Mini Review: Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

While browsing a couple of goodreads lists about the most expected NA releases for this year, I found that quite a lot of users were adding Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire to the list. So, I told myself I should give a try to this Maddox Brothers seriesBeautiful Oblivion was published last year and it’s the first book of Jamie McGuire’s Maddox Brothers. I must say, considering these are New Adult books,  I am glad that their covers are this beautiful for a change – as I have already make clear my take on NA covers. And abs. And pecs. And shirtless people on them. But let’s move on, shall we?

My short summary of the story…

Trenton – bad boy, lots of tattoos, can have any girl – starts showing interest for Cami – representation of the classic average but fun girl, works as a bartender – completely out of the blue. Cami has a long distance relationship with a guy, and I’d like to quote her own words, a little bit out of her league, so when things start getting complicated after her boyfriend prioritizes his job over her Trenton pops up with perfect timing. He becomes everything Cami needs from a friend first, and eventually, from a potential partner. Of course, as they build this relationship they discover that Trenton is not the super bad boy he seems to be, and Cami is not as average as she looks. Anyone said Cliché? I’ll say it: clicheeeeé.

My feelings…

I must confess, I do love tattoos and I certainly have a soft spot for bad boys and all that jazz, so when I found that the story revolves around a tattoo parlour it was a pleasant surprise. Having said that and considering the fact that I do not pick up a NA book just to read about tattoos, I’ll be honest with you: I was expecting a better love story. More intensity? Perhaps. A better connection between main characters? Very likely.

Speaking of connection, or lack of it, both Trenton and Cami as a couple and individually, didn’t really make it for me. Yes, Trenton had some swoon-worthy gestures as a love interest but most of the time he was missing that something that would make me click with him. Plus he rocked some serious jealousy and attitude. Not cool, Trenton. That’s something I don’t like to see romanticised in books. On the other hand, I loved the fact that Cami was independent and strong but, again, I missed something from her character: confidence on herself and her decisions.

But what really made me cringe was the part where Cami gets tattoos for no apparent reason. Just because. Furthermore, she actually gets a tattoo 2 seconds after she is told to. She is literally told to get it. Excuse me, but let me stop you right there, McGuire. Seriously? Okay, so maybe there is people out there who might get a tattoo for no apparent reason but in this case, you are giving your character a very weak personality and sending the wrong message. Not that tattoos need to be thought more than 2 seconds, which by the way should be given a second thought, but in this case which kind of example are you setting McGuire? That tattoos are fun? No, that this girl some may grow to admire is doing whatever she is told to do. Even marking her skin permanently. I don’t know what that says about a character.

And for the record, I am not a tattoo hater. As a matter of fact, I do have a tattoo. What I hate about this is Cami’s lack of personality.

In less words…

Beautiful Oblivion starts out good  but quickly sinks like the Titanic. It’s an okay NA book if you like tattooed bad boys, a too jealous love interest and a not very confident main character. But hey, the cover art is beautiful if that makes you feel better.

The Bibliotheque rating: 3/5

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Review: Wait for you by J. Lynn // Jennifer L. Armentrout

 This will be quick: to say I loved this book would be an understatement. Reasons below.

  1. This is hands down the best Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New Adult book. And trust me when I say this, because I have read all of her NA books. All of them.
  2. Wait for You was my first all-nighter. And one of the few I have ever pulled.
  3. Cameron’s character redefined what swooning was for me. And honestly? He also highered my expectations from men in real life.

As a little bit of background, I can tell you that I ab-so-lu-te-ly fell in love with JLA’s Lux series and that I even read the Adult/NA spin off called Obsession. So, whether we are talking about JLA’s Young Adult or New Adult work, we can state at this point that I have more than loved everything this woman writes.

Wait for you is no exception and a page-turner from beginning to end. I just couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t get enough.

My  short summary of the story…

Trying to put behind what happened 5 years ago, Avery decides to move across the country to get a fresh start in college and life. Unfortunately for her – and eventually fortunately – the first day of lectures she bumps into Cam, literally. Since the moment he lays eyes on Avery, Cam sees something really special in her. Leaving aside all her social awkwardness, she is different from the rest. But she is also keeping secrets, so as their friendship seems to grow into something else Avery keeps shutting Cam out. And Cam keeps trying to find his way into her heart.

My feelings…

Where do I start? After reading so many fantasy YA books, I started to get the feeling that love only grows stronger when overcoming extreme situations. The “after all this time believing we were siblings now we can love each other” or the “I could not love you because I am from another planet and I’ll put your life in danger” type of things. But love can grow stronger when overcoming daily adversities. Love can develop as stronger overcoming just life.

While reading this story, it seems quite obvious since the beginning that Wait for you tackles the topic of rape and sexual assault. Unfortunately, this is an issue very much present as much as we don’t seem or like to think about it. JLA draws the story focusing on the after, on the getting on with your life part. Through Cam’s character she shows us that there is a perfect someone out there that will pick up the broken pieces and put them back together. Someone to fight side by side, someone that will understand, and more specially, someone that will wait. Cue to heavy sigh after Cam enters the room.

