ARC REVIEW: Behind Your Back (Behind Your Back #1) by Chelsea Cameron

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TBehind Your Back (Behind Your Back #1)

Chelsea M. Cameron

Published May 26th 2015

NA > Romance | Contemporary | Suspense

267pages (kindle edition)

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3 ★★★1/2

 

 

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To get to him, I need to use her.
I’ll play her like a violin and have her falling in love with me before she even knows what’s happening.
It will be easy. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.
She’s just a girl.
A tool to get what I want.
When I’m done with her I won’t think twice about walking away.
At least, that was what I thought.
Until I met her.

 

 

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REVIEW:

THIS. BOOK. I was not expecting that.

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This is my first read from Chelsea Cameron and now I’m wondering why. Behind Your Back is such a fast read, which is perfect for readers who wanna get lost in a romantic and suspenseful tale.

I have to admit that I was 30% in and I still wasn’t aware of what was happening. Our main character, Quinn, is so mysterious. I was not used to reading from a male’s perspective but in here, it surprisingly worked very well for me. I love that I can feel his struggles and that Chelsea Cameron made him a very believable character. I don’t think I can say the same with Saige though. Its not that she’s an awful or bad character, its just that I don’t feel her genuineness yet. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel (which is on Saige’s perspective) I really need some answers from her. And I wanna know her better.

This is why I enjoyed this story very much. Chelsea Cameron played me and I’m not even complaining. Quinn and Saige was characters full of depth that you really have to dig deep and read through to get to know them. Chelsea’s writing is eloquent that’s why I didn’t have any problem while reading it. Everything was so smooth and every chapter was full of anticipation.

Although I wish that it was longer, I do believe that Chelsea has amazing things planned out for this series, I’m ready for more mystery and suspense. I honestly can’t wait to be played again by this author, Chelsea Cameron gained a new fan in me.

 

 

 

AUTHOR:

 

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Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Confess by Colleen Hoover a.k.a ‘is that it?’

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Confess
Colleen Hoover
Published March 10th 2015 by Atria Books
NA/A > Contemporary | Art
320pages (paperback)
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2★★

 

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.
Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

 

 

REVIEW:

 

Is that it?

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Is this book so so deep that I just didn’t get it? I’m serious though. I imagine the reviewers who gave this book a 5 star rating looking down at me. If that’s the case, I AM GENUINELY SORRY. Because I felt nothing towards this book. Its so far from AMAZING and EMOTIONAL.

Some books give you hope, some books makes you believe in fate, destiny, people-who-are-meant-to-be. Some books gives you happy tears or will make you ugly cry. And what does Confess even do? I DON’T KNOW. Maybe to convince you to hangout more at art exhibits bc hello CUTE BROODING GUYS. I swear, if it isn’t because of the art pieces, I feel like I was robbed. Like I was promised with something so amazing and special and all I got was… nothing. ITS JUST SO FREAKING SAD.

I have a lot of issues in this book that I don’t even know where to start.

– Owen is creepy and he doesn’t make any sense. What is it with this guy and WHY DOES HE WANTS THINGS MORE COMPLICATED!? This guy makes issues that is not even there. He’s keep secrets that are not even made to be kept. Like, DUDE, THAT’S NOT EVEN A BIG DEAL.STOP BEING SUCH A DRAMA QUEEN AND SAY IT. NO ONE’S GONNA DIE.

If it isn’t because of the timespans, I will not buy the romance at all. They fall inlove so fast its ridiculous. But anyway, I don’t want to dwell on that so much because falling in love is different with every people and some people really do fall in love that fast. I mentioned it because it bothered me that nothing about the pair felt real to me. I just rolled my eyes and yawned when they’re declaring love/likeness to each other.

– Auburn is likeable but nothing special. Hmm, I don’t have any problem with her. She actually think straight most of the time and she can be witty and admirable. But like I said, nothing special.

The mega secret that the blurb is talking about. Oh dear god I WANNA PUNCH SOMEONE when I read the last chapter because I can’t believe that was it. What the hell is that? Am I supposed to be amazed or cry because of that?

