Review: Love’s Second Chance by L.P. Dover

love's second chanceLove’s Second Chance by L.P. Dover
Series: Second Chances #1
Published by: Amazon Digital Services Inc. on March 27th, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Adult
Pages: 249
Source: NetGalley
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My Rating: 5 stars2

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Korinne Anders had it all. She had the perfect job, the perfect house, and the perfect husband. When tragedy strikes, her world takes a devastating turn. Six months after losing her husband to a car accident, Korinne vows it to herself never to love again. If she doesn’t allow another man in her heart, then there’s no reason for her to feel the pain of loss. This plan seems to work, but is put to the test when Korinne’s best friend can’t stand to see her suffering any longer.
Korinne’s long-time friend, Jenna Perry, has an idea and it involves helping her friend find the spark of life in her soul no matter what it takes. Korinne didn’t know that Jenna’s plan meant bringing back a past love, a second chance with the man that Korinne had to leave in college, but always kept a place for in her heart.
When Galen Matthews learns of Korinne’s loss and that she’s finally moved back home, he wants nothing more than to be there for her. The love he felt for Korinne years ago has never left him, and now he’s given a second chance to not only mend her heart of her loss, but to also continue the love they shared in the past. Will his love and determination make her strong enough to give fate a second chance, or will her fear of losing another love make her run away?
What will Korinne do when she’s faced with a love so powerful that no matter what she does there’s nowhere to run from it?

Oh my gosh, there were definitely MANY tears shed let’s just leave it at that. I haven’t read very many New Adult books, but this was definitely a great way to ease my way into the genre. I definitely experienced just about every emotion you could think of while reading this. At times I’d find myself holding my iPad a little too tight…

Korinne’s husband Carson was in a terrible car accident and was killed. The whole time this was going on… I was crying. There are definitely some other parts in this that made me cry, but I’m not going to tell. You have to find out on your own. :)

Korinne is such a STRONG character! After everything she has just gone through with losing Carson, she is still able to carry on with her life. I was kind of nervous that her life wouldn’t get any better after that. But, it did. We were introduced to Galen… Let me tell you… He is definitely a new favorite male character! He is an absolute sweetheart and he’s very attractive. His romantic side, HOLY MOLY! I wish I could snatch him up! He was waiting for her to come back to him after they had broke up in college. It had been several years since they had last seen each other and he was STILL waiting! I couldn’t help but fall in love with Galen!

Korinne’s best friend Jenna reminds me a lot of my best friends. But, of course, I’m sure I’m not the only one that thinks that. Best friends are there for you through the good and bad, no matter what. Jenna was always there for Korinne no matter what happened.

L.P. Dover gave us a story to really think about our lives. What if? What if we aren’t given second chances?

Favorite Quotes:

“What do you do when you have nothing else to live for? When the world closes in on you and rips your soul apart, leaving you dying and aching on the inside. How does one regain the pieces that have been scattered to the wind?”

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“It means that you’re mine, and only mine from this day forth. Never again will I let you be anywhere else other than with me.”

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Review: The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

the darkest minds The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Published by: Disney Hyperion on December 18th, 2012
Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 488
Source: Bought- Hardcover
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My Rating: 5 stars2

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

You guys… If you have not read this book yet, drop what your reading and read this now. Even if your not a huge fan of dystopian books, I would HIGHLY recommend giving this book a try! This book is absolutely amazing! I was completely invested the entire time and the last 200 pages my heart was racing like crazy!! I even shed a few… Okay A LOT of tears. Books that get a 5/5 rating from me have that effect on me. If I cry or get teary eyed, chances are I’m going to give it a 5/5 stars, which in this case, it did.

The writing, the plot, the characters were just PHENOMENAL! I was completely blown away from this book. Of the dystopian books I’ve read, this has got to be the best of them. Bracken’s world she created had you invested after the first chapter. I usually don’t get attached to a storyline or characters that fast in a book. It usually takes me 50 pages to even get an idea about if I like it or not. If your having trouble reading this because of the storyline and how confusing it is in the beginning, I promise it gets better! I was confused at first with all these different colors and what they meant and how they categorized everyone.

There was just so much action and drama that I still can’t handle it. I’m still depressed from reading it and I probably will be for the next couple days.

Our main character, Ruby is such a strong, smart, tough, intelligent character. She knows how to put up a “wall” from other people and doesn’t let other people know how she is really feeling. At times, this did hurt her, but in the long run it helped her A LOT. I was completely blown away from the ending. I can not process what just happened. I’m still in shock after what just happened. I wish I could just gush about what just happened, but I really don’t want to spoil you guys!

Our other characters; Zu (who is such a sweetheart), Chubbs (who is probably my favorite), and we can’t forget about Mr. Liam! Liam is definitely a guy that I fell in love with. He’s an absolute sweetheart and you can’t help but fall for him. Zu is such a great character that Bracken built.. Even though Zu does not speak a single word throughout the book, you can understand what she’s thinking and can’t help but love the character. I had a hard time with Chubbs in the beginning. He was rude to Ruby in the beginning which threw me off. As the story progressed, I fell for him also, but not like the love I have for Liam; Chubbs would make a great best friend.

