See ya, Heat. Hello, Autumn!

tumblr_m9ojk3ubbV1r363pgo1_500Well, August is at a end. Finally. While it is my birthday month, it has never been one of my favorite months, considering in the South, school starts in mid-August. Yes, even for college!

Autumn, be good to me. This is my favorite time of the year, weather and holiday wise. I mean, isn’t everyones favorite holiday Halloween? Certainly is mine. I love how all the channels have halloween movies streaming and it’s time to put more clothes on and less dying in an Alabama heat wave.

Anyway, with August ending, it is also a time for school to begin. Groan, I know. Besides starting classes, August has been uneventful. I went to the beach for my birthday, and got macarons and an eiffel tower keyhook stand from Paris. I am spoiled. Not to mention, I got a load of books. I’d have gotten more, I think, if Emma’s package had EVER arrived *glares at usps who lost my bday present*

Anywaaaaay, inspired by Emma’s monthly favorite’s post, I think I shall start my own with the impending new season.

FAVORITE BOOKS

7719248Honestly, I loved Tiger Lily. It was so great and heartbreaking at the same time. I love fairy tales, and this wasn’t any different. Narrated by Tinker Bell, this delves into the love story of Tiger Lily and Peter Pan, before Wendy showed her little England butt in Neverland. This isn’t the cutesy happy ending in fairytales. The characters you root for don’t get what they want, and people get hurt and people die.  AND I loved it. But ask anyone, I love reading tortured characters, as well as torturing my own. You can read my full review here.

15745753The 5th Wave starts off on the evening of the fifth wave with Cassie Sullivan, who believes she’s the last person in the world. Her brother taken, her father killed, Cassie navigates the backwoods and steers clear of the waste of what used to be civilization. Unbeknownst to her, she is not alone. A Silencer follows her, waiting for the opportune moment to kill her. Elsewhere, we have Zombie, a soldier training to eradicate the infected that will bring about the 5th Wave. I love alien invasions, and this was certainly no different. I read this in mere hours and had trouble putting it down, even taking it with me to the kitchen when I wanted to get something from the fridge! You can read my full review here.

FAVORITE MOVIES

Honestly, I haven’t really watched many movies this month, but these are the more memorable ones I’ve seen this month.

15745753Seeing as how the Mortal Instruments are among my top favorite series ever, I had to see the movie. And honestly, I loved it. I mean, no movie is going to be perfect because with books you get to set up the entire world in your imagination and whatnot. In a movie, you can’t do that. Unless you’re the one directing it, then you can. Despite that I felt that many scenes were rushed through without a breath before the next impending disaster happened, I really enjoyed this movie. I had some qualms about Jamie Bower Campbell, but after seeing his performance, I am sold.

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I really loved The Hobbit. I’ve never read the books, but I’ve seen all of the LOTR movies and despite the people I know who moaned and groaned about this becoming a movie and how it was portrayed, I really liked it. It was easy to get into, and it kept my attention throughout the entire film. I was even a bit sad when it ended, because I enjoyed watching this world and these characters immensely.

FAVORITE SHOWS

15745753I had been seeing graphics all over Tumblr, and when the DVDs came out, I threw them into my queue (what a weird word, I can never spell it without looking). The first episode was a bit WHAT? HUH? WHATS HAPPENING? but by the end of the second episode, I was completely enthralled and in love with the story line. It was a bit hard to grasp at first, but I easily caught on and came to love all the characters that Tatiana Maslany portayed. Really fabulous show and I can’t wait to see more.

FAVORITE MUSIC

I don’t normally listen to this type of music very often, but after listening to Gold by Victoria Justice, I was sold. It’s catchy. Yano, like disease.

I heard this a couple of weeks ago when searching for Mortal Instruments music before the movie came out. This immediately got my attention, I love the melody and the lyrics. It’s not rock-out music, but definitely something you can sway too and belt out lyrics like you’re Adelle throwing a concert.

FAVORITE BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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Frizz-Ease

I love John Frieda. I use this every time I do my hair. You can get this nearly anywhere, including Walmart, for 4-6 dollars. I’ve had this bottle for a year now, I think, and I’m only now getting the end of the bottle. Not to mention, this smells divine.

