Posted in Jamie McGuire, Suspense

Red Hill – Jamie McGuire

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When the world ends, can love survive?

For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone makes fighting for tomorrow an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can’t remember what it’s like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda’s biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals.

When reports of a widespread, deadly “outbreak” begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined. Recognizing they can’t outrun the danger, Scarlet, Nathan, and Miranda desperately seek shelter at the same secluded ranch, Red Hill. Emotions run high while old and new relationships are tested in the face of a terrifying enemy—an enemy who no longer remembers what it’s like to be human.

Set against the backdrop of a brilliantly realized apocalyptic world, love somehow finds a way to survive. But what happens when the one you’d die for becomes the one who could destroy you?

4 out of 5 stars

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My Review

For someone who doesn’t like anything Zombie related – books, TV shows, films…I surprised myself by actually wanting to read Red Hill and see just how disturbed I could be by reading a Zombie book.

I began reading this one morning on the way to work, and to be honest, I wasnt so far in when I began to feel really faint – Told you I wasnt good with zombies and gore and anything hospital related. So I stopped and told myself I would wait until I was home, but all throughout the day it was all I could think about, so on my lunch I read a bit more until I was sneaking bits between doing my work for the rest of the day.

Jamie took a big risk switching genres but it definitely paid off. I was hooked, despite my emotions all over the place and I even dreamt about Zombies coming after me when I put it down for the night. Although this book is about Zombies, it really is more about the people doing whatever they can to survive this apocalypse, to make it to safety, to make it to the ones that they love – and each character are entwined in one way or another – they just don’t know it yet.

Behind the backdrop of a now apocalyptic world, it is a fight for survival, a fight to stay alive and not get caught by the ‘Teds’ – which Zoe calls them. We see the fear of the three groups we follow, the fight to make it to Red Hill – to the safe haven where it’s far into the countryside that they are save and away from the Teds, despite a few rolling across the fields and the stretch of road.

We meet all the characters the day of the breakout, we watch them panic and set off to find loved ones so they can get to safety. We meet Scarlet first, she was working in the hospital when it broke out and as her children are with their father that weekend, she is determined to get to them, to get them to Red Hill and safe. We watch her kick into survival mode, doing whatever she can to get to her children. I’m not a mother but I can completely understand her panic over getting to her children. I can just imagine not being there to console them, keep them from harms way and it tore a new one in my heart over how she just wanted them with her NOW! We watch her going it alone, we witness the heartbreak when she gets to her ex-husbands house and they arent there. She writes where she is going, knowing them with know where it is and she sets off, in the hope that they will return to the house and make their way to her. Hope is all she has left and throghout the book we see her everyday waiting to see her children walking over the hill to the house. Never once does she let go of that hope and as the reader, I was with her, wishing for her children to be alive and safely making there way to her.

Scarlet really is a badass too! She can shoot a gun, she can get close enough to crack their skulls and she truly is amazing in my eyes. Despite wanting her children, she has the strength to make it through the apocalypse. She really was a tough chick.

Nathan and his daughter Zoe got to me a lot. He;s in a loveless marriage and the only person he looks forward to seeing is Zoe. When he finds out about the breakout, he races to Zoe, and races to his brother-in-laws as Skeeter has the guns and the strength to make it though the invasion. We watch Nathan’s determination to keep Zoe safe and from harms way throughout the book. He is one tough cookie but he is a softy underneath. He never lies to Zoe or promises anything he cant keep and I liked that about him. They are facing a brand new life of always being so close to death and to tell her it will be fine would be a complete lie.

Miranda, her sister Ashley and their boyfriends Bryce and Cooper are on their way to her Dad’s house – the same place which Scarlet is cooped up in as she worked with their father. They are shit scared, especially Ashley, but Miranda has to stay focused and get through the hysteria of humans and zombies running past her car. She has to get to the house and hug her dad and know they are safe away in the countryside. Miranda was a tough character, she had definitely set in survival mode and Ashley really hadnt. She was petrified and did annoy me at times. She needed to be consoled all the time, reassured all the time. You dont have time to act like a scary cat, you just need to get your shit together and fight to survive. Saying that, her and Cooper were really cute together and you could see how much they loved each other; they could sense each other even if they weren’t facing one another.

