Monday, April 27, 2015

Fake Boobs: Ryan Ringbloom

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I loved the whole idea of this book. I loved the idea behind this book. I loved the characters in this book. I just plain loved this book!

Tori was a character that was written in such a realistic way that it was hard not to empathize with her. The constant self-loathing and hate was a bit much a times. I know that she finally grew up and got everything sorted out, but I felt like this was Tori basically for the entire book.

Which was annoying. But everyone around her treated her like shit, so I don't exactly blame her.

Grant was...interesting. He frustrated me more than Tori because WOW! own up to what you feel. This ENTIRE situation could have had a much better, much easier, much quicker outcome if someone had some balls. But no. 

As much as that part of the book angered me, I am glad that the author did it. It really put things in perspective and set up everything that Tori goes through after that perfectly. I liked that Tori learned about self-confidence, even if it was the hard way. She realized that she could be her own hero, and she finally started standing up for what she wanted.

I liked that she kept some of her assets, just because they made her feel better about herself. Some people might be against that, but she stayed within reason I think.

I liked the themes that this book brought up about girls and self-confidence, and what people are willing to go through to validate themselves. I loved that the author wasn't afraid to crash through that subject wall with a sledgehammer, but still be able to walk calmly through that wall after. 

I'm going to have to check out some other works by this author, I was very impressed with this first look!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Exposure: Annie Jocoby

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

I really don't even know what I just read. The blurb for this one sounded good, but the book was just...not.

All the weird twists, with Sophie in the background, and Asher being way too secret but then paying for everything for CJ. It was too unbelievable. Asher offered her everything she could ever want on a silver platter and was still a dick about it. CJ was a bit snobbish, when she had no right to be. And then she took advantage of what Asher gave her and was still snobby about it.

I'm glad CJ finally got the help she needed, and that she was able to share her story about her little brother...but the book seemed to turn into a self-help book at that point.

Learning about Asher's past just had me shaking my head. I mean REALLY?! Did we need to take it that far?

No. Nope. No.

CJ's roommate was a much more interesting character. She continually forgave CJ and was always there to help her with whatever she needed with her agoraphobia and even help getting a job. If I were her, I wouldn't have been able to forgive CJ quite so easily for everything she put her through.

The cliffhanger was a killer, but still not enough to make me want to read the next one.

I liked the original plot, but the book just kept getting more and more unreal and ridiculous as it progressed.

I hope the rest of you like it more than I did. Good luck and happy reading!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Rock & Release: Riley Edgewood

**Copy provided by author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

All these books with main characters who are idiots are staring to get to me. I feel like I need to go through another discussion about lifestyle choices and how not to be a complete moron while getting the guy. But I won't. Instead, I'll just say this.


Dear Cassidy,
You do not deserve Gage. I will be taking him from you until can truly appreciate him. Which will most likely be never. You suck.

This entire book frustrated me because Cassidy couldn't get her shit together for more than five minutes. She took everything in her life for granted, including her friends, Gage, and to some extent her parents. She starts off the summer learning to stand on her own two feet, with no help from her parents, which I thought was great. But just because you are an adult now doesn't mean you don't have responsibilities.

I understand that Cassidy was dealing with a very real, very tragic loss in the book. But instead of going crazy to escape what happened, she needed to be able to talk to someone. Her parents were dealing with their grief in their own way, and she took way too long to recognize it.

Gage was an amazing person. He repeatedly forgave Cassidy for all the stunts she pulled, he never pushed her to open up emotionally, or physically, and took care of his family. Perfect book boyfriend. I vote we rewrite the book, make it from Gage's perspective, and hook him up with Cassidy's ex-roommate. 

After Cassidy ran off with Luca a was done with the book. It went downhill from there and didn't make much sense.

Gage gets all the stars for this book, Cassidy gets none.