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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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Friday Finds for September 27th!

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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 and HEY GUYS! Have you missed me? I’ve been sick this week and just insane busy… So i haven’t posted since Monday (OH NO!) but still wanted to share some Friday finds with you this week! Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Perfect Ruin (Internment Chronicles, #1) “Perfect Ruin’ By Lauren DeStefano

Link to goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17339241-perfect-ruin?ac=1

Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5) “Trust in Me” by J. Lynn

* I LOVE a male POV so if you read “Wait For You” then I feel certain you will love this too!

GoodReads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17860217-trust-in-me

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The next 2 are books I “re-found” on my Audible unread this week and promtply read them while I was sick – and really enjoyed!

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard, #2) “Beautiful Stranger” by Christina Lauren

*Note I heart “Beautiful Bastard” and Bennett – but Max in this with his English accent… YUMMY! Highly Reccommend

GoodReads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16117506-beautiful-stranger?ac=1

Entwined with You (Crossfire, #3) “Entwined With You” by Sylvia Day

*Now this is part of the cross fire series and to be honest I thought the last book – must be why I held off on it, but it’s NOT so read it and get excited for more!

GoodReads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15731779-entwined-with-you?ac=1

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Well that’s all I’ve got folks – have a great weekend and do some great reading!

Kelley

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Monday Musings… September 23rd

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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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Today I want to “muse” about the Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan. WOW. If you haven’t read it, I highly reccomend reading it asap – my full review will be up today hope you will check it out!

Anyway, the series.. I have not been so emotionally entangled with characters in a story in I don’t know when – I literally was dying to see what would happen and the ends of each of the two books were insane – I am kind of glad in a way I waited until they were all out so I woudln’t have to wait because I think if I did have to wait I may have gone nuts..seriously!

I don’t want to go on and on, but i just loved it and I hope you will consider checking it out – it’s a trilogy and they are all on Amazon now.

My other question to my fellow bloggers is about the review – I want to write the review of the series since I read it all at once – what is your thought on this? Have you ever done it before? I just can’t see myself separating out each individual book now that I have the whole picture presented by the series — so tell me what you think?? Love to hear some feedback here!

Happy Monday Everyone!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten TBR Books Fall 2013

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Hi guys! Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week we’re talking about the books on you Fall 2013 TBR list, it can be either books you’re planning to read or Fall releases you’re excited about!

My Top Ten TBR Books for Fall 2013

*I am going to preface this with the fact I could not stick to just 10 books, since my TBR is so full – I think this should reflect that as well so I’m giving you my Top 12 TBR Books for Fall 2013 – Enjoy!

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Number 1

Crash into You (Pushing the Limits, #3) “Crash Into You” By Katie McGarry

I have been psyched about this book since I knew it was coming – I love her other books, especially “Pushing The Limits” and I cannot wait to hear the story in this one – super psyched! McGarry is one of those authors I would read anything she wants to write!

*Link to GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17233800-crash-into-you?ac=1

Number 2

Found in You (Fixed, #2) “Found In You” by Laurelin Paige

I just finished the first book in this series, “Fixed In You” and I loved Hudson and Laynie’s story so much I cannot wait for the second part – October 1 cannot come fast enough for me on this!!

*Link To GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17930773-found-in-you?ac=1

Number 3

The Longest Ride “The Longest Ride” By Nicholas Sparks (out today!!)

I know his writing might be seen by some as… old school – but I just love a good N. Sparks book – nothing better than a good cry and this book, The Notebook book and movie form being an inspiration to my personal life – for serious! So, I’m super psyched to read this, it sounds different but the same, I have read every single book he’s written so I just can’t stop now. Plus it’s out TODAY! How exciting!!

