Review: The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder


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The Bridge from Me to You

Lisa Schroeder

Published July 29th 2014 by Point

336 Pages

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Synopsis:

Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place.

Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible–something to truly believe in.

My Thoughts:

This book was absolutely adorable! I loved it so much!

Going into this book I expected a sweet, fluffy contemporary perfect for summer. And while it is a sweet contemporary read, it’s so much more than that. The Bridge From Me to You is about family, friendship, and doing what makes you happy. I laughed and I cried and I enjoyed every single second of it.

This story is about Lauren and Colby. Lauren is dealing with rejection and she’s trying to find a place where she belongs, and Colby is the star football player and everybody in the whole town expects him to bring home the State Championship trophy. Both feeling pressure, all they want is to be happy.

I loved these two characters with my whole heart! There were many times I wanted to just hug Lauren. She was so afraid and that absolutely broke my heart because she is this caring person who has just been hurt too many times. Colby was a sweetheart and I adored him. He’s a strong character and, who was just afraid of disappointing his father. Colby was a great friend and his friendship with Benny plays a major role in this book. This friendship was so honest, inspiring, and beautiful I found self wiping away a couple tears from time to time. It has been such a long time since I’ve seen such a friendship like Colby and Benny’s.

What I loved most was the writing. I liked that The Bridge from Me to You was written in dual perspectives. I liked that the chapters were short and that Lauren’s point of view was written in verse. I also loved the romance, it was realistic and slow. It felt good to read a book where the main characters weren’t already saying I love you in chapter five. Schroeder’s writing style was fast paced and lyrical, which was perfect for this book.

I recommend this book for fans of Friday Night Lights, and also fans of Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series!

Favorite Quote

I don’t want to choose. Because the thing about choices? You get something while you lose something else. And if you choose wrong, you risk losing everything.
4-stars
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Schasm by Shari J. Ryan


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Shari J. Ryan
Published January 25th 2014 by Booktrope Editions
246 Pages
ISBN13: 9781620152010

Chloe possesses the ability to ‘drift’ which is similar to dreaming with a few exceptions. As her ‘drifts’ become a greater escape from the cruelty of the real world, Chloe finds herself lost between what is real and what is imagined, questioning her very existence.

Ryan developed a very creative narrative. Unique, full of suspense, it truly is a breakaway from anything out there. Her writing style shows promise, especially for a debut effort. I know the masses will enjoy Schasm.

The concept is extremely clever. Ryan is obviously ingenious with quite an imagination. The dream/drifting notion leaves you pondering, lots to explore while reading and long after you have completed Schasm. A great psychological thriller, you have no idea what will happen next, or the final outcome, loads of suspense with very little predictability.

The romance area could use a boost. There is a obvious romance element but it is very subdued. Perhaps this is intentional and attachment will unfold with the following installments in the series. I just wish there was more in the first book than what was presented.

I prefer character driven narratives, Schasm was purely plot driven. Ryan didn’t provide a lot on the characters personalities, back history and such. Once again, could possibly be another deliberate move with more unfolding as the series continues. Without characterization the reader fails to develop a connection with players.

The later portion of the book is a bit muddled. A lot is going on and it’s chaotic and disjointed. As a reader you are forced to pause and revisit what was presented. Creating mystery is great as long as it holds clarity. Editing might improve the slight confusion readers will face.

Schasm is a good book. Creative, suspenseful. Despite the issues I pointed out its worth the time and attention. Editing could turn this into greatness, clearly the potential is apparent. The creativity is the greatest feature, worth experiencing it for yourself. Curious to see what Ryan has in store with the series.

3 stars

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Throwback THURSDAY!


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The idea for this meme is to think back to memorable books from our childhood and to tell us why you loved them and you can even review them now.

If you would like to add your TT, please leave us a comment with your link and we will head on over to your blog and check it out!

Mal’s Throwback Thursday!

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 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl
Published June 1st 1998 by Puffin
Pages 155

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,  nasty Violet Beauregarde blows up into a blueberry from sneaking forbidden chewing gum, and bratty Augustus Gloop is carried away on the river of chocolate he wouldn’t resist. In fact, all manner of disasters can happen to the most obnoxiously deserving of children because Dahl portrays each incident with such resourcefulness and humor.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a singular delight, crammed with mad fantasy, childhood justice and revenge, and as much candy as you can eat.

I loved this story as both a kid and an adult.  I enjoyed all the characters, the descriptions of the candy, factory et al. The relationship between Charlie and his grandpa was tender.  The magical elements and the various messages/themes running throughout the narrative creates an all consuming read.  Every child and adult should let themselves be transported through Wonka’s wondrous factory with it’s eccentric characters.  Calorie free with all the delights you can eat!!

What is your Throwback Thursday?

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Review: #16thingsithoughtweretrue by Janet Gurtler


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Janet Gurtler

Published March 4th 2014 by Sourcebooks Fire

283 Pages

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Synopsis:

Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan’s mom gets sick, it’s hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn’t as far away as she thought…

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan’s getting to know the real Adam, and he’s actually pretty sweet…in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She’s not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend…and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can’t imagine living without

My Thoughts:

When I read the synopsis for this book, I knew I had to have it! It sounded like the perfect summer read & the synopsis reminded me of Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, which is one of my favorite books. I wanted to love it, even reading I thought I was going to love it, but sadly I ended up kind of  hating it. The more I thought about it after I finished, the more I disliked it.

 The synopsis makes the book sound, fun and carefree, but it’s actually pretty depressing. Going into the book I obviously understood that it wasn’t always going to be a sweet, fun read; I mean our main character is looking for her father that’s bound to have some sad, emotional moments; I was expecting that. But how Janet Gurtler ended this book, was totally unexpected and depressing.

