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Friday Finds – August 16th

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS

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Happy Friday!

I have missed you guys this week! I’ve taken a short hiatus while I was a little under the weather, but now I’m as good as new! Check out my finds for this week – what have you found? Any great finds – I’d love to hear – share your links or a book you found! TGIF!

Say When (Something More #1) “Say When” by Tara West

Kissing Under The Mistletoe (The Sullivans, #10)“Kissing Under the Mistletoe: A Sullivan Christmas” by Bella Andre

*Love this series, and I love Christmas — cannot wait to read!

Selling Scarlett (Love Inc., #1) “Selling Scarlett” by Ella James

 

Share yours now — Love to see what everyone has found!

Happy Reading!

Kelley

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WWW Wednesday’s – Check out what I’m reading now and next!

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

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This is one of my favorite weekly events – I love seeing what everyone else is reading and what they are going to read — so check my list out!

1. What am I Currently reading?

The Infinite Moment of Usby Lauren Myracle

I’m about 55% into the book and I have enojoyed it – we shall see how the ending plays out here.. Right now it’s not a huge page turner, but I could see this being a good mindless summer read – with great romantic moments — tune in for my review!

2. What will I read next?

Starry NightsWild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)

So I have both of these right now in my possession as part of a blog tour – but which to read first.. This might sounds nuts but I need to have both read by 7/29 when I need to mail them out — Any suggestions on what should come first??

3. What did I just finish reading?

Rule (Marked Men, #1)by Jay Crownover

I absolutely loved this book – great writing and story and hot romance! I can’t wait to read the second book – “Jet” which I will right after I’m done with my 2 current blog tour books – it’s already on my Kindle and ready to go!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Let me hear what you’re reading – what you want to read – or what you’ve just read. And if you have comments on what I’m reading – tell me that too!

Kelley

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“Tumble & Fall” by Alexandra Coutts left me thinking in a deep way…

Tumble & Fall

by Alexandra Coutts

Publish Date: September 17, 2013

How I Got The Book: Via blog tour site – Around The World ARC! Super excited to be on the review team for this book!

Summary From GoodReads:

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

What I Thought:

This book definetly took me by surprise.  I was excited to read it because it sounded so different from other..dystropian or world end stories, and the cover was beutiful (really why I initially wanted to even check it out!), but once I read into it and got started, it felt..overwhelming. It’t not too thick – so it’s not just that. I think it’s the fact that it’s written in 3 person and follows 3 for the most part completely separate story lines. It was really hard until about half way in to be sure which character was who and what was going on in each story. I did love the characters themselves, and we’ll talk about that below. As far as the overall story, once I got through the 50% mark I was sucked in. It was def a different POV way of writing – but in the end it kind of worked with the story, so while it may have bothered me at first, it gave the book character in the end. I have seen other reviews where people stopped reading because of this or just cut it off, but I pushed through and once I got invested, I was invested.. I read this book in 1 day everyone, one single day.. I had to see what would happen. I loved the way the storylines come together and I thought this was a great book because it wasn’t all love and flowers. The characters were real with flaws and all. While the book just takes place over less than a week, you do see a lot going on and I feel like a lot changes for all the characters over this time. So, in closing this up so I can get on to the character portion – while I started out being on the fence, once I got to the halfway point I was in, fully invested! So, if you’re reading or thinking of, remember that – the ending is worth it – the message in the story is worth it. This book left me thinking, in a deep way for 2 days after – it was all I could think about… It is a beautiful story, with interesting and complex characters and a unique story line and plot – so glad i did not abandon it!

