Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Crash into You

Publication: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Series: Pushing the Limits #3
Source: eARC via Netgalley (Thank you SOOO MUCH!)
Find the author: Goodreads || Website || Twitter: @katiemcgarry
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~ The Blurb ~
From Goodreads

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that's who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she's just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can't get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they'll go to save each other.

~ My Thoughts ~

Crash into You is the emotional, exciting, keep-you-up-all-night-reading, third book in the Pushing the Limits series. This is Isaiah’s story and if you didn’t completely fall for him in Pushing the Limits and Dare You Too, I promise you will be a puddle at his feel by the end of this book. Isaiah was that character in the first two books in this series that intrigued me, I needed to know more about him. I always had a feeling that there was a lot more going on behind the tattoos and don’t eff with me attitude and  in Crash into You McGarry strips it all away and lets us know him in a way that felt so raw, and so real I felt as though I couldn’t breathe until I reached the last page.

I never knew that I could read 474 pages in 24 hours, and then want to turn around and do it all the next day but I just could not. Put. This. Book. Down. Cementing the fact that this is quite possibly the best contemporary YA I have ever read. Katie McGarry always shocks me with the sheer level of emotion she is able to infuse within the pages on her novels. I know that when I pick up one of her books I am going to be punched in the gut with heartbreakingly raw and compelling characters that transcend the pages and become a part of in my life in ways that defy all laws of fiction.

There was so much more to Isaiah than I originally thought. It was heartbreaking to read about his childhood and what he had to endure at the hands of his mother and the foster care system. Even more heartbreaking was reading about his carefully created image that he used to protect a caring and vulnerable heart that could not take any more tragedy. He was fiercely loyal to the few who earned his trust and he kept his word at all costs. His was used to a life of being let down and left to fend for himself, leaving him in a desperate state of survival so when Rachel, a rich girl more out of place at a street race than the police, risks it all to save him Isaiah knows the only way to pay off his debt to her is to protect her with his life.

I found Rachel to be a really complicated character. At first glance she was this meek little girl with crippling social anxiety and very little will of her own. Throughout the novel she really grew and it became evident that much of her meekness was a reaction to being under the thumb of her parents and older brothers for her entire life. In what they called an effort to keep her safe, her brothers perpetuated the thought amongst her peers that Rachel was untouchable and unwanted. It wasn’t until she began spending time with Isaiah that she realized that she didn’t need to suppress everything that made her Rachel in order to fit into the role her family expected her to fill. Rachel showed an incredible amount of growth in Crash into You and this made her so endearing to me.

There is even a solid dose of Noah, Echo and Beth and we all know there is nothing wrong with that. By now I’m sure you have read Crash into You if you are a fan of the Pushing the Limits series but if by some far off chance you haven’t started this series yet I strongly suggest you do so. Katie McGarry is by far my favourite YA author and Pushing the Limits is hands down the best YA series out there (in my humble opinion).

5 FLWR

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I received an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Afterparty by Ann Redisch Stampler

Afterparty

Published: December 31, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ARC from the author (thank you SO much!)
Find the author: Goodreads || Website ||  Twitter: @AnnStampler
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~ Goodreads Blurb ~

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother — whose name her dad won't even say out loud. That's why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she's everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It's more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…

 ~ My Thoughts ~

First Impressions:

I was reminded within the first few chapters of why I absolutely fell in love with Ann Stampler when I read her debut novel Where it Began. Ann has this incredibly ability to transport you into her novels. It is so much more than putting you inside their head so you understand her characters. When I read Afterparty I could feel what Emma was going through as if I was transported back to my own teenage years. I could feel Emma’s turmoil in my gut as I was reading. I read 300 pages in a single sitting and when I finished I couldn’t blink – that is how invested I was in this novel.

Characters:

I don’t even know where to start. Emma the Good. Emma was such a complicated character who had such a crap hand dealt to her. How her father the psychiatrist couldn’t see that the stress of her life thus far wasn’t going to catch up with her was just completely beyond me. He fell into that classic parent category of caring and wanting to help but going about it in a completely ineffective, and harmful, way. I was at least happy to see that there was a strong parental presence in a YA novel for once – even if he was floundering!

Emma was conflicted. She always thought about her conscience and her moral compass but was so desperate to rid herself of the title of “the good” that she ignored it at every turn.

