Dec 30, 2013

Confessions Of An Almost Girlfriend

I learned quick that once you read a book by Louise Rozett you're a fan instantly. It's impossible not to get caught up in her character's narration. If I thought I loved Louise's writing in her debut novel Confessions of an Angry Girl I certainly fell even more in love with it in Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend. 

Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year—everything is going to be different. This year, she’s going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jamie Forta jerk her around...

...but if she’s not careful, she’s also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the “good girl” who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possibly worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself

Rose Zarelli is starting her Sophomore year as a 2.0 she's going to be a new and improved self. Meaning she isn't going to get into any other peoples problems, learn to keep her mouth shut, and deal with her anger. Yeah, easier said than done...

Rose is one of the most relatable characters I have ever read about. She's one of my favorites because of this fact. In the first book she's a very quiet, awkward, angry teenager but now she's a sassy, outspoken, and still angry teenager. I love her. Her character growth is so amazing. She really finds herself in Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend. Sure it takes some bumps in the road to get there but by the end of things Rose is no longer avoiding mirrors because for once she likes what she see's. And I gotta say I am loving the direction Louise Rozett is taking Rose's life. That last chapter? Perfect. Rose was in her element.

 My favorite part about this book was that I never predicted anything that took place. Almost all of it was unexpected and I loved that. I'm so used to having an idea of the path a character is going to take but with these books I had no idea. Whether it be Rose or Peter or even Tracy I never expected that was how things would go for them. It made the reading experience better somehow.

Jamie Forta is a character who I adored in the first book but I found myself disappointment and annoyed with him in this one. Don't get me wrong my heart still fluttered anytime he was around and he still has some kissing talent going on but he gave so many mixed signals to Rose and little to no explanations half the time that I wanted to shake him. I understand he has a rough past and it was great getting to understand him a bit better because he was such a mystery in the first book. I still really like Jamie but at the same time I just can't shake my disappointment in him. See what I mean about all te unexpected with this book? That is something I was not expecting! I was expecting to write how much I loved, loved, loved Jamie Forta in this review and instead I'm writing about how much he drove me crazy. Boys. Le sigh. 

A part of me still really loves Robert. And oddly enough a part of me kind of wants Rose to realize Robert is a great guy. Again with the unexpected! Sure he's kind of a pathological liar...yet he has his charming moments. I loved the way Louise portrayed Robert in this book. He's moved on from Rose for the most part yet it's obvious he still cares for her despite how mean she can be to him at times. And he's found something he really loves! 

At one point I hated Tracy. She was a shitty friend in my opinion but now Tracy has grown up a bit and I kind of like her. She's no longer focused on being a cheerleader and actually finds something she's really talented at and could open doors for her. Peter is another character who I have to mention. I adored him in the first book and still did in this one. But man, I wasn't not expecting his life to spiral out of control like that! It made me cringe and miss caring older brother Peter. There were a few moments where that old brother was but not all that often. He and Rose have some patching up to do...

I really enjoyed this book and Louise Rozett's writing was even better this time around. And that is saying something because her writing in the first book was superb. I started the book and couldn't put it down because with each turn of the page there were more entrapping words. Confessions of an Almost Girlfriend is getting 4.5 out of 5 birds. I would recommend anyone read this book because it's a really real and honest story with a narrator who doesn't sugar coat things. One of my favorite things. Definitely start this series if you haven't already! 

Dec 26, 2013

My Sweetest Escape

Chelsea C. Cameron has proven to be a fantastic writer and with each book of her's I read I always find myself becoming a bigger fan of her work. After hearing there would be a sequel to My Favorite Mistake I was so thrilled! I loved--no scratch that--adored My Favorite Mistake and getting to go back to the Maine setting with some of my favorite characters and new fresh one's was beyond exciting!

The past will always find you.

Jos Archer was the girl with the perfect life; until the night it all came crashing down around her. Now, nine months later, she still hasn't begun to pick up the pieces. Even transferring to a new college and living under the watchful eye of her older sister, Renee, isn't enough to help her feel normal again.

And then she meets Dusty Sharp. For reasons Jos can't begin to fathom, the newly reformed campus bad boy seems determined to draw her out of her shell. And if she's not careful, his knowing green eyes and wicked smile will make her feel things she's no longer sure she deserves.

