Morsels {6}: His Kiss, Her Best Friend’s Brother, Whispers in the Woods

His Kiss (High School Craving) by Melanie Marks
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Publication Date: November 3rd, 2011
ThunderStruck Publishing
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 5 Stars
If you’ve ever felt the compulsion to stalk a boy you’re seriously crushing on and think that it’s wrong. DON’T.
If you’ve ever kissed your boyfriend and compared it to the kiss of that same boy you were crushing on. DON’T FEEL BAD.
If you’ve ever secretly left little gifts and baffling little love poems in his locker thinking that he’ll never know…THINK AGAIN.
This short novella will take you back to those days when you want to pull your hair out of frustration. When you already have everything safe and good in your life but kept yearning for that walk on the dark side.  The author did a remarkable job in keeping Ally’s voice real; so much so that I often found myself slightly annoyed. She’s indecisive, confused, and often times, erratic. In short she’s a…well, a teenager. We’ve all been there. I have a daughter on the cusp of this age and let me tell you, things are not looking up for me. Sometimes, it’s hard to resist the urge to strangle her…but I love her to bits and I can’t live without her. My annoyances with Ally bordered on amusement, where I waffled between squeezing the life out of her affectionately or inflicting her with bodily harm. In the end, I think I was overcome with the cuteness of this story. I wish it wasn’t a novella, though. In the meantime, I’ve downloaded Melissa Sparks’ High School Cravings Series. It’s definitely worth checking out!

Her Best Friend’s Brother by T.J. Dell  Goodreads

Publication Date: September 22nd, 2011
Self-Published
Format:  Kindle Edition
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
This is a story of continuous missed opportunities. And although it got frustrating at times, the author did a fantastic job about being cohesive and logical about their misses. It’s about being in love for what it seems like forever to that person who’s infinitely close to you but seemingly so far out of reach. It’s about that constant self-doubting that causes a person’s unhappiness. Sometimes, you just have to say, damn the consequences and go for broke. I love the chemistry between the characters and their selflessness. They’re both willing to let go if only they’ll both be happy – together, alone or with somebody else.  I was a little disappointed, however, that there wasn’t much stories of Tony’s other relationships. It was mostly about Libby’s, which of course all turned out to be non-consequential and futile. It was almost as if these two were conveniently waiting for each other. I don’t think they even tried to make anything work with anybody else. Regardless, I still think this was a fantastic read. For those who have been deceived by what you think was an unreciprocated love or longing, I think this book is one worth your time.

Whispers in the Woods Vol. I by TJ Dell

Publication Date: December 8th, 2011
Self-Published
Format: Kindle Edition
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
I’d like to start off by saying that I’ve enjoyed this book for the most part. But I was put off by the dialogues and general personalities of the main characters. Evie didn’t seem to have any character at all other than the fact that she likes to be alone and that she couldn’t care less if her grandmother dislikes her very existence. Speaking of her grandmother…what grandmother? I keep thinking that she was nothing but a figment of Evie’s imagination. She often talked of her but she didn’t seem to be around. Lucas, the love interest, gets marks off for declaring he loves her in a span of a week or two, give or take.  This book is short but there’s a sequel and where the author ended this…uhm…why?  If you’ve never liked co-dependent relationships in a book, then STAY AWAY. They literally get the worst case of the stomach flu when they’re apart – well, mostly on Evie’s part. Over all, this is another cookie cutter YA paranormal romance, I’m still undecided on whether or not I’m willing to spend the money on the next “volume”.