The Girl Before Eve by Lisa J. Hobman

GBE Cover

She is my friend, Stewart Campbell, and if I see you pinch anything from her ever, ever again or try to push her over, I will punch you on the nose, and then I’ll tell Mrs. Craven and she’ll tell your mum, and then you’ll be grounded…forever!

Thus started the friendship of Adam and Lily.

When they were 6 years old Adam protected Lily from the school bully and ever since they have been inseparable.  As they grow their relationship stays relatively the same, despite the expectations of those around them.

They were two halves of the same whole. Two peas in a pod. They were the couple most likely to become a couple in high school, but had never actually made the transition from friends to something more than that. Always together but…never together.

Everything remains pretty much unchanged until…

The summer break prior to starting university had been a fateful one for Lily. One that in some ways broke her, but in many more ways she couldn’t possibly regret. It was the year she realized she was in love with Adam. She didn’t mean to fall for him; it was a complete accident. But fall for him she did. Hard.

Thus begins Lily’s inner struggle on whether to tell Adam how she feels about him or not. She doesn’t want to tell Adam how she feels and ruin their friendship, but she also knows she can’t live like this forever…that is until she accidentally introduces Adam to the love of his life.

“You’re not going to believe this!” She pulled the person who had been walking with her around to her side. “Adam…this is Eve! Ha ha! Adam and Eve.” She playfully gestured back and forth between the two. He smirked as his gaze moved up to meet the person in question. He swallowed hard and stared. Just stared.

Thus begins Lily’s heartbreak

This book travels with Adam and Lily through their lives, mostly taking place in their 20s and early 30s. I suggest that you be ready to scream in frustration when reading this book, but also know that there are a lot of heart touching moments as well (mostly frustration if I’m honest).

I give this book a 3.2 out of 5 stars. I gave it this rating because while it is a good book it can be confusing. I really liked Adam and Lily together from the beginning and was really frustrated when Eve came from nowhere to steal Adam’s heart. One thing that I really liked was that there was a song that went with every chapter and it pretty much set the tone for that chapter (and it typically matched how long it took me to read the chapter). One thing I do have to say is this, this book makes you scream in frustration and pull your hair out because you have to read from Lily’s point of view (how much she loves Adam but can’t tell him) then you have to read from Adam’s point of view (how much he loves Eve).  For me, rooting for Lily and Adam, I was pretty much dying inside. As I don’t want to ruin the story for you all I will say is this, everyone has closure in the end (so, read it if you dare).

Mayhem by Jamie Shaw

Mayhem cover

‘Did he leave you a voicemail?’ Dee asks. ‘Not yet. But he will.’ She nods as we both hop inside of her plum-purple Civic. ‘I still say we should’ve broken some of his shit.’ I shrug. ‘Then he’d be under the impression I care.’ ‘But you do care…’ I find the strength to give her a half smile. ‘ That’ll be our little secret.’

What starts as a girl’s night out to see the hot local band ends in heartbreak… and a new love?  Rowan could be your typical college freshman, except for the fact that she just moved in with her boyfriend Brady… who turns out to be cheating. Enter Adam, local manwhore and rockstar. Rowan is at one of Adam’s concerts dressed to the nines…

I look like Dee’s closet drank too much and threw up on me

Not her typical style but everyone lets loose once in a while right? Adam happens to be out for a smoke when Rowan rushes outside to get away from Brady when she discovers his unfaithfulness. Adam is intrigued by Rowan (whom he nicknames Peach) and he offers her a chance at revenge.

Weeks later Rowan thought that everything was over between her, Adam and her alter ego Peach. Until he walks into her French class, and is subsequently almost kicked out when she steps in and offers to be his tutor. The kicker is that he doesn’t even recognized her, Now Rowan is on tour with a man who doesn’t recognize her and the rest of his band.

After a while I pull out my phone and ask Adam exactly where we’re going. ‘All over,’ he says with an easy smile. ‘Can you be more specific? I want to let some people know where I’ll be.’ He raises his eyebrow at me, silent until I add,’You know, in case you decide to murder me. I want my friends to know where to look for the body.’

I gave this book a 4.3 out of 5 stars. I really liked all the characters, they weren’t all completely developed but seeing as this seems to be the first of a series I’m sure they’ll develop as the series continues. I have to say that I connected with Dee, Rowan’s sassy and slightly sarcastic best friend a bit more than her. I think this is because her reactions were a lot like mine as I read. My favorite thing about this book is that even though it is a series the book can be read as a standalone, I received closure about the two main characters and don’t have to read the next one to know more about them. I also like the way the author gets you connected to the other characters as well (which means that even though I don’t have to I will probably continue the series to find out how the others do 🙂 )

Leo (Sign of Love #1) by Mia Sheridan

Leo Cover

The Leo. A passionate lover by nature and a brave fighter by instinct.