“That is who I want to be, a not-afraid, cool, glamorous person, who yields to temptation on purpose, and is happy about it.”

When she could finally see that Siobhan was not the healthiest “best friend”, when she realized that she spent more time managing her friend out of fear for what she would do to her, Emma still cared enough to stick her neck out for her. When Siobhan was threatening to “ruin” her, Emma didn’t stray too far. Siobhan was constantly causing Emma pain and yet you could argue that Emma cared about her friend to the point where she truly put herself in danger. It was heartbreaking to watch her go back time and time again to such a destructive friend.

Siobhan… I could write a novel about Siobhan. We have all had a friend like this at some point in our teenage years have we not? The one who needs far more help than we are capable of giving and yet we try, and try, and try to save them from themselves… or at least watch them flounder and not quite realize how far gone they are or what we could do to save them… desperately hoping that loyalty will be enough to manage their erratic behavior. Well… we all know how that story ends don’t we?

What I loved:

Reading Afterparty was a sort of surreal experience because I could see how things were going to end. I could see that Siobhan was completely unstable from the first moment, I could see things ending very, very badly for Emma the Good. I knew the other shoe was going to drop. And yet the entire time I was reading I could almost understand every bad decision that Emma made. Like I said before I was transported to my own teenage years where your nativity, sense of immortality and those hopes that your decisions won’t catch up with you spur you on to make crazy decisions.

Final Thoughts:

I loved it. I loved the sense of urgency that filled every page, I loved that fact that I couldn’t put it down. I loved the fact that Ann Stampler animated her characters so well that my stomach was literally in knots as a held my breath waiting for what was going to happen next. Another case of the feels Ann Stampler… yet another case of the feels.

5 FLWR

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I received an ARC via the author (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

TBR Pile Mini Review: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

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Perfect Chemistry

 

Published: December 23, 2008
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
Source: I borrowed this book from the library
Find the author:  Website
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~ The Blurb ~
From Goodreads

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created 'perfect' life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

~ My Thoughts ~

I somehow feel cheated that I have only now realized the genius that is author Simone Elkeles. I don’t know how it is possible that a book as amazing as Perfect Chemistry existed for so long (2008, come on!) without it crossing my path. Needless to say I loved everything about this book; I devoured Perfect Chemistry and can’t get these characters out of my head.

Alex is a true bad boy, not some emo-boy who spends his time is a self-deprecating state of brooding. No Alex is actually dangerous, as a gang member in the Latino Blood he has traded the safety of his family for a life of violence, crime and uncertainty. There is a lot more to Alex than his gang though, he is loyal, caring, smart and wants nothing more than to keep his younger brothers out of the Blood, except he can’t show that side of himself if he wants to survive. Enter Brittany, rich girl who appears to have it all together from her squeaky clean boyfriend to her designer clothes, but even rich girls have things to hide and there is far more going on in Brittany’s life than she is willing to let on.

The sexual tension between Alex and Brittany was incredibly well written. What started off as a mutual hatred, or maybe even fear, quickly turned into a curiosity and then an undeniable and all-consuming love. The moments I loved the most where the ones that showed Alex and Brittany’s vulnerabilities, these characters – Alex in particular – were so complex it was impossible to not become completely engrossed in their story.

Perfect Chemistry officially takes the title of my favorite contemporary YA read ever. Between these characters that I can’t stop thinking about, the dangerously exciting storyline, and smokin’ hot romance this book seriously has it all. I can’t recommend it highly enough to YA fans – don’t wait 5 years like I did, trust me you want to read this book!

5 FLWR

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TBR Pile Wrap up and Giveaway

 

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I'mmmmm baaaaccccckkkkk! Just in time to check in and see how you are doing on your TBR Challenge – and of course give you a chance to link up your reviews for a chance to win a book of your choice ($10 value) from The Book Depository. This challenge is open to bloggers worldwide as long as TBD ships to your address.

There is no mini challenge this month all you need to do is link up your reviews in the linky below. You can link to any review posted in November (or earlier in the year as long as you have not already linked it up in a previous TBR Pile Challenge).

I've read 25 books towards my goal of 30! Feel free to leave your number in the comments!

