Textrovert, Lindsey Summers – Book Review

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30960329It’s bad enough when high-school senior Keeley grabs the wrong phone while leaving her small town’s end-of-summer fair. It’s even worse when she discovers that the phone she now has belongs to the obnoxious, self-centered Talon and that he’s just left for football camp … with her phone. Reluctantly, the two agree to forward messages for a week. And as Keeley gets to know Talon, she starts to like him. Keeley learns there’s more to Talon than the egocentric jock most people see. There’s more to Keeley, too. Texting Talon, she can step out of the shadow of her popular twin brother. Texting Talon, she can be the person she’s always wanted to be.
Sparks fly when the two finally meet to exchange their phones. But while Keeley has been playing a part online, Talon has been keeping a secret. He has a different connection to Keeley — one that has nothing to do with phones, and one that will make their new relationship all but impossible. Knowing what she now knows, can Keeley trust him? And can love in the present erase mistakes of the past?

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Lessons Learned, Syndey Logan – Book Review

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32066715A young girl needs to spread her wings, but a young woman needs roots.

English teacher Sarah Bray never thought she’d return to Sycamore Falls, but a traumatic event at her inner-city school leaves her desperate for the sanctuary of home. By returning to her roots, an older and wiser Sarah hopes to deal with the demons of her present and confront the ghosts of her past.

She discovers a kindred spirit in Lucas Miller, a teacher from New York with demons of his own. As the newest faculty members at Sycamore High School, they quickly become friends – bonding through Lucas’s culture shock and their mutual desire to build new lives. When they open their wounded hearts to each other, their friendship effortlessly evolves into romance.

Their love is put to the test when Matt, the quarterback of the football team, shares his deepest secret with Sarah. When the conservative community finds out, Sarah and Lucas – along with the town of Sycamore Falls – are schooled in the lessons of acceptance, tolerance, and love.

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Hopelessly Imperfect, Gabriela Cabezut – Book Review

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30161393Cancer is a beast. It’s ugly, savage, and has no mercy. Cassie learned this all too well while watching her mother slowly deteriorate, one agonizing day at a time… With the desire to make her mother’s last year the best it can be, she works to be the perfect daughter. Every character trait, witty joke, like and dislike-Cassie molds herself to be what her mother would love most. But in the end, it still isn’t enough… After years of pretending, Cassie has no idea who she really is. When her mother slips away, Cassie falls into a deep depression, and thoughts of suicide become her most pressing threat. After a failed attempt, she seeks help, and is eventually able to return to life at home. Going through senior year as the girl whose mom died sucks… With her father picking up the pieces of his own heart, and Cassie back in school, she’s able to make a few new friends-one of them being Nathan Rivers. A little quiet, strong, and with inner demons of his own, Cassie can’t help but be intrigued. And as she grows closer to Nathan, the reasons for their mutual attraction slowly unveil. Pain sometimes feels impossible to cope with. It’s consuming, saturating, and all-encompassing. As Cassie and Nathan struggle to heal, can they learn to forgive and accept the past, and possibly find happiness in being Hopelessly Imperfect…?

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First of all, HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY, GABY! This is awesome! I am so, so, so happy for you! 😀

Gaby is a totally awesome person and I am really, really happy that she’s finally getting this platform to reach out to such a huge audience. You go, Gaby! 😀

Talking about the story, now that celebrations are over, it is a great read. Both the main characters are going through stuff in their life that are not easy to deal with. Cancer, depression, death. And that is just the beginning. There’s so much more to their stories. So much that they keep hidden. So much that needs to be said. So much pain to get off their chest, but they’re not doing that. Why? Because they’re guilty. And that makes me really, really sad.

The plethora of emotions brought to life in this story is insane. There’s so much to unearth. Happiness, sadness, guilt, pain, depression, growing up, moving on. All of this is a part of the story. And, it is expressed just so beautifully it makes your heart ache.

I love each and every bit of this story. From the beginning right up to the end. Cassie is such a strong person. She really is. After everything that she has been through, I am so proud of her. Yes, there are times that I felt she was a little too whiny, but going back to thinking what she’s been through, I can understand her moods better. She’s just trying to find herself and let go off all the pain she’s been feeling these past few years and I definitely sympathize with her. I think that what she’s doing is amazing. She’s getting better. And that, is great. Really, really great.

