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The Serpent King
The Serpent King
Prix : EUR 5,73

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Probably one of the most poignant story about friends fighting to build a better future., 6 mai 2016
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Serpent King (Format Kindle)
More than 5 stars for this book given by a very good and inspired friend.

The author said about this book: ”I wanted to write about young people who struggle to lead lives of dignity and find beauty in a forgotten, unglamorous place. Who wonder what becomes of dreams once they cross the county line. This book is my love letter to those young people and anyone who has ever felt like them, no matter how or where they grew up.”
Well, it’s probably been one of the most touching and poignant story I’ve read about friends fighting to find their place in the world and carve a better future.

These friends, Lydia, Dill and Travis are all outcasts in their own way, set aside and mocked by their peers. They all “stand out” and are resented or envied for their difference.

Faced with this animosity, they’ll stand together and try more or less successfully to escape their fate and realize their dreams. They want to accomplish something, leave a mark. ” I want people to talk about me and remember me when I’m gone. I want to carve my name into the world.”

It was a slow building for me as I needed some time to really fall in the story but once I fell, I fell all the way. It punched me hard in the face, gripped my soul and 70% in the book, my heart broke in thousand pieces, one piece at a time. It was not a hysteric crying, it was a deep unstoppable leaking of the eyes, an overwhelming sadness.

I loved everything in this book: the writing, the setting of the story in this small town, the heavy past of two of the main characters, their unbreakable friendship and of course, I loved the three main characters. I think the author did a fantastic job portraying them. You can see who they are, live and eat with them. They become YOUR best friends. That’s why you suffer with them when fate struck. Their pain is your pain their loss is your loss.

Lydia is my sarcastic and fantastic fashion blogger. She came with many flaws, sharp tongue and little snobbism included. She wanted to fly into a big city, leave this small town and its narrow minded people behind and have friends from elite school owning beach houses. She would regret her best friends, Dill and Travis when she would live her dream and was worried about their future. She was incredibly supportive of Dill and Travis. She tried to help them the best way she could, be it by realizing one of the boy’s biggest dreams or pushing the other to face his fear and do what he was meant to do. ”Besides every reason I just gave? Because we should do things we’re afraid of. It makes it easier every time we do it.”

Dill was so lonely and suffered from his father’s actions. Shrouded in darkness, shouldering his family guilt and debt, he seeks solace in music. ”Sometimes music worked on the loneliness. Other times, when he felt as if he were sitting at the bottom of a dry well, looking up at the sky, it didn’t work at all.” Secretly in love with Lydia, he was too shy to tell her. He too gave his friendship and support wholeheartedly when Travis needed it so much. Both boys shared dreams, hoped for a better future, one they would build together while Lydia would be away.

I must say, as much as Dill was the tragic, brooding handsome boy, I’ve a special fondness for Travis, the big boy with a golden heart. The boy who cried at six years old as they passed a shoe lying on the highways because it would be lonely. He was the strong, silent type. Very big he escaped in his fantasy books when his dad made his life a living hell. He dreamt of being one of his book’s heroes, never wandering outside without his staff and his dragon necklace. I wanted to hug this huge teddy bear. Some day he would survive a great battle and he would rise, triumphant.

As much as the boys parents were despicable people, I love Lydia’s parents, especially Dr Blankenship. They were supportive, not only of their daughter but of her friends as well, knowing they had hard time at their houses. Once more, their characters felt “real” and I would have liked to meet them in the “real live”.

This book made me rage, made me smile and made me cry. It was dramatic but not in an “over the top” fashion. It was poignant. It made me think and it gave me hope.

For the record, I did not know the author is a singer-songwriter and guitarist who played with Iggy Pop and other superstars. Well Mr Zentner, you rock as a writer!

MacKenzie Fire: A Sequel to Shine Not Burn
MacKenzie Fire: A Sequel to Shine Not Burn
Prix : EUR 4,94

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Do you want a "pee in your pants" laugh? Buy this one!, 7 avril 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : MacKenzie Fire: A Sequel to Shine Not Burn (Format Kindle)
4,5 stars.

You want a good laugh, a really, really "pee your pants because you laugh so hard" read? Go for it, buy it now!

