Review: The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The Deal (Off-Campus, #1)

The Deal
(Off-Campus #1)
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publisher: Elle Kennedy
Published: February 24, 2015
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

5 stars new

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She’s about to make a deal with the college bad boy…

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she’s carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush’s attention, she’ll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice…even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

…and it’s going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he’s worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he’s all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn’t take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn’t going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

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“One day I was telling him to get lost, the next, I’m snuggling in bed with him. Life is so frickin’ weird sometimes.”

WOW! WHY DIDN’T I PICK THIS BOOK UP EARLIER?

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The Deal proves to be a huge surprise in the best sense possible. It’s such a great New Adult book complete with all the elements that can make you swoon like crazy! I had so much fun reading this book. I have been eye-ing this for about a year now and I have to say that I did regret why it took me so long to dive into it.

I was immediately wrapped up in this story the moment I started it, because why not? Apart from the balls to the walls humor that Elle Kennedy put into this book, the characters made it even more interesting. The heroine Hannah Wells and the lover boy, Ice Hockey team captain of Briar University Garrett Graham are both fun and enjoyable to read. The oozing chemistry, the good-natured bickering, and the sexual tension– why, they’re both PERFECT! I can’t even find any flaw with them because Hannah is one strong-willed character (despite of what happened to her in the past) while Garrett is typically the man of your dreams! I find his cockiness and sarcasm combined with his sweetness and charm a total turn-on. And my, the way he treats Hannah and calls her “Wellsy”… I can’t even!

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What I especially loved about this book was the relationship development between Hannah and Garrett. Some books fail to convince me on how the characters fell in love with each other because of the very insta-love thingy that goes on, but in this book, there was perfect timing: from complete strangers- to friends – to close friends – to f*ck buddies (lol) – to boyfriends-girlfriends. Both of them didn’t instantly feel that ‘connection’ and ‘spark’ but in the long run, SURPRISE! The romance was unhurried and was developed naturally and it just made me feel thrilled on how they’re going to fall in love.

Sometimes people sneak up on you and suddenly you don’t know how you ever lived without them.

And even though the book conveys heavy subject matters such as abuse, the author made everything sound lighter here because of the hilarious dialogues and the quirky, entertaining side-characters such as Logan, Dean, TuckerAllie, etc.

This book, as a whole, is absolutely 5-star worthy! It made me laugh and swoon the entire time which made it so hard for me to put it down. I believe I have just found a new favorite book and it’s because of the unbelievably humorous and delicious writing style of Elle Kennedy.

Note to self: Read more books written by her.

Rating:

5 stars new

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My Favorite New Adult Contemporary Books Thus Far

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I’m a sucker for contemporary books, especially New Adult. This genre is so irresisible because it’s simply a guilty-pleasure one. I have read several NA books and there were a lot that pulled at my heartstrings. Some, however, were not for me. Reading a New Adult book is like taking a risk because in my case, usually these books are either a hit or a miss. Luckily though, I have found some books that I happily shelved as favorites, and here they are:

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1)

I’ve read this last year, but until now, I still can remember the “I had fallen too far. I was in love with Rush Finlay” quote that gave me all the feels! This book is my kinda book. Rich, hot guy falling for simple, uptown girl. And oh my goodness, I love the setting. Love the Rosemary Beach! What also made this book a winner for me was that it’s basically not just about romance. It also has family drama that really makes you cry.

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)

The main reason why I love this book is the sizzling hot chemistry between Camryn and Andrew. The travel + romance combo was also something that makes the whole story swoony and a lot more interesting. And well, who doesn’t want a stranger-to-friendship-turned-into-relationship kind of story? And… who doesn’t want a hot damn guy who loves to sing and play guitar? 😀

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

Just hearing the title makes me swoon all over again. Because… ETHAN HOLT. Apart from the fact that Ethan Holt is definitely the man of all the men in NA, Bad Romeo is a book that has all the elements to make every reader fall in love. It’s about two stage actors reunited once again, a second chance kind of romance. I fell completely in love with this book and its sequel Broken Juliet and for me, it’s a rare gem.

Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry

Loving Mr. Daniels

This book was so unexpected. This was recommended to me by a friend and I actually didn’t have any expectations prior to reading this. Well, color me surprise! This was definitely a HIT. I love the romance, the angst, the character-driven story, the setting… everything! I did have a serious book hangover after reading this because of how it basically made me cry in a very good way. I have read books that are all about forbidden love and this is one of the best so far.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

I always fancy stories that are with broken characters and this fortunately made me appreciate these kinds of books even more. I love the main characters Callie and Kayden. They’re one of the couples that basically made me feel awed and teary-eyed. So much feels! What I especially love about this book was the instant connection I felt the moment I started reading it. Just simply a great, emotional read!

Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

This book is actually my recent favorite. I’m currently reading its sequal Addicted for Now. It’s so good! The moment I started reading it I knew it’s going to be my new favorite. Loren Hale and Lily Calloway are seriously RELATIONSHIP GOALS! *sigh. The thing about this book is that it’s not just your ordinary NA romance book. The premise is unique. Ever met characters that both share the same insanity? Yes, they’re both addicted. One is addicted to booze and one is addicted to sex. What happens when they collide? If you haven’t read it, find out. 🙂

Confess by Collen Hoover

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I confess that this book is one of the best NA books in the history of books. I consider myself a fan of CoHo and all of her works that I’ve read so far are really excellently done. For me, Confess tops it all. I love the characters, especially OWEN “OMG” MASON GENTRY. The premise of this book is so intense but what made me feel drawn to it was the humor that CoHo did not fail to bring. I did cry at the last chapters of this book– especially when I’ve read this quote: “That could be fate, you know.”

When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

When It Rains (Rains, #1)

When it rains, it pours. That explains my emotions while reading this book. All throughout the book, I experienced an emotional roller coaster, because the author’s writing style is absolutely good– so good that every word Lisa De Jong puts into the story can pierce through your heart. I had a hard time moving on from a hangover few days after reading this. It’s a story that is so hard to forget.

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Manwhore (Manwhore, #1)

This book is a typical guilty-pleasure read. Rich men with oozing sex appeal? Give it to me! I love Manwhore. It’s not a perfect, emotionally-driven book but the scenes and the sexual tension that the main characters shared in this book are the exact reasons why you just want to keep reading it. It has Fifty Shades of Grey feels (minus the BDSM), but who cares? I love Fifty Shades of Grey!

So you’ve met my favorite NA books so far. What are your favorite NA books? Anything you can recommend? Feel free to comment below. 🙂

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Review: In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths, #0.5)

In Her Wake
(Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5)
Author: K.A. Tucker
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication: September 11, 2014
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
My Rating:

five stars

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Before you knew him as Trent in Ten Tiny Breaths, he was Cole Reynolds—and he had it all. Until one night when he makes a fatal, wrong decision…and loses everything.

When a drunken night out at a Michigan State college party results in the death of six people, Cole must come to terms with his part in the tragedy. Normally, he’d be able to lean on his best friends—the ones who have been in his life since he could barely walk. Only, they’re gone. Worse, there’s the shattered body of a sixteen-year-old girl lying somewhere in a hospital bed, her entire life ripped from her because of a case of beer and a set of keys.

Everyone assures him that they know it wasn’t intentional, and yet he can’t ignore the weight of their gazes, the whispers behind his back. Nor can he shake the all-consuming guilt he feels every time he thinks of that girl who won’t so much as allow him near her hospital room to apologize. As the months go by and the shame and loneliness festers, Cole begins to lose his grip on what once was important—college, his girlfriend, his future. His life. It’s not until Cole hits rock-bottom that he can begin to see another way out of his personal hell: forgiveness.

And there’s only one person who can give that to him…

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In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

How the hell do you cross to get to the other side when you’ve run out of concrete? I guess you can slap on some wood to patch it up, to help you move on. But the bridge will never be quite right– never as strong– again.

