Saturday, July 19, 2014

Review: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Yes
Finished or ARC: Finished, ebook
Source: Bought

GoodreadsOne kiss could be the last. 

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she's anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses. 

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she's crushed on since forever. 

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she's not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn't an issue, considering Roth has no soul. 

But when Layla discovers she's the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Review:
I’ve only read this book and the Lux series by JLA. My friend that has read her series about gods says I need to read that one soon, too. Eventually I will. But if you want to skip a few of her books and read something out of the ordinary, read White Hot Kiss.

No, it is not about an actually white hot kiss. It has nothing to do with that except that Layla can’t kiss anyone that has soul. But it makes the romance part of the book interesting. More on that later.

The plot of the book involves these warriors that go around fighting demons from Hell. Theses warriors are called Wardens, which are basically gargoyles that can change into human form to blend in. Layla is stuck between two worlds since she is half demon and half Warden. Yes, there is some crap about her being between the two and struggling with her place in the world, but that just leads to the bigger picture. The bigger picture involves raising a bunch of really evil demons, and to do so, Layla’s blood is needed.

Enter Roth. Higher level demon and a kickass hottie. Note: Roth can be caring and a smartass too. His job is odd for a demon, but it involves Layla. What is crazy about this book is the fact on why Layla actually exists. It’s crazy, but oddly, romantic, if it didn’t involve something bad happening to Layla. Anyway, Roth’s and Layla’s adventure together is what you may expect from a demon and a half demon: they become friends and try to stop the world from imploding.

Now, the romance part is a bit…annoying, but at the same time, you aren’t rooting for a side. There is a stupid love triangle. In fact, there are two. I know! Stupid right. But in one, there is already a clear winner (or at least I think there is). There is: Danika, Zayne, and Layla. Both Danika and Zayne are expected to mate, but Zayne likes Layla and she him, but she can’t be with him because of the whole soul sucking thing. And then there is Layla, Zayne, and Roth. Roth likes Layla, and Layla likes both boys, but I was rooting for Roth. Fortunately, the love triangles are highlighted to an extreme. It more like Zayne is overprotective of Layla and Roth loves insulting Zayne, but only to Layla (though he did once to Zayne’s face). Anyway, the romance isn’t cheesy, but it still is annoying to have a love triangle.

Layla, despite being a totally girl (I’m one too, but I’m not that cry-babyish about it) about her place among the Wardens, is a girl with spunk and willing to take risks to find out who she is. But I was happy when she started rebelling. The kicker in finding out who her parents are was mind-blowing. Seriously, it was the one thing in the book you wouldn’t see coming. Roth I already talked about. He is sweet, kickass, and a smartass. End of story. Zayne is a bit annoying. He’s one of those characters you want to strangle and slap over the head because they can’t see what is going on in front of them, but at the same time, he’s like the boy next door every girl wants. I still root for Roth.

The ending was okay. Not what I wished would have happened, but the summary of the next book makes me feel better. Now, go out and read this book!

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Review: Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce

Title: Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings #4)
Author: Jackson Pearce
Series: Yes
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Christmas gift! :D

GoodreadsKai and Ginny grew up together–best friends since they could toddle around their building’s rooftop rose garden. Now they’re seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.

But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora–a beautiful girl with a dark past and a heart of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.

If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she still be the girl he loved–and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him?

Reviews: 
So, based on the summary, anyone can guess that this is based on the Snow Queen fairytale. Jackson Pearce is good at retelling fairytales. Well, this one is pretty amazing.

Plot starts off pretty close to the same as the original tale (except Grandma dies). Kai and Ginny (Gerda) are best friends and in love, but the Snow Queen comes in and takes Kai away. Ginny, not being one to watch while her love is taken, goes after him and to stop the Snow Queen. Pearce adapts the original tale to fit into modern times and makes it quiet interesting. The witch Ginny was supposed to stay with turns into a group of Travelers, or gypsies that can live a long time.

