Review: Finding Fate #3, Right Kind of Wrong by Chelsea Fine

20455344Blurb from Goodreads

Sometimes wrong can feel oh so right . . .

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

ebook, 336 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Forever
edition language: English
series: Finding Fate
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

I think Jenna and Jack’s story is far more engaging than previous books in the series. I liked reading they banter throughout the story. They easy-going personalities are really enjoyable to read. And their families are just funny I want them to have their own story (Jenna’s cousins and Jack’s brothers). And Jack…I love him from the first time he comes into the story. In a way, I much prefer reading his POV than Jenna’s. I also think that the author did a good job in building the tension. At first I thought it’s all about road trip and independent, Jenna’s main issue. But then the more they do that road trip, the clearer that they have something else in their plate, especially Jack. He isn’t the Jack Jenna know about.

However, I feel the way Jack handles his old (or is it real?) life is too easy. I mean what happen to his brother is a dangerous thing and deals with dangerous people, but it can be solved just with one call from Jack that those people don’t even questioning him. Jack keeps saying that they are dangerous. Some kind of evil drug dealer but I think they are quite stupid for dangerous-secretive gangs.

As much as it’s engaging, the writing is too flowery for my taste.

This is Jack and he will not be conquered. Jack will not be owned. Jack will not be taken. He is the victor and king. With him, I am not the hurricane. He is the storm and I am the ravaged.
His force will destroy me; wrap me up in the fierce wind of his passion and the heavy water of his love. And that’s what it is: love. Undeniable and irrevocable love. And it is his stormy love that terrifies me most of all.
The storm will come, flatten me completely, and I will never be the same.

This kind of sentences made me cringe so many times.

I also quite annoyed with Jenna’s independent declaration. I do understand her feeling and why she needs to take control all the time. I support her independency and I love independent girl but there is a fine line between stubborn and naïve (if not stupid). She’s so stubborn with so many things while at the same time it can make her and people around her, particularly Jack, in danger and can slow him down, especially regarding of his past.

All in all, I actually love Chelsea Fine books. But I still haven’t found my favorite in this Finding Fate series so far. I really hope her next books will be as good as her old one (The Archers of Avalon series and Sophie & Carter).

Result: 3 out of 5 stars
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Review: Finding Fate #2, Perfect Kind of Trouble by Chelsea Fine

18656446Blurb from Goodreads

Sometimes when perfect falls apart, a little trouble fixes everything . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Kayla Turner has lost everything. After spending most of her life taking care of her ailing mother, she just wants to spot a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. So when her late father-a man she barely knew-leaves her an inheritance, she finally breathes a sigh of relief . . . until she learns the inheritance comes with strings. Strings in the form of handsome playboy Daren Ackwood, her father’s protégé. To see any of her inheritance, she’s forced to team up with him. From his expensive car to those sexy dimples, Kayla’s seen his type before. But Daren isn’t who he seems to be . . .

Struggling to make amends for his family’s mistakes, Daren has a life more Oliver Twist than Richie Rich these days. He’s beyond grateful that James Turner included him in his will, but working with Turner’s princess of a daughter to fulfill his cryptic last wish is making Daren wonder if being broke is really so bad. Still, she’s just as beautiful as she is stubborn, and the more time he spends with Kayla, the less it feels right being without her. Soon Daren and Kayla begin to wonder if maybe the best gift Kayla’s dad could have left them . . . was each other.

ebook, 336 pages
Published June 17th 2014 by Forever
edition language: English
series: Finding Fate
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
I think this second book of Finding Fate series is better than Best Kind of Broken. I more enjoyed reading it and didn’t bore me, things that I felt in Levi and Pixie’s story.

I liked the way Chelsea Fine tells the back story of Kayla and Daren. It’s told through the scavenger hunt that they have to do and letters and/or quotes from Kayla’s father, James Turner, can trigger their memory. That’s when they mostly tell me about their past. It felt like each letter and/quote connect to their younger life. I also really enjoy their scavenger hunt. It’s so much fun and since I love scavenger hunt myself, it makes me wondering about the clues with Kayla and Daren.