I can’t say that I’ve ever loved a cast this much before. I loved these 4 characters so very much and Bracken did an AMAZING job creating these characters! I now have to wait about 2 weeks to get my hands on Never Fade which is the sequel to this book. For those that have read this know exactly what I’m talking about.

Favorite Quotes:

“When a loved one dies, they don’t get to wake up,” she had said. “There are no comebacks or do-overs. You may wish they could come back, but it’s important that you understand they can’t, and they won’t.” (p. 292)

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“The darkest minds tend to hide behind the most unlikely faces.” (p. 456)

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“Did you know…you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breath? I’ll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight…and it’s like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.”

Stacking the Shelves (#1)

stacking the shelvesMeme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews where I post all the bookish things I’ve recieved/purchased either physical or e-book.

Now looking at the stacks of books I’ve collected over the past two weeks, it’s safe to say I have a book buying obsession. Both my mom and my boyfriend have told me several times that I need to stop buying books because I now have over 60+ books on my shelves that are un-read. Yeah, I need to stop… Probably won’t happen though. But that’s okay! There’s nothing wrong with books! :)

The physical books: 2 ARCS (One from Harper Teen the other from a giveaway), 4 books from Book Outlet, the 4 Nicholas Sparks books off a local garage sale, and the remaining from Books-a-Million.

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ARC from Harper Teen The Queen’s Choice (Heir of Chrior #1) by Cayla Kluver

ARC won in giveaway The Burning Sky (The Elemental Trilogy #1) by Sherry Thomas

Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han

The Lying Game (The Lying Game #1) by Sara Shepard

The Wedding (The Notebook #2) by Nicholas Sparks

2nd Column:

Incarnate (Newsoul #1) by Jodi Meadows

Shadow and Bone (The Grisha #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn (Thirst #3) by Christopher Pike

Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

Dark Visions (Dark Visions #1-#3) by L.J. Smith

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

The Gathering (Darkness Rising #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Not Pictured (because I forgot about it):

under the never sky Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky #1) by Veronica Rossi

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The E-books:

NetGalley:

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ARC Broken Beauty (Broken Beauty Novellas #1) by Chloe Adams

Aberrant (Aberrant #1) by Ruth Silver

Endless by Amanda Gray

Love’s Second Chance (Second Chances #1) by L.P. Dover

iTunes Book Store:

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Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

In Time (The Darkest Minds #1.5) by Alexandra Bracken

Waiting On Wednesday (#3): Never Fade

New WoWWaiting on Wednesday is a meme created by Breaking the Spine in which on Wednesdays you post a book that you are waiting to be released.

Sorry this is a day late, but I was really busy yesterday and didn’t get the chance to do my post. So, here it is now!

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never fadeNever Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Darkest Minds #2
Release Date: October 15th, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 512

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Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.

When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.

As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?

I’m currently reading The Darkest Minds and I’m about 300 pages in and I’m loving every page! There’s no question that I will want to read Never Fade when it’s released. I’m obsessing over The Darkest Minds right now and the world. This will probably turn out to be one of my favorite books. I refuse to spoil myself from the summary above; all I did was copy the summary and not read any of it. Okay, maybe I read like the first sentence.. But that’s okay.

I like how creepy and sad this world Alexandra Bracken has made. I mean how sad does it get when little kids are dying left and right from this disease called IAAN?! That’s pretty sad… :(

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Sequels Ever

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Best Sequels Ever’.

This Top Ten (eight) list is in order.

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1. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare: This could interchange with Catching Fire. I love them both VERY much! City of Ashes was definitely a lot better than City of Bones. There was more drama and more action as well as more character development. We were also introduced to some new characters as well.

2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: Of the whole trilogy, the was definitely my favorite! The Games were so interesting this time around for the Quarter Quell! I remember reading it and never wanting to put the book down. When I would get ready to put it down, something interesting would come along and I’d continue reading it.

3. Frostbite by Richelle Mead: It’s been a couple years since I’ve read this series, but Frostbite was really good from what I can gather. We were introduced to a new character, Adrian. There was also a lot more action involved!

4. Crossed by Ally Condie: Definitely a great sequel! I didn’t really enjoy Matched all that much. I think I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads; I gave Crossed a 5/5. There was a lot going on with Cassia and Ky trying to find each other. I flew through the last 2/3’s of the book in a day.

5. Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James: It’s been about a year since I’ve read the book but I do remember loving the story. I remember there was more drama and it was more intense than Fifty Shades of Grey.

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6. Betrayed by P.C. Cast: It’s been about 4 years since I’ve read this book, but I do remember that each book got better than the previous. I don’t remember really anything that happened in Betrayed, but I do remember that it was good. Just can’t remember any details. :(

7. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel: Again, as I said above, I read this about 4 years ago and I really don’t remember much at all, especially for The Immortal series.

8. Living Dead in Dallas by Charlaine Harris: I’m in love with this show and the book series! From what I can remember about the book series is that it’s a little different than the show.

