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Review: Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest #6) by Tijan

“THIS IS WORTH THE PAIN,” HE SAID. -Fallen Crest Home

“Be normal! Be boring even! At least you’ll be alive then!” -Fallen Crest Home

Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest High, #6)Fallen Crest Home by Tijan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I want to say tons of things about this book because there are tons of things about this book that made me feel all tons of emotions in a short period of time. It pains me when I think about Fallen Crest’s last book because I don’t think I will ever be ready to say goodbye. Fallen Crest Series has been one of the top favorites of mine! I love the Kades too much I don’t think I can ever let go. I love this series for so many reasons and sometimes I question myself for loving this book too much. Too much that sometimes I think it’s unhealthy. FC is the most angsty book I ever read. I get chills every time I read any of the book in this series. No other book gave me chills like that–from page 1 up to the end, I was never at ease. Reading this book was like waiting for a bomb to explode. I love Mason and Sam. Nate, Mark, and I have to say that Logan and Matteo added super spice to the cuisine, but of course, Logan will always be the epic one. Wit and sarcasm has always been Logan’s forte and he sure know how to throw them and you’ll find yourself laughing even in the middle of a tense situation. Mason and Sam always give me the heartburn, Logan makes it easier to bear. The combination of these hardcore characters made this book so appealing to me, they kept me entertained. That’s one of the things I love about this series and one thing I admire about Tijan. She hasn’t let me down yet. The characters and their bonds, they are like no other. Tight. Real. Haven’t seen anything like it even in all the books I already came across with. And the ending. I kind of figured out that she’ll end it like that, but still, I was open-mouthed. I should’ve expected it… but WOW! 10 awesome stars!!! Give me the next book asap!

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Fallen Crest will soon come to an end. Just one more book! If you haven’t started this series, I suggest that you start it as soon as you have time. I totally enjoyed this and I highly recommend the books especially if you’re a fan of angsty, sexy, heart-thumping books that are hard to put down. If you love badass characters and stories that are challenging to read–dysfunctional, dark, maybe twisted, sexy and full of angsts, this book will surely satisfy your cravings. Fallen Crest is YA/NA Contemporary Romance that revolves around the life of Samantha Strattan whose life was suddenly turned upside down when her mother decided to leave her father for another man. This man whom her mother fell in love with has two sons, Mason and Logan Kade, who hated her and whom she hated but eventually grown to love. Their bond is unbelievably strong and it never seize to amaze me how tight their relationships are. “You attack one. You attack all. That was our motto.”

You’ll also meet other badass characters–some were friends but the majority were enemies, you can’t be sure who to trust or who to watch out for. It is a roller coaster kind of feeling and you’ll surely enjoy every minute of it.

Here is the list of books in the series:

0.5 Mason
1- Fallen Crest High
2- Fallen Crest Family
3- Fallen Crest Public
4- Fallen Fourth Down
5- Fallen Crest University
5.5 Logan
6- Fallen Crest Home
7- Untitled (To be release on May 2017)

Fallen Crest have plenty of things that are opposite to what I believe in. The characters that I’ve grown to love and care about are the opposite of the kind of friends I have in my life. They did things that in normal life I wouldn’t even dare to do. When I first started reading Fallen Crest High, I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did. Sometimes I wonder what is it that really made me enjoy this series.

Francois Muriac once said, “If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads but what he rereads.” I have plenty of favorite books but I don’t reread them all. I only have a couple of titles that I enjoy rereading and Fallen Crest is one of these. Now, I don’t know what that says about my character or my “heart” because I don’t really wanna know. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t read this book without recoiling IF I were still in my High School years. Fallen Crest isn’t the sweet, romantic, cheesy kind of book that I used to read and enjoy back then. It was far from that kind of book actually. It is dark. It is dysfunctional. It is wild. Fallen Crest High is the first book that I read that made me question myself about things. It may be funny but it’s the truth. And as I continue to love this series, I began to open myself up to other kinds of books that I don’t usually read and aren’t actually in my comfort zone. I continue learning. I began to realize that when you read books, maybe they don’t really change you but they show you who you are. They open your eyes by making you question yourself, what you believe in, what you stand up for in life. They reveal something that existed on you. Whatever it is that made me fall in love with these books, I am thankful for it. The series may come to its end but its influence won’t. If there is one thing I will treasure most about this series is the sense of family, loyalty, and friendship. What they say is true. Family isn’t all about blood. They are the ones who were there with you at your lowest, the times when you had no one else. And when someone else betray you, they are the ones who got your back. They will always come for you no matter what.