Nathan, the male lead, is just simply amazing. Yes, he’s got the bad boy thing going for him and he behaves like a typical YA hero, all broody and jealous and mysterious. In the beginning. But, as time passes and Cass spends more time with Nate, Nate uncovers himself just beautifully. He’s such an amazing soul. He’s kind and gentle and so, so, so loving. He’s been looking after Cass even before she realized he was even there and he’s just always trying his best to make her feel better. He’s fighting his own demons, but he’s getting there. And there’s just something so incredibly honest about him, you can’t help but love him. Really, honest to God love him.

The story is absolutely compelling and beautiful and the characters are AMAZING! This book should be added to your TBR ASAP because you need to read it!

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Gabriela Cabezut is a Mexican author who has been inclined to write ever since she was little. Being a creative person has always been one of her major traits.

When she was a child, she used to type short stories for her family and friends.

Then, she created and directed a school newspaper for her Elementary School.

Reading has always been an important part of her life. Distinctively, she loves to read in English. Therefore, after being a silent reader for most of her life, she started to write romance stories on a writer’s community website, where she has succeeded by having thousands of readers from around the globe reading her stories.

She manages her time between her family and friends, as well as her own cake-decorating business and as of lately, writing romance stories.

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Maneater, Cambria Hebert – Book Blitz

Maneater
Cambria Hebert
(A Love in the ‘80s Novella)
Publication date: March 25th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance

Watch out, girls. Here she comes.

There’s always that girl. She’s popular, beautiful, and has everything together. The one with the perfectly teased hair, arms full of colorful (but coordinated) bangles, and expertly painted bright-pink lips.

A teacher’s pet. Daddy’s girl.

Everyone loves her.

Because everyone is afraid to challenge her.

Kelly Ross is that girl. She uses her powers of popularity for good… her own good. She doesn’t care who she hurts.

She always gets what she wants.

Including your man.

When she walks down the hallway in her hot-pink heels and ruffled denim miniskirt, all the boys’ heads turn. And all the girls start whispering.

Man-eater.

There hasn’t been a single guy Kelly hasn’t been able to chew up and spit out.

Until now.

Kelly has finally met her match. He’s been there all along, and he’s the exact opposite of everything you’d expect.

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EXCERPT:

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Do people change?

Or do they always stay the same?

That’s more of a philosophy question. I’m more of a science guy.

I like tangible theories that can be measured, questions with answers that have irrefutable proof. I’m not much for matters of the mind with no exact equation, therefore without exact answer.

I’ve heard it said that the more people change, the more they stay the same.

That statement is confusing. Whatever “great” mind came up with the saying probably was a philosophy major and had no knowledge of scientific reasoning.

It’s a false notion.

A mathematical and scientific fact. In an equation, a + b = c. If even just one variable is changed, the entire equation changes, the answer does not remain the same.

If math and science don’t give enough irrefutable proof, the world I live in does. In the universe of high school and growing older, everyone changes. It’s a natural evolution of life.

I see her every day. Even without my glasses, my eyes would still make out her shape.

She’s one of those girls the eyes must look at, just like the lungs must breathe oxygen. Her presence is loud in the hallways of Edward Little High.

Yet her reputation is quiet… at least the real one anyway.

Whispers. I hear them. When you are invisible, or thought to only think about equations and charts, people think you don’t listen. But I hear.

I listen.

It’s how one learns.

The Choice thinks they know everything, but the people who know the most in this school are the ones who are known the least.

I’m practically a shadow, practically a ghost.

“Beat it, losers!” Tad yells from across the hall. My friends and I look up, surprised he’s talking to us.

Okay, maybe I’m not as invisible as I thought.

I glance at Kelly as we scurry off.

Or maybe, I’m only visible when my presence is useful.

I knew Kelly once, a long time ago. Practically in another life. We aren’t friends. She probably doesn’t even remember my name. I remember hers.

I remember the way she used to twist her Oreos in two and hand me the side with the most cream. The way she would grab my hand and pull me off to play before who we were got in the way.

I remember when she was nice.

As I walk to class, my two friends by my sides, I tune out their conversation and wonder. I saw the way Kelly was looking at Tad, her best friend’s boyfriend. It was a sign. Kelly was gearing up to take down another one. It was a pattern. Patterns always repeat themselves.

