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ARC Review of “How To Love” by Katie Cotugno – a lesson on real life love

How to Love

Book: “How to Love”

Author” Katie Cotugno

Publish Date: October 1, 2013

How I Got the Book: From a Blog tour Site – Around the World ARC Tours

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Summary:

Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

What I thought:

For starters I got the book and realized it was very long, but after the first chapter – it had me at Chapter one.. I liked the way the author went back and forth between before and now – so you could build the story in your head in a full way – without making full judgement of any character before you gave them a chance. I think had all the before scences come first it would have been WAY harder for me to like Sawyer at all – but the way she built the story and the narration was great. Maybe I read too many books now, but I really take notice of these type of things and I appreciate when someone does something different. I do wish we had heard more from Sawyer’s side, but in the end it was Rena’s story that needed to be heard – well her and Hannah’s story.

I started out thinking this would be another cute/love story in the contemporary YA world, but I was amazingly proved wrong. It was deep, real, and emotional. I felt the heart break Reena felt and the loss when Sawyer left – and the heartache and loss when she learned she was pregnant – and then the pure joy of her beautiful little girl. The book had it all. If you are looking forward to anything in October, i hope this is one of the top picks. The story covered series emotional situations – teen pregnancy, teen parenting, addiction, abandonment – troubled family relationships, and just plain fear. It’s certainly not a fairy tale teen pregnancy story, it’s real and gritty and heart breaking.

The theme I got over and over again was about love, the fact that real love is not easy by any means  – that it takes work but when you work for it, it’s one of the best parts of this world. I have gone through some difficult times in my own life, and my own love has been tested to the very limits during some of these times, and I thought this book really did justice to the real life love it takes to survive in this world. It showed a “true” love can overcome any obstacle – it really reminded me of “the Notebook” and the end where Noah and Ally believe their love can do anything – nothing worth having is ever easy – that is my two cents anyway… for what it’s worth.

Now On To The Characters:

Reena is a strong young woman. When she realizes she’s pregnant and goes to see Sawyer and walks home to face the music alone, her bravery and character astound me – for her age it’s hard to imagine having to go through that and what a tough girl. Tosss in some huge loss in her life and she is really tested beyond belief yet she keeps moving forward – making the best of what she has. She has regrets sure, but who doesn’t. Even with Sawyer, when he appears again – she is so afraid to love him and for good reason – but she doesn’t give up. Yes, she fights it, but I think after everything that went down she deerved to be fought for to some extent.

Sawyer – well from the first pages he was hot, laid back – the cool guy everyone thought they wanted to date in highschool. I like that it showed all of his sides, not just his good side – and it showed that no one is perfect. I wanted to like him, but it took me even a good part of the book to see what his purpose was when he was back in town and to allow myself to give him a chance – I have to say I was rooting for him by the end…

Shelby – Loved her. I loved her real friendship with Reena which is just what she needed. Despite her being in college and away from home she was still there for Reena and supported her no matter what – which is just what she needed. She also added fun and laughter to somme of the most difficult parts of the story.

The parents – The relationship I felt the most for was for Reena and her Dad – in the end I had tears as they had their last conversation, how much she taught him and how far they came – I don’t want to ruin any plots here, but it’s worth the read  juswt to see this touching scene…

So Enough Blabbing on – What’s My Take Away Here?

5/5 Stars for sure!

The book had true emotion. My heart broke, mended, and grew all in one story. I loved the characters and disliked them strongly at different times. Combine that with the beautiful writing and it’s a classic for sure. The way Katie wrote the story really made all the difference, to me she let you see what you needed to and when – and not before or it may have changed your opinion of the characters – I think it let you get to know the characters in an unbyassed way as possible. This book is just so hard to review because it reallly exceeded everything I thought I would get from it. I thought this would be another YA teen pregnancy story – but boy was I wrong. I learned things about living and taking life as it comes from this strong young character – and seeing real love in action warmed my heart. It’s so easy to love when everything is perfect, so easy to feel like that anyway – but it’s not easy to realize that you have to work for what you want. All that happened here, Sawyer had to work for his family, and seeing someone seeing someone his age to that – made my heart warm.  It was just a wonerfully redeeming story.

