Mini Reviews | Fall With Me & Forever With You

These reviews are spoiler free. As this series consists of companion novels, you won’t be spoiled for the prior books either.

When I started reading Fall With Me, I was in a New Adult kick. I don’t know why, but sometimes the genre is exactly what you need to read. At times, you just need a little bit of romance to cheer you up. So I decided to continue reading the Wait For You series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I read them both quickly, and in succession. So I decided to combine both mini reviews into one post!


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Fall With Me (Wait For You #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 31.03.2015

Genre: New Adult, Romance
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Synopsis: Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice. Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already. But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

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I think this was my favorite book in the series so far. We met Roxy and Reece in the previous book -in Calla’s story. At the time, I was really excited to read Fall With Me, but I never actually picked it up after its release. I have no clue why. But when I felt like reading some new adult, I knew I wanted to pick this one up. Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books are always fun reads -and quick ones. 

This book definitely didn’t disappoint. I knew I’d love Roxy from the moment the book mentioned her shirts. She always wears shirts with fun sentences on them. One of the first ones included Hufflepuff, and she went on to say why Hufflepuffs are awesome people. That kind of character is a win in my book.

I loved Reece as well. He’s a cop, and a good guy. Really. He’s honest, kind and smart. This isn’t one of those I-love-a-bad-boy books. This isn’t the kind of book in which the love interest betrays the trust of the girl, or does something awful behind her back. This is the kind of guy you’d actually want to date in real life. 

When I read the synopsis, I felt a bit worried. This book has traumatic issues from the past, homophobia and stalkers. That sounds like a bit much, no? Yet it never felt that way. It never crowded the story, in my opinion.

The only thing I didn’t get is that Roxy didn’t tell anyone sooner about her apartment. When stuff starts moving around and your dishwasher is on even though you didn’t do it, how can you wait with telling anyone? How could you think it was a ghost? Seriously? 

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Like I mentioned, this series consists of companion novels. And yes, characters from the previous books do appear in here. But if you don’t want to read those and skip to this one, you could definitely do so without missing out on anything in this story. 


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Forever With You (Wait For You #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: 29.09.2015

Genre: New Adult, Romance
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Synopsis: Some things you just believe in, even if you’ve never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It’s out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she’s got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph’s eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away. Nick’s self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he’s knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she’s building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can’t walk away. Not when she’s the only one who’s ever made him wish for forever.

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To be honest, I think this is my least favorite book of the series so far. Not because I didn’t like the writing or such. But because I couldn’t connect to the characters as much.

I am not like Stephanie. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t judge her. I feel like every person makes their own choices. And that’s fine. She enjoys hook-ups, but has never found a person she wants a relationship with. And as long as there are no illusions on either side, that’s great for her. It’s just that I am not like that. So it’s much harder for me to connect to her, than it was to Roxy. The same goes for Nick. I don’t actually know a guy like him. So it’s a bit harder to imagine I guess?

What I liked most about this book is that this situation seems a lot more relatable. I mean, not many people go through what Roxy went through. But many women/couples do go through this situation. And it’s good to see it represented in a book. 

Overall, I did enjoy their story. And I’m glad to have read it. Like I said, I would recommend this series to you if you like new adult. 

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

ugly loveTitle: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Standalone novel
Published: August 5th, 2014 by Atria Books
Genres: new adult, romance, contemporary
Rating: ★★★★★ – 5/5 stars

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Synopsis: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her. Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future. They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Review

This is the second Colleen Hoover book I read in the December, and I believe the 5th one I read in 2014. To be honest, at this point I’m starting to think Colleen Hoover can do no wrong. Her new adult stories are always gripping, really well written, the romance is well developed, the characters are incredible (or incredibly broken) but most of all, they tug at your heart strings.

In Ugly Love, you get to read from both Tate’s and Miles’ perspectives BUT what’s unique here is that you read Tate’s perspective in the present while Miles’ one is 6 years earlier. From the synopsis you can already tell something bad happened to Miles, because of his two rules: Never ask about the past. Don’t expect a future. And while you read his perspective, it’s like watching a train wreck. You know it’s going to happen but you just can’t look away.

I really loved the romance in this story. It was so well developed! But mostly, I loved the characters. As with any Colleen Hoover novel, the characters are absolutely amazing. They feel so real, which is why her stories are so heartbreaking. I can actually see the reality in this book.