The Characters:

Let’s start with Caden. I really felt for this character and the way he grew up. I don’t want to give away and stories, but I think this one was the most surprising because it was my least favorite character but he really surprised me and left me wanting to meet this kid! I picked one quote for each character – so check out his below. While at first his story seemed simliar and same old, same old – it turned out to be about finding out who you are and what you stand up for – being brave when the world is literally crumbling down around you – and Caden was brave. The next character is Zan. Zan is a cool chick  – she seems laid back and hip. Her Mom seems to be a little tough and the whole unit is not working “perfectly” but they are there and together. Zan was inspiring, her love was overwhelming. It blew me away at her age the love she had to give and the emotions she was able to work around. Beautiful character. Now, last, but not least is Sienna. Her story broke my heart and then healed it again all over. Hearing her starting point, wow.. killed me, broke my heart for her. And to be honest from page one she was my fave. Seeing her grow, work into her family as is, face the literal possible end of the world, and to still grow personally. How difficult would that be? You’re looking at the end of the life as you know it, and you’re still opening up – letting someone in.. All the characters in this story showed so much maturity in the emotion dept, there was little if any panic with them – you do see it around the outside of the story, but not within. To some people  that lack of panic was unrealistic, but after the end I realize it was meant ot be that way for a reason. I have seen some reviews as well that pointed out they did not like the ending – and I won’t poil it for anyone, but I loved it and I felt like even it wasn’t what I personally wanted – it fit the story. It left me thinking. There were so many levels of emotion, connection, love – it was just a deep and beautiful story…

The Take-Away

I give this story a 4/5 stars. I loved the story and characters, but it did take some work to get that far into the book. It was tough to get through the first 100 or so pages, and if I wasn’t determined to read I could have lost out on this from the begining be a little difficult to navigate through. But, on my part, I’m really glad that I did power through and get to the end. This is the kind of book I might not read again,but it’s something I will remember the rest of my life, it made that type of impression. My other not complaint but something I wanted to point out is that the deep concepts for YA seemed to be REALLY deep, it was hard for me to process some of these thoughts/emotions and concepts – and I’m a full grown adult. So, not sure this is really aimed at the right age group. For someone my age, I see it being super appropriate. It absoutely makes you think about your life, what you’re doing and if you are happy = and put yourself in these shoes. It made me personally think seriously about things I could change to be more happy , it definetly hits home that life is short and what matters are the connections in your life, the love and the feelings and your “tribe.” Get the book, don’t stop unitl you’re past the 40% mark, and love it!

A Quote for each character:

Caden:

“Caden looks at his sister.  He wonders how something so small can be so resilient, so indestructible.  “You’re not mad?” he asks.  Carly smiles and shrugs.  “Mad?” she repeats.  “Why would I be mad? Nothing’s different.  You can’t lose something ou never had,” she says.

Zan:

“But it’s not a sorry machine.  She can almost hear Daniel explaining the difference, although she’s not quite sure she understands what it is.  Something about control.  Sorry is a feeling, a passive state of heart and mind.  Foregiveness is something you give.”….

It’s what she needs to let go.  Before they move on, wherever they’re going, she needs to know that it’s behind her.  It was a part o fher, and now, as the machine spits tiny yellow stars into the turning glass globe, it’s gone.

 

 Sienna: I did a bit more than one here – you can tell she was my favorite storyline!

“No.” Owen shakes his head.  “I thought it was something, maybe.  But the only thing I need, right now, is you.  As soon as you left, I knew it.  There was no way I was going to not be with you today.  I know we still don’t know each other that well, but…”

“We do, “ Sienna stops him. “We know each other enough.”

But she meant what she’d said.  They knew each other enough.  And she knows enough about herself to know that she really would tell him someday, if it turned out that they had someday, after all.

Not today, though.  Today isn’t about reliving, or explaining, or trying ot make sense of things in the past.  Today is about who she is now, and who she has standing beside her. Ownen. Ryan. Dad. Even Denny.  Her Tribe.

“I’m sixteen,” she says. “It feels funny to be standing up here and talking about things like home and family and love, but I guess those are hard things for anybody to talk about. You just kind of know it when you see it. At least, I do. And it’s here.”

 

 

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

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I didn’t post Friday finds last week so I want to rave about a new series I found first – I’ve already found and read book one and on to book 2 – amazing if you like a little romance – great writing and not to much heart wrenching let down in the story!

Rule (Marked Men, #1)“Rule” by Jay Crownover – The Marked Men Series

Now – I like a guy with some ink – so this was right up my alley, but if if that’s not exactly your type – the characters are warm and loveable and real.. Rule is my new book boyfriend – and I guess I’m making it blog official…

The second book – which i just got and already started is:

Jet (Marked Men, #2)

Same Author – this guy is a hunky singer and inked – I think I might combust here.. Whoa!!

