Live Me by Celeste Grande | Review

Title: Live Me

 

Author: Celeste Grande

 

Release Date: October 27th, 2015

 

Rating: 1 Star

 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
Broken…
 
Shattered…
 
How can you begin to live again when you’ve already been forced to… die?
 
Evangelina Ricci is trapped in a world that’s a never-ending nightmare, a constant ache in which consumes her every breath. Unable to bear the torture any longer, she does the one thing she can to take back control.
 
Run.
 
With her best friend Jace in tow, Evangelina attempts to escape her darkened past by leaving for college and diving head first into an aggressive schedule, determined with everything she is to make a name for herself. There’s only one problem – she can’t run away from the demons she struggles with. The demons that’ll forever be there, locked inside, battering her soul. Hiding behind a flawless facade, Evangelina faces her ghosts until her world is turned upside down, invaded by… him.
 
Blake Turner. Sweet, witty, flirtatious and drop-dead gorgeous, he finds Evangelina at every turn. Scared he’ll uncover the truth she keeps so well guarded, Evangelina tries her best to put on her act, deterring him like she has so many times before – only this guy’s different. He’s relentless. Utterly, absolutely and completely relentless. He sees her and he wants her and won’t stop until she’s his.
 
Will Evangelina succeed in pushing Blake away? Or will he break down her walls and be the person to make her realise life is worth living?

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The Consequence of Loving Colton by Rachel Van Dyken | Review

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, this does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review in any way.
Description from Goodreads:
My name is Milo Caro and I have a confession to make.

I’ve been in love with Colton Mathews since I was five. He should have known that sharing a cookie with a sugar obsessed little monster would so the trick – it sealed his fate. So really, the fact that he’s sporting a black eye, a limp, almost got ran over by a car, and was nearly responsible for another person’s death? Right. HIS fault. Not mine.

I made a pact with myself – this weekend would be different. I’d come home for my brothers wedding, smile, and Colton would naturally melt into my arms, we’d get married have five kids, live in a house by the river, and get a dog named Scratch (clearly I’ve thought this through).

What really happened? I punched my brother in the face, Colton kissed me and apologised, I lied about having a boyfriend, oh and everyone wants to meet the mystery man.

They say laughter comes before insanity – ha, ha. All I wanted was my brother’s best friend… Instead I’m sitting in prison.

Let this be a lesson to you all… life rarely happens the way you want it to.

Damn cookie.

Oh freaking hell, I was actually in hell reading this book. It went from a sturdy four stars, to a reluctant three, a shaky two and finally a very firm and resounding one.
I CANNOT DEAL WITH IT ANYMORE! Like, what the actual f*** is this book? I don’t understand how people have given it five stars! I think it’s probably the worst thing I’ve read so far this year, and I  went through a DNF stage earlier on in the year.
Everything that I mentioned in my First Impression Friday review (read here) just got worse. The story line is appalling and makes no sense. Everything is extremely over the top, ridiculous and unbelievable. The characters are a joke. There is barely any character development. The language is poor and unrealistic. The Grandma basically sexually assaults someone and that’s okay!?! I can’t even explain just how much was wrong with this book. You know what, I’m going to share the five worst things in The Consequence of Loving Colton. (The list started out as five and then just got bigger and bigger.)
1. Weird-ass plan to reveal that Jayne was not in fact pregnant – WTF! Where did Reid come from? The most ridiculous plan ever, it made very little sense and was not communicated with the reader. Not cool.
2. Jason getting hurt – he suffers multiple black eyes, he’s impaled by a ski pole, he has a severe allergic reaction to ant bites, yet no hospital! WHAT? That would definitely NOT happen!! He literally gets a ski pole through his arm, they remove it and wrap his arm, but then nothing is said of it again. Do you not think it would hurt like freaking hell? That his arm would be bleeding because there’s a gaping hole in his arm!
3. That Milo had no say in her wedding, she didn’t even get asked, actually got locked in a bedroom. Call me crazy but I’d want an engagement, to live with the man, plan my own wedding, have a brother that could use his eyeballs. Basically, the day was a freaking disaster and I would not want that.
4. Grandma/Reid – totally unbelievable and unnecessary. Added absolutely nothing! Highly unrealistic, as if they’d all let a man get sexually molested by an old woman, and not do anything!
5. Max. At first I liked him, but then things got stupid. I did not understand. It was just too much, he was too much. (Who says ‘Truth’?!)
6. Milo’s POV – the author was clearly trying to show that she’s ‘not like most girls’. Milo eats a sh*t tonne of carbs, ugly cries, is violent and a tomboy. Bitch, I can eat like a pig and look revolting when I cry, but you don’t hear me bragging. None of those things make Milo an original and unique character, they don’t make her superior because she doesn’t have ‘half of Sephora’ piled on her face. Give. Me. A. Break.
7. Why did they keep interrupting when Colt/Milo are trying to get it on? It’s just stupid. And then he’s all ‘her first time in a swimming pool is stupid and inconsiderate’ damn right it is, jackass. You know what else is? Jumping into a swimming pool with your new wife while she’s wearing an EXPENSIVE wedding dress, and then because you jumped into the swimming pool with her fully clothed, YOU RIP HER DRESS OFF HER!!! Only to then not even have sex!

