Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Promise of Amazing

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Goodreads Description:

Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how. 

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

Mainly I bought this book in the store because the cover is gorgeous and that basically sold me on it. Add in the fact that the lead characters names are Wren and Grayson..hells yeah. There were some parts in the book that were a bit bland and I’ve read some pretty horrible reviews for it but overall I really enjoyed this book.

So Grayson is pretty much a bad boy that’s trying to reform after being kicked out of school for being a…wait for it…term paper pimp. That is probably the most amusing ‘job description’ that I’ve read in a book.

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I pretty much loved Gray right from the beginning. His mannerisms, his style, this witty quips…just mhmm. That’s a bit creepy but he was awesome. Now Wren, I really liked Wren. She was just of the sweet girl next door type of character, but she could hold her own against Gray in a conversation. I like how that author actually showed how the characters progressed throughout the book instead of just kind of letting them flop along.

I ended up really enjoying this book because since it’s not a mythical one it’s easier to imagine yourself in the characters shoes instead of if she was fighting an Ork or trying to fight demons, all those things that usually don’t happen in everyday life. I suggest reading it because it was an adorable book and who doesn’t like a reforming bad boy?

-Chelsea K.

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Awkward.

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MTV Description:

This series takes an irreverent look at the conflict, chaos and humor that defines teenage life through the eyes of 15-year-old Jenna Hamilton, whose life begins to change when a simple accident becomes an epic misunderstanding and is blown way out of proportion. Narrated in the first-person voice of Jenna’s blog posts, “Awkward.” captures the humor within the struggles and experiences everyone can relate to from their formative years. The series picks up in the aftermath of the accident as she must deal with a new not-so-fun stigma, while at the same time managing the other daily drama that comes with being a teenager. From a secret relationship with a popular guy, to being undermined by a mean girl, and parents who just don’t get it – Jenna’s misfortune will eventually serve as the catalyst for amazing change, but it’s not without some missteps and mishaps along the way.

The day I was getting ready to leave for New Orleans is when I started watching this show and that was all I did for the rest of that day until I had to leave. the thing that makes me love this show is that they don’t make the main character perfect and that she makes actual mistakes, like an actual human being. So when I got back from NOLA I just vegged out and watched the first 3 seasons. One night I forced my mom to watch it with me and I’m pretty sure I got her hooked!

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This show just makes you relate to it so much because I feel that it is like high school should be. The complicated relationships, awkward first times, the mean girls, and all the other things you can think of. It just makes it feel more real than the other shows that have people who are mid twenties trying to play high school students whereas this show has people who actually look like high school students!

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I also love how they have the characters grow through these three seasons. Matty used to be kind if an asshole but now….damn son…I love you even more. The actress who played Jenna was just brilliant and her emotions seemed real to me and she did an amazing job in this role. I love the people who play the parents, they are hilarious and just crazy awesome. I know this is a really short review but you just need to see it to believe it. So the cast and just this whole show is glorious and I definitely recommend watching it.

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-Chelsea K.

Maybe Someday

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At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Maybe Someday is the first book that I had read by Colleen Hoover so I wasn’t sure what exactly to expect when I began reading this. Oh. My. God. This book is easily one of my favorite stand alone books of all time, which is really saying something.  The way this was written and the characters and just everything that went into this book was done beautifully and now I’m making myself want to go read it again.

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Now this isn’t in the description and could be considered a bit of a spoiler, and I usually despise spoilers but this one is kind of essential in helping you understand the way I will describe one of the characters a bit. So first Ridge. From the first moment I knew that I would be on team Ridge. Then when you find out he’s deaf (I know spoiler but to me it’s an essential part that you should know) it changed my perspective of him and made me have more respect for him. It hit something deep in me that wanted to just go and take care of him, which isn’t something that I feel is usually in my character, but it happened.

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Also that he was a musician kind of wiggled its way into my heart, because I love a good musically inclined character. For Sydney I really felt for her character a lot. I don’t know what else really to say for her but damn, I would’ve given her boyfriend and friend a good smack down after that happened. Warren…oh Warren. I found Warren hilarious and awesome for most of the book but there was this one moment where I just wanted to slap him into next Tuesday.

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He pissed me off so much in that point just…AAARRRGGGHHH!!

So the relationship between Ridge and Sydney throughout this book was so frustratingly beautiful and I really am trying so hard not to go into more detail so you can experience it for yourself so I’m just going to stop here.

