Review: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Love StoryTitle: Love Story

Author: Jennifer Echols
Genre(s): contemporary fiction/romance; new adult

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

She’s writing about him. he’s writing about her. And everybody is reading between the lines.. 

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions–it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.

My Review:

Wait, just a minute! What?! It’s over. Wow!

Can i just say that i love Jennifer Echols for writing this story. It was just the right amount of everything – angst, love, sexy and then everything else!
I absolutely could not stop reading and within a span of hours it was finished – and it’s well into the night, i have school tomorrow, and my brain wasn’t going to shut up unless i wrote this review.

Erin writes from her fantasies, from a longing crush that achieved nothing from. But she doesn’t expect is for her to crush to walk into her creative writing class and read it all. Thus, unfolds a series of stories that are both of their lives and their writing about each other. Feelings bubble to the surface and secrets start falling over.

Echols weaved this amazingly funny and entertaining story whereby i was just waiting for the two characters to hook up. I wanted to be in that creative writing class with them. New York played through my mind as i imagined the places and how i know i too would have been excited at the sight of Simon&Schuster, HarperCollins and other such publishing houses.

Something that i really found beyond sexy (spoiler): When Hunter barges into the class waving Erin’s recent story ‘Obedience’ all angry and shouts at her. Imagined it! LOVED IT! (When you read the story, or if you’ve already read it then you know the reason why Hunter is so upset.)

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Review: Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher

The Obsidian MirrorTitle: Obsidian Mirror

Expected publication: October 4th 2012
Genre(s): young-adult
Source: uncorrected proof

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Jake’s father disappears while working on mysterious experiments with the obsessive, reclusive Oberon Venn. Jake is convinced Venn has murdered him. But the truth he finds at the snow-bound Wintercombe Abbey is far stranger … The experiments concerned a black mirror, which is a portal to both the past and the future. Venn is not alone in wanting to use its powers. Strangers begin gathering in and around Venn’s estate: Sarah – a runaway, who appears out of nowhere and is clearly not what she says, Maskelyne – who claims the mirror was stolen from him in some past century. There are others, a product of the mirror’s power to twist time. And a tribe of elemental beings surround this isolated estate, fey, cold, untrustworthy, and filled with hate for humans. But of them all, Jake is hell-bent on using the mirror to get to the truth. Whatever the cost, he must learn what really happened to his father.

My Review:

Adventure. Time travel. Faeries.

In three words, that would be the premise of the novel.

Granted I wanted to read Incarceron for the longest of time, still haven’t, but when the opportunity presented itself i couldn’t pass it up. Obsidian Mirror was everything i had never read and i was intrigued.

Jake’s father goes missing while trying to do a secret project, time travel. And Jake is convinced that the person funding his education, his father’s best friend Venn, is behind it. So, starts a series of mysteries and accidental time travels. It’s everything rolled into one.

While there were parts where the scene dragged on for a bit, the book as a whole kept me hooked. I wanted to see something play out between Sarah and Jake (the silly romantic that resides within me and wants something to look forward to in a book) nothing of the sort happened. Although there seemed to be a hint to in at the very end. And i mean VERY end.

Although i don’t quite agree that it is young adult. Maybe on the border of young adult but still teetering in middle grade.

All in all a fun read!

 

Review: If I Stay by Gayle Forman

 

If I Stay

Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher:   Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; contemporary fiction
Source: ebook

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. Stay, he says.

Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you. For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions might seem tough, but they’re all about a future full of music and love, a future that’s brimming with hope. 

But life can change in an instant. 

A cold February morning …a snowy road …and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all. 

Gripping, heartrending and ultimately life-affirming, If I Stay will make you appreciate all that you have, all that you’ve lost – and all that might be.

 

My Review:

This is the first of its kind that i have read. Although, the synopsis doesn’t do it justice, in the sense that i didn’t quite know what i was getting into when i first started reading it…till, well it happened.

If I Stay, as the title suggests is about Mia, stuck in a kind of limbo while her body is a comatose state and the question is – should she stay or should she go?
It’s something i’ve thought about too. How does one know that their loved one is waiting in between either trying to find their way back or just not. Euthanasia isn’t an easy choice, but this book isn’t about that.

Gayle Forman cleverly weaves a story around Mia who reflects on her past while watches the actions of those around her in the hospital as they pray and hope that she wakes up. Having been in an accident that rendered her an orphan and without her brother, she really has nothing left for her to live for. And there does come a point in the story where she wants it to be over. But then everyone around shows her that she has a family. Bigger than the one she lost and they’re all rooting for her.

It was such a beautiful sad story. About the loss of family, love and grief. And the ultimate question whether to stay or to go.

Review: Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Chasing Brooklyn

Title: Chasing Brooklyn

Author: Lisa Schroeder
Publisher:  Simon Pulse
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; contemporary; paranormal
Source: Hardcover – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Restless souls and empty hearts

Brooklyn can’t sleep. Her boyfriend, Lucca, died only a year ago, and now her friend Gabe has just died of an overdose. Every time she closes her eyes, Gabe’s ghost is there waiting for her. She has no idea what he wants or why it isn’t Lucca visiting her dreams.

