Sunday, August 30, 2015

3.8 stars for #Poser by Cambria Hebert

3.8 stars for #Poser by Cambria Hebert
Rounded to 4

Genres:NA, College, social Issues, Rape, Family Drama, Sports, Romance, Recovery, Suspense

Posers gonna pose

I am a man who had nothing, but found everything.

I’ll never go back to nothing ever again.

I vowed to protect her, and that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. 

The pictures I stumbled upon haunt me still, the secret I shoulder is heavy.

They say secrets put distance between two people, but the truth is far more destructive than keeping it will ever be. 

I won’t ever tell. She can’t ever know.

When I look in the mirror my reflection is of who I’m afraid I’ll become and not the man I am. 

It makes me feel like a poser, no better than all the others pretending to be exactly who they aren’t.

How does a man keep it together when everything is unraveling right here in his hands?

I didn’t start any of this.

I never asked for it.

But it came knocking at my door. 

When secrets and threats knock, I don’t hide.

I open the door. 

Because the best way to take down a poser is to be one.

Bite Size Review:
I have never gave a Hashtag book lower than 5, but I had a problem with how they handled the subject matter. And for the first time in my blogging career, I'm using a spoiler. Why? Because I feel the subject matter is actually life threatening. 
Let me explain after ****
Rape is serious. Mentally ill psychopaths are dangerous. Not reporting a crime IS a crime. It is not love to hide it. Not only are you hurting the one who won't get justice and peace, but you leave that sick individual out there to do it again to someone else! In this book, he goes after the same girl, but he could have done this to someone else. 

Let me repeat that. 

Not reporting the rape gives the rapist the freedom to do it again. To the same person, another, or a multitude of others. 

The car chase in the end?!? If he had knowledge, he should have called 911 before or while trying to follow him. It seemed like very juvenile behavior and incredibly stupid. I had a hard time reading it because they had to know he wouldn't be in a mental hospital forever. Plus, she needed help and lying is not the answer. 

There were just several issues that didn't sit well with me. I still love the overall book, but I feel they need to move away from Missy and the characters need to handle crisis with more brains. My kids know to contact police and they are in grade school.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bite Size Review: 5 stars for Until Friday Night

5 stars for Until Friday Night 
by Abbie Glines

Published: August 25,2015

Genres: Death, recovery, sports (Football), social issues, grief, high school, romance

My Bite Size Review:
Abbie Glines thoughtfully and organically handled the processes of grief. Both sudden, violent death and a slow, agonizing deaths were handled with care and provided the reader with insight and left me personally gutted. Brilliantly written.

To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Today's Reading: Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking

Cast out by her kingdom and far from home, she's the Kanin people's only hope.

Bryn Aven - unjustly charged with murder and treason - is on the run. The one person who can help is her greatest enemy, the enigmatic Konstantin Black. Konstantin is her only ally against those who have taken over her kingdom and threaten to destroy everything she holds dear. But can she trust him?

As Bryn fights to clear her name, the Kanin rulers’ darkest secrets are coming to light… and now the entire troll world is on the brink of war. Will it tear Bryn from Ridley Dresden, the only guy she’s ever loved? And can she join forces with Finn Holmes and the Trylle kingdom? One thing is certain: an epic battle is underway—and when it’s complete, nothing will ever be the same…

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Just got my hands on Every Last Breath

Just got my hands on Every Last Breath by Jennifer L. Armentrout. In my favorite place, the library. Feels weird reading an outside book but I had to stop at Barnes & Noble...

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…