Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1) by Wendy Higgins

Title: Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy #1)
Author: Wendy Higgins
Published: May 1st 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 2.5 stars

A lot of people seem to really love this book and seeing all the hype about Kaidan just added more to fuel my interest in reading this. Unfortunately, I was not able to fully see the greatness most people saw in this one. Although I love how the author managed to make the concept of angel/nephilim in this book pretty different and a little weird in a good way, I had quite a hard time warming up and liking the main characters, Anna and Kaidan. 

Anna is a good character, in a sense that she does good things not because she was well written. She follows rules, she's empathetic and understanding, and she always try to help other people and their situations. A character with that kind of personality would be so easy to like, however Anna could be so, so naive, stupid and awkward too. Not in adorable way but in strange and emabrassing way, especially when it comes to Kaidan. I saw very little development and growth in her character and soon her too good personality just felt old and annoying. 

Still I did try to appreciate some of her good characteristics. Her relationship with her foster mom was lovely and her friendship with Jay was great, her good intentions were pretty sweet and touching. There were moments that I'm starting to appreciate her but then she would act or say something that just kind of make the moment weird or awkward. Or just downright embarrassing or pathetic, like acting like a desperate clingy infatuated girl. I can't believe she fell into a freaking depression when Kaidan pushed her away and told her that their kind can't be together romantically.

Kaidan was a very confusing and frustrating guy. At first I thought I'm going to really like him, I thought he would be like the bad-boy type but with real good and endearing personality beneath it. Sadly, I wasn't able to see anything but an exasperating man-whore in it. I didn't give up on him right away though but it was really hard to connect to him when he's confusing the hell out of you. I don't get his intentions. I understand that he was attracted to Anna too but knows it was impossible given their situation but I just can't figure out where he's getting into with his decisions and actions. I should be able to see it as him being torn between wanting what he feels and following the orders of their kind. Simple as that but this dude is making everything confusing by going back and forth, back and forth and raising Anna's hope for nothing. 

I think Anna and Kaidan actually have a pretty good chemistry however the inconsistency of their relationship and decisions was really frustrating. I understand the appeal of forbidden romance and the obstacles coming with it, it makes me appreciate the love story more. However it was handled here in a very disorienting manner. That just soon makes the readers blaze in fury.  I think the only time that I really appreciate the both of them was during the road trip but after that everything went into blurry of annoyance, confusion, and aggravation. 

Fortunately, the story was well-paced and I finished it pretty fast. If it wasn't I might just have abandoned this book. The plot-line has actually a pretty good potential but I have serious problems with the characters. Oddly, when I finished this I came to a conclusion that I would still give this series another try and still read the second book. And I just really hope it would be better.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews as way to share all the great books you've received throughout the week.

I actually received these books a week ago. 
Inbetween (Kissed by Death #1) - I'm part of the blog tour for this book hosted by Shane at Itching for Books. Its my first blog tour so I'm really excited to start it. My stop will be on August 23, so be sure to stop by!
Stormdancer (The Lotus War #1) - This one, its blurb and cover, just shouts "kick-ass!" I was so ecstatic when I received it! Hope its as good as I hope for.
Speechless - I love Hannah Harrigton's Saving June so I'm pretty sure I would love this too. I've seen so many good review on this one too so I can't wait to start this one too. 

The Assassin's Curse (The Assasin's Curse #1) - After seeing so many good reviews on this one I'm convinced I need to see this one. Good thing it was still up in Netgalley and was still able to request it.
Pale - I saw Shane's great review on this one and it does seems like a good read. Plus it was a pretty short one so I hope this would be an easy read.
The Demon Catchers of Milan - This is available for free in Netgalley! I love auto-approves so I just hope this would be a fantastic read!

