Monthly Rundown #002: AUGUST2014

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HBT’s Monthly Rundown –  where I share things that made me grin ear to ear and some tidbits on what happened on the Blog this month. This AUGUST Monthly Rundown includes:

  • what I’ve read in the month of AUGUST
  • movie recommendation of the month!
  • aaaaand.. “What’s up, Paula?!” some uninteresting happenings in my life and maybe a selfie!
  • I actually have 2 more to add but I decided to just do it next month. I’m so lazy.

 

 

Hey hey hey! I know, I AM SUPER LATE. I’m sorry. I’m trying to be better at this blogging stuff. You’re probably not interested but I was sick the whole last week of August. Thank God for scheduled posts because I’m sure my blog will be full of flies by now if it weren’t for it. Also, thanks to YOU. I know I’m behind commenting back and checking out new blogs but as I said, I’m trying to be better! Being sick is not fun! Okay maybe a little because… I’ve read 25 books because of it. Okay so maybe some are DNF-ed. But still! 25?!

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LOL. Here are the books I’ve read this month plus link to my reviews! You might be interested in heckling me or something.

 

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Zomburbia – DNF (review)

Forest Of Whispers – 4 ★ (review)

Arrow Of The Mist (Arrow Of The Mist #1) – 4 ★  (review)

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)  – 4 ★ (review)

 

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The Promise Of Amazing – DNF (review)

Edge Of Falling (Falling #2) – DNF (review)

Elantris (Elantris #1) – 4★

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel – 3 ★ (review)

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The Man Test – 4 ★ (review)

Not Quite Dead (A Lowcountry Ghoststory #1) – 4 ★ (review)

The Artful (Shadows Of The City #1) – DNF

Since Forever Ago – 1 ★ (review)

 

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Dangerous Boys – 4 ★ (review)

Written In Red (The Others #1) – 5 ★ (review)

Murder Of Crows (The Others #2) 4 ★ (review)

Aspen – 4 ★ – featured in BOOKtunes (review)

 

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Undeclared (Woodlands #1) – 2.5 ★

The Beauty – 2 ★ (review)

Ugly Love – 2 ★ (review)

The Summer Of Letting Go – 3 ★ (review)

 

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Amity – 3 ★ (review)

Time After Time – 5 ★

Every Ugly Word – 4 ★ (review)

Misplaced – 3 ★ (review)

 

I’ve also joined some book tours this month! Okay, a lot! This whole month of September I got 16 blog tours happening! Plus 1 Bookish event. I know, I HAVE LOST CONTROL.

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But it’s going to be fun, I assure you that! I’m having a GIVEAWAY this month too. I’ll be giving away a… I don’t know, probably one of my 30 iPhones lying around in the house. I JUST HAVE SO MANY YOU KNOW. Anywaaaay. I’m excited for my movie recommendation of this month because I’m still totally inlove with this film. I don’t know if you guys have heard of this movie already but here’s some clues for you.

  • It’a 2012 film
  • Paul Dano (I so love him in this film) and Zoe Kazan are starring in it.
  • It’s about a novelist (this is why I watched it actually)
  • Know what it is yet?
  • no?
  • Okay. It’s..

 

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“RUBY SPARKS”

“She’s out of his mind”
Ruby Sparks is a 2012 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and written by Zoe Kazan. It stars Paul Dano as an anxious novelist whose fictional character, Ruby Sparks, played by Kazan, comes to life. (source)
Starring:
  • Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) as Calvin Weir- Fields
  • Zoe Kazan (The Pretty One, What If) as Ruby Tiffany Sparks
  • Chris Messina (Argo, The Law & Order) as Harry
WHY THIS MOVIE:

My first movie rec had to be reserved for a quite new personal favorite- even though some may disagree with my passion for this film. Ruby Sparks proves that a movie does not need an extravagant budget to be a work of art. While being described as “the best Woody Allen movie Woody Allen never made”, Ruby Sparks was actually the first film written and produced by Zoe Kazan, who also interpreted the main character, Ruby. It was directed by the wickedly talented couple,  Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who directed Little Miss Sunshine. This fantastic magical love story feels so real it does not need an explanation. However, Ruby Sparks is not the typical romantic comedy. While it does show the passion and the excitement of being in love, the film emphasizes the heartbreak and reality of a relationship turning sour. The movie is beautifully thought-provoking. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to create an ideal partner? Well, Ruby Sparks will make you think about what it would feel like to be someone’s idea of an ideal partner.

