Before the Blog #7: A Little Something Different

Before the Blog is a weekly blog meme hosted by Karis Jacobstein over @ YA Litwit. It’s an opportunity to showcase books a blogger read and loved prior to starting their blog .  I love this idea because there are so many amazing books I haven’t reviewed on A Novel Glimpse because I read them a long time ago. The only rules to this meme are to answer the following questions about the book chosen to review:

  • Why did you choose this book? 
  • When did you read this book? 
  • Who would you recommend this book to? 

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A Little Something DifferentA Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Publication Date: August 26, 2014

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Synopsis:

This is Gabe and Lea’s love story written from the view point of 14 people — none of whom are Gabe and Lea.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Why did you choose this book? 

It really was a little something different. I loved watching the story unfold from everyone but the main characters’ points of view. Some of the characters were really unique and interesting.

When did you read this book?

October 2014

Who would you recommend this book to? 

A Little Something Different is a YA contemporary romance I think anyone would enjoy. Be ready for the cuteness of it all.

That moment when you accidentally schedule something….LAST WEEK!

Ugh. I was trying to schedule a post for Monday since I know I have a busy weekend and failed miserably. Somehow I posted to last Monday. Then, I decided to just go ahead and publish it immediately. I messed that up, too! It’s still the 26th at my house, but it’s the 27th on WordPress. That means I scheduled it for yesterday! I finally have it right, but I’m sure my email followers got a million emails, so my apologies. I’ll try not to do it again.

Technology. It’s a love-hate relationship.

Kick Push

Kick Push (The Road Series #2) by Jay McLean

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Synopsis: 

At seventeen, skateboarder Josh Warden became a single dad. He gave up his dreams to take care of his son. It was a struggle. Now, three years later, he’s finally in a good place. He’s got a good job, a great place to stay and he’s got Tommy.

Then she shows up. His neighbor’s daughter, Becca. She’s beautiful and mysterious. Josh can’t seem to stay away from her. He should. He’s got enough on his plate being a single dad. And Becca…Well, Becca’s got some issues of her own. He’d love to ask her about them–if she would talk.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Ugh. I loved this book, but I hated this book. Does that mean I just liked this book? I don’t know. I’m having a hard time deciding how I actually feel about it. It’s making it really hard to write a good review of it. I think I’m going to just bullet what I liked and didn’t like.

The great things about this book:

  • Tommy was stinkin’ cute. He had super powers that would make anyone adore him.
  • Hunter’s humor and support of Josh. Their conversations were hilarious. I would have liked more of him in this book.
  • The skateboarding. It was just super cool.
  • Photography aspect of the story. I love pictures of my loved ones, so this hit home for me.
  • Last (but not least), Josh. What I loved most about this book was him. He was just a stand up guy. No matter what problems he and Becca faced, his reactions were all simply because he loved her. He may have been a jerk at times, but he always made sure she knew he loved her.

The thing that drove me nuts:

  • Becca’s hidden past. It drug out FOREVER. Seriously, for most of the book. The first half of the book, it was mysterious and intriguing. The second half, it was like come on already! Just tell me! I started to think that no matter what it was, I was just going to write her off as weird. Which wouldn’t have been very nice of me because there was such tragedy in her life. Once I knew, I could identify with her actions better.
  • The ending. This one is my own fault. It’s a cliffhanger and I had no idea. I didn’t notice the (Kick Push #1) after the title on Goodreads. (Which is confusing because Jay McLean has Kick Push listed as The Road Series – Book 2 on her website.) But honestly, I would have rather seen Josh and Becca’s story wrap up in one book. Mostly because I’m still not 100% digging Becca. I am curious to see what will happen to them (or mainly Josh), so I will read the next book. Maybe Becca will grow on me now I know her backstory. I hope so.

