[Top 5 Monday] Favorite contemporary books

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I had a difficult time thinking of a theme for this week. I was constantly opening and closing my GR tab and I was wondering what to do till I saw my contemporary shelf. I have a total of 125 books (read and to-read) in this shelf and I thought ‘oh! a contemporary top 5 would be interesting’. Well out of these 125 books I realised that I’ve only liked about 10 books and I’ve rated with 5 stars only two of them. How is that possible? I don’t know why I can’t enjoy contemporary books even though they seem interesting. Anyway here it is~

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To Whom it May Concern,

It was easy to call us forbidden and harder to call us soulmates. Yet I believed we were both. Forbidden soulmates.

When I arrived to Edgewood, Wisconsin I didn’t plan to find him. I didn’t plan to stumble into Joe’s bar and have Daniel’s music stir up my emotions. I had no clue that his voice would make my hurts forget their own sorrow. I had no idea that my happiness would remember its own bliss.

When I started senior year at my new school, I wasn’t prepared to call him Mr. Daniels, but sometimes life happens at the wrong time for all the right reasons.

Our love story wasn’t only about the physical connection.

It was about family. It was about loss. It was about being alive. It was silly. It was painful. It was mourning. It was laughter.

It was ours.

And for those reasons alone, I would never apologize for loving Mr. Daniels.

-Ashlyn Jennings

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When Lauren Monroe first laid eyes on Michael Delaney back in high school, she had every reason to stay away from him; within minutes of their first encounter, his volatile actions confirmed his notorious reputation. But Lauren saw something in him that caused her to question his bad-boy persona, and against her better judgment, she took a chance. She had no way of knowing that the unlikely friendship they formed would become so important to her.

Or that it would end so painfully.

Eight years later, when Lauren begins her new job at Learn and Grow Day Care, Michael is the last person she expects to see. Refusing to revisit the hurt and confusion of their past, Lauren vows to keep her distance from him. But staying away from Michael proves to be more difficult than she thought, despite her lingering grief and her instincts for self-preservation.

As Lauren and Michael recall the friendship that changed them forever and the events that tore them apart, will they finally be able to heal? Or will the ghosts of Michael’s past prove to be too much to overcome?

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[Review] Reluctantly Married by Victorine E. Lieske

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From the NYT’s best selling author of Not What She Seems.

Megan Holloway can’t stand her local morning show co-host, Adam Warner, even though he’s a total hunk. He goads her on-air until she says things she regrets. But since ratings increase each time they have an on-air fight, the producer encourages his behavior.

When a relationship specialist comes onto the show purporting that Adam has hidden feelings for her, she reluctantly agrees to go out with him–on camera. What starts out as one date turns into a viral dating show with Megan and Adam alternating between locking lips and knocking heads.

As Megan fights her growing attraction to Adam, their popularity increases and ABC takes notice, offering them their own program. Not a morning show like Megan is hoping, but a dating show in which she and Adam must marry at the end. With the promise of a hundred thousand dollars and the possibility of scoring what she really wants, her own national program, she signs on.

What she doesn’t know is that Adam has fallen in love with her, and his objective is to get her to do the same.

This is a sweet romance, appropriate for any age.

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1star

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ARC kindly provided by the publisher, via netGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

DNF at 27%

I saw a lot of potential in the first couple of pages. Megan and her co-host in the show were fighting and it was interesting. A few pages later, Megan fell in love with Adam just like that. That was the first reason I DNFed this book.
Insta-love is the absolutely worst mistake an author can make that ruins a story. If she is in love already what am I going to read about later? I needed an intro of their interaction, a bit more fight and then I was expecting them to realise their feelings while they were forced to date. That’s the interesting stuff and that is how it was supposed to go. Yet, Megan just fell in love in the first chapter, misunderstood Adam and planned her revenge for no reason.

Adam is introduced as a player and a mean jerk. In no time he turns out to be a caring gentleman who loves animals and makes Megan melt just watching him with a racoon. Yeah, what a great reason to fall in insta-love with someone. The mystery was gone and I was bored. I would prefer if that side of Adam was a secret for most of the book and Megan found out after a couple of dates.

And say I could ignore all this; what I couldn’t ignore was the fact that there was a third person POV and we were kept away from their thoughts and feelings. Someone who write in third person POV, knows that feelings and thoughts are still important to be able to understand what’s in their head. It wasn’t completely bad but most of the chapters were like this: date plans description>>date description>>date plans description again>>date description again>>some revenge plotting and a couple of thoughts and then>>date description again. This is really tiring and I don’t want to know just about their dates. I want to get to know more about their characters through their interactions in their daily lifes.

