Book Review: Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey

Title: Scoring Wilder
Author: R.S. Grey
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: June 26, 2014
Pages: 410
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): What started out as a joke— seduce Coach Wilder—soon became a goal she had to score.

 

With Olympic tryouts on the horizon, the last thing nineteen-year-old Kinsley Bryant needs to add to her plate is Liam Wilder. He’s a professional soccer player, America’s favorite bad-boy, and has all the qualities of a skilled panty-dropper.

 

• A face that makes girls weep – check.
• Abs that can shred Parmesan cheese (the expensive kind) – check.
• Enough confidence to shift the earth’s gravitational pull – double check.

 

Not to mention Liam is strictly off limits . Forbidden. Her coaches have made that perfectly clear. (i.e. “Score with Coach Wilder anywhere other than the field and you’ll be cut from the team faster than you can count his tattoos.”) But that just makes him all the more enticing…Besides, Kinsley’s already counted the visible ones, and she is not one to leave a project unfinished.

 

Kinsley tries to play the game her way as they navigate through forbidden territory, but Liam is determined to teach her a whole new definition for the term “team bonding.”

 

A fun & sexy New Adult Romance (age 17+)

 

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This book was really good! I enjoy it when the guy does quite a bit of the chasing. I’m giving it 5 stars because it made me laugh…and also because Liam is super freaking adorable.

 

The book was pretty good pacing wise. I didn’t feel like anything was slow, or unnecessary. Kinsley did a little too much overthinking though. I don’t remember the last time I laughed this much while reading a book, so major props for that aspect. Yes, some of it was over the top ridiculous, but it was still hilarious. I also really liked how just because there were relationships going on, friendships didn’t suffer. They were still a priority.

 

Kinsley was a pretty good main character. There were a couple instances she annoyed me, but I tried to put myself in her shoes in those situations to understand her a little better. Becca was hilarious, and a great friend. I really enjoyed Emily’s character; I felt like she’d be the person I’d probably befriend out of all these characters. She’s more shy and mellow than the others. 

 

Now for the boys. Penn was adorable…for the most part. I think he’d be a great book boyfriend, but the main focus of the book is Liam, and I can see why. I want to marry Mr. Wilder right now haha. He was so thoughtful, sexy, and when he decided he wanted something, he went all in. I could keep listing like a million reasons why I love Liam, but you have to read to find out more about him. Honestly, he’s one of the really good guys. For so many freaking reasons.

 

One thing that made the book a little less enjoyable was the fact that the editing service that was used missed things here and there. Typos, misuse of apostrophes, indenting complete paragraphs instead of the first line, inconsistencies, etc. Most people might not notice these things, but they made me pause, and pulled me out of the story when I came across them. But I still loved the book, so I highly recommend people read it. I know this author has written quite a few books, so I can’t wait to see if any of the other male love interests live up to Liam Wilder…

 

Book Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Title: Broken Prince
Author: Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #2
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Publication date: July 25, 2016
Pages: 370
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads):  From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself. 

 

THESE ROYALS WILL RUIN YOU…

 

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

 

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

 

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

 

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT.

 

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

 

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I liked this one a lot better than book 1. It was nice being able to see inside Reed’s head, to get his perspective. It endeared him to me even more. I finished this book in pretty much 2 days, because I couldn’t put it down. I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

So once again there’s D-R-A-M-A, but for the most part, it felt mostly less dramatic than book 1 to me. Some people might find this one a little boring compared to book 1, but I enjoyed it. The ending was over the top what the heck is going on though. Like I can’t even with the twists and turns. It made me want book 3 right away though, so that’s good. Unfortunately my library doesn’t have this series, so I had to get them with an interlibrary loan. So I’m not sure if I should request book 3 as an interlibrary loan, or just buy the books eventually. A decision for another time.

 

Reed is amazing, although Easton is still my favorite Royal. I liked Callum a lot more in this book. There were some cute lines, but I didn’t keep track because I didn’t want to give any spoilers. Overall, this was a fast, enjoyable read. But I really don’t know how I feel about the last couple surprises at the end of the book, especially the last one. Guess I have to read the next book before I can make a final conclusion.

 

Book Review: Roar by Cora Carmack

Title: Roar
Author: Cora Carmack
Series: Stormheart #1
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication date: June 13, 2017
Pages: 380
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

 

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

 

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

 

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

 

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First off, what did I just read? It wasn’t terrible (okay maybe the last 50 pages were), but this book was pretty boring. I’m sorry, but I’m just being honest. The writing style was good, but I felt like I read almost 400 pages of nothing. It was just world-building, traveling, some twisted stuff, and quite a bit back and forth between POVs. I can only give this book 2 out of 5 stars.

