Review: Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer

Aaron Starmer
Publication Date: August 31, 2016
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction
Note: I received an ARC from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


“Katelyn Ogden was a lot of things, but she wasn’t particularly explosive, in any sense of the word.”

Mara Carlyle’s senior year at Covington High in suburban New Jersey is going on as normally as could be expected, until the day—wa-bam!—fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc. Katelyn is the first, but she won’t be the last senior to spontaneously combust without warning or explanation. The body count grows and the search is on for a reason—Terrorism! Drugs! Homosexuality! Government conspiracy!—while the seniors continue to pop like balloons.

Mara narrates the end of their world as she knows it with tell-it-like-it-is insight as she tries to make it to graduation in one piece through an explosive year punctuated by romance, quarantine, lifelong friendship, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bloggers, ice cream trucks, “Snooze Button™,” Bon Jovi, and the filthiest language you’ve ever heard the President of the United States use over Skype.

Spontaneous was a weird book. The concept behind it, high school seniors spontaneously combusting, was disturbing yet surprisingly entertaining. I loved the way the story was set up with each chapter unveiling a little more. The writing was amazing and the entire book was so creative!

I loved Mara’s rambling point of view in Spontaneous. It was blunt and refreshing. Mara was a little witty and a lot snarky. Her flippant attitude was perfect for a teenage character. I enjoyed reading her thoughts and feelings throughout the entire book. The supporting characters were fun, too. I loved learning bits and pieces about them through Mara.

Spontaneous delivered an incredibly entertaining reading experience, but it was a little frustrating.The spontaneous combustion plot and the revelations that went a long with it were confusing at times. So much random information was given and then never really explained or dealt with. I was only partially happy with the ending because I still feel like I need certain answers.

Still, I did really enjoy the book. I would definitely recommend it to YA Contemporary readers who enjoy a strange story filled with cool characters and great writing.



Review: Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Broken Prince
The Royals, #2
Author: Erin Watt
Publication Date: July 25, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Note: You must read Paper Princess prior to reading Broken Prince.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


These Royals will ruin you…

From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy.

When I started Broken Prince I had no doubt it would be just as good, if not better than, Paper Princess. I wasn’t disappointed. The writing was just as fantastic, and I was just as hooked. The characters continued to grow in complexity, and I loved learning more and more about them. The plot went places I would never have expected. The witty banter and dialog between the characters got better and better. I fell even more in love with the characters this time around.

Broken Prince picked right back up where Paper Princess ended. I can’t tell you where that is because I’m not going to spoil it for anyone. Just know that there will be major revelations and surprises — and another fascinating cliffhanger! I can’t leave that out. I absolutely loved it this book and I know fans of Paper Princess will, too. If you haven’t started this series yet, do it now! You’re missing out on something amazing!


Sorry the review is so short — I just don’t want to give anything away! 😉


Review: Up In the Treehouse by K.K. Allen

Up In the Treehouse
Author: K.K. Allen
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Note: I received an ARC from IndieSage PR in exchange for an unbiased review.

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


I wanted to tell him all my secrets, but he became one of them instead.

Chloe Rivers never thought she would keep secrets from her best friend. Then again, she never imagined she would fall in love with him either. When she finally reveals her feelings, rejection shatters her, rendering her vulnerable and sending her straight into the destructive arms of the wrong guy.

Gavin Rhodes never saw the betrayal coming. It crushes him. Chloe has always been his forbidden fantasy–sweet, tempting, and beautiful. But when the opportunity finally presents itself, he makes the biggest mistake of all and turns her down.

Now it’s too late . . .

Four years after a devastating tragedy, Chloe and Gavin find themselves crashing back into each other’s lives. Haunted by the past, they’re forced to come to terms with all that has transpired to find the peace they deserve. Except they can’t seem to get near each other without combatting an intense emotional connection that brings them right back to where it all started . . . their childhood treehouse.

Chloe still holds her secrets close, but this time she isn’t the only one with something to hide. Can their deep-rooted connection survive the destruction of innocence?