Anyway it’s sad that I had to drop it but seriously, I tried it to read the whole thing but I just couldn’t make it to 30%.
Poorly written,tiring writting style and bad character description. I do not have to mention insta-love and stupid misunderstandings with unnecessary drama. Plus, it was not funny or fluffy or anything like what people were saying it was. I am completely disappointed and the book practically represents everything I hate.

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[Review] The line between by Tamsyn Bester

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There’s a fine line between love and hate, so fine that you don’t know you’ve lost balance until it’s too late.
I’m not sure exactly when I lost my balance, all I know is that he was to blame.
Dane Winters.
The boy who’d spent most of his life hating me for reasons I never understood.

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It was no secret that I hated her, but only I knew why.
She was off-limits.
And then our separate worlds collided with one tragedy.
It wasn’t her fault, I knew that, but I wanted her to hurt the way I did, and I needed someone to blame. She was an easy target.
Kennedy Monroe.
The girl I’d picked on all our lives.
And the woman I barely tolerated.
Until the line between love and hate was no longer visible…

*New Adult Contemporary Romance*
*Due to mature content this book is not suitable for readers younger than 18*

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1star

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Nope, nope, nope, nope!
I don’t know how to write an honest review and remain polite with this one. It’s my first time feeling offended by a book and I don’t know how to deal with it.

Ok I’ll just say the few things that I liked. It was easy to read and sometimes the story had my attention. I was like ‘Oh, it might get better.’ and then I was ‘Naaah it won’t.’ There were a couple of times that the description was perfect and I enjoyed a few steamy scenes but just that.

From now on my review won’t be spoiler free so just have that in mind.

I’ll start with the fact that the book had absolutely no plot. The whole ‘our families hate each other and we can’t be together’ is no plot. I hoped that there was a good reason why the families hated each other but that wasn’t the case. They just hated each other for some lands and that’s not an excuse. Seriously!

The book starts with Dane bullying Kennedy because he was so carried away by the hatred. Well ok, I accept that because being a mean dick who enjoys bullying others is realistic. Sadly it happens a lot and even though it’s unacceptable I get why Dane did it. Well that was untill he framed Kennedy for being a stalker. He went through all the trouble to actually stalk her boyfriend in order to frame her. That’s not called bullying for fun, that’s called bullying because of fucking obsession. He was sick.

Kennedy on the other hand, allowed a bully to destroy her life. Well yes, victims don’t usually talk about it but it’s their fault. I don’t know a lot about bullying but if it was me being the victim, I would have destroyed the motherfuckers who annoyed me. Anyway, I’ll just get past that because I am in no place to talk.

Both of them lost their siblings and that was when the story and my headache began. They both tried to go on with their lifes and forget about the hatred and each other till they met again in college.

Kennedy and her two friends were obviously the only good and worthy girls in this book. ALL the other girls in the story were described as trashed and sluts. I wonder why the author prefered to emphasize that they were readheads. Yes, I was offended and I don’t get why having read hair instantly means you’re a slut.
Also, all the girls drooling over Dane were presented as easy substitutes, who would willingly open their legs and allowed him to fuck her.
Not all girls are that way and you must be a misogynist to believe that. I thoroughly dislike when the leads are perfect and everybody else just not worth it.

Also, the book is written that way so that Kennedy can look like she has trusting issues but all I got was that she was just being a lying bitch, believing that her BEST friend was not good enough in order to trust her. Well, flash news for you Kennedy, being secretive and dishonest causes misunderstandings and makes things worse.
Jade was seriously the best friend anybody could ever have. Caring, understanding, supportive and all.

Dane was the absolute meaning of ‘drama queen’. Hating Kennedy not because of the family history but because she was off-limits and all, made no sense. Why was she off-limits? Why hate her anyway? There was no real explaination.
If he wanted her and she wanted him, they could be together since both of them didn’t even care about their families.

Also, the sex scenes were too much. I am so into steamy scenes and I enjoy them but when half of the book is sex then the genre goes from new adult to erotica. If I wanted to read erotica then I would have picked a book from that genre. I was like ‘Oh look, another sex scene. Skip skip skip skip!’ I needed some plot and I was convinced that erotica books have more plot than this one.
Another reason I skipped the sex scenes was the dialogue. Phrases like ‘ahhh yeah’, ‘Mmmmmmm’, ‘Ohhhh’ are unacceptable. A good author can describe a sex scene without using useless, ridiculous, awkward phrases.

To sum up, I was angry, offended and tired. I didn’t like it at all. I do not recommend it but I suggest you read it. When you’re done, come back to me and tell me I was wrong if that’s the case.

Thank you.

