ARC REVIEW: Burying Water by K.A Tucker a.k.a please remind me of everything again

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TITLE: Burying Water (Burying Water #1)
AUTHOR: K.A. Tucker
PUBLICATION: Published October 7th 2014 by Atria
GENRE: NA > Romance | Contemporary
PAGES: 368paes (paperback)
SOURCE: arc via publisher
RATING:

 

2 ★★ 1/2

 

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The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.
Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?
Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.
The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

 

REVIEW:

 

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So this is my first from K.A Tucker and though I didn’t get all the feels that I was expecting to get.. I was satisfied. I’m not gonna lie, my expectations was high. I was expecting some after-feels that I get every time I read a CoHo book. I’m talking about the pre-Ugly Love Colleen Hoover. Anyway, I’m still on the mission to read K.A Tucker’s first books. Hopefully I will like them more.

Its not that this book is boring. But as someone who has read a lot from this genre, I read nothing new. Plot wise, I guess it was something that will keep you guessing. Which is the only reason I kept reading it. Thank goodness there’s an air of mystery wrapped in this novel because if this is just a plain love story.. this will definitely be a DNF. There’s a chance that I wouldn’t even make it through the middle.

I usually write my reviews a week before I read the book because I want to sit it out first and a kneejerk reaction kind of review won’t be good either. Anyway, after 2-3 days of reading Burying Water, I completely forgot about everything. Even the name of the characters! So yeah, that’s not a good sign. The characters weren’t obviously memorable. Even their names. They weren’t annoying so that’s a relief. But even the annoying ones leaves memories. In here, nada! I guess the love interest was kind of swoony. But he’s as bland as the main character.

Thank goodness for the itty bitty bit of mystery, yeah? The curious side of me (which is 70% of me, tbqh) is the only reason I finished the book. I’m not saying its bad. 2.5 is not a bad book for me. Just nothing special. Meh. Just okay.

And even after all that I said, I want to mention too that K.A Tucker’s writing is great which makes everything easy. And for that, I will continue with the series

 

 

Paula

REVIEW: Ignite (Ignite #1) by Lily Paradis a.k.a but what.. happened?

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TITLE: Ignite (Ignite #1)
AUTHOR: Lily Paradis
PUBLICATION: Published August 26th 2014 by Empire Books
GENRE: YA/NA > Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 326pages (paperback)
SOURCE: review copy via author
RATING: 

 

2 ★★ 1/2

 

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After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine.
Lauren’s first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his connection with her late father just might be enough to keep her in town long enough to uncover pieces of her past that she never had answers to. Dean’s shady past and her reluctance to trust him could cost her the life she’s always been searching for, but will she run back to her old life?
Or will she choose to stay and live the life her father always imagined for her?

 

REVIEW:

 

I don’t know what happened in here. But it was going okay at first half then it just started to become so… stupid.

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Like I said, the first half was okay. I like how the two main characters (Lauren and Dean) met because there’s  a certain farytale-like feel into it. I mean hello, I inhale this kind of stories and even though Ignite has Insta-attraction, I wasn’t that annoyed. I kinda liked it actually. I even like the two main characters individually, and that rarely happens.

But then the clicheness started happening. Of course THE GUY HAS ISSUES. OF COURSE THE GIRL IS TRYING TO REPEL HER BECAUSE HE’S A MAN WHORE BUT SECRETLY SHE’S FALLING IN LOVE WITH HIM. OF COURSE THE GIRL’S BEST FRIEND SAID TO PURSUE IT BECAUSE HELLO THE GUY IS HOT. WHO CARES HOW MANY GIRLS THE GUY DATED AND THAT HE’S A DOUCHE.

If you are this BEST FRIEND, please change.

And also, this is the stupidest part of all IMO; Things are started happening in her life and there are questions that the answers are OH MY GOD ARE SO OBVIOUS BECAUSE IT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER, but with some unexplainable reason, the main character, Lauren, cannot figure it out.

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Maybe she’s missing.. brain cells? I don’t know.  There’s a lot of unbelievable things that was mentioned in here that made me scratch my head. It made me say ‘BS!’ a lot of times and thank the book gods that the cover is pretty and the writing was okay, because those are the only things that kept me going.

Paula

REVIEW: Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky a.k.a someone got hurty feelings

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TITLE: The Perks of being a Wallflower
AUTHOR: Stephen Chbosky
PUBLICATION: Published June 29th 2010 by MTV Books
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Contemporary
PAGES: 221pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: purchased
RATING:

 

 2 ★★ 1/2

 

You can buy the book here:
AMAZON | B&N

 

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Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his year yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sidelines forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up. 

