Deeper We Fall Review

WEEEE! So I’m back after taking a break to focus on school and work but I missed talking about books! While I’m not done with school I still want to get back to what I love because I need it! Hopefully when summer comes I can post a lot more consistently 🙂

 

Deeper we fall

 

Deeper We Fall by Chelsea M. Cameron

Synopsis by Goodreads:

Two years after her best friend was involved in a car accident that caused a traumatic brain injury, Lottie Anders is ready to start her freshman year of college. Ready to move on. Ready to start forgetting the night that ripped her life apart.

Her plans come to a screeching halt when not one, but both brothers responsible for the accident end up back in her life again.

Zack is cruel, selfish and constantly rubbing what happened to her friend in Lottie’s face.

Zan is different. He listens to her awkward ramblings. He loves “To Kill a Mockingbird” as much as she does, and his dark eyes are irresistible. His words are few and far between, but when he does speak, she can’t help but listen.

The trouble is, Zan was the driver in the accident, and now Lottie’s discovered he lied to her about what happened that night. Now she must decide if trusting him again will lead to real forgiveness, or deeper heartache.

MyFirst Thoughts:

I first heard of Chelsea M. Cameron when I read her book My Favorite Mistake last year. I loved her style of writing and I immediately started looking her other books. The cover of this book, along with the synopsis, hooked me in and I definitely wasn’t disappointed!

Post-Reading Thoughts (slight spoilers!):

So I really really really liked this book (okay maybe I love it!). It was really interesting seeing how  Zan and Lottie navigated their relationship given their history. When Zan reveals what really happened during the accident it definitely changes the dynamic of their relationship. I love how devoted Lottie is to her friendship with Lexie and how patient she is with her. I also love Zan as a person (well I guess technically ‘character’). He’s kind of like every girls dream: he expresses his emotions (!), he takes care of Lottie, and he really just wants everyone to get along and to move on from the terrible accident (that he feels absolutely awful about).

All the characters a very well developed and I truly felt like I knew them. From Katie, Lottie’s roommate, to Stryker, Zan’s friend, they all made a lasting impression with me. Chelsea Cameron seems to really know what she’s doing and is in tune with what YA readers need and want. I can’t wait for the next book to come out Faster We Burn, which is from Katie’s perspective. I am absolutely positive that it will be an amazing read! April 20 can’t get here fast enough!

I rate this book a 5 out of 5 😀

 

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” ― Gustave Flaubert

Day 3 of the 30 Day Book Challenge

Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

FINALLY on day 3! I have to admit that I procrastinated a bit on this one. I mean it’s so difficult picking the best book I’ve read in 12 months! That’s over 100 books and many of them I loved! But I finally chose one!!! YAY! Just know that this could’ve been many other books I don’t know how I came to this decision….just know that it’s a good book 😉

Sweet Evil

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Why is this book so great you ask?? Well let me explain!

First, isn’t that synopsis amazing! I don’t know about you guys but that makes me want to pick up that book and read it and then reread it! I discovered this book in Goodreads (of course) and I mean with a cover and a synopsis like that how could I not read it!

While the relationship between Anna and Kaidan is complicated and adorable the relationship I truly love is the one between Anna and her dad. After believing her dad had abandoned her she learns the truth, that her dad left her to protect her, and so their journey begins as they start to form a relationship. Honestly maybe it’s because I don’t have a relationship with my own dad that I find this so touching, but regardless of the reasons why it’s still a great part of the book. Even though her dad is a fallen angel he’s still really sweet in a bad-ass kind of way 😉

I imagine that finding out that your dad is a fallen angel and that your mom is a pure angel would be kind of shocking but Anna sort if takes it in stride, but then again she had Kaidan there to help her through it 🙂

The main problem with Anna and Kaidans relationship is the fact that Kaidans dad is the “Lord” of Lust and Kaidan must do his bidding aka sleep with every girl in sight and if he defies his dad his dad can easily kill him!

