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May 22nd, 2017

Review: Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins

SYNOPSIS:
If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

Book two in the Something in the Way series.

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
I was soooooo excited and anxious for this book. I read and reviewed Something in the Way which is the first book in the series and I just loved it and was awaiting anxiously for this one. I even entered all the giveaways the author had for an early release/arc but no luck. As for the cover design, I didn’t fancy the model much. I felt that I had a different vision of Manning in my head and it just didn’t match up.

Read and Reviewed:
I loved it. I anxiously awaited it and it did not disappoint. I really love how Jessica writes in this novel (I haven’t read any other novels of hers but this series). I felt like I was Lake. I felt angry when she got angry and I would cry when she cried especially during the intense/confrontational type of scenes.

This book is all about dealing with the aftermath of the events that occurred in book one. You need to read book one to really appreciate this story.

Lake is a smart girl but very sheltered and naive with how the world works and it has to do with her upbringing. Manning sees this and the readers can as well. Sometimes I want to smack her and be like things don’t work that way BUT she also touches the inner young girl in me who is still a bit whimsical and romantic and she makes me believe everything can be as simple as she wants it to be. So I’m constantly playing tug of war with my thoughts when it comes to how Lake sees things especially her “relationship” with Manning and the future.

Manning is a good guy who has a darkness in him that is created by a bunch of things but protecting Lake really makes that darkness come out and it scares him. He’s a bit more rough in this book as a man than in the first book. Time, heartache, and guilt have really changed him and not necessarily in a bad way but it’s a change that changes his dynamic with the sisters.

I understand Lake. I understand Manning. I understand Tiffany. I see everyone’s point of view and I understand them all and I still find myself rooting for Lake and Manning even if it may be considered right or appropriate to some.. and then I feel horrible for wishing them together because of how it’ll effect Tiffany.

This book made me cringe, cry, and laugh. Manning made me swoon. Lake made me feel youthful. Tiffany made me see her differently. I feel that if I keep talking I’ll just spoil it so I will stop.

I really enjoyed this book. I think I liked the first one better simply because there was so much nostalgia in that book for me with the summer camp and first love. I can’t wait for the third book.

*SERIES READ*
*TEARJERKER*
*FAVORITED*

Quote Me:

“The second book in a beautiful, emotional, and heart wrenching story full of forbidden desire and innocence.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“If you ask me to choose you, I will – even if it could ultimately destroy me.”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Forbidden. Love. Nostalgia. Youth. Sisters. Prison. Secrets. Family. Obligation. Heartbroken.

Book Boyfriend Rating:
8/10

Wishful Thinking:
I wish there were more Manning/Lake scenes or that their current scenes were just fuller. I understand why they aren’t but hey, wishful thinking! I also wish the novel was longer and that I didn’t have to wait until October for the third and final book in this series. haha.

BUY A COPY:
Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
5 Heart Rating

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

March 30th, 2017

Review: Wait For It by Mariana Zapata

SYNOPSIS:
If anyone ever said being an adult was easy, they hadn’t been one long enough.

Diana Casillas can admit it: she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing half the time. How she’s made it through the last two years of her life without killing anyone is nothing short of a miracle. Being a grown-up wasn’t supposed to be so hard.

With a new house, two little boys she inherited the most painful possible way, a giant dog, a job she usually loves, more than enough family, and friends, she has almost everything she could ever ask for.

Except for a boyfriend.

Or a husband.

But who needs either one of those?

MY REVIEW:
Initial Cover Thoughts:
The design was cute and the photo actually makes sense when you finish the book. I wasn’t sure if I would like this book to be honest. The synopsis didn’t really cut it for me, but I’m a huge Mariana Zaptata fan and have yet to read a book of hers I didn’t love. So I tackled Wait For It the day it was released. I read the entire book in 2 maybe 3 long sittings.

Read and Reviewed:
I loved this book, it was so cute. The little boys were adorable and cracked me up. I love the way Mariana writes. She has this humor in her writing that I can’t get enough of.

The romance is a very slow burn romance which is common in her books and something that I really enjoy. Diana buys an old house with her nephews and Jackson is basically Diana’s sexy neighbor. He runs kind of hot and cold with her which just frustrates her and constantly makes her wonder what she’s doing to get on his nerves. She’s constantly trying not to make things weird which just makes things weirder and more amusing to the reader. I found myself looking forward to all of their interactions in pages to come. His interactions with her boys is great also.

There were a bunch of minor characters that were entertaining from family to neighbors to coworkers.

I added this book into the ‘love and sports’ category because Jackson does play sports and Diana is always at the games with her boys. Their interactions at the games and surrounding the games are a nice chunk of the story.

It actually has cameos from characters from Mariana’s other books Wall of Winnipeg and Kulti which was a nice surprise. This book does a good job of incorporating some of our other Zapata favorites into Diana’s world in Wait For It.

Quote Me:

Wait For It is fun, charming, and destined to be read more than once.”
– Girl Jay, Love Story Reads (Blog Review)

A Taste:
“You two are…savage. You’re honest, and you’re loyal and love the shit out of things. Both of you give everything to what you care about…”

Ten Keywords To Describe This Book:
Family, Neighbor, Stalker, Flirting, Humor, Caring, Sexy, Loss, Baseball, Honorable.

Book Boyfriend Rating:
8/10

Wishful Thinking:
I wish there was more actual physical romance in the book. Like I said earlier it is a VERY slow burn romance which I don’t mind one bit but it left me itching for more physical romance scenes towards the end.

BUY A COPY:
AmazonBarnes and Noble | Good Reads Page

RATING:
4 Heart Rating

NOTE TO THE AUTHOR(S) OF THIS BOOK:
Feel free to quote me or any portion of my review to help promote this book. Thank you for writing this piece of work and allowing me to live in your world amongst your characters for a little bit.

MY RATING SYSTEM:
- I LOVED IT! I marked it as a favorite and will eventually reread it. I highly recommend this book!

- I felt this book was really good. I wouldn't call it a favorite but I would highly recommended.

- This book was a good read. I would recommend it.

- I felt this book was OK. Would suggest it casually if asked.

- I did not like this book and wouldn't recommend it to others.