Saturday, August 29, 2015

Velvet Vests by xPureChances | Review

Series: The Garments Series

Published: July 29th, 2014 by Wattpad

Pages: 14

Date Finished: August 29th, 2015

Rating: 5/5 stars

Age Recommendation: --

Velvet Vests by xPureChances was just as amazing as the other books in The Garments Series. I was not disappointed at all and was quite pleasantly surprised that the book featured a disabled person since I am disabled myself. I could identify with lot of the situations Reed had to go through on a daily basis because I've dealt with them myself. The author did a great job at approaching things with an open mind and didn't come across as offensive at all, which I really appreciated.

Velvet Vests is the wonderful love story of Reed -who is wheelchair bound after a car accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down- and Leo, also known as Ghost -an able bodied teenage boy who loves Reed with all his heart, much to Reed's dismay. It follows Reed as she tries to overcome the denial that Ghost is just using her and maybe even wanting her for unspoken things and Ghost who, despite being shot down by Reed time and time again, continues to pine after her heart in the most adorable ways. That all gets wrapped up in a short while with an end you definitely don't see coming.

I absolutely loved Reed and -as stated before- could really identify with her. Especially since I've felt the way she felt numerous times about Ghost, just in my personal life with other guys. I admire the author for taking such a brilliant, risky step with Reed as a character and refusing to shy away from reality that, yes, people do stare and many people are not at all comfortable with the fact that there are people with different struggles around in our everyday lives. I also enjoyed how she showed the kindness in Ghost and made me realize that not all people are out to get disabled individuals and sometimes people really do love and care about you. Ghost is such a sweetie. I do wish Velvet Vests was just a little bit longer though... It was sort of short compared to the other books in the series.

I loved Velvet Vests and I will surely be continuing the series with Cotton Cardigans and Hodden Hoodies. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Lacy Leathers by xPureChances | Review

Series: The Garments Series

Published: July 8th, 2014 by Wattpad

Pages: 23

Date Finished: August 28th, 2015

Rating: 5/5 stars

Age Recommendation: --

This whole series has been amazing so far. The author really has a clear idea of where she wants each story to go which can sometimes be quite difficult. I couldn't wait to dive into Lacy Leathers by xPureChances. The book definitely lived up to my expectations. I honestly couldn't get enough of Valerie and Shar.

Lacy Leathers follows the story of Valerie and Shar and how they deal with the horrible racism thrown at Shar by Valerie's parents and the rest of society because of Shar's ethnicity. He has darker skin while Valerie is white.

Shar and Valerie face unbelievable situations in this book and things that nobody should have to go through, yet they still won't give up on one another and they're determined to prove that the color of your skin means absolutely nothing, especially in terms of love.

I really enjoyed the romance between Shar and Valerie. It was really cute. Also, the love triangle aspect as well as the gang elements were wonderfully executed.

I will definitely be continuing the series with Velvet Vests. It's gonna be great. :)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Satin Shirts by xPureChances | Review

Series: The Garments Series

Published: October 25th, 2014 by Wattpad

Pages: 30

Date Finished: August 14th, 2015

Rating: 5/5 stars

Age Recommendation: 14+

I was so excited to start Satin Shirts by xPureChances. I couldn't wait to continue The Garments Series. After I completed Jeans Jacket I knew I had to get my hands on Satin Shirts. The romance and steamy scenes were spot on in this instalment and I just couldn't get enough or Jon and Andrea.

Satin Shirts is an awe-filled, romantic short story about Andrea who spends her time writing and being socially awkward and Jon who is the cool boy at school who is known as a player. Andrea and Jon spend their nights together in Jon's bed cuddling and talking and sometimes more to escape their not so wonderful lives and it takes something drastic to make them realize their love for each other which neither knew the other felt.

The love and romance in this book felt real and not rushed and I absolutely adored Jon. While other people seemed to hate him, I had a feeling he didn't mean any harm and deep down he was a sweet boy.

