Book Review: All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover

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Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?


 

My Thoughts 2

Here´s my apocalyptic thought process when I first saw `All Your Perfects` by contemporary romance guru author Colleen Hoover.

At first I was skeptical. After seeing the book cover up close I was even more skeptical. Reading the synopsis didn´t do much for my wariness, either. It all looked and sounded too good to be true.

The problem is- I´m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover´s first published books. I mean, I´m still, after all these years, recommending Hopeless and Slammed every time I get a chance to, because those stories are simply great.

Since then Colleen Hoover has published a decent amount of stories ( quite a few I didn´t care much for ) and now the CoHo universe is gifted with another novel.

And here I was, hoping for the old CoHo flame to defrost the ice-cold CoHo fan in me.

I think, in my case, that´s not going to happen and that I should stop waiting for a CoHo miracle to happen.

`All Your Perfects`, a standalone novel with so much drama to last me 2 lifetimes. I´m for drama, but not the type delivered in this read. All your perfects

The topic choice wasn´t what I had expected ( which isn´t terrible. I like novel surprises ) but I welcomed it anyway. A married couple ruined beyond repair due to infertility. I want to applaud the author for being brave enough to touch on the delicate subject. But then the author added more drama to an already dramatic issue. Then added more. And more. By the time I finished reading I wanted to open a bottle of wine because I was overwhelmed from so much drama.

Give a reader and a book character a flippin´ break in between and all is good. Don´t give a reader time to breathe and they´ll end up opening a bottle of wine…. like me.

Sadly, the drama wasn´t what forced me to give this book 2 stars.

I truly believe this would have been a slightly better read if the story didn´t have those dreaded time leaps. Present – past. Past – present. Drove me nuts.

I fully understand the importance of adding background information to a story. I just don´t like it in form of time leaps. Why not just write a duet if there are so many mandatory details? Why not just leave out some drama and stick with one time frame? Why does everything always have to be exaggerated?

And then the end….. Not exactly what I would call a nice and smooth finale for such an exaggerated read. It was nicely rushed.

Before we end this review I´d like to touch on the pricing subject.

The Kindle version almost costs as much as the paperback. A little expensive and also a too big of a risk for my wallet.


 

Would I recommend this book? No. I really can´t think of anyone I know who´d enjoy this type of story.

Would I reread this book? No.


 

The Cover – 3 Stars :  It´s okay.

The Story – 2 Stars : I appreciated the main theme of the story. I didn´t appreciate how the story turned out.

The Characters – 2 Stars : Hands down- The most dramatic and broken couple existing.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Disappointed.. again. And because of that this book will be my last Colleen Hoover read.

2 stars


 

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Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

Someone! Please! ANYONE! Give me a medal because I have read and survived `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green.

I´m serious. For years ( !! ) I´ve avoided this book like the plague. At first I avoided the book because of the hype. Dear sweet baby Jesus… I just dislike when someone ( or a million people ) try to shove books down my throat. The greater the hype, the less I´m interested.

Then I found out the book was a tool to make women sob uncontrollably. To put readers in a never-ending, bottomless pit of depression because the book is THAT sad.

Who wakes up in the morning and decides they want to have a good crying in the evening? Certainly not me.

But before I go ahead and tell you how I survived `The Fault In Our Stars` I think it would be wise to mention that I have seen the movie before I read the book. By accident. I swear on all that´s pink and fluffy…. It wasn´t my fault.

You see, I like to watch TV before I hit the sack. I flip through channels and end up watching whatever until the ass crack of dawn. Well, I somehow managed to land on a channel and noticed I was watching something that clearly started a few minutes earlier without me. Okay, all was good.

Then, for whatever reason, I heard some catch phrases I remembered reading online. Catch phrases that struck a chord…. Before I knew it I was a so angry and a sobbing mess. I remember my husband coming out of the bedroom at 4 a.m. asking if someone in the family died. I remember him standing in the livingroom wearing his medieval PJ´s ( they´re truly ugly ) with a helpless look on his face. He asked if there was anything he could do. He asked why I didn´t just change the channel.

To be honest? That was the last thing on my mind in that moment. All I could do was cry. It was awful. I felt awful. The next day the husbutt brought flowers and chocolate and told me I needed help.

Never in my life did I cry as much as I did while watching a movie. Bah. It wasn´t a beautiful sad type of story. It was just brutally sad. I don´t like sad. I don´t do sad. I´m a happy person. WHY was the universe such a bitch that night?