DSC_1138_2Please Me by MAC

This is my favorite color. Really, it looks great with everything. You can wear it to class, or even a night out on the town.

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 48 Lash by MAC

Longer wispy bundles with an even edge create a flirty fringe that verges on the dramatic. These are the holy grail of lashes, especially if you’re like me and think yours are thin and stubby. Why is it always guys blessed with natural long beautiful lashes? It’s entirely unfair.

Wellllll, there are my favorites for the month of August. What are YOUR favorite shows/movies/apps/assessories/whatever this month?

Masque of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin

15745753Title: Masque of the Red Death
Series:
(
Masque of the Red Death, #1)
Author:
Bethany Griffin
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 4

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Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

MY REVIEW

“And I’m falling in love with you,” he whispers. “But I would throw you in the water and watch crocodiles tear you to bits, if I thought that doing so would accomplish my goals. Do. Not. Trust. Anyone. Especially me.”

Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, this is a lovely work. I loved the gothic style mood, the streampunk, the haunting melody that flows within the pages. Bethany Griffin has taken a dark influence from Poe and created a similarly dark gothic adaptation.

Araby Worth is a teenager living in a world consumed by the plague. Haunted by the death of her twin brother Finn, she spends her nights with April attending parties, losing herself in the numbness that drugs provide. It is there she meets April’s brother, Elliot, the nephew of the evil Prince Prospero, and Will, who works at the Debauchery Club while trying to take care of his younger siblings. Araby is thrust into the real world, away from the careless that her drugs provide, and discovers that she may be able to help save countless lives from the plague and the villainous Prince Prospero.

Throughout the story, I was enchanted. I’ve never read much Poe, but I loved the darkness of this story, where no one has a shred of innocence and those who appear good do bad things. I loved the descriptions of the porcelain masks and the nights of debauchery and the constant threat of disease and death. Even the love triangle wasn’t obnoxious as they tend to be in countless YA novels. Will isn’t the perfect guy he comes across as, and Elliot isn’t entirely bad. Everyone is human, and there is both good and bad in them as they try to navigate the devastation in the city. Even April, who seems like the annoying best friend that doesn’t give a damn about anything but herself grows as a character for the little time she is present while still remaining herself.

I really loved the Masque of the Red Death and would definitely read the upcoming sequels. Even if you aren’t a fan of Poe, this haunting influence pays homeage to the original story without dwelling in it constantly. If you like slow but never boring stories and being thrust into a dark and enchanting world, look no further.

Incarnate – Jodi Matthews

15745753Title: Incarnate
Series:
(Newsoul, #1)
Author:
Jodi Matthews
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 3

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NEWSOUL
Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

NOSOUL
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

HEART
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

 

MY REVIEW

“Im not going to waste time being angry about things I cant control. If I only have one life, I should make the most of it.”

Ana is a newsoul, the first born in five thousand years. And since the day of birth, she has been both hated and feared. Other souls have been reincarnated over and over for the last five-thousand years, and Ana’s appearence and the disappearence of Ciana instills fear into many that she may be the beginning of the end.

Raised by a bitter mother who believed she was a “nosoul”, incapable of true emotion or feeling, Ana sets out on her eighteenth birthday for a journey in self discovery. She wishes to travel to Range and implore the library for any explanation there may be as to why she was born and replaced Ciana. Along her path to self-discovery, she meets Sam, who shows her that she isn’t the nosoul her mother claimed her to be, but a newsoul. Tensions rise when dragons attack, and everyone knows that one attack will lead to others. Many blame this sudden attack on Ana’s arrival in Range.

Overall, I had mixed feelings about Incarnate. There are many aspects I found creative, such as the world building and how Ana is the first soul born in five milennia. The narrative flowed well, and Ana is a fighter, but there were things I had a difficult time accepting. If these thousands of humans have been reincarnated and remember everything from their previous lives, why haven’t in five milennia have they came up with ways to dominate over the dragon and sylph that attack them so frequently? Even Sam has died thirty times by dragons, but no one has developped much of a defense system?