So, would I recommend reading this book? I’m going to say yes. I have decided the positives outweigh the negatives. So much of the story is Josh and Tommy. It’s just too cute and special of a story to pass up. And I’m going to go back and read Where the Road Takes Me. I need more Hunter. I know I have it on my Kindle and never read it. Shame on me! I need to update my TBR (CRAP) list!

Other books in The Road series:

Falling From The Sky

Falling From The Sky (Gravity #2) by Sarina Bowen

Publication Date: August 26, 2015

Note: Falling From The Sky is part of the Unconditional Anthology. Sarina Bowen will be donating her proceeds from the sale of this collection to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Synopsis:

Doctor Callie Anders doesn’t take risks — especially where her heart is concerned. She’s been burned once and she’s not about to take that risk again. That’s why she’s keeping her distance from the incredibly handsome athlete that has shown up in her emergency room.

Freestyle snowboarder Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus had it all until an accident caused his world to fall apart. Now, he’s stuck in a wheel chair wondering if he’ll ever get back what he lost. The only bright spot in his life is a certain sexy doctor.

When the opportunity to run a new therapy department arises, Callie finds herself in constant contact with the one man that makes her want to take risks. She’s going to have a hard time keeping things professional with the hunky participant who’s determined to make her his.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Falling From The Sky was an incredible love story! Watching uptight Callie slowly lose herself in “Hazardous” Hank was so much fun. And Hank. Oh, Hank. I couldn’t help but feel for his losses. But I loved the way he fought back and ended up embracing his new life.

My favorite part of this story, though; was the way Sarina Bowen spotlighted issues that wheelchair bound men (and women) face daily. She did it with such care and compassion. I honestly felt like I was learning something along with getting a great love story.

Now, if you’ve read The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen, you’re probably saying, “Hey, wait a minute! Didn’t she already write a story about a girl in a wheelchair?” Yes, she did. While some of the same issues were dealt with, the story was completely different and new. If you liked The Year We Fell Down, you’ll like Falling From The Sky, too. But don’t worry, you won’t feel like you’re rereading the same story.

If you’re a contemporary romance reader, I would highly suggest reading Falling From The Sky by Sarina Bowen. It’s the second book in the Gravity series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. There are some references to the characters from Coming In From The Cold, but you don’t have to read it to enjoy book 2. I can’t wait to read Shooting For The Stars!

**I received an ARC of Falling From The Sky in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in this series:

  

ARC Review: Fall for Him

Fall for Him (Forbidden Trilogy #3) by J.C. Valentine

Publication Date: August 25, 2015 (Today!!!)

Publisher: J.C. Valentine

Synopsis:

Life is all about choices. Jo thought she made the right ones, but it turns out she was wrong. She’s lost everyone she ever cared about.

Now, Jo’s going to have to fight for what she wants. She’s going to have to take back control of her life and it’s not going to be easy.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Forbidden Triology hooked me from the beginning with Dance for Me. I couldn’t help but get wrapped up in college student/stripper Jo’s story. Her “relationship” with HIM was hot, hot, hot! Plus, there were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. The cliffhanger at the end shocked me and I couldn’t wait for Lie to You to be released.

Lie to You (read my review here) continued the fast-paced, intense, scorchingly hot storyline and has some surprises of its own. Of course, there was another great cliffhanger that left me wanting more.

So, I was super excited to be able to read an ARC of Fall for Him. I couldn’t wait to see what was in store for Jo. So much had changed for her since Dance for Me. I couldn’t help but wonder what surprises J.C. Valentine had in store for readers this time.

I loved Fall for Him. I thought it was the perfect ending to Jo’s story. And that’s all I’m saying because I don’t want to ruin the series for anyone that hasn’t read it yet. It’s an amazing series filled with many surprises. Readers that like enjoy erotic romances, like Fifty Shades of Grey or Bared to You, will enjoy this series.

Other books in this series:

  

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book That Would Be on My Syllabus if I Taught New Adult Romance 101

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101). I chose New Adult Romance 101. I tried to pick different authors and different types of stories in the genre. All of these books gave me “the feels.”