In the end it was real, not what you expected. It had hard moments, moments that brought tears to my eyes for the shear heart break – but it also had moments that made me so happy I shed tears then too. It really had it all. In the end, I was left feeling whole – like the world was left as it shouold be and I hope you will feel this same way when you are done.  It’s one of the best “real life” love stories I’ve read in some time.  The characters had a love that won out against everything life threw at them – and that even taught them how to love again and feel what had been there all along.

In closing, I hope you get this book, it’s an absolute worthwhile read — so remember October 1st or better  yet pre-order now. Then tell me what you think! If you’ve had a chance to read and review, love your comments here too —

I will admit I’m missing my famous quote section here this time and I hate that because this book had some great ones, but when it’s “offiially” released i am already planning to go back and get some to amend this slight to all of you guys, so keep posted!

Happy early Friday Everyone and Happy reading!

Kelley

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Tuesday Teasuer – September 3rd

Hosted by Should Be Reading @ http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/teaser-tuesdays-sept-3/

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

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Alienated (Alienated, #1)I’m reading “Alienated” by Melissa Landers right now

1. Awesome cover – I love this cover art – so beautiful.

2. I haven’t “officially” started yet, but am starting today so here’s my teaser – I’m super excited about this book. It sounds different than anything i’ve read in a long time, hope you will check it out too!

Teaser:

“A hint of wistfulness tugged at the edges of his full mouth, and she felt that same tug deep in her belly like an emotional sympathy pain.  She reached out and plucked a curled brown leaf from it’s branch, then handed it to him.  “Here, a small reminder of home.  And better than the larun I tried to bake.”

 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Kelley

 

 

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Pondering my choices – ARC Review of “Just Like Fate” by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Just Like Fate

“Just Like Fate”

By: Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Publish Date: August 27, 2013

Publishers: Simon Pulse

Where I got the book: Blog Tour – Around the World ARC Tours in exhange for an honest review

Summary of Story:

*Thanks to GoodReads —

Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline’s been at Gram’s bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape–both her family and the reality of Gram’s failing health. So when Caroline’s best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram’s side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline’s fate into two separate paths–and she’s about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she’s ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending…

What I Thought:

Wow – That’s what crossed my mind as the last few pages went by.. I read this book in one evening – sitting down at one time without moving – or a bathroom break – or a drink.. Amazing.  I was super excited about it immediately because I love Suzanne Young – “The Program” is another one of my top reads this year and this did not let me down – in fact it is making me want to track down anything Cat Patrick has written too – loved the writing! I really enjoyed that even thought it was written by 2 authors it was seamless and flowed..amazing work!

Now that I’m done gushing – you obviously have an idea how this review will go – let’s get down to why I love it…

Have you ever thought about your choices – those pivotal moments which may not have seemed that important at the time – but now sometimes you wonder if you had chosen differently what the outcome would have been?  I have..and I bet you have too. One split second decision changed everything for Caroline – it led her down 2 vastly different pasts and through different struggles.  I was not sure how I would like the alternating chapters here, but the “go” and “stay” chapters were so intune that I could easily follow both paths without difficulty.  The story gets you or me at least in the first 20 pages. It starts out with Caroline losing her rock, her Grandmother and the raw emotion and just…sorrow hit me to the core.  I lived with my Grandparents when I was young too and in some ways they were my second parents. My Grandfather passed away 2 years ago and I can still remember the day my husband told me he was gone – it’s like the wind was knocked out of me – my entire life changed. I knew someone who had been my rock was gone, and nothing would be the same. So seeing Caroline at this crossroads was very personal to me- maybe that’s why I loved this story so much because I could see myself there, but it was amazing writing.  Anyway, Caroline makes a split second decision the last night of her Grandmother’s life – and there the real story begins – the two paths start.

