Book Review: Fallen Crest Family (Fallen Crest High, #2) by Tijan

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

Samantha and Mason are together. Everyone knows it. Not everyone is dealing with it. While Mason’s ready to give them the middle finger, there’s one not going away. Her mother. Threats are issued. Ultimatums are given. Even blackmail is used, but only Samantha can put a stop to Analise. However, when a trauma from her past is triggered, she may not have the courage or strength to do what’s needed. If she doesn’t, Mason’s future could be destroyed.

 

Book Review:

This review may contain spoilers of Fallen Crest High (first book in the Series).

After spending six months waiting for this book, today I finally bought and read this sequel to Fallen Crest High, and I’m glad to say that I was not disappointed (starting with the book cover which I liked a lot).

As with the previous one, I just couldn’t put down this book and I finished reading it within hours, the story and the characters caught me again.

Fallen Crest Family is the continuation of the story of Sam and the Kade brothers, in this sequel we can see what happens now that everyone (including their parents) knows about the relationship between Sam and Mason.
The story also delves into the relationship between Sam and her mother (which becomes even more intense) and it was interesting to find out some things about them and their past.

One of the things I like most about this series of books written by Tijan is the dynamics of the relationship between Sam, Mason and Logan as they seek to protect each other no matter what (Nate also is part of the group but this book made me question some things about him and I’m now really curious about his past).

Mason is still devoted to Sam, and even though I understand that for many he might be the favorite of the Kade brothers, after this book I have a soft spot for Logan, he is truly loyal and with a big heart and I look forward to see his growth as character in the next book.
Another character I liked is Heather, she’s strong, independent and just the kind of friend that Sam needed.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, I think it was worth the wait and I would recommend it, specially to people who enjoy reading romance with some high school drama (family drama as well), strong characters and “Alpha males” .

I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Fallen Crest Public, and see how things will be for Sam and the Kade brothers.

Short Story Review: Cinderella is Evil by Jamie Campbell

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Description (from Goodreads):

History is told from one person’s perspective. Sometimes they don’t get it right.

Ugly Stepsister Anna has wrongly been accused of being mean and evil. Now it is time she got the opportunity to tell her side of the story.

With Cinderella so perfect and wonderful, it is no wonder Anna feels ugly in comparison. Dealing with bullies, a grumpy mother and the death of her step-father, Anna is at her wits end.

When the Prince’s ball approaches, Anna is told she must find a husband to save the family fortune. Attending with her sisters, the sulky Prince Charming only has eyes for Cinderella.

With the burden of being the only one to unite her step-sister with the Prince, will Anna act as cupid? Or will she protect Cinderella from the arrogant Charming?

A charming twist to the story of Cinderella, told completely from the point of view of the Ugly Step-Sister.

My Review:

I found this short story on Amazon, the title intrigued me and made ​​me want to read it.

This is an interesting retelling of Cinderella from the POV of Anna (one of the stepsisters), while I was reading I felt sorry for this stepsister (here things were not easy for her).

My favorite part of the story was reading Anna’s opinion about Prince Charming.

Overall this was a quick read that enjoyed and I’d love to read more from this author.

Teen Summer Reading 2013

This Bookmark is from my Local Library and contains some recommended readings for the Summer 2013:

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From this list I chose three books to add at my “To Be Read” List:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith

 

What books do you have on your Reading List?

Book Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman (Illustrator)

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

Book Review:

In this story, through a long letter that Min is writing to Ed, we explore their relationship since they met until their breakup.

What I loved: The beautiful illustrations by Maira Kalman that enrich the story.

My favorite characters: Ed (for most of the book) and Al (Min’s best friend who was incredible supportive of her).

The story is rich and descriptive, I read the book in two days, I couldn’t wait to find out more about Min’s box and the story behind it and I was more caught with each page.

The book has some really mixed reviews in Goodreads, for that reason I think is important to mention that the writing is more complex than in other books from the same genre (the author definitely has his own style), there are some really long sentences and references that sometimes can make you lose track a little (I had to re-read some paragraphs but this didn’t make me enjoy less the book).

Would I recommend this book? Yes, because is a story full of emotions, has a good plot and because it kept me intrigued until the end.

My favorite quote from the book “You either have the feeling or you don’t” Hawk Davies.

Book Review: Ryan Hunter (Grover Beach Team #2) by Piper Shelly

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I loved “Play with Me” by Piper Shelly and in that book I fell in love with Ryan’s character.
When I found out that another book would be released, but now from the POV of Ryan, I knew I had to read it.

In “Ryan Hunter (Grover Beach Team, # 2)” we learn more about Ryan’s feelings towards Liza and we see more of the Soccer team.

The book was an easy read, engaging, sweet and fun with a lovely romance.
I really loved the main characters that the author created for the Grover Beach Series (Liza and Ryan) and I found Justin (one of the secondary characters) very likeable.

I must say than from the two books of the Grover Beach Team Series, this from Ryan’s POV became my favorite.
This book made me smile a lot, kept me reading without a break (it was impossible for me to put it down) and now is part of my “To re-read” shelf.