Candice is really "something else" as Ian said. She came as a airhead in the beginning, hairdresser and beauty counselor extraordinaire. All skinny jeans, flat soled boots with pom-poms, she spent more time on her behind in the freezing snow than vertical the first day she landed. She is in snowy and slippery Oregon to visit her pregnant BFF, welcomed on the Mackenzie's ranch.

When City Girl stays on a ranch where staying vertical in cute shoes is a challenge, she has to adapt. I loved how I underestimated her. I read her as a silly and superficial girl but she is fiercely loyal, determined, combative with a heart of gold. She keeps her quirks all right (Mr Google) but she soon fires guns, help cows give birth, does U turn with ginormous trucks to drive her "giving birth" best friend to the hospital and kill mountain lions while protecting the hot brooding bad boy Ian Mackenzie.

Ian, heartsick and prick for three years now never saw her coming. They soon bicker and banter like teenagers, fighting in snow and hay. A butt naked Ian is carrying Candice on his shoulder just because she made sure his shower was cold.

Their banter is funny but what really had me in fits of laughter was all that happened to Candice. Talk about turn of events, that girl is a walking disaster or has bad karma but I could not stop shaking as I laughed so hard.

My only complaint (the missing 0,5 stars) would be the ending. I thought it was a bit "rushed" and would have loved more resistence from Ian or doubts from Candice or... But that's me being really picky as it's still an extraordinarily funny read.

Paper Princess: A Novel (The Royals Book 1) (English Edition)
Paper Princess: A Novel (The Royals Book 1) (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 4,99

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Sinfully good but I need the next one now!!!! I'm dying here., 7 avril 2016
Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Paper Princess: A Novel (The Royals Book 1) (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
5 stars at least and a new author for me to follow.

It’s now official : I HATE CLIFFHANGERS !!!!! Especially when I was having so much fun with this gripping book.
I was all happy curled up on my sofa, cheering for Ella (Take that Jordan!) and swooning like every girl at Astor Park Prep Academy on the Royal boys and their delicious hotness. I was avidly following the back and forth between Ella and Reed, windows open in my house as the sexual tension was reaching incredible high and then, bam, cliffhanger!
I did everything to express my frustration: scream, stamp my feet like a five years old in a tantrum nearly throwing my Kindle against the walls. Defeated and realizing it was my sad reality, I could only add the second book to my “wish list”, following the link provided at the end of the book. Too bad I can’t preorder before the 25th of July. Mrs Watt, DO YOU NEED BETA READERS or REVIEWERS FOR THE SECOND BOOK per chance? That’s how incredible this book was for me.

This story has so many ingredients I love in my books:

-an orphaned “trash” girl trying to survive and build a better future;

-an unexpected guardian kidnapping said girl to offer her a life of wealth among a preppy crowd;

-five unexpected “brothers” all oozing hotness and arrogance, all really hostile against poor girl;

-catfights in high school or around mansion’s pools;

-hot chemistry between poor girl and one of the brothers leading to a tug of war as they deny their attraction and play power games;

-secrets and what I guess is twisted and wick manipulations (to be confirmed in the next book);

And even what I hate: the mother of all cliffhangers!

Ella has been raised by her stripper of a mother. Her mom did the best she could and was a loving mother but died some months ago, leaving Ella to fend for herself. Ella wants to do better than her mom and go to college but she has to work three jobs to do so.
”Businessmen would tip my mom mega bucks for her to pretend to be their girlfriend for the night (…) I haven’t had to go down that path…yet. And I hope I never have to, which is why I need my high school diploma so I can go to college, get a degree, and be normal. Some kids dream of traveling the world, owning fast cars, big houses. Me? I want my own apartment, a fridge full of food, and a steady paying job, preferably one that’s as exciting as paste drying.”

Callum Royal will barge into her life and throw it upside down. He was the best friend of the father she’s never known, is extremely rich and will convince Ella to stay with him and his five sons. It’s not a gap but rather a cliff between Ella’s poor life and the Royal way of living. She is overwhelmed with their lifestyle.
”This will never be my home. I don’t belong in splendor, I belong in squalor. That’s what I know. That’s what I’m comfortable with, because squalor doesn’t lie to you. It’s not wrapped in a pretty package. It is what it is. This house is an illusion. It’s polished and pretty, but the dream Callum is trying to sell is as flimsy as paper. Nothing stays shiny forever in this world.”

