Friday, 19 June 2015

Feature & Follow Friday #4

Feature & Follow is a meme hosted by two hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every week, 2 blogs will be featured allowing everyone to discover some new blogs!

Today's question:

If you were to get a tattoo, what would it say or what would the graphic be? Or if you have a tattoo, share a picture and its meaning. - SUGGESTED by SECOND RUN REVIEWS.

I don't have any tattoos yet and I never thought about getting a tattoo seriously. But if I do get in the future, I would like it on my wrist. And it would probably be a star, cause I love stars or/and an open book cause I love reading.
What about you?

Leave links to your Feature & Follow down in the comments below and I will follow back. :)

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Review ~ All Played Out (Rusk University, #3) by Cora Carmack

Goodreads Summary: 

First person in her family to go to college? CHECK.
Straight A’s? CHECK.
On track to graduate early? CHECK.
Social life? …..yeah, about that….

With just a few weeks until she graduates, Antonella DeLuca’s beginning to worry that maybe she hasn’t had the full college experience. (Okay... Scratch that. She knows she hasn't had the full college experience).

So Nell does what a smart, dedicated girl like herself does best. She makes a "to do" list of normal college activities.

Item #1? Hook up with a jock.

Rusk University wide receiver Mateo Torres practically wrote the playbook for normal college living. When he’s not on the field, he excels at partying, girls, and more partying. As long as he keeps things light and easy, it's impossible to get hurt... again. But something about the quiet, shy, sexy-as-hell Nell gets under his skin, and when he learns about her list, he makes it his mission to help her complete it.

Torres is the definition of confident (And sexy. And wild), and he opens up a side of Nell that she's never known. But as they begin to check off each crazy, exciting, normal item, Nell finds that her frivolous list leads to something more serious than she bargained for. And while Torres is used to taking risks on the field, he has to decide if he's willing to take the chance when it's more than just a game.

Together they will have to decide if what they have is just part of the experiment or a chance at something real.


My Review :

Well I love what Cora Carmack writes and first two books in this series were definitely hits, first book being my favourite. But with this book, I can't really say, I was satisfied with it. Liked it but not my favourite book. It was 3.5 star read for me.

We meet Antonella DeLuca 'Nell' in the second book, she is Dylan's roommate. She is this nerdy, to-do list kinda girl who is graduating early from college and seeing Dallas with Silas makes her realize she haven't had this full college experience. And so she gets on with making the list.

Mateo Torres is a football player alongside Carson and Silas. He is a party boy and a player. but when he meets Nell he can't get help but pursue her. Whether Nell likes him or not. On various occasions she shots him down but Toress just can't help himself and go behind her.

I liked the opposites attract thing in this book. I liked the list thing. I am a little list kinda girl too. so I liked that about the heroine. Plus the list was definitely interesting. Well, of course some items on the list made me think, why the hell is that on the list? Is that how college life is in reality? Nope. But otherwise it was okay.
But it got annoying cause spoiler alert: for more than half the book he compares Nell with his ex and I just didn't like that. He has issues cause of his ex, sure. But he always goes comparing her to his ex, made me think whether he like Nell cause of his ex. Even though that was cleared in the end I kinda felt that it was not nice.

All together, it was an okay read. I liked having all the previous book characters together. I loved having Stella in it but I wanted this book to be hers. Never mind, next book is Stella and Ryan's and I can't wait long enough for it! 

 Some of my favourite quotes:

“And when that day comes, it won’t matter so much whether every step was in the right direction because life is not a straight line. It will only matter that you took them. That you never let yourself stand still.” 

“Making a stupid decision doesn’t make you stupid. Just as making a smart decision doesn’t necessarily make someone smart.” 

“Don’t worry about whether you might be wrong someday. Worry about whether you’re right now. Tomorrow can wait.” 

"how long can I live with just safe and easy before my life becomes completely devoid of meaning?” 

My Rating - 3.5 stars!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #8 ~ Forever with You (Wait for You, #5) by J. Lynn

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title:  Forever with You (Wait for You, #5)
Author:   J. Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NewAdult
Publication Date:  September 29th, 2015


Goodreads Summary-

In the irresistibly sexy series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, two free spirits find their lives changed by a one-night stand…

Some things you just believe in, even if you've never experienced them. For Stephanie, that list includes love. It's out there. Somewhere. Eventually. Meanwhile she's got her job at the mixed martial arts training center and hot flings with gorgeous, temporary guys like Nick. Then a secret brings them closer, opening Steph's eyes to a future she never knew she wanted—until tragedy rips it away.

Nick's self-assured surface shields a past no one needs to know about. His mind-blowing connection with Steph changes all that. As fast as he's knocking down the walls that have kept him commitment-free, she's building them up again, determined to keep the hurt—and Nick—out. But he can't walk away. Not when she's the only one who's ever made him wish for forever . . . 

I'm waiting because...

I like this author and the genre. This series is quite engaging.

Which book are you waiting for?

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Review ~ All Broke Down (Rusk University, #2) by Cora Carmack

Goodreads Summary: 

In this second book in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack s New Adult, Texas-set Rusk University series, which began with All Lined Up, a young woman discovers that you can't only fight for what you believe in... sometimes you have to fight for what you love.

