Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Review: Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd

YA Contemporary Romance(Mature)

Gossip girl meets Hollywood in this new series by That Boy author, Jillian Dodd.
Keatyn has everything she ever dreamed of. Her life is following the script she wrote for the perfect high school experience. She’s popular, goes to the best parties, dates the hottest guy, and sits at the most coveted lunch table.

She’s just not sure she wants it anymore.

Because really, things aren’t all that perfect. Her best friend is threatening to tell everyone her perfect relationship is a scam. Her perfect boyfriend gets drunk at every party they go to. It’s exhausting always trying to look and act perfect. And deep down, she isn’t sure if she has any true friends.

To add to the drama, her movie star mom’s long-time fan has turned stalker. An older man is flirting with her and telling her they should make a movie together. And she’s crushing on an adorable surfer. Dating a guy like him would mean committing social suicide.

So she writes a new script. One where all the pieces of her life will come together in perfect harmony. But little does she know, there’s someone who will do anything to make sure that doesn’t happen

Hey everyone, Ren here! My hubby decided to hijack my Kindle for the day and read Stalk Me by Jillian Dodd. I think the only reason he chose it is because he saw the hot chick on the cover and assumed it was one of my erotica novels LOL (It has been confirmed....he did hahaha.) I explained to him my love of YA and how the stories are just better. I think I made him a believer :-) I'm a huge Jillian Dodd fan and I'm kinda mad that he read it before me. Here is his review.

Source: Reviewer purchase

I really enjoyed reading this book, it took me right back to high school. I could see all of the things Jillian depicts in her book happening just the way that she describes them; house parties, distinction between social classes, and one girl torn between two very different places.

On one side, Keatyn is one of the popular girls at school, picking up after her drunk boyfriend Sander all the time. On the other hand, she's also Brooklyn's little surfer girl. Brooklyn doesn't go to school, and spends his days smoking weed and surfing. Keatyn's mother is a famous actress, and is left notes by a stalker who claims to have always loved her. She's used to it, but then he goes too far...

The book spans a decent time period, and there's alot of ground to cover, and I don't want to give out many details. Loads of high school drama and unfortunately not enough Cush.  Brandon Cushman, or Cush, throws the wildest parties, always has a fine girl on his arm, but never gets tied down.  I despise Brooklyn's character and almost love to hate him, but that's just me personally.  RiAnne kinda reminds me of Lacey Chabert from Mean Girls, only more of a follower and definitely not willing to cross Vanessa.  Vanessa is a whole different beast in herself, and her character makes me cringe every time I see her name.  It's Keatyn, though, that the story revolves around, and throughout the book she really goes through a lot of changes, from being little miss popularity to not caring what anyone thinks.  She also becomes quite the little lipslut towards the end of the book, but I guess there's a reason for it. I'd love to read the next book in the series, "Kiss Me."

Friday, September 21, 2012

Review: Significance by Shelly Crane

Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.

Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing but she is supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.

They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she's ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.

Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb's enemies know he's imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.

Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?

Source: Reviewer purchase

My Review

I usually like to write a little spoiler free synopsis of the book with my review. I find it a little difficult because the blurb pretty much says it all without giving away too much of the story. I admire Maggie in this book. She's kinda spunky and mature. She's been living with her father since her mother walked out on them. Maggie meets Caleb on her way to meet her friend Kyle. I love this whole scene and everything afterwards!! I find that a lot of the YA books I read have too many similarities. That was not the case with this book. This was unlike any story that I have ever read. I love paranormal and Shelly delivered a story that kept my interest from the very first page. It has sweet moments that make me so jealous that Caleb is a fictional character. I found myself drooling several times while reading :-P There's also a little bit of action. I won't go into details on that, but yeah, it does not disappoint. I can't say enough great things about this series. I recommend it to everyone. This was my very first Kindle book and I am so thankful that Amazon recommended it to me. I'm a huge Shelly Crane fan!! Shelly's books introduced me to the world of Indie books and I am eternally grateful!

I had to share this pic from Shelly's website because it is my perfect Caleb!! 

I also highly recommend the Collide series by Shelly Crane. The 4th and final book in the installment, Revolution,  just came out this month. This is bittersweet for me. There's just something about this series that I love and I am very sad to see it end. Oh I remember, that something is Cain <3 I think I'm in love!! I will definitely be in need of a box of tissues for this one.

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Review: Insurgent by Veronica Roth

YA Dystopian

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebrati...more

One choice can transform you--or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves--and herself--while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable--and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Source: Reviewer purchase

My Review

First off, I absolutely loved Divergent, book 1 of the series. It was different from other dystopian novels but yet still keeping in the same genre. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and the struggles a teen must go through to live in their society. Insurgent begins where Divergent left off. Tris, Tobias (Four), Caleb(Tris's brother), Marcus and Peter are on the run from the Erudite. They arrive in Amity hoping for some help and a place to hideout for awhile. Their stay is cut short and they must leave Amity for fear of being caught or possibly taken down. One thing during this book that bothered me was the constant bickering between Tobias and Tris. They where constantly at odds with one another and at times it became unbearable. Overall I enjoyed the book. There were parts that confused me or I felt could have been better planned out, but I do believe this book is worth reading. The ending was very interesting and did leave you wanting more. If the ending of this book is any indication of book three, I am very excited.