In my opinion this short story was perfect and I wouldn't change a thing. I'll definitely be reading the next short story, Lacy Leathers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jeans Jacket by xPureChances | Review

Series: The Garments Series
Published: December 1st, 2014 by Wattpad
Pages: 35
Date Finished: August 11th, 2015
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Age Recommendation: -
I wasn't expecting much from Jeans Jacket by xPureChances. In fact, I was expecting quite the opposite of a good book; boring and bland at the most. But, boy was I surprised. Although there's a lot of insta-love, the intensity of that love and all the feels this book gives you is insane. I severely want my own Nate. Too bad fictional characters aren't real. *pouts* I did knock off half a star because the ending made me really sad and I didn't particularly like how the author lead you on but her writing style is flipping amazing and I wish we could be friends. :D
Jeans Jacket follows the amazing love story between Ellie Dawson and Nate Lewis. They meet one night under a lamp post and they despise each other in the beginning but over time they develop strong feelings for one another against Ellie's father's wishes. In his mind Ellie shouldn't be wasting her time and love on a poor boy with a deadbeat family which Nate later realizes. There's a ton of ups and downs in this short story and it will definitely leave you speechless.
I loved the romance in this book and Nate's cocky yet caring attitude made me swoon so hard. He is such a bad boy and I love it. I wish there were more books surrounding Nate and Ellie.
One thing I absolutely hated was the evil demeanour of Ellie's father and how he made it his mission to make sure he controlled every single person in his life, including Ellie, his wife and members of Nate's family. Ellie's father wouldn't let people be who they needed to be and he wouldn't let them live their own lives.
I will most definitely be continuing with the series and I think everyone should at least give it a try. It's a stunning series.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Before He Jumped by Gilbert Blythe | Review

Series: Why He Jumped
Published: August 4th, 2015 by Wattpad
Pages: 15
Date Finished: August 5th, 2015
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Age Recommendation: 12+
I expected Before He Jumped by Gilbert Blythe to have the same type of writing style as it's sequel Why He Jumped and when I went into it, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author had changed things up a bit. I really enjoyed Why He Jumped so I was excited to read this book/short story. I knocked off half a star just because the writing didn't leave me breathless but I still enjoyed it very much.
Before He Jumped takes place before the events of Why He Jumped. It follows Adam who discovers a site called Wattpad where people write stories and poems and post them for people to read. Throughout the book, Adam appears happy but deep down, you can tell that something isn't right. Adam isn't as happy as he lets on. Through the course of Before He Jumped there are also Wattpad "drafts" and canceled text messages of Adam reaching out for help that he doesn't send or post and people start getting worried about him. They know something's wrong... But unfortunately no one is there to catch Adam when he falls.
I loved the raw emotion of this book. I could really connect with Adam because I've been where he was and the author doesn't hold any of that back. I also really liked Adam's sense of humor through his Wattpad posts as well as his bromance with Matt. I wish it could have been a bit longer though.
I think everyone should read this series. It really opens your eyes to the harshness of mental illness and more people need to know the consequences certain actions can have on others. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Why He Jumped by Gilbert Blythe | Review

Series: Why He Jumped

Published: May 9th, 2014 by Wattpad

Pages: 17

Date Finished: August 4th, 2015

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Age Recommendation: 12+

Why He Jumped by Gilbert Blythe was very well written. I had high hopes going into the series and although it wasn't a tear-jerker for me as it appeared to be for everyone else, (which is why I knocked off half a star) I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

It follows the story of a teenager named Matthew and how him and his friends deal with the suicide of someone close to them all. It goes on to show the grieving process that takes place after someone commits suicide, and how certain people are left to think that they could have done more when that's not always possible. It also shows that words really do hurt and something you say could result in a tragedy.

The subject matter really touched me and I appreciated that about the book. I really liked how creative the author was with his words and vocabulary and it didn't feel like any of the characters were "faking it." I also loved the two small plot twists in the story revolving around Oliver and Adam. The author did a great job at making things "believable."

I'll definitely go on to read the prequel.