Review: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson

16th May 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Review: The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily AndersonThe Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: May 17th 2016
Pages: 352
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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5 Stars

Trixie Watson has two very important goals for senior year: to finally save enough to buy the set of Doctor Who figurines at the local comic books store, and to place third in her class and knock Ben West--and his horrendous new mustache that he spent all summer growing--down to number four.

Trixie will do anything to get her name ranked over Ben's, including give up sleep and comic books--well, maybe not comic books--but definitely sleep. After all, the war of Watson v. West is as vicious as the Doctor v. Daleks and Browncoats v. Alliance combined, and it goes all the way back to the infamous monkey bars incident in the first grade. Over a decade later, it's time to declare a champion once and for all.

The war is Trixie's for the winning, until her best friend starts dating Ben's best friend and the two are unceremoniously dumped together and told to play nice. Finding common ground is odious and tooth-pullingly-painful, but Trixie and Ben's cautious truce slowly transforms into a fandom-based tentative friendship. When Trixie's best friend gets expelled for cheating and Trixie cries foul play, however, they have to choose who to believe and which side they're on--and they might not pick the same side.

I started The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You on a whim one afternoon and laughed on page 1. Definitely a good sign! I continued to laugh throughout this delightful book because it was funny, relatable, and nerdtastic.

It is a loose retelling (reimagining?) of Much Ado About Nothing, of which I know just about nothing aside from it being Shakespeare and there being an excellent hate-to-love Lizzie/Darcy type ship. I am always on board for that.

I can’t speak to how well it followed the play or what else was alluded to but the main romance was everything I love. Trixie and Ben had sparkling banter and could go back and forth all day insulting each other. 

It also had a very 10 Things I Hate About You vibe; Trixie was a loveable unlikeable MC who reminded me so much of Kat Stratford! She means well but can come off as opinionated and harsh, and her words definitely have bite to them. Despite that, it’s hard not to love Trixie and her obsession with comic books or being the best at her genius school.

She does so much for her friends and her family, which really allows the more hidden parts of her personality to shine through. And I loved her parents! They were very hilarious and very present. They acted like parents but weren’t unreasonable, which I appreciated. I loved the presence of different parental units in general. It made the book feel more real.

On that same note, I loved the setting! School was shown to be a BIG part of their life- lots of time in class, studying, doing homework, school events. It made it feel relatable and believable even though it was a genius school. I also liked that it was a genius school because it allowed the characters to be slightly pretentious without being unlikeable. They were ALL smart and showed it in different ways. Each character had their own quirk but fit together in their group like a puzzle.

I loved the nerdy conversations, both academic and pop culture. It could have felt heavy handed or name-droppy but honestly, that’s how my friends and I talked. We were always going on about tv shows and books and movies that we loved. It felt natural and witty, like a game of word play. The comic book store was such an awesome setting, especially the first scene! I’m a big fan of routine, so I liked that the three girls went there every Wednesday to pick up their comics and got slurpees afterwards.

I really liked the mixture of guys and girls too; some had crushes on each other, some had always had a mixed group of friends, and others, like Trixie, were making guy friends for the first time. It was cool to not just have a Love Interest and his friends. It seemed like that at first, but the book does become about the group and not just about the couples. It was as much about friendship, preconceived notions, and the pressures of academic achievement as it was about romance. The mystery was really good too, and even though there was a twisty part in the story that took me by surprise I think it works well.

I honestly haven’t stopped thinking about this book! I loved the voice, the mixture of characters, the pop culture references, and the shippy romance. Plus any book that uses grammar and essay formatting to flirt is a winner in my opinion ;)

 

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Review: In Real Life by Jessica Love

29th Feb 2016 Rubi @ Gone with the Words 2016, Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge, Reviews, Reviews by Rubi

Review: In Real Life by Jessica LoveIn Real Life by Jessica Love
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: March 1st 2016
Pages: 240
Format: eARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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3 Stars

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another. 

There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Las Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah's surprise romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and finds out that Nick has been keeping some major secrets. Hannah knows the real Nick can't be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

My first thought when I read this synopsis was “OMG… CATFISH!!!” I had to know what Nick’s big secret was! Is Nick really a girl? Does he look totally different from what Hannah thinks he’s supposed to? Is he older and married?! Etc. A million possibilities crossed my mind and I just had to know!

