Category «Book Reviews»

Single Sundays: Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets…
Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.
It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been: even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone.
Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one: the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.
When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.

Review:

Because I have a slight obsession with Downton Abbey (who doesn’t really :P), I was very excited to read this book as it is set in a similar setting. Although it wasn’t up to Downton Abbey‘s level, I did enjoy it (just not as much as I had hoped) but it would be easy to see why some wouldn’t.

The book reminded me a lot of Gossip Girl but the 1912 edition. It has an anonymous newspaper writer sharing all the gossip of the Darlingtons while the reader tries to sort out the truth about this mysterious family. The plot itself is more Downton Abbey in its approach and if you have watched the show, you will probably be able to see the parallels between characters and plots. It also reminded me of The Flappers Trilogy in the sense that it is told from multiple character POVs so you get to learn more about the characters and their thoughts.

I think the biggest disappointment I had with this book was the plot. It wasn’t as dramatic as I thought it was going to be (though for the time period the plot is rather “scandalous”) and having seen most of the plot on Downton Abbey and similar time-oriented pieces, nothing screamed originality to me.

The book ends with most of the plots being resolved (from what I remember) but I wish it was a series or had a sequel. I felt like there was a lot of potential to make this into a series with a lot more drama and twists but overall I was satisfied with the ending.

Conclusion:

Truth be told, I can’t remember a lot of what happened as I read it in the summer of June 2012 but I do remember that there were a few twists that I didn’t see coming until I got farther into the story and more was revealed. Perhaps the fact that I can’t remember what else happened is an indication of some sort that this book isn’t overly memorable. However it was a good way to get a quick Upstairs Downstairs fix as you pass the time waiting for the next season of Downton Abbey. Those who do not enjoy petty gossip of the upper classes probably want to avoid this book as a whole.

Rating: 3.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Young Adult, Upstairs Downstairs, Romance, Drama
Recommended for: 16-21
Similar Reads: Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar (Gossip Girl #1) and Vixen by Jillian Larkin (The Flappers #1)

Single Sundays: Touch of Eden by Jessie M.

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
I’m Joshua… 25 years old and full of myself.
I hang out with my like minded pals, obsessed with sex and hooking as many girls as I can…

Until one day, one fateful day, I go too far and commit a dreadful sin.
My whole life collapses around me. I don’t want to be me anymore.
I start to change and the next thing I know my whole world stops spinning when I fall in love.

But she says she doesn’t want me. Because of who and what I am and my track record…
You see she knows me. She knows me better than anyone else because she just so happens to be my best friend… This is my story. Our story.

Review:

I actually got this book from Kindle for free near the end of August. The cover and plot premise intrigued me enough to pick it up despite it only being 130 pages long. The page number is an important thing to note because I tend to avoid novellas whenever possible (unless they are a part of a series as a side-story/bridging story) because I find I don’t like how quickly the plot progresses and I find I just end up unsatisfied.

After reading this book, I am a bit unsatisfied. I felt like it had started a little too slowly and then it ended rather suddenly (read: no epilogue). I just couldn’t get into this book and when I finally did, it ended.

Josh was a hard character to like. At first, I thought he was a complete moron when it came to the English language; and then I realized that this book was set in the UK and not the United States like I assumed. Once I sorted that out it went a lot better. But Josh’s character itself was hard to get a firm grasp on. The book is only told from his POV and as a girl, I find it hard to connect with a guy’s mind at times. I’m all for the reformed playboy characters (they are my guilty pleasure) but I didn’t find anything redeemable about him (though he got a bit better near the end).

Overall, I felt like the plot was missing a few dots in the flow. You can really divide the plot into two sets: the romance and Josh’s everyday life. The romance happens quickly and rather unexpectedly. It was literally a BAM moment and he knew he was always in love with Eden. I really didn’t get it so that threw me for a bit. Though I really did like the two of them together and I wish we got to see more of that in the book. The rest of the plot again just felt like it was lacking something. I think part of the problem was everything just starts and ends so quickly that there is a lot that doesn’t reach its full potential. I also kept expecting some twists and turns but they never came so that left me disappointed.

Conclusion:

As a free book, this was a good book. Nothing overly fantastic but I enjoyed reading it. I just wish it was a bit longer and had a more developed plot because all the dots were there, they just needed to be strung together. Would I pay the $3 on Amazon that it is listed at now? Probably not but I wouldn’t discount books from this author in the future if they were the right price.

