Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?

Written by Thompson Square and Travis Thrasher.  Inspired by the hit song, Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?

I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

When I first saw this title on NetGalley before I saw who wrote it I was thinking, aw someone ripped off the title of Thompson Square’s song, lol.  Then I realized they wrote the book and I had to read it.  I have loved the song since I first heard it.

If you’ve never heard of Thompson Square before – check them out!  I’m a huge fan of music and love books written about singers and songwriters so this book really appealed to me.

The book was about two young people that met in high school and after many missed chances finds the love in each other that had been right in front of the all along.  Sometimes you’ve got to make all the wrong choices before you make the right one and that’s what I think this book was about. The idea behind the book was good but for most of the story the characters both seemed stuck.

This was one of those books that jump from current to high school and back so you have to pay attention.  This isn’t my favorite format but it was clearly marked so you knew what time frame you were in.  There were a few things that stood out in the timelines that didn’t quite add up and it seemed to switch from third person to first person which was rather frustrating.

I liked the book and read it in a few hours.  The cover was really nicely done.  The book is available for pre-order on Amazon and is available June 4, 2013.

From Amazon.com

Daniel and Casey were an unlikely couple back in high school when they came together to write music for a school event. Struggling against their differences, they dated during college, but their relationship never seemed quite right. Yet despite their personal conflict, as songwriters they had undeniable chemistry—and several hit songs. Eventually they went their own ways, both trying to make it in the music world and find true love.

Years later, both Daniel and Casey are at rock bottom, still trying to find success. But when they connect again as old friends, they realize that what they needed was right in front of them all along: each other.

From Thompson Square, a married twosome who knows a little something about what it’s like to overcome years of struggle in the music business and find love, Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? is a charming and humorous love story about coming of age, knowing where you belong, and finding the perfect person to share life with.

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.

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.

Easy by Tammara Webber

“His earlier hesitation gone, he removed the last scraps of fabric we were wearing, fixed the condom in place, kissed me fiercely and rocked into me.

Had this been Kennedy, it would have been over in a few minutes.

My last coherent thought, as Lucas took his time kissing and touching every part of me he could reach and my body arched into his, was Oh… so this is what all the fuss is about.” ― Tammara Webber, Easy

Easy

Written By: Tammera Webber

Published By: Penguin Publishing

Publication Date: October 12, 2012

How I Got It: Purchased from Amazon.com

Started:  2/5/13

Finished: 2/5/13

 
From Amazon.com
 
The New York Times Bestseller by Tammara Webber
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart. Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth – and find the unexpected power of  love.A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl’s struggle to regain the trust she’s lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.


To say I loved this book would be an understatement.  Easy tackled some very heavy topics like sexual assault – so if this type of deep bothers you – it might not be your kind of book.  Tammara Webber tackles the heavy subject with style and grace.  It’s very well done and really it’s very real.  I was almost assaulted once while staying with a friend at her family home.  Her drunken brother stumbled into my room and if he’d have had his way…well it’s too scary to really think about what could have happened.  So this story is very real to me.

The build-up between Lucas and Jacqueline is great.  You immediately want to punch Kennedy in the face and that feeling comes about a few times during the course of the book.  You are rooting for the main characters while cracking up at some of Jacqueline’s friends.

This was a great book and it prompted me to purchase some of Tammara’s other books.  I would recommend it.