Dylan fights for lost causes. Probably because she used to be one.

Environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians you name it, she's probably been involved in a protest. When her latest cause lands her in jail overnight, she meets Silas Moore. He's in for a different kind of fighting. And though he's arrogant and infuriating, she can't help being fascinated with him. Yet another lost cause.

Football and trouble are the only things that have ever come naturally to Silas. And it's trouble that lands him in a cell next to do-gooder Dylan. He's met girls like her before fixers, he calls them, desperate to heal the damage and make him into their ideal boyfriend. But he doesn't think he's broken, and he definitely doesn't need a girlfriend trying to change him. Until, that is, his anger issues and rash decisions threaten the only thing he really cares about: his spot on the Rusk University football team. Dylan might just be the perfect girl to help.

Because Silas Moore needs some fixing after all.


My Review :

Cora Carmack is one of my favourite NA authors. I loved reading the first book, All Lined Up. It was perfect and not a typical NA book. And though I expected a little more from this book, I enjoyed reading Silas and Dylan's story.

Silas Moore, we meet him in the first book as a fellow football player and he is kind of like an antagonist in the first part of the first book, he kind of becomes little nicer in the last part. And in this book you really come to know about him. He is poor and not that smart but one thing he is really good at is football. 

Dylan fights for lost causes like for environmental issues, civil rights, corrupt corporations, and politicians and fighting for one of these causes she finds herself in jail and meets this dangerous and beautiful stranger, Silas. 

Silas cannot afford jail time and losing his spot in the football team and the fight against one team member lands him there. Dylan is this do-gooder and Silas is this bad boy. Both from different worlds and yet finds themselves attracted to each other.

Both Silas and Dylan has issues. She deals with it by wanting to fix everything hence a fixer in Silas's eyes. And Silas deals with it by being angry all the time. Even though the attraction between the two is clear as day it takes time to build the relationship between them. 

Even though Carson and Dallas remain my favourite couple I liked Silas and Dylan too. I like how Carson and Silas also become more better friends in this book. As it is Cora Carmack's book, there was humor in the book and I totally loved it. The banter between the boys and Carson/Dallas parts were good to read. It was good read put together.

 Some of my favourite quotes:

“Dudes who look dangerous should just be dangerous. Period. The end. They should not be dangerous and beautiful all at the same time. It leaves the universe out of balance, and it makes me do stupid things like stare.”

“I will never be able to turn this girl down. Whatever she wants from me, it’s hers. No matter what she asks for, I’ll find a way to give it to her. She may not be mine, but somewhere along the way, I ended up hers.” 

“I know now why caring about another person is so damn scary. It’s not that they won’t care about you back, because that either happens or it doesn’t. You live with it or you do everything you can to change it. The really scary thing is the moment you realize that for the rest of your life, you’ll feel twice the pain, twice the joy, twice the fear.
Twice as helpless to control it all, too.” 

“Why isn’t there a reality TV show filled with hot guys doing sweaty, mouthwatering tasks?
Oh, right. That’s called sports” 

“You're really hitting on me? After we just met in jail?"
"Is it working?"

“I’m figuring out what I want by trial and error, and maybe that’s not the best way, but it’s all I’ve got. All I know is that I need to be my own person, someone shaped by my desire, not fear of disappointing the people who are supposed to love me.” 

“Except I’m starting to think that the idea of “belonging” anywhere is false. We go through our whole lives thinking that we belong in one place and not in another. We think certain ideas and actions have to be relegated to the tiny little boxes we place them in. What if we just react instead? What if we take whatever the world gives us and instead of focusing on what it isn’t, we enjoy what it is?”

“Haven't you ever wanted to do something that everyone tells you is impossible and pointless? Haven't you ever cared about something enough to sacrifice for it? Regardless of how stupid or unlikely it seems. Haven't you ever wanted things to be different?” 

“He blocks out the sun, and maybe it’s the pain or maybe it’s just him, but it feels like one of those rare total eclipses where you know you’re not supposed to look because it can destroy your eyes or something, but it’s so incredible that you can’t help it.” 

“I'm going to shatter into a thousand pieces from the intensity of this kiss alone.”

My Rating - 4.5 stars!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #7 ~ When You're Back (Rosemary Beach, #12) by Abbi Glines

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title:  When You're Back (Rosemary Beach, #12)
Author:   Abbi Glines
Genre: Contemporary Romance, NewAdult, Women's Fiction, Chick lit
Publication Date:  June 30th, 2015


Goodreads Summary-

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines comes the next new adult novel in her beloved Rosemary Beach series, which continues the story of Mase and Reese from When I’m Gone.

The future is bright for Reese Ellis. She has Mase Colt-Manning, the man of her dreams, and a family she didn’t know existed until her long-lost father arrived on her doorstep in Rosemary Beach. After growing up with a cruel mother and abusive stepfather, Reese is eager to get to know the caring and charming man who wants to be a part of her life. Everything is finally falling into place.