*Link to GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17407748-the-longest-ride?ac=1

Number 4

Rome (Marked Men, #3) “Rome” by Jay Crownover

If you have not read “Rule” Or “Jet” yet and you like bad boys – get them now! I loved those books and I cannot wait to read this one, I actually thought it might come out before 2014 – in December, so not sure this counts 100% but I’m sticking with it as a top TBR b/c I’m hoping to get a review copy – Can’t blame a girl for wishing right?

*Link To GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17798233-rome?ac=1

Number 5

Nocover-blank-133x176 “Holy Friggin Matrimony” by Emma Chase

I love this book enough to list it even though I don’t have a cover to put there yet – but trust me – if you have not read “Tangled” yet, you are missing out!!! Emma chase is amazing and funny and I cannot wait for the next installment in this series!

*Link To GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18282724-holy-frigging-matrimony?ac=1

Number 6

Allegiant (Divergent, #3) “Allegiant” by Veronia Roth

Who could NOT be excited about this last installment in the “Divergent” series? I’m super psyched myself – cannot wait!!

*Link To GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10616322-allegiant?ac=1

Number 7

The Promise of Amazing “The Promise of Amazing” by Robin Constantine

I got this as an Earc review book and I”m super excited to check it out – I love a little young love!!

*Link To GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17844678-the-promise-of-amazing?ac=1

Number 8

The Fault in Our Stars “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

I know, I’m probably the last person on the planet that has not read this yet – so it’s absolutely on my radar – Cannot wait to read!

*Link to GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11870085-the-fault-in-our-stars?ac=1

Number 9

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) “Hopeless” by Colleen Hoover

Again, I think I’m maybe the only person that has not read this yet, but I just finished the Slammed series and Cannot wait to read this too!! One of my top fall look to books!

*Link to GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15717943-hopeless?from_search=true

Number 10

Connectivity “Connectivity” by Aven Ellis

This is Aven’s debut novel and I’m super psyched to check it out and I hope you all will be too!

*Link to GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18484171-connectivity?ac=1

Number 11

Red Hill “Red Hill” By Jamie McGuire

I am a true Jamie McGuire fan and cannot wait to read her next book – so excited for this! “Beautiful Disaster” is one of my top ten all time favorite books and with her amazing writing I know I will just love this too!

*Link To GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17457124-red-hill?ac=1

Number 12

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1) “The Edge of Never” by J.A. Remerski

Saw this book on one of my kindle deals and was drawn in my the description alone, cannot wait ot read the book! Plus I know a sequel is in the works and should be out soon and I cannot resist a good series, so hope you all will check this out too!

*Link to GoodReads Summary: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16081272-the-edge-of-never?ac=1

I also want to add my Top 2 TBR books thus far for Winter 2014 – I bet a lot of you will share my excitement in these too!

Panic “Panic” By Lauren Oliver

If you read my site, you know I”m a HUGE fan of the “Delirium” series and Lauren Oliver in general and cannot wait to read this too! Too bad we have to wait until March 2014  – however I”m still crossing my fingers I can get an ARC in my hands before then —

Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) “Into the Still Blue” by Veronica Rossi

Cannot contain my excitement on this – LOVE this series – and cannot wait to see how it all ties together for Aria and Perry. I’ve requested an ARC on Edelweiss – so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I get it, but if not I’ll be waiting like everyone else until Jan 2014 – which seems like forever!! If you haven’t read the rest of the series yet, totally check it out!

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Well that’s it for my Top Ten Tuesday (or Top Twelve) in this case —

 

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I’d Like to see as a Movie or TV Show

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This week’s topic is……

Top Ten Books We’d Love To See As A Movie Or TV Show

Now, I feel like we did something like this before, but that was a list of things already out that we loved as adaptations, so this wish list is awesome! These books are ones I can remember reading and thinking…WOW this would be so amazing on a big screen or even as a TV show – so here we go and I hope you enjoy:

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)My #1 is “Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

I really love the romance in this book, and the characters – they are all colorful and full of..quirk. I think it would make an amazing movie, and you would also get to see more of Anne and St. Claire which can never be a bad thing, right? Considering – I would totally want a movie about them too (don’t be surprised to see that below).