My first rating was 3stars but i just realized that 3stars means I LIKE IT SO MUCH and that’s just not what i feel towards Confess. So 2.5 it is.

I just feel sad and disappointed about everything. Unlike in Ugly Love where I want to hurt someone.

Now, maybe I’ll go and re-read SLAMMED because I need to be reminded of why I loved and adored CoHo in the first place.

*this is a rushed a review. Maybe I’ll add some more when I skimmed the book because I honestly forgot about some of the things that happened in here*

 

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ARC REVIEW: The Problem With Heartache (Crazy In Love #3) by Lauren K. McKellar

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The Problem With Heartache (Crazy In Love #3)
Lauren K. McKellar
Published February 27th 2015
YA/NA > Contemporary | Romance
251pages (kindle edition)
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4 ★★★★

 
 
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The problem with heartache is that there’s no one-size-fits-all relief package. You can go to classes; you can try to embrace change. But when you wake up at two in the morning, a smile on your face because you’ve dreamt about the could have—the should have—nothing will console you.
Because seconds later, you remember.
And remembering can rip you apart.
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Kate will do anything for her family. It’s why she took the job with Lee. It’s why she’s attempting to forget her pain. But it’s hard to forget, when you’re desperate to hold on. Even if Lee Collins is the perfect package.
Lee will do anything for the ones he cares about. It’s why he hired Kate.
It’s why he keeps his secrets; and it’s why he cannot, will not fall in love. Not with Kate—not with anyone.
Ever.
The one thing he can’t forgive.
The one thing she can’t forget.
 
 
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REVIEW:

 

THE PROBLEM with heartache is that you can’t mourn forever. You can’t walk around the streets wearing black, carrying holy water on your person in the hope that you’ll stumble upon a miracle and be able to use it to bring that person back. One day, you’re gonna forget that tiny vial, and you’re not gonna realise until it’s too late

I just love books about moving on. Love, love, love it! Meaning: I’ve read so many books with the same premise as this book. BUT!!!! The Problem Heartache stands out! I swooned, I cried (I DID AND IT WAS THE SLOW KIND OF CRYING LIKE SOMEONE IS TORTURING YOU. YAH FEEL ME?) I laughed.. and I was filled happiness.

This book is part of a series and sadly, I haven’t read the first two books but I’m telling you, I still understood the story perfectly. I did not, for any second, got lost in the story. Yep, it has spoilers from the first two books, but it didn’t change my mind, I’ll still read ‘em.

Lauren’s writing is incredible. It’s beautiful. Her words does something to my heart. She jut keeps tugging at my heartstrings. I can’t give you any explanation on why this is the first time I read a book from her. I don’t honestly know why either. But I’m glad I discovered her.

The characters are amazing. The kind of book characters that will stay with you. Kate is a mix of sassiness and sexiness and kindness. I adore this girl. I nev experienced grief bit Kate is a perfect portrayal of a woman that is hurt, trying to stay strong and scared of tearing down her walls.

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And of course, Lee freaking Collins. This guy… THIS FREAKING GUY. WHERE CAN I GET ONE, LAUREN? WHERE????

I was going to catch a plane. I was hoping to catch a girl

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The journey until the end wasn’t easy. I got frustrated too. There was some hair pulling that happened. And Lottie totally got on my nerves. (You’re on my list girl, I’m sorry but you are) There was a revelation that was so shocking my mouth was open for 5 minutes. Lauren’s good with surprises.

I don’t know what more to say but READ IT. The Problem with this book is… nothing. Okay, maybe the cover?? Might need some improvement?

This book is wonderful. Its realistic. The characters are authentic. And the writing is beautiful. The love story will make you swoon and will make you believe that moving forward is ALWAYS better than being held back.

 

 

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AUTHOR:

 

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Lauren K. McKellar is an author and editor. Her debut novel, Finding Home, was released through Escape Publishing on October 1, 2013, and her second release, NA Contemporary Romance The Problem With Crazy, is self-published, and is available now. She loves books that evoke emotion, and hope hers make you feel.

Lauren lives by the beach in Australia with her husband and their two dogs. Most of the time, all three of them are well behaved.

