Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan | Review

Foreplay (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan | ReviewForeplay by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Ivy Chronicles #1
Published by William Morrow on November 5, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss, Publisher
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4 Stars
Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

picadillyblueForeplay, Sophie Jordan’s first foray into the new adult genre, is completely fabulous.  Foreplay is at the top of my list for best new adult books so far.

Sophie Jordan is an amazing author at whatever she does.  I’ve read her YA, her historical romances, and now her NA and she truly does bring her own flair to each genre.  The NA books already out there are getting a little typical but that’s not the case at all with Foreplay.  The story is really fun.

Reece and Pepper are awesome characters.  Pepper is very sheltered at first.  She doesn’t have experience with guys and she really doesn’t know how to act around them (especially Reece.)  She’s adorably awkward.  Reece is the exact opposite.  From the moment they first meet, it’s clear Reece knows what he’s doing.  He’s subtly sexy in the way he acts.  Together, he and Pepper make an odd couple but they’re perfect together.

Pepper’s friends are hilarious, if not the smartest.  They help Pepper come up with her plan to get Reece to teach her foreplay.  They also help her screw up the plan a few times and fix it when she screws it up all on her own.  They were true friends that were legitimately there for Pepper.

The story, like I said earlier, is fun.  There are some rather predictable moments throughout but not too many.  It also wasn’t an overly angsty story.  There was some angst and there were times I wanted to smack Pepper, but overall it was pretty angst free.  It’s one of the less dramatic NA books I’ve read.

Overall, Foreplay is a must-read for fans of new adult or fans of Sophie Jordan.  It’s a great start to The Ivy Chronicles series and I’m eagerly awaiting the second book.

What others are saying about Foreplay:

 The Bookish Babe’s review: “The story got off to a good start, never lagged in the middle, but I wasn’t consumed.”

Smexy Books’ review: “I think the end could have played out a little longer, but otherwise this is a solid new adult romantic book.”

The Irish Banana Review’s review: “If you were like me and starting to feel exhausted by the NA genre, I’m telling you to give Foreplay a shot.”

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson | Review

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson | ReviewThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #3
Published by Harper Teen on August 27, 2013
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 448
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars
The epic conclusion to Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she's never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most.

picadillyblueThe Bitter Kingdom, the final book in the Fire and Thorns trilogy, is perfect.  Fans of the series will not be disappointed at all.

The ending of The Crown of Embers was pretty much the worst cliffhanger ever.  Hector’s been taken by the Invierno assassin, Franco, and it’s up to Elisa, Belen, Mara, and Storm to get him back.  That’s only a minor part of the story though.  There is so much going on in The Bitter Kingdom that I’m astounded that Rae Carson fit it all in one book.

The characters have grown even stronger than before.  Elisa no longer requires rescuing.  In fact, she’s the one doing the rescuing now.  Belen has earned everyone’s trust again.  Storm is now willingly loyal to Elisa.  Mara has grown a backbone.  And Hector is willing to let Elisa save him every now and again.  They are equal in their relationship, at least in that aspect.

The story is non-stop action.  Like I said, there’s so much going on.  I’m not going to spoil anything but I’ll just say that the Inviernos aren’t the only ones that Elisa and her friends must challenge.

Overall, The Bitter Kingdom is such a perfect ending.  I was left feeling happy but super sad to say goodbye to all the characters.  This is definitely going to be a series worth re-reading.

What others are saying about The Bitter Kingdom:

Alexa Loves Books’ review: “If The Girl of Fire and Thorns lit my fangirl fire, and The Crown of Embers coaxed roaring flames out of it, then The Bitter Kingdom kept it steadily aflame.”

Book Lovers For Life’s review: “I can’t recommend this series enough.”

My Life is a Notebook’s review: “So many things about these books where so perfect.”

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge | Review

Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge | ReviewGilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge
Series: Cruel Beauty Universe
Published by Harper Teen on April 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 111
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
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5 Stars
A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale,Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author's debut novel, Cruel Beauty.

Orphan Maia doesn't see the point of love when it only brings pain: Her dying mother made a bargain with the evil, all-powerful ruler of their world that anyone who hurt her beloved daughter would be punished; her new stepmother went mad with grief when Maia's father died; and her stepsisters are desperate for their mother's approval, yet she always spurns them. And though her family has turned her into a despised servant, Maia must always pretend to be happy, or else they'll all be struck dead by the curse.