Not to mention, I often worried about the romance between Sam and Ana. No, not the fact he’s technically five thousand years old to her meagar eighteen years of existence. He’s been reborn over and over, and many have stated that he had lovers in the past, even Ciana, whom Ana replaced. It made me wonder if he only loved Ana because she’s the first new thing thats ever happened to him in several lifetimes. I won’t even go into the fact that reincarnation isn’t gender specific and Sam has been a woman in several lifetimes and everything is all wibbly wobbly.

Most of the book is spent on the romance building between Sam and Ana, rather than her trying to find things out. And the end was lackluster, as if that was the big reveal? That’s it? It feels like Jodi freaked out about her ending and had no great idea as to Ana’s background so she made it as simple as possible and leaves us with a boring resolution.

I grant this three stars for the world building and the beautiful cover. But honestly, it didn’t make me feel anything at all, really. I’m not sure if that’s worse than raving mad and hating it, because at least then I feel something toward it. It’s okay. I won’t be screaming in joy to read the sequel nor will I be ripping my hair out raving stark mad about how much it annoyed me.

The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey

15745753Title: The 5th Wave
Series:
(The 5th Wave, #1)
Author:
Rick Yancey
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 5

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After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

MY REVIEW

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

Do you like alien invasions? What about intense action and mild romance? Or maybe you like apocalyptic novels? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions (or all of them), then this is the book for you! Told in multiple pov’s ranging from protagonist Cassie to a broken soldier nicknamed Zombie, this story is compelling from each.

1st wave: Goodbye cell phones, cars, planes, television and electricit.
2nd wave: Adios coastal cities that are now underwater.
3rd wave: Sayonara to a hefty percent of whats left of the world’s population. Birds are spreading a horrific, epidemic disease.
4th wave: Trust no one. How do you rid the Earth of humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.
5th wave: Well… Read to find out?

Cassie Sullivan believes she very well may be the last person on Earth. She hasn’t seen another human being since her first kill of a gutted, dying soldier in a corner store outside of what was once civilization.

Unbeknownst to Cassie, she’s being hunted, stalked, by someone she called a Silencer. Silencer’s are those that were once as human as you or, well, you, (don’t stare at my third eye and tentacles, please), who were invaded by a silent intruder in the womb. A Trojan Horse, if you will. This Silencer has been waiting to pick off Cassie for a long time, hoping that her human survival instincts compel her to seek out other survivors.

Elsewhere, we have Zombie, whom once was just a teenage boy that harbored guilt that he left his baby sister to die. Now, he’s a soldier, training to eradicate the infected on the eve of the 5th Wave.

Other mentionables are Sammy, Cassie’s younger brother, who was taken, and sweet farmboy, Evan Walker, who nurses Cassie back to health and may be hiding a deadly secret.

The characters are so real and flawed, trying to survive and willing themselves to find something to live for, and none of them are willing to lay down and let the aliens win. Do yourself a favor and buy a copy or check this out at the local library! It’s even being optioned for a movie!

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

15745753Title: Eleanor & Park
Series:
Standalone
Author:
Rainbow Rowell
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 5

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Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

MY REVIEW

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

1986. The Space Shuttle Columbia is launched. Voyager 2 makes its first encounter with Uranus. Eleanor, an overweight redhead steps onto a school bus and sits next to Park Sheridan.

Park is a half Korean boy who lives a fairly nice life, with two loving parents and doesn’t know what its like to go to bed hungry or share his bedroom. Eleanor Douglas shares her room with her three brothers and younger sister, living in a highly dysfunctional family in a small, run down home with no bathroom door.

While these two may live within walking distance of another, they come from different words. From the moment Eleanor stepped on the school bus for the first time, she was already an outsider, with her flaming red hair and odd thrift store clothes. When no one offers her a seat, Park angrily tells her to sit down next to him, and proceeds to ignore her for the duration of the trip. For days and weeks, the two ignores each’s existence despite sitting six inches from one another to and fro. One day, Park catches her reading his comics over his shoulder, and begins to lend her his comics. They bond over music, with Park making mixtapes for Eleanor to listen to. Eventually, they even begin holding hands on the bus.

That’s whats so great about this novel – there isn’t some insta-love between the characters that you find in your typical high school romance novels. These flawed characters are very much opposites and over time, develop an reluctant friendship that eventually leads to love. And even then, everything is not all lovey-dovey and cutesy, and the two fight and argue a lot and kiss and makeup, just like almost any other teenage couple.

