The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen

The Truth about ForeverThe Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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Loved it. I think the narrator really made the story come alive. Macy’s character development was wonderful, taking chances and making friends. In fact, her friends were one of my favorite parts of the story. Delia was just an amazing, disorganized, mess of love.

The romance was fantastic! It was sort of a un-romance. Neither party was really available, so it was a super fun friendship that lets us get to know them and their secrets. I really developed quite a crush on Wes, good book-boyfriend material. Kristy, Monica, & Bert just grew on me, bunch of loyal misfits. Good back story about several families healing from grief, each person in their own way. It wasn’t angst ridden or depressing, I just don’t enjoy those downer type books.

I’m giving it 4.5 stars, rounded up for GR. I was a teensy bit let down at the end. I just wanted a little more after all that waiting & wanting. There was A LOT of taking the lord’s name in vain, a few F-bombs, nothing sexually explicit.

Recommended. YA contemporary romance, well done. Do it audio style if you can!

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A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught

A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland, #1)A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surprise Sucka! I’m good!

I’ve been on a Beauty & the Beast retellings kick, and this was on one of the lists. I’d say there’s only a very vague semblance to the fairy tale. The story was wonderful! Warring clans in England and Scotland, spitfire male & female protagonists, and good storytelling.

I was pretty wary after reading the prologue. Jenny was having this silent conversation with God, so I was sure that would dominate the story. While I’m quite spiritual/religious myself, I don’t enjoy Christian Romances. Most are cheesy and the entire plot revolves around the main character’s faith in God. I prefer non-fiction inspirational books.

So. Jenny does pray a few times and is determined to do what is right. It was appropriate for her character (her father sent her to a convent for two years & didn’t speak to her) and seemed to flow naturally with the story. I never felt that it was a main theme, was preachy, or tried to teach a moral. It was nicely done. The story would appeal to a wide audience, as the theme was really about staying true to your personal beliefs and convictions in the face of adversity.

Jenny is wily and determined. She’s brave and reckless, no hint of a Mary Sue. I was saddened by her desperate drive to please her father and regain favor with her clan.
The Wolf, be still my fluttering heart, was brilliant and ruthless. He brings Sun Tzu to mind – master General, strategist, war philosopher. Alpha done right.

There’s a bit of sexual coercion, not actual rape, that would normally earn a NOPE from me. Considering the age of the book and the way things played out, I was able to give it a pass. Some sex, written tastefully – probably PG13.

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These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy plot twists Batman! This was very, very good stuff. Dual narrative, well done. Both MCs are likable. Lilac LaRoux is tough, despite her fluffy name. Tarver is a young Major, but he deserves to be put on my Hot Captains shelf. Yes yes yes. Read this book!

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Grimspace by Ann Aguirre

Grimspace (Sirantha Jax, #1)Grimspace by Ann Aguirre
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was exactly what I was in the mood for! I’ve been on a sci-fi run, & Sirantha Jax is a gritty, but kicking heroine. I love the whole crew dynamic on a spaceship. Oh, (swoon) there was a hot captain. Very abrasive. Hero complex. Really, I never stood a chance.

No matter how his physical appearance is described, I ALWAYS picture my cocky captains as Nathan Fillion/Cap’n Mal from Firefly. Loras looked exactly like Sheldon Cooper. Kai resembled Wash (Firefly again.) Certain characters just pop into my head & I know their appearance and voice immediatly. I only had a vague idea about Jax, but she was pretty awesome. Does anyone else ‘see’ certain characters?

Not sure I’ll keep going with the series. This could’ve been a stand alone and I enjoyed the way it wrapped up. There were a few sexy-times, but nothing super explicit or crude.

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