Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire

“A Toast! To douche bags! And to girls that break your heart.  And to the absolute fucking horror of losing your best friend because you were stupid enough to fall in love with her.

I was so freaking excited last week when I got the email from Atria Books that I could download and begin reading my ARC of Walking Disaster.  SCORE!!!!!  I did a little dance.  Seriously.  Ask my co-worker from across the hall.  I actually danced to her office then danced back to mine.  Seriously, though I could.not.wait to read this book.  Beautiful Disaster was one of the first books I read this year and one of them that inspired me to start my blog.

When reading Beautiful Disaster, which I absolutely loved by the way, there were times when I would ponder the question, “What in the hell was Travis Maddox thinking?”  This book answers those questions for me.  It’s not new, there’s nothing more to the story, it is what it says it is, the exact same story but it’s from Travis’ point of view.  I loved how he arrived at asking her about the bet, what he was thinking when she showed up at his apartment for the first time looking like she did, and what he was thinking right before their first time.  It really was a chance to see the story from all angles.  Just getting inside his head to see what made Travis – Travis was great.  There were times when I was a bit shocked to know what he was thinking.

I was happy there was an epilogue. Nothing annoys me more than when the story ends and it just ends.  No more story just THE END.  Thank you Jamie McGuire for providing an epilogue and a decent one at that.  Looking forward to other books to come from this author.

“You know why I want you?  I didn’t know I was lost until you found me.  I didn’t know what alone was until the first night I spent without you in my bed.  You’re the one thing I’ve got right.  You’re what I’ve been waiting for, Pigeon.”

From Amazon.com

Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster.

Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Music Monday Blog Hop


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I’m participating in the Book Asylum’s Music Monday Blog Hop for the first time today. What fun. I’m always thinking about what song would go with a scene in a book or the entire book, so this blog hop is right up my alley.

My picks would be (sorry if they’ve been used before)

I can’t hear the song Ho Hey by the Lumineers without thinking about the Thoughtless series. When Kellen starts staying at home and hanging out with Kiara – this is what I picture him saying to her.

Next Contestant by Nickelback

This one is dedicated to a few of my favorite overprotective book boyfriends.

 

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review at NetGalley.

Wow – this one was a page turner.  I thought I had it figured out about midway through but I didn’t get confirmation until the final sentence.  How’s that for working for it 🙂  What an awesome story!  One of the best I’ve read this year actually.  Two young adults with so much history in their young lives.  It’s hard to remember reading this that they’re seniors in high school.

Nastya is a very unique character.  Not like any other character I’ve ever read about before – very refreshing.  She’s been through a terrible tragedy and she’s developed some quirks as she works through it the best she can.  Josh tries to keep everyone out and away – it’s no small wonder considering everything he’s been through already at 17.  When they strike up an unlikely friendship everything starts to fall into place.

The fact that this is Katja Millay’s first book is amazing.  I can’t wait to see what her next books will be like.  I’m a definite fan.  This is another of those get thee to Amazon or wherever you purchase books for your e-reader and download it right now kind of books.

From Amazon.com

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

10 Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker

This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for a review at NetGalley.  That being said it was on my list to read and I would’ve purchased it on my own.

What can I say about this book?  It was great, it was awful.  Not awful in the sense that I dreaded reading another page and it took me forever to get through it.  More like awful that it didn’t go on forever.  This book was another of those that stripped you down and then slapped you in the face.  I. LOVE. THIS.  I love the moment when you suddenly get it.  When you know exactly where the turning point is and wait with anticipation for when the heroine of the story notices the other shoe dropping.  I know I never tell you what’s going to happen.  Where’s the fun in that?  You will most likely fall in love right along with Kasey and Tucker.  When the slap comes it’s going to sting, it might even leave a mark.  But take it for what it is and let the emotions run over you and embrace it.  Really it’s that good.

This book deals with loss and in a very excruciating way.  Multiple loved ones all at the same time and the trauma and survivors guilt that comes from that big of a loss.  The message of hurt and loss that comes from drunk driving comes out very clearly.  When reading the acknowledgements by K.A. Tucker I actually shed a few tears at the authors talk of the aftermath of a drunk driving accident and her fear for her children – I’m right there with her and that’s what always makes the story real.  A real person with a real fear that writes a story that reaches out and grabs you.

Obviously, I really liked the book and I definitely recommend it.  It does contain loss and PTSD but nothing that is too graphic in detail.

I started and finished 3/17/13.

From Amazon.com

Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty-year-old Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and he perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.

Suicide Note by Teresa Mummert

So we all know I’m a fan of Teresa Mummert’s books.  I love, love, love the Honor Series and I also enjoyed White Trash Beautiful.  I was really excited when Suicide Note came out.  I’m really glad I didn’t pay more than $2.99 otherwise I might have been a bit upset.  Not with the story, it was okay, really.  I was however really, really disappointed with all of the typos in the book.  It seemed like it was rushed to publishing without a good edit.  Bad typos and extra words in sentences.

