Review : Our Song By Jordanna Fraiberg

Our Song by Jordanna Fraiberg Image

Hardcover: 352 pages

Published May 2nd 2013 

First sentence : “ALMOST HOME,”my father said, clearing his throat.”

Last sentence : “No,” I said. “We saved each other.”

Summary :

Olive Bell has spent her entire life in the beautiful suburb of Vista Valley, with a picture-perfect home, a loving family, and a seemingly perfect boyfriend. But after a near-fatal car accident, she’s haunted by a broken heart and a melody that she cannot place.

Then Olive meets Nick. He’s dark, handsome, mysterious . . . and Olive feels connected to him in a way she can’t explain. Is there such a thing as fate? The two embark on a whirlwind romance—until Nick makes a troubling confession.

Heartbroken, Olive pieces together what really happened the night of her accident and arrives at a startling revelation. Only by facing the truth can she uncover the mystery behind the song and the power of what it means to love someone.

Review :

“There’s one last thing you should know. When we were on the dock that day, right before I pulled you into the pond, you were right. I was going to say something. I was going to tell you how beautiful you are.” 

I’ll start by saying that I’m in love with the cover! Although I go by the policy of not judging a book by its cover, this one certainly drew me to it 😀
About the story, it sure had me in an emotional wreck. I had like zero patience to know if our characters get a happy ending. Did they?? You’ll have to read it to find out 😛

Our Song is about Olive who has recently been in a car accident and has been feeling lost ever since. She wants her life to go back the way it was but as they say, “You don’t always get what you want, you get what you need” right?
Enter Nick. Olive meets Nick at a support group. Both of them instantly click and start hanging out together. But than a shocking and heartbreaking confession by Nick leaves Olive at a loss with herself again but this time she doesn’t give up. 
I would have liked to know more about Nick throughout the story though rather than the latter half of the book. I couldn’t help but be intrigued by Nick as I love the “Mysterious” types *grins*. The chemistry between the two of them was sweet. Sure would have liked a bit more romance between them. But I’d say the book is more focused on character development rather than the plot. I also loved Annie’s character. She’s a caring friend, funny, sassy when she needs to be, and know’s what is right for Olive.
I really liked Our Song and was deciding how many stars to give between 3 & 4 but since the book hooked me from the first page itself and never left me bored I’ll go with four stars. Our Song is a beautiful, touching, haunting novel that you won’t be able to put down. Jordanna Fraiberg is an extremely talented author. I’ll be looking forward to her next book.

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ARC Review : The Social Code (The Start-Up #1) by Sadie Hayes

*** ARC received through NetGalley ***

The Social Code By Sadie HayesImage

Paperback : 320 pages

Series : The Start-Up #1

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013

Rating : 4/5 Stars

Summary :

In a world where anyone can rise to the top, the only rule is… watch your back.

Eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia Dory learned the hard way to rely only on each other, growing up in a small town where they understood the meaning of coming from nothing. But everything changes when both are offered scholarships to Stanford University – and catapulted into the dazzling world of Silicon Valley, where anyone with a good enough idea can skyrocket to fame and fortune in the blink of an eye…

Amelia is almost as pretty as she is smart – almost. A shy girl and genius, she is happiest alone in the computer lab, but her brother has other plans for her talents: A new company that will be the next Silicon Valley hit, and will thrust Amelia into the spotlight whether she likes it or not. Where Amelia’s the brains, Adam’s the ambition – he sees the privileged lifestyle of the Silicon Valley kids and wants a piece of what they have. He especially wants a piece of Lisa Bristol, the stunning daughter of one of the Valley’s biggest tycoons.

As Adam and Amelia begin to hatch their new company, they find themselves going from nothing to the verge of everything seemingly overnight. But no amount of prestige can prepare them for the envy, backstabbing and cool calculation of their new powerful peers.

Welcome to Silicon Valley, where fortune, success – and betrayal – are only a breath away…

Review :

I’m pleasantly surprised with this book. I wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did and am so glad that I stuck with it.
Two siblings who have had a hard life and now have made it big in Silicon Valley. I wondered what their life was before the scholarship like, what will they do with this new found fame? Adam and Amelia story was interesting to follow.
The two main characters, Adam and Amelia haven’t always had any easy life. Amelia is extremely smart when it comes to technology, and works in the lab most of the time. Adam is what I would call a wanna be socialite. There were some secondary characters, T.J. and Patty who were involved in the story a lot. T.J. had issued with being controlled by his father, and Patty had her own issues.
The plot moved at a fairly fast pace, with a few sub-plots going on. You have the new business that Amelia and Adam and the story behind it all. They have the help of a man who happens to be quite wealthy and does all he can to make the company work. There is of course the evil villain that wants to take them down for some things that happened. And he was certainly a good villain. 
The romance in this, it was not just one love triangle, but 2 of them, for both Amelia and Adam. And just when thing started to get interesting, it ended. Abruptly. I assume that since this is the first in the series, there will be more. I did like the bond that Adam and Amelia had, and how they always stuck together. 
The Social Code is a fast read, I think fans of book filled with betrayals, back stabbing, lies and drama will enjoy this.