The storys intertwined through her life during the same period of time after her Grandmother is gone showing both perspectives. It has internal conflicts – both paths present struggles for Caroline.  It has family dynamics that are real – and realistic. No one is perfect – it shows how everyone is somehow flawed. There was a sister drama, an older adoring brother, and a divorce that rattled the family unit to the core – and left everyone raw.  Caroline also had a best friend and it showed that dynamic and last and best of all – it was a love story. You follow her lives through these different paths and you see her have completely different relationships with 2 boys —

Caroline grows through the book.  As weak as she thinks she is and how she might feel like she “runs” – let’s face it we all do this, and I enjoyed watching her change – watching her learn from what she was going through and really thinking about her choices after that one fateful evening.  One of the boys, Chris, can be described as the boy next door – the perfect first love – the kind of love (which didn’t seem cheesy at all -seriously!) that leads to a lifetime of love.  My husband and I have this and seeing it on the pages again, just felt right to me. In the other path she gets to be with the guy of her dreams, Joel.  He’s her highschool crush, the bad boy to some extent. Both relationships are so different- like night and day. The loves are so different – or maybe there is one love story and one “like” story is how I would put it.

The concept of the story is just amazing – the thought of fate, consequence, destiny, and free will – the course of our lives. I love how the authors connected all the stories with the characters woven in and out – from her strained relationship with her sister Natalie – to both boys. They all cross the same path at any given time – but in very different ways to some extent. All the important stuff came to be no matter which path she took – which gave the big “moments” that much more meaning to me. Two guys, two feelings – two very different realtionships but they all intertwine and despite it all one guy wins her heart in full – for good.  I will not spoil anything, but I can tell you that by the end I was dying to know the end, and when I got there I was beyond happy – I actually thought it was perfect. i don’t know I could have written it better if they wrote the book just for me.  I usually go onto a character section here, but I really want you to see for yourself – so lets’ cut to the meat – what rating would I give? What’s my “overall” opinion?

Overall Thought:

“Just Like Fate” is an amazing story. It has love, family dynamics, character self growth, friendship, loss, and everything in between. It shows feelings in a real way – and dealt with in realistic ways.  It absolutely does not paint characters in a white picket “view” – and I almost always like the flawed characters ten times more than the perfect ones.  Caroline grows, learns..and in the end walks away a different and better person.  For a YA novel, I thought it was “deep” – it left this adult thinking for a full 24 hours after and even though I’ve read it – I know I will buy this the day it comes out and read it agian – it’s that type of story – you know what I mean (or maybe not and I sound nuts right now..) but it’s the type of story to me that I will learn something different from everytime.  So on my rating scale it gets the 5/5 sunshines, 5/5 stars – best book in the year title – with ease.. Amazing – best way to describe it. Emotional and real and amazing. Patrick and Young really showed their “goods”. They took such a serious subject and dissected it to make sense and really make it real for almost anyone who reads this – and that is not easy to do. I highly suggest that you pre-order now – like this minute. Or – at least go to the store on August 27th and buy it, block out hours and read it. If it doesn’t blow you away – come tell me why – I want to hear it.  It’s that great.

Well – I’ll let it end there, I really don’t want to spoil anything for you – so let’s check out a few amazing quotes before we adjourn this review:

Amazing Quotes:

#1

“I see all of us, heading to watch a band I’ve been obsessed with forever, out on a Friday night, young and alive.  I see me with the guy I;ve pined for since beore I was in a training bra and spending quality time with the sister I lost for so long. On paper, it’s perfect.

But the thing about paper is: it burns.”

#2

“I straighten and his hand falls away.  I think about that statement, that he can love me and be angry, and I realize that I never thought of it that way.  All the time I spent feeling like my family hated me, was disappointmented in me – they still love me.  I was too stubborn—scared—to see it.  I’ve wasted so much time.”

#3

“It’s not your fault,” I whisper near his ear.  “So stop blaming yourself.”  I think about how I felt after Gram died, how I wihsed I could have done it differently.  But you can’t live with guilt.  You can’t let it take everything that’s you.”

#4 and last – lyrics from a Electric Freakshow song “Magnets for Fate” – and hey if you are reading this — is that a real band? If so, i want this song – but i can’t find it anywhere so either it’s awesome and I’m searching very badly or I’m stalking the internet for a fake band… So if you do know – help me out here!

No trees in sight, just concrete

Still I see

Two roads twist in turn in front of me

No signs, but screams

Which ways’ reality?

