[ARC] Lucky Me by Saba Kapur

Lucky Me by Saba KapurTitle: Lucky Me
Author: Saba Kapur
Expected Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Format: ARC
ISBN: 9780692536391
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Summary: For eighteen year old Gia Winters, having a movie star for a father, a former Playboy bunny as a mother, a Hollywood mansion, and a closet stocked with Chanel is simply another day in the life. But her world is turned upside down when her father mysteriously hires a group of bodyguards to trail the family 24/7 and threatening phone calls from a Dr. D start buzzing daily.

When Gia scores the coveted role of Miss Golden Globe, she is forced to strike a deal with her bodyguard, Jack, who is almost as arrogant as he is attractive. Juggling Gia s romantic failures, fashion faux pas, and celebrity obsessions, the duo investigate a series of clues with the help of a police cadet, who has a special set of skills and an even better set of dimples.

But with the Golden Globes just around the corner, danger levels rise higher than her stilettos as Gia learns that the biggest secrets might be the ones buried in her own home. In a place where the hills have eyes, high school nemeses, bad hair days, raging parties, and stolen kisses, there can only be trouble for a girl who was just starting to consider herself lucky.”

My Thoughts:
A huge thank you to Amberjack Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy for reviewing.

I don’t think I was the right audience for this book. I didn’t completely hate it, but I wasn’t going crazy about it, either. I found Gia incredibly vapid and she got on my nerves about 90% of the time. I get the “rich girl from Cali” stereotype, but Gia seemed to be a very exaggerated version: a little too one-dimensional, lacked an inappropriate amount of common sense and smarts, and had zero priorities. I don’t know if that was intentional on the author’s part to fit the storyline better, but… I just couldn’t deal with her.

The story is about a girl who grew up around the Hollywood lifestyle; a mansion, latest fashions, nice cars, goes to a big fancy school with classmates who feel just as entitled… all thanks to having an accomplished actor for a father and a former Playboy bunny for a mother. The story felt like a clichéd Hollywood movie, too. Packed with over-dramatics, a cast of characters that ranged from being somewhat likable to completely unlikable, and a huge twist towards the end that was predictable and therefore fell a little flat for my tastes.

Of course, no teenage girl’s story is complete without a few love interests and the inevitable YA love triangle. I continuously mention in my reviews that I’m not the biggest fan of those in this genre. What stumped me in this case was that I was actually invested in this area the most. Getting me to actually give two s#!*s about who the girl will choose in the end can be an impossible task, so that alone definitely warranted a second star, even though the two guys had flaws of their own. Not to mention that both of their relationships with Gia were somewhat problematic that I can’t go into it without spoiling things. I did actually like both of them as characters, which is something I can’t say for our main Mary Sue, Gia, so there’s that.

The ending seems to set itself up for a sequel, so I’m interested to see if Kapur will keep going with this. I just haven’t decided yet if I’m going to read it if that’s the case.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Saba Kapur is a 19 year-old writer based out of Melbourne, Australia. Her passion for storytelling developed at a young age, born from a deep-seated love of books. Lucky Me is her first novel and an ode to her favorite things: fashion, romance, and mystery. Born in India, Saba spent her childhood in Indonesia and Kiev, Ukraine. She is currently in her final year of college, studying International Relations and Criminology at Monash University.

Saba hopes to one day become a fabulous lawyer in New York City, with a closet full of stilettos. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching anything to do with Ryan Gosling, and pretending she’s Beyoncé. Saba currently lives with her parents, her older sister, and a large supply of chocolate. (via Goodreads)

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He Found Me by Whitney Barbetti

20151211Title: He Found Me
Author: Whitney Barbetti
Series: He Found Me (Book #1)
Publication Date: May 22, 2014
Publisher: Createspace Publishing
Format: eBook
ISBN: 9781499395808
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Summary: When I was seventeen, I disappeared. I walked out the door of my apartment with a backpack and never looked back. I left the life of Cora Mitchell behind, seeking freedom from my real-life nightmare. But my freedom came with a cost. I lived a fictitious life for the next six years, never letting anyone close enough to see underneath the facade that was Andra Walker. I was content with my simple little life. Until I met Julian. And the moment I started allowing myself to open up, allowing someone to see through the superficial, was the very same moment the Monster from my past would return to find me.”

My Thoughts:
I got this book for free in late 2014 on Amazon and it served as my gym read earlier this year when I actually used to bother going to the gym once upon a time. It kept me occupied, that’s for sure. I’d read for 2 hours at a time and it flew by like it was nothing. That said, I thought the book was pretty good. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t completely over the moon about it. What I did enjoy most wasn’t the romance that the book looks to be marketed as, but the suspense and thrill of the story. And I’m not actually a huge fan of suspense or thriller novels.

Mainly it was the fact that the past could catch up with the main character, Cora/Andra, at any time and the nagging need to know exactly what happened to her years ago that kept me invested in this story. I also appreciate an author who can be so descriptive in their writing that I can actually picture the setting and feel the atmosphere.

Aside from that, the rest was bleak. I did enjoy the relationship between Cora and Julian at times. But my major gripe with their relationship was how very, incredibly rushed it felt. It was nice to see Cora happy after the complete s#!*storm she so obviously went through when she was younger. Still. Insta-lust or insta-love isn’t a lot of people’s cup of tea, like myself, and I have a hard time even deciphering when their lust turned into love because it happened pretty quickly. Days? A week? And moreover, I found it really frustrating that, while I was invested in Cora’s past and waiting for a huge twist and the impending climax, it didn’t turn out to be very believable. What a letdown.

The cliffhanger at the end kind of piqued my interest in the next installation, though. So I might check that out.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am a wife to one and a mom to two humans and one cat. I have a deep and abiding love for nachos – especially the kind with the liquid cheese, like from Taco Bell (sorry). I run on less than four hours of sleep thanks to copious amounts of Diet Dr. Pepper. (Note: this paragraph is not sponsored by anyone except my hungry stomach.)

As a Navy brat, I grew up all over the country, from California, up the east coast from Florida to New England and Colorado. I currently live in Idaho, where we have lots of potatoes and windmills.

I write character-driven New Adult novels, heavy on the emotional connection. I LOVE love. I love writing about broken characters who find their soul mates. (via Official Site)

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