{Review} Dragonfly by: Leigh T. Moore

Pages: 265
Publication date: June 6, 2013
Publisher: Leigh T. Moore
How I got the copy: Received from author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars
From Goodreads:
Three bad things I learned this year:
-People you trust lie, even parents.
-That hot guy, the one who’s totally into you, he might not be the one.
-Things are not always how they appear.

Three good things I learned this year:
-Best friends are always there for you, even when they’re far away.
-That other hot guy, the one who remembers your birthday, he just might be the one.
-Oh, and things are not always how they appear.

Anna Sanders expected an anonymous (and uneventful) senior year until she crossed paths with rich-and-sexy Jack Kyser and his twin sister Lucy.

Pulling Anna into their extravagant lifestyle on the Gulf Coast, Lucy pushed Anna outside her comfort zone, and Jack showed her feelings she’d never experienced... Until he mysteriously withdrew.

Anna turned to her internship at the city paper and to her old attraction for Julian, a handsome local artist and rising star, for distraction. But both led to her discovery of a decades-old secret closely guarded by the twins’ distant, single father. 

A secret that could permanently change all their lives.

Fans of The O.C. pay attention!  Jack Kyser is a mixture of rich Seth Cohen, who doesn't want to be part of the high class world anymore + a dash of Ryan Attwood, who is the dark, mysterious, hot, new guy.  In the beginning I actually thought he was going to end up being paranormal because his family secludes themselves from the rest of the town and he was so mysterious.  I felt like that guy on Ancient Aliens that accuses everyone of being an alien.
 But I was glad when he turned out to be 100% human.  There was also another amazing love interest.  His name is Julian and while he spends some of the time in  just the background of the novel, I was routing for him the whole way.  It was one love triangle that I actually enjoyed.

The main character, Anna, was so true to what I remember being a teenager was like.  She tries to hold herself together when things get rough, but she's being thrown into new situations all the time and it's hard for her to navigate.  What I didn't like about her was that she put Jack on a pedistal and expected him to be perfect.  He had flaws.  In fact, there were times he was kind of a jerk.  A lovable jerk once you learned his past, but still.

Stacking The Shelves & Sunday Post #45

 The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by  Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  
Stacking The Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.  Both are a chance to share what books you got this week, what happened on your blog last week, and what is to come next week.
I did a video haul for the last three months.  I got soooo many books, but they're all really good!
I'm thinking I might pick 3 days a week to always post on.  I seem to have gotten lazy with my blog and started focusing more on YouTube channel, but I want to make sure I still post stuff here.  I will be hosting a challenge for the Bout of Books Readathon coming up in January so I'm very excited about that!

-Review: Dragonfly
-(un)haul video
What did you get this week?

{Review} Break It Up by E.M. Tippetts

I did a video review of this book last week, but I figured I'd share it here and do a full review so that I have something written to put on goodreads and amazon.

Goodreads / Amazon

I'll admit, I only signed up to review this book because I liked the author's previous work and the cover caught my interest.  Who doesn't love boy bands?  But I was pleasnatly surprised when I started reading and found out it was a companion novel to the Someone Else's Fairytale books.  You don't need to have read the first two to understand this one, but I think it would help you understand where the characters are coming from if you did.

Kyra was a very refreshing character because she already knows who she is.  She goes through a change in the second book so by the time she gets to this one she's a reformed rebellious teenager and she's confident in that.  I loved that there was this underlying theme throughout the book about double standards.  Kyra is seen as promiscuous in earlier books, but when Ben does the same thing people just think he's a party boy.  And it was nice to see someone touch on that topic without making it feel preachy.

{Review} Just One Day by: Gail Foreman

Pages: 400
Publication date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Speak
How I got the copy: bought
Rating:  10 out of 5 Stars
From Goodreads:
Allyson Healey's life is exactly like her suitcase—packed, planned, ordered. Then on the last day of her three-week post-graduation European tour, she meets Willem. A free-spirited, roving actor, Willem is everything she’s not, and when he invites her to abandon her plans and come to Paris with him, Allyson says yes. This uncharacteristic decision leads to a day of risk and romance, liberation and intimacy: 24 hours that will transform Allyson’s life.

A book about love, heartbreak, travel, identity, and the "accidents” of fate, Just One Day shows us how sometimes in order to get found, you first have to get lost. . . and how often the people we are seeking are much closer than we know.
  The first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Let's start out with a tweet I wrote a few minutes after I finished reading and collected my jaw from where it had fallen to the floor.


Readers Live A Thousand LivesLovin Los Libros, and Starbucks & Books Obsession are hosting this fun event for the month of December.  Each day a blogger gets to celebrate their favorite book boyfriend.  

Blogging has helped me accumulate more boyfriends than Taylor Swift.  Unfortunately, all these boyfriends are characters in books, but we'll discuss that at another time. 

Right now I wanna talk about my favorite boy in YA fiction
(besides Aiden St. Delphi of course).  He is...

Even though I don't live in a state that allows polygamy I'll still share Daemon with you guys.  What can I say?  I'm generous.  I know.  If you win the giveaway I'll send you whichever book from the Lux series you haven't read yet so you can get your Daemon fix.

End of the Year Survey 2013

Because this was so much fun last year.  Thanks Jamie for making such a fun survey every year!

Best YA book 2013

1. Best Book You Read In 2013? (If you have to cheat — you can break it down by genre if you want or 2013 release vs. backlist)

Contemporary YAHopeless by Colleen Hoover (The Feels!!!!)
Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic – Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
ParanormalOrigin by JLA
Science FictionUnraveling by Elizabeth Norris or Pivot Point by Kasie West
FantasyThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Sentinel by JLA

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I love the covers of these, but the content wasn't what I expected at all.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013? 

I only read Golden because it was chosen for my book club's book of the month, but I am sooooo glad I did.  I ended up adoring this book and I was pleasantly surprised by that.

 4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most in 2013?

I know everyone talks about The Fault in our Stars, but I seriously can't recommend it enough.  It helped me through hard times and it's very powerful.  Everyone should experience it once.

 5. Best series you discovered in 2013?

I started the Grisha series this year and WOW you guys.  It was my first real Fantasy book and holy moly I'm glad I picked that one to start with.  AMAZING.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?

I'm obssessed with Sarah J. Maas after reading Throne of Glass this year.

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