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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 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.


“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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ARC Review of “Left Drowning” by Jessica Park

So I was super exicted to read this –  I hope you all enjoy my review and most importantly – READ this wonderful book!

Title: “Left Drowning”

Author: Jessica Park

Published by: Amazon Children’s Publishing

Publish Date: July 16, 2013

Left Drowning

Overview of Story Thanks to GoodReads:

What does it take to rise from life’s depths, swim against the current, and breathe?
Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn’t expect—an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own. As their relationship deepens, Chris pulls Blythe out of the stupor she’s been in since the night a fire took half her family. She begins to heal, and even, haltingly, to love this guy who helps her find new paths to pleasure and self-discovery. But as Blythe moves into calmer waters, she realizes Chris is the one still strangled by his family’s traumatic history. As dark currents threaten to pull him under, Blythe may be the only person who can keep him from drowning.

My Thoughts:

If you can’t already tell – I’m in love with this. When I got the ARC – I was one day into reading before I realized that it was a book by Jessica Park ( I know – you are thinking – Doesn’t she pay attention to this? But really I don’t – If the story sounds great, then I go with it and look at the author later or when I write the review – I try to really read based on the merit of the story and then of course known books I see coming out by my favorites I will check out) and when I realized that she wrote this I was SUPER excited. The writing in the story seemed familiar to me – and then it all made sense. So – the book. I really loved it. The story was intense, the feelings so real I could feel them sometimes with the characters.  I laughed, I cried, and I cheered the characters on at certain points. This is the first time in awhile where I was literally brought to tears by a book and laughed within the same amount of time – and this has it all! I remembered reading “Flat Out Love” and loving the humor in the story, even amoungts such a heartbreaking story, and this one had that same aspect. You would feel intense sorrow for the characters but then something light would ha.ppen and you would laugh. It’s a great combination.  The storyline and message was absolutely powerful and intense.  It was a page turner and a book where I was also sad to see it end, I could definetly read more about these characters.  I liked that the storyline felt real, that is always important to me too.  My best summation of what I felt like the book portrayed was that it showed how much strengh it takes to let go and trust someone, and learn how to love, learn how to allow yourself to be loved.  Now, the romance was of course super intese, hot, romantic, and sexy.  It was..a leap from the “sexy scenes” in “Flat Out Love” but I’m a big girl and I enjoyed it!! I loved the title because most of us have had tough times in one way or another, but difficult times and I personally can understand what she said when she felt like she was drowning.  I thought the story was about more than drowning though, because the characters do learn to swim, to survive in the end. You see all of their strengths and their weaknesses, but strength prevails and leaves the characters stronger than the start of the story.


I’ve already  gushed more than necessary, but I really loved the characters, even the ones in the circle around the main characters. Blythe and Chris were amazing, real, and I felt their feelings like they were mine. I could relate to them and I think that made the story that intense and “feelable.”  Estelle and Eric and Zack you didn’t see or hear as much, but when you did, it was rememberable. I did wish we got to know them more, and would love to see a second story following any of their storylines.  Now Sabin – awww – I loved him. What a great character and how I felt for him at the end, he broke my heart in many ways. I was cheering for him, and for him to find his own happiness, and I especially loved the last chapter and his part in that (don’t want to give anything away).  Sabin is someone I would love to have as my brother. Something else i loved that Park did was bring the characters together, I love how she met Sabin and Chris in the same day but different ways and these ways showed the difference in their character.  I love that when she realized who they were to each other, it fit. Her family unit sort of found her and then James at the end. When Chris and Blythe were not together, when she found out he was with someone else – I cannot even tell you how hard my heart broke, I literally had a tear in my eye for Blythe. Her sense of rightness above all and that they would be together in the end honestly soothed me even, allowed me to continue reading. Now the ride to the house in the summer with her and James when I wasn’t sure if she would go to Chris’s big event or NOT – killed me, when she told James to pull off and then saw the siblings running across a parking lot – I had butterflies in my stomach. I was cheering for them all. And I loved knowing them all. Park builds beautiful characters and family units, I read “Flat Out Love”, “Flat Out Matt” and also “Relatively Famous” and in every story I loved the characters and most of all their connections – to their loves and to their families and friends. She is able to write beautiful connections and create a beautiful story with real/full characters.