Anax, heir to the Duke of Sardis, doesn't believe in love either—not since he discovered that his childhood sweetheart was only using him for his noble title. What's the point of pretending to fall in love with a girl just so she'll pretend to fall in love with him back? But when his father invites all the suitable girls in the kingdom to a masked ball, Anax must finally give in and select a wife.

As fate would have it, the preparations for the masquerade bring him Maia, who was asked by her eldest stepsister to deliver letters to Anax. Despite a prickly first encounter, he is charmed and intrigued by this mysterious girl who doesn't believe in love. Anax can't help wishing to see her again—and when he does, he can't help falling in love with her. Against her will, Maia starts to fall in love with him too. But how can she be with him when every moment his life is in danger from her mother's deadly bargain?

picadillyblueGilded Ashes is a novella set in the same world as Cruel Beauty.  That was all it took to get me to give this book a shot.  While I normally don’t love novellas, that was not the case with this one.  If more novellas were like Gilded Ashes, I would be a lot more inclined to read them.

It was really easy to tell that Gilded Ashes was set in the same world as Cruel Beauty.  There is a cameo from the Gentle Lord but it’s more than that.  The setting has the same feel as Cruel Beauty.  It’s a gorgeous setting with more than a little bit of magic.  The magic in this universe isn’t all good though.  There is a lot of dark magic in Maia’s world and it’s the cause of pretty much all her problems in life.

Maia is not your typical Cinderella.  She’s strong and fierce and her fairy godmother is not one that I would want.  Her family isn’t like the typical Cinderella family either.  Her sisters can be cruel but they can also be kind.   And when they are cruel, it’s only because they are forced to be.  Maia and her stepsisters are all looking for the same thing; love.  They just have different ways of looking for it.  The relationship between Maia and her stepsisters was really great.  It starts off a little rough but all three of the girls really develop throughout the course of the novella.  All the characters are surprisingly well-developed for such a short story.

Maia and Anax’s relationship isn’t typical at all.  They become friends through a random stroke of fate and from there things start to become more between them.  While the relationship did come across as a bit rushed, I expected that.  You can’t go from complete strangers to two people in love in 111 pages without rushing some things.  However, I didn’t feel like it was a bad thing.  While I would have liked a bit more backstory from Anax, I still really liked him.  Not as much as Ignifex, that’s for sure, but a close second.

Overall, Gilded Ashes is a fabulous addition to the stories set in the Cruel Beauty universe.  I hope that Rosamund Hodge continues to write fairytale retellings because she is truly fabulous at giving them her own spin.

What others are saying about Gilded Ashes:

Paperback Wonderland’s review: “This novella was pretty much amazing, albeit too short.”

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller | Review

Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller | ReviewWhere The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
Published by Bloomsbury on September 24, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: ALA, Publisher
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4 Stars
Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She's never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love--even with someone who seems an improbable choice--is more than just a possibility.

picadillyblueWhere The Stars Still Shine, Trish Doller’s sophomore novel, is a solid follow-up to her debut, Something Like Normal.  I didn’t love it like I did Something Like Normal but I did like it quite a bit.

Trish Doller has a way with messed up characters.  Callie was raised by her mother, who kidnapped her at a very young age.  She drags Callie from place to place, living in motels, not going to school, and being forced to put up with the trashy men that her mom brings home.  The way she’s raised is terribly wrong but Callie doesn’t know any other way.  Until her mom is arrested and she’s returned to her dad, she never knew she could have a different life.

Callie was very messed up after her childhood.  She didn’t know what real love was like.  She didn’t know how to handle family or friends and she didn’t remember anything about her life from before the kidnapping.  She tended to push people away, especially the people that loved her.  Then there was Alex.  She doesn’t know how to be with him.  She’s not confident that people could really love her, especially him.  He’s sweet, funny, and super cute with Callie and  her family.  It’s hard to tell if he’s a player at first but he does seem to be a good guy.

As for Callie’s mom and dad, they are complete opposites.  Her mom is a selfish woman who needs mental help.  I totally hated Callie’s mom, especially the way she treated Callie.  I also hated how Callie acted around her mom.  Her dad was a totally sweet guy who loved Callie with all his heart.  He was an amazing guy.

The plot was fast-paced even when there wasn’t a whole lot going on.  I never felt bored with the book and I was always eager to see what would happen next.  The story definitely had my full attention.

Overall, Where The Stars Still Shine is great for contemporary fans.  It’s got a lot more going on than you’d originally think.

