Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Landline, Sweet Peril, Open Road Summer

by: Rainbow Rowell

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Adult

Rainbow Rowell is still just one of my favorite discoveries of this year!! I loved this book! I was a little afraid that I wouldn't like it because I just didn't seem really into the storyline, which is about a woman who is having trouble with her marriage and finds that she is able to call her husband in the past while she sorts through their issues. I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it! There was one quote that was just so fabulous to me: "You don't know when you're twenty-three. You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems. She didn't know at twenty-three.”Ahhhh what a perfect picture of marriage, just completely bonded to someone - in all the best and worst ways. I just loved this book.

Things I liked:
I ultimately loved the storyline. The conversation with her husband from the past opened up this idea of remembering why you got into your relationship in the first place. It worked in a way that I think only Rainbow could've made it work.

I love that Neal is a stay at home dad. It's great to read a story about a relationship that is more like this modern age. Georgie is the breadwinner & Neal stays home and takes care of the kids and the house. I love how amazing he is at it, too.

I liked Georgie's younger sister Heather. She brought a great alternate storyline and I enjoyed their relationship and the fact that again, there is an 18 year age difference between Georgie and Heather, showing yet another more modern family situation. I just enjoyed the whole thing.

Things I didn't:
I'm not sure that there was a real wrap-up in the end. I don't want to give anything away, but the whole story raises the question of where her career will go or what choice she will make there and it isn't ultimately decided. I do feel like there was enough for me to feel happy with it and feel like I have an idea of what she will do, but I did want a little more of an answer about it.

Overall: Rainbow Rowell puts out another good one!!

Sweet Peril
by: Wendy Higgins

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult

Yet another one I loved in the Sweet Evil series!! This one is just a continuation of the storyline and this time Anna is traveling the world to find other Neph kids who are willing to join their cause.

Things I liked:
I loved Anna & Kopano on a road trip! I mean, really, I loved spending some time with Kopano in general! It's one of the few times in a story that I enjoyed both people in the love triangle. Now, I always want Anna with Kaiden, but I do really like Kopano!

I really enjoyed meeting the other Neph and seeing what their lives were like and how they interacted with their sins and their Duke parents. Again, it's just interesting to see how they manifest their sin and again it brings up lots of real questions for me about sin in the real world.

I loved Anna and Kaiden. I'm really gonna just leave it at that for now.

Things I didn't:
I honestly can't think of anything I didn't like.

Overall: This cements my opinion that you should read this series.

Open Road Summer
by: Emery Lord

Should you read it?: Yes
Category: Young Adult

This is just an adorable young adult summer love story! I'm going to copy the synopsis from Amazon: "After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes." This book was just adorable. It's pretty hard for me to give a book an absolute yes, but this one I did! It could be a maybe, but I just couldn't think of anyone who would read it and not like it! So it has to be a yes.

Things I liked:
I liked that Reagan is a tough girl who has a rebellious past, but is taking control and making changes. She accepts what happened to her and the choices she made, but she isn't okay with them. She just seemed pretty strong to me. Granted, she did have some issues from that, but don't we all?

I loved Matt Finch. What a great guy!! I mean, he's funny, flirty, hot, and he takes all Reagan's crap and isn't scared off. I just really liked him. I thought he was a great fit in the story. He's a great friend to Dee, too. Just an all around great guy.

Things I didn't:
Again, can't think of any. I just thought this book was so adorable.

Overall: A seriously cute young adult summer romance.

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