My 2015 in Books!

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Thank you, Goodreads, for this awesome summary!

Happy reading and happy new year everyone! 🙂

KAT SIGN

 

REVIEW: BE WITH ME BY J.LYNN

Book Review

2.5 stars and I know this shouldn’t be happening, and even I can’t believe I am giving a JLA novel a 2.5. 😦 This just makes me really really really sad. I loved Wait For You (it was an almost 5 perfect stars for me!) and I guess I just expected too much from this one. Sadly, Teresa and Jase’s story kinda became draggy and meh for me 😦 I know, I’m sorry I really didn’t mean to 😦

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Quick Stats

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Title: BE WITH ME (Wait For You #2)
Author: J.Lynn aka Jeniffer L. Armentrout
Date Read: December 8th to 29th 2015
Date Published: February 4th 2014 by William Morrow Paperbacks 
My book format: Physical copy! 🙂 
Goodreads Blurb:
Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

 

My thoughts

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Be With Me is a companion novel of Wait For You and it focuses on Teresa and Jase’s story (Cam’s sister and bestfriend, respectively). I have always loved this kind of set up – when the best friend falls for the younger sister of the other – ‘coz you there’d always be a sweet kind of conflict between the brother and the best friend. Did that confuse you? I know you get what I mean 😉

Anyway, it wasn’t a very original plot and that’s good with me. I mean, New Adult usually focuses on troubled twenty somethings and this one is no different where both Tess and Jase are escaping dark pasts. The thing I quite didn’t like was how it was all presented. It was so different from the first book and I didn’t feel the flow at all. For me, things have been jumping from one part to another without really establishing where things are coming from.

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Jase Winstead

Jase Winstead is hot, I’ll give him that. He’s confident and cool, but there are times, though, where I felt that his being cool was somewhat misplaced and that it was not needed at a particular scene, which in effect makes him a little bit off to me. I really think there was so much more character development Jase could have undergone. His <spoiler> being a young dad to Jack, and his past with his high school sweetheart was a bit rushed to me </spoiler> that I felt no connection to him 😦 And this makes me really really sad because I wanted to like Jase, he’s a really likeable man, but I just felt like something was lacking.

Teresa Hamilton

I didn’t connect to Tess at all 😦 I felt for her at times, but I just could not connect to her. She seemed so confused with really simple things, and I just want her to stand for herself but she never did. I really wanted to like her as well, but I just couldn’t do it 😦

Generally

I probably expected too much from this one. With how my feelings went with Wait For You, I definitely
thought it would give me the same feels. I just felt like the story was going somewhere when I was already 200 pages in! GAH. I even skimmed through some parts 😦 I know it’s not about JLA’s writing – definitely not the writing coz I loved the first book. It’s just the plot and characters weren’t really just for me.

The Boklander Rating

2 Stars

A 2.5. A really really sad 2.5 for this one. I hope things get much better on the next one!

So that’s it for now, I hope this review helped in one or another. If you really liked this book, then I’m genuinely happy for you. Guess it’s not just for me! 🙂

Happy reading always!

KAT SIGN

Dashing Through the Snow Tag!

I have been tagged by the lovely Jenna, over at Reading With Jenna Book Blog to do this Christmas tag and it was just so fun to do! Tell me if we have something  in common! 🙂

1. Name a book you’d like to see under your Christmas Tree

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Two of my most anticipated reads for 2015 are Confess and November 9 by Colleen Hoover! 🙂 And although I badly wanted to buy these two the moment they were released, I did my best not to do so yet because my current TBR is just overflowing! Now I just want to see them under my Christmas tree if Santa would be more generous this year! 🙂

2. A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas season?

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I will be reading many, definitely, but the one I am most excited to read is Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. 🙂 When I read Eleanor and Park earlier this year, I knew I had to collect and read all of Rainbow’s books! So Attachments is definitely one of my most anticipated reads this season!

3. Favourite Christmas movie? 

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Love Actually! Ahhh. This is definitely the most perfect Christmas movie ever created! I love every bit of it! 🙂 And Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister of Great Britain? Just made it more perfect!

4. Do you like snow? 

I dunno really. It doesn’t snow here in the Philippines! But I love the rain, if it has any relevance to this question whatsoever. I’m a rain person, so yeah. I guess I would love snow as well because of that 🙂

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William Herondale. ‘Coz he’s perfect. Period.

6. To give or to receive? 

Well, they say it is better to give than to receive, so I guess to give would be the better answer 🙂

7. What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas Day at?

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I would love to be in any historical romance ball 🙂 I have always been a big fan of Julia Quinn, Lisa Kleypas, and all authors of historical romances and I always love it when the female protag attends balls! Everything is just so fancy! ❤

8. Fondest Christmas memory

When I was a kid, my parents would always give me snow globes each year. And I would always wake up with snow globes beside me on Christmas morn, with its soft melody playing to stir me up 🙂

I am tagging the following beautiful people! 🙂 And whoever wants to do this tag, feel free and post away! 🙂

Bea (Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic)

Joey (Thoughts and Afterthoughts)

Mel (Melissa Discovers the Secrets of Reading)

Aria (Aria Stuck in Wonderland)

Camillia (Twentry Three Pages)

Happy reading, and happy holidays!

KAT SIGN

BOOK REVIEW: ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER BY STEPHANIE PERKINS

                 “There’s no story,’ I say. ‘I saw you one day, and I just knew.” 

Omygodthisbook! I can’t believe I am giving 5-stars to Isla and the Happily Ever After after my semi-bad, shaky relationship with Anna and Lola. But this one, though, sooo freaking good!!! 

Quick Stats

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Title: Isla and the Happily Ever After 
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Date Read: December 4th to 8th 2015
Date Published: August 14th 2014 by Usborne Publishing 
My book format: Physical copy! 🙂 
Goodreads blurb:
The café is boiling. The atmosphere is clouded with bittersweet coffee.
Three years of desire rip through my body and burst from my lips: “Josh!”
His head jolts up. For a long time, a very long time, he just stares at me.
And then…he blinks. “Isla?”

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on brooding artist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And, after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer break, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to face uncertainty about their futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York, Paris and Barcelona, this is a gorgeous, heart-wrenching and irresistible story of true love, and the perfect conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

My thoughts
Honestly, I quite had very low expectations getting into this one, because, as I said, I quite had a rough relationship with Anna and Lola, giving them both a 3.5 in Goodreads. I mean, I did not hate them, but it wasn’t as moving and as engrossing and they were just okay for me. However, I knew I had to complete the collection and get Isla’s story, because, duh, I can’t have a bookshelf without the green book in Stephanie Perkins’ companion series. So long story short, I got the third book just for the heck of it.  Continue reading