When Miranda picks up a guy, Joey…oh I loved him so much and Miranda started to fall for him too – when they made it to the house. Joey lost his girlfriend to the virus, has only just got back form Afghanistan but he was hard, he know just want needed to be done to get to the house, to get running water…he knew what to do. Underneath his hard ass, he was sweet and really liked Miranda too.

They all witness deaths, they all see and kill Zombies – apart from the kids, and they all grieve in their own way. Too many of my favourite characters died and I think the worst death was the one we didnt read about, but just told about because, oh holy hell, he was definitely my favourite 😦

We do see the growing attraction between Nathan and Scarlet. We see them start as friends, Nathan being there for Scarlet, we watch them care about each other, fall in love and find happiness during the dark times. They dont meet until late in the book, but it would see easy to just bond over going through the same things and they were really sweet together, although the romance doesnt play a huge part of the book, it was nice to have something.

Throughout the book it got me thinking about what I would do if our world became overrun by Zombies…to be honest I had visions of my flatmate being bitten, me hiding in my room, door locked and sat against it while she tried to get in…and then I couldn’t sleep. I really would hope I would go into survival mode and do something, but knowing my luck I’d be bitten and turn into one. You really do think about what you would do, where you would run to to hide, who you would want to get to throughout the book. The fears of who you would lose, who you would see turn and that freaks me out just a bit. I’m not good at the whole thinking this could happen…lets just hope it never does.

If you are like me and have never touched a zombie book, seriously, pick this one up. It’s not just about Zombies, its about the fight to stay alive, to be with the ones you love and doing whatever you can to get to them whilst staying alive. Thee is romance, but its not heavily based at all, and despite being a lover of all things romance, it didn’t actually bother me at all….i was more concerned over who was going to die and who was going to live.

Give it a go…you may even want to read more Zombie books…

Posted in New Adult

A Beautiful Wedding (novella) – Jamie McGuire

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You know that Abby Abernathy unexpectedly became Mrs. Maddox. But what do you really know?

Why did Abby pop the question?
What secrets were shared before the ceremony?
Where did they spend their wedding night?
Who else knew about it . . . and didn’t tell?

Everything about Abby and Travis’s elopement was top-secret . . . until now. Fans of Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster will get all of their questions answered in this whirlwind tale of the wedding day (and night!)—and as with all good stories, this one will definitely have been worth the wait.

3 out of 5 stars

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My Review

When I found out that Jamie was writing the wedding of Abby and Travis, I was  excited. We don’t really know the ins and outs behind them jetting off to Las Vegas, nor how they got married etc… so to find all this out, I was wishing for the 10th December to arrive so I could get my grabby little hands on the e-book and get to reading about their wedding and what came after it.

So I read it late one night; it was small enough to know I could finish it before I had to go to bed. I was flicking through the pages, my emotions were pretty high throughout the first few chapters and when I got to the end I just felt ‘meh’. I felt ‘meh’ about the whole novella and knowing the reason why Abby wanted to quickly get to Las Vegas and marry Travis….well it really got me angry she would do that and throughout the whole novella, I just couldn’t get past her reasoning. It pissed me right out and actually made me dislike Abby a lot.

Travis is still the guy we all know and love and as a dual POV novella, we got to delve into his head and see all different emotions pour from him – from his guilt about the fire and deaths of college people and friends, to his undying love for Abby, how afraid he was that would leave him, how much excitement and joy he was feeling from marrying Abby and how she was most definitely the one. I feel bad saying this but I actually felt that Travis deserved better than Abby because her reasoning sucked ass big time.

I did think the letter was so cute though, and I did tear up when I read it. To keep it for 17 years, close to Travis’ heart and to give it to Abby, we all know she is his one and he will do whatever to keep her forever. One line that hit me in the chest and I suppose Abby too was – “and when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever.” CRIES!! Because that was utterly true. Everything in that letter was true.

In a way, I think not knowing why they got married would have been the best way forward, but I know that many people probably wanted to know. For me it went either way. I was happy with how Walking Disaster finished and how their live together ended up, and although I did want to read this novella, I just feel a bit disappointed in it.

I will say that the wedding was super sweet though, it was everything they never had the first time and I did tear up throughout that too. Especially when America’s dad says something when giving Abby away…holy crap, he is amazing and that was a great part.

I know many people who loved this novella though, so if you are uhming and ahhing about it, take a chance, you may love it…but for me, I just didn’t. I think I will stick to just reading Beautiful/Walking Disaster to get my Travis fix. (And of course, The Maddox novels that will be coming out 😀 )

Posted in Family, Jamie McGuire, New Adult, Romance

ARC: Walking Disaster – Jamie McGuire

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Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Can you love someone too much?
Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.

