Review:Boys Like You by Juliana Stone


Synopsis: Monroe and Nathan are both lost, broken souls. Both have experienced a tragedy that they feel responsible for. They meet by chance one summer and its changes their lives forever.

Oh my goodness, I was a blubbering mess reading this book! Like, tissues in hands, tears streaming and my kids giggling because mom is crying over a book kind of mess! I literally just finished this one and couldn’t wait to write my review!

I could not put this book down. If life wouldn’t get in the way of my reading addiction, I would have finished this in one sitting. It was just that good. I had never read anything by Juliana Stone before but now I want to get my hands on every book she’s ever written. This woman can seriously write. The emotion in this book rolled off in waves.

Monroe and Nathan are both such palpable characters. Even though they are teenagers, they are written with such depth. Honestly, the book surprised me. The blurb on the back didn’t give much away at all and I just wasn’t expecting what I got from this book. Every character has depth, even the minor ones. It’s not a typical, fluffy YA coming-of-age romance. It is but it isn’t. There is just so much more to this story. There is heartache and hurting and love and healing all wrapped up in this deeply affecting story.

I want to write so much more, but I don’t want to risk giving away anything because the reader deserves to discover every morsel of this book on their own.

Even if you are not typically into YA books, give this one a read. You won’t regret it.

My rating: 5/5 stars

My Opinion Monday: Dual POV writing

Happy MLK Day to you all! I enjoyed a quiet day off and saw the movie Selma. It was a very powerful movie and I recommend it to anyone. After the movie I was sitting in a local Starbucks reflecting and reading. The book I was reading, Until You by Penelope Douglas is a re-telling of her book Bully only from another characters point of view (POV). Both books are very gritty, powerful books and I highly recommend them for 17+ (even though they are marketed as YA). But while reading it kind of got me hi king on this whole dual POV style of writing.

I prefer to read books written in 1st person. I just feel like I connect with the characters better. I used to despise when authors subjected is to multiple points of view. For example, I love the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. The first five or so books in the series were all written from Claire’s POV. Then bam, she all of a sudden switches things up and starts writing from multiple POVs, with each chapter subtitled with the character from whom the POV is written. Dual POV I CAN HANDLE, BUT Caine went too far when she threw in chapters from all of the four main characters and she lost me. I haven’t finished the series yet. I think dual POV works really well, as in Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover, where it added to the story to hear from both Sydney and Ridge. I felt more connected to both of them.

There seems to be a new trend among authors lately, one that I don’t prefer – re-telling of stories from another main characters POV but in a whole new book. For example, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire. In Beautiful Disaster she already used dual POV to tell the story of Abby and Travis and it worked. I am a huge fan of that book and Travis is high up on my book boyfriend list. However, I did not feel that this book was necessary at all. I’m not sure who suggests this kind of thing, be it the publisher or the author taking suggestions from fans or whatever. Making a series is almost always good, it keeps the readers coming back for more. I just feel writing the same story from another POV doesn’t work in most cases. It really seemed as though McGuire just phoned in Walking Disaster, nothing new was really given to us, the readers.

When I connect with a character or characters, I always want more. I like series with stand alone that carry characters from books to book, like the Marked Men series by Jay Crownover or The Ten Tiny Breaths series by K. A. Tucker. But, please don’t feed me the same story from another POV unless you are adding to the story. Just give me more of the characters’ journeys.

This just my opinion.

Review: Dead of Winter, Arcana Chronicles Book 3

By: Kresley Cole

My rating: 4.95/5 stars (so close to five so why not five right? I’ll explain that below)

Of course, I can’t start a book review without some sort of preface, because well, that’s just me. So, I’ll explain. I had book one of this series, Poison Princess sitting on one of my Kindle “shelves” for a long time before I finally read it. A friend recommended it and I trust her judgement in books, but for many reasons it took me a long time to finally read it. Wish I would have read it earlier! I love this series of books. They are more than just your typical YA dystopian reads. What, in my opinion, makes them different is how relatable the characters are, even if they have super powers and we don’t. 😉 I also enjoy a good romance and these books have an epic romance component. Once I started book one I couldn’t stop and immediately read book two. Then we all waited for book three…

Finally, I have finished book three of The Arcana Chronicles, Dead of Winter. The book brings back all of our favorite, not-previously-killed Arcana, the lovable wolf Cyclops, introduces us to four new Arcana (although one only briefly and he is still a mystery) and of course my favorite Cajun hotness, Jack “J.D.” Deaveaux in all his Cajun French speaking yumminess! ❤️

The book picks up where book two left off, with Evie racing to find her Arcana allies and save Jack from The Lovers, after escaping from Death/Aric. While book two was not as much action and more relationship development, book three definitely is more action. There are battles and rescues and a few deaths. However, the meat of the story is the love triangle that is Evie, Jack and Aric/Death. She is, of course, torn as she has feeling for both men and they both love her. While I understand the necessity of it all, Evie’s wishy-washiness drove me crazy. In the previous books she was always strong-willed and stood up for herself. In this book she waivers constantly with her feelings for Jack and Aric. They both state their cases and they both try to sway her and eventually they give her an ultimatum that she must choose one and set the other free. While is is all going on the three of them are on a rescue mission and the rescue scenes were really exciting.