However as much as it’s an interesting scavenger hunt, I think the handcuffs thing is kinda ridiculous. I didn’t quite believe that James makes Kayla and Daren handcuffs each other while they are barely know each other in the first place.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars

Review: Finding Fate #1, Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine

18360175Blurb from Goodreads

Pixie and Levi haven’t spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are… awkward.

All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they’re forced to share a bathroom, and therefore a shower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.

ebook, 336 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Forever
Edition language: English
Series: Finding Fate
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

“There’s no such thing as too broken. Anything can heal.”

When I saw Chelsea Fine latest book is up on NetGalley, I felt like I wanted to jump up and down was so relieved because it’s been a while since she writes a book. I know it isn’t easy writing a book, but come on I miss her stories. So I literally did everything I can to read this book as soon as possible.

So let’s meet our new characters Sarah Marshall aka Pixie and Levi Andrews aka Leaves. Pixie and Levi had been best friend for a long time, since they were a child. They knew each other through Levi’s little sister, Charity. Pixie has a dysfunctional family but she has other family full of love whose she can run to, the Andrews. Charity teaches her to be brave, confident and always feel beautiful when her mom always says the opposite. And Levi always stands beside her, be there for her. He is her hero and their parents love her just like they love their children. Basically, the Andrews are a place to call home for Pixie. But then, a terrible thing happened which cause them fall apart. This is when the story takes place.

Unlike The Archers of Avalon (it’s one of my favorite YA series, by the way), this book is told from Pixie and Levi POV which makes me so happy because I love reading from first POV. It was so enjoyable reading from Pixie and Lexi POV. I love their banter, love the way they ogle and check each other out, I even love when they thinking each other. I just love being in their mind and seeing through their eyes. Hence it was so easy to connect with their story. I laugh, sad, happy and proud with them.

I also like the way Chelsea Fine build the story. To be honest there is nothing new in Pixie and Levi’s story but Ms. Fine wrote it really well it can make me glue to the book er…to my ereader, to be exact. I read it in one sitting, that’s how addictive it is.

“No,” I say, loud enough to be heard over the roaring wind and rain.
She blinks. “No?”
“No, we can’t be just friends.” Rain drips down my face as my heart hammers against my rib cage. “Because we’re more than just friends, and we always have been. And I’m not talking about sex, Pix. I’m talking about trust and comfort. I’m talking about home.” Lightning strikes nearby and the wind picks up. I raise my voice. “You are not my friend, Pixie. You are a piece of my heart and a part of who I want to be.”

However there is one thing I didn’t quite satisfy. In first part of the story, what happened with Pixie and Levi in Willow inn happens in the same pattern. Everyday has similar story. Levi and Pixie fighting over hot shower which build sexual tension, doing they work a whole day and then remembering their past. All of them happen in the hallway east wing, the kitchen and/or living room in Willow inn. It was like there is nothing new in their present life in 40% of the book. But at the same time, I really like reading their past whenever they memorize it. It intertwined their present life really well.

In the end, I really liked this book, though it still can’t beat my love for Anew. And look forward to book 2 which will be about Daren and Kayla. I’m so curious of them, like, really want to know about them ASAP.

Result: 3 out of 5 stars

Review: The Archers of Avalon #3, Avow by Chelsea Fine

Avow (The Archers of Avalon, #3)Blurb from Goodreads

Scarlet remembers. Everything. Her past lives, Tristan, Gabriel, Nate: she remembers it all–including how to get to the Fountain of Youth. But time is running out.

Heather and Gabriel have been kidnapped by Raven, while the curse that has plagued Scarlet and Tristan for centuries has shifted, putting the star-crossed lovers in more danger than ever before. Water from the Fountain of Youth is the only thing that can save Scarlet and her loved ones. But the water comes at a price.