Note: I highly recommend you to read Ten Tiny Breaths first before diving into this novella to avoid spoilers.

In Her Wake gave me a hard time to put my thoughts in order after reading it. It was so poignant and stirring, one that totally gives a serious emotional punch. In fact, I like this novella way better than TTB because in here, the narration was retold in a more captivating and heart-wrenching way.

K.A. Tucker sure knows how to make her readers shed a tear. Every line squeezed my heart. There were also lots of realizations that somehow affected me.

The building of romance, more likely a one-sided attraction, also made me appreciate everything in this novella. It wasn’t instant, but it was eventually established.

What if she could learn to love again? And what if I’m the one who can remind her what that feels like?

All in all, I admired how In Her Wake was delivered in a painful yet very sweet and promising appeal.

Rating: 5 Stars

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Review: Sweet Thing by Renee Carlino

Sweet Thing (Sweet Thing, #1)

Sweet Thing
(Sweet Thing #1)
Author: Renee Carlino
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication: March 17, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

three stars

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“You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together… then you’ll hear the sound of your soul.”

Mia Kelly thinks she has it all figured out. She’s an Ivy League graduate, a classically trained pianist, and the beloved daughter of a sensible mother and offbeat father. Yet Mia has been stalling since graduation, torn between putting her business degree to use and exploring music, her true love.

When her father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father’s cafe, a treasured neighborhood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She’s denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitarist, offers her a glimpse of what could be. When Will becomes her friend and then her roommate, she does everything in her power to suppress her passions—for him, for music—but her father’s legacy slowly opens her heart to the possibility of something more.

A “heartbreaking and romantic” (Aestas Book Blog) debut, Sweet Thing explores the intensity and complexities of first love and self-discovery.

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“You have to teach your heart and mind how to sing together… Then you’ll hear the sound of your soul.”

Sweet Thing is indeed a sweet thing. I love the musical theme. It kind of makes me feel comforted. Actually, the theme was particularly the main reason why I took this book in the first place. It holds such delightful promises.

The book opens when Mia Kelly’s dad died and she had to move on by going to New York to settle and find herself– discover her dreams and perhaps find her dream man. While on the way, she met the handsome and struggling musician Will whom she instantly felt a strange connection with. Because Will is such a funny, cool, and sprightly guy, and because Mia has that musical inclination as well, she was not able to resist her attraction towards him. They met again for the second time and Mia learned that Will was in need of a room to stay while he’s working at a bar. They eventually ended up as roommates.

I enjoyed most parts of this book. I especially love the way both characters connected through their music. Will playing a guitar and singing, and Mia playing a piano. Don’t they really make a good pair? *sigh*. And Will… Will… Will… What a perfect guy he is. If he exists in real life, then I’ll definitely take him home. Ha! He has such a great and deep soul, one who’s always there to stay by your side whenever you need someone to rely on, and one who overlooks your imperfections and just focuses on your beautiful side just to be with you.

What kept me from rating this book higher was Mia. I understand her angst, but I could not understand how inconsistent she was in this book when it came to her decisions and her reasons. She made a slightly bad impression when she underestimated Will and his not-promising musical career and instantly hooked up with a rich, handsome, and boring banker instead– without even getting to know the guy better. For me, it was such a crazy resolve. Then she ended up being jealous becuase of Will’s series of girlfriends.

Female leads with immature attitude doesn’t always sit well with me. That includes Mia. All throughout the book I was so hoping that her character will improve, but nah. Maybe improved a little but still, her confused mind and the way she continued to reject Will kind of annoyed me. Like, please can you just love Will already? He’s proved so much and yet…. argh. (I’m already ranting. Haha!)