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)My #2 is “Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park

This book truly owns a piece of my heart – Matt & Julie.. What can I say? The book is so real with so much emotion, I could totally picture it as a movie in my head the whole time, so if this came to film – not only would I be at the midnight showing, but I might see it every day after for a week — my only request is that I can choose Matt!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) #3 is “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1) My #4 is “Wait For You” by J. Lynn

Awaken (Awaken, #1) My #5 is “Awaken” By Katie Kacvinsky

This is a dystropian book, but not one that has been well publicized – although one of my absolute favorites. It’s also something I can see as being much more realistic compared to some of the others out there – the basis of this that changes society is school violence even now we are seeing. I also just really enjoyed the writing and the story. There is a second novel already, which was amazing – would love to see this go somewhere – Movie, or maybe even TV.

Louder Than Love My #6 Choice is “Louder Than Love” by Jessica Topper

I just read this, so it is fresh on my mind, but even while I was reading it, again, I thought – WOW this would be such a great movie! Totally romantic with a hot edge, and not so hot it would need to be NC-17 or anything. So i’m tossing in something different here with an “adult” movie based book. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out – it will be out on shevles September 17th and I highly reccommend it! It’s hot and romantic and will draw you in from the first page. Would be amazing on the big screen if cast correctly (just in case anyone is wondering – I’d be totally available for this job!)

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)Where She Went (If I Stay, #2) My # 7 (choice) is “If I Stay” and “Where She Went” by Gayle Forman

This is “technically” two books, but one story and I would think that a movie would have to encapsulate both to be amazing – so I feel secure in having it as one choice for a movie – because it would be just one movie. These books combined would be an amazing story! I think it would allow enough of the grief and sadness in without that taking over and then show where the next book starts – and go from there. Just thinking of these books now – I can see it in my head – It would be amazing!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) My #8 is “Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi

Delirium (Delirium, #1) My # 9 is “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver

This is another series I adore! Adore, adore, and love! In case you were wondering, I’m Team Alex – all the way! I think a movie would also give a great chance to show a different side to the ending of the 3rd book. Oliver gave enough action through these pages to easily fill 3 movies, and I know the fans would stand behind her on this – just something else to add to my wish list!

How to Love My last and #10 Choice is “How to Love” by Katie Cotugno

When I was thinking about this topic yesterday, this came flashing to my  mind. I really loved the story and the reality of the situation the characters were facing. I loved that they were all flawed and real, and there was no fairytale ending, just happiness that they created – and the love they learned to have. Also, another story I could totally see on a movie screen while I read, there is enough there to support a full movie and not have any dull moments – that is for sure. And enough emotion and drama to make it great – Highly reccommend reading it, just in case you know.. Maybe this will happen?

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Well there you have it guys – My Top Ten choices for things I’d love to see on the big screen or on TV. I’m ready to hear yours and see what you thought of – so share your link with me or just chime in with a response of something you’re thinking if you don’t have a blog – love hearing from you!

I do have some honorable mentions though – books I think would be great but are either too complicated or I’m just now how sure it would work…

Honorable Mentions:

“Slammed” series by Colleen Hoover

I love this series, but just not sure how it could translate to the big screen and if one movie could cover it all – plus this is a book I’d love to see more of, but something I really enjoyed just living in my own head

“Anna and the French Kiss”

Now – don’t get me wrong at all – I LOVE this book and love the characters, but when it came time to choose, I wanted to pick one and for whatever reason – “Lole and the Boy Next Door” is my absolute favorite, so I had to make the call. If this did come to movie, I’d be there in a second – it just would have pushed my list over 10 –

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Well there now you really have it – My completed list

Share your thoughts and keep reading!

Happy Reading and Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Required Reading Books for Hopeless Romantics!

