Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Title: It Ends with Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher:  Atria Books (August 2, 2016)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

First things first..It is good to go into this book without knowing anything about it at all aside from the fact that Colleen Hoover wrote it. Damn. That was what happened to me. When it comes to Colleen Hoover books, they become an automatic buy for me because her books are frigging fabulous.This book totally made me stop and think about life.

Proceed with caution. Spoilers ahead. 🙂

Alright, here we go. It Ends with Us starts off with a meeting between Lily Bloom and Ryle Kincaid on an apartment rooftop where they shared naked truths about them. Sparks fly. Then, stuff happen over the years until they meet again. Yes, they were brought together but another man in Lily’s life from the past comes back and that is Atlas Corrigan. Things get messy since then.

This book has broken me into pieces. I went into reading this book expecting the usual-Colleen Hoover-wow-happy-happy-novel but no this is totally different from her other novels.Everything unexpected happened and by that, what I mean is that what I wanted to happen did not happen. Although, I can totally understand the purpose of what she decided to do to the plot. Like Lily, I fell in love with Ryle and hoped that changes between their relationship will occur for the better. Too bad, I hoped for that because my heart just got totally broken for what they could have been. However, their relationship became toxic and nobody wants that.

With regards to Atlas, yeah..Lily’s background story with him was beautiful. I admired their strong friendship when they were just kids.I want to cry with them during their obstacles in childhood.

When the mayhem in Lily and Ryle’s relationship was happening, I was so torn up. I kept praying that Ryle would change and that Lily will give him another chance but on the other side, I want Lily to make his life hell for hurting her. It was cool that Atlas was there for Lily but damn I did not like this love triangle. I just wish that there was no love triangle in this book. I’m so pissed off for Lily choosing Atlas at the end. I mean she should have been strong on her own. I dunno. This is why love triangles in books are becoming irritating.

Don’t get me wrong. I still love Colleen Hoover’s amazing work and I still worship the queen but I guess the characters just did not connect with me unlike her characters in her previous books. Although that’s the case, I still appreciate this novel. I think it sends a very powerful message to everyone about abusive relationships. It’s an eye opener to everyone and I think it’s still worth the read.

4-rating

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Book Review: Sincerely, Carter by Whitney Gracia Williams

Title: Sincerely, Carter

Author: Whitney Gracia Williams

Publisher: WGW Books (April 29, 2015)

Format: Kindle

Pages: 267

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
No, really. She’s just my best friend…

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we “hated” each other. We’ve been there for one another through first kisses, first “times,” and we’ve been each other’s constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other…)

Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we’ve never crossed the line.

Never thought about it.
Never wanted to.

Until one night changed everything.
At least, it should’ve …

Just friends.
We’re just friends.
I’m only saying this until I figure out if she’s still “just” my best friend…

After a long time of searching everywhere, I’ve finally found  a light. funny, and smutty read that suits my taste. I’m that kind of reader that seeks the refuge of romance comedy type of stories when finishing high fantasy books. Fortunately, I discovered Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. Williams. She is also the author of the well-known Reasonable Doubt series which I loved so much. Whitney G. has the kind of writing that will make you want to read more and more into her stories until you finish her book and find yourself totally craving for more.

That was the case when I got to the end of Sincerely, Carter. If I’m not mistaken, it’s only a standalone. I enjoyed a lot from the beginning until the end. Who would not get instantly curious with the Chapter names she chose for the novel? It’s all named after the titles of Taylor Swift’s songs! It’s awesome, right? That made me listen to T. Swift’s songs while reading. It was definitely enjoyable.

Now, with the story itself..

Carter and Arizona has become friends since grade school. They’ve been in each other’s lives since then. Then, one night at the party held by Carter’s roommate, everything changes between them. Finally, Sparks Fly!! ❤

These two characters are super lovable. I mean they’re hilarious and witty. The banter between these two make me fangirl hard. There were pretty much numerous steamy scenes in the book. I wonder how I was able to survive all of them. Another adorable thing about these characters is their ambition. I love it when main characters have direction in their lives (career-wise). Carter is in his way to becoming a lawyer while Arizona has definitely pulled off major determination to educate herself in her craft in cooking. Though they have their flaws like the usual stubborn-ness, they can easily make their place in your heart as a reader.

