Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: First Comes Love

Hardcover, 198 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
ISBN: 054759979X (ISBN13: 9780547599793)
edition language: English
original title: First Comes Love
 
Summary:
 
  Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.

What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.

But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.
 

 “I don’t know much, but this is what I’ve learned. You’ll fall for the last person you ever thought you’d be interested in. That’s the tricky part. You might not even notice her at first. And she usually comes around just when you’ve stopped looking. But if you pay attention, you’ll know it’s her because she’ll stand out from everybody else. She might even scare you. But if you’re lucky enough to meet this girl, be smart enough to realize it and try not to screw it up.”

  I'll start out with I LOVE how Katie writes. It's so different and so real. The characters thought and actions aren't predictable or in the norm. You could immerse yourself in this book- get lost in it. And I did. I finished it in 2 hours. Did I love it? Hell yes.
It was falling in love at it's finest. A true contemporary romance. So juicy with heated kisses and stolen glances. It was falling with out drowning. In falling in love, the characters found themselves. That's whats supposed to happen, right? You're supposed to find the part of yourself that you had been missing for so long. Its a homecoming.
The ending was one I though was going to be bitter, but it was oh so sweet. It's a 'I can't live without you love. '
Dylan needs to move. She can't stay in one place for too long-to leave or to stay? That is the question.
I just love love. 
  “Look around you. The earth wouldn't exist without the sun. Plants would die without rain. We're all meant to lean on something. Or someone.”
This book was really short in comparison to most of the other books I've read, but it wasn't rushed it all. It felt like real life. Perfection.
And the cover??? Uhmmm, major cover lust.
 And, what else is amazing? I got the second book FREE on my Kindle like a month ago!!!!
*victory dance*

 -Jackie  
 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

WOW

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.










Waiting on......

 As half-angel Willow strives to save the world from her parasitic otherworldly kin, romance and tension heat up to a climactic finale.

In the devastated remains of the world, millions of people live in "refugee" camps provided by the angels who have all but enslaved humanity. As this angelic stranglehold tightens, Willow and Alex are recruiting and training new Angel Killers while struggling to hold ground on the celestial battlefield. But Willow continues to have feelings for Seb, and her love and resolve are tested as a shattering revelation sends Alex on a separate journey. Now that the final battle versus the angels is about to begin-and the fate of the world hangs in the balance-each of them must face the consequences of their own choices. Will love endure? Will the human race survive?


Expected Publication Date: November 26, 2013

 
   -Jackie  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Each week, The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten Tuesday based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to participate and post their own top ten list based on the topic. They are kinda crazy and a totally fun to read.







 Top Ten Books With Fey



The Treachery of Beautiful Things
The Binding
Wings (#1)
Dreams Fall Down (#1)
Switched (#1)
Wicked Lovely
The Vision (#3)
The Iron Knight (#4)
Destined (#4)
Fey Fall Down (#2)

-Jackie  

Review: Dream Chaser

ebook
Published November 14th 2011 by Angie Stanton
ISBN13: 2940014642071
edition language: English 
Summary
 Willow Thomas has a bad habit of running away from things that scare
her. And most recently, she quit her high school cheerleading squad
after a terrifying fall. With time on her hands, she auditions for a
musical production directed by a Broadway choreographer. Just as
things are looking up, Willow discovers she will be performing
opposite Eli McAvoy, the best friend she abandoned three years
before. To make matters worse, the kids in the musical hate her, her
singing sucks, and her dog is sick. Eli has grown up during their
years apart and now possesses confidence and good looks, as well as a
giant chip on his shoulder. He is in no hurry to play nice with
Willow, but their entwined roles in the musical lead to entwined
bodies in the backseat of his car. Just when Willow finally has her
life under control, another surprise is delivered in the form of her
greatest challenge yet. Will she run or finally stand and face her
fears? And will Eli be there to help or turn his back on her for
good?

 *Author Provided a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

How. Friggin. Adorable.

This is hands down one of my new favorite contemporaries!

“One never forgets their true calling, no matter how far they run”

After a terrifying fall, one girl does all she knows how to do. Run. Run away from her fear, her disaster, and immerse herself in something new. Which just happens to be dancing, something that she ran from years ago when her friend decided he wanted to be more than friends and shocked her.
I love how this book was written. The flow was incredible and the emotions!! GAH!!! I loved this soooo much. And hello! Perfect book boyfriend :3

“Jealousy is such a useless emotion.” 