I find it hard to review some new adult books -like this one- because I’m so restricted in what I can say. You need to go into these stories knowing nothing more than the synopsis, so you can figure it all out yourself. And I don’t want to ruin that experience for anyone that wants to read this book but hasn’t.

I would highly recommend this book, but keep in mind that as it is a new adult story, it does contain mature content. I’ll leave you with a song by Griffin Peterson about this book -he also wrote the soundtrack for Maybe Someday- and you can find his song Ugly Love here.

Review: More Than This (More Than #1) by Jay McLean

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Title: More Than This
Author: Jay McLean
Series: More Than #1 -companion novels
Published: July 10th, 2013
Genres: new adult, romance, contemporary
Rating: ★★★★ – 4/5 stars

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I received this book for review from the publisher -via Netgalley- which in no way affects my opinion.

Synopsis: When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone. Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her. But Mikayla—thrust into adulthood with no one to guide her—is desperate to contain her grief and hide what she considers to be her weakness. Mikayla and Jake both want more, but despite their growing closeness and intense chemistry, she tries to keep her distance and protect her heart. As he does everything in his power to win her trust, Mikayla must choose between remaining alone and safe or letting love in.

Review

I was so excited when I saw this book on Netgalley. I’d heard good reviews from bloggers and YouTubers who generally share my taste in books. Add that to the fact that I love the new adult genre and you get a incredibly happy and excited me. And while I highly enjoyed this book, there are two aspects that prevent me from giving it 5 stars.

The first thing I have to say about this book is that the main character’s story is incredibly SAD. I felt so bad for her after reading only 20% of the book that I had to go to my roommate and talk about it to her. I cannot even imagine going through all the hurt and loss Mikayla faced. I can’t really specify that because it’s not done in the premise and then I will ruin it for you. Just know, that your feelings will be destroyed after only a few chapters.

On to the characters! I have to say that Mikayla is an incredibly strong woman. After the first betrayal -which would leave me sobbing in the sofa at home- Jake convinced her to not let it destroy her evening and she met some pretty amazing people then and there. Instead of curling up in a ball, which would be reasonable reaction, she kept going. After the tragedy, I can only admire her. Yes, she is devastated and cries for days but at the same time, she still keeps going on with her life. I highly admire her for that. At the end of the book though, she started to annoy me. She had this one idea in her mind, and just stuck to it. Even though she probably knew it wasn’t right nor true, and everyone told her so and it didn’t make her happy she stuck to it. I hate that in people: not being able to admit or see that you are not always right! Aside from that fact, I really enjoyed reading about Mikayla.

And then there is Jake. I absolutely love his person. He is kind, caring, interesting and funny. Basically, he is the good guy every girl wants who also happens to be incredibly handsome and talented -do these people actually exist? The only thing I don’t understand about him is why he became so attached to Mikayla from the first few moments. I mean of course, she is a beautiful girl and he noticed her. But after the tragedy and loss, he almost set his entire life aside for someone who is basically a stranger. Don’t get me wrong, they do get to know each other really well but it seemed a bit weird to me in the beginning, his devotion. Also, I don’t get the reasoning behind the no-kiss thing. If you’ve read this, let me know so we can talk about it!

This book also has some amazing side characters. I adored Lucy -readers represent- and Logan is very interesting as well. James shows some great character development, although you can’t really see the developing part. That probably made no sense to you, I’m sorry. In the beginning, he is a shitty person. Honestly. But he develops so much, he’s just not present in the book during that time. And Megan. I don’t think I have ever met a more disgusting person in my entire -reading- life. IT MAKES ME MAD.

Aside from the previously mentioned aspects that I found a bit strange, I did really love this book. It shows that love is not impossible, no matter what happens. That tragedy and loss can teach you a lot about yourself.

I would recommend this to everyone that either loves new adult or is trying to get into it. If you are a young reader, I would not recommend this to you because it does contain a few graphic scenes.

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Review: Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter #1) by Vi Keeland

worth the fightTitle: Worth the Fight
Author: Vi Keeland
Series: MMA Fighter #1
Published: October 2nd, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Adult Fiction, Romance
Rating: 3/5 stars

You can click on the cover to go to its Goodreads page.