With lives–and hearts–at stake, Scarlet leads her friends on a dangerous journey to the Fountain of Youth. Where eternal life is possible, but death is certain.

Kindle Edition, 407 pages
Published: December 11th 2012 by Firefall Publishing (first published December 1st 2012)
edition language: English
series: The Archers of Avalon #3
My Thought
Me: Hey…I know you’ve read Anew, what do you think?

My BFF: O-M-G Rachmi, I’m glad you talked about it non-stop till I read it. I finished the whole series, I hate to say this, but you are absolutely right. It was awesome. The series was awesome!

Me: I’ve told you

My BFF: I know you will say it. Thanks though for making me didn’t leave behind, at least I’m one of 4846 readers now 😀

Me: I’ve gave you my opinion now what do you think about it, aside of awesomeness? 😛

My BFF: I agree with your opinion, even the part about Tristan who always keep his words, though I still love my vampire 😉 so I guess I don’t have anything to say except it was awesome.

Me: Wow….you are speechless, huh?

My BFF: Yeah…I am. With many flashbacks in the beginning and middle of the story, I cannot guess what will happen with the characters in the end, can you?

Me: Hmm…..actually I love those flashback scenes. I never thought that Chelsea Fine will write many lives of Tristan, Gabriel, Nathaniel and Scarlet. So when she did I kind of surprised because it made the story from Anew and Awry clearer. I get a whole of their life story, not only a glimpse of their past and present life. It was like Chelsea Fine put the last puzzle for the story, every part that unclear, potholes from the prequels became clear here. Yet, I feel like their journey to Fountain of Youth too easy. I mean they spend centuries to find it and when Scarlet remembered basically it is just in front of their eyes. I also can guess what will happen to the characters in the ending. I guess I’m pretty good guessing the story or maybe it was because the author actually wrote clues along the story.

My BFF: Well…I think I’ll never pay more attention like you do. I let you be the one who do that because you are an observant reader, I guess. Oh, I have one thing to say that you haven’t mentioned. You didn’t say this series is hot, I mean I can feel the chemistry between Tristan and Scarlet. Their relationship though it was awry but so sweet, so unconditional but not in a cheesy way. I love it, I love reading their story, their banter and I can tell you that I can fell the sexual tension, their passion and their love to each other.

Me: You are indeed a hopeless romantic 🙂

My BFF: Hey, what can I say 😀 what your favorite scene from the series by the way? Mine is when Tristan and Scarlet spent their time in the cave, you know what I mean, right?

Me: Yeah, I know it but I’m not quite fond of it.

My BFF: Why? It was a very sweet romantic full of sexual tension kind of scene, you know.

Me: I don’t know I just feel that they are in the middle of their life and death journey and then there was that scene. I think they have to take their priority, which is their life is their top priority if I can say it.

My BFF: Oh come on, they can have a break from their messy life for a while and enjoy each other company. They fall in love for centuries and have to stay away from each other, for goodness sake. They deserve it!

Me: Hey….it just my opinion.

My BFF: So, we agree then The Archers of Avalon is an awesome series that I will read it again and again in the future. I will never get tire read this story.

Me: Yup, I told you this is an awesome series.

My BFF: Yeah….you don’t have to remind me again but why you gave it 4 stars?

Me: It’s because my questions from Anew and Awry still left unanswered, I still love it though. I won’t give it 4 stars if I didn’t love it.

My BFF: Oh, I have a question too from Avow. I think those are not important questions because it didn’t influence to the story. I mean without we questioning it, the story still awesome and Chelsea Fine didn’t have to explain everything.

Me: I guess it was just our curiosity. I understand that the author cannot describe all of the things in books. Well, maybe it is better to be left behind. It’s like it kept that way for reader imagination but I feel I need to know the way the fountain of youth works to physical appearance of the immortal. I need to know about when or how the Archer brothers and Nate have their youth and gorgeous features.