Overall this is a well written and very enjoyable book that I really recommend, specially to people who like YA books and stories with romance and sports (to have a better understanding of the story and the characters I recommend to read first “Play with Me” the Book 1 in the Series).

If in the future more books of the Grover Beach Team Series are released, I’ll definitely read them.

Book Review: The Great Scott by Adam Poe

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

As the greatest high school basketball player to ever come out of Davidson County, NJ, Taylor Scott is a living legend, a born superstar. While everyone—his mother, father, coaches and best friend—assume he can easily handle the weight of the world on his young shoulders; things aren’t always what they seem.

Throughout this intense and highly personal coming-of-age story, Taylor struggles to make the transition from high school basketball celebrity to unproven college freshman, fighting to understand who he is and where he’s going, while running head-on to his greatest fears.

A timeless story of basketball, friendship, family and most importantly, the passion that drives us to become who we are even when we aren’t sure ourselves; this story will capture the hearts and minds of anyone who has ever dreamed of accomplishing something bigger than themselves.

The lights shining inside the basketball arena are bright, but what happens off the court is what really counts.

Book Review:

I love books about sports, specially those with inspiring stories, those that leave you with “something to think about” after you finish with them and when I saw the synopsis from The Great Scott I knew this was a book I had to read.

This is the story of Taylor Scott (named by the media “The Great Scott”) the star of High School Basketball team from New Jersey, people admire him and many coaches are trying their best to convince him to be part of their College’s teams.

I liked the pace of the story, also the detailed and descriptive writing that made me feel like I was there watching the games, the training.. I was totally immersed in the story.

Something to point out about this book is that the characters seem real and is easy to relate to them (I think the author does a really good job at giving us enough of their background history).

I particularly enjoyed reading about Taylor’s relationship with his mom and with his best friend Jimmy (the last was one of my favorite characters) and also learn about how was Taylor’s transition from High School’s star to College’s freshman.

This is a great book with an engaging and emotional story about a young man who is growing up, trying to find his place, his identity. I truly enjoyed reading this book and I definitely recommend it.

Book Review: The Guardians by Jennifer Raygoza

The Guardians

Book Description (from Goodreads):

The Guardians is a compelling tale focused on love, pain and sacrifice. The battle of good versus evil. The question is who will win.

Gianna Botticelli is the daughter to a Los Angeles Mafia boss. Although content working for her father, she mentally struggles with her mother’s death—and life choices after her passing. But everything she knows will change when she meets the sexy, mysterious Caleb.

Who is he? What is he? How does he know things? Gianna finds herself struggling with her feelings for him—and the sacrifices she will have to make as Caleb introduces her to a world unknown. Will she have to sacrifice herself to save everyone and everything?

Sexy and entertaining, this book is for mature vampire lovers. I challenge you not to fall in love with Gianna and Caleb.

WARNING: This book contains violence, adult language, and passionate love scenes.

Book Review:

This book follows to Gianna who works for the “family business” with her father (a Mafia’s boss) and her brother.

I have to say that I found interesting that the protagonist of the story was a strong, determined and independent woman (not the typical “damsel in distress”) and she really knew how to deal with the men who work for her father.

There was some characters that I really loved, one of them was Caleb (with that air of mystery) and the other one was Maddie (she was sweet and nice).

As the book progresses we see that this is not just a paranormal romance story, there are some twists, there’s a war between good and evil and Gianna has a rol in it.

The story has some good elements in it: romance, action, an underground world, also the fact that the vampires are portrayed in an interesting way (I won’t give any spoilers here).

This book is around 115 pages long (I finished reading it in one day) and I would have loved it to be a bit longer (that way I could had learned more about some characters). I’m not sure if this book is part of a Series, if so, probably some of the answers to my questions are in the next book.

Overall this is a quick and entertaining read that I think will appeal to fans of paranormal romance.

Book Review: Destiny’s Call (The LightBridge Legacy, #1) by Elayne G. James

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Book Description (from Goodreads):

The LightBridge Legacy Series chronicles the unexpected adventures of a 12 year-old girl who learns she has been chosen by a race of ancients to inherit the most powerful magical object in the world.

Book Review:

Destiny’s Call (Book 1 of the LightBridge Legacy’s Series) is about Ani Jasper, a teenager from the Mojave Desert whose life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious stone in the desert and strange things start to take place in her life.

When Ani’s family moves to New York she has to face several changes and challenges. I really enjoyed this part of the book with a great story about growing up, starting a new life in a new city, making new friends, dealing with the public school and the impact of all decisions in family life.

I don’t want to give many spoilers about the story, but what I can say about the book is that the writing is really good (descriptive, detailed, engaging) and the characters are interesting (besides the protagonist, I especially liked C.J. who is Ani’s friend and Kahete, Ani’s godfather ).

This is a great book full of magic, legends, adventures, real teen problems and supernatural elements that I truly recommend and I think it will be an enjoyable read for teens and also for adults who enjoy fantasy and adventures genre.