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Review of Beg for Mercy (Cambion #1) By: Shannon Dermott

Beg for Mercy               

4 out of 5 Stars (I really liked this book)

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary Romance, Fiction

Published: August 2011

Length: 473 Pages

Who would think that one kiss could be so deadly??

That is the story of Mercy Moore who is a junior in high school and has only been kissed by one boy…one boy she almost killed with that kiss.

I read another book by Shannon Dermott and loved it so I decided to pick up ‘Beg for Mercy’.  It did not disappoint.

There is a lot of inner dialogue from Mercy, so we really get to know and connect with her character quickly.  In the beginning, it took a little time for me to get used to all the inner dialogue, since I am not a fan of that type of writing style. However, in this book, it works.  You get a great understanding of how this 16 year old sees her life, school, mom, friends and boys.  Yes, there are a lot of boys in Mercy’s life.

You may find some of what Mercy says or thinks is immature, but you have to remember she is 16 years old. Also, she has only kissed one boy and that did not go well so she has been staying away from boys ever since.

Mercy’s mother holds a lot of secrets as to who Mercy is in this world.  It was frustrating for me since I had some issues with her mom.  However, I love how Shannon Dermott has me not like the mother, but yet try to understand where the mother was coming from by holding all these secrets from Mercy. Many times, I wanted to yell at Mercy’s mom (more like my Kindle) and say “just tell her or she will resent you.”  So, yes, I got emotionally involved in the characters.

As the story progresses, we learn why a girl who has only had one boyfriend in her life immediately draws the attention of four.  By the end of the book, you will have a ‘boy crush team’ that you will be rooting for.  I have mine, but keep switching back and forth.  Every time, I am rooting for specific boy, another one does something that makes me switch back.  Would it be bad if I was rooting for the devil??? *sigh* YES that was a sigh for the devil.!

I don’t particularly care for love squares/triangles times two. No joke, Mercy is able to attract all types of boys and change them.

Once you have finished this book, Shannon Dermott, wrote a few POVs that are on Figment from Flynn and Sebastian, Two male characters in the series.  I love these guys! Who am I kidding???  I think I love all male characters in this book. I am telling you, if you read this book it will be so hard for you to choose your favorite “team boy.”

Plot: Mercy Moore has only kissed one boy when she was 14 years old.  With that one kiss she almost killed that boy.  Now she is 16 years old, has not been since that scary night and is stuck at a party with her best friend playing ‘spin the bottle’ and the bottle that the hottest boy in school spun just stopped on her.  What is she supposed to do?? She wants to fit in?  Be like any normal junior in high school. As Mercy learns more and more about her “curse” she meets more characters that may have the answers as to why her kisses are so deadly.

Did I skim? No

Ending/Cliffhanger:  I wanted to immediately to start the sequel.

Did I feel connected to the characters: Yes

Did I look forward to going back to the book when I had to stop? Yes

Do I recommend? Yes. 

Positives:  Great story. Great characters.

Negatives: Mercy can be a little repetitive with her thoughts.

Pace of the story: Good

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Series Reading Order:

Beg for MercyBeg for Mercy (Cambion #1)

WFMWaiting for Mercy (Cambion #2)

No MercyNo Mercy (Cambion #2.5)

Angel MercyAngel of Mercy (Cambion #3) – Expected Publication: February 26, 2013

 

 
 

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Review of Red Flags By C.C. Brown

Red Flags

3 out of 5 Stars 

Genre: Young Adult/New Adult (College), Contemporary Romance, Fiction,

Published: December 2012

 Ugh, this book.  Where do I start?? I hate giving negative reviews, but some things need to be said.

This book is about a 21 year old college student Cara Pinkston.  She meets the” beautiful and rich” Jason Bradley in class. The plot is that Cara and Jason met, have sex and fall in love.  Jason has a ton of secrets that involve his family and previous relationships.    Jason is supposed to be rich, hot and a controlling alpha, but he just comes off as creepy and not sexy at all.  And I am a BIG fan of rich and controlling alphas.  Jason left me screaming to Cara to run and hide.  Jason almost appeared like serial “something” with the way he would act.  If I was Cara, I would be checking America’s Most Wanted.

The first day they met and go back to her apartment, he is already getting jealous and looking through her closet. Then the next day he is grabbing and keeping her phone from her and telling her not to go out with her friends.   I know there are other books where the alpha male takes control immediately in the relationship, but everything that Jason did was felt wrong.  Maybe it felt wrong since Cara was in college.  I can’t put my finger on it.  It felt strange and this is coming from me who practically loves every book that has a controlling, rich alpha male.  I seek those books out.   I first thought all of Jason’s actions were wrong because of Cara’s age, but I loved 50 Shades and Anastasia was young in that book, yet that relationship did not bother me.

Their whole relationship was a complete turn off.  Jason needs some serious help. This book should be used as an example in high school and college of things to watch out for and not seek in a boyfriend.  If you boyfriend shows any of these behaviors…leave immediately.

I usually love drama in a story, but this one left a bad taste in my mouth.

-Did I skim? Yes, most of the middle.  You will find out everything you need to know about the plot in the last 10%.

-Did I feel connected to the characters?  I felt bad for Cara.  She was blinded apparently by Jason’s “hotness” to notice that he was a nut-case.

-Will I read a sequel if there is one? I am assuming there will be one with that ending, but I am going to pass.

-Ending/Cliffhanger: I was disappointed that I had to find out in the last 2 pages what all of Jason’s secrets and those secrets would make me run even faster.

