Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday
by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Pages: 367
Format: Finished Copy
Source: Bought
Originally Read: April 2014
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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…

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

Maybe Someday was exactly the book I needed in my life right now*.  The entire experience that was Maybe Someday was exactly the experience I needed in my life right now*.  I say “experience” because Maybe Someday is indeed that.  It is a very, very lovely experience that will root itself in your heart and mind for a long time to come.

The Book

It has been over four months since I read Maybe Someday, and still I think about it at least three times a week.  I adored this book.  I am not sure that is a surprise, because it is a Colleen Hoover book, but Maybe Someday resonated with me to such a degree that it might as well as have been written for me.

Maybe Someday is an absolutely wonderful example of favorite genre: contemporary romance.  I honestly cannot think of anyway that I would change this book; it is simply perfect.

It is hard to write about Maybe Someday without spoiling parts of the book, so I will try my best to skirt around those.  That so, I want to tell you how much I love Ridge and Sydney, the characters that Maybe Someday revolves around, together in a relationship and together as a unit.  I love their dynamic and their wit, their passion and their friendship, their love for others and, most of all, their love for one another.

Ridge and Sydney made me swoon an unbelievable amount of times.  This book is just that romantic, in so many different ways.  These ways are ways that you think would make you swoon and ways that you would never guess would do so.  Ways that you see coming and ways that surprise you.  Ways that make you teary eyed and ways that make you laugh.  Ways that are perfect and ways that are flawed.

The plot of Maybe Someday is, to say the least, as complicated as Sydney and Ridge’s relationship is.    I won’t go into why, but I will say that this book will have you racing through the pages and then paging back and re-reading said pages because what was written is just that beautiful.  The plot will have you torn between reading on and stalling--one of the hardest things you will do in your life--because you just don’t want the book to be over.  The plot will leave you heartbroken and then giggling with joy.  The plot will tear you to pieces and then place those pieces back together again.

This book, these characters, this plot, it will all leave you thinking about Maybe Someday for days on end after finishing it.  You will not get a break from thinking about this book.  Trust me, Maybe Someday is perfect and you will love it.

The Music

Music is extremely important to the plot of Maybe Someday.  After all, music is what connects Ridge and Sydney in those early moments of their relationship and keeps them close for long after.  The music in Maybe Someday not only connects Ridge and Sydney but also connects the reader and the book together for the duration of the book--in my case for long after--creating the formerly mentioned “experience”.

Since the music is hypothetically written by Ridge and Sydney, and at very key moments in the book, I continued to relive those scenes by listening to the music for the past four months.  Whether it was at night while trying to fall asleep, or while listening in the shower to start my day, I would relive Maybe Someday over and over, and I absolutely loved that aspect.

Personally, I read Maybe Someday on my Nook and kept ear buds in at all times to which I would listen to the songs on my phone when the scenes came about.  The music is truly a beautiful creation and made the book come to a degree of life that was almost spiritual.  The music--like the story--became a part of me that I will always cherish.

"If there are two people in this world capable of finding a way to love each other, it's us."
-Maybe Someday

*This portion was written in April 2014.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Long Overdue BookExpo America 2014 Book Haul

      My favorite time of the year (for the past three years) comes at the end of the month of May.  When that time arrives, I always find myself in the most magical city in the United States... New York City!  The explanation as to why is very simple.  There is something glorious that resides there in the huge packed halls of The Javits Center. It is called BookExpo America, and it is a beautiful gathering of authors, publishing professionals, book bloggers, librarians, booktubers, and my personal favorite from this year... Pinkberry.

      I have decided not to do a "BEA Recap" this year, mostly because I took so few pictures that it would be a text driven recap, and I do not find those nearly as fun as vlogs or posts full of selfies.  However, today I am presenting you with my Long Overdue BookExpo America 2014 Book Haul.  My hope is that you may find some new titles to add to your TBR, or that you can simply fangirl over these releases with me, and maybe even possibly point me in the direction of which book you think I should pick up next!

Let's begin, shall we?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Novella Review: Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Bitter Sweet Love
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: The Dark Elements, #0.5
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: December 1, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Pages: 105
Format: Finished Copy (ebook)
Source: Bought
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In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn't just Jasmine's crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything...right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn't help that Jas's father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he's back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn't taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again...