My BFF: It was just your curiosity because obviously I didn’t mind of unanswered question. Just left it behind, will you?

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That’s… my journey with Archer brothers, Scarlet, Nathaniel and Heather and even with Laura, Raven, Clare and Ashmen. A wonderful journey from Chelsea Fine.
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I’ll surely read your other books, Ms. Fine. Oh, I’ve read Sophie & Carter by the way so I’m waiting forward for your many books in the future.

Favorite dialogue:
“Tristan followed so close behind her she could feel his hot breath on the back of her neck. Again.
“Ten foot rule,” called Nate.
“Bite me!” Tristan hollered back, more hot breath caressing her skin with his words. A wonderful shiver ran through her body. Damn him and his beautiful mouth and hot breath and his leather-smelling shirt. She assumed he was headed to his own room in the basement, but when she walked into the guest bedroom, he followed her inside. She turned around to tell him to leave her alone, but his bright green eyes derailed her words. He was so pretty…
No! No. He was not pretty. He was in danger of dying. Focus on the danger, Scarlet. She glared at him. “What are you doing?”
“I’m sleeping with you.”
Was he insane? She lifted a brow. “I thought you were mad at me.”
“I’m concerned. Not mad.”
“Huh. Well either way you’re not sleeping with me.”
“Yes, I am.”
He was insane. “No,” Scarlet repeated. “You’re not. You could die, Tristan. We can’t touch and we certainly can’t…sleep together.” She felt her face flush.
A look of amusement crossed his face. “I meant sleep, Scar.”
“Oh. Well.” She cleared her throat. “I don’t want to wake up next to a corpse, so, like…scram.”
Result: 4/5 Stars

Review: The Archers of Avalon #2, Awry by Chelsea Fine

Awry (The Archers of Avalon, #2)Blurb from Goodreads

Sometimes love is meant to be. But sometimes…love is the death of you….

Seventeen-year-old Scarlet has just died. Only, dying isn’t unusual for a girl under a centuries old curse that left her semi-immortal.

This time, though, she comes back to her current life instead of awaking in a new one, and she realizes the curse is changing. Together with the immortal Archer brothers, Scarlet must piece together her life and try to break the curse before her impending death comes again.

ebook, 495 pages
Published: June 12th 2012 by Firefall Publishing (first published June 10th 2010)
edition language: English
genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
series: The Archers of Avalon #2
My Thought
This time, I want to create something new for my review format. Instead of like any other reviews, I wrote it in a conversation style. Although it’s only my imagination, I had fun wrote it. Hope you like it too.
My BFF: So, how is sequel of Anew? Have you finished it?

Me: Yes, I have. It was so good. Have you read Anew?

My BFF: Why? Do I have to read it A-S-A-P?

Me: Yes, you have too, what are you waiting for? You’ve already had it.

My BFF: Why do you want me to read it A-S-A-P? Yeah, I know you gave Anew 5 stars and it was your first 5 stars for this year so it must be awesome, well….at least for you. And why you won’t stop talking about it? Who do you think you are, Oprah?

Me: What do you mean?

My BFF: Well, you know Oprah used to talk her favorite books and she asked people to read it. But she has her own book club so she has a good reason to do that while you have no reason at all.

Me: Of course I have reason The Archer of Avalon series is awesome. I don’t want you to be left behind. That’s why I keep talking about it.
My BFF: How do you know the series is awesome? You only read 2 of 3 and I don’t know whether Awry is good or not. Yeah, you said it was awesome but I need more reasons aside of awesomeness.