 

 

REVIEW:

 

I read it to figure out what all the hype was about.

I still don’t know.

 

Just a few reminders:

A. This probably includes spoilers.

B. Parents! Please read it first before handing it to your child. I don’t know who decided to call this ‘teen fiction’ but I’m sure they were drunk.

C. The only thing I liked about this book is the Epilogue. If you want to read the book, just read the Epilogue.

D. There’s a chance this won’t make sense at all because I’m just gonna blabber.

 

I’ll probably be hated by rating this 2 stars and be called harsh and heartless because I didn’t like as much as the 635271363748 people that read this.

Oh this book is about ~growing up~ they say. You will have the ~feels~ they say. People need to know that this book is dark. So dark and very overrated. This is probably the most overrated book ever, next Twilight. Please! This isn’t about a wallflower! This is  about a teenager who cries a lot (like a lot! at the age of 15) and get amazed by mas**rbation (“wow!” said Charlie)

This book is for emos. For people who likes to dwell into their sadness and swim in their own tears because oh that girl doesn’t like me and i listen to mixtapes and i spent my free hours planning the ways to die. Depression isn’t a joke. I know that. And so is every issues that is included in this book like homosexuality, child molestation.. seriously, like all bad issues that you can think of, it’s probably here. See, the problem here is Chbosky managed to start every scenario with a bad issue that this bad  bad world is aware of.. and then just leave it there. Like, WHAT? WHAT? You don’t get to say “oh this guy raped this girl and you know *shrugs* things happen”

WHERE IS THE CONCLUSION? Actually, is that even what the book is about? I don’t understand why mention that in the first place as if it has something to do with Charlie. When Charlie haerd that he just said “Oh.”

Oh wow, see that’s so ~powerful~

“And finally he found this really amazing song about this boy, and we all got quiet.
Sam tapped her hand on the steering wheel. Patrick held his hand outside the car and made air waves. And I just sat between them. After the song finished, I said something.
‘I feel infinite.’
And Sam and Patrick looked at me like I said the greatest thing they ever heard. Because the song was that great and because we all really paid attention to it. Five minutes of a lifetime were truly spent, and we felt young in a good way.”

 

So. That is supposed to be poignant?

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Give me a break.

The real issue here is just this: Aunt Helen molested Charlie and Charlie is trying to forget it (unconsciously) but the memories all rushed back when Sam started touching him. This all went down right before the epilogue. It was really a powerful chapter and the Epilogue was ugggh, hearbreaking. Yes, I did got teary eyed. My heart broke. And I want to hug this kid Charlie so bad.

And then I just got mad because, THAT IS WHAT THE BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT. Why put us through that dull 80% of nonsense. Please! I could just read the epilogue and understand Charlie pretty well. This book just tries so hard to be deep and emotional so some (like me) will just get tired with it. I don’t even care what sob story you want to throw in next Chbosky, you’re not gonna get any tears from me.

 

P.S – I liked the movie a little.

 Paula

REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover a.k.a unpopular opinion here

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TITLE: Ugly Love
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
PUBLICATION: Published August 5th 2014 by Atria Books
GENRE: NA > Romance
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)S
OURCE: Own
RATING:  

 

2★★1/2 

 

AMAZON | B&N 
 
 
 

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.
 

 

REVIEW:

 

Ohhhh. How do I put my thoughts into words? Just to let you know, this review is from a hardcore fan of Hoover. Her books may not have 5stars from me, but she’s one of my auto-buy authors. I mean, obviously. There’s a lot of new releases yesterday and Ugly Love is the first one I dived into.

I’m going to make this review as clear as possible. God knows how muddled my mind is right now. So I’ll just break into Plot, Characters, her writing, etc etc

Writing. POV’s. As ever, Hoovers writing is beautiful. She has this lyrical way of writing that compels you to NOT stop reading. And even though Colleen is a writing goddess for me, I PERSONALLY think that she made a mistake here. Like, a huge mess mistake. MINI SPOILER AHEAD. ***SKIP THIS PART IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILES ABOUT THE POV’S*** Ugly Love is on Tate and Miles’ POV.  Tate on present day. And Miles’ six years ago. I  AM SO MAD ABOUT THIS. You see, I can’t properly have my Tate and Miles feels because EVERY TIME I read Miles’ POV she’s with this girl: Rachel.  His first love! And you guys, THEY ARE SO FREAKIN SWEET. Like, you might think that this book is about them, not Tate and Miles’. And this is why I’m so so mad, because while Rachel and Miles are making sweet dovey love to each other (in Miles’ POV) , Miles and Tate are f***ing (in Tate’s chapter) GUYS, IT IS SO FRUSTRATING.

