Five Ways to Fall Out of Love Review

  • Author: Emily Martin
  • Grade Level : 7 – 9
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • Date: March 16, 2021
  • Publisher : Inkyard Press
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I received a free E-Arc for an honest review from the publisher and Netgalley.

Summary:
Aubrey Cash learned the hard way not to rely on love. After all, Webster Casey, the new boy next door she’d been falling for all summer, stood her up at homecoming in front of everyone with no explanation. Proving her theory that love never lasts seems easy when she’s faced with parents whose marriage is falling apart and a best friend who thinks every boy she dates is “the one.” But when sparks fly with a boy who turns out to be Webster’s cousin, and then Webster himself becomes her lab partner for the rest of senior year, Aubrey finds her theory—and her commitment to stay single—put to the test.

As she navigates the breakdown of her family, the consequences her cynicism has on her relationship with her best friend, and her own confusing but undeniable feelings for Webster, Aubrey has to ask herself: What really happened the night Webster stood her up? And if there are five ways to fall out of love…could there perhaps be even more ways to fall back in?

My Review:
This story took me back to high school for a bit. Down memory lane I go but sadly I did not date when I was in high school. Being a teenager isn’t always easy. Anyways, Aubrey is trying to figure out how love relationships works. She sees struggles with her parents which I think makes her guess if is even possible to happen for her.

Aubrey becomes friends with Webster who is new. I wished the author put a bit more of that relationship in the beginning before the story went on on how Webster just kinda of did not click with her anymore. So there are ups and downs with Aubrey and Webster. I don’t know if the characters did not know what to do or if they were trying to figure stuff out. High school times, everyone is figuring stuff out and hormones!! Some people know while others even when they are an adult are still trying to figure it out. Anyways, I did like how Webster and Aubrey click at various times. They both liked to talk about baking, sweets and pies which showed they had a common interest. I thought that was pretty cool.

Now when Aubrey is with Webster’s cousin, Holland seemed like a perfect relationship but to me it was missing the spark. I did love the conversation between the two though. Even their love for dogs was a nice touch!

Aubrey and her friend Reese friendship was enjoyable. I loved how the two talked about a variety of things. It was really nice. And of course in the relationship there are ups and downs but in the end these two are really good friends.

The story covers friendship, love, high school, and family relationships. All these are related to every day life! I think the story was cute teen read. I have a bit of mixed emotions on it because the story just seemed a tiny bit all over the place. The one focus that stayed with me was relationships which I could understand. I did rushed into the pages at the end because I wanted to know what was going to happen and I was pretty much satisfied with the ending!

Just to give you heads up there is a bit of sexual actions going on in the book.


Finished Reading

COLD

Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

I forgot to say that I finished this book.  I did like this book because it had a different spin on vampires.   Some make vampires sexy and some do not.  Why not have a mixture of things here and there?  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion!  (Think of all the vampire books out there!)

I liked how Tana kicked butt at one point.   I liked how Tana and Gavriel kind of click in a bizarre way.   I wasn’t sure about Gavriel at first. I began to wonder what his goal was.  Could he be setting up something or just being evil or wanted to actually not be a vampire anymore?  It was interesting to see how he unfolds throughout the story.     The story gives off revenge, death and some romance.  I am glad that I read this little gem!

Notes From Ghost Town

GHOST

 

By Kate Ellison
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by EgmontUSA

They say first love never dies…

From critically acclaimed author Kate Ellison comes a heartbreaking mystery of mental illness, unspoken love, and murder. When sixteen-year-old artist Olivia Tithe is visited by the ghost of her first love, Lucas Stern, it’s only through scattered images and notes left behind that she can unravel the mystery of his death.

There’s a catch: Olivia has gone colorblind, and there’s a good chance she’s losing her mind completely—just like her mother did. How else to explain seeing (and falling in love all over again with) someone who isn’t really there?

With the murder trial looming just nine days away, Olivia must follow her heart to the truth, no matter how painful. It’s the only way she can save herself.

 

I finished this book a few days ago.  I liked it.   I thought the book was going to be a bit boring but it had my attention.   To be honest the cover caught my attention first.  Then I read what the summary was and thought maybe I’ll give it a shot.  Well the poor book sat around since 2013….(Yeah my to read pile has books from all kinds of years….)