Okay, fast forward a few years….

A friend of mine came over and gushed her undivided love for a book she read. I listened, curiously ( of course ) and then it hit me. `The Fault In Our Stars`. So, the universe truly hated me.

“Did you read it?” She asked with excitement. The fault in our stars

“Nope. And I won´t read it. Not now, not ever.”

“But it´s a brilliant story.” She said.

“Brilliant? The fact that we have electricity… that´s brilliant. How water can turn to ice… That´s brilliant. That book…. It´s not entering this house.”

So…. to make a long story short…. We made a pact.  She promised to read `Thoughtless` a book I´ve been trying to get her to read for ages and in return I promised I´d read `The Fault In Our Stars`.  My friend had a point when she said the story couldn´t create more damage than it already had…. so….

For those who have no flipping clue about the book… Here´s the synopsis and after that I´ll willingly give my thoughts on the book.



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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.

 


 

My Thoughts 2

Remember that this is a case of  I – saw – the – movie – before – I – read – the – book. And my final thoughts on the story?  I should have stuck to my guns. I should have kept avoiding this story at all costs.

I expected a little more. More of what, I have no idea. But when you read a book and then watch the movie it´s always a case of  the – book – is – better.

The books always have more depth and transfers emotions on a deeper level. For some odd reason, I didn´t feel the book was better ( or worse ) than the movie.

The book felt a little flat. A little too mushy for my taste.

Of course, the book was sad but I wasn´t the emotional mess I was after watching the movie. I wasn´t touched, as I should have been. Maybe it´s because I went against the natural book – then – movie order. Maybe maybe maybe….

All this doesn´t really matter because I´m still not convinced. The movie was sad and I´m not a fan of sad. The book wasn´t that sad.

Do you wanna know why I think the book wasn´t as sad?

The characters ruined the book. I struggled. Maybe it´s because I´ve long lost the mindset of a 16-year-old or maybe it was because the protagonist wasn´t my cup of tea. Whatever the reason, I just couldn´t. There was no character background for me to build a somewhat relationship with her. It´s true that I had no character background from the movie, either, but there hardly ever is a background story in movies.  What a reader gets is also a truck load of über witty one liners that are supposed to show how Hazel deals with her life with thyroid cancer.  Uuhm… I´ll pass. How do you connect with a character if you don´t know anything about her?

Enter Augustus. The boy Hazel falls for ( because one tragedy isn´t enough ). This character didn´t sit well with me, either.

As far as characters who suffer a great deal go, these were probably the worst, most pretentious beings that ever existed on paper. Very shallow, very unlikable.

This was a clear book problem. The characters in the movie were a lot more dramatic.

The writing, I must say, wasn´t for me, either. This was my first John Green read and I can´t say that I was blown out of my socks.

Overall, I wasn´t impressed with the book and the movie was awfully emotional.

 


 

Would I recommend this book? No. I´m sure there are people dying to have a proper cry evening at home, and I would recommend this read to those people. Everyone else? Nope.

Would I reread this book? No. It´s a miracle I even read it in the first place.



 

The Cover – 4 stars ( The cover is actually the type I prefer to see. Very eye catchy )

The Story – 2 stars ( The core of the story isn´t too bad. It might not be what I would ever pick for an evening read but it´s okay. Add the characters and it´s not okay anymore )

The Characters – 1 star ( Not going there. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Nope.

I´m giving `The Fault In Our Stars` by John Green 2 out of 5 stars

2 stars



 

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Book Review: Church. – Stylo Fantome

synopsis singleA broken girl.

An unusual boy.

A beautiful face that hides a dark secret and an ugly past.

Sealed lips which hide wicked words and dangerous thoughts.

She would kill for him to love her.

He just wants to kill.

Maybe, if Emma Hartley prays hard enough, Church Logan can make both their wishes come true.

Fuse, meet match.

 


Double Warning 

  1. This is a psychological thriller. If you have triggers – This story will touch on a lot of them.
  2. The language in my review will be very colorful.

My Thoughts 2I don´t remember when I first saw this book. I can´t even recall who recommended this read. All I know is that I was ready and prepared to read some weird, screwed up romance- Something I really REALLY wanted because I´ve been so fed up with the same ´ol, same ´ol, goody goody romance novels. It was time for me to read something with grip.

 

I did NOT expect `Church.`( Church. #1 ) by author Stylo Fantome ( and I´ve read some really crazy shit in my lifetime ). And I SO WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK! I SO SO SO SO….