In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

5/5 stars

Release date: April 2nd 2013

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My Review

I was lucky enough to be one of 250 bloggers to get a copy of Walking Disaster on NetGalley and my gosh, you won’t be disappointed.

Not a sequel, but an alternative perspective of Beautiful Disaster in Travis’ POV, you see everything in W.D, from the way Travis was thinking, feeling, all his emotions, his conflictions about Abby and the scenes from Beautiful Disaster that we wanted to see from his POV. To see when and how he fell in love with Abby, to the moment he realized he needed to keep fighting for her – just like his mother told him all these years ago on her deathbed. You can really see him listening to what she told him. Although we know there are times when he just gave up, he always came back fighting, and that is one of the reasons we love Travis Maddox.

You kind of understand why he is so possessive, why he had anger issues and that he is insecure. Insecure of feeling these things for Abby when all he’s ever done is sleep around and not even considered the thought of loving anyone apart from his family. We never got to see why he was so damn possessive in Beautiful Disaster, but you begin to see this different side to him that we didn’t necessarily see first time around. We got to go inside Travis’ mind and delve into everything that he was afraid of.

I started Walking Disaster and got in about 40 % before realizing I really should have reread Beautiful Disaster first, but then an idea popped in my head. I starting reading Beautiful Disaster up to the point I had read to in Walking Disaster and then I alternated between the two books, getting Abby’s POV and then reading Travis’. It was perfect to read the scenes, right after each other to see both Abby and Travis’ feelings over what was happening. There are also added content in Walking Disaster, as there is in Beautiful Disaster when Travis and Abby are apart from each other. I loved that we got to see them both thinking things over, on their own or with Sheply and America. It made the two books much more alive and you understood why Travis acted the way he did in Beautiful Disaster, now that we got his side of the story.

Walking Disaster is a brilliant book. I loved everything about it. Much like B.D, I fell even more in love with Travis, I suspect like everyone else will when Walking Disaster comes out at the start of April. I know it’s one of 2013 highly anticipated books and it definitely will not disappoint at all. I was hooked, needing to know Travis’ side.

I cried reading to prologue once again, like I had when Jamie McGuire put it online and my heart went out to Travis and his family, losing their mother, whom they loved dearly. I loved the advice she gave to Travis and he certainly never forgot it, not once. He definitely fought hard and loved even harder, and Abby was definitely his one.

Jamie McGuire wasn’t teasing when she said there was extra on Travis and Abby’s story in W.D. I’m not going to spoil it for you at all, but the epilogue is amazing. I was sighing, and crying and giggling at it. You get to see beyond their epilogue in B.D and see that they definitely had the happy ever after that they both totally deserved with one another after all.

THIS needs to be the book you pre-order now, so when April 2nd hits, you can begin to relive Beautiful Disaster in Travis’ point of view, fall in love all over again with him and see him have his happily ever after.

Posted in Family, Jamie McGuire, New Adult, Romance

Beautiful Disaster (#1)- Jamie McGuire

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INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.

Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

5/5 stars

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My Review

Abby Abernathy moves away to college with her best friend America to Eastern University. Wanting to distance herself from her past and everything to do with it, she arrives at college a ‘good girl.’ But when she encounters the univerisity’s walking one-night stander, Travis Maddox, her new beginning far away from her past is now being challenged.

Enter Travis Maddox. Your typical bad boy, covered in tattoos, hoards of girls throwing themselves at him and the ultimate winner in the floating fight ring. He is everything Abby used to know and everything she wants and needs to stay away from. But when his charms are resisted by Abby, he’s suddenly drawn to her and challenges her to a bet. If he loses, he has to stop whoring around for a month and if Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time.

But neither of them realized is that when the month is up, it’s changed both of them.

I read Beautiful Disaster many, many months ago. Long before I set up my book review blog. With Walking Disaster around the corner, and having the privilege to read it, thanks to NetGalley, I read this alongside Walking Disaster as there were certain scenes I had forgotten about. But now I have read it again, I think it’s time Beautiful Disaster graced my blog and had its own review, in courtesy of being such an AMAZING book and so Abby and Travis can go side by side on my blog when my Walking Disaster review goes up tomorrow.