What others are saying about Where The Stars Still Shine:

Book’d Out’s review: “Like Trish Doller’s debut novel, Something Like Normal, Where the Stars Still Shine is a gritty, contemporary young adult novel favouring realism over fairy tale.”

Tabitha’s Book Blog’s review: “If you enjoyed her novel, SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL – than I have no doubts that you’ll enjoy this one as well.”

All The Books I Can Read’s review: “But apart from that I loved all facets of this book and it further cemented Trish Doller as such a gifted voice of contemporary young adult/new adult literature.”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 YA Contemporary Challenge: April Reviews + Giveaway!

Happy April, y’all!  It’s that time again!  Time to link up your April reviews and be entered for a chance to win some great books!

Okay so here’s what you have to do to be entered to win the awesome prize pack for April!
-Fill out the Rafflecopter!
-Link up your reviews so other participants can check them out!
-Remember that for a book to count it must have been published in 2014!

What do you have the chance to win this month?

April

-a copy of The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
-an ARC of The Last Best Kiss by Claire LeZebnik
-assorted swag!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith | Review

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith | ReviewThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
Published by Little Brown on April 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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4 Stars
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

picadillyblueThe Geography of You and Me is not your typical YA contemporary romance novel.  It has a lot more to it than you would originally think based on just the cover, synopsis, and title.  Jennifer E. Smith has a way of making something that seems like it would just be a lighthearted romance into something so much more.

The Geography of You and Me tells the story of Owen and Lucy, two very different people from very different lives who meet one night while stuck in an elevator.  Their meeting is innocent enough and their relationship continues that way.  They spend very little time together in person but even when they move away they continue to talk through postcards and emails.  Life doesn’t stop just because they can’t be together and they continue on with their lives like normal.  The story is the evolution of their relationship from that one night together to many months spent on separate continents to finally being reunited.  However, it’s also both their journeys to finally find a place to call home.

Lucy and Owen are both kind of awkward in a really cute teenager way.  Owen has lost his mom and it’s just him and his dad now.  They don’t have the most conventional relationship but it works for them.  They spend a lot of time traveling, looking for work and a new place to call home.  Lucy is a loner who never really fits in anywhere she goes.  Whether it be New York or Scotland, there is always something that keeps her from settling down.  Throughout the course of Lucy and Owen’s relationship they both spend a lot of time working out family issues as well as becoming comfortable with themselves.  Like I said, there was a lot more to the story than I originally thought.

The pacing is the only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars.  It took me a while to get into Lucy and Owen’s story and even after I was interested, I still didn’t make a lot of progress with the book.  Things just didn’t seem to go anywhere for quite some time.  I know the book is contemporary and that sometimes means that it won’t be super fast-paced but I expected a little more from this one.  That’s not to say I was bored but I didn’t find myself completely hooked.

Overall, The Geography of You and Me is another great book from Jennifer E. Smith.  I’d definitely recommend this one if you are looking for an enjoyable contemporary read for a rainy day.

What others are saying about The Geography of You and Me:

Good Books and Good Wine’s review: “Jennifer E. Smith can totally be depended on to deliver a light and sweet contemporary romance, with the feels and swoons on Stephanie Perkins level.”

The YA Kitten’s review: “Smith spins a lovely tale, that’s for sure, but it’s not one fully realized.”

Candace’s Book Blog’s review: “This was a cute read.”

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) by Rae Carson | Review

The Crown of Embers (Fire and Thorns #2) by Rae Carson | ReviewThe Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
Series: Fire and Thorns #2
Published by Harper Teen on September 18, 2012
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 410
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars
She does not know what awaits her at the enemy's gate.

Elisa is a hero.

She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country's ruler should be secure. But it isn't.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trial of long-forgotten—and forbidden—clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her go a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man whom—despite everything—she is falling in love with.

If she's lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

picadillyblueThe Crown of Embers, the second book in the Fire and Thorns trilogy, is a step up from the first book.  I didn’t know  if that was possible but Rae Carson far exceeded all my expectations.

The Crown of Embers does not succumb to the second book syndrome.  It’s not just a filler book.  There is so much going on over the course of the book.  There’s romance, a great adventure, betrayal, and so much more.

First up, the romance.  There were two romantic interests in The Girl of Fire and Thorns and both died.  I wasn’t sure where Rae Carson was going to go with the romance after killing both.  The new romantic interest isn’t a new character, just a blossoming of a relationship from friendship to romance.  Hector is this new interest and he’s by far my favorite.  Seeing Elisa and Hector’s relationship slowly start to change was perfect.  There was no insta-love between them and I greatly appreciated that.

