Friday, October 31, 2014

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: Better Off Friends

Author: Elizabeth Eulberg

Publisher: Point

Date Published: February 25, 2014

Genre: YA fiction, contemporary, romance

Pages: 288 (hardcover)

Age Range: 13+


For Macallan and Levi, it was friends at first sight. Everyone says guys and girls can't be just friends, but these two are. They hang out after school, share tons of inside jokes, their families are super close, and Levi even starts dating one of Macallan's friends. They are platonic and happy that way.

Eventually they realize they're best friends--which wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep getting in each other's way. Guys won't ask Macallan out because they think she's with Levi, and Levi spends too much time joking around with Macallan, and maybe not enough time with his date. They can't help but wonder . . . are they more than friends or are they better off without making it even more complicated?

From romantic comedy superstar Elizabeth Eulberg comes a fresh, fun examination of a question for the ages: Can guys and girls ever really be just friends? Or are they always one fight away from not speaking again--and one kiss away from true love?


Can I please be the first to say that this book is splendorific (that's a cross between splendid, terrific, and wonderful for those of you who don't know. And yes, I am an amazing wordsmith, thank you for asking.)? Because it is one my favorite books of all time, and is definitely a favorite book of 2014. It is sweet and funny in all the right places, and it leaves you with a really warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

Macallan is a regular girl. Honestly, I can see so many people I know reflected in her and the way she acts. I loved how real and raw Macallan was because it added a lot of realism to the book. Levi was adorable- in every sense of the word. I loved how sweet and patient he was, waiting for Macallan as long as she needed. Besides, I really love the name Levi... Just sayin'.

I loved the whole 'boys and girl can be best friends too' aspect of the book. I'm a sucker for books where girls and guys are best friends and this book enveloped all that wonderfulness perfectly. The feelings that this book made you feel were really raw and happy.

I was so excited when I saw that this book was in dual perspective. I love dual perspective books, and the execution was really good. I especially loved seeing the banter between Levi and Macallan after each chapter- it was light, funny, and super cute to see the relationship between the two protagonists.

I would briefly like to address the fact that some people want a sequel to Better Off Friends... No. Please, no. The book ended with an absolute ending, unlike To All The Boys I've Loved Before. The charterers' journeys were complete and we left them at a god point. I understand wanting more of Levi and Macallan- they're both adorable, and funny, and really fun to read about- but their story is done. I hope that if Elizabeth Eulberg does write a trilogy, she doesn’t force in a love triangle or any sappy drama. However, I hope for no sequel at all.

I absolutely loved this book and it has gone into my favorites pile. Now, it's time to see what other amazingness Elizabeth Eulberg writes in the future.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More Covers of Amanda Hocking's New Series KANIN CHRONICLES

 Cover Reveal for Amanda Hocking's new series, The Kanin Chronicles




I can't wait for this series! I fell in love with Amanda's Trylle Trilogy so I'm very excited for these books :) The covers are amazing! Intricate and pretty and colorful, making them stand out on the shelves. I really hope this series is good and does well. Good luck, Amanda!

Frostfire will be out January 6, 2015.

Ice Kissed will be released May 5, 2015.

Crystal Kingdom will be out sometime in August.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Mortal Instruments is Becoming a TV Show!

Looks like The Mortal Instruments is becoming a TV show guys! 

 For those of you who didn't see the movie (lucky you, because it would have destroyed the book for you) it sucked and that needs to be fixed. I think a TV show is the way to do it. They can get the plot right and get better actors (yes, Jamie Campbell Bower was an okay actor but he reminded me too much of someone I know sooo...I couldn't look at him without thinking about that friend). 

If you haven't read the books, you need to! Here's the link to the reviews for the series.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsidian

Series: Lux Series #1

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Date Published: December 6, 2011

Genre: YA fiction, romance, science fiction, action, supernatural)

Pages: 292 (paperback)

Age Range: 13+ (language and a few jokes about sex)


Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.


I don't normally read sci-fi, because I'm not into aliens or robots, or really anything else that has to do with most sci-fi. But I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

The cover is cheesy, though the color is eye-catching. Green really stands out, ya know? I kind of like the title. It doesn't give away what the book is about. You don't even really understand the purpose of the title until you read the book, then it makes sense.

The writing is good; not too descriptive in detail, leaving it to your imagination. The characters are great, witty, snippy, and funny. I loved how Katy and Daemon went back and forth with witty comments and insults.

Deamon is snarky. Dee is perky and fun. Katy is witty aaaand taking to the aliens well...better than I ever would have, regardless of how smoking hot they might be (in human form, of course).

I like the relationship Daemon and Katy have. There's this jokey-insulting tension between them that continues through the book. They go back and forth, but you can tell they both care about what the other thinks, and that they like each other regardless of how much they say they don't.

I also like how these two characters just like each other (for now). They're kind of friends, but at the same time there's an attraction. Though, they still deny that there's anything happening between them. Katy knows she's attracted to him (and so does Daemon, as he likes to point out more than once) but continues to deny it. While Daemon is attracted to Katy, even admits it, but she doesn't believe it!

Like I said, I can't wait to read the sequel but I have 2 other books to read first, so keep an eye out for more reviews ;)