Georgia Peaches And Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown {Review}

Title : Georgia Peaches And Other Forbidden Fruit
Author : Jaye Robin Brown
Genre : Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date : August 30th, 2016
Publisher :  HarperTeen
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Joanna Gordon has been out and proud for years, but when her popular radio evangelist father remarries and decides to move all three of them from Atlanta to the more conservative Rome, Georgia, he asks Jo to do the impossible: to lie low for the rest of her senior year. And Jo reluctantly agrees.

Although it is (mostly) much easier for Jo to fit in as a straight girl, things get complicated when she meets Mary Carlson, the oh-so-tempting sister of her new friend at school. But Jo couldn’t possibly think of breaking her promise to her dad. Even if she’s starting to fall for the girl. Even if there’s a chance Mary Carlson might be interested in her, too. Right? Continue reading

Rock Wedding by Nalini Singh {Review}

Title : Rock Wedding (Rock Kiss #4)
Author : Nalini Singh
Genre : Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date : July 19th, 2016
Publisher :  TKA
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After a lifetime of longing for a real family, Sarah Smith thought she’d finally found her home with rock star Abe Bellamy, even if she knew Abe didn’t love her the way she loved him. But their brief relationship, filled with tragedy and heartache, nearly destroyed her. Alone, emotions in turmoil, and already shaky self-esteem shattered, Sarah struggles to pick up the pieces in the wake of their divorce.

Abe knows he’s to blame for the end of his marriage. Caught in a web of painful memories, he pushed away the best thing in his life – the sexy, smart woman he adores – breaking them both in the process. Then fate throws him a second chance to get things right, to prove to Sarah that she means everything to him. Abe desperately wants that second chance at love…even if he knows he doesn’t deserve it.

But can he convince Sarah – now strong and independent without him – to risk her wounded heart one more time?

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REVIEW

I am a disgruntled, disappointed, highly frustrated potato sitting six feet under the ground in my field of high expectations.  You see, Rock Wedding was supposed to be the book that takes the Rock Kiss series out with a bang.  But Rock Wedding turned out to be the weakest book of the series—I’ve given this much thought, and unfortunately, it’s true.  

Rock Wedding is the story of Abe Bellamy—the member of Schoolboy Choir that we know the least about—and his ex-wife Sarah Smith.  The gist of the story is that while they were married, Abe had these phases where he was everything Sarah wanted, but also a nightmare when he was on drugs and booze.  Basically, one of those men who make you feel on top of the world and in the same breath push you six feet under with only their cruel, cutting words.  Now, at the cost of sounding hella immature, I’m going to say that Abe was a complete tool.  He was an asshole, most definitely, but he also played the role of dumb, mindless alpha male perfectly.  The only reason I continued to read the book is because of my love for all things Nalini Singh and Rock Kiss.

Sarah was probably the character that disappointed me the most.  She was clichéd and from what I read about her, she was also quite the Mary Sue—which is a surprise because all of the previous ladies in the series have brought their own unique personalities to the table.  In what might one of the lamest moves to make as an ex-wife of a drunk and doped up rocker, Sarah let Abe’s manipulations guide her into taking him back.  He was a dick to her, an inattentive husband, and had there been more angst and more begging for forgiveness, I might have even been convinced of their “love.”  But sex was made out to be the unspoken healer of all old wounds, and Sarah went on doing exactly everything that I didn’t expect she would.  She also had the story of a woman who stood up on her own two feet and against all odds with little to no education, became a successful entrepreneur.  Obviously, nothing but passing references were made to this.  WHY?!  WHYYYYYYY

Abe, on the other hand, was as insufferable as his counter-part, so these two were made for each other in that way at least.  He was all “I’m so sorry,”  “I was an asshole,”  “I’ll never do that again,” but he was not above using sex for manipulation.  It grated on my nerves majorly and took away all my excitement for this series.  I was not convinced by this character, not convinced by his motivations, and unfortunately, I blame the poor writing.  The Abe of the past occupied too big a part in my mind while I tried to reconcile him with the change Abe of the present, but it just didn’t happen.  Also, the boys seemed to be on a hiatus, and while I understand that they wanted a break and some time with their women, damn it made me sad.  I wanted to see them make some music, jam together, anything.  Rock Wedding, instead, turned out to just be a collection of weddings, this huge, muscular guy Abe, and neatly tying all plot holes with hot pink ribbons.

Giving this book a two star rating makes me reconsider and want to read the entire story again—but sadly, this is what I feel.  I was expecting so so much, and what I got was a rush ended book from an author whose work I usually adore.  I have heard all about a spin-off series featuring Gabriel’s rugby brothers—and I am looking forward to it—but sigh.  Somehow, the magic of the first two books was majorly AWOL in the follow-ups and here’s me being miserable about it.

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ARC August ’16: Update 1

Hello there, everyone and welcome to my update for ARC August ’16, Week Two:)  I’ve been horrible these past two weeks–obviously–and I have no regrets.  Except of course that I’m doing nothing but squander my life away, but whatever.

