REVIEW: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

Easy
(Contours of the Heart #1)
Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Penguin Berkley
Published: November 6, 2012
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary
My Rating:

threestars

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup two months into sophomore year. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Leaving a party alone, Jacqueline is assaulted by her ex’s frat brother. Rescued by a stranger who seems to be in the right place at the right time, she wants nothing more than to forget the attack and that night – but her savior, Lucas, sits on the back row of her econ class, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. Her friends nominate him to be the perfect rebound.

When her attacker turns stalker, Jacqueline has a choice: crumple in defeat or learn to fight back. Lucas remains protective, but he’s hiding secrets of his own. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

MY THOUGHTS…

“Choosing to be with you isn’t a difficult decision. It’s easy. Incredibly easy.”

I hate it when I don’t like a book that everyone else loves because it does make me feel like I’m reading the wrong book. This book, in the first place, got my attention because of its interesting blurb and I have to say that unfortunately, I was a bit deceived. The premise is kinda misleading and it actually made me expect a bit of heavy drama over there. It turned out to be some sort of an “easy” book because halfway through it the characters just made a sensitive situation light and easy. And other characters were just talking nonsense that it feels like I’m just wasting my time.

This book, sadly, did not meet my high expectations. There was romance– actually there were a lot of steamy, romantic interactions between Jacqueline and Lucas but it seems as though it lacks something. The chemistry? The connection? Because I couldn’t really connect with them and I found it hard to ship them together.

I also did have a difficult time getting into the author’s writing style. There were things that are written that confuse me. Anyway, this book honestly has a great potential. It just did not get me. I was prepared to rate it 2 stars, but the satisfying ending made me rate it higher because after all, Tammara did not leave a cliffhanger ending. That’s it. 🙂

My Ratings for this Book: 3 Stars

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REVIEW: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

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

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
(The Coincidence #1)
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Sphere
Published: August 8, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

From the bestselling author of The Secret of Ella and Micha comes a mesmerizing novel of fate, friendship, and the healing power of love . . .

For Kayden, suffering in silence was the only way to survive. If he was lucky, he could keep his head down, do as he was told, and make it through the day. But one night it seemed like his luck-and his life-might finally end . . . until an angel named Callie appeared just in time to rescue him.

Callie has never believed in luck. Not since her twelfth birthday when everything was taken from her. After the worst was over, she locked up her feelings and vowed never to tell anyone what happened. Now, six years later, she continues to struggle with the painful secret that threatens to consume her.

When fate lands Kayden and Callie at the same college, Kayden is determined to get to know the beautiful girl who changed his destiny. Quiet and reserved, Callie still fears letting anyone else into her world. But Kayden is certain that Callie has come back into his life for a reason. And the more he tries to be a part of her life, the more he realizes that, this time, it’s Callie who needs to be saved . . .

MY THOUGHTS…

Callie saved me that night from a fight that would have probably left me dead, but she also saved me from myself. Before her, I was dying inside; there was nothing in my heart, but an empty hole.

This is without a doubt, one of the best New Adult – Contemporary books I’ve had so far. I love everything in The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden! It’s one of those books that have everything you want in a contemporary read that will leave you feeling awed. It’s just *sigh* perfect!

If you want to read something that has to do with dark past and secrets with a bit of heavy drama and a sizzling romance, then this book is for you. I love how Jessica Sorensen evoked such deep emotions in me when I least expected it. The characters– Kayden and Callie are one of the amazing characters I’ve met. The chemistry is seriously visible. And I love the fact that each time they interact, you can really feel the sexual tension between them.

And let me tell you that the very first moment you’ll meet the characters, you’ll instantly feel the connection. They’re two troubled, f*cked up characters with emotional wounds that will really tug your heart. And oh, the romance is good. Every freaking kissing and make-out details of Callie and Kayden is emotional and moving you will basically find yourself hanging on to every word the author writes.

After reading the book, I had a very huge desire to find the second installment and grab another bite ‘coz ugh, it feels not enough. The ending is a total cliffhanger (though I really don’t mind). 🙂

As a whole, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden is totally a must-read.

“In the existence of our lives, there is a single coincidence that brings us together and for a moment, our hearts beat as one.”

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

If I Stay
(If  I Stay #1)
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Speak
Published: April 6, 2010
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author of Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year, and the forthcoming I Was Here.

On a day that started like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she’ll ever make.

Simultaneously tragic and hopeful, this is a romantic, riveting, and ultimately uplifting story about memory, music, living, dying, loving.

MY THOUGHTS…

“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

This book is brilliantly done. Normally I don’t expect myself to get caught up in tragedy stories but this one is an exemption. I was greatly enthralled by Gayle Forman’s writing style. It’s well-written and it’s too emotional you definitely have to read the lines all over again because they simply hit you.

The plot was short but sweet. I love the flashback kind of writing and it very well made me feel driven to the story. Mia is a likable character and I can very well connect with her most of the time.

