Thursday, May 7, 2015

Caught Up in You

Caught Up in You by Colee Firman 3.5 Stars

Caught Up In You (Caught Up, #1)Synopsis:
Life has a way of shaping you into what it wants you to be, regardless of how much you fight it.

Brantley Prescott is damaged. Scarred by a past she can’t forget. Hiding secrets she’s terrified to share. Searching for a future she doesn’t believe she’ll ever find.

Myles Franco is alone. Burdened by mistakes he’ll never live down. Fostering a deep resentment for the opposite sex. Unleashing his wrath on any girl who gets too close.

Brantley has worked behind the bar long enough to recognize Myles for what he is—a douchebag player with nothing on his mind but keeping a steady stream of girls flowing through his bed. With his messy dark hair, sapphire blue eyes, rock-solid body, and endless tattoos he’s impossible to ignore. But that’s exactly what she plans on doing.

After just one run-in with Brantley, Myles is even more determined to stick to the rules he lives by. She’s mouthy, blunt, and doesn’t back down—no matter how hard he pushes her. She could turn out be the one temptation that drags him down the path he’s been trying to avoid. He won’t let that happen.

Both are content living behind the solid walls they’ve built around themselves. Neither is prepared for what happens when their lives collide.
Due to sexual content and graphic language - 17+ recommended
* A copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Brantley and found her independent tough girl attitude to be quite refreshing. A lot of books I've read lately, seem to always have the female lead as na├»ve and lacking in true life experience. Sure bad things happen, even to good people, but many female leads remain "in the dark" to the reality surrounding them. Brantley is not one of those girls, well for the most part. I found Caught Up in You to be a heart wrenching, emotional roller coaster full of dramatic yet tender moments.

I don't think the synopsis really gives a good overview of the book though. The gist is that Brantley moves in to the apartment above Myles, and neither of them have any interest in the opposite sex. Until Brantley and Myles have a run in leaving Myles craving Brantley and Brantley ever so confused about Myles.

Brantley is great, she is independent and tough. While Myles is the typical hot next door neighbor. The great thing about this book is the banter and drama between Brantley and Myles. I absolutely loved their scenes together! I craved more. Their dialogue was always interesting and intense. And while the connection was strong in the beginning, I like that their connection grew over time. It wasn't insta-love.

Pride is both Brantley and Myles biggest downfall. That and honesty. Each character has their own issue with trust, a painful past and a slight flair for the dramatic. If they had been willing to open up to one another or ask questions, then they wouldn't have had so many problems. But for people with trust issues, those things don't come naturally or easily. The author did a great job of portraying these emotions without overdoing it. They not only felt real and natural, but the drama didn't seem out of the ordinary. Myles secret is an unusual one, but nonetheless potentially possible in reality, and if in fact were a true story, his reluctance at discussing it make complete sense. Same goes for Brantley. I think that's why I liked this book so much. I also felt their connection grow. As Brantley opened up, and gave herself to Myles.
This is a story that also occurs over a lengthy period of time. It isn't a month but instead many months ( I cant recall exactly how many though maybe a year). Life happens and gets in the way sometimes of what the heart wants. And this story was no different. I appreciated that. It wasn't some fairy tale college romance. But a romantic heart warming story about a boy and girl who fall in love and struggle through their inner turmoil. Whether they are able to come out on top after they stumble is the real story.

This story reminded me of the book Breakdown by Ellie Grace.

So what went wrong to give it a lower rating....?

I would have given this story a 4.5 instead of 3.5 had it not been for Brantley major flaw/mistake in this book. And perhaps it wasn't so much a flaw/mistake, as it was the authors character that is the said flaw. Brantley in my opinion came out strong and independent with perhaps slight naivety. But the chapters and storyline between her and another male character really didn't work for me.  And in fact made me dislike Brantley. She came off as weak and dependent. I understand the reasons for this side story and character, however, I believe the purpose could have been achieved in another way. (sorry Im being vague I don't want to spoil anything!) This whole plot took a lot away from Brantley, her characters overarching purpose and my likeness for the book.

Final Verdict: Read it! I love this author and the story! Ultimately its a worthwhile read. A new adult romance without the insta-love, but plenty of angst and drama.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Rebellion


Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz (Book 2) 3.5 STARS


Rebellion (Extraction, #2)Synopsis
The uprising has begun.
It's been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him...and put an end to this war?
As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan...and losing control of herself.
Continuing with the mesmerizing saga that started with Extraction, Stephanie Diaz blends science fiction, epic romance, and heart-stopping adventure to create a world that no reader will soon forget.
 