In Real Life is a super cutesy read about a millennial love story of two people, Hannah and Nick, who were matched up to be friends by their siblings. Hannah’s sister and Nick’s brother met at a concert, hit it off, and both felt their siblings would hit it off as well. For four years now Hannah and Nick have built a super solid friendship filled with tons of inside jokes and real support for one another. Only problem is they’ve never met. She lives in Orange County and he lives in Las Vegas. Hannah is one to always abide by the rules, but it only takes a little bad influence from her hometown bff Lo and her rebellious sister Grace to embark on a roadtrip to Sin City and surprise Nick!

One of my favorite things about this story is the super diverse characters! We have Hannah and Grace who are both Korean, Nick who’s white, and Lo representing Mexicans. A little bit of everything! Hannah plays the more common role of super smart, senior class president, abides by the rules Korean while Grace is the boy crazy black sheep. I loved that Jessica Love didn’t follow any script and really made this story her own.

I’ve got two things to say about Nick that made me really dig his character: His profile picture was the House of Stark logo (#WinterIsComing #TheNorthRemembers) and he went to a super fancy restaurant and ordered tacos. LOL My kind of man!

Although this story is aimed for a younger age group, I could at times relate to some of the characters. Hannah and I are both over thinkers and I found it hilarious how things as simple as someone being an hour late would make her instantly think they must have been kidnapped! I’m not proud of this, but an overactive worrisome imagination is something I suffer from at times. Lol They couldn’t have possibly just ran late; they were obviously in a car accident on their way home and what if the person they crashed with got so angry that they kidnapped them and now have them tied up in their basement!! Haha I shit you not, this really goes through my mind. All in a span of 10 seconds! Those kind of moments when an author writes about something you can really relate to helps you bond with their book in a special way.

There were two major things that really put a damper on the story for me. The first was how bratty and whinny Hannah could be at times. We get it. This is a roadtrip that would not have happened if it wasn’t for you, but bring it down a few notches. I understand that her character is young so I cut her a lot of slack for that, but she really pushed it at times. The second thing I disliked were some of the things done about Nick’s big surprise. I’m keeping this totally spoiler free, so I can’t go into details, but once you read the story you’ll know exactly what I mean. I just wasn’t okay with how things went down and I wish they would’ve been handled better.

All in all, this is a really quick read with a youthful feel. I’ve heard before that reading is a cheap way to travel and this book nails it in that department! Jessica Love does such a great job with description and will have you feeling like you’re in Vegas yourself!

 

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Review: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

20th Jan 2016 Morgan @ Gone with the Words 2016, Reviews, Reviews by Morgan

Review: Carry On by Rainbow RowellCarry On by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: October 6th 2015
Pages: 522
Format: Hardcover | Source: Library
Genres: Fantasy, LGBT, Young Adult
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4.5 Stars

Simon Snow is the worst chosen one who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here—it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

Fangirl was one of my favorite books a couple years ago and I enjoyed all the Simon Snow parts, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read Carry On. I’m glad I chose to because I read this behemoth in a DAY and it was so much fun!  From the first chapter, I was hooked. I loved the Harry Potterness that felt like a wink wink rather than something derivative. It felt clever and like a magical system and fantasy world fully realized on its own, with parallels and allusions for Potter fans to find. I also liked the allusions to past events and adventures in Simon’s world. Plus Simon’s preoccupation with food was adorable and very funny.

At first the spells annoyed me but then I decided I liked them- instead of made up words like Alohamora, they are rooted in the power of real life words and phrases, like Up up and away– it’s more about the intention behind the words. And I liked the Humdrum business! The mystery was intriguing and I liked the different viewpoints which helped piece it all together.

I loved (most) of the characters and I REALLY loved Simon, Baz, and Penelope. All amazing for different reasons…. sort of Harry/Draco/Hermione in this case! Simon and Penny had the best friendship, she might have been my favorite. As far as romance, I could have done with more (on page) kissing but I always want more kissing and oh my god the first kiss was worth the wait! The tension throughout the book between Simon and Baz was unreal! Hate to love is the best and they had such chemistry. I loved watching their relationship shift.

My main gripe is that I wish a few of the revelations had come to light in the end. I feel like we as an audience knew enough but I wanted the characters to uncover the truth too. Particularly related to the Lucy chapters. But otherwise this was super fun and makes me want to read Fangirl again as well. If you like hate-to-love romance, a cheeky magical system, character friendships, and easy to understand but well-done world building, read Carry On. It’s worth it.

