LoveLines (The Wilmington Saga, #1)

LoveLines (The Wilmington Saga, #1)

author: S. Walden
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 3.94
book published: 2014
rating: 2
read at: 2014/06/15
date added: 2014/06/16
shelves: contemporary, fiction, hell-no, romance
review:
I don’t really know what to say about this book. It was just OK.

If my grandma was to write a romance novel, this would be it. IF my grandma, for whatever reason, was into writing gross sex scenes.

I wasn’t into it. One of my friends mentioned that she thought this book may have been originally written as YA and then the characters were aged so that the sex scenes could be added. I think is a pretty good guess- especially since the whole NA thing is such an emerging genre. Reece in regular life and Reece in bed were two totally difference people. It was like he had multiple personalities. I didn’t dig it. At all. I found myself rolling my eyes at how much the two things just didn’t mesh.

This couple was fracking perfect for 85% of the novel. Reece is so understanding and caring. Bailey is working so hard to overcome her issues and be a good partner to Reece. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. KILL ME NOW.

Even these people’s problems were perfect. It was annoying. I didn’t feel like anyone in this book did one truly shitty thing. And people are shitty. They just are. Anything that someone did that was crappy in this book was totally forgivable because they did it for a good reason.

The switching from 1st person to 3rd person POV was confusing. There was no “REECE” or “BAILEY” headers so every once in a while the story would just suddenly switch and it would take me a minute to get my bearings. I am totally sick of dual point of view in general, but this was so much worse.

The thing with Erica’s daughter was bizarre and out of place. What purpose did this scene serve? It did zero to advance the plot. After it was over it was never mentioned again- no follow up, no explanation, no consequences. It seemed totally unnecessary.

The Fall of January Cooper

The Fall of January Cooper

author: Audrey Bell
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 3.67
book published: 2014
rating: 3
read at: 2014/06/14
date added: 2014/06/15
shelves: confusion, contemporary, fiction, new-adult, road-trip, rich-kid, romance, sports
review:
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Did I? She didn’t exactly ask me to review it, but I did get it free from her. Whatever.

I really enjoyed this book. If I was giving it a rating based on how much I liked it. Then it would get a 5. It had a ton of my favorite elements: sports, brooding leading man, road trip, realism, etc. But I felt like there was too much going on. There were so many subplots (especially in Christian’s story) that it ending up feeling a little bit flat. It seemed like a lot of elements were touched on, but didn’t receive enough attention.

[spoilers removed]

I very much liked how the relationship between the two main characters developed in this story. I found it extremely realistic. A lot of times a developing relationship is written very linearly. This never feels real to me. In real relationships, people make split second decisions, they change their minds, they’re impulsive. January and Christian are like this. There was also a couple of scenes where Christian did EXACTLY what a real man would do ([spoilers removed]) and I LOVED this. I loved that Christian was kind of the anti-hero. This guy was kind of a dick, but there when it counted.

This story left me feeling unsatisfied. The epilogue didn’t do much to tell me how the characters end up- What their plans are. A lot is up in the air for these people and their fates are never revealed.

So overall, I give this novel a 3.5.

Eversea (Eversea, #1)

Eversea (Eversea, #1)

author: Natasha Boyd
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 4.20
book published: 2013
rating: 4
read at: 2014/06/10
date added: 2014/06/11
shelves: fanfiction-i-know-it-is, actor, cheating, contemporary, famous, fiction, i-will-kill-you-over-this-ending, more-gray-eyes, new-adult, rich-kid, romance, stupid-character-names, virgin-trope-alert
review:
I really enjoyed this book. It was very well written. Slow-burn romance with damaged characters. BUT it was almost definitely thinly veiled Robert Pattinson fan fiction. I would bet a lot of money on this.

After the realization that Jack = Pattinson and Audrey = Kristen Stewart I kind of had a hard time staying immersed. Pattinson is not very attractive to me.

At least she changed the names?

Oh well. I liked it.

Fade In

Fade In

author: M. Mabie
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 4.20
book published: 2014
rating: 3
read at: 2014/06/10
date added: 2014/06/10
shelves: contemporary, fiction, romance
review:
This had a lot of potential to be an awesome new adult novel, but it fell short of really being great.

Things I liked a lot:
1. I loved the idea of a main character who is slowly going blind. I thought that was really interesting and the author did enough research to make that part of the novel believable to me.
2. Tatum was pretty funny. She was sassy and outgoing. She could be a bit much at times, but for the most part I really liked this character.

Things I thought were stupid:
1. The premise was a little bit too preposterous. The entire book hinges on the idea that this woman hires a PA and never asks to see any form of ID. NOPE!

I just don’t believe this would happen. You give someone a key to your house, but you never ask them any questions as to how they knew about the job opening and never ask to see any ID? Never gonna happen.
2. I thought Ben was a little too perfect. This is just personal preference, but given how vague he was about his past and certain things, I would have found a lot of the things he did creepy if I was Tatum. Why is it that in books a guy can get away with acting like a predatory weirdo if he’s really good looking? Guy does creepy thing. Guy is hot. Creepy thing negated. Really?
3. Ben seems to do a lot of crying.

4. The brother’s name is Cooper. The best friend’s name is Winnie. All I could think about was:

Catch a Falling Star

Catch a Falling Star

author: Kim Culbertson
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 3.86
book published: 2014
rating: 3
read at: 2014/06/08
date added: 2014/06/08
shelves: actor, coming-of-age, contemporary, famous, fiction, high-school, i-will-kill-you-over-this-ending, no-sex, rich-kid, romance, summer, young-adult
review:
This was a really cute book. I liked slow-burn of the “romance.” No insta-love here. It was pretty realistic for the most part (obviously the overall premise was preposterous).

The big issue I had with this book was the ending.

It was EXTREMELY abrupt and unsatisfying. Probably one of the most unsatisfying endings I’ve ever read.

The Geography of You and Me

The Geography of You and Me

author: Jennifer E. Smith
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 3.75
book published: 2014
rating: 1
read at:
date added: 2014/06/08
shelves: dnf
review:
ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

DNF @ 50%.

I found this book incredibly boring and don’t want to waste my time reading it anymore.

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)

author: Richelle Mead
name: Crazy. Something. Maybe.
average rating: 4.49
book published: 2009
rating: 3
read at: 2014/06/07
date added: 2014/06/08
shelves:
review:
I’m going to make this short because I am so incredible DONE with this series it’s not even funny.

1. These books drone on and on and I fracking hated it. SO many words to say so little.
2. Overall story very good. Could have been written with half the words.
3. I sacrificed my Saturday to finish these because I felt like they were holding me hostage. I wanted to know what happened, but wading through all of the necessary verbiage, scenes, characters, and subplots was exhausting.
4. I hate Rose.
5. I regret ever starting this series.