Puddle Jumping by Amber L. Johnson: Book Review

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Synopsis: When it comes to love there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special.

Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

Date Published: June 29, 2014

Publisher: Self-published.

No. of pages: 121 pages

Date Read: October 2014

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Honest. Innocent. Sweet sprinkled with a sparkle of uniqueness.
Lilly’s voice is like no other, it was consistent, precise, it is like a voice I would love to read over and over.The way the book portrayed the characters was really amenable. There was truth and sincerity, there was coyness and heart. It was a mixture of everything amazing.

It was a breath of fresh air, it was the cold side of the pillow, it was a newly laundered bed sheets, it is a cup of tea on a cold night, it was everything that will make you feel good and then some. It was a book that celebrates life and not be bothered by the differences because in the end was the heart wants that matters.It was exhilarating as it was heartfelt.I could go on and on with endless comparisons and adjectives, but this book is just one of the best out there. It was never pretentious, it is what it is, and it was nothing short of perfect to me.

I love how the story was well thought of, I love how unconventional it is, not like those cliche type of books with one hell of a hot guy and a not-so popular girl, where the girl has dark secrets and the guy is a bad boy and they will eventually fall in love, no, it is not this book. This book is different from every book recently popping out these days. It painted love into this kind of surreal and magical way, that yes indeed love comes in different forms. It is something you would want to reread and not get tired of the whole story.

I cried and laughed, with this book I was able to reach that sense of satisfaction. Colton and Lilly’s story will stay with me to the end of days.

Can I give it more than five stars???

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Please God Let it Be Herpes by Carlos Kotkin

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Synopsis: Humorist-writer-mammal Carlos Kotkin is lucky in love-if lucky in love means he’s had enough horrible, pathetic, and downright bizarre dating experiences to write a book. His trouble with females usually begins upon opening his mouth.

Here, Carlos shares his ups and mostly downs of bachelorhood, including romantic conquests with a slew of childhood crushes, insane yogis, a Playboy vixen, a STD host, the flaky, the deaf, and the just plain dumb. His unique mating style is not to be duplicated, but it will definitely make readers laugh-and want to get tested ASAP.

Date Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: NAL Trade

No of Pages: 304

Date Read: March 2014

REVIEW

Funny and witty.

It was the kind of book that you would want handy after you have read a life-shattering kind of book. It has that hilarious tone to it, not taking life too seriously. I won’t lie it did make me laugh out loud, to the point that whenever I remember a scene from the book I will literally laugh out of the blue. I had to admit I read this during one of my darkest days, which I was pretty sure I was close to having depression, but this book actually did something good to me. Thanks to the wit and sometimes laugh-until-your-stomach-hurts dilemmas of the author. And yes, it was really the title that got me!

Rating: 4 stars

Captive in The Dark by CJ Roberts

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Synopsis: Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For twelve years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature. If Caleb is to get close enough to strike, he must become the very thing he abhors and kidnap a beautiful girl to train her to be all that he once was.

Eighteen-year-old Olivia Ruiz has just woken up in a strange place. Blindfolded and bound, there is only a calm male voice to welcome her. His name is Caleb, though he demands to be called Master. Olivia is young, beautiful, naïve and willful to a fault. She has a dark sensuality that cannot be hidden or denied, though she tries to accomplish both. Although she is frightened by the strong, sadistic, and arrogant man who holds her prisoner, what keeps Olivia awake in the dark is her unwelcome attraction to him.

WARNING: This book contains very disturbing situations, dubious consent, strong language, and graphic violence.

Date Published: July 20, 2011

Publisher: Self-published.

Series: The Dark Duet

No. of Pages: 267 pages

Date Read: June 2014

REVIEW:

Let me gather my thoughts first, I seem to have lost it somewhere in the book. I had to pause for a while to come back to my senses.