 

Some quotes and photos from the movie:

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Any writer can attest: in the luckiest, happiest state the words are not coming from you, but through you.

 

“She came to me wholly herself, I was just lucky enough to be there to catch her.”

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 (source)

 

Just watch it. No more questions. Just. Watch. It. And pleaseee, tell me if you did, I wanna know what you think! 🙂


 

So. this is the most boring part. It’s just an update about yours trulyyyy. Well, I’M STILL ALIVE. That is all you need to know. And that I am doing nothing  but read and work (yes I am responsible) and make mixtapes! As you know (or not) I launched BOOKtunes last month. You can read and listen here. Now, it’s not possible for me to read a book and not find a music for it. It’s like a curse.. a beautiful curse =) Also, I got a new haircut!!! And I regret it. Ahh, what is new with that. Well, that’s it. Told you it’s boring but thanks anyway if you’ve read it. You’re awesome! <3

REVIEW: Eleanor by Jason Gurley + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Eleanor
AUTHOR: Jason Gurley
PUBLICATION: Published June 27th 2014
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Time Travel
PAGES: 450pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
RATING: 3 ★★★
Buy the Book here:
AMAZON

 

 

 

 

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BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

1985. The death of Eleanor’s twin sister tears her family apart. Her father blames her mother for the accident. When Eleanor’s mother looks at her, she sees only the daughter she lost. Their wounded family crumbles under the weight of their shared grief.

1993. Eleanor is fourteen years old when it happens for the first time… when she walks through an ordinary door at school and finds herself in another world. It happens again and again, but it’s only a curiosity until that day at the cliffs. The day when Eleanor dives… and something rips her out of time itself.

And on the other side, someone is waiting for her.

 

 

REVIEW:

 

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Okay, uhm, WOW. Yeah.. That pretty much sums up my whole experience reading this masterpiece.

Eleanor is one of the hardest book I’ve ever reviewed because it left me so much conflicted. Look, I’m 18 and I admit thay I’m not much of a heavy reader (and trust me this book is quite heavy) The words.. it’s plot.. the whole message.. It’s too deep (which is good!) for me. So that one missing star right there is more of a personal reason. You see, I found it very slow to start. It’s like it was dragging and I just want to stop reading  But then, I realized that I’m reading it the wrong way.

Eleanor is not something you gobble up and read in a hurry. You savor it. You let the writing consume you and let the plot make you absorb everything the protagonist is feeling. This is also the first review where I will not do a summary. Not only it’s hard to summarize but I want you to start Eleanor knowing that it’s gonna transport you to a whole new world.

This is also one of the best well crafted book I’ve ever read. The structure is immaculate! Though some readers may find it confusing, I think it’s genius and a brave thing to do. Eleanor is a treasure. I recommend this for readers who loves their reads poignant and meaningful. Perfect also for anyone who wants a beautiful and brilliant writing.

