WWW Wednesday #17

WWW WednesdayHey guys! Look what I found! A weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should be Reading blog here on WordPress.

 


• What are you currently reading?

The Addicted series continues! This one is interesting because the events of the last two Calloway sister books crossover into this one. Check out Kiss the Sky (Rose and Connors story) Hothouse Flower (Daisy and Rykes) before reading this one. Also a read the first book Addicted to You, review here.

 

 

• What did you recently finish reading? 

A continuation of the Record series by K.A. Linde, this one just came out Aug 26 and I must say its a heck of a lot better than the first book and where I was sort of kinda looking forward to this book, I’m looking forward to the next one more.

 

 

• What do you think you’ll read next?

i enjoyed the one and only book by Lauren Blakely that I read which was Trophy Husband (review) and although it was third in the series I didn’t need to read the others. So I figured I’d venture into a whole new series by her and do it right this time, starting with book one :)

 

 

It’s been a while, so tell me,

What are your WWW?!

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REVIEW: Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks

burnouts, geeks and jesus freaks They’re burnouts – a little short on parents, money and plans for the future, but they’ve got each other and a whole lot of fun. With a world of crazy at home, Carrie Gould needs them to keep her sanity. To stay in their world she needs to keep dating the guy with the party house, which would be fine, if she hadn’t fallen in love with someone else.
He’s such a geek. Ben Gorman is obsessive, smart, strong-willed and on the fast track to his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He’s also the only geek with a girl. Joelle Welker is perfect for him; a self-proclaimed Jesus freak, who is dedicated to her beliefs and to building a future with Ben. But those plans don’t include his neighbor, Carrie, or Ben’s dedication to her.
Their friendship started by chance. Their love started with trust.

This is a sweet, silly smart-sexy story of first love and first lovers

Published: March 4th 2014 Self Published

Genre: New Adult/YA Coming of Age

Source: Goodreads

Thoughts: The first book I’ve ever read by Karen Gordon, I was not sure what to expect, you read the title and you think YA teenage drama stuff, even for NA the title itself seems a bit immature. The cover is different and not what you’d expect once you start reading the book. To be honest the title and the cover don’t really, at least to my mind match or encompasses all that the book is about. A love story it is, a cute yet emotionally messy but fulfilling love story.

That’s about all the title got right. Yes, there’s a burnouts group and one person who is considered a geek (Ben) yet his “group” isn’t really mentioned until later on in the novel and even then, I’m not sure they’re considered geeks, losers maybe, geeks not so sure. The Jesus Freaks, there was one prominent one and the other two (were there two?) I know for sure there was one more, Laura, weren’t all that Jesus-y. I did come to like Laura and her view on Christianity once all the High School drama was out-of-the-way. What I didn’t understand was the introduction of Michelle(?) she fit into the preppy group and I wasn’t sure what her role in the book was other than to throw us off guard because I wasn’t sure how/why Carrie was feeling semi-hostile/guarded towards her, she seemed like a nice girl, maybe she was there as Gina’s romantic interest and that was all, I don’t really know.

Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks is to my eyes a coming of age novel. My favorite thing about this book is the character progression, not necessarily development, mind you, they are two different things.
I felt like Carrie could have developed more as the years went by or at least have her development be noticeable, which brings me to my biggest problem with this book: The writing while engaging was poorly done as was the Chapter and Year transitions. Such a good novel was made lesser by the authors inability to properly execute and order the book in a way that it transitioned from event to event seamlessly without the reader guessing what year and place the characters were, (*side note, what year was this? I feel like maybe 2000 or earlier?), it was very frustrating, one minute they’re 16 the next 21? I think I calculated 25 at one point, it was all over the place, especially when Two-fers age was brought up, I feel like he should have been older than 8 by the end of the book (just saying).