Anyways the journey that Olivia goes on is pretty intense.  One thing after another and her emotions comes out in wanting to forget all the bad stuff and hoping that there is a light for her at the end of the tunnel.   She decides to try to solve the mystery.   There were some moments that caught me off guard and some moments that were sweet.   I was surprised that I liked this story.  Give it a shot and tell me what you think of the book! 

Books I have read….

Here are some books that I have read and some will have reviews and some will not….I am doing my best trying to keep on blogging away.

LoveFortunes

Author: Kimberly Karalius
368 Pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads
May 12, 2015
Series: Grimbaud Book 1
Age range: +12

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Dupree’s have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate―even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

Rating:   B+

It was a cute love story with magic, mystery, adventure and romance!  I loved the main characters : Fallon and Sebastian.   I’m not going to give it all away because you need to read it for yourself.  I did like the other characters in this story and how the adventure went down was pretty cool.   I do have to admit it was a little slow in places but towards the end was awesome.

lastvampire
Author: Kate Baxter
384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
June 2, 2015

What it is about:

As Michael’s eyes lit on a female not twenty feet away, he knew without a doubt that it was her blood that called to him and her scent that had awakened him.This female had tethered his soul and returned it to him.

SOUL SURVIVOR
He is the last of his race. The one true king of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of L.A. after dark, haunted by his past and driven by his hunger. The last of the Ancient Ones, he alone has survived the destruction of his race at the hands of the slayers. Now he is forced to hunt and feed like a common vampire, a creature of lust. Nothing in this world can fulfill his needs…until he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever wanted. And more.

SWEET SALVATION
Her name is Claire Thompson. Her blood is so sweet, so intoxicating―the smell alone draws Michael to her like a moth to the flame. Sly, sexy, and seductive, Claire seems to be the only mortal who can satisfy his craving and seal his fate…forever. Can she be trusted? From their very first kiss, the last true vampire sweeps Claire into a world in which darkness rules desire―and where falling in love is the greatest danger of all…in The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter.

Rating: B –

It was a fun read but it just did not stay with me that much. It did have vampires in it so that was good.  I will still keep this author on my radar to read!

 

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Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series:  Night Prince
Publisher: Avon
Date: February 10, 2017

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Rating: B

I have read all the other books in this series and this one did not disappoint!  I loved it.  Adventure, magic and vampires!   It picked off from ‘Bound By Flames.’   It was a nice way to end it.

 

 

Black

Author: Juliette Cross
300 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
February 27, 2017

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before… With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger. Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…

Rating: A

This was a different take on a fairytale with vampires in it!  I loved this book quite a bit.  I saw on Twitter of the second book coming out so I decided to give the first one a go!  It was a fast paced book.   The book also had variety of moments: adventures, steamy touches and playful banter between the two main characters, Marius and Arabelle.  I liked how both characters were strong and yet had sweet moments as well showing off vulnerability.  I’m not going to give all the information away because I want you to go get it.

 

 

 

Veronica Wolff The Watchers Series

I’m back!  I hope!

I’m ready to write again.  I cannot guarantee it’s going to be an everyday thing but I can try.   I am going to start off with this series.  I could not put down these series.  I purchased the first book from a library that was having a book sale.  After reading the first one, I had to know what would happen next.   Each book left me on the seat wanting more!  I wanted to know what was going to happen to the main character,Annelise.  What was she going to go through next?  Was she going to stay or leave?   The characters that Annelise mingled with had a wide range of concepts.   Some were kind, some were like your best friend, and some were really weird as some were evil.   Was Annelise going to have friends at all?  What of her enemies?   All these questions racked into my brain while reading these books.   Throughout the book I was rooting for her considering all the things that she goes through.  It was fun to read these series because of the supernatural elements, action, some romance and the fact that Annelise rocked girl power!

If you like vampires and action and drama, then you need to read these series.   It’s kind of like supernatural/vampires meet Hunger Games.  I love the descriptions of places that were mentioned.  All the characters mentioned stayed with me throughout the entire series.   I think the author, Veronica Wolff did a wonderful job with the story.

