Book Review; Faking It by Cora Carmack

Posted on 6 January, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment

faking itAuthor: Cora Carmack
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Published: 6th June 2013
Pages: P352
Format: Paperback
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Every girl likes a bad boy…

And Max’s current boyfriend is as bad as they come.

She knows her family would freak if they saw his tattoos and piercings. So when her parents turn up unannounced Max grabs the most wholesome guy she can to play her boyfriend.

But Cade Winston is so perfect that Max needs him to keep playing the part. And the more they have to fake their relationship, the harder it gets to just pretend.


When You’re

As soon as I finished Losing It, I knew that I was definitely going to read Faking It. Cora had blown me away with her writing style and I had found a story that I could easily love. While it wasn’t a book that I picked up straight away, it was one that was worth the wait. This book, for me, was better than Losing It in many ways. I found it even harder to put this book down and simply found myself devoured by the world that was being shown to me.

In a Bind

This book did have a very obvious plot. One where two people who have never met who are complete opposites pretend to be in love only to find it far too difficult to see what is real and what is pretend. We’ve been there and we’ve done that but, fortunately, the writing style and characters are so amazing that Cora manages to make this plot seem completely new and refreshing. Already by the first moment Cade and Max meet, I wanted them to end up together. Plus, the humour that is mixed in with this plot is just perfect. This book may not have a deep plot but it is a great easy and enjoyable read that I really liked.

You Will

I could not get enough of the characters in this book. To say I loved them would be a little bit of an understatement. Cora has done a brilliant job at not making these characters stiff, boring, two-dimensional characters by giving them both incredible personalities with depth and passion. She truly makes you fall for these characters. And I really do mean that, as in Losing It Cade was one of my least favourite characters, but I absolutely fell in love with him in this book. I loved how we got to see a different side of him and how his personality just shined through. He’s the kind of guy I would love to get to know. And I adored Max. She really brought the humour to the book, and I just thought she was a character with a fiery personality and a dark history that I just adored. They really did mesh well together.

Do Anything

Once again, Cora Carmack has shown that she has the ability to write humour in her stories. She has a way of making you fall for her characters and invest yourselves in their lives. I found myself continuously laughing throughout this book and found it too difficult to put down because I needed to know what happened next. Cora got the perfect balance between the two characters and you could really hear and feel their distinctive voices coming through the narrative. She always gave you just enough of their thoughts and feelings to grip you into the story line without giving too much away.

To Save Yourself

All in all, this was a book that I just devoured quickly and really enjoyed. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me just fall in love with two characters and their relationship. I wanted to help them see each other more clearly, I wanted to show them the path they needed to go and that is because Cora made me care so very deeply for these characters. I understand that this book may not be for everyone but if you’re someone who enjoys a good chick flick, then you should definitely make sure to give this book a read. As mentioned previously, Cora may have taken a traditional plot to work with, but she spun it in to something new and interesting, with just enough uniqueness and personality to make it work.

Four Stars

** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 6 January, 2014 by Faye - 1 Comment


Book Review; Losing It by Cora Carmack

Posted on 17 October, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments

Losing ItAuthor: Cora Carmack
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Published: 28th March 2013
Pages: 288
Format: Paperback
Source:: Complimentary Copy from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Love. Romance. Sex. There’s a first time for everything…

As far as Bliss Edwards can tell, she’s the last virgin standing, certainly amongst her friends. And she’s determined to deal with the ‘problem’ as quickly and simply as possible.

But her plan for a no-strings one night stand turns out to be anything but simple. Especially when she arrives for her first class and recognises her hot new British professor.

She’d left him naked in her bed just 8 hours earlier…



** I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

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Posted on 17 October, 2013 by Faye - 3 Comments


Book Review & Giveaway; Easy by Tammara Webber

Posted on 10 January, 2013 by Faye - 27 Comments

Author: Tammara Webber
Publisher: Razorbill
Published: January 3rd 2013
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source:: ARC from Publisher
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon UK, TBD

Summary:
Easy is a New York Times Bestseller – a must-read for everyone who loves Slammed by Colleen Hoover and the New Adult genre. Deeply romantic and utterly gripping, this is not to be missed.

