Four Summers by Nyrae Dawn: Book Review

four summersTitle: Four Summers

Author: Nyrae Dawn

Started Date:  May 24, 2013

Finished Date:  May 24, 2013

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Charlotte Gates is tired of being Charlie Rae. She loves the lake she was raised on, their rental cabins, and spending her nights under the stars…but inside she yearns for more.

After his freshman year, Nathaniel Chase’s family spends their first summer at The Village. From the beginning Charlotte intrigues him. She’s the girl who always says what’s on her mind, wins at night games, and each time she looks through her telescope, gets lost in the sky.

Over the course of four summers together, Charlotte and Nathaniel become best friends, share firsts, mend broken hearts, protect each other’s secrets, overcome tragedies…fall in love. And say goodbye…

Charlie wants out of The Village. Nate wants her to have her stars. And they dream of being able to do it all together. But life isn’t as easy as their summers.

Each summer is told in alternating points of view between Charlie and Nate. Journey with the pair, and their friends, as they share their story about growing up, discovering who they are, making tough choices, and falling in love again and again.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

Inspiring…

Wow, it’s really good! And I’m feeling generous right now, I’m giving it 5 stars! But yeah, it deserves the 5-star rating.
I really like it, and I finished it in one sitting. This one is a bit more emotional from the author’s previous books, and I love how she wrote this one differently.

I love all the characters, it felt like I got to know them more within the four summers. Charlie is a very likable heroine, which is definitely rare. She’s the Star Girl, she’s one of the boys, she plays football, she plays Last Man Standing, she loves the stars, she dreams big, and she’s Charlotte to Nate.
Nathaniel Chase, the summer boy, who made her swooned a lot, is definitely every girl’s dreams. Oh well, I really think so. I like his POV, the second and the fourth summer, made me understand and love him more. I think their story is so close to reality, it felt like anyone can relate to them one way or another.

I like how the author wrote this book with both Charlie and Nate’s POV, it felt complete. It felt PERFECT, especially for a summer read. 😉

 

xoxo,

The Duff: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger: A book review

Title: The Duff

Author: Kody Keplinger

Started Date: October 13, 2012

Finished Date: October 13, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. 

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

Yay!! I love love love this book! Another book I finished in a day! Maybe 2 or 3 hours, I actually didn’t notice the time. I was waiting at the clinic, and I’m glad I have this book in my bag to kill the time. And I couldn’t stop reading it!!! What I liked about this book is its honesty and perfect portrayal of the high school reality nowadays. So watch out for a number of sex going on in this book even though it’s in a high school setting. Well, let’s admit it, that’s reality.

Would you hate me if I also love Wesley Rush even if he’s a man-whore? LOL! Yes, I love him! He’s a great guy within, and he also managed to change because of love. I don’t care about Bianca, she’s a little annoying sometimes because of her never ending insecurities in life. And yes, she’s a slut! I don’t want to elaborate about that, but she’s definitely funny, the only quality of her that I like. LOL! Well, I really like her two stunning best friends, Casey and Jessica, and I really want their own stories!

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book!!! Read it too, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me. 🙂

 

xoxo

Good For You by Tammara Webber: A book review

Title: Good For You

Author: Tammara Webber

Started Date: October 7, 2012

Finished Date: October 7, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

Summary from Goodreads:

“Reid Alexander’s life is an open book. His Hollywood celebrity means that everything he does plays out in the public eye. Every relationship, every error in judgment is analyzed by strangers. His latest mistake totaled his car, destroyed a house and landed him in the hospital. Now his PR team is working overtime to salvage his image. One thing is clear—this is one predicament he won’t escape without paying for it.

Dori Cantrell is a genuine humanitarian—the outward opposite of everything Reid is about. When his DUI plea bargain lands him under her community service supervision, she proves unimpressed with his status and indifferent to his proximity, and he soon wants nothing more than to knock her off of her pedestal and prove she’s human.