Synopsis: It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same. Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control. Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.

Review

I’m always on the hunt for my next favorite new adult book as it is one of my favorite genres -next to fantasy and young adult. The premise of this one intrigued me, not only because it sounds like a solid new adult book, I’ve also always been interested in fighters. I don’t really know why. And while I definitely enjoyed reading this book, there was just something missing for me.

The main male character, Nico, sounds amazing to me. From the discipline of training 6 hours a day, 6 days a week to the cover model and his description in the book. I loved it. And the same goes for Elle. She is a smart woman who has seen terrible things happen in her life and is now looking for an average life. Nothing exciting, just average. I really enjoyed the chemistry between the two main characters! There were definitely some, let’s call them steamy, scenes -I wouldn’t recommend this book to young readers- and their banter was great as well.

What they lacked for me, was depth. They have both been through traumatizing events in their past yet I feel as if that didn’t really show enough in their character. Well it did in Nico, but Elle? Her past was so traumatizing, but apart from being upset after a fight between her and Nico it doesn’t really show in her character, which to me is a bit unrealistic. I think this was the biggest part that was lacking for me, since it’s also sort of missing in their relationship. I understand that with some people, you just have an instant connection -kind of like you’ve known the other person for much longer than you actually have. But they trusted each other with their secrets -really dark secrets- quite quickly. I think that personally, if I’d been through what they have, I wouldn’t trust anyone just like that.

I definitely enjoyed reading this book, it is a good story. The dialogue is witty and funny, the main characters don’t seem to be annoyingly stubborn -which happens a lot in romance books- and it’s very addicting. I stayed up to finish this one. I just think that the lack of something more in their characters and relationship is what made this a good one, but not one of the best I’ve read.

I would definitely recommend this one, if you like new adult. If you’re a fan of the genre, or even just of romance, I think that you would enjoy it! But like I’ve said before, I wouldn’t recommend this book to young readers, it has some graphic content -as usual with new adult books.

Have you read this one? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Review: Written on her Heart by Paige Ryan

written on her hearTitle: Written on her Heart
Author: Paige Ryan
Series: Callaway Cove #1
Published: March 20th, 2014 by Createspace
Genres: New adult, romance
Rating: 3/5 stars

You can click the cover to go to its Goodreads page.
I received this book for review via Netgalley, which in no way affects my opinion.

Synopsis: An opportunity of a lifetime. This is what Andi finds when she returns home to Callaway Cove on summer break. A chance to work for her literary idol Ford Delaney is up for grabs, and she’s willing to risk everything-her boyfriend, her best friends, and her education-to get it. She’s positive this will be the key to reaching her dreams. But the moment she begins working for the reclusive author, Andi realizes there’s more to him than just a name. As attraction builds between Andi and Ford, she begins to discover consequences must come hand-in-hand with something great-which could loosen control over her tightly wound life. And once romantic sparks fly, Andi’s other relationships start to crumble, Ford’s fame comes back to haunt him, and the heat they generate will either forge a powerful, enduring love or threaten everything she holds dear.

Review

To be honest, I am still unsure of how to rate this book. Should I give it 3 stars or 3.5? Does it make a big difference? I don’t know. If it were based just on the enjoyment factor it would definitely be 3.5 stars. But if I am honest, there were some aspects of the book I didn’t really agree with and while they didn’t prevent me from enjoying the book, they are definitely important to my star rating. So let’s get into it!

Like I said before, I really enjoyed reading this. Andi and Ford has incredible chemistry and I -mostly- enjoyed the development of their friendship and relationship. I always appreciate witty conversations and discussions, especially in new adult, and this book did not lack in that department. I stayed up quite late to finish it so it definitely sucked me in. There were just some minor aspects that I didn’t like.

First of all, Andi’s friends. Those girls are NOT friends! They constantly try to get the other one fired etc… I’m sorry, but I can honestly say that I am happy none of my friends would ever treat me like these girls do. Secondly, cheating. It’s just a big no-no for me. Usually it bothers me A LOT when it happens in a new adult romance and while I still didn’t like it happening here, I didn’t mind it as much as I do otherwise (I have no clue why). Lastly, while I don’t know much about the writing/publishing process, I felt it was a bit unrealistically portrayed here. Maybe it does happen like this, how would I know (?), but I’d be very surprised to hear that.

