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Hi guys! I am really really having a hard time balancing things right now and I am sorry for not being able to post for my weekly features for almost a month now. I am still putting them on hold since I cannot promise to post weekly. But I will still post reviews whenever I have the time.

I have also been on a reading slump. I just can’t finish a certain book. Maybe because I have so many things to do and there a lot of things clouding up my mind as of the moment. I promise to make it up to this blog when things get really better. I don’t know when, but I’m sure it will.

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Review: Ryan Hunter by Piper Shelly

Title: Ryan Hunter (Grover Beach Team, #2)
Author: Piper Shelly
Published: 24th April, 2013
Pages: 370
Format: PDF

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Synopsis: 

Ryan Hunter kissed more girls than he cares to remember. But the only one he ever wanted is in love with his best friend.

Watching Liza Matthews’ obsession with Tony Mitchell is a torture Ryan conceals from everyone. Until after a five-week soccer camp, where Tony gets involved with someone else, things suddenly take a different turn. Ryan knows if he doesn’t make a move now and grab his chance, he might never get another. 

Asked by Tony to distract Liza, Ryan is only too happy. He subtly seduces her first into his soccer team and later on to his party. He does all in his power to make her see that he’s not just an insufferable playboy but a guy who really cares about her.

Some one-on-one soccer training, a passionate kiss — things seem to be going the way he wants. Except Ryan didn’t reckon on his best friend showing up at the worst possible moment and destroying everything…

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Have you ever had a thing for someone for so long? Someone who doesn’t even notice you exist, yet you know almost everything about that person? And what happens if you finally get a chance to be with that person?

This book was quite a pleasant surprise. I already know the story through Liza’s POV. But still, this book made me fall in love with the story and Ryan so much more. Having a glimpse of Ryan’s side of the story, it made me understand why he was judged as an ass and all that. I loved how Piper Shelly made this book different from Play with Me. I sure loved this even more than the first book!

In this book, I learned more about Ryan Hunter and his secret crush on Liza Mathews. It made me fall in love with him even more because it’s really rare for a guy to love a girl secretly and can wait that long for her. Ryan is really a guy worth fighting for, he may be a jerk to others because his heart belongs to only one girl and when he finally got her, he won’t ever let her go.

Piper Shelly made a greater job in this book. While I liked Liza’s POV during Play with Me, I loved Ryan’s more. His thoughts made me understand things and I somewhat felt like I had the chance to get a glimpse inside of a guy’s mind. This is seriously a must read! :)

Bookish Review: Play With Me by Piper Shelly

Title: Play With Me (Grover Beach Team, #1)
Author: Piper Shelly
Published: 9th December, 2012
Pages: 254
Format: PDF

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Synopsis:

Ryan Hunter’s parties are legend. And tonight she’s going to be there.

Liza Matthews anticipates the return of her best friend and only love since kindergarten from soccer camp. But when Tony finally shows up, his mind is more focused on another girl. And worse, she’s a soccer player. Fighting for the attention Liza craves, she’s just a hairbreadth away from making a very stupid decision. But when extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, she’s prepared to play ball to get her man.

The tryouts are hell, the first match ends bloody, and the morning after the selection party she wakes up in the worst place possible—in the arms of the captain of the soccer team. The hottest guy in school. Ryan Hunter.

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Have you fallen in love with your best friend? Have you ever daydreamed about how the two of you would end up together? How you were so sure that you’d eventually have that happily ever after if only you waited? But what he didn’t? What if all he sees is your friendship and he looks at you like a sister? What if he doesn’t see any future with you? And what if one day, it all changed and you find yourself falling for someone else?

When I read the description of this book, I thought to myself that this will be an interesting short read. I am always fascinated by stories wherein best friends fall in love. Yeah, it’s too overrated but it happens in real life. And being “friendzoned” really hurts, although I haven’t felt that way towards my guy best friend before and I know he doesn’t either. Ha! The story actually kept me going and I was a bit hurt with how Tony acted towards Liza in the story.