My final thoughts in this book: It’s extremely worth your time as a reader. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud and enjoying it to the nth power. Like I said, it’s fun, light, and smutty read. 🙂

5-rating

Book Review: Unteachable by Leah Raeder

Title: Unteachable

Author: Leah Raeder

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 3, 2013)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 356

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Maise O’Malley just turned eighteen, but she’s felt like a grown-up her entire life. The summer before senior year, she has plans: get into a great film school, convince her mom to go into rehab, and absolutely do not, under any circumstances, screw up her own future.

But life has a way of throwing her plans into free-fall.

When Maise meets Evan at a carnival one night, their chemistry is immediate, intense, and short-lived. Which is exactly how she likes it: no strings. But afterward, she can’t get Evan out of her head. He’s taught her that a hookup can be something more. It can be an unexpected connection with someone who truly understands her. Someone who sees beyond her bravado to the scared but strong girl inside.

That someone turns out to be her new film class teacher, Mr. Evan Wilke.

Maise and Evan resolve to keep their hands off each other, but the attraction is too much to bear. Together, they’re real and genuine; apart, they’re just actors playing their parts for everyone else. And their masks are slipping. People start to notice. Rumors fly. When the truth comes to light in a shocking way, they may learn they were just playing parts for each other, too.

Smart, sexy, and provocative, Unteachable is about what happens when a love story goes off-script.

This is a student-teacher romance novel that will make you feel lots of emotions..lots and lots of it.

I love how the book started..the main characters meeting in a carnival (of all places…lalala). It was all like sparks fly and love at first sight for them but Maise knows that she couldn’t let herself get attached. She’s got loads of problems to deal with her life. So, she got scared and ran away. Little did she know that the man she felt instant attraction with..is her new film class teacher.

These two are one of the most intense characters that I’ve read in New Adult. They cling to one another so hard that you’ll feel their need to belong with each other. As you read along, you’ll feel the thrill that they were having..as well as they’re downs in their relationship. All throughout the book, I was thinking that Evan would cheat on Maise. But yeah, my predictions don’t turn out right. Lol.

It was enjoyable to read about love, life, friendship, and loss. The other characters in the book are very much interesting. Wesley was such a good friend though he did something unforgivable, just kidding but yeah… ;). There was a point in the story when I thought Maise was actually going to end up with him but like I said wrong predictions.. Lol.

It felt as if it was such a long journey that I had with Maise and Evan. I started from Maise being the teenage girl that she was up to the maturing young lady that she starts to become. I appreciated how she remained strong despite all obstacles. I love how she found her way back to Evan and made a new life for herself.

Oh and how could I forget all those steamy and intense scenes that Maise and Evan had..(fans myself).

Other than those stuff..I was just pleased with the way the novel ended.

4-rating

Book Review: Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Title: Mud Vein

Author: Tarryn Fisher

Publisher: CreateSpace (March 8, 2014)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 292

Synopsis from Goodreads:

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

I’ve been seeing so much hype around this book and it’s one of the most anticipated releases of 2014. I haven’t read any Tarryn Fisher novels yet and this is the first of her novels that I was able to read.

This is not your typical romance book. It’s not a book that you ever thought it will be. I’m pretty sure this will blow up your mind. That was pretty much my reaction when I finished it.

The story is about Senna Richards, a famous author who gets abducted and locked inside a house in the middle of nowhere with a man she had a past with. She later on discovered that her being locked up is a game that her captor decided to play her with. She must uncover her past to get her freedom.

The synopsis is really attention-grabbing. Also, I’ve been hearing so many good things about Miss Fisher, so I decided to give this book a try. I’ve been warned though that’s it not a HEA type of story. At least, I knew what to expect. I had set my expectations to HIGH because well the book sounds so promising and thrilling.

The chapters of the book are divided into stages of grief. There’s the denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. When you looked at them, you will be so excited to start the book. My energy level when I began reading was so high because I was so keen on discovering the dark secrets of the main character.

