Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West 

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

REVIEW
I have a love-hate relationship with contemporary romance. When it works, it makes my day and when it doesn’t it makes me want to commit redrum. Luckily, this one fell in the former category. I had smile on my face throughout. It’s a boy-meets-girl story, but there are certain things that set it apart. Caymen’s mother has warned her about these rich guys, like her father, who leave when things get too rough. So obviously she maintains a distance from the rich spoiled brats of the town but when Xander enters her little doll shop and she gets to know him. She realizes that her mother’s bias may not be fair and that Xander is different. They get to know each other through these “career days” and I have to say that I’m so impressed with Xander and all the effort and thought he put for Caymen. I mean that guy is pretty close to perfect. *swoons* Caymen is endearing. Her sarcasm and dry humor is exceptional and her timing is perfect.

“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”

“So Caymen…”
“So, Xander…”
“Like the islands.”
“What?”
“Your name. Caymen. Like the Cayman Islands. Is that your mom’s favourite place to visit or something?”
“No, it’s her third favourite place. I have an older brother named Paris and an older sister named Sydney.”
“Wow.” He opens the bag, takes out a muffin, and hands it to me. The top glistens with sprinkled sugar. “Really?”
I gently unwrap it. “No.”


The romance progressed beautifully. I loved their conversations, how she made him laugh, how he gave her hot chocolate every morning, how she made fun of him. I loved them together. I’m so rooting for them. The secondary characters were interesting. I wanted certain relationships to be explored more, mainly that of Xander and his father. I loved the writing. Kasie West is definitely a great writer because this is an average story, with nothing really “new” about it but she made it work so very well that I did not get bored for even a moment. I flew through the book. I didn’t want it to end. The book was sweet and it puts you in the good mood, where you want to giggle and sigh and just smile like I’m doing right now.

Review: The Lost Girl

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination – an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her ‘other’, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known – the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love – to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive …

REVIEW
I have read many books but only some have managed to find a place in my heart. This is one such book.  I had a hard time writing a review for this book. I kept writing then deleting it because nothing seems right. Nothing seems good enough. I am still going to try. Sorry if it sucks!

“He told me how ordinary people, who can’t bear the idea of losing somebody they love, ask the weavers to make a living, breathing copy, an ‘echo’. And one day, if the person dies, the echo will replace them…..”


Eva is an echo. She has learned all her life to act like her other Amarra. To talk like her, to smile like her, to love the people she loves. But Eva is not Amarra. She is different. She has feelings, dreams of her own. She wants to fly, to learn art, to love who she wants. But the weavers who make echo have rules that need to be followed or the echo will face death. 

Eva is lovable. It’s not difficult to like her, to feel for her. I have cried so much reading this book. I was so involved in the story that I was shouting at the characters who betrayed Eva or caused her pain. My mom now thinks that if my books are not locked away I will lose my mind. She is genuinely worried. If I quote her, “First crying, now shouting, I swear to God I will lock away all your books in the basement” Well…..

Amarra doesn’t like Eva and even though in the beginning that made me dislike Amarra. I can see her reasons. How would you feel if you had to share everything about yourself with some stranger in another country so that after you die they can take your place. Yeah! It’s a little weird.

All the characters in the book have so much depth. The authors picks no side. She explains every character’s intention and reasons so well that even if you don’t agree with them, you understand them..huh! Did that make sense? Sorry, it’s late and I need to sleep.

‘What do you dream about, Sean?’He’s staring at me, but he takes a step back as a whistle blows. I raise my hand to wave as the compartment door stars to slide shut.‘You,’ he says, before the door closes all the way. ‘I often dream of you.’


Sean is one of Eva’s guardian. He is swoon worthy, caring, brave and sweet. I loved the moments between Eva and Sean. The romance is slow, sweet and realistic. Sean is good guy and frankly they are underrated in YA for some unknown reasons. I want him out of this book and in my life. I want my Sean!! I loved that he took Eva to the zoo, I loved that he came back for her. The station scene was heart wrenching. The time they spent in theater were beautiful and dreamy.