*Thanks to Entangled Teen, Tor UK, HarlequinTeen, Strange Chemistry, Stoke Books and Egmont USA

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Author Interview: Kat Zhang (What's Left of Me)

Hi guys! I had the pleasure to share you an interview I had with Kat Zhang, author of the upcoming young-adult dystopia novel, What's Left of Me! I'm thrilled to welcome her here since I just recently finished her book and I really enjoyed it (see my review here). And its even more thrilling to find out that she's only a year older than me and she's  written such an amazing story and sold it to a very known publishing company! Amazing huh? So there, check out my interview with her below! 

Title: What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1)
Author: Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

1. The originality of the book was one of the things I think made What’s Left of Me really good. How did you come up with the idea of Hybrids in this book?

I came up with the concept of hybrids when I started thinking about that little voice everyone has in the back of their head, and how sometimes in movies and such, it's portrayed as this whole other voice, and what if that voice were really another person, and what if they were stuck inside your body but couldn't actually control it...? Everything developed from that idea :)

2. Did you have a hard time writing the relationship between Addie and Eva?

Not really, actually. It took some thinking over, of course, but on the whole, their relationship came pretty naturally to me. I've always been interested in writing about sibling relationships, and Addie and Eva are even more than siblings--they're absolutely tied to each other. It was a really interesting situation to explore.

3. What are the challenges you encountered during writing your book?

The dual nature of the characters in WHAT'S LEFT OF ME was definitely a challenge--it's not often that one has to struggle with correct pronoun use and such for a body inhabited by two people! These considerations meant that even some of the most mundane scenes took a lot of thinking through.

4. Which of the characters were the most difficult to create? Which is your favorite character or the one you can relate to the most?

It did take me a little bit to really get a grasp on Addie as a character and as a voice. She's in a complicated spot, and I had to figure out just where she was coming from and how she felt about the different aspects of her life.

It's hard to say which character I related to the most, but one of my favorite characters to write is actually Dr. Lyanne.

5. How many books will there be for The Hybrid Chronicles series?

There will be three :)

This and That:

1. Past or future?

Future! I want to see how things turn out :P

2. Pants or skirt?

Pants. Skirts are nice, but pants are more practical.

3. Ice cream or cake?

Ice-cream cake!

4. Summer or winter?

Summer. I'm not a fan of the cold

5. Books or movies?

Both! I love books, of course, but I'm also a huge fan of film :)

6. Black or blonde?

Are we talking about hair color? Well, I've got black hair, so... ;)

7. Chocolate or vanilla?


8. Contemporary or dystopia?

I like both very much.

9. Nice guys or bad boys?

See above ;)

10. Sleeping or eating?

Eating! Yum! (I'm an insomniac)

A big thank you to Kat Zhang for having this interview. So there, be sure to add What's Left of Me on you tbr lists. If your looking for something really original and utterly captivating, I highly recommend this book. You can check out my review here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Review: Defiance (Defiance #1) by C.J. Redwine

Title: Defiance (Defiance #1)
Author: C.J. Redwine
Release Date: August 28th 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 4 stars

Defiance is one of the books I've been highly anticipating to read this year. So you can just imagine how ecstatic I was when I got approved for an ARC of it, I almost started jumping up and down like a three-year old kid. And I'm more than happy to find out and tell you that this book really did not disappoint. It wasn't flawless but it was certainly good. The plot, twist and character blend it effectively to make a really interesting, thrilling and gripping action-packed story.

I love heroines who fights and knows her ways when it comes to weapons. And Rachel was absolutely like that. She was a strong-willed, confident and impressive character. However I thought she was a bit frustrating, narrow-minded and childish during the earlier parts. Which caused me to have a hard time liking her right away. Fortunately, she didn't stay that long and her character developed remarkably fast and good. And soon, I found myself warming into her and loving her kick-ass personality.

Logan wasn't what I was actually expecting. I was expecting the bad boy type but he was actually more of the nice guy. Still he easily took a place in my heart with his really caring but also strong personality. His most notable quality was that he fights with his brain too. His brain was his most effective weapon and he did prove it a lot of times in the story.

I love how these two developed and grew through the unexpected situations they were thrown into and discovered new things about their selves. C.J. Redwine really did an amazing job in showing the significance of each of Rachel and Logan's roles in the story and showing each of their journeys through their own povs. Both were made to be the main characters equally.