Overall, I liked this, even if it didn’t have more plot than two teenagers falling in love despite all their differences and the world trying to keep them apart. If you’re looking for a realistic romance of high school and first love, look no further.

Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson

7719248Title: Tiger Lily
Series:
Standalone
Author:
Jodi Lynn Anderson
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 5

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Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

MY REVIEW

“Let me tell you something straight off. This is a love story, but not like any you’ve ever heard. The boy and the girl are far from innocent. Dear lives are lost. And good doesn’t win.”

Oh my. Where do I even begin? Jodi Lynn Anderson, you deserve all the awards. This novel is sheer brilliance – a novel in which we hear the tale of Tiger Lily, as told by Tinker Bell. While Tink herself cannot speak, as faeries have no language, they can sort of read minds and emotions. Tiger Lily has been part of Tinker Bell’s life for a long time. Tink is viciously loyal to Tiger Lily, even if she cannot speak and the outcast Tiger Lily never really acknowledges her, there are precious moments in which Tink is surprised by how Tiger Lily cares for her, even saving her when she becomes waterlogged.

When the lonely Tiger Lily meets Peter, the story delves into their friendship and eventually, their romance. After all, before Wendy came along, he belonged to Tiger Lily. This isn’t the cute rainbows and sunshine Disney Peter Pan, and there are instances of murder and suicide throughout the work. To the others in Tiger Lily’s tribe, Peter is a murderous and ruthless killer. Tiger Lily sees that these stories are in fact just that, stories. After their chance encounter, Tiger Lily seeks him out and the pair quickly fall in love. During the day, she lives her life in the village, where her impending marriage to Giant taunts her, while at night, she lives the life of the lost boys in the burrow.

As I hungrily devoured this book, I was led through a roller-coaster of emotions. It’s happy and sometimes joyful, but others make you cry and hate certain characters for being human and changing their minds. This isn’t the cutesy happy ending in fairytales. The characters you root for don’t get what they want, and people get hurt and people die.

Anderson’s Neverland is magical place, but it carries its weight of darkness that is filled with pain and heartbreak. However, happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Yes, I just went Dumbledore there. Sue me.

My Boyfriend Merlin – Priya Ardis

16000235Title: My Boyfriend Merlin
Series:
My Merlin Trilogy (Book 1)
Author:
Priya Ardis
Category:
Young Adult
Rating: 3

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In this modern Arthurian, 17 year-old Boston high schooler Arriane, aka Ryan, DuLac just found out the guy she’s been crushing on, hot biker Matt, is a little older than he was letting on. In fact, he is really Merlin—the Merlin, King Arthur’s Merlin, the greatest wizard who ever lived. Frozen in a cave for over fifteen hundred years, he’s woken for a purpose. But Ryan’s not impressed. Tired of being a relationship loser, she’d rather kick his legendary behind.

Sure, the world has been crazy ever since the sword and the stone fell out of the sky like a meteor. But despite gruesome gargoyles, a deadly new world of magic, and the guy driving her crazy, Ryan knows that family is everything. Will Merlin sacrifice hers to save the world? Will she be able to stop him?

MY REVIEW

“Do I look like I want to be involved in your teen love saga? Ask someone who cares.”

BBC’s Merlin has been over almost eight months, and my Arthurian feels are still all over the place. So when I was sifting through books on Goodreads to add to my birthday list, I found this baby and was terribly excited. I mean, Merlin, alive, after all these years… gorgeous with a Ducati? I am a sucker for gorgeous fictional characters on a motorcycle. Don’t judge me.

Ryan DuLac is the star of this modern Arthurian, and the story begins with the Total Tremor, a worldwide tremor as a sword in the stone appears in Trafalagar Square. Halfway across the world, Ryan has just found out that the hot biker guy she’s been crushing on is a little older than he let on… Matt Emrys is in fact the legendary wizard, Merlin. It reminded me a bit of Meg Cabot’s Avalon High, where kids are brought together to Avalon Prep to compete in drawing Excalibur out of the stone.

