Hello hello hello, here I am back at it again with my monthly wrap up! July was a really good reading month for me. For the most part I really enjoyed every book I read, so #success! I was really into audiobooks though for some reason this month, so a lot of the books I read I actually listened to. Yay for that! Also this month I decided to write a little something about each book I’ve read, so please let me know if you like this way better, or how I normally do it.
Becoming Rain by K. A. Tucker - 4.75/5
I absolutely loved this book! I picked it up right after I finished Burying Water and I was so impressed! It’s suspenseful, the romance is great and the plot is so interesting! It was about Rain, who is an undercover FBI agent and she has to keep track of Luke, who has been caught up in some illegal family business. My description really doesn’t do it justice, go check it out if you like New Adult books! Read my review here.
One Tiny Lie by K. A. Tucker - 3/5
So seeing as I was loving K. A. Tucker’s books, I decided to pick up this one that I had started months ago but never finished. This is a companion novel to Ten Tiny Breaths and is about Livie. Livie is moving away to college and needs to learnt to let go and have the proper college experience. So that’s exactly what she does. She meets some guys along the way and figures some life stuff out. I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. The story was fine and it was written well, but the characters and their choices (especially their romantic choices) didn’t sit well with me at all. Read my review here.
Unbreak my Heart by Nicole Jacquelyn - 4.5/5
I loved this book! I was really looking forward to this book after seeing some amazing reviews for it, and so I had pretty high expectations! I have tried writing what this story is about for like 5 minutes now and I just cannot do it justice. Just know that it is intense and it will seriously mess with your emotions!! My review will be up in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned for that :)
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid - 3.5/5
This was another highly anticipated read for me, but unfortuntley it fell flat. I don’t know what it is but I find TJR’s writing to be too basic. That’s fine for some people, but for me it just makes it a little boring. The story itself was really good. I found it to be so unique but at some points, very unrealistic. There were some questionable character choices, but in the end I was happy with how everything turned out. Basically, this story is about a woman whose husband died on their first year anniversary. Her life falls apart and she moves back home. Months later she runs in to her high school sweetheart… WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG???? My review will be coming in the next couple of weeks :)
Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven - 5/5
Wow this book was so much better than anything I could have imagined!! Think “After” by Anna Todd, minus the abuse, plus some acting, second chance love and amazing characters. I just loved it so much. It was absolutely hilarious at times and it was told in the present and 6 years earlier so you get to see how certain events play out. Read this if you like New Adult!! My review for this went up the other day so you can check that out here.
Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven - 4.5/5
This is the sequel to bad Romeo and while it wasn’t quite as good as the first one, it was still amazing. Again, the characters were fantastic, the story was intruging and it was simply hilarious. However, my issue with this is that I felt like it was dragged out too much. I still loved it but I was expecting certain ends to be tied way earlier than when they did. Does that even make sense? Anyway, my review should be going up in a couple of days so keep an eye out!
A Very Bad Romeo Christmas - 4.5/5
Ok so this isn’t a while book it’s more of a novella, but I read it (free on Wattpad) and it was so good! I loved visiting the characters again and seeing where they are at now. Happy tears all round for this one! I won’t be writing a review for this because it was just so short. If you liked Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet, read this.
To Love Jason Thorn by Ella Maise - 4/5
This was a book I had never heard of, but I just liked the look of the cover and the title so I decided to listen to it on Audible! I really liked this story though! It’s a cute New Adult romance that was very well written. A little cliché and predictable at times, but overall a good story and I would definitely recommend it to fans of New Adult. One thing I will mention is to not listen to this on Audiobook!!! The guys voice was so monotone it was actually ridiculous. 10/10 would not recommend Sebastian York audiobooks.
Chasing Spring by R. S. Grey - 3.75/5
This was a book that I had been wanting to read for a while, but I knew absolutely nothing about it. I picked it up on audible (wouldn’t recommend this Audiobook either tbh), and I flew through it. I found it to be very very similar to Twilight at the start (I think the author thought so too since there was an actual reference to Twilight in the book).Other than that, it was pretty good. I liked the romance and the build-up of information given. I do think it could have been longer because a lot of information seemed to be left out. Review to come soon!
Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta - 3.75/5
I have heard SO many good things about Melina Marchetta lately so I decided to check one of her books out. I had seen Looking for Alibrandi the movie and didn’t really want to read about that, so decided to go with this one. For the most part, I did enjoy this (more-so towards the end). This is a young adult book and I found myself wishing it was told from the perspective of the Dad rather than Francesca, so I think that means I am growing out of YA. I’ll try and write a review for this if I have time, but I might not get around to it.
Only for Him by Cristin Harber & Only for Her by Cristin Harber - 4.5/5 & 3/5
This is hard to explain but basically these are 2 novellas out of a set of 4 novellas. I won’t be continuing with the last two books. 1. Because although I really enjoyed the first installment, the second one had a lot of cliché things happen and I just didn’t like where it was going. 2 there is no bloody way I am going to pay $8 to read the next 160 pages. No way. I’m still pissed about this, but that’s for another blog post.
