Until Friday Night

Abbi, Abbi, Abbi… Let me tell you a little bit about Abbi Glines.  She is another one of my favorite authors.  She has a TON of books and I have read every single one of them, much like Colleen Hoover.  Abbi is seriously talented.  Her books are usually sweet, happy, loving and energetic.  The books are easy to read, have great stories to follow and the characters are perfect!  They are basically everything I look for in a book!

Up to this point, the Sea Breeze series was my favorite.  Abbi writes books about all the characters in a certain group (so every character gets their own book) which I absolutely love.  I love getting to read the stories of everyone in the book.  You get to see how they all met, how they all interact and you get to follow them all as they continue to grow throughout the books!

Well, Abbi finally started a new series with Until Friday Night and it is about what we all loved in high school (at least it was what I loved about high school)!  Hot jocks… High school parties… Your first love(s).. And some serious heartbreaks… The perfect amount of drama makes for some good books!

So I finally bought the book on Friday and I read the whole thing.  All 337 pages of it in less than 12 hours! I could not stop reading it (even when I was crying)!  This book was so sad at points that I was literally crying about half way through it and didn’t really stop until I was done!  I even sent a picture and a note to Abbi herself letting her know that she was making me cry while I was reading and it was NOT COOL…


So long story short.

Maggie moves in with her aunt, uncle and cousin that live in Lawton Alabama. As if your senior year isn’t hard enough, she is now moving to a new small town full of people that she doesn’t know.  It doesn’t help that she is trying to escape a very rough and dark past but you never know, maybe Lawton might be just what she needs to heal.  Meanwhile the star running back on the football team, West Ashby, is going through some very tough times with his family and instead of confiding in his closest friends, he turns to the most unlikely person to help him get through it all; Maggie.

Did I mention that Maggie doesn’t talk.  West uses the strength that Maggie gained from her dark past to help him get through his problems, while at the same time Maggie is realizing that she may be ready to re-enter the world and talk again.  The two of them are able to grow and help each other heal in their own way.  It may not make sense to everyone at first (since Maggie doesn’t talk), but  their relationship grows into something much more after they are both able to deal with their issues!


If this book doesn’t sound like your cup of tea then I am not really sure why you are reading this or why you are following me!  Seriously though.  I thought this book was so awesome.  The next book in the series is coming out next month and will follow fellow running back Gunner Lawton and I can not wait!  

Maybe I should start my own book club and just start sending these books out to people once I am done reading them!  My bookcase is getting a little too full!  Any takers?

Love,

Bri

The Cellar

Poppy, Rose, Violet, Lily… All of these words make you think of beautiful, soft and delicate flowers.  Flowers that are so pure and gentle to the touch.  Flowers that perfect.  For Summer, she learned all too well what is was like to live the life of a flower.  A Lily to be exact.  


It all started as a typical night for a normal 16 year old girl in England.  Summer met up with her friends at a club for a fun night out, but that soon changed that night when she was taken.  

Clover wanted a family that was pure and sweet.  What is more pure than fresh flowers? For Clover, Summer fit the role of “Lily”perfectly.  She was young, pure, loving and too naive.  Summer thought being kidnapped was the worst thing that could happen, but it got worse when she realized there were other “flowers” in the cellar waiting for her.  How long can these girls/flowers endure this life?


The Cellar is the 2nd book I have read by Natasha Preston and I am not sure why I keep reading them!  They are sad, harsh, abrasive and are usually about topics that are hard to talk and read about, but I CAN’T stop.  This story in particular was so captivating and real. Although this book was not happy a lot of the time, I still couldn’t put it down.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel (I think I read somewhere that it is in the works)! Even if there isn’t a sequel I may never look at flowers the same way ever again!

Still have no idea what I am talking about?  I don’t want to give too much away, so just go read the book!
Love,

Bri

Silence…Shh…

A couple of weeks ago I was looking through iBooks and found one that sounded interesting and the best part was that it was Free!  I repeat… Free… I download free books all the time, but that doesn’t mean I am going to read them.  Sometimes they are not great quality, they aren’t good or the writing style isn’t great.  I was pleasantly surprised with Silence by Natasha Preston.


Now before you go out, get this book and start reading it, you should know something!  The first book is free but the 2nd book is NOT and you have to read the 2nd book!  Like most authors, she leaves the 1st book with a huge cliffhanger forcing you to buy the next one in the series!  There is nothing wrong with that, I just wanted you to be warned!