Overall Rating:

Now, I haven’t gotten my rating system 100% defined yet but this book is a 5 THUMBS up! Buy it, read it, keep it, read it again! This is something I could really see myself reading again, and again. I am kind of cheesy with books like this – I will read books over but more than that I read parts of books over and over.  If there is a part I love, I flag it and sometimes when I need it, I’ll just flip to that section and read it again..

In the end, read this and you will love it!  I just cannot tell everyone enough. It comes out on July 16th, across all media forms.  I am super thankful to Netgalley who gave me the ARC so I could review it. So, please pick it up. “Left Drowning” is a beautiful, intense, romantic story with amazing depth and breadth…the story is about drowning, but also about learning to swim again.

Quotes I adored in this story:

“He puts his hand on my cheek. “You were left drowning.” I nod again.  “And you’re struggling to breathe.” I am.  It’s a constant struggle to stay near the surface.  I have just enough air to stop me from totally going under, but not enough to thrive.  “So do it.  Breathe.  Just Breathe.” He turns up the volume and strokes my hair.

“You have the here and the now, ” Chris says.  “You have a future.  Deal with the past so you can stop looking back.  It’s just pain.”

“You need songs that make you feel.  Some make you strong, some make you weak.  Some build determination, some tear you apart.  But you need all of those.”

“I am overwhelmingly in love with you,” Chris says as he matches my steps. **GUSH**

“We run through the remnants of our pain, and more importantly, we run for our present and for our future.  Together we kick heartbreak’s ass.”

So if you love that, get the book and read it! And tell me what you think!!

Happy Reading!



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“The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West ARC Review – My First Great Summer Read!

The Distance Between Us

Title and Author: “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: 7/2/2013

How I Got The Book: I got this as part of the book tour from Around The World ARC Blog

Link to Purchase on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Distance-Between-Us-ebook/dp/B00B0VZRWO/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1372554433&sr=1-2&keywords=the+distance+between+us

General Summary Via GoodReads:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about…

My First Thoughts:

I haven’t read anything yet written by Kasie West, so I wasn’t sure what to think. I have to admit though, the cover really lured me in. For me, some covers are just so-so, bu tthen some come along and forwhatever reason appeal to me and make me want to check the book out – and this is one of those books. Then I started reading and from the first page Caymen had me laughing. I really loved her dry sense of humor. Then there was Skye – who I also enjoyed. Of course, it does go without saying that Xander was hot from the first minute –and sweet, and dreamy! So, my first thought of this book is that it was a typical YA love story, good characters, some humor, and would be a great summer read! I also thought from chapter one, well more so knew I would end up enjoying the story. I liked West’s writing and I really enjoyed the character POV changes, even slight, to see somethings from other perspectives. It certainly had me hooked, I think I read the whole book in 3 days – with my work load lately – that is fast!

The Characters:

We can start with Caymen. As I said before, I loved her dry sense of humor.  It made some more…slow parts of the book humorous, and you never really knew what she would say or what she was thinking – so that made her interesting. I also enjoyed that she was a strong character, a do-er.. She saw a problem, like with her Mom, and started thinking of how to help, she wasn’t helpless and didn’t whine like a normal teenager – which made her a great character and a strong female character. I enjoyed her relationship with her Mom and with Skye. She may have not had a ton of friends, but you could tell she was loyal to those she loved. I have seen some other reviews that posed the question why Mason was even brought into the story, but I think he served a vital role.. it was to allow Caymen to have a choice – to choose to go for her Prince Charming or to choose someone “safe” that she did like and she saw on her own level.  I think it was she that told Xander that every now and then you have to take a chance and be willing to fail, and this was her chance, stepping out of her comfort zone. When you think of her character – you understand why this would be her challenge. Then enter Zander – the boy with the perfect life (per se), dreamy looks, and sweet heart. I really wanted her to give him a chance from the first minute.  I was frustrated when she wouldn’t open up to him and just give him a chance.. But he saw that and didn’t run away – he wanted to know her so much he took the baby steps and waited it out while they got to know each other. One of my favorite scenes is the scene where they dig the grave.. This is totally weird scenerio – I know – but Xander jumped right in and dug into it, even getting blisters and not complaining trying to show her he was different, he wasn’t a pretty boy without a back bone. I just really enjoyed the way they were when they were together.  It’s like they fit and completed each other. Toward the end, you see new characters enter into Caymen’s life and it does stir things up, but it brings good change..you’ll see. I don’t want to add any spoilers about the new characters, but I will say I really enjoyed the ending this book and I really loved the characters, they were full and believeable. I am kind of hoping Kasie West will add another addition into this series, i would love to see Sky’e story and of course see more of Xander and Caymen!