I can’t tell you how happy I am to have read Up in the Treehouse. When I started it, I had no clue it was by a local author! Yes, I know K.K. Allen now lives in Florida now, but I’m claiming her as a local Seattle author since she grew up here. And I’m guessing she might have been more South Sound than Seattle by the setting of her book. But I’ll get back to the setting in a bit.
I truly enjoyed K.K. Allen’s writing. Up in the Treehouse  was a dramatic story told in dual points of view. It alternated between past and present so the reader could understand the special history of the main characters, Chloe and Gavin.
Chloe and Gavin were childhood friends who hadn’t seen each other since a tragic event after their high school graduation. Both were deeply hurt by what happened their last night together, and their experiences tore them apart. They’re finally seeing each other after four years apart, and neither of them know how to navigate their lost friendship. The awkwardness and attraction between them was so much fun to read.
What I loved most about these characters was that neither of them was perfect. Their reactions and feelings felt real and honest. Both had been through the same event, but had recovered from it in different ways. I liked Chloe and her new determination to face her fears, but I also got annoyed with her for constantly avoiding things she didn’t want to deal with. Gavin was sweet and his frustrations were easy to understand. I liked how he wasn’t quick to let Chloe back in. I enjoyed watching them learn how to be friends — and maybe more — again.
Now back to the setting. Up In the Treehouse was perfectly set. The accuracy with which Bonney Lake, Washington was described was incredible. I can say that because I live 15 minutes from Bonney Lake. I’ve spent many hours on Lake Tapps (I’m pretty sure that’s the lake Chloe and Gavin live on.). You can check out the picture above to see what some of the area actually looks like, including Chloe’s view of Mt. Rainier probably looked like from her house. I’ve been to Allan Yorke Park more times than I can count. I’ve spent time at the pool tables in Babalouie’s. I smiled at every reference to one of my favorite lakes and the surrounding area attractions. The only thing missing was time spent complaining about the commute from Bonney Lake to Bellevue. Chloe must have hated that! It’s bad enough to deserve a mention. 😉
I loved everything about Up in the Treehouse. It was a slightly angsty romance with amazing characters and a couple of great twists. I know other New Adult readers will as much as I did. I really hope K.K. Allen will write more in this setting. I would love a story about Monica or one of Chloe and Gavin’s other friends.

About K.K. Allen

K.K. Allen is the Contemporary Romance & Fantasy Author of the Summer Solsticeseries (Enchanted, The Equinox and The Descendants), Soaring (short story in theEchoes of Winter Anthology), and Up in the Tree House, which will be available late Spring / early Summer.Ms. Allen was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, raised in Seattle, Washington, and currently resides near Orlando, Florida. She has always had a passion for reading and writing and has done so every day since the young age of 12. K.K. enjoys writing stories inspired by nature, magic and love. She loves manatees, learned to swim for the mere purpose of pretending she was a mermaid, and adores the beach so much she promises to one day live on one (in a tent if she has to) in Hawaii and serve snow cones on the side of the road.What’s Next: K.K. is gearing up to release her New Adult Contemporary Romance, Up in the Tree House, which deals with friendship, love, and everything in between.

Release Blitz Review: Mettle by J.C. Valentine



by J.C. Valentine
Spartan Riders, #2
Publication Date: July 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, MC Romance

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Synopsis: Talia McKinnon said goodbye to love the day she signed the divorce papers and moved across the country looking for a fresh start. With work occupying her days and nights, a relationship is the last thing on her mind, until a run-in with a hot-as-Hades, leather clad biker changes her mind. He’s everything she shouldn’t want but has to have. The problem is, he’s not that easy to catch.

Tucker “Country” Abrams believes in two things: brotherhood and women. He takes his job seriously and his women hard, but at the end of the day, the only loyalty he has is to his club. So when a night with a beautiful stranger threatens to change everything, he’s quick to apply the brakes. But when a little detective work reveals that Talia may be much more than a one-night stand, Tucker is tasked with an impossible decision. Will he push her away, or go against every instinct he has and pull her closer?

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

In Mettle, we return to J.C. Valentine’s Spartan Riders MC world. This time, it’s “Country” who is taking us for a ride.

Tucker “Country” Abrams is a love ’em and leave ’em type of guy. He’s always known the whole marriage and kids thing wasn’t for him. He doesn’t even like the bunnies to stay the night. Tucker’s loyalty has always been and always will be to the Spartan Riders. Or it was until a sultry, little blonde walked into the bar.

The last thing Talia McKinnon was looking for when transfer jobs across country was love. Any chances Talia had at that were ruined by her ex-husband. But when her new job presents the chance to get down and dirty with a sexy-as-sin biker, Talia jumps at the chance. Why not mix work with pleasure, if doing so will satisfy all of her needs?

While Tucker and his brother’s are trying to get a step ahead in a dangerous game, Talia is searching for answers to a mystery she needs to uncover. Can their new relationship survive the jobs they’re determined to do?

