Tuesday, July 1, 2014

MINI BOOK REVIEWS: CHANGING FOREVER by Lisa De Jong and TEN TINY BREATHS & ONE TINY LIE by K.A. Tucker


Yes, you've read it right. I've just decided to make MINI BOOK REVIEWS for CHANGING FOREVER, TEN TINY BREATHS and ONE TINY LIE. The reason for this is because of the books that I've read and haven't written a review yet are piling up already.  *runs around the house and sobs*

Sad. Last week, I'm supposed to marathon the TEN TINY BREATHS series by K.A. Tucker for the release of FIVE WAYS TO FALL. But then decided not to push through it on the last minute thinking that it'll drown me in all the more. I told myself that I need to catch up at least with some of the books that I've recently read and make a review for it before I continue on reading moooore  books! Anyways, let's get started with this thing... 

Title: CHANGING FOREVER (Rain #2) 
Author: Lisa De Jong 

SYNOPSIS 

I’ve always let my past dictate my future, letting it paint a picture of exactly what I don’t want to be. Where I don’t want to end up.

Drake Chambers is as arrogant as I am stubborn. A college quarterback, a national star. I thought he was just another one of those guys … the type every girl should stay away from, but he’s carrying more than the weight of the football team on his shoulders.

He unravels the feelings and beliefs I’ve held onto for so long.

I thought we had it all figured out. Two people who’d finally found their happily ever after, but the past always has a way of sneaking into the present.

With one decision, everything changes … forever.





I finished reading Changing Forever yesterday and for me it was a good read and addition to the Rain Series. Yes, there's definitely feels between Emery and Drake but it wasn't as emotional as When It Rains with Kate and Asher (ASHER *sobs*). 

The plot for Changing Forever was quite simple. If you're a keen observer or tries to note down some lines in your mind (and try to think if there are hidden messages behind it), I'm sure you'll be able to figure out the storyline/twist of this book even before reaching the 50% mark of the it. And I hate myself for being that! *pouts* Though,  I ended up still being surprised because it really did follow through with my guesses. *O*

I love how the build up between Emery and Drake happened. It wasn't an insta-love type or anything near rushed. There were parts of the story that tended to be a bit dragging (which I understood why it's needed) because of the situations the characters were in and the decisions that they've made. Decisions that they were subjected to do because of them still chained to their pasts. There were some moments wherein I would want to jump inside the pages of the book already and shake some sense into them. 

Lisa De Jong delivers another heartfelt book injected with important messages to her readers. Through this book, we see how one's past can greatly affect his/her life if he/she doesn't free his/herself from it. It somewhat limits us on what were supposed to do in life which is to enjoy and live it. Sometimes we tend to over think everything we do in life that we forget to have fun while doing it. I'm not saying that it's bad to plan out and think about it but when you do it too much it defeats the purpose of fun, being in the moment and living it to the fullest. Another thought that this book imparted to me is that some of the best things in life happens when it isn't planned. Be spontaneous from time to time 'cause you'll never know that it could probably bring out the best moments you'll have in life. 

All in all, I definitely recommend this book to you guys.  To those readers who've read When It Rains already, I'm sure you'll want to know and read about a book also set in the WIR's world. The author tried to inject a few cameos of Kate and Beau ... a mention or two about Asher. All good stuff. 


“Two different people. Two different worlds. Two different dreams” 

Rating: 4 stars



Title: TEN TINY BREATHS
Author: K.A. Tucker 

SYNOPSIS 

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.



Ha! I correctly guessed it! Why oh why does my brain need to work that way. Lol! I keep on spoiling myself. 

Anyways, this is the first book that I've read coming from K.A. Tucker and I honestly don't know what to expect on how she deals with the plot, her characters and the developments that they go through.  Though, I've heard nothing but great reviews about this series so I was extremely excited to finally jump start into reading it. 


Ten Tiny Breaths is a story about loss, acceptance, love, forgiveness and learning to fully live again after years and years of being plunged into the darkness. It dealt with quite heavy topics but K.A. Tucker was able to inject lightness into the story through her female character, Kacey Cleary. She's so sassy and could possibly be the queen of comebacks. We also have Trent, who's the love interest of Kacey. He's a sweet guy and just wants Kacey to experience the kind of happiness that she truly deserves. But then their past ... Oh boy their past. 


I tell you, this book totally didn't disappoint for it was able to convey the messages K.A. Tucker wants to impart to her readers. Predictable yet such a lesson-filled story. Tucker's writing style is so beautiful. She bares her characters all out with each sentence or conversation they have. You'll be wrapped around their fingers and no matter how you try to escape it you'll still end up being tied to their emotions already. 


For me, the best part of this book is the set of characters and the whole atmosphere K.A Tucker has managed to create. Right off the bat, you'll be drawn to them and get the sense of wanting to get to know more about each and every one of them. You'll end up caring for them and wanting to be a part of their journey in life. Inside your own head you're already begging for them to have their own novels in this series. Yep, that's what happened to me. Everyone was just so interesting and has such great personalities that I would love for all of them to be equally highlighted. Good thing, K.A. Tucker has planned to do that. 


Rating: 4 stars



Title: ONE TINY LIE (TEN TINY BREATHS #2) 
Author: K.A. Tucker


SYNOPSIS

Livie has always been the stable one of the two Cleary sisters, handling her parents' tragic death and Kacey's self-destructive phase with strength and maturity. But underneath that exterior is a little girl hanging onto the last words her father ever spoke to her. “Make me proud,” he had said. She promised she would...and she’s done her best over the past seven years with every choice, with every word, with every action.



Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy that she’s going to someday marry. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots, a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say ‘no’ to, and Ashton, the gorgeous captain of the men’s rowing team. Definitely him. He’s an arrogant ass who makes Livie’s usually non-existent temper flare and everything she doesn’t want in a guy. Worse, he’s best friends and roommates with Connor, who happens to fits Livie’s criteria perfectly. So why does she keep thinking about Ashton?

As Livie finds herself facing mediocre grades, career aspirations she no longer thinks she can handle, and feelings for Ashton that she shouldn’t have, she’s forced to let go of her last promise to her father and, with it, the only identity that she knows.


We cannot take away the fact that K.A. Tucker did it again with One Tiny Lie in terms of her writing. It's beautiful and you can easily detect what messages she wants to send out to her readers. But I was just  disturbed with some of the decisions and actions of the characters in this book. Especially that it dealt with a very no no no subject in my book. *shakes my head* ... That's why I ended up giving it 3 stars. 

Dr. Stayner's probably my favorite character in this book! He just keeps on popping out everywhere. LOL! I enjoyed all of the scenes he was in and his character definitely added a special something to the series. It was also great seeing the other characters that we've met in the first book interacting and being with Livie when she felt like the world was crumbling down on her. I love it when authors do that in their series. 

Anyways, I may have not liked this book that much but it doesn't mean that I'm not going to read the other books of the series. In fact, I'm so stoked to get my hands on the third and fourth book of the Ten Tiny Breaths Series! 

Life’s all about trial and error.
Rating: 3 stars

That's pretty much it for now, booknerds and fangirls! Three mini book reviews for three good reads! I hope you guys will pick these books up and give it a try. <3


2 comments:

  1. I've read Ten Tiny Breaths and One Tiny Lie, too. They were good books and I had fun while reading it but they aren't books that I'm necessarily in love with. They are both fairly predictable but still fun! And I agree with you - Dr Stayner is my favorite character, too!

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!

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  2. Yeah. They're just an okay book but there's the effect that you still would want to read the next books of the series! HAHA! Dr. Stayner is the bomb in these books! He's so awesome and just there for the characters! <3

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