For me, it’s an amazing, beautiful, and unforgettable book. It teaches life lessons about family, career choices, and relationships. It’s one of the books that really make a lot of sense. All in all, If I Stay is simply a must-read!

My Rating for this Book: 5 Stars

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REVIEW: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: August 5, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

MY THOUGHTS…

“God gives us ugliness so we don’t take beautiful things in life for granted.”

So this is my first Colleen Hoover read and I’m so glad I’ve picked this book up because it’s certainly one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life. I love it love it love it! Actually, I expected this book to be great because of its high ratings and positive remarks from my friends, but I didn’t expect it to be this really, really, great!

Ugly Love is not just an ordinary kind of new adult and contemporary book. It’s something else. It’s more than just beautiful to even explain in actual words. It’s a story that depicts love, sadness, heartache, and hope. If you want a heavy drama and some sexy read, this is the type that will suit your interest. It has all the chemistry of a romance novel that absolutely hook up!

I have to say there was never a dull moment throughout the book. It kept me longing for the answers that lie behind Miles’ past and when I finally got them, I was shocked and broken-hearted and it feels like I’m shattering to pieces. This just made me cry to bits!

“If a man lived through the ugliest side of love, he might never want to experience it again.”

What I also love about the book is Miles’ enthusiastic narration of his past. It’s poetic and dramatic and I love it. Colleen Hoover’s writing style amazes me to no end!

And yes, the unpredictable plot and ending– really impressive! Why didn’t I read this very soon? Anyway, this book is unforgettable and brilliantly done. I highly recommend this to every contemporary readers. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 5 Beautiful-and-not-ugly-stars!

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REVIEW: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

Lola and the Boy Next Door
(Anna and the French Kiss #2)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Published: July 9, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

2star

Lola Nolan is a budding costume designer, and for her, the more outrageous, sparkly, and fun the outfit, the better. And everything is pretty perfect in her life (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the negihborhood. When Cricket, a gifted inventor, steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

MY THOUGHTS…

Nope. Not really liking it. I’m so sorry guys… 😦 Yes, it’s funny and entertaining but nope. I actually expected too much from this book because I really love Anna and the French Kiss, but Lola… I don’t know if it’s me or anything but I couldn’t connect with Lola’s character.

I get it that she wants to be different that’s why she chooses to wear out-of-the-ordinary costumes but I think it kind of disturbs me. I also don’t like the way she acts immature most of the time. And there’s this self-centered attitude of hers that did not also sit well on me. Also, I hate the way she overreacts to anything. And she cries a lot, too, which annoys me.

Cricket– this guy is a promising character, yet I didn’t find myself swooning over him. The good thing about him is that he’s too good and perfect– way too good for Lola to the point that I pity him most of the time because he’s always there for her, chasing after her, and almost crying his feelings out loud for her, but Lola continues to get confused even if her boyfie is clearly a bad influence.

I know most of you really love Lola and the Boy Next Door, but for me, it’s kind of overrated, I guess. There are things that are cliché and unrealistic. The plot is also predictable and I think there aren’t any interesting scenes that made me totally swoon– which are the things that I’m really expecting in a contemporary book. But as a whole, it’s an entertaining read. Not as good as Anna and the french Kiss, though.

My Rating for this book: 2 Stars

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REVIEW: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Anna and the French Kiss
(Anna and the French Kiss #1)
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Publisher: Speak
Published: July 6, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My Rating:

five-stars

Can Anna find love in the City of Light?

Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.

But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

MY THOUGHTS…

For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It’s a person.

This book is a thoroughly engaging and captivating read. It’s a beautiful, laughing, loving, book– as beautiful as Paris itself. As a person who still haven’t gone to Paris, I feel as though I’m in that beautiful city just by going through the pages.

It’s quite amazing how I found myself really engaged with the book. It’s a page-turner! It’s brilliantly done and completely entertaining. And the characters– wow! It’s rare for me to encounter characters that are literally not perfect. I mean, physically and emotionally. Both Anna Oliphant and Étienne St. Clair are not that perfect and it just makes everything realistic. And that’s what I love about this book. They also have the chemistry that makes me swoon to bits!

He is no longer St. Clair, everyone’s pal, everyone’s friend. He is Étienne. Étienne, like the night we met. He is Étienne; he is my friend. He is so much more.

The plotline is good and there are lots of swoon-worthy moments between Anna and Étienne. I love how their relationship eventually progressed throughout the book. Their love story is ugh– something you can dream about forever. It’s a teeny love story but it’s really romantic in a real sense. Plus, it teaches life lessons that relate to family life and friendship.

After reading the book, I found myself daydreaming. I guess I’m still in a book hangover mode. 🙂

My Rating for this book: 5 Amazing Stars!

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REVIEW: Ruthless People by J.J. McAvoy

Ruthless People (Ruthless People, #1)

Ruthless People
(Ruthless People #1)
Author: J.J. McAvoy
Publisher: The Writers Coffee Shop
Published: July 17, 2014
Genre: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Erotica
My Rating:

five-stars

“Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Sopranos…”

To the outside world, they look like American Royalty, giving to charities, feeding the homeless, rebuilding the city. But behind closed doors is a constant battle for dominance between two Bosses, cultures, and hearts.