 

So you choose; yeah, you choose

Maybe you lose

The sidewalk paved in hitches

Broken hearts not fixed by stitches

But morning’s coming soon

 

No right in sight, just questions

And you find

There is no map to Mecca

It’s just life

No right answer; perfect marks

It’s not big deal; it’s just your heart

Falling stars and lighting sparks

This will only sting a bit

 

We are all just

Magnets for fate

Stumbling, skipping, running at our pace

Making choices, losing voices

Making wishes for forgiveness

But morning’s coming soon

 

And no matter where you sit, how fast you sip

The coffee tastes the same on magnet lips

 

“Magnets for Fate”

Electric freakshow

Well that’s all folks – hope you got out and read and enjoy – let me know what you think.. I want to hear from YOU!

Kelley

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ARC Review of “Wild Cards” By Simone Elkeles

Wild Cards (Wild Cards, #1)“Wild Cards” by Simone Elkeles

Published by:

Publish Date: 10/1/2013

How I got the book: I got this book from an ARC Tour Site – Around the World ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review

What It’s About:

*Courtesy of GoodReads

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain–people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

What I thought:

When I saw this book, I knew instantly I wanted to get it asap and read and review for my blog.  I have never read anything by this author, but I’ve seen so many good reviews on her previous work so I was excited to check it out for myself and I always love firsts in a series because I know there is more to tell!  When I started this book, it did start out a little slow – but i really enjoyed seeing the story in “360” – so from both sides. I loved seeing the different interactions and what plays out inbetween for both of the characters. The story was based on amazing characters and it absolutely sucked me in once I got going.  The story was smart, flirty, and fun. I was really drawn to this book specifically  because I really enjoy strong female characters. While both characters had their own flaws, I really loved that Ashtyn was a strong female and how cool was it that she was the kicker for her highschool football team – and captain – and girly – and talented – Can you say awesome?? Not that Derek wasn’t smart, hot, and talented himself but we will get more into that in the character review. I thought the storyline was genuine and not unrealistic — I hate nothing more than a story that is so much of a story i can’t even imagine in my mind this in real life, and this book was very real to me – I thought the story was natural and flowed well – nothing forced or…inconsistent. Basically, I thought the story rocked. Let’s talk about the characters and the romance that sizzed off the page from the first time they met!

The Characters:

Ashtyn is the bada** girl captain of her awesome football team. She’s an amazing kicker, girly, fun, and strong minded – Eckeles definetly knew what she was doing when she wrote this character. Derek is also without exception – deep. He is smart, funny, hot, talented, loyal, and has a good heart. This guy gave up football because he thought he let his Mom down – a teenage guy who loved it more than anything – to punish himself – SWOON! Both characters absolutely suffered from trust issues and honestly struggled with allowing themselves to be happy to some extent. Derek and Ashtyn both refused to allow themselves happiness because they blamed themselves for something out of their control. I loved watching them both work through the trust and just general relationship “learning” as they grew in the story. I loved that Derek was loyal to Ashtyn from day one (even though he might not want to admit that). One of my favorite scenes is the begining where he gets the FB photo of the guys who TP’d Ashtyn’s house in the first few chapters (if you read you will know what I’m talking about) – to me this was both funny and showed his big heart and loyalty – even to someone who was basically –a jerk to hiim.  To say that these two had some romance would be an understatment – I’m surprised the book didn’t combust while I was reading it – it was sizzing! One thing I will praise Eckeles for is writing the romance to be hot/steamy – but still appropriate and not “erotic”. Her kissing scenes and the make out moments were amazing! I love a story that makes you reminiss back to your life at that point – and this did that for me. I loved football games on Friday nights and those “make out” sessions when you could steal a moment alone. I really loved their road trip too – just them getting to know each other. Now, I did have some frustrating moments witht the book, at times i did want to tell Derek to “man up!”. But I digress – and I don’t really want to spoil anything so I’ll get to my overall review now!

