ARC Review: Hooked

Title: Hooked
Author: Liz Fichera
Series: Hooked #1
Genre: Young Adult, , Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: January 29th, 2013
My Rating: 4 Stars

When Native American Fredricka ‘Fred’ Oday is invited to become the only girl on the school’s golf team, she can’t say no. This is an opportunity to shine, win a scholarship and go to university, something no one in her family has done. 

But Fred’s presence on the team isn’t exactly welcome — especially not to rich golden boy Ryan Berenger, whose best friend was kicked off the team to make a spot for Fred.

But there’s no denying that things are happening between the girl with the killer swing and the boy with the killer smile...


When Fred Oday, a Native American, gets invited to join the boys golf team of their school, she is not exactly welcomed by the whole team. In order to get to the team, one of their teammates lost the spot to give Fred hers, who happens to be Ryan Berenger's best friend, Seth. But when they get teamed up for the game, Ryan sees that Fred is actually an amazing golf player. Things change and Ryan doesn't know whether to side with Fred or his best friend.

I actually read Played for a blog tour without having read this book first, but I remembered recently that I have a copy of this book from Netgalley, so I went ahead and read it. I liked this one better than the first one because this one was already good from the start, unlike Played which only picked up near the last 30% of the book. 

After having read Played, I was not sure whether I would enjoy this or not, but I was caught by surprise by how much I did enjoy it! It was amazing how both Fred and Ryan battled the discrimination and prejudice of having an "inter-racial" relationship. I didn't like Ryan at first actually, because even though he knows what his friend's doing is wrong, he was not able to stand up for what he knows is right, but slowly, he becomes better. It's amazing how there was growth in the story.

I really liked this one, and it is told in double point of views, so it's an added bonus! I recommend you guys to try this one! It's an easy read and it's not exactly fluffy, but not exactly heavy either.

Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don't Own Yet

In random order, these are mostly books that are not available in my country. Since my mother has forbidden me to order books from the internet, I have no idea how to have my way around this. I cry. 

  When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

  Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

  Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys.

  For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything.

  Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

  Champion kickboxer Haley swore she'd never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can't stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she'd stay away from. Yet he won't last five seconds in the ring without her help.

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own.

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat... and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

Alexi Littrell hasn't told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

It all starts with one little lie…

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High.

Unofficial 'Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

  This month's 'Bout of Books challenge is around the time of my finals week, so I only plan on reading 2-3 books. I should not be participating at all, but I just couldn't resist read-a-thons!

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols (Edelweiss) 
320/320 pages

On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
419/419 pages

Allegiant by Veronica Roth 
12/526 pages

Waiting on Wednesday

  Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

  She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

  Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

  They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

  War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing

  From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

  Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

ARC Review: This Girl

Title: This Girl
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Slammed #3
Genre: New Adult, , Romance, Contemporary
Publication Date: April 30th, 2013
My Rating: 5 Stars

  Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

  In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series

  I can't believe I've put this off for so long, but I'm thankful because it saved me from my reading slump. This was just the perfect book that I needed to read again!

  This Girl is just as beautiful as the first two books in the series, and I learned as many things from here as the first two books. To be honest, one of the reasons why I've put this off for so long was that I was afraid. Afraid that this book wouldn't match up to my expectations, wouldn't match up to the first two books that I love with all my heart. But I was wrong. So, so wrong, because this books matched my expectations and more. 

  Lake and Will are now married and are on their honeymoon. Lake makes Will tell her what was going on in his mind during some of the events that happened from the day that they first met, to the night of their honeymoon. Told in Will's perspective and alternating between the past and the present, this book brings in a whole new perspective into the series that everyone - including me - have loved so much.

  As much as I was afraid to start this book because I might be disappointed, this book actually became my favorite book in the series. It was amazing to know some moments with Julia that Will has never told Lake, and it was also amazing to know what went down in their honeymoon, and after that, in their marriage. While I was reading, I felt all the emotions that there was. And even though some of the moments were just repeats from the first two novels, it still hurt me because of the way Colleen Hoover writes. I was smiling, laughing, crying, hurting, and nodding along with the characters. It was just so beautifully written, and I couldn't help but be affected by everything.

  Throughout the whole series - but especially in this book - I have come to admire and respect both Will and Lake. They are both young, but were both forced to grow up and mature so fast. And yet, despite everything life threw at them, they still managed to survive. After all the hardships, responsibilities, misunderstandings and bumps in the road, these two made it, and are now happily in each other's lives. Despite everything, they know how to appreciate everything and be happy with whatever life has given them. 

  I loved how this book featured all the characters that I loved from the previous books (Kel, Caulder, Kiersten, Eddie and Gavin), and that it's not just about the honeymoon. I loved how Julia was prepared for everything, and that she thought of every detail. I love the poetry, and I loved reading the ones from the first two books again. Until now, they still affect me as much as they did when I first read them. 

  This book is the perfect ending to the amazing series that I have loved from the very first book. I know for a fact that reading this just once isn't enough, so I'll be sure to visit these characters again after a while. And I also know that this is a book that I will be shouting out for everyone to read.

  Colleen Hoover has written yet another masterpiece, and I just love every page, every sentence and every word of this book. Each page touched my heart, and each sentence resonated within me. Reading everything from Will's point of view brings this book to a whole new level of amazingness, and I have no idea how to get over this. Hands down, this is one of the best series of all time, and Colleen Hoover is one of the best writers of all time!

  I can't believe this is all over already. As I read these words, 

"I can't help but think back on these past two years and all we've been through. The heartache we had to endure to get here and the tears we've all shed in the process. I don't know how one minute, a person can think his life is nothing more than a barren valley with nothing left to look forward to. Then in the blink of an eye, someone can come along and change it with a simple smile."

  I felt happy and sad at the same time. Happy that everything came together so beautifully, sad because the book was saying goodbye to me. If it were up to me, I would want this series to be endless.

  I feel so happy right now because of this book. I will go to sleep tonight with a huge smile on my face and with a new-found appreciation for life and for everything that I have gone through. Because "it (life) doesn't get all up in your damn way because it wants you to give up and let it take control. Life wants you to fight it. Learn how to make it your own."

“I held this girl in my arms
She wrapped her tiny fingers around mine.
It was then that I realized.
She was the fusion.
The glue.
The cement that bound all my pieces together.
The piece that seals my puzzle.
The piece that completes my life.
The element that makes me who I am.
Who I was.
Who I'll one day be.
You, baby girl.
You're my final piece.”

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