Total number of books read: 12
Physical Copies: 0
Review Books: 0
Number of pages read (including audiobooks): 3202
Average Rating: 4.06 / 5
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When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.
Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks.
I’d been wanting to read this book for a while now, but have been putting it off just because of the whole Romeo and Juliet aspect of it. But oh my god holy hot damn it was good! I really was not expecting it to be as good as it was. I listened to it on Audible and the narrator was really good at portraying the right emotions at the right time. Honestly, when I started listening to this book it took over my life, #noregrets!! The story was jam packed with humour, I seriously laughed out loud so damn much with this book, both of the characters were extremely sarcastic and it worked great for the story!
I love a good “bad boy” type story and this was definitely one of the better ones that’s for sure. Ethan was bad, but not crazy abusive bad like Christian Grey or Holder(??) from the After series by Anna Todd (as far as I could tell anyway). I would definitely say that the book is similar to After though, but way less abusive and way more entertaining. The things that I didn’t like about After, I loved in Bad Romeo.
I loved the way the story was told in present day and 6 years ago. I feel like stories told like this can be a bit of a hit and miss depending on how it is structured, but it was done amazingly well in Bad Romeo. I loved seeing how their relationship developed 6 years earlier, and then going back to present day and seeing all the references they make to their past and being able to slowly put the pieces of the puzzle together. From the very beginning you know something happened and to be able to see that happen while simultaneously seeing the consequences, was pretty great!
I did feel at times that the story didn’t really have any other plot points other than their relationship. Which I get because that’s what the story is about, but I would have liked to have seen Cassie actually do something outside of her time with Ethan. The only places mentioned in the book were Cassie’s apartment and their drama class. They did probably go to some other places randomly, but I feel like it only showed a very small part of their lives and didn’t make it seem very realistic.
Other than that though, there’s not really anything else I didn’t like. I loved the characters, I felt like it was very well written, the plot was engaging and kept my interest for the whole book, I didn’t feel like the romance was rushed in any way, and I liked that it was unique in the way that they were theater students. I really enjoyed the rehearsal scenes and just getting to know things about theaters that I didn’t know before.
Overall this is a really good New Adult book! It is quite raunchy so probably not for younger readers, but I highly recommend it! Although make sure you have Broken Juliet nearby because it ends on a bit of a cliff hanger!
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Narrator: Andi Arndt
Published: December, 2014
Format: Audio, 12 hrs 23 min
Genre: New Adult Romance
Acquired from: Audible
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Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?
As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.
I've been on a real K. A. Tucker kick lately and I thought I would try to continue the Ten Tiny Breaths series. I had read about 50 pages of One Tiny Lie 6 months ago, but got a bit bored with the story. But as I finished the Burying Water series, I realised I needed to read more of K. A. Tucker's books, so I decided to give this another chance.
Now, don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed the story. The writing was captivating and it kept me hooked, and the plot was interesting. It was something unique which I liked. But what really ruined this book for me was the romance. The romance between Ask and Livie was great. BUT it was based on lies. For pretty much the whole book, Livie is with another man, and Ash is with another girl. And that just pissed me the hell off. I understood Ash's reasoning behind his relationship and while I still didn't agree and I can definitely see why he did what he did. But with Livie there was absolutely no excuse other than the fact that she was a greedy bitch. I liked Livie and her personality, but this side of her just made me strongly dislike her. So as a New Adult novel (where the whole story is based around the romance) I was not impressed. And to be honest, I'm a little bit shocked that this seems to be a lot of people's favourite novels from this series. It would make sense if Connor (Livie's ACTUAL BOYFRIEND THAT SHE WAS CHEATING ON) was a complete arsehole but he wasn't. He was such a nice person. And she's got to be completely stupid if she thought that him saying they would "take it slow" meant that they could date other people. How does she get that out of that??? ANd she knew, she bloody KNEW that Connor wasn't for her and she KNEW that she wanted to be with Ashton! Yet she continued to cheat on Connor and go behind his back all the while feeling "so guilty". If she was feeling that guilty she should have broken things off with the guy as soon as she realised he wasn't for her. I'm sorry but it just really pisses me off.
Two other issues I had with this story that lead me to enjoying it less:
1. The characters seemed very immature (not even including the whole cheating bull crap) and I just didn't feel very connected with them. I didn't not like them but I just didn't really care for them.
2. The story ended very abruptly and I didn't feel like anything was actually resolved properly. From the epilogue I can obviously tell that things were solved, but as teh reader who sat through the entirety of the book I feel like I should have seen how they got to be where they ended up.
Overall, I disliked more than I actually liked with this book and so I don't think I can actively recommend it to anyone. I don't regret reading it, and I didn't have a terrible time while reading it so I'm not going to rate it too harshly. I think apart from the cheating aspect I could have looked past any other issues I had and really enjoyed the story, but alas the characters cheated and I was pissed.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: eBook, 279 pages
Genre: New Adult Romance
Acquired from: iBooks
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