This time, I wondered if she would go too far.

Kelly was the reason I was spending my time on an internal philosophical debate. Do people change? The theory was no.

I was seeing evidence to the contrary.

The girl I knew all those years ago would never act the way she does now.

But she does.

The whispers follow her around the hall.

People do change.

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Author Bio:

Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.

You can find out more about Cambria and her titles by visiting her website: http://www.cambriahebert.com.

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Playing Defense (Corrigan Falls Raiders #2), Cate Cameron – Book Review

25447694Sixteen-year-old Claudia Waring has never kissed a boy. Never been popular. Never been to a hockey game. All that’s about to change. Assigned to tutor Chris Winslow, a prank-loving, gorgeous hockey player, Claudia’s perfectly planned life immediately veers off course. And she kind of likes it. But as fun as Chris is, she knows she’ll never fit in his world.

After his latest prank lands him in hot water, Chris has to get serious about school or lose hockey. Not an easy thing for someone as carefree as the defenseman. The biggest problem, though, is how much he wants to help his cute, buttoned-up tutor loosen up a little. But while confidence has never been a problem for him, around Claudia, Chris is all nerves. Why would a girl as smart as her ever fall for a jock like him?

So, yeah. Hockey player and the school nerd. Nice? I certainly think so. I picked this up because the jock and his tutor falling for each other totally reminds me of Naley (you know, from One Tree Hill?)

That is what prompted me to read this because I’m a total sucker for Naley! And, I’m glad I did. This story is amazing. The way the feelings of the main characters have been described is phenomenal. Really. It’s a treat to read.

Claudia ‘Dia’ is your typical shy, geeky girl who aims high. She wants to get into her dream college to get a degree in engineering so that she can finally start living her (read as : her mother’s) dreams. One of her teachers suggest tutoring as a part of extra credit to get into college. Claudia isn’t a social person and would rather spend her day buried in her own studies than teach someone else, but getting into her dream college is important so she agrees. As she starts spending more time with Chris and his friends, she realizes that she’s made school her top priority for far too long and has actually let life pass her by without even noticing. So, in an effort to broaden her horizons and to start living her life to the fullest, she starts the ‘Sisterhood of Awesomeness’ and that’s when ‘Dia’ is born. Dia is much like Claudia, only she’s more fun to be around and takes every challenge head on. The Sisterhood causes her to spend more and more time with Chris, something that her mother frowns upon and isn’t hesitant to voice. And, so begins the tug of war in Dia’s head. Should she listen to her mother and focus solely on school, leaving her new friends be or should she continue in this new found sense of belonging and bliss?

Her character is good. Dia is strong and smart and resilient. She takes school too seriously though, and is a little uptight. However, spending time with Chris causes her to become a little laid back which does wonders for her. She psychoanalyzes a lot and spends a lot of time just lost in her own head. Her propensity to overthink does cause some trouble as far as Chris is concerned, but in the end all’s well so that’s okay. The way her character develops through the story is interesting to read and one of the brownie points of the story. I really like her.

Then, there’s Chris. Cute, laid back, fun loving Chris who’s just the best thing ever. He’s sweet and cute and adorable. He’s determined and loyal. He’s very comfortable in his own skin and doesn’t seek approval from anybody about anything. He lives in today and doesn’t really worry much about the future (He is sixteen! So, it’s not like you can blame him or anything.) I find his character totally freaking amazeballs! He’s smart and cute and understanding and loving and kind and funny and he plays a sport! What else do you want in a boy when you’re sixteen? Nothing! So, yeah. He’s totally great like that. I adore him. He’s the best!

All in all, this story showcases a nice coming of age with growing up and making decisions and trying to broaden horizons and standing up for your decisions. It’s when they’re brave and reckless and try new things and have first kisses. Its really beautiful and leaves with you a sense of contentment when you’re done reading.

Rating – 4/5

“Every time I solve for x, I’ll think of you. Other times too, but especially then, because stands for a kiss.” – Claudia Waring

 

“I also have promises to keep, and miles to go. Miles of winding, tangled paths. Two million. Too many.” – Claudia Waring

 

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Corrigan Falls Raiders #1 – Center Ice

23459509Karen Webber is in small-town hell. After her mother’s death, she moved to Corrigan Falls to live with strangers—her dad and his perfect, shiny new family—and there doesn’t seem to be room for a city girl with a chip on her shoulder. The only person who makes her feel like a real human being is Tyler MacDonald.