Now – some finds I had — via the web and that i’ve added to my blog tour participation:

The Infinite Moment of Usby Lauren Myracle – now I’ve never read anything else by her but I’m super excited about this and I literally shrieked when it came in the mail yesterday — yippee!! I”m flooded with good reading right now! SO let’s see how it goes…

Starry Nightsby Daisy Whitney – this is in transit to me right now from the last blogger, so lets see – preface seems good – but keep posted!

Lastly:

Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)by Simone Elkeles – also on the way to me, super excited about this too!

 

I feel like there have been some others – but I’ll save those for next week I guess – for right now Happy Friday – let me know what you’ve found and if you’ve read anything I have found – Love to hear from some of the Marked Men series fans out there!!

Happy Friday!

Kelley

 

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Being Married to a Non-Reader – a post inspired by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner

Hello Readers!

I was checking out one of my favorite blogs today – Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner and saw an awesome post she put up about being married to a non-reader and what a good choice for topic since I share the same situation! So for my Thursday Book Talk I thought I would talk this through with you — and I would LOVE to hear your feedback too!

Jamie started with a little background on herself and her husband so I’ll do the same..

My husband’s name is David and we have been married for 10 years this December (we were babies when we got married!).  I have been off and on “obsessed” with books over the  years, but since I found “Twilight” I have been pretty constant in my love of books. Once I read that, I literally couldn’t get enough books.. I LOVE going to the book store and just “looking” although this makes him nuts.. About 4 years ago he and my mom got me  Kindle for Christmas and then it was on — i could just click and buy a book on demand (WHAT??) – I literally couldn’t help myself! To be honest my book spending got a little out of hand (this is all pre-blog). Anyways, I am rambling a little — so fast foward to this year and aroud New Years I started finding all these awesome YA book blogs while searching for my next “big read” – I guess I always thought they could be there but until I was really searching for stuff to read, I never went to one – and then I was in love. The blog that actually inspired me to start blogging was Jamie’s (http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/07/married-to-a-non-reader.html#comment-109052 ) – I highly advise you check it out and then one day I did it, I spent a day setting it up, getting an email, adding a community FB page and finding out how to get books to review in coming Netgalley and Edelweiss. Wow. This totally took  me from an obsessive reader to an obsessive reader with more books and actual deadlines on reaviews! At first, I have to admit that my husbad was a little peeved (I already had more than enough books and read most of the time, I work a TON, and he i’m sure was guessing this would take my little time left for him).. But I made sure we made it work and of course he knows I love it and now is a full supporter. He even subscribed to my blog just to see what I was up to and posting (so sweet, right??). So I have the best husband, David if you read this – you are the best! He puts up with me complaining about too many books, not enough books, so many reviews, pressure to post stuff, not getting the ARC’s I want, being excited about something coming up, complaining about books I don’t like or frustrated with a storyline..and swooning over stories and characters I love. He sits through movies with me for books I love and listens patiently as I say..that’s not how the books was, or I love how they did that. He doesn’t complain when  basically go through the whole book for him before the movie starts and doesn’t complain when I get roudy over something I am frustrated about (note: My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult) During “My Sister’s Keeper” the movie I got so mad at the ending I literally made a fairly loud noise and immediately started compalining before the credits roled. Now, I know he was probably embarrassed but he let me rant, and rant for days at that before he said… maybe that’s enough? He endured my phone calls to my fellow readers about this too, new frustration and probably same discussion with each one.. I think I’m rambling again, but the point of the story is that he is amazing. I know he loves me because he’s willing to take in my bookish obsession like it’s a part of me and wouldn’t ever think of taking it away or wanting me to be different. I am quirky about opinionated about my books, and he still loves me!davidandkelleyclemsonphoto

How I make it work

Like Jamie, I read while he games, or watches sports. I read while he plays golf.. I never mind okaying a golf outing because that is 4-6 hours of guilt free reading or blogging! I also am a night owl so while he sleeps I read and blog. It works for us, I try to always keep in mind that he wants to actually talk to me too – not just watch me read – so we spend “book and blog free” time each night. I also try to not blog/read on nights when I have to work at home, doing both doesn’t leave time to spend with them (which is the most important thing!).