The Royal brothers will make her life very difficult. They want her gone. The Royals are the kings of her new private school and Ella won’t have an easy time among the rich kids. But Ella is a heroine following my heart: honest, hardworking and courageous. She’s seen and lived worse things than the shunning and bullying of these kids. She’ll meet Reed Royal, the leader of the Royal brothers head on and will give him a run for his money.
”You’re a Royal of some sort. What kind of Royal remains to be seen. This school will eat you up if you’re weak, so my suggestion is to take advantage of everything the Royal name offers you, even if it means taking it by force.”

Between Callum guilt and remorse of being an absent husband and father, Ella’s desire to just go to college, escape the Royals pranks and resist Reed’s attraction and all the school drama and the boys secrets, time flew by. It was hot, it was gripping and I want to know the end by now! This story was like a crossover between Tijan “Fallen Crest” and Penelope Douglas “Bully” stories. If you love these authors and stories, you should love this book as well.
Now, I want to say a big “thank you!” to the good friend who gifted me this incredible book as I had a blast and read it all in one sitting.

The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts Book 3) (English Edition)
The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts Book 3) (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 7,17

5.0 étoiles sur 5 5 « Lost Boys » stars., 3 avril 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : The Enforcer (Untamed Hearts Book 3) (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
Madre de Dio, che cosa è successo ???? I hope I got this right but it should say « Mother of God, what happened ? » because that’s what I’m wondering. It’s been one day since I finished this book and I still think about it.

I’ve never read a book written by Kele Moon before but this one had so many good reviews and it was about mafia so I bought it, even if it’s more expensive than what I usually spend on that kind of book and I did not regret one single penny.

It’s different from other mafia stories I’ve read so far as its main topic is about the Lost Boys and Lost Girls of Made Men. I’ve never read anything about them before and I was appalled more than once reading about their fate. They’re just pawns in the hands of Cosa Nostra.

As Nova, one of the Moretti brothers said : ”This place makes me feel like we’re part of the s*** they’re storing away. Too valuable to get rid of, but not worth keeping in the main house.”

Nova (Casanova) and Tino (Valentino) are brothers, illegitimate sons of Frankie Moretti himself son of the Morettis Don. They have an older half-brother, Romeo who’s not Cosa Nostra and has just been convicted. As their mother is dead, Frankie comes get the boys to “raise” them or more accurately, to literally store them above his garage. Not good enough to live with him and his wife (she hates these boys fiercely) but good enough to use and do the Borgata’s dirty jobs.

I can’t tell you how shocked and sick I was reading about what their father and his wife did to these boys. I’ve read few books so harsh, gritty and brutal. They were mere boys for God’s sake! I don’t know how Kele Moon could write it but I admire her guts to take such a dare as it works incredibly well. I was sucked in this horrifying world. You really should be warned because it was sometimes impossible to stomach and I cried more than once for Tino.

If Nova is THE brain and will be used as accountant to launder the mafia’s money and increase their profits, Tino won’t be so lucky. I won’t tell what happens to Tino but let say he really drew the short straw.
»And as sick as it was, he’d come to terms with that. They could hurt him to control Nova. He could lose all senses of dignity to keep Romeo and Carina safe. They could go just about anything to him, and it was all right because he was the expendable brother. Not smart like Nova. Not famous like Romeo. Not insanely talented like Carina. He was just Tino”.

What I loved about the book were all the tight bonds Nova and Tino formed with other Cosa Nostra children. Their uncle Carlo, another Lost Boy, their incredible half-sister, Frankie’s daughter Carina. She had balls bigger than most men around her. And of course, with Brianna, not a Cosa Nostra kid but Carina’s best friend and Tino’s love. She stood by Tino and loved him no matter what and it broke my heart to see how he did not feel worthy of her love after they dirtied him for so long.