Abby moved as far away as she could to start her life again. She wanted to leave the past in the past and tell no one her secrets, apart from America, of course, who has been her best friend since they were little and been there every step of the way. Wanting to just concentrate on university and not get mixed up with anything that will remind her of her past life, its then that she meets Travis ‘MadDog’ Maddox who ultimately switches her life upside down. She resists his charms, because she had been through this before. But then Travis can’t stay away, so the more time they spend together, the more feelings are starting to change. Making a bet, Abby loses and has to stay with Travis for a month. Easy, she can do that, but then everything from dating, to gossip and rumours being spread about her and Travis is tipping her and with Travis’s hot and cold tempers confusing her, can she make it through the month?

I really liked Abby. She just wanted to disappear from her past and start afresh. A place where no one knew who she was and the type of person she was. She tried to be the ‘good girl’ but throughout the book, you see her spark. The old her is slowly reappearing and you see her spunk, her attack back. But you also see the vulnerable side to her. The side she doesn’t want to show but with Travis and her feelings, she can’t help it. She tries for so long to keep them under wraps, not wanting to be dragged back into what she came to get away from, but it was too damn hard in the end to stay away. I could see her reasoning for not wanting to be with Travis, even though she blatantly wanted him like he wanted her. She wasn’t a doormat to the relationship, she spoke out and stood up for herself, even knowing that being with him probably wasn’t the best idea as the relationship was so turbulent and she even left him for a couple of weeks, but no matter what happened, they always came back together.

Travis is known throughout the university as being a ladies’ man. He bags them then dumps them. That’s just how he is. But every single girl wants to try and tame him, not getting far enough to do so. He’s never wanted to be with a girl long enough to include feelings but then Abby comes along and after one meeting after his fight, he sees something in her that kind of reminds him, of him. She had this innocent look but he could see through her. See that she had been hurt before. Knowing she is different from the girls he sleeps with, he wants to get to know her. So making a bet one night at his fight, Abby loses and moves in with Travis for a month. Never being in love, this month proves to Travis how much he can’t and doesn’t want to be without Abby. She is the first girl to ever make him feel that way and it makes him fight for her – even if he sometimes pushes her too far by his tempers and possessiveness as they aren’t going out…yet.

There are so many obstacles and issues standing between Abby and Travis. Abby acts like she doesn’t want Travis but deep down she does, she just doesn’t and can’t get involved with him. It was a real up and down rollercoaster with these two that at times I wanted to strangle them because they needed to get their shit together and just confess that they loved each other than going around in circles and starting back at the beginning once again.

But when they do get together, it’s still a rollercoaster of a ride. They have high and lows, break-ups, scream and shouts, and tears and I just wanted to throw them into a room, make them talk it all out and get them back together.

Their relationship as Shepley puts it: “When you’re happy, its love and peace and butterflies. When you’re pissed, you rake the whole fucking world down with you!” Yes, this is basically what it was. But, when they get all the jealousy and insecurities out of the way at the end, then yes, their love – even throughout everything that happened in the book – can withstand anything that is thrown their way and the ending was perfect for those two.

It started with a bet and finishes with one.

Many people don’t like this book because of Travis and his temper and possessiveness. The way he flies of the handle in some scenes, trashing the apartment, throwing punches at people who disrespect Abby. Okay, so most of the temper was due to his and Abby’s relationship but he would of NEVER hit Abby and although lashing out probably wasn’t the best way to act, remember he grew up with 4 brothers who, of course, you’re going to play fight and fight when you get angry at each other. (You’ll understand his temper and issues in Walking Disaster so much more better because it’s Travis’s POV). I’m not condoning his actions, but since reading W.D, I can’t see why he’s angry and jealous and insecure in B.D.

But deep down, Travis, to me, has so much love to give, he just needed to find and fight for the right one. The one being Abby. He is a jerk and jealous and protective but to me, I think it’s because she was the one who turned him upside down. The one who unlocked all these unusual and scary feelings within him that he had no idea how to handle it because he was a ‘screw them and leave them’ kinda guy for years but then Abby appears and throws him for account. Although it takes him a long time to control his emotions, you really does love Abby and them having a happily ever after was exactly what both of them deserved after the journey they had gone on to get to that point.

