Summer Book TAG

I love doing little book things, but suck at finding them. One of my favorite blogs () just did this Summer Book TAG. I was completely bummed because I knew I wasn’t tagged, but then I saw she tagged anyone and I just had to do it. So here it is: summer-book-tag

 

Number  ONE:

  What book cover makes you think of SUMMER?

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Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines –  I adore Abbi Glines, especially this series. For one thing the book takes place in a beach town and the two people on the cover are on the beach. Beach = summer. That’s the way it goes. Once I look at this cover I just picture myself on the beach enjoying the sun. Even the bright pink screams summer to  me. As you can probably tell by the cover (if not, there are two people making-out. Like really making out), this book is heavy in the intimate way. There are numerous sex scenes throughout these books (Abbi Glines books in general)  as it is a New Adult novel. I would only really recommend this series for 17+. Many would say 18+ but I started Abbi Glines my Junior year of high school.

 

Number TWO:

What book has BRIGHTENED your day?

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry – PTL has held a special place in my heart since my Junior year of high school. I lost half my house during Hurricane Sandy. It was a scary time, something I don’t like to think back on. To this day I panic at the sound of car alarms. I remember picking up PTL though. I was going crazy in my house and needed something. This book was that something. I read it until the sun went away, by candle light, then by flashlight. Over and over again I read it. It’s not a book that’s full of cuteness like Fangirl by Ranbow Rowell. There are tough issues in PTL and maybe that’s why I gravitated towards it. Ever since then I’ve been hooked to Katie McGarry and each book holds some importance to me. I really don’t know what I would do without her. Meeting her was the best day, my brightest day.

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Number THREE:

Find a book with YELLOW on it.

7740225Tyger, Tyger by Kersten Hamilton – I had no books with yellow. This was the only one that I could really find that had some hello on it. Tyger, Tyger was an okay book. I still haven’t picked up the sequel because I don’t know if I’m going to continue it. But I do love the cover. I find it beautiful and I love the way it looks like a painting.

 

Number FOUR:

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Tropical Kiss by Jan Coffey– This book has to be THE cutest book of all time. Back when my older sister was my age, these summer romance books would come out and Tropical Kiss was one of them. It takes place in Bermuda and there are many beach scenes. It’s the perfect book to lay and relax to in the sun.

 

Number FIVE:

What action book had you running for the ICE CREAM man?

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Angelfall series by Susan Ee – This series is such a known one yet not at the same time. Basically the premises is that it’s been about a month or so since Angels have caused the apocalypse and now society has fallen. That’s right, ANGELS. There’s a lot of political factors that actually go on in this book. I’ve definitely sat at the edge of my seat while reading both Angelfall and World After. There are so many different reveals and basically you never know who to trust. I’ve also stuffed my face with food while reading these books because GOSH DARN IT THE FEELS ARE REAL IN ANGELFALL. It is a beautiful yet grotesque book.

 

Number SIX:

SUNBURN! What book has left you with a bad/painful ending?

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Allegiant by the Destroyer of all Good Things (or more commonly known as Veronica Roth)- I mean, do I even have to explain why I still feel pain? Miss Destroyer here used to be my favorite author. Now her books are thrown in the back of my bookcase never to see the light of day again. I could also refer you to this lovely POST. If you have read this series, then proceeded to click that like all-caps link and it will send you to a long rant about my hatred for Allegiant. If you plan on reading this series (which you shouldn’t) then do not click said link. Also, here’s a gif that explains my reaction:

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Number SEVEN:

What book gave you a HAPPY feeling when it ended?

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Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson –  Oh Edenbrooke, Edenbrooke, Edenbrooke… 

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No, but it really is. It doesn’t matter how many times I have read this book, I will ALWAYS be filled with this happiness that I don’t get with every book. It takes place during the 1800s (either middle or late, I can’t remember) and is about a young girl who falls in love with this man, but there is also some action and a mystery. I can’t even begin to explain my love for Edenbrooke. 

 

Number EIGHT:

What book cover reminds you of a SUNSET?

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Ask the Passengers by A.S. King – I thought of this book immediately when I saw this question. It also looks like she’s raising her hand to pick the book. I can always feel the heat of the sun on my skin when I see this cover. I think it really captures the sunset to me. Ask the Passengers is about a young girl named Astrid who struggles to break free of societies definitions. She starts questioning many aspects of her life, especially when she starts falling in love with a girl. It’s a beautifully written book and one of my favorites. More people need to read it.

