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Uninvited

Uninvited - Sophie Jordan Review to come.
All of You - Christina  Lee Bad boys, sit down. Finally a good guy worth swooning over.Full review to come.
Texts from Bennett - Mac Lethal I’ll admit, I went into Texts from Bennett with a heavy bias. Not only was I already a fan of Texts from Bennett since stumbling across it, I’ve also been a fan of Mac Lethal for a while. While I’m not the biggest fan of hip hop or rap in general, Mac is part of a fairly short list of rappers that I like.With that in mind, I can’t honestly judge whether or not I think someone would enjoy Texts from Bennett if they weren’t familiar with the man or the blog behind it. I would like to think so. Mac writes seamlessly, alternating between first person-narrative, texts with Bennett, and side-notes with ease. Despite my bias, I still expected the text messages to make the book feel broken and cheesy, but that wasn’t the case.A lot of people, myself included, have wondered whether or not Bennett really exists. I always hoped he is a real person, and this book made me feel like he is. Not once, during the entire book, did I feel like Bennett or any of the other characters were the least bit contrived. The most charming thing about Texts from Bennett, I believe, is how deeply rooted it is into reality, but without feeling like an autobiography. It’s an incredibly entertaining yet candid view on how Mac built a relationship with his cousin and met the love his life. That’s right, there’s a bit of a love story in there. A love story that is handled with such honesty and simplicity that it might be the sweetest thing I’ve read in recent memory. That’s saying something because I read a lot of romance.If you’re a fan of the blog, Texts from Bennett, I think you’ll really enjoy this. If you’re unfamiliar with the blog, acquaint yourself and have a laugh or two.If check it out and you don’t have a laugh or two, this book probably isn’t for you.
Marigny Street (Saving Angels Series) - Annie Rose Welch I’ll be honest, there are a lot of themes in Marigny Street that aren’t typically my cup of tea. It deals with loss, angelic beings, and ooey gooey romance. All of these things are a far cry from what I usually enjoy, but something about Marigny’s cover made me want to give it a shot.I’m glad I did! There was one chapter that I really connected with for reasons that I wouldn’t discuss even if they weren’t spoilers, and I think this set the precedent for my enjoyment of the rest of the novel. It hit home and I was able to connect to the story. Another thing is the writing. Welch’s writing has a delicate, poetic edge, while still capturing the scene very well. It made me feel as if I was transported into another place. There were times when I would put down the book and look around me and it literally took me a few seconds to realize where I actually was. Despite how often you hear people rave about the place, I'd never had the urge to actually visit New Orleans until I was reading Marigny Street. If I had anything remotely negative to say about Marigny Street, it would probably lie in the romance, or Gabriel in particular. It was just a bit sappy, and he was just a bit too good to be true. But as I said before, ooey gooey isn’t usually my thing, so I don’t see this being an issue for people who are into sappy (for lack of a better word) romance. Despite the hint of supernatural and the gooey romance, something about Marigny Street still felt honest and just…pure. I would recommend it!

The Moon and More

The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen 2.5It pains me to rate this so low because I'm a huge Dessen fan, but something about this one didn't work for me. Review to come.

Waiting for You

Waiting for You - Shey Stahl 1.5 starsThis book deserves some sort of award....for having the most misleading cover and blurb in the history of covers and blurbs. It is nothing like it appears to be, and if you're looking for a sweet, fun road trip book, look elsewhere, because this is NOT it.This is a story about two spoiled, self-righteous kids who hate their lives, despite the fact that even with their demons, they still have it better than a hell of a lot of teens these days. They channel all of this hatred into their love, and then into destroying each other. It was sad, sure, but mostly I just couldn't stand either of them.I really hate to give this book such a low rating, because I've read much worse (I'm looking at you, Fifty Shades), and I actually enjoyed the beginning despite my distaste for the characters. But there were so many problems, and it disappointed me so much, that I can't find it in myself to look for any other positive things to say.-There are a lot of grammar and punctuation errors that were impossible for me to ignore. -He calls her "brown eyes" so. many. times. Sometimes multiple times on the same page. It was annoying.-At one point, Dylan "jokingly" threatens to kill her father, and she tells him not to do that because he'd go to jail. Not because he's, ya know, her FATHER, but because he would go to jail. -Sex scenes toward the end bordered on rape, particularly one where he made her give him a blowjob to "show him how sorry she was". He forced her head into his lap, and she was crying. The fact that she didn't physically resist, however, would probably make some people take it in stride. Not me, though. It disgusted me.-Dylan can't control himself in fits of jealousy, but when it comes to letting her keep her "innocence", he's the poster boy for self-control. This, among so many other things, made me feel like he was a very inconsistent character, and not in a way that made him seem human. -I still don't understand why SHE was so destroyed by the secret Dylan kept. His mother was the one who was dead. I probably could have appreciated Waiting for You if it had been done a bit differently, because I realize that relationships like this do exist, and they deserve a story. My problem is when you wrap it up in a pretty package and make it seem like something it's not. Maybe it's to garner sales, or maybe to someone else, this cover and blurb seem appropriate. To me, they belong to something else. To me, they're glorifying it.