It has been a while since I read a book in two sittings or less. Bitter Sweet Love changed that statistic for me, and the statistic didn’t change because of the length of Bitter Sweet Love, though it is only a novella. No, Bitter Sweet Love changed the statistic because it captured my attention so unbelievably well.

Bitter Sweet Love is my first read by Jennifer Armentrout. I have read so many wonderful reviews on her works, and so with that I am glad that I finally picked up one of her books. Bitter Sweet Love may only be a novella but it holds the promise and intrigue of a full-fledged novel. Ms. Armentrout could have continued writing the story and I would have eagerly continued reading it. That so, I am very glad that a full novel, related story line at that, is being released in February. Cue Hot White Kiss.

The two main characters in Bitter Sweet Love, Wardens, Dez and Jasmine, begin the story with a history already between the two of them. I happen to really enjoy it when there is already a storyline built between two characters, because I don’t necessarily always feel like witnessing a relationship form. I like watching a relationship grow, too, perhaps even more so than the former at times.

Dez and Jasmine have a relationship that sparks. Dez is just returning to Jasmine’s clan after being gone for three years without an explanation—at least an explanation for Jasmine that is. They have a history as childhood friends and then they have a history as teenagers experiencing budding romantic interest with one-another.

Dez is a lively character full of charisma and vigor, a charming twenty-one-year-old that I half expected to have a British accent in my mind’s eye, because he just left me that smitten (apparently this is what I associate with British men). Jasmine is, in many ways, a typical nineteen-year-old girl, wanting to explore life and the world around her, and, since Dez’s return, wanting to find the answer to why he left those three years ago, when he broke her heart and left her hurt and bereft.

Dez and Jasmine had such promise as characters that I hated seeing the story end a couple hundred pages short of a fleshed-out novel. I want to know what happens far past the end of their seven days that is the novella!

I am very much looking forward to continuing on with this world of Wardens (gargoyles) and demons. I have seen the demon idea done before (and loved it!) but gargoyles? Now that is totally new and different! Also, I wouldn’t be completely against more Dez and Jasmine. *wink*

"And I'm just saying that by the end of these seven days or maybe a week from then, or a month, you'll say yes....
And I'll be waiting. No matter how long it takes."
-Bitter Sweet Love

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Top Ten Favorite Book Covers of (YA) Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer would have been an obvious for me as number one, so I decided to mix things up a bit and choose The Evolution.  I love it nearly as much and it's in the same family, so why not?

2. Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood- What can I say about this cover that hasn't already been said? Born Wicked's original cover is a stunner.  I absolutely love this cover and I cannot believe the publisher has changed it.  This cover will always be a classic go-to for me. 

3. The Selection by Kiera Cass - The cover for The Selection is more than likely the only reason I own this book.  Girls in pretty dresses... I love them so!  Side note: Have you seen how this cover was made? *sigh* It's my dream to design a cover this pretty one day.
4. Die for Me by Amy Plum - I feel like the cover for Die for Me portrays the feelings of this book so well.  Plus, I may be slightly obsessed with the colors and scrollwork in this cover.  

5. Miss. Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs - The cover of Miss. Peregrine is actually the reason I picked up this book to start with -- the fonts and vintage photograph grabbed my attention right away.  However, once I read the book, my love for this cover grew considerably. 

6. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi - This cover took a considerable amount of time to grow on me.  I spent months looking at Unravel Me and never felt a rush of love until I actually had the book in my hands. Now? I can't get enough of it!

7. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray - A Great and Terrible Beauty was one of the very first young adult books that I ever read--some eight years ago--and I've always been in love with the cover.

8. Wither by Lauren DeStefano - I wanted to pick Fever for this spot, but I never techniqually finished the book, so Wither will have to do.

9. Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting - I think the cover art for all of the books in the Body Finder series are unique.  Flowers in hypnotic colors? I love them!

10. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick - The cover for My Life Next Door does not do the book justice, but it does hint at the wonderful story inside.  Why did I choose it?  Each time I catch a glimpse of the cover I get submerged back into the story for a moment... and I'm not complaining. ;)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Review: Catherine by April Linder

by April Linder
Publisher: Poppy
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 305
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Bought
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A forbidden romance. A modern mystery. Wuthering Heights as you’ve never seen it before.

