Jessica Sorensen – The Secret of Ella and Micha (The Secret #1) | Review

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Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.

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I randomly found this book in a store and since it was pretty cheap, I bought it. Yesterday I was trying to find what to read next and the moment I saw this book on my shelf, I knew I had to read it. I would have probably read it in one sitting, but I had to stop halfway through, so I ended up reading it in two sittings. Also, this is the first book this summer that kept me awake until I finished it.

I was sucked into the story from the very beginning and I just flew through this book. The whole setting was very different from what I usually read, but it was very cool and refreshing. Even though this is just another NA book, I highly enjoyed it and this book was definitely much more than two people having sex. Secrets from the past gave another layer to this story and made it very emotional and beautiful. My heart was broken a few times while reading and I wouldn’t say this is the happiest book to read, but there were definitely a lot of moments when I smiled like an idiot. The romance is the big part of this book, but I would say that it’s more character-driven and self-discovery is very important part of it. Also, this book reminded me a bit of Beautiful Disaster, but that’s the only other NA book I read, so I assume all of these books are more or less the same. Which is great, because that means I’ll never run out of fun and quick books. 15717876

As I said, characters are very important in this book and I really liked that. Each and every one of them has it’s own story and it’s own problems, but the way their stories intertwine is just amazing.
I have mixed feelings about Ella. I love the ”old” Ella and I admire her, but the ”new” Ella just went on my nerves. I wanted to slap her and yell at her that she can’t just run away from problems and keep everything inside. Other than that, she was pretty cool and I liked her.
Micha is my bae. I love him so much and I was rooting for him through the entire book. I love him for not giving up on Ella and being there for her even though he knew all her secrets. Also, he’s a hot musician, he fixes cars, participates in car races, has problems with his father, is very determined to get back the girl he loves… isn’t that enough to fall in love with him?
The romance between the two was very interesting. It wasn’t insta-love and I really appreciate that, but it wasn’t really slow-burning either, since the sexual tension was very obvious from the very beginning. However, I ship them very hard, they’re just so cute and amazing together.
Lila was really annoying at the beginning because she was all princess-y and naive, but later I started to appreciate her character a lot more when we found out her story. Though I think it could’ve been a bit more developed. Her relationship with Ethan was a bit forced and I didn’t really buy it, but it was fun to read about, anyway.
When it comes to Dean, I’m not really sure what’s his problem. He’s a total douchebag and I couldn’t care less about him.

Now you’re probably thinking why I gave this book four stars when I didn’t say anything bad about this book. Well, I haven’t mentioned the writing yet. It was the biggest disappointment of this book. It just sounded so cheesy and dialogues were very weird and sometimes I had to go back and read these last few lines again because I got confused. I also realized I like Ella’s POV a bit more because when I was reading from Micha’s POV everything sounded so unrealistic and super-cheesy. The whole book was very fast-paced and that didn’t always work well because at times I just wanted to know more about that particular moment, but the author was already on another chapter. Another thing – I think this book would’ve been a lot better without the sex. Or at least, if characters just stopped thinking about sex for a second. Also, it bothered me how Ella and Micha always acted like they’re alone and didn’t really care that trere are people around them. But that’s just my opinion.

So, the final verdict. I really enjoyed this book and even though the writing is not the best, I managed to ignore that while reading and just enjoy the story. It was a lot of fun and I would recommend it if you’re into NA and all that stuff. I am just discovering New Adult and I think this is a great book to begin with. Definitely give it a try if it sounds like something you’d enjoy.

Jamie McGuire – Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful #1) | Review

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

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I had so much fun reading this book. Yeah, I had some problems with it, but these didn’t really affect the good time I had while reading. Damn, this book was entertaining! I first heard about this book a little after Fifty Shades of Grey came out and everyone who liked Fifty Shades of Grey loved this one and said it was so much better than Fifty Shades. However, I was not very interested in it, since Fifty Shades didn’t sound very appealing to me either. However, recently I got really interested in the NA genre and I while I was at the library trying to find a Coleen Hoover book (which I couldn’t find) I came across this one and I instantly picked it up. I read the back and the premise sounded pretty cool so I decided to get it.  I regret nothing.

As I already said, the premise of this book is very interesting and I got excited about this book immediately. I was a bit confused when the bet ended before even halfway through the book and I had no idea what will be happening throughout the rest of the book. However, I kept reading because I was so into the story and everything, I couldn’t put the book down. Plotwise, there was a ton of drama, mostly unnecessary, but I really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun reading. I really got immersed in the plot and even though it was extremely unrealistic and often ridiculous, I really liked it. I guess I found my guilty pleasure. Another thing that helped my fly through this book, except for this huge amount of drama that keeps you at the end of your seat the entire time, was the fast pace this book has. Not just fast, but like super-fast. So many stuff happened in these 300-and-something pages, I didn’t even think it’s possible to write a 300-paged book with so much plot.
When it comes to the ending, it was a bit too much for me, but I can’t say I hate it because it’s definitely what I was rooting for (kind of). However, that last sentence blew me away. It’s nothing deep or emotional or anything like that. I just found it so fitting and kind of funny. Loved it. If you read the book, you know what I’m talking about.