Here is the summary of the first book  ISLE OF THE NIGHT (the Watchers Series):

“IS LIFE OFFERING FEWER AND FEWER OPTIONS? THEN JOIN THE DEAD.

When Annelise left for college, it meant good riddance to her abusive father and stepmother—until a bureaucratic screw-up left her without a diploma, flat broke, and facing an uncertain future. Then she met Ronan—tall, dark, and way too seductive for her own good. He promised Annelise a new life, if she had the courage to chance the unknown. One look at him and she certainly had the desire. Sure enough, accepting rides from strangers does yield surprises. Whisked away to a mysterious island in the North Sea, Annelise is pitted against other female recruits in tests of skill, smarts, and strength. To win is to become a member of the Watchers, an elite and unique partnership—with vampires—that dispatches its teams on the most dangerous missions imaginable. It’s not exactly what Annelise had in mind for a new beginning but it’s livelier than the alternative. Because on the Isle of Night, to lose the challenge doesn’t just mean dishonor. It means death. Let the games begin.”

Pages: 286
Published: April 4, 2016
Here is the order of the books:
Book one:  Isle of the Night
Book two:  Vampire’s Kiss
Book three:  Blood Fever
Book four:   The Keep
Book five:   Reckoning
Novella:   Dark Waters  (This book is from Tracer’s Ronan point of view. It is a must read if you become a fan of his!  I am so a fan of him.) 

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Book update

Finished reading these:

 

Until we Meet Again by Renee Collins
Genre: YA book  Romance/Time Travel

UntilWeMeetAgain

 

Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
Genre: Romance/Paranormal

OnceBurned

 

As to what I’m reading next that will come for another post.  I have not decided yet.  There’s a toss up of what I want to read next.  Either the next Colleen Gleason book or the next Jeaniene Frost book or another time travel book!  So many books and so little time.

 

 

 

The Rules by Stacey Kade


Disclaimer: I bought this book to read to give it an honest opinion!



The Rules (Project Paper Doll #1)
Author: Stacey Kade
Hardcover
Pages: 416
Published: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Overview
1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules


My Take
I loved the cover! That’s what attracted me to the story. Once I read what this book was about, I decided to give it a go. The hardcover copy that I purchased was also autographed too! Yay!

The story takes place in high school and of course it has stereotypes of who’s he best in the class and such things as that. It’s told from Ariane and Zane’s point of view throughout the story which I enjoyed. You can get a real feel for Ariane and Zane are thinking and feeling. Both of them are struggling with things. For instance, Ariane constantly battles to stay under the radar and follows the rules that she is told to. Zane tries his best to be the best for his father and never seems to please him. He also misses his mother. Eventually these two meet under high school drama.

The drama in high is dealing with who’s who as your friend, bullying and surviving high school. The drama seems to be coming from Rachel, who’s a girl who wants to get everything her way no matter what the consequences are. I really did not like her at all. The story really does not go into that much into action except towards the end of the book, leaving it open for another I believe! We do learn a bit more about Adriane’s background which I found fascinating. I felt sorry of what Adriane went through and glad that she learns to stand up for herself in many ways.

Adriane and Zane together are amazing. Their witty remarks off of each other is playful and fun. They just fit nicely together. They seem to understand each other a little bit. Do they continue to be friends or no? Will Zane find out about her secret? Will Adriane end their friendship in order to be safe? What will happen?

I never read that much sci-fi genre but this one sure got my attention. Check it out today! Go pick up this book and give it a try. I could not put it down at all. I look forward to the second book. It just totally different and a bit serious on the side.

Story: B
Cover: A

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Sarah Dessen Book Signing Event

Last night was a book signing event at Anderson’s Bookstore in Naperville, IL for the author Sarah Dessen. I’m such a fan of her books! She writes so beautifully and tells such amazing stories! I got into my car and set up the GPS to go there. Well the lovely GPS took me the back roads which was fine and I did not come across any flooding! While I was on my drive, I saw some beautiful gorgeous huge houses on my way.