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Happy Tuesday – This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is based around required reading material – I saw some others putting their own spin on it, so here’s mine —

Top Ten Required Books for Hopless Romantics

The Notebook“The Notebook” by Nicholas Sparks

*This book is class romance at it’s best – one of my favorite books of all times and is always an awesome read – or awesome to watch the movie. Even my husband likes this one (even though he may never admit it) and puts up with me watching it over and over again – so this is a definite #1 choice~

Twilight (Twilight, #1)“Twilight” By Stephanie Meyer

*Team Edward – need i say more? There are more swoon worthy moments in this series than I even care to count — they even wait until their wedding to “consumate” the marriage — Edward and Bella are just… Swoonworthy! And who else fights more for their love?? Awww..the sweetness of it all!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)“Under the Never Sky” by Veronica Rossi

*I love this story – Aria and Perry are so sweet and I love that they are both on the same page, fighting together for what they want. Perry is so protective and I really like that they started out not liking each other at all, but grew to “swoon here” love each other! Great series for those of the hopeless romantic type!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)“Delirium” by Lauren Oliver

*I am 100% Team Alex and in the end when he sacrifices himself for Lena – WOW – what could be mroe romantic? I was thinking about that for days after the end of this story…

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)“Wait for You” by J. Lynn

* My only question to myself is why did I WAIT so long to read this book?? Sawyer is hot and swoonworthy on a serious level! The care and concern he shows Avery from day one is…sweet in an unimaginable way.. Loved this book!

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

*Ok so this isn’t the typical romance, but it shows how love can even break down the tattoed bad boy, and I like that – the characters are great and the storyline is different. A must read for those who love the bad boy and the sweet love story!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)“Beautiful Disaster” By Jamie McGuire

*Ok Travis is HOT and SWOONWORTHY in a big way. Abby and Travis together are so sweet. This is one of my go-to re-reads when I need a pick me up, or need a good “feel good” read. One of my favorite books of all time, anyone who claims they are a romantic, MUST READ!

Slammed (Slammed, #1)“Slammed” series by Colleen Hoover

*I’m cheating a tad bit here because I need all 3 books for this series to be “hopeless romantic territory” – you can’t leave out part of the story, but all the poetry and things that Lake and Will overcome, amazing and the words they write to each other are… So sweet! Must read!

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)“Lola and the Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

*I love this book because it’s a real tale of first loves and things not being perfect, plus Stephanie Perkins is an amazing writer! Cricket and Lola = Love!

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)“Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park

* This book is one of my all time favorites – a must read for romantics in the hopeless variety! It’s quirky, fun, and a great read. It has real moments that are tear jerking and then those that make you want to swoon big time! It also has humor – which is a huge plus in some of the situations they face in the story. Matt and Julie and Finn – one of my favorite love triangles in a totally dysfunctional way.

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Well Folks, that’s it for me today – Happy Tuesday!

Let me hear what you think? Did I miss something? Have you read these and what did you think? What is your Top Ten Tuesday list? If you don’t have a blog, just comment below —

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

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Tuesday Teaser – August 27th

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• 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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Happy Tuesday!

I am currently reading “How to Love” by Katie Cotugno –

How to Love

Here’s My Teaser:

“The week creeps along.  I”m restless and edgy; Hannah and I cruise the highway fro hours every night.  “You’re wasting gas.” Cade points out, but I just shrug, handing my credit card over to the pale, skinny attendant like a crack addict looking for a fix.  The road rumbles under my feet: keep going, keep going, keep going. I drive.”

I’m almots done with this story and i can fairly say it’s amazing  – full reivew to come!

Kelley

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Top Ten Tuesday – My Favorite Secondary Characters

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This Week’s Top Ten Tuesday’s Topic is My Top Ten Favorite Secondary Characters —

Hey Everyone! I’ve missed my Top Ten Tuesdays and I’m back – so check out my favorite book secondary characters and share what you think too – if you have a blog, share your link, and if not – please just share in the comment space – I think it’s awesome to share some spot light on the characters we so often tend to pass by!! So here we go!

