I HAVE RETURNED

Long lost book friends, HELLO!  Lots of changes have happened in my life since the summer.  I am happily in my new job, here in SF!  I would like to get back into the book blogging world…. so get ready for more fun reviews AND gifs.  

 

Looking forward to reconnecting with you!

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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

 

Book: The Sea of Tranquilitythe-sea-of-tranquility-by-katja-millay-cover

Author: Katja Millay

Published: November 13, 2012

ebook, 448 pages

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelargelarge

 

*****

I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

*****

The Sea of Tranquility has been my favorite book of 2013 so far.  It’s one of those books that I immediately wanted to re-read after I finished (so I bought the audiobook…).  Luckily, I selected it for my first book club, so I got to discuss with some of my San Fran girlfriends over gourmet pizza and wine (there were cupcakes, too….. are you jealous?)  I’ve been putting this review off, because I’m not sure how to begin.  If you like contemporary new adult fiction, you will love this book.

The Sea of Tranquility had all of the makings for a typical new adult novel.  A troubled young girl, set in her self destructive ways.  A young boy who comes into her life and changes her (and his) perception on life, love and everything in between.  There was no insta-love connection between the two of them.  In fact, they were both content being invisible in school.  We got to hear from both Nastya and Josh, so we know what their back story was.  Since I was a psychological major, I really enjoyed getting to take a look at where their heads were at.

 
Our poor Nastya 😦  We know bits and pieces of Nastya’s shattered life.  She was on her way to being a premiere pianist, and after a brutal attack, she was never the same.  Being a prodigy was her identity, and when that was taken away from her, she hated her life.  She hated everything.  She thought she deserved to be the freak that girls would sneer at and the skank that men would come on to.  Nastya cracked me up – she would throw in snarky and hilarious comments from time to time that continued to keep those who knew her on their toes.
And Josh… he’s such a different kind of main character.  His life is too sad to even imagine.  Being a high school senior with every one of your family member’s, dying.  Instead of being instantly attracted to Nastya, he doesn’t want anything to do with her.  Sure, he feels bad for her and he notices that she stands out, but he just wants to continue his life in solitude.  While Josh showed some of the elitist behavior (like he thought he was above most people in high school), I would imagine that his feelings are validated.  How could someone who has lost so much felt like they could connect with his peers when they talked about girls or sports?
The slow love story between Nastya and Josh warmed my heart.  At times it did get too cheesey, but I can forgive that.  I had several a-ha moments, times when I laughed out loud, cried, and also, I would have loved to have yelled at the characters.
Drew (and his family) was one of my favorite parts in TSOT.  His character offered us some of the more unexpected moments, and I appreciated that.  He sort of seemed like a typical side kick character, but he gave me some laughs and had some complexities that were interesting to learn about.
Word to the wise: READ THIS BOOK (if you like NA).  And that ending….I fucking love it.

Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cara Carmack

Book: Losing It (Losing It #1)Losing It UK

Author: Cara Carmack

ebook: 204 pages

Published: October 15, 2012

B.O.S.SF Review: largelargelargelarge

*****

Goodreads: Virginity.

Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible– a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if that weren’t embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.

*****

I received Losing It from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Losing It was a light, FUN New Adult read.  This was one of the first books in the New Adult genre that I’ve read that didn’t include a disturbing, tragic, damaged past and/or behavior.  I can only take those gut wrenching books a few times a month (they can be QUITE emotional for me).  Anyway, Losing It was exactly how I wanted it to be, and for that Ms. Carmack… I thank you!  I breezed through Losing It, because it was one of those addicting reads, where we jumpred right into the story!  So guess what? Our main character, Bliss, is a virgin (for shame!… JK), and her BFF, Kelsey, wants Bliss to lose IT.  And when I say IT… I mean… doing the nasty/gettin’ it on/sexytimes… you know.  All of that!  That is how our story begins and it carries us through the whole book.

Bliss was a likable enough main character.  She had never met any guy that she was close enough and/or sexually attracted to enough to want to be intimate with them.  Being a Type A person, Bliss also wants to be the one in control… and giving herself to a guy would be a challenge to for her.  The other characters were good, too.  Garrick is the object of Bliss’ affection, and he sounds like the total package.  He has a British accent, he’s incredibly handsome, he owns a motorcycle (of course), and did I mention he has a British accent??  On top of Bliss’ awkwardness on trying to lose it with Garrick, he also ends up being her newest professor!  That’s some bad luck for an almost 1 Night Stand!  I like the love story between Bliss and Garrick.  There’s a bit of a love triangle, because one of Bliss’ best friends has feelings for her.  Fear not… Cade gets his story in Faking It, and it’s AWESOME!  Kelsey was a good enough character, too.  I’m looking forward to her story, too!

This book was a 3-4 star book for me.  I love how it didn’t take itself too seriously.  It was full of laughs, awkward scenes, and romance.  I would recommend this book to anyone!

 

 

Mailbox Roundup Week 2: 4/28/13

Hi everyone!  This week, I’ve been reading up a storm, so I’m looking forward to posting a few new reviews.  Next week starts my 31 day May ARC challenge hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.   I hope to be reading 10-15 books, so stay tuned!

OK, let’s get down to the good stuff!  I received some goodies this week!

The following books are my first wins from the Little Bloggers, Big Ambitions (LBBA) giveaway put together by Cuddlebuggery! Woo hoo!  Thank you to Kat & Steph at the Cuddlebuggery! And thank you Lelia @cncooks for donating #’s 3&4!

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This Side of Jealousy (The Innocents #2) by Lili Peloquin

I read The Innocents a few weeks ago, and I’m so, so, SO excited to read on with this saga.  The book doesn’t come out until August 2013, so I’m going to try to wait a few months to read & review but I may read this week and publish my review in July instead.  Stay tuned for the review closer to the release date! Woo!

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Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman

I’ll be starting this one later this week!

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Scrivener’s Moon (Fever Crumb #3) by Philip Reeve

I’m currently listening to book 1 on audiobook, so I’ll read this one in the upcoming months!

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The Invisible World by Suzanne Weyn

I will be reading this one next month during my May ARC Challenge.

The next books are a few that I received from NetGalley.

Found

Found (Penny Black #1) by Stacey Wallace Benefiel (PS Pink hair… so badass.)

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Sworn to Raise (Courtlight #1) by Terah Edun

Purchased

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The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera CassYes… as mentioned earlier, I did stay up until 3am reading this the moment that it was delivered to my Nook app. Please feel free to comment to hash out our frustrations of the April 2014 release of The One….9781250005298

The Hunt (The Hunt #1) by Andrew Fukuda

Kindle Daily Deal 4/23/13

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The Collector (A Dante Walker Novel) by Victoria Scott

No sale, but I’ve been hearing such great things about the book… so I went for it!

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Undertakers: The Rise of the Corpses by Ty Drago

Kindle Daily Deal 4/26/13.  Not a huge zombie fan, but this is a new concept.

Embrace

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington

Kindle Daily Deal 4/28/13

SF Overdrive Library

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Spark (Elemental #2) by Brigid Kemmerer

Love, loved the first book, Storm!

What did everyone else come up with?  Happy reading, friends!