Mr. Popular and I by thefreakoffreaks

Synopsis: “You and I both know that any girl would kill to be in your position, with me, right now.” He smirks, knowing that what he’s said is completely and utterly true.

People like Lea Wilson and River Parker do not mix, that is why there is a literal separation between popular people like River, and outsiders like Lea. But, what if the two people who are least expected to spend time with each other are doing exactly that, spending time with each other. And, not only at school, but at home as well.

After Lea’s house falls apart due to a house mite attack, the Wilson’s are invited to stay at an old family friend’s mansion of a house. What makes the situation even more enchanting is that River is the son of the Wilson’s old family friend.

I’ll give you time to digest that information.

Yes, you’re right. The sarcastic nerd and the egotistic sex-god live under the same roof and are flooded with a series of events that make the two do something completely unexpected. They grow closer, and closer, and closer, until…well, you’ll have to find that out for yourself.

Follow Lea through her adventure of falling in love, getting her heart broken, and learning a lesson that explains there is more to life than she’s ever imagined.

Review: This is a novel that I did not know about at all but seeing it around and with such a synopsis, I was quite intrigued to see how the story was going to be.

Lea and her family were really unlucky … Their house collapsed because of termites. But fortunately for them an old friend of his father offers to host them. But now, she did not expect to discover that their son is none other than the handsome high school kid. The sparks appear from their meeting and they seem to hate each other from the beginning and yet …

The style of the author is very nice and we can read the novel very quickly. It is quite easy to be taken by the story and I was curious to see how the events were going to unfold throughout the chapters. Yet something also annoyed me, I must admit. Things are a little too easy or a little too big and suddenly they become less plausible (at least for me). The romance goes too fast, the infernal ex is finally very nice. I do not know, it seemed strange and surprising.

In any case, and even though I was expecting more, it was an interesting discovery.

Mr. Popular and I de Indie A

Résumé : Il existe des personnes qui semblent dotées d’une chance innée. À qui la vie sourit en permanence et dont chaque entreprise est couronnée de succès. Clairement, Lea Wilson ne fait pas partie de cette catégorie.Voir sa maison s’effondrer à cause d’une invasion de termites, passe encore. Mais se retrouver hébergée par le père de River, le garçon le plus populaire de son lycée, aussi craquant qu’insupportable, vous en conviendrez, c’est le summum de la poisse !Il existe des personnes faites pour s’entendre, quel que soit le lieu et le moment. Clairement, Lea et River n’entrent pas dans cette catégorie. Au lycée, ils s’ignorent. Dans la maison qu’ils partagent momentanément, ils se disputent. Le plus grand risque, en apprenant à se connaître, ne serait-il pas de trouver du charme à tout cela.

Avis : Voilà un roman que je ne connaissais pas du tout mais en le voyant passer et avec un tel résumé, j’étais assez intriguée de voir ce que l’histoire allait donner.

Lea et sa famille n’ont vraiment pas eu de chance… Leur maison s’est écroulée à cause des termites. Mais heureusement pour eux un ancien ami de son père leur propose de les héberger. Mais voilà, elle ne s’attendait pas à découvrir que leur fils n’est autre que le beau gosse du lycée. Les étincelles apparaissent dès leur rencontre et ils semblent se détester dès le début et pourtant…

Le style de l’auteur est très agréable et le roman se lit vraiment très rapidement. C’est d’ailleurs assez facile de rentrer dans l’histoire et je suis restée curieuse de voir comment les évènements allaient se dérouler tout au long des chapitres. Pourtant quelque chose m’a aussi gênée, je dois bien l’avouer. Les choses sont un peu trop faciles ou un peu trop grosses et du coup elles deviennent moins plausibles (en tout cas pour moi). La romance va trop vite, l’ex infernal est finalement très gentille. Je ne sais pas, ça semblait étrange et étonnant.

Dans tous les cas, et même si je m’attendais à plus, c’était une découverte intéressante.

Capture by Rachel Van Dyken

Seaside Pictures, Book 1

Synopsis: Losing your ability to speak at the age of seventeen; it’s not normal or fair.
But trauma, has a way of throwing normality out the window.

Dani lives anything but a normal life.
Her sister is married to one of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Her best friends are rockstar duo AD2.
And she has more love around her than most people experience in a lifetime.
But that doesn’t change the fact their parents are dead.
Or that it’s her fault.

It seems her new normal is being a mute, living on the inside, unable to actually communicate on the outside.
That is until Hollywood’s newest heartthrob Lincoln Greene hires her as his assistant for the summer.
He’s gorgeous, completely unavailable, and unobtainable.
But that doesn’t stop her from wondering…if things were different…would he want her?
If she was whole, would he be the other half?