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)#1 — Love “The Hunger Games” By Suzanne Collins – and I LOVE Cinna and Haymitch. I couln’t pick just one here – they both place such important part’s in Katniss’s life during this awful time. I also love they chose L Kravitz and Woody Harrelson to play them in the movie – great choice!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) #2 – Roar from “Under the Never Sky” series by Veronica Rossi. I love Roar for his dedication and his friendship and his general awesomeness – seeing his story with Liv killed me but I hope better things are to come for this awesome guy!

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2) #3 — I just devoured this series – “Point of Retreat” by Colleen Hoover and am a huge fan of Will and Lake – but their story may have ended too early without the help of the amazing young people in their lives – First Kiersten – so smart and wise for her young age and played a curcial role in that big Slam moment and then Caulder and Kel – The book would not have been the same without them. An honorable mention to Eddie and Gavin too – but the little ones really stole my heart!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1) #4 — “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire. One of my favorite stories ever – and like the above I cannot go without mentioning 2 characters here, they are equally important and the story would not have been the same without them – America and Shep and I loved their love almost as much as Travis and Abby’s love. Great characters!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) #5 — “The Mortal Instrument” Series by Cassandra Claire – while thinking about secondary characters I could not leave Simon or Magnus withiout mention – Simon in particular — He was so loyal to Clary right to the point he got himself into an unimaginable situation — You could not ask for a better friend.

Twilight (Twilight, #1) #6 — “Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer. For this all I have to say is Alice – I love her pixie like character who was Bella’s friend from the first moment she came into the picture – literally. She planned the wedding and was so integral to the story in more ways than one..

Rule (Marked Men, #1) #7 — “Rule” by Jay Crownover: I love this story – the rough and tough guy being brought to his knees by love. The story would not have happened without some amazing back up characters – Ayden for Shaw (who gets her own story in the next book with Jet) and Nash/Rome for Rule. I also love Cora who comes to play a bigger role in the next book. A lot of great supporting characters here —

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1) #8 – “Flat Out Love” by Jessica Park: This is another favorite re-reader story and my first thought as a secondary character was Celeste – and yes she is crucial, but I think the true supporting character here is Finn who made it all happen — if you read the story you know what I mean, and he absolutely holds a special place in my heart – Read it if you have not and if you have – You know how important Finn was to this story… He was Flat out necessary to this story!

Left Drowning #9 – “Left Drowning” by Jessica Park: I know another Jessica Park – but seriously — she is amazing, I have an author cursh on her right now (which is not at all creepy!). This story is all about family and dynamics atop the hot romance, and one character that literally stole my heart from the first sentence out of his mouth was Sabin. Love some Sabin!

Safe Haven #10 – “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks: This book is great and I always think of Jo or Carly. Sparks always has some great surprises and I love the way this character comes in and brings the two main characters together – the fact that, well I don’t want to spoil it, but I will say I was blind until the end and revelation of who Jo was. Amazing story and I highly reccommend it –

Well that’s all Folks!

I did want to give one honorable mention to Jason Stackhouse from “True Blood” By Charlaine Harris – I just love him…

Anyway – really that’s all for me – tell me what you think – comment away, what are your favorite secondary characters? I love to remember things I might not think of now and hear what other people have to say — So spill it! Or leave a link to yours!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

Kelley

 

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Monday Musing – August 26th

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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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Happy Monday Everyone!

I’m not sure what to muse about today to be honest – so I’m just going to “vent” a little – speak up if you can understand where I’m coming from…

Blogging was something I started for fun and to get books early so I could review and get the word out to everyone else – it also helps support my book habit..

I have been on a whiz lately – Reading like a crazy woman, but now I have the question – how do I get all of these books reviewed? I read 5 books within the past week (It was a crazy reading week – not normal) but now I’m faced trying to get these things reviewed and to be fair to everyone that allowed me to read early in exhcange for these reviews.. Hmm… Plus I do have a full time job – which pays my bills so kidn of have to respect that.

