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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Rosemary Beach Series Review (#1-4)

Rosemary Beach Series

Written by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far
Average Rating: 4.25/5     My Rating: 5/5
Published: December 14th 2012

Never Too Far
Average Rating: 4.23/5     My Rating: 4.5/5
Published: February 25th 2013

Forever Too Far
Average Rating: 4.26/5     My Rating: 4/5
Published: June 9th 2013

Rush Too Far
Average Rating: 4.29/5     My Rating: 4/5
Published: May 6th 2014

Summary of Fallen Too Far according to Goodreads

She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather's daughter. She is still naive and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. 

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father's guilt money, his mother's desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn't prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she'll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting uder her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he'll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that...

Blaire just may have fallen too far. 

My Thoughts

I flew through these books, which is exactly what I needed - each one took me about a day to read. These are such easy reads and although they are filled with hormones, I still find them enjoyable. There are some sexual scenes in these novels, so if that is not your type of read then I recommend her Vincent Boys duology. 

I picked this book up solely looking for something smutty and easy to read. I have been having a stressful few weeks due to finishing work for the summer, and getting ready to move back to school across the country. At the time I started reading this series, I only owned the first one - but I had to run to Chapters after finishing each to buy the next one. 

A moment of honesty - I read Twisted Perfection last September and HATED it. I think I gave it two stars and got rid of it. However, I hadn't realized that these two novels where related until Woods was introduced in Fallen Too Far. I really liked his character here, and think I will have to give Twisted Perfection another try. I have a strong feeling I am going to enjoy it more this time. 

Fallen Too Far
     This was my favourite of the four novels without a doubt. I connected to Blaire right away and loved her personality. This was a girl that had no expectations, and took what life handed her. Rush I fell in love with almost immediately. I'm not sure if it's because I read too much or because I'm a psychology major, but I knew right away that there was a secret hidden in him. Nobody is that much of an asshole.
     I loved watching their relationship grow, but I also really enjoyed watching Blaire grow a little bit in her personality. By the end of the novel and going into the second one, she was a much stronger character. 

Never Too Far
     I am not going to spoil anything for this novel or continuing plot, but if you have read it then you probably understand how I am feeling. WHAT?! The twist in this story was honestly not one that I was expecting. 
     What I can say about this book and the next one, is that Blaire and Rush need to learn to stop running at the slightest thing! Both characters seemed a little bit immature considering their age, but emotions were running high. 

Forever Too Far
     This book had me in tears most of the time, I'm not going to lie. I was snapchatting my friends with tears running down my face. It is fair to say that they didn't understand me that day, but this book was so filled with emotion! Both good and bad, there were so many emotions to be felt while reading the final part of their story. 
     Rush did get on my nerves a few times, and without spoiling I'll just say there is a part where he was desperately needed by Blaire, and chose to ignore her for his sister Nan. Looking back I can see where he would have been sucked into the moment and didn't think about what he was doing - but he should have known that if Blaire needed him it was important. 
     The reason that I couldn't give this book five stars, was because I felt like around the middle of the story she (Abbi Glines) was trying to do too many things. Considering the 200 page span, she incorporated so many extra things that I am not sure if they were necessary to the overall story and development of the characters. I would have been happy with an extra 50 pages about Rush. 

Rush Too Far
     THE PROLOGUE! The prologue of this story is set after the end of Forever Too Far, and melted my heart in all kids of ways. I loved the idea of reading this book because I was so curious as to what Rush was thinking during the first book. I was not disappointed!
     A line from this book, something that Rush was thinking as he watched Blaire for the first time; "She could be a master manipulator. Using her beauty to get what she wanted and not caring whom she hurt along the way." This he is thinking about a girl who doesn't wear makeup. Whose heart is used solely to take care of other people. Who is too busy worrying about others to think about beauty. For me this line just shows how much Rush has grown as a character - to feel love and not automatically assume the worst in someone. He is always being manipulated and used because of who he is, and therefore has some serious trust issues. It is something that he works on throughout the novels, but not yet perfected and overcome. 

I enjoyed most of the secondary characters (Grant, Bethy, Woods) - except Nan. I could not stand Nannette. She was the most obnoxious and self-centered character I have read in a while. It annoyed me how easily Rush dropped everything for her, but at the same time I could understand why he did it. 

Overall I really enjoyed this series (group of four in the bigger series) and plan to continue along the like of Rosemary Beach novels while at university. I hope my enjoyment keeps up as the stories progress. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Favourite New Adult/ Adult Romance Novels

Hello again! So last week on my YouTube channel I posted my Favourite YA Contemporary Novels, so I thought I would share my favourite new adult and adult romance books!

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

This was actually my most recent read, and one that has made it onto my favourites list for the year. Abbi Glines never fails to disappoint me. Granted these books aren't much more than drama, hormones, and sex - I find them to be quick, easy to read, and enjoyable.

This book had quite a bit going on for both characters, but I never felt like the story was rushed. As for the twist at the end, I had a few ideas but I wasn't even close. 

I plan on going out to Chapters tonight to buy the sequel because I just can't wait. 