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus if I Taught New Adult Romance 101:

1. Left Drowning by Jessica Park

 Left Drowning

2. Bright Side by Kim Holden

Bright Side (Bright Side, #1)

3. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

4. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan

Archer's Voice

5. Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

Falling into You (Falling, #1)

6. There is No Light in Darkness by Claire Contreras

There is No Light in Darkness (Darkness, #1)

7. Broken by Lauren Layne

Broken (Redemption, #1)

8. Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

Sincerely, Carter

9. The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

The Mistake (Off-Campus, #2)

10. How We Deal with Gravity by Ginger Scott

What New Adult book would you add to my list? Let me know in the comments.

Jet lag is killing me, but I’m back!

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Chances are, with my scheduled blog posts, you didn’t even notice I was gone. For the last week, I’ve been on vacation. But I’m back now and almost ready to get back in the swing of things with A Novel Glimpse.

First, I need to catch up on some sleep! (I don’t know how all of you travellers handle this jet lag! I only had a 3 hour time difference and I’m exhausted!) Second, I have some PTA stuff to deal with before school starts in a couple of weeks. Then, I will be happily catching up on all the tags I’ve been tagged on, reviews I have to write, etc. I’m really looking forward to being back in the book blogging world!

Frisk Me

Frisk Me (New York’s Finest #1) by Lauren Layne

Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Publisher: Forever

Synopsis:

Officer Luc Moretti would tell you he’s nothing special. He’s just a cop doing his job. He doesn’t understand why the media’s making such a big deal out of him pulling a little girl out of the East River. He can’t walk down the street without someone wanting a picture with him. Now, he’s being forced to do a special interview he has no desire to do.

Ava Sims has one chance to make anchorwoman and it all rests on the ability to get Officer Luc Moretti to comply with her requests. Too bad Luc isn’t making things easy. Ava’s going to do whatever it takes to get the real story on Officer Luc Moretti.

The only thing Ava and Luc agree on is that they hate each other. Well, until they don’t. Both Ava and Luc are trying their best to keep things professional, but the temptation is just too great. Will their personal relationship mess up their professional ones?

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

So, first off, I have to admit it took me awhile to get into Frisk Me. I think it was Ava and Luc’s constant bickering. They really didn’t like each other and it made it hard for me to like either one of them.

Once I got a little more into the story, I started to really like Luc. He seemed like such a nice guy. (Well, besides to Ava.) His family was adorable. I loved their interactions. My favorite character was Luc’s grandmother, Nonna. She was such a spitfire! There were so many times when I caught myself laughing because of something she was doing or saying. I kind of wish she was my grandma!

Ava took me much longer to like. She was such a selfish person. I wanted to smack her half the time! The only time I really liked her was when she and Luc finally got together. He really brought out the best in her. Not to mention, their chemistry was off the charts!

I liked how Lauren Layne worked social media and how it could potentially affect a police officers life into the story. The only thing I didn’t really care for was how long the bickering went on at the beginning. It just made it hard to fall in love with the characters. For me, that’s important when I start reading a book. So, once I got past all of the initial bickering between the characters, I enjoyed Frisk Me a lot.

**I received an electronic copy of Frisk Me from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Other books in the New York’s Finest series:

November 2015

The Reading Habits Tag

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I saw The Reading Habits Tag on The Ultimate Fangirl. Bianca from The Ultimate Fangirl invited anyone who wanted to complete the tag. I thought it was another fun way for A Novel Glimpse readers to get to know me a little bit better. Now, for the tag!


Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

  • I usually read in our recliner with my dog on my lap while my husband is watching T.V. Sometimes, I will read in bed before I go to sleep.

Bookmark or random piece of paper?

  • Both! If I can find one, I use a bookmark. I’m not sure where they hide, but sometimes those sneaky things disappear! If I can find one I’ll use a random piece of paper, a post-it or a receipt.

