Review: Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven

Broken Juliet (Starcrossed, #2)

Broken Juliet
(Starcrossed #2)
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: April 28, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

five stars

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How do you fix a love that’s been broken beyond repair?

For years, Cassie Taylor tried to forget about Ethan Holt. He was the one great love of her life, and when he failed to return her love, a part of her died forever. Or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he’s determined to win her back. Claiming to be a changed man, he’s finally able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago, but can she believe him? What makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

Ethan knows he can’t change their tumultuous past, but if he’s going to have any chance of being with the woman he loves, he’ll need to convince Cassie that her future belongs with him.

Don’t miss this stunning conclusion to the unforgettable love story that captivated over two million fans online.

my thoughts

Broken Juliet

“Despite all the things I would have changed about our journey, I’d never want a different destination. It’s always been you.”

My love for this book cannot be described in words! Broken Juliet is an excellent continuation of Bad Romeo and a perfect conclusion for Ethan and Cassie’s love story.

After their devastating relationship mistakes in the past, Cassie makes the greatest decision of a lifetime– to either accept Ethan back or deny their chance of forever.

I just can’t get enough of this book! It’s perfect and it’s one unforgettable, breathtaking story. The kind where you just can’t help but laugh, cry, swoon, and fall in love. This book transformed me into such a complete emotional mess!

Leisa Rayven’s writing style is utterly beautiful and intricate. The way she sent her readers back in the characters’ past through flashback perfectly worked well with me. I also love the way she fleshed out Ethan and Cassie’s character, making them more likable. And my oh my, the chemistry Ethan and Cassie shared in this book was truly undeniable!

This book also made me understand Cassie’s heartaches and Ethan’s inner turmoil which were the reasons why the story become even more beautiful. In this book, forgiveness and second chances were greatly defined– things that made their push-and-pull relationship crucial.

I found myself really enjoying this book as a whole, because why not? Broken Juliet is not only an emotionally-driven love story. It’s also mixed with humor and sexiness that made it an absolute page-turner!

This series is now one of my favorite NAs. It totally deserves all the ratings it gets. I can’t wait to read more of this author’s books in the future!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

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(Starcrossed #1)
Author: Leisa Rayven
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: December 23, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

five stars

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When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan’s romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time.

Cast as romantic leads once again, they’re forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they’ll also discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks.

my thoughts

Bad Romeo

“We’ve never been over. You know it as well as I do.”

I absolutely, totally love this book! A story about ex-lovers rekindling their spark, the book opened with an introduction of main characters Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt, two renowned stage celebrities who had a high-profile relationship when they were at drama school. Three years after separating, they reunited again, with Ethan pursuing Cassie to bring back the old romance and start all over again.

Bad Romeo is a perfect novel for readers who are looking to breeze through a quick, easy, and enjoyable read. It’s delightfully addicting, with a great chemistry between the characters that you just find yourself rooting for them until the end of the book. This novel was also coupled with a humor that will keep you entertained. I expected myself to enjoy this book before I started it but little did I know that IT’S SO MUCH BETTER! It’s sweet, sexy, and emotionally driven. It’s a completely out there kind of take on Romeo & Juliet. For New Adult romance readers, this book is a real treat! I highly recommend!

Rating: (more than) 5 Stars!

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Review: Going Under by S. Walden

Going Under

Going Under
Author: S. Walden
Publisher: Penny Press
Published: March 14, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

two stars

Brooke Wright has only two goals her senior year at Charity Run High School: stay out of trouble and learn to forgive herself for the past. Forgiveness proves elusive, and trouble finds her anyway when she discovers a secret club at school connected to the death of her best friend. She learns that swim team members participate in a “Fantasy Slut League,” scoring points for their sexual acts with unsuspecting girls.

Brooke, wracked with guilt over her friend’s death, decides to infiltrate the league by becoming one of the “unsuspecting girls,” and exact revenge on the boys who stole away her best friend. An unexpected romance complicates her plans, and her dogged pursuit of justice turns her reckless as she underestimates just how far the boys will go to keep their sex club a secret.

MY THOUGHTS…

I enjoyed the first half of this book because everything seemed mysterious and dark— which definitely had me flipping pages. The concept was good. I admire how the author immersed the readers in heavy, fragile, and sensitive topics that involve suicide and rape. The writing style of the author also impressed me because the words were perfectly compelling that it automatically pulled me into the story.

However, I have some issues with this book. I found the plotline weak and totally messed-up. I was so invested with the story until I started reading the second half of the book. It disappointed me. Most parts were dragging and it was only when I reached 80% when things started to get interesting. But still, it fell short for me.

The main character Brooke also did not help lift the story up. I found her so immature and I did not like how she made such stupid and selfish decisions. Not to mention that she was very horny most of the time.

The romance was also a so-so. There were hot scenes, but it missed some romantic factors for me.

