Suddenly Forbidden (Ella Fields)

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I thought he’d always be mine,
even when I was forced to say goodbye.

We were never meant to let go,
but it happened anyway.
Too bad I didn’t know someone was waiting to take my place, or I would’ve held on a lot tighter.

Two years later, we were exactly where we’d always planned to be.
I’d kept my promise.
He’d forgotten all about his.
Not only had he moved on, but the person he’d moved on with was my best friend, leaving me to begin college with a broken heart.

I guess this is the part where I’m supposed to tell you some other guy stepped in, repaired my shattered pieces, and made me smile again.

This isn’t that kind of story.

My heart might have been broken,
but it refused to fall out of love.


Judge me if you must. Roll your eyes at me if you must. But sometimes, this girl needs her some swoony romance. And let me tell you, this one was so worth the swoons and the angst I felt. It was worth the butterflies I felt in my stomach and the anxiety I had as every page went by. But don’t let this fluffy and fun cover confuse you- it’s anything but that.

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“Some things were simply irrefutable and inescapable . The stars , the moon , and the way my heart would always beat in sync with hers . And with enough forgiveness , love , and trust , not even forever could stop us.”

I wanted to touch on the secondary characters first, mainly because (to me) they played an absolute huge roll in this story. They were the pushers and the reasons of truth. Pippa and Toby and even Alexis and a couple of other people (especially both sets of parents) were such huge parts of Suddenly Forbidden that I loved their reason of existing to these main characters. There was so much depth- not only in the story- but in the characters themselves. So much potential and feelings compacted into each one they practically jumped off the pages to me.

“We were the breeze that ruffled the dandelions. The sun that scorched our skin red until we searched for reprieve under our favorite willow tree. And underneath the stretch of dark skies, we were each other’s stars.”

Another thing I wanted to touch on was Ella’s writing. This is my first book of hers (naturally) and I was blown away. I don’t read this genre a lot, especially not as much as I used to. But Ella had this ease about her writing that didn’t annoy me. It didn’t rush me to feel things and it didn’t push me to believe things I didn’t want to. She easily just wrote a story, about two people, and made me feel what those characters felt and it was an overwhelming and wonderful feeling.

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“Moon and the stars, Dais.”

Daisy and Quinn were so determined to shred my heart from the moment I started this book and they succeeded. They truly did. Every once in a while, I like to go back to my 2012 roots and indulge in a well-written NA novel and Ella Fields did an excellent job at easing me back into a genre I hadn’t touched on in a while. So, my applause goes out to her. Wholeheartedly. You stole my heart with this one, Ella. KEEP IT. I don’t need it.

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Stolen (Christopher Lucy)

466C8146-93A6-4B88-9117-4E90B458C936It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

This is my story.

A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back?

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist–almost.


Now, I feel like I really enjoyed this book because at the time this is the kind of book I was looking for. I was looking for the Stockholm syndrome- I was looking for that bond and that experience of the characters. But I also was kind of let down because I was really hoping for more intimacy and I know that sounds really weird coming from me but I was just wanting them to be more connected with each other I was actually kind of sad they didn’t have those moments and such.

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Another reason why I really like these type of books is they make you feel things for the people you shouldn’t. Ty was an outstanding example of this. He was good. He was a GOOD person. To me anyways.

But Gemma, she was so bland. She was not the type of heroine I was looking for in this story. And if I’m being quite honest- she didn’t deserve Ty. Oh yes. I went there.

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I enjoyed the book. I truly did. I enjoyed the setting and the things that took place and I was genuinely happy with the book. I just wanted more from the characters. I wanted way more than what I actually got.

This is Not a Fairytale (Rebecca Kate)

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This is not a fairytale. This isn’t boy meets girl. They don’t fall madly, truly, deeply in love and live happily ever after after. If you were looking for a sweet romance, then turn around right now. This is a story of the one I should have loved, the one I never should have gotten mixed up with, and the one I always wanted but would never have. Of all the stories I’ve written in my life, this is the one that set fire to my soul. This is my story. This is our story.

You know what they say, if you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with…


 

Ultimately- I liked this book. I truly did. Do not let these three stars deter ANYONE from reading it because I think it’s a book that deserves a chance from every one.

