. YOU. ARE. SO. FREAKIN’. SWEET.

And I know this is so not a proper review since I’m just gushing out my feelings over the book and that hot rockstar, Kellan Kyle… But who effin’ cares?! I loved it. I’m willing to give it a 5 stars right now. But… there’s just this tiny bit of annoyance for both Kellan and Kiera. Although I totally understand them both by not saying anything and keeping secrets… Holy heck, just talk!

Effortless is basically just about them having trust issues since we all know what happened to Thoughtless and HOW they got together in the first place. And since Kellan and the rest of the D-bags got… in the ride (yeah, lame words, but that’s the only thing I could say without spoiling the book), trust is really hard for both Kiera and Kellan. There’s always the thought of someone cheating on someone.

But in the end, it was good. I even liked Griffin at the near end. I… Damn. Kellan is so sweet with all those notes… Crap. Also, this is the only time I cried because of this book. I didn’t cry in Thoughtless (uh, maybe I did, in frustration), this is just totally emotional. The sweetness of Kellan teared me up. The issues between them teared me up (only the emotional ones not the you cheat on me drama)..

I also believe this should be the end of the story. I don’t know why there’s still third book, Reckless which would be out by March 2013. For me this is already a closure. I just hope in the third book, there’s no cheating or else, I’m not reading it.

But yes, thumbs up for this one. 4.5 stars. Unlike Thoughtless which I gave only 2 stars, this is something that will probably make my friends (wink at Melissa and Dan) happy. :)