Also, the thing that bothered me the most was the setting. While this book was categorized in a NA genre, I was confused about why the author placed the story in a high-school setting. Yes, the characters were Seniors and already 18, but something was wrong here. I was not comfortable imagining the dark, explicit scenes happening in high-schoolers. In my opinion, the story should have been placed in a more mature setting.

There were also unrealistic scenes. Like how in the world the Fantasy Slut League existed for a very long time without being noticed by the police or law-makers? I mean, the swim team guys already made quite a number of victims in the school but how their acts weren’t caught was too impossible and unrealistic.

I was also looking for some twist at the near-end portion of the book but unfortunately, nothing remarkable happened. And when it comes to the ending, a huge part of it felt so cliche to me.

Even if this book did not completely enthrall me, I would still recommend this to anyone who is looking for a book with this kind of genre. Maybe it will work out for you. 🙂

Rating: 2 Stars

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Review: Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

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Author: Mia Sheridan
Publisher: Mia Sheridan
Published: January 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

five-stars

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling book. Archer’s Voice is a full-length, standalone romance.

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

MY THOUGHTS…

ARCHER'S VOICE

“Maybe there was no right or wrong, no black or white, only a thousand shades of grey when it came to pain and what we each held ourselves responsible for.”

A unique, extraordinary, and captivating story of a broken man’s journey towards healing, love, and transformation.

I totally love this book and there are a lot of reasons why I adore it. The story of Archer Hale and Bree Prescott really made such a great impact to me. I wanted to write a brief background of the story but I decided not to, since I don’t want to give anything away and basically spoil you.

The storyline of this book goes beyond expectations. At first, it was slow-paced but when I got to the best part of it, OMG my heart was shattered and I cried my eyes out!

Archer Hale is such an amazing character. Actually, he’s the best part of this book. I love his character so much that I am in total awe of him. His perfect imperfection just made this book beautiful and unique. And Bree– she’s an admirable female lead. I love the way she totally accepted Archer for whatever he was. I also love the way she was so patient and kind and understanding, given the fact that she too has some issues. The way she handles her own demons is just remarkable.

The book, as a whole, was truly amazing. It was beautifully-written. Intense, heavy, and powerful. It so well deserved the high ratings it gets. No wonder why it was nominated for Goodreads’ Best Romance of 2014, absolutely without a doubt, it’s one of the best New Adult romance books ever written!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: After the Rain by Lisa De Jong

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(Rains  #1.5)
Author: Lisa De Jong
Publisher: Lisa De Jong
Publication: December 11, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

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A novella follow-up to When It Rains.

The last few years have been my best and my worst. Now I’m learning to move on after my greatest heartbreak of all.

I’m in college with the guy I’ve loved since I was just a kid, but when two people have the history we do, there are always obstacles to overcome. They say love conquers all, and it’s time to find out how true that really is.

There’s life after the heartbreak and pain, but will it be what I’ve always dreamed of?

MY THOUGHTS…

“Life’s most beautiful moments come after the rain.”

Don’t get me wrong. I love When It Rains so much that it totally gave me a hard time moving on after reading it. But this novella– well… It wasn’t that bad, but it wasn’t that good either (in my opinion).

I expected something different but you see, it was not met.

First, I had an issue with the plot. There was no real plot in this novella– except during the last part (which was beautiful and sweet) but the rest was meh.

And although there were additional characters being introduced here (which are soon to be highlighted in the next sequels), it did not help. I was also surprised to find out that there was no real closure when it comes to Kate’s feelings towards (view spoiler). And I found out that she wasn’t able to move on still… after a year of being with (view spoiler). (I could not judge her though).

This novella was also loaded with sex and making out and sex once more and making out again– which was kind of exaggerating. Yes, it was sweet and romantic but I guess it was too cheesy. I could sense a clingy relationship that is kind of unhealthy.

But anyways, the ending was great and I guess that’s more important. 🙂

Rating: 3 Stars

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Review: When It Rains by Lisa De Jong

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(Rains #1)
Author: Lisa De Jong
Publisher: Lisa De Jong
Publication: January 1, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

five-stars

One night changed my life forever.

Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it’s more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can’t.

I haven’t told anyone.

I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

Then one day, Asher Hunt rides into town with his dark, captivating eyes and cocky grin. He doesn’t care who I used to be, he’s simply breathing life into what’s left. People warn me to stay away from him, but he helps me forget the pain that has held me hostage for so long; something I thought was impossible before he walked into my life.

I’ve been hurt.

I’ve been saved.

And I’ve found hope.

I thought my story was written that night, but now I know it was only a new beginning. Until one secret turns my world upside down…

WHEN IT RAINS

MY THOUGHTS…

“From now on… When it rains, think of me.”

(Buddyreading this with Bea)

I NEED A HUG. Can anyone just hold me while I curl up in a ball and keep sobbing now?

With all honesty, I don’t know what to write in this review right at this very moment. I’m speechless. And I’m emotionally drained. But in a good way! 🙂

So let me start by saying that I am so glad to have read this book! I can’t believe I’ve neglected it for months and just let it glued on my TBR. I didn’t have any idea that this book was this good!