Just like the first book in the Spartan Riders series, Mettle was an intense, sexy ride. The suspense kept me on edge almost the entire time. I knew that once Tucker found out the truth behind Talia’s job, things were going to get tense. I never imagine the entire story would have me in a state of anticipation! There were other twist and turns I didn’t see coming. I was completely surprised a couple of times while reading.

Mettle wasn’t just all suspense, though. There was another kind of tension at play, too. Sexual tension. The sexual connection between Talia and Tucker was very carnal and a little bit kinky. I was definitely fanning myself! There was also a sweet side to their relationship. Both had feelings for each other quickly that went deeper. Neither of them was willing to admit that their relationship went anything beyond the physical for a while, but I loved the way they both were secretly falling for each other. I enjoyed the comfortable way they were with each other.

I would highly recommend  Mettle to readers who enjoy MC romances or the Romantic Suspense genre. It was definitely filled with several steamy scenes and a whole lot of action. I would suggest reading the first Spartan Riders novel, GRIT, before reading Mettle, though; it sets up a major part of this story.

**I received an ARC from IndieSage Promotions in exchange for an unbiased review.


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Synopsis: Gabby Morgan isn’t looking for love. Not even a little romance. Following a rocky past that she’d just as soon forget, she’s determined to focus on the future. One that most certainly doesn’t involve the tough-as-nails, short-on-words, hot-as-hell biker…or his kid.

Blake Mahone may not be done with women, but he’s finished with relationships. Then Gabby Morgan enters the picture. She’s flawless, refined, and as his kid’s teacher, way out of his league. She acts like she hates him, but her eyes tell a different story. Before he knows it, Blake finds himself hot for teacher, and he’s more than ready to learn all her secrets. Now all he has to do is convince her to give him a shot…without getting them both killed in the process.

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JC Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Series. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Five Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.

This is kind of a hard post for me. I had to think about it for a while. Most of the time I read romances. Since I’m already married, I think I have the falling in love thing down. Or at least I hope I do! 😉

102838721. Visit the South (North & South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana)

I love books set in the Southern U.S. The way authors such as Karen White describe the historic settings make me curious to what they look like in real life. I mean, I’ve seen pictures, but certain historic places make you feel sometimes. Does that make sense at all? (I’m also a sucker for a southern accent!)


2. Talk to my daughter about consent.

This may seem like a weird want to do, but after having read so many books about date rape or date rape drugs I feel like I want her to have an understanding of what consent means. I hope talking to her (in the future because she’s 8) about it will enable her to come to me in the future if she needs to.


3. Cut sugar out of my diet.

I read this book because I was interested in author Jasinda Wilder’s approach to well being and weightloss. Having a degree in Food and Nutrition Management, I’m always interested in “diets” and I loved that this wasn’t supposed to be one. She has a lot of great insights, although I’m still not sure how I feel about the use of Stevia as a replacement. I do love her positive message, though!

4. Change my daily routines.

So, I haven’t read this book yet. I have read the parts about forming and changing habits, though. I would really love to apply this to my life. I know I have some unhealthy habits to break and this book could be the push I need.


226698325. “Do epic” every day.

Life flies by. Seriously. One day you’re 18, the next you’re 38. Don’t wait for special occasions. I want to make each day memorable. If not for myself, then for someone around me. It’s the little moments and memories that count.


I know, nothing super exciting on this list, but I’m not very adventurous. 😉

Review: Adorkable by Cookie O’Gorman

Cookie O’Gorman
Publication Date: March 31, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Adorkable (ah-dor-kuh-bul): Descriptive term meaning to be equal parts dorky and adorable. For reference, see Sally Spitz.


Seventeen-year-old Sally Spitz is done with dating. Or at least, she’s done with the horrible blind dates/hookups/sneak attacks her matchmaking bestie, Hooker, sets her up on. There’s only so much one geek girl and Gryffindor supporter can take.


Her solution: she needs a fake boyfriend. And fast.


Enter Becks, soccer phenom, all-around-hottie, and Sally’s best friend practically since birth. When Sally asks Becks to be her F.B.F. (fake boyfriend), Becks is only too happy to be used. He’d do anything for Sal–even if that means giving her PDA lessons in his bedroom, saying she’s “more than pretty,” and expertly kissing her at parties.


The problem: Sally’s been in love with Becks all her life–and he’s completely clueless.


This book features two best friends, one special edition Yoda snuggie, countless beneath-the-ear kisses and begs the question:


Who wants a real boyfriend when faking it is so much more fun?

