Fall with Me by Julie Particka

Blurb

My Thoughts

This is a very light and cute read, I was looking for something relaxing and funny, and I found this book.

The story is typical romance, Jenna is betrayed by her fiance, Adam, and her best friend, Lacey, she goes back to her hometown since she just graduated from college, doesn’t have a job and used to live with Adam. She starts working construction with her father but Sutton, Lacey’s older brother and former Jenna’s crush, is also working with him, you can imaging from there how the story develops.

I’m glad Jenna got rid of Adam, he was an *sshole and she wasted too much time in him, I was surprised by Lacey behavior, she was supposed to be Jenna’s best friend since forever and her attitude and actions didn’t explain how or why they were BFF, there was a point I thought Jenna was a complete doormat…

Jenna and Sutton relationship is really relaxed and funny, they have their sexy moments and at the end they end up together (sorry for the spoiler but it’s pretty obvious, it’s that kind of book) nevertheless I felt that the book would benefit from an epilogue or two more chapters or something like that.

Overall it earns  3starstribal , it was sweet and fun but not memorable.

Side note: this cover I also similar to several books, I’m beginning to think we should do a post about it…

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Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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THE BLURB

When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

MY THOUGHTS

Allyson, an american, was on a trip in Europe, a handsome dutch guy, Willem, handed her a flyer on the street and invited her to his show, a Shakespeare play, she goes with her friend to see the show and BAM!! Eye contact!!! The next day she casually (by fate, destiny or accident) encounters Willem on a train, they talk and flirt a bit, he invites her to a One Day trip to Paris, she says yes, and they go together.

She just broke like a thousand rules while traveling!! And she knows it, but it’s part of being reckless, becoming the bold Lulu … which is the nickname Willem gives her, because he never asks for her real name.

So … by now you’re probably thinking you already know what’s going to happen, predictable plot and all that … well … you’re right. From the beginning you already know what’s going to happen, in this exact sequel:

PART I
FUN IN PARIS
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I was hoping more fun … honestly …

”I’m driving by them now too. But somehow, it feels different. Like, being here, outside, on the back of this bike, with the wind on my hair and the sounds singing in my ears and the centuries-old cobblestones rattling beneath my butt, I’m not missing anything. On the contrary, I’m inhaling it, consuming it, becoming it.”

WOO ME YOU BEAUTIFUL SEXY AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS STRANGER!!!

“We kiss again. This next kiss is the kind that breaks open the sky. It steals my breath and gives it back. It shows me that every other kiss I’ve had in my life has been wrong.”

WHERE ARE YOU?? OMG!!! I SHOULD HAVE LISTENED TO MY CONSCIENCE!!!

“What do I actually know about him? Only a handful of facts … A drifter, really. Accidents are the defining force in his life… How could I have been so naïve? Fall in love? In a day? Everything from yesterday, it was all fake. All an illusion. As reality crystallizes into place, the shame and humiliation make me so sick, I feel dizzy.”

PART II
TO BE OR NOT TO BE?? WAIT NO … HOW TO BE???

…….. Here comes the part that for most people was boring and kind of “meh” for what I’ve read in other reviews … the part where Allyson continues her journey of self discovery, and I say continues because she already started that day in Paris with Willem, she realizes she’s been living empty and she needs to find herself.

”I realize it’s not just Willem I’m looking for; it’s Lulu, too.”

“Maybe that’s the thing with liberation. It comes at a price. Forty years wandering through the desert (she’s talking about Jews). Or incurring in the wrath of two very pissed-off parents.”

PART III
TIME TO GET SOME ANSWERS!!!

So, even though this is a very predictable book … is WONDERFULLY PREDICTABLE!!! I loved Part I, and understood Part II (it felt … real) and enjoyed Part III …..

This might be a bit spoilerish

Have you ever watched this old anime from the 70’s called “Candy Candy”??? There is this one scene … where Candy goes looking for Terry at a theater play, and at the end he goes out the theater with the other actors, and she tries to reach him, and calls his name, but he never listen her voice, he goes away with a beautiful woman, and Candy stands there, with her hart broken …

”Candy, life is not a theatre play, where you can fake a feeling.”