This book was very emotional for me to read.  The main character, Oakley, is a girl with a dark and disturbing past.  While still a very young child something terrible happened to her.  Instead of getting help from those closest to her, she just stopped talking out of the blue and hasn’t talked in 11 years.  Her best friend Cole has known Oakley her entire life.  They grew up together.  He remembers a time when things were more simple.  He remembers a time when Oakley was perfectly normal and talking, but he has learned, better than anyone, not to push her to talk.  Sometimes it is better to accept people for who they are instead of trying to change them.

Silence will take you on a roller coaster of emotional turmoil.  I was laughing one minute and crying the next.  In the book, Oakley’s family only want to help her get better and talk again, but the harder they push to find out what made her stop talking the more she withdrawals.  The love of her best friend Cole may be the only thing that can help her heal, but will her past catch back up with her and ruin their relationship before it even really gets started?  Will she be able to fight her demons and start living her life before it is too late?


While I was reading this book, there were multiple times that I came across a word or a sentence that just didn’t make sense to me.  After a quick Google search, I found out that Natasha Preston was British.  I have a “thing” for British people/authors!  When reading a book by British authors, I get to learn a little bit about their culture through their writing!  I just learned what the “boot” of a car was while reading this book!

Overall I can not say enough good things about this book and author.  I highly recommend this series.  I wouldn’t wait to long to go and get them!  You never know how long it will stay free!

Happy Reading!

Love,

Bri

Secrets

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adjective
not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others.

I read a book not that long ago by, you guessed it, Colleen Hoover, called Confess.  It was about an artist that ran a studio called Confess.  Random strangers would write anonymous confessions and drop them into his mailbox and then he would make art pieces based on their confessions and secrets.  


Everyone has a secret or a confession, even if it is small and unimportant.  Secrets are what make the world go round. Secrets are the reason that Hollywood has such a cult following.  Secrets can make countries go to war and make families break up.  In my life alone I have had enough secrets that could put a soap opera to shame.

Sometimes secrets are hurtful to others and sometimes they are hurtful to you.  Sometimes secrets are good and sometimes they are bad.  Sometimes secrets are so big that you can’t tell anyone.

I have a secret that I have carried around for years.  Some people know my secret and some people don’t.  I have been judged and shamed when I said it out loud and I have even been called a liar.  People have felt sorry for me and treated me different when they found out.  The funny thing is, the only reason I even told people was because I thought they could handle it.  Instead all it did was create more stress and drama in my life.  

I didn’t want their sympathy.  I didn’t want them to judge me or treat me different.  I just wanted them to know and be there for me if I needed them.  I didn’t/don’t need them to understand.  It is hard to understand unless you have the same secret.


In the book that I read, the people wanted to get their secrets out there.  They didn’t want their secrets to eat away at them.  They wanted to be able to tell their stories without be judged and shamed for it.  Being able to confess your secrets in an anonymous way makes you less vulnerable.  When thinking about it, if I was in the book, I would totally write my secret down and put it into the box.

So, if everyone has a secret, what’s yours?

Love,

Bri

Your House or Mine?

I know that I tend to write blogs and reviews about romance novels, but I am going to change it up a little bit!  I do like to read other genres as well.

Christina Lauren has some amazing romance books out there that I highly recommend. The Beautiful series(another must for the Fifty Shades lover out there) and The Wild Seasons series are both amazing (13ish books in all).  I have read them all and couldn’t put them down!  When I first heard that they (Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings… Get it!) were writing a young adult book I was immediately interested.  I love when writers are able to tackle different genres.  So I added The House to my reading list and I have finally read it.  Let me just say that it did not disappoint!


As a child we all came up with scary stories about the house at the end of the street that some creepy old guy lived in.  We all believe that the house was either haunted or the old man would kidnap us if we walked past it.  ::If you didn’t ever come up with a story like this then I know you read a Goosebumps book that gave you nightmares about a haunted and/or creepy house!::Anyway…  The author(s) dove right into your childhood fears to give you a book that would bring back all those fears!

Delilah is the girl who wants the bad/weird boy.  She is drawn to him.  Gavin is the quiet anti-social boy who doesn’t want to draw attention to himself.  Gavin really never had a chance when it came to falling for Delilah though, she was too head strong and knew exactly what she wanted, which just so happened to be Gavin.  What Delilah didn’t understand was that Gavin was hiding a scary truth that would put her in danger and test their true feelings. What would you do in order to be with the one you love?  Would you die for them?  Would you kill for them?

This book is so different from anything I have ever read.  Turn the movie Monster House into a book and then throw in some young love.  I know that may not sound super appealing, but trust me, you will not want to put this book down!

You may never walk past a creepy house ever again!  ::BEWARE::

Love,

Bri