The world-building was great though I wouldn't say it was completely original. Still it offered things that were really intriguing, entertaining and refreshing. My only problem was that I got really confused whether I'm reading a dystopia or a steampunk. Did I went to the future or went back to the past? The setting gave off the overall feel of a historical period but the constant reminders of the developed civilization before the Cursed Ones arrived kept me thinking that this was indeed a dytopia novel.

The romance, although during the first parts felt a bit awkward for me soon turned out to be a really sweet one. The development of their relationship felt natural and genuine. And I just love how the realizations of their feelings came to them.

The plot was great and action-packed, the twist were thrilling and exciting and the characters were all remarkable and amazing. It wasn't perfect but still it provides a great and wonderful reading experience for me. I recommend this.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and Balzer + Bray for providing an ARC of this book!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Review: First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

Title: First Comes Love
Author: Kate Kacvinsky
Published: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 4 stars

I had the impression that this was an emotional book when I first saw the blurb. But turns out it was actually the opposite. Because not long after I started reading the book I find myself laughing with the characters. It was actually a fun, sweet and highly amusing read. And although that may sound like this is just an ordinary light and fluffy read this book never lacks the depth most emotional books carries. It was delivered in a way that would make you think and understand life lessons and insights easily without having to feel and encounter intense or sad emotions. And Kate Kacvinsky really did an amazing job in doing that.

The characters in this book are just really remarkable. I adore Gray and Dylan. They're both such relatable and genuine characters. Dylan is a very interesting girl. She's fun, does a lot of random things, and could be really weird and crazy most of the time but in a really good and refreshing way. Gray was a very real and lovable character. His problems and the emotional baggage he carries forced him to close himself to other people. He built up walls around himself and kept people at arm’s length and thought that he would never need anyone. Not until he met Dylan and his walls started coming down.

Although this was narrated in both povs of Gray and Dylan, I think the story focused more in Gray's development and growth and how upon meeting Dylan everything started to change in him. His pov, even with all those things I describe about him that would make you think he's an emotional or fragile kid, was actually very fun to read. I had a lot of laughs with his thoughts and idea and I just love the realness and honesty with it. Here are some of Gray's lines I really loved:
“First I thought she was crazy. Now I'm crazy about her.”
"She smirks as she applies some Chap Stick to her lips. I'm jealous of Chap Stick."
"We slump down on the leather couch and contemplate what to get my mom. Well, she contemplates what to get my mom. I contemplate kissing her."
"I turn the light off and catch my trophie out of the conrner of my eye and I think of all the awayrd I would give to her. Best Kisser. Best Lips. Best Everything." 
It was amazing to see the story of these two different people unfold. How they first met, how their relationship grew from companionship, to friendship then lovers. How both their characters and personalities developed through each other, how they discovered things and how their take and perspective in life changed after meeting each other. Katie Kacvinsky wrote it in a way that is just so utterly endearing and so natural with the right mix of humor and fun.

Their love story didn't come easy, there were ups and downs too especially coming from their differences and different goals in life but through with that they were able to realize what they really wanted, what to do with their feeling, decide and take chances and make everything work. The ending felt like a bit cut short for me or maybe it's just me wanting more. But really, I wouldn't mind if this was longer. I would be more than happy to see more of Gray and Dylan's story.

To conclude, this was such a fun, sweet but also really insightful read. I laughed a lot with Gray and Dylan and was touched by their relationship and how they overcome problems through the help of each other. And yes, of course I swoon a lot with them too, there were some pretty hot moments actually here that I, of course, devoured. And just to tease you, I'll leave you a quote from one of those moments:
"I take a step toward her and reach out to take the warm, damp washcloth from herhand. It has smears of makeup all over it. I stare down at her soft lips, puffy from all the scrubbing, and hesitantly run my thumb across them. I feel Dylan shudder when I touch her. Or maybe it's me. I hold her face in my hand and look in her eyes and she offers me the smallest grin, and that's all I need. My eyes fall back to her lips. They look warm and soft and inviting."
So there it is, if you want more of swoon-worthy and hot moments I recommend you start reading this now! LOL! Read this! :D

