[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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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.


[Victorine E. Lieske]

[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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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.


[Tamsyn Bester]

[Review] White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne… it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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I love Jennifer and her series and that’s not a secret. Lux and Covenant are both deep in my heart and I enjoyed reading them more than I should have.
White Hot Kiss was a great book, with almost no flaws. As expected from Jennifer, she did her homework and she created this amazing world.
But…, yes there’s a but, I wasn’t THAT drown to the story. I read the book in 3-4 days and I was never in the mood to read. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it a lot but I wasn’t that interested in reading all day as I used to do with the other series.

It’s a YA book but in comparison with Lux and Covenant, this one was more childish. I mean Layla wasn’t as mature as I expected her to be and she was more like a teenager who’s struggling to be accepted by the boy she liked. It was all about the love story and I needed something… more. If I wanted to read about teenage drama I wouldn’t have chosen Armentrout.
While Zayne was more like a man, Roth was just a boy with hormones in my eyes. I liked his character better of course because no matter what, he had the quality and the charm all male leads written by Jennifer have. I just felt like I needed him to be a bit older. Zayne on the other hand, was closer to the style I wanted Roth to be, but he was selfish and in general opinonated and I hate that in a guy.

It was wrong to have high expectations because I can say that I am a bit disappointed, especially about Roth. All my friends are crazy about him and they said he was like Lux’s Daemon. Well, not even close! Daemon was a man.

I was going to rate this five stars just because it was written by Jennifer Armentrout but I decided against it. It’s not like me to lie and it wouldn’t be fair for all the other better books I’ve read and liked. So yeah, 3 stars for this book and I expect a better second book If I read it.

Sorry guys, please don’t hate!


[Jennifer L. Armentrout]

[Review] Bitter Sweet Love by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

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So let me be the first to say that it was just decent. Yes it is a novella but I was kind of feeling bored and not excited most of the time. The only excitement I felt was at the end when the Upper Deamon appeared.

The world Jennifer created intrigued me and I need to know more. The good thing was that we got to see the world through Jasmine’s eyes. She is a female Warden in addition to the actual story’s lead, Layla, who is half-warder and half-demon. So we learned about the lifestyle of a Warden and now I can’t wait to get lost in Layla’s story. The Upper deamon which is probably the so called Roth that my friends are spazzing about seems like my new book boyfriend. (I was going to say Layla’s love interest but nah!)

I also liked Dez a lot and I hope to see him around but Jasmine was boring and she didn’t manage to catch my eye.

Anyway, I will not talk about Jennifer’s writting style at all because I love it and I am going to analyze more when I finish the first book, which btw I am very excited to read.

Off to read some more and I’ll be back with a full review for the first book of The Dark Elements!


[Jennifer L. Armentrout]

[Review] End of Days by Susan Ee

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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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I am not sure why but End of Days was easier to read than the two first books of the series. Maybe it’s because of the gory scenes they had. This one had a lot of action but not that freaky action. I was indeed freaked out at some point but it was ok.

So I’ve said before that I prefer past tense in books but I like Susan’s writing style. I like how she passes from dialogue to information and from information to Penryn’s thoughts. It’s not complicated and it’s easy to understand what’s what! I thoroughly dislike confusing books and I appreciate simplicity.

Penryn is far from the teenage girl she used to be; she is finally a warrior. She was a survivor but she became more than that because she had to fight for mankind besides her family. That’s huge, okay? You can’t expect a 17-year-old to actually lead an army and yet she managed to surprise them all. Give it up for Penryn! I am also glad that her mom and Paige didn’t abandoned her just like Penryn never gave up on them.

Raffe was a-m-a-z-i-n-g! He was exactly the way I hoped he could be. My only objection was that his behavior to Penryn changed rapidly. I get why he was protective and all but woah, dude, calm your tits. In book one and two he was barely talking to Penryn and the only time he showed real feelings was when he thought Penryn was dead. I think it was too abrupt but hell, I enjoyed it more than I should have so I am not complaining. I am just mentioning that I noticed the sudden change.

Other than that, I think I needed more but I am ok with the book ending that way. I can get over it and life goes on and blah blah. Besides, I loved the series but I was never a hardcore fan. I am pretty satisfied and happy!