 

 

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Giveaway: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

25th Apr 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Giveaways

Giveaway: All the Rage by Courtney SummersAll the Rage by Courtney Summers
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: April 14th 2015
Pages: 321
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything—friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time—and they certainly won’t now — but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out,All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive?

ALL THE RAGE has gotten RAVE reviews and now here’s your chance to win a copy and see for yourself!

Copy of ALL THE RAGE by Courtney Summers

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Giveaway! In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

18th Jan 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Giveaways

Giveaway! In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

Giveaway! In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari GoldhagenIn Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
Published by St. Martin's
Pub Date: January 13th 2015
Pages: 288
Format: eARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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3.5 Stars

In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.

Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

 

Hi, guys!! This past Wednesday I posted my review of IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE and today I’m giving you the chance to win a copy! Thanks to the wonderful St. Martin’s Press team for sponsoring this giveaway!

And if you’d like to read an excerpt CLICK HERE!

 

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Review: In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen

14th Jan 2015 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2015, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari GoldhagenIn Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhagen
Published by St. Martin's
Pub Date: January 13th 2015
Pages: 288
Format: eARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
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3.5 Stars

In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books. For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good. Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences. And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.

Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

First let’s begin with clarifying that In Some Other World, Maybe is not a YA novel. I’m not sure why it’s listed like that on some Goodreads lists, but I guess it’s because the book begins with the characters being high school students, but that’s only the first chapter. It’s very much about adults growing up, making mistakes along the way, and finding themselves.

I found it completely engrossing. Part of it had to do with seeing how these characters’ lives would cross each other’s in the two decades we get to know them and part was that I came to care about them. The writing was incredible. I loved that the story is mostly told in third person, then out of nowhere we get one of the character’s point of view in second. I would think this would throw me off but it was just really interesting and didn’t interrupt the flow at all.

The characters all have their flaws in this book and they all do some shitty things at some point along the way, but those only added to their authenticity. A lot of the time I was really sad for them. I kept wanting something good to happen and maybe that’s another reason it was such a page-turner for me. For some, the growth comes sooner than others, but they all do eventually find some contentment in their lives.

 

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In Some Other World, Maybe: A Novel by Shari Goldhagen – Early Excerpt

22nd Oct 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Press Releases

In Some Other World, Maybe: A Novel by Shari Goldhagen – Early ExcerptIn Some Other World, Maybe: A Novel by Shari Goldhagen
Published by St. Martin's
Pub Date: January 13th 2015
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
Buy the book! | Goodreads

In December 1992, three groups of teenagers head to the theater to see the movie version of the famed Eons & Empires comic books.

For Adam it's a last ditch effort to connect with something (actually, someone, the girl he's had a crush on for years) in his sleepy Florida town before he leaves for good.

Passionate fan Sharon skips school in Cincinnati so she can fully appreciate the flick without interruption from her vapid almost-friends—a seemingly silly indiscretion with shocking consequences.

And in suburban Chicago, Phoebe and Ollie simply want to have a nice first date and maybe fool around in the dark, if everyone they know could just stop getting in the way.

Over the next two decades, these unforgettable characters criss-cross the globe, becoming entwined by friendship, sex, ambition, fame and tragedy. A razor-sharp, darkly comic page-turner, In Some Other World, Maybe sheds light on what it means to grow up in modern America.

 

Today I’m happy to share with you guys an early excerpt from IN SOME OTHER WORLD, MAYBE!

 

CLICK HERE TO READ!

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Review: The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene

17th Mar 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: The Headmaster’s Wife by Thomas Christopher GreeneThe Headmaster's Wife by Thomas Christopher Greene
Published by Thomas Dunne Books
Pub Date: February 25th 2014
Pages: 288
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Adult Fiction
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3 Stars

An immensely talented writer whose work has been described as “incandescent” (Kirkus) and “poetic” (Booklist), Thomas Christopher Greene pens a haunting and deeply affecting portrait of one couple at their best and worst.

