Friday, January 23, 2015

Remember Me: Review

Title: Remember Me
Author: Romily Bernard
ISBN: 0062229060
Book Genre: YA Mystery
Release Date: September 23rd 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Book Source: Edelweiss


Goodreads Synopsis:

Wick had thought her troubles were over.
But she should’ve known better.
Not only is she embroiled in a new murder case, which starts with a body with “Remember Me” carved into it and doesn’t stop there, but she also discovers new evidence surrounding her mother’s suicide…which leads her right back to her imprisoned deadbeat dad. And she has to deal with her flirty new hacker friend, Milo, sniffing around—which her boyfriend, Griff, isn’t too happy about.
The pressure might be too much as secrets—including Wick’s own—climb to the surface.

Review:

Book two starts with a bang, mostly that there's another murder and Wicket's forced to investigate it. To those who don't know much about book one, you really should read it first in case of an accidental spoiler.

Now, I honestly can't imagine what it's like to be Wick, seriously it must be hard, here's a list of all the reasons why it would be:
  1.  Her mother committed suicide four years ago.
  2.  She was physically abused and emotionally manipulated for years by her drug dealer father.
  3.  She's lost all hints of innocence but her sister's is still intact and as much as she wants to give her sister a reality check to make her more aware of how cruel the world is and to be less open and more wary and untrusting, she also wants her to be happy, so it's a balance struggle.
  4.  She can't trust the police because a cop has been hounding her for a while to get to her father and now is currently blackmailing her to help solve his crimes for him.
  5.  A judge was the one to refuse every restraining order her mother had wanted against her father.
  6.  She can't trust the presumed new life with her foster/adoptive parent because good things always go away easily. So she did some hacking to get some money saved up, just in case it was time to up and run away with her sister, that the police might not be happy with.
  7.  She can't tell her boyfriend because he's the heroic figure and she doesn't want him to look horribly at her. 
"This is what happens when you end up with a hero. He expects you to be just as noble."
"If I tell Griff, he'll want to save me. Better yet, he'll want to save Bren and Lily. And he'll want to do it honorably."
So yes, it must be really lonely, scary and stressful being her. No time to relax or way to let her guard down completely. Though I'm not sure why she can't tell her best friend, maybe she has enough on her plate? Can't trust her either? But I can't imagine a cop hounding me and threatening to ruin everything in my life if I didn't cooperate, do illegal and potentially dangerous work for him to get his arrest. He justifies what he's doing because the system can't touch the people he wants to take down, but for all intents and purposes he's still a bad cop. A horrible cop. Couldn't she record their conversations or something? Maybe the blackmailing can work on an even plain or trust her boyfriend, he might help.

Not only does she have to deal with Signor Asshole Cop, someone keeps sending her videos of her mother that make her question all she knew about her mother's suicide. And she accidentally ends up as a potential victim for the guy the cop Carson wants to bring down… yes, poor girl indeed.

The most thing I hated about this book was the love triangle. I hate hate hate love triangles. Loathe them with a passion, especially since I love Griff. The problem is, if Griff had never been in the picture ever, I would have wholeheartedly loved Milo… call it a bad boy thing, and oh does he do it well, but Milo is kind of destructive and Griff is too good, so really I don't know which side she's leaning more towards because she always acts to save the people she loves.
"I hold up my laptop and he passes it through the scanner. No bombs. How very unsurprising. Triple B gives me back my computer without a second glance. It always amazes me that no one realizes I don't need a bomb to do damage. Whatever though. Makes my life easier."
What would happen if you take away her need to feel safe? If she has a good and peaceful life she trusts… will she be more Griff or Milo?

Other than that though, I absolutely enjoyed this book way more than the first one because it was less predictable and I can honestly say I didn't expect most of what happened. I am also more excited for book three and seriously need more of this story. The ending makes me sad though, I need to be happy.

Favorite quote? There are monsters living inside us and, sometimes, they win.

Rating: 4/5!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday # 18


Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop hosted @ Pen to Paper where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.







My pick here would be a book I'd been looking forward to reading for quite some time now:

The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider.


Golden boy Ezra Faulkner believes everyone has a tragedy waiting for them—a single encounter after which everything that really matters will happen. His particular tragedy waited until he was primed to lose it all: in one spectacular night, a reckless driver shatters Ezra’s knee, his athletic career, and his social life.

No longer a front-runner for Homecoming King, Ezra finds himself at the table of misfits, where he encounters new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Cassidy is unlike anyone Ezra’s ever met, achingly effortless, fiercely intelligent, and determined to bring Ezra along on her endless adventures.

But as Ezra dives into his new studies, new friendships, and new love, he learns that some people, like books, are easy to misread. And now he must consider: if one’s singular tragedy has already hit and everything after it has mattered quite a bit, what happens when more misfortune strikes? 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Boys of Bishop Mini Reviews

Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549015
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: Netgalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

As the daughter of a wealthy politician, Ashley Montgomery has had enough of her parents’ expectations for her future and is going her own way, volunteering to work at a refugee camp in Africa. But her act of charity turns dangerous when she takes a boat trip and is abducted by Somali pirates. Enter Brody Baxter, who was a bodyguard for the Montgomery family ten years ago and doesn’t think twice about coming to Ashley’s rescue. Handsome and tough, Brody has always done what needed to be done. So he swoops in, saves Ashley, and brings her to a place where she can rest and recuperate without the glare of the press and her demanding family: Brody’s small hometown of Bishop, Arkansas. But Ashley soon realizes that she’s not the only one in need of healing.