I am fuming.

I realise that was an extremely negative view, but I just had to vent. I fell better now.

Have you read The Consequence of Loving Colton? I’d love to know if you felt the same, or if you liked it! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

‘The Consequence of Loving Colton’ by Rachel Van Dyken
1 Star

The Summer I Said Yes Review

Description from Goodreads:

I’m not in any position to pursue a relationship. The last one I was in almost destroyed me. But even though I know he’s toxic, I can’t stay away.

He has a dangerous smile and eyes that seem to see right through me. A kiss that makes me forget all the ways he could break me. And when he touches me, I become a wild thing that disregards all the walls I so carefully erected to keep me safe.

So I left without saying goodbye.

I thought that was the end. I thought I’d never see him again. And then he walked into the Freshman Art History Study course I was teaching.
This was yet another find on Goodreads, The Summer I Said Yes has a pretty decent rating and lots of very good reviews, so I  decided to read it. I wish that I hadn’t bothered. The synopsis clearly states that she ends up teaching her summer fling in a Freshman Art History lesson. I can never remember the American grades, so I had no idea when I started reading that Jack was only 18. Not such a big deal? Well, when Emily’s 24 it kind of is. She’s the TA in the lesson, it’s forbidden for them to date, but he still pursues her. Okay, she sends him mixed messages, but dude, you’re EIGHTEEN! Don’t start a bar fight over a girl that isn’t even ‘yours’.
Before the crazy teacher-student relationship Jack and Emily meet at a wedding party Emily is working. He, apparently, fell for her legs, and jumps into the swimming pool naked. She runs away from him a few times, and then she takes him back to her apartment. He has, not one, but 25 condoms in his pockets. Little excessive. The next morning he cooks her breakfast, a normal thing to happen, and then gets down on one knee and proposes with a plastic ring. They’ve only known each other for three days at this point. The guy is clearly crazy, RUN, ESCAPE AND NEVER LOOK BACK. Emily senses the crazy and runs. And I commend her for that. 
He didn’t mean to come on so strong? He’d proposed marriage after knowing me for only a few days, and just moments before, he’d suggested that this bizarre infatuation had started when he saw my legs on my morning beach run.
That’s one crazy eighteen year-old. 
So not only was there a six year age gap, there was also a love triangle. I know! I didn’t think the book could fall any lower, and then it did. Peter is the guy that I would pick, hands down. I don’t care about the incredible chemistry and sizzling passion between Jack and Emily. He’s a boy, and it doesn’t matter what the authors got him saying, he does not have the emotional maturity to date a 24 year-old, let alone marry one!
I was a 24-year-old woman obsessing over an 18 year old boy. It was pathetic and creepy.”
My sentiments exactly.
A little aside, Emily moans about Jack being immature constantly, yet she’s clearly the really immature one.
The ending really bugged me, as if there wasn’t enough for me to moan about. I’m not going to say what happens, nobody wants a spoiler. But I will say that there’s a huge cliffhanger, and sometimes I don’t mind a cliffhanger, they can work. Especially when the authors actually publish the sequel. That’s right, the second book is yet to be published. This is despite the fact that on Grace Wells’ website it very clearly says
The tentative release date for the sequel, ‘The Winter I Let Go’, is December 2013.”
It’s nearing the end of September 2014 and The Winter I Let I Go still hasn’t been released. This wouldn’t annoy me so much if the cliffhanger wasn’t SO annoying.
I didn’t enjoy The Summer I Said Yes, the premise really appealed to me, and perhaps I expected too much. I’m disappointed and annoyed. I moaned to my friend about this book A LOT. So I can honestly say that I really didn’t enjoy it.
Did you enjoy The Summer I Said Yes? Or did you have the same reaction as me? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear what you thought of this book. If you’re new to the blog I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!
‘The Summer I Said Yes’ by Tess Harper and Grace Wells
1 Star