Me: You want more reasons? I can give you reasons. So as I said in Anew, this book still has what I love from a book. It is a paranormal romance but it also has humor, a lot of humor and a good one. I love reading about Heather and Nate, her noisy and bubbling even incoherent one, his nerdy. Love their banter. As supporting characters they really have a special place in my heart and they make the story more alive. The story itself was so good. What happen to Archer brothers and Scarlet reveal here. I especially love their past, Chelsea Fine wrote it in flashback but whenever she wrote their past it connected to their present. I mean she didn’t just write their past in one chapter then continue to their present in another chapter. She intertwines it. So I can feel the connection between their past and their present. It answer why, when and how from the story.

My BFF: Why you always have questions from the book you read? Oh speaking about question did this book answer your questions from the previous one? I know that you will piss off when you didn’t find it hehehe

Me: Why I always have questions? I guess curiosity take the best of me 😀

My BFF: curiosity kills the cat

Me: I’m not a cat

My BFF: obviously, maybe we can call you curious Rachmi from now on.

Me: So, I’m not a cat but a monkey now?

My BFF: Hey, it’s compliment, you didn’t answer my questions by the way.

Me: What questions? Oh….yeah, Awry answered one of my two main questions. It was a good answer actually and made sense to me, I still waiting for an answer for another question though.

My BFF: Hmm….I think you are weird, maybe you miss something from the book because obviously other readers didn’t bring it out.

Me: Maybe, I think I have to ask them whether I miss it or not.

My BFF: Ok, how about the main characters, are they still awesome?

Me: Of course they are still awesome and I have more Tristan here 😀

My BFF: What about Tristan, I know that he has green eyes, gorgeous face, more gorgeous body, a badass. Basically swoon worthy kind of thing, right? So what’s new about him?

Me: Well…he is indeed swoon worthy, I love reading his qualities but what I love most about him is he keeps his words. I think I rarely read male character who true to their words nowadays.

My BFF: What do you mean are you saying most male characters are liar?

Me: No, I didn’t mean that. Let me tell you this way. I read a lot about male character who thought that he is dangerous to female character, his love interest. He keep saying that she shouldn’t be near him, that he isn’t good for her and she have to stay away from him. BUT he do all of those things. He seems can’t stay away, keep near her or even sometimes kind of stalk her.

My BFF: Oh I know who you are talking about, my favorite vampire, right?

Me: Yeah and lots of male characters like him. But Tristan is different. When he said to Gabriel to kept Scarlet away from him. He indeed stays away from her. He keeps their distance and even he go away from the story for a few chapters. He is true to his words. That’s what I love the most. He doesn’t pretend doesn’t want or need Scarlet so keep pull her away but keep meet her coincidentally.

My BFF: Ok, I understand your opinion but I still love my vampire. Oh, I remember you said that you can guess what happen with the characters. Are your guess right? It sucks when I can predict the story, you know.

Me: I know I also love unpredictable story. I had 2 guesses after reading Anew, one of it was right but the other was wrong! So this book still has a surprise for me. And it still feels good because I didn’t think about it at all.

My BFF: Ok…I get it I think I have more than enough reasons to read this series. So what will you read next?

Me: Are you kidding me? Do you have to ask? Of course my next reading will be book #3, Avow.

Favorite dialogue:
“Nate called out, “Team Meeting!” and pointed a finger in the air.
When he had everyone’s attention, Nate cleared his throat. “There are a few Team Awesome things we need to discuss.”
Tristan leaned over to Gabriel. “What’s Team Awesome?”
“It’s our team name,” Heather smiled.
“We’re not a team,” Gabriel said.
“We are a team,” Nate corrected. “We’re Team Awesome and I’m team captain.” He looked at Tristan. “You can call me Captain. Or Captain America, if you’d like. I’m even willing to settle for Captain Jack.”
Tristan crossed his arms. “Yeah, that’s not going to happen.”
Heather’s eyes lit up. “Ooh! Can we choose code names? Can I be Catwoman?”
“We’re not choosing code names.” Gabriel looked incredibly annoyed and Tristan almost smiled.”
Result: 5/5 Stars

Review: The Archers of Avalon #1, Anew by Chelsea Fine

Anew (The Archers of Avalon, #1)Blurb from Goodreads

Two years ago, Scarlet awoke in the forest alone, afraid, and unable to remember anything. Lost and confused, her life was a mystery…until she met a boy with a familiar voice.

