Shattered Promises (Book 1 and 2) Review

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First, let me start off by saying that I absolutely love Jessica Sorenson’s contemporary adult novels. I absolutely fell in love and began to obsess over The Secret of Ella and Micha and The Redemption of Callie and Kayden. I can’t wait until the sequel to these two books is released and I am sure I will read them with complete fury. Because I love these two books so much, I thought I would read her new series Shattered Promises to pass the time and because it was a new adaptation of her popular book series Fallen Star. I completed both books in the  series in the matter of two weekends.

Although I read both books rather fast, I was left feeling unfulfilled and I may not read the third book in the series, which is very difficult for me to do. I am a sucker for at least wanting to know how the story ends. I don’t know what it was about these books that didn’t sit well with me. The characters and plot are slightly different than what I am used to with her, as it is a paranormal drama. But I don’t think it was just that. I didn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters because the scenery and storyline were so confusing. I couldn’t keep up with all the different types of characters let alone their names, each having their own power that can conflict with all of the others. Gemma has grown up without emotions and is numb all of the time. She grew up with parents who didn’t show her any love or attention, but then, something happens. One day she somehow starts to feel again which coincides with her meeting Alex, the guy who we met first as a complete ass. Throughout the story he was hot and cold with her, almost a bipolar with his friendship with her. We were introduced to about a dozen other characters throughout the second book, so many in fact, that I can’t even begin to even write them all out in the review because I honestly don’t remember their names. The entire time Gemma is trying to find out who she is and how she fits in this world. However, the journey was actually quite annoying and I almost wanted to skim and skip all the way to the end.

As a positive note, the tension of the love triangle was definitely there and I found myself not being able to decide which man I wanted Gemma, the protagonist, to end up with. Did I want it to be the stubborn Keeper who she is “meant” to be with? Or the sweet vampire who only desires a normal life with someone he gives all of his love to? I am on the fence with how this one ends, but at the moment I hope it is Alex because when you throw the words “meant to be in to the mix” then there is no doubt.

I still love Jessica Sorenson and cannot wait for the sequels of two of my all-time favorite books. This book gets 2 out of 5 stars from me.

Until the next review!

Valerie

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Siding with Plato by Michelle Manning

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Siding with Plato by Michelle Manning is a must summer read.  Brooke, the main female character, reminded me a lot of myself, but lived the college life I always wish I did. Therefore, I am obviously hoping for series to this character allowing me to live vicariously through her. This book is set in Austin, Texas, already a plus for me, because honestly who doesn’t love the south and the values…and men it brings to the table. When we first meet Brooke, it seems luck was just not on her side, and it wasn’t really the entire novel. However, this quality, along with her sarcasm, sense of humor and always being in the wrong place at the wrong time makes for such an endearing character.

As she settles in to college, she quickly meets her dream team of friends, each making mistakes of their own over the next year, but always supporting each other nonetheless. Brooke and her friends stay true to themselves and won’t let anybody conform them in to a snobby sorority girl. They each also deal with their own situations when it comes to their romantic lives with the boys in their school, each choosing a different way of approach. But with Brooke being the main character, we have access to her every move and have the opportunity to see her struggle with finding love and facing the feelings of rejection and disappointment in James.

James is truly the ultimate dreamboat, with good looks, athleticism and southern chivalry. With all this to offer, can he be a one woman man when he can get whomever he wants?

Read the book and find out! Five stars to Siding with Plato by Miss Michelle Manning!

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Book Review: The Perfect Game

By J. Sterling

By J. Sterling

                As my obsession for romance continues, which Amazon is eager to remind me, I am quick to fall in love with these characters and their love story. The Perfect Game, by J. Sterling, starts as the classic college aged love story with your new to town good girl with a hard family life falls in love with your big man on campus hottie, who ends up having the an even deeper cut from his family issues.

                 Although Cassie is quick to recognize Jack’s physical appeal, she is overly warned by her best friend Melissa that he is bad news and all he does is break hearts. Of course, this makes the attraction that much stronger, but she does her best to seem uninterested. This act can only last for so long, like most of these types of books, and the so the love story begins.

                  The personal appeal to me was definitely the baseball aspect to the book. I am a huge sports fan with and even larger soft sport for baseball players. As their relationship developed we were able to learn more about not only his tough childhood, but his accomplishments and goals as a baseball player. This, to me, is something unique and sets this book apart. We get to imagine how tough it is to be in love with someone, but with his career pulling him further apart from the one woman who stole his heart. (Spoiler) This is where the climax of the book is truly begins, and takes its time as if it is this high rollercoaster that inches along until we are at a standstill at the top, just waiting for the momentum to drop. There is a scene that leaves my heart completely broken for Cassie, after she had put her soul out on the line, but in return is faced with the ultimate rejection. This scene gripped me the most because I related to the courage it takes to step-up for what you want, to only come out of it with heartache. All we must choose to do is move on, which Cassie does.

