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Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn

Published October 1, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Seventeen-year-old Annabel Conway is tired of the Hillcrest High School elite making her life miserable because she’s not a size two. This summer, she’s hiring a personal trainer to help her lose weight.

Annabel doesn’t expect her trainer to be a gorgeous guy around her age. Boys like Tegan are jerks. They pretend to like girls like her so they can make an idiot out of them. Been there, done that. Totally not going there again. She kind of hates him on principal. Blond. Muscular. Funny. It doesn’t help that he knows her measurements!

Soon, Tegan’s so much more than that. He’s the boy who teaches her to box when she has a bad day. Who jogs with her and lets her set the pace. Who kisses her until she melts. He makes her feel beautiful regardless of what the scale says. Unlike her mom, he doesn’t expect perfection, and he doesn’t try to shield her from the world like her dad and best friend. Tegan likes her the way she is.

But what happens when he’s not there? He can’t always be there…

Will Annabel be able to stand on her own and learn that she already measures up? That her worth doesn’t lie in what the world thinks, the scale says, or even what Tegan tells her—but in herself? From Goodreads.

Now this book was great. Both characters were very realistic because they both had their flaws. Annabel had her weight issues and Tegan had his super hero issues. I loved that Annbell was trying so hard to lose weight, not only to show people that she is awesome no matter what size but also to do it for herself. I totally get the stigma of being a bigger girl, mainly because I am one myself. The only difference is that I like the way I look no matter what size now.

I know that there are SOOOOO many swoonworthy boys from books out there but there was something about Tegan that I absolutely adored. It might have been that even though Annabell was bigger he saw her, not her weight. He cared about the person behind her looks which was so sweet and amazing.

His family had some issues and her family had them as well. But in the end they overcame some pretty crappy odds. Tegan totally had his moment, after a huge step was taken in their relationship, where I wanted to smack him upside the head. The entire story was great. Actually there hasn’t been a book by Nyrae Dawn that I haven’t fallen in love with.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

 

My Merlin Awakening by Priya Ardis (My Merlin #2)

Published October 1, 2012 by crysbookreviews

If you haven’t broken the rules, have you really lived?

Excalibur has been pulled from the stone, but what does it mean? Arriane (aka Ryan) DuLac’s got bigger problems—as student president, she’s got to put on the Prom. While the Wizard Council debates their next move, she leaves the craziness behind and heads home. But she can’t hide forever. Sooner than she’d like Merlin (aka Matt) has her chasing mermaids on the trail of the Fisher King in Greece. The wounded King, defeated by Merlin’s brother, Vane, in the past holds the key to save the future.

On the journey, Ryan begins to realize the friends she thought she knew, she may not know at all. At a time of shifting alliances, she must decide whose side she’s on—the brother who struggles to do right or the brother who dares to break the rules? And Ryan must decide who she is—a regular or a champion?

One wrong decision and her family falls apart. One wrong decision and the world falls apart. No pressure. From Goodreads.

This time around Ryan has to deal with the decisions she made in the first book of the trilogy. She has to deal with bringing Grey back and what that means for him and all his relationships, she has to deal with her relationship with Vane. Especially since Vane is her teacher now and her coach. She had to chose Vane because Matt didn’t give her the option of himself, luckily she really cared about Vane too.

Since Matt gave her the enchanted necklace in My Boyfriend Merlin, she has had a link to Vane and Matt, so they can read each others thoughts. Of course it is a little more complicated with Matt, but honestly what isn’t complicated with him and Ryan? With Matt, she can see his visions that he has at the same time he sees them. Which is strange because we all learned in the first book that she blocks his visions. What she sees in the latest vision, disturbs her really badly luckily though Vane is there to help her out.

Now I know everyone is all Team Matt in this trilogy but I feel bad for Vane, so I guess I am Team Vane. I felt like Vane was always the bad guy and Matt is always the savior. Matt is the guy that seems to save the day and get the girl even though Vane tries so hard to be what Ryan needs and wants. But Vane definitely had some issues in this book, especially towards the end of the book. Either way Ryan is lucky to have both guys want her, either one of them are great and only want the best for her.

At the beginning of the book it seemed like Ryan went back to normal life, which was totally understandable because she did lose her adopted sister and almost lost her adopted brother, Grey. She really needed the down time to grieve for her loss and accept that her life was completely different now. I know I would need the time to get used to everything and accept all that happened to me within the few months. It just sucked for her so much, I felt so bad about all that happened to her.

In this book there was a lot of adventure. There was a lot of death scares as well as some that actually did die and it was sad. Oh and there was some torture in book too, when they went to the undersea city. Obviously there was a love triangle, I will let you guess who it was with. There are decisions that had to be made by Matt, Ryan and Vane. Some of those decisions were heartbreaking and made me cry a little.

I can’t wait for the final book in the trilogy to come out later this year or early next year.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.