Review: Follow Me Back

 

Follow Me Back (Follow Me Back, #1)

 

Me while reading this:

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Short recap: Eric Thorn, music superstar, only wants to push back on his fans via Twitter. He does not understand why his fans are so obsessed with him and wants to try to dispel some of the admiration. In the midst of doing so, he befriends a lonely fan named Tessa. They strike up the most unlikely friendship and their lives will never be the same.

Awww… sounds romantic in a You’ve Got Mail sort of way, right? Well, it is not all sunshine and rainbows. This story has some super dark, creepy, terrifying, and WTF?! moments. All of which work brilliantly together for one hell of a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Even the ending will have you screaming (I know it had me yelling!) The main majority of the story really is endearing and will tug at your heartstrings. Two random people find each other on Twitter and start a friendship. Okay, not entirely true. Tessa started the #EricThornObsessed hashtag, which was linked to her Eric Thorn fanfic. That linked her to many other media outlets and so on. She has a huge following on social media because she is just that good with her writing. Eric Thorn just wants to be left alone and live a somewhat normal life, ignoring the fact he is a music superstar. Eric starts a fake account to trash himself but befriends Tessa. BOOM. Unlikely friendship. 🙂

The characters felt so sincere and unique that I couldn’t help but adore them. Tessa is such a relatable protagonist that I wanted to be friends with her in real life. She was kind, intelligent, and genuine. Tessa is suffering from agoraphobia but is receiving treatment. She copes with being inside by writing fanfiction and being on social media. I had not read a story with a character suffering from agoraphobia before so this was even more interesting. But that’s not Tessa’s only issue, she is hiding something terrible that happened to her months before. She won’t talk about it and it wasn’t revealed until the end what was going on. Holy creepers, Batman! Being able to read from her POV made the story that much more intense. When we are finally told what happened to her, it put a new spin on the story and added depth.

Eric’s POV was just as amazing to read. Being able to read his thoughts, emotions, and Tweets about stardom was pretty awesome. He just wants to share the ugly side of the music industry with someone. He wants someone to know that not everything in his life is puppy dogs, unicorns, and ice cream cones. There is a dark and nasty side to his fame., like crazy stalker fans and back stabbing music labels.

The main thing that had me biting my nails were the plot twists! Just when I thought I had it all figured out, Geiger would throw another curve ball and knock  me for a loop. Well done, Geiger! Well done. This is an action packed emotional roller coaster. I promise that once you start this book, you will have to finish in one sitting. There is no way you will be able to only read a little at a time (unless life gets in the way, then you are given a pass). I will warn you again – the ending had me yelling. I was not expecting that to happen! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHH! In one short chapter the entire story will be flipped upside down and you will lose it. Come back and talk to me about ending. I’ll be here waiting to hear from you.

I need the second book yesterday. It burns me up to know I have to wait an entire year to find out what happens but that is the sign of a damn good author. Geiger has a forever reader right here because damn. This book got me in a way that hasn’t happened before. Please, add this to your TBR if you have not already. Borrow from a friend or library because you need this book. Seriously. Go read it and come back to let me know your thoughts. I want to hear them.

 

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Books Left Unread #89

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

The Fine Art of Pretending by Rachel Harris

The Fine Art of Pretending (The Fine Art of Pretending, #1)

 

adore Rachel Harris! She is a native Texan so she lives close. I see her all of the time at book events and just want to squish her! That being said, I can’t figure out why I haven’t read any of her books yet. I have a stack of ’em but just haven’t started one. Have you read some of her books? If so, what was your favorite?

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Review: Riders (Riders #1)

Riders (Riders, #1)

 

I blame myself for having high hopes for this story. It’s about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! How can this go wrong? Oh, it went wrong. It went all kinds of wrong.

I am not even going to do a recap of this because I know what it was supposed to be about, but that’s not what was written.

There is not much in way of a plot so don’t hold your breathe that it will make an appearance. I spent a good majority of the story waiting for something to happen. It never did. It opens with Gideon being held in a room. He ends up spilling his guts on how Daryn (a girl known as a “Seeker”) found him and told him he was War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Yep. The story is told in reverse. GASP. It doesn’t help anything, I promise you. The story gets weird and confusing after that because it is never revealed why the Horseman have been summoned. Here is the big thing to remember because it is repeated a million times: although we don’t know jack about anything happening with these characters, we are told that it’s absolutely definitely important to go hunt down the other three horsemen. WHO CARES WHY, RIGHT?! No reader wants to know why something is happening. PFFT. O_O In a nutshell, that is the entire book. BOOM. Daryn finds these four specific teenagers that are all over the world, drops a bombshell on them and tells them not to question just do…. AND THEY OBEY. Sorry, but if some random girl came up to me on the street and told me I was War, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I would have some serious hesitations, doubts, questions, and disbeliefs. That’s just me though.

Don’t expect any details to be given on the characters. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Instead of being given any backstory or characterization, we are given guys trying to out-guy the others. They spend most of their time doing manly posturing, having a lot of physical fights, and – brace yourself – bragging about who has the best horse. NO LIE. This is where I roll my eyes and groan. Talk about dumbing down characters to make them stereotypical. They had no personalities and I found myself struggling to care what happened to them. Alright, let’s be real, I didn’t care what happened to them. How can I when I know nothing about them.