I rate this three stars, because while it was good, there were some things that just made me go

Ryan is convinced she knows the Arthurian legend pretty well, but when Matt mentions he is a seer, she had no idea what that was. Not to mention, her last name is that of Lancelot’s but it’s never mentioned. Another instance is when she’s given an amulet and Merlin mentions that he fashioned it for a queen, but Ryan, again, could not put two and two together, because obviously Merlin didn’t make an amulet for Julie Andrews, the true queen of Genovia.

The characters weren’t fully fleshed out at all; I was disappointed that Merlin seemed to lack depth. The majority of the first book he’s just glowering at his brother, Vane, who is getting close to Ryan. The speedy progression of the plot left little room for feel, such as Ryan witnessed the death of her best friend, and the storyline plummeted over the death with such speed Ryan nor anyone else seemed to never convey any emotion, as if the gargoyles killing Alexa was the equivalent of your plate of french fries going cold.

The good versus evil dilemma was too complicated for my tastes, and things that should’ve had depth were just brushed upon to hurry things along. The pace left me uninterested in the characters, and I wouldn’t have cared if most of them became gargoyle dinner.

There were also some spelling errors here and there, which would’ve made the book overall better if an editor had gone through it.

This book gets three stars for adding a fresh twist to the Arthurian legend. While it wasn’t executed to its full potential, it did keep me occupied for a full afternoon.

Spirit Walk – Richie Tankersley Cusick

16000235Author: Richie Tankersley Cusick

Rating: 4/5

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SYNOPSIS

Something haunts Miranda Barnes.  It’s in the distant pleading voice that wakes her from sleep, the lingering smell of roses, and the shadows that seem to follow her everywhere. Miranda begins to understand that she has a special gift for communicating with spirits of the dead.  But this “gift” feels more like a curse, and Miranda has no one to confide in.  When Etienne, the mysterious boy from her class, offers to help, Miranda is initially skeptical, but can’t help feeling drawn to him. As paranormal activity escalates, passion  grows, and soon Miranda is caught up in both romance…and tragedy.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

After a hurricane demolishes her home, Miranda Barnes and her mother pack up whats left of their life and move to St. Yvette, Louisiana to live with Miranda’s grandfather and aunt. Miranda has never met her grandfather, even after days of living in the same vicinity as him. So when Miranda’s new group of friends question how its like to live with the Town Crazy, Miranda is thrust into a world filled with ghosts and spirits. Like her supposed crazy grandpa, Miranda is able to communicate with ghosts and spirits that need her help to move on.

It doesn’t help that there’s many spirits in St. Yvette, home to a vicious battle during the Civil War, where hundreds of spirits are at unrest. While worming on a school project, Miranda and her group of misfits team up to help some of these lost souls, particularly a soldier, Nathan, a soldier that was tortured and murdered during the Civil War, and his love, the actress Ellena Rose, who was a spy spilling Confederate secrets.

I really loved Cusick’s The Unseen series, because those were so chilling and we’re just as in the dark as the characters. Spirit Walk, however, lacks the suspense and the luster of The Unseen. A lot of it is slow, and much of the first book was just working on the school project Spirit Walk where Miranda and her friends put together a history of death and mayhem that has happened in buildings around town, and have a sort of ghost walk. If you’ve ever been to towns like Savannah, Georgia, these are fun little experiences to learn about the history of an old city.

In the second book of this two-parter tome, we find a whole new adventure with Miranda and her friends, especially Etienne. I usually don’t care much for minor characters, usually just one or two at most, but I loved all of Miranda’s friends. The typical Southern Belle, Ashley, whose voice is described as melted honey. Roo, the snarky goth chick whose entirely different from Ashley, but the two step-sisters are thicker than maple syrup. Parker, Ashley’s boyfriend and sarcastic rich boy. Gage, cute and shy, and his cousin Etienne, the drool worthy boy every YA book seems to have.

While it didn’t have the same zest as other books by Cusick, it had spirit all on it’s own.

Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire

11505797Author: Jamie McGuire

Rating: 2.5/5

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SYNOPSIS

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, 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 wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, 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’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

MY REVIEW. BEWARE, POSSIBLE SPOILERS.