The Duff by Kody Keplinger

The Duff

Published: September 7, 2010
Publisher: Little Brown/Poppy
Source: I borrowed this book from the library
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~ The Blurb ~
From Goodreads

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

~ My Thoughts ~

I have been hearing a lot of incredible things about The Duff for a very long time now and I would be lying if I said that I believed them all. But I can say with complete honesty that I loved every second of this book. What has me even more shocked is that the author was just a teenager herself when she wrote it! I mean, seriously. Colour me impressed. I’m sure this is why The Duff felt so heartbreakingly authentic and the dialogue so wonderfully real.

Bianca… love this girl. In my opinion Bianca is the perfect ya heroine, and by that I mean she is far from perfect. She is sarcastic, love her wit, opinionated, loyal to her friends, kind when it matters but she still has a lot of room for growth. Don’t get me started on how exciting it is when an author actually lets you see the growth in her characters. We got to see it all the good, the ugly and the painful. My opinions of, and feelings towards, Bianca changed so frequently thought the novel. First I was in love with this fiery personality that wasn’t afraid to throw a coke on the most popular guy in school. Then the sadness came for the deflated girl who appeared to lose her confidence and much of her self-respect. It was heart breaking watching her continually return to Wesley knowing the tug of war going on inside and how his thoughtless comments cut through her like glass. I devoured this book waiting for the turning point – that point where either Wesley would man up and admit that he wasn’t such a jerk, or the point where Bianca would finally realize that she was worth so much more.

And Wesley…. *sigh* Wesley was just…. *sigh* I loved him (eventually), of course he was smoking hot and that definitely helped. But he had the personality to back it up. Now I didn’t love him at first and when I first met him I was about ready to throw my own coke on him – who calls a girl a Duff? To. Her. Face. It made me so sad watching the effect that his thoughtless words had on Bianca. I have to admit though he grew on me. His ridiculously confident arrogance was the perfect contrast to his sweet caring side. It didn’t take long before I began to suspect that there was something more going on behind the walls he put up to protect himself from the chances of being left behind again. I saw his potential in those glimmers of caring that he showed Bianca and I couldn’t wait for her to see it too.

I loved the constant theme of self-esteem and self-image and it was written about in such a non-preachy way that I think Keplinger really drove the point home. As I teenager I know that I would have “got” this book, and wish I could have read it 10 years ago. Bianca’s revelations at the end of the novel about being “the Duff”, labeling her peers as whores, and worrying about the labels other people would place on her friends or family were refreshing and believable.

The Duff quite perfectly replays the struggles that so many teenagers go through on a daily basis when trying to carve out their place in the world, find love and figure out who the hell they are. It is a ridiculously tumultuous time and thank goodness writers like Kody Keplinger are willing to write about the less glamorous struggles with self-doubt because I truly believe this is a novel that transcends the barriers of age.

5 FLWR

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I’m back for November… TBR Pile Challenge Update

Hello pumpkins! I am excited to re-enter the blogging world after 3 months off for family time. Did you notice that it's almost the end of the year? This is usually when I start looking at my reading challenges to see what I still need to do to accomplish my goals.

My goal for the TBR Pile Challenge 2013 was the 21-30 A Sweet Kiss level and I've read 25 books so far. I think I can easily complete this challenge before the end of the year but I don't want to get cocky about it, a lot can happen (or not happen when it comes to reading) in 2 months! ;)

How are you doing? Have you been tracking using the challenge widget in the Goodreads group?

Make sure to come back on November 20th for the monthly wrap up, the linkey to post your TBR Pile reviews from the month (or previously unentered reviews from the year), and your chance to win a book of your choice from The Book Depository.

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True by Erin McCarthy

True

 

Published: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Penguin
Series: True Believers #1
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Find the author: Goodreads || Website
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~ The Blurb ~
From Goodreads

 

When Rory Macintosh’s roommates find out that their studious and shy friend has never been with a guy, they decide that, as an act of kindness they’ll help her lose her virginity by hiring confident, tattooed bad boy Tyler Mann to do the job…unbeknownst to Rory.

Tyler knows he’s not good enough for Rory. She’s smart, doctor smart, while he’s barely scraping by at his EMT program, hoping to pull his younger brothers out of the hell their druggy mother has left them in. But he can’t resist taking up her roommates on an opportunity to get to know her better. There’s something about her honesty that keeps him coming back when he knows he shouldn’t…

Torn between common sense and desire, the two find themselves caught up in a passionate relationship. But when Tyler’s broken family threatens to destroy his future, and hers, Rory will need to decide whether to cut her ties to his risky world or follow her heart, no matter what the cost…

 

~ My Thoughts ~

True was a book that really surprised me. I had requested it on Netgalley a while back and when I read over the description again before starting this week I found myself wondering what exactly I saw in it. The blurb sounded like a bit of a New Adult cliché but I decided to give it a chance anyway and I’m glad I did because I finished True within a day.