 

One major disappointment was that there was only a teeny, tiny bit of romance, and it was pretty late into the book. And honestly it felt like it was put there just because the author figured the readers would want some kissing. Like hey, I guess they should kiss now. It didn’t feel organic to me. It felt forced, and honestly the affection in this book kind of made me uneasy. I’m not going to go into details, but the romance I was expecting did NOT happen.

 

Aurora/Rora/Roar was not my favorite character. She was okay sometimes, but I honestly felt like her mind frame was kind of childlike. She’s supposed to be getting married, and ruling her lands, and I just don’t feel like she was anywhere near the preparedness that her situation required. Her behavior reminded me more of a younger teen in many ways. The beginning of this book was probably my favorite…even though it was kind of an info dump. I liked Locke for the most part, but I wouldn’t say he’s a book boyfriend. Maybe someone I’d try dating, and decide from there if he’s a yay or a nay.

 

As the story progressed, there were a lot of people that got left behind and only randomly got thrown a few pages here and there of their POVs. It was kind of off-putting, because I’d almost forgotten all about them, and then we were in their minds again. I felt like nothing really interesting happened; nothing that shocked me and made me want to applaud the cleverness of the writing. And then the last 50 pages (yes, I’m talking about them again) were beyond bizarre. It was like the author felt the need to completely change the story, that she veered off the path that the previous 300+ pages had set up. I was reading it, and was like what the heck just happened? The last 50 pages were the worst of all the pages. I rolled my eyes quite a bit. Sorry, not sorry.

 

On top of all the above, the font is pretty dang small, and it gave me a headache if I tried reading more than 50-100 pages a day. Honestly, I should have just marked this one as DNF long ago, but I thought maybe there’d be more romance, action, and adventure. Plus I was buddy reading with Jessica, so that motivated me to read more as well. I’m not continuing this series, because I have a ton of books on my TBR, and I need to find things I love. Maybe I’m the black sheep with this book, because I see lots of 4-5 star reviews, but I just can’t. Baaaaa.

 

Book Review: Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward

Title: Lover Awakened
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #3
Publisher: Signet
Publication date: September 5, 2006
Pages: 434
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly war raging between vampires and their slayers. And there exists a secret band of brothers like no other – six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Of these, Zsadist is the most terrifying member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

 

A former blood slave, the vampire Zsadist still bears the scars from a past filled with suffering and humiliation. Renowned for his unquenchable fury and sinister deeds, he is a savage feared by humans and vampires alike. Anger is his only companion, and terror is his only passion—until he rescues a beautiful aristocrat from the evil Lessening Society.

 

Bella is instantly entranced by the seething power Zsadist possesses. But even as their desire for one another begins to overtake them both, Zsadist’s thirst for vengeance against Bella’s tormentors drives him to the brink of madness. Now, Bella must help her lover overcome the wounds of his tortured past, and find a future with her…

 

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Sooooo freaking good! I decided to get the first several books in the series from my local used bookstore, and quickly devoured book 1, which I enjoyed. Book 2 was even better, although some parts were kinda like OMG what’s happening. Somewhere along the line, I ended up buying 10-11 of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, just because I like the characters so much. And I have a thing for vampires. So here we are with book 3 and my review. I was so nervous about reading this one based on the couple (mostly the male); that is until my friend Jessica read it and loved it hardcore. I also loved it so much. There are no words that can fully express my love. This book definitely gets 5 stars.

 

There were so many emotional parts; it broke my heart sometimes. I definitely cried while reading this book, especially towards the end. That ending was absolute perfection. 5 extra stars just for that haha. I don’t want to give things away, especially for people who haven’t read any of the books. But I’ll say that I knew who the club owner really was way before he was revealed. I’m definitely excited to read the next book, to see what happens going forward. I am so glad I finally got around to reading this book, because it’s exactly what I needed right about now. Vampires will always be a love of mine, and I don’t read about them nearly enough. So give me all your favorite vampire recs now! Please and thanks.

 

One thing to note about these books is the fact that they kind of jump around from head to head, showing you a little of what this person is thinking/feeling, and then this person, and so on. It’s a little annoying at moments when you just want to stay in someone’s head at a really good/intense part, but then it jumps to someone else’s head for a while instead. I think the different POVs are well done though, so no complaints really from me. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes vampires, paranormal romance, and some alpha males.

