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.

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.

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

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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.” 

My Soul to Steal (Soul Screamers #4) By Rachel Vincent Review

Title – My Soul to StealImage

Series – Soul Screamers #4

Paperback – 343 pages

Published on January 4th 2011

Publishing House – Harlequin

Characters – Kaylee Cavanaugh , Nash Hudson, Tod Hudson, Sabine Campbell, Emma                            Marshal, Alec

Summary

Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back.

See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives.

And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.

Review

“Then strong, warm arms wrapped around me from behind. “I’ve got you,” Tod whispered in my ear.” 

I have to say I am completely hooked on this series. Like the previous books in the series My Soul To Steal did not disappoint. These books are getting irresistible with every installment.

With the introduction of a Mara, a creature that reads your darkest fears and creates nightmares for you to have while sleeping so they can feed from your fear, the story knocks the creep-factor up a level. What makes it even more intersting is that the Mara in this story is Nash’s ex-girlfriend, and he is absolutely certain she is not behind the bad things that happen in the book – which means that what she does might not be because of some evil scheme, but because she simply wants to torment Kaylee. She complicates everything for Kaylee, because although Kay doesn’t want to lose him, she can’t be with him right now, whereas Sabine is quite happy to accept he’s done some bad things and loves him anyway.
Kaylee can’t deny that Sabine and Nash obviously have a strong bond, and is terrified Nash will turn to her if she doesn’t take him back soon, but how can she take him back so soon when she’s still struggling with her trust issues? Add to this that Sabine is happy to play dirty by tormenting Kaylee with seriously freaky nightmares among other things, and you will have yourself one seriously stressed out bean sidhe. I know a lot of people hated Sabine but I kinda liked her character.

Sure, she goes about trying to get Nash back completely the wrong way but I have to admire her determination, and was impressed, along with sometimes shocked and angry, at how far she was willing to go to get what she wants. She has had such a tough life, and for all her tough front, she just seems so insecure. Nash may belong to someone else, but he is all she has in the world, and she really does need him. And beyond Nash, Kaylee has absolutely everything Sabine doesn’t – a family, friends, people who care about her, and a generally good life. Sabine is just a really complicated character.

And, if I’m reading things right, I believe the current love triangle might actually become a love diamond (sounds much better than a square or rectangle, don’t you think?)! There might just be a certain someone who also has feelings for our little beansidhe. Another incredible book, and I cannot wait to read the next installment.

Favorite Quotes

“Whoever said it is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved was full of crap.” 

“Anger is great. It’s powerful, when you need something to hold you up. Something to steel your spine. But in the dark, when you’re alone with the truth, anger can’t survive. The only thing that can live in the dark with you is fear.” 

“I don’t have you, and without you, it feels like what I do have doesn’t matter.” 

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor By Lucy Christopher Review

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Release Date: May 1, 2010

Publisher: Chicken House

Paperback: 301 pages

Characters : Gemma Toombs, Ty MacFarlane

First Sentence : “You saw me before I saw you.”

Last Sentence :  “Goodbye Ty, Gemma.”

Summary

It happened like this. I was stolen from an airport. Taken from everything I knew, everything I was used to. Taken to sand and heat, dirt and danger. And he expected me to love him.

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A letter from nowhere.

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? 

The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

Review

Slolen was an unusual book for me and definitely in a good way!
Gemma, who was supposed to be spending her summer holiday with her parents in Vietnam is kidnapped from the Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian outback. To the endless sand, dirt, heat and dryness. This setting is the epicentre of this novel, described very vividly through out the whole novel. Her captor Ty is no stereotype though. He is a typical blue-eyed and blonde hair guy. He is fit, young and extremely gorgeous.
Gemma can’t understand why Ty chose her or why he seems familiar and she struggles to adjust to her barren new surroundings. Gemma is desperate for escape but even as she resists him and hates him, she finds herself wanting his company, and begins to see him as something other than a monster, although she’s not quite sure what.
Ty is the stronger character in this novel. We see flashes of anger, patience, joy, hope, love, torment… He is incredibly complex and I both pitied him and wanted him happy.
This is an intense and vivid tale of an unusual love story and a psychological thriller, where lines of love, obsession and need are blended together, to a point where there are almost no boundaries. This novel thoroughly explores the themes of madness, obsession, desire, need, dependency. And dark representation of infatuation.
Christopher’s writing is absolutely gorgeous. It’s cleverly written and very vividly described. We are always in step with Gemma, feeling everything she feels. Stolen takes a form of a letter written to Ty reflecting on the strange and disturbing time spent in the wild outback of Australia.
I would have wanted a different ending, but the one the author chose is probably more realistic. You won’t want to put down this absorbing portrait of two shattered people who navigate through their angst and fear and rage in search of healing and renewal, and you won’t soon forget it.

Favorite Quotes

“I can’t save you like that Ty.
What you did to me wasn’t this brilliant thing, like you think it was. You took me away from everything – my parents, my friends, my life. You took me to the sand and the heat, the dirt and isolation. And you expected me to love you. And that’s the hardest bit. Because I did, or at least, I loved something out there. But I hated you too. I can’t forget that.”

“And it’s hard to hate someone once you understand them.”

“Where are you going?” I asked.
“The middle of nowhere.”
“I thought this was it.”
“Nah.” You shook your head. “This is just the edge.”

“You’re right, he’s a killer,” you said. “A rooster with some serious issues.”

“Ninja chicken isn’t he?” You grinned at me, rolling your sleeves up.”We’ll see about that.”
You reached into the cage. Instantly Dick was onto your hand, clawing at you, biting chunks with his beak.
“Godamn rooster!”

“All I could think about was you. I wanted you in the apartment. I wanted your arms around me, your face close to mine. I wanted your smell. And I knew I couldn’t -shouldn’t – have it. That’s what I hated most. The uncertainty of you. You’d kidnapped me, put my life in danger . . . but I loved you, too.”