Inspired by a personal loss, Greene explores the way that tragedy and time assail one man’s memories of his life and loves. Like his father before him, Arthur Winthrop is the Headmaster of Vermont’s elite Lancaster School. It is the place he feels has given him his life, but is also the site of his undoing as events spiral out of his control. Found wandering naked in Central Park, he begins to tell his story to the police, but his memories collide into one another, and the true nature of things, a narrative of love, of marriage, of family and of a tragedy Arthur does not know how to address emerges. Luminous and atmospheric, bringing to life the tight-knit enclave of a quintessential New England boarding school, the novel is part mystery, part love story and an exploration of the ties of place and family. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, The Headmaster’s Wife stands as a moving elegy to the power of love as an antidote to grief.

 

At the beginning of The Headmaster’s Wife, I was instantly hooked by the engrossing writing and the situation we find Arthur, the Headmaster, in. He then begins recanting the story of how exactly he ended up where he is. At least, we’re led to believed that’s the story.

The story is broken up into three parts of which the first is all narrated by the Headmaster. I will warn you now that it might put you off, but I promise it will all be clear in the end. The twists this story takes are all so well done. The writing continues being engrossing throughout the whole book. This story about love, loss, death, and grief was so compelling. Once I sat down to read it, I did not put it down and finished it in one day.

Fans of adult literature with some mystery should definitely give this book a chance. It would also make a great book club read. I look forward to reading more of Thomas Christopher Greene’s books if they’re all written this well.

 

 

About Thomas Christopher Greene

Thomas Christopher Greene was born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Suffield Academy, Hobart College, and the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College. He is the author of three novels: Mirror Lake (2003), I’ll Never Be Long Gone (2005), and Envious Moon (2007). His work has been translated into many languages and has found a wide international following. He is the founding president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), a graduate institution in Montpelier dedicated exclusively to educating the next generation of artists and writers. He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter.

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Review: Vortex by Julie Cross

28th Mar 2013 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2013, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Vortex by Julie CrossVortex by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: January 15th 2013
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover | Source: Publisher
Genres: Time Travel, Young Adult
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4 Stars

Julie Cross's Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save.

Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he's lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.

Many of you might not know this, but I was the first to post a review on a blog or Goodreads of Tempest back in 2011. I had been lucky enough to get an ARC of Tempest at ALA and one day Julie Cross tweeted that she couldn’t wait until the first review went up on Goodreads. I stepped up and said “I’ll do it!!” It’s definitely one of my most fun blogging memories. I loved Tempest, and it a lot of the same ways, I loved Vortex too.

Though Vortex was a 4 Star rating for me (ahem, thanks Julie for noticing it went down one star from Tempest! LOL), I didn’t lose any love for the story or characters. I think it was just middle book syndrome; a lot of training and such. I still loved the main characters and even came to love some new ones. There’s no denying that Julie Cross has a great, current voice and that her characters ring so true. I still loved all the intricacies of this world Cross has created. I know some have had a hard time following along with the particulars of the time travel in this series, but it’s actually never been a problem for me. I can, for the most part and to the best of my ability, picture the timelines.

We get a heck of a lot more information in Vortex, and if you had a hard time keeping up in Tempest, you might find yourself drowning in this one. Maybe not so much in the beginning, but oh man, once the timelines thing comes up, you better be paying attention. For me it’s a really fun thing trying to keep it all straight. Vortex will also keep you guessing as to who is one what side and even what side is the right good or bad one. It’s crazy!

There’s no denying that there isn’t a series out there like Tempest, and for that alone you should totally give this a shot. It’s full of suspense and action and a totally hot Jackson. Gosh, I still love that guy! I do want to plead for one particular character though: Adam. Ms. Julie Cross!! WHY?! I very much look forward to the next installment in this crazy ride.

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Sophie @ Mundie Moms – “If you’re in the mood for intrigue, time travel and a character who is on a journey of self-discovery that leads him into more questions than answers, pick up the Tempest series.

Kate @ Ex Libris – “The ending of this installment was both romantic and heart-stopping.  It was quite a cliffhanger and January of 2014 seems very far away right now!

Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight – “Julie once again nails it and her writing style flourishes even more in Vortex.

About Julie Cross

I’m the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm. I’m also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I’m a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I’m a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I’m a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

17th Jan 2012 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2012, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Tempest by Julie CrossTempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: January 17th 2012
Pages: 352
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
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5 Stars

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

To celebrate the release of this awesome book, I decided to repost my review of it. I originally posted this back July 11, 2011, and was actually the first review for this book according to Julie Cross! So here it goes again….

