Friday, October 24, 2014

Just a Little Crush

Just a Little Crush by   3.5 STARS 

Just a Little Crush (Crush, #1)Synopsis
Good girls stay away from Ryder Briggs . . . or, at least, they tryto. In Renita Pizzitola’s emotional novel of heartache and seduction, one college freshman just can’t get enough.
Brinley Dawson doesn’t drink, she studies—and despite the accusations of her alcoholic mother, she’s still a virgin. But if Brinley’s life is so put together, why is she freaking out to be going to college with the gorgeous, green-eyed jerk she kissed on a stupid dare in high school? Ryder Briggs can have any girl he wants . . . and the rumors say that he does. So why, after publicly embarrassing Brinley four years ago, is he suddenly acting like he’s interested?
Ryder never forgot Brinley. In fact, those perfect seven minutes permanently raised the bar for what a kiss could be. The truth is, Ryder doesn’t dare get too close to anyone. He knows how that worked out for his parents. But when his roommate takes a shot at Brinley, Ryder can’t contain his jealousy. Now he must do the hardest thing he’s ever done: forget about sex and convince Brinley his feelings are real.
 Brinley isn’t sure whether she believes Ryder, but for the first time, her body isn’t playing by the rules. Then she discovers that she’s an unwilling part of a cruel game, humiliating her all over again—and Ryder might be to blame. Has Brinley’s little crush turned into a huge mistake . . . or has she found the one guy worth trusting with her heart?
* Netgalley provided a copy in exchange for an honest review 

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So...I actually really liked this book, BUT there were of course some flaws. I say of course, because I gave the book a 3.5 not a 5.

First, this book is a nice, quick read; and while it is quite predictable (arent they all though, really?) I was pleased with the overall feel of the book. The premise of the book is great, it really drew me in. And honestly, I absolutely love Brinley (though what kind of name is that?!) and I love her best friend, Mason while her roommate Fallon grew on me.

The plot of the book moved in the way I expected. There were some really good twists and turns and I was pleasantly surprised that the last twist wasnt blown way out of proportion. (like some books that make such dramatic endings, this was more flare without theatrics.)

Ryder and Brinley are pretty cute, they have a really interesting history (more like embarrassing) and while I wish that their past had been explored more, having this history gave them the opportunity to get lost in one another more easily . (I would have love to have seen what the high school girls thought now!)  I liked that their romance was intense but it didnt build too quickly. It was obvious right away, and their was chemistry but they didnt immediately jump into bed, rather, Brinley and Ryder got to know one another. I thought their "dates" were cute and really provided the reader with a back story.

I would have liked for their relationship to have gone farther, perhaps run into high school friends and see how he responds to the issue, etc. but it was really nice to see how their family life affected them, but that they will finally willing to fight for one another.

The dramatic twists that took place seemed to pass by a little too quickly, as if they were randomly thrown into the book for conflict and they quickly resolved. I would have liked their to be more of an effect throughout the book, hints, or problems.

The secondary characters is this book were also just okay. While Mason and Fallon (whom I really wanted to be together) were great characters, I also felt that they were way to cliche. Fallon the slutty drunk roommate, and Mason the best friend who's secretly pining for Brinley (which was EXTREMELY obvious). First, Im very irritated that Mason and Ryder didnt seem to interact much. Given they all went to high school it seemed kind of weird. Second, the back story with Ryder, Mason and Brinley is so weird (embarassing, yes, awkward, yes, but also some stuff didnt add up!) I like the story but felt pieces were missing. I really liked Mason and wish that his role had been more involved. Both these side characters seemed as though they were simply characters to help move the plot forward, they werent really needed.

As for the parents in the story. (WHATS WITH EVERYONE HAVING DRUNK SLUTTY MOMS!?) I get the conflict, I get Ryder's family problems and actually appreciate that one, its more creative. BUT seriosuly!? Brinleys mom and grandmother were essentially worthless to the story. I dont even know why they are there.