I can’t stop raving about this book but I think the review is already too long. There are so many characters that I want to talk about. Mina ma, Erik, Nikhil, Shasha, Lekha. I loved all of them. I loved the relationship Nikhil and Sasha (Amarra’s siblings) shared with Eva. How they accepted her for who she was. 

I am confused about Matthew but I never hated him. He is a complex character and I think he cares for Eva in his own way.

Adrian is cruel and pathetic. Neil, Alisha and Ray betrayed Eva in some way. They loved Amarra and I understand that they were in pain and were coping from a great loss but I haven’t forgiven them yet. 

I cannot believe that this is a debut novel. And I can’t believe that there are no plans for a sequel. I mean you can’t end it like that. I want to know more. I don’t like open endings. My over active imaginations makes elaborate stories and it’s not good.
The plot is simple yet brilliant. The authors excels in character development. There was nothing I didn’t like in the book. It made me cry, made me smile, sigh and it made me think which few novels can do.
It’s a beautiful book and if you haven’t read it yet. Do it NOW! Go! BUY!!

‘He touches my face with his thumb. I’d rather spend the rest of my life without ever seeing you again,’ he says, ‘than watch them destroy you because of me.’




**This book was provided by Random House India for review purpose.**

Gravity: Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!

              Welcome to my stop on the Gravity Blog Tour hosted by Shane @Itching for Books.


SYNOPSIS:
In the future, only one rule will matter:
Don’t. Ever. Peek 
Seventeen-year-old Ari Alexander just broke that rule and saw the last person she expected hovering above her bed — arrogant Jackson Locke, the most popular boy in her school. She expects instant execution or some kind of freak alien punishment, but instead, Jackson issues a challenge: help him, or everyone on Earth will die. Ari knows she should report him, but everything about Jackson makes her question what she’s been taught about his kind. And against her instincts, she’s falling for him. But Ari isn’t just any girl, and Jackson wants more than her attention. She’s a military legacy who’s been trained by her father and exposed to war strategies and societal information no one can know — especially an alien spy, like Jackson. Giving Jackson the information he needs will betray her father and her country, but keeping silent will start a war. 


REVIEW:


I was a little confused in the beginning. There were too many details but not enough explanation but don’t give up on the book. Read on, it does get better. Once the story picks up there is no looking back. I got the book quite late for the tour and wasn’t really sure that I could do a review but once I started reading I was hooked. I needed to know what happened next and I need the next book in the series NOW!. Ahh……the ending. I have so many questions. Please Melissa, if you could send me the next book too I will be forever in your debt. I can’t stand not knowing!!! Okay, enough with my drama. 

Let’s talk about the characters. I loved Ari. She is smart, self-less, caring, kickass, so in short, she’s awesome. I am a little picky when it comes to female protagonists. I generally hate them and the whole “damsel in distress” stuff just gets on my nerve. So it’s refreshing to read about girls that can fight for themselves. Ari cared about people, even strangers. She risked her life to save them. How can you not like her? 
I thought that she made a brave choice when she decided to help Jackson and go against everything she believed in order to avoid a war that will just lead to destruction and loss of lives. I was really angry at Ari’s dad and Cybil. They were so arrogant that they refused to see reason.   They are complex characters and hopefully in the next book we will see a softer side to them. 

Jackson is an ancient. Humans are not allowed to see ancients but Ari sees him and it turns out that he needs her help to save humanity but for that she has to tell him secrets and lie to her father. Jackson was sweet, cute and totally swoon worthy. I think I have a crush on him. 
He genuinely cared about Ari and I am a little ashamed to say that I doubted him a little but I guess that just proves how invested I was in the story. 
I liked Lawrence too. He was a great friend and so was Gretchen. All the characters are well developed. I am excited to learn more about Zeus, who is the leader of the Ancients. I think he will quite a complex and interesting character. 

The plot is different and unique. Though I did feel that the romance was rushed. Ari fell for Jackson too soon. I liked the story, the characters and the writing. I definitely recommend it. READ IT!!

