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Review: Crazy Good

Before there were bikers, or fighters, or even good old-fashioned jerks, there were Navy SEALs. They put the bad in badass because, well…it’s their job.

Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. Little boys want to grow up and be like him. The job, the glory—it’s all his. Not because it’s handed to him…because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it—or destroys it. Unfortunately he does both at the same time.

Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she’s ever loved, the very last thing she’s looking for is a relationship—especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering. Hesitant, yet trusting to a fault, she gives in.

She knew she shouldn’t take the chance, especially a second time, but love is irrational and their love is perfect, infallible. Or so she thought…

The downfall to having everything is you have that much more to lose. A man like Maverick can’t have it all without something slipping out of grasp.

Crazy people perish for love.

Good people live for it.

Love doesn’t die. No matter how many bullets you put in it.

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Author: Rachel Robinson
Pages: 457
Published: April 7th, 2014

I did not like it at all. I mean there were some good parts but mostly it felt like such a huge task to finish it it felt like a burden. When I was reading the sentence “show, don’t tell” kept playing in my mind. I felt like that was the line Rachel Robison should’ve followed a little more closely.

First of all, I was so stupid I didn’t realise this was part one of a series. Which doesn’t necessarily mean anything but then it is a good chance the book ends in a cliffhanger and this does. I really don’t like it when books do that. In my opinion, there should be hints of something and questions left answered so that the reader can be satisfied with the book but still buy the second part. Especially since in the beginning there was one cliffhanger before jumping to the start of a story. It means in the following books there’s probably more cliffhangers. Ugh.

Maverick. The leading guy. He wasn’t a convincing character at all. It shone from miles away that he was a male character written by a woman who tried to make him the perfect man for women readers. Even his “flaws” were perfect. Of course he had lots of women and was good looking and loved Windsor fiercely and blah blah blah… His inner musings were so boring I had to skip parts and his thoughts sounded exactly like woman trying to describe man’s thoughts. And he was described as this bad ass alpha male but he got jealous way too easily and his reactions were over the top.

Windsor. You’re just waiting for the nickname Winnie bear. It came surprisingly late. Windsor was more likeable and believable than Maverick but still a laborious character. She freaked out about everything. I get that the author wanted some drama but Windsor’s reactions were over the top just like Maverick’s. She saw Maverick talking to girls in a bar after they’d been on a couple of dates and she freaked out so bad she moved out of her apartment so Maverick wouldn’t found her. All her emotions were heightened too much.

I wouldn’t recommend reading this, even if you get it for free. The world is full of good books and you shouldn’t be wasting time on this one.

Review: When breath becomes air

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

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Author: Paul Kalanithi
Pages: 208 (Kindle edition)
Published: January 12, 2016

I know this book was published over a year ago and there has been a lot of talk about it but for some reason I just kept delaying reading it. I read a lot of reviews and it was probably going to be a good book but it felt like I had to have that special moment to it.

The book lets us into Paul’s mind as he looks back on his life and  faces death. It got me thinking about my own mortality which is always astonishing achievement for a book. I’m fairly young, so there’s not been that many times in my life that I’ve had to face the irreversibility of death.

Paul was an English major which explains his ability to write such eloquent words and string them up together as sentences in such a beautiful way. The pace of the book is peaceful, some could say almost slow, but I never got bored. Paul’s thoughts of life and death got my eyes glued on the screen of my Kindle, anxiously turning every page to absorb his every word.

From the start you know what is going to happen to Paul, which is why I think you need a certain mindset to read this. But even though the book is touching, and I was crying like a lunatic at the end, my overall mood was good after finishing it. I was in peace with Paul’s death, it almost felt like remembering a good friend who has passed away but enough time has gone by so you don’t remember the grief so much anymore, just the good times you had together.

I highly recommend this book for everyone! But warning, this will tug your heartstrings like no other, so I would stay clear of this book in public places. Unless you have nothing against crying like a baby in public.

Review: Ruby Red (The whole Ruby Red Trilogy)

Ruby Red:

Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

”And although I’d have given anything to see Nicole Kidman suddenly come around the corner, this was not, unfortunately, the set of a film from a Henry James novel.
I knew exactly what had happened. I simply knew. And I also knew that there must be some mistake.
I’d landed in another time.”

Author: Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (Translation)

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Published in English: May 10, 2011

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Published in English: May 10, 2011

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Published in English: October 8, 2013

I’m going to review the whole trilogy as one, as I read all three of the books back-to-back on one sitting. I felt like nothing really happened in the first book and just when the action was starting the book ended. If all the pointless parts were taken away the trilogy would’ve been better as one book.

