It’s Teaser TUESDAY!!


teaser-tuesday

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

mal

Review: Mad Love by Colet Abedi


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Mad Love
Colet Abedi

Published March 11th 2014 by Bird Street Books
262 Pages
ISBN13: 9781939457134
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

Summary:
23-year-old aspiring artist Sophie Walker can think of no better place than the exotic paradise of the Maldives Islands to escape the wrath of her controlling parents, the monotony of her boring legal work and her passionless boyfriend. With her two best friends along for the ride and to help her find herself again, Sophie is not prepared for the enigmatic Clayton Sinclair. Clayton comes from another world of privilege that seems like a fantasy to Sophie. Can this man introduce her to the passion & seduction she never realized she was desperately searching for? Sophie quickly becomes ensnared in Clayton’s seductive web until a shocking treachery makes her question her judgment and actions…

My Thoughts
I absolutely adored this book. Sophie is a charmer, and I felt for her situation. I was a tad bit disappointed she refused to have a conversation with Clayton (don’t want too give to much away here), but I’m not surprised for a variety of reasons. Her personality was awesome along with her insecurities with herself and with Clayton, not to mention uncertainty with their relationship/future. She’s a young girl on the brink of discovering life and all its magical and mundane experiences. Her besties add to the story, their humor was delightful, equal to their loyalty and undying support.

Clayton was your standard alpha male, minus the unhealthy control we read so much about, rather it was replaced with dominance in a good way. These two were a perfect fit together. Given their age difference, status and life experience the entire narrative and characterization entirely plausible. He is mature lacking the stuffiness and playfulness an older gent often possesses. I couldn’t imagine a better match for Sophie as she opens her heart and intimate self to a man utterly smitten and captivated by her. The reader undeniably feels their mutual chemistry, frustration, and realization of their connection.

The best part of Mad Love was the fact Sophie is in control but out of control. She is not coerced in any way, she knows exactly what she wants and knows it is what it is. Incredibly mature and I was thrilled she wasn’t a promiscuous girl, that angle alone made this a standout. A strong, independent young woman having the best time in her life, she is declaring her independence to the world and to herself.

Abedi shapes a great romance, with humor and conflict we all have experienced at one time. A great first love story fully conceivable.

Perfect ending and I am so looking forward to the continuation of Sophie and Clayton. A must read for romance lovers, perfect for a summer beach read. Abedi clearly knows the fine art of crafting an entertaining romance narrative with catchy characters.

4-stars

mal

It’s Throwback Thursday!


Throwback Thursday
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!

Sam’s Throwback Thursday!

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 Crank

Ellen Hopkins

Published October 1st 2004 by Margaret K. McElderry Books 

537 Pages

In Crank, Ellen Hopkins chronicles the turbulent and often disturbing relationship between Kristina, a character based on her own daughter, and the “monster,” the highly addictive drug crystal meth, or “crank.” Kristina is introduced to the drug while visiting her largely absent and ne’er-do-well father. While under the influence of the monster, Kristina discovers her sexy alter-ego, Bree: “there is no perfect daughter, / no gifted high school junior, / no Kristina Georgia Snow. / There is only Bree.” Bree will do all the things good girl Kristina won’t, including attracting the attention of dangerous boys who can provide her with a steady flow of crank.
I read Crank when I was thirteen, and I absolutely loved it! I loved reading when I was younger, but then I stopped reading in about third grade. I have no Idea why, it was just one day I loved reading and the next I hated it. Throughout the years between 3rd grade and the beginning of High School, I read maybe 10 books that I wasn’t forced to read.

It wasn’t until my first week of high school, and my English teacher brought my class to the library to pick out some books; and the first book I saw was Crank. The cover of Crank instantly intrigued me and when I opened it and saw that it was written verse it made me want to read it even more. I remember going home and reading it all night until I fell asleep, and for days after I would spend any free time I had reading this book until I finally finished it. It was the first book I had read in a very long time that I could honestly say I loved and it rekindled my love for reading. Looking back though, I definitely would not recommend this book to anyone younger than at least 17.

What is your Throwback Thursday?

sam

Review: Mirror X by Karri Thompson


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Published on June 30, 2014 by Entangled Teen.

318 pages

E-ARC from publisher in exchange of an honest review.

Cassie Dannacher wakes up in a hospital over 1,000 years into the future after her space capsule is retrieved from space. She soon learns that 600 years prior to her arrival, the earth was struck by a plague, killing over half of the world’s population. Naïve and desperate, Cassie, who longs for home and is having trouble adjusting to the new, dictatorial 31st century government, is comforted by Michael Bennett, the 20-year old lead geneticist at the hospital where she was revived.

But why is Cassie in genetics’ hospital in the first place, and why do several of the people around her seem so familiar, including Travel Carson, the hot and edgy boy she is fated to meet? Soon she discovers there is a sinister answer to all of her questions – and that they want something from Cassie that only she can give.

My Thoughts

I do not think that I have been so frustrated with a book that I had been reading like ever! But it was a good frustrating!!! I could seriously feel my blood pressure rise while reading and had to put it down several times because I wanted to just jump on into the story myself and commit murder on a few characters! This book made me feel something and even though it was anger, it left me with a story that I definitely will not forget due to all the mixed up emotions that I had while reading!

Cassie wakes up 1000 years in the future when she is informed that the world that she knew is long gone and everyone that she loves is no longer alive. This is where I first starting having the heart palpitations but believe me…this was only the beginning! Cassie is literally kept a prisoner that is expected to just do what the government tells her even though their plan is so sinister!

I really enjoyed Cassie as a character and was enamored of her strength. If I had to go through even an ounce of what she did in this book, I definitely would have given up. I also love the fact that even though she didn’t want certain things to happen, she welcomed them with open arms because that is just what you are supposed to do and never in the book did she even have a thought of giving that up. (I cannot reveal what I am exactly speaking of because then you will all be spoiled!)

Next we have Michael and I liked him at first but the more the book went on, the more I was not so sure of him???? He had all these secrets that he just kept keeping from Cassie which really was annoying and added to my anger. The biggest ones were revealed right at the end and I wish that Cassie would have given him the boot! I just adored Travel and thought he was the man for Cassie:( He was sweet and really tried to make her happy!

I could probably go on and on about this book but that will deter all of you from reading it….so, go right now and hit up Amazon! I guarantee that you will be as frustratingly happy with it as I am! AND then, come on back and discuss it with me! I am dying to chat with someone about it! I can’t wait for the next in the series!!!!

5-stars

h.lee

 

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West


on the fenceOn The Fence by Kasie West

Published July 1, 2014 by HarperTeen

320 pages

E-Copy from Edelweis with permission from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

My Thoughts

This was the first book that I had read by Ms. West, even though her books have been all over you tube & blog websites for a while now. This one just caught my eye and made me feel like I really needed some contemporary in my life.

There were certain parts of Charlie that I adored:

1. The fact that she was “just one of the guys” and could beat them down.

2. The fact that if she wanted something, she went for it!

Then, on the other hand, there were certain parts of Charlie that I really didn’t like:

1. The fact that she felt that she had to hide her awesomeness to get a boyfriend.

2. The fact that at times, she had no filter and little compassion for other people’s feelings.

I can’t say that if Charlie were a real live person, that we would be friends but, I do understand to some point the reasons of why she did certain things.

This brings me to Braden. Now Braden was almost perfect! Adorable I tell you! He was sweet and kind but had no problem telling Charlie what he thought, even if it hurt her feelings!

I enjoyed the fact that these two had a long history together that had started when they were young. They were friends first, then fell in love. Their fence chats were beautiful and helped the reader learn a whole lot more about these characters.

I also have to mention Charlie’s brothers here! They were awesome and hilarious! I really loved all of them but if I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be……Gabe! He just seemed to always have Charlie’s back and they were really close.

I did enjoy my first Kasie West read and thought this book was a really cute contemporary. I will definitely be checking out more from this author!

4-stars

h.lee

Teaser Tuesday!


Teaser Tuesday

 

This a weekly meme held on Tuesday’s that was created by 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!

Words from a Wanderer

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Words From A Wanderer is a timeless and beautiful compilation of notes and poetry. This book was created with hopes of uplifting and encouraging readers in many ways. There is a journal in the back of the book for readers and fellow writers to indulge in to keep the “conversation” going. Author, Alexandra Elle, wrote this book to shed light on the fact that indeed not all who wander are lost; some are simply still finding their way.

Teaser

“Love your neighbor, even the ones who do not show you the same courtesy. You can’t expect to receive love if you’re selective and not really willing to give it. What you put into the world, you will indeed get back, even if it’s not from the person you’re expecting it to be.” 

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sam