Here’s the kicker: No shard of glass to get rid of. And besides being in modern times, there are werewolves. I love the way Pearce incorporates the previous novels, which involve the ocean girls and the monsters, and how that translates into this book. If you can guess, the Snow Queen was an ocean girl, and then was turned into a werewolf. Fenis are the werewolf species, and let’s say that they are the reason the Snow Queen, or Mora, is who she is and why she does what she does.

The romance is cute. Basically best friends fall in love, but then Mora comes in and hypnotizes Kai into loving her. I love that Ginny never gave up on Kai, but I also love that she got over her fear of being without him. Ginny is the only character in the book to grow. She goes from this girl who has no clue what to do in life, but is fine with it as long as she has Kai (yes she was one of those), to a girl with no clue what to do in life, but is okay if Kai wasn’t there. I feel that though this type of character is sometimes annoying to read about, her quest was enough to keep a reader going. It was entertaining.

The ending didn’t hint to any “sequel”, but knowing Jackson Pearce, there will be another book within the same world as the ocean girls and monsters between the pages of her book. It will be interesting to see what she does next. Meanwhile, the ending to Cold Spell was perfect, except one detail. I won’t say it, though, since it would give away the book. 


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Monday, June 9, 2014

Review: Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Series: No (unfortunately)
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Won

Goodreads:
SHHHH!
Don't spread the word!
Three-day weekend. Party at White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do NOT want to miss it.


It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.

But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.

Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?


Review: 
When reading the summary, it screams creepy. Almost Stephen King creepy. Thing is, the book wasn't--isn't--as creepy as you may think. It's just creepy enough to make you wonder why you are reading this book, what is going through Gretchen's head, and why isn't their a sequel.

The reason: It's the way the plot was and the motive behind all the killings that may send a chill up your spine. 

The whole plot of the book is centered around revenge for this one depressed girl who killed herself. Now as sad as it was to read about this girl, it was a little crazy what she wrote in her journal. Yes, she tired to fit in, but she also kinda made up a few things in her mind. Suicides are bad, but hers could have been prevented if she had talked to someone. 

To start off with the motive-plot, I feel that if this book was made into a movie, I would be totally scared but excited to see it. Reading it--yes, a bit creepy, but the book kept my interest going because I wanted to know who the a murderer was. Ten's one of those books that if you just want a book with no cheesy romantic crap and a standalone, it;s one to read. And it's hard to put down. And it's not too creepy that it gives you nightmares.

Meg, our main character, is shy, but very brave when it came to certain things. The thing I admired about her was that even though her best friend, Mimie, was a total bitch  towards her, she still stuck by her side. Takes a true ffriend to do that. 

Now, despite this, all characters weren't perfect, but they were just right to where they each caused tension, backstabbing, suspicion, and anger to come out to make the evil mastermind's plan work. It was genius and I wish I could think of something creepily amazing like this book. 

I said earlier that there wasn't any cheesy romantic crap--that doesn't mean there isn't any romance at all. There is. It's just regular teenage love where two girls like the same guy but one backs off because the other. I'm happy Meg gets the guy, and not just because of what happens to the other--Mimie.

At the end when the secret was revealed---oMG. Sorry to be such a girl, but it was shocking. From parts of the plot, I grew some suspicions on who was killing everyone. I was right, but when the murderer came out to Meg, I was shocked. At this point, it was 1:30 am, but I needed to know why. Man, it was good. 

The ending is a bit depressing, but it's a horror type book, so there isn't really a big happy ending. Yet, there was a small happy ending for Meg.

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Review: Things I Can't Forget (Hundred Oaks #3) by Miranda Kenneally

Title: Things I Can't Forget
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Yes
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Christmas gift. Thank you, Mom!

Goodreads:
Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt--with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…


Review:
I'm not going to rave on and on about how much I loved this book. yiou can read my reviews of Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker to know how much I love Miranda Kenneally an her books. This book doesn't disappoint.

In the book, Katie is a very religious girl dealing with the gulit of helping a friend get an abortion, and the feelings she has towards Matt, which are a little more intense than she would like. Obviously, she has issues to deal with that really suck. 

