Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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Synopsis

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

 

My Review

“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?” 

I started reading ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ because I felt like a reading slump was heading my way and a couple of people told me that this would be the perfect book to read in such a situation. And it actually is because this was such a quick read and I finished it in less than a day. It’s also a perfect summer read that you can enjoy while spending your time on the beach.

But even though it was a cute book, it was also very cliché and often quite predictable. But that wasn’t the worst thing about this book because it’s something I can usually live with. The worst thing was definitely the main character, Belly. She was such an annoying character and such a whiny little brat. I know that this is a coming of age novel and many girls that age might tend to behave like her but in my opinion, she was just way over to the top. She was complaining so much, she literally made me want to rip my hair out at some points.

Belly was constantly going on about how badly the boys were treating her, how they were always treating her like a child (though she was the one that constantly acted like a 9-year-old) and how they never asked her to come along when going somewhere. She literally made them responsible for everything she didn’t like, for example how she didn’t know anyone in the town they spend their summer breaks in because it would’ve been their job to take her to parties … like seriously though, what the hell? She can walk and talk, she should’ve left the house herself and made her own friends in that town instead of spending all her summer sulking because the three boys just preferred doing their own things.

She was literally such a pain in the neck, I think she was even more annoying than America from the Selection series and I actually thought that was impossible.

All of this just made me feel like I was way too old for this book and I really don’t know if I’ll actually continue this series even though I liked the other characters. I loved Conrad, Jeremiah and Steven and I also think that this book was generally very well written. But because of the main character and the fact that I felt a little too old for the entire story, I can only give TSITP 2.5 out of 5 stars.

(PS: I’m sorry about the fact that half of this review is just me complaining about the MC but she was literally driving me insane!)

Have you already read ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ and did you like it? 🙂

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Review: Fraternize by Rachel van Dyken

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Synopsis

Emerson just made her dream come true as a professional cheerleader for her favorite pro football team. But even though the plus-size athlete is breaking down boundaries, she still has to contend with the massive rulebook. Carbs? Nope. Chocolate? Definitely not. Still, Emerson loves her curves, and she’ll rock the hell out of this job even if it kills her. Except for one mandate that is easier read than done…

No fraternizing with the players.

Problem one is Miller Quinton: Emerson’s first love, first sex, and the guy who still ignites her daydreams and R-rated fantasies. Thrown back together, Miller and Emerson feel the undeniable pull of passion again, even if the conflict that tore them apart seems insurmountable. Then there’s way-too-sexy Grant Sanchez. He has a serious reputation with the ladies, and when it comes to winning someone he wants, he doesn’t let anyone stand in his way.

Now Emerson is breaking every rule in the manual. But what she doesn’t know is that she’s part of a wicked little game—one that could steal both her dream and her heart.

 

My Review

*Thanks again to Skyscape for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Emerson and Miller used to be best friends. But when Miller moved away at the beginning of their senior year, the two stopped talking to each other. They both think the other one is responsible for their loss of contact and so they don’t see each other until their ways coincidentally cross again six years later. Now Emerson is a cheerleader for the Bellevue Bucks, a successful football team, and Miller joins the team as a player. Their childhood dream has come true but the circumstances are a little different than they thought they’d be. Will the two end up as lovers, friends or enemies?

‘Fraternize’ is a very quick read and I finished it within less than a day. The book immediately captivated me and I really enjoyed it. I loved Rachel van Dyken’s writing style and you can clearly see that this isn’t the first book she published. It was so well written that I think I’ll check out some of her other works now because she seems to be a very talented author. I also immediately fell in love with the characters she created and I’m so glad I found a book about the relationship of a cheerleader and a player that wasn’t about the usual stick thin, bitchy cheerleader you normally find in similar books.

All in all, this is a very quick and enjoyable read and I’d definitely recommend it to everyone who’s looking for a good new adult romance novel. I decided to give it 4 out of 5 stars and I’m definitely interested in reading the second part of this series which will be published in January.

Have you already read ‘Fraternize’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Begin Again by Mona Kasten

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Synopsis

He makes the rules. She breaks them all.

A new start. It’s the only thing keeping Allie Harper going, when she packs up her life and moves across the country to Woodshill, Oregon. She’s about to start college, desperate to leave the ghosts of her past behind her. Even if that means never talking to her parents again.

Now the hard part – finding an apartment before classes start. Just when it seems she’ll have to live out of her car, Allie visits one more place. It’s beautiful. With one exception: can she stand being roommates with campus bad boy Kaden White? Sure, Kaden is sexy with his tattoos and careless attitude, but he’s also an arrogant jerk. With nowhere else to go, Allie moves in.