Jacqueline seems to have a knack for making the wrong choices. She followed her boyfriend to his choice of university, disregarding her preference. Then he dumped her. She chose a minor she thought she could combine with her music studies, but she’s falling behind. And then, leaving a party alone one night, she is attacked. If it wasn’t for the timely intervention of a stranger, she would have been raped. Now she must make a choice – give up and give in, or toughen up and fight on. Only the support of the man who is tutoring her and the allure of the guy who saved her from the attack convince her that it’s worth fighting on. Will Jacqueline now have to make a choice between them too? And can she make the right decision? It’s not easy . . .

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We Never Know

It is impossible to be a blogger and not notice the amount of people raving about Easy. I have read a fair few reviews of people who absolutely adored the book and it got me instantly intrigued. It also meant that I started reading the book with a bit of trepidation. I always get nervous when books start gaining popularity as it can sometimes mean that the story isn’t that great, or that I’ll be that odd duck that doesn’t like it. Fortunately, this book didn’t only take a hold of every expectation I had, it surpassed them. I expected to enjoy this book, to love it, and to be glad to have read it, but instead I devoured it, fell head over heels in love with it, and am now worried that this review will not even begin to do the book justice.

How Strong

New Adult storylines are taking the publishing world by a storm. Bloggers have been soaking up these stories lately as publishers and authors push the category further than ever before. These stories have always been around, but at the moment they’re centre stage and because of this, some stories are starting to get critiqued more than ever before. It leaves a worry that some books will be too rushed to meet the demand. The good news is that Easy is a New Adult book that will simply help to define the category. It is full of deep, scarring, emotional, and powerful words and themes, truly awakening the reader to a new way of looking at the world. I enjoyed the journey that this book took me on, was inspired by the twists and turns that I didn’t trust, and found myself hugging the book by the end of it all. Every detail of the plot in this book was well thought out, flowed simply, and felt so true to life that I could probably convince people it was based off of a true story. Tammara Webber certainly has a knack for writing.

We Truly Are

One of the most powerful aspects of Easy are the wonderfully in-depth characters. Webber has created three-dimensional characters that are flawed, loveable, connectable characters that it is impossible not to love. Our main protagonist, Jacqueline is such a strong character. She doesn’t believe it herself, and it takes a lot of convincing, but she is amazing and powerful. She’s also really kind, hard-working, passionate, and loving, and she just really brings wonderful colours to the story. She goes through some horrible things in the book, and it is through her that the readers gain the strength and will power to carry on – that need her to take it in her stride, and to make sure that she always wins. Then we have Lucas. He was the rock that everyone wants. He was protective, gentle, caring, firm, and an all-around great guy. There is a shady past that he is living with, and he is not easy to open up but he is just such a brilliant character that it doesn’t matter in the slightest. Lucas is the full embodiment of everything I’d ever ask for in a boyfriend.

It was not just the main characters in this story that kept it so readable however. Webber’s secondary characters were just as incredible. From Jacqueline’s roommate, who was always there for her best friend, to her new friend in Economics, every secondary character brought something new to the story. They helped our main protagonist to grow, to journey, and they were always there to show her the way. There were a few actions by a certain ex-boyfriend that I didn’t believe would have happened, but these were small and simply personal prejudices against his character really, and did not take anything away from the story.

Until Our Strength

The biggest thing about Easy is the subject of the story. This is a book that deals with rape, it is not a book about rape. It is a book that has a strong, powerful heroine who is a magnificent role model to women. Tammara Webber has managed to take a horrible topic, and write about it in a sensitive manner while making it entertaining, enlightening, and enjoyable. This is the hardest part of this review, but I feel that Webber has really managed to create something beautiful with this book and her majestic writing. The plot is complimented by the characters and the characters, in turn, were complimented by her unique and gripping writing style. She really manages to pull the reader in, making it incredibly difficult to put the book down so that they could do the mandatory actions of life, like sleep.

Is Really Tested

Overall, this book was one that has struck a chord inside my heart. It has moved me in a way that few books really manage to do and is a book I know will stick with me for many years to come. It is educational, sensational, and just a simply powerful book that I have a feeling will help a lot of people one day. I know that this review seems to praise this book too highly, and I do worry that I have over-done it slightly but I couldn’t help myself because I have truly been suckered by this story. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who likes a good rich, raw, contemporary read, or anyone who wants something that doesn’t surpass the nitty gritty but still manages to keep things beautiful and creative. I have tried very hard not to be corny in this review, but I feel it is essential to leave with just one play on words. I would continually recommend this book to others because it is a book that is easy to love, easy to read, and will easily sweep you off your feet. It is easy to see why so many people love it.

** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

five stars

Faye


Because I loved this book so much, I have decided that I want others to have the chance to read it as well and so I have a giveaway for you all!
One lucky winner will win a paperback copy of Easy, or if you’ve already read it, another of Tammara Webber’s’ novels!

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Posted on 10 January, 2013 by Faye - 27 Comments


Book Review: Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Posted on 19 December, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments

Beautiful DisasterAuthor: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Simon + Schuster
Published: August 14th 2012
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Complimentary Copy from Simon + Schuster
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon, TBD

Summary:

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.


A New Start
It has taken me a long time to actually sit down and write this review, not just because I have a back-log of reviews to do, but also because I have been struggling to get my head around my thoughts on it. Even after speaking about it with a fellow book-lover, I am still not certain this review will really be able to capture my thoughts on this book because I am struggling to really comprehend my own feelings towards it. The problem? I both loved and truly hated this book. In this respect, I feel that the title could not be better fitting. For me, this book was a true Beautiful Disaster.

A New Place
It would be impossible to start this review with anything but the amazing writing style that Jamie McGuire has. I was taken over with the way she strings words together and I literally felt like bowing down at her feet to teach me her creative and beautiful ways. It all fell together so naturally, it made the perfect picture sit in the mind’s eye, and it just put the entire novel on a pedestal. If it came down to it, I would give this book a five star review simply based on the amazing writing style, but, as it is, I must encapsulate the entire novel in this review. I do know that while I did not like this specific book of Jamie’s, I am definitely going to be reading more of her work from now on.

With New People
One of the biggest problems I had with this book was the main protagonist. I simply could not stand Abby Abernathy. It is not often that a character really gets under my skin, but Abby really did. In all honesty, she was a really well-rounded character. She had a dark past that affected her present, and she was fun to be around, and really quite interesting, but she was also whiny, irritating, dependent, and naive. Her indecisive nature made me bite my nails and her choices made me want to whack her upside the head. Seriously.

On the other side, we have Travis and he was the true bad boy of the story. If ever there was such a thing. He was the type of guy that I write stories about, and yet, I still couldn’t like his character in this book. He was brilliantly written, had all the problems under the sun, and was full of good things as well as flaws, but there was just something about him that I honestly didn’t like. Just as Abby did, Travis irritated me throughout the book – and yet, I was still so enamoured by Jamie’s writing style that I couldn’t stop reading even with the main two characters grating me like no one ever had before.

Opens Up
Of course, there had to have been something that kept me reading and you’re right, there was. I enjoyed watching the relationship between these two characters grow. There were many moments that irritated me, but overall, I liked seeing how things transgressed between them. It was very clear that these two were so perfectly matched that there were many times that I felt like screaming at them to stop being so naive to see it for themselves. I loved the moments where Abby felt like she truly belonged somewhere, loved the feeling I got when she realised that she felt something for him, and when he felt something for her. I loved how their relationship wasn’t full of flowers and candy canes but was much more real, with the nitty, gritty – arguments and falling outs all over the place. While there were still parts about the narrative and the other characters’ journey’s that irritated me, it would be truthful to say that generally I did enjoy the story. I kept reading afterall.

A New World
I am pretty certain that throughout this review I have contradicted myself, which should just prove how unbalanced my relationship is with this book. Half-way through writing it, I was determined to give it four stars, and then I wanted to give it two. It is definitely a see-saw book in many respects but I feel as though, in a way, this is what makes this book so unique. It is one of those “marmite” books, where you either love it or hate it, or are stuck somewhere in the middle, unsure of where you fully sit. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a powerful romance, one that really doesn’t leave anything out, but I wouldn’t recommend it to those who aren’t ready for the heavy messages and powerful brunt of it. It is a brilliant book, if just an aggravating one all at the same time.

Three Stars
three out of five hearts

** I received this copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

Faye

Posted on 19 December, 2012 by Faye - 9 Comments


Undertow by Callie Kingston (+Giveaway!)

Posted on 19 November, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments

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Hey Guys!
So today I am the tour stop for the Undertow book tour! I have for you a review in which I explain fully why this book is one you should read, and then there is also a giveaway for you to enter and win your own copy of the book.
Enjoy!

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Author: Callie Kingston
Publisher: Carolwood Press
Published: Jan 1st 2012
Pages: 286
Format: Ebook
Category: New Adult/Young Adult
Source: Complimentary Copy from Author for tour
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon, Smashwords

Summary:

While she sleeps beside a log on the wild Oregon coast, a rogue wave pulls Marissa into the sea. Now she dreams each night of a merman who rescues her. Obsessed with returning to this beautiful creature, she again risks her life in the frigid ocean.
Will Marissa remain lost forever in the eddies of her mind, or can real love save her from the abyss? Sometimes, the dangers which lie within are the deadliest.