Ruthless People is a romantic crime fiction set in modern day Chicago, and follows the life and marriage of Melody Giovanni and Liam Callahan—rivals by blood and leaders through fear. Their marriage, arranged by their fathers in hopes to end years of bloodshed between the Irish and the Italians.

Liam believes he’s getting a simple-minded wife, one he can control, one who bends to his every need . . . the complete opposite of Melody. She knows exactly what type of man he is, and would rather die than give up the power she has spent her life building.

The Mafia of the past has evolved, and with rival bosses gunning for them, Melody and Liam will have to learn to work as one to take down those who stand in their way.

1 Marriage x 2 Bosses = 3x the Chaos

*Warning: Due to bad language, graphic violence and sex this is for over-18’s only* These are not mobsters with a heart of gold….

They do VERY bad things and will NOT change.
They are criminals…murders.

If things like that bother you Ruthless People is not for you. You’ve been warned 😉

MY THOUGHTS…

This. Is. Such. A. Freaking. Amazing. Book!

I know this may not sit well on other people because well, Ruthless People is a badass, downright violence-themed book and apparently, as what the author said in the blurb, the main characters are criminals and murderers and they do not change. So if you are against thieves, killers, drug dealers and such things (We all are against it anyway), and if you are under 18, and if you think you can’t handle the morbid, freakin’ cruel scenes that are really going to happen here, don’t read.

Anyway, I admit I was really intrigued just by reading it’s blurb and so I didn’t hesitate to read it.

Ruthless People talks about two main characters namely Liam Alec Callahan, son of Irish Mafia leader Sedric Callahan, and Melody Nicci Giovanni, daughter of Italian Mafia leader Orlando Giovanni. When Liam and Melody were forced by their parents to be wedded (yes, arranged marriages still happen), they did not defy what’s bound to happen and just accepted the marriage laid on their hands for the sake of merging and continuing their empires. Little did they know that things are really going to be different. Both of them have the same fire, brutality, and the desire to kill without hesitation and rule the Mafia world. Now how will marriage succeed when the two are manipulative and are obviously hungry for the same dangerous thing?

I may be pretty. I may be young, but I was a Giovanni. Giovannis were– and always would be– beautiful, but lethal when crossed.

He was known as the “Boogeyman of the East”, and I was the unknown “Wicked Witch of the West”.

She looks like a sweet little lamb from afar, but when you get close, you find out she skinned and ate the damn thing just to use it as a coat. She’s a beast.

The thing about Ruthless People is that it’s different among the contemporary books I’ve read. It’s dark and brutally driven. But you wouldn’t miss the romance and erotic scenes here. In fact, the bed scenes are actually intense and beyond emotional, too. Please be warned though that there are dirty and bad languages here. (Not at all shocking since the characters are really badass!)

I hated him. I loathed him. I lusted after him.

What made me rate it 5 Stars is because it’s just BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. The writing style of the author is so flawless and compelling and really admirable. J.J McAvoy doesn’t bore her readers. She has funny lines and well, the characters she created– not just Liam and Melody, but the supporting characters as well, are totally intriguing in a f*cked up way.

Seriously, this book is purely violence, but I don’t know why I was really drawn. Perhaps it’s because of the fact that even though the characters are literally evil in every sense of a word, they are so human that their imperfect ways make them enthralling. And although Liam and Melody are both with the same attitude, they do have the chemistry. Their romance and deep emotions surprisingly swooned me.

Here I was standing naked in front of him, not only in body, but with my “sins” as well, and he didn’t care. He saw the deepest and dirtiest parts of my soul and mind but didn’t care. In fact, he wanted to stay in the darkness with me.

“I want you to love me. But if not, then I want it to be the closest thing to you to loving me. I want your loyalty. I want your honesty. I want you by my side and no one else’s. I want your body. I want your mind. I want to know your hopes and dreams so I could one day make them reality.”

“I. Am. All. You. Have. Just as you are all I have.”

Aahh! The lines here are really sweet I could just highlight the entire book! They are witty and wickedly full of sense. Some even talk about the harsh reality which is perfectly right and wrong at the same time.

“I do care about God, and I do believe in Him. However, I know why I was created. God needs me. What would happen if there weren’t people like me? If the world were perfect, if everything was the way you wished it to be, then why would you pray? God needs me, because without us, you forget about Him. He is on my side, not yours.”

All in all, Ruthless People is one helluvah book. It’s unique and original and it’s definitely a guilty-pleasure one. However, you need to realize in the end that the main characters’ aims and jobs, in reality, are not tolerable. This is purely fiction and yeah, an entertaining guilty-pleasure read. 😉

My rating: 5 Ruthless Stars!

Source: I received a digital copy of this book free from the author and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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