Forever Black (Forever #1) by Sandi Lynn

Book Description:

Published: February 16, 2013

Format: Audio/Audible

When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space.” With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black. After finding Ellery in his kitchen the next morning and assuming she broke his #1 rule about sleepovers, he becomes intrigued, not only by her stubbornness and defiance, but by her kindness.

Connor Black, emotionally dead and damaged, that stemmed from a personal tragedy, made a vow to never love or fall in love with a woman, until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident. After she opens up and shows him her world, Connor starts to feel emotions and feelings he never knew existed. Despite the rumors and warnings regarding Connor Black and his use and misuse of women, Ellery finds herself being drawn into his world.

Ellery knows they can never be together because she is harboring a deep secret that could destroy Connor emotionally forever.

Join Connor and Ellery as they embark on a journey of courage, love and strength. Will it be enough to save them?

Review –

OMG!!!!!

This book was a total emotional rollercoaster ride and while listening to it I experienced frustration, laughter,anger,sadness and joy. I have to admit I cried during a great part of it,  I mean sobbed. It’s a very emotional storyline.

Ellery was diagnosed with cancer at sixteen and now at twenty-three it is back, both parents are dead and her boyfriend of four years just dumped her.

Connor Black, a very rich, thirtyish CEO of his family company wants noting to do with “happy ever after” and just has casual sex with women and send them on their way. Something devastating happened to him when he was eighteen and it has shaped his life.

When these two strong-willed people get together you’d better look out because it will not be smooth sailing.

They get their HEA but the journey there shouldn’t be wished on anyone.

 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Book Description:

Published: August 2, 2016

SOMETIMES THE ONE WHO LOVES YOU IS THE ONE WHO HURTS YOU THE MOST

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

This book contains graphic scenes and very sensitive subject matter.

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First of all, I want to say that I gave this book five stars ***** and it deserved more.

It got a LOT of hype and some readers didn’t like it and some loved it. I’m in the latter category. It deals with a subject whose depth you can not comprehend unless you are a part of it. Thank my lucky stars, I was not ever, nor do I think I will ever be a part of it. 

I would love to tell you everything about this book but I can’t because it would give too much away and I want you to read it or listen to it. I want everyone to read or listen to it. Men and women.

This book broke my heart because I was rooting for the man I thought was “perfect”, but I guess if something looks perfect it’s too good to be true. Love can hurt and love can heal but one person can’t do both.

The blurb makes it sound like a “love triangle” is involved but it’s not. That is not the point, or the focus. Whatever it is you’re thinking this book is, just trust me — it’s so much bigger than that. Seriously, trust Colleen. I did.

This book is now at my top favorite books of the year. I was unable to stop listening for long periods of time and other times I HAD  to stop listening. My heart couldn’t take it and I needed more Kleenex. I know that this is one of those profoundly beautiful and unforgettable stories that will stay with me for a long time.

I highly recommend it to everyone!

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The Last Star (The 5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey

Book Description:

Published: May 24, 2016  

The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves…or saving what makes us human.

Review –

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offers-headphones-jpgmaxheight138maxwidth207THE LAST STAR picks up not long after THE INFINITE SEA, Book Two, left off. Cassie, still torn between her love of Evan and her fear of his kind, is focusing her energy on reminding Sam what it means to be a family. Ringer — believed MIA by Cassie and the gang — has been “enhanced” and is focused on eliminating Evan Walker so she can take revenge on the man who betrayed her without him getting in the way. Zombie, ever the leader, remains untrusting of Evan and focused on reuniting with Ringer and Teacup before the end of days. 
Alternating between the viewpoints of Cassie, Ringer, Zombie, Sam and others, THE LAST STAR takes place over the course of three action-packed days, or, more specifically, the last three days of Earth. Evan Walker has a plan that he hopes will save humanity — aka Cassie — but, in the end, he is not the hero Earth needs. That hero, of course, is Cassie. Cassie who, even when all hope for rescue is lost, still demands that young Sam learn his ABCs and remember the face of his mother. Cassie, who loves Evan in ways that even she cannot understand, but knows that they will not celebrate a fairy tale ending. Cassie, the personification of humanity.