I feel as if all these “negative points” made me sound like I didn’t enjoy this book and I want to correct that: I really did! While I didn’t really like all the aspects I mentioned previously there was something about this book that kept me glued to my screen (I read this on the Kindle app). It had this mysterious pull on me and I couldn’t stop reading!

I would recommend this book if you like to read new adult. If you have read this book, please let me know in the comments below what you thought about it! I’d be very interested in hearing your thoughts and discussing this book with you! 🙂

Review: Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse

Teenager Carrying His Girlfriend Title: Since Forever Ago
Author: Olivia Besse
Standalone novel
Published: May 13th, 2014 by Wunderland Press
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: 3/5 stars

You can click the cover to go to its Goodreads page.
I received this book for review via Netgalley, which in no way affects my opinion.

Synopsis: Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?

Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?

Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he’s wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they’re actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

Review

Before I start reading a book I like to have a look at the reviews it has received on Goodreads. For this book, the reviews were very divided. Some people gave it 1 to 2 stars, others gave it 4-5. I read that a lot of people couldn’t deal with the characters being whiny etc. So I was prepared when I actually started reading it.

I must say that this book is definitely honest. It really shows a 21-year old girl in some ways: the way Riley sometimes overreacts, how she freaks out about not knowing what to do with her life, how she’s confused about which guy she is in love with and refuses to listen to other people’s advice. Those are all qualities that can show up in 21 year old girls -me being 20 myself, I can understand most of these. We don’t have our life sorted out completely, and yes, our thought process often doesn’t make sense to others, even if it does make sense to us.

The reason I gave this 3 stars is that it was all a bit dramatized. I mean yes, we can all have our freak outs and be confused about the guy we like. But Riley was on a whole other level with these qualities… Wanting to get back with your ex-boyfriend who cheated on you with multiple girls? Saying that he just had a lapse in judgment? What? That I don’t understand. At all.

Even though Riley is a very dramatic girl, I still very much enjoyed reading this book. It was like a romantic comedy playing in my head! I must admit, this was probably the most honest romantic comedy I have ever read. I’ve read new adult novels before and although they all were romance stories it has never occurred to me that it was like a romantic comedy-movie. From the moment I started Since Forever Ago though I really felt like i was “watching” a movie! It had all the makings of a rom-com 🙂

I did enjoy reading it and do recommend it, just make sure you’re comfortable with swearing and well, reality -a bit more amped up.

This Week’s New Releases (I’m Excited For)

I’m back with another New Releases-post! If you haven’t read my previous one, please note that these are definitely not all the books that are being released this week. These are just the ones I’ve been anticipating or I look forward to reading. If you think I left any important ones out, please let me know in the comments!

Because there aren’t many books on my list this week, I can give you the synopsis for some of the books -I obviously won’t give you one if the book is a sequel, hello spoilers!

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  1. Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
    October 21st, 2014
    FINALLY. I have been waiting for Blue Lily, Lily Blue for a while now. I truly loved the previous two books, The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves. They are so unique -and strange- but they capture you and take you to a world where anything is possible. You need to go and read these. Side note: isn’t the cover gorgeous?
  2. Here With Me (The Archer Brothers #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
    October 23rd, 2014
    Synopsis: Ryley Clarke has grown up with the military in her blood, with both parents serving their country. Ryley knows the risks of being married to the military. But when the unthinkable happens, and her future husband is killed in action, Ryley can barely survive… until Evan’s twin brother, Nate, helps her pick up the pieces.
    After serving on a special mission with the military for six years, Evan Archer returns home to find the unthinkable – the love of his life, Ryley Clarke – engaged to his brother, Nate. With Nate on deployment, Evan needs to figure out what happened in his absence, and more importantly, how to win Ryley back from the man he once considered his best friend, but now thinks of as his rival.
    A new adult book with military guys? Sign me up for that! I’ve also read some of the author’s previous work and I thoroughly enjoyed them.
  3. A Shard of Ice (The Black Symphony Saga #1) by Alivia Anders
    October 27th, 2014
    The synopsis of this book is quite long, so I’ll show you the first part of it: When 13-year-old Lilix Morgan is found alive and floating on a bed of ice at sea, everyone counts it a miracle. Kidnapped nearly four weeks earlier, she remembers nothing of her mysterious abduction. When she tries to remember what happened, she hears only a melody – a faint and delicate set of notes, strung together in a tune she doesn’t understand.