Review: I usually have a good time with Rachel Van Dyken’s novels and I was curious to discover another of her series.

We discover Dani, a 17 year old girl who after the death of her parents in a car accident that she feels responsible of isn’t able to talk anymore. It’s not that she does not want to talk, she would like to, but she can not do it anymore. So to make her finally move from the hole where she shut herself up, her sister decides to find her a job as an assistant to the charismatic 22 years old actor, Lincoln. This partnership will change everything in the lives of our two heroes, and may even allow them to evolve together.

It was a very touching story and I really liked following Dani. It is clear that she is well surrounded by her friends and I enjoyed seeing the family she created outside of her sister. Lincoln is sometimes very clumsy with her, but their exchanges were often very funny. I was curious to see what was going to happen. However, I was a little annoyed, as was Dani, when everyone around her considered her a child because she was 17 years old. I understand her frustration, especially shortly before she turns 18. But it seems like an impassable barrier.

In any case, I had a great time with this story and I am really curious to discover the story of Zane that we have discovered here and which is equally intriguing.

Lincoln de Rachel Van Dyken

Famous Love, Tome 1

Résumé : Dans ce monde régi par les statistiques, les mathématiques, les calculs et la logique, il avait fallu que je tombe sur la dernière coqueluche de Hollywood.
Lincoln Greene.
Un regard gris profond, les cheveux châtains à reflets roux un brin sauvage façon héros de Outlander et un corps de rêve. L’ensemble créait le spécimen mâme parfait.
Et moi…, j’étais toujours accrochée à lui.

Depuis la mort de ses parents, Dani souffre de mutisme. Malgré le soutien de sa sœur et de ses amis, la jeune femme n’est plus que l’ombre d’elle-même. Jusqu’au jour où Lincoln Greene, étoile montante à Hollywood, la recrute contre son gré au poste d’assistante le temps d’un tournage. Il est canon, adorable… et refuse de la traiter autrement que comme une amie en raison de leur différence d’âge ! Pourtant, l’alchimie est immédiate. Tandis que Lincoln est déterminé à lui redonner goût à la vie, Dani tente désespérément de ne pas tomber amoureuse. Après tout, comment une âme rongée par la culpabilité peut-elle s’ouvrir à son âme sœur ?

Avis :  Je passe généralement de bons moments avec les romans de Rachel Van Dyken et j’étais curieuse de découvrir une autre de ses séries.

Nous découvrons ainsi Dani, une jeune fille de 17 ans qui après la mort de ses parents dans un accident de voiture dont elle se sent responsable a perdu l’usage de la parole. Ce n’est pas qu’elle ne veut pas parler, elle aimerait, mais elle n’y arrive plus. Alors pour la faire enfin bouger du trou où elle s’est cloitrée, sa sœur décide de lui trouver un boulot comme assistante de l’acteur charismatique de 22 ans, Lincoln. Ce partenariat va tout changer dans la vie de nos deux héros, et va peut-être même leur permettre d’évoluer ensemble.

C’était une histoire très touchante et j’ai beaucoup aimé suivre Dani. On voit parfaitement qu’elle est bien entourée par ses amis et j’ai beaucoup apprécié voir la famille qu’elle s’est créée de dehors de sa sœur. Lincoln est parfois très maladroit avec elle, mais leurs échanges étaient souvent très drôles. J’étais curieuse de voir ce qui allait se passer. J’étais cependant un peu ennuyée, tout comme Dani, quand tout le monde autour d’elle la considérait comme une gamine parce qu’elle avait 17 ans. Je comprends sa frustration, surtout à peu de temps avant ses 18 ans. Mais ça semble être une barrière infranchissable.

Dans tous les cas, j’ai passé un très bon moment avec cette histoire et je suis vraiment curieuse de découvrir l’histoire de Zane que l’on a pu découvrir ici et qui est tout aussi intrigant.

Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis

Animal Magnetism, Book 1

Synopsis: Co-owner of the town’s only kennel, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life. Pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire.

It’s Brady’s nature to resist being tied down, but there’s something about Lilah and her menagerie that keeps him coming back for more.

Review: I only knew Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor series, but it’s true that I was curious to read something else. How to resist Animal Magnetism? Full of animals, a small town and a pretty romance? I can tell you that it’s impossible for me!

Brady is a former soldier who has no ties, but now, between two jobs he goes home to visit his two brothers. Lilah is responsible for the kennel in the city. This is a huge job, especially since she is also trying to take correspondence courses. Their meeting is quite explosive and I admit that I loved their exchanges. Nothing predestined them to have anything but Lilah wants change in her life and Brady finds the young woman exhilarating. It was very funny to see them turn around the other under the constant attention of the city. The relationships are a little different from what we usually expect. Yes, Lilah easily sets limits to what’s happening between them and often acts impulsively. She does not stay with him, she provokes him, challenges him and it is very confusing for this man who is not used to being in this kind of situation. I thought it was really good.