Anyways, despite Mia’s attitude, I still find this book good. I also highly recommend this, because the concept is awesome and it’s not often done. Only rare authors give this theme a chance. The romance was good and there were steamy scenes, too. Are you a fan of Colleen Hoover‘s Maybe Someday? Then go read this book! 🙂

Rating: 3 Stars

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Friday’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female (#3) – May 15, 2015

It’s been a while since I’ve done this thing here in the book blogging world, so I decided to try to be active again with the memes I’ve participated last year, so here we go guys… 🙂

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Friday’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Kristin of Romance Bound. Anyone can participate! To play along:

  • Grab any of your favorite books.
  • Choose a female character whom you think is a feisty, fabulous, and fierce woman.
  • Describe the reason why you think she is feisty, fabulous, and fierce.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
    (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists.
    • Share a link to your own Friday’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female in the Comments and I’ll be checking it out!

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    This week’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female is Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series.

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    Badasss characters always win my heart. Perhaps that’s pretty one of the reasons why Vampire Academy ultimately became my favorite. Rose is such a fascinating character. I love her strong will, her witty and snarky attitude, and the way she’s very dedicated to her best friend Lissa. She can be annoying sometimes, but I can always handle her. For me, she’s definitely a feisty, fabulous, and fierce female character. Stay tuned for more of the Friday’s Feisty, Fabulous, and Fierce Female that I will be featuring next week. Anyone can freely participate this meme, by the way. 🙂  Xiao!

Review: It’s Not Summer Without You

It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)

It’s Not Summer Without You
(Summer #2)
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: January 1, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

Can summer be truly summer without Cousins Beach?

It used to be that Belly counted the days until summer, until she was back at Cousins Beach with Conrad and Jeremiah. But not this year. Not after Susannah got sick again and Conrad stopped caring. Everything that was right and good has fallen apart, leaving Belly wishing summer would never come.
But when Jeremiah calls saying Conrad has disappeared, Belly knows what she must do to make things right again. And it can only happen back at the beach house, the three of them together, the way things used to be. If this summer really and truly is the last summer, it should end the way it started–at Cousins Beach.

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“There’s only you. For me, there’s only ever been you.”

Jenny Han had me smitten all over again! This book is one of those well-narrated sequels I have come across with. Very well done!

Poignant, dramatic, and compelling– there are so many things I’d like to describe about this book. And there are several things that make this book even more phenomenal.

First, the characters. They are simply amazing you can’t hep but root for them. Second, the plot. Jenny Han really does contemporary right. I love the writing style, the way she perfectly incorporated a unique kind of drama about love and loss, value of friendships, the importance of family, and true love. It simply got under my skin very quickly. At so many points I even found myself teary-eyed.

What’s even great is the deeper, more emotional love triangle formation. It just keeps getting more intense! I even found myself torn (once again) between Conrad and Jeremiah. Damn, these two brothers confuse my heart by each flip of a page!

Now I can’t wait to read its third and final book. 🙂

Rating: 5 Stars

Welcome to My Blog

Alright, so I decided to create a blogsite (mainly for book reviews) because of this unexpected inspiration I got from a character I have recently met in a book. Thanks to Katy Swartz, the heroine of the “LUX SERIES” by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Because of her, an idea to make a book blog suddenly came through. Well, I’m not good with this, but I find doing this quite interesting since I’m a BIG, BIG fan of books (since I was in Grade 5) so– so! I can’t wait to finally write and post my first review for this official site. Ah, I feel giddy and excited!

So, to start off, my name’s Pearl. I decided to call this site “Bibliopearl” instead of the word bibliophile, an epic attempt to make it sound cool (lol). Anyway, I’m big on different genres. But most of the time though, I find paranormal / supernatural fiction, YA (Young Adult) fiction, and historical romance fascinating. There’s something about these stories that make me feel drawn.

I’m also a huge fan of Judith McNaught, the legendary historical novelist whom I developed a love-hate relationship throughout the years. And yes, I am a Nicholas Sparks kind of person. You familiar with him? The person who loves sad endings most of the time. I hate sad endings, but why do I cling to them at the same time? Lol. Well, that’s the beauty of these wonderful authors. I admire them big time!

Currently I’m reading the 4th book of Lux Series, the “Origin” and hopefully I’ll get to write a review of this once I’m done with the reading. Meanwhile, I guess I should start reviewing those books I had previously read. 🙂

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