When you have been waiting for someone to truly love you for what seems like forever, losing the one person who does hurts all the more… Evie’s a girl who grew up in foster care, her mother was an addict who didn’t care and her father’s not in the picture so when she’s placed in foster care at 10, she’s mastered the art of disappearing. Enter Leo, her loyal lion.

We met in the first foster care home we each were sent to. He’s my best friend in the world, the boy I’ve grown to love intensely, the boy who’s finally made it safe to dream. But he’s been adopted.

When Leo’s to be adopted at 15 he promises Evie he will write and call everyday he can…

“I’m going to kiss you now Evie, and when I do, it’s going to mean that you’re mine. I don’t care how far away from each other we are. You. Are. Mine. I’ll wait for you. And I want you to wait for me. Promise me you won’t let anyone else touch you. Promise me you’ll save yourself for me, and only me.”

Now its 8 years later and there’s still no word from Leo, Evie’s all but given up on him when someone new stalks into her life, literally.

I’ve heard that one of the reasons many serial killers are successful at luring victims is because they look like nice, good-looking, average guys. But I still can’t believe that the Adonis trailing me is someone to worry too much about, safety wise.

Jake has been following Evie around town for a while now and when she confronts him he reveals that he’s a friend of the man she has yet to forget, Leo. Now I could go into a bit more details but this is one of those books where I’m not sure how much is too much so you’ll have to read it for yourself 😉 .

I give this book a 4.7 out of 5 stars, it was engaging and I really fell in love with Evie’s character. The thing I liked best was the fact that the things that she went through definitely changed her as a person (good and bad), but she was able to grow from her experiences. She was able to take her circumstances and though there were times when she could have turned her back on humanity she pushed through. She made loyal friends and cared for those around her even though at times it would have been easier not to.

Octavian’s Undoing by Airicka Phoenix

Front Cover

The theory was that hell could only be accessed through death. Riley disagreed. The door to Hell, in her opinion, was standing in line at the post office when the air conditioner was broken and the temperature had skipped mildly discomforting and gone straight to downright inhuman

I have to say that the first lines of this book really pulled me in. The author has this way of describing things that really pulls you in… I mean

The worst was the man directly in front of Riley. The stench of him made her eyes water and the hairs in her nostrils scream in terror.

Yeah I almost covered my nose and it’s perfectly safe in my room far, far away from this guy. Riley is 19 and a bit desperate, she is the support for her family and she needs a job. Enter Octavian, a 6 foot something ‘stud muffin’. He drops his wallet and she, instead of keeping it goes to the address to return it. In returning it she meets his family and is even offered a job at the family establishment Final Judgement. This is great and really saves her right? I wouldn’t be so sure…

“Not her.” Octavian’s voice carried through as clear as a bell through the takeout window. “I don’t want it to be her.” “Octavian!” Kyaerin scolded. “She found her way here,” Liam said calmly, but there was an edge of warning. “There was nothing we could do. We have no choice. She’s hired”

Working at Final Judgement turns out to be a lot more than Riley bargained for and could end up with her fighting to save her soul. With creatures that seem to come straight from fairytales and her forbidden attraction to Octavian, Riley’s in for a lot more than she bargained for.

I give this book 3.4 out of five stars. Although I really loved the characters and they were pretty well thought out, I still don’t feel as if I truly know them yet. I hope that since this is a series the characters will become more fully developed as the series continues and I’ll come to love them more. There were also a few times in the story where I got a bit confused as to what was going on, but overall the storyline is very original and I can’t wait to see where the series takes me!

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

I just finished Ruin and I have to say that this is probably one of the most beautiful books I have ever read, from start to finish (dedication included) this book stole a spot in my heart.

Ruin Cover

Kierston is being crushed by something in her past; Wes is being crushed by something a bit more…physical. Both Kierston and Wes have things that are slowly destroying them, the difference is Wes has accepted his lot, while Kierston is stuck in a recurring nightmare. After an interesting introduction into one another’s lives…

“…and ran smack dab into a tree. Or at least it felt like a tree. But trees weren’t warm. And they didn’t have one, two, three, four, six, Good Lord, eight? Eight packs? Furthermore, had I actually been feeling said person’s eight pack? And, dear God, I was counting. I had touched each muscle. And great, my hand was still firmly placed against the guy’s stomach.”

Wes integrates himself into Kierston’s life and through helping her face her fears he begins to heal.

This is one of those books where you feel like if you say too much you’ll end up telling the whole story. This book was beautiful, (I keep saying it because it’s true) while reading I had uncontrollable bursts of laughter, breath stopping heart squeezes, a few tears, and thousands of jealous sighs (Wes is now one of my book boyfriends). One thing I really liked was that the author was really able to make me connect with the characters and understand their feelings.

