Until It Fades

Until It Fades




“I wake up every morning thinking about you.” My head thumps softly against the wall as I close my eyes, reveling in the feel of his mouth against my ear. “I go to bed at night thinking about you.” Blood rushes through my veins with the adrenaline his words create. “Please tell me it’s not just me.”  -K.A. Tucker, Until It Fades

Book Rating: 5 out of 5

Goodreads’ Book Description:

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania: population two thousand outside of tourist season.

And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed attempt at a relationship, Catherine saves a man’s life. It isn’t until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has saved: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

Catherine has already had her fifteen minutes of fame and the last thing she wants is to have her past dragged back into the spotlight, only this time on a national stage. So she hides her identity. It works.

For a time.

But when she finds the man she saved standing on her doorstep, desperate to thank her, all that changes. What begins as an immediate friendship quickly turns into something neither of them expected. Something that Catherine isn’t sure she can handle; something that Catherine is afraid to trust.

Because how long can an extraordinary man like Brett be interested in an ordinary woman like Catherine…before the spark fades?


Valeria’s Book Review:

For anyone who knows how much I love to read Romance, it is no secret that one of my absolute favorite authors is K.A. Tucker. Her books are amazing and they always capture my heart and hit me right in the feels. So when I found out about Until It Fades, you know I was already pre-ordering it!

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, she does not disappoint. Her writing is amazing and it just flows effortlessly. She makes her stories both so raw and real that you get so emotionally attached to the story and all the characters. She makes you feel for them with either their struggles or joys.

Until It Fades was like a Cinderella story, and this story was nothing like she has ever written before which she mentions it at the end in her acknowledgements too, “I needed to write this story. It’s very different from the ones I’ve written recently.” But having it be different made it stand out from her previous books and it was so fairy-tale like that you wish that you could get your own experience like Catherine gets with Brett.

I can see why people would think that it was a very predictable story line and very cheesy as to how the whole famous, non-famous couple meets and how it all turns out to be so magical. But K.A. does a great job at adding more than just romance and twisting it to make it different and stand out from anything you would think as repetitive and boring.

“Life is too short to do what other people think you should do.”

We get to meet Catherine, a strong, independent single mother who has done it all for herself and her daughter, Brenna, while dealing with a problematic past that haunts her everyday. And we also see who Brett Madden is, the incredibly handsome, super-star hockey player with piercing blue eyes who struggles to recuperate his life back to normal after a tragic accident.

After barely surviving a tragic car accident where he comes out more broken than alive and losing his best friend all in one night, Brett needs all the time in the world to heal. But it is all thanks to Catherine that he did make it out alive that night. If it weren’t for her and the courage to pull him out of an almost burning car in time he never would’ve been able to see another day, or stand in her doorway to personally thank her for being his hero that night.

“I would be dead if it weren’t for you.”
“Anyone would have done the same.”
“No. That’s not true. A lot of people would not have done the same. A lot of people would have taken one look at the car and not bothered. Or they would have seen the first flame and ran… You’re half my size, you have a child, and you did the impossible, and because you did that, I’m standing here right now.”


But a heroic story turns into a fairy tale when Brett meets Catherine and is completely blown away by her. He admires her and is extremely thankful, especially for someone who risked their life knowing that she had a little girl to come home to that night.

The connection is felt that night when they meet, and there is no hiding it. But Cath has been hurt before and the last thing that she needs is someone like Brett in her life to turn it all upside down…especially after what happened in her past.

Her excuses for not wanting to be with Brett only make him insist more. But Cath believes that he only feels that way for her because he is grateful for what she did that night. And that only makes Brett prove her wrong.

“He meets my gaze again, his eyes raw and heated, his breaths ragged. “This has never been about gratitude, Catherine.”
I’m having a hard time breathing.
“Tell me you believe me.”  


Both Catherine and Brett were made for each other. You can feel it from the very beginning that the love for one another is there, despite their differences and social status.

“I’m crazy about you and you won’t even answer my calls. I need to know how to fix that so you’ll give me a chance. Please.”  

I really liked how the connection between Catherine and Brett begins.

It starts off slow, with a friendship forming between the two and then as time passes the feelings grow, only making their love story more beautiful. This makes everything more realistic because we get to see how they become good friends and how they easily understand and need each other. I absolutely loved it though, Tucker did a great job at making it work and never making the story dull or making me impatient with their love story!

