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Guest Review: Defying Gravity by Kendra C. Highley

Posted July 29, 2016 by Tracy in Reviews | 1 Comment

Guest Review: Defying Gravity by Kendra C. HighleyReviewer: Tracy
Defying Gravity by Kendra C. Highley
Series: Finding Perfect #2
Published by Entangled, Crush
Publication Date: July 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
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three-half-stars

Zoey Miller lives for her holidays in Aspen. Her time up on the mountain with the Madison brothers, Parker and Luke, is everything. But for the first time, it’s not enough. This time, she’s determined to win one of the brothers’ hearts.

But the brother she has in mind is a renowned player, with hordes of snow-bunnies following him around Snowmass resort. And the other…well, he’s her best friend and knows she deserves better. Namely him. And he’s going to win her heart.

Parker is in love with his best friend. They are both seniors and they grew up together but now Zoey only spends holidays in Aspen where Parker is a permanent resident. He wants to tell her how he feels but he’s just not found a good time. He’s also afraid that he’ll jeopardize their friendship if she doesn’t feel the same way.
Luke is Parker’s older brother by two years and attends college in Arizona. He’s home for the winter break as well. There’s always been a bit of a competition with them but when it comes to Zoey they’ve all just been good friends – until now.

Zoey shows up from Texas thinking that she’s finally going to make a move on Luke, who she’s had a crush on for a couple of years. She even does her hair and make-up – which she never does while on vacation – to impress him. Luke’s got a following of groupies because of his skiing and Zoey’s not sure that she can measure up to them.

Parker sees how Zoey is looking at Luke and it’s pissing him off and breaking his heart. Luke is reacting to her and Parker confronts Luke. Of course Luke decides to make it a bet about who could “win” her first. Parker’s not really thinking about the bet, he just wants Zoey and he wants Luke to leave her alone.

This was a cute story. It was pretty light and airy for the most part and a quick easy read. Parker seemed like such a good guy and it amazed me that Zoey hadn’t seen him for the wonderful man he was – not just a friend – until she saw him killing it at the Terrain Park. I mean, I get it, the girl is confused because she thought she wanted Luke and then realizes that he’s a bit of an ass when it comes to women. She sees Parker in another light and it meshes everything together. Unfortunately, that also made her seem pretty shallow. Yeah, he’s my friend and I love everything about him but now that I see him at the terrain park and see how good he is then now I want him in other ways. Luckily the author worked around that issue pretty well and in the end I was satisfied with the outcome of it all.

I didn’t read the first book in this story and didn’t feel like I needed to in order to read this one. Yes, the couple from book one was mentioned and Zoey talks to her friend Paige (who I guess was one of the MC’s from book one). To me, however, it just seemed like she was talking to a friend and frankly I didn’t feel the need to know more about Paige and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything. So overall a pretty cute YA story I enjoyed reading.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Review: Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz

Posted October 28, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara HantzReviewer: Rowena
Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz

Publication Date: October 12, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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two-stars

Ruby Davis has a crush on her brother’s best friend. At least, he was his bestie until the big betrayal. Now Drew is off limits to everyone, especially Ruby. She can’t stand the way people treat him, or the way he feels about himself. It isn’t right. And those deep green eyes are calling to her.

Drew is scarred and damaged, and he has no business even looking at Ruby. But he can’t help himself. She’s beautiful, but he does his best to stay away. When they are assigned a school project, they become reluctant friends – even though they want so much more.

She’s torn between her feelings for Drew and loyalty to her brother. There’s no way they can ever be together...but love just might find a way.

Rowena’s review of Falling for the Wrong Guy by Sara Hantz.

One of my favorite tropes is the falling in love with your older brother’s best friend one. This is one of those stories so I was hyped up to get this book read. I also enjoyed the last Entangled: Crush book that I read (I loved it a lot) so I was expecting a lot of the same kind of thing from that book.

Hmm, this book was a completely different reading experience for me.

So Mia (Umm, who the heck is Ruby? The main character in my eARC is Mia, not Ruby) has a huge crush on her brother’s ex-bestfriend, Drew. Drew is the enemy because when Blake (Mia’s brother) found out his girlfriend died, he found out that she was with Drew before she died. Reese (the girlfriend) died in a house fire and Drew, who survived the fire is left with third degree burns on his body.

The book starts and it’s about a year after the fire and Drew is back at school. He missed almost all of school last year so he has to repeat his junior year, which puts him in the same grade as Mia (sorry but she’s Mia to me, not Ruby). The whispers and the stares follow Drew around when he first gets back at school and Mia wants to help him feel welcome because the crush she had on him for all those years hasn’t gone away and though she feels bad about betraying her brother, her heart wants Drew and when they get close after being put together in a group project, Mia has to decide if she wants to continue being Drew’s secret.

