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"I’m always amazed at friends who say they try to read at night in bed but always end up falling asleep. I have the opposite problem. If a book is good I can’t go to sleep, and stay up way past my bedtime, hooked on the writing. Is anything better than waking up after a late-night read and diving right back into the plot before you even get out of bed to brush your teeth?" -John Walters 

LOVE reading. Although, I didn't actually start readingreading until July of 2012 when I got my Nook, the love of my life.

Abbreviations I use in my reviews:

WTS (Wrist Twitch Syndrome) - The compulsory jerking of the wrist in an effort to pitch the nook away from the body to reduce mental anguish and self inflicted bodily harm. 

ERS (Eye Roll Syndrome)The act of rolling one’s eyes multiple times in a matter of mere minutes.

The severity of this syndrome tend to vary from benign eye rolls every now and then, depending on the situation and protagonist, to intense eye rolls, of which, cause the body to seize up for minutes at a time.

**Both symptoms tend to manifest as a result of naive, stupid, clueless, lovesick, rose-glasses wearing puddle-depth fucktard protagonists or an ag-on-izing storyline.

Currently reading

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
Scott Brick, Kevin J. Anderson, Dean Koontz

Riptide (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott, #3)

Riptide (The Secret Life of Trystan Scott, #3) - H.M. Ward This is the very first short book series that I wished would be much longer than it is...there is just too much for 50+ pages! I can't wait until the next installment is released! Yeah Trystan and Mari get a little annoying with the "I think he/she will see how I feel about him/her in this intense gaze", but for the most part their little love story is substantial and oh boy what a cliffhanger huh?!
The Hunt - Andrew Fukuda Eh…and the worst part about it is that I was looking forward to reading this. I kept putting it aside for when I felt like needed that little boost of awesomeness and it fell short…oh so short. What I couldn’t get over is that Gene could assimilate and keep up this façade with the vamps and then when it came time to fight or flight…he actually didn’t do either, he instantaneously gave up, laid down and accepted his fate! It was like Really? All it took was for them to catch you and you couldn’t even make a run for it? Then you had your girlfriend make the decision for you and you had the audacity to stand there for another 5 minutes staring at the screen she was once on, even though you could hear the vamps coming back for you? Damn it, I was annoyed. Gene is a selfish bastard and he was willing to risk everyone’s life for…what? Not even for himself! Fight Gene, damn!

I may be a little upset with Gene but I have high hopes for Sissy! At least she has some sense.

Onward!
Revolution 19 - Gregg Rosenblum Just what I needed...dumb.
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak Wow.
The Messenger - Markus Zusak OMG. Best. Story. Ever.

...Now that I’ve had time to digest everything that happened in this story, I will stick with my immediate reaction, to a certain extent. I think for this genre, this is the best one I've read so far and that's mostly because, I'm not sure what to call this genre. Contemporary? shrug Eh, Ok.

I laughed out loud A LOT during this read because even when things weren’t looking to good, he still had a sense of humor. I enjoyed reading about how Ed learned through his experiences and came out a better person at the end, not to say that we wasn’t a good person to begin with, but you know a better person!

I have a tendency to spoil the hell out of a book when I like it so much, so I’ll stop here. When going through the reviews for this book, there were many reviewers that mentioned how afraid they were to read this because [b:The Book Thief|19063|The Book Thief|Markus Zusak|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1352395325s/19063.jpg|878368] was so great…

I guess I know what I'm reading next.
On the Jellicoe Road - Melina Marchetta Ok. I spoke too soon.

I SEE the greatness now! It was little slow to start for me and it probably derives from the fact that I love a good mystery but I hate, with every fiber of my being, suspense. I know, you can’t have one without the other but still, I hate it. And the first half of this book was about fragments and missing links which, as you can imagine, was driving me batty.

Even with that said, great read! I had to hold back my tears because I was on public transportation! Just one of those great emotional and humorous reads. You must take this journey.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green What a tearfest, amiright? Damn, I was so gutted by the end of this I couldn’t think straight. I love Hazel and Gus and their star-crossed love. Hazel is hilarious and when you throw in the comedic relief of Augustus Water’s you have quite a pair.

This is the first love story that illustrated cancer patients and their lives, the decisions that they make and why they make them and their desire to have normal relationships and to be treated as any healthy child. Prior to reading [b:The Fault in Our Stars|11870085|The Fault in Our Stars|John Green|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1360206420s/11870085.jpg|16827462]I never thought about what cancer children have to go through with the group sessions and how often the attendees change as the list of those who passed grows longer, and my heart ached reading about them.

When I laughed, I laughed heartily and when I cried, it was ugly and thoroughly unattractive. When you get to that last page, you don’t know what to do with yourself because even though it’s tragic and heartbreaking, you don’t want it to end; you aren’t quite ready to give up those characters, yet, you need that closure.

This is definitely one of those books that stay with you.

