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These Broken Stars
Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
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The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1) - J.A. Redmerski To be honest, I wanted to love this book. I wanted it to rock my world. I love a good romance with some sexy scenes sprinkled throughout. However, this book just fell a little flat for me. (It might not be its fault though – I just finished an incredible book, one that I can’t stop thinking about, one that I’ll re-read in the future.) I wanted to really like Andrew and Camryn but I couldn’t relate to them. They were both so closed off that I couldn’t get a connection. I don’t even know the connection between the book and the title.For me, TEON might have had too much dumb drama with Andrew fighting and yelling telling Cam to speak her mind. Some of the drama was stretched out a bit long while other parts, ones I was more interested in, were blown past. I am mainly confused about his refusal to have sex with Camryn. He is obviously a sexually active person, so why not her?? need to own her. What does that even mean? Overall, I got the impression that something was about to happen and I couldn’t stop flipping pages but it just never happened. There were on the road and confused and then BAM! There is a turning point but honestly, I wasn’t shocked. I was happy things were progressing but there were too many “deep” thoughts without enough to back them up or quench my thirst. like his deep tattoo that really wasn’t, the sex thing, why Cam was so broken, why the place in New Orleans was so special to Andrew and the song that everyone knew, the ending!, etc. When I had about 20 pages left and knew that there weren’t enough pages remaining to answer all the unanswered questions to make me a satisfied reader. I don’t just want a five second HEA or an abrupt ending, I want one that wraps around my emotions making me feel satisfied and complete.Overall, I enjoyed the book and would read another by the author but I’m just not going on fangirl on TEON.

The Sea of Tranquility

The Sea of Tranquility - Katja Millay I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. I love when I don’t know what I’m getting into and stumble upon greatness. “Sunshine.”I have always loved that word. I find it endearing and yet can evolve to have so many meanings and hidden smiles behind that one word. This one word made me want Josh as my book boyfriend but his strength and character throughout the book made me want him as my book husband.Chair.Pennies.Force Fields.Boots.Josh Bennett.Be still, my heart.Nasteya (NAH-stee-ya) was lucky. Okay, not all her life but lucky in her new life with Josh and Drew. At the beginning, I loved Nasteya’s snarky humor. Her dry wit and sarcasm instantly pulled me into her story but her mysterious behavior and past kept the pages turning. “Fallacy. Everyone loves a smartass. Especially you.” – DrewFor me, this is true. So, I loved smartass Drew the banter between him and Nastypants and his loyalty to Josh. He was a great secondary character that uplifted The Sea of Tranquility. The honest humor was written perfectly to lighten the heavy load delivered by Millay.I appreciate how the development between Sunshine and Josh didn’t happen overnight. This wasn’t an insta-love situation. In fact, I don’t think either of them actually wanted to let the other person in, it just happened while living life the only way they knew how. Miraculously, they naturally got each other. I respect how they didn’t try to create drama, angst, or jealousy. However, I kept waiting for the bottom to fall out. The undercurrent of their damaged lives was just so heavy, too heavy for people so young.Katja Millay portrayed a perfectly heartbreaking, realistic, emotional, hopeful story of two teenagers with tragic lives. One I will not forget soon. One I will re-read again someday. For now, I can’t get the characters out of my head. I keep replaying their stories over and over hoping I didn’t miss anything.

Brides of Rollrock Island

The Brides of Rollrock Island - Margo Lanagan Buddy read with Crystal, Joan, Rebecca, and Stacia.
Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn Jesus H. Christ. This book is wicked.
Clash - Nicole  Williams Hummm. Interesting. Wasn't the whole "spirit sister" cheerleader thing used in a recent book? In high school? And dear God, please don't let this be like Crash with another love triangle.

Undeniable

Undeniable - Madeline Sheehan I couldn't stop reading but I had to walk away from this three times. All three times made me want to curse and throw my nook all due to Deuce and his selfish, womanizing ass. Poor Eva. She definitely got the short straw in the man department. Warning to all women - Do Not let Deuce go anywhere near a kitchen. Apparently he thinks with his little head every time he walks through the kitchen door.

