Hollywood Dirt – Review

IMG_9167I’ve had this novel on my TBR for quite some time and I finally had the chance to read it. And thanks to Ashley’s awesome birthday present last month, I had the chance to read a signed and personalized (!) copy. ♥

Hollywood meets dirt road. Cole Masten meets Summer Jenkins.
When Hollywood actor and newest bachelor Cole Masten decided to film his new movie in small town Quincy, Georgia, no one was prepared for the havoc he would cause – and least of them Summer. Or was Cole not prepared to meet the feisty blonde? Either way, Cole and Summer were from different worlds and when they collided, no one was sure if they made it out alive. Continue reading “Hollywood Dirt – Review”

Thirteen Reasons Why – Review

IMG_9700.editedThirteen Reasons Why is definitely not your typical young adult novel. When I heard it was adapted for a tv show and would release soon, I saw this is as an opportunity to finally read the novel.
Clay Jensen comes home from school to find a strange package waiting for him. It only has his address but not the return address written on it. Inside he finds a bunch of recorded cassette tapes from Hannah Baker – the Hannah Baker who committed suicide only two weeks earlier. On the cassette tapes Hannah explains there are thirteens reasons why she killed herself – Clay is one of them.

It is really difficult for me to find the right words to express my feelings. On the one hand, the story didn’t completely blow away my mind as I hoped it would, but on the other hand it is still a great book with such a strong and important message for all of us. Continue reading “Thirteen Reasons Why – Review”

Tempting Rowan – Review

rowanThis book is probably my favorite in this series. Well, I guess it is a tie between Tempting Rowan and Saving Tatum (look out for the next review). If you haven’t read the two previous books in this series yet, don’t worry. Tempting Rowan is a total standalone and follows different characters.
Rowan and Trent know each other since high school but then all of a sudden Rowan stopped talking to Trent. Although living in the same town, she managed to avoid him for years – until now. Trent is done being ignored by Rowan. He wants to find out what happened all those years ago but more importantly he wants to win her back. He is determined to make the pain in her eyes disappear and to give her the love she deserves. But Rowan does not want to get caught up in Trent again. He means distraction and she can’t be distracted under no circumstances. Her priority are her younger siblings she has to look after since her alcoholic mother and sleazy step-dad don’t take on responsibility for them. On top of that she has a job to go to and classes to attend. Will Trent be convincing enough to change Rowan’s mind? Continue reading “Tempting Rowan – Review”

Chasing Olivia – Review

chasing-oliviaWhat do you do when there is a sequel to one of your favorite books with the same main characters? Of course you read it. That’s what I did back in August 2015 as well as this month with Chasing Olivia.
Trace and Olivia are still together and happier than ever. The obstacles that were thrown at them in the past, made their bond even stronger. But after two years, the fearless adventurers are replaced with an “old married couple”. To get their spark back, Trace and Olivia are headed on a roadtrip of a lifetime. But is it just a roadtrip to get their spark back or does Trace have some hidden agenda? Nevertheless, Olivia can’t wait to escape her “soap opera life” for a few weeks, but unfortunately one can only run away from reality for so long.

I love roadtrips. Period. I have been on a few myself in the past and the next will begin in just a few days actually. Yay! Roadtrips make me think of freedom: it’s just your car, your friend(s) (or boy/girlfriend), the road and some great music. Continue reading “Chasing Olivia – Review”

A Thousand Letters – Review

cover-ebook-atlStaci Hart‘s newest novel, A Thousand Letters, is unlike her previous releases. Whereas the “Bad Habits” series and the standalone “Wasted Words” have been on the fun side, A Thousand Letters was more angsty and emotional.
During one fateful night seven years ago, Elliott made the hardest decision of her life and changed not only hers but also Wade’s life forever. Without having talked or seen the other in all those years, sad cicumstances force Wade and Elliot back together. Having to deal with each other again is  not easy and neither of them knows how to act around the other anymore. He clearly has changed and Elliot is not the same she was seven years ago either. Can they start all over? Can they forgive the other for all the pain they have caused each other?

All Staci Hart books I’ve read so far are set in the most amzing city of the world: New York City and I freaking love it! Continue reading “A Thousand Letters – Review”

Release Day of A Thousand Letters!

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“Lyrical, heartbreaking, and emotionally intense, A THOUSAND LETTERS is a beautiful portrait of an undying love that deserves a second chance.”

Melanie Harlow, USA Today Bestselling Author

A Thousand Letters, an all-new emotional standalone by Staci Hart is LIVE!!!

Continue reading “Release Day of A Thousand Letters!”

Drums of Autumn – Review

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I have been reading the Outlander series since May of last year, spacing the books out as I have had time to devote to the tale. Drums of Autumn is without a doubt my favorite of the Outlander series, thus far.  I know a lot of people complain about how long these books are and how scenes could easily be cut out, but I love the depth and length of these books.  I’ll admit, when I first started reading this particular book, 1070 pages seemed quite daunting.  Especially while the story took a bit to get going in my opinion, or maybe it’s simply that I didn’t care for the political schmoozing within the storyline.  However, once we were able to dive into Brianna’s perspective, I was hooked.  This series is so ridiculously epic.  I love being with the characters for as long as we are with this series.  I am so attached to them at this point, they feel like real people to mefriends.  In the days since I’ve finished reading, I’ve been missing the characters and wondering what is going to happen to them next.  I love being able to read about their daily lives- even the things that may seem slightly mundane, because it makes them more realistic.  Diana Gabaldon reminded me why I love long books, and books in a series.  Being able to read from the perspective of Claire, Brianna, Roger, and Jamie made this book fly by for me.  I constantly was wondering where the story was going to go.  My favorite part of this book was the connection between past and present. This aspect greatly appeals to me, as someone who enjoys history and the humanity behind it.
Let’s just say, when a book is over 1000 pages and the reader is still left wanting more, it is miraculous.  Diana Gabaldon is a genius.  I can’t imagine the time it took her to research and write these books.  She has devoted nearly 30 years to this series, and from what I hear she is still plugging away. What an amazing fruit of her labor. I can’t wait to see where the series continues to take readers.

If you haven’t jumped back in time with Claire and Jamie, it is a must.  I would rather read these books than watch the show any day. To keep from giving too much away to prospective readers, I’ll stop here.  I needed to quickly rave about this excellent novel.

If you have read the series, which book is your favorite?  No spoilers, please!

 

Happy Reading,
♥ Ashley