At the beginning of the novel, you’ll realize that the main character, Senna, had lots of misfortunes to deal with in her life. She practically doesn’t have family and friends. Yes, she’s had past relationships but she’s got her mind set on not falling in love again. At some point in the story, we get introduced to Dr. Isaac Asterholder. He’s sort of Senna’s knight in shining armor. Isaac is everything a dream guy would be. Senna and Isaac meet in the most unfortunate circumstance in her life. Ever since then, he becomes an almost permanent fixture in her life until she pushes him away. Years later, they meet again but in the most unexpected way. There, they discover what they truly are for each other.

I have several problems with this book. I was just kind of disappointed. First, I think that the main character refused to grow. She’s got lack of self-preservation. She’s been damaged and yet she refused to cope up. Isaac kept on saving her. It was tiring and frustrating to read about her..struggling. It felt like she was battling a fight that she was never going to win.

I also think that the end of the book did not do justice to everything that happened to Senna. I was disappointed at the twist of the story..which is the unraveling of the mystery behind her abduction. I was mind-blown by that. I just can’t believe it. I was hoping for a deeper and more acceptable truth to the reason why she went through all that trouble.

I really really would love to like how the story turned out but I cannot do it. Don’t get me wrong. I love Tarryn Fisher’s writing style. It was beautiful actually. I love her use of words to convey the characters’ emotions. I just don’t get the reason behind Senna’s capture and the end of her story. I was more of looking forward to see a sensible explanation rather than what appeared in the book. Aside from that, I think the story is interesting enough for me to finish it.

Will I read Miss Fisher’s other novels? Yes, I think so. I know that she’s a brilliant writer. Maybe this story was just not for me. I have read darker and more depressing novels before but I just don’t like how the story ended. I want more justice for Senna. That’s all. It pains me to write this review because I was just expecting something different.

2-rating

 

Book Review: Alpha by Jasinda Wilder

Title: Alpha (Alpha # 1)

Author: Jasinda Wilder

Published: April 29, 2014

Format: E-book

Pages: 450

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The first time it happened, it seemed like an impossible miracle. Bills were piling up, adding up to more money than I could ever make. Mom’s hospital bills. My baby brother’s tuition. My tuition. Rent. Electricity. All of it on my shoulders. And I had just lost my job. There was no hope, no money in my account, no work to be found. And then, just when I thought all hope was lost, I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of ten thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just “VRI Inc.,” and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing…except a single word, on the notes line: “You.” Just those three letters.

If you receive a mysterious check, for enough money to erase all your worries, would you cash it?

I did.

The next month, I received another check, again from VRI Incorporated. It too contained a single word: “belong.”

A third check, the next month. This time, two words. Four letters. “To me.”

The checks kept coming. The notes stopped. Ten thousand dollars, every month. A girl gets used to that, real quick. It let me pay the bills without going into debt. Let me keep my baby brother in school and Mom’s hospice care paid for. How do you turn down what seems like free money, when you’re desperate? You don’t. I didn’t.

And then, after a year, there was a knock on my door. A sleek black limousine sat on the curb in front of my house. A driver stood in front of me, and he spoke six words: “It’s time to pay your debt.”

Would you have gotten in?

I did.

It turns out $120,000 doesn’t come free.

This is a good and fun novel for me to read for my hiatus on fantasy books. Before I read it, I thought this is going to be another BDSM-ish type of story. It’s nice to know that it really isn’t. It’s about Kyrie St. Claire who had so much financial problems. She’s got to pay for her brother’s education, her mother’s psychiatric care, bills,  rent, etc. At the beginning, she also loses her job.  Then, there’s these checks sent to her by a mystery guy. She had no choice but to use the money sent for her to settle her problems. One day, there’s a guy who asks her to come with him so she can pay her debts.

I enjoyed the story. It was fast-paced and covered what I really needed to know. I also liked how the relationship between Kyrie and Roth developed. It’s not the usual love-at-first sight type of thing for both of them (just attraction) and neither it is a story with the characters keeping it purely sexual. It’s a relief to know that they didn’t really fought their feelings for each other. Plus, I must mention that there is so much chemistry between them. Reading this will probably get you hot. Lol.