AnguiSH by Lila Felix Review

AnguiSH by Lila FelixImage

Published June 11th 2013

EBook : 230 pages

Characters : Breaker James Collins, Ashland

Ratings : 4/5 stars

First sentence : “Oh come on Breaky.” Why in the hell I’d put up with her calling me ‘Breaky’ for so long was beyond comprehension.”

Last Sentence : “So take a step back Ash—all I see is glory.”

Summary :

Anguish was the status quo, until she walked in.
Breaker James Collins is confined in a prison of his own making. Scarred doesn’t begin to define his hell since finding out his girlfriend had cheated, stolen, and lied two years ago. It led to a single event—one that would blacken his days and his nights from then on. Since then, he hasn’t left his house, crippled by fear of people and any social interaction.
Ashland talks too much and has the voice of a meth-laden prairie dog, or so she’s always been told. She’s been called annoying and irritating all of her life and gave up on having friends for a long time. College has given her a new lease on a social life and she’s embraced who she is. But now she’s waiting for the one guy who can take her breath away and put up with her antics.
A simple note pinned to a corkboard will lead Ash right to Breaker’s solitary world and she will learn that just because a guy doesn’t fit her ideal, doesn’t mean she won’t fall head over feet in love.

Review :

What is it about a broken guy that makes our hearts melt and swoon? In the case of Breaker James Collins I think it was the fact that you witness his unraveling at the hands of someone who was supposed to love him. Anguish starts with Breaker’s past where he faces a heartbreak in the name of Holly. Knowing now that his girlfriend had betrayed him Breaker wasn’t the same. Obviously when someone breaks your heart it changes you one way or another. So Breaker has become a house potato ( I hope that phrase makes sense*grins*) He doen’t go out, refuses to hang out with anybody and in short has a zero social life except for the internet. Even thinking about going out almost gives him a panic attack. Until one day his mom decides it’s time to take some major step here and looks for someone to take care of Breaker as well as the house.

Enter Ashland.Ash was such a sweetheart. I loved her from the beginning. She came into Breaker’s life like a breeze of fresh air. I totally loved the chemistry between them.Their conversations were simply hilarious at times as were they sweet. When he realized he was becoming co-dependent on Ashland, it was hard for him to face the truth because for the first time he actually felt love. Oh lord he loved her so much, and by being co-dependent he new it would not be good for them if they were to have any type of long lasting relationship. When he had to let her go was the only part in the book that I got really sad. Ashland was so supportive throughout the entire book, and even her choice of stepping aside for him was a brave thing to do. This took courage and a whole lot of love for her to do this.

All in all I adore this book as well as its main character. You need a sweet, loving, light read, look no further than AnguiSH!

Favorite Quote :

“He held up his hands, “Shut up Ash.”
Well didn’t that just scratch my glass.
“What did you just say? Don’t you ever tell me to shut up you—you—you weird named boy.”

If I Die (Soul Screamers #5) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title : If I Die8803932

Series : Soul Screamers #5

Author : Rachel Vincent

Paperback : 342 pages

Published September 27th 2011 by Harlequin

Characters : Kaylee Cavanaugh, Nash Hudson, Emma Marshall, Tod Hudson,   Sabine Campbell

Summary :

The entire school’s talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She’s a banshee—she screams when someone dies.

But the next scream might be for Kaylee.

Yeah—it’s a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee’s going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students. The only girls immune to his lure are Kaylee and Sabine, her boyfriend’s needy ex-girlfriend. Now the unlikely allies have to get rid of Mr. Beck…before he discovers they aren’t quite human, either.

But Kaylee’s borrowed lifeline is nearing its end. And those who care about her will do anything to save her life.

Anything.

Review :

“You just say the word, and I’ll make the rest of the world go away. I’ll take you someplace safe, where no one else can reach us.” 

Two words – Simply Amazing! 

This sure was one hell of a book & so far best of them all. It was a fast engaging read that kept me at the edge of my seat. It was the only book in the series so far that I really didn’t want to put down. I was so engrossed with this book, it hooked me from the very first page. The characters were as awesome as ever, Kaylee & Tod 😀 The chemistry is incredibly well written, it’s electrifying. Although I do feel sorry for Nash here. If I Die is a spectacular addition to the Soul Screamers series, and one that you will all love.

At the beginning of If I Die, Kaylee is told that she only has six days to live. Six days and then it’s the end. Kaylee is incredibly shocked but she tries to hold it together. All the things she will never do fly through her mind. She has six days to do whatever she wants, but things aren’t easy in Kaylee’s world. An Incubus starts teaching at Kaylee’s school and begins making moves on the girls. He’s in desperate need of a son but he only has a specific time to accomplish it. Kaylee needs to sort out the problem so her friends will be safe when she dies. The thing is nobody knows how to get rid of this incubus and Kaylee only has six days. Six days that fly by and things change so much.
Kaylee is put through a lot in this book. She has to come with terms with her death and that she will miss out on so many life experiences. We see her pain and anger and sorrow. And we’re there beside her feeling the same things. We just want to hug Kaylee and tell her things will be ok. She’s still strong willed and will do anything to make sure her friends will be ok after her death. Like always she puts their safety before her own. 