”You don’t love a (view spoiler), Brianna. Never forget that. You take from (view spoiler). Use them. Don’t love them…Cause they’re love starved. They’ve been hurt and beaten for so long they are desperate for kindness. Love them, really love them, and they’ll die for you.”

It’s a fast paced story, raw and frightening. Unabashedly brutal, full of incredibly strong and loveable characters. This ends on a hell of cliffhanger though so be prepared to be frustrated as you’ll need to know what happens next. I think the next book will be about revenge and it will be sinfully good to read about the demise of some main characters.

”They don’t know it yet, but Cosa Nostra is ours. We’re doing it for every Lost Boy they s*** on and every Lost Girl they hurt because no one stood up and fought for them.”

Tyed (English Edition)
Tyed (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 3,80

4.0 étoiles sur 5 MMA fighter with huuuuge ego and secrets to uncover. I loved it!, 31 mars 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Tyed (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
My second book by L.J Shen after Sparrow.

You know what I love about that woman? Her male characters. They are not black, they are not white. They are not good, they are not bad either. They're flawed and hot! You want alternatively to kick them for their arrogance and their (past) mistakes or kiss them because they're so hot and yummy they should always be forgiven.

Definitely one of my "to go" authors.

You love MMA fighters with a huuuuuge ego? Hotheaded and possessive men? Men always standing proud and fighting except when their girl leave them because then they end miserable drowning in sorrow. You love feisty heroine with smart mouth? Well, you should already be engrossed in this story!

The Winner's Kiss
The Winner's Kiss
Prix : EUR 5,80

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic conclusion to an epic series. A must read., 29 mars 2016
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Some truths about this book and its author:

-Marie Rutkoski is The Wicked Witch of the West;

-Arin is the spiritual child of the God of Death;

-Kestrel’s mind is her best weapon and her worst enemy;

-Roshar is a cocky jackass but a true friend;

-You’ll be ready to graduate Westpoint Academy summa cum laude by the end of the story;

-Do not intend to do anything constructive or productive while reading this story.

Let me explain now:

-Marie Rutkoski is a wicked woman for what she did to Kestrel. I never imagined what she would live through and YOU DON’T MAKE YOUR CHARACTER SUFFER IN SUCH A WAY! I’m sure it must be written in the author’s code of honor handbook. But it’s very, very clever as it made me hurt so much for Kestrel I had to take breaks before going on with the story. Way to hold your reader’s attention as they hope some miracle will happen and save the main female character;

-It’s not “raining men” in this book it’s raining death thanks to Arin. In a battle, he is worth a whole army and his people worship him like a God as he becomes death. He fights and does not feel anything in the heat of the battle but once it’s done, he can’t stop thinking about the woman he killed or the young soldier, or…;

- It’s already been established in the former books that Kestrel is not good with weapon. Sshe does not need to as her intelligence is her best weapon. But a big surprise is waiting the reader and her mind will turn against her, leaving her questioning and distrusting everyone. She’ll be a ghost trying to find her way. We’re used to a strong Kestrel but in this book, she’ll be frail and fragile and will have to transcend her condition to become what she was always meant to be: a formidable woman.

-By the end of the story, if you were able to anticipate every move, every plot, every twist and turns, I can promise you Westpoint will be a piece of cake, a stroll in the park, easy peasy, etc. Marie Rutkoski always builds intricate strategies and schemes. The Valorian army was Goliath and the Herrani army was David. I could not fathom how they could win against the emperor but Kestrel had more tricks in her hat.

This last installment was so enthralling I was engrossed in the story and any attempt at making something useful or productive was doomed from the beginning. Best hang a “do not disturb” on your door, find a quiet spot to read and enjoy this fantastic conclusion to this incredibly well written epic series.

One Day Soon (English Edition)
One Day Soon (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 4,49

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 So many emotions I'm overwhelmed. The best book I've read in 12 months and I read a lot!, 27 février 2016
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More than 5 emotional stars.

”We’ll walk on the beach, Imi, and we’ll dance on the sand. Because one day soon, I promise you that all this ugly will become something beautiful.”

I wanted something funny or something light and sweet but all the fantastic reviews about the latest book of one of my favorite authors led me astray. I got an intense and deeply touching story that made me cry my eyes out and run out of tissues. I love Meredith Walters because she always writes different stories but all have one common trait: they hit you square in your soul, like a punch to your heart.