A Book Load of Crazy | The Second Virginity of Suzy Green Review

When I read the blurb of this book I was reminded of Sarah Dessen’s What Happened to Goodbye, but after reading The Second Virginity of Suzy Green I can only surmise that is a very poor imitation of the afore mentioned book. The narrative voice of Suzy was annoying and I instantly disliked Sara Hantz’s writing style, and my dislike was only confirmed by the repetitive and contradictive

writing. There was no distinction between Suzy’s dialogue and narration, and this was seriously confusing. Suzy was also one of the most childish teenagers ever, there was absolutely no depth to her character.
Suzy Green and her family move after her sisters death. Suzy was once the cool, partying ‘almost-Goth’ girl at her old school. But now she’s changed herself to become ‘perfect’ like Rosie, her sister. Suzy also joins the in-crowd at her new school, who happen to be in the virginity club. So Suzy joins too, and why not? She pretends to be qualified. Suzy’s also dating the coolest guy at school, and if all that weren’t enough, her ex Ryan turns up, and he knows the TRUTH. Cue ridiculousness.

There was a really big emphasis on Suzy’s past life, but little information was provided. Hantz creates a huge mystery around Suzy’s older sister Rosie’s death. So I was expecting a dramatic and emotional reveal. This did not happen. Suzy just blurts it all out, and this completely ruins the entire build up.
Apparently The Second Virginity of Suzy Green is set in Australia. Well, that was certainly news to me. I actually didn’t realise this until after I’d finished reading. There was no explicit setting in the book, and this made the whole thing feel incomplete.
The Second Virginity of Suzy Green was so infuriating, I didn’t like Suzy, and that’s kind of a big must to enjoy the book. The messages in the book, second chances and being true to yourself are important, but they weren’t as effective as could be. How did you feel about The Second Virginity of Suzy Green? Did she drive you crazy too? Let me know in the comments.
‘The Second Virginity of Suzy Green’ by Sara Hantz
1 Star

Yet Another Pathetic Heroine | Becoming More Review

Becoming More pretty much frustrated me the entire time I was reading. Lilly moves to college with her best friend Lauren and long-term boyfriend Sander, expecting things to stay as they always were. But obviously they don’t. Bayli Lane pretty much sets the naïve notion up for disaster when they all go to a party on the first night, and Lilly finds herself ditched by both best friend and boyfriend. Sander and Lauren continue to do awful thing after awful thing, and Lilly lets them get away with it. This complete pushover aspect to Lilly’s character really bugged me. She continually makes excuses for the two people who should treat her brilliantly.
While Lilly struggles with Sander she meets Colton, and he treats her brilliantly, but this doesn’t stop her from continuing her relationship with Sander, EVEN THOUGH HE PHYSICALLY ABUSES HER. And then, at the end of the book she says, “I’ve learned that sometimes the best thing to do is walk away”. Really? It took you 322 pages to figure that out. Never heard the song by The Script, entitled Walk Away? Because that pretty much sums up everything you just said. I felt like Danny O’Donoghue, repeatedly muttering to myself ‘but still she stays’.
As if it’s not enough that Lilly is a complete pushover without a backbone, Lane’s narrative was riddled with inconsistencies. Colton answers the door, and Lilly makes a point out of him wearing only BOXER BRIEFS, his ass is described in detail, as are his tattoos and chest. But then, suddenly, two pages later she’s grabbing his t-shirt and pulling him towards her. With no mention of him ever putting a top on, this really doesn’t add up.
Lilly starts to see Colton while she is still dating Sander, and some of the imagery used is a tad too ridiculous, do we really want to know that you “digest one another”, or that “they [their tongues] tango together as we explore each other’s mouths, not even bothering to come up for air”, I think you’ll find that that would kill you. Funny thing breathing, you actually need to do it in order to survive. Bayli Lane then decides to get all cheesy, “our love shines like the brightest stars in the sky”. Yuck.
Sometimes authors leave you with an epilogue, and Lane did just this. But she went above and beyond, and did three parts to hers, and even though she does this I don’t feel like the epilogue gave me any closure.
Becoming More is a book I definitely will not be recommending to anyone anytime soon. Maybe you’ve read this book and thought differently? Let me know what you thought of this book and if there are any books that you had a similar experience with.
‘Becoming More’ by Bayli Lane