“‘Oh.’ I hated how my stomach dropped to my knees, like he’d just told me he hated Christmas and wanted to burn every last romance book on my Kindle.”

I mean really? You see what I mean? Made my stomach drop, (You don’t even mention the words burn and book in the same sentence unless it’s to describe the events happening in said book).

I give this book a 4.3 out of 5 stars because it was powerful and beautiful (said it again), I feel like I highlighted half the book with quotes that every woman needs to hear at least once in her life.

The Mermaid’s Knight (Once Upon a Time Travel Series #1) Jill Myles

So, I decided to start my first book review with a book I enjoyed reading, it was fun to read and was pretty interesting too. I love to read books that take fairy tales and expand on them… I mean Hans Christian Anderson shouldn’t be the only one to tell us about the little mermaid right? (especially since he killed her and denied me my happy ending). So here is my review of Jill Myles take on the little mermaid.


Leah’s just had the shock of her life… it ended.

Thanks to a faulty seatbelt and a drunken asshole Leah is now faced with an interesting choice, she can continue in death and go to heaven or she can start her life over somewhere else… easy choice right? Did I mention her new life is practically that of the Little Mermaid? Well, thanks to Muffin her slightly off (in my and Leah’s opinions) FAIRY GODMOTHER she has that choice.

“ I have a fairy godmother?” dumfounded by that concept, she shook her head. “But I don’t understand. I’m the unluckiest person I know.” All her life, she’d had a streak of bad luck following her around. There was that time she’d gotten shot by a BB gun while walking home from school. And the time she’d caught fire at the family cookout, not to mention a string of accidents that would make a Hollywood stuntman cringe.

Muffin had the grace to look embarrassed. “Yes, well, I didn’t say I was the best fairy godmother, child.”

Leah is transported through time to the 15th century where she has one month to make Lord Royce (the local Baron) to fall in love with her, easy enough for an attractive 24-year-old right? Throw in the fact that she can’t talk, must make nightly visits to the local ocean in order to keep her legs hydrated, she transforms into a mermaid in water and the fact that the Lord thinks she is a spy sent to help overthrow him and it’s a recipe for disaster, fun, and yes, sex…

I found The Mermaid’s Knight to be a very fun and different take on the little mermaid. While it is on the tamer side, closer to YA in some ways it was also very engaging, it had me rooting for Leah and laughing at Muffin’s outfits (though secretly cursing her lack of helpfulness). Overall I gave this book a 3.4 out of 5 stars because though I liked the characters and such they didn’t grip my heart and make it bleed for them (a bit gory sorry) the way other books have. Though it only 3.4 stars it was still a pretty cool read and I really liked the idea that a woman from our time traveled back in time to fall in love (Doesn’t hurt that Royce’s hot too).

Funding your reading addictions

One of the biggest challenges for me as a college student who likes to read is… FUNDS!
As I realize that I’m not the only poor person made poorer due to book related impulse control (I can’t be the only person who argues with themselves over every new purchase), I decided to share my tips to read for less. There are several ways to go about reading for less…
The first is to subscribe to book blogs. Book blogs are some of the best places to find free or discounted books. This is because book bloggers are always looking for new books and discovering deals. If you were to look at a blogger’s webpage or subscribe to their facebook feed you will find that a lot of them share their free or discounted book finds.


The second tip is to check out this website The reason I like bookbub is because not only do you get free books, but you are able to personalize the types of books that the website recommends to you. It is also really nice because they have a lot of different platforms on which you can download your new book.


My third tip is to use twitter! I mean you have, most likely, at least looked at twitter right? If you have you know that twitter is all about talking to people, sharing (pretty much everything about yourself) and networking with others (stalking celebrities?). Well, it’s not just you that uses this platform! Authors use it as well… it’s a great place for them to get a buzz out on their new books and feedback from their readers. That’s why it’s so great. If an author wants to get out the fact that their book is currently free, what better place to announce it than on twitter?


My final suggestion to read books for free is to utilize your local library. I know, everyone knows about their local library and sometimes it’s just not probable to go to the library as many times as you want (or you just can’t carry enough books to keep you satisfied until you can next venture to the library). Well, this is where Overdrive comes in handy. Overdrive is something that was placed into someone’s mind by the reading gods and we should all be super grateful. Anyway, Overdrive is pretty much just your local library… in ebooks. This means that you are able to check out, put holds on, and recommend books for the library (which is awesome). So basically you can go to the library without actually leaving your house (and if you’re like me you will have multiple library cards in different states, university state and home state, and that gives you even more access to books!). Now these books are still from the library so you can only check out 6-10 books at a time for 14-20 days and they come in epub and kindle formats (if you download the Overdrive app, then you can download epub to your device via the app [audiobooks too if that’s your thing]).


So there you have it! These are my tips to relieving the stress that comes with not being able to purchase the books you want. I hope they help you as much as they have helped me.