Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

Better off FriendsBetter off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a sweet contemporary YA story! I loved the dynamic between the two best friend characters, Macallan and Levi. And honestly, when I read all the descriptions of this being like a "When Harry Met Sally" but in a teen cast and environment I wasn't sure it would work; mostly because those are big shoes to fill (that film is a classic!) and also because the humor is so important to that type of story working that I knew I'd be disappointed if it was lacking it.

When I started reading this I also wasn't sure what exactly the title was suggesting...does better off friends really mean the story will pan out and show that platonic co-ed friendships not only can happen but also work better than if those two people had dated? Or does it mean the title is playful and this couple of friends were really best friends and then more? Because it could go either way and I'd have been happy because this book was written so well, with humor and emotion that feel real and worth it all either way too.

So I won't spoil that outcome, just read it and enjoy the funny and tender moments that only best friendships can bring you. Especially those "oldest best friend" relationships that spring up magically in school days and last as magical footholds throughout our adult lives. Definitely read Better Off Friends if you're in the mood for something sweet and fun:)

Thank You to Scholastic for the review copy via NetGalley.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Forever (Temptation #3) by Karen Ann Hopkins

Forever (Temptation, #3)Forever by Karen Ann Hopkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It's taken me a bit of time to write up my thoughts on this one. Mostly because I was reading a ton of other books at the same time and I needed space to ruminate on all of them. But I also wasn't completely sure how I felt about the ending. I won't give anything away but the cliffhanger from book 2 was a good one. I just couldn't decide what I personally wanted to happen lol. On one hand I was with her dad in terms of figuring things out, but then I'd be completely with Rose's thinking too. After all I loved her and Noah's sweet romance and couldn't bear to lose that emotional investment. I wanted my happy ending dammit! lol

The series is about an Amish guy and "Englisher" girl that fall in love, and then their two worlds collide. It's romantic and dramatic and totally sucks you in. And I am happy to report that readers do get a happy ending. It's just after some crazy and rough tragedy. Also, I really hope the author picks up the storyline of Rose's brothers later on. Both Sam and her little brother have some very good set-ups for spinoffs of their own.

Thank You to Harlequin Teen for the review copy via NetGalley.