 

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Review: Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I expect that you already read Finding Kyler by now, if not, I suggest you read it first before diving into this one. This is the second book in The Kennedy Boys series. Finding Kyler left us a huge cliffhanger ending and Losing Kyler picked up exactly where Finding Kyler left off.

I don’t have any negative opinion about this book because I enjoyed it so much and it felt like I didn’t even waited for this sequel at all. As I’ve said, Losing Kyler immediately picked up where the first book ended and the emotional connection was instant. I remembered how I loved the first book! I couldn’t even choose which one I liked better because they were equally satisfying, both are equally addicting.

When Faye moved in with the Kennedys, she was quickly thrown into the family drama. The word “dysfunctional” is an understatement when it comes to this family. The Kennedy seems to be living in full, fat lies and after the revelations in this book, there’s no doubt that things will be more interesting in the next installment.

Faye is a strong girl and I liked her for being badass. She didn’t only fight her demons but she also do everything to protect the people she love. If only loving someone is easy. If only loving Kyler isn’t forbidden.

What I enjoyed mostly about this book is its ability to turn the story into something you didn’t expect. There were lots of twists and bombs along the way. There were plenty of complications, unforgivingly thrown, one after another. It was like the family is cursed and happily ever after isn’t a possibility. Just when you think you’d figured out something, you’ll be given another secret to unfold, another twist in the already twisted lives of the characters. The angst we loved in the first book is still there. The thrill of waiting and finding out whether your favorite characters will have a happy story or not was both exciting and  agitating. There was no boring part for me and I think that was another reason why other readers loved this book too. It was sexy, angsty, twisted and sometimes overwhelming. There were a lot of things that happened in this one sequel alone and I bet there’s more coming in the next one.

Then there was Brad. Maybe seven good looking Kennedy brothers wasn’t enough so Siobhan added Brad into the limelight. I have to admit that giving Brad a lot of exposure made this book even more exciting to read. It was nice to have a decent guy thrown into the picture and knowing Brad will make you love his character. He’s a gentleman. The one that is easily taken for granted. You’ll love him.

Just like Finding Kyler, the ending of this book was another huge cliffhanger! I survived but Keeping Kyler couldn’t get here fast enough and I badly need the happily ever after!

If you loved The Royals and Fallen Crest and looking for another dose of family drama with hot dudes and badass female heroine, try this series and keep up with The Kennedys!

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Review: One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

One Day Soon (One Day Soon, #1)One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Summary:

He found me in blood and tears.
I stayed with him through darkness and fire.

We loved each other in the moment between innocence and bitter truth.
We were the kids easily ignored, who grew into adults we hardly knew.

We weren’t meant to last forever. And we didn’t.

He ran away.
I tried to move on.

Yet I never stopped thinking about the boy who had fought to keep me alive in a world that would have swallowed me whole. He was the past that I buried, but never forgot.

Until the day I found him again, years after believing I had lost him forever.

And in cold, resentful eyes, I saw the heart of the man who had been everything when I had nothing at all. So I vowed to hold onto the second chance that was stolen from the children we had been.

Sometimes fate is ugly. Life can be twisted.
And who we are can be ruined by who we once were.

For two people who had survived so much, we would have to learn how to hold on before we were forced to let go.

Most lives can be narrowed down to significant moments. Mine was no different. I knew the event that had changed me.

Life isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Sometimes life is like living in the mud and you feel like you’re sinking deeper and deeper into the pit. If you are looking for a happy, romantic kind of story, this book isn’t for you (at least not in the moment). Like I said, there are times when life is like living in the mud. One Day Soon is that kind of story.

This book left me heartbroken for days. There was a painful yet exciting feeling about not knowing whether the story will end happily or not, and that made my reading experience more thrilling and heartbreaking. When I started the book, I felt like my heart was breaking bit by bit, but it was painstakingly enjoyable. In the end, it was all worth it.

Without spoiling anything, I’m gonna tell you a little about this book.

