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review 2016-01-03 07:51
Bully By Penelope Douglas
Bully: The Fall Away Series - Penelope Douglas

Bully (Fall Away #1) by Penelope Douglas



My name is Tate. He doesn't call me that, though. He would never refer to me so informally, if he referred to me at all. No, he'll barely even speak to me.

But he still won't leave me alone.

We were best friends once. Then he turned on me and made it his mission to ruin my life. I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got more sadistic as time wore on, and I made myself sick trying to stay out of his way. I even went to France for a year, just to avoid him.

But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way in hell I'll allow him to ruin my senior year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

I'm not going to let him bully me anymore.




My Review:

I'm going to use the same review for each book because I had the same issue with each book because it repeated in each installment. I'd like to note that I did have moments that I liked the story but for the most part but I struggled with the same thing in each book. The Fall Away series was an exploration into the mind of a child/children caught in adolescence taking their feelings and emotions out on one another without much reason for it despite the explanation as to why they are the way they are. You would expect to find a story like this written on a sex story website or something of its equivalent for all I felt toward the series as a whole.

My biggest problem that I had with the books is that these kids understand their relationships and reason their emotions and actions by living with the backwards thought that abuse equals passion and sex equals love.

You have absent parents who are completely oblivious to anything but themselves and in some cases are worse than the kids and the second issue is that they're kids.

They don't know what they're doing except looking for some kind of validation in the wrong place because they're certainly not finding it in mom and dad.

Its an interesting journey into the different perspectives to explain the sexual and abusive relationship between them and their need to find love and hate in eachother because of the giant hole that is in their lives.



My Rating:

3 Stars





Reviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews

Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley

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review 2015-04-29 15:31
And Aflame It Was
Aflame - Penelope Douglas


If there is an author out there that can pull me out of my reading slump that is Penelope Douglas for sure. And yes she did it again, even if i was very apprehensive towards this book at first.

Aflame is many things, but for me it is mostly a goodbye. A bittersweet farewell to a beautifully crafted series filled with enough pasion and chemistry to wake the dead. Bully, will always stay on the top-ten of my favorite books and Jared and Tate's story, will never stop bringing tears to my eyes, filling me with pain, anger, love and forgiveness.

Reminiscing about the past i can still remember reading the first few pages of Bully back in 2013. I recall clearly being so captivated by it, i caught myself holding my breath numerous times and that was only the beginning. I loved every story in this series and every character but Jared and Tate -and Madoc, let's not forget Madoc- have a weird hold on my heart.

I was perfectly at ease with how things were for them in the previous books and i couldn't see the need for another heartbreaking story that would sure have me screaming at my tablet right away. In my mind they already had their legendary HEA, why mess with that? Why tear apart an epic couple?

The answer is simple really. They needed to grow up, they needed to know they could thrive even on their own, they needed to find the strength to make it work again. I'm not thrilled to say it, but that's the truth. If this book wasn't here the whole story would have been left unapologetically incomplete. In the end, i'm really happy that Penelope decided to write this wonderful ending the way she did.

With a subtle but always emotionaly charged nod to the way it all started with Jared and Tate's love story the series starts and ends. But this book is not only about them, it's actually a tribute to all of our favorite characters, they get their after HEA in such a unique way that made me smile all the time. So, at this point i'm inclined to finish up my review and say my own goodbye to all of them.. well, at least for now!


- Dual POV.
- Jared the antisocial, God i love this man.
- Tate, girl i LOVE you!
- So much chemistry!
- Madoc, Madoc, Madoc!!!
- Quinn!! Aww now they all share a little sister! It's so adorable.
- I'm pleased to say they all end up being very close.
- Madoc is an amazing friend.
- All the kids!
- I loved every race with them. I felt my heart pumping in every turn!!
- J.T. Racing team! Wow!
- Dylan and Kade, i'm telling you, this is happening.
- It was a magnificent way to say goodbye!
- I forgot to mention the awesome playlist! Playing it on repeat!

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1175546423
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review 2015-02-16 19:44
Bully. Reaction review. Another review MAY follow.
Bully: The Fall Away Series - Penelope Douglas

Hmm. I'm going to have to consider before I write an honest review. I really REALLY am not keen on novels where a guy can treat a girl extremely badly, but its ok because he's "hot". And where the girl can't help reacting to this "hotness" even when he is in a very threatening mode towards her (as in the changing room scene in "Bully")

HOWEVER,there was something about this one that kept me reading...where normally I would not...and the girl in question is not a complete pushover. Plus it is oddly addictive. So we'll see. I shall go away and come back!

Well written for sure, but girls it is NOT ok for a guy to treat you like shite just because he happens to be good looking. And I don't give a flying toss what his background is. That I am absolutely sure of.