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[Bookland Special] To read… or not?

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I have in my priority-to-read shelf some books that I so want to read and yet I don’t seem to do so. There’s always something else that catches my eye and I ignore always ignore my tbr list. So, I am going to present to you a few books and maybe you can help me out by telling me your opinion. Should I read them? Which do you think it’s more interesting?

Let’s do this.

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Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.

To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.

Why I want to read it?

I am not really into dystopian books but this seems different. It’s like a twisted fairytale and you guys know my hopeless romantic soul. Kings, princes and nobles; that’s my thing.

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From the New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice.Becoming Calder is the first part in a two-part romance series. The conclusion, Finding Eden, is available now.

There is a place in modern day America with no electricity, no plumbing, and no modern conveniences. In this place, there is no room for dreams, no space for self-expression, and no tolerance for ambition.

In this place, there is a boy with the body of a god and the heart of a warrior. He is strong and faithful and serves his family honorably. But he dares to dream of more.

In this place, there is a girl with the face of an angel and a heart full of courage. To her family, she is the vision of obedient perfection. But she dares to want that which she has been told can never be hers.

Becoming Calder is the story of good versus evil, fear versus bravery, and the truth that the light of love has always found its way into even the darkest of places . . . From the beginning of time, to the end of the world.

THIS IS THE FIRST PART IN A TWO-PART SIGN OF LOVE SERIES INSPIRED BY AQUARIUS. THE SECOND PART, FINDING EDEN, IS AVAILABLE NOW. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and graphic sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Why I want to read it?

I’ve read Archer’s Voice and god, I wasn’t able to stop thinking about Archer for days after that. The blurb is so unique and I trust Mia Sheridan a lot. If her writing style is like Archer’s Voice then I am already in love with this book.Read More »

[Monthly] 2nd half of May’s TBR

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I’ve only read a chapter of this books and I already know that I will like it. It has to wait a bit though because of dear Susan Ee and her book below!

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A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journalbestselling book. Archer’s Voice is a full-length, standalone romance.

When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer’s Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. New Adult Contemporary Romance: Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.



Unfortunatelly I didn’t have the time to read it the moment it got out but I am still not too late. I can’t wait to know how this ends!

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End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee’s bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy.

After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They’re both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn’s sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe’s past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

When the angels release an apocalyptic nightmare onto humans, both sides are set on a path toward war. As unlikely alliances form and strategies shift, who will emerge victorious? Forced to pick sides in the fight for control of the earthly realm, Raffe and Penryn must choose: Their own kind, or each other?

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[Review] Breathe

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[Breathe]

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1star

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I’ll be quick enough with this. I should warn you about SPOILERS!

First of all I admit that sometimes I like the way Abbi writes but this specific book was horrible.

The story is about a 17 years old girl (I repeat 17 years old) who had no previous experience with guys. Suddenly she meets Jax and of course she falls for him immediatelly. Ok I accept that. Within two weeks she KNOWS that he is the ONE and that she will never fall in love again. And here I am asking you… what in the history of fuck is this shit? You’re 17 years old and you meet a guy and haven’t even dated before. EVER. How can you know that he is the only one you will ever love that way? And how can you even LOVE someone after two weeks to the point you can’t live without them. Please…

Ok let me quote:
“I love you more than anyone or anything I have ever known. You somehow become the song inside me. It’s because I love you so much I am going to walk out of your life.”
Said by a 19-years-old rock star to a 17-years-old girl who never dated before. And wait a minute, who talks like that at that age or any age?

So this was a book about how beautiful and mature 17-years-old Saddie was but I guess not mature enough to tell her mother that she should stop being a slut. Instead she goes around buying her condoms. Awww how thoughtful!

The characters where all boring. I usually like the third wheel in love triangles but Marcus wasn’t even close. I never liked Jax and I thought that I would somehow ship Saddie with Marcus but nope, he showed nothing different than Jax. All the other characters ware barely introduced to us so yeah, I guess Saddie and Jax were enough for the story.

To sum up, don’t read the book if you’re not delusional.

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[Abbi Glines]

Abbi Glines is a #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. She has a new YA series coming out in the fall of 2015 titled The Field Party Series . She never cooks unless baking during the Christmas holiday counts. She believes in ghosts and has a habit of asking people if their house is haunted before she goes in it. She drinks afternoon tea because she wants to be British but alas she was born in Alabama. When asked how many books she has written she has to stop and count on her fingers. When she’s not locked away writing, she is reading, shopping (major shoe and purse addiction), sneaking off to the movies alone, and listening to the drama in her teenagers lives while making mental notes on the good stuff to use later. Don’t judge.