But even as Dusty coaxes Jos to open up about the past, he's hiding secrets of his own. Secrets about the night her old life fell apart. When the truth is finally revealed, will it bring them closer together;or tear them apart for good?

Though My Sweetest Escape is a sequel to My Favorite Mistake the story isn't about Hunter and Taylor. It's from the point of view of Jos and I really enjoyed her story. From the beginning you know that Jos is dealing with something. She's being forced to leave her college and move to Maine to live with her sister Renee. Jos is no longer the uptight girl she used to be. She left that girl behind and we readers never really get to know that side of Jos. This new Jos curses and lets her hair down. I really enjoyed Jos as the main character. I could sympathize with her redhead problems. Redheads fail miserably at hiding their emotions! Not only that but she was sarcastic, had great taste in music, and a bit of a weird obsession with candy. I loved her! But she also drove me nuts with Dusty. That girl is stubborn and she sure did a good job pushing Dusty away...

Dusty, boy was he something. Now he will never top Hunter but he sure was interesting and smoking hot. But let's face it no one can really top Hunter. He was just too amazing. Though Dusty sure is an awesome character. I loved how right off the bat you know he cares about Jos. Whether it be a friendly way or more than a little friendly you just know he's looking after her. Much more than we realize at first. What I loved most about Dusty though was how despite how bitchy Jos got with him he never gave up on her. She pushed and pushed but he didn't let her push him away. That was my favorite thing about him his determination.

I loved the setting for this book not only because it's in Maine but the Yellowfield house. I totally want to live there! And not just because Hunter lives there...but because the environment and feel of the house was so great and it's filled with such great people from Mase to Paul and Renee and of course Taylor. Who wouldn't want to be Taylor's best friend?

I adored how Chelsea gave us some more to Hunter and Taylor's story but not to the point that it took away from the story Jos had to tell. It was perfect and boy did it make me want to go back and reread My Favorite Mistake. I just love Hunter and Taylor. Okay I'll stop gushing...

I did not expect certain things in this book like the way Dusty and Jos seem intertwined around every corner. It was such a great thing though because it brought these two people who were hurting together and it was great story telling on Chelsea Cameron's part. One because I never saw it coming and two because it added so much more to the story.

Music is one of my favorite aspects of Chelsea C. Cameron's books. As with My Favorite Mistake it features a lot of mention of music and I really enjoy that. It brings bands I haven't heard of to my attention and as well as a smile when a song I like is mentioned. I am one who loves music and having a character who loves music just the same was something I really enjoyed.  

All and all I really loved My Sweetest Escape and I'm giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Chelsea C. Cameron did yet another fabulous job creating a story and characters that I was engaged and addicted too. Anytime I see the name Chelsea C. Cameron on a book you bet I will be reading it! If you haven't read anything by this author yet I suggest you do. They are great stories with well rounded and at times sassy characters.

~Thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book!~

Dec 11, 2013

My Mad Fat Diary

Recently--as in just yesterday--I started watching this British show called My Mad Fat Diary. It's a short six episode series that I finished quickly because with each episode I couldn't stop watching. And now of course that I'm done watching it I wish the second series was out already. Sadly it is not and I will have to wait for more Finn Nelson goodness.

I wasn't sure if I would really like this show. But I'd seen some people posting about it on Tumblr so I decided to give it a shot and I'm glad I did because I'm obsessed with the characters. It's such a thought provoking show and you can't help but get attached to all of the characters. First there is Rae who is the protagonist for the show. It revolves around her dealing with coming out of a physic-ward and reentering the world while still dealing with her issues.

Rae is dealing with a lot of stuff and with each episode you see just how deep her issues are while at the same time she's making friends and dealing with boys and her best friend Chloe and the drama that comes with her. I really liked Rae more with each episode. She's quiet funny.

There's Finn who is probably my new fictional character obsession. He's just so stinking adorable and real that I can't help but wish he was actually you know real

At first you think he's quiet jerky if not a bit stuck up and full of himself. And then you realize he's not like that at all. He's quiet sweet and caring and totally my new crush. Did I mention that already? Probably. All I want for Christmas is Finn Nelson...