Jenn is a pretty lost girl.  She’s got a right to be after what her family has done to her, especially her sister.  She doesn’t seem to have any friends.  Shane has been stuck in the sandbox and his fiance has abandoned him in fear of him not returning – and in favor of a dentist who she moves into their home along with their dog.  Shane and Jenn meet by chance through Shane’s cousin while Shane’s on leave. The story leads you through his leave and beyond as they get to know each other and deal with some PTSD and family issues.

There is some death in the book but no one commits suicide.  It was just okay for me with this one.  Since the price is $2.99 you’re not out much to read it.  I didn’t love it like I do her other books, but you can’t love, love, love them all…right?

From Amazon.com

Everything happens for a reason.
 From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Teresa Mummert.
 A soldier returning for mid-tour leave decides to stay with a cousin in Maine, after his fiancé leaves him for someone else while he is away at war.
 His cousin is going through his own devastation and is struggling to pick up the pieces and move on with his family.
 As they try to help each other through the pain, Shane’s path crosses Jenn’s and he soon learns that everything happens for a reason.
 This novel does not contain any acts of suicide and has a HEA.

Ruining Series by Nicole Reed

Life can be scary at times.  Sometimes you just don’t know how to deal with the scary that life has handed you – so it’s best to turn everyone away.  “Jay” does this after her world is turned upside down during her sophomore year of high school.  She quits talking to her friends and family and breaks up with her long-time boyfriend.  She meets Kane and her world sort of turns back up right.  Only to have it break completely off it’s axis.

This story has a lot of twists and turns in it.  Some you can see coming a mile away.  A few that take you by surprise.  I never like to give too much detail in my reviews because I’m telling you how much I like the book but I never want to give the story away and ruin it for you.  There is death, drug abuse, and depression in this book – obviously if you cannot handle reading about these topics these books are not for you.  Might I suggest Debbie MacComber, Susan Mallery, or Fern Michaels to you instead? 🙂  They’re really are worth the read.  I got them for $0.99 each on Amazon.com.

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From Amazon.com

Eighteen year old Jay Stevenson is living a horrible nightmare.

Two years ago, she had the world in the palm of her hand, but in one moment, it was ruined. Secrets, lies, and the worst imaginable betrayal haunt her new reality. Burying her problems under a cold façade seems to be the only way to cope until it all catches up with her. Soon, she loses control of the lonely world she built around her, and the past, present, and future collide.

Three guys are there when it all comes crashing down: JT, the perfect boyfriend she never wanted to give up; Rhye, the local bad boy “rock star” who made her forget the past; and Kane, the funny and sweet tattooed bartender who wants her future.

Secrets must be kept. Choices must be made. Is it possible to move forward while still chained to the wicked vices of the past?

Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations, violence, and language.

From Amazon.com

For a girl who dared to tempt death, living is the only promise that matters now.

Jay’s life almost came to a forced end when her darkest secrets were revealed and the one who she chose to give her future to was ripped away. Now, everything she kept hidden is the topic of everyone’s conversation, and not all are sympathetic. Someone wants her horrific past to dictate her future, and another is determined to help her choose a different path.

In conclusion to Ruining Me, Kane and Rhye know that Jay is worth the fight, but waiting for her to find herself may ruin them all.

White Trash Beautiful by Teresa Mummert

A great quick read by a great author.  I read the Honor Series by Teresa Mummert a few month’s ago and I’m patiently waiting for another book for that series.  So when I saw this book on a Goodreads.com book list I decided if this author wrote it, I would most likely enjoy it.  I was not wrong.  It was nice to read a book about a girl that doesn’t come from a home with a white picket fence.  Real world people with real world problems – you can probably figure out by reading my reviews that these are the books I like the best.  I don’t want a canned love story.  I want the characters to work for it.  Real life isn’t easy and I don’t want my books to make it less than it is.

Cass’s character was really well written.  I rooted for her all throughout the book.  Tucker’s character was good also.  I’d like to know more about how he grew up.  There is a few parts where it alludes to the fact he didn’t come from much but I’d like some back story on him.  I’d also love to see some more story for the Twisted Twins.  Maybe a 3rd book? I’d definitely recommend the book.  I downloaded it after dinner and as usual was finished before I went to bed.

I’m really sad that the 2nd book in the series, White Trash Damaged,  isn’t coming out until January 2014.

Started & Finished: March 11

I purchased it from Amazon.com

From Amazon.com

First in a stunning new trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Teresa Mummert.

“I’m not naive. I know I don’t get the happily ever after. My knight in shining armor took the highway detour around this god forsaken shit hole. I’ve made peace with that. That doesn’t mean I’m going to lay down like a doormat and let every cocky prick in the trailer park have his way with me.”

Cass lives a depressing life in a small trailer park in Eddington, Georgia, with her mother and abusive boyfriend Jackson. She works hard to barely make ends meet. But everything changes when Tucker White, the lead singer in the band Damaged, walks into her diner. He tries to show her that there is more to life than the hand she has been dealt, but Cass soon learns that being with Tucker will come at a high price.