Overall Thoughts:

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. This is my first “official” summer read and this is a perfect summer read. If you’re headed to the beach, or just by the pool — or even looking for a great read – check it out! It’s the kind of book that can follow something really serious or something very deep. This book has enough meat to make it interesting, enough steam to make you swoony, and enough humor to make you laugh – it’s the perfect combination for a summer read! I highly reccommend it! So I give the book 4/5 Sunshines!

This book is a great, fun read for your summer “to-read” list – so check it out today. It comes out on July 2nd via Amazon.  I’ll post the link to purchase it above next to the book cover. I really like to always include a quote (I’m a quote girl!) so check that out below! I coudln’t find a great quote that doesn’t give anything away, so i decided to give a tid-bit. Hope you enjoy! Love to hear your thoughts if  you’ve read it or if you want to – just post in the comment section below!

Tid Bit From The Story:

he stops suddenly, becoming very still.  I’m confused.  I was sure he was coming to some sort of powerful conclusion that I really want him to make.  Something that’ll make me say, “It’s okay. Love conquers all.” But instead he offers me his lower-lip biting smile and I almost rush into his arms.  For the first time since I walked away from him the other night my heart feels whole.

There are some amazing quotes in the book and I deliberated over them, but I don’t want to spoil the great story for anyone! I don’t want to spoil the sweetness, and innocense as Caymen and Xander form their story.  This quote I think shows the story is real.. In real life, people (for the most part – there may still be those prince charming’s out there) don’t make large grandiose speeches that change lives, or change feelings.. In real life, we just forgive each other, when you love someone, you just can’t stay angry.. and being with them is more important than anything else!

SO – check it out – “The Distance Between Us” by Kasie West is a great story, fun and romantic, humorous and real. It’s a great summer read, or anytime read.. Get it and check it out – that’s what I reccommend! You won’t regret it!








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Review of “Pushing The Limits” by Katie McGarry

This is a "thought bubble". It is an...

This is a “thought bubble”. It is an illustration depicting thought. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Hello readers – Here it is – my review of “Pushing The Limits”. If you have read my blog at all – you already know I love this book – but I’m finally getting to the full review – hope you enjoy!

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)

Summary – Thank you Goodreads:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal.But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again…

What I thought:

First off, I have to say I REALLY LIKED this book – and I enjoyed McGarry’s writing.  I thought the story line was unique – different from any other books I’ve been reading recently – and that was refreshing. On a side note – I LOVED the name Echo – what a cool name for a character.  I thought Noah and Echo were both wonderfully written characters – warm and easy to relate to. I have seen some reviews critizing Noah for his language, and as well for the..how can I put this.. high amount of inappropriate thoughts on Noah’s part about women’s bodies.. However, I thought this was right on with how a guy really thinks – the language didn’t have to be that way, but I think it added to his character – his roughness around the edges. The greek mythology ties in were great – I thought it was cool Echo’s Mom taught her so much about the constellations and I really loved how Noah compared Echo to his Siren.. It was, again, something different and I really enjoyed it.  The story line for Echo was..tough to read at points – but I really enjoyed how they revealed it slowly – I honestly believe it would have been much harder to read if you had to digest that all up front – so I enjoyed the way the author wrote this part.  I could feel her pain at some points and the last meeting with her mom – WOW – I have to be honest – I had tears in my eyes too. Same thing for Noah – his storyline was also unique and when he was with his brothers I could feel the loss.. the struggle and choice he had to make was realistic to me and did not seem far fetched, I enjoy stories that are realistic.  I also really enjoyed, of course, the romance of it – somethings he said — swoon! The counselor at school also brought great moments to the story, by sort of facilitating it – i don’t think it would have been the same if it was just from Echo/Noah’s point of view. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers – but I highly reccommend you read this book. It was a great read.