One Day Soon is a Standalone New Adult Contemporary Romance about the sad and heartbreaking story of Imi and Yoss–two teenagers who met during the lowest season of their lives. Imogen or Imi is a runaway sixteen year old girl who was living with her neglectful mother before she decided to leave their home for good. Yossarian Frazier or Yoss is an eighteen year old homeless boy who instantly became Imi’s friend and protector. They became everything for each other as they tried to survive the life in the pit. Soon they began to dream that one day they will find a happy life together.

Sad and heartbreaking, raw and emotional. This book tore my heart into a thousand pieces and I don’t think I will ever put the pieces back again. My heart was a mess. It took everything in me not to sob and I guess that was a bad thing because until now I haven’t fully recovered. One Day Soon is definitely one of the most heartbreaking books I came across with and reading it was all worth it. It is one of the special books that I will always remember and the kind that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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Here was a boy barely holding himself together. He seemed as though he wanted to curl into himself. I wanted to shield him from everything horrible. Everything ugly.
Just as he had been trying to do for me.
Yossarian Frazier wasn’t an overly complicated person. He was smart. He was thoughtful. He was generous and kind. He was loyal to a fault.
And he was someone who had been forced to make choices that would shatter most people. I could see the fragments being chipped away little by little as he struggled to hold on.
Yet he still sat beside me, with concern on his face, wanting to know if I was all right. When it was obvious he wasn’t.

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Even though it was painful to read most of the times, this book is an eye-opener to some of the ugly truths in life. Maybe not all happy stories have happy endings, but sometimes it’s the saddest parts that make up a beautiful story.

And the ending? Well, I’ll just say it’s beautiful and I am pleased with how the story ends. I’m not gonna tell if this book is a HEA (Happily Ever After) or not. I hope the readers experience the thrill of finding out for themselves.

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Maybe after all these years, I was still just that girl standing up in the rain. Waiting for a boy who would never come.
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5 Bittersweet and Heartbreakingly Beautiful STARS!

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Review: PUNK 57 by Penelope Douglas

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PUNK 57

By Penelope Douglas

Released Date: October 21, 2016

Summary:

“We were perfect together. Until we met.”

Misha

I can’t help but smile at the words in her letter. She misses me.

In fifth grade, my teacher set us up with pen pals from a different school. Thinking I was a girl, with a name like Misha, the other teacher paired me up with her student, Ryen. My teacher, believing Ryen was a boy like me, agreed.

It didn’t take long for us to figure out the mistake. And in no time at all, we were arguing about everything. The best take-out pizza. Android vs. iPhone. Whether or not Eminem is the greatest rapper ever…

And that was the start. For the next seven years, it was us.

Her letters are always on black paper with silver writing. Sometimes there’s one a week or three in a day, but I need them. She’s the only one who keeps me on track, talks me down, and accepts everything I am.

We only had three rules. No social media, no phone numbers, no pictures. We had a good thing going. Why ruin it?

Until I run across a photo of a girl online. Name’s Ryen, loves Gallo’s pizza, and worships her iPhone. What are the chances?

F*ck it. I need to meet her.

I just don’t expect to hate what I find.

Ryen

He hasn’t written in three months. Something’s wrong. Did he die? Get arrested? Knowing Misha, neither would be a stretch.

Without him around, I’m going crazy. I need to know someone is listening. It’s my own fault. I should’ve gotten his number or picture or something.

He could be gone forever.

Or right under my nose, and I wouldn’t even know it.

“Close your eyes, there’s nothing to see out here.”

When I finished this book, I wanted to shout to the world what an amazing book Punk 57 is. Really, what did I just read? It was totally an intense experience and I loved every single moment of it. I couldn’t even wrap up the feelings I have for this book and it’s crazy… beautiful and crazy. You see, I still think about it all the time! It has my heart from the beginning up to the last page and I still cannot let go. I thought Bully will forever be my most favorite Pen Douglas’ book but I was wrong. I thought I fell hard for Bully, but it seems like I really haven’t hit the ground yet. Until Punk 57.

