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Easy by Tammara Webber

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easyGoodreads Summary

When Jacqueline follows her longtime boyfriend to the college of his choice, the last thing she expects is a breakup. After two weeks in shock, she wakes up to her new reality: she’s single, attending a state university instead of a music conservatory, ignored by her former circle of friends, stalked by her ex’s frat brother, and failing a class for the first time in her life.

Her econ professor gives her an email address for Landon, the class tutor, who shows her that she’s still the same intelligent girl she’s always been. As Jacqueline becomes interested in more from her tutor than a better grade, his teasing responses make the feeling seem mutual. There’s just one problem—their only interactions are through email.

Meanwhile, a guy in her econ class proves his worth the first night she meets him. Nothing like her popular ex or her brainy tutor, Lucas sits on the back row, sketching in a notebook and staring at her. At a downtown club, he disappears after several dances that leave her on fire. When he asks if he can sketch her, alone in her room, she agrees—hoping for more.

Then Jacqueline discovers a withheld connection between her supportive tutor and her seductive classmate, her ex comes back into the picture, and her stalker escalates his attention by spreading rumors that they’ve hooked up. Suddenly appearances are everything, and knowing who to trust is anything but easy.

My Review

I have always been a fan of Tammara Webber so I bought this book right away. She is one of my favorite author on the light contemporary YA romance genre and she never fails to deliver. I finished the book within a day and could not put it down. I love the simple yet beautiful cover.

Never judge a person from their appearance. Tattoo covered and a lip piercing Lucas/Landon sounds dark and dangerous but in fact, he was the most sweetest thing in the story. I am so glad that Jacqueline found him. It took a while for the book to reveal the dark secret Lucas/Landon carried within himself. I’m seeing a pattern here. Jacqueline and Landon exchanged funny emails just like Fifty Shades of Grey but I like the emails exchanged between Anna and Christian much better. Authors are inclined to include modern technology in their writings nowadays.

The love story was secondary to the life lesson being taught from the book. Rape victims need to come forward no matter what the situation they were in to prevent future sexual assaults from the same rapist. Miss Webber did an fantastic job on Buck’s sexual assaults victims’s fighting journey on getting Buck convicted on his own actions.

I can’t wait for more books from Tammara Webber.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Vanish by Sophie Jordan

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This is my first book I borrow from Austin public library in Kindle version. I love the idea on being able to borrow books electronically but the availability of the books is pretty limited. I originally thought I don’t have to wait in line for a book anymore. It’s e-book for goodness sake. It’s not like I can hold the book physically. Boy, was I wrong.

That’s my venting for the day. Back to the book review.

vanishGoodreads Summary

An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

My Review

First of all, great job on the cover.

To me, Vanish is a fluff piece. I was doing stop-and-go reading for at least ten times and finally decided to finish the book because the book is due back to the library. LOL. The series can continue without this book. It did however answer one of my question from Firelight. How in the world can two person meet twice coincidentally? Will’s family moved to Chaparral because of the sighting of a draki (Jacinda’s mom, Zara) years ago. Zara wanted to relive old days and that’s the reason she moved Jacinda and Tamra there.

Finally, Tamra manifested (or hit puberty). She is a shader, one of the unique form of draki, basically she can erase human’s memory. When they move back to the pride, Tamra thought Cassian would give her a chance now that she can manifest. Even though Tamra and Jacinda are twins, Cassian could not fall in love with Tamra not that he didn’t give it a try.

Why do authors like to write love triangle keep going back and forth? It’s getting a bit old. Jacinda needs to make up her own damn mind. Although I am always team Will but I couldn’t not feel for Cassian for the way he scarifice for Jacinda. I don’t foresee any happily-ever-after ending for the three of them. I am still feeling neutral to either Team Will or Team Cassian.

The story dragged for two-fifths of the book and finally Will showed up. Jacinda planned to run away with Will but was exposed by Miram. Both of them was caught by the hunters during Jacinda’s escape. Will caught up with the hunters and was able to rescue Jacinda during one of the driving break. Not much action there. The plot continues with Jacinda went back to the pride to tell them about Miram. Severin threatened to clip her wings and banished Zara. Cassian stepped in by promising to bond with Jacinda to avoid wing clipping.

The book ended with the cliffhanger. Jacinda persuaded Tamra to leave with her to rescue Miram and reunite with their mother. Cassian joined in with the rescue because Miram is his sister.

I am definitely not buying this book as part of my collection as I don’t believe I will do reread on it. I would however will read the next book “Hidden”.

My Rating: 2.5-3 out of 5 stars

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The Selection by Keira Cass

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the_selectionGoodreads Summary

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Review

I bought three 20% off iTunes $100 gift card and thought I put it to good use in iBooks store. The Selection was my first book purchase. Look at the beautiful cover/dress. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” but I just could not help it. The Selection is the top popular book for the month of April and I want to see for myself what is the hype about it.

Mash-up between “The Bachelor” and “Hunger Game” with a little hint of Cinderella would be a suitable summary for The Selection. Thirty five girls raced to the top to be the wife of a prince. Don’t expect any new idea from this book and it’s full of cliche.

