Book review: Bad for you by Abbi Glines

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Bad for you by Abbi Glines

Series: Sea Breeze (#7)

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Published: April 1st 2014

Goodreads: Innocence was never meant for the addictive… 

Addiction was something Krit Corbin accepted as part of his nature a long time ago. He decided to embrace it and flip his finger at the rules. Women had always been the number one thing on his list of addictions. He couldn’t get enough. Being the lead singer in a rock band had only made access to his favorite addiction that much easier.

Being alone was the only thing Blythe Denton understood. The small town minister’s family that raised her hadn’t accepted her as their own. The minister’s wife had always made sure Blythe understood just how unworthy she was of love. When Blythe is sent away to college and given a chance to finally be free of living as an unwanted burden, she looks forward to having peace in her life. Being alone isn’t something that bothers her. She escapes reality in the stories she writes.

However, the ridiculously sexy tattooed guy who keeps throwing parties in the apartment above hers is driving her crazy. For starters, he doesn’t treat her like she would expect a guy with a different woman always hanging on his arm to treat someone as uninteresting as her. She looks nothing like the gorgeous women she sees parading in and out of his apartment, but for some strange reason he keeps showing up at her door.

During a party at his apartment, Krit’s new neighbor comes to the door with her long brown hair pulled up in a messy knot and a pair of glasses perched on her cute little nose. She wants him to turn down the music, but he convinces her to stay.

Krit Corbin may have just found his biggest addiction yet. And Blythe Denton realizes too late that she’s finally been claimed.”

 

Review:

 

Yes, I guess you have noticed by now, I’m a big Abbi Glines’s fan… what can I say, she’s awesome. Her books make me feel angsty, swoony, red-hot mad and red-hot other thing *giggles*

I don’t know why but I have this thing for books whose main characters are: virginal, sweet, innocent girls and bad/playboy, alpha guys. My mom probably dropped me a couple of times when I was a baby, I wouldn’t be surprised if she did cause I’m pretty weird sometimes *coff always coff*

I thought this book would only be about some unresolved business the main male character had, like not being able to keep a stable relationship, or idk, child drama, or even being unable to utter a certain four letter word, you know, the thing you usually read on every NA book nowadays…

This book was about that, but mainly, about the main female character, Blythe. Like I said before, I admit I have a soft spot for sweet, innocent main characters, yet Blythe was still able to bring something new to all the other book characters I’ve ever met. I can’t praise her enough, really.

Anyway guys, I really want you to read this one, even if you don’t like Abbi Glines’s books (I am aware of some bad critics), or if you don’t know Abbi Glines at all.

This book can be read as a standalone, so please give it a try!

My brain and insides turned into mush after reading this book. Hopefully it will make you feel the same! 

I won’t even go further and explain how the book starts, as I usually do, I just really want you go ahead and read it like I did. I started reading this book without even reading the summary, which a must to me!

4.5 very sexy Chibis

Never Too Far by Abbi Glines

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Never too Far by Abbi Glines

Series: Fallen too Far (#2)

Publisher: Smashwords

Published: 25th February 2013

Goodreads: He had held a secret that destroyed her world. 

Everything she had known was no longer true. 

Blaire couldn’t stop loving him but she knew she could never forgive him.
Now, she was back home and learning to live again. Moving on with life… until something happened to send her world spinning once again. 
What do you do when the one person you can never trust again is the one that you need to trust so desperately? 

You lie, hide, avoid, and pray that your sins never find you out.”

 

To read my review of Fallen Too Far click here!

*This review contains SPOILERS*

I loved Fallen too Far, as a matter in fact, I loved it so much I have already read it about four times. So when Never Too Far got to my hands I couldn’t wait to open it and read it.

One of the best things about this series was that you could see the story happening through Blaire’s eyes. And one of the things I dislike the most about New Adult books is the two POV thingy going on. It was interesting to read only from Blaire’s POV cause you had no idea what Rush was thinking.

But then, one I got to the 2nd chapter all I said was “Holly shit, what did Abbi Glines do?” Seriously, WHY? She ruined it! I was so mad, I’m still mad cause Fallen too Far was one of my fav books and she ruined it! It felt like she just threw a rock at my face.

So I have something to tell every single New Adult contemporary romance author, don’t do it, just don’t. Ever heard of the “hey, what’s he thinking? gosh I wanna know it but don’t at the same time”? Yes, well it’s a real thing. Just write from the girl’s POV and nobody will get mad, and if you do, don’t do it on the SECOND F***** book!!!

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One problem with Abbi Gline’s books is that she now writes with two POV’s, ALWAYS. I wish sometimes she would just stop and think… perhaps she did, perhaps I’m being an idiot about this, I’m sure there must be readers who actually love reading a book with two POV’s… well, I’m NOT one of those.