Once I hit the town Naperville, IL – downtown area – they had some amazing historic homes there! I just drooled at that. So I went down the street and found the bookstore. My next thing was to get a parking spot. I kept my eyes out and did not find anything close of yet. I circled liked a hawk twice and presto!! I found a spot. Of course I had to walk about half a block which was fine with me. People were out and about anyways. I spied a Starbucks and an Mac Apple Store as well. I took photos of those and sent them to my husband since he’s a fan of those.

I entered the store and took my bearings for a moment. I then went up to the counter to get my books that I pre ordered and got my ticket number. There was a line and also had to wait a bit which was not bad. When I arrived it was around 7:15 pm or so. I could not get there in time although I did my best! They were on number #40 when I arrived and my number was #51. So after waiting for about 15-20 or so, I was next in line to go. A lovely mom there with her daughter told me the number since I could not hear it. Thanks to that mom! There were tons of people there..some were teens and some were not! It was a great experience!

Once in line, the person up there asked what name I would like in the book. Well I had two books! One is for me and the other is for my blog for a giveaway! So my book has my name in as the giveaway book just has Sarah Dessen’s signature in it! So when it was my turn, I got there and had her sign the books, got a photo take with my iPhone and then thanked the author. I also gave Sarah Dessen some pendants that I made for her and her daughter. I hope she liked them!

After I got my books signed, I used the restrooms and took note of all the people that were there! It was awesome to see. Then I browsed around in the bookshop! I did not buy anything else but was very very tempted to!

Then I headed back to the car and thought I need to get gas. I checked with the lovely GPS and got gas and then headed back out. Well I took the expressway home and it began to snow! What the heck? Snow in April??? So I drove thinking if it was that bad I could stop at my mom’s! So I drove and then all the sudden it stopped snowing. So I headed home. While driving I had to go onto ramp to get to another expressway, well luckily I saw this stupid truck driver who was on my left hand side cutting me off to get on the ramp! If I did not see him, I think there would have been an accident. I was pissed at the truck driver. After that I headed home nicely!

Here is a photograph of me with Sarah Dessen and then the book that I’m giving away! Thanks again to Sarah Dessen for coming out to Illinois battling the strange weather we had! I am also looking forward to her new book coming out June 2013 “The Moon and More!”






After Hello Review


Disclaimer: I bought this book to read to give it an honest opinion!




After Hello

Author: Lisa Mangum
Hardcover
Pages: 272
September 4, 2012
Shadow Mountain

Overview:
What if the first day of your relationship was the only day you had?

Seventeen-year-old Sara is a seeker. She’s always on the lookout for the perfect moment to capture with her ever-present, point-and-shoot camera, especially on her first trip to New York City.

Sam is a finder. He has a knack for finding what other people can’t—a first-edition book or the last two tickets to a sold-out Broadway show. In New York, there is always something interesting to find.

When Sam and Sara’s paths cross, neither one of them is prepared for what they will find out about each other—and about themselves when they form an unlikely partnership in search of a seemingly elusive work of art. They have one day to find the impossible. Fate brought their talents together, but what happens when time runs out? Will love be able to overcome fate?


My Take:
The cover caught my eye of this little gem and immediately grabbed it! I read the cover bit and figured this book was for me. I was right! How I liked this story. It was unique and fresh.

The story takes place in New York which made me feel like I was on an adventure with Sam and Sara. The time frame was 24 hours which seemed longer to me. Sara loves the camera and uses it to capture those unique moments. So when she’s in NY she couldn’t pass the thought of not using her camera and manages to snap shot Sam who came out of a cafe. Something about him captured her attention.

Sam notice her noticing him. Sara follows him as then they engage in a conversation which led to one thing and another of learning a bit about each other. Their conversation connection was quite unique and fun. Of course in their conversation, they talk of things that are dear to them. Some of the things they mention is a tough thing for them to chat about but in a way I think it helps them to talk to someone about these topics rather than keeping it all bottled up.

Somehow Sam gets Sara involved with his and brother’s work as it turns into a mission looking for something unique. Sam helps her. Does she succeed in her mission or not? Do sparks go flying between Sam and Sara while they chat? I think there’s a great friendship there and that it could spin into something more. Read the book to find out. I think the chemistry between the two is great.

The story is written from both: Sam and Sara’s perspective. I love how the chapters tell you who the perspective is. It’s a nice change of pace.

Cover Rating: A
Story Rating: B

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