One Day Soon is about many things and broach difficult topics. It’s a second chance at love story but it’s also about the harsh reality of homeless teenagers, raped, beaten, hungry and forced to sell their body or drugs if they don’t want to die.
Imi is sixteen when she runs from her house. She’s never been seen by her mother and she does not want to live with her any longer. She’ll go “under the bridge” where homeless people gather and try to live together. Ill equipped to survive on the street, naïve she’ll be rescued from abuse by Yoss, 18 years old, living on the street since he turned 12.

Yoss introduced Imi to his family of friends, all homeless teenagers and all endearing characters: Shane the boy with the skateboard, Bug the addict with the lame jokes, Di the pierced girl,… They all followed Yoss and had each other’s back.

Yoss is a “savior” and he protected his friends the only way he knew: by selling his body to earn some money so he could help them to survive.
”Yossarian Frazier wasn’t an overly complicated person. He was smart. He was thoughtful. He was generous and kind. He was loyal to a fault. And he was someone who has been forced to make choices that would shatter most people.”

More than anything else, he did not want to taint Imi. She was pure and innocent and he wanted to shelter her. Imi fell in love with the wonderful boy but she struggled with what he did. She was very conflicted because he sacrificed himself to protect her and she was ashamed to feel disgust for what he did.
” I didn’t want to lose what I felt for Yoss. It was good. It was pure. It was the only light in this dark, horrible world. I was terrified that if I did feel differently, what that would say about me.”

Yoss is truly one of the most beautiful characters I’ve ever met in a book. He was so strong and so broken at the same time. I wanted to take him in my arms and protect him from this ugly world, like he did for Imi. You can’t not love Yoss. He was a very beautiful person. My heart broke each and every time he had to “go out” as it destroyed him little by little but he did it nonetheless, not only to survive but to provide food and clothes for his friends and, above all else, to protect Imi the best way he could.
”Here was a boy barely holding himself together. He seemed as though he wanted to curl into himself. I wanted to shield him from everything horrible. Everything ugly. Just as he had been trying to do for me.”

It was a harsh and dangerous life but everything was magnified, felt more. The author does not shy away from the ugly truth of homeless life. She gives like it is. But in this fight for survival, Meredith Walters also gives us bright rays of sunshine and pearl of wisdom. We are reminded how it also is important to live for the present. To find beauty in simple things. Yoss made everything beautiful , meaningful. Each trove was a treasure to be cherished. He showed Imi she could be happy, live wonderful moments.
”Imi, if this is the life you want for yourself, though I can’t imagine why it would be, you’re going to have to find a way to embrace it. It’s the ones who wallow in self-pity that curl up and die out here. Seize the moments you’re given otherwise the world will eat you up and spit you out.”

To escape their reality, they made fairy tales with happy endings. It was deeply moving to see these two lost teenagers, rejected by society, shunned by their families to love each other so strongly. When they were together, everything was brighter, they could hope, they could dream. I could feel their love pouring through my Kindle to warm my heart.

When Yoss left Imi, she became a shell of herself. She survived and from the outside had everything she could wish for: a job, a house, she was married for some time but inside, she was empty. Some vital part was missing. She felt lonely and had to fill the emptiness by hoarding many things.
When she meets Yoss many years later, all the love that she felt surged back. She wanted her second chance at happiness, she wanted their fairy tale to come true. She wanted their walk on the beach. But Yoss had changed, he was very sick and would he want that future with her?

”But time was running out and I was afraid that no matter how tightly I held on, it wasn’t enough. That he would always slip through my fingers. Maybe after all these years I was still just a girl standing in the rain. Waiting for a boy who would never come.”

Now, I feel bereft. I’ve been swept off my feet by Imi and Yoss story and I have to go back to reality.

Waiting for Wyatt: A Red Dirt Novel (English Edition)
Waiting for Wyatt: A Red Dirt Novel (English Edition)
Prix : EUR 3,57

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Just read it and buy many tissues., 14 janvier 2016
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Waiting for Wyatt: A Red Dirt Novel (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
”No one ever thinks about the aftereffects. When a rock pings a windshield, it doesn’t create a big hole that brings down the glass. It’s the ring radiating out from the initial impact. “

Why don’t we have “infinite” stars rating because this book would fit in that category!