Rating: 2.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Drama
Recommended for: 18+
Similar Reads: Frigid by J. Lynn

Single Sundays: Heartless by Catou Martine


Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):

Heather Redmond spent three years hiding from the world, her innocence lost and faith shattered.

She’s mastered the art of forgetting the past. Now she’s ready to face the future. College is on the horizon, and she’s enjoying a quiet summer in LA.

The last thing she’s prepared for is a hot guy jumping into her convertible while she’s stopped at a traffic light.

Josh Hansen is Heather’s opposite. He’s fearless and sexy, racing through life on his motorcycle. And he always takes a leap when Fate gives him a wink. He can’t resist the wide-eyed, pretty blonde who seems afraid of the world.

Josh is determined to push Heather’s boundaries, body and soul. She’s afraid of her awakening feelings, and wants to take things one step at a time, but Josh isn’t used to driving in the slow lane, and soon they are speeding into passion and love.

When their darkest secrets come to light, Heather and Josh are forced to confront the painful past and either find forgiveness, or lose their love forever.

Review:

I picked this book up for free one afternoon from the Kindle Store. I am obsessed with New Adult reads so when I see a free one, I grab it. And this one was quite the surprise!

I really enjoyed this book! I’m always skeptical when books are free because they are often riddled with spelling and grammar mistakes but this one wasn’t. There was the occasional word missing from a sentence or a typo here and there but nothing that made me frustrated–they all just seemed like harmless, unintentional typos. It wasn’t the greatest book ever but I liked the story and I easily got hooked. I only planned to read a chapter or two in the morning and then ended up spending the whole morning reading it!

Part of the reason I got hooked was the mystery to the characters. Both have secretive pasts that slowly get revealed as you read. I also liked what the backstories were. I haven’t read a book that focused on that specific type of situation (without giving anything away I will say it does talk about religion and faith) before so I thought it was really refreshing to read and I think it was done tastefully (meaning it wasn’t trying to shove a specific viewpoint down your throat or was offensive in anyway). I will warn potential readers that there is some heavy subject matter in this novel that not everyone will feel comfortable reading so it might not be for everyone.

The main reason why I didn’t give this book 4 out of 5 stars was because of the plot timeline. Things just happen WAY too fast in this book. It’s basically an insta-love connection and everything happens within the span of 2 weeks. I think I would have an easier time believing everything if it happened over the span of a few months instead.

I also think this timespan hurt my impression of Heather. After reading the book, I’m not sure how I feel about her. Overall, I think her character delivery wasn’t as strong as it could be. She always seemed to appear one way then as another on the next page. I could cut her some slack given her past but given the timeline I just felt like we didn’t connect some of the dots on her character composition.  Same goes with Josh. They both just lacked that little bit more to their characters and I think if the book was a tad longer and had a longer timeline, this issue would be solved.

Conclusion:

A refreshing New Adult read that was super cute and quick. I recommend it for those who adore love at first sight stories and seeing love heal people. But warning, it does deal with subject matter that might be uncomfortable for some readers (such as abuse and religion).

Rating: 3.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Recommended for:17+
Similar Reads: Crash by Nicole Williams (Crash Trilogy, #1)

DNF Review: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin

 Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):Young, arrogant, tycoon Earl Grey seduces the naïve coed Anna Steal with his overpowering good looks and staggering amounts of money, but will she be able to get past his fifty shames, including shopping at Walmart on Saturdays, bondage with handcuffs, and his love of BDSM (Bards, Dragons, Sorcery, and Magick)? Or will his dark secrets and constant smirking drive her over the edge?

Review:

NOTE: I never finished this book. I got to Chapter 3 before I gave up. Find out why below:

I didn’t go into this book with high expectations, but I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it past the 3rd chapter.

In my mind, it isn’t hard to write a parody about Fifty Shades of Grey. If anything, it is too easy. I mean look at how many celebrities have videos on YouTube of them reading the novel out-loud which results in millions of people laughing. But this book just fails.

I think it tries too hard to be “out-there”. The story is just plain odd and weird, not funny. Some lines (maybe about 3 sentences of the 15 pages I managed to read) were actually witty and encouraged me to keep reading. They were what I was expecting the book to be like and not random calls from Beyoncé or a 40 year old roommate bits we get. The wit was just too few and far between so I had to put this book down.