So yes … Allison finds Willem on a play, by accident!!!

So … coming back to part III, it was great … I loved the clue chasing, and going from Paris to Netherlands to find him, still … girls if you ever go backpacking … don’t take Allyson’s risks and accepts invitations from strangers to go see the tulips in the outskirts of the city and at 5am … please!!! IT IS NOT SAFE!!! Yes, it can be beautiful but it also can be deadly!!! (paranoid much???)

Well … this book is beautifully written, I just love it, it wasn’t as emotional as If I Stay or Where She Went but … still … it has Gayle Forman all over it and … DAMN CLIFFHANGER ENDING!!!

Read it!!! NOW!!!! It’s like a roller coaster, you know there is a fall then a loop … so you already know the shape of the roller coaster, still … you get in and enjoy the ride … one thing is knowing how the roller coaster looks, other completely different thing is feeling it while taking the ride.

This is one of my fav quotes …

“And that’s when I understand that I have been stained. Whether I’m still in love with him, whether he was ever in love with me, and no matter who he’s in ove with now, Willem changed my life. He showed me how to get lost, and then I showed myself how to get found.

Maybe accident isn’t the right word after all. Maybe miracle is.

Or maybe it’s not a miracle. Maybe this is just life. When you open yourself up to it. When you put yourself in the path of it. When you say yes.”

Ohhh and all the Shakespeare plays … it was great!! I loved how Shakespeare was included …

Ahhh memories of backpacking!!!

This could have been a 5 star rating but I didn’t like the small misspelling of a word in spanish 😛 and the comment about the “Telemundo Frat Party” (They were in Cancún, what were they expecting? a UCLA frat party instead???).

4starstribal

ReviewedbyMags

Frigid (Frigid #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout as J. Lynn

“Sydney … I shouldn’t have said that shit in the car. You’re perfect…”
“Just the way I am?” I finished for him. “Isn’t that from Bridget Jones?”
“Maybe.” One side of his mouth tipped up.
“You are such a vagina.”

The blurb…

For twenty-one-year-old Sydney, being in love with Kyler isn’t anything new. They’d been best friends ever since he pushed her down on the playground and she made him eat a mud pie. Somewhere over the years, she fell for him and fell hard. The big problem with that? Kyler puts the ‘man’ in man-whore. He’s never stayed with a girl longer than a few nights, and with it being their last year in college, Syd doesn’t want to risk their friendship by declaring her love. 

Kyler has always put Syd on a pedestal that was too high for him to reach. To him, she’s perfect and she’s everything. But the feelings he has for her, he’s always hidden away or focused on any other female. After all, Kyler will always be the poor boy from the wrong side of tracks, and Syd will always be the one girl he can never have. 

But when they’re stranded together at a posh ski resort due to a massive Nor’easter, there’s nothing stopping their red-hot feelings for each other from coming to the surface. Can their friendship survive the attraction? Better yet, can they survive at all? Because as the snow falls, someone is stalking them, and this ski trip may be a life-changer in more ways than one.

My thoughts…

The characters:

Kyler Quinn: Promiscuous man-whore hottie with an 8-pack. Syd’s protective best friend. He plays guitar and he’s studying finances to take over her mom’s business, but what he really wants is to be a veterinarian.

Sydney Young: Timid girl, she’s beautiful but doesn’t know it. She’s been in hopelessly love with Kyler for years. She’s studying psychology.

The story:

Kyler and Syd are best friends since childhood. As they grew, their feelings for each other changed, but for fear of ruining their friendship never said anything. Syd had a boyfriend who took her virginity, but after that, he broke up with her and spread rumors at school about her being frigid, making her feel insecure with herself. Kyler never felt worthy of Syd, so he tried to forget her by sleeping with any girl.

