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Catching Jordan Book Review

Score_CVR.inddCatching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: December 1, 2011

Publisher: Sourcefire Books

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

Personal Thoughts: It’s interesting that I read this series/companion books backwards. I read the first book last and the last book first. 🙂 It was good seeing how the characters interacted with each other. The character development was done very well and we got a chance to find out more about Jordan and Sam and the secondary characters as well.

I loved the family dynamics and the contrast between Jordan’s and Henry’s family. Where one was supportive and the other just didn’t want to be as accepting due to fear of injury.  Catching Jordan is definitely going on my favorite read books because of the writing style, the characters and just the overall story. There are a lot of twists and shocking things in this book and you are just waiting to see when Henry and Jordan finally realize what they are missing. This was a fast read for me because I just wanted to see where the book would go next and I just couldn’t put it down.

I am so excited to know that Racing Savannah is coming out in only a short 4 months. I can’t wait to read and see the adventures that Savannah goes on and what entertaining things happen to her. 🙂

It’s interesting that I have seen Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker on the bloggospehere for quite some time but it has taken me so long to actually pick them up and give them a chance. Now that I have, I have seen what I have been missing out on and I can’t help but kick myself for waiting so long. Miranda Kenneally is a great addition to my favorite authors collection.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

The Distance Between Us Book Review

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Publication Date: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Harper Teen

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads):  Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should have been worried about.

Personal ThoughtsThis books was so cute and adorable. I loved both the primary and secondary characters. I love how everyone had their individual role within the story and participated actively. There weren’t that many passive characters in the book. The nicknames for some of the characters was just too funny. However, I would have loved to hear the explanations behind them to see how they came about. 

Xander and Caymen’s relationship was just priceless. 🙂  The way that it kept going all over the place and being misinterpreted by everyone was just entertaining to read about. Xander is such a sweet guy and just won’t go away and that makes Caymen try to resist him even more, but that doesn’t do anything to stop him. 🙂

The language was well written, there was a lot of action that kept me wondering what was going to happen next so I just kept on reading.  The ending was completely the opposite of what I thought it was going to be so it was a nice unexpected surprise. I haven’t read any of Kasie West’s books before, but I will be exploring more after this. I can’t wait to read if there will be a sequel to this or a companion novel.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

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Waiting on Wednesday: Racing Savannah

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 Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

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Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Synopsis (Goodreads):  They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

Personal Thoughts: I’ve read the other three books by Miranda Kenneally and  I love all three! I’m so happy there is another one coming out not too long from now. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Savannah and Jack. If it’s anything like the last three books, I know that I am going to love it.

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Stealing Parker Book Review

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Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: October 1, 2012

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads) Red-hot author Miranda Kenneally hits one out of the park in this return to Catching Jordan’s Hundred Oaks High. Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life. So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty? But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?

Personal Thoughts: This book was quite entertaining despite some of its subject matter. I love how Miranda Kenneally makes things more realistic than some of the authors I have read in the past. There are both ups and downs, mistakes are made and fixed, but at the end, it feels very true to the real world.

There is a lot going on in this book and some parts were thought provoking. For those that belong to a church and have that kind of support, it does make you wonder what would happen if you or your family did something that the church wouldn’t approve. How would you take it? Would your beliefs be shaken or would you ignore the gossip and move on?

I loved seeing Parker grow and move on to live her life despite everything that she has been going through. The plot line was written very well and I just kept turning the pages to see what would happen with her and the boys that she was dealing with. The ending was a surprise but I loved the way that it was handled.

With every book that I read, I become a bigger fan of Miranda Kenneally. She is a wonderful author who writes realistically and makes you crave more once you have finished reading.

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Things I Can’t Forget Book Review

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Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Publication Date: March 1, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt–with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Personal Thoughts:  I haven’t read any book by Miranda Kenneally before and when I picked this one up, it ended up being the last book in the series. I don’t normally do that since some books have spoilers for the previous books. That being said, I loved this book to pieces! The characters were engaging, the dialogue wasn’t stale and kept me entertained throughout the entire book. I love the style of writing that Kenneally uses and it is just right for this type of readership.

It was great seeing Kate grow as a person as she figured out that things aren’t that black and white in the world when it comes to beliefs and other issues. She is slowly growing up and learning how to deal with issues that are not as clear as they were before. It is a test of character for sure.

I loved how both Kate and Matt had a previous history between the two of them. It made the story even more enjoyable. 🙂 The topics that were discussed aren’t that easy to deal with, but the author did a fine job mentioning it so we can see its seriousness, but not become overwhelmed.

There were a few parts of the book where I would have loved to see both the issue and the dialogue expanded because I felt they were rushed. However, overall the book was a fun and fast read. I am now moving backwards and reading Stealing Parker.

Rating: 4/5 Stars