Saturday, 31 May 2014

Perfection by R.L Mathewson

Perfection by R.L Mathewson (Neighbor from Hell #2)| Review

Perfections by R.L Mathewson

Published by Rerum Publishing House on August 26, 2011
Pages            278

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Summary:
Zoe is used to taking care of herself and has long ago accepted that if anything bad was going to happen, it was going to happen to her. So when she loses her job over something most bosses would probably be happy with and her life starts going downhill from there she doesn't expect it to get any better. She certainly didn't expect any help from the loud jerk next door, but then again she has nothing to lose so puts her trust in him and hopes for the best. What she didn't expect was the once in a lifetime opportunity that he offers her through an arrangement where they both benefit and no one is supposed to get hurt, but she should have known better because her luck has never been that good.

Like most Bradfords, Trevor has a soft spot for food, but that's about all. He leads a pretty straightforward life and likes to keep things simple and that includes his relationships. He wants the perfect woman and knows exactly what she'll be like. So when he discovers much to his horror that he's thinking about his frumpy little neighbor he decides the best way to get his head straight is by working her out of his system. He'll keep her around, but only until he finds perfection.

What I think:


So this is book 2 in the ‘Neighbor from Hell’ series and I can honestly say the author is a genius. In this story we meet Zoe, a sweet, independent girl who's down on her luck. Her neighbor from hell is Trevor; Trevor is the ultimate jackass, he is the epitome of the word jerk. I honestly disliked Trevor for the entire novel, I just couldn’t stand him; hats off to the author for being so talented so as to evoke such emotion in me because I have never met a character that I truly disliked as much as I did Trevor. He’s entitled, superficial and his head is so far up his ass it’s unnatural.

This book shows that love doesn’t always come in the package that you might it to. I tend to shy away from book with weak women who have self hate issues, so at first I was apprehensive about reading it because I got the impression that was all I would get. Fortunately I decided to give it chance in hopes the author wouldn’t disappoint. Thankfully it wasn’t as bad as I thought, because while Zoe insecurities about her body, she is still a strong and independent woman. I appreciated that while it focuses on the very popular subject of body issues and what is or isn’t beautiful, it’s still funny and compelling; it’s not depressive and sad. It’s extremely rare when I find a female character that I truly like; I usually find myself being annoyed by the female character but I genuinely like Zoe. She knows what she wants and she’s not pathetic and definitely not the typical damsel in distress.

Regardless of my obvious aversion to the male character because of his complete lack of any redeeming quality, I truly I enjoyed this book. In my opinion, it’s simply his tragic flaw… don’t we all have those? It takes a really good author to write about such a character and still have a good story in the end because of the strength of the other characters in the novel.

SincerelyYoursTheReader.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Playing for Keeps by R.L Mathewson

Playing for Keeps by R.L Mathewson (Neighbor from Hell #1)| Review

Playing for Keeps by R.L Mathewson

Published by Rerum Publishing House on April 29, 2011
Pages            220

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Summary:
Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to be sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can't help but notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only thing left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.

What I think:


This is a fairly old book since it was published in 2011. I was recently introduced to this author by a family member. So in the space of a week and a half I binged read all her books. This is because I’m on break from school so I have lots of unoccupied time… what better to do than read right?

If you haven’t met this author yet, then you need to go out and get at least one of her books because I can guarantee that you’ll eventually try to get your hands on all of them. Lucky for me, my cousin had them either on kindle or hard copy… I’m kind of a book thief so she tries to hide her favorite books from me; which explains why it took me so long to read them.

So this story is about Haley, the typical shy girl, the pushover, the girl who notices everything but says nothing simply because she doesn't want trouble. To Haley’s dismay, she is forced to live beside Jason, the annoying, loud and extremely obnoxious neighbor who borrows her stuff without asking. Haley being the type who hates confrontation avoids Jason and allows him to do whatever he wants until she’s had enough and attacks him. Turns out people are not always who they seem and they happen to become friends where Jason decides to help Haley break out of her shell and stand up for herself

It’s been awhile since I've read a book that I enjoyed so much I started looking up other books by the author. This novel is truly funny, I found myself laughing out really loud at numerous times while reading. The characters are real and witty; Jason and Haley’s friendship is adorable. My favorite thing about this book is the fact that they don’t just fall in love; there is no love at first sight kind of bullshit. Their love develops over time; too many times authors make characters suddenly fall in love and the readers are left wondering how the hell did that happen? It sometimes makes the story boring and a little too predictable.

Of course this book isn't perfect; my issue is with their fight at the end. Naturally with this being a story there has to be a conflict. The conflict/fight just doesn't do it for me; I feel like the writer had to find a way to put a fight in there and that’s the only thing she could come up with, I was disappointed with the fight and that almost ruined the book for me; however I’m a very forgiving person so I overlooked it because the rest of the book is so good. 