Counting the days until his month of service is over, Dori struggles to ignore his wicked magnetic pull while shocking him with her ability to see past his celebrity and challenging him to see his own wasted potential. But Dori has secrets of her own, safely locked away until one night turns her entire world upside down. Suddenly their only hope for connection and redemption hinges on one choice: whether or not to have faith in each other.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

I really love this book and I didn’t expect it to be this good.
I admit it took me a long time to finally read it since I hated Reid in the first and second book! He’s bad and a jerk most of the time.
But I’m so glad I decided to read it, it made me love Reid and I’m happy that I gave him a second chance. It’s really true, every bad person really deserves a second chance. 🙂

I liked Doris, I can say that she’s perfect for Reid. They are very different from each other, having the opposite lives. Doris has this good girl image, a pastor’s daughter, a social worker student, a part time teacher in a vacation bible school. Yes, she attends church every Sunday. While Reid is definitely an opposite of her, he’s a handsome celebrity, with a workaholic dad and alcoholic mom, he parties every night, goes with different girls, and the usual guy who drinks and drive. He had an accident and destroyed a house, then he volunteered in a community service and later on handled by Doris. And the rest of the story is about how they clicked together, even though they used to argue a lot since they have different attitudes and views. I liked how the romance grew, their undeniable attraction with each other, and their friendship turned to love. I like the fact that Reid changed and became a better person because of her. Also he understand everything about her.

I love love love this book, it got me to tears while reading it, and has brought up many emotions in me. I love how Tammara Webber weaves a beautiful story but a realistic one, where everyone can relate to. 😉

 

 

xoxo,

 

Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti: A book review

Title: Waiting For You

Author: Susane Colasanti

Started Date: September 17, 2012

Finished Date: September 21, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

“At the beginning of her sophomore year, Marisa is ready for a fresh start and, more importantly, a boyfriend. So when the handsome and popular Derek asks her out, Marisa thinks her long wait for happiness is over. But several bumps in the road—including her parents’ unexpected separation, a fight with her best friend, and a shocking disappointment in her relationship with Derek—test Marisa’s ability to maintain her new outlook. Only the anonymous DJ, whose underground podcasts have the school’s ear, seems to understand what Marisa is going through. But she has no idea who he is—or does she? In Waiting For You, this third romantic novel from Susane Colasanti, Marisa learns how to “be in the Now” and realizes that the love she’s been waiting for has been right in front of her all along.”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

 

A very cute story… I think everyone can relate to this book, especially if you’re in high school. Even if you’re old enough, the book will bring you back your childhood and teenage memories.
At first, I find it very boring, there are so many confusing parts that I couldn’t handle. And the lead, Marisa, is very annoying, she has too many thoughts in her mind and a lot of insecurities. I don’t remember someone as insecure like her. So maybe you’ll hate the first 15 chapters, because that’s where I got bored. But I promise you it will get better.

I know, I know, the book is kind of predictable, especially when you take a look of the cover itself. You’ll get the ending of it. But the other half of the book is really amazing that I can’t put it down. There have been a lot of changes in their personalities, they changed and became better, because of some significant factors in their lives like family drama, school stuff and relationships. I got hooked on how cool Nash is, especially how he makes her happy, on how he remember things, and how he loves bells so much.

To everyone who started reading this book, or to those who will start it, always remember don’t give up on it. Better things will come your way. You’ll be surprise that it will give you highlights from your own teenage life, and how you will relate to it, and it will make you remember how strong you became through the years.

We all do have the same sentiments, especially when we are waiting for the one. But we don’t have to wait, we just need to look around us.

I have so many favorite quotes from the book, but let me give you one:
“When someone rips your heart out, there’s nothing you can do to change how you feel about them. You just have to keep feeling that way until it goes away. Until it never does.”- page 185

 

 

xoxo

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay: A book review

Title: Juliet Immortal

Author: Stacey Jay

Started Date: August 20, 2012

Finished Date: August 21, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“The most tragic love story in history . . . 
Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love. 
“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, 
Which as they kiss consume.”
“–Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare”

 

MY THOUGHTS.

Just finished reading it in one sitting and that took me 4 hours. I couldn’t stop because I wanted to see the ending. Yeah, I love the ending so much. I know this book has its faults, but I must still say that it’s kind of unique for me. This is definitely a unique retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I remembered the movie “Letters to Juliet” which I watched two times because I still think it’s good even though it’s lame on some parts. And I liked it because of the handsome french guy there. So that’s what I also felt about this book. Some parts of it are confusing especially the middle part and I will not spoil it here. I can also add the confusing alternate realities. The characters are also confusing, especially Romeo in the body of Dylan and Juliet in the body of Ariel. You heard me right, the two main characters are confusing. I don’t know, but they actually demonstrated split personalities. Romeo is definitely crazy. LOL! I can also add Gemma to them, she’s such a psycho. You might wonder who she is, well she’s the best friend of Ariel. I will not say much, but I’m sure the ones who read this book will agree with me. LOL!

