Elliebit's Cozy Corner
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4 Stars
Dare You To
Dare You To - Katie McGarry
4.5 So that was fabulous!!
It wasn't expertly woven like a Dessen novel, it didn't have sophisticated/whimsical language, and the anguish and pain certainly mean it was not light-hearted. But it was original and it was ok solid. And I liked the MCs! Which is definitely important. I was rooting for Ryan and Beth all the way. Their romance made sense.

ETA: All that said, my friends list had very diverse reactions to this book, even rating it 1 star. So read with caution!
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1 Stars
An Engagement in Seattle: Groom WantedBride Wanted
An Engagement in Seattle: Groom WantedBride Wanted - Debbie Macomber
Could not find separate book just for 'Bride Wanted' as that is the book I borrowed. Let me put it this way, It was horrible. Total waste of my time. I can't believe I made it a little past halfway thinking it would get better; it didn't. I'm done with this.
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2 Stars
In Spite of Everything
In Spite of Everything: A Memoir - Susan Gregory Thomas
2.5ish-3.
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1 Stars
We Are Water: A Novel
We Are Water - Wally Lamb
Wrong Lamb book to start with.
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3 Stars
Spell Bound (A Hex Hall Novel)
Spell Bound - Rachel Hawkins
3.5 stars.
I absolutely agree with every word in Wendy Darling's review.
So if anyone is curious, just mosey on over because she says it way better than I ever could. (Especially with all my emotional ways.)

True facts: Love the series, but sorry that this capstone book was a letdown. *sigh of disappointment*
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4 Stars
Demonglass (A Hex Hall Novel)
Demonglass - Rachel Hawkins
4.5 stars. Near perfection for ya paranormal (Totally different level than PJO).
I love this series and the plot twists. Thank goodness the characters grow, but geez this love triangle is driving me nuts! Is this really necessary to build the story? Not in my opinion.
I know many of my goodreads people did not enjoy the insta-romance bits, so I have to address it: I did like that storyline. I like Cal, he's a great backup character, but it's not fair to him to be in such small and marginalizing role. The whole betrothal thing? So not relevant. In any case, the principal romance works for me because of the almost Lily/James-ness of it, and because of their romance stemming from their friendship. I believe the banter - I hear it everyday in real life. Those couples are cute and awesome and not overly couple-y and just thank goodness they're not all over each other! Which is why I believe the relationship between Archer and Sophie. Plus, I'll admit, the whole fate-working-against-them-thing-but-still-end-up-becoming-close totally adds to their story for me.

But in all actuality, the whole story drove me nuts - literally. I was going crazy: clutching at my hair, flailing, legs in the air, yelling at Hawkins. Seriously, you name it, I was probably doing it.

I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book and the Brannick series after that!
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2 Stars
The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives
The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives - Katie Couric
Shannon's review says it all!
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2 Stars
Falling For Gracie
Falling for Gracie  - Susan Mallery
Ok. Not great. Super marysue normal MC. everyone else is pretty despicable.
Also, sidenote: really jealous of the cool cover of the cake falling from the platter. Why does my edition's cover have to be stupid?
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3 Stars
Keeping the Moon - Sarah Dessen
Solid 2.5
It's been years since I've read these Dessen books, and I still love her, but this one just didn't thrill me. Everyone was a bit strange (a lot weird), not like anyone I've ever known. Plus the love story did not convince me.
Keeping the Moon is one of her quieter stories, with strong lessons that can only really be appreciated once you've experienced them in real life. My heart aches for all those who've yet to 'become'; don't worry, you've got it inside you.

Eh, you know what, it's grown on me and I keep thinking about it. I'll round up: 3 stars.
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2 Stars
Wish List
Wish List - Sylvia Day
A short that made short work of annoying me. Definitely steamy in some places, but overall undermined by total lack of transition. Out of nowhere, there is instalove and insta-everything, really. I cant believe this is an actual published work.
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4 Stars
What Happened to Goodbye
What Happened to Goodbye - Sarah Dessen
Fabulous.
Sarah Dessen's writing always makes me feel cuddled and safe.
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5 Stars
Hex Hall (Book 1)
Hex Hall - Rachel Hawkins
Way better than I expected it would be. Like, woah! First few chapters were a bit clunky, but it got rolling soon and I couldn't put it down.
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2 Stars
Lip Service (Lone Star Sisters, Book 2)
Lip Service - Susan Mallery
Honestly so d@mn boring. I wont give it one star - just bc the writing wasn't horrible. It was ok, typical of her standard. Very different from how she writes for Folk's Gold, though.
(Stars are given based on overall experience: emotional and cognitive. If writing quality or style causes disconnect essentially.)
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3 Stars
This Lullaby
This Lullaby - Sarah Dessen
I remember reading this book in high school....oh, the nostalgia. It felt so different reading it now; new experiences under my belt, and everything doesn't feel as dramatic anymore lol
Not my most favorite of Dessen's books, but an admirable peer. I adore her writing though, almost ss much as I cling to Melina. Marchetta's.
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5 Stars
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling
Very easy read. Laugh out loud funny. Just about perfect. Kaling gets you to relate with her right away, and makes you laugh while doing so. I feel as though I've gotten to know her and have made a new friend. I started watching The Mindy Project over the course of reading this book, and quite a bit of her comes out in her onscreen portrayal. Sincere and witty, Kaling has added a fan to her legion.

Not quite a perfect 5, more like a 4.999... but I rounded up. I would gladly read another book of hers.
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3 Stars
Christmas on 4th Street (Fool's Gold Romance)
Christmas on 4th Street - Susan Mallery
Solid book. Not sure about the rating.
Normally I read Fool's Gold books all at once; this time, I had a few days break between readings and lost the plot's momentum somewhat. So the ending was just ok for me, which is a shame because I remember being really enthused during the lead up.

Anyway, I really liked this military/bodyguard section of romances by Mallery. It's been cute ;)