In addition to that, of course, there are all the animals that we find very present throughout the story, be it Abigael the crazy duck; Lulu, the lamb who thinks she is a dog, but also many dogs and cats and other animals that I will let you discover. They are all different but I loved them all! I was very touched by Lilah and her sadness when she had to part with the animals she was recovering. I understand very well how she has to become so fast and deeply attached to these animals.

Yes, Jill Shalvis presents us once again a very cute story that makes us have a great time!

 

 

Animal Magnetism de Jill Shalvis (VO)

Animal Magnetism, Tome 1

Résumé (traduction personnelle) : Copropriétaire du seul chenil de la ville, Lilah Young a vécu toute sa vie à Sunshine, dans l’Idaho. Le pilote, Brady Miller, ne fait que passer. Mais il va bientôt faire abandonner Lilah à ses instincts pour céder à un désir primal.

C’est la nature de Brady de résister à l’attachement, mais il y a quelque chose à propos de Lilah et de sa ménagerie qui l’oblige à revenir pour plus.

Avis : Je ne connaissais que la série Lucky Harbor de Jill Shalvis mais c’est vrai que j’étais curieuse de lire autre chose. Comment résister à Animal Magnetism ? Pleins d’animaux, une petite ville et une jolie romance ? Moi je peux vous dire que ça m’est impossible !

Brady est un ancien militaire qui n’a aucune attache, mais voilà, entre deux boulots il rentre chez lui pour rendre visite à ses deux frères. Lilah est responsable du chenil de la ville. C’est un travail énorme, d’autant plus qu’elle essaie aussi de suivre des cours par correspondance. Leur rencontre est assez explosive et j’avoue que j’ai adoré leurs échanges. Rien ne les prédestinait à avoir quelque chose mais Lilah veut du changement dans sa vie et Brady trouve la jeune femme exaltante. C’était très drôle de les voir se tourner autour sous l’attention constante de la ville. Les relations sont un peu différentes de ce à quoi on s’attend habituellement. Oui, Lilah pose facilement des limites à ce qui se passe entre eux et agit souvent de façon impulsive. Elle ne reste pas dormir avec lui, elle le provoque, lui lance des défis et c’est très confus pour cet homme qui n’a pas l’habitude de se retrouver dans ce genre de situation. J’ai trouvé que c’était vraiment très bien trouvé.

En plus de cela bien sûr il y a tous les animaux que l’on retrouve de façon très présente tout au long de l’histoire, que ce soit Abigael le canard fou ; Lulu, l’agneau qui se prend pour un chien, mais aussi de nombreux chiens et chats et d’autres que je vous laisserai découvrir. Ils sont tous différents mais je les ai tous adorés ! J’ai été très touchée par Lilah et sa tristesse quand elle devait se séparer des animaux qu’elle récupérait. Je comprends très bien la façon qu’elle a elle à se s’attacher aussi rapidement et profondément à ces animaux.

Oui, Jill Shalvis nous présente encore une fois une histoire très mignonne qui nous fait passer un très bon moment !

 

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis: Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.

Review: This is a novel I did not know about at all. My great friend Céline who liked it was very kind to offer me a copy so that I can also discover the story as well. I can tell you that I now have an infinite gratitude! Oh yes! I would like to have more chance to come across this kind of gem. This book is amazing and intense and I can only advise you to try it because I had a great time. It’s not an easy story, it’s a story of reconstruction, loopholes, love and acceptance.

We discover Mallory, a young girl who suffered a terrible abuse during her childhood and she still keeps the consequences in her today. Having been adopted by a stable and loving family, she progresses slowly and after spending 4 years homeschool, she returns to high school to finally make her final year. It’s a huge change for her, something very difficult to do and she finds herself even more surprised when she finds the guy she never thought to see again. Rider, the boy who has always protected and saved her is there in front of her and the link between them has never been erased.

It was really an intense, moving story that takes you to the heart and takes you on a waltz that you hope will never end. Mallory and Rider are touching and their story is very beautiful and difficult. Some cracks are easy to see and others are hidden but always reappear at one time or another. I was proud of Mallory even if it was sad at times to see her doubt, question herself and especially to realize that she can not do it. Rider is more difficult to understand but we will discover little by little what he hides … However, the feelings they have for each other will propel them further than they would have thought. But it’s not just them, and Mallory’s best friend or Hector or Jayden are some characters that I also loved a lot! Yes, we easily fall in love with all these characters and it is also why it is difficult to leave the novel without having finished it. It is a beautiful story, which touched me a lot and I can only advise you to read it now! Thank you Céline !!!