Holed up with Ashley in a tiny apartment over his brother’s bar in Bishop, Brody is tempted and torn in ways he never anticipated. Beautiful Ashley, vibrant despite her ordeal, fearless enough to love him beyond his wall of self-punishment, is now determined to save him. But with a little faith and a lot of love, they just may find happiness in each others’ arms.

Review:

I read Wild Child just before getting around to Never Been Kissed, and I was really fascinated by the town and that unlike other towns I'd read about in stories, this particular one was drowning and in desperate need of saving. I loved the first few steps taken in book one as well as the introduction to many of the townsfolk, it was an interesting lead in to the characters in this story, especially with Cora, Sean and Brody.

I absolutely loved Sean as a character, Cora too seemed distinguished, but for some reason I never did pick up on the animosity between them until this story. It was such a shame that I didn't get as an in-depth view into their stories as I did with Brody and Ashley - but it was understandable since they were the main focus.

I like how the author always has more than one storyline going on in the book, not just the one you expect. In this one it was both brothers Brody and Sean, they each got their story in it. I really appreciated how well rounded the characters were, and the intriguing background stories I hadn't seen coming - especially with Brody. I didn't get as much out of Ashley as I'd liked, but I'm assuming her family life gets more exposure in Harrison's - her brother - story. I loved seeing all the characters struggle with their inner demons, their flaws, their presumptions and fears, and I found myself crying more than I had expected. It was certainly a surprising reading.

The writing was really great and I found myself done with the book before I even realized I'd gotten to the end. I'm definitely enjoying the small steps taken to making Bishop habitable and save it from being bankrupt. I can't wait to continue with the series and see both Shelby's as well as Harrison's!

Rating: 3/5!




Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549031
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: July 29th 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: NetGalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

After years of running, Wyatt Svenson has now parked himself in Bishop, Arkansas, trying to do the right thing and parent a son he didn’t even know he had until recently. Over six feet tall and packed with muscles and power, Ty likes to get his hands dirty, fixing his motorcycle at night and keeping his mind away from the mistakes he’s made. Then his pretty neighbor shows up on his driveway, doesn’t bother to introduce herself, and complains about the noise. First impression? She should loosen up. Funny that she turns out to be his son’s elementary school art teacher—and the only one willing to help his troubled boy. Ty needs her. In more ways than one.
Though Shelby Monroe is safe in her structured life, she is drawn to Ty’s bad-boy edge and rugged sexuality. What if she just lets it all go: her worries about her mother, her fear of heartbreak, and her tight self control? What if she grabs Ty and takes a ride on the wild side? “What if” becomes reality—intense, exhilarating . . . and addictive. But Ty wants more than a secret affair. He wants it all with Shelby. But will she take a chance and open her heart? Ty is determined to convince Shelby to take the biggest risk of her life: on him.


Review:

Of all the books in this series (and yes, I've read all four so far) I think this would have to be my absolute favorite. It definitely surprised me, since I hadn't expected much from Shelby's character after reading Wild Child, but the synopsis had intrigued me, and all the books in the series were certainly entertaining, so I decided to check it out and boy was I surprised to find it better than the rest.

Shelby, if you've read Wild Child, has been searching for love, affection, relationships, sex, she's hoping someone would stop looking at her in an asexual manner like everyone in Bishop seem intent on doing. That's why when Dean notices her in Wild Child and they have an affair, she's happy, for a little while, until she isn't anymore. Her character back then was so plain and I couldn't find myself the least bit hooked, even with the utter humiliation she suffered from on National television. 

But then came this book and I realized, that Molly with this particular character added so much depth, it was impressive. Both Ty and his son Casey as well had more to recommend them than all the other female/male leads in this series, which is why I practically devoured the book. Shelby had a traumatizing childhood that she can't seem to escape, but also seemed to have shaped her current personality and I'm not sure why I liked how screwed up she was. I also liked how Ty was out of his element but trying so hard with his son as well as fighting every urge to run. They felt so real to me, and I cried so much.

Rating: 4/5!







Author: Molly O'Keefe
ISBN: 0345549058
Book Genre: Adult Contemporary
Release Date: November 24th 2014
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Book Source: Netgalley


Goodreads Synopsis:

With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing and there is only one solution: marriage.
Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who’d given her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love.


Review:

I was disappointed that this particular book in the series didn't take place in Bishop, but I have certainly been looking forward to Harrison's story and I'm more than happy I got to read it!

Harrison is very different than the other male leads in this series, mostly because he's ice-cold and bad, for trying to be good. His father has shamed the family so much that Harrison feels like it's his obligation to fix the entire family's reputation by not stepping one toe out of line and being inhumanly good, which makes him more of a robotic presence than anything. He's also very isolated and alone, but there's more to him as is obvious from how worried he was about his sister Ashley in Never Been Kissed. But he also longs for a connection, even if it's from someone so ridiculously unsuitable like Ryan.

Ryan and Harrison were meant to be so different but for some reason only at the beginning of the book you notice that, Ryan fits in so well in Harrison's life, and I think it wasn't as convincing as I would have liked. She didn't struggle or embarrass him or take that long to transform, and that part really bugged me, because hello, the Montgomrey's are sticklers for rules and stuff, but apparently the public ate everything she did up and she was a paragon, so perfect and fitting, and yeah, I wasn't convinced. 

Again, I would have loved more of an in-depth insight onto both their background stories, and I feel like I didn't get enough. A tiny part of me felt hollow because of it. But I did love them and their struggles to connect as well as try to do everything to win Harrison his elections. I so badly wanted more time with Ashley, Brody and even Harrison's assistant Wallace. I absolutely loved Wallace.

Rating: 3/5.