Drew refuses to hurt Blake again. The thing with Reese wasn’t planned but Drew carries around a lot of guilt and while he misses his best friend Blake, he understands why Blake hates him so much. So when him and Mia become more than friends, Drew is torn because he wants to be with Mia but he also understands why Blake wouldn’t want him with her. So he makes bonehead mistakes and in his effort to save Blake from being hurt, he hurts Mia and a whole lot of dumbass-ness happens.

Through a lot of the book, I’m annoyed with a different person. First it was Blake and his anger that was directed at all of the wrong things and people. Then it was Mia and then it was Drew and then it was Mia and Blake’s father and then it was back to Mia and then back to Drew. I didn’t understand a lot of what drove the characters to make such dumbass choices and to think the way that they did. I couldn’t connect with anyone except the one person that we didn’t get nearly enough page time with and that was Tiffany, Mia’s best friend. I thought she had a good head on her shoulders and showed a lot of patience and support to Mia. She was a good friend to Mia. She was there when Mia needed her and counseled Mia when she needed to be counseled.

The romance between Drew and Mia had potential to be good, but they got on my nerves throughout a whole lot of the book and by the end, I was just happy to finally be done with them. They drove me crazy. I didn’t understand them, I didn’t sympathize with them and that’s saying something because Drew has third degree burns but the way that he pulled away from everyone and was hot and cold with Mia’s feelings made him a less desirable love interest for me. Mia wasn’t any better. She drove me mad with everything and don’t even get me started on Blake. I didn’t understand his animosity over …everything. He made me mad and then after all was said and done, the resolution to everything came about so freaking fast. Too fast. Too easy.

So while I really liked Tiffany, everything else left a lot to be desired.

two-stars

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Review: Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley

Posted September 10, 2015 by Rowena in Reviews | 1 Comment

Review: Finding Perfect by Kendra C. HighleyReviewer: Rowena
Finding Perfect by Kendra C. Highley
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: September 14th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Love & Romance, General
Pages: 252
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four-half-stars

How far will you go for perfection?For "Perfect Paige" Westfeld, today is "D" Day. As in, she just got one on her calculus test. With her dreams of Stanford, her reputation, and her parents' expectations at stake, Paige needs to find a way to save face before everything she's worked for goes up in flames.
Ben Franklin (yes, he's related) is from the wrong side of town, with the wrong clothes and the wrong kind of life. He also knows an opportunity when he sees one, and he'll be happy to tutor Paige-if she makes him into the kind of guy her best friend, the hottest girl in school, will date.
It's the perfect arrangement. And Paige is determined not even the inconvenient-and utterly imperfect-attraction simmering between her and Ben will ruin it...
This Entangled Teen Crush book contains swoony situations, adult language, and a perfectly imperfect hero with an eye for calculus and a heart of gold.

I read one other book by Kendra C. Highley and the protagonist in that book drove me up the wall. I was very interested in the book because it features a young high school basketball player and my daughter is one so it was a world that I knew. A world that I understood and was comfortable in but the protagonist made a lot of bad choices so that got on my nerves and that affected my enjoyment of the book as a whole. I still enjoyed the book but it was hard to read. After remembering that book, I was a little wary going into this book. I was prepared to roll my eyes down the street a lot but the synopsis of this book sounded too cute for me to stay away.

I shouldn’t have been worried at all because I adored this book. Highley wrote one of the cutest YA books that I’ve read all summer. I thought both Ben and Paige were fantastic characters and their problems were real ones. They were going through some of the same things that my daughter is going through. They worried about their grades, they worried about getting into college and they worried about what ordinary teens these days are worrying about.

I really enjoyed seeing both Paige and Ben come together. I loved seeing their plans change over the course of the book and I really enjoyed that they acted and reacted like teenagers would. I loved how disappointed Paige was when Ben wanted her to hook him up with Zoey and I loved how much Ben came to like Paige. I also really liked that the parents were actively apart of these teenagers lives. They were intense and they were different but they were there and they were supportive of their kids. It’s nice to see that in contemporary YA since I’ve read more books where the parents are either never around or jerks.

I’m really looking forward to reading Zoey’s book. I loved that she was such a good friend to Paige and later on, to Ben. I can’t wait to see finally meet this Luke Hamilton. He’s got to be amazing if he’s got gorgeous Zoey salivating at the mouth.

Overall, this book was a cute contemporary YA romance that I couldn’t get enough of. The characters were real, they were fun and they were smart. I think fans of contemporary YA will enjoy this one. It’s not bogged with issues and drama and angst. It’s got the right amount of teenage drama and angst to make you thirsty for more. I definitely recommend.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

This book is available from Entangled Crush. You can purchase it here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

four-half-stars

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