Review: True Love Story by Willow Aster

17166702“Before Sparrow Fisher moves to New York City, she meets Ian Sterling, a musician Sparrow has dreamed about since she first saw him. The attraction is instant, but their relationship isn’t so simple. Over a five year span, Sparrow and Ian run into each other in unusual places. Each time, Sparrow has to decide if she can trust him, if he feels the same for her, and finally, if love is really enough.”

The Good: I really loved the plot and the character development in this story. Sparrow, the main character is funny and very likable. I think the reader can easily relate to her and her struggles. The plot is quite different and I was pleasantly surprised with a few of the twists. Warning, this story made me cry ugly tears a few times.

The Bad: Because of the synopsis I thought we would be seeing more of the main character’s struggle with a conservative family, but once I read past the first few chapters I noticed that her parents were actually quite relaxed for being preachers. Willow is a good kid and she has morals, but she doesn’t really play the goody-two shoes part. I just thought it was a little deceiving (reason #749 why I hate reading synopses) and I made a mental note on that. I wasn’t sure if she was just out of character or if that’s how the author intended it to be.

The Ugly: Besides the ugly tears you will be shedding with this book, there’s nothing else I can say about it. I enjoyed the story very much and had a hard time getting into another book for a couple of days after finishing up the ARC that I receive from the author.

Release day is February 19th. Mark your calendars!

ETA: Released early. Get your copy today on Amazon

Spotlight: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

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

I have decided to start spotlighting some of the books that I read last year, and I didn’t get a chance to write a review for. Hopeless came out sometime before Christmas time and I just recently noticed that I never got around to review it. Sadly I feel it’s too late for me to give a honest review now, since it has been a long time since I read it, and while I remember loving the story, I don’t remember enough detail to do it justice.

All I wanted to say is that I loved the story. I recommended the story to all my friends and they all have loved it. If you have not read it, do yourself a favor and get your own copy. You will want to read this book again and again. I know I will when I have a little more time, maybe this summer!

Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Review: Destined To Change by Lisa Harley

17182066 “Loralei Harper’s destiny was determined before her birth. It was very simple. She was expected to graduate from high school, marry Declan Sharp, and have two kids. She would stay at home with them, while her husband worked on the family farm. But the funny thing about destiny is…it can change in the blink of an eye.”

The Good: Great character development. I have to give props to the author because even though this is not my type of book, I was able to enjoy the plot and I found the characters to be likable and believable. This is a country love story, with a bit of conflict and heartbreak.

The Bad: While this is not exclusive to this novel, I have to mention that I felt like there was more to the story that needed to be told. At some points I felt like the characters wanted to say more but couldn’t. This specific reason is why I rated character development higher than everything else. I made the connection with the character and felt like the author censored certain parts to move on with the story.

The Ugly: Subplots needed more development and I wish we could have seen more of some of the characters mentioned at the beginning of the book. In general I just missed the few characters that we met in the first few chapters. Not a deal breaker though.

Overall this book is a nice read for a debut novel. Available on Valentines Day 2013 on ebook through Amazon.

Review: Insanity by Lauren Hammond

13557662“Adelaide’s mother abandoned her when she was ten years old, leaving her to be raised by her abusive and alcoholic father. Damien on the other hand came from a wealthy family, was a local celebrity, and seemed to have a bright future ahead of him. Despite their differences, Adelaide and Damien were young, wild, and fiercely in love. And they had a plan. They were going to run away.”

The Good: The writing style was excellent. I had received a warning about this story from friends that recommended the series to me, so from the moment I started reading I was paying extra attention to the way the writer wanted the story to be told. Mrs. Hammond didn’t disappoint. I was able to immerse in the (crazy) world of Adelaide and try to differentiate what was true and what seemed true. This book is called insanity for a reason and readers will be left wondering about their own sanity.

The Bad: The plot, while not complicated, it is a bit confusing. Even while that was the intent, I think it was a little over done. Sometimes the main character’s banter was repetitive and while the character development was good, I just couldn’t connect with the characters themselves. I obviously sided with the main character as she’s the narrator but she lacked charisma and I concluded that she is indeed mentally disturbed.

The Ugly: This trilogy is on hold, the third book has been pushed back several times and I will hold on until the final installment is out before I read the second book. Readers have to be in the right mind-set to enjoy this story. While the mystery is great, the romance is rather weak.

Overall a very interesting read with great ratings from other readers. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

cover23350-medium “Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate—and completely irresistible. A Beautiful Bastard.”

The Good: This was a quick, fun read and I personally liked the character development. Also the writing was casual and entertaining which should appeal to any reader looking for a short fun story.

The Bad: As some of you may know, this story used to be a Twilight fan-fiction. Once upon a time (not too long ago) I would have passed on it, but I was interested in reading this story because it went straight from fan-fiction to a traditional publisher. I figured, if a publisher deems it good enough, then it must be. I think my expectations were greater because of it. In general I felt it lacked substance.

The Ugly: It needs more plot. The characters were really well done but the story was shallow. I would have loved to see a subplot or more conflict. The story left me unsatisfied.

Credit: Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC. This book will be available tomorrow February 12th at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.