I liked Gwyneth… to a point. She was funny and didn’t just wait around for the hero to rescue her, she actually took some action. But she was also imamture as hell even for a sixteen-year-old and I found myself rolling my eyes more than once. They were in a middle of an important mission and she began panicking because she thought she was bad kisser. I mean c’mon, really?

There were some good characters, like the ghosts, especially in the second and the third book. Some of the characters were a bit one-dimentional, the evil ones were evil just because, they had no background and some of the adults were quite absurd. There was no way actual adults would behave that way. And Gideon was just like every other YA hero, which wasn’t neccessarily a bad thing considering the context but he had a potential to be great character but for me he too seemed a bit flat.

Oh, and the whole trilogy covered a couple of weeks, so Gwyneth and Gideon first got ”together” when they’d known each other for about a week. And in the end of the final book when they had known each other shy of three weeks, they were declaring how they couldn’t live with out each other. Gwyneth is sixteen. *Eye-roll*. I blame Twilight.

Time travel books have a potential to be wonderful stories but this one didn’t quite make it. In the end with all the traveling and plotting I couldn’t keep up and I just skipped some of the sections because it was all so complicated. There were some things that were a bit predictable but there were some things that came as genuine surprise as well.

So the trilogy was interesting enough that I read all the three books but just for a warning, I think it’s written for a younger audience. I probably would’ve loved these books six or seven years ago. And the books are originally written in German so these are translations but I didn’t even notice it until I began searching the second book. I’m used to reading translated literary so maybe it’s just me.

Well, now that I got everything off my chest… I recommend this series as some light reading which can be fun to read if you remember that it’s for a younger audience and don’t take it too seriously!

Review: Revved

Race car mechanic Andressa “Andi” Amaro has one rule—no dating drivers. With a good reason behind the rule, she has no plans on breaking it.

Carrick Ryan is the bad boy of Formula One. With a face and body that melts panties on sight, and an Irish lilt that leaves women on their knees, begging for more. He races hard and parties harder. The youngest driver to ever sign with F1, he’s still at the top of his game five years later, breaking hearts on and off the tracks.

When Andi is offered her dream job working in the glamorous world of F1, she leaves her home in Brazil, positive she can handle working for Carrick. But she’s not prepared for the off-the-chart sparks that fly the moment they meet.

Now, Andi has a crush on the one man she can’t have, and her resolve is about to be put to the test, because Carrick has decided he wants Andi, and he plans on testing her to the very limit. 

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Author: Samantha Towle
Pages: 411
Published: March 22, 2015

It got me awhile to decide if I should finish this book or not. The start was a bit sticky and it took sometime to get the natural flow into the book. Once I got going I was glad I didn’t stop because it got better towards the end. The dialogue between Andi and Carrick started to feel more normal, like how people would actually talk to each other. And once they established that, wow, was it hot between these two, or what?! Carrick is a bit cocky, player who has revolving door in his bedroom and I loved his intensity and self-confidence  which he showed when pursuing Andi. Without wanting to give any spoilers, the scene at the empty bar was seriously panty melting stuff!

That’s about everything I liked in Revved mainly because that’s about everything there was in the book. The whole book concentrated around Andi and Carrick’s relationship and I wanted her to have a deeper relationship with other characters, I wanted there to be some point for them to be in the book. It just felt like they were introduced so that they could push Andi towards Carrick. They were so two-demsional, they had no depth in them that it drove me crazy sometimes.

And although I loved reading the Andi and Carrick moments because they were intense and hot every time, it just felt like this could’ve been a hundred pages shorter than it was. There was just so much back and forth going, that it seemed like the plot was just repeating itself and I found the ending to be a little too easy. After all that breaking up and getting back together, I found it hard to belive that this time they would actually stay together. It just read ”they were working on their problems” and we were just magically supposed to believe it.

Honestly, I would’ve probably given this book three stars if it hadn’t been the hot sexual language and sex scenes that were written so amazingly. I saw there was another book in the series that is about a new couple and I’m going to check it out, just to see if it has so panty melting moments also.

P.S I was a little hesitant about reading this at all since I like Formula One and was afraid Towle wouldn’t get her facts right. Eventhough the cars and the races were pushed aside little too much (but that’s just me, because I like sports I want to read about them!) she obviously had some knowledge or did her research. So points for her for that!