In Stealing Parker, Kenneally addressed the issue of people discriminating against gay people and adults having affairs with minors and both affect everyone. She really pushed the issue out there, like she did in Catching Jordan with girls in football. In this book, she pushed the issue of religion and modern relationships to the limit. 

What I mean is that Katie, being very religious, dealing with the way sex is viewed in the world and in relationships and at her age. Today we know many media outlets involve sex somehow, and it affects the youths of today (no, I am not an old middle age adult. I'm 19, but if you heard some of the things I did from kids younger than me, you'd say this too). This means that kids are having sex at a younger age or are doing other stupid things. Katie believes marriage should come before sex and that it should be only a man and woman. She comes around to gay people and their lifestyle, but she struggles with this desire she has for Matt that makes things complicated. He wants to have sex, but she wants to wait, and she struggles to tell him. I feel that there are many woman like that today, even if media doesn't show it. 

One thing I liked a lot about Matt was that he understood Katie's desire to wait and didn't push her. I feel many breakups today involve a girl not wanting to put out. Even though it is fiction, this book could be very real, and it's nice to know that there are guys like Matt out there. 

I was happy in the end. From the beginning, Katie changed a lot and nothing felt fake about the plot. I think everyone should read this, especially young girls. 


Rating:
The Big Kahuna


Cover:
I love how they are holding hands!


Review: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Title: Pushing the Limits
Author: Katie McGarry
Series: Yes
Finished or ARC: ARC
Source: I won from someone

Goodreads: So wrong for each other …and yet so right.
No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. 

But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible. 

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.


Review: 
I read this over a year ago and haven't put up the review. I know right? College sucks. I will say this, I should have read it sooner than when i did. I loved it. It had a lot of drama, which I can get at school, but there was a nice comedy relief that it was hard to put down.

First thing I'd love to point out is how real the book could actually be. PTSD is real, and how it is tackled in this book is amazing. And I love the rebellion from Echo--instead of burying it away like she has been taught, she let it out and took it head on.

Noah was amazing. Not the typical bad boy with a sweet side, but a bad boy who's fighting for something he needs to get over guilt. I loved how he comes to several realizations throughout his relationship with Echo, and that despite how things are, he is willing to take another look at reality.

The ending was great. It wasn't sad at all, and things were resolved. Am I going to get to read Dare You To any time soon? Probably not, given how many books I still have to read in my personal library, but I really want to soon. Stay tune for more reviews.

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Cover:
Love her hair, but it could have been better in my opinion.



Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Title: Such a Rush
Author: Jennifer Echols
Series: No
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Bought at Wal-Mart

Goodreads: (some things have been cut out because of length)
All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once... When Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Review (note: I read this over nine months ago. Write reviews in a book people! It's a great idea.)
Jennifer Echols is pretty famous in the YA world. I really want to read her book Dirty Little Secret. It sounds really good. So did Such a Rush.

No, this isn't a negative review. Just a review filled with a bit of disappointment. I say this because of this word: typical.

Typical situation: girl wants to leave her crappy home and parent for some place better and for a better life.
      I wish the situation was...I don't know, not this. I don't know what it should have been, but I feel like this back ground story is a bit boring. 

Typical character: girl puts on a mask of "I don't care", but really want to be loved and have the free she wants.
       I love characters who have a strong backbone and can stand up for themselves. Look at Rose Hathaway and Tris and Lea from Delirium. What I don't like is how much of this attitude of "I don't care" was emphasized in the book. I get that she didn't care what people of her, but it got a little tiring to have it played out over and over, especially when it came to her best friend, Molly.

Typical boy: boy who hides a secret but loves the girl and won't tell her a single thing.
      A boy that keeps secrets from a girl usually results in one thing: guy won't tell girl and she gets upset with him but they end up together anyway. the secret that Grayson was keeping was sweet and thoughtful when it came to who it was about and the reason behind it. But keeping it from Leah was bit stupid. I think if she was told, then she would have done a better job helping Grayson.

Yes, most of these things are common in YA contemporary novels, but sometimes they can get really boring.  Now the planes were cool. I have never read a book that incorporated planes. In a way, the planes represented the freedom Leah craved, which I thought was brilliant. Planes are like birds: flying free.

