Review: Hell Without You by Ranae Rose

hell without youHell Without You by Ranae Rose
Series: N/A
Published by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. on September 5th 2013
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Military, New Adult
Pages: 222
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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My Rating: 4.5 stars

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.

Time changes everything, except what’s meant to be.

Seven years is a long time – long enough to transform Clementine from a small-town teenager with a broken heart into a woman ready to take on the world, but not long enough to make her forget about the man she was never supposed to see again. A temporary return to tiny Willow Heights thrusts her back into Donovan’s life and home, unearthing heartbreak and obsession that have stood the test of time.

He left seven years ago too, for war and other things Clementine can only imagine. Coming back to the town where he grew up in the shadow of poverty and drug addiction makes no sense, and neither do Clementine’s feelings for him. He could never forgive her for leaving, could he? Even if she had no choice.

Now, she has the freedom to choose … and so does he. Every day in Willow Heights makes it clearer: all he ever really wanted was her, and nothing will change that. Not even a taste of the hell that drove them apart in the first place.

Seven years ago, Clementine lived in a small town called Willow Heights. She was dating Donovan and neither of them speak to their parents. The only way they would communicate if they couldn’t find each other was by writing letters to each other and placing them in a brick at Clementine’s grandma’s house. Something happened to Clementine and Donovan and she was forced to choose– leave for college in another state and leave Donovan behind or stay and have him go to jail for what happened. She decided to leave for college. He went off to war in Afghanistan.

Seven years later, Clementine has finished college and had an internship in New York that made her in debt. She decided to move back to Willow Heights. Well, so has Donovan. Donovan also suffers from PTSD, and because of this almost every night he sleep walks. Clementine goes to visit her grandma’s house to revisit it. She then finds that a black truck has pulled up and a man steps out. She recognizes him and it happens to be Donovan. Donovan has never stop loving Clementine and Clementine had no idea. They are confronted with the past and something terrible happens.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this story. Although, the reason why I gave this a 4.5 Stars rating is because the beginning dragged on. It took until over half way for the story to really pick up. When it did, I really liked it. Another reason as to why I gave it this rating is because it was missing that piece to make me completely love the story.  I did however, have a really hard time putting the book down. I read a little over half of it in one day.

I thought Donovan was extremely hot. Well, at least how Clementine was explaining him. :)

Clementine’s past and how Donovan was involved, was mind-opening. After everything that has happened to these 2, I’m really happy that something really great come from it. I found myself literally smiling when I finished the book.

I really didn’t like Clementine’s parents at all. They were very rude and didn’t like Donovan for something he didn’t necessarily do.

Favorite Quotes:

“I’ve survived the last seven years without you watching over me after dark. Figure I’ll make it through another night.”

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“I don’t want a life without you. Fuck staying away from Willow Heights if it means never seeing you again. I… it was hell without you.”

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“The kind of love that waits for seven years without changing is the kind of love that makes you stupid, sometimes.”

Review: Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi
Series: Shatter Me #1.5
Published by: Harper on October 2nd, 2012
Genre: Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 103
Source: Bought- e-book
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My Rating: 5 stars2

Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me,Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

Juliette has escaped Warner twice now and The Reestablishment. After returning back to base after what Juliette did to him to escape, all Warner can think about is her. After getting some strength back, he goes through Juliette’s room where she was staying and he comes across a notebook. This happens to be Juliette’s and she dropped it while escaping. Juliette’s journal writings were definitely very emotional and intense. The more he reads her journal, the more he realizes his feelings for her and how much they really do have in common.

Upon returning to base, Warner is confronted with one of the things he’s been dreading for quite some time now… His father, whom is the Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, comes to visit Warner. We soon very quickly find out why Warner is the way he is. Warner’s father has realized who Juliette is and what she can do, but he doesn’t want her to live. He wants her dead. Warner doesn’t feel this way but doesn’t want his father to realize his feelings for her because it will only make it worse.

My Thoughts:

Warner is just one of those bad guys that are just so evil, but yet so interesting. Many people I’ve talked to started off as #TeamAdam but after reading this novella, they might have reconsidered their team.. Well, it’s safe to say I’m one of the very few that is sticking with #TeamAdam.. For some reason, I just couldn’t get over the fact of Shatter Me and what happened. I still find him just as creepy, but probably not as intense as Shatter Me. I still couldn’t get over the fact of how creepy obsessed he is with Juliette. I don’t know what it is, but I just couldn’t let that go.

I did at times start to feel bad for Warner, but only for the fact of how ruthless his father is. I do understand why Warner is the way his is. I did give this a 5/5 because I was so invested in this novella, that when it was over I was kind of mad that is was over. I really enjoyed reading from Warner’s perspective and get a look at his life after what happened in the previous book.

Favorite Quotes:

“I’ve come to believe that the most dangerous man in the world is the one who feels no remorse. The one who never apologizes and therefore seeks no forgiveness. Because in the end it is our emotions that make us week, not our actions.”

