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Teaser Tuesday!!!!

Published July 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Teaser Tuesday!

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!

To participate all you have to do is:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

•BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

“The fierce longing that had surged up in her so swiftly receded with a sharp recoil that was like an elastic band springing back. She went numb, even as Sebastian’s lips pressed down on hers and his hands moved to cup the back of her neck—she went numb with an icy shock of wrongness. Something was terribly wrong, something even more than her hopeless longing for someone she could never have. This was something else: a sudden jolt of horror, as if she’d been taking a confident step forward and suddenly plunged into a black void.” page 174

“Sometimes” Simon shook his head.”Clary, you’re crazy.”
Her heart sank. “You mean…”
“I mean that I would never date a girl who insisted that I cut you out of my life. It’s non-negotiable. You want a piece of all this fabulousness?” He gestured at himself. “Well, my best friend comes along with it. I wouldn’t cut you out of my life, Clary, any more than I would cut off my right hand and give it to someone as a Valentine’s Day gift”
“Gross,” said Clary. “Mus you?”
He grinned. “I must.” page 524

 

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen (Nightwatchers #1)

Published July 23, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen (Nightwatchers #1)

I don’t do dangerous.  Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing-and I don’t know if I can get it back.

Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me…. From Goodreads.

Honestly the only reason I read this book was 2 reasons at first, one was the hot guy with wings on the cover and the other was because of the steamy name of the book. Boy was I happy that I read this book too.

There were so many parts of this book that I felt bad for Samantha, it was like being stabbed multiple times but so many people because she was continually lied to, especially after she has been lusting after a certain neighbor that tells her nothing and kisses her only to change her into something that she doesn’t want to be. All I can say is boys; you never know what they are going to do. Honestly if it had been me, I don’t think I would have been able to trust anyone but she does.

Bishop is an angel, which of course is super hot and that means that he is super hot in that supernatural way that all girls love. Okay and women, we all love it. I thought that he was a nice guy but I didn’t like that he was hiding things from Samantha when he obviously needed her help when things started to go haywire.

I loved how in this book, the angels and demons worked together because they needed to take down another type of bad guy. Which happens to be what Samantha was changed into, hopefully she will get that free pass as long as she holds back from I guess it would be intimacy in anyway. Which kind of blows for her, I really want her to get her soul back because she deserves it.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Going Under by Georgia Cates

Published July 23, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Going Under by Georgia Cates

Jessie Boone is a self proclaimed bad boy and doesn’t march to the beat of anyone’s drum, but his own. Growing up in less than desirable circumstances has made him no stranger to the hard knock life and his determination to leave it behind is fierce. When he finds himself transferred to East Franklin High School, he sees his opportunity to use his athletic ability to snag a college football scholarship, but Forbes Henderson, the player Jessie means to replace isn’t giving up his spot willingly. In fact, Forbes is willing to go to extreme measures to retain his place as first string quarterback. When Forbes’ malicious plan to injure his replacement fails, Jessie is furious and determined to show him he messed with the wrong person; not only is he going to take the position of first string quarterback, he’s going to take his girl, too.

Claire Deveraux is perfection at it’s best. She is beautiful, intelligent and unaware she just became Jessie Boone’s conquest as revenge against her boyfriend, Forbes Henderson. Like her flawless performance as the perfect daughter and student, Claire’s production of being the perfect girlfriend has everyone fooled, except Jessie Boone, and she fears this tattooed bad boy will see her secret desire to explore his crude threats and promises to rock her perfect world. If she decides to give in to one uninhibited moment with Jessie, will she learn too late that it was all an act of vengeance or will Jessie learn the taste of first love is sweeter than that of revenge? From Goodreads.

This story was really good. I had moments where I swooned literally and honestly was like “Why didn’t that happen with my husband before we got married?” Then I realized we were a lot older when we started dating. There were other very emotional parts of the book and I couldn’t help the tears that came to my eyes. Emotional rollercoaster is more likely what this book was.

