Tuesday, January 8, 2019
You know, some days you just don’t have enough time for a full-length novel-type review. So here’s some short and sweet mini reviews for you to feast on, and just get the gist of the book and how I felt about it.

The theme of this lot of books was: contemporary romance. (All of them, coincidentally, either have the word ‘fall’ or refer to some type of water…)Two of them didn’t really work for me, but one did!



Abbreviations: Don’t Fall, Puddle Jumping + Fall Like RainDon't Fall
Author: Rachel Schieffelbein
Published: October 14th, 2016 by Swoon Romance
Genres: young adult, romance
Format: eBook, 204 pages

In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings, pitched as a contemporary retelling of Rapunzel.

Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn't go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn't even have a best friend.

But Anya doesn't seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the library, the only place she's allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.

Before long she's lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she's ever cared about.

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2 Stars

This story certainly had the backbone of a great story, but it just didn’t deliver in the way I desperately wanted it to.

What I liked

  • This book was told in dual perspectives, and the boy vs. the girl’s POV was clearly separate. There was a definitive way that each character spoke that I could tell the author took care to create a voice for each character’s. They didn’t sound the same.
  • It’s a cute love story centered around a library, photography and cupcakes.
  • There are some references in the book that made me like it a little bit more, for example: they talk about The Princess Bride in the beginning, and at the end, Zander (the male love interest) makes an “As You Wish” comment, and Anya (the female love interest) talks to her friend about whether she is Team Akiva or Team Ziri, which is a blatant nod at Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. Much approval.

What I didn’t like

  • Anya’s mom is ridiculous. Like………RIDICULOUS.
  • She still treats Anya like a little child, which is evident when she buys her pajamas for her 18th birthday.
  • But I was still pretty upset with Anya, who insisted on keeping her and Zander’s relationship a secret from her mother when Zander didn’t want to hide and sneak around anymore.
  • There were SO MANY missed opportunities for Anya’s mom to find out Anya was seeing a boy behind her back. I did not like the way she found out. It could’ve been incorporated so much better. (In my personal opinion, it would’ve worked tremendously better if Anya had left her bakery pictures lying around and her mom found them and immediately knew something fishy was going on, OR even if she found the pictures of Zander under her bed.)

why I rated it 2 stars

While it was a pretty loose retelling of Rapunzel, it still didn’t hit the nail on the head for me. I really wish parts of it could be rewritten that would’ve made the story so much better, but alas the plot was lacking. There were no curveballs, and it was very predictable, and I just wish there was more to the story.



Abbreviations: Don’t Fall, Puddle Jumping + Fall Like RainPuddle Jumping
(Puddle Jumping #1)
Author: Amber L. Johnson
Published: June 29th, 2014 by Self Pub
Genres: young adult, romance, contemporary
Format: eBook, 248 pages

When it comes to love, there’s no such thing as conventional.

Everyone thinks Colton Neely is special. Lilly Evans just thinks he’s fascinating.

Once friends when they were younger, their bond is cut short due to her accident-prone nature and they go their separate ways. Years later, they meet again and Lilly learns that there is something special about the boy she once knew, but she has no idea what it all means. And she’s not sure if she’s ready to find out.

When he walks through the corridor of her school the first day of her senior year, she knows that it’s time to get to know the real Colton Neely. The more she learns, the deeper she falls.

Their friendship grows into love, even as Colton does not express it in words. But one decision threatens to break down the world that Lilly has tried so hard to integrate into and she must figure out if the relationship can survive if they are apart.

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4 Stars

what i liked

  • The author really knows how to narrate a character!
  • Some examples: I was too busy trying to get up the slide from the front, instead of taking the ladder, because I wanted to be one of those chicks on television who kicked ass. And: I was doomed to a life of uncontrollable hard-ons and pretty boys with light green eyes who pointed their sticks at me with wild abandon
  • The love story between Lilly and Colton is very real and very emotional. The author does an excellent job of describing what a relationship between a typical and atypical person would be like. As humans, we love to feel loved. There are certain things that are important in a basic relationship, but when it comes to Colton (who has Asperger’s), sometimes he can’t give Lilly directly what she wants and that makes it difficult sometimes.

what I didn’t like

  • I honestly didn’t have too many gripes with this novel… but somehow it wasn’t “blow me out of the water” favorite level?

Why I rated it 4 stars

This story WORKED. FOR. ME. But I rated it 4 stars simply because it’s such a short book, and it doesn’t fall under “need a copy for my shelf like my body needs air” that I save for my 5-star books. I really loved the story of Colton and Lilly, and I’m honestly excited over the fact that it’s supposedly going to get a sequel (I will be all over that like a kid with a bagful of Halloween candy). I would definitely recommend this story because the author makes very likeable and complex characters and then smushes them together in a wonderful and believable way. Colton and Lilly have a history, and when they’re reunited, Lilly pushes herself back into Colton’s life like a hurricane (but, bad analogy because she’s not destructive like a hurricane… she’s actually quite wonderful and helpful for Colton).

This book contains a character with autism, and while I realize that’s not ideal for everyone, I think you should read this book.



Abbreviations: Don’t Fall, Puddle Jumping + Fall Like RainFall Like Rain
Author: Ana Tejano
Published: September 29th, 2014 by Self Pub
Genres: romance, contemporary, young adult
Format: eBook, 153 pages

Rain De Castro has been in love with her best friend, Mark Velasco, for almost the entire time she has known him, but she’s clearly in the friend zone because he’s happily in a relationship. Or so she thought, until the news of his break-up reaches her. Now that Mark’s single again, she decides that it’s time to get out of the zone. But when her cousin Lissa comes into the picture and sets her eyes on Mark, Rain feels troubled when he gets a little too friendly with her.

Rain is determined to fight for what she feels this time, but is it worth the effort if it's a losing battle from the start? Will she back off to give way for her best friend's happiness, even if it means losing him to someone else again?

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1 Stars

What I Didn’t Like

  • I thought I wouldn’t mind the basic plot of this story of a girl getting pushed into the friend zone, and it might’ve been okay if it were written better.
  • So. Many. Grammatical errors. /cringe/
  • It’s great that this book takes place in Manila, which is a place that I’ve neither been to or read about before, but… nothing was explained? I’m just supposed to know about a place that I’ve never been to? This bugged me. The author did not describe the setting to me. I felt lost a lot of the time.
  • The author also uses a variety of prefixes that meant absolutely nothing to me; some explanation would’ve been appreciated when they used terms like lolo, lola, ate, kuya, etc.
  • The main character, later in the book, is so angry about a situation that she has NO RIGHT to be angry over. She literally made me so mad because she just would not be honest with her feelings about Mark to his face.

What I Liked

  • The MC is a computer programmer, which I thought was cool. “If only life, feelings, and love were as simple as making programs—you know, put in the right code, the correct input, and things will happen the way you want them.”

As you can see, there wasn’t much to go on in the book for me.

Why I rated it 1 star

I didn’t get much enjoyment out of this book, personally. I barely finished it. I skimmed the last few chapters because I was over the whole scenario, and how they danced around each other’s explanations. I personally wouldn’t recommend this one.


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