THAT COVER LIKE-WOAH.

With me saying that let me explain a few things. One of them being how rushed this story was. Rushed is maybe an understatement. It was VERY quick paced and most of the time, that is okay with me but in order for me to establish some connections with the characters in this particular story, I needed it to slow down a little bit. I need that so that I could understand Scarlet a little more than what I did. Which leads me to my next point.

The characters were very frustrating and way more shallow than a shower. They were awful and real and completely disastrous. At times they were sloppy and not well developed but by the time I got to the epilogue, it all worked out. The way they were was completely necessary for the story to take the course that it did.

But all in all- this was a debut novel that was incredible. It was compelling and it hurt. It was a little too much at times but by the end of the book I let out a huge sigh of relief and felt nothing but love for Scarlet, Mason, and Ash.

Redemption Island (L B Dunbar)

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The Island

Welcome to the island.
This is no fantasy.
You’ll face fears.
You’ll face travesty.
You’ll face yourself.

One deserted island.
Two heinous crimes.
Two convicted hearts.

When decent people do bad things,
there’s only one place for forgiveness:
Redemption Island.

The island knows what you’ve done.


A completely ridiculous read. The amount of eye rolls that I have don’t even do the book justice. 160 pages. 160 eye rolls.

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The actions of the main characters were so unbelievable. I skimmed a lot of the parts because I could not take them seriously. Every single interaction they had was a complete mess. Not even a good kind. And where is the story line? How do we have books with no plot or story line? Why was the male just known as “angry” all of the time? Why are these characters so dense? Was all of that saved for the second book? I don’t know, I won’t find out.

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*SPOILER* Most importantly- and I’m going to say this because I feel like the readers should know- the author turned a gang bang rape into smut. Plain. And. Simple. I am a firm lover of Stockholm Syndrome, sure. But this was not even what that was. This was a mess and it was very unbelievable. I know the author was hoping to achieve that in a believable way but it just didn’t happen that way.

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Maybe this is my fault. Maybe since I don’t read blurbs this was just something that I wasn’t expecting. I was hoping a fantastic story to fit that fantastic cover but I didn’t receive that.

 

Remember Me Forever (Sara Wolf)

32507774Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, forty-three weeks, and two days. Or so she thinks.

The boy she maybe-sort-of-definitely loved and sort-of-maybe-definitely hated has dropped off the face of the planet in the face of tragedy, leaving a Jack Hunter–shaped hole. Determined to be happy, Isis fills it in with lies and puts on a brave smile for her new life at Ohio State University.

But the smile lasts only until he shows up. The menace from her past—her darkest secret, Nameless—is attending OSU right alongside her. And he’s whispering that he has something Isis wants—something she needs to see to move forward. To move on.

Isis has always been able to pretend everything is okay. But not anymore.

Isis Blake might be good at putting herself back together.

But Jack Hunter is better.


I have successfully finished this series! But something about this book didn’t sit right with me. I didn’t like the finality of it all and the fact that I had about three very important unanswered questions that are driving me absolutely BUGGY. Not to mention the ending to the book (last chapter) was completely sloppy and rushed. I was so upset about that especially since I finally got what I wanted with Isis and Jack.

“Sometimes looking at Jack feels like reaching out to the horizon—I’ll never touch it, never hold it, but it’s the prettiest thing I’ve ever seen.”

I still loved Isis. At this point, I think it’s a safe bet to say she was my most favorite thing about the entire series. To see her actually let go and FEEL this go around, was very cathartic to me. I needed to see that from here and Sara Wolf showed that to us very well.

“A lot of people in your life are going to tell you how they think you should live. Some might not say it outright at all. Some of them might just convince you without saying anything that you need to live a certain way.” She looks out the dark window dotted with stars. Don’t live any other way than the way that makes you happy. If you aren’t happy, leave your lover. If you aren’t happy, quit the job. If you aren’t happy, do more to make yourself happy. Because you are the only one who can make yourself truly happy in this life.”

Thus concluding, I really loved this series. Tremendously. And that is saying something for me because I don’t typically follow through with series. I just really wanted a couple of questions answered that I had wondered all throughout three books and I never got that.