There isn’t much more to say other than that this was a disappointment, like Nightlight, the Twilight parody was. If it took more of a satire approach than a parody, it would have been more successful. I find it hard to believe that there is plans for a sequel because I can’t see how people finished the this one.

Conclusion:

Avoid at all costs if you like your sanity. It wasn’t funny–it was like watching a bad parody film only I couldn’t turn it off (well, it was an eBook so I guess I could have ;))

Rating: 1/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Parody, Adult, Comedy
Recommended for: no one, but those who enjoy “out-there” parodies
Similar Reads: Nightlight by Harvard Lampoon

Book Review: Kidnapping the Laird by Terri Brisbin

While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel!

Author: Terri Brisbin
Genre: Romance, Historical, Highlanders
Heat Rating: warm

Thoughts on Kidnapping the Laird:

I actually got this book for free from Kobo and I am glad that I did.

This book showed a lot of promise but because it was only a novella, it just didn’t have enough time to fully develop. If it was a full length novel, I would have really liked it.

It was a super cute read and story. Padruig and Cat were likeable and you wanted to cheer them on. I liked Cat’s plot to get Padruig back and thought it was a great plot line to follow. It was a refreshing highlander read which is why I wish it was longer and more developed.

There isn’t much more to say as it was only a few dozen pages long and I don’t want to give everything away.

Conclusion:

A cute, SUPER quick read that if you can get for free like I did, is worth the short amount of time it takes to read.

Rating: 3/5

Similar Reads: Taming the Highlander by Terri Brisbin (The MacLearies, #1)

Synopsis for Kidnapping the Laird (from Goodreads):
Catriona MacDonnell is a wife of convenience who discovers that she wants more from the handsome, sexy laird she had to marry.

Padruig Grant was not happy when his wife kicks him out of her bed, but his pride prevents him from returning to it. When Catriona takes matters…and her husband…into her own hands to claim the love they both deserve, should he resist her valiant efforts or should he surrender?

Single Sundays: The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician’s assistant. The three young women’s lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It’s up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures

Review:

I absolutely love Steampunk and I also love strong female characters so this book seemed like a no-brainer to me. After over a year, I finally got my hands on it!

I think it is fair to say that is book wasn’t what I was totally expecting–and that is OK. I still really liked it but not in the way I thought I would before I picked up it up.

I found this book to be really refreshing. The wit in it (all you really have to do is read some of the chapter titles and you will get what I am saying) is unlike any book I have read in recent memory. It was just a lot of fun and I did chuckle a few times at the characters and what they say/do. That being said, this type of humour and writing might not appeal to everyone so just be forewarned.

The characters were great. I think as a girl you can relate to some part of the three of the ladies in some way. I will say I was a little disappointed in Michiko’s character and I would have liked to have seen her character develop a bit more than what we get but I still liked her a lot. But overall, I really liked the strong ladies we get!

The book started a little slow and it didn’t help that I was thrown off by what I was actually reading. It isn’t very steampunk–and by that I mean that the steampunk element isn’t the driving force of the story like some other books. This book chooses to focus instead on how the girls live in a society that limits what girls in what they can do in polite society and the solving of a murder. But, the book really does pick up once you are a few chapters in and between the 3 girls, there is always something to grab your attention. The last 50 or so pages were really addicting.

Conclusion:

A very fun and witty read! I really hope that there is a sequel because I would love to see what else these girls get themselves into!

Rating: 3.5/5
Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Teen, Young Adult, Steampunk, Mystery, Action
Recommended for: 15+
Similar Reads: The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross (Steampunk Chronicles, #1)

Though it isn’t a book, I highly recommend that you watch the TV show, Avatar: Legend of Korra is you like this genre and type of story!

Book Review: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Macguire

NOTE: I feel it is important to clarify that this book is actually part of the “Wicked Years” series. However, I have never read, nor do I plan to read, the rest of the books in this series. As such, I have decided to review Wicked as a stand-alone novel.

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
In Baum’s land of Oz, animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. Green-skinned Elphaba, future Wicked Witch of the West, is smart, prickly and misunderstood; she challenges our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

Review:

I have never watched the musical Wicked; however, it is on my bucket list and has been on my “MUST SEE” play list for YEARS. It just never fails that when it comes to my area that I can’t make it to the show and I won’t be going to Broadway anytime soon so I decided to read the book in the hopes it would satisfy my craving.

