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Taking Shots by Toni Aleo (Assassins #1)

Published August 23, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Taking Shots by Toni Aleo (Assassins #1)

Elli Fisher has never thought she was good enough. Let it be her job, her weight, her love life, nothing, she was convinced she couldn’t do anything right. She had walked through life for the past six years in a daze, never thinking that life could be good again after the abuse she endured from her ex boyfriend. She is lonely, sad, and depressed, that is until she meets Shea Adler. After doing a promotional shoot for the NHL team, the Nashville Assassins, she meets the hunky hockey player who shoots a puck, shattering her world.
Shea Adler was tired of the life he was living outside of the rink. The girls, the money blowing, the drinking, everything had to stop and it all did when he met Eleanor Fisher. He had never met anyone like her. She is feisty, witty, shy, and simply gorgeous. When he laid eyes on her, it was as if he was taking the hardest hit of his life into the boards, and he had to have her.
Elli is a little skeptical of Shea, but he knows that they were meant to be together, and he needed her in his life. But Elli just doesn’t understand what Shea could see in her. She is overweight, loud, and not even that pretty, so why would someone so gorgeous and so amazing want to be with her? It seemed that no matter how hard she tried to shake Shea off, he wasn’t going anywhere, and for the first time Elli didn’t feel alone.
But could Elli throw her insecurities out the window and love Shea with everything inside of her? Or will she let a past relationship, and her family ruin any chance of her being happy?

Would Elli miss her shot at love? From Goodreads

I normally just read YA or New Adult books but I have read a few Adult books. I don’t normally review them though. But I had to review Toni Aleo’s books, they were that amazing. The whole story about getting over your past was amazing. I loved all the characters in the book, Elli and Shea were so cute together when they were happy, Harper was hilarious, Grace is a great twin to Shea.

When we find out all the issues that Elli has been through, I honestly felt my heart break for her. Especially with what kind of mom she has, I couldn’t even picture how she could treat Elli that way. It didn’t help that Elli had issues from the last guy she dated before Shea. She had a few issues and a few more secrets that she never told him about, I couldn’t understand why she didn’t just tell him before he found out.

Of course Shea had his own issues. Especially before Elli, he liked women a lot and had a reputation for being with girls that didn’t look anything like Elli. Once again didn’t help with her issues but at least Harper there was at one time to freak out on one of the girls that said something rude to her.

I didn’t think I was going to like the book as much as I did but once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to know what happened. I was really glad I bought this book for my Nook.

I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson

Published July 25, 2012 by crysbookreviews

Vampire Crush by A.M. Robinson

I swear, my life was always totally normal.

Normal house, normal family, normal school. My looks are average, I don’t have any superpowers, no one’s showing up to tell me I’m a princess you get the picture. But when my junior year started, something not normal happened. There were new kids at school . . . new kids with a wardrobe straight out of a 19th-century romance novel, and an inexplicable desire to stay at school until sundown.

And on top of that, James Hallowell showed up. James, who stole my sandwiches in fourth grade and teased me mercilessly through middle school. James, who now seems to have the power to make my heart race any time he comes near.

But something weird is going on. Because James rarely goes out during the day. And he seems stronger than your typical guy. And he knows the new kids, all of whom seem to be harboring some kind of deep secret. . . . From Goodreads.

Oh how I love vampire stories. Obviously that stems from no not Twilight, but from Anne Rice and the black and white version of Dracula that I have loved since I was a kid.

Sophie is a hilarious character; she is always snooping around but totally blames it on the fact that she is a journalist. She is a total loner and doesn’t have any friends even though people try to be her friend all the time. I like that she cares about her school and her stepsister enough to do some crazy things. Of course who wouldn’t do that for her family?

I like how James and Sophie’s friendship and relationship was, I loved that they are always joking with each other and obviously cared about each other before he moved away with his family. Every vampire in the book except for Vlad had their moments where they were really funny. Vlad mainly stayed crazy for me, I couldn’t believe that he threatened Sophie then did a complete 180 with her.

Of course he was too late and she was with James at that point, kinda at least. Sophie gave up her life for her stepsister just so she could live. Of course James made sure that she didn’t go away because he has loved her since they were kids. I almost want that there to be a second book to see how Sophie handles everything else now. But as a standalone it was really good. I laughed throughout the book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Published July 24, 2012 by crysbookreviews

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1)

It’s been several generations since a genetic experiment gone wrong caused the Reduction, decimating humanity and giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth–an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret–one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s “Persuasion”, “For Darkness Shows the Stars” is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it. From Goodreads.

There is a part of my heart that absolutely loves the retelling of stories that people love. Okay mainly book people obviously but still, and I loved this book from the beginning to the end. I loved the different take on the story and I am pretty sure a lot of you guys who read it loved it too.

Elliot was such a hard working girl that she was willing to endure her selfish sister and father to make sure everyone that worked for their farm was feed and that the whole place had enough food for the winter time. She willingly gave up love for them and always regretted it, you could tell that she did by the way that she always hoped that Kai was out there in the world happy and safe. I felt so bad for her; she was always putting everyone and everything above what she wanted. It was nice to see and almost unbearable at times to read about what she went through to make sure everyone was safe.

When Kai showed up I was like “OMG!! They are finally going to get together!!!!!” Of course, there was still quite a bit of the story left so I should have known. There was so much tension between Kai and Elliot but I am sure that it was because they loved each other and he didn’t fully understand why she stayed behind. I liked that they eventually both got what they needed and wanted, which after 4 years, they kind of deserved.

The whole story was amazing, which based on the cover of this book I was really hoping for. I hoped that the amazing cover didn’t make my decision on reading this book, but once I finished the story, I knew that it helped in me wanted to read the book but it wasn’t the best thing about the book.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I hope we get to learn more about Kai, Elliot and Ro’s adventures.

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.

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.

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Published July 13, 2012 by crysbookreviews

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

“I won’t tell anyone, Echo. I promise.” Noah tucked a curl behind my ear. It had been so long since someone touched me like he did. Why did it have to be Noah Hutchins? His dark brown eyes shifted to my covered arms. “You didn’t do that-did you? It was done to you?” No one ever asked that question. They stared. They whispered. They laughed. But they never asked.

So wrong for each other…and yet so right.

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again. From Goodreads.

This story was amazing, I had to force myself to put it down or else I would have probably stayed up till the sun came up reading it. I loved how it was told from both perspectives so we knew how Noah and Echo both felt not only about each other but about their situations.

Now this book hasn’t come out yet but it will be out at the end of the month, so I don’t want to give too much away. I loved how no matter how broken Echo was, she was able to eventually learn to love herself and others. I was glad that she had friends like Lila and Natalie, I didn’t like Grace too much because of the public/private thing. Although she did give her some very good advice that did help Echo out when she needed it the most.

Noah has had a completely different life but similar at the same time. He has 2 best friends in Beth and Isaiah, and they are honestly really great characters. Although they have their own issues, I want to know all about their relationship and how it grows but that would be a whole other book. Noah is very loyal to his little brothers and is willing to do almost anything to have them in his life, of course what older sibling wouldn’t want their younger ones when push came to shove?

There were so many parts to this book that I wanted to cry at, because I understood how it felt, to a degree. I know how scared it is to be a younger sister and watch your older brothers go to war; I know how scary it is to lose someone you are close to. This whole story made me rethink everything, as a whole which is what makes this story honestly a great one. I can’t wait to see what else Katie comes out with.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and thank you Netgalley for lending it to me before it came out!