Review:One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin

Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a lady while the guys move on without her.

Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni’s connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine’s Rent-A-Gent Service. 

But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love. 
First Line:"I love the beginning of a hunt."

Review: Toni a.k.a. McRib is a tomboy to the core. She has had the same little clique of guy friends since she was a kid. She spends her time going monster hunting and just hanging out with the guys doing guy stuff, but all that changes when one little screw up lands her in an all girls private school and she learns that there is a part of her that just might like being a girl and doing girly stuff with her new found friend Emma.

One of the Guys had romance which was very clean but it had more to do with friendship and trying to hold on to something when everyone is starting to go their own separate paths. Yes there is also this little hustle that Toni comes up with, a rent-a-guy service which creates all sorts of complicated situations as well but the book was really about friendship, even the reasoning behind why she created the so called "business" was because of her desperate attempt to keep her friendships with the guys from drifting any further then it already had.

I loved the humor and the drama and just the coming of age type of story that One of the Guys was, and lets not forget about Micah the boy next door who is also one of Toni's closest friends. The romance between them was sweet, I don't know how else to describe it. I loved seeing them going from just friends into something more.

Overall One of the Guys had very well written characters whom you could easily relate to and I enjoyed reading it. This was a great debut novel by Lisa Aldin and I can't wait to read whatever else she may write in the future.

Memorable Quotes 

~"I'm afraid my friends are all leaving me behind. I'm afraid they don't accept me anymore. I'm afraid of becoming the girl hung out to dry. I'm afraid to be different from them. I'm afraid that, without them, I'll become unrecognizable to myself."-Toni

~"Being feminine does not equal less than, Toni......."You're allowed to embrace your womanhood if you want to."-Emma


Review: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.

Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?
First Line:"Famous photographs wallpapered Mr. Oakley's journalism classroom."

Review: Perfect Couple is the second book in the Superlatives series and just for the record I haven't read the first book in the series Biggest Flirts and did not feel like I missed much since each book in the series will be about a different couple, although the characters from the previous book made quite a few appearances in Perfect Couple so it would have been nice to know their story as well. Also this was my first Jennifer Echols book, I've been meaning to read her books for quite some time and felt like this was a great introduction to her writing and will definitely be checking out some of her previous books and whatever she writes in the future.

So it's senior year and Brody and Harper have just been voted the Perfect Couple that Never Was. These two are complete opposites and both of them are dating someone else but after being voted Perfect Couple that Never Was they start thinking of each other in a way they never had before.

It was pretty obvious Brody and Harper weren't that into the people they were dating to begin with. Brody's relationship wasn't even serious and Harper clearly was dating a jerk so it all made it very easy to root for the two with their flirtatious ways towards each other. I wasn't a fan of how Harper thought she had to get a makeover just to get Brody's attention she was amazing the way she was and I liked that Brody let her know it in his own way when he asked her how come she doesn't wear her glasses and how he thinks she looks beautiful with them on. I loved both Harper and Brody they had great chemistry together.

There was one character that I wanted more of and am very excited to read the next book in the series ...Sawyer. This boy was just a secondary character but he is a lot of fun and I can't wait to read more about him. Another thing I liked in regards to the characters in general was the diversity.

Overall Perfect Couple is the perfect book if your looking for something fun and light with some really well developed and likable characters.

Memorable Quotes 

~"No opposites attract....Opposites may repel at first, but in the long run, they're the best thing for each other." -Brody

~"The more I knew about him, the more I realized he was not the guy of my dreams. He was better. And he wasn't mine."-Harper


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Review: Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw

Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw

I am different. I have always been different, but no one can know or my life will be in danger. So I hide in plain sight, wearing drab clothes and thick glasses and trying to be invisible. I’m so good at hiding, no one has ever noticed me. Until Ian…the mysterious and oh-so-cute boy I know I need to avoid.

Now I have been seen. And more terrifying still, I am wanted—by those who would protect me and those who would destroy everything and everyone I love. But if they’re all terrified about who I am, wait until they see what I can do… 
First Line:"This is all I know about my real mother."

Review: Okay right off the bat for some reason I really thought this book would have something to do with underwater creatures like Mermaids or maybe something else but it wasn't which was a surprise in a good way, the book had to do with a non-human race called Dewings the people of Atlantis.

Alison was a likable character. She knew she was different but nothing else. She has been thrown around in the foster system for most of her life with no clue on who her real parents are or why she is the way she is. She was once approached by a stranger warning her to stay below the radar and that someone was after her who wanted to use her special powers and because of that warning she became very reclusive, making sure to dress in a way that wouldn't draw any attention to her and just remaining friendless. I found Alison to be brave especially with everything thrown at her and I admired how she really cared about the people around her and was willing to do whatever it took to protect them.

As for the secondary characters I would have preferred them all to be a little more developed. I liked Ian the love interest, but same thing with him I wanted to dive a little deeper into who he was. Speaking of Ian the romance was there but it just kind of hung around in the background with little swoon moments here and there. This is actually one of those novels where I would love to see a second book to see how things progress with the two.

Alright now the evil guys. I think this is what made me drop my rating a little bit. To me the bad guys were just that bad...evil. I like my villains to be more complex with several layers to where even I hate them and feel some kind of emotion towards them. Then there was the ending in regards to the final face off between the good vs bad, it all just happened rather quickly and I found it to be a little anticlimactic.

Overall Atlantis Rising was an enjoyable read, even with the few issues I had there is so much more I want to know about the world since I felt there was a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the people of Atlantis that I'm hoping there will be a second book.

Memorable Quotes 

~"There are two kinds of emotional pain. The pain of loving and letting go, and the pain of never loving at all. I've come to believe that never loving at all hurts worse. My advice is to love with an open heart. If you have to leave the love behind, at least you have memories to take with you." -Lilian
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