Anyway, Kyrie is pretty much likable as a main character. She’s not overly meek and she knows how to fight. On the other hand, Roth is very mysterious..and hot of course. My only problem with this man is the way he speaks. Seriously most of the scenes in the novel would have been better if he didn’t have to be so cheesy and so chivalrous (to the point that it gets funny, not romantic or hot..).

Also, there is this plot twist which I am not really that surprised to discover. I feel bad for Kyrie about this one. What happened to her really sucked. I think I really didn’t like when I got to this plot twist. I just don’t like how Roth can help and take advantage of Kyrie at the same time while knowing that he ****** her father (sorry I had to do this to avoid spoilers 😉 ). Despite this, the author had made the right decision to make Kyrie think about her situation and sort things out.

All in all, Alpha by Jasinda Wilder is an enjoyable book. It wasn’t just hat great or awesome. It’s suitable for those who loves new adult genre.

3-rating

Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Title:Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books (March 18, 2014)

Format: Paperback

Pages:367

Synopsis from Goodreads:

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

 

Yay! Another Colleen Hoover book that I’ve read and I must say that it was freaking awesome!

The story is about Sydney who thought almost everything in her life is in order. She’s got her boyfriend, Hunter, and her bestfriend/roommate, Tori. Aside from her parents’ disapproval of her pursuing a music career, she was happy and contented. Then, there’s a guy across her apartment whom she can’t stop thinking about ever since she saw and heard him playing his guitar. She might be beginning to have a crush on him. One day, things get ugly when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her with her bestfriend. Brokenhearted, she leaves the apartment she shared with her bestfriend and figures things out after. That’s when Ridge (aka The Hot Neighbor she can’t stop thinking about) comes into her life, offering his help. From there, friendship begins to bloom between them and maybe turns to even more..

From the title of the novel, it pretty much caught my attention.  Maybe Someday? It sounds like the characters are going to breakup and have their “Maybe Someday” in the future  or maybe the title refers to the characters falling in love with the right person at the wrong time…then Maybe Someday, they’re love for each other will be right. I know, I know..I’m guessing the plot with the title. Who doesn’t want love stories with this kind of plot? If you thought the same like me, then, you’ll probably be interested in discovering whether you figured the story out just by title or if there is more to it. Sure, there’s more to it if you see that the story is written by Colleen Hoover.

I can’t even express how much I love this novel. I enjoyed it so much. It’s not like Hopeless (a novel, also by Colleen Hoover). It’s a lighter romance novel which surely gave me lots of feels. There’s drama but not the heavy kind of drama. I loved the flow of the story. It was not boring plus the happenings got me turning page after page.

As I read it, I realized there was more depth to the characters. They had such interesting back stories about their past which made them who they were. They were also really enjoyable to read. Most of them got good sense of humor. I can’t help but laugh with most of their dialogues. I love how honest and frank the characters were, especially Sydney and Ridge. Then, there’s Warren, Bridgette, and Maggie. They are pretty much the kind of characters that you want to hate but can’t really hate.

There are also lots of surprising plot twists in this novel. I was trying to guess what happens next after those plot twists but no, they were always not what I was expecting. Also, there were some parts in the novel which made me annoyed. For example, there were times in the story in which some of the characters need to act like a jerk. I was so frustrated for the things they did but it was good to know later in the story why they had to be like that.

I drowned in my feels especially at the last chapters of the book. I cried and laughed and swooned. I adored Sydney for waiting for things to settle..to wait for the right time. Ridge is also good at waiting though most of the times, it took much of his effort. I will not mention here anymore what’s the deal with these two towards the end of the book. Just figure it out. 😉

All in all, Maybe Someday is one of the novels that gave me a good but bittersweet feeling when I finished it. I wanted more but I think the story just ended right. It’s a romance story that made me feel the emotions of the characters. The story and characters were easy to relate to. Plus, there’s a novel soundtrack. How cool is that? Yeah, I also swooned with Griffin Peterson’s voice. I listened to the soundtrack as I went along with the book. The songs  fit the story. It took me days to get over the book and the songs.