 

 

**Warning Spoiler Ahead**

But there is one thing that I really wish she would have had Ridge specify is that he would choose Sydney over Maggie if Maggie ever wanted Ridge back. I felt like this really needed to be said because there is a chance that that could happen and it’s the one thing that the book didn’t have that should have been stated.

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This is the only book I’ve ever read that has a deaf person as one of the main characters and really just blows my mind by how well Hoover wrote his character, and his perspective of things. This is a high recommend from me and I suggest you got and read it as soon as possible.

-Chelsea K.

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Fragile Eternity & Radiant Shadows

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Fragile Eternity and Radiant Shadows are the third and fourth books in the Wicked Lovely series. This  is another faery series but it tends to lean towards the classic version of a faery. I’m currently watching the season finale of Hannibal which will make me take quite a bit of time writing this, not that you would know, so if you are a Hannibal fan you will understand.

(I bequeath thee with one of my favorite Hannibal gifs)

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Now in these two books of the series I felt like it was lulled a bit. I was quite in love with the first two books and how they were written, they just didn’t have a lot of moments that didn’t fit, or just were a bit dull. I really liked that she wrote more on Seth because I never really got any personal insight on him until Fragile Eternity. I’m also happy that Niall and Seth are pretty much bffles (please excuse my use of this word). They are probably the most adorable pair in this whole series so far, well I guess you can add Irial to the mix because he’s one hot pot of stuffing. As you can tell I’m feeling the cheesy phrases tonight so you might as well strap in and enjoy the ride.

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Well, you can see that Niall, Seth, and Irial are my favorite people in this series but in Radiant Shadows Devil punches his way into my heart. All of these guys have that bad boy attitude that draws me in like a fly to a light, but they are all still such differential people. Aislinn still annoys the hell out of me at parts when she is her POVs in Fragile Eternity and then when she is mentioned in Radiant Shadows. There is just something about her character that just rubs me the wrong way, she might just be one of those people that if I met them in real life I’d get the feeling that they would be a bit bitchy (this is just in my opinion and how my personality is compared to hers). Now time to get started on Keenan. Good God. In these two books my hatred for Keenan has grown. I really used to like the guy but now….

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The story line has been pretty average for it. The ideas were great but they weren’t executed to the best that they could have been. Otherwise it was really interesting in the parts that it was executed well and otherwise I enjoyed it. For all you mythological people out there that have a hankering for faeries and like it old school faery and also tatted up faeries, then this is the series for you.

-Chelsea K.

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Song of the Week 15

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It is time for song of the week 15! -cue sound effects- I know what you’re thinking…is it already week 15? Or if you weren’t that’s okay just keep on reading like nothing happened. So this week we are going to get some acapella up in this bitch. I’m bringing you Easy Way by For the Foxes. Now they have a version that’s not acapella that’s just as kickass but I am quite a fan of this one.

(obligatory weekly dance gif Zac Efron edition)

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Enjoy this version and if you like it go find the original and feel the music.

-Chelsea K.

The Eternity Cure & The Forever Song

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These are the final books in the Blood of Eden Trilogy. This series is about the story of Allison Sekemoto and her journey through Vampirism. This is one of the more enjoyable, in my opinion, vampire series. It has a kickass lead female, and doesn’t have her acting all woe is me all the time and doesn’t have her depending on a whole bunch of other people to do the work for her. It also isn’t dependent on romance and doesn’t romanticize the vampire race to help it keep the story running. The books do have romance in them but they seem to add more to it than carry it.

Allison is one of my favorite female leads in a series of this genre because she can support herself. Now, she does make friends and they help her but she’s not dependent on them for protection. On the guy front we have Kanin, Allison’s maker, Jackel, her blood brother, and Zeke, her kind of boyfriend. Now Kanin, who sired Allison, is one badass dude who is easily my favorite character in this series. He is extremely smart and has more humanity than vampires of his age usually have. Jackal, who is the blood brother of Allison, is one sarcastically, witty bastard that spices things up and has more snappy comebacks in his hand than most of the other characters have combined. Now unto Zeke. Zeke is I guess you could say Allison’s love interest throughout this series. He is the serious, protect everyone before himself, just all around good guy of the books. You could probably call him the boy next door type, the one you could take home to your parents and have them approve of your choice.

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The story line of the book was pretty consistent, though at a few times you could kind of guess what direction it was heading towards. It kept me on my feet and had enough action to keep my bloodlust quenched. The fights she did write about were pretty damn awesome and made sure to let you know that the other characters were still there and fighting and not being left out of the scene.