First off, let me apologize profusely. I have been in such a reading slump lately and haven’t wished to read and therefore, haven’t updated in a bit. Sorry about that.

This story ended up being a disaster, and there was nothing beautiful about it.

Let’s start from the beginning.

Abby Abernathy is a compulsive liar who claims to have a million and one cardigans in her closet but I have only seen mention of one. Travis is this tattooed sweaty beast who beats up a guy and gets blood all over Abby’s cardigan.

Sounds like your typical fairytale, right?

The novel begins with Abby having been dragged by her best friend America to some sort of college fight club, where she witnesses this man-beast covered in tats beat his component to a pulp, splattering her one and only cardigan with blood. I honestly liked the first half, it was a different set up than most novels when it comes to introducing characters to what would later be the love interest.

This book could’ve been nice-ish if it had ended around the 170 page mark, but alas, we must delve into the ugly second half, where Travis is a grade-A douchenugget.

How attracted to a guy do you have to be to ignore the fact that while you’re sleeping in his bed (in the most innocent sense, Abs lost a bet), and love interest gets pissed at you and goes and gets drunk and makes you listen as he bangs two girls in the living room half the night before crawling into bed with you? I just did a whole body shudder, and not the good kind.

Maaaaaaaybe you can ignore that, because you aren’t together… but theeeen while you’re making out with a sweet, possible boyfriend in his car, Travis comes and nearly rips off the door in his Hulk Smash, and every. single. time. you so much as mention possible boyfriend, he gets super pissy and stuff.

And after the bet is over, the night before Abby goes back to her dorm, they have sex. She gives up her virginity in hopes that he will forget about her….

And then she takes off in the middle of the night because she can’t handle her sheer lack of brain cells. Of course, now Travis is obsessed in love with her. And what do guys do when they’re in love? Be all cutesy and stuff by throwing stereos and basically trashing his apartment before nearly punching the lights out of his cousin/housemate.

Ladies…


THIS. IS. NOT. OKAY.

And then Abby being so totes in love breaks up with the sweet nice guy to date this abusive neanderthal, and lets him go around punching people for bad-mouthing her or touching her and chastises him, but we know that isn’t going to work.

SO THEN, Travis turns into a really creepy stalker after Abby turns down his marriage proposal. If you love someone, you chain their ass to the radiator in the basement buy them flowers. Okay, so he didn’t chain her stupid butt to the radiator. It was actually the sink.

Kidding! He didn’t do that.. but I totally would have not been surprised if he had.

Travis was alright in the first half of the book, and he turned into a level five creep factor. Hasn’t Mark Wahlberg and Reese taught anyone a lesson with their 1996 film, Fear?

And Abby is not totally blameless. She’s kind of an idiot, getting together with Travis and leaving him over and over again with reasoning like “I love him, but… -insert extremely stupid reason-” when it should be, “He scares the absolute eff out of me and I fear for my safety.”

I hated her the most, because she put herself into a lot of these situations by:

  • Dating Parker and then sleeping in Travis’s bed for a month with the excuse being “a bet”
  • Encouraging Travis to beat shit out of guy in cafeteria. “Show him some manners,” and he beats a guy silly.

excreta, excreta…

Honestly, it scares the hell out of me that this book is praised, among others like Hopeless (Colleen Hoover) where a guy ignores your wishes and basically does whatever he wants. I feel like all the NA stuff I’ve read is chock full of these violent relationships that people love it and consider it romantic. I’m sure all the news stories where boyfriend murders girlfriend, those couples started out cute and sweet and then it turned into this book.

Travis even tells Abby that he’d end up in prison if he heard she slept with someone else. WARNING BELLS, heeelloooo. Why is it okay – because Travis is hot and “loves” her? 

Anddd then, they go get married at like 19 in Vegas, and he gets a tat with her name on it, whatever, but she gets one permanently and forever marking herself as “Mrs Maddox”, a wife and not an independent person.

These guys win the most dysfunctional couple award!

On another note, I can see why that butterfly on the cover is trapped in the jar, just like Abby and Travis are trapped with each other.

teasetues

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

 

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

 

  • Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is brought to you by Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.

I need to know who she was. Who I was.

“You promised me you would only ever be honest with me.”

 

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