May 30, 2014 · 9:17 AM
My Last Kiss
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: June 10th 2014
Source: Blog Tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club
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What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?
Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.
If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made–good and bad–that led to her last kiss.
I like mystery stories and this book sounded like it could be really good. Cassidy we only see alive for the very first chapter and for the rest of the book she is following others around trying to solve the questions behind her own death and falling into memories as she recovers them. One part I did enjoy was seeing how people reacted to her death, like her family and closest friends. Aimee and Ethan were the characters I liked the most. They were very devoted to Cassidy and great people to her. Madison I never really liked from the beginning because she was so back and forth.
There were a bunch of time jumps since there are so many flashbacks as Cassidy gains memories and we fall into them with her. At several points it confused me when we went into the past because there wasn’t a clear transition all the time, but it becomes easier the more you read. For me, there weren’t any characters that were super amazing, but most of them were likeable. Others could be hard to keep up with because we didn’t really see them enough to care to really remember their names.
Several points of the book were predictable, aside from one that I can think of. And though there was a lot of predictability, I still enjoyed following Cassidy’s story as she unraveled what happened to her and what happens between her and Ethan. Though this book isn’t amazing, it is still an enjoyable read and I recommend it to those who enjoy mysteries and ghost type stories.
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Bethany Neal writes young-adult novels with a little dark side and a lot of kissing! She is obsessed with (but not limited to): nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, pickles, and dessert.
You can find her locked in her Writertorium for insane amounts of time. But, hey, insanity is fun! My Last Kiss is her first novel.
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Filed under 3.5 Stars, Contemporary, Fiction, Giveaway, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Young Adult
Tagged as Contemporary, Fiction, Giveaway, Mystery, Paranormal, Review, Young Adult
May 6, 2014 · 9:32 AM
So, some of you may have noticed I’ve been missing for a bit. Well, it isn’t without good reason. It has been hard to keep up with everything lately with how busy I have been and how crazy everything was for the past little bit. I had three of my family end up in the hospital and I have also been dealing with my own health issues. I almost lost my nanny to a stroke, which I posted about earlier and thankfully she is doing much better, but sometimes it can still be hard for her.
As for my own health issues, I have a couple different things going on, luckily none are life threatening, but can be tough to deal with and depressing, so I haven’t felt like doing a whole lot lately, including reading, so it has been hard recently to feel up to some things. I even debated on ending the blog, which I genuinely do not want to do, but it is getting so so hard to keep up with it lately with everything that is going on and life in general. But I REALLY REALLY do not want to end it because I do love it and the people that are in the blogosphere.
I also made a really important decision two weeks ago, and that was to apply to go back to school to get a bachelor’s in creative writing. I know it isn’t necessary to have a degree to become a writer, but I feel like it is something I need to do for myself because I love school and I love writing and I really want to embed myself in it. This will make me busier as well, along with work since some big things may be changing for me at work, though nothing is finalized yet so I can’t say with certainty right now.
With all of this stuff keeping me busy, it is going to make it hard to keep up with updating regularly on here, but for now, I am not going to stop blogging, but I will post when I can, which probably is not going to be near as often as I’d like. And thank you so much to those who kept posting for my meme Cover Crush, even when I couldn’t get myself going to do it. So that is what has been going on in my life and I hope everybody is doing well!
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Tagged as Random, Updates
May 3, 2014 · 12:20 AM
Cover Crush is my meme here at On The Shelf where beautiful and eye-catching covers are spotlighted! Any cover can be showcased whether it be old or new, read or still sitting in your TBR stack. Please join in, link up and enjoy some beautiful covers!
Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.
Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.
Why I’m Crushing:
Oh, you guys, this cover!! This is probably my second favorite cover for this series and I especially love the gorgeous lotus blossom and her purple eyes. I like how they went with seeing her only in reflection and all the detail that went in to this beautiful work. It follows nicely with the rest of the series and fits right in. I’m definitely going to have to have the physical copy of this book!
I know I’ve been missing for a bit, but there is good reason. I’ll post an update very soon!
Hope y’all like my Cover Crush for this week and Goodreads wasn’t working for me at all, so there is no link with the image this time. If it works for me tomorrow, I’ll add it in. Have a fantastic weekend!