SincerelyYoursTheReader.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Breakable by Tammara Webber

Breakable by Tammara Webber (Contours of the Heart #2)| Review

Breakable by Tammara Webber

Published by Penguin Berkley on May 6, 2014
Pages            368

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Summary:
He was lost and alone. Then he found her.
And the future seemed more fragile than ever.

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise — until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed.

All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy…

As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

What I think:
Breakable comes from the writer of Easy as book 2 in the Contours of the Heart series. This book as stated by the author is not a sequel; it is the story from Easy as told from Lucas’ point of view. I was more than ecstatic to read this book because the previous novel was told solely from Jacqueline’s point of view and I often found myself wishing I could know what Lucas was thinking while reading it. Lately I've found that a lot of authors are now choosing to write two separate books to show the point of view of each character instead of simply alternating each person's view in one novel. This can sometimes be annoying as we as readers often find ourselves simply re reading the story, just from a different point of view. That however was not the case with this book, because while the story of how Lucas and Jacqueline met is still the same, we get a whole different world when reading from Lucas’ point of view. I found myself liking this book a million times more than the first one, simply because this book was written better. The writer paid more attention to detail and while her skill at creating flashbacks was lacking in Easy, it was done properly in this novel. I did not find myself being confused when she switched between time periods because; this book was simply… better. Also, while the author failed rather miserably to develop a setting in Easy, I have to say that she did an excellent job in this novel.

The story gives us a glimpse of Lucas’ life long before the faithful night when he finally meets Jacqueline and while Jacqueline was ignorant of his existence, we see in this book that Lucas knew her before that night when she was assaulted. He was a little creepy at times, watching her from a distance, making drawings of her etc. I mean, I don’t know about you, but stuff like that rings a little bit like stalker tendencies to me. This however, can be overlooked by the fact that he is such a sweetheart.

In Easy we were made aware of the fact that Lucas was also a victim of assault, albeit indirectly. We are taken on a journey from the night of his mother’s death to the moment he meets Jacqueline and after.

This story is enthralling and compelling. It has the ability to break your heart for the little boy that Lucas was before his mother’s attack and the person he became because it, a broken young man who made dumb choices but was luckily saved from himself by those who love him.

While this story is not a fast paced one, I still found myself enjoying it and being unable to put it down. I mean, who says a story has to be fast paced to be good? Don't we have enough of those? In my opinion, the story is worthy of 4 stars and I would definitely recommend it.

SincerelyYoursTheReader.  

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber (Contours of the Heart #1)| Review


Easy by Tammara Webber

Published by Penguin Berkley on November 6, 2012
Pages            321

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Summary:
Rescued by a stranger.
Haunted by a secret
Sometimes, love isn’t easy…

He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior…

The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart.

Only together could they fight the pain and guilt, face the truth—and find the unexpected power of love.

A groundbreaking novel in the New Adult genre, Easy faces one girl's struggle to regain the trust she's lost, find the inner strength to fight back against an attacker, and accept the peace she finds in the arms of a secretive boy.

                                What I think:                             
I came across this book on goodreads and was captivated by the summary; so I went out and got it. The story is about Jacqueline, a girl that was attacked at a party by her ex boyfriend’s friend at a frat party. This happened right at the beginning of the book and while this was shocking and managed to get some emotion out of me, I have to honestly say that the first few pages of the story were a little less than beguiling. The problem? Sometimes flashbacks are not particularly easy to write and I don’t really think this author did so well with it; there were times in when I was slightly confused as to where in story I was. I continued to read the story simply because of the fact that I absolutely hate not finishing a book and I try to avoid doing so as much as I can. So I continued reading in hopes that I made the right decision by buying the novel. Fortunately, it didn’t fail me because the story turned out to be as enthralling as the summary and it turned out to be a good read; so much so that I actually ended up giving it a 3 star rating on goodreads. Assault of any kind is a delicate and touchy topic but I think the writer did an excellent job. She showed the thoughts and actions of a victim after an attack and how such victims interact with other people around them. She also displayed how the community surrounding a victim can affect how he/she reacts to being attacked.

This book forces a reader to feel, it brings out emotions and causes readers to stop and think about their role in causing victims to stay silent in these situations. It has been a while since I've read a book that induced so much emotion in me; so much so there were times when I had to pause and put the book down because of its shock factor. While this story looks at assault, it is far from depressing and dark as one might expect. Jacqueline finds herself liking two guys, one is the guy that saved her from being assaulted and the other is her tutor. There were times when I found myself cheering equally for both of them as they were both great guys in their own way. The thing is both guys have a secret, something I found very funny and a very original move by the author.

My reason for giving this book 3 stars instead of 5 is very simple; the lack of a setting. I love a good description of a story’s setting and this book didn't have one. The most we got in terms of location is that they were in a college (with no name by the way). While many other people might not see this as an issue, I do, because a setting makes the story more real. This did not prevent me from enjoying the story however as the plot was well written.

All in all it’s a good read which I would recommend it.

SincerelyYoursTheReader.