Been needing one of those of late.
The chemistry! The director! The (horrible) best friend whom I have no idea she is still trying to be friends with her! The conquering of the fear of heights! The lights!
Did I mention I'm in love with this book
(me to book) Marry me? (The book said yes....so did Eli)
YAY!!!
 I don't really know how to describe it (in case you can't tell) It was just a strange kinda of messed up perfection. It was about mending and finding who you are and becoming you. It was about learning to love and learning to trust. Dream Chaser made you want to dance.
-Jackie 

Monday, May 27, 2013

Cover Love Monday

Just like it sounds, we showcase book covers to obsess about, on what day? Can you guess? That's right. Monday. This lovely meme is hosted at  Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor 

I love green. Oh, and that bridge? Yup, it's in da book.

   -Jackie  

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer Lovin' Readathon

The Summer Lovin’ Readathon is a week-long readathon event hosted by seven independent bloggers! (Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland)
Spend the week reading at your own pace, when and how you want too. There will be daily challenges for awesome prizes and opportunities to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
As if that weren’t enough – the week will end with a 24-hr marathon readathon! Twitter parties, mini-challenges, games, prizes given EVERY HOUR, and more chances to get points toward the Grand Prize Packs.
Sign-ups will be open through July 6th. I’m in, are you?!

Eeeps! Soo excited(: How I love the world of bloggers and books.

    -Jackie  

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks...I kinda collect those in bulk. Hello! Freebies!!





Okay, this week...I might have gone a tad bit over board....maybe more than a tad. I think its amazing. I got awesome deals. But....now I have like a bugzillion things to study for and even more to read.

This Week 

Bought:
The Diary of Anna Frank
Vampire Academy
Shadow Kiss
7 Souls
Etiquette and Espionage 
Every Soul a Star
Blue Bloods
Evermore
Remember Me
What Happened to Lani Grave
Unseen Companion
The Supernaturalist
(All those above I got for a TOTAL of $3 at my library book sale!!)
 Brave Bloody Brothers
Angels of the Knight
Reckless Abandon
Finding Eden
(all of these I got for free on my Kindle!!)


Borrowed from Library:
First Comes Love
The Raft



Borrowed From Emma:
The Elite
Sweet Peril
Anything But Ordinary
Rise
My Life Next Door
Perfect You
My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
When it Happens
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
Waiting for You

Publisher/ Author Gifted:
Fall From Love (Early Birthday Present!)
Dream Chaser
Artemis Lupine (1-3)
Mercenary
The Summer I Became a Nerd
Dominion

   -Jackie  
 

Liebster Award #3

NUMBER 3!!! O.O Oh, I love awards :3
Have I mentioned that before?? Thanks sooo much to Sharon @ My Little Cosy Corner  for nominating me. *dabs eyes* such an honor.

Ok, let's get to the good stuff. Be right back, I gotta go work some copy/ paste magic.













Here I Am!

The rules of the Liebster Blog Award:

1. Accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of your post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.

2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blog sites.
4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
5.Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.
6. Answer the questions left for you by the blogger who gave you the award.
 
My 11 Random Facts:

1. Erm.....I almost never finish a series....I usually get the first book free on my Kindle, fall in love and then forget about it. I'm a little past broke so I almost never buy books. I got no money O.O
2. I hate letting people borrow my books. I have trust issues. *shrugs* 
3. I like quotes. 
4. I almost never chew gum. I like it, I'd just rather have chocolate or something
5. I describe things really weird (well not to me, but everyone looks at me strange when I say "Oh, I'm just feeling like a sparkly unicorn today" or "Today's just a rainbowy, sparklestastic kinda day")
6. My computer sounds like it's having a heart attack
7. I have a bumblebee pillow pet
8. There is a swing hammock like object which I like to read in in my room
9. My room is blue
10. There is also a window seat in my room
11. I have to clean out my other bookshelf cuz I went a little crazy at a library book sale

Ask and You Shall Get Answers:
 
