Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Mini Reviews: A Love to Live For, The Transfer & The Baby Bargain

A Love to Live For
Title: A Love to Live For
Author: Nikita Heart
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

Joseph is dying of brain cancer.

The moment Rebecca hears this news from her father, a preacher in the small town of Continental, Maryland, she rushes to the side of the friend she knew since kindergarten, hoping to console him and offer him her support. What he asks of her, however, leaves her completely in shock.

Will she go out with him?

Confused and flustered because she has never been asked out by a guy before, Rebecca flees but after some thought, decides to grant Joseph’s request, only telling herself that she just needs to keep herself from falling in love with him so she won’t end up getting hurt. Surely, she could manage that, couldn’t she?


With his sweetness and concern, Joseph slowly captures Rebecca’s untrained heart and after spending time with Joseph, it becomes clear to Rebecca that she is falling in love with Joseph. Hard.

She wonders if she should stop seeing him, afraid to lose another person she loves just like she lost her mother nine years ago, and just when she has made up her mind, she is faced with a different predicament.

After coming home from a trip, Joseph has changed and he won’t say why. Rebecca suspects that Joseph may have less time remaining than he thought, and is afraid to confront the fact, but the truth is something Rebecca did not see coming.

Will Rebecca be able to handle the truth or will it create a wedge between Rebecca and Joseph’s frail hearts for good?

 “You love him and love is not something you can run away from.”

The narration felt off during the first half because it seems that Rebecca was telling us every move she does, instead of making us feel the emotions. It was like she's listing off the things she does. The second half was much better though. It needed Rebecca's heart to be broken for me to feel her, which is unfortunate, but better than not feeling her at all. I wish there were more interaction with Joseph though. It was like he always just mentioned instead of giving us scenes with the two of them.

It was a fast and light read, and perfect if you wanna take a break from heavier books you're reading.

The Transfer (Divergent, #0.1)
Title: The Transfer (Divergent #0.1)
Author: Veronica Roth
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by "The Transfer," the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.
“Everyone else will get over it; move on, no matter what you decide. But you never will.” 
The thrill of knowing more and reading Four’s POV is exciting but what makes this awesome is that this is actually a back story and not just telling whatever that happened in the first two books in his POV. It definitely feels so different reading this younger version of him compared to who he was when we started to get to know him. 

This wasn’t really that exciting because there was not much action. It just gave us a glimpse of what happened to that boy and what made him become Four. There was a glimpse of how heartless his father was, which reminded me how much I hated him in the first books. His history and everything that made him what he was today was explained in this book. 

I would love to know more about his stay in the Dauntless compound and how he got over his insecurities and uncertainties. This just showed how interesting Four’s character is.

The Baby Bargain (Once A Marine, #1)
Title: The Baby Bargain
Author: Jennifer Apodaca
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

Seeing Adam Waters is the last thing veterinarian Megan Young expects. Ex-Marine. Ex-boyfriend. And still extremely dangerous territory. But Adam doesn’t know the secret Megan has been keeping from him. The secret that was created three years ago, after their last night together...

Adam returns to Raven’s Cove to sell his home in a final break with the town and memories that haunt him. The problem is that his attraction to Megan is as blazing hot as it ever was. But when a vicious smear campaign against Megan turns ugly, Adam learns the truth he never knew—he has a son. 

Now the only way Megan can protect her child is to strike a bargain with Adam. And it’s a bargain that looks a lot like blackmail...

The Baby Bargain was simple but it was a good read. I just love it when kids are involved in the story and especially when they were the ones that lead to the reconciliation of the two characters.

Unfortunately, Cole wasn't given enough spotlight as I expected. I wish there was a scene where Megan explained to him about Adam's role in their lives. I know kids can be trusting but how could he easily call him 'daddy and not question anything? Did Megan gave him a reason about why his father was absent until now?

The best thing about this was Adam and Megan's chemistry. It was boiling hot! Too bad, I can't have a distinct mental image of what they looked like except for Megan's red hair and blue eyes. 

There seem to be a few ends that weren't properly tied but I didn't cared much about it anyway so it's fine. Over all, this book was enough to keep my interested to finish it till the last page. A perfect romance light read if you're looking for a break from those heart-wrenching stories.