 

 
 

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What was your favorite book as a Teen?

Lost Summer   SweetValleyGIrlTalk

I was thinking about what were some of my favorite books as a teen and wanted to hear from you.  Mine were the Sweet Valley High series.  The minute a new one came out, I would beg my parents to drive me to the book store.

I would love to hear from you. Leave your favorite teen and a story (if you have one) in COMMENTS.

 

 
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Posted by on January 31, 2013 in Uncategorized, YA

 

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Crush (Crush #1) By Lacey Weatherford

Crush

5 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Mystery, New Adult

I loved this book and was not disappointed. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

First of all the cover’s post-it note had me laughing. “Do you like me? Check one.” The story behind the post-it note is in the book. Love it!

This is a great YA book.  I loved the mystery, the twist and the chemistry between Cami and Hunter.

Some of you will figure out the twist half-way through the book and that is fine.  I did too.  However, it did not turn me off from reading the story.  Actually, it made me want to read it without stopping since I had to know how it was all going to “go down.”

Plot: Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at a distance, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.

–         Did I skim? No.

–         Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

–         Did I want to go back to reading when I had to stop? Yes, I did not get anything done that day. This is one book I did not want to stop reading.

–         Do I recommend?  YES! I loved this book!

–         Am I looking forward to the sequel? YES!!

–         Ending/Cliffhanger: Great ending.  I am BIG on endings and cliffhangers and this one was not a disappointment.  It is the last chapter that can make or break a book.

Crush (Crush #1)

Author: Lacey Weatherford

Published: October 2012

Length: 332 Pages

Sequels: Smitten (Crush #2) – Expected Publication: 2013

 
 

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Review of Crush (Crush #1) By: Lacey Weatherford

Crush

5 out of 5 Stars

Crush (Crush #1)

Author: Lacey Weatherford

Published: October 2012

Genre: Fiction, YA, Contemporary Romance

Length: 332 pages

I loved this book and was not disappointed. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

First of all the cover’s post-it note had me laughing. “Do you like me? Check one.” The story behind the post-it note is in the book. Love it!

This is a great YA book.  I loved the mystery and twist and I loved the chemistry between Cami and Hunter.

Some of you will figure out the twist half-way through the book and that is fine.  I did too.  However, it did not turn me off from reading the story.  Actually, it made me want to read it without stopping since I had to know how it was all going to “go down.”

Plot: Cami Wimberley has a plan, and that plan includes no room for boys—especially the big time party animal, Hunter Wilder, no matter how handsome and charismatic he is. She’s beautiful, a senior, extremely talented, gets good grades, and is working her way toward her dream college to be a musical theater major. Everything is perfect.

Hunter Wilder does not want a girlfriend—that would complicate his life way too much right now. He especially doesn’t want this girl, Miss-Goody-Two-Shoes, so how come he can’t keep his eyes off her? He tries to keep her at a distance, but fate seems to keep pushing them together. Before long, it’s obvious to everyone they’re crushing on each other.

As sparks begin to fly, Hunter finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into hot water. Soon he’s scrambling to keep Cami from discovering his dark secret—one that can destroy their entire relationship.

–         Did I skim? No.

–         Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

–         Did I want to go back to reading when I had to stop? Yes, I did not get anything done that day.

–         Do I recommend?  YES!

–         Am I looking forward to the sequel? YES

–         Ending/Cliffhanger: Great ending.  I am BIG on endings and cliffhangers and this one was not a disappointment.  It is the last chapter that can make or break a book.

Sequels: Smitten (Crush #2) – Expected Publication: 2013

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Contemporary Romance, Series, YA

 

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Review of Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) By Katie McGarry

DareYouTo

4 out of 5 Stars

Dare You To

By Katie McGarry

Expected Publication: May 28, 2013

I really enjoyed Pushing the Limits and was not disappointed with the sequel, Dare You To.

Plot: If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk’s home life, they’d send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth to who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her Uncle Scott swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom’s freedom and her own happiness. That’s how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn’t want her and going to a school that doesn’t understand her.  Except for the one guy, Ryan Stone, who shouldn’t get her, but does.

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can’t tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest dare???  Asking out the Skater girl who couldn’t be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams and his life for the girl he loves, and the girl who won’t let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all.

The dual POVs help the reader connected to both characters. I was not sure how I felt about Beth in Pushing the Limits, with her attitude of “no one has it as bad as I do.” I usually love bad girls, but at some point the way you treat people who have been nothing but kind to you, needs to stop and gets old.

In Dare You To, you see another side of Beth. How she does everything in her power to protect her mother. How she feels not worthy of good things. How she is not worthy of certain love.   Very touching story.  Some parts were hard for me to read.  However, the author does such a fantastic job. Katie McGarry you are a GREAT writer.

Echo and Noah have cameos and you could not have Beth’s story without having Isaiah in Dare You To.

There is also something that we learn about hot, sexy, cocky ball player Ryan that I found refreshing in this YA book.  I am very impressed with Katie McGarry for writing that in this wonderful book.

Did I skim? No

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. In this book, I loved the dual POVs.

Did I think about the book after I finished it? Yes.  I thought how about how many times Beth was let down by her mom, but yet wanted to protect her.  What would I do in that situation?

Did I want to keep reading after I was done? Yes, I wanted to know what happened to them. I hope their story continues in another sequel.

Sequels: Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) – Published: July 31, 2012

Crossing the Line (Pushing the Limits #1.5)- Expected Publication: April 1, 2013

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Contemporary Romance, Series, YA

 

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