Although readers have been cheering Cassie on for years, I believe it is Sam who truly shines in THE LAST STAR. If THE LAST STAR can be classified as character-driven science fiction, Sam is one of the most powerful forces of its narrative. Through Sam, we see the true effects of humanity’s downfall, as he finds it easy to shoot a person, but less so to remember to bathe. He loves his sister, but feels a stronger, everlasting bond with Zombie, because Zombie is his sergeant in a world where his family’s promises have been annihilated more often than not. 

Because the story takes place over only three short days, it is impossible to go on without spoiling the ending to a series fans have loved for years. I will say this: yes, there are major deaths, yes, there is a resolution to the war, and yes, you will cry. The author did a superb job giving this series a perfect ending.

Five stars *****

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Book Description:

Published: November 10, 2015

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Review –

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I knew the premise to this book before I read it and I knew it would be good because I haven’t read a bad book written by Colleen Hoover. What I didn’t expect was to be totally blown away by the story and the chemistry between Ben and Fallon. The spark between them was immediate (instalove) and the story was so unique and surprising.

I found myself falling in love, having my heart-broken and falling in love again.  Fallon, and for that matter Ben too, was so much stronger than I would have been in the same situation. To go a whole year and not see or hear from “that special someone”, are you kidding me? No phone calls, no letter writing, and no social media, NOTHING!!!!  I wouldn’t have been able to do it. I would have driven myself crazy with jealousy thinking of all the girls he would be dating, etc.  But thankfully these fictional characters did just that and met up once a year for five years on November 9th. The date is very important to both of them, but until the end they don’t know it.

There are a couple of pretty big twists in this story and I won’t tell you what they are because it would ruin the story for you. Just know that they make a big difference in the story to each of the characters, especially one twist. I was afraid that the couple would not be able to get over the heartbreak that this one twist caused. But thank heavens,they did.

It is a wonderful story and you’ll cheer, pull your hair out and cry, but it is well worth it.

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Maybe Someday(Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover

Book Description:

Published: March 18, 2014

At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

Review –

I don’t know how the author, Colleen Hoover, does it, but most of her books are true tear-jerkers and this one is THAT, but it’s also heart-wrenching!

You feel for Sydney, knowing that Ridge has a sick girlfriend of five years that he says he will never leave  and always love, and you feel for Ridge, knowing that he does love Maggie with his whole heart and will never leave her but that feelings for Sydney are developing in a way he never thought possible. Their story is a roller coaster of emotions and I cried and cried and almost couldn’t stand it. The pain was so real.

I had the audio version and the narrators were top-notch and made Ridge and Sydney seem completely alive.

I loved this book and I won’t give away  the ONE element of the story that made it an even bigger tear-jerker because I want you to read it or listen to it. You won’t regret it.

(I think I need to check into buying some Kleenex stock!)

Five stars *****

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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

Book Description:

Published: October 6, 2015

The two-time Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt delivers the shattering story of Joseph, a father at thirteen, who has never seen his daughter, Jupiter. After spending a harrowing time in a juvenile facility, Joesph, who is now fourteen, is placed with a foster family on a farm in rural Maine. Here Joseph, damaged and withdrawn, meets twelve-year-old Jack, who narrates the account of the troubled, passionate teen who wants to find his baby at any cost. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.

In this riveting novel, two boys discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires.

Review –

I won this book through a give-away on GoodReads and it arrived this past Monday. As soon as I opened to the first page I knew I HAD to finished it in one sitting.

Joseph’s mother is dead and his father is abusive and he gets into trouble through no real fault of his own. Just a moment of poor judgement and his life is changed forever. He has gotten a girl pregnant and she died in childbirth and the baby daughter,Jupiter, is given up for adoption.

He is sexually abused in a juvenile prison  and when he gets out he goes to stay with a foster family on a farm in Maine where he learns, among other things to milk cows and finds he really enjoys it.  No matter what any day brings finding Jupiter is always on his mind.

Jack, who is twelve, likes Joseph and feels protective of him and when kids at school bully him or give him trouble on the bus, Jack is there to “have his back”.

I won’t tell you if Joseph finds his daughter or how the book ends but it is a heart wrenching tear jerker and I dare anyone to read this book and NOT shed a tear. (It is a very short book and I HIGHLY recommend it)

It is a story that will stay with me forever.  