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Review: What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1) by Kat Zhang

Title: What's Left of Me
Author: Kat Zhang
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 4 stars

The first time I saw this I wasn't really that interested. Although the premise does sound intriguing it wasn't that enough for me to be very excited about this one. So when I saw this in Edelweiss I wasn't really planning on requesting it, however my fingers have their own minds and took the liberty to click it and started typing why I wanted a review copy. And to my surprise I actually got approved. Then comes the glowing reviews from my GR friends and I was like, maybe I should thank my fingers for requesting this, this could only be so good. And so I read it and boy I couldn't thank my fingers more because this book is just great, really great!

The originality of this book is one of the major aspects that made this book so good and very intriguing. The concept of this book was definitely a first for me; I never encountered a book with the idea of a world where people lived with two souls. That idea although made me interested also made me anxious to read it; wouldn't it be difficult? How can I like the MC if there are two personalities in them? How could there be a romance in this one? Wouldn’t that be awkward? Can the author pull it off? 

But all those worries soon fade away as I find myself gradually being devoured by the author's writing! Kat Zhang is an amazing writer and she definitely pulled this one off! Her writing was simple but gorgeous and the pacing was comfortably fast. The world and the characters she created were all very well thought and written. The world-building is one of a kind and although I had some little issues with it I can wait for them to be resolve more in the following books. The characters were my favorite part of this book. I loved how she wrote them especially the relationship of the sisters, Addie and Eva. 

The relationship and the emotional struggles they had were very realistic and heartbreaking. I saw the conflicting feelings each shared with one another. And how they struggled in doing and choosing things they wanted for their own but not wanting to hurt or be selfish to the other one. I love how Zhang showed that with all the hurting, Eva and Addie really care and love each other. Through the different circumstances and obstacles thrown to Addie and Eva we were able to see the two differently - how they take and handle things, how they talk and think, their expressions and mannerism. So as the story went on, when they shift it wasn't really confusing. She wrote the sisters in a way that we could really see them separately, two entirely different and unique characters, sharing one body. 

Other characters like Hally and Lissa, Devon and Ryan, and Kitty and Nina were great supporting characters. They were never left on the sides and I liked how they contributed on the development of the main character.  

There's a very light touch of romance in this one and it surprised me that it was actually fine with me. Because I am a major sap and I love romance! It's one of the things I always consider when reading a book but throughout the course of the story I was just so busy thinking of how they're gonna overcome their problems and obstacles. So when this one sweet moment came I was just like, aww. It made me really smile and for some reason I was pretty satisfied with it...for now, even though I still have very little idea of how the romance will gonna work. But I hope it would be more apparent in the next book.  

With original plot, great world-building, and well written characters this book promises a definitely wonderful and engaging reading experience. This book did not disappoint. I highly recommend this.

*Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing an ARC of this book! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#20)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" are..

Title: Earth Girl
Author: Janet Edwards
Expected Publication: August 6th 2012
Publisher: Harper Voyage

2788. Only the handicapped live on Earth. While everyone else portals between worlds, 18-year-old Jarra is among the one in a thousand people born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Sent to Earth at birth to save her life, she has been abandoned by her parents. She can’t travel to other worlds, but she can watch their vids, and she knows all the jokes they make. She’s an ‘ape’, a ‘throwback’, but this is one ape girl who won’t give in.

 Jarra invents a fake background for herself – as a normal child of Military parents – and joins a class of norms that is on Earth to excavate the ruins of the old cities. When an ancient skyscraper collapses, burying another research team, Jarra’s role in their rescue puts her in the spotlight. No hiding at back of class now. To make life more complicated, she finds herself falling in love with one of her classmates – a norm from another planet. Somehow, she has to keep the deception going. 

