Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover | Book Review

(Stand-Alone)

Published: August 5th 2014

Synopsis:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past. 
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


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My Rating: 4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Atria Books

Genre(s): Romance, New-adult

Page Count: 322

Format: Paperback

ISBN: 1476753180


This was used for the Popsugar challenge: A book with antonyms in the title.

I’ve heard so much about this book in the past couple of months. I’ve read so many glowing reviews on this, talking about how emotionally heartbreaking this book is. How much it impacted them. Naturally, I was curious to see what exactly the hype is all about. And so I finally read it!

Quick Summary

When Tate Collins moves into her brother’s apartment, she finds herself immediately attracted to her brother’s friend and neighbor, Miles Archer, and soon finds out he’s attracted to her as well. As a result, they get into a deal to have a no-love, sex-only relationship. Miles only has two rules for Tate: Not to ask about his past or expect a future. But when rules are broken, things get ugly. Continue reading

The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer | Book Review

(Witches of BlackBrook #1)

Published: June 23rd 2015

Synopsis:

Through space and time, sisters entwined. Lost then found, souls remain bound.

Three sisters escape the Salem witch trials when the eldest casts a spell that hurdles their souls forward through time. After centuries separated, fate has finally reunited them in the present day.

One the healer, one the teacher, and one the deceiver.

Will their reunion return their full powers, or end their souls journey forever?


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My Rating:4 stars 4/5 (Really Good)

Book Information

Publisher: Amber Leaf Publishing

Genre(s): New Adult, Paranormal Romance

Page Count: 186

Format: e-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have a review on a book I really enjoyed, which is, as you can tell, The Witches of BlackBrook by Tish Thawer. I found it to be quite unique and very enjoyable, filled with suspense, Wiccan magic, and much more.

Quick Summary

Trin and her sister Kit has been looking for their youngest sister ever since they’ve been thrown forward into time by a spell cast by Trin. But something is blocking Trin from finding her, and everyone’s souls are in danger if she doesn’t find out how to defeat it. Will she be able to reunite with all her sisters, and overcome the darkness once and for all?

Plot

Maybe it’s just my lack of exposure to books with a similar plot line to this, but I found the plot to be quite different to other books I’ve read. What I loved most about the plot other than the obvious (Wiccan magic is so cool!) was the element of mystery and the theme of girl power. I found the story to be quite suspenseful, some parts were predictable, but there were lots of twists and turns to keep the story engaging.
One thing that really stood out to me was the lesser role of the main male character. You know how in most books, YA or NA, the male character often has a big role, and is focused on a lot? Well, in this book, the story was primarily led by Trin and other female characters. This is quite unique, I don’t find many books these days with this kind of thing, usually the male greatly impacts the plot in one way or another, right? While the main male character in the book did affect the story, he wasn’t some big hero that stole the attention from the females or anything. It was different, and I liked that. All in all, the plot was great; it was different, mysterious, and unique.

Characters

Trin was a great protagonist, I would say, however I do think she could’ve had a bit more personality. I don’t know, she didn’t seem as real to me as she could’ve been. That being said, she wasn’t annoying or anything, and I liked her, she was strong, willful and caring, and there wasn’t anything that I really disliked about her.

As for the other characters, I really liked them as well, especially the villain. I feel like the villain was really well done, I wish I could elaborate, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. 😉 The supporting characters, like the male love interest, Jason, and his sister Caris, were also enjoyable, but I wish they were developed a bit more. There’s not much I can say about them, which is a clear indication to me that they need more development. However, their presence wasn’t bothersome or anything, and I didn’t dislike them.

Writing Style

I think the writing style was one of the things I liked most about this book apart from the plot. Tish Thawer incorporated scenes of both past and present quite smoothly and it added more background information about our main characters in a more unique and engaging fashion. I never got confused between past and present (partly due to the fact the characters’ name changes) and I loved learning more about the characters’ past. The book is written in third person POV, mostly from the perspective of our main character, Trin, but occasionally from supporting characters Caris and Jason. I think this suited the story, and was used to effectively create different scenes throughout the story

Overall…

This story was really good, full of captivating twists and turns. What really made me boost it up to 4 stars would be because it was so addicting! I always wanted to pick this up, and continue reading it. This book boasts of a story about love, hope, and most of all, strength in family and siblings. The characters were great to read about, and Tish Thawer was able to weave scenes from the past into the present flawlessly, enhancing the reader’s experience and understanding of the book. One thing I will mention though is that the romance kind of takes a back seat in this book, or isn’t much focused on. But this new-adult paranormal romance is one you do not want to miss if you’re into magic and witches, with a unique and enchanting story.

Do you want to eat this one? How about we meet in BlackBrook?

-A

Jaded Little Lies by Christina Channelle | Book Review

(Four Letters #1)

Published: May 15th 2015

Synopsis:

What do you do when the love of your life is halfway across the world?

If you’re Jade Reamer, you fill that void with writing depressing song lyrics, hanging out with asshole exes, and re-reading your dead best friend’s diary (morbid, anyone?). But she’s got a lot to deal with—getting to know her biological family, for one. Not to mention getting through her first year of university without her best friend, Nina, by her side.

Then there are the men in Jade’s life. Her ex, Connor, has baggage coming out of his ass since the car accident. Her brother, Bryn, thinks stifling who he really is while pretending everything’s okay … is okay. When that’s far from the truth. And Reed? Reed decides the best way for Jade to deal with his absence is to get her a dog. And when he finally comes back?

Well, things aren’t exactly the same.