[Susan Ee]

Susan Ee is a USA Today bestselling author of the Penryn & the End of Days trilogy, ANGELFALL, WORLD AFTER, and END OF DAYS. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages, and her short films have played at major festivals. She used to be a lawyer but loves being a writer because it allows her imagination to bust out and go feral.

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[Review] The Heir by Kiera Cass

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Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

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So I finally decided to… drop the book. Yeah, I don’t even care what happens at the end or who Eadlyn choses. I mean I started reading it along with other books and I finished all the other books except this one because it was THAT boring.

I’ll start witht the fact that it was plotless (is that even a word? If not, then now it is). So after America and Maxon free people from leaving in castes and everything’s fine till some people started rebeling. Apparently some people still treated other people based on the castes they used to be. What Maxon and America did for that? They made Eadlyn enter the Selection. Wow that was genious, seriously it was the wiser decision they could make. Because yes, distraction really helps solve all problems. Hope you guys love sarcasm.

I chose to ignore the stupid reason for the Selection and focus in Eadlyn. Wow it was like she had no feelings at all. She was mean and strict for absolutely no reason and I disliked her from the very beginning. Well, she grew up knowing that she would be a queen and since young she was focused and determined so I give her that! At least she had a life purpose and she wanted to be good at that. Nobody can blame her for being that way because her parents and her life made her that way.

Mentioning her parents; I wasn’t able to get a motherly feeling from America. It was like young America was more mature that mom-America. I felt like her advices were not advices a mother who had such life experiences would give. But who am I to judge a mother like that right? Don’t kill me, it’s just my opinion.

I liked Kile and the way he was described in the book. He was senting me waves of admiration sometimes and that’s impressive because I’m a difficult and weird person. I also like Ean because he was cocky and confident. Maybe I would have liked Erik, if I had read the book. The rest were dull and forgetable.

I didn’t manage to recieve any feelings from Eadlyn for her family and not to mention for the suitors. Besides the fact that she mentioned how much she loved her brothers and her family she wasn’t showing it at all. I hate that because I am fan of books which are focusing a lot in feelings and less in unnecessary descriptions.

The only time I got the fairytale feeling was when Eadlyn was talking about her dresses and tiaras. Isn’t it sad that this was one of the very few things that I liked? I had high hopes for that book and I still can’t believe that I was so disappointed to the point I dropped the book. Kiera Cass could do better but I have a feeling this book was forced. I see no other reason for it to be that bad. I guess the fandom needed more and Kiera decided to do them a favor. Pity!

I know I am strict, and bitchy but at least I am honest and I not biased. Being biased is a really bad thing for author and I prefer to say the truth in order to prevent them from making mistakes. We should all do that.


[Kiera Cass]

[Review] Amber Smoke by Kristin Cast


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There is a world that runs parallel to our own, a world in which the souls of the damned are caged, where they are looked over by the Furies, and where they spend eternity in torment, mirroring the devastation and mayhem they created when alive.

Someone has opened the cage.

The worst of terrors has crossed the barrier that separates our world from theirs, and the Furies send a great, albeit untested warrior—their only son, Alek—to try to bring those souls back. He is young and handsome, headstrong and impulsive, and he won’t be able to do it alone.

Eva has grown up, beautiful and beloved, but surrounded by secrets. First, she will be hunted in an ancient feud that will threaten her life. Then, she will become the hunter.

With the police closing in and two worlds on the verge of crumbling around them, Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another. Blending elements of mythology with the dazzling storytelling that her fans have devoured through the House of Night series, Kristin Cast weaves a spellbinding and passionate tale that starts a thrilling new series with an explosive charge.

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I was about to give up on this book and rate it with a single star but after reading more than half of it, the story finally began.
The blurb was so promising and was talking about how “Alek and Eva must find each other, discover the limits of their powers, and work together to save everything they hold dear, including one another.” I was expecting some action and something thrilling but all I got was a crime book about a couple detectives that were trying to solve a case of murder. Eva and Alek found each other but we barely got a glimpse of Eva’s and Alek’s power. So, there was no “dicovering the limits of their powers” as promised and they only met at the very end.
Ok I admit that Alek trying to find Eva was a bit interesting but I was bored really fast. Things got better when the story started focusing on Eva mostly and that’s when I changed my mind about giving up.