I really think that this book is suitable for both guys and girls. There’s action, drama, romance you know the usual 😉 So needless to say I’m really excited for Sweet Peril, its sequel, and I think that’s one of the reasons I love this book so much: because I’m really looking forward to what happens with the characters.

 

“The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” 
― Jane Austen

Rift Review

Welcome Fellow Readers! SO happy to bring you guys another review! I found this gem wandering the aisles of Barnes and Noble and it caught my eye. The synopsis intrigued me so I went ahead and bought it!

rift

Rift by Andrea Cremer

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer’s internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother’s life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

My First Thoughts:

I didn’t really have any ideas about this book before I started it because I hadn’t done any research on it beforehand which is kind of cool! It’s been a really long time since I’ve just gone into a bookstore just to see what I could find. I honestly had already forgotten the synopsis by the time I started reading which just made it that much more exciting!

Post-Reading Thoughts (Spoilers!):

Soooo this book is Amazing! The main character, Ember, is all sorts of awesome! She lives in a time where it’s only appropriate for girls to sew and basically just sit around the castle waiting to be married off to some stranger and she’s so not into that! She wants to be a warrior! She wants to kick butt and take names and not have to rely on any man to help her! She’s totally my kind of character!

Eira is extremely annoying, however, as well as Alistair, which is her friend from back home who is also training to be a knight. Both of them are just so easy to manipulate and are willing to do whatever it takes to get power. Alistair is always pining after Ember, even after she told him that she didn’t like him that way. Every time it switches to one of their perspectives I just feel like screaming! However I feel like those character traits were intentional and it does not change my opinion on how great this book is!

I couldn’t help to compare this book to Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. In both books the strong female character falls for her brooding, dark, powerful mentor but trust me I’m not complaining!!! While the relationship doesn’t really form until the end of the book it’s still really cute. Barrow and Ember are perfect!

So Rift is the first book of the series and I’m not sure how many books there is going to be but the second book has already come out (review coming soon!) and there’s definitely going to be a third! Since this is my first time reviewing a series I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to go about it. Obviously not all the books are out yet but it’ll be weird if people read the review for the second book first, talk about spoilers! Oh well, I guess I’ll just go with it and see how it goes!

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars! This book really hooks you into the series and makes you want to come back for more!

 

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Day 2 of the 30 Day Book Challenge

YAY! FINALLY DAY 2!!!

I’m sorry I have hardly been posting anything lately it’s just tough with work and school but hopefully it’ll get better in the upcoming weeks. I also understand that by not posting everyday I’m sort of defeating the purpose of this challenge but I really want to answer these questions so I’m just going to do it my way 🙂

A book or series you wish more people were reading and talking about:

easy

Easy by Tammara Webber

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

Why More People Should Be Talking About This Book!:

So I’ve been freaking out about this book since I read it last year! I’ve been trying to figure out a way to work it into my blog! It’s amazing, fantastic, and every other possible synonym for you should read this!!! I know that the synopsis sounds a little cheesy but trust me it’s a great book!

There’s some pretty racy scenes but they’re all tastefully written. The chemistry between the two main characters, Jacqueline and Lucas, is to die for! There’s plenty of drama drama drama (in a great way!). I’m seriously so excited/freaking out that I can’t even think straight! That’s how good this book is!

Now as Amazing as I think this book is, it’s definitely not for everyone. Like I said before there’s some pretty racy scenes and mature content. The topic of rape is prominent throughout the book but also how to defend yourself.

This book is great for guys and girls given that it has a nice balance of romance and action. Well maybe a little bit more romance but not the mushy kind 😉

I honestly think that I love this book because it’s so real. The characters are all in college so I can totally relate with them. It also talks about things that can happen to any college student at a party.

I like that the author wasn’t afraid to talk about the tough topics. It doesn’t just talk about rape but also about what a person goes through afterward and how scary it might be to come forward and tell someone. So while the love story is great it also sends a very strong message about protecting yourself and doing the right thing no matter how hard it might be.

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

Day 1 of the 30 Days of Books Challenge!