 
* I received a copy from net galley in exchange for an honest review 

Review

I enjoyed Stephanie Diaz's 2nd book in the series Rebellion about as much as I did Extraction ( the first book).  Which is to say, I enjoyed it but it wasn't anything "amazing" "new" or different. I will say though that the characters were more developed, especially Clementine (I still hate that name, or her nick name Clem.) But I felt that the book, much like its predecessor, was slow in too many areas. And I don't think action is required in a book to make it fast paced or interesting.


This book starts basically where we left off. Clem and the other rebels are in the headquarters. What really brought Clem to life, was the PTSD she suffers from that we really see (though lest this remind us of another book....Hunger Games anyone?) Clem is also paranoid about everything and everyone. In some ways this works for her and in others against her. Clem and Logan decide to go undercover in the camps she came from after learning that things above ground are changing and no one knows why. Here I find Clem to be a little to trusting. For someone so paranoid and who has been burned before, it seemed like she was willing to forego that to trust people she'd never me. Additionally, she is constantly acting like a martyr, (Divergent?) trying to "save" everyone. It amazed me that she survived given her stupidity and  overly trusting nature.  Without giving away spoilers, this book focuses on the new threat Charlie poses and the way in which he intends to control his population. This aspect of the book I found very clever, new and intriguing. And this is around the time I actually became interested. (Okay that's a bit dramatic but still).

There were a few really crazy and interesting plot twists. Some of them I predicted and were extremely obvious, others actually surprised me! I am pleased with the lack of a love triangle, I find that Logan and Clem, though constantly getting in each others way, are good "lovers". unfortunately there were a few problems with this book, the slow pace, especially at first, and the similarities between this and other books was hard to ignore. In the end, overlooking the issues, I found that it wasn't a complete wash, and that I generally enjoyed this book. I am planning to read the last one for sure as it left me of a cliff!!!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Best Books of 2014

Best Books of 2014

I read a lot if 2014. Some say too much. (NEVER!) I read over 150 books (okay 151 to be exact...) some of them were great...and some not so much. I was disappointed in books that I had high expectations for, and I was pleasantly surprised by others for which I expected little from. I finished a few trilogies (finally) and started some new ones. Ultimately, what I have found, is some great books and some great authors. My only negative opinion about this year is that I was REALLY disappointed with how a few of my series ended, not just because I didnt like the ending, but because the third or final book felt thrown together, and in some ways, incomplete or inadequate.
While quite of few books finished their series this year, I have yet to read them, unfortunately (i.e. Fragments) but its on my list and I am trying to work through the 100 books currently sitting on my kindle (and not buying any more!, a hard task if you're me!)

I look forward to the many books in 2015 I intend to read. And for any of you, who enjoy my blog, let me know. Sometimes, I feel like the only person Im writing for is me, and it'd be nice to know someone else likes it! Suggest a book for me, or request a review of a book. Anything.

Ill update my complete list of books read this year and you can compare that to my favorites of 2014. Please note, I am splitting up my favorites between those RELEASED in 2014 versus those READ in 2014 but released prior to.

BEST OF 2014 --RELEASED 
Play of Light by Debra Doxer
Earth and Sky by Megan Crewe
The Body Electric by Beth Revis
Fallen Fourth Down by Tijan
Tabula Rosa by Kristen Martin Lippert
Still point (Awaken #3) by Katie Kacvinsky
Rules of Protection by Allison Bliss
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Sins and Secrets by Jessica Sorensen
Push (#2) by Eve Silver
Say the Word by Julie Johnson
Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
Therapy by Kathryn Perez 

Best of 2014- READ

Angelfall and The World After by Susan Ee
The Eve by Keary Taylor
Legend Series by Marie Lu
Before they Find Us by Michelle Hansen
Pieces of Lies by Angela Richardson (All Three)
Broken and Screwed by Tijan
Fallen Crest High 1-3 by Tijan
Rush by Eve Silver
Shadows and Haze by Paula Weston
Hidden Wings by Renae Cameo
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
Altered by Jennifer Rush
Always You by Kristy Moseley
Falling for the Ghost of You by Nichole Christie
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen
Violet Eden Chronicles (1-4) by Jessica Shrivington
Unearthly and Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Rule by Jay Crownover
Awaken and Middle Ground by Katie K
Young Love Murder by April Brookshire