Perks of being married to a non-reader:

1. I don’t really have to share shelf space or a kindle with him

2. Since he does play golf and game – it gives me $ to spend on books

3. He can always find something else to look at while we’re at a book store and I don’t feel rushed

4. My endless hours of pouring through online blogs and Amazon to find the “next great read” don’t bother him

5. He is “ok” with me typing furiously at my desk behind our couch which alloows me to be in the same room and sort of watch tv with him together

6. He has a man cave that is a “reading free and woman free zone” so he can always get away and i have absolutely guilt free time to read

7. He really loves me – so he deals with my quirkls

8. He listens to me swoon and vent about books I love and sometimes entire stories I feel like he “has” to hear..

9. He is OK with me being mildy..well more than mildy obsessed with YA literature, especially paranormal and romances

10. He has accepted that I am a Team Edward fan – even understanding my obsessive need to got o Forks, WA (Yes, i really went there!)

 

From His Point Of View

He’s not here right now to speak for himself – but if he could I think he would say —

1. He feels like sometimes he has to share me with books and work…

2. I totally zone out when I read and it’s hard to listen or pay attention to him at all

3. I talk soo much about books

4. I obsess over my blog and it’s something I don’t get paid for (he thinks I’m working so hard on this for what money.. Of course it’s for my love of books and I always try to remind him of all the dollars he’s saving by me reviewing and getting ARC copies!)

 

Not sure on the rest, i’m sure there are more… but you get the jist..

Now let’s chat:

Are you married or in a relationship with a reader or non-reader? How does it work? How do you make everything flow? Are they supportive and doy ou also have a blog you work on in addition to the books! Talk to me!!

Kelley

 

 

 

 

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“Forever You” By Sandi Black – Review

Forever You (Forever Trilogy, #2)

“Forever You” By Sandi Lynn

Published: June 4, 2013

How I received the book: Purchased from Amazon for Kindle

Summary from GoodReads:

New York Times bestselling novel, Forever You is the highly demanded sequel to USA Today’s Bestseller, Forever Black.

Connor Black’s life consisted of his company and his use of multiple women. There was never going to be love, relationships, or a fairy-tale life. Emotionally dead and damaged, that stemmed from a personal tragedy, Connor Black vowed never to feel any emotion or fall in love with a woman. That was true until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident and changed his life forever. He begins experiencing feelings and emotions that he never felt before and finds himself being drawn into her world.

You took the journey with Connor and Ellery as their love, courage, and strength were put to the test. You watched their worlds come together through her eyes in Forever Black, and now it’s time to take the journey through his in Forever You.

What I Thought:

I read “Forever Black” and absolutely loved it, so I was more than excited to hear this was coming out and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. When I first started reading it – I was so glad to be back in their life. I liked how this story was from his point of view and whild it covered key moments from the first story, it also took you further and into the “now” in the book anyway.. If you know the story, you know it is a story of learning to trust somone and overcome true fear that has been so deeply seeded it’s impossible to imagine getting it out of the way. In this case, you get to see what really happened to Connor and why he was the way he “was” before Ellery. I found that whole back story and the sudden change in his life when she came into it wonderful.. It was like he was in love before he even realized it.. It’s always interesting to see things from a male POV – one of the things i really enjoy about literature right now as more and more  authors are doing this.. It seems not funny, but…curious to be that women see falling in love as a grand experience and men find it horrifying or impossible..haha. Either way guys, we get you one way or the other and if it’s right – well it’s right? I really again, don’t want to give any spoilers but I really enjoyed reading more of their story and seeing Connor’s history as well.