The first thing Kaden does is make a set of rules. Either Allie obeys, or she’s out:

1. Don’t talk about your girl problems.
2. Keep your mouth shut if I bring someone home.
3. We will NEVER hook up.

Easy enough, thinks Allie. Who would want to get involved with a brute like Kaden? But the more she gets to know him, the more she sees beyond his gruff facade. He, too, is harboring some painful secrets. For Kaden and Allie, it gets harder and harder to ignore the sparks between them. And the lines between the rules start to blur-

Begin Again is a beautiful romance that shows us just how possible it is to start over. To find freedom in heartbreak and love in the most unlikely places

 

My Review

*Thanks again to Bastei Entertainment for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

I’ve been meaning to read ‘Begin Again’ by Mona Kasten for a very long time now. This book was originally published in German and so I’d already heard a lot of positive things from my friends and other German book bloggers. The only reason I actually never picked it up is because I don’t really like reading German books even though I’m German myself. Sounds weird but that’s just how it is. So naturally, I was very excited when I found out that ‘Begin Again’ had been translated into English and was incredibly happy when I received an ARC of it.

‘Begin Again’ tells the story of Allie and Kaden. When Allie moves to college, she’s looking for a room to rent but can’t find a fitting one until she checks out the spare room in Kaden’s apartment. The problem is that he actually doesn’t want to live together with a girl but Allie can be very convincing and so Kaden lets her move in anyway. But he has a couple of rules, one of which is that the two will never hook up. Naturally though, they start feeling attracted to each other and have to deal with their feelings while at the same time having to deal with their dark pasts.

I really enjoyed reading the book and it was such a quick read. ‘Begin Again’ has a great plot and it’s a book you can easily read in one sitting because it will captivate you. It made me laugh a lot and I’ll definitely add it to my list of books I reread when I just need something that will make me happy. I also immediately fell in love with the two main characters, Kaden and Allie, but also really loved some of the secondary characters like Spencer, Dawn and Scott and hope we will get to read more about them in the sequel.

I know that many people also absolutely love Mona Kasten’s writing style but I personally felt like that was the only thing I can say something negative about regarding this book. I can’t even specifically tell you what I didn’t like about it but there were just a couple of things that bothered me and I feel like there’s still room for improvement. But as far as I know this is one of the very first novels she ever published and I’m confident that her writing will get better with every additional book she’ll publish in the future.

All in all, I really liked this book and I’m very glad it was finally translated into English so that more people have the chance to read it. I’m going to deduct one star because of her writing and give ‘Begin Again’ 4 out of 5 stars.

 

Review: Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon

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Synopsis

If you fall too fast, you just might crash…Daisy has been dumped, unceremoniously jilted. Not by any ordinary guy, no…Daisy has a secret in her past that she won’t even tell her best friend, Holly. She’s given up on men – and on her own family. But life still has to be lived and where better to recover than as far away from home as possible. Grabbing a chance to see the world, Daisy packs her bags and joins the team catering to the world’s highest-paid, supercharged racing drivers on the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. From Brazil to Italy, from Melbourne to Monte Carlo, life passes in a dizzying whirlwind. But nothing – and no one – can stop Daisy from falling again…this time for a man who is prepared to risk his life, and his heart, for the sake of speed, danger and ultimate success.

 

My Review

“Life can be snatched away from you in an instant, but if you don´t give yourself up to love, even with all the risks of losing it, life isn´t worth living.” 

One fact about me that often surprises people is that I am a big Formula 1 fan. The sport just really fascinates me and race weekends are my favorite weekends of the year. Also, I really hope I’ll one day be able to attend one of the races instead of only being able to watch from in front of my TV.

That’s why I was stoked when someone told me that Paige Toon has written a book that is set in the ‘F1 circus’. I was so excited to finally read it and it definitely didn’t disappoint me.

“Chasing Daisy” was such a quick read and it’s a perfect book to enjoy during the summer while spending the day at the beach or by the pool. I literally flew through the book and enjoyed it a lot. It made me laugh but also broke my heart and made me cry. It was a roller coaster of emotions.

It’s a cute story that features some great characters. But there were a couple of things that were a little confusing and should have been changed during the editing process. For example, at the beginning of the book the main character mentions that one of the drivers has never won a race before but when they’re in Monaco later on in the book, she asks him if he’s ever won there before which just didn’t make any sense. But those were some minor things that didn’t change the fact that this was overall a great book.

