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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-10-26 11:13
Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
Rock and a Hard Place - Angie Stanton

OMG, I'm so glad I chose to read this book! I've known about Rock and a Hard Place for a while now, always planning on reading it but not quite getting there, until I saw it was being picked up by a publisher and decided to buy it on a whim. Now I'm just sorry I didn't get book 2 on the same whim! >-<"

There is only one way to describe this book: Adorable. Like, seriously! So cute~

The story deals with two very different people, Peter and Libby, who meet one day, and each comes out from that meeting feeling a little... different. They each free and sooth something in the other, causing an attraction and a relationship to grow.

The summary actually describes both their situations very well, so I don't think I need to elaborate on that. All you need to know is, both were really good characters. Libby is easy to relate to, and even when she does something that's not quite socially accepted, you will not be able to be mad at her, partly because of how human she is, and partly because of the way she handles it. 
Peter is so very down to earth despite his mind blowing position, and if anything, the fact he likes the music and not necessarily all the attention that comes with it makes him a very good character to read of. 

I think this GIF is pretty much PERFECT Peter and Libby ♥

The book is mostly about their romantic relationship (and what it does to both of them), which is pretty Instantaneous (it's basically love at first sight), but it's different than most relationships out there. First, they both draw strength from the relationship; Libby finds the will to stand for herself, and become more assertive. Peter writes deeper songs, and finds renewed energy now that he has the solace of Libby's company. And they're both so sweet and cute, bracing a long-distance relationship and working it out. 

The second thing, which is much more important to me, is a spoiler, so I'm going to put it behind a spoiler tag. Read only if you want! ;)

Half way through the book, something happens that separates these two soul mates. The beautiful, and unique, thing about this book was how they dealt with the separation.

In countless books we watch the main female character fall to pieces because of the break-up. No such thing for Libby. Instead of letting their time together drag her down and slip into depression (Bella, anyone?) Libby chooses to draw strength and power from the wonderful memories she has with Peter, which enables her to become an independent, strong woman who knows what she wants and gets it. She doesn't let their time together become something bad and dark. I cannot express the amount of love I have both for Libby and Angie who wrote her for choosing this path, which is a path I completely agree and approve of.

On the other hand, it's Peter who breaks down and becomes unhappy. He still does his job like a professional - he doesn't let his broken heart bring him down, either - but he's desperate to find Libby and help her and protect her. Watching a guy so damn in love with a girl was just heartwarming!

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This book was just so good. I read it in one sit, it flew by so quickly! And when I was done, I instantly wanted more! I cannot wait to read Adam's story, the second in the series, and then Garret's (which Angie is working on as we speak! SQUEE!) I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved how everything was handled... Yep,  recommend you read this book, stat!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2013-10-08 15:39
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan (Book 1&2 Spoilers)
The Kane Chronicles, Book Three The Serpent's Shadow - Rick Riordan

The Serpent's Shadow is classic Rick Riordan; insanely funny and hilariously crazy, smart and clever. Riordan is a MUST author in the realm of the books, and all his books are a delight to read.

Seriously, Riordan can do no wrong in my eyes. His books teach of actual mythology in a fun and engaging way, making learning... easy and effortless! Teachers out there can learn from this mastermind. I don't know about you, but I love when books teach me new things without me feeling like my brain might fall out at any moment (i.e: history class in high-school. So glad I'm over that >>")

Not only that, but I know I have a lot to thank Riordan for, because alongside Twilight, it was the discovery and reading of the Percy Jackson series that got me back into reading, and his books haven't disappointed once.

thank you, Rick

Now that we're done with the praise and compliments, and my rather lame try to convince you to read his books, lets move to the review... (Click title for more)

Source: drugscalledbooks.blogspot.co.il/2013/10/review-serpents-shadow-by-rick-riordan.html
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review 2013-10-05 15:17
Review: Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Wither (Chemical Garden) - Lauren DeStefano

If you've read this post, you know that I've recently realized I am not the biggest dystopian fan (read it to find out why). That being said, I've got to admit I've been greatly and pleasantly surprised by Wither; it was an engrossing, interesting read bound to enthrall many readers out there.

The story is set in a world where there are two kinds of people: Old Generation, and New Generations. The first is genetically perfect, and live long, full lives. The second, the Old Generation's children, suffer from a disease that kills all females at 20, and all males at 25.As such, to keep humanity alive, girls have to get pregnant at a very young age. There are no rulesforcing them into it or anything, but there is a group who kidnaps suitable girls... and sells them to become 'Brides' to the rich and famous. Those Brides are not allowed to say no (unless they want to meet an early end in an already short life), and they are expected to carry on their husband's line.

Here come Rhine... (press title for the full review)

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review 2013-09-30 23:06
Review: Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes by Gina Lamm
The Geek Girl and the Scandalous Earl - Gina Lamm

I am a complete sucker for time travel romances. I am one of the few that love them. And Gina Lamm writes excellent ones with humor and great storytelling. I absolutely loved that Avery wasn't a rich boy. It would have been so easy for Gina Lamm to write another Duke but she went in a different direction and I really loved that. He also had a bit of the Derek Craven complex which is almost as good as the Darcy complex. I can't wait for the next one.

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review 2013-09-28 08:44
Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
Dark Triumph - Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph was a great and interesting historical story with a paranormal edge to it. I enjoyed the history, the relationship and the emotional ride.

The thing I struggled with most during the read was trying to recall all the events and people from book 1. I read the book not that long ago, and still I forgot most of it. I cannot imagine how difficult this might have been for people who read Grave Mercy when it first came out. 

The amazing Recaptains helped jog some of the details in their wonderful recap of book 1, but I still felt lost at times.

So, my advice to you is either you read this two books back to back, or do a re-read of Grave Mercy before attempting this one. Or, if you're too lazy like me, go to the Recaptians and just ignore the bits that confuse you LOL

Anyways, while Grave Mercy was filled with political intrigues, Dark Triumph was a... (click title for more)
Source: drugscalledbooks.blogspot.co.il/2013/09/review-dark-triumph-by-robin-lafevers.html
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