Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books That Have Been On My TBR Since Before I Started Blogging That I STILL Haven’t Read Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome people of The Broke and the Bookish

Well this is going to be a huge embarrassment! I started blogging about 3 years ago…oh boy, here we go! Here are ten books that have been on my TBR since before I started blogging and have YET to read them.


 BOOM! there it is! let me know if you’ve read any of these and what I should read soon because it was so good! AAHHH I really need to read these….

Bekah

Book Review: Love Me Never by Sara Wolf

Publication Date: April 5, 201625664563
Publisher: EntangledTeen
Pages: 304
Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

Previously published as Lovely Vicious, this fully revised and updated edition is full of romance, intrigue, and laugh-out-loud moments.

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My Thoughts:
I am beyond glad Goodreads recommended this book to me.  This book was so much fun to read and oh man that ending!!!

Isis is a girl moved to a new town which means a new high school. At a party one night she sees Jack work his horrible self on someone and she felt the need to stand up for them. Well Isis and Jack have just met each other’s match. Her way of staking her claim of a boy- hating-self-proclaimed-bad-girl; was to literally punch Jack in the face. BOOM. And there it begins.
f9eee4ee209b9f18a82faf93871aedcb.jpgAt first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Isis but she totally grew on me. Sure she has some issues but man I loved her sassy-sarcastic self! She used to be fat so she has stretch marks, her thighs jiggle and she calls herself ugly. But she has accepted who she is and has accepted the fact that she thinks she’s ugly. However I can understand how she would think she was ugly and never again would want to be touched by a man. After being bullied and tricked she has decided to completely change herself and who she use to be so she will never ever have to experience that again. Sadly that includes never falling in love…again.

a02a99aa63d0134bba4193f943718552.jpgJack has issues of his own, I liked him. Sure, was he an absolute jerk? yes. did he need to be? no. Is he perfect? no. Did I have issues with him? sure! But overall, his jerk-y-ness was his defense wall. He is tired of being treated and fawned, and even pawed at all the time from women. So to keep them away he treats them badly by using their weaknesses and insecurities against them. Horrible right? But I found him and his interaction with Isis intriguing so I kept going.

One of my biggest problems I have with his story? His chosen “secret” life he has outside of high school. Do I understand? sure, doesn’t mean I have to agree with the author’s choice of lifestyle. Just throwing that out there.

But what made this book so worth the read was the action going on between both Jack and Isis and how they went about each other. I absolutely loved the funny side of Isis that wasn’t there at first but slowly built over time with the story till by the time I finished the book I was chuckling out loud and smiling! I love books that can make me do that! Plus that crazy cliffhanger and the fact that I am absolutely DYING to get my hands on book two!!! AAAHHH! I can’t wait!

So Overall I enjoyed it, I did have some issues with it, but overall I really enjoyed it.

Sexual Content: moderate/heavy
Language: heavy
Violence: moderate
Drugs/Alcohol: moderate/heavy

Bekah

Fallen Crest High by Tijan

Publication Date: October 31, 2012 21936321.jpg
Publisher: N/A
Pages: 375
Goodreads Rating: 1/5 Stars

Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend her school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn’t care at all: about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parent’s divorce. But maybe that’s a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

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My Thoughts:
I have no idea how I finished this book or why I finished it, I’m just going to throw that out there.

This book is full of angry, ANGRY people who have WAAAAY too much power and who enjoy waaaaay too much drama, who all need help. seriously. LOTS of therapy.

I do not like books where teens have way to much power of people especially their own parents. These kids have way too much power and money that enjoy pain and destruction who use their money to destroy people and things in a way to make themselves feel better or just to feel at all.

wpid-simple-ways-to-choose-between-two-guys-300x200A whoreish mother who lied to her daughter all her life has decided to move in with her rich boyfriend. Rich boyfriend has two sons who are on destruct-o mode and hates anybody and everybody they don’t deem worthy of their attention.

Girl shows some awful disrespect and they praise and accept her for it. Then imagine lots of sexual tension that finally builds till it explodes and creates sex scenes that are SO NOT REAL! NOBODY CAN last that long or do it that many times unless they are taking some sort of sex pill. Gross.

Overall this book was just awful and I won’t be continuing with the series. Kids should NOT have this much power over people.