Church.

Let me start out by saying the writing wasn´t my cup of tea. I appreciate all narrative point of views but I´m not necessarily a fan of narrative hopping. While the majority of the story is told in third person narrative the author slips a few chapters, first person main character POVs, into the mix.

This can be great for a story but I felt it didn´t work well for this type of read. A thriller needs to be thrilling. A thriller can hardly create a thrill when a reader is in on all the clues. Which brings me to my next issue-

The story was slightly predictable. That´s another thing I don´t appreciate and I fully blame this on the multiple narrative POVs.

As for the characters….

To be perfectly honest, I find it a shame that I disliked both characters so much because Emma is a great character on her own and Church is fantastic in his own right. But as a couple? Down right hideous. Young adults acting like little turds who don´t have a life.

The genius sociopath and the damaged for life, obsessive beauty. Their thoughts were disturbing. Their time spent together was disturbing. Their plans, how they treated other people and each other… It felt like a bomb exploded in the Church. universe and I was the one who tried to make sense of everything.

“Tell me why you´re the way you are.”

“Hmm, I´ve been abused beyond anyone´s wildest dreams.”

“Wow. That´s fascinating. Now my turn! I´ve been abused, too!”

“Jee wizz! Let´s go and make some random person miserable.. just for the heck of it!”

( Note: The above was not taken from the book. It is not the dialogue.)

To make this rant short: I didn´t like `Church.` Dear sweet baby Jesus… I almost hate the story because of the hatred it carried. Hell, there was so much hatred to pass around and make a reader´s life misrable. Then that ending…. I better not get into that because I´m afraid I might choke on my cornflakes

Bah. I´m going to let my inner 85 year old out and say: My life is too short to waste it on reading about characters who´re bored little shits.


 

Would I recommend this read? The 85 yr old in me says: “Not in this lifetime.”. 36 yr old me says… “Nope.”.

Would I reread this book? Definitely not. I´ve also decided I won´t be reading the second installment.


 

The Cover – 3 stars ( Not the style I prefer to see on a book cover )

The Story – 1 star ( I´m actually surprised I didn´t DNF this book.)

The Characters – 2 stars ( Lots and lots of potential for both MCs. But somehow they turne out horrible and… bla.)

My emotional state after finishing this read – Utterly pissed off.

2 stars


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Book Review: Up In The Air (Tetralogy) by R. K. Lilley

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Published back in 2012, the `Up In The Air´tetralogy by author R. K. Lilley celebrated a great success and was announced “One of the hottest erotica novels available” and earned glowing praises from book bloggers across the globe.

That was back in 2012.

Since then the trilogy grew into a tetralogy, leaving a reader with 4 wonderful books about Bianca and James´ relationship. Their very steamy and sexy relationship.

I belonged to the lucky “Lusting after the highly dominant James Cavendish” parade back then… But what about now? After 6 years and 1 reread, do I still feel the same as I once did? Let´s find out! Before & After reviews for book #1 – #4


 

synopsis book 1 In Flight ( Up In The Air: Book 1 )

R. K. Lilley

 

When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can’t seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it. 

Bianca is accustomed to dealing with supermodels and movie stars in her job as a first class flight attendant, but James Cavendish puts them all to shame in the looks department. If only it were just his looks that she found so irresistible about the intimidating man, Bianca could have ignored his attentions. But what tempts her like never before is the dominant pull he seems to have over her from the moment they meet, and the promise of pleasure, and pain, that she reads in his eyes.

My Thoughts 2

It´s not the books. It´s not even me. It´s the trend that has long passed that has turned this 2012  3 star read into a solid 2 stars. Okay. Maybe the books are the problem.

We all remember the dom / sub trend a few years back. There was hardly a book published ( or self published ) that didn´t have some crazed overly dominant Hero and a meek Heroine who always fought pitifully for her independence. This book definitely belongs in that category.In flight

`In Flight`Up In The Air: Book 1 by R.K. Lilley is a story about a billionaire who falls for a flight attendant. So, basically a romance but on a different level. And this would be a simple romance if not for the BDSM theme.

I don´t know….

In 2012 I kind of ignored the rather heavy dominant / submissive trope and just enjoyed the book. It´s an erotica / BDSM read. No biggy, right?

Well, after my recent reread I discovered a few things.

I don´t like dominant Heroes anymore. They´re full of themselves on so many levels. I´m grateful that trend passed and that my tastes have changed.