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“Love is a heartless bastard.”

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“People seldom realize that they tell lies with their lips and truths with their eyes all the time.”

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“I almost forget that she still hates me, despite how hard I’ve fallen for her.
And I’ve fallen.
So hard.
I’ve hit the ground.”

Review: The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein

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The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein
Series: N/A
Published by: Jessica Schein by October 29th 2013
Genre: Mystery, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 338
Source: ARC from NetGalley
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My Rating: 2 stars

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.

A new four-book e-novella series featuring four different characters trying to find out the answer to one big question: where is Lizzy Ross?

Book 1: Mimi Lerner and Lizzy Ross have been best friends since high school began and now, as seniors, they’ve made big plans together—from a trip to the Bahamas only months away to going to college the following year and ruling it like they do high school. But when Lizzy goes MIA after a party Mimi throws at a posh Manhattan hotel, everything is suddenly up in the air and Mimi must face facts: Lizzy Ross may not be the girl she knew, and the life she thought she’d have is going in a very different direction.

Please note that this book ends in a cliffhanger and book 2 will be told by another character.

Keep an eye out for the next installment, as told by a different character, of the Lizzy Ross series in early 2014!

About the Author: Jessica Schein was born and raised in Manhattan and is a graduate of both Bates College and Lesley University, from which she received her M.F.A in Creative Writing. After school, she spent nearly eight years working in the marketing departments of a number of children’s publishing houses and dreaming of the day she’d publish her own stories. She currently lives in Seattle with her dog, Owen, who is—of course—named after a well-known literary character. When not writing, she can be found cooking, running, doing yoga, or spacing out.

Mimi and Lizzy have been best friends since they were little. They are both very wealthy and attend a private school. They go out and party every weekend and do drugs and drink alcohol. Lizzy is very secretive about herself and doesn’t tell her best friend, Mimi everything. Mimi is “dating” a guy named Jared who she gets her cocaine from. Mimi has an addiction to cocaine.

One day Mimi and Lizzy book a hotel room for a party one weekend. Both show up to the hotel earlier to set up and everything. The next day, Mimi can’t get a hold of Lizzy and she doesn’t really think it was a big deal at the time. Days pass and Lizzy still isn’t answering her phone or texts. Mimi starts to get worried but still doesn’t think much of it. She believes that this is just something Lizzy does occasionally. After about a week and a half, Mimi goes over to Lizzy’s house just to make sure she’s alright. Neither the maid or Lizzy’s parents have heard from her either. Mimi starts getting worried, but still doesn’t tell anyone about it. After 2 weeks the police have become involved and Lizzy is considered a missing person at this point. No one knows where she is or what happened to her.

My Thoughts:

I was really excited to start this book because it sounded really interesting! Hello, the title explains it! Lizzy is missing! Well, nothing was really solved…

I was kept looking at the reviews that are on Goodreads and kept telling myself to keep reading. Mimi is VERY addicted to cocaine and will do anything to get her hands on it. I found this extremely annoying. I didn’t connect to Mimi at all, or any character for that manner. I felt that all Mimi did was worry about the next time she was getting her drugs and what she was going to do to Jared to get a hold of it. She didn’t care to much that her BEST FRIEND has gone missing and could possibly be dead on the side of the road somewhere.

About 60% into this, I was really hoping it’d pick up and Mimi would clean up her act and start helping…. Nope… She continued to worry about Jared and her drugs…

“Where is Lizzy? Where is Jared? When will I get more coke?”

Nothing was resolved and nothing continued after the fact that Lizzy went missing. The police didn’t do much to help find her.

What I did like is the plot of the story. I was super excited to get into this story because it sounded very interesting.. As I said earlier. I also liked the fact that Mimi did stick up for her best friend when some people were talking bad about Lizzy.

Favorite Quote:

“Only in Manhattan does a father call a lawyer before the cops when his kid is missing.”

Stacking the Shelves (#4)

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

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This week I have 6 physical books and 4 e-books.

Physical Books:

3fc059323a9611e39b0322000ae80f35_8 Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey–Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult

Of Poseidon (The Syrena Legacy #1) by Anna Banks– Fantasy, Mermaids, Romance, Young Adult

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake–Paranormal, Horror, Ghosts, Young Adult

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake–Paranormal, Horror, Ghosts, Young Adult

Unravel Me (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi–Dystopia, Romance, Young Adult

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0059059e3b5b11e3b39722000aeb4586_8Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth–Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult

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E-Books:

Amazon Kindle: all free!

