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Nowhere But Here Book Review and May TBR

 

Title: Nowhere but Here (Thunder Road #1)23492282

Author: Katie McGarry

Genre: Young Adult

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars




 

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.




 

At first, this book was a little tough to get into. But by the time I hit a certain part, I just couldn’t go to bed without finishing it. It’s a pretty fast pace read, with a little bit of action. I wanted to read this because I had finally finished watching Sons of Anarchy and I was craving more from a motorcycle club.

All of the characters in this novel are really thought out and I honestly didn’t meet anyone I hated… well, I lied, I hated the Riot when we finally met them. Though Oz is a bit of a jerk in the beginning, I was really rooting for him toward the end. I was rooting for him and Emily to find happiness, together.

This is definitely a great book to read, doesn’t hurt that it was written about the state I live in! I will definitely be reading the rest of the series!




 

May TBR

This is the final weekend for Camp NaNoWriMo, and my book reading was lacking because I was focusing on my writing, but May should be a good reading month for me.

Here’s all the books I plan on reading:

I’ve also been casually reading The Power of a Praying Wife Devotional by Stormie Omartain, about a chapter every other day because I’m working on developing a deeper faith. It’s been a great book so far and I recommend it to any Christian woman who is getting married or already married!

Cheater by Rachel Van Dyken Book Review

Title: Cheater31319454

Author: Rachel Van Dyken

Genre: New Adult Romance

Rating: 3/5 Stars




 

Lucas Thorn wasn’t born a cheater. All it took was a single moment—say, a certain disastrous incident on the night before his wedding—and boom. Reputation destroyed forever and always. So now he owns it. He has a lady friend for every night of the week (except Sundays—God’s day and all), and his rules are simple: No commitments. No exceptions.

But a certain smart-mouthed, strawberry blonde vixen is about to blow that all to hell.

Avery Black has never forgiven Lucas for cheating on her sister. And suddenly being forced to work with him is pretty much a nightmare on steroids. Of course, it does afford her the opportunity to make his life as difficult as possible. But no good revenge scheme comes without payback. Because he didn’t become the Lucas Thorn without learning a few things about women.

Now Avery’s lust for vengeance has turned into, well, lust. And if Lucas stops cheating, it’s definitely not because he’s falling in love




 

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, all a different girl in Lucas Thorn’s bed, except for Sunday, that’s God’s day.

Lucas Thorn is embracing his mistakes, by doing exactly what everyone expects of a cheater, to keep cheating. Once a cheater, always a cheater. Right?

This novel was written in alternating point of views but my issue with that is the characters voices were not distinctive enough. I couldn’t really bring myself to love Avery, but I did sympathize with Lucas, surprise! At times, I could see why he was in love with Avery. Mostly in his flashbacks of when they grew up together, but the Avery that just kept being a total bitch to him (no matter if he deserved it) I couldn’t stand her. Lucas knew that he messed up with her sister, he even tells us when the story begins, that we’ll hate him.

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I would say this book is Fifty Shades of Grey (set in Seattle with a rich bachelor and a poor girl) meets John Tucker Must Die (the cheating and want for payback). Which, you would think would make for a fantastic novel but it sadly fell short in my opinion. This story does set itself up pretty well for the sequel (Cheater’s Regrets), and I just might read that.

I couldn’t stand Lucas’ mother though, she was way over the top and not in a good way! If her character would have been toned down a bit, I would have loved it more. Would have been fantastic to see more of Avery’s family also. The only time we see them is when Kayla’s crying (get over it) and Brooke’s trying to shove her tongue down someone else’s boyfriends throat (you’re the bad guy in this).

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I was pleased with how Van Dyken managed to wrap things up in the end, but I was still expecting a un-perfect ending since they keep repeating ‘once a cheater, always a cheater’ and Lucas saying we’ll hate him no matter what. If I hated anyone it was his mother and Avery’s sister, Brooke.

 

 

 

 

 

We the Kings 10 (Concert Review)

 

A blog post and it’s not even Friday?! Surprise! I just thought I might give a little review of my experience at Saturday’s We the Kings concert. As some of you may know, this is their ten year anniversary, so they played every song from their first album and then some more!

Sound check was running a bit late when we got there, so doors were behind by a little bit. Luckily, it was a decently warm winter day in Cincinnati (about 40 degrees that night, yes, that’s warm), so we didn’t mind waiting. When inside, I actually passed by Charles Trippy (bass player, YouTuber) in the hall and about lost my mind. I didn’t stop to bother him though, he looked like he was in a rush but he did have a smile on his face and said hello to everyone.

The concert was in the basement of the theatre and it was really cool, but it ended up getting way too hot in there with a sold out show.

 

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Astro Lasso

First on stage was the new band Astra Lasso from PA, this was only their second show ever and I think they did amazing for not performing much before this. The band consisted of two guys, think Matt and Kim. They were probably the better/more memorable opener of the night, great stage presence and did a cover of Ed Sheeran which got the crowd going. If you sign up for their news letter, you can even get a free song download from them!

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This band didn’t impress me as much as the first. I honestly forgot their name the second they said it. The lead singer needs to work on his stage presence a bit, he was doing all these weird moves over and over again. They did have a heavier sound than the other bands, which I liked, but wasn’t crazy about them. I did like that the whole band looked like they were enjoying themselves, they were pretty much smiling the entire time they were on stage.

Cute is What We Aim For

I didn’t know that they were still around! This band brought me back to my early emo phase from high school, and I loved seeing them live. Shaant, the lead singer, was hilarious and amazing on stage. I even got to take a selfie with him after the concert. He was super nice. They announced that they’ll try to get some new music out soon, which will be amazing. Can’t wait!

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Alas, We the Kings! As I said before, they played every single song on the first album and then some. My favorite was Just Keep Breathing, I really needed that after the day I had. The whole venue was up and moving, I seriously thought my heart was going to come out of my chest from all the excitement! At one point, I got hit in the face… by a guitar pick! I didn’t have time to see if it was Hunter’s, Travis’s or Charles’, I just shoved it into my pocket! Once we left the venue, I saw that it was indeed a bass pick from Charles! This made my night! I was so thrilled to get it.

 

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This concert reminded me why I love going to see my favorite bands. It took my mind off of the tragedy/loss of one of my best friends last week and made me feel happy for the first time in a long time. I can’t wait to see Mayday Parade in April!