Syd, Kyler and friends plan the annual trip to Kyler’s mom cabin in the mountains. Sadly for their friends, but lucky for Kyler and Syd, a snowstorm blocks the roads leaving Kyler and Syd alone in the cabin for a couple of days. That’s the perfect opportunity to explore their feelings for each other, but someone is messing with them, sabotaging the cabin cutting electricity, breaking windows, etc.

I’m a huge fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout, I love her Lux and Covenant series (YA), even the Gamble Brother series (Adult).  But her New Adult books … those are not that good… and Frigid was a big meh! Please Jen! Stick with YA!!!!

Syd was a painful character to read, she was so frustrating, overthinking everything, doubting herself and being super paranoid about Kyler and every single thing he did.

His lips brushed the side of my face. “I remembered, but I’m so used to wearing a condom. Kind of hard habit to break.” He leaned back, clearing his throat. “Not that I’m trying to break the habit or anything.”

My lips parted, but my mouth was suddenly dry. What had he meant by that? Was he not planning to break the habit because he was still planning on sleeping around? I closed my eyes, mentally stringing together a redneck’s vocabulary of cuss words. He didn’t mean anything by that other than he wasn’t making a habit f not wearing a condom. That was all.

I hoped.

… Aha ……… paranoid much???? I swear the book was painful to read!!!

Fuck you like a one-night stand.

That’s not what I wanted, but I would’ve accepter that. I wasn’t sure what that said about me – that I could love someone so much I’d accept whatever scrap they tossed my way. It wasn’t right. It was the epitome of weak. I knew that, but it didn’t change the fact that, if Kyler climbed into the shower right now, I’d let him do whatever he wanted. My chest hurt in a way I was slowly growing accustomed to.

Dear Syd, if you don’t want him to treat you like a one-night stand, don’t offer yourself like one. But of course Kyler didn’t treat her like that, noooo, he was a gentleman, ‘cause he loves her.

I wanted to be wooed by Kyler, but he was just the typical good looking guy sleeping around until the “right one” arrives, in this case, Syd. Not charming enough, not for me.

Ahh and the evil guy … that was lame … LAME!!! Seriously … don’t even get me started with the mystery of the plot … there was no mystery!!!!!

Hotness factor:  Some scenes were hot and sexy… yep … mature content.

Unpredictable factor:  Crystal-ball predictable. ZERO surprises.

Verdict:  The book was not enough. I want quality, not quantity. Publishing an amazing book a year is ok, I won’t complain, but publishing 3 or more books a year, with typos and “ok” stories … why????

Rating: 2 stars …

So … the “mystery” took one star from the rating, Sydney took another star, and Kyler not being swoon-worthy enough took the other star, leaving 2.

 2starstribal

ReviewedbyMags

Elite (Eagle Elite #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

“It’s going to be a long afternoon.” Nixon whistled.
“Why?”
“Because we are freaking living our own Romeo and Juliet.”

The blurb…

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother’s death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn’t expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she’s ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There’s Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn’t long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn’t realize she was the enemy — until it was too late.

My thoughts…

The characters:

Trace: A home-schooled poor farm girl, her parents died in a car crash and she’s been living with her grandparents since then. She’s stubborn and strong, naïve but loyal to her friends and grandpa.

Nixon: Arrogant, rich and sexy sonovabitch. He speaks 10 languages, he’s head of the student council, his family owns Eagle Elite College and everybody (including teachers) worships the ground he walks in. You cross him, you pay. He’s ruthless and remorseless when he has to.

Chase: Nixon’s best friend, he’s loyal, funny, thoughtful but also merciless. He always has Nixon’s back. He’s Trace’s best male friend at college.