Tyler… Tyler was definitely swoon worthy. He was edgy, with all the muscles and tattoos, but was also smart and motivated. He was a little dangerous, and had the past to back it up, but was fiercely protective and kind. But the part that sold me on him was that he wasn’t a jerk. He never treated Rory like crap (well, once near the end of the book but you will get it, I promise) and even though he felt he wasn’t good enough for her he didn’t push her away or try to hurt her as a way of “protecting her”. In short, he was no Travis Maddox!

Rory… She wasn’t afraid to be herself, or to be completely honest even if it made her come across as a little weird or naïve. She was inexperienced but wasn’t one of those girls who lost her entire sense of self just because she had a boyfriend. She fell in love, but didn’t sacrifice her friendships, family or school for it. Finally, a main character who didn’t become a pushover just because she was having sex! Rory didn’t play mind games, and didn’t try to change Tyler and I loved every bit of her!

The thing that really set True apart for me was the relationship that Tyler had with his brothers and the complicated and volatile home life he had. Tyler’s mom was a drug addict and he and his older brother were working as hard as they could to pay the mortgage on his mom’s house so they could keep their younger brothers together until they could take care of them on their own. Tyler had a great relationship with his brothers and they added so much to the story. Watching him with his brothers also spoke very loudly about the kind of person that Tyler was. The inclusion of Tyler’s “True Family” really made this book so much more than just another New Adult Romance.

The ending… I think that Erin got it right, I absolutely cringe when the last chapter or two are wasted tying up all the loose ends perfectly and quickly, or on the flip side when we are left with such a cliffhanger that you have to wonder if your edition is missing a few pages. When True ended I felt satisfied. Sure I would love to read about Tyler and Rory more (in another book) and it left some questions unanswered but that is ok. I’m happy knowing what I know.

In short… True was more for me than just a New Adult romance. It had emotion, sizzle, and a surprising amount of depth. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in the series (which comes out on Tuesday October 15th…. SQUEE!!!!)

4 FLWR

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I received an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Truth About Letting Go by Leigh Talbert Moore

The Truth About Letting Go

Published: February 21, 2013
Publisher: All Night Reads

Source: eARC via Netgalley
Find the author: Goodreads || Website || Twitter: @ leightmoore  
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~ The Blurb ~
From Goodreads

Ashley Lockett has always followed the rules. She's always done the right thing and played it safe until her ideal life is shattered when her dad dies suddenly.

Fueled by anger and grief, she vows to do everything opposite of how she lived before. Then she meets Jordan. He has big dreams, he's had a crush on Ashley for years, and he's a great kisser. But he's also safe.

Enter Colt. He is not safe, and he's more than willing to help Ashley fulfill her vow.                                                 

~ My Thoughts ~

I wanted so badly to love The Truth About Letting Go. It sounds like it would be a deeply emotional story of a young girl, her grief and falling in love. Unfortunately I just couldn’t get behind the main character and I had a lot of issues with the “relationship” that she had with Colt. The sickening relationship with Colt, the strange and underdeveloped relationship with Charlette, and Ashley’s own weak persona had me cringing.

I couldn’t stand Ashley, in my opinion she didn’t have a single redeeming quality. She was manipulative, immature, spoiled and worst of all completely selfish. She took advantage of everyone she could and treated her friends and family as if they were solely there for her to take her grief out on, or be ignored until she cared enough to realize that they had their own struggles going on as well. Ashley supposedly liked Jordan so much that the thought of waiting for him was unbearable and yet she only gave him the time of day once she gave him a makeover and de-geeked him. As if a new pair of jeans and a few shirts that brought out his eyes changed the kind of person he was, or how he made her feel. The way she treated Jordan was awful and that was her first strike. Then there was the weird friendship with Charlotte. Charlette was over weight and not the kind of girl someone like Ashley (read: cute, popular, cheerleader) would ever be caught associating with, but as soon as Charlotte showed an interest in Ashley’s life (via. Her affection for Ashley’s deceased father) she was somehow an acceptable person to speak to. I was actually quite disgusted with Ashley for the way she treated Charlotte. As soon as Charlotte tried to talk about her own problems Ashley decided, nope this isn’t making me feel better I’m outta here!