When I began reading, I didn’t realize just how much time traveling, or jumping, Jackson would be doing. I was worried that I would be confused or get lost by him going back and forth so often, but it was not the case at all. The book flows brilliantly with no hiccups in its pacing.

As you may have noticed, this book is narrated by a boy. That’s right! We don’t have nearly enough YA books narrated by boys. Jackson Meyer starts off as your typical nineteen-year-old guy, special abilities aside. Impulsive, fun, charming, afraid of commitment despite his strong feelings for his girlfriend…normal teen guy stuff. What makes him special–again, special abilities aside–is that he’s also loving, tender, and loyal. I loved that he loves music. There were some pretty awesome song mentions in this book that included some of my personal favorites! All these things made him such a real character. But as things begin to unravel in his life, he realizes that he has to be better, become more, if he wants to keep Holly safe, because his fears might just be the death of her. Ok, I must confess…I fell completely head-over-heels in love with Jackson. He had me laughing and swooning, which really is the best combo. Every girl wants a guy that is funny but can also sweep you off your feet. Well, at least this girl does. :) He also had some really heartbreaking moments in the book. I found myself with tears in my eyes at some of those.

We got to know Holly, Jackson’s girlfriend, in a unique way. We meet her as present day, 009 Holly, but we get to know her better as a seventeen-year-old, 007 Holly, when Jackson jumps back two years. She is sweet, fun, and impulsive. Her future self is also sweet and fun, but a little more reserved. I loved that while Jackson was in the past, he treated younger Holly with more care because of her age. Despite having already been with her in the future, he doesn’t want to take advantage of her now, no matter how much he wants her. I found that very admirable! I thought sex was treated very responsibly in this book, and at the same time, it also showed us all the love and emotions that can go along with it. Overall, their relationship was very romantic and I really loved their chemistry.

Jackson’s friend and partner in crime, Adam, was also a great source of laughter. Yes, he’s a science geek, but his dead-pan humor and rational personality give him a cool edge. Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was someone who always tugged at my heart. He’s fierce but has this huge heart, and I always believed in him. Remember those heartbreaking moments I mentioned before? A few involved Kevin and also Jackson’s twin sister, Courtney. I don’t want to get into Courtney too much in this review, because I feel that so much of that shapes Jackson after he gets stuck two years in the past. As far as the bad guys in the story go, it was very intriguing. I found myself on the fence pretty much until the end of the book.

The end of the book. *sigh* Oh, it was so sad! I know Jackson is doing the right thing, and I agree with it, but it is still heartbreaking! It’s really good, though, don’t get me wrong! Just sad…

Like Jackson says in this book, “Erase everything you’ve ever heard about time travel, because it will just confuse you.” This was a completely new take on time-traveling. Not only is Tempest incredibly unique, it is so smart and beyond heartfelt. There’s also nail-biting action and intrigue page after page! I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I can’t wait to see what else Julie Cross has in store for us in the rest of this series. I do know that it will be amazing, just like Tempest. I have zero doubts about that.

 

About Julie Cross

I’m the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm. I’m also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I’m a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I’m a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I’m a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Teaser & a Tune on Tuesday: Tempest by Julie Cross + The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

12th Jul 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Teaser Tuesday, Tune In Tuesday, Tunes for Books

Teaser & a Tune on Tuesday: Tempest by Julie Cross + The Man Who Can’t Be Moved

Teaser & a Tune on Tuesday: Tempest by Julie Cross + The Man Who Can’t Be MovedTempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Buy the book! | Goodreads

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

The Tease

I finished TEMPEST by Julie Cross this weekend and absolutely LOVED it!! I wanted to give you both a Teaser and an Tune for it. Julie actually told me about the song, and how well it fit Tempest and Jackson. I completely agree with her!! It’s just prefect! I chose this teaser to give you an example of why I loved Jackson Meyer so much. Read more about him in my review of Tempest!

I sang the first line of the song into the phone.

“I can’t believe you know that song.”

“I can play it on guitar.”

“No way!”

“Seriously, I can. I’ll show you sometime.”

“Cool.”

Okay, so I cheated a little with the song thing, but I couldn’t help it if I knew her favorite song and if I had already learned to play it on the guitar to impress 009 Holly.