Poor Jessie, you could honestly see that there was a good kid in there but his situations would not allow him to be. I love how he was going to get back at Forbes for just being an ass but ended up really falling for the girl he was going to steal from him. I really didn’t like that his grandma was horrible to him and that he had to visit his brothers at a foster home because his mom was just as horrible. I felt so bad for his character but I do like that he rose above that.

Now Claire seemed like she had everything but when in reality she was just so miserable in her life, she didn’t care about her boyfriend and he was being pushy. I am glad that she gave Jessie the time of day even if in the beginning it was to get back at him for something he said about her. Yea they definitely had a crazy relationship. But when he hurt her, I started to cry for her because you could just feel how horrible it was for her based on the amazing writing.

Now Claire’s dad seemed like an amazing person and so did her mom even though she had her moment that I seriously did not like. Her best friend was so funny, I loved how she didn’t take Forbes or Jessie’s crap and always ALWAYS stuck up for Claire.

I can’t wait for her next book to come out. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Published July 20, 2012 by crysbookreviews

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences? From Goodreads.

Holy cow, this book was sad and hot at the same time. If it had been my brother who died I would have done the same thing that Honor did. I was just one of the few that were lucky when my older brother actually came back alive from being in Afghanistan and Iraq.

But wow the chemistry between Rusty and Honor was amazing. I thought that might have been an issue with her brother but I don’t think it was ever addressed between the two best friends or ex best friends. He was mad at him for giving up college to go to the military, since they both were giving full scholarships for football. He did turn that down for a good reason but I still think he should have talked to his sister about why he was doing that. I know I would have been upset and hurt to find out that was the reason why my brother went into the military. Of course my brother was just following family tradition (my dad was Army and so was he) but still.

It was a really cute and sad story, I almost wish the end of the book was different but at the same time, it was more realistic then a lot of books I have read recently. No matter what you learn about yourself and love, you aren’t always just going to be together immediately. I wish there would be another book, maybe a few years in the future where Rusty and Honor meet back up but I don’t think that will happen.

I don’t want to give so much of the book away but it was worth the read even though I was kind of scared to read it, it was and is my worse fear for my older brother.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn

Published July 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

What a Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn (What A Boy Wants #2)

A companion novel to WHAT A BOY WANTS.

Jaden Sinclair knows he’ll never amount to anything…so why would he deserve a girl like Priscilla Mendoza?

Since last summer, things have been screwed up between Jaden and Pris. He knows it’s his fault, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go a few rounds with her new boyfriend. He also knows he’s the loser his dad calls him, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting her.

After getting a huge bomb dropped on him, Jaden lashes out and lands himself in jail. Everything in his chaotic life is turned upside down and to make it worse, his mom kicks him out in order to side with his dad. Yeah, he’s totally a prize for a girl like Pris.

Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris are all going places in their lives…and he knows he can’t keep tagging along for the ride.

The group has one last chance for The Epic Adventure they’ve been looking for: a road trip to New York, where Jaden’s friends will be going to college. Unfortunately, the more time Jaden hangs around Pris, the harder it is to keep the carefully constructed walls between them so she doesn’t find out what a train wreck he really is.

When the trip ends, Jaden has to decide if he’s ready to say goodbye to his friends, and the girl he loves. He knows what he needs, but will he be man enough to go for it?

Contains mature themes. Some sexual situations and language. From Goodreads.

I almost want there to be a third book about what happens after this book ended. Just because I loved these characters so much. Jaden, Pris, Aspen and Sebastian, were amazing friends to each other and more.

This book was about Jaden and his discovery of not only who he is but why he is worthy of being someone. There were so many moments that I loved Jaden for but there were other moments that I wanted to hit him harder than I wanted to hit Sebastian in the first book. I honestly thought about throwing my Nook Color across the room because how he thought of himself and how he refused to let anyone help him.

