Here is how we are going to start off this blog for real. I am going to tell you about the books I have read so far on my vacation. While doing that I am going to tell you a little bit about each book and why I think you should read it. It is going to be very similar to what I have posted on Goodreads. If Heather has read the book I will add in what she posted on Goodreads as well. Starting with the next book each review will be a long review from Heather, Misty or myself, all or a combination.
1) First up is going to be Vain by Fisher Amelie.
Amanda’s Rating: 5 stars
Wow… I knew going into this that I loved Fisher Amelie and her stories. Well this book did not disappoint! I loved it just as much as all her other books (Callum & Harper, Thomas & January, The Understorey). This story was so sweet. Sophie is a spoiled brat who does what a lot of rich children do which is party and do drugs. Due to her affinity for parties and drugs, she is sentenced to spend 6 months in Uganda. While there she meets Dingane and learns what is means to be a responsible and beautiful person. Sophie makes a wonderful transformation and Ian is a perfect match for her. Add in the sweetest little orphans and an awesome adopted family and I cannot recommend this book enough!
Heather’s Rating: 5 stars
Oh, Fisher. I love your books and the message they include. Callum and Harper is one of my favorite books. I loved the characters and felt a strong connection to them from page one. However, in Vain, I did not like Sophie Price in the beginning or some of the middle. I was shocked and appalled at her behavior and the way she treated people. However, Sophie made a comeback in the book and in my heart. I ended the book with a content sigh and a smile. I loved the journey she took and the person she became. I also loved the progression Sophie and her father made. His words of encouragement at the end of the novel were priceless.
2) Independence by Shelly Crane
Amanda’s Rating: 5 stars
Perfect ending to an amazing series! The series is about Caleb and Maggie who meet at the beginning of the first book, Significance, and imprint or basically bind their souls together by touching. They have abilities that only arrive after they find their soulmate. The series is full of drama as a rival family tries to take Maggie away from Caleb and stop their destiny from meeting fruition. The only tiny complaint is no Kyle and Lynne in the epilogue but oh well. This book started with all the sad tears brought on by the events of the end of Defiance and ended with happy tears. It had crazy emotions in between, at one point I was yelling at my kindle. I love these characters and the world they live in and I am sad that it has reached the end. Shelly Crane did an amazing job with this series and finished it beautifully. I will travel back often to visit them! If you are new to this series here is a link to the first book Significance.
Amanda’s Rating: 4 stars
This is a sequel (kind of) to The Opportunist. In the first book we meet Olivia and she tells us about her sordid past with Caleb. It alternates past and present to keep us on our toes. This story, Dirty Red, is from Leah’s POV which is Caleb’s wife. It also shifts tenses each chapter. I really liked this story and I still hate Leah! She turned out to be way worse than I ever thought she was in the opportunist. With that being said this book is fantastic and for a second every once in a while I would see why she did the things she did but then I snapped out of it! The ending is kind of terrifying and I absolutely cannot wait until the 3 rd book comes out and we get to hear all about it from Caleb. And IMHO Leah is way worse than Olivia on her best day I could not believe the last line before the epilogue. Just read it to find out. Tarryn Fisher delivered another shocking ride and I loved it!
4) The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Amanda’s Rating: 5 stars
I am not sure that I could ever come up with the appropriate words to review this book. Heartbreaking, healing, unconditional love, these are the first that come to mind. This book is stellar and I never want to forget this. This book is about a girl who used to play the piano before a tragedy occurred and now she wants revenge. She went from being a preppy, classy young girl to a trashy looking teen just to assure if she is going to get attention it will be on her terms. She also doesn’t speak to anyone and hasn’t since the day she rembered what happened to her that day. She meets Josh Bennett and his best friend Drew when she transfers schools and her life will never be the same. Josh has also had loss in his life which is one reason he does not want to get close to this girl but because of their shared loss are they now destined to be together? Read to find out!
Heather’s Rating: 5 stars
This book was amazing. It was so full of heart ache and angsts that it takes a long time to get to know the characters and then fall in love with them. Both Josh and Sunshine (seems to be the best choice to use here) are so troubled, and that element is what makes it difficult for the reader to get to know them. Even though the story is very distant and sad, there are some very funny parts. The conversations between Josh, Sunshine, and Drew are what finally brings the reader in and allows you to like the character. I love the present that Josh gives Sunshine it is so sweet and the perfect gift. The ending was amazing. I never saw it coming. As I read the last few words, the light bulb went off and I was left in Ahh. A perfect ending to a great emotional book.
Amanda’s Rating: 3 stars
This is the sequel to the book Down to You. In the first book the story alternates between POVs of the 3 main characters, Olivia, Cash and Nash. Olivia meets Cash in a club when at the request of her friends she starts to take his clothes off. The next morning his twin Nash is at her apartment with her cousin. That is the beginning of the madness. The first book also ends with a scary cliffhanger. In the second book we meet back up with Olivia and Cash. I liked it… Was it as good as the first? Probably not but that’s more due to the action type plot as opposed to the romance from the first book. This book also ends unresolved, because there is a third book, which I feel like books should tell you that up front so you aren’t confused when you finish. This ending was not as bad as the last ending. Overall you still get that crazy delicious romance with some great dialogue just less of it. I still enjoyed this book!
6) Tempting the Player by J. Lynn
Amanda’s rating: 4 stars
This is another in a series, however you really do not need to read the first book to enjoy this one. I still recommend both because they are fun light reads, that have some steamy sex scenes. The first book is Tempting the Best Man and a third will be released in June called Tempting the Bodyguard. All books are about the 3 Gamble brothers, Chase (book 1), Chad (2) and Chandler (3). This book is about a baseball player, Chad, who is in jeopardy of getting cut from his team due to his reputation. He had already met Bridget at a bar and she got under his skin. At a meeting later on he is photographed kissing her and his publicist blackmails Bridget into being his fake girlfriend. After there set arrangement will either be able to let go? Read to find out!
Now this is the end of a very long post and if you have any questions or if you have any suggestions comment below.