Review: Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend by Louise Rozett

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions, #2)Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend (Confessions #2)
By Louise Rozett
Expected Release Date: June 25, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Harlequin Teen through NetGalley
Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads / IndieBound

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
Rose Zarelli has big plans for sophomore year - everything is going to be different. This year, she's going to be the talented singer with the killer voice, the fabulous girl with the fashionista best friend, the brainiac who refuses to let Jaime Forta jerk her around...

...but if she's not careful, she's also going to be the sister who misses the signals, the daughter who can only think about her own pain, the "good girl" who finds herself in mid-scandal again (because no good deed goes unpunished) and possible worst of all...the almost-girlfriend.

When all else fails, stop looking for love and go find yourself.

           I loved loved loved this book. This book makes me feel like an awkward teenager all over again and I don't even care!

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend follows Rose Zarelli into the end of summer right before her sophomore year. Rose has to be one of my favorite heroine ever, because, while she doesn't know exactly what she wants, she knows what is right and wrong and doesn't bend to social norms. She stands her ground even if it makes her unpopular. Rose is the kind of person I wish I were more like. That doesn't mean that Rose doesn't have her faults because she does, however, I can overlook them because she learns from her mistakes.

About Jaime Forts, I'm not sure what to think of him. I like him but I'm just as confuse as Rose. He has these absolutely swoony moments but then bam! Reality steps in and it like nothing ever happened. But I do want to share this:

He watches me with that faraway look, like he's appraising me from a distance. There's a lot of silence in conversations with Jaime. Sometimes it means he's trying to figure out how to say something. Other times it means he has nothing to say at all. The only way to find out which it is, is to wait.
"I worry about you," he finally says, the words awkward in his mouth like he's never said them before.
Jaime takes my glass of water sets it down on the counter next to his. Then he faces me, putting his hands on either side of me on the counter. He's so close I can see the gold flecks in his hazel eyes and smell December on his jacket.
A tingling sparks low down in my stomach and my breath gets shallow.
How does he do this? How does he gets this reaction from me within three minutes of walking in the door without even touching me? All he's doing is just...being him.
I guess that's my answer.

And I guess I'll just have to take that answer as well.

Confessions of an Almost-Girlfriend is a wonderful follow up to Confessions of an Angry Girl and it exceeded all of my expectations. I had all the feels and was glued to my phone while reading a party. Thankfully, there were some other book lovers with me so they weren't offended by my lack of conversation. I cried, I laughed, I became angry, I experienced all the highs and lows that Rose experienced.

I sincerely hope that Ms. Rozett will write another book and that we get some closure because OMG. That ending! How can it end there?! What's going to happen with Jaime?! And Rose! I need to how that will turn out. After this book, Ms. Rozett will always have a reader in me. I can't wait to see what else she has up her sleeves.

Life Catch Up and Quotes (#22)


Hiya Swooners! It been a while. I want to say it won't happen again but let's be real, I don't know how life will turn out. Just know that even if I'm not blogging, you can be sure I'll still be reading. Can't let that go on the wayside, hehe.

A lot has happened in the last couple of months, one of them being that I went to BEA!! And omg, BEA was completely surreal and overwhelming but I absolutely loved it. It was such an experience and I can't wait to go next year. And I'll be full prepared for it this time.

My personal life has also been cray-cray and it been for the better (I think). My niece is adorable and has me completely wrapped around her cute little fingers and my boyfriend is off to law school at the end of the week, so he (unfortunately for me but yay for you) won't be around to distract me.

So enough about me and let's get on with the quotes show!

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing." - Benjamin Franklin

"A book is really like a lover. It arranges itself in your life in a way that is beautiful." - Maurice Sendak

"I read a book one day and my whole life was changed." - Orhan Pamuk, The New Life

"How do I love thee? Let me count the ways." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Selected Poems

"Do your thing and don't care if they like it." - Tina Fey, Bossypants

"If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can't be in books. The book needs you." - Gary Paulsen, The Winter Room

"Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn't matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough." - Richard P. Feynman

Have a good week lovelies!

Mini Review: Flirting with Maybe by Wendy Higgins

Flirting with MaybeFlirting with Maybe by Wendy Higgins
Release Date: April 1, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen Impulse
Source: Friend's Personal Copy
Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
He was fifteen and she was seventeen.

When sophomore Ryan "The Kid" McPhearson makes the Varsity baseball team, he finds himself submersed into the life of upperclassmen, and falling in love with senior Brooke Bennet. To Ryan she's his dream girl, perfect, Maybe to the outside world a two-year age difference doesn't matter, but this is high school. Everything matters.

Ryan soon realizes Brooke's life is not so perfect. He becomes her closest friend, her safe place to fall when she needs to escape. Ryan seems to be benched in the friend zone with no chance to bat.

Time is both a curse and a blessing. It ushers Brooke away to college, and Ryan into the arms of his first girlfriend. It alters Ryan from a kid to a high school graduate, ready to venture to college himself. But when Ryan sees Brooke again he realizes there are some things even time can't touch.

Though much has changed, one question still remains. Will the things that mattered in high school always stand between them?

         Here's the thing, I love the concept of this novella but I just couldn't love it and enjoy it as much as I know I could have.

Brooke, the main character's love interest, pissed me off with her indecisiveness and with the ways she treated Ryan. Brooke is the kind of girl I normally dislike because she feels entitled to everything: the cool clothes, the cars, the cute boys and etc... Brooke knew all along how Ryan felt about her and she continued to act as if she didn't care. She flirted and kissed him and messed with his feelings with no care of how it might affect him. When he tried to keep his distance from her, she would act like a petulant child and cry about it until he talked to her. That is no way to treat someone you call a friend.

For Ryan's part, I really needed him to grow some balls and move on. I wanted Ryan to have a good time and enjoy his high school career instead of just pining away for Brooke the whole time. It feels like he didn't give himself a chance to really forget about Brooke. He was with his girlfriend, Michelle, even when he didn't like her. He knew he didn't care about Michelle and he still stayed in the relationship, only ending it when Brooke (conveniently) came back into his life. That's a big no-no for me.

Overall, this novella had a lot potential but the character just didn't do it for me. I couldn't help but hate Brooke and I hoped that Ryan would step up and stand up for himself and what he wanted. Unfortunately, I had expected more from Ms. Higgins considering that I really enjoyed Sweet Evil.

Book Blast - Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan

I am thrilled to be able to participate in the book blast for Katlyn Duncan’s SOUL TAKEN which released this week on June 4th!

To help spread the word about this awesome first book in the author’s new series The Life After, I have a GUEST POST from Katlyn in which she shares Top 10 Fun Facts About SOUL TAKEN.

There is also a short EXCERPT included in this post which definitely makes me want to read on to find out just what happens next.

AND there’s also a GIVEAWAY included for an eBook Kindle copy of the book to three winners, so be sure to check it out below!

The cover is amazing, the book sounds incredibly exciting and the author is awesome, so I am more than excited to share a little bit about SOUL TAKEN with my blog’s readers.


About the Book

Title: SOUL TAKEN (The Life After #1)
Author: Katlyn Duncan
Publisher: Carina UK
Release date: June 4th
Formats: eBook

After-life just got a lot more complicated

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body.

Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years. But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies…

To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!


About the Author

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in western Massachusetts. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

Katlyn now lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and adorable Wheaten Terrier and she is thrilled to finally share her stories with the world.


Top 10 Fun Facts About SOUL TAKEN

1. The inciting incident came about while I was walking into my local CVS about four years ago. And it took those long four years to get it where it is today.

2. Two of the characters are named after dogs that I've had. One is still alive and she is thrilled to be a part of my story.

3. I based the high school after the one I spent four years of my life in. But it had been rebuilt several years ago, now it only lives on in my memory and in the book.

4. Maggie and I share an affinity for cemeteries.

5. It wasn't pitched as a series, but now I get to linger in this world for two more books.

6. I have a crush on two of my male characters, for very different reasons. (And I hope you will too!)

7. Two of the characters (who will have a much bigger role in Books 2 & 3) were never in the original drafts, they came out of left field and I'm so glad they decided to stay.

8. Gate Seven came from much thought about how I would want my after life paradise to look like.

9. One of my family members plays a small role in the novel. I was a bit nervous to select that scene since it nearly made me cry while writing it, but my editor loved it so much it had to stay.

10. It has an amazing cover!


I knelt down again next to Ally and reached out to touch her skin. Even though the sensation was unpleasant, I could feel her pulse as it rapidly declined.

“No,” I moaned. I looked up again to see if any of the Guard could help, but no one was around.

I looked back down at Ally. Her face was paling by the second. My soul started to tingle. I leaned closer to her body, reaching my hand out to touch her face again, when her arm moved toward mine.

I jumped back.

Heather pushed through the crowd. “Did she just move? Did I see her move?” Streaks of black mascara ran down her cheeks.

A ringing sensation tickled my ear and I tuned in to the True Soul’s presence. I looked at each human. The True Soul was close, but who had it? They all seemed equally shocked at the tragedy.

An uncomfortable pressure in my chest drew me closer to her body. My soul slanted toward hers until I was practically on top of her. I helplessly watched my hand morph and stretch toward her body.

“What the—?” I tried to pull back but the strength of whatever was happening had other ideas.

My hand disappeared first, then my arm, then my torso.

But before I could call for help, my world went dark.

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