I recommend this book to everyone out there who loves romance novels with light drama and lots of plot twists and music. I swear you will really love this book!

5-rating

Book Review: Unravel by Calia Read

Title: Unravel

Author: Calia Read

Published: January 1, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 363

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine.

One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward.

Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind.

Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help.

A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past.

And now…everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he’s real, and I know he needs me.

Do you believe me?

 

 

W-O-W! This book is one of my best reads this year. It tells the story of Naomi Carradine who gets admitted in a psychiatric facility because of such a terrifying past. It’s something that will make you crave for more as you turn the pages and it’ll leave you breathless for what’s about to come.

In the beginning of the novel, I was struggling to “get into” the main character’s mind. She is definitely in the psych facility for a reason. At first, I thought she was sane. I only assumed it in the beginning because of the way she narrates the story. However, as she gets her delusions and hallucinations, I start picturing her situation more clearly. My interest in the story got higher with every chapter I read. Being a nurse in real life, I had some experience in studying and dealing with psych patients. Due to this reason, I was so fascinated with what is happening with Naomi. I kept on forming theories and stuff but I seem to have mistaken with most of them. Unravel is really unpredictable because the narrator is unreliable. Unreliable because you wouldn’t really know if what she’s telling you is real or not. It was a thrilling experience to get into the mindset of someone who’s undergoing the same experience as Naomi does.

I am not really a fan of flashbacks but in this novel, it’s so essential to understand the whole story. I was really hooked in finding out about what happened with Naomi’s past, especially to Lana. I am not going to say much more about Naomi’s past because it will spoil the fun for those who have yet o read Unravel.

Bravo for Mary, Dr. Rutledge and Lachlan for sticking with Naomi until the end. They are my sane favorite characters. Lol. Seriously though, this is unputdownable. It’s a really crazy story..literally CRAZY. I really enjoyed reading this. Like I said, it’s one of my fave reads this year. My reading experience was indescribable or maybe I could describe it but I was almost close to reacting violently with the plot twists.

I highly recommend Unravel by Calia Read if you love mystery/thriller/romance novels. I assure you that it’s an exciting book that will make your mind reeling when you finish it.

5-rating

Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Title: Hopeless (Hopeless #1)

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books (December 17, 2012)

Format: Paperback

Pages:406

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

This is the first Colleen Hoover book that I’ve ever read. I’ve been hearing lots of great things about her.  So, here I am..and I just finished Hopeless.

The main character is a girl named Sky. She gets to school for her senior year to experience what it’s like after years of being home-schooled. Her adoptive mother restricts her from using any kind of technology like TV, phone, and internet. It’s as if her whole life, she has been kept away from other people. She has her best friend Six though. Both of them change guys they make out with as often as they change their ice cream flavor preferences.

After her first day of school, she encounters this hot and intense guy named Dean Holder. There is something about him that terrifies her but there is also something about him that draws her in. As Sky falls harder for Holder, she gets to discover his secrets that may wreck her.

Whew! That was long but don’t worry, it’s spoiler-free. Here are my thoughts on the book:

Hopeless is a pretty intense book. Yes! It is intense! There’s so much drama and emotions going on here. I really tried my best to keep up with them and fortunately, I was able to survive the obstacles and issues that Sky and Holder had. The events were unpredictable at some points in the book. I feel myself feeling distraught and hopeful for these two.

Luckily, there were some light parts in the novel. There were like my favorite parts of the story. The parts with Six and Breckin are one of my faves. They are absolutely the best friends that anyone would love to have for himself/herself. Also, there were moments that Sky and Holder are just so swoon-worthy.

I love how the story didn’t just focus on love and sex. It also covered friendship and family. I appreciate the fact that the main characters, Sky and Holder try to be strong for each other..that they were able to get through everything..together.

After reading the book, I really felt emotionally spent. It was such a beautiful novel though. There was this part where Sky did this psychotherapy stuff with herself..and my tears fell. All in all, it is a captivating novel but I think it was really hard going through Sky and Holder’s journey. I find it inspiring at the end.

