Monday, August 31, 2015
FakingPerfect by Rebecca Phillips
Faking Perfect is the perfect title for this book. Lexi Shaw spends everyday faking perfect. She has spent the past three years reinventing herself and trying so hard to get the world to see her as she wants to be seen. Even if it's not the real her. But I mean really who could blame her? Her mother is a horrible alcoholic who dates losers and her father is an addict that hasn't been in her life since she was four. I think she's so desperate not to be like her mother that she is willing to spend everyday chasing that unattainable perfection that she craves. Although she uses Tyler and ignores him at school, not wanting anyone to know about them, I think there's also a poetic romance to the fact that for a long time he is the only one who truly knows the real Lexi. Of course she is caught up on golden boy Ben. She thinks he is perfect and that appeals to her. If she could be Ben's girlfriend then that means she's good enough for Mr. Perfect himself right? But people aren't always who we think they are or want them to be and Lexi has to find this out the hard way. Tyler is not as prominent in this story as I'd like but he is an ever looming presence. He starts breaking Lexi's rules and acting out but also Lexi can't seem to stop thinking about him. He is not who she thinks she should be with at all but she craves his touch. On top of all of that she finds out some things about her dad and has to try to deal with that as well.
Overall I really enjoyed Faking Perfect. It was a quick read and had believable and flawed characters just the way I like. I could really relate to Lexi struggling with figuring out that line between being better, being herself, and trying too hard to be perfect. One of my favorite things about this book is how raw and honest it is. The trials Lexi faced are a great representation of things that a true teenager may have to deal with in day to day life. Faking Perfect is a great YA contemporary about self discovery and I'd highly recommend it to fans of this genre. I would love to read more from this author.
** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review **
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Harvest Moon - Moon Series Book 4
RELEASE DAY - Sept. 28, 2015
Some wolves were never meant for a mate...
Dr. Jason Ayers unleashes all of his rage and his frustration through fists and brute force in an underground boxing ring. The werewolf may be the pack's doctor, but he can't even heal his coma-stricken father after the Nero Organization's attack stopped his heart. And as his Pack brothers settle down around him, he still refuses to believe in the fairy tale notion that every wolf has a true mate...
In hiding and on the run, nurse Kilani Akamu is a loose end that Nero is desperate to tie up. She can't afford to be attracted to a doctor-especially one as unexpectedly hot and complex as Jason. Yet the sexual sparks arcing between them are undeniable...and Kilani's precognitive senses warn her that temptation is inevitable.
All it takes is one touch to send Jason's wolf howling. But even if he could protect her from Nero, he can't protect her from himself...
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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Family Trees by Kerstin March
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Family Trees is a beautiful and moving story of love and self discovery with lovely imagery of the great lakes as it's setting. The main character, Shelby Meyers was abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandparents on an apple orchard in a small town on the shores of Lake Superior. No stranger to heartbreak Shelby has put up some serious walls around her heart after a tragedy in her life. She has everything she needs in her town and her grandparents. At least that's what she thought until she meets Ryan Chambers. But can their romance survive the many hurtles thrown their way?
My favorite thing about this novel was the vivid descriptions of the town and the lakes. The poignantly romantic setting had me feeling like it was already fall even though I'm sitting here in the upper 90's as I write this. Besides it evoking odd feelings of nostalgia for plaid, fall, and apple pie, I also really enjoyed the easy romance between Shelby and Ryan. I liked that they seemed to fit together so easily, despite the circumstances trying to pull them apart. I can't believe that this is the author's debut novel! Ms. March is definitely an author to watch for and I am anxiously awaiting getting to read her follow-up novel Branching Out. I absolutely recommend Family Trees to fans of romance with a beautiful setting.
** I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. **
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015
After reading book one in this series "When Mercy Rains", I was really excited about reading When Grace Sings. Although I personally am glad to have read the first book, for those who want to skip straight into this one, I think that any pertinent information from the first book has been expertly woven into this story as well. I felt that the multiple points of view really helped to keep things interesting and moving along nicely. Of course I really enjoyed the Amish aspect of the novel and have found it to be a favorite genre of mine. Emotional, beautiful, and poignant, The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy is a must-read with a great message! I am anxiously awaiting to read the final book, When Love Returns!
** I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. **
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