Monday, September 3, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (09.03.2012)

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila from Book Journey and Kellee and Jenn from Teach Mentor Texts. It invites people to share the books they read/reviewed the past week and also to share what books they are currently reading/or plan to read this coming week.

Yay! I'm joining this book meme again this week. My first experience of joining the meme last week was so much fun. It's kinda cool blog hopping and looking at what other people are reading. I definitely put some of them on my to-be-read pile!

Last week, I've read 8 books. As usual, most of them are YA. Okay, sue me. I'm quite fond of them. <grins> However, I've been such a slacker in reviewing. I got caught up in reading books one after the other that I totally had no time to blog them. 

Oh well, here are the books I've read/reviewed last week and the books I'm planning to read this week. 


What A Boy Needs by Nyrae Dawn - Jaden Sinclair knows he'll never amount to why would he deserve a girl like Priscilla Mendoza? Since last summer, things have been screwed up between Jaden and Pris. He knows it's his fault, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to go a few rounds with her new boyfriend. He also knows he’s the loser his dad calls him, but it doesn’t stop him from wanting her. After getting a huge bomb dropped on him, Jaden lashes out and lands himself in jail. Everything in his chaotic life is turned upside down and to make it worse, his mom kicks him out in order to side with his dad. Yeah, he’s totally a prize for a girl like Pris. Sebastian, Aspen, and Pris are all going places in their lives...and he knows he can't keep tagging along for the ride.The group has one last chance for The Epic Adventure they've been looking for: a road trip to New York, where Jaden's friends will be going to college. Unfortunately, the more time Jaden hangs around Pris, the harder it is to keep the carefully constructed walls between them so she doesn't find out what a train wreck he really is. When the trip ends, Jaden has to decide if he's ready to say goodbye to his friends, and the girl he loves. He knows what he needs, but will he be man enough to go for it?

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemisty #2) by Simone Elkeles - When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry #3) by Simone Elkeles Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he's scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill. Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules -, don't trust a boy who says "I love you", boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex's wedding and suddenly she's tempted to break all her rules. Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis's biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers' lives. Will Luis's feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk?

Hollywood Ever After (Red Carpet #1) by Sasha Summers - Happy Endings are for fairy tales. Or the movies. Not for real life. At least, not in Claire’s life. Even though she’s starting over, she knows better than to want too much this time. But when she falls, literally, into the strong arms of Hollywood’s ‘it’ boy Josh Wiley, Claire’s in for some surprises. Her plans for rest and relaxation are forgotten as one incredible night with Josh becomes two… And her heart begins to want him as much as her body. Will two kids, one bastard ex-husband, and Josh’s juggernaut career mean the end of their affair? Or can Claire find her happy ending after all?

Something About You (FBI/US Attorney #1) by Julie James - Fate has thrown two sworn enemies...Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and for nearly ruining his career.Into each other's arms...Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it's no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

A Lot Like Love (FBi/US Attorney #2) by Julie James - The FBI wants her cooperation. As the daughter of a billionaire and the owner of the city's top wine store, Jordan Rhodes is invited to the most exclusive parties in Chicago. But there's only one party the FBI wants to crash: the charity fundraiser of a famous restaurateur, who also happens to launder money for the mob. In exchange for her brother's release from prison, Jordan is going to be there—with a date supplied by the Bureau. Agent McCall just wants her. As the top undercover agent in Chicago, Nick McCall has one rule: never get personal. This "date" with Jordan Rhodes is merely an assignment— one they're both determined to pull off even if they can't be together for five minutes before the sarcasm and sparks begin to fly. But when Nick's investigation is compromised, he and Jordan have no choice but to pretend they're a couple, and what starts out as a simple assignment begins to feel a lot like something more.

About That Night (FBI/US Attorney #3) by Julie James He's Playing Games...Though Rylann Pierce tried to fight the sparks she felt for billionaire heir Kyle Rhodes the night they met, their sizzling chemistry was undeniable. But after being stood up on their first date, Rylann never expected to see him again. So when she finds herself face-to-face with Kyle in a courthouse nine years later, she's stunned. More troubling to the beautiful assistant U.S. attorney is that she's still wildly attracted to him. But She's Making The Rules...Just released from prison, Kyle Rhodes isn't thrilled to be the star witness in a high-profile criminal case—but when Rylann comes knocking at his door, he finds she may be the one lawyer he can't say no to. Still as gorgeous and sharp-tongued as ever, she lays down the law: she doesn't mix business with pleasure. But Kyle won't give up on something he wants—and what he wants is the one woman he's never forgotten.

Someone Else's Fairytale by Emily Mah Tippetts Jason Vanderholt, Hollywood's hottest actor, falls head over heels for everygirl, Chloe Winters, who hasn't gotten around to watching most of his movies. She becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn't her fairytale.


*Currently Reading/To Be Read This Week*

Love Unscripted (Love, #1) by Tina Reber Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever think that accepting a role in an unknown film would toss his career into overdrive. His new fame has cost him dearly; anonymity is no longer an option. His fans stalk him, the paparazzi hound him, and Hollywood studios all want a piece of him. Despite all of that, Ryan Christensen craves the most basic of human needs - to have love in his heart and privacy in his life. Taryn Mitchell, the story's protagonist, is a realist. She's been feigning contentment, running the family pub in Seaport, Rhode Island, while quietly nursing her own internal heartaches. Her feet are fairly glued to the ground and she doesn't buy into all the hype that has descended on her tiny, coastal town. In her world, men are safe if they're kept at a distance. Fate has other plans for these two when their paths cross one sunny afternoon. A group of female fans has attacked him, leaving his shirt torn, his face cut, and Ryan in obvious distress. Bonds between them form from the most dramatic of circumstances while jealousy, insecurity, and the stress of his celebrity life try to tear them apart. Through all the tabloid lies, secrecy, and pressure, can Taryn's peace and Ryan's high-profile insanity live together in harmony?

I wanna read another series. Still debating whether to read Divergent, Caster Chronicles or The Mortal Instruments. 

I'll try not to be a slacker in reviewing this week. (I hope!)

Also, I would like to hear your book recommendations. I'm a sucker for them. =)

*book descriptions and pictures from Goodreads


  1. Nice selection. I still haven't read Perfect Chemistry but hope to one day. My Monday Report is here. Have a good week!

  2. I like the sound of the Julie James series

    Have a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Nice titles you have here. Most are unfamiliar to me, so thank you for sharing them. I love YA fiction too.

  4. You've read quite some books. I only managed two :(. Looking forward to your reviews!

    Helene @ Helene's World of Books

  5. I'm not a YA reader but these books do look good - I'll have to pass along some of these titles to my niece.

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  6. The Julie James books were cute when I read 'em. It's been a while but I remember liking them :)

    The Brunette Librarian's Blog

  7. Wow you had such a busy reading week last week and most of them are on my tbr pile! I hope you have a great reading week!
    Come see what I'm reading this week :)

    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  8. Hi there, thanks for dropping by GatheringBooks. Yup, I'm Filipino. Now based in Singapore. :) The two other ladies who are running the site are Filipinos: Iphigene is based in Manila while Fats is based in San Diego, USA. :)

  9. Hi thanks for dropping by our blog, GatheringBooks. To answer your question, yes, I'm a Filipino - now based in Singapore. The two other ladies who are running the site are Filipinos. Iphigene is based in Manila, while Fats is basd in San Diego, USA.

  10. I don't review every book I read. It's just not possible.

    My favorite book this week was Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. Please come see what I'm reading now.


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