Catherine is tired of struggling musicians befriending her just so they can get a gig at her Dad’s famous Manhattan club, The Underground. Then she meets mysterious Hence, an unbelievably passionate and talented musician on the brink of success. As their relationship grows, both are swept away in a fiery romance. But when their love is tested by a cruel whim of fate, will pride keep them apart?

Chelsea has always believed that her mom died of a sudden illness, until she finds a letter her dad has kept from her for years—a letter from her mom, Catherine, who didn’t die: She disappeared. Driven by unanswered questions, Chelsea sets out to look for her—starting with the return address on the letter: The Underground.

Told in two voices, twenty years apart, Catherine interweaves a timeless forbidden romance with a compelling modern mystery.


Catherine was golden before I ever cracked the spine. Forbidden love. A modern Wuthering Heights. Could I ask for anything more?

Romance nearly always sells me with new releases, but I can fairly say that a certain type of romance, forbidden love, is the golden ticket. As this modern young adult retelling of my favorite classic is full of it, I very easily could have stepped into a dream world.

It didn’t take long to become hooked on Catherine. I believe it was about fifty pages in that I stopped mid-page and quietly squealed with delight because I realized I had picked a winner. Catherine is told in two alternating points-of-views, Catherine and Catherine’s daughter, Chelsea, in both a past and present New York City. Although Catherine’s story predominantly takes place in the past, it manages to carefully twist and weave it ways through to the future as Chelsea begins the search for her missing mother. However, Linder makes the much appreciated decision to take her time building each separate story and each separate world. Developing an attachment to both Catherine and Chelsea’s stories was very easily done, although I did fall for Catherine’s in more of an obvious way.

Catherine and young Hence--Linder’s modern Heathcliff--build an intense relationship, sparking and flickering its way through many years that see life altering and heart shattering decisions. Hence is not only my favorite character but also the only other main character to have a presence in both stories and so I grew slightly enamored with him, feeling almost as moody and desperate as himself as his story traverses time.

Because Catherine is a retelling I expected for there to be similarities between Catherine and Wuthering Heights, and I’d be lying if I said there weren’t. However, Catherine is it’s own mysterious story. A story which is being told some twenty years later through a hidden diary that Catherine left behind, and of which happened to find it’s way into her daughter’s hands. As Chelsea reads the diary, Catherine’s own story of forbidden love, jealousy, and pain unravels, threatening life as Chelsea knows it and leaving the reader burning through the pages.

Overall, Catherine served its role. Was it a modern Wuthering Heights? Not quite, but very close to it. Did I love it as much as Wuthering Heights? No, but the bar was high. Will I read another April Linder book? Absolutely. Jane, I’m on my way!
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Monday, February 18, 2013

(Five Months Later) I Hugged Libba Bray

Hello lovelies,

I was recently going through old pictures on my computer and I came across one picture in particular from the Libba Bray signing that I attended in September of 2012.  I haven't posted about it before, so after five months of waiting you get the pleasure of viewing one picture from the event.  I know, I know. It has been five months and I am only just now posting about it?  Yep.  And all I am posting is one picture? Yep.  Life is cruel or busy.  You choose ;)
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Yes? No? Well, it doesn't matter.  The point is this...

I hugged Libba Bray, and it was captured on film.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Review: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

WARNING: There will be NO spoilers for Unravel Me, but if you have not read Shatter Me you may want to avoid this review.

Unravel Me
by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me, #2
Previous Books in Series: Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 465
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Source: Publisher
Challenge: 2013 Sophomore Reading Challenge
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tick, tick, tick, tick, tick
it's almost
time for war.

Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.

She's finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.

Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.

In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam's life.


If you are going to talk sequels, this is the sequel to talk about. Tahereh Mafi has created a hurricane of emotions and Unravel Me places you in the eye of it. Truth be told, the reader and the characters alike experience all the emotions while within Unravel Me’s grasp.

On an entirely different scope than Shatter Me, Unravel Me carries much more punch than its predecessor. Seeing how I feel about Shatter Me (I am in love with it) that is saying something. With that being so, my intentions are not to detract anything from Shatter Me; rather yet, to make the distinction that Unravel Me brings us a larger and longer experience while between the pages. Which was an experience that I greatly appreciated.

