August 2017 Reads

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Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls Series #1)Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Undecided how I feel about this one. It was good but I didn’t love it like I expected.

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The Death Cure (Maze Runner, Book Three)The Death Cure by James Dashner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner, #2)The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Beautiful (Beautiful Bastard, #5)Beautiful by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m sad to see this series end but I really enjoyed it! I liked Jensen and Pippa and it was fun to see them interacted with the couples from the past books. I loved the multiple epilogue chapters at the end. Great book, wonderful series. I love CLo.

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Beautiful Boss (Beautiful Bastard, #4.5)Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4)Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I didn’t like this one as much as the other full length novels in this series. I couldn’t really connect with Niall and Ruby, though I really wanted to. I got so frustrated with Niall. I liked Ruby well enough. It just didn’t make me Feel like the other books have. That aside, I love this series and Christina Lauren.

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Beautiful Beginning (Beautiful Bastard, #3.5)Beautiful Beginning by Christina Lauren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love these novellas! It’s so fun to get to catch up with certain aspects of the BB characters lives in between reading books about a new couple.

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Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard, #3)Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Of all the BB series books this one is definitely my favorite, so far. I love a friends to lovers story and this one was that. I also love siblings bff stories and I got that in Player also. I’m a happy reader. It doesn’t hurt that Will and Hanna are smoking hot together either.

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Beautiful Bombshell (Beautiful Bastard, #2.5)Beautiful Bombshell by Christina Lauren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved it, as expected. A great mix of wit, steam, and heart. I loved getting little glimpses into the lives of Chloe/Ben and Sarah/Max. Can’t wait to read Will next!

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LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about this one after reading a few reviews. I love Rainbow Rowell. But I’m not married and don’t have kids so I wasn’t sure if I’d really feel connected to this story. I’m so glad I took the chance! I really enjoyed the entire story. It was a great journey and I found myself tearing up at the end, though I can’t really say why.

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Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard, #2)Beautiful Stranger by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This review is also posted here.

The summary for Beautiful Stranger starts with “a charming British playboy” and goodness gracious if that isn’t true. I can almost say that I loved BS more than Beautiful Bastard, and that is huge. My love for it was great. There’s something about about Max Stella though that made me not only swoon, but fan my blushing cheeks too. He was also a nice guy, not at all what I expected him to be, which is fantastic! I love when a story surprises me.

Max Stella has quite the reputation in New York City. He’s almost constantly mentioned in gossip articles and often photoed with various women. There are even paparazzi that follow him, trying to get the goods on him when they can. From the outside looking in, it appears that he is only out for a good time, using women and then throwing them away when he’s done. It’s easy to see why people view him as the playboy but there’s so much more to Max. He is a caring, charming, smart business man with so many layers. It was fun to see those layers revealed as the story built. I loved loved loved Max. I can’t say those words too many times. He was a great character.

Sara Dillion has just moved to NYC from Chicago, after ending a long term relationship with her cheating jerk of an ex fiance. She’d had no idea all those years she spent with him were fake. Or that he’d been using her to further his career. Devastated, Sara decides she’s not going to get involved with another man. No more relationships for her. One night out with friends leads to one sexy, steamy scene in a club with a Stranger. Once the encounter is over, they go their separate ways, except Sara keeps running into the debonair man! It’s almost like he’s following her, turning up in the most random places.

One of my favorite parts about these two characters is their chemistry. It’s intense, but not only on a sexual level. There is a lot of fire between them; arguments and hard headedness everywhere. They are both incredibly strong willed and that makes me love them, especially Sara. It’s nice and refreshing to find a female character in this type of novel and have her not be weak or simpering. She’s strong, strong enough to stand up for what she wants when it comes to her career and life. She has guts. I think that is one of the things that Max is drawn to. There’s a brain in Sara’s head and she uses it.

The progression of Sara and Max’s story is so well paced that I never once got bored or felt rushed. I saw their relationship grow slow and steady. I saw them both learn about themselves and each other. They evolved into a great pairing. I really can’t say enough how great this story was. I wanted to start over from the beginning before I’d even finished it.

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Beautiful Bitch (Beautiful Bastard, #1.5)Beautiful Bitch by Christina Lauren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a novella for the Beautiful Bastard series and since I’m rereading/finishing the series I wanted to read the novella’s too, as I missed them the first go around. I forget how much I enjoy novellas until I read one again. I like that we got a snippet more of Chloe and Bennet and what they’ve been up to since Beautiful Bastard wrapped up. I laughed and I swooned, which really, is what I most look for in a romance themed book. Christina Lauren is such a great writing team. I’m annoyed with myself that I didn’t get caught up on these books sooner. Can’t wait to go forth!

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Beautiful Bastard (Beautiful Bastard, #1)Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I originally read this as The Office, a Twilight fanfiction, then when it was published as an original novel I read it then too. I loved it both times but as the rest of the series was released I fell behind. Now that the series is complete I decided to go back to the beginning. It was just as delightful and yummy as I remember it being the first time!

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FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I AM SO DELIGHTED BY THIS BOOK!!! As a former(?) fan fiction writer myself I smiled the entire way through Fangirl. It brought back a lot of great memories and made me want to get my laptop out and finish some writing projects. This is my second Rainbow read and I have loved both. I need more Cath and Levi!! I need my own Levi! I wasn’t really a fan of Wren until the very end, but I feel like she redeemed herself. But Leviiiiiii. *chin hands*

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Later y'all, Amanda

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