                  Without risk of blowing the ending for Ms. Sterling and this book that grabbed me, I will end by saying the story of Jack and Cassie continues, and I am excited to see what the future for these two holds.

                  I gave this book a four star review and would recommend it to anyone who appreciates being sucked in to a good love story with all the trials and tribulations that come with it. If you are looking for more complexity, than these are not the books for you. The point is to fantasize in a world where true love exists; nothing more and nothing less.

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Beautiful Disaster Review

   

Hopeless Romantic- This person is in love with love. They beieve in fairy tales and love. Hopeless romantics     recognize in themselves the ability to love infinitely deeply, and they ache to be loved with the same fervour in return.  All hopeless romantics are idealists, the sentimental dreamers, the imaginative and the fanciful when you get to know them. They often live with rose colored glasses on. They make love look like an art form with all the romantic things they do for their special someone.

This is the definition according to UrbanDictionary.com. This is the definition of how I look at love. Therefore, my To Read selection has consisted of drama filled romance novels. I tend to be the type of reader who searches for books synching with the events happening in my life. I am mending from a broken heart, which leads me to romance novels as a coping mechanism. Another factor in choosing this latest book is due to the fact that I am coming off of Fifty Shades of Grey withdrawals. I am hooked so deep into the trilogy that I scoured Amazon to find the perfect book to follow it up.  Beautiful Disaster  by Jamie McGuire continuously popped up on my recommended list both on Amazon and GoodReads. I took the recommendation and it was totally worth the low price of $3.99.

 

Source: goodreads.com

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.
Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’ apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

I know this sounds like the typical good girl goes for the bad boy story; however I do not believe that is where the fascination of this book lies. I think it is the fact that the bad boy changes for “his girl” and she is not trying to pursue the bad boy, but trying to avoid him. It is this story line that drew me in. These characters were easy to relate to, especially with my college days not being so far past. The torment and sexual tension of young love is so real and believable, that as a reader I found myself sitting in the cafeteria (where a lot of the book’s scenes take place) witnessing this turbulent relationship between two very different people.

This book has been widely criticized for the violence displayed by Travis, the main character. Although I understand where these critics are coming from, I do not necessarily should be labeled as a bad influence on teenagers and young adults. Is the violence wrong? Yes. Is it somewhat glamorized? Absolutely. However, there is far worse being shown to the same age demographics on television and movies. I guess I do not quite understand the difference and why this book is unacceptable. The fact is violence is there and it is prevalent in young adult relationships and this book is not encouraging it.

One of the many things I like about the book was the relationship between the four main characters: Abby, Travis, America and Shep. It is this dynamic that makes the book so believable. The relationship between all of them is truly authentic and takes me back to times in college, however I cannot relate to how small the college is. Do people really eat at the cafeteria at the same time every day? All through the book Travis is forced to deal with his antagonist Parker, the guy who Abby thinks she supposed to be with. He is everything that Travis is not. He is a wealthy, pre-med student with all the qualifications of being a dreamboat. Although it seems that Abby is torn between these two men, it is clear that she is unconsciously using Parker as a coping mechanism allowing her to put distance between Travis and herself.

There were obvious unrealistic qualities to this book, but what good book doesn’t have that. The character of Travis himself was the most unbelievable aspect of the novel. This guy smokes, drinks, doesn’t work out, but is somehow this undefeated, stud of a fighter. He is a violent, scary individual, but yet has the charisma to attract any women and men just want to be him. And oh yeah, he is a fraternity. Does this guy sound like he should be in a frat? I didn’t think so.

All in all, this book had everything I needed at a certain point in my life. It allowed me to escape my miserable heartache and imagine a love story between two characters whose lives were so messed up, yet they were able to find love.  The ending of this book allows the definite possibility of a sequel, but that seems unlikely. I have read rumors that she is currently working on a book from Travis’ point of view. However, my fear is that it will ruin the book for me.

I am currently reading another romance novel to cure my withdrawals from Beautiful Disaster. This book is titled Love Unscripted by Tina Reber. This is a two part book that is leading towards being another addiction of mine. I will definitely be writing a review once I am finished. I promise to cut ties, for a little while, from my erotic romance novel addiction. But until then, I leave you with my favorite quote from Beautiful Disaster. Until next time.

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Fifty Shades of Grey

Source: NY Times

I know it has been a while since I posted last, which will not be a consistent thing. There is no excuse to be so inactive, especially because my aspiration is to make this a successful review blog. Although life can always seems to get in the way of what you truly want to do, I cannot blame the lack of my posts completely on life and my “daytime” job.