 

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The Tune

The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script

 

 

Going back to the corner where I first saw you,
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag I’m not gonna move,
Got some words on cardboard got your picture in my hand,
Saying if you see this girl can you tell her where I am,
Some try to hand me money they don’t understand,
I’m not, broke I’m just a broken hearted man,
I know it makes no sense, but what else can I do,
How can I move on when I’m still in love with you

‘Cause if one day you wake up and find that you’re missing me,
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be,
Thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we’d meet,
And you’d see me waiting for you on the corner of the street.

So I’m not moving
I’m not moving

Policeman says son you can’t stay here,
I said there’s someone I’m waiting for if it’s a day, a month, a year,
Gotta stand my ground even if it rains or snows,
If she changes her mind this is the first place she will go.

‘Cause if one day you wake up and find that you’re missing me,
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be,
Thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we’d meet,
And you’d see me waiting for you on the corner of the street.

So I’m not moving
I’m not moving

I’m not moving
I’m not moving

People talk about the guy
Who’s waiting on a girl

There are no holes in his shoes
But a big hole in his world

And maybe I’ll get famous as man who can’t be moved,
And maybe you won’t mean to but you’ll see me on the news,
And you’ll come running to the corner
‘Cause you’ll know it’s just for you

I’m the man who can’t be moved
I’m the man who can’t be moved

‘Cause if one day you wake up and find that you’re missing me,
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be,
Thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we’d meet,
And you’d see me waiting for you on the corner of the street.

So I’m not moving
I’m not moving

I’m not moving
I’m not moving

Going back to the corner where I first saw you,
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag not I’m not gonna move.

 

 

About Julie Cross

I’m the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm. I’m also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I’m a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I’m a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I’m a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

11th Jul 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Tempest by Julie CrossTempest by Julie Cross
Series: Tempest #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: January 17th 2012
Pages: 352
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
5 Stars

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is…until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit…or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly…and possibly the entire world.

When I began reading, I didn’t realize just how much time traveling, or jumping, Jackson would be doing. I was worried that I would be confused or get lost by him going back and forth so often, but it was not the case at all. The book flows brilliantly with no hiccups in its pacing.

As you may have noticed, this book is narrated by a boy. That’s right! We don’t have nearly enough YA books narrated by boys. Jackson Meyer starts off as your typical nineteen-year-old guy, special abilities aside. Impulsive, fun, charming, afraid of commitment despite his strong feelings for his girlfriend…normal teen guy stuff. What makes him special–again, special abilities aside–is that he’s also loving, tender, and loyal. I loved that he loves music. There were some pretty awesome song mentions in this book that included some of my personal favorites! All these things made him such a real character. But as things begin to unravel in his life, he realizes that he has to be better, become more, if he wants to keep Holly safe, because his fears might just be the death of her. Ok, I must confess…I fell completely head-over-heels in love with Jackson. He had me laughing and swooning, which really is the best combo. Every girl wants a guy that is funny but can also sweep you off your feet. Well, at least this girl does. :) He also had some really heartbreaking moments in the book. I found myself with tears in my eyes at some of those.

We got to know Holly, Jackson’s girlfriend, in a unique way. We meet her as present day, 009 Holly, but we get to know her better as a seventeen-year-old, 007 Holly, when Jackson jumps back two years. She is sweet, fun, and impulsive. Her future self is also sweet and fun, but a little more reserved. I loved that while Jackson was in the past, he treated younger Holly with more care because of her age. Despite having already been with her in the future, he doesn’t want to take advantage of her now, no matter how much he wants her. I found that very admirable! I thought sex was treated very responsibly in this book, and at the same time, it also showed us all the love and emotions that can go along with it. Overall, their relationship was very romantic and I really loved their chemistry.

Jackson’s friend and partner in crime, Adam, was also a great source of laughter. Yes, he’s a science geek, but his dead-pan humor and rational personality give him a cool edge. Jackson’s dad, Kevin, was someone who always tugged at my heart. He’s fierce but has this huge heart, and I always believed in him. Remember those heartbreaking moments I mentioned before? A few involved Kevin and also Jackson’s twin sister, Courtney. I don’t want to get into Courtney too much in this review, because I feel that so much of that shapes Jackson after he gets stuck two years in the past. As far as the bad guys in the story go, it was very intriguing. I found myself on the fence pretty much until the end of the book.