FAVORITE QUOTES:


“I am absolutely, mind-bendingly 

in love with you. In every way. Every ounce of my body. My entire being…it belongs to you.”

He cradles my face with his hands and kisses me with such passion it takes my breath away. He pulls away and looks into my eyes. “ I’ve never been happier in my life than I am right now, here, with you.”

 “There is a lot of gray between life and death. Life isn’t worth living if you aren’t with the ones you love.”

EXCERPT:


Coach Sanders, our seven-foot, balding instructor, is standing beside the aerial mat. Aerial boxing is the one form of training in which size has no bearing. It’s all about speed and balance. Those who can control their bodies, win. Those who can’t, face plant on the mat. I’ve been in both positions.
“You know your order,” Coach says. “File into line with your opponent.”
I scan the crowd to find Jackson sitting on the ground. As the two top seeds, we’ll fight until the Engineers feel one of us is superior to the other. He spots me and winks. Fury lights up inside me, and I almost rush over and demand that he answer my questions. Instead, I stand my ground. It’s like I’m hunting an animal and have to be still so I won’t startle it. If only I didn’t have to wait until tonight to get answers. 
He leaps up and struts over to me. “Ready to eat mat, Alexander?”
What’s up with guys only using people’s last names? I roll my eyes. “Hmph, we’ll see.”
He smiles back, and my heart hits against my chest. He’s too tempting to be an Ancient. But maybe that’s how they all look—attractive yet lethal. My palms clam up. Then I hear my dad in my mind telling me to stop being stupid, to focus, to be what he raised me to be. Jackson leans down to put himself at my eye level, a sly smile on his face. “Don’t worry, I’ll let you win.”
“Alexander and Locke,” Coach yells before I can respond. “You’re up.”
I glare at Jackson before walking off. Gretchen grabs my arm as I go and whispers, “He’s tough. Fake a knockout if you have to.”
I shoot her an annoyed look. I may be small, but I’m strong. “ I’ve got this, Gretch,” I say


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She Wulf: Guest Post

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Time Travel? Yes, I think so!

A guest post by Sheryl Steines

If you could go anywhere, meet any person, in any period of time, where would you go, what would you do, who would you meet? I know this is all hypothetical, but hey, I write in the pretend–in the fantasy. So suspend your disbelief, and come play with me for a moment. Not such an easy question to answer, is it? One option would be to go and meet someone long dead–perhaps Elvis circa 1959 makes your heart swoon. Would you take the opportunity to meet a favorite entertainer, or maybe you want your trip to count for something meaningful? 

But what if you made a change, saved a life, corrected a wrong, how would your alterations affect the future? An interesting notion, don’t you think? As I wrote She Wulf, my time travel adventure, I developed the idea of changing the past and how that might lead to the future you are trying to change. Maybe our interference might just be a self-fulfilling prophecy. That’s when The Terminator movie struck me as so relevant and important in how I shaped my ideas of time travel. For those who don’t know, The Terminator is a science fiction adventure where machines take over the world. The machines are human like cyborgs, ruled by an artificial intelligence program called Skynet, whose sole mission is to annihilate humanity. In opposition, the resistance was created by John Connor and they are winning the war. In an effort to prevent the resistance from being founded, the cyborgs send back one of their own, to murder John’s mother Sarah, before he’s born. To protect her and ensure he is even conceived, he sends back one of his soldiers (his father), to protect her. Got all that. So finally to my point, and I realize this all imaginary and takes place on celluloid but really, had the cyborgs never sent back the terminator, John Connor never would have sent back his father and he wouldn’t have been born. But what can you expect from a bunch of cyborgs anyway? For me, in She Wulf, you couldn’t just decide one day to go to the past unless you found yourself there when the past was actually the present. Huh? Picture it this way. It’s 2012 and you want to go to the past, let’s say to the year 1900. You can’t go unless during the year 1900, you actually showed up. I know, it’s all theory, but that’s how it happened when Annie Pearce finds herself falling through a time portal, back to eleventh century England. She understands the concept of time travel, of altering the past and how it can affect the future which makes her reluctant to get involved. But she realizes that she had already been there, in the year 1075, had already altered time and whatever she touched or changed or created, was meant to be touched, changed or created. So still think time travel is cool?
I know sometimes we’d like a do-over, the ability to change a decision, to not have to live through pain and despair. But sometimes, these things make us who we are. Each experience shapes us, each tear, each laugh, adds to our self. We gain something. All those things that I’ve experienced, including the loss of a child, made me who I am. Without that, could I have written She Wulf? So time travel–can you see it? What if it was real and I could look at it from a purely joyful perspective, without those darned consequences hanging over my head. Maybe an afternoon with Elvis would be fun.