Overall these two books stayed consistent with the story and I didn’t feel like it was too lacking with information when you needed it, and the ending wrapped things up pretty well. So if you are a fan of YA vampire series with a hint of romance and lots of fight scenes, then I recommend this series to you.

-Chelsea K.

Nash

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Goodreads Description:

Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down… and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

Nash is the fourth book in the Marked men series and just came out at the end of last month and is probably one of my favorite New Adult series. If you are a fan of tattooed men and following them as they find and go through a relationship, than this is the series for you. This is also one of those series that the author made me actually feel what the characters were feeling which always bumps it up several notches in my book.

In this book, we follow Nash and Saint’s story as they help one  another through hardships in each other’s lives. Nash is probably my second favorite book in the Marked Men series, right after Rule. I feel that Nash is one of the guys who goes through one of the biggest changes as a character throughout the books. Just the relationship between Saint and Nash in this book and how they overcome the obstacles that keep them from getting together just blows me away. The way Crownover writes just makes it seem so realistic and helps you connect with the characters in a way that you can’t in other books. She just describes her male characters in a way that makes me swoon every time she mentions them. Also, reading how a big, tuff, tattooed guy has some moments where he just breaks down really punches me in the heart.

Accurate depictions of emotions you will feel while reading this series

 

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This is a series that I highly recommend to anyone who likes New Adult, because her writing is consistently amazing and it’s just a fantastic series. So go forth and read!

-Chelsea Knight

Songs of the Weeks 13 & 14

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Hello, hello! As I’ve effectively been avoiding my laptop like the plague because I was stressing out over my trip to New Orleans last week for RT Booklovers Convention, I am finally getting up the last two songs of the week. I’m going to get another one up for this week sometime and will HOPEFULLY be writing lots of reviews because my review pile is growing to crazy proportions. Since I have two songs this week I might as well start and make this short and sweet so I can get to writing some actual reviews.

The first song is off of the new Thirty Seconds to Mars album and I just remembered it and really need to get the album so hopefully this will make me remember. I present to you Birth by Thirty Seconds to Mars!

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Now as I’m writing this I’m thinking why not just make this next song also from the Love Lust Faith + Dreams album. The next song is Conquistador which is also from the new album and I hope you enjoy it just as much.

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-Chelsea K.

 

Illusions & Destined

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Alright, alright, alright, finally a review!! Cue all the screaming and excitement since it has been a LONG time since I’ve brought myself to actually sit down and do this because they’ve been piling up for ages. Also, since these are the third and fourth books in the Wings series I’m not going to have a description so I don’t have a chance to accidentally give anything away to those of you who have not read the series yet. For those who don’t know what this series is about, it’s a mythological series about fairies. Now this isn’t your typical fairy that you’ve read about, these fairies are basically plants that look like humans. I know. crazy stuff, but if that’s your genre than go for it.

Now for the review.  As usual, this is just basically going to be a kind of overview of what I thought without giving much of anything away so you have a chance to enjoy it yourself if you find it interesting so you can be surprised by everything that happens.

Laurel…just…no. She still seems to just annoy me in the series, she just seems really selfish at times and doesn’t ever have really selfless moments that I was hoping that she as a character would show as she grew throughout the series. She was almost the biggest disappointment in the series was her lack of growth. There’s just not much more for me to really say about her that doesn’t involve me ranting a bit so I’m just going to move on to Tamani. Gah! Tamani is still my favorite character in this series, he’s just funny, witty, and is really selfless when it comes to Laurel. Just…

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I could talk about Tamani for days, and I wouldn’t mind doing that, so go read to find out more so I’m not tempted to do just that. For the story line I feel that it was just kind of blah; it moved along but it was just kind of bumping along a straight path that was at times predictable and didn’t have super exciting moments that I was really hoping for. It just made me sad in the end because I felt like it was just a settled, bland, and really just a unremarkable ending that just didn’t do for what I had hoped it would.

Just go give the series a chance and see if it’s a better fit for you than it was for me, and if not just do it for the glory of Tamani.

-Chelsea K.

Song of the Week 12

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Hello everybody! Today marks the day of the Song of the Week week 12. I can’t believe it’s been 12 weeks! To mark this averagely exciting day I’m going to be giving you 2 songs for the price of one. The first song I’m going to give you is by one of the bands whose first album I quickly loved and their new album Supermodel just came out, I present Coming of Age by Foster the People!

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For the second video I give you Young Heart by Blondfire. I got addicted to the few of the songs of theirs that I heard last year and I really just need to go get the album.

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Well I hope you enjoy these two songs and have a kickass week.

-Chelsea K.