  1. Daemon Black or Kaidan Rowe? Kai. *fans self rapidly* *blushes* *sighs* Smiles at Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril covers lovingly.
  2. Who is your favorite Disney princess? Belle. Hello....did you see that library?!?! *.* I would be a VERY happy girl
  3. If you were caught in a fire, tsunami, earthquake whatever, and you could only take on book, which one would it be and why? *smirks* My Kindle
  4. Superman or Iron man? Sorry, to all you Iron Man fans...but, Superman
  5. Pancakes or Waffles? PANCAKES
  6. Have you ever liked a movie adaptation more than the original book, if so which book and why? Never have I ever
  7. If you could be in any book, which one would it be and why? Any book???? Wow, way to ask a hard question. The first one that comes to mind is Anna and the French Kiss
  8. Angels and Demons or Vampires? Love the most? Ermm...Probably Demons. Kai, remember? Well, sorta. *ponders* His dad is the Duke of Lust......but he's not really a demon cause his moms a human....Nymph. Huh. Wait-what? Oh, Demons
  9. Was there a book that had a major impact on you and made you want to change your life? what book was it? The Fault in Out Stars. I have never cried that much in my life. Books don't usually make me cry. Movie NEVER make me cry. No, not even Titanic. But TFIOS....that book made me sob.
  10. What's one embarrassing thing about you that a lot of people don't know about? O.O Let's just skip over that one....
  11. When you are on a plane, would you rather read or watch a movie or TV show? Pfft, easy. Reading. Hands down.
   -Jackie  

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Heartbeat by Faith Sullivan

Paperback, 165 pages
Published February 5th 2013
ISBN: 1482016834 (ISBN13: 9781482016833)
edition language: English 
 
*Author provided in exchange for an honest review.*
 
Summary
 
 Katie and Adam are afraid of love.

She carries the scars of a first kiss gone terribly wrong.

He uproots his life to flee the stinging betrayal of an ex.

When trust is no longer an option, all romance is suspect.

As a young paramedic, Adam rescues people for a living but cannot save himself. Katie, just out of high school, struggles with a tortured home life she cannot escape.

Everything changes when Katie hops into the front seat of Adam's ambulance. Overwhelmed by what they are feeling, neither possess the confidence to make the first move. They walk away from each other, full of regret.

To find her, Adam risks his future. To be with him, Katie sacrifices her security.

Little do they know, what little time they do have, is being measured by a heartbeat that is slowly dying out.
 
 
 
 The. Ending.
I don't know how to review this without giving away the ending so I'm going to pretend the ending didn't happen.
In a car accident Katie's grandmother gets hurt. She meets Adam, a young paramedic still in med school. In Adam she finds a safe house, a rock to hold on to. After the accident they part, thinking they'll never see each other again.
But, fate brings them together. Fate. Ahh, what a lovely concept.
They then do what any to young people who are attracted to each other, see each other and have the prospect of dating. They fall in love. What Adam doesn't anticipate is her father. Her abusive ninny of a father. She has to escape.
I have mixed feeling for this entire book. Adam and Katie see each other for two seconds (okay maybe 5 minuets) and are suddenly head over heels in love with each other and can't imagine life ever being the same. They have to go through almost trial like scenarios to be with each other...near death experiences and among them.
But is it enough to be together?
THE ENDING. OHMIGOSH. SO WAS NOT EXPECTING THAT 
 
 "The ending of HEARTBEAT is controversial." Yup, Ms. Sullivan. No kidding

"The last chapter is full of shock value. It is a sudden shift that may catch you off guard.

I feel HEARTBEAT should come with a warning label on the cover - "Get ready to have your heart ripped out by the final page."
No kidding. I had to re read the ending like 4 times to figure out what happened and I'm still no really sure.



  -Jackie  

Friday, May 24, 2013

Liebster Blog Award #2

Wow! Again? I'm feelin da love in here(: Thank you! Thank you! And I love you random citizen!

Oh and a big thanks so Miss Esty Nestea @ Boarding with Books for nominating me.















Here are the Award Rules:



1. Accept the award, post the picture of the Liebster Award on the top of your post and say who nominated you for the award and list their blog site.
2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
3. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the Liebster Award and list their blog sites.
4. Notify the bloggers of their award.
5.Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer when they accept their Liebster Award.
6. Answer the questions left for you by the blogger who gave you the award.