Five stars *****

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Confess by Colleen Hoover

Book Description:

Published: March 10, 2015

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Review –

OMG !!!!! (If you know anything about this book you’ll know why this exclamation is special)

Five stars *****

Once I started listening to this book (there was a male narrator for Owen’s part and a female for Auburn’s point of view) I couldn’t stop. It’s not a really long book to listen to-only about seven hours-but every time I had time I listened and then I forgot about other daily routine things and just listened. It’s that good.

Auburn lose’s the love of her life, Adam, through illness at the age of fifteen and has a baby out of the relationship at sixteen. Her parents wanted her to give the baby up for adoption but instead Adam’s mother have custody of the little boy and she would live with her while finishing school. But as years go by Auburn is just in a back seat position when it comes to raising AJ.

She loves to Dallas after graduating from Cosmetology School because that’s where Lydia lives with AJ and her son Trey.

She passes an art studio and sees a HELP WANTED sign and meets Owen Gentry, the artist, who is in dire need of someone to attend to the sale of his paintings at that nights showing. Owen and Auburn hit it off right away, but Owen has a secret or confession that he never plans to tell Auburn. It’s about how he knows her from before and where they met and more.

I don’t want to give anything away but suffice it to say Owen and Auburn are made for each other but things uncontrollable by both  will get in the way and cause pain for both of them. Neither can deny the feelings they have when together and Auburn knows that because of Owen’s arrest record she would have trouble getting custody of AJ so she agrees to “date” Trey, Adam’s brother, even though she has no real feelings for him. Trey is abusive, verbally and physically and something he does and has done in the past allows Auburn to get custody away from Lydia and lets him keep his job as a policeman. She and Owen re-unite and then in Owen’s words we learn the story of where and  how he met Auburn and by that time tears were rolling down my cheeks and I was sobbing. I love it when that happens.

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Book Description:

Published: August 5, 2014

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.

Love gets ugly.

Review –

I started this book about 7pm and stayed up until 1:30 am to finish it.  I could not put it down because I was so drawn in at the very beginning.

This is the story of Tate and Miles and the chapters alternate with her telling  in the present and his telling six years in the past.  Miles is a very tortured soul and we don’t find out why until almost the end and it is heart wrenching. He is complete dead inside and feels he can never love again. Tate is immediately drawn to Miles and thinks she can make him love her. But he want only sex and she agrees to that just to be with him.  Well, we all know that kind of arrangement never works and so Miles and Tate part badly a few times and you feel for both of them. Finally Tate tells him that he either gives her more or she’s done with their arrangement.  Miles stays away as long as he can but inside he knows he does love her but must make a break from his past first.  By the time I came to the end I was bawling like a baby. I loved this book and highly recommend it if you enjoy tragic love stories and are not offended by explicit sex.

I rated it 5 stars *****

I just found out that this book is being made into a movie in 2016. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ugly-love-the-movie#/story

 

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Undivided (Unwind Series #4) by Neal Shusterman

Book Description

October 14, 2014 
Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman.

Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes. And below the surface of that horror lies another shocking level of intrigue: Proactive Citizenry has been suppressing technology that could make unwinding completely unnecessary. As Conner, Risa, and Lev uncover these startling secrets, enraged teens begin to march on Washington to demand justice and a better future.

But more trouble is brewing. Starkey’s group of storked teens is growing more powerful and militant with each new recruit. And if they have their way, they’ll burn the harvest camps to the ground and put every adult in them before a firing squad—which could destroy any chance America has for a peaceful future.

Review –
This book was an incredible finale to the Unwind series.  Shusterman’s dystopian world is so realistic it will send chills through your body. The characters are all sympathetic, fleshed out characters, even the minor ones. Feelings of all kinds came to me near the end. I cried, cheered and was just in awe.  I think this series has been overlooked but it is one of the best out there. Make a New Year’s Resolution to read this series, you won’t be disappointed.
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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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Book Description

Publication Date:January 10, 2012
Soon to Be a Major Motion Picture! TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012!

The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it’s also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness.” —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
Review –
I knew a little about this book before I started listening to the audio version, but I wasn’t prepared for a death I really didn’t see coming. This is definitely a “box of Kleenex” story and more if you’re like me,(I cry at the drop of a hat).
I loved this book because of the surprise it gave me, because of the  chemistry between Hazel and Gus,  because of the reality of the storyline and finally because it was written very well and with care.  You can tell when an author is invested in his work or just cranking them(books) out for the money.
The movie comes out in a couple of months and I can’t wait.
Gave a box of Kleenex and start reading today.
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