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Blog Tour Review: First Frost

Welcome to my stop on First Frost Tour hosted by Young Adult Novel Reader.
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For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.” Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.

Review:

This book is really original. I haven’t read anything like this before and I enjoyed every bit of it. 

Fairy tales are awesome. I love them. I have seen all the disney movies but I haven’t read the original Grimm’s version of the stories. Though now, I am really curious. 


The story is told through the POV of Bianca Frost. Snow White’s great-great-great granddaughter. (Yes, you read that correct) So an evil witch Lenore had kidnapped Bianca’s mother and in order to save her Bianca travels to Everafter (A magical land where all fairy tales take place) with her best friend Ming. There they meet Prince Ferdinand and his servant Terrance.
The prince is amusing to say the least. He comes on a white horse and is looking for a “damsel in distress” to rescue. I couldn’t help but smile when he was around. But Terrance is the real hero of the story. I liked this twist. He is sweet and just really likeable.

So I loved all the characters. I also love the idea of a museum where all the magical things are stored. I would pay to visit such a place. 
Bianca’s journey to find her mother was adventurous and so fun! She meets the big bad wolf, uses Red Riding Hood’s cape, Rapunzel’s hair, learns magic from “the old woman”, lives in a brick house of the third little pig. Need I say more?
I think the climax was a little rushed. I wanted more action. Recommend this to anyone who loves fairy tales. It’s a clean, good fantasy novel.

About The Author: 
Liz DeJesus was born on the tiny island of Puerto Rico.  She is a novelist and a poet. She has been writing for as long as she was capable of holding a pen. She is the author of the novel Nina (Blu Phi’er Publishing, October 2007) and The Jackets (Arte Publico Press, March 31st 2011). Liz is currently working on a new novel.
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Review: Dante’s Girl

Author


I have spent every summer since I was ten years old with my father in London. Every summer, since I was ten years old, has been uneventful and boring. 
Until this year. 
And this year, after a freak volcanic eruption strands me far from home, I have learned these things:

1. I can make do with one outfit for three days before I buy new clothes. 
2. If I hear the phrase, “You’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto,” even one more time, I might become a homicidal maniac.
3. I am horribly and embarrassingly allergic to jellyfish.
4. I am in love with Dante Giliberti, who just happens to be the beautiful, sophisticated son of the Prime Minister of a Mediterranean paradise. 
5. See number four above. Because it brings with it a whole slew of problems and I’ve learned something from every one of them.

Let’s start with the fact that Dante’s world is five light-years away from mine. He goes to black-tie functions and knows the Prime Minister of England on a first name basis. I was born and raised on a farm in Kansas and wear cut-off jeans paired with cowboy boots. See the difference? 
But hearts don’t care about differences. Hearts want what they want. And mine just wants to be Dante’s girl. 
My heart just might be crazy.


Review:
Warning: Terribly Cute! Proceed with caution or you won’t be able to wipe the smile from your face.


I really really liked this book. It’s totally adorable. If you are looking for a fluffy, sweet, romantic novel. This is it! 

The MC Reece is the cutest ever. I just loved her. She is a Kansas chick with a smart mouth and great sense of humor. She is so real and silly and awesome. She said things that I could never dare to and her conversations with herself are hilarious.