In less words…

Absolutely swoon inducing and a total page turner. If you chose to read it – which you totally should –  this book will make you smile, swoon, sigh and it will most certainly move you. And turn you into a puddle of feels.

Also! If you liked Wait your you, there’s the story from Cam’s pov, Trust in me. Just a heads up, if you decide to pick it up be ready for even more feels, drool and swoon.

The Bibliothèque rating: 5/5

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Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The last chapter of the Bloodlines series doesn’t need introduction.

If you found this post looking for a review of The Ruby Circle, you pretty much know everything you need to know about plot and characters. If you found this post looking for some new Richelle Mead reading, oh hi, hello there. We are new friends, but I suggest you leave everything you are doing right now and go get book #1 in the Bloodlines series. It’s alright if you leave right now in your sweatpants, I would be okay with you don’t finishing that cup of coffee.

Alrighty now,  let’s proceed to the review.

But first, I want to make something really clear: I have loved Richelle Mead since she brought to the world Vampire Academy. And honestly, that love only grew stronger when she gave us Adrian and Sydney spin off, Bloodlines. These books will always – always – be special for me and I am sure I will re-read them in the not so far future. Bloodlines gave me Adrian Ivashkov. And yes, he had me at the he of hello, and I am aware I might not be the only member of that club. But if there’s something I love as much as I love Adrian’s character, that’s Sydney’s. These 2 are the definition of character development. And the feels. I just love them both, separately and together as the OTP of that Mead’s vampires Universe.

However, I can’t help but feeling something close to disappointment after reading this last installment, The Ruby Circle. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, but I was definitely expecting more. I was hoping for that same pull I felt with the previous 5 books. Could it be because Sydney and Adrian were already together? The struggling was kind of over at this point to be honest. Should have Richelle Mead waited until the very last book to bring this OTP together once and for all? I don’t know if that would have make it better, but I do know I missed something. Something else. I – we – waited a long time to wrap these series and what’s even more important, to wrap this world… And sadly, I don’t feel completely satisfied.

A part from missing that something else, my unconditional love for the series and for Sydrian in paticular is and always be there. Ah well, I can’t believe I picked up Vampire Academy out of boredom and just to read something. *Highs five to herself*

Rating the Bibliotheque: 3/5

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

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Review: The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol

Go big or go home, right?

Exactly, then, my first review ever will be not for a single book but a book series: The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol.

Let me correct that, Mrs Amy A. Bartol has not yet released the last and fifth book of the series – Iniquity – and there’s more: the release date has been postponed several times since the previous and fourth book came out back in 2012. So, if you are not good at handling cliffhangers, please do not even bother. Yes, that’s also a note to my future self.

The Premonition series consists on five four books:





Iniquity (WIP)

*Update: Iniquity, book #5 in the series was released in 2015

First things first, the story starts with our heroine, Evie, who is starting her freshman year of college away from home. Her mother died when she was a baby and her father was never in the picture, so, for Evie home is her uncle Jim. A part of having really creepy nightmares and a couple of strange things happening to her, the first days of her new life are going okay… until she meets him. Reed. Handsome, too serious and definitely mysterious but the guy also has something against Evie from the first second he sees her and he even tries to make her leave school.

At the same time, we get introduced to Russell, a very charming football star, who Evie feels she has known forever. And also, there’s the geeky sidekick Freddie, who becomes a good friend and gives her the stability that she is lacking.

… Feelings start developing, Reed knows something that he’s not telling, Russell gets more and more charming, and, of course,  even weirder things start happening to Evie.

I don’t want to spoil the whole series to anyone, but yes, I am going to let this out: this stinks of love triangle. To be honest, at the beginning my mind went full on “oh, not this again”. I kept reading, of course, and let me tell you that I have no regrets whatsoever. The love story between soon protective Reed and Evie becomes epic – OTP level. But don’t feel bad for Russell yet, he will make you fall for him with every page you turn with his charm and will leave you giggling like a teenager in front of your crush.

When we get thrown into the mixture more characters, like the bad-boy and sort of antagonist Brennus, who I loathed and loved at the same time, it really gets more complicated to close the book and keep alive your social life. By the time you get introduced to Xavier, and oh, his story will touch you so deep that your social life will be absolutely forgotten.

I really grew to love each and every of the characters in the story, I loved them alone and I loved them together. They broke my heart at times and they left me cracking about something the next minute.

Of course, I didn’t love everything, I am a human and it’s in my nature to complain. I didn’t enjoy that the author wrote the dialogs for certain characters with certain accents as character trait phonetically “ya know wha’ I’m sayin y’all?“. And that is even worse if we are talking about a main characters. In addition to that, I didn’t exactly love that the bearable love triangle turns into a freaking pentagon. But please, don’t picture it like a massive twilight situation with five people. It is not like that. It’s actually well written.

So, ratings for these books are quite divided, in my opinion it is a very good series. Last but not least, my overall rating for the series is 4 out 5 stars. I might have enjoyed a little less the second book, Intuition, but I believe it’s worth giving this series a try and see if the story stays with you.

Rating: 4/5

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