Friday, October 31

Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock

Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock
Release Date: May 27, 2014
Age Group:Young Adult
Pages: 304

Summary:  Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she's headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall.

Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn't seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex's trouble-magnet personality and Javier's need to stay in the background don't mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry.

With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and the novella before this one but I had a hard time with Camp Payback.

We are introduced to Alex who lives in the fame of her parents. Her brother is pretty perfect and her mom and dad are the parents who have the perfect family, or are supposed too. Alex doesn’t believe she’s that bad but the tabloids make her out to be the problem child.

Alex is back at summer camp and she vows to stay out of trouble. But, her jerky ex boyfriend is at this summer camp and she also meets a new boy named Javier.  Javier has his own set of problems and is trying to stay as far away from trouble as possible.

Alex and Javier get knotted up together pretty fast and things aren't great. Alex really likes him but her ex tends to make trouble and she’s always in the fallout.

I loved seeing Javier cook and I’m glad Alex realizes what is important. However, I just didn’t connect to this one as much as I hoped. I didn’t really connect to the characters very well.

I liked it enough but I hope I like the next one a bit better. I think Alex just seemed really young I guess.

I still love the summer camp angle.

Overall: It was just okay for me. I liked it enough to finish reading but I hope I will enjoy the next one as much as I did the first.

Cover: Cute! Love how they are laying there and we see it from behind. Cuteness!

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Thursday, October 30

The Bridge From Me To You by Lisa Schroeder

The Bridge From Me To You by Lisa Schroeder
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Point
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 336

Summary: Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place.

Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible--something to truly believe in.

My Thoughts:  I loved both Lauren and Colby. Lauren has her own problems with her mom and has secrets. Colby’s dad wants him to play football but Colby has something else in mind! They both are dealing with so much. And then there is Benny, poor Benny!

I loved how Colby and Lauren met each other! Very cute and sweet! I also loved how they got to know one another and things weren't hunky dory at first. They had so many problems to deal with on their own but put them together, and they were there for one another. They understood one another.

I also loved the bake sale. I loved seeing what happened and how successful it was. I was so sad to see what happened to Colby’s friend Benny though. He was a strong willed character though.

I loved all the little football references. I’m not really into football but I loved seeing how much the town loved it and how they came together. It reminded me of high school and going to the games and how everyone would come out to see it!

Overall:I really liked this one. It was also a very fast read for me! I loved Lauren and Colby both and I loved Lauren’s family also. The kids were so cute and her aunt/uncle were the kind of people I’m glad she ended up with! I really enjoyed this one even though I flew right through it! I'd probably give this one between a 4.5 and a 5 cupcake rating!

Cover: Like it! I’d definitely pick it up to see what the story was about!

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Tuesday, October 28

Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa

Talon (Talon #1) by Julie Kagawa
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 400

Summary:In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons

My Thoughts:  I always enjoy Kagawa’s series so I knew I had to read this one as soon as I heard about it!

We are introduced to Ember and Dante who are brother and sister. They are also dragons. They are training to become a part of Talon. Talon is a kind of society for dragons. Everyone has a role to play, a place there. They get assigned and it becomes their life.
Well, the summer they start training Ember meets a boy named Garret. He is a soldier who is out to kill her kind; dragons. She also meets another guy named Riley. Riley is a lot like her and she can relate to him on so many levels. She also gets some new friends as well. Things are ok for her. She spends the days training but at night gets to spend time with her friends. She’s ok in this lifestyle. She just wants to be normal.

But how can she be normal when so many people want to kill her? And her brother is also starting to act kind of weird.

I loved the plot of this one! I loved the dragon angle. I loved how Ember grew close to Garret and I also liked seeing things from his point of view. I liked that there was more to him than meets the eye.

I loved Kagawa’s other series and I just have a feeling this series is going to get better and better. I loved everything explained about dragons and how things went down with them. I loved the little things that happened throughout the novel, especially at the carnival and the surfing scenes. I felt like I was right there with her enjoying the days.

It was fun but also mysterious and a great plot!

I don’t want to say much else about this one but I loved it! I got sucked right in and read it in a few days!

Another amazing one by Kagawa!!! A must read!