I was sad because I didn’t have the chance to get to know Eva and Alek. The third person POV was not helping at all and focusing on too many characters was frustrating. At the end I know more about the Furies and the detectives than the two very main leads.
I don’t care at all about the detectives and what they think about Alek and Eva or how the investigation about the murder goes. I only care about what the two of them think and plan on doing and how they experience things. I want to see through their eyes and I want to feel what they feel. It’s really important to understand their character and relate but I can’t. How did Eva really feel about the charges? What was Alek opinion about Eva? How was Eva experiencing her new powers? Was she scared? Excited? I really do hate guessing. They both look like they’re secondary characters in their own story and this is really unfair.

Thankfully the last chapters were finally about Eva and Alek and the story began. It’s a pity that I had to go through all the unimportant details and stuff before that. I lost my interest and I reached that point out of pure luck. The book has a lot of potential but it’s lacking. I am giving it three stars because I hope that the second book will really be about Eva and Alek. Just them.

I know I am strict and difficult to please but I need to write honest reviews that will trully help the publishers and the author. Hopefully nobody will be offended because of my humble opinion. I respect the authors hard work and the publisher’s efforts. The book was definitelly not bad but it could be better and it’s not really difficult to succeed in doing so.


[Kristin Cast]

Kristin Cast is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author who teamed with her mother to write the wildly successful House of Night series. She has editorial credits, a thriving t-shirt line, and a passion for all things paranormal. When away from her writing desk, Kristin loves relaxing with her significant other and their dogs, and discovering new hobbies. This year she’ll work on swimming, yoga, and adding to her Doctor Who collection.

[Review] Taunting Destiny by Amelia Hutchins

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I thought things were bad and weird before—hold on—it’s getting worse.

Adam and I are both going through identity crises of epic proportions as we Transition from who we were, and discover who we were meant to be. More Fae are dying, and I feel as if time is running out for us to find all of those responsible and put an end to the killings.

The people I thought I could trust have betrayed me and the one person I should absolutely not trust; is taking me deeper and deeper into his world.

Ryder’s secrets are dangerous and devastating.

With each touch and word, he pulls my heart closer to himself and at the same time he is trying to keep me at arm’s length. The dance he and I have begun, is getting more complicated as our worlds are being shaken from all sides, and the visions of the future are frightening, and nothing like I had ever pictured for myself or those I care for.

This time, destiny is taunting me.

I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. Now, my rights are being taken from me by powerful people and leaving me with alternatives that range between bad and awful.

This time, the choices I have to make can decide the fate of both worlds.

Everything is unraveling, and nothing will ever be the same again.

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   So I am not the kind of person who would real ‘quality’ books and make reviews about how deep the book is or how wrong or right the characters acted or about how stereotypical or not I find it. I am a hopeless romantic girl, reading all kind of romantic books and I just rate based on how the book made me feel. Besides I can’t easily express myself in a language which is not my mother language.
I don’t even know why I started reading the series and why I like the story so much.

I need to be fair so 4 stars it is.

It was better than the first book in every way I can think of. The plot was more than intriguing, the characters were appealing and so realistic; I swear that I never thought their reactions were fake or unreasonable. Plot twists were coming one after the other and I just couldn’t snap off of it. I found the dose of romance that I needed in order to keep reading it and I also even enjoyed all the sex scenes without skipping like I did with the first book.

   I picked a favorite character, Ristan, who easily grew on me and as expected from me he is absolutely no main character. When this happens, I know instantly how good the author is. She managed to make me like someone who had less part in the plot and was less described than others. Anyway I won’t repeat myself, I’ve analyzed how much I love Amelia’s writing style in Fighting Destiny’s review. My only objection still is her abuse of the word ‘fuck’ and her tend on repeating herself every now and then.

Other than that the book was amazingly good and I expect more from the third book which will probably have a higher rating. I have a feeling about this!