Here is where I took off 0.5 of a star…
All is finally well and Evie has made her choice. The one she chose is gone and in a grand gesture she runs off after him. And then tragedy…

That’s all I will say about the major, gigantic, heart-wrenching, tear-inducing cliffhanger that we are left with at the end of this book. It was purely selfish of me to take away part of a star, but really, I just wanted a happy ending in the romance department. Is that really too much to ask? 😉

So now we wait…and wait…and wait for book 4. It’s going to be a long wait for me. Are you Team Jack or Team Aric? Either way this book will give you everything you want in a good read.


Why I Do This…

So my kids asked me the other day, “Mom, why do you even have a blog?”

I replied, “because I really love reading and I want to share my thought.”

But, it’s honestly more than that. I really started to love reading when I was in the 5th grade. My best friend at the time let me borrow her copy of The Outsiders. I fell in love…with the story, the characters and with reading. She and I read that book over 20 times that summer. The copy we shared was worn, dog-earred and had pages taped back into place. In 7th grade she switched schools and couldn’t see each other as often. So, like a child in a custody battle, we shared custody of our beloved book. When it was time to return the book to the other person, whomever had the book would write a letter to the other. We kept that up for a couple of years, before we grew apart and our lives changed. I still have the book and I will bring it out from time to time and look at the letters. Ironically, we always signed out letters with a line from the Robert Frost poem mentioned in the book – “nothing gold can stay

It was this experience with my friend and the book and all the time we spent discussing the characters and their situations that really developed my love of reading. I love to talk about the books I’ve read, but my husband doesn’t really appreciate reading the way I do. (Love you, honey). my current bestie lives too far away and only texts, so that doesn’t really work, and my kids, well they much prefer talking about sports and boys. 😉

My husband suggested a blog and I decided to go for it. I don’t care if anyone ever reads it, it just makes me feel better.


Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd


Author: Leah Rae Miller

It’s kind of a funny story how I happened across this book. I was searching my library’s website for another book and this came across in a list of suggested reads. The cover kind of sucked me in. So I click the link and the rest is history.

I won’t give away the entire plot of the book but I do think I should give you the backstory. Our main character is Maddie. The book starts with the prologue of an embarrassing events in Maddie’s middle school years that changes the course of her life. See Maddie is a secret nerd. She loves comic books. I mean really loves them. But due to the previously mentioned in barest seen events she hides that side of herself from everyone but her family. The book then jumps forward in chapter 1 and Maddie is now age 16. She’s spent all those years so I need her to self and working her way up to the popularity ladder. She is now a cheerleader and on top of the popularity ladder and is even dating the quarterback. So as the story begins Maddie is anxiously awaiting the final comic book in one of her favorite series. When she gets the envelope that she assumes carries the comic book in the house it turns out to be an old garden magazine. She finds a letter in her email from the comic book company that she has to wait 5 to 7 weeks because of backorders. Of course you can’t wait because she so excited so she dons a disguise and heads to the local comic book shop. She’s too afraid of everyone seen her there even in disguise and tries to pay someone to go in and get the comic book for her but he won’t do it. So she takes her incognito self and goes in to look for the comic book but can’t find one on the shelf. So she has to ask the guy at the cash register who just happens to be a boy from her school. Enter the extremely adorkable Logan. Logan offers to lend her his copy and tells her that she can call him when she’s done with it. He’s puts his phone number on a piece of register tape and slides in the back of the book. Maddie heads home and immediately starts to read her borrowed comic. When she gets to the end she looks on the register tape and it says, “I know your secret identity.”

That’s all I’m going to give you about the story because you just have to read how it proceeds from there yourself.

This book is just sweet. That is honestly the best way to describe it it’s sweet, it’s cute and at times laugh-out-loud funny. All of the characters in this book are likable, with the exception of a couple of girls who you can’t really dislike but you just don’t like. There are a lot of really good lessons to be learned in this book about being true to yourself and how sometimes your secrets hurt those you care about and keep you from what you really want. There’s a sweet little romantic component to the book but no hook-ups. There’s really only two kissing scenes in the entire book, and those are sweet, too. Do you see my theme here? The book has everything you want for a fluffy fun little read including romance, angst and one of the best sidekick type characters ever!

This book is really appropriate for most ages probably fifth grade and up.

My overall rating: 🌠🌠🌠🌠🌠