Forget Me Always (Sara Wolf)

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All warfare is deception. Even in high school.

It’s been nineteen days since Isis Blake forgot about him. The boy she can’t quite remember. She’s stuck in the hospital with a turban-size bandage on her head, more Jell-o than a human being should ever face, and a tiny bit of localized amnesia. Her only goal? To get out of this place before she becomes a complete nutjob herself.

But as Isis’s memories start to return, she realizes there’s something important there at the edges of her mind. Something that may mean the difference between life and death. Something about Sophia, Jack’s girlfriend.

Jack Hunter—the “Ice Prince”—remembers everything. Remembers Isis’s purple hair and her smart-ass mouth. Remembers that for a little while, Isis made him feel human. She made him feel. She burned a hole in the ice…and it’s time to freeze back up. Boys like him don’t deserve girls like her. Because Jack is dangerous. And that danger might be the only thing protecting her from something far more threatening.

Her past.


OH MY GOD.

Usually when I read a series, the first book always blows me away but the second just…doesn’t follow up to the greatness that is that first book. But this one was the exception. It was still just as good as the first and I absolutely couldn’t put it down.

“It was like waking up from a coma, like coming up for air from an ocean dive. I was angry. For the first time in a long time, I felt something. My life wasn’t still and silent anymore. It moved. You made it move. You made noise when no one else could.”

It was more exciting to read on in this series because in the second book we got more insight to the things that you wanted to know in the first book. Did you want to know about Sophia? Oh good. You are in for a treat then. Did you want to know more about Avery and Wren? Well don’t you worry your pretty self! There are so many things that come to light in this book that my mind almost blew just from the slew of information we were getting. Your mind gets so full of information it could just…combust.

“There are only things, good and bad things, and they happen all the time, to everyone.”

The wit and humor that is Isis Blake did not fail m in the second book. She still didn’t bore me and she hasn’t gotten on my nerves which is strange because a lot of female main characters start to bore me before it’s all said and done but her spunk never falters. I love her for that. I also love Jack. I love him in ways I cannot explain. It would take me an entire day to explain the ways that I love him. And let’s face it, nobody has time for that.

If you haven’t read these books I really feel like you are missing out. The best part about this whole second book was the fact that it took a turn in a way that I didn’t see coming. I was literally shocked, my face would tell you the same and curse words at the end of the books would tell you the same as well.

Smoke and Mirrors (M Mabie)

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My best laid plans had backfired. I’d thought by putting miles between myself and my first love that she’d be free to live whatever life she’d wanted, but when I came back from serving my country and Faith was raising her little girl alone, it was time to make new plans.

In eight years, not a single day had passed when she wasn’t on my mind, and not a night went by when I didn’t miss her. She was fierce and stunning and didn’t need a man in her life, but when the time came—and she wanted one—the line would start behind me.

Like smoke, I’d let her slip through my fingers once, but I’d never forgive the man in the mirror if I let it happen again. She was the fire inside me that would never burn out.


M. Mabie sure knows how to make sure you meet every type of character that you can. That’s my favorite thing about her. She’s dynamic. She changes it up. She can write about anyone in any place and she succeeds in it. And in Smoke and Mirrors it’s no different.

“You’re a mom. It’s never going to feel like you’ve got your shit together. Ever. Every mom. Rich. Poor. Stay at home. Working full-time. Single parent. Happily married. They all feel like they could do better.”

A single mother. Mo nailed it. And Aaron is the type of guy is single mothers strive for. She did such a fantastic job tying these two together and telling their story, which they both so much deserved.

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The dual POV’s were a nice addition to this book. It really benefited the story in a way that needed to be done. We needed to know what was going on with Aaron but we also needed to know what was going on with Faith and the way she was coping with things and raising Delaney. And speaking of Delaney…

Delaney melted my heart. Whether she was with Aaron or Faith, she was melting my heart to the ground in a huge puddle. I have the hugest soft spot for her in every way, shape, and form.

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Everytime I pick up a M. Mabie book I know I will be in for a good time and Smoke and Mirrors was no different. I like the quick pace, small town living of this series and this book was no exception.