No matter what though they all loved him and wanted to make sure that he would be okay. They were not happy to find out that Jaden was disbanding their group and moving to Texas to stay with his uncle. I couldn’t believe he would do that to Sebastian but not only him but Pris. I wanted them to fall in love and stay together forever.

On the road trip that they talked him into going on still, he learned that he was a better person than he knew or was told his whole life. Before he left, he found out that the dad he always thought was his ended up not being his dad at all. When that happened something broke inside of him and he couldn’t understand why his mom would allow some stranger to talk to him so badly his whole life.

The book was amazing, I don’t want to give too much away but the characters themselves are worth reading the book. They remind me of my best friends, we would do anything for each other no matter what. There were secrets that were eventually told; Jaden let someone in on everything. It was a great book and I already kind of miss the characters.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn

Published July 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

What A Boy Wants by Nyrae Dawn (What a Boy Wants #1)

Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together.

And then he falls in love…

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan.

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig.

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it. From Goodreads.

This book was amazing. I don’t normally read books that are solely from a guy’s POV but I loved it. It showed that they care as much as girls do. When I started reading this book on my Nook I couldn’t put it down and I was really upset that it took me this long to read it.

Sebastian is one of those guys that you love to hate and then you just love. He is super cocky about everything that has to do with himself. But he shows that he cares about his friends more than anything. He doesn’t put up with girls talking bad about his 2 female besties, Aspen and Priscilla, or better known as Woodstock and Pris.

He also has Jaden as his wingman to help in situations with dads or at parties. Jaden is always there for Sebastian, he drives him to school and everything. The only thing is that no one knows about his Hook-Up Doctor gig that he does.

He eventually realizes that he is in love with Aspen when he does realize it, it is awesome. They make an amazing couple and I felt like it was about time that they got together. Not every guy would drink soy milk for a girl. But when he gets a phone call after an amazing weekend away for Pris’ birthday it goes to hell.

I honestly wanted to smack him but I got it, he was afraid. I get it, falling in love and allowing someone to have a part of you that you never gave away before is scary. You don’t know the future, it could ruin your friendship that you have, trust me I get it. I was just smart enough to let all that go and eventually so was Sebastian. The difference is I was older so he learned the lesson a lot earlier then I did when I was a teen.

There wasn’t a moment that I didn’t love this book, there were moments that were funny and moments that made me cry a little. I was really happy that I saw it on my recommended to read from Barnes and Noble.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Wiggins

Published July 19, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffins (Masque of the Red Death #1)

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her. From Goodreads.

I absolutely loved this book, I sat down to finally read it and I just sat there all day until it was done. The characters were amazing, I could actually visualize the city that they lived in, of course that may be because I watch a lot of movies with plagues in them.

Araby was such a broken character, I honestly just wanted her to be happy and not fake it. You don’t see a lot of books where the heroine is so damaged inside. It was so different; she took the drugs at a club just to get away from herself for a while. I honestly didn’t think that she was going to try and get any better at all. At least she managed to get a best friend that actually cares about her enough to make sure she gets home safely every night.

April lives across their building in the other penthouse and is so positive about everything even at the end of the story. Araby cares enough about her that when she finds out that April is missing she decides she is going to find her and make sure that she is okay. April is the only person that Araby really cares about.

Will takes care of the club that April and Araby go to when they go out. Araby likes him but isn’t willing to do anything about it because she made a vow. I won’t tell you about the vow because it is a major part of why she is like that. Will seems like a great guy, I get why he did what he did. I mean I do, really. I just can’t understand why it had to be him that betrayed her.

Elliott seemed like an ass. I am sorry he did. He definitely had his moments where I thought he was insane, really insane. But he would explain himself in a way that makes sense. I get it, the prince was abusive in all matters of the word and it might have made him a little cruel too. You could see that he wanted to be better than that though. I was definitely more Team Elliott, I really wanted Araby to choose him.

I can’t wait to read the next book; if each book gets better then the next one is sure to blow my mind.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.