 

 

Book Review: Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens

Title: Thoughtless
Author: S.C. Stephens
Series: Thoughtless #1
Publisher: CreateSpace
Publication date: June 11, 2011
Pages: 530
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together, Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university, everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart.

 

Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend that she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes… and none of them will ever be the same.

 

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So obviously there’s cheating, and a love triangle based on the summary. If you’re not okay with that, walk away now. This book wasn’t a favorite by any means, but it wasn’t completely terrible. I debated the rating for a while before deciding on 3.5 stars.

 

I picked up the entire series from my local used bookstore because my friend Jessica was dying to read these books. I hadn’t heard of them before, but the ratings were pretty positive (4.12 stars overall) and the summary sounded interesting. And I have to say that once you get over the overly descriptive beginning (and I mean OVERLY), this gets so much better. I think the author could cut out at least half of the first 100-150 pages, and this would be so much better. I nearly put it down a couple times and returned the series, because it was so hard to get through the beginning.

 

Kiera kind of drove me a little crazy with all her back and forth melodrama. Girl needed to make up her mind. I seriously loved Kellan’s character…well at least like 98% of the time. If you’ve read this book, you’ll probably know what instances I’m talking about where I was like whoa hold up. Denny was pretty sweet, but he just wasn’t my cup of tea (inside reference kinda haha). Honestly, Kellan’s pretty much the only reason I kept reading. Sorry, not sorry. Although I did like some of the other band members, and Kiera’s friends too.

 

The last half of the book was so much more interesting. I alternated between on the edge of my seat excitement, rage, sadness (yes, I shed some tears), swooning, etc. The ending was a nice fit after all the buildup, and as much as I almost stopped reading after the boringly long beginning, I can’t wait for book two. I want to see what happens next in the story. In fact…I’m about to go check the summary for the next book on Goodreads as soon as I post this. Thankfully I have book two (and three and four), so I can continue reading whenever I’m so inclined.

 

There were some cute lines, but I didn’t write them down since I was focused on just finishing this beast of a book. It wasn’t a bad read, especially after that beginning. Give it a try if you don’t mind cheating, love triangles, or description galore.

 

Book Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

None of the Above

Title: None of the Above
Author: I.W. Gregorio
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication date: April 7, 2015
Pages: 328
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she was born intersex… and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

 

What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

 

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

 

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

 

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?

 

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Such a good book. I personally don’t know much about what it means to be intersex, so I loved learning more and reading Kristin’s story. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

So I actually bought an ebook copy of this book for a diverse book event several months ago, but I wanted to read a hardcover copy instead of using my Kindle, due to eye strain. I reserved a library copy when I saw this book on the list for #ReadProud. It’s been on my TBR list for way too long, so I had to rectify that situation.

 

Kristin was such a great main character. I learned a lot about what it means to be intersex because of this book, so yay for that! I love being able to open my eyes to new things, to be able to understand things more, to keep my mind open/accepting of everyone. My heart hurt for some of the things Kristin had to endure. People, especially teens, can be so cruel.

 

I’m glad she had a great support system built of family and friends to turn to. I definitely cried during emotional parts in the book. So fair warning, you might cry too. I just know Kristin is going to be okay, especially because her support circle got bigger as the book continued. It really goes to show you that some people are actually good.

 

There was some romance in the beginning of the book, and then some at the very end. I like the romance at the end better. The ending was perfection. I was beyond happy that Kristin was in a better place emotionally, and that things were starting to look up for her all around.

 

I can’t say for certain, but I think Darren will be an addition to my book boyfriend list. He was super sweet, but I feel like I didn’t get to see enough of him. I wanted more! I also really loved his mom. Kristin’s dad was another great character; he’s kind of intense after what happened with Kristin’s mom (no spoilers), but he’s so accepting/supportive after Kristin received her diagnosis. More parents should be like him. In addition to these characters, I loved Gretchen, Jessica, and a few others.

 

I didn’t make many status updates on Goodreads while devouring this book in two days, but here’s a quote I loved: “One day I would find my own place. I couldn’t run there, though, because it didn’t exist yet; I had to build it myself, out of forgiveness, truth, and terrifying gestures of friendship.”

 

Final note: An amazing book! I’m so glad I picked this book for the final #ReadProud weekly challenge. Get yourself a copy of this book ASAP. It’ll open your eyes and your heart.

