Sins & Needles by Karina Halle

Sigh.  Finally a book about a bad girl instead of a bad boy.  Don’t get me wrong bad boys are my favorites but this was another nice change of pace.

Ellie, Eden, whatever in the hell her name was was a con artist, scammer, and bad, bad, girl.  After a scam gone wrong she finds herself back home.  Well at least what was her home for a while in high school.  Camden McQueen was such a geek in high school but he was her only friend for most of it – and double damn look at him now all geekyness is gone.  Ride along with Ellie and Camden as they deal with one hair raising experience after another.

I obviously enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it.  A few holy shit moments in there – it was great.  So fun in fact that I’m eagerly waiting for the next book in the series which comes out in May 2013.  There is a prequel out now.

Product Details

From Amazon.com

Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents’ latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

**WARNING** This book contains graphic language, sex and violence. Readers who are sensitive to sexual scenes, violence and a lot of cursing should refrain from reading this book.This is not YA or NA. 18 and above.
Look for On Every Street – Ellie and Javier’s story, out March 12th 2013

Look for Shooting Scars (TAT #2) coming May 2013.

Rush Me by Allison Parr

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

This book was pretty funny.  There were a few spots that left me shaking my head wondering why the main characters needed to do what they were doing to each other. Get your mind out of the gutter, I didn’t mean it that way.  They just did a good job of hurting each other.

Rachael was an interesting character.  A bookish girl with zero sports knowledge stumbles accidentally into a NFL players party and meets Ryan Carter, one of the most popular NFL quarterback’s.  It was not love at first sight.  It wasn’t love at second site either 🙂 It is cute how she forms a friendship with the rest of the team though.

I laughed my way through the book and read it in the same day – so I’d recommend it.  It’s available for pre-order at Amazon.com.  It doesn’t release until April 8th but definitely pick it up.

From Amazon.com

When post-grad Rachael Hamilton accidentally gate-crashes a pro-athlete party, she ends up face-to-face with Ryan Carter, the NFL’s most beloved quarterback.

While most girls would be thrilled to meet the attractive young millionaire, Rachael would rather spend time with books than at sporting events, and she has more important things to worry about than romance. Like her parents pressuring her to leave her unpaid publishing internship for law school.

But when Ryan’s rookie teammate attaches himself to Rachael, she ends up cohosting Friday-night dinners for half a dozen football players.

Over pancake brunches, charity galas and Alexander the Great, Rachael realizes all the judgments she’d made about Ryan are wrong. But how can a Midwestern Irish-Catholic jock with commitment problems and an artsy, gun-shy Jewish New Englander ever forge a partnership? Rachael must let down her barriers if she wants real love—even if that opens her up to pain that could send her back into her emotional shell forever.

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.

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.

The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen

I was excited when the publisher ok’d my request to read this book.  I was not disappointed.  I started the book around 6 and finished by 11:30.  It was a great read.  The story is real.  Everything in life is not all peaches and roses as some books are written.  This book is about a girl that comes from a bad home life and her best friend boy neighbor whose home life isn’t much better.  Although she tries to re-invent herself, there’s still a pull from where she came from and the person she used to be.

All of the characters were believable and just real.  I would definitely recommend this book.

Written By: Jessica Sorensen

How I Got It: Complimentary of the publisher via NetGalley

Started:  2/13/13

Finished: 2/13/13

From Amazon.com

A rule-breaker with a fiery attitude, Ella always wore her heart on her sleeve. Then she left everything behind to go to college, where she transformed into someone who follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. Now it’s summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home. But once there, Ella fears that everything she’s worked so hard to bury might resurface-especially with Micha living right next door.

Smart, sexy, and confident, Micha can get under Ella’s skin like no one else. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. If he tries to tempt the old Ella to return, he will be impossible to resist. But what Ella doesn’t realize is that when she left, she took a piece of Micha’s heart with her. Now he’s determined to win back the girl he lost, no matter what it takes.

Collision Course by S.C. Stephens

While I’m on a book hangover from the S.C. Stephens series about Kellen and Kiera I thought I’d see if she had any other books.  I was delighted to see that she did.  I downloaded Collision Course and I was not disappointed.  Ok, I’ll admit this book was heavy and dramatic.  When you’re dealing with death it’s always heavy and dramatic.  When you add the deaths of three high school kids it becomes even more so.

Having a 15 year old that can think of not much more than getting his drivers license – stories like this terrify the hell out of me.  Just as much the thought of early death terrifies me so does the powerful emotions and love that kids at this age have (or think they have).  Stephens puts these thoughts and emotions out there.  In some parts I found myself skipping over a few really wordy spots, but other than that the plot was believable and not at all far fetched.  If teenage death and/or suicide thoughts bother you this might not be your kind of book.  If you’re not horrified at the thought of reading these topics it’s a great book.

Written By: S.C. Stephens

How I Got It: Purchased from Amazon.com

Started:  2/9/13

Finished: 2/10/13

Lucas had it all–popularity, a devoted girlfriend, a brotherly best friend, and a loving mother who would do anything for him. His life was right on course to be successful and fulfilling…until the crash changed everything.

Late at night, during a sudden downpour, three young lives are lost and Lucas, the lone survivor, is left to face the consequences. Surrounded by swirling gossip as to what really happened that fateful evening, Lucas now finds himself an outcast. Shunned by former friends, condemned by the people of his small town, and riddled by his own guilt and self-hatred, he struggles to find hope, find peace, and maybe, even find love.