I honestly can’t believe Adorkable is Cookie O’Gorman’s début novel. Seriously? The writing was brilliant. It didn’t feel like a début at all! It may have bordered on slighty corny at times, but it was so much fun I didn’t care. Plus, it had my most favorite relationship trope ever: best friends to lovers (or best friends to dating because there’s no lovers in this YA novel).

I absolutely adored the story and the main characters. Sally was this geeky girl who didn’t mind not being the most beautiful or popular girl in the room. She kept her eye on the future and what she wanted. Her only little insecurity was the crush she had on her best friend, Becks. She didn’t think he would ever like her as more than a friend, so he seemed like the safest choice as her fake boyfriend. Sally just didn’t think the “pretending” would be so hard or make her want him even more.

Becks was the most popular and gorgeous guy in school. He could (and maybe did) have any girl of his choice, but he was totally willing to help Sally out. Becks had his own reasoning for being Sally’s fake boyfriend, but he truly would have done anything for her. He wasn’t just some popular athlete, he was a good guy and an amazing friend.

As for the other characters in the story…There was one I have to talk about. I couldn’t stand Sally’s other best friend, Hooker. I had major problems with her. She wasn’t a good friend at all. She obviously didn’t respect Sally’s thoughts or believe in her enough to allow Sally to find a boyfriend on her own — if she wanted one. I get that Hooker wanted Sally to be happy, but she had a really poor way of showing it. She made me so mad! But without her, the story wouldn’t have been quite as funny. Some of those dates…

Adorkable was everything I love in a YA Contemporary Romance. It was an upbeat, funny and fast-paced read. I read it in one evening — it was that good! It kept me smiling from beginning to end. If you enjoy YA contemporary romances, you should definitely check out this book. Cookie O’Gorman will be going on my YA must read list with Kasie West, Miranda Kenneally, Sarah Dessen and Ali Novak. I’m going to be keeping my eye out for her next release. I don’t want to miss it!

Review: Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean

Where the Road Takes Me
Jay McLean
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.


Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless façade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.


One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

Sadly, I’ve had Where the Road Takes Me sitting on my Kindle for over a year now. I’m not sure why I hadn’t read it yet. I read Kick Push and Coast, which technically come after Where the Road Takes Me. I love Jay McLean’s writing so it just doesn’t make sense. Luckily, my favorite Goodreads group decided to buddy read it. I’m angry I put off reading it for so long, but happy I’ve finally read it!

Where the Road Takes Me is a book about valuing yourself, what you want out of life and making the tough decisions that will get you there. It’s filled with impressive writing and characters who feel like real people.

Chloe is a foster child who’s purposefully kept herself guarded. She’s avoided making friends because she knows she won’t be around for long. Her personal story was sad, but made even sadder by the choices she made. I loved C-Lo, but was so irritated with her most of the time! She had a major avoidance issue. I wanted to shake her!

Everyone assumed Blake was living the dream. He was a talented basketball player who ruled the school. He lived in a nice house. But Blake’s life wasn’t what it seemed. He was going to have to choose a path after graduation: the one he wanted or the one that was expected of him. The pressure was slowly killing him. I loved Blake — most of the time. His decisions concerning Hannah drove me batty.

One of my favorite things about Where the Road Takes Me was finally getting to know Blake and Chloe’s story. I knew bits and pieces about their past from Kick Push, but this book was so much more!  I had no clue what their story really was.

I absolutely loved Blake and Chloe together. This is when they shined. They truly brought out the best in each other. There were so many sweet and swoonworthy moments between them. It was cool how their relationship with each other brought them closer to their families.

My other favorite part of this book was Josh. He made me laugh so much! The nicknames he came up with were hilarious! Plus, he was such a good friend to Blake. I also loved getting a glimpse back to his life before Kick Push and Coast. Now wish I had read this book before Kick Push. I can see why Jay McLean went on to write two books about Josh.

I would highly recommend Where the Road Takes You and any of Jay McLean’s other books. She writes beautiful, touching stories that are so much fun to read.

Review: A Gift of Time by Beth Flynn

A Gift of Time
Nine Minutes, #3
Author: Beth Flynn
Publication Date: July 19, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Psychological Thriller

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Note: You must read Nine Minutes and Out of Time prior to reading A Gift of Time. A Gift of Time is the conclusion to the this story.


Are some secrets meant to stay buried?


