Book 101: Laid Bare

Book: Laid Bare by Lauren Dane
Source: borrowed ebook from library
Goal Progress: 101/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

I had started another Lauren Dane book which wasn’t all that good so I tried this one instead. I really liked the first part of this book, I thought the characters were engaging and interesting and had tons of chemistry. I liked that when they got back together, there wasn’t a lot of drama about it, they just did it. I didn’t love all the extra drama that was included, the thing with the friend, the hearing, etc, I thought there was enough stuff already going on especially given they had to deal with the families given their living situation. The writing sometimes felt a little bit stilted, but was far better than the other book of hers I was reading. And quite frankly, I didn’t need Ben in the picture at all. As a friend, sure, but more than that… I  didn’t care for it. However, the book overall was enjoyable and I’ll take a stab at the next one.

Book 100: Every Word

Book: Every Word by Ellie Marney
Source: borrowed from Library
Goal Progress: 100/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 4/5

Whoa, how intense. I have learned that Rachel is rather boring on her own. Once she… got into trouble… I got a little uninterested until Mycroft came back into the picture and then I was interested once again. I also really loved the beginning part with Mike. What a great brother. And Alicia was adorable. I think I’d really like to read this in its entirety as a series. Which means waiting until next year when Every Move comes out 😦

Strong 4 stars.

Book 99: Badger

Book: Badger by C.M. McKenna
Source: bought to read
Goal Progress: 99/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5/5

Slow start to the book. We spent too much time in Adrian’s head just hearing about her (boring) life. I needed more dialog, Cara McKenna writes the best dialog and this was lacking. It was a little more interesting towards the end, and I like the impact of Badger on her life but I don’t know… this book wasn’t a hit for me. Maybe I’ll like it better on a reread, but not her strongest work.

Book 98: Sins In the City

Book: Sins in the City by Cara McKenna
Source: bought to read
Goal Progress: 98/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 4/5

Holy smokes.

I love CM novels. I love that there’s rarely this huge declaration of I love you.  They’re not planning their furtures together. Their relationships are SO real and level headed. She never gives you the impression that this is meant to last forever, because who knows. Quite excited for the next one.

Book 97: The Fifteenth Minute

Book: The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen
Source: bought to read
Goal Progress: 97/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 2.5/5

This is far and away my least favourite of the Ivy Years books. I thought the writing was a little sloppy in comparison to her first few books. Or maybe it was that enjoyed the characters far less so the mistakes stood out more? For starters, it should be Corey Callahan, not Corey Callihan. I thought DJ and Lianne were cute together for the first half of the book, and I was really into it, but after they finally hooked up, they got annoyingly obsessed with each other and every touch/kiss/night was basically described as the best ever. I’ve also been finding her sex scenes unrealistic and kind of strange. I did appreciate how early the reader was told what the situation was with DJ. One of my biggest pet peeves is when a book keeps you in suspense the entire time, only to be let down with the reveal. The last half of the book felt like it was cramming too many issues into it. Lianne’s family, her manager, the party, the trial, all this happened in a matter of a few chapters. I think a few issues could have been cut out or spread throughout the book. Also, the resolution to DJ’s situation was wrapped up way too neatly, way too quickly.

Book 96: Hard to Let Go

Book: Hard to Let Go by Laura Kaye
Source: borrowed ebook from the library
Goal Progress: 96/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5/5

I loved the chemistry between Kat and Beckett (though, it quickly turned a little too instalovey). I thought their characters and relationship were interesting and well done. I’m not a huge fan of the Seneca (?) plot, and I don’t always buy her characters when they are working on the case. But I was happy everything got cleared up at the end. I’m still not sure I really need to read the first two books, there’s so much recap that I don’t feel like I missed anything story wise and the other relationships just seem so boring in comparison to the other ones so… we’ll see.

Book 95: Roman Holiday: The Adventure Begins

Book: Roman Holiday: The Adventure Begins by Ruthie Knox
Source: borrowed ebooks from the library
Goal Progress: 95/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 2/5

I’m not sure what happened to the next 5 books (can’t find them at the library), but I’m not sure I care. I should have known that when the first episode didn’t capture my attention last year that I would not enjoy this. But I trudged through to the end of book 5 and I don’t care to continue anymore. I didn’t really enjoy Ashley or Roman and I felt zero connection between them. I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of this serial book thing.

Book 94: Dumplin’

Book: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Source: borrowed ebooks from the library
Goal Progress: 94/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

I think I went into this with my expectations too high. It got some rave reviews early on and I thought it was very average. I thought the pageant was going to take up more of the book, instead Willowdean didn’t even really care about it! She was too busy stringing two guys along, I guess. I feel like it would make a much better movie than a book. Which apparently it’s being made into. I felt very meh about the whole thing and towards the end, it started feeling a little bit preachy.