I went into this with expectations. If there is a story about the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, I expect it to blow me away. This left me with far more questions than answers. I never found out why any of it was happening. What was the point of this story? I didn’t care for Gideon’s narration, I couldn’t stand the instalove that took place between Daryn & Gideon, I couldn’t stand the lack of development (or explanation) for the characters, or the story being told in reverse. None of it worked.

 

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Review: The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight #3)

The Savage Dawn (The Girl at Midnight, #3)

 

I can now happily mark this series off of my TBR list. I feel proud of myself as this final book was pushing 500 pages. I still do not believe it should have been that long of a book and I’ll get into that. Was it good? MEH. I’m underwhelmed when it came to the final book. It went on much, much longer than it should have.

Short recap: Echo, the Firebird, is in a race to save the world from Tanith, who is the vessel for the shadows.

My overall feelings towards this entire series are MEH at best. The first book blew me away, while the second was alright, and the third was struggling. I kept feeling more and more like I was reading another version of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. That’s awful, I know but the similarities between the two are just so strong. That being said, the story felt as if it wasn’t sure what it wanted to be. It didn’t feel very flushed out or developed. There are chapters and chapters where nothing happens. Not a thing. There are pointless conversations about food or long-winded descriptions of buildings. Two things should have been put in place of these gaps: 1) Nothing. Delete those suckers and move on. 2) Character development! *GASP* Who would have thought?! There are times that fighting or training stops so the characters can figure out their feelings for each other. WHAT? What is happening?! Good question! Why stuff 500 pages into this book with pointless similes and love triangles if you aren’t going to have these characters do anything worthwhile?! Oh yes, multiple love triangles. They are all annoying and will cause you to groan.

Here is the other very large thing that annoyed the snot out of me: this book is one giant simile. I would bet my book collection that if you took those pointless similes out, the final page number would shrink to almost half of its current size. Bet. Grey had to have spent a considerable amount of time thinking of phrases to use to compare everything to something else. “He jumped back from a ghost, like he was being scared at a Halloween haunted house.” Insert eye roll here. Give me a break. Pointless, unnecessary, and it certainly does not add anything to the story.

Let’s talk about the severe lack of character development. There was none. BOOM. These characters were the exact same as they were in book 2, which was disappointing. Echo has been through so much yet she was still the same petulant child from the start of the series. OH WAIT. MY BAD. There’s now a LOVE TRIANGLE that she’s in the middle of! Who does she love? Answer: Who cares. It’s a watered down romance at best. No gushy feels, no swoony moments, nothing to write home about. Remember the now bad person Tanith? Well, she is left alone a good majority of this story. She’s doing her thing with no effort on Echo or her team to find her. Jasper and Dorian kiss a couple of times, are angsty about it, then kiss some more. I have nothing to say about the rest of the characters because nothing happens. We do not ever find out what happens to the other characters – Ivy, Helios, the Ala, or anyone else – because they aren’t talked about. Don’t expect a resolution because it won’t happen.

I’m sure there is no need for me to talk about the (lack of a) plot within this story. The action scenes are far too few so it draws the story out to the point of near boredom. I wanted to DNF several times but forced myself to finish. Why? Just so I could say I did finish. I almost regret this. There are so many topics that were introduced, talked about a couple of times, then never mentioned again. It all made me confused and angry. Why give me so much information that had a lot of potential, only to not do anything with it? Was it all just for page fillers? I hope not but that is how it came across. The ending was practically a joke. It was completely predictable and very unfulfilling. I waited a long time to finish this series after such a strong start and I feel so let down. I will probably continue to read Grey’s books but I will be very hesitant. If you enjoyed this, I am happy for you and wish I could share in your excitement. This series proved that not every book is for every reader.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Moxie

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Moxie By Jennifer Mathieu

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From Goodreads:

An unlikely teenager starts a feminist revolution at a small-town Texan high school in the new novel from Jennifer Matheiu, author of The Truth About Alice.

MOXIE GIRLS FIGHT BACK!

Vivian Carter is fed up. Fed up with a school administration at her small-town Texas high school that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv Carter is fed up with always following the rules.

Viv’s mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the ’90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother’s past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She’s just blowing off steam, but other girls respond. As Viv forges friendships with other young women across the divides of cliques and popularity rankings, she realizes that what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution.

Moxie is a book about high school life that will make you wanna riot!

 

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO Release Week Blitz

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I am so excited that THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.C. Yee, be sure to check out all the details below.
 
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark courtesy of Pique and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
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About The Book:
Title: THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO
Author: F.C. Yee
Pub. Date: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
The struggle to get into a top-tier college consumes sixteen-year-old Genie Lo’s every waking thought. But when her sleepy Bay Area town comes under
siege from hell-spawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are suddenly and forcefully rearranged.