Gabriel Archer has a voice from her past, and Scarlet’s determined to remember why. She immerses herself in his life only to discover he has a brother he’s kept hidden from her: Tristan Archer.

Upon meeting Tristan, Scarlet’s world becomes even more muddled. While she’s instinctively drawn to Gabriel, she’s impossibly drawn to Tristan–and confused out of her mind. As she tries to piece together her history Scarlet realizes her past…might just be the death of her.

Paperback, 385 pages
Published: December 7th 2011 by Firefall Publishing (first published December 5th 2011)
edition language: English
genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
series: The Archers of Avalon #1
My Thoughts
My first 5 shining stars of 2013 goes to….
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First of all I want to thank my friend Sarah, who convinced me to read this book A-S-A-P *Heather mode*. Although it wasn’t as soon as possible as I wanted to, I’m glad I read it now when I have all of the series so that I don’t need to wait longer for the sequels. And most of all thank you to Ms. Chelsea Fine who wrote this amazing book that without a doubt will be on my favorite series shelf and I will definitely read it again and again and again in the future.

There are reasons why I loved and enjoyed this book, so let me explain it. Reincarnation and long lost soul mate are one of common stories. But then again I believe there aren’t stories that don’t influenced by other stories. It authors jobs to make it their own story. I don’t mind if the story has similarity and influenced by others as long as it has its originality. Anew is a story like that, though the main theme wasn’t new, Ms. Fine brought it differently it makes this reincarnation-long-lost-soul-mate kind of story become her own story. It is kind of fresh story to me. This story has many elements, romance, humor and paranormal but none of it overwhelmed each other. It’s perfect and completed those elements.

The characters are also perfect. No one has bigger portion than another. And most important is I can feel and connect with all of them. I love scarlet & heather friendship, I like their B-F-F *again in heather mode* though heather is kind of noisy-witty bestfriend she completes scarlet personality. She made me look forward her wittiness. She’s the one who keep scarlet normal and I can see that they are only 17 year old. I also love the Archers brothers, their look alike with different personality, again it make me see that there aren’t similar person, each person is unique and I love the fact their difference influenced their act. Laura and Nate as supporting characters are also great, I look forward for their story and I believe they have bigger role in the sequels.

Character name is one of my elements to connect to the story. It’s weird, I know but I find there are uncommon character name nowadays. If the names suitable with the story I can feel they are really belong to the story thus it makes me connect to the story itself. Gabriel, Tristan, Nathaniel and Scarlet are names from a long time ago. I mean there are classic story and famous people with those names, so it makes sense if they came from hundreds years ago. And Gabriel and Tristan are my most favorite boy names so of course I love it 😀

Although Anew is not pure unpredictable story, I still got surprises here and there. It also made me keep wondering, keep guessing where the story goes and made my heart beat with the characters. But there are issued that I think need to be explained more. Yet it didn’t stop me to give it 5 stars because I still hope there will be more explanation and description in the sequel, after all this is just a prequel, a beginning to the whole story.
All in all I loved and enjoyed Anew and surely can’t wait for the sequel, Awry. As Tristan said, if you had this book, you have to read it today. It’s so worth reading and I bet you won’t regret it.
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Favorite Quotes:
“Knowing death is nearby gives you a chance to live…deliberately.”
“Before he knew he was immortal. Before life was no longer fragile. Those were the days when life truly meant something. When life was hard but worthwile, and love was valuable because your days were numbered. That was living.”
“Scarlet watched a leaf fall to the ground, lying dead amoung the other leaves on the forest floor. “A brief life seems pointless.”
Tristan thought for a moment. “Isn’t that what life is, though? A brief opportunity to exist? A short gift?”
Result: 5/5 Stars