My 11 Lovely Facts:  
1. Mangoes are mangolicious....as a matter of fact they win my favorite fruit award!
2. I get an Oreo cheesecake (my fav) every year for my birthday
3. I am currently watching The Voice (while writing this)
4. I am going to a fair this weekend
5. My favorite color is green
6. Ever heard of Sleeping with Sirens or 30 Seconds to Mars...yeah. I love them
7. I might be a little under the weather right now (yay -_-)
8. *sniffle, sniffle*
9. On A Days I have Tennis, Art, English, Journalism, and Geometry
10. I just got a new phone
11. I just got new shoes from DSW with owls on them

The Questions:
1. What book made you love to read/ get you to start? O.O Ohmigosh....I don't remember not loving to read...Junie B. Jones?
2. All time favorite author? That's like asking me to pick whether I like Christmas or My birthday better: I get money, amazing food and presents on both....how should I know???
3. Have you ever met/ got anything signed by your fave/famous author? I just got a signed copy of The Book of Luke in the mail *.*
4. Do you currently work in/plan to pursue a job related to books? Does blogging count? Cuz I totally do that(:
5. Why did you start blogging? Is it all you expected it to be? I blogged to keep track of my books that I read. Erm...it's a whole lot more work and time that I expected.
6.Name a book that just made you explode (for any reason-good or bad)? TFIOS made me sob. Patch from Hush, Hush now has a bad connotation because that was my best friends dad's nickname is high school. The Girl was SUCH A BAD BOOK... WHY DID IT HAVE SUCH AMAZING RANTS???
7. Best cover you've ever seen? -_- You have got to be kidding me
8. Fave movie-to-book adaptation (if any)? Movie adaptations make me madddd...Uhm I am hoping that The Selection is a good TV show and that TFIOS movie is beast
9. Do you have a lot of reader friends or did you get into this life on your own? :)  My friends question my sanity....as does everybody else I know
  10. Favorite quote from a book (if you have one)? WHAT IS IT WITH ALL THESE FAVORITES??? MY 'FAVORITE' BOOKSHELF HAS OVER 100 BOOKS
11. What was your favorite release this year/ what release or you most excited for this year? Either After Math or Your Guardian Angel


*Since this is my second time being nominated for this award, I will not be choosing any nominees, or posting any questions*


  -Jackie  

Feature Follow

Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted on friday by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read to gain new followers and make new friends!















 The #FF is 150 weeks old! And we want to hear from you! What would you change about the hop? What do you like about it? Or just suggest a question to be used for next week!

I love being followed back on GFC(:

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I personally love FF. I wish I knew what the subject was going to be earlier..is there a way to do that? I like that I get to meet new bloggers, most of whom I would've never heard of if not for this lovely meme.


-Jackie   

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Author Interview: The Book Of Luke

 Author Jenny O'Connell was kind enough to grant me a copy of The Book of Luke. It was even signed! When I asked her for an interview, she kindly said yes (that's english for yes). 
Below are her answers to my probing question.












 -What was the hardest part about writing TBOL? For me the hardest part of writing any book is the middle. I always know how it starts (I LOVE beginnings) and how it ends but rarely know what happens in the middle. In this case I just let Emily and Luke do whatever felt like would be natural given their situation.
-What/Who was your inspiration for your main character and their relationship with each other? (In TBOL) There really wasn’t an inspiration, other than writing a girl that had been raised to do everything “right” and finally decides she keeps getting screwed so nice isn’t the way to go anymore. While there was no real inspiration for the exact characters, Emily’s high school is eerily similar to my own – it’s what I pictured when writing about everything from the hallways to the place they all go for lunch.
- Do you have a favorite place to write? I always write at a bookstore with wifi, best place ever to be inspired, be able to look things up on the Internet if I have questions and have a bite to eat in the process.
-What advice you you have for beginner authors? Read and write. I never set out to be a writer but I LOVE to read. Constantly. I actually thought I wanted to be an editor, not a writer. Reading helps me know what I like (or don’t like) in a story and characters and writing and I find it charges me up. As for writing, you just have to sit yourself down and do it. I have ideas and notebooks and send myself emails all the time about new scenes and lines, etc. but when it comes right down to it you have to sit at your laptop and write.
-What do you think is the best cure for writers block? Read. Then the ideas just start coming. I always read with a notebook beside me to jot down ideas.
-How did you come up with the title for TBOL? I totally don’t remember! But, obviously, it’s a historically biblical title (although I’m not religious), it just totally fit the story to me.
-Is there any music that helped you write TBOL?If there’s music on in the bookstore while I write, that’s fine, but music doesn’t play a big part in getting my fingers typing.
-How did you come up with the idea for TBOL?Actually, it started with Emily’s mom. I thought, “what if a girl was raised by someone who knew how to do everything right?” I figured that would be really tough, so Emily’s mom, an etiquette guru, sort of set the stage. Then I thought how fun it would be if the girl who raised to do everything right (and believe that if you do what’s right you’ll always finish first) decided she was ready to do something really, really wrong. And then Luke entered the picture, and Emily’s friends and the whole thing fell into place. 

