Thursday, March 31, 2016

Progress: Amalie Silver

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

I found this book as frustrating as I did beautiful. Which is incredibly.

This book is about two very broken individuals who try, time after time after time to come together, to be better, and to try and help each other.

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There was so much pain in this book that I could feel it. I liked the depiction of the problems that both characters had. They were both so realistic, it wasn't romanticized or prettied up. It was harsh and brutal and sad.

I liked that the author didn't try to wrap everything up in one book, I usually don't like books that turn into a trilogy or anything, but this one was awesome. I want to say there was a lot of angst in this book, but there wasn't, that was the mental health issues popping up.

I'm glad that the author included a trigger warning, for those of you who have some, make sure you're aware of them. It was hard to read some parts, but was so worth it.

I think everyone who wants to know more about mental illnesses and how they affect others, and people who like tragic backstories and rough characters should read this. Keep in mind this was not a happy book, it is dark and kinda depressing.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Crushed: Charmaine Pauls

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

A few things to note before I start this.
    One: I first saw this on NetGalley and requested it when it was under the title Loving the Enemy.
    Two: I WAS HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS WAS A PREQUEL WHEN I REQUESTED IT. It wasn't listed in the description until the title changed that this was, in fact, a prequel.

Therefore, I was so freaking confused during this book that I didn't really know what was going on.

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But despite that, I still liked it! 

For some reason, I liked that the characters were all broody and mysterious and honestly, assholes. I usually don't enjoy that, plus all the angst (seriously, angst pisses me off to no end), but this author managed to pull it off in a way that didn't annoy me, but rather kept me on edge, wanting to know what happened next.

I'm happy to say that I will definitely be reading the rest of these books (although it may take me some time...), so if you like this series, or this author, read it!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Closer: Aria Hawthorne

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

This book was actually pretty good! It was a romance so it nothing really ended up surprising me, it was pretty obvious where the story was headed.

However, I did like the whole twist of Sven losing his eyesight. I thought it was interesting that they made a business deal for something other than "girl needs money/house/other things that can only be achieved by trading herself with a guy". I mean seriously, that gets so old.

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Both of the characters were pretty likable, and they weren't super annoying or childish.

However, nothing really stood out in this book either. Yeah, it was cute, and romantic, but that was it. Nothing really made it stand apart from others like it. It started off really great, but it did slowly fade into a misty grey area.

But whatever, I liked it. Check it out if you like moody guys who become not so moody, and girls who know what they want.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Backup: Kathryn Renard

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

Well....

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That seriously about sums up the entirety of what I thought about this book.

I had to force myself to finish it. It just wasn't my thing.

I think this book was 50% angst, 40% drama, and the remaining ten percent was divided between me repeatedly say WTF, and some decent plot mixed in, and sex.

I saw that this author wanted to write books that reflected the real college experience, but I couldn't relate at all. Maybe some people can, and if so, why the hell are you still enrolled at your school!?

I had hoped that this would slowly get better, and it did, but only marginally. 

That being said, if you're into drama and romance, you should definitely check out this book.