My Take-Away Thoughts:

Read this – get it – read it maybe again – and wait for the sequel to come out. I haven’t read anything by Eckeles, as I said before, but I will be reading her work now. I am alreaday looking forward to checking out some of her other stuff now and cannot wait to read this sequel too – when can we expect that?? If you know – share!  The story linked both narrators in a cool way allowing you to see the full story. The main characters and support characters for that point had depth and were full. The story was as funny and real as it was hot and steamy! Overall, I give this a 5/5 review – so I highly reccommend it! If you like steamy, hot, sweet, real romances – check it out. And I also think that it’s a great summer read, while it’s not “deep” with issues, it does have depth to it, a perfect mix (if you know what I mean..).

Overall, I really enjoyed – so get out there and give it a try. Mark your calenders for October 1st and check this out – or pre-order now on Amazon!

Before I go, I have one last thing – AWESOME quotes!! Check them out below and let me know what you think – are you excited to read?? Love feedback!

Awesome Quotes:

“I never believed in love at first sight, until I met Derek. Its all consuming and delicious and wonderful and exciting.  At the same time, it makes me nervous and self-conscious and emotional.  Love exists.  I know it does, because I’m madly, deeply, hopelessly, in love.”

*Swoon – right?? So sweet.. the Love Exists — wow.. Sometimes you get profound stuff from the strangest places and this fun teen romance really hit home for me with that..

“I look at my grandmother and for the first time since my mom died I realize what I want.  I want to be there for Julian and Brandi, the family I never knew I wanted.  I want to be close to my grandmother even though she drives me nuts.  I want to show Ashtyn what it means to be loved unconditionally- because she’s the only girl I want to be with and I don’t ever want her to feel alone again.” – *Again – SWOON!

“Ashtyn Parker, I’d do anything for you.” He cups my head in his hands and leans in close.  “I love you.”

Well that’s it for me folks – hope you enjoyed and love to hear feedback!

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

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Tuesday Teaser – August 6th

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Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

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Hey Everyone! Here is my Tuesday Teaser:

This week I’m reading —

“Just Like Fate” by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

Just Like Fate

Teaser:

“There’s a flutter in my stomach, and I look down into my lap to hide the blush on my cheeks.  “Are you always this charming?”

“Absolutely.”

Excited about reading and reviewing this book – check back later for my full review!

Kelley

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“Infinite Moment of Us” is an infinetly sweet and very real read – ARC Review

The Infinite Moment of Us“The Infinite Moment of Us” by Lauren Myracle

Publish Date: August 27, 2013

Publisher: Amulet Books

Genre: YA Comtemporary

How I got the ARC: From Around the World ARC tours in exchange for an honest review: http://aroundtheworldarctours.wordpress.com/267-2/

The Story:

For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now… not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them…

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers

My Thoughts on the story:

When I started this book, I was not 100% invested to be honest and had no real expectations – but once I got through the first 3 chapters I couldn’t put it down. The back and forth of the teenage emotion during such a…wonderful time – but confusing time in life, was great. I really enjoyed seeing the book through both Charlie and Wren’s eyes – via the alternating chapters describing the story in each of their 3rd person narratives.  I think Lauren Myracle did an excellent job capturing that tumutoulous time in a teenager’s life when everything is changing and you are growing up almost too fast.. All through highschool, at least personally, I felt like I couldn’t wait to graduate, get out on my own — then graduation came..and I remember thinking –wow.. Where did all the time go? Am I ready for this? Throw a first love into the mix and all of those new feelings -and this made for an amazing summary romance story. The doubt about whether that boy will like you back, the butterflies in your stomach – the feeling when you know that person likes you as much as you like them – and it’s an amazing feeling – I really enjoyed reliving all of that. Of course, all love comes with some type of doubt- and I think the reality of the situation and the real feelings made the story that much better. There is no perfect tale of romance – well for most people – there has to be some kind of…. peril, something to overcome to know it’s really real, and this story had that. The story also  had some heat and romance, and i liked the way Myracle wrote this in an innocent, first love way. While they fell in love, they also gave their bodies to each other and I know this will be touchy for some readers, but I thought it was done skillfully and tastefully. There is so much sexualtiy in the media associated with teens in a negative light – Myracle took that subject and wrote it in such an innocent and real way – it was trusting and responsible and romantic – but not overly sexual.. It was a true representation to me about beign in love and sharing that experience for the first time.  I also enjoyed that the entire book was not just about the romance, it was about a major part of a life change and a decision about the future for both characters.  While the story was based on the love portion, the other parts stood out as well – the friendships, the life plans, the family dynamics – were all great and added to the realness of the story.  I don’t want to put any spoiler’s in here, so all I will say is that when I closed the book I was happy with the ending. You see Wren go from unsure high school senior – to someone much more real and full going out into the world – and you see Charlie grow with her too. You see them get their moment together – their moment in time.

The Characters:

Wren and Charlie fall in love in the book, but I see so much more happening here. There are two characters that truly go through a summer journey without ever leaving their home town. Both characters overcome insecurities and deep histories of doubting themselves to be part of this relationship. You also see Wren grow from someone very insecure really living for her parents – to someone brave and smart who chooses her path in life by going to Guatemala versus her parent’s plan for her to go to Emory. I thought it showed so much about her character that her choice for “herself” was to go somewhere and give back to others – and with so much “me” in this world to see someone have that mindset was very refreshing. Charlie also grew too though. He had to overcome deep insecurites and learn to trust Wren with his heart. Seeing both the characters grow throughout their summer – watching them fall in love so helplessly and completely was wonderful. I really believe that Myracle captured first love “right on” and the characters were full and round and wonderful!

The Take-Away:

“The Infinite Moment of Us” is an awesome summer jouney. It is a wonderful story of first love – unforgettable and romantic! This is possibly one of the best summer romances I have read. Wren and Charlie open their bodies, hearts, and minds to each other and experience their moment in time. It is a witty, sexy, and romantic tale of summer love – no better way to describe it. If you like YA romance, I highly reccomend this story. If you like sweet, innocent romance that still holds heat and realness – read it! This story held special meaning to me because it reminds me of my first love – that I am married to now. I love that butterfly feeling – the newness and excitement, and I love the gut feeling when it’s right – Lauren Myracle did this story real justice and I highly reccomend it!

Once you read it – share how you liked it! I hope everyone will check it out – now for the quotes—

Quotes I loved:

“I love you to forever.”

“She gave herself over to Charlie and the night and the world, full of mysteries.”

“You’re my home Charlie.  Thanks for finding me.”

“We’ll see each other tomorrow”, he said.  “I am still here and so are you.  You’re right where you belong.”

Kelley

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Monday Musing – July 29th

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits. • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s). • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it. • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us! • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then

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I was thinking all morning what I would muse about today — and I”m coming up empty handed… So I think I will gush about the new Book Tour site i’m starting to participate in and how awesome it is! I’m not sure if you all are familiar with Around the World ARC Tours – but if you have a blog and keep it updated with new content you can sign up to read/review books you mail from one reader to the next. This has given me a chance to get a lot of the larger name books that I could not have gotten myself probaby – so it’s super exciting. I didn’t realize how much I missed actually holding and having a paperback book – so many of mine are Ebooks that I get from Netgalley/etc and while that is super convenient and I love it, holding the actual book is nice too – just the smell of books, I know that sounds nuts..but it reminds me of why i love reading so much.

I’m on my 4th book right now and I have about 4 more on the way at this point and just really enjoying it. The site is run super well – you get the book, have 1 week to read and 1 to review, so you arn’t crunched for time – but it keeps you on target too and the schedule moving. I think it’s just a great opportunity, especially for those of us who are newer to blogging and don’t get ARC’s from the publishers themselves.. If you want to participate to check it out I’ll post the link below —

Anyway from the 4 books I’ve received so far – 3 have been great and 1 was a will not review (subject was NOT what I thought it would be at all).. You get 5 chances to not review a book each year and it resets in October I think..

Anyway – instead of book gushing today, I thought I’d gush about this and the amazing opportunity it is for anyone who wants to check it out!

Happy Monday!

Here’s the link: http://aroundtheworldarctours.wordpress.com/

Check it out – you never know –and if you get a lot of review ARC’s in paperback and want to share – we would love it and it’s very easy to do that too!!

Kelley

 

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