Undeniable

Undeniable - Madeline Sheehan I couldn't stop reading but I had to walk away from this three times. All three times made me want to curse and throw my nook all due to Deuce and his selfish, womanizing ass. Poor Eva. She definitely got the short straw in the man department. Warning to all women - Do Not let Deuce go anywhere near a kitchen. Apparently he thinks with his little head every time he walks through the kitchen door.
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn It is hard to summarize this book. I enjoyed reading dark, twisted material. At times, I liked Amy when I shouldn't have and had been smiling when I probably should have been making the universal, air-circle sign for lock her up in the loony bin. Gone Girl is karma in a powerful, evil form - man made and vindictive. Before I started reading, I heard it was twisted and shocking. For this I think my brain went into overdrive. I wanted to see twists before the turn. I wanted to be all "A-ha! I called that" and in turn, almost ruining the twists as they came. I couldn't help it though. Therefore, when it finally came out that Nick was having an affair and was with his mistress the morning Amy went missing and that Amy set him up for disappearance... I wasn't shocked but was still enjoying the ride. Amy, well, I started out pretty neutral for her character. I was rooting for her, at one point. Why? Because she was intelligent and I enjoyed reading her clues the second time around with the double entendres letting Nick know that she new about his young mistress. but I didn't truly admire any of her characteristics I liked the idea of revenge before she went off the deep end. Well, until I realized how crazy she actually was...but Diary Amy was easy to like. Off-Her-Rocker Reality Amy was not. but she held my interest. I didn't admire her but I didn't loathe her, like Nick. I never liked Nick. His character just seemed off to me. I went from disliking him to not liking him. A small step up but not leaps and bounds. DO NOT read below this if you have not finished this book. You don't want too. Trust me. So, I read this roller coaster as not shocked but involved, quite involved. I was a happy passenger on the crazy train. I wanted to know the stops and final destination. The Ending. (Again, do not read of you haven't finished this book.)At first I was confused. Still am. A little. But I think I've sorted it out and am satisfied. I do not feel gipped by Ms. Flynn. I didn't go into this book expecting a HEA. I didn't expect it to wrap up perfectly in a pretty, pink bow. But at first I didn't know what think or how on earth to rate this book. I was more like WTF? It just ended!!!. I just read all that craziness and it came down to that??!!? It wouldn't leave my mind. I couldn't stop thinking that I missed something. As I thought about it, I went back and re-read the third installment, Boy Gets Girl Back (or vice versa). I then put more thought upon to Nick's thoughts after Amy revealed her final pregnancy plan."Don't you see, Go? This is my gaurantee not to turn into Dad. I'll have to be the best husband and father in the world.""I'm rising to my wife's level of madness. Because I can feel her changing me again: I was a callow boy, and then a man, good and bad. Now at last I'm the hero. I am the one to root for in the never-ending mwar stroy of our marriage. It's a story I can live with. Hell, at this point, I can't imagine my story without Amy"Nick was happy being the white knight. It was fake. He knew it but liked the White Knight Nick. Amy knew it started by manipulation but did she realize that Nick would never love her like Old Nick did in the first two years? Did she really know what he was thinking? Nick wanted her to think she did. He wanted her to think she was three steps ahead but he was her match, she wasn't ahead anymore. Their relationship was a mind game from the start. In the end, Nick enjoyed being the good person in their marriage. He was once just a man dreaming of a son and a cheating, bastard of a husband. Now he would be seen as the best husband and the best dad. It was his dream and he'll get to live it. Unfortunately, Amy won't be living any dream. She will always be the antagonist in their marriage. He will always be the good to her evil. He'll get to wake up everyday as the hero, she will always wake up the villain. Every single day. I don't think Amy committed suicide, and therefore killing their baby, or killed Nick by her last words. I think she just realized that Nick is her match. It would always be a game. Their life would always be a game. A game she questioned that she could win. It brought fear to her. She just needed the last word. Nick had trumped her. Girl gets boy back. Boy gets girl baaack.Revenge.Finally.
Last Sacrifice - Richelle Mead Bitter sweet but a great wrap up to the VA series. I was relieved with the ending but wasn't completely over the moon with rainbows and butterflies. I think that is how it should be though, not too perfect. Honestly, I could have read a few more books in this series. I would not have wanted a love triangle but I would have enjoyed reading more Rose, Dimitri, and Adrian and how the world is changing after the Academy. And Abe. I would have like to read more of his "business". I'm going to miss Dimitri. And his Roza. I will probably have to re-read this sometime in the future because I read it too fast the first time through. I just thank goodness that all the books were out in the series. I would have hated to wait through some of those cliffhangers. Thank you Richelle Mead for another great series.
Adrian's Lost Chapter (Bloodlines, #0.5) - Richelle Mead Sad. I always like Adrian. I'm not too sure about this new possible love connection....

For You (The 'Burg, #1)

For You (The 'Burg, #1) - Kristen Ashley First KA book. Wish me luck!

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet, #1)