But Karen isn’t interested in starting something with a player. And that’s all she keeps hearing about Tyler.

Corrigan Falls is a hockey town, and Tyler’s the star player. But the viselike pressure from his father and his agent are sending him dangerously close to the edge. All people see is hockey—except Karen. Now they’ve managed to find something in each other that they both desperately need. And for the first time, Tyler is playing for keeps…

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#WattpadWednesday – The Bad Boy’s Girl, Blair Holden

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“Some people bring out the worst in you, others bring out the best, and then there are those remarkably rare, addictive ones who just bring out the most. Of everything. They make you feel so alive that you’d follow them straight into hell, just to keep getting your fix.” — Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

Tessa O’Connell is a girl as ordinary as they come-or so she thinks. Her aim for senior year is to keep her head down yet somehow manage to convince her childhood love Jay Stone to love her back. What she isn’t prepared for is for Jay’s brother, Cole to return to town and change the life she’s always been seemingly content to live. Tall, gorgeous as all hell and a bad boy with ocean blue eyes and the perfect edge of adorability, he was her greatest tormentor, her number one enemy.But the guy that’s come back is like no one Tessa’s ever come across. He challenges her, he tests her limits, he forces her to bring out the girl she’s long ago buried under a veil of mediocrity and most of all he compels her to consider that perhaps the boy that infuriates her to the point of no return might just her guardian angel.

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This is a story which probably needs no introduction at all. If you’re on Wattpad, I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of it. Who hasn’t? It is one of the most popular books on the website and rightly so.

The way that Blair has written this story is absolutely, gorgeously and beautifully sensational. I love it. There are no words to tell you how much I love it.

Cole Stone, the hero, is essentially every girl’s dream come true. He’s that boy who you’ve admired for a long time and now you finally have him for yourself. And, he loves you. That’s the best part about it, eh? He’s sweet and he’s thoughtful. He’s romantic when he wants to be and he has such a way with words that will definitely turn you into a puddle of goo when you listen to him talk about his girl. The love that he has for Tessa is so deeply seated in his heart that it’s impossible to remove. Over the years, his love has only ever increased and it shows in the way he treats her, like she’s made of glass, like she’s his most priced possession. He’s badass and protective and possessive and if you look at his girl the wrong way, he will most certainly not think twice before burying you. He can do anything for her, and it actually means anything. From hitting his half – brother to breaking up with her so that his slutty groupies leave her alone, he’s done it all. And he will do it any number of times in the future, if it means he’s protecting his Tessie. I mean, how do you not fall for that, yeah?

And, then, there’s Tessa, who is timid and shy. She’s so unsure of herself and doesn’t have a lot of self esteem. In ways, she’s all of us. Her insecurities are those which most of the girls out there go through. She’s us. There’s no two ways about it. But, the way she blossoms with Cole around her is breathtaking to watch. From questioning his motives to wondering why would he ever be interested in a girl like her, Tessa now firmly believes in their relationship and knows that Cole’s in it with her for better and for worse. The way that transformation comes about is definitely a must read.

Cole and Tessa (or as us fans love to call them, Colessa) grow so much as individuals and as a couple in their journey. They make mistakes and they learn from them. They love fiercely and passionately. They have their fights and differences and at times thing are blown out of proportion, but they regroup and they talk it out and make up. Their relationship isn’t all sunshine and rainbows and they accept the fact. But, they know that what they’ve found in each other is something that people try to search for their entire lives and they’re ready to give it their all to save it! That’s what makes them such a beautiful couple.

The Bad Boy’s Girl is truly an amazing read and for any of you die hard romantics, it’s a must read, because this is one of the most amazing love stories I’ve come across in a while.

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I’m sorry I totally went overboard with the quotes, but they’re just so damn lovely and amazing and beautiful and gorgeous! And that’s not all, I have a ton of such things on my phone! All pictures are a courtesy of Twitter/Google/Wattpad! Thank you! 😀

This inside joke that all of us Colessa fangirls have –

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And the next one in the series, The Bad Boy’s Heart, over here –

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Happy Readings! ❤