Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Books I Read in July

More Than Her (More Than #2) by Jay McLean
More Than Him (More Than #3) by Jay McLean
More Than Forever (More Than #4) by Jay McLean
More Than Enough (More Than #5) by Jay McLean
Lucas (Preston Brothers #1) by Jay McLean
Logan  (Preston Brothers #2) by Jay McLean
After reading More Than This last month I quickly read all of the other books that took place in that world.  All of these books were similar as they are companion novels, but I loved it.  I often reads book with the meet > get together > fight > break up > make up equation and I am never disappointed.  Each couple in these stories face very different challenges which keeps the stories from feeling too repetitive.  More Than Her and More Than Him actually follow the same couple so that also shook up the stories a little bit.  These were easy reads that I got off of Kindle Unlimited and I highly recommend you check them out if you're looking for some love stories. 

Thanks for the Trouble by Tommy Wallach
I read We All Looked Up a while back and absolutely loved the way Tommy Wallach writes so I was exciting to finally get my hands on this book.  I still love the way he writes, but I honestly don't really know how to describe this book.  It's written as a college essay - if a college essay could be an entire novel and not the 700 words I had to fit it all in.  And at the end he says something like, "Did I make this up or not?" and that's exactly what I was thinking the entire time!  Because surely an immortal girl doesn't come not your life days before she tries to kill herself, but then I started double guessing and not knowing what to believe.  This made me feel very confused as I read the book, which had a simple plot line.  I think this is also why I really enjoy Wallach's way of writing, because he can describe a weekend between a boy and a girl that makes you question whether or not there is some type of supernatural magic going on.  

More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost #2) by Brigid Kemmerer
This one was probably my favorite of the month.  It's the sequel to Letters to the Lost which I read last month and I love how the books compare people communicating anonymously to each other to people communicating anonymously to everyone but each other.  Rev and Emma talk to each other face to face (or back to back) and help each other open up about their families and themselves.  Emma has to come to terms that her parents are happier apart and Rev struggles when his abusive biological father reaches out to him.  At the same time, Emma is communicating with someone she thinks she knows, but actually doesn't because he uses the internet to create a fake identity.  It's kind of like Kemmerer's way of saying that even though we hope people who reach out to us end up being the Declan's and Rev's of the world, that's not always the case and the internet is a place you need to be really careful.

Dray (Custom Culture #3) by Tess Oliver
A few month ago I downloaded a free iBook called Freefall and within it there were two other couples.  I skipped book 2 in order to get to Dray and Cassie's story, but what I didn't count on was them being broken up most of the book.  That definitely wasn't the story I wanted to read, but it wasn't awful by any means of the word.  But I would say it was a little frustrating because both of them clearly wanted to be together, but Cassie wanted to try a new job opportunity and Dray didn't want to be blamed for holding her back.  When trouble does find Dray, Cassie drops everything in order to help them and his danger is what allows them to admit that they are important to each other. 

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry #1) by Simone Elkeles
Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry #2) by Simone Elkeles
Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3) by Simone Elkeles
This month is just full of repeat authors...This series I really enjoyed and it was different for me because the Fuentes brothers are Mexican and I admittedly haven't read many books with the main characters being so.  It gave me a glimpse into what a Mexican-American family might be like and how each member prioritizes family and friends.  All of the brother's face conflicts when they make decisions because they have their family, their girlfriends, and gang members all expecting different things so they know they can't please everyone.  Lives are at stake and family secrets are unveiled to kids who have classmates only concerned about what colleges to apply to.  And then the girlfriends all have things happening in their personal lives that prevent them from fully opening up as well.  The stories involve tough choices and finding balance between what they want to do
and what they have to do.  


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