Tuesday, September 19, 2017

ARC Book #Review: Coming Up For Air by Miranda Keneally

Book Title: Coming Up For Air (Hundred Oaks 9)
Author:  Miranda Kenneally |WebsiteTwitter
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: Young Adult / Sports Romance
Series/Standalone: Series
Format: ebook
Cost: $9.89
Pages: 320
How I got it: Publisher via NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Publisher
Publication Date: July 4th, 2017
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Swim. Eat. Shower. School. Snack. Swim. Swim. Swim. Dinner. Homework. Bed. Repeat. All of Maggie’s focus and free time is spent swimming. She’s not only striving to earn scholarships—she’s training to qualify for the Olympics. It helps that her best friend, Levi, is also on the team and cheers her on. But Levi’s already earned an Olympic tryout, so Maggie feels even more pressure to succeed. And it’s not until Maggie’s away on a college visit that she realizes how much of the “typical” high school experience she’s missed by being in the pool. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Maggie decides to squeeze the most out of her senior year. First up? Making out with a guy. And Levi could be the perfect candidate. After all, they already spend a lot of time together. But as Maggie slowly starts to uncover new feelings for Levi, how much is she willing to sacrifice in the water to win at love?
Apparently this is the final book in this series.  Oops.  I read the last book first bwahahahaha.  I must be honest, I tried picking up catching Jordan years ago and I wasn't in the mood so I moved on to something else.  These books however have always been on my radar and now I want to read the entire series in order so I can know just how truly awesome they are.

I really enjoyed the fact that the young woman was a serious athlete, she wasn't doing it because her family wanted her to, she wasn't doing it because of some guy, or because she was trying to change who she was, she as here because she has always wanted to be here.  Having spent so much time in the pool or training or competing she really hasn't had the 'typical' high school experience, and when she goes away to a college trip she realizes it's possible to balance it all and have fun while being an athlete. Not sure who else to turn to she asks her best friend Levi to help her gain all the knowledge and experience she's missed out on, because who else would understand that's she's focused on becoming an Olympian but someone else who is also vying for that spot??

Throw in an competitor who seems to have it all together and who is doing better than she is even though she came to the sport later in life, and you have the makings of a great story.  I really enjoyed this one. I loved how Maggie explored with someone she felt safe with, she was still strong and into her sport, she sought out help when trying to learn how to balance it all, which means we got to see several old characters from the other books.  I loved the advice she was given and how she tries to take the advice while still remaining who she was.  I really related to this as a former gymnast, especially the workout schedule and the eating and the focus on doing better by just seconds.  While I'm not a swimmer this definitely made me feel like I understood them better and their training was something to truly respect.

I really loved how this wasn't about a love story, but really a story of firsts, a story of exploration and a story of understanding how to balance all your wants and needs while still being the best you can be in your field.  Maggie has some great friends, and an even better family and it really made the story that her parents were still such a strong couple who totally supported their daughter.

Very well written, and for someone who hasn't read the entire series. it was a heart warming story and it made me want to read all the others as well, so guess what I did?? You guessed it, I got all the others to read in order then read this one again with the history of all the other couples and stories in my head.  it's a journey I look forward to.

I recommend for those looking for a good story featuring a true athlete and an exploration of love and who we can be.
Happy Reading my loves, 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Book #Review: Her Destiny (Reverie 2) by Monica Murphy

Book Title: Her Destiny ( Reverie 2)
Author:  Monica Murphy |WebsiteTwitterFacebook|
Publisher: Monica Murphy
Genre: Romance, Mature YA
Series/Standalone: Series Finale
Format: ebook
Cost: $3.99
Pages: 180
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
Publication Date: August 2014
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I knew from the moment I first saw him he was the one. The only boy I could ever want.
The only boy I could ever love.
They say he’s bad for me.
But I know he’s not.
Until the day he rejects me.
And breaks my heart.

Everything changes in the blink of an eye. My entire life as I’ve known it is…gone. Secrets are revealed. Promises once made are irrevocably broken. There’s no way my family can get back to what we once were.
So when Nicholas Fairfield walks back into my life like he never left it, I’m furious.
Thrilled. Irritated. Excited.
Despite my confusion, I want to be with him. I love him. But danger lurks where we least expect it. Someone will do whatever it takes to tear us apart. All I know is: I won’t let them.
Because Nick Fairfield? He’s mine.
I dived into this one because His Reverie ended on a cliffhanger and I needed to know how they were going to go on from there.  This one picked up a few weeks later and the main voice is Reverie and here we are seeing the full fall out of all the secrets revealed in the background of book one.

This book at first was filled with Rev being such a baby and brat and it really took the people who cared about her the most calling her out on her shyt for her to realize how much of a brat she's being.  Like I get that this was devastating for you and your family but think of all the people who were more hurt by your parents actions & take your head out of your ass.  And the end of the day you came out on top hen many people didn't.

My favorite characters in this story had to be her best friends because they did not hesitate to take her to task and hold up a mirror to her actions and make her start to think.  Reeling from the revelations she realizes she was super naive and yet she still acts out.  Her brother was another of my favorites because where before he was a spoiled guy you never really saw, he stepped all the way up and began to make all the adult decision especially because Rev was going through her phase.

Having her world implode made Rev start questioning everything and so she rebelled and made friends with people she would have never been friends with because lets face it, at the end of the day Rev is a nerd, and being racy and wild really isn't her style.  I loved that she began to grow and challenge herself all because she saw that her brother was doing the same.

The story focused on Rev learning to find herself again and realizing who she was wasn't founded only on what her parents had always demanded from her.  She also realized family isn't always the people who you are born to.  While discovering all of this she starts to learn what her boundaries are in relationships as well.  Nick and Rev had been separated due to her family's scandal and she thought he chose to leave her as well and that threw her for a loop.  Now Nick has to work to make his way back into her life, while also proving himself to her brother.  Of course the mystery we had started to reveal in book one comes back into play and have the fall out from that.

The story was and wasn't predictable, how they were going to end up together wasn't certain because of how Monica wrote it out.  Maybe they would have only been a summer fling, the journey to see if they were more was good.  I loved the growth both characters went through and of course seeing how much her brother also grew and of course the end to the mystery made this one fly by.

I recommend this one along with Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley.
Happy Reading my loves,  let me know what you thought in the comments down below.