 

5 stars

Book Review: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You

Title: Everything Leads to You
Author: Nina LaCour
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Publication date: May 15, 2014
Pages: 312
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

 

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

 

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.

 

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I loved this book. It was utter perfection. If you’re looking for a cute, slow burn love story, a f/f romance, etc., I highly suggest you read this book. I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.

 

I’d gotten this book from the library before, and didn’t have time to read it. When I saw it on the list for #ReadProud, I was super excited to finally cross it off my TBR list. I’m upset that I didn’t read this book sooner, before it was so good. I pretty much loved all the characters in this book: Emi, Charlotte, Ava, Jamal, Toby (even though you don’t see him much), Emi’s parents, etc. There were only a couple characters I didn’t like, for reasons you’ll see if you read this book.

 

Emi was a fantastic main character; I adored her. The book mostly takes place in the summertime, which allows us to see Emi’s super amazing job as a set designer. I loved seeing all the little details, like shopping at Goodwill, going to garage/estate sales, etc. They really helped sell the authenticity of the job, in my opinion.

 

Another character that I loved was Ava. Her life, and backstory, leapt off the page. My heart hurt for everything she had to endure. There was a bit of a mysterious aspect to this book, which I thought was nice. You slowly learn more and more until you have most of the picture presented to you by the end of the book. There were still some questions left unanswered, but I thought that was a good metaphor for life: you don’t always get answers to everything you want to know.

 

I loved the slow burn romance, and the perfect ending to this beautiful story. I say yes to this book. I need to buy a copy ASAP to read over and over again. I only made note of one line that I really liked: “And I understand what this is. It’s the opposite of the collapse of the fantasy. It’s what happens when the illusion pales in comparison to the truth.”

 

Final note: I will push this one on people constantly, because it was such an amazing book! I’m so glad I finally got around to reading this book for the #ReadProud challenge this month. Get yourself a copy ASAP if you haven’t read this yet!

 

5 stars

Book Review: George by Alex Gino

George

Title: George
Author: Alex Gino
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication date: August 25, 2015
Pages: 195
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): BE WHO YOU ARE.

 

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not a boy. She knows she’s a girl.

 

George thinks she’ll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte’s Web. George really, really, REALLY wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can’t even try out for the part . . . because she’s a boy.

 

With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan. Not just so she can be Charlotte — but so everyone can know who she is, once and for all.

 

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This book was so good. I feel like it should be mandatory reading for younger children, to help expose them to literature about transgendered people. These kinds of books will let kids know it’s okay to be who you are, as the first line in the summary says. I gave this 5 out of 5 stars.

 

I read this book for #ReadProud. I ended up reading it in one day, because I didn’t want to put it down and it’s a pretty short book. I’d heard some great things about this book, and they were definitely all correct. George is such a great main character. I felt for her while she tried to let the world know that she was a girl, not a boy. Her story touched my heart, and I’m sure it’ll touch your heart too!

 

First off, I really love Kelly, George’s best friend. Kelly was always there for George and didn’t judge her like a lot of other people did in the story. Kelly encouraged George to try out for Charlotte’s part in the play, and even helped George be Charlotte after the teacher said no. Kelly encouraged George to embrace being a girl in other ways as well, and I have to say bravo to Kelly’s character. If it wasn’t for her, it might have been harder, and taken George longer, to embrace her true identity.

 

George’s mom kind of annoyed me for most of the book. She kept dismissing George’s words, kept dismissing George when she tried to tell her mom that she wasn’t a boy. She comes around towards the end, but I feel like she’s going to take a while to come to terms with this. I wish more parents were accepting of their children, no matter what. George’s dad isn’t really in the picture, and we only hear mentioning of him a few times. George’s brother Scott was a pretty great character overall. He’s a little brash at first, but he comes around to the idea of George’s true identity much faster than the mom.

 

Of course, some kids can be cruel. Kids like Jeff, Rick, etc. are why more kids don’t come forward with their true identities. It breaks my heart that kids, and even adults, have to endure that kind of pain. Bullying is beyond wrong; I know from firsthand experience, but my reasons for being bullied were different. No child should have to endure bullying. But despite being picked on, George prevails. The ending was absolutely perfect. I just know George is going to be okay, even if she experiences some ups and downs.

 

Before I finish the review, I just want to point out one line that really stuck with me. It was said about George and I think it fits perfectly: “My point is, it takes a special person to cry over a book. It shows compassion as well as imagination.”