Dare You To

Dare You To - Katie McGarry 3.5. Enjoyed it but certainly not as much as Pushing the Limits. This is probably due in large part to the fact that I didn't really like Beth once we were inside her head. She was too angry and too naive. Not a good combination.I'll definitely be reading book 3 but I have to say, Isaiah's story is going to have to be handled with care in order for me to be a fan. Maybe McGarry will surprise me but I think the only way I'll enjoy it is if he's over Beth before he falls in love again. Not looking forward to another savior.

Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion I think it's going to make a decent movie (I love R's narrating voice, both in the book and his actual voice in the movie.) However it was kind of choppy with Perry's voice thrown in random places, and there didn't seem to be a real climax. I actually found myself wondering if my ecopy wasn't missing some pages.....

Wallbanger

Wallbanger - Alice Clayton This may go down as one of the sexiest covers of all time. It's so subtle, and yet, so very not.Wallbanger started out really strong, and I was loving it. Loved the banter between these characters.(I was even able to tolerate the inner monologues about her O, Heart, Brain, Lower Caroline, and Nerves. I was almost able to tolerate her calling him "mister" and "buddy" incessantly.) But then it began to drag and I was just wishing they'd get on with it. And then they got on with it and THAT drug too, and I was wishing it would be over. It was also pretty unrealistic there toward the end, and I just got bored. I'm not a fan of fanfiction being published, but I do give Clayton props for the way this one was executed. I saw no resemblance between this and Twilight, and believe me, I was looking.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green I feel gutted. There's no other way to describe it. There were a few things I didn't like about the story, but they're completely overshadowed by everything else. Green could have included a love triangle, insta-love, and everything else I hate in novels and all of the perfect things probably still would have cancelled all that out, and I probably still would have given it five stars.

ON THE JELLICOE ROAD

On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta Have a major case of writer envy going on right now. It would be a five star book for me if not for a painfully slow beginning. If not for the glowing reviews and countless rec's, I most likely wouldn't have made it to page 100 (which is about the time it starts to get good).These characters though...bravo. Brav. O.
Where She Went - Gayle Forman Definitely preferred it over If I Stay. Probably mostly due to the fact that I actually like Adam, and I never cared much for Mia. Maybe it makes me a bit insensitive, given what she was going through in If I Stay, but I think she was always selfish, and her loss just amplified that trait. A satisfying ending, I suppose.

Furious

Furious - Somewhere between 3.5 and 4. Review to come.

V is for Virgin

V is for Virgin - Kelly Oram Review to come!
If I Stay - Gayle Forman 3.5Wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting, given the hype. I think it had the potential to tear me apart, but for whatever reason, I felt detached for much of the story. I mean it was sad. But we're looking at things from a distance, out of body as Mia is, and it all just felt so far away. The memories were endearing, beautiful, and painful...but they still felt ...far away. I also can't stand cliffhangers & I'm not looking forward to Where She Went if its blurb is accurate.Something was missing. Maybe it was the layout, the fact that I never felt like I was reading a story but rather an essay by someone who had an out of body experience, mangled with memories from their past. I felt like it lacked structure as a novel and it just didn't grab me.I definitely think it was worth the read, and I would recommend people give it a shot. I wouldn't rave over it, but it did make me think about life, death, love, and loss.
Scarlet - Marissa Meyer Enjoyed it about the same as Cinder. Liked it, it's better than a lot of books I've read lately, but not really anything to rave about.Review to come.