Nico can’t stop. He’s always running, trying to escape the pain of losing his brother, Lucca. But when Lucca’s ghost begins leaving messages, telling Nico to help Brooklyn, emotions come crashing to the surface.

As the nightmares escalate and the messages become relentless, Nico reaches out to Brooklyn. But neither of them can admit that they’re being haunted. Until they learn to let each other in, not one soul will be able to rest.

My Review:

I’ve come to love books in verse. So, when i come across one, i tend to buy it no matter what. And it obviously helps if I’ve already heard about the book. There is just something about the way stories are told in verse. Rather enjoyable to read and unfortunately quick to finish.

Chasing Brooklyn is about a girl named Brooklyn and no we aren’t chasing her, at least until you get inside her dreams. You see, she’s being haunted by her dead boyfriend’s dead friend. And her dead boyfriend’s brother is being haunted by dead boyfriend. Sounds complicated, doesn’t it? But, really it isn’t.

While the basis of the story was sad and about loss, you also tend to feel hopeful for the characters. As cheesy and cliched as this sounds – you become one with the character because you come to terms with their loss along with them. Their fears become your fears. Their strength becomes your strength.

Its a gripping love story. A haunting story. There are times when I absolutely love the chemistry between Nico and Brooklyn, but then come Brooklyn’s dreams and I’m scared. They were so real. Incredibly so.

Lisa Schroeder really did a commendable job with this book. Oh, and she made me want to join a triathlon too!

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Title: City of Bones

Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; paranormal fiction
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Review:

Yes, I tend to come across or read books quite late if there is a certain hype about them. Don’t know why, though. But I’m glad I actually sat down and read this book, no matter how late it was because I really enjoyed it. I think it also had to do with the fact that the movie was coming out too and the trailer was beyond amazing.

Cassandra Clare weaves this incredible world of supernatural residing in New York – something that fitted quite well, actually. Fairies reside in Central Park, vampires in abandoned buildings, Shadowhunters in churches and werewolves, well there isn’t a particular place for them. New York being a jungle on its own it seemed rather fitting to procreate a jungle for all live in.

In all honesty I wasn’t quite sure what I would expect. I had come across quite a few spoilers, albeit accidentally, and they had already painted quite a picture in my head. Like the forbidden love between…Clary and Jace. No matter how intoxicatingly enjoyable to read it was. It was something that turned me off completely but somehow it left me with wanting more. Like, I am definitely going to read City of Ashes now. It’s been with me for a few days now.

Who doesn’t love to read about finding out that your father, who you thought was dead was actually alive and is feared and hated by all. In fact he is pure evil. I rather enjoy such conflicts. Makes for some amazing stories.

The whole book is about how Clary comes to terms with a life that was hidden from her and in the end accepts it as her own. How she uncovers answers to her past…by opening her eyes…literally! Life in general, completely normal if you don’t count the supernatural and other completely impossible things.

It is unlikely that you haven’t read this book. But if there are those like me, still having not broken the spine of City of Bones then I strongly urge them to crack it open, figuratively. I had a great time reading it and chances are that you will too!

Review: Dark Heart Forever by Lee Monroe

Dark Heart Forever (Dark Heart, #1)Title: Dark Heart Forever

Author: Lee Monroe
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; paranormal fiction
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (goodreads):

Jane Jonas is nearing her 16th birthday and troubled by unsettling recurring dreams where the same mysterious boy her age comes to her, telling Jane that they are each other’s destiny. Her mother is increasingly anxious about Jane’s disruptive sleepwalking episodes, but for Jane her dream world and reality are about to collide … 

When she develops a friendship with an enigmatic stranger in town, the blond, uber-cool Evan, it’s exciting, it’s new, and Jane wants him more than she’s ever wanted anybody – until her mystery dream boy gets in the way. 

Now Jane is caught between two worlds: one familiar, but tinged with romance and excitement; the other dark and dangerous, where angels, werewolves, and an irresistible stranger are trying to seduce her …

My Review:

I wanted to read something light. Something that didn’t involve thinking or concentrating about the story. I mean sure the mind does think and make up situations about the potential ending, or resolution of the conflict but I just wanted an easy read.

Dark Heart Forever follows the story of Jane, a loner by choice because of being bullied in high school. Falls for two seemingly amazing guys, Luca and Evan. Classic love triangle. She starts dating Evan but she doesn’t understand her feelings for Luca, so she keeps putting them off as friendship.

Unbeknownst to us, not really, Evan has an agenda. I mean who didn’t guess that? The guy was pretty shady. Period.

Too perfect but managed to have a past, which really didn’t make sense. Anyone who fell for him…seriously? -_-

It was weird. I’ll give it that. The ending pretty much predictable. I mean you kind of figure out guy the girl ends up with. And as much as I don’t enjoy reading love triangles, I found myself reading on. To the point where I actually finished the book.

Quite a lot like Twilight, so you all have a right to be a bit apprehensive. The second book, Dark Heart Rising is on my shelf and because I don’t leave series unfinished, I’ll be reading that soon. Also because, *smiles sheepishly* part of me wants to know what happens next.

Positive: werewolves!