Saturday, July 20, 2013

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen Review

From Goodreads: Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.

Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. 

Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.

Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes. 

(New Adult Contemporary)
*Mature Content** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

Rating: 4.5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 4.5/5

Ending: 5/5

If it's not obvious, I've become a big Jessica Sorensen fan. I read this a couple days ago, days after I read The Coincidence. And I'm happy to say I loved this one just as much! It's scary to find a great book/author and then venture into their other books, worrying that they won't live up to the first book you read. But this book gave me a roller coaster ride, albeit not as intense and bladder pressing!

My first note: I love the cover! I thought it was a little cheesy before I read it, but afterwards I think the black and white, contrasting with the red has deeper meaning that I won't tell you (spoilers!). Ella and Micha's relationship was so precious and meant to be, the reader can tell from their first scene. Sorensen has a knack for developing relationships; I wish she could control the real world!

The Goodreads summary explains the plot pretty well, although I can add (without spoilers) that her friend and roommate from school does accompany her home, as she drives her. I wondered when they left, as a college student, how they managed to fit two girl's things in one car! My Dad borrowed a van from someone and we barely fit everything! I had to leave a microwave behind just to close the trunk. One more thing that I found a little unbelievable was that Micha's mother has allowed him, seemingly most of his life, to throw parties. Or maybe she doesn't know, it was never clarified. But these things were never explained but they were small enough that the story of Ella and Micha overshadowed it.

I could sense there connection and feel the heat right off the pages. It was exciting and sad for me to be involved in their story. Again, just like The Coincidence, I appreciated that the male and the female both had issues to deal with. They were presented as equals, everything balanced. I was immersed in their story, but I did at times wish the other characters, the friends and family (especially her brother) were showcased or explained a little more.

I'm impatiently awaiting the sequel!!

New Blog Design!

I am a very poor person--I really am. So I can't afford a custom design like I would love to and my old design that I created I loved but I felt like I had had it too long and it was a little distracting...
But I'm still not in love with my new design either. Honestly, I changed the design and forget to save the original template so I had to use something, and I liked this one best.

I feel like this design is more cohesive but also a little distracting. Purple is my favorite color, which is why I picked it too! But I hate having the logo for the design site in the corner. Don't get me wrong, they deserve the credit; I just don't like how it just sits there and draws attention.

Maybe one day I can get my own design... Until then, don't be surprised if it changes again!

UPDATE: Literally 5 minutes after this post, I changed the design.

I'm guilty.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Book Blogger Hop: July 19-25th

This week's question by Tanya: What is your favorite classic novel?

I must admit, besides books I had to read in school, I haven't read many classic novels on my own. But one of my favorites from school are To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger. On my own, I read Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and I loved it. I also recommend the PBS movie version of the novel!

And who can forget about Pride & Prejudice!? I'm working on reading all her books!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Big Brother 15 (Week 3)

For anyone who doesn't follow me on Twitter I am a huge Big Brother fan. And week 3 of season 15 just ended and I have a lot to say!

Jeremy is finally gone. He was a huge threat to a lot of the players I liked and he also was arrogant. Even from his introduction I could tell but I still liked him; until he was an asshole to Helen and all the other have-nots after Aaryn had the idea to drink the wine and not wait until 12 with the rest of this house. Why would he protect her? And why did he have to bully everyone else? It wasn't necessary; like Helen said, he could have won if he came into the house as a nice guy, like he says he is.

Mostly, I'm so excited that America is this week's MVP! I'm tired of Elissa winning! And it's not because I don't like her, I do; her plan to create and all girls alliance on Day 1 was genius. I just don't like that she only wins because of "Brenchel" and not because she has the best game every week. I almost want her to go home so someone else can win; then we'd really know who America thought was doing the best.

Judd won HOH (which I predicted it would be him or Kaitlin before Jeremy even went home officially) and unless he nominates Aaryn as one of the nominees, I hope America votes her ass up on the block and Julie tells her it was America. I thought she was arrogant and disrespectful from the beginning but then she turned out to be racist also and there was no changing my opinion of her. It's evident too that the producers, with the disclaimer, and even Julie don't like her--she's made a few comments with a tilt to her voice. And it may be because her name is first in alphabetical order, but she was #1 on the list of people for America to vote as the third nominee by texting tonight.