1 Star

A Royal Disaster | Once Upon a Prince Review

**Disclaimer: I did not know that this was a Christian novel, if I had known then I would not have started reading it. I found the Christianity in the novel to be tolerable, however there were many more elements that prohibited my enjoyment of the book.**
I found so many problems with Once Upon a Prince that I don’t know where to start. I didn’t like the characters, narrative and storyline. This book held the promise of an enjoyable read, but it just didn’t deliver.
From the beginning of the book I encountered issues that ruined the novel for me. The book opens with Susanna being dumped by her boyfriend of twelve years with him so kindly telling her he “found the right ring, just not the right girl“. I expected more of a reaction from Susanna than Hauck gave us. Personally, I found that there was not enough fight in Susanna’s character. After devoting twelve years of your life to a man I believe it’s a woman’s prerogative to be angry and upset when told he loves someone else. Instead Susanna accepts Adam’s reasoning and actually agrees with him! If there’s one thing I hate in books it’s pushover characters, and unfortunately Hauck gave me this in spades.
Hauck then ‘cleverly’ devises a way for Susanna to meet the Prince, but yet again I found myself questioning the book. Who would really divulge their heartbreak and life story to a complete stranger with a dodgy accent? No one.
So Rachel Hauck was clearly trying to create a pseudo-British Prince, I can comfortably say that NO ONE SPEAKS LIKE NATE. His ridiculous accent really annoyed me. It became very clear to me that Hauck is American as she displayed an idealised and entirely fake English accented gentleman in the form of Prince Nathaniel. Also, is Brighton Kingdom not the most ridiculous name for a country ever? It is almost as if Hauck was struggling to think of a name, so decided to look at a map of the united Kingdom for inspiration, discovered the coastal city of Brighton and whacked Kingdom on the end to make the country sound more regal.
In the novel there was an over complicated political situation between Brighton Kingdom and the neighbouring island Hessenberg, this added little to the plot and was bit of a non story that had no effect on the novel. Nate’s mother, the Queen, took an instant dislike to Susanna before even meeting her, however she championed Ginny, who it was very clear was a manipulative and scheming woman. I could not comprehend this decision, clearly the Queen did not want her son abdicating, as the law would require if he were to marry a foreigner, yet the plotting against him I found unbelievable. Shouldn’t a Queen should be a good judge of character? Well not in this book. The Queen favours Ginny, and it’s not until considerably far into the book that she realises the error in her judgement. I found the character of the Queen to be contradicting itself, and she is another example of a character created by Hauck that I didn’t like.
I adore love stories, a happy ever after and Cinderella-esque tale, however I don’t believe that in conventional modern day romances an engagement comes before sex, and especially not before a first kiss. I fully appreciate that the Christian element to the novel required the chastity, however I do not believe it fitting to the time. Also, there was a serious lack of cursing in the novel, I had no problem with this, but the substitutions used, for example “by gum“, were so irritating. Hauck is clearly deeply religious. I found the preaching element to the novel annoying as whole chapters were dedicated to the discussion of God and faith. The concept of offering oneself to God for Him to direct your life according to His plan is alien to me, and I believe that it was this concept that lead to what I believed to be the weak character of Susanna.
I would definitely not recommend Once Upon a Prince, it was extremely infuriating and ridiculous. I loved the idea of a Cinderella story, but the book just did not deliver. There are so many good books such as Suddenly Royal and To Marry a Prince that are about royals. Maybe you enjoyed this book? I’d love to know what you thought of Once Upon a Prince.
‘Once Upon a Prince’ by Rachel Hauck
1 Star