Yeah, that was my first mistake.

I really feel like I should have read the book reviews about this book before I decided to read this book. If I had, I probably would have saved myself the hours it took me to drag myself through this book :S

I just didn’t enjoy this book. It was boring, and just plain weird at times. I also feel like it didn’t answer any of my questions about why the Wicked Witch becomes “Wicked” in the first place. I can see why the events Elphaba has gone through in life would make her “wicked” but it wasn’t enough to convince me. I felt like I should finish the book and sympathize with her character but when I finished, I was indifferent to her. I think the recent Disney movie, Oz, does a WAY better job at explaining the pre-story to the Wizard of Oz than this does.

I only finished this book for the sake of my pride and in the hopes that it would get better. I think for the most part it got a little more interesting for Elphaba once she reaches university but it still wasn’t enough to make me happy that I continued to read the book. I really should have put it down.

From what I have learned, this book is nothing like the musical and thank goodness or else I would be very concerned and curious about how it is so successful!

Conclusion:

This book is definitely more for adults, but I still wouldn’t recommend it for anyone unless they enjoy reading bizarre stories. If you want an interesting prequel for the Wizard of Oz, I highly recommend watching Oz: The Great and Powerful recently released by Disney–much more enjoyable and makes much more sense!

Rating: 1/5
Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Adult, Prequel, Fantasy,
Recommended for: no one, but it is geared more for the 18+ crowd

Single Sundays: Nightlight: A Parody by the Harvard Lampoon

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
About three things I was absolutely certain.
First, Edwart was most likely my soul mate, maybe.
Second, there was a vampire part of him–which I assumed was wildly out of his control–that wanted me dead.
And third, I unconditionally, irrevocably, impenetrably, heterogeneously, gynecologically, and disreputably wished he had kissed me.

And thus Belle Goose falls in love with the mysterious and sparkly Edwart Mullen in the Harvard Lampoon’s hilarious send-up of Twilight.

Pale and klutzy, Belle arrives in Switchblade, Oregon looking for adventure, or at least an undead classmate. She soon discovers Edwart, a super-hot computer nerd with zero interest in girls. After witnessing a number of strange events–Edwart leaves his tater tots untouched at lunch! Edwart saves her from a flying snowball!–Belle has a dramatic revelation: Edwart is a vampire. But how can she convince Edwart to bite her and transform her into his eternal bride, especially when he seems to find girls so repulsive?

Review:

This is one of those books that sounds good in theory, but when it comes to execution it fails to deliver.

I mean, it shouldn’t be hard to write a parody about Twilight–you don’t even have to think longer than a few seconds to remember a joke you have made at the expense of the Twilight Saga and its movies. So, I was extremely excited to read this parody and laugh hysterically at jokes that we all saw coming and could agree upon.

Unfortunately, that isn’t how it played out.

A friend of mine–who shares the same book interests as myself–recommended I read this book because it was hilarious so I was more than willing to give it a try. And at first, I liked the book. It played off the original story very well and I laughed out loud at the jokes. But then it just got weird and awkward and I stopped enjoying it. I almost stopped reading it but because it is such a short book, I just trucked through it.

Simply put, the book becomes absurd and just bizarre. If the author was trying to inadvertently send the message that the original Twilight was just as absurd then I think they accomplish that but not in a witty way that would gain my respect or admiration or even a 3 star review. There were so many other ways that the story could have gone or played upon and it just fails to do so.

Conclusion:

Very disappointing and not as funny as one would hope. I only really laughed for the first 30 or so pages–and I seriously laugh at everything so me not laughing for the rest should be a sign. Avoid if you can–even if you hated Twilight, because you will finish the book and hate Twilight even more because the whole Twilight phenomenon is the only reason why this book was created in the first place.

Rating: 1.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Parody, Satire, Comedy
Recommended for: no one (but it is suitable content for those ages 15+)
Similar Reads: Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin

Single Sundays: Juliet by Anne Fortier

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved Aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.

This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.

But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is destined to be its next target. Only someone like Romeo, it seems, could save her from this dreaded fate, but his story ended long ago. Or did it?

Review:

I read this book a long time ago after a co-worker recommended it to me. I got my hands on a local library copy and I ended up loving the book so much that I went out and bought it for my own personal collection.