I recommend this book to everyone who’s craving for an intense and drama-filled story. It’s one of those books that will make you feel lots of emotions. So, when you read it, make sure you have a box of tissues beside you. 😉

4-rating

Book Review: Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

Title: Wallbanger (Cocktail #1)

Author: Alice Clayton

Publisher:  Omnific Publishing (November 27, 2012)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Synopsis from Goodreads:

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight..

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton is probably one of the best books that you’ll need when you want to just laugh out loud. It certainly did wonders to my mood (LOL, I mean seriously..When you’re down, you can read it. When you’re done, you’ll be so happy). That’s a promise coming from me. Or if you’re already in a good mood and just need a novel to entertain you, I suggest you go pick this book up.

I absolutely loved the way Caroline was written and how the story was told in her point of view. She’s got a good sense of humor, wit, and sarcasm. I thoroughly enjoyed the book just because of her. She’s just a super fun character to read. Right from the start of the story, when she was about to sleep and then she heard someone banging on her bedroom wall, I think I wasn’t able to stop myself from reading.

On the other hand, Simon, oh Simon..you make me swoon so much. At first, I was irritated by his cockiness but then as the story went on, I got to know that he’s so much more than a guy with the cocky attitude and a harem. When he and Caroline got closer to each other, I got more hooked. They have so much chemistry. They just fit together so perfectly.

There’s not much drama in this book. So, I really appreciated it. It’s definitely a feel-good novel. It’s just light and fun and swoon-worthy. However, I just feel that there could be more to the story.  I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

4-rating

Book Review: Bang (Black Lotus #1) by E.K. Blair

Title: Bang (Black Lotus #1)

Author: E.K. Blair

Published: May 19, 2014

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 420

Synopsis from Goodreads:

They say when you take revenge against another you lose a part of your innocence.
But I’m not innocent.
I haven’t been for a very long time.
My innocence was stolen from me. Taken was the life I was supposed to have. The soul I was born with. The ruby heart embedded in a life full of hopes and dreams.

Gone.
Vanished.

I never even had a choice.
I mourn that life. Mourn the what-ifs.
Until now.
I’m ready to take back what was always meant to be mine.

But every plan has a fatal flaw. Sometimes it’s the heart. 

Let me take a deep breath before starting my review for this awesome novel. *takes a deep breath*

Once in awhile, we encounter a novel that is so powerful and life-changing. I think Bang by E.K. Blair is one of those novels who got to really give me chills and just appreciate what I have in life. I can’t even explain what I really feel about it. It’s just like one of the most traumatizing novels that I have ever read.

Bang is a story of a girl named Nina who had a dark and lonely past behind her. She had a good life before but it was all taken away from her when she loses her father. She’s dumped into hell on earth. Then, she becomes scarred and tortured inside. Years after her tragic childhood, she grows into a beautiful, sophisticated, but vengeful woman.

From the very first page of this novel, I was intrigued by Nina’s character. I wondered why is she that way.. why was she keeping her real feelings and why was she hiding and lying? I had all those questions in my head as I went on with every chapter. As I go on reading it, I feel terrified of all the things that happened to her. I was afraid for her. It really pains me to see what she went through. There are just so many things happening. I meant it when I mentioned earlier that this is probably one of the most traumatizing novels I’ve ever read. What happened to Nina was just so sick…good thing that I was able to survive reading it.

I definitely love the whole novel as terrified as I was for the main character. I appreciated how strong and complex Nina is. The writing style of E.K. Blair is epic! She did a great job for making me hang on to her story even if  most of the events in the story were dark. I was able to get through it and finishing it was worth it. It definitely ended with a Bang! Also, I think the best part of the story was Nina finding love. I think that her finding a chance at love made her live again and have hopes again.

What do I don’t like about this novel? Uhmm..maybe the main character being so tortured. I guess I sympathized for her so much. She’s had a lot of hardship and to be honest, I was disturbed with everything that happened to her.

If you were intrigued reading my review, please do read Bang by E.K. Blair. It’s such an awesome novel. It’s full of mind-blowing plot twists that will probably put you in a state of shock after reading it. Oh and a friendly reminder, please read something light and funny after this. Lol. I can’t wait what will be in the next book in the series.

5-rating