Alright, alright I'll stop with the Finn gifs.

Then there is Archie who is instantly sweet to Rae. He's a great character who's relationship I loved watching develop with Rae. He's a cutie with adorable glasses who has a secret of his own.

He felt like a proper friend to Rae. Someone who actually listened to what she was saying unlike Chole...

I didn't really like Chloe. She seemed fake to me and it was obvious that she was jealous by how quick her friends accepted Rae almost like she was expecting them to be asshole's to her. Chloe brings a lot of drama and bad decisions to her life. By the end the series though I liked her a bit more than I did originally. She grew up just a bit. Then there is little Izzy who is impossible to dislike.

I really liked Izzy she was sweet and it was totally obvious from the start she had a thing for Chop.

Chop generally liked Rae as a friend and he was often an idiot but he cracked me up. It's hard not to want a friend like Chop or say Danny who is a total nutcase but I loved him. He made me smile and laugh throughout the series especially when he was explaining to Rae how to get out of the friend zone.

Danny is just such a great character and I loved how he cared for Tix even after she beats the shit out of him with a lunch tray.

This is such a great show that I don't think all that many people know about. It's honest and doesn't sugar coat mental illness. And the fact that it's set in 1996 made it even that more interesting. I loved it so much I had to blog about it and spread the word about it's awesome. Now I'm going to go rewatch all scenes with shame, no shame.

Dec 6, 2013

The Fiery Heart

Ever since reading Vampire Academy I have been a huge fan of Richelle Mead. You read one book and you find yourself reading them all and buying the new ones the day they come out. And of course the books are read in a jiffy and you regret that decision almost instantly because it's impossible not to want the next book right away. Oh boy The Fiery Heart is no exception that's for sure...

 In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist who's duty is to keep humans oblivious to the supernatural world around them. She's been raised to distrust and merely tolerate Moroi and Dhapmir but now that's she's been living with some for so long and befriended them she begins to question her people's beliefs and how they run things. 

Ever since hearing about this series I was excited but I never realized how much I would love it. And I really do. Sydney Sage is becoming one of my favorite characters. Well that isn't necessarily true because she's been one of my favorites for a while now. I guess I should say she's becoming even more of a favorite. She's intelligent, strong, selfless and so loyal. With each book in this series she grows. She's accepting herself and I loved that she could finally see that she could be healthy and happy and still do her job.

Adrian never fails to make my heart flutter. He's grown so much from the guy he was in Vampire Academy series and these previous books. I love every bit about this character from his sarcastic comments and escape plans to his loyal and loving self. It's interesting that we got to see inside of his head in this book. At first I wasn't too sure if I would want that because there's something great about wondering what it would be like in his head. Though I am glad that Richelle Mead decided to do this because it was so great to get inside of Adrian's head and really understand him and it made the story even better! Boy does it make you love this character even more.

There's quiet a bit of romance in this book among many different characters. All I'll say about that without spoiling anything is I am pleased with how all of the romances turned out. It was about time for some of these characters! The great thing about this series is there are so many secondary characters who you can't help to love such as Eddie, Trey and Jill and even Angeline who you never really know what to expect from.

This book had some characters from Vampire Academy pop up and I loved it getting to see these characters from another perspective. It was kind of bittersweet honestly because these are characters who I adored and got to see grow in Vampire Academy and getting to see them still growing into their lives was really satisfying.

Somehow I just knew that this would happen eventually. It was Sydney's greatest fear but even though in the back of my mind I knew this would happen it doesn't make it any less shocking. Getting to see things from both Adrian and Sydney's perspective made it even more emotional and intense. But boy is Sydney badass. That last line? Loved it! Of course it just makes me want the next book right away after that cliffhanger but that is what I love so much about Richelle Mead's endings. They always leave you either infuriated or gasping.

The Fiery Heart took things in this series to a completely new level and I can't wait to see what happens next. Richelle Mead crafted the story and it's characters perfectly. The Fiery Heart is getting 5 out of 5 birds from me. If you haven't started this series yet I recommend you do! You'll love Sydney just as much as you love Rose if not more.