I loved, no let me rephrase this, I adored “The Mason List”, recommended by a dear Goodreads friend. When I learned SD Hendrickson would be writing “Waiting for Wyatt”, I was like a kid on Christmas Eve, wanting my book immediately! I even pre-ordered without having the first clue about the plot.
Now, here I am, after an intense and emotional read. I’m a real mess and I’m grateful I did not wear mascara today. My thoughts are all over the place and I don’t know how to write my review to do this book justice without giving too much away. Sometimes I wish I could be a gifted writer to make you feel what I experienced, to make you understand this story is just so good that you have to read it.

Waiting for Wyatt is about making mistakes and the consequences of these mistakes. Like a drop of water can create many ripples, Wyatt’s actions had cracked across many people, bringing everyone down, himself included.

When sweet, solar Emma meets Wyatt for the first time, he is really closed off. Had I been in Emma’s shoes, I would probably have run the other way, and fast. Wyatt came across as intimidating, angry, withdrawn, certainly not someone you would try to speak to. But Emma is an exceptional girl. I think some readers will hate her because they’ll think she is too naïve, too trusting, too good, too perfect. But I thought she was the ideal match for Wyatt and I loved the courage of that girl. She chose to see the good in others, she chose to give her time and attention to help other people. And that’s such a hard path in our day to day life. The easy way is to live inside our bubble, shut our eyes to other’s problems or misery, being like “Ponce Pilate”. For her choice, I loved that girl to pieces.

Emma meets Wyatt because she had rescued (herm.. rather stolen…) Charlie, a beaten mutt, from her landlord Kurt, a really nasty person.
Wyatt works and lives at a kennel rescuing abused dogs. He is a man with a secret, distant with everyone but when he feeds the dogs and care for them, all his goodness shines. He shares a deep connection with every poor animal. He cares, protects them and devotes all his time to restore their trust in mankind.

Wyatt does not want Emma coming back as she asks questions, many questions. He does not want to tell his story, does not wish to have friends. He does not deserve any good in his life, because of what he did and he punishes himself every day. Wyatt is a complex character, ridden by guilt, swallowed by his past actions and their consequences. He is living a permanent nightmare. He never forgave what he did and he does not want forgiving either.

Against his better judgement, Wyatt invites Emma to come back any time she wants to check on Charlie. Emma is really intrigued by this man, someone she feels is hurting deeply inside. She’ll come back as often as she can, helping him with the dogs and trying to crack Wyatt’s shell open. I would say Emma had the “Savior syndrome” and just had to help Wyatt but at the same time, it’s too personal to be “only” this syndrome. Their connection, this pull between them is real and she can’t stop thinking about him.

I don’t want to write more about the plot as you have to discover Wyatt’s secret by yourself. Know that you’ll have to gather as many tissues as you can because this is a deeply moving story.
Just reading about the dogs past cracked my heart and I can’t count the time I cried reading about their stories. I was also so angry because I know in real life, animals are beaten, abused, tortured and I wanted to hurt all these abusers. If I could have jumped into my Kindle and chased the bad guys, I would have. I loved all these poor animals: Lola the Pitbull without teeth, Ricky the Jack Russel on three legs, Charlie with his rabbits ears, Cie left with a sole eye, Daisy and Gatsby so old and sticking together, Gus the “healer”,…
I loved all the layers of that story. This is not only a love story, this is about healing other, about forgiving yourself and finding redemption. It’s about the good in mankind but also the evil. It’s about a solar girl and a tortured man. Emma was Wyatt’s light and their relationship was deeply moving. The writing is flowing, the pace is just right to let us enjoy the story and live right alongside Emma, Wyatt and the dogs.

In three words: just read it.

Elements of Chemistry: Parts 1-3 (English Edition)
Elements of Chemistry: Parts 1-3 (English Edition)

5.0 étoiles sur 5 5 beautiful, attractive, pretty, good-looking, pleasing, alluring, prepossessing stars!, 21 décembre 2015
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Ce commentaire fait référence à cette édition : Elements of Chemistry: Parts 1-3 (English Edition) (Format Kindle)
5 beautiful, attractive, pretty, good-looking, pleasing, alluring, prepossessing stars.