The Tide Rolls In
It would be impossible to start this review without mentioning that this book is not what you may expect it to be. Or, it wasn’t what I expected it to be, but in a good way. With my expectations blown out of the water, excuse the pun, this book took on a powerful and intriguing tone that had me truly captivated. I found myself needing to know what was going on, how would it all end up? I practically read this book in one sitting because I simply had to know. The story, the words, the characters, all had me completely and utterly mystified and I loved every second of the journey it took me on. There were a few issues I had with the book, but over all, it was one that kept me fascinated and interested and as soon as I finally finished it, I was left with a smirk on my face and a strong feeling towards the book I had just read.

The Waves Rush Over
There are some books that we read, that are intentionally trying to get us to think, they’re trying to point us in a direction and to give us words of advice and wisdom. Then there are the other books that simply do this by accident, leaving the reader stunned and mystified. In my opinion, Undertow, is the kind of book that creeps up on the reader at the end, not one that has a blatant message throughout it. This is what I liked about it. It wasn’t obvious or in your face, there were a lot of questions that the reader needs answered and these make it impossible not to turn the page and continue reading. Callie has definitely managed to write a story that allows the reader to be mystified by everything, not entirely certain as to where things are finally going to end up. It was well and truly captivating.

Weak Swimmers Drown
One of the things that I feel can make or break a novel, is the characters. While I wasn’t particularly fond of some of the secondary characters, I found Marissa to be truly fascinating to read. It was interesting to read a book in a perspective such as hers, to feel like the world is looking at you, thinking you’re acting crazy while showing the reader how sane it seems to the person. It was so interesting and intriguing and really made the story for me. Marissa had issues, she had recurring dreams, a horrid past and she was just trying to get through her life without drowning – both physically and emotionally. I loved her strength and her weaknesses and how it was possible to see through it all. She had a lot to deal with and she did it admirably.

Pulled Under
There were parts of the plot that I had issues with, the way that the characters handled our main protagonist irritated me, but I feel that this was supposed to happen. I only hoped that there could have been more of a way to see that things were changing at the end. I also wasn’t a fan of the way that Jim and Marissa got together. It wasn’t insta-love, which is one thing I really can’t stand, but it didn’t feel very natural to me and that was a little off-putting. Fortunately, however, these small snags with the plot didn’t stop me from reading and I feel that they’re likely to be cherished by other readers as the problems I had with them were all wholly personal. I also felt that it got a little slow towards the end of the book, I understood by the end that it was necessary, but I was tempted too many times to put the book down and not finish as I was nearing the end. It simply didn’t work for me at all. Until, that is, I got to the end and then everything that went on before it changed entirely as the ending was completely and utterly stunning.

By The Current
All in all, Undertow, was a book that I found entirely fascinating and one that I would recommend to others. It had its flaws and I can understand that this story is definitely one that will not be for everyone, but I personally found it to be a captivating and thought-provoking read. It kept me entertained, it was mysterious and it also dealt with a very serious and heavy topic. It may not be my most favourite read this year, but it is definitely one that will stick with me for a while and I feel it is one that others should at least give a go. I’m glad that I read this book, and I have a feeling that you will be too. It is a story that makes you think, with a strong protagonist, an interesting and intriguing plot and an ending that truly packs a punch. The writing and characters felt a little forced at times, but these are simply minor blips on the radar.

Three Stars
three out of five stars

** I received this copy from the publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **

Faye


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Posted on 19 November, 2012 by Faye - 4 Comments


Last Summer by Rebecca A. Rogers

Posted on 14 August, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment

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Today I am the stop for the Last Summer blog tour and I have a lovely review for you all! Hope you enjoy it!
*Please Note* Last Summer is a NEW ADULT book, not a YA book*

Author: Rebecca A. Rogers
Publisher: Self-Published
Published: July 18th 2012
Pages: 230
Format: Paperback
Source: Received for author in return for review
Add It: Goodreads, Amazon

Summary:

All Chloe Sullivan wants to do is get through the summer. Her life has been in disarray for more than six months, and she knows the only reason her parents made one final trip to Sandy Shores is because of her. They are, after all, two seconds away from filing for divorce. When Chloe stumbles upon a boy in one of her childhood hangouts, she’s in for more than just a relaxing summer vacation.