So.  In terms of the books I’ve read, these last two weeks have been…interesting.  Actually, no that’s crap, they’ve been horrible.  So this is what I read:

   

This is what I genuinely loved and enjoyed:

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Yeah.  You can tell I’m a little bitter:)  Basically, these books were all pretty high on my Highly-expected shelf and I was super disappointed with these.  Heart-breaking, but true. But I also happened to read For Better Or Worse by Lauren Layne, and omfg, A WINNER.  I loved that one.  Not a part of my ARC August TBR but it was a) An ARC and b) Amazing.  Definitely something you should consider reading when it comes out this month end!

I’m planning on reading the rest of the six books in the next two weeks–I’m reading It’s A Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt as you read this–so wish me luck!  I will see all of you hot potatoes on the 31st of August with a couple of announcements AND a (hopefully) successful end of ARC August!  Until then, lovelies:)

Mini Reviews #7

 Title: Change Places With Me
Author : Lois Metzger
Genre : Young Adult, Sci-Fi
Publication Date : June 14th, 2016
Publisher :  Balzer + Bray
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Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

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REVIEW

Change Places With Me was one hell of a ride, I’ll give it that.  The book gives off vibes of weird and creepy right from the first line and it just gets weirder and creepier until the end.  Change Places With Me is the story of Rose, and how one day she wakes up feeling different.  Her friends notice how she’s completely a different person from who she used to be and they are puzzled, because this new Rose is the stark opposite of her former self…almost as if she is two different people.

I’m not a huge fan of Science Fiction but I, too, found myself intrigued by the book.  The feeling of “something is not quite right” is in the back of the reader’s mind constantly, only made more relevant by the fact that the characters in the book themselves find something amiss.  I think that the entire point of the book is to find out what exactly is wrong about Rose and why, and in that process, I found myself not really connected to her.  I did care for her journey, and I was indifferent to the secondary characters, but there was definitely a kind of detachment that in any other book, would have annoyed me greatly.

One of the most stand out things about this book is the way it is written—in three parts—and how it manages to pack thrills and mystery and also family in its 200 something pages is quite beyond me.  Given what a mystery Rose really is, I was quite amazed at the author’s ability to show without telling.  Everything came together like little pieces of a bigger puzzle, and I was quite satisfied by the ending, if not hoping for a slightly longer book.

Whether I would recommend this book or not is the big question.  I really did like the book, but as you can tell by the very vague review, I can’t point out exactly why I liked it.  There are many smaller parts of the book that come together to give you a larger, more clear view type of book this is, making it quite an impressive read, albeit not long enough to really help connect with everyone in it.  If you enjoy Science Fiction that is packed with Mystery, then try this book out because you might find yourself really surprised.  However, if you are the type of person who likes to feel a real connection with the MC, then I suggest that you move over this one.

 

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Title: Wicked Heart (Starcrossed #3)
Author : Leisa Rayven
Genre : New Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date : May 17th, 2016
Publisher :  St. Martin’s Press
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The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.

Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.

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REVIEW

So there’s fiction and then there’s fiction.  You know the one that we like to read because it provides us with an escape from the monotony of our lives, and the other which borders on psychotic.  Based on my rating, guess which category Wicked Heart falls into, I dare ya.

At the risk of a very unprofessional way of starting a book review, I’m going to give you, dear reader, a word of advice.  Don’t read this book.  Really, don’t.  There’s a lot of better romance fiction out there, and hey, I can give you some recs myself!  But do not read this book.  It’s absolute trash, and will mind-fuck the hell out of you.

In a quick recap let me tell you how the book goes—our heroine Elissa Holt (you may remember her as being Ethan Holt’s sister from Bad Romeo & Broken Juliet), is some sort of a stage manager prodigy.  She’s merely 25 and managing one of the biggest pieces of work on Broadway—complete with ultra famous Hollywood stars (including Liam Quinn, the hero) trying to foray into theatre.  Now, I say that Elissa is a stage manager extraordinaire only because it’s been told to me.  She did nothing in the book remotely relating to “stage management” and so I can’t judge for myself.  But she’s our heroine, and she’s good at her job, because she has to be, right?

Onwards!  Now Elissa has to manage being in Liam’s close proximity, not to mention his fiancée who is also a part of the same play.  Elissa and Liam had some sort of explosive history (where have I read that same plot before?) and six years later, they’re trying to cope with their attraction (seriously, where have I read that before?), all the while trying to put on a good show for the rest of the world.

A couple of things I’d like to address:  The chemistry between Elissa and Liam felt forced and only carnally motivated.  Love?  Pheesh.  Who has the time for that?  The plot with Liam and his fiancée?  Horrible.  Horrible and clichéd and predictable and unbelievable.   Liam is apparently the hottest thing since Ethan Holt, and Elissa’s love for cheese was the great big punchline to every alternate joke in the book.  The writing was generic and not at all like the one in the previous two instalments.  Basically?  Swipe left on this one, people.

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I RECEIVED THESE BOOKS FOR FREE FROM Balzer+Bray & St. Martin’s Press THROUGH EDELWEISS & Netgalley respectively, IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. THIS DID NOT IN ANY WAY, HOWEVER, INFLUENCE THE CONTENT OF THIS REVIEW.