   -Jackie   

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wow

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.











Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 4th 2014 by Disney Hyperion 
 
SUMMARY
 
 Interplanetary relations have never been more exciting! The first in a funny, romantic YA sci-fi series.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
 
 
---Like a whole year away...
 
 
   -Jackie  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday





Each week, The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten Tuesday based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to participate and post their own top ten list based on the topic. They are kinda crazy and a totally fun to read.


Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I've Read


And there you go. Some of the best covers ever made.

  -Jackie  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cover Love Monday

Just like it sounds, we showcase book covers to obsess about, on what day? Can you guess? That's right. Monday. This lovely meme is hosted at  Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor 

 THAT DRESS *.*
I love the font, the color. It all looks so mid evil and modern and THAT DRESS

   -Jackie  

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks...I kinda collect those in bulk. Hello! Freebies!!




This Week

Bought:

Beginnings-Logan Bryne
Locked- C B Day
Running on Empty- L.B. Simmons
Cursed-Tara Brown
Shiver-Amber Garza

Gifted:

Deeper We Fall- C.M.Cameron
The Hazards of Skinny Dipping- Alyssa Rose Ivy
The Marked- Inara Scott


   -Jackie  


Saturday, May 18, 2013

ARC: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping

Expected publication: May 21st 2013
ISBN13: 9781484044179 
Summary:
  This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.

 *This ARC was provided for me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Okay, there is a really really good possibility that I was texting my best friend through the ENTIRE book. You would think that's a bad thing, right? Wrong. She can vouch for me, I was totally reading to bash some faces in, make out with a few guys and well...fall in love. With Reed. Hey he's all kinds of amazing. Dylan...how do I put this nicely?? Is a utter and complete idiot with disgusting thoughts who cries a lot and has a strange impression that he's really manly (He's not)

Juliet is an average girl who has a not so average list. One of the things on the list is skinny dipping. Now, this skinny dipping extravaganza in the pool basically changes her entire college experience. All of it. Let's just go with he catches her in the act...did I mention she forgot a towel. Um, oops. SO EMBARRASSING!!!
Now, in college, they're together. And here is where I rant and may in fact give a few minor spoilers. Hey, this book got my my brain juice going. I had to think! *GASP*

Dylan. Let's just go with I really hate him. He's arrogant, possessive, childish and rude. He's trying to control her. Not Juliet's fault you have trust issues, mister. Let's go with a few incidents: The beach, the Kappa party, the cheating-but-not-cheating incident.

Reed. *.* Oh Reed, I love you. Please be mine forever? (He said yes, by the way)
I love him. The whole time that Juliet is dating that jerk face he is quietly, respectfully, undeniably falling in love with her. I would just like to point out that Romeo and Reed start with the same letter. Coincidence? I think not. Reed saves her from total humiliation by his house (TWO HOUSES, AGAIN NOT A COINCIDENCE) and then he gets her a job at the pizza place his uncle owns. He is so protective of Juliet, its freaking adorable. You can tell they're perfect for each other...but then...disaster strikes! No, I will not tell you. Go away. NO DON'T! I HAVEN'T FINISHED YET! DON'T WORRY NO TRAGIC ENDING!!! Bonus Points

So let's generalize. I love this book. The words totally make sense and they flow. This book could have easily been overdone..but it was perfection. It had this Romeo/ Juliet thing going on that I absolutely loved. The way they adored each other was something you had to wait for...but totally worth it. They completed each other in a way no other person would have ever been able to. When you think about college, you think a new life, parties, new experiences, new friends, a new beginning. That's what this was: a new beginning. Juliet was so stuck at first on her ties to home that she couldn't see that, maybe, what she always needed: the stability and comfort and love, was right in front of her. It was in the perfect gift wrapped package of Reed.