 

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK

Jason Gurley is the author of the bestselling novel Greatfall as well as The Man Who Ended the World, the Movement trilogy and Eleanor, a novel thirteen years in the making. His short stories, including The Dark Age, The Caretaker, The Last Rail-Rider and others, appear in his collection Deep Breath Hold Tight: Stories About the End of Everything. He is work has appeared in a number of anthologies, among them David Gatewood’s From the Indie Side and Synchronic and John Joseph Adams’s Help Fund My Robot Army!!! & Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects. Jason is a designer by trade, and has designed book covers for Amazon Publishing, Subterranean Press, Prime Books and many independent authors, among them bestsellers Hugh Howey, Matthew Mather, Russell Blake, Michael Bunker, Ernie Lindsey and others. Jason lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

 

 

THE GIVEAWAY:

 

Five $20 Amazon Gift Cards

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

HOSTED BY:

Candace’s Book Blog & CBB Book Promotions

2014 Debut Author Bash: Mary Elizabeth Summer + INTERNATIONAL Giveaway

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Hey guys! I’m super duper excited to be part of this awesome event, hosted by the wonderful Nicole of YaReads. Follow her on twitter HERE. She’s nice! Anyway, I’m just so glad to snatch away Mary Elizabeth Summer from the rest of the people who’s part of this event. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who want to be partnered with her. Honestly, who doesn’t. When I first saw her novel in goodreads, I immediately stalked her. I didn’t even know she was a debut author! Useless stalking, huh?

 

6925957 Let me introduce you first to Mary Elizabeth Summer! Mary Elizabeth Summer is an instructional designer, a mom, a champion of the serial comma, and a pie junkie. Oh, and she sometimes writes books about teenage delinquents saving the day. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her daughter, her partner, and her evil overlor–er, cat. TRUST ME, I’M LYING, a YA mystery, will be released by Delacorte in Fall 2014.

STALKER LINKS!

 

FACEBOOK | GOODREADS | AMAZON PAGE

 TWITTER | WEBSITE | PINTEREST | TUMBLR

 

 

 

 

 

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Okay, I’m not sure yet what is the final cover so I just posted them both because they’re both gorgeous anyway. Check out the book guys! And pre-order it now.

 

Blurb from Goodreads:

 

Fans of Ally Carter, especially her Heist Society readers, will love this teen mystery/thriller with sarcastic wit, a hint of romance, and Ocean’s Eleven–inspired action.
Julep Dupree tells lies. A lot of them. She’s a con artist, a master of disguise, and a sophomore at Chicago’s swanky St. Agatha High, where her father, an old-school grifter with a weakness for the ponies, sends her to so she can learn to mingle with the upper crust. For extra spending money Julep doesn’t rely on her dad—she runs petty scams for her classmates while dodging the dean of students and maintaining an A+ (okay, A-) average.
But when she comes home one day to a ransacked apartment and her father gone, Julep’s carefully laid plans for an expenses-paid golden ticket to Yale start to unravel. Even with help from St. Agatha’s resident Prince Charming, Tyler Richland, and her loyal hacker sidekick, Sam, Julep struggles to trace her dad’s trail of clues through a maze of creepy stalkers, hit attempts, family secrets, and worse, the threat of foster care. With everything she has at stake, Julep’s in way over her head . . . but that’s not going to stop her from using every trick in the book to find her dad before his mark finds her. Because that would be criminal.

 

 

 

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TITLE: Trust Me, I’m Lying
PUBLICATION: October 14th 2014 by Delacorte Press
GENRE: YA > Mystery | Contemporary
PAGES: 336pages (Hardcover)

 

BOOK LINKS:

 

                    AMAZON | GOODREADS | B&N

     POWELLS BOOKS | TBD | INDIEBOUND

 

                                       

EARLY REVIEWS:

 

“A sexy love triangle and madcap mystery . . . I loved this book.” —Jennifer Echols, author ofDirty Little Secret

“Buckle up! You’re in for a wild and funny ride. I fell in love with the fresh and snarky voice of 16-year-old con artist Julep Dupree. This book has it all: homework and hit men, prom drama and silencers.” —April Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Stolen

“Summer creates a standout character in Julep. She lies and cheats with so much confidence and skill that readers will cheer her on, but she also adheres to her own strict moral code. The nature of the crime her father is caught up in, when revealed, just ratchets up the suspense. A memorable debut; here’s hoping for a lot more from Summer.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Julep’s investigations and quick escapes keep the high-stakes story entertaining and readers guessing…” – Publisher’s Weekly


 

Now check out this fun Interview that I had with Elizabeth! Learn more about her and the book!

1. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and the title is catchy, how did you come up with them?

 

Well, I can’t take credit for the cover. The Delacorte cover designers were the brains behind that. I did ask them to avoid anything too bubblegummy or cutesy. Julep’s story is a dark-alleys and rattling-train-tracks kind of thing. It’s a balance between funny and gritty, and I wanted the cover to reflect that. I love the cover model the designers chose, by the way. Her smirk is just perfect.
Now the title, I can take a little more credit for. TRUST ME, I’M LYING is actually not its first title. It was originally called CATCH MY GRIFT (my wife came up with that, and I still have a big ole soft spot for that title). But my editor rightly noted that “Grift” is an unusual enough word that it might not grab people’s attention. So, we began the brainstorming process for a new title. FYI, anyone who says coming up with titles is easy is LYING TO YOU. It literally hurt my brain trying to find one that I liked as much as CMG.
I was driving to work one day, churning out ideas for a new title with my mom over the phone, and then she came up with the “Trust Me, I’m…” idea. A few minutes later, we settled on “Lying” as the most intriguing way to complete it. I wasn’t sure it would work, to be honest. It felt kind of long. But I sent it with a few other ideas to my editor, and she (and the rest of the team) latched onto TMIL pretty quickly.
2. Your main character, Julep, is a con artist. Was she inspired by someone? *squints eyes*  And can you tell us more about her without spoiling anything? 🙂

 

I got the idea of a con artist protagonist one night while watching back-to-back episodes of LEVERAGE and WHITE COLLAR. I said to my wife, “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a YA novel with a girl con artist as the main character?” never imagining I would write such a thing. Then I went to bed and woke up the next morning with Julep’s voice in my head. Which, when I think carefully about it, sounds like I imagine the magical love child of Veronica Mars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Philip Marlowe would sound. She’s not inspired by anyone in real life, sadly. Or maybe not sadly. She’s not exactly a good person.
3. What is the hardest part in writing TM,IL? Any particular moment that you want to share while writing it?

 

The hardest part of writing TMIL was writing it all down as fast as Julep was telling it to me. I work full time, so I was often tapping it out on my phone while on the train to and from work. Going into the project, I thought that the research would be the hardest part–finding out how to do all the illegal things Julep would naturally know how to do. Turns out that was the easiest part. You would not believe what people put in books these days. I will say that tying all the threads up at the end was a challenge, but it was also a thoroughly satisfying and almost mystical experience.
4. Any thoughts about reviews?

 

Um…please? 😉 I love reviews. Even the worst reviews are good publicityand often don’t reflect anything but the reviewer’s own bias. I am nervous about industry reviews, I ain’t gonna lie. But the reception of the book so far has been so positive, that I am hopeful more people will like it than won’t.
5. Are you working on something new already? Is this part of a series?

 

1st part of a series. Hopefully a trilogy, though only two books have been written so far. (The second book is slated to be released in October 2015.) But I have about 80% of another unrelated book percolating in the background, and I have this bright, shiny new idea that I’m dying to get started on. Pesky day job…

 

Stalker questions:
– Dogs or Cats? BOTH
– Tea or Coffee? BOTH
– eBook or Paperback? BOTH
– Burger or Pizza? Pizza. Unless it’s a veggie burger. In which case, BOTH
– Katniss or Hermione? Um…BOTH
Hahahaha. What? I am large, I contain multitudes!

 

 Lastly, do you have anything to say to your readers?
I <3 every one of you. Thank you for taking the time to read my book, and I hope you enjoy it. Ask me questions! I will answer! (If I can…)

Elizabeth also shared the song she’s listening to while writing Trust Me, I’m Lying and you can listen right now! Just click the play button. I absolutely love this playlist. So much badass-ness!