It was also well written, though I think that her writing could still be improved at some points. There were just a couple of sentences that would’ve sounded a lot better, and would’ve made the whole reading experience a little better, if they had been rephrased in the editing process. But this book was published almost 10 years ago and it was one of the first ever books Paige Toon published, so I’m sure that has improved since then and I’ll make sure to read one of her more recent books as soon as possible to find out if I’m right in assuming that.

All in all, this was a great book and I really enjoyed it. It’s the perfect book for everyone who loves Formula 1 and a good romance book and I’m giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

Have you already read ‘Chasing Daisy’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Dear Delilah by T. Bester

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Synopsis

It has been said that boys and girls can never be ‘just’ friends, and until Nathan Penn barged into my life, I thought it was complete and utter nonsense. But one night changed everything, and what I thought was the defining moment in our friendship turned out to be more than either of us were ready for.

When my boss tasks me with writing the University’s new sex advice column, Dear Delilah, I make it quite clear that I’m the least qualified person for the job – my experience is limited to one sexual encounter that taught me about love and loss all at once.

So what makes me say ‘yes’?

Simple.

A distraction.

Something to take my mind off Nathan.

But once I start, I find myself wanting to be the voice of the girl who’s to afraid to ask for advice, the girl who wants to own her sexuality but doesn’t know how. Sounds easy enough.

Except it isn’t.

It’s complicated, and messy and awkward, and when Nathan offers to help, I’m caught between a rock and his hard place. Literally.

It’s only when my identity is threatened that I realize I might be in over my head. With all of it.

 

My Review


*Thanks again to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

When I first read the synopsis of ‘Dear Delilah’, I was excited for this book and was hoping it would be a quick read that would allow me to forget about my everyday stress for a bit. But instead, I ended up having to force myself to even finish this book because I unfortunately didn’t enjoy it at all.

‘Dear Delilah’ is a book about Savannah, a college girl who is interning at the college’s newspaper. One day she is asked to take over the newspaper’s sex advice column and even though she doesn’t have a lot of experience when it comes to sex, she says yes. But why? Because she needs a distraction from an incident with her male best friend that took place a couple of weeks prior to the start of this book.

Like I said, I liked the synopsis and thought it would be one of those new adult reads that you just fly through and that allow you to relax for a bit. But ‘Dear Delilah’ was absolutely boring and if I hadn’t received an ARC of this book, I would’ve definitely DNFd it.

The book starts a couple of weeks after something has happened between Savannah and her (ex) best friend Nathan that made them stop talking to each other. While I’m usually someone who prefers it if the author doesn’t straight out tells you what exactly happened and gives you a chance to figure it out yourself, I would’ve preferred it if the author had just been a little more straightforward this time because it took me the first quarter of the book, to even understand what had caused their falling-out. There were two or three flashbacks that were supposed to tell you how everything had gone down, but I felt like I had no background information that I might’ve needed to even understand how they had suddenly gone from being friends to sleeping with each other, and what Savannah’s problem was.

Another thing that bothered me a little was the female main character herself. While Nathan was your typical new adult male main character that you see in a lot of books similar to this one, Savannah acted like a 14-year-old even though she was already in college. She was embarrassed when anyone even mentioned the word ‘sex’ and could barely even talk about it to anyone. She wasn’t a virgin when the book started and later on you even find out that she has pierced nipples which made her entire behavior seem very unrealistic. It was cringy and made me roll my eyes quite a lot.

Furthermore, I also thought the main subject of this book would be the sex column Savannah took over which was called ‘Dear Delilah’, just like this novel. But instead she didn’t start writing the column until the second half of the book which really disappointed me.

There was one more thing that bothered me, but won’t influence my rating, which were the spelling mistakes in this book. You can always find spelling mistakes and grammatical errors in ARCs because they’re uncorrected proofs which is totally fine. But I genuinely felt like no editor had even looked at this book before. It was not only full of spelling mistakes that could’ve easily been corrected by the spell checker on your computer, but there were also a couple of things regarding the content that just didn’t make sense. Like him saying that they hadn’t had sex since their first date even though they’d just had sex again a couple of pages before he said that which was just one of the textual errors that kind of spoiled the reading experience for me. But like I said, I didn’t let this influence my rating because I really hope this will be different in the finished copy of the book.

All in all, I just absolutely didn’t like this book. It was poorly written and I didn’t feel like I had any connection with the characters which is why I also didn’t really enjoy their ‘love story’. I still think you can enjoy the finished copy of this book if you really like college romances, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea which is why I unfortunately can’t give ‘Dear Delilah’ more than 1 out of 5 stars.

Have you already read ‘Dear Delilah’ and did you like it? 🙂