FINALLY I started this challenge! Sorry I’ve been ridiculously busy and it’s not going to get any better so please bear with me (I seriously just looked up if its bear or bare!). 😀

Day 01 – A book series you wish had gone on longer OR a book series you wish would just end already.

So I know it’s an either/or question but I’m going to answer both!

A book series I wish had gone on longer:

This is a tough one because there are tons of great series that ended too soon BUT at the same time every time a series decides to continue, after the author already said that they wouldn’t continue, it’s always a disappointment! That being said one of my all-time favorite series (after Harry Potter, of course) that has ended is the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

VA1 VA2 VA3 VA4 VA5 VA6

Synopsis for the first book from Goodreads:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger… Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Why It Should Have Gone On Longer:

Okay, I know that it already has 6 books and that’s a lot already but honestly I fell in love with each and every character. Rose and her love interest, Dimitri are just perfect! ❤ There’s tons of drama and action with bits and pieces of a love story. While the love story is important it doesn’t overtake the action; it’s the perfect balance.

In this story there’s not only Vampires, but also Dhampirs and Strigoi. Dhampirs are a hybrid species; half human, half vampire. Dhampirs can’t reproduce amongst themselves, only a Dhampir and Vampire can or a Vampire and a human but that’s frowned upon. Vampires and Dhampirs are, for the most part, the good guys and Strigoi are completely evil. They are the only ones that can drink a human to death and kill without mercy.

There’s also a hierarchy that they all live by. Lissa, Rose’s best friend, is from one of the twelve royal families, then comes  normal Vampires, Dhampirs, and lastly Strigoi.

There’s also a spin off of this series called the Bloodlines series, which features a lot of the same characters but is told by someone else’s point of view (she doesn’t come into the Vampire Academy series until the fourth book so I don’t want to ruin the surprise!). This series is just as exciting but you really need to read Vampire Academy first if not you’ll be completely lost.

Series I Wish Would End Already!:

Sometimes there is such thing as too much of a good thing. One example of this is The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. This series was originally supposed to have only 3 books but for some reason they continued it and now its just been super long and drawn out (which is exactly what I was talking about earlier: whenever authors continue after they said they wouldn’t the books are almost always a disappointment!). There are now 5 books with a 6th on the way. If you had asked me at the end of the 3rd book what I thought about the series I would’ve said that it’s one of my favorites but now I just think that she should just stop while she’s ahead.

One thing that really annoys me is that for the past 3 books or so the 2 main characters have been toying with the idea of having sex. Honestly, I don’t care if they do it or not but please STOP talking about it! If that’s supposed to be some sort of hook it’s not working for me.  Also, just about everything that could ever go wrong has already gone wrong so it’s like: What’s next?! This series is now being adapted into a movie, so that should be interesting.

Now I will continue to read The Mortal Instruments Series until the very end, but there is one series that I just had to give up on and that’s The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast. Honestly, I can’t even pinpoint at what part I decided to give up but it was just getting to be too much. I believe I stopped around book 8 and it’s now on book 10 with a ton of little novellas in between and it has no end in sight. I just feel that a couple of books just don’t go anywhere; they’re completely pointless, you don’t learn anything new and nothing exciting happens. The main characters are dull and at times I found myself really disliking them. Every single book mentions a fast approaching evil yet it’s been 10 books and it apparently got lost along the way because it still hasn’t arrived; just how high are the stakes gonna get?

 

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” ― G.K. Chesterton

The Vanishing Game Review

Welcome fellow readers! So thanks to my amazing best friend, who lent me this book, I have another review for you! Being the broke college student that I am I couldn’t afford to buy another book so she suggested that I read The Vanishing Game!

the vanishing game

The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack’s death and the company that employed him and Noah.

Jocelyn’s twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he’s dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from “Jason December”-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn’s childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House.

But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house’s powers weren’t just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.

My First Thoughts:

I was excited to read this book, not only because the synopsis intrigues me, but also because my best friend recommended it. She and I have very similar reading tastes and she told me that she really liked it and I trust her judgement.