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I mean, I am sorry. But even though those Rachel and Miles events took place six years ago, it’s kind of hard to not feel that as if Miles is cheating, or that he is screwing two girls at the same time. I don’t think you can actually feel me if you haven’t read the book. But guyssss

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I was so tempted to skip Miles’ POV but I CANNOT. Because I like torturing myself. Also, because I want to know him, what made him that way, what made him such a stupid tamer version of CHRISTIAN GREY. YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. Which brings me to my point two.

CHARACTERS. Likeable but Stupid MC and Intense but Stupid Love interest.

Tate wasn’t annoying. At first. Like any Hoover heroine, I found myself liking Tate so hard. She’s just sooo… easy-going and a little funny also screwed up and did I already mention, stupid?

“I’m so screwed up. Everything he says should send me running, but instead, it makes me want to wrap my arms around him and give him whatever it is he’s willing to take from me.”

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Oh Tate, what is the matter with you. You’re young (23), you have a perfect career ahead of you (as an RN) and according to that guy who keeps flirting with you even though he already have a wife, you’re hot. So… WHYYYYY. ***MINI SPOILERS AGAIN*** There’s even this scene when they’re having S-E-X (sorry, there might be K-I-D-S) and Miles says another name. And you know what? She just said to ‘continue’

“I let him use me to get rid of his pain”

Seriously girl,

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Tate a.k.a taking masochism in a whole different level.

I don’t like her making Miles look like a god or a very perfect swoon worthy guy because HE IS NOT.

Miles. Look, I get it. He’s broken I mean, the guy haven’t even had  S-E-X for six years! Even kiss, na-da! That’s how broken he is. His past really was a little traumatic, but Miles was such a douchebag and cruel to Tate through out the book that when it finally revealed his hurtful past, I just… MEH.

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There’s no even tears. The title said Ugly Love, well you got that right! There is nothing beautiful about this book. Maybe the parts in Miles’ POV, but he’s not even spending those moments with Tate. Tate and Miles’ lovey dovey moments were in the last few pages. UGH. Here is the conversation they usually have:

Miles: I CANNOT LOVE U

Tate: It’s ok..

Miles: I just wanna have sex but i cannot luv u tho. u in??

Tate: sure

Miles: *having sex*  Oh, Racheeeeelll OH WAIT UHMM

Tate: just continue

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I give up, Tate. I give up.

Miles keeps saying that he is not capable of love or that he doesn’t want to love again or that it is just sex that he really just wants and Tate was oh so hurting, but she just keeps letting him

“Make me leave, he says, his voice pleading and warm against my throat. “You don’t need this…I just don’t know how to stop wanting you. Tell me to go, and I’ll go.” I don’t tell him to go. I shake my head. “I can’t.”

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I am so done.

PLOTLINE. What I love most about CoHo’s book are the depth in her stories. Well, I don’t know about this one. Whether we admit it or not, whe had this plotline before. In books, movies… Have you heard Friends With Benefits? The difference is that the guy in that movie is less douchey and ugh I cannot even think of more insulting word for Miles but I seriously want to insult him.

When I read the blurb, I thought that it’s about two people that will slowly fall in love to each other. I mean it happened before. The guy doesn’t want to commit but he falls in love with the girl anyway. ***MINI SPOILER AGAIN*** It is true, Miles fell in love with Tate eventually. And when I say ‘Eventually’ it means when he realized, Oh no wait, when he’s friend made him realize that Tate is more than just doormat. WHAT IS THAT STORY. I DO NOT KNOW. I’M TOO BUSY LOOKING AT COSMO FOR TIPS TO GIVE TO TATE ON HOW TO NOT BE A DOORMAT AND/OR A BOOTYCALL (there’s a lot btw)

ENDING. This is where my other star came from. Even though I didn’t shed any tear through out the book, I love how things ended. And a little relieved, actually. I want something that can salvage my love for CoHo. Oh and you guys!!!

COHO

PULLED

A MAFI..

YES.

It

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I do not know why she did this..

But she did..

Oh, she did..

 

I liked it a little though. It wasn’t that annoying and irritating . I just don’t see the point. Look, I still recommend this. Maybe it was a ‘it’s not you, it’s me case’. I really am curious about your response and reactions if ever you’ve read the book. 🙂

If anyone will be looking for me

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