Reed was what she needed.

Last of all, this book was all about finding yourself. It's right. This wasn't some sappy summer romance. It was hard core, let's rock this world, one heck of a love.


 -Jackie  

Friday, May 17, 2013

Feature Friday

Feature & Follow is a weekly meme hosted on friday by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read to gain new followers and make new friends!













Q:School is out! What is your favorite Summer Reading book??

A: I don't really have favorite books, but  Sarah Dessen and Rachel Hawthorne are super sweet, fun and light summer reads. Not too much heavy drama. Summer. 12 DAYS LEFT OF SCHOOL!

   -Jackie  

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Top Ten Books Dealing With Tough Subjects

Each week, The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten Tuesday based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to participate and post their own top ten list based on the topic. They are kinda crazy and a totally fun to read.







My Top Ten

 Amber Walker and her older brother, Jake, have an abusive father. One night her brother's best friend, Liam, sees her crying and climbs through her bedroom window to comfort her. That one action sparks a love/hate relationship that spans over the next eight years.

Liam is now a confident, flirty player who has never had a girlfriend before. Amber is still emotionally scarred from the abuse she suffered at the hands of her father. Together they make an unlikely pair.

Their relationship has always been a rocky one, but what happens when Amber starts to view her brother's best friend a little differently? And how will her brother, who has always been a little overprotective, react when he finds out that the pair are growing closer? Situation: Abuse



 
 Your heart misleads you. That's what my friends and family say. But I love Noah. And he loves me. We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms. It should be ROSE & NOAH, easy. But it won't be. Because he's Amish. And I'm not. Situation: Cannot Be Love (Amish/Christian)






 When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done.

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile... Situation: Racism

 Quinn’s done the unthinkable: she kissed a guy who is not Carey, her boyfriend. And she got caught. Being branded a cheater would be bad enough, but Quinn is deemed a traitor, and shunned by all of her friends. Because Carey’s not just any guy—he’s serving in Afghanistan and revered by everyone in their small, military town.

Quinn could clear her name, but that would mean revealing secrets that she’s vowed to keep—secrets that aren’t hers to share. And when Carey goes MIA, Quinn must decide how far she’ll go to protect her boyfriend…and her promise.

Situation: Homosexuality
 Penny is sick of boys and sick of dating. So she vows: no more. It's a personal choice. . .and, of course, soon everyone wants to know about it. And a few other girls are inspired. A movement is born: The Lonely Hearts Club (named after the band from Sgt. Pepper). Penny is suddenly known for her nondating ways . . . which is too bad, because there's this certain boy she can't help but like. . . .
Situation: Swearing off the male species
 Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don't exist - almost.

Situation: Kidnapping


 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. Situation: Cancer


 Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved. Situation: Depression/Abuse



 After a car accident--an event he considers a prank gone bad--pop star, Hunter Kennedy is forced to hide out with his aunt in small-town Colorado. He’s supposed to rest, heal his scars and attend high school in disguise until the press dies down. But he only wants to get back to work.

Worse, the girl who’s been assigned to make him over into a geek is a major geek herself. Vere Roth is a chattering pixie, a blushing tornado and a complete social disaster. He’s never met a girl who’s never-been-kissed, believes in romance and thinks Hunter’s a 'nice' guy.

Funny thing is...Hunter is nice around Vere because she’s his first real friend. He also can’t seem to stop sharing his secrets or keep her out of his heart. Knowing he’d never deserve a girl as sweet as Vere, he resigns himself to the friend zone, and helps his new bestie with her own makeover.

She tortures him daily for ridiculous guy advice on how to snag her life-long crush. A guy Hunter thinks is totally wrong for Vere, and sadly, one who has taken note of Vere’s transformation. Situation: Despression



   -Jackie