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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Review:

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. :)

Bookish Review: Charade by Nyrae Dawn

Title: Charade (Games, #1)
Author: Nyrae Dawn
Publication Date: 22nd October, 2012
Pages: 213
Format: eBook
Genre: NA Contemporary

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Synopsis:

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection.

Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom’s dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it’s what he wants too.

Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought? Soon they’re trading one charade for another—losing themselves in each other to forget about their pain. The more they play their game, the more it becomes the only thing they have that feels real.

Both Cheyenne and Colt know life is never easy, but neither of them expect the tragedy that threatens to end their charade and rip them apart forever.

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Two people whose paths intertwined for a reason. Two people who thought they could fool everyone wit a game of charade that they agreed to play. Little did they know that they were only fooling themselves.

When I first saw this book on goodreads, I really thought the cover is cute. But what really made me read it was the fact that I was so intrigued after reading the synopsis. Although I haven’t read any of Nyrae Dawn’s books before, I wasn’t expecting to love this book as much as I do now. I was actually hooked from the very first sentence up to the end. It’s one of those books that you’ll find hard to put down.

“This is a game. Our game. One that I asked for, but with each day it felt more real. More real than anything ever has and I’m not sure how I feel about that.”

I loved Cheyenne from the start. I admire her for how she was able to handle her a-hole boyfriend and how she showed him that it wasn’t hard for her to forget a douche like him. When really, all she wanted to do was hide in her apartment all day just so she wouldn’t bump into him inside the campus. With her panic attacks and the finding her mom, she still managed to put up a strong and brave Chey in front of other people.

Colt, on the other hand, was lovely. People may think of him as a bad boy, but you’ll soon find out why he is such a prick sometimes. I immediately fell in love with him. His inner thoughts made me feel his pain in such a way that I thought it was my own. I love how he is willing to do anything for his mom and how he manages to smile in front of her when it hurts like hell inside to see her slowly withering away.

“I thought this was a game,” I remind him.
“Not anymore and you know it. Everything else in my life is all fucked up. This is the only thing that’s real.”

Nyrae Dawn did an awesome job in this book. Her writing style was perfect which catches the readers from the start. I liked how Chey and Colt were exchanging charades for another one moment and then somewhere in between exchanging them, they find light in each other’s arms; they found themselves slowly falling in love and what they are for the other is no longer a charade.

“This isn’t a fucking game anymore. No charades here. I don’t know exactly what to call it, but whatever it is, it’s ours. I’m going to latch onto it. And never let go.”

I was surprised with how I suddenly loved this book. I cried buckets while reading this. I recommend this to all the NA readers out there.

Bookish Review: Eleanor & Park

Title: Eleanor & Park
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: April 12, 2012
Pages: 327
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA Contemporary
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Synopsis:

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly red hair, she couldn’t stick out more if she tried.
Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book – he thinks he’s made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor… never to Eleanor.

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose.

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Do you still remember the first time you fell in love? Do you recall the first time you felt that your heart is beating fast? As if it wanted to jump out of your chest, like it was asleep for a long time until that moment and you cannot understand what you’re feeling? Do you remember how shy and awkward you felt when you’re with that person? Of course you do, because you’ll never forget your first love.

Eleanor was this new girl in town and she has a very complicated life. With her Mom being too scared to stand for them, her siblings who’ve changed since the last time she saw them and her very awful evil stepfather. Plus, the way she dresses caught all the bullies’ attention in her new school. Great, just great. And the she met Park. And somehow, things got even more complicated… but still beautiful.

I loved this book! I knew I had to read it the moment I read the excerpt from goodreads. I loved how the story reminds us of how awkward it felt when we first held hands with our first love and how it confusing and weird the feeling was.

I admire Eleanor’s character. How strong and true she is. She doesn’t try to be someone else and she tries to ignore what everyone says about her. And Park, I loved how he somehow changed throughout the who story. He is just so adorable! I love how he was willing to get in all those trouble just to protect Eleanor.

This is a really great book! I find the pacing a bit slow during the first few chapters but still… I loved it so much! I really recommend this book to everyone.

What do you think of my review? Have you read this book too? Link up your reviews, I’d be happy to read them! :)

Review: The Elite

Title: The Elite (The Selection #2)
Author: Kiera Cass
Published: April 23, 2013 by HarperTeen
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback
Genre: YA Dystopian
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Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Iléa.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Rating:

5 half

Review:

In The Selection, I was actually as confused as America when it comes to choosing between Aspen and Maxon. I seemed to like them both in some ways but for different reasons. (Read more?)

After reading The Elite, Aspen kind of gained more points for me. I can see how devoted he is to America and how willing he is to do anything for her, and how he fought for her. I was, on the other hand, disappointed with Maxon. I understand how confused he was with America’s feelings, but the pain of seeing someone you love with someone else? That’s just.. Unforgivable. I cannot really imagine myself being in that situation, it aches deep down inside just by the thought of it.

The Elite was better than The Selection, it was more detailed and there were more happenings. I felt the pressure, the pain and confusion that America went through. In some ways, I see myself in her. Like, when she was so confused about her feelings with Maxon because of everything that’s happened, so she held back her feelings and tried her best not to talk to him in that kind of way. I was kind of like that before, too (but not because there was another guy. Lol). Also, America’s passion to change the caste system was admirable, a lot of people weren’t in favour of what she did, but I was one of the few who admired her courage to tell the whole of Illea.

It was quite amazing how Kiera wrote this novel. From how to run a country, to one’s own problems and struggles, to choosing, and to love.

“It wasn’t like I made his world better. It was like I was his world. It wasn’t some explosion; it wasn’t fireworks. It was a fire, burning slowly from the inside out.”

After all the things that happened in this book, after having to look at America’s thoughts which was full of confusion, I was still able to smile through all of it in the end. And oh, I cannot wait to read The One!

How about you guys? Have you read this series already? What do you think about it? If not, I swear, you guys should read it!

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