The Characters:

I already went through the characters in my first review for “Forever Black” and I will link that review below – so I won’t go over everything, but I do want to go over some things I learned about Connor from reading this book. I really saw into his deep fear that he was bad for Ellery, that he would hurt or destroy her if he got too close and his real fear this was a possibility. I saw a strong person at the same time, who saw a therapist to try and help himself and who did the best he could in an unimaginable situation.. I cannot imagine carrying the burden he did for so long – and I think that he deserves at the very least his happily ever after. Just like in life, I believe no one is perfect – but each of us is perfect for someone else, meant to balance them out – and that describes Connor and Ellery more than any other way I could describe. You see how far Connor really grew in this book and I loved that – seeing the change Ellery brought in him, even if it terrified him at the moment. The fact he loved her enough to take the leap says it all – he is a good guy!

The Take-Away:

My take-away from this book is to get it. I think the cost is like $2.99 and it’s well worth that for the read. If you are a fan of the first book, then you better get this like..today! If you haven’t read the first book, check that out first and then come back to this. I think this is definetly something you want to read in order, because without that you will be missing key information that could ruin the story for you. The only negative I had at all was that some of the writing seemed..disjointed, kind of skipping around – and would rush from topic to topic without fluency. I love Sandi’s writing so it was something I did notice here – and maybe that’s the way Connor’s brain was supposed to come across, I just like books to really …flow… However, I still really  enjoyed the book and would absolutely reccommend it to anyone who enjoys this type of writing.

Quotes I Loved:

“If I had one last breath left, I would use it to tell you how much I love you, because I do, and I always will.”

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“I noticed her smile when I called her beautiful. It made my heart do something weird which I can’t explain because I’ve never felt anything like it before.”

Hope you will give it a try – it’s a great read and be on the look out for “Forever Us” this fall!

Kelley

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WWW Wednesday July 10th

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

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This is one of my favorite topics each week because I love to see what everyone is reading and what is next on the TBR pile! So here I go–

1. What am I currently reading?

Well sadly enough (because it’s taking me over a week to finish this book) I am still reading “The Marriage Merger” by Jennifer Probst – I am really enjoying it – I just don’t have a ton of reading time lately…

The Marriage Merger (Marriage to a Billionaire, #4)

2. What did I just finish reading?

I just finished reading “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West and REALLY enjoyed it – highly reccommend for anyone! Great summer read!

The Distance Between Us

3. What will I read next?

Well this time that is easy, I just got my new ARC in the mail and I have until Monday to read it, so that will be up next. It’s Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts. Excited to get started on this!

Tumble & Fall

 

Well that’s all for me today folks – let me know what you are reading, what’s next, what great book have you finished? One of the books I”m thinking of adding to my TBR pile is the “Breathing” series by Rebecca Donovan – any thoughts? Happy Wednesday!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday July 9th

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Hello All – it’s that time again, one of my fave Meme’s – Top Ten Tuesday. This week’s topic is your top ten best/worst movie adaptations from books – so here we go!

I’m breaking my list down into 2 categories – best and worst. I have quite a few more best (maybe I just forget about the worst) but the 2 worst ones I have totally made me..very aggrivated and I will leave it at that!

Best Book to Movie Adaptations

Twilight (Twilight, #1)New Moon (Twilight, #2)Eclipse (Twilight, #3)Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4)

1. The “Twilight” Saga by Stephanie Meyer. I know this is probably meant for just one book per number, but I am a Twihard fan (yes I can admit that haha) and I loved all of these movies- but if I listed separately I would lose out on mentioning other stuff – so these guys get lumped into one entry. But they are Absolutely awesome adaptations!

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies, #1)The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Must Love DogsThe NotebookSundays At TiffanysThe Lucky OneA Walk to Remember

2. “Warm Bodies” by Issac Marion – Read the book and wasn’t sure about it, but it grew on me and I really did enjoy the movie too!

3. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins – Read the series right after Twilight and fell in love with Katniss and so far the first movie lived up to my every expectation!

4. “Must Love Dogs” by Claire Cook – I read this right before the movie came out and while they left out a few parts I wish would have been included in the movie – overall I think this movie is super cute and def watch it everytime I do catch it on tv. Great adaptation!

5. “The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks – Swoon! That’s what I need to say about Ally and Noah’s story — This movie is one of my favorite of all time, seriously. You can’t tell my husband (hope he doesn’t read this) but he likes it too – even though it’s a total “chick flick” haha.