I don’t know how I feel about the characters in this book. I have a love-hate realtionship with all of them.
Abby was pretty flat at the beginning and I couldn’t really see why does Travis thinks she’s so special, but I started to appreciate her character a lot more after we got to find out her past. That aspect of her character was very well done.
Oh, Travis Maddox. I loved him so much at the beginning of the book. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love him so much, but he changed a lot throughout the book so I don’t really know what I feel now. Yeah, he’s a possesive jerk through most of the book and his obsession with Abby is quite unhealty, but you just can’t not love him. However, my favourite aspect of his character is his family. I’m in love with all of them. Maddox family is just the best.
I have to say how much I hated Parker. I just wanted to puke whenever he spoke. I don’t understand why Travis didn’t just beat the hell out of that guy.
No matter how I feel about these two main characters individually, I freaking love them together. Okay, they’re highly disfunctional and their relationship is not the best, but I ship them so hard. I loved the comparison of their relationship with a tornado. It’s exactly how I see them. Perfect. You can’t read this book and not root for them. My heart was broken at least five times while reading this book, but I kept reading because I knew they’ll get back together again. And then fight again. I wanted to yell at her, I wanted to yell at him, I wanted to yell at both. But I also couldn’t get the smile off my face when they finally realized how much they love eachother. So yeah, this book’s a freaking rollercoaster.

The writing style is probably one of my favourite things about this book. It was simple and straight to the point, very fast-paced and often quite dramatic, but perfect for this kind of story. I was perfectly okay with cursing and the language used in the book and I don’t think the book would have the same effect if the author used only polite words. There were some beautiful quotes through the book and often I had to close a book for a second and just breathe becuase I got so into the story that I forgot how to inhale and exhale. Yeah, that actually happened. Sex scenes were not as detailed as I expected them to be, and I’m still debating if I’m disappointed with that or not. But I’m going to say I’m fine with that. All in all, I really like Jamie McGuire writing style and I can’t wait to read her other books. I think her books are great for pulling you out of the reading slump.

I can definitely see reasons why people hate this book, but i can also see why people love it. Though I was trying to be objective while writing this review and talk about both good and bad sides of this book, I think it’s pretty obvious how much I enjoyed it. If you’re looking for a quick, fun romance book, I definitely recommend this book to you. However, if you want to read something more complex and deep, maybe this isn’t a best choice for you.

Robin Sloan – Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore | Review

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

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When I first saw this book in a bookstore, I immediately made my best friend to buy it for me (since I had already spent my money on other books), so she bought it and gave it to me as a birthday present. She’s the best. Now, my birthday is in January. Now it’s June. Why didn’t I read this book earlier? I have no idea.

The whole premise of this book sounds just awesome. It’s a book about books and every bookworm can enjoy it. Well, that’s at least how it’s advertised and that’s what I expected from it. However, that’s not so true. Yes, it definitely is about books and one very weird bookstore, but it’s much more about technology and how computers and books intertwine, and not so much about books themselves. Still, I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick and fun read, the mystery was very well done, though the final reveal was not as exciting and mindblowing as I hoped it would be. For me, while reading I had a little bit of I am the Messenger and Ready, Player, One vibe. It reminded me of I am the Messneger because of the narrating style, and of Ready, Player, One because of all the geeky stuff.

Throughout the book we follow our main character Clay who is a very funny narrator and I liked that this book is in first person, but Clay didn’t really have very much personality. Also, we met a ton of side characters, but most of them were pretty flat and quite boring. Every single character had something that made them special and they all had a huge potential to become awesome characters, but I guess they were just underdeveloped. I did like Ajax Penumbra a lot, he’s probably the most interesting character in the book. Probably the weirdest as well. All the other characters were just names, without any personality.

It almost feels like author focused all of his attention to the mystery and how to make it even more complicated and at the end he just didn’t want to deal with characters as well so he just made a little bit of background story for each of them so the book can have semi-interesting characters. Aside from that, I did enjoy Robin Sloan‘s writing style. This book was very funny and easy to read and I very much liked all the stuff I learned about computers and books while reading this book. It was both entertaining and educational.

I would definitely recommend this book to you if you’re looking for something light-harded and fun to read over summer. This book is the perfect choice.