[Amelia Hutchins]

[Review] Undeniably Chosen by Shelly Crane

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Ava has watched her parents, Caleb and Maggie, live the perfect fairy tale, the perfect love story, played out in front of her eyes her entire life. Her family is love, life, and happiness. The Jacobsons are everything a family should be and Ava is loved and well taken care of. But the one thing that’s missing from her life is the one thing she’s waited for every day, the one thing her kind knows will make them complete, the one thing they thought was gone and lost forever.

Her significant.

Seth has lived with the Watsons his entire life. They’re the only family he knows, but he knows that there are things they keep from him. He knows that they lie and they do unspeakable evil, things from when he was a child that he can barely remember that cling to the edges of his memory. He barely remembers his real mother and all he knows is what he’s told. He doesn’t know what to trust. He wants to believe that the Watsons love and care for him, have his best interest at heart, but isn’t so sure of that anymore when he finally—after a lifetime of waiting for her—meets his soulmate, and the Watson’s first act is to try to take her away from him.

The Virtuoso worlds collide, hearts are exposed, humans are endangered, and the lives of Seth and Ava are changed forever. They’ll have to love without judgment or reservation, they’ll have to be wise and accepting beyond their years, they’ll have to forgive for things before they’ve even happened, they’ll have to trust without seeing, have faith without knowing, and they’ll have to light their own way in the dark when everyone else is blind to show them the way. And more than anything else…

they’ll fight like hell to keep each other.

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“The love one feels for his significant is bigger than the ocean, deeper than any well, more powerful than any storm.”

I was waiting for years to read this book and Ι finally finished it. Now I have to wait more for the second book and it kills me.

I loved every single word, every phrase and all the characters, even the villains. Shelly Crane just knows how to make you feel that way.

I really can’t review this book the right way because there are no words to express how I feel right now. I’ll just say that Ava and Seth were almost as perfect as Maggie and Caleb. Ava is her parents’ daughter after all. I wasn’t expecting nothing less from her and her Significant. Seth was really awesome and a perfect match for Ava obviously and he sent me these vibes that had me fall for him almost the same way I fell for Caleb. Well Caleb was my insta-love but Seth did a great job as well.

“There was no oil and water, no Watsons and Jacobsons, no Romeo and Juliet. Just Seth and Ava.”

Also, I thought that the “Romeo and Juliet love” that Seth and Ava experienced was going to be boring and all the same but it was actually better than I even hoped. The fact that there was no insta-love was even better but when the love came later in the book just blew my freaking mind.

“I wondered if Romeo and Juliet had been brought to life if this is what they would have felt. Betrayed, torn, confused, alone even when the person you’re supposed to be with is right in front of you.”

I wish all humans could love with all their hearts, minds and souls. I wish all humans were so eager to protect their soulmates. I wish all humans could understand each other the way significants do, but I guess that would be too perfect, right?
I wish my boyfriend was also my significant so that I would be able to feel his heart in my chest. Sometimes I catch myself trying to listen to his heartbeat when we sleep and I imagine that I could hear it through my own chest. It’s just so… wonderful.

I need to see more from Rodney and I hope that in the next books there will be more imprintings. Also I loved how Maggie and Caleb were a big part of this book and I loved them even more now that I’ve seen how they still adore each other, maybe more than they used to. I am so in love with their love and I even cried so hard when their names were mentioned for the first time. I cried like a freaking baby.

“I had watched my parents for what seemed like centuries. The way they existed so effortessly in each other’s world and space. They could go minutes without looking away from each other. They kissed constantly. They hugged all the time, stole touches and wrapped their fingers around the other’s wrist. I knew it was to feel their calm, to be wrapped in the little bit of bliss that their touch provided.”

As you can already guess this is an “absolutely-must-read book”. If you haven’t read Significance already just stop what you’re doing and read it. Now. go!


[Shelly Crane]

Shelly is a NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay-at-home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. She hoards paperbacks, devours sweet tea, searches year-round for candy corn, and loves to spend time with her family and friends, go out to eat at new restaurants, site-see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music, and, of course, loves to read, but doesn’t have much time to these days with all the characters filling her head begging to come out.

Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.