15 September 2016

Bite-sized Romances Feat. Veronica Larsen

You and Me
by Veronica Larsen (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook)
Self published on June 27th, 2016
Genres: New AdultRomance, Contemporary, Novella
Amazon US


Just in time for summer: A Bite-Sized Romance! Everything you crave--banter, steam, romance--all in one quick, fun, and delectable standalone.

It all started in the pouring rain. His wet shirt plastered to his hard body. My drenched hair strewn across my face. We bantered. He held the door. I found out his name. And for a half a second, I fell hard. Then the record stopped. Forget his quick wit, those biceps, and insanely disarming clear blue eyes. The sexy sonofabitch proved he’d be just another mistake. But Jackson won’t give up that easily. He's determined to show me that opposites can not only attract, they can ignite. Can he and I become an us? Or did any chance we had at a future already get washed away?

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

This has got to be the most favourite novella I've ever read. It's sweet, sassy and sexy--everything I look for in a romance! Veronica Larsen never disappoints.

You and Me follows Samantha as she moves in her sister's apartment... and funnily enough, gets drenched under the rain before she could even fully move in. Leave it to fate to make her day worse by bringing in a totally good looking guy while looking her worst. Although, I don't think Jackson wouldn't mind a wet T-shirt show, hah!

I absolutely enjoyed reading about Samantha. She's sassy and savvy and works as a midwife (which is totally not something I expected). Jackson is hilarious! A total charmer who would do anything to get what he wants. And he wants Samantha, even after he pissed her off when he unintentionally took a hit at her career. Jackson and Samantha are a hoot together--their banter is absolutely entertaining, with equally steamy scenes to match.

You and Me is such a fun read and I enjoyed every bit! Every turn of a page will leave you in giggles!

Him Or Me
by Veronica Larsen (Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook)
Self published on July 19th, 2106

There’s the boyfriend and there’s the friend. I’m the friend. The guy she leans on, laughs with, and complains to. The guy that gets all of her jokes and sees her at her worst. The guy with his hands shoved deep in his pockets to keep from touching her. The guy so good at hiding his feelings she’s never once suspected. Until the day I tip her hand and everything changes. Until the day I give her the choice that's been right in front of her this whole time. Him or me?

A bite-sized romance. Everything you crave in one delectable little standalone.

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

Veronica Larsen's second bite-sized romance features Jackson's brother, Heath, who is madly in love with his best friend, Grace. The only catch is, she's not single. But her boyfriend, William, is a total douche.

I knew there was just something more between Grace and Heath when I first met them in You and Me, and I was so excited to read about them! Although I didn't expect an unrequited type of romance between the duo. But don't fret, it's not totally unrequited, because Grace obviously has some feelings for Heath as well.

While I enjoyed reading about Samantha and Jackson in You and Me, the fluff in Him or Me made me love it to bits! Grace and Heath are so adorable together and very much ship-worthy! Hearts all over! I loved reading about their friendship and how Heath continued to pine for Grace. Their banter is incredibly hilarious and I love how they try to catch each other off guard with random outbursts that are totally absurd and ridiculous. The ending is also the cutest thing I've ever read!

I totally recommend reading these bite-sized romances. Read it on the way to work, during your lunch break, or wherever! They're short, sweet and absolutely delicious, you'd want more! (Maybe a sequel-novella perhaps of both couples?)

09 September 2016

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon - "You're not living if you're not regretting."

Everything, Everything
by Nicola Yoon (Goodreads, Twitter, Website)
Published by Delacorte Press on September 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I'm a very picky reader, and it's not everyday I come across a book I absolutely adore... and if I do, I celebrate it. Stumbling upon Everything Everything was unexpected. It was a boring day, waiting in line to catch a ride to get home. I've got to say, boredom has its perks sometimes...and it lead me to my new favourite novel.

Everything's a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It's up to you.

An Unexpected Gem. 

Nicola Yoon's striking YA novel is an emotional roller coaster which focuses on weighing wants and needs—in a critical ordeal. Everything, Everything follows teenager Madeline 'Maddy', holed up in a very well protected home with a rare disease called SCID (thank you, Google), which makes her allergic to practically everything. She's grown up homeschooled, with a private nurse and completely unaware of the outside world. It's like a modern tale of Rapunzel, only our princess is struck with a severe disease.

Madeline just turned 18 and for the first time, she's struck with cupid's deadly teenage crush; her new next door neighbour, Olly. The more she sees him through the window from her room, the more she wants to get to know him. But she can't leave the house and strict measures are to be followed before anyone gets to enter her sterilised home. Soon, she's breaking the rules just to have a glimpse of what if feels like to be a teenager in love and alive.

It's all about the #YOLO

Nicola Yoon takes the meaning of 'selfishness' to a whole different level, especially with Maddy. Her wants are not materialistic. All she wants is to live. She wants to fall in love, see the world, go to school, make friends. Maddy lives in an unfair life and there's nothing she can do about it. Yoon's ingenuity makes you relate to Maddy through a variety of things. There's always going to be an intangible want in your soul for something you feel you can never have.

For the first time in a long time, I want more than I have.
I applaud Yoon for writing a very realistic character in Maddy. She's a strong and courageous person, in spite of her illness, which made me feel empathetic towards her at the very beginning. She made the worst decisions, just for the sake of living. Also, fun fact: Maddy's half African-American and Japanese! How cool is that? And let's not forget the boy she falls in love with: Olly. Good lord, what a charmer. Although, there's more to him than just the cute boy next door who's a total daredevil. He's got his own issues, but with Maddy, it's like they never existed.

Maddy and Olly are just so precious together. Yoon is definitely in my good books for writing a beautiful romance in this powerful novel. Also, can I just say how much I love Yoon for bravely incorporating sex into this beautiful novel. MASSIVE APPLAUSE. Don't be irked, it's nothing explicit. Really.

The plot is very fast-paced with intriguing chapters. A few of Yoon's chapters are written in a combination of Maddy's diary entries, illustrations, as well as cute and flirty texts between her and Olly. Her illness wasn't the focal point of the story, as this is a romance story and there is a concrete reason behind why it wasn't entirely explained in the novel.

Wait, a MOVIE?!

YES! Everything, Everything is being turned into a movie by MGM! But of course, you guys should've known about this already. Except for me. The upcoming teen YA novel adaption is set to be directed by Stella Meghie, starring Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg and The 5th Wave's Nick Robinson as Maddy and Olly! Filming just began last week, so this movie is probably going to hit the theatres by 2017!

Movie updates can be found on Nicola Yoon's instagram! Go give her a follow!

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I'm really excited for this movie. This book turned my cold heart (hah!) into mush. Nicola Yoon is a genius, and I definitely can't wait to check out her new novel, The Sun Is Also a Star!

Read this book already? Let me know your thoughts! If you haven't, this book is highly recommended! (Take it from a picky YA reader *wink*)