They both truly are a beautiful disaster together and I can’t see them being with anyone else apart from one another. It was a long journey to get where they got to, but in the end, no matter what they both said to one another throughout the book, no matter how much time they spent apart, they always came back together, like a magnet. People say us young ‘un’s don’t know real love…but this love? This hot, possessive, consuming, powerful love they have for one another? You can’t say that teenagers/young adults don’t know love, because it doesn’t matter how old you are, love hits everyone, and it certainly did for Abby and Travis.

If you still haven’t read Beautiful Disaster, I suggest you go and buy it/download it and then pre-order Walking Disaster because once you fall for Travis in B.D, you will definitely want to know his side of the story in Walking Disaster!

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Books I’m excited to read part 1.

There are so many book that are coming out this year that I am SUPER excited for and I know many of you will be anticipating the release of them too!

So because of my excitement, I thought I’d make a post to show you which books I cannot wait to read; the books that I have pre-ordered on Amazon so they will instantly be on my Kindle that very day they are out.

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1. Walking Disaster – Jamie Mcguire.

April 2nd 2013.

Now I know this book is one EVERYONE is dying to get their hands on, me being one of them. We all need bad boy Travis Maddox back in our lives asap, and I cannot wait to get stuck into Travis’s story and POV. I bloody loved Beautiful Disaster and I know I’m going to love this book too!

 

 

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2. Down London Road – Samantha Young

May 7th 2013.

After falling in love with Braden and Joss in On Dublin Street, its now Joss’s work buddie’s turn to have a book. We find out a bit of Johanna Walker’s back story in ODS but now its her story being told. I can’t wait to read this book and see more of Braden and Joss…if they are mentioned at some point to see how they are doing. Other than that, I am so excited to get my hands on this book!

 

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3. Entwined with You – Sylvia Day

4th June 2013

I cannot wait to get more Gideon! Oh how I have missed him so! Enough said!

 

 

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4. Wethering The Storm – Samantha Towle

20th August 2013

YAY More Tru and Jake! I loved The Mighty Storm and Tru and Jake’s story. WTS will be a continuation of their story and I for one, am stocked to read more about them. They are awesome characters and awesome together.

 

 

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5. Crush – Nicole Williams

23rd April 2013

I absolutely loved Crash and Clash and I cant wait for more Jude and Lucy. The past two books, they have gone through so much together and have annoyed me at times and made me squeal too, but they get through everything and i know Crush will bring everything together and end them off perfectly.

 

 

 

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6. The Forever of Ella and Micha – Jessica Sorensen

22nd October 2013

I have been waiting MONTHS for this book to be out. After reading The Secret of Ella and Micha, and reading comments about the release date, I truly thought it was out last year, but it wasn’t! I was disappointed but now we have a firm date, i am counting down the months haha! I was hooked on Ella and Micha’s story and cant wait to see how their life pans out for them in this book!

7.  Everything for Us – M. Leighton

3ed September 2013.

YES! More bad boys! More Cash, more Olivia and now it’s Marissa’s story – Liv’s cousin. If you’ve read the other two books,  Down To You and Up To Me then you will have fallen for Cash Davenport. But since its Marissa’s story including a rather sexy bad boy, who was in Up To Me, I seriously cannot wait for September to roll around for more sexy, dangerous bad boys to be in my life!

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8. Music of the Heart – Katie Ashley

25th March 2013

As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew that I had to get this book when it comes out. It has rockstars and romance…my kinda book! So looking forward to downloading and reading this. Knowing my luck, I’ll be getting a new book boyfriend as well!

 

 

 

 

9. One Tiny Lie – K.A Tucker

11th June 2013

I LOVED Ten Tiny Breathes and now we get Livie’s story – Kacey’s sister. I loved reading and getting to know her in the first book, so I am super happy and excited she gets her own book. Hope that K.A Tucker includes Kacey and Trent in this book too. Love to see where they are at together.

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10. Breathe Into Me – Amanda Stone

11th June 2013

I stumbled across this book on Goodreads and I instantly thought how good it looked. I love books like this where there is a past that the girl doesn’t want out and she just wants to concentrate on something else but then a boy comes along – a bad boy who acts bad but is really a sweetheart – and makes the girl see that running away isn’t good and that she must find the courage to step up and fight the demons that hare haunting her. That is basically the synopsis, but it sounds so freaking good!!

 

These are my ten books I seriously want out now and it’s only part 1. I shall be doing Part 2 pretty soon.

If you want to find out more about these books, click the titles and they will take you to the Goodreads page of the books.

Are any of these books on you TRL?