Mini Book Reviews

This week I’ve been on a quest to find a nice light romantic read, and because I’ve read two books in quick succession I thought I’d do mini reviews:

Book 1: Undeclared (Woodlands #1) by Jen Frederick

Blurb

For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But 17612258when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she’s decided? No way is Noah Jackson — or any man — ever going to break her heart again.

Noah has always known exactly what he wants out of life. Success. Stability. Control. That’s why he joined the Marines and that’s why he’s fighting his way — literally — through college. Now that he’s got the rest of his life on track, he has one last conquest: Grace Sullivan. But since he was the one who stopped writing, he knows that winning her back will be his biggest battle yet.

I really wanted to love this book, I thought the synopsis had a lot of promise but ultimately, I was left disappointed. My main problems were that I didn’t like Noah, his possessiveness rang a few alarm bells and it just didn’t sit right with me. I also thought some his behaviors towards Grace at times was pretty shitty and the fact that she didn’t stand up and demand that he treated her better was astounding.

Grace annoyed the hell out of me as well. I felt no connected to her and her self-pity and lack of confidence in herself were a total turn off.

I also felt the story writing to be a little stuffy, and not really to my taste.

My Rating:  2/5 🌟 🌟


Book 2: The Boy Next Door (Off-Limits Romance #2) by Ella James

Blurb

The boy next door. That’s what he was. Dash Frasier—my hero from the day we met, when I was six and he was nine. His sister was my best friend, the three of us one happy crew. Then one sweaty summer night changed everything.35104252
No one understood me like Dash. No one made me feel so loved. That’s why, when he skipped town, it wrecked me.

Now I’m older. Wiser. I’ve just snagged my dream job, writing at a film studio. The lead animator on my project? You guessed it.

He’s not the boy next door. Not anymore.

I’m guarding my heart this time.

But Dash has secrets that could break us both.

This book surprised me, it turned out to be a lot heavier than I was expecting. The start of the book took you back to when Amelia first met Dash so it was nice to get that back story, from then on it was dual perspective.

I liked both the main characters. I picked up almost straight away that there was something amiss about the way Dash was behaving. I enjoyed the chemistry between him and Amelia. I think that fact that I didn’t guess what drove Dash away from Amelia was what kept me hooked until the last page.

Overall I can’t say that I loved this story but it was a fairly good read.

My Rating: 3/5  🌟 🌟 🌟


So as far as my quest goes neither of these books have matched what I’m looking for. I’m a 3rd of the way through The Allure of Julian Lefray (by R.S Grey) and so far this is holding a lot more promise. Review will probably arrive tomorrow!

Stay Tuned!

 

The Names They Gave Us – Emery Lord

Blurb

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?


Stats

Page Length: 400
Publication Year: 2017
Genre:  young adult
Characters: Lucy, Henry


I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review

Thoughts

I think it’s important to point out that I’m not religious in any shape or form, I get why people believe but it’s not for me. So I went into this book pretty open minded.

Story/ Characters

This story at its core is about how someone’s faith in god is tested when the tough times happen. I found Lucy’s portrayal of this to be very well done and although I don’t believe in god I do understand what’s like to be let down by something you have had faith in your whole life.

This book to be very emotionally charged, Lucy’s utter despair at the thought of losing her mother to cancer is so heart-breaking. The subject of adoption is also a major theme is this book. There was one chapter that particularly got to me and that was a story about Posey and the Dreaming Tree.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Lucy and Henry, I thought it was written in a sweet way.

Each kiss a phrase exchange between us: There you are. There you are. I wasn’t even looking for him, so why do I feel found?

Unfortunately, as much as I liked most of this book I felt that the ending let it down big time. Nothing was really resolved, and I felt this made the story feel unfinished.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

Even though the ended did annoy me slightly I would recommend this book because for some reason after reading I felt incredibly grateful.

If you life your YA emotionally charged that you’ll enjoy this book.

My Rating:  3/5

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When It’s Real – Erin Watt

Blurb

From #1 New York Times bestselling author duo Erin Watt comes the addictive contemporary tale of a teen rock star in need of an image makeover and the teen girl hired to be his fake girlfriend.

Meet Oakley Ford-teen celebrity, renowned pop star, child of famous movie stars, hottie with millions of fangirls… and restless troublemaker. On the surface he has it all, but with his home life disintegrating, his music well suddenly running dry, and the tabloids having a field day over his outrageous exploits, Oakley’s team decides it’s time for an intervention. The result: an image overhaul, complete with a fake girlfriend meant to show the world he’s settled down.

Enter seventeen-year-old Vaughn Bennett-devoted sister, part-time waitress, the definition of “normal.” Under ordinary circumstances she’d never have taken this gig, but with her family strapped for cash, she doesn’t have much of a choice. And for the money Oakley’s team is paying her, she figures she can put up with outlandish Hollywood parties and a team of publicists watching her every move. So what if she thinks Oakley’s a shallow, self-centered jerk? It’s not like they’re going to fall for each other in real life…right?