 

Final note: Another amazing debut! I read this book for the #ReadProud challenge this month, and I regret nothing. You can buy a Kindle or Nook copy of this book for $2.99 right now. Go get a copy ASAP!

 

5 stars

Book Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I Was Your Girl

Title: If I Was Your Girl
Author: Meredith Russo
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 288
Source: Borrowed
Summary (via Goodreads): Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

 

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

 

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

 

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Okay bear with me, because this review is going to be intense. It’ll include a lot of gushing praise, some of the heartache I experienced, and so much more…without being spoilery of course. This book is definitely 5 out of 5 stars in my book.

 

I read this book for #ReadProud, even though it’s been on my TBR list for quite a while now. I’m so glad I finally read it. Because of the summary, you already know some of the backstory of Amanda’s life. But knowing that backstory still didn’t prepare me for the roller coaster of emotions that were contained in the 288 pages of If I Was Your Girl. I thought Meredith did such a great job with the subject matter at hand. My heart went out to the main character, Amanda, so many times. As a straight female, I know I don’t know what it’s like to be trans, but seeing life through Amanda’s eyes was eye-opening. I’d like to think I’m pretty open-minded and accepting, especially after seeing the reactions of some people in this book. I say be who you are, be with whoever makes you happy, etc. because life’s too short.

 

Amanda was a fantastic main character. I liked that Meredith had some passages scattered throughout the book that showed us Amanda’s past, showed us what she had to endure and deal with. It made me get attached to her character even more. Grant was a pretty good guy overall, but he’s not an addition to my book boyfriend for a few reasons. One is that I just wasn’t attracted to his character. He sounded cute, but I didn’t feel myself falling for his character. The other reasons I don’t want to share, because they’re spoilers.

 

I thought the female friendship in this book was one of the highlights. Layla, Anna, and Chloe were amazing, especially towards the very end of the book. Amanda is lucky to have friends like them. Bee was okay, until she wasn’t, but I understand she served a purpose in the book. I really liked that Amanda got to feel like ‘one of the girls’ when she lived in Lambertville. It made my heart happy for most of the book.

 

The ‘past’ sections were pretty emotional overall. They really tugged at my heartstring, for lack of better words. Some were happy, but mostly they were showing the emotional, and physical, abuse Amanda endured. My heart ached that people could treat other people like that, like they were nothing. Society is so wrong at times that it’s enough to make me scream. The book ends on a slightly happier note, especially since Amanda always has her friends no matter what, and she has her whole life ahead of her to see what happens next.

 

Final note: I’m glad I read this book for the #ReadProud challenge this month. Such a great debut! I’d highly recommend it! I need to buy a copy for myself to own so I can keep experiencing the feels over and over again!

 

5 stars

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Pages: 312
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

 

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

 

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

 

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This is by far my favorite Kasie West book to date. Caymen was a great main character, and I found the sarcastic nature of her character to be refreshing and entertaining. This book was 5 out of 5 stars to me, and it was added to my favorites list.

 

Overall this was a fast, easy, enjoyable read. I’d highly recommend it to lovers of contemporary romance. Since I’d just read On the Fence recently, I recognized some of the characters from that book in this book. I can’t remember if there was any character overlap from The Fill-In Boyfriend.

 

This book wasn’t very fluffy overall, which was fine by me. I like books with a little more substance, with some issues/problems scattered throughout. It’s more like real life. I won’t spoil what happens in the book, but there’s definitely some drama, some problems, that occur. I think Kasie did a great job with the story, making it slightly suspenseful, even though I pretty much guessed most of what would happen before it did. But nevertheless, I still loved the book.

 

In addition to loving Caymen, and wanting to be her best friend, I also liked Skye a lot. I felt like I got to know Skye more in the book than in On the Fence, because Caymen is her best friend. Xander was another great character. I absolutely loved the interactions between him and Caymen. They seemed like the perfect pairing. Xander has definitely been added to my book boyfriend list. *swoon*

 

I didn’t make a lot of status updates because I was so busy reading, but I did make note of one line I really liked: “Feelings, my dear daughter, you will perhaps learn one day, can be the most costly thing in the universe.”

 

Final note: If you had to read one Kasie West book, I’d tell you to read this one. It was my favorite by a wide margin. I can’t wait to read Kasie’s sci-fi/fantasy duology and her new book coming out later this year.

 

5 stars