“It does feel magical. It does feel like a fairy tale. That a man like Brett – so charming, so talented, so breathtakingly handsome, so seemingly perfect in every way – would become infatuated with an ordinary woman like me.”


I loved both Catherine and Brett, and all characters in the story as well! Brenna, Catherine’s daughter was so cute, I loved the interactions that she would have with everyone, especially with Brett. My heart would melt every time!

If you’re looking for a romantic, dream-like, small town romance I would highly recommend this book!




Long Way Home

Long Way Home


 “Some people, like me and Violent, aren’t supposed to break up. Some people like me and Violet, don’t know how to be near each other when we do part ways.”  -Katie McGarry, Long Way Home

Book Rating: 5 out of 5

Goodreads’ Book Description:

Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.

It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.

But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.

Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.


Valeria’s Book Review:

It is no secret that Katie McGarry is one of my all time favorite authors!

Her stories and writing have captured my heart since the very beginning…and Long Way Home has done just that, and it will be a story that I will have in my heart forever.

If you have read all of her books before, from both Pushing the Limits series and this series of Thunder Road…then you will love the storyline that this books takes you to when you read it. Trust me when I say, expect the unexpected.

You do not want to miss this! The surprise towards the end will shock you and I can honestly say that it leaves you wanting more. Both of the story and the characters life!

Long Way Home gives us the story of both Chevy and Violet, who we were introduced in both Nowhere but Here and Walk the Edge. We had an idea of these two main characters and how they were involved with one another, but this book goes in depth showing us who they really are and the struggles that both Chevy and Violet go through together.

I love strong and smart female characters and Violet was that and so much more. I absolutely loved her and her attitude. She’s a badass with a good heart, and will not allow anyone to talk down to her, it doesn’t matter who you are.

“I am not your property, I am not a dog … I am your equal, and I deserve the love and respect that comes with that because that’s what a real man does when he loves a woman.”  

She’s not afraid of anything or anyone, but when The Riot kidnaps her along with Chevy things turn upside down and she will never be the same girl that she was the day before. Violet’s aspect of life changes, and she will see everything very differently. There is a war between the Terror and the Riot and it all comes down to her strength mentally to overcome the problems that are coming her way.

All eyes are on her, whether she will break or make it…and not only that but she has to be strong for both Chevy and herself through it all.

“I thought loving people was supposed to be easy,” he says quietly. “But it’s the hardest thing I’ve done. I wish I knew how to love you right.”
“I’ve told you how to love me. You aren’t willing to love me how I need to be loved.”

Chevy has always been in love with Violet. But Violet broke their relationship up because Chevy couldn’t choose between her or the club. It has always been a breaking point and a subject that they do not want to face when it comes to their relationship. Yet Chevy never gave up on trying to win her back, and after this traumatizing event he will not give up and will continue to fight by her side. Together they are a team and with the help of Oz and Razor they will overcome the problems that they are now facing with the Riot. If only secrets aren’t being kept from each other…

“I love you. I always have, always will. I understand the promises you’re talking about and I understand why you can’t make them, but I’m going to make a promise to you. No matter which way this plays out, I promise to love you and do my best to make sure whatever path we go down together or separately will be the one that hurts you the least.”

It is all a matter of trust and loyalty. To each other and to the Club.

“Do you trust me?”
Of course I did. Trusted him to be the first boy to hold my hand. Trusted him to be the first boy I kissed. Trusted him to be the first for so many things.

Overall this book is filled with love, trust and loyalty. I highly recommend it, especially if you start from the very beginning of the series to understand it all. I love how the story closes up by allowing us to see what the Reign of Terror goes through as a club and yet another major challenge. All the characters and their traits, the fact that Eli is still a main character and almost like a father figure to Violet, like he was with Breanna in Nowhere but Here and just how much he fights for family and the club. Another reason why I love this series is because of that, the feeling of family and love is incorporated and it makes you feel welcomed and a part of the family just by getting to know each and every character. It is as if you are there with the club and everyone is fighting with you and not against you.

“As much as you want to, you can’t take all our pain away. Hurting, it’s a part of life, and if you try to stop any of us from being in pain, that means you’re not allowing us to actually live.”