Can you stop reading or do you stop after a chapter / a certain amount of pages?

  • I try to stop at the end of a chapter. Most of the time, it’s on a random page because I’ve been interrupted by my daughter or husband or I need to do something else.

Do you eat or drink while reading?

  • Normally, I drink water or tea while I’m reading. I have been known to read while eating lunch or having a snack. It just depends on the time of day.

Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

  • Yep, both. If I’m home alone, I’ll put on music. If there’s something on T.V. I want to watch, I’ll read during the commercials. Or if my husband is watching something I’ll read and look up at times to see what’s going on.

One book at a time or several at once?

  • It depends. If I’m reading a book on my Kindle, it’s usually just that book. If it’s a paperback or a library book, I’ll sometimes read a second book on my Kindle. I do that because I like to read while walking on my treadmill and it’s hard to do with anything other than my Kindle. Oh, and if I’m reading an intense book, I will read a second less intense book when I need a break from the stress.

Reading at home or everywhere?

  • I read everywhere: home, daughter’s soccer practice, any time I’m waiting for something. I try to always have a book around.

Reading out loud or silently in your head?

  • I read silently, unless I’m reading a book to my daughter. I read the entire Harry Potter series to her when she was a newborn. I really think it helped her speaking skills develop.

Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

  • Yes. I have to admit this. If a book’s really boring, I will try to skip ahead.

Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

  • Most of the books I buy are on Kindle, so I don’t have to worry about it much. I do try to keep my paperback books in good condition, though.

Do you write in your books?

  • No. If I want to mark something, I’ll do it with a post-it. Then, I can actually find it when I want it.

So, those are some of my reading habits. What are yours? Leave them in the comments section or participate in The Reading Habits Tag and link it back to A Novel Glimpse. I’m not going to tag any specific blogs this time. If you want to participate, go for it! 🙂

Hickville Confessions

Hickville Confessions (Hickville High #2) by Mary Karlik

Publication Date: May 1, 2015

Publisher: GPK Publication LLC

Synopsis:

Ryan Quinn thought her life couldn’t possibly get any worse than it had been back in Chicago. She thought she was leaving her past behind when her family moved to a small town in Texas. Ryan even joined Hillside High’s Purity Club. The Purity Club should have been a way to make friends. It should have been a way to start over and be a better person.

Boy was Ryan wrong.  Who knew the club would not only shatter her dreams of starting over, but attack her as well.

Justin can’t help but come to Ryan’s rescue when he sees her being attacked. The last thing Justin needs with his crazy family life is a girlfriend, but he can’t stay away from Ryan. He feels a connection with her and a need to defend her from havoc the Purity Club created.

As both Justin and Ryan’s lives spiral out of control, they must decide whether what they’ve found together is worth fighting for.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

**I received an electronic copy of Hickville Confessions from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hickville Confessions grabbed my attention from the beginning with the Purity Club’s attack on Ryan. I couldn’t help but feel for Ryan. She was trying to be a better person, and it was being thrown back in her face. I continued to feel for her the rest of the book. Ryan has so much guilt to deal with. Nothing was ever easy for her, not even her relationship with Justin.

Justin’s family life was so sad. Reading his chapters were hard. I just wanted to give the poor guy a hug and get his family some help. I loved how he stood by Ryan. I really enjoyed their love story.

What surprised me most, though; was the ending. It wasn’t what I was expecting. Yes, I got my happily ever after, but there was also a twist I didn’t see coming at all.  I will be reading the next book in the series because I have to know where the twist goes!

I really liked Hickville Confessions, but it wasn’t as light a book I was hoping. There was a ton of angst and it was filled with heavy topics. The entire book was a rollercoaster of emotions. I would definitely recommend it to YA readers, but warn them that it’s not a book filled with sunshine and rainbows. Hickville Confessions is a the second book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone novel.

Other books in the Hickville High series: