Rather Be Reading » A Blog by Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Each Other

Masthead header

Tag Archives: Tammara Webber

Magan: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber Publication Date: May 24, 2012 Pages: 304 Target audience: Mature Young Adult or New Adult Keywords: rape, self-defense, break-ups, college, music major Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Summary: After an unexpected break-up with her boyfriend, Jacqueline attends a frat party where her ex-boyfriend’s friend tried to rape her. She’s saved by […]

View full post »

December 1, 2012 - 2:00 am

Kristen Evey - Once again, this is why I love your reviews. I can always count on both of you to temper the flailing and OHMYGOSH THIS BOOK IS PERFECT found in other reviews (btw, neither of those things are bad). I did buy this book for my Nook based on the recommendation of a couple other blogger friends and I’m planning on reading it soon. I’m really glad I read this review first though because now I think I won’t be as disappointed. Biggest disappointed would have been Lucas (LOL at your description of him btw). I absolutely can’t stand perfect boys in books, particularly YA (or NA in this case, I guess). It’s the same problem I had with Adam in Shatter Me. He was so effing perfect it was irritating. But then, I’m also a sucker for the dark and tortured soul character, so I’m a little biased against the perfect ones. 😉

November 19, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Karen - I enjoyed Easy but I did like The Between the Lines series more.

I don’t want to spoil anything in my comments but it was the twist that I didn’t really like. I saw it coming a mile away and would have preferred a more straight forward approach to things. Does that make sense even though I’m being cryptic?

I also never entirely clicked with Jacqueline even though I liked her.

November 18, 2012 - 3:28 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I, surprisingly, haven’t seen too many reviews of this book at all, but I do recall reading some really excited and positive reviews of this book. But I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you expected to, Magan! I hate when hype gets to your head, and it prevents you from enjoying the book. It’s happened to me a lot before, and it’s never fun. :/

However, the main character really does seem flat to me. And it makes me sad that the author kind of shifted the focus of the book from the major issue at hand and instead focuses on the relationship instead. I feel like that’s kind of a missed opportunity. And I seriously dislike when characters are perfect- like Jack seems to be. I like my characters realistic and flawed, thank you very much.

I’m sorry that this one disappointed you, Magan! I think I’ll look out for a few more reviews of this one, but for now, I think I’m going to pass on this one.

November 18, 2012 - 12:57 am

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I love your review and I agree but to even more degree: Lucas was too perfect and I didn’t fall head over heels for him. Jacqueline was a MC I didn’t feel anything for, even though I really, really wanted to. Maybe it’s because I’m only 17 but I felt like all of the feminist talk was being shoved down my throat and not really part of the story, if that makes sense! Yet another aspect was: how did Jacqueline and Lucas get together. I can understand that he saved her…but what? I just felt like the sexual tension skipped the getting to know each other aspect.

November 17, 2012 - 10:18 am

Leah - I’m among the teensy handful of people who haven’t read this book yet, but I can totally relate with being in the minority when it comes to reviewing a book. I’ve given in to hype more times than I’d care to admit and more often than not it ultimately leads to a huge disappointment. Unfortunately I expect the world of these books and the tiniest flaw can lead to a letdown.

Hoo boy. Lucas must have organizational skills down to an art. Or, you know, maybe he owns a time-turner. 😀 Really though, I’ve read enough YA to expect the love interest to be incredible at everything (& we can’t forget about his looks!), but this is a little extreme.

I’m still deciding whether or not I want to read Easy. I’m NOT a fan of issue novels, so it already has one strike against it, but perhaps I’ll eventually pick it up one day.

November 17, 2012 - 6:01 am

Lori - I really enjoyed Easy, but I can completely see why some people didn’t. My one complaint with it was that Jacqueline kept putting herself in situations with the attacker, knowingly. Who does that? And I definitely agree that she wasn’t fleshed out. But, my goodness, did I enjoy the sexual tension! 🙂 I love the point you make about the author preaching. I didn’t notice that but now that you mention it I totally see it.

Fabulous review, Magan!

November 16, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Though I felt differently about this book, like Alexa said.. I do appreciate your honest review! And it has made me look at things from a different perspective as well. I know for me, I went into this book not having a clue what it was about. I had never even heard of the author before. I sometimes wonder what my reaction would have been if I read it after all the hype? Who knows. I do think Tammara Webber is an excellent writer and want to read more by her.

November 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Funny enough, even though I felt the extreme opposite and really loved Easy, I also love your review. It’s not just the honesty or the intelligence with which your feelings are expressed, but rather that you allowed me to take a step back from my opinion of the book and go, “Huh, you know what, you might be right!”

It is true, now that I think about it, that we don’t really get the opportunity to learn much about Jacqueline or get invested in her story. And a lot of the stuff is a little too ideal or perfect, especially in terms of characters like Lucas.

BUT I do like the way it was written. And I like the message Tammara was attempting to share with her readers. And maybe I just read it at a time when I wanted something that would entertain me 🙂

November 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm

elena - We’ve already discussed this but I agree with your review! After all the raving reviews, I was expecting it to be more but it came off sort of heavy handed to me. I was sending out WTF? e-mails to my friend in the beginning while I was reading it. I felt like everyone else defined who Jacqueline was as a main character, but I didn’t have a good grasp on the things she proclaimed to love. SO TRUE. She & Lucas seemed more like a list of traits to have in a character to me than an actual character. I don’t know how Lucas manages to do EVERYTHING and still be a student? He must be superhuman.

Anyway! Thanks for your insightful & honest review.

Magan: Good for You by Tammara Webber

Good for You (Between the Lines #3) by Tammara Webber Publication Date: December 15, 2011 Pages: 271 Target audience: Mature Young Adult Keywords: celebrities, Habitat for Humanity, volunteering, faith, alcoholism Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Review for Where You Are (Between the Lines #2)  Summary: Reid is court ordered to work 30 days rebuilding a […]

View full post »

October 21, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan + Estelle Shelve It (10/21/2012) - […] A review of Good For You by Tammara Webber […]

October 21, 2012 - 4:53 am

Kristen Evey - Haha! I’m (slowly) re-watching Dawson’s Creek right now too. Really only watch it for Joey & Pacey so I’m having trouble getting through season 2 at the moment. SO MUCH TEEN ANGST, and I’m realizing I don’t care for any of the the other characters. Hah.

But back to the BOOKS! I recently bought Easy and am looking forward to reading it. This series sounds fantastic as well, and this third book in particular. Love interests that bicker and try to fight their feelings for each other?! I’m SO in!

October 19, 2012 - 1:20 pm

Magan - Heather: I felt the same way. I was really dreading reading about Reid because he was just so terrible. I love how she redeemed him for me! I swooned hard core.

October 19, 2012 - 11:42 am

Heather Self - I loved this one! I never thought I’d like Reid after his D-Baggery in Where You Are. Now if Tammara makes me like Brooke I may have to throw in the towel as a writer and just bow to her greatness. lol

October 19, 2012 - 11:42 am

elena - omg i love bickering too so this story sounds up my alley! i like that she made it her own and not so predictable. 🙂

October 19, 2012 - 9:11 am

Anna - What? Bickering before they fall for each other? IN! I’ve got the first book of this series on my Kindle, so I guess I should get on it, huh? <3

Magan: Where You Are by Tammara Webber

Where You Are (Between the Lines #2) by Tammara Webber Publication Date: October 21, 2011 Pages: 253 Target audience: Mature young adult Keywords: A-list celebrities, movies, deception, scheming Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Summary: After an unplanned encounter at a coffee shop, Graham and Emma decide to start dating; Reid and Brooke are incredibly unhappy and […]

View full post »

November 16, 2012 - 8:01 am

Book Review for Easy by Tammara Webber - […] been a huge fan of Tammara Webber’s (revist my reviews of Where You Are and Good For You). I’ve really enjoyed her colorful characters, fun plot lines, and the […]

October 24, 2012 - 3:30 am

Where You Are Tammara Webber Book Review - […] Rather Be Reading: “Reconnecting with these characters was definitely a treat.” […]

September 8, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Kristen Evey - Huh, I’ve never heard of these before, but wow, does it sound like drama, drama, drama. (Totally does sound like a Kdrama in book form.) I think I’ll check these out. Thanks for the great review Magan!

September 8, 2012 - 10:09 am

elena - This sounds like a lotsa drama! I knew about this series but wasn’t really interested in it before reading your review. It sounds like Brooke and Reid are super frustrating characters. Fantastic review, M!

September 7, 2012 - 6:02 pm

Karen - I think Tammara is one of the only writers that can keep me reading her books while still being infuriated with the characters.
She is awesome at writing complex characters witht he potential for redemption.
I’m looking forward to hearing what you think of Good for You.

September 7, 2012 - 11:44 am

Heather Self (@heatherself) - @Magan Yeah girl! I think there may even be more than 4 if her blog is anything to go by. I can’t wait to hear what you thought of GFY. There are a couple spots that I FELL OUT, so it’ll be fun to hear your take.
@Katie She writes amazing characters. If you liked Easy you should like this series too, though I’ve heard of a couple people who didn’t and I’m not really sure why.

September 7, 2012 - 11:22 am

Katie w/ Mundie Moms - I keep hearing nothing but great things about her series. I’m adding this to my list! Great review!!

September 7, 2012 - 10:52 am

Magan - What?! I had no idea there was going to be a book 4! I’m so excited! I have started reading Good for You. The female character is spunky and I kinda like that a WHOLE LOT. These are such great reads, and I’m so glad you love them too, Heather! 🙂

September 7, 2012 - 10:29 am

Heather Self (@heatherself) - I LOVE this series. Like LOVE it. You HAVE to read Good for You. I told Tammara there was no way I could ever like Reid and with an evil cackle she said wait until Good For You. I think I owe her a steak dinner or something because I love Reid. Told her if she can do that with Brooke than she’ a genius and I’m unworthy to be in her presence 😉 <3 ya Megan!

BTW, you know she's working on book 4 for this series RIGHT NOW!

September 7, 2012 - 8:40 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I started to read this review & then stopped myself because I haven’t read Between the Lines yet. So I don’t want to spoil myself! However, I keep meaning to begin this series. Especially since Tammara Webber told me that she used SafetySuit’s music as inspiration for book 3. Um HELLO! Could this scream Ginger book any louder?! haha