 

 

Of course, it won’t all be complete without a generous giveaway from the author and publisher. We’re giving away 1 print copy of Trust Me, I’m Lying and it’s and International giveaway! Just enter below:

Terms & Conditions:

  • This contest is INTERNATIONAL.
  • The giveaway will run until October 102014.
  • You must be 18 years or older, or have parents’ permission to enter.
  • All your entries will be disqualified if you pickup entries for something you haven’t done.
  • If you only use ONE account to do all these tasks and enter under different names, they will still only constitute as ONE entry.
  • If the winner does not respond to my e-mail within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.
  • I or Elizabeth are not responsible for any items lost in the mail.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


 

So… I hope you had fun listening and reading! Thanks you again to Nicole of YaReads for hosting this event.

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ARC REVIEW: Scar Of The Bamboo Leaf + Giveaway!

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TITLE: Scar Of The Bamboo Leaf
AUTHOR: Sieni A.M.
PUBLICATION: Published July 9th 2014
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Romance
PAGES: 296pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: arc via tour host
RATING: 4 ★★★★
You can buy the Book here:
AMAZON 

 

 

 

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[check out the tour schedule here]

 

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

“Her heart wept when she realized that the hardest part about loving him was the idea that his love was never meant for her.”

Walking with a pronounced limp all her life has never stopped fifteen-year-old Kiva Mau from doing what she loves. While most girls her age are playing sports and perfecting their traditional Samoan dance, Kiva finds serenity in her sketchbook and volunteering at the run-down art center her extended family owns.

When seventeen-year-old Ryler Cade steps into the art center for the first time, Kiva is drawn to the angry and misguided student sent from abroad to reform his violent ways. Scarred and tattooed, an unlikely friendship is formed when the gentle Kiva shows him kindness and beauty through art.

But after a tragic accident leaves Kiva severely disfigured, she struggles to see the beauty she has been brought up to believe. Just when she thinks she’s found her place, Ryler begins to pull away, leaving her heartbroken and confused. The patriarch of the family then takes a turn for the worse and Kiva is forced to give up her dreams to help with familial obligations, until an old family secret surfaces that makes her question everything.

Immersed in the world of traditional art and culture, this is the story of self-sacrifice and discovery, of acceptance and forbearance, of overcoming adversity and finding one’s purpose. Spanning years, it is a story about an intuitive girl and a misunderstood boy and love that becomes real when tested.

 

REVIEW:

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I can’t remember the last time I’ve cried this hard. It’s beautiful, people, it’s heartbreaking and beautiful.

I’m sorry in advance if you think this review is short. It’s just, it’s SO GOOD I DON’T THINK MY REVIEW CAN JUSTIFY HOW GOOD IT IS.

If you read the blurb, you’d think that it’s another bad boy and good girl love story. But it’s not. It’s so much more than that. The timeline of the story starts from Kiva and Ryler when they’re young and still understanding the meaning and ways of love. And lasts until they grew old, got reunited and realized that YES, they do belong to each other. Kiva has a disability but still looks in the beautiful side of things. And Ryler’s an Arab who is lost and found his way to Samoa.

Scar of the Bamboo Leaf is a heartwrenching read written in the most beautiful way possible. Sieni is.. amazing. Her words slays! They cut through me. I admit that reading this story is difficult. It really pained me at some chapters, but it’s poignant. Meaningful and moving.

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More reason to love this novel is the setting and the arts that comes with this novel. I was enthralled by the way Sieni describes Kiva’s culture. And you guys, I’m not very good at art, like, the only thing I can make is stick figures but… everytime there’s a chapter where Kiva is doing her art.. I feel like picking up a paintbrush. As I said above, Sieni’s words slays. It’s affecting me in every way possible.

So… do I recommend this? You bet your butt that I do! This is definitely one of my favorite reads this year.

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

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FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | PINTEREST

Sieni A.M. is a coffee addict, Instagram enthusiast, world traveler, and avid reader turned writer. She graduated as an English and History high school teacher from the University of Canterbury and is currently living in Israel with her husband and two daughters. “Scar of the Bamboo Leaf” is her second novel.