 

Number NINE:

What is one BOOK SERIES you hope to read this summer?

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Beautiful and the Cursed series by Page Morgan – I’ve had The Beautiful and the Cursed sitting on my nightstand for over a month now. But every time I go to pick it up I’m either drawn to another book or an author I like just released a new one. They just sound so interesting. I mean there are gargoyles in the story. That sounds pretty cool. It’s definitely coming with me on vacation this Friday.

 

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So there you go! I TAG anyone too who feels like doing this challenge. It really is a lot of fun. Go ahead and try it!

 

~ Lauren

 

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Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Hey guys! You remember me? Lauren? No… Wait, are you holding a pitchfork? I’m really not a fan of fire guys. So yeah, I’m sorry for my absence. Senior year sort affects all aspects of life really. Like all I want to do is sleep, eat, and sleep. College applications also took up all my time but I finished those and I’ve been accepted into my college. So yay! But as I stated in my last post (and as you can tell from the picture above) I am here for a review! A very long-awaited review that should have been done awhile ago because I did get the ARC back in July. Now that I think about it I could have done the post and saved it. Oops.

I tried doing a video but all I did was ramble and kept going on about CONNECTIONS with characters and CARS. I doubt you would have cared about pistons, carburetors, and me trying to explain a cool air intake. I ail speak about my connections with characters though.

So I know that I’ve stated my love for Katie McGarry’s books before. There is just so much to them. I’ve loved every single book and I feel like for an author to able to make every book amazing makes them even better. If that makes sense. I was lucky enough to meet Katie McGarry back in June and it had to have been one of the best moments of my life. Here was an author that has had a major impact

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on my life and I was finally able to meet her. I fangirled a lot. I may have said it once before but I don’t remember. Back in October of 2012 my neighborhood was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. And the book that helped me get through it? Pushing the Limits. Ever since then I’ve been hooked to Katie McGarry’s books. Dare You To  was there for me as I was struggling with friendships and feeling alone. As I stated before, I felt connections.

The strongest connection has always been Isaiah. I think it’s because I understand his love for cars. So before I say anything else here is the synopsis:

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind. 

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look. 

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other. (Goodreads)

I loved this book. I don’t even know how to put my love for it into words. I tried doing a video but I literally couldn’t. Everything was getting jumbled together and it was turning into an epic fail. This was basically me.

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I just get really exited with this book. 

First off: Rachel. Do you know how awesome it was to FINALLY have a girl character who understood cars? It didn’t even feel forced. I don’t remember the exact line, but it was when Rachel and Isaiah just met and he asked her how she knew  so much about cars. Rachel said she just read books or something like that. I don’t know why I loved that but I did. I think Rachel became one of my favorite characters. Her anxiety made her feel so real. As someone who suffers from panic disorder I know what it’s like to feel lost and scared and to just want to almost give up. 

Isaiah was amazing in this book. To finally be able to get inside his head felt like a reward. There were reveals in CIY about Isaiah that just made me pause for a second. I remember sitting in my car and looking up amazed. We also saw a soft side to him. Isaiah is willing to do anything for the people he loves, which can be seen at the beginning of the book and throughout most of the books.

What I love about companion novels is the fact that we still see past characters. In Dare You To we had Noah and Isaiah. In Crash Into You there was Noah and Echo and Beth that I was just bouncing with joy. My favorite scene was when Noah. Beth, and Isaiah were all together. It was like a messed version of a family reunion.

I also loved the new characters that were introduced. Rachel’s brothers wee hilarious. Especially West. I love West. Which brings me to the fourth book: TAKE ME ON. West’s story. That makes me so happy.

Katie McGarry knows how to capture the emotions of being a teenager. Crash Into You doesn’t disappoint. Just like Rachel, we all want to be something amazing for our parents and don’t want to disappoint them, even if it means hiding aspects of who we are. I know so many people who are just like Isaiah. Willing to do anything to keep the people we love safe. Everyone needs to read this book… ALL of Katie McGarry’s books.

A million stars yes.

Read On!

~Lauren

Friday Quote Day

Friday Quote Day is a day that I choose any quote that I love and share it with you guys. I never know what to choose. Quotes sum us up as people, at least that’s how I feel. They also show our emotions. Here’s the quote I chose:

“Because growing up means making tough choices, and doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean doing the thing that feels good.”
– Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

It’s no lie: I love Katie McGarry’s books. I relate to more of her characters than any other book I’ve read. What’s your favorite quote?

~Lauren