Monday, August 6, 2012

Books: July Edition

Hey y'all, it's time for my July book reviews! I read a ton of books this month, so I will try to keep it short-er than usual. Ha ha. Note the word 'try'.
First I read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. This book is about a boy and a girl from two completely different neighborhoods who lead very different lives and yet are drawn to each other in spite of it all. I loved that it felt so real, the characters were vibrant and easy to relate with, and it wasn't one of those teenage romances where everything is perfect and fluffy. Five stars for this one, I loved it.
Then I read Leaving Paradise, also by Simone Elkeles. In this one, a teenage girl is still healing from being hit by a boy who left a party drunk. He has been in jail for a year, but has now been released and their lives are about to collide again. This book was heart-breaking and I couldn't put it down. Four stars, because I really enjoyed reading this book.
I read Highland Knight by Hannah Howell after that. I'm not going to lie, it took me what felt like ages to get into this book. The writing was a struggle for me. This is a romance set in France and Scotland, with a great cast of characters. Once I got into it, I could not put it down. I give this one five stars.
Then I read a Pubit book called His Eyes, by Renee Carter. I swear I read this forever ago on Fiction Press, so it was a little like deja vu. This one is about a girl who is hired to 'baby-sit' a boy her age who is blind after a horse jumping accident. The writing was decent, but the main characters drove me nuts with their terrible decisions and inability to stand up for themselves. Three stars for this one, it was only okay.
After that I read another Pubit book called Slammed by Colleen Hoover. In this book, a girl and her family move to a new state and she immediately starts to fall for their sweet, handsome neighbor. Unfortunately, they find out something that could keep them from being together forever. The only thing I didn't like about this book was there was too much death, too many parents who were dead. However, the rest of it really was wonderful so I give it four stars.
Next I read Easy by Tammara Webber. This is probably my favorite book I read all of July. First of all, what a beautiful cover! I instantly wanted to read it for that reason alone. Jacqueline, our main girl, follows her high school boyfriend to college, only to find herself dumped in their sophomore year because he wants to date other girls. Then one night at a frat party, one of her ex's frat brothers tries to rape her and she is rescued by stranger. This book is about college, falling for two boys at once, and standing up for yourself. I couldn't put it down, and there were so many twists and turns to keep me questioning the story. Five stars on this one, and I would highly recommend it.

Then I read The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti. This book is about a high school girl who is trying to deal with her anxiety and does so by watching the Elephants at her local zoo. One day, a boy in a red jacket appears and she is instantly drawn to him. I loved that this book was about young love, but also about dealing with real issues like anxiety and family problems. It was a terrific read. Four stars for this one.

 After that, I tried another book by Hannah Howell called Highland Wolf. This was another Scottish romance about a Laird who is wrongfully accused of the murder of his wife and is forced from his home. Finally he returns, determined to reclaim his home and his daughter. This book was alright, but there were many similarities with Highland Knight and by the end I just wanted it to be over. Three stars for this one.

Well, that's all my books for July! Hope you enjoy and maybe try a few out!


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