This book is beautifully written, as always when it comes to Katie McGarry, and everything just makes sense and flows so easily. I highly recommend it, and I really do suggest that you read all of her previous books as well!

“I love you,” I whisper. “I can’t remember a time when I haven’t loved you.”




What Light

What Light



“I don’t know how to fully enjoy any of these moments without wondering if it’s the last.”  – Jay Asher, What Light

Book Rating: 5 out of 5


Goodreads’ Book Description:

From Jay Asher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, comes a romance that will break your heart, but soon have you believing again. . . .

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.


Valeria’s Book Review:

What Light is the perfect book to read this holiday season!

This story will capture your heart and make you wish you had your own Christmas love story this holiday.

Sierra goes back and forth every year after Thanksgiving to California to her family’s Christmas tree lot, and every time she has to leave her friends and life behind for a few weeks to be with her dad and help out. This tradition has been going on since she can remember but this year it’s different…and it changes everything.

Something happens that changes the way she looks at leaving her ordinary life behind seem like a good thing when she meets the cute boy with a dimpled smile.

“It’s your heart. No one else gets a say in that.”

Caleb is cute but he isn’t perfect. He has had a painful past in which he is unable to escape from, as well as family issues that he must live with everyday of his life.  Rumors spread fast and everyone knows who he is…and what he has done. Sierra meets him and she’s automatically drawn by him, until she finds out what happened that makes her question who he really is and why things happen the way they did. Yet she is willing to ignore all the judgments and concerns her parents and best friends think about him in order to get to know the real him.

“People think what they want. That’s what I’ve had to accept,” he says. “I can fight it, but that’s exhausting. I can feel hurt about it, but that’s torture. Or I can decide it’s their loss.”

Sierra has been taught to give people a chance, and that is what she does with Caleb. She’s only here until Christmas so why not let herself enjoy the time that she has and hangout with the cute boy who buys Christmas trees to give to those in need. Day after day he proves to her that what happened in the past has stayed there. And Sierra sees that he is not what everyone makes him out to be, only falling hard for him before she has to return home.

“Sierra, it’s Christmastime. Put a stupid mistletoe over his head and kiss him already!”

Time isn’t enough when it comes to the two of them. Every hour of the day seems to be slipping from their hands as the days near for Sierra to go back to her normal life in Oregon. They know that Christmas is approaching and neither wants to face what happens afterwards, but regardless of this short amount of time that they’ve shared with each other they will never forget what they build.

But is there a future for them after all?

Everything about the story and characters will capture you. The writing flows effortlessly, and it keeps you wanting more and more of the story  after every chapter.

I really enjoyed this book, especially it being perfect for Christmas time. I highly I recommend it to anyone who loves the cute-cheesy-love stories. You will enjoy it as much as I did, and probably fall in love with Caleb yourself!

I’m hoping for a sequel because being the hopeless romantic that I am, I always want more of what happens next! I would love to see where Caleb and Sierra end up in each other’s lives in the future and if it was meant to be from the very beginning.

Don’t miss out on Jay Asher’s new romance book…go grab your copy today!


Every Last Word

Every Last Word


“I’m going to show you something that will change your whole life.” -Tamara Ireland Stone, Every Last Word


 Book Rating: 5 out of 5


Goodreads Book Description: 

If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

Valeria’s Book Review: 

This book was absolutely beautiful.

The very aspect of the story, and all the characters involved made me love it all! I wish I would have read this book sooner .

Everything around Samantha is perfect, everything except for her. Samantha has dealt with her own struggles from a very young age. Her thoughts and her OCD consume her everyday, and sometimes she doesn’t have the control that she wishes she could. She’s not herself, and between lies to her own friends she has to hide her real self from everyone, including them.

Until she meets Caroline. Things will never be the same the day she becomes real friends with her. Someone who she would never be caught walking down the hallway in school.

“You look around at the people in your life, one by one, choosing to hold on to the ones who make you stronger and better, and letting go of the ones who don’t.”

Caroline takes Samantha to Poet’s Corner, where a hidden room in school holds sanctuary for those who need it the most. Upon arriving there she also meets AJ, who she knew from grade school and can’t stop looking around for him during school.

“Everyone’s got something. Some people are just better actors than others.”