We get to learn more about Tod in If I Die. We learn more about his history and how much he is willing to lose for Kaylee. We see how much he cares and if anyone deserves Kaylee its Tod. They are perfect together, I only hope it lasts. Tod, I wish you were my prince charming.

Nash is…oh well Nash. His life just keeps spiralling downhill. Things keep going wrong for him but it’s his fault, his actions have consequences just like everybody else. Sabine, seems to cool off a bit in this book, she helps Kaylee and is a shoulder to lean on for Nash. Emma is still the best friend and she’s great, she’s there for Kaylee no matter that she’s a banshee. She’s the best friend Kaylee needs when she needs a break from the non-human world.
I was expecting good book but not mind blowing awesome! I cannot wait to see what’s in store for the gang in Before I Wake, which I have waiting to be read. Eeek I’m so excited. This series has gotten better by each book and If I Die doesn’t disappoint! If I Die is a spectacular addition to the series, full of suspense and heartbreak, that keeps the reader gripping to the pages.

Favorite Quotes :

“That’s because Tod never brings anything but death and bad advice,” I snapped.
“That’s not true.” Tod tried to grin, “Sometimes I bring pizza.” 

“You know, most girls sleep with a teddy bear or an extra pillow. But I gotta say, that’s kinda hot…” 

“You think I need to be rescued?”
“I think it doesn’t hurt to let someone else do the rescuing every now and then, when your own armor starts to get banged up.” 

“As a matter of fact, I was going to offer you something.” 
“What did you have in mind?”
“A field trip. You interested in doing something dangerous, and possibly illegal?”
“Does it involve underage girls, broken curfews and assorted fruit toppings?” 

“So … will you stay with me until it’s over? Please?”

“Kaylee, I would do anything for the girl who granted my dying wish.” 

“There’s an us?”
“As far as I’m concerned…” He leaned forward, his mouth inches from mine, and my pulse spiked. “There’s nothing but us.” 

“Because you don’t belong with him! I tried to tell you that, but you wouldn’t listen, and I thought if you understood that he’d be better off without you, you’d break up with him for his own good. So I…exaggerated how easy it’d be for him to get over you, with Sabine there to step in. But I underestimated how incredibly stubborn you are”
“I prefer to think of it as dedication…” I mumbled.” 

Allusive Aftershock By Susan Griscom Review

Summary

What happens when a major earthquake changes life as you know it and the boy you thought you hated ends up saving you? Three times!

Courtland Reese is the guy everyone hates and makes fun of because … well, he is weird. He communicates with animals. Strange or interesting,

coverseventeen-year-old Adela Castielle can’t quite figure out, but when he saves her from being trampled by her own horse, she begins to understand him a little better and wants to learn more about him.

But, Max–her best friend/dream guy/someday-to-be-her-husband-only-he-doesn’t-know-it-yet–hates Courtland with a passion. Adela wants to know why, except neither boy is talking. 

When Max leaves her stranded in his parents’ wine cave with his worst enemy, Courtland, after what the experts are calling a “megathrust” earthquake, Adela starts to question her loyalty to Max as steamy kisses in a dark damp cellar only fuel her emotions with more conflict. 

But does she really have time to worry about that when fire, destruction and mayhem surround her?

Review

First things first. I absolutely ADORE the cover. Its simply beautiful. I couldn’t wait for the story to reach to the scene which the cover page depicts. It definitely wasn’t what I expected but I loved it nevertheless. The cover awesumness apart all I wanna say is that you HAVE to go for this book but be prepared for some heartbreaking moments which the characters will have to endure.

The book begins with an earthquake which to be honest would have scared the hell out of me. I loved Adela’s character because she was so kind hearted, and worried about everyone around her before worrying about herself. When a big quake hits killing thousands of people while our characters are at school, its when their real journey of survival begins. She realizes that her best friend Max is not the great friend she thought. In fact, he is a jackass who looks out more for himself then Adela. Until she calls him on it. She’s always believed herself in love with him, but he proves his true nature to her in due time. When they find Courtland Reese burned and barely conscious, in front of his burned down house, she and Max work together to get him to the safety of Max’s family’s wine cellar. Max is heartbroken at the state of his house, and the loss of his parents, but does man up with Adela to get Court in the cellar. In the meantime, Adela starts taking care of Courts burns, much to the complaint of Max who doesn’t think it’s needed.

COURTLAND REESE. Such a beautiful soul. He works mainly with animals, but because of this gift, he’s made fun of. Kids in school call him a freak. Adela however isin’t too sure about him. Although in due course she realises how wrong everybody actually is and how nice a person Court actually is.
In the end, Adela suffers some heartbreak, but with the love and support of Court, she’s able to get through it.

I loved this book. I had to know what happened with Court and Adela, and if she found her family and horse. Max, in the end, didn’t turn out so bad after all. He proved to be a pretty good friend to both of them.