Sexual Content: heavy
Language: heavy
Violence: moderate
Drugs/Alcohol: heavy

OPTOUTBekah

Top 10 Tuesday:Ten Books Where Characters First Hate Each Other Setting

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the awesome people of The Broke and the Bookish

I don’t know about you, but I do love a good hate grows to love kind of story. It’s got to be my favorite type of story. I love that it’s dragged out and torturous and you know they are bound to like each other eventually and you just love the journey. THE BEST PEOPLE! SO here are my 10 ten favorite books where characters first hate each other setting…


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Love Me Never by Sara Wolf
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 304
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Don’t love your enemy. Declare war on him.

Seventeen-year-old Isis Blake hasn’t fallen in love in three years, nine weeks, and five days, and after what happened last time, she intends to keep it that way. Since then she’s lost eighty-five pounds, gotten four streaks of purple in her hair, and moved to Buttcrack-of-Nowhere, Ohio, to help her mom escape a bad relationship.

All the girls in her new school want one thing—Jack Hunter, the Ice Prince of East Summit High. Hot as an Armani ad, smart enough to get into Yale, and colder than the Arctic, Jack Hunter’s never gone out with anyone. Sure, people have seen him downtown with beautiful women, but he’s never given high school girls the time of day. Until Isis punches him in the face.

Jack’s met his match. Suddenly everything is a game.

The goal: Make the other beg for mercy.
The game board: East Summit High.
The reward: Something neither of them expected.

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The Wall of Winnipeg & Me by Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Mariana Zapata
Pages: 672
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Vanessa Mazur knows she’s doing the right thing. She shouldn’t feel bad for quitting. Being an assistant/housekeeper/fairy godmother to the top defensive end in the National Football Organization was always supposed to be temporary. She has plans and none of them include washing extra-large underwear longer than necessary.

But when Aiden Graves shows up at her door wanting her to come back, she’s beyond shocked.

For two years, the man known as The Wall of Winnipeg couldn’t find it in him to tell her good morning or congratulate her on her birthday. Now? He’s asking for the unthinkable.

What do you say to the man who is used to getting everything he wants?

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Vendetta & Inferno by Catherine Doyle
Publication Dates: Feb. 24, 2015 & Jan. 7, 2016
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd.
Pages: 352 & 416
My Ratings: 5/5 & 5/5 Stars

When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys’ dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Pages: 469
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Publication Date: December 10, 2013
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 372
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. Both journey across the eerie deserted terrain for help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.

The Starbound Trilogy: Three worlds. Three love stories. One enemy.

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Angelfall by Susan Ee
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Skyscape
Pages: 288
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

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Rush by Eve Silver
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 364
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

So what’s the game now? This, or the life I used to know?

Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spins into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby – pulled from her life, through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.

There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Every moment of the game is kill or be killed, and Miki has only the questionable guidance of Jackson Tate, the team’s alluring and secretive leader. He evades her questions, holds himself aloof from the others, and claims it’s every player for himself. But when he puts himself at risk to watch Miki’s back, he leaves her both frustrated and fascinated. Jackson says the game isn’t really a game, that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival. And the survival of every other person on the planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn.

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Austenland by Shannon Hale
Publication Date: May 29, 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 197
My Rating: 4/5 stars

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

Decked out in empire-waist gowns, Jane struggles to master Regency etiquette and flirts with gardeners and gentlemen;or maybe even, she suspects, with the actors who are playing them. It’s all a game, Jane knows. And yet the longer she stays, the more her insecurities seem to fall away, and the more she wonders: Is she about to kick the Austen obsession for good, or could all her dreams actually culminate in a Mr. Darcy of her own?

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Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Publication Date: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Mira
Pages: 390
My Rating: 4/5 Stars

Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for.

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Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 543
My Rating: 5/5 Stars

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with the piercing eyes another look.

Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.

As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined, and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.

His life depends on it.

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Please tell me you’ve got some recommendations for me because I would LOVE some new books like these where they hate each other and slowly fall for each other….seriously, the BEST!

Bekah

Friday Reads/Currently Reading

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HAPPY FRIDAY!!!! Tell me what you’re reading currently! I’m currently reading…


25558608A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir 
Publication Date: August 30, 2016
*I got this ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in exchange for an honest review* 

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

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So far it’s picked up exactly where the first book left off and I’m enjoying it! Lots of action and what-not within the first 100 pages…cause that’s as far as I’ve gotten!😀


1451694Darkfever (Fever #1) by Karen Marie Moning 
Publication Date: August 26, 2008

When MacKayla’s sister was murdered, she left a single clue to her death, a cryptic message on Mac’s cel phone. Journeying to Ireland in search of answers, Mac is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to master a power she had no idea she possessed – a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.