Stats

Page Length: 416
Publication Year: 2017
Genre:  Young Adult, Romance
Characters: Vaughn and Oakley


I received an ARC of this book from NetGally in exchange for an honest review.

Thoughts

My first thought when finishing this book was – wow this was so much better than Paper Princess/ That’s not to say that I didn’t like PP, I just wasn’t overly fussed about all the drama etc.

Story

I really enjoyed this story. It’s told in the first person from both Vaughn’s and Oakley’s perspectives.

Oakley is your typical spoilt pop star whose management is trying to change his image to make it look as though he is growing up. Enter Vaughn who is just a regular girl who’s parents died leaving her and her older sister to take on the responsibility of raising her twin brothers.  Oakley’s team decide that the best way to make it seem that he is growing up to fake a relationship with a normal girl.

What starts out as just a job suddenly becomes much more and the lines between what is real and what isn’t start to blur.

Characters

I think having the dual perspectives in this book was really helpful. Had this not been the case liking Oakley would have been nigh on impossible because in the beginning of the book he is a total jerk. But like all young men who have fame at a young, he is just deeply unhappy, lonely and spoilt and this really shows at his early meetings with Vaughn because he just can’t seem to wrap his head around why she wouldn’t want to hang around with him. I did like his back story as well. The way he was brought up and his relationship with his Dad was quite sad so it was nice to see him building bridges with his mother. I thought his character development was very good, he went from being an arrogant ass to more laid back and it was really great to see.

Vaughn – I really enjoyed the innocence of her character. In the beginning, she is still with her first boyfriend who she thinks she’s in love with (but really isn’t) which becomes more evident when they eventually break up. I loved that she took on everything that came with Oakley the good and the bad and that she just like him for him. Her back story really gave her character depth and explained why she had just settled with being with W (the ex BF) for long. I also loved her confidence with herself. She wore what she wanted and didn’t feel the need to change her look to be with Oakley, in fact, she insisted that her look stay the same.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

I loved this book. I really did for me it’s the perfect example of why I love YA so much. If you enjoy stories when the rich famous guy falls for the normal everyday girl. Then this is for you.

My Rating:  5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Wild Kisses – Addison Moore

Blurb

Piper thinks Owen Vincent is a tool. Once they finish up with their internship she never wants to see him again.

Piper James’ first year at Whitney Briggs is starting off great, new friends, a potential sorority, and plenty of guys to choose from. Once she secures a spot in Alpha Chi, she’ll have the greatest freshman year on record.

But it just takes one look at the Alpha Chi “hit list” of things she needs to do to get in and she know there’s trouble—and trouble’s name is Owen Vincent.

Taming a player sounds impossible. Owen is the only player she knows and he certainly fits the bill, cocky, too many notches to count on his bedpost, and an aversion to relationships.

Making Owen believe she wants him is pretty low, even if this entire fling is just a means to an end. But now she can’t stop thinking about him. Yeah, he thinks he’s God’s gift to women, but now a part of her is kind of starting to agree. Girls are still dripping all over him like honey. Piper thinks there’s no way he’d be interested in a commitment with her. Maybe Alpha Chi isn’t what she wants. Maybe it’s Owen?

It’s a brand new year at Whitney Briggs and things are about to get wild.


STATS

Page Length: 297
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: New adult/Romance
Characters: Piper, Owen


Yes this is the seventh book, I have read  a few of the others. The thing I love about this series is that each book can be read as a stand alone which also means you don’t have to read them in order.

Story: 

This is told from both Piper and Owen’s POVs in the first person.

I enjoyed the romance between the two main characters, it was a tad fast though and I would have enjoyed a bit more build up to it.

The book does heavily reference the book that came before it but it’s done so in a way that you don’t have to have read it to know what’s going on.

I really wanted to love this book, I’ve read the few that came before it and they were all really good. But this one felt a little empty I feel like there should have been more story.

Characters:

I liked how head-strong Piper was, she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself especially when it came to the bitches who ran the sorority that she was trying to get in. I also liked how she didn’t need Owen to fight her battles for her.

I have conflicted feelings for Owen, mainly because I don’t really feel anything for him. Sure he is a nice enough character but I don’t feel he had much depth to him.

Favorite Quote:

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Conclusion:

I think the fact that I have read the first few books and therefore had high expectations, is probably what made this book a bit of s disappointment for me. In hindsight, had I read this one first I probably would have like it more.

However, I would still say it’s worth a read, especially if you enjoy college romances and stories that feature bitchy sororities.

My Rating:  3/5 🌟🌟🌟