Okay so in the end, as you can see, I wasnt THRILLED with this book. BUT, I read it in one afternoon, and it entertained me. I liked that it was an easy, quick and adorable read. It made me smile, and warmed my heart. Will I remember it one year from now, I dont know, but in reality, I dont care, I enjoyed it in the moment, and thats all that matters!  So at the end of the day its a good read with some minor problems.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Curse Defiers

Curse Defiers (Curse Keepers #3) Denise Grover Swank-


For centuries the gods have waited—for the betrayal that will release them, for the traitors who will defend them, for the warrior who will challenge them. Now at long last the gate between the human and spirit worlds is open, and with it, an army of vengeful demons poised to swarm the earth. Only the Curse Keepers, Ellie Lancaster and Collin Dailey, can stop it…if they can break free from a tangled web of treachery, jealousy, and lies.
Torn between two men—her heart belongs to David, yet her soul is bound to Collin’s—Ellie no longer knows who she can trust. Demons slipping through the gate are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake, each death a chilling reminder of the power of the ancient spirits to bring humanity to its knees. Faced with an unimaginable future, Ellie realizes the time has come to turn her back on prophecy and choose her own destiny—even if it means defying the gods themselves.
In the thrilling conclusion to the Curse Keepers trilogy, humanity faces its final battle for survival!(
* Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

Overall: Adventurous and Romantic Fun!
Characters: Collin, Ellie and David
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Book Boyfriend: David
Genre: Paranormal Adventure and New Adult Romance.
Sex Scenes: No
Setting Virginia

Andrew Stetson

So Curse Defiers is much like all other Denise Grover Swank Books. And thats not just a good thing, its great! The great thing about this book is the character development and that the reader finally gets answers! The bad? This isn't the last book. So FAIR WARNING. Even though the blurb does say its the conclusion, it is not. More specifically, the publisher picked up 3 books so Grover did a trilogy with the publisher, and will continue with the series with, or without the publisher. This information, while important should have been provided in more detail. Because the ending of the book is CRAZY. I thought for sure there was an ending, a conclusion that would finally make everything come together. UGH But alas thats not what happened, and I actually docked stars for that. (RANT- this REALLY upset me that this was publicized as a trilogy when its not, and that little information is given on a "fourth book". In addition, there is no conclusion at the end, NONE! The blurb therefore is wrong! And that in and of itself makes me weary of the author, who I have stood by for years. END RANT)

Matthew Davis as David

In my objectiveness I rated this book based on the book itself, the writing, plot and characters.

The Plot is great, BUT its what I liked least in this book. While the development was finally coming together between the storyline and the characters, I was excited to find out the real reason for everything occurring and to see who Ellie picked in the end (TEAM COLLIN!). I was disappointed, while Ellie remains between Collin and David, she makes quite a few discoveries, about herself and the curse history, the creation. But everything gets a little confusing. I have more questions now, even though I have tons of answers. While I completely understand now why there is a need for another book(s), I certainly hope its only one more, and that it can really round out this series, ending with a great BANG!


I like the added issues is this book, the Moreno issue finally comes to a head! This action packed, answer fueled book really dives into all the outstanding questions and surrounding plots that have led the book to the "grand finale". I mystified by Collin, who is seemingly selfless throughout this book, when he has a change of heart all of the sudden, which I can't say is a bad thing. Its a nice change of events to see how he and Ellie can really work together. And the three of them, holy cow. their work is amazing! It was really awesome to see how these three people could work together, and really start changing for the better. I enjoyed their dynamic and their entertaining banter. If anyone or anything annoyed me, it was certainly David, I found his unwavering love for Ellie to be kind of annoying. Not just because i like Collin but also because they haven't really known one another all that long, so for him to be so committed to her felt a little odd.

In the end, Im excited to see where this adventure will take us for the next book, (though annoyed) and hope that the next one clears everything else up!