Then there was the adventure.  Elisa is on a quest to find the zafira, the power from the earth which supplies the animagi with their magic.  Elisa knows that if she can find this power source, she will be the most powerful person and defeat Invierne.  Reaching the zafira will not be easy though.  Many dangerous tasks face Elisa and her companions on the quest for the zafira.  I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book.

As for the betrayal, I won’t give anything away but let’s just say that I didn’t see it coming.  I was so broken by the betrayal and I felt beyond torn  up for Elisa.  Just be warned, it will make you want to scream.  And possibly reach into the book and hit someone.

Overall, read The Crown of Embers if you haven’t already.  Rae Carson is quickly  becoming a favorite author of mine with this series alone.

What others are saying about The Crown of Embers:

Alexa Loves Books’ review: “Clearly, The Crown of Embers is a remarkable book.”

My Life is a Notebook’s review: “It was a solid follow up to The Girl of Fire and Thorns, and it left me screaming for more.”

Love is not a Triangle’s review: “She remains my favorite part of this series, and I continue to be amazed by her growth and strength.”

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stacking The Shelves! (24)

Stacking The Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews! It is a list of what books you have received over the previous week, either for review, from the library, from the bookstore, or from trades.

STS 1

-Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman - I got an ARC of this one a while back but still haven’t read it.  It’s actually on my TBR for this month though so maybe I’ll actually get to it now.

-Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne – I admit, I added this one to my TBR for the cover alone.  The story does sound awesome though.

-A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka - I hadn’t heard of this one until I saw it on Netgalley but it sounds pretty interesting.

-Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan - I loved Erin McCahan’s previous book, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, so this one has been on my wishlist for a while.  So excited to be part of the blog tour for this.

-We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt - I read about this one on someone’s blog (can’t remember who) and decided to add it to my TBR.

STS 2

-The Foundry’s Edge (The Books of Ore #1) by Cam Baity, Benny Zelkowicz - This one looks like a pretty awesome middle grade book so I figured I’d give it a try.

-Ignited (Sense Thieves #3) by Corinne Jackson - I don’t love this series as much as I loved Corinne Jackson’s debut novel, If I Lie, but it’s not too bad.  Excited to see how it all ends.

-Will the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? by Sara Hantz - I’m a sucker for books about celebrities.  Just saying.

-The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher - Read the synopsis for this one.  It sounds awesome!

-All Lined Up (Rusk University #1) by Cora Carmack - A new series from Cora Carmack?  Count me in.  I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for this one.

STS 3

-The Defiant (The Forsaken #3) by Lissa Stasse - I haven’t read this series but I’ve heard it’s pretty good.  I own all three books now so I figure I should get started soon.

-Learning Not To Drown by Anna Shinoda - Got a copy of this one in the mail and read the press release that came with it.  Sounds pretty unique.

-The Heiresses (The Heiresses #1) by Sara Shepard - I’m a big fan of Sara Shepard so when I saw I had been autoapproved for this on Edelweiss, I couldn’t resist.

-The Boy I Love by Nina de Gramont - Haven’t heard anything about this one but the cover and synopsis got me.

-Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld - New book by Scott Westerfeld?  Heck yes.  I’m all over this one.


STS 4
-Shout Down the Moon by Lisa Tucker – Juhina from Maji Bookshelf recommended this one to me so I downloaded the ebook immediately and got reading.  I finished it the other day and really enjoyed it.  Not YA but still awesome.

What did you get this week?  Anything super exciting?  Feel free to leave a link to your Stacking the Shelves post in the comments!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally | Review

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks #4) by Miranda Kenneally | ReviewRacing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #4
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on December 3, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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5 Stars
They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

picadillybluePure perfection!  If I had to review Racing Savannah in only two words, those would be them.  Miranda Kenneally has done it again (and I’m sure you’re not surprised by that.)

Readers will immediately be drawn in to Savannah and Jack’s world; the world of servants, jockeys, horse racing, and lots of money.  It’s a world very unlike my own and I was drawn in from the very first page.  It’s clear that Miranda Kenneally did her research with this one because everything was so authentic.  I’ve never been a fan of horse racing (or even horses) but just like with football in Catching Jordan, Miranda Kenneally made everything about it supremely interesting.

