June 29, 2013

Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

Title: Two-Way Street
Author: Lauren Barnholdt
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: June 26th 2007

Rating: 3.5/5

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There are two sides to every breakup.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They're even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney -- for a girl he met on the Internet.

It's too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney's heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days. La la la -- this is Courtney pretending not to care.

But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he's got a secret or two that he's not telling Courtney. And it has everything to do with why they broke up, why they can't get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

I recently discovered this book on the meme Top Ten Tuesday, I saw it mentioned in several blogs (can not remember if it was in the travel  or summer readings) but it caught my attention and after reading the synopsis I decided to read it.

The story begins on the day that Courtney and Jordan are going to do a road trip that will take three days from Florida to Massachusetts, a trip they planned to do together months before and everything would be great, if Jordan had not break up with her a few weeks before because he met a girl on the internet and to make matters worse Courtney's parents do not want to buy a plane ticket, which could avoid the three anxious days of having to spend them with her ​​ex-boyfriend on their way to college.

The book is told from Courtney´s and Jordan´s POV. So we can see both sides of the story during the trip, but what I liked most was that also I got to see the before and How the began dating, because despite being nearly four years in the same class, the didn´t frequented the same social circles and rarely had crossed a word before they start dating.

I had fun with Courtney, she has a great imagination and it was fun to watch how she imagines Jordan's new girlfriend and the kind of conversations they would have. And also she gets in a lot of trouble when she´s trying to make Jordan jealous . Meanwhile with Jordan his biggest problem is communication ..... he could have avoided many problems with Courtney if he had not followed the advice of his best friend B.J. (which I don´t think he should follow his advices) and have told his "secret" before it was too late.

Overall, Two-way Street is different from the contemporary books that I read regularly, is a light, refreshing, fun reading, it´s somewhat a little predictable but I really enjoyed it. And I can not wait to read its companion novel - Right of Way, which is about Peyton, she is Courtney’s cousin.

Stacking the Shelves (27) - Monthly

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga´s Reviews, which showcases the books we've purchased, won, borrowed and received in the mail.

These are the books in my shelves from the past month.

Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn #2) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian (goodreads)
Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt (goodreads)
Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young (goodreads)
The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns #3) by Rae Carson (goodreads)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (goodreads)
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (goodreads)
Time After Time (Time Between Us #2) by Tamara Ireland Stone (goodreads)
The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider (goodreads)
Parasite (Parasitology #1) by Mira Grant (goodreads)
Shutdown (Glitch #3) by Heather Anastasiu (goodreads)
Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover (goodreads)

Thank you very much to Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Greenwillow Books, Katherine Tegen Books, Disney-Hyperion, Orbit Books, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Atria Books, St. Martin's Griffin, Edelweiss and Netgalley for the egalleys.

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2) by Katie McGarry (goodreads)
The Boyfriend List: (Ruby Oliver #1) by E. Lockhart (goodreads)

El Rey Demonio (Seven Realms #1) by Cinda Williams Chima (goodreads)
Erebos by Ursula Poznanski (goodreads)

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson (goodreads)
The Curse of the Wendigo (The Monstrumologist #2) by Rick Yancey (goodreads)
First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson #1) by Darynda Jones (goodreads)

Mind Games (Mind Games #1) by Kiersten White (goodreads)
Article 5 (Article 5 #1) by Kristen Simmons (goodreads)
Crewel (Crewel World #1) by Gennifer Albin (goodreads)

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols (goodreads)
Also Known As by Robin Benway (goodreads)
Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn #1) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian (goodreads)

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer (goodreads)
Losing It (Losing It #1) by Cora Carmack (goodreads)
Faking It (Losing It #2) by Cora Carmack (goodreads)

Falling Into You (Falling #1) by Jasinda Wilder (goodreads)
On Every Street (The Artists Trilogy 0.5) by Karina Halle (goodreads)
Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle (goodreads)

Captive in the Dark (The Dark Duet #1) by C.J. Roberts (goodreads)

Just Remember to Breathe (Thompson Sisters) by Charles Sheehan-Miles (goodreads)
Shattered Promises (Shattered Promises #1) by Jessica Sorensen (goodreads)

What books did you get?
Leave me your link in the comments.

Don´t forget to enter my current giveaway:
June New Release Giveaway Hop (INTL) - HERE.

June 28, 2013

The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

Title: The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: October 12th 2011

Rating: 3/5

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Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.

Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.

Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist...

I got this ebook for free a long time ago, when it was self-published, but I never got the chance to read it until now. I've heard many good things about Abbi Glines books and I've bought another ebooks (that I have yet read). I like this book, but I don´t know if it's because I started reading it with great expectations, but I did not like as much as expected.

From the beginning the plot screams disaster, because it can not end well that the main character falls in love with the cousin/best friend of her boyfriend. Ashton, Beau and Sawyer were all childhood best friends and did everything together until four years ago she became ​​Sawyer´s girlfriend and Beau decided that he no longer wanted to be friend of Ashton.

Beau and Sawyer are cousins​​, best friends and one would do anything for the other, that is until Beau decides to act and recognize the love he had felt for years for Ashton. And Ashton is tired that all the people in town expect that she will be perfect, because as the preacher's daughter and Sawyer´s girlfriend, they can not expect anything different from her. So while Sawyer is on vacation, Ashton and Beau decide to try to rescue their "friendship" that was lost when she became Sawyer's girlfriend.

I think that Ashton and Beau could had do things differently, but strangely by the end of the book I wanted that Ashton and Beau end up together. And for most of the book I was expecting that Sawyer was a fake and that he was not as perfect as all people thought he was, but Sawyer is a very good guy, who loves Beau and Ashton and although there is a part where I would like that he had act differently, he´s my favorite character of the book.

Overall it is an entertaining read and although I never got to like Ashton, I'll definitely read the next book (but not soon), The Vincent Brothers because I want to read Sawyer´s story.

New book covers

June 27, 2013

Book Cover Battle #47: The Maze Runner

This section or meme is call Book Cover Battle, the first time I saw it was at Books Passion for Life as UK vs US  and  Bookaholics book club as UK vs The World but because I don´t live in the UK, I can´t name it that way, so for now is Book Cover Battle .

This week book cover battle is

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
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US                                                         UK
Spanish (Latin America)                                       Spanish (Spain)
German (hardback)                 German (paperback)
                                     Chinese                                             French                                           
Korean                                           Polish
Romanian                                                   Vietnamese

I like the US Spanish, Chinese and French covers and of these my favorite is the French cover. I also like the UK cover.

What do you think? Which is your favorite?