When it Rains is not just your average, flirtatious chick-lit NA Romance. It’s way stronger, deeper, and more emotional than you can ever imagine. It’s a story about a girl named Kate who had a very painful and traumatic experience when she was in high school. What happened to her changed her emotionally. It led her to becoming aloof and distant to the people she loved, including Beau– her childhood best friend who was always there for her when she needed him. The story became remarkable when Asher Hunt entered into her town and into her life, eventually making her fall in love with him and daring her to face her fears and troubles. Over time he taught her a lot of things which totally changed the way she perceived about her past and her future.

If you ask me about the book’s overall impact to me, I could not express it. To tell you honestly, this book was not an easy read. It was a lot to handle and it took me a lot of strength not to cry harder… because I DID CRY. This book hurt me it cuts so deep!

Perhaps it’s the author’s writing style that made me feel drawn to it. Lisa De Jong used the kinds of words (and they are even quotable ones) that really create a trail of emotional wreckage in my heart.

Love is the most powerful emotion that lives inside us all. And when you have it, it can help diminish all the painful emotions that bury themselves too deep to be seen.

*sobs*

There are also many elements of truth in this book. Basically it taught me a lot of things. I realized at some point how not being able to control certain situations but being able to move forward after everything that happened can make a difference in your life.

This book does not only center on a love story– love triangle story at that, but it also tackles on violent issues. This is an intense, heavy drama book and to those of you who are planning to read this, I advice you guys to grab a big box of tissues because it really stings so bad.

But even though this book encourages ugly tears, it is nevertheless a heart-warming one. It’s well-written and downright beautiful! I love that I was able to connect myself with the characters and the plot itself without having any difficulty. The book, as a whole, has many surprises. This now belongs to my list of favorites.

Thank you so much, Ms. Lisa De Jong for such a heartfelt, wonderful tale!

Rating: 5 Stars

REVIEW: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

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Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

MY THOUGHTS…

This book has a beautiful story. I love how John Green created a theme that introduces the readers to the concept of Cancer and the truth about dying. It is actually a reality-based novel that doesn’t fail to capture the interest of the readers, teenagers or not. I love how I can actually relate to the medical stuffs being mentioned here, except for the Phalanxifor which was entirely a fictional drug (which I also wish would truly exist in real life to help Cancer patients) and how the author painted a better picture about the stages of grief — from denial to acceptance all throughout the book.

Anyway, John Green is no doubt, a great author. This book is well-written. There’s humor and there are witty conversations from the characters that are really sensible. It greatly taught me about life, about hope, about being able to cherish the moment while you are still alive, and about being able to love someone and show it without any limitation. Yes, because life is too short and everyone is lucky to even live up to this day. It also made me appreciate life even more. You know, it’s like this book is making me realize the importance of being healthy and alive. But of course, that’s not entirely about that. This book tells us something. That some infinities are bigger than other infinities. I just love how John Green made an abstract explanation about this during the last chapters of the book. It’s a perfect reminder to everyone that fate is not against a person, but a person makes his own fate.

There are just some things about the book that don’t sit well on me. I think I wasn’t entirely convinced about the characters’ love for each other. I mean, it’s about the storyline which was a bit hurried. I wasn’t completely taken by the way they showed how deeply in love they were. I think I just see them as people who are attracted to each other rather than being in love. And the intimate scene they had at the Amsterdam– I think it lacked emotions especially from Augustus. Well, I’m a cheezy kind of person so maybe I was just expecting some sort of romantic exchange of conversations between the two. I think they were really just more focused about how depressing their lives as cancer patients– which is understandable because this book is not entirely all about romance.

I have to admit that I did really cry while reading this book, especially when I got to the part where heartbreaking scenes already approach. I pretty much knew what’s going to happen from the beginning but still, it shredded my heart just the same. This book just ripped my heart, put it back together, and then ripped it apart again.

The Book Is…

Pros

Amazing, with heart-tugging scenes that will truly touch the readers. It’s also reality-based. It teaches a lot of lessons.

Cons

It’s with a sad concept and a tragic ending. And characters’ voices seem to sound like adults rather than teenagers.

What I Think About the Characters

Hazel Grace Lancaster

She’s one with a terminal illness. She’s depressed and the way she feels angsty about her condition and her road to oblivion kind of really wretch me. But I love her intelligence in this book.

Augustus Waters

Also with a terminal cancer who instantly felt the attraction towards Hazel from day 1. He’s a very intellectual guy and truly adorable.

My Rating for this Book: 3 Stars (I enjoyed reading this book. It’s well-written and really wholesome. It’s just that it has some flaws that give me reasons to rate it with 3/5 stars. Excited to watch the movie, though.) 🙂

Favorite Quotes from this Book

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.”

“Oh, I wouldn’t mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.”

“That’s the thing about pain… It demands to be felt.”

“Without pain, we couldn’t know joy.”

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