Overall:  Great story line, great characters, great details, just all in all, GREAT!

Cover:  Like it! I’d definitely pick it up and it does have a dragon feel to it! HA!

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Sunday, October 26

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Age Group: Young Adult

Summary: Hot girls get the fairy tales. No one cares about the stepsisters' story. Those girls don't get a sweet little ending; they get a lifetime of longing

Imogen Keegen has never had a happily ever after–in fact, she doesn’t think they are possible. Ever since her mother’s death seven years ago, Imogen has pulled herself in and out of therapy, struggled with an “emotionally disturbed” special ed. label, and loathed her perma-plus-sized status.

When Imogen’s new stepsister, the evil and gorgeous Ella Cinder, moves in down the hall, Imogen begins losing grip on the pieces she’s been trying to hold together. The only things that gave her solace–the theatre, cheese fries, and her best friend, Grant–aren’t enough to save her from her pain this time.

While Imogen is enjoying her moment in the spotlight after the high school musical, the journal pages containing her darkest thoughts get put on display. Now, Imogen must resign herself to be crushed under the ever-increasing weight of her pain, or finally accept the starring role in her own life story.

And maybe even find herself a happily ever after.

My Thoughts: I knew I’d probably like this one as soon as I started it.

We are introduced to Imogen who has her own set of problems. She’s emotional and has had some dealings with her weight and how she looks. She never has very high self esteem. And then her stepsister moves in with her and things get even more hectic. Her stepsister is skinny and all the boys like her. Imogen also has a best friend named Grant. Grant was the perfect guy. He was dreamy and he was there for Gen. He was always there trying to cheer her up and when she was down in the dumps he would be by her side.

Things start looking up for Gen when she gets to play a pretty epic part in the school play. But then things go down when her stepsister does a pretty bad thing.

This book was real! It had real characters and I felt like I was right there experiencing things with them.

I liked this story and the characters!

Overall: As I said before, I thought this one was really good! It felt so real and I loved seeing the scenes with Grant. I even liked her therapist George! I thought this one was pretty neat! I would recommend it to anyone who likes fairy tales! I’d probably rate this a 3.5 overall.

Cover: I like it but its very dark and I don’t know if it would make me pick up in a bookstore or not.

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Saturday, October 25

Rites Of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Rites Of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 416

Summary:  Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she's not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.

So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She's even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won't risk her future, or the dare, on something so matter how much she wants him.

As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.

Now time's running short. Sam must decide who she can trust...and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

My Thoughts:  Another great contemp that I loved!

We are introduced to Sam who comes from a military family. Her older brother died a while ago from suicide but he dared her to go to Denmark Military Academy and become one of the first female cadets. She also has another older brother as well, and her dad is military too!

She was born military, she breathes, and sleeps military so its only natural when she accepts Amos dare and joins the school. She’s one of the few females there. This is the first time females can attend.

We meet quite a few characters. We meet Stamm, who goes by Drill most of the book. Oh man. He was sooooo swoonworthy. I loved him! I loved the chemistry between Sam and Drill. Oh baby! I loved all the moments from eating pie to her sleeping on his couch. Oh man! Loved him!

We also meet another boy named Cadet Kelly. I liked him at first but than out of nowhere he just changed, and I didn’t like that. By the end, I liked him a bit more but I’m always going to be Stamm’s girl.

Another boy in the story spends most of his time bullying Sam! I wanted to punch him so many times! I did not like him at all!!!! Arrrgggg. So much bullying in this one! And I know that is the point!

Things aren't easy for Sam and there is more to the story than that. A secret society out to put girls in their place, to make the girls quit, so the school can continue to be guys only!

So much was going on in this one and I just loved it all! I loved the plot but I also loved how much the characters progressed. I loved seeing how much Sam grew in a short period of time! I loved everything, even the ending though things were not perfect!

I loved this debut!  The romance=swoonworthy!!!

Overall:  AMAZING!!!! This is WONDERFUL! I haven’t read a military based book since Simone Elkeles How To Series and I loved those too!

This is a for sure must read!!!! YOU NEED THIS ONE IN YOUR LIFE NOW!!!!

Cover: Love it! Love the dog tags and the colors!

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