Logan Andrews is exhausted, famished and, quite frankly, kaput. His parents kicked him out when he refused to attend a rehabilitation program for his drug addiction. Now, he wishes he would’ve listened; he’d be receiving appropriate medical care rather than living in a dingy, godforsaken shack, holing up from money-hungry drug dealers.

Logan’s godsend arrives in the form of Chloe, who can’t hold her tongue when it comes to matters of the heart. They’re both in for a rude awakening when Logan’s past catches up to them, though. Can they escape the drug dealers showing up at every twist and turn, or will things end much worse than they ever imagined?

WARNING: contains strong language, drug use, and sexual situations, including an explicit sex scene and a near-rape scene. Mature audiences only. 17+

Three Starsthree out of five hearts

The Journey Begins
I have been waiting to read this book for many months now. Ever since I saw it and read the synopsis I was desperate to get my hands on the book. Luckily the book did not disappoint as I read it. It was a good, easy and quick read that was entertaining and one that I enjoyed. There were a few problems I had with the book, but nothing that fully deterred me from continuing the book and liking it. It dealt with a lot of issues throughout the book and was therefore a little stronger then some of the other books I have been reading lately but I still liked it. It is one that kept me interested and kept me intrigued in the characters and everything that was about to happen.

An Unexpected Turn
The plot of this book was really interesting. It was always full of something to keep you interested and there was never a truly dull moment. Everything fell apart to be able to fall back together again. It was nice to have the split POV as it helped to get inside of the characters’ heads a bit more. To understand what they’re both going through and why. In that ways it made their characters’ a little bit more believable as well as the interactions that they had. It had all the workings of a climatic novel, starting out slow, getting more tense until the final showdown scene where things catapult. Rebecca did a great job of leaving the reader unsure if certain things were going to end in certain ways or not.

Unfortunately, there were places in this book that were also slightly stilted. Some of the dialogue seemed a little rough around the edges, as did some of the emotions. The book was fast-paced and sometimes it was hard to see how far the characters have come because you haven’t personally witnessed the relationship come together in that way. There were times when the characters would behave as though they’ve known each other for weeks or months when they’d only met a few days before. Luckily though, this wasn’t a major problem for me but it may not work for you, or it could be one of the best things about the book for you.

Players Lining Up
I liked Chloe and I could completely understand her settlement. For the past six months her parents were on the brink of disaster – she knew and they knew a divorce was on the way but they were all too willing to play pretend happy family for her for one last summer. While this hasn’t happened to me persay, my parents are divorced and so I could sympathise with her predicament. She doesn’t want to stick around in this world of lies and so she tries to find something to keep her mind at bay and that is when she meets Logan, a teenager addicted to drugs and she promises to save him. I liked that she said what was on her mind without worrying about the consequences and I enjoyed that she was still unsure about things. But there were still some things that annoyed me about her. I didn’t like how easily she let Logan in. As a character who had never had a boyfriend before, it just seemed a little unrealistic but that could just be my thoughts.

Logan is a different ballgame altogether. I’m undecided as to whether or not I like him. I did at the beginning because I understood him. He was the bad boy who was the drug addict, he made some poor choices and this is who he became. I think if he had been a little more rough around the edges for longer than I would have liked him a bit more. As it were, he seemed to be able to give up his addiction too quickly for my liking. There were few side effects to his withdrawal and then he just seemed fine without it. It all seemed a little too unrealistic to me. Which is fine, I was able to look past it but if you’re looking for a realistic style book on drugs, this book will not be the one for you. I did, however, like how Logan ended up at the very end of the book and think that if there was more of this in the earlier parts of the novel I’d be able to like his character a bit more.

The Final Whistle Blows
All in all this was an enjoyable and entertaining read. It should definitely be noted, however, that this will not be a book for everyone. Some people will truly love it but I can see that others may find it extremely dissatisfying. I found it to be a quick and easy read and, despite it’s flaws, I found myself pulled into the story by the end, wanting to know exactly what had happened. I will say that even if I hadn’t been posting this for the tour or even being sent it for review, I would have continued reading the book to the end. I was hooked to the words. I may have cringed from time to time but I still needed to know more, wanted to read on. As a writer there were a few things that I would change but really, this book was a decent read and one that I am entirely glad I got the chance to read. Here’s hoping that you find yourself enjoying it too!

Faye

Posted on 14 August, 2012 by Faye - 1 Comment