Okay. (Inhale, exhale)

That was a tough one! I don’t really know what exactly to feel. Should I feel enraged? Should I feel depressed? Should I feel happy?. It was all jacked up emotions plummeting inside me, and I kind of hate it and love it at the same time. This book cut me open letting me bleed with too much raw emotions I can barely handle. It feels like there is this heavy load placed in my chest that I just couldn’t get off me no matter how I want to. But one thing I am very certain of, this book is too heavy to bear. I had to catch my breath every single chapter, I gasped, my heart went into erratic beating, I was at the edge of my seat and at some parts I was speechless and dumbfounded. I was like Livvie who was too confused. And I swear, I have never felt such kind of roller coaster of emotions for the longest time. This book is anything but mediocre. This book CAPTIVATED me in a hundred different ways.

However I fully understand that this book is not easily for everyone, some may hate it with so much passion, some may love it like treasured jewel. On my part I am kind of in the middle, it was really a love-hate relationship. But what important was the book’s capability to suck you in, to engulf you into a wholly different world. I for one, felt really dirty the whole time I was reading it, but that was what made this book good, it can give you the weirdest of emotions yet you would still want to know what will happen in the end. And if I may add this book haunted me for days.
Now please, give me a happy book.

RATING: 4 stars

“Love. What the hell did that word even mean? It got tossed around so flippantly, by everyone.”

With This Heart by R.S. Grey

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Synopsis: If someone had told me a year ago that I was about to fall in love, go on an epic road trip, ride a Triceratops, sing on a bar, and lose my virginity, I would have assumed they were on drugs.

Well, that is, until I met Beckham.

Beck was mostly to blame for my recklessness. Gorgeous, clever, undeniably charming Beck barreled into my life as if it were his mission to make sure I never took living for granted. He showed me that there were no boundaries, rules were for the spineless, and a kiss was supposed to happen when I least expected.

Beck was the plot twist that took me by surprise. Two months before I met him, death was knocking at my door. I’d all but given up my last scrap of hope when suddenly, I was given a second chance at life. This time around, I wasn’t going to let it slip through my fingers.

We set out on a road trip with nothing to lose and no guarantees of tomorrow.

Our road trip was about young, reckless love.

The kind of love that burns bright.

The kind of love that no road-map could bring me back from.

**Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.**

Date Published: April 6, 2014

Publisher: Createscape

No. of Pages: 318 pages

Date Read: June 2014.

REVIEW

Simply Amazing.

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Date Published: January 3, 2012

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Date Read: November 2, 2014

REVIEW

Wondrously unique and addictive.

Oh Stars in heaven, I need Scarlet right at this very moment. I am surprised that I loved this book more than I allow myself to. To be honest I didn’t set my expectations too high, the least I wanted to happen was to end up disappointed. But boy, this book is anything but disappointment. It was a real page-turner. It has everything I wanted in a book: romance, great world-building, badass heroine and some fantasy. I specifically loved that the things that have yet to unfold were foreshadowed beautifully, like the mention of Cress and Winter.

Everything was coherent and connected to one another, not leaving anything unnecessary. It was more than what I have bargained for and definitely more than what I gave it credit for. Well it was indeed great that I didn’t set the bar too high, that when it turned out to be awesome, I was floored! And now I’m excited, I heard the series gets better.

To say I loved it would be an understatement because If I did not, I wouldn’t have stayed awake at this ungodly hour writing a review about it. I just don’t want to miss out on things I wanted to say. Can’t wait to get my hands on Scarlet!

And oh, what I liked more about Cinder is it reminded me in some bizarre way of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, which I love to no end. So I guess I’ll be raving about this series for a while, better get used to it.\

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

“He was the fantasy of every girl in the country. He was so far out of realm, her world, that she should have stopped thinking about him the second the door had closed. Should stop thinking about him immediately. Should never think about him again, except maybe as a client – and her prince.
And yet, the memory of his fingers against her skin refused to fade.”

Unlit Star by Lindy Zart

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Synopsis: We are not guaranteed anything, not even this life.

Rivers Young is the popular guy untouchable by reality. He is like a star—bright, consuming, otherworldly. The thing about stars, though, is that they eventually fall, and he is no different.