Captive in the Dark - C.J. Roberts Whatever your little school-girl brain told you about men is absurdly wrong. This isn’t a romance. You’re not a damsel in distress and I’m not the handsome prince come to save you.Why the F not?!??!I am convinced that when Caleb kidnapped Livvie, CJ Roberts also kidnapped the rational side of my brain. I am confused. I have lost sight of right and wrong. My moral compass has lost due North and is being pulled toward Master Caleb’s magnet.While I found myself reading uncomfortable situations, I couldn’t turn away. I was hoping for things I should not be hoping for. This isn’t a romance, it is dark and savage. I think in time, my brain may recover and I will stop romanticizing Caleb and Livvie’s attraction and desires. Sigh.CITD is a little book tease, a little mindfuck. It teased my mind and twisted my thoughts. Lord I apologize.Please let Livvie be a survivor.
Lengths - Steph Campbell, Liz Reinhardt “This is part of me now?”“It can mean whatever you want it to mean. Like, maybe it means that you can’t change the past. You can’t right the wrongs. But, I don’t know, you can try to make something meaningful of the future, you know?”Sounds deep but I’ll say that perhaps the author was trying to skip around some depressing subjects in a light hearted way. Overall, I’d consider this a typical romance, spiced up by some steamy scenes with two almost likeable characters. Deo seemed sweet over Whit but I still didn’t get that hot damn, swoonable vibe out of him. Then there’s Whit who, well, annoyed me most of the time. Admittedly, most female leads irritate me in some way. Why? Well, in this case, I thought her reasons to avoid a loving relationship with Deo were weak. What Whit!?? You can’t date a guy you actually like because it doesn’t follow your plan to live life to the fullest? Oh! (palm to forehead) That’s right, it does make perfect sense to only want f@ck buddies. F@ck buddies make the world go round while giving you cake and letting you eat it too. I just couldn’t relate the characters and the “conflict” or the insta-love connection but it was an easy read. Thank goodness for the makeout sessions. Those at least kept the pages turning beyond the fluff. Perfect for something at the beach or that doesn’t require more than one eye open and half brain function.
Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes “Are you a good man or a bad man?”“That depends on whether you’re a good woman or a bad woman.” I considered this response and decided it was a clever one.Man, this was a page turner with dark content, a volatile relationship and domestic violence between the instantly attracted, want to jump you, make you mine couple, Cathy and Lee. The story is told from Cathy’s POV but switches from the past to the present. The “past” Cathy made me think that females across the pond are more liberal and she was a little whorish, truth be told. As for Lee, well, I actually liked reading his early chapters even though I knew he was going to be a manipulative, possibly bipolar character with more than a few screws loose. I liked the past/present style but felt the first half of the book switched too frequently without enough plot within the chapters then Cathy’s OCD tendencies made me want to stop the book and punch someone in the face. I understand character development but if I read about “checks or checking” one more time I will need to put myself into therapy to correct my punch happy attitude towards those who suffer from OCD. Overall I was entertained but before I was halfway through the book, I guessed what was going to happen. In turn, the plot didn’t shock me and make me think “Oh no. She did NOT do that!” I was more like “I f*cking knew it!!” The story wrapped up nicely but not in a perfect way. It just didn’t raise my pulse and give me an excited thrill like I expected for this genre of book. Maybe because I read it during daylight, knowing I wouldn’t be sleeping alone? Or perhaps because the blurb on the book gave too much away for my curious mind? I feel somewhere in between I liked it and man I’m a genius. Not a bad feeling to have, I won’t lie.
Onyx - Jennifer L. Armentrout I sincerely missed the banter between Katy and Daemon. To top that off, I didn’t actually get the sexual tension vibe that was being put out there by the early reviews. Yes, Daemon has the hots for Katy but all she did was denying him by refusing to believe he actually likes her because it isn’t real. If that is sexual tension, I don’t know how I snagged a husband. Katy drove me insane the first half of the book. At one point I commented “I wanted to throttle Katy half the time” but by the middle of the book that fifty percent moved to about ninety and I doubted she could redeem herself. Actually, I’m not sure if she did but at least she kept her stupid complaints to herself and Daemon’s sweet ass didn’t drop her for being repeatedly ignorant and tight lipped. The second half of the book saved Onyx for my enjoyment and more so reminded me why I was looking forward to the release of this book. Perhaps my expectations were a bit too high. The first half of the read would rate a 2 star for Katy’s annoyingness but the second would get a 4. Luckily, I still enjoyed the book as a whole and got over the “What the hell are you thinking, Katy?!?” moments enough to look forward to the next book(s) in the series. Fingers crossed that Katy buys more headbands and ponytail holders in Opal and that she doesn’t revert back to the disappointing heroine again.
How to Kill a Rock Star - Tiffanie DeBartolo “Tell me what you listen to, and I’ll tell you who you are.”Without a doubt one of the best goddamn books I’ve read all year. In fact, this will be one I’ll re-read probably every year. I loved the rhythm along with the musical references. Paul is the swoon worthy lead singer of a band and Eliza is a music journalist. Match made in Heaven? Maybe. Remember the song Love Hurts? Love hurts, love scars, love wounds and marksAny heart not tough nor strong enough To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain…That song was written for soul-burning and star-crossed lovers alike. Relationships are just hard but the good times and goose bumps are worth the heart-break and tears shed, right? Paul’s cocky-bastard smile stole my heart and his journal worked its way into my soul. I felt every mind-blowing emotion and kept going back for more. Yes, swell my heart until it damn near explodes, then please sucker punch me in the gut and spray my eyes with mace. Yep, I think that sums up my reading experience. I wanted to read faster and slower all at the same time. I couldn’t put the book down and I couldn’t get it off my mind. Still can’t actually. I will never look at an AK-47 the same way again.