    Kidnapped girl mysteriously found again + a melody. Creepy yet intriguing.
  4. Rowdy (Marked Men #5) by Jay Crownover
    October 21st, 2014
    Confession time: I haven’t read Nash, the previous book in this series. Oops. But I read the three books before that and I really enjoyed them. They are all new adult stories and they are companion novels. Each of them is about one of the guys working in a tattoo parlor and their families and obviously, love interests.

These are all the books I’m excited to read that are being published from the 21st-27th of October. Are you anticipating any? Let me know.

September Wrap Up

We are 2 days into October which means it’s time for my September Wrap Up. I’ve read 7 books in September. That’s not really a big amount for me but considering how little time I’ve had during this month I’m happy with 7. If I have done a review on any of the books I’ve read this month, there will be a link included for you.

What I read during the month of September

You can go to its goodreads page by clicking the title.

  1. Break it Up by E.M. Tippetts: 3.5 stars
    You can find my review here
  2. The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien: 5 stars
  3. The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg: 3.5 stars
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    ou can find my review here
  4. Saints (Boxers and Saints #2) by Gene Luen Yang: 3 stars
  5. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma: 5 stars
    You can find my review here
  6. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins: 5 stars
  7. Stay With Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn -or Jennifer L. Armentrout-: 5 stars

My thoughts on the books I haven’t reviewed

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  1. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins
    5 stars
    There aren’t enough words to describe how adorable this read was. Stephanie Perkins is an amazing contemporary writer and even though I had very high expectations of this book, I was not disappointed. The main characters, Isla and Josh, are very interesting, honest and so real. I really connected to Isla, I felt like we are similar in many ways. I would definitely recommend this “trilogy” of companion novels to anyone.
  2. Stay With Me (Wait for You #3) by J. Lynn -or Jennifer L. Armentrout-
    5 stars
    J. Lynn, or Jennifer L. Armentrout, can do no wrong in my opinion. I have read quite a few of her books and can honestly say I have enjoyed them all. Every book she writes is so very addicting and she writes in many different genres as well. Stay With Me is a new adult romance story that follows two main characters, Calla and Jax. This new adult novel deals with very real and gripping problems but to find those out, you’ll have to read the book! I would recommend anything written by this author, she has never disappointed me so far.
  3. Saints (Boxers and Saints #2) by Gene Luen Yang
    3 stars
    I’ve been trying to read more graphic novels, and Boxers and its sequel Saints have been getting a lot of love lately. I found the artwork to be extraordinary and while it was a good graphic novel, it didn’t grip me. I didn’t feel connected to it at all. I didn’t know anything about the Boxer Rebellion before reading this. I think I would’ve enjoyed this more if I were interested in that part of history or if I were religious. Even though I didn’t find them amazing, they were still enjoyable.
  4. The Two Towers (Lord of the Rings #2) by J.R.R. Tolkien
    5 stars
    A while ago I started re-reading this trilogy again which I will probably do every few years until I am too old to do so. I can’t praise this work of art enough. If you’ve never read the books, or have never seen the movie: what are you waiting for? Go do so!

Those are all the books I read in September. I won’t be making an October To Be Read blog post, as I am a huge mood reader and am incapable of planning reads beforehand. What have you read in September, or are you planning on reading soon? Let me know in the comments!

This Week’s New Releases (I’m Excited For)

Every week tons of new books get released. While it would be impossible for me to list all of them, I can make a little list every week of the books I am excited to read. Please remember that these are the books I am personally excited for, so books you’ve been anticipating may not be featured simply because I haven’t heard of it or it is part of a series I haven’t started or it may even be a book that doesn’t really interest me all that much. But if you think I forgot an important book being published, please let me know in the comments! Recommendations are always welcome.

If you’re looking for a synopsis of any of these books, you can click on their title. That will take you to its Goodreads page.