6. “Sundays at Tiffany’s” by James Patterson – My husband got me this book and then I actually saw the movie on Lifetime (so not a major motion picture) but it captured the book so well and I loved it! If you haven’t checked this out – this is def a side of James Patterson I like – the romance was so sweet in it and the topic was so different and fresh.

7. “The Lucky One” by Nicholas Sparks – no need to explian here – another one of my favorites from Nicholas Sparks..Really enjoyed how this movie was done, it had all the good parts that needed to be included without some of the slower moments and of course it also had one of my favorite leading men in there too…

8. “A Walk To Remember” by Nicholas Sparks – I almost tear up just thinking of this Mandy Moore version of the book. I LOVE this movie even though it’s similar to “Beaches” and tears me up everytime I watch it – such a great movie and remake from the book!

Now to my Worst

My Sister's KeeperBeautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)

9. “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult – Now I am going to try and not rant here, too much anyway..but COME ON! I absolutely loved this book and the message and then I see the movie coming out and of course go opening day and even drag my husband along. Imagine my utter horror in the ending of the movie when the ending is 100% changed from the book — WHAT?? How could this happen? It totally changed the meaning and feeling of the story and while the movie wasn’t bad per se… It was not the book or I woudln’t call it a full adaptation anyway. How can you change something so crucial to the story as the ending and I mean like a 180 degree change. I literally lept out of my seat at the movies and to my husband’s dismay complained about it for a week after — a huge let down!

10. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Sohl – I started reading this during my new YA craze right after Twilight hit theaters and I heard it would be a movie and I was excited about it – first of all it’s set in Gatlin, a fictious town but actually in South Carolina so I have to love it for geographic location if nothing else.. But either way – when I saw the movie trailer I was super excited and then I saw the movie… What?? It was slow and at points just strange. I didn’t like the way they portrayed some of the characters and the character they picked for the male lead role — who is this kid? And what about the book made them think this was a good idea? As far as Lena goes, that character also was questionable at least.. Huge let down – and I know this could have been amazing if done correctly which almost makes it worse..

Final Thoughts

SO i’ve given you my best and my worst – and tried not to rant about the worst too much. Give me yours too – what do you think? Anything that didn’t make my list and should have? Leave a link below to your blog or just comment your thoughts in the section below if you don’t have a blog to post on — This was a great Top 10 I thought and I really enjoyed thinking this through – you forget how many times books are actually made into movies and unless you read a lot, you don’t even know that..

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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“Forever Black” by Sandi Lynn stole my heart!

Forever Black (Forever Trilogy, #1)

“Forever Black” by Sandi Lynn

Published: Feb 16, 2013

How I got the book: Purchased on Kindle via Amazon

Link to book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Forever-Black-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B00BGWP24K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1373149249&sr=1-1&keywords=forever+black

Summary from GoodReads:

When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space.” With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black.  After finding Ellery in his kitchen the next morning and assuming she broke his #1 rule about sleepovers, he becomes intrigued, not only by her stubbornness and defiance, but by her kindness.

Connor Black, emotionally dead and damaged, that stemmed from a personal tragedy, made a vow to never love or fall in love with a woman, until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident. After she opens up and shows him her world, Connor starts to feel emotions and feelings he never knew existed. Despite the rumors and warnings regarding Connor Black and his use and misuse of women, Ellery finds herself being drawn into his world.  

Ellery knows they can never be together because she is harboring a deep secret that could destroy Connor emotionally forever.  

Join Connor and Ellery as they embark on a journey of courage, love and strength. Will it be enough to save them?

What I thought:

I purchased this book on a whim kind of just because I got a great deal and I was looking for something new to read..and it sounded “interesting”. Once I started reading it, I was in love! The story line and characters really stole my heart. Now, I am a “50 Shades” fan and I really liked Damien Grey but for some reason Connor Black just seemed to much more….realistic ( i know that sounds nuts right?) to me. I could also really relate to Ellery and loved her quirky personality. I thought the book was funny, quirky, and super romantic. I also liked that once the characters decided what they wanted for the most part – there was not a ton of..gut wrenching back and forth. I could also relate to both characters. I thought Sandi Lynn did a great job constructing their world with enough plot to be interesting but not so much that it became outlandish or unreal to the reader. The fact that this isn’t the typical billionaire getting the girl story also won me over – she made Connor work for it! I really cannot say enough about how much I really liked this book.. It was a great smooth read, wonderful writing, and certainly left me wanting more!

