Monday, May 27, 2013

Collateral Book Review

Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Atria Books
Publishing Date: November 6, 12




Book Description


From the New York Times bestselling author of Triangles comes an exquisitely told story about a young woman torn between passionate first love and the gripping realities of war.

Meet Ashley, a graduate student at San Diego State University. She was raised in northern California reading poetry and singing backupin her best friend’s band. The last thing she ever expected was to end up a military wife. But one night, she meets a handsome Marine named Cole. He doesn’t match the stereotype of the aggressive military man she’d always presumed to be true; he’s passionate and romantic, and he even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a deeply felt, sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments. Cole desperately wants Ashley to marry him, but when she meets another man, a college professor, with similar professional pursuits and values, she begins to see what life might be like outside the shadow of war.

Written in Ellen Hopkins’s stunning poetic verse style, Collateral captures the hearts of the soldiers on the battlefield and the minds of the friends, family, and lovers they leave behind. While those at home may be far from the relentless, sand-choked skies of the Middle East and the crosshairs of a sniper rifle, they, too, sacrifice their lives and happiness for their country at war. And all must eventually ask themselves if the collateral damage it causes is worth the fight.


My Thoughts

‘Collateral’ was Ellen Hopkins second book in her adult series and oh my goodness was it fantastic.

Cole is a marine and Ashley is a college student who wants to be a social worker. They are in love but can their love survive the war?

‘Collateral’ was a bombshell of a novel. It was a hard hitting, dramatic, tear down your heart strings, action packed, page turner.

I loved this book, I have many members of my family who have served this country in the military so this book really hit home for me.

This book discusses what these soldiers really go through. Nightmares, post-traumatic stress disorder, paranoia, substance abuse, you name it, soldiers suffer from it, they come back and they have nothing. They don’t have the jobs they were promised or the homes they had when they left.

Denial is a wide spread disease in this country, war is real, everyone realizes this fact but not many people realize the fact of what war really is and what it does to the soldiers.

Ironically the day after I finished ‘Collateral’ a marine showed up on my doorstep. He was doing a program for wounded soldiers. His story broke my heart, 23 years old, he was shot, lost his hearing in one ear, and had lost all of his memories from his junior year in high school back do to a blast that sent him flying, leaving a piece of remnant in his head. He also suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The horrible things he went through to serve his country and now the government won’t even pay for their tuition to go to school. It just breaks my heart.


Every time you see a soldier you should always give him or her, your thanks. A simple ‘Thank you for your service,’  will not cost you anything but it may have cost them more than you can ever understand so please just do this one simple thing, it is your civilian duty as far as I am concerned.


Everyone should really read this book, it is a big eye opener for many and it is beautifully written. I highly, highly recommend it.



This book really captured it. It was a truly amazing book, written brilliantly.

Ashley and Cole’s story was a really tragic one and sadly it happens around the world every day. A soldier returns home broken beyond repair.

A soldier sent back to his wife and children and a coffin never getting to say goodbye,

A mother getting nothing but her daughter’s dog tags, always wondering if there is a possibility that she somehow survived, when there were no remains.

A soldier losing her limbs before she is even 25 and can truly even begin her life.


That is war. War is ugly. War is real. War is and always will be Satan’s favorite form of entertainment.

* I bought this book on my own and decided to review it. All opinions shared in this review are my own. I did not receive compensation for this review.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Possession (The Plus One Chronicles) by Jennifer Lyon Coming Soon

Alright my little bats the time has arrived! Only a few days left until the much anticipated release of Possession (The Plus One Chronicles) by Jennifer Lyon. This is the second book in the trilogy and it will continue Kat and Sloane's story. As you all know I am absolutely dying for this book! I cannot wait to continue this story I am sure it will be steamy and brilliant. Nothing less is ever given from the wonderful Jennifer Lyon.

* This is the second book in a three series book, you should read 'The Proposition' before reading this one.*

Possession comes out May 28, 2013. I suggest you make a reminder on your calendar or pre-order right now!!! You don't want to miss this book I promise!

Below are a few links where you can find out more about the book and where you can order it :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Identical Book Review

Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publishing Date: September 16, 2008


Book Description


Do twins begin in the womb?

Or in a better place?

Kaeleigh and Raeanne are identical down to the dimple. As daughters of a district-court judge father and a politician mother, they are an all-American family -- on the surface. Behind the facade each sister has her own dark secret, and that's where their differences begin.

For Kaeleigh, she's the misplaced focus of Daddy's love, intended for a mother whose presence on the campaign trail means absence at home. All that Raeanne sees is Daddy playing a game of favorites -- and she is losing. If she has to lose, she will do it on her own terms, so she chooses drugs, alcohol, and sex.

Secrets like the ones the twins are harboring are not meant to be kept -- from each other or anyone else. Pretty soon it's obvious that neither sister can handle it alone, and one sister must step up to save the other, but the question is -- who?


My Thoughts


Ellen Hopkins is definitely one of my tops for favorite authors. Anything she writes I just devour. ‘Identical’ was no different, it was a non-stop, drama filled; punch you in the gut kind of book. I couldn’t put it down. Ellen writes her books in such a unique poetic way and yet they pack such a punch that they hit my emotions much harder than any book written in regular verse.


‘Identical’ touches some very tough issues. Incest, death, attempted suicide, and eating disorders are just a few of them. The girls in this story are identical twins and they go through hell and the sad thing is there are girls all over the world that live through their own personal hell every day. This is their reality. That is one of my favorite things about Ellen’s books; she hits on dark subjects and sheds light on them. It makes them more known, when a lot of people live in a world of denial.


‘Identical’ was such a great book, I don’t even think I can do it justice in words. The ending was such a mind warp, let me tell you! It was crazy! I did not see that coming in any shape or form. It was a shocker. I won’t give any of it away because it is just too good to spoil.

You will just have to read it for yourself and trust me you don’t want to miss this book!

* I bought this book of my own accord and decided to review it. All opinions expressed in this review are my own. I did not receive compensation for this review.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Ba(n)d Romance Book Review

Ba(n)d Romance
Sarah Billington


Book Description


Jordan thought she and Paul were forever. Then she found out about Missy: Paul’s other forever.
Now it’s the night of the sophomore dance. Jordan’s on stage with her band, Paul’s text bombing her and Missy’s in the audience with murder on her mind. Unfortunately, it’s not Paul in Missy’s sights.

Another short and sassy story from Sarah Billington.




My Thoughts


This was a fun and quick read. Mind you it was a short story but I would probably read a whole book about this character. It was a bit different from what I usually read now. I read a lot of stories lot this in high school however and I really enjoyed them.


This was a very light read and I enjoyed the high school drama in this short story. I also liked the fact that Sarah wrote a complete story in short story form, there is nothing I hate more than a short story that leaves you hanging and doesn’t even tell a complete story at all.


I also liked the characters in ‘Ba(n)d Romance’ Jordan was someone I think a lot of girls can relate to.


This was not the case with this one and I really like the style of writing in this short story as well. I would recommend this short story and I will definitely be checking out some of Sarah’s others work.

* I recieved this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expresssed in this review are my own. I did not recieve compensation for this review.