After Samantha is introduced to Poet’s corner, her life begins to change for the good. She feels at peace, and even at home protected by words that she so desperately needed when her mind ran off with all sorts of thoughts. She begins to see a different way of looking at life, and who her friends really are. Especially with the help of her psychiatrist, Sue, is when she sees that she likes this new Samantha, even if it means hiding her away for a little while longer.


“I have a tendency to overthink things, especially when it comes to my friends, and I don’t know…I take things too personally. I mean, it isn’t always them . Sometimes it’s me. I just don’t always know when it’s them and when it’s me, you know?”

Caroline is another major character in the story, and someone who impacted Samantha’s life for the better. Her impact shaped who she was becoming to be. Caroline was the little voice in her head that gave her the courage and will to move on and do things that she normally wouldn’t do herself; and if poetry was the answer to it all then it definitely helped her, and shaped her to move forward.

“The trick is to recognize your mistakes, take what you need from them, and move on.”


This book was very well written and emotional. The book was never slow or dragged on, and the characters were amazing…especially the twist at the end that will practically have you jumping out of your seat.

We were able to get glimpses of many of those characters in the story, especially those in Poet’s Corner which I absolutely loved! But I liked how Tamara makes you feel that you could relate to them so easily because of all the different personalities we see. This book made me open my eyes and see how many individuals struggle in their daily lives and we have no idea about it. It could be with anything. Someone somewhere I struggling and they too are looking for that inner peace with themselves, Like Samantha, to be brave enough and have the courage to stay sane sometimes in such a  chaotic world.

“I’m merely reminding you to embrace who you are and surround yourself with people who do the same.”

I will say that I related to Samantha a couple of times throughout this book. Especially with the whole concept of overthinking and having your thoughts run wild is something that I work on myself, and Sam taught me that regardless of what she is going through, she is strong and capable of overcoming anything. Even if it means distractions for better, like with Poet’s Corner.

“What you see … And on the other side: It isn’t me.”

I highly recommend this book, go grab your copy today!



Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why


“No one knows for certain how much impact they have on the lives of other people. Oftentimes, we have no clue. Yet we push it just the same.”-Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why


Book rating: 4 out of 5

Goodreads’ Book Description:

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why.
Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.


Valeria’s Book Review:

Sometimes you don’t really know how much you affect a person until it is too late. Whether you realize it or not, the people that surround us, see us and see how we treat them. If we are kind, mean, disrespectful towards them…whatever it may be, they see it and never forget it.

A touchy subject that not many people talk or want to talk about, is spoken throughout the book.

“I hope you’re ready, because I’m about to tell you the story of my life. More specifically, why my life ended. And if you’re listening to these tapes, you’re one of the reasons why.”  

Hannah Baker has committed suicide.

“But you can’t get away from yourself. You can’t decide not to see yourself anymore. You can’t decide to turn off the noise in your head.”

We see throughout the book the reasons as to why she did what she did. And by recording these tapes and having them passed around to those 13 names on her list that had some involvement in it, she explains the reasons that made her mind up to committing suicide.

The story is told through Clay’s POV.

Clay had a major crush on Hannah, but he never got the chance to tell her how he really felt. She was gone too quickly, only making him feel worse after receiving the tapes knowing that his name and story is on one of them.

What could he have done? What did he do that made Hannah write his name down on the list?

They both saw each other at school and work, but he never had the courage to talk to her. Until the night of the party, that changed both Clay and Hannah’s life. Clay realized that night when he finally shared a moment with  Hannah, that it was more than a crush what he felt for her. Hannah felt good and at peace with Clay, but she realized that the rumors that were spread about her only seemed to be adding up to be true that night. Her actions left both her and Clay stunned by pushing him away, only hurting her feelings more.

“I wanted people to trust me, despite anything they’d heard. And more than that, I wanted them to know me. Not the stuff they thought they knew about me. No, the real me. I wanted them to get past the rumors. To see beyond the relationships I once had, or maybe still had but that they didn’t agree with.”

Clay cared about her. He wanted to be there for her, but by Hannah pushing away he couldn’t do anything because it was too late.

Along with Clay’s thoughts and actions throughout the story, we also get to read Hannah’s recordings of every tape in every chapter. Jay Asher did a great job by allowing us to see how this whole situation has affected Clay, and how he feels when he listens to what Hannah went through in her own world. The style of writing, and how he incorporated it all, with  going back and forth with both of their POV’s made it so much more heartfelt and intrusive as to what they felt.