The Characters:

We all know I love to talk characters so let’s talk about this book. I adored Ellery from moment one, even before I knew her “secret” ( I don’t want to give everything away so I’ll just allude to it as that).  She is tenacious, funny, warm, and tough..and loving. Then we have Connor – who thinks he needed no one and boy was he wrong, Ellery in this aspect turned his world upside down – I think for the better and if he was a “real” person i verge to say he would agree to the same. I enjoyed watching them get to know each other and learning about both of their pasts. Ellery was such a care taker, and I loved seeing Connor reciprocate that back to her, no matter how hard she tried to deny it’s absolutely what she needed. I think one of my favorite parts of the book is the drive to her family’s funeral – just the two of them, outside of all their differences driving and getting to know each other – my heart really started to melt for Connor at this point. Then there is the trip to California — I again don’t want to spoil anything, but his whole search and find mission for her — can I say “Swoon!!”.. So romantic. I know it’s not reality, but every women craves to be swept off her feet and if she says no, well.. she’s lying. The other characters I loved were Ellery’s friend, who will play more of a role in the second book – and the limo driver. I came to see him as a Dad of sorts for both Ellery and Connor – and I loved seeing his kind and good hearted nature. Then there are the neighbors in California who adopted Ellery while she was there.. All around the characters were well written and full, realistic portrayls of what real people could be like, and very believeable in the story.

The Take-Away:

I would absolutely reccommend this book to anyone who loves adult romances. It has all the character and storyline of the other books out there and just as much heart. I also found it to be an amazing deal on amazon for like.. 2.99 I think – the link is above under the cover, so check it out! If you’re looking for a great weekend, or beach read – then this is something you may want to check out for certain! I know if you read it, you will want more too and you’re lucky – Forever You – from Connor’s perspective is already on the market now and “Forever Us” will make it’s preview this fall — so check it out today!

Some Amazing Quotes to Leave You Wanting More:

“Infinity is forever, and that is what you are to me, you are my forever Mr. Black.”

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“There’s no limit to what I wouldn’t do for you. Just ask and it will be done, no matter the sacrifice.”

So there you are – my review – hope this makes you want to check it out, it’s a good one! Easily one of my favorite reads in 2013 —

Kelley

 

 

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WWW Wednesday – July 3rd

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To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

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Happy Wednesday Everyone! I hope everyone is excited about the holiday and day off for most of us – I know I am!

So my WWW Wednesday this week is as follows:

1. What am I currently reading?

The Marriage Merger (Marriage to a Billionaire, #4)

So far, enjoying it – but all I’ve seen so far is foreplay – I’m ready for some action here! I’m reading for Probst’s awesome steamy writing!

2. What did I just finish reading?

The Distance Between Us

Loved, Loved this book -great summer read or anytime read! I love stories about young love!! I would def suggest checking this out – my full review is posted on the blog main page if you’re interested..

3. What am I going to read next?

Rule (Marked Men, #1)

I have been doing a large debate on this and I have a ton of books I really want to read right now for reviews.. But this came across and I’m interested enough I think to let it bump someone out of the top spot – so for “right now” this is my next planned read. I love a good bad boy love story! Has anyone read it, love an opinion if you have??

So that’s it folks, my WWW Wednesday share. One thing I plan to do tomorrow on my day off is to take some time and FINALLY really organize my TBR list into something that is manageable and actually plan out my reviews and books to read.. Hopefully if i get it somewhat organized I can keep track of where I’m at on this list vs a large jumble of books I am interested in reading. Oh – I still have the last Crossfire series book sitting in my inbox – I haven’t even read that yet so shame on me! I think that will be after this next read for sure!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Share your WWW with me below with your link or just answer in the comment section – love hearing what you’re reading or thinking about reading, or what you thought of the last book you read!

Kelley

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