Lost: Review & Giveaway and Waiting on Wednesday!

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Author: Nadia Simonenko


Release: 3/13/13

Genre: YA Contemporary

Series: Lost & Found


Author: Ashley Elston


Release: 5/14/13


Source: Itching for Books Tours

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The Story

Maria’s life was torn apart when she was fifteen, and for seven years she’s kept her terrible secret hidden from the world. Now, in her final semester of college, she still struggles against paralyzing fear just trying to speak up in class, and the terror and helplessness linger on in her nightmares.
Across campus, Owen sees his scars in the mirror every morning while he gets ready for class. They remind him of the broken home he left behind, the father he hates and fears, and the little sister he couldn’t protect. Now, in his final semester of college, he’s scared that he may have to return to the hell he called home after staying away for almost five years.
When Owen becomes a teaching assistant for one of Maria’s classes, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to each other. As the two learn each other’s secrets and grow closer, they realize that although they may be lost, they’re not alone anymore.
This new adult contemporary romance is recommended for ages 17+ due to heavy subject matter.


What I Thought

This book had so many issues going on.  For some reason I love reading about two messed up people that find each other like they did in this book.  Owen and Maria were perfect for each other and they just seemed to need a little time to get things sorted and hook up.

Both of the characters in this book have been through so much. They have had incredibly hard lives.  Though Owen still is living with his nightmare, Maria on the other hand has an incident that happened once and I”m not sure why she allows herself to dwell in it quite so much.  But anyway….

This was a really well written book and the story was really well written.  It took on some pretty emotional topics and I thought it handled them really well.  Abuse in any form is not something to be handled lightly, and I thought Nadia Simonenke did an amazing job with the story all the way around.  I also really liked the supporting characters.  Both Tina and Craig were very supportive of their friends and fun all the way around.

The one criticism I have of the book is the cover.  I really didn’t think it fit with the overall theme of the book. I think they could have chosen something a little better that would have drawn the reader in a little better, but that is minor in the greater scheme of things!

Overall a great story and a great read!



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name: ocd love story

author: corey ann haydu

release date: 7/23/13/13

publisher: simon pulse


summary from goodreads:

When Bea meets Beck, she knows instantly that he’s her kind of crazy. Sweet, strong, kinda-messed-up Beck understands her like no one else can. He makes her feel almost normal. He makes her feel like she could fall in love again.
But despite her feelings for Beck, Bea can’t stop thinking about someone else: a guy who is gorgeous and magnetic… and has no idea Bea even exists. But Bea knows a ton about him. She spends a lot of time watching him. She has a journal full of notes. Some might even say she’s obsessed.

Bea tells herself she’s got it all under control, but this isn’t a choice, it’s a compulsion. The truth is, she’s breaking down… and she might end up breaking her own heart.


Why I’m Waiting (most impatiently!):

A book about an obsessive crush.  Like we’ve never been there? And look at that cover???? Seriously, this might be one that I have to own for my shelf… It looks beautiful!

This one sounds right up my alley!!!!


What are you waiting on?



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  1. I like the cover – she does look ‘lost’. Abuse at home happens far more than we hear about and it’s too bad that the abused feel they can’t tell anyone about it without repercussions. Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. At first I thought this might be a bit to heavy, but the more I read about it the better it sounds. I am starting to really want to read Lost and definitely looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing your review with us.

  3. I see what you mean about the cover, I suppose she looks a little lost, but the hair all over her face and whatever that is in the background just confuses me. I do enjoy emotional realistic fiction books though, so I will probably try this one out.