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)

Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2) - Colleen Hoover Ok, so I know I’m not the only person who read this and from the very beginning had this pit in my stomach, my spider senses going haywire as I knew something was going to happen. The story seemed to imperfectly perfect; there was just the right amount of sadness and love. Then the thinkable and imaginable happens and I could finally exhale…


Lake and Will are cute, so absolutely adorable at times I felt their relationship was rushed. When Lake pointed out what she felt about the relationship and why it came to be, I was nodding with her because maybe that is why they fell so hard for each other so fast. But what can I say, I love a god contemporary-romance and their story was unique.


I also liked how this was written in Will’s POV. I got an inside look at how he felt, even though he wore his feelings on his sleeve for the most part but I enjoyed reading about the decisions that he made and why. Lake and her ‘carving pumpkins’ was humorous at times but mostly annoying, I’m upset that she just couldn’t deal with things! I felt like she didn’t have the luxury to act like a child, but in reality when would she be able to? I got it, I really did.


And lucky them to have so many level headed and minded people to aid them in becoming the people who I knew they’d be anyway, they are great for each other and great for the boy’s and they set good examples for their friends.


They are imperfectly perfect.

Slammed (Slammed, #1)

Slammed (Slammed, #1) - Colleen Hoover I don't know why it took me so long to read this! I love love love this book!

I think that pretty much covers it.
Love and Other Perishable Items - Laura Buzo I absolutely love Aussie YA. This one left my heart all achy though, but I was very pleased that this book exceeded my expectations. When I read the synopsis; I was thinking that I was going to be really mad by the end of this one but I wasn’t! I was sad though just because it was so realistic.

I know, I know. It wouldn’t have ever happened. It couldn’t have happened…I would have been very mad and disgusted if it had happened.

I had a smirk plastered on my face the entire time I read though. I’d laugh at something cute that was said, thought or written and before I could settle down I’d be cracking up again. Both Amelia and Chris are quite hilarious individuals, they are realistic, their lives aren’t perfect but they both understand that they could be much worse off and they helped each other grow as individuals, begging each other to consider another perspective and creating food for thought. I actually added the books that were referenced in this read just to get a better opinion on each of their perspectives (yes, I know they are classics and I should have already read them…but I haven’t and now I’m curious).

I was hoping that there would be an Epilogue, you know like a Pip and Estella type of meeting a few years down the line just as was pondered multiple times throughout this read. Where she would be of age and have a boyfriend and he would have a girlfriend and maybe she would be at the Uni he went to and he would be back In town visiting friends and their eyes would meet (of course the S.O.’s wouldn’t be anywhere in sight). Maybe he would approach her with a “Hello Youngster!” and pull her into a hug and they’d jump back into comfort and ease they once shared when they were around each other then they’d talk about their lives and where their paths have taken them, want happened after he left and she was forced to move forward with her life…OR maybe they both wouldn’t have S.O.’s and they could finally be together!

I wanted that closure damn it!

Possessed (Arelia LaRue, #3)

Possessed - Kira Saito Hmph. Now who wudda thunk that I actually would have liked this installment? Idiot LaRue didn't piss me off in this one as much as she did in the other two, don't get me wrong, she still did a number on me but it wasn't so bad and the little secret at the end did help out in the Like Department.

However, I've said this before and I'll say it again, just because you admit that you are an angry egotistical stubborn bitch, doesn't make it better to be one. She was still crass and there were some points in the writing that didn't make sense. For instance the Marie asked Jacques why he didn't buy her if he was in love with her and he said that he didn't have enough money to but then in the very next paragraph he was draping her neck with a diamond necklace...so slaves are more expensive then diamonds then huh? There were a few other situations like that too but I cant remember and I didn't highlight them to go back to, soooo yeah.

And the fact that Lucas is in love with her bitchiness? Really? Hmmm, I've been doing it all wrong then...

Bitches for the win!

Punished (Arelia LaRue, #2)

Punished (Arelia LaRue, #2) - Kira Saito Stupid. I really hate Arelia, but the hate I feel for her is different from the ERS or WTS that I get from other annoying protagonists. I really truly just dislike the hell out this character but the basis of this story is interesting, so I'll keep reading and I'll keep swallowing the bile that rises in my throat every time she speaks or thinks...
Bound - Kira Saito Hmmm, I don’t really know how I feel about this book. The protagonist is utterly and tragically fucking annoying, she is ignorant and it isn't just that she is ignorant, she refuses to learn anything! Because even though she knows nothing at all, she knows everything! You can’t tell her anything because she already knows...and then she fucking doesn't! It's a mind fuck!

On top of the ignorance, Arelia is always mad...just angry for no apparent reason, anything and everything will set her off. Oh you think you want to buy her some really good chocolates as an apology, cause you know she likes chocolate? Well fuck you, cause she's mad you wanted to apologize with really good chocolate! You rich Bastard! Which brings me to why she's mad all the time, she mad cause she has to work for a living while other people are born into wealth, she mad cause a spirit -an all knowing entity- told her the Darkwood Manor was dangerous and she wants them to stop being so wise, she mad cause she refuses to actually listen to the words coming out of her elders mouths and claims that they are being "ominous" and wants them to dumb them down like she has a learning disability...maybe make some flashcards and make up a rhyming song, she mad because the old black lady in the kitchen looks like her grand-mere Bea but cant guess who she is and lastly she mad cause she is stupid and stupid people usually get mad a lot cause they tend not to understand anything nor do they choose to gain knowledge to strive to become less stupid.