As you may or may not know, I am a huge Shakespeare nut. Any fiction involving Shakespeare and I am there! I recently went to see Romeo and Juliet at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada (if you ever get the chance to attend, do! They put on amazing productions ever year!). Amazing play and this production was awesome! So awesome it made me think about this book and I hope to reread it very soon!

But, back to the book 😉

This book is basically two stories in one. One follows the present day Juliet while the other follows the “original” Juliet. You can tell Ms. Fortier has done her research because the story that takes place in 1340 is rich in detail about the time and about the play Romeo and Juliet. My mom–who I made read this book–made the comment after the play about a gold statue saying she forgot it was in the play when she read about it in the book. Fortier does a fabulous job with tying the two worlds together and this makes the book super enjoyable to read.

Another bonus was the mystery and suspense. I find with some books that have regular “flashbacks” to the past, I tend to enjoy one story more than the other so I dread the respective POV. That was not the case here. I was equally addicted to both and that made this book super hard to put down. While I had suspicions about how the book was going to play–no pun intended–out (I mean, we all know how Romeo and Juliet ends, right?) I found it wasn’t predictable which always makes me happy. The plot was a little DaVinci Code-esque in its delivery but with Shakespeare which I thought was cool.

I really liked the characters and Juliet–either of them–didn’t annoy me (unlike the Juliet in Shakespeare’s play) so win!

Conclusion:

You don’t have to like Shakespeare to like this book. If you enjoy mysteries, books with suspense and a dash of romance, you will enjoy this one! I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Mystery, History, Romance
Recommended for: 17+
SERIESous’ Top Book Series: #2
Similar Reads: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and Kissing Shakespeare by Pamela Mingle

Single Sundays: The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekes

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com):
Meet Rochelle Evans: pretty, popular–and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile–and a total player. And also Elle’s best friend’s older brother…

When Elle decides to run a kissing booth for the school’s Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer–this romance seems far from fairy tale and headed for heartbreak.

But will Elle get her happily ever after?

Review:

I went into this book with unknown expectations. There wasn’t much of a plot description and the reviews on Goodreads were a little mixed but I decided to give it a shot anyways. I haven’t read a book lately where someone falls in love with a best friend’s sibling and truly enjoyed it so I though perhaps this one might be it.

Unfortunately, this book didn’t do too much for me.

I think it mostly has to do with Elle’s character. She was set up in such a way that I knew I was supposed to like her and in theory I should have. She was a tomboy, had mostly guy friends and wasn’t obsessive with the need to have a boyfriend like most girls her age. She actually reminded me a lot of Jordan from Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks, #1)–and truthfully this whole book did a little bit though they have completely different plot lines–where I knew I was supposed to like her but there was just something about her that rubbed me the wrong way. As I read it more, I think it was the way she took the wrong things seriously and downplayed the serious things. I also didn’t get her logic at times either–she just seemed to go about things the round-about way and not directly.

There isn’t much (read: any) plot besides Elle dealing with her feelings for her BFF‘s brother and how her BFF reacts. However, the romance aspect is really cute and there is enough “drama” within this plot to keep it moving forward.

The only time I did like Elle was at the end where she got a little bit realistic. Although it seemed out of place, I appreciated the realism that was attempted. However, as much as I appreciate the realism, an epilogue would be nice 😉 According to her Wattpad Page, Miss Reekles is not planning a sequel for The Kissing Booth which I think is a good choice based on the way it ended (there isn’t too much you could do plot wise) but I also would have liked a bit more closure based on the way it ended.

There is a novella that I believe is an extended scene of the book available on Wattpad that you can read for free. I didn’t read it but I might one day.

Oh, I also thought the book might be more “British” in its delivery as the author is from the UK, but it actually takes place in America and it very American in its delivery so just be advised! It kind-of threw me at the start 😛

Conclusion:

It was a cute read, but nothing overly fabulous. I liked the way it poked fun at other books of the genre and I liked that it didn’t always take the “cliché” way with its plot. If you want a slower, cute, clean, and quick read about falling in love with your BFF’s older brother, then check it out–otherwise, pass!

Rating: 3/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: Teen/Young Adult, Romance,
Recommended for: 16
Similar Reads: Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks, #1) and Saved by Kelly Elliot (Wanted, #2)