“Dante shakes his blond bangs out of his eyes and the sun catches every glint of gold in his hair. His legs are long,lean, tanned and muscled and HolyCowThereIsAGod. If I were a man, I wouldtotally be wolf-whistling right now. But then again, if I were a man, I guess I wouldn’t be wolf-whistling at Dante. I’m such a weirdo.” 

“I’ve missed him more than a PMS’ing woman misses M&M’s.” 


The plot is a little fantastical but I am not complaining. It’s any teen girl’s dream. 
OK, so Reece is going to London to spend summer with her dad and she meets Dante Giliberti on the airport. And, when due to a volcanic eruption she is stranded away from home. Dante takes her to Caberra, a beautiful, exotic and fictional city. (Isn’t that always the case?)
Dante is the son of Prime Minister of Caberra and his life is pretty complicated and that results into some miscommunication and drama. The story also has a little mystery, which I loved.

The author, on her website wrote that Dante looks like Alex Pettyfer, who is so gorgeous. I mean look at him….. *sighs*

 

“Before I can help it, I scan the rest of him. Sweet Mary. This guy had lucked out in the gene department. Tall, slender, beautiful. Honey colored hair that had natural highlights that could even catch the crappy airport light, broad shoulders, slim hips, long legs. He is tan and golden with a bright, white smile. I am surely staring at Apollo, the god of the sun.” 


I have a thing for guys with sexy accents (who doesn’t?) and whenever Dante walked into a scene I couldn’t control my smile or my heart. Corny, much? I think Reece is rubbing off on me. 
And it’s not hard to fall in love with him. He is sweet, humble and totally swoon-worthy. These kind of characters are going to make me stay single forever. How will I find a humble billionaire who is also a thorough gentleman, in my college? All the guys here are jerks or just plain dumb. 😐


So the story tells us that Love is all that matters. It’s all we need.  and no matter how different two people are they can still be perfect for each other. 

This is my first book by the author and she reminded me of Meg Cabot in some ways. I am really excited about the next book in the series. 


Special Thanks to Lakehouse Press and NetGalley for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: Confessions of an Angry Girl

Rose Zarelli, self-proclaimed word geek and angry girl, has some confessions to make…
1. I’m livid all the time. Why? My dad died. My mom barely talks. My brother abandoned us. I think I’m allowed to be irate,don’t you 
2. I make people furious regularly. Want an example? I kissed Jamie Forta, a badass guy who might be dating a cheerleader. She is now enragedand out for blood. Mine.

3. High school might as well be Mars. My best friend has been replaced by an alien, and I see red all the time. (Mars is red and “seeing red” means being angry—get it?) Here are some other vocab words that describe my life: Inadequate. Insufferable. Intolerable.(Don’t know what they mean? Look them up yourself.

Review:

I really love the cover. Blue and white look awesome together!
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Have you ever been so angry that nothing else matters. That all you wanted was to throw something or punch someone? 

Rose Zarelli, is angry. Angry because her father died, angry that her brother would rather spend thanksgiving with his girlfriend than her, angry that her mother is acting more like a therapist than a mom, angry that her best friend Tracy wants to have sex with a guy who is a complete jerk, angry that the guy she likes has a girlfriend who is mean and wants to destroy her life.  

Before starting the book I was a little skeptical. I mean, the MC is 14 years old. I wasn’t sure that I would be able to connect with her but I loved the book. It’s one of the most realistic novel that I have read in a long time. 

I liked Rose. I could understand her anger and pain. Losing someone is hard. Moving on with life is not easy especially for a 14 year old girl who just enters the big bad world i.e. High School. Rose has flaws, she takes some bad decisions. All these things made her real and relate-able. I liked Jamie. He is kinda cute with his mysterious ways and I can see that he cares for Rose. It’s sweet. Though I would have liked him better if he would have let Rose punch Regina. I really hate Regina. How can anyone be so mean? *hmph* Tracy, um…I didn’t like her. She was not a good friend. She was just too selfish and weak. But towards the end, she does realize her mistake and I hope she will be more like-able in the next book. 