I blame Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L James. My intent was to read the first part of the trilogy and then write a review. However, I simply could not stop reading the entire trilogy, which I read in five days. I have no explanation on why this happened except for that fact it was extremely addicting. By no means was this the best series ever written. It does not even compare to the most recent popular trilogy The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The writing is subpar and flow isn’t necessarily the best. However, I found myself wrapped up in these characters and their story. I found myself wanting to be a part of the book. This fan fiction novel is creating its own fan fiction craze amd is truly a phenomenon.

The story is a complete fantasy. Is it erotic? Yes. Is it more a love story? Most definitely! This is why I think the book has become so popular, because it truly is an escape from reality; especially the female reality. I also do not believe that this is strictly “mommy porn”.  While in conversation with my friends about this series, we found that it helped each one of us through something different in our love lives. My friend and I were both going through bad break-ups, where we forced ourselves to let go of relationships we had so desperately been clinging to. Although I do know this is a fantasy, I realized that I wanted to be someone’s everything, how Ana was Christian’s everything. These two main characters, Ana and Christian, go through so much together while realizing their love and chemistry is undeniable. Although their lives are so different, the love they share bond’s them to a relationship that most hopeless romantics can only dream of. I am that hopeless romantic. So although the book may not be up to literary standards, I want to say thank you to E.L James for putting her fantasies out there.  They helped me realize my own 🙂

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Hunger Games, the movie

Where do I begin? This first movie of the three-part franchise lived up to every hype imaginable, however it did not exceed expectations. Don’t get me wrong; the movie was fantastic, the acting was riveting and I found myself wrapped up in the story just as much as I when I read the book. Jennifer Lawrence’s performance exuded Katniss and everything I imagined the character to be. She truly embodied the character. Each actor played his or her respective character flawlessly.

However, this seemed to be the problem that I could not let myself get over. There were certain tones of the book I did not feel, as an audience member, in the movie. The story between Peeta and Katniss seemed to fall short of what was really happening. Although Josh Hutcherson played an amazing Peeta, I didn’t feel the confusion between the two. Peeta definitely showed how truly in love he was with his strong partner. However, I did not feel or see acts of Katniss trying to please the Capitol audience with their “young lover” portrayal.

The scene from the book that did not make the movie, which I am most upset about, is the start of the reaping where Haymitch, played by Woody Harrelson, falling off the stage. This scene in the book completely sets the tone for how the reader imagines the character to be. In fact, we did not see much of Haymitch’s antics. This is unfortunate because, as a reader I find him to play the pivotal role in Katniss’s life. This characteristic of Haymitch also transcends through out the series of novels.

Do not take me wrong. I truly loved the movie and though it deserves the credit of one of the best adaptations of a novel to ever have been produced. This is just a prime example of the book is ALWAYS better. This is neither Gary Ross’s fault, nor the actors or anyone involved in the movie. It is the fact that readers take such a personal approach to such brilliant novels. Suzanne Collins produced a masterpiece, which no one would be able to top.

I can’t wait until the sequel Catching Firs is released. I might have to read the series again due to the fact of having to wait an entire year and a half for the movie release.

My next review will be of the latest novel trilogy craze Fifty Shades of Grey. Please leave any suggestions in the comment box. I want to hear from you all!Image

Source: www.thehungergamesmovie.com

 

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An Introduction to the Author

The first post of a blog feels like a very daunting task. I have all of these ideas about where I would love this blog to go, but the first step is to introduce the author. So allow me to introduce myself. My name is Valerie Lewis, and this is my first blog post. Why are you starting a blog you might ask? Well, I have recently been re-inspired to experiment with my passion for writing, which has not been used in a while.  I had been brainstorming on what ways I can use my writing skills and incorporate them in to my everyday life, due to the fact that my “big girl” job does not utilize it. Thus, Review IT Girl has been created; a blog I envision to be a resource for every day individuals, coming from an average girl with a passionate opinion on the latest movies, books, music etc.  

Oddly enough, part of my re-inspiration came from my experience reading The Hunger Games trilogy. I became so moved by the lead character, a strong, passionate, yet somewhat ordinary girl, who becomes a revolutionary woman. The action intermixed with a truly indulgent love story takes the reader on such a journey, that you can’t help but be sucked in to this post-apocalyptic world. The interactions between each character are so gut wrenching and heart-felt that you can feel their pain. I am not going to reiterate what the books are about, because it has been talked about and exploited for weeks now. But I do want to just say how much that book impacted my life and brought back some inspiration, which I had been seeking for a long time.

This may have not been a review of a book, but a thank you to Suzanne Collins and the people who urged me to read something so fantastic. I will be seeing the adaptation of the film tonight at midnight, which will be my first true review and I look forward to sharing my thoughts and critiques with you all.

Until next time….

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