What I eventually ended up doing was smirking every time Saito stated that Arelia was in a tizzy and harrumphing and humphing around cause she just couldn’t hold it in anymore because it's like when isn’t she angry? She couldn't hold it in? Who the fuck are we kidding here? This bitch has yet to refrain from being crass. And the best part is she feels justified in doing so, like she was the bringer of truths and she owed it to you and once she has bestowed whatever asinine wisdom she had for you, you should thank her for it.

Then if an ignorant 16 year-old with anger issues doesn’t grab your attention how about how condescending she is? She speaks to the spirits and treats them like they owe her something even when both of her elders tell her to respect them and what really bunched my panties is that she didn’t even give Lucas the opportunity to act like an arrogant, wealthy and entitled little shit before she started treating him like he was...I was really taken aback at how crude she was towards him just because of what he had. Ew.

Then there's Ivan...why the hell is everyone treating him like he isn’t a person?! What the hell is up with that?

This book is also terribly predictable. I already know what’s going to happen in the other installments, but I’m gonna read them because I like being right...now let's hope I can get through the next couple of books without wanting to get into a boxing match with the air.
Reaper's Property  - Joanna Wylde 4.5 stars

I enjoyed this one immensely even though it is wholly predictable, any hint towards the possibility of something happening…it will actually happen (sorry, I ruined it for you *shrug*). But it was a erotica romance with an actual story line, none of this porno manuscript crap with one dimensional characters and a whole lotta dick without dialog or depth…Wellllll there was a lot of penis in this one but with a man like Horse, it really couldn’t get any better! CA-CHINGA!

When I first read the synopsis after everyone’s rave reviews I was a little skeptical because of how it read; ”Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms”. I was like Da fuck?! She left an abusive husband just to fall head over hills with the dick of a crude, controlling & possibly violent criminal? What the hell kind of idiot protagonist am I going to be dealing with here?

I will admit that there were some aspects that I didn’t care for because they cheapened the seriousness of the situation(s) with sex, of which I did thoroughly enjoy but really? When someone is sad, do you really need to resort to sex to fix it? Or how about when someone almost gets raped? Rough sex is the answer? Hmph.

Even with that said, I was still pleasantly surprised. Marie is hilarious and Horse had his moments (ok, he was hilarious too). It was well-written and the characters were likeable. This is my first “biker” read and I both love and hate when the first read of a “genre” is awesome because it sets a bar and I expect ALL the other reads to be like it. These are hard-core bikers…who weren’t really hard-care but they did talk about being it a lot, so that makes them hard-core right? It seems like they had many stern discussions but nothing ever really played out…maybe they weren't that hard-core, but they looked tough?

Hmmm, I don’t care! I love them!

And there is a second book! Woot!
Callum & Harper - Fisher Amelie I cannot, will not sit through another 100 pages of this shit. Who doesn't fuckintg talk about their feelings for two plus years! They are even MARRIED for god's sake! They live together! Yet, they are playing "cat and mouse" ? That isn't cute or sweet and I'm sick of being in both of their heads wishing that they would just tell the other how they feel...stupid, so incredibly fucking stupid. I had to actually stop reading because this book gave me a migrane...they don't even kiss - for two goddamned years. TWO years! I'm pissed that I actually wasted my time with the first 159 pages!
Nobody - Jennifer Lynn Barnes Hmmm, this was a decent read but it just didn’t make the cut.

What really got me...perturbed me...bunched my knickers to an intractable knot at my backside that was low enough to cause friction and discomfort while sitting, was that these two individuals were only 15 years old. So how in the wholly hell are they even somewhat capable of raising two children?! And don’t feed me that bull about them being his siblings, cause that's some bullshit and Ima call you on it. They are effing 15! He didn’t have parents and hers neglected her for the entirety of her existence! But they lived happily ever after? Huh? What?…Well, I guess if you can just steal shit for a living, it reduces a lot of the financial stress associated with raising children…

This book would not exceed 3 stars. Couldn’t. Wouldn’t. Can’t.

Yes, there was insta-love. I’m just going to come out and say it, but Nix and Claire were cute. I kinda, sorta liked the premise. I don’t really like the thought of people being born to be essentially forgotten. It just rubbed me the wrong way that parents could forget a child in various places, to have to put a sticky note on the back window of their car just to remember she existed. That part made me sad.

But their journey was cute, them finding each other and being able to see each other, it was great. Their insta-love was cutesy too…gave me the warm and fuzzies and all that jazz.

Not too shabby, I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone I know but it was entertaining.