Deciphering between love and hate is the least of Jade’s problems …those four letter words are getting more and more complicated. Especially when she and Reed are keeping secrets from each other. Because as she forms new relationships and rekindles old ones, an unexpected surprise has got Jade’s mouth spewing lies on top of the usual curse words.

But little white lies won’t hurt anybody, right?

Note: This full-length novel follows the novella, Those Four Letter Words.


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

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Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Page Count: 191

Format: e-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours via Smashwords in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have a review on Jaded Little Lies (in case you haven’t guess already). This is the full-length novel that follows the prequel novella, Those Four Letter Words. Like TFLW, this book pleasantly surprised me. I’ve been reading a lot of YA, so I thought I would try to broaden my horizons by trying this book. As a NA novel, it was an enjoyable book full of raw, gripping emotion, alongside a tumbling romance and life struggles.

Quick Summary

Jade Reamer’s life is pretty messed up. Again. Having to deal with her boyfriend deployed, another family to deal with, things haven’t been exactly pretty. Especially when her boyfriend comes back, and things aren’t exactly the same between them. Will Jade ever get a reprieve from all the heartache and drama?

My Review

The plot was pretty good, I have to say. Again, I can’t say much without giving away spoilers, but this book definitely took me on an interesting ride. The plot incorporated several matters we see in real life, without sugar-coating it, and instead kept it real and authentic.

What I really appreciated in this book was how the author, Christina Channelle, kept the characters true to themselves. They were familiar, and the way they thought, or, in particular, how Jade thought, was fun to read. I enjoyed Jade in a way I didn’t think I would, I rooted for her, laugher with her, and overall really liked her. Sure, she had her faults, and sure, she made mistakes, but that only makes her human, not a bad person. All the characters really, were intriguing, and paired with the great writing style, felt real and emotional.

Which brings me to the writing style which really got me into the story as if Jade was talking to me. Not only that, it was comfortable and easy to read, without being too unnatural for the mood of the story.

Overall…

If you like NA, this is definitely a good book to pick up. I haven’t read that many NA books, but from what I’ve read, this books seems to be pretty mild as far as NA books go. I will mention that for readers a bit more strict with the content they read, this book does include coarse language, and some steamy scenes. However it also includes an authentic protagonist with an engaging and realistic storyline. It deals with realistic matters, overall an enjoyable NA contemporary romance and if you can deal with the above, it’s an enjoyable book.

Want to eat this? Don’t want to eat this? Your pick.

-A

Note: You don’t have to read the novella before reading this one, but I think it’s better that way.

Those Four Letter Words by Christina Channelle | Book Review

(Four Letters #0.5)

Published: July 3rd 2013

Synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Jade Reamer is a tough girl with a reputation to prove it. She loves three people and three people only: her brother, her boyfriend, and her best friend. Everyone else is irrelevant.

That is … until Reed enters the picture again.

Suddenly things start to spiral out of control and things aren’t as they seem. Life is no longer simply black and white, love versus hate. Suddenly, it’s hard to figure out which of those four letter words is true.

Especially when she can’t look away from those devil eyes.

I love you. I hate you. I love you. I hate you. Which is it? I don’t even know anymore.

Well, let’s find out.


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My Rating: 3.5 stars 3.5/5 (Liked it)

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Publisher: Christina Channelle

Genre(s): Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Page Count: 102

Format: E-book


Note: I received a free digital copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours via Smashwords in exchange for an honest review.

Hi! Today I have a review on Those Four Letter Words, the prequel novella to Jaded Little Lies. I have to admit, I was a bit hesitant in reading this book, as I am with most NA books. However, I was pleasantly surprised by this one, and it was a quick, enjoyable read.

Quick Summary

This is a short novella written as a writing assignment on love and hate for Jade Reamer, an 18 year-old who went through lots of heartache in the past, and whose life is getting no easier. When her brother’s best friend, Reed, comes back into the picture, things go even more out of control and Jade has to decide between love and hate. Which is it?

My Review

This is a pretty short novella, and there’s not much I can say about the plot without spoilers, but I will say that it was interesting and I enjoyed it! It went by pretty quickly, and I really liked looking into the mind of Jade as she went through difficult situations in the book.

Which brings us to characters. The author, Christina Channelle, I feel, did a great job at creating an authentic character. Jade’s emotions were just all so raw, so powerful, and the author handled them quite well, especially when her emotions were conflicted (which was most of the time). I really got to see who this sharp-tongued girl really was, understand her confusion, the difficulty of being angry and upset at someone, yet unable to express those emotions to said person, or the difficulty of hating someone yet loving them as the same time.

What I liked about the writing style was that it really spoke as the character. There are swear words mentioned throughout the book, and although I could’ve done better with a bit less swear words, I actually thought it was a needed addition, because it let me get to know how this character thought; what she was like, and how she spoke. It made Jade seem more like a real person, and that, I really liked.

Another thing I enjoyed about the writing style was that the author didn’t tell us everything right away, about the history between Jade and Reed. We get little bits of information at times, and we get to piece it together, which, not only made me more engaged in the book, it was intriguing to read about.

Overall…

A very well-written mature YA/NA novella! There is swearing in this book, and a few romance scenes, but overall, considering how most NA books are these days, this book was quite mild, and I liked that. It’s an intriguing novella that got me invested in the characters in a short amount of time, and has a nice writing style. If you’re looking to start somewhere in the NA genre, this could be a good start.

Don’t forget those four letter words! What is it, you ask? Why, it’s good and book, of course! If you want to eat something NA, you should try this out.

-A