Then there was the relationship with Colt and maybe I`m missing something but I just didn`t get it. Ashley`s first impression after seeing Colt was that he reminded her of her deceased father. Now if that isn`t enough to make a girl not have the hots for a guy I`m not sure what is… but it didn`t deter Ashley in fact it encouraged her to pursue a completely physical (and only physical) relationship with Colt. When Colt wanted Ashley to do things that made her uncomfortable she got upset for a few days, then gave into him and the cycle started all over again. I get that she was trying to bury her grief with the way she felt when she was physical with Colt but the whole thing was a little much, and kind of creped me out if I`m being honest.

Each of the characters and their relationships were rather underdeveloped, Ashley showed very little growth by the end of the novel and even if she did mature a little bit in the last chapter or two, I was so annoyed with her that I hardly cared.

I felt as though The Truth About Letting Go missed the mark as an emotional YA drama and I couldn`t even wrap my head around the pain that Ashley was in because I couldn`t get over the awful relationships and unlikable main character. I`m giving it a 3 star rating because even though I couldn`t stand the characters something kept me interested and reading until the end.

3 FLWR

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I received an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Friday Night Alibi by Cassie Mae

Friday Night Alibi

Published: July 29, 2013
Publisher: Flirt
Source: eARC via Netgalley
Find the author: Goodreads || Website
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~ The Blurb ~
From Goodreads

In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.
 
Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black., and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like he cares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.
 

~ My Thoughts ~

Friday Night Alibi was one of those books that you pick up in the middle of the summer to pass the time; the perfect beach read if you will. It was entertaining but at the same time it had no staying power. I forgot about the characters as soon as I finished the last page and didn’t feel much of anything while I was reading.

Truth be told I was a little disappointed in Friday Night Alibi. It sounded like it had some serious potential. Unique story line, secret love interest, a smart and independent heroine, so what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately it wasn’t the story so much as the extremely juvenile writing that did me in. Expecting a New Adult romance I was shocked to constantly read poetic gems such as:

“And he just wants to spend time with his babe without seeing her get hurt and judged by his snooty pa-tooty parents.”

While I’m on the topic of writing I absolutely couldn’t stand the authors need to continually address her readers. Nothing takes me out of a story faster than reading:

“I know, I know. You’re thinking, poor, spoiled rich girl.”

I really cannot stand being directly addressed by a character in a novel. Maybe I was thinking that, maybe I wasn’t, but I certainly don’t need the poor, spoiled, rich main character to justify her feelings and actions to me I want to read about them, good or bad, and be allowed to make my own conclusions, good or bad. One or two slip ups with immature language or addressing the audience could be overlooked as an editing problem, but they just kept coming! I felt like I was reading the thoughts of a 13 year old girl, which made reading about this girl’s romance to be kind of awkward.

I wish that I could bring myself to talk about the characters, who again could have been wonderful – Chase was definitely swoon worthy and I maybe could have liked Kelli had she not spoken like a child, but it is difficult to focus on the story because the writing was just so brutal.

I wanted to get into this story, I really did, and while I finished the novel and liked the idea of the story, I didn’t enjoy reading this book. Unfortunately for me Friday Night Alibi didn’t amount to much more than a fluffy beach read that you leave at the beach, literally and figuratively.

2.5 FLWR

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I received an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Taking a Step Back

 

I have recently made the dificult decision to step back and take a break from blogging. I have 3 very little bookworms at home that need my attention as we move into the newest phase of our family life (kindergarten and grade 1 for the big girls, rolling and crawling for the baby). Knowing that the fall and Christmas season (otherwise known as "birthday season" in our family) is hectic enough I know that I will not be able to give this little blog the attention that it needs in the coming months and I don't want to continue blogging only "1/2 way".

I will still be active on Goodreads so if you haven't already please look me up. In the coming weeks/months as I finish up my lingering review committments I will be popping in occasionally (I will be posting them on the blog as well as on Goodreads and Twitter and Amazon like usual).

I hope to return to blogging soon, I will make a reappearance in November as I host the TBR Pile Challange Wrap Up and post any remaining reviews. Then will disappear again until February 2014. I'll be sure to look you up when I return! Thanks for being  such awesome readers and friends – I will miss you the most! :)

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