Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3) by Simone Elkeles

Blurb: Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he's scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules -, don't trust a boy who says "I love you", boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex's wedding and suddenly she's tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis's biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers' lives. Will Luis's feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk?

Review: I was, and still am, very sad that this is the last book in the Perfect Chemistry trilogy because I never want it to end! It is one of the best series I have ever read! But I am happy because this book had a perfect ending (for the trilogy and for the book) and I would have been so disappointed if it wasn't as good as the other two books in the series. But Luis Fuentes' story did not disappoint and it was nice to hear his story because it was so awesomely romantic! I was actually really sad that there are no more books in this series, but everything has to end sometimes! All in all, it was a great romantic read, and it was great to see how the characters from the other two books in the series had developed. I've said this before, and I will say it again: If you haven't read these books, get to it!

Rating: LOVED IT

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rules Of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles

Blurb: When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn't want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

Review: I was so excited to read this book when I saw the trailer (watch it at!). It got me so in the mood to read this book, I couldn't wait to finish Perfect Chemistry and start reading Rules Of Attraction. I admit, I did have high expectations considering how good the first book in the series was, and I am very happy to say that this book met my expectations, made me very glad that Perfect Chemistry is a trilogy, and it made me desperate for more! The romance between Carlos and Kiara was so great and I loved how their relationship developed! It was actually a really great book, like Perfect Chemistry, which I am glad because I would have been very disappointed if Rules Of Attraction wasn't as good as Perfect Chemistry. It would have sucked since the first book left my expectations high for the second book. But (yay!) it didn't suck and I was so happy that I found these books. So if you haven't read them, hurry up and get to it because seriously, you don't know what you're missing out on!

Rating: LOVED IT

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

Blurb: At Fairfield High School, on the outskirts of Chicago , everyone knows that south-siders mixing with north-siders can be explosive.  So when Brittany Ellis and Alejandro “Alex” Fuentes are forced to be lab partners in chemistry class, this human experiment leads to unexpected revelations – that Brittany ’s flawless reputation is a cover for her troubled home life, that Alex’s bad-boy persona  hides his desire to break free from gang ties, and that when they’re together, life somehow makes more sense.  Breaking through the stereotypes and expectations that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart, Perfect Chemistry takes readers to both sides of the tracks in a passionate love story about looking beneath the surface.

Review: I honestly cannot find the words to describe how much I love this book. It. Is. So. Freaking. Awesome. From the first line I was sucked in. I finished it the next day. The characters in this book were so addictive and I was so desperate for more. I really didn't want it to end, but I am so glad it did because the ending was so perfect and it would have ruined it if it ended any other way. I am so glad I discovered this series because I was seriously missing out before. If you don't believe me, then read it for yourself and find out what I'm talking about because this is one of the best books I have ever read. It was so romantic and all of the gang-related stuff put an exciting twist to the whole thing. It was so perfect! I can't wait to read the other two books in this series!

Rating: LOVED IT

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Fine Art Of Truth Or Dare by Melissa Jensen

Blurb: Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that's just fine by her. She's got her friends - the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She's got her art - and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it's hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they're dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

Review: The blurb makes this book sound really good. That's why I read it. For the romantic aspect. But, sorry to say, I was hugely disappointed. There wasn't much that happened that made me want to keep reading, except maybe the end, so I could finish it and start reading Perfect Chemistry, which had just arrived at the library after I have had it on hold for ages. Sure, it was sweet and all, but I didn't find myself really hooked. At all. It was sad, really, how disappointing it was. I mean, I could have skipped the first 150 pages and I wouldn't have missed anything. But the romance was nice and the ending was sweet, so if you are looking for a not-very-interesting romance book that you don't want to get hooked onto, then this is your book. All I'm saying is, don't be surprised if it isn't up to much. Because I warned you.


Saturday, June 9, 2012

10 Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski

Blurb: 2 girls + 3 guys + 1 house - parents = 10 things April and her friends did that they (definitely, maybe, probably) shouldn't have.
If given the opportunity, what sixteen-year-old wouldn't jump at the chance to move in with a friend and live parent-free? Although maybe "opportunity" isn't the right word, since April had to tell her dad a tiny little untruth to make it happen (see #1: "Lied to Our Parents"). But she and her housemate Vi are totally responsible and able to take care of themselves. How they ended up "Skipping School" (#3), "Throwing a Crazy Party" (#8), "Buying a Hot Tub" (#4), and, um, "Harboring a Fugitive" (#7) at all is kind of a mystery to them.
In this hilarious and bittersweet tale, Sarah Mlynowski mines the heart and mind of a girl on her own for the first time. To get through the year, April will have to juggle a love triangle, learn to do her own laundry, and accept that her carefully constructed world just might be falling apart . . . one thing-she-shouldn't-have-done at a time.

Review: I haven't really read a book like this before now. But I loved it! It was fresh and fun and the characters were really refreshing and I loved every single minute of it! It's just a seriously good book! I wasn't really sure what to expect from it, especially since I had never heard of Sarah Mlynowski before I found this book, but I was very surprised at how good the writing and storyline was! I will definitely read more by this author, and if you know of any books like this one, please please please email me (find my address on my profile page in the Contact Me section on the left hand column!) about them! It was funny and addicting and I need more! So if you haven't read it, get to it because or else you are seriously missing out!