Savannah and Jack might be my favorite couple from all the books so far.  They come from very different worlds but from the second they meet, they like each other.  I’m not talking insta-love though.  They respect each other, they find each other attractive, and they grow to be friends, even when it’s frowned upon.  Savannah is technically Jack’s employee so things aren’t easy for them.  Their relationship is full of twists and turns and I was flipping pages as fast as I could.

As for the actual characters (not just as a couple), Savannah and Jack were both strong, smart, well-rounded people.  Savannah was a little broken and unwilling to trust, at first.  Jack was very overworked but he didn’t’ let it get to him.  Savannah was mature, kind, and while she was selfish at times, she was also very selfless at others.  Jack was rich but didn’t let the money go to his head.  He was a good person.

Also, the cameos in Racing Savannah made me so happy.  Racing Savannah takes place a few years after the other books so the characters are older now.  There’s a big (happy) event at one point in the book that put the biggest smile on my face.  Fans of the first three books will love it.

Overall, clearly I highly recommend Racing Savannah.  Miranda Kenneally is an all-time favorite authors of mine and I love her books.  If I could give Racing Savannah more than 5 shoes, I would.  It really is just that good.

What others are saying about Racing Savannah:

Rainy Day Ramblings’ review: “Another terrific addition to an outstanding YA series!”

For Love and Books’ review: “If you like romance, YA and or contemporary this book is for you!”

Anna Reads’ review: “So, I’d say: If you liked the other books, you’ll definitely want to check this one out.”

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Forgiving Lies (Forgiving Lies #1) by Molly McAdams | Review

Forgiving Lies (Forgiving Lies #1) by Molly McAdams | ReviewForgiving Lies by Molly McAdams
Series: Forgiving Lies #1
Published by William Morrow on October 29, 2013
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 371
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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4 Stars
A matter of secrets...
Undercover cop Logan "Kash" Ryan can't afford a distraction like his new neighbor Rachel Masters, even if she's the most beautiful woman he's ever seen. To catch a serial killer, he needs to stay focused, yet all he can think about is the feisty, long-legged coed whose guarded nature intrigues him

A matter of lies...
Deceived and hurt before, Rachel would rather be a single, crazy cat lady than trust another guy, especially a gorgeous, tattooed bad boy with a Harley, like Kash. But when his liquid-steel eyes meet hers, it takes all of Rachel's will-power to stop herself from exploring his hot body with her own.

A matter of love...
As much as they try to keep it platonic, the friction between them sparks an irresistible heat that soon consumes them. Can Kash keep Rachel's heart and her life safe even as he risks his own? Will she be able to forgive his lies ... or will she run when she discovers the dangerous truth?

picadillyblueForgiving Lies, my first Molly McAdams book, really surprised me.  After reading mixed reviews for her other new adult titles, I was nervous.  I ended up really enjoying Forgiving Lies and I can’t wait for the next book.

Rachel, Kandice, Kash, and Mason mostly make up a great group of characters.  Rachel is a well-rounded character that really grows throughout the story.  She’s smart, funny, kind, and outgoing.  She is a little closed off and she doesn’t trust easily but I liked her.  Kandice was supposedly Rachel’s best friend but I didn’t see that at all.  She was actually a pretty big bitch to Rachel and I would have slapped her if she was my friend.  Kash and Mason had a great friendship and I loved how their relationship extended to include Rachel.  Kash was witty and sarcastic and awesome.  Mason was like a giant awesome teddy bear.  They were great.

The plot was a little predictable at first but it didn’t stay that way for long.  I wasn’t sure what was going to happen once I got past the first 50 pages or so.  There is a murder mystery in Forgiving Lies and I love how it all tied together.  Also, the ending comes completely out of nowhere.  Holy crap.  I definitely didn’t see that coming.

My only issue with Forgiving Lies was that it wasn’t very believable.  I just couldn’t believe some of the things that went down at the end.  I can’t say more without spoiling things so I’ll just leave it at that.

Overall, Forgiving Lies is a good place to start if you haven’t read anything by Molly McAdams.  I look forward to reading more from her.

What others are saying about Forgiving Lies:

Reading Lark’s review: “Molly McAdams is one of those authors that I adore.”

Vilma’s Book Blog’s review: “It was a story that was undeniably Molly McAdams with that captivating humor, clever banter and alluring sexiness we’ve come to expect, but it was also very different from some of the other books I’ve read from this author.”

Parajunkee’s review: “Unfortunately, I found the story to be formulaic and the characters unlikable. “