While Reese is visiting her new family in Chicago, Mase spends time with his “cousin,” Aida, who has worshipped him since childhood. Though they’re unrelated by blood, Mase and Aida have been raised to think of each other as family. But when Reese returns, she can tell something isn’t quite right with Aida, who clearly resents Reese and excels at manipulative little games. And though Mase is unsuspecting, Reese knows Aida doesn’t love him like a cousin should... 

I'm waiting because...

I like this author, series and first instalment of this book was good  too, so looking forward to read the second part of Mase and Reese's story.

Which book are you waiting for?

Friday, 5 June 2015

Feature & Follow Friday #3

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Feature & Follow is a meme hosted by two hosts, Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every week, 2 blogs will be featured allowing everyone to discover some new blogs!

Today's question:

How would you pitch to the biz to make your favourite book into a movie? via Girl of 1000 Wonders

I love books, movies and TV shows(separately). But book into movie? Hmm. At first, I used to want all my favourite books to be made into movies especially paranormal fantasy ones cause I used to feel like every movie could be made like Harry Potter but lately with all the popular books turning into movies and TV shows, I have realized that "books are always better than the movie". The cast, scenes, dialogues and all that could hugely change how I view the book. Hence I wouldn't pitch in.

Leave links to your Feature & Follow down in the comments below and I will follow back. :) 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Teaser Tuesday #5 ~ All Played Out (Rusk University, #3) by Cora Carmack


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser: 

22249707His tone is playful and light, but there’s an intensity to his gaze that unnerves me. I freeze and study him, and I know immediately. “You’re Torres.”
Everyone laughs, and a girl with fiery red hair says, “Somehow she made just your name sound like an insult, Teo. I think she’s going to fit right in.”

~All Played Out (Rusk University, #3)  by Cora Carmack 

I love this author and the series.
Check more about this book on Goodreads

Monday, 1 June 2015

Review ~ All Lined Up (Rusk University, #1) by Cora Carmack

Goodreads Summary: 

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.


My Review :

I have been a fan of Cora Carmack's writing since I read Losing it and books followed by it. Ergo, I was very excited to read her new series and boy did I love this book. I think this is the best book of hers till now. 

Dallas is studying in Rusk University where her father coaches and hence she can't fully have a college experience. As the other kids are either too scared to approach her or are just behind to get in good grace of her father. Also with her ex being in the team. At one point she used to enjoy Football but she comes to hate it because of all this. There is lot unsaid between Dallas and her father and I love that how towards the end of the book they seem to come closer and resolve some issues between them.

Carson is the most sweetest hero I read about in NewAdult genre and he stole the spotlight from the moment he came into the picture. He is one of my favourite heroes. He is hard working who loves football. He came from a poor family and didn't take anything for granted for the love of football. 

Their meeting is oh so cute! Dallas is frustrated with her ex and his friends and tries to escape from the party and finds herself talking to this stranger Carson and finds herself attracted towards him. I like their first meeting. They hit it off so quickly. 
 “Why would you want to hang out with me? I’m likely to be a roaring bitch for the rest of the
So honest. And gorgeous. It’s a rare combination. I have to remind myself again that I don’t have
the time to really appreciate this particular rarity.
“What can I say? I have a thing for screamers.”

But later, Dallas finds out that he is a football player and Carson finds it hard to digest the fact that Dallas is in fact his Coach's daughter. 
In spite of all that they can't resist and from there their story begins. I loved both Carson and Dallas. They were perfect for each other. 
There is lot unsaid between Dallas and her father and I love that how towards the end of the book they seem to come closer and resolve some issues between them.

It was a good story with great dialogue, humour, friends and drama. I liked the dedication as well! And how the book had some of the author's personal experiences. It is a great read if you're looking for a fresh NewAdult book involving sports. 

 Some of my favourite quotes:

“Because sometimes in life, you just have to stand there and do nothing. Overwhelmed by all the versions of ourselves that exsist in our minds - who we want to be, who we should be, who we're not, and who who we are - it's a jungle that can ensnare your feet and confuse your eyes. But sometimes if you stand still, all those things will snap back into place like a rubber band. And if you can get past the sting, you can keep moving, not quite whole, but held together for the moment.” 

“I've spent too much time pretending, too much time on the outside, too much time feeling spineless. This time... I'm going after what I want.”

“I swallow and stare and swallow again, because dear, sweet Jesus riding a unicorn, he's perfect.” 

“I don't know that dancing fixes anything. I don't feel magically happy because of it. My problems don't disappear when the music ends. But I understand life better when I dance, and understanding is half the fight of surviving.” 

 “I’m not one for speeches.”
A few feet behind me Torres calls out, “Riiiiight.”
The crowd laughs and Coach whirls around like he’s searching for the culprit. Torres is the picture of innocence, and I sigh and shake my head when he grins at me.
“Fine. I’m not one for speeches that don’t involve yelling."

“Carson McClain, you scare me like nothing has ever scared me before. You drive me crazy and make me laugh and push my buttons on purpose. You make me feel safe and smart and pretty. Sometimes I think I might actually melt when you wrap your arms around me, and right now I feel a little bit like I might die if you don't kiss me.” 

My Rating - 5 stars!