Rating: LOVED IT

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy… and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.
Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends…

Review: Believe it or not, I have actually never seen Romeo & Juliet. Or read the book, either. I guess my English teacher will make us study it sometime, though. Me not knowing the story of Romeo & Juliet, except the basics (such as they fell in love and then died), this was a new topic for me. But I loved it! There were moments when I was like OMG! What's gonna happen now?!? and also times when I was Oh no she didn't! which just made me want to read it more! I loved the romance and how it made me have to think about it because I didn't now what way the story was going to go! All in all, an awesome book with great characters and I will definitely be reading more by this author!

Rating: LOVED IT

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lock & Key by Sarah Dessen

Blurb: "Ruby, where is your mother?" Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return. That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future-it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give? Best-selling author Sarah Dessen explores the heart of a gutsy, complex girl dealing with unforeseen circumstances and learning to trust again.

Review: I have read so many Sarah Dessen books I can hardly remember them all. Seriously. Actually, I found out about Sarah Dessen on the back of a Susane Colasanti book and I haven't stopped reading her books since! I've been meaning to read this book for a while now, I even borrowed it out a couple of times but I didn't have time to read it! Now I finally got to it! I admit, it did take me a while to get stuck into it but I'm glad I stuck out the first part of the book, because the rest was great! As always, the romance was great, as were the other aspects of the book, but I loved the romance especially! Again, if you haven't read it, then hurry up and do!

Rating: LIKED IT

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Possessions by Nancy Holder

Blurb: New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears them performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It doesn’t help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago.
What Lindsay doesn’t yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead...And that someone is Lindsay.

Review: I found this book on that little page at the front of a book that says 'More Books By This Author'. Yes, I do actually look at that page. I had just finished reading the Wicked series Nancy Holder co-wrote with Debbie Viguie, which was also a really cool series, and was looking for a book to read when I remembered this book. Some of it was really spooky and I was like, 'Hell no am I reading this at night!' for those parts but there was also a slightly romantic twist in this book which made me go 'Aw...That was so sweet...', which I loved. When I finished it I was seriously desperate for more and I read the other books in the series (The Evil Within and The Screaming Season) in the same week! Personally, I would never want to read this book in the middle of a huge storm, because it would definitely make me a bit paranoid, but it's a good read and I will definitely be reading more books by Nancy Holder.

Rating: LIKED IT

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

Blurb: Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers. 
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find the dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he's claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. 
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay's intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she's falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer... and becoming his prey herself.

Review: I found this book on one of my many trips to the town library when I had nothing to read and was desperate for something to read - anything! I didn't know if it was going to be any good but I liked the sound of it from the description in the blurb. So I borrowed it out and from the first page I knew I was going to like it. It was the perfect combination of paranormal mystery and romance - yay! The next time I went to the library I found the next book in the series (OMG! It's a series?!), Desires Of The Dead, and I was so relieved because there could not only be one book! It would be way to mean - and annoying! Recently I also borrowed out the third book, The Last Echo, but I didn't have enough time to read it so it went back to the library un-read! :( But all-in-all this was a really good book and I can't wait to read more in the series when I have time!

Rating: LIKED IT

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti

Blurb: Erin and Lani are best friends . . . 
and total opposites when it comes to everything, including boys. But then Erin starts dating Jason, and when Lani meets him, sparks fly. Lani is a loyal friend to Erin, but when junior year ends and Erin goes to camp for the summer, she leaves Lani behind . . . with Jason. Will Lani be able to put her friendship with Erin first, or will she be tempted by the guy who may just be her soul mate?

Review: This is the first book by Susane Colasanti I ever read. When I finished the last page, I knew that I had to read more of her books! Her writing was just so amazing! I wasn't really into the whole romance thing before I read this book, except for paranormal, but that's always different. I was hooked! I still am really, but I can't find any books like this except for books by Sarah Dessen, but now I've read most of hers, too! I read all of Susane Colasanti's books after I finished Something Like Fate and I fell in love! I just wish there were more books by her around! I still read this book over and over when I'm in a romantic mood because it's so...well, it's just an awesome book! If you haven't read this book, or any books by Susane Colasanti, then you need to because or else you're missing out! Big time!

Rating: LOVED IT

Shadow Of The Moon (Dark Guardian #4) by Rachel Hawthorne

Hayden was born a werewolf, a Dark Guardian. But her ability to sense the feelings of fellow werewolves has made her life unbearable. She runs away, only to be tracked by charming, mysterious Daniel, a newcomer to the pack and the one Shifter immune to her powers. As she reluctantly follows him home, Hayden finds herself falling dangerously in love. . . .
But even as her feelings for Daniel deepen, Hayden begins to wonder if he is who he claims to be. Where did he come from and why has no one ever seen him transform? When they stumble upon the body of a Shifter still in wolf form, her worries grow. Someone is killing her kind. Is her handsome tracker really a hunter? And is Hayden now his prey?

Review: So, ages ago I read the first three books in this series...And I loved them! Seriously romantic with a touch of paranormal - the perfect book for me! Then, a couple of weeks ago I remembered this series and was looking at Rachel Hawthorne's site when I came across the page for this series! And, tada, there's another book on the list. I was like, 'What the hell? There's another one?' before I realized that I hadn't read it. But I needed to! So I went to the library and I had totally forgotten that I was looking for this book when my friend came over who hadn't read the series and was looking for a book, and these books came to mind! When I got to the shelf and saw it there I pretty much shrieked because I'd totally forgotten but I still found it! read it in 1 day and I loved every second of it, even though it's a bit different than the other three! I will definitely read any more books in the series if the author writes more! All in all, a quick, romantic read, perfect for a rainy day!

Rating: LOVED IT

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