“Do this. Do that. Get naked. I´m gonna count….”  So bossy for no greater purpose other than to settle that sexual itch. To be honest- No man would ever come near me with that type of behavior.

The Hero, James Cavendish, is a kinky billionaire who has lots of answers to lots of problems. And many problems can be solved while staying in his bed. Oh, and he has nicknames kindly provided by the Heroine. Mr. Gratification, Mr. Moody, Mr. Mercurial, Mr. Incredible, Mr. BDSM…. The list is long and those are his names used as chapter titles. I remember not being too fond of him when I first read this book. Have my feelings changed after my reread? Yes. I´m now even less impressed than I was years ago.

And what happens when main characters aren´t to one´s liking? The story loses it´s appeal.

How on earth wasn´t I more appalled by his behavior? I mean- It wasn´t the sex I found appalling. The sex was okay. It was his behavior alone. And then Bianca….

Why her character was so eager to put up with someone like him is beyond me.

Still… the story felt a tiny bit unique to me back in 2012. Now? The book still carries that unique vibe but the enjoyment I used to feel is now flatter than a sheet of paper.

2 stars

 


 

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Mile High ( Up In The Air: Book 2 )

R. K. Lilley

 

James and Bianca’s tumultuous story continues in the sequel to In Flight.

James has initiated Bianca into a dark and drugging world of passion and pain. He taught her about her own submissive, masochistic nature, and she fell swiftly and deeply in love with the undeniably charming and impossibly beautiful Mr. Cavendish, but a painful misunderstanding and the return of the brutally violent demon of her past have combined to overwhelm Bianca, and, confused and hurt, she pushes him away. 

It’s been over a month since the shocking attack that hospitalized her, and since she told a distraught James that she needed space, but her feelings haven’t gone away. Even she knew that it was only a matter of time before he would cast his spell on her again…

 

My Thoughts 2 My reread session for book two consisted of lots of skimming as I didn´t have enough energy to put up with more James Cavendish. Seriously… Why, in all that´s pink and fluffy, is he considered to be a swoon worthy character? And why the 2.0 drama? No, scratch that… `Mile High` ( Up In The Air: Book #2 ) has drama overload. And sex. Lots and lots of Duracell bunny sex. Mile High

I didn´t realize it then but now it somehow dawned on me that James and Bianca have a dysfunctional relationship. He´s weird. She has issues. And together they seem to find a middle ground. Bianca needs to be dominated and James is just the dude to get the job done.

I´m still convinced that Mr. BDSM has too many issues and needs life long therapy ( as they all do ). And Ms. I – have – an – opinion – but – let – it- get – run – over – by – kinky – James…. She needs to just concentrate on life without James.

This book was a 2013 3 star read that has also turned into a 2 star.

2 stars

 


 

Grounded ( Up In The Air: Book #3 ) R. K. Lilley

synopsis book 3 James and Bianca’s story draws to a close in the explosive conclusion to the Up In The Air Trilogy.

After a short but earnest courtship, Bianca can no longer deny her feelings for James, and though she’s tried her hardest, she can’t help but see that he cares deeply for her, as well. In a completely uncharacteristic move, she has put aside her misgivings and agreed to live with the enigmatic billionaire. Is her leap of faith the beginning of something wonderful, or is it too much, too fast?

As James and Bianca feel a growing need for each other that neither can deny, circumstances beyond their control intervene, trying to tear them apart. Amidst the ever mounting threat of a monster who wants Bianca dead, and the constant pitfalls of an indiscreet past that James can’t seem to escape, can these two passionate lovers manage to find their happily ever after?

 

My Thoughts 2 It´s definitely me that has changed as I´m pretty sure no one smuggled this series into my house just recently.

My reading experience from 6 years ago vs. my feelings now couldn´t be more drastic. I simply couldn´t

I was rereading, remember? With this one I had to quit before I could reach the end because I just couldn´t take it all anymore. Too many unnecessary details.. too much sub character involvement.. I´ve also been sexed to death by James and Bianca. Besides, I remember how the story ended. The final scene wasn´t explosive enough for me to want to reread it. grounded

`Grounded`( Up In The Air: Book 3 ) by R. K. Lilley received 3 generous stars back in 2012. Now? I´m not hesitating with a 1 star. 36-year-old me discovered that there isn´t much of a plot but there´s a whole lot of everything else that´s not informative enough.