The writing is really good. I could feel the emotions that Rose was going through. I even shed a few tears with her whenever she talked about her Dad. The author did a great job in getting into the head of a 14 year old.  I wish this book came out when I was 14. 

Rose grows so much through the book. I hope she made that website for her father. I really liked the idea. I didn’t know that this book was a part of the series. The ending left me wanting more. I need the next book.

 This was provided by HarlequinTeen as an ARC from NetGalley.

Review: The Golden Lily

Author 
Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.
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Review:
                               

OMG! The ENDING…….. 
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The next book comes out in 2013. 
What if the world ends Mead? What if I can’t read the book?? My life will lose all its purpose. How can you do that?

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Okay, enough with my drama!
I loved this book. I was so disappointed with Bloodlines that I had almost given up on the series. Thank God I didn’t. Because this is exactly what I wanted (okay…..not really exactly, but still, it’s awesome)

Adrian, oh Adrian!
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Come out of the book , please!
He is so hot, witty, charming, sarcastic but behind all that he is a great person. He is protective, caring, loyal and wonderful. He will do anything for the people he loves and it’s really sad that the those around him do not understand his worth. 

Sydney has grown as a character and I really liked her. She is smart, brave, kind, loyal and most importantly Adrian likes her. 
I also think that it’s about time Adrian moved on. He deserves happiness and Sage is good for him. I absolutely adored the scenes when they were together. 
This book compensates for bloodlines in the romance department. There is enough to have you swooning. The chemistry is so hot and sizzling that it threatens to set the air on fire.
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“He reached out and pulled me to him, one hand on my waist and the other behind my neck. He tipped my head up and lowered his lips to mine. I closed my eyes and melted as my whole body was consumed in that kiss. I was nothing. I was everything. Chills, ran over my skin, and fire burned inside me. His body pressed closer to mine, and I wrapped my arms around his neck. His lips were warmer and softer than anything I could have ever imagined, yet fierce and powerful at the same time. Mine responded hungrily, and I tightened my hold on him. His fingers slid down the back of my neck, tracing its shape, and every place they touched was electric.”
Jill is less annoying. Maybe, because she is not around much. ( I like that, let’s just keep it this way) 
Eddie is awesome and Angeline was fun. Almost, all the characters were likeable. They make a great team.  

Now, there is less action in the book compared to VA but I am not complaining. 
Sage is still a little slow is figuring things out and putting the pieces together. But this book is not as predictable as Bloodlines.
The writing is good and dialogues are amazing, as always. 

“I’d mentioned this odd wardrobe choice to Adrian a couple of weeks ago:
“Isn’t Dimitri hot?”
Adrian’s response hadn’t been entirely unexpected:
“Well, yeah, according to most women, at least.”

Really, Sage? A date?”
I sighed. “Yes, Adrian. A date.”
“A real date. Not, like, doing homework together,” he added.
“I mean like where you go out to a movie or something. And a
movie that’s not part of a school assignment. Or about something boring.”
“A real date.”

“Adrian ordered a martini, earning disapproving looks from his father and me.
“It’s barely noon,” said Nathan.
“I know,” said Adrian. “I’m surprised I held out that long too.” 


I will be re-reading this book till the next one comes out. 2013, really?

Cover Reveal & Review: I Loved You First + Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on ILYF blog tour hosted by the wonderful author Reena Jacobs. There is a new cover and awesome giveaways to mark the one year anniversary of “I LOVED YOU FIRST.” 

What do you think of the cover?

Alexandria (Alex) Carmichael guards two secrets close to her heart. One―she’s in love with her best friend, Seth. Two―he’s gay. As a freshman in college, Alex looks forward to fun times with her best friend. When Seth decides cycling through girlfriends is the way to fit in with the straight crowd, Alex must make a choice: watch Seth give his affection to another while her heart breaks or come clean with her feelings and risk losing his friendship forever. 
I LOVED YOU FIRST is a new adult love story told through the eyes of Alex, an African-American/Caucasian student, who takes a journey of self-discovery while watching her best friend come to terms with his sexuality.