He falls far and he falls hard.

Delilah Bana is the outcast enshrouded in all of life’s ironies. Alone, in the dark, like dusk as it falls on the world. When Rivers hits the ground, she is the night that catches him. In the darkness, they meld into something beautiful that shines like the sun.

Only, the greater the star is, the shorter its lifespan.

Date Published: August 20, 2014

Date Read: November 5, 2014

REVIEW

I loved it. Desperately. Undeniably. Wholly. Without regret.

I am still currently wiping tears off my face. It was achingly beautiful as it was ultimately satisfying. It was as true as it could get. There are just too much wisdom contained in this book that I could not help myself but stop and ponder, all of it were true. Delilah and Rivers’ story just opened up too much realizations, realizations I couldn’t help but agree. I loved that each chapter wasn’t really revealing everything all at once there was still the sense of surprise, of constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop and when it finally did, it was played out beautifully, exceptionally tear-inducing even. I think I have found another favorite, also the author writes amazingly, it was spot on. It just tugged every heart strings. It wasn’t solely about love, but more than anything it tackles, loss, pain, family and the awful realities of life but more importantly how one must live life the way he pleases it, without regrets. No more second-guessing, just basking into the abyss of the unknown.

I loved how the characters evolved, especially Rivers Young. How he turned out into someone worthy and Delilah Bana who was stubborn for all the right reasons, I loved her character, the way she reacts towards things and her principles in life. How she didn’t give up despite of the shitty hand she was dealt with. I loved how Rivers and Delilah meld into something stellar, into something so true, it hurts.

Maybe all I am saying is that, you should just read it and see it for yourself and feel the rawness of all the emotions. Now I am pretty sure I cannot fully move on from this. Ah it is just so beautiful it hurts, but I already said that and whatever, just let me sulk about it some more.

Rating:   ❤ /5 stars

“I could choose to be sad, or I could choose to be happy. Life – it’s one choice after another. And how our lives are, that’s our choice as well.”

My Guardian Angel by Evangelene : Book Review

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Synopsis: Kassia Preston, a best selling author whose a bit of recluse, but who could blame her after what had happened to her all those years ago. Thankfully, her brother Darios and her friends Genna and Tara had always been there for her. One day in Darios’ gym, she meets Jason. He’s young, fit and mouthwateringly sexy. Kassia is drawn to him, not only because of his looks but because of something else, something indescribable.

Jason Theroux, a young SWAT officer has his own demons that he keeps hidden deep inside.

What happens when these two broken souls get together? Will they be able to survive their past and forge a new future? Or will their demons begin to threaten their relationship, destroying it completely?

Date Published; April 7, 2014

Publisher: Self-published

Date Read: June 2014

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I don’t know if it is just me, but maybe reading fifty shades of grey was enough to last me a lifetime and another romance/erotica book just couldn’t do it for me, I was queasy and squirmish at some parts, it is like I wanted it to end all at once. I’m not saying it is bad, but I feel like everything happened in an instant, instant affection, and instant, yes you guessed it right, instant sex. Well maybe I am not too much accustomed with erotica novels, well it is still an unchartered territory after all. It was too good to be true, and I was catching myself saying “oh boy” or grimacing at some parts, that I have to set aside the book for a while because I just couldn’t continue anymore. The way the characters were described was as if they all looked perfect, that they are altogether lovable and no one in the goddamn world could ever resist them, there was Darios the hottest brother, Genna and Tara the most beautiful best friends, and Jason who is like a god and of course Kassia whom everyone wants a piece of. I mean, seriously, can we at least make someone as real as a true person? I know, i know, a book is an escape and no one forced this on me, but I guess I was just a little disappointed, that is all. But I have to admit I really loved the last chapter – Jason’s point of view. It has a potential, I mean story wise, it was something, the problem maybe was it wasn’t well executed.

Oh well, im just going to charge this to experience. I guess it wasn’t really my cup of tea.

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