In which emotional state does this book leave me? Frustrated. Tired. Pooped beyond words.

 

1 star


 

NOTE: I did NOT read book #4 in the Up In The Air series. As far as I´m informed `Mr. Beautiful` is just a rehash from the other books told from Hero´s POV.  POV books never make my priority list so…. mr beautiful

 

 
Now for my over – all opinion on the `Up In The Air` books.

 

The Covers: 2 – 3 stars 

The covers were never really anything overly eye catchy but they match, which is a huge bonus. At least a reader knows the books belong together. Sadly, the image quality of the paperbacks is down right cruel to the eyes. pixellated and blurry. I´m going to be honest here: If I had seen these books in a bookstore with the same horrible image quality then I would never have bought these books. I would never play money for poor quality on a cover. Then the model on the covers… On the one cover you can see that her shoes are a number or two too big for her feet. Really?

 

The Story: 2 stars

Yeah…. No. My 2012 opinion wasn´t as colorful as it is now. Right this moment I can´t seem to come up with a logical explanation as to why I enjoyed reading these books. Why I over looked so many things that usually bug the bejesus out of me. Too much sex, too much filler sex. Too many details. So little actual depth. The writing is simple and engaging but the story itself? There are way better BDSM / dom-sub books worth reading.

 

The Characters: 2 stars

I liked Bianca in book #1 and #2. She nearly killed my vibes in book #3. And James… Poor poor dominating, annoying billionaire hotel owner James just rubbed me the wrong way. He barks at Bianca while tying her up. Who barks at someone in a sexy moment? Who?! That´s many things but not sexy.

Then the sub characters…. They felt new to me during my reread, which tells me that I hadn´t paid attention to them during the first reading round. No more words needed there.

 

My emotional state BEFORE AND AFTER reading the `Up In The Air`books?

Erotica romance novels have to be written in a certain way for me to fully enjoy them. They have to have class, be tasteful and sensual and they have to make my panties change their color. Back in 2012 I remember not having a panty color change. Now, I don´t even want to think about it happening anymore. I think it´s safe to say that I don´t like this story… at all. sex

     2012 Rating                                                                               

3 stars                                  2018 Rating2 stars

 

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Book Review- Running Out Of Air by K. T. Swift

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Inanna Drew has a problem, and, of course, that problem is a boy. Though she’s quite content to read her books and excel in school, he bothers her and seems incapable of taking a hint. Thus this is a journal, nay, a chronicle that she must put to paper to explain, in her own voice, why he doesn’t deserve the time of day.

All of this changes after a sudden upheaval in her life, making Hadrian Marshall less of a pain in her side and more of a friend to be counted on.


My Thoughts 2

 

**Copy kindly provided by Netgalley & Nine Star Press in exchange for an honest review**

There´s a strong case of „It´s me, not the book.“ here. I´m sure many others would enjoy this read…. I didn´t, though.

While I enjoy coming – of – age novels I don´t enjoy protagonists who don´t act their age. A High school girl with malicious trail of thoughts and a vocabulary of an experienced adult is just a turn off for me.
From experience, I can say that an unlikable and unrelatable Heroine won´t save a story for me. It wasn´t any different with `Running Out Of Air` by K. T. Swift. running out of air

For me, it felt like the author was trying too hard to create a breathtaking novel. Cool wordy characters, lots of drama… The whole package was just far too over – the – top. The feels didn´t flow over to me. I wasn´t fazed. Instead, I was shaking my head, wondering why on earth anyone would create such an unlikable character that has the power to break what could be a decent read.

With encountering topics like LGBT, family drama and death of a loved one, etc… I really thought I was going to finally hold a work of art in my hands. * sigh *

Nice was to see how the Heroine ( Inanna ) and the Hero ( Hadrian ) stayed connected through their milestone years and that they somehow maintained a relationship I clearly had troubles understanding ( due to the questionable Heroine )

A quick read that didn´t tickle me senseless.

Since this book wasn´t anything near my cup of tea I´m going to go ahead and say that I didn´t like `Running Out Of Air`.

Would I recommend this read? No.

 

The Cover – 5 stars: I´m a fan of simple covers that grab a reader’s attention.

The Story – 2 stars: It´s the characters fault. Because if you can´t stand the female lead then you have a hell of a hard time enjoying the rest.

The Characters – 2 stars: Questionable, to say the least. Although, I did like Hadrian a tad more than I did Inanna.

My emotional state after finishing this read – Not happy.

 

2 stars


 


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