A freak solar storm strikes the atmosphere, and the class is ordered to portal off-world for safety – no problem for a real child of military parents, but fatal for Jarra. The storm is so bad that the crews of the orbiting solar arrays have to escape to planet below: the first landing from space in 600 years. And one is on collision course with their shelter.

Title: Sever (The Chemical Garden #3)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Expected Publication: February 12th 2013
Publisher:Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.

Although I'm not much into sci-fi novels something about Earth Girl is drawing me in. The premise sounds really exciting and very intriguing plus the cover looks really good too. I really hope this one will be great. Sever will be the last and final book of The Chemical Garden trilogy and I am of course excited to find out what will happen next to Rhine and other characters too. I'm not much a fan of the cover this time though.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Broken by Megan Hart

Title: Broken
Author: Megan Hart
Published: May 1st 2007
Publisher: Spice
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 4 stars

If there is an erotic novel I would recommend and wouldn't be really embarrassed, okay, maybe a little, some parts of it were definitely way out of my comfort zone but still I think it would be this book. It was so much more than I had expected. I was surprised to find that this book has such a wonderful plot and depth that was just so emotionally gripping and utterly heartbreaking. I'd never thought a novel of this genre would make quite an impact on me but this one did. 

What's so wonderful about this book was how the author captured the struggles and emotions of each characters beautifully yet realistically through words and phrases in a way that would make you be involved with them, be connected with them in such a level that you could totally feel and understand what they were going through. 

It was so easy to sympathized with them yet it was hard to think what you really want to happen to them. I was torn between wanting Sadie and Adam's situation and relationship to heal and be better and wanting Joe and Sadie's companionship turn into something more and deeper. 

Sadie's internal struggles of finding out who she is after everything that had happened, of looking for someone who could provide her needs, someone who could make her feel special, someone who could talk to her and ask her about her problems, someone who could take care of her for once was so utterly poignant and heartbreaking that forced me to shed some few tears.

For once, I found myself reading a book where I cannot hate any of the main characters. No matter how flawed or wrong or frustrating they could be. I was left to understand them and their situation. And with that I saw how strong and admiring these characters could be too.

Although this was categorize as an erotic-romance novel I could say that it is way more than that. I'm not much into this kind of genre and even though some parts of it were quite uncomfortable for me, setting those aside, the emotional aspect of this book and it's profundity is absolutely wonderful and very compelling. I love how the author crafted her words into such beautiful and riveting lines and dialogues that could bring out intense emotions from you. I'm glad I was able to read this. This was such a new but wonderful experience for me. I recommend this.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. The purpose of this meme is to discuss your current read and plan out your reading week. 

Books I finished last week:

I haven't gotten much read since class started so last week I only finished two books; From What I Remember... by Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas which I so enjoyed! It was such a very cute and sweet summer read. You can see my review here. And Sovereign Hope by Frankie Hope, my review here

Books I plan to finish this week:

I'm currently reading What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang and so far it sounds very promising. I plan to read  Defiance by C.J. Redwise next. I've been looking forward reading it since the first time I saw it in Goodreads and I was really glad when I got approved for an ARC. My week wouldn't be complete if I don't at least read one contemporary novel so First Comes Love is on my schedule this week and from the reviews I've seen it seems to be a really good read. 

So there! That's my reading schedule planned for this week. What do you plan to read this week?

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Review: Sovereign Hope by Frankie Rose

Title: Sovereign Hope
Author: Frankie Rose
Published: July 1st 2012
Publisher: Create space
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 3 stars

Sovereign Hope is a pretty nice and interesting read. While I did have some issues with the writing, primarily with the romance and sometimes a little on the heroine I can say that it had shown quite a number of potential to be a good series. Maybe just a little improvement here and there. 

Farley was a character I couldn't identify with immediately. I wasn't sure what to really think of her character at first and it took me some times to get used to her. I don't know if she's tough or just really hardheaded. She did grow throughout the story though and I like that when awful and terrible things happened and even though she was extremely hurt, emotionally and physically, she wasn't the kind of character who moped around and succumbs to loneliness. She faced her problems, trained and made herself strong and useful. 