“He looks out into the empty street, allowing me to sit in his car and just miss her. To miss her each time I pull in a breath of air. To miss her with a heart that feels so cold by itself, but warm when thoughts of her flow through me.”

Many people are just not comfortable with speaking about these things, and with this book we feel for Hannah. We might not fully understand her decision to doing so, but we get a sense of what she believed and thought that lead her to do this. And we can feel her pain and ache of the people that she trusted, or believed in someway, somehow to be a friend to her but only ruined her in the end.

“Sometimes we have thoughts that even we don’t understand. Thoughts that aren’t even true—that aren’t really how we feel—but they’re running through our heads anyway because they’re interesting to think about.”

It really is a sad and tough subject to read. The thought of someone going through this, and thinking these things, especially at such a young age breaks my heart. I know it might be hard to believe, but this is the reality of some people. Many people do go through this and we really don’t know because those feelings are being masked or hidden to not show anyone else. And all you could do, like Clay, is see the final results of that and not be able to do anything to save them…

“You don’t know what goes on in anyone’s life but your own.”

 The whole concept of the story is to never judge someone. Never assume what someone is going through in their own life. Everything might seem fine on the outside, but you never know what happens behind closed doors. Be kind to one another. Everyone is fighting a battle.

“A lot of you cared, just not enough.”

Overall, this was a good book. It has so much depth and emotion, and it is very well written and detailed. Jay Asher does an amazing job at allowing us to feel the same emotions that both Hannah and Clay feel. I highly recommend this book!

And don’t forget to catch Jay Asher’s new novel What Light out now!



Take Me On

Take Me On


“I will always hold you, I will always love you and I will always be right here.” -Katie McGarry, Take Me On

 Book Rating: 5 out of 5

 Goodreads’ Book Description:

Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


Valeria’s Book Review:

I’m a complete sucker for romance books and once again Katie McGarry stole my heart with her final novel in The Pushing the Limits series.

West and Haley both made me see how strong and willing a person is to go through life  with your partner in crime, even when times are hard.

This book kept me on the edge and made me want more as soon as I finished it.

The writing, the style and the story will get to you! Katie McGarry’s writing is simply perfection. I can’t emphasize enough just how much she makes you feel the same pain, joy,  or even sadness as the characters do when you read her books. She does such an amazing job at making you feel everything and every emotion all at once.

In this last book of the series she gives us two strong and willing characters that have so much going on in their own personal life’s…so when both Haley and West cross paths, you know it’s for a reason.

“We’re strong together, Hayley. Stronger then we are apart.”
“I don’t feel strong,” I whisper.
“Then I’ll be strong enough for both of us.”
My fingers dig into his shoulders and I cling to him.
“I love you.”


Haley’s life is not easy. After her father lost his job and their family lost their home, they had to make some changes and move into her uncle’s home. Living with her uncle is pure hell, and things only seem to get worse for her…But Haley is both strong and smart, and she is willing to do what she can to stay positive and not let anyone bring her down, regardless of the circumstances that life throws her way.

“I’ve had a lot of time to think and even though the silence is new, the loneliness isn’t. How is it possible to have been surrounded by people and never feel complete?”

West Young is a complete troublemaker. He looks though and scary on the outside, but he’s a troubled boy with his own family problems.

“I don’t go looking for trouble. Trouble usually finds me.”

After stealing money form his sister Rachel, he can’t stop blaming himself for the car accident that she was involved in. He runs away from home, leaving everyone behind. He thinks he’s doing good by running away from his problems, but only to find that Haley will now be one of them too. After a couple of guys try to hurt her, West comes into her defense and stands up for her, a complete stranger, and is willing to take a match in her name.

Without knowing a single thing about her, West is willing to protect this girl at all costs. And Hayley will do what she can to help him and herself as well.  Now the bad boy rich kid and the former fighter will have to stick together to get through this situation that they  are both now involved in.

“She’s probably right on both counts, but there’s something dark in her eyes. It’s the same shadow I see whenever she stops me. “You’re worth fighting for.”

But as time goes by, Haley can’t stop staring at West every time they train together.She knew that by accepting to teach him, it would only be a matter of pure business. She couldn’t afford to fall for a guy like him again. But West, being the complete hottie and smart ass that he is, only eludes her more and more without even trying, by showing his true self to her…and there is nothing she can say or do to stop her heart from wanting him.