Overall Thoughts:

So – you know i loved it. Overall, I reccommend you buy it – I wanted to read this so badly I purchased it myself since I didn’t get approved to read it as a review book.  I also think this is something I would or could re-read. I like that the second book is coming out and it is a new storyline but Echo and Noah will be part of it so their storyline is not finished.  The only complaint I had, and it’s not really even a complaint – I wish we could have seen more of the storyline once everything worked out – their trip and the  year after. I love the after the big win parts of a book – and although I thought the ending was well written and thought out, personally and probably selfishly I wanted more of their story! So – basically 5/5 stars – get it, read it – if you like romance and YA lit – you will enjoy it!

Quotes I loved:

“The worst type of crying wasn’t the kind everyone could see–the wailing on street corners, the tearing at clothes. No, the worst kind happened when your soul wept and no matter what you did, there was no way to comfort it. A section withered and became a scar on the part of your soul that survived. For people like me and Echo, our souls contained more scar tissue than life.”

*I chose this quote because to me it showed some of the utter pain that was in a story. I thought the author handled it so well, and without sugar coating it – so i had to include this one quote.


“If you’re scared, tell me.  If you need to cry and scream, then do it.  And you sure as hell don’t walk away from us because you think it would be better for me.  Here’s the reality, Echo: I want to be by your side.  If you want to go to the mall stark naked so you can show the world your scars, then let me hold your hand.  If you want to see your mom, then tell me that too.  I may not always understand, but damn, baby, I’ll try.”

*No need to say why i chose this – Swoon! I love the way he says this to her.


“I gazed into her beautiful green eyes and her fear melted. A shy smile tugged at her lips and at my heart. Fuck me and the rest of the world, I was in love.”

*I liked this one b/c he realized he loved Echo – finally admitting it to himself. It was a great moment for his character.


“We’d read about sirens in English this fall; Greek mythology bullshit about women so beautiful, their voices so enchanting, that men did anything for them. Turned out that mythology crap was real because every time I saw her, I lost my mind.”

*I really liked the Siren comparison so I threw this in there.


“Wrapping my arms around her, I walked her backward into the brick.  “Tell me you chose me, Echo.”
She licked her lips.  Those green eyes smoldered, calling me to her.  “I chose you.”

*Last but not least, showing where Echo chose Noah – so sweet!

Hope you will read and enjoy this as well – let me know your thoughts? Did you love it too?


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Happy Saturday Night Everyone!

I havne’t finished a book yet, but I am working on some good ones, so I thought I’d do a post “in reading” just to see what everyone else is reading.

Right now I’m reading “Pushing The Limits” and “the Under The Never Sky Novella about Roar and Liv.”

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Roar and Liv (Under the Never Sky, #0.5)


I’m hoping I can finish these. And tonight I actually took some time to do something – not sure if all of you do this, but to organize the list of what i want to read next/when. Between Negallery/Edelweiss and the normal books being published my list is getting piled up fast – Wow i idn’t relaize how wuickly this stuff can come up so i’m “trying” to organize this stuff tonight and get an idea of what next when.

I also took a good hard look at my blog, and some things I might want to change.  First of all I have realized to my utter disbbelif that I have not published my review for the second Under the Never Sky, for Forever Black, for Beautiful and Walking Disaster – not to mention I would love to review the Dilerium series.. So at least I have some content to work on until I can get my next set of books read. Anyway, so where I am on a Satruday night truding away on this, so you can def take away that I love doing this.. Its my relief from my everyday stuff.