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Saltwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story (The Kisses Series #1) by Krista Lakes– Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Rainwater Kisses: A Billionaire Love Story (The Kisses Series #2) by Krista Lakes– Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult

Forever Fae (Forever Fae #1) by L.P. Dover–Fantasy, Romance, Fairies, New Adult

NetGalley:

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The Disappearance of Lizzy Ross by Jessica Schein–Mystery, Contemporary, Young Adult

Review: Angelfall by Susan Ee

angelfallAngelfall by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Published by: Feral Dream on May 21st, 2011 (first published)
Genre: Paranormal, Angels, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 254
Source: Bought- Paperback
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My Rating: 5 stars2

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Our main character, Penryn who is 17 years old has a younger sister, Paige–who is disabled– and a mom who is insanely crazy. No, I’m not kidding, her mom is seriously crazy… Anyhow, within a six week period, angels of the apocalypse have come down to destroy the world. It’s survival of the fittest. You are scrounging for food–some will even eat pet food!– and fighting for survival. During the day, street gangs rule the streets and during the night the angels rule. It has become a “game” that of who can find an angel, they will be rewarded for it.

One day while changing their locations, Penryn, Paige and their mother witness something they weren’t supposed to see. This ultimately ends with Paige being taken away and an angel called, Raffe having his wings–graphically– cut off. Penryn realizes Raffe is the only “person” that can help find Paige. She then realizes her mom has disappeared and Penryn is left with Raffe. Penryn and Raffe travel through Northern California searching for answers for both Paige and Raffe. Their answers are in San Francisco, but it isn’t that simple.  They are both tested upon what they believe and what they are willing to risk to get what they want.

My Thoughts:

WOW! Just… WOW! I COULD NOT put this book down! I kept studying for about 15 minutes, then picking the book up for about 30-45 minutes, study again, read again… I can not get over how much I LOVED this book! I finished this book–technically– within 24 hours, it was THAT good.

Penryn is an amazing bad ass character. She doesn’t let guys drag her down, which was refreshing to read. Her focus throughout the story was finding Paige and her mom. Of course she finds guys attractive and everything, but she doesn’t let that bring her guard down from finding them.

Raffe and the other Angels are so interesting to read about! There wasn’t a boring part in this book, there was always something going on that made you want to keep reading. The chapters are fairly short and each chapter leaves off with you wanting more.

Susan Ee’s world and writing was so breath-taking! Penryn, as well as other characters are ones that you instantly fall for and love.

Favorite Quotes:

“My friends call me Wrath,” says Raffe. “My enemies call me Please Have Mercy. What’s your name, soldier boy?”

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“It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss.”

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“I never kid about my warrior demigod status.”
“Oh. My. God.” I lower my voice, having forgotten to whisper. “You are nothing but a bird with an attitude. Okay, so you have a few muscles, I’ll grant you that. But you know, a bird is nothing but a barely evolved lizard. That’s what you are.”

Waiting on Wednesday (#7): World After

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.

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world afterWorld After by Susan Ee
Series: Penryn & the End of Days #2
Publishing by: Skyscape on November 19th, 2013
Genre: Paranormal, Angels, Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 442
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In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world.

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

Okay, I don’t necessarily know if this is “cheating”, but I’m currently reading Angelfall. Is that cheating? Oh well.

I’m over 70 pages in and I’m loving it! This is such an interesting story! It’s definitely not your normal YA book. It’s definitely got a lot of “creepiness” that’s for sure! I already know I’m gonna love the rest of the book and want to purchase/read World After.

If you have not picked up Angelfall, I’d consider it. If you don’t like gory or violent situations, I wouldn’t recommend it though.

Top Ten Tuesday: Unusual Character Names I’ve Encountered In Books

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

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This week’s theme is ‘Top Ten Unusual Character Names We’ve Encountered In Books’.

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I DO NOT hate any of these fandoms! I love every single one of these series listed below!

Unusual Names:

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1. Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins– Okay, I don’t hate them. This is one of my favorite series. They are just such unusual names! Besides THG, I’ve never heard these names before.

2. Renesmee from Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer– Another one of my favorite series, okay, basically all time favorite. But, Renesmee is such a “random” name. Yes, I do know it’s both Edward’s and Bella’s mothers’ names. It’s just… unusual!

3. Cassia from Matched by Ally Condie– Cassie is one thing, but Cassia??

4. America from The Selection by Kiera Cass– I LOVE this name! It’s unusual because I don’t know anyone that has this name. The fact that this is dystopian and it (I’m assuming) takes place in the United States.

5. Schuyler from Blue Bloods by Melissa De La Cruz– Completely random name. I don’t hate it, it’s just unusual!

Names I Love:

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1. Zoey from Marked by P.C. and Kristin Cast– I just LOVE this name! I’m not sure why I love it so much, but I do!

2. Rose and Lissa from Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead– These names, especially Rose are really pretty! Lissa is a very common name though..

3. Clary, Isabelle, and Jace from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare– Okay, I could basically say every character in this series is just awesome honestly! I especially love the name Clary. It just sounds pretty… Am I the only one?

4. Juliette from Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi– Romeo and Juliet? Really!? I don’t need an explanation. :)

5. Elena, Stefan, Damon, and Caroline from The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith– Okay, this is my all time favorite show and one of my favorite book series. As I said for City of Bones, I pretty much like any characters name. I think one reason why is because I’m obsessed with both fandoms… A LOT.