Sunday, August 17, 2014

Review: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry

Title: Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: November 26th, 2013
Genres: Romance, Drama, Action
Medium: Hardcover, bought

Crash Into You is an exciting, sexy, thrilling novel full of fast cars, electric romance, and dramatic plot twists. Katie McGarry definitely does not disappoint with this novel.

The plot of this novel is as exciting and original as all of her other novels. With this novel, I was quite pleased to find out one of the main themes in this novel was cars. As a great lover of cars and racing, this novel was perfect for me. Katie McGarry perfectly mixes in information about cars and racing, all while being easy to understand and without overwhelming the reader, especially one who may know nothing about cars and/or racing.

The writing was tremendous as usual. McGarry has the uncanny ability to write from a point of view that totally envelopes the reader and absorbs you into its plot and emotions. And speaking of emotions, McGarry also writes with extreme emotion and believable relationships and situations. She weaves stories of broken hearts and romances that mend, and continues to be one of the best authors in Ya/Na fiction.

The characters in this novel were also quite heartwarming and yet sometimes heart breaking to read from. The emotions and relationships described in this novel are completely realistic and raw, and ones that will definitely pull at your heartstrings. Isaiah and Rachel's characters left be breathless and their romance blew me away. This unaverage couple and their friends are ones you will definitely never forget.

Overall, this novel is a fantastic novel of delicious, sexy, dramatic romance, written by one of the greatest romance writers today. Woven poetically with plot twists and action, this novel quickly became one of my all time favorites and is one I proudly recommend to all readers.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review: Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone

Title: Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone
Publisher: Silence In The Library
Release Date: July 15th, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Drama
Medium: EBook, received for review

Oh. My. Gosh. Where do I start? Well, I usually don't start off a review sounding like a fan girl, but this is an unusual case. I have to say, I fell head over heels for this novel. From the very beginning, I was entranced in the amazing story of Bristol and her paranormal infused life. And the moment Payne enters the story... I haven't flipped pages that fast in along time. This story is exactly what I've been looking for. Easily one of the best novels I have ever read and one of my absolute favorites.

After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn’s life is thrown into chaos and she’s forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more. 

And that’s not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they’re up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.

From the very first page, the plot takes off and you are hanging on the edge of your seat. Naturally, when some authors write a plot like this (action-packed to the point that it is at a constant climax) it is too much to handle and is too busy. With Vincent Morrone's novel, that is definitely not the case. He writes with constant suspense and action, throwing in surprises at every turn, leaving you guessing every second. It flowed naturally, but also had many twists I didn't expect. The plot was both so suspenseful and gripping that I rarely had a free moment where I wasn't reading this story. I was that hooked. And I can't say that very often.

The characters were unbelievably realistic and interesting. Bristol's POV was an absolute joy to read in, and the way she saw things was both intriguing and easy to believe. She harnessed that 'normal teenage girl' factor that most authors seem to miss, while still having the fantasy characteristics when she accepts her role of talking to ghosts. And Payne... Oh Payne. His character was one of the most refreshing I have read from this year. He was an all-around normal guy (aside from being a handsome gentleman with a special ability) but because of his normality, he also has his faults. That is what I liked about these characters. They were so powerful and unreal, yet at the same time, realistic and relatable. Their faults made them the strong characters they were in the end. They really are nicely formed, descriptive, interesting characters.

The writing also left me speechless. Not only was the plot written perfectly, and the characters' back stories impeccable, but so was every other bit of the novel. Just the normal transitioning of scenes and characters' actions were written with untouchable skill. And the dialogue shared between the characters absolutely blew me away! I have read novels before where every bit of the dialogue feels like filler and sounds robotic. The characters sound very predictable and the dialogue is either cheesy or fake. And when writing about characters in their teenage years, for a teenage audience, the characters need to talk like normal teenagers. Not like children off a 90s sitcom. With this novel, the characters spoke to one another spot-on, perfect dialogue. Theirs words actually meant something, were emotional, and constantly laugh-out-loud funny! I had the best time reading this novel.

Overall, this novel was an absolute joy to read. I wasn't disappointed with a single thing and found zero faults and a million things to love. From the plot, to the characters, to the overall writing of this novel, it left me breathless. It was so amazing, I want my own paperback copy now! This is definitely a novel I would recommend to everyone, no matter what genres you prefer. Because you will love this novel. I know I did! As soon as I get myself a paperback copy, I will have to simply wait on pins and needles until I can get ahold of the sequel. Oh, how I cannot wait!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ARC Review: Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz

Title: Not Until Tonight by Jessica Sankiewicz
Publisher: Self
Release Date: May 23rd, 2014
Genres: Romance, Drama
Medium: ARC eBook, received for review via author (Thanks Jessica!)

Not Until Tonight was yet another fantastic work by the great Jessica Sankiewicz. It was fast-paced, attention-grabbing, and quite addicting.

The plot grabs your attention from page 1 and holds your attention until the very last word. It's unique and has great emotion. The characters inside this story also makes this novella addicting. Each character is different and has their own story. Together, they create a realistic and addicting tale of drama and romance.

The writing (like always) is fantastic. Actually, I believe Sankiewicz has actually outdone herself with this novella! It's simple, yet descriptive, addicting, and realistically romantic.

Overall, this novella is an enjoyable read that makes me long to read more. Can't wait.

Review: Just Breathe by Vincent Morrone

Title: Just Breathe by Vincent Morrone
Publisher: Self
Release Date: June 12th, 2014
Genres: Drama, Romance, Action
Medium: eBook via Author (Thanks Vincent!)

Vincent Morrone never disappoints, as this is also shown in his latest work, Just Breathe, a dramatic and romantic thriller about redemption and love beyond flaws.

This novel absolutely blew me away. Every time I had to bookmark it and put it down, I was alreadly looking forward to picking it back up again. It's original and full of moments that put you on the edge of your seat, throwing plot twists at you that you never see coming. Although there is a great amount of tragedy, heartache and pain in this novel, there is also a great amount of love and romance to be read. This novel is a delightful mix of drama, action, and romance, and definitely a novel I will not be forgetting anytime soon.

The characters in this novel are all one of a kind. I loved the inner conflicts and emotional problems that arose from between characters, and the fact that each and every single character had a unique story and personality. This individuality in the novel came as a surprise to me, as most novels I have read do not have this amount of detail within it. You either hate or love each character, but no matter what, the drama they create is always addicting and suspenseful.

The writing (like always) is outstanding. Morrone has a grand talent for writing with a "no-bull" initiative. There is no useless dialogue, no filler descriptions, no boring pointless rambling as many authors fail to eliminate from their writing. Morrone writes simply and effortlessly, skillfully creating novels with perfect description and details, yet saving us from lengthy pointless writing. It's unique, suspenseful, and addicting.

Overall, this novel quickly became one of my favorites. The plot was unique and fresh, the characters were raw and addicting, and the writing was spectacular. A must-read for anyone.