As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister’s death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysteriou Jericho…while at the same time, the ruthless V’lane – an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women – closes in on her. As the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac’s true mission becomes clear: to find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book – because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control both worlds in their hands.

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, I needed something to read on my iPad at night when I couldn’t use my light SO I started this…so far it’s not bad, interesting for sure!


4447622.jpgSome Girls Bite (Chicago and Vampire #1) by Chloe Neill
Publication Date: April 7, 2009

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me.

Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn’t exactly glamorous, but I was doing fine until Chicago’s vampires announced their existence to the world. When a rogue vampire attacked me, I was lucky he only got a sip. Another bloodsucker scared him off and decided the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

Now I’ve traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan “Lord o’ the Manor” Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed,
four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries’ worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude—and servitude. Right…

But someone’s out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches?

My initiation into Chicago’s nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war—and there will be blood.

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I needed an audio book to listen to while I drove my shift of 5 hours home from a short vacation in Florida. I think if I weren’t listening to it, it would be better. Still…I think now that I am home I might pick up the actual book and drop the audio so I can better like the characters because the voices always sound better in my head, you know?


 Bekah

Book Review: Going Too Far by Jennifer

Publication Date: March 17th 2009 4570679
Publisher: Pocket Books/MTV Books
Pages: 247
Goodreads Rating: 2/5 Stars

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?

All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far…and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge — and over….

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My Thoughts:
Where do I begin with this story???? GAG ME!

33-leycester-creek-bridge-lismore-3.jpgThis horrible story starts out with a girl who decides that because of something that happened to her in the past that she needs to “live life?” uh no… “not be wasted?” that’s better… “be used?” yes, that’s it. She pretty much is a bit of a sleazy and sleeps with some guy that is horrible to her just to have sex so she can be “used” and is her body is used but it’s not even sex it’s a wam-bam-thank-you-mam type of a relationship that ends up with them and two other acquaintances on a deadly bridge with a train coming hoping to do it on the tracks before the train comes and an officer catches them before anything can really begin and pretty much saves them.

 Then this stupid Meg person faints…A LOT over something that may be considered traumatic but not to the point that it would cause such a reaction. stupid.

I didn’t care for Meg I really hated how she portrayed herself and felt “justified” in her “healing” process. Nope, nobody should be allowed to act the way she did and treat her parents the way she did.

Entered Popo John with the weirdest last name. Who for some strange reason finds her rs_634x1024-140717121938-634.castro3.cm.71714interesting and attractive and who has to stay with her for the whole week as part of her penance. She as part of her “punishment” has to go on a ride-a-long with an officer to see what it’s like and see where her road will lead if she continues down the path she is. Somehow they strike a friendship that quickly turns to attraction that somehow turns to lust which is portrayed as love and somehow things work out and he’s the good guy who helps her see the light and she helps him with his problems because what’s a story without both people having ridiculous issues?

Overall I didn’t care for the book, the problems were portrayed not well.

Sexual Content: heavy
Language: heavy
Violence: moderate
Drugs/Alcohol: heavy

OPTOUTBekah

Book Review: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Publication Date: July 26, 201625486998
Publisher: Point
Pages: 304
Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds thatsomeone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mysteryand juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

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My Thoughts:
Is there anything Kasie West can’t do? I have read all of her contemporary books and have given them all 5/5 stars. I just love them! They are perfect in every way.

istock_000005536752xsmall.jpgSo this is an adorable book about misunderstandings, prejudgments, pride, love, forgiveness all surrounding the awesome cuteness of a secret pen-pal and passing of notes in school.

How does that even work? imagine two people who absolutely hate each other write each other notes during class without even knowing they are writing to each other? well will it make more sense if I tell you that they are in different periods?

So Lily a very unique girl who loves music and writes her own songs and is a self-taught guitarist she also is someone who holds a grudge and totally misunderstands and misinterprets a certain someone for years. Silly right? but not altogether un-plausible. While bored in Chemistry class she writes a line of a song she loves on the top of her desk and the magic begins…

When someone responds with the next line to the song it creates a friendship over time and letters.

This is seriously such a cute story and my heart strings were jumping and dancing and I had all those bookish feels it was just wonderful and I loved how these letters helped two people find themselves and each other through them. It was just an overall feel good book and so perfectly well written with how some teenagers really are! It was so fun.

Sexual Content: mild/none
Language: none
Violence: none
Drugs/Alcohol: none

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