The story:

After winning the annual Eagle Elite College Scholarship lottery, Trace arrives to campus and is greeted by Nixon and his minions, they call themselves ”The Elect”. It goes without saying that the Elect’s welcome is everything but warm, Trace finds herself in a word that … ahhh! This quote explains it …

His face light up with a smile, and honestly, it was like staring at a fallen angel. Nixon was gorgeous. He was an ass, but he was a gorgeous ass. “You feel his?” His hand continued moving up my arm until he reached my shoulder, and then his hand moved to my neck and his thumb grazed my trembling lips. “Memorize it now, because as of this moment, you can’t touch us. We are untouchable. If you as much as sneeze in our direction, if you as much as breathe the same air in my atmosphere, I will make your life hell. This touch, what you feel against your skin, will be the only time you feel another human being as powerful as me near you. So like I said, feel it, remember it, and maybe one day, your brain will do you the supreme favor of forgetting what it felt like to have someone like me touching you. Then, and only then, will you be able to be happy with some mediocre boyfriend and pathetic life.”
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He jerked his hand away from my face. “Pathetic. Are you going to cry? Really?” Nixon scowled and held out his hand to Chase. Chase handed him some Purell.
“Don’t want to get farm in my hands, you understand.” Nixon smiled such a mean smile that I literally had to clench my hands at my sides to keep from punching him in the face and getting expelled.

Ohh by the way, Purell is an American brand of hand sanitizer, in case you were wondering.

Anyway, after the icy welcome, Trace finds out she’s roommate to Monroe, Nixon’s sister. They obviously become BFFs, and Monroe sort of helps her fit in. Chase helps a litte too 😉

The problem? Apparently rich powerful people are evil, because Trace is humiliated on several occasions, until Nixon protects her. What can a lamb do when surrounded by wolves? Yep … NOTHING! So … Nixon to the rescue!!

As Trace and Nixon become closer, and falling for each other, things start to get weird, at least from Trace’s perspective. Want an example? Who needs a convoy like this one when going grocery shopping?

There is something wrong with Nixon’s family, but what?? Why does Chase always do what Nixon orders?

One day, everything changes, Trace finds a piece of jewelry her grandma left her, and when Nixon sees it … well …

And the story picks up … and my issues began … see … the Elect are mobsters. Yep! So … you get what I mean with the gif above … right???? Trace and her grandpa had a very serious conversation (apparently grandpa is not a cute innocent farmer and Nixon is not a stranger she just met, not at all), Chase became Trace’s bodyguard and Nixon got all caveman to protect her, ‘cause now she’s a target. Insert drama here, the “I’m treating you like crap because everybody must think I don’t like you, so they won’t try to hurt me by hurting you, and therefore I’m keeping you safe by not making you a bigger target” kind of drama. Trace gets upset (You go girl!!! Kick his ass!!!) and where does she finds comfort?? Yep! Chase!!

I think the mobster part of the story is what cost the book one star. There is no way a guy in his early 20’s would be the super mob boss while living at a college and playing babysitter (Ok maybe … just maybe because of his father’s “condition” but still)… and at the end of the book the traitor’s punishment was light, you would think a mobster would do something more creative. Ohh and Trace’s is so naïve … many things were crystal clear and she was oblivious, she’s supposed to be intelligent!!! And when she finally caught up with everything, she was like “OK!!!* Smiley face*” … She accepted everything easily. But I respect her, she put Nixon in his place!!

The love triangle …… why is there a love triangle?? We already know the second guy doesn’t even have a chance!!!! Coff coff * Chase* coff coff. There goes another star.

At the end of the book, there is a teaser from the sequel, the first chapter … that alone makes me …

Hotness factor: Warm!! Cute scenes but nothing graphic.
NOTE: There is an almost-rape scene and violence.

Unpredictable factor: I wasn’t THAT surprised. But this is one of those books that you enjoy even though it’s crystal ball clear.

Veredict: The book was addictive; there is something about the story and the characters that kept me glued to my kindle. If you are OK with a hot male lead who is a jerk 99% of the time (even when he’s trying to protect the heroine) then read it. If you like “Gossip Girl” and, read and loved Sempre, then this book is for you (OK … Sempre and Elite are very different, except for the mobster theme, but you get the idea).

Rating: 3 stars!!!

3starstribal

(And I’m ignoring a quote that bothered me a lot)

“Stupid girls. We always need rescuing.”

The ebook was provided by NetGalley in exchange of a honest review.

ReviewedbyMags