Ryen is not the typical heroine that we usually root for, and Misha isn’t the guy I thought he was. He is something else… something more. I fell in love with these characters and I didn’t even need a lot of convincing. Misha stole my heart and he held it. Held it and totally wrapped his hands around it. I dived blind and fast into this book and I was completely blown away (and I recommend that you do the same!). It’s far from what I thought I knew and expected, and nothing like I’ve read before. It was surprisingly a bit dark, edgy, and sexy to the point that it’s almost illegal. I loved the twist and turns of the story and those surprises along the way pushed me to sit straighter on the bed. I think I had thrown a few bad words in the wind as well (sh*t). It was very angsty and gritty that I wanted to punch the other characters’ faces from this book. I don’t want to say anything more than the necessary rambling because I don’t want to spoil the book for those who want to read it and enjoy it to the fullest. Just let me say that I loved this book so much! There are only two books so far that top my reads this year. Absolutely one of these is Punk 57. I don’t read fast… but this book was so hard to put down. If you read and enjoyed anything by Penelope Douglas, I bet you’ll gonna love this book as much or probably more than you love the other books. Yes, I think it’s dark… and it’s sexy and angsty.. more than that it is also sad and heartbreaking. But above all these, I think this book is powerful–it will touch people and most probably change a few hearts.

This book is marked as the Best Romance of the Month in Goodreads and it hasn’t even released yet. This has to mean something good and also one more reason to read it. I looove this book so hard, definitely 5 stars! I would give it a 10 if it’s allowed.

There are books that we read and we hold close to us, and there are books that do the opposite and hold us–those kind that helps us keep going and reminds us why we shouldn’t give up reading. Punk 57 is that kind of book for me… the kind that holds my heart.

“You kissed my hair while sticking me in the heart.
But your house will break before I fall apart.”

5 STARS!

Book Tour (Review): Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

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Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan

Published: August 22nd 2016

Synopsis:

He told me to ‘settle, girl.’
He asked if ‘something was wrong with me?’
He said I was an ‘easy target.’
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.

I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what would happen if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?


Kevin was kissing another girl. And he wasn’t just kissing her–he was inhaling her.


When you saw your stepbrother kissing another girl, and you’ve been in love with the said stepbrother for years… you run. But make sure to bump into the hottest fraternity guy–Caden. Caden Banks. Beautiful Caden Banks.

Summer Stoltz is a college freshman who’ve been crushing and pining for her stepbrother for years, even before her dad married Kevin’s mom. When she entered college, she hoped to finally be together with him. But sometimes some things don’t go well as planned. Especially when dear stepbrother end up being a big jerk and he has a scorching hot fraternity brother who always appear in the right place at the right moment, and saving her butt every single time. So, who is Caden Banks? He’s the Anti-Stepbrother.

I always love angsty books! Books that can make my heart race. Books that can make my heart hurt and flutter at the same time. These feelings I get from a book are one of the nicest and certainly one of the best things I love about reading. This is why I love Tijan’s books. Whenever I will dive into her stories, it’s like preparing myself for the next trainwreck. The adrenaline is too high, it’s almost intoxicating.

Along with the college drama, the characters in this book also cope up with past hurts and unresolved family issues that has always been one of the interesting flavors in Tijan’s books. At times, it was heartbreaking and sad, but there was never a lack of sexiness throughout the story. Though I expected to be blown away, I wasn’t prepared for the different waves of emotions as the characters played around friendship, brotherhood, love and family drama. I also appreciate that this book wasn’t an instalove romance, but a growing friendship with a simmering love underneath. There were many good things I loved about this book, but mostly I loved Caden’s character. He surprised me the most. I thought he was a bad guy with a good heart, but no, he was a good guy with a big heart. Caden Banks is one freaking hot guy. Caden and Summer is a tandem to watch out for. You’ll love this couple and you’ll wish there was more! I don’t think Caden and Summer are made for just a single novel. I believe they are cut for more and bigger stories. I want a second book! It was like reading Mason and Sam from Fallen Crest but different. And it’s a good kind of different. It just have this familiar feel, the same feel I get from Fallen Crest Series. Readers who enjoy Tijan’s books will surely enjoy this one. I just loved this book! I read it in less than a day!

Anti-Stepbrother will bring you to a world of college drama, fraternity and brotherhood, where there are lies and betrayals but also where unexpected friendship and love may be found. It was a one wild roller coaster ride.

5 STARS

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About the Author

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I didn’t begin writing until after undergraduate college. There’d been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can’t blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I’m hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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Review: Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery

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Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery

Published: June 12th 2015

In this modern retelling of Hansel and Gretel, thirteen-year-old foster children Griselda and Holden escape from their abductor after three years of brutal captivity, and try to cross the Shenandoah River on foot. Tragically, one of them makes it to safety, but the other is left behind.