Besides some of the comments mentioned before, the one thing I truly didn't like about this book was Leah's best friend, Molly. I get that she's a nice love interest for Adam, and a nice contrast to Leah, but other than that, I don't see the purpose of her. She was annoying. She have a fight with Leah and then she disappears to the background until they make up in the very, very, end. 

Don't get me wrong, though. This book good, just with some faults.

Rating

Cover
I love the hair representing the "wind blowing through your hair as you fly" effect, but I wish there was a bit more with planes incorporated. 


P.S. College sucks when it comes to wanting to read and review. Beware!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Review: The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Title: The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus #4)
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Yes
Finished or ARC: Finished
Source: Bought from Amazon.com

Goodreads: At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy’s instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea’s forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

They have no choice. If the demigods don’t succeed, Gaea’s armies will never die. They have no time. In about a month, the Romans will march on Camp Half-Blood. The stakes are higher than ever in this adventure that dives into the depths of Tartarus.

Review
To me, the Percy Jackson series and the Hereoes of Olympus are one of those series that if you love it, you love it. It's not a YA book that we normally think of: one hero, love interest with some forbidden love triangle or something, and one evil villain. Instead, these two series revolve around several characters (and Percy) and different couples and several evil villains. Great series all around. And I happen to be one of the people on the world that love this series. 

This book.........Holy freaking crap. I loved it. Absolutely loved it. One thing I love to point out is that unlike most YA novels, this series has several authors. I don't really like third person POV, but Rick Riordan does a great job using it. I love getting each character's perspective on the story/plot, even if I really wish I could know every character's thoughts on each scene (what a long book that would be). As much as I wish the story was told from only Percy's POV like in the first series, I do like all the characters narrating.

In all of his books that I have read (which is just the ones with Percy in them), Rick Riordan brings his own humor to the story, which makes getting through one of his books without a laugh very hard to do. I was surprised that this book didn't have as much funny jokes and humor as his other ones. Maybe it was because this book was a bit more serious than the others; given that Percy and Annabeth are in Tartarus (which was cruel) and Frank, Leo, Jason, and Piper are trying to reach the House of Hades to close the Doors of Death, with Nico's help. As much as seriousness is good for a book with so much suspense, I did miss some of the funniness Riordan brings to his books.

Characters:
I have to say, this is the one book I think most of the characters really revealed their true selves. Frank, we know, has been uncomfortable with himself, not only being the son of Mars, but also in his awkward shape and the fact Leo keeps teasing him. In the HOH, he grows out of all of this and comes to accept himself even more. Leo, who left a little left out given that he is the only one of the seven without a girlfriend, expresses this and I came to the conclusion that he teased Frank and was a joker because he felt that was the only way he would be noticed for something other than his awesome mechanical skills. I was really happy that he met Calypso, but really upset that the gods hadn't let her go yet. 

Frank and Leo are just a few examples of revelations. The biggest one to me was Nico. This is the first time we really see him for him. He lashes out at Cupid, who provokes him into revealing his big secret. It is shocking to learn this secret. I'm not going to say what it is since it is a big spoiler, but I will say this: if you look at the whole series, you wouldn't think of it at all. Many books these days have some of this issue (think of Glee when you are wonder what it is) and oddly, I would have never thought Riordan would have put it in his series. It's not that I think he's against this issue (I'm sorry if I'm offending anyone; I can't think of any other word for it without revealing the secret or sounding really, really rude), but it was just a surprise. But then again, a chapter earlier kind of hinted to it, which I wasn't smart enough to pick up on, but still, it was a shock. But I still love Nico. By far, he is one of the strongest characters of the series; not by strength and brute force, but by character in himself.

Romance:
What I love best about these books is that the love dovy stuff isn't overwhelming stupid and cheesy. It is the love you would expect two teenagers to experience as their first girlfriend/boyfriend. Of course, I love Percabeth all the way, but Jasper (Jason and Piper) and Frazel (Frank and Hazel) are good too. Hopefully Riordan doesn't screw it up and forget about Calypso. I love them together. I think their couple name is Caleo.