Sorry to those that read this… It was hard for me to come up with a Top Ten list seeing as I haven’t really read a lot of books lately. If I have it’s the first book to the series and haven’t yet picked up the sequel (ex: the Shatter Me series, I just finished the book about a week ago and haven’t picked up Unravel Me yet).

It’s also been a few years since I’ve read a lot of these series so any details about the books are buried and I can’t remember much.

Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon: Final Re-Cap

Read-a-thon Tackle Your TBRSo it is now September 22nd and yesterday was the final day of this Read-a-Thon. So I’m showing my progress throughout the 13 days.

I didn’t finish all my books that I had planned to read this month, but I still have about another week to complete all my books. I did end up reading 4 books total and start another book with about 130 pages in.

Day 1: (Sunday, September 8th)

Books currently reading: City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare
Today’s finished books: City of Lost Souls
Total finished books: 1
Page count: 171
Day 8: (Monday, September 16th)
Books currently reading: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Today’s finished books: Shatter Me
Total finished books: City of Lost Souls, Projection, Shatter Me

Page count: 140

Total Count: 794

Day 13: (Sunday, September 21st)

Books currently reading: Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams & The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (134 pages)
Today’s finished books: Broken Beauty
Total finished books: City of Lost Souls, Projection, Shatter Me, Broken Beauty

Page count: 78

Total Count: 1006

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I read over 1,000 pages in this 2 week span! I am VERY proud of myself! I didn’t think I’d be able to read this much, I figured I’d get half. I also thought that I didn’t read that much, but looking at that total page count, I’m impressed! I’m so glad I did this read-a-thon! I knocked out 3 books on my TBR pile and one that was thrown in there for review! I’m hoping to finish The Darkest Minds by the end of this month! I should be able to considering I’m loving every page of it!

Thanks to Colorimetry and Tressa’s Wishful Endings for hosting this read-a-thon! I accomplished quite a bit for myself during this read-a-thon!

Review: Broken Beauty by Chloe Adams

broken beautyBroken Beauty by Chloe Adams (Lizzy Ford)
Series: Broken Beauty Novellas #1
Expected Published by: Indie Inked on September 22nd, 2013
Genre: New Adult, Drama
Pages: 78
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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My Rating: 4 stars2

I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

**Contains graphic content and the sensitive topic of rape and its aftermath. Not intended for teens under the age of 18.**

Sometimes bad things happen to beautiful people.

When socialite party girl Mia Abbott-Renou wakes up in a garden she has little recall of the previous night — except that she is naked…hurt…terrified. Not only has she been raped, but she knows one of her assailants: the son of a wealthy politician who happens to be her own father’s political ally.

Mia wants and needs justice. Except this privileged boy has an alibi and her father forbids her from going to the police. It’s a critical election year, one that his party might lose if his image as a doting father is soured due to Mia being labeled a lush or worse, promiscuous.

Devastated at not having the support of her family, Mia finds herself in a tug-of-war with her conscience over what to do, especially since she can’t remember exactly what happened that night. Worse, the men who attacked her have hurt several other girls, and Mia may be the key to stopping them.

Mia tries to forget, until the unthinkable happens, and she’s left reeling once again, faced with a new challenge that will force her to take more control of her life.

Originally published in October 2012 as “No Way Back” by Chloe Adams

Mia, who is around 17 years old goes to a party underage with a fake ID without her best friend Ari and gets drugged, abused, and raped by two men. This novella covers the aftermath of her being raped and how she is dealing with it feeling alone.

Rape is such a hard topic to talk about or even think about in general. In my eyes it’s the worst kind of violence there is. But, that’s just my opinion. I believe Chloe Adams/Lizzy Ford did an AMAZING job covering this tough subject. I was kind of nervous going into this because of a couple reasons:

1. Rape is such a touchy subject and it (this novella) could have turned out bad.

2. The fact that it’s a novella and I don’t really read many novellas unless it is a must to a series.

Our main character, Mia is such a tough and brave girl! Even after everything she went through, she is doing pretty well in my eyes considering what has happened to her. The only people that TRULY care about her are Dom and Ari. Dom is one of the cops that found her that night after she was raped. Between the two of them, they are the only ones who can calm Mia down and keep her from completely losing it. Her own parents don’t care enough to visit and only focus on her. Especially her dad or “Daddy”– who I VERY much just want to punch– doesn’t care for her. He’s too worried about his other daughter, Molly (Mia’s half-sister) and politics. Her mother or “Mama” is an alcoholic and is in rehab constantly.

The only thing that really kind of bothered me was the fact that Mia called her father “Daddy”. It made me feel as if Mia was younger than she really is. But, there are also other characters who refer to him as this which I find strange.

Favorite Quote:

“Ari cries, too, and we sit on the floor, hugging, until I’m too tired to cry anymore. We hold each other the way we did on Halloweens when we were little and afraid the monsters would get us.” (Loc 497)

I read this within a few hours and could not put it down. I’m definitely going to be continuing with the series to see what happens next.