I won’t lie: I had read other books by Penny Reid and they I found them nice, just nice. I bought Elements of Chemistry part 1 a long time ago as it was free or 0,99 USD. It was soon forgotten among other books I’ve not read yet.
Three days ago, I was in the mood for some college romance and I stumbled upon this book. It seemed fitting what I was looking for. I remembered it had many good reviews but did not expect nothing more than an enjoyable read.

That’s when I was wrong, so, so wrong! This series was not just enjoyable, it was fr****ng fantastic!
I laughed so hard at their banter. I was also mesmerized by Kaitlyn. She was so unique. A fascinating mix between smart, controlled, rational and innocent, clumsy with that adorable quirk of chanting synonyms each time she was nervous or hiding in any closet available to “recover”.
”Why did you hide? Did they make fun of you?” “No, they ignored me. I think I hid because hiding made it my choice. You can’t be ignored if no one can see you.”

Kaitlyn’s mother is a Senator and her father is the dean of the college medicine at UCLA. She also is the granddaughter of an astronaut and her grandmother outfitted the first nuclear submarines with nuclear weapons. As one of the characters said, she is like US royalty, a national treasure. She does want to meet her family’s high expectations. She is your typical nerd: always in her books, clothed with baggy pants and oversized tee shirt she is more of a tea/cookies/book evening girl than frat party girl.

For months now she has a crush on Martin Sandeke, her chemistry partner and heir to Sandeke Telecom Systems. Six-foot three, unrepentant manwhore, temperamental and captain of the university’s rowing team. Kaitlyn is mesmerized by Martin but fears what he could do to her heart. He is so “cosmically unobtainable” he would crush her in a heartbeat.
”I did my best to ignore his body, because it still put me in a state of duress and gave me lusty pants.”

When Kaitlyn overheard two people plotting against Martin (she was hiding in the chemistry cabinet), she’ll gather her courage and will attend her first frat party ever to warn him of the evil plans. But Martin has other ideas and wants to take her on a trip for spring break. You see, Martin is very, very cocky and self-assured. ”If multiple orgasms are a myth, then you can call me Hercules.”

He is used to have his way with girls and did not expect Kaitlyn resisting his pursuit. He did not expect her being a virgin either, a virgin with no mouth filter under stress.
”So if I hadn’t been a virgin then we would…what? We would have just, just…” “You would have impaled me with your penis while I face planted against the closet?”

Anyway, Kaitlyn will follow Martin and his teammates and go on a “dating bootcamp” for one week on his family property in the Caribbean. Kaitlynn does not want to push her boundaries but she feels she could be missing something and she’ll agree to try something new.
”A large part of me was strangely excited about the trip. I was nineteen years old and the dodgiest thing I’ve ever done was drink peach schnapps and drunk dial my ex last summer.”

I loved the interaction between these characters. Kaitlyn is conservative, brilliant and funny. She wanted to please her parents so much. Her family has a very weird dynamic, her mother being a very busy senator, her father and Kaitlyn would submit agenda items to her mother’s PA and, on Sundays, they would skype and discuss the various items. Her mother was very driven, always collected and imparted her wisdom to her daughter ”Even though you don’t feel calm doesn’t mean you can’t be calm.”
When Kaitlyn showed talent to play music, her mother told her about the good and bad of her passion for music. Kaitlyn did not choose to major in music as she was good but not extraordinary good and “her passion would not have a positive lasting benefit so society.” Result of her upbringing: Kaitlyn suppressed all passion to listen only to the logical side of her brain. She appeared always in control and if she had no control over something, she chanted a litany of synonyms or hid in closets.

When Kaitlyn met Martin, he pushed her out of her comfort zone. I loved how they both helped the other to become better.
”Martin was right. I was analytical-overly so- and I’d been using it as a way to suppress passion. Everything could be reasoned away or made look silly with enough rational scrutiny. Faith, love, hope, lust, anger, sadness, compassion – everything. And that’s what I’d been doing with every feeling an demotion that was confusing or difficult to control.”