Ten years later, Griselda’s boyfriend drags her to a fight club grudge match, and her world is turned upside down when she watches Holden step into the ring.

Though the connection between them is fierce, bitter regret, simmering rage, and a tangle of physical and emotional scars lie between them, just as dangerous as the white water of the Shenandoah.

Based on the popular fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel”, this book by Author Katy Regnery contains issue of child abduction and abuse. Set mostly in West Virginia known as the land of rugged mountains, the author successfully captured the right elements needed to invoke a sense of fear, danger and grief to the readers as they read the first chapter “Escape”.

The story begins as Holden and Griselda, two foster siblings-barely at the age of thirteen-tried to  escape from their abductor after 3 years of captivity and abuse. Running barefoot through the cornfields, the two children rushed up towards the Shenandoah River with the deranged mad man and his dog on their tails.

Stone to stone. I jump, you jump. 

But the story didn’t end there. One of them is left behind, and there begins their painful and heartbreaking journey to find healing and redemption.

As heartbreaking as it is beautiful, this book will blow your mind in the same way that it will touch the deepest part of your heart. This is one of the saddest and most powerful book I’ve ever read.

Watching the characters break and barely survive with so much agony  and pain, it was truly heartwrenching. These two kids were taken when they were only ten years old. With no one else around, they depended and protected each other against the man who kept them chained outside during the day, and locked them in the dark cellar at night. They lived and breathed for each other to survive. Through the author’s spellbinding narration I was able to picture the story well. Enough to make me feel like I was there as a witness. I can’t count the times that I felt like my chest would explode because it felt so real and it was achingly devastating. Readers will wonder what actually happened at the Shenandoah River. Why they were taken after all. What truly happened to Holden after all the years. How will they find each other and how different they are now from what they once were. How death, grief, and rage change a person and how much pain people can endure before they truly break.

Ask me if I’m whole…

Told in Third Person POV, it alternately narrates Griselda’s life and Holden’s. There were lots of flashbacks from the time they were at the man’s farm and it was during those moments that the readers will see how their bond deepened. Despite their difficult past and present lives, I loved these characters and the difficult choices they made.

Never Let You Go is an intense, powerful book, stunning, and achingly beautiful. It has so much feels I could hardly contain them all. It broke my heart into pieces but in the end it was all worth it. I absolutely loved it. Definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read and perfect for readers who wants  romantic stories with just enough suspense, stories that break and mend hearts.

Friendship, survival, sacrifice, forgiveness, finding redemption and the capacity of human heart–no matter how it had been deeply broken–to be able to love and accept love in return… to be whole again.

This story will stay with me for a very, very long time. I don’t think I will ever forget it. I don’t want to. Please read this book. I can’t recommend it highly enough. If I could give this 10 Stars, I will. That’s how much this book means to me.

5 STARS

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Review: Home Torn by Tijan

17162781She’d left five years ago because her sister took away someone she loved. It had always been like that. Her sisters were adored while she was ignored. Now she’s back, but she’s different. She had changed and now sought healing in a cold and torn home.

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If there was one thing Dani O’Hara was good at, it was running. If you’re constantly being hurt by the people around you, you run. That’s what she did years ago. She left her little town without a word and everybody thought she was dead. Then after 5 years, she decided to come back.

Her exact reason for returning isn’t clear and even Dani doesn’t know what she truly needs. Revenge? To take back the only boy she ever loved? Healing? In a small town that holds her family’s secrets and where every gossip is like a headline news, Dani will either stand up and show the people that she’s changed or play it safe and be the same shy, nice girl that was ignored years ago.

If there is someone who knows how to write about badass female leads, swoonworthy alpha males, dysfunctional families, supporting characters who are either irritating that you wanna throw them in the river to drown, or characters that you deeply feel for that you would want them to be part of your real life too–it’s Tijan. Her stories aren’t rainbows and unicorns. They’re deep, dark, and they can put you on the edge. But they’re good, really good. Eventhough readers may feel like the book could have show us more about Jonah and him falling in love with Dani, they can still breath with satisfaction when it comes to the ending. I, myself was hoping to see more of Dani and Jonah’s relationship too, but I enjoyed the book as a whole and will not hesitate to recommend it.

Lies, secrets, betrayal, healing and romance. This is what Home Torn is about. Written by one of my most favorite and Best-Selling Author Tijan, this book is definitely something to look forward to.

4.5 STARS

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