Three months have passed since Jason “Grizz” Talbot was put to death by lethal injection for crimes he committed. His former wife, Ginny, whom he had abducted from a convenience store when she was a teenager and became the love obsession of his life, has spent more than the last decade trying to carve out a life of normalcy in the bustling suburbs of Fort Lauderdale—including a thriving and happy marriage to Tommy “Grunt” Dillon, a former member of Grizz’s gang.


Tired of the secrets and the lies, Ginny and Tommy thought the final piece of their past could be left behind forever with Grizz’s execution. However, the past comes crashing around Ginny and Tommy when a newly discovered secret threatens to destroy their marriage. When tragedy strikes, Ginny is forced to reach into her heart and decide, once and for all, what she really wants.


In this third book in the Nine Minutes trilogy, A Gift of Time takes readers from the busy tropical metropolis of South Florida into the serenity of the North Carolina Blue Ridge mountains as Ginny chases down the answers she needs.

Will she have the strength to confront the secrets of her past…and her heart?

An epic conclusion to an epic ride!

A Gift of Time was an amazing ending to an outstanding series. Beth Flynn continued to take readers on an epic, beautifully written ride. All of the questions fans of the series have been asking were answered. No secret was left untold.

I’m not going to say much else because I don’t want to ruin the conclusion of the story for anyone, but I will say that I don’t think Ginny, Grizz and Grunt’s story could have ended more perfectly. I absolutely loved the way everything turned out. I’m sad the story has come to an end, but I’m really looking forward to seeing what Beth Flynn comes up with next!

If you haven’t read the Nine Minutes Trilogy, I would highly recommend it. It is the best thriller and biker romance I’ve read. If you’re interested in reading it, as of now Nine Minutes is $1.99 on Kindle for a limited time.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Set Outside The U.S.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books Set Outside The U.S.. I live in the U.S. and I have to admit the majority of the books I’ve read have been set there. Here are some of my favorites that weren’t.

Also, I once did a tag called Around the World in YA. Some of these books are on that list, but I tried to come up with new ones. I thought I would link to the tag in case you were interested in finding more books not set in the U.S.

Around the World in YA Tag

1. Britain


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

2. France


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

3. Nigeria

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

4. Canada

Smut by Karina Halle

5. Malaya

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

6. Australia

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

7. Ireland

The Player and the Pixie by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

8. Netherlands

Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda

9. Sweden

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

10. Italy

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Were any of these books on your TTT today?

Review: In Dreams by J. Sterling

In Dreams
The Dream, #1
Author: J. Sterling
Publication Date: January 1, 2011
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆


When Katherine Johns starts dreaming about a boy she doesn’t know, her college roommate Taylor is determined to find him. Convinced he must exist, Taylor is relentless… until she finds out exactly WHO the mysterious stranger really is.

The realization rocks the girls to their core and sends them down a path of unimaginable heartbreak as they learn to navigate their new reality.

Follow Katherine & Taylor’s journey through love, friendship and tragedy in this emotionally captivating debut novel by J. Sterling.

A couple of weeks ago, I read Dear Heart, I Hate You. In it I got a peek of Katherine and Cooper’s relationship. There was a little mystery behind it and I had to know more, so I decided to read their story.

In Dreams really surprised me. First, the writing wasn’t as sharp as it was in Dear Heart, I Hate You. I realize now that was because In Dreams was J. Sterling’s début novel. Her writing was good, but it’s definitely become amazing over the years.

Second, it wasn’t based in reality, but fantasy. While some aspects of that fantasy were cool (fortune-teller), I would have rather it had been based in reality. The fantasy parts left me frustrated. I couldn’t understand why Kat was so wrapped up in her dreams. They were just dreams — no matter how they made her feel. It’s not like she could live life forever in her dreams. I hated the choices she was making because of them and the love triangle they created. I only liked that Kat that was grounded in reality with Cooper.

Cooper was just as awesome as I expected him to be. He was the most sought after hockey player and guy on campus, but he was so down to earth. He didn’t deserve what Kat put him through. I was surprised he took it so well and didn’t think she was crazy.

As for the other characters in the book, Taylor and Danny were a lot of fun. I loved the friendship foursome they created with Cooper and Kat. Kylie I could have done completely without. The only thing I liked was when she took charge of Cooper and Kat’s messed up situation.

So, would I recommend this book. Yeah, probably. It was a really good début novel. It just wasn’t what I was expecting. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I had either read it prior to reading Dear Heart, I Hate You or realized it was going to be based in fantasy rather than reality prior to reading it.