I loved Kaitlyn but I did not always love Martin. He was too arogant, he was sometimes obnoxious and very calculating. He confessed he would never be selfless. He was a real jerk sometimes. But he was also brilliant, very handsome and honest with Kaitlyn. He did not lie to her and always spoke about his feelings freely. He tried to give her what she needed, even if he did not always like it and sometimes made mistakes (ignoring her at a party to give her room), hurting Kaitlyn’s feelings.

”Boys are stupid. I needed to explore becoming a lesbian. I needed to add this to my to-do list and bump it up to the top. How had the male gender managed to survive millions of years? The male portion of the human species should have been extinct by now.”

I could not put this series down and devoured the three books in three days. It was physically painful to stop reading to prepare meals, wash etc. I loved the humor, I loved the drama, the angst, the bettering of the characters. I swooned, I blushed, I cried, I raged…I was HAPPY!

Ruin & Rule
Ruin & Rule
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 When Pepper Winters write MC novel, take a day off you won't put it down., 9 décembre 2015
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Once upon a time, Pepper Winters wrote an MC novel and I found my fairy tale.

In every good fairy tale, you have:

-a princess: Forgetful Girl;
-a knight with a shining Triumph: Kill, The Prez;
-a villain: name not revealed to keep the secret;
-a quest: finding Forgetful Girl memories and avenging Kill.

Forgetful Girl has long shining auburn cherry hair and deep green eyes. Imagine Ariel from The Little Mermaid if you want. She has half of her body marred with burnt scars and half of her body tatted with glimpses of a forgotten past.
She’s been abducted by bad MC guys with five other girls to be sold into slavery. Bound, gagged and blindfolded, she’ll be saved by a man with an earthquake voice.
Their gazes connect, green to green.
A nightmare come to life.
A nightmare I wanted to live.
I quivered. I quaked.”

“Him” is Arthur Killian, math genius, brilliant forex trader and president of Pure Corruption MC. Ruling instead of Wallstreet, his jailed mentor, he has been betrayed many years ago, losing the girl he loved. All he has to live for years is revenge. Patiently he’s orchestrated his moves. Soon, they’ll pay for their sins.

Forgetful Girl can’t remember her life before. She can feel a soul deep connection with her green eyed savior but he rages and fights against it. He does not want to believe she could be the girl he lost so many years ago, the girls he swear to avenge. He does not want to feel anymore, he does not want to see, he refuses to hope and believe. He does not want to be crushed again.

Will her knight be her executioner and sell her into slavery to reap his revenge?
She has to convince him she is his princess. All she has to do is remember.

Time and time again Forgetful Girl tortures her brain, trying to recall her past, desperate to be that girl but to no avail. Memories come and go in little snippets, barely there, no more than sparks and fading quickly. Could her knight be the sweet boy from her memory, the boy she dreams of but whose face she can’t see?

Witnessing everything, a master puppeteer is hiding in the shadows, waiting the right moment to strike, to destroy our princess and her knight, like the true villain he is. Friend or foe? Ally or enemy? Who is he?

When I was a child, I was enthralled by fairy tales. I loved how I was becoming the princess (strangely, I could not relate to the bad witch or the evil queen), living her life, going through her ordeals just to be worthy of the knight’s love. Well, Ruin and Rules enthralled me. I was so engrossed I could not stop reading it, praying Forgetful Girl would remember and avoid slavery. I held my breath when things seemed lost …just to be righted again. I sighed reading the sweet memories of a young love and I had to fan myself each time things went very hot and spicy (with a name like Pepper, what did you expect?). I refrained from slapping my Kindle when that man was so obtuse he would not see the truth if it bit him in the “behind” (let’s stay polite, this is my MC fairy tale).

And I died of frustration when I realized it ended on a cliffhanger!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hurry, find the next book release date (on the author’s site 26th January 2016), follow the link and preorder! Then go buy lots of ice cream to soothe my frazzled reader’s heart.

Moral of the story: read reviews BEFORE reading the book just to see if there is a cliffhanger. Now, let’s just hope I follow this sound advice…next time.

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