February 27, 2014

Finding it by Cora Carmack Review

Finding it 
Losing it #3
by Cora Carmack
Published on October 10th 2013
Random House UK, Ebury press, 320 pages
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Sometimes you have to lose yourself to find where you truly belong...

Most girls would kill to spend months traveling around Europe after college graduation with no responsibility, no parents, and no-limit credit cards. Kelsey Summers is no exception. She's having the time of her life . . . or that's what she keeps telling herself.

It's a lonely business trying to find out who you are, especially when you're afraid you won't like what you discover. No amount of drinking or dancing can chase away Kelsey's loneliness, but maybe Jackson Hunt can. After a few chance meetings, he convinces her to take a journey of adventure instead of alcohol. With each new city and experience, Kelsey's mind becomes a little clearer and her heart a little less hers. Jackson helps her unravel her own dreams and desires. But the more she learns about herself, the more Kelsey realizes how little she knows about Jackson.

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After loving Losing it, adoring Faking it, Finding it was everything I expected and more. The story reminded me of me, and as my best friend stated; I kind of have a feeling this book will smack you on a very personal level. She was right, and the book was very insightful and inspiring and everything I wanted.

Kelsey was an incredible character. She is lovable and fairly easy to connect with her. She is on this quest of figuring out what she wants on a journey around Europe. Traveling. What a best way to figure it out? What she figures out is way more that she ever thought she would. 

Jackson Hunt is a mystery. A puzzle that you won't be able to put together till almost the end of the book. And he is hot ;)

Finding it was written beautifully. You could actually imagine the places Cora Carmack amazingly described, even though you've never been there. And this book also makes you want to go experience all these places on your own. To see with your own eyes all the beauty that Europe has. And God, I want to. 

Finding it was a beautiful story filled with hopes and dreams. A journey of discovering who you really are and what do you want out of life. And all together entwined with a sweet romance. Finding it is a book you don't want to miss!

Most hostels were devised so that you met other people, and yet they were the loneliest damn places in the world. Everything there is temporary - the residents, the relationships, the hot water. I felt like a flower trying to plant roots into concrete.

"Honestly? I'm tired."
He laughed once. "That's because it's almost dawn."
"Not that kind of tired."
"What kind of tired, then?"
"The bone-deep kind. The kind of tired that sleep doesn't fix. Just tired of... being."

I knew I was lucky. Blessed, even. But it was a lot of pressure... trying not to waste what you've been given. I wanted to accomplish something. To love something. To be something. But I did't know how. I didn't know what. 
All of my friends were off chasing their dreams, moving into their futures, and I just wanted to want something with that kind of desperation, that kind of fire.

February 16, 2014

Golden by Jessi Kirby Review

by Jessi Kirby
Published on May 14th 2013
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 278 pages
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Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.

Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

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Golden was a beautiful young adult story, filled with hope, chances, figuring out who you are and what you want from life.

The whole story revolves around the question "What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" It's funny, cause I have the same quote written on my wall for a while now. And every time I look at it.. it fills me with.. even more questions. But this book made me actually think all of the things that I am missing. All the things that I want to do, but keep postponing them. All the things I wish were different, but aren't. And finally all the things I wish I would do, if I only knew what these things are.

Parker is a sweet character. It's easy to relate to her. Everyone probably know the feeling of fear to disappoint your parents. Doing things so they would be proud of us. So, they would love us. This story was about slowly stepping up for your own decisions and accept the consequences of those choices. I really liked Parker. 

The romance was very subtle, but very sweet. Trevor Collins is a really nice guy. I think you'll like him ;)

The mystery that the whole book is wrapped on is intriguing. It fills you with hope and dreams for a happily ever after. And on this road, Parker discovers who she is. 

Golden is a very inspiring book. So, if you are searching for a young adult book, filled with mystery, challenges of growing up, that best friend that will always be there, and all mixed with the the sweet first love, Golden is the perfect book for you.

February 14, 2014

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler Review

Why We Broke Up
by Daniel Handler
Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Published on December 27th 2011
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 354 pages
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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.

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You either have the feeling or you don't.

This book. I don't know even where to start. And I am not entirely sure I can make it justice. This book was so beautifully written that I may have no words to describe just how much beautiful it is. I will try my best.

Min is this ordinary girl, that everyone seem to think she is different, arty. She does have a passion for old movies, but honestly I didn't think she was that different. I think I could find Min in every single girl on this planet. She was just incredible, because she was who she was. She didn't hide away in social interaction and she stayed true to herself. And I thought that was beautiful. 

From the beginning of the first chapter we know, that Ed and Min are broken up. That, there will be no happy ending for them. And it didn't make the story less beautiful even for one bit. It was magical. You can see the moment when they met, the moment they fell in love and the moment it all fell apart. The book nonetheless, doesn't prepare you for the heartbreak you are going to feel. Even if you knew from the start. 

Why we broke up is filled with hopes and dreams and more. It's different from other books I usually read, but it left me with emotions that are hard to forget. 
You know I want to be a director, but you could never truly see the movies in my head and that, Ed, is why we broke up.

That night if felt that somehow by flicking them off the roof, the matches would burn down everything, the sparks from the tips of the flames torching the world and all the heartbroken people in it.

February 10, 2014

Pivot Point by Kasie West Review

Pivot Point
Pivot Point #1
by Kasie West
Published on February 12th 2013
HarperTeen, 343 pages
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Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

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Holy fuck, this book was intense. Like really intense, especially by the end.. Oh my god, I was actually switching on every light in the house if I had to walk to the bathroom or kitchen, cause quite honestly I was a bit scared. I didn't have a feeling like this in a while and I freaking loved it!

Addie can see the future. To be exact her future. If she is faced with a choice, she can Search both alternatives and upon them then decide which future she would live through. Exciting! And the future seems very real. She is also adorable and real. She knows who she is and that makes her even more likeable. 

The boys..

Duke was charming and nice. I liked him. Trevor was grounded to the earth and this is one of the reasons I liked him a lot. He was real and nice and smart and loved reading comic books. He was genuine. And selfless.

The whole theory how one choice can change everything was fascinating. The two futures, however, were still very much entwined. Which I thought was cool. Always when I am faced with a big decision, I try to visualize both outcomes. This helps me make a decision. Ofcourse, I cannot see it as clearly as Addie can, and that's ok. As much as we want to know, it's somehow better that we don't. In the long run.. where would be the point?

Pivot point was an amazing book and I really, really enjoyed reading it. I am definitely excited for the sequel Split Second. So, if you are looking for a great ride that will leave you all excited and scared and hopeful for the future, all mixed with sweet romance, Pivot Point is the perfect book for you!

“He shrugs. "Doesn't help to waste my time thinking about would've-beens."
Laila whispers, "He says to the girl with a mind full of them.”

February 03, 2014

Seduction and Snacks by Tara Sivec Review

Seduction and Snacks
Chocolate lovers #1
by Tara Sivec
Published on June 11th 2012
Tara Sivec, 286 pages
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Claire is a twenty-something, single mom that grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. 

When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. 

With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim to none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

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Seduction and snacks must the funniest book I've ever read. For real. I found myself laughing like a lunatic at 2am in the morning that actual tears were running down my checks. This book was completely hilarious and really, if you are searching for a good laugh, this book has it all.

Claire is a 24-years old badass woman. She has a 4-year old son. She met a guy at a frat party and decided to finally loose her virginity. There was a lot of alcohol involved. Nonetheless, after she sneaked out the morning after and after 2 months passed, she discovered she was pregnant. She dropped out of college and decided to keep the baby and put her dreams of owning her own business on hold. 

4 years later Carter move to a small town, just after breaking up with his girlfriend. He was smashed in a bar with his friend, trying to forget everything. Except for this girl he has a one night stand 4 years ago, and the only thing he could remember about her was her scent of chocolate. Claire happened to work at that bar. You can imagine the shock.

The love was adorable in this book. Carter was so funny and cute. And Claire was hilarious on all the ways. Their son was the funniest thing ever as well! And the side characters were very much involved in this book, for which I was grateful. You get to know how everyone felt about that night and everything that happened after that too. Cool stuff.

Like I said, this book is the most hilarious book ever and you will never ever regret to pick it up! Sometimes when I think about it, I can't stop myself from laughing out laud at the various moments that happened in this book. Really, amazing.

Seduction and snacks is an incredible New adult book, that will leave you laughing your ass off. So please, do yourself a favour and go read this book. I bet you, it will be damn worth it ;)
...the ball was in his court. He knew where I worked, and he knew how to find me if he wanted to talk. Maybe I was being stubborn, but oh well. I was a girl and it was my right to stomp my foot and hold my breath.

By Thursday I had tested out every single product from Liz's magic suitcase and decided to hell with men. I was going to marry the Jack Rabbit. 

I don't wanna be def. Death. Dead. This Burger Twin nappykin just got served as my will, BEOTCH! The fries here suck, by the way. If I die, don't feed my son your shitty fries. Don't give my son to the creepy child molester king you put in your commercials either. What the fuck is wrong with that guy? He's got a normal body and a plastic face that is always smiley. It's not right, man. It's just not right. My ears feel funny.

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