The author did an okay job of explaining loose ends but there were still some issues and questions that I had that left me flustered; what happened between MG and Carrie for them to stop talking (life, I get it) But when they made up there was no insight into what happened, also MG and Steve? Where we at with that? And here is a semi-big thing for me, I understand Ben and Carrie have history but that second time around, everything moved way too fast for my liking, or maybe that was the lack of proper transitioning at its finest, I didn’t have a clue how much time had passed, 2 weeks, 2 months before things became permanent? And what the hell is up with Ben giving up his dream of becoming a Ranger, that was the most important thing to him in this book and you just brushed it to the wayside with a so-so explanation from Carrie? Not even Ben’s POV was used to explain why he gave it up, he was supposed to defer because he loved her so much but not go! Did he just raise Grace and Benet as his own and not have any more children? He was okay with that? Obviously I think this was a very abrupt ending that needed a bit more substance for it to fully satisfy me.

All in all, I gave this book a 3.5 because I feel like giving the author the benefit of the doubt and thinking this is a rough draft before it gets edited and actually published, because there were a lot of things that needed to be fixed with some good editing. If this is the published edited version then, good story, so-so writing and character development and story progression, I give it a 2.5

Last Line: “MG…you didn’t”

2.5-3.5 STARS

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8. Waiting on Wednesday – All or Nothing

Waiting On Wednesday“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine , that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. Woo! 

 

 

 

 

Publication:  September 9th 2014

I know it just came out yesterday but I’m still waiting on it to be in my arms, whether physically or in my iBooks. The previous two books in this series took me by surprise as they were the first books by Kendall Ryan that I picked up. I’m excited to see what Braydon and Ellie story holds for them, we see a little insight into both of them through Working It so I’m excited to see more.

Goodreads Synopsis:

All or nothingYou’ve met Ben Shaw. Now meet Braydon Kincaid, the devil-may-care male model who nearly stole the show in Working It by New York Times bestselling author Kendall Ryan.

As one of the world’s most sought-after male models, Braydon is no stranger to the finer pleasures in life. The last thing he wants to do is limit himself, especially when it comes to women. His best friend, Ben, might’ve settled down, but Braydon doesn’t want to waste his youth on the messy complications of commitment. He wants fun. He wants easy.

Ellie isn’t looking for a casual relationship, but her tough and sassy personality instantly attracts Braydon, who proposes a “friends with benefits” arrangement. Unable to resist the powerful pull of the charming bad boy, Ellie eventually relents, though she longs for all-consuming love.

As the two spend more time together, Ellie soon realizes that Braydon’s posing skills extend off the runway. His carefully crafted façade masks a secret hurt that he’s reluctant to share with Ellie, even as they embark on a passionate affair that sends them hurtling toward a fate neither expected. Can Ellie risk her heart while she waits for Braydon to let her in, or will she be forced to demand all or nothing?

 

I’m so glad to be back! :)

What are you waiting on?

 

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Teaser Tuesday #19

Teaser TuesdayTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 

 

 

* ARC received this book in exchange for an honest review. Review to come soon!

Burnouts, Geeks and Jesus Freaks

They’re burnouts – a little short on parents, money and plans for the future, but they’ve got each other and a whole lot of fun. With a world of crazy at home, Carrie Gould needs them to keep her sanity. To stay in their world she needs to keep dating the guy with the party house, which would be fine, if she hadn’t fallen in love with someone else.
He’s such a geek. Ben Gorman is obsessive, smart, strong-willed and on the fast track to his dream of becoming an Army Ranger. He’s also the only geek with a girl. Joelle Welker is perfect for him; a self-proclaimed Jesus freak, who is dedicated to her beliefs and to building a future with Ben. But those plans don’t include his neighbor, Carrie, or Ben’s dedication to her.
Their friendship started by chance. Their love started with trust.

This is a sweet, silly smart-sexy story of first love and first lovers.

Teaser Excerpt:

 “They made a game of him naming muscle groups as she touched them. She made a mental note to take biolgy next year; she could ace the test now.”

 

 

 

This book may be a bit under-developed in its writing style but it’s still really good and honestly not really what the title suggests.

Try it!

 

 

 

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Thank you and Sorry… :\

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to pop in and say sorry for not being around basically from June/July and all of August. I moved back to Canada from the States and finding a job and an apartment and working around my new work schedule has left my blog falling through the cracks and I feel terrible; I love my blog, I love my weekly memes and I love interacting with all of you on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for Top Ten and Waiting On and everything in between.

So this is me saying Thank You for not un-following, thank you to those that recently followed!

thank you

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