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Misplaced by Lee Murray a.k.a yay for likeable male lead! + Giveaway!

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AUTHOR: Lee Murray

PUBLICATION: Published December 1st 2013

GENRE: NA > Contemporay | Mystery

PAGES: 284pages (Kindle Edition)

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RATING: 3 ★★★

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Dream cars have no registration plate.. One evening, Adam’s mum pops out for the milk and doen’t come back, launching a frantic nationwide search. Yet after weeks with no leads, the television crews drift away, the police start asking hairy questions, and Adam’s dad starts seeing someone else. Adam’s life is falling apart. But then he meets Skye, who it seems has misplaced a part too, and things start to look up. That is, until a body is found…

 

REVIEW:

If my mother ever goes out to buy milk then didn’t come back? I’ll probably lose some part of me and  just break down and I honestly don’t know how to go on from there. But that’s just me. And it’s probably a good thing that we buy milk together… Like all of us. When it’s grocery day.

Anyway, that’s why I admire Adam. I love that he’s a teenage guy, and even though guy’s are all about looking as if nothing ever fazes them, Adam here is real. He shows and talks and expresses what he’s feeling about his situation vividly. Adam’s mother disappeared, without any clue or trails left behind. The last thing he knew was that her mother left to get milk in the store, a task that is supposed to be his, and she didn’t come back.

There are a lot of things that needs to be dealt here, like, Adam’s response, he’s Father’s reaction, and how people are going to act around them and so on. Because first of all, this things happen. People disappear. I’ve seen it on news and I’ve read some cases of them online. And you know what? It just breaks my heart all the time because I can’t imagine how and what is going through in the mind of the people they left.

Misplaced is a realistic and sensitive portrayal if you want to know the answer about that matter. Lee Murrays characters are authentic and the setting and dialogues in the book are well thought. When I started reading Misplaced, I thought that I’ll probably enjoy it because of the mystery behind Adams mothers disappearance. And yes, it really bothered and nagged me the whole time, but I was more focused on Adam. On how he deals with things throughout the book with the help of his friends and Skye. I love how the romance isn’t so rushed and pointless. It was delicately handled.

Giving it a 3 star rating doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Nuh-uh. In this case, I just had some problems with the ending. It is true that the ending is appropriate for the story but I just… didn’t like it. (it’s a personal reason, i guess) but other than that, I didn’t encounter any problem at all. Overall, Misplaced is a thought provoking and everything about this book is sincere. With a straightforward writing and genuine characters, Misplaced deserves all the praise that it’s getting.

 

 

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Lee Murray is a full-time writer and editor with masters degrees in science and management. Lee wrote Misplaced after a friend, Florence, went missing from her home in France in 2003. Sadly, Florence is still missing. Lee lives in Tauranga, New Zealand with her husband and their two teenaged children.

 

 

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The Edge of Never by J.A Redmerski a.k.a i’m the odd one again

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AUTHOR: J.A Redmerski

PUBLICATION: Published November 15th 2012 by Createspace 

GENRE: NA > Romance

PAGES: 423pages (Kindle Edition)

SOURCE: Own (Kindle)

RATING: 2 ★★

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Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett had always been one to think out-of-the-box, who knew she wanted something more in life than following the same repetitive patterns and growing old with the same repetitive life story. And she thought that her life was going in the right direction until everything fell apart.

Determined not to dwell on the negative and push forward, Camryn is set to move in with her best friend and plans to start a new job. But after an unexpected night at the hottest club in downtown North Carolina, she makes the ultimate decision to leave the only life she’s ever known, far behind.

With a purse, a cell phone and a small bag with a few necessities, Camryn, with absolutely no direction or purpose boards a Greyhound bus alone and sets out to find herself. What she finds is a guy named Andrew Parrish, someone not so very different from her and who harbors his own dark secrets. But Camryn swore never to let down her walls again. And she vowed never to fall in love.

But with Andrew, Camryn finds herself doing a lot of things she never thought she’d do. He shows her what it’s really like to live out-of-the-box and to give in to her deepest, darkest desires. On their sporadic road-trip he becomes the center of her exciting and daring new life, pulling love and lust and emotion out of her in ways she never imagined possible. But will Andrew’s dark secret push them inseparably together, or tear them completely apart?