The USA we all known no longer exists after World War III and World War IV. A new world “Illéa” was created with caste system in place. America Singer, the protagonist, was from Five was in love with a boy, Aspen from Six. Due to his pride and cowardice, he pushed America away. With heart broken, America headed to the Selection. She didn’t prepare to befriended the prince, Maxon and ended to be one of the Elite. She was split between Aspen and Maxon but eventually I can tell that she was beginning to see the opportunity she was given to make a change to the world and her love life seems minuscule compared to the challenges the country will be facing with all the rebels attack.

If I have to pick a team, I am definitely on team Maxon. He knew what he wanted and intrigued by America since the beginning even though America has nothing to offer with her status of Six. The initial interactions between America and Prince Maxon were funny. She yelled at him the first night she was there. She kicked him in the groin when she thought Maxon was trying to kiss her.

I have a bone to pick with this book. Who would leave a huge cliffhanger at the end with no promise of the next book? This is supposed to be a trilogy? It became a big turn off for me personally. As I was reading through the news about this book, I came upon that this book would be made into a TV series. Seriously?

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst

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I started a few books, six actually but I can’t get myself in any of the books I’m currently reading. I just wanted a quick and fun read and The Marriage Bargain fits the bill. I knew the story line would be pretty predictable when I started the book and I wasn’t disappointed. Boy-girl get into a marriage contract, boy-girl fall in love with each other, a climax of conflict to separate them apart and the finale with both of them realizing they should be together.

the_marriage_bargainGoodreads Summary

A marriage in name only…

To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner, Alexa Maria McKenzie, casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend’s older brother—the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn’t believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father’s corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister’s childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he’s offers Alexa a bold proposition.

A marriage in name only with certain rules: Avoid entanglement. Keep things all business. Do not fall in love. The arrangement is only for a year so the rules shouldn’t be that hard to follow, right?

Except fate has a way of upsetting the best-laid plans…

My Review

First of all, it was the cover which attracted me to this book. Who can resist such a exotic cover?

I just wished that I read this book before Fifty Shades Trilogy because I would enjoy this book way more that I should have. There were a lot of similarities, however, I loved Alexa stronger, selfless character more than Ana.

The Marriage Bargain brought tons of sexual frustration between Nick and Alexa. The only way Alexa would only accept the deal was that both of them practice celibacy. The dialogue between Alexa and Nick was funny and brilliant taking stabs at each other while they get to know each other.

Memorable scene from the book? Alexa was trying to hide dogs she rescued downstairs in Nick’s place by tricking him to stay upstairs the entire night. I was reading so fast trying to see how the little secret was going to unfold. I was laughing out loud picturing the next scenes. Nick got woken up middle of the night, grabbed a baseball bat expecting a burglar and he was in for a big mystery of heavy breathing/panting and scratching. Nick was mad demanding Alexa to take the dogs back but stopped when he realized Alexa was half-naked. They were finally getting it on but abruptly interrupted by the police arrival.

My Rating: 3-3.5 out of 5 stars

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Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades Trilogy #1) by E.L. James

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fifty_shades_of_greyThere’s a lot of catching up to do. My last post was back in January. I did finish reading a couple books between now and then but I didn’t have time to write reviews on them because I was busy moving my blog to another hosting server. This would be a good time for me to update my blog especially I just finish reading the Fifty Shades trilogy just last weekend. There is a lot of hypes going around right now about Fifty Shades of Grey due to studio buying the movie rights. I thought I should experience the hype myself and dare I say, it wasn’t disappointing.

They are talking about cast on this movie. I can picture Alexandar Skargard or even Ryan Gosling as Christian Grey but I would put my foot down on no for Robert Pattinson. He just doesn’t have the suave to play a handsome sexually charged billianaire. As for Anastasia Steele, she gave a innocent and driven flair. Lily Collins has the soft innocent look on her. I have to say no to Kristen Stewart too because her looks are too hard for Anastasia’s character.

Goodreads Summary

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind – until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time.

The unworldly, innocent Ana is shocked to realize she wants this man, and when he warns her to keep her distance it only makes her more desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her – but on his own terms.

Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success – his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving adoptive family – Grey is man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a passionate, physical and daring affair, Ana learns more about her own dark desires, as well as the Christian Grey hidden away from public scrutiny.

Can their relationship transcend physical passion? Will Ana find it in herself to submit to the self-indulgent Master? And if she does, will she still love what she finds?

Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever

My Review

First of all, I love the cover. I reminds me of Christian favorite grey tie and all the kinky things he would with it. It always bring smile to my face just thinking about it. Hmm… savoring it right now.

The book was about Christian presenting a contractual dominant/submission relationship to Ana. Little did he know, the longer he was in the relationship with Ana, the more Ana has Christian wrapped around her finger. I love Christian’s character, the dark background of his childhood shaped up the way he was trying to find the light with the help from Ana with her defy and challenges Christian every chance she gets. Who wouldn’t love a handsome billionaire who worship every step you take?

A lot of people rated the book as pornography. I would not go that far especially I just finished two books from the Cherise Sinclair’s Master of Shadowland Series. Fifty Shades would be considered mild in my opinion.

There is a lot of unnecessary repetition up and downs within the story. When the book ended with a cliffhanger with Ana decided to break if off with Christian, I was like a crazy person shouting “NOOOOOOOO” to my Kindle. I just knew what I have to do right away. Amazon Kindle Store, here I come! I have to continue onto the next book right away because I just could not get enough of Ana and Christian.

Memorable Quote: “Fuck the paperwork.”

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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