Oh me, the showmances! They're everywhere. David and Aaryn's was kinda cute (only because I liked him) and GinaMarie and Nick's was almost non-existent to the viewer. She is one crazy woman for freaking out and crying like she did, dedicating everything she does to him, and creating a shrine on her dresser. Like, they know each other for a few weeks! You're in a game; do they think they'll live happily ever after in the game and have little BB babies and never have to go into the real world? It's so dumb how stupid they get.

Amanda and McCrae are an exception though. She seems to have her head on straight and is very smart and strategic. She's also hilarious and my favorite female on maybe all of the seasons. I think she could win if she didn't showcase it so much. She and McCrae are cute, weird, and funny without being mushy and alienating away from the house. But showmances are always trouble. Then again, Amanda doesn't really need the money.

Well this is all for now. I'll probably post again on Sunday night when we know who Judd puts up!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday

I am no longer a WoW virgin! Woot! This weekly meme comes from Jill at Breaking the Spine:

The sequel to The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, I'm so glad I just read the first one and I don't have to wait long for this release in August! Here's my review of the first book!

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen Review

From Goodreads: There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.

Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.

For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.

Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.

Rating: 4.5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 4/5

Ending: 2.5/5

Beware: this book deals with multiple types of abuse and is highly emotional.

Callie and Kayden's families are friends, but they haven't had any interactions in years. Until Callie comes to Kayden's rescue one night, and months later when they happen upon each other at college, Kayden can't let her just walk away from him again. Callie has closed herself off for years and Kayden wanting to get to know her takes a lot of effort, on both parts. The story is told from both POVs, which I appreciated!

I went through an emotional rollercoaster reading this book.From the first page the reader knew an intense story was coming. I didn't expect Kayden to have as many problems as Callie did, but I didn't think it was overkill or too coincidental because I think men are always portrayed ass stronger than women and the boys are always saving the girls, but in this relationship, they helped each other. It was more realistic to me because I suffered from self-harm and a bad childhood and I know a lot of people, especially guys, who could relate to Kayden. I do think, however, he fact that he was so popular and a football star was a little planned but I think it had to be to show the contrast of them both; it also played well into the story.

I would not recommend this book for someone who cannot handle intensity and things you may not have experienced because I think, especially for Kayden, a lot of things are inferred. It's hard to explain all the events and crazy, wonderful, odd feelings in this book to an audience that has no insight.

Jessica Sorensen did a great job showing the personal issues of the characters, their interaction with others, and with each other. Amazing book; I was not expecting it.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 authors who deserve more recognition:

  1. Laura Whitcomb- A Certain Slant of Light is one of my top 10 favorite books of all time and I never hear much about this author or any of her books!
  2. Chevy Stevens- Still Missing was such an emotional book and it's not Stevens' only book! She's also very nice and when I made a quiz for the book on Goodreads she was nice enough to comment and even message me!
  3. MaryJanice Davidson- Definitely more well-known among paranormal romance readers but I haven't read many series that are this long and this funny. She has many other series that I love too. And I love her addiction to shoes, as a fellow addict haha!
  4. Amanda Hocking- She started off as an indie author and I received and bought her Trylle trilogy for reviewing. I loved the series and she was also very active with her readers and their concerns for her turning to a big publisher.
  5. Tara Kelly- I remember Harmonic Feedback having a big following for a few week son the blogosphere but then not much on her second book. And a lot of my friends/family have never heard of the book or seen it displayed much in bookstores.
  6. Lili St. Crow- Her books are read by a lot of people but I think they're overshadowed by a lot of more popular series when I think St. Crow is a phenomenal writer.
  7. R.A. Nelson- I think Nelson is also overshadowed by other authors who reach a broader audience, but his novels, like Teach Me and Breathe My Name, have real substance and I think a deeper connection with the characters.
  8. Beth Fantaskey- Her Jessica series is a very fun, guilty pleasure. Unlike other vampire series that are meant to be cute and/or funny, Fantaskey isn't that cheesy and I don't roll my eyes with every turn of the page.
  9. Gabrielle Zevin- Memoirs and Elsewhere are two very good books that even I admit go under my own radar.
  10. Leav Lang- First noticed her on Tumblr, where her text posts and poetry are loved and reblogged in the hundreds of thousands. She just published her first collect of poems, Love and Misadventures, and I hope everyone falls in love with her writing too!