 

THE GIVEAWAY:

 

5 ecopies of Scar of the Bamboo Leaf via Amazon

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

TOUR HOST:

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DNF REVIEWS: Anatomy Of A Misfit, Edge Of Falling, The Promise Of Amazing

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AUTHOR:Andrea Portes
PUBLICATION: Published September 2nd 2014 by HarperTeen
GENRE: YA > Realistic Fiction | Contemporary | Romance
PAGES: 336pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: Purchased
RATING: 2 ★★

 

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

This emotional, hilarious, devastating, and ultimately triumphant YA debut, based on actual events, recounts one girl’s rejection of her high school’s hierarchy—and her discovery of her true self in the face of tragedy.

Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite. Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

Anatomy of a Misfit is Mean Girls meets The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Anika’s hilariously deadpan delivery will appeal to readers for its honesty and depth. The so-sad-it’s-funny high school setting will pull readers in, but when the story’s dark foreboding gradually takes over, the devastating penultimate tragedy hits like a punch to the gut. Readers will ride the highs and lows alongside funny, flawed Anika—from laughter to tears, and everything in between.

 

REVIEW:

 

What a waste. My excitement and enthusiasm is just useless. And I got disappointed.. BIG TIME. The blurb said that it was Mean Girls meets The Perks Of Being A Wallflower and in the first few chapters it’s more on the Mean Girls part.. which is kind of annoying to read. The main protagonist did nothing but complain and swear unnecessarily. Seriously, there’s a lot F bomb dropped here and it’s just useless. What are they for?! It just turned me off and made me more annoyed by the book. I was kind of surprised, actually, because this book has a lot of swearing, slut shaming and sexual languages that is SERIOUSLY NOT NEEDED. I don’t understand why the author wants her main character to go on effin spree every paragraph.

And then there’s the message of the novel which I don’t get because the book has a lot to say and there wasn’t a point that was completely explained. It’s like she has this one but OH! she thought of another one, so she just abandoned the last one. The characters wasn’t that great either. I didn’t connect to any of them and they came off as bland to me. AND FREAKISHLY ANNOYING. Anika says things like this.

“Or maybe she can’t add. She is a Christian. I don’t think they believe in math.”

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UGH. I CANNOT EVEN. Slut shaming, Christian shaming (can you believe this) and yeah, gays weren’t exempted. The author touched that too. I’m sorry, but half of Anika’s monologue here is offensive. I was too angry to continue.

Oh and there’s a love triangle! AND I DON’T CARE ABOUT IT. Because the guy#1 can’t stop saying ‘like’. Like, yes omg he’s a guy but like, he cannot stop it, like, it’s his favorite word or something. And he says things like this:

“I’m gonna kiss you now and you’re gonna like it.”

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The guy#2… ugggghhh. Snoozefest.

Lastly, YES I DID READ THE AUTHOR’S NOTE and I felt sad about that. But my annoyance just overpowered my sadness so I got it over my sadness immediately.

 

 

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TITLE: Edge Of Falling (Falling #2)
AUTHOR: Valia Lind
PUBLICATION: Published August 13th 2014
GENRE: YA > Contemporary Romance
PAGES: 360pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via tour host
RATING: 2 ★★

 

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

For Chance, there’s always only been Dakota.

He’s been in love with the girl since the day they met. He’s tried everything to get her to notice him and nothing has worked. So when things suddenly start moving in the right direction, Chance can’t believe his luck.

Until Kyle comes along.

Kyle is like a new shiny toy and Dakota loves new and shiny. She falls for the tall, blonde and gorgeous fast and without looking back. Dating the summer before college wasn’t in the plans, but come on, Kyle is perfect. So why does Chance and his snarky grin keeps popping up in her mind now that Dakota has found her happiness?