Liza, for me, is a contradiction of vulnerable and strong. I loved how she wanted to prove herself just to make Tony realize how much she loves him. She kind of reminds me of high school girls, how they were so jealous at everything and how they’d do anything just to put the other girl down. What I probably don’t like about her is that she decides even before thinking about the consequences, but I guess that made her stronger.

I loved Tony during the first few pages, I love how protective he was over Liza and how he understands her every time. But after several chapters, I started to get confused on how the story will end because Tony suddenly turned into some kind of a jerk. And I think I hate Cloey as much as Liza does. Barbie Clone.

“I kind of took you for granted. Your love for me was permanent. Why should I have worried about losing you?” 

Ryan, oh Ryan. I didn’t like him at first but oh my golly, he turned into this handsome prince-charming in the next chapters. I loved how he was always there for Liza and how he remained a gentleman even when all he wanted to do was kiss her right there and then. I loved how he was always ready to catch Liza whenever she feels like falling.

“For a minute there, I thought I stood a chance. But I guess in the end, Mitchell will still be the lucky one.” 

Piper Shelly wrote this story well enough for readers to feel what her characters feel. I actually didn’t have an idea on how this book will end when I started. Well, for one, I thought Tony and Liza would end up together. I even rooted for the M&M couple! But as Tony became a total a-hole, I suddenly fell in love with Ryan and admired him for taking care of Liza even when his chances weren’t so clear.

“For the time being—”He emphasized each word. “I’ll be the only one climbing through your window.” 

This book was quite a pleasant surprise. I never thought I’d get hooked to it as much as I did! Recommended to all hopeless romantics out there. :)

Day 17: Favourite Quote from My Favourite Book

Again, I have a ton of favourite books and quotes. But I’ll mention some from two books.

“A guy out there was meant to be the love of your life, your best friend, your soul mate. The one you can tell your dreams to. He’ll brush the hair out of your eyes. Send you flowers when you least expect it. He’ll stare at you during the movies, even though he paid $8 to see it. He’ll call to say goodnight or just because he’s missing you. He’ll look in your eyes and tell you, you’re the most beautiful girl in the world, and for the first time in your life, you’ll believe it.”

—   A Walk To Remember, Nicholas Sparks

“You read a book and it fills you with this evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

“And then the line was quiet but not dead. I almost felt like he was there in my room with me, but in a way it was better. Like I was not in my room and he was not in his, but instead we were together in some invisible and tenuous third space that could only be visited on the phone.”

—   The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

What do you think of this post? And how about you? What’s your favorite quote from your favorite book? :)

Bookish Project Happiness #5

This Bookish Project Happiness is a weekly feature by Alena @ keepbooked; a compilation of all the things we find interesting, inspiring or artsy about books and/or reading in the internet or even in the real world.

This cozy Saturday, I am going to share something I’ve been waiting for so long. It’s The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks!

(From Fullybooked facebook page)

Nicholas Sparks’ books has been my companion growing up. Yes, I was already reading adult books at a young age. There were a few books around the house back then, and Nicholas Sparks’ books has been one of them. I was a kid and was curious about his books and I was fascinated with the covers. They all look alike in some ways too, which I loved. Growing up, I learned how most of his works have been turned into movies and were loved by a lot of people. (Seriously, who here doesn’t know of The Notebook and A Walk to Remember?!) He instantly became my favorite author!

(From nicholassparks.com)

I love how well he writes his books! I seriously cannot think of a book by Nicholas that I didn’t like. I just loved how familiar his writing style is to me and I always remember home (usually, my bed), whenever reading his books. I am so excited to get a copy of his latest novel, I bet I’ll love it as much as I loved his other books.

For more info about Nicholas Sparks, follow him on facebook and twitter! And you can also visit his website, nicholassparks.com :)

Did you like my post? And do you also love Nicholas Sparks’ books? Tell what you think about this post! :)

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