Well done to Penelope Douglas for making me stop and consider.

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review 2015-01-22 07:21
Review: Falling Away by Penelope Douglas
Falling Away: The Fall Away Series - Penelope Douglas

♥♥♥ 4.25 STARS ♥♥♥

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'I had everything except K. C. Carter, the one thing I wanted.'

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K.C. has made some bad decisions. As a result, she is back in her hometown to do her court ordered community service. Things should be easy, that is until she realizes that Jax still lives in town, and that things have changed a lot since she had left. Jax is Jared's younger brother, and a manwhore who can get any woman he wants. The only one Jax has truly desired is K.C., and she the only one he can never have. This time he isn't going to give up until he has her.

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"I feel like I'm falling. But it feels so good."

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If you have read the previous books than you know who K.C. is. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't to sure how I was going to feel about her since I didn't really like her from the impression she gave in past books. But, once I got to know K.C. and all the stuff she went through, I understood her a whole lot better. She was broken by her upbringing, which is why she was constantly looking for approval and affection, no matter the consequences. Jax was a character that I really liked, that sort of changed for me in the previous book Rival. In this one, he got on my nerves so many times because of his a-holeness. But, a part of me also really loved how bold and sexy he was. He was a total alpha which I loved, despite him being a jerk. Then we get some insight on his childhood and my heart cried for him. He was also broken by his upbringing, which made him grow up feeling unworthy of love.

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“Only. Ever. You. Jaxon Trent.”

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I really loved this one more than the previous book. I don't why, but it really had all I like in a book. The sexual tension was amazeballs and the sex scenes were scorching. The writing was done very well and the story flowed nicely. I enjoyed the love/hate banter between them that made the tension even more intense. I liked the drama and the angst, even if near the end it was a tad bit over the top. I loved learning more about the characters and getting a better understanding of them. I can't believe I'm saying it, but I really liked K.C. once I got to know her better, as well as Jax. The ending was perfect for them, I was very happy with it. I can not wait for the next book and catch up with Jared and Tate.

~ARC gifted to Kris & Vik Book Therapy Cafe in exchange for an honest review.~

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review 2014-01-18 06:07
Review: Until You By Penelope Douglas
Until You (Fall Away, #1.5) - Penelope Douglas

♥♥♥ 5 Awesome Stars ♥♥♥

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I wanted her to hurt. I didn't want her to hurt. I hated her. I loved her...

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When I heard we would be getting Jared't POV... I could not wait! Why? Well, because, I really liked the book Bully, but had a hard time understanding Jared. I didn't get why he did the things he did to Tate. And even though by the end of Bully I softened to him slightly, I couldn't love him. So, I hoped this book would change my mind... and it totally did.

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"I want to touch you," I whispered against her lips. "I want to feel what's mine. What's always been mine."


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What I loved about this was that we got a new story. Yes, there were still quite a few of the same scenes, but how can it not? I LOVED the fact that I got so much more new stuff. You get insight in Jared's past, and that terrible summer that changed him. My heart hurt deeply for him. The things he and his younger brother went through in the hands of his father was horrible. I'm actually kind of glad he didn't end up being a lot worse than he was. Still, I didn't agree with his actions.

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Tate. My Tate. My best friend, and my worst enemy. The girl that turned my world upside down with her overalls and red baseball cap.

The only person in every one of my good memories.

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Tate, I still very much loved. Seeing her in Jared's eyes made me like her more. She was really strong, something I really liked about her. There were so many times where Jared frustrated the crap out of me, though. His way of thinking made no sense at times. He jumped to conclusions too much, just like Tate had as well. His reasons for hurting her were still not right to me. But, I did get him more.

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"I can't change the past, Tate. I wish I could, because I'd go back and relive every day that I existed without you, and I'd make sure that you smiled. Every minute of my future belongs to you."

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He may have been a bit of a crazy alpha, and mean at times, but the fact that he admitted it and wanted to be better, is what made me love him. He wasn't perfect, he made so many mistakes. But he wanted to deserve Tate and make everything up to her. He loved her so much, is was the one thing that he was unable to control, but he soon embraced it. He could be really sweet at times, thoughtful, and very dirty minded (which I didn't mind one bit). The steam in this book was higher because of it. I felt like he grew and changed for the better by the end of the book.

I loved and was so happy for them because they are on their road to having that friendship back. And also, for them to move forward from all the pain and hurt. I really enjoyed this story so much more, now that I got Jared's POV. I am excited and can't wait to find out what else there is in store for these characters. I can't wait to see how much more they can grow. If you enjoyed Bully, then this is book you must read. You get so much more in this book. It was not a retelling of the same story with the same scenes. It was really well done. Now, I can't wait to read Madoc's book!

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