But there are also parts where this book actually redeemed itself, yes, every character did. I love Ben, I believe he’s the only person here who’s sane and he’s the reason why I become to love this book. A perfect guy to fall in love with. He’s such a gentleman, with a kind heart and true love.

I admit, the gorgeous red cover caught me and what really took me to grab a copy. And to add, this line also had an impact, “The greatest love story ever told is a lie.” But I don’t think the original Romeo and Juliet is great, I still think the two of them are stupid, too stupid to die. LOL! But I guess, that’s true love then. But I must say, Juliet Immortal taught me one thing..Love is tragic sometimes, but true love stays, even in different lifetimes.

 

xoxo

 

The Selection by Kiera Cass: A book review

Title: The Selection

Author: Kiera Cass

Started Date: May 29, 2012

Finished Date: May 31, 2012

Rating: 4/5 stars

“For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.” 

 

MY THOUGHTS.

I finished the book last night! This book definitely reminds me of Hunger Games and The Bachelor, so I say it is a combination of the two. I would have given this book 3 stars if not because of Aspen. He’s the boyfriend of the heroine for two years. Yeah, I really like him a lot even if he’s poor. He is definitely man enough to stand on what he believes in and he’s full of pride. While America Singer is sometimes an insecure and immature girl, but I like the fact that she is being just herself throughout the time she’s in the competition. Prince Maxon, the “Bachelor”, is very charming, he laughs a lot and he really knows how to keep a conversation. But I like Aspen more, because the prince seems an ordinary prince for me, a gorgeous and rich prince. Anyway, the book seems a bit short for me and I felt like the author just decided to end it that way without further elaborating about the contest and the setting. The writing style needs to be improved too. But I still like it, it felt more like a contemporary book with a bit of dystopian, with more romance than action. And I’m definitely Team Aspen! 😉

Here’s my favorite line from Aspen:

“America Singer, one day you will fall asleep in my arms every night. And you’ll wake up to my kisses every morning.”

xoxo

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The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter: A book review

Title: The Goddess Test

Author: Aimee Carter

Started Date: May 22, 2012

Finished Date: May 25, 2012

Rating: 5/5 stars

 

“EVERY GIRL WHO HAS TAKEN THE TEST HAS DIED.

NOW IT’S KATE’S TURN. 

It’s always been just Kate and her mom–and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate’s going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear that her mother won’t live past the fall.

Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld–and if she accepts his bargain, he’ll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests.

Kate is sure he’s crazy–until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she suceeds, she’ll become Henry’s future bride and a goddess.”

 

I love it! I love it! And I love it!
Wow, I didn’t expect that! I’ve read mixed reviews about this book, that’s why I did not set my expectations high. I bought this from the book depository, so happy it arrived early and I picked this first among my towering TBR paperbacks at home. I really love Greek mythology, especially Hades, he’s my favorite character. And the author has described him the way I wanted him to be! (You should definitely check that out by yourself *winks*). I admit, it started slow but it was so interesting that I couldn’t even put it down. I just have to, because I have to sleep and go to work in the morning. Anyway, believe it or not, what I like the most about this book are the characters. I had fun reading it because of the different characters, they are sometimes funny and sometimes annoying. Kate is definitely funny and annoying, sometimes she really knows how to joke and deliver a punch line, but I also couldn’t get the reason why she doesn’t like dresses. lol. And Hades, the god of the underworld, he is definitely hot and gorgeous here. I hate the fact that he’s sad and he loves Persephone so much, while I’m left pitying Kate. Before I spoil so much, I must say that the latter part of the book is the most amazing. Questions and secrets are revealed, and I really like the twist that has happened. I also like how the author mixed up the Greek mythology, it’s unique and very creative. And of course, the romance is something that I wanted to happen, and it really lived up my expectations. I felt like reading historical romance books with a mythology flavor.

I will definitely read the next book! 😉

My favorite quotes:
“I care so much that I do not know how to tell you without it seeming inconsequential compared to how I feel. Even if I am distant at times and seem as if I do not want to be with you, it is only because this scares me, too.”-Henry/Hades, page 221

“And I also know that the way I feel about you isn’t going to change just because the seasons do.” -Kate, page 287.

 

 

xoxo