Of course, Juliette and Adam are back for the second installment, and I love them. While a war rages outside the walls of Omega Point, Juliette has a war raging within. Not only is Juliette torn between how she views herself and what she is meant to become, but between the man she loves and the man that could have been crafted especially for her. Ultimately, Juliette discovers a large part of her self, and by the end of Unravel Me, I promise you, you will meet a different girl than you originally returned to and will undoubtedly be cheering her on. Satisfyingly enough, we learn the reason behind Adam’s ability to touch Juliette, and we get to see our couple make a life at Omega Point (for however brief it may or may not be).

Although I do love the main characters, I came to have a sizable respect for the supporting characters. All of the notable persons of Omega Point left me fascinated, but my favorite would be the quick witted and loyal, Kenji.

Warner and another choice male from the Reestablishment--Anderson, the supreme commander--both make appearances. I will pause here to appreciate Tahereh’s unfailing ability to make me hate a fictional person to such a high degree.

Warner uses his many skills to put the reader through a tale spin, and to change my feelings--completely. If you have read the e-novella, Destroy Me, you may have already begun taking this bend with him, but I truly did not know what was coming my way in Unravel Me until it slapped me across the face. Another pause for Tahereh’s genius, and for me to acknowledge that I was experiencing denial...

Unravel Me only proves to show that Tahereh Mafi knows how to please the reader and how to leave them at a degree of acceptance that they never thought possible.  Bravo, Ms. Mafi! Bravo!
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Monday, January 21, 2013

Review: Everneath by Brodi Ashton

by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath, #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 370
Format: Finished Copy
Source: Purchased
Challenge: 2012 Debut Author Challenge
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Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she's returned--to her old life, her family, her boyfriend--before she's banished back to the underworld... this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can't find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance--and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he'll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.

As Nikki's time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole's queen.


I do not have much knowledge when it comes to Greek Mythology but I was swept away with Everneath. From the beginning, I swooned an unbelievable amount, and by the end, I spilled just the right amount of tears. Both reactions happen to be my must haves for a good book--and this is a good book. This is a really good book.

Nikki Beckett--our evolving MC--has faced a life altering event before the book begins. For the previous six months she has lived in the Everneath, or the Underworld, as a forfeit to an Everliving--Cole. Now the Feed has ended and Nikki has six months to conclude her life before returning to the Everneath indefinitely.

Nikki as a character is easy to understand. She is counting down the months left of her life on the Surface, while dealing with the loss of her Mom (physically) and her Dad (emotionally). It all seems like a lot if you look at her loses separately, and so Nikki’s actions and emotions are easy to grasp and to understand--as her loss would be difficult for any one character. That would partly be why I found the need for a counterpart for Nikki, which just so happens to come in the romantic form.

The romance in Everneath was and has continued to be my favorite aspect to the story. From the start, I wasn’t sure which guy I should be rooting for--Cole (the aforementioned Everliving) or Jack (Nikki’s ex-boyfriend).

Cole could be extremely confusing; he is endearing and infuriating. I was constantly questioning his sincerity. Did he truly mean what he said and/or did? Or, was it is just another ploy to get Nikki to return to the Everneath with him? But, regardless of which way you view Cole he is a dynamic and vital character in Everneath.

Jack, Nikki’s ex-boyfriend from before her six months in the Everneath, stole my heart from early on. He still cares for Nikki deeply even after everything her six month disappearance has put him through, and is continually devoted to her. I fell head over heels for Jack mid way through and my feelings only increased as the story did. Yes, I even came to the point of missing him when he was not in a scene. He was my man.

Due to the addictive nature that I found the romance and the plot to be, I rushed through the pages, craving more--hoping for the best while preparing for the worst. Nevertheless, my heart still encountered many ups and downs, and a small dose of ache.

Mixed perfectly into the plot is the mystery, of which there is a fair amount concerning both the Everneath and Nikki’s pre-Everneath past. We glimpse our answers partly through flashbacks, which though secondary still provided most of my favorite scenes.

Eventually, all is known--for now at least--and Everneath comes to a climatic and bittersweet ending. Romantic, mysterious, engaging and heartbreaking--Everneath is a winner in my eyes.