The end of the book. *sigh* Oh, it was so sad! I know Jackson is doing the right thing, and I agree with it, but it is still heartbreaking! It’s really good, though, don’t get me wrong! Just sad…

Like Jackson says in this book, “Erase everything you’ve ever heard about time travel, because it will just confuse you.” This was a completely new take on time-traveling. Not only is Tempest incredibly unique, it is so smart and beyond heartfelt. There’s also nail-biting action and intrigue page after page! I just couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! I can’t wait to see what else Julie Cross has in store for us in the rest of this series. I do know that it will be amazing, just like Tempest. I have zero doubts about that.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.

 

 

About Julie Cross

I’m the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm. I’m also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I’m a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I’m a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I’m a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Everlasting

25th May 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Everlasting

Waiting on Wednesday: EverlastingEverlasting by Alyson Noel
Series: The Immortals #6
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: June 7th 2011
Format: Hardcover | Buy the book! | Goodreads

Their epic love story has captured the hearts of millions and enchanted readers across the world. In this beautiful finale, their journey draws to a spectacular conclusion—where all will be revealed.

Their darkest enemies now defeated, Damen and Ever are free to embark upon their final quest—to free Damen from the poison lingering in his body. If they can just find the antidote, they’ll finally be able to feel each other’s touch—and experience the passionate night they’ve been longing for. But their fight to be together will lead them into the most formidable terrain yet…into the dark heart of Summerland.

Here in a land of scorched earth and endless rain, Ever and Damen will discover their relationship’s hidden origins, expose a secret history they never imagined…and come face to face with the true reason fate keeps tearing them apart. Only then, when the final mystery is unraveled and the last secret revealed, Ever and Damen’s future will hinge on one ultimate decision that will put everything at stake….even eternity.

 

The last book in the Immortals series…how could I NOT be excited about this book? I mean, we’ve had our ups and downs, but the last book, Night Star, really brought it! I cannot wait to see how it will all transpires!

 

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Review: Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

26th Jan 2011 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2011, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Review: Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin CastAwakened by Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast
Series: House of Night #8
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Pub Date: January 4th 2011
Pages: 290
Format: Hardcover | Source: Purchased
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Buy the book! | Goodreads
3 Stars

Exonerated by the Vampyre High Council and returned to her position of High Priestess at Tulsa’s House of Night, Neferet has sworn vengeance on Zoey. Dominion over Kalona is only one of the weapons she plans to use against Z. But Zoey has found sanctuary on the Isle of Skye and is being groomed by Queen Sgiach to take over for her there. Being Queen would be cool, wouldn’t it? Why should she return to Tulsa? After losing her human consort, Heath, she will never be the same – and her relationship with her super-hot-warrior, Stark, may never be the same either…

And what about Stevie Rae and Rephaim? The Raven Mocker refuses to be used against Stevie Rae, but what choice does he have when no one in the entire world, including Zoey, would be okay with their relationship? Does he betray his father or his heart?

In the pulse-pounding 8th book in the bestselling House of Night series, how far will the bonds of friendship stretch and how strong are the ties that bind one girl’s heart?

First of all…I love this cover! Kalona is one hot evil, immortal ex-warrior!! And the inside of it is even better!

Awakened had a lot of the two things I love about this series, Stark and Rephaim. This made up for the things that annoyed me, Kramisha’s way of speaking, the True Blood & Glee mentions, and if Aphrodite said “For shit’s sake!” one more time…

But anyway, Stark and Zoe are finally in a place where they can enjoy each other without distractions, and they do exactly that. The moments between them were sweet and sexy. By the end of the book though, they have a whole new set of problems, and they have no idea what’s coming. Rephaim and Stevie Ray’s relationship is full of longing and I love it. They love each other but they feel there isn’t a way for them to be together. I always feel so bad for Rephaim. I want him to be happy!! Looks like they might finally get to have a chance at it though, and the new circumstances will definitely make it interesting. There are some sad moments in this book involving Zoe’s circle, and Erik seems to be coming back from douche-landia, that was a plus because I had written him off a couple of books ago. Neferet and Kalona…I can’t stand them! How dumb must the High Council be to keep buying her lies?! There is a new, twisty development at the end of the book that I did not expect, so I’m definitely looking forward to Destined.

 

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