Moreover, Abbi could’ve just written Never too Far from Blaire’s POV and then once the readers had reached the end of the book, surprise, surprise, special scenes by Rush’s POV. That way everybody would be happy, no damage made.

I honestly think Abbi loses a lot, as a writer, by writing with two POV’s. But that’s just my opinion… I still love Abbi Gline’s books, but I was so disappointed with Rush’s POV… damn, the only positive thing about it was that you were able to see Nanette better as a person. Now, I know a lot of people hate her and want to strangle her most of the time, believe me, so do I, but I couldn’t help but feel sad for her. The one we should really hate is Georgiana, Nanette’s and Rush’s mother.

Throughout the book you see how deeply Rush loves Blair, although sometimes I felt he didn’t love her enough… And Blaire she forgives him too easily, and I’m not talking about her jumping hormones, cause seriously, that was hot, I mean when Nan has her accident, Rush rushes to the hospital (“Rush rushes” haha) and the bastard literally throws a pregnant Blair out of the fucking car, what-the-hell, oh, he also “forgets” to call her for a week, I found myself wishing Woods would make his moves on Blair.

But in the end, Rush understands that he would eventually lose Blair if he continued to act like an idiot, hopefully on Forever too Far he will change his ways.

All in all, I rate this book with

3.5 Chibis

 

Female Book Characters: Strong vs Weak

When I start reading a book I get into the head of the lead character, whether it is female or male, although obviously it is easier to get into the female’s… since we both share the same reproductive organs and all…

 Anyway, today I’m just gonna talk about two types of Female book Characters: Strong, as in, they don’t need to be constantly saved, can think for themselves, usually have dealt with lots of messed up situations throughout their lives, and some of them even know how to kick ass kung fu style.

And the other type Weak. Not weak in the whole sense of the word. Usually this type depends a lot on her friends or boyfriend, needs to be constantly saved and often annoys the hell out me when she can’t decide or do anything for herself.

There’s then, of course the combination of the two. Sometimes a character, who I consider either strong or weak, acts completely out of her “comfort zone”.  Sometimes this occasional change is needed, to build up the story.

If you ask me my favorite type I honestly don’t know… I’d say that my favorite kind of main character is the non-annoying kind. – Unfortunately, sometimes finding a character who isn’t annoying is hard to come by.

A weak-type of character doesn’t necessarily have to be a character who doesn’t know kung fu, or that a strong-type of character knows kung fu… I’m mostly referring to psychological features. Though… well, Kung fu always helps 😉

Going back to my point, as most female characters are what it is considered the weak type, I guess that most of my fav ones are “weak”… Though, as I mentioned before, the important thing is the character not being annoying, meaning, me not wanting to either bash her head against a wall of very pointy nails, or do the simpler option: throw to the book out my window.

Question: So, whats the best kind of female characters? Strong, weak or both?

It doesn’t really matter, it depends on several things, such as: like the quality of the writing, the plot in general, the background of the characters, and most important of all – The ANNOYING factor. These influence how much I will like the character.

In any case, I came up with a list of my fav leading female characters, I “graded” them with an S (Strong), a W (Weak) or an SW (Strong & Weak).

Neryn – Shadowfell series by Juliet Marrillier  – S

Kricket Hollowel – Under Different Stars by Amy A. Bartol  – W

Sadie White – Breathe by Abbi Glines  – SW

Brooke – Real series by Katy Evans  -SW

Layla – White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -SW

Savannah – Resisting Her by Kendall Ryan  – W

Camryn Bennet – The Edge of Never by J. A. Redmerski  -S

Alexandria Andros – Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout  -S

Avery Morgansten – Wait for you also by JLA  -even if “damaged” in some way, this girl is so brave, that I can only consider her – S

Penryn Young – Penryn & The End of the Days series by Susan Ee  -S

Mercy – Cambion series by Shannon Dermott  -W – and kind of annoying

Mara Dyer – Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin  -S

Sydney Sage – Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead  -SW

Anna Whitt – Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins  -W

Alice Bell – White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter  -W

Blaire Wynn – Too Far series by Abbi Glines  -SW

Maggie Master – The Significance series by Shelly Crane  -W

Theresa Gray – The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare  -S

Sookie Stackhouse – Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris  -S

Rose  ‘Fucking HathawayVampire Academy series by Richelle Mead (I’m sorry-not-sorry for the curse word, but it’s  Rose we’re talking about, she’s  whom I look up to) – S (with a BIG S)

Katy Swartz – Lux series by Jennifer L.Armentrout – S

Sophia Mercer – Hell Hall series by Rachel Hawkins  -SW

Jane Bennet Pride and Prejudice by the one and only Jane Austen (thank you Mom for showing me Jane Austen’s books)  -SW

And then there’s those books you totally loved but the lead character was so annoying!