Her only guide to the demonic chaos breaking out around her is Quentin Sun, a beguiling, maddening new transfer student from overseas. Quentin assures Genie she  is strong enough to fight these monsters, for she unknowingly harbors an inner power that can level the very gates of Heaven.

Genie will have to dig deep within herself to summon the otherworldly strength that Quentin keeps talking about. But as she does, she finds the secret of her true nature is entwined with his, in a way she could never have imagined…
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Excerpt:
“GREETINGS,” HE SAID, HIS ACCENT THICK BUT HIS VOICE LOUD and clear. “I have arrived.”
 
Now, I’d done my best to describe this guy to the police. They pressed me hard for details,  as apparently this wasn’t the first group mugging in recent weeks.
 
But I’d let Officers Davis and Rodriguez down. Nice eyes and a winning smile weren’t much to go by. I was too frazzled to notice anything before, which meant this was my first decent look at the boy without the influence of adrenaline.
 
So a couple of things.
 
One: He was short. Like, really short for a guy. I felt bad that my brain went there first, but he wasn’t even as tall as Mrs. Nanda.
 
Two: He was totally okay, physically. I didn’t see how anyone could be up and about after that beating, but here he was, unbruised and unblemished. I felt relieved and disturbed at the same time to see there wasn’t a scratch on him.
 
And his mint condition just made Point Three even more obvious.
 
He was . . . yeesh.
 
Nothing good could come of our new classmate being that handsome. It was destructive. Twisted. Weaponized. He had the cheekbones and sharp jawline of a pop star, but his thick eyebrows and wild, unkempt hair lent him an air of natural ruggedness that some pampered singer could never achieve in a million years of makeup.
 
“Argh, my ovaries,” Yunie mumbled. She wasn’t alone, judging by the soft intakes of breath coming from around the room.
 
“Arrived from where?” said Mrs. Nanda.
 
Quentin looked at her in amusement. “China?”
 
“Yes, but where in, though?” said Mrs. Nanda, trying her best to convey that she was sensitive to the regional differences. Fujianese, Taishanese, Beijingren—she’d taught them all.
 
He just shrugged. “The stones,” he said. 
 
“You mean the mountains, sweetie?” said Rachel Li, batting her eyelashes at him from the front row.
 
“No! I don’t misspeak.”
 
The class giggled at his English. But none of it was incorrect, technically speaking.
 
“Tell us a little about yourself,” Mrs. Nanda said.
 
Quentin puffed out his chest. The white button-down shirt and black pants of our  school’s uniform for boys made most of them look like limo drivers. But on him, the cheap stitching just made it clearer that he was extremely well-muscled underneath.
 
“I am the greatest of my kind,” he said. “In this world I have no equal. I am known to thousands in faraway lands, and everyone I meet can’t help but declare me king!”
 
There was a moment of silence and sputtering before guffaws broke out.
 
“Well . . . um . . . we are all high achievers here at SF Prep,” said
 
Mrs. Nanda as politely as she could. “I’m sure you’ll fit right in?”
 
Quentin surveyed the cramped beige classroom with a cool squint. To him, the other twenty-two laughing students were merely peons on whom his important message had been lost.
 
“Enough wasting of time,” he snapped. “I came to these petty halls only to reclaim what is mine.”
 
Before anyone could stop him, he hopped onto Rachel’s desk and stepped over her to the next one, like she wasn’t even there.
 
“Hey! Quentin!” Mrs. Nanda said, frantically waving her hands. “Get down now!”
 
The new student ignored her, stalking down the column of desks. Toward mine.
 
Everyone in his way leaned to the side to avoid getting kicked. They were all too flabbergasted to do anything but serve as his counterweights.
 
He stopped on my desk and crouched down, looking me in the eye. His gaze pinned me to my seat. I couldn’t turn away. He was so close our noses were almost touching. He
smelled like wine and peaches.
 
“You!” he said.
 
“What?” I squeaked.
 
Quentin gave me a grin that was utterly feral. He tilted his head as if to whisper, but spoke loud enough for everyone to hear.
 
“You belong to me”
 
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About F.C:

 

F. C. Yee grew up in New Jersey and went to school in New England, but has called the San Francisco Bay Area home ever since he beat a friend at a board game and shouted “That’s how we do it in NorCal, baby!” Outside of writing, he practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, and has a day job mostly involving spreadsheets.
                       
 
 
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Giveaway Details:
5 winners will receive Genie Lo prize packs—complete with a finished copy of the book and a special Genie Lo horoscope (that doubles as a bookmark!), US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…

Books I Wish I Could Read Again for the First Time

 

The Harry Potter series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

 

 

Illuminae

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

 

 

Geekerella

Geekerella

 

 

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give

 

 

Warcross

Warcross (Warcross, #1)

 

 

The Legend Series

Legend (Legend, #1)

 

 

Caraval

Caraval

 

 

The Angelfall series

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

 

 

The Naturals

The Naturals (The Naturals, #1)

 

 

Ready Player One

Ready Player One

 

 

 

There are just too many good books I wish I could read again for the first time! What about you? Are some of your books on this list? What would you add to my list? Let me know!

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