Post-Reading Thoughts (SPOILER ALERT!):

I really enjoyed this book! It had lots of twists and turns and just things that were, seemingly, unexplainable. Jocelyn is a no nonsense type of girl, which I liked, when something stands in her way she does anything she can to get around it. With Noah by her side it seems like figuring out the clues her, possibly alive, brother left her is going to be easy. Things start getting weird when she returns to the Seale House and it seems as though her demons are alive and haunting her.

I liked that they had to solve complex clues, one leading to another which lead to another. It added an extra amount of suspense, wondering if they were going to solve the clues in time or not. Also there was a mysterious powerful company looking for something her brother took and we all know mysterious companies are never good news.

Now the one thing that I didn’t like was that at the end one of the twists is that she has telekinetic powers, which once you read this book (if you decide to read this book), you’ll see that it doesn’t fit in with the story at all. It’s totally unnecessary and they only talk about it for about a total of 3 pages. Myer should’ve thought of something a little more original to piece together all the events that couldn’t be explained. This is one thing that my best friend and I totally agree on. Other than that, the book is great and worth a read!

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars! 🙂

 

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” 
― Groucho MarxThe Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

The Fault In Our Stars Review

Hello Dear Readers! I’m so excited that I FINALLY have some time off to work on this blog! I really should have tried to marry rich so that I don’t have to work so hard 😉  I have, fortunately, still found some time in my day to read! So I come to you now with another review! Now I’ve been hearing so much about this book! Even my friends that don’t like to read, blasphemous I know, have said this book is all sorts of fantastic and being the avid reader that I am I just couldn’t go another day without reading it so I bought it and just devoured it! So let me just cut to the chase and get on with the review!

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My First Thoughts:

Like I previously stated I’ve hearing lots of good things about this book for months now and really I have no idea why it’s taken me so long to get to it but I finally did! I was really hoping that it lived up to all this hype that it was getting and I was also nervous because it’s no secret that the main character has cancer and I’m the type of reader that loves happy endings and I wasn’t so sure that this book was going to have one. Sidenote: I really use books to escape my reality and go on adventures and basically live vicariously through the characters so when things go bad I’m not a happy camper.  But even though I was nervous/skeptical I still went ahead and read the book.

Post-Reading Thoughts (SUPER SPOILERS!):

It definitely lived up to all the hype! I honestly have not stopped talking about this book since I finished reading it! It’s one of those books that just touches your heart and I admit that I cried. YES, I CRIED! And really once you read this book you will understand why and then you will cry too. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a sad book, yes it has sad moments but the book in its entirety isn’t sad.  It teaches you about life and love and just embracing the small things in life. Even though I cried I’m still ridiculously glad I read this book because when the book ended I wasn’t sad. I was introspective perhaps but that’s because Green does a great job of making the characters get under your skin in a way that you want every character to do. Days after reading it I was still thinking about Hazel and Augustus (Gus).

Some reviews I read prior to reading it stated that Hazel and Gus don’t talk like “normal” teenagers, although really every teenager speaks differently so I’m not sure what they meant by normal. And to that I say thank God they don’t talk like “normal” teenagers because if you were diagnosed with cancer and were fully expected to die I imagine that you grow up a little faster than us normal folk. The same goes for Gus, he lost his leg to his cancer and had to completely change his life because of it so they are in way,shape, or form normal.

I also love that not everyone comes out of this story alive. While I won’t say who dies it just causes an emotional response which I live for in books; causing an emotional response from readers is something that I think every author should strive for.

This book is about the struggles of living with cancer and how the people around them are forever changed. It’s about the heartbreak that comes with it and how they recover and move on after it’s all said and done. I truly can’t imagine what any cancer patient goes through and I can’t say for sure that this book accurately portrayed it but I do know that this book will be with me forever and that I’ll probably read it over and over again just so that it can remind me how beautiful life can be, even in sad times.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars (duh!) 😀

I hope that you had a wonderful long weekend and I’ll hopefully be able to work on the blog before the weekend!

 

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero