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review 2014-03-28 22:09
5 SNIFFS REVIEW: The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy #Giveaway

 

 

 

There is NO WAY you will ever get our nose out of this book!

 

 

 

The Romeo Club all started when Delyla simply helped her brother Drake update his image and up his confidence to ask the girl he liked out. When Drake's friends found out and saw how well it worked, they asked Delyla to help them too. And they were willing to pay her, so that she can buy her prom dress. What's not to like about that deal? The fact that she's starting to fall for her brother's best friend, Trey, who she helped get a girlfriend.

I absolutely loved THE ROMEO CLUB! The simple innocent act of helping her brother and his friends "de-nerdify" so that they can get the girls they want to take notice of them, turns into an emotionally charged roller coaster ride that leaves her emotionally drained. BUT not for long, I promise.

There are some really humorous moment that had tears streaming down my face, and then there were heartbreaking moments that had me desperate for things to work out in the end. So THE ROMEO CLUB has everything from gut-busting humor to hopeful romances, action-packed sports scenes and devious sabotage.

 

 

Delyla: All she did was help her brother when he asked her to help him ask out his crush Chloe. She didn't expect to be helping out his friends find girlfriends, too. But she needs money for her prom dress, and they offered to pay her to help them. So she agrees. It's not easy, but each of them are improving from taking her advice. What she didn't expect was to start falling for her brother's best friend, Trey, along the way. But now he has a girlfriend, one she helped him gain. So she plans to sabotage their budding relationship.

Drake: Delyla's older brother has had a crush on the popular, Chloe Anders, but didn't have the courage to approach her, so he asked his little sister Delyla for help.

Trey: He has been best friends with Drake and Delyla since they were small children. They've been through all the embarrassing childhood phases together and share a lot of the same interests. When he sees how well Delyla's makeover of Drake went, he suggests that she help him and their other friends get girlfriends too. And he wants Delyla's help landing Portia Rickard. There's a lot more going on with Trey than I'm going to say here, because I don't want to give anything away!

Kevin: Kevin is the shyest member of the Nerd Herd. He has a crush on one of his co-workers named Melanie. He actually has a lot more courage than he realizes.

C.C.: Where Kevin is the shyest, C.C. is so confident that it borders on the obscene, except when it comes the Liza. With Delyla's help he gains the courage to audition for the male lead in the school play opposite Liza, instead of remaining backstage.

 

 

This is a hard section to talk about, because if I say too much I could ruin the ending of the book for everyone. So I might seem kind of vague at times. And there might be tiny spoilers that are unavoidable.

Okay, so Delyla was completely happy with her relationship with her boyfriend, Rex. They both are popular athletes and they aren't lacking in the looks department. But their relationship becomes strained when she starts The Romeo Club to help out the Nerd Herd. She's lying about what she's doing, and dodging him whenever he shows up out of nowhere at the places she's at with the Nerd Herd. And then Trey says something to make her question her relationship with Rex. The final action that seals the end of her relationship with Rex is when she agrees to help teach Trey how to kiss...and she starts developing feeling for him.

This is where I'm going to get a little vague. After some time where Trey completely acts like the kiss meant nothing and his relationship is growing with Portia, Delyla plans to sabotage their relationship. But when that doesn't work, she decides to just go for it and confess. But it doesn't go over well. Trey is angry and Delyla is left heartbroken.

This is the relationship throughout the whole book that I was desperate to work out in the end. Trey and Delyla seems so perfect for each other. The have practically everything in common and they've known each other for like ever. They know all the embarrassing things that could pop up in learning about the person you're starting a relationship with, and they are comfortable around each other.

There is an interesting little suggestion that Delyla could possibly have a future relationship with her neighbor Carver when he comes home from college in the Summer. So that leave you wondering who she'll end up with.

Whether anything with Trey and Delyla improves, you'll have to read the book to find out!

 

 

 

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review 2014-03-21 21:01
5 SNIFFS REVIEW: Cowboys & Kisses by Sasha Summers #Giveaway #Excerpt

 

 

 

There is NO WAY you will ever get our nose out of this book!

 

 

Allie Cooper's family moves to Black Falls, Texas after an accident that killed her best friend. She's angry, disconnected from her family (except her twin brother Dax) and absolutely hates having to move to this hick town. Then she meets Wyatt Holcomb, a very hot cowboy, with his own share of heartache. She tries to resist how she feels for him, but he's slowly changing her, bringing her back to who she used to be. She's reconnecting with her parents, slowly letting go of her pain and grief, and Black Falls isn't turning out so bad with Wyatt around all the time.

As Allie works through her pain she realizes just how much she hurt her family with her self-absorption and hateful words, and comes to realize just how lucky she is once she learns about Wyatt's family. And when she is finally able to open her heart to those around her, she is given a love she never thought possible.

I abso-freaking-lutely loved COWBOYS & KISSES! I don't really know what to say, I loved this story so much. I think I'll just leave it at this:

COWBOYS & KISSES was an intense story that kept my riveted. The relationships between the characters were realistic and you could relate to them on a personal level. And I want my own cowboy after reading this book. I am just so excited and eagerly awaiting the next book in the Black Falls, Texas series!

 

 

The Guy: Wyatt Holcomb is a truly good and nice guy. He's genuine. His family suffered a tragedy that tore them apart, and now Wyatt is basically on his own. He works hard to support himself, while still going to school and participating in the rodeo. And he's really good as a rodeo cowboy, he even has college scouts interested in him. He plans on becoming a large animal veterinarian. But something was missing from his life. While he has great friends and a promising future, he didn't feel like he had a real home until he met Allie.

Oh my goodness, Wyatt is just an all-around amazing guy. I don't know how anyone could not fall hard and fast for him. Not only is he a gorgeous guy on the outside, but he's a beautiful person on the inside too.

The Girl: Allie Cooper hides her pain, grief, and guilt over her best friends death behind a mask of anger. She blames herself for her friends death and can't move on without feeling like she's betraying her. Moving to Black Falls just makes her even more angry and she uses that anger to lash out at the people around her. The only person who is able to see behind her angry mask is Wyatt and that unnerves her. With things changing Allie realizes that she need to find what she really wants for her future.

Allie makes a dramatic change in COWBOYS & KISSES. She comes into Black Falls as an angry and bitter person, but quickly starts realizing how she's been acting and treating people, and that it's not right. Wyatt has a positive influence on her and once she opens her heart again, she's a very different person.

 

 

The romance in COWBOYS & KISSES was slow building and intense. From the very first time Allie and Wyatt met there was a palpable atmosphere between them.

Of course, in the beginning Allie is still this bitter and mean person, and she pushes Wyatt and her growing feelings for him away. But it's not so easy when he's at her house every day helping to fixing things and walking around with his shirt off. And then when she sees how genuine and sincere he is, her walls slowly start crumbling and she begins letting her guard down around him.

Then there's Wyatt with his lonely family (or maybe I should say non-family) life. He's always working and trying to make a better life for himself. But he also understands the pain that Allie is going through and he wants to be there for her. And then there is his father ordering him to stay away from her.

And in between all of this life drama is the intense stares, gentle comforts, and love-filled kisses. It's a build up of passion and love so powerful it could set the dry Texas land on fire. I seriously thought I'd need a fan. This is one of the most passionate young adult romances I think I've ever read.

 

 

 

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“I don’t feel right leaving you here alone.” His voice had an edge to it. 

I paused, trying to think of the right words. “I’m not your problem.” 

He smiled, his brows going up. “You’re nobody’s problem.” 

“My parents would argue with that, but that’s not what I meant and you know—” 

He stood up suddenly. “You’re not my problem.” He crossed to me. “But…Allie, I want you to be.” 

I really like the sound of that. Which hurt. I’m the last thing you need. 

As hard as it was to breathe, I managed to argue. “No, you really don’t.” I sidestepped him, needing distance to keep fighting. “I’m one of those damaged goods on the quick-sale table at the grocery store. Pretty packaging makes you curious, interested, but then you get it home and open it up and realize you wasted your time and money on trash.” I walked out of the kitchen as I spoke. More distance. 

His hand caught my arm. “Jesus, Allie, that’s harsh.” 

I very carefully pulled my arm out of his hold. “Sometimes the truth is. My best friend taught me that.” 

 

 

 

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review 2014-03-19 19:52
5 SNIFFS REVIEW: Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds #Giveaway #Excerpt #BtwTheSheets

 

 

 

There is NO WAY you will ever get our nose out of this book!

 

 

UNTIL LILLY takes place four years after the events in Until Trevor, when Cash broke up with Lilly because Jules got pregnant and threatened to abort the child if he didn't do as she said. Cash now has a healthy and energetic son named Jax, he's divorced from Jules, and only sees her when he has to. He still grieves over not being able to be with Lilly, but he doesn't regret what he had to do to protect his son. Then one day when he takes Jax to Jumping Bean, he sees a flash of red hair. Lilly is there with her daughter, Ashlyn, who bears a striking resemblance to Jax, so much so that they could be twins. It's then that Cash realizes that he has a daughter, and that Lilly kept her from him. But he couldn't be more wrong. Thus begins Cash and Lilly's journey back into each other's hearts and the joining of their family.

I'm going to say this right away, UNTIL LILLY was really heartbreaking, but it also showed the strength of true love and family. Cash and Lilly were torn apart by circumstances beyond their control, but fate had other plans. I truly believe that if you're meant to be with someone, you will be. It may not happen when you want it to or in the way that you want it to, but you will eventually be brought together. And that was shown in UNTIL LILLY. It has taken Cash and Lilly four years to reconnect. They both had their share of heartache, but their children also brought them joy. So while this story is heartbreaking and even has some darkness to it, it's also really beautiful. This is probably my favorite book in the Until series so far.

 

 

The Guy: Cash Mayson was just enjoying life and the ladies he was with, until he met Lilly and she became the only woman he wanted to be with. But one woman that he had a past fling with, Jules, had plans to get pregnant by one of the Mayson men, and Cash ended up being the one she chose. To protect his unborn son, he broke it off with the only woman he ever loved, breaking both their hearts. But he doesn't regret that he now has his son Jax. But his life is still stained with the pain and suffering that Jules still continues to inflict on both Cash and Jax. The only thing that brings happiness, besides his son, is Lilly reentering his life, with their daughter, Ashlyn.

The Girl: Lilly Donovan had never been with a man until Cash, and he's the only man she's ever been with. She quickly fell in love with him, but after Cash returned home one weekend, he suddenly broke up with her. Then she became pregnant after only one time with him. After confirming her pregnancy, she contacted Cash only to be told to get rid of it. This plunged her into a depression, but determined to keep her baby, she gave birth, then went home to Alaska to live with her parents. When she is offered a teaching job in Tennessee, she moves back to the south with her daughter Ashlyn. She never expected to see Cash again, let alone love him again.

Both Cash and Lilly have matured a great deal in UNTIL LILLY. You can really see a difference between how they were in Until Trevor and how they are now. Going through what they did and having children made them grow up faster than they probably would have otherwise.

 

 

The villain, without a doubt, is Jules. She somehow tampered with the condoms that Cash used when he was with her to make herself pregnant by him. Then she threatens to abort the baby if Cash doesn't do as she says. Then when Jax is born, she doesn't treat him like a mother should, and Cash basically raised him himself. Even after the divorce, Jules causes Cash and Jax pain.

Then when Lilly comes back into Cash's life, with their daughter, Jules does whatever she can to discredit Lilly's character and even threatens Ashlyn.

This woman is downright evil. I don't know what it is that she really wanted by doing all this, but she has caused the entire Mayson family nothing but pain and suffering. And the full extent of what she has done is just mind-boggling.

 

 

 

If the romance between Cash and Lilly doesn't make you believe that some people are just meant to be, I don't know what will. These two were torn apart by an evil woman, raised their children on their own (with the help of their families), and endured great heartache. And though it is four years later, they were brought back together, and the love that they had quickly comes back alive.

Lilly is the exact kind of woman that Cash (and Jax) need in their lives after having to endure the poison of Jules for so long. Lilly is loving, cheerful, and nurturing. She is a devoted mother and would do anything for her daughter. She shows Jax the love a mother is supposed to show her children, and that is something that he doesn't get from Jules.

Cash is in many ways a broken man after what Jules did to him, and Lilly's love for not only him, but his son as well, slowly heal him, and bring back the man that he was before.

This romance just really touched my heart, in many ways. 

 

 

 

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“Is that what you do? I mean do you often try to hit on women in coffee shops by buying coffee for them?” 

“I can tell you with one hundred percent truthfulness that I have never done that before.” 

“Never.” A look passes over his face I don’t know what It means but I don’t like it.

“Do you date a lot?” I ask quietly wondering if he thinks I will be some kind of conquest. 

“I haven’t dated.” 

“You haven’t dated?” I look him over again he must think I am stupid guys who look like him must date a lot. 

“I have never had to date.” 

“What does that mean?” 

“If I want to sleep with someone I don’t need to date them.” 

“What?” I breathe that is not at all what I expected him to say. “You’re the guy that can get any girl he wants without ever putting any kind of effort into it.” He shrugs the gesture making me feel sick at the same time I want to kick him in the nuts. Maybe the red hair does make me have a temper. 

“I never lead anyone on or tell them things they want to hear.” 

“So that makes it okay?” 

“I don’t know if it makes it okay but it’s who I am.” 

“Well I am glad that this is coming to light now rather than later.” 

“Oh no,” He shakes his head. “This thing with you is something completely different.” 

“Yeah I know.” I tell him crossing my arms over my chest. “Its different because I will not be sleeping with you.” I lean forward. “EVER.” 

“Well I guess we answered the question about red heads and their tempers didn’t we.” He smiles showing off both dimples. “But trust me when I tell you I would not have driven almost three hours to sleep with you that’s not what I am looking for.” 

 

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review 2014-03-13 20:10
5 SNIFFS REVIEW: Immagica by K.A. Last #Giveaway #BooksnifferRev

 

 

 

 

There is NO WAY you will ever get our nose out of this book!

 

 

 

In IMMAGICA, Rosaline Clayton is given an amulet by her father for her 15th birthday. He tells her to find the book in the attic and go to Immagica, to save the magical world, and himself. She doesn't understand anything that's going on. When Rosaline and her brother Elliot find the book, they are taken into Immagica but are separated. There she meets fantastical creatures and makes new friends, all the while trying to find her little brother. But in order to find him, she needs to defeat the dragon terrorizing the realm. But there is more to the dragon than she could have ever imagined, and she learns things about her family that are better left in the dark.

I absolutely LOVED IMMAGICA! I'd say that IMMAGICA is more like an epic fantasy than just regular old fantasy, because well it's EPIC! We have a young girl coming of age, being taken to a magical world and meeting magical creatures, who goes on a journey or quest to save the world from destruction. IMMAGICA drew me in and I didn't want to stop reading. I sincerely hope that this will be made into a series, because I would love to read more adventures in Immagica.

 

 

Rosaline: Our heroine just turned 15 years old, and was given her birthrights after overhearing some strange things her parents were discussing behind closed doors. She enters Immagica with a troubled mind and heart and just wants to find her brother and go home. But as she travels Immagica and meets it's citizens and the beauty that could be destroyed, she realizes that she can't let this world and it's people die.

Elliot: He shares the same birthday as his sister Rosaline, but is two years younger. He gets sucked into Immagica along with Rosaline, but is separated from her when they arrive. While Rosaline's story is playing out, Elliot's own story is being written.

Brynn: She is the first person Rosaline meets in Immagica. They don't exactly hit it off at first, but as they journey, they form a strong friendship and loyalty to each other.

Ira: He is the black unicorn that Rosaline called to her so she could travel easier. The bond that Ira and Rosaline form is very, very strong, and I doubt it can ever be broken.

Sebille & Orin: The fairies! These two are always playing with Rosaline's hair and poking her in the cheeks, but don't let their carefree appearance fool you. They have their own magic and strengths that you wouldn't expect from such tiny creatures. They love Rosaline very deeply.

Lex: The Protector of the very heart of Immagica. He's cute with his geeky quirkiness, but when it comes to the protection of the Eye, he won't let anything threaten it. The Eye holds all the knowledge of Immagica, everyone who has ever visited has their book there. There's a little crush formed between him and Rosaline (and let's just say it's reciprocated).

The Dragon: I don't want to say too much about him because it would give a lot away, but he's the bad guy trying to destroy Immagica.

 

 

As I mentioned above, the dragon is the villain of this tale. He's trying to destroy Immagica and is evil to the core. He has the gryphons working for him on destroying the towers surrounding the Eye. All of them have fallen but the North Tower. The dragon has a surprising connection with the Clayton family.

 

 

 

There isn't much romance in IMMAGICA, until Rosaline and her friends reach the Eye and she meets Lex, the protector. And even then it's just little hints. But that's what made it so perfect. It was that awkward moment when a crush is first formed, and there's all the nervousness and blushing. It was just all around sweet and I really want to see more between these two (hint hint series).

 

 

 

There are epic battles all around in IMMAGICA. But it was the battle with the dragon toward the end that really stands out, as it should. That fight was one of the moments in the book that really had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath waiting for the outcome. And that's all I'm going to say about that, so if you want to see how it ends, you should pick up this AMAZING book!

 

 

 

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review 2014-03-12 22:24
5 SNIFFS REVIEW: Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash #Giveaway #EntrancedPub

 

 

 

There is NO WAY you will ever get our nose out of this book!

 

 

FORGET ME NOT is the story of a young girl who stumbles upon a piece of advanced technology that's not supposed to be in ordinary hands. This leads Anamae and her best friend Will into the protective hands of a resistance group fighting against The Collective, who basically want to rule the world, one piece of tech at a time. But there is more going on than any of them know.

 
I seriously really loved this book! FORGET ME NOT has become a new favorite of mine, and I'm really excited to see what else will happen in this new book world.
 
I thought that it was interesting how the necklace that belonged to Anamae's mother was in the shape of a forget me not. It's like a message is being sent to Anamae not to forget her mother or something. And then it turns out that the necklace isn't just an ordinary necklace, but a piece of advanced technology that can make the wearer invisible. 
 
Then there is the secret society of The Collective. There is a lot of mystery behind them, and I like how not much is given about them. There are tiny little tidbits that slowly reveal them. It keeps readers guessing, and we're even thrown for a loop every once in a while. It's great!
 
 

 

The Guys: Will Avery is Anamae's best friend. He's been there for herwhen her mother disappeared, and he's very (and I mean VERY) protective of her. It's also hinted that he may have feelings for her. He really doesn't like Jax.
 
I really liked Will. He's a great friend and a huge source of support for Anamae. But just like Anamae, I found is overprotectiveness a little annoying at times. 
 
Jax Belfry is one of the resistance fighters, and the one who saved Anamae when she was attacked by a Collective scout. He's got walls higher than the tallest skyscraper, but he sometimes lets his guard down around Anamae. He's got a secret that will surprise you!
 
Okay, Jax is definitely a new book boyfriend. I mean, for one, he's hot. And second, though his attitude can be off-putting, it also draws you in. Isn't that the case with most to-die-for book boyfriends?
 
The Girls: Anamae is a girl who basically just wants to go home and have her whole family back again. Her mother went missing when she was little, and then she gets into trouble with The Collective, who do something to her father. Once it becomes apparent that she's going to have to join the fight, she does so with a passion. Then there is Jax. He just has her emotions all over the place. 
 
At first Anamae is kind of selfish and just looks out for her own interests. But then when she finds out the consequences of her actions, she takes the situation more seriously. I liked when she got into her fighter mentality. I think she's stronger than any of them may know, even herself. And she is one lucky girl to have Jax's attention, especially since it's said that he pays no attention to any other girls.
 
Lilly is the daughter of the resistance leader. She quickly becomes a good friend to Anamae. She's kind of boy-crazy. She's well versed in medical applications, and is the go-to person when someone is injured.
 
I loved Lilly! I really want her for my BFF.

 

In general, the baddies are The Collective. They influence everything from wars and famines to who rises to political power. Every aspect of life, they've got their fingers in. They control almost all the advanced technology, and anyone who has a piece in their possession (and knows the real use of it) are seen as threats and eliminated. They are ruled by a Council of Patriarchs.
 
But in FORGET ME NOT, the main baddie is one of the Patriarchs named Manvyke. He's the one who has been behind what's been happening to Anamae. He's using her as a distraction for the Council to set his own plans into motion. He also has some interesting insight into Anamae's mother.
 
 

 

There are some pretty steamy scenes between Anamae and Jax. You may need a fan just to keep cool reading them! 
 
The thing with Anamae and Jax is that they kind of go back and forth. One moment they're kissing and the next they are fighting. The romance between these two definitely keeps you on your toes.
 
I also liked that there wasn't an insta-love. The attraction is there right away, and to be honest, I'm not even sure I would say there is a "love." Neither of them say anything about their feelings. It's more like they show each other. In other words, you know that they feel something for each other, but you're kind of left wondering what will happen next between them. And that's something that I really liked about these two.
 
 

 

Now the action is really awesome in FORGET ME NOT. All that advanced technology - from invisibility to disappearing bullet proof shields, and all kinds of other interesting things inbetween. Then there are the fight scenes. So super cool! These fights don't go easy on anyone. The girls get hit just as much as the guys, and vice versa. That was something that I really liked in the fight scenes. And some of the fights are pretty brutal.

 

 

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