For What It's Worth

Monday, January 16, 2017

review: trust (wrong #3) by jana aston

“Knock knock!”

“Um… Who’s there?”

Yeah. That was me, on my last date. Before you feel sorry for me
you should know that I was the one telling the jokes. Jokes as in
plural, because I didn’t stop with just one. Of course not.

Hi, I’m Chloe Scott. The most awkward single girl in the city.

But I’m going to get it together. I am.

I’m going to learn how to date like a grown up.

I’m going to have an orgasm not given to myself.

I’m going to fall in love and live happily ever after.

Right after I get out of this interrogation room. ~ Goodreads

Source: purchased


Trust was super cute, and at 193 pages, is perfect book to cozy up with and read one of these cold winter nights.

Chloe, a kindergarten teacher, knows she doesn’t NEED a man, but after all her friends start pairing off, would like a companion. Only thing is, she gets super awkward when nervous on dates – often resorting to knock, knock jokes to fill the silence. Add in all the unsolicited dick pics (POD’s – proof of dick – as her best friend Everly calls them) from the dating site guys she's met, and Chloe feels totally out of her element trying to meet a nice guy.

After yet another disastrous date, where the guy is a wanted felon and makes a run for it mid-date, she's questioned by FBI agent, Boyd Gallagher. Chloe thinks he’s hot as hell  but arrogant and can’t wait to get away from him. Boyd, on the other hand, falls for crime tv show obsessed, refreshingly honest, Chloe immediately. Since he's also her best friends newly discovered half brother, they start running into each other a lot.

Boyd lures Chloe in by asking her to be his fake date for a family wedding. It’s a delicate dance around Chloe’s trust issues and Boyd doesn’t want to spook her too early int he relationship but he’s in it for the long haul.

Chloe’s inner monologue and endless dating horror stories could be a little draining at times but this couple was just too darn cute and funny to read about so it ended up being a minor quibble. I haven’t read anything by this author before but I’m definitely going to go back and read books 1 & 2 from this series. The previous couples played a small part in Trust but this reads a s a stand alone.

Here are a few fun quotes from Chloe:

“He’s probably into crazy shit like having sex with the lights on…”

“Except dating isn’t any easier than it was in high school. Or college. Meaning it’s not great. Dating is basically three hours of talking to a stranger, which is stupid, right? I don’t enjoy that. I mean who enjoys that? Who? Who are these people? It’s weird. dating is weird.”

And this cute little image after the cover page (which explains the donut in the book photo above):


I LOVE when authors add fun things like this. Especially in e-books, which can be kind of blah otherwise. And it says so much about their personality and writing when they can have fun like that.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

music: twenty one pilots–heavydirtysoul

It’s been SO long since I posted about music. It seems that most of the music memes have dried up but if you know of any out there let me know.

Any way – I’m jumping back in with a song that’s been out for awhile but I LOVE it. No matter how many times I hear it. It’s fun while driving, if you’re pissed off, dancing. HeavyDirtySoul by Twenty One Pilots has got you covered!

Quick story first! We saw Twenty One Pilots as an opening act a few years ago and they were awful. lol They were trying a little too hard with the theatrics instead of concentrating on the music. But the songs were good so we kept an eye on them. They started doing more festivals, polishing their act and adding new songs and came around here again but as the headliner this time and they were AMAZING. Definitely in the top 5 concerts I’ve ever been to.

Their audiences have an incredible energy too. It’s a little weird TBH. They carry signs/huge banners saying that Tyler (the lead singer) saved them, they’re sobbing. It’s strange but I love that their music seems to speak to so many young people. The lyrics tap into the anxiety that this generation is feeling while still giving them hope. IMO anyway…

So here’s the song – finally! lol from the TOPxMM sessions

At the concert this was the big closing song – they played their drums ON the crowd – confetti flying everywhere. SO much fun and one of the last times they were able to play in a small venue.


Let me know what you're listening to this week!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Review: keep me in mind by jaime reed

A girl who doesn't remember. A boy who can't forget her. A wise, witty, and heartbreaking love story for today's YA generation.

Ellia Dawson doesn't recognize the handsome boy who sits in tears by her hospital bed. But he's telling her that he's Liam McPherson, her boyfriend. Boyfriend? Ellia thinks in shock. She has no clue who Liam is, let alone whether or not she once loved him. She remembers her family, her friends, and the fact that she wants to be a fashion designer. But Liam is a big blank in her life.

Meanwhile, Liam is devastated that Ellia, the love of his life, who suffered an accident while they were running together on the beach, has lost her memory. He is desperate to win her back, rebuild what they once had, but Ellia keeps him at an arm's length. She's much more comfortable with a new boy she meets at the hospital, who understands more what she's going through. So Liam begins writing the story of the two of them, piecing together the past in the hopes of having a future with the girl he loves.

Told from alternating perspectives, this is a lyrical, clever, and surprising novel from Jaime Reed
. ~ Goodreads

Source: Amazon Vine review program in exchange for an honest review on their site


I’m not usually a fan of stories about amnesia but I decided to give Keep Me in Mind a try anyway, thanks to all the positive reviews. I’m glad I did because it, mostly, works thanks to Reed’s handling of amnesia as a real medical condition that has repercussions for, not only the patient, but for family and friends as well.

Ellia and Liam’s relationship is thrown into a tailspin after Ellia falls, bangs her head and slips into a coma for 3 days and wakes with no memory of him. Liam is left struggling to try to make Ellia remember him and all they've shared.

As I mentioned, Reed shows how confusing it can be for Ellia to have no recollection of the person who was supposedly the love of your life and to hear, second hand, about all the things you used to enjoy, like sewing, all the wild things you did – and have zero desire to be that person again.

Friends and family have to find a way to bond with this new version of Ellia. Some people want her back the way she was and some, like her family, are quite pleased with the way she is now because she was so wild and uncontrollable before. Not to mention - no more Liam.

As much as I enjoyed how the author dealt with the amnesia aspect, I had problems with the way the actual story was told.

It’s written in alternating POV’s between Liam and Ellia. Liam is an aspiring writer and mostly tells of their former relationship in flashbacks that also reveal cracks in the supposedly perfect couple facade. That created a distance for me, as Liam’s writings were often over the top and awkward.

Add in a mystery about the accident, that isn’t really a mystery, and interfering parents and my attention started getting pulled in too many directions.

I really wish the book stayed more focused on the amnesia (I can’t believe I’m saying that!) and the complex family dynamics and less on the anti-climatic mystery of the fall.

Things I liked: That it dealt with an interracial romance, a realistic teen relationship, amnesia as medical condition – not a plot device. While this is a YA romance, I wouldn’t say it’s a conventional romance. It’s a little messy and a lot realistic, including a nice but not tidy/perfect ending.

Not so much: making a bigger deal out of the initial accident than it was to get the plot to where it needed to go. Liam’s POV’s were often distancing to me.

This book might appeal to fans of the Vow and The Notebook, although in this book the romantic elements aren't as strong as in the movies.