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WHAT. IS. THIS.
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I’m the odd one again 🙁 After finishing The Edge of Never, I spent almost 2 hours trying to understand what I felt about it. My feelings was all over the place! I swooned, I laughed, I rolled my eyes (too many times I must say) and yeah at some point, I got teary eyed. But all of that  I started reading this thinking it was a book about a girl who was trying to discover herself.

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And at the first few chapters that was the vibe I was getting from the book.. Then I don’t know what happened but it completely lost the plot that I was expecting.

Let’s go through the characters first..

Everybody meet Camryn Benett. She’s 20 who acts 16, she giggles all the times, calls everybody (especially her bestfriend) a slut and ohmigosh you guys she’s very philosophical..

“I always kind of thought out-of-the-box. Instead of sitting around dreaming up new sex positions, as Natalie often does about Damon, (…..) I dream about things that really matter. (….) What the air in other countries feels like on my skin, how the ocean smells, why the sound of rain makes me gasp.”

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She is so smart I can’t handle it. Not only that, she’s a down right hypocrite..

“Why does everybody have to be with somebody? It’s a stupid delusion and a really pathetic way of thinking.”

“Natalie has always been an impatient, instant- gratification kind of girl.”

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WAIT WHAT?! Camryn was so hilarious you guys I want to stab her. She went from ‘I‘m-not-ready-for-a-relationship’ to ‘omg-I-hope-he-touch-me-everywhere’ and it annoyed me to death. She did a lot of slut shaming with every. single. chapter. But what I really hated about Camryn was that she’s trying so hard. She mentioned a lot in this book that a lot of people has called her ‘deep’. HAHAHAHAHAHA NO. You’re not deep Camryn, I wish you were though, that way no one would see you anymore because of your deepness.

Then there’s Andrew. A supposed to be 25 year old man who acts 17.

“I leap over the fence and land beside her and we take off running into the wide open; her like a graceful gazelle, me like the lion chasing after her.”

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You know, I get why some readers swoon over Andrew. He’s good looking, he has abs, he plays the guitar and he has tats. But just like Camryn, this guy, this male character, was also immature. He’s worse than Camryn. He has this thing where he beats the crap out of something or people when he’s really angry. I mean is that supposed to make him hot? I think not. This guy has some mental issues.

Now to the plot, to be honest I liked this at first. Though I hated Camryn right away, I understood her. I think everybody has thought of just running away. Going somewhere without a destination. But the Author did not executed it very well. The story started slowly to become crap when Camryn and Andrew became obsessed with each other. Camryn became more and more hypocrite and annoying to the point that I think she’s asking for a death wish.

“Oh my God, he hasn’t even touched me yet and I already feel this way? Am I dreaming?”

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“..raising my voice just a little, still too embarrassed to say that forbidden word, the one I’ve always found dirty and wrong and belonging only in a porno movie”

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Simply put, the plot started great then became terrible, horrible and then it just ended up frustrating. And that ending? It’s incredibly stupid. I cannot… UGH. It’s like the author didn’t even bother to think things through. To be honest, I just decided to finish this because someone told me that it’s going to break my heart in the end. But no. I just yawned, really. To say that I was disappointed is an understatement. To think that this is a USA Times Bestseller and all that. Oh and check this very idiotic scene between Camryn and Andrew (it’s on Andrew’s POV)

“And you loved her?” Camryn looks over at me, letting her head fall to the side. I keep looking at the stars.

“Yeah, I loved her, but it wasn’t meant to be.”

I’m wondering why she wants to know this; most girls I know snap into that jealousy-fueled mood-swing stuff that makes me want to cover my nuts when it comes to talking about exes. “Two years,” I answer. “The break-up was mutual; we started checking out other people and I guess realized we didn’t love each other as much as we thought we did.”

“Or, you just fell out of love.”

“No, we were never in love to begin with.”

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I.. I just.. my poor brain cells 🙁

[note: my original review is on my Tumblr blog and it was posted on March 18, 2014]