 To be completely honest the book was boring. There was just too much going on, Gurtler stuffed this book with so many side plots, I ultimately forgot what the book was actually about. One side plot which is basically what the book was based on, was so pointless and unnecessary I got frustrated listening about it.

 The characters in this book, were annoying and flat. Morgan was the most annoying character I have ever come across. She irritated me so much, it was constant whining and being twitter obsessed. Adam was as flat as a board and that’s pretty much all I have to say about him. The only character that had depth was Amy, I enjoyed her immensely and if she wasn’t in the book I would have stopped reading it. Amy was fun, enthusiastic, and honest.

 The way this book ended, is what really irritates me. I hate the end. In the last couple of chapters, Gurtler adds in yet another side plot. But this side plot was tragic, depressing, and it felt out of place. I felt like it was added In last minute, just for a means for Morgan to grow as a character.

Overall, this book was disjointed and a little confusing. Instead of following one plot, it was stuffed to the brim with pointless side plots. Majority of the characters lacked depth and personality, and the romance was mediocre and not the least bit believable.

2 stars

sam

Review: Just One Day by Gayle Forman


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Just One Day

Gayle Forman

Published August 20th 2013 by Speak

400 Pages

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Synopsis:

Allyson Healey’s life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the “accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.

The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year

My Thoughts:

I loved this book! This book made me want to travel and see the world, and I connected with it so much, I just wish I had it when I was starting college.

This book definitely has a lot of mixed reviews, but so does every book. But what I realized when I was scrolling through the reviews was that, a lot of people went into this book thinking it was a romance novel and it’s not. It’s a boom about self discovery, that has romance in it.

Initially I went into it thinking I was going to read a cute, sweet romance novel about traveling the world. But what I got was a story about a girl trying to find herself, it wasn’t what I expected but God, it was exactly what I needed.

Allyson was lost, so lost that she didn’t even know. It took getting her heart broken and the fraying of the only friendship she ever had, to realize it. I loved watching her grow, stand up for herself, and gain confidence.  I loved that even though I was expecting a happy, clichéd ending, what I got was a happy, content, and confident Allyson, who realized she didn’t need anyone to make her happy, because finally she actually was. That’s probably why I love the end so much. She didn’t need him anymore.

Willem showed her how to be brave and confident, and I loved him for that. But when he was gone Allyson forgot how to be the girl she was when she was with him. In the end though, it was heartache that made her realize it was time to stand up for herself and grown. And I was glad that I got to follow her on her journey.

Just One Day is about self discovery, friendship, love, heartbreak, and life. It’s one of those books that sticks with you.

Favorite Quote:

Part of me knows one more day won’t do anything except postpone the heartbreak. But another part of me believes differently. We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.
5-stars
sam

It’s Teaser TUESDAY!!


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This a weekly meme held on Tuesday’s that was created by You Should Be Reading

Here are the rules:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Summer House with Swimming Pool
by Herman Koch

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When a medical mistake goes horribly wrong and Ralph Meier, a famous actor, winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser is forced to conceal the error from his patients and family. After all, reputation is everything in this business. But the weight of carrying such a secret lies heavily on his mind, and he can’t keep hiding from the truth…or the Board of Medical Examiners.

The problem is that the real truth is a bit worse than a simple slipup. Marc played a role in Ralph’s death, and he’s not exactly upset that the man is gone. Still haunted by his eldest daughter’s rape during their stay at Ralph’s extravagant Mediterranean summerhouse-one they shared with Ralph and his enticing wife, Judith, film director Stanley Forbes and his far younger girlfriend, Emmanuelle, and Judith’s mother-Marc has had it on his mind that the perpetrator of the rape could be either Ralph or Stanley. Stanley’s guilt seems obvious, bearing in mind his uncomfortable fixation on the prospect of Marc’s daughter’s fashion career, but Marc’s reasons for wanting Ralph dead become increasingly compelling as events unravel. There is damning evidence against Marc, but he isn’t alone in his loathing of the star-studded director.

Teaser

Now he had the girl by the wrist. He pulled her arm down hard, so that she lost her balance and fell onto the sand. She screamed. I saw Ralph swing his leg back. As though he was about to take a penalty. Just in time, I realized that he was going to kick the girl in the stomach.

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Review: Rebecca’s Lost Journals by Lisa Renee Jones


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Rebecca’s Lost Journals
Lisa Renee Jones
Published April 15th 2014 by Gallery Books
Paperback, 240 pages
ISBN13: 9781476772103

A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

Rebecca’s Lost Journals is part of the – Inside Out series. No worries, you can easily read as a stand alone. Rebecca tells of Mark, along with her worries regarding the BDSM lifestyle and her role as a submissive. We ride along with Rebecca as she reaches her decision and all that transpires.

Jones undoubtedly pulls the reader into her narrative and character. As you peruse Rebecca’s journals you sense her pain, ongoing struggles and raw feelings. Her hesitation with diving into BDSM was a welcome surprise, added a plausible cast on the entire novella. Vacillation between wanting to enter the unknown arena of BDSM was a bit annoying, however, understandable (it just kept on). Her nightmares, the unknown issues with her deceased mother all make for a curious and suspenseful read. Jones can keep a reader on their toes with her cliffhangers leading the reader to desperately grasp as to what in fact happened to Rebecca.

Exploring more of what was happening in her interaction with Mark was insightful, allowed Mark to take more of a role since he’s been an aloof enigma prior.

This was a welcomed edition, especially if you have read the entire series first, many layers of characters were revealed and greatly appreciated.

3 stars

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