Review: Waking Olivia

 

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Author: Elizabeth O’Roark
Pages: 330
Published: March 14 2016

His father’s debt, a failing farm and a floundering track team. College coach Will Langstrom already has too many responsibilities, and the last thing he needs is Olivia, a beautiful new addition to his team with a bad attitude and a troubled past.
Abandoned and broken, Olivia trusts no one — especially not the cocky track coach the rest of the team adores. But when her past is revealed to Will, she discovers another side to him — one she could grow to love. Forced together by a secret no one else can know – and breaking university rules to do it – Will and Olivia’s connection deepens. As does an attraction that could cost them everything.

“They’re all looking at him like he’s Prince Charming and Christian Grey rolled into one.”
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“The need for her was sharp, urgent, painful, unlike anything I’d ever felt. At that moment, there was nothing in the entire damn world I wanted more than her.” 

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I had a big exam coming in the morning, I knew I should go to sleep but I just couldn’t stop, I couldn’t pry my eyes off the pages. My exam started at 10 a.m and I went to sleep at 3 a.m and it was totally worth it!

I loved both of the main characters and the chemistry between them was off the charts. Will is good looking and cocky but most of all he’s caring and kind. He loves his mother and hates letting people down, he is basically like the ultimate boyfriend. Olivia, on the other hand, is not kind nor caring. She has some major attitude problems and at first it ticked me off but it turns out it was covering something soft and sweet inside. I liked that we got to see how she grew and started letting people close.
O’Roark let their feelings grow and the characters got to know each other before jumping between the sheets and I really appreciated it. There were some really steamy scenes where you coud feel the sexual tension boiling and you were left just waiting for it to explode. It was all very natural and believable without being boring. And when the explosion finally happened… huh, it left me all sorts of hot and bothered.
Also the switching point of views really worked in this book. They added something to the story, letting us see it from the both sides, understanding both of the characters better. I liked that they both had such strong personas, that I could tell what was whose thoughts by not even looking at the chapter title. The dialogue was smooth as well and over all the language in the book was very good (or maybe my sleep deprived brain just couldn’t comprehend any mistakes).
One of the supporting characters, Jessica, bothered me a bit. The idea behind her was great and brought extra drama to the story but I think she was sometimes a bit over the top and not very believable character. Other than her, every character served a purpose and was important for shaping the story and it’s rare for these days to find a book with good supporting characters.

All in all, I liked both of the main characters, I liked that there was a real story that nicely supported the love story but was just as important for the heroine’s growth and I liked how naturally things happened. I think I’m going to add this to the books that hold a special place in my heart(I need to build a bigger buildcase in there, it’s getting kind of crowded!). I need to check out O’Roarke’s other books to see if they’re all this good. I’ll post reviews about them to let you guys know.

P.S The exam was awful and I don’t think I’ll pass the course, but like I said, it was worth it!

 

So… Hi!

After hours of trying to figure out how to change the blog’s appearance to my likings, I’m starting to write my first blog post. I think this is the hardest part in any project: the start. I want this to be perfect and I’m probably writing and rewriting this for hours before finally posting it. So here goes nothing.

I love books. I love reading. I think it’s obvious if you keep a book blog but I just wanted to state that. What kind of books you ask? Well, mostly romance but I love any good book I can get my hands on. Sci-fi, YA, fantasy, thriller, non-fiction, basically anything that has a good story. There are a lot of books that hold a special place in my heart and the list changes from time to time. But there are some hall of famers that will always stay, for instance, The Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter (of course), All the light we cannot see and The Deal by Elle Kennedy to name a few.

Other things I love beside books? Coca-cola (I’m slightly addicted, can’t live without it), Ben&Jerry’s Cookie Dough, stormy nights, cuddling under a blanket with a cup of tee and watching some of my favourite TV shows (Chicago Pd, Chicago Med, Supernatural!!, The Originals…). And ice hockey. One thing I’m known for among my friends is that I absolutely love ice hockey. Maybe I should rephrase: I love watching ice hockey. I can’t even skate myself, so I’m sitting safely at the bleachers. But my love for ice hockey may even over run my love for books. Well at least it’s a very close tie. So if you know any good hockey books, give me a shout!

I’ll try to post regularly but if you don’t hear from me I’m probably studying my ass off at the library trying to keep up with all the work required at my university, binge watching on Supernatural or sleeping because I’ve stayed up all night watching hockey. But I’ll try my best to keep everything running smoothly.

So stick around for my book reviews!