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

This was my first experience with Colleen Hoover and I was blown away. My expectations were very high but she did such a good job of blending a strong plot with interesting characters. I laughed, I cried, and I gushed. 

I actually read this book with my mom (which might sound weird considering the genre but we're close) and found we had different interpretations of the relationship. I thought Miles was hurt and messed up from something out of his past, but my mom thought he was just a jerk. So it was fun to compare notes in that aspect. 

This novel was what sucked me into Colleen's books and I now think I own most of them (another of which will be on this list).

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

I have read quite a few books by Nicholas Sparks and this is one of my favourites. I know that the Notebook is very popular, but I honestly prefer this one. It was centred around adult characters that are reunited after an event, and the relationship that sparks. 

I enjoyed reading these two characters and reading about how their current lives entwined, as well as a glance into their past. 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Oh Travis Maddox, how I loved you. This was the first new adult novel that I read, and it came highly recommended to me from a few close friends. I was not disappointed (clearly)! I loved how quick of a read this was and how engrossed I got into the story. 

I did try to read the sequel/spin-off/companion told in Travis' perspective, but I could not get into it. I did not like the way he was written and his attitude, so I am choosing not to continue. I am going to read the spin-off series about Travis' brothers eventually.

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

Oh man I LOVED this book so much. I was almost late for work because I could not put it down - and then I brought it with me to read on my break.

A sexy tattoo artist with an array of piercings and a rough personality to match? Sold. I went into Chapters looking for something smutty because that's what I was in the mood for, and this cover drew me in immediately. I had never heard of this but am so glad I picked it up.

Throughout this novel we learn so much more about Hayden and Tenley's lives, and how much deeper their personalities go. I cannot wait to pick up the sequel and see what ensues!

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

I am not sure how many times I can talk about this book. It is amazing, I love it. Go read it, and then watch the movie. 

And finally Never, Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fischer

I loved this book so much, I stayed up all night to read it. It was so romantic and mysterious that words can't describe how I feel about it. I have also read part two, and am eagerly awaiting part three! 

As far as I know there are only three parts that are all about 100 pages, but I recommend you checking them out!

I hope you enjoyed my recommendations, and let me know if you have any of your own! 

Have a great week, 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag!

I have been super crazy busy with work and didn't want to neglect you guys, so I thought it would be nice and different for my post to be a tag going around booktube! We are just a little over halfway through the year and I have read about 55 books, so here is the Mid-Year Book Freak Out TAG! I wasn't tagged by anyone, but I tag you if you are interested!

ReadLikeWildFire (click for her video) and Ely Jayne (click for her blog post)


1. Best book you've read so far in 2015

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, without a doubt. This book had me fully engrossed and I could not put it down - I missed classes to stay in bed and finish it. I laughed, I cried, the characters were so real, and the plot was very well done.

2. Best sequel you've read so far in 2015

I'm not sure if this counts as a sequel, but I am going to pick Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This book was so adorable and was such a good ending to this companion-trilogy. 

3. New release you haven't read yet, but want to

Survive the Night by Danielle Vega. I highly enjoyed The Merciless when I read it last year, and preordered this book as soon as it was available. Sadly I haven't picked it up yet, but I'm hoping to soon!

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes without a doubt. I cannot wait for this novel to come out in November, as it is the third book in the Naturals series - not sure if there is going to be another book.

5. Biggest disappointment

Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix was one that I was dying to read and had such high expectations for - but fell flat. I mentioned it in my wrap-up but the main character in this made the stupidest decisions, and it pained me to finish.

6. Biggest surprise

Again, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma has made it onto this list! When I first heard the synopsis I was not interested as it is not my kind of story. Clearly I was wrong about my original judgment, as it is now my favourite!

7. Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

For this I am torn between Helena Hunting and Cathy Glass. Both wrote amazing novels that hooked me to their writing styles, but I've only read one story from each (so far!)

8. Newest fictional crush

My newest fictional crush would be Hayden from Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting. He is a hot tattoo artist with a slight attitude - what's not to love?

9. Newest favourite character

For this one I have to pick Mother Goose from The Enchantress Returns by Chris Colfer. She was hilarious and a terrible influence to Connor and Alex - but it was amazing. 

10. Book that made you cry

Damaged by Cathy Glass. I cry just thinking about this book and the terrible things this child has been through - but it was an amazing book.

11. Book that made you happy

A Work in Progress by Connor Franta. This book made me happy because you get a deeper look into Connor's life and you can see how much progress he has made in his life. He has been through so much and come out stronger - very inspirational! 

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year

I can't think of any adaptations I have seen this year. However, I am excited for The Scorch Trials movie to come out in September!

13. Favourite review you've written this year

Instead of a favourite review I've written, I'm going to choose my post recommending books about mental illness as my favourite blog post so far this year. I have finally been getting back into my blog and youtube channel, and am becoming quite happy with my content!

14. Most beautiful book you've bought so far this year (or received)

I'm torn between Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer, and The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh - both have beautifully amazing covers. 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I have made a video of the five books I need to read before the end of this year, and those include the following; Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, A Game of Thrones by George R.R Martin, and I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

Thank you guys so much for your continued support, and I cannot wait to see what the next half of the year brings!

~ Kristina