Bump in the Night Book Tag! [x]

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Summary

When I was fourteen, I made a decision. If I was doomed to live in a trailer park next to an airport, I could complain about the smell of the jet fuel like my mom, I could drink myself to death over the noise like everybody else, or I could learn to fly.

Review

I was laughing, I was furrowing my brow, I was holding on for dear life while reading Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols. I felt as if I were doing barrel rolls in Leah’s Piper Cub! It was such a joy (ride) to read and GOODNESS, I WANT MORE. This is the first book I had even read by Jennifer Echols, but it definitely isn’t the last. Some of my friends told my that this is her best book so far, and I believe it.

The boys: Swoon-worthy. BoyFeels. And passionate. I found myself nearly screaming, “NOW KISS!” several times, and when there was kissing, OH HOT DAMN.

The girls: So glad that any arguments or misunderstandings between Molly and Leah were for substantial reasons. They weren’t catty. Okay, maybe a bit territorial, but not catty.

Excuse me while I let out a blood-curdling fangirl SCREAM. That’s how good this book is. From the first two sentences, I WAS HOOKED. The writing itself is so good. I loved the characters. I loved the airplanes. My grandpa learned how to fly when he was 17, I think? Maybe even younger, so knowing that this story is about airplanes really interested me.

Everything in this book, everyone, every scene— it all felt so real. It isn’t often that you see fictional characters being so honest with one another. I feel like many books have the narrator shutting up when s/he should be telling the truth, as to build suspension, to build drama. Echols does not do this, and for that I am so thankful. Anytime Leah, Molly, Grayson, and Alec opens their mouths, it’s a stream of truthiness. I know that a lot of the story has to do with manipulation, but any personal stories told, any opinions given about another person, they are all honest and true. You get to read Leah’s inner thoughts and she does spell out her insecurities.

TL;DR

I freaking loved this book. Even if you dislike Contemporary fiction, this is a book you need to read. Airplanes, beautiful people in dramatic situations, sexytimez, this book has it all.

The reason why Andrew Garfield = Hall Twins: This .gif set.

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

Summary

Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans and absorb their positive energy. Usually, they select their victims at random, but this time around, the underwater clan chooses its target for a reason: revenge. They want to kill Jason Hancock, the man they blame for their mother’s death.

It’s going to take a concerted effort to lure the aquaphobic Hancock onto the water. Calder’s job is to gain Hancock’s trust by getting close to his family. Relying on his irresistible good looks and charm, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter Lily. Easy enough, but Calder screws everything up by falling in love—just as Lily starts to suspect there’s more to the monster-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined, and just as the mermaids threaten to take matters into their own hands, forcing Calder to choose between them and the girl he loves.

One thing’s for sure: whatever Calder decides, the outcome won’t be pretty.

Review

Calder White, will you marry me? Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown is such a different mermaid tale compared to previous ones I’ve read. This is told from the perspective of a male mermaid who falls in love with the daughter of a man he’s supposed to kill.

I enjoyed reading about Calder’s relationships between him and his sisters. They’re the ones that want to seek revenge on their mother’s death rather than leaving Calder to his somewhat peaceful existence.

This was such a beautifully written novel! I loved the world building. I felt like if I ever went to that place, I would know my way around. I loved the sacrifices certain characters were willing to make to save loved ones. Well, not EVERY sacrifice, but close. The scenes in which Calder was basically fighting for his life were SO intense.

I can’t think of anything off the top of my head that I disliked about this novel. I didn’t know this was a series until after I read it. It works rather well as a stand alone, but I can’t wait to read more from Anne Greenwood Brown! I’m speculating that it’ll be more like a companion novel than another novel from Calder’s perspective.

Waiting on Wednesday: Vicious by V. E. Schwab [x]

I can’t wait to read the rest of this book! I really loved the characters so far, and as always, I love V.E. Schwab’s (also known as Victoria Schwab in the YA realm) writing style. She has that style that totally sucks you into the worlds she’s writing about and doesn’t let you go until you’ve finished the book.

New Release Tuesday July 9-11, 2013 [x]

Starstruck by Rachel Shukert

Hollywood. 1930s. Three up-and-coming actresses. Pretty dresses. Pretty boys. 

Honestly, I liked this book a lot. The writing was magnificent, from the unique characters to the seamless transitions between chapters.  It was interesting to read about our three main characters starting their careers and still making a mess of things, whether it be their fault or the fault of a supposed friend.  And of course it makes a point of showing how women were treated in Hollywood at that time and how that effected their relationships with one another.  

Goodreads: Starstruck

Book Depository (Free shipping): Starstruck

Summer Crush Tour Book Event - Sara Shepard, Sarah Strohmeyer, and Katie Sise! [x]

They were so much fun to watch and to meet! Oh, and the person asking the questions was Vania of VLC Productions. She’s awesome.