Abby Abernathy – Beautiful Disaster & Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire  -W

Kiera Allen – Thoughtless series by S.C. Stephens  -W

Nora Grey – Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick  -W

Melanie Stryder/Wanderer – The Host by Stephanie Meyer (I want more books!!!)  -W

Juliette Ferrars – Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi  -SW

Evie Claremont – The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol  -W

Clary Fray – The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare  – W

Don’t get me wrong, I totally loved ALL the books I mentioned… but the lead characters made me think of violent things.

I hope this enlightened you in any way, if not, well, at least I hope you read the books I mentioned, they are all awesome in their own way. And remember, even if a book is considered canonical or not, you always learn something from it 🙂

New Adult – The Genre

For those who don’t know what New Adult books are, I found a good definition on Wikipedia (it always comes to Wikipedia, doesn’t it?).

“New Adult (NA) fiction is a developing genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket. The term was first coined by St. Martin’s Press in 2009 when they held a special call for “…fiction similar to YA that can be published and marketed as adult—a sort of an ‘older YA’ or ‘new adult’.”New Adult fiction tends to focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices. (…)”

My definition for NA is: “oh well, a genre for girls like me, who like steamy romances but not too steamy. Stuff tend to get sexy but not sexy as in erotica. ahaha”

I’ve read some erotica books but idk, sometimes it’s just too tmi. Also, usually, erotica books have stories that aren’t worth reading, cause the whole story develops around sex and everything else is cast aside. And by everything else I mean like the main character’s life besides sex… It’s just plain boring most times.

NA is also a mix between YA and Adult, it has YA’s captivating stories and Adult’s smuttiness. It is kind of perfect in my opinion! There are a lot of YA books out there whose couples come to the point that they just have to… have sex? (omg, I’m laughing so much while writing this), and well YA usually then gets like “He undressed me and kissed me. (paragraph) In the next morning I woke up, it was so beautiful (…)” I usually get like “WHAT?! where’s the sex?! that was it?” yeah well, I’ve felt this feeling way too many times… first time with frigging Breaking Dawn (four books to get to that…). However, that’s just what is YA is, it doesn’t get to IT.

New Adult joins what I love the most about YA and Adult books, it is a recent genre (I think), but it is evolving a lot, there are more and more NA books getting written and published every month. There are even authors who had always written YA and are now writing NA. I guess it’s because our society is getting more… sexual? Ha-ha idk, NA is now what’s IN I guess… Or because, like I said, it’s the perfect combination, the Ying and the Yang, awesomeness and sexiness (lmao!)

Anyway, I found NA two years ago, with the one and only Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire! After I finished this book I had just to look for other NA books, cause it was pretty awesome!

Now, two years later, I’ve read lots of NA books, found amazing authors and explored several different worlds!

Here is the list of my favorite New Adult books, I obviously totally recommend them to you if you are a NA fan, if you aren’t, I still want you to read them since they’re totally worth the try!

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens (my review)

The Vincent Brothers by Abbi Glines

Easy by Tammara Webber

The Sea Breeze series by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines (my review)

Captive in the Dark by C.J. Roberts

Rule by Jay Crownover

Frigid by J. Lynn/ Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

Wait for You by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Taking Chances by Molly McAdams

Even though I said NA sounds like the perfect genre it is not my favorite… YA still owns my heart! NA has a problem, the same one I mentioned about Adult, most times the plot is all about a couple and their hardships… Sure it might be interesting for a while but then you need something you can only find on YA, the thrill, the adventure, the it’s not all about love, it’s bigger than that. But little by little, I believe NA will become better on that matter.

Sofyy’s book review: Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1)

Fallen too Far by Abbi Glines

Series: Too Far (#1)

Publisher: Self-published

Published: December 14th 2012

Goodreads: “To want what you’re not supposed to have…

She is only nineteen.

She is his new stepfather’s daughter. 

She is still naïve and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. 

But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

Blaire Wynn left her small farmhouse in Alabama, after her mother passed away, to move in with her father and his new wife in their sprawling beach house along the Florida gulf coast. She isn’t prepared for the lifestyle change and she knows she’ll never fit into this world. Then there is her sexy stepbrother who her father leaves her with for the summer while he runs off to Paris with his wife. Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous. He is also getting under her skin. She knows he is anything but good for her and that he’ll never be faithful to anyone. He is jaded and has secrets Blaire knows she may never uncover but even knowing all of that…

Blaire just may have fallen too far.”

Review:

This book is so beautiful in so many different ways; I thought this was going to be just another Abbi Glines’s book. I must say that although I really enjoy Abbi Glines’s books, most of them are the same, the only difference between the characters from her books are their names, the plot changes, not much, it is all too equal. As such, I didn’t think Fallen too Far would make me seriously fall in love with it. But, surprise, surprise, it did! The whole book is so intense, throughout the book I found myself laughing, crying, going all “awww”, falling in love bit by bit for the amazing male character Abbi created… Rush Finlay… *sighs*

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