“West Young. My West Young. The guy who fought for me when Conner and his friend tried to jump me. The guy who took on a fight to help save my family. The guy who held me while I mourned my own losses. That’s West Young. The man I’m falling for.”  

A story of trust, friendship and love these two main characters show us just how much one person can really mean to us. Regardless of what we have in our own lives, there are others who are suffering just as much as we are, and we don’t realize it.

“We crossed beyond friends the night we spent in your room and you know that. Fuck, Haley, there isn’t a moment that we haven’t been into each other and I’m not the only one in the room aware of it.”

West Young stole my heart. He was willing to do anything to protect this girl. And without trying he broke down her walls slowly. Both characters are strong, guarded but caring people. I admire Haley and what she has gone through with her own family. As you read through this book, you are able to feel and see firsthand just how important the meaning of family is and why we should appreciate what we have before it is gone.


“I’m in love with you. I’m in love with you and I don’t know how to make you feel better. I’m in love with you and I shouldn’t be. I’m in love with you and once you figure out who I am, you’re not going to love me. I’m in love with you and I seem to fuck up the ones who love me back.”


I highly recommend this book…not only because it is one of my favorite YA series, but because these books transport you into their own world, both teaching us and making us feel the story and hardships of what people go through in their lives. What I love the most is that you are able to escape reality when it comes to this series, and fall in love with all the different characters and their traits  as well.

Thank you Katie McGarry for this AMAZING series! I will always cherish these characters, and I know I will be rereading them again and again in the near future!


Check out her new book in the Thunder Road Series that comes out January 2017!



The Fever

The Fever


“You spend a long time waiting for life to start—the past year or two filled with all these firsts, everything new and terrifying and significant—and then it does start and you realize it isn’t what you’d expected, or asked for.”    

-Megan Abbott, The Fever

Rating: 2 out of 5


Goodreads’ Book Description:

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire…

Valeria’s Book Review:

An epidemic affecting high school girls, taking them down one by one?

“You’re all going down.” The other boy laughed, beats thrumming through the open mouths of his headphones. “One by one.”

Pretty much how it went down.

This was my first Megan Abbott book that I’ve read, and let me tell you that I can’t quite put into words how I feel about it…

I liked the book, it was something new and different.

I was excited because it had to do with mystery and suspense and I usually am not one to read those kinds of books. But to be honest it wasn’t what I had hoped for. I expected much more, both suspense and chilling scenes that would somehow keep me up at night and maybe even give me nightmares, but it wasn’t quite like that.

The book description and cover were what caught my attention but not even halfway through the book, I just wanted to stop reading it.

The writing was good, and the mystery behind it all was leading up to something big but it lacked on the chilling part of the story. I just imagined it more gruesome in a way. It was scary and weird how all the girls in school were all going through something freaky, and everyone was paranoid of who was to be next…

Family secrets are brought out, friendships are questioned and fingers are being pointed as to who did what. The ending was good. I don’t think anyone who read it expected it to turn out the way it did, but it does goes to show that you can’t trust those who say have your back. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

Throughout the book we get three different POV’s. It goes from the main character Deenie, to Eli and her father Tom Nash. I liked getting to see how each character was going through something different, all while reading about the story as a whole. We get inside their heads and see how emotions and thoughts are portrayed by each character.

 “That she was both fearless and fragile and could be hurt badly in ways he could not fix.”


One of the main concepts that I liked was that family means everything. These main characters only have each other, so when this epidemic is happening you could see that family will always be there for you, especially in troubling times. Deenie had both her brother and father to look after her.

“Since then, he could only ever think about his sister, one wall away. And how he hoped Deenie never did things like this. With guys like him.”

I loved the fact that you are also able to see inside a teenage girls head, and what they go through at such a young age. It feels like so long ago that I went through that high school phase, but regardless it just goes to show what girls go through. Whether it is with friends, boy issues and even self discovery. It was very relatable reading through it thinking that you might have gone through that yourself, or a friend might have been in the same situation at some time. So I did like the reality and concept of Megan’s writing.

Overall, it wasn’t one of my absolute favorite reads but it got me out of my comfort zone to try something new that I would never just happen to pick up. If you do like mystery and drama all wrapped up in one, then this is a book that you might want to look into to!