When Chance’s world comes crashing down, Dakota proves the strength of their friendship, surprising herself and everyone around her, by helping him pick up the pieces. In return, Chance is finally able to crack her hard shell, discovering that not everything is sunny in Dakota-land. Her world is not what it seems on the outside, and together, they’re able to pull each other to the brink of safety and sanity.

Dakota likes that things are simple with Kyle, so why does she feel more like herself around Chance?

As graduation grows closer, both Chance and Dakota learn that the plans you make for your life don’t always play out the way you expect them and sometimes, everything starts to make sense when you find yourself on the edge of falling.

 

REVIEW:

 

Edge Of Falling is second in a series. Though reading the first book isn’t that necessary, I would advice to read it so you can enjoy this novel more. And because that’s where the main characters here first showed up. You see, on Falling By Design (Falling #1), they were just secondary characters (and they were great!) And now they have their own novel..

…and it sucked. UGH. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE SWOONY AND I SHOULD BE FLAILING AND SIGHING ans stuff but NO. I am frustrated. Frustrated by this characters, by the lack of plot, by everything.

I loved Falling By Design to bits and that is why my frustration here is just over the top. I just didn’t expected it to be like this you know. My big problem here are the characters. Like, both of them. At first it was cute. Grayson was this guy who has a HUGE crush on Dakota and Dakota don’t know it yet, but she also have feelings for Grayson. See that plot? It’s cute. It’s like we all have a secret and we are waiting for them to catch up. I’m not stupid. I know they are gonna end up eventually, but what I want here is how they ended up together.

And I did not like that HOW. Well, Grayson doesn’t have balls! He keeps saying that ‘YES I WILL FINALLY TELL HER WHAT I FEEL’ and when the moment is there, he flakes off! Dakota on the other hand will be like ‘YES I FEEL SOMETHING TOWARDS GRAYSON AND I WANNA KNOW WHAT IT IS’ then BAM, she acts bitchy when they’re together. This is pretty much what happened for like 60% of the book.

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And there’s this Kyle character that is supposed to be a big part of the story but just went to waste because he wasn’t completely fleshed out. He didn’t even help in the situation. Sometimes he will re-appear in a chapter and I’d be “OH I COMPLETELY FORGOT THAT THIS CHARACTER EXIST!” He’s more like a prop. A useless prop.

Overall, Edge Of Falling just didn’t appeal to me like Falling By Design did. Which sucked. It just sucks when that happens! But I’ll still support this author because despite of the frustrations I felt here, I still liked her writing and the easyness (is easyness a word?!) of it.

 

 

17844678TITLE: The Promise Of Amazing
AUTHOR: Robin Constantine
PUBLICATION: Published December 31st 2013 by Balzer + Bray
GENRE: YA > Romance | Realistic Fiction
PAGES: 320pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: purchased
RATING: 2 ★★

 

 

 

 BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

 

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

 

REVIEW:

 

WHAT A LIAR. This just confirms that promises are meant to be broken.

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This will be short and I’ll let the characters why I had some problems.

The girl, Wren has some issues. I mean, like the blurb said: she’s average.

“Maddie (her friend) had her hair down, pencil in hand. It looked like she was taking notes too, but I could tell she was sketching. I hoped I wasn’t her subject this time, because the look on my face was anything but pretty”

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And the guy is a delinquent who tosses hot dogs in the air for a show because HE IS MATURE LIKE THAT. ONCE they saw each other they completely fell inlove.

“His dark brown eyes held mine for a second. Open. Honest. Longing. As if the hot-dog-tossing tool was just some mask he’d put on for the party.”

She found that open-honest-longing thing in a second and they don’t even know each other.

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The guy is no different.

So this is just what happened. Instalove that doesn’t seem legit. Main characters that are trying to be deep and meaningful but failed. And a plot that is just MEH. What a waste.


 

I need good books. Any recs? I noticed that I’m getting tired of contemporary romance which I cannot accept because it’s my favorite genre. Will you save me? What’s your favorite or the best YA Contemporary Romance or Realistic Fiction that you read this year (so far)?