Ending:
I'm happy it ending the way it did, but I'm sad that Bob died and that Octavian is a horrible ^@*$^#)@ face. He's too power hungry. I really don't like him. I kinda hope he does get shot out of a cannon by Frank and Reyna. I can't wait for the last book, The Blood of Olympus, which I hope doesn't mean a main character dies. 


Rating & Cover:
The Big Kahuna



Monday, January 13, 2014

Mini Reviews #7: The Clockwork Princess


Title: The Clockwork Princes (The Infernal Devices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: Yes
Finish or ARC: finish
Source: Bought
Rating: Big Kahuna (greater than 5 starfish)

Goodreads: Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren't all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. 

A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa's heart, will do anything to save her. 

Review:

I don't need to tell you how much this book was loved by practically everyone. I don't need to tell you how awesome the plot and the characters are. This book was great period.

Except for one thing.

WHen you come to teh end of a series, it's sad. It's even sadder when one of the main characters dies because of old age. I mean, the ending was so heart-wrenching that I cried-happy and sad tears. Usually I don't cry for much. I don't like to. But my Lord, this author made the ending so emotion that I couldn't help it. I might be exaggerating, but I can't express my feelings any other way.

I'm not sure how I feel about the end though. It was wonderfully sweet, but because I rooted fro Will the whole series, it was a little shocking and I felt the part of me that loved Will go all sad and depressed. I will say one thing though: I want to go to the bridge and have a relationship like Will's and Tessa's. Maybe even one like Jem's and Tessa's too. 

Mini Reviews #6: The Avery Shaw Experiment


Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Series: No
Finished or ARC: e-book, finished
Source: Bought on Amazon.com
Rating: 5 starfish

Goodreads: When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. 

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart.

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Review: 

Funny. That is the first thing you need to know about this book. It is funny. I was laughing through the whole things (except at the part where Aiden was being a jerk!). The concept of the book, trying to get over a broken heart through science, is hilarious and interesting. The seven stages of grief-go through them to cure a broken heart. At first, I thought the idea of stupid given that Avery never had a boyfriend, but after reading about her, it made sense.

The plot itself is great.Only a true nerd would think to use her heartache as a science project. I loved that her partner was a jock, but a fun loving one. Not a mean, "I'm only hear because I'm failing" jock. Avery's and Grayson's relationship through the whole was a comedy but very sweet. While they did this project, both Avery and Grayson learned much about themselves. Avery comes to understand that she doesn't always have to shy away. Grayson learned that he was indeed, very smart and just had to apply himself.

This book is a definite read for anyone looking for a quick and fun read.


The poorest excuse for why I haven't blogged all Winter Break + 1 question


The answer: I'm lazy and not very motivated. I have to say, college takes a lot out of a person. Even though it was most Gen. Eds, my classes were very demanding. So, what do I do when I get home? I SLEEP! A lot.

Yeah, it a stupid excuse. I have at least three reviews that never were posted from last summer, and I just finished one book so I need to review that. I'm so lazy. I have been contemplating on whether or not just to stop blogging and just go back to just reading, but then I thought, nah! Sure, I'm not like the other major blogs that can post everyday and put up giveaway after giveaway, but I'm fine with that. Would I like to be like them? Hell yeah. Will I be? Possibly. Soon? No.

I'm guess is that since most of the big, high powered blogs' bloggers are women/men with a routine schedule, they have a set time to read, blog, read, etc. Me? Not so much. Given that I also procrastinate too much, there is a big doubt that I will ever had a routine schedule. Oh well. Post as I go.

I have one more thing before I post reviews that should have been posted last year. In my bookstore, I've changed the list of what is up for grabs and the price. Instead of paying the for the books, just pay for the shipping. I'll probably repost this again later just to get it out there one more time.

Oh, I here's my question:

Don't you think it's ridiculous that Barnes N' Noble doesn't have a Black Friday/Cyber Monday/After Christmas sale on ALL products? I think it's stupid. Only the ones with a red dot are on sale, but those are the books most people don't really, really want. Seriously! What do you think?