One other comment before I’m off of here for today. Another blogger I really like posted something today about friendships and how h ard they are to cultivate and keep and I agree with her 100%, so either I just had some bad luck or i’m not meant to have that clsoe connection.. I don’t think i’m not menat to have it because I love people and I strive for communication – but what can I do to change this? I was also thinking that maybe me coming on here wsas a way to find friends who had more in common with me, so we could share our love of books and maybe even more – so who knows. Does anyone else knwo what I mean? I would love to develop a clsoe knit circle of fellow bloggers where we could keep up via blog, emial, maybe text message.. and maybe have some type of book group, I just could see it growing more maybe?? I can always hope anyway..


Well everyone, have a great Satruday and Pre-Mother’s day night – look for some reviews to be posted tomorrow!

Night  Ya’ll – thought I would leave you with a post from one of the books i’m reading!


“If you’re scared, tell me.  If you need to cry and scream, then do it.  And you sure as hell don’t walk away from us because you think it would be better for me.  Here’s the reality, Echo: I want to be by your side.  If you want to go to the mall stark naked so you can show the world your scars, then let me hold your hand.  If you want to see your mom, then tell me that too.  I may not always understand, but damn, baby, I’ll try.” From Pushing the Limits – can you say “swoon”?


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“Flat Out Matt” by Jessica Parks

Cinderella - Prince Charming & Cinderella

Cinderella – Prince Charming & Cinderella (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Published 3/25/13

The Story:

This is a prequel and sequel to “Flat Out Love”.  If you did not read that as of yet, STOP now!  For this book to make any sense you need to read that before taking this on.  If you did read “Flat Out Love” then proceed, you will find in this book the story is told from Matt’s perspective for the most part.  It starts out with 2 wonderful chapters where Matt is narrating, but it allows us to meet Finn, the real Finn, and allow us to see the family unit before the tragedy that would unfold.  The next chapters are all the “best” key moments from the book we all know and love, except we see things from Matt’s perspective.  And last, there are 2 wonderful chapters that pick up right where the other book left off, Skydiving!  It also shows us the post skydive adult time when they get back to Julie’s apartment (I really loved that part!). So if you loved “Flat Out Love”, you will LOVE this.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book, if you didn’t catch that yet..haha. But, seriously I did.  I enjoyed seeing things from Matt’s perspective.  He was so quiet through so much of the book, I was wondering – what the heck is he thinking? I liked how this book also showed the introduction to meeting “Flat Finn” and I know this was an incredibly sad time for the family, but I loved this chapter – to see how much Matt loved his sister, the length he would go to, was moving beyond words.  I also loved getting to meet the “real” Finn.  I know it sounds ridiculious, but I felt like I knew him from Julie “knowing” him in the first book, and to see he was a lot like what I expected was great.  The begining where Finn gives Matt advice, will come back later, and I think that tied the whole story up in a neat bow.  I just cannot say enough nice things about this story, the characters, and the writing. I love it, and I will read pretty much anything this author writes… Well before I give everything away, I will stop gushing, but I do want to point out some of my favorite quotes.  I love when these lines stick out to you, give you something to remember about the story that sometimes can even relate to your own life..

Quotes I Adored:

“I want the guy.  The everything guy.  Not the dumb Prince Charming, nauseatingly perfect – everything guy.  That’s pathetic.  I want the flaws-and-all, everything guy.”

“How you find love means nothing.  It’s what you do with it when you see it that does.” – This quote makes me litterally swoon…

I have to add in one for humor.  It’s not meant to be funny, but after you know the whole story, to me, it seemed humorous —

“This love triangle had reached new heights, and as much as Matt loved geometry, this was not the sort of triangle he wanted anything to do with.”

Last – one more swoon worthy love quote – while they were having ah..em.. special time..

“They must have stopped the world.  They just must have” – I have to follow this with – if you have been in love like this, in the begining it does feel that way and I loved the way Parks captured that emotion and said it in such a flat out, honest, type of way..


So Overall View:

Get this book, today, if not sooner. Read it, re’read it, and keep it.  This is a story you can come back to time and again – it’s one of those books that will make it on my shelf as a yearly re-read without doubt.  And it will 100% will be a go to reccomendation for anyone who enjoys YA romance lit.




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