Monday, February 18, 2013

Week in Reviews #1

Books! I read way more than I can actually write a decent review for, so starting today (and picking up every Sunday going forward- hence the pretty banner below), I will show you what I read for the week. I'll put up the Goodreads description, give it my super duper coffee cup rating and a sentence or two snippet on my thoughts. Hope you enjoy!

Falling Into You (Falling Into #1) by Lauren Abrams

When Hallie Caldwell, normal girl extraordinaire, perpetual wing-woman, and queen of the friend zone, accepts her college roommate's invitation to spend winter break in New York, she figures it’s a chance to live out her childhood fantasies of a life in the big city. Instead, thrust into a world of glittering parties and over-sized bank accounts, she immediately feels like an outsider.
Chris Jensen’s Hollywood agent keeps telling him that he’ll be the next big star, just as long as he gets the lead role in the reboot of a classic action franchise. When he returns to New York after a two-year absence, he has other things on his mind—his dying father, an irate sister, and the beautiful, seductive, infuriating, and ruthless Sophia Pearce. He's not exactly thrilled when she asks him to be her roommate's tour guide, but he reluctantly agrees.
When Hallie and Chris meet, they're irresistibly drawn to each other. However, Chris’s meteoric rise to stardom and long-suppressed secrets from Hallie’s past threaten to destroy their tenuous connection, and each is forced to examine whether happy endings are nothing but a Hollywood fantasy.

My Rating: 3 1/2 Coffee Cups
Was pretty predictable, but still had my attention. What really got me was the first chapter of the next book in the series. It took an extremely unpredictable turn. I definitely want to continue this series! 

Grounding Quinn (Grounding Quinn #1) by Steph Campbell

Eighteen-year-old Quinn MacPherson's biggest fear has always been turning out like her mentally unstable mother. (Solving algebraic equations comes in as a close second).
That is, until she meets Benjamin Shaw. Quinn thinks hooking up with Ben over summer vacation will be nothing more than a quick fling. She can't even commit to a nail polish choice, much less some guy.Unfortunately for her, Ben is not just some guy. Ben gets her- the real her, flaws and all- and that scares the hell out of her.
When Ben does the unthinkable- tells Quinn he's in love with her- she does what comes naturally. She pushes him away. Ben can only watch from a distance as Quinn lashes out, and punishes him for daring to care about her.
But how far can you push someone, even someone who loves you, before they are gone for good?

My Rating: 3 1/2 Coffee Cups
I equal parts wanted to hug and hurt Quinn. I felt for her in a lot of her situations, but she was extremely callous which caused me to not have too much sympathy for her, dragging the story down.

Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.
As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

My Rating: 4 Coffee Cups
The final installment in the trilogy was bittersweet. It took a few twists and turns before it ended in the way that it had to for the story. Loved it and will miss Clara, Tucker, Angela, Jeffrey, and heck even Samjeeza. 

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