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  1. Stay With Me (Wait For You #3) by J. Lynn
    Publication: September 23rd, 2014
    J. Lynn, or Jennifer L. Armentrout, is one of my favorite authors. I have read quite a few books by her and can’t think of one I didn’t enjoy. The first two books in this series of companion novels were truly wonderful and I can’t wait to read Calla’s story with Jax. If you haven’t heard of the Wait for You series, it’s a new adult series.
  2. Messenger of Fear (Messenger of Fear #1) by Michael Grant
    Publication: September 23rd, 2014
    According to Goodreads, Messenger of Fear is being published on September 23rd, but its first publication was on August 26th -still counting it as this week though. I’ve previously read Gone by Michael Grant and I really enjoyed that one -I should probably continue on with the series soon. I don’t really know what it’s about, as the synopsis isn’t very revealing, but I know it is a young adult fantasy/science fiction story.
  3. Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix
    Publication: September 23rd, 2014
    Like Messenger of Fear, this book was first published on September 2nd, but according to Goodreads is being published on September 23rd again. You may feel like these books don’t really count, but in my opinion, it is being published this week and I am excited about it! This story is about a furniture store Orsk -a bit like Ikea, which is why it looks like a catalog-  where mysterious things happen at night. So the employees volunteer for a dusk-till-dawn shift, so they can see what’s going on. It sounds like an amazing read!

So these are the books that are being published this week and that I’m excited to read. Let me know whether you’re anticipating a book this week!

Review: Break it Up by E. M. Tippetts

Break it UpTitle: Break it Up
Author: E. M. Tippetts
Series: Someone Else’ Fairytale #3 -it is not necessary to read the previous two books, they are companion novels.
Published: November 12th, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Rating: 3,5 stars
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Synopsis: Kyra Armijo is making a few changes in her life. One of them being, she’s no longer going to give it up to every guy who looks at her twice. And she’s putting her hopes and dreams for her future first. When the aspiring photojournalist gets the opportunity of a lifetime to tag along with international boy band sensation, Triple Cross, she can’t pass up the chance.The only problem is that she’s in love with one band member, dodging the unwanted attention of another, and desperate to keep her turbulent past under wraps. Triple Cross have “nice guy” appeal, approved of by parents the world over, but have just let go their longtime manager, who controlled their clean image and media exposure with an iron fist. When Zach Wechsler, the object of Kyra’s affection, begins to show interest, she has to be careful.

Surely one girl can’t destroy a band that’s been together for ten years… only what if she can? Kyra knows she’s one bad decision away from ruining everything she’s worked for, and taking the hottest act of her generation down with her.

Review

*I received this book for review via Goodreads First Reads*

At first, I couldn’t decide whether to give this book 3 stars or 3.5. I settled on 3.5 because I did overall enjoy it, there were just some aspects of the book that prevented me from giving it more.

As far as the story goes, I must admit I was engrossed by it. I started this book in the early evening and finished it before going to bed. A girl who gets to tour with a hot boy band, who wouldn’t want to be in her place? Sometimes in romance novels, the plot can be quite unbelievable. To the point that when you’re reading it, you’re thinking: “Does this ever happen to someone at all?” And even though this may be just as unlikely to happen, the writing made me feel as if it could.

Now, let’s talk about Kyra, the main character. Kyra is the main reason for the 3.5 star rating. In the first quarter to half of the book, she was just so negative about herself. Okay, every person has doubts about themselves or aspects of their character that they don’t like. But for Kyra, it was taken to a whole new level. Because of things she has done in the past, Kyra feels like she is a bad person. But more than that, it’s like she rejects anything positive in her life, because she would not be “deserving of it”. During the story her character developed a lot, which is definitely a positive aspect. But still, I couldn’t shake the feeling that no one should have such a degrading look of themselves.

As for the love story, this book has both the positive and the negative version of it. On one end, there’s a case of instalove. Yes. The “I have never actually spoken to you but I love you”. No. You can’t love someone without knowing them. But on the other end, there’s a developing friendship that grows into love. That is the part I loved to read the most: how they get to know each other and discover not only each other’s good traits but also the bad.

If you are curious to pick this book up after reading this review, I would definitely say to do so! I enjoyed reading it. It has a fun and engrossing plot and there’s a lot of character development going on, which is always fun to read. I didn’t know what to expect going into it and that is probably the reason why the negative self-image and instalove-part irked me. But if you are aware of these going in, you might even enjoy it even more than I did!

Note: Seeing as Goodreads doesn’t allow half-star ratings, it’s marked as a 3 star-read. But I do give it 3.5 stars.