Daniel was this gorgeous, hot and a bit of a jerk hero. He was secretive, arrogant and could be really harsh at times. He didn't quite appeal on me that much but when I learned of his story and his reasons behind that kind of facade I think I understand his character better. 

Now for the romance, I had some issues here because most of the time it kinda feel a bit awkward for me. I didn't like the early assumptions of the other characters about the attraction between Farley and Daniel when there were so very little shown about that yet in the story. I also think there were more of tell than show. What they say about each other were a bit stated matter-of-factly so when Farley or Daniel started admitting to their selves that they are indeed attracted to one another it was a little hard for me to believe. Still, I wanted the two to be together and have a happy ending and I think the writing did improve towards the end.

The idea and concept of the Immortals were good but what I love the most here were the Whytes! They're creepy, deadly, sinister and gory. The way they were described was just enough to make the story a bit more thrilling and exciting. I just wished they played a bigger part in the story. lol!

Another thing, the ending felt like a bit cut short for me. But I guess it's okay, I don't really mind though. Overall, this was a pretty decent read. Although I wasn't overly thrilled and captivated by this book it still kept me entertained throughout the story. You might like this more than me especially if you're into paranormal books. :)

*A big thank you to Ms. Frankie Rose for providing me a copy of this book! :)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (#19)

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlight upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" is..

Title: Iron's Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Expected Publication: September 1st 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn't have it any other way.

But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts’ gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan’s past returns with a dire prophecy: “What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them.” Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey—and her and Ash’s unborn child…

A novella from the bestselling Iron Fey series

Some people might think that Kagawa might just be dragging the story too much but when I found this out I was just really really happy. Will finally be able to see Ash and Meghan as a couple without all those things taking them apart! And come on, Baby Kierran is coming!!!!!!!!! :))

Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: From What I Remember... by Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Title: From What I Remember...
Author: Stacey Kramer and Valerie Thomas
Published: May 15th 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Read synopsis: Goodreads

Rating: 4.5 stars

Normally too many POVs in a book would've peeved me out. Three is my limit but apparently I can actually manage more than that. Because this book has five POVs. Yes, FIVE! Yet I seriously freaking adored it! I didn't expect to enjoy this book so much but boy, no matter how many povs it had or how cliched it was it still kicked my ass! This was a fuuuuuun read but had its deep and insightful moments too that definitely made it more wonderful and enjoying!

The characters were the best part of this book! Kylie and Max were both adorable and fun characters. Despite being flawed their characters seems to be so genuine. They were opposite characters (you guys know how I loved that kind of arrangement) and had zero interest to each other but through their forced and unexpected journey they discovered so much more about themselves and realized things they might actually really liked about each other. I love how these two grew and developed throughout the story. 

The romantic build up was great. I adore authors who can manage to write a well developed romance even when the story was set for a short period of time. I loved how Kylie and Max's relationship progressed. The attraction between them doesn't feel forced. It was well paced and very genuine. Their chemistry was really good so when the final moment came, it was absolutely swoooooooooning! It was just so sweet, sexy and cute!

Supporting characters like Will, Jake, Lily and Charles were never left on the sides too. They had their own moments that didn't feel unnecessary to the story. Aside from Kylie and Max's pov I really enjoyed Will's! Being inside the head of a gay was just really fun. He was also a very wonderful and caring best friend and I like how much he loved Kylie. Jake's pov (Kylie's younger brother with asperger syndrome) was a touching one and Lily's, although she could be a bit bitchy, I found myself empathizing her situation. The five povs in the story were all so different but what was so good about that was it gave us some level of understanding to these different kinds of people without being one-sided or too judgmental.  

With awesome characters, intriguing plot, and sexy and fun romance - all I could do was just to simply adore this book. I would absolutely recommend this especially if you're looking for a fun and sweet read but with great and in depth lessons.  

*Thank you Netgalley and Hyperion for providing a copy of this book!


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