I Loved You First is on sale until August 5. Readers can pick up I Loved You First for $0.99 at Amazon & Barnes & Nobles or use the coupon code below at Smashwords.
Promotional price: $0.99
Regular price: $4.95
Coupon Code: XY82H
Expires: August 5, 2012
Buy the book: Barnes & Nobles || Smashwords || The Book Depository || Amazon || CreateSpace.


Review:

Being in love with your best friend is complicated and it makes matter worse if your best friend is gay!
Alex has been in love with Seth. She cherishes the small amount of time they spend together even if it doesn’t lead into anything. She is happy just being his side-kick. He drags her to parties and games and she goes with him, always beside her and somehow she has lost herself in his shadow. 
I liked Alex.  She is shy and scared of facing the world on her own. I could connect with her. She cares about Seth and stands by him. I though she was brave and really nice. 
Seth, um…..ok I need to be honest, he seemed like a jerk to me, yes, I know he went through a lot and was scared and confused. But I didn’t like the way he treated Alex.  To be fair, what he went through was really harsh. How can people be so mean? He doesn’t deserve it. Nobody deserves this.
The writing is good and novel is gripping. The characters are well developed and the plot is interesting.
The story is short and doesn’t drag unnecessary. It’s a really fast read. I finished it in a day. I though the novel was realistic and the characters and their problems were dealt with nicely. Trinity is a great character. She is fun and cheerful with a lot of spark. I really like her. I liked how the book ended. Alex grows up and comes out of her shell. It was a satisfying end to a good story. Alex goes through some ups and downs but she never just gives up and that is admirable, even when the people are rude she still gives them a chance. I liked that about her.
Reena Jacobs is an amazing author.  She has written a wonderful novel. Go and read it!
                                                 
                                           AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

Reena Jacobs is just a writer who loves to see her words in print. As an avid reader, she’s known to hoard books and begs her husband regularly for “just one more purchase.” Her home life is filled with days chasing her preschooler and nights harassing her husband. Between it all, she squeezes in time for writing and growling at the dog.


Connect with Reena online:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/ReenaJacobs

Every day a new prizes, but you’ll have to hurry! Each giveaway lasts just 48 hours. And to wrap everything up, one reader and one blogger will each receive their choice of a $25 GC from B&N or $25 toward books at the Book Depository. So, don’t forget to check out all the participating blogs to increase  your chances of winning. 

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Is it a good idea to pursue a dating relationship with a friend? And why/why not?
I think love is all about taking chances. Friendship can be the first step towards love and I strongly believe that if you like someone you should go ahead and tell them. You never know, they might feel the same way.
So, yes, it’s a good idea but I don’t have any experience. So I could be wrong.
What do you think?

Book Review: The fault in our stars

Author: John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Review:
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Damn…..I am trying not to cry! 🙁

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” 
Wow!
This is why I love reading. This book is amazing, even though it made me cry. I am glad I read it. 
John Green, is really talented. Why haven’t I read more of his work?. Well I sure, am going to. 
I laughed, I cried and I fell in love. This one is going to my favorite shelf.

 It’s really well-written. Each and every line is beautiful and deserves to be quoted. 


“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.”

“That’s the thing about pain…it demands to be felt.”

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” 

Hazel Grace, she is the incredibly like-able. She is witty, sarcastic, brave and so real. My heart goes out to her. She has such a tough life and yet she manages to be strong. That’s really impressive! 
She was never whiny or melodramatic. John Green has done a great job writing from a female perspective. 
Augustus, he is a great guy. I wish he had a different fate. I wish so many things for him. But like he says, 
The world is not a wish granting factory”. 
He and Hazel were adorable together. There story was so sweet and romantic. I am so glad they found each other. 
The book is so honest, it touched my heart. It’s something you will treasure on your bookshelf.
I like how it ended. I like how it began and I loved everything in between.

Go and buy it!
                                               Check out the trailer!

               John Green reads the first chapter of the book here
Which is your favorite John Green’s book?
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