Julie Cross – Tempest (Tempest #1) | Review

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

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I don’t see why people don’t like this book. Seriously. I have no idea. I really enjoyed it, if I had time, I’d probably read it in one sitting. It was really good! I had totally different expactations and I was pleasantly surprised. The plotline was interesting, action-packed, intense and I just kept turning pages because I had to find out what happens next. Okay, the characters were maybe a bit dull, but I managed to connect with them anyway and I actually liked them. I didn’t even try to figure out what will happen at the end because I knew it I would probably fail. I was completely ready for this book to surprise me. And it did. Writing style was very simple and easy to read, I flew through this book. Okay, sometimes stuff happened too fast and I found myself a bit confused and sometimes I had a feeling like I was reading about one scene and the second later something else was happening and we just jumped right into that. But I don’t find that necessarily a bad thing, because, as I said, this book was really fast paced and a lot of stuff happened in these four hundred pages. Seriously, A LOT. Also, while I was reading this book, it kind of reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye. I know, the plot is totally different and the main characters are different, but the feel and the atmosphere are kind of the same. And I liked it. I don’t think I have ever read a time travel book before (okay, there were some books where characters went back in time, but there was no book where time travel was the main plot) so this was pretty new for me. It was very refreshing to read something new and different. Another thing, isn’t this cover nice? Yes, these people do make it a bit cheesy, but I really like the background.
I would definitely recommend this book and I will definitely continue with this trilogy, I just don’t know when, since I have so many book to read, but I will, once!

SPOILER PART – if you haven’t read the book yet, I recommend not to read any further, go and read the book and then come back.

As I already said, I love the idea of time travel and I’ve never read a book about that before. In my opinion, the whole time travel thing was done very well, everything was expalined from scientific side. I wish this all was true, I’d love to be able to go back in time. I liked the idea of jumps and half-jumps and the effect they had on Jackson and the rest of the world. Also, all these experiments Jackson and Adam did were pretty cool and they made a lot of sence, which was a big plus.

I found myself really liking Jackson. He was amazing protagonist and I found it easy to connect with him. I loved how he was ready to do anything for Holl, the girl he loved and it was very nice to see how she made him feel, both 007 and 009 Holly. He was funny and I loved that about him a lot. Also, I love his relationship with his sister, but he totally won my heart when we got to read the letter he wrote to her. It was just so beautiful! He’s a really interesting character, but I liked him the most because he was not perfect. He did some stupid things throughout the book and he was reckless and impulsive almost all the time. Also he was very lost, especially at the beginning when time traveling still confused him a lot. But he definitely managed to get under my skin and I liked him. Very much.
I didn’t really manage to connect with Holly. I have to admit, I liked 007 Holly more that 009 Holly because I found 009 Holly pretty boring. Maybe it’s because the book is written from Jackson’s POV, and maybe not, but I think she was portrayed too perfect and without any flaws. 007 Holly was much more interesting to read about and I liked the younger version of Holly, especially when Jackson was hitting on her, but 009 Holly was there only as a love interest and she was not her own character, in my opinion. But still, I liked her relationship with Jackson.
Adam was awesome sidekick character and I love him. The way he was trying to help Jackson as much as he could, any version of him, actually, just proved how good friend he is (or maybe even how crazy he is, but that’s not the point). What impressed me the most about him (except his ingeniousness with codes) was the fact that 007 Adam who never met Jackson before was ready to help him and accepted Jackson’s story from the beginning. That was just awesome.
Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was a very confusing character. I hated him the one moment and loved the other. I never knew should I trust him or not, but closer we got to the end, more I trusted him. And I’m glad he didn’t disappoint me at the end. I actually felt very sorry for him when I found out his story.
I’m not very sure should I even talk about Courtney as a character as well, since she was dead throughout the whole book, but I consider her the character in the book just like any other because I believe she played a vary important role in this book. I love her and Jackson’s relationship and their talks when he went back in time were so nice but also so sad at the same time. I loved it how she believed his story immediately and she even tried to help him (she bought him a coat!). I was expecting her to miraculously be alive and just to show up from nowhere, but that never happened, unfortunately, It’s really weird that I got so connected to her, but I did.Also, it was not cool when we got the scene where she died!
These Enemies of Time people are pretty cool and I actually liked them. They are really badass! But I didn’t like Tempest people (except Kevin) at all and I constantly felt like they are hiding something big. I still feel that way. I do not trust them.
I am curious about that Emily girl. It seems like she will play an important role in the next book, but I have no idea how.

Can we just talk about that ending for a moment? First, I want to say how much I like the last sentence. I think it’s so amazing and it’s a perfect ending of a book. So good! But everything else that happened before that last sentence just sucks. Okay, I kind of like it, but it sucks anyway. I definitely wasn’t expecting Jackson to go back in time and change the day when he and Holly met! That is so not okay. I hate it! Authors, stop sinking my ships! Still, I do think it’s a good conclusion and I think he did the right thing by letting her go so she can be safe, but that doesn’t mean that I have to like it, right? Because I don’t!