Anyway, having too many books to read, reading too many great books is never something I complain about but the busier the blog becomes it’s hard to sometimes manage my time – what do you think? Do you set aside days just for reviews, review right after you read something? How do you make it work – always open for advise!!

Happy Monday!

Kelley

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Eye Opening Social Media Influence in YA World today – ARC Review of “TMI” by

TMI

Title: “TMI”

Author” Patty Blount

Where I got the book: I got this from a blog review site – Around the World ARC in exchange for an honest review

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Publish Date: August 6th, 2013

The Summary- Thanks to GoodReads:

Best friends don’t lie.
Best friends don’t ditch you for a guy.
Best friends don’t post your deepest, darkest secrets online.

Bailey’s falling head-over-high-heels for Ryder West, a mysterious gamer she met online. A guy she’s never met in person. Her best friend, Meg, doesn’t trust smooth-talking Ryder. He’s just a picture-less profile.

When Bailey starts blowing Meg off to spend more virtual quality time with her new crush, Meg decides it’s time to prove Ryder’s a phony.

But one stupid little secret posted online turns into a friendship-destroying feud to answer the question:

What I thought of the story:

To be frankly honest, when I started this story I was not sure that I would finish the book, or even like it. It had an interesting concept so I chose it, but still wasn’t sure. What I can say for 100% truth is that I was pretty much “into” the book from the second chapter.  I really enjoyed the storyline, how it was told from multiple points of views, and the characters. I am much past high school years myself, and sometimes I wonder if that makes it harder for me to relate to YA books now, but I thought this insight into the social media world was eye opening. When I was in high school we may have had AOL Instant Message – but there was no FB or Twitter – so with emotions running high and just the cattiness that  young people can display, i cannot imagine how hard it would be. I thought this was a great way to represent that without taking it too far. The storyline kept me drawn in, frustrated at points, but drawn in, and I felt like it was fresh and something I had not heard before – so overall I did enjoy it — now on to the characters—

The Characters:

I really loved the way the author portrayed the characters. None of them had absolute tragic depressing lives, but they had color and character and most importantly for me they were believeable.  Even though there were guys in the story, I also liked that it focused on friendships and the girls. Starting with Bailey – from moment one I wanted to like her, her bubly and positive personality. You could tell she had the usual girl hang ups about appearance/etc, but overall she did seem happy. Seeing her real thoughts through her eyes were very eye opening. Meg was complete opposite, she was smart and talented but hated herself for things that were never her fault. I think in the end both Baily and Meg made large discoveries about themselves and their pasts which will affect their future.

Now on to the Ryder character – from moment one, I had a fishy feeling about this but it wasn’t so obvious it was ridiculious.. So i think it did add all the right “motive” and character to the story. My favorite guy was Meg’s guy – I mean –SWOON! Where was this guy when I was in highschool?? he sets the bar high for any YA who reads this and is looking for someone like that at all. Overall I did love the characters, their dynamics and the relationships.

Overall – To Read or Not To Read:

Overally, I enjoyed the book very much. It was real and covered real topics. None of the characters were perfect to a point they representated a fake person. The story had realisitc drama and kept you wanting to know more. Funny enough, this is a story I wasn’t sure I wanted to read and i finished it in 2 days – and that says something about me…

While I cannot say this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, I can say it is eye opening about the realities of what is going on in the lives of young adults today and how the “romance” game of boy meets girl really has changed – there is so much less face to face and so much more texting, FB, Tweeting, etc.. It’s an entirely different world and I enjoyed seeing how this was great and how it could tear someone down – words can be powerful, no matter where they come from.

I do reccommend this as a read – maybe not a soul touching read, but everything cannot be like that – I reccommend for a great think read with some great romance.

Happy Reading!

Kelley

 

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